Monday, January 23, 2017

The Trump era and the US intelligence community

I feel that the divisions of the country will more than ever be reflected in deep divisions in the intelligence community, which will lead to leaks and counter leaks between the different camps, and that in turn would lead to hunting of dissenters within agencies.  We see evidence of that already in the US media.

Please, stop hailing the Obama administration for releasing $221 million to PA collaboration team

They PA clowns will embezzle half of that money, and will use the other half to crush opposition and resistance to Israel.

Kennedy and the CIA war on Laos

"The CIA’s involvement in Laos, which expanded in 1961 with a small training program for anti-communist fighters, ramped up quickly. It would grow over the course of the 1960s and into the early 1970s, with few Americans, and not even many members of Congress, knowing anything about it. The CIA recruited tens of thousands of U.S. contractors, paramilitary fighters and local Laotian warriors in an ultimately futile attempt to transform Laotian guerillas into a conventional army capable of stopping Hanoi and its local allies. U.S. bombers, working in concert with CIA paramilitaries, destroyed much of Laos while attacking Laotian and North Vietnamese communists. They dropped more bombs on Laos than on Germany and Japan combined in World War II. The country was left with so much unexploded ordnance that, in the four decades since Laos’s civil war ended in 1975, the leftover bombs have killed 20,000 Laotians."

Jeff Bezos and Trump

A friend commented that the Washington Post's coverage of Trump has the hallmark of a personal vendetta from one billionaire against another.  

This is funny; the Muslim Brotherhood of Jordan

In response to the US legislation to categorize the Muslim Brotherhood as a "terrorist organization", the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood declares that they officially have ended their boycott of the US government. I am not making this up.

US-UK-backed coalition air strikes hit Yemen school

"At least two civilians have died in the last 24 hours thanks to more than 45 strikes across the country, Saba said, citing Houthi officials. Agence France-Presse reported that 70 people had been killed in fresh fighting, according to medics."

Civil rights lawyer flees questions on Israeli abuses

"This video shows Tom Perez, a leading contender for chair of the Democratic National Committee, ducking questions about Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights. Perez served as labor secretary in President Barack Obama’s cabinet." "Perez, who also markets himself as “a progressive who gets things done,” is a favorite of the party establishment and a protégé of Obama, who has effectively endorsed him. But if Perez is a progressive, then he is classic PEP – progressive except for Palestine."

Capture of US-made devices from ISIS

The Iraqi sectarian government and Donald Trump

In his first official speech as president (at the CIA) Trump repeated his desire for US confiscation of Iraqi oil.  Not one person in the Iraqi sectarian government dared to respond to Trump.

Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch now vomits pro-Gulf regime sectarian propaganda

Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth)
Trump will soon discover that backing Assad means backing Iran-Hezbollah plan for Shia corridor to southern Lebanon.

The Palestinian cause is in the hands of those clowns

Yahya Al-Aridi is the official spokesperson of the Syrian "revolution" in the delegation of Astana

I saw him in 2005 on TV, when he was the head of the Syrian regime press office in London.  I wrote this about him at the time.  He is now a spokesperson of the "revolution"? He was the epitome of the Syrian regime "shabbih".  Why is it that some of the worst faces of the Syrian revolution seem to have defected (not that there are no bad faces who stayed with the regime).  

Western media just noticed noticed that Gulf potentates are welcoming Trump

"Gulf Arab states are quietly applauding the arrival in the White House of a hawkish leader opposed to their adversary Iran".

Syrian National Coalition leader, George Sabra on Donald Trump

"We have nothing to lose or be afraid of with the arrival of the new US president, Trump.  Obama administration was bad enough for six years in the life of the revolution, and it allowed for the massive destruction of Syria.  We hope that the new administration is aware of the dangers of the Iranian intervention in the region, due to the green light of the past administration, and due to the release of billions of dollars for the mullah regime after the Iranian nuclear agreement with Tehran. We hope that Trump will put an end to this Iranian arrogance especially since he threatened to eviscerate this agreement."

ليس لدينا ما نخشاه أو نفقده، بقدوم الرئيس الأمريكي الجديد ترامب. فإدارة أوباما كانت سيئة بما يكفي خلال ست سنوات من عمر الثورة، وأفسحت المجال لدمار هائل في سوريا. نتمنى أن تكون الإدارة الجديدة واعية بمخاطر التدخل الايراني في المنطقة، بسبب الضوء الأخضر للادارة القديمة، وبسبب تحرير الولايات المتحدة لمليارات الدولارات لنظام الملالي بعد الاتفاق النووي المبرم مع طهران. نتمنى أن يضع ترامب حداً لهذه العجرفة الايرانية خصوصاً أنه هدد بنسف هذا الاتفاق."

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Trump seeking asylum in Saudi Arabia

One Saudi joked on Facebook that if protests continue to intensify against Trump, he may have to seek asylum in Saudi Arabia.

Gulf regimes

Gulf regimes are really acting nervous and scared about Trump in their media.  They think that they are ingraining themselves toward him by attacking Obama.  Notice that Western media never mention Gulf regimes praise for Trump.  

US Government-approved Quran verses

"A spokesman for Magid said his recitation of the verses had been approved by officials at the Washington National Cathedral." (thanks Basim)

Only Antoine Lahd was missing from this fateful meeting

"Jordan's King Abdullah II, PA President Abbas discuss 'actions' to take if US embassy moved to Jerusalem".  

What is happening in Jordan

There is absolutely no coverage whatsoever in the Western press of the turmoil in Jordan.  Today the Jordan regime sacked the chief of judges because last Friday he made an unusual plea to Gulf regimes begging for money for Jordan. But the tone of his begging was not seen respectful by Gulf regimes.

The Power Elite by C Wright Mills

I always go back to C Wright Mills's The Power Elite.  It still applies. The one change I would make is this: he included the Military Elite in the Power elite but the influence of the Military Elite has waned since the 1960s.  

I don't understand: so corporations were not represented under Bush and Obama so they launched a coup?

"Naomi Klein on Trump Election: "This is a Corporate Coup d’État""

The media's war on Trump

Politics aside--or it is all about politics--the US media's open and blatant war on Trump is rather unprecedented.  I have never seen anything like it.  I thought their bias against Trump would change after the transition, but it has not.  You may say: but isn't bias warranted? Bias against Trump is warranted if there was such a bias against Obama and Bush. But the bias is not what some of us wish to have: it is basically a protest by the establishment against the arrival of someone from outside the establishment.  I mean, could Weekly Standard's anger against Trump be well-intentioned and well-motivated?

As-Sharq Al-Awsat (Saudi regime mouthpiece) deletes the words "Islamic" from Trump's description of terrorism in his inaugural speech

What's wrong with this picture? CNN assembled a panel to discuss the Women's March.

PS Someone commented on Facebook that it looks like the last government-sponsored women's conference in Saudi Arabia.

From the Saudi regime newspaper, Aljazirah


Saturday, January 21, 2017

White House Spokesperson

Who is this guy? Why is he angry? His boss just became president.  I have a feeling this White House will remind us of Richard Nixon's.  Is there an enemy's list?

Talking about press spokespeople

Do you know: Obama's administration may be the first administration in my lifetime who never had a memorable spokesperson, neither in the White House nor in the State Department.


Trump comes in "Style"

I wondered yesterday how long will it take Trump before he introduces his tacky, vulgar, Vegas taste to the White House? Apparently, it took only hours. There are new curtains in the Oval Office.

Trump made Nixon seems reasonable--by comparison: but it also reminds you to ignore inaugural speeches

Our Arabic poetry and your American poetry

Because Trump violated the tradition (since Kennedy) in inviting a poet, I went back to read some of the poem of Robert Frost (Your Mutanabbi).  I was astonished. This is what passes as poetry in the US? Bad Arabic poetry is better than Robert Frost's poetry.

Zionists and Trump

There is something going on in US political culture about Trump: as much as Trump is championing the most extremist and violent trends of Zionism (and Zionism is by definition extremist and violent), American Zionists are rather split: some are rushing to identity with him and his administration, while many others (from the left and the right and center) are expressing nervousness and even concern about his administration.  Not sure whether this will have an impact on Trump's foreign policies. 

Trump's foreign policies

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Fortune Telling: The Determining Factor in Trump's Foreign Policies".

Chief PA buffoon: Please, don't destroy me. I am a moderate.

"“This will destroy us as Palestinian moderates,” he said. “This will bring extremism to the region.”"

But pro-Israel figures also infested US government under Obama, especially Obama himself

"Pro-Israel Figures Will ‘Infest’ US Government After Trump Takes Office".

The US government, once again, insists that it has no ill will toward Al-Qa`idah in Syria

From WSJ:

Israel always shoots Palestinians during "clashes"

The Washington Post, like the New York Times, now consistently only refers to Israeli terrorist killing of Palestinians as "clashes".

What Islamists and others saw in the Trump speech in the Middle East

This Saudi professor of communication is widely followed on Twitter.  He is rather sympathetic to Turkish government and Muslim Brotherhood (and subsequently to Qatari regime).  He makes a point that Trump's declaration of war on "radical Islamic terrorism" was linked to biblical passages in his speech.  People in the region also know of Rev. Franklin Graham's hateful speech against Islam, as a religion.  

US-UK-backed war has displaced over 2 million Yemenis

"The humanitarian crisis in Yemen caused by the ongoing conflict over the past 22 months has led to the internal displacement of over 2.1 million Yemenis."

Israel begins ethnically cleansing Bedouin community to build "exclusively Jewish town"

"Some twenty percent of Israel's citizens are Palestinians, and none of them enjoy a modicum of legal or political equality. Institutional discrimination is particularly acute in the Negev Desert, inhabited by 80,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel whose communities and homes have been declared "illegal" by the self-proclaimed Jewish state. They are considered a demographic threat, and even an occupying entity. Thus plans have been put into place to "concentrate" the Bedouin in special development towns after their communities are demolished and replaced with exclusively Jewish ones." "Jared Kushner, a powerful multimillionaire real estate tycoon and Trump's son-in-law, will oversee Israel-Palestine issues for the administration. Kushner co-directs a family foundation that has donated large sums of money to organizations that support illegal Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories, which have been occupied in contravention of international law since 1967. Trump has reportedly also given money to an illegal Israeli settlement."

Congressman calls out the U.S. for war crimes in Yemen where 10,000 civilians have been killed

"The U.S. military has played a key role in the conflict for much of that time, supporting Saudi warplanes with intelligence and refueling even as their bombs have reportedly killed civilians. Rep. Ted Lieu, a colonel in the Air Force Reserves from Malibu, has been on a sometimes solitary quest to make the White House answer for its role. “That is morally outrageous,” he told Josh Hersh in an interview. “If the U.S. was doing this with our own pilots, dropping bombs on civilians, they’d be getting court-martialed right now.” "

Poor countries send trillions of dollars more to the west than the other way around

"In 2012, the last year of recorded data, developing countries received a total of $1.3tn, including all aid, investment, and income from abroad. But that same year some $3.3tn flowed out of them. In other words, developing countries sent $2tn more to the rest of the world than they received. If we look at all years since 1980, these net outflows add up to an eye-popping total of $16.3tn – that’s how much money has been drained out of the global south over the past few decades. To get a sense for the scale of this, $16.3tn is roughly the GDP of the United States." (thanks Amir)

Abu Ivanka: the sleazy media of Saudi Princes

This is a headline which refers to Trump as "Father of Ivanka", in a major Saudi regime mouthpiece.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Several years ago, when I spoke about the Israeli-Saudi alliance, some paid propagandists of the Saudi regime scoffed

Between Obama and Trump

The transfer of power between administrations are felt in the US, but not around the world, where bombs keep falling--regardless withther the president is Obama or Trump.