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Once again amnesia : Fidel Castro

November 30, 2016

Oh the historical amnesia!

Poor  young Trudeau getting slammed for his comments on Castro.

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CBC had the red meat Toronto Sun editor on flaying Trudeau as if Castro was Ivan the Terrible.And all the Postmedia papers around the country following suit, the same papers which bless israel’s horrific 50 year occupation of Palestine.

No historical memory of Cuba as a whore house for Americans and cheap rum and cigars for Miamians,  run by a corrupt dictator Fulgencio Batista who ran to Portugal with millions of stolen dollars. Cuba was amassive charnel house of impoverishment before Fidel booted the thieves out.

 
All these ‘experts” forget, the capitaist disease where novelty always destroys the memory of the past. The “Kennedy”  historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. described Cuba pre-Castro:
The corruption of the government, the brutality of the police, the regime’s indifference to the needs of the people for education, medical care, housing, for social justice and economic opportunity … constituted an open invitation to revolution.”

 

Castro became a hero for all of Latin America fed up with the USA controlling the southern cone as tits own property. The Monroe doctrine of 1823 supposedly ceded the south to the USA which ran it like its own fiefdom.10% of aamericans have passports  and are blithely ignorantof the rest of the world, so they have no idea why Fidel was idolized by all of Latin america,

For  these folks he was a “commie.”

Remember even FDR got caught up with it in the late 30sWhen others complained that Somoza of Nicaragua was a cruel bastard, FDR’s line was, “yes but he’s our bastard.’ In other words all the ‘dictaduras”, the harsh dictators propped up the USA in country after country would do Uncle Sam’s bidding—murder if they had to, any progressive Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Chilean, Argentinean etc to keep the oil, bananas, and natural resources cheap and flowing north.

Fidel was the one who stopped the USA dead in its imperial tracks. They never forgave him, tried to assassinate him, They sent in the Cuban exiles in the Bay of Pigs. After that fiasco even JFK never trusted tire wise men of the Pentagon again.
So Castro was pushed—and nobody defends his harsh treatments of dissidents, but those Cubanos screaming loudest in Miami and that silly Sun editor have a bad case of amnesia.
Free education, sending doctors all over the world while trying to fend off the USA. It’s amazing he survived to 90.
Gmme a break.
As usual those screaming loudest have no historical sense at all.Even in death Fidel gives them apoplexy.

 

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Poor Justin folded like a cheap suit and backed off attending Castro’s funeral. His father would have given the baying hounds the Trudeau salute.

Ezekiel wisdom for Democrats

November 21, 2016

A little biblical wisdom to the US Democrats.

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The inevitable demise of a political party swimming in the foul waters of US capitalism happened before our eyes in the US election. After years of handing over the party to financial backers the democrats gave the Us and the world Donald Trump.
Did it really take a genius to see that the Dems had for a long time failed their former constituency of working people. What a lazy crew, one which never did their homework and assumed that it was Hilary’s turn—the same woman who pocketed a $250,000 cheque from Wall street as she was running for the highest office in the land…totally ignoring those who were unemployed and languishing in the Rust Belt. Imagine, not even campaigning in Wisconsin.

 

Well it turns out Ezekiel the biblical prophet had some insight for the Dems. Ezekiel appeared on the scene as the Judahites were led off to Babylon, (circa 587 BCE) modern day Iraq and he accompanied them. In chapter 34, one of the major prophets of Israel turned on the Democratic leaders of his day. He carves up “the shepherds of Israel.” Some shepherds.
“You have not strengthened the weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up the injured, you have not brought back the strayed’–I’ll say, those Rust Belt states went to Obama 8 years earlier and Bernie actually won them in the primaries. “You have not sought out the lost but with force and harshness you have ruled them”
Yahweh speaketh—hey Dems are you listening—“I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out will rescue them from all the places which they have been scattered…I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed and I will bind up the injured and I will strengthen the weak…” 34: 11-16
Wow, the Dems packed the DNC with Hilary insiders, scorned the Jewish socialist Bernie who spoke for the vast numbers of the poor and unemployed. The false shepherds betrayed the party and the people.
A tried and true policy. Go and defend the common good, the earth and the poor.

 
Good politics, good religion.

 

The democrats lost their way, ignored the pain of working people and the Us got the Donald.

Trumpland

November 10, 2016

Trump lost the popular vote. So the country is evenly divided—and at each others’ throats.

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The mystery is how pathetic the Democratic Party has become—abandoning a former core constituency, ignoring the growing gap, taking voters for granted and cheques from Wall Street. Maybe Gore Vidal was right: there is only 1 party in Washington–and it has 2 wings. How could the Dems lose to a clown like Trump.

Easy by throwing up a party insider, a woman so isolated from working class hurt and ordinary people’s struggles, a woman running for the highest office and pocketing a $250,000 cheque for speakimg to Wall Street. And her name is Clinton, the better half of a couple who have engorged themselves and become wealthy as “public sevants.”As Bill Murray would say, “I have to laugh.” They seem to have no understanding that you can’t hang with the 1% when the 99% are losing jobs and seeing their wages stagnate.

Bill Clinton and Tony Blair—what a pair, turning formerly working class voices over to the Third Way—while getting fabulously rich themselves. These people are out of it.Long on hubris and greed, short on humility.

Clinton promoted NAFTA which hollowed out the Rust belt.he created mass incarceration, threw millions off welfare and the most despicable moment for me was when running for president came back to arkansas to make sure a retrded, brain damaged black man Ricky Ray Rector with an IQ of 70 went to the chair. What a cynical bastard.

Ordinary people had enough of the Clintons and actually turned to the worst qualified person to run for the Presidency in living memory. Trump made G W Bush look positively …well, presidential. Here’s how Democracy Now summed up the boorish arriviste:

Donald Trump has never held elective office. He opened his campaign in 2015 with a speech calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists. Trump has proposed banning all Muslims from entering the United States. He openly mocked his opponents, reporters, Asians, African Americans and the disabled. More than a dozen women have accused Trump of sexual assault, and he was heard in a 2005 videotape boasting about sexually assaulting women. Throughout the campaign, Trump drew the enthusiastic support of white nationalists and hate groups. Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, who ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana, cheered the outcome of the election. Duke tweeted, “This is one of the most exciting nights of my life. Make no mistake about it, our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.”

Bernie Sanders spoke for ordinary Americans but the Dems owed Hilary and shot themselves in the head.

From Gaza to Black Lives Matter

October 17, 2016

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American institutional Jewish organizations, long out of step with the millenials are panicking now that Black Lives Matter is making common cause with Palestine.

In the age of the Internet when Israeli oppression has been unmasked for all to see, more and more people are paying attention and rejecting the lies promulgated by Israel’s Ministry of Truth which makes Orwell look like a grade one child.

The following is getting wide exposure in black communities.

Sadly there are many African-Americans who have been co-opted into the status quo Democratic position flogged by Hilary Clinton—subservience to israel. Like any other people they are lining up for their turn at the trough, for roles in the Clinton administration. At one time we called these people Quislings, other times sell outs, today?

Here is a lovely letter from Gaza from Mohammed Alhammammi

Dear African-American brothers and sisters,

I am not black. But like you, I am not white.

I do not have the history of slavery you carry like a weight on your back from the day you are born. My ancestors weren’t shipped in chains from Africa to the Americas through the Atlantic to work under slave owners. But in 1948, Zionist militias did drive them out of their homes to refugee camps in an infamous event called the Nakba, obliterating many of our villages and towns.

My parents didn’t have to protest in the streets to end segregation and institutional discrimination by their own government to win the right to enjoy their most basic civil rights, a remarkable series of events that I teach to my own students here in Gaza. However, they have been labelled “stateless” by the international community, driving them to protest through boycotts, demonstrations and even hunger strikes, introducing the word intifada (shake-off) into our political dictionary.

Police officers from my own government neither pull me over for “driving-while-black,” nor stop and frisk me. They do not shoot at me, kill me while unarmed and get away with it. However, I was born under the boot of an oppressor that has controlled almost every minute of my life: the Israeli occupation forces.

They took our land from us, claimed it as their own, and now they tell us to get over it, just like you are expected to “get over” slavery. Israel did not stop there. They’ve blockaded the tiny strip of land where I live, Gaza—controlling who goes in and out, and keeping it to a bare trickle. And the West Bank? They sliced it into small pieces with their military checkpoints, carved it up like Swiss cheese with their illegal settlements.

When we fight back, they beat us to a pulp and then have the audacity to point the finger at us—calling us barbaric. I’ve read that one in three black males born in America today can expect to spend some time in prison during his lifetime. In Palestine, it’s nearly the same. (Forty percent of Palestinian men can expect to serve time in an Israeli prison.)

 

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Ismail Abu Aitah, a writer with “We Are Not Numbers”, who lost five family members in the 2014 war, including both his parents and his two older brothers.

 

“How dare you resist? How dare you revolt?” we’re asked. We scream, “Here, look! This is the injustice we are talking about!” But although the United Nations talks about the need for Israel to stop the settlements and its mistreatment of Palestinians, no one moves a muscle. The moment we go into action, the moment we fight back, whether it be by responding to weapons with weapons or by calling for boycotts and sanctions, the world starts screaming at us.

 

The American outrage over U.S. football quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem as a peaceful protest against his country’s systemic racism is a case in point. It reminds me of Israeli outrage against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, in which activists around the world from colleges, churches, and political organizations are nonviolently resisting Israeli practices, trying to force it to comply with international law and common principles of humanity. Yet despite its commitment to nonviolence, Israelis and their allies are denouncing the movement, seeking to discredit it.

 

When I see this outrage against BDS and Kaepernick, a question arises in my consciousness: If they do not want us to protest nonviolently, if they do not want our fight to be based on international law and basic human rights, then what do they want us to do? If they denounce violence, then condemn our nonviolent protest, how do they want us to resist? The only answer I could find is this: Our oppressors do not really condemn our methods of resistance, but our resistance as a whole. If they criticize nonviolent methods as well as violent ones, then what they deplore isn’t the methods, but the message itself. They hate the fact that the oppressed are forming a collective consciousness, that we are organizing in opposition. Their anger means we are being effective. We must all keep agitating for our rights, knowing that it will be a long haul but we can win in the end.

I do not have to be black to understand the words of Marin Luther King Jr. when he said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I am a Palestinian who is extending his arms in brotherhood to another people who know and live my legacy of oppression.

I do not know if my words will reach you, but I want you to know that I hear you, I see you and I feel your pain. When the night is darkest and you cannot seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel, know that there are people out there, on the other side of the planet, who are raising their fists in solidarity.
Yours in solidarity, with fist held high,

Mohammed Alhammami, WeAreNotNumbers.or

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No partner to peace? Ridiculous

October 16, 2016

Better than a nice latte at Tony’s in the morning is reading Gideon Levy in Haaretz

The scribe-prophet of Israel, when most of the religious Israelis save Naturei Karta and Avraham Burg has seen their Judaism turned inside out and trampled on, there is always the secular prophet carrying the holy message of liberation.And when Mr. Levy comes to Toronto, no rabbis appear to hear him.

 

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Maybe the prophetic was always entertained like this.
A minority opinion until it became the received wisdom.

So, I trundle off to mass, whistling a happy tune, the prophetic is still alive.

Here Levy eviscerates “the self-righteous Israelis” and their hoary canard that there is no partner for peace.

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They so dearly want two states and are so against the occupation, say many self-righteous Israelis — and then comes the heartrending sigh, carrying all the sorrow of the Jewish fate — but there’s no partner. If only there were. If only. He is desperate for peace, but there’s no one to make it with. And so he must, he is forced against his will, miserable victim that he is, to continue the occupation. In recent years this shtick has become a central trick of the propaganda of Zion.

With the exception of the extreme right, which says openly that it wants apartheid forever because the Jewish nation is superior, everybody uses it. The truth is that there is no partner for continuing the occupation. There is no partner for Israel’s interminable delaying and rejection tactics. There is no partner for Israel’s ridiculous talk about demanding recognition as a Jewish state, just as there is no partner for Israel’s other empty demands. There is no partner for the unbelievable chutzpah of Israel’s demand for negotiations “without preconditions,” while the mother of all preconditions, the settlement enterprise, thrives unabated..

 

.In fact, it’s not necessary. To establish justice, no partner is needed. Israel is not in a position to demand a partner in order to end the occupation. It must end the occupation. It has no right to make demands before doing so. In the fog of Israeli propaganda, these fundamental truths have been obscured and forgotten. The simple fact that the real victim is the Palestinian people has been forgotten. They are in existential danger and they live in inhuman conditions, which must be changed before anything else. Conditions cannot be set for returning part of a people’s land, its liberty and its dignity

Harden not your hearts

October 12, 2016

As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
Hebrews 3:15

 
Dov Waxman a prof at Northeastern University after the mass 2014 slaughter in Gaza asked the question

 

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WHERE IS OUR COMPASSION? AMERICAN JEWS AND INSENSITIVITY TO PALESTINIAN SUFFERING

 

The well-known American Jewish periodical The Forward published his lamentation. Waxman pointed out that the slaughter, condemned universally and the last straw for many American Jewish millenials, drew yawns from most Israelis.

He wrote:

Their violent deaths do not elicit much anguish or remorse. At most, there is a cursory expression of regret before the blame is quickly placed elsewhere — on Hamas’s shoulders. This ability of some Israeli Jews to so easily dismiss Palestinian suffering is a byproduct of their long conflict with the Palestinians.
More than anything else, it is this constant exposure to violence that explains why so many Israeli Jews seem unmoved by the massive violence their army has unleashed upon Gaza. They are convinced that this violence is a fully justified and necessary response to Hamas’s rocket attacks and tunnel infiltrations.. Palestinians have long since just become the enemy, an object of fear and loathing. As they have been almost completely dehumanized in the minds of many Israeli Jews, their deaths have become all too easily disregarded.

What about American Jews?

I see very little expression of concern for the welfare of Palestinian civilians terrorized by Israeli airstrikes and artillery fire.

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Waxman sadly covers himself by bringing in Hamas and their “firecrackers”, those pathetic unmanned rockets that cause little damage in Israel. Nobody defends the fear created in Israel’s border towns but the overwhelming, massive overkill in Gaza is beyond the pale.Israel’s massive propaganda machine providing talking points to American Jews who asked the pathetic question, devoid of any context:”What would you do if rockets were fired at your city?

 

Waxman to his credit wrote:

 

Until now, the American Jewish community has rallied to support Israel in word and deed, while almost completely ignoring the suffering of Palestinian civilians. All too often, American Jewish declarations and gestures of support for Israel fail even to acknowledge Palestinian suffering, let alone to provide some concrete relief for it.

What lies behind this apparent callousness? …there is also a belief among many Jews that any expression of anguish or sympathy for the suffering of Palestinian civilians would undermine Israel’s cause and play into the hands of the country’s enemies. This belief is fundamentally misguided.

To sympathize with Palestinian suffering is not to condemn Israel or condone Hamas; it is simply an expression of our humanity, as well as of our Jewish values. The ardent desire to demonstrate solidarity with Israel should not come at the expense of our humanitarian consciences. This not only erodes our moral character as individuals and as a community, but also risks alienating many Jews who rightly agonize over the humanitarian costs of Israeli military actions. As human beings and Jews, we should never let our support for Israel harden our hearts to the suffering of others.

Israel against the world

October 2, 2016

As usual it is the journalist prophet, a former aide to Shimon Peres who nailed the real problem in ISRAEl

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It’s the occupation stupid is a précis of Gideon Levy’s column on Sunday October 2

But then the brilliant and inclusive Israeli newspaper Haaretz is read by 4% of the Israeli populace.40% read the freebie paid for by the Netanyahu idolator, Sheldon Adelson. It is the equivalent of FOX news.and in the end it is the real enemy of Israel and peace in the Middle East.It is people like Levy who are the true patriots

 

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Levy has insisted for years that Israelis are the most brainwashed people in the world.

Here is part of his column:
On Friday, the world made a very clear and resolute statement: we love Israel and hate the occupation; we love Israel and hate its policy; we love to love Israel, long to embrace it and admire it — just give us a sign, a hint, a signal. Show that you are headed toward peace, that at least you are doing something toward ending the occupation — a speech, negotiations, a conference, lip service, anything — and we’ll shower you with all our love, even more than you deserve. You won’t be pariahs.

 

You are currently pariahs not because you’re Jews and not because you’re Israelis — don’t believe your demagogic leaders, who tell you this to absolve themselves and you of the heavy responsibility and blame. You are pariahs because you are brutal occupiers. You are pariahs because you thumb your noses at the world and its institutions, as almost no other country would dare do. The whole world is against us? Nonsense! It is Israel that is against the world. It’s not important what Israel does? That’s the only thing that is important. An end to the occupation will end Israel’s pariah status.

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September 29, 2016

Marc Ellis, Jewish American theologian

Peres played a key role in Israel’s development of nuclear weapons and encouraged and augmented Israel’s settlement project in Jerusalem and the West Bank. As important was Peres’s role in portraying Israel as a Jewish and democratic state around the world. From the beginning, Palestinians knew a different Israel and, with time, more and more Jews do, too. Though Peres will be widely celebrated in the upper echelons of American and European power in the coming days, Peres will be remembered for enabling a narrative of Jewish innocence and redemption that was, also, something much more sinister from the beginning. 

 

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Obama: Bad for Israel

September 18, 2016

As usual Gideon Levy today  tells some diaspora Jews what they do not want to hear.

This continual support for an oppressive state which eats up one quarter of  the USA’s foreign aid is a scandal

Imagine indeed what 38 billion could do for Africa.

The cowardice of politicos like Obama, Governor Cuomo, NY mayor Di Blasio is shameful.

Barack Obama is a bad president for Israel. If the military aid he approved for the coming decade is the largest ever, then as a president he is the worst ever for Israel. The last thing Israel needs is more arms, which will push it toward more acts of violence. But Obama is president in a country in which each home has a small tin container — like the blue and white Jewish National Fund boxes over here — into which every U.S. citizen must place a few coins as assistance and charity for poor, needy Israel, weak as a frail leaf.
Three hundred dollars for each U.S. taxpayer for the next 10 years. Not toward America’s considerable social needs, not to assist truly needy countries – imagine what $38 billion would do for Africa – but to provide weapons for an army that is one of the most powerfully armed in the world, one of whose main enemies are girls brandishing scissors; to finance an army that is not fighting any other serious army now; the army of a country that few others can match in sheer recalcitrance, one which methodically defies the United States and the international community. And worst of all, this country will receive another free gift, without having to give anything in return. The money will go only toward arming it, which will push it toward more acts of aggression. That’s the deal and there has been no serious debate over it, neither in Israel nor in the United States.

 

Starving the War Machine

September 15, 2016

Chris Hedges in his latest missive writes:

The multibillion-dollar extravaganza of our electoral Circus Maximus is part of the smokescreen that covers the ongoing devastation of globalization, deindustrialization, trade deals such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, endless war, climate change and the intrusion into every corner of our lives by the security and surveillance state. Our democracy is dead. Clinton and Donald Trump do not have the power or the interest to revive it. They kneel before the war machine, which consumes trillions of dollars to wage futile wars and bankroll a bloated military. To defy the fortress state is political suicide. Politicians are courtiers to Wall Street. The candidates mouth the clichés of justice, improvements in income equality and democratic choice, but it is a cynical game. Once it is over, the victors will go to Washington to work with the lobbyists and financial elites to carry out the real business of ruling.

 

A good example of the above is the latest propping up of Israel apartheid. One is hard pressed to understand foreign aid sent to a wealthy country. Think of all the desperately poor countries who could use this money.

 

Out of luck. they are just poor and “Christian” America needs “strategic”allies like Israel a US surrogate, the country which has advanced the science and technology of penning people up and monitoring their every movement.
The United States will be giving Israel $38 billion in military aid to Israel.

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Under the new agreement, Israel will be receiving $38 billion in military equipment from the United States, amounting to $3.8 billion per year over a ten-year period from 2019 to 2029, according to Haaretz. The current US/Israel military aid package, which is due to expire in 2018, originally allotted roughly $3.1 billion per year in subsidies to Israel’s military. Congress recently voted to increase that aid by $500 million annually. $5 billion of the new $38 billion deal is expected to be spent on missile defense systems.

 

Budgets as we know are moral document and the amount of money spent on the US empire with its bases all over the world continues to be a mortal sin given the domestic needs of not only its own people but other poor countries. Why underwrite an advanced country like Israel? Why spend so much money on war preparation?

 

Bernie Sanders quixotic presidential run was too idealistic for the bought and paid for US Congress— free college education, raise the minimum wage to $15, expand Social Security and address the widening income and wealth gap and the criminal justice system. Dream on Bernie. Spending on these things would starve the war machine.

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Michael Moore’s lovely film Where to Invade Next reminded Americans that many of these “unrealistic” and “socialist” ideals become a reality in many European countries. This will hardly dent the thick heads of Trump supporters who still believe America is the land of opportunity, the exceptional nation.

 
The military boondoggle and the outrageous gifts to Israel is obscene. According to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and National Priorities Project, 53.71 percent, or $598 billion, of the discretionary spending in 2015 was on the military, more than the combined spending on education, medical care and health, housing and community, energy and environment, transportation, science, food and agriculture, veterans’ benefits and government.

 

It is to weep.