Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I am so glad that Marine Le Pen humiliated the Lebanese Mufti

When I was growing up, Muftis and Muslim clerics in general had no problem in meeting with unveiled women.  My mother dressed Western style and in sleeveless dresses and it never offended Musa As-Sadr when he visited us or her cousins Abdullah Al-`Alayli or his brother Mukhtar Al-`Alayli (the latter was a candidate for Mufti in Lebanon).  The notion that you have to be veiled to meet a cleric is an import from lousy Saudi Wahhabi regime.  This Mufti deserves only humiliating for agreeing to meet with an anti-Islam, anti-Semitic far right politician.  Shame on him, and I wish she slapped him.  

Bono, as an international joke

I don't know one song by Bono, and I don't like one political stance by Bono.  This guy just likes to be in the proximity of US politicians.  

Some Arabs and their complaints about tyrants

Don't you like it when some Arabs who live under Gulf tyrannies and they complain about the tyranny in North Korea and Zimbabwe? I mean, do they think we don't notice?

Do you notice that Jewish Fatwas don't get mocked like Muslims Fatwas? Rabbinical Council of America

"Notes that Jewish law restricts Jews from most forms of physical contact with members of the opposite sex who are not closely related.

Declares that the proper norm, when in an airplane, is to comply with the ruling of leading decisors of Jewish law (including R. Moshe Feinstein; Iggerot Moshe, Even Ha’ezer 2:14) that Jews are permitted to sit next to a member of the opposite sex who is not a relative even when this unintentionally causes physical contact between them. Accordingly,"

Bill Maher's track record of hate

Here is a good compilation of Bill Maher's record of hate.

When it comes to Israeli war crimes, this guy suddenly becomes polite, restrained and diplomatic

Short sentence aside for soldier's execution of Palestinian, Israeli leaders should repudiate shoot-to-kill rhetoric

Who is more dangerous to the world? Milo or Thomas Friedman or Nicholas Kristof?

I say that Friedman and Kristof do so much more damage than Milo.

Breitbart about the persecuted Christians of Lebanon

Historically (after the founding of modern Lebanon after WWI) it would have been more accurate to speak about persecuted Muslims of Lebanon.  Lebanese have been mocking this since yesterday.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This just in: Kenneth Roth is attempting humor--and very original. Only thousands of people said this already

 "Trump was right after all about Sweden. Just awful." Stop, please. You are way too funny. I can't take this anymore. I am on the floor already.

US-backed war plunging Yemen into famine

"President Donald Trump may be on the brink of sparking a full-blown famine in Yemen ― all because of a subtle shift in messaging that risks effectively cutting off humanitarian relief to the war-torn nation." “The coalition’s been bombing the hell out of that country for two solid years now,” the second former official said."

Israelis post anti-Arab racism online every 46 seconds, study finds

"Every 46 seconds an Israeli Jew publishes a racist or inciting comment against Arabs on Facebook and other social networks, a new study finds." "According to the study, the Israeli media serves as the main inspiration for racist posts against Arabs."

Why is that? "Jewish Federations in Canada oppose motion condemning Islamophobia"

"On the heels of the Quebec City mosque shooting, which left six worshippers dead, and then a hate-filled protest outside of a Toronto mosque last Friday, a private member’s motion to condemn Islamophobia was introduced in parliament. Regrettably, CIJA (the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the organized lobbying arm of the Jewish Federations in Canada) is opposing the motion, at least in its current form." "In the wake of the mosque massacre and the hateful protests on Toronto’s usually peaceful streets, coupled with the shadow of Trump’s xenophobic policies, the time is now for Canadians to stand together against Islamophobia. That’s the word we have, that’s the member’s motion being proposed, and that’s the wave of hatred — one prominent wave among many, sadly — that we urgently need to address." (thanks Amir)

This is one of the worst books that i have read in the last four years--by far

The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi'a‑Sunni by Geneive Abdo: And I don't say that because of the factual mistakes or because it is a crude pro-Gulf regime propaganda.  It fails at every front.  I will be writing about it at length in Arabic soon.

Lindsay Lohan for Al-Azhar

If it is up to the Qatari regime, Lindsay Lohan would be appointed Mufti of Al-Azhar.

Saudi regime's foreign minister

"Donald Trump 'is a friend to everybody', says Saudi foreign minister"

Syrian Network for Human Rights: on the documentation methods of Western human rights organizations and media

All Western human rights organizations and media now rely on the Western/GCC-created and supported Syrian Network for Human Rights. Have you read their reports?  Do you realize how non-credible they are? They claim that they have "documented" (but they don't tell us how) 89 cases of chemical attacks by regime ONLY between March and August of 2015.  89 cases and no one knows about those cases except them.  And you know that Amnesty International and HRW work closely with this group?  They also claim that chemical attacks by the regime after passage of resolution 2118 killed 87 civilians and only 45 Syrian rebels.  In their tallies, the Syrian regime always manage to kill more civilians than rebels for some reason, and the number of Syrian rebels is always rather small in their tallies.  When will someone produce a study on Fabrications and Propaganda: Western media and human rights organizations in coverage of the Syrian war.  The tragedy is that here you have a brutal regime which certainly committed war crimes--just as the Syrian rebels have--and yet the fabrications by his enemies help him in fact because he can point out to their record of lies and fabrications.  The same thing happened with Saddam Husayn: no one disputed that Saddam Husayn was a brutal dictator and yet the US government managed to vomit so many lies and fabrications about his regime (remember those satellite picture which the lousy Madeleine Albright used to brandish at the UN, and in which it claimed that Saddam was constructing 78 new castles for himself during the war? Or do you remember US media and Western human rights organizations when they lied about how many people died in Libya by Qadhdhafi's gunfire only to justify the NATO intervention)?  The old Babylonian Talmudic saying applies to Western media and human rights organizations: you are not believed even when you tell the truth.  

How can you take Jordanian opposition seriously?

How can you take Jordanian opposition seriously when demonstrators during protests against the government carry portraits of the buffoonish king and chaats slogans of loyalty to his rule?

US influence on Arab politics: take Libya

Libyan government now requires that a woman needs a male guardian's permission to travel.  This never was the case in Libya.  This proves once again the horrible influence of American government on Arab politics: in every country where the US intervened or invaded, the politics of the country always became more sectarian and less secular.  If the the US were to invade Saudi Arabia, they are cable to make even more sectarian and more anti-secular--if that is possible.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Al-Azhar

If Al-Azhar devotes its curriculum to teaching Middle East cooking it would finally become beneficial.  

The Sudden death of the Russian ambassador at the UN: was he poisoned?

If the US ambassador in Moscow were to die "suddenly", I have no doubt that mainstream US media would have leveled the charge that he/she must have been poisoned by Putin.  

Sleazy Huffington Post Arabic

They have a full blast headline saying: "Female Politicians but Naked".  Kid you not. This is what the Huffington Post deal with the Qatari regime brought to the Arab world.

John McCain and Lebanese Army commander

John McCain with the clownish Lebanese commander-in-chief of the Army.  Notice in the background, there is a picture in which Dalai Lama bows down to McCain, and another one of McCain with Saudi King.  

Another in-depth analysis of the American right by the Guardian newspaper

"Why do all the women on Fox News look and dress alike? Republicans prefer blondes"

How Western media Arabic section operate

Arabic versions of Western media are mere mouthpieces of Gulf regimes. They are run by Arabs who aspire to one day work for Gulf regimes media so they are keen on ingratiating themselves with those tyrannical regimes. CNN Arabic published this fawning praise for UAE by a UAE academic without mentioning that the writer was recently arrested for mild disagreements with his government.

on John McCain, the hero of US liberals and media

"Rand Paul: If John McCain Were In Charge, U.S. ‘Would Be In Perpetual War’"  Who can disagree with Paul, here?

UAE and Saudi regime appetite for arms


immigrants and crime


This aspect of Israel is never written about in Western media

"Israeli Ministers Vote Down Gay Rights Bills on Eve of LGBT Rights Day in Knesset"

Tributes for `Umar `Abdul-Raman by Gulf regimes

The Jihadi militant Shaykh, `Umar `Abdul-Rahman, has been receiving tributes from supporters of Gulf regimes on social media.  Aljazeera described him as someone who "rejected tyranny" and who "defended human rights".  I kid you not.  Those Gulf regimes media say one thing to Western audiences and then another to their Arab audiences.

It could soon become a job description: that Arab leaders should have US citizenship

"of Somalia’s 24 presidential candidates, nine held American passports."

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Trump's sons in the UAE

They are among Muslims that they approve of.

Lousy American liberals and their love of Israeli occupation and aggression

Read this interview with Tim Kaine.  Let him tell you how much he loves Israeli occupation and aggression.  Yet, he is considered a critic of Israel by US liberal standards.

This is how you are considered a "critic of Israel" in the Democratic Party

This even applies to Bernie Sanders: criticisms of Israel is basically the ability to say (only): I don't agree with everything that Israel does. This is considered a brave statement according to the lousy standards of US liberals.  

How come Western correspondents and pundits are not shedding fake tears over people in Western Mosul?

"With military operations to retake western Mosul beginning, humanitarian organizations are warning that tens of thousands of families are at extreme risk. Recent surveys with key informants confirm that food and fuel supplies are dwindling, markets and shops have closed, running water is scarce and electricity in many neighborhoods is either intermittent or cut off."

"The Disturbing Alliance Between Zionists and Anti-Semites"

"The answer may lie in the history of the Zionist movement, a history which demonstrates that there is no inherent contradiction between Zionism and anti-Semitism. The two ideologies have in fact often worked in concert to achieve their shared goal: concentrating Jews in one place (so as to better avoid them in others). Even before the modern Zionist movement arose in the late 19th century, Christian philosophers and statesmen debated what to do with the “oriental” mass of Jewry in their midst. As the scholar Jonathan Hess of the University of North Carolina has noted, one “solution” popular among Enlightenment figures who harbored anti-Semitic feelings was to deport Jews to a colonial setting where they could be reformed. Johann Gottlieb Fichte, among the founders of German Idealism, noted in 1793 that the most effective protection Europeans could mount against the Jewish menace was to “conquer the holy land for them and send them all there.”  Indeed, Zionism crystallized as a political movement among European Jews explicitly to solve the problem of political anti-Semitism. For Zionist pioneers like Leo Pinsker and Theodor Herzl, anti-Semitism was an inevitable phenomenon that would occur at any time and place where Jews were a sizable minority. Normal relations with other nations could only be established by moving Jews to a place where they were a majority. Thus rather than pushing contemporary states and societies to devise new ways of accommodating difference, Zionist thinkers of Herzl’s generation ascribed to the logic that the Jewish “problem” could only be settled by removing Jews from European states...It has been with this history in mind that I approach contemporary debates about Donald Trump’s presidency and the alliance it fosters between members of the white nationalist “alt-right” on one hand, and a certain segment of American Jews, on the other. The argument that the latter should work with the former because they all share a commitment to “Greater Israel” belies the fact that not all allies, or alliances, are created equal. When Richard Spencer voices his admiration of Zionism (because, in his understanding, the movement stands first and foremost for racial homogeneity), we should realize that this is not incidental to his suggestion that America might be better off with a peaceful ethnic cleansing of those population segments that are not of white, European descent. Do American Jews really believe that they will pass muster within such a state? And are the swastikas and other acts of intimidation that have been so abundant since Trump’s victory really just peaceful incentives to realize that our true home is in a land far, far away The answer must be a resounding “no.”  Jewish life flourishes in pluralistic societies within which difference is not a “problem” to be resolved, but a fact to be celebrated. The alliance of right-wing Zionists and the alt-right should not be viewed as an abnormality, but the meeting of quite compatible outlooks that assert — each in their own way—that the world will only be secure once we all retreat to our various plots of ancestral land. Nationalist thinking of this sort wrought more than its fair share of damage during the twentieth century. Let’s not enact a repeat performance in the twenty-first."

Zionists scrambling to the defense of the anti-Semitic, misoygunistic Saudi regime

"Iran aimed to "undermine stability in every country in Middle East ... their main destination at the end of the day is Saudi Arabia," Avigdor Lieberman told delegatesthe Munich Security Conference, saying he was looking forward to hearing comments from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir." (thanks Basim)

Milo on US college campuses

Milo is not one person who can be simply silenced by protesters. He represents a movement which has roots and strongholds on US college campuses.  Milo was at UC, Berkeley because a student group at UC Berkeley had invited him.  US liberals still refuse to acknowledge Trump represents a movement: even after the election, liberals cite dubious polls to convince themselves that the entire country stands with Schumer.  

A press conference by Jihadi Fanatical leaders of Jordan (with regime consent)

It is stunning (not really) that Jordanian regime still sponsors and uses and manipulates the worst of the Jihadi Fanatical ideologues, like Abu Qatadah and Abu Muhammad Al-Maqdisi: it arrests people for complaint about inflation on Facebook but allows people like those Jihadi kooks to hold press conferences.  

Saudi regime foreign minister on Trump

He said in Munich that Trump is a "pragmatic businessman" who always wants to find solutions.  This is how Western media will cover his statement: they will say that Bashshar Al-Asad said that he is willing to work with Trump (and they skip the rest of his statement).

Union of Arab Writers and measuring Arab public opinion

I am always looking for evidence of Arab public opinion especially that Arab public opinion surveys can't always be trusted because 1) regimes often manipulate results; 2) Western polling firms often mistranslates questions and answers and often sub-contract their work to local unreliable firms; 3) polling don't take place in a free climate.  But here is one interesting case: the Union of Arab Writers met in Algeria and the statement was surprisingly (given regimes and Arab League's subservience to US-Israeli-Saudi alliance) tough against Israeli occupation and Trump's Muslim ban and hailed resistance to Israeli occupation and condemned all forms of normalization.

A split in the Gulf between the regimes

Qatari regime media relish to show how Trump shows contempt towards Gulf regimes, while Saudi and UAE regime media relish praising Trump and showing his hostility toward Iran. But Qatari regime also relishes publishing articles on how Trump will be tough toward Iran.  

Nothing great comes out of Gulf regimes-funded think tanks and centers

Sarah Leah Whitson (@sarahleah1)
Great report by @AtlanticCouncil - look forward to next one on #BreakingSanaa w strong condemnations by @madeleine @RNicholasBurnstwitter.com/atlanticcounci…

Bill Maher's career as an anti-Islam bigot is longer than that of Milo and many others: here is from 2001

I appeared on his show back in 2001.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Milo and Bill Maher

It is good to know that Bill Maher and Milo agreed on detestation of Islam and Muslims.

Trump praying

The sight of Trump praying is as fake as me praying.