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  • 'Heart-wrenching, harrowing, transfixing' -- NYT needs to end blackout on Blumenthal
    • Donald, I disagree with you on Sandy Tolan's book which even if aiming for empathy justifies Zionism. The fact that Zionist readers hated it shows how deluded they are, they should be glad. I also disagree with you on the phrase "both sides". I think this phrase is part of the liberal Zionist lexicon. One side is being crushed to the bone, the other side is doing the crushing. There is no nuance.

    • LOL it's pretty simple 1+1=2. Any sane voice is tarred with insanity/ambiguity even when that person expresses full respect for Judaism. It's almost like 1. Israel, not Judaism, is the religion and 2. being Jewish is a complete identity (which is the cornerstone of extremism). It seems even some Jewish secular or religious non-Zionists are not sure. Max B hasn't said a single controversial thing, he's a middle-of-the-road, Golden Rule humanitarian. Controversies around him only reveal how far to the right (aka wrong) his critics are.

  • JVP to Obama: 'Shared values' means opposing Israel's systematic discrimination against non-Jews
  • Sam Harris and the dangers of false atheism
    • Harris is a neocon warmonger, it's quite simple. However, Chomsky is overreaching - just like his position on BDS and the alleged strategic importance of that creepy parasite Israel to Empire - when he claims that New Atheists adhere to a religion of the state.

      Chomsky has an incredibly incorrect understanding of what "religion" is.

      As a more able-minded intellectual (and anthropologist), actually someone who has written several books on what "religion" is, Talal Asad says on the topic: "Let me first of all address the question of transcendence. The irony, it seems to me, is that although self-styled atheists say they reject “transcendence,” they are in fact subject (often willingly subject) to transcendent forces. Such as the transcendence of the market, which is a crucial part of modern capitalist society. And the transcendence of the state–the political form in which everyone lives in our world and makes absolute demands on our loyalty as citizens."

      So unless it can be proven that atheists dwell in an impossible vacuum, it must be stated that Chomsky and those who claim to reject "transcendence" are themselves hostage to transcendent forces whether of the market or Marxism or the state. It's not just the New Atheists, it's every one. That said, I find Chomsky's politics favourable and just. I'm just pinpointing logical deficiencies. Because Harris, Hitchens etc. are not just 'nationalists', and such a critique doesn't fully get at them. Two things, apart from atheist, that Harris definitely is: stupid and a tribal Zionist.

  • 'NYT' obit turns the murderous settler rabbi into a 'contentious firebrand'
    • Rudoren is a disgrace. The word "fulminate" comes to me when I think of liberal Zionists losing their cover and coming right out like mad in favour of the tribe. It's Rudoren fulminating among the throngs of Zionists. She can't possibly compare to the elegance of Hanan Ashrawi any day.

  • The U.S. is at last facing the neocon captivity
  • Netanyahu: Jerusalem was always the capital 'of the Jewish people alone'
    • Thanks for stating the truth, Mr Netanyahu, and making liberal Zionists squirm even you both are equally adept at "mowing the lawn". You are indeed the king of all Zionists. You should be heard by all men and women so we can thrust full-scale economic sanctions on your entire so-called country and all tribal enterprises abroad that aid you and foment war to profit your state and cause panic/pain/poverty and death for "unworthy" innocents.

  • 'NYT' plays shameless propagandist for Israel's threats to kill Lebanese civilians
  • Front-page attack in New York Times says BDS movement is driven by minorities' 'hostility toward Jews'
    • "If the Lobby was omnipotent, then Israel, with our help, would no longer be totally dependent. With their powerful military they could easily conquer a small petro-state and be independent. "

      Keith,

      Israel does not have the capabilities to conquer any state. Even its subjected Indigenous population must be walled, put 'on a diet' to be dealt with. It, however, has a track record in indiscriminate bombing. It is totally dependent on the U.S. and controls important levers of American policy in the Middle East. No one claims the Israel lobby is 'all powerful'. The empire would still suck but not as much and that would be the difference between saving many innocent lives. I believe the U.S. would still exercise intrigues but mostly 'soft power' after Vietnam.

    • The NYT is a propaganda sheet on foreign affairs and should be treated as one. The media is aligned to the state in a corporate and/or tribal embrace in Western democracies.

    • Well stated Blaine.

  • Rudoren covers up Shaked's genocidal statements in 'NYT'
  • A response to the 'Washington Post' blogger who calls me an anti-Semite
  • MSM's platform for Pamela Geller is equivalent to normalizing David Duke and Nazis
    • Fair enough. But interesting all the same that you choose to call yourself "German Lefty". Aren't you paying homage to the nation as a transcendent force. Likewise respecting the rights of Germans - yes! Respecting the ideology of the nation to which Germans belong - no! As an anthropologist once said:

      "Let me first of all address the question of transcendence. The irony, it seems to me, is that although self-styled atheists say they reject “transcendence,” they are in fact subject (often willingly subject) to transcendent forces. Such as the transcendence of the market, which is a crucial part of modern capitalist society. And the transcendence of the state–the political form in which everyone lives in our world and makes absolute demands on our loyalty as citizens. And then of course there is the transcendence of “free speech.” In liberal society we claim that it is sacred and therefore has an absolute character. But we know (or should know) that “free speech” inhabits a structured space: not only is “hate speech” legally forbidden in liberal societies, but there are also laws protecting the circulation of copyrighted material, and the reproduction of trademarks and patents without explicit permission. And of course government secrets and commercial secrets cannot be breached without incurring severe penalties, which is an aspect of the transcendence of the modern sovereign state. I have discussed this point elsewhere and argued that there is a crucial distinction in liberal societies between the circulation of representations that are regarded as property and those that are not. Claims to the absoluteness of “free speech” are not very persuasive in this context.

      "Another, problematic example of “non-religious” transcendence is of course “humanity” and the worship it requires. And very closely connected with it is the modern notion of (cultural and moral) progress, which is assumed to be an open-ended movement that transcends all particularities, and stands over and above particular improvements of some particular state of affairs, the righting of something that is evidently wrong. To reject the transcendent progress of humanity is not necessarily to accept the status quo for what it is. So I think the different forms of transcendence need to be critically examined."

      link to jadaliyya.com

    • You forgot to mention that Geller is a Zionist and the Islamophobia industry in the western world is profitably promoted by Israel's supporters like the clash of civilizations meme. One only needs to read the comments on even the Charlie Hebdo awards controversy anywhere online that many of these hate-mongers are Israel's supporters.

      Forcing quarrels between the West and Islam is a tired old Zionist tactic. Even the word "Islam" as used owes itself to propaganda memes of Lewis etc. against the grain of truly intelligent scholars like Talal Asad who has argued that it is a discursive tradition and not an object like Zionists make it out to be. If you think criticism of Islam doesn't exist and Geller is filling the space, you are living in outer space. No religion and no religious group has faced as much criticism or scholarly concern in human history as Islam has in the last decade. As for Holocaust denial, you have proven yourself very good at misfiring that charge. I don't consider you and yours any more sacred and worthy of respect than a villager in Latin America or Asia and I don't expect anything more in return. It would be an injustice otherwise. Man, try to be equitable in your thoughts.

    • That's like saying that someone exposing the power net of the House of Saud, its political meddling, great wealth and propping up Takfiris, is an Islamophobe.

      Enough with Zionists' silly accusations. Good on Giles for speaking facts. Reflexive knee-jerk reactions stemming from self-entitlement and paranoia to the clearest of skies are not his fault; e.g. one minute Zionists are talking about fears of ISIL and next minute arming them (and finding a reason to justify that).

  • Spanish Jews resisted oppression in tunnels and, exiled, clutched their keys
    • Krauss, are you aware that originally the Jews didn't belong to Europe? Or that all humans came from Africa? Also if we follow your train of thought and look at the US where certain Jews enjoy immense monopoly/mutual congratulations, pats on each other's backs/networking etc. over the media/movie industry/publishing at the expense of the Native Americans or even the Europeans, it's not going to end well for anyone.

  • Leaked Sony emails reveal Hollywood execs efforts to support Israel
    • This is what can be achieved if group formation and activities are bound by tribalism. Perhaps the only way to defeat Zionism is for every national or ethnic group to do likewise and come up with some sort of mafia style liberal identity and ethnically cleanse others in their mythic emotionally/militarily abused foreign spaces and make themselves big abroad by sticking together and hailing each other for their fine performance as successful, intelligent human beings.

  • Israel could reduce anti-Semitic violence by not calling itself the Jewish state, Finkelstein says
  • Yarmouk-based NGO chronicles week of ISIS attacks on the Palestinian refugee camp in Syria
    • ISIL and its supporters despise the very idea of Palestine. It goes against their cultish lens because like the Zionists their success depends on the displacement of others. They are willing to travel from liberal democracies to fight for their tribe and create new waves of refugees. They aim for a Greater Caliphate like Eretz Israel, not some pesky human determination or social justice. They can't recognise tears on people's faces. All along making big claims for themselves and their messiah Ibrahim Al-Badri. Like the Zionist project, the ISIL project is doomed with the looming power shift in the Middle East.

  • The liberal Zionist lament: Joe Klein and Jodi Rudoren try to explain away Israeli racism
    • +100, just!

    • "But with a derisive laugh, she said ..."

      That stood out well. Liberal Zionists are malevolent when cornered. That's because Bibi or not they are Zionists at the end of the day. The embarrassment's all about self-image. Liberal Zionism sticks out sorely even in the old liberal colonial coats. They are the only class of tribal supremacists to get not just a pass but a mantle of intellectualism in today's world and have other members of their tribe congratulate them over "spectacularly good, really great stuff" even while expressing the ugliest bigotry and utter stupidity. They can't see it, just can't. The much rumoured Jewish intelligence seems to have been severely dulled by Zionism for those who subscribe to Zionism. These guys are f****** stupid.

  • American Jews are taking back their power from Israel
    • PHIL- “In 1967, American Jews fell in love with Israel and made a solemn promise to protect the country through thick and thin.”

      And why is this fact not widely scrutinised? Why is one form of tribal militancy (JSIL) permissible and another (ISIL) not? Both are barbaric cults. I believe Zionism is not just centred on the lobby but like other propaganda cults is a matter of consciousness.

  • Why I hope Netanyahu will be crushed tonight
    • Call me a pessimist but liberal Zionism - open any oped, so-called academic opinion by so-called forward thinking Zionist liberal and you will be alerted to the same unhinged paranoia - will never deliver the Palestinians outside the Wall. Liberal Zionism is more a case of dissatisfaction than honest humanism. It will keep the Occupation alive because Zionism says so.

    • Walid I think the Israel lobby is split between neoconservatives and liberal Zionists even if they often merge. The clash between the two (even though many lib zios like Goldberg were rabble rousing for an attack on Iran) and the lib zio support for Obama allowed that to happen. Obama being a politician would never take a risk without his lib Zio support base. While the Israel lobby is not all powerful, it is currently the most powerful force and enabler of US policy in the Middle East.

  • Settlers' video accuses B'Tselem, Breaking the Silence, Peace Now and New Israel Fund of collaborating with Nazi anti-Semites
    • Yes Mooser, well said. The Inquisition misappropriated the word "heresy", which took a noble form in Europe, but "heresy" stands as an important corrective to Zionism and Takfirism which should be labelled as such without any historical emotion invested in a purely European experiment. Let's call it what it is: heresies, because this time it's the heretics who are burning and killing. May monotheism, in my view the purest and highest contemplation of universal brotherhood and rational truth, prosper beyond the ideological and primordial contradictions of states, tribes and divisions that claim to speak in its name. One God or Ultimate Reality, one man, and man's responsibility on earth. Cheers.

  • My fellow Muslim-Americans, in the wake of Chapel Hill we can’t stop speaking out - even if our voices shake
    • Walid, I understand some of your concerns but in what way is the Canadian imam representative of "minority" community opinion? Why are nutcases like him time and again selected as the yardstick for tolerance? I again disagree regarding the prayer space demanded by students - these spaces give working class immigrant communities and students space for belonging. It is their right. There are bars and even cinemas on campuses. I don't even see it in terms of religion but as the egalitarian right of human communities to spaces of meaning and belonging. After all we don't live in Pol Pot's Cambodia or Saudi Arabia. Or do we? That would be an amazing recipe for alienation and ghettoisation.

  • Settler shoots Palestinian teenager in East Jerusalem
    • Wahhabism functions through tribal authority where any narrative is understood as a danger to its foundation and rule. This is enforced through a police state. E.g. Saudi Arabia exported its 'religious police' or enablers of Wahhabi authority to Afghanistan, and ISIL is merely following in that tradition, in this case safeguarding Al Baghdadi's position and philosophy:

      link to theguardian.com

      "When he made his speech in July at Mosul’s Great Mosque declaring the creation of an Islamic state with himself as its caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi quoted at length from the Indian/Pakistani thinker Abul A’la Maududi, the founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in 1941 and originator of the contemporary term Islamic state.

      "Maududi's Islamic state is profoundly shaped by western ideas and concepts. He takes a belief shared between Islam and other religious traditions, namely that God alone is the ultimate judge of a person, and transforms this – reframing God’s possession of judgment into possession of, and ultimately monopoly of, “sovereignty”. Maududi also draws upon understandings of the natural world governed by laws that are expressions of the power of God – ideas at the heart of the 17th-century scientific revolution. He combines these in a vision of the sovereignty of God, then goes on to define this sovereignty in political terms, affirming that “God alone is the sovereign” (The Islamic Way of Life). The state and the divine thus fuse together, so that as God becomes political, and politics becomes sacred."

      It's like a mix of a communist/revolutionary barbarity with cries of Allaho Akbar and lots of sadistic pleasure in throat slitting. Muhammad Asad warned against mixing "revolution" with religion. Maududi's ideology is the cornerstone of Wahhabist barbarism. He has created an explosive mix of revolution and religion, two things that should never mix.

    • Walid, or rather books that confront their cruel ideology. For example, there were burnings of Muhammad Asad's translation of the Qur'an in Morocco during his own time and it is banned in Saudi Arabia. However I don't ever remember barbarism on this scale in the Arab Middle East, it is almost like the Mongols on steroids. I personally have long boycotted all the poor quality, anti-intellectual, stupid literature pumped out by the various gulf regimes and exported worldwide to gullible audiences. These ISIL guys would no doubt stone many of us or behead us for heresy. It's really sickening what they are doing to minorities, Yazidis, other Muslims and anyone against that latest megalomaniac Al Baghdadi.

  • Lawrence Summers says BDS movement is 'persecuting' Israel
  • Drones over Auschwitz and Gaza
    • "Most humans beings are concerned with suffering today not yesterday…cant change the past, can only change the present."

      Well spoken, American. I'd add most human being are concerned with suffering in the human sense, the problem is when tribal nationalists and Zionists turn suffering as their private province. Victimology and the accompanying paranoia is a major cognitive element of Zionism. I don't like the mental illness analogy for Zionism because it excuses it. Zionism is a conscious enterprise like lying or killing.

  • State Dep't says Netanyahu speech is not inappropriate, disrespectful, humiliating or embarrassing
    • "the Arab states opposed to Iran do it all the time, and the British prime minister, David Cameron, lobbied Congress earlier this month on behalf of Obama’s Iran policy, and against the arguments of the Republicans."

      Goldberg can't help himself mentioning Iran getting that subliminal thing going, shamelessly setting his target in the official eye every chance he gets. This guy is not a journalist.

  • 'NYT' and Matthews warn that Netanyahu speech to Congress could lead US to war
    • Israel has repeatedly violated the sovereignty of Syria, Iraq and Iran. It continues to do so through terrorist actions. Its neocon agents in the US in conjunction with the Dick Cheneys from the Bernard Lewis University gave us the Iraq war. Imagine a Hezbollah style trained force in a United Middle East; the Zionists would be pissing in their fruit loops, that's why JSIS supports ISIS.

    • Walid, no. I have opposed the Syrian "rebels" since their propaganda began circulating in Muslim circles. I don't see Assad as a monster any more than I see any of the other autocrats in the region. I was shocked by the Hitlerian propaganda posters designed no doubt by Saudi or hasbara pr teams. Btw, I'm not a Shia or Sunni for that matter. I believe these are nationalism labels. I'm convinced that only a non-sectarian, egalitarian, human rights based Middle East will be able to offset foreign interference or at least a Middle East that is not run out of Saudi Arabia or Israel. What has produced the chaos is the matrix of imperialism, autocrats and Saudi support for Takfiris everywhere. Assad is part of the problem but not the only problem and less of a problem than ISIL or JSIL. When the situation has evolved to a state of peace and calm it is up to civic society not militant Takfiri thugs to decide who runs Syria. It'll be interesting what shape Saudi Arabia takes in the next couple of months.

    • Thanks just. Same amoral goals in quest for purity and built on lies, both helping each other out.

    • With all the browbeating against Islam, Iran etc. there's something people don't understand though the hasbara brigade will have you believe otherwise. The fact is that traditional states like Iran will be among the last in the world to think of using nuclear weapons. Even secular, liberal western states will use them before Iran; I'm afraid the real tragedy will happen with Israel killing millions of Iranians. If there is world war 3, it will be lit by Zionist paranoia.

      The most dangerous and immoral States in the Middle East are ISIL and JSIL. ISIL in its prior reincarnation as the "rebels" already used chemical weapons in Syria supplied by Bandar and the propaganda was planted by the hasbara brigade that it was Asad. The world should concentrate on taking out these two lunatic states, ISIL and JSIL, before their psychopathy erupts into nuclear genocide.

  • Living in Israel isn't the solution to antisemitism
    • Israel judges people on how best they serve Zionism. This man's actions contradicted the clash of civilizations meme Israel has been promoting in the west for ages. For eg. Paul Berman, an intellectualy dishonest Zionist, has even written a book on African-American-Jewish solidarity called Blacks and Jews. The answer is always: what's good for Zionism which many Zionists even translate as what's good for the Jews having conflated the two. Zionists have been exploiting many Indigenous and coloured people in arguments for equality etc. while supporting a fascist, apartheid state run by their co-ideologues. It's always about what's good for them. Even ethics is seen through a tribal lens.

  • Diaspora Jews are not in 'exile,' they are at home
  • On CNN, Boteach lectures two prominent Muslims about freedom they 'enjoy' in US and Israel
    • Annie: "the rabbi should stick to what he knows, love cannot be reduced to an “emotion”."

      True that, the rabbi should get with some chewing gum and otherwise keep his mouth shut since he doesn't know anything. That's a great way of introducing Samantha Power at some gathering as well.

    • “It was about how Jewish lust was better and more lasting than Christian love.”

      To explain my last point better: once again a Zionist (Boteach) shortchanges Judaism for the sake of Zionism. He denies Judaism and Jews the very concept of love which he portrays as a purely Christian concept. In doing so he robs Jews of their very humanity; the denial serves a militant purpose i.e the purpose of Zionism. He denies a universal concept.This is a prime example of anti-Semitism and Zionism converging. Zionism is the antithesis of Judaism as can be seen in this example and Zionists and Jews believe in very opposite things just as the opposition b/w Takfiris and Muslims.

    • "It was about how Jewish lust was better and more lasting than Christian love."

      What a creep. It also seems like a disguised attack on the theological Christian concept of love, which is underestimated by many in its shaping of civil society. Zio-supremacists like him are the biggest anti-Semites. He is supporting difference and letting go of "love" just to make himself superior. He comes across as the opposite.

  • Why do Muslims object to depictions of their prophet?
    • "He hoped/expected Judaism to declare him the continuation of their tradition. It didn’t happen and that irked him. So tension was created and always existed between the final prophecy and those that did not accept Muhammad."

      That's an ideological Zio-supremacist view not supported by any mainstream historians. According to Zionists that's the whole psychoanalysis. They fail to explain the Prophet's cordial political relations with Christians and yet the Islamic critique of the Trinity etc. exists at a deep level. Get over yourself. Jews were only one in a handful of communities in Arabia. They were not the victims but active players like everybody else. Some Jews were allied to the Prophet, some conspired against like all the others trying to hold on to their power and influence. There was no single "the Jews".

      Another problem with it is that it assumes Jews were far too intelligent not to accept Muhammad or Jesus for their prophet. Why was there then a long line behind Sabbatai Zevi? The point is Jews are human beings like everybody else. You are indulging in two false narratives: victimology and superiority. You don't tell us how monotheism preceded Judaism, how many legends and myths are borrowed from non-Jewish sources without acknowledgment. You don't even know that history unfolds itself through critique of previous ideas. No religion would exist if it wasn't responding to what came before. The Prophet Muhammad never claimed to bring a new message. Islam shares many similar rituals with Judaism but there are different even on many other levels as well.

    • "This ban might be a cultural tradition, but it is not my cultural tradition, or ours."

      In effect, you would accept it if it was your cultural tradition? Who is forcing anyone to accept anything? Are you comparing those critical of the nature of Charlie Hebdo to the murderous actions of the Kouachi brothers? Because 'we' don't believe in the same saints? We don't have a right to free speech and expression?

    • Extremely informative post Kate. Yes why doesn't Charlie Hebdo lampoon Daesh? Why make unenlightened, tribal judgments about the Prophet while ignorant of him. In the name of enlightenment to boot. Charlie Hebdo is not satire, it's ignorance - I'm being kind here - and too proud to learn. Satire at least knows the subject.

  • It's not the cartoons-- a contrarian perspective from a Muslim cartoonist
    • "Why? Because you can’t hurt prophet Muhammed."

      Yes and no way of drawing the Prophet Muhammad or Jesus for that matter. It's logically impossible. All attempts at such fantastic feats reveal more about the artist.

      "France’s Muslim population originates predominantly from its former North African colonies including Algeria. France’s brutal colonization of Algeria lasted 132 years and during the 8 year Algerian war of independence, 1 million Algerians died. It was only 50 years ago that the French left Algeria. Amedy Coulibaly, the suspect in the kosher supermarket shootings was of Senegalese origin, another former French colony. The cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo, the descendants of colonizers, felt that printing cartoons mocking the beliefs of former colonial subjects was somehow a funny and cool thing to do."

      The key point in the cause of this tragedy. In my view bolstered by the false confidence given by the rise of Daesh; to make use of disaffected young men with identity crises; misleading them into the meaning of redemption. It could also be al-Qaeda trying to steal headlines from Daesh. The sin of the two brothers is falling for the devil's whispers and committing twelve murders, wounding others and threatening a baby's life. And lastly taking the name of God in vain.

      Excellent article.

  • When blasphemy is bigotry: The need to recognise historical trauma when discussing Charlie Hebdo
    • Fair enough. Thanks Piotr.

    • Thanks Annie.

    • No, that's what we are led to think. A Takfiri is essentially a disaffected member of society who clings on to Islam and indulges in utopian, revolutionary practices to give himself a purpose. He is not a theologian of any sorts. The Takfiri is nothing more than the sheep in the barn of megalomaniacs like Al-Baghdadi and bin Laden. Megalomaniacs are a common sight in every kind of politics. Megalomaniacs are also psychopaths. See Tamer Lane or Hitler or even the gods in the Greek myths. They are unable/unwilling to hold themselves to account for their actions. Baghdadi also happens to be a sadist and serial killer who enjoyed blowing up geckos in pet shops.

    • Rural Pakistan and India share a strong honour culture, origin's prob in the Punjab that the countries share. In this respect honour killing and blasphemy are both inter related. On blasphemy, it is far from the usual definition. ISIS would be considered blasphemers. It isn't helpful to look at religions and say "But the race to reach higher levels of fanatical strictness that at occasion leads to murders is not a unique specialty of Islam, and in the last year one can find examples among Christians, Jews, Buddhists and perhaps Hindu as well (I did not follows events in India closely in 2014)." The context of violence is important, in this case the rise of Daesh and the call to arms. If it was a case of simple blasphemy, why wasn't Charlie Hebdo attacked ages ago?

    • People need to check this out: link to posthypnotic.randomstatic.net

      "Thursday 5 December 2013 by Olivier Cyran
      He worked there from 1992 to 2001, before walking out, angered by “the dictatorial behaviour and corrupt promotion practices” of a certain Philippe Val [former CH editor - trans.] Since then, Olivier Cyran has been an observer from a distance, outside the walls, of the evolution of Charlie Hebdo and its growing obsession with Islam. He went over this long-term drift on the occasion of an opinion piece in Le Monde, signed by Charb [Stéphane Charbonnier, one of the cartoonists murdered in January 2015 - trans.] and Fabrice Nicolino...

      Postscript 11 January 2015: to all those who think that this article was validation in advance of the shameful terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo (that they were asking for it), the editorial team of Article 11 would like to give a hearty middle finger to such vultures. To make things absolutely clear, please see this text.

      ....

      "Racist? Charlie Hebdo was certainly no such thing at the time when I worked there. In any case, the idea that the mag would expose itself to such an accusation would have never occurred to me. There had, of course been some Francocentrism, as well as the editorials of Philippe Val. These latter were subject to a disturbing fixation, which worsened over the years, on the “Arabic-Muslim world”. This was depicted as an ocean of barbarism threatening, at any moment, to submerge the little island of high culture and democratic refinement that was, for him, Israel. But the boss’s obsessions remained confined to his column on page 3, and overflowed only rarely into the heart of the journal which, in those years, it seemed me, throbbed with reasonably well-oxygenated blood.

      "Scarcely had I walked out, wearied by the dictatorial behaviour and corrupt promotion practices of the employer, than the Twin Towers fell and Caroline Fourest arrived in your editorial team. This double catastrophe set off a process of ideological reformatting which would drive off your former readers and attract new ones - a cleaner readership, more interested in a light-hearted version of the “war on terror” than the soft anarchy of [cartoonist] Gébé. Little by little, the wholesale denunciation of “beards”, veiled women and their imaginary accomplices became a central axis of your journalistic and satirical production. “Investigations” began to appear which accepted the wildest rumours as fact, like the so-called infiltration of the League of Human Rights (LDH) or European Social Forum (FSE) by a horde of bloodthirsty Salafists[2]. The new impulse underway required the magazine to renounce the unruly attitude which had been its backbone up to then, and to form alliances with the most corrupt figures of the intellectual jet-set, such as Bernard-Henri Lévy or Antoine Sfeir, cosignatories in Charlie Hebdo of a grotesque “Manifesto of the Twelve against the New Islamic Totalitarianism”[3]. Whoever could not see themselves in a worldview which opposed the civilized (Europeans) to obscurantists (Muslims) saw themselves quickly slapped with the label of “useful idiots” or “Islamo-leftists”.

      "In a video posted on the Charlie Hebdo website at the end of 2011, we saw you, Charb, imitate the Islamic call to prayer, to the rapt giggles of your little buddies. What a hilarious new version of the Qur’anic recitation for your magazine’s deadline; Michel Leeb [famous French impressionist - trans.] could not have done better. What collective poison would you have had to stew in to get to this point? From what psychological depths did you drag up the nerve to “laugh” at a cartoon representing veiled women baring their buttocks as they bow in prayer towards “Mecca-relle” [a pun on maquerelle, the madam of a brothel - trans.]? This pathetic stream of crap isn’t even shameful; its stupidity embarrasses you, even before it reveals your state of mind, your vision of the world.

      "Of course, Charlie Hebdo isn’t limited to this one subject. They write and draw on many other topics. I can well believe that many readers buy your journal because of your support for animal rights, or because of [writers] Cavanna or Nicolino, or for the funny pictures, or to congratulate Bernard Maris after his nomination to the national board of the Bank of France, another den of thrills and giggles. But I doubt that many of them don’t get some small, shameful pleasure from your continual repetition of Islamophobic obsessions - without which, the magazine would fall from their hands. There are even some - you can’t deny it - who buy it mainly because of that: to see what “Charlie” is going to shove in their faces this week. I must admit, that’s good business."

  • Why I am not Charlie
    • Walid, regarding the next big issue: what I don't get is why Charlie Hebdo and its most passionate supporters are running a free speech circuit on the backs of a largely poor section of French citizens. Housed in the banliues of all places. Also their depictions of the Prophet are unrealistic, cobbled together stereotypical Afghan Arabs. Their research is lazy to say the least; why research when you are enlightened. I've read they've been sued a number of times by the Catholics. It's stupid and cruel to beat the disadvantaged and jobless on the head in the name of tradition. The descendants of the colonised Algerians in Algeria may still feel colonised in France and they are being given a reason to feel that they are. That's the point: the "satirists" are paying homage to their own perceived "tradition" not on its own merit but at the expense of the angry and poor. Hebdo may be well-intentioned in the sense of including major French religions in their ridicule but there is wide power imbalance in society and further entrenches disadvantage. Chris Hedges has a great article up: link to truthdig.com. Thanks for the link to the Guardian. I must also say this is a great time for the corporate media.

    • Speaking as a Muslim, I condemn this heinous act against fellow children of Adam. Neither Charlie Hebdo nor Jyllands-Posten ever drew the Prophet, how can you draw someone you have not seen? They instead drew weird fantasies of their own mind reflecting their own anxieties and pleasures. The Meccans did much worse and didn't have to die. As for free speech and satire in France, I'm a cultural relativist. I find some French attitudes annoying e.g. the notion that they are somehow more enlightened than the rest. That translates in this case into a right to ridicule the precious meanings of socio-economically deprived members their former colony. However, killing innocent and defenceless human beings is a great sin and has no justification in Islam. Just as the Popes of ages past gave passports to heaven, the Takfiris are distributing passports to heaven to young men looking for the thrill. Chris Hedges writes: "Becoming a holy warrior, a jihadist, a champion of an absolute and pure ideal, is an intoxicating conversion, a kind of rebirth that brings a sense of power and importance." However there is no heaven for the doers of evil.

  • Don't let's go to the war of civilizations again
    • Krauss, good on you for giving an inch or two, or let's call it the whole yard, since last time. Yes US intervention does fan the flames - call it the flame - and yes Muslims have a lot to work on. You write massive percentage of Muslims support the Islamist ideology, but duck Judaism with Christianity. The fact is an overwhelming number of Jews support Zionism. This includes academics and journalists. Christians definitely come off better I agree; in fact they are some of the most anti-tribal, universal people on today's planet. So drop that baton and join the line.

  • Happy holidays from the IDF
    • Annie reported this in May 2013:

      link to mondoweiss.net

    • Jon s, why on earth do you think Israel has been striking Syria since mid last year? This includes government infrastructure in cahoots with the Takfiris. This was even on Mondoweiss and just the beginning of partnership between two varieties of fascist killers:

      link to mondoweiss.net

      Israel's interests are obvious as is the lack of any moral consciousness against setting firing to people their entire ideology has been dehumanising. Part of the plan is to divide and conquer.

    • Thanks Walid. First saw the story of ISIS barbarians enslaving and raping Yazidi girls a while back. There is no demonic depth they won't sink into. The regimes that empowered this evil are responsible for the actions of ISIS as well including you-know-who that has been carrying out strikes against Syria since the very beginning. All those pathetic f***** in the Gulf bankrolling this monster will, if there is a God in heaven, answer these girls for the rapes and abuse.

    • What awesome propaganda. ISIS seem to have learned from these maniacs in the pr and genocide department. But this form of celebration for killing is permissible.

  • Shmuley Boteach taunts Palestinian solidarity demonstrators in NY
    • Boteach is a disgraceful human being. The fact he's well connected shows how bad it is in the US. Those pro-justice protestors drowned out his petty squeaks without a fraction of the panting. There is an almost disbelief in his attitude; he just can't handle it out outside his Zionist tribal bubble. He should blow some Sodastream up his rear for leverage.

  • On eve of University of California honor, Bill Maher defends anti-Muslim hate speech in Vanity Fair interview
    • Walid, the Qur'an can only be understood as a unified text. The Zionist interpretation - Yonah's - is always about "the Jews," who were only one of several community-actors in the Qur'an and early Islamic history, Mecca/Medina differences all of which as been refuted by recent Western scholars against the first wave of Orientalism. Thr verse quote you've give is in fact of the Medina Period. Let's look at the full verse:

      2:47

      O children of Israel! Remember those blessings of Mine with which I graced you, and how I favoured you above all other people; (2:48) and remain conscious of [the coming of] a Day when no human being shall in the least avail another, nor shall intercession be accepted from any of them, nor ransom taken from them,35 and none shall be succoured.

      Footnote 35 (Muhammad Asad) to this verse: The "taking of ransom ('adl)" is an obvious allusion to the Christian doctrine of vicarious
      redemption as well as to the Jewish idea that "the chosen people" - as the Jews considered themselves - would be exempt from punishment on the Day of Judgment. Both these ideas are categorically refuted in the Qur'an.

      Please check the second ref in this link: link to usc.edu

      Also search for 'chosen people' - way too many - in the document. I'm on an iPad and have difficulty typing, copy/pasting.

      In short, The Qur'an Is opposed to tribalism, racism, genealogical virtue etc. whether that comes from Zionism or the ISIS.

    • I was raised in Baylon by Yusuf:

    • Walid, as communicated to you once before the Qur'an is against the concept of "chosen people" whether that happen to be Jews or Arabs. Put it simply, it condemns it.

    • "Karen Armstrong is an intellect, who has written around 25 books on religion, acclaimed by so many, for her deep thinking,"

      VS

      "Bill Maher stand up comedian, self proclaimed zionists" who's just missing a cherry nose.

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