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John Chuckman is former chief economist for a large Canadian oil company. He has many interests and is a lifelong student of history. He writes with a passionate desire for honesty, the rule of reason, and concern for human decency. John regards it as a badge of honor to have left the United States as a poor young man from the South Side of Chicago when the country embarked on the pointless murder of something like 3 million Vietnamese in their own land because they embraced the wrong economic loyalties. He lives in Canada, which he is fond of calling “the peaceable kingdom.” John’s writing appears regularly on many Internet sites. He has been translated into at least ten languages and has been regularly translated into Italian and Spanish. Several of his essays have been published in book collections, including two college texts. He has published a book, The Decline of the American Empire and the Rise of China as a Global Power, published by Constable and Robinson, London. John also writes book reviews. Apart from his writing since retiring from the oil industry, John has taught university courses in economics, done a good deal of private tutoring, served as a professional newspaper restaurant reviewer (he likes cooking), followed his favorite hobby of photography, and created a popular family of image blogs on the Internet. John may be reached directly at: [email protected] SOME INTERNET SITES FROM JOHN CHUCKMAN: CHUCKMAN’S PORT STANLEY CHUCKMAN’S MONTREAL CHUCKMAN’S ILES DE LA MADELEINE (MAGDALEN ISLANDS) CHUCKMAN’S GODERICH CHUCKMAN PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: CHICAGO NOSTALGIA AND MEMORABLIA (SELECTED POSTCARDS AND RESTAURANT ITEMS) CHUCKMAN’S PLACES ON WORDPRESS CHUCKMAN’S PHOTOS ON WORDPRESS: TORONTO NOSTALGIA AND MEMORABLIA CHUCKMAN’ S NON-SPORTS TRADING CARDS OF THE 1950s VOL.1/4 CHUCKMAN’S ROBOTS CHUCKMAN’S ART CHUCKMAN’S GALLERY OF GROTESQUES CHUCKMAN’S CARTOON COMMENTS CHUCKMAN’S MISCELLANEA OF WORDS CHUCKMAN’S COMMENTS FROM THE WORLD PRESS CHUCKMAN’S POLITICAL ESSAYS


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  • US smooths Israel's path to annexing West Bank
    • What on earth did the Palestinian people ever do to deserve their fate?

      The Holocaust was the work of Germans against other Germanic people (the Ashkenazi who dominate Israel and Zionism) on another continent, three-quarters of a century ago.

      Yet the Palestinians must endlessly pay the price, a terrible price.

      And, of course, the Israeli injustice is strongly supported by America, a country which absolutely refused to take any refugees before Hitler began the Holocaust. It was quite blunt about it.

      And a country whose great companies and wealthy people greatly assisted Hitler's rise and early success.

      The American Bund in the 1930s was a big movement in America, one whose uniforms and practices looked for all the world like the Nazi SA.

      Possibly the most anti-Semitic book ever written was written by an American, a rich and famous one, Henry Ford. Hitler quite admired him.

      And America was a country which had literally institutionalized many aspects of anti-Semitism right up into the 1960s.

      The Ivy League Universities (very much including Harvard) and many important institutions had strict quotas on the number of Jews who were accepted.

      Many American clubs and fraternal organizations banned them completely.

      Yet today, this "brave" country with its stunningly cowardly and prejudiced past is the great defender of all things Israeli, that is, so long it’s the Palestinians paying the price.

      Just shameful, all of it.

  • AIPAC is suddenly getting a lot of bad press, in Jewish papers and 'Washington Post'
  • Dear Prince William, if you have to go, make it count
    • Princes get sent only as confirmation of status quo.

      A crowd-pleasing "movie star" appearance for the receiving nation.

      Never anything else.

      And look who is sending him?

      Theresa May is loyally attached to Britain's Israel Lobby.

      We have many indications for that.

  • Gideon Levy on Israeli denial: 'Anyone who raises a question is demolished'
  • The amended 'Israel Anti-Boycott Act' is still unconstitutional, and still must be stopped
    • Good Lord, why is Israel and its American apologists so determined to see anti-democratic laws passed in the United States on behalf of another country?

      There's people working on this stuff all the time in one state or another. It's actually scandalous.

      Could it be a hint of just how unfair they understand their situation is, that they can only feel secure standing behind a shield of unfair laws in other countries?

      Of course, one must remember that Israel has no Bill of Rights, nor can it ever have one, given the nature of its basic laws and assumptions.

      So, maybe they don't understand what rights are?

      They sure grant none to the Palestinians.

  • Schumer and Dems outdo Trump at AIPAC-- there's no peace because 'Palestinians don't believe in Torah'
    • "Schumer and Dems outdo Trump at AIPAC"

      "Outdo" is an understatement.

      "there’s no peace because ‘Palestinians don’t believe in Torah’"?

      It's almost beyond belief that a senior Senator of the world's most powerful nation says something like that in public.

      What is the name of God do ancient religious documents have to do with affairs of state 2500 years later?

      Since when do religious documents get cited by a government which is secular and legally allows freedom both of, and from, religion?

      Why aren't the Greeks citing Homer to the Turks?

      At least that would be more intelligent than citing ancient religious mumbo-jumbo.

  • Universities are demanding professors disavow BDS before being allowed to speak on campus
    • Who controls the flow of donations (or at least a sizable portion of them) controls the flow of speech and thought at American universities.

  • Israel is trying to 'suck America into' Iranian war that could lead to world war -- Lawrence Wilkerson
    • Iran is a very large country - more people than any European country except Germany - and it is potentially a very wealthy one.

      It is completely normal and natural for them to have contacts and arrangements and alliances throughout the region.

      Why would any thinking person think of them as being somehow less worthy of relationships and influence among their neighbors than, say, France?

      And what, in fact, Iran has done in Syria is to fight genuine terror, doing so at the invitation of the Syrian government. This of course contrasts rather sharply with American and Saudi and Israeli sponsorship of the very same terror, using it as a way to topple a government they do not like and to effectively partition the country.

      Israel arbitrarily decided long ago that Iran was its enemy. Why would that be?

      Not because Iran has ever threatened Israel because it has not, although the lunatic now running Israel has very much threatened Iran.

      And look at the historical record. Iran has attacked no one in its modern history. No one.

      Israel, by contrast, has literally attacked every neighbor that it has, some of them two or more times. Israel has also been the whispering voice behind America's terrible Neocon Wars which have killed a couple of million people and destroyed several countries.

      Israel's behavior is based on the idea that it should be the region's hegemon, despite its tiny population the size of London.

      That automatically means that a very large and potentially powerful country like Iran is branded an enemy.

      With this arbitrary view of Israel’s, there is a kind of anti-physics which comes into play in which a very small state feels that it should have a far larger state orbiting it. It is not unlike the idea of the Middle Ages’ scholastics that the sun and other large celestial bodies orbit the earth.

      It is ridiculous, of course, but it is very dangerous and it only gains any traction because Israel's subsidizing "mother country" pretty well does what is demanded of it in the region, as with the terribly destructive Neocon Wars.

      It is about time for the international community to pressure Israel into living as a normal state, to stop threatening and attacking all its neighbors. That is the only real solution to the problems Israel generates in the region.

      Iran is not going to attack Israel, but what we should all fear from concern for peace and decency is Israel's attacking Iran or manipulating the United States into doing so.

      Trump's recent rhetoric about this absolutely law-abiding state is frightening. Everyone knows they have scrupulously kept their word on the nuclear agreement.

      Just as everyone knows Israel has broken every international law and agreement on the books with its nuclear weapons and threats, as well as its nuclear proliferation work with the old Nationalist South African government, which briefly and secretly became a minor nuclear power thanks to Israel.

      We need to be less concerned with Israel's endless and consuming fears (which are unwarranted and indeed used as a constant excuse to hurt others) and become more concerned with its behaving like a normal state honoring the rule of law.

      Isn't it time, too, to stop making the innocent people of the Middle east pay for what a European people (the Germans) did to another European people (the Askenazi Jews) three-quarters of a century ago? None of the Holocaust had anything to do with the Middle East.

      There are many examples in history which closely resemble Israel’s threatening behavior towards Iran, examples which are extremely destructive and should provide us with a warning.

      The Nazis claimed, from the beginning, that Russia (then the USSR) was a threat to Europe and the West. Using this fear/excuse, they launched the most destructive event in all of human history when they invaded Russia, eventually killing 27 million Soviets and millions of their own.

      I think the parallels with Israel's attitudes, statements, and threats towards Iran are clear.

  • Jared Kushner's swift rise and long, long fall
    • That Jared Kushner ever enjoyed the highest level of security clearance is astonishing.

      He has no standing in government. No history. No record of expertise. Never elected to anything. He is under no formal oversight. He possesses no expert qualifications of any kind.

      His father is a convicted felon.

      Jared Kushner himself maintains the most intimate relationship with a foreign power, Israel, and its flagrantly-corrupt Prime Minister.

      Kushner has already done some things for his family business which are extremely questionable, as his promoting a family development by telling Asians they would be able to obtain American residence if they bought into it.

      All this, while half the government of the United States insanely busies itself looking under beds and rugs, tearing itself apart, for evidence of imagined Russian influence?

      You worry about a few Russians buying advertising while at the same time a seriously questionable character like Jared Kushner enjoys the highest-possible access to secrets?

      Even if the Russians had hacked into the DNC's computer to obtain the dirt on Hillary we all saw from Wikileaks (and it is certain they did not, several top-level security experts have told us) the only accusation would be one of over-enthusiastic investigators hacking into someone's personal incriminating information.

      It all had nothing to do with government secrets, even in the most extreme claims by Democrats. And nothing to do with election interference, unless you call the release of embarrassing facts, things voters should actually know, a form of interference.

      But here is a man of no standing in Washington, other than being the President's son-in-law, an intimate of a foreign power including of its corrupt Prime Minister, a man whose father is a felon active in business, and a man whose business practices are already seen as questionable, and this man is given the highest secret clearance?

      It's appalling. Why did Jonathan Pollard go to prison for 30 years if a guy like Kushner can just prance in and see everything, then go over to Israel to discuss top-level secrets with a crook like Netanyahu and a crook like his own father?

      Trump has brought the practices of the American government to the lowest level ever imagined.

  • Israel provoked the Six-Day War in 1967, and it was not fighting for survival
  • Actor Richard Gere in Hebron: 'it's exactly like what the what the Old South was in America'
    • The Old South is a good comparison.

      So is Nationalist South Africa.

      Both those states were "democratic," but with the democratic rights limited to one class of people.

      Just so, Israel.

      It is not, and can never be, a democracy in its present form.

  • Finders Keepers in the Holy Land: So who was there first?
    • Pretty good piece.

      But there is a major flaw in starting from the question, "So, in the end, who was there first?"

      You are playing Israel's own crooked game by even trying to answer.

      The fact is that that is a totally irrelevant question for any territory or country you care to name.

      Should Turkey be Greek owing to the Trojan War three thousand years ago?

      Should Israel be Lebanese owing to the ancient Phoenicians who were there before Hebrews?

      If you want to get ridiculous, you could say Europe belongs to descendants with Neanderthal genes (and there are such).

      What possibly could be more ridiculous than basing anything in modern affairs on words from old manuscripts which speak of turning a woman into salt and a big fish swallowing a man?

      It's not only intellectually obtuse, it is guaranteed formula for conflict.

      The fact is that the people running and populating most of today's Israel are of European descent, the Ashkenazi.

      Their native language, yiddish, is related to German, and their food and physical culture point to central and eastern Europe - Latkes, schmaltz, bagels, etc. None of it is Middle Eastern.

      DNA testing indicates two origins. One a group arising near Italy about a thousand years ago which migrated north. Other tests support the old Khazars idea, a people from around Ukraine about a thousand years ago.

      At some point the Hebrews became evangelical, seeing the immense success of Christianity which started as an obscure Hebrew cult. The two groups above both were converts.

      DNA shows some admixture of Semite people, but that is to be expected with movements in and out of various Jewish groups.

      The Hebrew language, except among some scholars and religious students, died. It was artificially revived by modern Israel.

      The bottom line is that the Ashkenazi of Israel are not descendants of the Hebrews.

      Indeed, the great irony is that the Palestinians have the best claim to that title. The Romans who were excellent record keepers recorded no expulsion of Jews in the conquest of the Holy Land. Indeed, it was not their habit to do so in their various conquests.

      The whole story of the wandering Jews of the last two thousand years is a myth, as complete a myth as Jonah being swallowed or Noah and the Ark.

      The Hebrews in Palestine themselves suffered conquests, conversions, and migrations, but that body of people is as close as we have to the ancient Hebrews.

  • Israel's efforts to erase Palestinian history reflect 'incremental genocide,' Ehrenreich says
    • What Israel has been doing here is indeed ugly.

      It even goes farther.

      Israel has appropriated many traditional Palestinian products - oranges, cous-cous, etc - and now calls them by Israeli names.

      However, I do object to the use of the word "genocide" in this context.

      It represents a terrible misuse of language.

      What Israel has done and is doing is bad enough without such misused language.

      It all boils down to a national policy of theft - theft of names, theft of places, theft of homes, theft of even produce.

      I think that is a sufficiently strong charge to make, a national policy of theft.

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