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born part Arab part Scots/Irish, worked in training ulema for the european environment/ journalist broadcaster for many years working mainly for bbc. From a faction of euro-islam much favored by the establishment, writer etc nothing really of interest may as well move along.

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  • Haifa activists vow to continue protests following 'brutal' police crackdown
    • "The hideous mangling of every direct quote"

      please give an example, otherwise you are going to look stupid,

      "I cannot make sense of who said what" Buttu said Ali replied, for example, i know whats going on. Is everybody talking at you? and you don't hear what they say?

      "denies the people reported upon the chance" I think the problems you're end we' re receiving loud and clear here, perhaps try something less challenging to get you started.

      also your comment was total shit, unless you up your game i won't be reading the next one, you only get one chance, you blew it.

  • Falsely accusing Palestinians of anti-Semitism is malicious
    • "The entire concept of “semitism” is spurious"

      Lets all be Celts, and settle our disputes in the car park too drunk to fight, no harm but everyone gets to express themselves...even the spurned...lets all be Gaels from now on.

  • Rob Malley and Chris Hayes can't talk about Adelson's influence in scrapping Iran deal
  • Life in Gaza
    • It is very bad manners to cross post an article from Counterpunch but this worth serious consideration for those Americans determined to escape the stultifying trap of demonisation

      Stanley Cohen, he checked out the real situation..

      "I have known well most of its founders and current leadership including those that have either been assassinated or languish, today, in Israeli prisons and elsewhere denied any scrap of justice or due process. Over the years, I have spent literally thousands of hours meeting with movement leaders in prisons, at conferences, in Palestine and elsewhere.

      These are virtuous, dedicated, nationalists who seek not power for the sake of it or personal profit but have long stood among those who have fought against overwhelming odds and violence to lead the way toward a Palestinian home built of the marrow of freedom, justice and equality.

      Contrary to the Israeli and Western effort to reduce Hamas to a collective of essentially unschooled or unsophisticated foreign born so-called Islamists, nothing could be further from the truth. Hamas is a movement born of Palestine, composed of Palestinians who were raised on the very streets where the blood of their people and families, has been lost to the occupation terror imposed by Israel. For the many who suffer from a now decade old blockade of Gaza–with its lack of food, water, medicine and mobility–Hamas and their families have known the same isolation and paid a like price"

  • UN head says Gazans 'caged in a toxic slum from birth to death' as human rights council votes to investigate Israel
    • "Hamas has to be held accountable for much that goes on in Gaza"

      well perhaps but that will be by the Palestinian people should they think it necessary, and not Kay by you or any one associated with the US or Israeli societies..that would be ridiculous...

      you don't have the standing

  • Donald Trump is a hero to Jewish Israelis
    • "Homonyms prowl round the house all night"

      don't touch them the dirty things carry "Homonymous Hemianopia", which isn't half as bad as it sounds but why risk it, Antonyms are so expensive these days

      if you are invited to Homo Si Tec (it's in Cakavaski), it is unlikely to be as shocking as one has every right to expect unless they do so over an unreasonable distance.

  • Debunking 18 claims justifying this week's Gaza massacre
    • "why children are being allowed/encouraged to be in the midst of a riot"

      allowed because Palestinians are easily controlled, having no agency eh...but why whines the naif..

      Both Palestinian and Arab women and children have been targeted by the US and Israeli armies, they can be abused, murdered, raped, tortured but when they fight back you get the vapours since they are not excluded from the conflict they'd better fight back what is their alternative, the good graces of American and Israeli imperialism (including its settler variant).


      "Politics of Precarious Childhood: Ill Treatment of Palestinian Children under the Israeli Military Order This paper examines the corollaries of the exceptional treatment of Palestinian children under the Israeli military rule. It is shown how the widespread and systematic ill treatment of Palestinian children accrues from exceptional provisions and lack of legal cover of the Israeli military law. Such lack constitutes a precarious condition under which Palestinian children are not treated as children but as a security threat legally accountable for their acts, in many respects with ways similar to adults. Precarity, the paper argues, is produced through three conditions. First, the lack of protection is institutionalised through the legal, territorial and population-regulating techniques internal to state channels. Second, the lack of protection delegates significant power to the discretion of what Judith Butler calls the ‘petty sovereigns’ – to the soldiers, interrogators, police officers, etc., who are asked to rely on their own judgment when making decisions on the fundamental matters regarding the order and justice, even life and death of children. Third, the use of discretionary power is not only encouraged by the legal system and its exceptions; it also works in tandem with the institutional culture of impunity that accepts the violent disciplining, even torture, of Palestinian children"

      Politics of Precarious Childhood. (PDF Download Available). Available from: [accessed May 19 2018].

  • Peace begins with Israel ending the Nakba
    • yes I know don't they believe he emerged from a top hat with the constitution engraved on two gold plates, and then lied about the fruit tree and was lynched but was redeemed and arose in Tijuana riding with Emiliano Zapata, a fascinating people the Yanks, but no wonder they're confused.

    • "What Palestinians need is their George Washington who will energize them"

      how inapt, but actually that was Zohra Driffs issue how to wake a somnolent people being crushed and exterminated from their despairing apathy, not always in a manner consonant with civility.

      do you know Badawi al Jabal and the origin of his work Holy Flames, its quite a story better than cherry trees and redcoats, no one needs anymore G.W's.

  • After the Gaza massacre, how can Jews sleep well at night?
    • Why do all those who advocated a Gandhian approach not celebrate the Palestinians quintessentially Gandhian confrontation with injustice...where are all the Gandhians?

      the picture of the wheel chair warrior who Israeli snipers killed made me think of

      "The strength to kill is not essential for self-defence; one ought to have the strength to die. When a man is fully ready to die, he will not even desire to offer violence"

      "I have been repeating over and over again that he who cannot protect himself or his nearest and dearest or their honour by non-violently facing death may and ought to do so by violently dealing with the oppressor. He who can do neither of the two is a burden. He has no business to be the head of a family. He must either hide himself, or must rest content to live for ever in helplessness and be prepared to crawl like a worm at the bidding of a bully.
      The strength to kill is not essential for self-defence; one ought to have the strength to die. When a man is fully ready to die, he will not even desire to offer violence"

      or you can read the whole thing sounds like Fearless in Gaza to me but then Gandhi isn't supposed to make you feel bad its about revolting condescension towards Palestinians, not a goddamn Gandhian in sight...he never said it would be bloodless...even children facing death..

      i get the feeling that most Americans get nothing from Palestinian heroism, it doesn't compute the urge to demean to lecture is just irresistible just more disgust with Arabs ...weird do I not have my finger on the white pulse..often surprise me

      check it out ...

  • 'Today is one of the most tragic days in the history of the Jewish people': one American Jew's response to the Gaza massacre
    • "are you thinking clearly?"

      if you subject America to simple institutional analysis Jewish power is subsumed within an ocean of moneyed interests, the politics of American communalism generate endless threats to order, the powerful conniving Jew, the rampant Black man, the welfare queen, the lazy mooching wet-back, the vengeful Arab,

      and now the 'goys', who they? have they been trying to do good and Jews not letting them, the emergence of Angry White Man ( can the Incel movement really be real, i don't want to be a goy boy if it is, thats a psyop, no real man admits to not being able to get laid, its against nature, we lie, I am not sure what role Jews have played in this, i won't look into it) is frankly hilarious despite all the suffering

      I would avoid communalism like the plague, like theology its just nonsense, no one ever worries about the Greeks.

    • "Stupid antisemitic remark"

      No Jews Were Harmed in the making of that comment, your timing and insensitivity are spectacular, imagine how outraged about 'anti-semitism' in comments(?) you are going to be when ( 56 dead 1900 wounded) when Israel kills 1000 Palestinians on the border,

      so somebody said something you really think it is appropriate, perhaps stupid bitter, do you think it respectful! to introduce anti-semitism into the thread..really? respectful to the dead who are themselves labelled rabid unreasoning anti-semites (56 dead 1900 wounded was that yesterday, today what)

      you should be ashamed

  • Dystopia: The Live Feed
  • Nikki Haley blames Iran, Hamas for deaths of Palestinian protesters, as UN officials call to investigate Israel
    • "Israel plasters Gaza with leaflets telling Gazans to stay home"

      Like Twain said what can you do with the apogee of satire

    • Did I see her walkout during the Palestinian representatives speech?

      America is achieving the irrelevance she so richly deserves, the mediators and deal makers?

      These people would be incompetent gangsters, i suppose is life easy when you speak only in the language of sanctions, assassinations and war..know no restraint or law.

      America should stop listening to those voices in its head, unless it is enamoured of Gander Sauce.

      when you kill us it isn't blood you spill its just the iron that is in our souls.

      things are about to get really really difficult, it doesn't matter anymore who is to blame

      no point in harbouring fear, you can't hear us speak so like in space you can't hear us scream,

      so fear for is pointless for us, like Winston sings Fear, my life start and is ending in colonial wars in all the same places, you have to choose you know not just wring your hands and regret it all we can't stop and I know to whom I offer my whole hearted support.

      If you have no fear you have no anger either or any need of exhausting hope this is us, can be easy no need to be uptight this is us all of us, so whatever you do be easy, it comes naturally like for Winston

    • "More likely he’d be spinning"

      you just invented that whole cloth, me old salt or is it you disgraceful Dandi, when you have an embarrassment of riches you mess up, i've got no discipline.

  • Israeli government minister justifies Gaza massacre by calling Palestinians 'Nazis'
    • "According to jon s...that means they can be massacred"

      JonS ....

      ah Jonshua....i didn't altar a thing

  • Live Blog: Massacre in Gaza as US and Israel celebrate embassy move to Jerusalem
    • "An “achievement” for Hamas"

      I note this marks the end of the so called Jewish Ethical Tradition, when not bleating about their own trauma the murderers both blame and lampoon their victims,

      what a worthless excuse for a man..

  • 'Superpowers will not give us freedom so we will take it with our own hands': scenes from Gaza's final Friday protest at the border
    • “People here are tired of life"

      yes man I have come to Dublin for Nakba day, we going to Dabke all day and then to Shakshuka

      , I didn't book a table ...because its my birthright, and barman tonite in the Shelbourne hotel is a Tunisian called Sa'afi, he asked me "Sir where are you from"...English went out the window ...and then it was all Arabs, he makes a mean mint julep, we going to take back all that is ours, and then a drain a glass of Malbec, sweet and salt like blood.

    • "I certainly would not"

      the land you are on is where they used to eat from, the space you are in is where they used to live jon, why take us for fools.

    • "through which supplies are delivered to their own people"

      i mean what could be the problem, right, how is your food delivered?

  • Ahed Tamimi's brother detained in overnight raid on Nabi Saleh
    • Do you remember

      "At 5 o’clock 11-year-old A’hd Tamimi was struck by a rubber bullet in the arm and carried, crumpled, into the house where I was sitting. She wasn’t crying. A journalist came limping after her, hit in the thigh. By then the Israelis had shut off power to the village and a tear gas attack had set a neighbor’s yard on fire and soldiers were firing live rounds into the air to intimidate people. I felt trapped. All I wanted to do was leave"

      A bad day in Nabi Saleh by Philip Weiss Nov 12 2012, as the video of her interrogation demonstrated that girl has experience and is very competent.

  • Ending seventy years of exile for Palestinian refugees
  • Mahmoud Abbas seals his intellectually impoverished legacy
    • " so if Abbas wants to argue that Ashkenazi Jews are not native to the region he can stress that point"

      I suppose he could but this whole insanity derives from this way of looking at ancestry and descent contrived by Zionism, the history of the actual population of the area is also complex I am apparently descended from a group some of whom who were at one time Hijazi Jews, that is not an area of dispute in the family, we have no information about when our forbears "converted", there are in our history as in everyones many lacunae, Zaid once reminded me, rather sharply, how much Arabs do not like this way of looking at things,

      the problem is the savage injustice of Zionism not what we think of "Jews", the point is the theft of the rights of Palestinians not their failure to recognise one whole lot of irrelevance about the nature of Jewish descent, experience or history, I think discussions of Palestinian attitudes to Israelis, Jews or the Holocaust are an incredible act of arrogant inhumanity on the part of western observers,

      its not the issue and making it an issue in the overall context Europeans and Americans and Israelis are going to lecture us about prejudice, don't make me laugh,

      In Germany a woman is being told she can't wear a Hijab as a teacher and in France prominent people have called for the re-writing of the Quran, while we prepare to destroy Syria and Iran,

      have already slaughtered untold numbers, but Holocaust denial? really be serious.

    • " I was talking more about the pure feudal model, from which reality diverged more or less in different places and at different"

      I know very little about this history only these very few facts because it was part of material I had to organise for a guy working in sharia compliant financial instruments, and there was all this stuff about Venetian, I honestly didn't know they were Florentine, bankers and i was struck that in the back of mind I thought lending at interest was not allowed at that time, I know very little about feudal Europe, it never came up much in my reading.

    • its better with the bit you excised

      " Our findings support the Khazarian hypothesis depicting a large Near Eastern–Caucasus ancestry along with Southern European, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European ancestries, in agreement with recent studies and oral and written traditions"

      and also the startling result that Saudis (Arabians) are (distribute separately) distinct from other middle eastern populations, what does that mean?

    • "which were prohibited for Christians"

      neither of great the houses of Bardi or Peruzzi were Jewish and yet lent money at interest, famously the merchant bank aspects of their businesses collapsed when Edward 3rd defaulted, i don't recall the rates but know that their losses calculated with the incurred interest that they would have expected to charge are reckoned at 700,000 florins and 500,000 florins respectively, they fell out of banking but are still around and aristocrats, at least Bardi and thus I guess Peruzzi also, Edwin Hunt writes about them, they adapted Eastern commercial practises, double entry bookkeeping and issuance of cheques...there is some interesting stuff about Jews using Christian intermediaries so as to be able to realise an interest bearing transaction between themselves, the intermediary charged a fee drawn on the interest,

      I think the story of European Jews is more complex and interesting, they were a significant part of the rebellious "robber bands" of medieval Europe..Benjamin writes about them, like gangs or something equally racy and exciting, not all accountants.

  • By wrecking Iran deal, Trump politicized Israel
    • "The “cleverest hasbarist of all” had to ask his Chef Rabbi"

      I know you get an encomium even when being flamed, blessed art thou amongst the sons of Hasbara, did you feel as we went through the looking glass and Iran fired on Israel from Jabal Tonkin, or was it Wadi Maine...

    • Some shocking admissions and hardly adequate excuses offered by Max Blumenthal at MOA for his previous positions re Syria.

      Do you not think

      "didn’t take a serious look at what was actually going on"

      should be the motto for American observers of the Arab World, or the Empire in general.

      "Yes, Max "didn’t take a serious look at what was actually going on" in Syria. And didn't for five more years. He began writing for Al Akhbar in Lebanon in July, 2011. As a journalist, he was obligated to inform himself about what was happening before writing about it. Syrian police and military had already been massacred by then. Post office workers had been thrown to their deaths from the roof because they were "government supporters." The violence of the "protesters" was even being reported in Israeli newspapers.

      He says he "didn’t think it was going to become, you know, the 7-year devastating conflict that it became." That is apparent. Libya was already descending into the F-UK-US “Mission Accomplished” with NATO bombers warming up to finish the job. Perhaps Max’s dad had assured him that Syria would follow the same pattern his emails with Hillary Clinton show he had helped plan and define in Libya.

      BTW: Has he ever addressed his father's role in the destruction of the once most prosperous country on the African continent? I haven't read or heard anything from Max on Syd Blumenthal's pre-Qaddafi "removal" explanation that Libya had to be destroyed to:

      Steal their nationalized oil.
      Confiscate the hundreds of tons of gold and silver Libya held.
      Prevent Libya from establishing a gold-backed currency and pan-African development bank to compete with the US petro-dollar and IMF, and lift Africa out of neo-colonial subservience.
      Yeah. Max was "pretty quiet on Libya and not really - didn’t really make any coherent statements on that either."

      That newspaper that Max publicly maligned and quit ("grandstanding" as he now says) "had taken an anti-imperialist agenda." Did that paper ever reject any articles Max wrote defending "the Syrian revolution"? I didn’t think so. Who had "an agenda"? Because it sure sounds like it was Max who was so focused on his new book release and two upcoming book tours that at the least he abandoned journalistic values. Or did he fear that "being associated" with a paper that also published articles critical of "the revolution" could hurt book sales?

      After all, he thought it was all going to be over soon anyway"

  • The 'fake news' story is fake news
    • in relation to Nigeria my initiation in to the real world was when i was six and they killed the Sardauna and then war...

      just out of interest here is letter about Ahmadu Bello Sardauna of Sokoto Hausa-Fulani descsndant of Usman dan Fodio, nothings ever been the same since..allah ka jikan Gamji dan kwarai

      "In Memory Of Late Sir Ahmad Bello
      Late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto also Gamji dan kwarai (May Allah grant him eternal peace) ‘’was a politician of distinction, unaffected by selfish interest, dedicated to service and committed to unity and the brotherhood of the human person’’ Late Wada Nas.
      On 15thJanuary 1966 he was killed by misguided military officers mostly Igbos, as a result of failed coup d’état. The Ahmadu Gamji Dan Kwarai was a fundamentalist for unity, an embodiment of democracy and civilization. He dedicated his life for service to humanity and he died in such. He worked assiduously for unity of Nigeria and North in particular.
      During his reign the North was a united entity with no reference to tribe or religion, people in the region came to be associated with NORTHERNERS as a tribal name, rather than reference to a particular region, religion or race as the current situation.
      In his time the north was a magnet; attracting all sphere of human being. The over two hundred tribal groups considered themselves as Northerners without any rancor, different from the current situation, in which people make reference to race or region. Today the North has becomes a disjointed family. People no longer fight for unity and progress of the region but self aggrandizement.
      Sir Ahmad was a liberal person who believed in freedom of worship for every Tom, Dick and Henry. He did not allow his selfish interest to override public wishes. Before I proceed I would like my reader to deduce from one of the Sir Ahmadu Bello’s speech to be mention below
      ‘’Here in the Northern Nigeria we have People of Many different races, tribes and religious who are knit together to common history, common interest and common ideas, the things that unite us are stronger than the things that divide us. I always remind people of our firmly rooted policy of religious tolerance. We have no intention of favouring one religion at the expense of another. Subject to the overriding need to preserve law and order, it is our determination that everyone should have absolute liberty to practice his belief according to the dictates of his conscience…” - Sir Ahmadu Bello
      People criticize Gamji with some mockery names like dictator, jihadist, anarchist, regionalist, religionist etc. I cannot say you should not criticize Sir, Ahamadu Sardauna but the fact remains that he is a non controversial figure and a liberal person who look at individual rather region.
      It was same Sardauna who you ascribed with all sort of names that recognized an achievement made by a Christian Plateau boy and finally sent him outside country to studies mining engineering. Also, same Gamji bought the first Bible for late Chief Sunday Awoniyi former Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum. I had that Baba Ahmadu Ahmadu Bello did become angry with Christians who didn’t go to the Church, he even drove some to the Churches.
      Same Sardauna had at his midst the like of Micheal Audu Buba, from Plateau, Edward Maminso from Adamawa, Jolly Tanko Yusuf from Taraba, Mr. Achimugu from Kogi and several other notable Christian ministers who had very close political relationship with him. His deputy the Makaman Bida was not a Hausa/Fulani but Nupe.
      I am calling on the critics to continue with their criticism. As words cannot destroy greatness nor can they bring down a steady fence. I heard that “one only criticize when he/she has nothing to say about him/herself. So please, criticize Ahmadu but know that your criticism is worthless if you have not done better than Gamji.
      It was same Ahmaddu Bello who was reported to have told Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe and Chief Obafemi Awolowo “Don’t envy the unity of the North but worry about the division in the South so that we can have a united South and a united North in a united Nigeria". It was upon this that he once advised Dr. Nmamdi Azikwe that for us to achieve unity in Nigeria we need to appreciate our differences so that we can live of them.
      Same Ahmad Bello you call a corrupt and greedy person left only a traditional house neither a car nor saving despite his influence. Same corrupt Sardauna issued a query to a minister, who was a party officer, for failure to account for 50 kobo!
      One thing that is certain, you cannot stop people from criticism; Prophet Muhammadu (SWA) and Isah Alaihin Salam (Jesus) was criticized rather than Gamji. I only bring this to the fore, as a remembrance to who I considered my hero and role model.
      Long Live, Northern Nigeria
      Long live Nigeria.


      Don't let America kill Nigeria, aren't you satisfied with blood yet.

    • "I urge readers to watch her interview of two Boko Haram survivors, some of the best journalism you will ever see"

      what did you learn from it?

      did ZaKZaky come up,

      "Nigerian Military: “The Real Boko Haram”

      A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

      “The Nigerian military has long been suspected of manipulating Boko Haram to its own ends.”

      Hammad Ibrahim, a soft-spoken, intelligent young man, accompanied his father, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, the leader of Nigeria’s Shia Muslims, to a conference on Solidarity with Palestine, in Beirut, last week. I was there, along with other reporters and activists. Young Hammad told our group that Boko Haram, the Nigerian jihadists, are terrorist thugs who get their weapons and money from both Nigerian and foreign donors, just like the Islamic State, with which Boko Haram is aligned. Hammad’s father, Sheikh Zakzaky, is recognized as a force for reconciliation among the various religious and ethnic groups in Nigeria. But Zakzaky’s Shia followers have been targeted by both Boko Haram and the Nigerian military, which has long been suspected of manipulating Boko Haram to its own ends. The Nigerian army killed three of the Sheikh’s sons in 2014 during a march against the Israeli occupation of Jerusalem.

      By this weekend, Hammad was also dead, killed by the Nigerian military shortly after he arrived back in the country ( from the Palestinian solidarity conference) in a massacre of unarmed Shia Muslims that left his father with bullet wounds in both hands. The military claims the Sheikh’s followers were plotting to kill the army chief of staff when his motorcade was blocked by demonstrators. But, it was pure murder on a massive scale, with as many as 1,000 dead and two hundred bodies piled up at a morgue on the outskirts of town. The military then bulldozed a Shia shrine and Sheikh Zakzaky’s home. One of the Sheikh’s followers, Bukhari Muhammed Bello Jega, wrote on his Facebook page that “the REAL BOKO HARAM is now on the loose” in form of the Nigerian army, “bombing buildings and killing innocent civilians.” Soon after posting that message, Mr. Bello Jega was also killed by soldiers, along with his wife and infant child.

      “It was pure murder on a massive scale, with as many as 1,000 dead.”

      It is not strange at all that the Nigerian military, which for years did little to halt the rise of Boko Haram terror, has unleashed a hell on earth for peaceful Shia Muslims. Saudi Arabia, the fountainhead of funding for jihadists all over the world, has just formed its own....."

      " ‘Nigerian soldiers are Boko Haram,’ Islamic scholar says"

      "Islamic scholar and activist, Shabbir Hassanally has accused the Nigerian government and the country’s army of being behind Boko Haram.

      Hassanally told Iran’s Press TV in an interview published today, December 15, 2015, that the Nigerian Army ‘can’t fight Boko Haram, because they are Boko Haram’ themselves.

      The scholar made the comments following the recent battle between the army and Shiite Muslims in Zaria, Kaduna State.

      “You want to be strong in fighting terrorism, go and fight the people who have given allegiance to Daesh (ISIS), but of course they can’t fight Boko Haram, because they are Boko Haram”themselves,” Hassanally said.

      “The government of Nigeria is controlled by Tel Aviv and Washington,” he added saying that the authorities in Abuja do not take any measures without the approval of their “masters” in Washington.

      and Vanessa Beeley does some amateur journalism

      "It is logical, rational and reasonable to speculate that Boko Haram is effectively another terrorist trade name, brought into existence, to destabilize a region that is daring to jailbreak from US colonialism and to explore alternative bi-lateral trade pathways that deviate from the US regional “road maps”.

      Boko Haram’s presence, has a threefold purpose:

      It successfully elevates the Nigerian army to defender of the “meek” against the “terror” threat and provides cover for any violent opposition suppression.
      It gives the US justification for “boots on the ground”, military support for anti Boko Haram aka pro US factions, and the ubiquitous drone strikes against the alleged “terror” strongholds, a devastating strategy already observed in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen to name a few.
      It ensures the fragmentation, sectarian division, and fracturing of unity and a state of perpetual chaos which will seismically derail China’s investment in Nigeria’s physical and economic infrastructure essential to their US exclusive growth.
      Sheikh Zakzaky had alluded to this very terror “patent” in his reaction to the suicide bomb attack on the Shia Arba’een procession in Kano on the 27th November 2015. Over 24 died and many were injured in further violent targeting of the minority Shia community in Nigeria"

      How does blackness intersect with Muslim these days do you think?

      my halcyon childhood days were spent in Kano, Zaria, Jos, Maiduguri, Katsina rock, wonderful people beautiful place,

      any one remember the Ogoni, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Biafran war. boko are not the start of any story more like a denouement . the activities of Royal Dutch Shell...if you have any interest in Nigeria and definitely look in to Usman Dan Fodio if you want to worry about Islam, but he was Fulani rather than Hausa like Boko ....

      i didn't watch your link what did you learn about Nigeria from it?

  • Another distorted 'NY Times' report on Gaza focuses on 'blazing kites' instead of Israeli snipers
    • Yes with 45 dead and not even a scratch suffered the Snipers have won a great victory, its all too easy for the blessed, the world is awed.

      whats a leftist to do when

      "And another bright spark said how about we trash and burn the crossing where supplies are delivered to our own people?"

      i know they are so stupid it must make you laugh so..leftist, like Watts wtf is wrong with these people?

  • Philadelphia Jewish groups try to stop publication of article critical of Israel, insist on BDS training for Inquirer editors
    • "If any generosity is in order"

      In the Bhadrakalipa sutra Buddha enumerates 6 parameters of which generosity is number one, better get cracking, some of us are already on 3, winning at enlightenment is so self affirming.

    • " If they weren’t there"

      you know Ms.117 when you try to teach people "self defence", cavity seizing, Dimak , joint locks, strikes, blood and air denial etc the ultimate self defence is....Not Being will need voodoo doll counter measures but still not being there is supreme amongst many techniques...

    • "but when Ms. Adler’s picture"

      "Move her to where she surrounded by the white background"

      "So does Ms.Abulhawa"

      Is your wife ok with what you do with your cursor, what an understanding woman,

      "There’s probably a name for that"

      There certainly is.

    • "what color skin are we Jews supposed to have"

      "supposed" check your privilege it's "allowed" to have, not the same colour as Kanye West, thats out of style now Megan Markle? is about what you need to aim for, I am available should any blondes wish to dip their brush in more muted hues...i will not shirk my responsibilities.

  • Major bike race will kick off in Jerusalem Friday even as snipers line up on Gaza border
    • "Israeli troops fired live rounds"

      I see some people after the success of American Sniper are suggesting now would be the time to make Israeli Sniper: the world is target rich.

  • Umm Al Hiran is ethnically cleansed 'voluntarily'
    • Hey Mr. Ofir you have the affect, who has the words, you one of us Ofir a proper Black, Black Man.

    • “open-air prison”,

      but if you think about it, its much worse than that, you can't be born in prison and acquire a life sentence at that moment..can you? you don't have the words Ofir.

  • Remembering Joel Kovel, a restless explorer
  • Is the Saudi Prince becoming a Zionist?
    • "the racist nut jobs in Saudi Arabia the better"

      I have worked for Saudis and it is rarely understood how deeply integrated they are in the Imperial project, and just how influential they are, you may find this hard to believe but they know what they are doing, very technocratic and malevolent to a degree that is hard to understand, through the grapevine i hear that the Prince I worked for is a hopeless heroin addict controlled by his (Fasi Moroccan origin Saudi wife, she is my connection through her father a phoney sufi sheikh with many Sri Lankan followers) wife who feeds him the drugs and controls his 100 million a year income...i had to get her from a flat in Kingsway once that of her fathers second wife that she had trashed ....she got in the back of the car her eyes burned my ears like insane without shame the second wife was a Morrocan woman who had spent a whole evening telling me that all Egyptians are liars, boy man felt cold towards all of them

      Is it an absolute rule that we can't genocide anybody at leeway?

    • "Israeli and Saudi interests have converged in the recent years"

      Saudi Arabia and Israel have always been the principle regional opponents of Arab Nationalism, Pan Arabism and all local revolutionary and anti-colonial forces...its not new, it is just a love that now dares to show itself,

      the purpose of coming out now is the ongoing politicide of the Arabs to prepare them for the new dispensation something like "village league" states, and a process of de-development by bombing and sanctions, so that the Arabs can concentrate on their competitive advantage in being slaves of American capital,

      But at least now no one can criticise the Saudis for Anti-semitism, well i mean you could but why would you want to.

  • Rightwing video says New Israel Fund supports 'foreign agents' who persecute Israeli soldiers
    • "I’m just trying to prod you to express yourself clearly"

      Wittgenstein was very down on private languages, I thought because of Hegel or something, I doubt Hebrew is much of a problem, humans are kind of magic they make everything work we speak a common tongue and in fairness should stop acting up, but i don't think in language so never really sure about what is going on, incoherence has no grammar but an infinite vocabulary.

  • Netanyahu's cheap theatrics fall flat, but alas, he has an audience of one -- Trump
    • "The world is on to your" ... not so sure what with the burgeoning support for Kurdish Kibbutz of Rojava we just seem to have moved to the next level, snake or ladder depending on your view.

    • and to complete our pleasure Noam Chomsky, Judith Butler, Gloria Steinem and Michael Walzer among others call on President Trump to continue "military support"for the SDF, no Rojavan Gandhis needed, and sanction Turkey, a bigger war on the horizon well they've been so disappointing so far but a Chomsky Trump axis this could be the good one, Turkey is mentioned but no mention of Iran but after this stellar paragraph i am not sure of anything anymore

      "While the attack on Afrin is a violation of international law comparable to those of the Assad government, the Trump administration has made only feeble protests against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s depredations. By accepting Turkey’s attack, the US has become complicit in Erdoğan’s ethnic cleansing plan to expel the Kurds once and for all from a part of Syria where they have lived for centuries, and to eradicate the democratic experiment developing in Rojava."

      Chomskys war...

      "The Emergency Committee for Rojava is calling on the US government to:

      • impose economic and political sanctions on Turkey’s leadership;
      • embargo sales and delivery of weapons from NATO countries to Turkey;
      • insist upon Rojava’s representation in Syrian peace negotiations;
      • continue military support for the SDF."

  • The struggle of Palestinians is the struggle of Native Americans
    • "Hum an rights aren’t about where your ancestors came from"

      my dear sweet naive little darling...i don't come from anywhere and personally never rank order anything however like a dumb little maze inhabiting shrew i have a mental map of my rights which i only ever exceed when i think i can get away with it, you know what i mean hughes.

    • "We could’a been a contender"

      when you take a dive in Hoboken you can always get a rematch at Armageddon, the big boss doesn't anyone win all the time, there are no undefeated by the time the credits roll.

    • thank you that was fascinating,

      "we didn't want to be who our oppressor wanted to be so er that whole drunken Indian time...............but thats the Indian who saved us"

      "I will not become you"

      thank you a lot of people can relate to that insight

    • I have always thought "Chief Joseph" was about the most elevated human being I had ever of, on the reservation his white Doctor gave his cause of death as "A broken heart", native heart technology has significantly improved since then now they don't break.

  • Documenting the Nakba: an interview with poet Dareen Tatour
    • Mr. Haifawi, stared at your name for a bit, i like it, checked out your freehaifa site, great stuff and Arab48, whose photographs reminded me Arabs can't speak without moving their hands when I went to school in England they made me sit on my hands and i almost completely lost the ability to speak stuttering using the wrong language reluctantly they allowed me to fold my hands on my lap but it wasn't the same so i listened kept speech to a minimum it seemed sensible given that it was such a vexed issue for them, glad to see Arabs maintaining the tradition.

  • The end of exclusivity
    • "is the myth that criticizing Zionism is racism"

      having failed to confront the phony Anti-Semitism affair in Labour so far as far as I know the people expelled Machover was reinstated, but two Jews, with Greenstein, one of them Israeli (reinstated) one black person Wadsworth and one black and Jewish person Walker as things stand Labour and Corbyn are finished, because it is putsch by the Blairite wing of the party having tasted blood they will only feel encouraged to continue expelling their enemies for confected Anti-Semtism, or bringing the party in to disrepute, an authoritarian concept par excellence meanwhile we gird our loins for a desperate struggle against global Jihad.

  • Flaming kites mark fifth Friday of Gaza protests
    • thank god one is allowed hate the British without it being deemed problematic, I would no less sing the National Anthem round here than I would loudly ejaculate an Allahu Akbar, people are so sensitive (Shashi Tharoor reviewed in Ireland)

      "British racial theories were in full flow in relation to railway matters, with legislation making it impossible for Indian workshops to design and manufacture locomotives.
      Racism was also reflected in the penal code: “there had never been a taboo against homosexuality in Indian culture and practice until the British Victorians introduced one.” Crucially, Britain also “helped solidify and perpetuate the iniquities of the caste system”, which was made out to be more uniform and pervasive than it had been. Religion became a useful means of divide and rule, with the fostering of a two-nation theory that eventually divided the country and made partition inevitable; one million were killed and 17 million displaced.

      Tharoor’s assertion that “stories abound” of Hindu and Muslim communities “habitually working together in pre-colonial times” is a bit loose and ambiguous, but Lord Oliver, the secretary of state in the 1920s, admitted a predominant bias in British officialdom in favour of the Muslim community to offset Hindu nationalism. The British also sponsored a Shia-Sunni divide in Lucknow and generally transformed religious differences into public, political and legal issues.

      There are also reminders of the vile racism of Winston Churchill: “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion . . . Let the Viceroy sit on the back of a giant elephant and trample Gandhi into the dirt.” Tharoor seeks to demolish the myth of “enlightened despotism” given brutalities like the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919, with soldiers “emptying their magazines into the shrieking, wailing, then stampeding crowd with trained precision”. It is a pity he does not give the context for the comment of William Joynson-Hicks, home secretary in the 1928 Conservative government of Stanley Baldwin, that “we conquered India by the sword and by the sword we shall hold it. I am not such a hypocrite to say we hold India for the Indians.”

  • Israeli snipers shoot another 178 Palestinian protesters, killing three
    • Dear Kate,

      another litany...anyway if you haven't seen this in my pursuit of Arabs called Faris who i can praise see attached

      you might get an impression of what we are up against as a Faris lives up to his name in confronting the iceman..Sakur

      respect g

  • U.S. and European clothing brands are skulking away from workplace safety in Bangladesh -- at int'l risk
    • for the sake of completeness, giving credit where it is due on the matter of Jihad in Bangladesh and that is one word,

      HuJI, Bangladeshi Jihadism is, in the literature traced to one source, HuJI a wholly owned brand of the Brezinski, Harakat ul jihad al islami, who participated in the defeat of Russia, went home in to the crucible of Bengal, and after the genocidal Pakistani war '71 and salvation at the hands of Indian Army, they were still strung out in Bangla, Brezinkis boys came home with predictable results, it used to be the richest place on earth according to Chomsky, then Britain made landfall,
      the rest is history we need not know anything about that as Islam like the nut flush trumps everything.

      They had a cotton superior even to Egyptian, like silk they say, Britain made it extinct, what will American corporations gift them, suicide, like the Indian farmers?

      by the way Dissident Voice have a review you might think is worth a look

    • how about this excert, some insights perhaps? I do not in anyway mean to demean the crusade against jihad, just a tad sick of that way of screaming at the world...

      Michael Humphrey

      " Religion, Power, Disorder
      The reluctance of the Pakistani military to confront the Taliban's growing political
      influence and military power is the product of the contradictory allegiances of
      the postcolonial Pakistani state and the role of the military in it. On the one hand
      Pakistan is a geopolitical military-rentier state that signed up to the global war on
      terror, on the other hand it is a state that has franchised its sovereignty, exploited
      religions and ethnic divisions and emphasized uncertainty as a mode of political
      management to control dissent and maintain power. The Pakistani military supply
      geo-strategically important resources for which they receive rent in the form of
      economic aid, loans and loan guarantees. Internally the military controls large
      businesses, extensive landed interests and remains unaccountable to the population.
      In addition the military have formed strategic alliances with religious militias,
      among them the Taliban, as a way to project strategic depth into Afghanistan as
      well as use them as agents of violence and humanitarianism in the internal political
      management of Pakistan (Bhatt, 2007).
      The present war on the Frontier and state counter-militancy strategies deployed
      to contain para-statal militias are not merely a problem of the re-assertion of state
      territorial sovereignty or the attempt to recover a monopoly over the use of violence.
      War and counter-militancy must be understood as the politics of the management
      of disorder in the Pakistani postcolony and the competing hypergovernance of
      populations, "transnational processes of domination, regulation and resistance"
      (Bhatt, 2007: 1075). Hypergovernance involves global projects, Western and
      Islamic, acting at the local level articulated through global discourses - rule of law,
      human rights, humanitarianism and Islamic radicalism. As well as it's geo-strategic
      relationship with the US as a "frontline" state in the war against global jihad,
      Pakistan forged a close relationship with Saudi Arabia under President Zia ul Haq
      who supported the promotion of Wahhabist Islam through global organization
      Rabita al- Alam al-Islami (Muslim World League) (Bhatt, 2007). The reach of Saudi
      influence in the Pakistani population is a product of labor migration, remittances,
      Saudi economic loans and aid, the export of Wahhabist education, Saudi Islamist
      militia support, all accommodated by the Pakistani military-rentier state. The role
      of the Pakistani military in this relationship has been to look after the ideological
      and political interests of the Saudi state in Pakistan.
      Political disorder in Pakistan arises from its predicament as a postcolony, a state
      dominated by new modes of governance and forms of wealth which displace politics
      into the market, criminal economies and the courts. As the state out-sources its functions and franchises force, para-statal organizations "begin to mimic the state
      and the market by providing protection and dispensing justice, social order itself
      becomes like a hall of mirrors" (Comaroff and Comaroff, 2006: 34). If the state
      cannot produce certainty and order then it must manage uncertainty and disorder by
      emphasizing it as a mode of governance. Politically this leads to the separation of the
      protected and unprotected and the expansion of the use of violence to settle political
      struggles. The escalation of violence is itself a mode of governmentality in which
      the state uses the military, along with shadow forces (gangs, vigilantes, militias),
      to challenge stateless militias. The overlap between legitimate politics and criminal
      activity creates "gray zones," spaces of indirect government (Auyero, 2007). In
      these spaces emerge "private indirect government" in violence and criminality
      that become articulated in legal and political forms with the trappings of state."

    • you know its the same thing everywhere see below

    • "But it could have a new bad consequence — another addition to the rise in jihadist Islamism around the globe. Bangladesh, with 163 million people, is the third most populated majority Muslim nation in the world, but until the past few years violent jihadism had not surfaced there"

      that is surprising, considering the simmering concentrations of the jihad prone.

      "now it has" , probably inevitable really,

      will America be supplying the "violent jihadists" or will Bangladesh be sourcing them from elsewhere.

      At least rising American Imperial violence isn't a problem that would be inconceivable.

      Is Islam the only thing that goes on in Muslim countries from your point of view?

      Muslim lives Don't Matter, and they have a point in regard to the garment industry in Bangladesh,

      but what about all those millions...millions of Muslims you have so recently killed or is that not the point, what about Mosul hadn't heard either because it doesn't fucking matter..guess why?

      you counter jihad now, that is a proud profession.

      without googling tell me what is a quomi madrasa and what is significant about them (its about social structure not the nizami curriculum or fundamentalism)

  • Las Vegas print shop refuses to print JVP banner over Israel politics
    • "Should the law force me to even sell bread to people who misuse commas?"

      Could we not have cake?

  • The Gaza border is a theater of cultural resistance
    • now everybody wants to speak up, I guess the Palestinians are fortunate in who their colonizers are, can any of this be taken seriously here Hughes reviews the remarks of the Jewish Community Relations Council, who apart from their depravity are remarkably stupid, Jewish Community Relations Council just happened to taxed by the Palestinian tragedy...more lime full blown psychosis than trauma..

      “When Israelis murder Palestinians, it’s a tragedy — for Israelis.” by Richard Hughes

      "Hamas was democratically elected by its people because it distinguished itself from the collaborationist leadership of the Palestinian Authority. Israel defines Hamas as terrorist because Hamas is determined to resist the Zionist entity. Israel’s minions in legislative bodies in other countries have been used to create the “designated terrorist” label.

      “Brutal dictatorship” is a buzzword applied to all political movements asserting independence from imperialist control.

      "It is a tragedy that Hamas has chosen to direct its resources to the building of tunnels and rockets, rather than building hospitals, schools, housing, and factories that would create prosperity and opportunity for the Palestinian people.”

      Are these the same hospitals, schools, housing and factories that Israel has been bombing since 2006? Are these the same tunnels that Gazans used to bring in vital humanitarian goods not allowed through Israeli checkpoints? Doesn’t Hamas have the right to its primitive rockets when Gazans are being periodically bombarded by Israel and its highly sophisticated fighter jets?"

  • George Washington student Senate passes divestment resolution as intimidation campaign continues
    • " this apparent shift in wardrobe"

      Arthur Shnitzler should sew, would be a dream story.

  • Adi Shosberger called Israeli soldiers ‘terrorists’ -- and Israel has turned on her
    • "Muslims for Labour"

      In the UK Muslim Labour groups (mostly Pakistani) and organizations, in those wards where the Labour party is dominated by Muslims are universally and I mean universally loyal Blairites, perhaps they have a weakness for patronage, who doesn't, as exemplified by the London Mayor Khan, fervent Zionists all,

      in fact they are so right wing it's probable that they will ignite a Jihad among the bloods and Muslims bruv's...its a very serious problem for the UK community as it is now at the centre of state repression with elected Muslims etc cheering them on, any one remember the Muslim Parliament more skullduggery.

    • Tony Greenstein writes very well of the fate of cowardly Jewish groups who can't directly address the issue such as the pathetic JVL in the UK labour party

      "Last week Wes Streeting, a right-wing anti-Corbyn MP appealed to MPs to form a posse which would accompany Smeeth to the venue where she would give her perjured evidence. Streeting stated that Smeeth was

      giving evidence against Mark Wadsworth – "the guy who abused her at the antisemitism inquiry launch – and we expect there to be a protest outside against her."
      Marc, as anyone who watched the recent BBC programmes The Murder that Changed a Nation on the Stephen Lawrence murder, would know, played an integral role in the campaign. Marc has been one of Britain’s best known Black anti-racists. It is a scandal that he has been suspended for nearly 2 years because of allegations by a supporter of the world’s only Apartheid state, Israel"

      this latest Europe wide anti-Semitism gambit is pretty ill advised relying as much of it does on anti Black and Muslim prejudice, not to say this unwarranted attack on Socialists, but its all just a game right.

  • Welcome the doubting liberals
    • "There is every reason to oppose the occupation with a liberal, wide-ranging discussion that can bring the Palestinian case fearlessly into the mainstream. When they can be heard (rather than being lied about by the likes of Lieberman and Netanyahu), Palestinian claims for their human rights will be recognized"

      "My Gazan colleagues were strategic survivors of sustained threat and violence. After the war in 2012, my team crafted an explanation for their small children: Israel and Gaza held plenty of good people, but they had angry governments. When the governments fought, everyone was afraid. But angry governments will fall, so my colleagues taught their children that all the good people must remember how to live together"

      you don't see any contradiction between those two paragraphs, why would Palestinians teach their children a basically liberal Zionist view? you don't need to be angry to defend yourself from a century of aggression, the Palestinian case fearlessly? but they said that you say oh oh well you just an observer..sorry benefactor,

      " I can hear – and at times I also feel – the retort, “But they…!” Yes, Israel’s advocates at times punish and exclude and rationalize. As long as they have the weight of inertia behind them, they can do so. Netanyahu doesn’t have to pretend any interest in a resolution while he has Trump"

      inertia? on what analysis is that notion based

      "This language is true, and it is broadly actionable. The potential breadth includes a number of liberals and liberal Jews, who are increasingly dismayed by a radicalizing Israel. The curiosity of any disillusioned erstwhile Zionist should be welcomed. They can help grow the movement for Palestinian rights, and they can pave a path for others to shake off the orthodoxy and seek justice"

      so if this language is true what is it that you are accusing the exclusionist Palestinians of , too much truth?

      you seem to be selling something maybe Americans like that but i get all British " oh how lovely but no thank you, not for me I already have several"

      "Hidden people need visibility" sure but chocolate boxy ventriloquism on their behalf doesn't help anyone, phony positivity rings kind of hollow

      how come

      Marilyn Garson worked with communities affected by war, including Afghanistan and Pakistan (2005 – 2010) and the Gaza Strip (2011 – 2015). She is a co-founder of the Gaza Gateway, a social enterprise creating employment in Gaza. She writes from New Zealand, and blogs at Contrapuntal: Transforming Gaza. You can follow her on Twitter @skinonbothsides.

      what you just come to help calm down angry people in dangerous places blighted by inexplicable bickering, touring the empire hotspots doing what "liberation the business model"

      excuse my rudeness your piece really went down the wrong way with me, but I am in every way everyday getting better and better...Vultures also attend catastrophes but they don't come to help.

  • Palestinian Christians and Muslims call on faith communities to help end the occupation
    • "but look at all the wonderous stuff we do with slave labor on stolen land"

      well CigarGod please keep in mind that you are addressing traumatised people who are constitutionally unable to look at themselves other than with worshipful reverence, only ever whisper to them gently, oddly they are convinced that there is something seriously wrong with us like we all have syphilis and a permanent hard on (cf jk toole).

      but I am must admit that i am sick to back of my teeth with the ignorant shit Americans pronounce about Arabs, Islam and currently pretty much anything that occurs to their adderal addled brains, self criticism is liberating projecting your shit on to others is not going to do you any good at all, nuclear missiles and squadrons of marines will not save you from the awful consequences of all this slaughter and larceny.

      I love the bit of the Quran where God addresses the neoliberals and their mountains of gold, he brews up the gold in to a hot drink and then pours in to their mouths saying here "taste your wealth", and he loves you, the rest of us don't, fuck the usa.

  • Portman's move puts pressure on liberal Zionists to take a stand
    • " “Went off” can sometimes mean"

      If an English Muslim fundamentalist invites you" to go off" round the field, it would be sensible to get him/her to clarify exactly what they have in mind

    • you ever heard of Kisa Gautami, shit has gone down will continue to go down why be a prisoner of it,

      honestly you surprised me, you a funny guy but i don't doubt your anguish that at least is apparent in all you write, but what is the Zionism of Jew who doesn't live in Israel?

      I am always impressed when someone refuses to be provoked well done really you take care, you self tormenting nutter, take care of yourself don't punish it.

    • "Parroting doesn’t make you Parrot…"

      I Parrot because I feel that best expresses my engagement with life.

      Liberalism like a game of Twister you will end up with your head up someones arse, possibly your own but not necessarily.

    • "i am too dovish and they wish to avoid screaming at the friday night table. when i communicate with many of the characters here in the mw comments section, i do not reveal my dovish side, but reveal my support for traditional values: as in: the survival of Israel as a Jewish state"

      you might find gender fluidity less exhausting, you man of many guises, you hustler of "traditional values" to the vicious avantgard, you manage to convey your pathology really vividly.

    • CigarGod that is a manifesto I feel I could wholeheartedly support it's so risk free, calming like a political opioid, Liberalism it leads to harder stuff.

  • Video: Israeli soldiers cheer after shooting Palestinian protester in the West Bank
    • "Did I get banned"

      not yet argonne 18 once they complete their Gause-Hermite quadrature formlae you will be but that gives you at least 512 comments till you get subjected to the arbitrary function, can you see the matrix elements.

    • “joyfully cheering about shooting a person trying to clear the access road to his home and calmly discussing other ways to hit him and the other people with him are part of the discordant soundtrack accompanying 51 years of occupation.”

      and CNN in an article about the Egyptian Liverpool star Mo Salah describe him as having a "snipers calm in front of goal", is America having some kind of seizure stuff is leaking out all over.

    • shooting and laughing now, that's progress of a kind.

  • Revealed: Israeli Justice Ministry directly involved in international 'lawfare' activities against BDS movement
  • Reclaiming Judaism from mystical nationalism
    • "It took the Rabbis Kook, Sadan et al to innovate that"

      It reminds me of "you weakened the rock that begot you" that a Jewish teacher quoted when telling us about Heschel, and the unity of all Judaisms, he was very erudite I recall that God gets weak when people flaunt his laws, very different to anything I had ever heard, big place this world.

      ( this was actually in a Madrasa, but it was kind of my Madrasa so anything goes)

      thank you Rabbi

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