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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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  • Open Letter to Progressive Jews: The ADL and AJC are not our allies
    • "intended to protect the Jews"

      thats the tee shirt, right there.."hate speech" is what we do to Jews, it's the Quran and the Constitution,

      and its" trebles all round", you drink, obviously

      "radicalized" i mean shit is there one word that inspires ennui more than "radicalized",

      i have radicalized spaghetti with holy basil, why can't i be radical what! I have to die for it or live in beige,

      how can you think you are free when your political process can be openly bought and, is so severe, totalitarian, money is speech, a "neice" txted from Cairo to say "I fucking hate Fairuz" its a new world, young Arabs hate history.

      just one little thing

      Mr Weiss you put a comment i can't find (very drunk and smoking heavily too, trumps one state thing i feel it) by that cummings poem

      "the very least i could do dear boy"

      an observation

      "opting to resist means opting for denigration, suffering, loss, rejection, trouble and struggle, in my experience women teach it best, they keep a measure of control and sense of proportion, you going to suffer probably die, up to you"

      all the very best sir..g

  • 'Settlers are free to take what they want': Palestinian landowners fear for the worst as land-grab law is passed
    • "Neoliberal Apartheid

      Andy Clarno

      In recent years, as peace between Israelis and Palestinians has remained cruelly elusive, scholars and activists have increasingly turned to South African history and politics to make sense of the situation. In the early 1990s, both South Africa and Israel began negotiating with their colonized populations. South Africans saw results: the state was democratized and black South Africans gained formal legal equality. Palestinians, on the other hand, won neither freedom nor equality, and today Israel remains a settler-colonial state. Despite these different outcomes, the transitions of the last twenty years have produced surprisingly similar socioeconomic changes in both regions: growing inequality, racialized poverty, and advanced strategies for securing the powerful and policing the racialized poor. Neoliberal Apartheid explores this paradox through an analysis of (de)colonization and neoliberal racial capitalism.

      After a decade of research in the Johannesburg and Jerusalem regions, Andy Clarno presents here a detailed ethnographic study of the precariousness of the poor in Alexandra township, the dynamics of colonization and enclosure in Bethlehem, the growth of fortress suburbs and private security in Johannesburg, and the regime of security coordination between the Israeli military and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. The first comparative study of the changes in these two areas since the early 1990s, the book addresses the limitations of liberation in South Africa, highlights the impact of neoliberal restructuring in Palestine, and argues that a new form of neoliberal apartheid has emerged in both contexts."

      http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/N/bo25338775.html#.WKkwQd5L5PU.facebook

  • The day the two greatest salesmen in the world met at the White House
    • it would be remiss of me not to proffer ee cummings, very apposite

      “a salesman is an it that stinks Excuse

      a salesman is an it that stinks Excuse

      Me whether it’s president of the you were say
      or a jennelman name misder finger isn’t
      important whether it’s millions of other punks
      or just a handful absolutely doesn’t
      matter and whether it’s in lonjewray

      or shrouds is immaterial it stinks

      a salesman is an it that stinks to please

      but whether to please itself or someone else
      makes no more difference than if it sells
      hate condoms education snakeoil vac
      uumcleaners terror strawberries democ
      ra(caveat emptor)cy superfluous hair

      or Think We’ve Met subhuman rights Before"

  • Jewish groups battle over Trump's choice for Israel ambassador
  • 'We cannot divide the land': Israeli academic Yehouda Shenhav on bridging the gap between Israelis and Palestinians through Arabic literature
    • Muhammad Izzat Darwarzah "al malak wal simsar" the angel and the broker

      Ishak Musa Husseini " mudhakirat dadjadjah" hen memoirs

      of course Kanafani "the land of sad oranges"

      halim barakat "return of the flying dutchman to the sea"

      anything by muin basisu and the other original Palestinian one staters.

  • New Israel Fund response to Ben Gurion harassment reinforces very system it claims to oppose
    • also perhaps a little skepticism is in order, anyone recall the "baa baa green sheep" controversy in the UK, also without foundation.

      "Newspaper reports of a mass sexual-assault by refugees and migrants in Frankfurt, Germany, on News Years Eve were ‘completely made up’ it has emerged.

      The claims were made just days ago in a right-wing German tabloid and repeated in the Daily Express in the UK.

      The Daily Express alleged that a ‘mass sex attack’ by over 900 drunk refugees led to women being sexually harassed.

      It even had the same quotes as the German tabloid (Bild) that first run the false story:"

      https://politicalscrapbook.net/2017/02/uk-tabloid-reports-of-sexual-assault-by-refugees-in-frankfurt-were-completely-made-up/

    • "And while we are waiting for the refugees to conform, they are causing a lot of trouble in the process of learning that an unaccompanied woman is not asking to be raped"

      Jill Meagher and Adrian Ernest Bailey?

      I was on that street in Brunswick that night in Melbourne in the company of some Sudanese and Lebanese boys all Muslim some refugees our behavior was exemplary towards all our Australian overlords and Ladies.

  • To oppose Trump, Jews must join the fight against fascism and Zionism
    • and what of the JVP now and l'affaire Weir?

      alt-white in the ascendent, we may all need some veneer or perhaps a vigorous purifying shelaking

  • Rand Paul warns neocons will 'scurry in' with Abrams, and Kristol says that's anti-Semitic
    • "Pseud’s Corner."

      It would make a fine Cloggies strip, a saga of stereotypical Clog Dancing folk,

      under the lamentable Hislop my boss once attained Pseuds Corner

      when i told him "I prefer Punch" he said defensively, we all shook our heads sadly

      "No one likes Punch" we reminded him, as we all in unison performed a "single leg Arkwright"

      sorry for the Anti-Blagdonite racism, it all went down hill after they turned pro.

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  • Michigan Arabs react to Trump's executive order -- 'worse than 9/11'
    • "kitschy liberals and their huddled masses"

      fucking degenerates are everywhere!

      "I really doubt a bunch of fat, arteriosclerotic guys armed with sporting weapons pushing their own women and children in front of them as human shields will be able to do much. In case there’s any doubt, I mean you, “Stopgumber”

      ah this is the anti-white ideology i have heard of, you know Rosenbergs immortal description of the his upper class officers strewn dead on the fields of France as "Haughty atheletes"

      "arteriosclerotic guys armed with sporting weapons"

      and they so angry about it and confused Trump is going to eviserate their lives while feeding this dream of their holy integrated perfect cutting egde of the curve evolution essence, Buzz Aldrin sells macerated oat breakfasts nowadays,

      "But don’t claim all and every inch of the territory for yourself"

      this can not be serious i now realize a skilled satirist has punked me, the shame. (also didnt mason or dixon draw a line for the disintegrated American)

  • In Trump’s world, money talks, and Saudi Arabia gets a free pass
    • "it will be left to historians to safely reveal 50 years from now, just like most of the other crimes in U.S. history"

      United states of amnesia indeed, if you say: " Dan Mitrione "or "USAID" to most Americans they don't know what you are taliking about,

      "In Langguth's book about Mitrione and USAID's torture programs, "Hidden Terrors," he quotes Hevia's eyewitness account of Mitrione's live torture demonstrations:

      "As subjects for the first testing, they took beggars, known in Uruguay as bichicones, from the outskirts of Montevideo, along with a woman from the border with Brazil. There was no interrogation, only a demonstration of the different voltages on the different parts of the human body, together with the uses of a drug to induce vomiting — I don't know why or for what — and another chemical substance.
      "The four of them died."
      Mitrione taught local police specialized forms of electroshock torture, introducing wires so thin they could fit between the teeth and gums. He also demonstrated drugs that induced violent vomiting fits, and advised on psychological tortures, such as playing tapes of a woman and child screaming in a room next to the interrogation room, and telling the detainee those are his wife and child. And it was all done under the aegis of USAID."

      Saudi invovlement in 911 is US government involvement.

  • The centrist US political system will defeat Trump
    • from the lineage of c wright mills "listen yankee"

      thomas frank started the baffler here lehman rejects your complacency

      "And now a fledgling administration composed mainly of antidemocratic thugs and amoral opportunists is mining the conflict-averse culture of mainstream American journalism for all its worth. Day in and day out, Donald Trump and his band of fascist clowns derides the press for its putative dishonesty, its elitism, its fatal bubble-fied out-of-touchness—in sum, its bald metaphysical wrongness. This is what White House strategist Steve Bannon, who assiduously wiped out any and all basic standards of journalist truth-telling during his tour as maximum leader of Breitbart News, was getting at when he sniped at a New York Times reporter that the press was now the White House’s “opposition party,” and should keep its collective mouth shut if it knew what was good for it."

      https://thebaffler.com/blog/opposition-party-lehmann

      and even better the author of "listen liberal" and "whats the matter with kansas" thomas frank

      answers "what's wrong with America"

      https://youtu.be/4fg2w7nV6XI

  • 'Israel receives more US military aid than every other country in the world combined' -- New York Times reveals
    • "The Rabbi-like Mooser"

      well at least you're no idle fakir

    • "the Mullah like Danny Danon" ?

      is this due to Danny's grounding in theology and law or what are Mullahs like?

      he doesn't remind me of any of the many Mullahs i have known, you could just have said Muslim like or Arab like to precisely the same effect.

  • Dennis Ross's advice to Trump is 'bullshit, delusional or lying,' to gut two-state concept -- Peace Now
    • Ramzi not many people can make me cringe in shame, you going to have lead us out the nightmare we are trapped in, let the Palestinian shepherds lead us, i think Arab children will take me by my hand and save me from blindness and paralysis,

      i would follow Ms.Zoabi anywhere, she never calls due to my insignificance, Arabs have 10million times the social capital of euro/americans, i ain't joking you going to have save us, in the west we don't know shit from shinola, helpless.

    • "Nadia Mattar"

      is she related to Ahmed

      Take your precautions, passersby
      خطاكم على جثتي نازلة
      Your footsteps fall on my body
      وصمتي سخاء
      And my silence is generosity
      لأن التراب صميم البقاء
      Because dust is the seed of eternity
      وأن الخطى زائلة
      And footsteps are ephemeral

      ولكن إذا ما حبستم بصدري الهواء
      But if you cage the air in my chest
      سلوا الأرض عن مبدأ الزلزلة
      Ask the earth about the beginning of the earthquake
      سلوا عن جنوني ضمير الشتاء
      Ask the conscience of winter about my madness
      أنا الغيمة المثقلة
      I am the burdened cloud,
      إذا أجهشت بالبكاء
      Which when it weeps
      فإن الصواعق في دمعها مرسلة
      Sends lightning with its tears

      أجل إنني أنحني فاشهدوا ذلتي الباسلة
      Yes, I bow, so bear witness to my valiant humiliation
      فلا تنحني الشمس إلا لتبلغ قلب السماء
      For the sun does not bow except to reach the heart of the sky
      ولا تنحني السنبلة
      Nor does the wheat stalk bow
      إذا لم تكن مثقلة
      If it is not burdened
      ولكنها ساعة الإنحناء
      But in the hour of its bowing
      تواري بذور البقاء
      It hides the seeds of its survival
      فتخفي برحم الثرى ثورة مقبلة
      Concealing in the earth’s womb a coming revolution.

      أجل إنني أنحني تحت سيف العناء
      Yes, I bow under the sword of oppression
      ولكن صمتي هو الجلجلة
      But my silence is deafening
      وذل انحنائي هو الكبرياء
      And my humiliation is pride
      لأني أبالغ في الإنحناء
      Because I exaggerate in bowing
      لكي أزرع القنـبـلة
      To plant the bomb

      – Ahmad Matar

      man he wrote that thing for Arabs, but Americans may like it and this

      "the alarm clock woke me

      and told me ya Arab

      its time to sleep"

      his sister is weird. mattar not as solid as it seems

  • Jewish groups slamming Trump on refugees are hardhearted when it comes to Palestinian refugees
    • "So, if want to claim credit for British imperialism setting us on the road to Hell, be my guest"

      yet you say that in English, Keith, you ungrateful bastard,

      "That account has never been fully settled." Hughes

      all accounts are fully recompensed, you are Christian right? I am as much of an English man as you hughes, my mother was a monolingual English speaker, i lived in Engalnd on and off for 45 years you don't see how degraded it is and has always been, my white English bretheren taught me resistance because they had been so long brutalised and oppressed, starved driven from their homes, working shit dangerous jobs etc...

      contra Kautsky and one might add the dead hand of neoliberalism

      "Bourgeois society faces a dilemma; either a transition to Socialism, or a return to barbarism ... we face the choice: either the victory of imperialism and the decline of all culture, as in ancient Rome – annihilation, devastation, degeneration, a yawning graveyard; or the victory of Socialism – the victory of the international working class consciously assaulting imperialism and its method: war. This is the dilemma of world history, either – or; the die will be cast by the class-conscious proletariat."

      https://www.marxists.org/archive/cliff/works/1969/rosalux/4-impwar.htm

  • 'We have nowhere else to go': Bedouins say they will continue to rebuild as Israel carries out home demolitions at a record pace
  • The Quebec mosque shooting and the Zionist connection
    • "I am not familiar enough with the culture/context to offer anything more"

      but we know all about you from ahadith this is sahih muslim, no less

      "Al-Mustawrid al-Qurashi said whilst in the presence of ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas, ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) say, ‘The Hour will come when the Romans are the largest in number.’ ‘Amr said to him, ‘Look to what you are saying!’ He said, ‘I only say what I heard from the Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam).’ So he said, ‘If that’s the case, then they (the Romans) have four characteristics: They are the most patient of people during times of tribulation, they are the quickest to recover after a calamity, they are the most likely to return after fleeing and they are the best towards the poor, orphans and the weak. The fifth is a beautiful deed: They prevent the oppression of Rulers the most.’ "

    • "Additionally, 45% of global terrorist attacks are due to the 5% of the world population that is Arab"

      and yet you link to a report that says that the Arab region home to 5% of the worlds population suffers 45% of global terrorist attacks, can you explain this anomaly?

  • 'No Ban, No Wall' highlights the common struggle in US and Palestine
    • "During my life we had a few big mouthed individuals working with us, however they all failed in their duties! Just a lot of hot air, talking heads, nothing behind"

      Willis Seward Keith to a tee, Willie to the omnicient.

      "The islam declared war on the west"

      "Mooser, you have a huge dose of narcissism"

      you feel fighting on two fronts will work out this time

      "I want to add: Millions of soldiers, policemen, FBI and other agents are working hard and long hours to keep this country safe as possible"

      Islam never sleeps

      "Have you ever visited an islamic country?" have you visited Argentina or perhaps Brazil

      "and see the difference in aggression against the west"

      rack up the J-DAMS lets roll, i am glad sanity has finally prevailed.

      Trump is political viagra, you old goat,

  • Muslims in the US brace for Trump immigration ban
    • "it’s racist to bomb muslim countries, create millions of muslim refugees, and then allow in every demographic of refugee and immigrant except the ones you’re bomb."

      dear Annie you don't know what you mean to guys like me, do you know I think from Exodus, i heard him do it live 77, Guiltiness,

      woe to the downpressor they'll eat the bread of sorrow, i think you will like it, eat the bread of sad tomorrow, you have no idea how grateful i am towards folk like you Hostage so many others,

      woe to the downpressor they'll eat the bread of sad tomorrow.

    • "is it fair that he can’t invite his sister to visit him anymore but his wife can invite her sister to visit, based strictly on their ethnicities, because of his religion?"

      what is this "white" anxiety? "White Christian" with all due respect seems like a weird thing to organise around, Annie what is it that "white" people feel threatened by, i been reading "white Americans" who are enraged at some affront, i am a black westerner always in racist environments but still America is very different, its like an anger made intense by fear, Europeans are far more arrogant and sure, no angst, sure of themselves. little little puzzled by White America, so stressed.

  • Please keep your American flags off my hijab
  • Trump's vow to move embassy to Jerusalem is now a 'decision-making process'
    • "check it out"

      thanks very interesting learned a lot of stuff, lot of detail, i will never run out of ignorance.

  • Palestinian teen in Gaza dies after refusing to serve as a collaborator for Israel in exchange for medical care
  • By their bulldozers you will know them
  • Palestinians react to the Trump inauguration
  • Trump 'promise' to move US embassy to Jerusalem stirs international furor
    • "So now you’re taking the Qur’an as gospel. Huh."

      the Quran does no such thing, while people of the book are mentioned a good few times, baqarra, imran, nissa, etc, there is no mention of Jerusalem, there is a pamphlet by Palazzi which butchers 101-105 al israa claiming it is 100-104,its not and it still says nothing and he distorts the passage about judgement, omitting part of 104 and mixing in the first part of 105 to mean "gathered in the land" via parentheses , pitiful.

      anyone is welcome to give me chapter and verse of the Quran where

      "even the quran alludes to jerusalem being the city of the book people"

      i can find no confirmation in the Quran that i own my house, which while unfortunate does not unduly concern me, god pays for nothing but he does "recompense" and all the while while not even existing best of schemers indeed.

      this kind of "abrahamic' bullshit is insane, today Ibrahim would prefer the gompa to the churchmosquesynagoge, accidently posted was going to delete whats the point

      I have been reading a lot of American right sites, Skeeters in the white house and it seems he really doesn't like your kind, any kind around here.

  • William Blum: the dissident and the style
    • Gary i thought his words speak for themselves, let me quote at length that nice lady Kim Petersen and i take your "ironic" crack as a vain attempt to satirise my English gentleman incarnation you have mistaken contempt for "irony"

      i am sad to here he is unwell, Gary, the way of all flesh, i hope he recovers and will do both du'a and puja to that effect, i have no idea what good it does but why not eh, there may be virgins in it for me,

      " but many readers will miss the fine points he wants to make by quoting Bill Blum at length. A little initial framing might have made for more incisive conclusions"

      don't give me work and save your advice for others

      over to Kim,

      "Blum: “Moreover, inasmuch as ISIS is the offspring of religion, this adds to my political incorrectness: I’m attacking religion, God forgive me.”

      Comment: Again Blum provides no substantiation for what he writes. He seems to be fabricating an anonymous person’s argument to oppose. This epitomizes straw man argumentation.

      To be clear, as a free speech advocate — within certain bounds, such as public safety — people should be free to criticize, argue, comment, and opine on any topics, including religion.

      And, with all due respect, Blum is wrong. ISIS is not the offspring of religion; ISIS is the offspring of US and western violence.

      Blum continues: “Totally irrelevant to my critics is the fact that the religious teachings of ISIS embrace murderous jihad and the heavenly rewards for suicide bombings and martyrdom. This, they insist, is not the real Islam, a religion of peace and scholarly pursuits. Well, one can argue, Naziism was not the real Germany of Goethe and Schiller, of Bach and Brahms. Fortunately, that didn’t keep the world from destroying the Third Reich.”

      Comment: It is implied by Blum that the Qur’an teaches “murderous jihad and the heavenly rewards for suicide bombings and martyrdom,” but he cites nothing in the Qur’an to support his claim. By choosing what constitutes Islam, he casts himself in the role of an expert on Islam.

      And when he draws the analogy of Naziism not being “the real Germany of Goethe and Schiller, of Bach and Brahms,” well… it is hard to discern where he is going with the analogy. If one infers from his stance toward Islam, it would seem he implies that Naziism guides Teutons. It ignores the many, albeit a minority, of Germans who opposed Nazism (see The German Opposition by Michael Thomsett, 1977). Germans are not a monolith.

      Nonetheless, this represents a shift by Blum. Previously he wrote: “It’s the teachings of Islam that inspire the Islamic terrorists to carry out jihad and suicide bombings.” Now “Islam” is replaced by “ISIS.” Nevertheless, ISIS claims to be following the teachings of Islam.

      To be clear, first, I am not a critic of Blum, but I am critical of his disjointed depiction of Islam and Muslims as constituting a homogeneous entity. Second, it is not the religious teachings of Islam or ISIS that this writer focuses on. What is important is the different interpretations people derive from Islam and how people act out their faith to such words and their interpretation. I object to Blum’s lumping all Muslims in one boat of violent “jihadism.” Third, most of all I object to Blum’s shifting the focus of blame from the instigator of the violence to the violence of resistance. I asked previously, “However, in the absence of imperialist evil wreaked against them, would these people professing to be Muslims have been inspired/manipulated into violent reprisals?”

      Blum does not deign to answer. Instead he conjures straw men. It is far easier to debunk one’s own creations."

      http://dissidentvoice.org/2016/08/blums-straw-men/

    • I remember Bill when he used to be fun.

      "My crime was being politically incorrect. The Islamic State, you see, is composed of Muslims, and the United States and its Western allies have bombed many Muslim countries in the recent past killing thousands of Muslims and causing widespread horror. Therefore, whatever ISIS and its allies do is “revenge”, simple revenge, and should not be condemned by anyone calling himself a progressive; least of all should violence be carried out against these poor aggrieved jihadists.

      Moreover, inasmuch as ISIS is the offspring of religion, this adds to my political incorrectness: I’m attacking religion, God forgive me.

      Totally irrelevant to my critics is the fact that the religious teachings of ISIS embrace murderous jihad and the heavenly rewards for suicide bombings and martyrdom. This, they insist, is not the real Islam, a religion of peace and scholarly pursuits. Well, one can argue, Naziism was not the real Germany of Goethe and Schiller, of Bach and Brahms. Fortunately, that didn’t keep the world from destroying the Third Reich.

      We should also consider this: From the 1950s to the 1980s the United States carried out atrocities against Latin America, including numerous bombings, without the natives ever resorting to the repulsive uncivilized kind of retaliation as employed by ISIS. Latin American leftists took their revenge out on concrete representatives of the American empire: diplomatic, military and corporate targets, not markets, theatres, nightclubs, hospitals, restaurants or churches. The ISIS victims have included many Muslims, perhaps even some friends of the terrorists, for all they knew or cared.

      It doesn’t matter to my critics that in my writing I have regularly given clear recognition to the crimes against humanity carried out by the West against the Islamic world. I am still not allowed to criticize the armed forces of Islam, for all of the above stated reasons plus the claim that the United States “created” ISIS.

      Regarding this last argument: It’s certainly true that US foreign policy played an indispensable role in the rise of ISIS. Without Washington’s overthrow of secular governments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and – now in process – Syria, there would today be no ISIS. It’s also true that many American weapons, intentionally and unintentionally, have wound up in the hands of terrorist groups. But the word “created” implies intention, that the United States wanted to purposely and consciously bring to life the Frankenstein monster that we know and love as ISIS.

      So, you wonder, how do we rid the world of the Islamic State? I’m afraid it may already be too late. The barn door is wide open and all the horses have escaped. It’s not easy for an old anti-imperialist like myself, but I support Western military and economic power to crush the unspeakable evil of ISIS. The West has actually made good progress with seriously hampering ISIS oil sales and financial transactions. As a result, it appears that ISIS may well be running out of money, with defections of unpaid soldiers increasing.

      The West should also forget about regime change in Syria and join forces with Russia against the terrorists.

      And my readers, and many like them, have to learn to stop turning the other cheek when someone yelling “Allahu Akbar” drives a machete into their skull."

      https://williamblum.org/essays/read/political-correctness-demands-diversity-in-everything-but-thought

  • Thousands gather to mourn Palestinian teen shot dead during clashes
  • 'Constructed crisis for political ends': anti-Semitism claims are prime weapon for UK Israel lobby, Al Jazeera shows
    • "As if accusing members in your own party of being Nazis is acceptable discourse. Foster said he “could have easily referred to Mao and the Red Guard or Saddam Hussein and the Revolutionary Guard” when discussing Momentum. But he didn’t: He chose Nazis."

      In England it is imperative to slur correctly, but more interestingly

      The Zionist lobbyists are using the 'soft-power' aspect of a counterinsurgency approach rather than attempting to debate their opponents within the confines of legitimate democratic political intercourse.

      while people are concerned about anti-semitism the UK is embracing her Muslim community with something called CONTEST (see link) which is comprised of 4 limbs

      "Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare" (?)

      the soft power bit is the current Zionist approach to their fellow non-Muslim citizens, but there is always the kinetic option, the Muslims are getting that already see at link, and see if you think this below fits the scenario you describe

      "Soft-power’ is used to mean non-violent action that seeks to influence a social agent and make them change their behaviour. In a counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism context, the use of soft-power would typically involve the use of financial reward and inducements, developing a rapport with people/populations in order to develop intelligence, and the crafting and dissemination of propaganda or ‘strategic communication’.

      What is worth emphasising is that even though soft-power may be non-violent, it can still be highly coercive and therefore, in practice, create the same outcome or effect as an act of violence. Exactly how both forms of power are combined in order to fulfil state objectives, discipline groups, and socially control populations can be better understood by drawing on Antonio Gramsci’s (1971) seminal work on hegemony. Such a framework is especially helpful in theoretically understanding the false dichotomy between coercion and consent, and ultimately, Prevent and Pursue."

      http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0261018316683471

  • The immaculate conception of Louis Brandeis
    • "Also note some Palestinian family names like Masri, Hourani, Hijazi, etc"

      Masri like Moses?

      Hourani like Job?

      Hijazi are you suggesting that the Khalidis, who could be Hijazi if Ibni Walid hadn't been such a superstar, are not Palestinian?

      over to you Ameriki

    • "“gamal” this time Phil Weiss has gone too far"

      yes didn't mean to be rude i just thought North's "pretty fly for a white guy" accolade to Brandies was funny well he does have three parentheses to feed and as an Arab i'm probably moderately prejudiced at the very least, i could go radical any second and what is it with Weiss and failing to fall away, the guy has stamina.

    • "He would stride across the American political landscape today like a colossus"

      while possibly true I think it says more about the "American political landscape" than much else,

      from the excert below "This land, treeless a generation ago, supposed to be sterile and hopelessly arid, has been shown to have been treeless and sterile because of man's misrule."

      "of man's misrule." who they?

      sure sounds like a Yankee colossus

      "Zionism seeks to establish in Palestine, for such Jews as choose to go and remain there, and for their descendants, a legally secured home, where they may live together and lead a Jewish life, where they may expect ultimately to constitute a majority of the population, and may look forward to what we should call home rule."

      "they expect ultimately to constitute a majority" anodyne words utterly devoid of any redeeming quality.

      From the Jewish Problem and How to Solve it.

      "Nature and man presented obstacles in Palestine which appeared almost insuperable; and the colonists were in fact ill-equipped for their task, save in their spirit of devotion and self-sacrifice. The land, harassed by centuries of misrule, was treeless and apparently sterile; and it was infested with malaria. The Government offered them no security, either as to life or property. The colonists themselves were not only unfamiliar with the character of the country, but were ignorant of the farmer's life which they proposed to lead; for the Jews of Russia and Roumania had been generally denied the opportunity of owning or working land. Furthermore, these colonists were not inured to the physical hardships to which the life of a pioneer is necessarily subjected. To these hardships and to malaria many succumbed. Those who survived were long confronted with failure. But at last success came. Within a generation these Jewish Pilgrim Fathers, and those who followed them, have succeeded in establishing these two fundamental propositions:

      First: That Palestine is fit for the modern Jew.

      Second: That the modern Jew is fit for Palestine.

      Over forty self-governing Jewish colonies attest to this remarkable achievement.

      This land, treeless a generation ago, supposed to be sterile and hopelessly arid, has been shown to have been treeless and sterile because of man's misrule. It has been shown to be capable of becoming again a land “flowing with milk and honey.” Oranges and grapes, olives and almonds, wheat and other cereals are now growing there in profusion."

      https://louisville.edu/law/library/special-collections/the-louis-d.-brandeis-collection/the-jewish-problem-how-to-solve-it-by-louis-d.-brandeis

  • Statement: Palestinian students in UK demand resignation of National Union of Students VP following Al Jazeera investigation
  • It turns out Jews are as stupid as everyone else
    • " least Jewish Jews"

      yes man now you rocking,
      bring the band on down behind you,

      what is the least Jewishness one can have? I may have had a build up, may need to purge for progress' sake

      ( i not sure about the commas, no disrespect i'm comalexic, how do apostrophes work, are they not vowels?)

  • On eve of Paris talks PA support for two-state solution not shared among Palestinians
  • Kal Penn's primetime shoutout to Palestinian refugees is gift that keeps on giving
  • Origins of a golden shower
  • Against Israel, Hamas and Fatah
    • "at least not explicitly, f-Israel,"

      he is explicit on FB "fuck Israel first" he says, getting the order right.

      https://www.facebook.com/Majed.AbusalamaJournalist

      "we all have to be resigned to Israel" buck up old man, no one in the region is resigned to anything, can you imagine being 29 in Gaza? my oldest girl was born '88 like Majed, for Arabs the "Fuck List" is extensive...don't get me started, but i think Muhammad Asad below has a point too, once you are factionalised, which is they hated and why they killed Arafat after neutering him, frustration is the atmosphere everywhere in the Arab world, fuck America is well up on my list.

      and he is right with many of the "Islamic" factions the "Islam" is embarrassing, the nationalists are not nationalist, the secularists are not secular and the Islamic parties are tedious. it tries the patience of the saints.

  • How I got over the Milk-and-Honey-and-Chosen-People place
    • "Is there a prayer to thank God for not making me a Jew?"

      yes in Islam we have one but it goes even further, as afghans are wont to.

      Not Christian or Jew or
      Muslim, not Hindu,
      Buddhist, Sufi, or Zen.
      Not any religion

      or cultural system. I am
      not from the east
      or the west, not
      out of the ocean or up

      from the ground, not
      natural or ethereal, not
      composed of elements at all.
      I do not exist,

      am not an entity in this
      world or the next,
      did not descend from
      Adam and Eve or any

      origin story. My place is
      the placeless, a trace
      of the traceless.
      Neither body or soul.

      I belong to the beloved,
      have seen the two
      worlds as one and
      that one
      call to and know,

      first, last, outer, inner,
      only that breath breathing

      human being.

      sufi mystic - jelaluddin rumi - 13th century

    • ", most of the time."

      thats how to use a comma, that was class sir. skip that because it isn't Judaism you have the instinct.

      yes they have their things but you just going to do what you want like a Jewish toaster, when hopeton lewis made a track uroy put it on his system and dubbed out the tracks and said his thing over it, toasting, i have always thought Israel would do well to hear this track in relation to their relationship with the US " don't kill the goose that lay the golden egg" yes "Tom drunk but Tom na fool.... then you have to beg" "you cheated and you lied" and you are wrong adds roy.

      well if you not the pandit you are at least the Jewish American U roy (there is no higher praise) the caterpillar crack below would win a prize in any other forum,

      https://youtu.be/lffTZFV1y60

  • The Palestinian state never had a chance: a review of Toufic Haddad's 'Palestine Ltd: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory'
    • two things

      anyone who actually knows the history knows that while these regions were nominally part of this or that meta-political formation large areas of Palestine and the whole levant and Egypt were in fact self governing for extended periods, read a book,

      2ndly

      are there actually people who comment about Arabs who have never listened to enta omri, i don't believe it, but i have heard it sometimes happens, it may spiritually circumcise you a little Arab little Jew, also it has a kind of implacable womaness that is too much.

      https://youtu.be/77JkWlSpQk8,

  • Mostly-Jewish golf club is roiled by a prospective member's stance on Israel-- Obama's
  • US watched ISIS rise in Syria and hoped to 'manage' it -- Kerry on leaked tape
    • "i don’t think it’s true that the opposition is comprised of mainly jihadis. i think it’s true the fighting force of the opposition is dominated by jihadist and for this reason assad has even more support by syrians than he would have if that were not the case. but i think there are a lot of syrians with legitimate complaints against assad. i think there are ordinary secular syrians, ordinary religious syrians of every stripe who have concerns about assad. but i’ve always felt the jihadists completely dominated the (fighting) forces opposing assad."

      thats very astute and one might add those of a revolutionary leftist perspective also have plenty of legitimate complaints about the Syrian ba'ath, in the end the national security outlook crippled them and the inter-Arab catastrophe of the last half of the 20th century, they became timid if steadfast, for all his courage Assad is a mediocre leader, in comparison to the Kings or Western stooge Sissis however he is the messiah.

  • The truck attack that killed four Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem was not 'terrorism'
    • "But there’s a problem, is there not"

      yes, kind of, 3 that i can think of

      1. dul kalu il dunya ghaba wa wal0u ilfatil

      2. bahgit il irhab balina kam sana amerika wa israil wakhdiniha fatawina

      but mostly

      Ya amm arabi imta nawin tadharaku

      here shaaban expostulates, with all necessary translation, its common knowledge in my manor after all

      https://youtu.be/ZamJloNsokw

  • There is no such thing as 'Progressive Except Palestine'
    • "Dear Self-Proclaimed "Progressives": as Apologists for the Neocon-Neoliberal Empire, You Are as Evil as the Empire You've Enabled"

      Charles Hugh Smith

      "Sorry, pal, you're evil. Self-righteous indignation counts for nothing in the strict accounting of real progressivism."

      "Dear Self-Proclaimed "Progressive": I love you, man, but it has become necessary to intervene in your self-destruction. Your ideological blinders and apologies for the Establishment's Neocon-Neoliberal Empire are not just destroying your credibility, they're destroying the nation and everywhere the Empire intervenes.

      While you squandered your political capital defending zero-cost causes like "safe spaces on college campuses," the Empire was busy killing, maiming and making refugees of women and children in Syria. President Obama and his Neocon crew (former Secretary Hillary Clinton included) aren't fools; they rely on drones and proxy armies to do their dirty work.

      Neoliberalism is the Establishment's core ideology, and by supporting Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, you furthered, defended and rationalized the Empire's neoliberal expansion and exploitation. Neoliberalism's Big Lie is transforming everything into a market makes everyone richer."

      http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.ie/2017/01/dear-self-proclaimed-progressives-as.html

  • Israeli diplomat schemed to 'take down' UK's Deputy Foreign Secretary because he slammed settlements
    • "the juvenile Zionist Jared Kushner as his senior Advisor in foreign affairs."

      This young man is his son-in-law? thats odd

      and to be fair a warm sandwich could formulate and implement American "foreign policy", it's simple and brutal and will lead to catastrophe for all of us.

      Who is the president hardly matters any more, America has mounted the world and is fomenting war everywhere, its going to be spectacularly bad, it already is. I am genuinely surprised how the destruction of the Arab world and the wars all over Africa have been so easily normalised in American, what, political awareness, discourse or whatever, its all so 18th brumaire with an added heart of darkness/darkness at noon/ladder of bones aspect, these have become interesting times, there is no social basis for resistance in the "west" may be the Africans and Arabs will save you.

  • 'Progressive' Defenders of the Racial State: Reflections on the Modern Language Association BDS vote
  • The mainstreaming of Palestinian genocide
    • "You’ve never heard of My Lai?" the whole Phoenix program was a massive crime, Empire is such a messy business.

      Air Commander Lionel Charlton resigned his commission in 1923 because of the British policy of "intimidation by bomb" as used in Mesopotamia, Palestine, Somalia, Egypt and India later extended to Aden. A few Pilots were indeed prosecuted for atrocities which were indistinguishable from scores of other celebrated actions as in below...

      "Once deployed in Iraq the RAF proceeded to bomb civilians and tribal insurgents alike. A Kurdish survivor of these attacks later recalled, "They were bombing here in the Kaniya Khoran ... Sometimes they raided three times a day."[6] Wing Commander Lewis, of the 30th RAF Squadron remembered: "one would get a signal that a certain Kurdish village had to be bombed."

      Arthur Harris, the man who would later oversee the destruction of German cities during WW II, also saw action in Iraq and participated in the bombing of civilians as a wing commander. He wrote of this experience, "The Arab and Kurd now know what real bombing means in casualties and damage. Within forty-five minutes a full-size village can be practically wiped out and a third of its inhabitants killed or injured."[7] Similarly, J.A. Chamier, another British wing commander, wrote, "The attack with bombs and machine guns must be relentless and unremitting and carried on continuously by day and night, on houses, inhabitants, crops and cattle."[8] By March 1922 the Air Ministry had proven its tactics so effective that it was given control over security in Mesopotamia. For the next decade RAF planes would bomb numerous tribes that continued to defy British rule.

      Britain Wrecks International Arms Control Negotiations to Ban Bombing of Civilians
      Due to Its Desire to Use Bombing against Its Imperial Subjects

      Serous efforts were made in international arms control negotiations to ban the bombing of cities and civilians. However, Great Britain rebuffed any attempt to restrict its use of bombers against civilians in territories under its control. For example, during disarmament talks in March 1933, Great Britain had submitted the so-called MacDonald Plan, Article 34 of which agreed in principle to a limitation on aerial bombardment "with the exception of police actions in certain distant locations." Two years later, in May 1935, Lord Londonderry then defended Britain's refusal to agree to a prohibition on using aerial bombardment against civilians that had been proposed at the Geneva Disarmament Conference:

      "I hammered home to my colleagues and also to the entire nation the vital position that the Royal Air Force occupies in our defensive plans. At this time of general outcry for disarmament I had the greatest difficulty even maintaining the need for bombers on the frontiers of the Middle East and in India, where it was only thanks to the air force that we were able to keep these areas in check."

      Trenchard's concept of "Air Control" had thus become entrenched as formal government policy and Britain would never give up its right to use aerial bombardment against peoples within its empire."

      http://www.worldfuturefund.org/wffmaster/Reading/war.crimes/World.war.2/Air.Control.htm

  • New poll shows sharp partisan divide on UN settlements resolution, and between Jews and African-Americans
    • forgive me

      "You surely don’t believe this tosh about Russian hacking?"

      loh and behold (google better not let me down, so many slavs around)

      "loh"

      "A russian word describing a naive and extremely trusting person, subject to various frauds and fails"

      i.e...
      - Look, mate! A guy in the street sold me this Rollex for 100$!
      - what a loh you are! that's a Chinese fake!

    • "You should be so lucky.

      Putin is, if not the most, certainly one of the most respected national leaders in the world"

      god sake man it's "I should be so lucky",

      i would welcome Putin we have a zombei (sic) Kenny, first name Enda but he won't, in Ireland the greatest person was countess Markievicz, why not Put'n as the Americans have it, i respect you too much to link to Kylie, let Oz retain its dignity.

  • In 'breathtaking' UN vote, Obama changed his policy on Israeli settlements, making them a war crime -- Finkelstein
  • Hamas celebrates 29th anniversary amid local and international challenges
  • Terrorism: How the Israeli state was won
    • "work out for Custer?"

      like the Jews emphasise hubris gets you every time, have you noticed how the msm is trying to provoke race war, everything gone helter-skelter, in Europe its refugees raping white women and groping Aryan thighs, Isis Islam encroaching everywhere, if you think Arabs are naive like Native Americans, take a deep breath we fight over millennia, our papers are in order too, whats wrong with Americans? you in a Margherita haze?

    • Dear Mr. Suarez

      972 mag had a Hillel Cohen piece that i thought was interesting for a number of reasons about 1929 in Palestine.

      https://972mag.com/what-the-1929-palestine-riots-teach-us-about-todays-violence/112830/

  • Scenes from Gaza on the last day of 2016
    • "What incensed him the most was the blatant jokes of the ones that passed it all off as a jest, pretending to understand everything and in reality not knowing their own minds"

      nothing changed then Leo, still chewing nutty gizzards and urine scented kidneys?

  • Israeli hysteria over UN vote is solidifying country's new status, as a rogue state
    • "there was no going lower"

      no there's always lower my sweet innocent friend, the pit is bottomless, i have the t-shirt.

    • 'Echin, on Phil Weiss:'

      Yes myself i would be cautious when thinking that if Mr. Weiss is expressing views more in harmony with my view that he could be said to be making "progress" unless he craves the state of injurious hooligan like my humble self, someones got to do it delinquency will have it's say.

      Remember its a Weiss Weiss world and only getting Weisser,

      to my mind Philip Weiss has always shown the courage to call it as he sees it and god bless him for that, i think his site stands alone, do you all know the words to auld land syne, let me compose myself and i'll do the bass others the descant, i think the Arabic part is in Weiss Arabic because i don't get a word (be misunderstood..does no one read deeply, its not pearls before swine but they are peanuts at least (fuck off)...so take my hand and with your pink martini

      but genuinely respect Mr. Weiss, you have certainly earned mine.

      https://youtu.be/dfarJuLT-Cs

  • Scenes from a neoconservative meltdown
    • "Israel is indeed NOT an ally.”

      " “Atlantaiconoclast” if you can post comments here, you can post comments at any on-line forum."

      Mooser you know we weep at the Zionist oppression under which the US labours, its seems to me that Trump allows for the possibility of both classical Anti-Semitism in the sacred capitalist homeland coupled with vigorous Zionism, that will teach you "libtard" anti-zionist Jews,

      "is no ally" just look at Saudi thats a consummated alliance,

      last week it occurred to me that i can go on alt-right or was it breitbart, i learned that yezidis are probs Celtic, there were photos blondes and green eyed girls, Arabs are orcs and Jews have made white people want to dance with their hips and take drugs and have sex with black people,
      are you not a little contrite, we expect a "mullet" go faster stripes and an overwrought tearful rendition of "amazing grace" fucksake try to fit in of which may i multicultural you

      my father was a shadhliyyite, pretty lame really but in the oral lineage the following is recorded,

      during a lecture in Alazhar the sheikh Shadhili was listening to the Sh al Azhar explaining the moral superiority of the Muslims, how noble and restrained our dignity how perfect our conduct, when the august dandy Shad stood up and produced his member and urinated all over his prayer matt, he assiduously cleared himself of urine arranged himself and resumed his seat, there was stunned silence he said, free simple trans, "we don't look so good now do we"

  • It is time to recognize the US-Palestinian conflict
    • not only is there a Palestinian US conflict a weakness in analysis in the west is the inability to locate the Palestinian US conflict within the overall Arab US conflict,

      the US has established Fort Laramie (Israel) Fort Phil Kearney (Baghdad) Fort Apache (Kabul) etc and now is behaving as if the Red Mans Law (International Law) is dead and US rule will be extended to west Asia by the US military, resistance to this is inevitable not caused by hatred, anger, backwardness or religion currently the US is fighting itself and as a by product burning down the Arab house, the situation now in the Arab world is becoming finally pre-revolutionary solely as a result of the insane violence and injustice of US aggression and that of their proxy monarchies

      it might be time to consider

      "There Are No Terrorists? Counterterrorism = Supporting Terrorism? Western Governments Are Supporting Terrorist Organizations Which They are Allegedly Combating"

      "The Western media in chorus is accusing the Syrian government and its allies including Russia and Iran of “crimes against humanity” for having liberated Aleppo from the clutch of Al Qaeda terrorists. “Putin and Assad could face justice for war crimes in Syria” according to the Washington Post.

      In the media coverage of Aleppo, the Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists are casually described as opposition “rebels” waging a “revolution” against the government of Bashar al Assad, who is portrayed as a “dictator”.

      The media propaganda campaign has gone into high gear. The words “Al Qaeda”, “Al Nusra” or “terrorists” are simply not mentioned in recent media reports. It never happened. “Opposition rebels” committed to democracy have been crushed by the Russians, according to “authoritative” media sources.

      According to reports, there were no terrorists in Aleppo. The “rebels” are now being portrayed as the victims of Russian aggression. These are the same terrorists who are the object of Obama’s alleged “counterterrorism” campaign, which is largely intent upon protecting the terrorists.

      Lies by Omission

      There is no mention of the fact that East Aleppo has been occupied by Al Qaeda affilated entities (which are on the EU and US State Department “terror lists”) and that these terrorists –which are now portrayed as “freedom fighters’– have committed countless atrocities against civilians. And these atrocities are now casually being blamed on the Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces which liberated Aleppo.

      For four years East Aleppo has been occupied by Al Qaeda, which had established a regime of terror and destruction. The media has portrayed the terrorists as “the moderate” opposition.

      Syria: A US-NATO Sponsored Terrorist Insurrection Initiated in March 2011

      The evidence amply confirms that Washington has supported the terrorists from the very outset. The influx of Salafist mercenaries commenced in the Southern city of Daraa on the border with Jordan in mid-March 2011.

      Moreover, in an August 2011 report, Israeli intelligence news (Debka) confirmed that NATO and the Turkish High Command were involved in recruiting Mujahideen mercenaries throughout “the Middle East and the Muslim world”, while providing the rebels with an vast array of weapons:

      “NATO strategists are thinking more in terms of pouring large quantities of anti-tank and anti-air rockets, mortars and heavy machine guns into the protest centers… ” (Debka) .

      The terrorists are the foot-soldiers of the Western military alliance. Al Qaeda is a creation of the CIA. The Islamic State (ISIS-Daesh) was originally an Al Qaeda affiliated entity (Al Qaeda in Iraq) created by US intelligence with the support of Britain’s MI6, Israel’s Mossad, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Presidency (GIP)."

      http://www.globalresearch.ca/there-are-no-terrorists-counterterrorism-supporting-terrorism/5564607

  • In Photos: Gaza protest commemorates second intifada
    • understand when you see resistance what an astonishing achievement you are witnessing, in sustained resistance

      "A Dialectical Pedagogy of Revolt: Gramsci, Vygotsky, and the Egyptian Revolution"

      By Brecht De Smet

      "In A Dialectical Pedagogy of Revolt Brecht De Smet integrates the political thought of Antonio Gramsci with the cultural psychology of Lev Vygotsky into an original perspective on revolutionary subjectivity that is deployed to understand the Egyptian “Tahrir” Revolution."

      it may also help with the Arab induced depression from which some of your writers are suffering

      if you take a brief look at page... well why not read on from at least chpt 26 on P.335, there is a great deal here that a "supporter" of Palestine might learn if they were open to it, the lessons may even apply where ever you may be.

      https://books.google.ie/books?id=OtYuBgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

  • Forced existence
  • Hell just froze over: the New York Times runs an article saying Zionism is racist
    • thanks for the trefa banquet, i should really post this to the art of resistance post but

      look what happens when people meet up in a sinai inn with no respect for boundaries

      gumar badawi

      Today's song is by an Sudanese artist named Jamal Porto, who lived at an Egyptian inn in the Sinai called RAS. At RAS, musicians have gathered for over twenty years to meet and play, and the family that owns the inn built a recording studio. In 2005, they sent out a call to musicians from all over the world, and forty artists from ten nations responded. They played and recorded music, which resulted in a CD called The RAS Project: A Musical Journey in Sinai. This song, Gamar Badawi, is from that album and is also on the 2008 Putumayo compilation Acoustic Arabia, and is a song of longing for a beloved back in Sudan."

      Music
      "Gomar Badawi (feat. Asia Medani, Avi Agababa, Boaz Nikritin, Itamar Gross, Gamal Porto, Ofer Meir Ankori, Ramadan Abel Karim, Udi Ben Kna'an & Yaron Pe'er)" by The Ras Project ( • )

      https://youtu.be/iX6Pd0t94uU

    • "Mooser, the issue I am interested in is what we are allowed to say"

      "Are we allowed to say any religion is silly and repugnant?"

      if you believe that i would say you are duty bound to say so and explain why, religion as politics is a disaster today, religion as social policy is unworkable today, people who attempt to foist religion as identity or community today had better clearly understand that it can work as a mechanism for liberation only if it is both barrierless and free of concern for observance the emigrant Muslim community has been crippled by an idiotic obsession with observance, traditionalism, ie drinking non-praying expert professionals and academics were scorned as representatives etc in favour of barelwi grocers who barely spoke English and were educated to a 5th grade level,

      i broke my heart trying to organize a rational approach to our evolving communities issues, only to be asked if all the lunch was halal ( the food of Jews and Christians is halal to a muslim so long as there is no alcohol or pork, the halal industry is a scam) wtf!

      i used to argue with shks and their bloody boiler plate crap about rites etc separating believers from nonbelievers and used to patiently explain that shit has now changed today we are either one with everybody or we are worthless nahnuummat everyone, anybody really think a culture involves rotely playing out irrelevant remnants that in no way addresses current realities, we only have now fuck the ways of the past, if god and muhammad don't want to text me the answer better i "check out the real situation" and act accordingly, sadaqaallahalazeem.

    • "I recall that he has also confessed to being a murderer of Palestinian civilians"

      Hamas were not to blame?

      "He should turn himself in and stand trial for his crimes"

      go Hapless Be'er Sheva, only your malice exceeds your ineptness

  • Historical evidence does not support Zionist claims re the Western Wall
    • "It’s probably best for persons who, like like ourselves, are posting polemical arguments on a political site to be circumspect about offering advice on attachment"
      you couldn't be more wrong, if you are going to quote the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas remember they allow no excuse for attachment , with the Tibetan so you can confirm.

      i teach this practise, "Circumspect" this is Vajrayana it's blatant "circumspect"? let me tell you directly if you find attachment, this is not therapy, cut it with Manjushris' flaming wisdom sword,

      If you are attached to this life, you are not a true spiritual practitioner.
      If you are attached to samsara, you do not have renunciation.
      If you are attached to your own self-interest, you have no bodhichitta.
      If there is grasping, you do not have the View.”
      ༈ ཚེ་འདི་ལ་ཞེན་ན་ཆོས་པ་མིན།
      འཁོར་བ་ལ་ཞེན་ན་ངེས་འབྱུང་མིན།
      རང་དོན་ལ་ཞེན་ན་བྱང་སེམས་མིན།
      འཛིན་པ་འབྱུང་ན་ལྟ་བ་མིན།

    • "Eventually it starts performing miracles."

      i think you are embellishing it a bit, this is one of Sogyal Rinpoches', he of the illustrious Lakar family, favourite little homilies, the tooth develops those little (miraculous) pearls indicating an authentic relic,

      the point of the story is the spiritually efficacy of devotion not theft

      The Israeli state has plundered vast property from the many awqaf in Palestine

      devotion to theft and oppression is unlikely to produce much spiritually useful energy quite the contrary oh but i see you made Palestinians disappear, like an old dog skeleton clever boy,

      "I still sympathize with the many Jews who feel a strong attachment to it."

      perhaps box it and wrap it and put it under their tree, it is Christmas and they have been good,

      also when quoting a Rinpoche probably best not to express sympathy with "attachment", you may have to reread "The Tibetan Book of living and Dying" where you can enjoy this and many other picaresques little tales

  • Challenging an ideology means rupturing with community and family
    • "I think that Jewish values are in fact responsible for Israel and not the opposite."

      while I am not sure what this means "values" is vague, might i be permitted a little dissent,

      " don’t think Judaism is a nice religion or a religion that fundamentally critiques or opposes settler-colonialism"

      "nice religion': not being erudite like yourself permit to speak my "values" simply and directly, it is the purpose of all religion to bust and utterly destroy the ego, that precious sense of self cherishing seperateness which makes life misery, and thus no religion cool as they all are is nice, i rely on my own reading it being the only one that i get.

      "that fundamentally critiques or opposes settler-colonialism" "

      well thats a huge assumption that relies on a spiritually illiterate, simplistic and materialistic reading of Judaism, it may be that many Jews now talk in this way so what, that does not delimit it's scope, while i labour within the vortex of my own limbic nebula and am even a tribal man however life (and Judaism inter alia) has taught me enough that i am unerring in my actions not having an ego to torment me as gentle as it is possible to be with out utterly disappearing, as the Jews recommend. It is the combination of Judaism and modern materialism that leads to

      "One of the foundational myths in the Torah is about the conquest of Canaan under Joshua, a brutal settler-colonialism story from beginning to end"

      I read it i don't see any of that, thats just the story, Animal Farm is not about animals or farming, but then i know how to read scripture and if i want to be bad i don't need gods or anyone's support, religiously speaking you have a duty to be yourself and take the consequences.

      "It’s never been questioned or critiqued as such to the best of my knowledge"

      I don't see Jews around me stealing any more than anyone else, I know an Israeli girl who married an Irish farmer out by Ardgroom who had to sign a prenup that removed all his land from his estate in the event that he pre-deceases her, she has conquered no land in the adjacent townlands.

      You know the very way you talk about a good or bad culture, religion etc the way you seem to be implying, in your other writings here, that those of us who share this array with you are just less evolved versions of yourself, that are but encultured dupes with an attenuated breadth of awareness this is the single most widespread and destructive aspect of modern progressive western ideology currently burning my world on the basis of humanitarianism and things good

      Zionism is not Judaism but seems to be eating it you wait till the sicarii play the ikwan, my view is people don't know how to read scripture and so what, well i am no materialist and crap you can grab in the donya is less than worthless anyway despite the Walmart propaganda, I start from there

      so
      and as a result i have very positive feelings for Judaism nice or otherwise, i think someone should try it but you have to carry the self as it is to this encounter, no mean task for polite idealistic westerners, embrace inhibition, Solomon sings about it in Judaism.

      i have something that might help ( i am a ghetto boy and so have vast amplification but you may not get all the goodness out of this i play it till my 8ft thick walls shake in conformity to Banu Isra'il's mores)

      i am serious All My Life meet Judaism, in essence, you have instincts? then hear, what else is there, as has been said you have eyes but won't look you have ears then hear.

      Solomon still sings through Sheba's sons,

      https://youtu.be/O3cPx6TZFSo

  • Starving Yemeni children, bloated US weaponsmakers
    • "The Yemen crisis should also serve as a prime moment for the U.S. government to reconsider its alliance with the Saudi regime"

      yeah sure no argument with that i might add:

      "Arab guerrillas who ambushed and killed two British soldiers were reported to be in the village of Danaba, a border hamlet of mud and stone huts. Danaba was warned by leaflet that it would be bombed. Promised the R.A.F. officer commanding the operation: "The fearsome sight will frighten the Arabs . . . a terrific explosion will echo up the hills. The tribesmen will be somewhere watching the show."

      On Feb. 11 four Shackleton bombers dropped 93 500-lb. bombs on Danaba, and Venom fighter pilots followed up, pouring 72 rockets into the village; for best effect the operation was spaced over six hours.

      An earlier action was mentioned in the Daily Telegraph:

      Nearly two hours before today's bombing R.A.F. aircraft dropped leaflets on the village of Ruqaba, which is within Aden territory, warning the inhabitants to leave...Before the village was destroyed an R.A.F. reconnaissance aircraft flew over the area to observe the exodus before the bombing began."

      time to cut the UK loose too

      https://www.psywar.org/aden.php

      i mean Mad Mitch, this didn't start a few months ago, Arab nationalism was defeated in Yemen in '67, lets hope the Saudis go the same way

      https://youtu.be/HC2_t0_kETE

  • 'We betrayed the legacy of the Holocaust': Professor Yair Auron pushes Israel to confront complicity with Bosnian genocide
    • “I’m first a human being. But I’m a Jew. As part of a victim group, we have even more of a responsibility to try to avoid present and future killings. But we are doing the opposite,”

      and it's ongoing in South Sudan, where Israel is joined by the US, Qatar and Saudi in betraying themselves and the rest of us.

      http://landdestroyer.blogspot.ie/2014/01/the-plundering-of-south-sudan.html

      And as regards atrocity i wonder might Americans consider getting their government to ratify the ICC and cancel the US' 38 bi-lateral agreements to avoid its regimen and until then to be silent about their opponents war crimes as it is the US/EU which has bankrupted the ICC morally that is...

      "Africa, Russia, United States Imperialism and the Bankruptcy of the International Criminal Court

      .....

      Imperialists War Crimes Should be Investigated and Prosecuted

      Just over the last decade-and-a-half, the U.S., Britain, France and other imperialist states have committed horrendous war crimes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Sudan and other geo-political regions. These crimes are related to the intervention and occupations of nation-states based on false pretenses designed to eliminate independent governments and the seizure of their resources.

      As a direct result of these massive bombings, invasions, occupations and partitions, tens of millions of people have been displaced, impoverished and disenfranchised. Millions have died in combined military actions against Afghanistan, Iraq, Haiti, Libya, Syria and other countries.

      The plight of the Palestinian people, subjected to nearly 70 years of Israeli occupation, has worsened while the imperialist governments have increased their funding, arming and diplomatic support for Tel Aviv. Gaza, popularly referred to as the largest open-air prison in the world, remains under de facto Israeli occupation along with other areas of Palestine and the Golan Heights in Syria.

      At some point these crimes must be legally addressed along with the development of the Atlantic Slave Trade, colonialism, neo-colonialism and the denial of full participation in the UN and other international bodies by the imperialist governments. The abolition of the effectiveness of the ICC should pave the way for a broader discussion on the creation of a genuine world body to pursue war crimes and the violations of the fundamental human rights of the majority of the world’s population."

      http://www.globalresearch.ca/africa-russia-united-states-imperialism-and-the-bankruptcy-of-the-international-criminal-court/5558981

  • Jared Kushner's family foundations gave $325,000 to Israeli army support group
    • "i wonder why people use them."

      i am so stupid i thought i was missing something now i get it, nothing happens, he is a very very "Bold" boy.

  • Israel advocates worry Trump's pick for State has anti-Israel bias
    • hey Harry the al binaa editor gives an Arab (Lebanese) view on Trump, English subs.

      he was accused of celebrating Trump's victory

      "Trump's election represents the victory of the resistance in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Yemen as well as the sumud of Iran and Russia."

      https://youtu.be/zfbQY6pMsI8

  • Jewish brawl on CNN signals breakup of the pro-Israel monolith in the Trump era
    • "And I generalise to all ideologically based charges"

      Roha resurgent.

      It starts with generalisation but it leads to essentialisation and the inevitable "offence".

      America post racial to ante bellum in a heart beat, what portfolios will the Kardashians be getting in the Trumphouse,

      America "you're fired"

  • 'Love thy neighbor as thyself' -- Really?
    • "But they are not good exemplars of morality."

      no worries it all gets cleaned up in the Quran, why even Adam is a Prophet and Eve is blameless,

      David a Prophet who worshiped in a congregation including the mountains and birds and iron was made pliable for him so he could weave coats of mail.

      its in the sura that follows the stars and bars sura (alahzab) Saba (Sheba)

      And We softened all harshness in him, inspiring "Do good deeds sumptuously, don't stint and contemplate the source of their constant up welling and I see all that you do

      as to Solomon

      We made a fountain of molten copper to flow at his request made the spirits subservient to him

      however there is the lovely phrase starting Dawuda shukranw-wa .....be grateful for bounty rather than arrogant about your, no doubt, amazing qualities, its the spiritual way,

      in essence the sura says don't labour under shameful servitude to egotistical monomania, like Sheba's crew did till she bucked up on God and his mate Sulayman and his ifrits, bloody Yemenis.

    • "Who?" are you not the Jewish American pandit?

      "made a Jew joke" ah Jewjokitsu is lethal.

      "at his expense"

      everybody bawling

      https://youtu.be/Up67MhlJf-o

  • I hereby chuck my right to Jewish national self-determination
    • "And that’s no bud libel, either."

      obscure reeference?

    • " “Does a cow have Buddha nature?” and attained Enlightenment"

      As you well know the question was "when will the grass become enlightened" its all Japanese and I refer you to the short shrift the questioner famously received.

      "Does a cow"

      the main Mahayana text, elementary text, on tathagatagarba, sugatagarhba, Buddha Nature is the Uttara Tantra (Shastra): (i accurately reproduce the punctuation in my English texts those are Maitreya's commas, it is a primitive translation)

      It is uncreated because its nature
      is without beginning, middle, or end
      It is said to be spontaneity
      since it is peace, holder of the Dharmakaya

      It's realization is not due to any external cause since
      it has to be realized through ones pure apperceptive cognition
      it is knowledge since it is realization of these three
      it is great compassionate love because it shows the way

      it is ability becuase it removes
      suffering and defilement (klesa)by jnana (direct perception as "knowledge")and compassion
      through these first three there is value for oneself
      and through the latter three is value for others"

      since it is not possible to know others status the Cow could well be a Buddha, give it a beer and rub down just in case, think of the merit.

  • Arab Bedouins expelled for second time to make way for new Jewish community
    • I know not even double figures and already the complaints. Arabs ain't what they used to be, sometimes we build our houses as demolished structures to maximize the space.

      after all kharab and arab they must be related

    • "Arab is a Hebrew signifier that means “vermin” "

      oh well god seems very suspicious of them their only mention in his book is quite tart:

      "alarabu ashadu kufran wa nifakan" (9.97)...here alarabu means bedu, according to Razi and others, he says the leaders in unbelief and hypocrisy....we never get a break..did he say the same in Hebrew? liable to ignore his limits ( ajdaru allayalamu hududa) and stingy fi sabeelilah, shit he has a point you know we are no better than we should be.

      i aint sure about not Arab what do you mean, i am banu awf-metwali worst of the worst and we do live in Cairo now many of us in Nasr city in poor conditions and medinat almandubin (which appears on no map because the task was delegated, thats a bit forced but still i crack myself up)

    • no one is from Cairo

    • bedouin love to tease and as the lady writes below Americans should learn Arabic before visiting Egypt to appreciate the wind up and perhaps retort, even the tea maker can't suppress a laugh, looks like coffee that is bedouin tea so rich in tannin it can make you sick and we learn English for you.

      Andree Chedid the Lebanese poet wrote

      "Imagine branches

      Ceasing to be perches"

      and Adonis "my future is a desert.....

      The cities break up

      the world becomes a rising dust cloud

      Only love

      knows how to marry this place."

      I have come across Ms Gadzo before she seems quite unflappable.

      anyway your native guide taking the proverbial a la bedu

      https://youtu.be/TZOpaAhjpVg

  • More than half of US aid 'to entire world' goes to Israel and it ignores our warnings on settlements -- Kerry
    • " As to those who have taken to worshiping the calf condemnation will overtake them and ignominy in the life of this world.............but as to those who repent their Sustainer's is full of forgiveness a dispenser of blessing"

      "the faculty of discernment" near the end.

  • Despite Israeli restrictions, surfers in Gaza hope to join global competition
    • ana mizaagi giddan (correct in both Arabics) others may disagree even so i would say "Ya walad" the intonation connotes either contempt or approbation, but then i have been in a comma for 30 years.

  • 'He won because of race' -- Netanyahu's upset anticipated Trump's
  • 'Tis the season, to boycott!
    • "We’ll put on the day
      And we’ll talk in present tenses”

      thats brilliant you old incense owl

    • "After all, how unrealistic is it for people to love the people who invaded them killed them and took their land?"

      may i

      "After all, how unrealistic is it for people to accept the people who are invading them killing them and taking their land?"

      may i stand behind you i shouldn't like to be passively aggressed by llap.

  • Israelis 'neutralize' 48-year-old at Qalandiya checkpoint-- 240th Palestinian to be killed in wave of unrest
  • 'We have to channel fear into organizing': Muslim-Americans prepare for Trump's 'Muslim registry'
    • those of an scholastic bent might enjoy

      “Ambiguous State of Being”: Identity
      Construction in Contemporary ArabAmerican
      (post-9/11) Poetry"

      by Radwan

      "Corbey and Leerssen
      (1991) argue that the construction of this Othering (for example, as expressed in the literary productions of the Arab-American community even before 9/11), ―can be detected at the root of much injustice and suffering‖ (xvii). Such an approach intends to highlight how American racial structures (or hierarchies), with their multiple socio-historical connotations, influence Arab-American group studies and the development of an Arab-American critical analysis.

      According to Leerssen (2007b), the image of the ―Arab‖ in the European imagination:

      was never sharply distinguished from the Islamic religion (which is centered on the Arabian holy places of Mecca and Medina, and whose holy book, the Qur‘an, is in the Arabic language). Most characteristics attributed to Arabs therefore are part of the more general discourse of European […] Orientalism.(94)
      European Orientalist discourse has made its way into American representations of Arabs, Islam and the East in general. However, in America, Orientalism has been thoroughly racialized, ―something that was central to the early Arab immigrant experience since the late-19th century, when race had cultural, political, and legal implications"

      http://doras.dcu.ie/21029/1/Thesis_FINAL_E-version_Edition.pdf

  • Zionists embrace of Trump and Bannon is no surprise
    • "Do you identify as white?" silsila you are killing me but

      "You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

  • General under consideration by Trump for Defense has slammed Israel for impending 'apartheid'
  • I'm not worried about anti-Semitism
    • "First they came for the Muslims …"

      they'll have to go through Greenblatt first

    • well

      “There is no reason why a well thought-out story should resemble real life; life strives with all its might to resemble a well thought-out story.”

      that does it for me and TBK.

  • When Sanders changed political reality. And hasbara culture slapped him down.
  • Saving the daughters of Israel from the annihilation of intermarriage

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