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B.S. Ga. Tech ~ J.D. (law) Mercer U. [Also see -] • One of the reasons I began following developments in the Middle East has to do with the happenstance that I was away from Atlanta visiting my grandfather (with little to do but read) in June, 1967. In that part of Georgia, the television reception with a rotating antenna was much better for the Augusta and Macon stations than it was for the Atlanta stations, but since the programming of the Augusta and Macon stations was not up to Atlanta standards, the television was seldom used. This time though, as luck (or not) would have it, one of the two Augusta stations preempted its daytime programming with the deliberations by the UN General Assembly of proposals that might lessen the likelihood of war. I very much enjoyed watching several days of this, and I was very disappointed when I got up on June 5 and the station had reverted to its customary daytime programming because Israel had bombed the Egyptian air force on the tarmac in Egypt. Needless to say, I did not at all see Israel's action(s) as defensive. All told, this made quite a lasting impression (unfavorable as to Israel) on me! • I recall one particular Six Day War joke that was told by a classmate of mine (not one of my Jewish friends, who were much less chauvinistic) during my senior year of high school here in Atlanta (the year following the Six Day War). Actually, to be more accurate, I only remember the gist of the joke at this point. As I recall the joke (told by a Jewish female), there was a busload of Egyptian children somewhere in the Sinai. The punchline was that the mighty Israeli military virtually vaporized the entire bus full of Egyptian children. [Riotous laughter here, excepting me.] There wasn't a single survivor! ["Ha, ha, ha" (excepting me) ! ! ! ] •Another reason I began paying close attention the Israel/Palestine issue was because Israel's actions/behavior seemed so very much unlike the actions/behavior of my Jewish friends. Consequently, I have spent decades trying to understand the incongruity. • Lastly, since the U.S. unfortunately seems to emulate Israel in many ways (preemptive wars, Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, for instance), I have come to be especially concerned about Israel's behavior (which might unfortunately be adopted by our own government). I tend not to worry quite so much (though perhaps I should) that the U.S will emulate Rwanda, Uzbekistan, Belarus or Myanmar/Burma. This "monkey see, monkey do" phenomenon that seems to occur between the U.S. and Israel illustrates my fear that Likudnik Israel (specifically by virtue of its inordinate sway over the U.S.) with its Revisionist Zionism might very well be an “existential threat” to the values of The Enlightenment ! ! !


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  • Just boycott settlements? Liberal Zionist agenda faces huge pressure now
    • RE: "It seems to us that liberal Zionists will need to put real pressure on Israel, and say, We don’t just want the occupation over. We want this law and other discriminatory laws reversed. That means boycotting the state of Israel for officially and legally discriminating against non-Jewish citizens." ~ North & Weiss

      MY COMMENT: I'm not very optimistic.

      JOEL KOVEL (1-20-13):

      [EXCERPT] . . . As with everyone I know of in official political culture, [Thomas] Friedman asumes that Israel is a rational actor on the international stage who will obey the calculus of reward and punishment that regulates the conduct of normal states.
      The presumption is that if you tell it the truth, and even pull back US support, it will get the message, reflect, and change its ways. But Israel is not a normal state, except superficially. It will make adjustments, pulling back here, co-operating there, making nice when necessary, crafting its message using a powerful propaganda apparatus employing the most up-to-date social science. But this is simply tactical and no more predicts or explains the behavior of the Zionist state than an individual sociopath can be explained by the fact that he obeys traffic signals while driving to the scene of his crime. . .

      SOURCE –

  • Interview of Richard Falk on the occasion of the BDS 13th anniversary
  • US has intervened in twice as many elections as Russia
  • Mondoweiss Can Respond When News Is Urgent Because of You
  • Leading US Israel supporter is abused at Israeli airport for having 'Palestine' pamphlet
    • RE: "The only way out of this as far as I’m concerned is constructive engagement.” ~ Koplow

      ■ FROM WIKIPEDIA [Constructive engagement]:

      [EXCERPT] Constructive engagement was the name given to the policy of the Reagan Administration towards the apartheid regime in South Africa in the early 1980s. It was promoted as an alternative to the economic sanctions and divestment from South Africa demanded by the UN General Assembly and the international anti-apartheid movement.[1]

      The Reagan Administration vetoed legislation from the United States Congress and blocked attempts by the United Nations to impose sanctions and to isolate South Africa.[2] Instead, advocates of constructive engagement sought to use incentives as a means of encouraging South Africa gradually to move away from apartheid.[3] The policy, echoed by the British government of Margaret Thatcher, came under criticism as South African government repression of the black population and anti-apartheid activism intensified. . .

      . . . The build-up to what was to become the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 can be traced to Archbishop Desmond Tutu who visited the United States in 1984. This visit occurred after President Reagan's comfortable re-election. Speaking on Capitol Hill Tutu delivered a speech, declaring "constructive engagement is an abomination, an unmitigated disaster."… "In my view, the Reagan administration's support and collaboration with it is equally immoral, evil, and totally un-Christian."[11] This speech was the turning point for the Reagan administration, and also the beginning of the end of "Constructive Engagement". In April 1985 President Reagan came under attack from within the Republican Party itself. The Republican majority in the Senate voted 89–4 on a resolution condemning apartheid.[12]

      In October 1986, the United States Congress overrode President Reagan's veto of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act (the Senate vote was 78 to 21, the House vote was 313 to 83), despite objections by conservative Representatives such as Dick Cheney, who noted that Nelson Mandela was the head of an organisation that the State Department had deemed "terrorist".[13] In the week leading up to the vote, President Reagan appealed to members of the Republican Party for support, but as Senator Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. would state, "For this moment, at least, the President has become an irrelevancy to the ideals, heartfelt and spoken, of America."[14] The legislation, which banned all new US trade and investment in South Africa, also refused South African Airways flights landing permission at US airports. This legislation was seen as a catalyst for similar sanctions in Europe and Japan, and signalled the end of the constructive engagement policy.

      SOURCE -

      ■ FROM "South Africa: Why Constructive Engagement Failed", By Sanford J. Ungar and Peter Vale, Winter 1985/86

      Article Summary
      Ronald Reagan's imposition of limited economic sanctions against the South African regime in September was a tacit admission that his policy of "constructive engagement"--encouraging change in the apartheid system through a quiet dialogue with that country's white minority leaders--had failed. Having been offered many carrots by the United States over a period of four-and-a-half years as incentives to institute meaningful reforms, the South African authorities had simply made a carrot stew and eaten it. Under the combined pressures of the seemingly cataclysmic events in South Africa since September 1984 and the dramatic surge of anti-apartheid protest and political activism in the United States, the Reagan Administration was finally embarrassed into brandishing some small sticks as an element of American policy.

      ARTICLE -


      . . . While Thatcher maintained throughout her political career that she "loathe[d] apartheid and everything connected with it," she . . . refused, alongside Ronald Reagan, to back sanctions against the Apartheid regime in South Africa. "In my view, isolation will lead only to an increasingly negative and intransigent attitude in the part of white South African," she said in December 1977 . . .

      SOURCE -

  • Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar was 'deliberately and fatally shot' by Israeli sniper -- B'Tselem
    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "Netanyahu: Stupid Like a Fox?" | By Uri Avnery | | June 13, 2011

      (EXCERPT) . . . Last week, there was a repeat performance. The Palestinians all around Israel have declared June 5 “Naksa” Day, to commemorate the “Setback” of 1967, when Israel spectacularly defeated the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, reinforced by elements from the Iraqi and Saudi armies.

      This time, the Israeli army was prepared. The fence was reinforced and an anti-tank ditch dug in front of it. When the demonstrators tried to reach the fence—again near Majdal Shams—they were shot by sharpshooters. Some 22 were killed, and many dozens were wounded. The Palestinians report that people trying to rescue the wounded and retrieve the dead were also shot and killed.
      No doubt this was a deliberate tactic decided upon in advance by the army command after the Naqba Day fiasco and approved by Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. As was said quite openly, the Palestinians had to be taught a lesson they would not forget, so as to drive any idea of an unarmed mass action out of their minds.

      It is frighteningly reminiscent of events 10 years ago. After the first Intifada, in which stone-throwing youngsters and children won a moral victory that led to the Oslo agreement, our army conducted exercises in anticipation of a second Intifada. This broke out after the political disaster of Camp David, and the army was ready.

      The new Intifada started with mass demonstrations of unarmed Palestinians. They were met by specially trained sharpshooters. Next to each sharpshooter stood an officer who pointed out the individuals who were to be shot because they looked like ringleaders: “The guy in the red shirt… Now the boy with the blue trousers…”

      The unarmed uprising broke down and was replaced by suicide bombers, roadside bombs, and other “terrorist” acts. With those our army was on familiar ground.

      I suspect very much that we are witnessing much the same thing once more. Again, specially trained sharpshooters are at work, directed by officers. . .

      SOURCE -

    • RE: "In reality, Israel is indifferent to the killing of Palestinians. Otherwise, it would long ago have changed its open-fire policy and stopped shooting at unarmed protesters on the other side of the fence who pose no danger to anyone. Evidence of this criminal policy is found time and time again as the military persists in implementing it unchanged . . ." ~ B’Tselem

      SEE: "The Dogs of War: The Next Intifada", By Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 9/03/11

      [EXCERPT] . . . The second (“al-Aqsa”) intifada started after the breakdown of the 2000 Camp David conference and Ariel Sharon’s deliberately provocative “visit” to the Temple Mount. The Palestinians held non-violent mass demonstrations. The army responded with selective killings. A sharpshooter accompanied by an officer would take position in the path of the protest, and the officer would point out selected targets – protesters who looked like “ringleaders”. They were killed.

      This was highly effective. Soon the non-violent demonstrations ceased and were replaced by very violent (“terrorist”) actions. With those the army was back on familiar ground.

      All in all, during the second intifada 4546 Palestinians were killed, of whom 882 were children, as against 1044 Israelis, 716 of them civilians, including 124 children. . .


  • Sacha Baron Cohen duped Republicans with pro-Israel award
  • Irish senate passes bill banning products from Israeli settlements
    • RE: "Irish senate passes bill banning products from Israeli settlements"

      "Israeli minister calls for 'immediate closure' of country's embassy in Ireland"
      by Laura Larkin | | July 13 2018

      (EXCERPT) Israel's defence minister has called for the “immediate” closure of the country’s embassy in Dublin following the passage of a bill blocking the import of Israeli goods produced in occupied Palestinian territories.

      Ireland’s ambassador to Israel, Aoife Kelly, was summoned to the country’s foreign ministry over the bill. . .


    • RE: "The Irish Times highlighted that many fruits and vegetables imported from Israel come from the settlements, specifically Medjool dates. The dates are farmed by settlers in Jericho, famous in Palestine for its dates, on occupied Palestinian land." ~ Yumna Patel

      MY COMMENT: I have always loved dates, but ever since I first read about this several years ago I have avoided them entirely (which ruled out some of my favorite cereals).

  • Netanyahu’s war on transcendence 
    • RE: "Netanyahu is slavering for the next pretext to throw his bombs at two million trapped people." ~ Marilyn Garson

      slaver (2) -
      [NO OBJECT]
      Pronunciation /ˈsleɪvə//ˈslavə/
      1. Let saliva run from the mouth. - ‘the Labrador was slavering at the mouth’

      More example sentences:
      ‘They may be slavering for beer, but are they prepared to pay a fiver a pint?’
      ‘Within a manner of half seconds, the wall exploded, and out from among the debris leapt a huge creature with slavering tusked jaws and mean yellow eyes.’
      ‘I hadn't been around ice cream trucks in a long time and I had forgotten the way they stopped whenever enough slavering children gathered round to make the wasteful idling of the engine economical.’
      ‘He started chewing the police car's tires, biting the bumper and generally snarling and slavering, trying to get at the cops, who chose to stay put with the windows rolled up.’
      ‘It was ordered into a frontal attack as part of a botched tank offensive. As dawn broke, survivors staggered back, ‘haggard, bloodshot-eyed, slavering and rolling their bare-teethed heads’.’
      ‘And in the foreground, a gorilla and a gorilla-sized weta roar and slaver.’
      ‘Not one of them was staring at the tutor slavering and leaving long fingernail scratches down his desk.’
      ‘It hadn't been in the script that I would have a man's life in my hands or, worse, that he would be slavering into my fingers.’

      1.1 Show excessive admiration or desire. - ‘suburbanites slavering over drop-dead models’

      More example sentences:
      ‘So, how does it feel to have the men of New York slavering at your feet?’
      ‘I don't even know why I'm bothering to post this; it's hardly a secret to anyone that media organizations are slavering over the prospect of war.’
      ‘While there are those who slaver to bathe in the esteem of others, there are many who do not - especially those who have been taught that all praise and glory and blessing and honor belong to the Lamb of God alone.’
      ‘You see, she had used up more litres of saliva than a cow per day, slavering at Brad.’
      ‘Hell, they slaver over the prospect of a kid falling down a well, or a local dog getting braces.’

      slaver (1)
      1. A person who dealt in or owned slaves.
      1.1 A ship used for transporting slaves.

  • 'Killing Gaza' gives faces to statistics of 2014 massacre, echoing Goldstone
    • 'Killing Gaza': A New Documentary on Palestinians Under Siege

      Published on May 18, 2018

      In their new film "Killing Gaza," journalists Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal capture the harrowing stories of Palestinians who survived the 2014 Israeli assault, and their struggles to recover and persist under a crippling blockade.
      Notice: Age-restricted video (based on Community Guidelines)

    • Conversation with Dan Cohen & Max Blumenthal on their latest documentary "Killing Gaza"
      The Naked Empire
      Published on Feb 21, 2018

      Watch Killing Gaza on Vimeo on Demand

    • P.P.S.
      Siege, censorship, subversion: International assault on Palestine - with Ali Abunimah (Ep. 20)

      Moderate Rebels
      Published on Jun 21, 2018

      Moderate Rebels episode 20 - Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton speak with journalist Ali Abunimah about the global assault on Palestine — by the US, Israel, Gulf monarchies, and regime changers. We detail Israel's massacre of protesters in Gaza's Great March of Return. We discuss the censoring of Al Jazeera's groundbreaking documentary on the Israel lobby in the US. And we explain how Syria regime change trolls divided the movement for Palestinian rights.

      0:00 INTRO
      (PART 1 - Israel's butchering of Gaza's Great March of Return)
      2:00 Killing Gaza
      4:55 Great March of Return
      10:17 Kites and tires
      12:51 IDF's intentional disabling of Palestinian protesters
      20:43 Nikki Haley and the US at the UN
      22:43 BDS victories
      25:28 The Democratic Party and Bernie Sanders
      (PART 2 - Israel lobby censors groundbreaking Al Jazeera documentary on Israel lobby)
      31:05 Al Jazeera documentary on Israel lobby in US
      34:30 Qatar
      39:31 Pro-Israel community split over Qatar
      42:49 Washington, DC and the Saudi-Israel alliance
      44:02 The neutering of Al Jazeera
      (PART 3 - How Syria regime change trolls divided the Palestine solidarity movement)
      48:07 Attempts to sow division in the movement for Palestinian rights
      53:21 Pro-Israel groups' alliance with Syria regime change trolls
      56:53 Attacks and censorship
      1:00:50 OUTRO

    • “Killing Gaza” with Max Blumenthal and Dan Cohen

      RT America
      Published on May 19, 2018

      Max Blumenthal, Director and Writer of “Killing Gaza,” and Dan Cohen, Cinematographer and Editor of “Killing Gaza,” discuss their documentary “Killing Gaza” that details the Israeli War crimes committed against the people in Gaza.


  • 'We have been ignored': Palestinian diaspora in Guatemala responds to Jerusalem embassy move
    • P.S. ALSO SEE:
      “Web of intrigue as Guatemala president fends off corruption probe"
      By Daniel Wilkinson, Opinion Contributor,, 05/29/18

      (EXCERPT) On May 4, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) announced a hold on $6 million in aid to the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), a United Nations-sponsored body that works with local prosecutors to investigate organized crime and corruption. Rubio said he wanted answers to “serious questions” regarding “possible collusion” between the commission and the Russian government. He urged Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales to investigate.

      Rubio is an outspoken advocate for the rule of law in Latin America and elsewhere. So it’s striking he would take a step that could sabotage what is widely seen as the most successful anti-corruption initiative in the region. Since 2007, CICIG has helped secure the arrest of scores of suspects once considered untouchable — including a reputed drug lord and three former presidents, one of whom was forced from office after the commission exposed a corruption ring run out of the presidential palace.

      The commission’s success largely has been due to support from Washington — which, until recently, has been bipartisan and effusive. Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Mike Pence have praised the commission. During a 2016 visit, the State Department’s top anti-drug official, William Brownfield, said it had made “more impact in combating and resisting impunity and corruption than any other institution, not just here in Guatemala, but on the planet.” Last August, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley declared that the commission had “the full support of the United States.”

      Most Guatemalans share this enthusiasm. But not their president. Jimmy Morales, a former TV comedian, won the 2015 election running as an anti-corruption, pro-CICIG outsider. But he turned on the commission after it brought fraud charges against his son and brother and began investigating the financing of his campaign. First he tried expelling the head of the commission from Guatemala. Then his political party and its allies sought to pass legislation that would allow corrupt officials to avoid prison. CICIG supporters thwarted both efforts, helped by U.S. government pressure.

      Morales next set out to curry favor with the White House. On the heels of President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Morales announced that Guatemala would do the same. He attended the National Prayer Breakfast, where he met briefly with President Trump. For months, he seemed to be making little headway with undermining the commission’s support in Washington, and the investigation into the financing of his campaign steadily advanced.

      But then help arrived for Morales from an unexpected source: Bill Browder, a U.S.-born financier . . .


    • RE: "Calls Intensify for President Morales to Resign Over Corruption Allegations" ~ from above

      SEE: ▣ "Trump works to thank Guatemala for moving embassy by weakening anti-corruption panel" | By Frabco Ordonez | | July 10, 2018

      (EXCERPT) GUATEMALA CITY --- After Guatemala joined the United States in moving its embassy to Jerusalem, the Trump administration has been working to weaken an international commission on corruption that is targeting the Guatemalan president, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

      The Trump administration is still debating what specific changes it wants to pursue, but talks between agencies have alarmed supporters in Guatemala and Washington who feel the changes could undercut the role the United Nations-backed body plays in combating official corruption and other root causes of illegal immigration.

      Proposed changes to the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, or CICIG, include changing the body’s mandate to more narrowly redefine corruption, increasing reporting requirements for donors, limiting terms of the commissioner and appointing a deputy commissioner which Guatemala would help select, according to the sources.

      Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, who with his family is a target of CICG's investigations, has accused CICIG of abusing its power and has tried to oust the commissioner, Iván Velásquez.

      Until recently, the criticism largely went unheeded as the agency got credit for tackling crime and corruption. But the body now faces its own accusations of corruption and abusing its power that Republicans say has gone unchecked for too long.

      The White House was particularly grateful to Morales for backing Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital amid international uproar. Guatemala was the second country to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv after the U.S. did earlier this year. Jerusalem is a divided capital with part of it in Palestinian territory.

      “The only reason why the U.S. is all about it is because they’re so happy with Guatemala that they moved the embassy to Jerusalem,” said one U.S. source with direct knowledge of the conversations. “Just because the president (Morales) is upset that CICIG is investigating some of his family members then he makes a decision to do the whole thing in Israel to get in front of the Trump administration and then tell Trump, ‘Help me on CICIG.’ “

      The United States has spent $44.5 million – the largest individual donor – supporting CICIG since it was established in 2007. . .


    • Bruce Cockburn: "Tokyo" - Humans (1980)

    • Yes, this is a really nice acoustical version (minus the '80s hair).

    • P.P.P.P.S.
      More Sexual Assault Accusations Against Guatemalan President
      Guatemala | | Published 4 July 2018
      • A former Guatemalan foreign minister said on Wednesday there are more women who were "systematically" sexually abused by President Jimmy Morales.

      (EXCERPT) A former foreign minister of Guatemala alleges that President Jimmy Morales sexually abused 12 "young women" working for the state.

      Two weeks ago the ex-foreign minister, Edgar Gutierrez used his op-ed column to accuse Morales of harnessing his authority to "abuse young ladies" and called for the president’s resignation.

      On Wednesday Gutierrez gave further details about the allegations to Guatemalan media outlet, La Coma Periodismo. He said that "young women working in the public sector who have systematically been subjected, against their will, to demeaning acts for any human being," at the hands of the current head of state.

      The former minister said that these transgressions committed just by Morales with the complicity of his inner circle of high-ranking government officials. The abuses were "committed or induced by high-ranking government authorities who, taking advantage of their rank, their position of power, trampled on the dignity of Guatemalan women."

      According to Gutierrez, over a dozen women so far have told him that President Morales is the person who directly harassed and abused the women, but that government official "induced or pressured" them to go to the Presidential House or private location to meet the president. Gutierrez says they were" complicit collaborators" to the president’s sexual abuse.

      "They are not yet encouraged to file a criminal complaint, there is fear, there is also fear of the stigma that generates such a conservative society and family circles are also prudent," he said.

      Gutierrez said in his interview that the sexual violations took place at the Presidential House, hotels and government offices this year and last.

      "These are not isolated cases, we are dealing with a pattern of unlawful, immoral, and demeaning behavior for the human condition. This should not be tolerated," said the former minister. . .


    • P.P.S.
      Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales
      Published on Mar 4, 2018
      President of the Republic of Guatemala Jimmy Morales delivers live remarks at the 2018 AIPAC Policy Conference.

    • RE: When Guatemala stopped receiving arms from the U.S. in the late 1970s, its relationship with Israel strengthened. Israel stepped into the void as Guatemala’s biggest arms supplier and military advisor, with their weapons and training methods aiding the massacres that were perpetrated at this stage of the Guatemalan civil war (which lasted from 1960 to 1996). By the 1980s, roughly 300 Israeli military advisers were working in the country to bolster their ally’s army.
      In 1981, Guatemalan Army Chief-of-Staff General Benedicto Lucas Garcia, the man responsible for the “scorched earth” policies which razed 440 villages to the ground, famously remarked that the “Israeli soldier is the model for our soldiers.”
      ~ Rory Macdonald.

      Bruce Cockburn - If I Had A Rocket Launcher

      If I Had a Rocket Launcher
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~

      (EXCERPT) "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn, from his 1984 album Stealing Fire.

      The song was inspired by Cockburn's visit, sponsored by Oxfam, to Guatemalan refugee camps in Mexico following the counterinsurgency campaign of dictator Efraín Ríos Montt.[1] Although Cockburn had occasionally touched on political themes in his earlier songs, "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" was his first explicitly political song to be released as a single, and earned him a new reputation as an outspoken musical activist.

      In the song, Cockburn despairs of waiting for a political solution to the crisis, and expresses the desire to take matters into his own hands. Each verse ends with a line stating what Cockburn would do if he had a rocket launcher: in the first verse, "I'd make somebody pay". In the second, "I would retaliate". In the third, "I would not hesitate". The fourth and final verse ends with the song's most famous and controversial lyric: "If I had a rocket launcher, some son-of-a-bitch would die".

      In a later interview, Cockburn stated that the song "is not a call to arms; this is a cry."[1] . . .


      The president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, denounced for sexual abuse: "Sometimes it was the bosses who took them away"
      ASIER VERA Guatemala city
      JUL 10 2018 19:23 (7 hours ago)

      ▪ Former Guatemalan foreign minister denounces Jimmy Morales for sexual assault against 12 women

      "It was not suspected that he was an abuser of young girls, as indeed he is, taking advantage of the position." These statements directly accusing the president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales , were launched on June 18 by the former foreign minister of Guatemala between 2002 and 2004, Edgar Gutiérrez, in his opinion column of a local newspaper. However, Morales fell silent and did not deny these facts at any time. Gutiérrez was not satisfied with writing, but this Monday went to the Public Ministry (MP) to present before the Attorney General, Consuelo Porras, a complaint against the president for sexually abusing 12 young women who work in the Government .

      According to the former minister, they were transferred to the Presidential Palace, as well as other public and private buildings to be subjected to abuse by both Jimmy Morales, as well as other state officials . "In some cases, it was the bosses who carried them," he reveals. For now, none of them has dared to file a complaint in the fear that their lives are in danger, as Gutiérrez points out, who believes that "silence is not an option".

      The former minister has already spoken with two of the victims, who have told him that at least ten more women have been sexually abused by the President. "There is a case in which I know the victim directly as a child and that also touches the deepest fiber," he said after presenting the complaint as a "referential witness", with the aim of activating the Office of the Prosecutor to initiate a investigation. However, the attorney general, Consuelo Porras, has already clarified that for this, it is necessary for women to give their testimony before prosecutors of Crimes Against Women. At their request, Gutiérrez has not provided his names, so the Prosecutor's Office can not contact the alleged victims, nor initiate an ex officio investigation until they have knowledge of who it is. . .


    • RE: "‘We have been ignored’: Palestinian diaspora in Guatemala responds to Jerusalem embassy move"


      Guatemala's Jimmy Morales Formally Accused of Sex Abuse
      Published 10 July 2018
      Ex-foreign minister Edgar Gutierrez filed a complaint on behalf of two victims whose identities remain undisclosed due security concerns.
      LINK ~

      Guatemala: Calls Intensify for President Morales to Resign Over Corruption Allegations
      Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales also faced protest in August of 2017.
      Published 21 April 2018
      LINK ~

      After Outcry, Guatemala Admits: Sheldon Adelson Funded Flight to Israel for Embassy Move
      Following days of speculation, Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel says American magnate offered Boeing 767 to officials flying to embassy relocation ceremony
      The Associated Press
      May 25, 2018 9:55 PM
      LINK ~

  • Speaker at Israeli gov't conference promotes genocide against Arabs and non-Jews
    • RE: "I am known for saying ‘Build a house, it’s like you wiped out a hundred Arabs. Build a settlement, it’s like you wiped out tens of thousands of goyim [‘non-Jews’]’. That’s the truth”. ~ Moshe Zar

      'Kill Every Buffalo You Can! Every Buffalo Dead Is an Indian Gone'
      J. Weston Phippen | | May 13, 2016
      The American bison is the new U.S. national mammal, but its slaughter was once seen as a way to starve Native Americans into submission.

      (EXCERPT) It was near the end of September, an unusually warm week in 1871, and William “Buffalo Bill” Cody and a group of wealthy New Yorkers stood atop a grassy hill near the Platte River in Nebraska, where two miles off they spotted six huge brown beasts.

      Cody was a legend of the frontier era, part myth conjured in dime novels. The men from New York had expected to find him as a “desperado of the West, bristling with knives and pistols,” but they did not. Cody was loquacious and friendly, an expert hunter. He knew that with the wind blowing from behind, the men risked their scent being carried to the animals and scaring them away. Then again, a buffalo is a lumbering, hirsute cow, and the men were outfitted with some of the quickest horses and held the best guns owned by the U.S. Army, which was outfitting the hunting expedition. The Army wasn’t in the business of guiding hunting trips for soft-skinned Wall Streeters, but it was in the business of controlling the Native Americans in the area, and that meant killing buffalo. One colonel, four years earlier, had told a wealthy hunter who felt a shiver of guilt after he shot 30 bulls in one trip: "Kill every buffalo you can! Every buffalo dead is an Indian gone.”

      Cody and the men made a contest of the hunt. Whoever killed the first buffalo would win an engraved silver chalice. Years later, in an article he wrote for the magazine Cosmopolitan, Cody would call this trip the best equipped he’d ever taken. The Army had supplied an armed escort and 25 wagons filled with cooks, linen, china, carpets for their tents, and a traveling icehouse to keep their wine chilled. The reason for such extravagance was undoubtedly because the New Yorkers were well-connected, but also because Major-General Phillip Sheridan, the man with the task of forcing Native Americans off the Great Plains and onto reservations, had come along with them. This was a leisure hunt, but Sheridan also viewed the extermination of buffalo and his victory over the Native Americans as a single, inextricable mission––and in that sense, it could be argued that any buffalo hunt was Army business. After the men circled the herd, they charged down the hill, chasing after the six buffalo, eager for the first kill.

      On Monday, President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act, making the American bison––or the buffalo as it’s more often called––the national mammal. It’s only the second animal to represent the U.S., joining the bald eagle. It’s ironic, of course, because at one time American settlers and hide-hunters killed the animal to near-extinction, and tourists shot the animals from the windows of trains as if the slaughter could last forever. Buffalo had once numbered more than 30 million, and by the end of the 19th century there were only a few hundred in the wild. Today, some 20,000-25,000 remain in public herds.

      Many things contributed to the buffalos demise. One factor was that for a long time, the country’s highest generals, politicians, even then President Ulysses S. Grant saw the destruction of buffalo as solution to the country’s “Indian Problem.” . . .


  • By razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will bulldoze illusions of peace process
    • RE: The Supreme Court has also been moving towards accepting the Israeli government’s argument that decades of land grabs by settlers should be retroactively sanctioned – even though they violate Israeli and international law – if carried out in “good faith”.
      Whatever the judges believe, there is nothing “good faith” about the behavior of either the settlers or Israel’s government towards communities like Khan al-Ahmar.
      ~ Jonathan Cook

      MY SNARKCASM: "White man speak with very forked tongue!"

  • Miriam Adelson urges young American Jews to 'have more Jewish babies' and 'lobby governments' for Israel
    • Shhhhhhh, just play along!
      Despite knowing precious little Italian, I drink enough wine to know (with the help of Google Translate) that grigio means grey (and pinot means grape). My feigning confusion of Grigio and Gigio was a wee bit of a running joke (of sorts) that I used as an excuse to post the otherwise completely irrelevant Topo Gigio videos.
      Now, whatever you do, please, please, please don't get me started on the Hokey Pokey. We would all very much regret it.

    • ▣ The Rise of the Oligarchs | Empire

      Al Jazeera English
      Published on May 25, 2014

      Wealth inequality has risen to stratospheric heights. The statistics, the real statistics, sound like fragments spun off from a madman’s dream.

      Eighty-five people have as much money as three and a half billion other people. Look at it like this: 85 people = 3,500,000,000 people.

      Forbes Magazine, which used to gleefully refer to itself as a “capitalist tool,” creates an annual list of the richest 400 people in the world. Ten years ago, their combined wealth was $1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars). Now, after a world wide crash and all sort of bailouts, their combined worth is $2,000,000,000,000. They have doubled their money. How have you done?

      Did their money come to them because the magic of the market realised how ultra-special talented they were? Or because of power? Manipulating laws, buying politicians, even taking over governments. Has the power of money in the United States grown so great that democracy is just a charade? A large, frenetic, incredibly expensive one, but still, just play-acting and a dumb show for the public?

      While all the real decisions come from a small group of the ultra-wealthy, to some degree very consciously, but to an even larger degree by the sheer weight of their incredible wealth, the Oligarchs.

      That much money, it has to be about power.

    • AND SEE:
      POLITICS 07/08/2018 07:58 pm ET
      ‘Trump Admin Favored Corporations In Opposing Breastfeeding Resolution: Report
      • The U.S. threatened nations supporting the resolution, according to The New York Times — until Russia stepped in.
      By Rebecca Shapiro
      LINK ~

    • ALSO SEE:
      ‘It was blackmail’: US ‘bullied other countries to stop WHO promoting breastfeeding’
      • The US reportedly told Ecuador that it would face punitive trade moves if it backed a World Health Assembly resolution promoting breastfeeding, and harried other countries
      PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 July, 2018, 6:31am

      (EXCERPTS) US President Donald Trump’s administration has caused outrage after reports emerged that it bullied other governments in an attempt to prevent the passage of an international resolution promoting breastfeeding.

      The US delegation to the World Health Assembly in Geneva reportedly deployed heavy-handed measures to browbeat nations into backing off the resolution. . .

      . . . A plethora of studies have shown the pronounced health improvements brought about by breastfeeding in the US and around the world.

      A Harvard study in 2016 estimated that 3,340 premature deaths a year among both mothers and babies could be prevented in the US alone given adequate breastfeeding.

      The milk formula industry has been struggling against stagnating sales in recent years, but is still worth US$70 billion annually.

      The small number of giants that produce it are concentrated in the US and Europe.

      One of those giants, Abbott Nutrition, is part of the healthcare multinational Abbott Laboratories that contributed to Trump’s inauguration ceremonies in 2017.

    • P.S. ALSO SEE: "What Did Sheldon Adelson Get for His $200 Million?" | By Christopher Palmeri | | July 12, 2017
      The casino owner is still looking for a return on his big political donations

      (EXCERPT) Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate, has spent more than $200 million in the past few years championing GOP candidates and conservative causes. With Republicans controlling Congress and a former casino owner in the White House, Adelson, the founder of Las Vegas Sands Corp., should be getting everything he wants. But things aren’t working out that way.

      The son of a cab driver, Adelson, who’s worth $33 billion, campaigned for an NFL stadium in his hometown, Las Vegas, only to be squeezed out of the deal by the owners of the Oakland Raiders in January. He spent $12 million fighting marijuana legalization in the past year but lost in three of the four states where he campaigned, including Nevada.

      One of his most high-profile efforts, to ban online gambling nationally, also faces hurdles. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican congressman from Utah who sponsored Adelson-endorsed legislation to outlaw internet betting in 2014 and 2015, has left politics. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who’s said he’s sympathetic to Adelson’s position, recused himself from the issue after hiring an Adelson lobby­ist as his attorney in connection with the Russia probes in June. Online gambling hasn’t expanded since Adelson started fighting it four years ago, but several states are considering legalizing it, including Pennsylvania. Legislators in the statehouse there have approved early versions of an online-betting bill, yet it’s unclear whether it will be part of a final budget.

      Even President Trump seems to have disappointed him, reversing course on a pledge to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, a big cause for the staunchly pro-Israel Adelson. “He’s spent a lot of money that has not born a big return on investment,” says Jon Ralston, a longtime political commentator and editor of the Nevada Independent website. “He’s much smarter about casinos than he is about campaigns.”

      Adelson’s contributions have secured him a direct line to Republican officials, including Trump. He dined at the White House in February, a day before he and other business leaders met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Adelson is among those hoping to build a resort in Japan, where casinos were recently legalized. A spokesman says Adelson is “very happy with Trump in the White House.”

      Adelson, 83, runs a fairly lean political operation. He and his wife, Miriam, an Israeli native, make all the decisions about whom or what to back, with some advice from Andy Abboud, Sands’ longtime head of government relations. The Adelsons choose causes that are close to their hearts. The billionaire has sought legislation to outlaw online gambling, he’s said, because his father was a compulsive gambler and it’s easier to spot compulsive behavior—­and intervene—in a casino than it is online. The Adelsons have fought marijuana legalization in part because Miriam, a physician who runs drug addiction clinics in Las Vegas and Tel Aviv, believes it will exacerbate America’s substance abuse problem.

      Politicians are starting to pay a price for their ties with Adelson. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under investigation at home for trying to negotiate better coverage from a Tel Aviv news­paper in exchange for reducing the circulation of a rival publication owned by the Adelson family. Netanyahu, who maintains he did nothing improper, allegedly said he’d be able to smooth things over with Adelson. Although he’s not a target of the investigation, Adelson has been interviewed twice in the past three months by investigators in Israel. According to local news reports, he testified that he and his wife knew nothing about the deal and that they’re upset about it. . .



    • Yes, thanks for the correction. My bad (let's just call it a 'senior moment', with Pinot Gigio as a contributing factor)!

      Modus operandi
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~
      (EXCERPT) A modus operandi (often shortened to M.O.) is someone's habits of working, particularly in the context of business or criminal investigations, but also more generally. It is a Latin phrase, approximately translated as method or mode of operating.[1] . . .

    • RE: "Adelson is one of Donald Trump’s biggest contributors, having given upwards of $25 million to the 2016 campaign." ~ Weiss

      SEE: "Trump’s top donors: Where are they now?" | by Megan Janetsky | | January 18, 2018

      (EXCERPT) One year ago, President Donald Trump’s inauguration broke records – not in turnout, but in inaugural donations.

      Trump pulled in $107 million in individual contributions, nearly doubling President Barack Obama’s 2009 record of $53 million. With the donations came a set of perks for top donors – “intimate” dinners with Vice President Mike Pence; exclusive luncheons with Cabinet appointees and congressional leaders; tickets to inaugural balls, dinners and luncheons with appearances by Trump.

      The money came flooding in from corporate executives, owners of U.S. sports teams and other wealthy benefactors. And this year, some came calling back.

      The Center for Responsive Politics assessed Trump’s relationships with his top donors a year after the January 20, 2017 inauguration. Some now hold ambassador positions while others have developed close relationships with the administration.

      • Inaugural donors

      Chief among the top donors was Sheldon Adelson, a GOP megadonor and CEO of the largest casino company in the United States, Las Vegas Sands Corp. He doled out $5 million for Trump’s inauguration fund.

      The donation was not only Trump’s largest inaugural contribution, but the largest individual donation made to any presidential inaugural committee. He and his wife, Miriam Adelson, also donated nearly $83 million to Republicans in the 2016 election.

      In the past year Adelson has pressed Trump to follow through on his campaign pledge to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a move Trump announced in December.

      “The Adelsons reportedly have been disappointed in Trump’s failure to keep a campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on his first day in office,” wrote the Las Vegas Review-Journal after Adelson’s October meeting with Trump. The paper is owned by the Adelson family.

      (Home Depot CEO Bernie Marcus, who donated $7 million to Trump’s campaign effort but was not an inaugural donor, also has a vested interest in the region as founder of the Israel Democracy Institute).

      But he is not the only inaugural donor who may have turned his contribution into special access to the administration.

      In April, coal baron Robert Murray, who donated $300,000 to the inauguration, gave Trump a detailed to-do list of environmental rollbacks, according to The New York Times. Since then, the administration is on track to check off most of Murray’s wish list. . .


    • P.P.S. ALSO SEE: "Why GOP Mega-Donor Sheldon Adelson Is Mad, Bad and a Danger to the Republic", By Rick Perlstein, Rolling Stone, 4/10/12

      [EXCERPTS] . . . Adelson's anti-union mania (I would argue) is the most important thing to know about him. For it reveals just how crazy, and how unscrupulous, the man is.

      Let's start at the very beginning. Adelson remembers meeting Gingrich in Washington in 1995, when Gingrich was House Speaker and Adelson was lobbying to get the U.S. embassy in Israel moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Other reports have them being introduced in 1996 by a far-right anti-union operative in Nevada who worked for Adelson. Details of the subsequent courtship are murky, although the huge favor Gingrich did for Adelson in 1996 by turning off a federal investigation of the gambling industry probably did a lot to cement their friendship.

      Two years later, Nevada conservatives sponsored a "Paycheck Protection" ballot initiative – the right-wing term for measures weakening unions by banning them from automatically deducting dues from members' pay. Adelson was gung-ho for it – and "would spend any amount of money," D. Taylor, secretary-treasurer of Las Vegas's Culinary Workers Union Local 226, told me . . .

      . . . In 1999, Adelson closed one casino, the Sands, and completed work on a new one, the Venetian, stiffing so many contractors that there were at one time 366 liens against the property. Taylor, of the Culinary Workers, said he and his colleagues presumed that "like every other casino that had done that, workers in the [closed] hotel would be given priority when the [new] hotel was built." Instead, Adelson refused even to talk. All this, in a union town like Vegas, was unprecedented. "Even when you're having battles, you continue to have talks. Shit, we're talking to the North Koreans right now!" he told me. "The Israelis talk to the Arabs. Talking doesn't necessarily solve anything, but at least you understand the other guy's position." Adelson, not much interested in understanding the other guy’s position, proceeded to launch a campaign against the Culinary Workers that Taylor calls "beyond aggressive."

      Right before the grand opening of the Venetian, in 1999, the Culinary Workers staged a demonstration on the public sidewalk out front. Adelson told the cops to start making arrests; the cops refused. Glen Arnodo, an official at the union at the time, relates what happened next: "I was standing on the sidewalk and they had two security guards say I was on private property, and if I didn't move they'd have to put me under 'citizen's arrest.' I ignored them." The guards once again told the police to arrest Arnodo and again, he says, they refused. The Civil Rights hero Rep. John Lewis, in town to support the rally, said the whole thing reminded him of living in the South during Jim Crow. . .

      . . . Did I mention Adelson is nuts? But don't take my word for it – it was George W. Bush who called him "some crazy Jewish billionaire." . . .


    • P.S. SEE: "Israel’s sugar daddy, Sheldon Adelson" | by Brad A. Greenberg | | June 27, 2008

      [EXCERPT] . . . Adelson’s reach hasn’t been limited to charity. In fact, some say he uses money to meddle in Israeli politics, pushing a right-wing vision void of a peace process through his connections with American politicians—Bush called the Republican donor “some crazy Jewish billionaire”—and his free daily newspaper, Israel Hayom, which observers criticize as being stuffed with propaganda for Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

      At a formal dinner attended by more than a hundred senior officials of various Israeli and Jewish organizations, guests were offered the opportunity to tell Peres what they considered the biggest challenge facing the Jewish people. Adelson, according to Ha’aretz, declared, “I think Jews should have lots of sex. That is the solution to our demographic problem.”

      After Adelson addressed the conference, Nahum Barnea wrote in his column in Yedioth Ahronoth, “I saw a gambling tycoon from Las Vegas who bought my country’s birthday with three million dollars. I thought with sorrow: Is the country worth so very little? Were the champagne, wine and sushi that were given out for free in the lobby—breaking convention for such events—worth the humiliation?” Barnea went on:

      Adelson is a Jew who loves Israel. Like some other Jews who live at a safe distance from here, his love is great, passionate, smothering. It is important to him that he influences the policies, decisions, and compositions of the Israeli governments. He is not alone in this, either; even back in the days of Baron Rothschild, wealthy Jews from the Diaspora felt that this country lay in their pocket, alongside their wallet.

      Regrettably, in the latest generation, we are being led by politicians who look at these millionaires with calf’s eyes.

      In Israel, where political, academic, and business leaders tend to be outspoken, there is a striking reticence at the mention of Sheldon Adelson. Even people who are diametrically opposed to his politics refuse to be interviewed. “There is a discernible amount of self-censorship going on,” the liberal Israeli-American writer Bernard Avishai said. “There is no ideological justification for what Sheldon is doing among the Israeli intelligentsia—and a revulsion at an American weighing in so heavily on Israeli politics, in such a crude, reactionary way. But they won’t speak.”

      These details come from Connie Bruck’s masterful and revealing profile of Adelson for this week’s New Yorker. It’s been getting a lot of buzz for its insight into the mindset of a right-wing American Jew whose love for Israel spans from his Lithuanian father too poor to set foot there to his sabra wife. But what really shocked me was a portion a little closer to home for Adelson, whose non-union Venetian was in 1999 being picketed by the Culinary Union:

      Las Vegas’s Temple Beth Sholom was holding a dinner to fête the new mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman. Adelson, a member of Beth Sholom, had recently pledged two hundred and fifty thousand dollars to the temple’s new-building fund.

      The dinner was to be held at the Venetian, but Mayor Goodman said that he would not cross the picket line, and synagogue officials decided to go elsewhere. Adelson excoriated Beth Sholom’s rabbi, Felipe Goodman. Rabbi Goodman told the Review-Journal* that Adelson had been “so verbally abusive. I was very upset because no one had ever talked to me like he talked to me.” After the dinner took place at the Four Seasons, Adelson withdrew his pledge to Beth Sholom. He gave large sums to the local Chabad, a branch of the Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitchers, for the construction of a new center. . .

      INTERNET ARCHIVE (June 27, 2008) -

    • RE: "Sheldon Adelson urges Trump to make Korea deal so he can open a casino there"

      MY COMMENT: A plague is a plague is a plague, and Sheldon Adelson is one hell of a plague!


      RE: "I don’t want to go back to Korea to fight. I want to go back to Korea to open up my business." ~ Adelson

      MY COMMENT: Why doesn't Adelson use his standard 'MO' (Method of Operation), and just bribe the South Koreans to let him open a casino near Seoul or Busan?

      Oh, now I get it, he'd rather give the bribe money to the GOP.

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