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  • US has intervened in twice as many elections as Russia
    • Ukraine and . . . NSA monitored email communications of Mexican presidential candidate Pena Nieto in 2012, and had HUMINT (i.e. spies) assets infiltrate french political parties during 2012 presidential election. see also Colombian/Cuban right wing ties to efforts to undermine Nieto's opponents.

      Although he was well paid for his work, Sepúlveda said his primary motive was political. He supported right and centre-right candidates against what he called “dictatorships and socialists governments”.

      In Mexico, however, he reportedly had a $600,000 budget to undermine the campaigns of Peña Nieto’s two main opponents on either side of the political spectrum: the ruling National Action party’s Josefina Vázquez Mota and the Democratic Revolution party’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

  • It's time for Tom Friedman to face the contradictions of liberal Zionism, and move on
  • Holding Gaza close this Ramadan season and beyond
    • Yes, ‘Islam’, rarely defined, is the enemy du jour. that’s where the peace dividend went after the conclusion of the Cold War if anyone is wondering. My comment was also meant to be ironic. I’d say that Gaza is the ‘largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today’ contrary to the opinion of a ‘US Commision on China’.

    • From the AP

      “Since last spring, Chinese authorities in the heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang have ensnared tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of Muslim Chinese — and even foreign citizens — in mass internment camps. This detention campaign has swept across Xinjiang, a territory half the area of India, leading to what a U.S. commission on China last month said is “the largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today.”

      Those damn Chinese.

  • Here are the questions any journalist talking to the Israeli military should ask
    • The eternal victim.

      Jacqueline Rose: I would like to see an end to the expression “Jewish suffering”. I don’t mind “the Jewish history of suffering” or “the history of the atrocities that have been done to the Jewish people”, but the expression “Jewish suffering” contains something else. It seems to me that the suffering of a woman on the edge of the pit with her child during the Nazi era, and a Palestinian woman refused access to a hospital through a checkpoint and whose unborn baby dies as a result, is the same.

      Hannah Arendt said that the fact that Theodor Herzl’s prediction that the Jews would come to see themselves as surrounded by eternal enemies was hideously actualised by the Holocaust does not make his vision “any truer – it only makes it more dangerous”.

  • The remarkable disappearing act of Israel's car-bombing campaign in Lebanon or: What we (do not) talk about when we talk about 'terrorism'
    • Is the full text of the dissertation online?

    • This had been the case, Sharon insisted, “despite the casualties that were the inevitable result of fighting against P.L.O. terrorists who used civilians as human shields and who deliberately placed their weapons and ammunition in the midst of apartment houses, schools, refugee camps and hospitals.”

      But see Israeli Supreme Court decision prohibiting IDF policy of using human shields (Adalah reports IDF sending children into Hamas strongholds in advance of IDF movements during Cast Lead)

  • Roseanne Barr says she will fight Jews supporting BDS by educating them about Torah
    • So bleeping dumb. Sitting on her nut ranch in Hawaii preaching about historical rights.

  • Natalie Portman’s cancellation: Inching towards the tipping point
    • it's a start-up nation, and the oldest civilization (worth mentioning). from an old SNL skit.

      Wife: New Shimmer is a floor wax!

      Husband: No, new Shimmer is a dessert topping!

      Wife: It's a floor wax!

      Husband: It's a dessert topping!

      Wife: It's a floor wax, I'm telling you!

      Husband: It's a dessert topping, you cow!

      Spokesman: [ enters quickly ] Hey, hey, hey, calm down, you two. New Shimmer is both a floor wax and a dessert topping! Here, I'll spray some on your mop.. [ sprays Shimmer onto mop ] ..and some on your butterscotch pudding. [ sprays Shimmer onto pudding ]

      [ Husband eats while Wife mops ]

      Husband: Mmmmm, tastes terrific!

      Wife: And just look at that shine!

  • Israel and its Democratic Party friends complain -- Trump gave Syria to Russia 'on a silver platter'
    • He could have been, had he wanted to be, demonstrably unpredictable and deliberately unpredictable, and used that to try to wrest a diplomatic opening with the Russians.

      unpredictable? in this context that sounds like a euphemism for mass casualties. as for a diplomatic opening with the Russians, we have one, it just wouldn't lead to the ouster of the democratically elected leader of a sovereign state.

      The trouble is, Assad deserves much worse, and he’s not going to get it—not from the United States, nor from the West more generally. American forces could have inflicted much greater damage—Trump could have ordered the killing of Assad and everyone around him if he had wanted to. I’m confident that neither Trump nor any of his senior military advisers have any love for Assad. But, in testimony last week, Defense Secretary James Mattis said he was worried that American military action in Syria, if it went too far, could start a wider war, principally with Assad’s chief patron, Russia.

      so assad (and everyone around him) getting what he deserves, leading to a war with russia, is to be desired? these chicken hawks really are the worst of the worst. dumb as rocks too.

      One threat is the very extreme radical Iranian ambition to establish a permanent military presence in Syria thus establishing a Shiite crescent from Iran to Lebanon and at the expense of Sunnis in the middle east who are increasingly getting weaker and weaker. Israel cannot really tolerate such a threat for very long time.

      yes, well, that's what you get when you start a 'civil war' next door. when you flood syria with foreign jihadists, you are assured that assistance fighting them will come from outside as well.

  • Neocons and liberal interventionists are back in the saddle again -- though 'nobody wants a big war'!
    • The error was pointed out a day before you arrived on the scene you supercilious boob.

    • they're not capable of having a death wish. their view of the world is sitting atop a platform, eating popcorn and masturbating while the IDF shoots fish in a barrel. no appreciation of consequences at all with the US skirt to hide behind.

    • this smells like the burning plastic of psycho-pathology as much as anything political. jewish trauma requires us to fight a new world war to cleanse certain types of any inferiority complex for less than full participation in the last big show. i think there was some talk of israelis participating in the ukraine cluster fuck.

    • Jeffrey Sachs, the 'environmentalist'. ho ho. Bernadine Dohrn, Jeffrey Sachs, . . . some piss poor liberals wading into the ME mess. and the causes of the war pre-date 2011.

      A December 13, 2006 cable, "Influencing the SARG [Syrian government] in the End of 2006,"1 indicates that, as far back as 2006 - five years before "Arab Spring" protests in Syria - destabilizing the Syrian government was a central motivation of US policy. The author of the cable was William Roebuck, at the time chargé d'affaires at the US embassy in Damascus. The cable outlines strategies for destabilizing the Syrian government. In his summary of the cable, Roebuck wrote:

      We believe Bashar's weaknesses are in how he chooses to react to looming issues, both perceived and real, such as the conflict between economic reform steps (however limited) and entrenched, corrupt forces, the Kurdish question, and the potential threat to the regime from the increasing presence of transiting Islamist extremists. This cable summarizes our assessment of these vulnerabilities and suggests that there may be actions, statements, and signals that the USG can send that will improve the likelihood of such opportunities arising.

      this is around the time that Mohamed Merah's step-brother was arrested in an al-Qaida safe house in Syria on his way to Iraq (sure he was), Merah being the Toulouse shooter. all these takfiri links to western goals is disconcerting.

    • Three days ago Israel bombed a military base in Iran, and Iran has since warned Israel that it will pay for the killing of seven Iranians.

      they bombed a 'military base in Iran'? huh? what'd i miss?

  • Video appears to show Israeli shot ending Palestinian footballer's career as he stands with selfie stick
    • Capt. DB, it's not so curious given the history of then Def.Min. Rabin's policy of 'breaking the legs' of protesters back in the late 80s, or the policy of shooting the legs out from under protesters around the time of 'cast lead'. we know there is a history of this tactic; we know that israel likes to use gaza as a war laboratory, so we can assume that there are junior snipers doing their apprenticeship at the moment; and we can assume that leading instigators of palestinian peaceable violence are likely being targeted, in coordination with quislings possibly.

  • Israeli forces shoot unarmed protesters from across Gaza security fence, killing at least 15
    • Israel’s highest-rating news programme, Channel Two News, has published a statement correcting false claims that rockets were fired from schools operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) during the Gaza war in 2008-2009. The statement makes clear that Israeli officials themselves acknowledged that such claims were false and that there was no evidence to support them.

      Reports of nearly half of all schools in Gaza targeted during Cast Lead.

    • The malevolent intent of Hamas revealed by the IDF shooting unarmed civilians from 100 meters. Tell us, did the brave soldiers cry at the horror of the Palestians’ state of mind as they shot them dead?

  • Schumer says he opposed the Iran deal because of 'threat to Israel'
    • even the evangelical young people’s support for Israel is declining.

      what a schmuck. yeah, if you can't even fool 'evangelicals' then it's time to rethink the PR campaign.

  • There are only two kinds of Jews, Schumers and Feinsteins
    • keith, this will by my last word on the subject, but feel free to respond . . . or not.

      chomsky is an excellent, engaging writer. he is not, however, an original thinker. he is not a historian, nor an original philosopher, and his critique of US imperialism would be familiar to any adolescent brought up on the speeches of fidel castro or any number of others who have been on the receiving end. that his criticism seems so 'radical' to US readers is a symptom of how narrow the limits of accepted argument are in the US.

      he is not just employed by an institution where DOD/DOE work is done, he has been the recipient of funding from the military/intelligence complex. his published works dating back to 1957 acknowledge such funding.

      he, like weiss here, delimits the discussion. he insists ("insists!") that the US is a free society, and dismisses any argument that the US is not a 'free society'. it is not, even relatively speaking. a free society does not have the worlds highest per capital prison population, home to surplus labor. a free society does not have a two-tiered justice system. a free society does not have a press that colludes and conspires with the government to convince the citizens to support a multi-year, trillion dollar war. it does not have collusion between the intelligence services and corporations to spy on its citizens. it does not undermine elective government by allowing the wealthy to purchase candidates.

      his 'institutional analysis' is stultifying and ignores individual agency and dismisses out of hand 'conspiracy', and frankly his analysis is not even logically consistent. talking about the election of obama, he says the election results 'could have been worse', but apparently can't conceive of the fact that the assassination of kennedy did make things worse.

      and as i wrote, the last straw for me was his commentary on aaron swartz, comments that are chock full of factual inaccuracies and apologetics for his employer and 'capitalism'.

      the only point of my off hand comment was to compare weiss to chomsky, and not in a favorable way to either of them. the only flattering thing i can say about weiss's article is that perhaps it's a cry for help. he realizes, consciously or not, that he can't break free of his own history, so he's made it clear to anyone who is conscious that it's up to them, because the best he can come up with is feinstein or that mediocrity beinart.

    • stupid? oh no, not that. aside from being a celebrity of sorts, 'the' celebrity of the left for the last few decades you could say, making an easy target for dismissing the entirety of the left, what are his accomplishments? it doesn't have to be anything as concrete as what someone such as ralph nader, warts and all, has done, (although that would be nice) but really, aside from grinding an analytical lens to read the newspaper, what has he done? maybe it is his age (or mine) but i lost all patience with his mumblings after his remarks on the election of obama and his truly dishonest, despicable commentary on aaron swartz. now we have graeber and the atheist, what's his name, vying for the throne of 'go to' lefty.

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    • since you've chosen to use anatomy as a measure of character, i was going to make a comment about your knees, but i'll let it go.. but which chomsky don't i measure up to? the chomsky who comfortably coexists at MIT with all of its DOD and Department of Energy military-related research? or the chomsky who minimizes his employer's role in the prosecution and death of aaron swartz? or the chomsky who minimizes domestic repression of free speech, referring to dissidents' loss of employment and vilification as being consistent with his description of the US as a 'free country'? or the bitchy, duplicitous chomsky who is more interested in sustaining his cult of personality in the field of linguistics, a la Freud, than advances in that field? or the chomsky whose prescription for progress is . . . what exactly? here is one of my favorite dip shit quotes from chomsky from a 1988 interview with Bill Moyers:

      I insist that we are a free society and that the Soviet Union’s a dungeon, and, therefore, we have completely different methods of population control- completely different methods.

      he is referring to the Soviet Union during the Perestroika years, for some context. what he could have noticed is that even a so-called totalitarian state like the SU had room for meaningful reform, a space which either doesn't exist in the US, or is so clogged with corruption that it doesn't practically function. and how do you simultaneously have a 'free society' subject to 'population control'? he is a fraud.

    • eljay, according to Mike Davis's, 'Buda's Wagon', the first car bomb was detonated by an Italian anarchist in 1920. As for the Middle East, there is some controversy over the provenance of the Palestine Post bombing, some historians attributing it to disgruntled Brits who had lost comrades to Zionist terrorists, but there is no question that the bombing was preceded by LEHI's truck bomb on January 4, 1948, leaving 26 dead including children eating at a charity kitchen near the site of the bomb. And a few days later Haganah terrorists dumped two drums of explosives out the back door of a stolen armored car in a Jerusalem pedestrian zone. But the Arabs 'started it.'

    • this is bizarre. another step down the path to chomsky-like, senile crankdom.

  • Rabbi Cardozo: outlawing circumcision would 'end the state of Israel'
    • “Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo has emerged as one of the most thoughtful voices in contemporary Judaism. He is a man of deep faith and wide intellectual horizons, unafraid to confront the challenges of the age with the quiet confidence of one who is attuned to the music of eternity.”

      Every recommendation filled with superlatives like the back jacket of a best seller. He's deep and wide and his car radio will never have bad reception.

      Ofir's piece isn't really about circumcision so much as the larger question, "can a jew be secular?" Just as archeology is the scientific/historic basis for secular jews' belief in the eternal quitclaim deed to Palestine, hygiene and psychology are the refuge of 'secular' jews in the circumcision debate. people really are incapable of introspection.

  • Thomas Friedman justifies slaughter of Arab civilians by 'crazy' Israel
    • back in the day when pat buchanan was half of the braden/buchanan two halves of the CIA talk show on CNN (hat tip to gore vidal), he had a military type in his corner arguing the merits of this or that atrocity. a smudge of white spittle kept forming in the corners of this guy's mouth as he pontificated, and buchanan would periodically nudge him to wipe it away. that's how i would explain friedman's genius: he's managed to keep the spittle from pooling in the corners of his mouth when interviewed. not an unimportant talent in TV land.

    • he is the incarnation of imperial decline. entitled, sadistic, dumb, sycophant to power, power being synonymous with moral justification, while also grasping and desperate. another overdeveloped brain stem with a raging tumor in his cerebral cortex.

  • The not-so-secret life of Mathilde Krim
  • Why liberal Zionists have nothing to say about Ahed Tamimi's slap and arrest
    • This is an obvious display of power. The police have the non-lethal arsenal to subdue without killing, setting aside the fact that alleged perpetrators crawling on all fours, running from the police, etc. pose no imminent threat. I've read police reports of disarming belligerents with bean bag shots to the thigh, and other means easily neutralizing the 'threat'. Such means limit exposure of harm to the public as well. (Remember CA cops hunt for one of their own? Went out shooting up the town. [email protected] nuts.)

  • The Clinton scandals entailed violent threats against people who knew about his sex life
    • there were some murmurs from clinton initially about improving relations with Hussein's iraq, then the Bush assassination plot came to light and . . . poof, enough of that talk.

      January 14, 1993|By New York Times News Service.

      LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — President-elect Bill Clinton said Wednesday that he would not rule out renewing the ground war against Iraq if necessary to force compliance with UN resolutions. But he also indicated that he was ready for a fresh start with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

      Clinton, in an interview with The New York Times, said he was not "obsessed" with Hussein and that he could imagine a normal relationship with the Iraqi leader, provided he behaved in accordance with international norms.

      see this technical discussion of competing narratives on where the alleged bomb materials originated from.

      In April 1993, former President George Bush visited Kuwait to commemorate the victory over Iraq in the Persian Gulf War. During Bush's visit, Kuwaiti authorities arrested 17 people allegedly involved in a plot to kill Bush using a car bomb.

      The United States sent various personnel to Kuwait to investigate the alleged assassination attempt. Based on interviews of the alleged coconspirators, forensic examinations of the explosive devices, and intelligence reports, the United States Government concluded that Iraq was behind the attempted car bombing. In response, on June 26, 1993, President Clinton ordered a cruise missile strike against an Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS) building in Baghdad. A Kuwaiti court later convicted all but one of the defendants charged with crimes arising from the assassination attempt.

      Whitehurst alleges that he compared the explosive material in the main charge of the Bush device to explosive materials in known Iraqi devices and told Explosives Unit Chief J. Christopher Ronay that the explosives were different. Whitehurst claims that Ronay purposely misinterpreted these results in order to link the explosive material to Iraqi agents. Whitehurst further asserts that very possibly his results were changed to support the retaliatory missile strike by the United States.

  • Bret Stephens equates anti-Zionists with white nationalists in the 'New York Times'
    • Did you see that sequence?

      good god. such brilliance. the enemy of my friend's enemy's friend is . . . bad.

      And Stephens gets away with it. Why?

      because no one pays attention to brett bleepin' stephens. he's on a soap box preaching to hundreds, if not an even thousand. and see the equally dim and myopic mediocrity beinart working the other side of a narrow aisle, on the self-love that dare not speak its name.

      White men from fancy schools advanced quickly at The New Republic because that’s who the owner and editor in chief, Marty Peretz, liked surrounding himself with. He ignored women almost entirely.

      oh, pete, what a hoot. but all that changed when he arrived, right?

      I’d like to say that when I became editor, I fundamentally changed all this. But I did not. Yes, I hired women, including for senior editing jobs. Yes, I made some effort to cultivate writers of color. But, for the most part—like all the white, male, Ivy League editors who preceded and succeeded me—I perpetuated the culture in which I had thrived. That culture was both subtle and pervasive: The absence of women and people of color in senior editorial jobs was intertwined with the magazine’s long-standing, jaundiced view of the African American and feminist left. Had I challenged that culture more emphatically, I would probably not have become editor in the first place.

      those dastardly white men. anyway, good for you, you aren't qualified for much, if qualified is to mean anything, i agree, so why don't you shut the f*ck up and let someone else have the floor?

  • Netanyahu uses Iranian earthquake to praise Israeli 'humanity' and denounce Iranian 'hatred'
    • so israel is involved in the assassination of iranians on iranian soil, and the sabotage of iranian infrastructure, and sputters on about the existential threat from the emerging 'shia crescent', yet refuses entry of israelis into its territory. what ingrates.

  • Target Hezbollah
  • The goy and the golem: James Angleton and the rise of Israel
    • Allegedly Karen Silkwood was murdered because she had documented the diversion of plutonium to US allies' weapons programs, such as Iran's.

      Rashke wrote that Mrs. Silkwood, a lab technician who was active in plant union activities, had been collecting data that she said showed the plant was plagued by safety violations and also was manufacturing defective nuclear fuel rods.

      In addition, she told a friend 'she had found out that 40 pounds of plutonium, enough to make almost three atomic bombs, were missing from the plant,' Rashke wrote.

      He said some investigators 'would later speculate there was a plutonium smuggling ring' at the plant.

      The book, published by Houghton Mifflin Company, also says an investigator was told by a confidential source that the CIA had been involved in plutonium diversions from plants in the U.S.

      Shortly before her death, Silkwood was mysteriously exposed to plutonium -- traces of which were found in her apartment. The now-defunct Atomic Energy Commission ruled that her contamination was deliberate and came from plutonium processed at the Kerr-McGee plant. But officials never resolved who was behind the contamination.

      Between 1976 and 1978, a private investigator and lawyers for her family began probing suspicions that she also may have been bugged before her death.

      Investigator William Taylor traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to check if a school specializing in teaching electronic surveillance, the National Intelligence Academy, had links to the Silkwood case, Rashke wrote.

      Two White House officials heard about the investigation and Taylor was told the academy trained 'students' from Brazil, Uruguay and Iran's Savak and that it 'was a top-secret operation with CIA connections,' Rashke said.

      One White House source warned an associate of Taylor that he should 'stand down' from the case, Rashke wrote.

      'They'll kill him,' Raske quoted the source as saying. 'And I promise you no one will do anything about it.' He did not say who 'they' were.

      Another source told Taylor 'the CIA had been diverting plutonium from nuclear plants and giving it to foreign countries friendly to the United States' and that several CIA operatives had died after being contaminated, Rashke wrote. But the source did not know if the Kerr-McGee plant was involved, Rashke said.

  • The Weinstein effect drags in Israel
    • haaretz reports she visited a field hospital in the golan.

    • that'd be a great look for brand israel.

    • Ex-Mossad? Poor Harvey. These people are in the protection racket, as in they dig up the dirt and extort the client in exchange for not disclosing what they find. I think Hugh Grant had something to say about this in connection with Matthew Freud.

  • Cartoon of Dershowitz mingled appropriate satire and anti-Semitic imagery
    • Agreed. As if any unflattering caricature of Dershowitz would go unchallenged by the great defender of the 1st amendment.

  • 'Daily Californian' cartoon of Dershowitz dripping blood unleashes another furor over anti-Semitic canards
  • R.I.P., Shiksa
    • interesting. 'shylock', which i have not read, sounds like a bit of a rip off of 'scanner darkly', although i guess it's no original conceit of dick's.

      celine is definitely not as well as known as he should be in the english-speaking (american?) world. 'journey . . .' and 'death on the installment plan' are two of my favorite novels. the jingo-patriotism and war fever gone sour bits of 'journey ...' at the beginning of the novel are brilliant. only a couple of other treatments of the bitterness among 'brothers in arms' are as good.

    • i've been tempted to re-read it in light of recent events, but not sure it's necessary. fiction is dying i think, at least in my house. most recent stuff is shite. that's my excuse anyway.

    • which is why i like roth. maybe not the most sophisticated writer in the world, but there is honesty. feelings of guilt over not doing enough to stop the war, for example. of course, keith, you're no roth, so you'll have to be satisfied kvetching semi-anonymously here.

    • I think the fallen fig leaf of fossil fuel wars will be the undoing of Israel. Adelson and crew can keep up the charade in the meantime.

    • This doesn't ring true, at least for Hollywood types. There was a post on this site a few years back excerpting the dimwit Terry Gross's interview of the icky Coen brothers. Jewish summer camp nostalgia and the insider reference to Justin Timberlake, whom the Coens had pegged as a shegetz. What a hoot. (There's 'gaydar' and then there's 'jewdar', which if reverse engineered is anti-semitism.). And, 'said to be a WASP', is evidence of what? Seems to lead to the opposite conclusion.

  • Leon Wieseltier on the Jewish people sounds a lot like Richard Spencer on white people
    • Yes, Annie, something is afoot.

    • It is a bizarre post. The only recent development regarding Leon seems to be his confession, or confession of sorts. (There are crocodile tears and then the superlative weasel tears.). The sub genius, humanist groper subject to an inquisition. So sad. Leon and Harvey can maybe go in for an autoerotic gang bang on a potted plant in the rec room of their treatment center.

  • From Greta Gerwig to NYU, Israel has deep reservoir of cultural support in U.S.
    • to be fair to weinstein (who, i presume, shame will drive to commit seppuku) this whole affair smells like the donald sterling controlled demolition. hundreds have known about weinstein the serial rapist for years, but only now have the collective knives come out to dethrone him and leave brother 'bob' fully in charge. (now they must publicly piss on the corpse of harvey as an act of fealty to the new creep, who no doubt has been destroying the careers of those who weren't sufficiently deferential) the hypocrites in the media have turned this into another teaching moment about 'rape culture'. yeah, sure.

  • A plea to Israel: Don't start the third Lebanon War
  • Why the split inside the Democratic Party over BDS needs to happen
  • New York TV stations smear Roger Waters-- who praises BDS as 'one of most admirable pieces of resistance world has seen'
  • Soros and the Illuminati! Netanyahu Jr. spreads anti-Semitic cartoon
    • yes, he seems to be operating in some ditch he's flinging emotional dung from. Still trying to figure out what a 'confiscation session' is. i thought i was familiar with the various schools of psychoanalysis, but that's a new one on me.

    • You said he admitted to 'participating in rounding up jews'. He admitted no such thing.
      And the confiscation process started in Hungary before the deportations. There is no evidence from any source that I am aware of that Soros actively participated in the deportation of Jews, as distinct from being present during the confiscation of property.

    • Soros is a piece of shit, but he never admitted he participated in the rounding up of Jews. As a 14-year old he accompanied his gentile protector, who was engaged in the confiscation of Jewish property. That's what 'he admitted to.'

  • Nathan Englander, author of new Israel thriller, wants 'as many passports as I can get'
    • Yes, I've heard him talk about his insular world view as a child (if I remember one of his short stories is from the perspective of a young Orthodox Jew, who, he tells us, doesn't see difference when he looks at the surrounding world of catholic or other households, but sees 'nothing'.). As an adult he's swapped one claustrophobic bubble for another. Now he's the cosmopolitan Jewish writer angling for a third passport who couldn't conceive of the question of Palestinians being able to freely circulate in their own country. Nathan Englander, clever writer, still looking out at 'nothing'.

  • American Legion calls on Congress to finally investigate 'USS Liberty' attack, 50 years after
    • Jeezus, you're now comparing an accidental collision with a coordinated, sustained attack? What a steaming load.

    • That's a line they knew not to cross, qualtrough. If the ship wound up at the bottom of the Med, the U.S. would have had to react more forcefully.

    • There is no evidence the Liberty was leaking information to anyone, so your false analogy does not hold.

    • That's an excellent point, JeffB. So you wouldn't have an objection to similar measures taken against Israeli intelligence operations gathering information on U.S. Military operations in the ME? The U.S. is after all at war.

  • Clinton lost because PA, WI, and MI have high casualty rates and saw her as pro-war, study says
    • Not defending the indefensible, but there are casualties and then there are casualties. Add up the suicides, brain traumas, amputees, and opioid addicted. Paranoid that I am, I assume this burden was intended to tie up energies that could be focused on politics now spent on caring for your PTSD husband/son/brother and fighting with the VA.

  • When Kafka met Orwell: Arrest by algorithm
    • Yes, the self licking ice cream cone.

      This system also shows the often overlooked 3rd use of detention and torture: in addition to 'punishment, and 'intelligence gathering', torture produces the conversion event. See the Inquisition. You must come to love your captor and prove your love by becoming a quisling. That's the real purpose of the various GWOT torture sites: conversion through trauma, catch and release.

  • Gilad Atzmon’s attack against me – the 'merchant of JVP'
    • The three key disputable items are the 6 million figure, the gas chamber showers,and claim Hitler always planned to exterminate the Jews once he was in power. The 6 million figure is not disputable. etc.

      what intellectual rigor. 3 million there, a million here - counting on fingers. actually, no, 'six million' is not the undisputed number. there is a range of estimates from reputable scholars from 5 to 6 million jewish victims, a significant difference, the difference being important for historical purposes, and on a personal level, as a million less deaths presumably is a good thing for those victims tallied but not actually killed. and despite the vaunted accounting practices of the germans, there isn't even an agreed upon figure for the number of dresden deaths from the fire bombing. the rest of your comment is equally superficial.

      a. yes, there are those who have claimed hitler always intended to murder all the jews, which is part of the 'world looked on' myth;
      b. the existence and use of gas chambers is certainly an important historical point, for many reasons, and if there is no distinction to be made between a european jew being worked to death, freezing in a cattle car, or being gassed, it becomes even more difficult to see why the holocaust would be treated as a divisible historical event given all the other premature, unnatural deaths caused by the germans and others during the war. why should some polish intellectual getting his brains blown out in 1940, or a child freezing to death on the streets of leningrad be treated differently?

    • And what is done with 'rabid dogs'?

  • Bret Stephens's greatest hits
    • wsj suffers from neoliberal toxicity. It used to provide some relatively objective reporting for the elite, or those simply interested in what the elite found important, even some humor from time to time. (An article on the 'glass floor' saving idiot nephews and other favored relations from inevitable failure, or another piece on the lack of need for mental health coverage in publicly-subsidized health care, since the most deranged folk were sitting on the management boards of Fortune 500 companies.). Now it mostly sucks.

  • 'New York Times' on Palestinians sounds like it's opining about 'Negro Problem'
    • He is out of his f*cking tree. And if they are holding themselves hostage, who are 'we' supposed to negotiate with?

  • Jewless Holocaust. Israel first.
    • The mass murders in Poland after the blitzkrieg. You mean the attempt to exterminate the Polish nobility and intelligentsia? There was no organized attempt to round up Jews as Jews en masse immediately after the invasion.

    • I don't see how 'mainstream establishment' inaction is surprising or even controversial. Jewish identity is now inseparable from the state of Israel, so of course the survival of Israel would trump the memory of the holocaust. and there are still many who believe Israel and 'the Jews' cannot survive as a nation/people without enemies. 'There is no Jew without the anti-Semite.' See Dershowitz, The Vanishing American Jew. This blow up fits neatly into that paradigm.

    • Catalan, if it were so easy, why has no one done it? Respected historians have estimates ranging from 5.1 to 6 million, and these estimates are cited by Yad Vashem in its Holocaust history, so presumably there is no controversy that a precise calculation is impossible.

    • Antidote, this is the definition from the website for the U.S. Museum:

      The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning "sacrifice by fire." The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were "racially superior" and that the Jews, deemed "inferior," were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.

      Yad Vashem also officially defines the Holocaust in the same narrow way. Wikipedia regurgitates this definition. In some cases, 'other victims' are recognized, but not as part of the Holocaust as a separable offense. Other definitions refer to the Holocaust and the Shoah as interchangeable. Few include non-Jewish victims as part of the Holocaust definition, even those rarely identifying the victims any more precisely than 'others' or 'millions of others'.

      If the Holocaust was not commemorated as a distinct historical event directed at European Jews there would be no controversy with the Epshteyn drafted press release.

    • It is disheartening to read this. A professor at a major university incapable of recognizing his own biases, and worse, naive to the tactics of provocation. If you look at the WH statement in isolation, there's no denial of Jewish victims. The holocaust is by definition the murder of Jews. So how could a statement recognizing the victims of the holocaust on International Holocaust Remembrance Day be reasonably interpreted as erasing Jewish victims from history? It can't. The real problem for Ellis is that 'Jews are not front and center', an admission that there was no excision of Jews from history, but symbolizes their demotion to the rest of humanity. (No one should have to write it, but I will anyway. The German eastern front war had as its goal the elimination of tens of millions of Slavs, permitting the resettlement of Russia with ethnic Germans. That the Germans were incompetent in the execution phase of the plan leads to the whole disgusting accountancy theory, ranking suffering.)

      As to his naïveté, the offending statement was drafted by Boris Epshteyn, his job being political provocation, and the resultant gnashing of teeth was entirely predictable, and so reasonably interpreted as being intended. In sum, the emerging 'new anti-semitism' meme gets a publicity boost by the alleged anti-Semite Trump, while settlement is full steam ahead as is the imminent war with Iran. Sounds like a trifecta for the Netanyahu, king of israel and the diaspora.

  • What would Anne Frank do?
    • My thanks to you, Steve, and your ouija board, for sorting this all out.

    • those questions can be asked, just not by you. that's fredman's unspoken gripe.

    • i don't have the time to work through a translation right now with my rapidly declining, never so great german skills. but this is one of the articles in a variety of 'reputable' news publications addressing questions of authenticity.

      i have no doubt that Anne Frank was killed by the 'Nazis' because she was Jewish, but there are legitimate questions about the authenticity of her diary, or portions of her diary, that probably could have been resolved were it not for the endless tug of war over monetizing her legacy, withholding entries, 'editing for impact', etc.

    • it looks water color-ish, but presume it's digital something or other. it is very warm, and 'human', and still iconic. portraiture is a lost art, from what little i know. (no francis bacon, or even lucien freud for me. too grotesque.)

    • BTW, beautiful portrait of Anne Frank.

    • so says the apologist for ongoing ethnic cleansing and murder, petty propagandist.

      Yet if readers automatically suspend their critical faculties when it comes to the Holocaust, the inevitable consequence will be frauds like Wilkomirski’s, which proliferated—not by accident—over the last few decades. At the same time, if fidelity to historical fact becomes the only benchmark by which to judge Holocaust writing, we overlook the crucial role the creative imagination plays in the greatest of these works. Authors like Tadeusz Borowski were writing poetry about their experiences while still in the camps. And even the testimonies that feel the most authentic—Anne Frank’s diary, or Elie Wiesel’s Night—were written and re-written with an eye to increasing their impact. Their “literary artifice” isn’t a fatal flaw: it’s part of what makes these books both memorable and important.

      Franklin goes on to cite 'The Painted Bird' and write about the blurring of lines between fiction and non- when commemorating the Holocaust. An issue only only appropriate for discussion in some circles.

    • My daughter *eyes rolling* was dispirited to find out that 'Night' was on her honors English syllabus for the semester. There hasn't been a year since middle school where holocaust literature wasn't part of her curriculum. (Careful, Citizen. It's never wise to try to mix science and religion.)

  • The Quebec mosque shooting and the Zionist connection
    • Today, we remember the millions of Jews & the countless other victims who were murdered during the Holocaust.

      That is the official definition of the Holocaust, as tweeted by the male mannequin from the North. 'And others', or 'countless others'. What an empty sentiment.

    • not a 'jewish person', a self-hating jew. obviously.

  • Netanyahu's tweet for Trump suggests two leaders have cut a deal on Jerusalem or Iran, says former ambassador
  • Trump's anti-interventionism helped him win, says Obama's former Middle East adviser
    • oy, citizen. i had read some similar articles before, but what a load of fluff. poking through all of the fawning about his manners, i would assume that his father (a frothing at the mouth lunatic - literally, not metaphorically) is trump's 'closest adviser', and that junior is the ventriloquist's dummy.

  • American Jews will 'divorce' Israel if it is at peace -- Foxman
    • ben gurion is just as responsible for the mess as anyone. he was the leading proponent of the bible as history homogenizing strategy, which has created the schizophrenia that is the thread that connects the collective israeli mental state. (ooo, that's a long sentence.) secular jews are just as fervent in their belief of divine right as are the settlers, which is why there is no peace.

  • The dismal cartography of Trump's pre-fascist state (and opportunities for progressive populism)
    • Well, that's brilliant. I'm unworthy of your attention, and yet you had to respond. Regardless of your opinion of me or Falk, his commentary in this post is nonsense. That's my point. Try re-reading what he wrote and tell me you can't find fundamental problems with his analysis.

    • I suppose that Trump may be a similarly sanitizing influence on the Left.

      i'm not sure i follow your analysis, or understand the 'sanitizing' statement. the 'left' in the US has never had more potential, or less power, in the 20th century than at this moment. nixon could be mistaken for a card carrying member of the SDS compared with anyone in congress right now.

    • obama and eric holder did do a bang up job with the remote killing thing, and i wouldn't have expected clinton to let off the gas. not that this a trump endorsement. i have not cast a ballot for the president since 2008 (would have voted for bernie if he weren't knee capped). just that my guess is that trump will be less worse than clinton on some issues, and more worse on others.

    • That is a silly statement. Less than a week into his term, with overwhelmingly bad press, and Falk pretends as if there is some significant, historical trend to be read in the trajectory of 'reliable' polls.

    • Falk's off his rocker. This is very bad, every which way. Progressives for John Brennan? Democratic Party potential as the anti fascist vanguard? The political class of both political parties isn't corrupt? The added humiliation of mass deportation and drone assassination programs perpetuated by 'mainly white men'? This isn't analysis, it's a power point temper tantrum which reveals more about Falk than the Trump presidency.

  • MIT President meets with rightwing pro-settlement Israeli leader
    • i went to graduate school and became friends with a student who had his PhD in the maths from MIT. back in the day he and some class mates had approached chomsky to ask for his support for a janitors' strike at MIT or some such matter. chomsky blubbered on in response, 'what can i do about this . . .', etc. chimpsky in a nut shell.

    • So what does Noam have to say about this?

  • Obama 'betrayed' American Jews and Trump is a 'swineherd' -- Bernard-Henri Levy
    • annie linked to one, but there are several good posts and supporting comments on the 6-Day war on this site.

      eshkol lied about who fired the opening salvo, and he also confided prior to the start of the war that he intended to take Jerusalem 'back', confirming the double lie of the war: its cause and Israeli goals.

    • thanks for doing the heavy lifting. i did not assume anything you or i wrote would have an impact on persons unnamed. there is no objective controversy as to the underlying causes and motivations of the parties, and contrary to what some have said, Eshkol's and others post-war comments about rectifying a prior mistake do constitute evidence of intent. (there have been recent document releases from the CIA calling into question the narrative about the '73 war as well.)

    • "There were matters that had remained as if they were a cause of mourning for generations to come . . . . Generations have not yet passed and all these matters have been repaired. All the defects have been repaired," Eshkol stated in the first cabinet session after the ceasefire, on 11 June. He was referring to an expression coined by his predecessor and now political foe David Ben-Gurion, who had defined the government's September 1948 rejection of his proposal for the capture of the West Bank as a cause of "lamentation for generations to come." The euphoric mood, which replaced the fear and the somber atmosphere that had prevailed in Israel since mid-May, was summed up best by Dayan, who announced at the Air Force's victory ball: "we are now an empire."

      The Bride and the Dowry, Avi Raz

    • Yes, your notes. Which are proof of what exactly?

      American and Israeli intelligence all agreed that Egypt was not prepared nor intended to attack Israel, and Israelis have admitted it was a war of choice. The war was a 'do over' since Israel regretted not taking the West Bank in '48. So spare us your propagandizing musings.

      You got kicked around and made a fool of a few years back on this topic, on this site, but like rain off a metal roof . . .

  • Donald Trump is ready to bring Islamophobia into the White House
    • Bannon asked him about those remarks, and said that what Trump really meant was that New York police needed informants within mosques. Trump replied: “That’s right.” That’s cold comfort for Muslim Americans, who, since September 11, have been targeted by both the FBI and the New York Police Department in their places of worship.

      wha? i didn't vote for the guy, but what am i missing? trump's continuing support of practices in place since shortly after 9/11 is proof of . . . ? blownaway hits the nail on the head: trump is yeltsin of a sorts without the gin blossoms or party experience, another revolution around the toilet bowl for america till enough citizens get a lung full of water and start thrashing. the libdem hysteria over this 'watershed', 'historical' election is embarrassing. it feels like an ahistorical moment, if there is such a thing.

  • We are in an era of conservative counter-revolution
    • Yes, I caught that too. Be hard to miss for anyone not irrevocably bound up in their own analytical framework, facts be damned. From Gorbechov to Putin, skipping the dipsomaniac, asleep at the wheel while the country is looted and half the population drinking itself to death in despair. Echoes of the opioid epidemic and clinical depression in many parts of this country. And the contemporary conservative 'counterrevolution' is nonsense. It's been in full swing since at least '68, not withstanding the revolutionary advances of some narrow populations. Even there, there is deep dissatisfaction with strategy and results. Not all are happy with the neccessary adherence to deeply conservative values in order to advance gay rights for example.

  • Let's talk about Russian influence
    • actually the article is about American foreign policy interests and objectives and whether the media should be colluding with elements of the US government and others who are fomenting a hot war with a country which has 'the world's second largest nuclear arsenal'. (and what exactly is an 'increasingly current enemy'?)

    • please. the media has no collective guilty conscience, anymore than there is group fretting over lost virginity in a whore house. some individual 'media' types may hold onto vestiges of an ethical obligation to objectivity, but even in those circles I have never heard any truly anguished apologies for the media's role in the mass atrocity in Iraq, for example, just shoulder shrugging half-admissions of mistaken reliance.

  • 'The Forward' fails to find source of anti-semitism hoax that its reporter concocted (Updated)
  • Clintonites on message: Vote for Trump, and you get Putin
    • "knight to king 4"

      profound. let me just add for clarity's sake: 'king me'; 'you sunk my battleship!'; 'go fish'. i think you catch my drift, mcohen. *wink*

    • What does that even mean? Weiss is actively promoting the 'giving of the Baltics to Russia?' oh, the man's omnipotence knows no bounds. Yes, and the mathematical formula C[onsistency] X T[ime]= short term memory loss. ( I too remember G*d dictating the North Atlantic Treaty to moses.)

  • Afghanistan: The forever war we never question
  • The list of foreign policy experts Bernie Sanders should be consulting
  • Another Netanyahu lie exposed: Hamas is not ISIS
    • Given israel's encouragement of the growth of Hamas as a counterpoint to the secular PLO, and it's current aid to Isis and other Syrian 'Rebels', perhaps the growth of Isis in Gaza is not a strictly organic process.

  • US spying on Israel reveals cynical heart of the 'special relationship'
    • Yes. But I think the impression left by the news is a bit off. Netanyahu cannot, individually, put a stop to a U.S. Foreign policy initiative. It's his help mates in Congress. I think the surveillance of yahoo was intended to sweep up U.S. citizens who couldn't/shouldn't be 'bugged' directly. There was nothing inadvertent about it.

      As for Goldberg's 'fatalism', he's [email protected] looney. Not only do we have to satisfy Israel's every whim, we have to do it with unconditional love and affection, tears streaming down our face. Like in North Korea.

  • Top Israel advocate uses San Bernardino killings to attack Islam
  • Israeli nukes are finally newsworthy-- as US gov't both releases and gags info
    • "After five decades of pretending otherwise, the Pentagon has reluctantly confirmed that Israel does indeed possess nuclear bombs, as well as awesome weapons technology similar to America’s."

      So says Bill Greider, leaving unanswered the question 'how did Israel's 'awesome weapons technology' come to be so similar to America's'?

  • 'I love Obama' 'You're infatuated' (The argument on the left)
    • I join you, Keith, with another 'no' vote. Cuba/Iran are tactical maneuvers. At best, he is engaged in legacy building for personal purposes and for continuity sake for the democratic party. The Dems smell dissatisfaction in the ranks with the hot mess Obama terms 1 and 1/2 have cooked.

  • We must break out of the paranoid survival myth
    • a mild criticism: although there is a specific reference to the evolution of Zionism, there is a blurring of Jewish history and the special brand of the modern meme of Judaism equals Zionism, and vice versa. Zionism of the Glicks and Gellers seems to be more of a revenge cult than a sincere expression of fear. Revenge and entitlement.

  • Israeli leader turns on US Jewish journalists Friedman, Wieseltier, Remnick and Silvers for disloyalty and anti-semitism!
    • yes, he was on the ropes for a bit during the phone hacking scandal for his outspoken sympathy for the Palestinians. TB are the initials for Tony Blair, not tuberculosis, although you could mistake one for the other.

      His growing confidence could startle. In 2002, Campbell records in his diaries, Rupert Murdoch, James and Lachlan came to dinner at Downing Street. The conversation turned to the Middle East: "[Rupert] Murdoch said he didn't see what the Palestinians' problem was and James said it was that they were kicked out of their fucking homes and had nowhere to fucking live. Murdoch . . . finally said to James that he didn't think he should talk like that in the prime minister's house . . . TB said afterwards he was quite impressed with the way Murdoch let his sons do so much of the talking."

  • The Peter Beinart Double Standard: Why is this boycott different from all other boycotts?
    • I'll second (third?) the Kraussian analysis. My only quibble is that I don't find him all that sophisticated. ('Jewish and Democratic'?) The blind spot to his antics is a product emotion, not intellect, because his wrongly perceived argument effectively produces a middle ground solution for both sides of the debate. But, to paraphrase Krauss, this is a tall glass of bullshit posing as skim milk.

  • Obama's disgust for Netanyahu's 'stink' signals coming era of Jewish persecution in the U.S., says 'Tablet'
    • President Obama? I don’t blame him, but I do think his disgust with Benjamin Netanyahu, which seems almost physical, as if repelled by the stink of the man, has given certain practitioners the sense that it’s safe to come into the open. It’s a frequent topic of conversation among my friends: Do you feel that chill?… Then there’s the Iran deal: To get the papers signed, the president must separate from Israel.

      Cohen is psychotic. Obama hates Netanyahu, as does Cohen, but Obama's hatred isn't intellectual, it's visceral. (Really, why can't the schwarze get it right?) How Cohen knows this isn't entirely clear, but presumably it's his fine-tuned divining rod for ineradicable anti-Semitism, the stirred, not shaken, ancient paranoia in him. The last sentence, though, clarifies the source of his paranoia, which isn't the hyperbolic drama of the rising tide of public practitioners of the dark art of Jew hatred (Cohen can live with that inevitability after all), it's the possibility that Obama can do without the advice of Netanyahu (and Cohen) on matters of US national security.

  • Notes from the Munayyer-Beinart debate
    • got it catalan. a single state will never happen. maybe you should contact the starry-eyed Oily Bennett and Deputy FM Hotlovely since they are both publicly proposing the annexation of the OT. or maybe better yet Netanyahu should contact them since he allegedly retracted his campaign promise to abandon the peace process. there never was a plan for a 2 state solution, at least from the Zionist perspective, so that's one option off the table.

    • 'immigration and public holidays and symbols'. that's a whole lot of ideology packed into a few words. if you tease it out a bit, and that's all Beinart wants, what you have is the religious authority to determine qualifications for full citizenship, the conflation of pseudo-history/archeology and the bible, what some have called Israel's secular religion, which in turn justifies Israel's ongoing expansion of its borders, and on and on. that's a whole lot of advantages.

    • David, (and I know it's not your position) Beinart's 'Czech' argument is superficial. I assume that you are right, that Beinart's point is that less contentious relationships have undermined national unity, but I still don't see how the Czechoslovak velvet divorce says anything about the prospects for a one-state solution. (Beinart doesn't attempt to explain the history, even in brief, of his examples.) Any modern state larger than Andorra has a multitude of ethnic/cultural differences, and yet Spain manages to 'keep it together' with all its regional tensions, the US survived a civil war, and the EU and its member states have managed to take a breather from 1000 years of bloodletting as its physical borders are erased. But, again, a grocery list of superficial histories does not add up to a useful historical analogy.

    • I'm not certain I understand the Czecho-Belgium argument at all, and as for the 'double standard' persecution complex, Russia, Iran, Cuba, N. Korea, and on and on. There are sanctions regimes imposed on many countries, with the support of Israel, much more stringent than BDS proposals. see e.g. SWIFT sanctions against Iranian banks and EU attempt to compel SWIFT sanctions against Russia.

  • People behind BDS are also responsible for 9/11 attack, Israeli centrist tells NY synagogue
    • Which is why Netanyahu is on the verge of a mental collapse. People aren't adhering to his father's brilliant historical script. I fully expect him to go into a nationally televised, spit-flecked convulsion, and that will be his legacy, the dramatic personification of the collapse of political Zionism.

    • BDS linked to the Mufti? Isn't he dead? Is BDS linked via séance? Ouija board? And 9/11? No, Lapid, you ignoramus, the Israeli government is in bed with the Saudi degenerates, the country of origin of the alleged hijackers, not BDSers. (he obliquely makes reference to Syria, also the responsibility of BDS, although he shouldn't pick that scab too vigorously.)

  • Munayyer and Beinart's historic debate on the solution to the conflict
    • i looked, but couldn't find, a clear, concise statement from beinart about his vision of a two-state solution. is it unequivocal support for retreat to pre-67 lines, or is he advocating the 'concessions' line about the need for adjustments to the facts on the ground, Israel's security needs requiring modification of the 67 lines, retention of control over Jerusalem, etc. I'm afraid that there is nothing like a consensus of what a two-state solution looks like amongst liberal Zionists, and frankly still cringe every time beinart falls into his 'jewish and democratic' parrot act.

  • Sam Harris and the dangers of false atheism
    • I'll have to take a look at Asad. Very interesting. Irrational belief systems and the secular modern state.

    • He is stupid, and dangerous, and to call whatever it was that occurred between him and Chomsky an 'exchange' implies a seriousness that doesn't exist. Harris's foot in the door of Chomsky's virtual domicile is the intellectual equivalent of a teenage groupie sneaking backstage to blow the singer in the band. No doubt he will be telling the tale of his relationship with Chomsky years from now as he promotes himself 'gone girl'-style as some radical intellectual, radical now meaning criticism of the state's 'restraint'.

  • The U.S. is at last facing the neocon captivity
    • I seems to me that the more democratic Arab countries become, the less likely they are to embrace Israel.

      yup. and the other way round too. Israel's closest Arab allies are the most despotic regimes.

  • 'This is where we are, and we are not leaving here' — Notes from BirthWrong
    • Funny that. I thought the Armenian genocide was perpetrated by the secularized Turkish state. How is this part of a unified 'Islamic History'?

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