Bulletin N° 880
Blood & Oil
A documentary by Jeremy Earp
The notion that oil motivates America's military engagements in the Middle East is often disregarded as nonsense or mere conspiracy theory. In Blood and Oil, bestselling author and Nation magazine defense correspondent Michael T. Klare challenges this conventional wisdom and corrects the historical record. The film unearths declassified documents and highlights forgotten passages in prominent presidential doctrines to show how concerns about oil have been at the core of American foreign policy for more than 60 years -- rendering our contemporary energy and military policies virtually indistinguishable. In the end, Blood and Oil calls for a radical re-thinking of US energy policy, warning that unless we change direction, we stand to be drawn into one oil war after another as the global hunt for diminishing world petroleum supplies accelerates.
Subject : The World Through the Eyes of a Frog: the spectacle of a historic nervous breakdown.
February 9, 2020
Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,
In a telling insight into innovative methods for analyzing history in 1949, Fernand Braudel acknowledged in the final section of his book, The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean world of Philip II (1949 & 1995), the inescapable importance of “structural history” and “secular trends”.
In short, even in the investigation of short-term crises, we are often obliged to look to structural history for an answer. This is the sea-level by which we must measure everything else, the achievement of progressive cities for example (in 1949 I was perhaps over-impressed by them – civilization can be a blinding spectacle) but also the short-term historical phenomena which we sometimes tend to explain away too promptly, as if their shallow eddies were responsible for the deeper currents of history instead of the other way about. The fact is that economic history has to be rethought step by step, starting from these slow, sometimes motionless currents. Still waters run deep and we should not be misled by surface flurries.
. . .
The division of history into the slow- and fast-moving levels, structure and conjuncture, remains at the center of a still unresolved debate. We have to classify these movements in relation to each other, without knowing before we start whether one type has governed the other or vice versa. Identification, classification and comparison must be our first concern then. Unfortunately, it is not yet possible to trace the general fluctuations of ‘national incomes’ in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and this is a grave drawback. But we are at least in a position now to study the changing fortunes of the cities . . . . The complex economic life of the cities provides us with an indicator of economic change at least as reliable as the familiar wage and price curves.
Finally we have the problem of reconciling contradictory chronologies. How for instance did short-term changes in the economic climate affect states or whole civilizations, prominent actors on the historical stage with a will of their own? It appears from our study of the states that difficult times tended to favour their relative expansion. Was the same true of civilizations? Their brightest flowerings often seem to thrive under lowering skies. It was during the autumn of the city state or even (in Venice and Bologna) its winter, that there flourished the last blossoms of an Italian Renaissance. And it was in the waning years of the great maritime empires, whether of Istanbul, Rome or Madrid, that the mighty imperial civilizations set out on their conquering path. As the sixteenth century ended and the seventeenth began, these brilliant shadows floated where great bodies politic had stood fifty years before.
Alongside such problems, the role of the individual and the event necessarily dwindles; it is a mere matter of perspective – but are we right to take so Olympian a view? ‘Under the formal pageant of events which we have dignified by our interest, the land changes very little, and the structure of the basic self of man hardly at all,’ to quote a twentieth-century novelist Durrell, who is, like me, passionately attracted to the Mediterranean. Well yes, but the question is frequently put to me, both by historians and philosophers, if we view history from such a distance, what becomes of man, his role in history, his freedom of action? And indeed, as the philosopher François Bastide once objected to me, since history is always a matter of development, of progression, could we not say that a secular trend is an ‘event’ too? I grant the point, but my definition of the ‘event’ is closer to that of Paul Lacombe and François Simiand; the pieces of flotsam I have combed from the historical ocean and chosen to call ‘events’ are those essentially ephemeral yet moving occurrences, the ‘headlines’ of the past.
That is not to say that this brilliant surface is of no value to the historian, nor that historical reconstruction cannot perfectly well take this micro-history as its starting-point. Micro-sociology, which it calls to mind (wrongly, I believe), is after al not generally frowned upon in the world of scholarship. Micro-sociology, it is true, consists of constant repetition, while the micro-history of events consists of the unusual, the outstanding, and atypical; a series in fact of ‘socio-dramas’. But Benedetto Croce has argued, not without reason, that any single event – let us say the assassination of Henry IV in 1610, or to take an example outside our period the arrival in power in 1883 of the Jules Ferry government – contains in embryo the entire history of mankind. To put it another way, history is the keyboard on which these individual notes are sounded.(pp.1241-1243)
Today, it is beyond doubt that an understanding of history is an essential part of the process of liberating ourselves from the past. Contrary to the ahistorical positivist aims of the mental-health-pharmaceutical industrial complex, community organizers teach us that the best (in fact, the only) successful remedy for those of us who are suffering alienation and anomie is the dialectics of direct action, the aims of which are to use historical knowledge to dissolve that state of helpless acceptance in the face of our own destruction. The arts of communication and building alliances - which are based, among other things, on historical understanding and class consciousness - is systematically undermined by entrenched powers that seek to preserve the status quo. The dominant neoliberal ideology that is expressed in the hegemonic corporate media and is promoted by most capitalist institutions everywhere would entrap our minds and bodies and limit our thinking to accommodate the accumulation of private profits and political decision-making in the hands of a few. The routines and conditioned reflexes that govern our collective behavior would rapidly dissolve should we begin to acquire “a life of our own” and to respect the principles of self-determination for all (with the obvious social constraints which that implies).
The 22 + items below are articles and essays covering contemporary events which will continue to produce a field of propaganda and psychological warfare, aimed at disarming the forces of progress and social reform. The facts and interpretations offered below should be useful to those of us seeking personal emancipation and positive social changes in the political economy and the environment.
Professeur honoraire de l'Université
Ancien Directeur de Researches
Université de Paris-Nanterre
Director of The Center for the Advanced Study
of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego
Hommage to Howard Zinn
Ten Years After Howard Zinn’s Death — Lessons from the People’s Historian
by Bill Bigelow
Remembering My Hero, Howard Zinn
by Daniel Ellsberg
WATCH RECORDED LIVE
February 7, 2020
Nermeen Shaikh Moderates Rising Majority Conversation with The Squad
with Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at Howard University at an event hosted by Rising Majority
Anti-Capitalist Chronicles: “Totality and Capital”
with David Harvey
Risk of Nuclear War Rises as U.S. Deploys a New Nuclear Weapon for the First Time Since the Cold War
with William Arkin
Gas Wars in the Mediterranean
by Mike Whitney
Big Swinging Brains and fashy trolls: how the world fell into a clickbait death spiral
by Andrew Marantz
“Pete Buttigieg is the Juan Guaido
with Lee Camp
There is new evidence the Iowa Caucuses were intentionally turned into chaos in order to slow the tide of the Bernie Sanders victory.
ACLU: “Voter Suppression in 2020”
by Leila Rafei
How Establishment Propaganda Gaslights Us Into Submission
by Caitlin Johnstone
The Disaster of Utopian Engineering
by Chris Hedges
Wuhan Coronavirus Looks Increasingly Like a Pandemic, Experts Say
by Donald G. McNeil Jr.
(updated 5 February 2020)
Rapidly rising caseloads alarm researchers, who fear the virus may make its way across the globe. But scientists cannot yet predict how many deaths may result.
The 1918 Flu Pandemic
by Jim Harris
Remember the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic: Manipulating the Data to Justify a Worldwide Public Health Emergency
by Michel Chossudovsky
China's Coronavirus: A Global Health Emergency is Launched. What are the Facts?
by Larry Romanoff
Coronavirus Contains HIV Insertions, Stoking Fears Over Artificially Created Bioweapon
-by Tyler Durden
Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2020
Subject: [MCM] More on the Gates/Johns Hopkins/WEF "simulation" of a "fictional" coronavirus outbreak
January 27, 2020
Did Bill Gates & World Economic Forum Predict Coronavus Outbreak? Will There be an Internet Blackout to Control Information?
by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News
The Coronavirus outbreak in China now dominates worldwide news media outlets.
Spiro Skouras released a video yesterday (Jan. 25, 2020) reporting on a 5 hour simulation that was conducted in October of 2019: Event 201.
It was hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The simulation is eerily similar to what is happening right now with the Coronavirus outbreak. Will world health authorities now take action as is predicted in this simulation, and try to control the narrative of the outbreak by cutting off access to the Internet, or forcing social media companies to only allow the information they want the public to receive?
Health Impact News is part of the independent alternative media, and sites like ours may soon be blocked from reporting on this emerging worldwide health crisis if this simulation is accurately predicting just how these events are about to unfold.
The mainstream media watch-dogs have labeled Health Impact News as “Fake” news, even when we report on vaccine injuries and deaths using the government’s own data.
Did Bill Gates & World Economic Forum Predict Coronavirus Outbreak? An Inside Look May Shock You!
by Spiro Skouras
In this report we take an inside look at Event 201, which took place in NYC on October 18 2019. Event 201 is a high-level pandemic exercise hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
This is extremely fascinating because this pandemic simulation exercise of coronavirus took place about 6 weeks before the first illness from the coronavirus was actually reported in Wuhan China!
That is one hell of a coincidence if you believe in that sort of thing. Another fascinating connection, is the fact that not only did the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation participate in and help set up the pandemic simulation of a coronavirus outbreak, but they just so happen to fund the group who owns the patent to the deadly coronavirus and are already working on a vaccine to solve the current crisis. Again an incredible coincidence…
In this report you will see footage from inside the event as the members of the emergency epidemic board in this simulation, which consists of representatives from major banks, the UN, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Johnson and Johnson, logistical powerhouses, the media as well as officials from China and America’s CDC just to name a few.
This simulation also includes news reports that were fabricated just for this exercise, please keep that in mind because they are eerily similar to reports we are currently seeing regarding this real world coronavirus outbreak.
To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/newsfromunderground/CAGxB6W8Gz0uJOkGvPRMAQU5rKWECvkHOdHOv3earhHB%3DuQZTxQ%40mail.gmail.com.
ZeroHedge banned from Twitter after BuzzFeed accuses it of coronavirus conspiracy and ‘doxxing’ a Chinese scientist
Novel Coronavirus Defies Conspiracy Theories As Data Shows Its Coming Decline
by Moon of Alabama
World Can’t Let Racist Attitudes Impact Handling of Coronavirus Outbreak
with Laurie Garrett
The Game is Rigged
with Richard Wolff
Enemies of Democracy: Neoliberalism and Authoritarian Finance
by T.J. Coles
Is the Fed Preparing to Topple the US Dollar?
by F. William Engdahl
The "Repo" Fiasco; the Fed's Cash Injections Send Stocks Soaring
by Mike Whitney
Recession ahead. Feds to try desperate measure
with Rick Sanchez
Fed Has Doubled Money Supply Since 2008 – Ticking Time Bomb for Bitcoin to Solve?
by Julian Thomas
"Richard Wolff on Military Spending"
Economic Update: Military Spending and Debt
with Richard Wolff and award-winning investigative journalist Robert Hennelly
France's Anti-Neoliberal Protesters Get Their Second Wind
with Renaud Lambert
Macron’s party faces uphill battle in upcoming mayoral races
with Philip Turle
France might have been 'too quick' to move bureaucracy online, says minister
Rubbish on Paris streets as treatment centres strike
France protests: Doctors and lawyers march against Macron pension reforms
“Likely France banned grenades because they ran out of stock”
with George Galloway
Fascism in the Age of Trump
with Chris Hedges
Brutal Same As It Ever Was: Israel's War On Justice
by Abby Zimet
What’s wrong with the IHRA “working definition” of Anti-Semitism?
by Tim Anderson
Top 3 Ways America Has Been Deeply Wounded By Supporting Israel Lobbyists Like Jared Kushner
by Juan Cole
Trump Israel deal will fell peace process house of
by Omar Karmi
Facts All US Citizens Need to Know About Israel and Palestine
by Robert Barsocchini
American Pravda: Mossad Assassinations
by Ron Unz
The January 2nd American assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani of Iran was an event of enormous moment.
Gen. Soleimani had been the highest-ranking military figure in his nation of 80 million, and with a storied career of 30 years, one of the most universally popular and highly regarded. Most analysts ranked him second in influence only to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s elderly Supreme Leader, and there were widespread reports that he was being urged to run for the presidency in the 2021 elections.
The circumstances of his peacetime death were also quite remarkable. His vehicle was incinerated by the missile of an American Reaper drone near Iraq’s Baghdad international airport just after he had arrived there on a regular commercial flight for peace negotiations originally suggested by the American government.
U.S. posture in the Middle-East: preparing for disaster
by The Saker
Israel has played a key in the US aggression against Iran
with Gareth Porter
Dutch court grants immunity for Israeli war crimes
by Adri Nieuwhof
From: Ariel Gold, CODEPINK [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Subject: Peace plan? More like a peace sham
The release of President Donald Trump’s long-delayed Israeli-Palestinian “peace plan” took place yesterday during a joint Trump-Netanyahu press conference. All the Israeli apartheid deniers, from Sheldon Adelson to Jared Kusher to mayors of the West Bank settlements, were in the room as Trump and Netanyahu gleefully announced a plan for even deeper repression of Palestinian rights. It has blown open the door for Israel to complete its theft of the West Bank. Congress must act immediately.
Contact your senators and representative right now and tell them to follow in the footsteps of Senators Sanders and Warren and Congressional Progressive Caucus chair Rep. Mark Pocan in issuing a strong rebuke, rejecting this assault on Palestinian rights.
Overseas supporters can sign our letter here.
Trump’s reference to his plan as feasible is absurd and insulting. Palestinians had no say in the process. They rejected the plan in advance and have made clear that their rights, dignity, and lands are not for sale.
Even though the plan is dead on arrival, it is extremely dangerous. It calls for:
As Rep. Mark Pocan said on Twitter: “A peace plan without Palestinian voices is no plan at all. It's a unilateral attempt to continue on a path towards instability in the Middle East, led by @realDonaldTrump and @netanyahu. Any plan must center freedom for both Palestinians & Israelis. Anything less is injustice.”
Trump said the Palestinians will be forced to accept the deal whether they like it or not, and Netanyahu has pledged to move forward with immediate annexation of the West Bank settlements and the Jordan Valley. Netanyahu’s cabinet could meet as soon as next Sunday to begin this. We must act now.
Overseas supporters can sign our letter here.
Towards freedom, justice, and equality for Palestinians,
Trump’s Bantustan Lite Palestine Plan Shows the “Two State” Solution Was Always a Lie
by Craig Murray
I have read through the entire 181 pages of Trump’s “peace deal” for Israel, and it is breathtaking. It is not just that the “solution” it proposes is ludicrously one-sided, it is the entire analysis of the problem to be solved which reads as pure, unadulterated zionist propaganda.
For example, the word “violence” is used repeatedly. But it only ever refers to violence by Arabs. There is not one single mention of violence by Israel against the Palestinians, even though the ratio of killing between Israelis and Palestinians over the last ten years is approximately 80:1 . The only mention of violence against Palestinians at all relates to Kuwaiti expulsion of Palestinian refugees after the first Gulf war.
The analysis of the refugee issue is the same. Nowhere can the paper bring itself to note the key historic fact, that the Palestinian refugees were expelled from Israel. The paper treats Palestinian refugees as if they had simply materialised as an inconvenient phenomenon, like a plague of locusts. This “othering” of Palestinian refugees permeates the entire paper:
It must be stressed that many Palestinian refugees in the Middle East come from war torn countries, such as Syria and Lebanon that are extremely hostile toward the State of Israel
No. Palestinian refugees were driven by violence from the land that is now Israel. Families who lived there two generations ago have been displaced in favour of families who claim the land because their ancestors lived there eighty generations ago. That is a matter of indisputable fact.
You can claim that displacement of the Palestinians from Israel was justifiable because of the urgent need for a state for Jewish people after the Holocaust. You can claim that the displacement of Palestinians from Israel is justifiable because it is divinely ordained. You can claim the displacement of Palestinians from Israel is regrettable but irreversible. Make what argument you wish, but to refuse to acknowledge the basic fact that the Palestinian refugees were driven from Israel is a pathetic act of cowardice that underlines the sheer intellectual shoddiness of the paper.
Les États-Unis et Israël piétinent les Palestiniens et la Palestine
par Sylvain Cypel
La scène est symbolique : le président américain Donald Trump dévoilant son « plan du siècle » en présence du seul premier ministre israélien Benyamin Nétanyahou et en l’absence des principaux intéressés, les Palestiniens. Il est vrai que le plan bafoue leurs droits les plus élémentaires, pourtant internationalement reconnus.
Trump's ‘Deal of the Century’ is an ‘offer they can't refuse’, and that's why it will likely work
by Scott Ritter
President Donald Trump has done what no other has been able to accomplish — get Israel to agree to a two-state solution with Palestine. With the fail-safe ultimatum he's concocted, the Palestinians may yet end up getting on board.
Trump’s Bantustan Lite Palestine Plan Shows the “Two State” Solution Was Always a Lie
by Craig Murray
‘Jerusalem is not for sale, your conspiracy deal will not pass’ – Abbas reacts to Trump's Middle East peace deal
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has slammed US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, declaring “Jerusalem is not for sale” and warning that the “conspiracy deal will not pass.”
Sent: Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Subject: Rassemblement devant le consulat des USA
Le samedi 8 février 2020 de 11h à 13h
un rassemblement symbolique aura lieu devant le Consulat Général des USA pour signifier notre attachement au droit international et notre refus de voir effacer la Palestine !
Les premiers signataires sont mentionnées, merci aux structures membres du collectif de se signaler si elles appellent à la manifestation
Merci de faire circuler largement l'information parmi vos réseaux
News organizations misspell Trump’s Middle East Piece Plan
WorldClique: The BioSphere; Natural History, Geo-Politics, Science, & Ancient Technology
Empire War on Oppositional Journalism Escalates
by Caitlin Johnstone
Assange Extradition Hearings Scheduled as Assault on Press Freedom Spreads
by Nozomi Hayase
German TV Exposes the Lies That Entrapped Julian Assange
by Ray McGovern
Whistle-Blower Snowden Seeks Extension Of Russian Residence Permit, Says Lawyer
Brazilian judge dismisses hacking charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald
by Richard Lawler
From: Tihi Hayslett,
Sent: Monday, February 03, 2020
Subject: Chelsea Manning is being tortured
Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize - Defend WikiLeaks Defend WikiLeaks
by Żaklin Nastić (MdB)
The United States of America’s Doll House: A Vast Tapestry of Lies and Illusions
by Edward Curtin
Impeachment Alone Won’t Stop Trump From Inflicting Lasting Damage on Ukraine
by Robert Mackey
Rights Groups Demand Israel Stop Arming neo-Nazis in Ukraine
by John Brown
Israel Is Arming Ukraine’s Blatantly Neo-Nazi Militia, the Azov Battalion
with Max Blumenthal
SECRET WARS, FORGOTTEN BETRAYALS, GLOBAL
TYRANNY. WHO IS REALLY IN CHARGE OF THE U.S.
by Cynthia Chung, Strategic-culture.org
January 29, 2020
Above Photo: Pacific Kilroy/Flickr
“There is a kind of character in thy life, That to the observer doth thy history, fully unfold.”
– William Shakespeare
Once again we find ourselves in a situation of crisis, where the entire world holds its breath all at once and can only wait to see whether this volatile black cloud floating amongst us will breakout into a thunderstorm of nuclear war or harmlessly pass us by. The majority in the world seem to have the impression that this destructive fate totters back and forth at the whim of one man. It is only normal then, that during such times of crisis, we find ourselves trying to analyze and predict the thoughts and motives of just this one person. The assassination of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, a true hero for his fellow countrymen and undeniably an essential key figure in combating terrorism in Southwest Asia, was a terrible crime, an abhorrently repugnant provocation. It was meant to cause an apoplectic fervour, it was meant to make us who desire peace, lose our minds in indignation. And therefore, that is exactly what we should not do.
In order to assess such situations, we cannot lose sight of the whole picture, and righteous indignation unfortunately causes the opposite to occur. Our focus becomes narrower and narrower to the point where we can only see or react moment to moment with what is right in front of our face. We are reduced to an obsession of twitter feeds, news blips and the doublespeak of ‘official government statements’.
Thus, before we may find firm ground to stand on regarding the situation of today, we must first have an understanding as to what caused the United States to enter into an endless campaign of regime-change warfare after WWII, or as former Chief of Special Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff Col. Prouty stated, three decades of the Indochina war.
An Internal Shifting of Chess Pieces in the Shadows
It is interesting timing that on Sept 2, 1945, the very day that WWII ended, Ho Chi Minh would announce the independence of Indochina. That on the very day that one of the most destructive wars to ever occur in history ended, another long war was declared at its doorstep. Churchill would announce his “Iron Curtain” against communism on March 5th, 1946, and there was no turning back at that point. The world had a mere 6 months to recover before it would be embroiled in another terrible war, except for the French, who would go to war against the Viet Minh opponents in French Indochina only days after WWII was over.
In a previous paper I wrote titled “On Churchill’s Sinews of Peace”, I went over a major re-organisation of the American government and its foreign intelligence bureau on the onset of Truman’s de facto presidency. Recall that there was an attempted military coup d’état, which was exposed by General Butler in a public address in 1933, against the Presidency of FDR who was only inaugurated that year. One could say that there was a very marked disapproval from shadowy corners for how Roosevelt would organise the government.
One key element to this reorganisation under Truman was the dismantling of the previously existing foreign intelligence bureau that was formed by FDR, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) on Sept 20, 1945 only two weeks after WWII was officially declared over. The OSS would be replaced by the CIA officially on Sept 18, 1947, with two years of an American intelligence purge and the internal shifting of chess pieces in the shadows. In addition, de-facto President Truman would also found the United States National Security Council on Sept 18, 1947, the same day he founded the CIA. The NSC was a council whose intended function was to serve as the President’s principal arm for coordinating national security, foreign policies and policies among various government agencies.
In Col. Prouty’s book he states, “In 1955, I was designated to establish an office of special operations in compliance with National Security Council (NSC) Directive #5412 of March 15, 1954. This NSC Directive for the first time in the history of the United States defined covert operations and assigned that role to the Central Intelligence Agency to perform such missions, provided they had been directed to do so by the NSC, and further ordered active-duty Armed Forces personnel to avoid such operations. At the same time, the Armed Forces were directed to “provide the military support of the clandestine operations of the CIA” as an official function.”
What this meant, was that there was to be an intermarriage of the foreign intelligence bureau with the military, and that the foreign intelligence bureau would act as top dog in the relationship, only taking orders from the NSC. Though the NSC includes the President, as we will see, the President is very far from being in the position of determining the NSC’s policies.
Democracy in meltdown: In almost every country, people’s faith in democratic systems is at rock-bottom levels
by Peter Andrews
Obama Russia Adviser on Cold War Liberals
by Natylie Baldwin
Embassy Protectors: An Epic Act of Resistance & Trial of Our Times
by Lauren Smith
White Supremacy = Capitalism
by Cheikh Amma Diop
“Coded Bias”: New Film Looks at Fight Against Racial Bias in Facial Recognition & AI Technology
with Abby Martin & Peter Joseph
“The Economy is NOT Growing!”
with Richard Wolff
“Who is Ed Griffin?”
by Anthony Migchels
From: Mark Crispin Miller
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2020
Subject: [MCM] How Bernie may well "lose" California on Super Tuesday
... through the absolute corruption of the voting system there.
From Brad Friedman (whom I asked for some useful links):
I would review these three fairly brief pieces in order to best understand the story up through Friday's "conditional certification" of this godawful, 100% unverifiable voting system…
Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ is about ignoring Palestinian rights & legitimizing Israel’s occupation – Turkish President Erdogan
Israel lobby prompts federal investigations over Palestine events
by Nora Barrows-Friedman
The investigations have been prompted by complaints filed by Israel lobby groups, which allege that Palestine-related education or advocacy on campus is inherently anti-Semitic and discriminates against Jewish students.
They follow US President Donald Trump’s executive order, signed in December, which allows mere accusations of anti-Semitism against campus critics of Israel to result in lengthy inquisitions by the government.
In November, before the executive order, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights opened an investigation into New York University, after an Israel-aligned student claimed that the presence of Students for Justice in Palestine created a “hostile atmosphere.”
The Middle East Studies Association’s committee on academic freedom has called on NYU’s president to reject “all efforts to weaponize allegations of anti-Semitism in order to advance a political agenda.”
Imperialism and Liberation Strategies in the Middle East
by Pål Steigan
The painful truth for Saudi Arabia: it needs the Iranian regime to survive | Saudi Arabia
by Kim Ghattas
Nobody Sets Out To Become A War Propagandist. It Just Sort Of Happens
by Caitlin Johnstone
The FBI Has Been Lying About
by Craig Murray
EXCLUSIVE: OPCW cover up & possible sarin execution by west backed 'moderate rebels'
Belmarsh Inmates Prove More Ethical Than Entire Western Empire
by Caitlin Johnstone
OPCW investigator testifies at UN that no chemical attack took place in Douma, Syria
by Ben Norton
Erasing History: The National Archives is Destroying Records About Victims of Trump’s ICE Policies
with Matthew Connelly
O'Brien via H-PAD
Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2020
Subject: [H-PAD] H-PAD Notes 1/30/20: Links to recent articles of interest
Links to Recent Articles of Interest
By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted January 30
"Naive, short-sighted, and self-indulgent, this blueprint turned out to be a joke, one the military played on itself." The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment blog, posted January 29
The author teaches Middle East history at the University of Michigan.
By Nathan Thrall, New York Times, posted January 29
"This isn't a break with the status quo. It's the natural culmination of decades of American policy." The author is the director of the Arab-Israeli Project of the International Crisis Group.
By Jon Schwartz, The Intercept, posted January 28
On the Reagan administration's fierce attacks on New York Times reporter Raymond Bonner when he made known the massacre by a US-trained battallion of over 800 villagers in El Salvador in December 1980.
By Charles J. Holden, Zach Messitte, and Jerald Poldair, History News Network, posted January 28
Charles Holden and Jerald Poldair teach history at St. Mary's College of Maryland and Lawrence University, respectively, and Zach Messitte is the president of Ripon College. The three are co-authors of the book Republican Populist: Spiro Agnew and the Origins of Donald Trump's America.
By Nicolas J. S. Davies, CommonDreams.org, posted January 28
Such a war " would engulf the Middle East and the world in even greater chaos than the one the CIA engineered against Iraq." Nicolas Davies is the author of Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq.
Interview of Cornell West by Mordecai Lyon, Boston Review, posted January 26
A freewheeling discussion with Cornell West, with a good friend of historian Howard Zinn, marking the tenth anniversary of Zinn's death in January 2010.
By Andrew J. Bacevich, The American Conservative, posted January 22
Hails the recent call by a longtime pillar of American Middle East policy for the US to withdraw from the region. The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.
By Michelle Alexander, New York Times, posted January 17
"From mass incarceration to mass deportation, our nation remains in deep denial." This lengthy essay is adapted from the 10th anniversary edition of her book The New Jim Crow.
Thanks to Rusti Eisenberg and an anonymous reader for suggesting articles included in the above list. Suggestions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Defense Team Challenged Trump Prosecutors’ Attempts to Fix Outcome of Trial: Judge Delays Key Decisions
by Ajamu Baraka and Bahman Azad
(Co-Chairs of the Embassy Protectors Defense Committee)
America’s Economic Pie: Talking to Americans about Wealth Inequlaity
with Rob Delaney
"Inequality: What Is It and Why Does It Matter? | Economics for People with Ha-Joon Chang"
The Shame of Child Poverty in the Age of Trump
by Rajan Menon
Number of Homeless Students Rises to New High, Report Says
by Mihir Zaveri
US suicide rate up 40% in 17 years, blue-collar workers highest risk: CDC
by Hannah Miller
Cops and Spies Chase Blacks and Leftists While Violent Whites Grow Bolder
Safe-States Strategy from Hell: Greens Respond to Progressive Left Dems
by Ann Garrison
“A Cure for Capitalism”
with Richard Wolff
Algeria’s View of Libya’s Crisis
by Giorgio Cafiero
Australia Offers a Preview of the World to Come
by Tom Engelhardt
Culture of mistrust' still surrounds Boeing – fmr NTSB official"
with Jamie Finch, former director of government, public and family affairs for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
by Paul Edwards
“They got a big theayter what they call the burleykew, an’ fur fifty cents yuh can see a dandy show.” (Oklahoma! pace, Rogers and Hammerstein.)
“Dandy” is pushing it in this case, but burlesque it surely has
been. The term comes from the Italian, burla, for
joke, which best describes this boundlessly stupid, futile, dishonest partisan
greased pig chase.
The era when Congress was thought to possess any collective intelligence or integrity is gone, if there was one. Twain called it our only native criminal class, an asylum of idiots, and this impeachment farce bears him out.
To go to the root of the charade is to experience grievous embarrassment at the sheer falsity, the willful dishonesty, the moral vacuity, of the entire apparatus of our appalling government. By that I mean not only Congress: the whole dirty, shameless, corrupted organism.
The House--bagboys for Capitalism, which for decades has done nothing for the people and routinely abrogated or violated solemn, specified duties--with its Democratic majority, brought charges so specious, vacuous, and exiguous in content that the contrast between them and the scroll of blatant crimes Trump has brazenly committed is stunning. The kicker, the reason for this cowardice, is that Democrats enabled Trump’s flagrant criminality and they dare not accuse him of all the perfidy in which they joined him.
So, a cowardly, deceitful gang of whoring pimps accuse a base, diseased, ethical toad of behaving as the creature he is, when their vile complicity with him to rape and rob the world, eviscerate their own country, sully and degrade all nature and, with dazzling imbecilty, alienate the vast community of nations, is provoking ecological Armaggedon and a world war with states that can tear this floundering, lunatic Empire a haemorrhaging new one.
The greatest appeal of traditional burlesque was slow, lascivious exposure of the nude female body. In this latter version, both Parties took the stage without feathers, with their bare faces hanging out. The only tease that took place was uncertainty whether those two clowns of bathos, Biden and Bolton, might have to bare their ugly old-man asses to a disgusted public.
Now that the goofy, slow motion clogdance is effectively over, what can be usefully said about the causes and effects of presentation to the appalled world of a dunderhead pageant of such humiliating, degrading inanity?
First, as to causes, our Bull Goose tried to persuade a foreign head of state to take a shady action in return for money. Surely no President of ours had ever done such a thing? Used dollar muscle on a foreign leader? Please!
USA: Land of Make-Believe
by Chris Hedges
If what happens in courtrooms across the country to poor people of color is justice, what is happening in the Senate is a trial. If the blood-drenched debacles and endless quagmires in the Middle East are victories in the war on terror, our military is the greatest on earth. If the wholesale government surveillance of the public, the revoking of due process and having the world’s largest prison population are liberty, we are the land of the free. If the president, an inept, vulgar and corrupt con artist, is the leader of the free world, we are a beacon for democracy and our enemies hate us for our values. If Jesus came to make us rich, bless the annihilation of Muslims by our war machine and condemn homosexuality and abortion, we are a Christian nation. If formalizing an apartheid state in Israel is a peace plan, we are an honest international mediator. If a meritocracy means that three American men have more wealth than the bottom 50% of the U.S. population, we are the land of opportunity. If the torture of kidnapped victims in black sites and the ripping of children from their parents’ arms and their detention in fetid, overcrowded warehouses, along with the gunning down of unarmed citizens by militarized police in the streets of our urban communities, are the rule of law, we are an exemplar of human rights.
The rhetoric we use to describe ourselves is so disconnected from reality that it has induced collective schizophrenia. America, as it is discussed in public forums by politicians, academics and the media, is a fantasy, a Disneyfied world of make-believe. The worse it gets, the more we retreat into illusions. The longer we fail to name and confront our physical and moral decay, the more demagogues who peddle illusions and fantasies become empowered. Those who acknowledge the truth—beginning with the stark fact that we are no longer a democracy—wander like ghosts around the edges of society, reviled as enemies of hope. The mania for hope works as an anesthetic. The hope that Donald Trump would moderate his extremism once he was in office, the hope that the “adults in the room” would manage the White House, the hope that the Mueller report would see Trump disgraced, impeached and removed from office, the hope that Trump’s December 2019 impeachment would lead to his Senate conviction and ouster, the hope that he will be defeated at the polls in November are psychological exits from the crisis—the collapse of democratic institutions, including the press, and the corporate corruption of laws, electoral politics and norms that once made our imperfect democracy possible.
The embrace of collective self-delusion marks the death spasms of all civilizations. We are in the terminal stage. We no longer know who we are, what we have become or how those on the outside see us. It is easier, in the short term, to retreat inward, to celebrate nonexistent virtues and strengths and wallow in sentimentality and a false optimism. But in the end, this retreat, peddled by the hope industry, guarantees not only despotism but, given the climate emergency, extinction.
“The result of a consistent and total substitution of lies for factual truth is not that the lie will now be accepted as truth and truth be defamed as a lie, but that the sense by which we take our bearings in the real world—and the category of truth versus falsehood is among the mental means to this end—is being destroyed,” Hannah Arendt wrote of totalitarianism.
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2020 Is Going To Get Much Crazier. Prioritize Your Mental Health
by Caitlin Johnstone
At the beginning of a CNN town hall with Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg last night, immediately following the network’s town hall with Sanders, the event’s host Chris Cuomo announced that 100 percent of the caucus results were now in and the former South Bend mayor had narrowly won the contest. These results had been announced by the Iowa Democratic Party moments before Buttigieg’s town hall appearance.
There is no reason for anyone, let alone a major news outlet, to believe these results are legitimate. They are full of easily demonstrable errors and discrepancies which have been highlighted by both the Sanders campaign and The New York Times, and they have yet to be addressed. Furthermore, Sanders has a perfectly legitimate claim to the win given the undisputed fact that he received thousands more votes. This is without even getting into all the other extremely shady shenanigans with the now-infamous Shadow app whose crash has given the media days to sing Buttigeig’s praise, which has in turn given him a major polling bump for New Hampshire.
But Chris Cuomo (who is the brother of a Democratic New York governor and the son of another Democratic New York governor) declared Buttigieg (who because of his establishment grooming and alt-centrist ideology is beloved by billionaires and spooks) the winner anyway. In front of millions of people. While Buttigieg was standing right there in the spotlight. Immediately after the “results” were released.
We’re watching a major US election being rigged in real time, right in front of our eyes, and it’s intense. And it’s only just getting started.