Sunday, July 23, 2017

Colonizing the Saudi Women

When I repeatedly say that Saudi's time is coming to an end, I am not taken seriously. This production is not about 'women's rights', it is about women in Saudi Arabia being "Westernized" - two very distinctly different issues The US (and prior to that other Western colonizers) has always used women as a central issue to disrupt a government. It specifically even suggested using "music" (mostly hip-hop) to reach the Arab and Moslem youth. Women are key to colonizing a society (cultural colonization which is followed by full scale neocolonial).
So while AJ may publish this (and I am glad they did) out of hostilities between the countries, one must also view this with a different perspective and what the message of the video actually is - and the goal of it.
I have zero tolerance for the Saudi leaders and the heinous crimes they have committed against other nations - and continue to commit, including genocide. That said, I am firmly against foreign interference in the internal dynamics of a country.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

interview on Egypt Africa Middle East

I had a very interesting interview with Salaamedia from Africa. Frankly, it is rare for me to enjoy interviews (and focus for long!). But the host Inayet was superb. Very well informed and made it easy and pleasurable to talk.

Egypt and broader implications


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

El-Sisi: Egypt’s Antihero And The Broader Regional Implications

“You can’t make war in the Middle East without Egypt and
you can’t make peace without Syria.”   -   Henry Kissinger

In Egyptian mythology, gods were considered heroes.  In more modern times, it is men who are the heroes.   Without a doubt, General Gamal Abdul Nasser has secured his legacy as a hero - a revolutionary who fought for Egypt and strived for Arab unity against Israel and Western imperialism. This month marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Arab-Israeli war; a pre-planned war of aggression and expansion by Israel against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, aided by the US and Britain. 

Israel’s cronies assisted in the planning and execution of the war which led to  the seizure and occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Syria Golan (Golan Heights) and the Sinai Peninsula.  Prior to the start of the war, as early as May, Lyndon Johnson who assumed the presidency after the tragic assassination of JF Kennedy, authorized air shipment of arms to Israel[i].  Furthermore, the United States facilitated Israeli air attacks and advances by sending reconnaissance aircraft to track movement of Egyptian ground forces and American spy satellites provided imagery to Israel [ii].   According to reports American and British carrier-based aircraft flew sorties against the Egyptians and U.S. aircraft attacked Egypt.   Judging by their cover-up, the American leadership had as little compassion for American blood as it did for Arab blood.   The Israeli attack against USS Liberty that killed and injured American servicemen was buried in a sea of lies.

Fifty years on, the war rages on and Israel has a different set of cronies.  In sharp contrast to Nasser, el-Sisi, Egypt’s antihero has thrown his lot in with Israel and Saudi Arabia against his Arab brethren.   El-Sisi’s betrayal has been so outlandish and stark that even the neocon leaning New York Times published a scathing article titled:Egypt’s Lost Islands, Sisi’s Shame” by Adhaf Soueif.    This is a remarkable piece rarely seen in the pages of the NYT given its reputation (see LOOT for example).

Soueif rightly calls el-Sisi’s to task for handing over the Tiran and Sanafir Islands at the mouth of Gulf of Aqaba to Saudi Arabia.  More telling is the fact that the transfer had been discussed with, and had received the blessings of Israel,  according to Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.   The implications of an Israeli-Saudi-Egyptian alliance are enormous; though hardly the first act of treason by el-Sisi.

In his article Soueif also touches on the dam being built by Ethiopia (the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam) which was opposed to by former President Mohamed Morsi who was ousted in a coup by el-Sisi.  It is crucial that this project be further explored as it relates not only to Egypt, but also the past and future politics and geopolitics of the region.

Before moving on however,  it is important to recall that Morsi was democratically elected to office in the aftermath of the Egyptian ‘revolution’.  His support of the Palestinians and his opposition to the dam did not sit well with Israel.  Morsi had even called “Jews descendants of pigs and apes”.    Both HAMAS and the U.S.-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed Morsi’s election.  Abbas called Morsi "the choice of the great people of Egypt" while one of his senior aides, Saeb Erekat, said the democratic vote for Morsi "meant the Palestinian cause was the Number One priority for all Egyptians".  Though perhaps the greater concern for Israel was Morsi’s opposition to the construction of the dam.  A construction favored by  Israel and Saudi Arabia.

In 2012, it was reported that Saudi Arabia had claimed a stake in the Nile.   Israel’s ambitions went much further back.  First initiated by Theodore Herzl in 1903, the diversion plan was dropped due to British and Egyptian opposition to it only to be picked up again in the 1970s.  At that time, Israeli’s idea was to convince Egypt to divert Nile water to Israel.  In 1978, President Anwar Sadat “declared in Haifa to the Israeli public that he would transfer Nile water to the Negev. Shortly afterward, in a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Sadat promised that Nile water would go to Jerusalem.  During Mubarak’s presidency, published reports indicated that Israeli experts were helping Ethiopia to plan 40 dams along the Blue Nile.”[iii]

On May 30, 2013, The Times of Israel reported that the construction on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (on the Blue Nile) had sparked a major diplomatic crisis with Egypt.  The article also reported (citing Al-Arabiya) that Major General Mohammed Ali Bilal, the deputy chief of staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces, had said Egypt was not in a position to confront the project (countries).  “The only solution lies in the US intervening to convince Ethiopia to alleviate the impact of the dam on Egypt.”  No such solutions from the U.S.

On June 3rd,  Morsi met with his cabinet to discuss the dam and its implications.  Cabinet members were surprised to learn that the meeting was aired live.   During the meeting, a cabinet member said: “Imagine what 80 million of us would do to Israel and America if our water was turned off”.  Morsi contended that “We have very serious measures to protect every drop of Nile water.”

With el-Sisi’s “democratic coup” which was handsomely rewarded, the dam project is on schedule to be completed by year’s end.   As Israel has expands and accelerates its wars of aggression, the wider implications of el-Sisi’s will reverberate throughout the region as serve-serving Arab leaders fight their own to execute Israel’s agenda.   





[i] Camille Mansour. “Beyond Alliance: Israel and U.S. Foreign Policy”  Columbia 1994, p.89

[ii]  Stephen J. Green. “Taking Sides: America's Secret Relations With A Militant Israel”.  William Morrow and Co., NY 1984

[iii]Will Nile water go to Israel? North Sinai pipelines and the politics of scarcity”, Middle East Policy  (Sep 1997): 113-124.

Monday, June 19, 2017

High Level Leaks a "Conspiracy"?

In his article, Phil Giraldi argues there may be a dangerous conspiracy at work ( "Do High-Level Leaks Suggest a Conspiracy" ). I think we are all looking at things (including Phil's article) with a degree of intelligence and integrity. These are absent in the world of "governing" (if you want to call it that) and America's power projection. It may well be that this mad man was somehow enabled to carry out exactly what he is doing. Deepening the mess in Syria and the Middle East, Afghanistan, emboldening Saudis, writing a blank check for Israeli atrocities, and allowing America to OPENLY giving a finger to the world. After all, intimidating the world with a mad, unpredictable man is in itself a tactic. Maybe this is a lesson learnt from North Korea, though personally I give the thumbs up to the North Koreans. But we all know that the president does not formulate the foreign policy agenda. If America fails to achieve its various goals with Trump, the plan 'B' is to impeach him (which is in the works). This will enable the US to "reset" and give the false illusion of a 'transparent democracy'. A food for thought: During the presidential campaign, the media managed to dig up an old 'sex' tape of his, but failed to dig up or show Trump stating that there was demolition at the towers on 911. Doesn't seem odd to anyone? Also food for thought: his tweets then and now would all be but ignored were it not for the media. So you have to wonder why the media is promoting them (even in the negative) just as it is promoting ISIS.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

America Supports Terrorists

Have doubts?  Lets take the most recent examples and forget about the past decades.  Donald Trump wrote in his book Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again."Then look at Saudi Arabia. It is the world's biggest funder of terrorism. Saudi Arabia funnels our petro dollars—our very own money—to fund the terrorists that seek to destroy our people, while the Saudis rely on us to protect them!"  He then sold them billions worth of arms to the "funder of terrorism". 

Today, the United States permitted shipment of more than $500 million in precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia.   

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) actually suggested who should be targeted by the terrorists.  Praising the ISIS attack against Iran, Rohrabacher stated: "“Isn’t that a good thing?” he said. “And if so, maybe this is a Trump — maybe it’s a Trump strategy of actually supporting one groups against another, considering that you have two terrorist organizations."

Can the US make it any more clear that it supports terrorists?   Is it any wonder they all line up for handouts from the US?


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

False Flag in Syria

The warmongers are busy selling the same lies as in 2013 about the allegations of Syrian gas attack.   Plans had been underway to create a 'safe zone' even before Trump got elected.   However, the timing of the allegations are suspicious.   Aside from hoping to give Trump a boost, it also is intended to demonstrate to the world (falsely) that 'ridding of WMD' does not work unless one removes the 'regime'.    This is just as much about Syria as it is about Iran.  The pro-Israel lobby who wants 'regime change' in Iran can now point to Iran and claim that Iran continues to have a "weapons" program.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Syria: The Timing of Strikes

It has always been in the works, but, US presidents rally the crowd behind them when their approval rating falls to an all time low. George W was at 36% jumped after Iraq strikes. Trump was at 35%. Look for polls in the next few days.





Saturday, March 25, 2017

Tasnim Interview - Crimes in Yemen

West True Perpetrator of War in Yemen

West True Perpetrator of Yemen Genocide: Pundit

News ID: 1363709 Service: World
سپه پور

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An American political commentator said the West is using the Riyadh regime as a tool to advance its political agenda, stressing that certain Western countries, which claim to be champions of human rights, are in actual fact the perpetrators of the ongoing genocide in Yemen.

“What is undeniable is the fact that those who ‘promote human rights’ are the perpetrators of the most heinous crimes, including the Genocide in Yemen. To deny their complicity is to deny humanity,” Soraya Sepahpour Ulrich,an independent researcher and author from Irvine, California, told the Tasnim News Agency ahead of the March 26 anniversary of the start of Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen.
She added, “Today, while Saudi Arabia is being armed and directed to massacre fellow Moslems, it remains deaf to the chant ‘death to Saudis’ coming from the four corners of the ‘international community’. In spite of killing and dying for the political agenda of the US and its allies, the Saudis continue to be despised, hated – set apart. They will not be protected.   They are dispensable”.
Sepahpour Ulrich has a Master’s in Public Diplomacy from USC Annenberg for Communication. She is an independent researcher and writer with a focus on US foreign policy. Her articles and writings on Iran’s nuclear program, the Middle East developments and the US foreign policy have been published by several print and online publications.
Following is the full text of the interview.
Tasnim: The Saudi-led coalition has been launching deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement for two years. According to the UN, the Saudi military campaign has claimed the lives of more than 11,000 Yemenis and left 40,000 others wounded. Local Yemeni sources have already put the death toll from the Saudi war at over 12,000, including many women and children. As you know the international community has remained passive in the face of the ongoing Saudi crimes. What is your take on this? Why do you think this issue, the war on Yemen, has been less received by Western media?
Ulrich: I tend to think of the “international community’ as the US and its allies and differentiate between the term ‘international community’ and global community. The indifference toward the plight of the Yemenis is owed to several factors one of which is the media.
There are 6 corporations that own and dominate the media.  It is important to note that what was once known as the military-industrial complex has become the ‘military-industrial-media complex’. Media magnates and people on the boards of large media-related corporations have close links with the military industry and Washington’s foreign policy. This industry not only informs the public but frames issues.
This complex fails to inform the public of the plight of the Yemenis. Since the internet has managed to curb the monopoly of the media industry (alternate news sites and social networking), from time to time, the media industry is forced to acknowledge the horrors of Yemen, but it frames it in such a way so as to change the narrative. For example, it falsely presents the conflict as a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Through repeated lies, the ‘international community’ has been indoctrinated to see Iran as an aggressive country and the Yemenis resisting the invasion of the Saudi-led war as the assailants, putting the blame on the victims. 
In addition to the blame game, the international community is being distracted with news on its domestic front. The best example of this are the refugees in Europe and the pending elections there, and in the United States, it is the Donald Trump presidency that occupies the airwaves and censors all other news.
But censorship, framing, and propaganda do not mean that the governments in these countries (international community) are not aware. They are fully complicit either through their actions or inaction.
Tasnim: Certain Western countries are continuously claiming that they are champions of human rights. However, it seems that they are pursuing double standard policies on Saudi Arabia's atrocities. On March 10, 2017, the administration of US President Donald Trump approved the resumption of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia which critics have linked to Riyadh’s killing of civilians in Yemen. What is your take on this?
Ulrich: Human rights is simply another tool in the arsenal of these nations used to justify their policies. (War on terror being another useful tool of theirs). Consider this and dwell on the irony of it: When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in1948 (UN General Assembly), there were less than 60 UN members while dozens of countries were colonies. How could this be considered ‘rights’? Certainly, it is not universal or ideal else there would not have been a need for subsequent declarations such The American Declaration of Rights and Duties of Man (Bogota, 1948), the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (known as the European Convention for Human Rights - Strasbourg,1950), African Charter on Human Rights (Nairobi, 1981), the Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights (Paris, 1981) , the Arab Charter on Human Rights (1994), the European Center on Fundamental Rights (2000), and so on.
What is undeniable is the fact that those who ‘promote human rights’ are the perpetrators of the most heinous crimes, including the Genocide in Yemen. To deny their complicity is to deny humanity.
Tasnim: Since the start of its war on Yemen, the Saudi regime and its regional allies have failed to reach their objectives. Why are they continuing their heinous attacks on the Arab country despite their failures? How do you see the role of other regional Arab states in the ongoing war against the Arab country?  
Ulrich: It is important to recognize that Saudi Arabia is not solely responsible nor is it the country that is independently fueling and promoting this conflict. One country often ignored is the UAE. As the world turns its anger and hatred towards the Saudis (with help from Western media which points their fingers at the Saudis for their actions in Yemen), UAE is kept above the fray. Whereas in fact, the UAE is home to Erik Prince, the founder of notorious Blackwater. It is training a UAE-led militia force and UAE’s complicity in the crimes deserve to be discussed separately. Suffice it to say that as the Saudis fall from grace, the UAE continues to climb (in America’s plots and those of her allies).
The Saudis, on the other hand, are being used by the West and sadly for them (and their victims), they continue to play the role of gladiators. As Cicero acknowledged of the Roman gladiatoria muner thattheir sponsorship was a political imperative. Even though the Roman gladiators were adulated, they were segregated and despised. The Saudis share the same fate. It is worthwhile remembering that in 2012 it was revealed that a course for US militaryofficers had been suggesting that Mecca and Medina be obliterated without regard for civilian deaths, and it even suggested "Saudi Arabia threatened with starvation ... Islam reduced to cult status".
As President Donald Trump wrote in his book Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again.:  "Then look at Saudi Arabia. It is the world's biggest funder of terrorism. Saudi Arabia funnels our petro dollars—our very own money—to fund the terrorists that seek to destroy our people, while the Saudis rely on us to protect them!"
Today, while Saudi Arabia is being armed and directed to massacre fellow Moslems, it remains deaf to the chant ‘death to Saudis’ coming from the four corners of the ‘international community’. In spite of killing and dying for the political agenda of the US and its allies, the Saudis continue to be despised, hated – set apart. They will not be protected.   They are dispensable.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Corporations that own the world

Which Corporations Control The World?
By International Business Guide 

June 13, 2016 "
Information Clearing House" -  A surprisingly small number of corporations control massive global market shares. How many of the brands below do you use?


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Next on Trump's Plate: BDS

Trump continues to lash out at Moslems.  The Moslem ban looks to stay in place. Mosques across the country get burnt  but the culprits are not accused of terrorism.  This is not new.  For years, Americans have been taught to hate Moslems.  And they have.  Unsurprisingly, as Moslems are victimized, Jews claim victimhood.

There are reports of 'anti-Semitism' on the rise in the U.S.  Telephone calls were made to Jewish centers and synagogues.  A Jewish cemetery was desecrated.   It is hard to know who was behind these actions, but it does play into a desired outcome: the narrative of victimhood.

So as Israel gives the middle finger to President Trump and continues its settlements, Trump is called upon to condemn anti-Semitism.  The ongoing, incremental genocide of Palestinians continues unabated, but Jews are the victims.  As Senator Santorum said on CNN today, Moslems on campuses and the 'progressives' are responsible.   What is gaining momentum on campuses across the State, as well as elsewhere, is BDS.

How dare attention is drawn to Israel's crimes?

Trump's Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was one of the first governor to outlaw BDS.  Wait for Trump to sign an Executive Order outlawing BDS.


Monday, February 20, 2017

McMaster: Trump’s Pick for NSA – Proponent of “Alternate Facts”

In this 3 minute clip of McMaster interview with Charlie Rose (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgY_vjyFCxk&feature=youtu.be)
 McMasters made the following claim:  We underestimated the trauma the Iraqis lived in under Saddam, the poor social services, the poor healthcare, and the education!   And that it was these, and the lack of education of the younger generation that led to them being influenced by Zarqawi.   Seriously?!

According to UNESCO, that prior to the first Gulf War in 1991 Iraq had one of the best educational performances in the region. Primary school Gross Enrollment Rate was 100% and literacy levels were high. Since that time education has suffered as a result of American-led domination, sanctions, and instability.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Iraq

Its healthcare was enviable.  Iraq had developed a centralized free healthcare system in the 1970s using a hospital based, capital-intensive model of curative care. The country depended on large-scale imports of medicines, medical equipment and even nurses, paid for with oil export income, according to a “Watching Brief” report issued jointly by the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization in July 2003. Unlike other poorer countries, which focused on mass health care using primary care practitioners, Iraq developed a Westernized system of sophisticated hospitals with advanced medical procedures, provided by specialist physicians. The UNICEF/WHO report noted that prior to 1990, 97 percent of the urban dwellers and 71 percent of the rural population had access to free primary health care; just 2 percent of hospital beds were privately managed.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Healthcare_in_Iraq

Seems “alternate facts’ rules supreme!