Saturday, June 25, 2016

Dispelling myths in tenure-track hiring of women of color (in political science)

"Overall, women of color were not placed as well as the general female population, with 28.8% hired into tenure track faculty positions. Compared to the general population of female candidates, women of color were less likely earn academic faculty appointments (43.8% compared to 56.5%) and more likely to be placed in non-academic positions (18.1% compared to 11.6%) or not placed at all (23.7%15.4%)."

"There’s no such thing as a Palestinian person,” Brooke Goldstein declared to enthusiastic applause at a meeting of key Israel lobby"

" “Why are we using the word Palestinian? There’s no such thing as a Palestinian person,” Brooke Goldstein declared to enthusiastic applause at a meeting of key Israel lobby operatives in New York earlier this month." "The clip of Goldstein denying outright the existence of Palestinians can be seen above." "In her presentation, Goldstein acknowledged that efforts to promote Israel as a democracy with “great beaches” had failed to stem the support for Palestinian rights, so “we have to focus on the offense, on Islamists and how they violate the basic civil rights that liberals hold very, very dear.” Efforts to exploit and promote Islamophobia as a way to build support for Israel are not new, but the New York meeting heralded a renewed push in that direction."

"the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA) had a role in at least 22 of the U.S. entertainment industry’s projects"

"Between 2006 and 2011, VICE reported, the CIA’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA) had a role in at least 22 of the U.S. entertainment industry’s projects. Some of the productions listed by VICE included the films Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, television shows like Top Chef and Covert Affairs, and documentaries such as the History channel’s Air America and the BBC’s The Secret War on Terror. The book, The Devil’s Light, also had the help of the CIA." "Uglier Hollywood portraits have also been produced without the CIA consent, such as Syriana, which was developed with the help of former agents." (thanks Amir)

BBC, like all US media, now provides justification for the Israeli murder of Palestinians

"Since then, another 31 Israelis have been killed in knife, gun and car-ramming attacks in Israel and the West Bank.  More than 200 Palestinians - mostly attackers, Israel says - have also been killed in the same period."  Imagine if they provide the same qualifications for Israeli occupation terrorists who are killed by Palestinians (in far smaller numbers)(thanks Basim)

Hizbullah versus the US

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Dilemmas of Hizbullah in the face of the Total US War".

Friday, June 24, 2016

Trump can go farther than Brexit

He may initiate a move to pull the US out of planet earth.

A Saudi professor at King Saudi University, who ran a "cultural communication program", reacts to Brexit

كاميرون يعلن استقالته بعد إعلان نتائج استفتاء خروج بريطانيا من اللهم شتت شملهم ومزقهم شر ممزق كما فعلوا ويفعلوا بالمسلمين
He reacts to the resignation of Cameron by writing: "O, God, may you fragment them and tear them apart just as they did and still do to Muslims". Word for word

When these Muslim-Americans spoke to the FBI about why they were on the list, agents pressured them to become informants to spy on their own communities

"Ramzi Kassem, an associate professor at CUNY School of Law and the founder and director of the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility Project, told me earlier in the year that the watchlists “are notoriously arbitrary and inaccurate. People are placed on these lists without ever being told why or given an opportunity to contest their listing. And the lists appear to focus disproportionately on individuals with Muslim-sounding names.” Being included on the watchlist can also have consequences beyond not being able to fly. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of people on the no-fly list. When these Muslim-Americans spoke to the FBI about why they were on the list, agents pressured them to become informants to spy on their own communities. That was the price to pay to get off the no-fly database."

"U.S. officials use threats & intimidation to censor BDS activists"

"A report issued last year by Palestine Legal and the Center for Constitutional Rights documented 152 incidents of free-speech suppression on U.S. campuses in 2014." "Threats, punishment and intimidation are all being routinely used to stifle dissenting viewpoints on Israel-Palestine, says Omar Shakir a fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights and a co-author of the report." "Threats to speech, have come not only from university administrations but from law enforcement as well." (thanks Amir)

Aljazeera's senior reporter/presenter comments on Brexit


Ahmad Mansour of Aljazeera says: "The British vote to exist from the European Union could be the beginning of the disintegration of the Christian club, known as the European Union, which was formed by the Pope in the beginning of the 1950s of the last century".  The comment under his post says: "May God not save them, and not save the despicable Shi`ites".

British exist in Arab media

What is ironic is that those who spilled lots of ink (on behalf of Saudi regime) in mocking Arab unity are today unconsolable regarding the fragmentation of European union.  They must feel European deep down.

Campus Watch has a list of "Professors to Avoid"

Just some observations:
1) There are some 3000 US colleges and universities, and the list is comprised of only 31 names.  What a small list if you think about it.
2) Aren't Zionists supposed to be opposed to the very principle of boycott? Or do they only object to boycotts if directed against the Zionist entity?
3) They don't know anything about how the professors conduct their classes but they believe that they are bad professors if they hold views opposed or critical of Israel.
4) A few names on the list, like Reza Aslan, are not known to be critical of Israel at all.
5) Some colleagues and friends are upset that they didn't make the list.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Journalism of Western media: how they cover pro-US potentates

"“Prince of youth,” accompanied by excitable emojis showing a purple heart, clapping hands and raised thumbs, was a typical Tweet on Thursday in response to Prince Mohammed’s trip. Another Tweeted “All hopes are with the Prince of Youth.”". Was it not necessary to add that tweets that are opposed to the rulers result in the arrest and imprisonment and flogging of their writers?

A man with a vision


Disgrace unto the nations: the Israeli state kidnapping and persecution of Yemeni Jews--not in the US press

"Between 1948 and 1954, somewhere between 1,500 and 5,000 Sephardic children, mainly Yemenite toddlers, were reported missing, with many parents being told their children had died, sparking claims they were kidnapped and given to Ashkenazi couples. Three separate committees that investigated the affair ruled that most of the children had died of sickness and that a small minority had been put up for adoption." Read Tom Segev's 1949 about how the Israeli state treated Yemeni Jewish immigrants as leopards upon arriving into the occupying state.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Potential terrorists

"What is a “potential terrorist”? Isn’t everyone that?" (thanks Amir)

The US Congress and US administration agree on this

The Zionists on both sides agree that: 1) UAE royals are the best to refute ISIS ideology and propaganda on social media. 2) that the Jordanian royal is best to defeat ISIS militarily and to inspire the Arab people.  OK.  

Western correspondent in the Middle East responds to Ambassador Ford in New Yorker

According to a Western analyst based in Beirut:

"Ford never resigned on principle. Ford was an unconfirmed "recess appointment." He bungled relations with the Syrian "opposition" and there was no job opening for which his rank was suitable, and he was offered a good salary by the Saudis to work at the Middle East Institute. 
As for the silly claims in the article:
"After the uprising erupted, in 2011, Ford dared to visit opposition areas, meet with demonstrators, and pay a condolence call on the family of a slain activist."

he dared? like there was a risk? he was not a demonstrator he was a representative of the united states with body guards and armored cars 

"no one understood how far the Syrian government was willing to go to maintain its control in Damascus"

then they were stupid, what government would just say fuck it you can take my capital city

"The speech showed he understood that he was losing on the ground–and only when he had the mentality that losing would he be willing to make compromises."

and yet he did not make any compromises after that speech last year, he just rationalized the losses to his audience

"When Russian intervention began, five weeks after that speech, his position changed a hundred and eighty degrees."

so the Russians surprised Assad by intervening five weeks later? he was going to make compromises and then suddenly the Russians intervened so he changed his mind? 
no he knew long in advance that the Russians were going to intervene on his behalf. only the stupid Americans did not".

Rep. John Lewis

Is it me or is that sanctimonious US congressperson most annoying?  He is supposed to represent moral courage and yet I can't recall in my years in the US any stance of moral courage that he has taken.  

Western governments AND corporations prostrate before Gulf royals


Please help: Ambassador Ford is searching for a Muhammad Dahlan for Syria

"The danger is that, just as the Palestinian center collapsed, so will the moderate Syrian center collapse."

You want fresh ideas about Syria? Listen to Ambassador Ford

"The real question is: Can they be unified enough to present a relevant and cogent program and alternative? There are many indications that they can. But it also requires that foreign patrons of different groups agree themselves on how a unified command should operate. It doesn’t help for us to increase aid to some groups, with other countries aiding different groups, so they don’t coördinate." So if only the patrons unite.  Patrons of Syrian rebels, unite, please. 

This is quite hilarious: Bassem Mroue of the AP on the heroism of the Lebanese Army

Is this comedy material or what? From Basim: 
"Aided directly by the United States and Britain — and indirectly by the Syrian army and its Lebanese militant Hezbollah allies working on the other side of the border — the under-equipped Lebanese military has registered steady successes against the militants."

PS: Look how bold they are:

"During the AP tour, a first lieutenant peered through binoculars toward areas controlled by the Islamic State group on the edge of Arsal when he spotted a vehicle moving several miles way. “It’s the tanker truck,” the officer told some of the troops in the front-line position, referring to an identified vehicle owned by a Lebanese man who has a permit to cross into IS-controlled areas, where he owns plots of lands. “Had it been a truck with a machine gun on top of it we would have dealt with it immediately,” said another officer, pointing to two 130 mm guns that are always ready to fire."

Members of the US Congress think that this guy is the best hope to defeat ISIS. It is hilarious if you think about it.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

What are the logical conclusions about trends in displaced people worldwide?

The New York Times does not notice the obvious: "They include those fleeing marauders in South Sudan, drug gangs in Central America, and the Islamic State in the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Falluja. While most are displaced within their own countries, an unprecedented number are seeking political asylum in the world’s rich countries. Nearly 100,000 are children who have attempted the journey alone."  That in every single case where the US intervened, or bombed, or invaded, or occupied, a large number of displaced people followed.  

New York Times blatantly justifies the funding of Israeli occupation settlements

"The financing measure was approved after months of deadly Palestinian attacks".

The Theodor Wanner Award

Human Rights Watch was awarded the The Theodor Wanner award.  Previous winners include Yoko Ono, Jacques Delors, and Daniel Barenboim.  I thought this is hilarious. It reminded me of the German Prince Claus award.

You would not know this about Iran from US media

Do you know that there was a magazine in Iran which criticized the treatment of US sailors by the Iranian government and compared the treatment to that of ISIS? (the magazine was later prosecuted for accusing Revolutionary Guards of corruption).


American liberals are outraged at Donald Trump's call for racial profiling...until he reminds them that Israel does it

""Well, I think profiling is something that we're going to have to start thinking about as a country," he said when Dickerson asked Trump whether he still supports the idea, which he has floated before. "And other countries do it; you look at Israel".  They are outraged about his call for a wall...until he reminds them that Israel has pioneered it.  

Zionists, including the New York Times, have a new ploy: to refer to survival tunnels in Gaza as "attack tunnels"

The question I have is this: were the survival and defense tunnels in Warsaw ghetto "attack tunnels"?
"The presence of more than 30 Hamas-built attack tunnels around the Gaza periphery".

U.S. supplied jihadis with 3,000 tons of weapons during the cease-fire

"A sense of the West being deceitful is exacerbated by reports of American, German, French and possibly Belgian special forces establishing themselves in northern Syria." "All this infringement of Syrian sovereignty does not really seem temporary but rather the opposite: there are shades of Afghanistan, with all the "temporary" NATO bases." "Lang goes on to note that during the "truce," "the Turks, presumably with the agreement of the U.S., brought 6,000 men north out of [Syria via the] Turkish border ... They trucked them around, and brought them through Hatay Province in Turkey to be sent back into Aleppo Province and to the city of Aleppo itself." Reports in Russian media indicate that Nusra jihadists, who have continued to shell Syrian government forces during the "truce," are being commanded directly by Turkish military advisers. And meanwhile, the U.S. supplied the opposition with about 3,000 tons of weapons during the cease-fire, according to I.H.S. Jane's, a security research firm."  Of course, I exclude the Voltaire battalion and the Rousseau battalion from the Jihadi categorization.  

Pro-Israel gangs smearing BDS movement

"That lobby constantly conflates robust criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. The conflation is a deliberate policy that has been pursued at least since the 1970s when Abba Eban, then Israel’s foreign minister, argued that sympathizers with the Palestinian struggle should be accused of hating Jews."

"Israel setting up 'dirty tricks' unit 
to find, spread dirt on BDS groups"

"The lucky winner of this tender, the creatively thinking candidate, will be charged with responsibility for “leading a campaign against groups seeking to delegitimize Israel, with regard to all media and consciousness aspects, in order to create a counterdelegitimization.” In addition, this person will be “responsible for analysis of these groups and for studying their characteristics and their modes of activity, as well as defining a strategy for combating them. In addition this person will need to define important items that need to be brought to the attention of Military Intelligence.” In order to achieve this, the chief tarnisher in the ministry of propaganda and disinformation will “develop and implement new tools and media channels, including indirect ones, through extra-government agencies.” In other words he will establish, hire or tempt nonprofit organizations or groups not associated with Israel, in order to disseminate the sullying material. This activity is defined in the tender as “recruitment and promoting coordination between different groups in Israel and abroad.” " (thanks Amir)

New York Times manages to justify the Israeli murder of an innocent boy--in its headline

Headline: "Palestinian, 15, Killed as Israeli Forces Sought to Halt Stone Throwing".
Story: The teenagers appeared to be innocent bystanders who were hit while the military tried to halt Palestinians who were throwing stones and firebombs."  Hurra tv (a propaganda outlet of the US government which is watched by 0.0000000044 of the Arab public) described the murder as a "mistake". What about the more than 220 Palestinians killed by Israeli terrorists since October? Were those mistakes as well?

Jordanian regime refuses to release a university professor because he criticized US alliance

Jordanian regime, which gets away with murders, as far as Western media are concerned, refuses to release a university professor because he criticized the US-led alliance against ISIS. It said his crime is "spoiling the relationship" between Jordan and US.  Kid you not.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Look at the Saudi ambassador in Geneva losing his temper when a Kuwaiti speaker attacked the crimes of Saudi regime


Facebook and Israeli propaganda

"Jordana Cutler, who is currently the Chief of Staff at the Israeli embassy in Washington DC, and a longtime adviser to Netanyahu, has been named as head of policy and communications at Facebook’s Israel office.  The appointment comes amidst growing Israeli government frenzy concerning incitement allegations and BDS, the global non-violent movement against the Israeli occupation of Palestine, whose often viral presence online exposes Israeli human rights violations. Also, since October 2015 violence has surged between Palestinians and Israelis, chiefly by knife attacks. Often, these attacks, or Israel’s disproportionate response, would be captured on video, and widely shared on Facebook."

The funny outfits of the Académie française

"They are not cheap: Dans son livre “Coupole et Dépendance”, sorti début 2014, le journaliste Daniel Garcia révèle qu’il peut coûter environ 35.000 euros quand il est fait “dans les règles de l’art”. Quoi qu’il en soit, la confection de l’habit des membres de l’Académie est à la charge du nouvel entrant...... L'épée jusqu'à 100.000. L’autre symbole de l’académicien, l’épée, n’est pas, elle non plus, à la portée de tout le monde. Certaines ont coûté une fortune."  But some membres of the academy choose not to wear the funny outfits.  But you know the Lebanese: elegance is essential.

Has the Obama administration quietly adopted features of Trump's Muslim Visa Ban?

In the last week, we learn this: that former editor-in-chief of Al-Quds Al-Arabi, `Abdul-Bari `Atwan (one of the most widely read Arab columnist) has been denied visa to visit the US.  That was less surprising than the decision delivered to Druze warlord, Walid Jumblat (a known tool of US foreign policy who switched sides after 2005 and went from being a tool of the Syrian-Iranian axis to being a tool of the Saudi-US axis) that his visa application has been denied.  

What are the features of ISISism, according to Al-Arabiyya (a news station owned by Muhammad bin Salman)


So according to this useful chart about social features of ISISism, features of ISISism include "detestation against [government] officials"; "preoccupation with social media"; "distance from parents"; "revulsion toward and criticisms of clerics"; "focus on mistakes of others"; and "meeting with friends secretly".   I am not making this up.

Robert Baer has an obligation to hit back: how a Middle East expert because an expert on Florida

"BAER: There are a lot of cells here in Florida, trust me

BAER: It doesn't matter. Just -- they reduce it to the West or crusaders in the Middle East. They're killing us. I have an obligation to fight back. And it's here. I'm going to do it.  And, you know, going from al Qaeda to the Islamic State and even sometimes the Hezbollah, which is a Shia group, happens all the time, and -- or even in smaller groups we don't even hear about.  (thanks Basim)

CORRECTION: Christian love in Angola

"Angola has reportedly declared Islam illegal and ordered for all of the country’s mosques to be closed down. Minister of culture Rosa Cruz e Silva said that mosques in the largely Christian country would be closed until further notice. She described Islam as a ‘sect’ that would be banned as counter to Angolan customs and culture."

PS This is an old story and it has been denied by Angola.  So I stand corrected.  

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The high quality of reporting on Syria: Sam Dagher

In 2014 deal which I witnessed some officials almost aided regime recapture of city from rebels
Someone needs to explain to us: what is "almost aided regime"?  How does one almost aid someone?

Wait. Wait. There are 50 British MPs who also are feigning moral outrage

The suggestion that the 50 British MPs are in any way connected to the 51 US diplomats (who want more bombs dropped over the heads of Arabs and Muslims) is a conspiracy theory.  I am waiting for the announcement that 120 Israeli Knesset members are also urging their government to drop more bombs and rockets over Syria. (thanks Terry)

Religion and Female Genital Cutting: missing from Western media often

"Groups as disparate as the Masai in Kenya, Jews in Ethiopia and Coptic Christians in Egypt practise FGM in some form."