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Media Ignores Israeli Role in Downing of Russian Aircraft in Syria

After the Syrians accidentally targeted a Russian surveillance aircraft over the Mediterranean and the Russians pinned the blame on Israel, the corporate propaganda media scrambled to spin the story. 

The Pentagon and State Department directed media insinuate the tragedy was the fault of the Russians, who got in the way of yet another—there are hundreds—illegal Israeli attack on Syria. The illegality of these persistent attacks on Syrian sovereignty is rarely if ever pointed out by the national security state’s scribes and teleprompter readers. 

Here is what these lackluster careerists in service to the state ignore: the Israelis used the Russian aircraft as cover. 

“The Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces. As a consequence, the Il-20, which has radar cross-section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by an S-200 system missile,” a spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement. 

Russia said it reserves the right to take “commensurate measures” against Israel in response. However, Russia will do little beyond symbolic gestures. It knows these kind of provocations have the potential to start a real war—not another proxy war fought by fanatical Salafists—and the consequence of such an escalation will likely result in nuclear war and the end of life on planet Earth. 

If you do an internet search of the above Russian ministry quote, the results returned are either from Russian or alternative news websites, not the corporate media which has long been assigned the role of covering up—or if that’s not possible, ignoring entirely—the serial crimes of two of the world’s most notorious war criminal nations. 

 The trickery and deception employed in the downing of the Russian aircraft is normal day-to-day behavior for Israel. It makes no excuse for trying to start larger wars in the Middle East, wantonly and freely murdering Palestinians (many locked up in the world’s largest open-air prison, Gaza), and manipulating Congress and the idiot savant Trump—he is proficient in one area: promotion of his own oversized ego—into moving to cancel the First Amendment and criminalizing all who criticize the Zionist settler state. 

If Israel and Saudi Arabia with its bounty of oil didn’t exist, the United States would be far less interested in the Middle East. Then again, the corporate and bankster empire is obsessive-compulsive when it comes to meddling in the affairs of foreign nations, kickstarting wars, and forcing neoliberal economic suicide upon other nations. 

Putin may parley with Netanyahu, but Israel’s participation in these handshake events amounts to little more than window-dressing, a cover for more deception. It is, after all, Mossad’s guiding principle, reflected in its motto: “By way of deception thou shalt do war,” which is taken from Proverbs 24:6 (the Proverbs of Solomon) in the Hebrew Bible, what the Christians call the Old Testament. 

The Hebrew Bible is an instruction manual for violence, murder, and genocide. Moses and Joshua wiped out the Canaanites and Saul annihilated the Amalekites. In Deuteronomy 20:16-18, the Jewish God tells the Israelites all the Canaanites must be murdered, otherwise they will “teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshipping their gods,” which is an unforgivable sin. 

The Hebrew God portrayed in the Old Testament detests all people who are not Jewish—the Chosen People—and this is made evident in Exodus 12:29–32. 

Christian scholars have tried to either explain away or support the pathological nature of the Old Testament God. Meanwhile, the Israeli state looks to the old book for spiritual guidance and instruction. 

Recall Rabbi Yisrael Rosen during Israel’s last invasion of Lebanon. 

“All of the Palestinians must be killed; men, women, infants, and even their beasts,” he declared. Rosen cited the Torah when he advocated genocide. “Annihilate the Amalekites from the beginning to the end. Kill them and wrest them from their possessions. Show them no mercy. Kill continuously, one after the other. Leave no child, plant, or tree. Kill their beasts, from camels to donkeys.”

Rosen defined the Palestinians as the “Amalekites of this age.”

It is unclear what will now happen. Russia has complained numerous times about the murderous behavior of the Israeli state, and yet has not moved to do something about it. This is understandable. The Russians and the rest of the world do not want to die from radiation sickness or starve to death during a nuclear winter. 

Russian inaction is a big flashing green light for the Israelis. They have bombed Syria over 200 times without a significant response. They know if Russia or Iran retaliate for these attacks which undoubtedly killed an unknown number of civilians, they can count on the stupid Americans to fight to last battle, as portrayed in the final Chapter of the Jewish bible, the so-called Book of Zechariah, the Apocalypse. 

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Another Smear Job by the Data Society and Becca Lewis Re: “Reactionary” Youtubers


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New Bilateral Korean Summit as Kim Jong Un Says Summit with Trump Increased Stability

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The Unhelpful Nature of the Sargon/Metokur “Feud” And Other Such Similar Creator Infighting


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Even the WSJ Realizes the Kavanaugh Allegations are BS

Even the WSJ Realizes the Kavanaugh Allegations are BS

But Jeff Flake notably thinks it’s not baseless, because he is a McMullin loving neocon.

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Regarding the Presidents Alleged Mushroom Manhood ft. Legacy Media and Stormy Daniels

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How Abu Dhabi Is Playing Saudi Arabia

For now, Mohammed bin Zayed is happy to play the director allowing his young star the limelight.

On June 6 in Jeddah, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and his Abu Dhabi counterpart, Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ), convened the first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council. Abu Dhabi is one of seven emirates that together make up the United Arab Emirates. While Dubai is seen as the financial hub and Sharjah something of a cultural center, Abu Dhabi is the political and military heart of the UAE.

Mohammed bin Salman, 25 years the junior of Mohammed bin Zayed, has a close working partnership with the older man. Together they launched the war in Yemen in March 2015 in response to an offensive by Houthi rebels that threatened to overrun the South Yemeni port city of Aden. That war continues with more than 10,000 civilian deaths — many of them caused by a Saudi-led aerial bombing campaign — and millions facing starvation in what is the Arab world’s poorest nation.

In June 2017, the UAE and Saudi Arabia collaborated in a land, sea and air blockade of Qatar, a fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member. The justification for the blockade (which was joined by Bahrain and Egypt) was a fake news story that was planted in local, regional and international media outlets. According to the story, Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, had praised Iran and Hamas while overseeing a military ceremony.

It was quickly and independently established that the likeliest source of the fake story was the UAE and, more precisely, Abu Dhabi. But the damage had already been done. Qatari nationals had been given just two weeks to leave the blockading countries. Families were broken up. Businesses, including the offices of Qatar Airways, were padlocked. For 48 hours, supermarket shelves were empty, but thanks to prompt intervention from Turkey and Iran, and a healthy Qatari sovereign wealth fund, any food shortages were quickly averted.

A year on, the blockade continues, but Qatar remains both resilient and defiant. The four blockading nations, the so-called quartet, have had no significant diplomatic or political support for an action that has ruptured the GCC. Even US President Donald Trump, who had initially tweeted his delight at the blockade, has long since abandoned the pretense that the action, led by MBZ and MBS, is worthy of any support from his administration.

Strategic Choice

And yet the feud, like the war in Yemen, goes on with no apparent end in sight. Now with the launching of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council, the two crown princes have signaled that the GCC is no longer a relevant or useful vehicle to advance their interests. Or as MBZ put it, using his Twitter account, “Our alliance with KSA [Kingdom of Saudi Arabia] is a strategic choice that increases our strength and provides both countries with a promising future.”

Both men share with President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a deep animosity toward Iran. So it is not surprising that talks have been going on behind the scenes not only with key players in the Trump administration, but also with the Israelis. As Adam Entous notes in The New Yorker, MBZ has for many years quietly but assiduously pursued links with the Israelis.

The election of Donald Trump gave him an unexpected opportunity to further his efforts in building an alliance of the willing against Iran. In December 2016, without consulting the Obama administration in what was a clear breach of protocol, MBZ met in New York with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, key advisor Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn, who was to become for a very short time Trump’s national security adviser until he was forced to resign for lying about his contacts with Russian authorities.

As Entous recounts, the purpose of the meeting was to confirm that the Abu Dhabi crown prince and his young Saudi friend were ready, willing and able to do their part to challenge Iran. He writes that “M.B.Z. wanted Trump’s advisers to know that he and his counterpart in Saudi Arabia, M.B.S., were committed to working with the new Administration to roll back Iran’s influence. Participants in the meeting said that M.B.Z.’s message — that Iran was the problem, not Israel — coincided with Netanyahu’s view.”

Rolling back Iranian influence does not come without its challenges. Dubai, in particular, has a long and mutually beneficial economic relationship with Iran. The UAE accounts for most of the GCC exports to Iran, and in 2016, for example, the Emirates alone accounted for more than 60% of imports from Iran. It is a market that totals $23.7 billion, making Iran the UAE’s largest non-oil trading partner. Most of that business goes through Dubai, which has become the link for other nations to get around sanctions and do business with Iran. Enforcing Trump’s sanction plans to the full degree that the Americans are currently demanding would have a seriously negative impact on Dubai’s economy.

Equally, Dubai’s reputation as an open and tolerant business hub not concerned with foreign military adventures has suffered damage as the conflict in Yemen grinds on. Even so, Dubai’s emir, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has had little choice but to go along with Abu Dhabi’s war in Yemen. It is abundantly clear that MBZ, as the deputy supreme commander of the armed forces, is calling the shots in the country’s muscular and aggressive foreign policy initiatives.

As part of that initiative, in the past three years, the UAE has opened three military bases in the Horn of Africa, in the port cities of Assab in Eritrea, Somali’s capital Mogadishu and Berbera in Somaliland. Ports for both trading and militarily strategic purposes are high on MBZ’s the agenda. Indeed, the UAE entered the Yemen War with a clear strategy of securing Aden while supporting a secessionist movement that would see the rebirth of South Yemen as a nation that would fall within the Emirati sphere of influence.

Saudi End Game

Far less clear is the end game for the Saudis. MBS went into the war with the mistaken assumption that it would be over quickly, within a matter of weeks. Having won a great victory, he would thus burnish his credentials as a warrior leader in the mold of his grandfather, ibn Saud, the founder of the modern-day kingdom. As events proved, the Houthis have thus far proved more than worthy opponents to that vaunted ambition.

Unlike the Emiratis who have committed ground forces in the south, the Saudis, due largely to the poor quality of their army, have settled for a bombing campaign that has pulverized the country. It is they, not the Emiratis, who are receiving international condemnation, even though the UAE has carried out numerous and well-documented human rights violations in those areas of Yemen under their control.

It is the Saudis too who are under fire for accepting an American-driven initiative that wants the Palestinians to take whatever deal they are offered. That would include accepting Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the Jewish state, denying the right of return, and legitimizing and incorporating West Bank settlements into a greater Israel. It is a deal that has been cobbled together by Kushner with the support of wealthy pro-settlement American Jews, and it is one that almost completely ignores the rights of the Palestinians.

The muted response of the Saudi media, which is tightly controlled by the regime, to the Trump declaration on Jerusalem confirmed for Palestinians and their supporters that the Saudis had crossed the street to the American side. And even though the Emiratis are arguably even more deeply engaged with the Trump administration, it is the Saudis who are seen as having abandoned Palestine.

It is a measure of how well the Abu Dhabi crown prince has gauged his colleague: a young man in a hurry with a very big ego who loves playing center stage. On the other hand, MBZ much prefers to work assiduously behind the scenes. In granting Mohammed bin Salman the stage, he has cleverly avoided most of the international criticism that has found its way to the doorstep of the Saudi crown prince.

As the UAE continues to grow its footprint in Yemen and the Horn of Africa, MBS risks being outflanked as he wrestles with economic challenges at home. He has launched a hugely ambitious economic and social revolution titled Vision 2030. Elements of the plan, such as opening the country to tourism and entertainment, are modeled in many ways on what the Emiratis have already accomplished.

But it is a fact that the Emiratis got there first. And while it is true MBS has consolidated power in a manner unprecedented in the kingdom, the challenges he faces from within his own ruling family, from the religious elite and the citizens of a very conservative country are far larger than anything that Dubai and Abu Dhabi faced as they built their two city states into regional powerhouses.

For now, MBZ is happy to play the director allowing his young star the limelight. However, in one of his tweets about the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council, he may have inadvertently shown his true hand and the depth of his own ambition. He wrote that “the UAE and KSA are forever joined by a strong alliance characterized by deep historical ties and a common destiny.” Citing 44 projects and joint agreements, he described the relationship as “a model alliance” and the council as a “quantum leap.”

One wonders if there will come a moment when MBS reflects that in the most significant of those joint projects — Yemen, the Qatar feud, Palestine and the Horn of Africa — it is he who is paying the higher price and who is being played. What then for the quantum leap?

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The Conflict that Could Destroy #MeToo

Rose McGowan is likely mindful that sexual assault accusations against Asia Argento could destroy #MeToo and the whole social movement that underlies it.

The clock of history chimed loudly on October 5, 2017, when The New York Times ran a story detailing almost three decades of testimony from women, all accusing the film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment. It revealed that Weinstein had paid out at least eight settlements. Three days later, he was dismissed from the Weinstein Company, which he had founded in 2005. #MeToo was born.

Now the clock threatens to turn back time. A public dispute between two women both prominent in the #MeToo movement is developing into the kind of attritional conflict that has already destabilized, and might even ruin, the campaign started after the Weinstein revelations.

Asia Argento, who was among the first and most outspoken accusers of Weinstein, is locked in fierce exchange with Rose McGowan, who has, over the past several months, been the de facto spokeswoman for the movement. McGowan has cast doubts on the credibility of her former sister-at-arms and aligned herself with the man who accuses her of sexual abuse. Meanwhile the universally demonized Weinstein and his legal team are watching in silent rapture as his two adversaries tear themselves to shreds.

Let me refresh readers’ memories. In the days after The Times expose, The New Yorker magazine chronicled 13 more incidents, including three accusations of rape. Among them was one made by Argento, an Italian actor and director, who claimed the sexual assault occurred when she worked with Weinstein in 1997. At the time, Weinstein was still at Miramax, which was distributing her film, B. Monkey. “I know he has crushed a lot of people before,” Argento explained her prolonged silence. “That’s why this story — in my case, it’s twenty years old, some of them are older — has never come out.”

Poisoned Chalice

Her account to journalist Ronan Farrow was arguably the most graphic and detailed of any of those provided by Feinstein’s victims. Weinstein “terrified me, and he was so big,” she said. “It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare.” After the ordeal, she told him: “I am not a whore,” to which he replied she should have the phrase printed on a T-shirt.

Weinstein sent her expensive gifts for months, presumably in an attempt to render the relationship a more conventional courtship. Surprisingly, Argento responded and engaged in consensual sex “multiple times” over the following five years. She described the encounters as “one-sided and onanistic,” presumably meaning that they involved masturbation.

This was unusual, perhaps extraordinary. Rape victims have often had consensual sex with a partner, before — for any number of reasons — deciding they no longer wish to engage in sexual relations. But the reverse is uncommon and it might have alerted #MeToo campaigners that her support may have been a poisoned chalice — likely to prove a source of problems. It has become exactly that.

Last month, it became known that Argento, now 42, quietly settled a sex abuse claim of her own. Actor Jimmy Bennett accused Argento of a sexual assault by having sex with him in 2013 (he was 17 at the time) at an hotel in California, a state in which the legal age of consent is 18. Bennett’s version of events is that Argento plied him with alcoholic drinks — the minimum legal age for consuming alcohol is 21. She pushed him onto the bed, pulled down his pants and had sex with him, and not just onanistic sex either, it seems.

At this point, when reading Bennett’s account, my mind went back to the 1994 movie Disclosure, in which Michael Douglas files a sexual harassment complaint against Demi Moore. In court, the judge asks Douglas “Did you have an erection?” to which Douglas replies something like, “Yes, but it was involuntary.”

Later, Bennett threatened to sue Argento, claiming the incident had affected his mental health. He accepted a $380,000 pay-off, funded, apparently, by Argento’s then-partner, the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. Some readers might assume a young man who is importuned by a 37-year-old Argento, then paid a six figure sum to keep quiet about it, would be inclined to do just that. But Bennett couldn’t contain himself when he heard about Argento’s fusillade on Weinstein. It caused his post-coital trauma to “resurface,” as he put it, and launched bid for damages.

Enter Rain Dove, a nonbinary model who has been romantically involved with McGowan, who revealed that Argento sent them (Dove doesn’t answer to the pronouns him or her) text messages that appeared to confirm that she did have a sexual encounter with Bennett. Argento’s lawyer responded with a statement claiming she was the victim of a “sexual attack” by Bennett, and that she did not initiate the encounter, but instead became “frozen” when Bennett allegedly got on top of her, and that she “chose at the time not to prosecute.”

The case is a gift-wrapped delivery from heaven as far as Weinstein is concerned. He has stuck to his original story in the face of every accusation, and the numbers have now climbed to 80: consensual sex. His legal team knows that hypocrisy is not a crime. It also knows that Argento’s credibility has been undermined, perhaps fatally. Within days, she was dropped from the panel of the Italian version of the TV show The X Factor. Then CNN pulled episodes of its show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, in which she appeared.

Reappraisals

Weinstein’s lawyers will be watching how other prominent members of #MeToo react to Argento. Will they stand by her and insist her own past indiscretions have no relevance to or bearing on the allegations against Weinstein? Or will they distance themselves from her and argue her behavior was as repugnant as that of the accused?

McGowan says she has reappraised her relationship with someone she regarded as her friend and whom she loved. She believes Argento lied to her about the Bennett case and has encouraged her to “Do the right thing. Be honest. Be fair. Let justice stay its course … be the person you wish Harvey could have been.”

This might sound like a volte-face, but, in fact, McGowan is being entirely consistent. She’s also probably mindful that the Argento case could destroy #MeToo and the whole social movement that underlies it. Its place in the global consciousness is now secure, and it enjoys recognition, admiration and widespread approval. Argento’s transgression could singlehandedly change everything. Hence McGowan’s gutsy response can either be seen as damage limitation or a perfectly calculated forward step for the movement. #MeToo is not just about women, McGowan is saying. It will never stop asking awkward questions or bringing suspected wrongdoers to account, no matter what their gender.

There is another possibility: The public could laugh off Bennett’s claim as opportunistic. A 17-year-old youth has sex with his former co-star, then realizes she has technically committed an offense and so seeks to exploit it for his own purposes. Once the goose has laid the golden egg, he returns to see if she has to potential to oviposit more.

But the mood of the times seems to be against this. More likely Argento’s apparent duplicity will be in focus. Weinstein and his defenders will no doubt be scrutinizing the track records of his detractors for any trace of piousness. At the Venice Film Festival, director Luciano Silighini Garagnani wore a T-shirt proclaiming, “Weinstein is innocent,” registering a reaction that’s likely to build in the coming months. This is one of those situations in which one of the heroes may turn into a villain, and the villain-in-chief will attempt to transmogrify into an improbable hero.

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