5/22/2017

israel


believe it or not, i don't hate the government of israel.

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Jonathan Marshall shows how the Israel Lobby pays the political piper in the US and calls the tune,



but i do oppose it's oversized influence.

i also believe it is past time that it made a sincere offer to the palestinian people.


there have been times, sadly, when i have hated the government.

when i've seen them mow down people.

but i really try to remember that hate is a dead end.

and the palestinian people need fairness and justice.

the israeli government holds all the cards.

it could do the right thing.

it has to do the right thing.

i'm tired of hating and i'm tired of waiting.


let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'


Monday, May 22, 2017.  The Mosul Slog continues, CBS NEWS continues to sell it and much more.


Starting with the White House's Special Envoy Brett McGurk:



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President Trump during Arab Islamic American Summit "This is not a battle of different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations"
Video
U.S. Department of State








Thank you, Brett, for Tweeting that, honestly, no sarcasm.

But if we're talking about what this isn't, can we talk about what it is?

Because the Iraq War drags on and surely you know that.

You served in Iraq when Bully Boy Bush occupied the White House, you've served in Iraq under President Barack Obama and now you serve under President Donald Trump.

When does it end?



RT reports:


The US and Middle Eastern countries have backed a new pact that promises to provide extra troops for defeating Islamic State, singles out Iran for destabilizing the region, and says that Riyadh is to become the heart of the region’s counter-terrorism operations.
Described as the Riyadh Declaration, the document was signed following US President Donald Trump’s visit to the Saudi capital for a summit that brought in Islamic representatives from 55 countries, and vowed “to combat terrorism in all its forms, address its intellectual roots, dry up its sources of funding and to take all necessary measures to prevent and combat terrorist crimes in close cooperation among their states.”




A lot of reports over the weekend but CBS NEWS goes with what?


U.S backed Iraqi forces in Mosul are closing in on the last neighborhoods still under ISIS control
 
 




Charlie Rose looks a little tipsy, doesn't he?

He also looks a lot like Rex Harrison in the film STAIRCASE, doesn't he?

He just doesn't look much like a journalist.

But then a journalist wouldn't be offering that nonsense on day 215 of The Mosul Slog.


Especially not with the reports of abuse being covered -- being covered outside of CBS NEWS, we should note.



  59 minutes ago

Harrowing: SPIEGEL photographer Ali Arkady documents Iraqi security forces abducting, torturing, raping, and killing civilians around Mosul.









Human Rights Watch notes:


Iraqi government-allied troops arbitrarily detained at least 100 men in late April 2017, in some cases torturing them during interrogations, Human Rights Watch said today. 
Human Rights Watch interviewed three men from al-Hadar, a village 90 kilometers southwest of west Mosul, who were detained by the Popular Mobilization Forces (known as the PMF or Hashd al-Sha'abi) and two local officials who had knowledge of the detention operations in the area. The men said the fighters detained them as they fled their homes because of the fighting, and held them for up to 15 days in a school building and in one case a home in an area solely under PMF control. Their captors interrogated them about possible Islamic State (also known as ISIS) links, and in two cases beat them with thick metal cables, before releasing them and a small number of other detainees. Other detainees told them they had also been beaten during interrogations.

“Given the previous track records of PMF abuse in the area of screening and detaining local men, Baghdad should treat these findings with the gravest concern,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Authorities should do all in their power to ensure that families fleeing the fighting around Mosul are able to get to safety, not tortured in secret facilities.”



It's not covered by CBS NEWS which is working overtime to sell war yet again.

The Mosul Slog's been a disaster.

As the Norwegian Refugee Council notes:


                         
The last three years of conflict in Iraq have caused a displacement crisis that is ‘nearly without precedent’ according to a report released today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

The Global Report on Internal Displacement found that widespread military offensives in Iraq caused almost 660,000 new displacements in 2016. One in ten people displaced by conflict around the world in 2016 were displaced in Iraq, bringing the total number of internally displaced Iraqis to over three million. A growing proportion of Iraqis have also been displaced more than once.
“Internal displacement is not solely the responsibility of national governments,” said Heidi Diedrich, Country Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council in Iraq. “The international community must support the efforts of the Iraqi Government to help those displaced by conflict in this country,” she said, speaking from Erbil, Iraq. 






Photojournalist David Bacon has had many exhibits and written many books, his latest book is The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration.   He has an important new photo essay that we'll note the opening of.




40,000 AT&T WORKERS ARE SET TO STRIKE
By David Bacon
Working In These Times, 5/18/17
http://davidbaconrealitycheck.blogspot.com/2017/05/40000-at-workers-are-set-to-strike.html
http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20145/40000_att_workers_are_set_to_strike



Workers have issued an ultimatum, giving company executives until 3 p.m. ET on Friday to present serious proposals—or the workers will walk. (Photo credit: David Bacon)  

Around 40,000 members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) at AT&T could walk off their jobs, starting Friday, for a three-day strike, as pressure continues to mount on the corporation to settle fair contracts.

In California and Nevada, around 17,000 AT&T workers who provide phone, landline and cable services have been working without a contract for more than a year. Last year, they voted to authorize a strike with more than 95 percent support. And in February, an estimated 21,000 AT&T Mobility workers in 36 states voted to strike as well, with 93 percent in favor.


[. . .]

Full disclosure: David Bacon and In These Times staff are members of the Communication Workers of America, and the union is a sponsor of the magazine.
 

In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte
Photographs and text by David Bacon
University of California Press / Colegio de la Frontera Norte




Book Presentations -
In the Fields of the North / En los Campos del Norte

Los Angeles, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
1-3 PM, Chicano Studies Research Center, 144 Haines Hall
UCLA
5:30-8 PM, UCLA Downtown Labor Center
675 S. Park View St.

Davis, Thursday, June 1, 2017
7-9 PM, Art Annex Room 107 (Technological Studies Building)
UC Davis Main Campus



302 photographs, 450pp, 9”x9”
paperback, $34.95

SPECIAL OFFER:
order the book on the UC Press website:
ucpress.edu/9780520296077
use source code  16M4197  at checkout
receive a 30% discount

En Mexico se puede pedir el libro en el sitio de COLEF:

http://libreria.colef.mx/detalle.aspx?id=7560
 

Was zwischen den USA und Mexiko schon seit langem existiert
Die Traurigkeit der Grenzmauer
http://www.nrhz.de/flyer/beitrag.php?id=23703


In den Straßen von Guadalajara
http://www.nrhz.de/flyer/beitrag.php?id=23425

Kinder – in Berliner Straßen
http://www.nrhz.de/flyer/beitrag.php?id=23309
"Wir sind obdachlos, und wir wählen"
http://www.nrhz.de/flyer/beitrag.php?id=23263

THE REALITY CHECK - David Bacon blog
http://davidbaconrealitycheck.blogspot.com

EN LOS CAMPOS DEL NORTE:  Farm worker photographs on the U.S./Mexico border wall
http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=fc67a76dbb9c31aaee896aff7&id=0644c65ae5&e=dde0321ee7
Youtube interview about the show with Alfonso Caraveo (Spanish)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJeE1NO4c_M&feature=youtu.be

Interviews with David Bacon about his book, The Right to Stay Home:

Book TV: A presentation of the ideas in The Right to Stay Home at the CUNY Graduate Center

http://booktv.org/Watch/14961/The+Right+to+Stay+Home+How+US+Policy+Drives+Mexican+Migration.aspx

KPFA - Upfront with Brian Edwards Tiekert
https://soundcloud.com/kpfa-fm-94-1-berkeley/david-bacon-on-upfront-9-20
 


Books by David Bacon

The Right to Stay Home:  How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration  (Beacon Press, 2013)

http://www.beacon.org/productdetails.cfm?PC=2328

Illegal People -- How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants  (Beacon Press, 2008)
Recipient: C.L.R. James Award, best book of 2007-2008

http://www.beacon.org/Illegal-People-P780.aspx

Communities Without Borders (Cornell University/ILR Press, 2006)
http://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/?GCOI=80140100558350

The Children of NAFTA, Labor Wars on the U.S./Mexico Border (University of California, 2004)
http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520244726

En Español:

EL DERECHO A QUEDARSE EN CASA  (Critica - Planeta de Libros)

http://www.planetadelibros.com.mx/el-derecho-a-quedarse-en-casa-libro-205607.html

HIJOS DE LIBRE COMERCIA (El Viejo Topo)
http://www.tienda.elviejotopo.com/prestashop/capitalismo/1080-hijos-del-libre-comercio-deslocalizaciones-y-precariedad-9788496356368.html?search_query=david+bacon&results=1

For more articles and images, see  http://dbacon.igc.org and http://davidbaconrealitycheck.blogspot.com









5/19/2017

impeach?

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calls a . (True, but the imbecile oligarch is his own worst enemy.)



trump impeached?

in a way, i hope it happens.

it will reveal just how corrupt the system is.

donald trump's not done anything to warrant impeachment.

but he's personally despised.

so let's see him removed from office that way and grasp that the whole u.s. 'democracy' thing is a fraud.

it will wake up many people.

meanwhile, check out betty's 'Give it up, Shonda' on last night's  'scandal.


let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'



Friday, May 19, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, AP doesn't think the refugee crisis created by the slog is important for US news consumers (differs on the international scene), and much more.



forces have stormed the last two blocks in 17 Tamouz district NW , just a little more & it will be completely liberated.





Just a little more?


It's day 212 of The Mosul Slog.


Replying to 
Latest map update for west Operations after liberated Al-Qahira (Cairo) village south Qayrawan.






Meanwhile, does AP have a prankster in its midst?

That would explain this headline "Airstrikes fuel Mosul gains as Iraq pushes for quick victory."

It could also be explained by an urge to cover for empire and that motive would also explain the need to pretend that The Mosul Slog has two parts.

It doesn't.


There was not an operation to liberate the eastern half and an operation to liberate the western half.

That's a rewriting of history, revisionary tactics.

The Mosul Slog was not supposed to be a slog, it was supposed to be a quick operation, one expected to last only a few weeks.

That has not been the case.

Instead, AP splits it up into two because 100 days looks a lot more successful than the 212 days the operation has been going on.


How else do they make it look better?


Burying this:

  
Some 500,000 people have fled western Mosul since February and the United Nations warned another 200,000 may be forced to flee as the operation continues.
U.N. humanitarian coordinator Lise Grande called the numbers "overwhelming."

17 paragraphs into the article before you find the above.

The refugee numbers are "overwhelming."

And that's not the lede?

How does that happen?

AP should try to explain that.

Overseas, AP emphasizes the refugee crises and even makes it the headline.  But for US audiences, it's a different story.





's Releases VDO Showing Destroying 3 Humvees By Guided Missiles Near Tal Banat SW Of .






In a blow to the CIA, Nawshirwan Mustafa has died.  Idris Okuducu (ANADOLU AGENCY) reports he was 73-years-old and that he passed away "following a long illness."  Left out of the announcement is that the CIA provided him with seed money for Goran -- a political party that they hoped would make the Kurds easier to control.

Goran had increased in popularity in the last elections; however, this was in part due to the PUK falling out of favor as a result of the deceptions regarding Jalal Talabani's health.

Whether Goran can **retain** its lead over the PUK without Mustafa will be interesting to see.

(The Barzani's KDP remains the dominant political party in the Kurdistan Region.)



In the US, whistle-blower Chelsea Manning has been released.


Monday April 5, 2010, WikiLeaks released  military video of a July 12, 2007 assault in Iraq. 12 people were killed in the assault including two Reuters journalists Namie Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh. Monday June 7, 2010, the US military announced that they had arrested  Chelsea Manning (then known as Bradley Manning) and she stood accused of being the leaker of the video. Leila Fadel (WASHINGTON POST) reported in August 2010 that Manning had been charged -- "two charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The first encompasses four counts of violating Army regulations by transferring classified information to his personal computer between November and May and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system. The second comprises eight counts of violating federal laws governing the handling of classified information." In March, 2011, David S. Cloud (LOS ANGELES TIMES) reported that the military has added 22 additional counts to the charges including one that could be seen as "aiding the enemy" which could result in the death penalty if convicted. The Article 32 hearing took place in December. At the start of this year, there was an Article 32 hearing and, February 3rd, it was announced that the government would be moving forward with a court-martial. Chelsea had yet to enter a plea. The court-martial was supposed to begin before the November 2012 election but it was postponed until after the election so that Barack wouldn't have to run on a record of his actual actions.  INDEPENDENT.IE added, "A court martial is set to be held in June at Ford Meade in Maryland, with supporters treating him as a hero, but opponents describing him as a traitor."  February 28, 2013, Chelsea admitted he leaked to WikiLeaks.  And why.


Chelsea:   In attempting to conduct counter-terrorism or CT and counter-insurgency COIN operations we became obsessed with capturing and killing human targets on lists and not being suspicious of and avoiding cooperation with our Host Nation partners, and ignoring the second and third order effects of accomplishing short-term goals and missions. I believe that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information contained within the CIDNE-I and CIDNE-A tables this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general as [missed word] as it related to Iraq and Afghanistan.
I also believed the detailed analysis of the data over a long period of time by different sectors of society might cause society to reevaluate the need or even the desire to even to engage in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations that ignore the complex dynamics of the people living in the effected environment everyday.




For truth telling, Chelsea was punished by the man who fears truth: Barack Obama.  A fraud, a fake, a 'brand,' anything but genuine, Barack is all marketing, all facade and, for that reason, must attack each and every whistle-blower.  David Delmar (Digital Journal) points out, "President Obama, while ostensibly a liberal advocate of transparency and openness in government, and of the 'courage' and 'patriotism' of whistleblowers who engage in conscientious leaks of classified information, is in reality something very different: a vindictive opponent of the free press willing to target journalists for doing their job and exposing government secrets to the public."


 Tuesday, July 30, 2013, Chelsea was convicted of all but two counts by Colonel Denise Lind, the military judge in his court-martial.



She deserves praise for what she did.  We do not, however, need to lie about what she did.


Hidden history of the Iraq war is Chelsea Manning leaks were totally decisive in securing a US withdrawal. Saved countless lives.





That's not hidden history, that's made up inventions.

It's also insulting as it implies the favorite western narrative of all time: The natives were too stupid on their own and needed a White savior to rescue them.

The occupation of Iraq was authorized under a UN mandate which was yearly.

Each year, the prime minister of Iraq would renew it.

Nouri al-Maliki came under tremendous pressure near the end of 2006 for renewing it -- pressure within Iraq.  He promised that he would put it before Parliament the next year.

In 2007, he renewed it and did not go before Parliament.

The Status of Forces Agreement was a three year contract for that reason -- he did not want to take the hit each year as the supporter of occupation in his own country.








Chelsea Manning did a heroic thing and the video of the attack on the REUTERS reporters probably woke a few up in the US.

However, this was not news to the Iraqi people.

They saw the foreign military do that (and far worse) in their country on a regular basis.  There was also the issue of Blackwater and other mercenary groups.

Chelsea did a great job and her actions were heroic.

But let's not pretend that the Iraqi people needed Chelsea -- seven years into the Iraq War -- to tell them how they were being treated on a daily basis.  It's insulting.


Also in the US, Carlo Munoz (WASHINGTON TIMES) reports on statements made to a think tank:

The U.S. may need to keep as many as 20,000 troops and other military personnel in Iraq, even after the Islamic State is driven out, to stabilize the country, the former head of the Pentagon’s policy shop said Thursday.
A postwar force of between 4,000 to 8,000 American troops “is probably sufficient” to help local security forces ensure security in Iraq as ISIS faces defeat in its final stronghold in Mosul, Eric Edelman, the Pentagon’s top policy official during the George W. Bush administration, said in an interview.
The U.S. forces would likely be deployed as advisers, not combat troops, to support Iraq’s police and military forces, he said.


We'll note this from South Central Michigan Greens:



South Central Michigan Greens
=============================
Calhoun, Hillsdale, and Jackson Counties Local
People and planet over profit.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  May 12, 2017
UPDATED:  May 16, 2017


For more information:
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John Anthony La Pietra, Calhoun County Contact/SCMiGreens
269-781-9478


South Central Michigan Greens to Meet
at Albion Biggby's 5-7pm May 20
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The South Central Michigan Greens will hold their monthly meeting on
Saturday, May 20 from 5 to 7pm in the meeting room at the Albion
Biggby's Coffee, 217 East Michigan Avenue.

The meeting had been scheduled for 2:30 to 4:30pm in the Elsie Munro
Room at the Albion District Library, but the plans changed after
water-main work on Superior Street was announced to begin on Wednesday.

The Green Party of Michigan local group was formed earlier this year. It
covers Calhoun, Jackson, and Hillsdale Counties, and has been meeting in
various places to reach out to the communities.

Planning an ongoing schedule of dates and places for future meetings
will be on the agenda.  So will discussion of issues and activities to
get involved in, materials on how to campaign for office and how to go
door-to-door to find new members and issues, and information about the
state party's opposition to a misleading ballot proposal.

For more information, please visit the South Central Michigan Greens
Facebook page -- or contact Calhoun County organizer John Anthony La
Pietra (269-781-9478; jalp5dai@att.net).

NOTE:  East Michigan Avenue is north of the downtown construction zone;
Biggby's is a block and a half east of Superior Street, on the north
side of Michigan.  Those entering town from the EAST can Exit 124 off
I-94 onto Michigan Avenue and go west until they reach the coffeeshop.
Those entering town from the WEST can take Exit 121 south into town on
Eaton, turn left at the second stoplight to continue on Business Loop
94, turning right and then left again at the next stoplight which is
Michigan Avenue.


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