Monday, October 22, 2018

So who is Khashoggi?

Jamal Khashoggi?

The way the press has been going on and on, you'd think he was MLK reborn.  But that's not really the case.

  1. This is NOT being critical of the Saudi Regime. This is SUPPORTING the Saudi Regime's agenda to turn Syria into a for al-Qaeda & ISIS terrorists. was a terrorist supporter, who supported the Neocon Wars which cause chaos, carnage & mass murder in the ME.

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The 'dissident' who backed the dirty war on , leading to the death of thousands.
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And Margaret Kimberley (Black Agenda Report) explained last week:

The disappearance and presumed murder of Jamal Khashoggi puts the corrupt relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States in high relief. The two countries have been partners in crime over many years. Together they used jihadist proxies to make wars in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria that furthered U.S. interests. The brutal Saudi attack on neighboring Yemen could not happen without U.S. diplomatic and logistical support. The Donald Trump presidency has brought the two even closer. The relationship is now a true love affair complete with personal dealings between Saudi royals and the Trumps.
Khashoggi was a member of a prominent Saudi family with strong ties to the royal house. His uncle, Adnan Khashoggi, was an arms dealer involved in the Iran-Contra and BCCI scandals. But Jamal Khashoggi had a parting of the ways with crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the de facto ruler, and he left Saudi Arabia in 2017. He was a long time Saudi spokesman, CIA asset and a Washington Postjournalist. All of those credentials made him an elite insider in the United States too.
“His uncle, Adnan Khashoggi, was an arms dealer involved in the Iran-Contra and BCCI scandals.”
Khashoggi entered a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2ndand was never seen again. According to media reports the Turkish government has audio and video proof that he was murdered and that his body was dismembered and disposed of elsewhere. The Saudis may kill 50 Yemeni children on a school bus and get only a few mild rebukes. But killing a prominent man who has all the right political and intelligence agency connections is another story entirely.
Ordinarily compliant American senators are now going through the motions of asking questions and proposing sanctions or other punishments against the kingdom. Corporate media like the New York Times, Financial Times, CNN and CNBC have dropped out of the Future Investment Initiative meeting which is known as Davos in the desert. The plight of starving Yemenis gets little attention, but a hit job committed openly and without fear of recourse is too much. Liberal sensibilities were offended by the crassness of the act and by the position of the victim.
“The plight of starving Yemenis gets little attention, but a hit job committed openly and without fear of recourse is too much.”
The outrage is coming long after the Saudis began their war crime against Yemen. They have been bombing and starving that country since 2014 and are responsible for an estimated 50,000 deaths. They have blockaded ports and denied access to food and medicine. Yemen is in the midst of a cholera outbreak and millions are displaced refugees.
These atrocities were not enough to put Saudi Arabia on the list of infamy where it belongs. Barack Obama, darling of the liberal imperialists, was only slightly less subservient to the kingdom than Trump is today. The Yemen attack began during his term in office. He continued the tradition of $100 billion defense deals with the feudal monarchy and made the relationship a top priority. He cut short a 2015 visit to India in order to meet the newly crowned King Salman and brought along a who’s who entourage including Condi Rice, James Baker, John McCain and Nancy Pelosi. Saudi Arabia was and is a key partner in U.S. imperialism.

It's so interesting what the media chooses to get outraged about -- and what they choose to ignore.

Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Monday, October 22, 2018.  The Maddowists in the US press work overtime to hide the Women's March on the Pentagon (Amy Goodman, we see you) while the corrupt Hoshyar Zebari is floated as a member of the Iraqi government's new Cabinet and the PUK takes another nose dive in the elections.

"The war and peace report."  Amy Goodman loves to boast that at the top of each broadcast of her increasingly horrific DEMOCRACY NOW! If it was truly the war and peace report, it wouldn't, for example, have promoted the war on Libya.  And it certainly wouldn't have ignored the Women's March on the Pentagon -- both on last Friday's broadcast and on this morning's broadcast.

At THIRD, we covered the march with "Editorial: What can you do?" and quote Green Party presidential nominee in 2012 and 2016 Jill Stein stating:

You know there's not a lot of democracy out there right now because they've got this new  McCarthyism thing going.  We've got another name for it.  We call it Maddowism after its latest cheerleader because this era of political opposition or I should say political  censorship and war mongering and the suppression of political opposition is back big time.

Maddowism and its creeping across the entire media landscape.

The Women's March On The Pentagon took place today, but you'd never know it from mainstream news sources.

Forget the MSM, it's also the beggar media that constantly begs for our money to stay on the air but can't be bothered with broadcasting news that matters and inspires and could encourage real growth.
DEMOCRACY NOW! can't be bothered covering the Women's March on the Pentagon with even a headline.  On Sunday, KPFK's always laughable Nagwa Ibrahim used the hour of MIDDLE EAST IN FOCUS to discuss . . . GITMO which, for the record, is Cuba which, pay attention, Nagwa, is not part of the Middle East.  KPFA's increasingly Maddowed evening news on Sunday did recognize peace efforts . . . from the Vietnam-era.  In the best sense of consumerism, they used over five minutes of the newscast to urge everyone to spend, spend this coming Friday to see a documentary from over forty years ago THE WAR COMES HOME.  They didn't do a damn thing to note the wars going on today.  They didn't do a damn thing to note the Women's March on the Pentagon.  But, hey, the worthless director of the forgotten film did claim credit for all that 'resistance' going on today.  What a proud moment for everyone.

The action was not just about the march in DC.  There were satellite actions throughout the country as well as a few out of the country.

Naval Park, Buffalo, 10/21/2018, solidarity with Women's March on the Pentagon

Connecticut Supports the Women's March on the Pentagon. Our Support Rally in West Hartford, CT

solidarity with the Women's March on the Pentagon

Why the march?  Many reasons.  Including:

The Women's March Failed Victims of US Wars So Cindy Sheehan Organized A Women's March on The Pentagon

DC DIRECT ACTION NEWS reports, "The 21st of October featured Cindy Sheehan’s Women’s March on the Pentagon. Protesters assembled outside the Pentagon City shopping mall, and set off chanting “out of the shopping malls and into the streets.” The march wound under the highway and through the streets around the Pentagon before finally ending in one of the Pentagon parking lots."

Great day out at the Women's March on The Pentagon. Both + were well represented. Why? Both are all about peace. Major parties? They are both pro-war so why would they attend. My family about to listen to some peace speakers.
Cindy Sheehan and the Womens March on the Pentagon: A Movement, Not Just a Protest

We were in D.C today for the Women's March on the Pentagon! Thanks so much to Cindy Sheehan for organizing ❤

Ann Wright and Veterans For Peace with Cindy Sheehan at the Womens March on the Pentagon

In Iraq, the war and occupation continue.  And the hopes that a new prime minister might mean change diminish with each passing day.  As we noted Saturday, Iraq's new president Barham Salih declared that addressing government corruption would be the number one priority of the new government.  And we've heard over and over that this new government must be made up of technocrats not quotas as they've done in the past.

Yet we have this . . .

Sacked for corruption.. Nominated for Finance Minister!! Zebari was sacked by Parliament over ‘corruption’ in 2016, allowing him to return to AdilAbdAlMahdi’s cabinet in 2018 is a disgraceful undermining of the Parliament!
Sacked for corruption.. Nominated for Finance Minister!! Zebari was sacked by Parliament over ‘corruption’ in 2016, allowing him to return to ’s cabinet in 2018 is a disgraceful undermining of the Parliament!

al-Mahdi is prime minister-designate, says he will have his Cabinet ready to be nominated to Parliament in two days and also that corruption will be addressed but plans to nominate Hillary Clinton's close friend Hoshyar Zebari who was kicked out of his post for corruption.  And let's be really clear that it's almost impossible to be forced out due to corruption.  Zebari's one of the few who ever has been.  But now there's talk of putting him in the Cabinet?

And you expect to be seen as serious about confronting corruption?

Let's move over to the KRG.  Sunday, we called out the stupidity of media outlets like AFP who insisted, "The dominant party in Iraq’s Kurdistan has secured the most seats in the autonomous region’s Parliament, despite its leader Massoud Barzani having championed an ill-fated independence referendum last year, the local electoral commission said Sunday."

The stupidity in that statement is amazing.  The Kurds are the largest group on the globe without a homeland.  They are persecuted in Turkey and elsewhere.  The dream of a homeland did not start this decade or this century.  It's a long held dream.

Massoud Barzani delivered a referendum in September 2017 on whether or not the KRG should be independent and over 92% of the voters said it should be independent.

Now the US government did not want the Kurds to hold that non-binding referendum.  So the knee jerk reactionary position of the press was to attack the referendum.  Never should a free press be independent, apparently.

But the Kurdish history is long and they've been attacked repeatedly over the years so Baghdad's little stunts following the referral didn't hurt the Kurds, not long term.  It did help bind them together.  Yet again, it was them against the outside world.

A year later, the Kurds in the KRG vote and, no surprise at all, Barzani's party is the big winner.  XINHUA reported Saturday:

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) has won the most seats in the Sept. 30 parliamentary elections of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq.
Around midnight Saturday, the Kurdish Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) announced the final results, which showed the KDP, headed by Masoud Barzani, took the lead with 45 seats of the 111-seat regional parliament.

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), led by former Iraqi President Fuad Masoum, came second with 21 seats, the results showed.

Barzani's KDP won over twice the number of seats that the Talabani's PUK won.


For one thing, the Talabani family deprived Iraq of a president for over 18 months.  Jalal Fat Ass Talabani had a stroke and his in Germany for 18 months because he could not speak or move.  The Talabanis laughably posed him for photos -- a la WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S -- and they're seen as corrupt and liars for that.

There's also Jalal's infamous statement -- ignored by the western press -- that an independent Kurdistan was just a dream.

Fat Ass Talabani is dead.  Thankfully.  Last year, his two sons worked overtime to stop the referendum (and failed).  The Talabanis also called for the peshmerga to stand down in Kirkuk.  These are not minor issues to Kurds.

The Talabanis -- like AFP and so many others -- are out of touch with the Kurds.

Excuse me, the Tlabanis are apparently smarter than AFP or Joel Wing, they can learn.  Bafel Talabani gives lip service to independence for Kurdistan in today's interview with ALJAZEERA for example.  He's at least smart enough to grasp how out of step the PUK is currently with the Kurds they would supposedly like to represent.

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