JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: TRUTH COMES WRAPPED IN THE IMAGE OF A GENTLY-SMILING MADONNA – ILHAN OMAR IS A MIRACLE   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY AS’AD ABUKHALIL IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

‘Why Ilhan Omar is a Dangerous Woman for the US

“Washington doesn’t like its Muslim Arabs to take pride in their heritage or oppose the Israeli occupation”

 

Ilhan Omar is something of a miracle.

She has the face of the Madonna. Which I think makes it far more difficult to attack her with any credibility.

She proudly wears her hijab. Which I think is a wonderful statement against all the ignorant haters out there.

And she speaks the truth – not prejudice, not hate, but the truth.

Of course, truth, and especially on the subject of Israel, is almost unheard of in Washington.

Posted March 13, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: “RUSSIA-GATE” HAS ALWAYS BEEN POLITICAL CRAP – BUT THERE IS ANOTHER CLOSE ASSOCIATION OF TRUMP’S THAT IS NOT AND IT’S EXTREMELY DANGEROUS – THE NEOCONS’ NEOCON   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY CAITLIN JOHNSTONE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

 

“Russiagate: Pelosi Rules Out Impeachment. Libs Furious”

 

“Russia-gate” has always been crap. It resembles a light bulb that generates heat and no light.

However, there is another kind of Trump association which is indisputably true, and it is an increasingly dangerous one.

Trump has become the Neocons’ Neocon.

Whether he always had that identity and just kept it hidden from us is unclear. That is quite possible.

But today, he and his chief appointments all talk and act as though they were card-carrying members of the ugly American political faction. Gold Cards, no less.

The Neocons despise Russia because its strength gets in the way of America’s becoming the entire world’s bully. Ditto, China.

Since the Neocons have always focused a lot of their interest on Israel, Russia is even more an object of contempt owing to its fighting terror in Syria and preventing Assad from meeting Gaddafi’s fate. After all, this particular terror was an Israeli-sponsored project. Russia’s relations with Iran are another gigantic negative. You are supposed to treat Iran, a nation which attacks no one, as poison.

Despite Russia’s good relations with Israel, which are carefully maintained by Putin, in private, there can be little question that Netanyahu and the boys deeply resent Russia for its efforts in spoiling their fun.

Posted March 13, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IS THE WESTERN WORLD RATIONALLY GOVERNED? NOT IF YOU LOOK AT THE EXISTING SITUATION WITH BRITAIN AND THE EU – AND THEN THERE’S AN EVEN MORE OMINOUS SITUATION AS AMERICA NOW SPREADS THREATS AND DANGER ALMOST EVERYWHERE   Leave a comment

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EXPANSION OF COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

‘Absolutely devastating’: British lamb farmers fear impact of no-deal Brexit

 

Britain in recent years has offered the most vivid example of genuinely disastrous government.

First, David Cameron, likely the most incompetent Prime Minister in British history, offers a vote to the public about remaining in the EU.

It was something he didn’t need to do at all, and it came after forty years of being part of EU. And, in such a huge and complex matter, not well-understood by the general public, it makes little sense to hold a vote, especially coming at a time of considerable public agitation over refugees and migration, a highly emotional topic where cool-headed facts did not at all feature. If for some reason you insisted on a vote, it should only have been held after, say, a one-year period of public education and discussion and debate. It is a hugely consequential decision.

Leading up to the vote, he ran around flapping his arms and pretending to play statesman, telling people he’d sure stay in the EU with the adjustments in terms he had obtained from Brussels.

Then we have Theresa May spend a few years trying to sort out terms with the EU, making quite a spectacle of herself on several occasions, as having cabinet ministers quit and having votes against the government’s position, as well as forming an alliance from hell to stay in power.

Yet, the bottom line, as they say, remains clear: Britain will suffer in leaving the EU, no matter under what set of terms.

And the EU itself, one of the world’s largest economies, has been given a serious wound at a time of other menacing economic and social problems, and that in a world with many signs of weakness and instability.

May insists, bull-headedly, on going ahead with Brexit, yet so easily she could just declare that she, as Prime Minister, now sees how much damage this is doing and will not proceed, in the national interest. She could easily also hold a second vote, something polls suggest would go the other way from the original vote.

But no, damn the torpedoes, we’re going full-steam ahead.

Rational government? I think not. And it is just one portion of what we see in a number of Western countries and around a number of important issues.

Oh well, maybe people can console themselves with, “At least it’s not quite the vicious lunatic government we see in the United States, rampaging through every country where it finds anything it dislikes, threatening everyone with sanctions or sabotage or war, and, of course, threatening the world’s very stability.”

Does anyone believe the world is going to survive this period and maintain its economic and political and social health? I certainly don’t.

Posted March 12, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: SHABBY EFFORT TO MALIGN BDS – ISRAEL AND APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA – ON BUILDING IRON WALLS INSTEAD OF BRIDGES – ISRAEL’S HELP WITH SOUTH AFRICAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS – WHY THERE IS NO “ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT” – IT’S A MANUFACTURED PHRASE TO HIDE REALITY   Leave a comment

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EXPANSION OF COMMENTS POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY GIL TROY ON CBC NEWS

 

“The BDS movement is nefarious, but it’s better to push back politically — not legally

“Anti-BDS legislation in the U.S. is unhelpful. BDS should be fought subtly, without giving it too much oxygen”

 

“The BDS movement is nefarious, but it’s better to push back politically — not legally”

 

The first part of that statement is simply insupportable.

Boycotts changed the landscape of Nationalist South Africa, peacefully. They played a big role in the American civil rights movement, too. What’s nefarious about that?

A boycott is a peaceful expression of disapproval, one with some economic bite, for the unacceptable acts of states. Free expression by millions.

The word “nefarious” has no place in the discussion. It actually could only fairly be applied to the author himself, for his effort, more roundabout than most, to equate criticism of a well-armed state with a form of prejudice.

Advocating a grant of exceptional status to any state – as in seeking to absolve it of blame or consequences for its wrongdoing – represents genuine prejudice.

It doesn’t matter whether the method used to obtain that status is constant social pressure, as we get with countless articles like this one, or lobby-driven, anti-democratic legislation. The result is the same, the suppression of the rights of millions to express their disapproval of something they regard as seriously wrong.

Would any clear-thinking person regard that as a suitable goal? Guaranteeing a powerful state that it may do as it pleases without objection or consequences?

“Anti-Semitism” claims about criticism of Israel’s actual behavior – not its identity, not its religion, not its ethnicity, but its actual behavior – are precisely parallel with someone’s having claimed that criticism of the Soviet Union – and we all know there was a great deal, both at home and abroad, to criticize in the practices of the Soviet Union – was the same thing as hating Russians, what today we would call “Russophobia.”

Anyone can understand the absurdity of that.

The only thing different in Israel’s case is the charged, threatening atmosphere that always accompanies accusations of “anti-Semitism,” an atmosphere that has been deliberately cultivated by apologists over many years.

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Response to another comment:

Well said. Exactly the case.

The United States government was long in Nationalist South Africa’s corner because South Africa was viewed as such a strategically important place during the Cold War.

Only the acts of millions of individuals and some companies, voting with their pocket books, finally drove the American government to act against South Africa.

And we all know the story after that. Apartheid died a welcome death.

Nothing about the Israeli situation is any different. Not a thing, except names and location.

We see open abuse and oppression. We see millions of people with no citizenship and no legal rights being held against their will. We see unequal laws and unequal treatment under the law.

For more than half a century. Good God. It’s appalling, but our governments and public figures are intimidated, afraid of being labelled “anti-Semitic,” in what itself is an unfair and genuinely nefarious campaign.

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Response to another comment:

Well said.

Of course, it is not anti-Semitic.

Calling people who are concerned with human rights names like that is abusive and unacceptable.

By the way, concerning your reference to “building bridges,” perhaps the most famous Zionist writer, a Russian named Ze’ev Jabotinsky, regarded as a founder of modern Israel, wrote of the need for building “an iron wall.”

And that approach, from the beginning has characterized modern Israel, it maintains an iron wall.

It even keeps extending the area which the iron wall covers.

Albert Einstein offered a completely different approach to Palestine, but he was ignored.

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Response to another comment:

That is true about weapons and South Africa and Israel.

It is also true that Israel secretly assisted Apartheid South Africa to become, for a brief while, another small nuclear power.

The nuclear weapons were given up and dismantled after the fall of the Nationalists.

But the very fact Israel was assisting the Apartheid government in such a fashion tells us something about its feelings and attitudes of the time concerning human rights and democracy.

There have been relatively few cases of genuine proliferation in the history of nuclear weapons, and Israel’s was perhaps the most dramatic.

The story has always been downplayed in the mainline press, but over time, we have received enough information, here or there, to know some truth.

The United States in those days was definitely in Apartheid South Africa’s corner for Cold War strategic considerations.

And South Africa was then always playing up its anti-Communist credentials for America’s benefit. Of course, they could also say what a terrible threat the ANC and Nelson Mandela were to “the West” since they were regarded as having communist sympathies.

A few years back, we had an old secret document from top government officials in Israel released by South Africa, a document which concerned Israel’s willingness to sell “a package” to Nationalist South Africa. We know the Nationalists had at least six nuclear warheads when their government collapsed. Israel wanted to keep strong ties with South Africa for its long-term supplies of strategic materials.

Israel also assisted the Nationalists in building nuclear-capable missiles, South Africa having several such missiles at the time of its collapse.

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Response to another comment:

Your tone is reasonable, but there is no such thing as an “Israel-Palestine conflict.”

That term is a creation of the mainline press. It hides far more than it reveals.

What we have is an occupation with constant abuse of five or six million people who have no rights at all and live under laws written and interpreted by their occupier.

The “conflict” could be over swiftly were Israel just to return to its original borders and tear down walls and fences and machine-gun towers built on the property of others.

But that is not going to happen any time soon. The government of the United States, which could enforce it – indeed, would have to enforce it – simply will not do so. Lobby interests hold the American government in a dark place regarding fairness or peace or rights in the region.

Posted March 11, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE BRAVEST PERSON IN AMERICA DESERVES THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE – CHELSEA MANNING – WHY IT CANNOT HAPPEN   Leave a comment

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COMMENT TO A VIDEO ON CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“As Manning Goes to Jail, Watch the 19th Vigil for Assange”

 

A truly brave person, Chelsea Manning.

We have very few like her.

There clearly would a lot less ugly crap from America – lies and unnecessary wars and dark secrecy around them – if we had more like her.

But you don’t get decency with empire. All the rewards for careers go for displaying other qualities.

If there is anyone who deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, it is Chelsea.

But it won’t happen.

The Nobel people are as intimidated today as the UN is about doing anything that might embarrass the US, the way Martin Luther King’s prize did.

The prizes have become meaningless.

Posted March 11, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THUGS LIKE MARCO RUBIO – VICIOUS ATTACKS ON VENEZUELA – AMERICANS SEEM COMFORTABLE WITH WHAT CAN ONLY BE CALLED FASCISM   Leave a comment

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN MINTPRESS

 

“Senator Marco Rubio: US Must Initiate Widespread Unrest in Venezuela

“In public testimony, Marco Rubio called on the U.S. to promote “widespread unrest” in order to eventually bring down the Maduro government in Venezuela.”

 

It is amazing that genuine thugs like Marco Rubio can flourish politically in the United States.

You might think people would be repelled by his kind of rhetoric and advocacy.

All decent and thoughtful people should be repelled by it.

But Americans in general seem not to be, which says a very great deal about the political and ethical tone of the country.

Americans – most of them, anyway, judging by the press – seem comfortable with their government claiming a right to threaten, to tell others what to do, and just unambiguously to interfere in the internal affairs of others.

I do believe that set of behaviors is called fascism.

Posted March 11, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: WHY WOULD ANYONE CARE ABOUT BERNIE SANDERS MAKING IT TO THE OVAL OFFICE? – A MEASURE OF AMERICAN LIBERAL DESPERATION AND CHILD-LIKE FANTASY FEELING   2 comments

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COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY NORMAN SOLOMON IN CONSORTIUM NEWS

 

“This Time the Big Obstacle for Bernie Isn’t DNC Rigging”

 

And why would anyone care whether Bernie makes it to the Oval Office?

Despite his attractive rhetoric, he would be a terribly ineffective President.

His dealings with Hillary Clinton conclusively proved that he does not have the capacity to deal appropriately with a truly hard-nosed member of the power establishment.

She literally cheated him out of the nomination, he said virtually nothing and went away with his tail between his legs… to campaign for her.

His own record shows no serious opposition to American militarism and imperial wars. He just makes little noises around the edges here and there.

Then there are his domestic proposals – never mind the Republicans, a major portion of his own party would not support what he calls “socialist” proposals.

They are not of course really socialist, but in America, they are regarded as being very much so and stand no chance of enactment.

So, what would be the point of electing him?

Just to listen to nice speeches?

Posted March 7, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized