Saturday, January 30, 2010

Holocaust Rememberance is a boon for Israeli Propoganda

I just wanted to link this great article by Gideon Levy and posted in Haaretz this week:

Holocaust Rememberance is a boon for Israeli Propoganda

"How beautiful it would have been if on this international day of remembrance Israel had taken the time to examine itself, look inward and ask, for example, how it is that anti-Semitism has reared its head in the world precisely in the past year, the year after we dropped white-phosphorous bombs on Gaza. How beautiful it would have been if on this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Netanyahu had declared a new policy for integrating refugees instead of expulsion, or lifted the Gaza blockade.

A thousand speeches against anti-Semitism will not extinguish the flames ignited by Operation Cast Lead, flames that threaten not only Israel but the entire Jewish world. As long as Gaza is under blockade and Israel sinks into its institutionalized xenophobia, Holocaust speeches will remain hollow. As long as evil is rampant here at home, neither the world nor we will be able to accept our preaching to others, even if they deserve it."

Friday, January 29, 2010

Sinking to new lows

Okay, I have to stick this up here, as I can't believe how utterly ridiculous this is getting. Notice the 'associations' made throughout the article.

Osama Bin Laden slams US over global warming

"Bin Laden said all the industrial states "are to blame for climate change, yet the majority of those states have signed the Kyoto Protocol and agreed to curb the emission of harmful gases."

He singled out former U.S president George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress for dismissing the agreement in order to placate giant corporations.

Bin Laden also called for a boycott of American products and an end to the dollar's domination as a world currency."


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Perfect example of SPIN: CHANGING STORIES

Ha!! Caught RED handed, the CBC has now not only removed the original story (below) but changed the headline too!!

Here's what is there now:

"Conflicting reports have emerged over the execution of two Iranian men after state media claimed they were hanged for their role in protests related to the controversial presidential elections in June.

Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi told state TV the two men were convicted by a Revolutionary Court of belonging to "counter-revolutionary and monarchist groups," plotting to overthrow" the Islamic establishment," and planning assassinations and bombings.

He said the two confessed during the trial, but did not mention of the post-election protests in connection to the case.

Rahmanipour's lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, told The Associated Press the 20-year-old Rahmanipour was arrested in April, before the June election, on the charge of membership in an armed opposition group, the Royal Association of Iran.

Iran's English language channel, Press TV, said the two also had a role in the 2008 bombing of a mosque in the southern city of Shiraz.

But state TV reported that the two were executed "in the wake of the rioting and counter-revolutionary and anti-establishment acts of recent months."

Dowlatabadi did announce that five people have been sentenced to death for their involvement in the demonstrations on Dec. 27, in which at least eight people were killed in clashes between police and protesters and hundreds arrested.

He said nine people in total have received death sentences for their involvement in protests.

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets to decry the election results and voice support for opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi. Many believed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won the election by fraud.

Dozens of protesters were killed in the unrest and hundreds have been detained since June. Tehran has faced international condemnation for cracking down on the protests"

More spin of course, but I guess someone got a tap on the shoulder to tone down the blantent propoganda!! I hope my post there made someone take notice.

Original posting:

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Iran executes 2 activists
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Iran has reportedly executed two men for their role in protests that broke out after the controversial presidential elections in June.

Iranian media reported the two were hanged for trying to topple "the Islamic establishment." They would be the first known executions of opposition activists related to the post-election unrest.

The men, identified as Mohammad Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour, were also convicted of membership in armed opposition groups.

According to reports, 14 activists have been sentenced to death for their role in the post-election protests and more then 80 have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from six months.

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets to decry the election results and voice support for opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi. Many believed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won the election by fraud.

Dozens of protesters were killed in the unrest and hundreds have been detained since June. Tehran has faced international condemnation for cracking down on the protests.
With files from The Associated Press

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From Press TV:

Iran executes 2 for deadly bombing

"Iran executed two people who were convicted of carrying a deadly bombing in the southern city of Shiraz in 2008 that killed 13 civilians.

Tehran's Prosecutor's Office said Mohammad-Reza Ali-Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour were hanged on Thursday morning, Iran's Students News Agency reported.

The two were members of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, an obscure monarchist group that seeks to reestablish the Pahlavi reign in the country.

The group has been involved in a series of terrorist attack in the country.

The deadly Shiraz bombing claimed the lives of 13 people and left more than 200 Iranians wounded in April 2008."

Another Link

Another one linking one of the accused to the Shiraz bombings

Even the BBC mentions the bombings!

See the difference??

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

And the Heros Fall..

Bob Dylan coming to Israel

In light of Dave McGowan's Laurel Canyon series, and the depths of the CIA/COINTELPRO operations - it's a sad, sad day if Dylan (Zimmerman) plays in Israel, the Apartheid state.

Having been raised on Dylan, this turns my stomach.

Hopefully, he will change his mind. If not, well then I guess 'another one bit the dust'.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Toronto 18... Countdown

Toronto 18 Informant asked RCMP for $ 15 Million

The fixed costs were listed as:

* Up to $750,000 for the loss of Elsohemy's business.
* $100,000 for Elsohemy's two cars.
* $100,000 for "start-up" including furniture.
* $200,000 in a category that had been blacked out on the document.
* $75,000 for his parents' cars.
* $40,000 for his parents' debts.

They also included $30,000 for his youngest brother's car, $100,000 for startup for his youngest brother, $100,000 for his older brother's debts, $30,000 for his older brother's car and a further $150,000 under another blacked out category.

The documents showed the RCMP compensation package also included offers of:

* Up to $900,000 for Elsohemy's home.
* Up to $40,000 for dental work for his wife.
* Up to $50,000 to cover his debts.
* Up to $300,000 for his parents' home.
* Up to $25,000 for his youngest brother's debts.

Well, that was worth it!!!!!!


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Scuba Cat

This is just too cute to pass up.. yeah I know another 'fluff' piece - but where would we be without a little levity?

Ron Paul Interview - Russia Today

I am consistently and pleasantly surprised by the level of journalism coming from Russia Today. Their interviews are far more indepth than the majority of mainstream productions here in North America. The CBC herself, who used to be well known for their journalistic integrity, has in recent years become a tarnished patina of its former self parroting and towing the corporate line in all they do - even the investigative reports which may intend to 'shed light' on the dark corners of corruption and outright crime within the 'white' collar world always hold key points back, and often are guilty of misdirection.

Now, I am not saying the RT is some kind of 'super' news and singluar truth tellers, yet the level of discourse is certainly superior to much of what we are fed.

Enjoy this interview with Dr. Paul - as usual this man is bang on the money. And to think... he could have been president.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Turkey and Israel

Not content with pissing off every single neighbour she has, Israel has managed to outrage the only islamic nation which regularily gives her the time of day without having to be massively paid off, like Egypt. I mean, good grief Israel - must you be such a bitch? Can you not help yourself?

After the frackus of dissing Turkey's Ambassador (presumably because of some TV shows aired in Turkey - that were - wait for it - disemminating 'anti-semetism') human rights group in Turkey have issued an arrest warrant for Ehud Barak, for war crimes committed during the Gaza Slaughter. Barak is to visit Turkey to attempt to 'mend' fences (... uh sure whatever) but could be faced with arrest. I would wager that there will be not apology from Barak, but a reminder of what the criminal state of Israel could likely do to Turkey instead. It seems that 'threats' are the only currency which Israel will utilise - with everyone.

While this arrest would be good news and of course a happy occassion for lovers of justice the world over, I wouldn't be holding my breath that anything will come of it. Rights groups have attempted these sorts of warrants before, to no avail as the governments themselves seem to be scared shitless of upsetting the little prima donna state of Israel. No, we won't see Barak's arrest, but for a moment we can all dream - a little.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Everyone has a twin, they say

I know this is a total fluff post, but as I clicked onto Haaretz today, I immediately thought, upon seeing the photo below: 'What's George Clooney doing in Israel?'

Well, it ain't George, it's Hamas leader,Khaled Meshal.

Hey Khaled, you've got a twin:

George Clooney.


Khaled - and rather good interview

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What is up with this pic? (Not to mention the story itself...)

Do the heads in the background not match those in the foreground? I may be wrong but there is something about this photo that screams photoshop to me.

This is on the CBC's world section website, along with this article:
Fake Terror Plot Threatened Obama Inauguration

Is Michelle's tongue sticking out??

Why now?