The Avalanche – Snapshot 25 – Nov 27 ’18

* Do Evil Carefully! *

I have been having trouble lately posting comments to the Consortium News website, which allows readers to attach comments to articles it carries but uses an automated system to deal with spam. That system isn’t working well. Was it that or my opinions? I contacted CN, before doing one of my Disappeared posts, to see whether they might have an explanation.

Consortium News got back to me promptly, explaining:

“Good morning Rick, First I appreciate the email and apologies that this
has happened. I looked into the issue and resolved it. It was a glitch
with the spam filters. Feel free to respond with any questions.”

But the bigger shock I experienced in connection with my sudden inability to give my two cents worth in CN forums came when I attempted to email them about it via their contact feature. I received a message saying that my message couldn’t be sent. It included a line telling me to try later. My first attempt was via my Pale Moon browser (and I don’t know anything about the people behind it). I then tried again via my Epic browser. I was met with the same message. Then I just changed the email address from gmail.com to aol.com in order to use my aol email account. That worked!

Google is hindering my email messages!!! What an evil company. This is at least the second time I’ve caught them doing this crap. I once emailed Stephen Lendman to congratulate him on his new website design and could only get through to him by bypassing gmail, which I mentioned to him. I’m now in the middle of the messy business of moving all of my contacts over to AOL’s email service (not that I think AOL isn’t evil). Thanks Google. I really have better things to do than this.

From the Greanville Post:
True journalist Serena Shim: As brave as they come. Despised by the empire and its vassals, of course. Her vital work cost her her life. One of the many victims of Erdogan’s treacheries and America’s endless criminal meddling in the Middle East.

“Khashoggi, Ben Barka & PressTV’s Serena Shim: A 4-part series” by Patrice Bergeracpas (The Greanville Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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In October of 1965, 2014 and 2018 three journalists were prominently assassinated: Mehdi Ben Barka, Serena Shim and Jamal Khashoggi. Most readers likely don’t know the first two, while the entire world seems to know about the last one.

This is a 4-part series which explains what Jamal Khashoggi represented ideologically, the relevance of his ideology in the modern Islamic World, the perhaps-unexpected similarity of his ideology with the Western World, and why – even more unexpectedly – the world is still talking about Khashoggi six weeks after his death.

Why do so few remember Mehdi Ben Barka or care about Serena Shim even though they did far more for the People than Khashoggi ever did?

There is a quick answer to this question: Khashoggi remains in the spotlight because the House of Saud killed a Western journalist.
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“Israel’s Attack on Gaza: MSM Blackout and Lies Exposed” by (21st Century Wire)

Visit 21st Century Wire to see the above video by Robert Inlakesh.

Poster for the 2018 National Students for Justice in Palestine conference at UCLA.

“The criminalization and censorship of Palestinian solidarity on campus” by Nada Elia (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Last week, I was asked to speak in a classroom alongside someone from StandWithUs. Apparently, the professor was going by a recommendation to have me as a discussant, to possibly provide the “other side.” Without getting into a discussion of what those two sides are (pro-apartheid and pro-justice, of course), or why I will not be party to normalizing, (setting up the illusion that “both sides” are equal, rather than oppressor and oppressed, occupier and occupied), I sent this response, which I tried to keep short and to the point.

“Dear …

“Thank you for the request, which I must decline. I must also say that I find it quite worrisome that you would have representatives of this group talk to our students. StandWithUs is a right-wing propaganda organization which actively stifles free speech and critical thinking, by equating any and all criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism. This is extremely intimidating for students attempting to formulate their own thoughts about the topic, and distracts from the real anti-Semitism that targets all Jews, regardless of their political ideology…”…

As I considered this request, which coincided with the National Students for Justice in Palestine annual conference, which both the city of Los Angeles and the host school, the University of California in Los Angeles, tried to ban, and in light of the numerous violations of the academic freedom of anti-Zionist faculty and students across the country, I couldn’t help but marvel at how some administrators bend over backwards to accommodate any representatives and requests from Zionist organizations, while also bending over backwards to censor and criminalize any representatives and requests from pro-Palestine rights organizations…

UCLA even sought a cease and desist against NSJP for using a bear in their poster, for fear the image would be viewed as the school’s mascot, and thus interpreted as official endorsement of the conference. In their cease and desist letter to NSJP, UCLA administrators also demanded that the poster advertising the conference not show the bear flying kites, as this could be viewed as an incitement to violence. As NSJP wrote in their statement, UCLA’s action “demonstrates how out of touch they are with the facts, and how quickly they are willing to associate the Palestinian rights movement with harmful, broad-sweeping stereotypes and caricatures.”
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“Facebook deletes WSWS post on Sri Lanka” by Patrice de Bergeracpas (The Greanville Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On Monday, Facebook removed a post on Sri Lanka by the World Socialist Web Site’s official Tamil-language Facebook page. The alleged reason was violation of unspecified restrictions in Facebook’s “community standards,” which is no explanation at all.

The Tamil language, spoken by 74 million people, is the language of the ethnic Tamil minority in Sri Lanka and South India, as well as a large global diaspora.

The move is the latest in the crackdown on left-wing, anti-war and socialist organizations by US-based technology monopolies including Google, Facebook and Twitter. As these companies integrate themselves ever more closely into the American state apparatus, they are increasingly weaponized to promote US imperialist aims all over the world. At the center of this drive is the suppression of socialist political viewpoints.
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“Six Recent US Antiwar Demonstrations Your Rulers Don’t Want You Talking About” by Caitlin Johnstone (Rogue Journalist)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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A friend told me yesterday that he hadn’t seen an antiwar protest in America in ten years. It was a sincere comment; he genuinely hadn’t seen any coverage on any peace activism in his country during that time. And of course he hadn’t; it is mainstream media’s job to distort public narratives in favor of the war-hungry plutocratic class which owns the media outlets. But I’ve actually been noticing a lot of antiwar activism lately which, while often far from the spotlight of mass media attention, has given me much hope for the future.
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“Another Independent Media Voice Silenced And Slandered By Silicon Valley – The Insidious Nature Of This Type Of Censorship Must Be Countered” by Susan Duclos (All News Pipeline)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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When big tech and Silicon Valley joined with social media giants to collude and deplatform Alex Jones, ANP headlined with “First They Came for Alex Jones… Tomorrow We Will All Be Alex Jones,” because whether one agrees, disagrees, likes or dislikes the content, presentation, or even the Independent Media personality in question, we felt everyone should be highly concerned about the overt and blatant collusion to silence and censor anyone online by preventing them from reaching and building their audiences.

The liberal establishment media pushed back against the censorship and silencing assertion by claiming “he still has a website,” and “Alex still has a radio show,” but those arguments are inherently dishonest because what big tech, social media giants and Silicon Valley was doing was far worse, they were preventing his audience on a number of platforms from accessing him using their services, quite literally taking their users right to listen, see, and comment on any content they chose.

That was not just an attack on Alex Jones, that was an attack against every single one of their own users…

Thanks to a comment left this morning by a reader, we see another Aleternative Media voice is being silenced, as well as insidiously slandered in an attempt to associate her with “hate speech” by linking to a “learn more” option to describe why Google’s YouTube had disabled and limited certain features on her video.

It is a Lisa Haven video…

Slander: Perhaps the most egregious action is the link YouTube takes you to when you click the “Learn More,” (bottom of the screen shot above).

That takes you a Google support page that explains why there are “Limited features for certain videos,”…

Think about how insidious this type of slander by association that “learn more” page truly is.

First let me say I have spoken to Lisa Haven before, while I may agree with some of her content, or disagree with some, I can say without a doubt Lisa does not promote violence, incite violence, recruit terrorists, celebrate terror attacks or practice hate speech in her work or videos.

Yet anyone unfamiliar with her work that clicked the “learn more” option YouTube put beneath her video would be left with the impression that she does.
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“A Lound Whoompfing Sound”

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