Professional Scam Artists – part 72

Gilbert Achcar on Democracy Now!

“Elite UK military unit secretly trained by leftist regime-change advocate Gilbert Achcar and other academics” by Ben Norton (The Gryazone)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Declassified British government documents obtained by The Grayzone show that prominent regime-change activists who work in academia and market themselves as leftists have been quietly teaching training sessions for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense.

Among these UK military collaborators is the scholar Gilbert Achcar, a frequent contributor to Jacobin Magazine and Democracy Now who teaches international relations at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.

Achcar has publicly identified himself as a Marxist while vehemently advocating for the overthrow of independent post-colonial governments in Libya and Syria.

Achcar defended foreign intervention in Libya in 2011, insisting “no one can reasonably oppose” the so-called no-fly zone, which was used to violently overthrow the government. And in 2018 he signed an open letter calling for foreign intervention in Syria, citing the “responsibility to protect” doctrine in order to “forcibly stop” the war.

At the same time, Achcar has repeatedly attacked the anti-imperialist left, without ever publicly disclosing his work with the British military.
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From Mondoweiss:
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Cory Booker and Gilad Shalit (c) at Yale in 2012. Screenshot from video posted by Shabtai. Man on right is not identified.
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The man on the right is Benny Shabtai

“Cory Booker likened Gilad Shalit to Nelson Mandela” by Philip Weiss (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Shabtai, a Jewish leadership group at Yale that Booker co-founded when he was a law student in New Haven, last month released a video of Booker at Shabtai in 2012, greeting Gilad Shalit, the former Israeli soldier/prisoner.

Shalit was captured by Hamas in 2005 and held for five years till he was released in a prisoner exchange. A year later, the 26-year-old came to the New Haven gathering with former members of his military unit.

Booker, who is on the right side of the Democratic field in his full-throated support for Israel, likened Shalit to Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned for 27 years in South Africa…

Later in that speech Booker linked Israel’s cause to “the cause of freedom,” led by Martin Luther King Jr. and again lauded the Israeli soldiers.

Most soldiers have always been murderers. In the case of armed-to-the-teeth (by the lawless, fascist US) Israeli soldiers there’s not much soldier in the soldier, but there’s lots of the murderer.

California Senator Kamala Harris speaks at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 28, 2017. (Photo: AIPAC)

“Pro-Israel org praises Kamala Harris for being to the right of Obama on Iran Deal” by Michael Arria (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

During a campaign stop in Ames, Iowa last week, California Senator and presidential hopeful Kamala Harris was asked a number of questions by a crowd assembled at a local coffee shop.

One of those questions came from Kat Wellman, a woman affiliated with the organization Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI). Wellman asked if Harris would reenter or renegotiate the Iran Deal if elected president. While Harris condemned the Trump administration for violating the deal, she also made it clear that she would take a more aggressive stance than the Obama administration originally did…

In an interview with the Ames Tribune, Wellmann praised Harris’ response. “I was very impressed with her. I thought she gave an excellent speech, she gave a very detailed, responsive answer to my question,” she told the paper, “I’m pro-Israel, so I was I was very concerned and all about making sure we limit nuclear missiles in any country that could possibly destroy us all. I thought her answer was very good.”

Democratic Majority for Israel was formed this past January by veteran Democrats and party donors. It aims to stomp out growing pro-Palestine sentiment within party and serve as a counterweight to anti-occupation Jewish organizations like IfNotNow…

Harris has distinguished herself as one of the most pro-Israel Democrats running for the presidential nomination. She’s resisted calls to condition aid to the country, refused to embrace United Nations votes condemning settlement expansion, and has openly embraced her affiliations with AIPAC.

“Illegitimate Yemeni FM thanks Saudi Arabia for genocide against his country” by Paul Antonopoulis (Fort Russ News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

NEW YORK – Yemen’s new foreign minister belonging to the illegitimate government but internationally recognized criticized the Houthi rebels, Iran and the United Arab Emirates during his speech at the UN General Assembly, while thanking Saudi Arabia.

Mohammed Abdullah al-Hadrami called Iran “the main sponsor of terrorism worldwide” and called for an end to the “Iranian-Houthi coup d’état in Yemen”. He thanked Saudi Arabia for helping its internationally recognized government resist “Houthi militias dreaming of a theocracy.”

Irony considering Saudi Arabia is the biggest theocracy in the world that has blocked Yemeni ports, causing the world’s largest humanitarian disaster.

Al-Hadrami told the UN General Assembly on Saturday that attacks on the south of the country, attributed by the Foreign Minister to the United Arab Emirates, are aimed at “undermining the stability of our homeland” and disrupt Saudi Arabia’s campaign.

An international coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been fighting the Houthis since 2015 on behalf of the illegitimate Yemeni government. The Saudi war against Yemen has killed tens of thousands of people and unleashed the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in the most impoverished country in the Arab world.

I guess it’s the result of having writers whose first, or only, language is Russian, but sentences like “Yemen’s new foreign minister belonging to the illegitimate government but internationally recognized criticized the Houthi rebels…,” are just awkward enough to be rendered hard to understand. Instead of “but,” that sentence should have used “which.” It would have benifitted from commas as well. Try this: “Yemen’s new foreign minister, belonging to the illegitimate government which is internationally recognized, criticized the Houthi rebels…”

Joshua Wong w Nancy Pelosi and Juan Guaidó w Mike Pence

“Guaido & Wong – The New Generation of Pro-West “Saints”” by Andre Vltchek (Off Guardian)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

A long time ago I visited a place in Calcutta, India, where Mother Teresa used to operate. According to the Catholic Church and Western propaganda apparatus, she was helping the poor.

When I asked those who knew her personally, they described her as a spiteful, vindictive person, with a short temper. Off the record, of course, as to criticizing her openly would be met with great outrage all over the world.

One of the greatest critics of Mother Teresa was an English-American author, Christopher Eric Hitchens, who wrote about her, frankly and openly:

“This returns us to the medieval corruption of the church, which sold indulgences to the rich while preaching hellfire and continence to the poor. [Mother Teresa] was not a friend of the poor. She was a friend of poverty. She said that suffering was a gift from God. She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.”

An anti-Communist and staunch Serb-hater, Mother Teresa allegedly asked Bill Clinton to bomb Belgrade, although this information miraculously disappeared from records…

Virtually all the major “saints” manufactured by the Western regime, were Cold-War warriors. All were closely tied to Western imperialism and neo-colonialism. All would be easy to expose and to discredit, but ‘miraculously’ again; almost no one has ever dared to do so, because it would mean a direct clash with the chief propagandists in the West, as well as with their local lackeys…

Now, new icons are entering the stage.

They are not as successfully crafted as their predecessors. The “saints” from the bygone days were masterpieces of the propagandists. They were ideologically almost ‘bullet-proofed’.

The new ones are often cheap see-through replicas.

Two of the latest products are Joshua Wong of Hong Kong, and Juan Guaido of Venezuela.

Indeed. I knew about Mother Theresa, although I had forgotten where the information was. It didn’t take me long to find it, but, as I wanted to include something about the awful Mother Theresa in my blog post titled “The Ruination Of Malala Yousafzai,” I did a search (not a Google!) and discovered a book by Michael Parenti titled “God And His Demons,” which, apparently, features a good honest look at the awful Mother Theresa, so I ordered it just in order to have that information. Immediately after ordering the book (which I have but haven’t yet read), I found an article by Parenti online that looks at Mother Theresa. It’s a good thing I like books and read a lot. I am saddened, however, to discover that Parenti – along with most of the world, Left, Right and everyone in between – has been taken in by Camelot propaganda.

Anti-government protesters clash with police near the National Assembly in Quito, Ecuador [Credit: AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa]

“Ecuador’s president retreats from capital in face of growing mass protests” by Andrea Lobo (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

On Tuesday, indigenous demonstrators marched through the streets of Quito and occupied the national congress as well as other government buildings.

Late on Tuesday, Moreno decreed a partial curfew near “strategic zones” like government buildings, which will be overseen by the armed forces. Heavily armed troops have been deployed to the streets of Quito, deploying razor-wire barricades to block protesters.

The government has responded to the resistance with increasingly dictatorial measures. It has suspended the right to assembly and strike and deployed the military after declaring a state of exception last Wednesday. Emergency rule was ratified by the Supreme Court, despite reducing it from 60 to 30 days. The repression has resulted in one death, the wounding of dozens of demonstrators attacked with rubber bullets, tear gas and baton charges, along with 570 arrests. Several detainees, including the leader of the taxi drivers’ union, face three-year sentences for “paralyzing public services.”

On Monday, Moreno said he would not “turn back” on his decisions and portrayed the protests as “looting, vandalism and violence” aimed at “destabilizing the government.” He alleged—without providing a shred of evidence—that the mass protests had been instigated and financed by his predecessor Rafael Correa and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

Moreno’s chief of staff, Juan Sebastián Roldán, contradicted his boss, declaring: “What is happening and what may happen is the sole and exclusive responsibility of the indigenous leaders who have lost control of the situation.”

Some consider destabilizing a fascist regime to be a bad thing. Some think it’s a good thing. It’s a free universe. But no one gets a pass on consequences. It may seem that some do, but it’s an illusion. This is fascist Moreno’s world, so he may indeed do just fine, even if he’s hounded from office. As Jesus Christ said long ago, to his disciples: “If you were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is it’s own,” meaning “If you were part of the world, then the world would be fond of you.” He went on to state plainly that because his disciples were not (willingly) part of the world under Satan’s rule (which is temporary), then they would be persecuted by it. Only if Satan was the Creator, which he is not, would the Morenos of this world have any hope of never having to pay for their crimes.

GM workers on the picket line in Warren, Michigan

“UAW keeps GM contract proposal secret from workers at company’s request” by Eric London (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

As the strike by nearly 50,000 GM workers slows production across the international auto industry, the UAW is withholding critical information from autoworkers in order to sabotage the strike.

The Detroit Free Press reported yesterday that “General Motors submitted a new contract proposal on Monday morning,” citing anonymous sources. GM asked the UAW to keep the details “confidential,” the Free Press wrote, and the UAW obliged, keeping workers in the dark about the offer.

The revelation proves that the UAW is engaged in a conspiracy with the corporation to betray the strike and impose GM’s deeply unpopular demands. From the beginning the UAW has operated in secret because they are well aware they would face a revolt if workers knew what concessions the UAW had already agreed to.

The news that the UAW was concealing GM’s latest proposal came as industry analysts note the strike’s growing impact. Auto industry analyst Anderson Economic Group (AEG) published a report yesterday noting that the strike “has jumped from impacting the initial 49,000 UAW workers to nearly 150,000 workers throughout the auto industry.”

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