Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
PACE, TURKEY, THE USELESS FAKE LEFT, GM RISES FROM THE ASHES IN THE ME, ANOTHER PIPELINE, PAN ARABISM
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Further on that profound relationship of morality, economics, justice, accountability, responsibility and nationalization the caller raised.
The following is what the face of what Iraq's militias look like. Does it not sound, smell, taste and look similar to Nazi atrocity stories and tactics from WWII? This is the composition of Iraq's new government. These are the various Iraqi/Iranian "militias" that both our fake Left have sanitized as "resistance" and/or, our corporate media and FOREIGN sources, as well, have sanitized as the legitimate Iraqi government and/or Iraq population, www.arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/2008/06/delicate-resilience.html
And, why does all this happen? What is the motivation? Profit. All of them serve the same masters and interests. From the Nazis down to Iran's militias in Iraq.
While the hired guns this historical time around, Iran's Fascist militias, thugs, goons, death squads, sectarian militias do their dirty work, above, here's the people they help realize their goals in Iran, "On the Road with Teheran's Nouveaux Riche," www.zawya.com/story.cfm/sidZAWYA20080625124244/lok124200080625
Of course, there are others, about which I've written much, in the GCC, the US, Europe, Russia, Asia and so on.
Surely, NOT all people are equal.
In the US, the equally fictitious Presidential candidates, one of the staunch supporters of the Obama mafia is the utterly corrupt, mafioso SEIU and their "Change to Win" international labor organization. No coincidence that Obama's amorphous "Change" slogan is the same as SEIU and its autocratic leadership, Andy Stern.
For alittle inkling of just what's involved with SEIU and the battles against its leadership, I will provide a video link with a smorgasbord from which you can chose all with 'SEIU" in the titles. Keep in mind, when you see CNA in the heading, that's the Calif Nurses Association, the ONLY union that supported Ralph Nader in the past AND is organizing nationwide for a SINGLE PAYER health care system in the US.
The SEIU, "Change to Win,"international leadership is in battles with both its own members, the CNA, and others as you will see from the various headings on the videos. www.labornet.org/links/youtube.htm
Our Democratic Presidential "Change" candidate stinks to high heaven, as well as all of the above.
So, every time you see torture, like the above, just remember, it's all in the service of expanding and reinforcing the vast empire of the "high net worth" individuals, as they are euphemistically labelled, i.e., the stinking rich. They do stink, as one can easily see, in this high stakes morality play. And, finally, coming full circle, a little reminder, www.londoncommunists.blogspot.com/2008/06/new-worker-pamphlets-case-for-communism.html
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
The content has obvious relevance to ongoing events. So the post...
FROM AUGUST, 2005
KASHOGGI AND GAZA
I made reference in a previous blog, July 26, 2005, "Israeli Casino.." to a WSJ (Wall St. Journal) article detailing the above subject.
Here are more extensive excerpts from this article.
It is from February 4, 1994.
The heading is:
"Guns and Butter: Khashoggi Is Back, Angling for a Profit From Mideast Peace."
Subheading, "Saudi Arms Dealer Teams Up with an Israeli Partner, Pushing Industrial Plans Covering Gaza's Waterfront."
It's a long article.
I'll quote as much as I can.
"...Khashoggi and Nimrodi are angling to become the leading industrialists in the Gaza Strip...their plans cover the waterfront. In the works are a telecommunications system, electric-power generator, desalinization plant, pipe factory, a Muslim-pilgrimage company, investment bank, railroad, even an airline...the two adventurers are working with each other, and with the World Bank, to form several large industrial companies that would be owned by Israeli, Palestinian and other Arab investors...Khashoggi says he is focusing on Russia, Iran and the Mideast.
In the past two years, he says he has made nearly $3 million on the Tel Aviv stock exchange...Khashoggi says he has been secretly sowing seeds in Israel...as far back as 1967, the confidant of Saudi kings opened clandestine links with Western Jews, Mossad agents and Israeli politicians...'Adnan has always had this notion of marrying the energy and business acumen of the Israeli with the capital of the Arab world,' says Kenneth Bialkin, the financier's longtime US lawyer and a partner in the NY firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
As a former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Bialkin has introduced Khashoggi to many powerful Israelis over the years...In the mid 1950s, Nimrodi was sent to Tehran as Israel's secret military attache to Iran...the young colonel remained in Tehran for 24 years-the first 14 for Israel, the last 10 for himself.
He built the Shah's intelligence agency while earning huge commissions on some $250 million a year in arms sales to Iran...They [Khashoggi and Nimrodi] met in Paris in 1975. The rendezvous was arranged by the late Herman 'Hank' Greenspun, publisher of the Las Vegas Sun...Greenspun knew Khashoggi thru Eugene Warner, another Jewish activist in Las Vegas and an advisor to the Saudi tycoon.
Warner...didn't return calls for this article. Khashoggi says he met Warner in 1958...as a guest of Howard Hughes...At their 1975 introduction, Khashoggi and Nimrodi were joined by Adolph 'Al' Schwimmer, the Israeli-American founder of Israel Aircraft Industries, the country's largest defense contractor...According to Arabs and Israelis who know both men, Khashoggi and Nimrodi arranged arms transactions long before the first Iran-Contra deal in 1985...in the late 1970s, Khashoggi floated a proposal by King Fhad, then the Saudi crown prince, for peace in exchange for Saudi control of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. As an added incentive, says Nimrodi, the Saudis dangled some $100 billion of investment capital for the region to underwrite development. Nimrodi took the offer to Israeli PM Menachem Begin...who said Jerusalem wasn't for sale. The plot thickens. According to Nimrodi, in 1981, after many fortunes were wiped out in the Iranian revolution, Khashoggi, Nimrodi and Schwimmer decided to overthrow Khomeni...they recruited the late Shah's son, Reza Phalavi, to lead the effort. The mercaneries would be funded by Riyadh, armed by Israel, trained in Sudan, according to Nimrodi. There followed a gathering...in May 1982. Along with Nimrodi and Schwimmer came Sharon, the Israeli defense minister and David Kimche, then director general of Israel's foreign ministry...Khashoggi brought along Sudanese President Gafaar Numeiri...The CIA, which was kept abreast of the plan, didn't interfere, Nimrodi says. The CIA declines to comment. But the Mossad Intelligence service, despite Sharon's involvement, ultimately killed the scheme....The intifada...bred still more initiatives.
In 1989, at the height of the rebelllion, Khashoggi proposed that Israel simply abandon the Gaza Strip. He and some Arab backers would step in and with $20 billion or so, turn the swath of sand dunes and refugee camps into a cross between Las Vegas and Hong Kong...Nimrodi explored the concept further with Bassam Abu Sherif, a close PLO associate of Arafat...After the Gulf War and the Mideast peace conference in Madrid, Khashoggi began investing heavily in Israeli stocks...Their Gaza plans began churning nearly a year ago...Khashoggi himself is raising capital for an Arab-Israeli investment bank. Nimrodi recently visited Kuwait...to by a 10% stake in Shorouk Airlines, a Kuwaiti-Egyptian venture that plans to fly to Jerusalem from Cairo and Kuwait..."
I deleted and skipped over some background material on the Iran-Contra deal. Also, apparently, Nimrodi alreadys owns a desalinzation-technology company in Israel, but, the article didn't state the name of the company.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Events in Turkey continue exploding, as I have been following consistently throughout my blogs.
While just about nobody here has been able to find Iran in Iraq, they can not find Turkey's real opposition, either, despite Turkey's many, humongous demonstrations and strikes. They can, of course, find the phony Hamas, Hezbollah and Sadr.
Turkish developments are much too much for me to post, but, I will simply highlight the following article as a response to all that been happening, "Turk Assets Fall Persists Amid Global, Internal Triggers," (and foreign investments,etc.)
Meanwhile, regarding Iran's presence in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, as I have reiterated so many times in previous blogs, a revised policy of "regime change, political congruency and mopping up" is necessary and the following headline says it in the most clear and succinct terms possible, "Saudis and Spain Call for Dissolution of Iraq's Militias,"
In response, a continued and ongoing power struggle is occurring within Iran, "Iran's Economic Policy Falls Victim to Political Feuds," which is further reflected within Iraq, obviously,
Adding fuel to the above fire, NY Democratic Senator Schumer has apparently let the cat out of the bag, or, foot in mouth disease, by overtly linking America's Russia policy with a quid-pro-quo, or, a bargaining chip, regarding Iran,
All of the many contradictions represented above are the consequences of the disastrous Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld COLLABORATION and collusion with Iran and its militias, one which Obama continues and is therefore set up to go down.
I assure everyone.
Watch the papier mache candidate become stale swiss cheese. Get a large supply of popcorn.
It will be both entertaining and amusing.
Another state about to go down the economic tube in this privatization process is Syria,
Syria, of course, has nobody but itself to blame, collaborating with both the US and Iran in dismantling Iraq's ruling Baath Socialist Party, state and economy.
This is also why Syria will decouple from Iran.
The handwriting is on the wall.
Meanwhile, as I have also previously pointed out, Russia's Gazprom is NOT a wholly nationalized state industry, but, one "regulated" by the Russian state by virtue of the state's 50+1 share ownership.
Gazprom, thus, still a commercial entity, is driven by the need for profitability, export and external growth and Gazprom has just indicated its interest in developing a North American gas pipeline
My response to ALL the companies mentioned in the above article, including Gazprom.
Go fuck yourselves!!
The above is obviously a political power play by Gazprom, related to the logistics of the Schumer piece.
No private companies are necessary to develop such a pipeline, leaving aside the necessity of the project, itself.
And THAT is THE point, aside from whether or not the pipeline is necessary.
It must be a public utility.
Pure and simple.
The necessity for private, international development is an absolute joke. And, that is why it is necessary for everyone to support THE TURKISH OPPOSITION to save the Turkish state. Not only will they save their own state, but, help turn the tide for all the rest of us, as well.
(And, a reminder if one lives in the US.
See my blog, below, regarding June 19th events).
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Even before the Democratic Primaries came to their predetermined conclusion, the Republicans were already actively busy reaching out and inviting all frustrated, disgusted, disgruntled Clinton supporters and other Democrats and people into their fold with open arms.
Websites sprung into action, IMMEDIATELY, prepared well in advance, before the ink was even dry.
Democratic (and Fascist) Connecticut Senator Lieberman, whom people may recall bolted the Democratic Party after he lost a primary and ran as an Independent and WON as an Independent, is active in this recruitment effort. Lieberman is presently allied with McCain. All sorts of Republican sponsored websites and front groups have sprung into action.
If Lieberman could bolt the Democratic Party, run as an Independent and win, for sure, Hillary could have done the same and WON, overwhelmingly. She could have led a vast, "Left wing coalition" to counter the vast "right win conspiracy" that controls not only our government, but, our entire country.
And, THAT, precisely is what the propertied Establishment feared most, the threat of a broad, independent, uncontrollable coalition, not Obama's winning or losing or Party unity. If the Democratic Party had been interested in unity and winning, they would have rallied around Clinton in the first place.
It is claimed that Hillary bargained because she had a huge debt to pay down from her campaign, something like $20 million or so. Well, if she had 20 million or so supporters, they could all have chipped in a few dollars and her debt would have been repaid.
So much for that argument.
Reaching out to Hillary's disaffected voters is precisely what the other independent campaigns, parties, and movements, like Nader and the Greens, SHOULD BE DOING IMMEDIATELY. All encompassing. Join WITH THEM, together.
I am utterly amazed, heartened, gladdened, hopeful, shocked, surprised to hear so many people telephone into C-Span much, much further to the Left of either Nader or the Greens,
demanding NATIONALIZATION of all US natural resources and major industries.
This is an astounding development.
No matter what Hillary does, at this point, the genie can not be stuffed back into the bottle.
Her tenacity and primary battle, the stupidity and arrogance of the Obama mafia's tactics, the way it played itself out, the transparent, strong arm tactics of the Obama campaign, has had major ramifications and repercussions.
In that sense, we can all thank Hillary for hanging in as long as she did.
Unfortunately, she did not take the extra last step to catapult her into history. She will fade into the dustbin, along with Obama. But, not her campaign. Perhaps, after all, Hillary did not want to wind up like Benazir Bhutto.
Now, instead, military man McCain is destined to win, pushed over the top by the orchestrated cacophony of Iran's Ahmadimidget. Of course, after McCain wins, Ahmadimidget will go down, along with Iran's many militias scattered throughout Iraq and the Middle East.
Then, a "unity government" will be formed, already prepped for Iraq to include a fake Arab opposition or resistance that will be as much an opposition as the Democrats are here. For that story, the following link. But, first, a few caveats on the following link.
Al-Douri (name spelled different ways), leader of the Baath Party, has been consistently ressurrected from the dead, just like Bin Laden. I do NOT believe Al-Douri is alive. Oddly, the Iraq "resistance," article, is a source emanating from Egypt, while the Egyptian government recently extended a "state of emergency" in response to social upheaval, it hosted the notorious WEF, it is a key constituent in the region's reactionary privatization programs , and, lastly, I will note that the presumed spokesperson/people for the Baath Party no longer believes in a one party state.
I highlighted a few of the oddities in the following link. There are more. My point being, this is the "Arab" face with whom a "unity government" will form and they NEED an Arab face to butress the regional dilemma created by Persian/Iranian expansion into Iraq and elsewhere and the blowback it posed, http://www.uruknet.info/?p=44619
Then, the Arab governments that have so far abstained, like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, can officially recognize Iraq's puppet regime.
Furthermore, at present, BOTH Iran and Turkey are bombing the PKK to smithereens and the KRG has acquiesced to a power sharing arrangement over Kirkuk. www.iraqupdates.com/p_articles.php/refid/E2F-04-06-2008/article/31992
As I've said repeatedly on my blogs, Turkey has overturned the apple cart and the revised policies represented above are NECESSARY, best exemplified by Turkey's position in the following, www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=235392
Additionally, in the ongoing gas war with Russia's Gazprom, Iran is destined to be a part of Nabucco, that is, after Iran's regime change, www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=106237
In this scripted theatrepiece called the Ameican Presidential elections, Obama's role is the continued Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Iran policy and McCain represents its "hard line" discontinuity, altho it is presented as its opposite, of course. This is the reason McCain is SLATED to win and Obama's ersatz candidacy will go down. McCain's "hard line" is predetermined to win because US military occupation is a MUST in order to fight off further resistance, protect their greater, regonal privatized interests and project power outwards, as well, towards Russia and the Abkhazia-Georgia situation, Ukraine, and possibly Turkey, in addition, depending on further developments.
Without continued and further military projection and protection, the situation is too untenable and they can't garauntee what they've gained.
In contrast to the fake Arab opposition represented in the article above, compare to the following, one of the many reasons they need a continued and expansive military presence, http://www.arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/2008/06/from-1920-revolution-brigade.html
and, additionally, "Iraq's New Business Class Fears US Exit," www.zawya.com/story.cfm/sidFTNEWSPLUS_CB20080605_167/lok000000080605
For the rest of us, Hillary's campaign has opened the door. Now, it's time to walk in, exploit and seize this opportunity and not let it slip into the outstretched arms of the Republicans.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
You might be wondering, if you've been hearing the news from yesterday that Obama "won" the Democratic nomination, just what do I mean by the heading, above. Keep in mind, by the way, that Obama is the PRESUMPTIVE nominee. He is not the official nominee until the Convention in August, or, until Hillary concedes, whichever comes first.
First, a SHORT recapitulation for those NOT reading my blog for some time. Months ago, towards the very beginning of the Democratic Presidential campaign primaries, I said there are/were two Republican candidates, Obama and McCain. Obama's function was as a 'ringer, straw man," placed into the Democratic Party to knock out Hillary, divide and upset the Democratic Party, and, then, ultimately, to lose to McCain.
First part, mission accomplished.
HOWEVER, fast forward to the present. This past week, in particular, Saturday, and, then, yesterday, Tuesday, Obama was railroaded into the nomination, basically, by last minute superdelegates, thus, receiving the necessary number for the nomination.
Obama holds one ace in the 4 ace deck of cards.
But, Hillary did NOT concede, last night.
I advise everyone reading this, if they can, to listen to ALL of Hillary's speech last night from NYC. Not snippets, as is being broadcast on most of the TV and radio stations. (You can acess this through http://www.c-span.org/ , if not elsewhere.)
(By the way, alittle side note. I watched/heard Hillary's speech, last night on TV. After she was finished speaking, I thought the commentators on their respective corporate stations, the talking heads, would fall off their chairs. They were taken totally by surprise. Their mouths virtually dropped open. It was quite amusing watching them squirm and attempt to interpret off the cuff what left them completely unprepared and dumbfounded.)
Returning to the matter at hand. Hillary holds not two, not one, but 3 aces in her Democratic power deck of cards. It is totally, completely, absolutely, thoroughly impossible for the Democrats to win the Presidential race without Hillary's SUPPORTERS, approximately 18 million of them, keeping in mind both Michigan and Florida, as well. (Of course, Obama was not supposed to win, anyway. That was the point of the whole exercise.)
Anyway, everyone here is aware of this and all the "noise,talk, chatter, commentary" is about this subject. "What does Hillary want? How will she and her supporters be placated to support Obama?" Etc. All sorts of scenarios are being tossed about.
In Hillary's speech last night, NOT a concession speech, she said she would carefully consider what her next steps would be. She would think over it in the coming days and consult with others. AND, she INVITED people to contact her at her website. I suggest EVERYONE CONTACT HER AT HER WEBSITE. http://www.hillaryclinton.com/
Well, like Hillary, I, too, have to think about it alittle more and watch what unfolds over the coming days, weeks.
BUT, some immediate observations. I will reiterate and elaborate further what I've said in previous blogs.
The unintended consequences of the Obama mafia campaign, the sleaze and heavy handed tactics utilized, loaded caucuses, the Florida, Michigan disenfranchisement, hate and race based divisions, (someone else called it Balkanization) and more, created an UNINTENDED blowback, mobilizing, catalyzing, crystallizing into a somewhat genuine and popular MOVEMENT around the Hillary campaign. It was an organic outgrowth. A dialectical process, if you wish.
Without going into a whole lot of extraneous detail and analysis, the upshot of this is that the Hillary campaign is no longer about just Hillary, herself, but, represents a more potent, genuine, broad based, popular movement, force and a de facto SPLIT within the Democratic Party.
And, THAT is the important point.
Everybody here always talks about third parties and independent politics, how difficult it is to accomplish. Well, THIS IS the moment everyone has been waiting for! It is being handed to us all on a silver platter. Hillary happens to be its titular leader, at the moment. The one thing that should NOT happen is to let it be frittered away or coopted. Opportunity has been unintentionally created. A strategic opportunity which should, can and must be capitalized upon to broadened, deepen and grow the power of this movement. I have made comments about this in my previous blogs in May and June.
For the rest of the world, these developments are also very significant. The power relationships in the US are in flux right now. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Do not listen to the garbage emananting out of the fake Left or the commercial media. They will do their best to make sure the above is sabotaged, torpedoed.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
First, an addendum to a previous blog in which I highlighted the sale/privatization of Turkey's major, state, petrochemical firm, Petkim, the sale being arranged and financed, partially, by Akbank.
Akbank, in turn, co-owned by Turkey's Sabanci family and Citigroup, as well as an association with Iran's Parian.
Saudi Prince Talal, of course, being Citigroup's largest, single, private investor.
In addition, I forgot to mention another important factor related to the above.
Sabanci's major, US petrochemical partner is the multinational conglomerate of I.E.Dupont. Presumably, everyone on the globe should be familiar with the name Dupont, just like Rockefeller.
Rockefeller, Dupont. Sabanci.
One big, happy family.
Meanwhile, on the Nabucco, Dana Gas versus Gazprom war front,
"Future of Gas Discussed at Turkey's Istanbul Conference."
Following is why Kirkuk independence will NOT happen now and the PKK, who are presently being bombed, will be squelched and why Syria will, indeed, decouple from Iran, leaving Iran isolated, and ultimately Iran's present regime will either disappear and/or morph, shift policies, to be in alignment with all of the above/following:
In addition, Syria's Assad is visiting with the UAE this week and Assad has just indicated his support for the Doha agreement regarding Lebanon.
Further, France and Dana Gas are partners in Egypt:
And, of course, France and Lebanon, along with the US and Saudi Arabia, whose vast interests together need no further explain.
Following along similar lines, Iran's Rafsanjani to visit Saudi Arabia in line with an article from my previous blog, May 30, entitled Arab League Seeks Lebanon Style Solution for Iraq:
A regional "deal," indeed, is in the making, as Layla has so accurately forecast, BUT, Iran's Islamic, proxy militias will NOT be part of it UNLESS they fold up their tents, acquiesce and melt into the rest of the vast political background or they will be annihilated.
And McCain will be the next US President, probably, by a wide margin, that is, a wide relative to the small percentage, roughly 40% or so, of eligible voters in the US who bother to vote anymore.
The Presidential winner actually represents approximately 20% or less of the eligible US voting population.
And, following is just alittle snippet of SOME of the many reasons why Obama is going to look like a piece of stale swiss cheese, SHORTLY, assuming they ramrod his name through the nomination process.
This JUST appeared not on any radical mouthpiece, but, CNN, regarding Obama and the corrupt Chicago political machine from which he emanates:
Hillary, most likely, would have won, which is why Obama was needed, instead, an ersatz candidate, a straw man, in which RACE became THE central factor.
Unexpectedly, however, Hillary and her supporters will not obligingly fall on their swords, as expected, as they are supposed to do.
They just aren't going along with the game plan.
This entire primary situation was unexpected.
Hillary is in it for real, for power, for the Presidency.
She's on a personal "mission" and really believes she can "make a difference."
In addition, according to those whom I've heard narrating some of the sleaze tactics used at the loaded caucuses in caucus states, those folks ain't gonna vote for Obama.
No way. No how. Not to mention Florida and Michigan.
In contrast to the debased, debauched depravity represented above, I'll end on one brief historical and musical note.
Alittle context in which to compare and contrast the preceding and now.
A reasonably nice documentary recently aired on PBS about folklorist Peter Seeger's life and career.
(I'll link to it at the end).
It was not intended as a "balanced," scholarly, account, warts and flaws included, but, instead, more of an homage to Seeger's vast musical influence and life.
It is/was refreshing to see some footage and background of the historical context which influenced both Seeger and Paul Robeson, another equally forgotten EXTRAORDINARY musical and political name.
Re-experiencing the quantitative and qualitative difference between Paul Robeson and Pete Seeger's intellects, musicology, performances, the depth of their lives, experiences and background, and contrasting it/them to the noise and shallowness of what calls itself popular culture now, the commodified, commercial, loud, cookie cutter version, and the equally debased and debauched Fascist politics, truly illuminates the difference and tragedy between what was then and what is now.
This "transformation" is coming to the rest of the globe.
Is this what you want?
If not, better do something about it, NOW.
Here's a clip from youtube with MANY MORE available from the documentary:
And a short review: