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Mientras los lderes de las protestas estudiantiles nicaragenses se reunan con neoconservadores en Washington DC, una publicacin financiada por el brazo del gobierno estadounidense encargado en los cambios de rgimen, la Fundacin Nacional para la Democracia (NED por sus siglas en ingls), se jacta de gastar millones de dlares preparando el terreno para la insurreccin contra Daniel Ortega.

By Max Blumenthal

(Read the original report in English with hyperlinked sourcinghere).

Mientras que algunas corporaciones de medios de comunicacin han retratado al violento movimiento de protesta que atrapa a Nicaragua como una corriente progresista de base, los propios lderes estudiantiles del pas han sugerido lo contrario.

A principios de junio, jvenes lderes activistas nicaragenses salieron de excursin a Washington DC, financiados por el grupo derechista de defensa del Estado estadounidense Freedom House. Los lderes estudiantiles nicaragenses estaban all para suplicar a Donald Trump y otros funcionarios derechistas del gobierno de los Estados Unidos, para que los ayudaran en su lucha contra el presidente nicaragense Daniel Ortega.

En la excursin a la capital de EE. UU., Los jvenes activistas posaron en fotos con algunos de los ms notorios neoconservadores del Congreso de los EE. UU .: los senadores Ted Cruz y Marco Rubio y la representante Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Los lderes estudiantiles nicaragenses tambin fueron llevados a reuniones con altos funcionarios del Departamento de Estado y la organizacin de poder blando USAID. All, se les asegur que contaran con el sonoro apoyo de Washington.

Un mes antes de las reuniones entre lderes estudiantiles nicaragenses y los legisladores ultraconservadores, en Washington, una publicacin financiada por el brazo del gobierno estadounidense encargado en los cambios de rgimen, Fundacin Nacional para la Democrcia (NED), afirm sin rodeos que organizaciones respaldadas por la NED dedicaron aos y millones de dlares preparando el terreno para la insurreccin en Nicaragua.

Este artculo que se jacta abiertamente de la injerencia Estadounidense se public en la pgina web de noticias, enfocada en Amrica Latina Global Americans, y fue escrito por el acadmico estadounidense Benjamin Waddell, director acadmico de la Escuela de Capacitacin Internacional en Nicaragua. Despus de la publicacin de este artculo, Global Americans reemplaz el trmino insurreccin con la palabra menos ofensiva cambio. Sin embargo, el ttulo original an se puede ver en la URL del artculo.

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The Battle of Nabi Saleh: Soldiers vs. Kids | Max Blumenthal

When Israeli soldiers entered the embattled Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh on July 2, they were immediately confronted by over a dozen small children. While the IDF is accustomed to firing teargas canisters, percussion grenades, rubber bullets and even live .22 caliber ammunition at adolescent boys, members of the Nahal unit and Kfir infantry brigade tasked with suppressing the weekly Nabi Saleh demonstration were frustrated by the children who surrounded and taunted them. At one point, the division commander became so upset he barked into his radio, I need backup!

The spectacle of seven-year-old children confronting heavily armed and visibly confused soldiers offers one of the clearest perspectives of the lopsided power dynamic that animates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It also highlights the reality of life for children in the Occupied Territories. They play soccer and dodgeball between phalanxes of soldiers firing lethal projectiles at their neighbors just a few meters away everyday life is an act of resistance.

Why are children participating in popular protests? Consider the case of Niilin, a Palestinian village engaged in popular struggle against the construction of the separation wall across its privately owned land. The Israeli army is holding three members of its small popular committee the political leadership of the village in harsh conditions in Ofer prison. They were arrested without charges during a night raid, subjected to psychological torture by the Shabak (Israels General Security Service), and are being held indefinitely.

Everyone is scared to protest now, Saeed Amireh, a Niilin resident in his early twenties, told me. I can participate in the demonstrations because I am single. But for those of us who have wives and children, going to jail is the worst. How can we work for our families or know what is happening with our wife if we are taken away? Amireh had just returned from a four month stint in Ofer prison which he described as horrible. He is still not sure what crime he was accused of committing. Its bullshit, he said. Im not the one doing any violence.

During Fridays protest in Nabi Saleh, orders could be heard blaring from soldiers radios to photograph some of the older (read: over 10 years old) boys participating in the protest. The photos are used to identify targets for night raids, when soldiers enter the village under cover of darkness, burst into homes and grab the young children and adolescent boys comprising the villages shabab from their beds.

According to Lymor Goldstein, a lawyer who represents many of the Niilin residents detained for joining protests, the arrested youth are immediately subjected to psychological torture by the Shabak: they are held in total darkness, fed at odd hours, threatened, and interrogated as soon as they become sufficiently scared and disoriented. They dont really need to beat them, Goldstein told me during a demonstration in Niilin. The psychological torture is so intense that almost no one can resist it. (Goldstein confided to me that he was having trouble recalling specific names because of a rubber bullet that pierced his skull during a protest in the village of Bilin in 2006, causing long term damage to his vision and memory. Video of the Israeli Border Police shooting Goldstein is here.)

Because grown men are particularly vulnerable to imprisonment and adolescent boys are targeted with just about any kind of violence the Israeli army wants to level against them, young children have led the Nabi Saleh demonstrations on at least three occasions. While the soldiers acted with general restraint towards the kids (Nahal is peppered with left-leaning citizen-soldiers who have been convinced they can foster change from within by joining a combat unit) children as young as seven have been called in for recent interrogations by the Shabak. While the Shabak called the incident a mistake, it is not isolated. Nora Barrows-Friedman reported last March on a 10 year old who was badly beaten during a night raid of his home by Israeli troops, then detained in a nearby settlement for 10 hours. In Nabi Saleh, a young boy was critically injured by Israeli forces in March.

On July 2, the soldiers in Nabi Saleh wound up taking their frustrations out on two Israeli activists, Yonathan Shapira and Matan Cohen, violently subduing and arresting them. Though Shapira and Cohen were baselessly accused by the IDF Spokesmans Office of attacking a soldier, they were released hours after their detention.

What are Israeli soldiers doing in Nabi Saleh in the first place? The village has been besieged by its neighbors from the religious nationalist Israeli settlement of Halamish since Halamish was constructed in 1977 on land privately owned by Nabi Salehs residents. Recently, the settlers seized control of a fresh water spring that has belonged to Nabi Saleh since the village was built in the 19th century. In December 2009, the settlers uprooted hundreds of the villages olive trees in an attempt to re-annex land awarded back to Nabi Saleh in an Israeli court case. Since then, farmers from Nabi Saleh have been subjected to routine attacks by settlers and prevented from working their land. The Israeli army has come down firmly on the side of Halamish, suppressing the demonstrations with disproportionate force while doing little, if anything, to prevent settler violence. But if the spirit of Nabi Salehs young demonstrators are any indication, the army has a long way to go before it breaks the villagers will.

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Max Blumenthal: US is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

AARON MAT: Its The Real News. Im Aaron Mat. A surge of neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism in eastern Europe has a strong US tie. The Polish Senate has approved a law that criminalizes the assigning of responsibility to Polish nationals for the crimes of the Nazi Holocaust and for using the term Polish death camp. Polands far-right government is a close US ally and was openly embraced by a President Trump in a visit last July. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, it has just been revealed that the US has supplied military assistance to the Azov Battalion, a far-right militia known as a bastion of neo-Nazism within the Ukrainian armed forces.

Max Blumenthal is a bestselling author and senior editor of the Grayzone Project. His recent piece published by The Real News is called The US is Arming and Assisting Neo-Nazis in Ukraine While Congress Debates Prohibition. Welcome, Max. Lets start with what you have reported for The Real News about Ukraine. You call this a truly scandalous episode of close to covert US support for neo-Nazism in Ukraine. Explain whats going on now.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: The Azov Battalion is essentially a militia thats grown out of the Patriot of Ukraine Party, which was a neo-Nazi, white nationalist party founded by a street demagogue named Andriy Biletsky, who has pledged to restore the honor of the white race, his words, has through his Social National Party in the Ukrainian parliament advanced laws forbidding race mixing, this kind of thing. The Azov Battalion became active after the civil war began in the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, when pro-Russian separatists sought to secede, partly because of the neo-Nazi incipiency in Kiev. They didnt want any part of it. They speak Russian. Their language was not going to be recognized by the new government.

So, the Azov Battalion was ultimately incorporated into the countrys National Guard and military through the Ministry of Interior, through Arsen Avakov, who has been basically a supporter of its agenda all along. He also at one point installed another figure from Patriot of Ukraine, Dmitry Yarosh, as the police commissioner in Kiev. This is another neo-Nazi figure.

All along, we saw these denials, especially in 2014 during the Maidan so-called Revolution of Dignity, which was actually a right-wing nationalist coup against the democratically elected government. We heard liberal voices like Timothy Snyder or neoconservative operatives like Jamie Kirchick deny the very existence of neo-Nazism in the ranks of the Maidan. Now, I think its very clear that Azov is on the march, and Ill get to that in a minute.

What I did here at The Real News was compile a series of reports, including from Azovs own website, that demonstrate that US military trainers have visited Azov in the field to train and exchange logistical information. They appeared in uniform with Azov Battalion members who were wearing the wolfs angel patch, which is a Nazi SS symbol, a runic neo-Nazi symbol on their arm. This is just a scandalous spectacle. Not only that, contracts have been revealed showing that the Texas-based AirTronic arms company has produced PSRL-1 grenade launchers that were actually authorized under this watch of the State Department and delivered directly into the hands of the Azov Battalion. The US has armed Azov. Azov actually scrubbed photographs from its website that showed them in the field with those very weapons.

One reason this is significant is because the Azov Battalion functions in a lot of ways like ISIS has in Syria and Iraq, where it receives foreign fighters. Its received sniper training from a Swedish military veteran, and it received a French farmhand named Gregoire Montaux at some point in 2016, Montaux returned from Azov camps in the east with a trove of weapons that was enormous. I mean, were talking about hundreds of pounds of C4 explosives, automatic weapons and grenade launchers. And he was on his way to western Europe to attack a soccer festival and carry out attacks on synagogues and mosques. This would have been one of the most significant terror attacks in recent European history.

So, its a scandalous episode and now weve learned in the last week that the Azov Battalion has formed a National Corps, which is both a political party and a street militia, that is deployed into the streets of Kiev. A neo-Nazi militia is deployed into Kiev. Theyre not fighting pro-Russian separatists. Theyre there to restore law and order. This is part of the wider agenda of the far-right nationalist and neo-Nazi movement in Ukraine. Its called the Reconquista. Its been spelled out by Andriy Biletsky, their chief ideologue. And the idea is to essentially recapture the so-called white countries in Europe, Ukraine being the bastion of the white reconquest of Europe. So, you have hundreds of armed neo-Nazi militia members in Kiev right now. They have actually interrupted a city council meeting. They took over a city council meeting in central Ukraine.

Its beginning to look like a putsch. President Poroshenko is weaker than ever. Hes even been denounced by the Kiev Post, which is basically an arm of the pro-NATO Atlantic Council. Hes, I dont know why, getting attacked by all of the pro-Maidan Western commentators. Meanwhile, this neo-Nazi putsch is happening beneath the radar of US media and its absolutely terrifying, not only to the Jewish community of Ukraine but to average Ukrainians.

AARON MAT: Max, in the piece, you quote anti-Nazi activist Efraim Zuroff, who says that Ukraine has more statues for killers of Jews than any other country. I found that chilling. There have been efforts in the US Congress to bar the delivery of weapons to neo-Nazis in Ukraine but theyve been defeated. Is that right?

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Well, they havent been defeated. Theyve been continually pulled from Congressional defense authorization bills and there is one prohibition thats been proposed. The House Appropriations Bill contains the language forbidding weapons to Azov, but in the meantime, while Congress dithered, the Trump administration authorized the shipment of tandem anti-tank missiles, extremely advanced anti-tank missiles from Raytheon. The USs envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, who is connected to Raytheon through various means which I explained in a separate article at Truthdig, is in favor of this arms shipment, and its inevitable that it will reach Azov because as I said, Azov have been absorbed into the national Ukrainian military and are considered some of the best fighters.

Another point is that if you look at the 600 or so Azov National Corps members who deployed to Kiev to restore national order, just the cost of their coats alone would cost over 1.7 million dollars, according to several Ukrainian media sources. Whos paying the bills for them? How are they able to maintain advanced weaponry, such high-level uniforms? All of these questions suggest that theyre operating hand in glove with the Ukrainian military, the Ukrainian government, specifically the Interior Ministry of Arsen Avakov.

AARON MAT: Lets talk about Poland. You have this law just passed this week by the Polish Senate that criminalizes the criticism, essentially, of Polands role in the Nazi Holocaust. I was struck by the language from the State Department in response to this. It was very mild. It talked about it jeopardizing strategic relationships, saying that, The resulting divisions that may arise among our allies benefits only our rivals. Mild words there from the US towards a very close ally openly embraced by Donald Trump.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Yeah.

AARON MAT: Your thoughts on the role of the US in supporting the Polish government. And also, one of your areas of focus, which is Israel, which also has developed ties to Poland, although they have criticized this legislation.

MAX BLUMENTHAL: Yeah. First, I should mention that Ukraine has enacted very similar legislation, forbidding, basically banning any Ukrainian citizen from condemning Nazi collaborators like Stepan Bandera or Roman Shukhevych, who had streets, boulevards and memorials named for them across Ukraine. These were the Jew-killers that Efraim Zuroff was referring to. In fact, Stepan Bandera Boulevard in Kiev leads to Babi Yar, one of the sites of Jewish slaughter thats remembered in Holocaust history. Thats just disgusting to me and it should be to everyone else. American Jewish organizations have been very silent on this matter.

In Poland, the government, the Law and Justice government, this right-wing nationalist government which received Trump very warmly, Trump gave that speech where he echoed a lot of their language about the clash of civilizations and values, has enacted a law forbidding Polish citizens, the Senate has passed a law forbidding Polish citizens from referring to Polish death camps. Essentially, they want to delete the extensive collaboration of Polish citizens including people who are considered heroes by Polish nationalists today, from the annals of the Holocaust because they were Nazi collaborators. They were war criminals who were involved in the mass slaughter, the industrial slaughter of Jews.

The Israeli government has been very upset about this. This week, Israeli media has been turning to the so-called bubbees, the grandmothers who came to Israel after the Holocaust out of the Displaced Persons camps. One of the things that hasnt been really mentioned in Israeli media is the fact that the Israeli government last year signed a memorandum of understanding with the Polish Law and Justice government. Part of that memorandum of understanding was that Israel recognizes Polands need to ban expressions relating to Polish death camps. Israel just signed on to that. They basically signed on to the legislation that their government is condemning.

Why did they do that? Well, Israel has a long history, and the Zionist movement has a long history, of collaborating with anti-Semites including Nazi Germany, to advance its own narrow national interests. In this case, we recently saw Poland abstain from a UN vote condemning Israel over the Trump, condemning the Trump administrations recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Poland recently signed a 14.5 million dollar deal to import Patriot missiles from Israel that are mostly made by Israeli arms manufacturers.

Israels basically looking to eastern Europe as the future support base for its own Likud right-wing government. Israel really has no place to condemn Poland, or Ukraine, or any other country that engages in banning certain recognitions of the Holocaust because Israels government has authorized its own legislation to forbid its Palestinian citizens from observing their own destruction, specifically the nakba, which represented the organized campaign of ethnic cleansing from 1947 to 1948, and the ongoing campaign of destruction and dispossession of the Palestinian people. So, those are really shared values between Israel and the Polish government and those shared values are reflected in the Memorandum of Understanding.

AARON MAT: On that historical point about the history of figures in the Zionist movement, prominent figures collaborating with anti-Semites. Theres an episode of the Moderate Rebels podcast, hosted by Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton, with guest Joseph Massad on this topic and well link to that on The Real News website on this page.

Max Blumenthal, bestselling author, senior editor of the Grayzone Project, thank you. And thank you for joining us on The Real News.

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From the Facebook page of Pam Geller’s Stop The Islamization Of America (SIOA)

After working tirelessly to inspire a nationwide pogrom against Muslim citizens of the United States, the leading online race hustler Pam Geller is pantomiming outrage about a video showing her supporters harassing and nearly assaulting a black man they mistook for a Muslim at the rally against the construction of the Cordoba House Islamic center on August 22. Gellers reaction to the video was couched in a typically unhinged tirade against me; she described me as a kapo and notorious Jew hater. Geller then claimed, I have no idea what this rally is, and went on to attack the heavily-promoted, well-publicized demonstration as a half-assed effort, calling it, harmful to the cause of freedom of expression.

It is always amusing when leaders of groups that openly promote genocide against religious minorities and other out-class members accuse their followers of crossing a red line, as though there is any threshold they will not cross. Usually these moments arise from the kind of ugly leadership struggles that are common to proto-fascist movements comprised of neurotic and otherwise psychologically dysfunctional individuals (see the demise of the Minutemen for an example). Such a scenario appears to have prompted Gellers screed.

As a stereotypical, shrieking figure who exhibits the classically sadomasochistic pathology of authoritarian demagogues the simultaneous drive to destroy the weak and worship power Geller is utterly incapable of summoning any moral opposition to the raw racism that was on display at Park51. After all, she played a central role in inciting the ugly spectacle.

More genocidal propaganda from Geller’s SIOA

Thus it appears Gellers attempt to distance herself from the rally is purely cynical, the result of a row between her and the group that organized the rally, The Coalition To Honor Ground Zero. Richard Bartholomew speculated that Geller may have flown into a petulant frenzy over the pointed exclusion of her outfit, Stop The Islamization Of America, from the protest. Acrimony between her and Tom Trento of the Florida Security Council over the handling of a past anti-Muslim initiative may have also provoked her snit. Whatever the reason, it is increasingly clear that Geller is going to extreme lengths to keep the movement under her heel; any event planned outside the purview of her organization presents a direct threat to her celebrity and paycheck.

Gellers claim that she had no idea about the August 22 rally is ridiculous. According to the Daily Caller, Beth Gilinsky, an organizer for The Coalition to Honor Ground Zero and founder of the JewishAction Alliance, is coordinating the rally. And Gilinsky and Geller have worked hand-in-glove for years. At the April 25 Stand With Israel rally in New York City, Gilinsky introduced Geller as a very dear friend for whom she holds enormous admiration. (Geller proceeded to wave a scarf reading Yid Army before the crowd, making a cartoonish attempt at Jewish ethnic identification while at the same time expressing her admiration for violent British football hooligans.) Geller has also lavished praise on Gilinsky, hailing her as one of the warriors who attempted to stop the Khalil Gibran Academy from opening in Brooklyn.

The Facebook page of SIOA is a window into the mentality of Geller and her allies

Considering that Geller and Gilinsky spearheaded the campaign against the Girban Academy and that they at least claim to be very dear friends, it is hard to imagine that Geller had no idea that Gilinsky and company were planning a major rally on August 22. So Geller is simply deceiving her readers. And given that many of those on the list of organizations and individual racists supporting The Coalition To Honor Ground Zero are scheduled to appear at the rally Geller is planning on 9-11 against Cordoba House, Geller appears to be disparaging her own allies as well, conceding that they are in fact a bunch of deranged, potentially violent bigots whose actions are harmful to the cause of freedom of expression.

It is up to Geller to explain to her readers why she is lying to them and why she holds her confederates in such contempt. Until then, she can respond to the following questions:

1. Does Geller condemn the August 22 Park 51 rally or not? Put up or shut up.

2. Does Geller condemn the groups and individuals associated with the half-assed and harmful effort?

3. If Barack Obama is Malcolm Xs illegitimate child as Geller has claimed, is Geller the mistress of Mel Gibson?

4. If Geller is such a good Jew, why does she endorse a British fascist group that is led by anti-Semitic skinheads and is connected to the whites-only British National Party?

5. Does Geller condemn Glenn Beck as an anti-Semite for saying the Jews killed Jesus? Yes or no. Anti-semitism, yes or no.

6. If Geller is such a good Jew, why does she so brazenly violate established halachic guidelines againstcosmetic surgery?

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Anti-Flotilla video fraud linked to PM … – Max Blumenthal

What is Netanyahu aide Guy Seemann’s role in the anti-flotilla pinkwashing hoax?

As the new Free Gaza flotilla prepares to sail to Gaza, a suspicious video has emerged by an unknown gay rights activist claiming that he was rejected by the flotilla activists because of his sexuality. The anonymous activist, who had no previous online history, produced no evidence to support his claim. Within minutes, Benjamin Doherty the man who helped expose our friend Tom MacMaster was able tocast serious doubt on the videos authenticity. It appeared pretty clear that the video was a pinkwashing hoax.

Since then, Doherty and I have gathered evidence suggesting that the video has links to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus office, or is at least being promoted through an official government hasbara operation.

The video was promoted early on if not initially by someone named Neil Lazarus, who shared it on Facebook (see screenshots here and here). I happened to have met Neil Lazarus during my Taglit/Birthright Israel trip in 2001. Lazarus was brought before my group to present the Israeli governments hasbara and to demonize the Palestinian Authority. He was as slick as any good used car salesman. Since then, Lazarus has become a major figure in the world of hasbara. From Neilsbio:

His client list is extensive and includes; The Prime Ministers Office,The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Israeli Ministry of Tourism, Jewish Federations

He acted as the Israel advocacy policy advisor for Israels leading reality television program, The Ambassador

Earlier today, the Israeli Government Press Office promoted the apparent hoax video on Twitter. In the tweet, @GPOIsrael cited @guyseemann. I headed over to Guy Seemanns twitter feed and found that he had only tweeted one item in his entire history: the pinkwashing anti-flotilla hoax. In fact, Seemann only joined Twitter on June 15, 2011. Then I took a look at Guy Seemanns bio:

Guy Seemann studied government, international policy, philosophy and physics at American University in Washington, DC. Before moving to Israel, Guy worked for United States Senator Robert Menendez, and then as a special projects coordinator in the North Eastern campaign for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Since the campaign and moving to Israel, Guy was awarded a fellowship to work with international journalists and diplomats at the Prime Ministers Office, served as the international director for Lev Echad, and volunteered for the IDF. Guy will soon begin a new job at the Prime Ministers National Security Council working on Iranian, US and UN policy.

Why would the Israeli GPO have tweeted at Guy Seemann, a Netanyahu aide who seems to have created a Twitter account for the sole purpose of promoting the pinkwashing hoax? And what was Seemanns role in the videos creation? How did Lazarus know about the video before it had garnered any media interest and only a small handful of hits? These questions remain unanswered. However, the videos promotion by an exclusive cadre of official Israeli hasbara entities and figures suggest the hoax was part of a desperate government operation designed to discredit the Free Gaza flotilla. I will be updating here as I learn more.

Update: Guy Seemanns twitter page has disappeared and his bio has changed. Seemann told Ali Abunimah that he promoted the hoax video but had no role in its production. Meanwhile, the character in the video has been identified by EI as Omer Gershon, an Israeli actor.

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During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets asa fake organization that exists only tocreate propaganda forjihadists and terrorists. Warning that the groups unverified claims about chemical weapons attacks across insurgent-held territory were aimed at triggering Western military intervention, Waters cautioned his audience,If we were tolisten tothe propaganda ofthe White Helmets and others, we would encourage our governments tostart dropping bombs onpeople inSyria. This would be a mistake ofmonumental proportions forus ashuman beings.

In fact, Waters had first hand experience with the powerful pro-war PR operation behind the White Helmets. Back in October 2016, a public relations firm representing the White Helmets called The Syria Campaign attempted to recruit Waters by inviting him to a lavish dinner organized by a Saudi-British billionaire, Hani Farsi. The rock legend and renowned activist was told that by signing on to the organizations mission, he could help elevate the voices of Syrias peaceful heroes

Just days before his recent concert in Barcelona, Waters was lobbied again to support the White Helmets, this time by an eccentric French photojournalist affiliated with what he described as a very powerfull [sic] syrian network. The activist demanded to join Waters on stage and deliver a message for the children of syria.

Waters did not respond to either request.

These emailed solicitations from White Helmets representatives and activists were provided by Waters to the Grayzone Project, and are published in full at the bottom of this article. The documents demonstrate how the organizations well-funded public relations apparatus has targeted celebrities as the key to the hearts and minds of the broader Western public.

Unlike many other A-listers, however, Waters took time to research the White Helmets and investigate its ulterior agenda.

I was quite suspicious after I was invited to that [White Helmets] dinner, Waters told the Grayzone Project. And now my worst suspicions have been confirmed.

The October 2016 dinner invite was delivered to Waters by a representative for the Corniche Group, an international holding company belonging to the family of the London-based Saudi billionaire Hani Farsi. Farsi was seeking Waters presence at a fundraising dinner he had organized on behalf of The Syria Campaign.

The Syria Campaign is a well-funded public relations front established to promote The White Helmets as a group of heroic rescuers who require the protection of Western militaries. Through series of petitions and public demonstrations, The Syria Campaign has unsuccessfully pushed for a No Fly Zone in Syria that would have likely resulted in the kind of Western military intervention that toppled Libyan President Moammar Qaddafi and destabilized Libya.

The slick PR firm has also resorted to astroturfed public stunts like a pro-White Helmets flash mob and orchestral performance at New York Citys Grand Central Station where participants were paid up to $600 each.

Farsis relationship to the The Syria Campaign had been kept private until now. A Syrian-British oil tycoon named Ayman Asfari has taken a much more vocal role with the PR group, providing it with seed money to advance his mission tostimulate US and UK support for regime change in Syria. Waters was informed that Asfaris wife, Sawsan, would be on hand for the 2016 White Helmets fundraising dinner.

Over the past two years, The Syria Campaign has securedendorsements of the White Helmets work from actors including George Clooney, Aziz Ansari, Ben Affleck, and pop stars like Coldplay and Justin Timberlake. The Syria Campaign also helped orchestrate the production of an Oscar-winning Netflix documentary about the White Helmets in 2017. In the email to Waters, a Corniche Group staffer urged the singer to watch that film and provided him with a link to its trailer.

I would encourage the celebrities whove signed to endorse the White Helmets to stop supporting them because we know what they are, Waters told the Grayzone Project. I dont blame them for having bought in to it. On the face of it, it felt plausible that the White Helmets were just good people doing good things. But now we know theyre trying to encourage the West to drops bombs and missiles illegally in Syria.

Waters said he also concluded that The Syria Campaign the PR firm behind the White Helmets was not simply the humanitarian voice it purported to be, but a corporate outfit that represented much more prosaic interests.

The Syria Campaigns top funder, Asfari, was described by the UK Independent as one of the super rich Syrian exiles poised to oversee the rebuilding of the country if Assad were removed, and to presumably reap lucrative contracts in the process.

In its invite to Waters, The Syria Campaign presented him with links to articles that read like press releases for the White Helmets: one from Time Magazine and another by The Guardian urging the Nobel Prize committee to honor the organization with its highest award. The Syrian Campaign appeared to be taking credit for generating both pieces.

The reality of the White Helmets is much more disturbing than its hired PR guns have cared to admit. Not only have the White Helmets operated exclusively alongside Islamist extremist insurgents, including the local Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS, its members have participated in several documented public executions, and helped extremists dispose of beheaded corpses of those theyve killed.

Unable to discount the documented facts about the White Helmets ties to jihadist insurgents, The Syria Campaign published a lengthy report last year dismissing all critical reporting about the organization as the result of a vast Kremlin-directed conspiracy.

In its email to Waters, The Syria Campaign took credit for having helped these rescue workers attract more than $15 million in government funding and turned them into household names.

In fact, since the White Helmets were founded in Turkey by a former British MI5 officer named James Le Mesurier, the group has received at least $55 million from the British Foreign Office, $23 million or more from the United States Agency for International Developments Office of Transition Initiatives the State Departments de facto regime change arm and untold millions from the Kingdom of Qatar, which has also backed an assortment of extremist groups in Syria including Al Qaeda.

The White Helmets are routinely relied upon by the governments that fund them as a primary source on alleged chemical attacks, including the most recent incident in Douma. When Defense Secretary James Mattis cited social media in place of scientific evidence of a chemical attack in Douma, he was referring to video shot by members of the White Helmets. Similarly, when State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert sought to explain why the US bombed Syria before inspectors from the OPCW could produce a report from the ground, she claimed, We have our own intelligence. With little else to offer, she was likely referring to social media material published by members of the White Helmets.

In the days leading up to Waters April 13 concert in Barcelona, an assistant received an email from a French photojournalist named Pascal Hanrion who described himself as a militant with the syrian white helmets to denounce crimes against humanity in syria, and part of a very powerfull [sic] syrian network. Unlike the corporate PR professionals of The Syria Campaign, Hanrion appeared to be a freelance activist.

Back in July, 2016, Hanrion ran a marathon-style race through the Swiss Alps wearing a white helmet presented to him as a gift by rescue workers from the town of Jisr al-Shugour, which is located in the Al Qaeda-controlled Syrian providence of Idlib. According to journalist Jenan Moussa, the homes of original Jisr al-Shugour residents have been handed over by Al Qaedas local affiliate to Chinese Uighur jihadists and their families.

In his email, Hanrion requested to join Waters on stage so he could send a message to the children of Syria reminding them, you are not forgotten!

Instead of allowing the eccentric activist on stage, Waters delivered a message of his own, urging his audience to deconstruct the wall of pro-war narratives brick-by-brick.

What we should do is go and persuade our governments not togo and drop bombs onpeople, Waters implored the crowd, inspiring gales of applause. And certainly not untilwe have done all the research that is necessary so that we would have a clear idea ofwhat is really going on. Because we live inthe world where propaganda seems tobe more important thanthe reality.

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President Donald Trumps unilateral exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) has triggered a frenzied push inside the administration to support color revolution-style regime change operations in Iran.

According to the neoconservative Free Beacon, National Security Director John Bolton has authorized the publication and distribution of an internal white paper urging a strategy by which the Trump administration can actively work to assist an already aggravated Iranian public topple the hardline ruling regime through a democratization strategy that focuses on driving a deeper wedge between the Iranian people and the ruling regime.

The white paper was produced by Jim Hanson, a self-proclaimed expert practitioner of the art of war who is virtually unknown in Washington. I know of Hanson primarily through his prolific presence on Twitter, where he operates under the handle, Uncle Jimbo, generally behaves like a far-right troll, and has eloquently branded me a #JihaDbag.

Hanson is the director of the Security Studies Group (SSG), a little-known think tank staffed by former employees of Frank Gaffneys Center for Security Policy. Like Gaffney, who has spilled gallons of ink trying to prove that Barack Obama was a Muslim, Hanson and his colleagues are fervent anti-Islam zealots who emerged from the fever swamps of right-wing online media, touting their military experience and mock scholarship to market themselves as counter-terror experts.

During the 2016 campaign, Hanson and his crew insinuated themselves into the campaign of Ted Cruz before moving into Trumps orbit thanks to sponsorship from Steve Bannon and his alt-national security council, the Strategic Initiatives Group. Bannon was eventually removed from the White House under pressure from the national security establishment, but the subsequent replacement of H.R. McMaster with Bolton at the NSC has brought Hanson and his SSG back into the fray. The resurgence of these counter-terror cranks suggests that Trumps Iran policy is heading towards a dangerous and very strange place.

Continue reading Trump White House Reviewing Iran Regime Change Plan by Right-Wing Troll Jim Uncle Jimbo Hanson

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Journalist Sulome Anderson, whose reporting on Hezbollah has repeatedly been called into question, has admitted that one of her supposed Hezbollah sources is incredibly unreliable, after she was once again exposed for having reported false information.

On May 9, Anderson tweeted two videos that she claimed showed Iran supposedly firing missiles at the illegally Israel-occupied Golan. Numerous Twitter users immediately pointed out that the videos contained no such footage.

Anderson then deleted these tweets, and they were not archived. But an archived Google search shows the cached versions of the tweets:

Continue reading Sulome Anderson Admits Her Supposed Hezbollah Source Is Incredibly Unreliable

The Senate Intelligence Committee has demanded all of Jill Steins campaign communications with Russian persons.

Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has turned over a large tranche of emails and documents to the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating unfounded rumors that Stein was part of a Russian plot to subvert the 2016 US presidential election.

However, she has refused to oblige a series of demand that that the Green Party hand over all communications with Russian media organizations, their employees, or associates, from February 6, 2015. The committee also insisted it turn over all communications related to the campaigns policy discussions related to Russia and all communications with Russian persons.

These requests provide one of the most revealing examples to date of the governments exploitation of Russia hysteria to suppress independent politics and alternative media in the US. In its demand for communications with Russian persons, the Senate committee has weaponized xenophobia to implicate Stein and intimidate other public figures against associating with anyone of Russian origin. With a few notable exceptions, this escalation of the Russiagate investigation has gone largely without notice by American media.

Continue reading Senate Investigation into Jill Stein Reveals Xenophobic, Anti-Democratic Direction of Russiagate

Max Blumenthal, editor of the Grayzone Project, appeared on Sky News Australia to discuss how corporate media outlets are imploring Donald Trump to launch airstrikes on the Syrian government, after an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Eastern Ghouta.

In November 2015, Abby Martins Empire Files interviewed me about the Israeli rights consolidation of control over the countrys institutions and the predominance of racist attitudes in Jewish Israeli society. It was a fairly straightforward discussion that covered many of the same subjects I touched on in my book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.

The video published by Empire Files did feature a shockingly genocidal tirade, but not from me; it concluded with footage of an Israeli soldier barking through a megaphone to the residents of the Palestinian town of Beit Ummar in the occupied West Bank: Go home, or we will gas you until you die!

Last week, I learned that YouTube had blocked Martins interview of me in 28 countries, asserting some vague legal mandate to do so. It also limited the sharing functions of the video in many others, but without explanation. Continue reading Why Is YouTube Censoring Content Critical of Israel?

Dec. 18 was a day like any other in the Donbas region, the flashpoint of a grinding civil war between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists. That afternoon, a girl was badly wounded by a shell fired by Ukrainians into the separatist-held Golmovsky. A few hours later, a hail of Grad rockets fired by pro-Russian forces poured down on the Ukrainian-controlled town of Novoluhanske, killing eight civilians in the middle of a community celebration and damaging over 100 buildings. The shelling continued into the night, killing three in the pro-Russian town of Stakhanov, including a 94-year-old woman.

Continue reading How Russiagate Helped Secure a Dangerous Arms Deal

As Qatar faces pressure to suppress an Al Jazeera report on the Israel lobby, Max Blumenthal and Ali Abunimah discuss how the climate of censorship and fear around Russiagate has empowered those long attacking Palestinian rights

Continue reading Will Russiagate Help the Israel Lobby Censor Al Jazeera?

However much Russiagate may annoy Trump personally, administration officials like H.R. McMaster are seizing on it to advance a militarist agenda at home and abroad. Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate discuss

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Robert Muellers charges against 13 Russians and their troll farm for information warfare against the U.S. has prompted comparisons to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Max Blumenthal breaks down the indictment and the overblown reaction

Continue reading Why is a Russian Troll Farm Being Compared to 9/11?

Reporting from the Gaza Strip, journalist and best-selling author Max Blumenthal says Netanyahus domestic corruption case has not even registered to a besieged Palestinian population under Israeli blockade

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Last night, Tucker Carlson invited AlterNet Senior Editor and rabid anti-Semitic activist Max Blumenthal to his Fox News show to discuss the Russia collusion narrative. Blumenthal, the son of former Clinton senior advisor Sidney Blumenthal, said that it was likely that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s “dots may never connect” and that the Democrats are proactively pushing the Trump-Russia collusion narrative to avoid actions on any progressive issues. He also implied that Trump’s election was the result of both political parties throwing the country under the bus. Here is what Blumenthal said:

I see Trump as the apotheosis of a failed political establishment, both from the Republicans and the Democrats. Pushing corporate trade and permanent war, and I thought the Democrats should have responded with a big narrative against premanent war and for economic equality. Instead, they are pushing Russia scandal-mongering non-stop. It has subsumed all the progressive grassroots movements I believed in, and it has basically buried the Left in a militaristic narrative.

Carlson’s decision to invite Blumenthal is a shocking one at best. Blumenthal has authored several books, including one that directly compared Israel to Nazi Germany. He frequently apologizes for the genocidal terrorist group Hamas, especially following Israel’s 2014 counteroffensive against the terrorist group. After Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel passed away, Blumenthal trashed him on Twitter and referred to him as a “defender of apartheid.” Blumenthal also caught considerable heat from the Left for his pro-Assad apologetics and for discrediting the White Helmets.

Many conservatives found Carlson’s decision to elevate Blumenthal to be problematic considering the latter’s trade in anti-Semitism and anti-Western ideology. Noah Pollak, the Executive Director of the Emergency Committee for Israel and a frequent commentator for The Weekly Standard, sent Daily Wire the following text message:

The only thing Blumenthal has ever been honest about is his admiration for terrorist groups, dictatorships, and anti-American crackpots. I don’t understand why anyone would look to him for political analysis as opposed to propaganda.

Commentary Magazine Associate Editor Noah Rothman also thought elevating Blumenthal was problematic:

Blumenthal’s record of defending anti-Semitic views rendered him so toxic that even Hillary Clinton’s campaign washed their hands of him.

Daily Wire and Resurgent contributor Josh Hammer had harsher words for Carlson:

Anytime you have Max Blumenthal on to advance your cause, you have already lost before you have even begun. Max is a notoriously self-hating anti-Semite who regularly shills for radical Islamic jihadists in their struggle against Israel and America, the twin banes of Max’s existence. He is a pathetic weasel of a human being whom conservatives should universally scorn and detest. It is shameful for Tucker Carlson to elevate his platform in any way whatsoever.

Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro also found Carlson’s invitation of Blumenthal problematic and puzzling.

It may have made some sense to have a leftist confirm Carlson’s narrative that the Russia narrative is malarkey, but making Max Blumenthal that guy must have been either a negligent oversight or a likely problematic sign of things to come for Fox News.

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Calls from US lawmakers to designate anti-American Al Jazeera as a foreign agent shows how Russiagates real aim is to suppress any viewpoint that challenges the mainstream narrative, journalist Max Blumenthal has warned.

Hysteria about Russias alleged ability to manipulate social media, news cycles and even $2-billion presidential elections serves as a general weapon of mass suppression which enables a war on alternative media and narratives outside of the establishment, particularly on social media, Blumenthal said in an interview with the Real News Network.

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Asked about recent calls by members of Congress for Al Jazeera to register as a foreign agent for its anti-American and anti-Semitic programming, Blumenthal pointed out that Russiagate has created a climate of politicized paranoia in which it is now acceptable to stigmatize and even silence voices that challenge the establishment line.

That was the whole point of Russiagate, Blumenthal said.

Marvelling at the mainstream medias near-unanimous praise for shady projects such as PropOrNot and Hamilton 68, Blumenthal said that 2017 saw the reintroduction of the blacklist, in which self-appointed Russian disinformation watchdogs have already identified dozens of alternative media outlets as Kremlin disinformation vehicles without providing evidence or even criteria for making such claims.

Ultimately, Russiagate is about silencing inconvenient viewpoints regardless of whether they have anything to do with Russia, Blumenthal argued.

There is an attempt at suppressing everything that’s outside the establishment narrative, Blumenthal said.

These are just the open platforms that the establishment, whether it’s the Jeb Bush establishment or the Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama establishment, seek to destroy because it did so much damage to them in 2016, and they can’t allow that to happen again, he said, noting that RT and Al Jazeera are among the few large media organizations which allow him to speak critically about Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians.

That’s why they’re putting pressure on Silicon Valley. That’s why the blacklist has come back. And that’s how Russiagate connects to Palestine because anyone in Palestine Solidarity depends on alternative media for oxygen, Blumenthal added.

On Wednesday, a group of congressmen called for Al Jazeera to be designated a foreign agent for its anti-American and anti-Semitic broadcasts. The bipartisan letter, addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, coincided with an announcement that the Qatar-funded broadcaster was releasing a film on Israeli lobbying in the US.

Some 400 entities and individuals are currently registered as foreign agents under the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Until recently, this list contained only a handful of foreign media outlets operating in the US. Threatened with asset freezes and arrests, a company servicing RT America was forced to register under the law in November.

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Mientras los lderes de las protestas estudiantiles nicaragenses se reunan con neoconservadores en Washington DC, una publicacin financiada por el brazo del gobierno estadounidense encargado en los cambios de rgimen, la Fundacin Nacional para la Democracia (NED por sus siglas en ingls), se jacta de gastar millones de dlares preparando el terreno para la insurreccin contra Daniel Ortega. By Max Blumenthal (Read the original report in English with hyperlinked sourcinghere). Mientras que algunas corporaciones de medios de comunicacin han retratado al violento movimiento de protesta que atrapa a Nicaragua como una corriente progresista de base, los propios lderes estudiantiles del pas han sugerido lo contrario. A principios de junio, jvenes lderes activistas nicaragenses salieron de excursin a Washington DC, financiados por el grupo derechista de defensa del Estado estadounidense Freedom House. Los lderes estudiantiles nicaragenses estaban all para suplicar a Donald Trump y otros funcionarios derechistas del gobierno de los Estados Unidos, para que los ayudaran en su lucha contra el presidente nicaragense Daniel Ortega. En la excursin a la capital de EE. UU., Los jvenes activistas posaron en fotos con algunos de los ms notorios neoconservadores del Congreso de los EE. UU .: los senadores Ted Cruz y Marco Rubio y la representante Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Los lderes estudiantiles nicaragenses tambin fueron llevados a reuniones con altos funcionarios del Departamento de Estado y la organizacin de poder blando USAID. All, se les asegur que contaran con el sonoro apoyo de Washington. Un mes antes de las reuniones entre lderes estudiantiles nicaragenses y los legisladores ultraconservadores, en Washington, una publicacin financiada por el brazo del gobierno estadounidense encargado en los cambios de rgimen, Fundacin Nacional para la Democrcia (NED), afirm sin rodeos que organizaciones respaldadas por la NED dedicaron aos y millones de dlares preparando el terreno para la insurreccin en Nicaragua. Este artculo que se jacta abiertamente de la injerencia Estadounidense se public en la pgina web de noticias, enfocada en Amrica Latina Global Americans, y fue escrito por el acadmico estadounidense Benjamin Waddell, director acadmico de la Escuela de Capacitacin Internacional en Nicaragua. Despus de la publicacin de este artculo, Global Americans reemplaz el trmino insurreccin con la palabra menos ofensiva cambio. Sin embargo, el ttulo original an se puede ver en la URL del artculo. Continue reading Maquinaria injerencista del gobierno de los EE.UU. se jacta de preparar el terreno para la insurreccin en Nicaragua.

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The Battle of Nabi Saleh: Soldiers vs. Kids | Max Blumenthal

When Israeli soldiers entered the embattled Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh on July 2, they were immediately confronted by over a dozen small children. While the IDF is accustomed to firing teargas canisters, percussion grenades, rubber bullets and even live .22 caliber ammunition at adolescent boys, members of the Nahal unit and Kfir infantry brigade tasked with suppressing the weekly Nabi Saleh demonstration were frustrated by the children who surrounded and taunted them. At one point, the division commander became so upset he barked into his radio, I need backup! The spectacle of seven-year-old children confronting heavily armed and visibly confused soldiers offers one of the clearest perspectives of the lopsided power dynamic that animates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It also highlights the reality of life for children in the Occupied Territories. They play soccer and dodgeball between phalanxes of soldiers firing lethal projectiles at their neighbors just a few meters away everyday life is an act of resistance. Why are children participating in popular protests? Consider the case of Niilin, a Palestinian village engaged in popular struggle against the construction of the separation wall across its privately owned land. The Israeli army is holding three members of its small popular committee the political leadership of the village in harsh conditions in Ofer prison. They were arrested without charges during a night raid, subjected to psychological torture by the Shabak (Israels General Security Service), and are being held indefinitely. Everyone is scared to protest now, Saeed Amireh, a Niilin resident in his early twenties, told me. I can participate in the demonstrations because I am single. But for those of us who have wives and children, going to jail is the worst. How can we work for our families or know what is happening with our wife if we are taken away? Amireh had just returned from a four month stint in Ofer prison which he described as horrible. He is still not sure what crime he was accused of committing. Its bullshit, he said. Im not the one doing any violence. During Fridays protest in Nabi Saleh, orders could be heard blaring from soldiers radios to photograph some of the older (read: over 10 years old) boys participating in the protest. The photos are used to identify targets for night raids, when soldiers enter the village under cover of darkness, burst into homes and grab the young children and adolescent boys comprising the villages shabab from their beds. According to Lymor Goldstein, a lawyer who represents many of the Niilin residents detained for joining protests, the arrested youth are immediately subjected to psychological torture by the Shabak: they are held in total darkness, fed at odd hours, threatened, and interrogated as soon as they become sufficiently scared and disoriented. They dont really need to beat them, Goldstein told me during a demonstration in Niilin. The psychological torture is so intense that almost no one can resist it. (Goldstein confided to me that he was having trouble recalling specific names because of a rubber bullet that pierced his skull during a protest in the village of Bilin in 2006, causing long term damage to his vision and memory. Video of the Israeli Border Police shooting Goldstein is here.) Because grown men are particularly vulnerable to imprisonment and adolescent boys are targeted with just about any kind of violence the Israeli army wants to level against them, young children have led the Nabi Saleh demonstrations on at least three occasions. While the soldiers acted with general restraint towards the kids (Nahal is peppered with left-leaning citizen-soldiers who have been convinced they can foster change from within by joining a combat unit) children as young as seven have been called in for recent interrogations by the Shabak. While the Shabak called the incident a mistake, it is not isolated. Nora Barrows-Friedman reported last March on a 10 year old who was badly beaten during a night raid of his home by Israeli troops, then detained in a nearby settlement for 10 hours. In Nabi Saleh, a young boy was critically injured by Israeli forces in March. On July 2, the soldiers in Nabi Saleh wound up taking their frustrations out on two Israeli activists, Yonathan Shapira and Matan Cohen, violently subduing and arresting them. Though Shapira and Cohen were baselessly accused by the IDF Spokesmans Office of attacking a soldier, they were released hours after their detention. What are Israeli soldiers doing in Nabi Saleh in the first place? The village has been besieged by its neighbors from the religious nationalist Israeli settlement of Halamish since Halamish was constructed in 1977 on land privately owned by Nabi Salehs residents. Recently, the settlers seized control of a fresh water spring that has belonged to Nabi Saleh since the village was built in the 19th century. In December 2009, the settlers uprooted hundreds of the villages olive trees in an attempt to re-annex land awarded back to Nabi Saleh in an Israeli court case. Since then, farmers from Nabi Saleh have been subjected to routine attacks by settlers and prevented from working their land. The Israeli army has come down firmly on the side of Halamish, suppressing the demonstrations with disproportionate force while doing little, if anything, to prevent settler violence. But if the spirit of Nabi Salehs young demonstrators are any indication, the army has a long way to go before it breaks the villagers will.

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Max Blumenthal: US is Arming Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

AARON MAT: Its The Real News. Im Aaron Mat. A surge of neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism in eastern Europe has a strong US tie. The Polish Senate has approved a law that criminalizes the assigning of responsibility to Polish nationals for the crimes of the Nazi Holocaust and for using the term Polish death camp. Polands far-right government is a close US ally and was openly embraced by a President Trump in a visit last July. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, it has just been revealed that the US has supplied military assistance to the Azov Battalion, a far-right militia known as a bastion of neo-Nazism within the Ukrainian armed forces. Max Blumenthal is a bestselling author and senior editor of the Grayzone Project. His recent piece published by The Real News is called The US is Arming and Assisting Neo-Nazis in Ukraine While Congress Debates Prohibition. Welcome, Max. Lets start with what you have reported for The Real News about Ukraine. You call this a truly scandalous episode of close to covert US support for neo-Nazism in Ukraine. Explain whats going on now. MAX BLUMENTHAL: The Azov Battalion is essentially a militia thats grown out of the Patriot of Ukraine Party, which was a neo-Nazi, white nationalist party founded by a street demagogue named Andriy Biletsky, who has pledged to restore the honor of the white race, his words, has through his Social National Party in the Ukrainian parliament advanced laws forbidding race mixing, this kind of thing. The Azov Battalion became active after the civil war began in the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine, when pro-Russian separatists sought to secede, partly because of the neo-Nazi incipiency in Kiev. They didnt want any part of it. They speak Russian. Their language was not going to be recognized by the new government. So, the Azov Battalion was ultimately incorporated into the countrys National Guard and military through the Ministry of Interior, through Arsen Avakov, who has been basically a supporter of its agenda all along. He also at one point installed another figure from Patriot of Ukraine, Dmitry Yarosh, as the police commissioner in Kiev. This is another neo-Nazi figure. All along, we saw these denials, especially in 2014 during the Maidan so-called Revolution of Dignity, which was actually a right-wing nationalist coup against the democratically elected government. We heard liberal voices like Timothy Snyder or neoconservative operatives like Jamie Kirchick deny the very existence of neo-Nazism in the ranks of the Maidan. Now, I think its very clear that Azov is on the march, and Ill get to that in a minute. What I did here at The Real News was compile a series of reports, including from Azovs own website, that demonstrate that US military trainers have visited Azov in the field to train and exchange logistical information. They appeared in uniform with Azov Battalion members who were wearing the wolfs angel patch, which is a Nazi SS symbol, a runic neo-Nazi symbol on their arm. This is just a scandalous spectacle. Not only that, contracts have been revealed showing that the Texas-based AirTronic arms company has produced PSRL-1 grenade launchers that were actually authorized under this watch of the State Department and delivered directly into the hands of the Azov Battalion. The US has armed Azov. Azov actually scrubbed photographs from its website that showed them in the field with those very weapons. One reason this is significant is because the Azov Battalion functions in a lot of ways like ISIS has in Syria and Iraq, where it receives foreign fighters. Its received sniper training from a Swedish military veteran, and it received a French farmhand named Gregoire Montaux at some point in 2016, Montaux returned from Azov camps in the east with a trove of weapons that was enormous. I mean, were talking about hundreds of pounds of C4 explosives, automatic weapons and grenade launchers. And he was on his way to western Europe to attack a soccer festival and carry out attacks on synagogues and mosques. This would have been one of the most significant terror attacks in recent European history. So, its a scandalous episode and now weve learned in the last week that the Azov Battalion has formed a National Corps, which is both a political party and a street militia, that is deployed into the streets of Kiev. A neo-Nazi militia is deployed into Kiev. Theyre not fighting pro-Russian separatists. Theyre there to restore law and order. This is part of the wider agenda of the far-right nationalist and neo-Nazi movement in Ukraine. Its called the Reconquista. Its been spelled out by Andriy Biletsky, their chief ideologue. And the idea is to essentially recapture the so-called white countries in Europe, Ukraine being the bastion of the white reconquest of Europe. So, you have hundreds of armed neo-Nazi militia members in Kiev right now. They have actually interrupted a city council meeting. They took over a city council meeting in central Ukraine. Its beginning to look like a putsch. President Poroshenko is weaker than ever. Hes even been denounced by the Kiev Post, which is basically an arm of the pro-NATO Atlantic Council. Hes, I dont know why, getting attacked by all of the pro-Maidan Western commentators. Meanwhile, this neo-Nazi putsch is happening beneath the radar of US media and its absolutely terrifying, not only to the Jewish community of Ukraine but to average Ukrainians. AARON MAT: Max, in the piece, you quote anti-Nazi activist Efraim Zuroff, who says that Ukraine has more statues for killers of Jews than any other country. I found that chilling. There have been efforts in the US Congress to bar the delivery of weapons to neo-Nazis in Ukraine but theyve been defeated. Is that right? MAX BLUMENTHAL: Well, they havent been defeated. Theyve been continually pulled from Congressional defense authorization bills and there is one prohibition thats been proposed. The House Appropriations Bill contains the language forbidding weapons to Azov, but in the meantime, while Congress dithered, the Trump administration authorized the shipment of tandem anti-tank missiles, extremely advanced anti-tank missiles from Raytheon. The USs envoy to Ukraine, Kurt Volker, who is connected to Raytheon through various means which I explained in a separate article at Truthdig, is in favor of this arms shipment, and its inevitable that it will reach Azov because as I said, Azov have been absorbed into the national Ukrainian military and are considered some of the best fighters. Another point is that if you look at the 600 or so Azov National Corps members who deployed to Kiev to restore national order, just the cost of their coats alone would cost over 1.7 million dollars, according to several Ukrainian media sources. Whos paying the bills for them? How are they able to maintain advanced weaponry, such high-level uniforms? All of these questions suggest that theyre operating hand in glove with the Ukrainian military, the Ukrainian government, specifically the Interior Ministry of Arsen Avakov. AARON MAT: Lets talk about Poland. You have this law just passed this week by the Polish Senate that criminalizes the criticism, essentially, of Polands role in the Nazi Holocaust. I was struck by the language from the State Department in response to this. It was very mild. It talked about it jeopardizing strategic relationships, saying that, The resulting divisions that may arise among our allies benefits only our rivals. Mild words there from the US towards a very close ally openly embraced by Donald Trump. MAX BLUMENTHAL: Yeah. AARON MAT: Your thoughts on the role of the US in supporting the Polish government. And also, one of your areas of focus, which is Israel, which also has developed ties to Poland, although they have criticized this legislation. MAX BLUMENTHAL: Yeah. First, I should mention that Ukraine has enacted very similar legislation, forbidding, basically banning any Ukrainian citizen from condemning Nazi collaborators like Stepan Bandera or Roman Shukhevych, who had streets, boulevards and memorials named for them across Ukraine. These were the Jew-killers that Efraim Zuroff was referring to. In fact, Stepan Bandera Boulevard in Kiev leads to Babi Yar, one of the sites of Jewish slaughter thats remembered in Holocaust history. Thats just disgusting to me and it should be to everyone else. American Jewish organizations have been very silent on this matter. In Poland, the government, the Law and Justice government, this right-wing nationalist government which received Trump very warmly, Trump gave that speech where he echoed a lot of their language about the clash of civilizations and values, has enacted a law forbidding Polish citizens, the Senate has passed a law forbidding Polish citizens from referring to Polish death camps. Essentially, they want to delete the extensive collaboration of Polish citizens including people who are considered heroes by Polish nationalists today, from the annals of the Holocaust because they were Nazi collaborators. They were war criminals who were involved in the mass slaughter, the industrial slaughter of Jews. The Israeli government has been very upset about this. This week, Israeli media has been turning to the so-called bubbees, the grandmothers who came to Israel after the Holocaust out of the Displaced Persons camps. One of the things that hasnt been really mentioned in Israeli media is the fact that the Israeli government last year signed a memorandum of understanding with the Polish Law and Justice government. Part of that memorandum of understanding was that Israel recognizes Polands need to ban expressions relating to Polish death camps. Israel just signed on to that. They basically signed on to the legislation that their government is condemning. Why did they do that? Well, Israel has a long history, and the Zionist movement has a long history, of collaborating with anti-Semites including Nazi Germany, to advance its own narrow national interests. In this case, we recently saw Poland abstain from a UN vote condemning Israel over the Trump, condemning the Trump administrations recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Poland recently signed a 14.5 million dollar deal to import Patriot missiles from Israel that are mostly made by Israeli arms manufacturers. Israels basically looking to eastern Europe as the future support base for its own Likud right-wing government. Israel really has no place to condemn Poland, or Ukraine, or any other country that engages in banning certain recognitions of the Holocaust because Israels government has authorized its own legislation to forbid its Palestinian citizens from observing their own destruction, specifically the nakba, which represented the organized campaign of ethnic cleansing from 1947 to 1948, and the ongoing campaign of destruction and dispossession of the Palestinian people. So, those are really shared values between Israel and the Polish government and those shared values are reflected in the Memorandum of Understanding. AARON MAT: On that historical point about the history of figures in the Zionist movement, prominent figures collaborating with anti-Semites. Theres an episode of the Moderate Rebels podcast, hosted by Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton, with guest Joseph Massad on this topic and well link to that on The Real News website on this page. Max Blumenthal, bestselling author, senior editor of the Grayzone Project, thank you. And thank you for joining us on The Real News.

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Neocon Pogromist Pam Geller Attacks Her … – Max Blumenthal

From the Facebook page of Pam Geller’s Stop The Islamization Of America (SIOA) After working tirelessly to inspire a nationwide pogrom against Muslim citizens of the United States, the leading online race hustler Pam Geller is pantomiming outrage about a video showing her supporters harassing and nearly assaulting a black man they mistook for a Muslim at the rally against the construction of the Cordoba House Islamic center on August 22. Gellers reaction to the video was couched in a typically unhinged tirade against me; she described me as a kapo and notorious Jew hater. Geller then claimed, I have no idea what this rally is, and went on to attack the heavily-promoted, well-publicized demonstration as a half-assed effort, calling it, harmful to the cause of freedom of expression. It is always amusing when leaders of groups that openly promote genocide against religious minorities and other out-class members accuse their followers of crossing a red line, as though there is any threshold they will not cross. Usually these moments arise from the kind of ugly leadership struggles that are common to proto-fascist movements comprised of neurotic and otherwise psychologically dysfunctional individuals (see the demise of the Minutemen for an example). Such a scenario appears to have prompted Gellers screed. As a stereotypical, shrieking figure who exhibits the classically sadomasochistic pathology of authoritarian demagogues the simultaneous drive to destroy the weak and worship power Geller is utterly incapable of summoning any moral opposition to the raw racism that was on display at Park51. After all, she played a central role in inciting the ugly spectacle. More genocidal propaganda from Geller’s SIOA Thus it appears Gellers attempt to distance herself from the rally is purely cynical, the result of a row between her and the group that organized the rally, The Coalition To Honor Ground Zero. Richard Bartholomew speculated that Geller may have flown into a petulant frenzy over the pointed exclusion of her outfit, Stop The Islamization Of America, from the protest. Acrimony between her and Tom Trento of the Florida Security Council over the handling of a past anti-Muslim initiative may have also provoked her snit. Whatever the reason, it is increasingly clear that Geller is going to extreme lengths to keep the movement under her heel; any event planned outside the purview of her organization presents a direct threat to her celebrity and paycheck. Gellers claim that she had no idea about the August 22 rally is ridiculous. According to the Daily Caller, Beth Gilinsky, an organizer for The Coalition to Honor Ground Zero and founder of the JewishAction Alliance, is coordinating the rally. And Gilinsky and Geller have worked hand-in-glove for years. At the April 25 Stand With Israel rally in New York City, Gilinsky introduced Geller as a very dear friend for whom she holds enormous admiration. (Geller proceeded to wave a scarf reading Yid Army before the crowd, making a cartoonish attempt at Jewish ethnic identification while at the same time expressing her admiration for violent British football hooligans.) Geller has also lavished praise on Gilinsky, hailing her as one of the warriors who attempted to stop the Khalil Gibran Academy from opening in Brooklyn. The Facebook page of SIOA is a window into the mentality of Geller and her allies Considering that Geller and Gilinsky spearheaded the campaign against the Girban Academy and that they at least claim to be very dear friends, it is hard to imagine that Geller had no idea that Gilinsky and company were planning a major rally on August 22. So Geller is simply deceiving her readers. And given that many of those on the list of organizations and individual racists supporting The Coalition To Honor Ground Zero are scheduled to appear at the rally Geller is planning on 9-11 against Cordoba House, Geller appears to be disparaging her own allies as well, conceding that they are in fact a bunch of deranged, potentially violent bigots whose actions are harmful to the cause of freedom of expression. It is up to Geller to explain to her readers why she is lying to them and why she holds her confederates in such contempt. Until then, she can respond to the following questions: 1. Does Geller condemn the August 22 Park 51 rally or not? Put up or shut up. 2. Does Geller condemn the groups and individuals associated with the half-assed and harmful effort? 3. If Barack Obama is Malcolm Xs illegitimate child as Geller has claimed, is Geller the mistress of Mel Gibson? 4. If Geller is such a good Jew, why does she endorse a British fascist group that is led by anti-Semitic skinheads and is connected to the whites-only British National Party? 5. Does Geller condemn Glenn Beck as an anti-Semite for saying the Jews killed Jesus? Yes or no. Anti-semitism, yes or no. 6. If Geller is such a good Jew, why does she so brazenly violate established halachic guidelines againstcosmetic surgery?

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Anti-Flotilla video fraud linked to PM … – Max Blumenthal

What is Netanyahu aide Guy Seemann’s role in the anti-flotilla pinkwashing hoax? As the new Free Gaza flotilla prepares to sail to Gaza, a suspicious video has emerged by an unknown gay rights activist claiming that he was rejected by the flotilla activists because of his sexuality. The anonymous activist, who had no previous online history, produced no evidence to support his claim. Within minutes, Benjamin Doherty the man who helped expose our friend Tom MacMaster was able tocast serious doubt on the videos authenticity. It appeared pretty clear that the video was a pinkwashing hoax. Since then, Doherty and I have gathered evidence suggesting that the video has links to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus office, or is at least being promoted through an official government hasbara operation. The video was promoted early on if not initially by someone named Neil Lazarus, who shared it on Facebook (see screenshots here and here). I happened to have met Neil Lazarus during my Taglit/Birthright Israel trip in 2001. Lazarus was brought before my group to present the Israeli governments hasbara and to demonize the Palestinian Authority. He was as slick as any good used car salesman. Since then, Lazarus has become a major figure in the world of hasbara. From Neilsbio: His client list is extensive and includes; The Prime Ministers Office,The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Israeli Ministry of Tourism, Jewish Federations He acted as the Israel advocacy policy advisor for Israels leading reality television program, The Ambassador Earlier today, the Israeli Government Press Office promoted the apparent hoax video on Twitter. In the tweet, @GPOIsrael cited @guyseemann. I headed over to Guy Seemanns twitter feed and found that he had only tweeted one item in his entire history: the pinkwashing anti-flotilla hoax. In fact, Seemann only joined Twitter on June 15, 2011. Then I took a look at Guy Seemanns bio: Guy Seemann studied government, international policy, philosophy and physics at American University in Washington, DC. Before moving to Israel, Guy worked for United States Senator Robert Menendez, and then as a special projects coordinator in the North Eastern campaign for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. Since the campaign and moving to Israel, Guy was awarded a fellowship to work with international journalists and diplomats at the Prime Ministers Office, served as the international director for Lev Echad, and volunteered for the IDF. Guy will soon begin a new job at the Prime Ministers National Security Council working on Iranian, US and UN policy. Why would the Israeli GPO have tweeted at Guy Seemann, a Netanyahu aide who seems to have created a Twitter account for the sole purpose of promoting the pinkwashing hoax? And what was Seemanns role in the videos creation? How did Lazarus know about the video before it had garnered any media interest and only a small handful of hits? These questions remain unanswered. However, the videos promotion by an exclusive cadre of official Israeli hasbara entities and figures suggest the hoax was part of a desperate government operation designed to discredit the Free Gaza flotilla. I will be updating here as I learn more. Update: Guy Seemanns twitter page has disappeared and his bio has changed. Seemann told Ali Abunimah that he promoted the hoax video but had no role in its production. Meanwhile, the character in the video has been identified by EI as Omer Gershon, an Israeli actor.

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Exclusive Emails Show How The White Helmets Tried To …

During a Barcelona concert on April 13, Roger Waters denounced the Syrian White Helmets asa fake organization that exists only tocreate propaganda forjihadists and terrorists. Warning that the groups unverified claims about chemical weapons attacks across insurgent-held territory were aimed at triggering Western military intervention, Waters cautioned his audience,If we were tolisten tothe propaganda ofthe White Helmets and others, we would encourage our governments tostart dropping bombs onpeople inSyria. This would be a mistake ofmonumental proportions forus ashuman beings. In fact, Waters had first hand experience with the powerful pro-war PR operation behind the White Helmets. Back in October 2016, a public relations firm representing the White Helmets called The Syria Campaign attempted to recruit Waters by inviting him to a lavish dinner organized by a Saudi-British billionaire, Hani Farsi. The rock legend and renowned activist was told that by signing on to the organizations mission, he could help elevate the voices of Syrias peaceful heroes Just days before his recent concert in Barcelona, Waters was lobbied again to support the White Helmets, this time by an eccentric French photojournalist affiliated with what he described as a very powerfull [sic] syrian network. The activist demanded to join Waters on stage and deliver a message for the children of syria. Waters did not respond to either request. These emailed solicitations from White Helmets representatives and activists were provided by Waters to the Grayzone Project, and are published in full at the bottom of this article. The documents demonstrate how the organizations well-funded public relations apparatus has targeted celebrities as the key to the hearts and minds of the broader Western public. Unlike many other A-listers, however, Waters took time to research the White Helmets and investigate its ulterior agenda. I was quite suspicious after I was invited to that [White Helmets] dinner, Waters told the Grayzone Project. And now my worst suspicions have been confirmed. The October 2016 dinner invite was delivered to Waters by a representative for the Corniche Group, an international holding company belonging to the family of the London-based Saudi billionaire Hani Farsi. Farsi was seeking Waters presence at a fundraising dinner he had organized on behalf of The Syria Campaign. The Syria Campaign is a well-funded public relations front established to promote The White Helmets as a group of heroic rescuers who require the protection of Western militaries. Through series of petitions and public demonstrations, The Syria Campaign has unsuccessfully pushed for a No Fly Zone in Syria that would have likely resulted in the kind of Western military intervention that toppled Libyan President Moammar Qaddafi and destabilized Libya. The slick PR firm has also resorted to astroturfed public stunts like a pro-White Helmets flash mob and orchestral performance at New York Citys Grand Central Station where participants were paid up to $600 each. Farsis relationship to the The Syria Campaign had been kept private until now. A Syrian-British oil tycoon named Ayman Asfari has taken a much more vocal role with the PR group, providing it with seed money to advance his mission tostimulate US and UK support for regime change in Syria. Waters was informed that Asfaris wife, Sawsan, would be on hand for the 2016 White Helmets fundraising dinner. Over the past two years, The Syria Campaign has securedendorsements of the White Helmets work from actors including George Clooney, Aziz Ansari, Ben Affleck, and pop stars like Coldplay and Justin Timberlake. The Syria Campaign also helped orchestrate the production of an Oscar-winning Netflix documentary about the White Helmets in 2017. In the email to Waters, a Corniche Group staffer urged the singer to watch that film and provided him with a link to its trailer. I would encourage the celebrities whove signed to endorse the White Helmets to stop supporting them because we know what they are, Waters told the Grayzone Project. I dont blame them for having bought in to it. On the face of it, it felt plausible that the White Helmets were just good people doing good things. But now we know theyre trying to encourage the West to drops bombs and missiles illegally in Syria. Waters said he also concluded that The Syria Campaign the PR firm behind the White Helmets was not simply the humanitarian voice it purported to be, but a corporate outfit that represented much more prosaic interests. The Syria Campaigns top funder, Asfari, was described by the UK Independent as one of the super rich Syrian exiles poised to oversee the rebuilding of the country if Assad were removed, and to presumably reap lucrative contracts in the process. In its invite to Waters, The Syria Campaign presented him with links to articles that read like press releases for the White Helmets: one from Time Magazine and another by The Guardian urging the Nobel Prize committee to honor the organization with its highest award. The Syrian Campaign appeared to be taking credit for generating both pieces. The reality of the White Helmets is much more disturbing than its hired PR guns have cared to admit. Not only have the White Helmets operated exclusively alongside Islamist extremist insurgents, including the local Al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS, its members have participated in several documented public executions, and helped extremists dispose of beheaded corpses of those theyve killed. Unable to discount the documented facts about the White Helmets ties to jihadist insurgents, The Syria Campaign published a lengthy report last year dismissing all critical reporting about the organization as the result of a vast Kremlin-directed conspiracy. In its email to Waters, The Syria Campaign took credit for having helped these rescue workers attract more than $15 million in government funding and turned them into household names. In fact, since the White Helmets were founded in Turkey by a former British MI5 officer named James Le Mesurier, the group has received at least $55 million from the British Foreign Office, $23 million or more from the United States Agency for International Developments Office of Transition Initiatives the State Departments de facto regime change arm and untold millions from the Kingdom of Qatar, which has also backed an assortment of extremist groups in Syria including Al Qaeda. The White Helmets are routinely relied upon by the governments that fund them as a primary source on alleged chemical attacks, including the most recent incident in Douma. When Defense Secretary James Mattis cited social media in place of scientific evidence of a chemical attack in Douma, he was referring to video shot by members of the White Helmets. Similarly, when State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert sought to explain why the US bombed Syria before inspectors from the OPCW could produce a report from the ground, she claimed, We have our own intelligence. With little else to offer, she was likely referring to social media material published by members of the White Helmets. In the days leading up to Waters April 13 concert in Barcelona, an assistant received an email from a French photojournalist named Pascal Hanrion who described himself as a militant with the syrian white helmets to denounce crimes against humanity in syria, and part of a very powerfull [sic] syrian network. Unlike the corporate PR professionals of The Syria Campaign, Hanrion appeared to be a freelance activist. Back in July, 2016, Hanrion ran a marathon-style race through the Swiss Alps wearing a white helmet presented to him as a gift by rescue workers from the town of Jisr al-Shugour, which is located in the Al Qaeda-controlled Syrian providence of Idlib. According to journalist Jenan Moussa, the homes of original Jisr al-Shugour residents have been handed over by Al Qaedas local affiliate to Chinese Uighur jihadists and their families. In his email, Hanrion requested to join Waters on stage so he could send a message to the children of Syria reminding them, you are not forgotten! Instead of allowing the eccentric activist on stage, Waters delivered a message of his own, urging his audience to deconstruct the wall of pro-war narratives brick-by-brick. What we should do is go and persuade our governments not togo and drop bombs onpeople, Waters implored the crowd, inspiring gales of applause. And certainly not untilwe have done all the research that is necessary so that we would have a clear idea ofwhat is really going on. Because we live inthe world where propaganda seems tobe more important thanthe reality. Waters speech and the emails to him from The Syria Campaign and Hanrion are below: White Helmets Emails to Roger Waters by Max Blumenthal on Scribd

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By Max Blumenthal President Donald Trumps unilateral exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) has triggered a frenzied push inside the administration to support color revolution-style regime change operations in Iran. According to the neoconservative Free Beacon, National Security Director John Bolton has authorized the publication and distribution of an internal white paper urging a strategy by which the Trump administration can actively work to assist an already aggravated Iranian public topple the hardline ruling regime through a democratization strategy that focuses on driving a deeper wedge between the Iranian people and the ruling regime. The white paper was produced by Jim Hanson, a self-proclaimed expert practitioner of the art of war who is virtually unknown in Washington. I know of Hanson primarily through his prolific presence on Twitter, where he operates under the handle, Uncle Jimbo, generally behaves like a far-right troll, and has eloquently branded me a #JihaDbag. Hanson is the director of the Security Studies Group (SSG), a little-known think tank staffed by former employees of Frank Gaffneys Center for Security Policy. Like Gaffney, who has spilled gallons of ink trying to prove that Barack Obama was a Muslim, Hanson and his colleagues are fervent anti-Islam zealots who emerged from the fever swamps of right-wing online media, touting their military experience and mock scholarship to market themselves as counter-terror experts. During the 2016 campaign, Hanson and his crew insinuated themselves into the campaign of Ted Cruz before moving into Trumps orbit thanks to sponsorship from Steve Bannon and his alt-national security council, the Strategic Initiatives Group. Bannon was eventually removed from the White House under pressure from the national security establishment, but the subsequent replacement of H.R. McMaster with Bolton at the NSC has brought Hanson and his SSG back into the fray. The resurgence of these counter-terror cranks suggests that Trumps Iran policy is heading towards a dangerous and very strange place. Continue reading Trump White House Reviewing Iran Regime Change Plan by Right-Wing Troll Jim Uncle Jimbo Hanson By Ben Norton Journalist Sulome Anderson, whose reporting on Hezbollah has repeatedly been called into question, has admitted that one of her supposed Hezbollah sources is incredibly unreliable, after she was once again exposed for having reported false information. On May 9, Anderson tweeted two videos that she claimed showed Iran supposedly firing missiles at the illegally Israel-occupied Golan. Numerous Twitter users immediately pointed out that the videos contained no such footage. Anderson then deleted these tweets, and they were not archived. But an archived Google search shows the cached versions of the tweets: Continue reading Sulome Anderson Admits Her Supposed Hezbollah Source Is Incredibly Unreliable The Senate Intelligence Committee has demanded all of Jill Steins campaign communications with Russian persons. Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has turned over a large tranche of emails and documents to the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating unfounded rumors that Stein was part of a Russian plot to subvert the 2016 US presidential election. However, she has refused to oblige a series of demand that that the Green Party hand over all communications with Russian media organizations, their employees, or associates, from February 6, 2015. The committee also insisted it turn over all communications related to the campaigns policy discussions related to Russia and all communications with Russian persons. These requests provide one of the most revealing examples to date of the governments exploitation of Russia hysteria to suppress independent politics and alternative media in the US. In its demand for communications with Russian persons, the Senate committee has weaponized xenophobia to implicate Stein and intimidate other public figures against associating with anyone of Russian origin. With a few notable exceptions, this escalation of the Russiagate investigation has gone largely without notice by American media. Continue reading Senate Investigation into Jill Stein Reveals Xenophobic, Anti-Democratic Direction of Russiagate Max Blumenthal, editor of the Grayzone Project, appeared on Sky News Australia to discuss how corporate media outlets are imploring Donald Trump to launch airstrikes on the Syrian government, after an alleged chemical attack in Douma, Eastern Ghouta. In November 2015, Abby Martins Empire Files interviewed me about the Israeli rights consolidation of control over the countrys institutions and the predominance of racist attitudes in Jewish Israeli society. It was a fairly straightforward discussion that covered many of the same subjects I touched on in my book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. The video published by Empire Files did feature a shockingly genocidal tirade, but not from me; it concluded with footage of an Israeli soldier barking through a megaphone to the residents of the Palestinian town of Beit Ummar in the occupied West Bank: Go home, or we will gas you until you die! Last week, I learned that YouTube had blocked Martins interview of me in 28 countries, asserting some vague legal mandate to do so. It also limited the sharing functions of the video in many others, but without explanation. Continue reading Why Is YouTube Censoring Content Critical of Israel? Dec. 18 was a day like any other in the Donbas region, the flashpoint of a grinding civil war between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists. That afternoon, a girl was badly wounded by a shell fired by Ukrainians into the separatist-held Golmovsky. A few hours later, a hail of Grad rockets fired by pro-Russian forces poured down on the Ukrainian-controlled town of Novoluhanske, killing eight civilians in the middle of a community celebration and damaging over 100 buildings. The shelling continued into the night, killing three in the pro-Russian town of Stakhanov, including a 94-year-old woman. Continue reading How Russiagate Helped Secure a Dangerous Arms Deal As Qatar faces pressure to suppress an Al Jazeera report on the Israel lobby, Max Blumenthal and Ali Abunimah discuss how the climate of censorship and fear around Russiagate has empowered those long attacking Palestinian rights Continue reading Will Russiagate Help the Israel Lobby Censor Al Jazeera? However much Russiagate may annoy Trump personally, administration officials like H.R. McMaster are seizing on it to advance a militarist agenda at home and abroad. Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate discuss Continue reading Can Trumps Neocons Exploit Russiagate? (2/2) Robert Muellers charges against 13 Russians and their troll farm for information warfare against the U.S. has prompted comparisons to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Max Blumenthal breaks down the indictment and the overblown reaction Continue reading Why is a Russian Troll Farm Being Compared to 9/11? Reporting from the Gaza Strip, journalist and best-selling author Max Blumenthal says Netanyahus domestic corruption case has not even registered to a besieged Palestinian population under Israeli blockade Continue reading Max Blumenthal in Gaza: Netanyahu Faces Scandal, Palestinians a Crisis

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SHOCKER: Tucker Carlson Invites Rabid Anti-Semitic Leftist …

Last night, Tucker Carlson invited AlterNet Senior Editor and rabid anti-Semitic activist Max Blumenthal to his Fox News show to discuss the Russia collusion narrative. Blumenthal, the son of former Clinton senior advisor Sidney Blumenthal, said that it was likely that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s “dots may never connect” and that the Democrats are proactively pushing the Trump-Russia collusion narrative to avoid actions on any progressive issues. He also implied that Trump’s election was the result of both political parties throwing the country under the bus. Here is what Blumenthal said: I see Trump as the apotheosis of a failed political establishment, both from the Republicans and the Democrats. Pushing corporate trade and permanent war, and I thought the Democrats should have responded with a big narrative against premanent war and for economic equality. Instead, they are pushing Russia scandal-mongering non-stop. It has subsumed all the progressive grassroots movements I believed in, and it has basically buried the Left in a militaristic narrative. Carlson’s decision to invite Blumenthal is a shocking one at best. Blumenthal has authored several books, including one that directly compared Israel to Nazi Germany. He frequently apologizes for the genocidal terrorist group Hamas, especially following Israel’s 2014 counteroffensive against the terrorist group. After Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel passed away, Blumenthal trashed him on Twitter and referred to him as a “defender of apartheid.” Blumenthal also caught considerable heat from the Left for his pro-Assad apologetics and for discrediting the White Helmets. Many conservatives found Carlson’s decision to elevate Blumenthal to be problematic considering the latter’s trade in anti-Semitism and anti-Western ideology. Noah Pollak, the Executive Director of the Emergency Committee for Israel and a frequent commentator for The Weekly Standard, sent Daily Wire the following text message: The only thing Blumenthal has ever been honest about is his admiration for terrorist groups, dictatorships, and anti-American crackpots. I don’t understand why anyone would look to him for political analysis as opposed to propaganda. Commentary Magazine Associate Editor Noah Rothman also thought elevating Blumenthal was problematic: Blumenthal’s record of defending anti-Semitic views rendered him so toxic that even Hillary Clinton’s campaign washed their hands of him. Daily Wire and Resurgent contributor Josh Hammer had harsher words for Carlson: Anytime you have Max Blumenthal on to advance your cause, you have already lost before you have even begun. Max is a notoriously self-hating anti-Semite who regularly shills for radical Islamic jihadists in their struggle against Israel and America, the twin banes of Max’s existence. He is a pathetic weasel of a human being whom conservatives should universally scorn and detest. It is shameful for Tucker Carlson to elevate his platform in any way whatsoever. Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro also found Carlson’s invitation of Blumenthal problematic and puzzling. It may have made some sense to have a leftist confirm Carlson’s narrative that the Russia narrative is malarkey, but making Max Blumenthal that guy must have been either a negligent oversight or a likely problematic sign of things to come for Fox News. Video of Carlson and Blumenthal below: Follow Elliott on Twitter and Facebook.

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Weapon of mass suppression: Russiagate now used to target …

Calls from US lawmakers to designate anti-American Al Jazeera as a foreign agent shows how Russiagates real aim is to suppress any viewpoint that challenges the mainstream narrative, journalist Max Blumenthal has warned. Hysteria about Russias alleged ability to manipulate social media, news cycles and even $2-billion presidential elections serves as a general weapon of mass suppression which enables a war on alternative media and narratives outside of the establishment, particularly on social media, Blumenthal said in an interview with the Real News Network. READ MORE: Congressmen call for foreign agent tag for Al Jazeera as it digs into pro-Israel lobby Asked about recent calls by members of Congress for Al Jazeera to register as a foreign agent for its anti-American and anti-Semitic programming, Blumenthal pointed out that Russiagate has created a climate of politicized paranoia in which it is now acceptable to stigmatize and even silence voices that challenge the establishment line. That was the whole point of Russiagate, Blumenthal said. Marvelling at the mainstream medias near-unanimous praise for shady projects such as PropOrNot and Hamilton 68, Blumenthal said that 2017 saw the reintroduction of the blacklist, in which self-appointed Russian disinformation watchdogs have already identified dozens of alternative media outlets as Kremlin disinformation vehicles without providing evidence or even criteria for making such claims. Ultimately, Russiagate is about silencing inconvenient viewpoints regardless of whether they have anything to do with Russia, Blumenthal argued. There is an attempt at suppressing everything that’s outside the establishment narrative, Blumenthal said. These are just the open platforms that the establishment, whether it’s the Jeb Bush establishment or the Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama establishment, seek to destroy because it did so much damage to them in 2016, and they can’t allow that to happen again, he said, noting that RT and Al Jazeera are among the few large media organizations which allow him to speak critically about Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians. That’s why they’re putting pressure on Silicon Valley. That’s why the blacklist has come back. And that’s how Russiagate connects to Palestine because anyone in Palestine Solidarity depends on alternative media for oxygen, Blumenthal added. On Wednesday, a group of congressmen called for Al Jazeera to be designated a foreign agent for its anti-American and anti-Semitic broadcasts. The bipartisan letter, addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, coincided with an announcement that the Qatar-funded broadcaster was releasing a film on Israeli lobbying in the US. Some 400 entities and individuals are currently registered as foreign agents under the 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Until recently, this list contained only a handful of foreign media outlets operating in the US. Threatened with asset freezes and arrests, a company servicing RT America was forced to register under the law in November. Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

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