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Washington Jews keep feeding each other the false 'peace'
'Arabist' Ambassadors Play to the Cameras
Realities - MER - www.MiddleEast.Org - 9 August 2004:
The visibly aging Arabist Ambassadors of Washington took a little
junket over to beleagued Palestine this summer compliments of the
Arafat regime. The little incestuous group is associated
with what is
called the Council for the National Interest (CNI) which is associated
the Washington Report on Middle East
Affairs. It's been the same names for a long time
now -- Killgore, Curtiss, Bird, and a couple more former Ambassadorial
unknowns who went along for the ride.
They got their pictures taken again with Yasser in Ramallah, were too
fearful to even visit Gaza, didn't know any Israelis even in the 'peace
camp' to contact, and took some more photos of the wall and the
checkpoints and themselves...the usual thing. They
got back to
all their few friends, rented a big room at the National Press Club,
C-span to send a camera and gave a few hand-wringing speeches....the
thing. But in this case, nobody came. Other than a couple
of friends only about a
dozen people showed up leaving the room mostly one of a large numbers
of empty chairs. Other than one unknown free-lance journalist
wanting to know about the influence of Jesus
Christ on today's situation in the once Holy Land no one even had any
questions to ask of them.
It was about a week ago that the stumbling bumbling
Ambassadors in Washington put on this latest little show down at the
National Press Club in the Edward R. Murrow Room. Those watching
on TV from afar might
have thought something was up. Hardly so however. Not even
the captive Arab journalists in town show up for
these guys anymore. And since they have next to no impact on
going on in Washington, and since hardly anyone of note is even
coming to their 'press conferences', none of this would even merit much
comment except for this important reality:
It was about twenty years ago now, and more than $20 million dollars
ago as well, that this same little group came on the scene with very
expensive advertising and p.r. campaigns that have all come to
naught... thanks at the
time to the royal Saudis and associates. Then, and still
they promised to establish an important and serious
'lobby' in Washington to counter the powerful Israeli-Jewish
lobby. It has all been a total failure burning up crucial
years, large sums of money, and precious hope, even as the Middle East
continues to bleed in rage and Washington becomes a fortress city under
After all these now wasted years, and after all this
now-squandered money -- and even with all that has happened including
9/11, the Iraqi war, and the Palestinian Intifada -- the 'Arabist'
Ambassadors in Washington are weaker and more incestuous, less
influential and less credible, then when they
started. Yet oh how they continue to pretend otherwise so
continuing to mislead so many well-meaning naive people who simply
don't know better the real details of what has been and what is now the
real situation in today's
The following two MER flashbacks to earlier times help put this all in
MER FLASHBACK TO 1995:
This week's LIE OF THE
WEEK goes to an entire feature section in
the publication WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS. Published
considerable encouragement and support from the Arab establishment,
the Saudis, this publication is in actuality a sophisticated propaganda
vehicle with the primary purpose of distorting coverage of Middle East
affairs in ways to the benefit and liking of the kings, royal families
and "client-regimes" who rule, oppress, and squander the resources
of the region.
These quotes from the September 1995 issue of WASHINGTON REPORT ON
MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS -- with pictures of past and present Saudi Kings
adorning the top page of the extensive cover featuring the Kingdom of
"THE YEAR 1995 WILL GO DOWN
AS THE YEAR THAT SAUDI ARABIA GOT ITS SECOND
"...SAUDI ARABIA'S REMARKABLE
SAUDI ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS VERY
Plus a gushing book review by
former U.S. government official and
Washington Report Editor Richard Curtiss of "DESSERT WARRIOR" By HRH
(that's "His Royal
Highness" if anyone is wondering) GENERAL KHALED BIN SULTAN.
In the old colonial bastion, England, the wealthy Arab
establishment has its exclusive, lavish dining clubs; its extensive
lists of readily available
women; a variety of political and journalistic hacks to do its bidding;
and the publication MIDDLE EAST
INTERNATIONAL to try to twist things their way
among academics and intellectuals.
In the new superpower, America, the same
establishment -- increasingly self-centered, increasingly parasitic,
increasingly despicable -- led by a group of Saudi businessmen along
members of the Royal family, and working in tandem with old-line State
Department Arabists at the American Educational Trust (AET), also has
publication, this one seductively known as WASHINGTON REPORT ON MIDDLE
publications accept features of paid advertising
from governments, and sometimes corporations -- identifying them as
But there's no need for the Saudis to purchase a paid advertising
and to so label it, when it comes to the WASHINGTON REPORT -- for what
appears in its pages is practically the very same thing masquerading as
journalism and information.
If we had a "Lie Of The
Year", for the current
cover feature WASHINGTON REPORT would
definitely be nominated...and would
be likely to win! No doubt former Ambassador Andy Killgore (now
of WASHINGTON REPORT) and Dick Curtiss (Executive
Editor) have rushed copies
to the Gulf to show off to their patrons and benefactors.
MER FLASHBACK TO 1997:
THE CIA, WASHINGTON,
AND THE MIDDLE EAST
Washington - 9/21/97:
don't get publicly published very much in today's Washington; but
the talking about these matters can be quite substantial. After all
are some rules of the Washington road if you want to ever cover the
House or the Pentagon for the national media; not to mention if you
to be invited to the annual National Press Club dinner!
these usually unpublished matters are details of the CIA's involvement
in such key areas as the Middle East, along with the names of those --
both individuals and institutions -- who work closely with the CIA
are agents of "the Agency". The recent notoriety of Lebanese
oil-man Roger Tamraz has unusually lifted the CIA veil abit. The
media hasn't said too much about it, but it seems that for more than 20
years Mr. Tamraz has been a "CIA asset" providing considerable
inside information and gossip about many things going on in the Middle
East, Eastern Europe and Russia.
to keep this part of Tamraz's dealings secret; but bits and pieces have
leaked out. The larger reality is that Washington is in fact seeded
persons thought to be connected to the CIA in one way or another; and
careers or business interests it seems have been rewarded accordingly.
an actual card-carrying agent entitled to a pension; there are plenty
less direct ways to be "connected" to the Agency in today's Washington;
as the case of Mr. Tamraz makes clear.
Judith Kipper, now at the Center for Strategic and International
after various jaunts and assignments taking her repeatedly to the
East since the 1970s. Among other things she is thought to hold the
record for sleeping with Arab diplomats and officials hoping to squeeze
what she could out of them. Kipper is Jewish and there is
also much suspicion
her connections extend to Mossad, which of course closely cooperates
the CIA, and which has a long history of using woman and sex to get
it wants. As for CSIS, it was once connected to Georgetown University,
but more than a decade ago the stink became too prevalent and
said good bye insisting that its name be taken off the door.
Zogby of the "Arab-American Institute", long suspected, along
with others in his family, of having ties of various kinds to the CIA
a long period of time. And indeed, Zogby has a long list of actions and
interventions that not so surprisingly conform to what the Americans
wanted said and done over the years. Considerable money has flowed to
and his Institute -- which incidentally is widely despised in many Arab
American circles -- in the recent "Peace Process" years. Among
so many other similar things, Zogby was quick to publicly applaud the
Administration back in its first months for appointing such
officials to deal with the Middle East, including former Israeli
Martin Indyk, now Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East!
And one should
the list former government officials Andrew Killgore and Dick Curtiss
in a sense masquerade these days as independent publishers of a monthly
publication known as WASHINGTON
REPORT ON MIDDLE EAST AFFAIRS while in
actuality they are suspected of continuing to work closely at times
State Department and the CIA, as well as with a number of key Arab
regimes", most especially the Saudis who have quietly provided them
considerable funds over the years.
the proverbial tip of the iceberg of course. And it should not be very
surprising that hard irrefutable "evidence" is quite hard if
not impossible to come by -- such things are considered "national
security" and very highly classified. In recent years the CIA has
even taken to destroying records regarding the Middle East rather than
risking their becoming public even many decades later.
years the circumstantial evidence in some cases becomes practically
and the fact that these matters are openly talked about privately by
insiders is as well-known as the affair the new Secretary of State is
to be having with her youngish press spokesman (something else you're
likely to find clearly mentioned in The Washington Post or on the News
Hour). Incidentally, the CIA has become very active in recent years in
Gaza and the West Bank, and key persons associated with Yasser Arafat's
"Authority", including Nabil Shaath and Jabril Rajoub, are known
to have close and growing connections with "The Agency".
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(August 30, 2004)
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Pointing the fingers at Douglas Feith
(August 29, 2004)
Feith has been mentioned in most of the major media stories this weekend in Washington -- but not nearly with the emphasis he should have been. For Feith has played a central role in just about every scandal that has beset the Bush Administration -- from the faulty 'intelligence', to the mistaken 'assumptions', to the prison torture scandals, and now the latest Israeli/Jewish lobby spy scandal right in his own office.
Sharon's Wars, Israel's Future
(August 28, 2004)
This major New York Times feature about Ariel Sharon could have, and should have, been far more harsh. But Ariel Sharon is at the top of his game now. And though the future he may have molded more than any other may be bleak and potentially catastrophic, now is his time and few in the Jewish world -- and in an oblique way that includes not only the New York Times but much of the contemporary American media -- dare to take him on directly.
Israeli Spy Scandal Erupting in Washington
(August 28, 2004)
Many, most no doubt, of these kinds of things relating to Israel never get out into the public domain; they are buried and sucked up into official Washington where so many have so many reasons for always wanting to hush such things up. But there should be no doubt that the Israelis have infiltrated at many levels and greatly influenced in many ways U.S. policies in the Middle East, especially of late the decision to invade and occupy Iraq.
The following quick list of past Israeli spy scandals all of which were covered up or sucked in one way or another include:
* Israeli Attack on U.S.S. Liberty - 1967
* Steve Bryent Israeli Spying Scandal - 1982
* Jonathan Pollard Arrested outside Israeli Embassy - 1985
* AIPAC infiltration scandal, President forced to resign - 1991
* Mossad bugging of Clinton and Monica - 1997
* Martin Indyk's Security Clearances 'temporarily' suspended - 2000
America's 'Iraqi Police' and the now impending Iraqi Elections
(August 27, 2004)
And it's clear that if it's a competiton between Negroponte and Allawi, against al-Sistani and al-Sadr, the Americans and their regime are in big trouble. Just how the U.S. occupation is going to attempt to either further delay the election or not-too-blantantly manipulate and control it now looms ahead -- just as soon as the American election is behind us all.
(August 26, 2004)
U.S. and Regime Bombing and Killing throughout Iraq
(August 26, 2004)
Chaos, confusion, death, and destruction -- that's the description of American occupied Iraq as the country virtually rebels and explodes. Even as Ayatollah al-Sistani heads back to Najaf protected by British occupation troops American occupation troops are ferociously attacking Najaf, Fallujah, Sadr City as never before and American armed and paid Iraqi mercenary troops are massacreing their own.
Daily Articles Summary - 25 August 2004
(August 25, 2004)
Daily Articles Summary - 25 August 2004
Sistani Returns and March on Najaf Looms
(August 25, 2004)
Now on this very day in history there is another Ayatollah in and at the heart of the Middle East at a crucial moment in time. The very term 'Ayatollah' was hardly known in the West before the Iranian revolution just 25 years ago now. But in the immediate days ahead it now appears Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is to have his and maybe modern on-its-knees Iraq's 'rendevous with history'. And then what this is really all about now is the future rather than the past, especially with Iraqi 'elections' supposed to take place just 5 months from now. What will the American Empire with its arsenal of planes, tanks, and shock troops now do to deter, deflect, or stop him? What will the U.S.-installed and protected Allawi regime in Baghdad now do to attempt to co-opt or twist him?
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani Returns to 'Save the Burning Holy City'
(August 25, 2004)
The Mahdi Army defeated the British Empire in Sudan in 1885. Now a Mahdi Army battles the American Empire in Iraq in 2004. Today the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani returns to Najaf to "Save the Burning Holy City".
IRAQ, IRAN and ISRAEL Stories -- 24 August 2004
(August 24, 2004)
Crusades II - Iraqi Cities Bombed and Tanked
(August 24, 2004)
Bush's views and ongoing rhetoric -- and then came top Pentagon General Boykin telling the world that 'my god is bigger than their god' -- may come to define this period in 'modern' history.
(August 23, 2004)
Provocative thinking and writing from one of Great Britain's most prolific, most outspoken, most humanistic, and most insightful 'activist' journalists writing this cover article in the current issue of the New Statesman. It's too hard and probably wrong in fact to agree that 'Bush may be the lesser evil'. But it is very important to understand how and why John Pilger is speaking out in this way.
Palestinian Struggle Fully Justified
(August 22, 2004)
Because of the huge propaganda war in which the U.S. and Israel also have overwhelming firepower at their disposal, what leading Professors like Charles Black and now Ted Honderich have to say is in fact of critical importance.
Weekend Reading: Iran, the U.S., and Israel
(August 21, 2004)
These four articles from the past few days, especially the first commentary by UPI Senior Analyst Martin Sieff, help put things in perspective and set the stage for what is now to come. Unpleasant and frightening weekend reading, we know...but necessary.
What the Americans have Really Done in and to Iraq
(August 20, 2004)
This is a brief but very important outline of what the Americans have really done in recent years in and to Iraq. All this has little to do with 'freedom' and 'democracy' -- those are the simplistic and deceptive front-words. What's really involved is an increasingly desperate and ruthless master plan to turn Iraq -- a country at the center of both the Arab and the Muslim worlds -- into an appendage of the American military, political, and economic machine trying to more totally control the Middle East region and continue to drain it of its wealth, resources, and heritage. It's the imperialism of old considerably reconstituted for the brave new world of worldwide television, the internet, and high-tech 'Star Wars' weaponry.
Iran Warns of Preemptive Strike Against U.S. and Israel
(August 19, 2004)
"We will consider any strike against our nuclear installations as an attack on Iran as a whole, and we will retaliate with all our strength. Where Israel is concerned, we have no doubt that it
is an evil entity, and it will not be able to launch any military operation without an American green light. You cannot separate the two."
Iranian Defense Minister
The World on Fire
(August 19, 2004)
Now in 2004 as a result of what the Bush/Cheney/Israeli regime insisted on doing the world is dangerously on fire -- passions, hatreds, and fears all now enraged and engaged in an escalating "clash of civilizations" full of crusading rhetoric essentially pitting the U.S., U.K., and Israel against Arab and Muslim countries and peoples everywhere.
U.S. Allawi Regime Should Go
(August 18, 2004)
here's a bottom line here and at a time of such major historic developments it should be said clearly. The American-installed, financed, armed, and protected Allawi regime has already totally disgraced and discredited itself. It cannot succeed in authoritatively and democratically governing Iraq. It should be ended immediately before it does even more historic harm to Iraq, to the Middle East, to the Arab and Muslims worlds, and to the whole fabric of international justice and order.
Al-Sadr and Allawi - The Struggle for the Middle East
(August 18, 2004)
Here then are two such voices speaking out, crying out, at this critical time. The first an American who was Director of The Islamic Center in Washington, the very venue in fact President Bush choose to visit soon after 9/11. The second is a Canadian who is President of the Canadian Islamic Congress. -MER
Sharon the 'Bulldozer', Sharon the 'Butcher'
(August 17, 2004)
These BBC and Guardian articles today look at how the Israelis are even now continuing to expand settlements in the occupied territories, as well as at the current situation in and around Gaza -- realities 'on the ground' that Ariel Sharon is more responsible for than any other single individual on any side of the barricades. MiddleEast.org
"They are cheating us, laughing at us" - MER FlashBack 7 Years
(August 17, 2004)
"In the end, so long as the U.S. continues to back Israeli occupation with ever greater amounts of money, guns, and political protection, little will change and the "peace process" will remain a grand deception breeding resistance, hatred, and yes, more terrorism."
U.S. Iraqi Troops Fire on Reporters
(August 16, 2004)
History is being made in these bitter bleeding days, in these very hours, and the world will have to live with the aftermath for some time to come. This report just published by the Daily Telegraph in the U.K. is the best so far to outline how the Americans are attempting to blind the world and mute the protests by threatening the few courageous journalists still in and able to report from Najaf. As for pictures of what is happening, cameras are now illegal and being confiscated by the Americans and their agents.
Iraq Exploding! The historic confrontation at the Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf
(August 16, 2004)
Unless the Americans can find some way to get Muqtada Sadr and his forces out of the historic Imam Ali Mosque in Najaf without a firefight and without a massacre they themselves could become the victims of their own killing machine if the extraordinary rage and hatred in Iraq, Iran, and the Arab and Muslim worlds overall should erupt still further against them.
Americans Order Journalists, Cameras From Najaf
(August 15, 2004)
This is what police-states do; this is what dictators do; this is what the Israelis sometimes do; and now this is what the American 'democracy' does in the extraordinarily duplicitous name of 'freedom and democracy for Iraq.
Israel 'On The Eve of Destruction'?
(August 15, 2004)
His father long headed the National Religious Party. He himself has been the head of the world Zionist movement as well as the Speaker of the Knesset. And yet -- even as the Israelis appear to be victorious with the Palestinians everywhere surrounded, subjugated, dispossessed and controlled -- Avraham Burg dares to speak out loudly about how perverted Zionism has become and that all the militarism, racism, and arrogance could in reality have put Israel 'on the eve of destruction'.
Please tell friends and family about MER
(August 14, 2004)
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(August 13, 2004)
Reports from Iraq this morning indicate that Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr may have been injured today while meeting with supporters, and what's to happen next has everyone on edge as rarely before. Other reports from Iraq are of a wave of protest resignations against the American occupation and puppet government, with increased threats against the U.S. and its regime now coming in public even from other Iraqi officials approved by the Americans.
Nader vs. Israel
(August 12, 2004)
"The days when the chief Israeli puppeteer comes to the United States and meets with the puppet in the White House and then proceeds to Capitol Hill, where he meets with hundreds of other puppets, should be replaced."
(August 12, 2004)
"From Iran's perspective, there is little question what happens in Najaf is its business. Any damage there cannot leave a single Iranian ruler the option of remaining neutral, regardless of whether they are among moderates or hard-liners. The Shiite religious heritage is a shared one between Iraq and Iran."
Hidden History of the "Peace Process"
(August 11, 2004)
"It's not inordinate Chinese money and influence in American politics the Congress should be investigating, it's how Israel manipulates American politics with the help of some key Americans (most of them Jewish), who are in fact, however distasteful it is to say it, 'dually loyal'."
Jewish Washington Neocons Responsible for War
(August 11, 2004)
As the Iraq war escalates and creates still more disgust and hatred around the world, it is also threatening to expand. And a month or two from now if the Bush/Cheney/neocon regime is lagging in the polls no telling what kinds of political or military 'surprises' might come from Washington sooner rather than later.
Stumbling, Bumbling 'Arabist' Ambassadors Play to the Cameras
(August 10, 2004)
After all these now wasted years, and after all this now-squandered money -- and even with all that has happened including 9/11, the Iraqi war, and the Palestinian Intifada -- the 'Arabist' Ambassadors in Washington are weaker and more incestuous, less influential and less credible, then when they started. Yet oh how they continue to pretend otherwise so tragically continuing to mislead so many well-meaning naive people who simply don't know better the real details of what has been and what is now the real situation in today's Washington.
(August 9, 2004)
He sure didn't write this way when he worked for the old gray Zionist lady the New York Times. With language like 'neo-con vampires' he sounds a bit this time like MER in its regular tell-it-like-it-really-is mode... Maybe for his next installment Mr. Ibrahim will have more to say ...about his old colleagues at the New York Times starting with Tom Friedman, et. al.
Both Israel and Saudis working to elect Bush/Cheney
(August 8, 2004)
Now of course neither is going to admit it in front of the cameras, and of course it's also politically confusing for many, but both the Israelis and the Saudis are working hard now to help the election of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld and the right-wing neocons.
U.S. and puppet regime boot Aljazeera from Iraq
(August 7, 2004)
Oh yes, the headline..."U.S. boots Aljazeera..." Let's not get confused by all the technical details and propaganda tricks. The regime in Baghdad was selected by the Americans and empowered by the Americans. It is financed by the Americans and the American military and CIA keep it in power. What it does is what the Americans want it to do. And the responsibility for what it does is American as well.
(August 7, 2004)
As tensions and fighting in Iraq and Palestine continue, and with new sanctions and attacks on Syria, Iran, and Lebanon quite publicly threatened, the situation in the greater Middle East could become far more tense and the 'crucial countries' of both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia could indeed 'fall' from the American grip setting off even more dangerous and unpredictable political and military explosions.
Target IRAN con't
(August 6, 2004)
"Exploiting the November US presidential elections and the European concerns, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon could order a strike at Iran's nuclear facilities, similar to the ones Israelis executed in 1981 against Iraq's nuclear weapons program", the diplomats were quoted by the London-based newspaper Al Hayat on Wednesday, August 4.
'Revolution' in Iraq; No U.N. or Muslim Troops To Help Americans
(August 5, 2004)
Indeed, the Americans and the Israrelis have now created their own joint vicious geopolitical stew in the Middle East; and they are very much in danger of gradually boiling away in it regardless of all the tough talk and military onslaughts.
Kerry, Israel, Jews, and the Middle East
(August 4, 2004)
John Kerry's Middle East policies have already been heavily mortgaged, if not downright sold, to those who have the greatest interest and power in controlling what the U.S. does in the crucial Middle East region and in determining where American arms, monies, and covert actions flow in the future -- powerful American Jews closely associated with Israel.
10 YEARS and 1 MILLION+ DEAD and COUNTING - MER FlashBack
(August 3, 2004)
"Here we are in the middle of the millennium year and we are responsible for genocide in Iraq. All of us that live in the silent democracies are responsible for sustained genocide in Iraq."
Former Assistant Secretary General
of the United Nations Denis Haliday
'SECURITY' POLITICS - Para-military troops dressed to kill become props in political war
(August 3, 2004)
A large numbers of 'security forces' dressed to kill in paramilitary uniforms with big guns took to the streets in New York and Washington and are there to stay, say those in charge, 'as long as it takes'. Bush and his are in fact using all this fear, and all these images, as props in their own campaign to retain power.
America Vs America
(August 1, 2004)
"The Bush Administration cannot be trusted...
George W. Bush and his administration have taken normal mendacity to a startling new level far beyond lies of convenience... They traffic in big lies, indulge in any number of symptomatic
small lies, and ultimately, have come to embody dishonesty itself. They are a lie. And people, finally, have started catching on."
(August 1, 2004)