UN Sponsored Report on Israel’s Responsibility for Apartheid in Relation to the Palestinian People

“Blessed are the peacemakers.”

Global Justice in the 21st Century

[Prefatory Note: Below is the text of a report co-authored by Virginia Tilley and myself, commissioned by the UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) that examines the argument for regarding Israel as an ‘apartheid state’ with respect to the whole of the Palestinian people, that is, not only those Palestinians living under occupation, but also those living as residents of Jerusalem, those living as a minority in Israel, and those enduring refugee camps and involuntary exile. The report concludes that Israel is guilty of the continuing crime of apartheid as it is defined in the 1973 Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid. The report reviews the evidence for such a finding, and offers recommendation for acting upon such a conclusion within the United Nations, by national governments, and by civil society. Upon the release of the report on March 15, 2017…

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Real News From Journalist Tommy Hansen.

By Jerry Alatalo

Book5Alphabet Most of the time journalist Tommy Hansen delivers his talks in German, so it became the easy choice to share after coming across his recent English-language presentation at Open Mind Conference 2016 in Denmark. The title of his talk is, “War or Peace in Europe: Now is the Final Call for Journalism”.

With apologies for the length of the presentation at 1 hour 42 minutes, may we suggest if time is presently not available or short to save/record the link for future viewing. One can describe his excellent talk as a memorable, high level, in-depth, extraordinary university quality lecture – touching on and combining the subjects of economics, history, world politics, and more.

The historical aspect starts in 1944-5 and the Bretton Woods monetary conference making the U.S. dollar the world’s reserve currency following World War II. As his presentation unfolds, Mr. Hanson focuses on what he sees as the major situational developments from 1944-5 up until the present in 2016-7. He shares the pertinent details of global financial events such as U.S. President Richard Nixon’s removal of the Gold Standard, plus Henry Kissinger’s deal with Saudi Arabia to sell their oil for only U.S. dollars (the petrodollar), in exchange for military bases to defend/protect the royal family and building up Saudi intelligence forces.

Mr. Hansen’s description of former President and CIA Director George H.W. Bush’s close relations with the Saudi royal family – essentially privatizing U.S. covert operations –  helps explain how his son George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were able to join the Saudis in pulling off the 9/11 false flag operation, and the fictional “war on terror”.

Saudi Arabia is:

  • ruled by the royal family
  • a severe violator of human rights
  • owner of one of the world’s largest oil reserves
  • controller of the world’s largest oil company

He shares a quote from Sarah Chayes and Alex De Waal and their February 18, 2016 article in The Atlantic: “The Saudi ruling elite is operating something like a sophisticated criminal enterprise”. 

Mr. Hansen then goes on to describe the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) which operated with 1,500 employees in the years 1972-1991, and became infamous for massive levels of money-laundering, bribery, support for terrorism, arms trafficking, kidnapping, and murder in the interests of its Saudi, U.S. and other criminal owners. BCCI became a central financial tool used by the criminals behind implementing what has become known as the Iran-Contra scandal.

Tommy Hanson’s detailed presentation makes understanding how events through recent history have shaped the world humanity experiences in 2017 easier – for those already familiar with the real history, and for persons whose knowledge of these (mostly) unreported facts is either non-existent, limited, or only beginning to become sought more intensely and accumulated. In any case, what Mr. Hansen shares is definitely NOT fake news – but the truth/facts of history and today upon which major, important decisions of war and peace will (many on Earth pray) have as their basis.

People sometimes refer to books and writers which have a profound, greater-than-average effect on one’s outlook and perceptions after reading as “keepers”. With regard to talks and visual presentations focused on sharing vital and rarely disseminated knowledge, this one by Tommy Hanson clearly meets the “keeper” standard.

(Thank you to Free21.org at YouTube)

McCarthyism 2.0 in 2017: Who Would Believe It?

By Jerry Alatalo

Much has been made of supposed US reliance on the Persian Gulf area for petroleum. But while tremendous profits are made by US-based petroleum corporations that continue to dominate the petroleum industry in this region, the United States is not in fact especially reliant on petroleum imports from the Gulf.Alphabet The entire psychological operation – including an inept attempt by the Washington Post to discredit over 200 independent news outfits, the majority whose goal is telling/publishing the truth –  is a record-sized disinformation campaign to distract Americans and people around the Earth away from extreme criminal behaviors revealed on WikiLeaks.org. Russian politicians and media, in particular Vladimir Putin and state-owned broadcaster group RT, have become the unfortunate targets or focus of the psychological operation.

The most damaging and severe crime(s) revealed by WikiLeaks are those of state sponsorship of terrorism, as viewed in DNC/Clinton emails dated 2014 where Saudi Arabia and Qatar are identified as financial and logistical supporters of ISIS or Daesh. The magnitude of such a scandal – with Clinton and the Obama administration aware of the covert terrorist support, essentially aiding and abetting terrorism (war crimes) through inaction and silence – is potentially multiple times larger than the Iran-Contra scandal of the late 1980’s in America.

The WikiLeaks published emails of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta has raised concerns around the planet about possible crimes involving children (pedophilia), due to highly unusual terms (pizza, hot dogs, pasta, etc.) used in emails that correspond to law enforcement recognized language or code words developed to hide acts of child sex crimes.

Seeing that corporate media has become flooded or drenched with reporting of so-called Russian hacking and media influence on the 2016 election and that there is no/zero reporting on state sponsorship of ISIS/Daesh or criminal sexual conduct with children, one can see the psychological operation has, until now, been extremely successful.

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While she doesn’t reference terrorism or child sex crimes, co-host of RT’s “Watching the Hawks” Tabetha Wallace presented an honorable monologue recently in response to dubious accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 election – the just described psychological operation.

For those familiar with reporter Edward R. Murrow and his battles with the infamous Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy during the “Red Scare” 1950’s in America, Ms. Wallace’s strong, accurate oratory is worthy of being seen as equally effective now (McCarthyism 2.0) as Mr. Murrow’s media talks were back then.

Among the powerful assertions she makes are that, “No one has ever told us what we can and cannot talk about on ‘Watching the Hawks’, or in any other capacity as a host or producer here at RT”, and that, “It (RT) is no different from the ‘BBC Worldwide’, ‘France 24’, ‘PressTV’, and the United States’ own ‘Voice of America’ “.

Tabetha Wallace concludes her timely and admirable monologue with words worth remembering.

“So, maybe we can turn our swords of words into plowshares for true democracy – for everyone, no matter what country they hail from. Because … it’s the American thing to do”.

(Thank you to Watching the Hawks RT at YouTube)

Latest Middle East ‘Disinformation, Propaganda, Fake News’…

By Jerry Alatalo

World Map1Alphabet After hitting the “publish” button on over 970 posts on this blog, it seemed remarkable to consider how many of those posts likely match the criteria described in the “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” – recently passed after being inserted into the over-$600 billion 2017 U.S. National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Many journalists and writers – especially those associated with the near-200 organizations defamed by the Washington Post recently – believe the new, truly Orwellian law establishing a real-life “Ministry of Truth” has been given the wrong name; many feel the better term would be the “Countering Truth Act”.

Given retired economics Professor Rodney Shakespeare’s passion and outspokenness during a short interview on Iran’s Press TV on the bitter and scandalous reality in the Middle East, it might be safe to say Mr. Shakespeare feels the same disdain toward censorship laws now being enacted in both the U.S. and Europe. Perhaps those who view Mr. Shakespeare’s energetic effort to convey his version of the truth would do well to see his example as something to emulate, or use as a personal action template, going forward into 2017.

It may also serve some benefit for those who listen to Mr. Shakespeare’s talk to compare the size of consequences to human lives his words convey to that of Hillary Clinton in her recent “fake news”/Harry Reid-retirement public address, where she made a pathetic attempt to connect a lone armed man’s walking into a pizza restaurant (and where nobody was hit by bullets or severely injured) to the need for media censorship legislation – “soon” – to combat so-called “fake news”.

“…especially those who serve in our Congress. The epidemic of malicious fake news and false propaganda that flooded social media over the past year – it’s now clear that so-called fake news can have real world consequences. This isn’t about politics or partisanship. Lives are at risk. Lives of ordinary people just trying to go about their days to do their jobs, to contribute to their communities. It’s a danger that must be addressed, and addressed quickly. Bipartisan legislation is making its way through Congress to boost the government’s response to foreign propaganda (emphasis added), and Silicon Valley is starting to grapple with the challenge and threat of fake news. It’s imperative that leaders in both the private and public sector step up to protect our democracy and innocent lives.”

Hillary Clinton made a major error in logic by trying to equate domestic (possibly) criminal affairs in Podesta emails to foreign propaganda. Ms. Clinton and her friends the Podesta brothers apparently didn’t find it necessary to respond publicly to WikiLeaks emails suggesting potential acts of pedophilia, even though they all knew for certain the scandalous story – whether describing real criminal actions or not – had become mega-viral around the Earth on the internet.

Should anyone find it surprising that one of the millions of people who’d become aware of the emails, explosive publicity and reports about the pizza restaurant (along with media, Clinton, and Podesta silence) would end up going to the actual scene? As far as reports thus far have seemed to gather, neither Hillary Clinton or the Podesta brothers have responded to the implications of criminal child sexual abuse in WikiLeaks emails many have expressed concerns about.

Responsible leaders would have immediately clarified the matter(s) which were clearly causing confusion and concern among the citizenry of the nation, precisely to minimize to the greatest extent possible any possibility of violent actions taken by persons who were vulnerable to “fake news”. Clinton and the Podesta brothers chose, instead of clarifying the matter, to remain silent.

The lone armed man who walked into the pizza shop – and who Hillary Clinton used to warn the American people about the “dangers of fake news” – didn’t shoot anyone. In his talk about the Middle East on Press TV, Rodney Shakespeare refers to hundreds of thousands killed in Syria over the past six years, along with millions who’ve become refugees. For any man or woman paying attention, it is clear that Mr. Shakespeare is speaking the truth – and by comparison Hillary Clinton is the morally bankrupt purveyor of “fake news”.

(Thank you to PressTV News Videos at YouTube)