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53 Palestinians, 0 Israelis Die in Air and Missile Strikes …

5:54 am in Uncategorized by fairleft

Smoke rises from Palestinian buildings after air strikes.

Is the US media biased in its reports on Israeli airstrikes?

And yet still we get obscene propaganda from the mainstream ‘news’ masquerading as a headline:

Gaza rockets land deep in Israel as it bombards Palestinian enclave

The Reuters article above, with its propaganda headline, reports that 37 53 (see comment 39) Palestinians have died so far, but differing data on the dead and injured is provided in a more balanced article in the Guardian:

The air assault continued throughout Wednesday morning bringing the Palestinian death toll to 32 in two days, including several senior Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants. More than 150 people have been injured. There have been about 440 air strikes since the beginning of the week.

Palestinian medics in Gaza City said two women and four children had been killed in strikes in the north and east of the city near the border with Israel on Wednesday morning.

‘Four Palestinians were killed in air strikes, including two brothers who are 12 and 13 years old in Shejaiya, while a four-year-old boy and a woman were killed in a raid on Zeitun,’ emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told Agence France-Presse.

The Guardian reports that the U.S., which means Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama, supports without reservation the air war on a largely defenseless population:

The White House condemned the rocket attacks against Israel. ‘No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians and we support Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks,’ said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

Oh of course, the Gazans are vicious for killing no one, but ‘no comment’ on the Israeli air strikes that have killed 29 civilians according to Reuters.

I bet most Americans oppose Israel’s deadly civilian-killing response to being attacked by so far harmless unguided missiles. They would oppose Israel’s actions even more strongly if they were allowed to read and listen to unbiased/balanced news reports in/on the mainstream media. The thing is, I wish it weren’t an issue of whether the U.S. ‘supports’ or ‘doesn’t support’ Israel’s actions. My question is, why are we giving Israel so much money every year? Can’t we find more deserving nations for our charity?

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Is Sergey Lavrov the obvious Nobel Peace Prize choice?

12:28 am in Uncategorized by fairleft

Expanding a comment at David Swanson’s Save the Nobel Peace Prize from Itself

Obviously the Nobel Peace Prize should be given to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. In the quickest thinking diplomatic moment of all time, he literally prevented an imminent war by taking advantage of a U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry bonehead error, where Kerry sneered/joked that aggressive U.S. war on Syria would be called off only if “every single bit” of Syria’s chemical weapons were eliminated in a week. More details are in Syria calls John Kerry’s bluff, agrees to turn over its chemical weapons to UN!, where I quote the Guardian on the purely rhetorical nature of Kerry’s pseudo-demand:

The US state department stressed that Kerry was making a rhetorical argument about the one-week deadline and unlikelihood of Assad turning over Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. In a statement, the department added: “His point was that this brutal dictator with a history of playing fast and loose with the facts cannot be trusted to turn over chemical weapons, otherwise he would have done so long ago. That’s why the world faces this moment.” …

Kerry said Assad might avoid an attack if he handed every bit of his chemical weapons stock, but added that the Syrian president was not going to do that.

Despite it all, despite hilarious headlines like Kerry tells Russia his Syria comments were not meant as a proposal, Lavrov pushed on, in the end providing the world with a little peace.

If the Peace Prize is not given to Lavrov, possibly in combination with Russian President Vladimir Putin — who was surely in close consultation with his foreign minister during the critical minutes and hours after Kerry’s gaffe — that once more confirms that the Peace Prize committee is just another ‘new cold war’ institution. In other words, it’s a war institution. War being peace these days, in case you haven’t noticed …

And not that we won’t get Obama and Kerry’s war on Syria in 2014 (the U.S. is requiring Syria to prove a WMD negative, the same thing we demanded of Iraq in 2002-3), but let’s focus for now on 2013 and its prize.

A final and second thought, if the committee has a sense of humor I’d love to see them give the peace prize to Lavrov AND Kerry. Who knows, could happen, the committee showing a nice comic sense by awarding Barack the Obomber the prize a few years ago.

P.S. — In a rational world I wouldn’t have to say the following, but here goes anyway: None of the above should be taken as a defense of Russia’s government or any of its policies, including its treatment of gays and Pussy Riot. Read the rest of this entry →

The Nobel Class War Prize [Update on Jagland]

8:21 am in Uncategorized by fairleft

The Norwegian elite (not Swedish, thanks normanb) and upper classes awarded the EU the Nobel Peace Prize for its austerity crusade, the economic war it is waging on its people. Why not, who or what is holding the rich, Norwegian or otherwise, back or to account these days? So, the War Prize (given to Obama) is now the Class War Prize, because right now class war and not imperial war is where the rich want a propaganda boost.

As Max Keiser says in an RT video, the EU got the prize because of what it is these days:

The EU is a technocracy … joined with the banking establishment to suck wealth from all of the citizens of the EU and send it to Brussels, and send it to the banksters, and send it to the World Bank and … the troika.

The EU is doing its job for the rich, and Norway’s wealthy elite wanted to recognize that and cheer it on. The World War II thing? A laughable pretense 75 years after the end of that war. And what is Europe doing now other than making economic war on Greece and Spain and eventually the rest of the EU’s working and middle class citizens?

Keiser suggests that next year the IMF’s ‘no alternative to cuts’ Christine Lagarde will get the prize. Yup, sounds about right. ;-<

UPDATE: The purpose of the award is fairly explicit at this point. Note the headlines of the mainstream media (i.e., the media sponsored by the economic elite): CNN’s “Peace Prize is a slap on the back for a struggling European Union” or the NY Times’ “Nobel Peace Prize for European Union, Mired in Crisis” for example. Making things crystal clear is the perspective of Mr. Jagland (thanks for the tip Juliania) …

Thorbjoern Jagland, the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee which on Friday awarded its Peace Prize to the EU, is a fervent supporter of the bloc who stands out in a Norway stubbornly opposed to joining the group.

… “I am in favour of the EU,” Jagland, who also heads the Council of Europe, told AFP in an interview last year.

“The current difficulties show that we need a strong EU. I cannot see how the states could have handled the financial crisis in a more efficient way on their own, outside the EU framework,” he said.

Applauding how the EU has carried out the austerity crusade against Europe’s people and in favor of international banks and the ‘investing class’?! I rest my case. It’s a Class War Prize all the way.