A few days after then Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had made what was widely regarded anti-Semitic rants at the UN General Assembly in September 2008, he met, still in New York, with ultra-orthodox Jews. This is remarkable only on first sight, as the respective rabbis are utterly anti-Zionists.
I remembered that meeting back in 2008 when listening to wannabe statesman Donald Trump when he declared 15 January this year’s Martin Luther King Jr Day. After he had allegedly insulted all Africans and Central Americans by calling their homelands shitholes: “Take them out!” (Haitians, out of the US).
Ahmadinejad, who was respected by the low classes in Iran who therefore elected him twice, had damaged Iran’s global interests considerably during his 8-yr tenure as his daring and inflammatory speeches about Israel, nuclear enrichment and ballistic missiles was relentlessly sanctioned by the international community. Ultimately, it was Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s irresponsible politics which brought Iran to its knees in 2015, accepting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action negotiated with world powers, P5+1.
Aaron Maté has been a brave journalist. He had worked for DemocracyNow! and is now host at TheRealNews (TRN). He was born in Canada to Jewish parents but is a supporter of the Palestinian cause. So, he might be the right person to interview Norman Finkelstein on his promoting tour for his new book Gaza – An Inquest into Its Martyrdom.
Finkelstein had been interviewed by TRN before by its founder and CEO Paul Jay. I had reported on the series of televised parts here. While Jay let him describe his biography almost unchallenged (it becomes instantly clear that Finkelstein is an awfully difficult guest), the new promotion interview with Maté is worse, quite scandalous.
At least in its third part, Maté seems to lose his patience when Finkelstein, who claims to choose his words pretty carefully, compares Hamas’ rockets with “enhanced” firework and an “SOS call”.
When chief whip of the accumulation of conservative and right-wing populist European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, uttered his expectations for 2018 on the occasion of his national party CSU’s New Year’s reception in Seeon, Bavaria, he said that, in 2018, “the central European subject-matter is the final solution to the refugee question.”
On 20 January 1941, a clandestine conference was held in a villa outside Berlin located at the idyllic Wannsee. SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich had invited Nazi administrative leaders of various government departments to discuss just one subject-matter, the final solution to the Jewish question. The world got to know about the conference as one copy of the protocol had survived and discovered in 1947. Adolf Eichmann, who was ordered by Heydrich to write the minutes of the conference, gave a detailed account, when having been interrogated while awaiting his trial in Jerusalem in 1961.
Manfred Weber meanwhile dismissed, on Twitter, any “intentional misinterpretation”.
European right-wing populists are not very credible when using Nazi jargon for explaining their humanitarian intentions.
6 January 2018 @ 8:32 am.
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The above video clip, published by NASA in November 2017, covers all hurricanes/tropical storms in the North Atlantic this year.
Watch, in particular, Irma which hit Florida but did not devastate Mar a Lago; followed by Maria, devastating Puerto Rico (which has ultimately been abandoned by president Donald Trump). And finally exceptional Ophelia which made it to Ireland.
1 January 2018 @ 9:45 am.
Last update January 1, 2018.
Mighty Rocket Man Donald Trump follows suit today North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un. Well, in a way. His recognition of Jerusalem today as Israel’s (and Israel’s alone) capital is a provocation for hundreds of millions of Muslims and utterly foolish. There is no excuse for willfully risking the fragile and unstable balance in the city which belongs in fact to three World religions.
Editors late Oleg Grabar and Benjamin Z. Kedar describe, in particular, Jerusalem’s Temple Mountain with its Sacred Esplanade “Where Heaven and Earth Meet.”
Of course, for time immemorial, Jerusalem has been the place for deep desire for most Jews. Their religion’s foundation myth has been one of “return” to the promised land with Jerusalem as the location of God’s temple. But Jerusalem is also the city where Jesus died on the cross and Muhammad ascended to the Heavens. It doesn’t belong to one monotheistic faith only but to all three versions where one and the same God only is revered.
Donald Trump lacks many things, among others brains, any sensitivity, any diplomacy, honesty. These would be utterly needed if he was seriously seeking a solution for the root cause of the many crises in the Middle East, broker any lasting deal.
No surprise, he doesn’t seek. He provokes.
6 December 2017 @ 5:52 pm.
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