Addressing the Sunni Summit, a motley host of countries with little freedom, democracy, justice, or other human rights, President Trump might well have wished he could just begin by saying, “Greetings, my fellow dictators.…” The circumstance was not so auspicious for America’s would-be strongman. Unlike the autocrats of Egypt and Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, President Trump’s authority remains shaky, his control of the emerging American police state insecure, his future somewhat uncertain.
The Emirati government has reportedly threatened to withdraw all of its forces from Yemen if Saudi Arabia continues to back Hadi (Middle East Monitor, March 7). Despite this threatened withdrawal, Saudi Arabia has shown no inclination to change course. In Aden, the war within the war seems to be intensifying as a former governor of Aden, Aidaroos al-Zubaidi, has announced that he has formed a governing council that will administer the south, with him acting as president
Trump has been accused of betraying Israel. Impeachment is possible.
Then I noticed (thanks to a tweet by Max Blunenthal) that Alan Dershowitz had called the Trump-betrayed-ally’s-secrets-to-Russia story “the most serious charge ever made against a sitting president.” It had been evident to me, in reading the coverage, that there was only one “Middle Eastern ally” (or ally of any region) which has the chutzpah to “warn” the United States “it would cut off access to…sensitive information”—while itself stealing, with impunity, America’s most closely-guarded secrets. As Newsweek reported in 2014: “Israel has been caught carrying out aggressive espionage operations against American targets for decades… They just don’t get arrested very often.”
The hunger strikers are protesting a wide range of human rights violations, but on top of all these is the most grievous one of all—the fifty-year Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, and the massive violations of Palestinian human and national rights in entails.
زيارة ترامب إلى السعودية لتكون مقرا للقاء رؤساء بعض الدول العربية معه يعني أن السعودية تصدرت ريادة البلاد العربية بدلا من مصر. من المعروف في العلاقات الخاصة أنه عندما يصبح شخص خاضعا لآخر فإنه يُعامله معاملة السيد للخادم المطيع، ومن ثم لا يعيره اهتماما أمام الناس. كما وأن الشحات الذي يستجدي، بعد فشله في عمله، لا يكون موضع احترام الغير. أنوه بذلك لمن اندهش أو تضايق من اختيار ترامب السعودية بدلا من مصر لهذا اللقاء. المدهش في الأمر أن أهم بند في جدول الأعمال هو مواجهة ومحاربة الإرهاب، ولا أظن أنه توجد دولة عربية تعاني مثل مصر من الإرهاب سيما وأن السيسي “يشكو طوب الأرض منه” ولا يجد مبررا لفشله الذريع سوى “التجارة بالعمليات الإرهابية”. لم أندهش من هذه المهانة طالما يحكم مصر “الثيثي”، ولن تكون الأولى أو الأخيرة.
الرحمة على “أم الدنيا
TV about what’s REALLY going on.
“No one really dare to cover Israel. When you cover it in a fair way you’re deemed anti-Semitic. Journalists say to me ‘I don’t want to cover Israel or I’ll lose my job.'”
Republicans see no emerging autocrat, no flailing nincompoop, no not-really-conservative Republican In Name Only who doesn’t care about ideas. They see a tough guy.
I no longer have confidence in his ability to perform the duties of the office of President of the United States, and I call for his impeachment.
What our study proposes is that an essential precondition for such a desirable outcome depends on dismantling present systematic structures of domination that are relied upon by Israel to control the Palestinian people as a whole, whether they live under occupation or as refugees and involuntary exiles or as a discriminated minority in Israel itself. By thinking of the situation in this way we begin to understand that the conflict is most fundamentally about people and only secondarily about territory.