WHAT IS WRONG WITH GARETH PORTER – AN INTERVIEW by Gilad Atzmon

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WHAT IS WRONG WITH GARETH PORTER – AN INTERVIEW

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2014  GILAD ATZMON

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Gilad Atzmon

A few days ago, I came across a disturbing article on Buzzfeed. The headline read; “U.S. Journalist Regrets Attending Conspiracy Conference In Tehran.” According to Buzzfeed, Gareth Porter, a respected journalist and critic of the Jewish lobby and Israel, reported that he would have never have attended the  “conference in Tehran if he had known the real views of his fellow attendees.”

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But the report didn’t stop there. In an attempt to justify his position, Porter proceeded to breach the ethics of journalism — he published an email correspondence with a top Iranian official without requesting permission to do so. Porter didn’t even bother to correct the spelling and typos of the Iranian official.

Porter purported to speak on behalf of other activists and writers, again, without obtaining their consent. And as if all this was not sufficient, Porter went on to smear other activists and condemned their elementary exercise of freedom of speech.

But the entire story is not all bad. While most non-ethical conspirators operate in a clandestine manner, Porter exposed his methods. For some reason he provided a precious glimpse into the entire spectrum of ugly tactics that are employed to keep the gates sealed.  It is not a secret that instead of choosing to be a guardian of the truth, the contemporary progressive operates as a guardian of the discourse, or, more accurately, ‘the progressive discourse.’

The Buzzfeed article is a very sad piece. It conveys an image of a weak human being desperate to save his reputation. In order to do so he tries every trick he knows. Sadly, he achieves the opposite.  In his attempt to smear Mark Glenn, the man behind The Ugly Truth Radio Network, Porter quotes Glenn out of context. He fails to comply with even the minimum journalistic standard of fairness and provide a URL reference for his quotation.  One would expect this from Dershowitz, but not from a ‘progressive dissident’.

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The crucial question not answered by his article, is who is Porter trying to appease? Why does he defame Mark Glenn who didn’t even attend the conference? Is it possible that veteran progressive journalist Porter is breaching every journalist ethic just to convey the image that he is committed to Jewish primary interests?

I wonder what made Porter, who isn’t a novice, perform in such an unprofessional, non-journalistic and non-ethical manner. I initially thought that he was under some horrendous Zionist pressure. I decided to approach Porter and find out whether he could offer some explanations.  I was hoping to hear that his computer was hacked, that his HD was stolen, that he doesn’t know how all that information leaked to Buzzfeed, but I soon realised that my expectations were far too lofty.

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Gilad Atzmon: Hello Gareth, Gilad Atzmon here. Any chance we could have a short chat followed by an interview?

Gareth Porter: For Whatsupic? (a new anti Zionist outlet that reported on Porter’s fiasco earlier this week)

Gilad Atzmon: Not at all, I was actually very disturbed by Whatsupic’s article. I wanted to hear your take first…

Gareth Porter: It’s very simple. I said it all in my email to Buzzfeed, which is all in the story. I won’t be associated with people who re openly anti-Jewish, as distinct from anti-Zionist. Mark Glenn was clearly the former.–

–I guess that by now it is clear that Buzzfeed’s agents didn’t break into the Porter house in the middle of the night or hack his computer from afar. Porter voluntarily sent the information to Buzzfeed, defaming some thinkers, with the hope of disowning his own journey to Iran.—  

 Porter continues: I was told by a participant in the conference that three French guys displayed cartoons that made fun of the holocaust, which I found unacceptable. And the Italian who I heard speak put a paper on the table that said Judaism is the enemy.

Gilad Atzmon:  I assume that you are familiar with my take on the topic. I am not anti Jew or anti Judaism, but I am certainly anti Jewishness, which I define as different forms of celebration of Jewish exceptionalism.

Gareth Porter: I’m not really familiar with it but that wouldn’t cover what was said by Glenn or Prof. Moffa or the Frenchmen right?

Gilad Atzmon:  Of course, however, you have to remember that Israel is the Jewish State, it is supported by the Jewish Lobby, and you are very critical of the Jewish lobby, as far as I am aware. Hence it is necessary to find out once and for all what Jewishness stands for, don’t you agree?

Gareth Porter: How is this related to what I have explained?

Gilad Atzmon: Simple, if Israel defines itself as the Jewish State and it decorates its airplanes with Jewish symbols, shouldn’t the rest of us ask, once and for all, what is Jewishness?

Gareth Porter: Why is that necessary to take (such) a stand against the Israeli state and its policies?  I suggest that it isn’t. Plenty of people, including Jews and non-Jews have been doing so for a long time.

Again what does this have to do with your question to me?

–I guess that by now Porter has expressly admitted that he opposes any attempt to understand the meaning of Jewishness as it relates to the Jewish State. In addition, he has expressed his opposition to the most precious American value, freedom of expression. One would expect an American dissident writer to be the first to defend the first amendment rather than attempting to suppress free speech.  Porter produced a deeply flawed and embarrassingly bad argument. The fact that many activists or even scholars (both Jews and gentiles) avoid touching the ‘J’ word doesn’t, by itself, mean that the ‘J’ issue should be dismissed. It only means that many of our leading scholars and activists are probably too scared to ask the core question to do with the State that defines itself as the Jewish one–

Gilad Atzmon: Ok, so you believe that the fact that Israel claims to adhere to Jewish principles is something that we should ignore in our analysis of its politics. Am I correct?

Gareth Porter: I don’t want to get into this more deeply. You know as well as I do that plenty of people have argued from before the beginning of Israel against the project on the basis of “Jewish principles.”

–This is actually not true at all, those secular Jews who opposed Israel and the Zionist project in the name of universal principles, employed non-Jewish principles (such as Martin Buber, and Israeli Communists). The Jews who opposed Israel and Zionism in the name of Judaism (such as the Torah Jews) did so in the name of Talmudic teachings that have nothing to do with ethics, universalism or any morally oriented  principled thought. I assume that Porter is clueless as far as ‘Jewish principles’ are concerned and seemingly this is not going to change because he clearly attempts to silence every discussion on the topic– 

Gilad Atzmon: I will explain it all. If Jewishness becomes the ‘issue,’ then some people (such as Mark Glenn) may as well look for answers in Judaism, others may look into ethnicity, some would look into culture. After all, no one stopped Max Weber from looking into the core of Protestant religion and its impact on capitalism.

Gareth Porter:  I don’t have time to continue. I’ve got two pieces to finish. Look I’m not knocking anybody who wants to explore questions of what it means to be Jewish. But I’ve explained why I said (and) what I did showed that.

Gilad Atzmon:  Ok, final question, you shared with the public emails from a top Iranian official, did you obtain the right to do so? 

Gareth Porter: I reject the premise of your question. These were not personal e-mails. They related to matters of public interest about which I was subject to a smear campaign by right-wing extremists.

Gilad Atzmon: I guess that the answer is NO then…  Thanks so much for your time.

All that remains is for us is to roll our eyes the toward the heavens in dismay and ask, ‘how did this happen to us?’ How did it happen to Porter? How did this defeatist culture win over true dissent? I have been sad in the last few days, witnessing a journalist of Porter’s abilities compromising journalistic principles in a desperate attempt to appease the Jewish media, the same power he so profoundly criticised in the past. But at least this failure explains why progressive dissent has achieved nothing. We are dealing with a weak operation on the verge of controlled opposition

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Terror-scaremongering designed to erode freedoms, stamp out dissent by Brandon Martinez

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As expected, the recent fabricated ISIS terror scare that swept the headlines of Canada’s Zionist-owned media is being used by the neocon regime in Ottawa to give Canada’s spy agency CSIS more sweeping powers to spy on citizens and protect the identities of informants. 

“The federal government will face intense scrutiny – perhaps even a constitutional challenge – when it introduces legislation to give its spies more legal powers,” reported the Ottawa Citizen.

Proposed amendments to the act governing CSIS will grant the Canadian spy agency more wiggle room to collaborate with the “Five Eyes” spy network comprised of US, UK, Australia and New Zealand espionage agencies. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the Five Eyes network has been neck-deep in illegal espionage activities targeting millions of their own citizens.

“A second measure,” the Citizen continued, “would give CSIS informants the same anonymity that already exists for police sources, who are not subject to cross-examination and can have their identities hidden, even from trial judges.” TheCanadian government’s informants are more than likely responsible for spurring or otherwise concocting the very ‘terror’ plots CSIS claims to have foiled — just like its counterpart in the US has been caught doing time and time again. (See The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism by Trevor Aaronson) Problem, reaction, solution — the Machiavellian methodology never fails.

Like Canada, Australia and Britain are endeavoring to empower their spook agencies as well as stiffen their fraudulent “anti-terror” laws in the face of phony ISIS ‘terror plots’ that bear all the hallmarks of intelligence psyops.

That is what the ISIS sham threat is all about — creating a bogus pretext so our governments can strip us of our liberties and stamp out dissent.

British PM David Cameron unveiled the real agenda behind ISIS terrorism fear-mongering — silencing critics of the war on terror and skeptics of the US and UK government versions of 9/11 and 7/7. In September, Cameron delivered a bizarre speech at the UN in which he said with unreserved hubris:

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“As evidence emerges about the backgrounds of those convicted of terrorist offences, it is clear that many of them were initially influenced by preachers who claim not to encourage violence, but whose world view can be used as a justification for it. … The peddling of lies: that 9/11 was a Jewish plot and the 7/7 London attacks were staged. The idea that Muslims are persecuted all over the world as a deliberate act of Western policy. The concept of an inevitable clash of civilizations. We must be clear: to defeat the ideology of extremism we need to deal with all forms of extremism – not just violent extremism.”

More and more people are awakening to the truth that 9/11, 7/7 and other major terrorist incidents in the West were staged by US, UK and Israeli intelligence services to provide said countries a pretext to launch the pre-planned Zionist-contrived war on terror against Israel’s enemies. Innumerable masses of people are learning about the dark legacy of Zionism and are starting to speak out about it.

The public’s growing interest in alternative theories about 9/11, 7/7 and other false-flags has alarmed the Western powers-that-be whose present foreign policies hinge upon the big lies surrounding those events. If the true story of 9/11 and 7/7 emerged, the American and British public would rise up in revolt against the unjust and criminal regimes occupying their capitals. The perfidious elites cannot allow that to happen, hence Cameron’s insistence that “non-violent extremists” — 9/11 and 7/7 truthers, anti-Zionists, etc. — are akin to the head-chopping Takfiri marauders of ISIS and should be treated as such. 

The manufactured ‘civil war’ in Syria, like the preceding one in Libya, is a deliberate Zionist policy of destabilization. Syria, like Iran, is one of the last bastions of resistance against Israeli hegemony in the region, and has therefore been earmarked for extinction by the usual suspects and their Western lapdogs.

Aside from being impediments to Israel’s imperium, countries like Syria, Iran, Libya, Iraq and other target states have been resilient to globalist attempts to import a degenerate American monoculture into their jurisdictions. These countries affirmed their sovereignty against the globalist cultural imperialists — headquartered in Washington — who seek to export MacDonalds, Burger King and Wal-Mart to the four corners of the earth.The globalists want to erect a global shopping mall on the ruins of traditional cultures.

Unlike in America and much of the deracinated West, the peoples of the Middle East have been widely educated about the Zio-American world menace. Instead of chowing down Big Macs or listening to the putrid rhymes of Kanye West, Middle Easterners are being informed on issues of global importance. Instead of reading trashy gossip mags and stewing over celebrity degeneracy, Iranians are reading The Protocols of Zion and holding conferences questioning the veracity of ‘the holocaust.’

Neocon Zionists like Daniel Pipes, David Aaronovitch and Jonathan Kay have routinely decried the “conspiracy” culture emanating from homogenous Muslim societies.That’s what Pipes’ book The Hidden Hand: Middle East Fears of Conspiracy was all about; Aaronovitch’s Blaming the Jews documentary is of a similar vein. The reality is that the Muslim world has figured out the Zionists’ Machiavellian game plan and is therefore being punished for failing to succumb to their decrepit exceptionalist mythology.

A dumbed down, atomized mass of materialistic consumers is what the Zionists and their Big Money cohorts want. A pitiful populace comprised of tattooed, chain-smoking, money-chasing, burger-munching airheads is what pleases the moneyed elite.

The Frankfurt School Zionists conquered much of the West through the promotion of degenerate and dysgenic social norms, thereby weakening the traditional culture of their host nations and effectively taking them over. Since the nation-states of the Middle East have largely thwarted the cultural imperialists’ internal plots, the globalist armies of the West have besieged them.

But there is still a glimmer of hope in the West as more people come to terms with the truth about 9/11, 7/7 and the ‘war on terror’ hoax.  Only time will tell if that will be enough to stop the globalist menace from devouring what’s left of our broken world.

Copyright 2014 Brandon Martinez

 

 

The Book of Gareth: Why Persians Should Never Sleep With Jewish Whores by Trevor LaBonte

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By Trevor LaBonte

October 16th, 2014

 

Whatsupic – “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”  

 Marcus Tullius Cicero  Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist.

Iran New Horizon Conference 2014

A few curious events regarding the New Horizons conspiracy conference in Tehran in early October 2014 provide us with a crucial case study in what ails the anti-Zionist truth movement and how the situation needs to be improved.

For those in need of debriefing, here is the article based on emails that journalist Gareth Porter leaked to the Zionist-infested internet news media company “Buzz Feed.”

(Here is my original op-ed about it, published on Oct 9, 2014)

Jewish “Anti-war” leftist journalist Gareth Porter managed to pull off a major double-cross against the government of Iran, which happens to be fighting to continue to exist amid a sea of Zionist-manufactured regional turmoil. Porter received a valuable assist from the inside by conference organizer Reza Montazami, who refrained from commenting in the aftermath of Porter leaking his personal emails to Buzz Feed in the interests of libeling and smearing the conference organizer and falsely implicating the government of Iran into the phony scandal.

The episode is a textbook example of why it is crucial to pay strict attention to a number of simple key factors in determining who should be allowed inside the Islamic Republic, and who should be considered an enemy to be barred at the door.

The leaked emails reveal that, beginning on Aug 15, 2014, Porter first demanded, as a prerequisite to his participation, as a prerequisite to his participation that respected author and political commentator, Mark Glenn of Press TV and The Ugly Truth, be dis-invited from the conference, a conference which was important to Iran’s safety and national interests.

Parenthetically, Mark Glenn and USS Liberty survivor Philip F. Tourney happened to have co-authored a revealing book together, which reveals all the details of Israel’s treacherous June 8, 1967 false flag attack against America, which was designed to frame Egypt, presumably so the Israeli government could trick America into entering the “Six Day War” for Israel’s slated expansion, the establishment of “Greater Israel,” and a Jewish one-world government. The book clearly illustrates how Zionist interests have an astonishing amount of control over America, with subversive Zionist elements in America conspiring with Israel and even trying to sink the USS Liberty together, and collaborating on the sloppy cover-up when the mission had to be aborted prior to completion. Even though Israel was caught red-handed perpetrating the unspeakably treacherous attack against its supposed ally, the story has yet to break to the public at large, thanks to the power of historical concealment. It is starkly reminiscent of 9/11 on multiple levels, but that is another story.

Porter also, over several emails in the exchange, nosily prodded Montazami for a list of all the other names of the would-be conference participants, and what all of their topics of address would be. When Montazami neglected to answer the questions sufficiently, Porter asked again.

Montazami quickly and inexplicably capitulated to Porter’s demands, offering as his rationale, “We don’t invite him whether you come or not. It means that is vrery [sic] critical point for us. if not, what is the different between us and Takfirist. You know what means takfir. May you look at dicionary [sic], and you will find that it makes no differnt[sic] whether you are an American scholar or Libian [sic] primitive, While you hate other, you are takfirist just like Daesh.”

It’s an interesting comparison, given that Glenn is not part of a known force of Zionist-backed foreign mercenaries posing as rebels in a fake civil war, nor has he played soccer with any decapitated heads or cooked up any human livers on his Webber grill. I do occasionally hear that his wife makes good spaghetti sauce, though.

For the record, Glenn’s “problematic” observations about Judaism’s core being an ideology of chosen-ness rather than providing a moral and ethical code which is universal and fair to all people and not just Jews, are simple statements of basic fact and are not based in hatred, bigotry, or prejudice.

Contemporary essentialist philosopher and former Israeli/ former Jew Gilad Atzmon has written on the subject of Jewish identity politics extensively, revealing the same facts which in turn prove Porter’s tit-for-tat equation between Judaism and Islam (reprinted further down) to be a classic example of a logical fallacy.

Yet, it was successful as an appeal to Montazami’s apparently faulty understanding of his own religious faith. Porter said to Montazami, “I’m sorry to delay my acceptance of the invitation in this way, but I hope you will understand the difficulty that Mr. Glenn’s participation presents. I would have the same reaction, of course, to the participation in a conference by someone who espoused the view that Islam is a faith that ‘bring [sic] nothing but sickness and death’. I’m sure you have the same reaction.”

Porter failed to produce one example of anything Glenn has said which is not empirically correct, instead making the plea, “I have only one problem at this point. One of the people who has been invited to speak at the conference, Mark Glenn, is someone about whom IPIS should be extremely wary. He is notorious for his hatred of Judaism and Jews, which needless to say, IPIS would certainly not want to be associated with.”

Charging someone with being “anti-Semitic” is unfair. It vaguely alleges that there is hatred of Jews based on racial reasons, and makes no reference to the tribalist ideology around which Jewish culture revolves. Opposing a racist/supremacist ideology does not make one a racist.

This passage from the Old Testament summarizes Judaism:

“When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are to possess and casts out the many peoples living there, you shall then slaughter them all and utterly destroy them…You shall make no agreements with them nor show them any mercy. You shall destroy their altars, break down their images, cut down their groves and burn their graven images with fire. For you are a holy people unto the LORD thy God and He has chosen you to be a special people above all others upon the face of the earth…”

–Book of Deuteronomy, 7:1-8

 

Porter is a hypocrite for lashing out Glenn but taking no issue with the concept that the Earth and all its life forms are the property of the Jews.

When Porter got back to the US, he turned around and attacked Iran itself, the country he purports to be defending against Israel’s “nuclear threat” lies. In an act of sheer deceit and betrayal to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Porter leaked the private emails, which dated back months, to the heavily Jewish-staffed Zionist media outlet “Buzz Feed” to falsely implicate the government of Iran in participating in and helping to organize what was then insultingly reported as an official conference of “9/11 truthers, Holocaust deniers, and anti-Semites,” with Porter saying he “regretted attending.” Porter’s report conflicts with Montazami’s clear and unambiguous statement that IPIS, Iran’s Foreign Ministry think-tank, was not involved with organizing the conference, and therefore the government of Iran had nothing to do with the conference. He managed to paint a non-governmental conference of responsible adults discussing real Zionist crimes and deception…as a scandalous “anti-Semitic” conference done with the government of Iran’s blessings and active participation. Yet, Porter seems to know a lot about “Manufactured Crisis,” which, ironically, is the title of his book about the Israeli MOSSAD’s plot to trick the US into attacking Iran based on Israel’s phony stories about Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program.

Porter mentioned in the interview that a nonprofit organization called “Catalytic Diplomacy” paid for his travel to Iran. This statement regarding the conference episode to Buzz Feed by the Catalytic Diplomacy’s founder, Jeremy Stone, reveals Stone’s contempt for the truth movement, as well as his Zionistic bigotry against Middle Easterners and his sympathies with the Jewish Israeli imperialist project: “It is sad, but definitely true, that the Middle East is full of crazies, of which the Holocaust deniers and the 9/11 truthers are, certainly, among the sickest…But in our half-century of efforts to prevent war, terrorism and genocide, and forestall the collapse of civilization, it is not feasible to avoid attending Middle East conferences that might, in the end, be attended by various nuts in varying proportions. In particular, anti-semitism [sic] is endemic in the Middle East and rising.”

Jeremy Stone is a former head of the Federation of American Scientists and now leads Catalytic Diplomacy

So the Sayan returned the favor of being invited to the conference by making numerous censorious demands, trying to do as much damage as  possible to Mark Glenn’s good reputation, lying about the government of Iran, and trying to tar as many people as possible as “anti-Semites,”  “conspiracy theorists,” “crazies,” and “Holocaust deniers,” reaching potentially into the highest eschelons of the Iranian government. Only two things appear to have been forgotten, which was to call some of the conference participants “Nazis” and maybe call Iran’s Supreme Leader “a  new Hitler” or something like that. But maybe that is coming in the next libelous article featuring Porter, Benjamin, Weir, Escobar, and Co. in Buzz Feed.

Read the rest of the story HERE

 

Jason Erb interviews Arthur Topham on Exposing Faux Capitalism, October 16, 2014

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Dr. Gareth Porter and 9/11 Truth in Tehran by Anthony J. Hall

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Dr. Gareth Porter and 9/11 Truth in Tehran

… by  Anthony J. Hall

October 14th, 2014
Deconstructing the Propaganda and Subversion Underlying the “Axis of Evil” Lies 

 

Dr. Gareth Porter was the featured independent thinker at the recent New Horizon International Conference of Independent Thinkers and Film Makers. I also too took part in the proceedings. Between Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 I moved back and forth between Lethbridge Alberta and Tehran, the capital city of the Islamic Republic of Iran. For six of those days I was hosted along with other delegates in a hotel beside a very busy, beautiful and heavily wooded park in downtown Tehran.
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The conference’s hosts possessed the vision, influence and organizational  skills to put together what was, in my view, by far the most free and substantial discussion on global relationships of power I have ever witnessed, let alone taken part in. Unfortunately, I cannot picture the possibility of this kind of free exchange between leading experts in their fields– real experts, not pampered academic and journalistic sycophants– taking place in Europe or North America these days. The hysterical, finger-pointing response of the conference’s main critics offers proof of the severity of the blacklisting, censorship and stifling of free expression in many of our home countries.
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Dr. Porter was given the honour of formally introducing his important new book, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare during the proudly-religious opening ceremonies replete with many state dignitaries. The decision was entirely appropriate to highlight the published outcome of Dr. Porter’s deep investigations into the cynical political manipulation of the imagery connected to Iran’s nuclear energy program. The larger international context within which the New Horizon conference took place found vivid reflections in some of the main themes of Dr. Porter’s work on what he has dubbed “the Iran Nuclear Scare.”
The book behind Dr. Porter’s Tehran presentation is very significant and timely. The text has already been translated into Farsi, Persia’s first language. The second New Horizon conference took place in Tehran just as the international negotiation on Iran’s relationship to nuclear power reached yet another threshold of controversy. The nuclear negotiations have paired Iranian officials with delegations from the five permanent members of the UN’s Security Council plus Germany.
As I came to see it, the New Horizon conference of 2014 taking place in the nation state and ancient civilization lying at the cross-roads of the world held out the possibility of a people-to-people quest for viable Middle Ground in the trading of ideas and perspectives. This quest of global citizens for middle ground stands in stark contrast to the unilateralism of the imposed commercial embargoes on the people and government of the Islamic Republic. As Dr. Porter makes clear in his extended reflections on one “manufactured crisis” set among a large set of similar manufactured crises, the main power behind the international animosity pointed at Iran clearly resides in Israel, the emerging imperial capital of a new round of colonial expansionism.
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“A who’s who of the world’s leading anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers,
9/11 conspiracy theorists and anti-American propagandists?”
The leadership of the Islamic Republic has been subject to an unrelenting barrage of accusations that the Iranian government is secretly conniving to extend its nuclear energy program into a program for the design and production of nuclear weapons. A detailed demonstration of the many-layered fraudulence permeating this portrayal forms the main substance of Dr. Porter’s  investigative reporting now brought to fruition in Manufactured Crisis.
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Dr. Porter’s work on Manufactured Crisis seems to have become part of the very manufactured crisis he has identified. When I returned to Canada I learned from a BuzzFeed News article of Oct. 6 that Dr. Porter had aimed angry recriminations at the very conference organizers that had honoured him. In a missive that I intend to discuss in more detail in a future essay, Dr. Porter crudely condemned the conference’s focus on the relationship between the Jewish state of Israel and the events of 9/11. In doing so he implicitly criticized the conference organizers’ insistence on choosing delegates with the necessary expertise to highlight the systemic manipulation of Islam as epitomized by the US executive branch’s designation in 2002 of the Islamic Republic of Iran as the core polity in a diabolical “Axis of Evil.”
This manipulation Islamic people, theology and sectarian differences extends to the production and dissemination of negative images of Islam to maintain and advance the geopolitical dominance of power elites in “the West.” It extends to recruiting, arming, training, organizing and directing Muslim or ostensibly Muslim mercenary soldiers to commit violent acts exploited through media propaganda to justify invasions abroad and police star crackdowns at home, all in the name of anti-terrorism. It extends to setting up Islamic individuals as patsies to be blamed for trigger events that give false justification for predatory actions including aggressive warfare.
The preeminent and prototypical example of this type of action occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. On the infamous day of 9/11 an elaborate but highly-flawed operation put the Shock Doctrine into action. Within hours of the shocking images broadcast live from New York and Washington the serial catastrophes were diagnosed as the outcome of the actions of 19 Saudi citizens equipped with nothing more than box cutters, some rudimentary flight training, and ample amounts of jihadist zeal. There was more. The whole operation was said to be directed by Osama bin Laden from a cave in Afghanistan.
In fact the attacks of the supposedly hijacked passenger planes on Wall Street and the Pentagon were so large in scale, so complex and high-tech in nature, that they could not have possibly been carried out without the extensive involvement and expertise of key elements of the world’s most powerful military-industrial complex and its attending national security state.
Dr. Porter’s harsh criticisms of the conference’s organizers and the majority of it participants have helped fuel, sustain and legitimize a significant firestorm of negative mainstream media coverage set off by press releases issued first by Abe Foxman’s Anti-Defamation League and then by Illinois Senator Mark Kirk.
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In fairness it is important to note that Dr. Porter was himself singled out in these press releases. Senator Kirk specifically described Dr. Porter as a “Cambodian genocide denier” whereas Abe Foxman’s ADL advanced a more modest slur referring to the investigate reporter and scholar simply as an “anti-Israeli journalist.” In its second press release the ADL explained to the media, “Among the speak­ers on the first day of the con­fer­ence was anti-Israel jour­nal­ist Garth Porter. In his speech to the atten­dees, Porter lev­eled accu­sa­tions against Israel, the Mossad and CIA for man­u­fac­tur­ing the Iran­ian nuclear cri­sis. Brazil­ian jour­nal­ist Pepe Esco­bar echoed Porter’s mes­sage and pre­dicted that Iran will become more active in world affairs as its stature and influ­ence in the region increases.”[http://blog.adl.org/international/details-emerge-on-anti-semitic-gathering-in-tehran]
Senator Kirk brought together all the seemingly disparate ingredients of this strange narrative brew on October 2. The US politician reported, “the Second Annual ‘New Horizon’ conference in Tehran this week brought together former Iranian nuclear negotiators with a who’s who of the world’s leading anti-Semites, Holocaust deniers, 9/11 conspiracy theorists and anti-American propagandists.”
Extrapolating Senator Kirk’s words, neo-con columnist Jennifer Rubin argued in the Washington Post that “The so-called ‘New Horizon’ conference in Tehran proves why the current Iranian regime under President Hassan Rouhani is, at its core, no less extremist and dangerous than the regime under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.” In the election in 2013 of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was defeated by now-President Hassan Rouhani. President Rouhani is widely perceived as a more moderate pragmatist than his outspoken and flamboyant presidential predecessor, a college professor and former mayor of Tehran.
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One of the first acts on the international stage of the new Iranian president was to cancel a prior version of the conference that finally took place during the early autumn of 2014. The shift from Ahmadinejad to Rouhani, however, only tells part of the story because in the Islamic Republic the constitution places the overarching theocratic authority over the Muslim state in a divinely-sanctioned religious custodian of Iranian sovereignty.
The  Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic is now Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei. Our group of independent thinkers learned during a tour of the Ebrat Museum, the circular building that housed the Shah of Iran’s state-of-the-art torture chamber, that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was among the group of clerics detained and tortured by SAVAK, the Shah’s of Iran’s notorious secret police. During the early days of his years of his reign the Shah turned his secret police primarily against known or suspected communists. Later, however, the US-backed puppet turned his formidable instruments of domestic repression primarily toward the several hundred followers of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, himself exiled in Paris until he returned to Tehran in 1979 to lead the triumphant Islamic revolution on the sacred ground of Persian civilization.
During our guided tour of one of the world’s most important museums of torture we learned that many of the Shah’s crimes against humanity were implemented by the the US-Israeli-Iranian “Beast of Ebram,” Parviz Sabeti, aka Peter Sabeti. After the tour one of our group, star investigative reporter Wayne Madsen, returned home to see what he could learn about Sabeti. Wayne’s alway’s penetrating research led him to discover that Parviz Sabeti, an international criminal of the first order, is currently living in Orlando Florida as a triple Iranian-Israeli-US citizen. [http://milfuegos.blogspot.ca/2014/10/meet-us-israeli-iranian-beast-of-ebrat.html]
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In Tehran Dr. Porter Discovered His Apparent Acceptance of the Official Cover Story of 9/11
Puts Him in a Small Minority
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Nader Talebzadeh, Film Maker, TV Host and Chair of the New Horizon 2nd International Conference
The New Horizon conference’s primary champion, organizer, Chair and visionary is Nader Talebzadeh, an award-winning filmmaker and the popular host of a very important public affairs show on Iranian TV. Educated in part in New York at Columbia University’s School of Film Making, the fluently multilingual Nader Talebzadeh came to prominence as a chronicler of the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s. Among his many and varied cinematic achievements is “Messiah,”a feature film depicting the life of Jesus from an Islamic perspective. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEjrTCRABMI]
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Last year Mr. Talebzadeh organized a more modest international conference in Tehran on “Hollywoodism.” The participants in this event focused primarily on the operations of the American film industry, site of a classic global exercise of US soft power. More subtle than the invasive actions of Armed Forces, the incursions of Hollywoodism can nevertheless sometimes invade minds, imaginations and systems of ethics and belief in insidious, assimilative and disempowering ways.
Dr. Porter outlined his criticism of the New Horizon conference in an article by Rosie Gray published on Oct. 6 in BuzzFeed News. The article’s subtitle is, “Gareth Porter says he never would have gone to a conspiracy conference in Tehran if he had known the real views of fellow attendees.” In his quoted comments Dr Porter indicates, “during a previous trip I was on [Nader Talebzadeh's] show, and had no indication that he held extremist views on either conspiracy theories about 9/11 or Jews.”
Did I inadvertently play a role in Dr. Porter’s negative assessment of the conference attendees? Maybe. The subject of 9/11 came up during a return trip by car from our tour of the former US Embassy, now Tehran’s “Nest of Spies Museum.” In the driver’s seat was Hamed Gashgavi, one of the key point persons on the staff of the conference’s host organization. Also in the front seat was Rev. Stephen Sizer, a very important advocate of Palestinian rights in Great Britain. At the New Horizon conference Rev. Sizer, a Church of England Vicar, was the primary Christian ambassador to what could be seen through a lens of religious interpretation as an ecumenical event hosted by the Islamic Republic’s leadership. Rev. Sizer is also a well published expert on Christian Zionism.
In the back seat Thierry Meyssan, one of my favourite interpreters of global geopolitics, sat between Dr. Porter and myself. The exchange on 9/11 began with a discussion about the current ineffectiveness of the North American and European anti-war movements.
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Dr. Porter contrasted the present situation with the successes of the anti-war protest movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s. During this period, when public pressure was mounted to end the US Armed Forces intervention in the former French colonies of Indochina, Christian churches helped give the peace movement the strength of conviction and organizational coherence.
I took Dr. Porter’s comment as an opening to advance a position that has been most fully developed by Prof. Graeme MacQueen, founder of the Peace Studies Department at McMaster University in Canada. I argued that one of the reasons for the current failures of the anti-war movement has to do with the aversion of its leadership to deal critically and honestly with the actual substance of what really happened and what didn’t happen on 9/11. In my estimation it is not good enough to restrict the anti-war movement’s public narrative to condemnation of the war mongering that has has occurred after 9/11.
I made it clear to Dr. Porter that in my view the foundation-funded peace movement has not dealt intelligently, forthrightly, or courageously with the actual content of the main event underlying the ongoing 9/11 wars. The most recent manifestation of the ongoing 9/11 wars is presently on full global display in the second US-led military attack on Iraq. This second attack is directed as well at continuing the offensive effort to overthrow the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad. I asked Dr. Porter how the leadership of the peace movement in North America and Europe can credibly oppose the perversity of a war or series of wars without addressing the underlying causes of the conflict. How can the anti-war movement be effective without getting to the bottom of the issue of who really did what to whom and for what reasons? Who are the real culprits when it comes to the lies and crimes of 9/11?
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Dr. Porter responded in a quite aggressive way, seemingly treating my observation as being more like a personal insult than a genuine attempt to diagnose a systemic problem. He answered me with a comment that I interpreted as a poor attempt to imitate the bombastic Alex Jones.  “You mean inside job,” Dr. Porter sneered as if the mere invocation of this simplistic slogan was sufficient justification to end the conversation.
Those of us at the conference who do not reject the label imposed upon us as “9/11 truthers” naturally experience this kind of put down frequently put on us in our home countries. But I was surprised to encounter this kind of dismissive and closed response from the featured independent thinker of the New Horizon delegates assembled in Tehran. It seemed to me Dr. Porter, a world authority on the dynamics of a very elaborate manufactured crisis imposed on the Islamic Republic, was implicitly expressing his faith in the veracity of the US government’s account of what happened on 9/11. What is Dr. Porter’s position on the events of 9/11, a hotly contested topic internationally and globally by any reasonable standard? At the New Horizon conference of 2014, Dr. Porter’s apparent trust in the findings of the 9/11 Commission, if that is indeed his stance, is a minority position.
The exchange in the car did not end there. I pointed out to my American colleague that he was sitting right beside the author of the first analytical book on 9/11, L’Effroyable imposture, or, in English, 9/11: The Big Lie. On this subject I suggested Gareth Porter might learn something from the the charming and incredibly erudite Thierry Meyssen. Currently domiciled in Damascus, Meysssen’s approach to research, analysis, publication and public discourse is entirely different from that of the American broadcaster, Alex Jones. I suspected the primary voice of Infowars symbolized Dr. Porter’s negative stereotype of a typical 9/11 truther. But this is merely assumption and speculation. I therefore invite Dr.Porter to explain his position on 9/11 in his own words.
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9/11 Skepticism, Jonathan Kay, Iran’s Nuclear Energy Program,
and the Likudnik Foundation for the Defense of Democracies 
When we returned to the hotel Thierry Meyssen, Kevin Barrett and I discussed the episode. My colleagues chalked up what had just taken place to the particular difficulties that arise when trying to discuss 9/11 Skepticism with many American public intellectuals.
Earlier in the formal proceedings of the conference Thierry Meyssen acknowledged that he was wrong in some aspects of his initial interpretation of what had happened on 9/11. Thierry had initially attributed the directing impetus of the 9/11 false flag trigger event to elements within the US government. Like many truthers, myself included, I believe Meyssen has come to embrace a growing consensus that elements in the government of Likudnik Israel together with the Bushite cabal of neocon operatives, many of whom are dual US-Israeli citizens, most probably gave the directing hand to “the New Pearl Harbor” that happened on 9/11.
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Unlike Thierry Meyssen it took me many years to begin to question the official cover story first delivered without any formal investigation at all on the very morning of 9/11. I gave my first public presentation on 9/11 skepticism in the autumn of 2008 on a public platform I shared with Dr. Kevin Barrett in Edmonton Alberta. After going public with my 9/11 skepticism I began to notice that the most concerted push back invariably came from people, groups or media organizations with strong ties to Israel.
Many of the smear attacks directed my way and at my then-graduate student, Joshua Blakeney, emanated from Jonathan Kay, an editor of Canada’s National Post. This newspaper was founded by Conrad Black, former owner of a media chain that included the Jersalem Post. It was Conrad Black that hired Jonathan Kay as a journalist after the young man’s graduation from Yale University’s Law School and his failed career as a metallurgist. As I see it, the political personae of Canada’s current Christian Zionist Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, was largely invented in the National Post much like the political personae of Christian Zionist Tony Blair was largely invented in the British media operations of Rupert Murdoch.
Jonathan Kay was given backing by the Tel Aviv-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies to write a book devoted to smearing 9/11 truthers as part of a larger group of “underground conspiracists” deemed by the author to be suffering grave symptoms of a shared mental illness. Many of the senior fellows of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies had formerly been members of the Project for the New American Century, the think tank that promoted many of the initiatives that were immediately implemented after 9/11.
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The old Cold War media strategy of guilt-by-association is made very clear in the title of Kay’s book. The title of the original Canadian edition is Among the Truthers: A Journey into the Growing Conspiracist Underground of 9/11 Truthers, Birthers, Armageddonites, Vaccine Hysterics, Hollywood Know-Nothings and Internet Addicts. In his introduction Kay explained that his book would not address the actual evidence of what did or did not happen on 9/11. He claims that his editor had indicated such an exercise would be too boring for a large readership.
Jonathan Kay has frequently tried to smear in the National Post my efforts and those of Joshua Blakeney to expand the frontiers of 9/11 truth. Kay’s smear and disinformation seemed somehow related to an episode in Winnipeg Manitoba. Winnipeg is home to a fairly large and old Canadian  Jewish community that includes the proudly Zionist Asper clan whose patriarch, the late Izzy Asper, acquired the National Post plus a chain of other Canadian media outlets from Conrad Black before the disgraced media mogul was sentenced to serve time in a US prison.
In March of 2009 I gave an invited lecture at the University of Winnipeg. Entitled, “Should George W. Bush Be Arrested in Calgary Alberta and Charged with International Crimes?,” the text of the presentation was published on a number of sites including Thierry Meyssen’s Voltairenet. After the presentation I was surrounded and entrapped by a group of prominent Winnipeg women, all of them Jewish, and presented with the printout of a stylized swastika that had published on a web page called Montreal 9/11 Truth. The Montreal 9/11 Truth group had published some of my article. The image I was shown was made actually to declared the anti-fascist position of the 9/11 truthers in Montreal. The facts of the matter, however, were clearly irrelevant to my inquisitors. An account of the episode appeared in the local Jewish community newspaper implying of course that I have Nazi sympathies, which I definitely do not.
The common denominator linking Jonathan Kay with the actions of the group that entrapped and accosted me at the University of Winnipeg is their shared attachments as Zionists to what they perceive as the best interests of Israel.
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My research into the sponsor of Jonathan Kay’s book, Among the Truthers, led me to a paragraph that caught my attention in Dr. Porter’s Manufactured Crisis. The author attributes much of the planning and design of the so-called “sanctions” imposed on the Islamic Republic largely to the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. On page 289 of Manufactured Crisis Dr. Porter writes,

[In 2011] the Obama administration was initially uncertain about whether to support the the Israeli proposal to target Iran’s Central Bank and Iran’s oil exports, but the Israeli lobby in the United States forced the issue. The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Washington, DC-based organization whose policy positions are closely aligned with the Likud Party, had drafted legislation mandating such sanctions, and AIPAC was already mobilizing Congress to pass it.

Then, on December 2, the Senate passed legislation mandating sanctions against Iran’s Central Bank and the export sector by a vote of 94 to 0. The administration knew that Israel was committed to seeing how those sanctions would play out in Iranian policy.

Questions about the possible role of Israel in the false flag trigger event of 9/11 are probably the greatest source of division within the 9/11 truth movement. One aspect of that division concerns whether calling for a credible investigation is a sufficient response to the Big Lie of 9/11 or whether it is necessary and wise to go the extra step and offer whodunnit scenarios.
The opposition to those 9/11 skeptics who see the dual citizen Israeli-US neocons as primary suspects tend to be associated with the web site, 9/11 Blogger. They tend to gravitate around the work of Kevin Ryan who lost his career in the insurance business when he insisted on defending the organization that had certified the high grade steel forming the structural core of the Twin Towers. Doug Brinkman, who created the forum at the Edmonton public library where I shared a public podium with Kevin Barrett in 2008, has been incessant in chastising those of us who connect 9/11 to Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu has indicated 9/11 was good for Israel. Who benefited? Who had the motive? Who had the means”
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An Axis of Enlightenment Find Expression in the Agenda of the New Horizon Conference

In a published letter to BuzzFeed’s reporter, Rosie Gray, Dr. Porter put on the record that “I did not participate in most of the conference sessions,” sessions that in his eyes included “a bewildering assorting of people and issues.” Perhaps if Dr. Porter had been more present at the conference proceedings even in sessions where he was not a featured presenter the American investigative reporter might have noticed a close bond of collegial and intellectual interaction between Mr. Talebzadeh and Dr. Kevin Barrett.

A devout Muslim himself, Dr. Barrett is also an accomplished Islamic scholar who is a native son of Wisconsin. Dr. Barrett’s academic career at the University of Wisconsin was cut short in 2006 after he started to draw attention in his teaching and subsequent public interventions to the vast distance between the empirically verifiable evidence concerning the events of 9/11 and the public fables and anti-Islam religious mythology deployed in the mass media to explain the debacle to the American public.
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In my view Dr. Barrett is one of America’s leading analysts of the ongoing psychological operation flowing from the initial media misrepresentation of 9/11. Indeed, through constant study, including the knowledge he has gained from his amazing collection of interviews with almost everyone who has something intelligent to say about 9/11 and its consequences, Dr. Barrett has made himself a world authority on the never-ending 9/11 wars. Like all wars, the 9/11 wars include intense psychological operations including those connected to the new ISIL war of imperial conquest on the moving eastern frontiers of the expanding Jewish settler state of Israel.
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For the war machine to operate with the manufactured consent of the citizens that finance it and serve it, including with the blood of our young people, the top strategists must bring about the demonization and dehumanization especially Arab and Persian peoples as well as the worldwide community of Muslims.
This psychological task requires the media division of the military-industrial complex to concoct an alternative universe of altered public perception far removed from realities. Thankfully these hidden realities, kept veiled in North America and Europe behind the so-called fog of war, were given a healthy and genuine airing in Tehran.
The Hollywoodized media’s unrelenting quest these days to instigate, exploit and deploy Islamophobia replicates many of the same motifs of media manipulation developed by Edward Bernays and others to marshal US public opinion as a friend of globalized corporate capitalism and as a foe of indigenous self-determination in the course of the Cold War. In the shock doctrine governing the ongoing and now re-branded Global War on Terror, the tactics for stimulating Islamophobia have been made to replace the memes of anti-communism in the Cold War.
As I see it, this approach to the necessary study of the 9/11 wars forms the common ground on which Nader Talebzadeh and Kevin Barrett seem to have developed a strong basis of friendship, expert analysis, and collegial collaboration. No doubt many good people have had a hand in shaping the agenda of the New Horizon conference whose main subject matter so shocked the sensibilities of Dr. Porter. With that acknowledgement I believe that an Axis of Enlightenment coalesced in Tehran which showed up in the overall structure of the event.
The placement of 9/11 Skepticism in the foreground was in my view a reflection of the obvious bonds of respect and shared understanding between Kevin Barrett and Nader Talebzadeh, both formidable Islam scholars and devotees in their own right. This Axis of Enlightenment also drew brilliance from the collaboration between Kevin with Arash Darya-Bandari, Secretary of Content Policy of the New Horizon conference and Chair of the panel on Israel and 9/11. I am proud to have been invited to make a brief presentation in that historic session.
The host of a regular Internet radio show with a modest but extremely dedicated following, Dr. Barrett can easily be dismissed in the United States as marginal and an insignificant figure. He has already been deemed crazy by the xenophobes and Islamophobes at Fox News even as he has been easily ignored by the likes of Dr. Porter, Chris Hedges, Matt Taibbi or Prof. Noam Chomsky.

In Tehran, however, it was a different story. Seemingly falling back on his prejudices attached to the slogan, “Inside Job,” it was Gareth Porter who found himself marginalized and isolated at the conference. On the other hand Kevin Barrett who tended to speak for the majority on 9/11 as our truthjihad contributed significantly to the success of the New Horizon proceedings in Tehran.

 

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A group shot taken on Oct. 1, 2014 of a large contingent of New Horizon conference participants. Gareth Porter is just to my right standing beside Pepe Escobar

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Radical Interview with Mayoral Candidate for Mississauga Paul Fromm

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1. Why are you running for Mayor of Mississauga?

I love this Mississauga. I have worked here since 1974 and have lived here for 34 years. The post-Hazel era needs strong leadership. I am not afraid to be outspoken and discuss the uncomfortable truths we must face if we are to solve the community choking effects of traffic gridlock. Mississauga needs a strong voice in dealing with other levels of government.

2. What are the main issues that you plan to focus on? 

Priorities: 1. Traffic gridlock is the top concern of Mississaugans. It is a time wasting, nerve fraying, brakes destroying, frustrating menace that costs Ontario $6-billion a year. A solution will require co-operation from all three levels of government. Mississauga’s Mayor must provide strong leadership in insisting on a solution to this problem.

I am a strong advocate for the motorist. I do not share the car hating agenda of some. Locally, we should do everything possible to improve the flow of traffic, like synchronizing lights green on major roads.

I would ban axle  destroying speed bumps in Mississauga, I oppose introducing bicycle lanes that would take out lanes. I the proposed building of an LRT down Hurontario. This would mess up an important arterial road. Adding more buses would be a cheaper alternative for those taking transit.

2. I believe in hiring on merit. I oppose discriminatory “employment equity” programmes. The City of Mississauga should not hire temporary foreign workers nor should we use suppliers who do. We should keep employment Canadian.

3. I believe in strong leadership that insists on respect for Mississauga citizens and taxpayers.

3. What do you feel are the chances that you’ll succeed?

I am energetic but shy on funding. I shall be waging an all-out campaign with signs and a great website:http://www.frommmayormississauga.com

4. Will the mainstream media be covering your campaign in any way?

That remains to be seen. I will get some coverage. My community paper The Mississauga News covered the filing of my nomination by not phoning or e-mailing me to find out what my platform was. Here is what they wrote: “Paul Fromm, 65, threw his name in the race yesterday. He was fired from his job teaching English at Applewood Heights Secondary School in 1997 after he ignored warnings from administrators not to continue associating with known racists and white supremacists. The B’Nai Brith and other organizations had complained about his conduct at a series of right-wing political rallies.” The utterly biased and unprofessional reporter Louie Rosella actually has taught journalism at an Ontario community college.

5. Will you be able to attend and speak at all the all-candidates forums leading up to election day?

I intend to speak wherever possible and wherever invited.I am aware that some community groups may not invite all candidates.

All the best Paul on election day. 

 

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“Anti-war” journalist Gareth Porter derails discussion at Tehran truth conference, unwittingly exposes gatekeeper agenda

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Editor’s Note (Trevor): – Hot off the presses! It never ceases to amaze me how unsophisticated is the approach of these people who try to enforce political correctness against the truth movement. EVERY TIME, it backfires, and they are left just standing there with their pants down, sucking their thumbs. By now I am sure the many savvy readers of TUT have deduced that, while Judaism and its Rosemary’s baby, Zionism, are the problem, that it is actually the left that protects the operation. The “political correctness” enforcers of the Jewish left are the very equivalent of the force field protecting the Death Star. This piece is a tribute to our beloved, fearless capitan, none other than Mr. Mark Glenn, the man who taught each of us to be our own Luke Skywalkers… And one day, one of us will be the one who, as if in the scene in the original Star Wars movie, will switch off our Gentile X-Wing Fighter’s instrumentation, and using the force of truth as our only guide, get inside our enemy’s best defenses and deliver the shots which will finally connect with the core and detonate the Judaic Death Star once and for all. Inshallah, TUTers!!

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By Trevor LaBonte

October 8, 2014

 

It is becoming clear that the “anti-war” left is one of the most major hindrances in the truth community. They are the premiere enforcers of “political correctness,” a cultural Marxist invention to remove all pragmatic solutions and effective discourse from the parameters of socially acceptable discourse.

Gareth Porter has made a rather stunning display of this phenomenon with his recent statements and curious behavior regarding the “New Horizons” conspiracy conference in Tehran. Porter hurled epithets at author and political commentator Mark Glenn for disbelieving in the insulting and physically impossible official 9/11 story and for pointing out a very uncomfortable fact that Judaism has no benefits for the gentile world, but is a religion of unchecked self-worship and moral relativism. Others gentiles who have investigated Judaism have determined that it’s core is composed of pure anti-gentile narcissism, which is extremely relevant due to the fact that the nuclear rogue, ethnic cleanser known as “Israel” just so happens to define itself as “The Jewish State.” Why would “anti-war” activists endeavor to make this CRUCIAL discussion of Israeli politics within the context of Jewish culture into such a taboo?

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Porter’s tactics are typical tactics for the Anti-Defamation League, the unofficial Public Relations firm for the Zionist ethnic-cleansing project in Palestine. But for a supposed “anti-war” journalist, it exposes a very interesting and crucial facet of why the truth movement has difficulty gaining traction.

Anytime anybody gets the right answer, they are immediately called “anti-semites,” “holocaust deniers,” and “conspiracy theorists.” Interestingly, the Zionists and their gatekeepers, possibly plagued by guilt and suffering badly from intellectual fatigue, often jumble up their own terminology, calling people “holocaust deniers” simply for making independent inquiries about 9/11 or the JFK assassination, two events which happen to be damningly COVERED in Israel’s and the American jewish mob’s fingerprints. How is that ‘holocaust denial?” On top of that, how can someone “deny” the holocaust if it is presented as a foregone conclusion that this event unfolded as presented in textbooks which happen to be published by the Rothschild jewish mob itself, and people are not even allowed to make up their own minds in the first place, before they can even be in a position to confirm or deny anything?

Looking at just the facts of 9/11, the entire internet is covered with hard evidence that Israel was the perpetrator. So why is the left making it impossible to discuss this? Why would Porter want to prevent Mark Glenn from speaking at the conference? Why was Porter so offended that speakers at the conference were discussing how to make knowledge of Israel’s well-known attack on 9/11 go mainstream? Who does he think he is? Vladimir Lenin??? What would he do if someone wanted to expose Israel’s and elements within the US Government’s collaboration on the infamous attack on the USS Liberty on June 8, 1967, which was yet another false-flag attack, with the exact same motive as 9/11, to deceptively draw America into a war for Israel’s bloody expansionist plans in the Middle East?

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I find it odd that an American is trying to kill free speech in Iran of all places. Zio-Brainwashed Americans (sorry to be so redundant) will certainly have great cognitive dissonance trying to figure that one out, since they rather stupidly believe America to be a free country, and Iran, that country about which our “friend” Bibi Netanyahu is observably and frantically spreading the fattest whoppers imaginable regarding its alleged but totally non-existent “nuclear weapons program,” is supposed to be filled to the brim with Moooooooooslamic extremists and other Zionist-conjured scarecrows and apparitions.

But we really need to thank clumsy gatekeeper shills like Porter for providing us with this important opportunity to determine exactly what the shill agenda is. Look at this statement that Porter selected out of the 15,000 posts at The Ugly Truth/Crescent and Cross Solidarity Movement website, written by Mark Glenn, and ask yourself if these statements are based on “anti-Semitism” or are just statements of pure fact:

“Judaism is nobody’s friend, short of those few who profit from it, and they are certainly small in number, as we have already discussed. Whether these people are one of ‘God’s chosen’ who do the bidding of their overlord Rabbis or whether they are one of those lowly Gentile types who were created for the purpose of serving ‘God’s chosen’, it is the same–Judaism is not their friend. It works to no one’s real benefit, short of those at the top who are giving the marching orders. It does not belong in the same class with other faiths dedicated to improving the individual and making him or her more pleasing to the one responsible for all creation. It does not make people better, it makes them worse. It is like a highly radioactive element that can bring nothing but sickness and eventual death. It does not bring liberation but rather enslavement.”

If this statement caused so much woe and ire for Porter, why did he fail to point out what is troublesome or incorrect about it? All Porter did was throw a hissy fit and hurl epithets, perhaps even more pathetically as Barack Obama trying to throw a baseball… but provided no facts upon which to base a real argument. This is the last bastion of lefty gatekeeper tactics, and signals to the truth community that the left have just burned their last chance of keep the truth concealed. To this author, there is nothing more satisfying that watching Zionists panic and sweat ice-cold bullets when their horrid crimes are discovered.

Surely by now, Porter should have been able to deduce that when worn-out epithets like the ones he used so viciously are used where they don’t apply, such as in cases of legitimate criticism of Judaism or against people bringing 9/11 facts to the table, what it means is that these epithets can no longer function effectively at silencing anything. Did Mark Glenn threaten to boycott the conference because someone he didn’t like was slated to speak there? There’s not a snowball’s chance on Bibi’s fevered, sweltering forehead that anyone other that a treacherous gatekeeper shill would stoop so low. It makes even me just feel embarrassed for Porter that he would be so thoughtless as to screw up his own operation like this. I’m in shock, quite frankly.

Jewish power has been so thoroughly exposed for the corrupting agent that it is, that the standard cries of “anti-Semitism” no longer work, as the public is quickly waking up to the fact that the many malfeasances and treacherous false flag attacks by the “Jewish state” have been defended in this very suspicious ad hominem manner. It has gotten to the point that the “anti-Semite” label has become nothing short of a badge of honor for courageous and true journalism. Now that the term is dead and devoid of all meaning, what the hell are they going to call us now?

The website “Buzz Feed” ran the story about Porter today in a sad attempt to disgrace the Tehran conference which hosted massive heros like Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ken O’Keefe, but ended up unwittingly further exposing the cowardly, tactless, fact-less shill tactics of the left. Gareth Porter shot himself and his globalist friends in the foot, but only after sticking that foot right in his mouth. The entire truth movement KNOWS that Israel did 9/11, so why is it necessary to call someone an “anti-Semite” for pointing out what is bloody obvious to everyone who has taken ten minutes to investigate the event, starting with the facts and evidence, which all lead straight to Israel??

The gatekeeper establishment is finding it impossible to stem the flood of comments on their websites from people who aren’t having any more “official” lies. The truth is going mainstream. It is going absolutely viral, due to a huge number of fed-up people being able to interact directly with news outlets in real time. The lies are being shot down just as soon as they take off, and it just so happens that the alleged “conspiracy theorists” are the ONLY people there providing facts and evidence.

Beneath the fluff article, I found these comments already obliterating the obligatory paid-Israeli hasbara:

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The truth is anti-Semitic. So what is pro-Semitism? Anyhow, Porter is persona non-grata to the professional geopolitical experts and has been since he associated with Zbigniew Brzezinski’s trojan horse of NIAC, who is equally in bed with the MEK who they had a faux litigation bout with and siphoned donors’ monies to pay for an extravagant $180,000 sanction as a result of their loss against Hassan Dai. Porter’s book is no revelation, but a series of stolen commentaries a la another Zionist gatekeeper, Noam Chomsky. The tactics of the fake left anti-war establishment are burned.

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Laughing. So Carl Bernstein, Watergate Breaking journalist, a Jewish-American, the super-majority of US INTCOM, the former director of the US Army War College, Dr. Alan Sobrosky (also Jewish), countless academics, Larry Silverstein’s insurance sorcery, the third building falling from which he could not “mysteriously” recoup, the 5 Israelis on record as being arrested for taping the event as it occurred and then being outed as Mossad agents, the Carl Cameron/Brit Hume expose only 3 months after 9/11 on pre-Murdoch purchased Fox News on Israeli spying in America and setting up the very NSA apparatus Snowden blew the whistle on years later, CIA documents showing Israeli Mossad posing as CIA agents to hire Jundullah, a known foreign terrorist organization to commit atrocities against Iran and its civilian to start a fake war (see Foreign Policy Magazine), Jeff Stein’s exposes in Newsweek on how Israel is a top spy threat to the US, and the countless mountains of evidence pointing to real Israeli guilt, along with inside assets and Saudi intelligence, are anti-Semitic conspiracy “theories”? What is pro-Semitic? Take meds, get help — stop defending the crimes of your elite with fake “race cards”.

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Shame on Mr. Porter for being part of the cover-up with such dismissive treatment of those activists who have investigated and who know that these names are key suspects in 9/11: Silverstein, Hellerstein, Hauer, Zelikow, Zakheim, Kristol, Goff, Lowy. Even Bibi said 9/11 benefitted Israel. Muslims have been slaughtered, cultures destroyed, countries overtaken based upon the big lies of 9/11. We must open the Pandora’s box that connects psychopathic zionists and Israel to 9/11.

Medea Benjamin left the 9/11 movement and operates to conceal the Israeli connections to 9/11. She is Jewish. It was not muslims who planned, executed and continue the cover-up. One of the biggest clues is Jewish-dominated mass media complicity in the cover-up.

http://ReDiscover911.com/

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They simply just exposed themselves. I suppose 9/11 truth is the litmus test and has always been. Ask Noam Chomsky about that.

It appears the inept left can only succeed in exposing itself as the last line of defense to fall before the dam breaks and the truth about 9/11 and other jewish terrorist attacks bursts forth and covers the entire landscape. This is a most positive development. The real truth and real anti-war movement is about to overtake the phonies who have dominated for decades up to this point. We are going to give birth to a truth baby; the time is here, and no one, not even the do-gooder Jewish left, can do a thing to prevent it from being born, wailing loudly, and changing everything about the way things used to be.

Hopefully, next year, Iran will catch on to the lefties and their transparent game to silence real, accurate, hard-hitting criticism of the type which is so important and so sorely lacking in the kosherized discourse. Iran should apologize profusely to Mark Glenn for its terrible blunder, and invite him to come back and deliver his address at the next conference, which will undoubtedly be even bigger than this most recent one.

All that being said, now that Porter has pantsed himself and the shill agenda to silence the entirely sane, fact-based arguments of good people like Mark Glenn has been exposed like a skinny, white butt, it follows logically that one should read entries on Glenn’s blog to see what the Zionists and their gatekeeper stooges like Porter are so desperate to conceal. Also, here can be Mark Glenn’s many, many articles which should be required reading for anyone who is serious about obtaining truth and trying to prevent the massive war the Jewish banksters are doing everything in their power to plunge us all into.

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The Passing of Canadian Truth Advocate Jimi Townsend and a Celebration of His Life by Arthur Topham

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Dear Readers,

It is with deep and profound sadness that I received notification this morning of the passing of my friend, associate and long-time truth seeker and advocate of social justice, James (Jimi) Townsend.

Like so many other fighters for truth Jimi succumbed to cancer which he maintained was a result of his illegal incarceration in British Columbia jails due to the machinations of the RCMP and his resultant diet of adulterated, GMO food and extreme stress.

Jimi’s name will go down in the annals of Canadian history as one of the foremost of advocates for justice; his whistle blowing efforts having helped countless others to realize the extend to which our nation has been over shadowed by agents anathema to the well-being of the people.

I have personally known Jimi and worked with him for the past fifteen years or so and when he was falsely accused by the RCMP and the Canada Revenue Agency of crimes I did my utmost to publicize Jimi’s plight and the tragic effects it was having on him and his wonderful family.

Jimi is now at peace and the cancer that destroyed his physical form is gone and his soul is undoubtedly with his Maker. I have no doubt about that.

When I heard that Jimi had cancer I wrote to him and family on Facebook and told him:

Dearest Jimi, Jude and family. Looks like the Lord has chosen you once again as the scout to send ahead of the wagons to check out what’s comin’. :-) Know that it won’t be that long before the rest of us will be joining you. We’re all only here for a brief, shining moment in time.

Crowfoot put it best: “What is life? It is as a the flash of a firefly in the night. It is as a breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is as the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”

Where you’re bound is God’s kingdom and there will be the peace and light and the LOVE that we all search for here on earth that always seem to elude us.

Know that you are loved by your family and your friends and make sure you get those harps tuned up ahead of time so we can all get to rocking’ and a rollin’ once we meet up on that yonder shore. We’ve known each other now for close to 15 years and still never met in the flesh or had the time to sit down and share a doobie or play a tune together.

Pity us poor mortals who, as Shakespeare said, “strut and fret upon the stage and then are heard no more”.

Know that God IS love Jimi. Know that all your efforts to help change the world into a better and more loving and caring place will not go unheeded. We’re here for eternity and you can bet your ass that we’ll all meet up again.

May you be blessed beyond measure with caring by those who are fortunate enough to be with you at this time.

Peace and Love my Brother of the LIght! God speed! 

Your Radical friend Arthur”

Jimi replied back saying, “You’ve been a wonderful friend Arthur and words can not begin to describe the love I feel for you for all you did to make it known to the world they had me in jail unlawfully (where I got this cancer).  The hours you spent recording me and then transcribing it all were an effort few would make.

All my love to you and your family. Will tune a harp up for you but I am asking for a Gretsch resonator! :-)

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For those who can attend Jimi’s Celebration of Life please note that it will happen on:

 

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Israel Lobby and Free Speech at Canadian Universities – Rehmat’s World

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Israel Lobby and Free Speech at Canadian Universities

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In 1998, a young medical researcher, Professor Nancy Olivieri (University of Toronto), became a target of Jewish lobby groups and pharmaceutical industry when she claimed that her research indicates serious problems with an experimental drug manufactured by Canada’s largest drug company, Apotex. Apotex, which is owned by Jewish billionaire Bernard C. Sherman (born 1942), retaliated by cancelling her research and slamming her reputation. In 2005, Miriam Shuchman published her book ‘ The Drug Trial: Nancy Olivieri and the scandal that rocked the Hospital for Sick Children’.

Later, Nancy became a whistleblower and is widely recognized as one of the pre-eminent crusaders for academic freedom in Canada and United States.

In 2004, Daniel Freeman-Maloy, an anti-Zionist student activist at York University was expelled from the Campus by York’s Jewish president Lorna Marsden. He was allegedly punished for his encounter with notorious Islamophobe, Daniel Pipes who runs the Campus Watch website which he uses to smear individuals who challenge Israeli policies in the Muslim East. In 2007, the Supreme Court of Canada ordered York to pay $850,000 to Daniel as compensation.

In 2005, Jewish professor at York University (Toronto), Dr. David Noble sued York and several Jewish groups lobbying for Israel including CIJA, CJC, CIC, Hillel and B’nai Brith for $10 million for violation of his academic freedom and defamation.

In 2010 – University of Toronto was slammed by Jewish groups for awarding a Master’s degree to a Jew female student Jennifer Peto – for her thesis which claims that the Jews practice racism against non-Jews.

Last year, University of Toronto, Jewish professor Rupaleem Bhuyan was hunted down by Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) for refusing to shut-up her students who claimed that ‘Jews have too much power’ in Canada and America. Earlier she had called Israel; “a satellite of the United States, unworthy of distinction as a separate country”.

Last year, Jon Thompson published his book, ‘No Debate: The Israel Lobby and Free Speech at Canadian Universities‘. Jason Kunin, a Toronto teacher and writer wrote the book review in Socialist Solidarity website on January 20, 2012.

Institutionally, universities serve and always have served the interests of power, but they nevertheless contain spaces that are among the few places left in North America where informed discussion about Palestine can take place outside the well-funded apparatus of Israeli sponsored hasbara (propaganda),” says Jason.

What emerges from Thompson’s summary of events is that when it comes to outside groups like B’nai Brith, the JDL, and the Canadian Israel Jewish Affairs Committee (CIJA), while they contributed to creating a climate of intimidation and put pressure on some members of the York University administration, particularly as the controversy threatened to alienate donors, their sphere of influence was and remains primarily outside (but above) the university, in the media and in the halls of government power,” says Jason.

The major pro-Israel campaigner is  Gerald Steinberg, an Israeli academic and founder of the justly maligned NGO Monitor, which is often compared to Daniel Pipes’s notorious snitch site Campus Watch. Steinberg’s editorials were published widely by several major newspapers that never questioned his academic credibility.

Jason concludes his review by saying: “Universities have never been the bastions of academic freedom that some have liked to think they were, but I do agree with Thompson’s conclusion that current trends suggest the “existing frameworks that protect the public interest will continue to be eroded” both by the global entrenching of neo-liberal economic policies and by the aggressive acceleration of those policies under our current, highly ideological (Stephen Harper’s pro-Israel) government. The worst, I fear, is still to come.”

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Father Dave’s Personal Appeal: STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN By Father Dave

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OCLA letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne: Protecting freedom of speech in Ottawa

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October 2, 2014

By Email

Kathleen Wynne, Premier

Legislative Building

Queen’s Park

Toronto, ON M7A 1A1

Re: Protecting freedom of speech in Ottawa

Dear Premier Wynne,

I write on behalf of the Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA), in response to media reports about your promise to defend freedom of expression in China, when you travel there on official visit later this month (e.g. “Amid Hong Kong protests, Wynne vows to promote free speech on China visit”, Adrian Morrow, The Globe and Mail, Oct. 1, 2014).

We are concerned that your taking on a role of international ambassador for freedom of speech would not be appropriate, since your government has not defended this vital right here in Ontario.

For example, you have:

• Allowed a private defamation lawsuit to be funded entirely by a public university (the University of Ottawa) against one of the university’s most outspoken critics. The plaintiff’s legal fees totalled more than $1-million, and the suit ended in a Kafkaesque show-trial that lead to loud public outcry about the lack of fair process in Ontario courts and the chill imposed on freedom of expression by this case. The OCLA’s letter to the Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities of March 7, 2014 about this matter is available at the following link: http://ocla.ca/wp-contents/uploads/2014/03/2014-03-07-Letter-OCLA-to-Minister-Duguid.pdf

• Refused to examine the deleterious impact of defamation law on freedom of expression, and instead moved forward with a bill that will only place an inadequate patch on deep and archaic problems with a law that by its nature opposes freedom of expression. The OCLA’s position paper calling for the abolition of defamation law is available here. The OCLA’s letter to the Attorney General of Ontario about Bill 83 is available here. This refusal to re-examine

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defamation law allows many unjust and censorious legal proceedings to continue in Ontario.

• Not taking a stance against “hate speech” provisions in Canada’s Criminal Code that threaten freedom of speech everywhere in Canada. For more information about our position on this topic, see the OCLA’s public statement regarding the hate speech proceedings against Mr. Arthur Topham here. Although Mr. Topham’s case takes place in BC, the same unjust laws apply in Ontario. The OCLA’s letter to the Attorney General of BC in this matter is available at the following link: http://ocla.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/2014-09-24-Letter-OCLA-to-AG-of-BC.pdf

Not to mention that it was a Liberal government (in which you were a cabinet minister) that oversaw the egregious and history-making violations of freedom of speech and freedom of association that took place during the G20 protest crackdown in Toronto in 2010. We note that yesterday’s media articles place your “vow” in the current context of large-scale political protests in Hong Kong.

Serious and urgent work must be done to stop the rapid erosion of freedom of speech in Ontario. In order to give meaning to your position about freedom of speech in China, we ask that you make a vow to take positive and thoughtful action to defend freedom of speech in Ontario during the remainder of your mandate as Premier.

Yours truly,

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Joseph Hickey

Executive Director

Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) http://ocla.ca

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About the Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA)

The OCLA vigoriously advocates for authentic and unqualified freedom of expression of individuals, on all topics and in every form, in accordance with the right to free expression enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The OCLA also advocates for unimpeded civil liberties and civil rights of all persons, in dealings with public and private institutions and corporations.

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Canada making war again: “proud”, “noble …and necessary”? Letter from Joe Hueglin of the Daily Digest

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To: Letter to the Editor phoenix.rising@bellnet.ca
From: Joe Hueglin phoenix.rising@bellnet.ca
Subject: Canada making war again: “proud”, “noble …and necessary”?

Dear Editor,

Canadians told to be “proud”, paid $850,000 to celebrate our share in reducing Libya, which pre-bombing by NATO had ” the highest living standard in Africa.” and which as a result is a failed state, unable to form a lasting government and experiencing constant internal warfare.

The secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security stated in Ottawa “we continue to face real terrorist enemies and real terrorist threats.” from ““a stateless group of depraved criminals ­rapists, kidnappers, killers and terrorists who control a territory,” he said. “There is no religion, including Islam and there is no God, including Allah, that would condone ISIL’s violent tactics.”

Prime Minister Harper is telling us now it is both “noble …and necessary” that our aircraft , purchased for defence, be committed to war against these “terrorists” in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) some of whom were our allies in Libya.

Canada’s involvement in yet another foreign war is no more necessary to our country’s defence that was bombing Serbia, Iraq and Libya. Nor a “noble” action of which to be “proud” and celebrate, any more than that which devastated Libya.

Yours truly,

Joe Hueglin
5838 Mouland Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Tel. 905-356-3901

Regina v Radical Press Legal Update # 22

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Regina v Radical Press Legal Update #22

September 30th, 2014

Dear Free Speech Advocates and Radical Press Supporters,

It has been close to five months (May 7th, 2014) since I last posted a Legal Update on my Sec. 319(2) “Hate Propaganda” CCC charge that commenced back on May 16th, 2012. This is the greatest span of time since I began writing these records where I haven’t had to report on my case but it was a long overdue and necessary break from the onerous, ongoing reality that we know as the legal process here in Canada. The wheels of justice do indeed move at a snail’s pace.

Back in April of this year I was fortunate to have had B.C. Provincial Court Judge, the Honourable Judge Morgan, decide against agreeing to the Crown’s application to impose stringent bail conditions on me which would, in effect, have prohibited any further publishing on RadicalPress.com or any other internet site until after the completion of the upcoming trial in B.C. Supreme Court.

My case having then shifted from the provincial court to the B.C. Supreme Court I returned to Supreme Court on Monday, April 28th, 2014 in order to fix a date for trial. It was then that Crown asked me whether or not I was once again going to apply for a Rowbotham application which is a process that would have, if successful, enabled me to have the case stayed until the Attorney General’s office provided me with legal counsel.

I advised the court that I was planning on reapplying for said application (having done so prior to the preliminary inquiry when it was first refused by the court) and it was at that point that Crown counsel Jennifer Johnston suggested that I be given until September 29th, 2014 to refile all the necessary paperwork and return on the 29th to set a further date for a hearing on the matter.

Given that I had more than sufficient time to reapply I decided to take some time off from all the legal work and focus on regenerating the family garden which  had fallen into neglect over the years due to all the past eight years of legal wranglings with the Canadian Human Rights Commission and now the criminal court of Canada. Apart from our gardens there were numerous other maintenance projects awaiting redress on our 5 acre plot that also require urgent attention.

Nearing the end of June I was beginning to get ahead of the game and began preparing to start the process of applying a second time for a new Rowbotham application. Then, in the beginning of July all hell broke loose in Gaza as the Israeli government once again began beating their war drums and commenced with yet another murderous bombing campaign against the helpless, entrapped Palestinian people slaughtering thousands of innocent people and crippling and maiming thousands more as well as destroying much of Gaza’s infrastructure. It was the worse case of unjustified aggression against the Palestinian people to have ever occurred  and as a result all of my thoughts about working on another Rowbotham application came to a screeching halt as I decided that covering this gross act of genocide by the Zionist forces against the people of Gaza was much more important than spending endless hours on preparing documents that I intuitively knew would be rejected a second time.

The mainstream media (msm) being dominated by the Zionists there was nothing else left to counter all of their lies and disinformation but to focus on constant efforts to disseminate the truth about what was really going on with respect to Israel’s illegal, immoral, unjust and depraved slaughter of defenceless children and adults in Gaza. Being a part of the alternative news media it became my first and foremost duty to try and provide internet readers with a more balanced perspective on the war. In the process of doing so the months of July and August were consumed and when a lasting truce was finally signed with Hamas there was little time left to begin again on the Rowbotham application.

I contacted Keith Evans, counsel for the BC Attorney General’s office on August 22nd, 2014 alerting him to the fact that I wished to resume the process but instead I received a reply from a Freya Zaltz, Barrister and Solicitor, Constitutional and Administrative Law Group, Minister of Justice / Legal Services Branch who informed me that, “Given that it is already August 22, it’s highly unlikely that a new Rowbotham application could be resolved by September 29, 2014.”

Given this information I then decided to forego applying for the Rowbotham application and replied to Ms. Zaltz on September 2nd, 2014 informing her:

With respect to your comment that “it’s highly unlikely that a new Robotham application could be resolved by September 29, 2014? I would add, by way of explanation, that the delay in applying was due to the unfortunate actions of the state of Israel and their war on Gaza that began in early July and consumed most of that month plus August.
As my professional responsibilities to my readership at RadicalPress.com required ongoing coverage of this event in order to counter the Zionist media propaganda here in Canada I had to make a decision as to where my priorities would be focussed. My decision was to place Gaza at the forefront, over and above all other considerations. Given the nature of my case and the spurious charges which were brought on by the Zionist Jew lobby B’nai Brith Canada and then approved by your office in November of 2012 I’m sure you can understand why I deemed it to be of greater importance than to focus on my own personal circumstances. Had Israel not attacked Gaza when it did I would, in all likelihood, have met the obligations set.
As such, seeing that the application deadline cannot be completed by my next appearance on September 29, 2014, I will forego proceeding with it and let Crown Counsel in Quesnel know of my decision.
That aspect of the case having been terminated I then awaited the court appearance on September 29th, 2014 designed to “fix a date” for the upcoming trial in BC Supreme Court and also to possibly set a hearing date for the former Rowbotham application.
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My dear wife Shastah accompanying me we appeared at the Quesnel courthouse at 10:00 am on Monday, September 29th, 2014. The Supreme Court Justice appeared on video from somewhere and the proceedings were recorded as per normal. Crown Counsel Jennifer Johnston began by notifying the judge that we were there to set a date for trial and then proceeded to name a couple of times when she would be available. Both dates fell in the year 2015. The first suggested date was too early for me given that I am planning  a number of pre-trial Charter applications which will most likely require at least four days of court time to address. That proposed date was in the late spring of 2015. The second date (covering a two week time period) was to commence on October 26th, 2015 and run until November 6th, 2015.

After Crown made her dates known to the judge and I had the opportunity to speak I informed the judge that I would prefer the latter period and then explained to him why I felt I couldn’t be prepared in time to meet the early date. I began by stating that the issues surrounding the case were very complex from the standpoint of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and at the same time also informed the court that I was in consultation with a lawyer from the lower mainland of the province who would be preparing extensive written legal arguments that they would be unable to complete prior to at least March of 2015. As well, I informed the court that my legal counsel would also not be free to appear in Quesnel until at least May of the same year.

Crown Counsel Johnston appeared pleased with the knowledge that I was in consultation with legal counsel and told the court that she had no problem with setting the trial date for October 26th of 2015. She also told the judge that the 10-day schedule trial could possibly be shortened by the fact were I to have legal representation.

The trial date thus being set Crown then asked the judge to set another date for a pre-trial conference with my counsel. That date was set for March 23rd, 2015.

I was very pleased with the outcome as now I will have the time to prepare all the important documents relevant to the case and also have the time to organize an ongoing legal defense fund in order to cover the costs of procuring legal counsel to represent me during both the pre-trial applications and the trial itself. That was all that took place and with a matter of about fifteen minutes my wife and I left the courtroom.

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 The other important notice regarding my case concerns the recent  and rather startling news that the Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) has taken it upon themselves to come out publicly in favour of me as well as challenging Canada’s “Hate Propaganda” laws Sections 319 to 320, calling for their complete and final repeal.

When I first heard of this I was absolutely overwhelmed with a sense of instant relief and thankfulness. After eight long years of battling with the Jewish lobby (B’nai Brith Canada) who were instrumental in laying both the sec. 13(1) “hate crime” complaint against myself and RadicalPress.com back in 2007 plus the current sec. 319(2) CCC “Hate Propaganda” complaint in 2011 that resulted in my arrest and incarceration on May 16th, 2012, the fact that a well-recognized and prestigious mainstream public civil liberties organization such as the OCLA was backing up my right to freedom of expression, petitioning BC’s Attorney General, the Hon. Suzanne Alton to retract her consent to the spurious charges, and tackling the final stronghold of the forces of Orwellian internet “freedom of speech” repression, i.e. Sections 318 to 320 of the Canada’s Criminal Code, was almost beyond belief.

This sudden turn of events has been a game changer and is comparable to having a D-9 Caterpillar appear on the legal/media playing field in my favour to level off what’s been a definite bumpy, one-sided, stacked deck of silence and collusion in favour of the Zionist lobby, their mainstream media cartel and the courts. As such, on behalf of my wife and myself, I wish to publicly express my deepest sense of gratitude to the OCLA for having come to this important and prescient decision; one that is bound to affect all Canadians and, should their campaign prove successful, ensure that the future of Canada’s media, both msm and alternative, will remain free and open and democratic and not subject to political interference from any special interest groups.

I would like at this point to add the latest statement on this matter from OCLA which was sent out by Joseph Hickey, Executive Director, Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA):

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Dear OCLA Supporter,

Please take a moment to read and consider signing OCLA’s petition in defence of the civil rights of Arthur Topham, a BC man who is currently being prosecuted under a “Hate Propaganda” section of Canada’s Criminal Code. The petition is online at the following link: http://www.change.org/p/hon-suzanne-anton-attorney-general-of-bc-jag-minister-gov-bc-ca-hon-suzanne-anton-retract-your-consent-for-the-criminal-proceedings-against-mr-arthur-topham?utm_source=guides&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_created

OCLA has the position that sections 318 to 320 of the Criminal Code should be repealed. These sections allow egregious violations of the civil rights of liberty, just process, and freedom of expression. Under these provisions, a person can be jailed without the Crown being required to prove any actual harm to a single identified individual.

Mr. Topham was arrested in front of his spouse, detained, subjected to a home-invasive seizure, and faces jail time if convicted, for expressing his highly unpopular views.

OCLA’s public statement on this matter is available at: http://ocla.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/OCLA-statement-re-Arthur-Topham.pdf

Please read OCLA’s letter to the BC Attorney General asking her to withdraw her consent for this prosecution, which is available at: http://ocla.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/2014-09-24-Letter-OCLA-to-AG-of-BC.pdf

 

Yours truly,

 

Joseph Hickey
Executive Director
Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) http://ocla.ca
613-252-6148 (c)

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” – Voltaire

In closing I would ask all readers to assist both the OCLA and myself in achieving the highest number of signatures and comments on the OCLA petition to Hon. Suzanne Alton as humanly possible and to pass this information on to as many other people and blogsites and news sites as possible. The OCLA has taken a courageous and valiant step forward in our battle to retain our Charter rights to Freedom of Expression. It may be our last chance to change this draconian legislation using peaceful, lawful means. Please take advantage of this opportunity for the sake of all Canadians both present and of future generations.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Arthur Topham
Pub/Ed
RadicalPress.com
Canada’s Radical News Network
“Digging to the root of the issues since 1998″

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My court battle has now moved to an actual trial by judge and jury in the British Columbia Supreme Court. In doing so it places a far greater emphasis on my having to obtain legal counsel and/or advice from legal counsellors, which ultimately requires funding. 

The trial will be a major battle in the upcoming legal war to rid Canada of all the Section 318 to 320 “Hate Propaganda” legislation now in the Canadian Criminal Code. The outcome of this trial will, in all likelihood, determine whether or not Canadians will retain their right to publish the truth on the Internet about any and all injustices that may befall our country. 

I DO NEED YOUR HELP NOW MORE THAN EVER!!!  

Please consider a donation to the Radical Press Free Speech Defence Fund.

My PayPal button is on my website at http://www.RadicalPress.com

If you can’t send a donation via PayPal please consider sending one through Canada Post to:

Arthur Topham

4633 Barkerville Highway

Quesnel, B.C. Canada

V2J 6T8

Remember that every bit helps (all of us).

Thank you.

Arthur Topham

Pub/Ed

The Radical Press

 

Working to find a cure for Ezra Levant by Heather Mallick

 

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The Conservative Party fears Justin Trudeau because he could win an election. Why Ezra Levant is so upset about Trudeau kissing a local bride, nobody knows.

 

During his show on Sun News Network recently, Ezra Levant said Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was symbolically “deflowering” a bride when he kissed her on the cheek on her wedding day.

 

By: Heather Mallick Columnist, Published on Fri Sep 26 2014

What is Ezra Levant? Is it antibiotic-resistant? Can it be cured, and if not, will topical steroids take the swelling down? Should I be asking my doctor for anti-inflammatory medication or will that irritate my stomach lining? I’m asking for a friend because I don’t myself have EL. It spreads virally via Sun News Network so I blocked it on TV and then it sprang up on my computer, then on Twitter and now people are writing columns about it.

I know it’s wrong to make these EL videos, but it is legal to watch, I am definitely with the child pornographers on that one. Are my eyelids bleeding? Check again please.

See, my “friend” contracted EL by watching a Sept. 16 Sun video contained in news stories later headlined “Local man yells at photo for 5 minutes.” The video consisted of Ezra Levant saying extraordinarily vulgar and vicious things about Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and his family, regarding a recent encounter in which Trudeau had kissed a local bride on the cheek as she and her bridesmaids smiled for the camera.

EL said Trudeau was symbolically “deflowering” the bride as in medieval times, sexually insulted Trudeau’s mother, said his father “banged anyone” and “was a slut,” said a female CBC journalist was losing bodily control in Trudeau’s presence and then there was something about “panties.”

I apologize for the trauma. Please keep reading.

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The bride and her family were outraged by the video. Trudeau called for a “response” from Quebecor, which owns TV and newspapers across the country and said he would no longer speak to Sun’s English media, which seems sensible. I once worked for the Toronto Sun and I was so ashamed that I didn’t even speak to myself for years. Oh, I used to copy edit David Frum columns and eat hot pockets out of tinfoil for lunch, it was my own little gulag, but it paid the mortgage until I got a better job.

Perhaps if I were Trudeau, I would have wanted to hit someone, but since my own parents were not in any way sexual and never had sex, I was not stirred by the “marriage oaths” violation stuff. However seeing “Ezra Levant” and “panties” in the same sentence is making the rash come up in blisters, so again, how long for the test results? Maybe Monday?

Ottawa journalists went all “esprit de press corps” and fell for the gag that Levant was a journalist to begin with. Of course he is not, he is simply Sun News Network’s performing flea. No one watches that channel (I wish it would stop asking me to appear). As the Globe and Mail wrote in 2013 about a CRTC hearing, “Sun believes most Canadians don’t know it exists, and it has the market research and ratings to prove it.”

Most Canadians don’t live in Ottawa, don’t watch House of Commons debates and aren’t members of a press club (the “Media Party,” in EL-speak) starved of information by a government that hates good journalism. They would agree with the Liberal Party that the video “breached any reasonable measure of editorial integrity.” Still, running what appears to have been a 1970s “upskirt photo” of Margaret Trudeau — whose 23-year-old son Michel died in an avalanche in 1998, whose candour about her bipolar disorder has helped so many — did get attention.

I cannot say whether Ezra Levant, who, believe it or not, is a lawyer, is unwell or a horrible person or just an idiot with an underpants fetish, but he certainly represents his viewership, which is all of these things. I have the emails to prove it.

I watched the screen, appalled. This creature had no screen presence. Its face was stationary, while its wide, oblong mouth flapped strangely. Mute the sound and anything could be coming out of it. It could issue parking tickets, or serve as a ham dispenser.

Instead it was all sexual jealousy, like fluid oozing, which is just what my EL blisters are doing right now. I couldn’t equal this level of cruelty, even if I wished to.

The Conservative Party resents Trudeau deeply. It is not clear why, but it is certainly more than leftover resentment of his late intellectual father and his beautiful mother. It isn’t youth. Trudeau is 42, which my children consider frankly elderly. It isn’t beauty, he just looks better than most politicians. He seems confident and comfortable with himself, happy to meet-and-greet and not snobbish. He is unrehearsed and speaks candidly. Canadians like that.

I do remember Justin Trudeau’s birth being announced. I was in the car with my parents. It was a cold winter afternoon in northwestern Ontario and we were taking a family drive to the town dump. As one does.

We were listening to CBC radio and someone said it was the birth of the “Justin Society, hah hah” which was a play on PET’s “just society” and I thought “Wow, my first pun,” and then the quarry reared up in front of us. Then I did not think of the man again for decades. Although I have wrung a lot of therapy out of those Sunday drives and I still do not like puns.

We have gone off-topic, as has the Conservative Party in its unhinged fear of Trudeau. What scares them of course is that he could win. He could re-stock the country with scientists and restore the CBC, introduce national daycare and invest billions in green energy. He could put a stop to this Iraq venture, and worst of all, he could run a minority government with NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.

But in the meantime, I have a bad case of EL, an unsightly rash that’s crusting, and I can’t just lie in a cold tub all weekend chewing on the bath mat. Is this a personal allergic reaction to a chance one-and-only EL video encounter, or is it a threat to public health?

If the latter, it could easily be resolved with a civilized decision by Quebecor in favour of Canadian decency. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

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hmallick@thestar.ca

Please Support the OCLA Petition in Defence of Arthur Topham by RadicalPress.com

 

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Dear OCLA Supporter,

Please take a moment to read and consider signing OCLA’s petition in defence of the civil rights of Arthur Topham, a BC man who is currently being prosecuted under a “Hate Propaganda” section of Canada’s Criminal Code. The petition is online at the following link: http://www.change.org/p/hon-suzanne-anton-attorney-general-of-bc-jag-minister-gov-bc-ca-hon-suzanne-anton-retract-your-consent-for-the-criminal-proceedings-against-mr-arthur-topham?utm_source=guides&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_created

OCLA has the position that sections 318 to 320 of the Criminal Code should be repealed. These sections allow egregious violations of the civil rights of liberty, just process, and freedom of expression. Under these provisions, a person can be jailed without the Crown being required to prove any actual harm to a single identified individual.

Mr. Topham was arrested in front of his spouse, detained, subjected to a home-invasive seizure, and faces jail time if convicted, for expressing his highly unpopular views.

OCLA’s public statement on this matter is available at: http://ocla.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/OCLA-statement-re-Arthur-Topham.pdf

Please read OCLA’s letter to the BC Attorney General asking her to withdraw her consent for this prosecution, which is available at: http://ocla.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/2014-09-24-Letter-OCLA-to-AG-of-BC.pdf

 

Yours truly,

 

Joseph Hickey
Executive Director
Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) http://ocla.ca
613-252-6148 (c)

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” – Voltaire

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QUOTE OF A COMMENT ON THE OCLA PETITION
“The belief that ideas are a prerogative of any self-chosen element of society is repugnant, intellectually and morally indefensible and insulting to any citizen who has both the right and responsibility to consider all available evidence, pro or con, on any issue of possible public concern or interest. The crucially important issue is that all citizens must be free to communicate their views and the right of all citizens to do so must be assured. Anti-”Hate” legislation is a transparent political measure meant to serve the interests of its sponsors who obviously are willing to employ almost any form of sophistry, cajoling, deception and intimidation to achieve the suppression of views which they do not like. Each citizen must be accorded the elementary respect as being sufficiently intelligent to assess the validity or otherwise of expressed views. Many of these issues have been debated by seers and saints from time immemorial and the debate certainly does not belong in a criminal court but rather in the court of informed public assessment. Informed assessments can only be made in light of full disclosure of evidence – on every ongoing process in the affairs of mankind. State suppression of ideas is a clear and inevitable route to tyranny and people who support such repression are a threat to civilization. I think that I am sufficiently intelligent and knowledgeable to hear an idea and accept, reject or consider it without any “assistance” from the State or those who exercise influence upon and behind the State apparatus. Anti-”Hate” (which can mean almost anything depending upon one’s perspective) legislation is an affront to the intelligence and integrity of every citizen and a violation of the historic assumption that truth is paramount and can only be found by diligent and unimpeded individual enquiry. The motives of persons or groups which attempt to suppress comment or criticism are patently suspect and transparent and such conduct does not go unnoticed or help their cause in the court of public opinion. By all means, do stay proceedings in this case and do not initiate them in any comparable situations. I do not need to be told what to think.” - Wallace Klinck

 

Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) issues strong support statement and online Petition for Arthur Topham and RadicalPress.com by Arthur Topham

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Dear Readers and Supporters of Freedom of Speech,

After eight years of unrelenting legal harassment (commencing in 2007) on the part of the Canadian government and the masonic Jewish lobby group B’nai Brith Canada I’m most pleased to announce that the Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) has assumed a positive leadership role in offering its support to both myself and RadicalPress.com in the current sec. 319(2) CCC “Hate Propaganda” charge which was laid against my person and RadicalPress.com back on May 16th, 2012.

I would like to publicly thank Joseph Hickey, Executive Director for the OCLA for his supportive endorsement of this very important case, one that will ultimately determine the fate of free expression on the internet in Canada and affect all other bloggers, writers, artists and publishers who would, in all likelihood, suffer the same fate as myself for expressing political commentary and viewpoints which are deemed as “hate” by the Jewish lobbyists who consistently monitor Canada’s alternative and mainstream media in search of websites and blogs that host contrary perspectives on the issues of political Zionism and the motives and actions of the state of Israel.

As well as issuing the following public statement the OCLA has also posted an on-line Petition which I, and hopefully many others, will be spreading around cyberspace in order to gather additional support for their initiative. See the Petition here: Please sign it.

Further efforts are also planned which will be posted as they unfold.

Please take the time to read this short pdf file containing the OCLA’s statement on R v Arthur Topham and feel free to comment.

The time to commence a concerted effort in order to bring this case to the attention of more Canadians is now. Please share this post as widely as humanly possible.

 

Sincerely,

 
 
Arthur Topham
Pub/Ed
RadicalPress.com
Canada’s Radical News Network
“Digging to the root of the issues since 1998″

 

CLICK ON PDF URL BELOW TO READ OCLA STATEMENT:

http://ocla.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/OCLA-statement-re-Arthur-Topham.pdf

Breaking News: US and ‘partners’ launch airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria by RT

http://rt.com/news/189788-syria-airstrikes-islamic-state/

US and ‘partners’ launch airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria

Published September 23, 2014

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 The US military and partner nations from the anti-ISIS coalition have launched the first attacks on Islamic State targets in Syria, the Pentagon has confirmed.

The airstrikes against the Islamic State targets are currently underway in Syria, according to a Pentagon official.The strikes on targets in Syria reportedly involve a mix of fighter, bomber, and tomahawk land attack missiles.

“I can confirm that US military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL (ISIS/IS) terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles,” Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.

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US military & partner nation forces have begun striking ISIL targets in Syria using mix of fighters, bombers and Tomahawk missiles.

6:30 PM – 22 Sep 2014Arlington, VA, United States

“The decision to conduct theses strikes was made earlier today by the US Central Command commander under authorization granted him by the commander in chief. We will provide more details later as operationally appropriate,” he added.

According to NBC News, the US military is planning to attack up to 20 targets in Syria, including “training sites, headquarters of Sunni fighters and troop encampments.”

A US official told ABC News that up to 20 locations have been targeted in the airstrikes in and around Raqqa. Tomahawk missiles have been fired from at least one ship in the Red Sea. The source also said that Arab nations participating in the airstrikes will be dropping bombs. According to Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, five Arab nations are taking part in the first round of airstrikes in Syria: Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

In the meantime, a US official speaking to Reuters confirmed the participation of Arab partners in the attack, but refused to specify who those partners are.

CENTCOM says the decision to conduct airstrikes was made under authorization granted by the US president.

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The decision to conduct these strikes was made earlier today by CENTCOM commander under authorization granted him by the president.

6:59 PM – 22 Sep 2014

The Pentagon will not provide further details on the operation “until later,” according to Reuters. The strikes are believed to be carried out without the consent of Damascus.

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U.S. military and partner nation forces are undertaking military action against ISIL terrorists in Syria.

6:38 PM – 22 Sep 2014

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Given that these operations are ongoing, we are not in a position to provide additional details at this time.

6:39 PM – 22 Sep 2014

The attack follows President Obama’s speech earlier this month, during which he said that the US was prepared to “conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes” against Islamic State terrorists “wherever they are.”

“That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL (ISIS/IS) in Syria as well as Iraq,” Obama said on September 10. The US military has already carried out over 200 strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq.

The Syrian government was willing to cooperate in coordinating strikes on Islamic jihadists which the country has been battling against for over three years, but US officials rejected any possibility of such cooperation. Any strikes on Syrian soil without Damascus’ consent will be considered an act of aggression, Syria has warned.

Washington should respect the sovereignty of Syria in its attempts to deal with the Islamic State, Russia has warned repeatedly. Moscow previously expressed concern that US airstrikes may target not only the Islamic State, but also government forces loyal to President Assad.

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The crisis of access to justice and self-represented litigants — as I see it by Denis Rancourt

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The crisis of access to justice and self-represented litigants — as I see it

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Denis Rancourt, PhD

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There is a crisis of access to justice in Canada. It is a crisis of systemic judicial partiality against ordinary citizens who cannot afford brand-name “justice”.

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin frequently warns of a crisis of “access to justice” in Canada. This crisis involves a large and growing number of self-represented litigants who cannot afford lawyer’s fees, which are inflated by corporate clients.

The Facebook group “Canada Court Watch” is focussed on self-represented litigants and has over 4,000 members. Self-represented litigants regularly picket outside courthouses and lawyers offices across the country. Researchers, such as law professor Julie Macfarlane, have described a widespread disillusionment and distrust of the legal establishment by ordinary self-represented litigants from all walks of life.

Beyond what is acknowledged by the chief justice and the legal establishment, there is a widespread conviction among self-represented litigants that the courts are biased against them. I am the coordinator of the Self-Represented Litigant Workgroup of the Ontario Civil Liberties Association, and I have experienced this bias directly as a self-represented defendant.

In a single case of alleged defamation for words on a blog, I have been required to go before 17 different judges, at all courts up to the Supreme Court of Canada, in over 30 open court hearings, over more than three years — in the motions, appeals of motions, and case conferences in the action against me. I have prepared thousands of pages of legal documents, and I have been ordered to pay legal costs of the suing party of more than one quarter of a million dollars to date, prior to the trial that is now on-going.

In light of my recent experience as a self-represented litigant, it is difficult for me to believe that the pleas of the chief justice are authentic. I tend to think that the chief justice means only that lawyers should be affordable and available for ordinary persons, and that she wishes that the legal processes were less wasteful. However, access to lawyers alone does not provide access to justice, and neither does strong-handed case management by judges.

I feel like I have seen it all in terms of the behaviour of judges, in terms of the tremendous systemic bias against self-represented litigants, and that is described by legal researchers. This bias exists irrespective of my level of education (PhD) and irrespective of my ability to present an argument (former university professor), and so I believe what I have heard about what it is like for a single parent navigating issues of child custody.

In my case, the potential for systemic bias is increased by the fact that the plaintiff is a high-status lawyer within the legal establishment, and two of the lawyers who oppose me have formerly represented Canadian prime ministers. In addition, the private plaintiff is funded without a spending limit by a non-party using public money, a situation that has been denounced by the Ontario Civil Liberties Association (LINK).

At the mandatory mediation I was not allowed an accompanying person (because he was not a lawyer) even though I faced five lawyers on the side suing me. But obvious asymmetries of means are not the only problem.

The evidence for routine judicial bias, as I see it, is overwhelming and includes:

•    the trial judge cancelling my main and pleaded defence, off-the-cuff and in the middle of my opening address to the jury

•    judges and lawyers disrespectfully referring to me in court as “he”, and discussing me as though I were not present (until this behaviour was denounced on the Ontario Civil Liberties Association website)

•    judges’ frequent, repeated, and disorienting interruptions of me in court

•    allowing opposing counsel to make repeated and hyperbolic prejudicial comments, despite my objections

•    not allowing me time to make my arguments, despite my good preparation and organization

•    refusals to hear evidence of misconduct by opposing counsel

•    refusing to acknowledge transcript evidence of opposing counsel leading his witnesses in out-of-court examinations

•    allowing procedural dirty tricks by the lawyers, such as calling motions on one day’s notice

•    constructive barring of my evidence on motions and at trial, using both procedural technicalities and legal abstractions

•    allowing the plaintiff to pick and choose which questions to answer in cross-examinations

•    orders that I pay outrageously high costs, which in effect punish me for trying to defend myself, despite the fact that I have no money

•    orders that I, rather than the opposing party, pay costs even in the cases where I won all or the majority of the points argued in the motions

•    disadvantageous deadlines for document submissions and disadvantageous scheduling of court appearances, despite objections with reasons

In fact, there appears to be no limit to what the court thinks it can get away with when dealing with a self-represented litigant.

In my own case, for example, I discovered that a motions judge (in a motion to end the action) had a blatant conflict of interest. In the middle of the proceedings, I learned that he had strong personal, family, emotional, and contractual financial ties to a party intervening for the plaintiff in the case, and also to the law firm representing the party in court. He had not disclosed any of these ties. The judge’s ties made it inconceivable that he would rule against the plaintiff.

When I presented the evidence of the judge’s ties, the judge lost decorum, threatened me with contempt of court (a criminal judgement), and recused himself, but refused to rule on whether there was apparent bias, and continued to release decisions that stand to this day.

I raised the matter through available procedures with three more judges of the Superior Court, three judges of the Court of Appeal, and six judges of the Supreme Court (in two applications for leave to appeal), but all of them refused to allow bias as a ground for appeal.

In my first attempts, I was not even allowed to access the Supreme Court. It is a demonstration of apparent systemic judicial bias at the highest level that the Registrar of the Supreme Court refused to accept my duly prepared application — and then refused to accept my motion to denounce his refusal to accept the application. This was resolved only because the Ontario Civil Liberties Association made a request, directly to the Chief Justice of Canada, that the Registrar’s conduct be investigated.

That whole bias episode, involving 13 judges from three courts, shows the degree to which the entire judicial structure will tolerate a judge’s apparent bias, at least when the bias complaint is brought by a self-represented litigant being sued by prominent members of the legal establishment.

The only remaining remedy in the matter resides in international law. I am preparing a complaint to the UN Human Rights Committee for violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees an impartial court to every litigant in signatory countries, including Canada. Few self-represented litigants can defend themselves this effectively, and there are far too few resources among civil rights organizations to address the gargantuan need.

All of this has only been repeated at the trial itself, which started on May 12, 2014, and which is on-going. Prior to trial, I had asked then Regional Senior Judge Charles Hackland (who resigned on May 8, 2014) to name a case judge who had no connection with the University of Ottawa, and I had made a formal motion for the trial judge to recuse himself because of the judge’s shared interests with the University of Ottawa (LINK). None of this mattered and the trial judge refused to recuse himself. This, and the judge’s in-court actions, led to my walking out of the trial, which was reported in the media (LINK1, LINK2).

My case, the ordeals of countless others, and academic research show that there is a systematic bias against self-represented litigants. Such evident, overt, and pervasive bias proves that the judges are not impartial, but rather are significantly influenced by the social status and power of the litigant. Corporate and government litigants know this well, and count on it. It is the elephant in the courtroom for self-represented litigants.

For self-represented litigants the crisis in “access to justice” is really a crisis in access to an impartial court, a court that is not influenced by social status. This crisis will not be solved by increasing access to lawyers and reducing court backlogs. The solution will require that litigants themselves and civil rights organizations insist on and monitor impartiality of the courts.

In my case, high-profile American political activist Cynthia McKinney has started a petition demanding that the chief justices of Canada allow a new trial with a trial judge having no ties to the University of Ottawa — which is funding the lawsuit without a spending limit — and this has been reported in the media (LINK-petition, LINK-media). Only this type of protest-application of the open court principle, in combination with media exposure and civil society association pressures, has any chance of catalyzing a reform in a system that has now degraded itself beyond self-repair.

There is indeed a crisis, and it is of the court’s making. It is a crisis of partiality against ordinary citizens who cannot afford brand-name “justice”.

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Professor Rancourt has taken a courageous stand and like myself he needs your help in order to defend himself against all of these spurious charges that have resulted from his expressing his opinions on matters relevant to Canada’s democratic principles. For further information and contact please see:
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This article was originally published HERE May 25, 2014

Background Links:

Petition site — Give a Fair Court Hearing to Denis Rancourt

Ontario Civil Liberties Association campaign page

The motions judge’s apparent-bias legal saga

Court documents in my motion for the trial judge to recuse himself

All (most) court-filed documents in my case

Kourosh Ziabari Interview with Canadian Professor Denis Rancourt – Fars News Agency

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Editor’s Note: The following interview with Professor Rancourt is undoubtedly one of the finest contributions toward a greater understanding of how the West has been slowly taken over by the Zionist agenda. Whether we wish to view it (as Professor Rancourt appears to), as the American Empire using Israel for its own greater hegemonic agenda or whether we tend to see it as World Jewry’s take-over of the American government via stealth in order to commandeer its resources and exploit them for Zionism’s global conquest, Rancourt’s analysis of how this process has unfolded to the ongoing detriment of the Palestinian people is superlative.
 
The interview also succinctly explains the depth and degree of collusion which the various Zionist forces and their sycophants here in Canada went to in order to illegally remove Professor Rancourt from his academic position at the University of Ottawa and then to further exacerbate his unjust treatment by pursuing him with a defamation suit that basically bankrupt the man. Such extremely vexatious acts on the part of Allan Rock and the University of Ottawa, aided and abetted by Canada’s Zionist-controlled media, border on sadism and are a vivid reminder of just how cruel and criminal the Zionist cartel can be when it comes to protecting its own racket of death and destruction at any cost should Canadians have the audacity to exhibit their lawful constitutional right to freedom of expression. In this case Professor Rancourt’s only “crime” was to question the right of Israel’s ongoing genocide of the Palestinian people.
 
I suppose Denis Rancourt might be expected to consider himself lucky that he wasn’t also slapped with a sec. 319(2) Criminal Code of Canada “Hate Propaganda” charge on top of all the other woes he’s been subjected to by the Zionist-controlled judiciary here in Canada. I’m sure that they would love to send him to jail for a couple of years just as they are trying to do to me in order to reinforce their intimidation and threats to all of Canada’s academia never to question their authority or their evil designs.
 
Professor Rancourt has taken a courageous stand and like myself he needs your help in order to defend himself against all of these spurious charges that have resulted from his expressing his opinions on matters relevant to Canada’s democratic principles. For further information and contact please see:
Email contact: denis.rancourt@gmail.com

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Kourosh Ziabari – Fars News Agency: A Canadian scholar and academic, who was fired from the university where he was teaching because of his pro-Palestinian viewpoints, believes the US government is funding and supporting Israel for its continued bloodletting in the Middle East.

According to Prof. Denis Rancourt, Israel’s plan in the Middle East is ethnic cleansing and the total obliteration of Palestine and its citizens in order to realize a colonial, imperial agenda backed by the US military, economic and finance empire.

“Israel’s program is to eradicate or neutralize all Palestinians who make claim to a home in Palestine. This is exactly what Israel has been doing since before its artificial creation,” said Prof. Rancourt in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency.

“Israel’s program is planned incremental dispossession and an ongoing attempted genocide. This has been repeatedly and explicitly expressed by the Zionist architects and executioners,” he noted.

Prof. Denis Rancourt has also praised the resistance movement in the Gaza Strip for its steadfastness against the Israeli aggression during the past two months, maintaining that it was awe-inspiring that Hamas could kill some 70 invading Israeli soldiers.

Denis Rancourt is a former professor of physics at the University of Ottawa. In the fall of 2008, he was removed from all teaching duties under the pretext that he had granted A+ grades to 23 students in one course during the winter 2008 semester; however, it’s quite clear to everybody that his outspoken criticism of Israel and his pro-Palestinian activism had triggered his dismissal from the university. Prof. Rancourt’s classes were always attended by tens of students and he was considered as one of the popular university professors at the Faculty of Science.

Rancourt has published more than 100 academic papers. He was a member of Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Physics and the Ottawa-Carleton Geoscience Centre. He is the author of the book “Hierarchy and Free Expression in the Fight Against Racism.”

During the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip that just ended on August 26 following the victory of Hamas and the declaration of ceasefire between the Israeli regime and the resistance movement, FNA did an interview with Prof. Denis Rancourt on the influence of the Israeli lobby over the media, politicians and universities in the West, the history of Israel-Canada relations and the international reactions to the recent Israeli war on Gaza. The following is the text of this in-depth interview.

Q: What’s your viewpoint regarding the influence of the Israeli lobby on the universities and academic unions in the West, especially in the North America? The case of your dismissal from your position as a professor at the University of Ottawa was simply one of numerous instances showing that the Israeli lobby can easily manipulate the university officials in the West into making illegal decisions and expelling the disobedient academicians, just like the Prof. Steven Salaita who has been recently fired from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for his comments criticizing the Israeli massacre in the Gaza Strip. How has Israel gained such an influence over the academic institutions in the West?

A: The Israel Lobby has the role of chief-whip for the US military-economic-finance empire; Empire, for short. That is, the Lobby ensures doctrinal discipline among Western, that is, US-aligned politicians, intellectuals, and the media, regarding the Empire’s Middle East policy. I mean “intellectual” in the broad sense of any professional who has influence, and “media” in the broad sense of anyone who communicates to others.

The Empire’s main geopolitical focus presently is the Middle East, where the Empire is dedicated to actively and continuously prevent liberation and coalescence of Arab nations, so as to keep control of the territory and the energy resources. To achieve this, the Empire’s main policy in the Middle East is Israel, which is charged with continual war and sabotage against all Middle Eastern entities that would vie for independence from the Empire.

Thus, the Empire, via Israel, is embarked on a vicious and murderous project without an end in the Middle East, and this unsavory project must be sold to the Empire’s home populations, including both managers and ordinary citizens. That is the role of the Israel Lobby; to sell Israel and the continuous and deliberate carnage as acceptable and unavoidable.

That is why the Israel Lobby is actively engaged is creating Islamophobia, in exaggerating anti-Semitism, in constructing Nazi-holocaust remembrance, in suppressing academic freedom, in suppressing freedom of the press, in “finding” and pursuing alleged “terrorists”, in developing anti-speech [or] “anti-hate” laws, in promoting cultural ties with Israel, in attacking Muslim associations, and so on.

As such, the work of the Israel Lobby includes hundreds of ongoing campaigns to intimidate, discipline, fire, and vilify academics who dare to be critical of Israel or of US Middle East policy. The list of shut-out and targeted academics is a long one and includes the well-known cases of Joel Kovel, Ward Churchill, Norman Finkelstein, James Petras, Terri Ginsberg, William Robinson, David F. Noble, Steven Salaita, Iymen Chehade, and many others. The more an academic is threatening to the Lobby, the more aggressively that academic is attacked.

My own case is also an example. I was a tenured Full Professor of physics at the University of Ottawa in Canada’s capital city. I am an internationally recognized researcher and I taught in both the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Arts. I was publicly critical of the university president’s paid trip to Israel. I invited Palestinian speakers into my classrooms to talk about Gaza, and geopolitical analysts who were critical of Israel. These moves led to condemnation of me in the Zionist mainstream media, and to discipline, which was overturned. In 2008, a new university president – Allan Rock – who is a staunch and unconditional supporter of Israel and who had been Canada’s Zionist ambassador to the UN, became immediately motivated to fire me, tenure or not, and irrespective of my popular courses and my large science research funding.

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With the help of an entire team using specially-hired union-busting lawyers, after contriving for years including intensive covert surveillance of me using a hired-student spy to monitor my every spoken and written word and my every activity on campus and at other university campuses, the university finally settled on the false pretext for dismissal of alleging that I had improperly assigned high grades to all 23 students in an advanced physics course. They needed a “clean” pretext that they hoped would be supported by public opinion and that would not bring out all of their dirt. When public opinion and some mainstream media sided with me instead, a high-profile Zionist columnist at the New York Times suddenly wrote not-one but two articles to discredit me, and was invited to Canada to falsely defame me, regarding my teaching, on a trend-setting Canadian TV talk show whose producers are Zionists.

Even after I was fired, as I continued to be publicly critical of the institution, the university funded a large defamation lawsuit against me which, after almost four years, has entirely washed-out my personal savings, and over which I was ordered to pay a total of legal costs and damages in excess of one million dollars, that I can never pay. I am presently struggling to generate the funds to pay the costs of court-transcripts for the appeal that has been filed. My funding campaign is endorsed by the Ontario Civil Liberties Association, which also has a campaign that condemns the university’s unlimited funding of the lawsuit against me using public money.

Although the university had many and mixed unstated and illegitimate reasons for wanting to fire me – such as my defiance and outspokenness in several areas, my popular courses and public events, and my support of student and community activism, I have no doubt that I was fired because the new Zionist university president Allan Rock – former Ambassador to the UN, and former Canadian federal government minister – wanted me out and silenced at any cost, and knew that he could count on support from the Zionist establishment. Under cross-examination, the dean testified that the pre-dismissal lockout of my graduate students and I from our laboratory was directed from above by Allan Rock. This president knew my firing would be seen as a good deed by the powerful Zionist establishment that he is part of. Years before I was ultimately fired, it had already been pronounced in the media that my firing was necessary and was desirable because of the “anti-Semitic” nature of my courses, to the great dismay and protests of many of my students.

After I was escorted off campus in handcuffs by police and charged with “trespassing” while I was still a tenured professor, and since my firing in 2009, Allan Rock has been systematically transforming the University of Ottawa into an institutional instrument at the service of Canada’s accelerating “globalist” agenda, and at the service of legitimizing Israel’s role in that agenda — rather than actually prioritizing the learning environment for students in Ottawa, an environment that is in dire need of an overhaul.

Allan Rock needed me out of the way. The Empire needs critics of the Empire out of the way. And the Israel Lobby needs anyone who threatens the acceptance of Israel’s crimes out of the way.

Q: Why has the criticism of Israel become so costly in the West? Why are the academicians, media personalities and other public figures who dare to question the policies and practices of Israel being immediately vilified and denigrated as anti-Semitist? Moreover, why don’t the mainstream media in the West ever give coverage to the viewpoints critical of Israel or exposing its violations of international law?

A: The mainstream media is a highly perfected arm of the Empire’s propaganda apparatus, as are Hollywood, the music industry, video games, and so on. The barely-maintained illusions of freedom of the press and of artistic freedom only make the propaganda more effective.

The propaganda apparatus is an integral part of the Empire’s military structure. The Israel Lobby is an added structure for direct and forceful control of politicians and intellectuals concerning the role of Israel as the Empire’s main thug in the Middle East.

The Empire’s Israel-based violent control in the Middle East, in turn, gives control over energy and wealth, via both the energy itself and energy transportation routes, and helps to ensure that the US-dollar remains the petro-dollar and, thus, the World currency, which the US prints at will.

In this way, the Empire both maintains its main instrument of global exploitation, namely finance-extortion based on the US-dollar and enforced with military might, and suppresses the development of its main competitors by strategically controlling the energy market via sanctions, pricing, and directed profits. That is the Empire’s working theory, which is realistically achievable thanks to absolute military dominance.

Within this scheme, the Israel Lobby at home is in a symbiotic relation with the Empire. The two are inseparable as long as the Empire’s main geopolitical focus is the Middle East, and as long as the Empire’s main policy in the Middle East is Israel. This is why one finds a strong and visible Israel Lobby satellite in every Western nation that is aligned with the Empire: Canada, France, Australia, and so on.

The two elements that give the Israel Lobby its raison d’etre – namely, the Empire’s main geopolitical focus on the Middle East, and Israel as the Empire’s main policy in the Middle East – are not necessarily good for the Empire. But the Israel Lobby has gotten too powerful; to the point of being able to largely dictate the Empire’s geopolitical priorities, and the Empire’s goals.

Thus, the Israel Lobby has to a large extent overrun the US democracy. It is not presently possible for US politicians to objectively and freely discuss Israel’s role and the Empire’s foreign policy. Virtually no US politician has the backbone to do so. US critics of Israel who are sufficiently threatening are crushed, and the US establishment fully participates in these mobbings.

When the stakes are so high, it is impossible for the Israel Lobby to relax its aggressive stance against all ideological threats. The Lobby considers its intimidation campaigns to be necessary for its own survival. It uses bribery, extortion, and propaganda at every level to discipline all who need to be reminded of which peoples most need to be killed on the planet.

Q: Canada has usually been one of the major advocates and supporters of the Tel Aviv regime since its establishment in 1948, either financially, politically or militarily and has always justified its racist policies in the Occupied Territories publicly. Somewhere in a 2011 article, you noted that Canada does not have much significant trade ties with Israel, and is a net exporter of oil and gas itself. So, why do you think the Canadian politicians continue to offer their “unwavering support” to Israel and rationalize its atrocities against the besieged people of Gaza? Why does Canada always lobby to dissuade world countries from voting against Israel in the UN resolutions? In what ways does Canada benefit from backing Israel?

A: Interestingly, it was Allan Rock – the same man who engineered my firing from the University of Ottawa – who, in 2004, under Paul Martin’s Liberal government and as Canada’s Ambassador to the UN, changed Canada’s longstanding position on Israel from abstaining on human rights resolutions for Palestine to being one of the few countries in the World that vote with the US and Israel against UN human rights resolutions for Palestine.

The complete selling of Canada to the US started prior to Martin, notably at the hands of Conservative Prime Minister Brian “free trade” Mulroney who thereby destroyed the Conservative party for more than a decade. Martin continued the job of selling Canada. Paul Martin engineered a takeover of the Liberal Party of Canada from the last Prime Minister Jean Chrétien who was moderately independent, or wanted to appear to be, and Martin proceeded to wreck that party into oblivion, with the help of other Zionists such as Rock and Harvard-based import Michael Ignatieff who also wrote academic arguments to legitimize torture “in an age of terror”, and others. At present, all three major parties [of] Conservative, NDP, and Liberal are led by ultra-Zionists, which is no accident. Harper, in particular, vehemently demonizes Iran, in what can only be understood as a criminally irresponsible call for a war of aggression, in line with a well-known Israeli desire.

The reason that Canada gives unconditional diplomatic support to Israel is the same as with all states aligned with the Empire. There is no choice on that issue because Israel is a major component of the Empire’s World-domination apparatus. The Israel Lobby is existentially committed to keeping things that way. The widespread tolerance and political adoration of the anti-democratic Israel Lobby in the US suggests that it is now not unreasonable to entertain an analysis of the Empire as a US-Israel Empire, as though the elite-bosses that run the global military-finance exploitation enterprise had effectively merged across US-Israel lines.

The other main Western states vie to align themselves in order to be on the receiving side of the Empire’s global exploitation project. This alignment is the most disgusting and vicious enactment of global racism in human history – largely surpassing its immediate predecessor that was the British Empire – that directly targets indigenous populations in the developing and emerging world, whether or not these populations support resistance movements. In this regard, a color-coded world map of diplomatic stance regarding Israel is identical to a world map of the global exploitation by the states aligned with the Empire.

Canada, in particular, is more than aligned. Canada is truly a vassal state of the US, with virtually complete integration in the political, corporate, security, military, cultural, and intelligentsia spheres. It is not uncommon for high-ranking “Canadian” politicos to have been trained at Harvard. The entertainment and sports enterprises are seamlessly the same, except for Quebec to some degree. This deepening integration has been accompanied by a loss of Canadian nationalism, a dramatically increased Israel Lobby presence, a dumbing down of the provincial education systems, an abandonment of natural-resources ownership, a near-total loss of resistance to foreign corporate ownership, frightening mimicry in the cultural, political, statutory, military, police, etc., fields, and so on.

Years ago, as one personal anecdote, I was shocked to find that the airport security in Ottawa, for an internal flight in Canada, was being managed by a US firm, that the security employees were US citizens, spoke with heavy US accents, and did not speak French – Canada is bilingual, and Ottawa is its capital. I was on stolen Canadian soil being processed by US security personnel. That is now the norm. Canadian citizens have a lot of work to do if they want to effectively oppose US and Israeli crimes against humanity.

Of course the local Canadian establishment needs to benefit from Canada being a vassal state of the Empire. So your question of how does Canada benefit is a fair one. The first answer is that Canada is allowed to share in the plunder practiced by the Empire, to a limited and controlled degree. In addition, Canada is given a share of the Empire’s military economy, in terms of military manufacturing contracts, and is temporarily allowed to have a First World standard of living, even though it must permit its natural resources to be plundered.

Also, Canada is a major producer of oil from tar sands that are relatively expensive to exploit. Wars and imposed sanctions in the Middle East increase the price of oil, which serves the Canadian energy sector well, in terms of political benefits. The price of gas is also increased, which inadvertently serves Russia. Thus, Russia must be sanctioned and cut off from the European market. Enter Ukraine, etc. Energy is geopolitics and Canada, as a major energy producer, “chooses” to be on the side of the big guns.

Q: What do the ordinary Canadian citizens, and the young generation of Canadian people think about Israel and its ongoing campaign of carnage and genocide in the besieged Gaza Strip? Do they sympathize with the major Canadian parties, including the Conservatives, Liberals and the NDP in their unwarranted support for Israel?

A: Political participation in Canada is a farce. By statute – thanks to former Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau – all local political candidates must be approved and certified by the party leader. Therefore, unlike in the UK where local party members can choose their representatives and where parliamentary rule actually means something, there is no representative democracy whatsoever in Canada. It does not take a PhD in political science to understand this. The employment and career of each Member of Parliament depends on obeying party discipline, and the party bosses are selected and positioned by powerful private interests predominantly represented by the Israel Lobby.

Ordinary Canadians, young and old, understand that politics does not include them. Consequently, political participation is low. The smaller the citizen’s possible influence, the less [they] participate, logically. In Canada – like in most places where citizens do not feel overly threatened by their governments or by foreign influences or by war – effective political allegiance is hired directly using widespread partisan employment, by the government, the public institutions, the private corporations, the hired lobbies, and the non-government organizations. In addition, superficial popular acceptance of fake agendas is bought via disguised propaganda projected by the “educational” system, the media, and the hired “experts” from all sectors. This works brilliantly because most professional workers are fully indoctrinated into the system.

Among aware Canadians, however, there is great concern about Israel’s crimes in Gaza. This concern and resulting outrage are significant, as is evident from the massive media and public-relations counter campaigns to legitimize Israel’s war crimes.

Canadian civil society is recognizing and organizing against the Israel genocide that continues to unfold. There has been a significant backlash against the public positions of the leaders of the three major parties, and this backlash has caused the NDP in particular to do some damage-control. A Member of Parliament even resigned from the NDP over the issue, which is a first in Canada. Furthermore, in reporting the carnage in Gaza, the mainstream media was feeling the pressure to not completely follow the most absurd dictates of the Israel Lobby regarding media strategy.

The recent public demonstrations in support of Gaza, held in every major Canadian city, were massive, by Canadian standards. The pro-Palestine demonstrations that I attended in Ottawa had hundreds and thousands of participants and were among the largest that I have ever witnessed. More importantly, the demonstrators were from across Canadian society and were profoundly moved and committed, more than I have ever seen for any broad Canadian foreign policy matter. Consequently, the mainstream media was forced to report these demonstrations in a somewhat balanced fashion, under the threat of losing credibility.

Thus, there is a significant enough gap, between the extreme Zionism of the political party leaders and public opinion on Gaza, that it is possible that there could be a large and lasting popular backlash that would change the public political discourse and force the Lobby to be less overt. I more than hope that this backlash will be of formidable magnitude and that it will occur at an accelerated pace, in order to create and recover the dignity of Canadians, to bring Canadians into the World, and to bring maximum support to the Palestinian resistance.

Q: During its more than 50 days of incursion into the Gaza Strip, Israel continually bombed the civilian areas, hospitals, mosques and schools. The deliberate targeting of the civilians is a crime under international law. Why is Israel persistent on violating international law while its leaders know what they’re doing is not humane and defendable? Is it because Israel has been enjoying immunity from accountability thanks to the public diplomatic, political and financial support it receives from the United States?

A: It is criminally and morally disgusting that Israel continued to bomb Gaza during the negotiations for the agreement that led to a halt to further Israeli attacks for an “unlimited period”. It is utterly disgusting that Israel murdered the wife and a daughter and a son of the Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif during negotiations. Israel continued to murder Hamas opponents during negotiations. This is abominable. It is difficult to comprehend this degree of disregard by Israel for basic human decency, not to mention international law. This tells us that Israel never negotiated in good faith, and that the “negotiated” agreement cannot possibly represent any measure of interim justice.

The Palestinian resistance in Gaza is awe-inspiring, having killed some 70 invading soldiers that were part of one of the most technologically advanced militaries in the World, and Gazans having sustained unspeakable civilian death, displacement, and destruction. However, Israel is in fact mainly contained by the global political and popular reactions to its crimes. The US cannot afford to convince the World that it is a genocidal-maniac nation, whether it is or not. This would seriously impair the Empire, domestically, with allies, and in its arenas of exploitation.

This is why the Empire funds and supports Israel for the constant bloodletting in the Middle East, and covertly trains and funds proxy thugs wherever it cannot sell a direct intervention, such as in Syria. Make no mistake, the US runs a global empire, with over 1,000 military bases spread in every corner of the globe, but it cannot be perceived in Western circles as an outright purveyor of ruthless and unlimited terror. Just don’t ask Latin Americans what they know from lived experience.

In this regard, a reality that protects the world from US-Israeli ravages is the fact that, more and more, there are Muslim, Latin American, etc., populations in the US and in the aligned countries, such as the Muslim citizens of the UK, and the Latin Americans in the US. This, in turn, explains the growing government fixations on preventing immigration and systemically targeting profiled refugees for deportation. It also explains the police-state occupation and incarceration in the US of the Black and Hispanic less-integrated social classes.

Basically, all the survival, self-defense, and liberation struggles against and from-within the Empire share a common oppressor. These struggles can greatly benefit from Western middle class allies, and from Western middle class indignation. The elite management class has connections to the professional class, which is largely from the middle class, and so on. In this way, “public opinion”, beyond simply most members of the public having some superficial opinion, can pressure towards rejecting the most egregious abuses of the Empire.

Q: In response to Israel’s deadly military operation against the Gaza Strip, the United States simply said that Israel has a right to defend itself, and a right to exist. Are these rights, including a right to exist, contingent upon the destruction of the entire civilian infrastructure in a coastal territory that has been under siege for some 7 years, and the blowing up of its unarmed citizens? Do the US politicians really think this way or are pretending that they’re not aware of the realities of Gaza on the ground?

A: The “right to exist” and “right to defend itself” postures of Israel are ridiculous sophistries that a child can recognize as such. Israelis have a right to not be displaced arbitrarily without a just process. That process must weigh all the facts related to Israel’s long-term genocidal policies and actions of population cleansing and annexing of territory. It must also respect international law, and respect unrescinded UN resolutions. And, it cannot reward continued violations by Israel of the said UN resolutions regarding territorial lines.

The Israeli spin concocted to justify Israel’s gruesome crimes of war is so insulting to the intellect that in itself it could be considered a crime, a crime of language, if it made any sense to have such a category of crimes. Indeed, if it were advisable to condone the development of a criminal law for “hate speech”, then Israel’s spin, uttered in the context of its massacres in Gaza, should certainly qualify as “hate speech”.

As usual, Israel turns everything on its head. The Israel Lobby seeks “hate speech” laws to be enacted in all the aligned states, to prevent criticism of Israel, as being “anti-Semitic” speech of course. This explicitly exists in France, and persists in Canada, where one elderly Canadian citizen was sent to jail in Germany for years for printed publications denying “the” holocaust. Here, the Lobby finds allies in well-meaning middle-class advocates of purified language who wrongly and self-servingly believe that racism can and should be reduced by strict language and social behaviour codes.

If it were serious about discussing rights, Israel would admit the Palestinian rights of return and of self-determination. It would respect the right to life and liberty enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It would respect the Geneva Conventions on military occupation. It would release all of its Palestinian prisoners. It would stop using its mass-killing machine against civilians, and so on. After that, it would also agree to be judged independently in making substantial reparations to all Palestinians, especially those occupied and the refugees.

Q: The United Nations has just appointed a fact-finding committee to probe into Israel’s possible war crimes during its recent military operation against the Gaza Strip. Do you see the political will and determination in the United Nations to really hold Israel accountable and investigate its criminal conduct in an impartial and fair way?

A: We’ll see. The more interesting question is whether citizens will provide a significant backlash if the commissioners do not properly do what must be done. And, will Israel and the Empire succeed in derailing this UN commission of inquiry into Israel’s war crimes?

Will this commission allow the UN to salvage some credibility? Will the Lobby succeed in its personal attacks against the commission’s chairman? Will anything significant on the ground come from the legalistic exercise?

Nothing significant has come from the UN in the past. This Gaza massacre was as criminal and as evil as the previous one. The only evolution has been the development of the remarkable Gazan military resistance, from killing three invading soldiers in the previous land incursion, to some 70 Israeli soldiers this time. We can only hope that this progression will continue, enough to deter Israel.

Q: What do you think is the reason for Israel’s obduracy in keeping the blockade of Gaza Strip in place and its continued refusal to lift it? Is the siege going to serve certain purposes, such as the demonization of Hamas and turning the residents of Gaza against it?

A: Israel’s program is to eradicate or neutralize all Palestinians who make claim to a home in Palestine. This is exactly what Israel has been doing since before its artificial creation. Israel’s program is planned incremental dispossession and an ongoing attempted genocide. This has been repeatedly and explicitly expressed by the Zionist architects and executioners.

Over 300 Nazi Holocaust survivors and their descendants recently signed an open letter, published as an advertisement in the New York Times, calling what Israel is doing what it is, genocide. Israel’s attempted genocide of Palestinians is also expressly cheered-on by many Israeli citizens and by members of the Zionist diaspora of all religions.

Therefore, the Israeli apartheid is not meant as a sustained apartheid. It is an increment in the attempted genocide that accompanies the racist pillaging of land and resources. The massacres in Gaza and the collective punishments against Gazans can be understood only in this context.

As such, Israel will continue the gruesome intimidations of all sorts, which are Israel’s history, and which are intended to cause Palestinians to flee from Palestine. Israel wants Gaza. And, Israel wants all Palestinians out of the greater Israel that it is creating.

The US accepts Israel’s crimes against Palestinians because the US “accepts” Israel’s conviction that this is necessary for Israel’s “security”. The US acceptance of the Zionist genocide is part of the negotiated understanding between the Empire and Israel. The US propaganda about seeking restraint is purely deflection and risk management for the Empire.

Furthermore, Israel knows that a real impediment to its greater design, its final solution, is Palestinian armed resistance, presently limited to Gaza. Israel, therefore, has an illegitimate military objective to strangle the armed resistance and to murder its leaders and closest enablers, and the Zionists willfully disregard international law to pursue this aim. It is a classic dirty war of extermination of popular armed resistance. If Israel cannot kill the armed resistance, then it plans to expel and kill the population that supports the resistance. In any case, it wants Gaza.

Within this criminal mentality, there is no way that Israel will voluntarily relax the blockade. The fight to dissolve the blockade, and even just to have Israel respect the general language of the ceasefire agreement to ease restrictions at the Gaza border crossings, will be continuous and arduous.

This is what Israel does. It strangles Palestinians. Only real pressures can slow Israel and, one day soon, turn it around. Things can happen. Populations can enforce democratic rule. Leaders can side with popular movements. Anything is possible when resisters everywhere become committed and determined. It happened in the recent past with liberation struggles everywhere when the British Empire was forced to retract, and with civil rights and democratized institutions in the 1960s. It’s happening in Latin America now. It’s happening on the streets. It can happen again and everywhere.

This interview was originally published on Fars News Agency.

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