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When the MSM works

To say that I’ve been hard on the MSM, both in the USA and here in NZ, would be an understatement given that one of my taglines for the posts has been Die MSM, Die.

So it’s nice to be able to give credit, for once, to MSM sources doing their job.

First up is a rather amazing press conference conducted the other day with a Biden Administration spokesman for the US State Department, Ned Price. This is a daily press conference and the topic of the day was the current US withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is not going well. Price’s spin was that they were simply doing what the Trump administration had negotiated with the Taliban and that there was nothing they could change about that. That spin also did not go well for Ned Price when – of all people – an Associated Press reporter, Matt Lee, got stuck into him about that claim:

LEE: “This administration inherited plenty from the previous administration that it absolutely reversed,”

How about the Geneva protocol on the anti-abortion stuff?

PRICE: This was the point that we have made on any number of steps about the importance of the durability of American foreign policies – American foreign policy across administrations.

LEE: How about the agreements with the Northern Triangle, with Mexico and the Northern Triangle? Those are international agreements that you guys jettisoned.

PRICE: These are … Matt, I think

LEE: I mean, you just challenged me to come up with an international agreement that the previous administration signed that you guys have walked away from, and I just gave you, I think, three.

Wow. A non-right-wing reporter actually challenging some of the Biden Administration’s bullshit. Miracles do happen. I was also mightily impressed by something that came just before that exchange:

LEE:  And then lastly, the thing I don’t understand – well, maybe not understand, but you don’t want to talk about the historic analogy that Said made to Vietnam. Let’s go next door to Cambodia. Are you familiar at all with the letter that Sirik Matak wrote to John Gunther Dean, who was the U.S. ambassador to Cambodia in April of 1975?

RICE: It’s

LEE: If you’re not familiar with it

PRICE: It’s been a while.

LEE:  I suggest you familiarize yourself with it because it may end up being sadly prescient.

So this is not just some lightweight “journalist” like those of the Whitehouse press corp, who aim for fluff and “gotcha” questions of the “When-did-you-stop-beating-your-wife” type – when faced with a Republican. Matt Lee really knows his shit on foreign policy.

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Next up is coverage of local news that appeared overseas in The National Pulse, New Zealand Professors Claim CCP Is Planting Spies At Their Colleges:

Dr. Stephen Noakes, of Auckland University, said that non-enrollees showed up to his lectures and “appeared to be gathering intelligence.” On one occasion, an individual whom Noakes had never seen before was in the lecture theater, taking pictures.

“It made me incredibly uncomfortable and I followed it up afterwards. I’ve not seen that person again,” Noakes stated.

Catherine Churchman, a professor at Victoria University in Wellington teaching ancient Chinese history, said that, in 2017, a man came to her class and “upbraided her about her lecture content.” When asked why he was in the class, the man claimed to be a “visiting scholar.”

So we’re not just talking about Ann Marie Brady any longer.

It would be nice to think that such events will no longer be dismissed as they have been in the past

I have read Brady’s work, and spoken to her. She is an China alarmist. I don’t agree with her perspective.

… and it seems they’re not since this US article references their information as coming from a Radio New Zealand podcast. They supplied no link but here it is:

Redline: Can we walk the thin line between what some see as an evil empire and others as our greatest economic opportunity? A four-part series investigating China’s growing influence in New Zealand

So kudos to RNZ also.

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Finally there’s this, courtesy of MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute), who do a great job in covering various Middle Eastern news sites and translating them for the rest of the world.

It’s quite extraordinary how open some of the Palestinian news sites are about their society.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 13, 2021 at 6:00 am

An important election in Iran

In this case the recent election of a new President of Iran, where whoever is chosen by the Council of Guardians and who has the approval of the Ayatollah Kahmenei – the person actually running Iran – goes on to win the general election.

There have been “surprises” in these elections over the years, but that’s usually been when the Ayatollah has not expressed any favouritism for any one of the permitted candidates. This time he did.

The product of this joke of an election system turns out to be probably the biggest piece of shit that has ever crawled into that position., and that’s saying something considering his predecessors.

Ebrahim Raisi

Both of the following articles should be read.

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First, a concise piece by historian Dominic Green, who has a biting wit, Iran’s president, a schreibtischtäter:

Raisi is what Hannah Arendt would have called a schreibtischtäter, a ‘desk murderer’: a functionary who orders dirty work while keeping his own hands clean.

In the 1980s, Raisi was a young regional prosecutor. He was part of a four-man ‘death committee’ which ordered the disappearance and killing of thousands of the Islamic revolution’s enemies. You may be shocked to hear human rights’ groups claiming that due process was frequently ignored during this judicial massacre.

He also has not changed over the decades:

… when protests against the clerical dictatorship broke out in 2019, Raisi, as head of the Iranian judiciary, granted blanket impunity to government officials and security forces responsible for unlawfully killing hundreds of men, women and children, and subjecting thousands of protesters to mass arrests and at least a hundred to enforced disappearance, and torture and other ill-treatment’.

Is it any wonder that Raisi won the presidency with the lowest turnout in Iran’s post-1979 history: 48 percent nationally, down from over 70 percent in 2017, with only 28 percent bothering to vote in Tehran. 

Green argues that with this election the JCPOA nuclear deal is more dead than when Trump withdrew the USA from it. Not that that will stop the Biden Administration from trying to re-enter it:

Raisi has already said he won’t meet Biden. He has issued a ‘non-negotiable’ rejection of the American goal of adding Iran’s ballistic missile program and support for terrorism to follow-on negotiations. The Iranian negotiators will use the prospect of Raisi taking office in August to lever more concessions from the desperate Americans. But the election of Raisi in the first place has already confirmed the futility of returning to the Iran Deal.

It is the Supreme Leader, 82-year-old Ayatollah Khameini, who heads the Iranian regime, and the military-industrial complex controlled by the IRGC that is its arms and legs. Raisi is a product of their interdependence and corruption. He may yet inherit Khameini’s throne. This is one reason why the pro-Democratic ‘echo chamber’ is spinning his merits in sequence with the centrifuges.

That last crack is referring to Obama’s point man on the JCPOA, Ben Rhodes, who boasted in an interview with the New York Times Magazine in 2016 about how he had created a media “echo chamber” to help get the deal passed. An article in the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine, A stunning profile of Ben Rhodes, the asshole who is the president’s foreign policy guru, noted the famous description by Rhodes of the MSM he manipulated:

Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

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The second article, Ebrahim Raisi, the clerics ruthless enforcer, is longer and goes into more historic detail about his ugly past, including the political games that were going on behind the scenes of the 1988 executions:

The 1988 executions sparked a debate within the regime, just as Khomeini had intended. The supreme leader wanted to separate the true believers from the skeptics. His heir-apparent, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, objected to the killings, and in a secret recording released in 2016, he can be heard chastising Raisi and his fellow executioners.

Shades of Mao and his Cultural Revolution designed to purge the CCP of reactionary elements and purify it. All this history leads to this moment:

By 2016, there were unmistakable public signs that Khamenei was grooming Raisi to succeed him. When it comes to personnel, Khamenei has always displayed a keen eye for talent and loyalty. And Raisi’s promotions all required the personal approval of the supreme leader.

Which helps explain why, this year, the Guardian Council disqualified a high number of presidential candidates — not only did “moderates” get axed, but even the hard-line former speaker of the parliament, Ali Larijani, was removed from the ballot. As a result, Raisi ran nearly uncontested, with no real competitors. 

So he’s the next Ayatollah. He’s even been given “management” positions that enabled him to build a legacy beyond that of executioner, being placed in charge of huge sums of money via the Astan-e Qods Foundation in Mashhad, which runs the Imam Reza Shrine, visited by millions of pilgrims a year and with $15 billion in assets. 

The article draws the appropriate conclusions that the US will have to confront:

Raisi’s win in a fully rigged election strips the system of its off-ramps. The once-popular reformist notion that the theocracy could liberalize itself through its own constitutional provisions has died — except perhaps abroad among Western leftists. The Republic of Virtue is drowning in corruption and class divisions that are as pronounced as those in the last days of the shah.

The regime has no answers to the myriad problems the nation faces. Even hooking up with China will not save them in the long run as they continue to disconnect further from the Iranian people, whose protests are answered only by brutality because the Ayatollah’s know it also:

A nation that saw massive protests once a decade now sees them more frequently. In the latest nationwide revolts of 2019 and 2020, sparked by a drop in fuel subsidies, even the working classes joined the protests. Iran’s ethnic minorities, who probably make up 50 percent of the country’s population, have also become increasingly vocal in expressing their grievances.

They have the same conclusion on the nuclear deal as well:

These two clerics, who will likely reinforce each other’s hardest impulses, both understand what Washington appears to have missed: The era of arms-control diplomacy has ended. The Islamic republic’s nuclear trajectory will not be impacted by further negotiated restraints.

The US may succeed in getting JCPOA back, but it will make no difference and ultimately what happens to the Iranian nuclear weapons programme is down to the Israelis.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Graphics that needed more thought

I really don’t think that the people who developed this little graphic for Pride Month applied enough thinking to it.

But then you need an awareness of the wider world and a sense of history to do that.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 15, 2021 at 7:33 pm

Posted in History, Islam, Middle East

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SADLY THE HAMAS LEADERS NEED TO DO IT?

Gaza is an overpopulated area for non Jewish people, too stupid to see they could be so much better off if they accept the horrendous passage taken by Jews dispossessed in the main by the assault perpetrated by Nazi Germany’s bent out of shape racists that resulted in millions having everything taken from them before being either killed in short order or worked to death in slave labour enterprises, directly led to the established State of Israel

The remnants of the pogroms and slaughterhouses ended up in their homeland from biblical times where by force they established the modern state of Israel, actually the only functioning democracy enjoying the rule of law that covers all who live within the Borders of The Jewish State. Many many have perished amidst the ongoing violence on both sides that had appeared to have diminished significantly while Donald Trump occupied The White House. In fact under his foreign policy small steps emerged that saw Islamic Nations create peace treaties with Israel.

Now with the appeasing Biden Administration installed it seems an emboldened Iran is again using the residents of Gaza to create mayhem in the middle east with Hamas launching rocket weapons towards Israeli cities, now totalling over one thousand in this latest barrage. Many fall short on Palestinians within the borders of the territory, many others are intercepted by the Iron Dome anti missile defence system but some do get through and kill people in the wrong place at a bad time. Retaliation by Israel are accompanied by specific warnings that allow non participants to flee along with all to often those who will intentionally wish to kill Israelis.

Yet there are too many who see Israel protecting themselves as a war crime and further embolden the stupids. Much of the occupations of territory around the world began under some form of force, if not in the initial migration then soon after when original occupiers became opposed. A process that litters history.

If Israel unilaterally ended all defensive actions they would cease to exist as a nation in very quick time, if the muppets being enabled by Iran and others did likewise, peace could break out just as quick. Is it time to set the second option in place and see what happens.

Written by Gravedodger

May 13, 2021 at 9:46 am

Posted in Islam, Middle East

I Am Compliant (Black)

When I was growing up Sweden meant three things: I Am Curious (Yellow), an erotic movie we could read about but not see, Bjorn Borg, and ABBA.
But now it means this:

That’s the cover of the latest Swedish edition of womans fashion magazine, Elle.

Cool isn’t it? As always, that’s the intention. To make things cool that you otherwise might not think are.

Elle is inviting a nation of famously liberated women to make a choice for the new chic look, and given the rapid changes happening there, it’s probably wise to make that choice well ahead of the demographic shifts.

Those changes will see the ethnic Swedes become a minority in thirty years time – even if there was some huge turnaround in their birth rates, and there’s no sign of that happening. It’s not just the likes of Elle who are getting, and delivering the message. Scandanavian Airlines is right in there too.

“What is truly Scandanvian? Absolutely nothing!”

The advert makes a big deal about how everything Sweden, Norway and Denmark has got now has come from abroad; democracy (Greece), parental leave (Switzerland), windmills (Persia), bicycles (Germany), and so forth. Down twinkles for the bit about female sufferage and the USA; it’s New Zealand the advert should be thanking.

The message is that those three countries should simply shrug their shoulders about including more new things from abroad, as the USA has done so successfully over the last two centuries. Still, the US actually had – and still has – an overall culture that’s unique even with all those inputs. It assimilates, especially after a generation or two.

I always thought the Scandanavian nations did too but I guess there’s nothing to assimilate into any more – or at least that’s the message, which is that it all just all sort of …. happens. And for mysterious reasons that apparently have nothing to do with anything native to Sweden, Denmark or Norway.

Now despite their rather homogenous history compared to the USA and other multi-ethnic Western nations I don’t believe that. But clearly the Scandanavian Airlines PR gurus do, otherwise they would have surely talked about it; about how and why all those foreign things did get successfully incorporated into the local cultures.

And of course knowing how and why such assimiliation happens is going to be important in the future, as a Swedish radio station recently discussed::

In the Swedish municipality of Ronneby, the majority of children in six of nine preschools do not speak Swedish as a first language, with one school seeing most children speaking Arabic.

Around 60 to 89 per cent of the children attending the six preschools speak another language as their mother tongue with the Skogsgläntans preschool seeing the majority of children speaking Arabic, fueling fears of segregation in the municipality.

Luckily the Swedish government is ahead of the curve and are getting teachers trained up in Arab languages to cope with the growing tide of Arab-speaking kiddies. I don’t see any mention of training up in whatever the secret incredient of Swedish culture is regarding absorbing immigrants. It surely has to be about more than just teaching the kids Swedish?

Regarding Ms Asry – whose other fashion choices you can follow on her Instagram account – much as LBN’s can be a sexy look I just don’t think it’ll be the same when watching some 21st century version of ABBA dressed like her,

I see that her account is sub-titled “Fashion With Faith“, which is also interesting given how proud the Swedes are about moving away from relgious faith and embracing secularism, especially when it interferes with that famous fun-loving Swedish lifestyle.

I mean the following would never fly in Sweden:

And actually the following women probably would not either, though she’s my idea of what a beautiful Muslim woman is (well – ex-Muslim, now Atheist): Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Written by Tom Hunter

March 3, 2020 at 3:39 am

Those Pesky Presbyterians

They’re at it again.

Three people stabbed in Manchester and eight pedestrians run down by a vehicle in Tokyo.

In both cases, the perpetrators screamed “Hallelujah, Hosanna in the highest!”

Arab apologists in Australia call these incidents ‘irritations.’

Written by adolffinkensen

January 1, 2019 at 2:28 am

And The Parish Council Gathered………

………. for it’s August meeting.

Two clerics killed in eastern Turkey in armed attack amid imams debate

I wonder if they confirmed the minutes of their July meeting?

Written by adolffinkensen

August 18, 2018 at 7:30 am

Posted in Islam, Middle East

WHAT DOES ‘NICE’ MEAN FOR TRUMP?

Coming as it did on the eve of the Republican convention.
Well, it cannot help but give him a boost.   America has always looked to immediate answers to complex problems
and Trump, for better or worse, offers immediate answers.

One cannot help but contrast the difference between the French and American leadership.   The French have no difficulty labeling radical Islamic terrorists as such.   Obama on the other hand can’t/won’t.   Terrorists yes, Islamic terrorists no, not on your nelly.   And by taking that line Obama is handing Trump a bludgeon to hit Hillary over the head with.   The ‘soft of terrorism’ line does resonate and, post Brussels and Orlando and Nice, it will resonate more.

I say again, Trump offers simple answers to complex problems and I suspect that right now ‘fear’ is a good breeding ground for simple answers.

You cannot label all Muslims as terrorists any more than you can label all Roman Catholics in Ireland at the time of the ‘troubles’ as IRA terrorists.     Radical Islam … yes, and you need to call them out as perverting a religion for their own warped ends and work with the majority moderate faction to isolate them and defeat them.   That is the ‘long game’.

I suspect Americans will find it difficult to play the long game and that is why Trump will be a net beneficiary from all of this.

Written by The Veteran

July 15, 2016 at 2:35 am

Here They Go Again

The Telegraph reports on Islamic State’s experiments with and intentions for chemical weapons.

“Islamic State has moved its chemical weapons operation to densely populated residential areas and is testing homemade chlorine and mustard gas on its prisoners, residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul have claimed.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) is reported to have set up laboratories in built-up neighbourhoods in the heart of its so-called caliphate to avoid being targeted by coalition air strikes.”

What a bugger for the Democrats.  If Crooked Clinton wins in November she might for the second time find herself voting for an invasion of Iraq.  Of course later she will claim she was for it before she was against it.

Written by adolffinkensen

May 23, 2016 at 3:02 am

Posted in Islam, Middle East

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