Palestinians Establish a new Village, Bab Alshams, in Area E1


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PSCC  | January 11th, 2013


Bab Alshams, Occupied Palestine – 250 men and women from across Palestine establish this morning a new Palestinian village named “Bab Alshams” (Gate of the Sun). Tents were built in what Israel refers to as area E1 and equipment for long-term living was brought.

The group released the following statement:

We, the sons and daughters of Palestine from all throughout the land, announce the establishment of Bab Alshams Village (Gate of the Sun). We the people, without permits from the occupation, without permission from anyone, sit here today because this is our land and it is our right to inhabit it.

A few months ago the Israeli government announced its intention to build about 4000 settlement housing units in the area Israel refers to as E1. E1 block is an area of about 13 prayer in Bab AlShamssquare km that falls on confiscated Palestinian land…

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Dogma and Geopolitics

I can’t kick the bad habit of biting my fingers when I’m stressed despite my constant attempts. My forefinger is swollen due to this habit and it really hurts; the cold weather makes it worse. The pain was intolerable this morning and it made me cry, but I quickly wiped my tears. I felt ashamed to think that our hero Samer Issawi suffers pains incomprehensible to the human mind.

However, he makes us all proud as he continues to fight injustice. His body has broken the limits of hunger. His hunger has broken the silence and will help defeat Israel’s injustice and oppression.

As the rain pounds continuously and the winds howl uncontrollably, Samer Issawi dominates my mind. I think back to my 24 hours of hunger strike on Monday, which caused me a terrible headache leaving me unable to focus…

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The Real John Kerry


Stephen Zunes has a piece in FPIF pointing out that John Kerry is a lying warmonger. He writes a great deal about Kerry’s support for the Iraq invasion, for Israeli aggression, and he writes of an extremely duplicitous record of clear deliberate deception.

Despite all the good he may have done in the 1980’s John Kerry’s role, even in the days of Winter Soldier, was marked with dishonesty. His antiwar activities at that time was perfectly consistent with deliberate co-optation as a means of self-empowerment and could also be viewed as subverting or discrediting the GI resistance movement. His attempts to procure false testimony from individuals could, if successful, have greatly undermined the Winter Soldier investigations. This is especially obvious in light of the effect that false testimony from people such as “Chuck Onan” [sic] had on the perception of testimonies detailing atrocities. The existence of a few fabricators has allowed widespread dismissal of well-documented atrocities even to this day.

As to Kerry’s anti-imperialist activities in the 1980’s, it is more difficult to characterise them as disingenuous. I know from Zunes’s recent interview on Flashpoints that he finds this inconsistency evidence of sincerity, albeit only the sincerity of being a genuine lying warmonger. Yes he lies, but his lies are real lies not the fake lies of those bought out by the Israel lobby. The silliness of that characterisation does indicate a real problem, though. How can one ever know, or even make informed judgement on a known deceiver’s inmost self. The same problem applies to Kerry as applies to certain Straussian neocons who (rather quietly) advocate complete deception in public life – the adoptation of a false persona and a method acting approach to politics. Such behaviours are normal in sociopaths and, to use an alternative psychological paradigm, “social dominators”.

There is also a sense, worth considering, that major political figures in the US are incorporate more than simply the individual at the centre, and that the rules of the game force sociopathy on each of these enterprises. Take Obama Inc. – obviously there is an individual at the centre, but there is also a team. Part of the way such entities seem to function, now, is to build up political capital by siding with the people against the political establishment, but only when such “maverick” behaviour is futile and harmless. This may coincide with the dictates of conscience (as with McCain’s stance against torture), but a conscience which is switched on and off according to dictates of tactical advantage is no conscience at all. The effect can be seen by looking at Obama’s opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, an opposition which changed absolutely nothing in concrete terms. When it came to campaign time in 2008 that one vote was capitalised on and made disproportionately significant over an otherwise hawkish voting record.

Back to Kerry, there is also footage worth reviewing of Kerry’s blasé reaction to a dissident student being brutalised and tased in front of him.

The cops in that video showed the reality of the situation better than any discussion of his life of privilege and manipulation. They knew by instinct that the questioner was transgressing when posing his questions because of his lack of deference. In the end they took him down for the crime of lèse majesté (or at least its aristocratic equivalent). US culture is one of virtual worship of elites – political elites, military elites, celebs, it doesn’t matter. There is a genuine belief abroad that these are superior beings and that being impolite to them, gainsaying them, being angry at them is a form of crime. The irony is that most of them, like Kerry, are lowlife parasites far less worthy of respect than the average person.