“35 people dead in Paris. They don’t know what it is yet. Not sure if there were bombs.” That was the text message I received on Friday during my walk home from Rice University. Here we go again, I thought… My first reaction: the media will instantly assume Muslims carried out the attack, regardless of…… Continue reading The Paris Attack and My Racist Facebook “Friends”
Published on Huffington Post Religion (April 10th 2015) The so-called “Islamic extremism” spreading across the Middle East has given new life to American patriotism. A YouGov poll from 2013 shows that 44 percent of American citizens question the loyalty that Muslims have to the U.S. The poll showed that older Americans and those who vote…… Continue reading Saluting Muslim American Patriots
The Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that the Israeli military used depleted uranium against Syrians. Depleted uranium is used in nuclear reactors, making it a toxic and dangerous radioactive weapon. A Syrian military leader witnessed the impact of this toxin. He stated: “When the explosion happened it felt like an earthquake, then a giant golden mushroom of fire appeared.…… Continue reading Israel and the U.S. Use Depleted Uranium in Gaza, Syria and Iraq
What role does the media play in contemporary politics? This question is at the heart of Dr. Noam Chomsky’s book Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda (published by Seven Stories). Although first published in 1991, Chomsky’s book remains timeless and pertinent. Since 9/11, the US government has fed Americans propaganda that portrays Muslims as “boogeymen,” a…… Continue reading The Spectacular Achievements of U.S. Propaganda Against Islam: A Review of Noam Chomsky’s “Media Control”
Chuck Hagel, US Defense Secretary, said in an interview last week that Washington might send American ground troops to Iraq to help “turn back” the Islamic State’s (IS) advancement in Syria and Iraq. To be specific, Hagel stated, “I think [the situation] may require a forward deployment of some of our troops … I would say we’re not there…… Continue reading How and Why the US Reinvaded Iraq in 2014/2015
An important video especially in light of the mass-hysteria surrounding IS and other militant groups in Iraq and Syria. CNN is pushing out sensational coverage which may not be entirely honest. In some cases, its coverage may be utterly fabricated. As they say, history repeats itself. Via SynergyCreek: Charles Jaco is seen here committing fraud as he reports…… Continue reading This is What War Propaganda Looks Like
The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is on record stating, “We have serious doubts that the US’s intention is to obliterate (Islamic State).” A spokeswoman from Iran’s foreign ministry echoed this argument, stating, “The pronounced goals of this coalition in the fight against terrorism are inconsistent with certain past and present deeds of its main…… Continue reading Iran Doubts the US’s Intention to Obliterate Islamic State
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that IS and other significant Iraqi and Syrian rebel factions, including both “Islamist” and “moderate” groups, have signed a mutual non-aggression pact in a Damascus suburb. Anti War reports that the pact was said to have been brokered by al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra, and agrees that all sides will respect…… Continue reading US “Moderate Rebels” in Syria Sign Non-Aggression Pact With Islamic State
Editor’s note: The Saudis are now the US’s major ally in the war against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Sounds fishy to me. It’s no secret the Saudis have funded (are still funding) Islamic State rebels. Is the US working with the Saudis and using Islamic State to overthrow Syria and to strike against Iran. Big picture…… Continue reading The Secret 28 Page History of 9/11: Saudi Arabian Government Behind Attack?
Blowback is unintended consequences of a covert operation that are suffered by the aggressor. To the civilians suffering the blowback of covert operations, the effect typically manifests itself as “random” acts of political violence without a discernible, direct cause; because the public—in whose name the intelligence agency acted—are unaware of the effected secret attacks that…… Continue reading The Islamic State: The Mother of All “Blowback” for the U.S. Government
Souad Mekhennet, co-author of “The Eternal Nazi” and visiting fellow at Harvard, Johns Hopkins and the Geneva Centre for Security policy, claims that the U.S. government trained the Islamic State rebels who they are now bombing in Iraq. According to Mekhennet, rebels that the US government trained when trying to topple Syrian president Bashar al Assad have joined the Islamic State.…… Continue reading U.S. Trained and Aided Islamic State Rebels, According to Washington Post Author
An August 12th headline from Fox News read “Islamic State’s shocking barbarity prompts call for world to act.” The sub-heading of the article went on to claim that this “fanatical Islamic group” uses “medieval brutality” and “savagery” against its enemies by severing people’s’ heads and mowing down helpless civilians with guns at point-blank range. Fox News is right. The Islamic State is a…… Continue reading The Islamic State is “Barbaric,” But What About the US and Israel?
By this time you have likely heard of the atrocity that recently took place in which over 1,000 Syrian civilians reportedly died at the hands of a chemical weapon attack. Seeing the video and images of dead or helpless Syrian civilians struggling for life reminds me of another terrible weapon of war – depleted uranium.…… Continue reading U.S. Depleted Uranium as Malicious as Syrian Chemical Weapons
Word out of Washington, D.C. is that President Obama has seen enough of the Syrian Civil War and has decided to arm “the rebels,” a mix of different groups with different agendas. Obama suggested that a “red line” has been crossed when Bashar al-Assad’s government forces used sarin gas, a deadly nerve agent, reportedly on…… Continue reading Sarin gas and the “red line”
The population in some of the world’s most destructive and fragile areas are overwhelmingly young. Some of these areas – Kashmir and the Palestinian occupied territories as two examples – have religious conflict ingrained in their history and everyday life psyche. Here are a few figures for you to think about: 1. 75% of India’s…… Continue reading Politics: Demographics of religiously volatile areas
It is early, not too early, on the morning of the tenth of January. I have been, unfortunately, neglecting this journal mostly because of time with friends and our extravagant journey’s. Tomorrow morning, I head to Amsterdam. The purpose of this entry is to recap events of yesterday, for there are surely many. I am…… Continue reading Failing democracies and rationality