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أبي فوق الشجرة” يواجه “المنع” بعد 43 عاماً من عرضه”

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أبي فوق الشجرة” يواجه “المنع” بعد 43 عاماً من عرضه

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بعد 43 عاماً من إنتاج وعرض فيلم “أبي فوق الشجرة” عشرات المرات، يبدو أن مقص الرقيب الجديد في مصر سيستهدفه ويمنعه كلية نظرا لكثافة عدد ما يتضمنه من قبلات بين بطل الفيلم الراحل عبدالحليم حافظ والممثلتين نادية لطفي وميرفت أمين.

ونقلت “العربية نت” عن جريدة “الأنباء” الكويتية في تقرير لها إن تداعيات سيطرة الأحزاب الدينية على الحياة السياسية في مصر بعد ثورة 25 يناير بدأت بالفعل تظهر جلية على الساحة الفنية.

وتوضح أن الرقابة “الأخلاقية” التي تفرضها الأجندة الجديدة لن تقتصر على إنتاج اليوم والغد، بل ستكون بمفعول رجعي يمتد خمسين عاما إلى الوراء وربما أكثر، فقد كشفت معلومات صحافية جديدة أن أجهزة الرقابة في التلفزيون المصري بدأت بمراجعة جميع الأفلام القديمة التي كانت تعرض بشكل طبيعي تمهيدا لحذف كل مشاهد القبلات والمشاهد .الحميمية وفقرات الرقص الشرقي منها

وأشارت مصادر من داخل التلفزيون المصري إلى أن المشرفين على جهاز الرقابة في التلفزيون المصري بدأوا بالفعل بمشاهدة جميع الأفلام تمهيدا لحذف المشاهد “المثيرة” منها، ومن بين الأفلام أعمال خالدة في تاريخ السينما المصرية عرضت آلاف المرات من قبل.

وقالت المصادر إن معظم الأفلام تعود إلى الستينات والسبعينات من القرن الماضي، والحذف سيشمل مثلا مشهد تقبيل فريد الأطرش للبنى عبدالعزيز في فيلم “خطاب من امرأة مجهولة”، ومشاهد رقص أدتها أهم راقصات مصر مثل نجوى فؤاد، وتحية كاريوكا، وسامية جمال، ومشاهد رشدي أباظة وشادية بفيلم “الزوجة رقم 13″، بالإضافة إلى مشاهد قبلات الشحرورة صباح وعبدالحليم حافظ، وعبدالحليم حافظ ونادية لطفي في “الخطايا” كما أشارت المعلومات الصحافية.

وصعق الكثيرون  من أن الرقابة قد تمنع عرض فيلم “أبي فوق الشجرة” للفنان عبدالحليم حافظ ونادية لطفي وميرفت أمين والذي يعد من أبرز ما أنتجته السينما المصرية، وهو من إنتاج 1969، ونال شهرة كبيرة جدا حينها، وعللت الرقابة السبب إلى عدد مشاهد القبلات الكثيرة ضمن الفيلم.

 

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DON’T VOTE FOR ZIONIST MOSSAD AGENT SULEIMAN

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WikiLeaks: IsraHell’s secret hotline to the man tipped to replace Mubarak

The new vice-president of Egypt, Omar Suleiman, is a long-standing favourite of IsraHell’s who spoke daily to the Tel Aviv government via a secret “hotline” to Cairo, leaked documents disclose.

WikiLeaks: Israel's secret hotline to the man tipped to replace Mubarak

Omar Suleiman, left, was Israel’s preferred candidate to replace President Mubarak according to secret cables released to The Daily Telegraph by WikiLeaks

By , Christopher Hope, Steven Swinford and Adrian Blomfield

 

Mr Suleiman, who is widely tipped to take over from Hosni Mubarak as president, was named as Israel’s preferred candidate for the job after discussions with American officials in 2008.

As a key figure working for Middle East peace, he once suggested that Israeli troops would be “welcome” to invade Egypt to stop weapons being smuggled to Hamas terrorists in neighbouring Gaza.

The details, which emerged in secret files obtained by WikiLeaks and passed to The Daily Telegraph, come after Mr Suleiman began talks with opposition groups on the future for Egypt’s government.

On Saturday, Mr Suleiman won the backing of Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, to lead the “transition” to democracy after two weeks of demonstrations calling for President Mubarak to resign.

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, spoke to Mr Suleiman yesterday and urged him to take “bold and credible steps” to show the world that Egypt is embarking on an “irreversible, urgent and real” transition.

Leaked cables from American embassies in Cairo and Tel Aviv disclose the close co-operation between Mr Suleiman and the US and Israeli governments as well as diplomats’ intense interest in likely successors to the ageing President Mubarak, 83.

The documents highlight the delicate position which the Egyptian government seeks to maintain in Middle East politics, as a leading Arab nation with a strong relationship with the US and Israel. By 2008, Mr Suleiman, who was head of the foreign intelligence service, had become Israel’s main point of contact in the Egyptian government.

David Hacham, a senior adviser from the Israeli Ministry of Defence, told the American embassy in Tel Aviv that a delegation led by Israel’s defence minister, Ehud Barak had been impressed by Mr Suleiman, whose name is spelled “Soliman” in some cables.

But Mr Hacham was “shocked” by President Mubarak’s “aged appearance and slurred speech”.

The cable, from August 2008, said: “Hacham was full of praise for Soliman, however, and noted that a ‘hot line’ set up between the MOD and Egyptian General Intelligence Service is now in daily use.

“Hacham noted that the Israelis believe Soliman is likely to serve as at least an interim President if Mubarak dies or is incapacitated.” The Tel Aviv diplomats added: “We defer to Embassy Cairo for analysis of Egyptian succession scenarios, but there is no question that Israel is most comfortable with the prospect of Omar Soliman.”

Elsewhere the documents disclose that Mr Suleiman was stung by Israeli criticism of Egypt’s inability to stop arms smugglers transporting weapons to Palestinian militants in Gaza. At one point he suggested that Israel send troops into the Egyptian border region of Philadelphi to “stop the smuggling”.

“In their moments of greatest frustration, [Egyptian Defence Minister] Tantawi and Soliman each have claimed that the IDF [Israel Defence Forces] would be ‘welcome’ to re-invade Philadelphi, if the IDF thought that would stop the smuggling,” the cable said.

The files suggest that Mr Suleiman wanted Hamas “isolated”, and thought Gaza should “go hungry but not starve”.

“We have a short time to reach peace,” he told US diplomats. “We need to wake up in the morning with no news of terrorism, no explosions, and no news of more deaths.”

Yesterday, Hosni Mubarak’s control of Egypt’s state media, a vital lynchpin of his 30-year presidency, started to slip as the country’s largest-circulation newspaper declared its support for the uprising.

Hoping to sap the momentum from street protests demanding his overthrow, the president has instructed his deputy to launch potentially protracted negotiations with secular and Islamist opposition parties. The talks continued for a second day yesterday without yielding a significant breakthrough.

But Mr Mubarak was dealt a significant setback as the state-controlledAl-Ahram, Egypt’s second oldest newspaper and one of the most famous publications in the Middle East, abandoned its long-standing slavish support for the regime.

In a front-page leading article, the newspaper hailed the “nobility” of the “revolution” and demanded the government embark on irreversible constitutional and legislative changes.

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Five Big Lies that Kept the Trayvon Martin Controversy Going

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by James Buchanan.

The Zionist controlled media has kept the controversy over the Trayvon Martin shooting going by a continuous string of lies. Much like tossing another log on a fire that is about to go out. The media has introduced a new Big Lie every time the truth about the shooting appeared to be winning out.

1).The first Big Lie occurred when the mainstream media dishonestly put out pictures of an 11 year old boy instead of a six foot three inch tall 17 year old football player. The thought that an unarmed boy was shot down is what initially outraged millions of people. The police report at the scene estimated Trayvon’s height and weight at six feet tall and 160 lbs. The weight estimate is probably close to accurate since people had to pick him up, but the height is likely off since Trayvon’s body was laying on the ground. An ABC news article reported Trayvon was six foot three inches. Zimmerman meanwhile is five feet nine inches tall. The police surveillance footage of Zimmerman suggests that he’s nowhere near the 250 lb weight that the media claimed for him. Trayvon’s weight has been repeatedly put at 140 lbs by the mainstream media, which is a ridiculously low weight for someone six foot three –even 160 lbs seems too low for someone allowed to play football. Trayvon had a six inch height advantage over Zimmerman and as a muscular football player, he was used to tackling people, who weighed more than he did.

2).It seems like every TV network in the world interviewed a blond bimbo who didn’t see anything but kept saying that she just knew that it was a boy calling out for help. She was interviewed by the media, and she’s on a number of youtubes. There’s just one little problem: The eyewitness, John, who saw Trayvon on top of and beating Zimmerman and who heard Zimmerman calling for help completely contradicts the blond bimbo “witness”.

3).The media claim that Zimmerman wasn’t injured. This claim comes from a grainy, low-resolution police parking lot video. The Trayvon controversy was about to stall out due to the fact that people were finding out Trayvon was a lot bigger than a child and that people were also finding out that Trayvon violently assaulted Zimmerman according to a witness and according to the initial police report which mentions a bloody nose and a wound to the back of Zimmerman’s head. The only way to keep up the controversy was to contradict the witness and statements by police, and the mainstream media put out articles claiming that the police video didn’t show any injuries. Once again, there’s a little problem: Still frames in the same police video that are blown up show a sizable wound on Zimmerman’s head and/or a blood trail down the back of his head as seen here.

4).The claim that Trayvon’s knuckles weren’t injured and that he wasn’t in a fight. Trayvon’s knuckles may not look injured to his mortician, but that holds no value because Trayvon died before the bruises would show up, and there’s the witness, who saw Trayvon beating Zimmerman, not to mention Zimmerman’s injuries.

And most recently:

5).The latest claim is that “audio experts” hired by the Orlando Sentinel believe that it’s not Zimmerman yelling for help. These so-called audio experts only have a low-quality tape of Zimmerman from the police phone call, and they didn’t use any audio from Trayvon. Once again an eyewitness saw that it was Zimmerman yelling for help. An eyewitnesses should trump so-called “audio experts” every time.

Each time the truth seems to be gaining ground, and there’s a chance that the Trayvon Martin shooting might be explained away as a justifiable shooting, the mainstream media steps in with a new lie to inflame public opinion. Meanwhile, we’ve learned that Trayvon had Twitter accounts that his family and friends tried to delete, which contain tweets, which suggest Trayvon recently swung at a bus driver and was a part time drug-dealer. An article in the Miami Herald reports that after Trayvon was caught putting graffiti up at school, he was caught with jewelry and a burglary tool, which strongly suggests that Zimmerman was right about Trayvon casing houses in the neighborhood for burglaries and he may have already burglarized some of the homes in the area.

Perhaps, the real goal of the mainstream media here is to stir up the Black community and to keep them as outraged as long as possible so that they remember to vote on election day in November. This is criminally reckless behavior by the mainstream media because they could easily incite Black riots in our major cities.

There is one truthful youtube (below) about the Trayvon Martin shooting, but even though it has over 100,000 views, it never shows up for youtube searches for “Trayvon Martin” and it never shows up as an alternative video to any of the liberal youtubes about Trayvon with more views. It seems like there’s an organized effort to suppress the truth and to keep pushing lies about the Trayvon Martin shooting.

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WHITES RACIST PROPAGANDA

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Watch this amazing video animation called “How whites took over America” that illustrates the false and viciously Whits racist propaganda that used around the world.

 

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ADL Proclaims Demographics Are Vital — But Only for IsraHell!

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Precommentary by David Duke — Why does the ADL oppose a one state solution in the Mideast?  In their exact words: “A truly Jewish state can exist, as it does now, only with an overwhelming Jewish majority.” The following article by Robert Stark in the Occidental Quarterly once again should prove for all skeptics the real agenda of the Jewish supremacists who dominate the media and the governments of the West. The ADL is a darling of the mass media, a so-called “civil rights” organization that crusades against “racism” and “intolerance”. Yet, the same ADL that recently condemned Patrick Buchanan and applauded his firing from MSNBC for daring to voice concern about the changing demographics of America, has recently opposed a “one state” solution for Israel and Palestinians.

What this proves of course, is that multiculturalism is a huge con. If they believe that changing demographics is bad for the Jewish people of Israel, then they must certainly know that it is damaging for the shrinking European majorities of America and Europe. Yet, they support this demographic change.

Why? It is Because the ADL is simply a tribalist, racist advocacy organization that wants divisions and conflicts created in Europe, America and the rest of the Western world. They see this as an advantage to their own tribal agenda and their “divide and conquer strategy.”

When you want to conquer a nation, you have depose the ruling group of that nation. So they support multiculturalism and multiracialism for us, and a “Jewish State” for them. They condemn any European American organization concerned for the group interests of European Americans, in fact because of the Jewish-dominated press, it is quite unthinkable. All this while they have innumerable organizations openly supporting the interests of the Jewish people and their agenda. Anyone who cannot see this reality once it is pointed out, must be deaf, dumb and blind. With the emphasis on dumb as trait of intelligence not of hearing.

By Robert Stark

The Anti-Defamation League, the nation’s leading Jewish advocacy organization, has long labeled anyone who laments the changing demographics in America as a racist or White supremacist, the msot recent case being Pat Buchanan who was fired from MSNBC for expressing these views. In regards to his recent book The Suicide of a Superpower, the ADL states that

“Buchanan laments that the United States is becoming an increasingly diverse country, that minorities will soon outnumber white Americans and that the country “is disintegrating, ethnically, culturally, morally, politically.”

In their main article titled “Pat Buchanan: Unrepentent Bigot,” they say that Buchanan decries not only the disintegration of white America due to the influx of immigrants, particularly Mexicans, but also the destruction of Europe due to immigrants from South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.

Now the ADL is finally acknowledging that demographics do matter. The ADL is denouncing Peter Beinart who is a Jewish critic of Israel and American Jewish organizations like the ADL. In their article “Peter Beinart: is Right, but for the wrong reasons” they denounce him for advocating a One State Solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, stating that:

“…if Israel were to hold on to all the territory, the demographic challenge would emerge in full force. Even if one takes seriously those who argue that the number of Palestinians living in the West Bank has been exaggerated (and most Israeli demographers disagree with that assessment), the ratio of Jews to Arabs in one-state would be near the 50 percent mark and would make the concept of a Jewish and democratic state, the hallmark of Israel through its history, a practical impossibility. A truly Jewish state can exist, as it does now, only with an overwhelming Jewish majority.”

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A Short History of Jewish-Extremist Involvement in the Destruction of America

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Cohen and Potok: SPLC Jews strangely silent about Jewish racism in Israel….

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) which first vigorously advocated for open immigration in America beginning in 1914 until the great watershed in 1965.

Jewish politicians Behind The Open Immigration Law of 1965 included Senator Jacob Javits (NY); Congressman Emanuel Celler (NY); Leo Pfeffer (Former President of American Jewish Congress (AJC); Norman Podhoretz (Writer and Member of The Council on Foreign Relations – former leftist, now a Jewish neo-con); Senator Charles Schumer; and Representative Elizabeth Holtzman.

The main author of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was Jewish assistant attorney general Norbert A. Schlei. (Schlei also wrote the Voting Rights Act of 1965).

The Jew Arnold Aronson (1911-1998) was founder and leader of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR). The LCCR, a powerful coalition of political and religious groups, organized major, countrywide lobbying efforts to aid passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Double standards from the start

It was always the American Jewish Committee which filed amicus curiae, “friend of the court” briefs, with the judiciary to overturn so-called “racially discriminatory” statutes.

During this same time period the Jewish National Fund in Israel was pursuing its purely discriminatory policy of leasing land to Jews on the specific condition that the Jew holding the lease would never sublease the land to any Arab.

Anti Defamation League of B’nai B’rith – ADL

An international Jewish and Zionist organization with offices in many countries.

Commonly known as the ADL. B’nai B’rith is Hebrew for ‘Sons of the Covenant’ the organization was founded about 165 years ago in New York.

Probably one of the most influential organizations in the US. The ADL is constantly lobbying for ‘hate crime laws’, internet censorship, laws against Christian symbols in public places, actively promoting race mixing and homosexuality (though not for Jews/ Israel).

The ADL mixes in the smallest affairs, when their brethren call for assistance, as in the case of the Danish Social Democrat Torben Lund who called Ariel Sharon a war criminal, and accused Jews of sticking together and using the anti-Semitism weapon on every occasion. The ADL’s Kenneth Jacobson was on the spot.

Thou shalt only have one Holocaust 

The ADL came in the news because its president Abraham Foxman campaigned against recognizing the Armenian Christian Holocaust by the Turks as a genocide by the US.

Forbidden to criticize homosexuality

In California, the ADL, is the mainspring, along with the homosexual lobby, of inspiring California’s pro-homosexuality and same-sex marriage initiatives.

ADL helped create S.B. 1977, California’s ‘anti-hate’ statute, which forbids criticism of homosexuality in the public schools. It was written by liberal Jewish activist and ADL lackey Rep. Sheila Kuehl.

Ban Prayer in Public Schools: Greatest Accomplishment

The ADL is a $50 million a year fund raising hustle that promotes extreme far-left politics under the guise of “fighting anti-Semitism.”

On their website, the ADL boasts that their involvement in getting the Supreme Court to ban prayer in public schools is their “greatest accomplishment.”

The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith have saddled 45 states with hate laws capable of persecuting Christians.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre also takes good care of Zionist interests.

This organization presents itself as ‘humanitarian’ but its current president Efraim Zuroff recently had the guts to openly defend Israeli hate laws against Christian missionary activity in Israel.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre was criticized by the Irish President Mary Mcaleese for using crazy Nazi allegations against the Limerick museum and the Irish Hunt family in order to raise funds.

The Southern Poverty Law Center – SPLC

A militant organization concerned with immigrant rights, anti-racism, monitoring ‘right wing organizations.’

Founded in 1971 by Jewish lawyer Joe Levin and Morris Seligman Dees (not Jewish but born into a philosemitic family who gave him his Jewish first name after Joseph Seligman; president Lincoln’s Jewish banker), currently headed by Julian Bond (black, communist sympathiser).

Two of the center’s most well known activists are Mark Potok and Heidi Beirich (both Jewish). Alexander Zaitchik is a former SPLC operative who now continues doing the SPLC’s work in another context.

The SPLC has a long-standing reputation for manipulating statistics and exaggerating the extent of “racism” or “hate” in America. The group earns millions a year by making false claims about ‘hate groups’ and the dangers they pose to America.

Supposedly as of January 2010: Of the twenty-one members of the Southern Poverty Law Center senior program staff, twelve (12) are Jews. This is a numerical representation of 57%. Of the eleven (11) members of the Southern Poverty Law Center board of directors, six (6) are Jews or have Jewish spouses.

This is a numerical representation of 55%. Jews are approximately 2% of the U.S. population.* This means that Jews are over-represented on the Southern Poverty Law Center senior program staff by a factor of 28.5 times, or 2,850 [two thousand eight hundred and fifty percent] percent, and over-represented on the Southern Poverty Law Center board of directors by a factor of 27.5 times, or 2.750 %.

This extreme numerical over-representation of Jews on the Southern Poverty Law Center senior program staff and board of directors cannot be explained away as a coincidence or as the result of mere random chance.

You must ask yourself how such an incredibly small and extremely unrepresentative minority ethnic group that only represents 2% of the United States population could so dominate this organization.

Cash from Lies: Annual income SPLC officials

Richard Cohen — President/CEO — $351.648

Morris Dees — Chief Trial Counsel — $346.919

Joseph Levin — General Counsel — $191.756

Jeff Blancett — Former Oper. Officer — $185.305

Rhonda Brownstein — Legal Director — $179.983

Teenie Hutchison — Chief Financial Officer — $155.144

Mark Potok — Intelligence Director — $143.206

Mary Bauer — Immigrant Justice– $141.111

Wendy Via — Development Director — $140.469

Thomas Brinkman — Donor dollar Security and IT chief — $142.639

Source: SPLC — Dreaming of a White Christmas

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society – HIAS

An increasingly important player in the refugee / immigrant business is the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.

Originally an organisation founded to help Jews from Russia, it has expanded its activities into aiding African and other refugees obtaining entrance to the US.

Representatives of the organization stated clearly that the main purpose of the organization today is to be ready if Jews somewhere in the world need assistance.

Aiding other immigrants is described as a way to keep the organization alive, until needed by Jews.

The HIAS has been so successful that it now assists in organizing official US naturalization ceremonies held in a new holocaust museum in Skokie, Illinois. Gideon Aranoff and David Zverow are two leading members of the HIAS.

State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

President Obama appointed Hannah Rosenthal to serve as the State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Rosenthal is the former head of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and an aggressive advocate for feminism.

The Obama government has created a state paid propaganda and pressure organization for Jewish and Zionists interests in the USA and the whole world!

A tiny ethnic minority (2 – 3 %) gets special rights and government sponsored and backed official US institution to advocate their ethnic group’s special interests!

This special department and envoy to monitor anti-Semitism was established by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004, sponsored by the late Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH). It mandates the State Department monitor and act against anti-Semitism.

Even main stream journalists such as the LA Examiner’s Robert Stark are now beginning to ask questions:

‘If these special interest groups really wanted to end anti-Semitism they would lobby for equal rights for all Americans and not special privileges for themselves.’ [..]

‘Based on the departments own definition of anti-Semitism it is hypocritical to attack those who accuse the Jewish community of wielding power over the Government while their department proves that these organizations were able to lobby the government for special privileges.’

Dr. Stephen Steinlight former President of the American Jewish Committee:

“For perhaps another generation, an optimistic forecast, the Jewish community is thus in a position where it will be able to divide and conquer and enter into selective coalitions that support our agendas.” – Source.

Extracted from a longer article here at balder.org

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Panetta Suggests US Is under International Control

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by Ian Mosley.

An article from Infowars reports: “Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s testimony asserting that the United Nations and NATO have supreme authority over the actions of the United States military, words which effectively declare Congress a ceremonial relic, have prompted Congressman Walter Jones to introduce a resolution that re-affirms such behavior as an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor under the Constitution.”

There are a few decent men in Congress including Ron Paul and to some extent Walter Jones, who has sufficient backbone to stand up to Panetta and even to suggest that Panetta’s latest treasonous utterance should send him to jail.

The article notes “During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday, Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey brazenly admitted that their authority comes not from the U.S. Constitution, but that the United States is subservient to and takes its marching orders from the United Nations and NATO, international bodies over which the American people have no democratic influence. Panetta was asked by Senator Jeff Sessions, ‘We spend our time worrying about the U.N., the Arab League, NATO and too little time, in my opinion, worrying about the elected representatives of the United States. As you go forward, will you consult with the United States Congress?’”

“The Defense Secretary responded ‘You know, our goal would be to seek international permission. And we would come to the Congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from the Congress.’ Despite Sessions’ repeated efforts to get Panetta to acknowledge that the United States Congress is supreme to the likes of NATO and the UN, Panetta exalted the power of international bodies over the US legislative branch.

“’I’m really baffled by the idea that somehow an international assembly provides a legal basis for the United States military to be deployed in combat,’ Sessions said. ‘I don’t believe it’s close to being correct. They provide no legal authority. The only legal authority that’s required to deploy the United States military is of the Congress and the president and the law and the Constitution.’”

Doesn’t this Congressman realize that Barack Hussein Obama can do whatever he wants and that the Constitution, including that part about the president needing to be a natural born citizen, does not apply to Obama?

This Jones bill will likely just disappear. Very few Congressmen have the morality to get behind an attempt to stand up to the forces of internationalism and the undermining of US sovereignty. If Congress had the guts to do anything about the transformation of the United States into a Third World dictatorship, they would have objected to state-approved torture, extraordinary renditions and the suspension of habeas corpus. And don’t forget the horrendous National Defense Authorization Act. That Act, by the way, was passed by the same Congress, including a number of spineless Republicans.

What this latest flap is about, presumably, is the coming war in the Middle East which will begin when Israel launches an unprovoked attack on Iran, which looks like it will happen in a few months’ time. Looks like all of Obama’s begging and pleading with them to delay until after the November election has fallen on deaf ears.

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Queen invites ruler of Bahrain’s bloody regime to her Jubilee lunch at Windsor Castle because ‘it’s very rude to leave anyone off the list

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  • Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa‘s regime is accused of killing and torturing civilians during last year’s pro-democracy demonstrations
  • The King of Bahrain is also set to attend a champagne dinner hosted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace
  • Outcry expected from human rights campaigners and MPs
  • Pressure mounts for this month’s Bahrain Formula 1 race to be cancelled after police using tear gas and live bullets shot a protester dead last week

By KATIE NICHOLL and JONATHAN PETRE

The Queen has risked an international outcry by inviting the King of Bahrain to a Diamond Jubilee banquet despite widespread criticism of his bloody and repressive regime.

The English-educated Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is on the guest list for a lunch hosted by the Queen in May at Windsor Castle. He is also thought to be among those invited to a champagne dinner given by Prince Charles the same evening at Buckingham Palace.

The invitations will infuriate human rights campaigners and MPs angry at the Gulf state’s violent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations.

Royal guest: The Queen receives The King of Bahrain at Buckingham Palace in 2004Royal guest: The Queen receives the King of Bahrain at Buckingham Palace in 2004

The country’s despotic rulers were accused of using brute force and torture to crush the protests last year, which saw more than 50 civilians killed and thousands arrested. The Bahrain royal family has direct control of the police, army and security services.

The king’s son, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, was last year invited to the  wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton but pulled out at the last minute in a move that spared the couple from potential embarrassment. Human rights activists had threatened to disrupt Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa’s stay in London, insisting he was the chief architect of the crackdown.

In January, the Countess of Wessex came under pressure to return lavish jewels given to her by the Bahrain royal family during a pre-Christmas visit to the country.

Despot: The English-educated King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, leaves Number 10 Downing Street in December last yearDespot: The English-educated King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, leaves Number 10 Downing Street in December last year

One set of jewels came from the king and another from the prime minister, Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the king’s uncle. The crown prince gave her a silver and pearl cup and her husband, the Earl of Wessex, received a silk rug.

Continuing unrest on the streets of Bahrain has also led to calls for this month’s Formula 1 race there to be cancelled, with critics including ex-world champion Damon Hill. One protester was shot dead last week when riot police used tear gas and live bullets against demonstrators.

Buckingham Palace aides said yesterday that the King of Bahrain had not yet confirmed that he will attend the Diamond Jubilee lunch, which will take place at Windsor on May 18 and which will be a historic and intimate gathering of crowned heads.

During the Golden Jubilee the Queen hosted a party for the sovereigns of Europe, but this is a much wider gathering of reigning monarchs from around the world.

Palace aides said the luncheon would tie in with the ‘Big Lunch’ theme of the Jubilee celebrations which encourages the British public to organise street meals around the country to celebrate.

Prince Charles has organised a dinner on the same evening at Buckingham Palace as a personal ‘thank you’ to his mother, who will celebrate her 60 years on the Throne with a weekend of celebrations in June.

While the Prince’s dinner is expected to be an elaborate affair, and is likely to be organised by his former valet Michael Fawcett, who now runs a catering business, the Queen’s lunch will be catered ‘in house’ and may be staged in the  gardens of Windsor Castle.

Aides said it was the Queen’s idea to host the lunch and she was ‘delighted’ when Prince Charles offered to throw a dinner. It is understood that the reigning heads of Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Andorra, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands and Norway will all attend the lunch.

Crowned heads from further afield are expected to include the Emperor of Japan, the King of Tonga and rulers from the Middle Eastern kingdoms including President Khalifa bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, the Sultan of Brunei, Sheikh Ahmad Hmoud Al-Sabah of Kuwait and the Emir of Qatar.

Crackdown: Riot police take cover from petrol bombs hurled by protesters during clashes in Sanabis village, a suburb of the Bahraini capital Manama, after police broke up a march in support of a jailed human rights activist on WednesdayCrackdown: Bahraini riot police take cover from petrol bombs hurled by protesters during clashes in Sanabis village, near Manama, after they broke up a march in support of a jailed human rights activist on Wednesday

Dissent: Graffiti in Barbar, Bahrain, depicts the King in a race car, calling for a boycott of this year's Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for April 22Dissent: Graffiti in Barbar, Bahrain, depicts the King in a race car, calling for a boycott of this year’s Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, scheduled for April 22
Bloodied: Protesters carry an injured man during a clash with police in the suburbs of Manama last month. The King of Bahrain declared a state of emergency in the tiny Gulf nation for three months to deal with unrest and protests which swept the countryBloodied: Protesters carry an injured man during a clash with police in the suburbs of Manama last month. The King of Bahrain declared a state of emergency for three months to deal with unrest which swept the country

It is believed the elderly King of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, has declined  the invitation but is sending the crown prince in his place.

The Saudi Arabian royal family has also been criticised for human-rights abuses, as has another invitee, the King of Swaziland, Mswati III, Africa’s last absolute monarch.

A Palace source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘It was the Queen’s decision to host the lunch and her decision to invite every world sovereign. It would have been very rude to have left anyone off the list and the Queen would never want to offend anyone.’

The source added: ‘Charles can’t make the Queen’s luncheon as he and Camilla are on official engagements, but he will be hosting the evening celebrations and he is sparing no expense on the meal, which will all be organic, and the champagne, which will flow all night.’

Bahrain has been battling to restore its international reputation since last year’s violent clashes between security forces and anti-government demonstrators.

Trading gifts: Prince Charles is presented with an ornate sword by the King of Bahrain during a tour of the gulf in 2007Trading gifts: Prince Charles is presented with an ornate sword by the King of Bahrain during a tour of the gulf in 2007. The two will meet again when the Prince hosts a champagne dinner at Buckingham Palace in May

In February 2011, 35 people were killed and hundreds wounded in Pearl Square in Bahrain’s capital Manama when security forces used rubber bullets, tear gas, batons and then live ammunition to disperse protesters.

Inspired by revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets demanding greater freedom and democratic reforms. Protesters wanted political prisoners released, more jobs and housing and the removal of the prime minister, who has been in office for 40 years. Tensions between the country’s Sunni elite and the less affluent Shia majority have intensified since Bahrain’s independence from  the UK in 1971. Shia groups say they are marginalised, repressed and subjected to unfair laws.

According to reports, since February 2011 scores of demonstrators have been killed and hundreds tortured, while thousands have been dismissed or suspended from their jobs.

Cosy: David Cameron meets the King of Bahrain at Number 10 Downing Street in December last year. The Coalition is said to have authorised the sale of £2.2million worth of arms to the oppressive Bahraini regime last summerCosy: David Cameron meets the King of Bahrain at 10 Downing Street in December last year. The Coalition is said to have authorised the sale of £2.2million worth of arms to the oppressive Bahraini regime last summer

At the height of the killings, David Cameron greeted the crown prince at No 10, and between July and September 2011 the Coalition reportedly authorised the sale of £2.2million of arms to the regime.

Bahrain’s rulers have promised  to introduce reforms to increase democracy, but campaigners say they have yet to implement them.

Buckingham Palace refused to comment on the guest list last night. A spokesman said: ‘We can’t confirm who has been invited or who has accepted.’

A spokesman for Prince Charles said: ‘We can’t comment on the dinner or any of the guests who may or may not have been invited because we haven’t announced anything yet.’

 

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Muslim Brotherhood charm offensive in D.C. and NYC masks their real intentions

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“Hudaibiya” – Islamic practice of lying to Infidels -Hudaibiya is a truce Mohammad made with a certain Jewish tribe of Banu Quraizah, wherein Mohammad ordered Muslims to lie to the Jews and say they renounced Islam so they could infiltrate as spies, and setup and ambush to break the truce. —LiveLeak.com

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A case of telling the infidels exactly what they want to hear, with a little sugar on top?

From WaPo, “Muslim Brotherhood officials aim to promote moderate image in Washington visit” April 3:

Members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood began a week-long charm offensive in Washington on Tuesday, meeting with White House officials, policy experts and others to counter persistent fears about the group’s emergence as the country’s most powerful political force.

With its rise, however, have come concerns from Egypt’s secularists as well as U.S. officials that the Islamist group could remake the country, threatening the rights of women and religious minorities. Such fears were only exacerbated by the Brotherhood’s recent decision to field a candidate in upcoming presidential elections, despite previous pledges that it would not do so.

In meeting with U.S. officials, Brotherhood representatives were expected to depict the organization as a moderate and socially conscious movement pursuing power in the interest of Egyptians at large.

“We represent a moderate, centrist Muslim viewpoint. The priorities for us are mainly economic, political — preserving the revolution ideals of social justice, education, security for the people,” Sondos Asem, a member of the delegation, said Tuesday in an interview with reporters and editors of The Washington Post.

Awww, isn’t she so cute? Nothing like the image of meanie Muslims presented by the American right

At least the Post was a little skeptical. But ultra-liberal CNN bought it all, hook, line and sinker.

From CNN, “The Muslim Brotherhood comes to America”:

Sondos Asem has butterflies, formulating answers to questions she expects to be asked and practicing her diction with the devotion of a high school debate champion. The gentle 24-year-old graduate student at the American University in Cairo is in a hotel room in downtown New York, figuring out what to wear on national television. (“This blazer would look good, right?” “Should I wear more color?”)

This week, Asem and five members of the Brotherhood are in New York as part of the group’s first delegation in the United States, the face the Brotherhood thinks perhaps would be well received in the West. Asem is part of a worldly, urban generation. She shops at Egypt’s flashy mega-malls. She brushes her eyelids with a modest dash of sparkly eye shadow and wears designer head-scarves. She has an affinity for cosmopolitan cities and uses American teen parlance like “You rock” and “Yeaaah, girl.” She seems very unlike the kind of person who has historically been loyal to the Brotherhood.

Crackdown on media to come…

And now this, from an Egyptian media source, EgyptIndependent.com, “Shater: Application of Islamic law is ultimate goal”:

Muslim Brotherhood presidential nominee Khairat al-Shater said Tuesday that the application of Sharia is his ultimate goal.

Shater said media outlets were one of the most dangerous tools used against the 2011 revolution and against Islamists in particular. He said state media should be improved by making room for honest media figures.

“I will rely on people of experience to help Parliament achieve that goal,” Shater said during a meeting of the Islamic Legitimate Body of Rights and Reformation, a moderate body of Islamic scholars, according to the group’s website, which quoted his remarks in a statement.

Shater is one of the Brotherhood’s pillars and its former deputy supreme guide. He acted as a vocal opposition figure under the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak. In April 2011, he said the group was preparing for the establishment of an Islamic government, which drew criticism from secularists and Copts who oppose the idea of a religious state.

Let’s not forget there’s $3 billion in foreign aid money at stake. All of which would be in serious jeopardy with a Republican president, and a Republican-held House and Senate.

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THE “SPECTER” OF AL QAEDA IN AFRICA: A Cover for Western Reconquest of the Continent The “Al Qaeda Brand”, a Lucrative “Investment”….

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By Finian Cunningham

A British foreign policy think tank has this week released a study claiming that the terror group Al Qaeda is regrouping in Africa creating “an arc of instability” from the Western Sahel to the Eastern Horn.

The Royal United Services Institute, based in Whitehall, London, and closely aligned to official British foreign policy, cites “disturbing new trends” across the continent that “Osama bin Laden’s terror network” is seeking influence in Somalia, North Africa and the Western Sahara-Sahel.

“If correct [sic], this assessment would raise the worrying prospect of an arc of regional instability encompassing the whole Sahara-Sahel strip and extending through to East Africa, which the now weakened Al Qaeda-core could well exploit to regroup, reorganise and reinvigorate its terrorist campaign against the West,” the report said.

Meanwhile, in other media reports it is claimed that Al Qaeda elements are joining forces with the Tuareg military rebels to consolidate the latter’s coup in the West Africa country of Mali. The alleged involvement of Al Qaeda in Mali has been cited by former colonial power France in its pledge to crush the coup.

The purported Al Qaeda link in Mali appears incongruous. The Tuareg rebels – a nomadic group inhabiting northern Mali and Niger – were formerly fighting in Libya in support of the Gaddafi government against Western-backed insurgents. The Western-backed Libyan insurgents are known to have comprised Al Qaeda jihadists. Now it is being claimed by France and media reports that Al Qaeda are in league with their former enemies – the Tuareg – in the takeover of Mali. What these various reports suggest is that Al Qaeda is being raised as a “spectre” over Africa to justify increased intervention by Western powers in that continent under the guise of “global security”.

The RUSI, with an old colonialist flourish, says Al Qaeda “appears to be adopting a strategy of ‘going native’, which implies seizing upon and exploiting local grievances with the ultimate aim of securing a stable foothold in volatile countries”.

Significantly, that scary thought allows the RUSI study to conclude: ““The focus of anti-jihadist counter-terrorism is shifting to Africa.” In other words, the pretext of anti-jihadist counter-terrorism by Western powers is shifting to Africa.

But in point of fact, the Western counter-terrorism pretext is not shifting; it is more accurately being extended to Africa, as NATO is continuing its illegal occupation and wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan.

This represents a strategic expansion of the global war agenda that the Pentagon and its Western allies have been pursuing in the Middle East and Central Asia incorporating a region for hegemonic control stretching from the Mediterranean to the Caspian – a region that compromises at least 60 per cent of the earth’s known oil and gas reserves.

The seven-month aerial bombing campaign of Libya by NATO during 2011 that led to the overthrow of the government in Tripoli can be seen as serving as a beach-head for the US-led powers in North Africa, and for their continued militarization across the East-West continental belt, from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean.

Already, the Western powers are engaged in a new scramble for Africa that can be traced back to the setting up of the new US military command of AFRICOM under the George W Bush administration. Since then, and especially under the Obama administration, there has been a scaling up low-intensity involvement of US, French and British forces in Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and on the east in Somalia, Kenya and Djibouti. American aerial drones and French naval forces have played a key role in supporting the Kenyan and Ethiopian army campaigns against Al Shabab militants in Somalia since October last year.

Other African countries where the Western powers are believed to be running clandestine Special Forces include Senegal, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Sudan – all of them former British and French colonial possessions. There have also been claims of US staging violence in Nigeria to justify a state crackdown on popular protests against the government of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Africa’s undeveloped but vast natural resources of oil, metals, other minerals and agricultural potential is a bonanza that the stagnant capitalist powers cannot afford to miss out on, especially given China’s rise as a trading partner with many African states. The irony is that while Western governments, their think-tanks and mainstream media mouthpieces may talk up “an Al Qaeda arc of instability across Africa”, the real source of instability and militarization from the continent’s West to East is stemming from the neocolonialism of Western powers. To this end, the “spectre” of Al Qaeda is serving as a convenient pretext to justify further imperialist encroachment.

Expect more Western mainstream media reports of mysterious Al Qaeda jihadists destabilizing poor, starving African countries, thus requiring the noble dispatch of NATO forces to “save the Dark Continent”.

Of course, the killer irony is that Al Qaeda is a global terror network created by the CIA, MI6 and Saudi Arabia to do the dirty work of Western powers, as Michel Chossudovsky, Peter Dale Scott and other writers have carefully documented.

The Al Qaeda brand has proven to be a lucrative “investment”. From 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq to Libya and currently Syria. And, now, the neocolonial reconquest of Africa. That’s what you call “return on money”.

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