Wednesday, June 30, 2010

IRIB: "Ahmadinejad orders ban on Israeli goods"

Ynet reports:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad signed Wednesday a new amendment to a law in the Islamic Republic that forbids the airing of advertisements for "Zionist companies." The blacklist of prohibited companies is comprised mainly of international companies, mainly American, owned by Jews or that operate branches in Israel.
EOZ comments:
I cannot find any verification of the "Jewish-owned" part of this; Iran's PressTV merely says that the boycott was of Israeli companies.
I was curious about the same point, so the graphic accompanying this IRIB story seems interesting. These are all Israeli companies?

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the implementation of a bill demanding major efforts to enforce a total boycott on goods with Israeli origin.

According to the website of the Iranian government, President Ahmadinejad ordered the implementation of the pro-Palestinian bill, which was ratified by the Iranian Parliament earlier in June.

Iranian lawmakers agreed to task a committee with identifying Israeli companies and institutions to step up efforts for imposing a ban on Israeli products.

Under the Majlis bill, the Iranian Foreign Ministry is required to put forward a proposal for the boycott of Israeli commodities at international meetings including the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Non-Aligned Movement.

The ministry should also present annual reports on the activities of the committee to the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.

The bill also demands the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting not to air television and radio advertisement for Israeli products. [...]
It's hard to imagine IRIB with ads for Israeli products. We will return to our program calling for Israel's destruction after this word from Elite Coffee ....

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Finkelstein on Dutch plan to have policemen dress as Jews

You may have seen mention of this story. As the AP puts it:
A hidden-camera video showing Jews being harassed on the street in a Moroccan neighborhood of Amsterdam has led Dutch authorities to consider combating hate crimes with "decoy Jews" — undercover police officers wearing yarmulkes
Ready for Finkelstein's post-title?

"Dutch police to undergo mandatory circumcision and will expose their traumatized 'members' in public"

Talk about a news story serving as a Rorshach blot!

The news behind the news

A comment at Vos iz Neias: "I think Graham wanted to know whether she was learning on 'Nitel.'"

Great news! "IRGC to Train Units for Specialized Missions"

The fellow in the picture certainly seems to be prepared for any eventuality--or at least he was before he was attacked by the World Arrogance shrubbery from outer space. "Soft threats" would be ideological ones. The reader is expected to be pleased that the forces for suppressing dissent have new improved jackboots. From Fars News:
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) intends to take a series of measures to get its forces to specialize in different missions as part of its broader plans for reform and quality enhancement.

"The IRGC's objective is gaining further preparedness and increased power and specialize in missions in a bid to confront all threats, including hard, semi-hard and soft threats, so that the IRGC can defend the Islamic Revolution in all fields," IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said, addressing IRGC ground forces in Iran's northeastern holy city of Mashhad.

The commander said that these reforms aimed at the promotion of the quality and further advancement of the goals of the Revolution.

"The entire IRGC divisions, specially the ground forces and Basij (volunteer forces), should always think of upgrading their equipments, training and special facilities and possibilities together with learning specialized tactics and techniques in a bid to become specialized in the mission of their departments," Jafari noted.

The IRGC was created in 1979 after the victory of the Islamic Revolution. Under Iran's constitution the force is tasked with "guarding the Revolution and its achievements".
Such as their wonderful rigged election.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

Monday, June 28, 2010

An oldie but goody

One thing you have to give the North Koreans: they really know how to liven up a revenge-vowing meeting:
The song "Death to the U.S. Imperialist Aggressors", created in Juche 49 (1960), is still popular in Korea.

The song encourages the servicepersons and civilians to the struggle against the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet regime.

It was played by the band in various events, including a Pyongyang army-people rally and revenge-vowing meetings of working people's organizations, held on June 25, the day of the struggle against the U.S. imperialists".

Reflected in the song is a strong will of the Korean people to always keep themselves ready for action and decisively frustrate the reckless war provocation moves of the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean regime of traitors. [...]
Yes, nothing like an old song to bring back memories. In other news, millions of gallons of brains were splattered onto walls and ceilings as North Koreans experienced "an eruption of the do-or-die mental power":
"When the Party is determined, we can do anything!" This serves as an ever-victorious banner being held aloft by the army and people of the DPRK in the on-going advance for a great surge. [...]

This slogan is an expression of absolute support and trust of the army and people of the DPRK in the great Party and an eruption of the do-or-die mental power to remain true to the Party's cause by displaying patriotic devotion in admirable practice. [...]
One keeps expecting the entire country to suddenly keel over and expire. How many ever-victorious banners can a man hold aloft before he just goes glurp?

IRIB: "Chavez met Assad, urged fight against capitalism"

Chavez doesn't have his own gulag yet, but he's networking:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez met with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday and called on Latin America and the Arab world to fight America's imperialist and capitalist interests abroad.

During a meeting at Venezuela's presidential palace, Chavez told Assad it was an honor to host the Syrian leader on his first visit to Latin America.

The two leaders signed an agreement to create a $100 million trade and development fund.

"Arab civilization and our civilization, the Latin American one, are being summoned in this new century to play the fundamental role of saving the world from the imperialism and capitalist hegemony that threaten the human species," Chavez said.

Assad praised Chavez for standing up to the United States and supporting the Palestinian struggle.

"There are few politicians who are courageous to speak out when it's necessary," he said. [...]
Yeah, it's so hard to find pro-Palestinian politicians when you're an Arab dictator. Capitalism isn't the only evil that needs to be fought: EOZ noted the following at Fars News:
A senior Iranian commander took the US and the Zionist regime of Israel responsible for the spread of drug addiction in the world, stressing that they use drugs as a biological weapon against the freedom-seeking nations.
Not to worry--help is on the way. At ISNA we learn that passengers of the next flotilla might be singing the Song of the Volga Boatmen:
An Iranian law-maker said the country is examining dispatch of parliament members to Gaza through Caspian Sea and Volga River.

Iran has deleted Egypt from its options for sending parliamentarians to Gaza since it did not receive a written response from Egyptian officials, but the choice of Caspian Sea and Lebanon are being considered, said Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash who is in charge of sending Iranian lawmakers to Gaza Strip.

"If we want to sail from Caspian Sea, we need to cross Volga Sea which needs Russia's agreement, but we have not received any written response from them yet." [...]
They're falling into our trap!

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

Sunday, June 27, 2010

PressTV (Iran): Chavez: US "has sent a fleet to surround Iran," "put a bomb in a South Korean ship"

I wonder if this was written by adding details to a news agency story such as this one from AFP:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has warned of US military engagement in secret missions in North Korea and Iran while world focuses on the World Cup.

"They put a bomb in a South Korean ship, and the Yankees did it to try to start a war between the two Koreas and justify another invasion," Chavez said Saturday, quoted by AFP.

He was referring to an incident in March, when a South Korean vessel sank after a massive explosion in the Yellow Sea. About 46 people were killed in the incident. A multinational team, organized by the US-backed South Korean government, concluded that a North Korean torpedo caused the incident.

North Korea has fiercely rejected the accusation and has threatened an all-out war if the south takes any retaliatory measures.

The Venezuelan President also declared that the US was engaged in covert operations against Iran.

"While we are following football from around the world, the [US] empire has sent a fleet to surround Iran," Chavez said. "The whole zone is very threatened."

Chavez was echoing remarks made by former Cuban President Fidel Castro on a possible war in the Middle East.

"Fidel has been warning on an imminent war in the Middle East, because while the world is only paying attention to soccer, the US empire has sent its whole fleet to besiege Iran."

Chavez made the cautionary remarks in Ecuador, where he is attending the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas (ALBA) conference of Latin American nations. [...]
Will Chavez help the Mullahs smash all world arrogance plots? Will he get word to the illustrious commander of Mt. Paektu in time? Stay tuned . . .

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

"DPRK People's Struggle Supported by Liechtenstein"

The Songun mouse that roared?
Alois von und zu Liechtenstein, prince of the Principality of Liechtenstein, expressed his hope that the DPRK people would achieve greater successes in their efforts to build a great prosperous and powerful nation, noting that he is pleased with the fact that everything goes well in the DPRK.

He said this when receiving credentials from the DPRK ambassador to the Principality on June 17.

Noting that the Principality of Liechtenstein has always closely followed the situation in the Korean Peninsula, he said it is important to conclude a peace treaty between the DPRK and the U.S. to ensure lasting peace in the peninsula.
You'll be pleased with the fact that everything goes well in the latest Haveil Havalim.

North Korea demands "$75 trillion" from US

Can we deduct all the losses from counterfeiting? This is from ABC:
Cash-strapped North Korea has demanded the United States pay almost $US65 trillion ($75 trillion) in compensation for six decades of hostility.

The official North Korean news agency, KCNA, says the cost of the damage done by the US since the peninsula was divided in 1945 is estimated at $US64.96 trillion.
Here it is from the Songun horse's mouth:
[...] The Committee for Investigation into Damage Done by the U.S. to the Northern Half of Korea summed up all human and material damage brought by the U.S. imperialists to the northern half of Korea for the past six decades since they landed in south Korea on Sept. 8, 1945.

The total damages amount to 64 959 854 million U.S. dollars.

This calculation is based only on old records and official testimonies made by survivors. So it is presumed that there are much more damage that has not been ascertained.

The total amount will be incalculable if political, moral and cultural damages caused by slandering the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK, destruction of treasures of lasting value including revolutionary sites, historic sites and relics and other precious cultural assets, infliction of moral pressure on the Koreans through the moves for a new war and threats of preemptive nuclear attack and vicious bourgeois ideological and cultural poisoning are included.

With nothing can the U.S. make full compensation to the DPRK for the damage it caused to the DPRK by impeding Korea's reunification after illegally occupying south Korea and, accordingly, inflicting moral pain and misfortune upon the Korean people for more than half a century-long tragic division and hindering the unified political, economic and cultural development of the north and the south of Korea.

The crimes committed by the U.S. imperialists against the DPRK are something beyond human imagination in view of their scope and protracted, barbarous and shameless nature.

The Korean Central News Agency releases a report on the newly surveyed and ascertained damage done by the U.S. imperialists to the northern half of Korea in order to disclose all forms of crimes committed against the Korean people and force them to pay for all of them. [...]
The article ends on an upbeat note:
The more reckless the U.S. becomes in its moves to hurt the dignified DPRK, far from apologizing and compensating for its crimes committed against the Korean nation, the higher the hatred of the army and people of the DPRK for it will mount and the stronger they will grow in their resolution to take revenge upon it. The provokers will get nothing but merciless destruction and death for their political and military confrontation.

The army and people of the DPRK who have grown to be matchless revolutionary ranks under the leadership of the Party and the leader will never pardon the crimes of the U.S. imperialists but force them to pay a thousand-fold price for them. They will bolster up the deterrent for self-defence in every way under the banner of Songun, firmly defend the peace in the Korean Peninsula and the rest of the world and build a great prosperous and powerful socialist nation on this land without fail.
Hmm, a "thousand-fold price." What's a thousand times a trillion?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

IRNA (Iran): "Sending relief aid ship to Gaza still on the agenda"

You might have seen this from the AP:
Iran will not be sending a blockade-busting ship to Gaza in defiance of Israeli warnings, an Iranian lawmaker said Saturday, citing Israeli "restrictions."
IRNA, Iran's most official news agency, and as is fitting when the subject is a Khomeinist peace flotilla, muddies the waters:
Deputy Foreign Minister in Arab Affairs Mohammad Reza Sheybani said that the plan to send a relief aid ship to Gaza Strip by governmental or non-governmental organizations is still on the agenda.

According to Foreign Ministry Media Department on Saturday, Sheybani, reacting to reports of certain news agencies which have said Iran has dispensed with sending aid ships to Gaza due to Israeli threats, said that 'the plan is still on our agenda'.

He said that time of dispatching the ship would be coordinated with those who want to dispatch other ships from different parts of the world.

He added that sending aid by plane or through Egyptian borders to Gaza is still on the agenda.

He said that the issue has been proposed to Egyptian officials and 'we are waiting for their answer'.

Sheybani also discussed nature and aim of the Zionist regime military forces in confronting with recent humanitarian move by people and added that the Zionist regime is trying to cover its own problems by turning the issue to a political-security affair. [...]
Iran, of course, would never do anything to cover over its own problems.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

North Korea: We have a hostage

Most of the articles I post from (North) Korean News are funny in an apalling sort of way. This one isn't. The Cheonon is the South Korean ship that North Korea denies it sunk. Gomes is Aijalon Mahli Gomes, a Christian who was arrested and given a prison sentence for entering North Korea "illegally":
The U.S. is escalating the campaign to put international pressure upon the DPRK while persistently antagonizing the DPRK over the "Cheonan" case. Such moves have gone beyond the tolerance limit.

The DPRK had already solemnly declared that it would consider the prevailing situation as a war phase and handle all relevant issues according to a wartime law.

An institution concerned is now examining the issue of what additional measure it will take against American Gomes in line with a wartime law. He is serving a prison term in the DPRK for the encroachment upon its sovereignty.

The U.S. government is requesting the DPRK to leniently set him free from a humanitarian stand, but such thing can never happen under the prevailing situation and there remains only the issue of what harsher punishment will be meted out to him.

If the U.S. persists in its hostile approach toward the DPRK, the latter will naturally be compelled to consider the issue of applying a wartime law to him.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

George Galloway attends seminar on Green Book studies

Sometimes I clean up the spacing and punctuation of these things, but here all I did was to separate the paragraphs--if you can call them paragraphs. Anyway, I think Galloway has found his true calling:
The World Center for Studies and Researches of Green Book organized this evening in Tripoli a seminar on '' Jamahiriya Theory and Temporary Humanitarian Issues ''

The seminar was attended by the Center's Secretary General , former British Parliament Member, '' George Galloway '', Director General of Jamahiriya Thought Academy, Coordinator of External Action at Revolutionary Committees' Liaison Office and a number of RCM members .

The seminar was also attended by some heads and members of political missions in Jamahiriya and a host of thinkers and intellectuals .

During this seminar , the discussion focused on topics and subjects concerning the Jamahiriya Theory and temporary humanitarian issues among them the vision presented by the leader of the Revolution about the solution to Arab Zionist conflict through the ( White Book ) , as well as analysis of international system in terms of its political , economic and social aspects .

The seminar also addressed the implications of the speech of the leader of the Revolution before the 64th Session of UN General Assembly General , as well as the Jamahiriya theory and its stance regarding all humanitarian issues as stated in the Green Book .

The seminar touched on the creative thoughts of the Jamahiriya horizon that gives real and practical solutions to world problems like wars , conflicts , oppression , minority control and domination in the fate of the majority of the masses on this earth .
And as Galloway sinks below the Jamahiriya horizon, we bid him farewell until his next appearance shilling for Iran or Libya or Hamas or who knows what else.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Some Interesting Stuff

Al-Ahram: "Would Hamas lift the siege?"

Jews sans Frontiers helps illustrate how extreme Ha'aretz is by helpfully presenting a translation.

Fars News: "Iran Renews Offer to Help US Harness Oil Spill"

MPAC-UK: "Israeli Army Stole Credit Cards From Flotilla Activists To Buy Alcohol"

Asharq Alawsat: "Death to Anyone who Watches the World Cup!"

Monday, June 21, 2010

Fars News: Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps "prepared to control the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico"

A fairly frequent theme in the Iranian press is that Iran is standing by to solve this or that problem. I'm including the picture of Qassemi, who looks like he can control the oil spill just by glowering at it.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced on Monday that its experts are prepared to control the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"The experience of Iranians' presence in curbing oil spills in a number of neighboring states in the Persian Gulf, such as Kuwait, demonstrates Iranian capabilities and skills and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps is ready to help curb the oil spill (in the Gulf of Mexico)," Commander of the IRGC's Khatam ol-Anbia Headquarters General Rostam Qassemi stated.

Qassemi reminded the environmental threat posed by the oil spill to the Caribbean states and nations, and stated, "Despite new sanctions, IRGC is prepared to fulfill its humanitarian duty in this regard and use its exclusive and indigenous capability in the Gulf of Mexico."

Considering Washington and London's claims that they are economic and industrial superpowers, the US and Britain's inability to stop the oil spill two months after the initial incident is "humiliating and shameful", he reiterated.

Earlier on May 24, Iranian Oil Minister Masoud Mirkazzemi had voiced the country's preparedness to aid the US in cleaning the massive oil spill in Mexico's Gulf Coast which threatens the surrounding environment. [...]
Meanwhile, at IRNA Foreign Minister Mottaki explains that "Monday issuance of recent UNSC resolution was a political goof off for United States." I guess it sounded better in Persian. And at Iran's PressTV we learn that a "top Hamas official" is complaining that Israel still won't allow anything into Gaza you can build bunkers with:
"Allowing the entry of goods into Gaza while barring the construction materials is meaningless," he said. "We don't want snacks and chips. We need building materials."
And they'll probably get them after another martyrdom-seeking flotilla or two.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hizbullah strikes a blow for modesty

Modesty in dress--that's a progressive value, right? The Guardian reports:
Israeli naval forces are on alert as an all-female ship prepares an attempt to break the blockade of Gaza. Organisers say the Mariam – named after the Virgin Mary – is to sail from Beirut in the next few days.

However one woman who will not be on board is Haifa Wehbe, a sultry and often scantily clad Lebanese singer. Wehbe's request to join the vessel has reportedly been vetoed by Hizbullah, the militant Lebanese Shia organisation, on the grounds that her "nudity, degradation and immodest dress" would damage the reputations of all the Arab and European women on board.

Arab observers dismissed the story – in the Kuwait daily al-Siyassah – saying it was designed to smear the humanitarian mission with a connection to Hizbullah, like the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip an implacable enemy of Israel. [...]
And if that's a credible dismissal why did the Guardian report the story in the first place? The flow of the reportage suggests that it is a just knee-jerk dismissal that doesn't reflect any real inside knowledge and that the Guardian is really convinced of the truth of the headline, but worried that they will come across as too Zionist-leaning unless some dissenting voice is brought in. But who knows . . .

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

Dear Leader gives field guidance to lipstick factory

The (North) Korean News site frequently relates touching little stories concerning the solicitousness of the Dear Leader for all his subjects seemingly minor needs. Here he demands a great leap forward in the field of cosmetics:
One day in August Juche 92 (2003) General Secretary Kim Jong Il visited the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory.

After looking around the production processes of the factory, he was guided to the sample room.

Exhibited in the room were different sorts of quality cosmetics produced by the factory.

He took a lipstick in his hand and looked at it.

He then told officials that the factory was producing lipsticks of only a few colors and that it should produce such cosmetics as foundation, lipstick and face powder in various colors so that women could take their choice suitable to their face color and taste.
Otherwise, Korean News has the usual sludge:
[...] Thanks to this effective ideological and theoretical weapon provided by Kim Jong Il the army and people of the DPRK have been able to decisively meet the political and military pressures and foil the ideological and cultural poisoning of the imperialists, hold high the socialist banner of Juche and glorify the nation's dignity before the whole world.

Preserving the Juche character and national character provides a fundamental guarantee for firmly protecting the independent dignity of the country and the nation and to preserve them is an important requirement for building a self-reliant thriving nation on the land of the country.

To give play to the Juche character and national character is a basic requirement for steadfastly preserving the true nature of socialism and giving full play to the advantages of Korean-style socialism. [...]
The latest Haveil Havalim has been able to decisively meet the political and military pressures and foil the ideological and cultural poisoning of the imperialists.

Moonbats trying to stop an Israeli ship from unloading in Oakland?

Here is the Kos diary.

Update: Live video of the great event.

Update: SFGate (h/t: Jawa Report) makes it sound as if the protest actually prevented loading:
Hundreds of demonstrators, gathering at the Port of Oakland before dawn, prevented the unloading of an Israeli cargo ship. [...]

The demonstrators want to block the unloading of the Zim ship for a full day. After convincing the day shift of longshoreman to honor the picket line, the demonstrators dispersed around 10 a.m., Becker said. The ship is scheduled to arrive in mid-afternoon, and the demonstrators plan to gather again around 4:30 p.m. and re-establish their picket line before the evening shift of longshoremen arrives at 6 p.m.
Some of the comments on the Kos diary made it sound as if the non-presence of the ship during the protest was a snafu for ANSWER and crew. This one is especially interesting:
The Zim ship scheduled to arrive in Oakland is NOT an Israeli ship. It's a British flag ship. And it hasn't even arrived yet (and obviously won't during daylight hours today). Right now, it's heading north off Monterey Bay.
Stay tuned . . .

Update: The ship is finally unloaded.

Double-standards abound

A good rule for intelligent blogging is to try not to make a double-standard point about absolutely any horror that resembles something that your group is criticized for.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Faux Rabbis still fasting for Hamas

They're still at it. I love the fact that they call it a "Ta'anit Tzedek." It is supposed to mean that their fast has something to do with Social Justice, but they just sound like a bunch of dorks who are calling themselves righteous. They are fasting for the lifting of a blockade against a territory whose semi-elected government proclaims in its charter that Rotary Clubs are a Jewish plot.
One day every month, from sunrise to sunset, members of Ta’anit Tzedek—Jewish Fast for Gaza, a self described “ad-hoc” initiative of over 100 rabbis and other faith leaders from all over the U.S., go on a political diet. They fast, refraining from eating or drinking anything except water, to raise awareness about Israel’s blockade of Gaza, a blockade they consider unjust.

“As Jews and people of conscience, we can no longer stand idly by Israel’s collective punishment of the Palestinian people in Gaza,” says a message on, the group’s website.

Local rabbinical supporters of Jewish Fast for Gaza include Rabbi Leonard Beerman of Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles and Rabbi Steven Jacobs, rabbi emeritus of Temple Kol Tikvah in the San Fernando Valley.

The group fasts on the third Thursday of each month, and so the group’s members fasted today on Thursday, June 17. The first fast took place almost one year ago, on July 16, 2009.

Following the Israeli navy’s recent deadly raid of the Mavi Marmara, Rabbi Brant Rosen, the Illinois-based project coordinator at Jewish Fast for Gaza, criticized Israel’s handling of the flotilla and the country’s maritime blockade of Gaza.

We “call upon the government of Israel to turn away from the policies of occupation, siege and indifference to international law,” Rosen wrote in a blog post on the group’s site.[...]
Because if I am not for Jihad, who will be for Jihad?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

At least they aren't sending their own flotilla

If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear a keffiyeh in your hair:
At their next meetings, the Richmond City Council and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will consider resolutions condemning Israel for attacking the Gaza-bound flotilla.

Both bodies are scheduled to discuss the issue Tuesday, June 15.

Berkeley’s Peace and Justice Commission considered a similar measure at its meeting June 7.

Supervisor John Avalos sponsored the San Francisco resolution, and Supervisor Sophie Maxwell signed on to the eight-page document.

"This is the first time I can remember in my 10 years at JCRC that a city supervisor has authored and another has signed on to a statement that is so blatantly one-sided and lacking in any depth of understanding of the issues at play in the Middle East," said Abby Porth, associate director at the S.F.-based Jewish Community Relations Council. [...]
And if I'm not for Jihad, who will be for Jihad?
[...] Across the bay, Richmond Vice Mayor Jeff Ritterman, who is Jewish, sponsored the city council resolution.

"We have to say when our own people step out of line," Ritterman said. "We have to be the ones to say, ‘No, we can do better, we can be more moral, we can find a peace’ … and I don’t think this is the way to do it." [...]
People who use expressions like "when our own people step out of line" should be watched closely at all times.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

Update: j. reports:
. . . the San Francisco Board of Supervisors didn’t vote on a resolution condemning Israel for its “military attack” on a Gaza-bound flotilla.

Just before midnight — after four-and-a-half hours of public comment — the resolution was sent to committee, where critics are hoping it will die.
Iran is sending a flotilla to provide the poor, beleaguered resolution proponents with much-needed supplies, such as 20 tons of copies of Chomsky's The Fateful Triangle.

Monday, June 14, 2010

MondoWeiss gets the "facts straight" on Hamas

Every so often I like to stroll over to the MondoWeiss olam. A current post proposes "Let’s get the facts straight on Hamas." Sounds good to me. How does Hamas feel about the "two-state solution" anyway? Meshaal is quoted from what we are told is a recent interview:
If Israel withdraws to the borders of 1967, and from East Jerusalem, that will become the capital of the Palestinian state with the right of self -- with the right of return for the refugees and with a Palestinian state with real sovereignty on the land and on the borders and on the checkpoints. Then we -- the Palestinian state will decide the future of the relationship with Israel. And we will respect the decision that will reflect the viewpoint of the majority of the Palestinian people both inside and outside Palestine.
Our intrepid Mondoweissnik comments:
Does that sound like "total war" against Israel?
Well yes, actually, it does. Did our intrepid Mondoweissnik read what he posted? Meshaal has stated yet again that if Israel meets all Hamas demands, it won't get anything definite in return.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

UC Irvine violates Geneva Conventions

From the LA Times:
The Muslim Student Union at UC Irvine should be suspended for one year for its involvement in repeated disruptions of a February speech by Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, according to a disciplinary report released by the university . . .

The group's attorney Reem Salahi emphasized that a suspension has not yet been implemented but was still disheartened by the report’s recommendations. “It’s collective punishment,” she said . . .

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Boston Globe on Helen Thomas and her "gift to Israel"

According to someone named Joanna Weiss:
. . . her words, delivered with matter-of-fact coldness, embody an idea that some of Israel’s most fervent supporters have long warned about: the nation’s critics aren’t gunning for its policies so much as its existence.
Can you guess where that's leading?
But Thomas also fits a little too easily into the current contours of the Israel debate, which in itself has served to keep many young Jews from getting engaged. The dialogue has long felt like a “zero-sum game," says Amy Spitalnick, spokeswoman for the pro-Israel lobby J Street: If you don’t support Israel unconditionally, you risk being labeled a hater or a naif.
After an approving citation of Peter Beinart, Spitalnick is quoted again
The existential threat to Israel right now is the lack of a [peace] agreement . . . . Should we not achieve a two-state agreement in the near term, there won’t be a Jewish Democratic Israel to fight for.
Spitalnick, of course, has failed to notice that there are already two states: Israel and the Grand Duchy of Gaza/Hamas. Handing territory over to Mahmoud Abbas to create a third one with a very short half-life probably won't placate the world's Helen Thomases (such as the ones who rule Iran and increasingly Turkey). Some sort of self-rule for the parts of the West Bank where the Arab population actually prevails might help things if people could think in those terms. The demands that the Palestinians must have a "viable state" when they can't come up with a unified and responsible national movement are probably making things worse.

If the J Street-ers actually valued the democracy that currently exists they would not be so eager to change the status quo. There are no easy solutions. One thing is certain, however: the J Street-ers and their cheering section at the Boston Globe are the ones who need to look beyond the easy "contours" of the current debate.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

"Bean-flour Drink Given to Children and Students"

This thing goes on and on about the wonders of "bean-flour drink," finally culminating in the "spectacular scene" of paragraph eight:
The Workers' Party of Korea and the state are entirely responsible for the healthy growth of the children in the DPRK. A large quantity of bean-flour drink is being mass-produced and provided to all children and students everyday as required by the science of nutrition.

The "time for bean-flour drink" for the children and students reflects the WPK's noble view on the younger generation and the true nature of the best Korean-style socialism in the world.

The Pyongyang Children's Foodstuff Factory has so far produced more than 300 million liters of nutritive bean-flour drink so it might be provided to the nurseries, kindergartens and primary and secondary schools in the city everyday.

The vans carrying bean-flour drink are called "vans for kings." The total distance covered by these vans reached a total of 14,150,000 kms which equal to 354 trips around the world.

President Kim Il Sung made sure that the above-said factory was built in the city and that even a workshop for nutritive milk was set up for children in Juche 68 (1979).

1986 witnessed the start of bean-flour drink at the factory.

General Secretary Kim Jong Il unraveled all the knotty problems arising in the production of the above-said drink. He set the best time from the viewpoint of the science of nutrition as the time for serving the drink and took a special measure for enabling all the children and students in the city to have the drink simultaneously.

This unfolded a spectacular scene in which the above-said vans run along the streets of the city under a well-regulated supply system. These vans are given top priority in traffic in all the streets so that they may reach their destinations without a hitch. [...]
Do you think General Secretary Kim Jong Il could unravel all the knotty problems of fixing the oil-leak in the Gulf of Mexico? Maybe not--look at the gunk that gushes from his news agency:
It is the strong resolution of the servicepersons and people of the DPRK to boldly dash ahead toward a final victory with confident pluck and fixed will to build a thriving nation on this land by completing at one go the job done by others by making a thousand tries.

Herculean are the tasks before us but the drive for building a great prosperous and powerful nation is sure to be crowned with victory as long as there are the experienced and tested leadership of the Workers' Party of Korea and the heroic fighting spirit of all the servicepersons and people single-mindedly united around the Party and the leader.
The latest Haveil Havalim and KCC boldly dash forward with confident pluck and fixed will.

Angry Arab is bothered . . .

. . . that Hizbullah doesn't have bigger missiles.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Kim Yong Nam sends message to "Leader of the Revolution of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya"

Do you think he read the message in his steadfast home?
Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, Thursday sent a message of greetings to Moammer el Gaddafi, leader of the Revolution of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the dismantlement of the U.S. military base in Libya.

Kim in the message wished the Libyan people greater success in their efforts to defend the dignity and sovereignty of the country and achieve its progress and prosperity, expressing belief that the friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries would grow stronger.
That's my kind of story. Speaking of Ghadaffi, did you ever see this?

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

All the really cool dictators have their own peace flotillas

No way Ghadaffi was going to be left behind. I mean, the man has a press agency distributing articles describing him as "suave":
A coordinative meeting was held in Tripoli on Wednesday to organize Libyan popular efforts to operate naval and ground convoys to relief the Palestinian people in Gaza and lift Zionist blockade and, participate in the humanitarian international popular efforts in this regard.

Present in the meeting were the Liaison Bureau of the Revolutionary Committee, unions, syndicates and vocational unions, and national associations, including the Red Crescent and the National Commission for the Support of the Palestinian People.
During the meeting, there was an agreement to effectively participate in the naval fleets that are being organized by the international popular and political activists, in addition to dispatching of Libyan ground convoys to deliver equipments, medical and food supplies to the Gaza Strip.

The meeting agreed to form three commission to organize the activities, the first for external communication and mobilization of masses, second for media, while the third for collecting donation, preparing material and making arrangements for naval and ground support.
Gotta mobilize those masses.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Exclusive! Penitent song-spoof draft

As you may have heard, and as a Guardian headline puts it, the Israeli government was "forced to apologise" for disseminating the "We Con the World" song-spoof about the Gaza Flotilla. We have now learned that it was originally felt that a new apologetic song was in order, that being the only thing that could adequately atone for the original offense. They then decided that this whole song-parody approach wasn't working out and was best abandoned. We have obtained a draft of the now never-to-be-completed apology song:

We're so sorry Peace Flotilla
We're so sorry if we acted somewhat brave
We're so sorry Peace Flotilla
But there are no beitzim here
And we believe we’re gonna cave
We're so sorry but we haven't had a spine all day
We're so Sorry Peace Flotilla
But if anything should happen we'll apologize away

We're so sorry Peace Flotilla
But we haven't done a bloody thing all day
We're so sorry Peace Flotilla
But to tell the truth takes guts and we're so easily called away

Iran applauds the martyrs (martyrs)
Qassams across the sky
Iran applauds the martyrs (martyrs)
Qassams across the sky
Uncle Recep notified me
He had to break the siege so he had to get to sea
I had another look and I had a cup of tea and some humble pie
(I used to have a spine, but I hung it out to dry)

Iran applauds the martyrs (martyrs)
Qassams across the sky
Iran applauds the martyrs (martyrs)
Qassams across the sky

Sail a little, be a gypsy, get around (get around)
Do be careful not to drown
Sail a little, get around
Sail a little, be a gypsy, get around (get around)
Do be careful not to drown
Sail a little, get around

Meanwhile, in other flotilla news, the Turkish Foreign Minister has declared that the Flotilla skirmish is "Turkey's 9/11." Other measured and cogent Zionism-related statements by Muslim national spokespersons include the recent revelation by a Syrian diplomat that Jewish children riding busses sing the following ditty:
With my teeth I will rip your flesh, with my mouth I will suck your blood.
An apology from the Israeli government for the children's crime is expected shortly, and other upcoming apologetic events include a new flotilla by a Jewish group. We also deeply regret the above post.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Time for a post about summer camp

It's getting to be time for camp. The Judeokinderlach have been getting ready: clothes, luggage, cameras, seforim. And meanwhile, in the Gt. Jamahriya, Summer Camp Youth have sent a cable to the Leader of the Revolution:
Youth Summer Camps for this Year expressed their pride of the big achievements realized by the leader of the Revolution and put Libya on the political, economic and social world map.

The participating youth in these summer camps underlined their firm adherence to science and technology in order to realize a better and brighter future for beloved Jamahiriya.

In a cable sent to the leader of the Revolution, Chairman of the Arab Summit, the youth said:

"We, Libyan youth of tomorrow and hope of the future, declare our adherence to your historical leadership of the Green Revolution, the Revolution of progress and its national principles, raising the banner of the homeland pride and welfare . inspired by your brilliant thoughts towards the salvation of humanity ... Highly commending the honor you gave us by charging Dr. "Saief al-Islam" to directly supervise and take care of the developmental program for Libya of tomorrow and Libya Youth of tomorrow.

Once again, we reiterate our sincere sentiments of love and loyalty to the leader of our Revolution".
In another current offering from JANA we learn that "Thousands of Palestinian Supporters of Palestinian People Took to the Streets in Central London Against Israeli Piracy Crime Against Freedom Ships":
Demonstration of anger continued worldwide organized by supporters of the Palestinian people in Gaza, who belong to different nationality in condemnation 0f the tight blockade imposed by Zionists and against the raids on Freedom Ships.

In this context, around ( 30.000 ) British protestors took to the streets of Central London demanding lift of the siege imposed by Zionists on the people of Gaza and voicing their condemnation of shameful Zionist Piracy operations against ships carrying humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza.

The protestors raised Palestinian flags and posters calling for freedom for Palestinian people reading : "We Sail for Palestine" ... "Justice will Prevail" and "End blockade on Gaza".

Several British Activists spoke at this demonstration in front of 10 Downing Street-- among the speakers was the former British Minister and former MP "Tony Benn" who stressed that masses will always come out victorious.

On the other hand, British Activist, "George Galloway" former MP has announced that two big caravans are to be organized and head for Gaza, one by land and the other by sea after the next blessed month of Ramadan.

Some British protestors said in statements to JANA reporter in London that they strongly condemn the outrageous piracy crime the Zionist Terrorist Army Organization had committed against innocent unarmed civilian activists on board Freedom Fleet .
British nurse named, "Tania Adams said: "I wanted to join Freedom Fleet and to stay in Gaza".

She added: "What happened on board the ship "Marmara" was unbelivable where Israelis were intending to market this matter as being a mere incident, but they could not market these lies".
I cleaned up the strange punctuation and spacing, but not completely. I like seeing George Galloway with quotation marks around his name.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

On L'Affaire Thomas

Helen Thomas has now apologized for her remarks that Israelis should just "go home" to Germany or to Poland or to the United States. She has apologized for contradicting a bunch of platitudes about "respect and tolerance," but she has not corrected the basic distortion that makes her remarks so outrageous.

The great majority of Israeli Jews were born in Israel and conduct their daily lives speaking Hebrew. For them, Israel is the only place which is "home" in any meaningful sense. (And by the way, more Israeli Jews had ancestors who came from Morocco than from all the countries Thomas mentioned put together.)

Israelis constitute a unique nationality and for the most part they are natives to their land. (A "native" is someone who was born in a certain place.) There is a country called Germany, but the "home" for Israel's Jews called "Germany" is a chimera, a myth. Calling on someone to return to an imaginary home is akin to calling for him to breath imaginary air. It is a polite way of regarding him as having no legitimate interests, no humanity. Helen Thomas has not renounced her belief in such murderous fairy-tales. Why should she? She is at home in a vast and respectable mob.

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

Thursday, June 03, 2010

New horizons in revolutionary art

Prepare to have your little Juche heart warmed--this was the "best of the performances presented by art squads recently":
General Secretary Kim Jong Il enjoyed an art performance given by the art squad of KPA Unit 963 together with servicepersons of the KPA.

The squad put on the stage such colorful numbers of diverse genres as female quintet "We Serve the General", male solo and mixed octet "We Will Remain True to the Leadership of the Party", dialogic poem "Gigantic Footprints for Devoted Service", Oungum and female sextet "Bright Moon over Our Country", agitation through reminiscences "Comrades! Take This Revolver, Please!", serial of wartime songs "My Song in the Trench", "To a Decisive Battle" and "For My Only Motherland" and chorus "The Road of Victory".

The performers truthfully represented the invincible might of the strong revolutionary armed forces of Mt. Paektu which grew up to be a matchless army under the care of Kim Jong Il and the firm faith and will of the servicepersons of the KPA to devotedly defend the headquarters of the revolution and surely accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche with arms under his leadership.

They also fully demonstrated the might of the soldier-artistes creditably performing their sacred mission as buglers in the Songun era.

Kim Jong Il congratulated the performers on their successful presentation and expressed great satisfaction over the fact that the members of the art squad of the unit staged a splendid performance rich in ideological contents and high in artistry with art works of great cognitive and educational value which truthfully and vividly reflected the servicepersons' inexhaustible mental power and noble moral traits and their worthwhile service.

Saying that the performers successfully represented the true picture of the revolutionary army of the DPRK dynamically advancing full of optimism and joy with transparent outlook on the leader and the revolution, he repeatedly appreciated their revolutionary style of creating art works.

The performance given by the art squad of the above-said unit, in particular, is the best of the performances presented by art squads recently, he noted, extending special thanks of the supreme commander to all the creators and artistes for having registered distinguished success.

Noting that the servicepersons of the KPA have grown to be indomitable fighters who cherish the spirit of devotedly defending the leader and the spirit of becoming human bombs as their unshakable faith, he stressed that socialism centered on the popular masses in the DPRK is invincible and the revolutionary cause of Juche is sure to emerge victorious as the defense line of the country is reliably defended by that matchless great army.

He advanced important tasks that would serve as guidelines for intensifying the revolutionary and militant art performing activities. [...]
"Comrades! Take This Revolver, Please!" was, of course, composed by Songun Art Union General Secretary, Comrade Hen-Hi Jong Man.

Update: The latest Haveil Havalim is of great cognitive and educational value, reflecting inexhaustible mental power.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Hamas heroically resists evil humanitarian aid

EOZ, as usual, has a good post on this subject. Here is the statement of the IDF Blog:
As of right now, the State of Israel has loaded 20 trucks with various types of aid found onboard the flotilla. Expired medication, clothing, blankets, some medical equipment and toys were among the aid found on the ships.

Unfortunately, the Hamas terror organization is unwilling to accept the cargo and the trucks filled with humanitarian aid have not been allowed to enter the Gaza Strip. It appears that Hamas is in fact stopping the transfer of the humanitarian aid.
(h/t: IMRA)