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Episode: 20 Years in Prison for Boycotting a Foreign Government

I wasn’t planning on this episode. But an article over at The Intercept prompted me to drop everything and dive into this story: The US Congress has a bill, with support, to make it a felony to join any movements with the purpose of boycotting Israel. It carries a fine of 250k and up to 20 years in prison. Such a violation of the 1st Amendment.

So in this episode I break down this law, and the influence of the Israeli lobby behind it. I give some backstory of the Israel lobby in this country and how it’s interests are not Americans interest. No matter what DC tells you.

I also follow up on the Turkey-NATO split and the revenge killings in Mosul.

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Revenge Attacks Grow in and Around ‘Liberated’ Mosul

A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm

AIPAC Still Our Biggest Foreign Agent

US Imperils Nuclear Deal With New Iran Sanctions

Why Isis Fighters Are Being Thrown Off Buildings in Mosul
Netanyahu: Israel Opposes Cease-fire Deal Reached by U.S. and Russia in Southern Syria

Pentagon Furious After Turkey Leaks U.S. Base Locations In Syria

Iranian – Funded Terrorist Group (ISIS) Attacks Iranian Parliament 

ISIS raids Iranian parliament, and the US media and Saudi Arabia tries to sell Americans on Iran being the world’s largest supporter of terror. 

Anyone with a Wikipedia-level understanding of the Middle East knows that ISIS and Iran are enemies, and the US has been fighting WITH Iran in Iraq against ISIS.
Sorry FOX News, John McCain and Bill Kristol. 

Thomas Friedman Asks, Why Not Arm ISIS?

Thomas Friedman, the New York Times columnist who has more interest in selling the American people on Israeli policy than keeping them safe, suggested that we discuss the following question. Why should America fight another war for Iran in Iraq?

Now I despise ISIS as much as anyone, but let me just toss out a different question: Should we be arming ISIS? Or let me ask that differently: Why are we, for the third time since 9/11, fighting a war on behalf of Iran?

In 2002, we destroyed Iran’s main Sunni foe in Afghanistan (the Taliban regime). In 2003, we destroyed Iran’s main Sunni foe in the Arab world (Saddam Hussein). But because we failed to erect a self-sustaining pluralistic order, which could have been a durable counterbalance to Iran, we created a vacuum in both Iraq and the wider Sunni Arab world. That is why Tehran’s proxies now indirectly dominate four Arab capitals: Beirut, Damascus, Sana and Baghdad.

ISIS, with all its awfulness, emerged as the homegrown Sunni Arab response to this crushing defeat of Sunni Arabism — mixing old pro-Saddam Baathists with medieval Sunni religious fanatics with a collection of ideologues, misfits and adventure-seekers from around the Sunni Muslim world. Obviously, I abhor ISIS and don’t want to see it spread or take over Iraq. I simply raise this question rhetorically because no one else is: Why is it in our interest to destroy the last Sunni bulwark to a total Iranian takeover of Iraq? Because the Shiite militias now leading the fight against ISIS will rule better? Really?

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Simple answer to this is, America shouldn’t.

But Friedman doesn’t want to NOT fight a war, he just fears Shite Iran running Iraq. Why? Because this is what the Israel state fears. Instead, like major players in Israel, Mr. Friedman wants us to ponder the idea of supplying ISIS (Al Qeada) with weapons to fight against the Shites. Israel is already providing medical aid to Syrian rebel fighters sworn to Jaba Al Nusra, Al Qeada’s wing in Syria. The lesser of two evils for Israel is having unorganized Sunni groups running rough-shot over the countryside. Thomas Friedman thinks you should agree.

Even Mossad is warning the Israeli government & the US against more sanctions on Iran.

Israel source says leaked report of Netanyahu-Mossad rift on Iran sanctions is ‘Obama’s revenge’

Israeli officials in Jerusalem told Army Radio on Thursday that a report in Bloomberg highlighting the rift between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the vaunted intelligence agency Mossad over Iran sanctions was “the Obama administration’s revenge” over the Republican-controlled Congress’ invitation to the premier to speak before a joint session without consulting the White House.

According to the report, officials from Mossad have lobbied Congressional and administration officials to refrain from imposing new sanctions against Iran for fear that it would lead to a collapse of the Western powers’ talks with the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.

The White House expressed anger over the invite extended to Netanyahu, calling it “a departure from protocol.”

Tzachi Hanegbi, the deputy foreign minister and a Netanyahu ally from the ruling Likud party, told Army Radio that the invite extended to Netanyahu was an attempt by the Republicans to embarrass President Barack Obama.

“There’s tremendous tension between Congress and the administration, and that’s nothing new,” Hanegbi said. “The new Congress was elected just a few weeks ago. There’s been a change in control.”

“Now the Republicans are the majority,” Hanegbi said. “They’re happy about this, and they will look to be a thorn in the president’s side in the remaining two years of his term, while the president will ignore them and continue to implement the policy in which he believes as much as he can.”

“Israel has no interest in being involved in these matters,” Hanegbi said.

Mossad-Backed Jundallah Pledges Support for ISIS

Antiwar.com reports that a terrorist group formerly and openly funded by both the CIA and Israeli intelligence has joined ISIS. The post includes multiple sources including stories from Foreign Policy.

In a statement today Jundallah, a high-profile Balochistan-based Islamist faction, announced that it is pledging loyalty to ISIS, and will back “whatever plans they have” going forward. The move follows reports from the Associated Press last week that the group’s leadership was meeting with ISIS members.

Jundallah is primarily a Balochistan separatist group, active in both Pakistan’s far west and in southeastern Iran. In recent years, the group’s attacks have mostly centered on Iran, and there is evidence they have been backedby Israel’s Mossad in doing so.

Jundallah was originally an ally of al-Qaeda, but had a falling out with them in 2003. The group then started getting funding from what they claimed were CIA agents, and there was ample evidence at the time that it was the US funding them.

Hilary Clinton, The Warhawk Democrat Candidate

Steve Chapman over at Reason has a great piece on the “front-runner” for 2016 on the Democrat side of the ticket. Chapman breaks down Hilary’s past war-loving ways.

 Like the Iraq invasion:

 

“Unlike Obama, Clinton supported the Iraq invasion. In the months before the war, she defended Bush’s handling of Saddam Hussein in a way calculated to make her look presidential. “I know a little bit about what it’s like on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, making these difficult decisions,” she confided””.

 And the Afghanistan “Surge”:

“In Afghanistan, she favored a bigger troop surge than the one Obama eventually approved, and again, she wanted American forces to leave later rather than sooner. The earlier departure, she warned the president, “would signal we were abandoning Afghanistan,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates wrote in his memoirs.”

 Let’s not forget Libya of course:

 

“The civil war in Libya was just another chance to do that. While Gates was highlighting the dangers of getting pulled into the conflict, Clinton was dying to scratch her chronically itchy trigger finger. A big reason the president eventually agreed to bomb Libyan targets was that, as Gates pointed out, Clinton was pushing him so hard in that direction.”

 Most recently, arming Al-Qeada in Syria:

 

“When an insurgency erupted there, Time magazine’s Michael Crowley reports, “she teamed up with CIA Director David Petraeus to devise a plan to arm and train moderate rebel factions”—a plan similar to what John McCain was demanding. This time, though, Obama decided the risks were too great.”

Here is a nice article about those very rebels crucifying people in Syria.

 She also is a great proponent of “pre-emptive” strikes on Iran:

 

“Going back to 2007, she has stressed the option of launching airstrikes to keep Tehran from getting the bomb. Like most in her camp, she acts as though a pre-emptive attack would be quick and easy—instead of being the opening round of a war that would not stick to her script any more than Iraq stuck to Bush’s.”

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Russia’s Geopolitical Dealing Continues

Russia and China announced a new “maritime cooperation-2014” between military’s this week. Ministers from both armed forces met in Shanghi this week.

While China is expanding relations with Russia, the U.S. is stepping up it’s sanctions against China’s new best friend.

The Chinese put out a stern warning to the U.S., that any new sanctions on Russia would only help “escalate tensions” between the countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Monday,

 

“We believe that sanctions are inconducive to the solution of problems. On the contrary, they will escalate tensions,” he said.

 It is not in line with any side’s interests to impose sanctions, he added. “We call on all parties concerned to continue dialogue and negotiations so to resolve the crisis in a political way.”

 Qin told a daily press briefing that China has been in touch with all relevant nations, including G7 nations, since the Ukrainian crisis erupted, and made clear the nation’s stance on the issue.

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RT is reporting that Russia and Iran have struck a new $10 Billion energy deal to help bring “thermal and hydroelectric plans, along with a transmission network” to the country. From RT:

Iran and Russia are negotiating a power deal worth up to $10 billion in the face of increasing US financial alienation. The construction of new thermal and hydroelectric plants and a transmission network are in the works.

Iran’s Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian met his Russian counterpart Aleksandr Novak in Tehran on Sunday in order to discuss the potential power deals, according to Iran’s Mehr news agency.

“[Expansion of] Iran-Russia relations are not only to the benefit of the two nations, but also are beneficial to entire region,” Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, stated in a meeting with Novak in Tehran on Sunday, reported Iran’s FARS news agency.

Plans include the construction of hydroelectric and thermal generating plants and a new transmission network. The possibility of Russia exporting 500 megawatts of electricity to Iran is also on the cards, said Mehr.

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The American Empire’s base, or the “sovereign” nation of Bahrain also made a new investment deal with Russia this week:

The governments of Bahrain and Russia have signed a deal to cooperate on investments, at a time when U.S. and European governments are imposing economic sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

Bahrain is a U.S. diplomatic ally in the Gulf, and its decision suggests Western sanctions may not deter other countries from continuing to expand business ties with Russia.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Bahraini sovereign wealth fund Mumtalakat to identify and work together on investment opportunities in their countries.

Mumtalakat chief executive Mahmood al-Kooheji will join the RDIF’s international advisory board, helping to formulate its strategic direction, the statement added.

The Bahraini fund is one of the smaller sovereign funds in the Gulf, with $7.1 billion of assets as of last September. The RDIF is a $10 billion fund created by Russia’s government to make equity investments, mainly in the Russian economy.

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The Overblown Iran Nuclear Threat

  I have been listening to the Scott Horton Show a lot lately. One of his most frequent guests is Sheldon Richman from the The Future of Freedom Foundation. The FFF does a lot of work focused on US Middle East policy from a libertarian-leaning political philosophy. The foundation is very critical of Israeli policy towards the region (as am I).

The article below by Richman discussions the overblown Iran nuclear threat. Richman points to an excellent new book as his source evidence. Gareth Porter’s new book, “Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare” ) is a treasure to anyone looking into the intelligence games behind the Iran nuclear situation. An example that Richman uses in his article is:

For example, in 2007 and 2011, America’s 16 intelligence agencies issued national-security estimates finding that any research the Iranians had been doing on nuclear weapons was terminated in 2003 — perhaps not coincidentally, the same year the U.S. military overthrew Iran’s archenemy, Saddam Hussein of Iraq.

 President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and the mainstream media never tell the American people this. Wouldn’t you think that’s a critical piece of information for evaluating the U.S.-Iran relationship?

The article noted above is Richman’s latest work, “The Ayatollahs’ Overlooked Anti-WMD Fatwas”. The article can found over at the FFF’s website, fff.org.

Israel Begins to Sell Weapons to Iran

I will repeat it once more, so the neoconservatives can understand: Israel begins to sell weapons to Iran. The US AND Israel have been caught supplying IRAN with arms. Israel…is supplying Iran…..with military jet parts and other “arms”. These arms may of course be used to fund Assad in Syria. The same Assad that Israel has denounced Iran for supporting. The hypocrisy is disgusting.

See for yourself.

 

Iran sending warships close to US borders -Link Shared from Drudge Report

This is a normal military exercise in response to a global empire with dozens of bases on the country’s borders (land & sea).

This will be spun as an “aggressive” act towards the peaceful USA in the media.

Let’s all be adults.