Excellent: "The Truth About Israel, Boycotts, and BDS" (Video)

In my view, most of the time, Mehdi Hasan misses the mark. This time, he hits the bull's eye dead center with every shot (video below).

Incoming members of Congress, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, have both come out in favor of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement — the first House members to ever do so. Critics, however, suggest that BDS is anti-Semitic and undermines a two-state solution in the Middle East. Others say supporters of BDS aren't consistent in their criticism of human rights and unfairly focus on the actions of Israel. In his latest video essay, The Intercept's Mehdi Hasan examines — and debunks — some of the myths and controversies surrounding the BDS movement.


I completely supported BDS against South Africa. I was never anti-White. I was against racism. I still am. I support BDS against Israel. I have never been anti-Jew. I am against Zionist impunity. What I'm not for concerning BDS is going so far that people are reduced to poverty or must go without health care and sanitation and such. So, I think it would be fair to say that I'm not about punishing Zionists for their evil but more not rewarding them for it, not looking the other way about it.

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All Jews aren't thieves

If it's anti-Semitic (anti-Jew) to be opposed to what the Zionists are doing in the West Bank, then all Jews are thieves. All Jews aren't thieves.

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It's about time an official of Israel denounced the glorification of Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera of Ukraine

I understand a sort of nationalism that wouldn't want to have been under either Nazism or Bolshevism, but Bandera really wasn't anti-Nazi. He was an avowed fascist. Those who glorify him do so for his fascistic nationalism. He had his ups and downs with the Nazis, but he sided with them for the duration.

Of course, there are plenty of fascists in the West, in the UK, in the US, in government in high places. It's something they keep quiet about in public.

What are they? They are corporatists. First and foremost, they are anti-democratic. They only tolerate a so-called level of democracy they can control for their corporatist ends. Nationalism in the ethnic and racial senses is actually not as important to them at their highest ranks as it was before WWII; however, most still ultimately hold white-supremacist views.

The Bolsheviks were their greatest enemy. Bolshevism is also anti-democratic but anti-corporatist.

What neither wanted, or wants, is full national democracy or international democracy and especially not supranational democracy.

Supranational democracy is the future.

So, here we have Ukrainians continually trying to resurrect Stepan Bandera as a hero. The Zionist leaders in Israel are certainly not anti-ethnic nationalism, far from it, but they find their strange bedfellows in Ukraine difficult to fully embrace and endorse publicly due to Bandera's Nazism.

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On: "Maria Butina Endgame"

In my own public efforts to make the case for improved Australian governmental relations with Russia and China, I am careful to ensure that nothing I say or write could be construed as indicating any ‘conspiracy’ or ‘collusion’ with any Russian or Chinese national who was not an exempt accredited diplomat.


Well, I, for one, refuse to walk on eggshells over this.

Let me be absolutely clear. Any governmental official for Russia who wants to communicate with me about how to improve US-Russia relations is welcome to start an open discussion along those lines right here and now by commenting in the comment section below this post.

If President Putin wants to communicate directly with me on the subject, I'll be happy to talk with him and won't, even for a second, hide that fact from anyone, including President Trump. If President Trump or anyone else doesn't like that, let him or her try to stop me.

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How anarchist Emma Goldman energized the US free-press debate

Two weeks before Goldman’s deportation, Holmes changed course by dissenting in Abrams. Twelve years later, Holmes was part of a 5-4 majority that struck down a Minnesota law that allowed the government to restrain “nuisance” newspapers from publication. The case marked the first time the Court overturned a law based on its interpretation of the speech and press clauses.

By then, Goldman was living in France, finishing her biography, Living My Life, in which she documented her fight for the freedom to publish and to speak while in the U.S. She died in 1940 and was buried near Chicago, near the graves of anarchists who died in the Haymarket Riot of 1886.

For nearly a century, legal scholars have marked the Supreme Court’s decision in Schenck as the starting point for First Amendment precedent—the beginnings of the First Amendment as we have come to know it. Abrams, later that year, provided us our first theory of the First Amendment. But until we credit Goldman with blazing a trail for the first precedent-setting decisions and encouraging a national discussion, via newspapers, about the meaning of free expression, our understanding of this crucial period in American history is incomplete.


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Maria Butina pleads guilty to trying to improve US-Russia relations. Well, so do I.

Maria Butina "pleaded guilty to conspiracy to not register as an agent of a foreign government ...." This story is ridiculously overstated, even a farce.

According to the article, Maria wasn't known to have been working for the Russian government. Maria was never identified as a Russian spy for the Russian government. Maria came to the US to promote friendship between the US and Russia at the highest levels if possible. Wow! What a crime. Maria pleaded guilty to a "crime" that was never really used until Trump became President. Maria pleaded guilty probably to get the US off her back as soon as possible.

What would have happened had Maria been completely left alone rather than hounded? The worst case scenario as far as all the stories have revealed about her is that there would have been better and more friendly dealings between the US and Russia at the highest levels.

I wish they had left her alone.

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Michael Cohen sentencing: Trump’s former lawyer ‘to state publicly all he knows about president’

As part of the deal, publisher American Media Inc (AMI) admitted that it made the $150,000 payment to Ms McDougal, “in concert” with Mr Trump’s presidential campaign to make sure her story was not published and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. It marked another potentially worrisome legal development for the president.


"In concert" meaning what exactly? It's way too vague. Why didn't the article explain the whole context. In concert could be nothing more than like thinking without any direct interaction.

Is all "news" now spin? Where's the journalism that simply aims at publishing the truth no matter what? Well, if it's advertiser-based, good luck with that. If it's donation-based, good luck with that too. It really calls into question the human spirit.

By the way, some lawyers just think ahead about book sales and maybe movie rights. Keep that in mind. Hype.

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It's not organic if it's not organic: end the use of synthetics in organic

Urgent Action Needed to Save Organic Standards!

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The Indiscreet Charm of the Gilets Jaunes [Yellow Vests]

Quite so:

By Sunday, the corporate media were insinuating that diabolical Russian Facebook bots had brainwashed the French into running amok, because who else could possibly be responsible? Certainly not the French people themselves! The French, as every American knows, are by nature a cowardly, cheese-eating people, who have never overthrown their rightful rulers, or publicly beheaded the aristocracy. No, the French were just sitting there, smoking like chimneys, and otherwise enjoying their debt-enslavement and the privatization of their social democracy, until they unsuspectingly logged onto Facebook and … BLAMMO, the Russian hackers got them!
Nothing scares the Identity Politics Left quite like an actual working class uprising.


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"Prominent Chinese pastor held on suspicion of inciting subversion": Concerning that, what is Trump doing to make America great?

One brave man:

"I am filled with anger and disgust at the persecution of the church by this Communist regime, at the wickedness of their depriving people of the freedoms of religion and of conscience," Wang wrote, according to the statement.

Wang also wrote that he did not consider it his mission to change the institutions that ruled China: "I accept and respect the fact that this Communist regime has been allowed by God to rule temporarily."

"Regardless of what crime the government charges me with, whatever filth they fling at me... I categorically deny it," he wrote.


Please note that President Donald Trump's tariffs are not directly tied to China ending its persecution of Christians (and other innocents).

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