Sunday, February 12, 2017

Astrolabe

"Le Pen: French Jews Will Have to Give Up Israeli Citizenship" (my emphasis in red):
"Le Pen, a leading contender in the upcoming French presidential contest, told France 2 TV that if elected, she will not allow French citizens to hold on to any citizenship in a non-European country. When asked specifically about Israel and Jews, who form a large community in France, the Front National party leader responded: "Israel isn't a member of the European Union, and doesn't consider itself as such," and therefore a dual French-Israeli citizenship will not be allowed.

Le Pen said that the ban will also apply to citizens of the U.S. and North African countries, but that dual citizens of the EU and of Russia, which she said is part of she termed the "Europe of nations," will be exempted."
"Trump Says US Embassy in Tel Aviv Is not Going Anywhere".  Expectation management before the Bibi meeting.

"Sanders experiences 'technical issue' after joking CNN is 'fake news'".

"Erdogan Curbs Criticism of Trump, Seeking Warmer Relationship" (Cevik is described as "a senior adviser to Mr. Erdogan"):
"At the presidential palace in Ankara, Mr. Cevik suggested that Turkey might tolerate some kind of Kurdish canton in northeastern Syria, but would not accept any Kurdish presence in majority-Arab areas west of the Euphrates River.

“We will knock them out from Manbij, west of Euphrates,” Mr. Cevik said. “We’re not going to touch them east of the Euphrates.”

Mr. Cevik added that it would also be crucial for the Syrian Kurds to distance themselves from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or P.K.K., a Kurdish group that has waged an insurgency in southeastern Turkey for decades, and that Turkey, the United States and European countries have listed as a terrorist group.

“Can’t they be another Barzani?” Mr. Cevik asked, referring to Masoud Barzani, the leader of the Kurdish region in Iraq. “Barzani has excellent ties with Turkey.”"
"Amnesty International Stokes Syrian War". "AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: Humanitarian Spin Merchants and Propaganda Peddlers – UPDATED" (instructive comments from margotizard and TC West).  I still wonder what the point is of this very late propaganda.

"Volunteer Anti-Banderite Patrols sweep Poland".  Poland seems to need a Nazi-deporting Trump.

"Explained: The Controversy Surrounding Keith Ellison's Alleged Past Ties to anti-Semitism".  Bow tie!  "Israeli racist chic comes to New York Fashion Week".

"NFL players pull out of Israel propaganda tour".

"From Sleepovers to Speaking Fees: NYT Profile Reveals Netanyahu's Close Ties to the Kushners".

"Why is CNN spreading fake news about BDS?" (see also):
"Zakaria allowed Lévy to casually link Nazism to the Palestinian BDS movement without a challenge.

“I want to say to the sincere followers [of] this BDS campaign … I’m not sure they know it, [but] this is an anti-Semitic campaign,” Lévy claimed. The interview can be seen in the video posted above.

“This campaign takes its root [from] a long time ago, 60 years ago, in the fringes of the dying Nazism,” he added without offering a shred of evidence.

Lévy went on to assert that the first time that boycott “was recommended against Israel” was by “Nazis escaping Germany, taking shelter in Iraq or in Syria, and building this campaign of BDS.”"

Tweet (The War Nerd):
"So far, Jacobin and The Nation have published awful attempts to kneecap the YPG/J/SDF—the one effective, non-sectarian Leftist militia..."

A tragic mistake from Jacobin:  "Syria and the Left".  The 'tells' are the attack on the PYD and the overemphasis on the efficacy and 'moderate' nature of the Free Syrian Army.  Note the spot-on criticism of the author by Mr. Angry in 2013, until he realized who he was!  Sadly, this kind of mistake speaks to a larger problem with the mostly well-meaning Jacobin.

I'm warning you now this is a waste of time.

The battleship-shaped building in some of the aerial views is the American embassy!  Knights Templar!  Is the astrolabe really upside down by mistake?
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