Monday, October 16, 2017

Big Bang, Big Prinz

"Trump Ignores Advisers on Iran Deal, Follows Money" (Clifton/Lobe).  Note the shekels for Cotton, to whom Trump has punted.  We talk a lot about Sheldon, but Singer may be the real problem.

"Trump puts Israel first with UNESCO withdrawal" (Abunimah).  "Donald Trump: My master, Benjamin Netanyahu, tells me to decertify the Iran deal" (Alexis).  The UNESCO-Iran one-two sends a clear message that shekels have replaced MAGA.  Sad!

Has anyone calculated the cumulative cost of all the sanctions on American businesses by sanction-mad Washington?  Remember that the sanctions turn American business opportunities into Chinese or Russian business opportunities.  It is madness.

"Israeli TV Shows Footage Of ISIS Training Camp On Israel's Border".  Israel plans to use it's headlopper pals to undo the unwanted Palestinian unity deal:  "Showdown looms between Hamas and Gaza Salafis".

"Iran's Top General Meets With Kurdish President Barzani As U.S. Neocons Push For War".  You don't send a general, even a famous one, to negotiate, you send him to lay down the facts of life.

"Casualties Reported After Iraqi Troops Enter Oil Rich Kurdish City Of Kirkuk; Oil Spikes".  Iran and Iraq appear to be resetting the boundaries of Kurdistan to the traditional Kurdish areas, a sensible precursor to federalism negotiations.

It is curious - or not - that the Turks are notably absent from the Greater Kurdistan issue and are instead fooling around in Syria:  "Turkish army expands deployment in Syria's northwest - rebels".  What we've seen of Erdoğan is that he is much like Trump - he does foolish, impetuous, stupid things based on the emotion of the moment, but lacks the heart to fully commit, and backs off at the slightest resistance.  I get the strong impression that the real players don't take Turkey seriously.

"How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938".  Good reminder, in the middle of an obvious CIA campaign to slaughter Russian diplomats, of the importance and rarity of exceptional diplomats.

"Embroiled Israeli Spin Doctor Rocks Austria With 'anti-Semitic' Campaign Against Chancellor Candidate".  This is some sophisticated rat-fucking, and it worked!  The allies of Israel are the European extreme right.

For what it is worth: "UAE planned to invade Qatar with Blackwater-linked mercenaries: Report".

"Q&A with Mayim Bialik: An observant Jew in Hollywood".  "Harvey Weinstein: Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik accused of 'victim blaming' in New York Times op-ed".

"Israeli Child Abusers" (Aangirfan).

Assange tweet, tweet (!).
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