The Hottest Potato 277


Taking on the Zionist lobby head-on is well nigh impossible.

I have written a stunning piece on Werritty, Israel and a neo-con plot to attack Iran. It contains information not published anywhere, even here. I have circulated it to several national newspapers, for each of which I have written many times. I have never had a piece refused before.

Several national papers have checked out my story factually and nobody has found a single hole in it. But nobody will publish it. I reproduce below every email I have received from any of these papers in reply. They show what a hot potato a serious anti-Zionist is – and I strongly suspect that the repeated inability of editors to make decisions which emerges from these emails shows they need on this subject to consult their proprietors.

The emails are given with the source removed and which is from which paper disguised, because I don’t wish to attack anyone in particular for this generic fear of the Israeli lobby, and also because I hope I may one day work for them again. In fact I still have not received an actual “no” from anybody – just a repeated batting off of the hot potato. The story is so good nobody can actually think of an excuse to refuse it, but they dare not accept it.

I think some of the individuals involved are ashamed. Each of the papers have had the article between five and ten days – which when you consider how the newspaper industry works, is an astonishing period in which nobody is able to make a decision.

“Sorry. … is the editor.”

“Just back in after being out most of day. Jury (i.e. editor) is still out on this one. I’ve spoken to …, and emailed him your copy. Will report back in the morning.”

“Dear Craig, sorry to have been slow back, but I’m on holiday. I’ve looked at your earlier email and can’t find the attachment you mention (of the long piece), but think I’ve got the basic idea. I’m no longer comment editor and don’t commission pieces, but would recommend getting in touch with …(who is comment editor, currently editing …) if you’re thinking of a comment piece. If it’s more news, then … worth talking to, or maybe one of the reporters who’s worked on the Werrity case. Let me know how you get on, all best,”

“Hi Craig OK, had some feedback from the editor. We can’t do anything on this this week, for various reasons. In an ideal world, we would like to hold on to it for another week. We would then have our politics team make some inquiries and then run your piece – or a version of it – alongside a news story on this particular issue (providing of course that our team can come up with one). Obviously there are quite a few ifs and buts here – we can’t guarantee that we will run the piece – so I completely understand if you feel that this is unsatisfactory and that you want to cut your losses and take it elsewhere. In that case, we’ll simply pay you the £200 we’ve already agreed and hope you will consider us again the next time you have something.”

“OK, thanks Craig. Will give you a call or drop you a line tomorrow.”

“I’m temporarily out of action- deal w …?”

“Well, we can pay £200 to hang on to it until tomorrow and then I’ll have to talk to the editor about what he wants to pay to run it but if we ran it at the length you sent it, it would be a minimum of, say, £1,500”

“Yes, there was talk of it on the Today programme as well.”

“Yes, sorry for delay in replying. The answer is we are interested in your piece. It’s too early in the week to say that we’re definitely going to run it. Can we sit on it for the time being and talk again late tomorrow? Naturally, we’ll pay you for the piece”

“Good stuff.”

“Hi Craig. Thanks for your email. This other meeting might allow us to take the story on and reprise a lot of the material which was left out of our original story. What do you think?”

“Hello Craig Thanks for this. Let me have a read and a think about it and then I’ll get back to you. Cheers”

“Craig Having now had a look at your piece, let me have a bit more time to think about it, would you? best wishes”

“Craig I’ve been out of town and offline until this morning. But I’m no longer comment editor, so I don’t commission any articles anyhow best wishes”

“Craig. As I mentioned, I am off this week. I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you on Saturday. I have handed your piece over to …, the Foreign editor, and recommended it to him. He is extremely experienced and will have its best wishes at heart as well as the knowhow to secure its place in the paper. I do hope he and you can make it work. With good wishes”

“Craig.. Thank you. I have read it and have now shown it to the editor. He is having a think. I’ll get back to you as soon as I know anything … ”

UPDATE

The banned article can now be read here


277 thoughts on “The Hottest Potato

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  • Fedup

    Abe Rene,
    Weimar Germany was a democratic country which democratically voted in the Nazi regime. That made the country as a whole guilty,
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    Application of same logic, would stand every Israeli guilty of war crimes, and genocide. Your histrionics somehow don’t include the current levels of violence and force application on Palestinians, so far as staging a medieval siege on Gaza, and kidnapping anyone who attempts to breach the siege.

  • Fedup

    Israel seeking to upgrade its nuclear weapons capabilities

    Meanwhile back at the ranch Israel seeking to upgrade its nuclear weapons capabilities How is about that for a bunch of unstable aggressive warmongers suffering from Masada complex (as in Jones Town, and Waco Texas Branch Dravidian)?
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    Amano probably never reads anything other than the stuff he is told to read, and we all know that Liar Bibi (as per Sarkozy and Obama) who keeps supplying Amano with little notes to read. So Amano will not be reporting on Israel seeing as he has not read this article. There again Israel is not even a signatory to NPT, but does supply “intelligence” to IAEA about the signatories of NPT.
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    This is the stuff of comedy in a sane world.

  • Edward

    This article sounds like the bubonic plague. It renders editors “out to lunch”, “on vacation”, or otherwise out of action. Asia Times might publish it.

  • mary

    I liked the style of this poem on Counterpunch, its content and its message. I look at Poets Basement there every weekend.
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    To Supporters of President Obama
    by JOHN HALLE
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    I have a proposal for you.
    You will cease sending me
    Promotional materials for his campaign
    Trumpeting what you claim to be
    His magnificent record of progressive accomplishment.
    I will not respond with links to point by point rebuttals
    To virtually every one of these supposed “victories”
    Or with broadsides exposing the record of this administration
    In trampling civil and constitutional rights,
    Perpetrating war crimes and enabling environmental pillage
    And other outrages too numerous to mention here.
    Let us agree to no longer talk about our first African American President
    And turn the discussion to a happier subject:
    How we will occupy, destroy the credibility of, and, where necessary
    Prosecute and eventually incarcerate
    The criminal Wall Street banker class and its enablers
    In the media, academia and government.

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    John Halle teaches music theory at the Bard College Conservatory. He is a former Green Party Alderman from New Haven’s ninth ward. He can be reached at: [email protected].

  • wendy

    guardian deletes:http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2011/nov/11/tony-blair-democracy-friendly-religion?commentpage=all#start-of-comments
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    “There will be no peace in our world without an understanding of the place of religion within it.”
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    and yet blair justified his personal reasons for iraq (after the deceits of WMD had been laid bare) , the deaths of up to a million people, on the basis of his christianity and his relationship with his god.
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    “Then there are those that insisted that as the Arab revolution knocked over long-established regimes and created movements for democracy, so those societies’ religiosity would take second place to the new politics. It hasn’t happened.”
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    the arab revolution has not knocked over long estqablished regimes, it has merely changeed the face of those regimes, largely led by US / UK Govt use of facebook and twitter as a ploy to instil the idea of people power under the guise of freedom and democracy. it is not about religion but about our corporate, political and economic needs.
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    “The virus of terror based on a perversion of the proper faith of Islam shows no signs of abating. ”
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    and what about the virus of terror created by neo conservatism, that perversion of humanitarian intervention into one that resolves itself as self empowerment and financial rewards.
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    “But it is not only the acts of terror that should alarm us. It is the extremism that promotes persecution of religious minorities, too.”
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    the west has been responsible for over one million deaths mostly muslims, with minimal loss to our christian communities it is curious how we determine their terror but have no perception of the terror we wield.
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    “The challenge is that much greater where human dignity is not respected and freedom of religion denied. This results in a general oppression of people of faith. It means we must support Muslims in Gujarat, India; non-Orthodox Christians in Moldova; Bahai’s in Iran; Ahmadis in Pakistan; all Christians in north Africa; Hindus in Sri Lanka; Shia in several Sunni majority countries, and other places.”
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    but not palestinians, or muslims in the UK who were and continue to be sacrificed in the media so that we can continue to asset strip muslim nations, not only of their dignity, culture but their resources.
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    “I offer here a third way.”
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    bomb afghanistan, bomb iraq, bomb iran …
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    “At the same time our voice cannot predominate over the basic democratic system that functions equally for all, irrespective of those of faith or of none.”
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    but the fact is your voice did usurp democratic systems.
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    “It is about free media; freedom of expression; and about freedom of religion. It is also about an independent judiciary and the rule of law”
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    and yet under labour all of these facets of the state are increasingly controlled by the state , the independence of the judiciary and rule of law was an anathema to the nu labour choristers
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    “If democracy is to function effectively therefore, religion itself has to embrace the open mind not the closed mind.”
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    and yet in your case, it closed doors and minds and demanded iraq war.
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    “With the best will in the world, protective constitutional provisions will remain paper aspirations if religious and government leaders do not educate their constituencies in religious minority rights.”
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    and yet under labour and now tories, muslim rights to burka and other religious attributes are attacked on a daily basis. it was this religious right that was abused by you for the afghanistan war. and now afghanistans women are (as with iraqi women) today less free under our placemen.
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    “A commitment to human dignity means concrete action: training law enforcement officers to uphold these values, teaching from primary school upwards of respect and understanding for people of other faiths, religious literacy for national leaders.”
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    and that dignity appears to stop at palestinian borders .
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    “The defence of the rights of people of other beliefs should be a routine part of their work, just as they defend the rights of their own community. Otherwise how can they stand as champions of universal values?”
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    yet as mid east envoy you have not demanded the rights of palestinians, “arabs” be upheld .
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    “But it is the interpretation of these truth-claims that is the problem; the repeated human desire to claim that God is on our side, that we have formed the Party of God, that our human frailty, cruelty and inhumanity is sanctioned by God. ”
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    or even as the man of god.
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    “That is where faith belongs. And why the world needs it.”
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    god does not need tony blair , tony blair needs god though.

  • mary

    This rare piece in the Guardian.
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/nov/12/st-pauls-canon-occupy-protest
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    When members of the Occupy camp join Remembrance Day services at St Paul’s Cathedral, their ranks will be swelled by a group of military veterans with their own list of grievances against the establishment.
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    At least 15 former service personnel have now pitched up outside the cathedral and at nearby Finsbury Square, many in protest over treatment of veterans or the conflicts that have burdened them with mental or physical scars.
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    Their presence is an indication of the evolving support base of the anti-capitalist Occupy movement, which has been endorsed by a senior figure at St Paul’s, just weeks after the protests led to the resignation of three of the cathedral’s leading clerics.
    Among the veterans is Michael Brandon – known to friends as Ace – who left the army 20 years ago. He has spent the past two decades mostly homeless, during which he slipped into alcoholism and began self-harming – his wrists are criss-crossed with scar tissue where he has slashed himself with razor blades.
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    At the Occupy Finsbury Square site, Brandon has set up Ace Bikes, a bicycle repair business, to raise funds for the movement. The 46-year-old, like other veterans at the camp, says that he is protesting for better opportunities for their children – in Brandon’s case, for his five-year-old son, Daniel James. Brandon says an incident in Northern Ireland triggered his psychiatric problems.

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    /….

  • Young One

    In the very same week when everybody was busy with Remembrance Day, Phoney Blair was busy hussling Billions from the tax payers for “state building” projects.

  • Jeff Softley

    I was fortunate to get my anti-zionist piece published a couple of years before Mearsheimer and Walt wrote their work The Israeli Lobby … but, it was for a start-up U.S. news website called The Rawstory … a testament to the courage of the young founder/editor John Byrne … not long after the articles editor told me my work was no longer needed (of course)

    Here is my take on it:
    http://www.rawstory.com/exclusives/softley/soft.htm

    I managed to fly-under-the-radar since I was just a freelancer and the website was new (I’m sure I’m on all the zionist’s lists now)

  • TK

    I do not wish to muddle the argument but, what’s telling is that, according to The Remnants of Auschwitz (Georgio Agamben), those who had lost one’s will to live: the living dead were called Musselman (literary, the Muslim) among the inmates in the Nazi camp. Agamben draws parallels between this deprivation of humanity with the treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo, whose citizenship, rights, dignity were suspended in his States of Exception.
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    Living in the society where one’s worth is calculated by his/her productivity; it seems that the world has turned into a vast open prison where everyone is a Musselman.

  • Ex Pat

    Ha. Bloody. Ha. Asia Times is as bent as a nine bob note.
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    > This article sounds like the bubonic plague. It renders editors “out to lunch”, “on vacation”, or otherwise out of action. Asia Times might publish it. – ‘Edward’
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    ‘Asia Times’ is a US Operation Mockingbird operation. 1. They employ a known Zionist shill posing as a sodomite. (ER, Shome mishtake shurely? Ed.) ER, my bad. Posing as ‘Spengler.’ –
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    Previously –
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    PEPE ESCOBAR’S STRINGS – WHO’S PULLING THEM ???
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    THE HALL OF MIRRORS THAT IS (DIS)INFORMATION
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    Suspicious minds are very certain that Asia Times is an Operation Mockingbird Mk II resource as it continues to give Zionist-Nazi ‘Spengler’ a platform to spread _very_cheap_ Neocon / Zionist propaganda. (*1). Then Pepe Escobar who is usually both interesting and funny, here and on Real News, had a dodgy two weeks during the Iran coloured revolution in 2009 when he didn’t seem to be quite his usual acerbic-and-bitingly-satirical self about the US.
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    Pepe Escobar at Real News –
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    http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=317&Itemid=317&jumival=escobar&search=search
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    ‘Strings Attached?’ – ‘Are Pepe Escobar’s strings showing? If so, who is pulling them???’ – Comment to ‘Obama Squeezed Between Israel and Iran,’ by Pepe Escobar – March 25, 2010 – ICH –
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    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25073.htm
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    JOHN LE CARRE
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    Q. Why is there a war on terror?
    A. “Because the US has not learned how to hold itself together without an external enemy.” “What you have to do – ask Karl Rove – is make sure that people are frightened.” !!! – @3.36 –
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGhNVmZlGyo#t=03m36s
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    “We in old Europe know about war and we don’t want anymore war. We hate war. The United States, alas, has still to interpret politics in military terms and that’s a catastrophe.” @6.00 –
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eukzmGPDHJE#t=04m50s
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    “These days it’s very hard to buy, or to read, uninfluenced, unbought, opinion. Whether in the press, in politics, on radio, on television. Increasingly people are afraid of offending against the corporate or the collective voice.” Which doesn’t even start to consider the (im)pure propaganda organs – like Asia Times(?). – Part 3 – @ 7.18 –
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eukzmGPDHJE#t=07m18s
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    (*1) Operation Mockingbird – Spartacus Schoolnet –
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    http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKmockingbird.htm
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mockingbird
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    ASIA TIMES – BENT
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    Zionist-N__i ‘Spengler’ –
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    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=mondoweiss+goldman+spengler&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=
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    Zionist-N__i ‘Spengler’ – Link fails, but included in google search, above. –
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    http://mondoweiss.net/2008/06/three-weeks-ago-i-did-a-post-about-the-writer-spengler-showing-how-he-used-multiple-personae-under-the-byline-shushon-he-wa.html

  • Arsene Wenger

    sounds like you got paid for the article several times over. way to go. trebles all round.

  • Klavier Lernen

    I prepared to translate it and send it to various other countries. I look at the instances highlighted the 1st two clearly take an anti Israeli policy line while the 3rd seems vague and has little context. The 1st 2 it is now clear that any comment critical of Israeli government policy will be taken by the guardian as being potentially read by person or persons unknown as anti Semitic and will be erased. I completely understand if you feel that this is unsatisfactory and that you want to cut your losses and take it elsewhere.

  • mary

    Those who wish to silence Craig are having a jolly time at Runnymede. They have already heard from the stooge chairman of the BBC, Lord Patten yesterday and today:
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    The lecture will open and set the scene for the conference that has the title Magna Carta II – A modern Media Charter
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    Based at Runnymede on Thames on the edge of London where King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215, the conference will focus on media freedom and its role in a democratic society.
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    The conference is always a hub of media discussion, strategy and vision that has become one of the major events in the media calendar. The conference will focus on the experience of editors across all sectors of the media, explore best practice and the best ways of ensuring the media’s freedom to serve audiences in the 24-hour, global media age of the internet.
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    Current president of the Society of Editors is Robin Esser, Executive Managing Editor of the Daily Mail. He is due to be succeeded by vice president Francesca Unsworth, Head of Newsgathering at the BBC.
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    [..]
    The conference will focus on freedom – freedom of the media and freedom of expression for everyone.
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    Magna Carta guaranteed trial by jury, created inquests into sudden deaths and provided for habeas corpus – no imprisonment without good reason and the publicity necessary to prevent it.
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    All of those are being debated again in 2011 for a variety of reasons and the media which has developed a special and vital role in democracy still has no formal guarantee of freedom to match America’s First Amendment.
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    Monday 14 November will be given over to working sessions on numerous topics with time in between to meet friends old and new. The annual gala dinner will follow in the evening for hundreds of media guests. The conference will wrap up with the Tuesday morning 20-20 Vision breakfast seminar and the incoming president’s address.

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    Have you ever read such bilge and hypocrisy?
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    http://www.societyofeditors.co.uk/page-view.php?pagename=conference

  • ingo

    Where is it? Monday morning comes, a lot of crowing has been done. Monday morning publishers print Sunday night.

    I hope that the Irish press will take this story, otherwise it might not see the light of day.
    made a lot of people aware of what is going to happen, so whatever is going on?

  • mary

    It’s called Chutzpah Komodo.
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    Chutzpah ( /ˈhʊtspə/) is the quality of audacity, for good or for bad, but it is generally used positively. The Yiddish word derives from the Hebrew word ḥuṣpâ (חֻצְפָּה), meaning “insolence”, “audacity”. The modern English usage of the word has taken on a broader meaning, having been popularized through vernacular use in film, literature, and television. The word has also been able to be interpreted as meaning the amount of spunk or ability that an individual has.

  • Komodo

    Thank you, Mary. I used the term earlier (some distance above), and I know.

    In English, it’s called barefaced cheek.

    Anyway, if you’re media, book a flight to TA now, and ensure your place in the specially erected grandstand overlooking Gaza. Just remember, the spectacular explosions will only be killing untermensch in their filthy ghetto.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/9945121

  • Komodo

    More ethnic cleansing imminent:
    “One of the obstacles in the way of the “empty land” myth is some 27,000 Bedouin living in Area C. About 80 percent of them are already refugees, deported from the Negev desert around 1950. In a gradual, calculated process that has been going on since the 1970s, the Israeli bureaucracy has been closing in on them, limiting their nomadic way of life and destroying their livelihood as shepherds, while preventing them from improving their living standard on the sites they do inhabit.
    An obstacle to the immediate plans for expanding Ma’aleh Adumim and its sister settlements, until they close ranks with Jerusalem, are some 2,400 Bedouin living east of the capital. In a few weeks or months, the Israeli authorities will implement a plan for their expulsion and forced concentration near a hazardous garbage dump, in a village also born out of the sin of expulsion for the sake of Ma’aleh Adumim and its expansion.”
    http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/features/it-s-not-that-israel-is-finding-new-ways-to-expel-palestinians-it-s-that-no-one-cares-1.395437

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    Ma’aleh Adumim? That rings a bell. Oh, yes, that’ll be Poju Zabludowicz’s little venture. One of the BICOM guys who subbed Werritty, you recall. You don’t?
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    According to Electoral Commission records, Zabludowicz’s company, the Tamares private investment group, which is based in London, New York, Lichtenstein and Tel Aviv, provided £15,000 for Cameron’s leadership campaign in 2005 and donated £55,000 to Conservative funds in 2006 and 2007.

    Of course, the Conservatives are not the sole UK beneficiaries of Zabludowicz’s largesse. On 4 January 2009 at the height of the Israeli onslaught in Gaza, Rajeev Syal published an article entitled, How the pro-Israel lobby in Britain benefits from a generous London tycoon in the Observer. The report revealed that “Company accounts show that Zabludowicz, whose fortune was founded on the success of his father’s arms company, donated £937,995 to Bicom in 2007, around half its total income, and £341,694 in 2006”. BICOM is the British Israel Communication and Research Centre which the report described as “Britain’s most active pro-Israeli lobbying organisation”.
    (Source: Middle East Monitor, 30 March 2010)

  • John Goss

    Jeff Softley, considering your piece was written 7 years ago I found it quite perceptive. There are Israeli and Muslim elites which although small in number have a powerful grip on the media and on control of public opinion. I’m coming back to the opinion that Freemasonry, the mystical anti-Christian side of Judaism, is responsible for the manipulation of dictates of non-Israelis to the cause (Blair, Bush et al). How the Muslim elites keep control confounds me and I can only assume that certain mosques, like certain churches, have an agenda. Like you say these extreme elites are small but very powerful.
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    There was only one other person wearing a white poppy at my church yesterday. When I got back I was exposed to footage of Blair at the Cenotaph and wanted to throw up.

  • Komodo

    Oh, no, not the bloody Masonic conspiracy again. If Blair is a 33rd degree Mason, (whatever that is) why did he invade Iraq to topple Saddam, who was, allegedly a 33rd degree Mason too?
    Pure lunacy here:
    http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread6496/pg1
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    Still, it’s very hard to disprove. Like the fairies at the bottom of the garden, who are also secretive and have their own agenda.

  • Ishmael

    Craig, if you give me yours I’ll swap mine. Backed up by information to verify what I say.
    I do know a little on the Americans, Israelis and a lot of other interesting stuff. As I said previously Tenet used my work in what I believe was his last paper. Feb 11th, 2003.

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