An Apology 2256


I am so committed to getting my book finished I really don’t have time or energy to blog at the moment, and realise it has been very desultory the last few weeks. I am well and happy, it is just that writing a properly researched history is incredibly intensive. I realise there is much of great interest happening in the world, but I must sometimes cut myself off from it.

This is why I don’t ask for donations for the blog…


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  • Ba'al Zevul

    And Mr Tony will be preaching on The Middle Way ™ today in New York.

    https://www.concordia.net/2017-concordia-annual-summit/#event-320

    His priorities evidently having changed, he is listed as Chairman, European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation & Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

    The ECTR, as we have noted before, is a lobbying spinoff of the ECJ, headed by its founder Moishe Kantor. It supports settlements in the Occupied Territories.

    http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-european-jewish-congress-is-all-too-keen-to-support-israels-settlements/

    Cherie Blair will also favour the Concordia summit with her presence. as she sits on this rich suits’ talking shop’s Leadership Council.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Tony’s been in full mouth-off mode this week. In addition to several ex-cathedra pronouncements on Brexit, which does not apparently appeal to Tony’s backers – who knew?, the Grauniad Online, but not the print edition, contained the Blair solution to the ongoing disaster in the Sahel (you gotta, y’know, form a federation and deal with it…maybe under the auspices of that well-known bringer of peace and contentment, me)…which was of further interest since, though clearly the work of the TBIFGC’s PR team, it was accompanied by the logo of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. See-

    https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2015/02/an-apology/comment-page-41/#comment-696583

    A suspicion is forming that Tony’s attachment to the Clinton teat having weakened over the years, he has now identified a replacement foster-billionaire.

    And at Concordia yesterday, he managed to identify Trump with Brexit, skating just so close to criticism of the former as not to imperil his chances of Trump offering him a sinecure role in the MidEast. Or at Mar-a-Lago. Hilariously, Blair, Asked about Trump’s use of Twitter, … politely criticized the practice. “Trying to reduce complicated things to 140 characters is,” Blair said, pausing for a few seconds, “Is not productive.”

    Indeed, Tony. You need a lot more words than that to reduce complicated things to your own level of comprehension,and rework them to fit your agenda. Many of them untrue.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tony-blair-brexit-trump-happened-3-converging-factors-170609876.html

    On the bright side, Tony does not yet seem to have given his opinion, helpful advice or indeed any secondhand aid, to the unfortunate residents of the Caribbean islands continuing to be devastated by hurricanes. We suppose that leeching charitable funds into nebulous and/or opaque governance projects requires some sort of infrastructure to be in place or the magic doesn’t work.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Tony also popped up yesterday to appreciate the award to King Mohammed VI of Morocco of something or other on behalf of something called The Global Hope Coalition*; allegedly under the auspices of UNESCO –

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tony-blair-brexit-trump-happened-3-converging-factors-170609876.html

    According to its website, GCH is a network of three not-for-profit foundations based in New York, Zurich and Hong Kong, is establishing a global platform to empower courageous individuals who stand up to terror and violence, preserve our cultural heritage and build bridges across cultures. It has no stated involvement with UNESCO, and Blair is not featured either as a ‘leader’ or an ‘expert’. The featured speaker at its $350-a-head dinner yesterday was to have been Emmanuel Macron. Presumably Blair snuck in there on his ECTR card (see above, and passim). They need better security.

    While King Mohammed’s record is pretty good on the preservation cultural heritage, the all-permeating corruption of Moroccan society, and the fact that Mohammed is worth more than $5Bn, must also be attractive to Tony. We are not surprised he has associated himself with the award. Cherie was also in the vicinity, participating in a ‘first lady’ coven under the GCH banner.

    http://www.wvalways.com/story/36315343/first-ladies-experts-and-activists-address-impact-of-terrorism-on-women-and-children

    Another agreeable talking shop on the lucrative circuit, for both, then.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    He just keeps on giving, this week. Celebrating the tenth anniversary of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ (morning chat ‘n’ noos show, umbilically connected to the political elite) along with a couple more mayors, and Senator McCain:

    http://deadline.com/2017/09/mccain-congratulates-morning-joe-for-10-years-of-fake-news-1202172943/

    From this, all Blair and ‘Morning Joe’ seem to have in common is stunning superficiality. There was probably a free breakfast…

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Also on Bloomberg, Blair appears to have warned the Americans that the result of Brexit could be a hard Left UK government. And he thought he’d done away with political choice, too. Still, this is a much more potent threat than mad dictators building nuclear weapons or climate change, and we imagine the CIA is even now constructing an exploding cigar or a boobytrapped toilet seat for Corbyn. The status quo must be maintained:

    https://www.cnbc.com/video/2017/09/19/studies-show-75-percent-of-corporate-tax-burden-borne-by-wage-earner-business-roundtables-josh-bolten.html

    Bloody lefties.

    At another round table, it appears Cherie will be grimacing in synchrony with the notion that slavery is a Bad Thing (even global slavery!*) and urging someone unspecified to Do Something About It. Conclusions will perhaps be reached, networking will occur, there may be a delicious buffet, and it is reasonably certain that the Gulf states will be tactfully omitted from the mailing list for the final Resolution.

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/modern-slavery/true-scale-of-problem-revealed-40-million-people-are-enslaved-a3638236.html

    *Watch the press for details of the Ba’al Institute’s forthcoming Global Forum on Microwaving Kittens, which we are honoured to sponsor. We are calling for global condemnation of kitten-microwavers, in the certain knowledge that our press profile will be enhanced by talking about a cause which no-one would dare to criticise. Even the hard Left.

    • Ba'al Zevul

      Press release on Cherie’s speaking gig battle against global slavery:

      http://www.medianet.com.au/releases/144001/

      Mr. Forrest said punishing businesses and governments only propagates slavery …

      There’s another way? Oh, yes:

      He said that success in combatting slavery will come when businesses work alongside governments in a collegiate, collaborative way through the enforcement of consumers, NGOs and the greater public.

      Cue the Great Rock Candy Mountain and airborne bacon.

      • Ba'al Zevul

        Let’s try that again, shall we?

        Press release on Cherie’s speaking gig battle against global slavery:

        http://www.medianet.com.au/releases/144001/

        Mr. Forrest said punishing businesses and governments only propagates slavery …

        There’s another way? Oh, yes:

        … success in combatting slavery will come when businesses work alongside governments in a collegiate, collaborative way through the enforcement of consumers, NGOs and the greater public.

        Some wing of pork, please, waiter.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    We apologise for this flurry of sightings, but we consider it our duty to discover as much as we can of this extremely devious and dishonest man’s continuing promotion of his personal objectives. Here he was, yet again, on Sunday, again utilising the publicity circus surrounding the UN General Assembly meeting (with which despite carefully-nurtured appearances, he has no official connection whatever):

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/can-centrism-be-a-movement/2017/09/19/a19e877a-9d82-11e7-9083-fbfddf6804c2_story.html?utm_term=.dc37e39f626f

    The parent of New Center, in whose conference about 100 politicians, financial backers and others convened to hear former British prime minister Tony Blair in a conversation with Joe Lieberman,a former U.S. senator from Connecticut and a No Labels co-chair, about the dire need to counter partisan ideology and the concerning global rise of strongman leadership...is No Labels, a US centrist pressure group whose funding is opaque and which has been characterised as wishing to promote austerity. It appears to have been ineffective to date: Wikipedia is entertaining on the subject:

    No Labels has been criticized for a lack of transparency in funding. As a registered 501(c)(4) group, No Labels is not required to release its donor information.[47][53] According to an internal document obtained by Yahoo News, No Labels raised approximately $12 million from 2010 to mid-2014, with another $4 million pledged for 2014.[53] According to a Yahoo News report based on the document, “much of the group’s budget goes toward sustaining or promoting itself,” with 22 paid staffers and eight consultants as of May 2014.[53] Its projected yearly budget for 2014 was $4.5 million, of which 30% was for digital growth and press, 14% for fundraising, 5% for travel, and just 4% for “Congressional Relations.”[53] No Labels listed several of its $500,000 and $100,000-level donors, including billionaire John D. Arnold and his wife and real estate tycoon Alfred Taubman.[47]

    Frank Rich, writing in the New York Times, wrote: “This is exactly the kind of revolving-door synergy between corporate power and governance that turns off Americans left, right and, yes, center. Oblivious to this taint, No Labels named a few fat-cat donors who have ponied up $1 million-plus…What America needs is not another political organization with a toothless agenda and less-than-transparent finances.”[47]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Labels

    Natural Blair country, then. Opaque, vested interests, marketeer’s lobby group. A public ‘conversation’ with Tony Blair implies the usual fat fee.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Shattered-looking Cherie lending the radiance of her presence to another scheme to monetise empower wimmin. Under the auspices of Madame Paul Kagame, whose husband is a client of Tony’s (see above, multiply)

    Madam Jeannette Kagame hosted a discussion on ‘promoting women in international trade,’ admiring SheTrades’ website to continue helping women engage in international trade.

    It is unclear, although Google Translate does a pretty good job with Zulu, if Tony was there (in drag), and whether Cherie was merely there for the canapes:

    These talks were held at the meeting of the UN General Assembly on 19th September by Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson, Foreign Minister of Iceland; Cherie Blair, Mrs. Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of England; Burhan Gafoor, Singapore Ambassador in Loni; Monica Geingos, wife of the Prime Minister of Namibia and others.

    We hope this appearance,(and every other intervention of Cherie’s) was pro bono like what it says on the TBIfGC tin. And that the couple’s security costs were minimised by flying in UK-funded policemen, as usual.

    http://www.igihe.com/amakuru/u-rwanda/article/madamu-jeannette-kagame-yitabiriye-ibiganiro-ku-iterambere-ry-umugore-mu

    Awful picture:

    https://www.igihe.com/local/cache-vignettes/L1000xH751/cover_photo_-_first_lady_jeannette_kagame_is_joined_by_itc_executive_director_arancha_gonzalez_as_well_as_shetrades_supporters_during_the_event_held_yesterday-95d00.jpg?1505901580

    Red card, Cherie. Off.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    The Fundraising Regulator has recently enlarged its scope to accept voluntary registration by commercial companies engaged in fundraising, and outlines the desirability of this, with particular reference to companies fundraising for charitable purposes:

    Stephen Dunmore, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Regulator said:

    “The Charities Act 2016 requires fundraising agreements between charities and third party fundraisers to specify what voluntary fundraising standard the agency undertakes to be bound by. Voluntary registration with the Fundraising Regulator and use of our badge are a key way of demonstrating that requirement. We urge third party fundraisers to lead from the front and show their support for high fundraising standards.”

    Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, said:

    “Agencies play a really important role in the fundraising community, partnering with charities to raise money for their causes, and we are glad that they now have the chance to register with the Fundraising Regulator. We know that many fundraising agencies will welcome this opportunity to show their commitment to high standards and encourage them to do so.”

    https://www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/2017/09/20/fundraising-regulator-launches-registration-commercial-businesses-community-interest-companies/

    Although those registering can demonstrate their interest in accountability by using the ‘Registered With’ logo on their promotional material, we notice that no such logo as yet appears on the magnificent Tony Blair Institute for Global Change And That website. Which may be an accidental oversight on the part of a secretive limited company incorporating the functions of two former charities, a political lobbying group, a PR hub (or pillar) and no visible accounts. Or it may not.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    And then it all went quiet.
    Nothing attributable to Blair from NY on Thursday, though we would welcome correction. Perhaps he left early?

    Naguib Sawiris’ bling taxi, M-USIK, having been parked in Washington on the 18th, suddenly appeared at Teterboro, NY before Wednesday evening, when it flew to Cairo. Apparently it arrived at Cairo around 0640 UTC yesterday.

    Or did it? There is only an inferred ADS track from its last recorded position, well SW of Cairo, heading SE at 45,000 feet, at 0640. The inferred track shows it turning NE at ~23,000 ft around 0828 (sic) immediately after the turn, then a further turn NW completed at about.1552(sic). Those turns took an awfully long time… It looks as if there might have been a little problem with the transponder, such as its being switched off while the plane continued on its original course to, say, Jeddah, or maybe the Gulf, and the transponder (hypothetically) came back on on the much later approach to Cairo on its return. Similar infringements of aviation law have been suspected before, on this aircraft, sometimes when carrying Mr Blair and his entourage: there seems to be no such reticence when the plane is deducibly on Sawiris’ own business.

    • Ba'al Zevul

      Crosschecking, poor ADS coverage. Flew from NY to Hurghada, S of Cairo, landed, then flew back to Cairo. Departed Cairo again ~1545, heading S, destination unknown, but Blair hasn’t shown up in the ME yet anyway. No dirty work at crossroads, sorry.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    John Prescott had a spot of bother with Jo Coburn, BBC 2’s Daily Politics presenter, gender balance for Andrew Neil, and famously unpleasant interviewer. She’s married to YET ANOTHER former Blair advisor, and was not happy when Prescott suggested Tony had passed his sell-by:

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/858659/Brexit-news-eu-european-union-BBC-daily-politics-jo-coburn-john-prescott-Tony-Blair-video

    Josephine – whose Remainer position is loudly expressed – is currently covering the Labour conference, and has been biting, among others, Tracy Rabin – who has called for the ‘best Brexit’ rather than parroting Blair. (She has in the past bitten George Galloway, IDS and John Redwood, if we are fair.) Coburn may also see other routes towards undermining Corbyn’s Labour:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05gtfmz

    …as she apparently joins the programme to inflate a non-issue into the end of civilisation.

      • Ba'al Zevul

        Addendum to the above.

        https://www.thejc.com/community/community-news/liberal-youth-movement-is-thriving-at-70-1.431232

        …famous alumni include Board of Deputies chief executive Gillian Merron, BBC Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn, actor and producer David Thwaites and former UK Ambassador to Is***l Matthew Gould.

        A clutch of prominent clergy, the late Rabbi Lionel Blue among them, also came through the LJY-Netzer ranks….

        …Jo Coburn:

        “I became part of LJY-Netzer (formerly known as ULPSNYC) when I was 12 years old. It was a formative part of my growing up.
        The religious side of all the youth activities was more of a backdrop to a vibrant social and cultural scene. I cut my teeth debating politics, religion and social affairs issues with my peers on weekends away, summer camps and educational trips to Is***l…

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Blair seems to have had increasing trouble lately with rebutting the well-accepted fact that he is an unscrupulous shit with megalomaniac intentions. But here, we see the unflushable floater in 3D and Technicolor ™ We cite this Times c&p of what is on the TBI website, as it is behind a paywall, and the tendentious Islamophobic smear fades mercifully into grey after a few lines. And we don’t link to the TBI.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/tony-blair-institute-finds-that-non-violent-islamist-groups-serve-as-recruitment-pool-for-jihadists-rbvlrp6df

    More than three quarters of British jihadists have been involved with non-violent Islamist groups before turning to foreign fighting and carrying out terrorist attacks, a report has indicated.

    Hear the dogwhistle? Now try this:

    More than three quarters of IDF volunteers have been involved with non-violent Z***ist groups before turning to ethnically cleansing Palestine
    Like at their local synagogue…

    Stripping out the spin, all this says is that of the tiny proportion of radicalised UK Muslims fighting abroad, the majority had demonstrated an interest in Islamism before joining the bad boys. Tony’s Global Hacks would like us to believe the nonviolent groups point the lads in the direction of the violent ones.

    We wonder how this works.

    Our guess is that what actually happens is directly comparable to Tony’s conversion to for-show Catholicism: the Protestant church(=’nonviolent group’) was so hopelessly ineffective in meeting Tony’s need for pomp, circumstance, and the opportunity to confess his manifold sins to someone guaranteed to do nothing about them, that he signed on with the RC’s (=’violent group’) bearing his new spiritual Kalashnikov and doctrinal grenades. O, the evil scheming Cof E*!

    Sure, this analogy goes way too far. Blair talks a good fight, but he always makes someone else face the hazards.

    *Or Cof S. We can’t be bothered checking, but that’s presumably what was punted at Fettes. Which reminds us – 75% of pushy, arrogant and/or messianic ex-politicians out for what they can get at the public’s expense went to prestigious schools. That’s a made-up statistic, but probably not far wrong…

  • Ba'al Zevul

    In which Tony Blair harangues elderly rocker Roger Walker for pointing out similarity between a certain country and another country from which many of the former’s residents were happy to escape some time ago. Uncharacteristic humility from Tony in selecting such a relatively obscure target for his Kantor-sponsored bollocking.

    Though we guess that had Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi , and CEO of Mubadala, the State investment fund which has contributed largely to Tony’s coffers…had he voiced similar opinions to Walker’s, the silence from the TBIFTB would have been deafening.

    https://www.timesofisrael.com/tony-blair-calls-roger-waters-anti-israel-views-ludicrous/

    Aquila non captat muscas, Tony. Particularly to catch them for someone else. More like a herring gull stealing chips, really.

    More cheeringly, we see that Cherie’s wholly independent sister, has just begun teaching at the Hasan Kalyoncu University (HKU) at Gaziantep, as a visiting scholar. The title of the course is:

    İslamofobia, Avrupalılar gözünden İslam, Arap Dünyası ve Medya gözünden İslam
    That is, “Islamophobia, Islam through Europe’s eyes, and through those of the Arab world and media”

    A course from which the TBIfTB could certainly benefit too.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Happy to reblog the TBIfTB’s latest staff opportunity:

    Institutional Funding Manager Permanent ……Experience of successfully fundraising from USAID, EU, SIDA and NORAD, desirable

    You’ll never see a TBIfTB chugger on the street with a bucket. And, if you’re tactful, you’ll never ask what sort of cut the TBI’s taking, from the taxpayers who fund governmental aid budgets, to reward its very expensive suits for making sure the remainder goes to TBI-approved causes.

    And it’s not even a charity.

    https://uk.linkedin.com/jobs/view/institutional-funding-manager-at-tony-blair-464152645

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Not a good year for Labour figures whom Blair opposed when in office, and who disagreed radically with him on policy, but whom he loves like a brother now they’re dead (see Rhodri Morgan, above). The TBIfTB has today issued a communique on the occasion of Rodney Bickerstaffe’s departure (all editors please c&p uncritically). Saccharine gem:

    He should be remembered not only for his great service to his members, but for his contribution to Britain, not least the seminal role he played in bringing about the introduction of the National Minimum Wage.

    We prefer to remember him for this –

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1368437/Blair-will-try-to-curb-trade-union-block-vote.html

    In which Bickerstaffe, Unison’s then leader, led the charge:

    Senior aides want to neuter the unions’ power to mastermind embarrassing conference showdowns and make sure that damaging policy rows are resolved behind the scenes instead. The move to change party rules comes after the unions used their block vote to force through a motion to restore the link between pensions and earnings on Wednesday – shattering the Prime Minister’s efforts to show that he was “listening” to critics.

    • Ba'al Zevul

      And who can forget Bickerstaffe’s opinion on the level originally set by Blair and Brown for the national minimum wage? Not Blair, we imagine.

      Rodney Bickerstaffe, general secretary of Unison… said part of him was “cock-a-hoop” with the legislation but the level set was too low.

      Mr Bickerstaffe told delegates: “Part of me is still outraged that at the close of the twentieth century, at the gateway to a new Millennium, we still won’t pay a decent wage.”

      He went on to say: “£3.60 an hour before stoppages for an hours work in one of the richest nations on earth cannot be fair and it cannot be acceptable either.”

      He shook £3.60 in his fist and defied Tony and Cherie Blair to be “happy for life” on that amount.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/tuc_conference/171857.stm

  • Ba'al Zevul

    A highly speculative ‘guess which media whore will mediate in Catalonia’ piece in Politico (gist of it here, as no time to look further)

    http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/baltic_states/?doc=133823

    …referenced Tony, tongue-in-cheek, as a possibility.

    The Express spotted this, and its intern rehashed it to look as if this was a genuine threat:

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/862179/Catalonia-crisis-Tony-Blair-mediation-Mariano-Rajoy-Carles-Puigdemont

    …and Breitbart picked up the balls and ran with it too.

    This is fake news. Quite apart from anything else, the maniacally pro-EU Blair would be as dishonest a broker as he has repeatedly shown himself to be in the Is***l-Palestine conflict. But it illustrates the Express’s love of hysterical dramatisation of someone else’s story. As does the revelation, also initially Politico’s –

    http://www.politico.eu/article/spain-rules-out-mediator-in-catalan-crisis/

    …and rehyped by the Express –

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/861920/Catalonia-referendum-Mariano-Rajoy-Spain-mediator-Madrid-vote-Carles-Puigdemont

    Moral: If your eye is caught by an Express story, as well to navigate to Politico for the unspun version.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    This just in from International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe (“The Luxembourg Forum”), proprietor Dr. Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor, who has found little jobs for Tony to do in the past, particularly w.r.t. making the world safe for Is***l. Reminder for those who haven’t been keeping up –

    https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/features/1.699655

    His PhD is in Spacecraft Automatic Control Systems, incidentally.

    Anyhoo…

    http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/the-luxembourg-forum-president-dr-viatcheslav-moshe-kantor-warns-that-the-north-korea-crisis-could-650058773.html

    In which Tony maintains his convincing impression of someone who has never had an original thought in his life – the other kind pay better –

    During his opening remarks, Tony Blair warned that “The proliferation of nuclear weapons is the most serious threat today to the fate of humankind.” Mr Blair further said that “Proliferation begets further proliferation leading to risk of additional terrorist capability.”

    We might suggest that completely destabilising the Middle East has a similar effect, but that would just be malicious carping. Still, it was genuinely encouraging to see that both Kantor and Blair appear to back the continuation of the Iranian nuclear agreement. Indeed, surprising.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    In unrelated news, Tony’s occasional chauffeur, Naguib Sawiris, a frequent visitor to Ayia Napa, where he is doing some development, was unwise in a nightclub. We have been to a similar nightclub in Limassol, and were amazed at the quantity of free drink that was handed to us in order to induce a convivial atmosphere and lure in more customers. We can imagine what would have happened if we had been disgustingly rich, covered in bling and obstreperous – Sawiris apparently couldn’t. Nor would we have expected the Greek Cypriot bouncers to be fluent in English; their verbal skills in any language not being crucial to their work.

    http://cyprus-mail.com/2017/10/06/millionaire-investor-describes-beating-ayia-napa-nightclub/

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Globular Cherie is among the speakers at something entitled ‘ The Global Citizen Forum’ on an island, well away from most global citizens, called Sveti Stefan, in Montenegro.

    https://www.globalcitizenforum.org/

    It’s the usual vision-sharing, networking, bletherfest for an audience of unknown aspirant suckers seeking powerful bottoms to lick, we judge. As such, it should be quite lucrative for an exceptional list of industry leaders and global thinkers who will share their vision in presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions. These distinguished thought leaders have decades of expertise in international development, philanthropy, economics and cashing in on the lecture circuit.

    • Ba'al Zevul

      This should be marked ‘DIARY’ as it is not until the 19th that Her Fragrance will be there. Not her first appearance in Montenegro, either.

      • Ba'al Zevul

        Herself was yesterday in London, mrsblairing at an agreeable gathering of promoters of sexual equality – or, better, a clear understanding of just how worthless men are – the Washington – based ICRW’s (International Center for Research on Women*) bash for visionary leaders etc etc. Joan of Arc sadly couldn’t be with us…

        https://www.icrw.org/press-releases/icrw-honors-visionary-leaders/

        * under no circumstances to be confused with the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.

    • Ba'al Zevul

      A coincidence, surely –
      (also today)
      http://bhmirror.myftp.biz/en/news/42124.html

      Could just be a PR job, though…
      …Miriam Goldman, an expert on the Arab Gulf countries with Britain-based security firm LE Beck International, agreed with Guzansky’s assessment that Bahrain is still unlikely to normalize ties with Is***l without a serious development in the Is***li-Palestinian peace talks.

      And the TBIfTB would never sully its corporate hands with PR for a government with human rights issues, would it?

  • Ba'al Zevul

    As Hamas and the PLA/Fatah apparently sank their differences yesterday, with Hamas ceding control of Gaza to Abbas’s lot, we search in vain for sightings of Tony in Cairo, where the deal was signed. We have no doubt both parties were heavily leaned-on, not least by Egypt. Al-Sisi loathes Hamas with the same passion as he does the Muslim Brotherhood (the last democratically elected government of Egypt) So he’s probably been leaned on as well. Tony’s visit to the Bahraini FM, whose enthusiastic endorsement of the deal (worded to reassure the locals that Bahrain supports the Palestinians’ cause*) was released immediately, cannot be coincidental, though. History teaches us that If Tony’s involved, the Pals are being stitched up. Again.

    And here’s how.

    https://counterinformation.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/what-is-behind-the-hamas-fatah-reconciliation/

    …if the unity is guided by tacit US support, an Israeli nod and an Egyptian self-serving agenda, one can expect that the outcome would be the furthest possible one from the true aspirations of the Palestinian people, who remain unimpressed by the imprudence of their leaders.

    While Israel invested years in maintaining the Palestinian rift, Palestinian factions remained blinded by pitiful personal interests and worthless “control” over a militarily occupied land.

    It should be made clear that any unity agreement that pays heed to the interest of factions at the expense of the collective good of the Palestinian people is a sham; even if it initially ‘succeeds’, in the long term it will fail, since Palestine is bigger than any individual, faction or a regional power seeking Israel’s validation and US handouts.

    If we are correct, a communique from the TBIfTB should follow. (all editors, including the Little Snoring Parish Newsletter, please copy verbatim)

    *https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/09/israel-bahrain-saudi-arabia-iran-yisrael-katz-parliament.html

    • Ba'al Zevul

      Our suspicions are confirmed by an article dated 10/10/17 in Yedioth Ahronoth, by someone called Tony Blair. It’s translated on the TBIfTB website, but we prefer the original:

      https://www.yediot.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5026986,00.html

      Google Translate does so splendid a job that we would almost think the TBIfTB had prepositioned the English version rather than risk Google’s Hebrew translation algorithm. But we’re not cynics.

      This really is sick-bag stuff. Tony is celebrating Simchat Torah, an exclusively J**ish festival, and offers new revelations about his personal interests:

      I find my joys in art, in beauty, in the creative process; Learning and satisfying curiosity; Striving for a worthy cause and challenging my perception. I find real pleasure in the simple things: having a meal with friends or family, looking at a masterpiece of art, music that inspires me, and the sense of achievement, when I am lucky to achieve it….

      … I am a regular visitor to Israel – with over 180 visits the last time I checked… (during all of two of which he managed to see the least distressing parts of Gaza…the last time we checked -BZ) And, probably unintentionally –

      of course, I ate food that was no (sic) different from anywhere else in the world, excellent meals and creativity that were made from the fine local produce and pails of imagination.

      The TBIfTB will shortly be hiring a new proofreader.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Cherie’s paid public engagements seem to be overtaking Tony’s. Yesterday, ‘Imposing Global Philanthro-Corporatism on The Benighted Natives Rethinking Philanthropy’

    We hesitate to think what relief the cost of this bash might have brought to some inhabitants of sub-Saharan Africa, had it been sent directly. Even the rental income from a few flats in Manchester, Stockport and Trafford would help.

  • Clark

    Ba’al, I know I don’t drop in over here very often, but I’d like to tell you that I respect and admire your work here; it’s a fine thing that someone tracks the beastly Blair’s globe-trotting pursuit of power and money. Long may you keep up this good work, and if anyone asks me about Blair, I know exactly where to send them.

    • Ba'al Zevul

      Thanks, Clark, appreciated, and good to know there’s a reader. It’s a disgusting job, but someone has to do it. Sorry I don’t participate on the 9/11 thread, but it does seem that the laws of physics and the laws of evidence are of little moment when a nice ripe conspiracy theory (or more accurately a seething, bubbling morass of conspiracy theories) is under discussion. Yours is a brave and honest fight, but there are none so blind as those who will not see.

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