Vanessa Beeley changed her résumé completely after I ridiculed her for going from sales & equestrian shows to being the Leni Riefenstahl of the Assad regime in just a matter of weeks. Cynically sucking off the Palestinian struggle, she left out the sales & horse back riding & replaced it with adventures like tunneling into Gaza & being part of the Egyptian Arab Spring uprising. That must be where she got her loathing for Arabs, Muslims, & democratic uprisings. Or maybe she just learned it from her father who helped engineer the partition of Palestine for the British government. Reminds me of my underground days in the French resistance. That was just a matter of years after I hired on as a merchant marine & jumped ship in Madrid to fight in the brigades fighting General Franco. You’d think all that guerrilla warfare would have tuckered me out. But after I single-handedly handed the Vichy regime its ass, I smuggled into North Vietnam, met up with Ho Chi Minh, & joined the People’s Army to defeat the French. It was hard adjusting to humdrum life after that but when the Vietnam War started, I again hotfooted it to Vietnam where I joined up with the Viet Cong & helped them hand the US military its ass. Yeah right!
Seventeen-year-old Ahed Tamimi & her mother Nariman were both sentenced to eight-months in prison plus a $1500 fine for each for assault charges. Their cousin/niece Nour was sentenced to five months. Compare this to the sentence of Israeli soldier Elor Azaria who in March 2016 walked up to a Palestinian teenager lying incapacitated from a gunshot wound on a Hebron street & shot him in the head. Despite video documentation, Azaria was sentenced to 18 months, later reduced to 14 months, for manslaughter. He will be released in May after serving 10 months of his sentence for summary execution.
When Ahed was asked how she felt about her sentencing, she responded, “There is no justice under occupation.” Damn straight, there isn’t.
End the occupation of Palestine. Self-determination for Palestinians.
(Photos of Ahed & Nariman from Bassem Tamimi)
Colleen Rowley, the “retired” FBI agent who leads the US antiwar movement & supports Assad & Putin, flagged my criminal record in 2000 for using a Weapon of Mass Destruction, making it impossible for me to get any job requiring a security check. I have been refused jobs as a substitute teacher, censor taker, foster child advocate as a result. But I was never arrested, interrogated, formally charged, put on trial, or labeled a terrorist for carrying a WMD. So it appears the only criterion for being called a terrorist is being Muslim or Arab.
(Just for the record, I detest guns & last I checked, the smallest WMD weighs more than I do & wouldn’t fit in my handbag.)
It is not gratuitous mockery to call Eva Bartlett & Vanessa Beeley fascists. It is the political science definition of their political ideology & commitments. On social media, both openly honor & associate with fascists, white supremacists, Islamophobes, & anti-Semites. They don’t just share those views but write eulogies for prominent fascists who croaked, post photos of themselves speaking at conferences of fascist groups, write for & edit fascist journals, including those of the appropriately named David Icke, & defend Assad, Putin, Suu Kyi, & other such murderous leaders. Like other Assadists, including white supremacist & KKK guy David Duke, they hide behind Palestinian solidarity–not because they respect Palestinians, who are after all brown people, but in order to have a go at Jews who they hate more. They are in fact fascists so it is not just upping the level of polemic to identify them as such.
Only fascists Eva Bartlett & Vanessa Beeley know the truth about what is going on in Syria because they’re paid by Syria & Russia to be ‘independent journalists’. We know that from their constant repetition of that claim. Dipshits around the world are eating this stuff up & repeating it like a mantra. They’d become dangerous if they dared to read real media. “They couldn’t handle the truth” so they resort to political farce.
Destruction from Syrian & Russian air strikes in Eastern Ghouta: Assadists & other fascists say this is necessary to protect the self-determination of the Assad dictatorship. Self-determination for dictators is a new political concept for former antiwar activists but the usual hack of fascism. How has it come that those who claim they oppose war now support the carpet bombing of civilians & march in lock-step with fascists? It’s called rotted at the core & time to skulk off the stage of history in ignominy.
(Photos by Firas Abdullah)
Kashmiri poet Rafiq Kathwari found Mir Laieeq’s anthemic expression of the meaning of azadi as inspiring as I do & wrote this poem, saying “The write up…wanted to be a poem. Appending, with apologies to Mir Laieeq for liberties taken.” I am honored to post it:
“Non-Lethal Pellet Guns
Yes, there are sorrows more lethal
than blindness but India knows
we can see, so can the world
community despite the fiscal
allure of shining New Delhi.
Despite its Hindu war on Kashmir,
India has failed to make bigotry
a central burden of our freedom
struggle. We haven’t turned into fiends,
have kept our dignity intact, our
compass points not towards Mecca
but human fraternity, a mirror
of who we are, what we aspire to be.”
The expressions of solidarity with Russia are so moving. Even though they’re nuts. They got this solidarity thing all screwed up. You don’t have it with a repressive, undemocratic government. That’s a fascist thing. Solidarity is with the oppressed, with the Russian people, not with Putin. How do they get that so wrong?
This is truly an anthemic expression of humanity, probably one of the most beautiful ever written–at least to my mind. It was written by a Kashmiri living under military occupation. I’ve posted it a few times & often go back to it when the world seems overwhelming because it reminds me of why it is human beings, against all odds, take the hard road home to freedom:
“indian state despite its grave, unspeakable crimes against us, has not been able to kill our humanity, it has failed to make hatred the defining virtue of our struggle, despite its beastly behaviour we have not turned into beasts, instead we have retained our dignity and ethical fabric, despite being victims of an atrocious war imposed upon us we have maintained our moral compass, the humanitarian gestures like rescuing occupying soldiers even when most of them have been acting like savages is a reflection of who we are and what we aspire to be! In all this lies the biggest defeat of this oppressive state and our greatest victory, it also gives us hope that a free kashmir will not be built upon pathological hatred of the other, but upon the ideals of human fraternity, dignity and brotherhood. Kashmir today even in one of her most painful times has a lot of lessons to offer to Indians and world at large: we are willing to sacrifice our lives to achieve freedom but we won’t lose our morality in the process, we refuse to slip into savagery and hatred despite the cruelest provocations like killing and blinding of our children. As for us, Azaadi is not a mere destination but a means towards a more humane, just and ethical society.”