Palestinians v. Uyghurs — Naked Western Hypocrisy

For the last few days, Israel has been bombing the heck out of Gaza, just like Israel has done so a few times in the recent past. Missiles and fighter jets have been blowing up schools, apartment complexes, hospitals, and media centers. Gaza, of course, has no air force, missile defense systems, or military. Gaza is an open air prison, where every aspect of people’s lives are under control by Israel.

Palestinians v. Uyghurs — Naked Western Hypocrisy

Chief postal inspector tells lawmakers that social media monitoring began after George Floyd protests

Chief postal inspector tells lawmakers that social media monitoring began after George Floyd protests

Yet now it’s Republicans leading the charge against the USPS, after it emerged that iCOP was monitoring right-wing social media accounts following the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. It’s unclear if news that the program was also tracking protests related to Black Lives Matter will prompt Democratic lawmakers, who have so far been silent about the program, to join their GOP colleagues in asking for more answers.

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The Postal Service is running a ‘covert operations program’ that monitors Americans’ social media posts

‘Zarifgate’ is FAKE NEWS: Israel Reported 200 Strikes in Syria 3 Years Ago Themselves

“Should Kerry tell me that Israel has conducted more than 200 attacks [air strikes] against us in Syria?” That’s the whole quote. All of it. And Israel reported on their illegal strikes in Syria 3 years ago. Not a secret. This is the Republican version of ‘Bountygate’… i.e. FAKE NEWS.

‘Zarifgate’ is FAKE NEWS: Israel Reported 200 Strikes in Syria 3 Years Ago Themselves

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Concern over UK-based Iranian TV channel’s links to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Sought Vice’s Help to Build a Media Empire:

In one media venture that competes with the influence of Saudi rival Iran, individuals connected to the Saudi royal court funded and helped launch Iran International, a Persian-language broadcaster in London, according to British corporate records and people familiar with the channel.

Some journalists at Iran International have complained that management is pushing a pro-Saudi, anti-Iran line at the 24-hour channel, which broadcasts via satellite to the Middle East, Europe and the U.S., and can be viewed in Iran.

Saudi Arabia is making “a systematic and very persistent push in a new direction in the media sphere,” said Negar Mortazavi, Iran International’s former Washington correspondent, who left the organization last year. “The Saudis want influence and credibility, and are paying a lot for it.”

Media outlets must not let George W. Bush shake off his responsibility for Trumpism

Media outlets must not let George W. Bush shake off his responsibility for Trumpism

Bush should know something about the problem of “misinformation” permeating American society, considering that he began the Iraq War based on intelligence that was not only false but for which he and other administration figures contradicted expert analysis. He also redefined torture as “enhanced interrogation” and lied about useful information being gained from it.

They forgot to mention Roger Stone:

Roger Stone’s dirty tricks helped sway the 2000 Florida recount

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Anti-Asian Violence in America Is Rooted in US Empire

Anti-Asian Violence in America Is Rooted in US Empire

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Now is the perfect time for US to reflect on how anti-China outlook is fuelling hatred against all Asians across America

There’s little sign of significant change under Joe Biden. The White House continues to politicize the virus and place accountability on Beijing, albeit in a more refined manner, and has accepted Trump’s new anti-China consensus.

Yet focusing only on the virus limits the scope of what they did. Yes, the virus was part of the problem, but it was a medium to greater, more sinister things. The administration and its lackeys in the media also whipped up extreme paranoia pertaining to all things China in the process. This included relentless accusations of espionage, which targeted Chinese academics and overseas students. Pompeo even stated that Chinese students who studied in the US were sent by the communist party. At every level, the White House promulgated hatred, and despite the focus on racial injustices thanks to the Black Lives Matter protests, received very little scrutiny for it.

Last week, in his address to the nation, Biden condemned the “vicious hate crimes against Asian-Americans who have been attacked, harassed, blamed and scapegoated.” But at the same time, members of the administration continue to politicise the virus. They do not use explicitly racist language such as “China virus” or “Kung-Flu”, yet Secretary of State Antony Blinken, for example, continues to follow essentially the same messaging of Pompeo by prolonging the idea that China is responsible for the situation in the US. This becomes a venting point for public anger, and continues to put Asian people in the firing line. The language may be a bit softer, a bit more polite, but they have not changed.

The pace of America’s vaccination roll-out may finally help society move on from the flames of hatred that Trump poured petrol over, but we have to be honest in accepting that anti-Asian sentiment has been fuelled by government policy as a whole, rather than just a pandemic.

Koch network pushes private-sector health-care agenda to counter Biden’s public option

Koch network pushes private-sector health-care agenda to counter Biden’s public option

Called the “personal option,” the plan is a collection of policy proposals geared toward the private sector that focuses on tax breaks, expanding health savings accounts and slashing regulations. The plan’s name and messaging are intended to contrast with Democrats’ push for a public option, which would give people a chance to buy in to a government-run health-care program that would compete with private insurers.

After Years of Propaganda, American Views of Russia and China Hit Historic Lows

A new Gallup poll finds that U.S. public opinion on China and Russia has crashed to all time lows. Only 20% of Americans hold favorable views towards China. This is a remarkable decline, considering that only three years ago, the majority of the country saw the Asian giant in a positive light. The public image of Russia is barely any better, with just 22% of the country viewing the world’s largest nation in favorable terms and 77% holding unfavorable views towards the country.

After Years of Propaganda, American Views of Russia and China Hit Historic Lows