Archive | July, 2012

A Comment Posted to the Los Angeles Times about a Lebanese Newspaper

6 Jul

Who are these “critics” that you cite as saying the Lebanese paper Al-Akhbar is pro-Syrian [government]?  You only cite a writer for an Israeli newspaper, a country at war with Syria. Does he even read Arabic? The very fine writer Max Blumenthal quit al-Akhbar-English which is a separate group of writers.  I read al-Akhbar English frequently (you can find it here:  ) and see a wide range of opinions on it on Syria, certainly more than in theNew York or Los Angeles Times.  Read this piece from one of their regular columnists (American professor) As’asd AbuKhalil and see if it supports the Assad regime.

However, it is true that Al-Akbar English does not toe the imperial line that every Syrian fighting the regime is a heroic combination of Thomas Jefferson and Lawrence of Arabia.  It notices that Saudi Arabia and Qatar send money and guns to sectarian and extremist religious factions.  Evidently such facts are “pro-Syrian”.  The US alliance with extremists Muslims didn’t work out so well in Afghanistan, but this time around we’re assured it will be much better.  Give me a break.

I urge the Los Angeles Times give Max Blumenthal a column where he can write his views on Israelor will that be too “controversial”?



2 Jul

On going to video the rally against sanctions called by Havaar on July 21 in New York, my camera operator and I went to the took refuge from the 96 degree heat inside the United Nations building itself.  Needing to kill a little time we decided to visit the Chagall window.  It’s a beauty indeed and probably has a lot of hidden symbols inside.

Turning away we spied  a bronze bust of Count Folke Bernadotte, the first UN mediator, a man who had saved thousands of Jews and others during the war as head of the Swedish Red Cross.  He had been murdered by a fanatic Zionist group in 1948.

The coincidence was that the man who most likely ordered Bernadotte’s assassination, Yitzhak Shamir, the two time Israeli Prime Minister, had just died the night before.

Read about the late Mr. Shamir by clicking here. and scrolling the headlines to July 1.