RIGHT TO RESIST OPPRESSION

Palestine

By Paul Balles In August 2004, Richard Hugus, critic of progressive injustice, wrote an article on the “Lies of the Israeli Peace Movement”. What Hugus wrote almost ten years ago has as much forgotten or neglected relevance today. In an announcement for a meeting, the public was invited to hear from … [Read more...]

WHO ARE THE TERRORISTS?

Israel terrorists

By Paul Balles When Helen Thomas told a Rabbi that the Jews should go back to where they came from, he asked where that would be. Her response was as honest and appropriate as it was direct: "Poland, Germany, America..." For that she lost her job as the best White House reporter America has had. Her … [Read more...]

THE OLIVE TREE

Olive Grove

The still slow life is mine, my days are years. Tied to the soil, I reach towards the sky, as men rush by, so driven by their fears, and with their fears intact pass on and die. From Plato's Olive Tree Unknown author This is the olive picking season. Like other harvests, it should be a season of … [Read more...]

Prove What You Don’t Have

No WMD

Prove that you don't have what I believe you have! That was an exact demand made on Saddam Hussein. He scoffed. That brought "shock and awe", and Saddam was hanged on the mother of all ropes. Prove that you don't have weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). The neocons sold the logic of that empty … [Read more...]

Hypocrisy of the paranoid

hypocrites

The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity. --Andre Gide Hypocritical behaviour: * Carry fire in one hand and water in the other. To be duplicitous, to engage in double-dealing; to be two-faced, to speak with forked tongue. * The expression … [Read more...]

America on Israel’s Altar

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The Boston Globe called U.S. presidential candidate Ron Paul a "Republican maverick". The label has been attached to Paul primarily because he differs from the other Republican presidential candidates on foreign policy. Said The Globe after the presidential debate In Des Moines, Iowa on December … [Read more...]

An America that’s never wrong

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"Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world." --Arthur Schopenhauer Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. --James Bryce Americans won't like this. Practically everyone else will: Americans … [Read more...]

Israeli Lobby: US Political and Media Twisters

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Say this tongue twister quickly: How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? As much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood! That tongue twister doesn't do any damage, not even to the tongue. "Another type of twister, a tornado," says … [Read more...]

Dreams of Democracy

"Democracy is only a dream: it should be put in the same category as Arcadia, Santa Claus, and Heaven." --H. L. Mencken Voices among Arab protesters in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria have been calling for "democracy". Voices from Israel have falsely boasted that Israel has the only … [Read more...]

Terrorists Fight Terrorism

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. --Eric Hoffer Former American President Jimmy Carter commented on the kind of state terrorism reflected in American actions in Guantanamo Bay and other places as a disgrace to the U.S.A.: "I wouldn't say … [Read more...]

Still under wraps

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Here's a story to contemplate: From a passenger ship, everyone can see a bearded man on a small island. He is shouting and desperately waving his hands. "Who is it?" a passenger asks the captain. "I've no idea. Every year when we pass, he goes nuts." At times I feel like the bearded old man going … [Read more...]

Suppressing the truth

There are some scandals that refuse to die, either because they are never fully investigated or because those responsible for them never paid the price they should have. --Gideon Levy Issues that should concern everyone, but especially in America, have been subverted, degraded, perverted, retracted, … [Read more...]

Countering slurs

Fordson High School is a secondary school in Dearborn, Michigan. At times Dearborn has been a victim of hostility toward its Muslim community. The city has the largest concentration of Arabs outside of the Middle East. The school and its football (American football) team is the setting for the new film … [Read more...]

House of Horrors: America ten years after 9/11

By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Assassinations, kidnappings, torture – the actions of uncivilized pirates, barbaric criminals and rogue governments. The entire litany of vicious crimes against humanity, fitting for horrid, inhuman terrorist groups or Third World mongrels, now … [Read more...]

9/11: A conspiracy beyond theory

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By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The biggest political mistake I've ever made was to vote for Barack Obama. I should have known that a really great campaign speaker and organizer would probably make an inept president. All of Obama's emphatic talk about change sounded appealing; even … [Read more...]

From Arab Spring to jobless summers

By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz JIM Hoagland, writing in the Washington Post, says: "We have seen how information technology can provide a spark that sets afire the kindling of economic and social distress." That was Hoagland's way of concluding an opening salvo that said: "Grinding … [Read more...]

Rupert Murdoch: Intellectual terrorism

By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The past week's news has been dominated by reports of scandals in Rupert Murdoch's media empire. As journalist Ted Newcomen points out, there's more to the story: The latest revelations in the UK about phone hacking, bribing the police, and … [Read more...]

Israeli thugs – organized criminals

By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz A thug enters your home, decides to stay, makes you his servants and locks you up in the worst conditions. When the neighbours complain about what's going on in your home, the thug tells everyone that you are terrorists who want to destroy him and his … [Read more...]

US Independence Day reflections

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By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz I'm writing this on the 4th of July, the American Independence Day. In America and on US military bases and embassies around the world, it's a day for celebration of a memorable day in 1776. It's a day for outdoor barbecues – hotdogs, beer and beans – … [Read more...]

Islamophobia on the rise in USA

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By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz In an earlier article I noted that evangelic preacher Pat Robertson, David Gaubatz, Paul Sperry and Daniel Pipes are Islamophobic cult leaders who take every opportunity they can to vilify Islam and Muslims. They were all particularly vindictive … [Read more...]

Changing cultures

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By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Live in fragments no longer. Only connect! --E.M. Forster We're living in fragments. It's a smaller world with people further apart than ever. We travel to different cultures; we fight other cultures. We want to control cultures we don't … [Read more...]

Shifting focus

By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The incredible arrogance of David Harris of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) would pass as a sick joke if his readers didn't take his pronouncements so seriously. In his latest, AJC welcomed the UN Human Rights Council's decision to appoint a … [Read more...]

Israel, right or wrong

By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz "If I were an Israeli, I'd be worried. If I were an Arab, I'd be insulted. If I were a critic only of Israel, I'd be ashamed." Thus concluded Richard Cohen in the Washington Post (28 February 2011) What Cohen would be worried about is what … [Read more...]

Scapegoats and witch hunts

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By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz There's a sick mentality in the world that demands scapegoats and feeds witch hunts. "Scapegoating is the practice of singling out any party for unmerited negative treatment or blame. A scapegoat may be a child, employee, peer, ethnic or religious … [Read more...]

What next?

By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Revolutions raise more questions than answers. The prime one: What happens after the thrill of protest victory wears off? Zen master Alan Watts once said there are only four basic questions that apply to anything: What are we going to do? Who's … [Read more...]

9/11 is revisited

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By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz In March 2004, publication of David Ray Griffin's book The New Pearl Harbor, challenging the official story of 9/11, sparked widely different reactions. Then in 2008, Griffin published The New Pearl Harbor Revisited, an update of his original study in … [Read more...]