American Oligarchs – Their Money, Our Votes

Sheldon Adelson

Contrary to Professor Robert Reich, America is already an Oligarchy and is moving fast toward Monarchy. The shameful and degrading events in Last Vegas last week, is an insult to every American voter and to America. By Sami Jamil Jadallah - Sabbah Report § They came to Las Vegas, Jeb Bush, Chris … [Read more...]

Elias Akleh: Israeli Election; Fake Democracy

Yosef: Gentiles exist only to serve Jews

They all follow the same policies seeking the Zionist Dream of building greater Israel. A lot had been written about last week's Israeli election. Unfortunately, most of these writings lack real substance and discuss only results, political parties, personality profiles, anticipated future coalition … [Read more...]

Israeli Apartheid Ambiguity

Right-wing Israelis demonstrate at the scene of a Palestinian suicide bombing in Jerusalem. Photo David Silverman / Getty Images

When an Israeli newspaper recently ran a front page article entitled “Most Israelis support an apartheid regime in Israel,” it was not surprising that it drew considerable criticism from Zionists. But one does not need a poll to directly ask about it to determine that most Israeli Jews support Apartheid. … [Read more...]

Sham Israeli Knesset Elections

israel-Knesset

On November 6, America's sham process occurs. On January 22, Israelis face the same Hobson's choice. Real choice is excluded from both ballots. Democracy is hypocrisy in both countries. Congress recessed until post-election. Israel's Knesset just adjourned. On October 16, Haaretz headlined "As Knesset ends … [Read more...]

US democracy takes a hit

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Reality TV at the Democratic convention On 5 September 2012, in the middle of the Democratic Party convention, US democracy took a big hit. Essentially, the convention managers rigged a vote in the manner of those dictatorships that stuff ballot boxes and then announce that 99 per cent of the voters … [Read more...]

The Judas Kiss: Politics of Betrayal

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" the hypocrite's outward appearance shines brightly and passes for holiness, but under that show lies the terrible weight of his deceit which the soul must bear through all eternity." (from John Ciardi's notes, Canto XXIII, "The Inferno" by Dante) "Nervana is desire of greed forever ended, anger forever … [Read more...]

Israeli Democracy Fades To Black

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Bad Movies Have you seen those old time movies notable for their endings? The cowboy is seen riding into the sunset or the lovers are reunited, etc. And then comes the end - the screen dramatically fades to black. Most of these movies are pretty bad. The stories are predictable, the acting melodramatic and … [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...]

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...]

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...]

The Death of American Democracy [Video]

By Anthony Lawson* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Video link: http://vimeo.com/25588822 Alternative link: http://youtu.be/iK7SRYp4sBc The collapses of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre, on September 11, 2001, were the most frightening images that I have ever seen, up until May 24th, 2011, … [Read more...]

The West Is Terrified of Arabic Democracies

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Ceyda Nurtsch interview with Noam Chomsky* about the Arabic spring in its global context. Nurtsch: Mr. Chomsky, many people claim that the Arab world is incompatible with democracy. Would you say that the recent developments falsify this thesis? Noam Chomsky: The thesis never had any basis whatsoever. … [Read more...]

No Savior

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The West's lofty expectations for Salam Fayyad went far beyond what he was ever able to deliver. By Nathan J. Brown* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz If Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad's political career came to an end today, he could still proudly claim to be Palestine's most … [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...]

Roots of the Arab Revolts and Premature Celebrations

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By James Petras* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Introduction Most accounts of the Arab revolts from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco, Yemen, Jordan, Bahrain, Iraq and elsewhere have focused on the most immediate causes: political dictatorships, unemployment, repression and the wounding and killing of … [Read more...]

Major Media Promote War on Libya

By Stephen Lendman * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz When imperial America wants war, peace advocates are shut out by official rhetoric and hawkish media reports supporting militarism, not diplomatic efforts to achieve peace. Those for it aren't heard. Hugo Chavez's government is one. On February 28, … [Read more...]

Freedom From Arab Tyrants Will Free Palestine

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By Mohamed Khodr* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz "This must be a world of democracy and respect for human rights, a world freed from the horrors of poverty, hunger, deprivation and ignorance, relieved of the threat and the scourge of civil wars and external aggression and unburdened of the great tragedy … [Read more...]

Tripoli – A City in the Shadow of Death

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Gunfire in the suburbs – and hunger and rumour in the capital as thousands race for last tickets out of a city sinking into anarchy Up to 15,000 men, women and children besieged Tripoli's international airport last night, shouting and screaming for seats on the few airliners still prepared to fly to … [Read more...]

Israeli media “fears” the new Egypt

By Neve Gordon * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Over the past three weeks the Israeli media has been extremely interested in Egypt. During the climatic days of the unprecedented demonstrations, television news programmes spent most of their airtime covering the protests, while the daily papers … [Read more...]

Mind-sets and revolutions

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By Paul J. Balles * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz There's an old saying about closed minds that goes "My mind is made up; don't confuse me with the facts." "Facts still matter..." said journalist and broadcaster Bill Moyers, quoting Thomas Jefferson, who proclaimed, "Whenever the people are … [Read more...]

Rebranding Egypt’s Revolution

By Mamoon Alabbasi * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz The revolution in Egypt came in spite of (or perhaps because of) a long-standing US backing of the dictatorship there. It was clear from the beginning that the protestors were united on one demand: namely that the unelected regime stand down or allow … [Read more...]

Winners and Losers in a Post-Mubarak Arab World

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By Yousef Munayyer * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Thirty years ago the Soviet Union was at the beginning of a long campaign in Afghanistan, the average person was lucky to have an advanced recording technology called a "VHS tape," and Mohammad Hosni Mubarak took control of Egypt, the most populous … [Read more...]