You Can’t Trust the Headlines

Capture Paris Attack Suspects

(I should start by saying that Palestine always has the right to use violence against Israel as long as Israel continues to occupy stolen Palestinian land.   This is true even according to international law and the international community.  People living on stolen property are never innocent. Unfortunately, Palestinians don’t have an organized state or military powerful enough to rid themselves of the illegal occupying power.)

This is what actually happened leading up to the 2014 Gaza massacre:

“Something had to be done, and an occasion arose on June 12, when the three Israeli boys were murdered in the West Bank. Early on, the Netanyahu government knew that they were dead, but pretended otherwise, which provided the opportunity to launch a rampage in the West Bank, targeting Hamas.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed to have certain knowledge that Hamas was responsible. That too was a lie.

One of Israel’s leading authorities on Hamas, Shlomi Eldar, reported almost at once that the killers very likely came from a dissident clan in Hebron that has long been a thorn in the side of Hamas. Eldar added that “I’m sure they didn’t get any green light from the leadership of Hamas, they just thought it was the right time to act.”

The 18-day rampage after the kidnapping, however, succeeded in undermining the feared unity government, and sharply increasing Israeli repression. Israel also conducted dozens of attacks in Gaza, killing five Hamas members on July 7.

Hamas finally reacted with its first rockets in 19 months, providing Israel with the pretext for Operation Protective Edge on July 8.”

(via  Noam Chomsky: The Nightmare in Gaza)

Hamas denied responsibility for the attacks, but many headlines would eventually say that Hamas claimed responsibility for the attacks.  Examples:

NPR: Hamas Admits To Kidnapping And Killing Israeli Teens

CBC: Hamas admits kidnapping 3 young Israeli men, setting off Gaza war

CNN: Hamas leader admits militants abducted slain Israeli teens

However, when one actually reads the articles, one quickly realizes that Hamas did not claim responsibility:

Aruri said the operation to abduct the teens was not approved by the Hamas leadership or its military wing, the Qassam Brigades.

(via CNN: Hamas leader admits militants abducted slain Israeli teens)

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who is in exile in Qatar, denied knowledge of the abduction but praised its perpetrators.

(via CBC: Hamas admits kidnapping 3 young Israeli men, setting off Gaza war)

Being from a dissident clan from the same region, the real perpetrators of the crime likely had weak ties to Hamas.  Some of them might have been members of Hamas in the past.

The man, Hussam Qawasmeh, 41, part of a sprawling clan in the West Bank city of Hebron with ties to the militant Islamist Hamas movement, was convicted last week of handling $60,000 in five installments from the Gaza Strip to buy two cars, two M-16 rifles and two pistols for use in the operation. In September, Israeli troops cornered and killed the two men they believe carried out the kidnapping and murders: Marwan Qawasmeh, 29, a relative of Mr. Qawasmeh’s, and Amer Abu Aisha, 33.

Having ties or former association with Hamas does not mean Hamas was responsible.  Hamas praising the act does not mean Hamas carried out the act.

Likewise, the fact that some of the alleged suspects behind the Paris attacks have/had some affiliation with the Islamic State is still not proof that the Islamic State itself was behind the Paris attacks:

The Expanding Web of Connections Among the Paris Attackers

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The Islamic State praising the Paris attacks is not proof that the Islamic State was behind the Paris attacks.

Athenian-Style Slave-Maker Alert

FotorCreated Jeff Sallot Slavemaker

Jeff Sallot wants to enslave thousands of young refugees (who are desperate to flee violence) by turning them into military slaves who are forced to fight for Canada and serve no other purpose. He suggests keeping them in large holding facilities where they can be monitored.

“Why not train thousands of young refugee men in Canada and send them back to fight? We have a lot of geography and a number of military bases that can be used for training.

Say we offer these Syrian and Iraqi men this deal: If you want to come to Canada you have to agree to a rigorous military training regime to fight the caliphate. You say you’re fleeing ISIS. Well, here’s your chance to do something about ISIS — and Canada will help you.

Able-bodied single men who refuse the deal would drop to the bottom of the list. Or we could admit them conditionally, keep them in holding facilities until a more thorough screening process can assure Canadian officials the men are not a security risk. I think most of them would take the deal.”


This guy is a slave-making impulse away from suggesting that we make a deal with Blacks desperate to flee Africa that they can come to Canada as long as they work for us for free. Most will take the deal, he’ll say, because they are so desperate to flee their tragic situation and it’s only logical that we exploit them unfairly. Furthermore, we can pack them as close together as we can in large cargo ships so we can get a maximum number of workers at one time.

Further Evidence That ISIS Was Not Behind the Paris Attacks

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Here is another article that says ISIS claimed responsibility, but then gives very specific information that ISIS likely was not responsible:

“Terror groups, when they claim credit for attacks, will sometimes include details of the planning or execution that establish the group was indeed responsible. There are none here; the statement details nothing that was not publicly available information from news reports. It also includes no biographical information on the attackers, even a name or photo, though terror groups will often lionize its attackers as “martyrs” in such statements.”


The following statement implies ISIS did not claim responsibility by implying they might still claim it later:

“None of this is to argue that ISIS is thus not responsible; it is entirely possible the group may later release more information to establish its role.”

ISIS Didn’t Do It.

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People have to be very careful when reading these articles. The headline and first paragraph say ISIS claimed responsibility:…/isis-claims-responsibility-for-par…

However, they specifically imply throughout the article that ISIS did not claim responsibility. (The New York Times and many papers did this with Hamas during the 2014 Gaza massacre. The headlines would say Hamas claimed responsibility while the rest of the article implies that they didn’t.)

ISIS celebrated the attacks. They never said they did it. Here is a translation of one of the messages from the groups encrypted messaging accounts:…/is-claims-paris-attacks-wa…

In fact, throughout The New York Times article, there is continued debate between whether to blame ISIS or Al Queda. (Obviously, if ISIS had actually claimed responsibility, they wouldn’t be debating between blaming ISIS or Al Queda throughout the article.)  The reality is that it might not have been either group but they need to pin it on either ISIS or Al Queda so they can declare war. If it was just homegrown terrorism exploiting Islam, they would not be able to go to war, so they pretend it’s not even a possibility.

Additionally, if ISIS was going to claim responsibility and declare open war on France, an encrypted internal communique isn’t going to achieve that.

(Another scenario is that ISIS was trying to do it in secret, didn’t want France to know, and the internal communique accidentally exposed that they were responsible. However, the encrypted message only showed that ISIS knew of the attacks and praised the attackers. They never said they did it.)

The best evidence they have linking ISIS to the crime is the encrypted internal communique which actually implies ISIS didn’t do it.

ISIS say they were impressed with the way the Paris terrorists executed the attack and applauded them on a job well done, but imply that the Paris terrorists were people they didn’t actually know.

Additionally, if ISIS had orchestrated a terrorist attack they considered impressive and successful, why wouldn’t they be patting themselves on the back for a job well done? Why wouldn’t they be cockier and more full of hubris?

If ISIS had done it, they would have been more arrogant and self-congratulatory rather than merely applauding the work of others.

Thus, I highly doubt it was ISIS.


Solidarity with Palestine Is What We Need Right Now

FotorCreated Vigils map

The moment I open Facebook or Twitter, I notice the French flag on half the profile pictures and avatars.  The entire planet and a bulk of Muslims were forced to show the type of respect for the victims of the recent Paris attacks that imperialist powers never seem to show anybody else in return.  The victims of the attacks were genuine victims, yet everything surrounding the attacks from media coverage, to global solidarity movements, was driven by more sinister forces of imperialist hunger.  Many Muslims would have condemned the attacks regardless, but one could easily sense a fear among the Muslim community not to show extra deference towards the loss of life for one of the members of the family of elite imperialist powers.

It wasn’t really Muslims as much as people exploiting Islam who were responsible for the crimes, but the only reason the Paris attacks gained such global recognition was because Muslims could be used as scapegoats which could be leveraged into greater warfare in the Middle East.

(There is no evidence that ISIS was responsible, but Hollande had no problem declaring war against ISIS.)

One would think that the overfocus on the Paris attacks versus other atrocities around the globe displays a horrible exalting of Western lives over the lives of non-Westerners.  However, when one takes a closer look to reactions to other Western tragedies, an even more disturbing trend appears:

After the Paris attacks, vigils were held in Toronto and across the US for the Paris attack victims:

However, Toronto did NOT hold vigils after the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train disaster where 47 French Canadians died.  And there were no vigils held outside Washington after the 2014 Oso mudslide claimed 43 American lives.  (People can correct me if I’m wrong.)

Thus, people who don’t even mourn the death of their own countrymen if the disaster occurs in the next state or province will mourn the death of foreigners from across the Atlantic as long as Muslims can be scapegoated and war can be declared.

Additionally, after the 2011 Norway attacks, there were no international vigils mourning the 77 lives taken by radical anti-Muslim extremist, Anders Breivik.

However, had people exploiting Islam been responsible for the Lac-Mégantic train disaster, Oso mudslide, or the Norway attacks, there would have been extensive international media coverage and vigils held across the globe for the victims.

This infographic says it all:




Additionally, showing too much solidarity with France (despite being a kind gesture from more genuine people) can actually have a negative impact.  I encourage people to read these arguments for why showing solidarity with Palestinians would result in much greater peace:

1) France has enjoyed great peace and security since WWII and will continue to enjoy great peace and security. Palestinians have endured nothing but horrible suffering and oppression since the aftermath of WWII where routine massacres, housing demolitions, kidnappings, and lack of basic resources has been the norm (and still is.)

2) Showing solidarity with Palestinians could actually achieve positive results by putting pressure on Western states to stop supporting Israel, resulting in the potential for greater peace and security for an oppressed population.

Excessive solidarity with France is already being exploited and leveraged by imperialists to escalate violence and do more harm to innocent people and doesn’t do much to help the French victims of the attack.

3) France doesn’t actually need the extra display of solidarity. France is a first world country that is fully equipped to handle the situation on their own.

Palestinians are a stateless, defenceless people with no military and no foreign support. Palestinians have had to endure FAR worse than the French for decades and will CONTINUE to endure far worse if things continue the way they do.

To sum up:
Showing solidarity with Palestinians could lead to greater peace.
Excessive solidarity with France is already being exploited by imperialists to put more innocent lives in jeopardy.

Palestinian Flag


Getting Rid of the Slave-Makers


Thomas Jefferson owned more than just land.  He also owned more than six hundred slaves, mostly inherited from his father and his father-in-law and his political attitude toward the slavery question was always extremely ambiguous.  His ideal republic of small landowners enjoying equal rights did not include people of color, on whose forced labour the economy of his native Virginia largely depended. [1]

The United States was founded on principles similar to those of ancient Athens where “democracy” and “equal rights” were reserved for the slave-making elite.  Slave-makers like Voltaire helped push through free speech—the real motivation being that self-proclaimed “masters” wanted to be uninhibited in saying whatever they wanted, particularly when it came to ludicrous justifications for slavery and imperialism.  (I still agree with free speech, but it’s important to understand the real reason for its acceptance.)  Slave-makers like Voltaire are only interested in civil debate between slave-makers so that the basic assumptions of such debates are sharply delimited.  For example: “Should Blacks be enslaved because they are racially inferior and no better than cattle, or should they be enslaved for humanitarian reasons such as helping them learn how to use soap?” [2]

Athenian-style slave-makers enjoy all the comforts and conveniences of enslaving others on top of the status of being “progressives.” Movements against discrimination based on race, gender, and sexual orientation gained momentum in the West largely because they gave the appearance of liberalism while leaving slave-making pathology untouched.  (This doesn’t mean that all the protesters for those movements were Athenian-style slave-makers or disingenuous.  Those movements consisted of real as well as fake liberals.)

It sounds strange that slave-making can still exist despite professed acceptance of racial equality.  However, that’s because slave-makers shifted from more direct forms of slavery to other forms of slavery such as wage-slavery which enslaves regular humans of all races.

(On the condition of slaves in Ancient Athens:)

Slaves could not own property, but their masters often let them save up to purchase their freedom, and records survive of slaves operating businesses by themselves, making only a fixed tax-payment to their masters. Athens also had a law forbidding the striking of slaves: if a person struck what appeared to be a slave in Athens, that person might find himself hitting a fellow-citizen, because many citizens dressed no better. It astonished other Greeks that Athenians tolerated back-chat from slaves.  Athenian slaves fought together with Athenian freemen at the battle of Marathon, and the monuments memorialize them.  It was formally decreed before the battle of Salamis that the citizens should “save themselves, their women, children, and slaves”. [3]

(On the conditions for former slaves in Réunion:)

The number of slaves in French colonies emancipated in 1848 has been estimated at 250, 0000 (or less than 10 percent of the number of slaves in the United States).  As in the United States, however, forms of legal inequality continued well after formal emancipation: in Réunion, for example, after 1848 former slaves could be arrested and imprisoned as indigents unless they could produce a labor contract as a servant or worker on a plantation.  Compared with the previous legal regime, under which fugitive slaves were hunted down and returned to their masters if caught, the difference was real, but it represented a shift in policy rather than a complete break with the previous regime. [4]

One can view the emancipation of slaves in Réunion as being a mere shift from direct Spartan-style slave-making to more indirect Athenian-style slave-making.  Athenian-style slave-making is obsessed with finding ways to force other human beings to work.  It has nothing to do with the fact that this helps the economy.  It has everything to do with specializing in controlling the labour of others so one doesn’t have to perform any labour themselves.  Athenian-style slave-making is the predominant force governing Western society today.  People are forced to work in a way that is considered acceptable to the slave-makers.  Anybody who stops working for the slave-makers and is not a slave-maker themselves becomes poor almost immediately.

Phoney-liberalism is reaching a tipping point where all of the progressive values upheld in rhetoric are becoming genuinely realized to the point that slave-making itself is in jeopardy. This a very dangerous time period as a result.  Spartan-style slave-makers will do what they always do which is try to maintain fascist conditions.  Athenian-style slave-makers, who have always fundamentally done the same while paying lip-service to human rights, are going to be all over the map.  In Voltaire’s time, Voltaire could pretend to care about free speech and support free speech measures his entire life because so many other elements of society maintained slave-making conditions for him.  This allowed him to look less hypocritical.  However, if Voltaire were alive today, he would both have to pay lip-service to free speech to maintain his phoney-liberal façade, but then take immediate measure to help suppress free speech for the general public to help maintain slave-making dogma.

It’s obvious Justin Trudeau has become a walking contradiction at this point because he has to support liberal ideals in speech, but must immediately take action against professed ideals to maintain the fundamentals of slave-making:

David Suzuki on Justin Trudeau:

“I said, ‘Justin, stop it, you’re just being political, you just want to make headway in Alberta,’” Suzuki says he told Trudeau. “You’re for the development of the tar sands, you’re for the Keystone pipeline, but you’re against the Northern Gateway, you’re all over the damn map!” [5]

Both Spartan and Athenian-style slave-makers will be working hard to oppose many of the liberties that past slave-makers helped establish such as free speech; equal rights for people of different races, genders, and sexual orientations; universal suffrage etc.  It will start becoming more and more obvious which people truly believe in principles of democracy, free speech, and liberalism and which people are just pretending.  (Even the North Korean elite profess to be democratic.)

The frauds need to be discarded by society.  I still support a basic income and basic human rights for all including those frauds.  They will pay in the form of public condemnation, isolation and worst of all: not being able to execute their intrinsic slave-making pathology.  Slave-maker ants will starve to death without their slaves even when food is provided.  [6]

More genuine movements that re-emphasize the importance of racial and gender equality, free speech, democracy, sexual and religious freedom, the necessity of a basic income etc. and which simultaneously condemn phoney-liberals like Voltaire and Trudeau are critical.  The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement is a good illustration of the necessity for a second wave of real liberalism that reaffirms all the liberal values made popular in the past with the help of Athenian-style slave-makers who will now begin taking measures to counteract those same values because those ideals now threaten their control.

It will be scary how many people will drop their liberal façade and shift to extreme slave-making practices once their cushy, elite-oppressor status is threatened.

The entire history of Westernism has been inverse-civilization.  This might be the first time Westernism has started to shift towards real civilization.


[1] Piketty, Thomas, and Arthur Goldhammer. Capital in the Twenty-first Century. Print. Page 158.

[2] White Man’s Burden

[3] Athenian Slaves

[4] Piketty, Thomas, and Arthur Goldhammer. Capital in the Twenty-first Century. Print. Page 593.

[5] Why David Suzuki called Justin Trudeau a twerp

[6] “Slavemaking Ants: Taking over the colony…”

CEPR – Illegal Israeli Settlements


UN Security Council Resolution 446 (1979) and 465 (1980) both condemned the settlements. Rex. 446 stated “that the policy and practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity and constitute a serious obstruction to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East.” Likewise, in 465, the Security Council called upon Israel to “dismantle the existing settlements.”  Most recently, in February 2010, a resolution was introduced and supported by 14 members of the Security Council, “reaffirming that Israeli settlements (including East Jerusalem) are illegal and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace. It also demanded once again that Israel immediately and cease all settlement activities. The U.S. was the sole dissenter, thus vetoing the resolution.

Source: CEPR – Illegal Israeli Settlements