Ορισμένα χρήσιμα -εκτιμώ- άρθρα, για τον ελεύθερο χρόνο σας!
– Θα διαβάσετε και θα αντιληφθείτε (αλλά και θα δείτε ταυτόχρονα) καλύτερα το δίκιο που είχαμε και έχουμε, όταν σας γράφουμε για τους… ειρηνιστές Παλαιστινίους, καθώς και για το τί θέλουν πχ οι τρομοκράτες της “ΧΑΜΑΣ”, για τον… Άγιο Κόμεϊ, τον πρώην Α/FBI, [που και δίκιο ακόμα να είχε, (που δεν είχε), και οι Ρώσοι να “μπήκαν” με τους Η/Υ και τους Χάκερς τους, στα εσωτερικά πολιτικά πράγματα, των Η.Π.Α., αυτός ως επικεφαλής δεν έκανε τίποτα για να προστατέψει, ως όφειλε, την χώρα του, από τη ρωσική επίθεση και τώρα αντί να πάει να κρυφτεί μέσα σε καμιά τρύπα, βγαίνει και… φωνάζει], θα διαβάσετε για το CNN και για τον ουσιαστικά υπέρ των “ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΚΩΝ” και “ΠΑΓΚΟΣΜΙΟΠΟΙΗΤΩΝ” βρώμικο πόλεμό του, κατά του Προέδρου ΤΡΑΜΠ, (με τα “fake news”, που κάπου στον Χολαργό οι “Άγγελοι” τα συζήταγαν, ως θέμα, εδώ και 7 χρόνια), καθώς και για την σχετικά πρόσφατη “προειδοποίηση” του Αμερικανού Προέδρου, από την Πολωνική πρωτεύουσα, τη Βαρσοβία!
“Έχει σήμερα η Δύση τη θέληση να ζήσει“;
ΑΦΗΣΤΕ ΤΟΝ ΤΡΑΜΠ ΝΑ ΚΥΒΕΡΝΗΣΕΙ ΡΕ… ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΕΣ “ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΚΟΙ“!
ΑΦΗΣΤΕ ΝΑ ΔΟΥΜΕ ΡΕ ΚΑΙ ΑΥΤΟΝ! ΕΣΑΣ ΣΑΣ ΕΙΔΑΜΕ ΚΑΙ… ΛΟΥΣΤΗΚΑΜΕ!!!
Jul 10, 2017
1. The Palestinian Authority’s priorities and spending habits are shocking.
US taxpayers like to see how their money is spent.
When the nation builds highways, hires police and purchases fighter planes, the people know they’re getting safe roads, an orderly society and protection from potential enemies.
When a billion dollars is donated to a group operating thousands of miles away, it’s far more difficult for the taxpayers to keep track of how their money is spent.
When the group receiving the money grew out of the notorious PLO international terrorist organization, taxpayer concerns become justifiably heightened.
Watch this video and see just how shocking the spending priorities of the PLO’s subsidiary, the Palestinian Authority, are. US taxpayers might just develop “donors remorse.”
(“Κτυπείστε” και δείτε)
2. COMEY MEMOS CONTAINED CLASSIFIED INFORMATION
July 10, 2017
The media has largely moved on from the Comey circus when his memos didn’t deliver anything useful beyond the Twitter news cycle. But Comey’s actions were controversial with good reason. You can’t just write up your interactions with the President of the United States while heading the FBI and then pass them on to your friends to hand over to the media.
Or maybe these days, in the age when Hillary Clinton can flagrantly violate the rules on handling classified information and go unpunished, you can. That is to be determined.
More than half of the memos former FBI chief James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents.
This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency’s rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton for in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election.
Comey testified last month he considered the memos to be personal documents and that he shared at least one of them with a Columbia University lawyer friend. He asked that lawyer to leak information from one memo to the news media in hopes of increasing pressure to get a special prosecutor named in the Russia case after Comey was fired as FBI director.
He added, “My view was that the content of those unclassified, memorialization of those conversations was my recollection recorded.”
But when the seven memos Comey wrote regarding his nine conversations with Trump about Russia earlier this year were shown to Congress in recent days, the FBI claimed all were, in fact, deemed to be government documents.
Four of the memos had markings making clear they contained information classified at the “secret” or “confidential” level, according to officials directly familiar with the matter.
In short, Comey broke the law. The question is, will he be held accountable.
3. TRUMP’S WAR ON THE BIG BOSS OF FAKE NEWS
How CNN took on President Trump and lost.
July 10, 2017
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Islamic terrorism.
When CNN brought in Jeff Zucker, it wasn’t for his journalistic acumen. Zucker was best known for his work on the Today Show. After billions in losses at NBC, his new Comcast bosses wanted him gone.
CNN and Zucker were perfect for each other. Both were sinking ships looking for an easy way out.
Zucker’s plan for CNN was simple. Get out of the news business.
Or as he put it, “news is how you define it.” Fake, real; it’s all a matter of definition. And Zucker was going to “broaden” the definition of what news is. And the definition was reality shows.
CNN was going to edge away from the news business under its new boss of fake reality television.
Zucker’s plan made sense at the time. MSNBC had the lefty demographic locked up and FOX News spoke to the right. CNN wasn’t going to compete with them. And it wasn’t going to do “vanilla” reporting. Instead it would jump into the reality dogpile. Food shows. Edgy documentaries. “More shows and less newscasts.” If there had to be news, Zucker wanted it to have an “an attitude and a take.”
Before President Trump called out CNN as fake news, its new boss had already turned it into fake news.
But that was a different world. Obama was in the White House. Hillary was going to succeed him. Nothing interesting was going to happen in the world of politics. CNN could just focus on infotainment.
And then Trump emerged and everything changed. Suddenly CNN was going to have to do news again and Zucker, the gimmick guy who had bet big on reality shows on NBC and then on CNN, was completely out of his depth. He understood entertainment, but he didn’t have the faintest clue about journalism.
In the summer of ’16, he had ridiculed BuzzFeed as not being a real news organization. That gave BuzzFeed a whole lot in common with CNN. By October, he had hired on Andrew Kaczynski and his BuzzFeed team of trolls. And it’s that team of trolls that is now at the center of CNN’s latest scandal.
CNN had already lost 3 reporters from its investigative unit over a fake news Trump-Russia hit piece. Instead of enmeshing President Trump in scandals, its investigative unit is deeply enmeshed in scandal.
Zucker was not a journalism guy, but he understood numbers. He lived and died by them. His philosophy at CNN was to stay on anything that its viewers were watching whether it was a missing Malaysian plane or Trump. CNN’s old strategy of “flooding the zone” with meaningless non-coverage of a breaking event was merged with Zucker’s own preference for reality television to create a constant coverage circus.
Hiring a ton of reporters from across the spectrum, from a New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner to the BuzzFeed trolls, would flood the zone with Trump scandals. CNN would have the most Trump scandals and the most viewers. It was a great strategy for manufacturing a whole bunch of fake news scandals.
And things that don’t even qualify as fake news. Like wondering whether Trump is afraid of stairs. The Stairophobia segment appeared on New Day, Zucker’s own baby. Or the accusation that Trump eats too much ice cream.
That’s how Zucker reinvented CNN and went to war with the President of the United States. But he hadn’t grasped that reporting on real people is different than asking reality show contestants to attack each other on camera in scripted segments. This time his reality show really was real. And he isn’t ready.
Jeff Zucker had come to CNN to exploit a brand that was associated in most people’s minds with the “news”. That’s the same reason President Trump has been hammering CNN. Destroying the credibility of CNN will damage the mainstream media. And the media has been happy to line up and lionize Zucker.
It’s quite a comeback for the NBC boss who used to be best known for his spat with Conan O’Brien. But the scandals show that Zucker doesn’t actually know how to handle a news media operation.
And history may be about to repeat itself.
AT&T wants to buy Time Warner. And some AT&T execs aren’t happy with Zucker’s mismanagement of CNN. That’s a familiar story. The last time a major telecom giant bought a company that Zucker was running, they dumped him. Had Comcast succeeded in buying Time Warner, the big boss of fake news would already have been unemployed.
Zucker was hired because CNN’s business model was failing. But his new model is also a wreck. CNN has moved into MSNBC’s loud left-wing space while Maddow’s old home lurches a little to the center. His old bet on reality television no longer looks all that smart. Instead CNN is the new MSNBC where talking heads with “attitude” give their left-wing “take” on the news. And there’s a reason MSNBC let CNN do it.
MSNBC wants more than Maddow & Co. But that’s exactly the model that Zucker is replicating.
MSNBC would rather take CNN’s old position than appeal exclusively to Bernie Sanders fans. The New York Times and the Washington Post were financially desperate enough to climb into that hole. CNN didn’t need to reduce its audience to people who believe President Trump will soon be removed from office. It made that choice because Zucker’s lack of vision trapped the news network in a dead end.
President Trump used CNN’s need and greed for attention against it. He often wins by getting his enemies to give in to their worst instincts. And that’s what Jeff Zucker has been doing. CNN is profiting in the short term, but losing in the long term as its brand becomes a political toxic waste dump.
The Zuckering of CNN was easily foreseen.
Jeff Zucker’s lack of vision manifested itself in the mismanagement of NBC and CNN in the same way. The former Today Show producer had a talent for gimmicks and a weakness when it came to the big picture. His plans all came down to doubling down on a dubious gimmick that was working without considering the long term cost. That’s how fake reality television turned into fake news.
Now Zucker has trashed CNN the way that he wrecked NBC.
President Trump and Jeff Zucker have a history. Zucker thought that he had picked his target, but it was really a case of Trump picking CNN. Trump understood that Zucker’s weakness as an executive lay in taking the easy road to success without thinking ahead. And he’s using that weakness to destroy CNN. And to inflict serious collateral damage on the mainstream media through the attacks on CNN.
CNN couldn’t resist going to war against Trump. Not when the ratings were so good. And now that the war is going badly, it’s too late to disengage. Like the rest of the media, CNN assumed that it made the rules. Now it’s discovering that no one else has to abide by its rules.
Jeff Zucker has complained that President Trump is bullying CNN. That’s not the battle cry of a winner. It’s the big boss of fake news starting to figure out that he bit off more in this fight than he can chew.
4. TRUMP’S (CRUCIAL) WARNING IN WARSAW
Speaking home truths to an audience that got it.
July 10, 2017
I’m half Polish. Both my father’s parents were from the region called Galicia – my grandmother from a village named Krystynopol, my grandfather from a somewhat larger town called Brody. They were Poles, and spoke Polish, but, back then, there was no Poland. The places they came from were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Other parts of what should have been Poland were in the German and Russian Empires. The Poles were a substantial people with a long history and a great culture, but they had the misfortune of being located between two massive and aggressive military powers.
My father, born and raised in New York and brought up, as was the practice among European immigrants in those days, to be an American, grew into a man who sounded as if he was from Indiana. He spoke perfect American English, with no trace of a Polish accent (or, for that matter, a New York accent). He was a man of immense humor. He loved jokes. The only ethnic jokes he ever told were Polish jokes. Back then, everyone told Polish jokes.
“How did the Germans conquer Poland so fast? They marched in backwards and the Polish thought they were leaving.” Or: “Why don’t Poles commit suicide? Because you can’t jump out the window of a basement.” Or: “How can you identify the groom at a Polish wedding? He’s the one with a clean bowling shirt.”
Harmless jokes. I like jokes. I don’t mind jokes at the expense of groups I belong to. Gay jokes, whatever. In America, innocent jokes about different groups used to be part of what helped bring us all together. But when I was a kid, the Poles, far more than any other group, were the targets of ethnic jokes. It was so bad that if you mentioned Poland, people would immediately think: jokes! It wasn’t fair. Other ethnic groups that I need not name had brought all kinds of negative baggage with them when they immigrated to the U.S. The Poles had only brought goodwill and a longing to breathe free. They’d kept their noses clean. They’d worked hard. They’d obeyed the law. For the most part, they hadn’t made a big deal out of being Polish. They were too busy becoming good Americans.
They certainly didn’t take America for granted. Coming from sprawling empires where they’d been members of an oppressed, marginal minority – or, later, and worse, from Nazi-conquered territory or from a Poland that was nothing more than a Communist satellite of the Soviet Union – they were fiercely, touchingly grateful for American freedom. On my grandmother’s dresser was an eight-by-ten of Richard Nixon, whom she revered for his unwavering anti-Communism. Over her bed was a giant, elaborately framed photo of my father, a newborn, swathed in an American flag. My father himself was named Tadeusz Casimir, after two Polish heroes of the American Revolution: Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Casimir Pulaski, the first of whom Thomas Jefferson called “as pure a son of liberty as I have ever known” and the second of whom wrote to George Washington: “I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it, and to live or die for it.” Poles have freedom in their blood – and tend to be far more pro-American than most other Europeans.
It was the Solidarity movement in Poland that sparked the anti-Communist movements throughout Eastern Europe; it was Poland’s peaceful 1989 democratic revolution that kindled similar revolts across the region. You didn’t hear Polish jokes quite so often after all that.
I moved to Europe in 1998, but didn’t get to Poland until 2013, when I spent a few days in Warsaw. It was dramatically different from the other European cities with which I was familiar. Two words: no hijab. As I wrote at the time, the lack of any sign of Islam in Warsaw “makes you realize just how accustomed you’ve become to the idea of an Islamized Europe.” Of course, Poland isn’t alone in this regard: most of its Eastern European neighbors have joined it in rejecting mass Muslim immigration, which they recognize as the existential threat that it is. Increasingly, it seems clear that Western Europe is committing suicide, and that Eastern Europe (if Putin leaves it alone) represents the future of Europe, and of freedom.
It was appropriate, then, that President Trump visited Poland before proceeding to stops in Western Europe. And his speech in Warsaw struck exactly the right notes. He paid deserved tribute to a people who, subjected for generations to war and tyrannical oppression, retained their courage, their spirit, and their hunger for liberty. He explicitly rebuked Putin’s Russia. And while he spoke of the West as a single whole that included America and Poland and everything in between and that would, indeed, “never be broken,” his praise for Poland’s virtues (“In the Polish people we see the soul of Europe”) amounted to an implicit rebuke of Western Europe for what Douglas Murray has called its “existential tiredness” – its lack of appreciation for its own history, culture, and values, its failure to believe in itself, its apparent readiness to hand over the reins to Islam.
“The fundamental question of our time,” Trump declared, “is whether the West has the will to survive.”
His unspoken message was that while America and Poland and other Eastern European countries plainly possess that will, some other Western nations lack it – and should look to Poland to see what they’re lacking.
Trump’s speech was so important that I only wish it had been a little better. It was imperfectly structured, wandering from one topic to another and back again. It had a few confusing moments and awkward turns of phrase (for example, Trump’s reference to Krasinski Square as a “beautiful piece of land”). And it included at least one assertion that was downright false (to say that America has “never given up on” Polish freedom is to ignore the aftermath of World War II).
But no matter. In its main points, Trump’s Warsaw speech was right-on. And its critics have done a terrific job of illustrating just what kind of mentality we’re up against in the struggle to keep the free West alive. In the Washington Post, Jonathan Capehart called the speech “white-nationalist dog-whistling.” In the Atlantic, Peter Beinart accused Trump of “racist and religious paranoia.” And Mark Tapson has already splendidly dispatchedthe puerile Newsweek writer, Josh Lowe, who mocked Trump’s references to “Western values” and negativity on Communism and admitted to being puzzled by the concept of defending the West. It’s precisely the brand of decadent thinking represented by these people that Trump was warning against. And it’s a warning that the Poles, of all people, understand.
5. WHAT HAMAS WANTS
A new political document should shatter any remaining illusions.
July 3, 2017
Illusions in the Middle East die hard. However, with the publication of Hamas’ new political document, there shouldn’t be any doubt about the motives of this Muslim Brotherhood organization. The western press continues to assert that Hamas is “moderating” its views, but the document itself offers a different picture.
The main points of the new political document are:
- Reliance on Islam as the sole source of authority;
- Denial of the Jewish right to self-determination in the Land of Israel;
- Conferral of a sacred Islamic character on all of Palestine;
- An armed struggle to liberate Palestine is legitimate and must continue.
In the last year, Hamas has altered the wording in many of its public statements to seem accommodating. Presumably naiveté in the West has given it leverage at the U.N. and as a legitimate political actor on the world stage. In fact, the modification in language is an exercise in “taqiyyah” (deception in the cause of Allah). Impression, not substance, is what counts for Hamas officials.
The real goal is to gain control of the PLO, thereby securing legitimate rule over all the Palestinian territories and using that influence on international bodies. To subvert Israel’s power, Hamas deploys diplomatic and propaganda techniques. Hence it is often difficult to distinguish between lies, fabrications and exaggerated claims coming from the leadership.
With the publication of the new political document, Hamas is hoist by its own petard. There is no question it will not recognize the Jewish state. Moreover, any claim about Israel that relies on historical antecedents is deemed inaccurate. For Hamas, Israel is an historic blindspot. Fortunately, there are those in the Trump White House who understand the futility of the Hamas stance.
Should one engage in a serious investigation of Hamas, it will become obvious that the goals have remained unaltered, the purpose of the organization intact and tactics unchanged. There is a good reason to suspect that will be the case decades ahead, for if Hamas had modified its position it could not attract volunteers to its cause.
Netanyahu slammed Hamas as the metamorphosis of an ideology that emerged in 1928. He claims that it does little more than proselytize for radical ideas. Whether Netanyahu is right, is less relevant than how Hamas describes itself. Here the Netanyahu claims and the Hamas document converge. If the land of Palestine is consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgment Day, every individual sharing the faith has an obligation – as part of his religious duty – to fight for this territory free of Jews. A good Muslim is he who loudly proclaims, “Hail to Jihad!” and struggles continuously for the achievement of liberation.
As is evident, there cannot be a negotiated settlement in the Middle East unless you are considering an Israel engaged in preemptive surrender. In the mind of Hamas, a peace treaty similar to the one negotiated between Israel and Egypt would be a form of high treason. Hamas regards itself as the spearhead in the struggle against world Zionism and will not concede an inch of this designation.
So let’s get over the pollyannish view peace can be negotiated. It will not be negotiated as long as one side at the negotiating table wants to kill those across from them. That is the reality, however difficult it is to accept.
Herbert London in President of the London Center for Policy Research!
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ΥΓ / PS.
ΜΕ ΤΗΝ ΕΥΚΑΙΡΙΑ (Μιας και πολύς ο λόγος, για τις Η.Π.Α.):
– Είναι η τελευταία σας… ευκαιρία, τώρα(!), Κε ΚΙΣΣΙΝΤΖΕΡ, (με το ΚΥΠΡΙΑΚΟ, την / τις ΑΟΖ, τον Ισραηλινό ενεργειακό στρατηγικό σχεδιασμό, κλπ, κλπ, κλπ), να προβείτε σε μια ιστορική φιλελληνική “ρελάνς“, αλλά και ταυτόχρονα, σε μια “ρελάνς” “ΙΣΤΟΡΙΚΗΣ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΣΥΝΗΣ“, ώστε να μην φύγετε για τον άλλο κόσμο, καταγεγραμμένος, (λόγω του 1974), στην ψυχή του ελληνικού λαού, ως ο μεγάλος του Καταστροφέας!.. – – Είναι κρίμα να μην… ισοφαρίσετε το λάθος σας, αυτό του 1974, και να φύγετε απ’ αυτήν τη ζωή, καταγεγραμμένος στην ελληνική ΤΕΡΑΣΤΙΑ Ιστορία, ως ο 2ος ΜΕΤΤΕΡΝΙΧ, δηλ. ως ο 2ος μεγαλύτερος -ιστορικά- ΑΝΘΕΛΛΗΝΑΣ!..
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