This 28-Year-Old Is Running For Congress To Try To Destroy U.S.-Saudi Relations

“I’ve met a lot of voters sick of both parties and entrenched interests … they look at Obama and Paul Ryan having the same position on Saudi Arabia,” he said. “You don’t have a lot of lawmakers honest with their constituents about it.”

There’s “a notion that voters are stupid,” the candidate continued. “Voters are generally aware. It would be disingenuous to say they know the details … but they’re generically aware that Saudi Arabia often acts adverse to our interests.”

Beinstein traces his own fixation on the kingdom to May 2015, when he first read journalist Gerald Posner’s Secrets of the Kingdom, an indictment of the U.S.-Saudi partnership that explores hundreds of alleged Saudi misdeeds, including ties to 9/11. That was before Beinstein even considered a political career.

Now, his “number one desire” if he makes it to Congress is to win a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He would use the perch to implement a three-pronged plan: add Saudi Arabia to the list of state sponsors of terror; subject it to sanctions that would help break economic ties between the kingdom and the U.S.; and freeze the assets of Saudis found to have any links to terror.

Beinstein says he expects bipartisan support for that policy. He pointed to Democrats like former Sen. Bob Graham (Fla.) who have raised questions about Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11 and the broader War on Terror.

The libertarian Beinstein is not much of a party man in any case

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No Saudi Money for American Mosques :: Middle East Forum

The Saudis have been arrogantly indiscreet about spending to promote Wahhabism. For example, a 2005 Freedom House report reviewed some of the extremist literature provided to the public by Saudi-funded institutions and concluded that it poses “a grave threat to non-Muslims and to the Muslim community itself.” The monarchy has also given multiple and generous grants to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the most aggressive and effective Islamist organization in the United States.

This discrepancy, a version of which exists in every Western country, demands a solution. Some Western governments have taken ad hoc, provisional steps to address it.

• In 2007, the Australian government turned down a Saudi request to send funds to the Islamic Society of South Australia to help build a new mosque. “Obviously we don’t want to see any extremist organisation penetrate into Australia,” explained then-Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. Eight years later, Saudi diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks affirmed the kingdom’s intense interest in influencing Islamic politics in Australia.

• In 2008, the Saudis offered to finance construction of a mosque and Islamic cultural center in Moscow, prompting three Russian Orthodox groups to write an open letter to then-King Abdullah suggesting that his kingdom lift its ban on churches.

• In 2010, Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre turned down Saudi funding for a mosque on the grounds that the Saudi kingdom lacks religious freedom.

via No Saudi Money for American Mosques :: Middle East Forum

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Fission vs. Fusion – What’s the Difference?

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The word fission means “a splitting or breaking up into parts” (Merriam-Webster Online, http://www.m-w.com). Nuclear fission releases heat energy by splitting atoms.  The surprising discovery that it was possible to make a nucleus divide was based on Albert Einstein’s prediction that mass could be changed into energy.  In 1939, scientist began experiments, and one year later Enrico Fermi built the first nuclear reactor.

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The word fusion means “a merging of separate elements into a unified whole”. Nuclear fusion refers to the “union of atomic nuclei to form heavier nuclei resulting in the release of enormous amounts of energy” (Merriam-Webster Online, http://www.m-w.com). Fusion takes place when two low-mass isotopes, typically isotopes of hydrogen, unite under conditions of extreme pressure and temperature.

Fusion is what powers the sun. Atoms of Tritium and Deuterium (isotopes of hydrogen, Hydrogen-3 and Hydrogen-2, respectively) unite under extreme pressure and temperature to produce a neutron and a helium isotope. Along with this, an enormous amount of energy is released, which is several times the amount produced from fission.

via Fission vs. Fusion – What’s the Difference? | Duke Energy | Nuclear Information Center

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What Talking to a Syrian Refugee Taught Me About Palestinian Anti-Normalization –

She turns away from me, and, still speaking in English, talks to herself. “The [Syrian] governments taught us to hate Jews. I met Jews here, and they are kind. They taught us to hate Israelis — but this lady [referring to me] is OK, a bit like me and has children like me…and she’s Israeli. The government that brought this war on us, they killed my husband. Because of them, I am a refugee. I won’t believe anything that any government tells me anymore…”

via What Talking to a Syrian Refugee Taught Me About Palestinian Anti-Normalization – Opinion – Forward.com

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Erdogan’s War on Cigarettes

erdogan1Like most attempts to legislate morality this gives Erdogan an excuse to stalk and harass his victims citizens:

For Erdogan, grabbing cigarette packs from citizens is a political act, the aim of which is to impose himself on Turks as their “father” — a figure who decides what is right and wrong for them, who shapes their lives and shows them the way. No doubt, he is an overbearing father who has little tolerance for objections and expects full obedience.

The child’s treatment Erdogan accords to Turkish citizens he spots smoking or carrying cigarettes is a means of erecting new pillars to fortify his repressive rule. He extracts promises of quitting, takes away their cigarette packs and feels no need to pay compensation for them — liberties only a father can take.

In Middle Eastern tradition, smoking in the presence of one’s father is often perceived as bad manners. Erdogan is effectively telling the smokers, “You are not supposed to smoke in my presence.” And the more his targets accept this “fatherhood,” the more they reduce themselves to children — Erdogan’s children.

Smoking is not the only realm in which the psycho-politics of Erdogan’s authoritarian and overly conservative role are manifested. In 2013, for example, he slammed unmarried young men and women sharing student accommodations and mobilized the security forces against coed housing. He also grumbled that women he used to see on a Bosporus quay from his office in Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace were dressed immodestly.

As long as Turkish society fails to reject Erdogan’s fatherhood claim, there is nothing to stop him from advancing it.

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The Decline of OPEC

Texas shale oil has fought Saudi Arabia to a standstill

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North America’s hydraulic frackers are cutting costs so fast that most can now produce at prices far below levels needed to fund the Saudi welfare state and its military machine, or to cover Opec budget deficits.

Scott Sheffield, the outgoing chief of Pioneer Natural Resources, threw down the gauntlet last week – with some poetic licence – claiming that his pre-tax production costs in the Permian Basin of West Texas have fallen to $2.25 a barrel

Definitely we can compete with anything that Saudi Arabia has. We have the best rock," he said. Revolutionary improvements in drilling technology and data analytics that have changed the cost calculus faster than almost anybody thought possible. 

The ‘decline rate’ of production over the first four months of each well was 90pc a decade ago for US frackers. This dropped to 31pc in 2012. It is now 18pc. Drillers have learned how to extract more.

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Pacifism is an Affront to Peace

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Fr. George Rutler, pastor of the Church of St. Michael in Manhattan says:

After another devastating ISIS attack in France, this time against a priest in his 80s while he was saying Mass, the answer isn’t just, “Do nothing.” As racism distorts race and sexism corrupts sex — so does pacifism affront peace.

Turning the other cheek is the counsel Christ gave in the instance of an individual when morally insulted: Humility conquers pride. It has nothing to do with self-defense.

The Catholic Church has always maintained that the defiance of an evil force is not only a right but an obligation. Its Catechism (cf. #2265) cites St. Thomas Aquinas: “Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for someone responsible for another’s life, the common good of the family or of the State.”

A father is culpable if he does not protect his family. A bishop has the same duty as a spiritual father of his sons and daughters in the church, just as the civil state has as its first responsibility the maintenance of the “tranquility of order” through self-defense.

‘Turning the other cheek’ to acts of war like this is not Christian. It’s not atheist either – anyone who understands evolution knows that animals who can’t defend themselves are extinction fodder.

I don’t agree with everything in this article. Our enemy isn’t “Islam” it’s the Wahhabis who are paid and armed by these liars.

The kind of pacifism that we follow is not due to fear of the Wahhabis, the Russians or the Iranians. It comes from our fear of ourselves, of nukes and whatever other weapons we have that can destroy the world ten times over. That fear leads to a situation where our superior intellect is no match for their inferior weapons.

Our horrific power keeps us from waging a direct war against other nuclear-armed states. It also keeps us from responding effectively to a weaker enemy. They know that they can randomly murder our citizens, wage a terrorist war against a well-armed opponent without repercussions.

Saudi sponsored terrorists have slaughtered so many thousands of Catholics, Buddhists, Shia, Jews, so many that it’s no longer big news. But when was the last time a Saudi leader was jailed or even criticized for the destruction they’ve created?

Our politicians and media will tell us that our alliances with frenemies like Saudi Arabia and Qatar are necessary to avoid confrontation with Russia, but even they are beginning to realize that our old Cold War tactics aren’t working. Wahhabi support of ISIS, Russian support of monsters like Assad and Turkish attempts to play all sides have brought us into a situation where the U.S. and Russia find themselves in the situation they’d tried to avoid.

We’re going to have to find a new way of waging war. Or peace. Whatever you want to call it.

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