Archive for January, 2012

A Prize from Fairyland beyond our Wildest Dreams

January 24, 2012

As an American, I am very experienced with living in a country with dishonest major media (called the lamestream media by many Americans) owned by a small number of corporations or financed partially by the American government. The combination of the dishonest media and of the dumbing down of American education has consequences. See, for example, the film Idiocracy for a forecast of the future. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBvIweCIgwk

In George Orwell’s book 1984, Orwell predicted a future with competing totalitarian empires controlling the media and revising history. As George Galloway, a former Member of Parliament and the host of some excellent programs on Press TV, commented recently, you can still find Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, London and in some other locations in the United Kingdom because the political establishment knows that very few people will be able to hear the speakers.

In “Press TV Discredits Itself” (Huffington Post UK, January 24, 2012), Jody Sabral has abandoned support for an outstanding media organization, for which she worked in Turkey.
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jody-sabral/press-tv-fails-its-employees-again_b_1226593.html?just_reloaded=1
Sabral’s claims of free speech in Britain are laughable. Many people in the world remember the BBC’s coverage (or lack of coverage) of the Gaza War. In “BBC refuses airtime to Gaza aid appeal” (The Guardian, January 22, 2009), Jenny Percival noted that the BBC has been criticized in the past over alleged biases in covering the Middle East. The BBC refused to air humanitarian appeals to aid the victims in Gaza. Previously, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) had been able to raise millions of pounds for relief in Congo and in Burma. Sky offered this excuse for failing to broadcast the Gaza appeal: ‘By convention, if all broadcasters do not carry the appeal, then none do. The decision was effectively made for us.’
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/jan/23/bbc-refuses-gaza-appeal
Are these British values that Sabral wants others to applaud? While Sabral and I share having American ancestors who served in the American Revolution and ancestors from England, the similarities end there. My Foote ancestors left England nearly 400 years ago. Many people left England and other European countries centuries ago to escape from monarchy, theocracy, and from endless wars. Centuries later, the British still have a monarchy, a theocracy, and support for endless wars to steal resources from weaker countries.
In “Why Iran hates Britain so much” (The Telegraph, June 29, 2009), Con Coughlin noted:
“Relations further soured when Britain arbitrarily set Iran’s borders with India in the 1860s, but matters came to a head in 1872 when the then shah awarded Baron Paul Julius von Reuter, the founder of Reuters news agency, a monopoly over virtually all of Iran’s economic and financial resources. Lord Curzon, the British Foreign Secretary at the time, described the ‘Reuter Concession’, as it became known, as ‘the most complete and extraordinary surrender of the entire industrial resources of a kingdom into foreign hands that has probably ever been dreamt of, much less accomplished, in history’.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/concoughlin/5689752/Why-Iran-hates-Britain-so-much.html

Coughlin failed to note that Lord Curzon went on to become the architect of the D’Arcy Concession, a comparable concession in Persia. Stephen Kinzer, in All The Shah’s Men, wrote: “Winston Churchill called it ‘a prize from fairyland beyond our wildest dreams’.”

http://books.google.com/books?id=Wv4B6C-wTG8C&pg=PA39&lpg=PA39&dq=D%27Arcy+Concession+Lord+Curzon&source=bl&ots=zYDye5MiGT&sig=u6Dq5Xjvz_xiGdhu1Qq92lQly38&hl=en&sa=X&ei=V78eT_TqE4Ly2QX3mvWLDw&ved=0CCMQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=D%27Arcy%20Concession%20Lord%20Curzon&f=false

For honest accounts of the role of Britain in Persia, read W. Morgan Shuster’s book, The Strangling of Persia.
http://www.amazon.com/Strangling-Persia-W-Morgan-Shuster/dp/1933823062/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327415996&sr=1-1

Shuster’s book contains the details of a small group of Americans who went to Persia to help with the Persian desires for a constitutional revolution. Unfortunately, the Russian and British monarchies were able to crush the efforts of the honest American individuals. The result was the continuation of monarchy in Iran with the Pahlavi Dynasty. The people of the world should be applauding the Islamic Republic of Iran for ending monarchy in Iran and for preventing the Iranian Communist MEK (MKO, PMOI, NCRI, Rajavi Cult, or Pol Pot of Iran) terrorists from taking over Iran. Like the United Kingdom, the Islamic Republic of Iran is a theocracy. When will the United Kingdom set an example for other theocracies in the world by ending theocracy and monarchy in the United Kingdom?

Unfortunately, the thieves of Britain are joined today by the thieves of America: Zionists, Christian Zionists, and Neo-Conservatives (Neo-Trotskyites).

George Galloway, a former Member of Parliament and the host of programs on Press TV, has expressed views contrary to Sabral’s views. Other members of Parliament or former members of Parliament have hosted programs on Press TV in London. Sabral failed to address the views of these British lawmakers and failed to explain why her understanding of British laws is superior to theirs.

I have appeared in the London studio of Press TV on a panel (including with a Zionist) for one hour. Our only instructions were to discuss, in our own views, what we thought were the most significant events in the world for that year. To suggest that anyone in Tehran approves the content of programs is very dishonest. No one at Press TV knew which points I and the other panelists wanted to make. Viewers witnessed an honest difference in viewpoints between persons they would not see on the BBC propaganda network.

I have appeared many times on Press TV and several times on China Radio International and on RT (Russia Today Television). I do not expect any invitations for me or anyone with Middle East experiences similar to mine on BBC or on America’s lamestream media. Other than the taped television program in London, my appearances on Press TV have been live. My appearances have ranged from a few minutes to several continuous hours on live television. No one at Press TV knew what I would say.

By contrast, you will find in America’s book stores and on the American media the views on Iran of people who have never been to Iran and who have not studied Persian. For example, see Kenneth M. Pollack’s book, The Persian Puzzle.

http://www.amazon.com/Persian-Puzzle-Conflict-Between-America/dp/0812973364/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327417626&sr=1-1

The BBC Persian Service even promotes the views of the Iranian Communist MEK (MKO, PMOI, NCRI, Rajavi Cult, or Pol Pot of Iran) terrorists.

http://www.iran-interlink.org/files/News4/May06/BBCPersian060506.htm

These are British values others should hold in contempt.

Even the New York Times, with its long history to promoting dishonestly communists, described the MEK honestly as the Cult of Rajavi.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/13/magazine/13MUJAHADEEN.html?pagewanted=all

In 2008, as a presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton threatened to obliterate Iran.

Sabral failed to condemn Hillary Clinton for wanting to murder every man, woman, and child in Iran. She failed to condemn the long British history of using military force to impose dictators in other countries and to steal resources. Instead, according to Sabral, those of us who appear on Press TV to oppose the bombing of Iran or sanctions against Iran are anti-interventionalist propagandists.

Sabral has even worked for Press TV. Press TV is one of the best sources of news and programs in the world today. However, even Press TV has made at least one mistake in its hiring of journalists.

I am grateful that my Foote ancestors left England nearly 400 years ago. Today, the United Kingdom is still a monarchy, a theocracy, and a promoter of endless wars to steal resources from weaker countries. While my family name is English, I welcome being classified as unBritish. If the British truly valued democracy, they would have granted seats in Parliament to representatives from the American colonies. There would have been no American Revolution.
If the British people had any good values, they would have supported the values of Charles James Fox, a Member of Parliament at that time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_James_Fox

Instead, the British people supported the laws which gave them King George III, the Mad King, or the King Who Lost America.

George Orwell, in his book 1984, had a better appreciation of the failings of real British values.

From 1906 to 1911, the people of Iran struggled to have a constitutional revolution. They valued democracy. The Russian and British monarchies crushed the dreams of the Iranian people.

http://www.amazon.com/Iranian-Constitutional-Revolution-1906-1911/dp/0231103514/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327420919&sr=1-1
Today, the British are still mired in monarchy and in theocracy. Sabral claims that the British value democracy. For educated persons who have studied history, we know that it was the Iranian people who valued democracy.

America’s Lamestream Media

January 20, 2012

 

Paul Sheldon Foote

 

http://paulsheldonfoote.blogspot.com

https://paulsheldonfoote.wordpress.com

January 19, 2012

 

The American mainstream media has become so bad that many people refer to it as the lamestream media.

http://www.conservapedia.com/Mainstream_media

 

As an American who has lived and worked in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and in Asia, I have years of experience with being able to compare what Americans were learning about foreign countries from the American media with what was really happening in those countries.  Unfortunately, millions of Americans who have not lived and worked overseas continue to rely upon America’s mainstream media.  Their beliefs in lies results in endless wars, deaths, and in the economic decline of America.  Everyone is responsible for seeking the most accurate sources of information.  No one should be consuming the slop of lies served at the troughs of the American mainstream media.

 

Accuracy In Media (AIM) and Kenneth R. Timmerman

 

Even worse, there are television programs and websites claiming to monitor the accuracy of American media.  For example, Accuracy In Media (AIM) has published on January 9, 2012: “Tehran TV Loves Ron Paul” by Kenneth R. Timmerman.  This should become a case study in future books and courses on the inaccuracies of America’s lamestream media and of media watchdogs.

 

http://www.aim.org/special-report/tehran-tv-loves-ron-paul/

 

Timmerman has attacked Press TV (http://www.presstv.ir) for its use of American politicians, self-declared political analysts, and experts.  Timmerman failed to note my academic credentials, my position as a professor, and my international working experiences.  He failed to note, also, my appearances in media other than Press TV:  China Radio International (CRI) (http://english.cri.cn/) and RT (Russia Today Television) (http://rt.com/).  How can I be an expert on CRI and on RT but not on Press TV?  I have lived and worked in Iran, including working at the American Embassy in Tehran.  My wife of 43 years is an Iranian.  How dare Timmerman question the credentials of the guests on Press TV?  Has Timmerman ever visited Iran?  Why should anyone believe anything that Timmerman writes about Iran or about the Middle East?  I am a professor with degrees from The University of Michigan, Harvard Business School, and from Michigan State University.  I studied Persian at Harvard University.  For Timmerman’s academic credentials, see the links below.

 

Who says that Timmerman is an expert on any subject?  The Israel Unity Coalition says so:

 

“In 1982, Timmerman was taken hostage by terrorists in Lebanon, and spent 24 days in an underground cell under constant aerial and artillery bombardment.”

 

http://www.israelunitycoalition.org/sbureau/ktimmerman.php

 

While the Israel Unity Coalition claims that Timmerman has been an investigative reporter, the organization does not reveal employers or other sources of income.

 

For better reviews of Timmerman’s credentials and writings, see:

 

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Kenneth_R._Timmerman

 

http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/Timmerman_Kenneth

 

http://dotandcalm.com/calm-archive/index/t-16590.html

 

Neo-Conservative (Neo-Trotskyite) Chickenhawks

 

Has Timmerman ever visited Iran?  Does he speak Persian?  Why does Timmerman have no military service?

 

For a list of many American politicians who are chickenhawks, see:

http://www.nhgazette.com/chickenhawks/

 

Why do the neo-conservatives (neo-Trotskyites) support endless wars, the bankrupting of America, and the deaths of American soldiers but not serve in the military?

 

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/article/2003/mar/24/00007/

 

While I was an officer in the American Army in Vietnam, I would not recommend any American family to send sons and daughters to die in endless Zionist wars.  America’s worst enemies are in America:  Zionists, Christian Zionists, and Neo-Conservatives (Neo-Trotskyites).

 

Ron Paul

 

Press TV does interview many guests who are Ron Paul supporters.

 

In July 2003, Congressman Ron Paul (Republican—Texas) warned about the neo-Conservatives (neo-Trotskyites) with “We’ve Been Neo-Conned”.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/paul/paul110.html

 

Americans who trust America’s lamestream media have paid with lives and money for their ignorant support of Zionist wars.

 

In Ron Paul’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, I have supported and contributed to the campaigns.  As a lifelong Republican, I shall vote for only Ron Paul in 2012.  The other Republican candidates are not real Republicans.  As a student at The University of Michigan in the 1960’s, I worked on the campaign for governor of Governor George Romney.  Today, I cannot support Mitt Romney.

 

Neo-Conservatives are Neo-Troskyites

 

Timmerman fails to explain to persons who claim to be conservatives that Neo-Conservatives are Neo-Trotskyites.  The term neo-conservative is a derogatory term created by communists who understood how the admirers of Trotsky were infiltrating the Democratic and Republican parties by pretending to be anti-communists.  Admirers of Trotsky are anti-Stalin, not anti-communist.  For details, read:

 

The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel by Stephen J. Sniegoski

 

http://www.amazon.com/Transparent-Cabal-Neoconservative-National-Interest/dp/1932528172

 

You may listen to Justin Raimondo explaining how communists became Republicans at:

http://antiwar.com/horton/?articleid=5817

 

Anyone who claims to be a Republican who supports neo-Conservatives is an example of the success of America’s lamestream media.

 

See, also, the film Idiocracy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBvIweCIgwk

 

Iran is not an existential threat to Israel

 

Even half-truths are lies.  Timmerman’s highly selective quotations are extremely dishonest.  Tamir Pardo, Mossad chief, in the Israeli publication Haaretz, disagrees with Timmerman’s views.

 

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/mossad-chief-nuclear-iran-not-necessarily-existential-threat-to-israel-1.404227

 

Rick Santorum and the Iranian Communist MEK Terrorists

 

Timmerman noted that Press TV was critical of Rick Santorum.  Timmerman failed to disclose that for years he was a very prolific writer of articles attacking the Iranian Communist MEK (MKO, PMOI, NCRI, Rajavi Cult, or Pol Pot of Iran) terrorists.  For example, on January 24, 2003, he criticized the New York Times for running a full-page advertisement supporting these communist terrorists.  Timmerman noted:

 

“The ad included photographs of six of the 150 members of Congress who allegedly had signed a recent statement of support for the MEK. Top billing went to Florida Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who circulated the pro-MEK letter among her congressional colleagues. She and others have signed previous letters of support for the group.”

 

“Also appearing were Reps. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.), Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.).”

 

‘Gray Lady’ Runs Ad for Terrorists

Daily Insight – Jan. 24, 2003

http://www.kentimmerman.com/news/mek_nytimes_ad.htm

 

Timmerman failed to disclose that he knows me.  In the past, I have exchanged emails and telephone calls with Timmerman about the MEK terrorists.  At my request, Timmerman met with Michael Giorgino, a Republican candidate for Congress opposing Congressman Bob Filner (Democrat—California, MEK supporter, and son of a communist party candidate for Congress).

 

In one telephone conversation, I asked Timmerman why he had reduced the number of articles he was writing about the MEK.  I told him that there had been numerous opportunities to write articles since American and coalition forces attacked Camp Ashraf, Iraq in March 2003.  He claimed that editors were not interested in the MEK anymore.

 

In September 2005, Timmerman spoke at an Iranian monarchist demonstration in New York City.  He wrote an article explaining how the MEK pays large amounts of money for demonstrators.

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=9222

 

To my shock, Timmerman started writing in support of the Iran Freedom Support Act (sponsored by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, MEK supporter).  In addition, he wrote approvingly of Senator Rick Santorum, an MEK supporter who wanted to provide funding for Iranian “pro-democracy” groups.  There is nothing democratic about the Pol Pot of Iran.

 

http://www.kentimmerman.com/news/2006_02_23-iran-plan-wt

 

For details about the MEK, see:

 

http://iran-interlink.org/

http://nejatngo.org/en/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/traitorsusa/

 

Timmerman should have been writing articles condemning Santorum as a traitor for supporting the MEK.  Instead, Timmerman is critical of Press TV for negative reporting about Santorum.

 

How many Americans have even heard of the MEK in America’s lamestream media?  How many Americans know that America’s State Department placed the MEK on the terrorist list during the administration of former President Bill Clinton?  How many Americans know that American soldiers have died taking these communist terrorists on shopping trips from Camp Ashraf, Iraq to Baghdad?  How many Americans know that the American government uses the MEK and other terrorist organizations to commit terrorist activities?

 

If you know these details, it is unlikely that you learned this from America’s lamestream media.  Sometimes, you can find the truth in America’s lamestream media:

 

The Cult of Rajavi

By ELIZABETH RUBIN
Published: July 13, 2003

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/13/magazine/13MUJAHADEEN.html?pagewanted=all

 

Holocaust and Genocide Denial Laws

 

Timmerman claimed that I promote Holocaust deniers.   Anyone who wants to monitor the accuracy of Timmerman’s claims may request being my friend at Facebook:

 

http://www.facebook.com/paulsheldonfoote

 

I do post articles relating to Holocaust and genocide denial laws.  I am opposed to totalitarian thought police laws and penalties.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laws_against_Holocaust_denial

 

http://www.ihr.org/leaflets/denial.shtml

 

Sir Gerald Kaufman, a Jewish member of the British parliament and Zionist who lost relatives in the Holocaust, has described Israel as acting like Nazis in Gaza.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMGuYjt6CP8

 

See, also, the writings of True Torah Jews who have lost relatives in the Holocaust but who oppose Zionism and who have met with political leaders in Iran.

http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com/

 

Instead of denying holocausts and genocides, there should be more research.  For example, who was responsible for the Armenian genocide in Turkey?

 

THE JEWISH GENOCIDE OF ARMENIAN CHRISTIANS

By Christopher Jon Bjerknes

Enlarged Second Edition

Complete 575 page book is available

by clicking here for the free PDF file (3.8 MB)

 

http://jewishracism.com/JewishGenocide.htm

 

Who was responsible for the murders of tens of millions of Christians in the Soviet Union?

 

Sever Plocker  

 

Stalin’s Jews

We mustn’t forget that some of greatest murderers of modern times were Jewish

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3342999,00.html

 

Everyone needs to know more about genocides, not less.

Zionism is Communism

 

Zionist writers fail to disclose that Zionism is Communism.  Moses Hess, nicknamed the Communist Rabbi by early Marxists, helped Karl Marx write The Communist Manifesto.  Hess wrote a book proposing Zionism:  Rome and Jerusalem.  Free copies of this 1862 book are available online:

 

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Rome_and_Jerusalem

 

For an analysis of Zionism and Communism, read:

Moses Hess: Prophet of Communism and Zionism [Paperback]

Shlomo Avineri (Author)

 

http://www.amazon.com/Moses-Hess-Prophet-Communism-Zionism/dp/0814705871/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327019770&sr=8-1

 

For the truth about Christian Zionism, see:

http://whtt.org/newwhtt/