In this episode, Max Keiser and co-host, Stacy Herbert, discuss why nobody is freaking about LIBOR in America, while JP Morgan caught doing an Enron on US energy markets and GlaxoSmithKline pays 10% of their ill-gotten gains for bribing doctors and scientists across America. In the second half of the show Max talks to Kevin Sara of the TuNur solar export project of Tunisia about solar exports from the Middle East and toxic derivatives exports from the City of London.
The US and al-Qaeda find themselves on the same side again. Ayman al-Zawarhiri, the top leader of al-Qaeda has issued a call for a religious war against Syria, as has Hilary Clinton, the US Secretary of State. I caught up with them at an undisclosed high security location where the food is kosher and the hosts are supportive of regime change in Syria.
“Ayman, how are you!” proclaimed Hilary. “It’s been a long time since I’ve shaken the hand of an al-Qaeda leader.”
“Sorry to disappoint both of us, Hilary,” said Ayman, “but my brand of Islam doesn’t let me shake hands with you. Nevertheless, it reminds me of the old days when we were fighting Russians together.”
“Think nothing of it, Ayman. Actually, there are lots of folks that prefer not to shake hands with me these days. And many of them are not even Muslim. As for fighting the Russians, you’re right; it’s looking more and more like the old days.”
“As much as I enjoy reminiscing, Hilary, I have to ask you where you stand. As you know, we support Islamic revolution, and as far as I know you’ve never been a big fan of that. Where is this relationship going?”
“I know it seems strange, Ayman, but our thinking has evolved on the Islamic movement. The Saudis have been our allies for a long time, and now the Muslim Brotherhood has shown that it is willing to play ball with us and Israel, too. After all, we’re all on the same side, along with Qatar and Turkey. We can get used to the idea. For us it’s less important to defend Christians and other minorities, women’s rights and a secular state than to crush opposition to our will. Some opposition is OK, as long as it’s weak. But now we have a chance to break the alliance between Iran, Syria and Hezbollah, and with your help we will accomplish it, insha’Allah.”
“That’s music to my ears – Quran inspired music, of course. We’re happy to help stamp out apostasy and secular government, so that works for us. But part of our long-term goal is also to weaken and bring down decadent western imperial regimes like the US and European governments. How are you and I going to reconcile that?”
“Don’t worry, Ayman. I was expecting this, and I think you’ll be pleased. Our society is already collapsing due to our own greed, as you have been predicting for so long. Barack and I and all the others work for the greediest among them, and in the unlikely event of a Romney victory in November, we will collapse even faster. Our job is therefore to assure that those who are profiting from the collapse will be taken care of.
“So you do our bidding and we’ll do yours. And by the way, when we’re gone, the Israelis may probably still be around to work with you. You know that you would be nowhere without them. Right?”
In one of the debating taboos events, Ralph Nader led the discussion which explored whether there is a double standard in the response to anti-Semitism against Arab-Americans compared with the response to anti-Semitism against Jewish-Americans.
As James Zogby noted:
Some who had been invited to participate in the discussion declined. They acknowledged that “anti-Arabism” and Islamophobia are a problem but dismissed Nader’s formulation of the topic as “utterly misconceived,” “misleading and even tendentious.” They argued that the word “anti-Semitism” can refer only to Jews.
He goes on to argue that “In reality, however, Nader has a point since historically the animus that has inspired bigotry directed against Arabs and Muslims, on the one side, and Jews, on the other, has been cut out of the same cloth.”
The question is a reflection by many Arab-Americans and others that the variety of bigotry against them is treated too lightly by society – from Hollywood to Washington, D.C.
Jack Shaheen, author of “Reel Bad Arabs” and Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
James Zogby, founder and president, Arab American Institute and author of “Arab Voices.”
Kenneth Marcus, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law and former Staff Director at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Josef Olmert, Adjunct Professor, University of South Carolina and author of the book “Unraveling the Knot: Between Arab and Jew.”
Waiting for the Godot Particle. This civilisation’s grand quest for ultimate meaning has taken a giant leap towards its epic conclusion. In the latest prequel to humanity’s journey to inner-space, scientists at the CERN laboratory announce that they have unlocked one of the key strands in the origin of Life, The Universe and Everything: 42 years on from its coining, the Higgs Boson particle has possibly been detected at the Large Hadron Collider. So what does it all mean? How does it feel to meet our Massters? Is this the font of all wisdom? Does it anti-matter that Scientists make use of ‘ComicSans’, the font of all evil? Is anyone conCERNed about the MASS amount of Higgslarious Pun-upmanship Colliding in the twittersphere? Join Robert Foster as he takes a journalistic journey into this particular world, and meets a colourful character, Professor Scott Ridley, a scientist from CERN laboratories. Get your Boson!
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T. S. Eliot