Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Truth Jihad Radio takes a one month vacation during Charlie Hebdo speaking tour


Dear Truth Jihad Radio supporters and listeners,

I will be traveling until late August on a speaking tour. For details, see:

http://truthjihad.blogspot.com

Truth Jihad Radio should resume broadcasting on or before Friday, August 28th. Stay tuned to this site for details.

Hope to see some of you at my speaking events!

Kevin Barrett


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Eric Walberg on "Islamic Resistance to Imperialism"

Broadcast here July 17th, 10-11:00 a.m. Central (1500 GMT). For only $3.95 a month you can listen to shows on-demand before they are broadcast - and also get free downloads and other perks from Kevin! If you are a subscriber, just log in to the members area of TruthJihad.com to get early access to the shows. Non-subscribers only get access to the No Lies Radio show archives the day after the broadcast here. Help Kevin keep these shows on the air - become a subscriber today!



Eric Walberg discusses his new book Islamic Resistance to Imperialism. Below is my review.

Absolute must-read! This book fills a gaping void in the literature

In Islam, the first two adjectival "most beautiful names" of God are al-Rahman al-Rahim, the All-Merciful, the All-Compassionate. (Or, in Michael Sells' translation, "the Compassionate, the Caring.") The Arabic root of both words derives from "womb" and connotes the kind of outrageously generous love and compassion a mother feels for her children.

These days, the Western discourse on Islam – especially political Islam – is not exactly overflowing with compassion and generosity. As the French-Algerian Jew Albert Memmi wrote in The Coloniser and the Colonized, colonizers typically take a very ungenerous view of the people they are attacking, occupying, brutalizing and exploiting. If they admitted the humanity of their victims, they would look in the mirror and see a brutish criminal. So to avoid facing the truth, they project their own criminal brutality on the colonized victim.

Memmi notes that Western colonizers typically refuse to acknowledge the positive traits of colonized Muslims. Even an admirable virtue such as generosity – a notable feature of Islamic cultures – is made into a vice: "Those crazy Muslims don't know the value of money; accept their hospitality, and they'll feed you a meal that costs a month of their salary, and offer you a gift worth ten times that. They're just not frugal!"

Today, all over the world, Muslims are generously risking and sacrificing their lives in what any objective observer would recognize as a justified and noble struggle against the murderous, arguably genocidal imperialism of the West and its even more genocidal Zionist surrogate. (As British scholar Nafeez Ahmed's article headline reads, "Western wars have killed four million Muslims since 1990.") Yet unlike such non-Muslim freedom fighters as Che Guevara and Nelson Mandela, their Muslim equivalents get little Western sympathy, even from the supposedly peace-loving "progressive" intelligentsia.

Even Muslim intellectuals are often un-generous in their estimations of Islamic freedom fighters, especially those from a different school of thought. Iran's Islamic revolutionaries, for example, are without question the most advanced and successful Muslim freedom fighters to date; yet they are viewed with an incomprehensible lack of generosity by many Sunni and especially Salafi observers. Likewise, Iranian observers often take a dim view of any Sunni Islamist movements that include a Salafi element, even such relatively peaceful and non-sectarian ones as the Muslim Brotherhood. (To their credit, though, Iranians are reasonable enough to work with people from diverse backgrounds and outlooks; whereas the Salafi extremists of the so-called Islamic State, as well as less noxious Sunni/Salafi movements such as the Taliban, tend to be far more bigoted and sectarian.)

This near-universal lack of empathy, tainted by a million shades of purblind partisanship, is most unfortunate. But fortunately, Eric Walberg, an international journalist and Canadian convert to Islam, has stepped outside of the whole maze of prejudices and produced a holistically generous and compassionate account of Islamic resistance. His new book Islamic Resistance to Imperialism, published by Clarity Press, combines geopolitical erudition with pan-Islamic sympathies, filling what until now had been a gaping void in the literature of the phony "war on terror."

Walberg, a long-time Cairo-based foreign correspondent, is especially sympathetic and knowledgable regarding the Muslim Brotherhood, the oldest and best-organized Islamic movement seeking to reform Muslim society through peaceful democratic means. But he recognizes that the Brotherhood's efforts suffered a massive setback just when they seemed about to succeed:

"By 2012, Egypt and Iran had ‘caught up’ with each other: the political see-saw that these countries experienced in the past half century was finally coming into sync. Both were following an Islamic path in defiance of the US, though the MB had only taken the first tentative steps in exercising actual power. This synchronization of Egyptian and Iranian politics represented a potential coming together of Sunni and Shia political dynamics, which was the wish of Islamist reformists Afghani and Abduh more than a century ago, and has been happening gradually since the Iranian revolution, despite the opposition of the Saudi and Gulf monarchies…"

Tragically, Walberg notes, the fascist dictator al-Sisi strangled Egypt's experiment in Islamic democracy in its cradle and murdered thousands of non-violent political opponents. Since then, al-Sisi's Saudi and Israeli sponsors have succeeded in spreading the poison of anti-Shia, anti-Iran sectarianism designed to obscure and thwart the pan-Islamic agenda of the Islamic Revolution launched by the Ayatollah Khomeini.

Walberg's analysis follows the school of thought of Kalim Siddiqui, founder of the Muslim Parliament in London: "an important precedent for the émigré Muslim ummah—the creation of peaceful, constructive non-state institutions to reflect the views and advocate on behalf of Muslims locally and around the world, a democratic alternative to the seriously compromised OIC-type official international organizations sponsored by existing largely dictatorial Muslim states." Siddiqui saw Iran's Islamic Revolution as the harbinger of an Islamic awakening that would transcend sectarianism and stimulate a renaissance of Islamic civilization; his work is now being carried on by Zafar Bangash and colleagues at Toronto-based Crescent International magazine.

While approving of the rational, strategic approaches exemplified by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian Islamic Revolution, Walberg offers a mixed verdict on the "al-Qaeda types" he labels "neo-Kharajites." (The original Kharajites were puritans who split off from the rest of the Muslim community and attacked their fellow Muslims for not being purist enough.) Such leaders as Osama Bin Laden – a major public face of Islamic resistance, for better or worse – may have pursued strategically counterproductive courses, and violated Islamic morality by targeting civilians (albeit vastly fewer of them than the West targets) but as a human being he was quite admirable:

"According to Michael Scheuer, former CIA Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station (1996–1999), Bin Laden was 'pious, brave, generous, intelligent, charismatic, patient, visionary, stubborn, egalitarian, and, most of all, realistic ... wars are only won by killing.'"

To turn people like Bin Laden into bogeymen, the Empire has launched a massive campaign of calumny, disinformation, and false flag terror. Walberg writes: "The personal probity and integrity of Muslim leaders who become enemies of the empire is ignored, dismissed or worse. To discredit such jihadists, the secular Algerian leaders, as an instance, were willing to resort to creating a state of terror by infiltrating the so-called Armed Islamic Groups in the 1990s and perpetrating mass false flag terror both to turn the locals against the Islamists and to frighten the West into unconditionally supporting the coup makers. A similar scenario is taking shape in Egypt following the 2011 uprising and 2013 coup overthrowing the elected Islamist government, where most of the violence has been perpetrated by the security forces." (Unfortunately, Walberg does not go far enough in recognizing the vast scope and extent of the wave of "Gladio B" false flag terror launched by anti-Islam forces, which includes all of the most spectacular attacks attributed to radical Muslims at least since the 9/11 neocon coup d'état; he takes an open-minded but ultimately agnostic attitude toward the question of who was really behind 9/11, which is unsatisfying to those of us who have carefully investigated and largely solved that imperial crime.)

Walberg's generous take on Islamic resistance leaders extends even to such flawed figures as al-Zawahiri and al-Baghdadi, both of whom, Walberg recognizes, have damaged the Islamic awakening by encouraging anti-Shia sectarianism and unfocused brutality. Unwilling to simply condemn – there are plenty already who do that – he seeks to understand.

Most Westerners have probably never encountered a sympathetic analysis of Islamic resistance movements by an author who shares many of the general goals, though not all the methods, of his subjects. Even if you currently feel no sympathy whatsoever for any of the many Islamic resistance figures covered in Islamic Resistance to Imperialism, you owe it to yourself to consider the other side of the story, if only to understand the motivations of Muslims who sympathize with, or participate in, the many-faceted Islamic resistance movement.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Andre Vltchek reports from Brazil - the first letter in "BRICS"

Broadcast here July 15th, 10-11:00 a.m. Central (1500 GMT). For only $3.95 a month you can listen to shows on-demand before they are broadcast - and also get free downloads and other perks from Kevin! If you are a subscriber, just log in to the members area of TruthJihad.com to get early access to the shows. Non-subscribers only get access to the No Lies Radio show archives the day after the broadcast here. Help Kevin keep these shows on the air - become a subscriber today!


Globetrotting Truth Jihad Radio correspondent André Vltchek reports from Brazil – a pillar of the BRICS alliance that is challenging Western imperialism and its bankster-driven New World Order project for global corporate tyranny.

André says the West is hopeless. The craven capitulation of Greece, he asserts, is just one more example of this.

Latin America, however, is alive and well…and struggling to get out from under centuries of imperial plunder. In this interview André reflects on Brazil's efforts to empower its long-exploited population.

André writes:

"My priority is Latin America. This is where I see great battle for the future of humanity taking place. Here and in Asia. Definitely not in Europe! Latin American governments here are not perfect. But they are doing all they can, after decades and centuries of plunder, after Europe, the United States, in unison with local elites and multinational companies, were pillaging and raping everything 'south of the border.'"

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Imam Muhammad al-Asi on speaking truth to power

Broadcast here July 13th, 10-11:00 a.m. Central (1500 GMT). For only $3.95 a month you can listen to shows on-demand before they are broadcast - and also get free downloads and other perks from Kevin! If you are a subscriber, just log in to the members area of TruthJihad.com to get early access to the shows. Non-subscribers only get access to the No Lies Radio show archives the day after the broadcast here. Help Kevin keep these shows on the air - become a subscriber today!


Why are the vast majority of Muslims silent in the face of the cavalcade of calumnies hurled their way due to the false-flag "war on terror" ?  Let's ask an expert on speaking truth to power, Islamic style! That would be Imam Muhammad al-Asi of the Washington DC Islamic Center - the real one, not the simulacrum run by Saudi billionaire usurpers:

"In November of 1981, Muhammad al-Asi was elected as the Imam of the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C. He and his family moved into the Masjid and al-Asi became the full acting Imam. In March of 1983, however, the Saudi Embassy, with the help of several different law enforcement agencies, forced the elected administration of the Islamic Center to leave the premise. From that point on, with the continued support of the Saudis, the same law enforcement agencies prohibit the pro-election Muslims from entering the Masjid. These Muslims have been thus forced to pray their Jumu'ah prayer on the street for the past 20 years. Imam al-Asi currently spends much of his time attending conferences, speaking to a variety of student groups, and lecturing in several countries around the world. He has also published several written works on important issues concerning Islam's position and role in the modern world. His primary work in progress is the first tafsir of the Qur'an written in the English language."

Friday, July 10, 2015

Keith Preston on "Attack the System!" & Evelyn Gilbert on AK-47s, Malala & Charlie Hebdo

Friday 7/10 - Listen live - 8 to 10 pm Eastern on Revolution Radio: http://www.freedomslips.com/  - click on the "Studio B" button. To be rebroadcast Sunday 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Eastern on http://NoLiesRadio.org  and then archived at the usual spot.


First hour: Anarchist theoretician and current events analyst Keith Preston, author of Attack the System. In this interview we discuss the slow-motion collapse of the Western bankster empire; the role of false flag terrorism in the increasingly desperate efforts to prop it up; the possibility of a "flight forward" into World War III; and how individuals and resistance groups can prepare for the coming chaos.

Second hour: New Zealand 9/11 truth activist Evelyn Gilbert sees parallels between the alleged AK-47 point-blank shots to the head that somehow didn't have much effect on either Malala Yusufi OR the policeman on the sidewalk outside the Charlie Hebdo offices. (For details on the Paris events read We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11.)

Shot with the same AK-47 used on the sidewalk in Paris?


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Israeli homeopath Dr. Hanoch Talmor: To change the world, change yourself

Broadcast here July 10th, 10-11:00 a.m. Central (1500 GMT). For only $3.95 a month you can listen to shows on-demand before they are broadcast - and also get free downloads and other perks from Kevin! If you are a subscriber, just log in to the members area of TruthJihad.com to get early access to the shows. Non-subscribers only get access to the No Lies Radio show archives the day after the broadcast here. Help Kevin keep these shows on the air - become a subscriber today!

Or: "Two Israeli Jews and a Muslim walk into a radio show…"

Dr. Hanoch Talmor is an Israeli medical doctor who had a spiritual awakening - and now practices alternative healing and utopian thinking. Dr. Talmor writes:

"The Better World Project is based on the principle that when we put out the intention to be kind and help or serve others, we automatically feel better and help create better environment for ourselves and everybody else. We create our reality by our intentions and beliefs. In the universe, everything is interconnected. Therefore our intention and actions can help create an environment in which the only paradigm is win win for all. The more of us understand these concepts and implement them, the faster we will move toward living in harmony with others and with our planet."

In this three-way conversation featuring Dr. Talmor, Barry Chamish, and yours truly, recorded for Barry's radio show, Dr. Talmor explains his worldview…and Barry, who's profoundly skeptical, is surprised to learn that I'm in sympathy with much of it.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Israeli journalist Barry Chamish "scrutinizes" Kevin Barrett

Broadcast here July 8th, 10-11:00 a.m. Central (1500 GMT). For only $3.95 a month you can listen to shows on-demand before they are broadcast - and also get free downloads and other perks from Kevin! If you are a subscriber, just log in to the members area of TruthJihad.com to get early access to the shows. Non-subscribers only get access to the No Lies Radio show archives the day after the broadcast here. Help Kevin keep these shows on the air - become a subscriber today!

Israeli investigative journalist Barry Chamish just invited me for a special two-hour interview on his radio show. During this segment – the first hour – Barry "scrutinizes" my views on a range of subjects including the so-called war on terror, the 9/11-anthrax operation that launched it, Islam and Muslims, whether Gordon Duff and Christopher Bollyn are solid journalistic sources, and much more. Did I survive Barry's "scrutiny" with defensible views intact? Listen and decide!

Barry Chamish is the author of Who Murdered Yitzhak Rabin? and other bestsellers. He is a contributor to We Are NOT Charlie Hebdo! Free Thinkers Question the French 9/11.