20170410

Is Hollywood too politicized? Should awards telecasts air actors' or singers' political speeches?

Marlon Brando boycotted the 1973 Oscars to draw attention to Hollywood's depiction of American Indians and Wounded Knee. In 1978, Vanessa Redgrave danced with a PLO Kalashnikov rifle in her anti-Israel documentary, "The Palestinian." In her acceptance speech for her Oscar for "Julia," she made a political statement, calling opponents of her award "Zionist hoodlums" which drew audible disapproval from the audience. 

Meryl Streep exploited her microphone at this year's Golden Globe Awards telecast to condemn conservatism, Pres. Trump's vetting of immigrants from troublesome Islamist countries, and to praise multiculturalism.

Should opinion-leader actors and singers exploit the live award-shows' telecast spotlight to preach their politics to a global audience? Is Hollywood's esteemed diversity extended to political views? Would liberals tolerate it from conservatives? Does it needlessly risk alienating half of an artists' fans? Or does virtue-signaling grow an artist's popularity enough to compensate for it?



We took our camera to the red-carpet at Norby Walters' "Night of 100 Stars" $1000-per-plate, Oscar viewing-party at the Beverly Hilton to investigate the celebrities' perspectives. How has Hollywood become too political? Do Liberals discriminate professionally against those of alternate views? How much politics (if at all) is it appropriate to foist on an entertainment awards-ceremony TV audience?

We spoke to actors and singers of varying ages and genres: Jon Voight, Richard Lewis,  Ed Asner, Lou Gossett Jr., Richard Grieco, Frankie Valli, Charles Martin-Smith, Tanya Tucker, Trace Adkins, Courtney Stodden, (non-entertainer and anti-Trump operative) Gloria Allred, Wink and Sandy Martindale, Shadoe Stevens, Yakov Smirnfoff,  Tia Carrere, (HBO's Mike Tyson star) Michael Jai White and wife Gillian, Hollywood stylist Daniel DeCriscio. 

In most cases, those who endorsed political speeches were liberals and those opposed it were conservatives. Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich tied it all together. "(I think) it's not healthy... We want to have everybody enjoy the arts, because the arts are for everyone, regardless of race, color, creed, or political persuasion. ... I'd like to see that restored, once again, as it had been in the past." 

Antonovich agreed there has been some discrimination against non-liberals in Hollywood. "If we're going to support diversity, we need to respect different points of view- and still respect one another and work with one another. ... Respect is what's important."

20170215

Trump resets US relations with Israel, seeking broader alliance against Islamist Iran, terror

Sarah Netanyahu, Melania Trump, Pres. Trump, Israeli Premier Netanyahu
Pres. Donald Trump demonstrates Israel's first family the respect which Democrat White House denied them.

Transcript And Analysis: Trump And Netanyahu Hold Joint Press Conference


President Trump is hosting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Wednesday. The two held a joint press conference amid differing messages emanating from the Trump administration about its stance on the two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. NPR journalists with expertise in politics, national security and the Middle East have annotated a transcript of their remarks.





Premier Netanayhu in joint press conference with Pres. Trump
President DONALD TRUMP: Thank you! Today, I have the honor of welcoming my friend, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to the White House. With his visit, the United States again reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, Israel.

The partnership between our two countries, built on our shared values, has advanced the cause of human freedom, dignity and peace. These are the building blocks of democracy. The state of Israel is a symbol to the world of resilience in the face of oppression. I can think of no other state that's gone through what they've gone, and of survival in the face of genocide. We will never forget what the Jewish people have endured.



Your perseverance in the face of hostility, your open democracy in the face of violence, and your success in the face of tall odds is truly inspirational. The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran's nuclear ambitions, which I've talked a lot about. One of the worst deals I've ever seen is the Iran deal.

My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing — I mean ever — a nuclear weapon. Our security assistance to Israel is currently at an all-time high, ensuring that Israel has the ability to defend itself from threats, of which there are unfortunately many.



Both of our countries will continue and grow. We have a long history of cooperation in the fight against terrorism and the fight against those who do not value human life. America and Israel are two nations that cherish the value of all human life.

This is one more reason why we reject unfair and one-sided actions against Israel at the United Nations, which has treated Israel in my opinion very, very unfairly, or other international forums, as well as boycotts that target Israel.


Bibi addresses press conf. with Pres. Trump (Photo: Matzav.com)
Israeli Premier BENJAMIN NETANYAHU:   

President Trump, thank you for the truly warm hospitality. You and Melania have shown me, my wife Sara, our entire delegation. I deeply value your friendship. To me, to the state Israel, it was so clearly evident in the words you just spoke, Israel has no better ally than the United States. And I want to assure you, the United States has no better ally than Israel.

Our alliance has been remarkably strong, but under your leadership, I'm confident it will get even stronger. I look forward to working with you to dramatically upgrade our alliance in every field, in security and technology and cyber and trade and so many others, and I certainly welcome your forthright call to ensure that Israel is treated fairly in international forums and that the slander and boycotts of Israel are resisted mightily by the power and moral position of the United States of America.

As you have said, our lives are based on a deep bond of common values and common interest. And increasingly, those values and interests are under attack by one malevolent force, radical Islamic terror. Mr. President, you've shown great clarity and courage in confronting this challenge head on. You call for confronting Iran's terrorist regime, preventing Iran from realizing this terrible deal into a nuclear arsenal, and you have said that the United States is committed to preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons. You call for the defeat of ISIS.

Under your leadership, I believe we can reverse the rising tide of radical Islam, and in this great task, as in so many others, Israel stands with you and I stand with you. Mr. President, in rolling back militant Islam, we can seize an historic opportunity because for the first time in my lifetime and for the first time in the life of my country, Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy, but increasingly as an ally.

Read more (along with NPR's leftist analysis). 

DEBKAfile reports: Trump reacted positively to Netanyahu’s proposal to broaden the Israeli-Palestinian peace process to a regional effort as a “very important” new idea “on a broader canvas” which he believed could succeed. Netanyahu said that the regional fears of Iran also presented an opportunity for cooperation against the Islamic State and radical Islamic terror. 
Trump and Netanyahu putting Palestine in context of
broader Middle East peace arrangement
(Courtesy: La Historia con Mapas)

These sentiments reflected agreement in principle between Trump and Netanyahu to seek an Israeli peace accord with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf emirates as the lead-in to negotiations for an accord with the Palestinians. Egypt, Jordan and Turkey with whom Israel already has normal relations would jump in later. This deal fits in with the US plan reported more than once on these pages for a regional peace between the Sunni Arab nations and the Jewish State.

Some of the spadework may have been performed by CIA Director Mike Pompeo who paid a secret visit to Ramallah Wednesday morning for talks with Mahmoud Abbas, after trips to Ankara and Riyadh, following which Turkey upgraded its diplomatic mission in Israel


This plan was the fulcrum for the president to push back against the two-state solution advocated by the Obama administration as the cure for the conflict. It remains to be seen if this plan takes on life outside the White House and in the region’s capitals.


Trump realistically called on Israel to “hold back settlements,” show flexibility and make compromises for a peace deal. He urged the Palestinians to “get rid of hate starting in the schoolroom.” Whatever the Israelis and Palestinians agree to in direct talks - one state or two – “I will accept,” he said, adding, “I believe we will have a deal that is better than many Israelis think.”



20170201

Muslim Reform Movement's Dr Zuhdi Jasser debates philo-Islamist politico, MPAC's Salam al-Marayati

World Affairs Council's Serge Tomassian moderates Muslim Reform debate between Salam al-Marayati and Dr. Zuhdi Jasser
Western democracies hope to see resident orthodox Muslims reconcile supremacist dogma with liberal Western democracy. Are Islamic teachings contributing to bigotry and militancy? Would Saudi-influenced Islamic centers reform the dogma they practice?

The World Affairs Council of Orange County (sponsored by Indian-American Dr. S. Mohanty) invited Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy to discuss the "Need for the Muslim Reform Movement (MRM)."
Salam al-Marayati and Zuhdi Jasser argue their points at 25 Jan SoCal debate

In the lead up, some W.A.C members requested to have Salam al-Marayati of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) challenge MRM with a countervailing opinion- their own "reform" proposition. MRM considers MPAC an Islamist legacy group with an interest in resisting reform and squelching MRM's challenging message of of secular Islam. 

The debate event was held last Wednesday, 25 January at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach, California.
Main presentations to audience (Part 1 of 2)


Part 2: Presenters answer audience question and conduct head-to-head debate


Dr. Zuhdi Jasser sums up 1st debate on Muslim reform with MPAC's Mr. al-Marayati


20170114

Obama's betrayal of Israel means victory for jihad over the West- French analyst, Guy Milliere

John Kerry, Benjamin Netanyahu, Barak Obama  (Photo: Algemeiner Journal)
"Resolution 2334 and the Paris peace conference, both promoted by Obama, are, as the great historian Bat Ye'or wrote, simply victories for jihad." - Guy Millière in Gatestone Institute | "Obama's Betrayal of Israel , 13 Jan '17
  • President Obama's decision not to use the US veto in the UN Security Council and to let pass Resolution 2334, effectively sets the boundaries of a future Palestinian state. The resolution declares all of Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem -- home to the Old City, the Western Wall and the Temple Mount -- the most sacred place in Judaism -- "occupied Palestinian territory," and is a declaration of war against Israel.

  • Guy Milliere, author, "Twilight over Europe: Europe's
    submission to Islam and to Muslim anti-Semitism"
    Resolution 2334 nullified any possibility of further negotiations by giving the Palestinians everything in exchange for nothing -- not even an insincere promise of peace.

  • The next act is the Orwellian-named "peace conference," to be held in Paris on January 15. It has but one objective: to set the stage to eradicate Israel.

  • In this new "Dreyfus trial," the accused will be the only Jewish state and the accusers will be the OIC and officials from Islamized, dhimmified, anti-Israel Western states. As in the Dreyfus trial, the verdict has been decided before it even starts. Israel will be considered guilty of all charges and condemned. A draft of the declaration to be published at the end of the conference is already available.

  • The declaration rejects any Jewish presence beyond the 1949 armistice lines -- thereby instituting apartheid. It also praises the "Arab Peace Initiative," which calls for returning of millions of so-called "refugees" to Israel, thus transforming Israel into an Arab Muslim state where a massacre of Jews could conveniently be organized.

  • The declaration is most likely meant serve as the basis for a new Security Council resolution on January 17 that would recognize a Palestinian state inside the "1967 borders," and be adopted, thanks to a second US abstention, three days before Obama leaves office. The betrayal of Israel by the Obama administration and by Obama himself would then be complete.

  • Guy Milliere exclusive video interview with DemoCast 
  • The US Congress is already discussing bills to defund the UN and the Palestinian Authority. If Europeans think that the incoming Trump administration is as spineless as the Obama administration, they are in for a shock.

  • Khaled Abu Toameh noted that the Palestinian Authority sees Resolution 2334 as a green light for more murders and violence.

  • Daniel Pipes recently wrote that it is time to acknowledge the failure of a "peace process" that is really a war process. He stresses that peace can only come when an enemy is defeated.

  • Resolution 2334 and the Paris conference, both promoted by Obama, are, as the great historian Bat Ye'or wrote, simply a victory for jihad.
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20161225

Christian life in Palestine (as in most Muslim societies) is no holiday

Christians in Muslim-dominated societies like Palestinian-ruled Bethlehem
"Today as Christmas is celebrated in song, gift-giving and remembering days of old, at the same time Christians are under tremendous threat, not only in the Middle East but in places like Pakistan, Sudan, Indonesia and beyond. Christmas celebrations are precious to us in terms of family, nostalgia, music and spiritual inspiration. But let's not forget our brothers and sisters around the world. Let's keep them in our prayers as we celebrate the coming of our Lord into this broken world."- Lela Gilbert, author, "Persecuted: the  Global Assault on Christians."

Lela Gilbert, an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute residing in Jerusalem, contributes to the Jerusalem Post, Weekly Standard Online, National Review Online, and other publications. We recorded this interview with her in Southern California in the summer of 2016 in advance of the U.S. presidential election.

According to studies by the Pew Research Center, Newsweek, and the Economist, Christians are the world’s most widely persecuted religious group.

Many Americans do not understand that Christians today are victims in many parts of the world. Even many Western Christians, who worship and pray without fear of violent repercussions, are unaware that so many followers of Christ live under governments and among people who are often openly hostile to their faith. They think martyrdom became a rarity long ago.

Persecuted soundly refutes these assumptions. This book offers a glimpse at the modern-day life of Christians worldwide, recounting the ongoing attacks that rarely make international headlines.

As Western Christians pray for the future of Christ’s church, it is vital that they understand a large part of the world’s Christian believers live in danger. Persecuted gives documented accounts of the persecution of Christians in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and former Soviet nations. It contains vivid stories of men and women who suffer abuse because of their faith in Jesus Christ, and tells of their perseverance and courage..

"Persecuted" is far more than a thorough and moving study of this global pattern of violence—it is a cry for freedom and a call to action.




In an exclusive interview with Muslim journalist Khaled abu Toameh (at Gatestone Institute), the prominent Christian figure, Samir Qumsieh (who founded the private Nativity TV Station in Bet Sahour) accuses the Obama Administration of failing to combat ISIS and radical Islam. Qumsieh says he is convinced that President-elect Trump will "terminate" ISIS. Qumsieh discloses that a "Muslim mafia" has been stealing Christian-owned lands in the Bethlehem area.  


"I fear the day will come when our churches will become museums. It is my nightmare." — Samir Qumsieh.

  • Samir Qumsieh at work
    For the past four decades, Samir Qumsieh, who hails from a large and well-respected Christian family in the town of Bet Sahour, near Bethlehem, has fought for the rights of the region's miniscule Palestinian Christian minority. He has even dared to speak out against the subjugation of Christians living under the rule of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
  • He regularly receives death threats, and he has been the target of a petrol bomb attack.
  • "The solution to extremism starts with the kindergarten, with elementary school. It begins with the churches, with the mosques and the school curricula. Curricula are very important – Jewish, Christian and Muslim ones. They should concentrate on accepting the 'other.' If this idea is adopted, the future generation will be liberal and open-minded." — Samir Qumsieh.
  • "Every day we hear and see some radical Muslim clerics speaking strongly against Christians. Just recently, one of the sheiks was saying that Christian Copts should be slaughtered like sheep. Where is the Egyptian security? If I were in charge of Egyptian security, I would have this sheikh arrested immediately, and have him rot in a dark underground cell." — Samir Qumsieh.
  • "To understand the severity of the situation is, let us recall that in the 1950s about 86% of the population of the Bethlehem area was Christian. Today, we are only 12%. In Israel, by contrast, we have 133,000 Christians and the figure is stable. Of course, I am worried about the future of Christians here." — Samir Qumsieh.
We recorded this interview in May through the assistance of Pastor Roger and Diane Cochran of Calvary Chapel in Long Beach, California. Pastor Roger was awaiting surgery to replace his heart-valve- and boasted pride that it was developed in Israel. Shortly after we recorded his testimony of support for Israel, he collapsed with ventricular fibrilation. We called an ambulance whose technicians saved his life, got him an expedited valve replacement, which enabled him to live an additional one-third year. We dedicate this story to the memory of Zionistic Christian Pastor Roger Cochran. May his memory be an inspiration for all.


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20161207

Why do Japanese think they invaded Asia and attacked America?

Representatives of Reiyukai Buddhist movement from Japan visited L.A. National Cemetery on Veterans Day. We spoke with them about what their society teaches of the Empire of Japan's march to control Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Oceanians. We asked visiting Reiyukai leader, Ms. Yoko Takahashi, if they feel any blame for the deaths of the Americans buried here. We asked Toshiro Obama, VP of Reiyukai America, what they were taught about why Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.

Late in the video you can see visiting Australian businessman, Heath Williamson, responding to whether Australia needed "liberating" by the Japanese.

Their thoughts on video are consistent with Karmago's expression on a Reddit thread on how Pearl Harbor is perceived Japanese society (2014):
I guess I'm one of the few Japanese on Reddit. I lived in Tokyo for almost 10 years and attended high school there. From what I remember, the subject of WWII was taught something along the lines of this:
External pressures placed upon Japan by the US such as the formation of the ABCD line (American, British, Chinese, Dutch) as well as the trade and resource embargoes that the US imposed on Japan were seen as acts of aggression. This led Japanese military leaders to believe that there was no other option but to launch a preemptive strike on the US. The details of the war itself is just briefly glossed over, but there is a significant amount of emphasis placed on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and how nuclear weapons are horrible and should never be used again. The unit ended with the moral of the story being that the military leaders made a mistake and that their mistake cost the lives and suffering of millions of people, and that everyone should live peacefully and all that.

Outside of school, I've visited Japanese museums and having spoken with people from that generation, the general consensus about World War II seems to be that it was a war that was fought in order to protect Japan from the Western powers. Views on the military leaders are range from neutral to negative, but most views on Japanese soldiers are seen in a positive light, hailing them as heroes who fought and died protecting the Japanese people. Racial animosity appears to be an unspoken but a significant factor in fighting the war (Japan liberated Asia from the whites etc).
Amazon's "Man in the High Castle" depicts life in America conquered by Imperialist Japan and Germany

20161125

Amb John Bolton appears most qualified, capable to lead US Dept of State

Amb. John Bolton
In the competition for Donald Trump's Secretary of State, news reports claim that the Trump team is leaning towards Mayor Rudy Giuliani or Gov. Mitt Romney. What happened to America's brilliant global leader, Amb. John Bolton?  A few months ago, counter-jihad experts (organized by American Freedom Alliance) addressed the "Islam and Western Civilization: Can they Co-Exist?" conference. They presented first-hand information on the Islamic social and political influence in U.S. government and society. 


Our original article from the event addressed two of speakers we recorded, Amb. John Bolton assesses state-of-Islamism-resistance, and the alarming message Dr. Wafa Sultan emerges from 5-year silence to warn us.  Here, in case you missed it, is Amb. John Bolton's talk:




Dr. Karen Siegemund, Exec. Director, American Freedom Alliance asked Amb. John Bolton's ideas the West resisting radical Islamism.




The other speakers we heard and spoke with there: 

Patriotic analysts, Daniel Greenfield (US) and
 Guy Milliere (France) spoke at the Co-Exist conference
(Alphabetically): Andrew Bostom, Stephen Coughlin, Nonie Darwish, Bosch Fawstin, Frank Gaffney, Daniel Greenfield, Pete Hoekstra, Pamela Geller, Philippe Karsenty, Morton Klein, Trevor Loudon, Admiral James "Ace" Lyons, Guy Milliere, Elisabeth Wolff, James Simpson, Robert Spencer, and Wafa Sultan.


Outside the conference room, Democracy Broadcasting spoke with speakers: Amb. John Bolton, Dr. Andrew Bostom, Guy Milliere, Daniel Greenfield, Major Stephen Coughlin.


Dr. Andrew Bostom: How many Muslims (inside and whom Democrats will import to the West) believe in Sharia ABOVE national laws?


20161115

Liberal Israeli filmmakers hope Trump era brings greater acceptance of common struggle

Coinciding with the anniversary of Kristallnacht (the night after the US presidential elections) the Israel Film Festival premiered in L.A. on November 10th. Former Bev Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad tells what Iranian Jews can teach the west regarding the global jihad which US president-elect Donald Trump seeks to thwart through curtailing Muslim immigration to the U.S.



America-Israel relations under Trump? Should Israel Film Festival should portray Israel in favorable light?

Despite liberal Israeli filmmakers penchant for deprecating their society in domestic films, American patrons at the gala fundraiser, Ardyth and daughter Alise, say they expect the Israel Film Festival to select films which depict Israel in a favorable light.



Israel Film Festvial premiere in Hollywood screens Swiss-Israeli director/cinematographer, Raphael Rebibo's film, "Amor," regarding the Jewish dilemma of assisted suicide of terminal patients by relatives. His picture illustrates the conflict between fundamentalist / orthodox religion and liberal society. 


Rebibo says that French speaking countries (including Switzerland) nowadays shy away from showing movies from Israel or Israeli filmmakers.



Meni Yaish, director of Israeli mafia drama, "Our Father" in the style of Quentin Tarantino, talks at the premiere of the Israel Film Festival in Hollywood about bringing Israeli domestic movies to an international market. Do Israeli filmmakers and festivals have a responsibility to represent Israel's public image favorably?



Based on a satire by Israeli author, Ephraim Kishon, Koby Azran produced a parody short-subject movie, "An Average Story" starring Itzik Golan as the demographic, average Israeli which catapults him to above-average celebrity. 




See Israel Film Festival website for show times in Beverly Hills and Encino.