Universal City Subway Threat Up Close & Personal


 

Because of a blog I posted [http://janbtucker.com/blog/2015/06/10/persistence-of-the-isis-threat-in-california-a-guest-opinion-by-robert-dougherty/ ]

a paranoid now-suspended lawyer Guillermo Suarez and his cohorts wound up accusing me of supposedly being an informer against the National Chicano Moratorium Committee [see:  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2016/11/06/guillermo-suarez-credible-or-incredible/  and http://janbtucker.com/blog/2016/11/04/guillermo-suarez-liar-paranoid-and-incompetent/  and  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2016/08/30/lupe-carrasco-ignorant-or-a-prevaricator/ ].

The terrorist threats made today against the Universal City subway station underscore the hard reality of issues I raised in that blog, where I wrote:

L to R: Journalist Sandra Luz Gallegos, PI & Ex-Secret Service Agent Joe Paolella, Jan B, Tucker, and the late PI Melanie Paek in Universal City Subway for Anti-Terrorist Training

L to R: Journalist Sandra Luz Gallegos, PI & Ex-Secret Service Agent Joe Paolella, Jan B, Tucker, and the late PI Melanie Paek in Universal City Subway for Anti-Terrorist Training

A few years ago, I participated in a training exercise in which a team of Sheriff’s Deputies swept a Los Angeles subway train during a simulated terrorist attack. I posed as a simple passenger: little did the deputies know or suspect that I was actually a private sector professional myself, and their actions and omissions that night left much to be desired. That said, I was extremely concerned to hear of the plans of Nicholas Teausant–who was last known to be on medication for schizophrenia–to bomb the Los Angeles subway system: http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article2607845.html  [Emphasis added]

I emphasize the training because that training was…..at the Universal City Subway Station.

911-victmsIncidents like this have serious consequences even when they’re just hoaxes.  How many people won’t make it to work or who’ll be late or have their child care or children’s school plans disrupted because of these incidents?  To people who don’t live in New York, the horrors to the 9/11/2001 attacks are often an abstraction, until you start looking at demographics, like how many union members lost their lives, how many were foreign nationals, and the like.  According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control, a federal agency):

Of these 2,726 decedents, 1,659 (61%) were non-Hispanic white males, 407 (15%) were non-Hispanic white females, 177 (6%) were Hispanic males, 81 (3%) were Hispanic females, 136 (5%) were non-Hispanic black males, 79 (3%) non-Hispanic black females, 122 (4%) were Asian/Pacific Islander (API) males, and 54 (2%) were API females. A total of 1,837 (67%) had graduated from college or had postgraduate education (males, 69%; females, 63%)

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Dakota Access Pipe Line: Looking Back Four Months


 

dapl-horsemenToday, December 4, 2016, the Army Corps of Engineers announced that an easement will not be granted over the Standing Rock reservation or under the Missouri River for the Dakota Access Pipe Line; this is the biggest victory of Indigenous people since the Little Big Horn!  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3999630/Dakota-protesters-WIN-bid-stop-pipeline-built-Standing-Rock.html

The defeat of corporate America and specifically of a company whose parent corporation’s stockholders include Donald Trump, exemplifies the teachings of Saul Alinsky and Chief Little Turtle.

Saul Alinsky

Saul Alinsky

Power goes to two poles:  to those who’ve got the money and to those who’ve got the people.–Saul Alinsky

little-turtleIf our people fight one tribe at a time we will be cut off like fingers from a hand, but if we join together we will make a powerful fist.-Little Turtle, or Michikinikwa

August 14, 2016 I received a FB instant message from my dear old friend long time American Indian Movement Activist (AIM) Wayne Arroyo

Jan how do you stop a media blackout

The people in standing Rock are protesting an they shut off all cell tower no phone no Wi-Fi

The next day I posted on all my social media sites the following to start getting the word out:

PLEASE RE-POST:

My old friend Wayne Arroyo from AIM–American Indian Movement–has received reports from people that have come to Cannon Ball North Dakota protesting the desecration of Native American grave sites by the Dakota Access Pipeline that local authorities have shut down cell phone and wifi access towers over a 500 miles radius to impose a media blackout. 5-600 people have made it in; others are coming from various reservations by horse back to avoid road blocks.

Various Sioux tribes are involved and include Wayne Arroyo’s cousins who are the guardians of Sitting Bull’s grave.

The Dakota Access Pipeline is being drilled UNDER the Missouri River raising fears to water contamination. Now the grading for the project has unearthed graves on sacred soil.

Wayne Arroyo Relf Alison Star Dennis Banks Rachel Tso DeCoy Gallerina Mark Verba Corine Fairbanks

Wayne Arroyo speaks at National Chicano Moratorium 8/28/16 on Dakota Access Pipe Line protest

Wayne Arroyo speaks at National Chicano Moratorium 8/28/16 on Dakota Access Pipe Line protest

Shortly thereafter I put out a press release and posted it in this blog:

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2016/08/19/national-chicano-moratorium-speaker-entertainment-lineup/

I used the blog to alert people of the impending talk of Wayne: “Wayne Arroyo, longtime American Indian Movement (AIM) activist who will talk about the ongoing protests in North Dakota against the Dakota Access Pipeline.”

Dr. Tara Rose & Jan B. Tucker

Dr. Tara Rose & Jan B. Tucker

Later the organizing continued with the help and ideas and inspiration of my friends Dr. Tara Rose and Joanelle Romero (of Red Nation TV):  http://janbtucker.com/blog/2016/11/17/on-thanksgiving-take-action-against-dapl-to-actually-give-thanks/

Joanelle Romero

Joanelle Romero

Just sayin’ it feels great to have been a little part of this history.

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Philosophy in the Hood: of gangs & sharks


 

One of my ex girlfriends had a brilliant philosophical way of looking at the ocean:

I ain’t goin’ in no ocean. The ocean ain’t my hood; it’s the shark gang’s hood.

bloods-cripsIf a blood goes up in a crip hood the crips gonna fuck the blood up.  If a crip goes up in a blood hood the bloods gonna fuck the crip the fuck up.

The shark Gangs are way worse:  they got the bull shark gang and the tiger shark great-whitegang but the baddest shark gang is the great white gang which is worse than the KKK gang.

The KKK might lynch yo black ass, they might kill yo black ass but at least they kkkwon’t eat yo black ass! The great white shark gang will fuck yo black ass up and then they’ll eat yo black ass.

I ain’t goin’ in no ocean!

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Alzheimer’s Disease Forum March 4 2017


 

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Cuba: Judging Revolutions by Demographics


 

militaryloyalists In 1776 when the United States declared its independence, there were approximately 2.5 million inhabitants in the original 13 states.  Of those estimates are that 1/3 sided with the revolution, 1/3 were neutral, and 1/3 were Loyalists supporting Britain.   At the end of the war some 65,000-70,000 people fled to other parts of the British Empire (in the case of those who fled to a British portion of Florida, about 6,000 whites brought 6,500 Black slaves with them).  Many Indigenous Americans, especially Iriquois also fled to British protection in Canada.   [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loyalist_(American_Revolution]Wikipedia on Loyalists]

Kentucky Co Jury Verdict

Kentucky Co Jury Verdict

Some fled outright reprisals and persecution.  Many were dispossessed of their land. For example, Daniel Boone served on a July 1980 jury in then-Kentucky County, Virginia which confiscated land from two loyalists by deeming them to be British Citizens.

Following the Cuban revolution more than 1.5 million Cubans left the Island.  The 1953 Cuban census showed 5,829,029 inhabitants.  So whereas about 3% of the U.S. population fled our revolution, around 25% of Cuba’s population migrated.

There are some demographic similarities.

Wikipedia writes of the American Loyalists:

The departure of so many royal officials, rich merchants and landed gentry destroyed the hierarchical networks that had dominated most of the colonies. In New York, the departure of key members of the DeLancy, DePester Walton and Cruger families undercut the interlocking families that largely owned and controlled the Hudson Valley. Likewise in Pennsylvania, the departure of powerful families—Penn, Allen, Chew, Shippen—destroyed the cohesion of the old upper class there. Massachusetts passed an act banishing forty-six Boston merchants in 1778, including members of some of Boston’s wealthiest families. The departure of families such as the Ervings, Winslows, Clarks, and Lloyds deprived Massachusetts of men who had hitherto been leaders of networks of family and clients. The bases of the men who replaced them were much different. One rich Patriot in Boston noted in 1779 that “fellows who would have cleaned my shoes five years ago, have amassed fortunes and are riding in chariots.” That is, new men now became rich merchants but they shared a spirit of republican equality that replaced the elitism and the Americans never recreated such a powerful upper class as had existed before.[50]

As for Cuban exiles, Wikipedia [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_exile] says:

More than 1.5 million Cubans of all classes and racial groups (but majority is white upper and middle class background) have left the island for the United States (especially Florida),[1][2] and other countries.

One big exception were the “Marielitos” who arrived in the U.S. in 1980.  As Wikipedia explains:

Out of more than 125,000 refugees, a number from as low as 7,500 to as high as 40,000 were believed to have criminal records in Cuba, though many of their crimes would not qualify as crimes under U.S. law. Some 1,774 of the refugees were classified as serious or violent criminals under U.S. law and denied citizenship on that basis. The majority of refugees were young adult males, 20 to 34 years of age, from the working class: skilled craftsmen, semi-skilled tradesmen, and unskilled laborers. In 1984, the United States and Cuba negotiated an agreement to resume normal immigration, and to return to Cuba those persons who had arrived during the boatlift who were “excludable” under U.S. Law.

havana-defectosI wrote of this phenomena, i.e., both Cuba and the old Soviet Union cleaning out their mental asylums and prisons at: http://janbtucker.com/blog/2013/09/22/national-instant-criminal-background-check-a-gaping-loophole/

Like Cuban exiles who have become an important constituency influencing American politics, Loyalists became a significant influence in Canadian affairs [Wikipedia]:

The postnominals “U.E.” are rarely seen today, but the influence of the Loyalists on the evolution of Canada remains. Their ties to Britain and their antipathy to the United States provided the strength needed to keep Canada independent and distinct in North America.[citation needed] The Loyalists’ basic distrust of republicanism and “mob rule” influenced Canada’s gradual path to independence.[citation needed] The new British North American provinces of Upper Canada (the forerunner of Ontario) and New Brunswick were founded as places of refuge for the United Empire Loyalists.[citation needed].

 

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Fidel Castro: Will History Absolve Him?


 

From Wikipedia [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_Will_Absolve_Me]:

fulgencio-batistaHistory Will Absolve Me” (Spanish:La historia me absolverá) is the title of a four-hour speech made by Fidel Castro on 16 October 1953. Castro made the speech in his own defense in court against the charges brought against him after he led an attack on the Moncada Barracks. Though no record of Castro’s words was kept, he reconstructed them later for publication. It became the manifesto of his 26th of July Movement. The words “history will absolve me” are the concluding lines of his statement to the court.”History Will Absolve Me” (Spanish:”La historia me absolverá”) is the title of a four-hour speech made by Fidel Castro on 16 October 1953. Castro made the speech in his own defense in court against the charges brought against him after he led an attack on the Moncada Barracks. Though no record of Castro’s words was kept, he reconstructed them later for publication. It became the manifesto of his 26th of July Movement. The words “history will absolve me” are the concluding lines of his statement to the court.

and…

jose-martiCastro’s speech contained numerous evocations of the “father of Cuban independence” José Martí, whilst depicting Batista as a tyrant. According to Castro, Batista was a “monstrum horrendum … without entrails” who had committed an act of treachery in 1933 when he initiated a coup to oust Cuban presidentRamón Grau. Castro went on to speak of “700,000 Cubans without work”, launching an attack on Cuba’s extant healthcare and schooling, and asserting that 30% of Cuba’s farm people couldn’t even write their own names.[5]

In Castro’s published manifesto, based on his 1953 speech, he gave details of the “five revolutionary laws” he wished to see implemented on the island:-[6]

  1. The reinstatement of the 1940 Cuban constitution.

  2. A reformation of land rights.

  3. The right of industrial workers to a 30% share of company profits.

  4. The right of sugar workers to receive 55% of company profits.

  5. The confiscation of holdings of those found guilty of fraud under previous administrative powers.Castro’s speech contained numerous evocations of the “father of Cuban independence” José Martí, whilst depicting Batista as a tyrant. According to Castro, Batista was a “monstrum horrendum … without entrails” who had committed an act of treachery in 1933 when he initiated a coup to oust Cuban president Ramón Grau. Castro went on to speak of “700,000 Cubans without work”, launching an attack on Cuba’s extant healthcare and schooling, and asserting that 30% of Cuba’s farm people couldn’t even write their own names.[5] In Castro’s published manifesto, based on his 1953 speech, he gave details of the “five revolutionary laws” he wished to see implemented on the island:-[6] The reinstatement of the 1940 Cuban constitution. A reformation of land rights. The right of industrial workers to a 30% share of company profits. The right of sugar workers to receive 55% of company profits. The confiscation of holdings of those found guilty of fraud under previous administrative powers.

history-will-absolve-meHow will history judge what Fidel accomplished as an older and old man in contrast to this idealistic vision of his youth?  History goes on and we will probably never have a clear and concise answer…there will always be debate and controversy.

For background on my views and observations on Cuba and Fidel, see my prior blogs:

Black Panther in Exile Bill Brent in Havana

Black Panther in Exile Bill Brent in Havana

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2008/10/29/november-18-2006-bill-brent-passes-on/

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2012/09/23/ciro-hurtados-peruvian-to-los-angeles-blues/

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2011/09/04/fascism-for-dummies/

http://janbtucker.com/blog/2016/08/13/the-many-menus-of-socialism/

My story about the late exiled Black Panther Bill Brent explains how my agent located him in Havana and we got him back in touch with American comrades.  The Ciro Hurtado blog discusses how I was influenced by building my own shortwave radio in Junior High that allowed me to tune in Radio Havana.  The other blogs discuss how Cuba might claim to be Marxist but how it is really left wing Communitarian whether the left wants to admit it or not.

That said, here’s my favorite Castro story.  My Uncle Ed was stationed at Guantanamo with the Navy on January 1, 1959 when the triumphant Cuban revolutionary forces entered Havana.  He and his shipmates were eager to get to Havana to meet this now famous revolutionary hero who’d just overthrown a brutal dictator.

The first time they got leave they headed off to Havana.  Try as they might they couldn’t get close enough to even see him from a distance.  Every time the great orator Fidel gave a speech hundreds of thousands would be out in the streets and they would be blocks or even miles away listening on loud speakers.  After several of these experiences, they gave up and despaired of ever seeing him.

Then one day they walked out of a bar and who’s there playing baseball in the street with some local children?  Fidel!  So Uncle Ed and his friends got to meet him and got their photos taken with him!

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Thanksgiving in Venice


 

img_20161124_151736I used to live in the Oakwood section of Venice (otherwise known as “Ghost Town” to the locals) so it’s always kind of like coming home when I get to hang out with a crew of old hippies at Palms Court which fetes periodic gatherings.  Today was Thanksgiving at Palms Court.

20161124_164522 20161124_164532 20161124_164538 20161124_164609Flower arrays and vegetable displays at the gathering.

venice-3Goings on in the Venice Community and Nearby

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Rudy Acuna on Boycott Strategy & Tactics


 

The Bourgeois’ Dilemma

By Rodolfo F. Acuña
The other day a colleague called it to my attention that I was wearing New Balance so in some way I was breaking a boycott. I pointed out that they were the only shoes I had. In retrospect I was becoming so gringo. I have never been for the indiscriminate application of boycotts. In 2010, the early stages of Arizona assault on immigrants and then on Mexican American Studies I questioned the call for a boycott of Arizona. I felt that it isolated Tucson and prevented friends for going there to show their support by visiting the Wall and standing in solidarity. Not all boycotts were like the Farm Worker Boycott.

Already facing a boycott because of its violation of the Boycott Divest Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel's occupation of Palestine,  New Balance's Vice President of communications said that the company looked forward to working with President-Elect Trump — and a Neo-Nazi blogger called the shoes “the official shoes of white people”

Already facing a boycott because of its violation of the Boycott Divest Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel’s occupation of Palestine, New Balance’s Vice President of communications said that the company looked forward to working with President-Elect Trump — and a Neo-Nazi blogger called the shoes “the official shoes of white people”

Relating this to the New Balance Boycott, I will certainly not buy that brand again just like I won’t buy at Walmart. However, I believe it would be stupid for me to throw away a pair of shoes that I wear for health reasons. Having diabetes, shoes are a big deal! You’d know if you had it. New Balance is one of the few brands that have triple width shoes. In my estimation if would be a bit more strategic to pass out buttons emphasizing not to buy New Balance. While I respect the sentiments of Debra Messing and Swae Lee, they are not my teachers.

In the 1960s I pointed out to a group of activists that we should dispense with introductions because they consumed so much time. We should substitute the intros by wearing combat ribbons like generals do telling the world which demonstrations we had attended, with stars for each time we had been arrested. Maybe a platinum star for each time we had been fired from our jobs. Not buying the products of our enemies would be and should have been taken for granted. Instead of throwing away the product the emphasis should be on not buying it. This, however, would take work; you would have to organize trips to the boycotted places. The truth be told, liberals don’t much cotton to work. It is easier to tell people to throw away things.

grape-boycottDuring the grape boycott, my understanding was that the purpose was to hurt the grape growers economically. It was not to have us run to our refrigerators and throw all of the grapes away. It was to go out and picket the super markets where the sales we made. No one thought of regurgitating them and purging our bodies of the evil substance.

It kind of irks me because so much of our politics is for show. It reminds me of the 1960s when we purposely dressed down because everything seemed to be for show. I remember that students were ridiculed for dressing up to go to classes. They were “bourgie.”

CesarChavez & Maxine Waters at rally to save the GM Van Nuys plant

CesarChavez & Maxine Waters at rally to save the GM Van Nuys plant

We all followed this trend often without questioning. In the eighties I remember going to a meeting for the “Save the Van Nuys GM Plant open” at the machinist hall in Burbank. During the meeting the machinist rep whispered to me, “Rudy, I want to show you something after the meeting.”

After the meeting we went out onto the parking lot. Leroy led me to a brand new white Cadillac convertible. He had just bought it. I self-reflected that in activist circles this would be labeled “bourgie.” I thought to myself, “Leroy has been a worker all of his life. He has been involved in the labor movement. His labor had made this possible whereas I as a university professor apologize for wearing Rayburn Sunglasses.” That is the difference between the factory worker and the so-called cultural proletariat.

unamI am getting old and find myself getting cranky and I guess nit picking. But I get impatient between those calling for symbolic acts versus substance. At the university professors’ advocate but few will sacrifice for a cause. They will picket and even strike for higher wages but ignore increases in student tuition. They turn the other way while neo-liberal policies decimate the blue collar class. Privately they will complain about the administration but when confronted by administrators they get sick smiles on their faces. I got my fill during the UNAM (Universidad Autonoma de Mexico) controversy when many Chicana/o Studies professors were unwilling to go to the edge of the proverbial class and to go over it to fight for faculty governance. It is easy to say I am boycotting but another thing to sacrifice. Instead professors smile at despicable people like the College of Humanities Dean Beth Say. Perhaps I should throw away my used New Balance shoes, go barefooted and smile.

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Investigating Trump–Operation Chernaya Rabota


 

I’m thinking of conducting a Go Fund Me crowd funding campaign to cover the costs of investigative reporting on the Donald J. Trump global empire of business interests and I want to know if my readers are willing to contribute to the costs involved.  I’m calling this project “Operation Chernaya Rabota.”  I won’t explain that unless you ask but a select few of my closest colleagues, cohorts and collaborators will know exactly the historical inspiration for this terminology.

Detectives Diary is uniquely positioned to investigate this topic.  As an example of what we’re capable of check out our reporting of The Small Freaky World of White Collar Crime.

cali-131338-blueI served seven terms as Chair of the Board of the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), the world’s largest private detectives’ membership organization.  Prior to me nobody ever served more than three terms as chair or president, so I must have been doing something right.  It also gave me life long access to Private Investigator and other data base circles and resources throughout the world.  Some examples of the people that I would consult with and use for these projects:

  • “Cousin Igor”–I call Igor “Cousin” because our grandmothers were both Jews from the region of Gorodieshe, Ukraine.  All Ashkenazic Jews are at least fifth or sixth cousins of each other so we have to be related.  The first licensed investigator in the whole former Soviet Union and ex-KGB, Igor knows where all the bodies are buried in the entire former “Eastern Bloc.”
  • Phil and Yin–from Britain, they’re world travelers and are more in tune than anybody in the world about who can do what wherever in the PI world.
  • owensOwens International–an international data base firm that specializes in international business credit reports (competitor to Dun & Bradstreet) they have done incredible and efficient work for me tracking down information on a very shady Russian firm that enabled us to effect service of federal process on them bypassing the Hague Convention.

Here’s the kind of investigation we’d like to do:

  • Has Trump considered what his Azeri business interests mean for our relations with Armenia? When President Clinton backed the routing of an oil pipeline to Turkey that bypassed Armenia, the James A. Baker Institute warned of the possibility that American troops and resources might have to protect the pipeline as just one example.

    Has Trump considered what his Azeri business interests mean for our relations with Armenia? When President Clinton backed the routing of an oil pipeline to Turkey that bypassed Armenia, the James A. Baker Institute warned of the possibility that American troops and resources might have to protect the pipeline as just one example.

    First we order an Owens International Report on the companies that Trump owns or partners in.  For example he has a partnership in Azerbaijan.  What kinds of conflicts of interest does that pose?  How will it influence America’s relationship with Armenia, Azerbaijan’s arch-enemy?  An Owens report for an Azeri business costs $219.00 (which is what we need to crowd fund because we’re doing this in the public interest).

  • After we get the Owens report, it will provide us with leads to follow up, such as Freedom of Information Act requests to federal agencies like the State Dept, Commerce Dept, Treasury Dept etc. and to have private investigators in that region of the world follow up with onsite investigative sleuthing.  That too will involve costs.
  • I graduated cum laude with a Political Science & Chicano Studies double major at CSUN, then completed 22 units towards an M. a. special major combining both disciplines before dropping out to become a PI

    I graduated cum laude with a Political Science & Chicano Studies double major at CSUN, then completed 22 units towards an M.
    A. special major combining both disciplines before dropping out to become a PI

    When the investigation is complete we’ll analyze it’s implications for U.S. policy.  I did 22 units of graduate work at CSUN with a 4.0 GPA and one of my areas of concentration was International Relations, so I actually know something about the subject, unlike President-elect Trump.

  • You’ll see our investigative results and our analysis right here in the pages of the Detectives Diary.

Want to get involved with Operation Chernaya Rabota?  Let me know whether you’re interested in crowd funding the effort or participating with other resources you might have.

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Does General Flynn Deny Genocide?


 

michael-flynnIt is pretty conclusively established that Lt. General Michael Flynn, who’s slated to become National Security Advisor to President Elect Donald Trump, is a lobbyist for Turkey.  That brings up an important question:  does he deny Turkey’s World War I genocide against 1.5 million Armenians?  See:

http://dailycaller.com/2016/11/11/trumps-top-military-adviser-is-lobbying-for-obscure-company-with-ties-to-turkish-government/

Nobody, but nobody gets hired by the Turkish government who doesn’t tow their line that there was no genocide, that Armenians revolted and that anybody killed was just unfortunate collateral damage.  It’s nonsense.  First the Turks drafted 500,000 Armenian men of draft service age, had them build fortifications and then killed them, leaving the remaining women, children and old men virtually defenseless.

My own party, the Peace & Freedom Party, does not have clean hands on this issue either, having recently re-elected (recycled) Kevin Akin, another anti-Armenian flack whose son is the chief foreign policy wonk for Senator Ron Wyden.  Wyden, who was once described by Counter Punch as to the right of Ariel Sharon, frequently tows the pro-Turkish line of the Israeli government.  See my critique of Akin’s bigotry against Armenians at http://janbtucker.com/blog/2010/05/04/konversations-with-kevin-akin-2/

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