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Dennis FetchoI will be guest hosting Dennis Fetcho’s Inside the Eye Live! program on Revolution Radio on September 28, 2013 from 10 AM to 1 PM Eastern.

I am looking to have a featured guest for part of the show, and I plan to discuss economics and politics, with some talk relevant to the situation in the Middle East, given the flavour of the show, with Dennis Fetcho having regularly broadcast from Amman, Jordan, and now from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Dennis is a former fellow broadcaster on Oracle Broadcasting.

For more on Dennis Fetcho, see my articles:

1) Testing the limits of free speech in Saudi Arabia

2) Dennis Fetcho interviews Alan Hart, author of Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews

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On the December 2, 2012 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I covered the following articles:

1) Charlie Rose’s interview with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

- I spent most of the first hour providing an in-depth analysis of the interview

2) Veterans Today’s Gordon Duff and his elite bio

3) Coast to Coast AM has self-admitted disinformation promoter, Gordon Duff, on the show

4) Dennis Fetcho set to dismantle Alex Jones’ “ignorant” arguments about the Middle East on his December 1, 2012 broadcast

And I provided some unique analysis on the UN Palestine vote.

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From the November 27, 2012 episode of Inside the Eye Live! with Dennis Fetcho, who is an American citizen living in Amman, Jordan (at 1:34:34), he had this to say about Alex Jones:

He came out with his opinion and his views upon Israel, and, you know, I’m really tempted to just take that thing apart, because I’ve really have not heard the amount of ignorance coming out of somebody regarding the Middle East as I heard from Alex Jones. It was absolutely ignorant. It was mind-bogglingly numbing to the point where you could see he was mouthing Israeli talking points, but he was trying to be shrewd and coy about it. So I’m really thinking of taking that — it’s about an 8-minute segment — and really tearing it apart on Saturday, because it was really pathetic. To those of us who are part of the Middle East, we live in the Middle East, who understand the Middle East, and to hear Jones get up on that huge pedestal that he has, and literally just lie to his audience, deceive his audience — it was really quite an impressive display of delusion.

For more on Alex Jones’ pro-Zionist sympathies, see my articles:

1) Alex Jones runs cover for Zionists in response to Paul Craig Roberts’ disdain for Romney’s grovelling to Israel and Netanyahu

2) Still don’t think Alex Jones is gatekeeping for the Zionists?

3) Why Dr. Rebecca Carley won’t be back on the Alex Jones Show

4) A glaring omission: Stephen Lendman never invited onto Coast to Coast AM or the Alex Jones Show

5) An absolutely damning clip of Alex Jones on Zionist Jews versus Mexicans

6) Keith Johnson still listed as an Infowars.com writer despite blasting them on March 1, 2012

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Some interesting points came out from the April 20, 2012 episode of TVO’s, The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Iran: A Path to War?

It was stated that Iran only needs 3.5% uranium enrichment for the medical isotopes they say they need their enrichment for, despite enriching up to 20%.

20% was said to be the threshold beyond which it is relatively easy to weaponize the uranium by enriching it up to 95%, with one panelist saying it could be done “within weeks.”

One panelist said Israel could attack before the 2012 presidential election, with another disagreeing.

It was mentioned that the U.S. has a 30,000 pound bunker-busting bomb while Israel’s biggest bomb is only 5000 pounds, and, therefore, only the U.S. would have the capacity to mount an attack within the weeks it was said Iran could make the decision to weaponize.

Khomeini’s fatwa against nuclear weapons was mentioned, with the panelists saying the decision to weaponize will be based on secular concerns, and one panelist arguing that the fatwa was essentially useless in the current context, while another panelist said it was very important and would be used as a face-saving measure if the Iranians choose not to weaponize.

What wasn’t discussed, unfortunately, though predictably, was the terrorism likely perpetrated by Israel, like the Stuxnet virus, the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists, and India bombings.

Predictions about when Iran will be attacked are a dime a dozen, like this bogus prediction by Alex Jones’ “insider” sources about an imminent Israeli-U.S. attack on Iran in 2011.

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Rachael RudolphRachael Rudolph, professor of political science, was on The Progressive Radio News Hour with Stephen Lendman on the January 26, 2012 episode, and said of Saudi Arabia, where she is researching her upcoming book (at 12:01 of the archive):

This is one place, this is one country that I feel at home, just like I do in the United States.

She completely evaded his direct question about whether you can travel there as a tourist (you can’t, since there are no tourist visas), and she said she wishes more Americans would travel there. But if you feel at home there just like in the United States, what’s the point of traveling so far?

Yes, it’s just like the United States — except for those small details about women not being able to vote, hold office or drive a car.

Lendman asked her, whether he as a Jew, was allowed to visit there, saying he didn’t think he could. She embarrassingly responded that she thought that’s since changed. What a progressive country — to allow Jews to travel there now! Nevermind that it’s completely un-Islamic to bar all Jews from any Islamic country, since they are considered ahl al-Kitab (People of the Book), and accorded a special status in Islam, according to the Qur’an itself.

She got miffed when he asked her the customary question about women not being permitted to drive, saying how liberating it is to not have to worry about that. Yes, it’s great when you have the money to afford a driver, I suppose.

I’ve been to that part of the world — specifically Jordan several times, but you’re not going to hear me say I feel at home there just like I do in Canada.

While there are some aspects of Jordan’s economy that are more free enterprise than Canada’s, I’m not going to say I feel at home there just like I do here.

While women can vote, hold office and drive a car in Jordan, it doesn’t come anywhere close to the freedom of speech and of the press that Canada has, and those are among my highest priorities in feeling comfortable in living in another country as more than just a visitor.

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In the weeks before Steve Pieczenik came out against Israel on Alex Jones’ show on October 18, 2011 (starting 37 minutes in), I noticed a rather obvious editorial shift on Infowars.com regarding Israel.

I have seen several articles that simply wouldn’t have appeared even at the beginning of 2011 with the frequency they have since the latter half of 2011.

There was this one on January 18, 2012:

Israel slammed over growing racism – January 18th, 2012
Press TV | Hundreds of thousands of Ehiopian Jews and others comdemn racism policies in Israel

Then, three articles on January 21, 2012, alone:

Israeli Lobby launch new Super PAC effort to bring down Ron Paul
Pressure Israel, Not Iran. Israel has an Arsenal of 200-300 Nuclear Weapons
EU ‘should block finance for Israeli settlements’

A search for “Israel” and “2010″ came up with 4090 results, while for “2011,” it came up with 12,500, and for just the first three weeks of January, 2780.

Some may say that this all has a different explanation, and that it’s the result of more articles on all topics being written since 2011, and that it’s directly related to intensified chatter about an Israeli attack on Iran, but there has been such chatter in the alternative media ever since Iraq was targeted as the first of Bush’s “Axis of Evil,” and had it not been for all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies saying in 2007 that Iran had no active nuclear weapons program since 2003.

It’s not that Infowars didn’t have any articles before the second half of 2011 that portrayed Israel in a less than 100% positive light, but it’s the sheer volume and content of the articles that have been produced since then that I think show a clear editorial shift.

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Oil

In October 2010, Pastor Lindsey Williams shared his insider prediction that the price of crude oil would be headed to between $150 and $200 USD a barrel within four to six months.

Six months later, at 6 PM Eastern Standard Time on May 2, 2011, West Texas Intermediate Crude is trading at $113.52 USD a barrel, and Brent Crude at $125.12 a barrel, so that prediction didn’t come true, unlike his prediction that there would be a major event in the Middle East, of which there were plenty, with the likes of the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria.

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