Shuck and Jive

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Russian Hack of DNC? "A Fraud from the Very Beginning"


In 2016, Did Russia hack the DNC? In my opinion, no.

Mueller's indictment coming just before an important summit meeting with Trump and Putin seems political. That said, I do think something fishy went on with Trump's election and Greg Palast has the most convincing analysis that Trump stole the election.  Think Crosscheck.
Crosscheck in action:
Trump victory margin in Michigan:                    13,107
Michigan Crosscheck purge list:                       449,922 
Trump victory margin in Arizona:                       85,257
Arizona Crosscheck purge list:                           270,82 
Trump victory margin in North Carolina:        177,008
North Carolina Crosscheck purge list:              589,393
Here is Palast's comment about the mass media's fixation on Russia:
Karlin: Why do you think the mass corporate media makes a bigger deal out of whether the Russians hacked our vote than the many ways in which the Republicans are suppressing the vote in the United States? 
Palast: Because the LA/NYC media is filled with white Democrats who can’t accept that the election was determined by racial vote suppression. Hillary said that America has the greatest electoral system in the world — which means she’s only been to Kazakhstan. So, the Dems and their media make up the fairy tale about Russians — using the language that would make Joe McCarthy proud. If Edward R. Murrow was alive today, he’d barf on them.
What about the Russians?

William Binney, who was the Technical Director for the NSA for 35 years said on RT:

"The claim that Russia hacked into the DNC and got data and gave it to Wikileaks has been a fraud from the very beginning."




Binney and Ray McGovern (former CIA briefer of The President’s Daily Brief) wrote a Memo to President Trump Ahead of Monday's Summit after Mueller's indictment:
A year ago independent cyber-investigators completed the kind of forensic work that, for reasons best known to then-FBI Director James Comey, neither he nor the “handpicked analysts” who wrote the Jan. 6, 2017 assessment bothered to do.  The independent investigators found verifiable evidence from metadata found in the record of an alleged Russian hack of July 5, 2016 showing that the “hack” that day of the DNC by Guccifer 2.0 was not a hack, by Russia or anyone else. 
Rather it originated with a copy (onto an external storage device – a thumb drive, for example) by an insider — the same process used by the DNC insider/leaker before June 12, 2016 for an altogether different purpose. (Once the metadata was found and the “fluid dynamics” principle of physics applied, this was not difficult to disprove the validity of the claim that Russia was responsible.)
As a public service, here are some more articles that I have found helpful and that I think people should probably read before believing and repeating the meme that the "Russians hacked the election."

Craig Murray, Russiagate: The Stink Without a Secret:
The original, base accusation is that it was the Russians who hacked the DNC and Podesta emails and passed them to WikiLeaks. (I can assure you that is untrue). 
The authenticity of those emails is not in question. What they revealed of cheating by the Democratic establishment in biasing the primaries against Bernie Sanders, led to the forced resignation of Debbie Wasserman Shultz as chair of the Democratic National Committee. They also led to the resignation from CNN of Donna Brazile, who had passed debate questions in advance to Clinton. Those are facts. They actually happened. Let us hold on to those facts, as we surf through lies. There was other nasty Clinton Foundation and cash for access stuff in the emails, but we do not even need to go there for the purpose of this argument. 
The original “Russian hacking” allegation was that it was the Russians who nefariously obtained these damning emails and passed them to WikiLeaks. The “evidence” for this was twofold. A report from private cyber security firm Crowdstrike claimed that metadata showed that the hackers had left behind clues, including the name of the founder of the Soviet security services. The second piece of evidence was that a blogger named Guccifer2 and a website called DNCLeaks appeared to have access to some of the material around the same time that WikiLeaks did, and that Guccifer2 could be Russian. 
That is it. To this day, that is the sum total of actual “evidence” of Russian hacking. I won’t say hang on to it as a fact, because it contains no relevant fact. But at least it is some form of definable allegation of something happening, rather than “Russian hacking” being a simple article of faith like the Holy Trinity.
Here is a letter to the president from Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity with 17 signatories including William Binney and Ray McGovern. This is from the Consortium News website, Intel Vets Challenge 'Russia Hack' Evidence:
Executive Summary
Forensic studies of “Russian hacking” into Democratic National Committee computers last year reveal that on July 5, 2016, data was leaked (not hacked) by a person with physical access to DNC computer. After examining metadata from the “Guccifer 2.0” July 5, 2016 intrusion into the DNC server, independent cyber investigators have concluded that an insider copied DNC data onto an external storage device. 
Key among the findings of the independent forensic investigations is the conclusion that the DNC data was copied onto a storage device at a speed that far exceeds an Internet capability for a remote hack. Of equal importance, the forensics show that the copying was performed on the East coast of the U.S. Thus far, mainstream media have ignored the findings of these independent studies [see here and here].
The following three articles are from Global Research, Selected Articles: Deep State Sours US-Russia Relations, Is Trump A Pawn?

From Scott Ritter: Indictment of 12 Russians Under the Shiny Wrapping, A Political Act:
Rosenstein, by the timing and content of the indictment he publicly released Friday, committed an act that undermined the president of the United States’ ability to conduct critical affairs of state—in this case, a summit with a foreign leader the outcome of which could impact global nuclear nonproliferation policy. The hue and cry among the president’s political foes for him to cancel the summit with Putin—or, failing that, to use the summit to confront the Russian leader with the indictment—is a direct result of Rosenstein’s decision to release the Mueller indictment when he did and how he did. Through its content, the indictment was designed to shape public opinion against Russia. 
This indictment, by any other name, is a political act, and should be treated as such by the American people and the media.
From Stephen Lendman, The Russian US Election Meddling Big Lie Won't Die
Not a shred of evidence suggests Russia meddled in America’s political process – nothing. 
Yet an earlier NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed most Americans believe the Russia did it Big Lie. A months earlier Gallup poll showed three-fourths of Americans view Vladimir Putin unfavorably. 
Americans are easy marks to be fooled. No matter how many times they were deceived before, they’re easily manipulated to believe most anything drummed into their minds by the power of repetitious propaganda – fed them through through the major media megaphone – in lockstep with the official falsified narrative. 
America’s dominant media serve as a propaganda platform for US imperial and monied interests – acting as agents of deception, betraying their readers and viewers time and again instead of informing them responsibly.
Philip Giraldi, The Establishment Strikes Back:
So the idea that the United States government identified twelve culprits who were responsible for trying to overthrow American democracy is by any measure ludicrous, if indeed there was a major plan to disrupt the election at all. The indictment is little more than a political document seeking to undermine any effort by Donald Trump to establish rapprochement with Vladimir Putin. It will also serve to give fuel to the Democrats, who are still at a loss to understand what happened to Hillary Clinton, and Republican hawks like John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Jeff Flake and Ben Sasse who persist in seeking to refight the Cold War. As Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin said in their Helsinki press conference, the coming together of the leaders of the world’s two most powerful nuclear armed countries is too important an opportunity to let pass. Cold Warriors in Washington should take note.
Here is an excellent piece by Caitlin Johnstone, Russiagate is Like 9/11, Except It's Made of Pure Narrative:
This is what I’m talking about when I say that whoever controls the narrative controls the world. Whoever controls the stories that westerners are telling each other has the power to advance concrete agendas which reshape global geopolitics without any actual thing even happening. Simply by getting a few hand-picked intelligence agents to say something happened in a relatively confident way, you can get the entire media and political body advancing that narrative as unquestionable fact, and from there advance sanctions, new military operations, a far more aggressive Nuclear Posture Review, the casting out of diplomats, the arming of Ukraine, and ultimately shove Russia further and further off the world stage. 
As we discussed last time, the current administration has actually been far more aggressive against Russia than the previous administration was, and has worked against Russian interests to a far greater extent. If they wanted to, the international alliance of plutocrats and intelligence/defense agencies could just as easily use their near-total control of the narrative to advance the story that Trump is a dangerous Russia hawk who is imperiling the entire world by inflicting insane escalations against a nuclear superpower. They could elicit the exact same panicked emotional response that they are eliciting right now using the exact same media and the exact same factual situation. They wouldn’t have to change a single thing except where they place their emphasis in telling the story. The known facts would all remain exactly as they are; all that would have to change is the narrative.
I think that is probably enough.






Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Update on My Spiritual Journey

I have updated the sidebar with some new categories, links, etc. to reflect where I am in my spiritual journey at this point. Yes, atheist Presbyterian ministers have spiritual journeys. I have discovered that people really don't like it when I call myself an atheist. So I do it. I am making a point.

That point is the same point I have been making long before I started this blog. Name-calling and labels serve to repress and silence. We clump into groups and we put our trust in those who claim to be in our group. It is a natural survival instinct. No one wants to be isolated. No one wants to be dismissed. No one wants to be castigated.

Labels (atheist, progressive, alt-right, conspiracy theorist, holocaust denier, anti-semite, liberal, right-wing, fascist, anti-fascist, fake news) mean nothing. They describe nothing. They are useful for group-think. When we allow labels to direct us toward what to read and how to read it, what narratives to trust and to ignore, who our friends are, who our enemies are, we are sleep-walking. Sleep-walking is dangerous. Those authorities who have captured our allegiance, who are "well-respected" et al, can abuse that trust. They abuse the trust by putting in our heads notions that voices critical of them are bad, icky, disgusting, impure, evil, fake. Here are 17 ways to suppress truth.

David Martin wrote a poem that fits my situation now.

Could it be I've learned too much? 
If charged, I must confess. 
My views would be more popular 
If I knew much less.
I might vote for Democrats 
Or for the GOP 
And not have old acquaintances 
Almost run from me.

Education's big with them, 
And ignorance the foe, 
Except for those disturbing things 
That they don't want to know.

David Martin

David Martin along with Hugh Turley were on my KBOO show on Friday discussing the murder of Thomas Merton, anti-war hero.  David and Hugh will be the first to tell you that the Merton Establishment does not want to know this. They don't want you to know it, either.



On Sunday, I preached about John the Baptist (beheaded by Herod). Now the "official story" (Gospel of Mark) says it was because of a dancing girl, but the real reason is the same reason that martyrs have lost their heads throughout history. John was telling the truth and the truth would overthrow the powers that be. I spoke about Thomas Merton's martyrdom.  I concluded:
Catholic writer Joseph Sobran wrote:  
“In public controversies, most people are chiefly concerned to play it safe. Before they take any position, they ask themselves not “Is it true?” but “What will happen to me if I say this?” Quoted here.
Let us not be like most people. Jesus, who likely would have been called a conspiracy theorist today, said the opposite: 
“Seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness.” 
Amen.
Truth and Goodness.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Bearing Witness to Thomas Merton


After completing my interview Friday with Hugh Turley and David Martin about their book, The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton: An Investigation, I saw this image on my Twitter feed.


Is this funny? 

In the world created by Hollywood in which murder by governmental spy agencies is romanticized, I suppose it is. The spies only kill the bad guys, right? Bad guys like President Trump? 

What is not funny is that in reality the spies kill the good guys, make it look like an accident, control the press, pass off lies as truth, and continue to kill to this day.

Thomas Merton was a good guy. A really good guy. A man of Spirit. A man of peace. A man of truth.

He was murdered on December 10th, 1968 and the murder was covered over to make it look like an accident. Lies and legends were created to promote the false narrative that Merton accidentally killed himself by touching an electric fan (or other appliance) while coming out of a shower. This story was invented years after the event.  It is a lie. The evidence as researched and presented by my guests on Friday expose this lie and others.  

Truth will win. One person awakens at a time. The awakening can be slow and tentative. But it happens. It happens when awakened people bear witness to truth.  People like Hugh Turley, David Martin, and Matthew Fox

As the 50th anniversary of the murder of one of the most significant spiritual leaders of the 20th century approaches, this truth needs to be heard. Those who suppress the truth are many and wily. But they are not all-powerful. 

I highly recommend their book. It is meticulous. For a summary you can read in a few minutes, read What We Know About Thomas Merton's Death.  

His death was not mysterious. It was murder.

Thomas Merton and the truth he expressed throughout his 53 years summon our courage to awaken and bear witness. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Progressive and Progressing Spirit


I wish to thank deeply David Felten for his kind columns about me on the website Progressing Spirit (not to be confused with Progressive Spirit, although confusing them will work to my advantage!)

Progressing Spirit is the name of the column that has inherited the great legacy of Bishop John Shelby Spong. He no longer writes his weekly piece and the column has been given to several authors, one being David Felten of Living the Questions and The Fountains UMC.


David visited with me in Portland a couple of months ago and he interviewed me for the column. We talked about honesty, truthfulness, being an atheist minister, and lots of other fun things. There is a modest subscription fee to access Progressing Spirit that allows all these great writers to share their insights.

In addition to David, also contributing are Matthew Fox, Fred Plumer, Eric Alexander, Gretta Vosper, Roger Wolsey, Lauren Van Ham, Kevin Thew Forrester, Cassandra Farrin, Joran Slane Oppelt, Toni Reynolds, Irene Monroe, Diana Butler Bass, Michael Dowd, Brian Mayer, Mark McHargue, Deshna Ubeda, and Mark Sandlin. Definitely worth it.

There is a great deal more to read about there than me! That said, the two posts David wrote about me are entitled:

A Conversation with John Shuck: Part 1 "On Being an Atheist in the Pulpit"

and

A Conversation with John Shuck: Part 2 "All Shuck. No Jive."

Thanks, David and my best wishes to the success of Progressing Spirit!




Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kevin Barrett Update: May 8th PAC Meeting



The Program Advisory Committee (PAC) of KBOO met May 8th.

PAC member Herschel Soles requested on the agenda a discussion of the decision by management to cancel my interview with Kevin Barrett on my March 13th show. Herschel and I requested that Dr. Barrett be present at the PAC meeting via Skype to defend himself against charges of anti-semitism, etc., but this request was denied by station manager, Del Criscenzo.

At the meeting, Del presented a hard copy time-line of her viewpoint, called "KBOO Manager's Report about the Decision To Not Have Kevin Barrett as a Guest on KBOO." She posted this on KBOO's blog a few weeks later.

Here are the minutes of that meeting and the June meeting that I did not attend.

Here is the blog post by Del.

I also presented a hard copy of my version of events, previous blog posts, and screenshots of Twitter feeds.  The following is my time-line of events.




At the May PAC meeting I presented my hope for KBOO:



People have asked what I want. It is quite simple.

I want to do my show without having my guests censored, silenced, banned and defamed before they even get on the air. KBOO needs to be better than that.

I have a good show coming up Friday. I am going to interview Hugh Turley, co-author with David Martin of The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton: An Investigation.

Here is the promotion.

Tune in. Friday the 13th at 9 am Pacific.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Another Smear Campaign

The Rose City Antifa folks certainly are busy little beavers. Twice in two months they have lead smear campaigns against my radio show guests. They smeared Kevin Barrett first and then recently Gilad Atzmon. I actually did get Gilad on the radio. I had three guests on my show each of them committed to justice for the Palestinians [Beloved Community, May 11th 9 am].

Waddah Sofan was my first guest. He was paralyzed by the IDF when he was 17 in Nablus. His crime? Protesting. Maybe he deserved it. He was throwing rocks. A bullet in the spine stopped those shenanigans. He told me that Israeli soldiers purposely paralyzed youth. He was also thrown in an Israeli jail for protesting when he was 16. He was beaten in prison. Well, he must have had it coming. I mean you can cause a nasty bruise with a rock, maybe even put an eye out. Why was he protesting anyway? Just because his father's family was evicted from their homes by the newly forming Jewish state in 1948 and that Palestinians have been literally losing ground ever since? Doesn't he know that Israel is a Jewish state?

Dick Toll is an Episcopal priest who has been to Palestine about 30 times. He is the board chair of Friends of Sabeel North America. Rev. Toll takes people to Palestine so they can see with their own eyes what is happening on the ground in Palestine. His hope is that maybe U.S. churches would demand justice.

Sabeel,
"is an international peace movement initiated by Palestinian Christians, who seek a just peace as defined by international law and existing United Nations resolutions."
Rev. Toll is friends with Rev. Naim Ateek. They went to seminary together. Rev. Ateek founded Sabeel (Arabic for "way" or "channel" or "stream").  Rev. Ateek is an Anglican priest who organized Sabeel in Jerusalem and Nazareth "to develop a spirituality based on justice, peace, nonviolence, liberation, and reconciliation." His latest book is called A Palestinian Theology of Liberation. Zionists call him an anti-Semite.


Gilad Atzmon? He grew up in Palestine, served in the IDF. He wasn't that good of a soldier, he admits. He'd rather play his saxophone. He moved to the U.K. As an ex-Jew he knows the Jewish state from the inside and writes a few thoughts about it. He asks questions such as what is the Jewish state? What is Israel? What is Zionism? How are they intertwined? His books include The Wandering Who: A Study of Jewish Identity Politics and Being In Time: A Post-Political Manifesto.

You know what? He could be wrong. Maybe his facts aren't up to date. Maybe his theories are easily refuted. Then do it. Refute him. Send him an e-mail. Bring your champion for a good honest debate with Atzmon on my show. A good, honest, debate was something we used to do before 9/11 traumatized America into self-censorship. Now the "well-respected leaders" as I have been told I should regard them, ban, censor, disavow and call people nasty names as if doing so is virtuous.

I hope this episode will be shared and heard widely.
It is a moral imperative to allow those who are attacked to defend themselves.   
It seems that for Rose City Antifa, what was really important on May 15th was that someone somewhere might be an anti-Semite. At the very moment that RCA was trying to prevent any word from getting out of Gilad Atzmon's mouth, Israel, the Jewish state, was murdering and crippling Gazans.


The name-calling, banning, censoring, and bullying is connected to the violent oppression.














Sunday, May 20, 2018

Qur'an-Minded

As I write this the sun has risen at my house and I begin day four of fasting for Ramadan. I am fasting one day at a time. Last night I broke the fast at the Muslim Educational Trust. A new friend, Waddah Sofan (who I interviewed last week about the Nakba), invited me to a lecture and Iftar.

The lecture was given by Sheikh Hassan Lechhab who is the President and co-founder of Tayseer Seminary in (wait for it), Knoxville, Tennessee. Knoxville consistently is voted one of the most "Bible-Minded Cities" in the country year after year by Barna Group. It was number nine in 2017. My friends in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee (Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol) will be happy to know they beat out Knoxville this year. Chattanooga is the most Bible-Minded once again.


Dr. Lechab is connected with the Muslim Community of Knoxville. Maybe one day, Barna will discover that Knoxville in addition to being Bible-Minded is also Qur'an-Minded. Why not? Personally, I think it is a virtue to be "minded" about a lot of things.  My new favorite quote is from Aristotle, 
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
You never know what you might accept as reflection, study, and experience shapes new thoughts and ideas. First, however, is to allow your mind to entertain--that is give space to--a new thought. Sheikh Hassan spoke about verity. Truthfulness. Truthfulness of speech, of character, and of will. Speak the truth is the first order, that is not telling falsehoods. Deeper than that is to be truthful in character, that is have your ethics match your truthful speech which I thought similar to my other favorite phrase of late, truth is in order to goodness. Then verity or truthfulness of will is the highest, that has to do focusing one's life on the truth of Allah or God, which I think of as being humble so that we never allow smaller truths to become our god to the extent that they shut out Truth that is larger and more beautiful. 

Yep, that is me the Christian Atheist pondering the Truth of Allah. You never know where the wind might blow you, my friends.  

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Happy Ramadan

Happy Ramadan, my friends.

I am fasting today. This the first time I have fasted as part of Ramadan. When I am feeling hungry, thirsty, or have caffeine withdrawals, I will remember the people of Gaza.


There are a couple of opportunities to break the fast and enjoy inter-faith conversation.  The Bilal Community will have an Iftar on Thursday, May 24th. 
  1. On behalf of Bilal Community, we would like to invite you all for an IFTAR with us on May 24th. 

Date: May 24th (thursday)
Program: 8:15pm - 9:30pm (IFTAR around 8:45pm)
Place: Christ Methodist Church;  12755 NW DOGWOOD STREET, PORTLAND, OR 97229
RSVP to Mostafa By May 18th

    2.  And the Ramadan Tent Project Portland is having an Open Iftar for the community on May 27th and 28th at Congregation Neveh Shalom.  Here is the announcement on their Facebook page:

Ramadan Tent Project (RTP) is a London based organization with a goal of social change. Its mission is to provide Iftar - the dinner to break ones fast - to Muslims as well as anyone else who would like to join our event during the Holy Month of Ramadan. We are the first branch of RTP to host the Open Iftar in the United States. Last year, over three consecutive days, we had the pleasure of breaking our fast with a total of 1,000 people in our community, at the Muslim Educational Trust. The year before that, we had the honor of breaking fast in the backyard of a local church. Everyone who attended came from different faiths and walks of life. 

We would like to invite you all to come join us in breaking our fast this Ramadan. We will be hosting RTP Open Iftar at Congregation Neveh Shalom on Memorial Day weekend. 


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

"We Are All Palestinians Now"

Anti-Semite

Holocaust Denier

Conspiracy Theorist

People are beginning to awaken to the fact that the name-calling is connected to the violent oppression. The name-calling and the smearing is the weapon the oppressors use to silence the resistance. When someone is labeled as an anti-Semite, Holocaust Denier, Conspiracy Theorist and what have you, then we don't need to listen to what they have to say.  You don't need an argument.  Call someone an icky name, then avoid them and tell others to avoid them.

The surprising thing is that the name-calling often comes from the mouths of those in opposition to the oppressors. When pro-Palestinian activists call other pro-Palestinian activists these names, then we know the true power of the oppressor. The oppressor controls the language of the opposition.

When I met with divestment activists in the Presbyterian Church (USA) four years ago, I was surprised when one of them told me that we can now use the word "occupation." When the divestment movement in the PCUSA had begun over a decade previous, calling what Israel was doing to Palestine "an occupation" was not allowed. I asked, "Who makes those rules?" The answer had to do with strategy and who might be offended and who would support and not support their particular goals and so on and so forth.

The rules are self-made and guided by the oppressors.

The oppressors allow the little victories as long as the truth of what keeps the oppressors in power is not allowed to be revealed. When someone like for instance, Gilad Atzmon, starts talking about the ideology behind the oppressors, then an artificial line that has been drawn by the oppressors is crossed. All forces are then unleashed to smear not only Mr. Atzmon but anyone who might even give him space to defend himself against such attacks.

Meanwhile, mass murder continues while churches in America either cheer it on, satisfy themselves with smaller goals that won't offend the sensitivities of the oppressors, or, as in most cases, remain deadly silent.

I do think people are beginning to awaken to the fact that the name-calling is connected to the violent oppression and that the name-calling says much more about the name-caller than the name-called. The next step is heart or courage. If we are going to dismantle the oppressor by dismantling their control of the discourse, then we must accept that we, too, will be smeared when we give space to those who cross the oppressors' line.  This may affect our reputations, our jobs, our livelihoods.

But that is nothing compared to what is happening to our sisters and brothers in Gaza on this 70th anniversary of the ongoing Nakba. As Mr. Atzmon writes, "We are all Palestinians now."


  1. Hear Gilad Atzmon tonight at 7 pm in Clackamas
  2. My interview with Waddah Sofan (paralyzed by the IDF when he was 17), Gilad Atzmon, and Dick Toll of Friends of Sabeel North America.
  3. Gilad Atzmon named this year as One of the 100 Peace and Justice Leaders and Models (#5).
  4. Mr. Atzmon honored in Lebanon at the Fourth Global Convention of Solidarity with Palestine (starts 4:45)
  5. Mr. Atzmon featured in Almaydeen's Nakba Documentary (starts at 3:30).



Gilad Atzmon at Southminster.  Peace, Love, Justice, and Jazz.


Monday, May 14, 2018

An Evening of Jazz with Gilad Atzmon

Southminster will host British Jazz artist and author, Gilad Atzmon, Monday, May 14th at 7:30 p.m. This is from his bio:
Gilad was born in Israel in 1963 and trained at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). A multi-instrumentalist he plays saxophones, clarinet and ethnic woodwind instruments. His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. He was described by John Lewis at the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz.” Atzmon tours extensively around the world.   His albums, of which he has recorded fifteen albums to date, often explore political themes and the music of the Middle East.
He is fighting a law suit in the British high court on free speech.
Together with veteran Pink Floyd star Roger Waters and many other artists and thinkers worldwide, I am being subjected to an international smear campaign, orchestrated and promoted by various Zionist institutions that attempt to silence every form of legitimate dissent of Zionism and Israeli politics.
Local councils, clubs and festivals that promote my music or my thoughts around the world are being subjected to a barrage of emails sent in a clear and malicious attempt to slander me. In these emails I am called an ‘anti-Semite’, ‘bigot’, ‘racist’, ‘Holocaust denier’, and so on. 
Obviously, there is no truth in any of this.  As a writer I have indeed criticised Israel and other manifestations of Jewish political exceptionalism, I critically analysed Zionism, Jewish politics, ideology and identity politics in general. I do believe that all states, ideologies and politics must be subject to criticism, but I have never criticized Jews (or anyone else for that matter) as people, as a race or as a biological entity. In fact, my work is deeply anti-racist and focuses only on the political and the cultural. 
He did an interview with me at KBOO on Friday during my episode on The Nakba: 70 Years of Oppression.

He will also speak Tuesday in Clackamas on Truthfulness and The Role of Controlled Opposition.