Willful Ignorance and Mental Occlusion: Gaza, Ukraine, and the fascist threat in America

1) Yair Ben David, “Why Israelis Don’t Want to Know What’s Really Happening in Gaza, According to Psychology Research; A meta-analysis of behavioral studies questions a strange phenomenon: What makes people shut their eyes to the truth – in Gaza, for example?” Haaretz, January 20, 2024;

2) James Rowles,”Suppressed Thought: Ukraine and the West could lose the war–What a Russian victory would mean,” Trenchant Observations, February 8, 2023;

3) Cristian Segura y Javier G. Cuesta (Kiev / Moscú), “Rusia ultima una triple ofensiva para ocupar todo Donbás y avanzar en el frente sur; Las autoridades ucranias, los servicios de inteligencia occidentales y medios independientes rusos dan por hecho que el ataque será en febrero,” el 7 de febrero 2023 (05:40 CET);

4) Cristian Segura and Javier G. Cuesta (Kiev/ Moscow), “Russia finalizes a triple offensive to occupy all of Donbas and advance on the southern front; Ukrainian authorities, Western intelligence services and Russian independent media assume that the attack will take place in February,” February 6, 2023 (23:40 EST);

Afghanistan: Surrender and withdrawal, or a policy to sustain democratic government?


1) Alain Frachon, “Comme Barack Obama et Donald Trump avant lui, Joe Biden hésite à partir d’Afghanistan; Avant de s’engager dans un retrait du pays, la priorité pour le président américain est d’obtenir un accord entre les talibans et le président,” Le Monde, le 1 avril 2021 (12:20 h).

2) Adam Nossiter, “The Taliban Think They Have Already Won, Peace Deal or Not; “We have defeated the enemy.” The international community is scrambling to secure peace in Afghanistan, but the Taliban believe they have the upper hand — and are saying as much,” New York Times, March 30, 2021.
Adam Nossiter is the Kabul Bureau Chief for the New York Times.

3) James Rowles, “Afghanistan: Biden’s Achilles Heel,” The Trenchant Observer, March 30, 2021.

4) James Rowles, “Biden’s looming foreign policy catastrophe in Afghanistan,” The Trenchant Observer, March 21, 2021.