I suspect, for most American Jews—Israel has become the content of their Jewish religious identification. It has very little other content. I rarely have been at a Shabbat service where a rabbi gives a sermon where Israel isn’t a subject of the sermon. And typically, they are—the sermons are not in the spirit of an Isaiah, you know, who says, “My god, is this what God wants from you? Your hands are bloody; they’re filled with blood. But he doesn’t want your fast. He doesn’t want—he despises the sacrifices and your prayers. What he wants is to feed, to feed the hungry, to pursue justice and so on.” But that’s not what you hear from rabbis in the synagogues in this country. So, what I meant by that is that there’s much more to Judaism and to the meaning that you give to your Jewish identity than support for the likes of Netanyahu.Read more . . .
Dual nationals – those holding the citizenship of both an EU Member State and a non-EU state- will also be included in the database, despite protests from international legal experts who argue that doing so will create two ‘tiers’ of EU citizenship and thus discriminate against dual nationals.Read more . . .
U.S. Secretary of State James Baker apparently warned Iraqi deputy prime-minister Tariq Aziz at their meeting of 9 January 1991 in Geneva, that is before the U.S. began bombarding Iraq, that Iraq would be brought back to the pre-industrial stage if it did not withdraw from Kuwait. The systematic bombing of Iraqi infrastructure and economic facilities corroborates this story.
Translating this warning into acts, the U.S. military forces targeted, disabled, destroyed or damaged major civilian infrastructure over the whole territory of Iraq, including most power plants and transmissions facilities, multipurpose dams, refineries, food-processing plants, food-and-seed storage warehouses, flour mills, a dairy-products plant, sugar refineries, a syringe factory, telecommunications systems, irrigation facilities, municipal water-treatment and sewage plants, a veterinary-vaccine manufacturing facility, civilian vehicles, roads, railways, airports, bridges and numerous industrial, commercial, educational, religious and cultural facilities. This act of barbarism by the United States awaits remedial.Read more . . .
An approach to economic sanctions based on the principle of solidarity with the victims and on norms of human rights may include humanitarian dimensions but should equally include elements of empowerment, such as asserting the rights of the victims. Among such rights figure particularly an entitlement to effective remedies for the unjustified harm they have suffered and which was caused by others.Read more . . .
David Martin lists 17 techniques used by governments and their willing executioners to suppress facts and cover-up official crime. Knowing these techniques helps to resist these psychological attacks and expose the deceivers.Read more . . .
Now comes forward an attorney, Mary Maxwell with a book. It is available online free. I read the first eight chapters, which was sufficient to comfirm me in my independent conclusion that there was no Boston Marathon bombing by terrorists. Irony is the style that she has chosen, and we must respect a person prepared to stand up to the murderous American establishment and to challenge one of the founding myths of the American Police State and Washington’s wars against the world.Read more . . .
In 2015, a number of journalists and journalism associations requested access from the Parliament to documents relating to the subsistence allowances, travel expenses and parliamentary assistance allowances of Members of the European Parliament (‘MEPs’). Those requests were all refused by the Parliament, as were the confirmatory applications which followed them. The General Court confirms the Parliament’s refusal to grant access to documents relating to MEPs’ subsistence allowances, travel expenses and parliamentary assistance allowances.Read more . . .
MI5 has refused to answer the claimants’ questions about the scope of the policy, including whether it could in principle authorise murder, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, rape, kidnapping or false imprisonment. The security service’s lawyers said to answer such questions of law would reveal the facts of conduct they wish to keep secret.Read more . . .
This article briefly examines the medicines component of the right to health, While the article focuses upon the responsibilities of States, it also provides a brief introduction to the responsibilities of pharmaceutical companies. The article is offered as a preliminary contribution to far-reaching human rights issues of the first importance.Read more . . .
Permanent members of the UN Security Council use their hidden veto to control the Council’s agenda and prevent the Council from taking up certain issues. The Council never discusses crises that a P5 member considers to be within its own exclusive sphere of interest. Chechnya, Tibet, Xinjiang, Northern Ireland, Sudan, Uganda and Colombia figure among the forgotten conflicts that the Council ignores. Even in earlier days, when the formal veto was used much more frequently, hidden vetoes kept key issues such as colonial wars and Cold War conflicts off the agenda. The Security Council never debated the Algerian war or the partitioning of India because of the hidden vetoes of France and the UK. Nor did the Council take up US involvement in Vietnam or the Soviet war in Afghanistan even though hostilities continued for almost a decade after Moscow vetoed a draft resolution in 1980.Read more . . .
Nearly 60 countries signed a treaty that bans governments from holding people in secret detention, but the United States and some of its key European allies were not among them.Read more . . .
So goes a popular theory/rumor that began going around the Arab and Muslim World soon after the attacks. Although many were understandably dubious of this charge, we lacked hard evidence to refute it until recently.Read more . . .
Delta P.D. Media Ltd. and Gal Media Trade Ltd. were two of hundreds of Israeli binary options companies that operated in Israel in recent years, before the entire binary options industry was outlawed by Israel’s Knesset in October 2017. The binary options industry, which was largely fraudulent, is estimated to have stolen billions of dollars a year from victims around the world and to have employed over 10,000 Israelis before it was banned.Read more . . .
The murder of the Jewish extremist Meir Kahane in New York in 1990 may have been a self-contained incident involving an Arab who hated Israel and was unrelated to any larger strategy. This is how it was presented by mainstream media at the time. Numerous facts tend to falsify this common perception. These facts suggest that the murder of Meir Kahane was part of a build-up of a new enemy perception, namely that of a worldwide Islamic terrorist conspiracy that endangers Western nations and world peace. Readers are invited to assess the facts and this tentative conclusion.Read more . . .
Facebook, Google, Twitter and other giant social media companies—working closely with intelligence agencies and governments—are seeking to leverage their role as mechanisms of communication to become instruments of censorship and repression. In the process, they are turning one of the most important and liberating technological advances of the 21st century, the growth and expansion of artificial intelligence, into a mechanism for police control and dictatorship.Read more . . .
A proposal in the Israeli parliament calls for a maximum five-year prison term for anyone photographing, recording or distributing Israel Defense Forces activity on social media with the aim of hurting the “soldiers’ spirit.” The maximum term increases to 10 years imprisonment for those convicted of seeking to harm national securityRead more . . .
As the future of warfare looks to become more monetized, privatized and commodified, ensuring that civilians’ rights are protected risks becoming nearly impossible if there remains a lack of enforceable regulations on private military firms.Read more . . .
As a reader, I am torn between the view that the author suffered from blind spots, nurtured by his relationship with the national security establishment, and between the view that his book is deliberately deceptive by leading readers to believe that current neuroscience research funded by the US military is essentially defensive and benign in character.Read more . . .
Ramadan Shallah : I will never, under any conditions, accept the existence of the state of Israel. I have no problem living with the Jewish people. We have lived together in peace for centuries. And if Netanyahu were to ask if we can live together in one state, I would say to him: “If we have exactly the same rights as Jews to come to all of Palestine. If Khaled Meshaal and Ramadan Shallah can come whenever they want, and visit Haifa, and buy a home in Herzliyah if they want, then we can have a new language, and dialogue is possible.”Read more . . .
The author’s main “evidence” for his assessment of Al Qaeda are alleged pronouncements by so-called Al Qaeda leaders. The author doesn’t bother to examine the authenticity, the credibility and the good faith of these pronouncements. He simply accepts them and US government allegations about Al Qaeda at face value.Read more . . .