Sunday, April 19, 2015

In photos: Gaza between the wars

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Tzipi Livni's parents were Polish zionist terrorists in 1940's  Palestine. She served as foreign minister under Olmert, and was associated with the decisions of terrorist attacks against Lebanon in 2006 and Gaza in 2008.


The Palestinian refugee situation is one of the most protracted cases of forced displacement in the world today (UNHCR, 2006). The largest group of Palestinian refugees originate from areas where "Israel" now squats and were displaced during the 1948 European Zionist invasion. A smaller number of Palestinians remain internally displaced from this period and are second class citizens of  what is now called "Israel" [occupied Palestine].

The second largest group of Palestinian refugees were displaced during the 1967 Zionist attack and originate from the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Large numbers of Palestinian refugees displaced in 1948 to these areas were displaced for a second time in 1967. A small number of Palestinians were internally displaced as a result of this war.

The third largest group of Palestinian refugees comprise those displaced from the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip since 1967 due to "Israel's" protracted military occupation. Specific causes of displacement include revocation of residency status, denial of family reunification and deportation. Internal displacement in the 1967 Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) is an ongoing problem due to military occupation (IDMC, 2006).

Apr. 19, 2015 Independent photojournalist Violeta Moura covers Zionist Occupation for the Portuguese media. In a series of photos last year, she focused on the people and destruction after the summer attack on Gaza.








Michael Douglas finds Zionism and faces "anti-Semitism"

Cry me a river.




Isn't that Special. Oh boo hoo for the non Semites who invented the term antisemitism and applied it to their own fat selves.
Is there anyone who still buys that con? Did Douglas and his son see the other half, the REAL Semitic life blood that non semitic "Israeli" vampires thrive on? I'm sure that life blood didn't hurt the Douglas's career, if not start it and maintain it altogether. Why he's groveling to "Israel" now is a wonder to me ...perhaps a child offering was/is  part of the bargain. Perhaps they reminded him! Anyway, anyone who flaunts a star of David deserves what they get. Douglas is a bad dad.
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Last summer our family went to Southern Europe on holiday. During our stay at a hotel, our son Dylan went to the swimming pool. A short time later he came running back to the room, upset. A man at the pool had started hurling insults at him.

My first instinct was to ask, “Were you misbehaving?”
“No,” Dylan told me through his tears.
I stared at him. And suddenly I had an awful realization of what might have caused the man's outrage: Dylan was wearing a Star of David.

After calming him down, I went to the pool and asked the attendants to point out the man who had yelled at him. We talked. It was not a pleasant discussion. Afterward, I sat down with my son and said: “Dylan, you just had your first taste of anti-Semitism.”

My father, Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch, is Jewish. My mother, Diana, is not. I had no formal religious upbringing from either of them, and the two kids I have with Catherine Zeta-Jones are like me, growing up with one parent who is Jewish and one who is not.
Several years ago Dylan, through his friends, developed a deep connection to Judaism, and when he started going to Hebrew school and studying for his bar mitzvah, I began to reconnect with the religion of my father.

While some Jews believe that not having a Jewish mother makes me not Jewish, I have learned the hard way that those who hate do not make such fine distinctions.


Dylan's experience reminded me of my first encounter with anti-Semitism, in high school. A friend saw someone Jewish walk by, and with no provocation he confidently told me: “Michael, all Jews cheat in business.”
“What are you talking about?” I said.
“Michael, come on,” he replied. “Everyone knows that.”
With little knowledge of what it meant to be a Jew, I found myself passionately defending the Jewish people. Now, half a century later, I have to defend my son. Anti-Semitism, I've seen, is like a disease that goes dormant, flaring up with the next political trigger.
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In my opinion there are three reasons anti-Semitism is appearing now with renewed vigilance.
The first is that historically, it always grows more virulent whenever and wherever the economy is bad. In a time when income disparity is growing, when hundreds of millions of people live in abject poverty, some find Jews to be a convenient scapegoat rather than looking at the real source of their problems.


A second root cause of anti-Semitism derives from an irrational and misplaced hatred of Israel. Far too many people see Israel as an apartheid state and blame the people of an entire religion for what, in truth, are internal national-policy decisions. Does anyone really believe that the innocent victims in that kosher shop in Paris and at that bar mitzvah in Denmark had anything to do with Israeli-Palestinian policies or the building of settlements 2,000 miles away?


The third reason is simple demographics. Europe is now home to 25 million to 30 million Muslims, twice the world's entire Jewish population. Within any religious community that large, there will always be an extremist fringe, people who are radicalized and driven with hatred, while rejecting what all religions need to preach — respect, tolerance and love. We're now seeing the amplified effects of that small, radicalized element. With the Internet, its virus of hatred can now speed from nation to nation, helping fuel Europe's new epidemic of anti-Semitism.It is time for each of us to speak up against this hate.


Speaking up is the responsibility of our political leaders. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has made it clear that anti-Semitism violates the morals and spirit of France and that violent anti-Semitic acts are a crime against all French people that must be confronted, combated and stopped. He challenged his nation to tell the world: Without its Jews, France would no longer be France.

Speaking up is the responsibility of our religious leaders, and Pope Francis has used his powerful voice to make his position and that of the Catholic Church clear, saying: “It's a contradiction that a Christian is anti-Semitic. His roots are Jewish. Let anti-Semitism be banished from the heart and life of every man and every woman.”

Michael Douglas, award-winning actor/producer and United Nations messenger of peace, received the 2015 Genesis Prize, which honors "exceptional people whose values and achievements will inspire the next generation of Jews."


Saudi war crimes in Yemen similar to Israel’s


Occupation of grand mosques in Makka and Madina is not a testimony that the occupiers follow Islam.

Press TV has interviewed with Kevin Ovenden, a member of the UK Respect Party Leadership, in Athens, and Kamran Bokhari, expert on the Mideast and South Asian Affairs at the Stratfor (Strategic Forecasting Incorporated) from Toronto, to discuss Iran’s proposal for cessation of violence in Yemen.

Ovenden says the Al Saud regime’s logic on the chaotic situation in Yemen does not comply with efforts to reach a political solution to the crisis and provide humanitarian aid to the violence-stricken people.
The Saudi kingdom has unleashed deadly attacks against Yemen as it feels its strategic interests are under threat, says the analyst, adding that Riyadh’s war crimes in the Arab state are akin to those perpetrated by Israel against Palestinians, particularly during its 50-day war on Gaza last summer.
Bokhari, for his part, says Iran wants to pursue a diplomatic process to help end the crisis in Yemen, but Saudi Arabia does not favor any Iranian influence or involvement in the issue.
He maintains that Riyadh’s decision to come to a negotiation table depends on what will happen on the battlefield between Yemeni revolutionary forces and the Saudi kingdom.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bernard Henri Levy and the Destruction of Libya

French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy reads a 2011 issue of Charlie Hebdo (Franck Prevel/Getty)

"He seems obsessed with “liberating” Muslims, from Bosnia to Pakistan, to Libya and elsewhere."
2013
While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “the world’s most influential Jew”, Bernard-Henri Levy is number 45, according to an article published in the Jerusalem Post, on May 21, 2010. Levy, per the Post’s standards, came only two spots behind Irving Moskowitz, a “Florida-based tycoon considered the leading supporter of Jewish construction in east Jerusalem”.

To claim that at best Levy is an intellectual fraud is to miss a clear logic that seems to unite much of the man’s activities, work and writings. He seems obsessed with “liberating” Muslims, from Bosnia to Pakistan, to Libya and elsewhere. However, this would not qualify as a healthy obsession stemming from overt love for and fascination with their religion, culture and myriad ways of life.

Throughout his oddly defined career, Levy has done much harm by at times serving as a lackey for those in power, and at others leading his own crusades. He is a big fan of military intervention, and his profile is dotted with references to Muslim countries and military intervention from Afghanistan to Sudan and finally Libya.

Writing in the New York magazine on Dec 26, 2011, Benjamin Wallace-Wells spoke of the French “philosopher” as if he were referencing a messiah that was not afraid to promote violence for the greater good of mankind.


In “European Superhero Quashes Libyan Dictator”, Wallace-Wells wrote of the “philosopher [who] managed to goad the world into vanquishing an evil villain”. The villain in question is, of course, Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader who was ousted and brutally murdered after reportedly being sodomized by rebels following his capture in October 2011.

A detailed analysis by Global Post of the sexual assault of the leader of one of Africa’s most prominent countries was published in CBS news and other media.
Levy, who at times appeared to be the West’s most visible war-on-Libya advocate, has largely disappeared from view within the Libyan context.

He is perhaps stirring trouble in some other place in the name of his dubious philosophy. His mission in Libya, which is now in a much worse state it has ever reached during the reign of Gaddafi, has been accomplished. The “evil dictator” has been defeated, and that’s that.

Never mind that the country is now divided between tribes and militias, and that the “post-democracy” Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was recently kidnapped by one unruly militia to be freed by another.

In March 2011, Levy took it upon himself to fly to Benghazi to “engage” Libya’s insurgents. It was a defining moment, for it was that type of mediation that empowered armed groups to transform a regional uprising into an all-out war involving the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Armed with what was a willful misinterpretation of UN resolution 1973, of March 17, 2011, NATO lead a major military offensive on a country armed with primitive air defenses and a poorly equipped army. Western countries channeled massive shipments of weapons to Libyan groups in the name of preventing massacres allegedly about to be carried out by Gaddafi’s loyalists.

Bernard Henri Levy in Libya during the war.
Berni on location
Massacres were indeed carried out but not in the way Western “humanitarian interventionists” suggested. The last was merely days ago, last Friday, when 43 people were reportedly killed and 235 were wounded as militiamen attacked peaceful protesters in Tripoli who were simply demanding Misrata militants leave their city.

These are the very people that Levy and his ilk spent numerous hours lobbying for. One of Levy’s greatest achievements in Libya was to muster international recognition of the National Transitional Council (NTC). France and other countries lead a campaign to promote the NTC as an alternative to Gaddafi’s state institution, which NATO had systematically destroyed.

In his New York Magazine interview, Levy was quoted as saying “sometimes you are inhabited by intuitions that are not clear to you”. The statement was sourced in reference to the supposed epiphany the “philosopher” had on February 23, 2011, watching TV images of Gaddafi’s forces threatening to drown Benghazi with “rivers of blood”.

Far from unclear intuitions, Levy’s agenda is that of the calculated politician-ideologue. Like a French version of the US neoconservatives who justified their country’s devastating war on Iraq with all sorts of moral, philosophical and other fraudulent reasoning. For them, it was first and foremost a war for Israel’s “security”, with supposed other practical perks, little of which has actualized. Levy’s legacy is indeed loaded with unmistakable references to that same agenda.

Israel’s right-wingers are fascinated with Levy. The Post’s celebration of his global influence was summed up in this quote: “A French philosopher and one of the leaders of the Nouvelle Philosophie movement who said that Jews ought to provide a unique moral voice in the world.”
But morality has nothing to do with it.

The man’s philosophical exploits seem to exclusively target Muslims and their cultures. “The veil is an invitation to rape,” he told the Jewish Chronicle in 2006.

Philosophy for Levy seems to be perfectly tailored to fit a political agenda promoting military interventions. His advocacy helped destroy Libya, but still didn’t stop him from writing a book on Libya’s “spring”.

He spoke of the veil as an invitation for rape, while saying nothing of the numerous cases of rape reported in Libya after the NATO war. In May 2011, he was one of few people who defended International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, when the latter was accused of raping a chambermaid in New York City.

 It was a “conspiracy” he said, in which the maid was taking part.
One could perhaps understand Levy’s hate for dictators and war criminals; after all, Gaddafi was no human rights champion. But Levy is no philosopher. A fundamental element of any genuine philosophy is moral consistency. Levy has none. A week after the Jerusalem Post celebrated Levy’s world influence, the Israeli daily Haaretz wrote of his support of the Israeli army.

“Bernard Henri Levy: I have never seen an army as democratic as the IDF [Israel Defense Forces]” was the title of an article on May 30, 2010, reporting on the “Democracy and Its Challenges” Conference in Tel Aviv. “I have never seen such a democratic army, which asks itself so many moral questions. There is something unusually vital about Israeli democracy.”

Considering the wars and massacres conducted by the Israeli army against Gaza in 2008-9 and 2012, one cannot find appropriate phrases to describe Levy’s moral blindness and misguided philosophy. In fact, it is safe to argue that neither morality nor philosophy has much to do with Levy and his unending quest for war.
- Ramzy Baroud (www.ramzybaroud.net) is a media consultant, an internationally-syndicated columnist and the editor of PalestineChronicle.com. His latest book is: My Father was A Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story (Pluto Press).

Thursday, April 16, 2015

British soldiers given psychiatric help after consuming ‘zombie drug’

"It is the only way they can get human beings to bomb, blast and murder other human beings who have done nothing wrong and are peaceful families living in peaceful villages, just in another part of the world."  ~Kissinger

rt.com/uk

The British military is accused of failing to protect its soldier’s mental health. Figures show nearly 1,000 have sought psychiatric treatment after being given the MoD’s budget price anti-malarial drug Lariam.
A Freedom of Information (FoI) request revealed the figure is much higher than previously thought, with 994 service personnel being admitted to mental health clinics or psychiatric hospitals since 2008.
The figures only go back to 2007, so the true number may be much higher, as Lariam, also known as mefloquine, has been in use for much longer.

The MoD has consistently defended the drug, which is one of several it issues to troops, amid concerns that Lariam is contributing to an Armed Forces mental health epidemic. This is despite growing pressure from senior military figures, campaigners and relatives of those affected.
The drug, banned by US Special Forces two years ago, and which the UK military avoids giving to pilots or divers, is still issued to UK troops.
Army reviews notorious drug after Afghan massacre
Its use continues despite evidence linking the anti-malarial to the 2012 Panjwai Massacre, in which a US soldier slaughtered 17 Afghan civilians after taking the drug.

Sergeant Robert Bales has since been sentenced to life imprisonment.
In an internal report, Roche, the drug’s manufacturer, described the killings as an “adverse event.
Roche themselves have conceded that the side effects can include “hallucinations, psychosis, suicide, suicidal thoughts and self-endangering behavior” and may induce “serious neuropsychiatric disorders.

The figures come as it was revealed a retired British general, who took the drug during service, is currently in a secure psychiatric unit.
Major General Alastair Duncan commanded British troops in Bosnia. His wife, Ellen, told the Independent: “Like others, I believe that this is a scandal. If 1,000 troops have reported the effects then you can be sure there are others who have not. I know personally of several, and anecdotally of many more.
 The long-term effects of this will be more and more in evidence over the coming years.
She said the MoD was “staggeringly unprepared to deal with the fallout.

In 2012, Dr Remington Nevin, a US Army epidemiologist whose research found the drug could be toxic to the brain, told the Daily Mail: “Mefloquine is a zombie drug. It's dangerous, and it should have been killed off years ago.


He said Lariam was “probably the worst-suited drug for the military,” adding that its side effects closely matched the symptoms of combat stress.
Considering why the drug remains in use, one former general speculated that it was a matter of economics over welfare.

Former marine Major General Julian Thompson led 3 Commando Brigade during the Falklands War. He told the Independent: “I can only come to the conclusion that the MoD has a large supply of Lariam, and some ‘chairborne’ jobsworth in the MoD has decreed that as a cost-saving measure, the stocks are to be consumed before an alternative is purchased.

Larium is significantly cheaper than comparable anti-malarials, such as Doxycycline and Malarone.
An MoD spokesperson said: “All our medical advice is based on the current guidelines set out by Public Health England.

Based on this expert advice, the MoD continues to prescribe mefloquine (Lariam) as part of the range of malaria prevention treatments recommended, which help us to protect our personnel from this disease.
The Labour Party responded to the revelations by promising to fully address the impacts and use of Lariam if the party comes to power in the May general election.





Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rubio vows to lead "a new American century"

Hmm....as in "Project for the New American Century?" This neocon needs to go back to Cuba where the Castros will properly deal with him.


MIAMI — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio cast himself tonight as a Republican who can be the leader of a "new American century," framing the 2016 election as a "generational choice" and himself as the candidate with a fresh outlook and ideas.

"Matarlos muerto, Marco!"
 
"Today, grounded by the lessons of our history and inspired by the promise of our future, I announce my candidacy for president of the United States of America," the Florida Republican said to a cheering crowd.

An ardent critic of President Obama and of Hilary Clinton's tenure as secretary of State, Rubio's speech was laced with themes contrasting the past with his vision for the future. He vowed to pursue a robust foreign policy, overhaul the tax code and immigration laws, cut spending and repeal Obamacare, but also argued that even more was at stake than the issues of the day.
"This election is not just about what laws we will pass," Rubio said. "It is a generational choice about the kind of country we will be."
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