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German gloom as latest figures suggest country is already in recession

Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has said that Germany would be able to cope with an economic crisis but added he did not expect a downturn to be as bad as it was in 2008/09.

Rue Oberkampf - Christophe-Philippe (2019)

ARTIST.... Rue Oberkampf
TITLE....... Christophe-Philippe
STYLE...... EBM, Coldwave
LABEL...... Young And Cold Records
QUALITY.... 320kbps / FLAC
COUNTRY... Germany

Rue Oberkampf - Christophe-Philippe (2019)



Loewenhertz - Unter Wasser (Single) (2019)

ARTIST.... Loewenhertz
TITLE....... Unter Wasser (Single)
STYLE...... Synthpop
LABEL...... Echozone
QUALITY..... 320kbps / Joint-Stereo
COUNTRY... Germany
Loewenhertz - Unter Wasser (Single) (2019)



Faderhead - Asteria (2019)

ARTIST.... Faderhead
TITLE....... Asteria
STYLE...... EBM, Futurepop, Electro, Industrial
...... Not A Robot Records
QUALITY..... 320kbps / FLAC
COUNTRY... Germany
Faderhead - Asteria (2019)



Maerzfeld - Zorn (2019)

ARTIST.... Maerzfeld
TITLE....... Zorn
STYLE...... Neue Deutsche Härte, Industrial Metal
LABEL...... Südpolmusic
QUALITY..... 320kbps
COUNTRY... Germany
Maerzfeld - Zorn (2019)



Intent:Outtake feat. Chris L. - Auf Ewigkeit (EP) (2019)

ARTIST.... Intent:Outtake feat. Chris L.
TITLE....... Auf Ewigkeit (EP)
STYLE...... EBM, Electro, Industrial
LABEL...... Sonic-X
QUALITY..... 320kbps / FLAC
COUNTRY... Germany
Intent:Outtake feat. Chris L. - Auf Ewigkeit (EP) (2019)



Mental Exile - Ride the Madness (2019)

ARTIST.... Mental Exile
TITLE....... Ride the Madness
STYLE...... Synthpop, Synthwave, Electro, EBM
LABEL...... Alfa Matrix
QUALITY..... 320kbps / FLAC
COUNTRY... Germany
Mental Exile - Ride the Madness (2019)



Silent Shouts - Fading Shadows (EP) (2019)

ARTIST.... Silent Shouts
TITLE....... Fading Shadows (EP)
STYLE...... Darkwave, Coldwave, Industrial, Post-Punk, Synthwave
LABEL...... Self-Released
QUALITY..... VBRkbps / Joint-Stereo
COUNTRY... Germany
Silent Shouts - Fading Shadows (EP) (2019)



VA - Extreme Störfrequenz 1-7 (2008-2012)

TITLE....... Störfrequenz Vol. 1-7
STYLE......  Electro, EBM, Industrial
LABEL....... Upscene
QUALITY..... VBRkbps / Joint-Stereo
COUNTRY... Germany
VA - Extreme Störfrequenz 1-7 (2008-2012)  



Wacky Paint

Daniel Reim from Freie Christengemeinde Bayreuth in Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany brings us this colorful backdrop. The piece measured 2.5 x 15 meters. It was a cotton sheer muslin painted with diluted gouache to keep the fabric transparent. They nailed the material to wood panels with a layer of absorbing fabric underneath to absorb superfluous paint. This […]

Kurds Have Been Preparing for Trump’s Syria Betrayal—With a Vengeance


Kurds Have Been Preparing for Trump’s Syria Betrayal—With a VengeanceDelil Souleiman/GettyLate Sunday night in Washington, the White House announced it was pulling U.S. troops out of northeast Syria to clear the way for a Turkish invasion. The Kurds there who led the fight on the ground that defeated the so-called Islamic State had seen President Donald Trump’s betrayal coming. But still they hoped it could be avoided. “Don’t let the Turks disrupt my wedding,” our translator texted in September prior to our arrival in the region. For more than a year, we have been visiting almost monthly to interview captured ISIS cadres held by the Kurdish and Arab troops of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as part of a project for the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism. Trump’s Crazy Syria Move Will Wipe Out America’s Allies and Set Up a Big ISIS ComebackIn September, we saw the Turkish threat to invade at any moment was held off by tense U.S. negotiations in which the SDF made considerable concessions, allowing Turkey to patrol jointly a large swath of territory while agreeing to remove checkpoints and military positions farther back from the Turkish border.“They should put their patrols inside Turkish territory, and not enter Syria,” SDF leaders told us at the time, as they reluctantly acquiesced to U.S. demands.* * *BITTER FRIENDS* * *Many current and former White House advisors counseled against the kind of announcement made Sunday night. Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned last year over Trump’s threat to remove the few thousand U.S. troops in Syria, who not only served as advisors in the fight against ISIS, but as deterrence against Turkish operations east of the Euphrates River. In a particularly bitter post on Twitter, Bret McGurk, who served as the special U.S. presidential envoy for the fight against ISIS from 2015 to 2018, wrote, “Donald Trump is not a Commander-in-Chief. He makes impulsive decisions with no knowledge or deliberation. He sends military personnel into harm’s way with no backing. He blusters and then leaves our allies exposed when adversaries call his bluff or he confronts a hard phone call.”The U.S. military learned about the withdrawal plan only after Trump decided on it following his Sunday phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. It has pulled out of two small observation posts in the security-mechanism zone near the Syria-Turkey border so far. But no further withdrawals are imminent, according to a knowledgeable source. The military, remembering Trump’s December order out of Syria and subsequent reversal, is waiting to learn if Trump will follow through with withdrawal this time.A recently departed senior Pentagon official considered the pullout a “blatant betrayal” of the U.S.’ Kurdish partners that gives “carte blanche to Erdogan” for a widely forecast bloodletting. “It’s going to be a massacre, that’s clear,” the ex-official told The Daily Beast. “It’s fundamentally wrong. They destroyed the Caliphate.”But the Kurds are not entirely defenseless. Military leaders of the dominant group, known as the YPG or People’s Protection Units (and their female YPJ partners), already were in overdrive in September, preparing for what they had long anticipated—a possible betrayal by their closest ally, the United States.* * *DIGGING IN* * *Alongside every major highway and criss-crossing the entire Northern Syria area, in fields, cities and towns, we saw digging for an extensive system of tunnels. “We’re ready either way,” the Kurdish leaders told us when we asked if they trusted the Americans to keep the Turks at bay.Kurds don’t have much, but their spirit of freedom and their desire to protect their hard-won territory and what they see as their incipient democracy was evident everywhere in September as the YPG troops prepared for battle with a much better equipped foe—the Turkish armed forces, the second biggest military in NATO. But nobody who fought ISIS in Syria in one vicious battle after another has forgotten that the huge Turkish army stood by and did nothing against the Islamic State as its killers carried out genocidal campaigns against Yazidis and Shiites, while abducting, torturing, ransoming or beheading Americans, Europeans, and Japanese, among others. Through all that, NATO ally Turkey was not interested in intervention. Far from it.That was until the White House statement Sunday night, up to which the U.S. military denied Turkey the ability to operate in airspace over SDF controlled territory, effectively making it more difficult to enter Northern Syria to conduct the “terrorist cleansing operation” that Turks insist upon. They already carried out one such operation in Afrin, west of the Euphrates, in January 2018, displacing Kurds and effectively taking over the area, using what Kurds claim are former ISIS cadres to fight for them.Turks view the Northern Syria area of Rojava, and the YPG dominated SDF, as controlled by Kurdish PKK terrorists operating under another name—wolves in sheep’s clothing. Indeed, in times past—until 1998—PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, lived freely in Syria and the father of the current Assad allowed him to train and equip his highly disciplined terrorist group for attacks into Turkey. It’s also true that over time, the various governing parties of Syria, Iraq and Iran have made use of PKK assaults on Turks as a way to exert pressure on Turkish politics. Turkey has suffered greatly from PKK terrorist attacks both inside Turkey and globally, and the PKK is clearly designated on the U.S. and EU’s list of terrorist organizations. In recent concessions to Turkey’s alarm over the SDF, a group they view as being in the hands of the PKK, the U.S. recently added additional individuals involved in the PKK to the U.S. State Department’s specially designated terrorist list. Turkey has also developed drones that fly over the Qandil mountains, in northern Iraq, making it easier to spot PKK movements and routinely send fighter jets to bomb them.  In the case of northern Syria however, until President Trump’s announcement late Sunday night Washington time, the U.S. policy was to deny the Turks military incursions into territory where U.S. troops patrol and the U.S. military controls the airspace and claims by Turkey that the SDF is PKK have also been hotly disputed.While Turkey sees the SDF as dominated and led by a terrorist organization, the U.S. has a completely different perspective, viewing the YPG and SDF as valued allies in the fight against ISIS. Indeed, YPG and YPJ (Women’s People’s Protection Units) fighters lost over 1,000 lives fighting ISIS and it is common to see Kurdish men and women in Rojava on crutches, in wheelchairs and otherwise suffering from serious and lifelong injuries sustained in the battle to retake ISIS dominated areas, including Raqqa. While the rest of the world was silent, the YPG and YPJ can also take credit for going to the rescue of the Yazidis on Sinjar mountain in 2014, fighting to stop ISIS from carrying out a massive genocidal campaign in which ISIS cadres captured and enslaved countless Yazidi women, boys, and girls. The men were killed by ISIS, the boys killed or indoctrinated. The women and girls subsequently were raped and treated as chattel. But thousands were able to escape with YPG help.* * *THE PRISONERS* * *At present the SDF houses thousands of captured ISIS prisoners, holding the men in repurposed schools and prisons overflowing with former fighters and in camps similarly run at overcapacity for ISIS women and children. According to a March 2019 UN report, a total of 8,000 Islamic State fighters currently are held in SDF custody. In our recent visits to north and east Syria from May through August, relying on our primary intelligence sources, we were told that approximately 2,000 of these Islamic State prisoners were considered “foreign terrorist fighters” from North Africa, Europe, and the Americas.The same data was also corroborated in an August 2019 press release by the Office of the Spokesperson, Special Envoy of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Ambassador James Jeffrey. Just under a 1,000 of the prisoners are believed to be Europeans. ICSVE has interviewed approximately five percent of those detained. Most appear to have become totally disillusioned, are exhausted from battle and prison and say they want to lay down arms. While there is no specific deradicalization or rehabilitation program applied to them at present and we have been requested by the SDF and also agreed to build one, it’s safe to say the majority are spontaneously deradicalizing and simply want to return home to their former lives after facing a judicial process.The SDF prisons are overcrowded and the SDF leadership repeatedly has expressed a need to ICSVE researchers for technical assistance in dealing with terrorist prisoners and for financial assistance to build at least five prisons. Riots and attempted jail breaks have occurred in SDF prisons holding foreign fighters. Likewise, recent news reporting shows over-capacity has prisoners sleeping next to each other on their sides to be able to fit into small and overcrowded rooms. Three detention centers holding ISIS women and children also are administered by the SDF: Camps Hol, Ain Issa and Roj. According to a UN Report as of April 2019 an estimated 75,000 women and children were being held. Our data suggests that at least 60,000 are Syrians and Iraqis. At least 8,000 children and 4,000 wives of foreign fighters remain in the camp.Women and children live in tents in these camps which are hot in the summer, freezing cold during winter, and leak cold rainwater as well.  Dust blows around the camps causing breathing difficulties for some. Women and children have died of typhus, tent fires, and other dangers in the camps. Recently vaccinations have been offered, but many mothers don’t trust the program and refrain from having their children vaccinated. The women cook for themselves and complain that the food provided them lacks nutritious fruits and vegetables. Schools are lacking as well.All of the camps housing women have suffered from ISIS enforcers still dedicated to the group who require the other women to continue to cover themselves and punish those who speak out against them. These women have attacked other women, set their tents on fire, stolen their possessions, attacked, bitten, beaten and stabbed guards and have murdered other women creating a sense of chaos, constant danger and oppression in the camps. Recently a gun fight broke out in Camp Hol, with one woman killed and seven wounded.Foreign fighters from about 60 countries remain in SDF custody. We have interviewed foreign fighters who are nationals of the United States, Canada, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, the UK, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Dagestan, Turkey, Denmark, Russia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia, Indonesia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Libya, Switzerland, Egypt, and Germany. * * *A TRIBUNAL?* * *While the SDF has struggled to contain the overflow of captured ISIS fighters, they have been frustrated by Turkish politics and threats to their very existence. In recent years with the Syrian uprising and rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the Turks saw it to be to their advantage to fund, train and equip Islamist rebels that they believed could keep the Kurdish independence movements in Syria in a weakened state or altogether destroyed. The Kurds, meanwhile, fought back in 2015 when ISIS invaded the city of Kobani on the Turkish border and rose up as a valiant on-the-ground force to repel the terrorists. The U.S. led coalition began arming and supplying the YPG and YPJ, and providing air cover, infusing the Kurds with a powerful sense of valor and military might that ultimately led to the complete territorial defeat of an Islamic State “Caliphate” that had taken as its motto “remain and expand.”ISIS is hardly a defeated foe however, with weekly sleeper cell attacks occurring in both Syria and Iraq and the likes of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi still making video and audio appeals to supporters around the world to reinstate the Caliphate, starting with breaking the ISIS prisoners out of captivity.The subject of ISIS captives is one of great importance to President Trump who repeatedly has threatened to release the roughly 12,000 ISIS foreign men, women and children prisoners held by the SDF in prisons and camps.  Trump’s view is that each country has to take its citizens back, even countries like Sweden that lack a terrorism law under which to prosecute returnees, and countries like France, which already has a serious militant jihadi prison problem and fears any more potential ISIS cadres inside its penitentiaries. These countries have continued to tell the SDF that an international tribunal can be established in its territory to try ISIS prisoners in place. But the UN Counter Terrorism Directorate and U.S. State Department strongly disagree with this proposal and President Trump continues to tweet that he is simply going to release the prisoners to European countries refusing to repatriate them—even though it is the SDF, not Washington, that has them in custody.In a series of tweets on Monday, Trump claimed erroneously that most of the ISIS prisoners are foreigner terrorist fighters and seemed to ignore that ISIS, even when based far away in Syria, is a very real threat to U.S. citizens and interests. It is “time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars, many of them tribal, and bring our soldiers home. WE WILL FIGHT WHERE IT IS TO OUR BENEFIT, AND ONLY FIGHT TO WIN. Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to … figure the situation out, and what they want to do with the captured ISIS fighters in their “neighborhood.” They all hate ISIS, have been enemies for years. We are 7000 miles away and will crush ISIS again if they come anywhere near us!”While arguments of who should be responsible to prosecute and hold ISIS prisoners can be made on both sides, in many ways Europe, Jordan and many other countries effectively did “flush the toilet” of their militant jihadi problem by allowing them to freely exit their countries to go fight in Syria, most of them ultimately joining ISIS. The U.S. at present repatriates all of its ISIS fighters bringing them to swift and sound justice at home.* * *ISIS AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY* * *Turkey also has a responsibility in the rise of ISIS, having allowed over 40,000 foreign fighters to cross over its border into Syria, many unabashedly on their way to join the Islamic State. Many prisoners tell us of Turkish complicity with their journey into ISIS-land and being wished well by border guards who winked as they crossed into Syria.Abu Mansour, a 36-year-old Moroccan ISIS emir interviewed by ICSVE in February 2019 in Iraqi prison, told us that he basically functioned as the ISIS ambassador to Turkey, negotiating border issues, the transfer of ISIS wounded into Turkey for treatment, the flow of foreign fighters across the Turkish border into ISIS territory, and other logistics. “The subject of Turkey is a very big one,” he said, “and the mutual interests include the obvious and the hidden.”“Their benefit was that it was a border area and we have a border strip with them,” Abu Mansour continued. “Security is one of them, and they wanted to control north of Syria.”  The Turks wanted to control the entire border region in Syria and even into Iraq as far as Mosul, according to Abu Mansour, but they wanted to do it through a proxy force. “So, they wanted to find organizations that would do this favor for them, including terminating the presence of the Kurdish Workers Party [the PKK], without a direct interference from Turkey. At the same time, especially since they were part of NATO, they don’t want to anger NATO, because they need NATO.”By the same token, Turkish President Erdogan’s background as a committed Islamist created a certain sympathy, as did his ambition to revive in modern form the old Ottoman empire, Abu Mansour claimed. “The pretext of [controlling the] Kurdistan Workers’ Party [PKK] is a strong pretext for Turkey, but they have ambitions, as they have entered regions that don’t have PKK in them.” Abu Mansour explained the Turkish and ISIS relationship through his own experiences. In 2013, he said, he was assigned to receive the ISIS volunteers arriving in Turkey, but later, “I supervised the country entry operations, registration as a whole.”  Then in 2015, he said, “I worked on external relations, relations with the Turkish intelligence. It started when I was at the borders.” First there was an agreement about passing the wounded from Syria into Turkey, about the border crossing and security arrangements. “Ambulances, especially in critical and serious situations, could go straight to the [border] gate,” said Abu Mansour. “Then a Turkish ambulance takes the case to the Turkish hospitals, and it is followed up inside Turkey. There was a hotline with intelligence who are located at the borders. Most places were available, [including] hospitals in Turkey [and] there was a technical staff of doctors who follow up the case in Turkey. The [Turkish] state was paying for certain operations performed in private hospitals, but most cases referred by the public hospitals were for free.”Abu Mansour said he had “face-to-face meetings with Turkish delegations. Sometimes they represented the intelligence services, sometimes the Turkish army, depending on the issue. “Most meetings were in Turkey on the border strip, but there were also meetings in Ankara and Gaziantep, depending on the issue,” said Abu Mansour. He would travel with a delegation of two or three ISIS people.”Referencing the easy relationship, as he saw it, between ISIS and the Turkish intelligence and military, Abu Mansour claimed, an ISIS emir could “go to Ankara without a problem.  They always sent a car, or a bodyguard. At one point, we met weekly, depending on the issue and its importance to Turkey and to us, according to the demand.”The situation described by Abu Mansour raises a question: did the ultimate defeat of ISIS in fact deprive the Turks of the proxy buffer zone they wanted—which they are now invading Syria to establish?Abu Mansour recalled, “Turkey asked on many occasions for a safe zone.” This would be a demilitarized zone where it would provide ISIS with whatever it wanted, but only inside Syrian territories. According to Abu Mansour, , ISIS refused to grant it, and relations started to fall apart. Eventually, Turkey grew sick of the back and forth, and there was also a split in ISIS leadership, with one faction deciding it would take the terror war into Turkey with a 2016 bombing at Istanbul airport. At the time, Abu Mansour was in Gaziantep, Turkey, and the Turkish authorities told him they thought this was an orchestrated act to pressure Ankara. But he says that was not the case. The external security services of ISIS had started setting their own agenda, “carrying out operations everywhere,” Abu Mansour told us. “We reached a state in which they couldn’t care less about politics, and they worked like gangs, [and would] strike anywhere.”While Turkey continues to claim that the SDF, our strongest ally in fighting ISIS, is a terrorist dominated group, many questions remain about Turkey’s own complicity with ISIS. Given that during a bitterly fought war with ISIS, in which many Kurdish lives were lost, that the SDF managed to take control of the area, institute a functioning political system that included granting an impressive array of minority rights and rights to women, the SDF deserves our respect and protection.But U.S. President Donald Trump has put a price on all this. “The Kurds fought with us,” he tweeted, “but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so.” That they saved countless lives in the process, including American lives, does not seem to have been a factor.Spencer Ackerman also contributed reporting to this article.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Trump Sows Turkey Chaos as U.S. Denies Endorsing Syria Incursion


Trump Sows Turkey Chaos as U.S. Denies Endorsing Syria Incursion(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump hasn’t endorsed a Turkish incursion into Syria, a senior administration official said, deepening confusion around his policy after an uproar from Republicans that he planned to abandon U.S. Kurdish allies.The official said Trump has cautioned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he will bear responsibility for Islamic State prisoners in the region, as well as a resurgence of violence if the militants are freed and any harm to civilians in areas Turkey occupies.The official briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.Trump later suggested his move to clear the way for a Turkish invasion was intended in part to pressure European countries including France and Germany that, he said, have refused to accept the return of citizens who joined Islamic State.Trump said at a meeting with military leaders that he had urged U.S. allies to reclaim their citizens, but they had refused.“We’re not going to move the fighters to Guantanamo Bay and take care of them for many, many years into the future, that’s not for us,” he said. “Now it’s time for Germany and France and all of the nations where they came from to take them back and they chose no. Maybe they’re going to change their tune now, I don’t know.”Trump has come under criticism from allies including Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and his former United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, for his announcement late Sunday that the U.S. wouldn’t stand in the way of the Turkish incursion.The White House statement was read around the world as Trump abandoning U.S. policy that Kurdish allies would be protected from Turkish aggression in exchange for their help in defeating Islamic State.Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is among the top Democratic contenders to challenge Trump’s re-election in 2020, said in a statement that “once again, an impulsive and erratic president has abandoned friends of the United States with a late-night tweet.”American officials didn’t immediately explain the president’s change in position on Syria. Trump’s order to remove about 50 U.S. troops from a Syria border region Turkey intends to invade doesn’t represent a green light for the incursion, the U.S. official said. The official added that Trump had discussed the decision with officials at the State Department and Pentagon before the White House announcement, and that the agencies should not have been surprised.The U.S. had successfully dissuaded Turkey from an invasion for two years, but if Erdogan orders an operation, the U.S. doesn’t want its soldiers endangered or caught in the crossfire, the official said.I’ve told President Erdogan, I hope he’s going to treat everybody with great respect,” Trump said at the meeting with military leaders. Earlier, he told reporters at the White House: “I have consulted with everybody.”“I fully understand both sides of it but I campaigned on the fact I was going to bring our soldiers home,” he said.The administration official did not say that any U.S. soldiers would be brought home as a result of the withdrawal. The troops moved from the border region, mostly special forces soldiers, would be re-positioned at different U.S. bases in Syria, the official said.(Updates with more Trump remarks, beginning in fourth paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Josh Wingrove in Washington at;Justin Sink in Washington at contact the editors responsible for this story: Alex Wayne at, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


North Korea criticizes upcoming UN Security Council meeting


North Korea criticizes upcoming UN Security Council meetingThe council scheduled closed consultations Tuesday on recent North Korean tests at the request of the United Kingdom, France and Germany. North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Kim Song told several reporters Monday the United States is "behind the impure moves" of the three countries, saying the meeting would not take place without the consent of the Trump administration.


Donald Trump allies turn on president over 'betrayal' of Kurdish allies in Syria


Donald Trump allies turn on president over 'betrayal' of Kurdish allies in SyriaDonald Trump's allies have turned on the president after he took the decision to green-light an offensive by Turkish on its Kurdish allies in Syria. President Trump apparently made the decision without consultation from his own advisers or intelligence services, who warned that it could prove to be one of the most reckless decisions of his presidency. Mr Trump appeared focused on making good on his political pledges to bring home American troops from “ridiculous endless wars”, even at the risk of sending a troubling signal to American allies abroad. Key Republican leaders in Congress appeared taken aback by the move, which they called a “betrayal” that could stain the US’s name. "I want to make sure we keep our word for those who fight with us and help us," Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader, said, adding that, "If you make a commitment and somebody is fighting with you. America should keep their word." Mr Trump defended his decision in a series of breathless tweets, writing: “I was elected on getting out of these ridiculous endless wars, where our great Military functions as a policing operation to the benefit of people who don’t even like the USA (sic).” Senator Lindsey Graham, a top Republican ally of Mr Trump, said Congress could impose economic sanctions on Turkey and threaten its Nato membership if Ankara invaded Syria. A female fighter of the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) flashes the victory gesture while celebrating near the Omar oil field in the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province on March 23, 2019, after announcing the total elimination of the Islamic State (IS) group's last bastion in eastern Syria. Credit: AFP Mr Graham also said that Mr Trump's moves were a "disaster in the making" that would empower Isil in Syria. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, one of Mr Trump's key allies, added his voice of dissent, saying: "A precipitous withdrawal of US forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime."   The warning was echoed by the US’s partners on the ground, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which claimed yesterday their ability to contain thousands of prisoners in their detention had become severely compromised. "We were doing our best to provide the best kind of security... but with the Turkish invasion we are forced to pull out some of our troops from the prisons and from the camps to the border to protect our people," Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the Kurdish-led SDF said. "The Islamic State will benefit from the security vacuum that will follow, and will strengthen and regroup itself," he said, adding that it would undo years of work defeating the jihadists. The SDF has been holding some 10,000 male Isil suspects, including an estimated 10 Britons, in prisons across north-eastern Syria, many of which fall inside Turkey’s proposed 18-mile deep, 300-mile-long buffer zone. This does not include the more than 70,000 women and children held in detention camps would could also be at risk. The White House statement announcing the news was released shortly after a phone call between Mr Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday night. Foreign prisoners in Syria detained by the SDF in Baghuz during the battle for Isil's last stronghold Credit: CBS Mr Erdogan had reportedly assured the US president that Ankara would take over the detention of Isil militants captured by the SDF. He said in a brief statement to press on Monday that he thought the numbers of Isil prisoners had been exaggerated but Turkey was ready to “remove them swiftly”, without elaborating. Mr Trump has repeatedly asked countries working with the US-led coalition against Isil to repatriate their citizens, even threatening on numerous occasions to release them. However, the UK, France, Germany, and other allies have so far refused.  “The United States will not hold them for what could be many years and great cost to the United States taxpayer,” a White House statement released on Sunday said. “Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years in the wake of the defeat of the territorial “Caliphate” by the United States.” On Monday night, US Central Command, however, issued a statement saying that the US does not support Turkey invading Kurdish territory. "The Department of Defense made clear to Turkey - as did the President - that we do not endorse a Turkish operation in Northern Syria. The US Armed Forces will not support, or be involved in any such operation," said Jonathan Hoffman, Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.  Turkey - Syria map Coalition sources said the chance of a smooth handover from Kurdish to Turkish control was “virtually impossible”, leaving the prospect of prisoners breaking free in the chaos.  Western diplomats told the Telegraph they too were surprised by Mr Trump’s statement, saying they had not been told in advance. They said European governments were rethinking their strategy on suspects being held in Syria. Mr Trump’s decision to pull back from Syria was criticised by Brett McGurk, the former special presidential envoy for the global coalition to defeat Isil who quit in December over differences of opinion with the president on post-Isil US strategy. "Donald Trump is not a Commander-in-Chief. He makes impulsive decisions with no knowledge or deliberation," Mr McGurk tweeted. "He sends military personnel into harm’s way with no backing. He blusters and then leaves our allies exposed when adversaries call his bluff or he confronts a hard phone call." The US had for months been working with Turkey to try to create a “safe zone” along its border with northern Syria between the Turkish military and Kurdish forces which Ankara sees as terrorists. At a glance | The four Kurdistans Turkey has repeatedly criticised its slow implementation and threatened a unilateral assault, but until now the US had refused to stand aside. "The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades," Mr Trump said in a series of irate tweets. "Turkey, Europe, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Russia and the Kurds will now have to figure the situation out." Analysts said on Monday that the US's Kurdish had been left feeling abandoned. “For some time there is a belief in Washington that President Trump and the conventional US are two separate things. Perception is that he makes decisions without consulting his own government, advisers. Kurds and people on the ground  they have been surprised by the decision," Mutlu Civiroglu, Washington-based Kurdish Affairs analyst, told the Telegraph. "Kurds are worried, disappointed. They put a lot of trust in the US, which is the only reason they went ahead with the security mechanism put forward by the US and they expect America to stand with them.”


North Korea warns U.S., Europeans against raising its missile tests at U.N.


North Korea warns U.S., Europeans against raising its missile tests at U.N.The 15-member council is due to meet behind closed doors on Tuesday after North Korea said it had test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last week. The discussion was requested by Germany with the support of Britain and France.


Germany vs Argentina, Oct 09, 2019 – Preview, Where to Watch, Score

Friendly, Germany – Argentina, Wednesday, 2:45 pm ET Score, Highlights Probability of winning Germany 52.49% Draw 24.16% Argentina 23.34% Short Preview In this match Germany is a favorite. Last 3 head-to-head matches Germany won 1 matches, drawn 0 matches, lost 2 matches and goals 4-7. Prediction (the most likely score): 2:1 !!!!! Information about video…

Anuga 2019 is less than a week away, will open doors Oct. 5


Anuga, the world’s leading food fair for the retail trade, along with the foodservice and catering markets, will open its doors Oct. 5, and run thru Oct. 9, in Cologne, Germany.


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Stream on Demand: Keep up with broadcasts on Hulu


What’s new for home viewing on Video on Demand and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.

Top streams for the week

Cable-cutters can keep up with many primetime network series on Hulu. Among the new shows now available are legal drama “Bluff City Law” with Jimmy Smits, mystery thriller “Emergence” with Alison Tollman, serial killer drama “Prodigal Son” with Michael Sheen, comedy “Perfect Harmony” with Bradley Whitford, melting pot comedy “Sunnyside” with Kal Penn, sitcom spin-off “Mixed-ish” and Portland-set private eye drama “Stumptown” with Cobie Smulders.

You also can see more than two dozen returning shows, including “This Is Us,” “Modern Family,” “The Good Doctor,” “New Amsterdam,” “Empire,” “The Good Place,” “The Voice” and warhorses “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Law & Order: SVU.”

Episodes arrive on Hulu (with limited commercial interruption) a day after their respective network debuts.

The Politician” is a musical melodrama starring Ben Platt as a wildly ambitious high school kid running for class president of his elite private school. Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange co-star in the satirical series created for Netflix by Ryan Murphy.

An underpaid spy (Manoj Bajpayee) keeps his dangerous life a secret in “The Family Man: Season 1” (India, with subtitles), an espionage thriller with a twist of workplace comedy. Ten episodes on Amazon Prime Video.

Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass and Judith Light carry the tunes in “Transparent: Musicale Finale,” which brings the Emmy-winning Amazon Original comedy to an end without its original star Jeffrey Tambor (who left the show after harassment allegations). On Amazon Prime Video.

Great music sustains “Yesterday” (2019, PG-13), a romantic comedy about a failed singer-songwriter (Himesh Patel) who wakes up in a world where the Beatles never existed and performs their songs as his own. Lily James and Ed Sheeran co-star, Danny Boyle directs from an original script by England’s romcom king Richard Curtis (“Love Actually”). On Cable on Demand, VOD, DVD and at Redbox.

Classic pick: Buster Keaton’s action-packed comedy “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” (1928, silent with score) is hilarious and warmhearted and features some of the most amazing stunts captured on camera. Streams free on Kanopy, free through most library systems.

Pay-Per-View / Video on Demand

Shaft” (2019, R) is a multi-generational sequel to the private eye classic with Usher joining previous “Shaft” stars Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree. Also new:

· Horror reboot “Child’s Play” (2019, R) with Aubrey Plaza and the voice of Mark Hamill;

· Luc Besson’s action film “Anna” (2019, R) with Sasha Luss as a supermodel/assassin;

· Documentary “Pavarotti” (2019, PG-13) from director Ron Howard;

· Essay film “Around India With a Movie Camera” (2018, not rated) created from archival footage of India from 1899 to independence in 1947.

Available same day as select theaters nationwide is “10 Minutes Gone” (2019, R) with Bruce Willis and Michael Chiklis, from direct-to-video veteran Brian A. Miller. Also new are two horror films:

· Logan Miller in “Prey” (2019, not rated) from Blumhouse;

· “The Curse of Buckout Road” (2017, not rated) co-starring Henry Czerny and Danny Glover.


A serial killer appears for one night every nine years in “In the Shadow of the Moon” (2019, not rated), a murder mystery with a science-fiction twist. Boyd Holbrook is the cop who follows the case for decades, and Cleopatra Coleman, Bokeem Woodbine and Michael C. Hall co-star in the Netflix Original movie from director Jim Mickle.

Wong Kar-Wai’s romantic action drama “The Grandmaster” (China, 2013, PG-13, with subtitles) stars Tony Chiu-Wai Leong as legendary martial arts master Ip Man. Ziyi Zhang and Chang Chen co-star and Yuen Woo Ping provides the choreography, which Wong turns into something more like a dance onscreen. It was nominated for two Oscars, including one for its rich cinematography.

Kristin Scott Thomas stars in World War II mystery “Sarah’s Key” (2010, PG-13), from the novel by Tatiana de Rosnay.

The animated short feature “Sound & Fury” (2019, not rated) is a companion piece to the new album by country artist Sturgill Simpson.

True stories: The short documentary “Birders” (Mexico, 2019, with subtitles) celebrates those who monitor and protect birds that migrate across the U.S.-Mexico border.

International TV: A former spy, now teaching Shakespeare, is called back into service in the “Bard of Blood“ (India, with subtitles). Also new:

· “Skylines: Season 1” (Germany, with subtitles), a drama set in the music industry;

· Prison drama “The Inmate: Season 1” (Mexico, with subtitles) about an undercover agent posing as a prisoner.

Kid stuff: A teen social media celebrity becomes a court-ordered wilderness club leader in the live-action comedy “Team Kaylie: Season 1” (TV-PG) for teens and tweens. Also new is the animated adventure “Dragons - Rescue Riders: Season 1” for younger viewers.

Standup:Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself” (2019, not rated).

Amazon Prime Video

Fido” (2007, R), a social satire of the undead used as menial servants, is one of the best zombie comedies to date. Carrie-Anne Moss, Dylan Baker and Billy Connolly star.

International affairs: Vincent Zhao stars in Yuen Woo Ping’s over-the-top action drama “True Legend” (China, 2010, R, with subtitles), featuring appearances by Jay Chou, Michelle Yeoh and David Carradine.

International TV:A French Village: Seasons 1-4” (France, 2009-2012, with subtitles) follows the inhabitants of a rural town during the Nazi occupation of World War II. The hit drama from France played on PBS in some American cities.


Disney’s animated “Pocahontas” (1995, G), featuring the voices of Mel Gibson, Irene Bedard and Christian Bale, is one of the last classics of old school animation. It won Oscars for the score and original song “Colors of the Wind.”


American Horror Story: Apocalypse,” the eighth season of Ryan Murphy’s anthology series, is streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu.


The Lego Movie 2: The 2nd Part” (2019, PG) animates the world of interlocking toys for a new adventure involving invaders from outer space.

True stories:Buzz” (2019, TV-MA) profiles the very private Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and celebrated author Buzz Bissinger.

Available Saturday night is “Isn’t It Romantic” (2019, PG-13), a spoof of romantic comedy clichés starring Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth.

Other streams

The fourth season of the documentary series “The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth,” is now on all Showtime platforms. New episodes each Sunday.

The family friendly adventure “A Dog’s Way Home” (2019, PG) with Ashley Judd is now streaming on all Starz platforms.

Doc Martin: Series 9,” the hit British drama starring Martin Clunes as a prickly surgeon turned country doctor, airs exclusively in the U.S. on Acorn TV. New episodes arrive each Thursday, a day after their respective U.K. premieres.

Britbox celebrates the 50th anniversary of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” with the vintage comedy series “Ripping Yarns“ (1976-1979) from Michael Palin and Terry Jones and the 1980 BBC production of “The Taming of the Shrew“ starring John Cleese.

Two new series from Europe are now running on MHz Choice. “The Embassy” (Spain, with subtitles) is a drama set at the Spanish Embassy in Thailand and “Murder by the Lake” (Germany, with subtitles) is a crime drama set at Lake Constance, where a partnership of German and Austrian detectives solve crimes. New episodes arrive each Tuesday.

The Criterion Channel spotlights four German features “Directed by Christian Petzold,” including the Criterion Channel debuts of the mysterious “Yella” (2007), romantic thriller “Jerichow” (2008) and hard-hitting drama “Barbara” (2012), all starring the brilliant Nina Hoss. With subtitles.

Also on Criterion, “Directed by Lina Wertmüller” spotlights seven features by the Italian filmmaker who was the first woman ever nominated for Best Director at the Oscars, including the satirical “Love and Anarchy” (1973), battle-of-the-sexes comedy “Swept Away” (1974) and Oscar-nominated black comedy “Seven Beauties” (1975), all starring Giancarlo Giannini. With subtitles.

Free streams: Andy Serkis stars as punk rock icon Ian Dury in “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” (2010, not rated). It’s now streaming on Kanopy, along with:

· “Frantz” (France, 2017, not rated, with subtitles), a historical drama set between the two world wars directed by François Ozon;

· “War Witch” (2013, not rated, with subtitles), a devastating drama about a child soldier in an unidentified sub-Saharan African nation;

· “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai” (Japan, 2012, not rated, with subtitles), Miike Takashi’s remake of Masaki Kobayashi’s feudal drama;

· Joseph H. Lewis’ “The Big Combo” (1955), a tough film noir starring Cornel Wilde as an obsessive cop and Richard Conte as an arrogant mobster.

New on disc and at Redbox

“Yesterday,” “Shaft,” “Anna,” “Child’s Play”

Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. His reviews of streaming movies and TV can be found at


Foie gras is back at Jardiniere

SF Chronicle, August 2003, following attacks on chef Laurent Manrique of Aqua:
Jardiniere's Traci Des Jardins ... said she will discontinue her signature foie gras and see how customers respond. Although she, like many chefs, wonders if her restaurant will be the next target, Des Jardins says her decision is not about fear. Ever since she visited a foie gras farm in 1995, Des Jardins said she's been "haunted by the image of those ducks."
Jardiniere menu, November 2007:
Liberty Farms Duck Breast,
Fuyu Persimmon, Chestnuts and Foie Gras Beignet, Huckleberry Jus
Emeritus Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California 2005
And from the Jardiniere New Year's Eve menu (PDF) for later this year:

Terrine of Foie Gras
Ginger Gelée and Toasted
Prum Riesling Auslese “Wehlener
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany 1997

Jardinier's opera-loving customers, it would appear, are quite fond of foie gras, and not particularly concerned with Traci Des Jardins' traumatic, terrifying nightmares.

Tough crowd!

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wXw “World Tag Team Festival 2019 – Night 3” Results – October 6, 2019 – Oberhausen, Germany

Warm-up: Anti-Fun Police (Chief Deputy Dunne and Los Federales Santos Jr.) defeated Goldenboy Santos and Alexander Dean — 1. 4-Way-Dance Scotty Davis defeated Oliver Carter, Rust Taylor, and Jay Skillet 2. Killer Kelly defeated Leyla Hirsch 3. Schadenfreude (Kyle Fletcher and Lucky Kid) defeated Workhorsemen (Anthony Henry abd J.D. Drake) 4. wXw Shotgun Championship Match […]

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Inside the abandoned Soviet base the Cold War left behind

Hundreds of thousands of Soviet troops were stationed in the complex in former East Germany.

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A zebra escaped from the circus and was shot dead on a highway

A zebra that ran away from a circus in Germany was shot dead on a highway after causing traffic accidents and "material damage," police confirmed Wednesday.

20,000 US troops to go to Europe for 2020 training exercise


BERLIN – The U.S. military says it’s preparing a massive exercise early next year in Europe involving 20,000 soldiers from the U.S., the largest deployment across the Atlantic for training in more than 25 years.

U.S. European Command said Monday the “Defender Europe 20” exercise from April to May 2020 will support NATO objectives “to build readiness within the alliance and deter potential adversaries.” Eighteen countries are expected to take part in exercises across 10 countries, including Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Georgia.

It will also involve 9,000 more Americans already stationed in Europe and 8,000 European troops.

The military says the exercise “confirms that the U.S. commitment to NATO and the defense of Europe remains ironclad.”

President Donald Trump has worried many NATO members with comments that the trans-Atlantic alliance is “obsolete.”


Next Insurance raises $250M from Munich Re, becomes a unicorn

Next Insurance, a three-year-old U.S.-based firm that sells insurance products to small businesses, has become the latest unicorn in the nation after bagging $250 million in a new financing round, the startup said today. Germany-based Munich Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurers, alone funded Next Insurance’s Series C round, the two said in a […]

The Voice of Germany - "Ich weiß nicht, was ich machen soll": Mark Forster verzweifelt an "The Voice"

Schwarzer Sonntag für "The Voice of Germany"-Coach Mark Forster am Sonntag bei SAT.1: Seine Erfolgsquote dümpelte gegen Null. Das drückte nicht nur auf seine Moral, sondern machte ihn auch zur Zielscheibe von fiesen Sido-Seitenhieben.

VIZOU: Graphic Design and Branding by Studio Chapeaux


Art direction, graphic design, and branding by Studio Chapeaux for the reading glasses of VIZOU. Studio Chapeaux is a design bureau based in Hamburg, Germany. Their creative team was asked to produce a brand identity for Vizou, a reading glasses collection launched by Thalia. Based on the idea of “Enjoy every detail—the new joy of […]

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An ancient tree is the first ever found to have a record of Earth's magnetic field reversal


Trees give us a unique glimpse into our past. An examination of tree rings can show us what the climate was like in a given year. Was it a wet winter? Were there hurricanes in the summer? Did a forest fire ravage the area?

An ancient tree in New Zealand is the first to provide evidence of the near reversal of the Earth's magnetic field over 41,000 years ago.

Over the past 83 million years there have been 183 magnetic pole reversals, a process that takes about 7,000 years to complete.

"It's not a sudden flip, but a slow process, during which the field strength becomes weak, very probably the field becomes more complex and might show more than two poles for a while, and then builds up in strength and [aligns] in the opposite direction," Monika Korte, the scientific director of the Niemegk Geomagnetic Observatory at GFZ Potsdam in Germany, said according to Live Science.

RELATED: Historic 3,000-year-old olive tree still producing olives to this day

During this process, the Earth can be bombarded with dangerous cosmic rays shot out of the sun.

The last time this happened was 772,000 years ago and, since, the magnetic field has almost reversed 15 times.

via Reddit

One of these near reversals was during the lifespan of an ancient Agathis australis — better known as its Māori name kauri — that was recently unearthed 26-feet below ground during the construction of a geothermal power plant in New Zealand.

The tree lived for 1500 years from between 41,000 and 42,500 years ago during a period known as the Laschamp Excursion.

"There's nothing like this anywhere in the world," Alan Hogg, from New Zealand's University of Waikato, said according to Newsweek. "This Ngawha kauri is unique."

RELATED: Nonprofit plants its 250 millionth tree in order to help heal the planet

The kauri's rings contain a complete record of the near reversal and it's the first time a tree that lived through the entire event has been discovered.

Samples of the tree are being analyzed by a team led by ChrisTurney from the University of South Wales. By understanding the near reveral's effect on the tree, scientists hope to learn what to expect next time it happens.

"We will have increased cosmic radiation. It will take out satellites and it might take out other communication infrastructure," Alan Hogg, from New Zealand's University of Waikato, said.

The effects of a magnetic field change are of increasing interest to scientists after reports last September showed the Earth's northern magnetic pole moved at an unexpectedly fast rate tate towards Siberia.

"Because the Earth's magnetic field has a major effect on how much radiocarbon carbon is formed in the upper atmosphere, these precious analyses will allow us to investigate the magnitude and rate of change when the magnetic field reversed during the Laschamp; something not possible before and of great interest given recent changes in the Earth's magnetic field," Turney said.


What next after AMS' failed $4.9 billion bid for Osram?

Austrian sensor specialist AMS has pledged to find another way to take over Germany's Osram to form a global leader in sensors and lighting, after its $4.9 billion bid for the larger firm fell through on Friday.


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Abraham, Mount fire Chelsea to victory at Southampton


Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham (right) rises above Southampton's Jan Bednarek for the header.

Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount celebrated their England call-ups by firing Chelsea to a 4-1 rout of struggling Southampton on Sunday. Abraham, Mount and their Blues team-mate Fikayo Tomori were all named by England manager Gareth Southgate in the squad for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. The promising young trio hogged the spotlight once again at St Mary's as Abraham and Mount netted to maintain their superb starts to the season. Abraham has nine goals in all competitions for Chelsea this term, underlining why Southgate is keen to get him action in a competitive match to ensure he commits to England. The 22-year-old striker has won two caps for England in friendlies against Brazil and Germany in 2017, but he had flirted with switching his international allegiance to Nigeria, who he qualifies for through his father. Tomori, 21, is also eligible to represent Nigeria, but the centre-back showed his England credentials with another composed display to keep Southampton largely at bay. Mount, 20, bagged Chelsea's second goal to once again showcase the predatory instincts that have helped the midfielder make a smooth transition to the Premier...

The visual and material culture of Hong Kong protests

Title: The visual and material culture of Hong Kong protests Authors: Siu, KC Abstract: The deliverables constitutes a series of photographic and panoramic documentation of the Hong Kong "Umbrella/ Occupy Movement" in 2014. It constitutes a sequel of work, relating to the "material culture of protests" the author has been studying since the It employs visual research methods, such as "photo stocktaking" (an approach developed by the author's art collective, the Community Museum Project), "visual anatomizing" and information design to make detailed documentation of the makeshift facilities and barricades constructed by the protestors during the Umbrella Movement; The extensive and detailed images collection of the occupy facilities is developed into a series of visual anatomy of the place making features in situ. This series of work also attempted to archive the "manifestations of political expressions" or banners and handbills posted on the public arenas during the Umbrella Movement; The series of work is exhibited in the Objection! Protest by Design Exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany (26-29 May 2016) The panoramic videos were subsequently loaned to the German Institute for international andSecurity Affairs ( Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik ) for further research use. A visual essay of the exhibit details is to be published in Jilly Traganou (Ed.) (in press) Design and Political Dissent: Space, Objects, Materiality. Routledge. This body of work becomes part of the author's long term research endeavour in documenting and analysing the visual and material cultures of political protests in Hong Kong.

Taika Waititi says 'spread the word' about 'relevant' "Jojo Rabbit"

The New Zealand filmmaker who plays Hitler in the Nazi Germany satire wants people to "like the film enough" to become motivated to tackle prejudice and intolerance happening today. Rough cut (no reporter narration).


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    Cube-Steak Americans vs. the Wagyu-Beef White House


    Pollster John Zogby called the results "depressing." I beg to differ. Out of necessity, a consumption-based society is learning to live within its means. For decades, government policies fueled that insatiable appetite -- and new government programs are desperately trying to preserve it. But the Obama administration's frantic efforts to encourage more brainless home buying, car buying and consumer borrowing aren't producing their desired results. Generational theft, it seems, has a silver lining.

    The phenomenon is spreading beyond America's borders. London-based economic journalist Hamish McRae recently observed: "We may be on the cusp of a big socioeconomic shift. We have had half a century when the developed world has gradually moved away from regarding thrift as a virtue. It has moved at different speeds in different countries, faster in the U.S. and UK than in Germany or China. ... We have created the institutional structure that has supported this shift: from credit cards to collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). The world has clearly reached a point where it can go no further down that road. ... The pendulum will swing back. How far and how fast we cannot tell, but we can be sure that debt will be regarded differently a generation from now."

    President Obama, celebrated by his liberal media admirers for a miraculous ability to groove with the common man, hasn't yet caught on to the new age of individual austerity. As always, he talks a good game of "personal responsibility" and "sacrifice." But while penny-pinching Americans head to Sonic Drive-Ins for $1 everyday value meals or stay at home for cheap cube-steak dinners (sales of the inexpensive meat are up 10 percent), the White House serves up high-grade Wagyu beef to congressional revelers. The luxury item was on the menu for the bipartisan stimulus dinner in January, and was also served at the governors' dinner hosted at the White House two weeks ago.

    Team Obama's image experts, perhaps hung over from all the Camelot-re-creating Wednesday cocktail parties that are now a signature of the new administration, have fallen down on the job. The man who scolded Americans for wasting energy and turning their thermostats too high still hasn't lowered his own. "He's from Hawaii, OK?" senior adviser David Axelrod snickered to The New York Times in January. "He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there."

    In flyover country, the mood could not be more different. Party time is over. I heard from a reader in northwest Arkansas, now upside down on her house with two college-age kids, who is preparing to tighten the family belt. President Obama, meet personal responsibility:

    "We are ultimately responsible for the mess we are in. If my husband and I have to live in his pickup and get ready for work at the community gym, so be it. If we lose our jobs, we will move in with (my husband's) mother, and he will hunt and I will garden. We have never been on unemployment, welfare or other assistance. We are Americans. Our ancestors fought in the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and his brother fought in Vietnam. Our family has faced tougher foes than this economy and Barack Obama. We will do as true Americans do; we will not whine, we will persevere."

    Waste not, want not: Outside of Washington, it's the renewed American way.


    Wagon Wonderland: Audi A6 Allroad Practically Confirmed for America


    With the Audi RS 6 Avant confirmed for America and the manufacturer teasing wagons via social media throughout the summer, we figured Germany would soon send another wagen our way. And while nothing has been confirmed through official channels, Audi executives are already saying it’s to be the A6 Allroad. Rumors stated that the model would […]

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    Comment on Impeachment open thread by Stuart Levine

    I have been meaning to comment on the following possibility: The impeachment process could really open up a much wider political and Constitutional crisis if Pence is found to have materially participated in the extortion racket directed toward Ukraine. Assume for a moment that an impeachment resolution against Trump can get the votes of 67 senators. I think that, as matters develop, this is not unrealistic or, at least, not as unlikely as most people currently believe. In that regard, new facts are being uncovered almost daily. More significantly, Trump's mental and physical deterioration is accelerating and becoming more obvious. But is the country ready to impeach both Trump and Pence? Certainly, that would provide support to the proposition of the conspiratorial right that this impeachment process is nothing more than an attempt to thwart the will of the voters. I fear that if both Trump and Pence were removed we would be faced with an American equivalent to the "stab in the back" myth popular in Germany post-WWI. That did not lead to a happy result.

    Facts on Geography.


    Geography discovery continued for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks saw the poet Homer as the founder of geography, but geography existed long before Homer was born. Homer wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey. These forms of literature or pieces of prose dealt with a large amount of geographical information. Homer believed that the world was circular ringed by a single massive ocean. The works show that the Greeks by the 8th century B.C. knew a great deal about their surroundings (including the eastern Mediterranean). The poems contained a large number of place names and descriptions. Many of these names are uncertain about their real locations. Thales of Miletus was one of the first known philosophers to have wondered about the shape of the world. He said that the world was based on water, and that all things grew out of it.  He also mentioned that many of the astronomical and mathematical rules that would allow geography to be studied scientifically. His successor was Anaximander. Anaximander was the first person to have attempted to create a scale map of the known world to the Greeks and to have introduced the gnomon to Ancient Greece. Hecataeus of Miletus created a different form of geography. He didn't deal with the mathematical calculations of Thales and Anaximander. He learned about the world by getting previous works and speaking to the sailors who came through the busy port of Miletus. From these accounts, Hecataeus created a detailed prose account about his region. Herodotus’ Histories is a work of history. It showed geographic descriptions of Egypt, Scythia, Persia, and Asia Minor. It also mentioned India. There is a description of Africa. He said that the land was surrounded by a sea. Regardless, Herodotus made important observations about geography. He is the first to have noted the process by which large rivers, such as the Nile, build up deltas, and he is also the first recorded as observing that winds tend to blow from colder regions to warmer ones.

    Pythagoras was perhaps the first to propose a spherical world, arguing that the sphere was the most perfect form. This idea was embraced by Plato and Aristotle presented empirical evidence to verify this. He noted that the Earth's shadow during an eclipse is curved, and also that stars increase in height as one moves north. Eudoxus of Cnidus used the idea of a sphere to explain how the sun created differing climatic zones based on latitude. This led the Greeks to believe in a division of the world into five regions. At each of the poles was an uncharitably cold region. While extrapolating from the heat of the Sahara it was deduced that the area around the equator was unbearably hot. Between these extreme regions both the northern and southern hemispheres had a temperate belt suitable for human habitation. The Hellenistic period saw more geographical researchers. Hanno the Navigator came into Sierra Leone in Africa. Other Phoenicians possibly circumnavigated Africa. This was during the 4th century B.C. when the Greek explorer Pytheas traveled into northeast Europe and circles the British Isles.  He found many more people in those lands than expected. There were Julius Caesar’s invasions of Britain and Germany. Augustus had expeditions to Arabia Felix and Ethiopia (or Nubia). Alexander the Great traveled as far as Iran and India with his army. Many geographers and writers were with him to observe what they saw.
    The ancient Greeks divided the world into three continents, Europe, Asia, and Libya (Africa). The Hellespont formed the border between Europe and Asia.

    The border between Asia and Libya was generally considered to be the Nile River, but some geographers, such as Herodotus objected to this. Herodotus argued that there was no difference between the people on the east and west sides of the Nile, and that the Red Sea was a better border. The relatively narrow habitable band was considered to run from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to an unknown sea somewhere east of India in the east. The southern portion of Africa was unknown (to the ancient Greeks), as was the northern portion of Europe and Asia, so it was believed that they were circled by a sea. The ancient Greeks tried to find the size of the Earth. Eratosthenes tried to calculate the Earth’s circumference by measuring the angle of the sun at two different locations. His numbers were problematic, but most of the errors cancelled themselves out. He got an accurate figure. Since the distance from the Atlantic to India was roughly known, this raised the important question of what was in the vast region east of Asia and to the west of Europe. Crates of Mallus proposed that there were in fact four inhabitable land masses, two in each hemisphere. In Rome a large globe was created depicting this world. That some of the figures Eratosthenes had used in his calculation were considerably in error became known, and Posidonius set out to get a more accurate measurement. This number actually was considerably smaller than the real one, but it became accepted that the eastern part of Asia was not a huge distance from Europe. Many Roman geographers did their own research. Strabo had works on geography. Ptolemy did his own research. By the time of 90-168 A.D, the Silk Road was in existence. Ptolemy’s Geographia helped to open up the human understanding of the nature of geography. The ancient Romans used maps, transportation, and triangulation to develop research in geography. They had land surveyors, cartographic research, engineering surveyors, and military surveyors. Around 400 A.D., a scroll map called the Peutinger Table was made of the known world to the ancient Romans, featuring the Roman road network. Besides the Roman Empire which at that time spanned from Britain to the Middle East and Africa, the map includes India, Sri Lanka and China. Cities are demarcated using hundreds of symbols. It measures 1.12 ft. high and 22.15 ft. long. The tools and principles of geography used by the Romans would be closely followed with little practical improvement for the next 700 years.

    Ancient Indian geographers had their own theories on the origin of the Earth. Some of them believed that the Earth was formed by the solidification of gaseous matter and the earth’s crust is made of hard rocks (sila), clay (bhuih), and sand (asma). Theories were also propounded to explain earthquakes (bhukamp), and it was assumed that earth, air and water combined to cause earthquakes. The Arthashastra, a compendium by Kautilya (also known as Chanakya) contains a range of geographical and statistical information about the various regions of India. The composers of the Puranas divided the known world into seven continents of dwipas, Jambu Dwipa, Krauncha Dwipa, Kusha Dwipa, Plaksha Dwipa, Pushkara Dwipa, Shaka Dwipa and Shalmali Dwipa. Descriptions were provided for the climate and geography of each of the dwipas. The Vishnudharmottara Purana (compiled between 300–350 AD) contains six chapters on physical and human geography. It describes peoples, places, and seasons. Varahamihira's Brihat-Samhita gave a thorough treatment of planetary movements, rainfall, clouds and the formation of water. The mathematician-astronomer Aryabhata gave a precise estimate of the earth's circumference in his treatise Āryabhaṭīya. Aryabhata accurately calculated the Earth's circumference as 24,835 miles, which was only 0.2% smaller than the actual value of 24,902 miles. The Mughal chronicles Tuzuk-i-Jehangiri, Ain-i-Akbari and Dastur-ul-aml contained detailed geographical narratives. These were based on the earlier geographical works of India and the advances made by medieval Muslim geographers, particularly the work of Alberuni. 

    Ancient Chinese geographers were abundant back then. They existed in the 5th century B.C. during the start of the Warring States period (481 B.C. – 221 B.C.). There was the work called the Yu Gong ('Tribute of Yu') chapter of the Shu Jing or Book of Documents, which describes the traditional nine provinces of ancient China, their kinds of soil, their characteristic products and economic goods, their tributary goods, their trades and vocations, their state revenues and agricultural systems, and the various rivers and lakes listed and placed accordingly. The nine provinces at the time of this geographical work were relativity small in size compared to those of modern China. The book described areas of the Yellow River (including the lower valleys of the Yangtze and the plain between them as well as the Shandong peninsula. It shows area of the west and the most northern parts of the Wei and Han Rivers along the southern parts of modern day Shanxi province). The state of Zin by the 4th century B.C. had many maps. The writings of cartographer Pei Xiu (224-271) referred to thew geometric grid and mathematically graduated scale to a map. Chinese historical texts have a geographical section. The ancient Chinese historian Ban Gu (32–92) most likely started the trend of the gazetteer in China, which became prominent in the Northern and Southern dynasties period and Sui dynasty. Local gazetteers would feature a wealth of geographic information, although its cartographic aspects were not as highly professional as the maps created by professional cartographers. Maps developed by the actions of Liu An and his associate Zuo Wu. Geographic literature became more complex with the existence of the Song dynasty (60-1279) and the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The Song dynasty poet, scholar, and government official Fan Chengda (1126–1193) wrote the geographical treatise known as the Gui Hai Yu Heng Chi. It focused primarily on the topography of the land, along with the agricultural, economic and commercial products of each region in China's southern provinces. The polymath Chinese scientist Shen Kuo (1031–1095) devoted a significant amount of his written work to geography, as well as a hypothesis of land formation (geomorphology) due to the evidence of marine fossils found far inland, along with bamboo fossils found underground in a region far from where bamboo was suitable to grow.

    Chinese researchers discovered geographic areas outside of China. The traveler Zhang Qian (from the 2nd century B.C.) wrote about civilizations in the Middle East, India, and Central Asia. By the Tang dynasty (618-907), the Chinese diplomat Wang Xuance came into northeastern India in a place called Magadha. He wrote about India in his 7th century book Zhang Tian-zhu Guo Tu (the Illustrated Accounts of Central India). It had geographic information. Jia Dan (730-805) wrote about Iran and the Persian Gulf. Byzantine scholars wrote about geography like Stephanus of Byzantium (in the 6th century) called Ethnica. Muslims of Arabic and Persian descent were geographers too. Jābir ibn Hayyān (Geber or Jabir) (721– c. 815) wrote extensively on many subjects, expanded on the wisdom of the Greek classics and engaged in experimentation in natural science. It is unclear whether he was Persian or Syrian.

    In mathematical geography, Persian Abū Rayhān al-Bīrūnī, around 1025, was the first to describe a polar equi-azimuthal equidistant projection of the celestial sphere. He was also regarded as the most skilled when it came to mapping cities and measuring the distances between them, which he did for many cities in the Middle East and western Indian subcontinent. He combined astronomical readings and mathematical equations to record degrees of latitude and longitude and to measure the heights of mountains and depths of valleys, recorded in The Chronology of the Ancient Nations. He discussed human geography and the planetary habitability of the Earth, suggesting that roughly a quarter of the Earth's surface is habitable by humans. He solved a complex geodesic equation in order to accurately compute the Earth's circumference. His estimate of 6,339.9 km for the Earth radius was only 16.8 km less than the modern value of 6,356.7 km. By Medieval times, Marco Polo came into China. Many European explorers like Henry the Navigator of Portugal traveled into the African coast and studied geographic information. The Columbian exchange, the evil slave trade, and other events of colonialism continued to exist by the late Middle Ages to the early Modern Age. Geographic studies evolved from the time of the Scientific Revolution and the Reformation. The problem with some European geographic scholars back then was that many of them had Eurocentric biases that made them ignore non-European methods in studying geography. Alexander von Humboldt studied geography all of the time. The National Geographic Society was founded in the United States in 1888 and began publication of the National Geographic magazine which became and continues to be a great popularizer of geographic information. The society has long supported geographic research and education. By the 20th century, environmental determinism, regional geography, the quantitative revolution, and critical geography existed. Now, the study of geography has been grown by advanced technology, research, study, and other aspects of our human experiences.

    By Timothy


    Aqua Joe, Wasserpistole aus Holz - von Neue Freunde

    Aqua Joe ist da! Die erste Wasserpistole aus Buchenholz.

    Der Sommer kann kommen!

    Uns haben immer die zahllosen Wegwerf-Wasserpistolen geärgert, die schnell verstopfen und weder gereinigt noch repariert werden können.

    "Aqua Joe" löst dieses Problem: Durch die einsteckbare Wasserspritze ist die gesamte Konstruktion so simpel gehalten, dass jedes Kind die Funktionsweise verstehen kann. Aqua Joe spritzt ganze 9 Meter weit und das Laden und Schiessen geht so einfach und schnell wie bei kaum ein anderen Wasserpistole. Einer zünftigen Wasserschlacht steht nichts im Wege.

    Aqua Joe ist sowohl vom Material als auch von der Artikel-Konstruktion ein nachhaltiges und reparierbares Produkt, an dem die Kinder lange Freude haben können: Der Body ist aus massiven Buchenholz gefertig und wasserfest verleimt. Die Spritzfunktion wird über eine 20ml Spritze gelöst. Die Spritze ist als Ersatzteil in jeder Apotheke erhältlich und kann ganz einfach ausgetauscht werden.

    Achtung! Spielzeug ist nicht geeignet für Kinder unter 3 Jahren. Verschluckbare Kleinteile. Erstickungsgefahr!
    Wir empfehlen Aqua Joe für Kinder ab einem Alter von 5 Jahren.

    Als lustiges Designprodukt "Made in Germany" ist Aqua Joe übrigens auch ein ideales Geschenk für Männer - perfekt für Partyspiele und zum Posen auf der nächsten Geburtstagsparty.

    Maße 17 x 11 x 4 cm


    Champagne-soaked Babas


    December brings festive times and a festive bread.  Lien, our kitchen of the month, (Notitie van Lien), challenged the Babes to create a Champagne-soaked Baba.  This is a delicious and easy bread to make, so there are no excuses not to bake along!

    This is similar to a batter bread, which I have made many times.  I purchased small panettone papers from King Arthur Flour, and they were perfect for this bread, making 6 small babas.  They don't need a special baking pan.  I placed mine on a sheet pan, which worked fine, but next time I would be sure to allow sufficient space between them.  I didn't want to deflate the dough by moving them, but I did notice that the bread was browned nicely on the non-touching sides.

    I bought a huge bottle of champagne for the syrup.  Now, I have to figure out what to do with the remainder.  I also had leftover syrup, but I did use that each time I treated myself to a baba, by splitting the bun in two and drizzling the syrup over the cut sides.  Pretty tasty.

    Finally, I opted to cover the tops with a simple sugar glaze.  I couldn't find apricot jam in the pantry, although I did locate a jar of apricot-mustard jam from Germany.  Didn't think the mustard would be a favorite flavor profile on a sweet bun, but I could be wrong.

    As I mentioned earlier, this is an easy bread to bake.  Definitely use the syrup as it keeps the bread nice and moist.  You can substitute other liquids for the champagne.

    We hope you decide to bake along with us this month.  Send your results to Lien by December 29 to be included in the Buddy Roundup.

    Champagne Baba

    (1 large or 12 small baba’s)


    100 g water

    1 tsp instant dry yeast

    1 TBsp sugar

    100 g bread flour


    180 g bread flour

    ½ tsp fine salt

    ¼ tsp instant dry yeast

    1,5 tsp vanilla sugar

    3 large eggs

    90 g melted butter

    soaking syrup:
    150 g sugar

    177 g water

    120 g champagne (or Asti Spumante or fruitjuice)

    200 g apricot jam (or use a sugar glaze)

    Mix all the ingredients for the sponge together in a large bowl (the one you’ll be kneading the dough in). Now sprinkle 180 g bread flour over the sponge, so it is covered and leave to rest for about 1 hour.

    Now add the salt, ¼ tsp dry yeast, vanilla sugar and eggs. Start to mix this. If using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment. When it comes together after a few minutes, add the melted (and slightly cooled) butter and keep working it. The dough is a bit batter-like, but be sure to get some gluten developed.

    Place it in the molds. You can use a loaf tin or a round baking form (I used a paper Panettone mold (Ø13,4 x H 9,5 cm), filled about half way up. Cover with plastic and leave to rise until 2-3 cm under the rim of the mold.

    In the meantime don’t forget to preheat the oven to 180ºC (350-360ºF).

    Bake for about 45-55 minutes, until golden brown on top. If the bread gets too dark too soon, protect the top with a sheet of tin foil. Check the temperature in the bread with a thermometer, it should be about 93ºC. Take out of the oven and the tin and place on a deep dish. Poke the bread with a long wooden skewer from top to bottom. Brush the syrup all over it, and get as much as possible inside the bread, so take your time. Collect the syrup from the plate and keep pouring and brushing it, until all in absorbed in the bread.
    Now heat the apricot jam in a small pan and let it boil, add a little water if it is too thick. Brush or pour it over the top. You can also opt for a simple sugar glaze. This topping keeps the moisture in.

    The baba is best eaten on the day that it’s baked. But if not, keep in the fridge.


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    обзор для Европы: Showers & rain north - Dry, bright south, окт 08 - 07:43


    Showers, wind and rain in northern Europe but drier to the south Tuesday Mostly fair once again for Portugal and Spain. Variable amounts of cloud around for Portugal and western Spain, brighter to the east. Isolated showers for northern Spain too. Dry and sunny for the Balearic Islands and much of Italy - a few showers perhaps to the far south. Thundery showers continue for Greece, spreading into northwestern parts of Turkey too. Outbreaks of rain and showers spreading across northwestern France, the Low Countries, Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland. The far southeast of France stays dry and bright. Dry and bright too for Switzerland, Austria and Slovakia though cloud builds into northern areas. A sunny and dry day for Hungary. A breezy and wet day for Denmark and southern parts of Norway and Sweden with frequent outbreaks of rain. Isolated wintry showers affect northern parts of Norway and Sweden and much of Finland too. A cloudy day for the Baltic States with scattered showers.

    Wednesday Fair for Portugal and Spain with good spells of sunshine. A few showers in Corsica and northern Italy. Southern Italy will be dry with sunny spells. Greece and Turkey will be dry with lots of sunshine here. Thunderstorms may affect Sicily. Heavy showers or rain in northern France, drier and brighter to the south. Further showers in the Low Countries as well as Germany. Heavier rain in southern and eastern Germany and much of Poland. Hungary, Austria and Switzerland will be wet with heavy periods of rain and some thunderstorms. Breezy with heavy showers and thunderstorms in Denmark. Brighter in the Baltic States with some sunny spells. Further spells of sunshine in the Baltic States. Fair in northern Sweden but more showers to the south. These showers and thunderstorms affecting southern Norway, but brighter to the north with sunny spells.


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    Trump’s new 25% US tax on European products includes cameras and lenses coming from Germany – will Leica gear get more expensive in the US?


    Trump's new 25% US tax on European products includes cameras and lenses and could significantly increase the price of Leica gear in the US. Here are the details: "Products of Germany described below are subject to additional import duties of 25 percent ad valorem: Objective lenses and parts & access. thereof, for cameras, projectors, or […]

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    Germany's Aareal conducts strategic review following calls from investor

    German real estate lender Aareal said on Monday it had embarked on a strategic review following calls from an activist investor to consider the sale of its software unit Aareon.


    Session: Interceptor Ace: Daylight Air Defense Over Germany, 1943-44:: Four missions in a Butcher Bird


    by Mavs Fan

    Flew my first four missions in an FW-190 and made ace (5 - B-17 kills (and one damaged P-47)).
    Luck did play a part as one card draw was a DE and two other attacks resulted in bomb bay hits with catastrophic results. The other two were just shot to pieces and finally went down at close range.
    As for the wingman, he saved my pilot by driving away a P-47 that had my pilot at a disadvantage in a badly shot up FW-190. However, in terms of his abilities against bombers, the wingman couldn't hit water if he fell out of a boat.yuk

    Was wounded on the first mission by return fire from the second B-17 attacked, suffered a leg wound (of course)angry, but didn't lose the extremity and returned after missing 8 weeks.

    Most missions were against unescorted bombers. However, when they had escorts, the fighter to fighter combat system was excellent.


    Non stop Radio Club Mix Commercial Free as Broadcast Feb. 5, 2010

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    Photo Op with Peter Hook of "New Order" at WMC Miami. I will attend March 8-13, 2011. See You There! This was an actual broadcast edit without commercials from my studio Club Mix. Radio and club programmers please contact Club Chaos Feb. 5, 2K10 Mixed and produced by DJ Johnny D (all rights reserved) Club Chaos Set 1 1. Soulshaker feat. Katherine Ellis – 2Times Play (Audiofreaks UK) 2. Starchaser feat. Martha Wash – Keep Me….! (Ego Music, Italy) 3. David Jordon – Don’t Wanna) Hear You Say (Wideboys Stadium Club Mix) Flingdown Music, UK 4. Shena – Nasty Little Rumour (Bimbo Jones Rado Edit) No Prisoners, UK 5. Jordin Sparks – S.O.S., Let the Music Play (Buzz Junkies Radio Edit) Jive/RCA, UK Club Chaos Set 2 1. Clou – Don’t Regret (Billions Dollars Dog Radio Mix) Jolly Roger/Sound of Pirates. Italy 2. Whelan & DI Scala – Black Sensation (Dedication to CPJ Webmaster)AATW, UK 3. Vanessa Amorosi – This is Who I Am (Wideboys Remix) Universal Music, Australia 4. Space Cowboy feat. Kee &Vistoso Bosses – Party Like Animal (Cherry Tree/Interscope/Tiger Trax, UK) Club Chaos Set 3 1. Cosmic Gate feat.Aruna – Under Your Spell (Duderstadt Radio Edit) Black Hole, The Netherlands 2. R.I.O. – Seranade (Zooland/Tiger, Germany) 3. Alcazar – Burning (Cahill Radio Edit) 3 Beat, UK 4. Honey Ryder – Rising Up (Bimbo Jones Remix) Honey Ryder Music, UK Club Chaos Set 4 1. Kurd & Rud – Ring Ring Ring Rado edit) Opaque Music/Kontor, Germany 2. Pompero – Pompero (Ministry of Sound, Germany) 3. Bastian Bates feat. Nicco – Can’t Slow Down (Michael Mind Remix) Big Blind Music Company 4. Chaka Khan feat. Mary J. Blidge – Disrespectful (Riffs & Rays Radio Edit) Megafan Records, UK 5. Bounce & Shanel – Shakey Bone Disease (Radio Edit) Fraunfunk, Germany

    Episode 13 The return of Club Chaos Radio Hour April 21, 2010

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    Photo Op Johnny D w/ Steve Rodway Grammy Award Winner, UK This episode has No Commercial interruptions, solid mix and remixes I made of International Dance/house/trance. No One on the Planet gives this much Diversity! Enjoy! Club Chaos April 23, 2K10 Mixed and produced by DJ Johnny D (all rights reserved) Club Chaos Set 1 1. Kate Ryan – Sage Comme Un Image (ARS Ent) Belgium 2. Lemar – The Way Love Goes (Cahill Rado Edit) Sony Ent./ ATV Copyright Control) UK 3. Livvi Franc – Automatik (Wideboys Stadium Radio Edit) RCA/Sony Music Ent.) UK 4. Craig David – One More Lie (Standing in the Shadows) Universal Music, UK (Motown) Club Chaos Set 2 1. Johnny D Remix of DJ Antoine – Every Breath (Clubzound Edit) Sessions Recordings, Switzerland 2. Johnny D Remix of David Guetta feat. Estelle – One Love (Positiva, UK/ Editions Square Rivoli/Chrysalis Music/Dipiu’ 3. Antoine Clamaran feat. Mazaya – When the Sun Goes Down (Clap Productions/Dipiu’/Sony Music Ent.) D-Plac Production, France 4. Maika – Embrasse –Moi (J.R. Music/SME StrategicMarketing/Sony Music Ent.) France 5. Donkeyboy – Ambitions (Cosmic Dawn Remix) Warner Music Group Company, Norway Club Chaos Set 3 1. Sub Focus – Could This Be Real (radio edit) Ram, UK 2. Jes – Lovesong (Magik Muzik/ Black Hole) The Netherlands 3. Johnny D Remix of Angelic – It’s My Turn 2009 (Darren Tate radio edit) Mondo/ Serous Worldwide/Peer Music/BMG Music/Copyright Control, UK 4. Lasgo – Over You (Radio edit0 (541/N.E.W.S. ) Belgium Club Chaos Set 4 1. Dabruck & Klein feat. Michael Feiner – The Feeling (WePlay, Germany) 2. Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (Radio Edit) (Objektivity/Defected Records) Sfere Music, BMI USA 3. Cosmosound feat. Nekk = I’d Loveto Change the World(Rivaz Radio Edit) Energy Productions, Italy – Planet Works, Greece.(Chrysalis Music/Oh My God) Sample ’71 Ten Years After Band 4. DJ Satami – Castle In the Sky 2010 (Tanzamomo Remix Edit) Sunflower, Italy 5. Jan Wayne – Hello (HANDZ UP! Edit) Shakespeare Sisters’92 Hello (turn Your Radio On) Deutsche Dance/ Discoton Music Edition/Reverb Music/G.S.A. Musikverlag Progressive, Germany

    Pre-Flight Party to Myrtle Beach, SC

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    Club Chaos Aug. 8, 2009 Mixed and produced by DJ Johnny D (all rights reserved) Club Chaos Set 1 1. Ladyhawke – Paris Is Burning (Simmons & Christopher Club Mix) Modular Records/Island UK 2. Relight Orchestra & DJ Andrea – UMA Historia DE IFA (Elegibo) Cattaneo & Gardini Radio ’09 Mix (Milano Lab, Italy) 3. Bad Boy Bill feat. Alyssa Palmer – Falling Anthem (Menage Music USA) 4. DJ Sneak vs. Herve feat. Kid Infinity – Droppin’ Kisses (CR2 Records, UK) 5. Natural Born Grooves – Candy on the Dancefloor (Wideboys Miami Radio Edit) Club Chaos Set 2 1. Stereo Palma – Cada Vez (Malibu Breeze Remix) Dancemania Germany 2. Celine Dion vs Maurice Joshua – I’m Alive (Columbia Records USA) Remix 3. September – Because I Love You (Clubmix Short) Catchy Tunes Sweden 4. Kerli – Walking On Air (Josh Harris Radio Edit) Island Def Jam USA Club Chaos Set 3 1. Greg Cerrone feat. Andy P. Taking Control of You (Original Radio Mix) On the Air Music France 2. D.O.N.S. – You Used to Hold Me (Gregg Cerrone Remix) Kingdom Kome Cuts Germany 3. Anastacia – Absolutely Positively (Moto Blanco Radio Mix) Mercury Records UK 4. Solo feat. Jenry R – Dark Today Highlight Records Cyprus Club Chaos Set 4 1. Shaggy feat. Gary “Nesta” Pine – Fly High (Radio Edit) Ministry of Sound/ Big Yard Music/Scikron Ent. Germany 2. Tom Boxerfeat. Jay – A Beautiful Day (Vanotek Radio Edit) Roton Romania 3. Mintman feat. Karina – Talkin’ In Your Sleep (Warner Chappel Music Denmark) 4. Tatana & Hanna Hais – Jazz Samba Breeze (Sirup Music Switzerland)

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    Groove with Attitude

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    Club Chaos November 8, 2008 Mixed and produced by DJ Johnny D (all rights reserved) Club Chaos Set 1 1. Natural Born Grooves feat. Terri B. Running Back to You (Belgium) 2. Jennifer Hudson – Spotlight (Moto Blanco Radion edit) (Arista/RCA/Sony/BMG – USA) 3. Firetruck – Burning (Destined Records) (UK) 4. Sash! Feat. Stunt – Raindrops (Encore Une Fois) (Fonzerelli Radio edit) (Germany) Club Chaos Set 2 1. Kaskade – Angel on My Shoulder (EDX Radio edit) (Ultra Records USA) 2. Robert M – Muzak (Ramon Zender Radio edit) ( Proton Records Germany) 3. Lenny B – Radical (Original Radio edit) (Volume 11/Navigate Records USA) 4. Jay Frog – Auf Dem Glucksdrachen (Club Tools – Contor Records Germany) Club Chaos Set 3 1. Ladyhawke – Dusk till Dawn (Pascal Gabriel Radio edit) (Modular Island Rec. UK) 2. Teo Moss & Jeremy Reyes – E-Samba (radio edit) (Paradise Records France) 3. Laurent Wolf feat. Eric Carter – Wash My World (Darkness/Columbia/Sony BMG FR.) 4. Fentura – Live It (Klaas Radio edit) (Gamara Records Germany) Club Chaos Set 4 1. Chicane vs. Natasha Bedingfield – Bruised Water (Michael Woods edit) (Modena Records UK) 2. Chris Kaeser & Linda Newman – I Feel Fire (In&Out Recordings France) 3. Emily De Poret – Pick Me Up (Stonebridge Club Mix) 4. Steve Mac- - Paddy’s Revenge (Cahill edit) (3 Beat Blue records UK)

    Cosmic Mix and Jacinta's HOT New "Electric Universe"

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    CD Cover "Jacinta - Electric Universe"! Club Chaos October 24 – 27, 2008 Mixed and produced by DJ Johnny D (all rights reserved) Club Chaos Set 1 1. Laura Izibor – From My Heart to Yours (Mac Project Club Mix)( Atlantic USA) 2. Juan Magan & Marcos Rodriguez – Bora Bora (Asere Music Int’l Blanca y Negro Spain) 3. Pain & Rossini vs. Alex Guesta – Dreams (NuStar Records Italy) 4. Sharam – get Wild (Album Version) (Yoshitoshi Recordings USA) 5. X-Press 2feat. David Byrne –Lazy 2008 (Moto Blanco Radio Mix) (Skint UK) Club Chaos Set 2 1. Levi 5STAR feat. Michelle Martinez – Third Time (Sahve Radio edit) (Denim Rec. UK) 2. Steve Murano – Own Way 2008 (Housework edit) (Toka Beatz Germany 3. Vinylshakerz – Hypnotic Tango (Soft Mode edit)(Ministry of Sound, Germany) 4. Soulcatcher feat. Amanda Wilson – Falling for You (Spin Records, Netherlands) Club Chaos Set 3 1. Jacinta – Electric Universe (Chunky Music USA) (World Radio Premier on Studio 1) 2. M@D – The Concert Medley (7 Nation Army) (Michael Mind Big Room House edit;Italy) 3. Sasha Angel feat. Lara Zola (Keep Shining) (Shining Star –Gusto Records UK) 4. Afrojack & The Party Squad – Drop Down (Do My Dance) (Digidance The Netherlands) Club Chaos Set 4 1. Lobo Ismail – One More Night (Alex Gap Radio edit) (Andorfine Records Germany) 2. Calvertron vs. Majestic MC – Gimme Da Mic (Ministry of Sound – Data Records UK) 3. Spoon, Harris, & Obernik – Baditude (Dave S, Paul H, Sam O – Toolroom; UK) 4. Karanyi feat. Judie Jay – Libido (UK Radio edit) (CLS Music Hungary) 5. Nicola Fasano vs. Yoshimoto – Been a Long Time (Jolly Roger/Sound Of Pirates Italy)

    Mixing My Way Through The Universe

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    WMC'07 Tommy Gunn Presents-Sydney, Johnny D, DjT Project Big Jan I'm amazed the number of Retro remixes coming out. This show was a blast to mix and there are a few new artists that will be BIG! I enjoy hearing from you and where you are listening from on this planet. or Alternate email Remember to tell a friend about us and Party Hard! Club Chaos October 17 – 20, 2008 Mixed and produced by DJ Johnny D (all rights reserved) Club Chaos Set 1 1. Boogie Pimps – Gang Bang (Anthem Radio Mix)(Germany) 2. Cyndi Lauper- - Into the Nightlife (Soul Seekerz) (BMGMusic Entertainment-USA) 3. Jes – Imagination (Kaskade Radio Edit) (Ultra Records USA) 4. Skepta – Rolex Sweep (Vandalism Radio edit) 9MOS/Boy Better Know UK) 5. Made in London feat. Abigail Bailey – Read My Lips Club Chaos Set 2 1. Chris Crime feat.Antonella Rocco – Ready Or Not (Crime ‘N” Candy Edit) (Switzerland) 2. Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons – December 1963 (Oh What a Night) 7th Heaven Mirrorball edit (Rhino/Warner Music UK) 3. Big World & Denise the Menace feat.INUSA DAWUDA – Going Back To My Roots (Original Mix) (Subliminal Records UK) 4. Jean Elan – Where’s Your head At?(Klaas Radio Mix) (Shake Me Please Records Germany) 5. Axwell & Bob Sinclar feat. Ron Carrol – What a Wonderful World (Yellow Prod. France) Club Chaos Set 3 1. Sonny J – Can’t Stop Moving 2008 (Marwais Mix) (Stateside Recordings UK) 2. Bimbo Jones – And I Try (Don Diablo’s Distorted Disco Short Cut) (Tommy Boy USA) 3. The Glitterboys – Africa (Radio Mix) (Kontor Records Germany) 4. Rihanna – Disturbia (Jody Den Broeder Radio edit) (Def Jam USA/C Allen/Brown/Merritt/Seals) 5. Joyriders feat. Bros. – Big Bros (Nat Monday’s Electro edit) (Perfecto Records/New State UK) Club Chaos Set 4 1. Popking vs Mat Key – We are the Popkings (Backside Artists Radio Version) (Uptunes Germany) 2. Sandy Vee – Bleep (Paradise \records/DJ Center Records France/C: Wilhelm) 3. Stephanie – You Never Said You Loved Me (Rev Players edit) (Amathus Music USA)

    Episode 11

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    Club Chaos September 19 – 22, 2008 Mixed and produced by DJ Johnny D (all rights reserved) Club Chaos Set 1 1. Moony – I Don’t Know (Jerome Disma-Ae Rado edit) (Italy) 2. Madonna – Give it 2 Me (Jody Den Broeder edit) (WB music USA) 3. Gadjo – It’s Alright (Radio edit) (German Artist - Vendetta Records Spain) 4. 1Plus1 – Off the Wall (Enjoy Yourself) (Dave Darell Club edit) (The Netherlands) Club Chaos Set 2 1. Private – My Secret Lover (Hampenberg remix) (Denmark) 2. Louis Botella – I Feel Love (Jerry Roperp & Michi Lange Radio edit) (Italy) 3. Swen Weber – The Pusher (Original Radio Mix) (Germany) 4. Oliver Kaan feat.Diana Joselle – Right Beside You (France) 5. Rachael Starr – To Forever (Moonbeam Radio edit) (Silent Machine Records USA) Club Chaos Set 3 1. Freemasons feat. Katherine Ellis – When You Touch Me (Club Mix edit) (Legato R. UK) 2. Little Rascals – Essence (Original Radio Edit) (Essential Cutz/Vinyl Pusher – Australia) 3. Change – Angel in My Pocket (Soul Seekerz Radio edit) (UK) 4. Sam Sparro – Black & Gold (JW Radio edit) (UK) Club Chaos Set 4 1. Love Assassins – Teardrops (Beautiful radio edit) ( Big in Ibiza UK) 2. Skye ’N’ Sugarstarr presents CECE Rogers – No Love Lost (Germany) 3. Phunk Investigation –Your Love (Italy) 4. Jan Wayne feat.Scarlet – Wish You Were Here (Frahm & Becks Remix) (DeutscheDance Records) 5. Buzz Junkies vs. Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives (All Around the World Universal Music UK)

    Club Chaos

    This was a fun show to mix and produce. The photo is the studio where I produce the weekly radio show before making it available on this site and in 4 set gigs on It starts as and I compress it to mp3 stereo@128kps for your enjoyment. It's a departure from live mixing but I'm getting the hang of it now. Last Month the service provider had a nighmare of a problem and several of us podcasters had to rebuild our web page from scratch. Therefore many FANS and FRIENDS of this site dissappeared into cyberspace. If you are one of them please ask again to be my Fan or Friend and I'll get on it. If you like what you hear please join my Fan and Friends list and let's link up. I do go to your web site and decide how I feel and return the email so let's get it going and start networking. CIAO! DJ Johnny D Club Chaos October 31-November 6, 2007 Mixed and produced by DJ Johnny D (all rights reserved) Club Chaos Set 1 1. Plemo-Flashlight (Bastian HeerHorst Remix) 2. Deejaynauts-Face To Face (East Park Radio Mix) (Italy) 3. Axwell f/Max’C-I Found U (Radio Remode) (UK) 4. Freaks-The Creeps (Get On The Dancefloor) (UK) Club Chaos Set 2 1. Fedde Le Grand f/Ida Corr-Mirror (Radio Edit) 2. Rihanna-Don’t Stop The Music (The Wideboys Radio Edit) 3. Magnet man-Wanna Flex (The Wideboys Radio Edit) (USA) 4. Dragonette-Take It Like A Man (bimbo Jones Radio) Club Chaos Set 3 1. Miguel Migs-So Far (Rasmus Faber’s Farplane R. Edit) (USA) 2. robyn-With Every Heartbeat (Kenson Radio Edit) (Sweden) 3. 7th Heaven f/Ann-Marie Smith-Music (Radio Edit) 4. Serfio Del Rio-Parazaar (Gambafreaks Radio Edit) (Italy) 5. La Princesse-Bailando (House Edit Short) (Germany) Club Chaos Set 4 1. Dennis Christopher-Sign Your Name-Soul Corp(Netherlands) 2. Rogue Traders-Way To Go (Sunset Strippers Edit) (UK) 3. Supafly-Sunrise (Radio Edit) 4. Superbass f/Dominique Woolf-Don’t Be Silent (R. Edit) (UK) 5. SoundBluntz f/Cheyne Coates-Maybe You’ll Get Lucky (Smax & Gold Radio Edit)(AUS) Email

    Club Chaos hour off Air produced for 88.8, 91.4, 103.8FM Radio Studio 1 Dhahran August 3, 2007

    Photo Op, Winter Music Conference '06. DJ Roger Sanchez with Johnny D Jason Klein aka. Monster Taxi featured again with a total in studio remake production of Foxy - Get Off ! Another Summer came to an end with Hot remixes of established and new artists entering the scene for the first time. Turn it up, feel the Vibe and Enjoy an hour of August 3, Club Chaos. Emails to Also available for gigs Thursday night in Europe and Middle East. Mobile/txt 966501671948 Club Chaos August 3-7, 2007 Mixed and produced by DJ Johnny D (all rights reserved) Club Chaos Set 1 1. Gwen Stefani-4 In The Morning (Thin White Duke Edit) (USA) 2. Tom Pulse vs Sydney Youngblood-If Only I Could (Germany) 3. Lilana-Here I Go 4. United DJ’s vs Pandora-Don’t You Know-Soundcruiser’s SWD Club Chaos Set 2 1. Jean Michel Jarre-Teo & Tea (Benny Benassi Remix/Edit) (UK) 2. Bob Sinclar & cutee B. f/Gary Pine & Dollarman-Sound of Freedom (France) 3. Sandy Chambers-Play My Music (Minimal Chic 4 Big room Radio Edit) (Italy) 4. Monster Taxi f/Ish Ledesma-Get Off (Giuseppe D-Funkin’ Vocal Radio) (USA) Club Chaos Set 3 1. David Guetta f/Chris Willis-Love Is Gone (Orig.Mix) (France) 2. Disco Blu-I Don’t Cry (Radio Edit) (Netherlands) 3. Leana-I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight (Original Mix) (USA) 4. Hug-Everywhere (Radio Edit) (Netherlands) Club Chaos Set 4 1. Max Sedgley-Happy 2007 (Mr. Dan Mix) (UK) 2. Federico Franchi-Cream (Radio Edit) (Italy) 3. DDA f/Rita Campbell-Music (Radio Edit) (UK) 4. Junior Caldera-Sexy (Radio Edit) (France) 5. Stefy NRG-It’s A Fable (Datura Amor Radio Mix) (Italy) 6. Kindervater f/NADJA-forever (Radio Edit) (Germany)

    Club Chaos recorded live off 91.4 FM Studio 1 Dhahran

    Photo: WMC’07 Miami - George Clinton, Screaming Rachael, DJ Johnny D Club Chaos July 13, 2007 Mixed and produced by DJ Johnny D (all rights reserved) Club Chaos Set 1 1. O’Heller-Slice Me (Disco, Disco) (Radio Pop Edit) (Germany) 2. Erasure-I Could Fall In Love With You (Monteverde Radio Edit) (UK) 3. WI-FI f/Melanie M-Be without You (LMC Radio Edit) (UK) 4. Paffendorf-Under My Skin (Short Edit) (Germany) Club Chaos Set 2 1. Aneela-Money Money 2. Ville-Disco Dancing (Radio Mix) (Sweden) 3. Hilary Duff-With Love (Richard Vission vs Dave Aude Edit) (USA) 4. Westlife-Total Eclipse Of The Heart (Sunset Strippers Radio Edit) (UK) Club Chaos Set 3 1. Another Chance-Everytime I See Her (Sound Of Eden) (Bodyrox Radio Edit) (UK) 2. Duncan James-Amazed (Soul Seekerz Radio Edit) (UK) 3. A Flock Of Seagulls vs The Angry Kids-I Ran (So Far Away) (Beckstein’s Radio Cut) (Canada) 4. YANA-And I Say (Radio Version) (Romania) Club Chaos Set 4 1. Girls Aloud vs Sugababes-Walk This Way (Yoad Mix) (UK) 2. Jennifer Carbonell-Time (Hernandez vs DJ TYO Radio Edit) (UK) 3. Alchemist Project-Krishna (Radio Mix) 4. Armin Van Buuren vs Rank 1 f/Kush-This World Is Watching Me (Radio Edit) (Netherlands) 5. Picco-Back To Hawaii (Elektro Radio Edit) (Germany)

    The Micromegas chambers for the ATLAS New Small Wheel upgrade

    The ATLAS collaboration at LHC has chosen the resistive Micromegas technology, along with the small-strip Thin Gap Chambers (sTGC), for the high luminosity upgrade of the first muon station in the high-rapidity region, the so called New Small Wheel (NSW) project. After the R&D;, design and prototyping phase, the first series production Micromegas quadruplets are being constructed at the involved construction sites in France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Greece. At CERN, the final validation and the integration of the modules in Sectors are in progress. These are big steps forward for the installation of the NSW foreseen for the LHC long shutdown in 2019 and 2020. The construction of the four types of large size quadruplets, all having trapezoidal shapes with surface areas between 2 and 3 m2, will be reviewed. The achievement of the requirements for these detectors revealed to be even more challenging than expected, when scaling from the small prototypes to the large dimensions. We will describe the encountered problems, to a large extent common to other micro-pattern gaseous detectors, and the adopted solutions. Final quality assessment and validation results on the achieved mechanical precision, on the High-Voltage stability during operation with and without irradiation will be presented together with the most relevant steps and results of the modules integration into sectors.

    Trinity: the treachery and pursuit of the most dangerous spy in history

    "Trinity" was the codename for the test explosion of the atomic bomb in New Mexico on 16 July 1945. Trinity is now also the extraordinary story of the bomb's metaphorical father, Rudolf Peierls; his intellectual son, the atomic spy, Klaus Fuchs, and the ghosts of the security services in Britain, the USA and USSR. Against the background of pre-war Nazi Germany, the Second World War and the following Cold War, the book traces how Peierls brought Fuchs into his family and his laboratory, only to be betrayed. It describes in unprecedented detail how Fuchs became a spy, his motivations and the information he passed to his Soviet contacts, both in the UK and after he went with Peierls to join the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos in 1944. Frank Close is himself a distinguished nuclear physicist: uniquely, the book explains the science as well as the spying. Fuchs returned to Britain in August 1946 still undetected and became central to the UK's independent effort to develop nuclear weapons. Close describes the febrile atmosphere at Harwell, the nuclear physics laboratory near Oxford, where many of the key players were quartered, and the charged relationships which developed there. He uncovers fresh evidence about the role of the crucial VENONA signals decryptions, and shows how, despite mistakes made by both MI5 and the FBI, the net gradually closed around Fuchs, building an intolerable pressure which finally cracked him. The Soviet Union exploded its first nuclear device in August 1949, far earlier than the US or UK expected. In 1951, the US Congressional Committee on Atomic Espionage concluded, 'Fuchs alone has influenced the safety of more people and accomplished greater damage than any other spy not only in the history of the United States, but in the history of nations'. This book is the most comprehensive account yet published of these events, and of the tragic figure at their centre.

    Youth Global Newsletter OWOS


    Edición 143 - 29 septiembre 2019
    2019 Primera - Tercer Trimestre
    Resumen de servicios
    Nota inspirada ...
    En 2017, un Satsang llevó a cabo en la presencia divina en Singapur, cuando un devoto solicita orientación sobre la meditación mente.

    Y esto es lo que dijo Swami:

    El hecho de que su vecino está tomando algún medicamento para el dolor de cabeza, no se puede simplemente ir a tomar la misma medicina. Puede ser que sea para una persona en particular, sobre la base de su composición corporal, la intensidad del dolor o enfermedad. Si usted va al mismo médico, se le puede dar otra receta, otra dosis o otra manera de tomar el medicamento, ya que más le convenga mejor. Un consejo es no tomar todo y aplicarlo a sí mismo, a excepción de namasmarana (repetición del nombre del Señor), como namasmarana es universal. Usted puede tomar cualquier nombre y cantar con amor, como que funcionará - pero, cuando se llega a otros tipos de kriyas, el yoga y dhyana, debe ejercer cierta cautela a través de la ayuda de un gurú que pueda guiarlo. Ese tipo de meditación es aplicable a una persona en particular.

    Al final de la misma, lo que debe experimentar? No, no los movimientos visiones, ni luces o colores, pero debe experimentar una intensa paz. Si ese intenso paz no está ahí y su mente se centra únicamente en los resultados intermedios, tales como, '¿Vi que? ¿Vi esto? Experimenté eso? Experimenté esto? He oído que experimentó este; He oído que ella experimentó que,' - entonces, ¿dónde es la meditación? Sólo se va de esta manera y de esa manera, como un péndulo, sin llegar a ninguna parte.

    La paz es el producto de la meditación y debe ser experimentado más que cualquier otra cosa. Centrarse en eso. Olvidar la parte ritual de la misma; olvidar el camino y se centran en el destino - que es lo importante. ¿Por qué no se puede simplificar un poco y sólo hacer namasmarana por unos días? Tome cualquier nombre, aparte de su marido, y el canto. (Risas) En primer lugar, estabilizar su mente, entonces puede pasar a sadanas superiores. Si usted no ha aprendido 'A, B, C, D', no se puede escribir historias. Empezar con eso, el más simple de todos. Estabilicese, entonces usted va a entender todo esto.
    2019 Región 3
    En primer lugar - del tercer trimestre de Servicio de actualización
    Servicio en Italia
    Programa 'Ispirazione' (Inspiración), está alojado en el idioma italiano en la radio web 'sanathana Vani' - la eterna voz - ( ). En este programa, reseñas de libros; la juventud contemporánea y sus problemas; Se discuten las personalidades espirituales y los valores humanos. También se emiten entrevistas con personas que han dedicado sus vidas para el servicio desinteresado.
    • Todos los lunes, grupo de estudio en línea seminario semanal de 'Guru Vikas' o la formación del profesorado se llevó a cabo con 65 participantes.
    • Dos veces a la semana, un proyecto de terapia de la música 'Semi di Grazia Musicale' - Semillas de Gracia Musical (SMG) tiene como objetivo apoyar a las personas con discapacidades.
    Una vez al mes, la Joven Orquesta Europea Sai compuesta por 25 músicos menores de 45 años, lleve a cabo en una ciudad diferente de Italia y Europa.
    El informe de actividad de la Juventud y la Asociación Polaca Desde 01 hasta 09, 2019
    • Los jóvenes y ancianos que son miembros de la Asociación Polaca participaron en algunas actividades de enero a septiembre el año 2019.
    • Un folleto titulado El mensaje que cubre la Nueva Tierra y el desarrollo de la conciencia cósmica fue preparado para ser publicado en febrero. Se distribuye de forma gratuita.
    • La Asociación lleva a cabo talleres y conferencias en curso para muchos grupos, dependiendo de su conciencia. Las clases y talleres se llevan a cabo en presencia del Manto de Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, que el grupo polaco recibió en Muddenahalli en 2018. En cada reunión no es la meditación, la discusión, la transferencia de energía divina y Arati.
    Seva en los Países Bajos
    Inspirado por las celebraciones de cumpleaños de Swami año pasado, muchos de los jóvenes en los Países Bajos se han vuelto más activa en Seva este año. Las principales actividades fueron instruidos directamente por Swami a los jóvenes de los Países Bajos. Una visión general de cómo han respondido a la orden divina se incluye a continuación. Los jóvenes reza a Swami para continuar dándoles estas oportunidades de oro para servir a Él ya su misión!

    Sirviendo a los ancianos
    La juventud visitar un asilo de ancianos para pasar tiempo con los residentes, sonrisas de acciones y una pequeña charla, salir a caminar alrededor de su barrio y ayudarles con sus comidas.
    Proyectos de servicio en Alemania
    • Los más antiguos y el proyecto de servicio más regular es la visita a un hogar de ancianos en Munich. El grupo de jóvenes que hay muy feliz de pasar tiempo con los ancianos, caminar en la naturaleza, cantar y jugar juegos. Devotos y no devotos se unen para contratar los ancianos y llenar su tiempo en diversas actividades!

    • Durante la época de Navidad, el grupo de jóvenes en Munich prepara paquetes de Navidad con comida y galletas para las personas sin hogar y los distribuye.

    Unido Reino Servicio
    Los jóvenes en el Reino Unido participan en una variedad de iniciativas de servicio. En esta edición, que ponen de relieve en la alimentación de las personas sin hogar y los necesitados.

    Ellos sirven actualmente en el hilo en el centro de Londres. Un grupo de jóvenes a prepararse colectivamente comidas para llevar y caminar alrededor de la zona de distribución a los necesitados que se encuentran. Su objetivo es ir a los que, no puede viajar, de lo contrario no podría estar provisto de alimentos.

    Los factores que contribuyen a este destacado cuán aguda es el problema. Estos pueden incluir no ser capaz de pagar el transporte público, que sufre de la limitación de las condiciones de salud física y mental, el temor de perder su vivienda y sus pertenencias si ellos dejan atrás o simplemente no ser capaz de comunicarse con los demás para averiguar dónde pueden obtener ayuda .
    Seva en Croacia
    A partir de enero 2019, una vez al mes, a los jóvenes en Croacia organizar un programa de sadhana en la Casa de la Unidad, con el canto Krnjak Ekadasini Rudram y Gayatri Mantra, y el canto. En marzo de 2019, se inauguran los talleres mensuales adicionales sobre diversos temas espirituales en colaboración con otras organizaciones espirituales en Croacia como arte de vivir y Yoga en la vida diaria.
    En Zagreb, los jóvenes están enseñando a otros jóvenes a cantar y tocar instrumentos. Muy a menudo, conducen a los mayores satsang. Todas las promociones de libros de la serie Uvacha fueron organizados y promovidos por los jóvenes también. Además, ellos son los primeros en aprender y guiar a otros en la forma de cantar los Vedas.
    Proyectos Seva en Kazajstán
    La juventud proporcionar asistencia a las familias con un solo progenitor, principalmente madres que crían varios niños y las madres viudas. Necesidades básicas como alimentos, productos de higiene, ropa y útiles escolares se distribuyen. A partir de enero, el número de familias apoyadas ha aumentado de cuatro a siete familias.

    Por otra parte, Grama Seva se organizó en un barrio pobre cerca de la ciudad de Almaty en marzo y julio de 2019. Las familias que necesitan se les proporcionó alimentos.
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    10/7/2019: E DRIVING: Porsche builds factory of future


    ESTUTTGART, Germany lectric vehicle skeptics delight in dismissing the “zero emission” claims of EVs by citing the significant carbon footprint from the manufacturing process. Porsche AG is well on its way to eliminating that specious argument with...

    Bridge Text & Head


    Bridge Text and Head, a rocking duo for sparkling stories in a crisp tone and a must-have for expressive editorial typography!

    Bridge is our first release by an external TypeMate. It comes in two main families — Head and Text — for comfortable long reading text and fitting punchy display usage.

    With three different widths in six weights, Bridge Head has the perfect voice for stunning titles. A solo career in posters, banners and logos doesn’t stop Bridge Head from rocking in concert: each of her 18 display styles can work together with Bridge Text to tell stories and build complex typographic ensembles in editorial and corporate design.

    The edgy editorial typefaces Bridge Text brings rhythm and clarity to longform reading. With crisp character, sparkling texture and driving asymmetrical counters, Bridge Text refines Bridge Head’s graphic qualities for note perfect, highly readable text at smaller sizes.

    Unlike other superfamilies, Bridge Head and Bridge Text are distinguished by more than optical adjustments. Letterforms and details are opened out or simplified for body text. Close up, the two-cornered counter shape that gives text a crisp character appears. The daughter of classical Didone typefaces, Bridge has a vertical stress and a modern treatment.

    A type system flexible enough to bridge print publishing to digital media, with a kickass K and rebellious R, Bridge can shout out loud and make a design that can take her intensity unmistakable and independent of slick conventions.

    With hands-on OpenType features like small caps and case-sensitive punctuation and more than 800 glyphs, Bridge can fulfil your every display need. Adobe Latin 3 (and beyond) encoding gives a wide range of Latin language support and additional helpful symbols like the charming manicules and dingbats complete a rich typographic palette.

    We introduce Bridge Text & Head with a 50% Intro offer!

    Mona Franz



    Das Akkordeon


    Das Akkordeon. Faszinierend, vielfältig und großartig. Unendlich viele Klangfarben und grenzenlos unterschiedliche Einsatzmöglichkeiten von der Klassik über den Tango bis zum Rock. Doch lesen Sie das gerade zum erste Mal? Das wundert keinen Akkordeonisten. Denn wir Akkordeonspieler bekommen oft zu hören: „Wie lustig, du spielst die Quetschkommode?“ oder „Spielst du etwa Volksmusik?“

    Nein, das spielen die wenigsten Akkordeonisten heutzutage noch. Es ist nun an der Zeit den Menschen über die Vorurteile hinwegzuhelfen und zu zeigen, was das Akkordeon wirklich ist. Ein Instrument, mit dem man sich selbst begleiten kann. Ich habe das Akkordeon als ein sehr vielfältiges und tolles Gemeinschaftsinstrument wahrnehmen dürfen. Ich durfte auf dem Akkordeon alle Musikrichtungen kennenlernen, die das Instrument zu bieten hat, wie Klassik, Jazz, Walzer, Tangos, Latin, Filmmusik und auch die Volksmusik. Es macht einfach unheimlich viel Spaß ein Instrument zu spielen, das so viele verschiedene Möglichkeiten hat und bei dem sich mithilfe eines Knopfdruckes die komplette Klangfarbe verändern lässt. Doch leider nehmen viele Menschen hierzulande diese Vielfalt nicht wahr und stempeln das Akkordeon immer noch als ein Instrument der Volksmusik ab.

    Durch dieses 142-seitiges Coffee-table book möchte ich der, gegenüber dem Akkordeon, voreingenommenen Welt zeigen, was für ein „allround-Talent“ das Akkordeon wirklich ist! Um den Schleier vor dem Akkordeon zu enthüllen, verwende ich in meinem Buch ausschließlich Zitate verschiedenster Akkordeonisten, um eine möglichst objektive Sichtweise zu schaffen. Auch die Fotografien wurden ausschließlich in Situationen aufgenommen, bei dem der Betrachter mitten drin ist. Meine Idee ehrliche Augenblicke zu kreieren welche begeistern & überzeugen, hat bei jedem Spieler durch die eigene Begeisterung für das Instrument sofort funktioniert. Also lassen Sie sich ein auf eine neue Welt des Akkordeons und lernen Sie die wahre Seite des Akkordeons kennen.

    Abschlussarbeit im Studiengang Kommunikationsdesign an der Hochschule für Kommunikation und Gestaltung in Stuttgart.

    Marlene Kogel

    Prof. Michaela Köhler
    Sarah Chand


    Fictional Journal


    Fictional Journal (FJ) is a platform and online publication investigating the design’s involvement within society. Triggered by fascinations and questions on urgent political, social and economic happenings, FJ opens up issues for debate, action and imagining.  Moving between digital and physical formats, the journal experiments with ways of triggering and sharing a multitude of responses, acknowledging the design’s fluid presence within everyday life while extending critical perspectives on its practice.
    The homepage presents the FJ’s current issue, with its related happenings, editorial text, cultural references, which helped frame the issue and the most important design responses, which were either commission or submitted through an open call. Each issue is uniquely created in collaborating with different institutions, has its own theme and identity color.

    Overlaying of elements like images, text or contributions, combine with the blur effect helps to create a multilayer narrative, with no hierarchy, so the reader can be created their own journey through the content. 

    Designed layouts are flexible, so each contribution, could look unique and be presented in the best possible way. Taking advantage of the full width of the screen and dividing it between areas for notes, images, and main text, with a combination of serif typeface Saol Display and Grotesk fonts enhanced the online reading experience.

    Gabriela Baka

    Neue Rituale

Editorial Board
    Sophie Rzepecky
    Teresa Palmieri
    Gabriela Baka


    Rhizom 28


    Was genau ist Rhizom? In erster Linie ein Magazinprojekt an Münster School of Design der FH Münster. Aber warum »Rhizom«? Der Titel verweist auf den Versuchscharakter des Magazins, dessen Erscheinungsbild von Ausgabe zu Ausgabe wechselt. Jedes Heft wird von verschiedenen Studierenden geschrieben und gestaltet. Jede Ausgabe ist ein »Restart«. Nicht nur in der Betrachtung des bisherigen Designs, eben auch inhaltlich. Vorbereitet im Seminar »Dead Poet Society«. Das primäre Ziel ist dabei die Auseinandersetzung mit einem Buch/Literatur, das/die sich mit Design, Kommunikation, Innovation und den beteiligten Menschen beschäftigt. Dabei ist es wichtig jeweils die Kernaussagen und Botschaften des Kursbuchs zu verstehen, im weiteren Verlauf zu reflektierten, eigenen Einsichten zu gelangen und diese Einsichten später dann im Folgeseminar »Rhizom« in einen inhaltlichen und gestalterischen Kontext zu bringen. Kommunikation ist ein Prozess von innen nach außen. Daher beginnt die Leistung mit dem aktiven Zuhören, setzt sich im Mitdenken fort und mündet im visionären Umsetzen.

    Das Magazin leistet, was der Entwurf allein nicht leisten kann. Weil es sichtbar macht, was sein kann. Es zeigt redaktionelle Inhalte und ihre typografische Umsetzung. Wörter. Bilder. Design. Ziel ist das Trainieren von Strategien für den Umgang mit komplexen Themen und der inhaltlichen, wie auch gestalterischen Dramaturgie im Editorial Design.

    Warum ein »Projekt Zeitschrift«? Design als akademische Disziplin ist eine Denkmethode, die sich am Machen orientiert. Das Denken ohne das Machen ist Theorie. Das Machen ohne das Denken ist Orientierungslos. So sieht es das »Projekt Zeitschrift« an der Münster School of Design der FH Münster. So sieht es »Rhizom« Achtundzwanzig.

    Redaktion und Gestaltung
    Liv Bustorff, Lea Sophie Fetköter, Annemarie Woste, Nathalie Sodeikat, Tasmin Ewert, Johannes Kaiser, Nelly Nakahara, Hermann Engel, Lennart, Tröbs, KLara Kron, Helen Brose, Henry Neudorf

    Prof. Rüdiger Quass von Deyen

    Prof. Ralf Beuker

    Dipl. Des. Paul Bičište

    Anna Louisa Duckwitz, Sebastian Berlich



    Germany Euro 2020 Home Kit Leaked


    Poor Cow Screamed Believing She Was Going To A Slaughterhouse But Instead, She Saw Freedom For The First Time

    Poor Cow Screamed Believing She Was Going To A Slaughterhouse But Instead, She Saw Freedom For The First Time

    Being a cow is no easy life. It is full of abuse, sadness, and child loss. What is more, most dairy cows are shipped to slaughter once their career as a dairy cow comes to an end.

    So, it was only natural for Emma, a dairy cow from Germany, to be incredibly nervous the day when she was loaded into a trailer and driven for miles to an unknown destination.

    Poor Cow Screamed Believing She Was Going To A Slaughterhouse But Instead, She Saw Freedom For The First Time

    Assuming more torture awaited the cow, she let out one heart-wrenching scream after another. Little did she know that she was headed to her first taste of freedom: the Kuhrettung Rhein-Berg Sanctuary.

    The dairy farm she had known as her only home was closing down, and while Emma was initially slated for slaughter, the rescue stepped in to save her and give her the retirement she deserved.

    Poor Cow Screamed Believing She Was Going To A Slaughterhouse But Instead, She Saw Freedom For The First Time

    Although she avoided death at the dairy farm, it was a horrible place to live with deplorable conditions. Still, as her reaction shows, poor Emma thought that she was going from bad to worse after she was loaded into that trailer.

    Despite how playful, adorable, and sweet cows are, they’re commonly mistreated for their milk, meat, and leather.

    Poor Cow Screamed Believing She Was Going To A Slaughterhouse But Instead, She Saw Freedom For The First Time

    Society dehumanizes cows and separate ourselves from what takes place to get that milk in your refrigerator. It is truly terrible, and cows are fully aware of what’s going on the entire time.

    Thankfully, Emma’s tears do not last long, and the video takes on a very happy ending.

    The trailer soon comes to a stop. At that point, Emma is led out of the trailer and released into a wide-open field filled with green grass, rolling hills, and many other cows.

    After one sees the horror etched on her face, it brings such relief and joy to see her take these first steps towards freedom. At first, she plays it safe, cautiously making her way into her new home as a few cows approach her in greeting.

    Poor Cow Screamed Believing She Was Going To A Slaughterhouse But Instead, She Saw Freedom For The First Time

    The other cows take turns sniffing out their new friend, as more and more cows gather near her. It is as if they are telling her that at long last, everything is going to be okay, and she is safe.

    Emma’s posture starts to soften, and her eyes relax. By the end of the video, it seems that Emma has already started to settle into her new home. She runs off into the field with her new family, experiencing the sweet taste of freedom.

    Poor Cow Screamed Believing She Was Going To A Slaughterhouse But Instead, She Saw Freedom For The First Time

    Emma’s heartwarming story is all thanks to the kind people that operate Kuhrettung Rhein-Berg Sanctuary. The kind human beings who run the operation are truly blessings on Earth.

    Poor Cow Screamed Believing She Was Going To A Slaughterhouse But Instead, She Saw Freedom For The First Time

    This group is on a mission to save as many cows as possible and retire them to wide open pastures so that they can enjoy the remainder of their lives.

    Poor Cow Screamed Believing She Was Going To A Slaughterhouse But Instead, She Saw Freedom For The First Time

    Image credits: Facebook


    The Micromegas chambers for the ATLAS New Small Wheel upgrade

    The ATLAS collaboration at LHC has chosen the resistive Micromegas technology, along with the small-strip Thin Gap Chambers (sTGC), for the high luminosity upgrade of the first muon station in the high-rapidity region, the so called New Small Wheel (NSW) project. After the R&D;, design and prototyping phase, the first series production Micromegas quadruplets are being constructed at the involved construction sites in France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Greece. At CERN, the final validation and the integration of the modules in Sectors are in progress. These are big steps forward for the installation of the NSW foreseen for the LHC long shutdown in 2019 and 2020. The construction of the four types of large size quadruplets, all having trapezoidal shapes with surface areas between 2 and 3 m2, will be reviewed. The achievement of the requirements for these detectors revealed to be even more challenging than expected, when scaling from the small prototypes to the large dimensions. We will describe the encountered problems, to a large extent common to other micro-pattern gaseous detectors, and the adopted solutions. Final quality assessment and validation results on the achieved mechanical precision, on the High-Voltage stability during operation with and without irradiation will be presented together with the most relevant steps and results of the modules integration into sectors.

    VW facing largest collective legal claim in modern German history

    Derek Scally, Berlin Correspondent with the Irish Times, looks ahead to a mass court case in Germany, as over 400,000 Volkswagen owners group together to demand compensation following 'dieselgate' scandal.

    FOREX-Sino-U.S. trade talk doubts lift dollar off one-month lows

    *Dollar index inches up as Bloomberg report fuels doubt on Sino-U.S. trade talks. LONDON, Oct 7- The dollar edged up on Monday after four straight losses last week, while China's offshore yuan and the euro were undermined by fresh jitters on the trade war front and data that added to evidence of economic recession in Germany. A Bloomberg report that Chinese...

    German tech investor leads Series A for Germany’s first medical Cannabis startup

    German just hit a new milestone in the space where venture capital and the burgeoning Cannabis industry meet. Berlin startup Demecan has completed a Series A financing round of 7 million euros to expand its production facility for medical cannabis and the wholesale trade in Germany. It’s become the only German company allowed to produce […]

    Продам Пластинки фирменные, лицензия, демократы. [540]

    Цена одной пластинки 50 гривен. В теме на сообщения не отвечаю, просьба писать в ЛС. 18) Various ‎– Ungarische Rhapsodien (Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms)(made in Germany) 19) Various ‎– New Magic In A Dusty...

    Продам Пластинки классика [540]

    Цена одной пластинки 50 гривен. кроме отмеченных. Гиганты 12’’ Ungarische Rhapsodien (Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms)(made in Germany) Richard Wagner – Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Franz Konwitschny‎ –...

    Carsten Keller doubles at MesseCup Leipzig


    The 2019 MesseCup Leipzig was held as part of the Modell Hobby Spiel fair in Leipzig, Germany last week. The event was held in a multitude of classes and in 1/8th Nitro Buggy it was Mugen’s Carsten Keller with the overall win from Mugen teammate, Aaron Rönick in 2nd. Philipp Lütgert (Kyosho) came in 3rd […]

    The post Carsten Keller doubles at MesseCup Leipzig appeared first on Red RC.


    Stolen truck crashes into cars in Germany, 9 hurt

    BERLIN (AP) " Police are investigating why a man drove a stolen truck into a line of cars in a western German town, leaving nine people slightly injured.The truck drove into a line of eight cars in Limburg late Monday afternoon, pushing the vehicles into each other. Police said seven people were taken to hospitals and the driver also was slightly injured. He was detained.The truck was towed away on Tuesday morning and was being examined by police. They said that the driver [...]

    Diary August 26 - September 27

    Het lijkt wel of de dagen voorbij vliegen. Ik zag dat het alweer ruim 1 maand geleden is dat ik op mijn blog schreef. Ik heb niet echt het gevoel dat ik nu veel gedaan heb waar ik over kan schrijven, maar doe ik het vandaag niet, dan is straks weer 1 maand voorbij gevlogen.
    26 augustus:
    Ik ben begonnen met de In The Dunes Wrap van Curious handmade. Het is het 4e patroon van de Shawlsociety4.

    It seems like the days fly by. I saw that it was already over 1 month ago that I wrote on my blog. I don't really feel that I have done much that I can write about now, but if I don't do it today, then another month will have flown by.
    August 26:
    I started with the In The Dunes Wrap from Curious handmade. It is the 4th pattern from the Shawlsociety4.

    Het garen is van een advent kalender van vorig jaar, van Flock on the plain. De kleuren zijn zo mooi. Ik ben nog steeds met de 2e kleur bezig.

    The yarn is from an advent calendar from last year, from Flock on the plain. The colors are so beautiful. I'm still knitting with color 2.

    27 augustus:
    Ook vandaag stijgen de temperaturen weer flink, dus vanmorgen al op tijd naar buiten met mijn ontbijt (speltpap met half theel. cacao, halve banaan, eetl. notenmix en klein scheutje suikervrije grenadine siroop) en mijn breiwerk.

    August 27:
    The temperatures are also rising high today, so early this morning I already got
    outside on time with my breakfast (spelled porridge with half teaspoon cocoa, half banana, tbsp nut mix and a little dash of sugar-free grenadine syrup) and my knitwear.

    29 augustus:
    Ik ben begonnen met de 4e kleur voor The Dunes Wrap van Curious handmade.

    August 29:
    I started with my 4th color on The Dunes Wrap from Curious handmade.

    Kleur 3 heeft een zilverdraadje in het garen.

    Color 3 had a silver stellina in it.

    31 augustus:
    Vandaag een heerlijke dag gehad bij The Log Cabin in Hillensberg,  volop genoten van het heerlijke gezelschap van vriendinnen.
    Ook de stoffen en achtergrondstof gekocht voor de Beyond the Porch quilt van Natalie Bird, want die quilt heb ik nu al een paar keer bij Jacqueline van The Log Cabin gezien en ik vind hem zo mooi in de stofjes zoals zij hem gemaakt heeft.

    August 31:
    We had a lovely day at quilt shop The Log Cabin in Hillensberg (Germany) today and I bought the fabrics for the Beyond the porch quilt from Natalie Bird, because I really like that quilt.

    Daarnaast nog een leuk paneel met verschillende bouwwerk voertuigen gekocht, alsook wat piratenstofjes en Michiel koos de lap met dieren uit.

    I also bought a panel with construction vehicles, some pirate fabrics and Michiel found a fabric with lovely animals.

    5 september:
    Begonnen met de I Spy quilt voor mijn aankomend kleinkind dat rond 24 december geboren zal worden.

    September 5:
    I started with the I Spy quilt for my grandchild that will be born around December 24.

    Natuurlijk alle lapjes uitgelegd, zodat ik kon zien of ze goed verdeeld zijn.

    First I lay out all the pieces, so I could see if they were in the right place.

    8 september:
    Kijk eens wat een prachtige plant ik kreeg, een "Mandrake". Mijn petekind Amy heeft van een bestaande ficus een Harry Potter plant gemaakt, ik ben er heel blij mee.

    September 8:
    Look what a wonderful plant I got, a "Mandrake". My godchild Amy has turned an existing ficus into a Harry Potter plant, I am very happy with it.

    9 september:
    Zo leuk om alle 195 verschillende kinderstofjes aan elkaar te zetten voor de I Spy quilt (Ik zie, ik zie, wat jij niet ziet). Wat zal mijn kleinkind hier jaren plezier van hebben.

    September 9:
    So much fun to sew all those 195 different childrens fabric together for the I Spy quilt. I hope my grandchild will enjoy this for years.

    12 september:
    Eindelijk dan toch begonnen met mijn allereerste sok. Het patroon heet Escher blocks for beginners en is te vinden op Ravelry. Het gaat niet zo heel snel maar wat is dit leuk om te doen. Ook de eerste keer dat ik brei met de magische loop op een rondbreinaald.

    September 12:
    I finally did it. I started my very first sock. The pattern is called Escher blocks for beginners and can be found on Ravelry. It is going slow but it is a lot of fun. This is the first time I knit with magic loop.

    14 september:
    Elk jaar gaan we naar de pompoendag die georganisserd wordt bij ons in de buurt. Elk jaar weer maakt die familie er veel werk van.

    September 14:
    Every year we go to the pumpkin day that is organized in our neighborhood. Every year that family makes a lot of work of it.

    17 september:
    Vandaag kwamen de 4 strengen binnen van The Yarn Lab UK, die ik gewonnen had bij haar give away op Instagram. Zo zijn zo mooi !

    September 17:
    Today the 4 skeins from The Yarn Lab UK came in, which I won at her give away on Instagram. So its so beautiful!

    18 september:
    Ik ben opnieuw begonnen met mijn sok. De sok die ik aan het breien was met het grijze garen, bleek veel te los gebreid te zijn. Dus ben ik opnieuw begonnen met deze mooie kleur 2459 van Schachenmayr Regia op rondbreinaald 2.25 mm.

     September 18:
    I started again with my sock. The sock that I was knitting with the grey color yarn I ripped out, it turned out my gauge was much to loose. so I started again with this beautiful color 2459 from Schachenmayr Yarns Regia on 2.25 mm circular needle.

    19 september:
    Gisteren kwamen mijn strengen van Giddy yarns binnen. Enige tijd terug zag ik op haar site de Peter Rabbit kleur (rechts op foto) en ik was verliefd. De kleur links is Sandcastle. Beide zijn prachtig.

    September 19:
    I got my yarn yesterday from Giddy yarns . When I saw her Peter Rabbit color (on the right) I was in love. The color on the left is Sandcastle. Both are so beautiful.

    Al een paar dagen wat last van een buikgriepje, dus echt veel is er niet gedaan, behalve wat quilt steekjes zetten aan de baby quilt.

    I didn't do much the last few days except working on the baby quilt. 

    21 september:
    Tromgeroffel ... mijn allereerste sok is klaar. Nooit gedacht dat ik nog eens sokken zou breien.

    September 21:
    Drumroll ... I finished my very first sock that I ever knit. Who had thought that I would start knitting socks, but I love it.

    27 September:
    Inmiddels ben ik halverwege met mijn 2e sok. De I Spy quilt voor kleinkind is half doorgequilt en ik heb de 2 dikke boeken van Margreet & Reina Crispijn uitgelezen. Dit waren bij elkaar 1514 bladzijden en ik heb genoten van elk woord !

    September 27:
    I am now halfway through my second sock. The I Spy quilt for grandchild is half quilted and I have read the 2 thick books by Margreet & Reina Crispijn. These were 1514 pages together and I enjoyed every word!


    10/07 Links Pt1: Whatever Happened to the Palestinian ‘Diplomatic Tsunami’?; FM confirms initiative to sign ‘historic’ non-aggression pact with Arab states; Fatah attempts to hide its terror promotion from Facebook

    From Ian:

    Jonathan S. Tobin: Whatever Happened to the Palestinian ‘Diplomatic Tsunami’?
    At the United Nations, where once-hardened ex-generals like Barak quaked about the prospect of the world uniting to force Israel to accept a Palestinian state, the situation for the Jewish state’s foes is particularly dismal. It’s true that many UN agencies, like its Human Rights Council, are still cesspools of antisemitism and hypocrisy, focusing almost exclusively on bogus attacks on Israel while ignoring real human-rights catastrophes in countries around the world.

    But as is the case elsewhere, the diplomatic isolation that Barak and so many others feared never happened. Indeed, as Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon recently wrote, the world body is no longer the “home court” for those who oppose Israel. The majority of member states joined the United States and Israel in condemning Hamas terrorism in the past year. In a variety of steps, both large and small, Israel’s presence there has become normalized.

    At the same time, the Palestinians have become more of an afterthought. It’s probably better for Abbas that even the Palestinians’ usual cheerleaders on the left paid no attention to his recent address at the UN General Assembly, where he spoke of his devotion to democracy and his plans to hold an election. Abbas is so devoted to democracy that he is currently serving the 15th year of a four-year term as president of the PA, to which he was elected in 2005. No one takes his talk of finally holding another vote seriously, since there is no way he would risk being defeated by his more radical Islamist rivals in Hamas, who currently rule Gaza.

    The Arab and Muslim worlds may still be hotbeds of antisemitism and may have successfully exported their Jew-hatred to the West in the form of the BDS movement. However, Arab states have effectively dropped the Palestinian cause as a priority and instead are increasingly looking to Israel as an ally against Iran. Though they still pay some lip service to the Palestinian cause, the governments of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt have little interest in creating another failed and unstable Arab state for the Palestinians.

    To note these facts is not to deny that the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians is not going away and remains a serious problem. But as long as both the PA and Hamas are stuck in the mindset of their century-long war on Zionism, peace will have to wait until the Palestinians are ready to accept the legitimacy of a Jewish state.

    The fact that the “tsunami” that so many Jews feared has fizzled into the BDS flop that can only intimidate someone like Lovato demonstrates that the conventional wisdom peddled by Israel’s noisy critics shouldn’t be taken seriously. Those who listen to the counsels of despair in 2011 have turned out to be as confused as a second-tier pop star.
    FM confirms initiative to sign ‘historic’ non-aggression pact with Arab states
    Foreign Minister Israel Katz on Sunday confirmed that he has been advancing non-aggression treaties with several Arab countries in the Gulf, a “historic” démarche he said could end the conflict between Jerusalem and those states.

    “Recently I have been promoting, with the backing of the prime minister, a diplomatic initiative to sign ‘non-aggression agreements’ with the Arab Gulf states,” Katz wrote on Twitter.

    “It’s a historic move that will end the conflict and enable civilian cooperation until the signing of peace agreements,” he said, in what appeared to be a tacit acknowledgement that no Arab country is currently willing to establish full diplomatic relations with the Jewish state as long as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains unresolved.

    Katz further confirmed that he presented his plan to several Arab foreign ministers during his visit to New York last week at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. He also discussed the proposal with the US administration’s outgoing special envoy for the peace process, Jason Greenblatt, Katz said.

    “I will continue to work to strengthen Israel’s standing in the region and around the world,” he pledged.

    Katz’s tweet included a link to a report aired Saturday night by Channel 12, which first revealed the existence of the potentially groundbreaking initiative.
    PMW: Fatah attempts to hide its terror promotion from Facebook
    In fact PMW's reports show that Fatah does all of that and worse on its Facebook page, and PMW has pointed this out to Facebook more than once. Yet Facebook continues to leave the platform open for Fatah's terror promotion.

    Fishman further explained that Facebook finds that governments and academics are acting too slow in terms of designating who are "terrorist actors" and therefore designates such themselves:
    "We [Facebook] designate terrorist actors ourselves. This is pretty unique, but the reason we do this is because although there are a variety of lists of terrorist organizations in the world that are maintained by academics, that are maintained by governments, we find that academics and governments act too slowly. They don't actually maintain comprehensive lists in real time, and the expectation on us by our users and by the community globally is that we are able to respond to these things in near real time."

    One can only marvel at the speed with which Facebook claims that it responds to terror promotion when looking at its inaction in the face of PMW’s thorough documentation. Nine months ago Facebook was supplied by PMW with explicit evidence that Fatah’s mission includes terror and violence. Yet in its statement to the Jerusalem Post last week Facebook said:
    "We have received reports about potentially violating content on this page and, as we do with all such reports, are in the process of reviewing that content to determine whether it violates our policies."

    Facebook boasting would be laughable, if its behavior was not life-threatening. Facebook claims to have a policy according to which “there may be no praise, support, or representation of a terrorist organization, a terrorist actor, a terrorist event,” and boasts ‘we are able to respond to these things in near real time.”

    In the case of Fatah, Facebook has failed repeatedly to deal with the terror promotion on its platform. Despite being provided with the evidence, Facebook did nothing to remove Fatah’s terror glorifying and promoting posts. While their actions were no more than piece-meal, it appears that even Fatah accepted PMW’s claim that many of their posts contained terror glorification and promotion and decided to take them down.

    Facebook removes terror promotion in “real time,” except when the murder of Israelis is being celebrated and promoted. For Israelis a full nine months is necessary and Facebook is still “in the process of reviewing that content,” that clearly celebrates and promotes terror.

    While Facebook is bragging about fighting terror, Palestinian terror is being embedded in the hearts and minds of the next generation of potential terrorists, thanks to Facebook.

    PA wipes peace agreements from schoolbooks, encourages incitement and intolerance
    The Palestinian Authority has removed any mention of past agreements with Israel from their school textbooks, with the exception of the Oslo Accords, which are mentioned in far less detail than in previous editions of the schoolbooks, according to a new report by Yedioth Aharonot.

    The new curriculum, which has been progressively implemented throughout the past three years, and the textbooks in particular, are studied between 1st and 12th grades in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, east Jerusalem and refugee camps. They, unlike their previous editions, make no mention of the historical Jewish presence in Israel, and speak about every quarter in Jerusalem's Old City – except the Jewish Quarter.

    The portions of the textbooks that do mention the Oslo Accords portray Israel in a negative light, claiming that "the Zionist occupation was forced to recognize the PLO after the First Intifada in 1987."

    In addition, the old textbooks contained the full contents of the letter written in 1993 by then-PA chairman Yasser Arafat to then-Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, which detailed the values of peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

    The new textbooks, however, censor the part in which Arafat writes that the declaration of principles "is the beginning of an era of coexistence in peace without violence and any action that may risk the peace."

    The few times in which Israel is mentioned throughout the rest of the textbooks are in parentheses, a habit typically taken on to claim the illegitimacy of the state by extremist organizations such as Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, according to Mako.

    Seth J. Frantzman: Trump gives green light to Turkey to take over Syria, displace U.S. partners
    Turkey will soon move forward with its long-planned military operation to create what it calls a "safe zone" in northern Syria – and U.S. forces will not support or be involved in it, the White House press secretary announced early Monday morning. The move is an extraordinary reversal of US policy that leaves America's allies wondering whether they can still rely on the Trump administration.

    The statement came after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and US President Donald Trump discussed in a phone call Turkey's plans to establish a "safe zone" east of the Euphrates River in Syria. For four years, the US and mostly Kurdish fighters have fought and defeated Islamic State in northeast Syria.

    The White House decision will effectively displace the partner forces the US had been working with. For more than a year and a half, Trump has been seeking to leave Syria. In the midst of the impeachment crisis, he has now made the decision to sacrifice US allies in the war on ISIS as opposed to pressuring Ankara with diplomatic means.

    "Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria," the White House press secretary said in a statement.

    "The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial 'Caliphate,' will no longer be in the immediate area," it added.

    The White House looks at the overall picture in eastern Syria, not as one in which the US fought and sacrificed alongside Kurdish partner forces, but as a simple transactional issue.

    In this view, the US has no interests in eastern Syria, except the ISIS fighters. Washington has no interests in creating stability, preventing Iranian influence, defending its partners, preventing ethnic cleansing or the destruction of property, or in managing the crisis. Instead, it decided that its mission was tailored and narrow, and nothing beyond the ISIS issue.
    US Throws Kurdish Allies Under the Bus; Turkey "Opens the Floodgates" to Europe
    Turkey's Erdogan government will be invading northern Syria to slaughter the Kurds, America's loyal allies against ISIS; release captured ISIS fighters, and doubtless seek to stay permanently in control of the area. The horror is that it will be doing all this with the tacit blessing of the US.

    "I am saying this today: We have not got the required support from the world -- particularly from the EU -- to share the burden of the refugees we have been hosting, so we might have to [open the gates] to get the support." — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Takvim, September 5, 2019

    "If we open the floodgates, no European government will be able to survive for more than six months. We advise them not to try our patience." — Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, Anadolu Agency, July 21, 2019.

    Erdogan's threats are not new... and his claims are flawed.... Ankara has not lived up to its commitments.

    "The most important question is why the refugee camps are not open to civil monitoring. Entry to refugee camps is not allowed. The camps are not transparent. There are many allegations as to what is happening in them. We are therefore worried about what they are hiding from us." — Cansu Turan, a social worker with the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV), to Gatestone Institute, August 2016.

    "Turkish authorities are detaining and coercing Syrians into signing forms saying they want to return to Syria and then forcibly returning them there." — Human Rights Watch, July 2019.
    Netanyahu says cooperation with Russia 'critical' with U.S. to leave Syria
    Israel has “great challenges around us” and it's cooperation with Russia is “critical,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, a day after US President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw troops from Syria and allow a Turkish incursion there against Kurdish forces.

    Netanyahu made the comments at a holiday toast with workers in his office, during which he relayed that he just had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Netanyahu phoned Putin to wish him a happy birthday.

    “I met with him a few weeks ago about issues that are important for the security of the State of Israel, and this conversation as well was important to Israel's security,” he said. Though he did not provide details, the Netanyahu-Putin conversation is believed to have dealt with the changing dynamics in Syria resulting from the White House's dramatic announcement on Sunday.

    “We have great challenges around us, but we enjoy important cooperation and coordination with Russia, something that is critical for us, and which we will continue to deal with,” he said.
    Lindsey Graham, Nikki Haley on Trump's Syria plan: Disaster in the making
    The Trump administration's move, which opens the way for a Turkish strike on Kurdish fighters long aligned with Washington, runs counter to the positions of even some of Trump's top allies in his own party.

    Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator who is generally a vocal Trump supporter, wrote in a series of Twitter posts that he was trying to set up a call with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and would introduce a Senate resolution opposing the withdrawal decision and calling for it to be reversed.

    "It's never in our national security interest to abandon an ally who's helped us fight ISIS," Graham said in an interview with Fox News Channel, using an acronym for Islamic State.

    "This impulsive decision by the president has undone all the gains we've made, thrown the region into further chaos."

    Former US Ambassador the United Nations, Nikki Haley also responded on Twitter, saying, "We must always have the backs of our allies, if we expect them to have our back. The Kurds were instrumental in our successful fight against ISIS in Syria. Leaving them to die is a big mistake."

    Republican Senator Marco Rubio tweeted that "If reports about US retreat in #Syria are accurate, the Trump administration has made a grave mistake that will have implications far beyond Syria."
    US troops begin Syria pullout as Turkey readies offensive, alarming Kurds
    US-backed Kurdish-led forces in Syria said American troops began withdrawing Monday from northeast Syria ahead of a Turkish invasion that the Kurds say will overturn five years of achievements in the battle against the Islamic State terror group.

    The Syrian Kurdish fighters also accused Washington of failing to abide by its commitments to its key allies in the fight against IS. It’s a major shift in US policy.

    The American withdrawal came just hours after the White House said US forces in northeastern Syria will move aside and clear the way for an expected Turkish assault — essentially abandoning Kurdish fighters who fought alongside American forces in the years-long battle to defeat IS.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened for months to launch the military operation across the border. He views the Syria Kurdish forces as a threat to his country as Ankara has struggled with a Kurdish insurgency within Turkey.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey was “determined to ensure our country’s existence and security by clearing terrorists from this region.”

    “From the start of the Syria war, we have supported that country’s territorial integrity and will continue to do so from now on,” Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter. “We will contribute to bring serenity, peace and stability to Syria.”
    UN ‘preparing for the worst’ from Turkey’s Syria operation
    The United Nations said Monday it was “preparing for the worst” in northeast Syria after the United States said it would step aside to allow for Turkish military operations in the area.

    “We don’t know what is going to happen… we are preparing for the worst,” UN regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria, Panos Moumtzis, said in Geneva, stressing that there were “a lot of unanswered questions” about the consequences of the operation.

    Moumtzis added that the UN was “in contact with all sides” on the ground.

    But he made clear his office did not have advance warning about the US decision that effectively abandons the Kurds, who were Washington’s main ally in the long battle against the so-called Islamic State group.

    Moumtzis said the UN’s priorities were to ensure that any prospective Turkish offensive not result in new displacements, that humanitarian access remain unhindered and that no restrictions be put in place on freedom of movement.

    The UN has a contingency plan to address additional civilian suffering, but “hopes that will not be used,” Moumtzis said.

    Netanyahu: Israel Needs Air Defense System Against Iranian Cruise Missiles
    In a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed a massive air defense system to defend against Iranian attacks, especially cruise missiles like those used in attacks on a Saudi Arabian oil facility last month, according to KAN.

    Last month, cruise missiles and explosive drones were used in an attack on two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, including the world’s biggest petroleum processing facility.

    The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and Germany have publicly blamed the attack on Iran, which denies involvement in the strike.

    The attacks on the two facilities cut Saudi Arabia’s crude oil supply by around 5.7 million barrels per day, or about 50% of its output.

    The plan proposed by Netanyahu will cost billions of shekels. Some of the funds for the project won’t be allocated officially until after a government is formed, assuming that there aren’t third elections.

    The funds for the project will either come from cuts within the security establishment or from funds cut from social services. According to KAN, it’s more likely that the funds will be taken from social services.
    Iran unveils kit to convert artillery rockets into guided missiles
    The Iranian military says it has produced a new conversion kit to upgrade artillery rockets to surface-to-surface missiles, technology that Israel has accused Tehran of attempting to deliver to the Hezbollah terror group.

    The Iranians unveiled the new guidance system upgrade, called Labeik, at an event Thursday at which a number of new military technologies were showcased, according to Jane’s Defence Weekly.

    Jane’s reported that Labeik appeared similar to the guidance systems on the Fateh-110 series of rockets, many of which are believed to be in the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon. According to the report, the new system also looks to be compatible with Zelzal heavy artillery rockets.

    Video footage of the new conversion system aired on Iranian television shows a short body featuring four inverted fins that can be fitted between the rocket and its payload.

    According to Iran’s Fars News, the “anti-armor ‘Labeik 1’ missiles… enjoy precision-striking power.”

    “There is nothing new in the conversion itself, they have been doing it for years, and they already showed conversion kits for the Fatah 110 family of missiles,” Uzi Rubin, one of the pioneers of Israel’s earliest attempts at missile defense, told The Times of Israel.

    “What’s new here are the aerodynamics of the winglets — very unique, unseen in Iran to date and unseen in any other country. Going to indigenous design rather than copying others indicates self-confidence. The purpose of the new and unique aerodynamics is probably to increase the maneuverability of the converted rockets.”
    Congresswoman: Antisemitism, Iran threat highlight need for US-Israel ties
    Growing global antisemitism and the dangers of Iran make it more important than ever that the US maintain close ties to Israel, leading Republican Representative Ann Wagner of Missouri said during a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, in which she spoke against BDS and promoted joint Palestinian-Israeli business ventures over the Green Line.

    “Israel is deeply invested in achieving peace in the Middle East, and so is the United States of America,” said Wagner, who is a member of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee. “And we will all stand collectively with Israel as they work toward the achievement of this goal.”

    At “a time of heightened antisemitism that we are seeing across the globe, it is more important than ever that we maintain a strong connection to this very key ally of ours in Israel,” said Wagner. Such a stance is also significant given that Iran is threatening Israel, including through its proxies Hezbollah and Hamas.

    Part of a small congressional delegation that traveled to Israel in August, Wagner was on a trip sponsored by the US Israel Education Association (USIEA). The trip focused on security issues and the work of the Judea and Samaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry, co-led by Avi Zimmerman of the Ariel settlement and Ashraf Jabari of Hebron.

    According to the chamber, it has a membership of some 250 Israeli and 250 Palestinian business people. Jabari was among a small number of Palestinian entrepreneurs who attended the US-led economic workshop in Manama, Bahrain, in June.
    'The days of the Ottoman Empire are over'
    Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz has ordered his office to draw up plans to stop the Turkish government's efforts to undermine Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem and protect Jordan's special status as guardian of Muslim holy sites in the city.

    Katz intends to present the plan to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu soon, so he can authorize its implementation. Due to the sensitivity of the plan, whose implementation will almost certainly lead to a direct confrontation with Ankara, it is also expected to be raised for discussion by the Diplomatic-Security Cabinet. According to ministry officials, as the plan pertains to security matters, there is nothing preventing it from being implemented by a transition government.

    The issue of Turkey's influence on members of Jerusalem's Arab population has weighed on security and diplomatic officials' minds for years. As Israel Hayom has previously reported, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been buying influence over sites and prominent figures in east Jerusalem for years. Nevertheless, Jerusalem has not made any effort to challenge these efforts up until now.

    The Foreign Ministry's plan would see the Muslim Brotherhood, which has close ties to Erdoğan's Justice and Development party, deemed an illegal association in Israel. Further ministry recommendations for thwarting Ankara's efforts include restricting the activities of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, or TIKA, in Israel. The organization, whose stated objective is "preventing the Judaization of Jerusalem," spends some $12 million annually on activities aimed at undermining Israeli sovereignty in east Jerusalem. It should be noted that these activities are personally managed by Erdoğan.

    The plan's architects propose obligating TIKA to coordinate its activities with Israel in advance and preventing the association from act unequivocally in Jerusalem. In addition, they propose Jerusalem not renew the head of TIKA in Jerusalem's, a move that would strip the organization head of his diplomatic status in Israel and render his presence in Israel illegal.

    Additional steps would include restricting communications between members of the Islamic Waqf.
    How to get Erdogan off the Temple Mount
    This is why a new plan from Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz should be seen more as a declaration of intent and less as an operational plan. For the plan to take effect, defense and security officials who have been dealing with the issue for several years already must supply the top political echelon with evidence. Anyone who wants, for example, to limit the activity of TIKA, a well-endowed Turkish government agency, in Jerusalem will have to first prove that its activity goes beyond the bounds of civil/community service and slides into violence and incitement. Thus far, no evidence of that has been found, although attempts have been made to do so.

    The steps the Foreign Ministry wants to take against the worldwide Muslim Brotherhood organization could also turn out to be complicated. It's doubtful whether Israel can point to direct activity by the Muslim Brotherhood. On the other hand, it is definitely possible to identify violent activity by groups or individuals with ideological links to the Brotherhood or its international headquarters in London. Steps have been taken against the Muslim Brotherhood in the past, and we can assume that more will be done in the future. Only recently, two female rioters were barred from the Temple Mount for a period of six months.

    It looks like the best way to fight Erdoğan, who is hostile to Israel and trying to buy influence in Jerusalem, is to continue to expose Turkey's ties to Hamas. For years, Turkey has served as a haven for Hamas terrorists and commanders. For years, terrorist attacks or attempted terrorist attacks on both sides of the Green Line have been initiated and directed from Turkish territory. Erdoğan has repeatedly made it clear that as far as he is concerned, Hamas is not a terrorist organization, but the facts on the ground prove differently. Dozens of Hamas cells handled from Turkey have been exposed over the past few years, and the Shin Bet recently reported, "Turkey contributes to the military empowerment of Hamas, through methods that include the SADAT company, which was founded on the orders of Adnan Basha, a close advisor to government officials in Turkey."

    This is where Israel has to operate, both operationally and in terms of public diplomacy and traditional diplomacy. The Turkish nonprofits active in Jerusalem are tough to check unless legislative changes can be made that alter the definition of "hostile" activity in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.
    Israel backs Cyprus as Turkey moves gas drill into its waters
    Israel’s envoy to Cyprus on Monday expressed backing for the Mediterranean island state after Turkey moved a gas drilling rig into Cypriot waters last week.

    “Friends should stick with each other,” Ambassador Sammy Revel tweeted.

    He added that Israel is “following closely and with concern” the Turkish move.

    Revel’s comments come after Cyprus lashed out at Turkey’s new attempt to drill for gas in Cypriot waters where European energy companies are already licensed to conduct a search, calling it a “severe escalation” and vowing to fight the move.

    Israel and Turkey, once close allies, have had increasingly strained relations since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the country’s leader. Erdogan is a staunch supporter of the Palestinians and launches frequent verbal attacks on the Jewish state.

    Israel also voiced support for Cyprus in July over Turkish operations in the country’s exclusive economic zone.

    Israel, Cyprus and Greece have forged an energy-based partnership that has steadily grown following the discovery of gas deposits in the eastern Mediterranean. The United States began joining the talks earlier this year.
    German Jews blast WJC's decision to give Merkel the Herzl Award
    Members of Germany's Jewish community are speaking out against the World Jewish Congress's decision to honor Chancellor Angela Merkel with its prestigious Herzl Award.

    Every year, the organization bestows the award to figures who act to promote Zionist visionary Theodor Herzl's "ideas for the creation of a safer and more tolerant world for Jews."

    Along with Merkel, former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has also been selected for the award, which the two women are set to receive in separate ceremonies.

    However, the announcement of WJC's plan to honor Merkel with the award has been met with piercing criticism from members of Germany's Jewish community, who note the change in Merkel's stance toward Israel in recent years, her support for the 2015 nuclear deal, and the increasing sense among the country's Jews that Berlin is not doing an adequate job of contending with the growing threat to Jews as a result of the anti-Semitic views of Arab and Muslim migrants to the country.

    Among the points of contention raised by the local Jewish community: Germany's continued pattern of voting against Israel in UN and other international bodies; Berlin's continued funding for organizations that support the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement; its refusal to ban Hezbollah activities in the country; and Germany's increased financial support for UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, without conditioning those funds on the cessation of incitement against Israel. There also those who cite Merkel's vocal opposition to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's official capital and Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
    IDF Sets Up New Anti-Tunnel Company to Detect, Destroy Threats in Israel’s North
    The Israel Defense Forces have set up a special engineering corps company to discover and prevent terror tunnels dug across Israel’s northern border from Lebanon.

    The new company is intended to deal with the long-term threat from tunneling attempts by Hezbollah, Israeli news website Mako reported on Sunday. It will use cutting edge technology to do so, most of it tested on Hamas tunnels dug from Gaza, but adapted to the northern terrain, which is quite different.

    The main tactic employed by the company is the use of new technology, and as a result is heavily invested in research and development.

    One department deals with developing technologies to detect tunnels and tunnel digging activity, while another examines the practical engineering means of interdicting and destroying them.

    The head of the company, Captain Moshe Asraf, said it was established according to the “lessons” learned during last year’s Operation Northern Shield, during which he served as a commander in the engineering corps.
    Arabs Hurl Firebombs, Burn Tires as Jews Pray at Joseph’s Tomb
    Dozens of Palestinians rioted on Sunday night following the pilgrimage of some 1,000 Jews, under Israeli security escort, to the Tomb of Joseph in Shechem/Nablus to pray. The rioters threw firebombs and burning tires at security personnel.

    Israeli security forces responded with riot dispersal methods.

    There were no Israeli reports of casualties during the incident, however the PA’s Wafa news agency reported that seven rioters were wounded after “Israeli forces escorted a convoy of buses packed with over a thousand fanatic Jewish settlers to the site, located in the Palestinian-controlled area, sparking confrontations with Palestinian residents.”

    Wafa stated that the injured Palestinians had been “protesting” the “raid” and “attempting to block settlers’ access to the site”

    “Among the settlers who raided the site were Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen, leader of the council of settlers in the occupied West Bank Yossi Dagan, and Knesset member Moshe Arbel,” Wafa reported.
    Palestinian Authority Continues to Pay Salaries to Terrorists
    Abbas' remarks, which were less acerbic in tone than those he made in previous addresses to the General Assembly, reflected a concern over the ineffectiveness of his policies and the sidelining of the Palestinian issue from the international, regional, and Israeli agenda.

    It is also nevertheless evident from Abbas' remarks that he does not intend to bend as far as his fundamental positions on the conflict are concerned. This was given clear expression in Abbas' stated enthusiastic commitment to continue to pay salaries to Palestinian terrorists and their families, despite the fact that Israel has deducted this amount from the tax revenues it transfers to Ramallah. While there is nothing new about this declaration, Abbas' decision to repeat it in a major international forum is indicative of the PA chairman's commitment to the expectations of the Palestinian street, as he perceives and shapes it.

    In practice, despite the cuts in the transferred funds and the Palestinian decision to avoid accepting a further installment of payments Israel is willing to transfer, the PA continues to pay these terrorist salaries as usual. According to the PA budget implementation report for 2019, the Palestinian Authority transferred 276 million shekels (around $79 million) in payments – i.e., salaries – and another 75 million shekels (around $22 million) in "social" payments to families, family expenses, medical insurance coverage, and legal expenses, among other things. In total, the PA Prisoner Affairs Ministry spent some 364 million shekels ($105 million) on these terrorist payments.

    These numbers reveal that the PA's payments to terrorists in 2019 were similar in scope to those made the previous year. The significance of this is that despite increasing pressure, the Palestinians are sticking to their guns, as it were, and as a result, the chances of the PA
    becoming a partner for peace under Abbas' leadership continue to be slim to none.
    Khaled Abu Toameh: Shtayyeh: We received NIS 1.5 billion from Israel
    The crisis between Israel and the Palestinian Authority over Israeli deductions of payments made to security prisoners and families of Palestinians killed while carrying out attacks against Israelis remains unresolved, PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Monday.

    Speaking at the weekly meeting of his cabinet in Ramallah, Shtayyeh announced that the PA has received NIS 1.5 billion from Israel in accordance with the deal reached between the two sides last week.

    “The problem with Israel [over the funds withheld by Israel] has not been resolved until this moment,” Shtayyeh said. “There is no government in Israel that is capable of making a political decision on this matter.”

    Despite Israel’s decision to deduct the payments from the tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinians, the PA government continues to fulfill its duties toward the prisoners and the families of the “martyrs,” Shtayyeh said, and the PA government will remain committed to paying salaries to the families of the prisoners and “martyrs.”

    PA President Mahmoud Abbas also said that the PA’s position regarding payments to the security prisoners and families of “martyrs” remains unchanged.
    Abbas says he’ll discuss elections with Hamas, factions but provides no timeline
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that he would discuss plans for new parliamentary elections with all factions, including longtime rivals Hamas.

    Meeting with senior Palestinian leaders in the PA’s administrative capital of Ramallah in the West Bank, Abbas renewed a pledge to hold the polls — the first since 2006 — but without giving a timeframe.

    He announced that they had formed committees to “communicate with the election commission and factions such as Hamas and all factions, as well as with the Israeli authorities.”

    He said any elections should take place in “the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.”

    Hamas and Fatah have been at loggerheads since 2007, when the terror group seized Gaza and threw out Abbas’s forces, which retained control of the internationally recognized Palestinian government, based in the West Bank.

    No parliamentary elections have been held since 2006, with the two sides trading blame.
    Khaled Abu Toameh: What Iran's Friends Are Doing in Gaza
    In other words, Islamic Jihad's promise is one of unending toxicity: to go on poisoning the hearts and minds of generation after generation of Palestinians – as well as to continue investing millions of dollars in building tunnels and amassing weapons to ensure that the fight against Israel continues forever.

    "The policy of resistance and jihad is the genuine policy to liberate all Palestine, and the Palestinian people will not abandon this path. We will not accept any agreement that contradicts the project of jihad and liberation. Under no circumstances will we give up one inch of the land of Palestine." -- Senior Hamas official Salah Bardaweel.

    For [Hamas and Islamic Jihad] , a ceasefire means further amassing weapons and preparing their people for war without worrying about Israeli military action. When will the international community pull its head out of the sand in which it has so long been buried and understand that with organizations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad running the show, the Gaza Strip will remain the humanitarian disaster that is so bitterly blamed on Israel?

    Lebanon arrests Syrian for making phone calls to Israel
    Lebanese authorities have arrested a Syrian national accused of having made phone calls to neighboring Israel, the army said Friday.

    An army statement said the suspect, who was not identified, was referred to court for “contacting Israeli phone numbers and communicating with Israelis present in the occupied Palestinian territories.” It did not elaborate.

    Lebanon is home to tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who fled the war raging in their country.

    In August, tensions spiked between Lebanon and Israel after two drones packed with explosives were sent into the Beirut bastion of the Shiite movement Hezbollah.

    Iran-backed Hezbollah and the Lebanese army accused Israel of being behind the drone launch.

    Lebanon’s government and Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah both described the apparently botched operation as an act of aggression.

    A few days after the August 25 drone incident in Beirut, the army opened fire on Israeli drones flying over southern Lebanon.
    Does Iran’s Leader Leave Room for Iran’s Return to the Negotiating Table?
    At the same time, over the past few weeks, there have been increasing calls from senior religious figures in Iran and the leadership of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard for the destruction of the State of Israel. This is similar to statements issued by the Supreme Leader in 2016 that Israel would cease to exist in another 25 years. It is possible that this round of criticism against Israel serves a smokescreen while negotiations are taking place between Iran and the United States to enable Iran’s return to the nuclear deal.

    In any case, by November 7, 2019, a further reduction is expected in Iran’s commitment to the nuclear agreement (including the enrichment of uranium to 20 percent and even higher). There is a window of opportunity for diplomacy and European efforts to try what has failed until now – to promise economic compensation to Iran for the American sanctions or alternatively to bring Washington back to the negotiating table. Iran’s oppositional regional policy (against Israel and Saudi Arabia, in Yemen, Iraq, and Syria) will apparently make it harder for Europe and the United States to advance the negotiations with Iran. However, in the past, Europe has shown that it is prepared to ignore repeated violations of human rights in Iran, such as its role in terror activities (including within European territory!), to fulfill the nuclear agreement, which eventually leads to investment and economic cooperation with Iran. Iran is well aware of Europe’s modus operandi and uses it and U.S. weakness to achieve maximum profit to renew negotiations regarding the nuclear agreement.

    “Today, the Nuclear Deal Is in the Intensive Care Unit”
    In this regard, Abbas Aragchi, deputy foreign minister and one of the patrons of the nuclear deal, stated at a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the opening of the German embassy in Tehran that, “today the nuclear deal is in the intensive care unit.” He added that to save it, cooperation was necessary between the P5+1 states. This could “bring down the walls of American sanctions and one-sided policies, which have become its weapon against independent countries.” According to him, Iran, along with the European countries, China, and Russia, are attempting to reach a balanced agreement through negotiations, but because of America’s one-sided policies, this balance has been violated and lost.5
    Iran says Russian journalist held over visa issue, not Israel spy claim
    Iran has confirmed the arrest last week in Tehran of a Russian journalist, saying the case was a matter of a visa violation.

    Government spokesman Ali Rabiei told reporters that Yulia Yuzik’s case is under “quick review” by authorities and wasn’t related to matters concerning the “counter-espionage” department. Her ex-husband said last week she had been arrested for allegedly spying for Israel.

    The Russian Embassy in Tehran said on Friday that Yuzik flew into Tehran the previous Sunday and that Iranian officials seized her passport at the airport for unknown reasons. She was arrested from her hotel room on Wednesday.

    The Russian foreign ministry summoned the Iranian ambassador to Moscow to explain Yuzik’s arrest.

    Prior to her arrest, Yuzik posted photographs from her trip on Instagram, saying she loved being in Iran.

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    10/05 Links: Bari Weiss' revolutionary anti-antisemitism action plan; Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to headline J Street conference; Phyllis Chesler: Gilead Resembles an Islamic Theocracy, not Trump’s America

    From Ian:

    Bari Weiss' revolutionary anti-antisemitism action plan
    I am intellectually curious about Weiss’s thoughts on the fourth pillar of antisemitism that contaminates Western Europe: Guilt-defensiveness antisemitism.

    The Israeli psychoanalyst Zvi Rex famously remarked, with biting sarcasm, that “The Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz.”

    Based on my nearly 20 years of writing and analyzing contemporary antisemitism in Continental Europe, I posit that Rex’s formulation about German society punishing Jews because of the memory of the Shoah, which infuses pathological guilt into many Germans, needs to be updated.

    In a modernized version of Rex, one might say that Western Europeans will never forgive Israel for the Holocaust. In short, that Western European countries such as France, Sweden, Austrian, Italy and others that were complicit in the Shoah are intensely focused on imposing discipline and punishment on Israel because of their guilt associated with Holocaust. What other plausible explanation exists for Western Europe’s relentless attacks on Israel and its singling out of Israel, only Israel, for a punitive demarcation of its products from the disputed territories in the West Bank and the Golan?

    There has been progress recently in Germany in the fight against contemporary antisemitism, Weiss notes, for example the Bundestag decision to classify the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign targeting Israel as anti-Semitic.

    However, there is still the problem that John le Carré described so forcefully in his novel The Little Drummer Girl (1983), when the Palestinain terrorist Khalil says, “We have many friends in Germany. But not because they love Palestinians. Only because they hate Jews.”

    A 2017 German government study revealed that nearly 33 million Germans, out of a total population of 82 million, are infected with contemporary antisemitism–that is hatred of the Jewish state.

    The report said, in a section titled “Agreement with Israel-related antisemitism,” that 40% of Germans who were polled approved of the following statement: “Based on Israel’s policies, I can understand people having something against the Jews.”
    Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to headline J Street conference
    The two most powerful Democratic politicians in America, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, will headline the annual conference of J Street, the liberal Israel lobby.

    The conference, which drew 3,000 people last year, is among the most prominent liberal Jewish gatherings of the year. It will take place in late October, and Pelosi and Schumer will speak on the night of Oct. 28. Pelosi recently launched an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

    Schumer’s presence at the conference is especially notable because he has established a reputation as a traditional pro-Israel voice in the Senate. He is a perennial speaker at the annual conference of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, which is to the right of J Street. He also voted against President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement in 2015, a deal that J Street strongly supported.

    J Street advocates for an end to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, and has been a frequent Trump critic. Its affiliated political action committee, JStreetPac, raised $5 million for more than 100 Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.

    “At a time when many of our core values are under threat both in Israel and here at home, J Street is proud to stand with so many allies who are defending democracy and working towards a better future,” J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami said in a statement.

    Swastikas in NJ Schools Symptom of Deeper Challenge of Antisemitism, Bigotry, Democratic Congressman Says
    New Jersey is experiencing a “huge increase” in antisemitic activity and “every tool” needs to be used to combat the trend, the congressman representing the state’s 5th electoral district declared on Friday.

    Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer was speaking on a conference call arranged to address a spate of swastika daubings and other antisemitic offenses in New Jersey public schools in recent weeks.

    Highlighting the growing threat posed by white supremacist groups across the state, Gottheimer emphasized that his office was actively assisting security enhancement at religious institutions.

    “We’re working together with our communities and our religious institutions by providing them with non-profit security grants,” Gottheimer said.

    Grants of over $1 million this year have assisted synagogues, mosques, temples and other religious buildings with extra lighting, better locks and other safety measures.

    Phyllis Chesler: Gilead Resembles an Islamic Theocracy, not Trump’s America
    Misogynist thinking and actions exist in America today but not only among right-wing conservatives. It is also flourishing among our media and academic elites. Such thinking is flying high under the banner of “free speech,” “multi-cultural relativism,” “anti-racism,” and “political correctness.” Dare to question this elite’s right to silence and shame those who challenge their views—i.e., that the West is always to blame, that jihadists are freedom-fighters, that the Islamic face veil is a free choice or a religious commandment, that polygamy encourages sisterhood, that Islam is a race, not a religious and political ideology—and, as I’ve noted many times, one is attacked as a racist, an Islamophobe, and a conservative, and swiftly demonized and de-platformed.

    While MGM/Hulu’s TV series is dramatically compelling, part soap opera, part horror movie, part Warrior Queen fantasy, the series is radically different from Atwood’s 1985 novel. For example, Atwood’s narrator, Ofglen, is not an increasingly daring, crazed, female assassin, as Elizabeth Moss brilliantly plays her. She is hardly heroic at all; under totalitarianism, heroism, collective or individual, is quickly ferreted out and destroyed. It exists but is rare.

    Contemporary viewers are hungry for multi-racial characters, interracial and same-sex couples, “badass” women. Hulu gives them to us. Hulu’s Canada is a multi-racial, politically correct refuge for Gilead’s escapees; same-sex couples and feminists are government leaders. This is not true in the novel. On the contrary, in her 1985 Epilogue, Atwood has Canada rounding up and returning all Gilead escapees.

    Atwood the divine novelist is absolutely entitled to depict whatever she wishes. But the current crop of reviewers as well as the filmmakers are playing partisan politics with her original vision and are refusing to see other and larger global dangers contained in her work.

    Women’s freedom and women’s lives worldwide are under the most profound siege. To focus solely on the United States or on the Caucasian, Judeo-Christian West is diversionary. It scapegoats one country, one culture, for the far greater crimes of other countries and cultures.
    Most Wars Don't Get Named Until Years After the Fighting Is Done. Others, Like the Yom Kippur War, Are Different.
    The confidence of 1967 had turned out to be arrogant pride in 1973; its optimism, the folly of wishful thinking. Although there had been ample indications of the impending Egyptian and Syrian attack, Israel’s leadership had refused to believe it would happen and had not taken the necessary precautions. Menachem Begin, then the leader of the opposition, was speaking for all Israelis when, shortly after the war’s end, he declared in the Knesset:
    Grief over the terrible mistake [of not calling up the reserves in advance and/or undertaking a preventive strike] . . . will never cease to haunt us. All would have been different, militarily and politically, were it not for the New Moon to the Tenth’s blindness.

    Begin, a master rhetorician, had chosen his words carefully. “The New Moon to the Tenth,” beyn keseh l’asor, is a traditional rabbinic phrase for the ten “days of awe” from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur; the literal meaning of keseh (based on Psalms 81:4) is “covering up,” that is, the disappearance of the old moon at the month’s end before the new moon is sighted. Furthermore, the literary term used by Begin for “blindness,” likuy m’orot, which in Hebrew signifies more a judgmental or moral loss of vision than a physical one, also means “eclipse.” The intended parallelism was painfully apparent: as the light of the moon is eclipsed at the beginning of the ten days preceding Yom Kippur, so was the judgment of Israel’s leaders.

    Ever since 1973, Yom Kippur has had a significance in Israel that it does not have in the rest of the Jewish world. Besides being a day of judgment for the sins of the individual, it has been seared into Israeli consciousness as a day of judgment for the nation—one on which a whole country was found guilty of the sin of hubris and made to pay a terrible price for it.

    In colloquial Israeli speech, the words yom kippur have come to denote any shocking comeuppance, so that saying that something was someone’s “Yom Kippur” is like saying in English “It was his Waterloo.” There will never again be a Yom Kippur in Israel without this double sense of it, and the day’s heavy somberness is felt even by those who do not relate to it religiously. It will indeed always continue to haunt.
    The War of Attrition: The “War Between The Wars”
    Israel is the only country in the world that lives in a status called “the war between the wars.” Since it is surrounded by enemies who seek its destruction, even when not in official wartime, it is constantly dealing with small scale attacks from those enemies. The greatest example of this status is the three-year period from 1967 to 1970, a period which is now referred to as the “War of Attrition.”

    One would have thought that Israel’s resounding victory over all the neighboring Arab countries in the June 1967 Six Day War would have given the Jewish state a few years of peace and quiet.

    But this wasn’t the case.

    Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser was determined to do whatever possible to win back the Sinai Peninsula which Israel captured during the war that ended on June 9, 1967. While the Six Day War was over, it wasn’t long until the War of Attrition began.

    As early as July 1, Egyptian commandos moved to within 10 miles of the Israeli position on the eastern side of the Suez Canal. Israel, working under a plan to prevent Egyptian forces gathering in the area, attacked the commandos and lost one soldier with 13 wounded. The next day, the Israeli air force bombed the Egyptian artillery that was providing cover for its commandos. That led to an Egyptian air force strike against Israeli forces in the Sinai and, for all intents and purposes, the June 9 ceasefire was no longer relevant. Skirmishes between the two sides continued throughout July with numerous Egyptian fighter jets shot down by Israel and Israel sinking two Egyptian torpedo boats.

    There was relative quiet during August, September and most of October but then on October 21, 1967, the Egyptian Navy sunk the Eilat, an Israeli naval destroyer, in international waters off the coast of Port Said, killing 47 Israeli sailors. Israel retaliated with extensive bombing of Egyptian oil refineries and depots in the region, resulting in significant artillery battles between the two sides, with the Egyptians suffering civilian casualties.
    Iranian hackers reportedly targeted Trump 2020 presidential campaign
    Microsoft said Friday that it believed that hackers linked to the Iranian government have recently targeted a US presidential campaign, as well as government officials, media targets and prominent expatriate Iranians.

    Overall, the hackers attempted to penetrate 241 accounts — four successfully — though none of those penetrated was associated with presidential campaigns or current or past US officials, Microsoft said. A company spokeswoman declined to identify those targeted, citing customer privacy.

    Reuters and The New York Times reported that the attacks targeted US President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, but this could not be independently confirmed.

    A review of publicly available internet records by AP showed that the Trump campaign’s official website is linked to Microsoft’s email service.

    The campaign website is the only major candidate’s site connected to Microsoft’s cloud email service, and his campaign has spent tens of thousands of dollars on the company’s products, Reuters said.

    The New York Times report saying Trump was targeted cited two people with knowledge of the attacks who were not allowed to discuss them publicly, and said it wasn’t clear if the campaign had been compromised in any way.
    Israel and Gulf states said working on ‘non-aggression pact’ as they face Iran
    Israel is reportedly negotiating with several Gulf states on a “non-aggression pact” between them as they face off against an increasingly emboldened Iran. The deal, which Channel 12 news described as potentially “historic,” aims to put an end to the state of conflict between these states and Israel.

    Advancing the Israeli initiative, Foreign Minister Israel Katz met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month with several foreign ministers from Arab Gulf states, Channel 12 news reported Saturday night.

    There was no immediate comment from the Foreign Ministry, but Katz himself on September 23 tweeted that he had held talks with an unnamed counterpart from an Arab country with which Israel does not have formal relations, and said they discussed “ways to deal with the Iranian threat” and a process for boosting “civilian cooperation.”

    Katz, who is leading the effort with the backing of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, agreed with his Gulf Arab interlocutors to set up working teams to take the non-aggression pact forward, the TV report said.
    Foreign Minister Israel Katz and his Bahraini counterpart Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa (R) pose for a photograph at the State Department in Washington on July 17, 2019. (Courtesy)

    Katz presented his Gulf counterparts with a draft text of the intended pact, which was drawn up by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the TV report said. It reportedly highlights the opportunity to advance common interests in the context of the threat posed by Iran, and is drafted in accordance with principles of international law. Among other elements, the TV report said, the draft text specifies cooperation in the fields of war, the fight against terror, and economic interests.
    Saudis said moving toward detente with Iran amid US reluctance to act militarily
    Sensing US reluctance to respond forcefully to Iranian aggression in the region, and following the devastating September attack on its oil facilities blamed on Tehran, Saudi Arabia is quietly moving toward possible rapprochement with the Islamic Republic, according to multiple media reports.

    The New York Times reported Friday that the Trump administration’s failure to react militarily to the September 14 missile and drone attack on Saudi oil facilities, which jolted global oil prices and temporarily knocked out nearly 6 percent of the world’s daily crude production, had led Riyadh to recalculate.

    “The worst outcome for the Saudis is to move to a confrontation with Iran expecting the US to support them and find out they won’t,” Philip Gordon, a former White House Middle East coordinator told the Times. “This administration has shown it’s not really ready to take on Iran.”

    The strikes were claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, but Saudi Arabia, the US and other Western powers have said the attack was sponsored by Tehran. In its aftermath, US President Donald Trump was presented with a range of military options, including potential airstrikes on targets inside Iran. But he was also warned that military action against the Islamic Republic could escalate into war, according to US officials familiar with the discussions.

    Trump during a White House meeting last Friday put off, at least for now, any immediate military strike on Iran, but approved a broader effort to beef up security in Saudi Arabia and the region. He told reporters that showing restraint “shows far more strength” than launching retaliatory strikes now.
    2 rockets fired from Gaza set off sirens, fall short of border fence, IDF says
    Two projectiles fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip on Friday fell short of the border fence, landing inside the Hamas-held territory, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

    The launches triggered incoming rocket sirens in the Gaza border community of Kissufim in southern Israel shortly before midnight.

    The incident came hours after a Palestinian man was killed during riots along the Gaza-Israel border fence on Friday, according to the Hamas-run health ministry, as thousands took part in weekly protests.

    Alaa Hamdan, 28, was shot in the chest by IDF soldiers in a clash near Jabalia in northern Gaza, the ministry’s spokesman said. The IDF had no immediate comment on the death.

    Israel’s Channel 12 said the death may have been caused by a Palestinian grenade.

    Five other demonstrators were wounded by gunfire, the Hamas-run ministry said.

    Around 6,000 Palestinians took part in the day’s protests with some rioters throwing rocks and explosives at the security fence and troops along the border.
    Ramallah Youths’ Discovery of IDF Camouflaged Surveillance Camera May Hurt Microsoft Startup
    Youths from the village of Kober, northwest of Ramallah, posted a video and photos showing a camouflaged video camera that was hidden inside a concrete block by Israeli security forces in the village cemetery, Ma’an reported Friday.

    According to Arab social network sites, the young men who found the spy device set it on fire after confirming it was a broadcast camera that transmits their movements.

    In a video posted on the website of the journalist Tamer Barghouti from Kober, the young men appear to dismantle the device, which included a camera, a transmitter, and a battery, and celebrate their discovery with great joy.

    On Tuesday, the IDF arrested three young men from Kober, out of whom it released two brothers and kept suspect Nassim Barghouti in detention.

    According to Ma’an, the surveillance device was made by the Holon-based Israeli company AnyVision (“We build the future, Pixel by Pixel”), which specializes in facial recognition technology.

    In June, Microsoft’s M12 venture fund announced its investment in AnyVision, just as soon as it is determined whether its products adhered to Microsoft’s tough AI ethics standards. Eventually, AnyVision reported that all its investors, including Microsoft, were satisfied it was a “tool for good.” But by mid-July, Haaretz reported that the IDF is using AnyVision’s face recognition technology at Judea and Samaria checkpoints as well as inside Arab communities, leading to a wave of criticism of Microsoft’s investment in AnyVision.
    PA agrees to accept tax funds from Israel, ending stand-off over terror salaries
    The Palestinian Authority has agreed to accept hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues collected by Israel, after months of declining them in protest over Jerusalem withholding money over payments to terrorists, Palestinian officials said Friday.

    The transfers amount to some 600 million Israeli shekels (about $170 million) a month and are a key source of financing for the PA.

    The PA had refused to accept the funds because Israel was withholding an amount equal to what the Palestinians pay to terrorists and their families, but the cash-strapped PA appears to be retreating in the face of an economic crisis.

    Israel says the so-called Martyrs’ Fund rewards and encourages violence, while the Palestinians say it is a way to provide for needy families affected by the decades-old conflict.

    Hussein al-Sheikh, an aide to Abbas, tweeted Friday that he had met with Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon the day before to discuss “all outstanding issues” and that committees would continue the negotiations on Sunday.

    “The agreement was also on transferring a payment from the #PA’s financial dues. The dispute (remains) over the salaries of the families of #prisoners and #martyrs. We are determined to pay their dues at all costs.”
    Egypt parliament speaker praises Hitler to defend government spending
    The speaker of Egypt’s parliament on Wednesday clarified his praise of Adolf Hitler a day earlier to justify spending on government construction projects.

    At the opening session of parliament Tuesday, Ali Abdel Aal implored lawmakers to back Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi amid anti-government protests. According to the Middle East Eye news site, Aal asked lawmakers to observe a minute of silence as a sign of support for Sissi’s “project to build the modern Egyptian state.”

    “Hitler had his mistakes, but what allowed him to expand eastward and westward was that he created a strong infrastructure for the German state that remains the source of its leading position in the First World,” Aal was quoted saying.

    After the remarks were reported on, Aal said Wednesday that Hitler “has committed a lot of crimes” and that his praise was of German civilization and development, not the Nazi leader.

    “Everybody is aware of what Adolf Hitler has done to humanity; hence no one with the minimum level of knowledge can praise him for his actions,” Aal said during a parliamentary session, Egypt Today reported.
    MEMRI: Warm Encounter Between Arab League Secretary-General, Syrian Regime Representatives On Margins Of UNGA Reignites Speculation About Syria's Reinstatement In Arab League
    Unexpectedly, on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, Arab League secretary-general Ahmad Abu Al-Gheit approached the Syrian delegation, greeted Syrian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Mu'allem and called him "brother," shook his hand and the hand of his deputy Faisal Al-Miqdad, kissed them both, and said he was happy to see them.

    Apparently, this friendliness towards the Syrian leadership on the part of the secretary-general of the Arab League – which suspended Syria's membership on November 12, 2011 because of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's harsh repression of the Arab Spring protests in the country[1] – is further evidence of an uptick in Syria's status in the Arab world and of the erosion of Arab opposition to the Syrian regime.[2]

    For some three years, a number of Arab states – including Egypt, Iraq, Tunisia, Lebanon, Algeria, and the Palestinian Authority – have been calling to allow Syria back in to the Arab League.[3] UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash even stated, in a June 7, 2018 interview, that "expelling Syria from the Arab League was a mistake."[4] In addition, the Arab Youth and Environment Union, which belongs to the Arab League, announced on October 2 that it would reinstate Syria as a member in the next few days.[5]
    Seth J. Frantzman: Why did Iraqi forces shoot protesters?
    A variety of videos coming out of Baghdad show security forces shooting at protesters. Over the last twenty-four hours, as Friday turned to Saturday, the number of reports of snipers gunning down activists has grown. The elephant in the room cannot be ignored: Someone in Iraq’s government told a section of the security forces to use live-fire to kill protesters. It wasn’t a mistake, it wasn’t because police were outnumbered, and it wasn’t isolated incidents.

    Why would Iraqi forces shoot the protesters from the same cities and southern provinces that many of the security forces or Popular Mobilization Units are drawn from? The question may is worth asking because there have been various rumors and claims about the protests in Iraq that have posited that those doing the killing and using the most heavy-handed measures are Iranian-linked groups. This creates an easy narrative of “Iran suppressing protests in Iraq,” as part of the larger Iranian goal to control Iraq for its own purposes.

    To support the narrative of Iran’s role there have been stories about “Farsi speakers among the security forces” and “units changing uniforms” before attacking protesters. There are stories about plain-clothes officers among the security forces which leads to claims those in plain clothes are outsiders. In this narrative, spread in Arabic on social media, an “Iranian Revolutionary Guard Brigade” was permitted to enter Iraq by Fatah Alliance leader Hadi al-Amiri. Evidence? Some people tweeting about it.

    The claim of foreign interference goes both ways. Others have pointed out that a concerted social media effort has been made to fuel protests and some of the accounts are located abroad. Lastly voices in pro-Iranian media have portrayed the protests as directed by foreign powers.

None of these stories present a full picture of what happened. Like the proverbial elephant, they all only capture one part of what happened. From the first moments of the protest the security forces that were sent used heavy-handed tactics. Video showed men in camouflage uniforms, heavily armed, involved in clashes, as well as other police-style units in darker uniforms.
    Iraqi protesters claim Iranian forces firing on demonstrations
    Farsi-speaking Iranians, not Iraqi forces, have been firing on protests in Iraq in which 65 people have died, said one protester interviewed by Reuters, according to Al Arabiya.

    "There is no work, you come to protest, they fire at you. Live gunfire,"said the unnamed protester."They are all Iranian-speaking in Farsi. You want to speak to them, they answer in Farsi. The Iraqis would not fire at you."

    The Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) milita in Iraq is backed by Iran.

    Witnesses at the protests in Baghdad said that pro-Iranian security forces opened fire on protesters.

    Protests broke out throughout Iraq against the deterioration of living conditions and health services, government corruption, unemployment and Iranian interference in the country.

    The protests have no clear leader and seem to consist of gatherings of angry protesters.
    In apparent swap, Iran frees Australian travel bloggers charged with spying
    In a possible swap, an Australian-British blogger and her fiancé returned home Saturday after being freed from a three-month detention in Iran.

    The couple, Jolie King and Mark Firkin, returned to Australia after all charges against them were dropped.

    At the same time, Iran’s state TV reported that an Iranian scientist, Reza Dehbashi, who was detained for 13 months in Australia over purchasing a defense system for his country from the United States, had returned home.

    “We are extremely happy and relieved to be safely back in Australia with those we love,” the Australian couple said in a statement. “While the past few months have been very difficult, we know it has also been tough for those back home who have been worried for us.”

    They thanked the Australian government for helping secure their release.

    There was no immediate acknowledgment Saturday by Iranian officials or in the country’s state media of the couple’s release. However, that has happened in previous cases.

    Iranian TV said that the Australian judiciary had planned to send Dehbashi to the US but that he was released through Tehran’s diplomatic efforts.
    Man crying ‘Allahu Akbar’ tries to run into Berlin synagogue with knife
    A man armed with a knife attempted to run into a synagogue in central Berlin Friday evening, German media reported Saturday.

    The man, apparently a Syrian refugee, was tackled by security personnel at the entrance to the Neue Synagogue. According to the Bild website, he was heard calling out “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Great” in Arabic) and “F##k Israel.”

    German police said the man, identified as Murad M., was hit with pepper spray by guards and then subdued and disarmed.

    Officials said he carried documentation identifying him as 23 years old, originating from Damascus and with a residency permit, which ends in December 2020.

    The incident occurred at around 5:30 p.m. according to Bild, likely shortly before the start of Friday’s evening prayer service.

    Police said the assailant had no prior record and was not known to authorities.

    The investigation was ongoing, but German media said that the man was released from police custody on Saturday morning.
    John Mann warns against risk of understating problem of antisemitism
    The Government’s new antisemitism adviser has warned that between overstatement and understatement of antisemitism, “the biggest danger is that we will understate the problem.”

    Speaking after his first public engagement in his new job, John Mann MP, who has resigned from the Labour Party and will become a crossbench peer in the House of Lords, explained that he accepted his new advisory role to prevent “good people, young people” from deciding to emigrate from the UK because of rising antisemitism.

    Campaign Against Antisemitism’s Antisemitism Barometer has shown that 40% of British Jews have considered leaving the country due to antisemitism.

    If action were not taken against antisemitism, he warned, “the reality will be that good people will leave. Not necessarily quickly — but good people will not see their future on the continent of Europe or on the UK because they are Jewish, and they wish for their identity to be proudly held at all times. We are not going to accept – and government is not going to accept — that impingement on civil liberties in this country.”

    Observing the rise of antisemitism on university campuses, Mr Mann noted too the “pernicious, silent, isolating disdain” shown towards Jewish students “from hostile elements in their universities,” adding that he would be pushing for the adoption and application of the International Definition of Antisemitism by “our major institutions, football clubs, universities — this is achievable.”
    CAA condemns University of Nottingham for inviting suspended MP Chris Williamson to speak
    The University of Nottingham has defended a decision to invite Chris Williamson MP to speak on its campus.

    Mr Williamson was suspended from Labour and then readmitted, only to be resuspended following a public outcry after claiming that Labour has been “too apologetic” over antisemitism.

    The disgraced MP is scheduled to speak on 11th October as part of a series on “British Politics in Crisis” at the Centre for British Politics.

    Jewish students at the university have reportedly called for the invitation to be withdrawn, citing Mr Williamson’s “history of Jew baiting.”

    Gideon Falter, Chief Executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “It is a damning reflection on the University of Nottingham that it chooses to invite a politician suspended from the Labour Party over his attempts to minimise the Party’s antisemitism crisis and who has a record of praising antisemites to give a lecture. If the university wishes to teach its students why British politics is in crisis, it might start by exploring why leading institutions are so ready to legitimise Labour antisemitism by inviting one of its chief defenders to speak.”

    On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.
    Labour MP Emma Dent Coad likes Facebook comment claiming Israel “disgraces all of us Jews worldwide”, then apologises
    Emma Dent Coad, who was elected as a Labour MP in 2017 for Kensington, ‘liked’ a comment on Facebook by another user that read: “I’ve always been a Bevanite — my ultimate political hero…and as a Jew, the current Israeli apartheid regime disgraces all of us Jews worldwide.”

    The comment was posted in response to a post by another user that criticised “Blairite” MPs and “members of the Netanyahu fan club”.

    Following media attention, Ms Dent Coad apologised and ‘unliked’ the comment.

    On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

    In recent months, twelve MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.

    Over 55,000 people have now signed our petition denouncing Jeremy Corbyn as an antisemite and declaring him “unfit to hold any public office.”
    Conservative MP Crispin Blunt suggests British Jews “demand special status” and reportedly says grants for Jewish security are a waste of money
    The Conservative MP Crispin Blunt made a reference to “the demand for special status” on the part of British Jews in an interview on the sidelines of the Conservative Party Conference this week.

    Mr Blunt made the comment following a fringe event at the Party Conference in his capacity as patron of the Conservative Humanists group. At the event, which was held in conjunction with Humanists UK, the chair of Conservative Humanists protested previous comments by the Chief Rabbi, who had apparently suggested that some humanists were becoming intolerant of religion.

    Asked for his reaction to the chair’s comments, Mr Blunt suggested: “I think what he was saying was regarding the demand for special status…what’s required is for everyone to have tolerance of other people’s position and not to impose unfair views.”

    The notion, however casually expressed, that Jews demand or receive special status in British society is baseless and offensive. Any dispensations that Jews do receive, for example in the workplace, are also shared by other faith groups and protected classes.
    Alison Chabloz and the Criminalization of Holocaust Denial
    Late last month, a musician named Alison Chabloz was sent to prison in the United Kingdom for violating the terms of an earlier court decision prohibiting her from using social media — a decision stemming from her dissemination of videos featuring songs she wrote that mocked the Holocaust. In the UK, this story made many of the major papers, but it has hardly registered at all in the United States.

    But here’s why it should:
    This case was a watershed decision in the battle against antisemitism. The UK has laws expressly forbidding hate speech that tries to incite hatred of other groups or is grossly offensive in nature. As such, and in light of her social-media malfeasance, Chabloz — who has posted content on her website with headlines such as “In Defence of a Myth–‘Holocaust’ lobby shifts into top gear” and “Hear the Jew cry out in pain as the White lady sings” was incarcerated for a couple of days before being released pending her appeal hearing. That is scheduled for late October.

    Chabloz, who has remained unrepentant despite her losing cause, has become something of a symbol of resistance to anti-hate speech legislation. Her supporters argue that Chabloz shouldn’t have been put in jail just for singing songs. They claim that regardless of the fact that Chabloz perpetuated an utterly repellent ideology through her music, the idea of instituting such a harsh punishment for posting content on social media is extreme in light of a person’s right to self-expression.
    Why did UK’s Holocaust memorial events remove references to Jews?
    The University College Union in the United Kingdom sent an email to branches that excluded mention of Jews among the groups persecuted during the Holocaust. According to The Jewish Chronicle, the UCU has since apologized. However, in a review of several websites connected to upcoming commemorations of Holocaust Memorial Day 2020, which will be held on January 27, references to Jews appear to be too often missing.

    In the case of the UCU, a long list of those persecuted were mentioned, just not Jews. This included members of “trade unions” and “Roma” and “black people,” as well as gays and lesbians and “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” In addition, “non-Jewish Poles,” were mentioned – but not Jews. The UK’s special envoy for post-Holocaust issues, Eric Pickles, said the incident sends a “chilling message.”

    But the problem is much larger than just the UCU. Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 is already being wrapped into the easier to pronounce acronym “HMD 2020,” which in itself removes the word “Holocaust.” On some websites, such as the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust’s page devoted to “75 memorial flames,” it is clearly noted that the Holocaust was “the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews of Europe.” However, a press release from April about the “HMD 2020” theme, called “Standing Together,” doesn’t mention the word Jew. The press release, also at the Trust’s website, notes that “HMD 2020 will also include marking the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.” It is interesting that while Bosnia is mentioned, the place that the Shoah began in Germany is conveniently left out, lest anyone recall it was Germany that began the Holocaust and was largely responsible for it.

    The April press release of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust notes that it is “calling people to Stand Together in memory of the millions of people affected by the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.” The UCU seems to have used similar language as part of the Stand Together campaign.
    Antisemitism in Victorian schools is a monumental and hidden crisis
    I well up with emotion when I hear of Jewish kids being subjected to physical assaults, bigoted stereotypes and insults, exclusion, degrading text messages and social media lynching. The day is not too far off when young people will have to hide their Jewish faith so as not to be singled out and vilified by their classmates. The victims are traumatised, filled with feelings of despair and abandonment, convinced that the system has failed them. And they are right.

    Not infrequently, distraught parents are concerned that the anti-Semitic abuse will escalate if they notify the school since their child will become an even-bigger target. Some remain silent believing that the school leadership will not be sympathetic to their complaint. In fact, some administrators trivialise the attacks as a childish aberrations, as "kids being kids", or blame the victims ("it's your child's fault since they provocatively choose to exhibit their Judaism" or "we are a non-Jewish school so if you don't like it, leave"), are very slow to respond, and do not impose the appropriate punishment. In effect, they are enabling the wrongdoers by sending a crystal-clear message that Jewish pupils are fair game.

    The elephant in the room is that very few of our elected representatives are actually speaking out about the darkening clouds that are gathering. And so, this cancer of intolerance, which is spreading like wildfire, must end. All of it. Because we literally have no choice and because that is not who we are as a nation. Good intentions and words are not enough. We now need bold action by the state and federal governments that matches the scale of the runaway problem we face, and which effectively tackles this menace at every single step. One solution is to institute mandatory reporting so schools are obliged to notify the Education Department when such incidents occur. Such reporting will then necessitate the investigation of each individual case and if warranted, appropriate penalties for the perpetrators.

    Countering religious bigotry in the long run also hinges on making anti-bias and Holocaust education compulsory in every class. One example is the Anti-Defamation Commission's Click Against Hate program, a free, groundbreaking educational program, which equips students with the skills to respond to the hate they encounter in schools, urging them to action when it happens to them or when they see it happening to others. Further training for teachers and headmasters is also urgently needed so they understand that antisemitism is a threat to our way of life and that inaction is not an option. It's time for the adults in the room to stand up and protect the defenceless and vulnerable - our children.
    Minister orders review into schools at centre of anti-Semitic bullying
    Victoria’s Education Minister James Merlino has ordered an immediate review into the way two Melbourne schools dealt with separate "appalling and shocking" cases of sustained anti-Semitic bullying earlier this year.

    Federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg also weighed into the "completely unacceptable" incidents, calling for lessons on the Holocaust, in which about 6 million Jews were killed in Europe, to be included in the Australian curriculum.

    Mr Merlino said he would also meet with the parents of the two Jewish boys; a 12-year-old year 7 student who was at Cheltenham Secondary College, and a prep student at Hawthorn West Primary School. The meetings are scheduled to take place on Monday.
    James Merlino has ordered a review into how two schools handled separate cases of anti-Semitic bullying.

    James Merlino has ordered a review into how two schools handled separate cases of anti-Semitic bullying. Credit:AAP

    Both boys have since left the schools where they were bullied, after their parents lost confidence in the schools' handling of the matter.

    The year 7 boy was made to kneel and kiss the shoes of a Muslim boy in a public park, under threat of being bashed by several other boys who were watching on.

    The humiliating act was filmed and published on social media.

    The boys who were watching on were not Muslim, the victim’s mother said. She sought out the offender’s parents, who were horrified.

    Israeli hospital donates equipment and knowhow to Nepal
    Five physicians from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center recently brought medical equipment to Kathmandu and shared their expertise on women’s and children’s health with the medical staffs of two local hospitals.

    Sponsored by the Embassy of Israel in Nepal, the Israeli team led a week of workshops and continuing medical education courses in neonatology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology. They taught the Nepali medical professionals how to use the new lifesaving technologies they donated.

    Senior gynecologist Dr. Ronit Almog said this was the fifth such foreign delegation sent out by Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center in the past year.

    “Our aim is to reduce fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality in developing nations,” she said. “We met warm and welcoming medical teams and had a great cooperation. We saw a very good health level and system in Nepal and look forward to future mutual cooperation.”

    Dr. Shyam Sundar Dhaubhadel, founder and president of Siddhi Memorial Foundation – which provides accessible healthcare services for women and children through Siddhi Memorial Hospital– compared the two nations to siblings. “Nepal is a toddler; Israel is a grown-up sister that has to share her expertise.”
    Eric Pleskow, Holocaust refugee and producer of Oscar-winning films, dies
    Eric Pleskow, who escaped the Nazis to become a film executive whose movies won the Academy Award for best picture seven times, has died. He was 95.

    Pleskow was the president of the United Artists studio when it took home the best picture Oscars for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Rocky” and “Annie Hall” in 1975, 1976 and 1977, respectively — an unprecedented three-peat for a movie studio.

    Later, as the co-founder of Orion Pictures, he oversaw four more winners for top film: “Amadeus” (1984), “Platoon” (1986), “Dances With Wolves” (1990) and “Silence of the Lambs” (1991).

    Pleskow was born Erich Pleskoff in Vienna in 1924. He escaped the city with his family in 1939 after the SS had seized their home, which was blocks away from Sigmund Freud’s office, according to The Washington Post.

    After arriving in New York City, he briefly worked at a film company, and was later drafted into the U.S. Army, where he was tasked after the war with reviving a film studio in Bavaria. From there he was hired as an executive at United Artists’ foreign department.

    Pleskow rose to become president of the studio in 1973, and raised its profile by working with directors such as Woody Allen and Jonathan Demme. He broke off to co-found Orion in 1978.
    Demi Lovato's mom defends trip to Israel: 'I will undoubtedly, unapologetically go again'
    While Demi Lovato apologized for her trip to Israel — after receiving backlash — her mother won’t be following suit.

    Dianna De La Garza, who accompanied Lovato on the free trip this week, said their visit was one of “only love” and that she will “unapologetically go again.”

    Along with a photo of their two hands touching the Western Wall, De La Garza wrote that stop in the Old City of Jerusalem “was the highlight of my trip.” She said she will “never forget that day... or that trip as we celebrated life and Christianity as we learned about the Jewish faith while listening to the Muslim call to prayer. There was no fighting, no judgement, no cruel love.”

    De La Garza made it clear that there will be no apology coming from her, adding, “And I will undoubtedly, unapologetically go again one day.”

    On Wednesday, Lovato found herself apologizing for the free trip — during which she was baptized in the Jordan River and had a spiritual awakening — amid criticism that she was taking a side in the country’s longstanding conflict with Palestine. Lovato apologized to those she offended in a message on social media, saying the trip was not mean to be “a political statement.”
    What it was like growing up as a hidden Jew in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq
    When Ceen Gabbai argued with her first-grade teacher about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, she didn’t realize how big of a risk she was taking.

    The year was 2000 and students across the world held strong opinions about the Second Intifada, an outbreak of violence that claimed thousands of lives and began in September of that year. But Gabbai’s situation was different: She was one of the few Jewish students in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Standing up for Israel in a Baghdad elementary school was not an advisable move.

    “Saddam was all crazy about Palestine,” she told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. “I go to school and they’re talking about what a horrible thing that is and how Israel was horrible. And I go and I’m like, ‘I think that’s a lie.’”

    Gabbai was called to the school office, took a letter home to her mother and her parents had a meeting with the principal. Soon after they moved homes and she switched schools. Following the episode, her parents did not talk with her about Israel or Judaism.

    Gabbai has had a dangerous life. Born a Jew under an Iraqi dictatorship, she endured constant anti-Semitism from a young age, then survived the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the years of war that followed.

    In 2015, Gabbai received asylum in the United States. She is now living in an Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn, raising a child, teaching elementary school and writing children’s literature. She does not look back fondly on the hardships she endured, but feels they taught her to persevere no matter the situation.
    Tombs, palaces, poverty and plague: Follow Montefiore’s early Holy Land travels
    You may have heard that Sir Moses (Moshe) Montefiore was the force behind Mishkenot Sha’ananim, the first Jewish neighborhood outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. But were you aware that the wealthy English knight visited pre-state Israel seven times, most often with his wife, Lady Judith?

    Dr. Louis Loewe, a linguist and author who was not only intimately acquainted with the couple but had even accompanied them on journeys around the world, greatly admired Sir Moses and Lady Judith. In a book, the “Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore,” which he published in 1890, he depicts them as a compassionate, caring, and observant Jewish couple that lived life to the full. They were also quite the wine connoisseurs. In fact, wine is mentioned in the diaries 24 different times.

    One of their most interesting trips to the Holy Land, described in detail in Loewe’s book, took place in 1839. The volume abounds with descriptions of their overnights in tents, palaces and elegant homes. They rode horses atop mountains, along easy roads and atop barely discernible paths. The Plague was rampant that year, and they were careful to stay away from infected towns and villages.

    Wherever the Montefiores went they distributed money and gifts, all the while taking the time to find out what their fellow Jews needed in order to improve what was very often a miserable existence. Quite possibly it was this trip that planted the seed for the eventual establishment of Mishkenot Sha’ananim in 1860.

    That pioneering neighborhood came equipped with a windmill produced in Canterbury, a copy of one that stood near the Montefiore estate. With its help, the residents were meant to grind wheat into flour and become self- sufficient. In 1892, more buildings were added and the new neighborhood was called Yemin Moshe.

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    10/04 Links Pt2: Caroline B. Glick: American Jewry’s days of reckoning; Ruthie Blum: Owing Israel an apology; Bari Weiss Makes Her Case; Memorial service to be held in Ari Fuld's honor

    From Ian:

    Caroline B. Glick: American Jewry’s days of reckoning
    On September 29, President Donald Trump set out his nationalist political philosophy in his address before the UN General Assembly. Arguing that the nation-state is the best guarantor of human freedom and liberty, Trump set up a contrast between “patriots” and “globalists.”

    “The future does not belong to globalists,” he said.

    “The future belongs to patriots. The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.”

    Jewish nationalists, that is, Zionists, could hear their core convictions echoed in Trump’s statement. Israeli political philosopher Yoram Hazony made much the same argument in his book "The Virtue of Nationalism," which was published last year.

    One of the regimes most opposed to nationalism is the Iranian regime. Iran’s leaders view the regime not as the government of the nation of Iran, but as the leader of a global jihad, which will end with the regime’s domination of the world, in the name of Islam – not Iran.

    Anti-Semitism is one of the animating doctrines of Iran’s regime. The leaders ascribe to genocidal Jew-hatred. They use their commitment to annihilating Israel and war against the Jewish state as a means to build legitimacy for their regime and revolution throughout the Islamic world.

    In his speech, Trump highlighted the regime’s anti-Semitism and its commitment to annihilate Israel.

    Trump also excoriated the Arab world for refusing to recognize Israel’s right to exist, saying, “Fanatics have long used hatred of Israel to distract from their own failures.”

    Trump pledged, “America will never tolerate such anti-Semitic hate.”

    Rather than earning him plaudits, American Jews were caustic in their response to Trump’s speech. Britain’s Independent reported that several American Jews condemned Trump’s speech as anti-Semitic. For instance, Laura Seay, a political science professor in Texas tweeted, “So … Trump condemns anti-Semitism in the same speech he started with anti-Semitic code language like 'globalism.'"
    Ruthie Blum: Owing Israel an apology
    FINALLY, I APOLOGIZE if I have given anyone the impression that I would be bitter about whatever coalition is cobbled together, or would not accept a third round of Knesset elections, if that becomes necessary. My view – that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a great leader – has not changed; nor has my sense that the charges against him are flimsy, at best, been shaken.

    In addition, I am less than thrilled about the prospect of a national-unity government, headed either by Netanyahu or by Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, whether or not they reach a rotation agreement. Nor do I welcome new elections, which probably would result in an outcome nearly identical to that of the September 17 vote.

    But as soon as a government is formed, including if its makeup is one I consider disappointing, I pledge to continue to use my pen to defend the country against its external enemies, such as Iran – whose regime boasts about possessing the will and means to wipe Israel off the map – and those at home and abroad who engage in equally serious efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state in order to call its existence into question.

    I hope to keep the above promises in the year to come, and to live up to a different admonition by Isaiah – verse 5:20 – which is not recited on Yom Kippur, but should be remembered and applied by all of us every single day of each calendar year: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that change darkness into light, and light into darkness.”
    Battling BDS, one laugh at a time
    I LIKE the idea that it’s time to stand up for ourselves through stand-up, among other means. Better to deliver punchlines than be the punching bags. It’s healthy to be able to laugh at ourselves and it beats BDS bitterness. Two days after last month’s election, the Government Press Office and Foreign Ministry arranged for a special screening of a new movie called Mossad. The comedy was presented as the perfect break from politics and a good way to help Israel’s image.

    The satire directed by Alon Gur Arye has a star-studded cast, including heartthrob Tsahi Halevi of Fauda fame in his first comic role. Halevi plays a bumbling spy called Guy Moran (and you can imagine how that surname turns out in English.)

    When he gives a woman his card, she says: “But it’s blank.”

    “That’s because I’m a secret agent,” he replies.

    The save-the-world plot in which the Mossad and the CIA compete and collaborate is totally implausible, but many of the one-liners are brilliant and the slapstick stunts are well-executed. When the evil masterminds capture an American billionaire in Jerusalem, they come up against a henpecked Mossad chief whose sole aim is to finish his term without incident and to get to light one of the torches on Independence Day. The (obviously unreal) Mossad head, played by Ilan Dar, demands a videotape of the hostages holding a newspaper showing the date. This leads RBG (the “Real Bad Guys”) to scream: “Who can even find videotape anymore? Nobody reads a newspaper!”

    Unlike Diplomatic Relations, where the idea is good, but the performance is at times painful, I can happily recommend Mossad. Gur Arye admits that the film was inspired by gag-filled American movies such as Top Secret! and that making it was a dream come true. Noting that most of his Israeli peers want to make dramas, he preferred parody.

    “And I wanted to spoof something very Israeli,” he explained in a panel after the screening.

    Gur Arye was lucky and talented enough to get veteran Israeli director Avi Nesher and American director David Zucker (of the Airplane and the Naked Gun franchise) on board and the film definitely has Zucker’s wacky touch.

    Bari Weiss Makes Her Case
    Does she focus too much on left-wing anti-Semitism given the danger from the right? In a way, Weiss replied, left-wing anti-Semitism is more insidious because it “speaks a language that is a siren song — the language of social justice, progress, defense of the oppressed.” It’s also far more socially acceptable: “Someone who photoshops your face into a gas chamber is not going to be received in polite society. Someone who calls you an Islamophobe and a racist for being a Zionist is going to be invited on television.”

    She addressed difficult questions with both nuance and simplicity. Yes, “Netanyahu makes it harder to defend Israel” with his Arab-baiting, his alliances with racist parties and his cozying up to authoritarians in Europe. No, it’s not acceptable to blame him for anti-Semitic incidents in Europe, because “Jews should not be blamed for anti-Semitism, ever.”

    I didn’t agree with everything Weiss said. I wasn’t, for instance, too impressed by her suggestion that Jews who support BDS are motivated by the desire to “belong” and fit in with surrounding society; it seemed needlessly dismissive of some people’s sincere beliefs.

    I also had mixed feelings about the claim she made at the end of the evening, and which she also makes in the book: That anti-Semitism exists largely as a backlash against the “radical ideas” at the center of Jewish faith and culture. “The idea of one God, that slavery is wrong — those are Jewish ideas,” Weiss said. Obviously, the Jews’ role as the original monotheists had something to do with their historical contentious relationship with other cultures. But Weiss also oversimplifies this history and flirts with reinventing Judaism in the image of modern humanism. (Both the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud accept slavery as a given, though they also call for humane treatment of slaves.)

    At the same time, Weiss had a strong point when she noted the remarkable fact that the Jewish people’s “original story is freedom of slavery” — and that Jews “often stand perpendicular to their societies,” demanding “the right to be different.” As she put it, “That drove people nuts and it still drives people nuts.”

    Come to think of it, that’s not a bad description of Weiss herself. A liberal by any rational standard, she stands perpendicular to most of her social milieu, demanding the right to differ from its groupthink. And it certainly seems to drive people nuts. (h/t Dave4321)
    Deborah E. Lipstadt: The Gray Lady and the Jewish State
    In late April 2019, the New York Times international editionpublished a cartoon depicting a blind, kippa-wearing President Trump being led by a dachshund with a Jewish star around its neck. The dog’s face was a distorted caricature of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visage. The message was indisputable: Israelis qua Jews, despite being the national equivalent of lapdogs, have the unique ability to blind presidents and shape political events. Beguiled, not only does Trump do their bidding, but he is, like the other unwitting victims on the world stage, blissfully unaware of what is going on. The cartoon gave vivid expression to the conspiracy theory, or rather myth, that is at the heart of anti-Semitism and did so in an image that, as was widely noted, could have appeared in Der Stürmer. How did it end up receiving the New York Times’s imprimatur?

    Apparently, a single midlevel editor for the international edition of the paper chose the cartoon from a syndication service to which the paper then subscribed. Subsequent events followed a familiar pattern. The paper, after being inundated with outraged comments, including some from its own staff members, issued a short apology in the form of an editor’s note: “The image was offensive, and it was an error of judgment to publish it.” Eileen Murphy, a New York Times spokeswoman, added a subsequent statement on behalf of the Opinion section of the paper, identifying the cartoon as anti-Semitic and saying it was “deeply sorry” for publishing it.

    In most cases, that would have been the end of the story, except for the scores of Jewish readers and supporters of Israel who were once again forced to decide whether to cancel their subscriptions. Two subsequent events made this incident noteworthy. Writing in the New York Times, op-ed columnist Bret Stephens scathingly lambasted not only the international edition but his own paper. For Stephens, the publication of a “textbook illustration” of anti-Semitism did not reveal institutional anti-Semitism, but it wasn’t much better than that. It was that the Times, “otherwise hyper-alert to nearly every conceivable expression of prejudice,” could be so, well, blind:
    Imagine, for instance, if the dog on a leash in the image hadn’t been the Israeli prime minister but instead a prominent woman such as Nancy Pelosi, a person of color such as John Lewis, or a Muslim such as Ilhan Omar. Would that have gone unnoticed by either the wire service that provides the Times with images or the editor who, even if he were working in haste, selected it? The question answers itself. And it raises a follow-on: How have even the most blatant expressions of anti-Semitism become almost undetectable to editors who think it’s part of their job to stand up to bigotry?

    The answer, Stephens wrote, was that anti-Zionism has become so mainstream “that people have been desensitized to its inherent bigotry,” and the Times was complicit in that mainstreaming.
    David Collier: St Anne’s Church in Soho, Miko Peled and an evening with antisemites
    Peled in the Church

    But this is Peled’s night. Peled is not a man of peace. He is a man clearly wired to seek revenge for whatever injustice his own mind has created for him. He is also someone who buckles when his weak arguments are exposed. I always put Peled’s leaving of the fold down to his inability to handle the weight of his family heritage, but it doesn’t really matter anymore what drove him over the cliff. What is certain is that he drove off it.

    Peled likes provoking Jews. Those who think his ‘Holocaust, yes or no‘ comment from the Labour Party conference of 2017 is a stand-alone remark haven’t been paying attention. At UCL the same year he spoke about ‘the witch-hunt against antisemites and Holocaust deniers.’ going on to suggest to Jeremy Corbyn that he should put away the ‘nonsense about Holocaust denial and the nonsense about antisemitism‘. If you follow his threads on Twitter and Facebook you soon realise his audience is little more than an extremist, racist mob.

    So Peled stands in the Church and beats his chest about how the Labour Party Conference was little more than a ‘rally for Palestine’. He isn’t wrong. With the NHS, austerity and housing as major concerns for their voters, the Labour Party did little but obsess over Israel.

    Peled spoke as he normally does – blaming everything on Zionists and Israeli discrimination. Context and humanity and reason are removed. Lies are created. The end result is raw demonisation. Then look at the laugh his jokes about antisemitism gets from the crowd in the Church.

    There is nothing funny about any of this. With Antisemitism visibly on the rise across the globe, the Church provides a platform to someone who ridicules racism against Jews. Peled is feeding antisemitism. He is demonising Zionism and Israel to an audience containing many who already buy into anti-Jewish conspiracy.
    PMW: Does The World Karate Federation authorize tournaments named after Palestinian terrorists?
    The Palestinian Karate Federation has misused the sport of karate to promote terrorist Dalal Mughrabi who led the murder of 37 Israeli civilians, among them 12 children, as a role model for young Palestinian women:
    "The Sisters of Dalal Mughrabi Championship for Young Women" [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 13, 2019]

    A banner displayed at the championship carried the name of the "Palestinian Karate Federation" and its logo (left), and the logo of the "World Karate Federation" (right):

    [Official Facebook page of the Palestinian Karate Federation, Sept. 11, 2019]
    "Palestine" is a member of the Asian Karate Federation, which is a member of the World Karate Federation. Two weeks ago, Palestinian Media Watch passed on the documentation of this Palestinian championship honoring a mass murderer to both federations, asking that they condemn the Palestinian Karate Federation and prohibit the recurrence of terror glorification by the Palestinian Karate Federation and any other of its federation members. In addition, PMW asked that if the federation's "Statutes and Rules" currently do not prohibit naming sporting events after terrorists, that the statutes be amended immediately to include such a prohibition. However, neither federation has responded.

    The championship in which 55 young Palestinian female athletes participated was held in Bethlehem by the southern branch of the Palestinian Karate Federation.

    Dalal Mughrabi, after whom this tournament was named, was a female Palestinian terrorist who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel's history, known as the Coastal Road massacre, in 1978, when she and other Fatah terrorists hijacked a bus and murdered 37 civilians, 12 of them children, and wounded over 70. PMW has documented numerous examples of PA and Fatah leaders promoting murderer Mughrabi as a hero for Palestinian society in general and for youth in particular. The PA has named at least 6 schools after murderer Mughrabi, many sporting events have been named after her, and a PA schoolbook teaches children to "be like" her.
    UK to Release ’Pay to Slay’ Audits After Freedom of Information Request
    The branch of the British government responsible for administering overseas aid will disclose audit reports regarding aid money allegedly used to pay salaries to convicted terrorists, after abandoning its appeal against a ruling by UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

    In July 2018, UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI), a British volunteer organization of lawyers who support Israel, submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department for International Development for copies of audit reports for the Palestinian Recovery and Development Program. The program is a World Bank multi-donor trust fund for the Palestinian Authority. The DFID refused to release the information, citing among other reasons the risk of potential harm diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the PA.

    According to UKLFI, “Various countries, including the UK, paid large sums of money into the World Bank’s Palestinian Recovery and Development Program Multi Donor Trust Fund (PRDP-MDTF), which were then transferred to the Palestinian Authority’s Central Treasury Account.” According to the organization, “this is the account from which payments were made to convicted terrorists, rewarding them for their crimes.”

    Commissioner Denham ruled on July 26 of this year that the reports were of “significant public interest,” which outweighed any potential harm that might be done to diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and the PA Denham ordered the DFID to release the information within 35 days, or appeal.
    Observing Labour antisemites in Brighton
    For the efficient observer of anti-Israel hate mongering in Great Britain the seaside resort of Brighton in the UK was the place to be during the fourth week of September. There the Labour party's annual conference took place. This gathering also claimed 450 fringe events.

    Attendance was around 13 000 people. In a few days one could receive a concentrated overview of anti-Israelism in Labour as well as smatterings of antisemitism, its minimizing and whitewashing.

    A few examples illustrate this.

    At the conference the great majority of delegates voted for a motion to boycott Israeli "settlement" goods. This was a first for Labour. The delegates also voted to reject trade agreements with the country. It seemed that the party furthermore backed the “right of return” of Palestinian Arabs. This is tantamount to supporting Israel’s annihilation through swamping it with Palestinian Arabs. The common way to interpret this right is that those who fled can return. In the Palestinian case it is distorted by Israel’s enemies meaning that descendants of refugees from any generation are also entitled to immigrate to Israel where they have never lived.

    Palestinian flags and chants of “Free Palestine” were prominent at the Labour conference. This, despite rules prohibiting flags from being displayed on the conference floor. Last year, hundreds of Palestinian flags were also flown with the approval of the Labour leadership after these were handed out to delegates.
    EHRC summons 25 former and current Labour staffers to give evidence in antisemitism inquiry in “daunting” letters
    The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has written to 25 former and current employees of the Labour Party requiring them to provide evidence as part of its inquiry into antisemitism in the Labour Party.

    The inquiry, which is a full statutory investigation, was launched by the EHRC on 28th May following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

    The letters reportedly advise that “the Commission is gathering evidence to investigate this matter in accordance with the terms of reference and has identified you as a person we require evidence from. Please do not ignore this letter or the Notice. We draw your attention to the consequences of failing to comply with the Notice which…may include committing a criminal offence.” The letter requires a response within fourteen days.

    The EHRC has the authority to require any individual or organisation to disclose relevant information, and the notices have reportedly been described as “daunting” by some recipients.

    Over 70 Labour whistleblowers have given evidence to the EHRC in relation to the antisemitism investigation.
    University and College Union which rejected antisemitism definition apologises for excluding Jews from its extensive list of Nazi victims
    Extraordinarily, the e-mail did not mention Jewish victims of the Nazis, who were the principal victims of the Holocaust. This was even despite the specific reference to non-Jewish Poles.

    UCU indirectly apologised for the offensive omission in an e-mail from an “equality support official” for what were described as “drafting errors” and “human error”. The official stated that “UCU apologises for the offence this caused and reassures all members that it continues to fight against all forms of antisemitism, hatred and bigotry in society.” In the updated e-mail, a paragraph was added about the genocide of Jews in the Holocaust.

    Ordinarily, such an omission might not have been noteworthy, but UCU has a poor record when it comes to fighting antisemitism, including refusing to adopt the International Definition of Antisemitism, repeatedly endorsing the antisemitism-riddled Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against the Jewish State and fighting a legal battle against a Jewish academic who unsuccessfully sued UCU for breach of the Equality Act 2010.

    It is hardly a stretch to imagine that there is a relationship between UCU’s cavalier approach to antisemitism today and its insensitivity toward commemoration of historic antisemitism. If the Union were to show greater awareness of the antisemitism of the past, perhaps its attitude toward Jews today will also find the correction it so desperately needs.
    British Teenager Goes Public About Months of Antisemitic Abuse
    A British teenager has gone public about a torrent of antisemitic invective she has faced in recent months, including taunts about the Holocaust.

    Charlotte Nathan, 17, who attends school in Northwich, England, was moved to speak about her experiences after she received a derogatory message on her Snapchat account that said, “I wanna fart in your face to remind you of how your grandparents died.”

    The Manchester-based Jewish Telegraph quoted her as saying, “Casual racism is a common feature of daily life, especially among the millennial generation, who perceive racism as a form of humor and so-called ‘banter.’”

    “Catalysts, such as memes used on social media, seem to justify and sugarcoat the underlying racial tensions that as a society we fail to address,” she stated. “This can be exemplified through the lack of education supplied about different cultural groups to schools and other communities, exacerbating ignorance.”

    “I am no stranger to antisemitic abuse,” she added, “and for the last six years, being in secular education and interacting with other cultures, I have encountered a fair share of comments and remarks.”

    “This is evidence of inherited, underlying racism we see daily,” she said.

    Revisiting a BBC Radio 4 Christmas report from the Gaza Strip
    As was noted here at the time, Husain was conspicuously silent on the topic of how many Christians actually currently live in the Gaza Strip and her report was obviously intended to promote the politically motivated narrative that Gaza’s Christian population lives happily under Hamas rule, with its only tribulations caused by Israel.

    Last week Israel’s Channel 12 aired an interview (in Hebrew and Arabic) by Arab affairs correspondent Ohad Hemo with a Christian who escaped the Gaza Strip four months ago.

    “Since Hamas came to power in the Gaza Strip the Christians living there have become scapegoats and the targets of that organisation as well as Salafist extremists. Due to their difficult situation most have fled and from a community of 4,200 people, now only a few hundred remain. Kamal Tarazi was there until recently. Four months ago he managed to escape: “Hamas people took over my home and turned it into a command post”, he recounts. […]

    ‘They put me in a number of prisons and Hamas’ prison is all just beatings and psychological torture’ he recalls. According to him the harming of the Christians in Gaza has become routine and does not stop even during times of conflict. […]

    ‘They harass and harm the Christian public and Christian institutions, churches and charities’.”

    The calibre of Mishal Husain’s reporting on the topic of challenges faced by the Christian community in the Gaza Strip is again all too apparent.

    Ha'aretz: The Fake Nazi Death Camp: Wikipedia’s Longest Hoax, Exposed
    “The first gassing there took place on October 17, 1943, killing at least 150 Poles caught in a street roundup and about 20 Belgian Jews …. Bodies were either cremated in crematoriums or open-air pyres (including at a former sports stadium) or simply buried under collapsed buildings during the systematic demolition of the former ghetto .... [Some estimates] place the number of the camp’s victims well above 212,000, mainly Poles and several thousand of non-Polish.”

    This dry description of the systematic murder of ethnic Poles by Nazi forces during World War II was taken from the English-language Wikipedia article for the “Warsaw concentration camp,” also known as Konzentrationslager Warschau. The site where the camp stood is an object of pilgrimage for some in Poland, who hold periodic ceremonies on what they believe is hallowed ground. They come to honor the memory of thousands of Poles murdered in a gas chamber located near the Warsaw West (Warszawa Zachodnia) train station – which still exists – and have even erected monuments and plaques in their memory.

    There’s just one problem: No such death camp ever existed. There is no historical evidence of German gas chambers ever existing in Warsaw, and nowhere near 200,000 people died in the cluster of Nazi internment centers that did stand at the basis of the myth of KL Warschau.

    “It’s fake history,” says Prof. Havi Dreifuss, a Tel Aviv University historian and Yad Vashem’s expert on Poland and the Holocaust, when asked about gas chambers in Warsaw. Other Holocaust historians share her unequivocal position: “It’s a conspiracy theory,” says Prof. Jan Grabowski, a Polish-Canadian historian from the University of Ottawa, when asked about the legend behind the death toll. Yet both claims appeared, almost without interruption, for 15 years on the English-language version of Wikipedia in what is said to be Wikipedia’s longest-standing hoax.

    European Court: Holocaust Denial Is Not a Human Right
    Denying that the Holocaust ever happened isn’t a form of freedom of expression protected under the European Human Rights Convention, a top court has ruled in a case that stretches back nearly a decade.

    Udo Pastoers, a German who suggested in a 2010 speech that the Holocaust never occurred, was fairly convicted under the country’s laws against the intentional defamation of Jewish people, the European Court of Human Rights ruled while rejecting his complaints.

    Pastoers’ argument that his statements were protected by Article 10, which protects freedom of expression, was “manifestly ill-founded,” given that he “had intentionally stated untruths in order to defame the Jews and the persecution that they had suffered,” the Strasbourg, France-based court ruled on Thursday. His complaint that he was denied a fair trial in Germany was also rejected by the ECHR.

    Pastoers had given a speech a day after Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2010, saying that the “the so-called Holocaust is being used for political and commercial purposes” and also referring to a “barrage of criticism and propagandistic lies” and “Auschwitz projections.” He was first convicted in 2012 by a German district court, and then a regional court rejected his appeal of the verdict less than a year later.
    Swastika, anti-Semitic slur painted on wall of former Krakow Ghetto
    A swastika and other graffiti were painted on the wall of the former ghetto in Krakow.

    “Whores Jews, get the f*** out of Poland” alongside the swastika were discovered drawn with a tar-like substance on Tuesday — the second day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Municipal services painted over the graffiti on the same day.

    Police investigated in the area of Limanowskiego Street; there are no suspects.

    “While I was extremely upset to see the hateful graffiti on the ghetto wall, especially on Rosh Hashanah, the quick reaction by the city and the police reminded me why Krakow is such a good place to be a Jew,” said Jonathan Ornstein, director of the Jewish Community Center of Krakow.

    On Sunday, graffiti reading “Confederation against Jews #447” was discovered on the wall of the Jewish cemetery in Tarnow.

    In 2018, the US Congress approved Law 447, or the Justice for Uncompensated Survivors Today, or JUST act, which insures that those who survived World War II or their heirs receive compensation for their losses, if it has not already happened. The Confederation is a right-wing political group that opposes the restitution of Jewish property.
    India issues terror alert for Jewish, Israeli targets on Yom Kippur
    Authorities in India have warned of a potential terror attack on Jewish or Israeli targets on Yom Kippur, which begins Tuesday night.

    According a Channel 12 news report on Friday, Israeli security services are working with their Indian counterparts to thwart any potential attack over the Jewish holiday period, which runs until October 21.

    The Israeli embassy in New Delhi, synagogues, Chabad buildings, Jewish schools, restaurants and hotels known as popular destinations among Israeli travelers have all been put on high alert with increased security.

    The Times of India reported last month that there were fears an attack could be carried out on a Jewish target by a cell affiliated with either the Al-Qaeda or Islamic State terrorist groups.

    The report said the alert was issued on the basis of intelligence received from the security agencies of other countries. No further details were given.

    In 2008, there were coordinated attacks on Mumbai’s luxury hotels, the main railway station, a restaurant popular with tourists and the city’s Chabad center. The Lashkar-e-Taiba group was blamed for the attacks that killed 166 people in total, including six Israelis.
    3 out of every 4 LA county Jews view antisemitism as serious - poll
    Three-quarters of Jewish people in Los Angeles County view antisemitism as a serious threat, a new survey found.

    “The Pat Brown Institute (PBI) for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles conducted a poll of more than 1,800 Jewish voters in Los Angeles county [and it] revealed strong support for the survival of Israel as a Jewish state and also very significant fears of growing antisemitism,” said Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of PBI.

    “More than 70% reported being concerned about it,” he said. “Written comments to an open-ended question revealed concerns from both the Right and the Left on antisemitism. Clearly though, fears of growing antisemitism are widespread.”

    According to the findings, 41% of the participants said that antisemitism is an extremely serious problem, and 31% said they consider it “very serious.”

    Seventy-six percent of the participants said that remembering the Holocaust is “essential” for them, and an additional 19% viewed it as “important.” Thirty-six percent of participants said that caring for Israel is essential for them, and an additional third said it is important, while 25% of those polled expressed their opinion that they did not see caring about Israel as important.
    Vandals smash windows of Brooklyn synagogue during Rosh Hashanah prayers
    The windows of a synagogue in Brooklyn were smashed by vandals this week during Rosh Hashanah services.

    A video showing people throwing milk crates at the Rivnitz synagogue in the Williamsburg neighborhood was circulated Wednesday on social media.

    Police said that the incident took place on Monday afternoon and they were searching for two females who were seen in the video, according to WPIX-TV.

    Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the vandalism.

    “This is a shocking act of hate,” he wrote on Twitter. “We WILL find the perpetrators and hold them responsible.”

    The Anti-Defamation League said it was “deeply disturbed” by the video.

    “At a time when the Brooklyn Jewish community is already on edge in the wake of a series of anti-Semitic incidents, it is extremely upsetting to see this congregation targeted during what is otherwise supposed to be a joyous celebration of the Jewish New Year,” Evan Bernstein, the regional director of the organization’s New York-New Jersey office, said in a statement.

    Teen allegedly attacked Jewish woman in Brooklyn, pulling off scarf, wig
    Police said a Jewish woman reported being harassed in Brooklyn on Rosh Hashanah.

    The 22-year-old said that she was approached on Sunday evening by a female teenager who “pulled her scarf and wig from her head,” a New York Police detective, Annette Shelton, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in an email.

    The incident occurred in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and the perpetrator, who was described as being 16 years old, was accompanied by another teenager, the woman told police.

    Shelton said that the police’s Hate Crimes Task Force was investigating the incident.

    The incident is the second alleged attack that occurred on Rosh Hashanah in the borough. On Monday, the windows of a synagogue were broken in the Williamsburg neighborhood.

    That incident drew condemnations from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

    There has been a spate of attacks in recent months against visibly Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn.
    Arabic-speaking man tosses rock at Israeli’s head in Germany
    A 27 -year-old Israeli woman was the victim of a violent antisemitic attack in Bavaria after an Arabic-speaking man tossed a rock at her after she spoke Hebrew.

    She suffered a head injury, according to the Bavarian daily Merkur, which reported on Thursday that the police are searching for the suspect who fled the scene of the alleged crime.

    That attack took place on Wednesday near a cemetery in the town of Massing. The Israeli woman was walking with her two sons near the cemetery. After the woman called for one of her sons in Hebrew, the man screamed in Arabic “Jew” and tossed a stone at her head.

    The Merkur reported that the suspect is between 40 and 50 years-old and has short, black hair. He spoke broken German with a foreign accent.
    Israeli startups raise more than $1 billion in September
    Israeli startups raised $5.9 billion so far in 2019 and are on track to pass last year’s record-breaking figure of $6.4 billion, the Israeli business daily Globes reported on Wednesday.

    Based on press releases from Israeli companies that have completed financing rounds, more than $1 billion was raised in September alone.

    However, the true figure is likely even higher, as some companies do not reveal investment data, according to the report.

    Israeli tech companies raised $650 million in July and $350 million in August, according to the IVC Research Center.

    In September, credit company Fundbox raised $326 million, fintech firm Tipalti raised $76 million and open security platform Snyk raised $70 million. In addition, drone defense company D-Fend raised $28 million, and 3D-printing company Xjet raised $45 million.
    Early clinical trial for ALS sufferers shows biotech firm ‘on the right track’
    Kadimastem Ltd., a biotechnology firm that develops cell therapies, said it has received “promising interim results” from a first group of patients treated with its new therapy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a fatal neurodegenerative condition that causes the loss of muscle control.

    “Looks like we are on the right track,” said Rami Epstein, the CEO of Kadimastem, in a phone interview. “The interim results are important because they demonstrate that we have managed to inject the live cells into a human body without any treatment-related significant adverse effect, while also showing a measurable therapeutic effect. Our cell therapy managed to significantly slow down the disease progression and halt deterioration of the disease.”

    The cell therapy aims to slow or even halt the progression of the disease and improve patients’ quality of life and life expectancy, he said.

    ALS leads to muscle weakness, loss of motor function, paralysis, breathing problems, and eventually death. The average life expectancy of ALS patients is two to five years. According to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, there are approximately 450,000 ALS patients worldwide, 30,000 of them in the US. According to the ALS Foundation for Life, the annual average healthcare costs of an ALS patient in the US are estimated at US$ 200,000. Thus, the annual healthcare costs of ALS patients in the US alone amount to $6 billion.

    In a filing to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange last week, the firm said that the treatment administered to one group of patients in a Phase 1/2a clinical trial held in Israel apparently caused a significant slowdown in the progress of the disease and was found to be safe.
    Israel Mounts See-Through-Wall Radar on Robots
    Israel’s Camero is positioning its Xaver see-though-wall technology for networked use by unmanned systems, according to company officials.

    Ilan Abramovich, Camero (and sister company Meprolight) senior vice-president of sales and marketing for defence, said the company’s Xavernet, a wireless Toughbook-based networking capability, enables the handheld sense-through-wall radars to be operated from 100–200 m line-of-sight.

    The concept places the radars on robotic or unmanned platforms for remote control. Currently, four radars can be controlled at once, Abramovich said. It works with the Xaver 100 and Xaver 400 systems, he added.

    The Xaver 100 hand-held radar was designed for teams breaching a room or a door, to give them a ‘go or no-go’ decision by simply showing if a person was behind the wall by displaying an arrow that indicates if the person is moving towards or away from the wall.

    All the Xaver series systems are radar-based, and use ultra wide-band radio signals between 3 –10 GHz. They have a 120° field of view (FOV) and can see through drywall, concrete, and various structures, though not solid metal. Metal drywall studs or concrete reinforced with rebar can block the signal as well, but can still make the system function if a non-metal through-spot can be found, Abramovich said.
    Israel Shipyards Sells Patrol Craft Worldwide
    Israel Shipyards has received orders for its newest patrol craft, the OPV 45, and is in discussions towards the first sale of a Sa'ar S-72 vessel, according to Noam Katsav, managing director at Israel Shipyards.

    The Sa'ar S-72 is 71.8 m long, has a 3,200 n mile range, an 800 tonne displacement, and a 30 kt top speed. Contract talks are ongoing with one country, and one Sa'ar S-72 has begun construction in the meantime, Katsav said.

    In September Israel Shipyards has sold two OPV 45s, which are 45.7 m long, have a 3,000 n mile range, a 290 tonne displacement, and a 24 kt top speed. The yard will start building those soon, he added. The OPV 45 is driven by fixed-pitch propellers and the power plants depend on the customer's needs. It can mount stabilised naval gun systems of up to 30 mm in the primary position, and 12.7 mm machine guns.

    Meanwhile, the yard is building more of its Shaldag fast patrol craft. Shaldag variants - Mk II, III, IV, and V - are broken down by size to meet user-specific needs. The Israeli Navy, for example, typically wants small and fast vessels that can be operated by younger sailors.
    Army inducts Israeli 'tank killers’ till DRDO develops indigenous ones
    Indian infantry soldiers now finally have a new weapon to destroy advancing enemy tanks on the western front with Pakistan. The Army has begun to induct a limited number of Israeli Spike anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) to meet immediate operational requirements till the indigenous man-portable “tank killers” being developed by DRDO are ready for induction.

    Sources on Thursday said the “first lot” of the 210 Spike missiles, with a dozen launchers, “arrived in India about 10 days ago” as part of the “Army vice chief’s emergency procurement powers” exercised by the force amidst the ongoing heightened tensions with Pakistan.

    The Army moved to buy the initial amount of the fire-and-forget Spike ATGMs, which have a strike range of up to 4-km, for around Rs 280 crore after the Jaish-e-Muhammed training facility at Balakot in Pakistan was bombed by Indian Mirage-2000 fighters on February 26.

    “The order will be repeated if the man-portable ATGM being developed by DRDO is not ready by next year. We don’t want to be slowed down any longer in plugging our critical operational deficiencies by DRDO,” said an Army source.
    Cyprus Stocking Up on Israeli Drones
    Cyprus’ National Guard is said to have received its first four unmanned drones from Israel, allowing Cypriot agencies to obtain clear views from high above over land and water.

    The drones, Aerostar Tactical UAS (TUAS) made in Israel, are described as accurate, programmable, and one of the most efficient and cost-effective systems of its class. The specific make has logged over 250,000 operational flight hours with missions flown worldwide.

    According to Kathimerini Cyprus, four Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have been delivered to Cyprus National Guard by Aeronautics, an Israeli company, extending the Cypriot range of capabilities for a number of agencies with high definition cameras that can get images from very high flying altitudes.

    The purchase of the four UAV’s came at a total cost of 12 million euros the report said, adding that the use of the drones would include monitoring Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Additional uses would include patrolling forest areas in the summer to detect fires as well as assisting in rescue missions within the Nicosia Flight Information Region.
    Paul McCartney to Get Back to the Yarkon, sources say
    It might seem like only “Yesterday” that Paul McCartney performed in Israel, but maybe you’ll be amazed to learn that it was 11 years ago and Maariv is reporting that it’s “highly likely” that the beloved pop star and former Beatle will get back to Park HaYarkon (or possibly a different venue) for another concert.

    Citing information from “close associates,” the publication said that McCartney was “in talks” with officials and promoters and the chance for another Tel Aviv show by the man once dubbed “the cute Beatle” is “extremely high.” Apparently, these sources think that they can work it out or in other words, McCartney will soon be showing us again that he loves Israel, yeah yeah yeah.

    McCartney, who is currently married to the Jewish transportation mogul Nancy Shevell (rhymes with “Michelle”) - and whose first wife, the late photographer and animal-rights activist Linda Eastman, was Jewish - was able to master a few words of Hebrew in his 2008 performance, including, “Shana Tova” (Happy New Year) and “Ahava” (love) in addition to the obligatory “Shalom.” He ended that concert with the word, "Nitra'eh" -- "We'll see each other again."

    If he needs more inspiration this time around, he might want to check out a Yiddish version of “A Hard Day’s Night” by Gerry Tenney which will surely inspire him to throw in a few Yiddishisms once he arrives here by jet, even if he doesn’t fly in from Miami Beach BOAC.

    No word on whether Shevell will accompany him, which might prompt him to croon some silly love songs to his wife of nearly eight years. There’s also no word on whether his daughter, the acclaimed fashion designer Stella McCartney, will be leaving home to attend the show.
    Kevin Spacey shows up in Israel, wearing a kippah
    Kevin Spacey was spotted in an Israeli restaurant in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, catching the locals by surprise.

    The former "House of Cards" star, who has recently faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, arrived in Israel to visit a friend who was sitting shiva (the traditional seven-day mourning period following the death of a family member) in Jerusalem.
    Kevin Spacey at a restaurant in Tel Aviv

    The actor was seen wearing a kippah during his shiva visit, but later took the kippah off when he dined at the Tel Aviv restaurant Coco BamBino.

    Spacey is just one of a number of celebrities who have visited the Jewish state over the past few weeks, among them Demi Lovato and popular Eurovision contestant Mahmoud. Spacey's legal cases have been closed, but he has been fired from "House of Cards" and has remained a source of controversy.
    Times Are A Changin’: Saudi Citizen Sings Jewish Prayer Marking Jewish New Year
    On Thursday, outgoing U.S. Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt posted a video indicative of how much has changed in the Middle East in recent years, with a Saudi citizen singing the moving Jewish prayer “Avinu Malkeinu,” which is sung frequently during the ten days between Rosh Hashanah, which marks the Jewish New Year and was celebrated at the beginning of this week, and Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, in which Jews ask God for forgiveness for their sins.

    Mohammed Saud was singing the version of “Avinu Malkeinu” written by the composer Max Janowski.

    According to Jewish belief, on Rosh Hashanah God opens the book of life and death to decide who will live or die in the coming year; he closes the book on Yom Kippur, making the ten days noteworthy for serious introspection. On Yom Kippur, Jews are permitted to ask for forgiveness for their sins against God and sins they are unaware they have committed, but any sins against their fellow man must be dealt with by having apologized to the person who was hurt in the process and asking for their forgiveness personally.
    Memorial service to be held in Ari Fuld's honor
    On Sunday, a dedication and memorial ceremony will be held in honor of Ari Fuld who was stabbed and killed by a terrorist just over one year ago.

    The Ari Fuld Project, which Fuld's widow, Miriam Fuld, founded with the non-profit organization Standing Together, completed fund raising for a "hospitality truck," something that Fuld was trying to fund around the time of his death.

    The truck is meant to help IDF soldiers and was intended to be in memory of Fuld's friend Yehoshua Friedberg, a lone soldier from Canada who was murdered by terrorists in 1993. Now, the truck will have Fuld and Friedberg's photos side-by-side.

    The ceremony will be held on Fuld's first yahrzeit (first anniversary of his death) at Gush Etzion Junction, where he was murdered.

    Before he succumbed to his wounds, Fuld shot the terrorist that stabbed him, preventing him from harming anyone else. For this act of bravery, Fuld was posthumously awarded Israel's Medal of Valor.

    At the age of 18 Fuld moved from New York to Israel and enlisted to the Golani Brigade, an IDF infantry unit. He later served as a reservist in an elite paratrooper unit and served in Efrat's counter-terrorism unit. He was a rabbi, educator, fundraiser, karate instructor and pro-Israel activist.
    One of the Last Living Heroes of Israel's Fight for Independence
    At 99, Harold "Smoky" Simon is one of the heroes of Israel's War of Independence. He was Chief of Air Operations in the war after flying as a navigator-bombardier for the South African Air Force (SAAF) during World War II. In 1948, as newlyweds, Simon and his wife, Myra, who had been a meteorologist in the SAAF, joined a South African Zionist Federation group to volunteer to fight in Israel. "Fighting the Nazis gave us the skills and the experience we needed to fight for Israel," he says.

    "We had to muster all of our nerve to do the job against these powerful enemies. We were up against six Arab armies - the Egyptians were supplied by the Brits, the Syrians by the French, and we didn't have a single combat plane of our own." Israel had old German planes sold by the Czechs, smuggled in and reassembled.

    Simon reminds us of Arab League Secretary-General Abdul Rachman Azzam Pasha, who said on May 1, 1948: "If the Zionists dare to establish a state, the massacres we would unleash would dwarf anything which Genghis Khan and Hitler perpetrated." Simon continues, "These were difficult times. None of us knew how it would turn out. But as proud as I'd been to be one of millions fighting to defeat the Nazis, it was even more emotional when you are part of a small bunch fighting for your own people, your own country."

    "With all the odds against us then, there is far more than human effort behind that victory. Returning to our ancient land, we are living a miracle of biblical proportions here." In 1968, Simon was elected as chairman of World Machal, representing nearly 5,000 volunteers from 59 countries who fought in the War of Independence. He has served in that capacity for a half-century.

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    10/04 Links Pt1: The EU Demonstrates a Distinct Political Bias Against Israel; Meet the Palestinian Villagers Living Out the American Dream; Arab citizens of Israel undergo quiet revolution

    From Ian:

    Seth Frantzman: Israel appears strong, but there are risks ahead
    BUT ISRAEL has some issues on the horizon that, if they would come together at the wrong time, would be a perfect storm. Among these is the increasing hostility of Turkey. Ankara has become more nationalist and religious-nationalist, a toxic mix. It is flexing its muscles, taking over swaths of northern Syria and seeking to keep on track to totally remove the Americans from the region. That would be a setback for the US – and setbacks for the US also impact Israel. Turkey is buying the S-400, not in itself a problem for Israel. Ostensibly, both Ankara and Jerusalem have an interesting relationship with Moscow today, borne of Russia’s increased role in the region, particularly in Syria.

    Russia’s role in Turkey is strategic and also related to energy and Syria. This can impact Israel in a complex way. Turkey’s current government is seeking to take up the mantle of being the main opposition to Israel in the region. It bashes Israel over Jerusalem, and its media run hyperbolic stories about Israeli abuses. Turkey is close to the Muslim Brotherhood today and wants to see Hamas have a more prominent role in Ramallah. Yet Israel can deal with Turkey’s anger. The question is whether it can deal with the emerging Turkey-Iran relationship.

    Iran has been a challenge for Israel due to a variety of reasons, but lately it is capitalizing on the weakness of its adversaries. That means it is increasingly playing a role in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. That means it is transferring precision missile technology to Hezbollah.

    Iran’s IRGC says that it can destroy Israel. It launched an attack on Saudi Arabia on September 14 that has ramifications for Israel. That Riyadh did not respond shows that Israel’s supposed common interests with the Gulf are more problematic than in reality. Saudi Arabia won’t confront Iran. So who will confront Iran? The US? No. The US has signaled it will not. And the next US administration may be more pro-Iran than this one. That could give Tehran what it wants in Syria, which means a kind of “land bridge” that ends near the Golan and threatens Israel.

    What Israel faces today is potentially two strong adversaries in Turkey and Iran, although they are quite different in how they confront Israel. Turkey uses soft power; Iran uses hard power. But Israel, appearing strong, now faces these challenges in some ways alone. It is not like the 1950s, when Israel was truly alone. Israel has made major inroads in India, China and elsewhere. But the immediate challenges are still there. It is dangerous to be too confident and arrogant today, and it is essential that Jerusalem seek to analyze and deal with these challenges in the long-term because short term planning won’t work. Iran thinks in the long term – and its role in the region is a long-term role.
    Jpost Editorial: No Third Election
    Against that backdrop, the 22nd Knesset was sworn in on Thursday in Jerusalem. Many are wondering if, like the 21st Knesset, it will also last for less than two months and perhaps become the shortest-lived legislature in Israel’s history.

    As the Post’s Lahav Harkov pointed out on Wednesday, there are only eight new members of this Knesset, as well as another nine who are returning from past stints as legislators, which means that 103 members of the 22nd Knesset will be sworn in for the second time this year.

    A proud institution, the Knesset is in danger of becoming a laughing stock. But it’s no joke. Israel needs a stable government and a stable Knesset. Every attempt must be made to prevent the newly sworn-in Knesset from becoming the shortest Knesset in Israeli history.

    All parties should take the responsibility upon themselves as if they alone are charged with insuring that a third election is not called for. The country has survived some nine months of paralysis, but it’s only a matter of time before the string starts to unravel out of control and the situation begins to do irreparable damage to Israel and its population.

    At Thursday’s ceremony, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein led the MKs with “I pledge allegiance to the State of Israel and to faithfully fulfill my mission in the Knesset.” And the newly sworn-in lawmakers responded: “I pledge.”

    Let’s hope they take that allegiance and mission seriously and prevent a third election.

    Amb. Alan Baker: The EU Demonstrates a Distinct Political Bias Against Israel
    European Union Special Representative for the Middle East Peace Process Susanna Terstal, writing in the Jerusalem Post on Sep. 21, evidently believes that incessant repetition of the phrase "two-state solution" adds some element of legitimacy and feasibility to the idea. But the two-state solution has never been agreed-upon between Israel and the Palestinians, and does not figure in any of the agreements between them. It is nothing more than an expression of wishful thinking within the UN and the EU.

    To the contrary, the Oslo Accords, to which the EU itself is a signatory, clearly leaves the issue of the permanent status of the territories to be decided in negotiations. Thus, whether the outcome will be one, two or three states, or a federation or confederation, remains on the negotiating table. By incessantly plying a two-state solution, the EU is in fact prejudging an agreed negotiating issue.

    Suggestions by Israeli leaders to "apply sovereignty" led EU representatives to complain that unilateral modification of the Oslo Accords "undermines the entire agreement" and "dismantles Oslo." One wonders why the EU did not view the recent declarations by the Palestinian leadership canceling the territorial division between areas A, B and C in a similar light. Did this not undermine the accords?

    The EU representative also expressed support for a "Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines." Yet the issue of borders is an agreed-upon permanent-status negotiating issue, and her presumption of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines clearly contradicts and prejudges both the Oslo Accords and UN Security Council Resolution 242 of 1967.

    The EU cannot in good faith claim that it does not take sides in the conflict. The EU has not only taken sides, but clearly demonstrates a distinct political bias against Israel in virtually all its positions, policies, statements and dealings regarding the Israeli-Palestinian negotiation process.

    Iran displays ancient clay tablets, returned by US, from empire that freed Jews
    The National Museum of Iran opened on Wednesday an exhibition of around 300 cuneiform clay tablets returned from the United States after a drawn-out legal saga.

    The tablets were found at the ruins of Persepolis, capital of the Persian Achaemenid Empire (6th – 4th c. BC) in the south of Iran. Cyrus the Great, who ruled during the Achaemenid Empire, is said to have liberated the Jews from Babylonian captivity in 539 BCE, allowing them to return home and build the Second Temple.

    The works on display belonged to a group of 1,783 clay tablets or tablet fragments returned to Iran by the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago.

    In the 1930s, the university had received on loan around 30,000 tablets or tablet fragments found at Persepolis for research purposes, Iranian media reported.

    A large portion of the tablets were returned in three batches between 1948 and 2004 before their restitution was blocked by legal action initiated by American survivors of an attack in Israel in 1997 carried out by the Palestinian Hamas terror group.

    Blaming Tehran for supporting the armed group, the plaintiffs demanded the seizure of the tablets and their sale put toward the $71.5 million that Iran was ordered to pay in the case.

    The proceedings only ended in February 2018 when a US Supreme Court decision banned the seizure of the works.
    Yossi Cohen: The Mossad Spy Chief Who Stole Iran's Secret Nuclear Archives
    In March 2018, Mossad Director Yossi Cohen, 58, updated then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo on what the Mossad had found inside Iran's secret nuclear archives that it had stolen from the heart of Tehran in January 2018. Sources close to Cohen told the Jerusalem Post that the information the Mossad seized is "still being used right now" to glean high-quality and valuable intelligence. A map of nuclear sites captured in the operation has yet to be made public. These revelations "even go beyond Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's revelation of the Abadeh nuclear site" earlier this month. Cohen says Pompeo praised the Mossad for redefining "daring and boldness."

    Dozens of agents were involved in surveillance missions and the heist itself. Neutralizing any electronic surveillance that could expose them, they spent six hours and 29 minutes nabbing Iran's secret nuclear files, which were kept in 32 safes. They used special torches to slice into these safes. They loaded the vast files onto trucks and used Iranian smugglers to get across the border.

    Cohen's view is that relations with Sunni countries in the Gulf are "not as much about personal trust, but about overlapping national interests" - especially when it comes to Iran. For example, while Cohen would be against sharing sensitive Israeli technologies with the Saudis to combat the drone threat from Iran, he would seek to help states in the Gulf combat Iran together in other ways.

    Regarding the Palestinians, sources close to Cohen indicate that he does not believe anything will move on the peace process until PA President Mahmoud Abbas leaves office.
    FDD: The Israeli–Palestinian Struggle, Continued.
    There is no chance of a “peace party” returning to Jerusalem unless Israelis see that Palestinians have unequivocally denounced the past, that the celebrations of those who’ve died killing Israelis are rejected. That is impossible to envision in the near-term: neither Fatah, nor Hamas, nor the Israelis, nor Washington want the Palestinian people voting. All fear the worst—the wrong side winning. Perhaps most perversely, the Israelis are invested in a security status quo with Fatah that likely negates the chance of any Palestinian change, and surely makes Hamas more popular on the West Bank than its tyranny in Gaza has earned. But it’s possible that if there were a free vote among Palestinians the hostility towards Israelis—the fundamental rejection of the legitimacy of a Jewish state—could be the common denominator among Palestinians who otherwise loathe Fatah’s and Hamas’ dictatorships. Palestinians again voting could lead to intense violence, among Palestinians and against Israelis. Nonetheless, Palestinian popular sovereignty is likely the only way out of this cul-de-sac. We have two peoples wanting the same land with national and especially religious narratives that negate the other’s. For even non-practicing Muslims, Moses is a great prophet, trying to lead his people toward the one, true calling—Islam. A Jewish homeland wasn’t in Allah’s message. Yet the unrelenting secularism of Westerners reduces the most compelling stories we have to differences about water rights, East Jerusalem, and security checkpoints.

    The basic character of a people and faith can change, but that usually happens after a truly devastating military defeat or a long evolution. The Palestinians haven’t actually seen a society-crushing catastrophe; they have endured foreign, non-Muslim overlords, with all of the indignities, and incompetent, avaricious, ambitious, insouciant, deluded and sometimes brutal native rulers (they, however, get a middling score in hideousness in the modern Middle East).

    Since 2002, the Israelis appear to have a consensus: Palestinians cannot be trusted. On the other side, Palestinians seem more conflicted about the Jews, more divided religiously and culturally, more prone to internecine violence today than they were when the Israelis directly ruled all of the West Bank and Gaza.

    The continuing decline of America in the Middle East will unavoidably remove certain delusions about what might be possible between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The torpor of the peace process under Obama and Trump is likely the new American standard. If they haven’t already, Palestinians will give up on the idea of Washington’s intercession, of American democracy coercing Israeli democracy into making concessions to unelected Palestinian officials. For the Palestinian people that will, at least, change the rhetoric and excuses of the ruling elite.

    America’s retreat may tempt the Israelis to act more hubristically towards the Palestinians, to take land in the West Bank that has no plausible security value. But the most effective check on ugly Israeli actions has always been the internal debate, the tension between the executive, legislative, and judicial authorities in Israel’s messy democracy.

    For decades out, it’s hard to see anything better than an unpleasant modus vivendi between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Given that it is the Middle East, however, that isn’t an awful state. Americans always want to believe that honesty is the best policy, that without honesty solutions aren’t possible. We are certainly tardy in applying that principle to the Israeli–Palestinian clash.
    The Missile War in Southern Arabia: Lessons for Israel
    UAV Warfare
    Another hint of the effectiveness of Patriot defense are Houthi/Iranian alliance efforts both to suppress it and evade it. To elucidate this point, we need to refer to another aspect of the Houthi/Iranian war machine in Yemen: UAV warfare. UAVs are one of the main pillars of Iranian military doctrine. Together with other weapon shipments, Iran has been providing the Houthis with numerous types of UAVs, both of the larger types used for armed reconnaissance such as the Shahad 129 (roughly equivalent to Israel’s Hermes 450) and smaller “suicide” UAVs (such as the Ababil, used by Hezbollah in 2006 for attacks deep within Israel, which for the sake of Iranian deniability has been renamed Kasef 2). The Houthi arsenal is augmented by the acquisition of mail order UAVs such as the Chinese “Skywalker” available online from Ali Baba. More remarkable, the Iranians have provided the Houthis with knowhow, production machinery and expertise to set up a UAV industry of their own in their stronghold of Sad’ha in northern Yemen. The Houthi UAV industry is now producing unique designs of long-range machines, some equipped with jet engines, obviously designed in Iran. Beyond the classic UAV roles of reconnaissance and light bombardment, the Houthi/Iranian alliance is using them for direct “suicide” attacks on Patriot batteries. Three incidents of direct attacks on Patriot batteries have been claimed: Two attacks were within Yemen, probably targeting UAE batteries in Mocha and Marib, and one attack on a Patriot battery defending the Saudi border city of Najran, with unknown results.

    Even more significantly, the Houthi/Iranian alliance exploits the Patriot’s system limitations in engaging low and slow threats in order to penetrate beneath the Saudi air/missile defense shield. In fact, UAVs are now being used by the Houthi’s as ersatz land attack cruise missiles. With immunity against air and missile defense, and with much better accuracy than ordinary ballistic missiles, UAVs now seem to be the preferred weapons for imaginative and audacious strikes deep within Saudi territory. For example, the civilian airport of the Saudi town of Abha, about 120 km. from the Yemeni border, was attacked by Houthi suicide UAVs no less than three times during the month of June 2019, wounding 28 passengers and airport workers. In August 2019, the Houthis managed to strike the Shaybah oilfield deep within Saudi Arabia, almost 1200 Km from the Houthi stronghold in Sad’ha. The attack was carried out by no less than 10 UAVs and sparked a fire in gas storage tanks. Such a complex attack needs precise coordination and excellent navigation, which demonstrates the proficiency achieved by Iran’s UAV operators. While those strikes did not cause excessive damage – perhaps intentionally so – they were propaganda coups for the Houthis, providing them with solid achievements in the cognitive battlefield.

    The fourth lesson for Israel is the growing military role of UAVs both for missile defense suppression and for evasion. UAVs were first used by Hezbollah for reconnaissance over Israel even prior to the 2006 Lebanon war. At the closing stage of that war, four suicide UAVs were launched by Hezbollah against Israeli targets (One suffered a failure and fell near the border, two were intercepted by Israeli jet fighters, and the fourth vanished). In the 2014 Gaza war Hamas tried to attack Tel Aviv with its own UAVs (Two, perhaps three UAVs were shot down by Patriot air defense batteries). This experience is not indicative of the future. The Yemen war demonstrates how UAVs will be employed in future wars in significant numbers to erode Israel’s missile defense capabilities by attacking the Iron Dome, David Sling and Arrow batteries. Hostile UAVs, in conjunction with precision rockets, may well be tasked to damage Israel’s critical infrastructures such as desalination plants. Consequently, Israel needs to integrate air defense capabilities into its missile defense systems, and to provide its critical infrastructures with their own point defenses.

    The current civil wars in the Middle East – especially in Syria and in Yemen – resemble the Spanish civil war of the 1930s inasmuch as they are exploited by outside powers to test new doctrines, weapons and tactics in realistic battle conditions. What the Axis powers (and to a lesser extent the USSR) did in Spain during the 1930s is being done today by Iran in Yemen.

    It would be advisable for Israel’s Ministry of Defense and the IDF to closely study the civil war in Yemen, particularly its rocket and drone warfare aspects. The weapons and tactics in use in Yemen today will be employed against Israel tomorrow.
    Israeli President Tells Papal Diplomat Israel Wants to Share Land with Palestinians
    Israel wants to “share the land and find a way to live together” with the Palestinians, President Reuven Rivlin told Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, one of the highest-ranking Vatican diplomats, when they met at the President’s Residence on Thursday night.

    Sandri, who is the Prefect of the Congregations for the Oriental Catholic Churches, came with a delegation that included several Franciscan priests, as well as the Papal Nuncio and the Custos of the Holy Land.

    He is in the region to mark the 800th anniversary of the Pilgrimage of Peace to the Middle East by St. Francis of Assisi and his dialogue with the Sultan of Egypt.

    Rivlin, who has met with Pope Francis and is aware of the efforts being made by the Vatican to bring about a cessation of hostilities in the Middle East in general and between Israel and the Palestinians in particular, told Sandri that he knows how hard the Vatican is working to find a solution to this century-old tragedy.

    Knowing that Sandri is also going to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Rivlin asked him to convey his regards, and noted that Abbas had sent New Year greetings to the people of Israel.

    Emphasizing the need to build understanding between Israelis and Palestinians, Rivlin was of the opinion that a valuable asset in this regard was the restoration of the baptismal site at Qasr el-Yahud on the Jordan River near Jericho, where Jesus first met John the Baptist.

    The restoration project was approved by Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian leadership, said Rivlin, who was personally involved in the process.
    Dr. Martin Sherman: Alternative Jordans?
    Although the details of the “Deal” are as yet obscure, it would appear the Jordan is slated to play a major role in it—grudgingly or otherwise. Accordingly, the feasibility of the “Deal”—indeed its acceptability—will be dramatically impacted by the nature of the regime east of the Jordan River and its prospective stability (or lack thereof).

    After all, although some may hope otherwise, there seems little prospect that any successor regime in Amman will be more favorably disposed toward Israel than the current one.

    This takes us back to the crucial strategic importance for Israel of the highlands of Judea-Samaria and the Jordan Valley. As I have been at pains to point out on numerous occasions, not only are these highlands the only topographical barrier between Jordan and the heavily populated coast plain, but any forces—regular or renegade—deployed on them will have complete topographical command and control of virtually all Israel’s airfields (military and civilian, including Ben Gurion, the only international airport), its major ports and naval bases, is principal traffic axes (rail and road), vital infrastructure installations/systems (electrical power, desalination plants and water conveyance), centers of civilian government and military command and 80% of the civilian population and commercial activity.

    All of these will be in range of cheap, readily available weapons that have already been used against Israel from areas evacuated by it and transferred to Arab control.

    Thus, the rationale of any plan that entails Israeli evacuation of this vital territory will hinge critically on the nature of the regime-type in Jordan, which abuts it from the East.

    For whatever other grave detriments their might be in such a plan, it will matter greatly if Jordan is ruled by a government that strives to reign in forces hostile to Israel, or one that is indifferent to their aggressive intent—or worse, is complicit with it.

    After all, should the Trump plan entail significant territorial concessions, Israel may well find itself in a situation in which it will have to contend with a huge expanse of hostile territory, stretching from the fringes of Greater Tel Aviv to the border of Iraq—and perhaps beyond.

    Accordingly, Israel’s security establishment should indeed draw up plans to deal with prospective alternatives in Jordan—not only how to cope with them once they arise, but to prevent them from arising at all.
    Why Israelis should support the Iraqi protesters
    Another Arab Spring-like protest movement now seems to be arising, seeking to topple the present Iraqi government. As Israelis, we should support the Iraqi people in their quest for true freedom and democracy.

    Mendi Safadi, heads of the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights, has noted that if we want to prevent the creation of another Syria, we should call upon the community of nations to intervene as soon as possible to uphold the rights of the protesters, prevent additional bloodshed, and stop the radical Islamists, Iran, and the former Baathists from overtaking the protest movement.

    “Today, this Arab Spring has begun to take over Iraq against a government that is corrupt and loyal to Iran,” Safadi said. “These protesters are against the Iranians taking over Iraq. Talks with activists on the ground and the leaders of the protest movement reveal that the people are repulsed by the government, who betrayed their nation by becoming a proxy of Iran. The Iranian takeover of Iraq has gotten the people to revolt, to take to the streets and to demand that Iraq be returned to its rightful owners. They seek freedom and basic human rights that every citizen of this world deserves.”

    According to a report from the Internal Commission of Iraq, “The Iraqi government takes instructions from Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Qassem Soleimani. Over 700 members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard shot live fire at Iraqi demonstrators. There were demonstrators who were killed including men, women and children. The Iranians even went as far as burning a 2-year-old child in a car with her father. The Iraqi people are calling upon the international community to intervene urgently in order to save the Iraqi people, who have suffered under Iran and political Islam. We demand that all pro-Iranian parties be banished from Iraq and to take away all of Iran’s influence in the country. We seek to hold the regime accountable and to change from a parliamentary system to a republican form of government. We seek that the rights of women be respected, as the number of women in the country is very high. The Iraqi people will stop protesting only once our demands are met.”
    Iraq crisis: Protests say anger could boil over Friday after 44 deaths
    Protesters in Iraq prepared Friday for bloody clashes with security forces in Iraq after three days of protests that saw the government order live fire against the demonstrators. The protesters are angry. They have tried to block roads to the airport in Baghdad and break into the “Green Zone” where foreign embassies are located. They are shocked that officials have ordered live fire used against them.

    The protests began on October 1 in the wake of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi sidelining a popular Counter-Terrorism service commander named Abdul Wahab Al-Saadi. But the real reason for the protests are much larger. They are angry over corruption and wage stagnation and lack of opportunities.

    The Prime Minister has closed down internet and sought to isolate cities in Iraq. He gave a speech on Thursday evening and has indicated he could meet the protesters. But there are no clear leaders of the protests. The demonstrators gained some solace when the Shi’ite religious leader Ayatollah Ali Sistani appeared to express sympathy on Friday. Many believed that after prayers on Friday there would be bloody clashes unless the government retrains its tactics. It is not entirely clear which police have been ordered to fire on the protesters, because protesters say they cannot identify them by uniform. Some said it was not the Federal Police but other interior ministry forces. Others claims it was members of Shi’ite militias loyal to Iran, including the Saraya Khorosani unit. But much of this is rumors and has not been confirmed. What is clear is that security forces can be heard in dozens of videos using gunfire. Up to fifty demonstrators may have been killed and thousands injured, including members of the police.

    The UN has called on Iraq to have a transparent investigation about the shooting of the demonstrators. “We call on the Iraqi government to allow people to freely exercise their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.”
    Iran tries to blame Israel and US for Iraqi protests
    Iranian media and local sources in Iraq have reported on the protests sweeping the country with increasing concern that the protesters oppose Iranian influence. This concern has now reached the highest levels of Iran’s regime where the narrative that has been concocted is to blame “foreign” hands for the unrest. Under this logic tens of thousands of young men, leaderless and braving the gunfire of security forces, have been sacrificing themselves by the dozens all because of some complex conspiracy.

    Iraq’s government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has shut down internet, social media and even made phone calls difficult in areas across Iraq, all to stop the protests. Yet the protests continue. To discredit them an Iranian cleric on Friday claimed the US and Israel are behind the protests. Supposedly it was to “disrupt a major annual Shi’ite Muslim pilgrimage planned to be held in Iraq later this month,” Reuters reported. “The enemy is now determined against the Islamic nation, America and Zionism are targeting the Arabaeen pilgrimage in Iraq, causing trouble,” claimed Ayatollah Mohammad Emami-Kashani.

    His full Friday sermon, published at Tasnim News in Farsi claims that “America and Zionism are the enemies of God.” He mentions the Houthi rebels in Yemen who “have shown themselves against the miserable Saudi rulers,” and notes that Saudi Arabia’s reputation has been weakened. This is a reference to the September 14 drone and missile attack on Saudi Arabia. He also mentions the US “maximum pressure” sanctions on Iran and says that it has not been successful. “Endurance is the way of the martyrs.” It is in this context he says that the “enemies” are targeting the religious pilgrimages to the holy sites in Karbala, where Shi’ites make pilgrimage. He calls on people to take refuge in the shrine of Imam Hussein.

    In Iraq the senior Shi’ite religious leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, lamented the deaths of dozens of protesters and called for an end to the deaths, casualties and destruction. He called on the government to listen to the people’s demands about corruption and other issues.
    Russian journalist arrested in Tehran on suspicion of spying for Israel
    A Russian journalist has been arrested in Iran on suspicion of spying on the Islamic Republic on behalf of Israel, according to family members and Russian media reports.

    Yulia Yuzik was first declared missing earlier this week by family members who said she was arrested in Tehran days ago. Her ex-husband Boris Voytsekhovskiy posted on Facebook that Yuzik was facing charges of cooperating with Israeli intelligence services, and that her trial is scheduled for Saturday.

    According to Voytsekhovskiy, Yuzik’s charges carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

    It wasn’t clear when Yuzik was arrested; her last post on social media was a series of Instagram pictures taken in Kashan, a city in northern part of Isfahan province.

    Voytsekhovskiy told Russian media outlets that Yuzik used to work as a correspondent in Tehran several years ago, and she returned to the Iranian capital last week at the invitation of an unknown party.
    Engel bows to Arab lobbyists, pro-Israel friends are silent
    An anti-Hamas bill has been severely watered down by Congressman Eliot Engel. It’s a turn of events that should trouble every supporter of Israel.

    The New York Post revealed this week that Engel (D-NY), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, agreed to change the bill after heavy pressure from Qatar and the Palestinian Authority (PA)

    The Post quoted “a personal acquaintance of Engel’s” as saying, “Eliot told me directly that he was getting a lot of pressure from the Qataris” about the bill. At the same time, Engel or his representatives held seven meetings this past spring with lobbyists for the PA, apparently to discuss the bill.

    The Qataris didn’t like the fact that the bill mentioned Qatar’s massive financial support for Hamas. The PA didn’t like the fact that it would have penalized regimes—like the PA—that assist Hamas in various ways.

    So the bill, which was authored by Rep. Brian Mast (R-Florida), was changed. The language about Qatar was removed, and loopholes were added so that aid to Hamas which is considered “humanitarian” would not be blocked.

    We put “humanitarian” in quotation marks because we all remember how “humanitarian” concrete, which supposedly would be used to build homes, instead was used to build tunnels to kidnap and murder Israelis.

    At this point in the story, you would imagine that those Jewish leaders who claim to be Engel’s buddies would have intervened to restore the original language of the Mast bill.
    Behind the Lines: Pakistan and Israel: Much ado about nothing?
    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan last week dismissed speculation that his country was moving toward the establishing of open diplomatic relations with Israel. Speaking at the Asian Society in New York City last Thursday, as reported by the Middle East Eye website, Khan reiterated Pakistan’s traditional stance on the issue:

    “Pakistan has a very straightforward position,” the Pakistani prime minister and former cricket star said. “It was our founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who was very clear that there has to be just settlement, a homeland for Palestinians, before Pakistan can recognize Israel.”

    His remarks, according to Middle East Eye, were met with enthusiastic applause. They came amid widespread recent speculation at a possible diplomatic breakthrough between Jerusalem and Islamabad. Prominent Pakistani journalist Kamran Khan launched the rumors with a tweet on August 25, asking “Why can’t we openly debate pros cons of opening direct and overt channels of communication with the State of Israel?”

    What is the background to the recent speculation, and is there a realistic chance of a breakthrough, or do Imran Khan’s remarks settle the matter in the negative?

    THERE IS a school of thought in Pakistan that favors the abandonment, or at least the questioning, of Islamabad’s long rejection of formal ties with the Jewish state. Why now?
    'Recent convert' to Islam stabs 4 to death at Paris police headquarters
    A 45-year-old technology administrator at the police headquarters in central Paris went on a knife rampage inside the building on Thursday, killing three police officers and an administrative worker before he was shot dead by an officer, French officials said.

    French broadcaster BFM TV said the attacker had converted to Islam 18 months ago.

    Officials did not say anything about the motive for the attack and said they were still trying to discover if there was a terrorism link.

    The man launched the attack in his office then moved to other parts of the large 19th-century building across the street from the Notre Dame Cathedral.

    An officer stopped the attack when he shot the assailant in the compound's courtyard, said a police official. The official was not authorized to talk publicly about the case and requested anonymity.
    IDF thwarts weapons smuggling attempt from Lebanon to Israel
    The IDF and Israel Police thwarted an attempt to smuggle weapons from Lebanon into Israel in September, according to an IDF spokesperson.

    An IDF field observer from the 869th battalion spotted two suspects acting suspiciously on the Lebanese side of the border with Israel near the border fence. IDF soldiers went to the scene to check the issue.

    Bags found in the area contained about 40 pistols and magazines which were meant to be smuggled from Lebanon into Israel. The background of the incident is being looked into.

    One suspect was arrested on the Israeli side of the border and was transferred for questioning by security forces.

    "I saw a suspect approaching the fence and immediately realized that this was an unusual incident," said Pvt. Adi ben Naim, the field observer who identified the suspects. "I alerted the troops and directed them to the location. It was only after the incident that I realized that a very large weapon-smuggling attempt was thwarted. My job as a field observer is to identify what takes place in the field and alert my commanders; which is exactly what I did in this incident.

    Israeli military marks ‘Mean Girls Day’ by trolling Iran on Twitter
    The Israel Defense Forces marked “Mean Girls Day” this week by tweeting a meme of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah.

    The meme, posted on Thursday, October 3, was an altered version of a “never before seen” photo published by the Iranian government showing the supreme leader, Nasrallah and Qassem Soleimani — the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force.

    The IDF photoshopped the Iranians into a “Mean Girls” scene alongside Lindsay Lohan, with the caption: “There’s no one meaner than the mean girls of the Middle East…”

    The IDF added #DontSitWithThem and #MeanGirlsDay to their post.

    October 3 was a date that was mentioned in passing by Lohan’s character to her crush in Mean Girls, and has since become a pop cultural phenomenon marked annually by movie fans.

    The “Don’t sit with them” refers to a line in the movie when Rachel McAdams’s character Regina George is turned away from popular clique’s table at lunch because she’s wearing sweatpants.

    Arab citizens of Israel undergo quiet revolution
    The Arab citizens of Israel need rapid development of their areas. They dream of having high-tech zones and industrial centers; they seek enhanced police work to battle the crime that is raging in the streets of Arab cities; and they resent the vicious incitement against them that was led for years by the prime minister and the ruling party. Will the future government, which for now is still nowhere to be seen, be able to fulfill all of these demands and build bridges between the establishment and one-fifth of Israel’s population?

    During the recent political campaign, the Likud party accused Gantz numerous times of “planning to create a government with [Joint List MKs] Ahmad Tibi and Ayman Odeh,” but the leaders of the bloc had ruled it out many times. When Blue and White MK Ram Ben-Barak, ex-deputy director of the Mossad, turned to the Arabs this summer, he said that Blue and White needed them “to change the government.” But what will happen the day after such a change is accomplished?

    Amjad Iraqi, a contributing editor at +972 magazine, said to The Media Line that what is missing from the tactical decision of the Joint List is thought about the day after. “This decision is quite some gamble that could also backfire, especially if a unity government will be formed eventually between Likud and the Blue and White bloc. I do understand the logic —Ayman Odeh decided to prioritize getting rid of Netanyahu, and most of the public endorsed him because they want to change at least some part of the equation. But how do we know that the Blue and White bloc, whose leaders had their share of critical and negative remarks about Arabs, will be able to live up to its promises?” said Iraqi.

    El-Sana believes that if the Joint List is unable to maximize its gains this time around, the alternative for the next time will be voting for existing Jewish parties or for a joint Arab-Jewish party, a project that el-Sana tried to run this time together with the former Knesset speaker, Avrum Burg. There are also many question marks about the participation of the Balad party, which is increasingly seen by many in the Arab public as a destabilizing element that fails to serve its people. “If they were to participate in the elections today by themselves, they would go down. They have three seats in the Joint List, but they are worth only 1.5 seats, or even less” says Darawshe. On the opposite side, Iraqi believes that Balad gives legitimacy to the Joint List, serving as a link between them and the wider Palestinian cause. “Balad still represents a significant portion of voters. They need the Joint List, and the Joint List needs them,” he concludes.

    For now, Arab voters seem to be quite satisfied with the result. They proved to be resilient against incitement and intimidation, increased their representation at the Knesset, and now will wait just like everyone else to see how the current political reality TV unfolds.

    The leaders of the Joint List will now have to prove to their voters that they can make some real gains with the increased power that they received this time. Considering the shaky structure of the bloc, which includes four different parties with contradicting ideologies, this will not be easy. If no government is formed and Israel goes to a third round of elections, the bloc will have to campaign extremely hard to maintain its success. For now, it is unlikely that the Joint List will top its current result—13 seats. The quiet revolution in the Arab sector, however, will continue, sweeping Arab Israeli citizens away from segregation and isolation, toward integration and equality.
    Thousands of Arab Israelis march, block roads to protest deadly crime wave
    Thousands of Arab Israelis held protests Friday at the conclusion of prayers, a day after a general strike over a wave of deadly violence within the minority community.

    Protesters blocked roads, including sections of the major highways in the north of the country. Demonstrators carried signs with slogans such as “our children’s blood is not cheap” and chanted slogans about what they say is police inaction on the issue.

    Ayman Odeh, the head of the Knesset’s predominantly Arab Joint List faction, called on the Jewish community to join the protests, saying that a society without weapons should be the ideal for everyone.

    “I also urge the Jewish public to join the protests. A society without firearms is a civil and social aim for us all,” Odeh tweeted.
    Some Israelis to Celebrate Sukkot with 4 Species Holders Made in Gaza
    Some Israelis — many, in fact — will celebrate the holiday of Sukkot this year holding their four species bound with holders produced in the Gaza Strip.

    Ahead of the Jewish holiday, the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has approved the import of tens of thousands of four species holders, used for the traditional customs of the holiday.

    The four species – the etrog, a citron fruit; the lulav, a frond of a date palm; the hadas, a myrtle bough; and the aravah, a willow branch – are the species the Jewish people are commanded to bind together during the holiday.

    The holders are made out of dried palm leaves, woven into a shape that allows the four species to be held together comfortably during the holiday prayers. The abundance of palm trees in Gaza, as well as cheap labor, makes the enclave a prime location for the production of the holders.

    Despite the growing tension between Hamas, the terror group that controls Gaza and Israel, COGAT was able to facilitate the import successfully, passing it through the Kerem Shalom Crossing under heavy security inspection.
    Ha'aretz: Meet the Palestinian Villagers Living Out the American Dream
    Halfway between the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Nablus, the road gives way to an exit unlike any other along Israel’s Highway 60. At first glance, this route — lined with palm trees and polished sidewalks that lead up to lavish stone villas — looks like a well-funded Jewish settlement. But a closer look reveals that unlike other typical settlements, there is no security gate at the entrance to the community and its houses are not lined up in rows along the hilltops.

    The expensive homes scattered on slopes among olive trees, reminiscent of the famous Hollywood Boulevard, are actually a window into the Palestinian diaspora. The majority of their dwellers are dual American-Palestinian nationals who live in the United States for most of the year and treat the village of Turmus Ayya as their summer home.

    Turmus Ayyans are not only based in the United States. These Palestinian villagers are spread throughout the world, with members of the community living in Spain, Panama, Cuba and Brazil. According to the village’s municipal office, there are some 11,000 Turmus Ayyans in total; 4,000 are permanent residents, while 7,000 made their home abroad.

    Unlike the majority of Palestinians living in the diaspora, Turmus Ayyans are not refugees of the 1948 war. Rather, they are economic immigrants who chose to leave this West Bank village in pursuit of better financial opportunities. Residents told Haaretz that the first villager to immigrate was Odeh Abdel Qader, who left for the United States in 1909 and worked in Manhattan's Little Syria (where the Financial District is situated today). Local Wadi Abu Awad recalls Qader’s return to the village: "He was the guy who came from America," he says. Throughout the 20th century, Qader’s legacy became an inspiration for other Turmus Ayyans who wished to chase the American Dream.

    Hamas Facing Growing Criticism in Gaza
    A picture making the rounds on social media shows the leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, with his six sons, standing healthy in tailored suits, and beneath it, a picture of Gaza youths who have had a leg amputated after rioting at the Gaza fence.

    Another example is a recording by a Gazan father whose son was wounded at the border confrontations.

    "I was told I needed to provide his medicine out of my own pocket. If he were the son of one of the Hamas higher-ups, the whole world would have given aid."

    "Where am I supposed to get money for medicine? They told my boy to get on the bus and protest, and then they threw him out to die."

    Iran not 'drawing back' militarily after Saudi attack-US admiral
    Iran has not drawn back to a less threatening military posture in the region following the Sept. 14 attack on Saudi Arabia, the top U.S. admiral in the Middle East told Reuters, suggesting persistent concern despite a lull in violence.

    "I don't believe that they're drawing back at all," Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, commander of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, said in an interview.

    The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and Germany have publicly blamed the attack on Iran, which denies involvement in the strike on the world's biggest crude oil-processing facility. The Iran-aligned Houthi militant group in Yemen has claimed responsibility.

    Malloy did not comment on any U.S. intelligence guiding his assessment. But he acknowledged that he monitored Iranian activities closely, when asked if he had seen any concerning movements of Iranian missiles in recent weeks.

    Malloy said he regularly tracks Iranian cruise and ballistic missile movements -- "whether they're moving to storage, away from storage." He also monitors whether Iran's minelaying capabilities head to distribution sites or away from them.

    "I get a briefing of movements on a daily basis and then assessments as to what that could mean," he said.

    Relations between the United States and Iran have deteriorated sharply since President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear accord last year and reimposed sanctions on its oil exports.

    For months, Iranian officials issued veiled threats, saying that if Tehran were blocked from exporting oil, other countries would not be able to do so either.

    However, Iran has denied any role in a series of attacks that have followed, including against tankers in the Gulf using limpet mines earlier this year.
    UN nuclear watchdog says Iran taking ‘step in right direction’
    The UN’s nuclear watchdog said Friday Iran had taken “a step in the right direction” towards dealing with questions on its nuclear program but cautioned that the issues have not been “completely addressed.”

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) did not detail what the questions related to but said it was “discussing substance” with the Iranians.

    There has been “engagement” from Tehran in recent weeks on questions relating to its nuclear safeguards declarations to the agency, IAEA acting head Cornel Feruta told journalists in Vienna.

    “[That] engagement doesn’t mean that the issues are completely addressed but it’s a step in the right direction,” he added.

    Feruta said the queries did not touch directly on the faltering 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers but rather on Iran’s separate safeguards agreement with the agency.

    Diplomatic sources in Vienna say the agency has been waiting for information from the Iranians relating to samples taken earlier this year from a warehouse near the capital Tehran.
    France: Iran, US have one month to come to negotiating table
    Iran and the United States have one month to get to the negotiating table, France's foreign minister warned, suggesting Tehran's plan to increase its nuclear activities in November would spark renewed tension in the region.

    French President Emmanuel Macron attempted but failed to broker talks between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York last week.

    "We consider that these initiatives, which didn't succeed, are still on the table and it is up to Iran and the United States to seize [them] in a relatively short amount of time because Iran has announced new measures to reduce its commitments to the Vienna accord in November," Jean-Yves Le Drian told parliament's foreign affairs committee.

    Iran is breaching the restrictions of its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers in response to US sanctions imposed since Washington pulled out of the agreement in May of last year.

    It has said its next roll-back would be at the start of November, and diplomats fear that this next breach could force European powers, which are trying to salvage the accord, to respond.
    Iran rejects French call for release of dual national scholar
    Iran said on Friday that France's call for it to release a detained French-Iranian scholar was an interference in its internal affairs and would not help resolve the issue, the official news agency IRNA reported.

    France's Foreign Ministry on Thursday demanded Iran release dual national Fariba Adelkhah, a senior research fellow at Sciences Po university in Paris, who was detained on unspecified charges earlier this year.

    "(Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas) Mousavi said the French Foreign Ministry's interference in the case of an Iranian citizen was irrelevant..., and added: 'This will not only fail to help resolve the issue, but rather make the legal process more complicated'," IRNA reported.

    Rights activists have accused Iran of arresting a number of dual nationals to try to win concessions from other countries - a charge that the Islamic republic has regularly dismissed.

    Adelkhah's arrest came at a time when France and other European powers were caught up in an international standoff over Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal, which the United States abandoned last year.
    U.S. Sanctions Paralyze Imports via Iranian Ports
    More than 20 ships carrying around one million tonnes of grain are stuck outside Iranian ports as US sanctions create payment problems and hamper the country’s efforts to import vital commodities, sources directly involved in the trade said.

    Trading companies such as Bunge (BG.N) and China’s COFCO International have been hit by payment delays and additional costs of up to $15,000 a day as the renewed US restrictions stifle the processing of transactions, trade sources said.

    According to Reuters, food, medicine and other humanitarian supplies are exempt from sanctions Washington re-imposed after US President Donald Trump said he was walking away from a 2015 international deal over Iran’s nuclear program.

    But the US measures targeting everything from oil sales to shipping and financial activities have deterred several foreign banks from doing any Iranian business, including humanitarian deals such as food shipments.

    The few remaining lenders still processing Iranian business face multiple hurdles to facilitate payments as financing channels freeze up.
    U.S. Sanctions Squeezing Iran-Backed Hizbullah in Lebanon
    The conflict between Iran and the U.S. that has created tensions throughout much of the Middle East is now also being felt in Lebanon, where Washington has slapped sanctions on the Iran-backed Hezbollah and warned they could soon expand to its allies, further deepening the tiny Arab country’s economic crisis.

    The Trump administration has intensified sanctions on the Lebanese militant group and institutions linked to it to unprecedented levels, targeting lawmakers for the first time as well as a local bank that Washington claims has ties to the group.

    Two U.S. officials visited Beirut in September and warned the sanctions will increase to deprive Hezbollah of its sources of income. The push is further adding to Lebanon’s severe financial and economic crisis, with Lebanese officials warning the country’s economy and banking sector can’t take the pressure.

    “We have taken more actions recently against Hezbollah than in the history of our counterterrorism program,” Sigal P. Mandelker, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the U.S. Treasury, said in the United Arab Emirates last month.

    Mandelker said Washington is confident the Lebanese government and the central bank will “do the right thing here in making sure that Hezbollah can no longer have access to funds at the bank.”
    Iran’s regime lashes out at German antisemitism commissioner in response to 'Post' article
    The Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign ministry blasted a prominent German official on Wednesday after the commissioner tasked with combating antisemitism told The Jerusalem Post that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration should withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions on Tehran for its nefarious conduct.

    The Iranian regime-controlled PressTV wrote that "in an online statement on Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi condemned the remarks by Uwe Becker, commissioner of the Hessian federal state government for Jewish life and the fight against anti-Semitism.”

    PressTV added that “Becker on Monday called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to put Israel's security above ‘possible economic interests’ that comes with the deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).”

    Becker, the commissioner of the Hessian federal state government for Jewish life and the fight against antisemitism, told the Post on Monday that “the current escalation with Israel should be reason enough for Germany to advocate the.... Iran nuclear agreement, which has been undermined by Iran... [as] dead, and for the necessary sanctions against Tehran to become effective again in their entirety.”

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    10/03 Links Pt2: BDS is face of old antisemitism: What will we do to stop it?; Neo-Nazi protestors in Germany call for Palestinian help against Israel; Eleanor Roosevelt: Palestine, Israel and Human Rights

    From Ian:

    If Jews Don’t Speak Up for Themselves, No One Will Speak Up for Them
    In his sermon for Rosh Hashanah, Ammiel Hirsch, the rabbi of a prominent Reform synagogue in Manhattan, urged his congregants not to lose sight of “the central Jewish principle [that] all Jews are responsible one for the other.” It is impossible, he argued, to “live a full Jewish life” without feeling that “the pain of a Belgian Jew is our pain; the fear of an Israeli child terrorized by rockets is our fear; the insecurity of Orthodox Jews attacked repeatedly on the streets of Brooklyn is our insecurity.” Yet, in the face of the anti-Semitic threats that come from so many different directions—which Hirsch went on to analyze—Jews must not lose their sense of pride, or begin to see Judaism as a burden rather than a privilege.

    Progress on Antisemitism and BDS at the UN and Women’s March
    In the war against BDS, the most recent development in academia was the Department of Education censure of Duke University and the University of North Carolina for the misuse of Federal Title VI funds, prompted by complaints over a BDS related event in the spring. Title VI of the Higher Education Act is intended to support foreign language instruction and US national security needs, but has become a slush fund for tendentious Middle East Studies education and programming aimed at college students and K-12.

    The Education Department’s letter to the Duke-UNC Center for Middle East Studies complained that fewer than 1,000 students were taking Middle East language courses, while almost 7,000 were enrolled in Middle East Studies courses with “little or no relevance to Title VI.” The complaint also criticized the lack of focus on religious minorities in the Middle East and the near exclusive emphasis on Islam, particularly for K-12 teachers.

    The schools were instructed to respond with a compliance plan. In the interim, however, predictable complaints were voiced by academics regarding the alleged “chilling effect on academic freedom” and by BDS advocates, who characterized the move as “anti-Palestinian.”

    The investigation comes after a recent study demonstrated that Arab and Muslim countries had donated billions of dollars to American colleges and universities in the past decade, with over $1.5 billion from Qatar alone. The impact of these donations is difficult to measure, but the deference and obsequiousness shown by universities and academics to donors generally is well known.

    Underscoring the impact of BDS and biased pedagogy on campus, another report also indicated that Israel-related antisemitism on campuses increased dramatically between 2017 and 2018. Strong increases were seen in accusations of “genocide” against Israel, along with justifications for terrorism. Most important were dramatic increases in faculty-led BDS activities including sponsored events and individual boycotts of Israel and supporters.

    Finally, it was announced that the National Students for Justice in Palestine conference would be taking place at the University of Minnesota at the beginning of November. The announcement also touted the election of Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). The conference is designed to train BDS activists, many of them already on record espousing violence, as well as expand “intersectional” alliances of those “who struggle against state violence, settler-colonialism, and imperialism — from Palestine to Turtle Island, from the Philippines to Mexico and beyond.”
    Adam Milstein: BDS is face of old antisemitism: What will we do to stop it?
    The majority of recent reports on the connection of the BDS movement to both terrorism and antisemitism make many different recommendations on how to stop the growing antisemitism of our era. One recommendation of particular note is that countries should accept the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, uphold its principles and outlaw the BDS movement.

    The IHRA’s working definition is a concise description of a complex hatred that takes many forms. It reads: “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

    The people who lead the BDS movement bring many different kinds of antisemitic hatred into our public conversation, and the IHRA definition helps identify the sort of bigotry they spread. It defines antisemitism as accusing Jews or Israel of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust; accusing Jews of dual loyalty; using blood libel to criticize Israel; comparing Israel to the Nazis; and holding the Jewish state to a double standard – or, in one of its purest forms of hate, denying the Jewish people the right to self-determination.
    Now that many in the world are finally acknowledging just how evil BDS is, our Jewish community and fellow Americans must follow suit. Governments and NGOs must adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Our local, state and federal governments must pass laws and resolutions that condemn and delegitimize the vile hatred of BDS. Politicians and bureaucrats should stop funding educational programs that include BDS bigotry. Financial platforms should not be allowed to provide services to BDS organizations that publish antisemitic content or have links to terrorism. And we shall all demand that social media platforms remove antisemitic BDS content.

    After a decade of excuses and inaction about BDS, it seems that some people are finally waking up to the danger this movement poses – not only to the Jewish people, but also to the basic values of the liberal societies in which we live.

    It is the responsibility of our leaders to build on the recent momentum to inform the public about the BDS movement’s antisemitic agenda, its shadowy funding sources, its true aim of denying Jewish self-determination, its lopsided and underhanded tactics, and its connection to terrorism.

    BDS is the new face of the old antisemitism, and when it comes to fighting antisemitism, the old adage “better late than never” is particularly apt for our moment. It’s time for us all to get to work.
    Chief Rabbi of UK Speaks of BDS and the Rise of Antisemitism
    Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis of the United Kingdom spoke with Jordana Miller on the rise of antisemitism and the effects of the BDS movement in the UK.

    Neo-Nazi protestors in Germany call for Palestinian help against Israel
    Dozens of neo-Nazis marched through the German city of Dortmund on Monday, calling for Palestinian support to eradicate Israel.

    The demonstration, which came on the heels of an anti-fascist protest in the western German city, involved approximately seventy neo-Nazi activists marching through the streets, holding flags of the Third Reich flag and chanting, "Palestine help us, Israel still exists" and "Israel no more."

    Israel's Ambassador to Germany Jeremy Issacharoff posted condemned the neo-Nazi rally, writing on Twitter: "Disgraceful to see neo-Nazis openly on the streets of Dortmund just as we celebrate the Jewish New Year, my wife’s great grand parents were from Dortmund and were murdered by the Nazis, where there is no remorse there can be no forgiveness."

    Dortmund is considered to have the biggest neo-Nazi presence of any city in western Germany, with the majority of them living in the Dorstfeld quarter.

    Dorstfeld is littered with graffiti of Third Reich's flag, symbols and writings.In September, anti-fascist activists arrived with police backup in Dorstfeld, where they covered the hateful graffiti with colors and messages calling for unity and tolerance.

    When the neo-Nazis pledged retaliation for the clean-up, the anti-fascist activists vowed to march against them every Monday for the next 13 weeks.

    Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs: Eleanor Roosevelt: Palestine, Israel and Human Rights
    The creation of the State of Israel was an act of racism, imperialism, and colonialism. Eleanor Roosevelt supported it, which means she was not the humanitarian everyone believes her to be, but rather a racist, imperialist, and colonialist. That is the central thesis of Geraldine Kidd’s dissertation-turned-prosecutorial brief against the most influential first lady in American history.

    Readers will have no trouble surmising where Kidd (who teaches at University College in Cork, Ireland) stands on the Arab–Jewish conflict, and why she is so disappointed in Mrs. Roosevelt’s sympathy for Zionism. Arab violence in Mandatory Palestine was merely a response to “incursions by the land-hungry Zionists” (p. 90) and “the insidious and ever-growing [Jewish] colonization” (p. 91), Kidd asserts. Arab leaders who violently opposed the creation of a Jewish state of any size were merely “vigorously defending Palestinian rights in the face of Jewish imposition” (p. 80). As for Mrs. Roosevelt, she “aspired for a Jewish-occupied Palestine” (p. 240) and her “growing interest in Palestine as a Jewish state bade ill for the indigenous people, whose land the Zionists coveted” (p. 54).

    “Indigenous,” incidentally, is a term invoked by Kidd with almost comic frequency. She applies it to the Arab residents of Mandatory Palestine no less than eleven times in the first 100 pages of her book, yet never feels it necessary to explain the basis for that assertion. For Kidd, it is self-evident that the Arabs have been the rightful owners of every inch of the country since time immemorial, while “the foreign, migrating Jewish minority” should be regarded as usurpers and criminals (p. 31).

    As she chronicles Mrs. Roosevelt’s views and record on Palestine, Kidd has trouble letting her have the last word. Again and again, she cites some remark by the first lady, then quickly follows with a rebuttal of her own. The book at times resembles a meeting of a debate club. Mrs. Roosevelt states that Palestine did not belong to Britain; Kidd interjects, “She was ignoring the fact that the Mandate granted them legal authority to govern it” (p. 123). Mrs. Roosevelt alludes to illegal Arab immigration into Palestine; Kidd retorts, “This statement is an extraordinary reversal of the facts, for it was not the Arabs who had moved into the Jewish orbit but instead it was the Jews who had steadily encroached on the Arabs” (p. 123). The former first lady finds fault with the Palestinian Arabs who fled in 1948; an incensed Kidd responds, “This argument is weak, as obviously the Palestinians, in their panic, had no way of knowing what the future might hold for them.” Kidd adds, for good measure, that Mrs. Roosevelt’s point “neatly coincided with contemporaneous Zionist thinking” (p. 174).
    Prime Minister condemns “antisemitic Marxists” at Labour Party Conference last week
    In his Conservative Party Conference speech, Prime Minister Boris Johnson lambasted “the fratricidal antisemitic Marxists who were in Brighton [at the Labour Party Conference] last week.”

    Campaign Against Antisemitism reported multiple instances of antisemitism or concern over anti-Jewish abuse at the Labour Party Conference, and has warned that the Labour Party is now institutionally antisemitic.

    On 28th May, the Equality and Human Rights Commission launched a full statutory investigation following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.

    In recent months, twelve MPs and three peers have resigned from the Labour Party over antisemitism, along with a large number of MEPs, councillors and members.
    Top UK Cabinet Minister: Everyone ‘Has a Duty to Stop’ Antisemitism
    British Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid reiterated his support for the Jewish state at a Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) event on Tuesday.

    Addressing the gathering, which was attended by six cabinet ministers as well as a slew of other prominent figures, Javid said, “When I look at Israel… it is a country that aligns with all of our values… it’s great to see how strongly this party supports the values of Israel at every level.”

    Javid also condemned antisemitism in the UK, declaring, “Everyone in this room has a duty to stop it.”

    “Anyone with a sense of history knows full well why the Jewish community feels uneasy now, and nowadays we don’t have to look to the past to learn, sadly you just have to look around you,” he continued.

    Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev told Javid, “You can be proud… that under this Conservative government, the Israel-UK partnership is stronger than ever before. Our trade is growing beyond the £8.6 million we had last year, we have just signed a trade agreement so that trade will continue to grow in the years to come. That’s prosperity and that’s jobs.”
    Corbyn Sparks Controversy for Rosh Hashanah Video Featuring Hamas Supporter
    Jeremy Corbyn sparked outrage for releasing a Rosh Hashanah video that features an activist who last year led a public Jewish mourning prayer for dead members of Hamas.

    In the clip posted on Twitter ahead of the Jewish holiday, Corbyn visits a grocery store with Jewish Labour Party members to discuss the symbolism of honey and apples for the Jewish new year and promote Labour’s “Green Industrial Revolution” program.

    Alongside him is Rob Abrams, a Jewish anti-Zionist activist who in May 2018 led the Kaddish prayer in Parliament Square for 62 Palestinians killed on the Israel-Gaza border, at least 50 of whom were Hamas operatives, according to the Jewish Chronicle.

    Israel activist David Collier wrote in response to the clip, “There is no way you are not aware much of the Jewish community were outraged when this person explicitly led a prayer service for dead Hamas terrorists. Which makes your actions here deliberate. Your spiteful nature highlights you are a real danger.”

    Also in the video is Labour counselor Sue Lukes, who tweeted an article titled the “Jewish ‘War against Corbyn’ risks bringing real antisemitism to Britain” and wrote a piece to “honor” Malia Bouattia, the former National Union of Students president who was accused of antisemitism.
    Local UK Labour Party Branch Planning No-Confidence Vote Against Jewish MP on Eve of Yom Kippur
    A local UK Labour party branch is planning a no-confidence vote against a Jewish MP on the eve of Yom Kippur.

    Dame Louise Ellman, the Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, who is Jewish, has been active in Jewish Labour groups and critical of antisemitism in her party.

    Labour has been beset by series of antisemitism scandals since Jeremy Corbyn became its leader in 2015.

    Ellman has held leadership positions in the Labour Friends of Israel and the Jewish Labour Movement, and is currently vice president of the Jewish Leadership Council.

    The proposed motion by the St. Michael’s Labour branch states, “This Branch is fully behind Jeremy Corbyn,” and cites a statement by Ellman in which she said that she understood “why Jews would seriously consider leaving Britain if Corbyn became PM.”

    As a result of her statement, says the motion, “We have no confidence that our MP Louise Ellman will carry out the wishes of our [Constituency Labour Party] and the Riverside constituency, or that she will follow Labour Party policy.”

    “This Branch therefore calls on our Riverside MP, Louise Ellman, to resign,” the motion concludes.

    The motion will be taken up at a meeting to be held at 8 p.m. next Tuesday, which is the eve of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year.
    Jewish Voice for Labour member Stephen Marks, who defended Jackie Walker, is re-elected to Labour’s disciplinary body
    Stephen Marks, a member of the antisemitism-denial group and sham Jewish representative organisation, Jewish Voice for Labour, has been re-elected to Labour’s National Constitutional Committee, the Party’s disciplinary body.

    Mr Marks signed a 2017 petition in support of Jackie Walker, a former vice-chair of Momentum and one of those exemplifying the institutionalisation of antisemitism in the Labour Party. Mr Walker was repeatedly suspended by Labour and finally expelled earlier this year. She has persistently claimed that complaints of antisemitism are part of a plot to destabilise the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and has rejected the International Definition of Antisemitism.

    Last year Mr Marks also reportedly shared a petition in support of David Watson, who was suspended from Labour in 2016 for allegedly sharing claims on social media comparing the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad with the Nazis and accusing Israel of genocide. Mr Marks is reported to have written in respect of Mr Watson: “It is cases like this which ‘bring the party into disrepute’. Those responsible are the ones who should be suspended!”

    Earlier this month Mr Watson reportedly called for the abolition of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which launched a full statutory investigation into Labour antisemitism on 28th May following a formal referral and detailed legal representations from Campaign Against Antisemitism, which is the complainant.
    Jewish Voice for Labour co-chair to speak at “Stand up to racism” church event on Yom Kippur
    Jenny Manson, the co-chair of the antisemitism-denial group and sham Jewish representative organisation, Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL), is scheduled for a speaking engagement on Kol Nidrei, the night of Yom Kippur.

    The event, titled “Resisting the rise of the racists and fascists”, will feature Ms Manson on a panel with Weyman Bennett, a member of the Socialist Workers Party’s central committee. The panel is part of a larger “West London stand up to racism” event at St Mary’s Church Hall in South Ealing on 8th October. It is anticipated that there will be debate on far-right extremism and antisemitism.

    Although Ms Manson has previously admitted that JVL was founded in order “to tackle allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party”, she has reportedly been “hurt” by suggestions that question her Jewishness and the organisation has also stressed its Jewish credentials (including in its name). Some have suggested that this stance is somewhat undermined by undermined by Ms Manson’s decision to participate in a speaking engagement at a church on Yom Kippur.

    Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar and is marked by most Jews with fasting and synagogue attendance. Communal organisations are shut and work or public engagements are generally discouraged.
    Labour MP sorry for liking Facebook comment claiming Israel disgraces Jews
    Labour’s MP for Kensington has apologised for liking a Facebook comment claiming Israel “disgraces all of us Jews worldwide.”

    Emma Dent Coad, who was elected in 2017, ‘unliked’ the comment within hours of Jewish News reaching out for comment.

    A spokesperson for the MP said: “Emma liked this in error and apologises.”

    A comment posted by online user Earl Okin on Monday evening read: “I’ve always been a Bevanite – my ultimate political hero… as a Jew, the current Israeli apartheid regime disgraces all of us Jews worldwide.”

    It was reported to Jewish News by the anti-racism Twitter account GnasherJew.

    The post was a response to another post by online user Bob Pandy critical of “Blairite” MPs and “members of the Netanyahu fan club”.
    Grotesque: Al Sharpton Gives Rosh Hashanah Sermon at East Side Synagogue
    On Monday, former pogrom leader and current Democrat kingmaker Al Sharpton boasted on his Facebook page the fact that he was “being presented to speak at the Rosh Hashanah Services of the East Side Synagogue by Rabbi Perry Berkowitz and Rabbi Leah Berkowitz.”

    For the record, the ESS informed its members that “this year our worship space of many years, the All Souls Sanctuary, is undergoing extensive renovation and is not available for our use. We are blessed that services will be held instead at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church at corner of 73rd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan. This is a beautiful and awe-inspiring space that will deepen our High Holyday (sic) experience.”

    Like the old joke says, “The synagogue is closed for the holidays.”

    By now practically every Jewish newspaper in New York has condemned the notion that Sharpton, who is identified more than anyone else with the August 1991 Crown Heights Pogrom, should be preaching to Jews on the “High Holyday.” Sharpton marched through Crown Heights and in front of the 770 Eastern Parkway headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch shortly after the riot, leading some 400 rioters who were chanting, “Whose streets? Our streets!” and “No justice, no peace!” Sharpton himself notoriously called Jews “diamond merchants,” which was his personal contribution to the anti-Semitic vernacular.
    Twtichy: ‘Disgusting’: Socialist N.Y. State Senator (and AOC pal) Julia Salazar channels Ilhan Omar in response to Brooklyn synagogue being vandalized on Rosh Hashanah
    Remember New York State Senator Julia Salazar? She’s the Democratic socialist who lied about being an immigrant and a Jew. This will probably come as a major shock to you, but it seems that the kind of person who would lie about being Jewish doesn’t actually have a whole lot of respect for Jews.

    On September 30, teenage thugs threw large objects (reportedly milk crates) through the window of the Rivnitz synagogue in Brooklyn during a Rosh Hashanah service:

    She might as well have written “Some people apparently threw something through some building.”
    Conservative Group Severs Ties With ‘Brand Ambassador’ for Controversial Photo
    Pro-Trump youth group Turning Point USA (TPUSA) announced this week that it has severed ties with one of its brand ambassadors following a picture of her at a dinner over the weekend with accused antisemites and white nationalists.

    A spokesperson confirmed on Monday to Right Wing Watch, a project of People for the American Way, which monitors far-right activities and content, that Ashley St. Clair is no longer part of TPUSA.

    “TPUSA is a large national organization that touches hundreds of thousands of people all across the nation,” said the spokesperson. “Ashley is no longer one of our thousands of volunteer activists and ambassadors. [Founder and executive director] Charlie [Kirk] and TPUSA have repeatedly and publicly denounced white nationalism as abhorrent and un-American and will continue to do so.”

    The spokesperson also noted that St. Clair wasn’t representing the organization while she was photographed.

    St. Clair, who is Jewish, attended a dinner held after a debate between antisemitic and white-nationalist podcaster Nicholas Fuentes, who attended the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., and conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl.

    St. Clair, who wasn’t at the debate, attended what she told Right Wing Watch was a “diverse dinner.”
    Demi Lovato 'sorry not sorry' for Israel visit
    Grammy-nominated American singer and actress Demi Lovato’s love affair with Israel on her recent visit here seems to have come to an abrupt halt.

    In an Instagram post on Wednesday that was then deleted, Lovato apologized if her trip offended anyone.

    Lovato’s visit initially appeared to have gone well, so the controversy that followed came as a surprise. The pop singer, who has more than 74 million Instagram followers, posted photos of herself at the Western Wall, being baptized in the Jordan River, touring Yad Vashem, and visiting the Shalva National Center for people with disabilities.

    “There is something absolutely magical about Israel,” she gushed. “I’ve never felt such a sense of spirituality or connection to God… something I’ve been missing for a few years now... I’m grateful for the memories made and the opportunity to be able to fill the God-sized hole in my heart. Thank you for having me, Israel.”

    But on Wednesday, she wrote in an Instagram story: “I’m extremely frustrated. I accepted a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few posts. No one told me there would be anything wrong with going or that I could possibly be offending anyone. With that being said, I’m sorry if I hurt or offended anyone, that was not my intention. Sometimes people present you with opportunities and no one tells you the potential backlash you could face in return. This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT, and now I realize it hurt people and for that I’m sorry. Sorry I’m not more educated, and sorry for thinking this trip was just a spiritual experience. Going against all advice right now and apologizing because it feels right to me and I’d rather get in trouble for being authentic to myself, than staying quiet to please other people. I love my fans, all of them, from all over.”

    The BDS backlash began as soon as Lovato posted photos of her Israel visit on Instagram. Angry fans responded with scathing comments that she was ignoring the plight of the Palestinians and that she should boycott Israel.

    Lovato then deleted the comments on a photo showing her Jordan River baptism where she praised Israel as “magical.”
    Her detractors took to Twitter to criticize the singer. Among the comments, Nouran Ahmed wrote: “Hey, Demi... actually, you need to read more about the history of this land because it’s called Palestine, not Israel, and the magical feeling that you felt, it’s back to the history of the land (Palestine) not Israel.”

    While BDS supporters have long campaigned to persuade celebrities to cancel planned trips to Israel, the controversy over Lovato’s visit is unusual in that the pressure came following her visit. Apparently, the singer was taken by surprise by the criticism. But why she then removed her apology – which lives on in screen grabs – is unclear.

    Meanwhile, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs Ze’ev Elkin took credit for inviting her as an initiative of his ministry. (h/t Esty)

    German Museum to Give Walid Raad Art Prize Despite City Government’s Objection: Report
    On Monday, the German city of Aachen announced that it had withdrawn a decision to give a prestigious art prize worth €10,000 (roughly $10,900) to artist Walid Raad, citing his alleged support for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, a pro-Palestine movement. But, according to a new report, that move is not the end of the story.

    The German news network WDR reports that Raad will receive the award after all, via the Ludwig Forum for International Art, a museum in the city that facilitates the award, the Aachen Art Prize. The museum’s board reportedly made the decision on Tuesday night.

    Marcel Philipp, the mayor of Aachen, previously said in a statement, “According to research, we have to assume that the designated prizewinner is a supporter of the BDS movement and has been involved in various measures for the cultural boycott of Israel.” He added that, when the city of Aachen had inquired with him about his alleged support for BDS, Raad had been “evasive.” The city alleged that Raad “could not distance himself from BDS,” which it referred to as an “anti-Semitic” movement.

    The Ludwig Forum’s board reportedly disagreed with the city’s of Aachen’s decision, however, and WDR said that its members could not find any evidence that Raad was an anti-Semite.

    The Ludwig Forum and Raad did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    In an interview with the German publication Deutschlandfunk, the Ludwig Forum’s CEO, Michael Müller-Vorbrüggen, said that the museum had obtained the funds to give out the award, and it was therefore it did not need to the city’s permission to offer Raad the prize.
    University and College Union apologises after failing to include Jews on list of groups of Holocaust victims
    The University College Union (UCU) has apologised after it left out Jews from a description of the different groups murdered in the Holocaust, an omission the chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust called “completely unacceptable”.

    The UCU had sent out an e-mail to branch and local association secretaries, in which chapters of the union were encouraged to observe HMD 2020, which takes place on January 27.

    It described how the Nazis had persecuted groups such as “trade unions, including social democrats and Communists”, “Europe’s Roma and Sinti people”, “Black people”, “disabled people”, “freemasons”, “gay and lesbian people”, “Jehovah’s witnesses” and “'asocials’, which included beggars, alcoholics, drug addicts prostitutes and pacifists” were persecuted by the Nazi regime.

    It also specifically mentioned “non-Jewish Poles and Slavic POWs”. However, it made no mention of Jews, the primary targets of the Holocaust.

    When the e-mail was publicised, Jews on social media attacked the “shocking” and “sickening” omission, with others suggesting that the mention of “non-Jewish Poles” showed the Union had clearly been thinking about who to include – and who to leave out.

    A link in the e-mail led to a specific page on the UCU about HMD, which also neglected to mention Jews as victims of the Holocaust, while mentioning other significant groups.

    In a subsequent e-mail from the union’s “equality support official”, the organisation apologised for what it called “drafting errors” in its initial message.
    Columbia celebrates anti-Semitism
    I want to give Mohamad credit on one score: He’s honest about his Jew-hatred. He doesn’t pretend he’s only attempting to champion Palestinian rights. He doesn’t pretend to be supporting boycotts just to encourage Israelis to withdraw from “occupied territories.” He doesn’t claim that he’s not anti-Semitic but merely anti-Zionist.

    That last claim I find particularly misleading and annoying. Because, given a choice, I’ll take anti-Semites over anti-Zionists any day. Garden-variety anti-Semites – I’m not talking about neo-Nazis or Stalinists or Khomeinists or Salafi/jihadis – disparage Jews. They don’t want them working in their businesses, living in their neighborhoods, or joining their clubs. That’s nasty but disparagement is survivable, and alternative businesses, neighborhoods and clubs can generally be found.

    Anti-Zionists, by contrast, seek a more consequential goal. They want to deprive Israel of its fundamental right to exist. They want to end Jewish self-determination in any part of the ancient Jewish homeland, a unique refuge for Jews who fled not only from Europe but also – and in larger numbers – from Arab and Muslim countries.

    Were anti-Zionists to achieve their goal, were they to succeed in eradicating the Jewish state, what would happen to the more than 6 million Jewish Israelis who live there? I think you know. I think Mohamad knows too. Perhaps he’d be “very sympathetic to them.” If he’s still around, of course.
    When anti-Semites take advantage of liberal institutions
    Last week, during a forum of world leaders held in my school, Columbia University, Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad spoke.

    The 94-year-old leader is probably the most anti-Semitic head of state. He doesn’t try to hide his anti-Semitism, he doesn’t just criticize Israel, he practices classic anti-Semitism, the kind that has been associated with various slurs against the Jewish people (they have long noses; they rule the world; they cause others to fight and die for them, and so forth).

    Letting the Malaysian leader speak is only the latest example of the institution's problematic choice of speakers, having already let former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speak at the university about a decade ago.

    The organization that I head, Students Supporting Israel (SSI), has refused to stay silent. Although we could not get Mahathir's speech canceled, we decided to generate a critical conversation so that the university won’t even consider inviting someone like the Malaysian prime minister ever again.

    We were told that we would lose, that he would be welcomed with great honor at the university and that his anti-Semitic agenda would not be condemned.

    But we did not relent. We created a petition that got more than 3,000 signatures, we sent a letter to the university president and to the professor who was to introduce the prime minister at the event, and we demanded that both university officials condemn Mahathir.
    Seth J Frantzman: Khashoggi's abused to whitewash dictatorships' treatment of journalists
    Websites that support the Iranian regime, state media in Turkey, and voices from authoritarian regimes and human rights abusers sought to cynically exploit the anniversary of the murder of former Saudi insider Jamal Khashoggi. Since last year, the genuine grief over the death of Khashoggi has been hijacked in some countries and media to use it for ulterior motives, talking about press freedom while journalists are jailed, expelled and harassed.

    “Even as Turkish leaders call for an international inquiry into Saudi Arabian journalist Khashoggi’s murder, the Committee to Protect Journalists found the Turkish government to be the world’s biggest jailer of journalists for the third consecutive year,” ABC news noted last year.

    Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders were on hand in Istanbul this year to commemorate the murder of Khashoggi. Amnesty published a special call to honor his legacy.

    While Amnesty was commemorating Khashoggi, the human rights organization also pointed out the long list of abuses of freedom in Turkey. Yet Ankara’s state media outlets have sought to highlight Khashoggi’s death as an example of press freedom.

    A scientist was sentenced to 15 months in prison just days before the Khashoggi commemoration for the apparent crime of publishing environmental findings. Amnesty has called for charges to be dropped against the academic, whom it describes as a whistle-blower.

    Amnesty noted in August that Turkey carries out mass blocking of websites, a “full-frontal attack on freedom of expression.” According to the human rights organization, the Reporters Without Borders representative that attended the Khashoggi event was himself detained in 2016 “after symbolically guest editing a publication for a day as part of a solidarity campaign.”
    Guardian smears Israel with false claim of 50 ‘racist laws’
    A Sept. 25th op-ed at the Guardian (“Ousting Netanyahu isn’t enough for Israel’s Palestinians. They want equality”) by former +972 contributor Amjad Iraqi included the claim that Israel has “dozens of discriminatory laws”.

    Iraqi’s claim that Israeli Arabs are afforded less rights than Jews links to a report by the radical-left NGO Adalah (where he works as its advocacy director) alleging the existence of at least “50 racist laws” in Israel. However, CAMERA and other watchdog groups have refuted Adalah’s claims of racism – a term used so carelessly by the NGO that even an Israeli public health law requiring that parents vaccinate their children is included on their list of “racist laws”.

    Among the most comprehensive analyses of the “50 racist laws” claim was conducted by the Institute for Zionist Strategies (IZS), a policy and research organization dedicated to preserving Israel as a democratic Jewish state.

    Here are the highlights from their detailed July 2016 report:

    - The overwhelming majority of the laws featured in the list (53 out of 57) do not even relate to the citizens’ ethnic origins and those that do, are designed to prevent and avoid discrimination. For example, the Law and Administration Ordinance (1948) that defines the country’s official rest days, and the Law for Using the Hebrew Date, both explicitly exclude institutions and authorities that serve non-Jewish populations for whom the law provides for definitions and procedures appropriate for their specific needs.

    - In 21 cases, Adalah’s claims of discrimination stem from the organization’s extremist stance that rejects the nature of Israel as a nation-state in general and as the nation-state of of the Jewish people in particular. For example, the Yad BenZvi Law is defined as a discriminatory law because of the institution’s objective of promoting Zionist ideals.

    - 18 of the laws reflect customs in other Western democracies whose democratic character no one would disparage. For example, according to Adalah, the flag constitutes a discriminatory law. Needless to say, this unfounded reasoning would mean that any country, the flag of which bears a cross or crescent discriminates against its non-Christian or non-Muslim minorities. A more in-depth comparison between the laws frequently found that Israeli legislation is actually characterized by a higher degree of tolerance for its national minorities.
    The Washington Post’s Skewed Worldview on Jews and Israel
    The overwhelming majority of American Jewry has a positive view of Israel. Yet, the overwhelming majority of opinion pieces and reporting from major U.S. news outlets doesn’t reflect this reality. Instead, the media promotes a small and unrepresentative minority. The Washington Post offers a case in point.

    Ninety-five percent of American Jews have a “strongly positive” view of Israel, according to an August 2019 Gallup poll. The pollster noted that this was “significantly more pro-Israel than the overall national averages of 71% favorable views of Israel and 21% favorable views of the Palestinian Authority.”

    Similarly, a 2013 Pew survey observed: “76% of Jews (identified by religion) said they were at least somewhat emotionally attached to Israel. In addition, almost half said that caring about Israel is an essential part of being Jewish (with most of the rest saying it is important although not essential) and nearly half reported that they had personally traveled to Israel.”

    In short: American Jewry is, except for a miniscule minority, pro-Israel. Yet, the American media often chooses to give a megaphone to Jews that actively oppose, or are hypercritical of, the Jewish state.

    The Washington Post, for example, gives inordinate column space to the tiny fraction of Jews, American and otherwise, who are against the right of Jewish self-determination. In a Sept. 20, 2019 tweet, Mairav Zonszein of +972 magazine cheered that her publication was “all up in The Washington Post opinion pages today,” with two pieces from the same organization appearing on the same day. Zonszein proudly noted that editors of “mainstream outlets” were no longer editing out or tweaking her use of the term “apartheid.”

    In Pittsburgh a year later, the shofar-blower is dead and the shul is shuttered
    As this city’s Jewish community celebrated Rosh Hashanah this week, the Tree of Life synagogue stood closed, its doors blocked by a chain-link fence.

    A brown, wilted wreath hung on a tree near the synagogue, where a gunman killed 11 worshipers last year in the worst anti-Semitic attack in American history. Jewish stars bearing the names of the victims are taped to a glass door at the front entrance, behind a fence and under an Israeli flag and a sign thanking first responders. A makeshift wooden sign on a barricade next to the building reads “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”

    The synagogue is built to welcome hundreds of Jews. But the only person to enter regularly now is a custodian who maintains the building while the three congregations that meet there decide what to do. Tree of Life has been shuttered since the attack.

    “I hope it’s torn down,” said Ellen Surloff, who was president of one of the congregations, the Reconstructionist Dor Hadash, at the time of the shooting. “I don’t think that I could ever go back in that building and not be continually reminded of what took place there.”

    Signs of the attack remain everywhere in Squirrel Hill, the quiet, warm, tree-lined community that has been the home to Pittsburgh’s Jews for more than a century, and which otherwise feels idyllic as summer turns into fall.

    Local businesses display a sign created shortly after the attack that reads “Stronger than Hate” alongside a yellow Star of David and blue and red diamonds — the city’s traditional colors. The kosher supermarket hangs a banner with the names of the 11 victims. The local Starbucks has three large hearts painted on its windows with the words “love,” “kindness” and “hope” painted in Hebrew and English on each one.
    ‘A rapidly spreading crisis’
    A FIVE-YEAR-OLD student began wetting himself in class after he was subjected to antisemitic bullying over the course of four months, while a 12-year-old student was forced to kiss the feet of a Muslim child and was physically assaulted.

    Both Jewish students, who have asked to remain anonymous, had to leave their public schools because their families felt the principals did not provide them adequate support.

    The first child, a prep student at Hawthorn West Primary School, started wetting himself in bed at night, and in class. He also became agitated, began using derogatory language and looked for an excuse each morning to avoid going to school. His parents knew something was wrong, but were unsure if it was all a part of the adjustment process from kindergarten.

    Then, after spilling his cereal one morning, the five-year-old broke down. “He literally fell down on the floor,” his mother shared with The AJN, “and said, ‘Mummy, you shouldn’t love me. I’m a worthless, Jewish rodent. I’m vermin.'”

    Mortified, his mother crumbled on the floor with him.

    It was later revealed that the young boy was being bullied on a daily basis by five classmates in the school bathrooms. It started when he was questioned about being circumcised. Then came the barrage of antisemitic insults, including “Jewish vermin”, “the dirty Jew” and a “Jewish cockroach”.

    But when raised with the school, the mother says they were “dismissive” of the antisemitic element. The school’s solution was to keep the student from using the regular bathroom, offering the facilities of another bathroom instead.

    “But we felt uncomfortable because obviously you’re not addressing the issue,” remarked the student’s mother.

    The parents called for an education policy about antisemitism to be rolled out. But the school declined.

    According to the student’s mother, “they refused to accept there was an antisemitic issue. ‘It’s not antisemitism, it’s just bullying.’ The principal said, I don’t want to make other students feel uncomfortable”.
    Daphne Anson: In the Lucky Country, Jewish Schoolkid Forced to Kiss a Muslim Schoolkid's Feet
    Back in 2012, I drew attention on this blog to a disturbing trend identified at schools in north-west England.

    The repellent state of affairs had been revealed by the noted Anglo-Jewish historian Professor Geoffrey Alderman:

    'Last November, in my capacity as a visiting professor at York St John University, I had the privilege of hearing a presentation by doctoral student Joy Schmack. Mrs Schmack, an extremely experienced teacher and inspector of secondary-school religious education, is researching the use of the word "Jew" in teenage classrooms in the north-west of England. She presented chilling evidence of the unmistakeable revival of the word "Jew" as a common term of abuse amongst teenagers, who apparently habitually use it as a synonym for "cheat" or "swindler", or "snitch". "Don't you dare Jew me", one Merseyside youngster might say to another - perhaps hardly realising the significance of these words.

    Scarcely four months after hearing this presentation I received a communication from a retired gentleman whose family escaped from Nazi Germany in 1934 and who now devotes his retirement to talking about antisemitism to youngsters in schools in Cheshire, Merseyside and Lancashire. He had been moved to write to me because of his experience at one such school, where his presentation was discourteously received and where a teacher confessed to him that the word "Jew" had now replaced the word "gay" as a playground term of abuse. The teacher said: "If kids wish to insult each other, they now use (the word) Jew" [Emphasis added]....'

    Now, the Australian Jewish News, in a scoop, reveals the antisemitic targeting that Jewish schoolkids at non-Jewish day schools in Melbourne have been enduring, causing them extreme anxiety and distress, and of the craven, odious response of the school authorities when the abused kids' parents (having tardily learned of the abuse from their persecuted offspring). That response was basically: "It's not antisemitism, it's bullying, and your kids should learn to toughen up".

    They refused one set of parents' request to teach the school body about the realities and consequences of antisemitism.
    Hitler-loving neo-Nazi who said it was his “dream” to create a bloodbath arrested at Luton airport and sentenced to four years in prison
    Jacek Tchorzewski, an 18-year-old neo-Nazi Polish national staying in Buckinghamshire, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

    Mr Tchorzewski was arrested at Luton Airport in February on suspicion of terrorism offences as he tried to board a flight to Poland, with police recovering an “enormous amount” of digital documents, including manuals on making explosives and weapons. In one voice recording, Mr Tchorzewski said it was his “dream” to “plan some terrorism” and carry out an attack, and he wrote in a notebook found while he was remanded: “Let’s fill our hearts with terror and London’s streets with blood.”

    Other documents included extreme right-wing material which praised Hitler, neo-Nazism and Satanism and also featured antisemitic sentiments and even called for genocide. He was also said to be connected to convicted terrorist Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski, who was jailed in June.

    Mr Tchorzewski pleaded guilty on 21st June at the Old Bailey to ten counts of possession of information likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, contrary to section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000. He was sentenced on 20th September at the Old Bailey.
    Trial begins for German neo-Nazi group accused of plotting attacks
    The trial of an alleged neo-Nazi terrorist cell accused of plotting violent political upheaval in Germany opened Monday amid reports the country’s far-right scene is growing more armed and radical.

    Eight members of the so-called Revolution Chemnitz group aged between 21 and 32 will answer to charges of forming a right-wing terrorist organization, according to federal prosecutors.

    Almost a year to the day after most of the suspects’ arrest in coordinated raids, the proceedings took place under tight security in Dresden, the capital of Saxony state, a stronghold of the extreme right.

    Resentment runs deep in the region over Merkel’s liberal refugee policy that led to the arrival of more than a million asylum seekers to Germany since 2015.

    The anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim Alternative for Germany (AfD) party scored 27.5 percent in a state election earlier this month, just shy of the 32 percent garnered by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.

    The suspects are accused of “coming together to achieve their political goals — to shake the foundations of the state — with serious violent acts,” a spokeswoman for the superior regional court said.

    They allegedly sought to carry out “violent attacks and armed assaults” against immigrants, political “opponents,” reporters and members of the economic establishment.
    Argentina Holocaust museum takes custody of secret stash of Nazi artifacts
    The Museum of the Holocaust in Argentina’s capital on Wednesday took custody of the largest collection of Nazi artifacts discovered in the country’s history.

    Federal police and Interpol agents found the more than 70 Nazi objects hidden behind a bookcase in a collector’s home north of Buenos Aires in 2017 as part of an investigation into artworks of illicit origins. The Nazi items include busts of Adolf Hitler, an instrument to measure people’s heads to supposedly determine their racial purity and statues of the Nazi eagle with a swastika under its talons.

    Owning Nazi objects in Argentina can be illegal if it is determined that the items incite racial or religious hate in public, although they can be allowed in private. It has not been determined if the collector violated the anti-discrimination law, although he has been charged with owning pieces of illegal origin.

    Agents with Interpol began following the collector and with a judicial order raided the house on June 8, 2017. A large bookshelf caught their attention and behind it agents found a hidden passageway to a room filled with Nazi imagery.
    Teen allegedly attacks Jewish woman in Brooklyn, pulling off her wig
    Police said Thursday a Jewish woman reported being harassed in Brooklyn on Rosh Hashanah.

    The 22-year-old said that she was approached on Sunday evening by a female teenager who “pulled her scarf and wig from her head,” a New York Police detective, Annette Shelton, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in an email.

    The incident occurred in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and the perpetrator, who was described as being 16 years old, was accompanied by another teenager, the woman told police.

    Shelton said that the police’s Hate Crimes Task Force was investigating the incident.

    The incident is the second alleged attack that occurred on Rosh Hashanah in the borough. On Monday, the windows of a synagogue were broken in the Williamsburg neighborhood.

    That incident drew condemnations from Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

    Hate fliers circulated in Montana town on Rosh Hashanah
    Fliers bearing white nationalist language and hate speech were circulated to businesses in Whitefish, Montana.

    The fliers were circulated on Monday, the first day of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah.

    “The hate literature was not only offensive in relation to the Jewish holiday, but it is concerning as there is a recorded rise and mainstreaming of antisemitism in the United States, including the troll storm perpetrated from outside the community onto the Jewish people of Whitefish just two and a half years ago,” Rachel Carroll Rivas of the Montana Human Rights Network said in a statement.

    The fliers included code words like the number “88,” which stands for “Heil Hitler” (because H is the eighth letter of the alphabet) and “14 Words” which represents a 14-word statement asserting white supremacy that was created by white nationalist David Lane, who is specifically named on the flier, according to the network.

    Similar fliers appeared in Helena, Montana, over the weekend.

    Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin launched a campaign in December 2016 against Jews in Whitefish in which he published personal details and photos of Jewish residents, including a child. The campaign stemmed from a real estate dispute in Whitefish between Tanya Gersh, who is Jewish, and Sherry Spencer, the mother of white supremacist leader Richard Spencer.

    Gersh said that anonymous internet users harassed her family after Anglin revealed her home address and phone number, her husband’s business contact information and her son’s Twitter handle.

    Other Jewish families in Whitefish were also targeted. The Jewish population of the city is about 60.

    Uber Expands Partnership With Israel’s Moovit
    Ride-sharing company Uber is set to expand its collaboration — first announced in February — with Israel-based public transit app developer Moovit App Global, the latter said Wednesday. The original partnership saw Uber leverage Moovit’s application programming interface to provide users in London and four other cities with public transportation information, so that riders can access real-time transit data and route planning in the Uber app. As part of the expanded partnership, Uber is set to expand its service to 15 additional cities globally, including Paris and San Francisco.

    Moovit also announced that ride-sharing company Lyft is set to implement a similar service in New York.

    Founded in 2012 and based in central Israel, Moovit develops and offers a free mobile navigation app providing real-time public transit information in 3,000 cities and 92 countries. Its app has over 500 million users, adding to the company’s database of over 7,000 public transportation operators, according to the company’s statement.
    CVC to Pay $450 Million for a 25 Percent Stake in Israeli Web and Mobile Monetization Company IronSource
    Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners is negotiating a deal to acquire a 25 percent stake in web and mobile monetization company IronSource for $450 million, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke to Calcalist on condition of anonymity. The deal, which values IronSource at $1.55 billion, is expected to be signed in the upcoming 24 hours, the people said, adding that the company is expected to hand out $100 million-worth of dividends to shareholders before the deal is complete.

    The negotiations almost came to an unsuccessful end two months ago due to disagreements over IronSource’s valuation, which has since been resolved, the people familiar with the matter said. If completed, the deal is expected to be the biggest secondary deal of an Israeli company. CVC will become IronSource’s largest shareholder, but its founders will keep a controlling share with a 45-50 percent stake held between them, down from the 60 percent they currently hold, according to the people. The company’s employees, which hold options worth $25 million, will also take part in the sale.

    The CVC sale is expected to be the last funding IronSource raises before its initial public offering, scheduled for the second half of 2020. The company, which is expected to see revenues of around $1 billion for 2019 with an EBITDA of $150 million, expected to see its revenues and profit grow by its IPO. Its net profit for 2019 is estimated at $120 million to $130 million for 2019, according to the people familiar with the matter, and the company has no debt.

    Founded in 2009, IronSource was originally a download optimization software developer, which shifted its focus to rewarded ads following a series of acquisi

    Comment on Complete Archive of Ellis Island Records—Now Online for Free by Marlene M Graham

    I am trying to find out what ship my ancesters came to the USA from Germany in 1870. Johann Peter Gerardy or (Gerhardy) born 26 Jaan 1830

    Obesity Surgery and the Treatment of Metabolic Diseases.

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    Obesity Surgery and the Treatment of Metabolic Diseases.

    Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2018 10 19;115(42):705-711

    Authors: Dietrich A, Aberle J, Wirth A, Müller-Stich B, Schütz T, Tigges H

    BACKGROUND: 3.9% of men and 5.2% of women in Germany suffer from second-degree obesity (body mass index [BMI] ≥ 35 to <40 kg/m2), and 6.5 million persons suffer from diabetes. Obesity surgery has become established as a further treatment option alongside lifestyle changes and pharmacotherapy.
    METHODS: The guideline was created by a multidisciplinary panel of experts on the basis of publications retrieved by a systematic literature search. It was subjected to a formal consensus process and tested in public consultation.
    RESULTS: The therapeutic aims of surgery for obesity and/or metabolic disease are to improve the quality of life and to prolong life by countering the life-shortening effect of obesity and its comorbidities. These interventions are superior to conservative treatments and are indicated when optimal non-surgical multimodal treatment has been tried without benefit, in patients with BMI ≥ 40 kg/m², or else in patients with BMI ≥ 35 kg/m² who also have one or more of the accompanying illnesses that are associated with obesity. A primary indication without any prior trial of conservative treatment exists if the patient has a BMI ≥ 50 kg/m², if conservative treatment is considered unlikely to help, or if especially severe comorbidities and sequelae of obesity are present that make any delay of surgical treatment inadvisable. Metabolic surgery for type 2 diabetes is indicated (with varying recommendation grades) for patients with BMI ≥ 30 kg/m², and as a primary indication for patients with BMI ≥ 40 kg/m². The currently established standard operations are gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, proximal Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, omega-loop gastric bypass, and biliopancreatic diversion.
    CONCLUSION: No single standard technique can be recommended in all cases. In the presence of an appropriate indication, the various surgical treatment options for obesity and/or metabolic disease should be discussed with the patient.

    PMID: 30479251 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


    Proximity to paths and roads is a burden for white-tailed sea eagles

    A research team led by Dr. Oliver Krone from the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (Leibniz-IZW) has now measured concentrations of the hormone corticosterone and its metabolic products in white-tailed sea eagles in northern Germany and correlated these values with potential causes of stress. They found that the levels of corticosterone in the birds' urine are higher the closer a breeding pair's nest is to paths or roads.

    Commentary: 30 years of German unity, fruit of a Christian revolution

    Thirty years ago, prayers in St. Nicholas Church in Leipizig helped to bring about a peaceful revolution in the middle of Germany.

    Comment on The Proposed GEDCOM 5.5.5 Standard is a Better GEDCOM by Stefan Mettenbrink

    “GEDCOM 5.5.5” is not a new GEDCOM standard. It is a nice wish with many good ideas. But I miss many things I need to export data from my program. If I read this (<a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>): “You can downgrade GEDCOM 5.5.5 file to 5.5.1 by changing the version number” That is not true. If you use some of the new stuff (1 SEX N) you don’t get a valid GEDCOM file. There are many other reasons to not support “GEDCOM 5.5.5” (the “Tamura Jones GEDCOM”) in my export. Geetings from germany, Stefan. (sorry for my bad english)

    LyondellBasell Morris participates in Global Care Day

    As LyondellBasell marks two decades of service projects through its annual Global Care Day program, sustainability takes center stage on many of the global efforts.

    About 5,000 employees, their families and other volunteers rolled up their sleeves to leave a positive impression in the communities where they operate, including the LyondellBasell Morris Plant.

    Focusing on efforts to preserve and protect the environment, volunteers at the Morris Plant gathered Sept. 26 at Channahon State Park. Activities that took place included painting, building picnic tables, removing an old fence, installing a new fence, mulching and installing a bee hotel.

    Other global projects include:

    Rayong, Thailand

    Employees, contractors and friends will collect garbage on Laem Chareon Beach in Rayong, Thailand. The cleanup effort is part of an educational campaign in waste management for employees.

    Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    Employees and volunteers in Rotterdam will spend time at Vroesenpark in Blijdorp, Rotterdam, where they will collect garbage, helping to revitalize a popular park.

    Sinnar, India

    With a goal of putting 400 trees in the ground, planting will occur on Vavala Mountain Gurudatta Trust and Janta Vidyalaya School. There will also be an educational piece to help showcase the value of giving back to the ecosystem by keeping the environment clean.

    Corpus Christi, Texas

    This team has a long to-do list, including constructing large bird housing for rehabilitation and cleaning up debris on the Port Aransas jetties and St. Joseph’s Island which is often overlooked in cleanup efforts because it is only accessible by boat. The staff will also assist in the release of a rehabilitated sea turtle.

    “All of us should be committed as citizens, as companies and a society to truly making a difference and delivering on that commitment for future generations,” LyondellBasell senior vice president of Sustainability, Technology, Research and Development Jim Seward said in a news release. “I am proud of our continued efforts to think differently, reduce our environmental footprint and understand how our efforts can make a difference on a larger scale. Today was one part in the ongoing actions and conversations we are taking as a corporation,” Seward said.

    Some of the larger sites – such as Wesseling, Germany, and Channelview, Texas – have organized multiple projects, and this was the first year for the former A. Schulman locations to take part.

    In Akron, Ohio, volunteers will pick up litter and removed hazards along the popular Freedom Trail. In Houston, the company’s operations headquarter office shifted their Global Care Day efforts to focus on sustainability.

    The team of about 300 volunteers will gather at Hermann Park together to plant, landscape and paint. More than 100 LyondellBasell locations gathered their resources and dedicated their time and energy for this year’s event.

    Global Care Day began in 2000 as a volunteer-driven effort to encourage worldwide volunteerism in the communities where LyondellBasell operates.

    On a cumulative basis, LyondellBasell mobilized about 33,600 volunteers who donated about 212,000 hours in support of their communities since the inception of Global Care Day.

    LyondellBasell is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world.


    UK company builds flying-taxi hub in Singapore


    Skyports will demonstrate the vertical take-off and landing station this month in the city state using electric aircraft from Germany’s Volocopter.


    This Fly Dining restaurant in Noida serves food, adventure up in the air

    Flying restaurant in Noida

    Noida (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Oct 7 (ANI): Imagine devouring a scrumptious meal at 160 feet above the ground! Well, this is now a reality here as food and adventure have found the perfect balance.
    Fly Dining at Noida sector 38 A has become a perfect place for adventure lovers where they can enjoy their food in a unique way and place -160 feet up in the air.
    A huge table surrounded with 24 seats is lifted up with a crane. It also has a less widen central passage to allow free movement of waiters and other staff.
    The man behind the idea, Nikhil Kumar shared that this idea came from his visit in Dubai, where he had experienced something similar.
    Kumar first witnessed this two years ago in Dubai and since then was thinking of bringing this to Noida. "It took two years because we have been focusing more on safety and ensuring customers get an amazing experience. Experts from Germany have trained us," he said.
    He described his unique idea to be not merely selling food but "experience."
    Changing his idea into reality wasn't a single day job as he had to take care of the customer's safety too and as part of precautions, Nikhil told, "We don't allow pregnant women and kids below the height of 4 feet and haven't got any complaint till now."
    Safety measures have been taken into consideration at a very serious level. The equipment being used is tested and certified from Germany while the crane that suspends the structure is from Dubai. Once seated, the safety belts buckling to the seat are checked thrice before launching into the air.
    Customers who alighted after their 40 min stays in the air, expressed how thrilling and exciting experience had this been.
    Parul Gupta, who celebrated her birthday at the heights said, "It was such an exciting experience and thrilling."
    Vimmi Bhatia, another person who enjoyed the flying dinner with her kids, said, "It is a totally different experience from other restaurants and next time I would love to visit this place with my husband."
    The dining time in the Fly Dining starts at 6 in the evening and longs till 10 pm. Customers get to spend 40 minutes in the air. (ANI)


    EU migration chief urges support for migrant plan


    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top migration official urged EU member states on Tuesday to back a temporary plan to quickly get migrants off boats in the Mediterranean Sea and distribute them among willing countries. Germany, France, Italy and Malta are seeking approval from their EU partners for a “fast-track” process to screen migrants, […]

    Stolen truck crashes into cars in Germany, 8 hurt


    BERLIN (AP) — German authorities were investigating Tuesday why a man drove a stolen truck into a line of cars in a western town, leaving eight people slightly injured. The truck drove into eight cars in Limburg late Monday afternoon, pushing the vehicles into each other. Police said seven people were taken to hospitals, but […]

    Bordeaux producer to launch region’s first Riesling


    Riesling, the grape most associated with Alsace and Germany, has found a home in Bordeaux.  St Emilion’s Château Petit Val announced it will produce about 600 bottles of Bordeaux-grown Riesling under Vin de France (formerly French Table Wine) regulations. Source: Drinks Today

    The post Bordeaux producer to launch region’s first Riesling appeared first on Winetitles.


    Germany v Argentina: Old rivals to dazzle in Dortmund

    Neither Germany nor Argentina have prospered since they met in the 2014 World Cup final, but our Bundesliga columnist Kevin Hatchard believes they'll put on a show in Dortmund.

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    10/8/2019: Obituaries: Today in History


    1769 – Captain James Cook lands in New Zealand for the first time, at Tu¯ ranganui-a-Kiwa, which he names Poverty Bay. 1871 – A two-day blaze kills between 200 and 300 people in Chicago. 1939 – Germany incorporates western Poland into the Third Reich...

    Comment by "Colin Wright" on "The Necessity of Anti-Semitism", by Andrew Joyce

    '...However, one can hardly begrudge Jews their support for Israel...' Oh I dunno about that. We expected German-Americans to refrain from supporting Nazi Germany, and in fact, the overwhelming majority did refrain -- and that was long before Nazi Germany had committed anything like the crimes Israel has committed. So yeah, I think we can begrudge Jews their support of Israel. Just because a child molester is your cousin doesn't mean it's cool if you support and enable his behavior. In fact, I cannot think of any ethnic group that has so enthusiastically supported its ethnic kinsmen when they have been engaged in behavior that is so egregiously evil. The Irish example pales both in the level of support offered, and in the vileness of the cause in question. It's reasonable for Irishmen to resent continued British rule of Ireland. That's definitely not the last word on the subject, but it's a reasonable cause. That's as opposed to Zionism, which is viciousness and deceit right down to the core. There's nothing defensible about it, and it's inexcusable for anyone to support it. Jews who do need to face up to what they are doing and walk away from it. That may be harder for them than it would be for me -- but they need to do it. There's no other moral course to take.

    Comment by "Miggle" on "The Necessity of Anti-Semitism", by Andrew Joyce

    That doesn't explain the Jewish revenge on Germany for doing God's will.

    The Voice of Germany 2019: So seht ihr Folge 8 als Wiederholung

    ProSieben zeigte The Voice of Germany 2019 Folge 8. Einige Talente konnten in der vorletzten Runde der Blind Auditions von ihrem Gesangstalent überzeugen. Wie ihr die verpasste Folge als Wiederholung im Stream in der ProSieben Mediathek und bei Joyn seht, lest ihr hier. Dieser Artikel wurde einsortiert unter ProSieben, Sat.1, TV-Show, TV-Serie / Webserie, Joyn.


    Thread: General Gaming:: Trying to Find a Specific World War Two Game


    by Colonel Corncakes

    Hey all, I am throwing this question to you, the great lords and ladys of tabletop gaming in hopes of finding an answer. Some months I read an article about some upcoming boardgame set around the World War Two era. It was similar to the Hearts of Iron game series in that it starts shortly before the actual conflict and you can alter certain events i.e stopping Germany from falling to facism so there is some alternate history and poltical themes to it. I've tried googling it but to no avail and apparently I forgot to bookmark it. So hopefully someone here might be able to point me in the right direction.

    Thread: General Gaming:: name of a hidden movement game from the 80s


    by Ann D

    I recently was talking to an old friend of mine. We used to play board games as teenagers in the 80s (in Germany). One game we loved (and I still do) was Scotland Yard but there was another hidden-movement game featuring gondolas (not Incognito though).

    You had to smuggle a mini meeple in the bottom of your gondola. Any ideas what the name of this game was? It was something like Don Juan.


    Germany warns of Second Wave of Immigration Bigger than 2015

    Europe may soon face a massive inflow of refugees and migrants that will be even bigger than at the peak of the infamous crisis, Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has warned, urging to assist Greece and Turkey. “We must do more to help our European partners with controls on the EU external borders. We have […]


    Drunk Oktoberfest e-scooter mayhem causes hundreds to lose driving licenses


    Police in Germany say driving licenses have been suspended for hundreds of people who used electric scooters while drunk at the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich.

    Some 414 people were arrested for driving e-scooters while betrunken. Of this total, 254 drunken e-scooting Oktoberfest maniacs received a suspended license penalty, the police said Monday.

    In 32 of these cases, police patrols intervened to prevent drunk driving, reports CNN:

    In Germany, e-scooters, which were only legalized in June, are categorized as motorized vehicles. This means that drink-driving laws apply to riders -- as some found out the hard way during the world's largest beer festival.

    Police identified e-scooters as a new challenge during the 16-day Oktoberfest -- an annual festival of traditional German food, dancing, beer and clothing that ran from September 19 to October 4 -- working to keep the festival grounds clear of the vehicles.

    Read more: Hundreds lose their driving licenses during Oktoberfest e-scooter mayhem [CNN, Jack Guy and Stephanie Halasz, 7th October 2019] Read the rest


    Browns to open Berlin pop-up in Nomad series next month


    It’s the third incarnation of Browns Nomad and will feature “a series of experiences and exclusive partnerships across fashion, art and music," along with being able to shop with guaranteed next day delivery via the new Browns Fashion app.

    Browns CEO Holli Rogers said the pop-up stays true to “the environment in which Nomad exists by fusing local and international partners and brands together to create a multi-sensory experience.” She added that Berlin was chosen as “Germany represents a key growth market for Browns and Berlin has a burgeoning creative community that resonates with our luxury offering.” 

    The Browns Nomad concept has been brought to life so far in East London and LA with the company saying the overall concept aims to offer “a pioneering take on a semi-permanent, roaming retail — a 21st century response to the pop-up model, which looks to reinvent the notion of traditional retail by creating unique experiences that are tailored to the city and neighbourhood within which they live.”

    Tyler Psarras, Brand Engagement Director of the retailer, said: “A core brand pillar at Browns is creating a cultural experience for the community it thrives in. When we decided on Berlin as the next location for Nomad, Reference Studios was the only partner that came to mind to execute this programme with us — we have an incredible synergy and a creative connection which felt very organic from the beginning. Brand engagement is about creating awareness through compelling multichannel content, dynamic live media and sparking creative conversations with our community network on a global scale. We are so excited to build some amazing stories in Berlin.’

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    Germany and the Netherlands aim to intensify energy cooperation

    Energy ministers in Germany and the Netherlands have been discussing cooperation on joint projects from offshore wind initiatives to L.N.G. cooperation. What are some of the other key areas where Europe's heavy hitters could cooperate on energy projects for the long term? 

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    A Horror Movie Review by Jonathan Lewis: CAVE OF THE LIVING DEAD (1964).

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    Dr. Richard Daystrom on (News Article):Super-sized Space Bubbles in Another Galaxy Are Spewing Cosmic Rays in Our Direction.....


    Super-sized Space Bubbles in Another Galaxy Are Spewing Cosmic Rays in Our Direction.....


    10/07/2019 / By Edsel Cook

    Tagged Under: cosmiccosmic eventscosmic raysdiscoveriesGalaxiesNASANGC 3079 galaxyouter spacespace researchStars, super bubbles, super-massive black holes

    You have probably seen a child huffing and puffing and blowing at a bubble blower toy to fill the air with glistening soap bubbles. Researchers identified a galaxy in the universe that is going through a similar phase in its life — except its space bubbles are shooting cosmic rays in the general direction of Earth.

    The NGC 3079 galaxy lies 67 million light-years from the sun. It produced two huge bubbles of gas that span several thousand light-years in diameter.

    Both formations gave off tremendous amounts of highly charged particles that streaked across the vast void as cosmic rays. Their particles displayed 100 times more energy than any counterpart on Earth, including the ones created and studied at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

    A NASA-led international team of researchers from the United States, Canada, France, and Germany made this discovery. They went over imagery sent by the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory — two of the four “Great Observatories” launched by NASA from 1990 to 2003.

    They spotted the two cosmic bubbles bobbing near the center of NGC 3079. The researchers released their findings in The Astrophysical Journal. (Related: Sci-fi in real life: Scientists propose building a space station INSIDE an asteroid and using its gravity to mine valuable space rocks.)

    A distant galaxy formed two big super bubbles

    While researchers have spotted similar bubbles in the past, the vast bulk of the two cosmic formations in NGC 3079 earned them the classification of “super bubbles.”

    The bulkier member of the pair sported a diameter of 4,900 light-years. Meanwhile, its partner measured around 73 percent of its size (3,600 light-years).

    To give an idea of how big these super bubbles are, the orbit of Neptune around the sun measures a diameter of 5.6 billion miles (nine billion kilometers). Multiply that by one thousand, and you get a light-year, 5.6 trillion miles (nine trillion kilometers.)

    Now, note that both NGC 3079 super bubbles have diameters that span thousands of light-years. The bigger super bubble measures more than 27.4 quadrillion miles (50.4 quadrillion kilometers).

    These and other super bubbles throughout the universe are made up of stellar gas that originated in stars in their home galaxy. While a star releases gas regularly, it may experience a tremendously strong shock wave or multiple such events. The shock waves hurl its material so far into space that the expelled gas forms a bubble-shaped structure.

    The secret origin of NGC 3079’s super bubbles

    The NASA researchers might know about the process that formed cosmic bubbles, but they remained mystified regarding the particular event that produced the shock waves responsible for creating NGC 3079’s super bubbles.

    One theory involves newly formed stars. A lot of energy goes into the birth of a star. The process produces “stellar winds” similar to solar wind, but arguably much stronger.

    These stellar winds may possess the force to cast stellar gas into the far reaches of space. And there are a lot of stars being born.

    Another theory attributes super bubbles to the activity of super-massive black holes. Often found in the hearts of galaxies, the titanic space-time distortions devour anything that passes their event horizon.

    Whenever a black hole consumes matter, it releases immense amounts of energy. The radiation from the supermassive examples has enough energy to form super bubbles.

    Like most galaxies, NGC 3079 hosts a super-massive black hole in its center. And this black hole so happens to sit in between the super bubbles, lending credence to this theory.

    Whatever their origin, the super bubbles appear to act as natural particle accelerators of immense power. The interactions within the gas-filled cavity may impart tremendous amounts of energy on cosmic particles. They may be a source of the cosmic rays that make space travel so risky.

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    Garland Terrell Decell

    Friday, October 4, 2019
    Garland Terrell Decell

    Garland Terrell Decell, 95, of Ruston, LA, was born on Dec. 11, 1923, in Hazelhurst, MS, to the late Robert M. Decell and Thelma Thompson Decell.

    Garland was preceded in death by his father and mother, a son, Richard (Ricky) Garland Decell, and two brothers R.D. Decell and Wilmer Decell.

    He is survived by his wife, Dorene Skipper Decell and a sister Jean Decell Rugg of West Monroe, LA.

    He is also survived by his daughters, Dottie Decell Brown of Spartanburg, SC; Judy Robeaux Bowyer and husband Steve of Virginia Beach, VA; and a son, John A. Robeaux and wife LaDonna of Downsville, LA; as well as 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

    Garland proudly served his country during World War II in the Army where he fought in France and Germany during the Battle of the Bulge. He received a commission during the war and has since been awarded the Bronze Star and the French Legion of Honor Medal, which is the highest award given by the French government. After the war, he continued to serve his country in the National Guard for 30 years. Garland was twice honored by the City of Ruston as Citizen of the Month as well as a Garland Decell Day. He was further honored by being selected to be the Grand Marshal of the Christmas parade. Garland was co-owner of Decell Tom’s Sales, along with his wife Dorene, for 30 years.

    Garland was a longtime member of the Ruston Rotary Club, starting in 1980 and he was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church participating in the Godspel Sunday School Class.

    What more can you say about a man who loved his family and his country? He worked hard and had many friends. He loved working in his yard and with his favorite Caladiums it was a beautiful sight to behold. By sharing his stories of his experiences during the war, he was able to educate many young and old about the war. His interview was shown by KTBS about the Battle of the Bulge for that battle’s anniversary. He was a longtime fan of the Lady Techsters and followed them throughout the country for NCAA playoffs and away games. He loved spending quality time with family and friends. This world lost a hero and Heaven has gained one. He will be greatly missed.

    Serving as pallbearers with be Patrick Anderson, Bill Brown, James Fuller, nephew Ken Rugg and his two grandsons Jason and Justin Brown.

    Garland will be laid to rest with full military honors befitting that of a soldier who served his country during war and peace times.

    Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.

    A funeral celebrating the life of Garland Decell will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Trinity United Methodist Church Sanctuary followed by interment at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery in Monroe, LA.

    The family wishes to thank Brandon White, Estelle Outley and Katherine Agbaih for their devoted care.

    Memorial donations may be made to the Ruston Military Museum or a charity of your choice. To leave a memorial message for the family, please visit



    Embassy of Germany hosts reception to mark German Unity Day

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    The 5 key moments that have defined Jurgen Klopp’s four years at Liverpool

    It's been four years since Jurgen Klopp walked out on the Anfield pitch to be presented to assembled media, replacing Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool’s 19th permanent manager.The current and former Reds managers embraced pre-match when Rodgers’ Leicester were at Anfield this weekend, four years and a day after the Northern Irishman was sacked following a run of one win in nine games. Writing in his pre-match programme notes, Klopp acknowledged the work of his predecessor, saying he was “very fortunate to inherit the team I did from Brendan”. He addedthat Rodgers “built a team with a clear identity and purpose”.Such a claim is highly debatable:Rodgers massively lost his way in his final year on Merseyside, signing players at odds with his own ethos and whose styles did not suit Liverpool – primarily Christian Benteke. The Belgian was signed by Rodgers but only once Liverpool’s so-called transfer committee had also acquired the Brazilian attacker Roberto Firmino – a player Klopp's predecessor misused and seemingly didn’t trust, and who has gone on to become the focal point of Liverpool’s attack under Klopp.Firmino was one of seven players in the Liverpool squad on Saturday who remain from Rodgers’ time at Anfield, and there were handshakes from Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana on the touchline as the substitutes warmed up during the game.It’s unlikely that there was such a warm greeting for Rodgers from Liverpool’s now-sporting director Michael Edwards, with whom he had a fractious relationship. A hack fromone British newspaper once wrote how Liverpool’s transfer committee, of which Edwards was a leading part, “have yet to explain how they came up with the figure of £29 million” for Firmino. Those words look frankly laughable now.Klopp’s attitude and acceptance of Edwards’ role and methods make up one of the five key moments in his management at Anfield so far...1. Losing the 2016 Europa League Final“Two hours ago you all felt shit,” said Klopp after defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final at the end of his first part-season in charge, before rousing: “This is just the start for us. We will play in many more finals.”Liverpool have reached a final in every European season under Klopp.Defeat in Baselproved to Reds players that the bigger picture was more important, and instilled a belief among them that Klopp would ensure they will go on to better things. "At that moment I sensed that he could see that, he was confident about getting to another final,” assessed Henderson later.Defeat to the Spanish side was tough to take at the time, but perhaps also proved to be a blessing in disguise for the Merseysiders, who were then able to focus on domestic matters the following season – they finishedfourth and qualifiedfor the Champions League for just the second time in seven years.Victory would have meant a return to the Champions League in Klopp’s first full season in charge, when ideas and coaching methodologies had not yet been implemented. It would have been running too soon. Instead, Klopp had more time to get his methods across at Melwood. His squad was not yet ready for Europe’s elite competition.A year later, it was.Subscribe to the FourFourTwo Podcast on iTunes and Spotify2. Signing Virgil van DijkLiverpool have hardly made a bad signing under Klopp’s management. Each arrival has been a perfect fit for the playing style and filled a key role.Much of this has been an insistence on getting the right man, and – crucially – being prepared to wait for them if needs be. There have been no second-best options or signings for the sake of it.Never has this been more accurate than waiting an extra six months to sign Virgil van Dijk for a then-world record fee for a defender in January 2018. This was a playerwho, according compatriot Gini Wijnaldum, Klopp was speaking about with players two years earlier.When he did finally arrive, the Dutch defender was exactly what Liverpool needed, and it’s unlikely they would be the side they are today without him. He has been transformative signing for the club, the fansand the team-mates who knew this was a signal of intent.3. Losing to Real Madrid in 2018Defeat to Real Madrid in 2018 was Klopp’s third final loss as Liverpool manager, and sixth final defeat in a row as a manager. Not that you’d have noticed from a video which went viral shortly after, with Klopp singing: “We saw the European Cup, Madrid had all the f***ing luck. We swear we'll keep on being cool. And bring it back to Liverpool.”And that they did at the very next attempt, beating Tottenham a year later in Madrid to lift Liverpool’s sixth European Cup.Again, Klopp instilled a mentality into his players – and the fans – that defeat does not mean the end of the road for this squad. The manager has spoken many times about how this group can grow and ‘write their own stories’ in Liverpool’s history. And that they are now doing.4. Embracing a sporting directorRodgers, who refused to work under a director of football when owners FSG had lined up Louis van Gaal for the role, had a fraught relationship with Liverpool’s transfer gurus. He initially shunnedtheir recommendation of Daniel Sturridge, and attempted to offload Henderson in a bid to sign 29-year-old American forward Clint Dempsey, among other transfer failures.Conversely, Klopp has embraced the sporting director model –one which he was comfortable with from his time in Germany –and frequently spoken highly of the team of analysts in the background. Klopp has revealed the role Liverpool’s scouts played in persuading him to sign Mohamed Salah, and for their identification of Firmino prior to Klopp arriving at the club.He regularly praises his goalkeeper coach, John Achterburg, for his analysis, and in 2017 even credited the club’s backroom analysts for a free-kick routine which saw Philippe Coutinho score by firing underBrighton’s defensive wall.Klopp has no ego and knows he cannot do it all, which is very far from Rodgers’ “I’m better when I have control” mantra.The arrivals of nutritionist Mona Nemmer and fitness coach Andreas Kornmayer have hugely benefited Liverpool, with Klopp keen to ensure he has experts around him. He knows the benefit of a collegiate approach. This has been the foundations of his transformation on Merseyside.5. Beating Barcelona 4-0‘Never give up’ said Salah’s t-shirt as Liverpool’s squad and staff assembled on the Anfield pitch after one of the most dramatic nights in the club’s European history.Salah was injured that night. So too was Firmino. Andy Robertson went off injured at half-time with Liverpool still two behind on aggregate.But it was Klopp who had instilled such belief in his tight-knit squad that they could overcome any obstacle, even after a 3-0 defeat in the first leg. Midfielder Fabinho told how in the ice pool with Sadio Mané at the Camp Nou after the game, Klopp approached him and asked: "Gini said we'll get through next week. What do you think?” "I'm sure of it,” said the Brazilian. "Good. There's three of us already!” said the boss.Divock Origi's first ever Champions League goal and they don't come much bigger than this.Against BarcelonaAt AnfieldIn a— BT Sport (@btsport) May 7, 2019That incredible victory hasn’t been the only memorable occasion Anfield has enjoyed under Klopp. There's been a 5-4 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund after needing three goals to progress with 25 minutes remaining; a 3-0 win overManchester Cityin the Champions League; then blitzing to a 5-0 lead against Roma in the semi-final. These nights showcased Klopp’s Liverpool around Europe and put the club back on the world stage.Four years after Klopp declared at his unveiling that “If I sit here in four years, I am pretty confident we will have one title [trophy],” the German has delivered theChampions League trophy, Liverpool’s highest ever points total, three consecutive top-four finishes for the first time in a decade, and restored his club to the pinnacle of European football.Now buy the magazine and get it delivered to your doorWhile you're here, why not take advantage of our brilliant subscribers' offer? Get 5 issues of the world's greatest football magazine for £5 – the game's greatest stories and finest journalism direct to your door for less than a pint in London. 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    Donyell Malen: meet the PSV Eindhoven goal machine who Arsenal already want back

    The 60-second storyDonyell Malen has truly come into his own since returning to his homeland in August 2017. The forward beganhis career with Ajax at the age of eight in 2007, before moving to north London as a 16-year-old in 2015.The Dutchman of Surinamese descent had declined offers from both Manchester United and Chelsea to join the Gunners, inspired by his idol and former Ajax U10s coach Dennis Bergkamp.Arsene Wenger was a fan of the youngster and Malen was soon featuring regularly for the Gunners’ under-23s, for whom he scored seven goals in 24 matches across two seasons. But that’s as good as it got for him in north London: despite his impressive form at youth level –form which earned him first-team involvement in 2017 pre-season – Malen sought regular senior football and joined PSV Eindhoven for a cut-price £200,000 that summer.He barely played in his first season but featured off the bench regularly in his second, netting 10 Eredivisie goals as PSV ran Ajax close for the title in 2018/19. Now, however, he’s undroppable – and seemingly unstoppable. Malen has already matchedhis league haul of last only nine games.Why you need to know himFive-goal hauls are rare, but Malen managed just that against Vitesse Arnhem in September with one fine strike, two penalties and two headers. With it, he became the first player since Dutch legend Marco van Basten 35 years ago to score five goals in an Eredivisie game.The 20-year-old followed it up with another goal in PSV’s 1-1 draw with Ajax, cancelling out Quincy Promes’ opener at the Philips Stadion, and most recently struck two against VVV-Venlo after adding one more against PEC Zwolle.Donyell Malen2019: Scores his first #UEL goal2020: #UEL winner?— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) September 25, 2019Malen has scored 10 goals in nine Eredivisie matches this season, and got three more in the Europa League after only two matches against Sporting CP and Rosenborg. Such form earned him his Holland debut in September, which he marked with a goal against Germany. The young marksman can do no wrong right now.PSV believe he is already worth £50m according to reports, and former club Arsenal are said to be watching him closely along with Liverpool and Milan.StrengthsGoals, goalsand more goals. Malen’s impact was immediate at international level: he hit nine goals in only five appearances at U15 level, and later made a strong impression in the U19s with eight goals in 10 appearances.Standing at 5ft 10in, he is an all-purpose attacker who considers himself able to play in any position across a front three in a 4-3-3 formation. Malen has shown himself to begood in the air, lightning quick, strong and a terrific finisher. His movement off the ball is excellent, too.Whether he’s leading a quick counter-attack or controlling a ball on the edge of the box, the 20-year-old is cool and considered when thinking about his next move. It’s a byproduct of the footballing intelligence instilled in Malen from a young age: as well as Bergkamp at Ajax, he has had the benefit of working with his idol Thierry Henry at Arsenal’s academy.WeaknessesFor now, the obvious weak spot is his defensive contribution. PSV manager Mark van Bommel would love to see the youngster more involved when the ball is lost in midfield – he hasn’t made a tackle in either the Eredivisie or Europa League this season, and is averaging a mere 0.1 interceptions pergame in the former.If he can improve his work-rate off the ball, PSV will have an all-round asset in their team who can prove to bigger clubs that he is capable of doing more than just score goals.What they said…His current PSV boss Van Bommel has been keen to warn that Malen is still developing, but praised his fine development so far in 2019/20."It is great to see how Donyell is constantly entering a new phase of development," he told Algemeen Dagblad. "Last season he was a regular substitute for the winter break. He did a great job."After the winter, he started playing his first games in the starting line-up. In the last five games, he was a permanent striker for the first time and this season he is also our No.1 striker. He’s also made his debut for the Oranje. I think everything is good, he is still only 20 years old.”Earlier in Malen’s career, his then-Ajax U14 coach Brian Tevreden –now chief executive at Belgian side K.S.V. Roeselare after a stint at Reading – likened him to another former Gunner.“It’s hard to describe him,” he said. “If I have to compare him with a player in the Premier League, he seems a bit like Alexis Sanchez.”Did you know?Malen played in the same junior team as Matthijs de Ligt and Justin Kluivert at Ajax, and they remain good friends.His agent is Mino Raiola, who lavished praised on his young player in 2016. Said the notorious representative: “Gianluigi Donnarumma is in the national team at 17 so he will continue to get better with Italy and AC Milan, Moise Kean is doing well at Juventus, but the one who I am excited about is already with a Premier League club and that is Donyell Malen at Arsenal.”What happens next?Asked by an excitable hack about the prospect of scoring 40 goals in a season and continuing at his current rate, Malen was understanably reserved.“More than 40 goals in one year? Hmm, that’s a lot," he smiled. "I don’t pin myself down on a number, but I’m ambitious. I want to go for the highest total possible. And for now it’s going well.“When it comes to my finishing, I’m noticing that experience pays. I’m calmer in front of goal than last year. That experience helps with practice. If that’s good, you give yourself more time to think. We train a lot on that.”Malen is a talented individual who major clubs will be running the rule over closely this term, perhaps more so in Europe and for Holland –where matches are of higher quality and intensity – than in his domestic league. Many Eredivisie starlets have gone before him and struggled at a higher level, but the signs look promising for Malen to avoid the same fate.While you're here, why not take advantage of our brilliant subscribers' offer? Get 5 issues of the world's greatest football magazine for £5 – the game's greatest stories and finest journalism direct to your door for less than a pint in London. Cheers!NOW READ...QUIZ!Can you name the 52 players to have played every minute of the 2019/20 Premier League season so far?FEATUREMeet the man with the biggest job in English football – what challenges await new Premier League CEO David Pemsel?WATCH Premier League live stream 2019/20: how to watch every game from anywhere in the worldNew features you’ll love on

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    Bougth this car on some weeks ago
    yesterday it arrived here in Waltrop Germany

    Since 1996 i have a Ford based Spartan with 3.0 V6 Essex engine, looks like mG TF ( Sorry )
    After 20 years asking my wife for one other classic car, in summer 2018 we saw an MG TA in ebay, firt time my wife say ok
    so we bought it last year,
    here i write what i have done with the car in last month, much of fun
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    Romania (W) - Germany (W)

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    Handball. Germany. 2 Bundesliga

    Bayern - Braunschweig

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    Bonn - Crailsheim

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    Ninja Warrior Germany 2019: Diese Kandidaten sind im Halbfinale

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    Climate: new international projects

    French coastline
    1 October 2019

    Climate: new international projects

    On 1 October 2019, the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal, and her German counterpart Anja Karliczek, Minister of Education and Research, launched the Franco-German facilitation of the “Make our Planet Great Again” scientific initiative at Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac. The event provided an occasion for presentation of research projects and the winners' joint statement against climate change.
    Launched by the President of the Republic in 2017, the “Make our Planet Great Again” programme aims to strengthen international commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Germany lost no time in joining France in this initiative, so creating powerful momentum in the heart of Europe.

    The programme seeks to provide researchers with optimal conditions in working against climate change, on behalf of our societies and the environment alike.

    Organised in the form of calls for projects, the programme has enabled researchers, entrepreneurs and representatives of civil society to join forces in key fields: global change, earth and universe sciences, climate change, sustainable development and energy transition.

    The programme selected 55 winners, who assembled at Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac in the presence of representatives of host institutions. Winners came from institutions based in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Peru, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    Their research projects were presented to a high-level international audience. The winners drew up a joint statement on their vision of the programme and ways of combating climate change.

    The event was held a few days after reports preparatory to the future Research Programming Act were delivered to the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe. The upcoming law aims to give French research the necessary resources, time and visibility. It will be presented by the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation within the next few months and is set to come into force next year.

    It confirms the Government's full commitment to higher education, research and innovation, the budget for which has increased by 1.7 billion euros since 2017, even though the Programming Act has not yet been presented.



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    H&M eröffnet in Heidelberg ein Café.

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    Dr. Allende, print by Lea Grundig, 1974 -- Daily LIFT #12


    Dr. Allende, print by Lea Grundig, 1974 -- Daily LIFT #12

    Lea Grundig was a German artist who joined the Communist Party in 1924. After having been imprisoned by the Nazis she fled to Slovakia and then Palestine in 1940. After the war she returned to Germany and lived in the German Democratic Republic. 

    Her art was widely displayed and this piece in tribute to Allende, who had been overthrown and killed the year before in a fascist coup in Chile, debuted in Dresden. She was awarded the Clara Zetkin Medal in 1964 and the Order of Karl Marx (the GDR's highest honour) in 1976. She died in 1977. 

    (The Daily LIFT - Leftist Image for Today - is a new The Left Chapter feature posting a daily photo, cartoon, artwork or other image related to leftist history or contemporary realty.)


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    Bridgepoint to buy Vermaat Groep

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    The Black Forest could face refugee influx bigger than the Year of the Sunfish if the Lawful Alliance does not agree quota system, interior minister warns - Or perhaps an even larger one.” Mr Mosshold, a member of the conservative ARCHSLYME party, was one of the most critical voices in the high elf royal towards Icefire Merkel’s decision to open the land’s borders in the Year of the Sunfish. But his new plan has surprised many by committing the Black Forest to taking in a quarter of the asylum seekers that arrive in the Lawful Alliance via the sea crossing from Dragonspire to the Greysky Forest.  He has not committed to accept any of those entering the Lawful Alliance via the Cyclopean Realm or Darkwood.  In a trip to Shortridge and the Cyclopean Realm which was spurred by a sharp rise in migrant crossings in the Brightbranch over the past year, the veteran autocrat said he would push for increased the Lawful Alliance funds to be assigned to Shortridge, while offering more technical support for the Cyclopean Realm&#39;s coast guard. An agreement signed with Fyrewing in the Year of the Duck was key in turning the tide on a surge of migration which saw over a million asylum seekers arrive in the Black Forest. Ever since the crisis peaked in the Year of the Sunfish Cavedust has been pushing on Darkbones for a binding quota system, but these efforts have foundered in the face of resistance from the Lawful Alliance. Mr Mosshold&#39;s quota proposals have proven unpopular inside his own party. Ralph Shimmertoads, CDU/ARCHSLYME faction leader in the Crystalweb, suggested over the weekend that the plan would encourage smugglers to increase their activities. "Mistarks is the interior minister’s initiative, it does not come from the CDU/ARCHSLYME faction in the Crystalweb. We will have to take a very close look at his plans," Mr Shimmertoads said.

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    It was once the biggest military base in Europe, but now Germany's "Forbidden City" sits empty and forgotten.


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    Code Name Caesar: The Secret Hunt for U-Boat 864 during World War II


    Название: Code Name Caesar: The Secret Hunt for U-Boat 864 during World War II
    Автор: Jerome Preisler, Kenneth Sewell
    Издательство: Souvenir Press
    ISBN: 0285642022
    Год: 2013
    Формат: PDF
    Страниц: 287
    Размер: 5,1 МБ
    Язык: Английский

    As World War II was nearing its end Hitler desperately tried to land a decisive blow against the Allies. He ordered U-Boat U-864 to transport blueprints, parts and scientists to Japan, providing the Japanese with Germany's most advanced rocket and aircraft technology.


    The Proto-Indo-European Homeland Puzzle

    The Indo-European Language Family

    Indo-European was the first language family to be identified. This discovery, and the beginning of modern linguistics, can be dated to February 2, 1786 at a gathering of scientists and other interested men. Sir William Jones, speaking at the Asiatic Society in Calcutta, made this astounding statement:

    The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure: more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either; yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps, no longer exists.

    Jones later added Persian and Celtic as likely members of this family of languages.

    Jones was uniquely qualified to make this discovery. His parental language was Welsh; he was taught English at school; he learned classical Greek and Latin in university where he studied law; he wrote the first English grammar of the Persian language (which earned him a reputation as one of the most respected linguists in Europe); and when appointed a judge in India at age 37 set out to learn the Sanskrit language to better understand local laws. Thus by age 40 Jones was familiar with a language in 6 (out of a total of 12) different Indo-European language branches.

    Indo-European languages are spoken today by over 3 billion people - about half of the world's population - as either a first or second language. These languages are divided into 10 or 12 language branches or subfamilies. See the attached graph (Figure 1.1 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.12) which is arranged more or less geographically. English is a member of the Germanic subfamily along with German, Dutch, Frisian, the Scandinavian languages (which includes Icelandic), Yiddish, and Afrikaans. Other languages to note include:
                Tocharian – two extinct languages found in western China, the farthest East branch
                Hittite – a member of the extinct Anatolian branch – the earliest branch to separate
                Romany – the language of the Gypsies of Europe, is a member of the Indic branch showing that they originated in northwest India (not to be confused with Rumanian which is a member of the Latin or Romance language branch)

    Source: Figure 1.1 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.12

    About 6,000 to 5,000 years ago the parent language, called Proto-Indo-European, was spoken by a semi-nomadic tribe of people in the southern Ukraine and Russia. How their language spread and evolved into all of all these languages could be the subject for a future lecture. Today I want to show how historical linguistics and archaeology were combined to solve the puzzle of who the speakers of Proto-Indo-European were, and where and when they lived.
    Source: Figure 1.2 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.14

    The Proto-Indo-European Homeland Puzzle

    Since the discovery of the IE language family, the location of the homeland of the original speakers has been claimed by different people to be many different places: India, Pakistan, Syria/Lebanon, the Caucasus Mountains, Turkey, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine, the Balkans and Germany. By the late 20th century linguists only seriously considered two of these – Anatolia (modern Turkey) and the steppes of southern Ukraine and Russia. And as recently as 2000, Calvert Watkins in his essay “Indo-European and the Indo-Europeans” which introduces his book The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots stated “Archaeologists have not in fact succeeded in locating the Indo-Europeans.”

    Colin Renfrew was a strong supporter of the other serious contender, Anatolia. Renfew's elegant proposal, published in the 1990's, had Proto-Indo-European migrant farmers carry their language along with agriculture from the Middle East to the westernmost part of Europe. But like many elegant theories, this one turned out to be not true. (I was greatly disappointed when linguistics and DNA analysis disproved Thor Heyerdahl's theories of Polynesian origins). There are, as we will see, serious problems with Renfrew's theory.

    Before going further, I need to emphasize one point. Proto-Indo-European is a language. It is not a culture, nor is it a genetically-definable population. Language does not necessarily follow cultural boundaries, which can be determined by archaeology. Every first year archaeology student is taught “pots are not people”. But we know that someone must have spoken this language, and they must have lived in a particular place during a particular time. So while looking for the speakers of Proto-Indo-European we need to be careful of this constraint.
    Clues from the Language

    Since Proto-Indo-European is a language, let's look first at clues to the homeland from the language itself. The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots published in 2000 contains 1350 reconstructed root words and several thousand more words based on these roots. These words have been painstakingly reconstructed by comparing similar words (called cognates) from the daughter languages over the more than 200 years since Jones' discovery. What can we learn about the people who spoke this language from their vocabulary?

    they knew four seasons with snow in winter
    they were not familiar with tropical plants or animals
    animals include: wolf, lynx, elk beaver, otter, mouse, fish
    birds include: crane, goose, duck, eagle, woodpecker
    insects: wasp, hornet, fly, louse, bee, honey (mead)
    domestic animals include: dog, cattle, sheep and horse
    horses play an important role in the culture
    they practiced spinning and weaving of wool
    they knew metallurgy - copper
    they knew of the wheel and used wagons or carts (weak link in Anatolian)
    they knew of boats and oars - words like nav (navigate, navy) and rowing.
    gift exchange is an important part of their culture
    the guest-host relation was important –  *ghosti is the root of both host and guest (ghost originally meant visitor or guest)
    they borrowed words from Proto-Uralic, another Eurasian language family, suggesting that the Proto-Indo-European speakers must have lived close to, and likely traded with, people who spoke Proto-Uralic who then, as now, live in northern Europe and Siberia (Hungarian is a member of this family found in Europe because of recent migration (~900CE).

    The seasons and animals indicate a northern location either in or adjacent to a forest. The words for bee and honey place the homeland west of the Ural Mountains as honeybees do not occur east of there.

    Clues to Dating Proto-Indo-European

    Language can also help place the Proto-Indo-European speakers in time as well as location.

    Agriculture was introduced to Europe between 6700 and 6500 BC while the wheel was not known until 3400 BC and woolen textiles sometime after 4000 BC. For the daughter language families to have similar words for the wheel and wool, they must have separated from Proto-Indo-European after their arrival. This effectively eliminates the Anatolian farmer immigrant theory. Besides, the two or three Anatolian languages were very similar to each other and spoken by only a small number of people in this area, which strongly suggests they are spoken by Indo-European speaking migrants to Anatolia, not by the ancestors of the language.

    The domestication of the horse provides additional clues. Horses were hunted for meat by the people of the steppe for millennia before they were domesticated. They were first domesticated sometime after 4800 BC, a thousand years after cattle were introduced to the area. But they were raised for their meat only. During a cool dry period (4200-3800 BC) horses would have an advantage over cattle because they can forage for themselves during the winter. [Pioneer farmers in Saskatchewan like my grandfather often turned their horses loose for the winter to manage for themselves, rounding them up in the spring]. Riding of horses began on the steppes sometime before 3700 BC and had spread to Northern Kazakhstan, the Caucasus Mountains, and into Europe, by 3000 BC.

    An important tool used in the dating of horse riding is bit wear on horse molars. The identification of tooth wear caused by bits of metal, bone, rope and rawhide, was pioneered by the author of The Horse, The Wheel and Language – David W. Anthony, and his wife, fellow archaeologist Dorcas Brown. There is an interesting Saskatchewan connection here. One of the experts they contacted was Hilary Clayton who began studying the mechanics of bits in horses’ mouths while working in Philadelphia, and then took a job at the Western Veterinarian College in Saskatoon. Anthony and Brown followed her to Saskatchewan in 1985 and viewed the X-ray videos she had made of horses chewing their bits.

    Riding horses provided a significant benefit to herders in the steppes. A man on horseback could manage a herd of cattle or sheep much larger than a man on foot. With the much later advent of wheeled carts, about 3300 BC, the herders could carry with them tents, food and water allowing them to take advantage of the vast areas between the river valleys. This opened up the steppe much as the horse did to the plains of North America 5,000 years later.

    Dating the Daughters

    Language provides clues to timing in another way. Linguists can date, with more or less certainty, when each of the daughter language branches separated from the mother language. Here is a list of the branches, in the order of separation, with the approximate date (all BC) of separation (from Figure 3.2 The Horse, The Wheel and Language p. 57).

                Anatolian        4200
                Tocharian       3700 - 3300
                Germanic        3300
                Celtic / Italic   3000
                Greek / Armenian 2500
                Balto-Slavic    2500
                Indo-Iranian    2500-2200

    Clues from Archaeology – The Kurgan Cultures

    With the time line narrowed to the period 4000 to 2000 BC, it's time to look at the archaeological record and see who was living in the likely homelands and how well they fit with the linguistic clues. The archaeology of the Pontic-Caspian steppes was mostly carried out by Soviet scientists and published in Russian. These were not translated into English until the 1990s. Anthony was one of the first western archaeologists to study this work and relate it to the Proto-Indo-European homeland question.

    Anthony found a close fit with the western steppe peoples who built huge burial mounds called kurgans. Their culture varied somewhat over the Proto-Indo-European time line and also geographically from place to place within this large area, but their overall cultures were similar, especially compared to the foragers to the north and east and to the sophisticated farming cultures to the west and south. They were semi-nomadic, raising cattle and sheep. Horses were important both for meat and for riding to manage their growing herds. They used wheeled carts. They mined their own ore and made their own tools and weapons of copper, tin and bronze.

    Even more compelling is the evidence, from archaeology, of known migrations out of the steppes in the right directions and at the right times to account for the birth of the daughter language families.

    1) to the west 4200-3900 (Anatolian)
    2) to the east 3700-3300 (Tocharian)
    3) to the west - several waves (Germanic, Celtic, Italic)
    4) to north (Baltic, Slavic)
    5) to the east and south (Iranian, Indic)

    I should explain that by migration I do not mean large scale movement of people displacing existing populations along with their culture and language. This may have been the case with the Pre-Tocharians who made a remarkably long migration in one jump to the Altai Mountains 2000 km to the east (equivalent to the journey made by my grandparents from southern Ontario to Saskatchewan, but without the advantage of trains). Most if not all the other migrations were by small groups who, through some combination of trade or intimidation, became rulers of existing populations. They brought with them enough of their culture to be recognized archaeologically; and they brought their language which, for a variety of reasons, was adopted by the others and continued to spread long after they were gone.
    Puzzle Solved

    While there may be a few objections to his theory not yet satisfactorily answered, Anthony is convinced that the Proto-Indo-European Homeland puzzle has been solved.

    Source: Figure 5.1 of The Horse, The Wheel and Language p.84

    I want to finish with a quote from The Horse, The Wheel and Language  p. 464

    Understanding the people who lived before us is difficult, particularly the people who lived in the prehistoric tribal past. Archaeology throws a bright light on some aspects of their lives but leaves much in the dark. Historical linguistics can illuminate a few of those dark corners.


    Eastern American Dialects – an example of migration and ethno-linguistic frontier formation


    In Chapter 6 “The Archaeology of Language” of his book The Horse, the Wheel, and Language, David W. Anthony uses the colonization of North America by English speaking people as an example of ethno-linguistic frontiers [1] formed by migration. In many cases the first people to settle a region put their language and cultural stamp on the area which is copied by later migrants. In the Eastern USA example, the language and cultural boundaries coincide almost exactly.

    Between about 1620 and 1750 what is now the eastern United States was colonized by four different migration streams from different areas of Britain. These formed distinct ethno-linguistic patterns which are still very much visible today. They are:
    • New England (Yankee) – East Anglia
    • Mid-Atlantic ( Pennsylvania Quaker) – English Midlands
    • Virginia Coast (Royalist Anglican) – Somerset and Wessex
    • Appalachians (“Hillbillies”) – Scotch Irish

    New England, centered on Boston, was first settled by the Pilgrims from East Anglia. The Yankee dialect is a variant of the East Anglia dialect and the New England folk culture (church, house, barn and fence types; town organization type; food and dress preference; and religion) is a simplified version of East Anglian folk culture.

    The Virginia coast was settled by Anglican royalists escaping anti-royalist sentiments of the English Civil War. These settlers gave Virginia a distinct linguistic and folk culture based on the tobacco plantation.

    Similarly Quakers from the North-Midlands, Lancashire and Yorkshire emigrated to avoid persecution following the Restoration. Most settled in Pennsylvania. Their distinct dialect and folk culture was later added to by German-speaking settlers from Switzerland and southern Germany (Pennsylvania “Dutch”) [2].

    Migration of other people from Britain, Europe and other countries, and movements of people within the country, all added to or modified the regional dialects of America.  Despite the complexity from these other sources, these original four ethno-linguistic cultures can still be observed. Besides the regional accents and architectural styles of old buildings, Anthony claims that even modern presidential voting patterns can be discerned and traced back to these original folk cultures.

    [1] Frontier in this discussion refers to a boundary between two discernable cultures or languages.

    [2] There were Dutch settlers in America, centered around New York from which some place names like Harlem, Bronx and Brooklyn originate as well as a few other words like waffle and poppycock (from Dutch pappekak meaning “soft dung”). The Pennsylvania Dutch however were German-speaking people from Switzerland and southern Germany – the Amish, and Mennonites. Here Dutch is an Anglicized form of Deutsch (the German word for German).


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    Playboy Germany - December 2015


    Название: Playboy Germany
    Издательство: Playboy
    Год / месяц: December 2015
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    Язык: Немецкий
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    A Summer Sublet

    Illustration by Paige Davis

    I grew a beard because there was no light in the bathroom. Well, there was a light, but it was very dim, and the mirror was far below eye level and grimy and difficult to see myself in. There was another mirror that was eye-level, but it wasn’t over the sink and if I tried to shave there I’d get hair all over the floor. So, I grew a beard instead.

    For the month of June, I was subletting a room in an apartment with a guy I’d never met before, Geoff. He was a grad student from Germany; I was an undergrad who had never fed himself before; together we lived in a spacious New Haven apartment that lacked many things.

    We had no ice cube trays or measuring cups, so I bought them. They were cheap at Walgreens and were the sort of thing I could use everyday. With the cups, I spooned rice and water into a beat-up but surprisingly effective rice cooker, and the trays kept my insides cool as I suffocated through sticky afternoons on the third story of a house with no air conditioning.

    We also didn’t have a whisk, but I didn’t buy one (too expensive, not useful). Presumptuously, I thought I could emulsify a homemade Alfredo sauce without it. I used a slotted spoon instead. My forehead throbbed as I scrambled my broken emulsion, unable to melt the crumbles of parmesan into water. A viscous cheesy goop clung to my spoon and the bottom of the saucepan. Resigned, I sat and picked at clumps of congealed pasta with my fingers, hoping Geoff wouldn’t come home and see the starchy puddle that was once a kitchen.

    Geoff and I weren’t friends, just roommates. For a month, we lived together, during which I coughed up forced hellos, goodbyes, and goodnights; smiled dumbly anytime he passed; sent verbosely apologetic text messages warning him I was having friends over; stole secret squeezes of his toothpaste; met his girlfriend at breakfast after curiously half-ignoring the moaning and creaking that leaked from their bedroom the night before. We never got close.

    But we had our moments: the time we watched Mid90s together, and I asked him about life in Germany as the credits rolled. The times we languished, shirtless and sweaty, united by discomfort in our stuffy summer prison. Or when he stumbled into the house, drenched after biking home in a thunderstorm and I, nestled dry and cozy on the couch, half-asked-half-declared, “Wet out there, huh?” And I grinned and he chuckled.

    After a month of living in the absence of many things, I’d grown. I learned exactly how much rice to make for a party of one. I learned how to destroy a kitchen, then clean it up. I learned how to grow and maintain facial hair. And although I’ll probably never see Geoff again, I’m fond of our stint as roommates. He wasn’t a friend from my suite, not a care-taker like Mom or Dad, just someone I saw daily and sometimes avoided. All we shared was a poorly stocked kitchen and a dimly lit bathroom. And a little bit of small-talk. I guess that was all I needed.

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    Nils Poppe. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Visual design for the 7th edition of credit exhibit, an annual exhibition for architecture and urban spaces in Hamburg, Germany.

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