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5 de noviembre, Día Internacional de las Personas Cuidadoras

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Solo un 11% de los cuidadores son hombres En la conmemoración del Día de las Personas Cuidadoras, Cruz Roja lanza la iniciativa #MiraQuienCuida para visibilizar la realidad de las personas cuidadoras no profesionales y dar a conocer los servicios que…

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Remember: The invasion of Iraq

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In January 2003, John Schafer was living out of a pack, sleeping in a makeshift platform tent and suffering through the height of sandstorm season in Kuwait as part of the 11th Marines.
          

Iraq e Libano. La società civile e il Medio Oriente

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Gassid Mohammed Hossein Hoseini (Poeta e scrittore iracheno. Insegna all’Università di Bologna) in collegamento da Babilonia (Iraq), Mariano Giustino (Corrispondente per RadioRadicale dalla Turchia), Giordano Stabile (Corrispondente per La Stampa dal Medio Oriente) in collegamento da Beirut (Libano), analizzano le proteste della società civile in Iraq e Libano contro le politiche governative.

L'articolo Iraq e Libano. La società civile e il Medio Oriente sembra essere il primo su Spazio transnazionale.


          

Erdogan anuncia la captura de una esposa de Al Bagdadi por fuerzas de Turquía

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Un día después de que Turquía anunciara la detención de una hermana de Abu Bakr al Bagdadi, el presidente de ese país, Racip Tayyip Erdogan, anució este miércoles la captura de una de las esposas del líder de Daesh muerto el mes pasado durante una operación liderada por Washington. «Estados Unidos ha dicho que Al Bagdadi se suicidó en un túnel -señaló Erdogan en un discurso en la Universidad de Ankara-. Empezaron una campaña de comunicación sobre eso. Pero ahora lo anuncio por primera vez: nosotros capturamos a su esposa y no hicimos aspavientos como ellos. Igualmente, capturamos a su hermana y su cuñado en Siria». No obstante, no reveló más detalles de cómo sucedió. Turquía había anunciado este martes haber capturado a la hermana de Bagdadi, Rasmiya Awad, de 65 años, junto a su marido, su cuñada y cinco niños cerca de Azaz, situada al norte de Alepo y a unos 15 kilómetros de la frontera turca. Erdogan había mencionado que Awad fue trasladada tras su detención a un centro de deportaciones y que se ha iniciado «un proceso jurídico» al respecto. «No soy un jurista tan experto. Nuestras fuerzas la han detenido y por ahora la tendrán bajo arresto en un centro de deportaciones. Diré más en el futuro», respondió el jefe de Estado a las preguntas, recoge Efe. Estados Unidos anunció la muerte de Bagdadi, un ciudadano iraquí que dirigía hasta ahora el autodenominado Estado Islámico, el 27 de octubre, durante una operación de fuerzas especiales estadounidenses en Siria, y el propio Daesh confirmó la noticia el jueves pasado.
          

Iraqi Prime Minister's Resignation Fails To Satisfy Protesters

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Deadly protests in Iraq continue even after the country's prime minister agreed to step down. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to former Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S. Rend Al-Rahim.
          

Live fire used to disperse Baghdad protesters

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Iraqi security forces opened fire on Wednesday to disperse protesters gathered on a bridge in central Baghdad, shooting live bullets in the air, a Reuters witness said. There appeared to be no casualties.

          

Catholic patriarch decries corruption, sectarianism as Iraqi protests continue (Chaldean Patriarchate of Babylon)

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"The demonstrators have directed their ire at a class of elite leaders whom they accuse of pillaging the oil-rich country's wealth while the population grows poorer," Al Jazeera reported. "Protesters...
          

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THE KURDS ASCENDING THE EVOLVING SOLUTION TO THE KURDISH PROBLEM IN IRAQ AND TURKEY
MICHAEL M. GUNTER

THE KURDS ASCENDING

Copyright ⓒ Michael M. Gunter, 2008. Softcover reprint of the hardcover 1st edition 2008 978-0-230-60370-7 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. Fi

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THE KURDS ASCENDING THE EVOLVING SOLUTION TO THE KURDISH PROBLEM IN IRAQ AND TURKEY
MICHAEL M. GUNTER

THE KURDS ASCENDING

Copyright ⓒ Michael M. Gunter, 2008. Softcover reprint of the hardcover 1st edition 2008 978-0-230-60370-7 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used…(省略)


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عن جلسة تصوير في مقبرة اليهود في تونس وجلسات أخرى "مستفزة"

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كلما كانت أغرب لفتت الانتباه، وتعرضت للنقد والهجوم.

نتحدّث عن جلسات التصوير التي يقوم بها البعض، وعلى وجه الخصوص عارضات الأزياء اللواتي يتفنن باختيار كل ما هو خارج عن المألوف للفت الأنظار، وآخرهن كانت عارضة أزياء نشرت مواقع تونسية صورة لها أثناء خضوعها لجلسة تصوير في مقبرة اليهود في العاصمة التونسية، في 4 تشرين الأول/ نوفمبر.

أثارت جلسة التصوير جدلاً بين رواد مواقع التواصل لاعتبارها "اعتداء على حرمة الميت"، وهو ما دفع البعض للمطالبة بمحاسبة عارضة الأزياء المجهولة الهوية حتى اللحظة، والمصور الذي رافقها.

اللافت أن عارضة الأزياء لم تكن ترتدي قطعة فريدة من نوعها. كان تلبس فستاناً أسود قصيراً ذا كمّين، ولا يُوجد فيه ما يُميّزه عن غيره، ما يثير تساؤلات حول الهدف المقصود من إقامة جلسة التصوير هذه، وفي هذا المكان بالتحديد. 

وفيما تناقلت مواقع تونسية عدة الخبر، أشارت إذاعة "راديو ماد" التونسية في 5 نوفمبر/تشرين الثاني إلى أنها بانتظار تأكيد إقامة جلسة التصوير هذه أو نفيها من قبل أحد المسؤولين في بلدية تونس.

عُريّ عند معبد الكرنك والأهرامات

ما جرى، أو ما يُعتقد أنه جرى، في مقبرة اليهود في العاصمة التونسية حتماً ليس الأول من نوعه. الهجوم شمل كثيرات من عارضات الأزياء والشخصيات العامة وغير العامة بسبب الأمكنة المختارة، أو اللباس، أو حتى "التعليق" المُرافق للصور المنشورة على مواقع التواصل أو جميع ما سبق.

عام 2017، تعرضت وزارة الآثار المصرية لهجوم بعدما نشرت سائحة بلجيكية تدعى ماريسا بابن صوراً لها وهي عارية في جلستي تصوير أمام معبد الكرنك والأهرامات.

أكدت الوزارة آنذاك صحة الصور، مشيرةً إلى أنها "قديمة" تعود إلى شهر أبريل/نيسان، أي قبل 4 أشهر من تداولها، موضحة أن شرطة السياحة والآثار كانت قد قبضت على بابن وتم اتخاذ كافة الإجراءات القانونية اللازمة.

 عارضة أزياء نشرت مواقع صورة حديثة لها من جلسة تصوير في مقبرة اليهود في العاصمة التونسية... أثارت الجلسة الجدل لـ"اعتدائها على حرمة الميت"، فانضمت إلى لائحة طويلة من جلسات التصوير "المستفزة" 
عارضة في المقبرة اليهودية في تونس، سائحة بلجيكية عارية أمام معبد الكرنك، فنانة لبنانية مع منقبة عند الأهرامات، عارضة عراقية في مسجد... هنا جولة على جلسات تصوير أثارت الجدل، واستفزت المتابعين

من جهتها، قالت السائحة البلجيكية إن الإفراج عنها جرى "بعدما قامت الشرطة بمسح جميع الصور من الكاميرا"، من دون أن تنتبه إلى أن هناك خاصية في الكاميرا لإعادة الصور المحذوفة. ولفتت إلى أنها لم تتعرض للاعتقال إلا في مصر برغم خضوعها لجلسات تصوير مشابهة في 50 بلداً آخر.

وتقول السائحة البلجيكية: "لحظة الاعتقال شعرت بأنني صحوت من نومي. شعرت وكأن ذلك استحمام بارد عند الساعة الخامسة صباحاً". وأضافت أنها حاولت والمصور أن يشرحا للشرطة أنهما يقومان بعمل فني، ولكن الشرطة لم تر في الأمر سوى "فيلم إباحي أو شيء مشابه".

ورغم ما تعرضت له، تقول: "فعلنا شيئاً يجعل كليوباترا فخورة بنا".


لم تكن هذه المرة الأولى التي تشهد الأهرامات فيها موقفاً يعتبره كثيرون "معارضاً" لقيم المصريين. ففي عام 2015، كشفت ممثلة إباحية روسية تدعى أوريتا عن تصوير فيلم إباحي في منطقة الأهرامات، وفي كانون الأول/ ديسمبر الماضي، ضجّت مواقع التواصل بعد نشر المصور الدنماركي أندرياس هافيد فيديو مع صديقته وهما يقومان بما وُصف آنذاك "أفعال جنسية حميمة" فوق قمة هرم خوفو، أكبر الأهرامات.

تناقض

من جوار الأهرامات أيضاً، أقامت الفنانة اللبنانية قمر جلسة تصوير مع امرأة مُنقبة ترتدي عباءة سوداء، لـ"إزالة الحواجز بين الثقافات المختلفة، والتأكيد أن المرأة لديها كامل الحرية في اختيار الصورة التي تُريد الظهور بها، أكانت محتشمة أو لا"، حسب ما قالت في رسالتها المثيرة للجدل في يونيو/حزيران 2018.

يبدو أن آخر 4 كلمات (من الرسالة) استفزت البعض فاتهموا قمر بـ"التقليل من قيمة الاحتشام" وبأن الصور تُعارض الرسالة التي أرادت إيصالها، خاصة أن إحداها تُظهر المنقبة في الخلف وكأنها تتبع قمر.

"أردتُ نقل جمال العراق"

من مصر إلى العراق، شمل النقد أيضاً عارضة الأزياء العراقية جيهان هاشم في آب/ أغسطس الماضي حينما شاركت متابعيها على إنستغرام بصورٍ لها من جلسة تصوير في مسجد "نداء الإسلام" (التابع لديوان الوقف السني، أعلى هيئة لتنظيم شؤون أهل السنة غي العراق)، برغم ارتدائها ثياباً محتشمة، وغطاء للرأس.

وأعلن ديوان الوقف السني آنذاك اعتزامه رفع دعوى قضائية ضدها لأنها "دخلت المسجد خارج أوقات الدوام ومن دون الحصول على الموافقة الرسمية"، وهو ما يُعتبر مخالفاً للقانون، مضيفاً: "المساجد أماكن للعبادة وليست للتصوير والاستعراض".

وفي محاولةٍ لتبرير خضوعها لجلسة التصوير هذه، قالت جيهان: "أردت نقل صورة جميلة عن العراق لأُثبت لمن يتابعني (2.1 مليون شخص) أننا نعيش بأمان، ولدينا مساجد جميلة. أردت التأكيد أن الإسلام هو دين التسامح والمحبة ولم أقصد الإساءة لأحد".

لا يكاد يمر أسبوع من دون أن تكشف فنانة عربية عن صور لجلسة تصوير لافتة.

وسرعان ما تنقل مواقع إخبارية صور هذه الجلسات بعناوين مشابهة لـ"الفنانة الفلانية تُثير غضب جمهورها في آخر جلسة تصوير"، ومن يُتابع التعليقات على صفحاتهن على مواقع التواصل يلاحظ أن نسبة كبيرة ممن تستفزهم "فتحة فستان" و"سيقان عارية" من باب الغيرة على التقاليد والقيم لا يتورعون عن الشتم والتجريح والتهديد.


          

El detenido en Madrid colaboraba estrechamente con Dáesh en retornar yihadistas

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El hombre de 71 años de nacionalidad española y origen iraquí detenido hoy colaboraba estrechamente con el aparato económico de Dáesh establecido en Siria para dar soporte financiero a terroristas extranjeros establecidos en campamentos sirios dispuestos a retornar a Europa de forma inminente.
          

11/7/2019: Middle East: Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges

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Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live rounds into the air to disperse protesters in central Baghdad yesterday, killing one person, as the biggest wave of antigovernment demonstrations in decades spread out across the capital. The shootings...
          

11/7/2019: Sport: Fifa wants Iraq to play World Cup qualifiers at neutral venue ZURICH.

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Global football’s governing body Fifa said yesterday it has told Iraq to play two 2022 World Cup qualifiers they were due to host this month at a neutral venue due to the security situation in the country. Iraq played their first competitive match on...
          

Comment on U.S. senator blasts Apple for ‘risking compromise to authoritarianism’ in China by North American Wanderer

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one starring me won’t change the truth of what i have seen or heard. To the down voters have you been to Hong Kong? i didn’t go this trip but i’ve been there twice and also been to Taiwan. writing this in singapore which is 90% overseas Chinese. been to Malaysia, cambodia and Thailand. ‘ i bet many of the people downing Apples actions don’t give a rats ass about helping oppressed Chinese, they just don’t like China. Most i doubt have even spoken to Chinese person or visited Asia. BTW some local news reports show arrested Hong Kong ‘protestors’ as former triad (mafia) members who were looting shops etc (just as Apple hinted at in their statement) Blogs say some of those arrested claim they were paid and armed by USA agents Also imagine this, try Changing USA to China in headlines for the last 20 years and see how you feel like: “China invades Iraq on pretext of WMD. Chinese kills hundreds of iraqis (that did not attack China) and begins decades long war that kills, maims hundreds of thousands. Chinese invasion causes rise of ISIS and destabilizes region all the way to Syria causing millions of refugees to flee. Hundreds of Chinese drone strikes kills thousands including women and children. etc: Many believe China did this to control middle East oil. China did not attack Saudi arabia although most of the 9/11 attackers hitting beijing came from Saudi Arabia. “ see when you put china instead of USA it looks different huh? That’s how the world sees USA like it or not. Americans live in a world of their own media and politicians illusion
          

Iraq proposes Jordan as neutral venue for Iran match

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TEHRAN - Iraq has proposed Jordan to host its 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asia Cup qualifiers , after FIFA requested an alternative venue because of ongoing protests, officials said Wednesday.
          

World Cup qualifier: Iran to play Iraq at neutral venue

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TEHRAN - World football’s governing body, FIFA, has asked Iraq to find a neutral venue to host its upcoming World Cup 2022 qualifiers.
          

The View: Tulsi Gabbard, Hot Topics, Impeachapalooza

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Sunny is out today, back tomorrow

Tulsi Gabbard



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y8ayIpjPvY

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOstWN4tvQk

Tulsi Gabbard wants you to know that she is a patriot but watch for Joy 😲 😃

Summary of conversation
[Omg @ Joy loooool who is pleasant but has less than zero f.cks to give]
Whoopi asks about Hawaii telescope on sacred land. Reminds about Sondland changing testimony, wonders if Tulsi was surprised. Tulsi ignores the question, goes right in to Hillary complaints, the accusations of being a Russian asset, trojan horse, a useful idiot. Gives imapatriot! speech, she’s intelligent woman of color. More speech. Joy says well Franklin Graham finds her refreshing, Richard Spencer white nationalist says he’d vote for her, says Tulsi goes on Tucker Carlson 16x. Joy pokes more about Hillary. Abby plays audio of Hillary remarks. Tulsi says it’s outrageous she would be accused of being a Russian asset. Lists her resume. Whoopi asks if she is surprised when everyone sees the bots propping her up, for people to think that. Tulsi says it’s offensive to be accused [but doesn’t answer question]. Joy wants to know what her evidence is that Hillary is a warmonger. Tulsi says Iraq war. Joy says, did Tulsi believe in it. Tulsi said she believed the lies. Joy says, well so did Hillary. Tulsi continues to talk about smear campaigns.

Abby says Tulsi’s not afraid to go against her own party. Tulsi said she won’t run as third party, she wants to do xyz. Talks her campaign. Meghan says she evokes really strong reactions, seems to be a threat to both sides. Tulsi says she can’t be controlled, everyone sees her as a threat.

Joy repeats that there is a difference from being used (unwitting) vs being complicit. Asks why does Tulsi go on Fox with Tucker Carlson who is a liar, instead of other Fox reporters who are more balanced. Tulsi says she’s offended by being called a witting or unwitting asset [but doesn’t answer the question]. Whoopi brings up quote again. Tulsi says she’s going to speak to everyone, not just those who agree with her [but still doesn’t answer the question]. Meghan says Tulsi cares about the audience and doesn’t negate everyone. Joy says she’s not talking about all of Fox, she names Tucker and Sean Hannity who are repeated liars. Abby brings up Kamala saying her race and gender (speaking about herself) are the elephant in the room, wonders if Tulsi feels the same way. Tulsi talks about that topic. Whoopi asks Day 1 as Potus will Tulsi reverse tax laws. Tulsi talks healthcare and not having big insurance and big pharma at the table at the same time. Whoopi wants to know if she’s going to give money back. Tulsi talks tax generalities. Meghan is glad that Tulsi won’t take her guns.

I’m still lol @ Joy



Hot Topic #Impeachapalooza is Dumber Godfather© Stupider Watergate™



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwH2BCNatA4

Sondland remembered he did know about quid pro quo, changed his testimony prior to his transcript release. He changed his testimony in lieu of perjury, after the transcripts released Monday revealed that he lied. Meghan goes in to detail. Abby says it wasn’t that long ago, so how silly it was that he forgot, then suddenly remembered. Joy mocks Lindsey Graham. Plays clip. The GOP is such a joke. It’s your job to read and stay on top of these things. Meghan still loves LG, says he’s doing what he thinks is best. But what he’s saying isn’t productive. Whoopi says there are certain jobs you have, you can’t say as an elected official that you’re refusing to read testimony paramount to your job. Abby says the goalposts keep moving. Says we have everything for impeachment.



Hot Topic Election Night Big Blue Wins



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWCBPsrdWyM



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN4_NHIqmD0

[There is an audience lady from KY who is asked some comments]
Tuesday Election Day results woo hoo. Virginia flipped state level House and Senate, they now have a state blue trifecta. KY Dem Governor beat incumbent even tho T45 warned voters at Mon Klan rally. Plays clip. The greatest defeat in the history of the world… You can’t let that happen to meeeee. Incumbent hasn’t conceded. Most politics are local, so stumping doesn’t matter. Joy says woman who flipped bird as T45 caravan was passing, she got fired over that incident but then she sued her company and won severance. Last night she won a seat on Board of Supervisors, beating incumbent GOP by 52%. Abby says KY Gov was really unpopular. Meghan lists reasons he was hated. Calls out woman in audience from KY. Audience lady says they’re not surprised but very happy. Joy says Moscow Mitch is next, how’s he taking it. Audience lady says she hopes he’s taking it very, very bad. Meghan talks tea leaves since T45 never takes accountability, normally if he stumps for candidate in super red state, the candidate is helped.

Whoopi has word salad some more about whatever. Thinks it’s a mistake to assume the party in power has a stranglehold on local race. Talks about what’s in your wallet. Show me the money. [Her obsession with bank accounts like she lives in poverty is really tiresome]. Joy lists more reasons Bevin was very unpopular. Abby supports states rights, thinks Dem won because he talked about local needs not T45. Mitch is most unpopular Senator, he should be worried. Brings up Amy who is running against Mitch. Meghan says she’s running a bad campaign. Audience lady talks about Bevin, doesn’t think Amy has run that kind of campaign.



Hot Topic Spicer on DWTS Youtried.gif



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tREKd31cdBU

Sean Spicer has more job security on DWTS but that may be ending soon, Whoopi wonders if judges are over him. Plays clip. Meghan says he’s the only part that she watches, he’s terrible, she loves it. Joy wonders when Rudy Colludy will be on the show. Abby says it’s like The Bachelor where even if you don’t like them, you don’t want them to leave, because it’s more fun for them to stay on. Whoopi is happy because she doesn’t watch tv, wonders about T45 tweeting for followers to vote for Spicer. How does someone in the WH have time to do this, but if she was getting impeached, then she’d have time, too. Abby says when there are important things, you don’t hear from T45, but he has time for DWTS. Meghan says Spicer is so bad. Whoopi wants Spicer to be dressed as a bush (looooooool omg that would be glorious).


Ontd do you want Spicey to be dressed on DWTS as that funny bush meme?

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Google & YouTube Censor Tulsi Gabbard, Too

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It turns out that not just conservatives can expect censorship of their content and advertisements by dominant search and web advertisement service Google, and by the equally powerful video site it owns, YouTube.

It turns out also that if you are a Democrat who fails to fully adhere to the orthodox progressive agenda, then you too will find your Internet voice muted.

Such is the case with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who also is a 2020 presidential candidate.

The congresswoman from Hawaii, an Iraq War veteran who still serves as a Major in the Army National Guard, has sued Google for $50 million over the suspension of her campaign account during the first presidential debate, while she became a hot topic for Internet searches. That her account went missing is not disputed; however, Google claims it was not due to bias against Gabbard, but instead was caused by its … Read More ➡

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Current and former members of the National Guard will be honored at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans’ Day, at Effingham’s Veterans’ Park in Springfield.Members of the A Battery, 1st Bn. 118 Field Artillery recently returned to the area from a nine-month combat tour in Afghanistan. They served two previous combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2006 and 2010.The volunteers agree to leave their private lives behind and answer calls to duty. [...]
          

WHAT TO DO WITH LEFTOVER HALLOWEEN CANDY

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When I was growing up Halloween was my favorite holiday of the year. I'd choose what I'd want to be early and make sure my seamstress grandmother had time to complete it. I never wanted store-bought costumes. I had to have an original. I would design it, and my Bubby would sew it, and I'd be there every step of the way watching her and learning sewing techniques.

On Halloween night, all the children on my block were out. We had no safety worries. We knew every single house on the street would have a treat, almost always candy. There was always the disappointing small box of raisins, but that was o.k. After we moved to the suburbs, the ante went up, and we received whole candy bars and more expensive loot.

Needless to say, there was always a lot of candy left over. I mean, how much could one child eat? We weren't allowed to keep our stash in our rooms (the reason given by my mother -- to protect against bugs and mice), so all the candy was relegated to the kitchen. My sister and I noticed it being depleted, but usually too late. Most of it found its way into my doctor father's waiting room. Other kids who didn't walk those mean streets, knocking on doors, and yelling 'trick or treat' benefited from the fruit of our labors.

Now as an adult, I buy candy for trick or treaters. Every year that candy sits in a bowl by the door -- unloved, uncalled for. We don't get a lot of Trick or Treaters where I live. Maybe it's the times; maybe it's the hills. Several years ago, I started buying only candy that I liked. Who wants to be stuck with candy you'll never eat? So there's usually a lot of leftover candy at my house. I'm sure there is at yours, too, particularly if you have very few goblins and ghosts and superheroes who made the Halloween pilgrimage. Here are several ways to turn that left over candy into culinary delights or needed donations.


1. Use chopped Candy Corn or chopped Candy Bars in place of chocolate chips in cookies or brownies. (or use both as in this recipe for Candy Corn & Chocolate Chip Cookies from Christina Tosi at NYC's Momfuku)

2. Use Candy and Candy Bars as toppings for ice cream sundaes or over yoghurt.

3. Freeze the candy for another time when you get the munchies.

4. Make homemade flavored vodka. It needs some time to infuse, but experiment with different flavors.

5.  Make Trail Mix with chopped chocolate candy, raisins, peanuts and any other soft chewy candy.

6. Mix up a batch of biscuits and fold in some chopped Tootsie Tolls or Peanut Butter Cups.  

7. Add chopped candy corn to candied yams.

8. Make a Cookie Dough Pizza.  
Betty Crocker recipe: Mix 1 pouch of peanut butter cookie mix with 1/3 cup vegetable oil and an egg until soft dough forms. Press dough into ungreased 12-inch pizza pan. Sprinkle with your choice of toppings such as candy corn, candy bar pieces and nuts. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle 1 cup miniature marshmallows on top. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until marshmallows are lightly browned and cookie is set at edge. Cool completely in pan.

9. Pudding/Candy Parfait: Layer instant pudding with candy.

10. Use the candy to decorate your Holiday Gingerbread House.

11. Keep some in the car or your purse for emergencies (probably not chocolate which melts).

12. Donate: Nursing homes, doctor's offices, women and family shelters will take wrapped candy. Check first. There's a real need, especially after all the disasters this year.

13: Donate: Operation Gratitude ships candy to U.S. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East for Christmas time. (chocolate is more perishable)

14. DonateRonald McDonald House will accept donations of wrapped Halloween Candy in many locations. Check first.

15. Make a Candy Massacre Pie (recipe from Cakespy).

16. Blend Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups with soy and rice wine vinegar and serve as a Satay over rice and stir-fried veggies.

17. Here's a new one to me, and it's to die for. Almond Joy Candied Bacon.

And three more recipes in case you haven't baked enough for Halloween:

1. BUTTERFINGER CAKE

Ingredients
1 angel food cake, crumbled
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 egg yolks
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
16 ounces Cool Whip, thawed slightly
8 large Butterfinger candy bars

Directions
Freeze Butterfinger candy bars in wrappers for at least two hours.
Crush bars (while in wrappers) using rolling pin.
Cream butter, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla and add Cool Whip.
In a 9 x 13 inch pan layer half of angel food cake; layer half of Cool Whip mixture; then layer of half of crushed candy bars; repeat. Keep refrigerated.

IF YOU WANT TO OMIT EGG YOLKS, SUBSTITUTE A SMALL PACKAGE OF INSTANT VANILLA PUDDING MIXED ACCORDING TO DIRECTIONS.

II. MILKY WAY BAR CAKE
Adapted from M&M/MARS. You can substitute other candy in place of Milky Way Bars... depending on what you have left over.

Ingredients
1 to 2 Tbsp vegetable shortening
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts
15 bite-size (mini) Milky Way bars
1 cup low-fat buttermilk, plain yogurt or sour cream, divided
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs

GLAZE
5 bite-size Milky Way bars
2 Tbsp sweet butter
2 tsp water

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12-cup Bundt pan or 10-inch tube pan with shortening. Sprinkle coated pan with nuts; set aside.
In heavy medium saucepan over low heat, melt candy bars with 1/4 cup of buttermilk, stirring often until mixture is smooth.
In medium mixing bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. In large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add flour mixture alternately with remaining 3/4 cup of buttermilk, mixing just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Then, blend in melted candy bar mixture until thoroughly incorporated.
Spoon  batter into prepared Bundt pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from toven and cool 10 minutes. Invert onto wire rack and cool completely.

To Prepare Glaze: Melt candy bars with the butter and water until mixture is smooth. Drizzle glaze over cooled cake.

3. CRAZY HALLOWEEN BLONDIES
recipe from TasteofHome

Ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup chopped pecans, divided
2/3 cup milk chocolate M&M's, divided
2/3 cup chopped candy corn, divided
2/3 cup coarsely chopped miniature pretzels, divided
2/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips, divided
2/3 cup butterscotch chips, divided
1 jar (12 ounces) hot caramel ice cream topping

Directions 
Preheat oven to 375°.
Line13 x 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper, letting ends extend up sides; grease paper. In large bowl, beat melted butter and brown sugar until blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
In large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to brown sugar mixture, mixing well. Stir in half of pecans, M&M's, candy corn, pretzels, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips. Spread into prepared pan.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
Spread caramel topping over bars; sprinkle with remaining pecans, M&M's, candy corn, pretzels, chocolate chips and butterscotch chips.
Lifting with parchment paper, remove from pan. Cut into bars.
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Still want to make something? Cakespy suggests Deep Frying your Halloween Candy... be still my heart. Literally!
          

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Iran has 'military advantage over US and allies in Middle East'

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Thinktank says third parties such as Shia militias are more important to Tehran than nuclear plans

Iran now has an effective military advantage over the US and its allies in the Middle East because of its ability to wage war using third parties such as Shia militias and insurgents, according to a military thinktank.

In one of the most detailed assessments of Iran’s strategy and doctrine across Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) concludes Iran’s “third party capability” has become Tehran’s weapon of choice.

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Macron warns of 'profound shift' in Iran deal as new report finds Tehran is dominant power in Middle East

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Macron warns of 'profound shift' in Iran deal as new report finds Tehran is dominant power in Middle EastIran’s breach of the 2015 nuclear agreement by enriching uranium at an underground facility “marks a profound shift” which could signal the ultimate collapse of the deal, Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday.  The French president, who has worked vigorously to save the nuclear deal since Donald Trump withdrew the US last year, said he was deeply alarmed Iran’s decision to resume enrichment at Fordow, a nuclear facility carved into a mountain. “I think that for the first time, Iran has decided in an explicit and blunt manner to leave the JCPOA agreement, which marks a profound shift,” Mr Macron said during a visit to China.  His comments mark the gloomiest public assessment yet by a European leader about the chances of salvaging the agreement after the US withdrawal and as Iran continues to escalate its breaches of the deal.  Meanwhile, a new report claims Iran has become the dominant power when it comes to fighting wars in the Middle East as a result of the “networks of influence” it has built throughout the region. Mr Macron spoke shortly after Iran began injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges at Fordow, a facility that Iran hid from the world until 2009 and which Western and Israeli officials have long feared could be used for developing a nuclear weapon.  Iran tensions | Read more The 2015 nuclear agreement forbids any uranium enrichment at Fordow and Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president acknowledged the sensitivity of the site when he announced the move earlier this week.  Mr Rouhani insisted that the move was reversible and said Iran would return to full compliance with the agreement if European countries found a way around US sanctions to deliver the economic benefits Iran was promised in 2015.    The reopening of Fordow comes days after Iran announced it was deploying advanced new centrifuges that can enrich uranium faster. But neither move brings Iran significantly closer to obtaining a nuclear weapon. A weapon would require uranium enriched at 90 per cent, whereas Iran is currently enriching at around 5 per cent.  Iran insists it has no intention of developing a nuclear weapon. The latest breaches have nonetheless alarmed European states and Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, repeated his warning this week it would take military action to stop Iran getting a bomb.  “This is not only for our security and our future; it’s for the future of the Middle East and the world,” he said.  Amid the growing tensions, it emerged that Iran briefly detained an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspector last week and seized her travel documents, the first such encounter since the nuclear deal.  Q&A; | The 2015 Iran nuclear deal Iran confirmed it had stopped the inspector from entering its Natanz nuclear site out of suspicion she was carrying “suspicious material”.   Iran is believed to have begun secretly constructing the Fordow facility in the early 2000s but it was only known to the world when Barack Obama exposed it in 2009 and accused Iran of covertly working on a weapons programme.  The base is around 80 metres underground, making it difficult to destroy with an airstrike, and is protected by anti-aircraft batteries. Israel came close to bombing the site in 2011 but ultimately decided not to move ahead.  The network of alliances Iran has built with terror groups such as Hizbollah in Lebanon, as well a pro-Iranian Shia militias in Iraq, mean the balance of power in the Middle East is now in Iran’s favour, according to the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) think tank. At a glance | Key players in Tehran Iran’s ability, moreover, to fight and win wars in the Middle East without resorting to conventional military forces has been allowed to develop because there has been no effective international response to Iran’s activities in the region. According to the IISS’s latest report, “Iran’s Networks of Influence in the Middle East” which is published on Thursday, while the US and its allies still retain military superiority over Iran in terms of conventional forces, Tehran has proved to be more effective in waging war in what it calls the “Grey Zone” of conflict. This means Iran is able to avoid risking a traditional “state-on-state” confrontations, which it would be likely to lose. Instead, by building what the report calls “networks of influence” with proxies throughout the region, Tehran has succeeded in gaining a distinct advantage over rivals in the region, such as Saudi Arabia. “Iran is fighting and winning wars ‘fought amongst the people’, not wars between states,” the report concludes.



          

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"After nearly two decades, every purported objective used to justify our wars in the Middle East has..."

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“After nearly two decades, every purported objective used to justify our wars in the Middle East has been upended. The invasion of Afghanistan was supposed to wipe out al-Qaida. Instead, al-Qaida migrated to fill the power vacuums the deep state created in the wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen. The war in Afghanistan morphed into a war with the Taliban, which now controls most of the country and is threatening the corrupt regime we prop up in Kabul. The deep state orchestrated the invasion of Iraq, which had nothing to do with the attacks of 9/11. It confidently predicted it could build a Western-style democracy and weaken Iran’s power in the region. Instead, it destroyed Iraq as a unified country, setting warring ethnic and religious factions against each other. Iran, which is closely tied to the dominant Shiite government in Baghdad, emerged even stronger. The deep state armed “moderate” rebels in Syria in an effort to topple President Bashar Assad, but when it realized it could not control the jihadists—to whom it had provide some $500 million in weapons and assistance—the deep state began to bomb them and arm Kurdish rebels to fight them. These Kurds would later be betrayed by Trump. The “war on terror” spread like a plague from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya to Yemen, which after five years of war is suffering one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters. The financial cost for this misery and death is between $5 trillion and $8 trillion. The human cost runs into hundreds of thousands of dead and wounded, shattered cities, towns and infrastructure and millions of refugees.”

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Mike Pence’s Office Pushed to Reroute Foreign Aid to Favored Christian Groups

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This story originally appeared on ProPublica. Last November, a top Trump appointee at the U.S. Agency for International Development wrote a candid email to colleagues about pressure from the White House to reroute Middle East aid to religious minorities, particularly Christian groups. “Sometimes this decision will be made for us by the White House (see… Iraq! […]
          

Veteran heads into 15th year of service

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Beth Belflower has been deployed twice since joining the National Guard. Once to Iraq and recently to Kuwait. Both times the desert was a familiar sight.

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Iraqi forces shoot several protesters dead in renewed crackdown

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Iraqi security forces shot dead at least 13 protesters in the past 2..

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Opearations in Iraq: Household Division Fatalities

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It is with very deep regret that the Ministry of Defence has confirmed the following fatalities suffered during Operation TELIC.

A total of 179 British Armed Forces personnel or MOD civilians died serving on Operation TELIC since the start of the campaign in March 2003.

Of these, 136 were killed as a result of hostile action.

43 are known to have died either as a result of illness, non-combat injuries or accidents, or have not yet officially been assigned a cause of death pending the outcome of an investigation.

The balance of these figures may change as inquests are concluded. A more detailed breakdown of fatalities and casualties can be found here.


The East Kent Branch honour and respect the dedicated service and sacrifice of all service personnel who have served on Op Granby. We also mourn the deaths of all service personnel who have died while serving in Iraq since the start of operations.

This page records the names of those members of the Household Division who sadly find themselves upon that list:


Guardsman Stephen Ferguson 1st Battalion Scots Guards, aged 31, from Lanarkshire, died in Selly Oak Hospital in the UK on Thursday 13 December 2007 from injuries sustained in a non-battle incident near the Contingency Operating Base in Basra on Wednesday 12 December 2007.


It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence confirmed the deaths of Lance Sergeant Chris Casey and Lance Corporal Kirk Redpath of 1st Battalion, Irish Guards in southern Iraq on Thursday 9 August 2007.


Click HERE to see the list of UK Military and Civilian personnnel killed on operations in Iraq between the start of combat operations and 31 December 2006.


          

Adnan J. Sadik

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Adnan Sadik  joined IRIS in October 2019 as Program Manager of the Iraq Leadership Fellows (ILF), where he plans and oversees the various activities of the program. Prior to that, Adnan managed many different projects in trading companies, media outlets, and think tanks. He is a Software Engineer and IT professional with two different BA degrees. He graduated from the University of Technology in Baghdad in 2006. He speaks native Arabic and fluent English. 


          

Medic killed as Iraq protesters storm Baghdad bridge

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Anti-government protesters in Iraq stormed a fourth bridge Wednesday in central Baghdad, where security forces pushed them back with batons and tear gas, wounding dozens, ...
          

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Iraque: Polícia abre fogo para dispersar manifestantes

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Protests in Iraq reveal a long-simmering anger at Iran

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Iraqi protesters attack Iran consulate in Karbala

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BAGHDAD (AP) - Dozens of Iraqi protesters attacked the Iranian consulate in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Sunday, scaling the concrete barriers ringing the building, bringing down an Iranian flag and replacing it with the Iraqi flag, eyewitnesses said.

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En 2003 los políticos británicos y estadounidenses maniobraban para invadir Iraq mientras  Katharine Gun, británica especialista en inteligencia, filtraba información oficial para intentar frenar la guerra, arriesgando su trabajo, su matrimonio y su vida.
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AWC > Military Life > Reintegration:  The Road Back After Korea

As most or all of you know, my husband spent the last year at Camp Hovey in South Korea.  As most people would be, I was so excited for my husband's homecoming that I forgot, that one of hardest part was yet to come.

A hardship tour is a lot different from a deployment in a lot of respects because during deployment there are reintegration meetings and FRG's are there to assist you with anything that you might need right before a deployment ends.  However, during a hardship tour you don't have any of that.

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 I personally don't have any friends who's husbands have went away on a hardship tour during their marriage.  This was all new territory for me, and I spent most of the time he was gone feeling alone and misguided.  If there are Army programs available to assist spouses during a hardship tour I have yet to hear about it.  I have been through a deployment with my husband back in 2008 when he deployed to Iraq.  I was not a spouse yet, so I didn't have a lot of Army experience nor did the Army even care that I existed.

The last couple of months before the tour ended, I did a lot of preparing mentally but I also began to get the house super organized in preparation for his arrival.  All of this was new to me because my husband was only home with my daughter and I for 11 days before he left.  Having a baby is always an adjustment, but we did a lot of adjusting in the first month of her life.  Over the year, I set a routine and had it down with just Madison and I.  Now I had to think about where my husband fits into all of this, and how to make him part of our family, again.  Thankfully, I have a resilient daughter who blows my mind with every milestone and never ceases to amaze me when it comes to her ability to adjust. Thankfully, that took a lot pressure and stress off my shoulders.  My husbands homecoming was perfect and the first week was honeymoon like, of course.  Then the anxiety, pressure and confusion came, not to mention housework, laundry, dishes... you name it for 3 people.  I never could believe how adding just one more person complicates your routine.

I had a terrible time adjusting to the newness of all of it, in addition to having PPD.  It was the first time, on a permanent basis that we would be a family under one roof.  Where is my husband supposed to fit in our "life"? How is everything going to play out??  These are all questions that I still ask myself to this day!  I do not know what the answer is when it comes to reintegrating from a hardship tour, but I do know that patience, understanding and faith largely come into play.

If you have questions about my hardship tour and the experiences I had, feel free to follow me on twitter-- @CourtneyAWC.  If you have had any experiences with a hardship tour, please feel free to pass on any tools that you used, so that in the future these resources can be available to other spouses!

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Piers Morgan is not the only commentator who compared the different reactions to the assassination of Osama bin Laden with the suicide of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Yet, his comments were succinct, and to the point.

When bin Laden died the world rejoiced. All Americans rejoiced. When Baghdadi died Democrats and their media enablers fell over themselves to denounce Donald Trump. America’s divisions have rarely been as stark.

You might say that Trump is the more divisive figure, but Republicans afforded President Obama a degree of respect that Obama’s supporters have never offered to President Trump.

Morgan begins:

I was in New York on the night President Barack Obama announced Navy SEALs had killed Osama bin Laden.

Obama was intensely disliked by Republicans at the time, but partisan rivalry was set aside for a moment of true, unified joy at the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist.

People of all political leanings took to the streets to chant ‘USA! USA!’ as they celebrated the wicked Al Qaeda leader’s grisly demise in a Pakistan shoot-out.

It didn’t matter how you voted, what mattered was that the man who masterminded 9/11 had finally been made to pay for his despicable crimes.

It was a great day for America, and for the world.

As though we need the reminder— though we probably do— Morgan offers a list of the horrors committed by Baghdadi.

For five years, after declaring Islamic State as a worldwide caliphate, Baghdadi presided over one of the most brutal, evil periods of unconscionable terrorist activity in modern history.

His followers burned victims alive in cages or slowly drowned them. They threw gay people off rooftops, and beheaded others on videos they then broadcast online.

They executed 13 teenage boys in Iraq with machine guns because they were watching a football match on TV.

They shot, suicide-bombed and massacred any rival Shia Muslims they could find in a relentless frenzied attempt to ethnically cleanse them off the face of the planet.

They murdered anyone who tried to leave their caliphate, or those they deemed ‘ineffective in battle’.

They kidnapped thousands of women, especially Kurds or Yazidis, and either sold them as sex slaves or forced them to marry ISIS fighters and be their sex slaves. Many were tortured, or killed themselves to escape the torment.

They trafficked human organs they ripped from living captives and hostages, including children.

They used brainwashed kids as young as six to be front line shields.

It was not limited to the Middle East:

As Baghdadi’s terrible tentacles spread ever further around the world, fueled by constant ISIS propaganda on the internet, the scale and ferocity of attacks against civilians worsened.

In January 2015, ISIS terrorists armed with assault rifles stormed the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people.

A few months later, ISIS carried out coordinated attacks in the same city at a football stadium, cafes and the Bataclan concert hall – killing 130 people and wounding 350.

In 2016, ISIS claimed responsibility when a man in a large truck drove through a crowd in Nice, France on Bastille Day, murdering 84 and injuring 330.

A year later, an ISIS-inspired suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester, England, killing 22 predominantly young girls and wounding another 59.

All of this was conducted on Baghdadi’s watch.

He was the boss, the driving force, the brains behind the barbarism.

So yesterday was a truly great day for America and the world.

As it happened, much of it was conducted on Barack Obama's watch. About that people have very little to say.

And yet, the American left seems incapable of anything but the most partisan warfare:

Last night was a time for America to put aside its insanely vicious partisan feuding and just celebrate the demise of the worst person on Planet Earth.

That’s not, as some of his enemies would have you believe, Donald Trump.

It was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

His death is a massive boost for American in its war on terror.

It cuts the head off ISIS at the precise moment its entire existence is teetering on the brink of collapse.

It’s no exaggeration to say this might hasten the end of ISIS altogether, though we can certainly expect some form of reprisal attacks in the wake of Baghdadi’s death as the few remaining ISIS fighters desperately try to rally support.

So regardless of your view of Trump, and I’ve been as critical of him in recent weeks as anyone, this was a moment to praise him for taking the bold, courageous decision to order a dangerous mission that successfully took out the leader of ISIS.

And then there were the fans at the World Series game in Washington. These fans stood up to boo the president of the United States. Most likely they were government employees and lobbyists, people who live off the government. One assumes that they were Democrats and fervid Obama supporters.

As noted here yesterday Morgan calls them out for their manifestly unpatriotic gesture:

Yes, I know Trump’s encourages his own supporters to do this to Hillary Clinton at all his base rallies.

But just because he’s wrong to do that, which he is, it doesn’t make it right to do it to him on such an important day.

In fact, it makes it unpatriotic and shameful.

When bin Laden was killed, the images of Americans coming together in joy went round the world and were a powerful symbol of unity.

Today, the only images people will see are of Americans booing their president for helping to kill the leader of ISIS.

Yes, it was a bad look for Trump.

But it’s a far worse look for America.

Trump has also been denounced for not showing sufficient respect to the dead terrorist. Compare his remarks with the Obama presidency’s dealing with Osama bin Laden’s remains. That administration gave to bin Laden the full dignity of an Islamic burial:

Traditional procedures for Islamic burial was followed... The deceased's body was washed (ablution) then placed in a white sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker. After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased's body slid into the sea.

Whereas Trump declared that al-Baghdadi had died whimpering and cowering like a dog, Obama showed respect toward the world’s leading terrorist. For those who believe that Islamist terrorism is an aberration, not a true part of the religion of peace, the Obama administration was saying otherwise. Don't you think that the gesture of respect showed the world that terrorists deserve our respect?

As was his wont Obama was also showing a cowardly and submissive reverence for Islam, even for Islamist terrorists. Apparently, Obama was terrified that if he said or did anything to offend Muslim sensibilities he would be inciting terrorism. Islamists considered him weak and cowardly… and invitation to act with impunity. On his watch ISIS metastasized, largely unimpeded. 

          

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In a better world the news would have emphasized the fact that the United States had murdered the leader of the Islamic State, the world’s most important terrorist, a mass murderer and torturer. And yet, to do so would have required the media and the Obamaphile left to praise President Trump. And we can’t have that.

It has been a thoroughly astonishing spectacle. From Saturday Night Live running a skit showing how Trump was coddling ISIS at the precise moment that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was blowing himself and three of his children up to the Washington Post being incapable of writing a correct headline.

The Post, the paper of record in Washington D. C. first headlined the story by calling al-Baghdadi a “terrorist in chief.” Then, someone decided that that would give Trump too much credit, so it changed the description to “an austere religious scholar.” Considering that the man was responsible for mass murder, mayhem, gang rape and sex trafficking, it seemed a bit too weak, even for the Post. It immediately provoked an outcry from Post readers. The paper changed the headline to “extremist leader.”

At the least, it does not inspire confidence in their journalism.

And then, at the World Series game last night in Washington, President Trump was roundly booed by Nationals fans. Obviously, these fans live in a deep blue city. Even the Washington suburbs are deeply blue… meaning that they are inhabited by government employees, thus, the kind of people that Trump has been attacking and that have, truth be told, been attacking Trump.

It is a pathetic spectacle, not a sign of patriotism. When you boo the president you boo the presidency. And it does not spell patriotism.

So, leftist politicians and media mavens started spinning as fast as they could. They said it was no big deal. ISIS is not defeated. Trump’s press conference was largely inferior to that of Obama when Osama bin Laden was killed. Trump lied about al Baghdadi’s whimpering. And besides, the credit all belongs to Barack Obama, who began the fight against the Islamic State.

You need to wonder how people are stupid enough to believe any of this, but apparently they are. Otherwise why would anyone overlook the obvious fact that the Islamic State was part of the Obama legacy?

Before Obama there was no caliphate. During the Obama years a caliphate grew and became more powerful. Its ability to show itself powerful in the face of the weak Obama policy attracted adherents from around the world. When Obama left office there was still a functioning caliphate. President Trump defeated the caliphate, captured large numbers of ISIS fighters, and ultimately, as of yesterday, eliminated the organization’s chief.

If you put that together and decide that Obama deserves credit for the death of al-Baghdadi you should go back on your meds.

And yet, James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence said this on CNN:

What is going to be interesting is to the extent to which this negatively affects ISIS or does it galvanize ISIS, the remnants of ISIS, which still survives as an ideology and has franchises in other places besides Syria.

Since Trump might be credited with launching the raid, we are now told that ISIS is really an idea, that it exists elsewhere and that the death of its leader will embolden it. Was this what they said when the Obama administration killed bin Laden?

Or else, read Matt Stieb, in New York Magazine. He first needs to attack Trump, with mockery and ridicule:

The president, who appears to relish violet rhetoric, personal boasting, the defeat of his enemies, and the simplicity of a good vs. evil narrative, announced on Sunday morning that U.S. special forces had killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in northwestern Syria on Saturday. With such a natural lining up of his interests, Trump turned the event into a spectacle, even promoting the press conference on Twitter the night before.

Anytime President Trump speaks for 48 minutes straight, you can expect some pretty unhinged remarks; on Sunday, things started to get weird just 90 seconds in, when Trump described the ISIS leader “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way” to the back of a tunnel in his compound, where he detonated a suicide vest as he was surrounded by three of his children. The president, who did little to hide his enjoyment in the moment, said that “it was just like a movie.”

For those who have no faith in CNN, I will add that a commentator on that network, someone whose name escapes me, explained that Trump had done a great job detailing the raid to the public. The unnamed commentator thanked Trump for describing what happened so well that he and journalists would not need to spend weeks figuring itout for themselves.

Anyway, Stieb seems vaguely offended that Trump was dehumanizing al-Baghdadi:

Trump aim seemed to be dehumanizing al-Baghdadi, the terrorist responsible for the Yazidi genocide, systemized sex slavery within ISIS-controlled territory, and the deaths of thousands in the region. “He was a gutless animal,” Trump said, later adding that “he died in a vicious and violent way, as a coward, running and crying.” He employed one of his frequent, if incoherent, jabs at al-Baghdadi, claiming that he “died like a dog.” In a bizarre piece of symmetry, as Trump degraded the terrorist, he elevated a military canine involved in the raid: “Our K-9, as they call it — I call it a dog, a beautiful dog, a talented dog — was injured and brought back, but we had no soldier injured … We had nobody even hurt. That’s why the dog was so great.”

Tell me that that is not one of the most bizarre paragraphs you have ever had the misfortune to read. Stieb seems to suggest that there is something wrong with dehumanizing a mass murderer, a genocidal maniac, an inveterate homophobe and promoter of gang rapes and sex trafficking. Does he not understand that the propaganda war against ISIS is best advanced by showing its leader to be a sniveling coward? Apparently not.

The raid was named in honor of one Kayla Mueller, a young American woman who was captured by ISIS and who was raped repeatedly by al-Baghdadi himself for months on end… before being killed by an American missile. (via Maggie's Farm) Mueller’s parents did not have as many reservations as the American leftist media.

And then Thomas Friedman, in a column praising Trump, tries to argue that Obama got it right, that ISIS was produced by the Bush administration—you know, after Obama abandoned Iraq and Syria. And then, he dives into the moral equivalence trap and compares al-Baghdadi to Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi:

Trump has never met a dictator he did not like. He is blind to the fact that the next al-Baghdadi is being incubated today in some prison in Egypt, where President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, whom Trump once actually called “my favorite dictator,’’ is not only rounding up violent Jihadists but liberal nonviolent journalists, activists and politicians. Their only crime is that they want to have a say in their country’s future and help to create an environment where they can realize their full potential — so they will not have to look for dignity, power, a job or a girl’s hand from extremist groups like ISIS.

True enough, el Sissi has been cracking down on dissent. You will recall that Egyptian dissidents are most often members of the Muslim Brotherhood or other terrorist organizations.  These have done their best to produce mayhem in the country. The Brotherhood is the godfather of Islamist terrorist organizations. If you know the difference between the Brothers and supposedly liberal journalists I will agree that we should distinguish the one from the other.

We might add that when a Brotherhood leader named Mohamed Morsi won the presidency of Egypt—before being overthrown by a coup lead by el-Sissi— the first  foreign leader to bless his victory with her presence was no less than America’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. 

No one likes to mention it, but Brotherhood voter outreach contained active support for female genital mutilation. Before the election it was sending mobile infirmary vans into the poor neighborhoods of Cairo, the better to allow families to have their daughters mutilated without needing to undergo the indignity of having to go to a clinic or hospital.

Friedman neglects this point. He argues that pro-Iran militias and Syria conspired to help Trump to eliminate al-Baghdadi because they wanted to rid their nation of Sunni influence. He might have added that Sunni Turkey contributed too.

Friedman is sorely offended by the Trump administration’s wish to protect the oil wells, instead of protecting what he called “islands of decency.” A noble thought, offered by a man of surpassing virtue. And yet, where was he when Obama was selling out to Iran and to Islamist terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas? Was the Iran nuclear deal a way to foster decency? And where was Friedman and where was the Obama administration when the Iranian regime was shooting protesters in the streets during the Green revolution of 2009?

          

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تیم فوتبال تیپ تکاوران بندرعباس در دیداری خارج از خانه مقابل تیم گل گهر سیرجان شکست خورد.

به گزارش خبرنگار گروه استان های باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان از هرمزگان ،تیم فوتبال تیپ تکاوران بندرعباس در دیداری خارج از خانه مقابل تیم گل گهر سیرجان شکست خورد.

در هفته سوم مسابقات لیگ دسته اول فوتبال امید‌های کشور تیم تیپ تکاوران بندرعباس مقابل میزبانش تیم گل گهر سیرجان با نتیجه ۲ بر ۱ تن به شکست داد.

نماینده استان پیش از این تساوی ۲-۲ مقابل برق شیراز و پیروزی ۳ بر ۱ مقابل فولاد یزد در کارنامه داشت.

مرحله نخست مسابقات لیگ دسته اول فوتبال امید‌های کشور با شرکت ۲۸ تیم در پنج گروه و به صورت رفت و برگشت برگزار می‌شود و در پایان تیم‌های اول و دوم هر گروه به مرحله دوم صعود خواهند کرد.

تیم تیپ تکاوران بندرعباس در گروه چهارم با تیم‌های گل گهر سیرجان، برق شیراز، فولاد یزد، پرسپولیس شیراز و سیمان لامرد همگروه است.

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مجلس افغانستان خواستار احضار سفیر پاکستان توسط امنیت ملی شد

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نمایندگان مجلس افغانستان خواستار احضار سفیر پاکستان توسط امنیت ملی افغانستان شد.

به گزارش حوزه افغانستان باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان، وزارت خارجه افغانستان دو روز قبل با صدور اعلامیه‌ای از احضار عاطف مشعل سفیر افغانستان در اسلام‌آباد از سوی سازمان اطلاعات پاکستان (آی.اس.آی) خبر داد و گفته بود که مشعل مورد بدرفتاری قرار گرفته است.

این موضوع با واکنش گسترده سیاسیون و شهروندان افغانستان مواجه شد. به باور آنان احضار سفیر افغانستان مقیم پاکستان از سوی اداره اطلاعاتی آن کشور خلاف عرف دیپلماتیک بوده است.

در ادامه واکنش‌ها، نمایندگان مجلس افغانستان نیز در نشست عمومی امروز (چهارشنبه ۱۵ عقرب/ آبان) بر اقدام متقابل با دیپلمات‌های پاکستانی تاکید کردند.

نمایندگان مجلس افغانستان افزودند که امنیت ملی افغانستان باید سفیر و دیپلمات‌های پاکستانی مقیم کابل را احضار و مورد بازجویی قرار دهد.

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روشی برای کنترل رفتار سلول در داربست‌های سه‌بعدی

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روشی برای کنترل رفتار سلول در داربست‌های سه‌بعدی
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رشد و رفتار سلول‌ها با استفاده از قرار دادن سلو‌ل‌ها در یک چارچوب سه‌بعدی حساس قابل کنترل است. این کار با استفاده از روش‌های چاپ سه‌بعدی موسوم به زیست‌چاپ قابل انجام است.

به گزارش گروه وبگردی باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان، محققان اتریشی روشی برای چاپ سه‌بعدی داربست‌های سلولی ارائه کردند که با استفاده از آن می‌توان رفتار سلول‌ها را کنترل کرد.


 رشد و رفتار سلول‌ها با استفاده از قرار دادن سلو‌ل‌ها در یک چارچوب سه‌بعدی حساس قابل کنترل است. این کار با استفاده از روش‌های چاپ سه‌بعدی موسوم به زیست‌چاپ قابل انجام است.

با این حال هنوز چالش‌هایی وجود دارد، برای مثال برخی روش‌ها قدرت پایینی داشته یا تنها مدت کوتاهی سلول بدون آسیب می‌تواند در چارچوب رشد کند. علاوه‌بر این، مواد مورد استفاده در زیست‌چاپ سه‌بعدی موجب محدود شدن این روش شده است.

اخیرا محققان دانشگاه صنعتی وین زیست چاپگری با قدرت تفکیک بالا تولید کرده‌اند که به لطف استفاده از یک جوهر زیستی ویژه می‌توان چاپ سه‌بعدی داربست با دقت بالا را با استفاده از آن انجام داد. سرعت چاپ این دستگاه یک متر در ثانیه بوده که نسبت به روش‌های قبلی ده برابر سریع‌تر است.

الکساندر اویسیانیکوف، مدیر گروه تحقیقات چاپ سه‌بعدی دانشگاه وین گفت: رفتار یک سلول به‌طور اساسی به ویژگی‌های مکانیکی و شیمیایی و همچنین شکل هندسی محیط اطراف آن بستگی دارد. ساختاری که سلول در آن قرار دارد باید به‌گونه‌ای باشد که مواد مغذی بتواند در آن نفوذ کند تا هم سلول زنده بماند و هم بتواند تکثیر کند. اما بسیار مهم است که این ساختار در عین استحکام بالا، انعطاف‌پذیر نیز باشد.

روش‌های چاپ با قدرت تفکیک بالا معمولا بسیار کند هستند به طوری که سرعت چاپ در آن‌ها چند میلی‌متر در ثانیه است. اما این روش جدید محققان دانشگاه وین سرعت بسیار بالایی داشته و در عین حال...


          

کتابخانه کوهدشت در هفته کتاب افتتاح می شود

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کتابخانه کوهدشت در هفته کتاب افتتاح می شود
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مدیرکل کتابخانه‌های عمومی لرستان از افتتاح کتابخانه شهدای کوهدشت در هفته کتاب خبر داد .

به گزارش خبرنگار گروه استان های باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان از لرستان، فرشته طهماسبی مدیرکل کتابخانه‌های عمومی لرستان از افتتاح کتابخانه شهدای کوهدشت در هفته کتاب خبر داد و گفت: این کتابخانه توسط خیرین احداث شده است.

طهماسبی با اشاره به اینکه فاز اول مقاوم سازی کتابخانه حضرت مهدی در مراحل پایانی است، گفت: درصورت ورود خیرین فاز دوم مقاوم‌سازی کتابخانه آغاز می‌شود.

او  به وضعیت کتابخانه حضرت مهدی‌گلدشت اشاره و اظهار کرد: درصورت تامین اعتبار مورد نیاز توسط خیرین تا پایان سال این کتابخانه قابل استفاده است.

مدیرکل کتابخانه‌های عمومی لرستان با بیان اینکه رعایت نکردن برخی اصول هنگام ساخت باعث نشست کتابخانه حضرت مهدی شده، افزود: از یک شرکت زلزله محاسب خواستیم مطالعاتی را در مورد تخریب و یا مقاوم سازی ساختمان انجام دهد که در نهایت پاسخ این بود که ساختمان قابل مقاوم سازی است.

طهماسبی گفت: اواخر سال گذشته فاز اول مقاوم سازی کتابخانه شروع و اکنون در مراحل پایانی است.

او یادآور شد: برای شروع فاز دوم با توجه به محدودیت اعتباری نیازمند ورود خیرین هستیم که قول‌های مساعدی نیز گرفته‌ایم.

مدیرکل کتابخانه‌های عمومی لرستان در بخش دیگری از صحبت‌های خود به هفته کتاب نیز اشاره و بیان کرد: برای هفته کتاب تقویم اجرایی برای اجرای برنامه‌های متنوع در همه شهرستان‌ها در نظر گرفته‌ایم.

طهماسبی  عنوان کرد: با توجه به اینکه هفته کتاب برای اجرای برنامه‌های کافی نیست، بنابراین از ۱۸تا ۳۰ آبان ماه برنامه‌هایی مانند شب شعر، کتابخوانی و موارد دیگر را با توجه به ظرفیت هر شهرستان خواهیم داشت.

منبع: فارس

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دیدار رئیس کمیته المپیک با تیمور غیاثی

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دیدار رئیس کمیته المپیک با تیمور غیاثی
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رضا صالحی امیری رئیس کمیته ملی المپیک با تیمور غیاثی اسطوره دو ومیدانی ایران دیدار و گفت و گو کرد.

به گزارش گروه ورزشی باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان،  تیمور غیاثی مدیرعامل انجمن پیشکسوتان و اسطوره دو ومیدانی ایران  با حضور در محل کمیته ملی المپیک با رضا صالحی امیری دیدار و گفت وگو کرد.

غیاثی درباره این دیدار اظهار کرد: پس از انجام عمل جراحی رئیس کمیته ملی المپیک نمایندگان خودش را برای عیادت از من فرستاد و به صورت تلفنی نیز صالحی امیری جویای احوالم بود، بنابراین وظیفه خود دانستم بعد از طی کردن دوران نقاهت خدمت شان بروم و از حسن توجه رئیس کمیته المپیک نسبت به خودم تشکر و قدردانی کنم.

همچنین در این دیدار صالحی امیری با اشاره به اینکه تیمور غیاثی از جمله مفاخر و ورزشکاری پر افتخار و نام آشنا در ورزش کشور است از او سئوالاتی پیرامون وضعیت کنونی ورزش اول المپیک در کشورمان نیز پرسید، که غیاثی در جواب با اشاره به اینکه دو ومیدانی روز‌های افول خود را طی می کند، از تمام مسئولان ورزش کشور خواست توجه خاص و ویژه‌ای به این ورزش پایه و پر مدال داشته باشند.

بیشتر بخوانید: نمایندگان رئیس کمیته ملی المپیک از اسطوره دوومیدانی عیادت کردند

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هشدار‌هایی درباره دلبستگی دختران جوان به مردان متاهل

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هشدار‌هایی درباره دلبستگی دختران جوان به مردان متاهل
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راهنمای‌هایی یک متخصص به زنی که دلبسته مردی متاهل شده است را می‌خوانید.

به گزارش گروه وبگردی باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان، خانمی مجرد هستم که عاشق مدیرم شده‌ام. ایشان آقایی متأهل و دارای فرزند هستند. با اینکه می‌دانم این دلبستگی بیهوده و بی‌فایده است، ولی نمی‌توانم دست از علاقه‌ام به ایشان بکشم. لطفاً راهنمایی‌ام کنید.

راهنمایی:

نمی‌توان افراد را به خاطر دلبستگی‌شان مورد شماتت قرار داد. گاه عنان و اختیار احساس و قلب از دست می‌رود و دلبستگی‌هایی کاملاً غیرطبیعی، نامعقولانه و نادرست شکل می‌گیرد، اما ادامه یافتن و دامن زدن به این دست علاقه‌مندی‌ها، کاملاً نادرست و غیراخلاقی است و به ضرر فرد تمام خواهد شد.

در گام اول برای غلبه بر این مشکل تماس خود را با ایشان به حداقل برسانید؛ یعنی تا زمانی که ضرورت وجود نداشت با ایشان تعاملی نداشته باشید. تا جایی که امکان دارد از موقعیت‌هایی که حتی احتمال می‌دهید ایشان حضور دارند دوری کنید تا برخوردتان با ایشان به حداقل یا حتی صفر برسد.

سعی کنید حتماً یک سرگرمی جدید برای خودتان ایجاد کنید که ذهن و جسمتان را با هم درگیر کنید. فعالیت‌های ورزشی خصوصاً پیاده‌روی، شنا و کوهنوردی توصیه می‌شود.

هرگاه افکار و خیالات مربوط به ایشان به ذهنتان خطور کرد تغییر وضعیت داده و سعی کنید یک فعالیت جدید را انجام دهید و شروع به کاری کنید. نگذارید افکار مربوط به ایشان در ذهنتان زیاد مانور بدهد، چون این افکار بیش ازحد در ذهنتان رسوخ کرده و لذا دور کردن افکار برایتان سخت‌تر می‌شود.

تا جایی که امکان دارد از موقعیت‌هایی که حتی احتمال می‌دهید ایشان حضور دارند دوری کنید تا برخوردتان با ایشان به حداقل یا حتی صفر برسد.

وقت خود را برای پرورش و حفظ روابط با دوستان صرف کنید. برنامه‌ای را ترتیب دهید تا در طول هفته بیرون از خانه باشید معاشرت...


          

بازگشت به زندگی جوان ۲۴ ساله ایرانشهری با تلاش تکنسین های اورژانس

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رئیس اورژانس پیش بیمارستانی و مدیریت حوادث دانشگاه علوم پزشکی ایرانشهر گفت:جوان ۲۴ ساله ایرانشهری با دستان پرتلاش تکنسین های اورژانس ۱۱۵ به زندگی بازگشت .

محمودرضا ناصح  رئیس اورژانس پیش بیمارستانی و مدیریت حوادث دانشگاه علوم پزشکی ایرانشهر در گفت و گو با خبرنگار  گروه استان های باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان از زاهدان، گفت: حوالی ساعت ۲:۱۳ بامداد امروز ۱۵آبان ۹۸ ،طی تماسی با مرکز پیام اورژانس ۱۱۵ ایرانشهر و گزارش یک مورد کاهش سطح هوشیاری جوان ۲۴ ساله ،پس از دریافت این گزارش بلافاصله مرکز فرماندهی اورژانس ۱۱۵ تکنسین‌های پایگاه سه شهری را به محل حادثه اعزام که در کمترین مدت زمان در محل حادثه حاضر شدند.

ناصح اظهار کرد: پرسنل اورژانس پس از معاینات متوجه شدند که بیمار دچار ایست قلبی تنفسی شده است و فاقد علائم حیاتی است  بلافاصله اقدامات پزشکی اولیه انجام و عملیات احیا شروع پس ازحدود ۲۰ دقیقه CPR، موفق به بازگشت علایم حیاتی جوان ۲۴ ساله شدند.

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روزنامه انگلیسی: سرنوشت جهانبخش حتی برای مربی او هم نامعلوم است

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روزنامه انگلیسی: سرنوشت جهانبخش حتی برای مربی او هم نامعلوم است
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یک روزنامه انگلیسی نوشت آینده هافبک ایرانی گران قیمت برایتون حتی برای سرمربی این تیم نیز مشخص نیست.

به گزارش خبرنگار دنیای ورزش گروه ورزش باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان، روزنامه آبزرور منطقه «بوگنور بریجس» انگلیس در گزارشی به وضعیت علیرضا جهانبخش هافبک ایرانی تیم برایتون انگلیس پرداخت و نوشت، آینده علیرضا جهانبخش در برایتون به صورت یک راز باقی مانده است، حتی برای گراهام پاتر.

این روزنامه در ادامه گزارش خود آورده است، گراهام پاتر، سرمربی برایتون و هوو آلبیون اعتراف کرد این احتمال وجود دارد که علیرضا جهانبخش در پنجره نقل و انتقالات ژانویه این تیم را ترک کند.

جهانبخش ۲۶ ساله این فصل در لیگ برتر حضور پیدا نکرده و فقط یک بار در جام اتحادیه برابر بریستول روورز به میدان رفته است.

این بازیکن ایرانی در ژوئیه ۲۰۱۸ با ۱۷ میلیون پوند از آزد آلکمار به برایتون پیوست. او ۲۴ بازی تحت مربیگری کریس هیوتن انجام داد، بدون اینکه گلزنی کند و یا پاس گل بدهد.

این روزنامه در بخش دیگری از گزارش خود به اظهارات هفته گذشته پاتر درباره سرنوشت جهانبخش اشاره کرد و با استناد به سخنان این مربی نوشت، آینده جهانبخش حتی برای گراهام پاتر هم یک راز است.

پاتر هفته گذشته در پاسخ به این سؤال که آیا ممکن است جهانبخش در ماه ژانویه برایتون را ترک کند، پاسخ داده بود: "جواب بله و نه، است".
وی در بخش دیگری از سخنانش ضمن تمجید از جهانبخش گفته بود شرایط سختی است و نهایتا باشگاه هم باید در این باره تصمیم گیری کند.

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نحوه درست کردن سبزه عدس به اسان ترین روش

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نحوه درست کردن سبزه عدس به اسان ترین روش
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قصد داریم در این مطلب به ارائه طرز تهیه سبزه عدس به صورت مرحله به مرحله و با آموزش کامل بپردازیم.

به گزارش گروه وبگردی باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان، سبزه عدس یکی از سبزه‌های زیبا برای سفره هفت سین است که به راحتی می‌توانید آن را سبز کنید. برای شما آموزش سبزه عدس را درنظر گرفته‌ایم.

بیشتربخوانید: ترکیب رنگ‌های جذابی که می‌توانید در دکوراسیون به کار ببرید

حدود 15_18 روز قبل از عید مقداری عدس تازه و مناسب تهیه کنید سپس عدس ها را درون ظرف ریخته و مقداری آب روی آن ریخته و بگذارید چند روزی در هوای اتاق بمانند عدس ها آب را به خود جذب کرده و پس از مدتی  تغییر شکل داده سپس آن ها را درون پارچه نم داری بپیچید

(هر روز آب ظرف را عوض کنید و آب تازه داخل ظرف بریزید)

پس از آنکه عدس ها را لای پارچه گذاشتید هر روز پارچه را با اسپری نم دار نگهدارید تا عدس ها جوانه بزنند پس از آنکه عدس ها جوانه زدند آنها را دوباره داخل ظرف بریزید

(هرگز نگذارید تا پارچه خشک شود )

بعد از آنکه عدس ها را داخل ظرف ریختید به آبیاری آنها ادامه بدهید تا سبزه ها کاملا رشد کنند

چند نکته :

  1. ظرف را در محیطی متعادل قرار دهید
  2. ظرف را بچرخانید تا سبزه ها کج رشد نکنند
  3. آب اضافی ظرف را خالی کنید
  4. برای زیبا تر شدن سبزه مقداری بیشتری عدس بریزید
  5. زمانی که احساس کردید عدس ها به مقدار لازم رشد کردند آنها را در فضایی خنک قرار دهید
  6. بهترین روش ابیاری غبار پاشی است و روش های غرق آبی خیلی مناسب نیست

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عدم پشتیبانی از قابلیت RayTracing در نسخه رایانه‌ای بازی Red Dead Redemption ۲

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به تازگی شرکت انویدیا فهرستی از عناوین رایانه‌ای که از گرافیک 4K در کارت گرافیک‌های سری GeForce RTX را منتشر کرده است که نام بازی Red Dead Redemption ۲ در آن فهرست وجود نداشت.

به گزارش خبرنگار حوزه دریچه فناوری گروه فضای مجازی باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان، شرکت راک استار همواره به ساخت عناوین بسیار پرطرفدار و پرفروش مشهور بوده و آخرین بازی عرضه شده از سوی این شرکت که Red Dead Redemption ۲ نام داشت نیز توانست فروش بسیار خوبی در کنسول‌ها داشته باشد. از زمان عرضه این بازی برای دو کنسول PS4 و Xbox One گیمرهای پلتفرم کامپیوتر نیز به طور مداوم از شرکت راک‌ استار درباره عرضه این بازی برای کامپیوتر سوال می‌کردند که شرکت مذکور پاسخ درستی به آن‌ها نمی‌‎داد و مشخص نبود این بازی برای پلتفرم کامپیوتر عرضه می‌شود یا شرکت راک استار قصد دارد این بازی را در انحصار کنسول‌ها نگه دارد.

این شرکت به تازگی اعلام کرده است که بازی Red Dead Redemption ۲ به زودی برای پلتفرم کامپیوتر عرضه خواهد شد؛ تنها یک روز تا عرضه این بازی باقی مانده است و دائما از آن اخبار جدیدی در فضای مجازی منتشر می‌شود. این عنوان که یکی از عناوین بسیار بزرگ جهان باز برای پلتفرم کامپیوتر خواهد بود ظاهرا در کنار تمامی ویژگی‌های مثبت خود دارای عیبی است که گیمرهایی که عادت دارند بازی‌ها را با کیفیت بسیار بالا اجرا کنند را ناراحت خواهد کرد؛ طبق آخرین اعلام شرکت انویدیا بازی Red Dead Redemption ۲ فاقد قابلیت ray tracing خواهد بود.

بیشتر بخوانید: انتشار تریلر نسخه کامپیوتری بازی Red Dead Redemption ۲

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ترور چهارده دادستان در افغانستان طی یک سال گذشته

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ترور چهارده دادستان در افغانستان طی یک سال گذشته
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اداره دادستانی افغانستان تایید کرد که ۱۴ دادستان طی یک سال گذشته در نقاط مختلف این کشور به قتل رسیده اند.

به گزارش حوزه افغانستان باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان، ترورهای هدفمند و قتل های مرموز در افغانستان طی یک سال گذشته افزایش یافته است. اداره دادستانی افغانستان تایید کرد که ۱۴ دادستان طی یک سال گذشته در نقاط مختلف این کشور به قتل رسیده اند.

جمشید رسولی، سخنگوی دادستانی افغانستان اعلام کرد که دادستان ها در ولایات هلمند، غزنی، پروان، کاپیسا و کابل به قتل رسیده اند.

به گفته وی کابل و هلمند خطرناک ترین ولایات برای دادتان ها می باشد.

نصرت رحیمی، سخنگوی وزارت امور داخله/ کشور افغانستان درباره تامین امنیت جان دادستان های افغانستان اظهار داشت: تامین امنیت دادستان ها و قضات در صدر برنامه های بخش های اطلاعاتی و عملیاتی ما قرار دارد.

سخنگوی وزارت داخله/ کشور افغانستان بیان داشت: تیم های اطلاعاتی به گونه مستقیم و غیر مستقیم امنیت دادستان ها و قضات را  تامین می کند.

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پرکاری تیروئید را با برنامه ورزشی مناسب شکست دهید

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یک متخصص فیزیوتراپی گفت: در پرکاری تیروئید ورزش و رژیم غذایی مناسب در کنار درمان پزشکی و دارویی نقش مهمی را ایفا می‌کند.

فرناز المعی‌نژاد متخصص فیزیوتراپی در گفت‌وگو با خبرنگار حوزه کلینیک گروه علمی پزشکی باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان، درباره نقش ورزش در درمان پرکاری تیروئید اظهار کرد: علاوه بر درمان پزشکی و دارویی، توجه به تغذیه و انجام فعالیت ورزشی مناسب می‌تواند به کاهش علائم و کنترل پرکاری تیروئید کمک کند. در پرکاری تیروئید، غده تیروئید هورمون تیروکسین را به مقدار زیاد ترشح می‌کند، بنابراین علائمی مانند خستگی، بی خوابی، کاهش وزن ناخواسته و افزایش ضربان قلب برای فرد ایجاد می‌شود.

او بیان کرد: درمان پزشکی از جمله مصرف دارو‌های ضد تیروئید و ید رادیواکتیو در بیشتر موارد علائم پر کاری تیروئید را کنترل می‌کند، اما در برخی اوقات هم درمان جراحی لازم است به طور کلی در کنار درمان پزشکی، تغذیه مناسب و تغییر سبک هم نقش مؤثری در بهبود مبتلایان به پرکاری تیروئید دارد.

این متخصص فیزیوتراپی افزود: فعالیت فیزیکی مناسب نقش مهمی در درمان پرکاری تیروئید دارد، زیرا ورزش علاوه بر داشتن اثر‌های مثبت بر سیستم قلبی و عروقی و بهبود وضعیت خلقی، به جلوگیری از افزایش وزن ناشی از مصرف دارو‌های ضد تیروئید و کنترل اشتها هم کمک می‌کند. انجام تمرین‌های مقاومتی با وزنه هم نقش مؤثری در تقویت تراکم بافت استخوانی دارد.

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افتتاح پروژه ادامه بولوار خاقانی تا بولوار نماز

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معاون عمران، حمل و نقل و ترافیک شهرداری مشهد گفت: پروژه ادامه بولوار خاقانی تا بولوار نماز فردا پنجشنبه ۱۶ آبان ماه افتتاح می‌شود. به گزارش خبرنگار گروه استان های باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان از مشهد، خلیل الله کاظمی معاون عمران، حمل و نقل و ترافیک شهرداری مشهد گفت: عملیات اجرایی پروژه بازگشایی و ادامه بولوار خاقانی تا بولوار نماز که مدت زمان اجرای آن از سوی کارشناسان و مشاور پروژه، ۸ ماه اعلام شده بود با تاکید شهردار مشهد در تاریخ ۱۳ مرداد ماه ۹۸ و با تابلو روز شمار ۴ ماه آغاز شد.
او تصریح کرد: خوشبختانه این پروژه چند روز زودتر از زمان در نظر گرفته شده آماده بهره برداری شده بود و فردا پنجشنبه ۱۶ آبان ماه به صورت رسمی افتتاح خواهد شد.
معاون عمران، حمل و نقل و ترافیک شهرداری مشهد گفت: پروژه بازگشایی و ادامه بولوار خاقانی تا بولوار نماز با هزینه حدود ۵ میلیارد تومان اجرایی شده است.   انتهای پیام// ز.م   پروژه بازگشایی و ادامه بولوار خاقانی تا بولوار نماز ...
          

شکست برای ترامپ/ جمهوری‌خواهان در دو انتخابات مهم در برابر دموکراتها ناکام ماندند

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شکست برای ترامپ/ جمهوری‌خواهان در دو انتخابات مهم در برابر دموکراتها ناکام ماندند
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دموکرات‌ها توانستند با پیروزی در دو انتخابات مهم در ایالت‌های کنتاکی و ویرجینیا ضربه سنگینی بر جمهوری‌خواهان و رئیس‌جمهور آن‌ها یعنی دونالد ترامپ وارد کنند.

به گزارش گروه بین‌الملل باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان به نقل از نشریه آمریکایی هیل، شب گذشته دموکرات‌ها در انتخابات مهمی دو پیروزی قابل توجه کسب کردند که نشان داد این حزب همچنان در کنتاکی و ویرجینیا، دو منطقه اصلی، قدرتمند است و هشداری بود برای جمهوریخواهان.

این پیروزی دموکرات‌ها در دو ایالتی که به طور سنتی محافظه‌کار هستند ضربه بزرگی به حزب جمهوری‌خواه و به ویژه دونالد ترامپ که تنها یک سال تا انتخابات آتی ریاست‌جمهوری این کشور در سال ۲۰۲۰ فرصت دارد وارد کرد. از سال ۱۹۹۳، این نخستین بار است که دموکرات‌ها می‌توانند در ویرجیینا کنترل هر دو مجلس ایالتی را برعهده بگیرند.

شب گذشته، «اندی بیشیر» نامزد دموکرات‌ها در ایالت کنتاکی، موفق شد در انتخابات فرمانداری بر رقیب جمهوری‌خواه خود، «مت بوین» پیروز شود. او در خصوص این پیروزی گفت «امشب، رای‌دهنگان کنتاکی با صدای بلند و واضح پیامی را برای همگان فرستادند تا بشنوند». بیشیر توضیح داد :«پیام آن است که نباید الزاما انتخابات ما میان راست و چپ باشد، هنوز انتخابات بین درست و غلط است».

مت بوین، نامزد جمهوری‌خواه، با این حال شکست خود را نپذیرفته است. او پس از درگیری که با معلمان ایالت کنتاکی داشت به یکی از منفورترین فرمانداران آمریکا تبدیل شد و این شکست ظاهرا یک روز پس از آن صورت گرفت که ترامپ در تجمع انتخاباتی حضور یافت و از ساکنان کنتاکی خواست به بوین رای دهند. ترامپ در این تجمع در خصوص این فرماندار جنجالی گفت: «اگر بوین شکست بخورد، رسانه‌ها خواهند گفت ترامپ شکست بزرگی را در تاریخ جهان متحمل شده است. این بزرگترین زیان خواهد بود. شما اجازه نمی‌دهید این اتفاق برای من بیفتد».

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وارنیش فلورایدتراپی دانش آموزان بدون رضایت والدین ممنوع است

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وارنیش فلورایدتراپی دانش آموزان بدون رضایت والدین ممنوع است
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رئیس گروه سلامت دهان و دندان دانشگاه علوم پزشکی شهید بهشتی، گفت: رضایت نامه والدین برای اجرای طرح وارنیش فلورایدتراپی دانش آموزان الزامی است.

به گزارش گروه وبگردی باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان،رحمانعلی طاهری، با اشاره به اینکه «وارنیش فلوراید تراپی» عبارت است از رساندن موضعی فلوراید به دندان‌ها برای محافظت از آنها، اظهار کرد: سالیان درازی است که در علم دندان‌پزشکی تاثیر فلوراید به‌عنوان یک ماده پیشگیری‌کننده از پوسیدگی دندان به اثبات رسیده است.

وی افزود: شاید بزرگ‌ترین کمک به بهبود سلامت دندانی کودکان درسرتاسر دنیا، کشف و کاربرد فلوراید به عنوان یک اقدام پیشگیری از پوسیدگی باشد.

طاهری با اشاره به تاثیرات استفاده موضعی فلوراید روی دندان‌ها، گفت: فلوراید مانع از دست رفتن مواد معدنی سطح دندان می‌شود و اگر شروع پوسیدگی در نقاطی از مینای دندان وجود داشته باشد، درمان با فلوراید می‌تواندباعث تقویت دندان‌ها شده وازتخریب مینای دندان پیشگیری کند.

رئیس گروه سلامت دهان و دندان معاونت بهداشتی دانشگاه علوم پزشکی شهید بهشتی، با بیان اینکه برنامه کشوری طرح تحول سلامت دهان و دندان مدارس ابتدایی، طی موافقتنامه‌ای بین وزرای آموزش و پرورش و بهداشت اجرایی شده است، تاکید کرد: فعالیت‌های چشمگیری بعد از اجرایی شدن این طرح درحوزه پیشگیری و آموزش حفظ سلامت دهان ودندان برای دانش‌آموزان در مدارس مختلف انجام شد به شکلی که در مجموع می‌توان گفت ۸۰درصد دانش‌آموزان ابتدایی حداقل دو بار درسال تحت پوشش طرح «وارنیش فلوراید تراپی» قرار گرفته‌اند.

وی با بیان اینکه برنامه سلامت دهان و دندان دانش‌آموزی درراستای طرح تحول سلامت دهان و دندان در سه بخش آموزش، پیشگیری و درمان، از ابتدای سال ۹۴ آغاز شده است، گفت: این طرح، تقریبا ۶۱۳۴۶ مدرسه از مدارس مقطع ابتدایی شهری و روستایی کشور را با جمعیتی حدود ۷ میلیون دانش‌آموز تحت پوشش خود قرار داده است.

طاهری در ادامه از اجرای دو مرحله ای، طرح وارنیش...


          

علت پر خوری و ۵ روش درمان خانگی آن

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اختلال پرخوری یکی از اختلالات خوردن می باشد که فرد مبتلا بدون احساس گرسنگی یا نیاز به غذا، به طور کنترل نشده ای، غذا مصرف می کند.

به گزارش گروه وبگردی باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان، شکی نیست زمانی که پرخوری می‌کنید دچار اضافه وزن میشوید . شما زمانی چاق می‌شوید که کالری‌های دریافتیتان بیشتر از کالری‌هایی باشد که می‌سوزانید. در این مقاله چند دلیل پرخوری را عنوان و راه حل‌هایی برای مقابله با آن‌ها را مطرح می‌کنیم.

بیشتربخوانید: چگونه با پرخوری عصبی مقابله کنیم؟

اختلال پرخوری چیست؟

اختلال پرخوری باعث ایجاد رفتارهای کنترل‌نشده برای خوردن و حس شرمساری و افسردگی در فرد می‌شود. این عارضه عموما در دوران نوجوانی و در اوایل ۲۰ سالگی بروز پیدا می‌کندوقتی به اختلال پرخوری مبتلا هستید، در مدت کوتاهی، بیشتر از حد معمول غذا مصرف می‌کنید. این بیماری همراه با پریشانی و عدم کنترل رفتار است

علائم:

خوردن تنقلات یا غذا به مقدار زیاد و به صورت غیر ارادی

سریع غذا خوردن بدون توجه به محتویات آن

تنها غذا خوردن به دلیل شرمندگی از نوع خوردن در حضور دیگران

حس عدم کنترل بر رفتار غذا خوردن افراطی

حس افسردگی، ناراحتی، گناه در مورد چگونه غذا خوردن

اضطراب شدید یا افسردگی پس از خوردن های افراطی

غذا خوردن غیر ارادی تا مرز انفجار حتی زمانی که فرد سیر است

حس منزوی بودن و بیان نکردن احساسات خود

علت های رایج پرخوری:

عادت به پر خوری

ژنتیک: افراد مبتلا به مشکل اختلال پرخوری ممکن است حساسیت بیشتری به دوپامین داشته باشند. این هورمون مسئول احساس دریافت پاداش و لذت است. تحقیقات بسیاری نشان می دهند که این اختلال ارثی است. 
بی توجهی به مقدار غذا: گاهی وقت‌ها پرخوری نتیجه‌ی ناآگاهی ما است. بیشتر مردم نمی‌دانند بیش از آنچه که می‌سوزانند کالری دریافت می‌کنند. آن‌ها نمی‌دانند حین ورزش چند کالری می‌سوزانند، با خوردن غذا چند کالری دریافت...


          

۵۰ هزار تن انار از باغات لرستان برداشت می شود

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رئیس سازمان جهاد کشاورزی لرستان گفت: پیش‎بینی می‎شود امسال ۴۷ تا ۵۰ هزار تن محصول انار برداشت شود.

به گزارش خبرنگار گروه استان های باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان از لرستان،  عبدالرضا بازدار  رئیس سازمان جهاد کشاورزی لرستان گفت: پیش‎بینی می‎شود امسال ۴۷ تا ۵۰ هزار تن محصول از سطح ۲ هزار و ۶۰۰ هکتار باغ انار برداشت شود.

بازدار روز چهارشنبه با اعلام این خبر افزود: یکی از ظرفیت‌های لرستان به لحاظ کمی و کیفی تولید محصولات باغی است که با اقدامات موثر از جمله برگزاری کلاس‌های آموزشی و ترویجی و توجه باغداران به توصیه‌های فنی کارشناسان بهره برداری بهینه از این ظرفیت صورت می‌گیرد.

او تصریح کرد: سطح زیر کشت انار لرستان بیش از سه هزار و ۴۰۰ هکتار می‌باشد که ۲ هزار و ۶۰۰ هکتار آن مثمر و بارور شده و مابقی نیز سال‌های آینده به ظرفیت تولید استان اضافه می‌شود.

 رئیس سازمان جهاد کشاورزی لرستان متوسط عملکرد باغات انارلرستان را ۱۸ تن در هکتار اعلام کرد و گفت: انار به لحاظ اقتصادی، امنیت غذایی و تنوع تولید یکی از زیر بخش‌های مهم کشاورزی استان و یک محصول شناخته شده در کشور است.

بازدار افزود: این استان به لحاظ سطح زیر کشت و میزان تولید انار دارای رتبه نهم کشور است و از بخش خصوصی، اتاق بازرگانی و تجار انتظار می‌رود جهت بسته بندی، برندسازی و صادرات این محصول به نام لرستان همکاری موثرتری داشته باشند.

او با اشاره به برگزاری جشنواره انار لرستان در سال‌های گذشته بیان کرد: هیچگونه محدودیتی در راستای کمک و اعطای تسهیلات بانکی به سرمایه‌گذاران در این بخش وجود ندارد.

سالانه ۳۰۷هزارتن میوه از سطح ۵۱ هزار و ۵۰۰ هکتار باغات لرستان تولید می‌شود.

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در کمتر از یک دقیقه به زیارت حرم امام عسکری (ع) در سامرا بروید + فیلم

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باشگاه خبرنگاران
با مشاهده این ویدئو حال و هوای حرم امام حسن عسکری علیهم السلام را لمس کنید و یک دقیقه‌ای به زیارت ایشان بروند.

به گزارش خبرنگار حوزه اخبار داغ گروه فضای مجازی باشگاه خبرنگاران جوان، همزمان با سالگرد شهادت پدر بزرگوار حضرت مهدی (عج) و امام یازهم شیعیان، ویدئویی در فضای مجازی منتشر شده است که دوست داران ایشان می‌توانند با مشاهده آن حال و هوای حرم امام حسن عسکری علیهم السلام را لمس کنند و در نزدیک به یک دقیقه‌ای به زیارت ایشان بروند.

امروز هشتم ربیع‌الاول و سالروز شهادت امام حسن عسکری علیه السلام یازدهمین امام شیعیان است. ایشان  در سال ۲۵۴ هجری قمری پس از شهادت پدر بزرگوارشان امام هادی علیه السلام به امامت رسیدند و در سال‌های امامتش در شهر سامرا زیرکنترل شدید خلفای عباسی با شیعیان ارتباط داشت تا اینکه در سال ۲۶۰ هجری قمری با زهر معتمد عباسی به شهادت رسیدند.

اگر به زیارت عتبات عالیات در کشور عراق نائل شوید یکی از شهر‌هایی که خواهید رفت شهر سامراست. جایی که امام دهم و یازدهم در آن مدفون هستند و محل تولد امام زمان (عج) نیز هست. این حرم در طول تاریخ توسط افراد مختلفی ساخته و یا ترمیم شده است.

 در ادامه می‌توانید ویدئوی مربوطه را مشاهده کنید:

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Popular Protest: Palestinian Leaders’ Greatest Fear?

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Both the Palestinian Authority (PA), which rules the West Bank, and Hamas, which rules Gaza, have recently cracked down on journalists, arresting several in recent weeks for criticizing their respective governments; Hamas also incarcerated several activists trying to organize anti-Hamas demonstrations. Khaled Abu Toameh comments:
The latest crackdown on Palestinian journalists [likely] springs from the fear that the current wave of anti-corruption protests sweeping Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, and other Arab countries may spread to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Earlier this week, Hamas security forces also arrested one of their own officers, Hussein Qatoush, after he posted a video on Facebook in which he complained about the dire economic situation in the Gaza Strip. In the video, Qatoush said he does not have money to pay for transportation from his home to work. . . . In the eyes of Hamas, . . . it seems that any Palestinian who dares to complain about the bad economy in the Gaza Strip is a “traitor” and a “security threat.” Hamas’s latest measures are evidently aimed at preventing a repeat of the widespread demonstrations that erupted in the Gaza Strip last March. Organized by social-media activists, the demonstrators protested the high cost of living and new taxes imposed by Hamas and called for solving the economic crisis in the Gaza Strip, including the high rate of unemployment. The protests, which lasted for a few days, were quickly and brutally crushed by Hamas. Hani al-Masri, a prominent Palestinian political analyst, believes that the current anti-corruption protests sweeping some Arab countries will reach the Palestinian territories. “It is certain that the Arab Spring will arrive, sooner or later, to Palestine,” he said. “The [ruling] Palestinian elite is mostly corrupt and tyrannical [or] incompetent.”

          

By Failing to Maintain Its Deterrence in the Middle East, the U.S. Is Emboldening Iran

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According to a recent State Department report, the Islamic Republic attempted nearly 100 attacks, hostage takings, and the like between May and September of this year, of which 40 were successful. The most notable of these include the attack on Saudi Arabia’s Abqaiq oil refinery (the world’s largest), the harassment of oil tankers in and around the Persian Gulf, and the firing of rockets at U.S. troops in Iraq. In addition, Tehran has been openly violating the 2015 nuclear deal. Whatever the merits of the American drawdown in northeastern Syria, writes John Hannah, it confirms the impression that Washington is unwilling to use force in response to Iran’s behavior:
President Trump’s response to the most serious incidents has by now fallen into a predictable pattern of issuing over-the-top verbal threats (to “end” or “obliterate” Iran), imposing further economic sanctions, deploying additional troops and weapons to the Gulf, and, on at least two occasions, launching limited cyberattacks against Iran. . . . By now it’s abundantly clear that the administration’s playbook to deter further Iranian escalation has not worked. Tehran has continued to escalate. Based on the experience of the past several months, it’s hard not to believe that Iran’s leaders have come to the conclusion that for all Trump’s bombast, he wants no part of a military dustup. . . . The alternative to taking meaningful steps to reestablish the credibility of America’s will to use force is simply to sit back, absorb Iran’s provocations, and wait until the regime caves to the steadily mounting pressure of U.S. sanctions. It’s by no means impossible for it to work eventually—Iran’s economy is being absolutely hammered. But the big question is how long it will take and what amount of damage an increasingly desperate Iranian regime, unconstrained by the fear of U.S. military retaliation, is capable of inflicting in the meantime on the interests of the United States and its friends and allies. If the brazen attack on Abqaiq is any indication, the answer may be a great deal of damage indeed.

          

Protests in Iraq Have Turned against Iran

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At the beginning of last month, anti-corruption demonstrations spread through Iraq. They were put down, violently, by the government, sometimes with the help of the Iran-backed militias that have come to exert increasing influence in the country. The deaths of protestors at the hands of these militias have, however, only stoked popular anger and diverted much of it toward the Islamic Republic itself. David Adesnik and Nicholas Wernert write:
From the onset of the unrest, Tehran has played an integral role in shaping Baghdad’s response. After the first protests, Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, the organization’s expeditionary branch, flew to Baghdad and—in place of the prime minister—chaired a meeting of Iraq’s top security officials. The U.S. has supported the elected Iraqi government’s efforts to assert the rule of law over the militias, yet their parliamentary factions serve as key power brokers in Baghdad. The current protests also demonstrate Iraqi voters’ complete loss of confidence in their prime minister, in part because of his failure to resist Tehran. Until now, the U.S. government has been extremely hesitant to designate Iraq’s Iran-backed militias as terrorist organizations, fearing a potential popular backlash. Yet Iraqis’ own resentment of Iran’s proxy forces is now obvious. Washington therefore should designate these groups [as terrorists] under human-rights as well as counterterrorism authorities in order to highlight their atrocities and demonstrate that America stands with the Iraqi people.

          

Free Syrian Army opens fire against US convoy heading to Iraq - Russia’s Defense Ministry

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Fighters of the Free Syrian Army, allies of the Turkish Armed Forces, opened fire on Sunday against a convoy of US troops heading to Iraq, Major General Yuri Borenkov, chief of the Russian center for reconciliation of conflicting sides in Syria, told reporters at a briefing.
          

Iraq's PM says unrest is hurting the economy

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Iraq's Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi appealed on Sunday to protesters to help restore normal life across the country and said the unrest was costing the economy "billions of dollars."
          

Minister confirms Dutch air strikes killed about 70 civilians in Iraq

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The Dutch Defence Ministry said it was aware of the casualties from the beginning of air strikes but refused to inform the Netherlands parliament.
          

Hardball 20: Chris talks about the most important story he covered

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All week, we've been noting Hardball's 20th anniversary. We looked at one of the most important stories Chris covered: the Iraq War. “We covered the Iraq War here most intently in the months leading up to it, and most passionately in opposing it.”
          

Forget Vietnam – the US fought more deadly wars

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Review: Archie Henderson The Earth is Weeping: The epic story of the Indian Wars for the American West, by Peter Cozzens (Atlantic Books) America’s longest war was not Vietnam, Iraq or even Afghanistan, where US troops have been fighting since 2001. The longest war was fought on American soil, virtually from the time Europeans landed […]
          

Eight tourists and Jordanians stabbed in historic city of Jerash

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AMMAN, Ramadan Al-Fatash and Nehal El-Sherif (dpa)- An attacker stabbed at least eight people, including four tourists, on Wednesday in Jordan's historic city of Jerash, north of the capital Amman, police said. One Swiss and three Mexican tourists were wounded at the archaeological site, the Public Security Directorate said in a statement.
Eight tourists and Jordanians stabbed in historic city of Jerash

The Jordanians injured are two policemen, a tour guide and a bus driver.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the Mexican victims were two women and one man, and confirmed that one of them was in serious condition.
All eight were transferred to Jerash Public Hospital around 11 am (0900 GMT), the hospital said.
Four of them are expected to be released from hospital on Thursday, Minister of Health Saad Jaber said, while two have been transferred by helicopter to a hospital in Amman because their condition was serious.
The tour guide and one policeman underwent operations after the first was stabbed in the stomach and the second in the spleen, which had to be removed, Jaber added. Two of the Mexican tourists will also remain under observation for a longer period, the minister said.
Ebrard said that Mexico is in contact with "the highest level of the Jordanian government" and that the king was also monitoring the situation.
"The individual who did this is under arrest. There is no motive to explain why he did this: We don't know if it was a robbery, if he is a [mentally] unbalanced guy," the minister said.
The attacker was arrested at the scene and is being questioned, the statement added without providing any details on his identity.
Hala Akhbar website, which is close to the military, reported that the attacker was born in 1997 and lived at a Palestinian refugee camp in Jerash.
A video circulated on social media and news websites showed at least two people injured, with blood covering their torsos, while others tried to stop the bleeding and a woman shouted in Spanish.
Police called on citizens to stop sharing the video, saying it is a "legal violation" and hurts those injured and their families.
Jordan, a key pro-Western ally and a supporter of US-led campaigns against Islamic State militants in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, has experienced several deadly attacks in recent years.
In December 2016, at least 10 people were killed, including a Canadian tourist, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State extremist group in al-Karak city, some 120 kilometres south-west of the capital Amman.
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Erdogan says Turkey captured wife of dead IS leader al-Baghdadi

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ISTANBUL, Anindita Ramaswamy (dpa)- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey captured a wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who died during a US military operation last month. While Erdogan didn't mention where or when she was detained, a senior Turkish official told dpa late Wednesday that she was taken into custody as part of a group of 11 Islamic State suspects in Hatay, Turkey, which borders Syria, on June 2, 2018.
Erdogan says Turkey captured wife of dead IS leader al-Baghdadi

The four women, one man and six children were caught "after weeks of 24/7 surveillance," he said. Among them was a woman who was later identified to be Asma Fawzi Muhammad al-Qubaysi, al-Baghdadi's first wife, the official added.
Another detainee, who identified herself as Leila Jabeer, was determined to be al-Baghdadi's daughter following a DNA test, the official said, citing a police report.
He also said that al-Baghdadi's DNA sample was provided by the Iraqi government.
Al-Baghdadi - proclaimed the caliph, or leader, of Islamic State in 2014 - died on October 26 in Barisha, in the north-western Syrian province of Idlib, near the Turkish border.
The detainees from Hatay are currently being held at a deportation centre inside Turkey, the official told dpa.
Criticizing the United States for launching "a very solid communication campaign" about al-Baghdadi's death, Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara: "We captured his wife. But, we did not make a fuss out of it. I announce it for the first time today."
The Turkish official wouldn't say why the information was not disclosed earlier.
"We discovered her real identity pretty quickly," he claimed of al-Baghdadi's wife.
"At that point, she volunteered a lot of information about [al]-Baghdadi and the inner workings of ISIS," he said, adding that this led to several arrests elsewhere.
"There may or may not be other high-value targets in Turkish custody. I am not at liberty to discuss ongoing investigations and intelligence operations," he added.
On Tuesday, Turkey said it had captured al-Baghdadi's sister Rasmiya Awad during a raid in Azaz, a Syrian town controlled by Turkish-backed rebels, as well her husband, daughter-in-law and five children.
Erdogan confirmed on Wednesday that al-Baghdadi's sister and brother-in-law were taken into custody "on the Syrian side."
Awad, 65, and her family had been living in the camp of container housing units for a year, according to Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor.
But Abdel Rahman raised questions about the timing of the arrests' announcements.
"The Turkish intelligence service was aware of her presence in the area [before capturing her]," Abdel Rahman said.
Hundreds of Islamic State members and their families remain in Turkish-controlled areas in northern Syria. "I expect in the coming weeks that Turkey will detain more [Islamic State] members in order to show it is active in the fight against terrorism," Abdel Rahman told dpa.
Turkey launched its incursion into north-eastern Syria on October 9 with a stated aim of fighting Islamic State and Syrian Kurdish militias it considers terrorists.
The Turkish military and its allied Syrian rebel groups took control of Azaz following Operation Euphrates Shield in 2016, Turkey's first incursion into northern Syria.
Azaz, in the Syrian province of Aleppo, lies 14 kilometres from the Turkish border. It is 80 kilometres away from Barisha, where al-Baghdadi was hiding out and eventually died.
US President Donald Trump announced al-Baghdadi's death on October 27, saying he blew himself up after he was trapped by US special forces in a tunnel within a compound in Barisha.
Trump and Erdogan will meet on November 13, both leaders confirmed after a phone call on Wednesday.
Trump also tweeted that Erdogan "informed me that they have captured numerous ISIS fighters that were reported to have escaped during the conflict – including a wife and sister of terrorist killer al Baghdadi."
The 48-year-old al-Baghdadi was reclusive and secretive. His only known public appearance was a sermon in July 2014 at a mosque in Mosul just after Islamic State captured the northern Iraqi city and declared its caliphate.
There are more rumours than concrete information about his family. The New York Times reported that al-Baghdadi had five brothers and several sisters, and was believed to have four wives, but couldn't confirm how many of them were alive.
One of al-Baghdadi's sons, Hudhayfah, was killed in 2018 in a suicide bombing in the Syrian city of Homs, the group announced at the time. He was believed to be 13.
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"This Nov. 11, Help Stem The Tide Of Veteran Suicides"

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"This Nov. 11, Help Stem The Tide Of Veteran Suicides"
by Tom Purcell

"The Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report says nearly 6,200 veterans took their own lives in 2017 – and more than 6,000 took their lives every year from 2008 to 2017. “In 2017, the suicide rate for Veterans was 1.5 times the rate for non-Veteran adults, after adjusting for population differences in age and sex,” says the report. And as with civilians, suicide rates are increasing among veterans.

“Among U.S. adults, the average number of suicides per day rose from 86.6 in 2005 to 124.4 in 2017,” says the report. “These numbers included 15.9 Veteran suicides per day in 2005 and 16.8 in 2017.”

The awfulness of warfare is unimaginable to those who’ve never experienced it. That’s why war should be an absolute last resort – and why thousands of men and women who served are burdened by what they experienced.

Iraq War veteran Danny O’Neel, a speaker on suicide prevention, PTSD and mental health for the Independence Fund, explains his experience in a USA Today column. “War inflicts permanent psychic scars on survivors,” he writes. “Scrubbing a friend’s flesh out of a Bradley reconnaissance vehicle, packing up the cold clothes of a new dad to ship home to his family, pulling tortured corpses out of a water treatment facility – the trauma from these experiences is deep and lasting.”

Veterans who have seen such horrors may suffer from “moral injury,” which psychiatrist Jonathan Shay identified in veterans in his 1994 book “Achilles in Vietnam.” Rita Nakashima Brock of the Shay Moral Injury Center and Ann Kansfield, a New York City Fire Department chaplain, explain the concept in USA Today. “Moral injury is the result of violating core moral foundations by causing or witnessing serious harm or failing to save others,” they write. “It can also occur by being exposed to a great evil, like a terrorist attack, that shakes our foundation. Losing moral grounding challenges people’s identity and meaning systems when they condemn themselves for doing the wrong or inadequate thing, even if there was nothing they could have done.”

Moral injuries burden veterans with immense guilt. Without proper help for the depression that guilt may bring, they may see suicide as their only option – when it surely is not. And too many veterans think that seeking such help is a sign of weakness – which it surely is not.

If you’re a veteran having such thoughts, contact the Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255, then press 1 for a VA staff member. Veterans, active-duty military and their families can also text 838255 or visit VeteransCrisisLine.net.

Like or dislike President Trump, in March he issued an executive order, the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End the National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS). It requires government agencies to collect better research; establish better, more aggressive prevention methods; and collaborate with local-level organizations to get veterans the services they need. Each of us can help, too. We can volunteer time or give money to a local organization that works tirelessly to prevent veteran suicides.

Next Monday is Veterans Day. That’s a great time to honor our veterans – by doing our small part to tackle the growing issue of veteran suicides."


          

Step up action to protect the planet during wartime: UN environment chief

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INTERNATIONAL, 6 November 2019, Peace and Security - Greater action is needed to protect the environment during wartime if the world is to realize the goal of a more sustainable future for all people and the planet, the head of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warned on Wednesday.

Inger Andersen’s comments came in a message marking the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict.

Despite protection afforded by several legal instruments, the environment continues to be “the silent victim of armed conflicts worldwide”, according to UNEP.

Curbing negative environmental impacts of war and armed conflict

In recent decades, two fundamental changes have shaped the way the international community understands challenges to peace and security.

As Ms. Andersen stated, environmental factors are rarely, if ever, the sole cause of violent conflict.

“However, the exploitation of natural resources and related environmental stresses can be implicated in all phases of the conflict cycle, from contributing to the outbreak and perpetuation of violence to undermining prospects for peace”, she explained.

“Access and flow of water, land degradation, floods and pollution, in addition to competition over extractive resources, can directly exacerbate tensions and lead to eruption of conflicts, as is the case for resource depletion issues such as deforestation, soil erosion and desertification.”

From Agent Orange to ISIL

Public concern over the targeting and use of the environment during the heat of battle first peaked during the Vietnam War, according to UNEP, where the deployment of the toxic herbicide Agent Orange led to massive deforestation and contamination.

The resulting international outcry sparked the creation of two new international legal instruments: the Environmental Modification Convention in 1976, and an amendment to the Geneva Conventions, which regulate the conduct of war, one year later.

UNEP recalled that the extensive pollution caused by the intentional destruction of oil wells in Kuwait during the 1991 Gulf War sparked further calls to strengthen legal protection of the environment during wartime.

Since then, the devastation has continued. For example, the bombing of dozens of industrial sites in the Kosovo conflict in 1999 resulted in toxic chemical contamination.

More recently, ISIL militants set oil wells on fire when they retreated from areas in Iraq that they had previously held, triggering the release of what UNEP described as a “toxic mix” of gases and other compounds into the air.

Protect the planet, even during conflict

Ms. Andersen, the UNEP Executive Director, noted that in recent decades, there have been fundamental changes in how the international community understands challenges to peace and security.

The rise in non-state actors means that security is not just viewed in terms of conventional military threats.

“This evolving security landscape requires a shift in the way the international community engages in conflict management”, she said.

“From conflict prevention and early warning to peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, the potential role of natural resources and the environment must be taken into consideration at the onset.”

UNEP has been working since 1999 to determine the environmental impacts of war, Ms. Andersen said, including through identifying gaps and weaknesses in the international laws that protect the environment during wartime.

“However, if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, we need to act with greater urgency and coherence to reduce the threats armed conflicts pose to our environment and ultimately our health and livelihoods”, she said.

“On this International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict we have only one way forward: to up our ambition to protect our planet, even in the most complex and challenging scenarios.”


          

UNICEF urges governments to repatriate thousands of foreign children stranded in northeast Syria

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INTERNATIONAL, 4 November 2019, Peace and Security - The head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is appealing for countries to repatriate scores of foreign children who are stranded in northeast Syria in the wake of the Turkish-launched offensive which began last month.

The agency estimates nearly 28,000 children from more than 60 countries remain trapped in the region, mostly in displacement camps. This includes almost 20,000 from Iraq.

“Children, whether in the northeast or elsewhere inside Syria, must not be abandoned while the walls of war close in around them”, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said in a statement issued on Monday.

The UN agency reports that more than 80 per cent of the stranded foreign children in northeast Syria are under the age of 12, and half are under-fives.

Additionally, around 250 boys are being held in detention, though that number is likely to be higher. Some are as young as nine.

Many are born to suspected ISIL extremists, who were militarily defeated following the Kurdish-led and United States-backed operation to take back territory across the region. This left thousands of mostly women and children to be housed in often overcrowded camps administered by local Kurdish authorities, which have reportedly been destabilized by the Syrian offensive.

Ms. Fore said the escalation “brings a renewed urgency” for governments to repatriate children who qualify as citizens, before it is too late.

“All are living in conditions not fit for children.” She added. “Their main question to the world is: What will happen to us? These children urgently need adequate care and protection.”

The UNICEF chief reminded authorities of their responsibility “to do the right thing” and bring these children and their parents home where they can receive care and be safe from violence and abuse.

So far, at least 17 countries have repatriated more than 650 children who are now living with family members. UNICEF has supported the process by helping some of the youngsters to reintegrate into their extended families and communities.

However, Ms. Fore pointed out that these countries are the exception, rather than the norm.

“Our message to governments is unequivocal: The best interests of children should be a primary consideration at all times,” she said.

UNICEF remains concerned for the safety and well-being of the stranded foreign children and of thousands of their Syrian counterparts struggling to survive in camps and detention centres in the northeast.

The agency reports that around 40,000 Syrian children have been newly displaced across the region. Some have been separated from their families while others have been injured or disabled because of the violence.

Meanwhile, the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, reported that 108,500 people, including 47,000 children, have been displaced since the fighting began on 9 October.  Most are living with host communities in Hasakeh, Raqqa and Deir Ezzour governorates, while 17,000 are in shelters.

OCHA said the violence compounds an already dire humanitarian situation as 1.8 million of the three million people in northeast Syria  were already in need of humanitarian assistance before this period.

The UN continues to urge all sides in the conflict to ensure that aid workers can safely  access all people in need.


          

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Thoughts on the ISIL destruction of Nimrud

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So ISIL are back in the news this morning although to be fair it seems that they are never far from the news these days. This time its because they are destroying or rather, have destroyed, the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud.My first thoughts on reading this were initially shock which quickly morphed into pragmatism. Yes its terrible that these artifacts are being destroyed but lets face it, better this than destroying more human lives although sadly no doubt it will not be long before they're back in the news for doing that too.I have to admit I hadnt even heard of Nimrud before today so any outrage I felt at its destruction was always going to be tempered by that however I wanted to look into things a little and see exactly what it was that was being destroyed.Nimrud is the Arab name for an ancient Assyrian city once called Kalhu which sits just south of Mosul on the river Tigris in northern Mesopotamia. After Nimrud had existed for about 400 years, the city became the second capital of the ancient Assyrian Empire in 879 B.C.It remained as the Assyrian capital for about 170 years, until the capital was moved -- first to Dur Sharrukin and then to ancient Nineveh.It continued to be a major Assyrian city and a royal residence until it was destroyed during the fall of the Assyrian Empire in the seventh century B.C. at the hands of an alliance between the ancient Babylonians, Chaldeans, Medes, Persians, Scythians, and Cimmerians.The ruins of Nimrud had covered an area of about 360 hectares and were located about 1 kilometer from the modern-day village of Noomanea in Iraq’s Nineveh Province.So by the looks of the pictures and description, this place was quite the big deal in archaeological and historical circles.It is indisputably a tragedy and arguably a war crime however I think its important to bear in mind that everything that was valuable enough to be moved had been moved to the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad.The sooner the cancer on humanity that is ISIL or, as they are known more commonly in the Arabic world, Da'ish is excised and destroyed the better. One hopes that Arabic powers and indeed more global powers are doing all they can to achieve. I fear the world will have to cry a lot more tears for human lives however before that is achieved and in that context, tragic though this story is, it represents a sideshow in the terrible story of the Middle East in the 21st century.
          

'I'd wiped out half a family': F-16 pilot grapples with guilt after a bungled bombing mission in Iraq killed at least 4 civilians

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  • A former Dutch F-16 fighter pilot who bombed a civilian home in Iraq said he is grappling with his actions that led to the deaths of at least four civilians in 2015.
  • The pilot, who goes by the pseudonym "Stefan," recounted the events surrounding his bombing mission to two Netherlands-based journalists in the De Telegraaf.
  • "You think to yourself: 'It can't be, surely?' I felt nauseous when I heard the news," Stefan said. "I feel jointly responsible. I dropped that bomb and pressed the button. I ended the lives of people who had nothing to do with [our mission]. It was slap in the face. It went against everything we were there for."
  • Stefan said he viewed drone footage of the bombing on YouTube and struggled with the incident, which was researched by The New York Times. The Times's story included pictures of the civilian family members who were killed.
  • "One evening I was sat clicking on the internet. I saw the photo and thought: that's my target," Stefan said. "At that moment, I knew it would have been self-torture to look further — but I thought if I looked away at that point, that it would be cowardly."
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A Dutch F-16 fighter pilot who bombed a civilian home in Iraq thought to be an ISIS car bomb factory said he has been grappling with causing the deaths of at least four civilians on September 20, 2015.

The pilot, who goes by the pseudonym "Stefan," recounted the events surrounding his bombing mission to two Netherlands-based journalists, Olof Van Joolen and Silvan Schoonhoven, in the De Telegraaf.

"I was the mission commander, I'd done all the planning," he said in De Telegraaf. "Everything until the debriefing was successful."

It was weeks after the mission when he received word that his targets may have not been against Islamic State militants in Mosul, but civilians who were held captive under ISIS's rule in the city. The family members he had killed included the Mayada Razzo, according to an extensive New York Times investigation in 2017.

Videos taken by drones of the bombings were previously uploaded to US Central Command's YouTube channel with the caption "COALITION AIRSTRIKE DESTROYS A DAESH VBIED FACILITY NEAR MOSUL, IRAQ," referring to the acronym for improvised explosive devices fashioned from vehicles.

Basim Razzo, Mayada's husband who was a Huawei account manager who studied engineering at Western Michigan University, told The Times that he only needed to see the first few seconds to confirm he was looking at his family's homes. Razzo's wife, brother, 21-year-old daughter, and 18-year-old son were killed in the bombing that was initially believed to be a factory that produced weapons for ISIS militants.

Razzo eventually returned to the neighborhood, according to The Times: "I'm numb. I'm just numb," he said in 2017.

"You are murderers," Razzo said in a comment of CENTCOM's now-deleted YouTube video, according to The Times. "You kill innocents with cold blood and then start creating justification."

CENTCOM — the combatant command which overseas US operations in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, and South Asia — still has videos of previous airstrikes in their YouTube channel, but have since disabled a feature allowing commenting on videos.

"I will NEVER forget my innocent and dear cousins who died in this pointless airstrike," a 16-year-old cousin of Razzo's daughter reportedly added in the comments.

'I felt nauseous'

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Three weeks after the bombing, Stefan said he received a call saying that the US was investigating the incident.

"After a few months it turned out that the target had indeed been incorrect," Stefan recounted to De Telegraaf. "Somewhere along the way, there was an error in the intelligence process."

"You think to yourself: 'It can't be, surely?' I felt nauseous when I heard the news," Stefan added. "I feel jointly responsible. I dropped that bomb and pressed the button. I ended the lives of people who had nothing to do with [our mission]. It was slap in the face. It went against everything we were there for. We were just there to help the Iraqi people."

A military report of the incident obtained by The Times indicated that the US-led coalition believed the homes were used as an ISIS command center. According to Razzo, the location was briefly used by ISIS forces, but was later abandoned after the militants took over the entire city. Despite finding "no overtly nefarious activity," the coalition deemed that a total of 95-minutes of drone footage of the neighborhood warranted a military strike.

Stefan said he viewed the drone footage of the bombing on YouTube and struggled with Razzo's story in The Times, which included pictures of his family members who were killed.

"One evening I was sat clicking on the internet. I saw the photo and thought: that's my target," Stefan said. "At that moment, I knew it would have been self-torture to look further — but I thought if I looked away at that point, that it would be cowardly."

"I'd wiped out half a family, to put it bluntly," he added. "There was one guy who had survived. Then I saw a name and a face and a picture of the children, taken a day before it had happened. A little later I put an end to that. I didn't sleep for two nights. Then life went on."

The pilot's account has sparked a rift in the Dutch military

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The pilot admitted civilian casualties were always a possibility in the fog of war, and that it was "frustrating" to find that delicate balance between decisive action and accounting for non-combatants in combat.

ISIS took control Mosul, one of the largest cities in Iraq, in 2014. For three years, roughly 600,000 civilians who resided in the city were forced to abide by ISIS's crude laws until being liberated by a joint Iraqi, Kurdish, and US military campaign.

"War isn't just dirty; it's also a rational game," Stefan reportedly said.

"We really didn't want Baghdad to fall," he added, referring to Iraq's capital. "More people would have died — civilians included. Doing nothing is even worse. War is a game that we play because all else has failed."

Stefan, who has since left the Royal Netherlands Air Force, said he considered reaching out to Razzo and his remaining family. But he says that he faces bureaucratic challenges.

"The Ministry of Defence doesn't want to link a pilot to the deployment. It's not allowed," he reportedly said, adding that he "sometimes [wants] to write a letter."

"Maybe they think I'm some kind of blunderer because I killed half a family," Stefan said. "Maybe it would help if they knew I'm really upset about it too."

In an interview with Business Insider, journalist Schoonhoven said Stefan's candid account has sparked a rift in the Dutch military. Despite possible reprisals from the military, Schoonhoven said the pilot was "quite open" about detailing his experience.

"For him, it's excruciating," Schoonhoven said. "He has to live with having killed the family members."

'This was a war situation'

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Schoonhoven said he and his colleague discovered Stefan's account while researching for their upcoming book, "Missie F-16," about the Dutch F-16's role during the various conflicts in Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. The aircraft is scheduled to be retired and replaced with the US-designed F-35 aircraft.

"We wanted to write a journalistic book, not a book about heroic stories," Schoonhoven said to Business Insider. "We wanted to present the dark side of flying war planes and dropping bombs."

The Dutch have been heavily active in countering ISIS. Unlike some hesitation in joining the US coalition in Afghanistan, nearly all parliamentary parties voted to participate in the campaign against ISIS. The country deployed military advisers, special forces teams, and F-16s that flew "almost daily" in Iraq and eastern Syria for the anti-ISIS campaign, according to the Ministry of Defence.

Schoonhoven and Van Joolen's research indicated that the F-16s flew over 3,000 sorties and dropped over 2,000 bombs.

Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld admitted on Tuesday that the military was responsible for the deaths of roughly 70 civilians in two bombing runs in the region, according to local media reports. Bijleveld, who claimed she was not informed of the civilian deaths by her predecessor, Jeanine Hennis, passed a no-confidence vote and offered her "sincere apologies."

"As Minister, I am responsible, also for the actions of my predecessor," she said, according to Netherlands-based NL Times.

"Our actions were aimed at preventing as much collateral damage as possible, and especially civilian casualties," she reportedly said in a letter to parliament. "However, this was a war situation where these risks can never be completely excluded."

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Trump-world is still determined to out the Ukraine whistleblower, but it’s too late for it to matter

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  • President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress continue to focus on outing the whistleblower who filed a complaint that led to the impeachment inquiry.
  • Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the alleged name of the whistleblower on Wednesday, and Sen. Rand Paul has said he will "probably" say the name publicly.
  • But the whistleblower's identity is not relevant. The impeachment inquiry has gathered evidence that corroborates the whistleblower complaint and goes well beyond it.
  • If Trump and other Republicans' hope is that they'll discredit the allegations against the president by revealing the whistleblower as a partisan actor, of which there's no evidence, they're too late.
  • "The whistleblower is not the story and the whistleblower's background is no longer relevant. All that matters is the full and complete record outlining the president's actions," a legal expert told Insider.
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President Donald Trump and his GOP allies have relentlessly sought to unmask the anonymous US intelligence official behind the whistleblower complaint that sparked the impeachment inquiry, despite the fact that it's irrelevant at this point.

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the alleged name of the whistleblower on Wednesday, and was excoriated by the whistleblower's legal representation as a consequence.

GOP Sen. Rand Paul last Thursday shared an article via Twitter with unconfirmed details about who the whistleblower is and called for the whistleblower to be subpoenaed to testify under oath about "Hunter Biden and corruption."

Paul hasn't stopped in these efforts in the days since, and alongside Trump at a campaign rally in Kentucky on Monday called on the media to print the alleged name of the anonymous whistleblower. On Tuesday, Paul told reporters he would "probably" out the whistleblower himself.

"I'm more than willing to and I probably will at some point," Paul said. "There is no law preventing anybody from saying the name."

But naming anyone as the whistleblower, whether true or not, could place that person in serious danger. And the public disclosure of the whistleblower's identity would not undermine the mounting slew of damning evidence against the president.

The whistleblower complaint has been corroborated by multiple witnesses in testimony to House lawmakers, and some of its details have been publicly confirmed by the president even as he's referred to the complaint as "fictitious." 

The House took a historic step last Thursday in passing a resolution that formalized the impeachment inquiry and signaled the process will begin to transition into a more public phase. Republicans have for weeks complained about the process and the closed-door interviews with witnesses, and they're now gradually shifting into focusing more on the whistleblower's identity as they struggle to defend the president against the substance of the inquiry

But if Trump and other Republicans' hope is that they'll discredit the allegations against the president by revealing the whistleblower as a partisan actor — they're too late.

'The reality is that the identity of the whistleblower is irrelevant'

President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

With the trove of information that's been gathered as the Ukraine scandal has gained speed, the impeachment inquiry has gone well beyond the complaint that catalyzed it. At this point, the whistleblower's part in this escalating political drama has largely been played out. 

As the whistleblower's lawyers — Andrew P. Bakaj and Mark S. Zaid — put it in an op-ed for The Washington Post last week: "As each allegation in the complaint is substantiated by new witnesses, the president and his supporters remain fanatically devoted to bringing our client into the spotlight. But the reality is that the identity of the whistleblower is irrelevant."

Bakaj and Zaid added that much of what's been disclosed since the complaint was released in late September "actually exceeds the whistleblower's knowledge of what transpired at the time the complaint was submitted." The attorneys said their client has "no additional information" and therefore there's "no justification for exposing their identity and all the risks that would follow."

Bakaj and Zaid reiterated they've notified both the House and Senate intelligence committees that the whistleblower is willing to answer questions in writing and under oath.

The evidence against Trump is damning, but Republicans aren't done defending him

The whistleblower complaint centers around a July 25 phone call in which Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, in relation to the latter's work for a Ukrainian natural gas company. There's no evidence of illegal activity on the part of either Biden.

Trump and his allies have dismissed the complaint as hearsay, given it was based off second-hand information. But a memo willingly released by the White House confirms that Trump pressured Zelensky in this way, and Trump has publicly admitted it. And a top national security aide who was on the July 25 call, Iraq War veteran Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, testified to House lawmakers that he was so alarmed by what transpired he repeatedly expressed concern with his superiors.

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Additionally, multiple witnesses have provided testimony to House lawmakers that's corroborated the existence of some form of a quid pro quo involving roughly $400 million in military aid in Trump's efforts to urge Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. These witnesses include current and former members of the Trump administration, as well as decorated US military veterans and career diplomats.

Evidence of a quid pro quo has also come via a trove of text messages provided to the House by Trump's former special envoy for Ukraine, Kurt Volker, and public statements from acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney (though he later walked back on those remarks). 

But none of these factors have stopped Republicans from speculating about the identity of the whistleblower and pushing for public testimony.

Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, a close ally of Trump, last Tuesday indicated that he has questions about the whistleblower's motives. Jordan told reporters: "It's tough to determine someone's credibility if you can't put them under oath and ask them questions."

The same day, Trump once again tweeted: "Where's The Whistleblower?" The president has repeatedly tweeted about this, and on Monday demanded that the the whistleblower be "brought forward to testify."

Trump, who never did an in-person interview as part of the Russia investigation and only submitted written answers, also rejected the offer for written testimony from the whistleblower. 

'The whistleblower is not the story'

Bradley P. Moss, a national security lawyer and partner at Zaid's law firm, on Friday told Insider these efforts from Republicans are an "irresponsible political deflection" and "beneath the dignity of the offices these lawmakers hold."

Moss added: "The whistleblower is not the story and the whistleblower's background is no longer relevant. All that matters is the full and complete record outlining the president's actions, and specifically whether that conduct merits invocation of the constitutional remedy of impeachment or not."

Congressional Democrats have also raised alarm and slammed Republicans for seeking to out the whistleblower. 

Last week, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell told reporters: "We have a long-standing concern that the president and his allies in Congress aren't interested in the underlying act but are interested in risking the life of the whistleblower."

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The defense secretary begged Trump not to pardon accused and convicted war criminals

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  • Pentagon officials were reportedly shocked by a "Fox & Friends" report Monday that President Donald Trump planned to intervene in three war crimes cases by Veteran's Day.
  • Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urged Trump Tuesday not to intervene.
  • Included in the information packet will be the details of each case, as well as arguments that in none of the cases were the accused troops acting out of patriotism, as Trump suggested.
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Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters he has urged President Donald Trump not to intervene in the cases of three members of the military accused or convicted of war crimes.

"I had a robust discussion with the president yesterday and I offered — as I do in all matters — the facts, the options, my advice, the recommendations and we'll see how things play out," Esper told press Wednesday.

Three defense officials told CNN that the Pentagon would send an information package to the president explaining why he should not intervene in the cases of former Army Lt. Clint Lorance and Maj. Matthew Golsteyn, a Green Beret, and Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher. The officials told CNN that the information would be delivered as soon as possible; administration officials had told CNN that Esper planned to discuss his concerns with Trump before Veterans' Day on Nov. 11. 

Pentagon officials were reportedly shocked by a "Fox & Friends" report Monday that Trump planned to intervene in the cases. He has tweeted about the war crimes allegations, saying, "We train our boys to be killing machines, then prosecute them when they kill!" Gallagher was acquitted of premeditated murder charges, but found guilty of taking a photo with a slain ISIS fighter; Lorance is currently a 19-year sentence for murder; and Golsteyn is awaiting court-martial on murder charges.

Pentagon officials are concerned that Trump doesn't understand the gravity of the crimes Gallagher, Lorance, and Golsteyn were convicted or accused of, or the potential effects his intervention could have on military justice. 

Included in the information packet were the details of each case, as well as arguments that in none of the cases were the troops acting out of patriotism, as Trump appears to believe, and recommendations that Trump should follow the recommendations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice — with the acknowledgement that the final decision is up to the president. Esper also told reporters on Wednesday that he has "full confidence in the military justice system."

'Undermining the authority of command'

Trump has been heavily involved in the case of  Gallagher, who was accused of killing a teenage ISIS captive, as well as shooting at Iraqi civilians, both war crimes. He was acquitted of those charges in a military court, after the prosecution impugned its own witness and surveilled the defense without a warrant. Another SEAL testified to killing the young ISIS fighter; Gallagher was found guilty of posing for a photo with his body and demoted. 

Trump has also gotten involved in the cases of Lorance and Golsteyn. He has ordered that charges against both be reviewed; Lorance is serving a 19-year sentence at Ft. Leavenworth in Kansas for ordering an enlisted soldier in his platoon to fire at three Afghans on a motorcycle in 2012. Two of the men died, and Lorance was charged with murder, the Army Times reports. Lorance and his attorneys have maintained his innocence, arguing in an appeal that at least some of the men on the motorcycle had been linked to insurgent activity. 

Golsteyn's case has not yet gone to trial. He is accused of murdering an alleged Afghan bombmaker in 2010, and the Army maintains that, during a CIA polygraph test, he admitted to shooting the man, burying him, and later returning to burn the body. Golsteyn and his attorneys maintain his innocence, with one of his attorneys calling the alleged confession of Golsteyn killing an unarmed man "a fantasy." However, the Army Times reports Golsteyn did admit to a version of the events he allegedly told CIA interviewers during a Fox News interview. 

Golsteyn has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney, Phillip Stackhouse, has said that the death occurred during a mission that Golsteyn's superiors ordered. 

Should Trump intervene in the cases, the integrity of the UCMJ would be called into question, as well as the leadership of military authorities. Countries that host US troops could become more wary about the behavior of those troops, and of the military's ability to prosecute crimes, according to the officials CNN interviewed. 

"We all view this possibility as undermining the authority of command," one official told CNN.

Insider reached out to the White House and the Pentagon for comment, but did not receive a response from either by press time. 

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Protesters attack Iranian consulate in Karbala, hoist Iraqi flag

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BAGHDAD, Iraq: A large number of protesters in Iraq attacked the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Karbala on Sunday night. They removed the concrete barriers surrounding the building and brought down an Iranian flag and replacing it with the Iraqi flag. The protesters threw stones and burned tires...

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Manifestantes iraquíes bloquean la entrada a la refinería de petróleo de Nasiriya

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Manifestantes antigubernamentales iraquíes han bloqueado este miércoles la entrada sur de la refinería de petróleo de la localidad de Nasiriya, según han contado a Reuters responsables de seguridad y del sector petrolero. Ir a la fuente Author:

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Is this Iraq's Arab Spring?

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Iraq is currently facing such an alarming array of economic, political and social problems that many observers fear no-one will be up to the task of delivering the much-needed reforms. By Stasa Salacanin | Since the beginning of October thousands of protesters, mostly young Iraqis, from central and southern Iraqi major cities have been voicing their opposition to the deteriorating economic conditions, sectarian politics and rampant corruption that plague the country. Indeed, the country has been one of the most corrupt in the world for decades – according to Transparency International’s 2018 Corruption Index, Iraq ranks 168 out of 175 countries. Protestors are also expressing their anger over high unemployment and the common governmental practice of political staffing, where sectarian or ethnic quotas rather than qualifications apply. The majority accuse the ruling elite of abusing public funds and mismanaging the country’s national resources while completely failing to meet the needs of the Iraqi population. But perhaps one of the main – and most surprising – characteristics of the October protests is the fact that the protestors are mostly younger Shia citizens who have turned against a Shia-led political establishment. While there are very few Sunni Arabs or Iraqi Kurds among the protestors, with demonstrations taking place in central and southern Iraq, where the population is predominantly Shia, there has been an increase in the use of national symbols. Transcending sectarian and ethnic divisions The sentiment is Iraqi; these young people are not demonstrating as Shia Arabs, but as citizens who are furious with the system which was imposed upon them following the toppling of Saddam Hussein and the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. How the unrest in Iraq will impact on the region remains to be seen, but it is clearly posing a major threat to Tehran. Iran's state news agency IRNA has accused the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel of fomenting unrest in Iraq in order to sabotage Iran’s ties with Iraq and Syria. However, many Iraqis including the Shia are less than enamoured of the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU), powerful non-state actors over which Bagdad has limited control, as many of them are heavily under the influence of Tehran. Among Iraqis, there is the overriding perception that their country is becoming a fiefdom for foreign political and paramilitary factions that many view as a blatant violation of Iraqi national sovereignty. Arab Spring in Iraq While the protests in southern Iraq in summer 2018 addressed similar issues, this time they are becoming increasingly militant and are not only calling for the resignation of the current government but aim to overthrow and change the entire political system.As the demonstrations appear to be leaderless and without a specific agenda, except for expressing general dissatisfaction and impatience with conditions in the country, it remains unclear, however, whether the protests will produce any of the desired changes.   Imad Harb, director of research and analysis at the Arab Center in Washington DC, writes that the protests "offer another example of an approaching, painful, and final collapse of the traditional Arab political order that has shown its impotence in addressing the myriad problems besetting Arab societies today." Furthermore, a commentary published by Middle East expert and head of research at Gulf State Analytics Giorgio Cafiero on LobeLog, posits that the recent unrest in Iraq should be interpreted in the wider context of turmoil that has been spreading all over the Arab region, as the citizens of Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Sudan express their deep dissatisfaction with their corrupt governments. According to him, "it is fair to conclude that the Arab Spring has reached Iraq." Can the government regain control of the situation? The government’s brutal response to the unrest and the high number of civilian casualties has put Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Mahdi under great pressure. Despite promising reforms and ordering a broad cabinet reshuffle, he has so far struggled to address the protesters’ complaints and instead continues to make blunder after blunder. At the beginning of October, for instance, Staff Lieutenant General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, widely perceived as a national hero due to his role in fighting Islamic State, was demoted. Then there is the ongoing use of live ammunition and tear gas to disperse the protesters, which could prove the final nail in the prime minister’s coffin. In such circumstances, it is highly unlikely that mere promises will be able to calm tensions in the country. What is more, the fragile coalition over which Abdel Mahdi presides has begun to crack, making his position even more uncertain. While it is hard to imagine that the current Iraqi government will be able to introduce any major reforms, since the prime minister is actually a hostage to the powerful political and paramilitary factions, Mahdi is right about one thing – in his speech after the first wave of protests he declared that there are "no magical" solutions to the problems. The problems faced by the Iraqis are so numerous and complex that many observers fear that no-one will be up to the task of delivering the much-needed reforms. Solving the social and economic crisis that is at the heart of the protests would require painful cuts to the public sector, which already employs over 3 million Iraqis, as well as removing subsidies for gas, food and electricity. Unpopular at the best of times, such measures would merely be likely to provoke more unrest in the current climate.  Last but not least, even though the protests are not sectarian in motivation, sectarianism remains firmly rooted in Iraqi society. Powerful political factions such as the pro-Iranian Fatah party of Hadi al-Ameri, the Axis party of Khamis Khanjar favoured by Iraqi Sunnis and the Barzani clan’s Kurdistan Democratic Party all aim to limit the power of Bagdad’s central government and are thus largely contributing to the impotence of the Iraqi state. 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Clashes in southern Iraqi city of Karbala kill 2 protesters

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Iraqi protesters stormed a fourth bridge in central Baghdad, where security forces pushed them back with batons and tear gas, wounding dozens, while a medic was killed near another bridge while providing aid to demonstrators
          

The Iranian Takeover of Iraq

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Iraq is being overtaken by Iran. The government in Baghdad is essentially a puppet of the Iranian government. There is a massive restructuring underway in the Middle East. And because the U.S. is retreating from its responsibilities, the Iranians are feeling emboldened. This is what the U.S. abandonment of the Kurds has signaled to the [read more]
          

Iraq forces, protesters in ‘Battle of Bridges’

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Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live rounds into the air to disperse protesters in central Baghdad Wednesday, killing one person, as the biggest wave of anti-government demonstrations in decades spread out across the capital.
          

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Company Overview For 30 years, clients in the private and public sectors have relied upon SOS International LLC (SOSi) for critical operations in the world's most challenging environments. SOSi is privately held, was founded by its current ownership in 1989, maintains corporate headquarters in Reston, VA, and specializes in providing logistics, construction, training, intelligence, and information technology solutions to the defense, diplomatic, intelligence and law enforcement communities. All interested individuals will receive consideration and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or protected veteran status. SOSi takes affirmative action in support of its policy to advance diversity and inclusion of individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 4-******-8978: DFAC Front of House Administrative Clerk - OCONUS LocationOverseas - Iraq Open Date5/15/2019 JOB DESCRIPTION SOSi is seeking a DFAC Front of House Administrative Clerk for our current contract located on Camp Taji, Iraq. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES Oversees the entire daily operation of the Dining Facility sign-in process and patron accountability process Communicates and participates with USG PREV MED personnel and SOSI QA/QC inspections and audits as required for periodic and planned inspections Assist Front of House Manager in day to day duties to ensure that all food guidance regulations are followed in accordance with ATTP 4-41, AR 30-22, DA PAM 30-22 and TB MED 530 Assists DFAC Management to ensure that the DFAC Subcontractor Management provides all required weekly reports of all personnel, equipment, activities and required medicals are performed Ensures that the sign in procedures are being performed in accordance with the project work statement and DA PAM 30-22 and TB MED 530 Ensures that the associated USG military headcounts provides accurate headcount of all personnel served in accordance with AFMIS guidelines and AR 30-22 Assist the Front of House Manager to ensure that trash and garbage is removed, stations are cleaned, that dining facilities are presentable, clean, and inviting, and appropriately decorated for holidays Ensures sanitary procedures and other informational signs are posted where required and followed in accordance with all regulations and the project work statement Assist the Front of House Manager with the O & M Department administrative requirements to ensure the maintenance of refrigerators, ice making machines, fryers, warming ovens, steam tables, drink dispensers, lights, tables, chairs and all other machines are functioning properly and cleaned in accordance with manufacture guidelines and TB MED 530 MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS Five or more years of experience working in the administrative field and within the field of food service Computer and software skills to include the use of word processing, email, spreadsheets and electronic presentations Oral and written communication skills including the ability to make significant presentations to staff and/or officials concerning Food Service Operations Ability to speak, read, and write English at a professional level Contingency Operations experience in an austere environment Experience in cafeteria-style food service administration ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WORK ENVIRONMENT Living and working conditions at the assignment location could be remote and uncomfortable Long hours, exposure to weather and hazardous conditions Personnel should be aware of moving on short notice and under adverse conditions May require the ability to lift / and or move objects or packages of up to 50 lbs
          

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Marie Yovanovitch said Mr Trump's remark in a call to Ukraine's leader left her "very concerned". Also: It's just emerged that a Dutch air strike killed about seventy in Iraq in 2015, and the veteran Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne dies aged 85.
          

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Operations resumed at a port and an oil refinery in southern Iraq on Thursday after protesters left both areas, port officials, security and oil sources said.

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi has condemned the recent moves against Iran's Consulate General in the Iraqi city of Karbala, and highlighted the acts taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran to maintain the security of the country’s missions in Iraq.

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The medical sources said that four protestors were killed while 34 were wounded, adding that one was killed by live fire, and two by rubber bullets and tear gas, but did not explain the fourth death. 

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Would This Tiny U.S. Warship Be the First to Fight Iran in a War?

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How might they fare?

Key point: These ships are small, but can go into vital coastal waterways that most other ships would run aground in.

If the United States and Iran go to war in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy’s smallest warships could be the first to see combat.

The Navy’s 13 Cyclone-class patrol boats -- also known as “PCs” for “patrol, coastal” -- each displace just 330 tons of water. An Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, by contrast, displaces more than 9,000 tons of water. A standard crew aboard a Cyclone includes just 28 officers and sailors.

Ten Cyclones, operating from a base in Bahrain, comprise America’s naval vanguard in the Persian Gulf. They are the only U.S. warships that permanently operate off the Iranian coast. Other, larger vessels periodically deploy to the region.

The Cyclones are not widely known. Even the Navy in the past has failed to appreciate the 180-foot-long vessels, despite the extreme danger they could encounter during wartime. Congress in 2015 struck the Cyclones from the official tally of around 280 “battle force ships” that the Navy expects to play a major role in a large-scale conflict.

Each packing two 25-millimeter cannons plus machine guns, grenade-launchers and two quadruple mounts for short-range Griffin anti-ship missiles, the Cyclones arguably are the most heavily-armed American warships relative to their size.

Since acquiring the patrol boats in the mid-1990s until recently, the Navy struggled to find a place for the diminutive vessels in a fleet dominated by much larger, ocean-going aircraft carriers, cruisers and destroyers. The patrol boats lack the range and seakeeping to deploy on their own, so the fleet must hire heavy-lift vessels to haul the tiny warships across oceans.

The Cyclones spent a decade in a kind of planning limbo. But then in 2003, the United States invaded Iraq. The patrol boats suddenly found their calling.

The waters of the Persian Gulf around Iraq’s sole oil terminal, where tanker ships hook up to load the precious crude, are too shallow for destroyers and cruisers. So to protect the strategic oil facility, the Navy deployed Cyclones.

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Take Your Pick: Who are the 5 Worst Generals in American History?

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Let the history debate begin! 

Key Point: Sometimes the most legandary generals aren't the best. 

It would be nice if all American generals were great. How might Vietnam or Iraq have turned out if a George Washington, a Ulysses Grant or a George Patton had been in command?

Alas, call it the laws of probability or just cosmic karma, but every nation produces bad generals as well as good ones—and America is no exception.

What is a bad general? Defining that is like defining a bad meal. Some would say that failure on the battlefield warrants censure. Others would say that it is not victory, but success in fulfilling a mission that counts.

But for whatever reason, some American commanders have lost the battle for history. Here are five of America's worst generals:

Horatio Gates:

Great generals have great talents, and usually egos and ambitions to match. Yet backstabbing your commander-in-chief in the middle of a war is taking ambition a little too far. A former British officer, Gates rose to fame as Continental Army commander during the momentous American defeat of a British army at Saratoga in 1777.

Many historians credit Benedict Arnold and others with being the real victors of Saratoga. Gates thought otherwise, and fancied himself a better commander than George Washington. It's not the first time that someone thought he was smarter than his boss. But Gates could have doomed the American Revolution.

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During the darkest days of the rebellion, when Washington's army had been kicked out of New York and King George's star seemed ascendant, the "Conway cabal" of disgruntled officers and politicians unsuccessfully schemed to out Washington and appoint Gates.

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Why Christians Should Embrace Refugees and Not Politicians

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Doug Bandow

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Christians should push for a more generous refugee/asylum policy to help respond to attacks on Mideast Christians.

It took President Donald Trump nearly two years to order American troops in Syria home. Or just to move them out of harm’s way, if not yet home. He was right to take that very limited step, despite the hostile tsunami against his decision.

The angry fulminations that characterized his critics—in the main their responses have been more emotional eruptions than considered arguments—well illustrate the need for an American exit from Syria, and elsewhere in the Middle East. Many policymakers appear to believe that America’s purpose is to settle that tragic nation’s brutal, bitter civil war: depose President Bashar al-Assad, promote moderate Islamists, oust Assad’s Iranian allies, constrain Russian influence, deter Turkish involvement, protect Syrian Kurdish forces, and more. Such an effort is not just bizarre hubris but overweening arrogance and sheer delusion, as evidenced by the succession of Middle Eastern geopolitical disasters orchestrated by Washington in recent years.

As if the foregoing list was not long enough, the president’s evangelical backers have added another duty: protect Christians from Turkey and other threats. It is an attractive mission. For years there had been a slow erosion of the Christian population in the faith’s birthplace. The environment is difficult, even hostile, to all religious minorities, and the West offers a hospitable home for those able to emigrate. Although most defenders of Christianity discourage such flight, lest faith disappears from its birthplace, it is impossible to criticize people for seeking a better, safer, and more satisfying life elsewhere.

However, in 2003 Western Christians proved themselves to be perhaps the greatest enemies of Middle Eastern Christianity. The Iraq invasion triggered sectarian strife, which killed hundreds of thousands of people, many of whom were Christians. More than half of the original Christian population fled, some to Kurdistan, others abroad, especially to Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. This tragedy was reinforced by the rise of ISIS, an outgrowth of Al Qaeda in Iraq, which conquered much of the Nineveh Plains, then home to many religious minorities. No Iraq invasion, no Islamic State.

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“He is a political activist in uniform.”

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Retired Army Officer Remembers Lt. Col. Vindman as Partisan Democrat Who Ridiculed America

Aretired Army officer who worked with Democrat “star witness” Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman in Grafenwoher, Germany, claims Vindman “really talked up” President Barack Obama and ridiculed America and Americans in front of Russian military officers.
In an eye-opening thread on Twitter last week, retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Jim Hickman said that he “verbally reprimanded” Vindman after he heard some of his derisive remarks for himself. “Do not let the uniform fool you,” Hickman wrote. “He is a political activist in uniform.”
Hickman’s former boss at the Joint Multinational Simulation Center in Grafenwoehr has since gone on the record to corroborate his story.
Hickman, 52, says he’s a disabled wounded warrior who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and who received numerous medals, including the Purple Heart.
The retired officer said that Vindman, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Ukraine, made fun of the United States to the point that it made other soldiers “uncomfortable.” For example, Hickman told American Greatness that he heard Vindman call Americans “rednecks”—a word that needed to be translated for the Russians. He said they all had a big laugh at America’s expense.

Vindman, who serves on the National Security Council (NSC), appeared last week before the House Intelligence Committee and testified that he’d had “concerns” about the July phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Vindman’s testimony rested on his negative opinions of the call, rather than any new facts about the call.
Vindman’s former boss, NSC Senior Director for European Affairs Tim Morrison, threw cold water on Vindman’s claims in his own testimony later in the week, saying he didn’t have concerns that “anything illegal was discussed” in the phone call.  Morrison also testified that Ukrainian officials were not even aware that military funding had been delayed by the Trump Administration until late August 2019, more than a month after the Trump-Zelensky call.

“Completely Beyond Reproach”

Hickman said he decided to come forward because Vindman “disobeyed a direct order from the commander-in-chief, his boss,” made his testimony “about his foreign policy opinions versus facts,” and “wore his Army service uniform to make a political statement” against the president.
“Then right on cue, the mainstream media began calling him a war hero with a purple heart, and completely beyond reproach,” Hickman wrote in a statement to American Greatness and another journalist. “Knowing his political bias, backed by his somewhat radical left-leaning ideology, it was my obligation, indeed my duty, to come forward with this information. I couldn’t go to the same mainstream media to put it out, nor could I go to the Army, as they’re backing Vindman, so I took to Twitter, a source for getting the truth out,” he added.
According to Hickman, Vindman was the Defense Department attaché at the Russian embassy in Germany when he met him in 2013. He told American Greatness that he also met Vindman’s twin brother Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman while he was stationed in Germany.
“I know LTC Alex Vindman from a Combined US-Russian exercise called Atlas Vision [13] in Grafenwoher,” Hickman wrote on Twitter. “He worked with the Russian Embassy and I was assigned to the JMTC (Joint Multinational Training Command), within USAREUR (US Army Europe). He worked coordination w/the Russian 15th Peacekeeping Brigade, and I was in charge of all Simulations planning, as well as assisting the USAREUR Lead Planner as the Senior Military Planner.”
Hickman provided American Greatness with a picture of himself and his wife while he was on vacation in Venice during that time period.
He noted that he and Vindman had “interacted on several different occasions throughout the planning cycle, but it was during the actual execution of the exercise that we had an issue relevant to his recent testimony.”

Laughing At Americans’ Expense

Hickman said he had pretty much forgotten about Vindman until recently.

          

Brit Hume exposes 'huge fallacy' in Alexander Vindman's testimony to House impeachment panel...

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'Illogical'


Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was "deeply troubled" by what he believed were President Donald Trump's attempts to "subvert U.S. foreign policy," the Washington Post reported Friday, citing Vindman's testimony given to the Democrat-led House impeachment inquiry last week.

From the Post:
[Vindman] told lawmakers that he was deeply troubled by what he interpreted as an attempt by the president to subvert U.S. foreign policy and an improper attempt to coerce a foreign government into investigating a U.S. citizen.
Vindman's testimony received widespread attention because it furthered the narrative that Trump is a rogue president determined to act out of self-interest, rather than in the interest of the American people.
But according to Fox News' Brit Hume, there is a "huge fallacy" in Vindman's line-of-thinking.
That fallacy, Hume went on to explain, is that Trump cannot "subvert" U.S. foreign policy precisely because he is the "constitutional author of foreign policy."
"Actually, it's the fact that the president is the constitutional author of foreign policy, so the idea he is 'subverting' it is illogical," Hume explained.
Indeed, as the Constitutional Rights Foundation explains, the executive branch has the most significant role in crafting U.S. foreign policy, and because the president is the head of the executive branch, the president essentially determines the direction of U.S. foreign policy while in office.


          

The agenda of the Nobel Peace Prize

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Why Obama got a Nobel Peace Prize for nothing — and Trump never will for anything


President Barack Obama’s first act as a Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2009 — nine months after he took the oath of office — was to try to wriggle out of accepting it.
“The morning the prize was announced, his staff investigated whether anyone had failed to travel to Oslo to receive their prize,” writes Nobel insider Geir Lundestad in “The World’s Most Prestigious Prize” (Oxford), out this month.
Apparently, the president was among the 61 percent of Americans who believed he didn’t deserve it.
“It is true, Obama did not do much before winning,” Lundestad, 74, a member of Norway’s Nobel Committee until 2014, told The Post. “But he represented the ideals of the committee. And when we have an American president who supports that message, we like to strengthen him.”
Obama’s advisers soon decided the honor could not be refused. But as ridicule rained down on the committee for handing a peacemaker’s award to a man who was ordering drone strikes on civilians overseas, the White House grew increasingly hesitant, dithering for weeks over how much of the traditional three-day awards gala he would attend.
In the end, Obama stayed just long enough to deliver an acceptance speech that tried to justify the wars he was waging in Iraq and Afghanistan — rationalizations that visibly irked First Lady Michelle Obama.“Did you have to go there?” she asked when he concluded, according to Lundestad’s book.
The committee’s risky choice backfired, Lundestad admits, as the new president took flak from all sides for accepting it before he had accomplished any of his lofty foreign policy goals. Even supporters like Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus called the prize “ridiculous — embarrassing, even.” David Axelrod, a top Obama advisor, said it was “more of a surreal challenge than a cause for celebration.”
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“It would be difficult, even impossible, for Obama to live up to the enormous expectations,” Lundestad writes. “I personally greatly doubted their decision.”
But the committee members took the chance out of sheer exultation that a Republican no longer resided in the White House, Lundestad suggests in his book, an expanded English-language version of a memoir he published in Norwegian in 2015.
Of the 100 Nobel Peace Prizes bestowed since 1901, 22 of them have gone to Americans — far more than any other nation in the world. The entire continent of Africa has produced only 11 Peace Prize winners, including this year’s laureate, Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia.
It’s a matter of geopolitics, Lundestad explained. “It is always Norwegian policy to maintain a good relationship with the United States,” he said. “Russia is our neighbor, and we need a big friend.”
The Nobel Committee, under the terms of Alfred Nobel’s 1895 will, is made up of prominent Norwegians who share a particular worldview.
The resulting philosophy of “liberal internationalism” prioritizes globalist organizations over national governments and boosts ideas like arms control and environmentalism.
“To Norwegians it is almost as if the USA is split in two,” Lundestad writes. “A liberal and democratic country with which we feel solidarity and a conservative country for which we have little respect.”
Three of the four prize-winning American presidents have been Democrats: Obama, Woodrow Wilson and Jimmy Carter. The sole Republican is Theodore Roosevelt, who won it in 1906 as a progressive whose outlook bears little resemblance to that of today’s GOP.
Almost all of the other US honorees — such as Al Gore, Martin Luther King Jr. and anti-nuclear activist Linus Pauling — have been on the left end of our political spectrum. “The warmth of our relationship with the US is of course much higher with a left-of-center president,” Lundestad said.
Ronald Reagan was pointedly snubbed in 1990 when the Soviet Union’s Mikhail Gorbachev won a solo Peace Prize for ending the Cold War.
“Gorbachev was not a true democrat, obviously,” Lundestad said — making him one of the committee’s most controversial picks. But Reagan’s peace-through-strength policies were so unpopular in Norway that a Nobel for him was unthinkable.
President Trump has been nominated for the prize by two Norwegian legislators — valid nominators, under committee rules — for his peace overtures to North Korea. But his “America First” ideology and aversion to globalism make him an equally unlikely candidate. “I probably will never get it,” Trump said in February. “I think I’ll get a Nobel Prize for a lot of things — if they gave it out fairly, which they don’t,” Trump complained again during September’s UN General Assembly.
It’s the one thing on which Lundestad and the president agree.
“I would be extremely surprised if Donald Trump ever received the Nobel Peace Prize,” Lundestad said. “He may say he wants to bring peace to the Middle East or the Korean Peninsula, but he has not accomplished anything,” he added. “And his policies do not fall into line with the ideas of liberal internationalism” — no matter how those efforts may turn out.

          

FIFA asks Iraq to host World Cup, Asia Cup qualifiers elsewhere after protests

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BAGHDAD: Iraq has been told to find neutral venues for this month’s home qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asia Cup because of ongoing protests, officials said on Wednesday.
Iraq had been due to play the two games in Basra — against Iran on November 14 and Bahrain on November 19 — but the southern port city has been caught up in the anti-government demonstrations that have swept Baghdad and the south.
“FIFA informed us late Tuesday night that we must choose a new place, an alternative outside Iraq, for the scheduled match with Iran by Wednesday,” the deputy head of the Iraqi football federation, Ali Jabbar, told AFP.
The Iraqi federation has received a formal letter from FIFA and is “following up on the issue,” another member of the federation confirmed.
A statement from FIFA said it had assessed “the current security situation in Iraq” and informed the local federation that upcoming matches “must be played on neutral ground.”
“The Iraqi Football Association has been requested to nominate a neutral venue for the said matches, which is subject to confirmation by FIFA and the AFC,” it said.
The decision is a major disappointment for Iraq, which had lobbied FIFA for years to reverse a ban on hosting home internationals because of instability.
Following the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the country was plunged into years of violence and no international games were hosted there.
The ban was lifted by FIFA last year and Iraq hosted its first qualifier in October against Hong Kong, winning 2-0.
Iraq tops its group for Asia Cup qualification with seven points, leading Bahrain on goal difference, while Iran holds third spot with six points.
Hong Kong and Cambodia each have one point.

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Syria: OPCW Whistleblowers Confirm What We Already Knew

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November 5, 2019 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Whistleblowers have come forward revealing what many had known all along - that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had deliberately altered various reports and suppressed evidence regarding alleged chemical weapon attacks in Syria to help bolster US war propaganda.


The Courage Foundation - comprised of various whistleblowers and investigative journalists - in a statement titled, "Panel Criticizes ‘Unacceptable Practices’ in the OPCW’s investigation of the Alleged Chemical Attack in Douma, Syria on April 7th 2018," would conclude (emphasis added):
Based on the whistleblower’s extensive presentation, including internal emails, text exchanges and suppressed draft reports, we are unanimous in expressing our alarm over unacceptable practices in the investigation of the alleged chemical attack in Douma, near the Syrian capital of Damascus on 7 April 2018. We became convinced by the testimony that key information about chemical analyses, toxicology consultations, ballistics studies, and witness testimonies was suppressed, ostensibly to favor a preordained conclusion.
The panel called on the OPCW to revisit its investigation of the alleged 2018 Douma attack, stating:
This would help to restore the credibility of the OPCW and work towards demonstrating its legally mandated commitment to transparency, impartiality and independence. It is of utmost importance to restore trust in the verification procedures relied upon to implement the prohibitions of the CWC [Chemical Weapons Convention].
The panel included a member of the OPCW itself - José Bustani - who in fact served as the first Director General of the OPCW. He would conclude:
“The convincing evidence of irregular behaviour in the OPCW investigation of the alleged Douma chemical attack confirms doubts and suspicions I already had. I could make no sense of what I was reading in the international press. Even official reports of investigations seemed incoherent at best. The picture is certainly clearer now, although very disturbing.”
A detailed breakdown on precisely what evidence was suppressed can be found here.

Confirming the Obvious

From the beginning, the OPCW's role in Syria was clearly to buttress a US pretext for direct military intervention.

Despite this obvious goal, because many of OPCW staff are professionals and as clearly seen through the actions of whistleblowers coming forward - are principled - the OPCW resorted to very subtle methods to skew the outcomes of its reports and word its conclusions in such a way that media spin could fill in gaps and ambiguity the OPCW itself did not want to directly and overtly lie about.

Despite information within their own reports either indisputably disproving claims of Syria's government using chemical weapons, or admissions that no fact-based claims could even be made with investigators often never even visiting sites where alleged attacks took place, the OPCW would release several politically-motivated conclusions that fed directly into US war propaganda at the time.

The alleged 2018 Douma chemical attack was perhaps the most pertinent example of this, with details of the alleged attack sparse and unconvincing and with the final OPCW report even including a picture taken at a militant weapon's factory where a cylinder similar to those allegedly used in the attack was found among ordnance being prepared for use.


The report also included photographs of the alleged holes made on rooftops from what were claimed to be chemical munitions - but noted that adjacent buildings had similar craters and holes that clearly were not the result of chemical munitions. In other words, evidence suggests the canisters were likely placed into position, taking advantage of holes and craters created by conventional weapons.

Despite evidence suggesting the attack was staged, the OPCW chose to suppress or downplay evidence and use ambiguous language to allow Western media sources to spin the report and "confirm" that not only an attack take place, but that the Syrian government was allegedly behind it.

Only upon reading the actual OPCW report would anyone know just how flimsy accusations against the Syrian government were and that despite Western media headlines accusing the Syrian government, evidence within the report pointed the finger instead at US-backed militants operating in the area at the time.


WMDs 2.0 

Having engineered a proxy conflict in Syria in 2011 that would later stall, the US sought to replicate its "successes" in Libya and neighboring Iraq by searching for a justification for direct military intervention. The US used the pretext of fighting militants it itself had armed and unleashed across Syria including the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) to stage military forces within Syrian territory.

From there, it repeatedly cited alleged chemical attacks in an effort to build international consensus for military intervention against Damascus.

However, it appears that the world was aware that the US was - in essence - repeating nearly identical lies it used regarding Iraq - literally the next nation over from Syria - centered around "weapons of mass destruction" (WMDs) for the purpose of intervening in and destroying yet another Middle Eastern nation.


Between growing global distrust and Russia's own military intervention in Syria in 2015 - US military aggression was checked. The growing global alternative media - both state-sponsored and independent networks and organizations - helped confront this WMD 2.0 narrative.

Today - the momentum has continued - bringing the OPCW back into the spotlight through the Courage Foundation's recent panel in order to finally expose and perhaps even hold accountable those within the OPCW who attempted to use the organization to facilitate war propaganda rather than fulfil its mandate. The panel and the alternative media promoting it is also a celebration of those within the OPCW with the courage to speak out against impropriety.

With the Syrian conflict drawing to a close in favor of Damascus and its allies - and with the US and its axis of collaborators exposed as having organized the premeditated attempted destruction of a nation and its people - a panel exposing OPCW impropriety and how it fit into Western war propaganda might seem irrelevant.

But fully exposing what was done in Syria regardless of whether or not the war is over and no matter how favorably it ended for Damascus and the Syrian people - is absolutely essential in preventing similar impropriety from being used against the next nation that finds itself in Washington's sights.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”.  

          

Terror, Territory, and Targets: Theorizing Terrorist Group Target Selection in Iraq, 2012-2016

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Hoffman, Paul J. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses 01 Jan 2019

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Protesters block Iraqi port after brief resumption of work - sources

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Dozens of anti-government protesters blocked the entrance to Iraq's port of Umm Qasr on Thursday just hours after operations had resumed, port officials said.

          

Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges

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Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live rounds into the air to disperse protesters in central Baghdad on Wednesday, killing one person, as the biggest wave of anti-government demonstrations in decades spread out across the capital.

          

Iraqi anti-government protesters turn anger towards Iran

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At least five people have died in Iraq and dozens have been injured in anti-government protests.
          

The Revolt Against Iran

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Across the Middle East, from Baghdad to Beirut, the citizens of countries thought to be part of Iran’s axis of influence have begun to revolt against Tehran. In the face of brutal crackdowns, millions of Iraqi and Lebanese protesters, in movements led by Shiite Muslims that defy reductive sectarian narratives, have erupted in revolt against the corruption and failure of their governments and Iran’s domination over their national politics.

In early October, predominantly Shiite youth took to the streets in Iraq calling for their government’s resignation, and chanting slogans like: “Out, out Iran, Baghdad remains free!” Iraqi protests have a long list of grievances over the Baghdad government’s failure to deliver a “peace dividend” of stability and prosperity given the country’s oil wealth, that was finally supposed to arrive after the major campaigns to defeat ISIS ended last year. But as demonstrations have spread across Iraq and led to violent confrontations with government security forces, the protests have also become more pointed in their anger at Iran and its domination of Iraqi politics leading to the public burning of portraits of Iran’s supreme leader and the torching of offices linked to Iran-aligned paramilitary groups.

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MIDDLETOWN: FIELD OF FLAGS DEDICATED

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MIDDLETOWN: This year's Field of Flags at Westminster Presbyterian Church honors 6,972 military personnel who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The post MIDDLETOWN: FIELD OF FLAGS DEDICATED appeared first on Red Bank Green.


          

Growing insecurity threatens fresh exodus of Christians from Iraq

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Insecurity in Syria and Baghdad causing remaining Christians to 'lose hope'.
          

Daesh Branches in Afghanistan Plan Expansion to CIS Territory - Russian Security Service

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TASHKENT (Sputnik) - According to the head of the FSB, terrorists understand that they have suffered a defeat in Syria and Iraq and are therefore deploying their remaining forces outside the Middle East, creating new zones of instability in Asia and Africa, and forming a sleeper cell network in Europe.
          

Iraq refugees in Greece stand in solidarity following deadly protests in Baghdad

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Iraqi refugees gathered in Thessaloniki, Greece Tuesday evening (November 5) to stand in solidarity after deadly protests broke out in their home country this week. At least six protesters were killed on Monday in Baghdad as security forces used live rounds. One protester was also killed in Shatra, a town in the south, on Monday. Overnight, security forces killed two more people and wounded 12 in Shatra, security and medical sources said. Among the protestors in Greece were families, youngsters, and teenagers who fled the country for a better future in Europe but now worrying about the escalating situation back home. "[The] first one responsible for all [of this] is America because they destroyed Iraq before" says a man from Iraq on camera at around 2:45 in the video. The protest continued at the main street of the Greek city with Iraqi holding flags and banners saying "Save Iraq" both in Arabic and English
          

CNS' Syria Withdrawal Coverage Becomes A Little Less Pro-Trump

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CNSNews.com's interest in defending President Trump over withdrawing U.S. troops from northern Syria, thereby permitting Turkey to attack the Kurds that once were U.S. allies, has waned as the media in general has lost interest in the story.

On Oct. 21, Patrick Goodenough detailed a backtracking on Trump's withdrawal (though, of course, he didn't call it that): "As U.S. troops are being redeployed from Syria to western Iraq, there were indications at the weekend that President Trump may be prepared to leave a residual force across the border in eastern Syria, in a bid to keep a lid on ISIS and help to ensure that oilfields in the area to not fall into hands of the Iranians, whose forces are in Syria to bolster Bashar Assad’s regime." The same day, James Carstensen touted a German plan to create an "internationally controlled security zone" in Syria.

More stuff came in over the next couple days:

  • Goodenough reported on a "bipartisan Senate bill" seeking to move U.S. military operations out of Turkey .
  • Dimitri Simes reported on a Turkish pact with Russia to attack the Kurds.
  • Goodenough went for the default pro-Trump narrative by highlighting how "The U.S. special envoy for the Syrian conflict pushed back Tuesday on the charge that, had President Trump not pulled back a small number of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria this month, Turkish forces would not have crossed the border to attack Syrian Kurdish fighters."
  • A follow-up story by Goodenough reported how "Russian troops rolled into Kobane in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, on a mission to oversee the withdrawal of Syrian Kurdish fighters and their weapons from the area in line with an agreement reached by the Russian and Turkish presidents a day earlier."
  • Goodenough also repeated an attack line from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the Obama administration "invited" the Russians to intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war by having "them come in and pretend to be chemical weapons inspectors."

CNS then turned the narrative to the U.S. trying to capture Syrian oil:

Then things flipped back to Goodenough making Turkey the bad guy:

Meanwhile, CNS did publish an op-ed by conservatives Ken Blackwell and david Phillips asserting that "Turkey is practicing genocide again" in northern Syria and that "by allowing ethnic cleansing to remove the Kurds from northern Syria, the U.S. may be seen as an accomplice to Erdogan’s war crimes." But it also published a couple of pieces by managing editor Michael W. Chapman trying to retroactively justify Trump's withdrawal by dismissing the Kurds as terrorists and, perhaps even worse, a bunch of commies.

In the first, on Oct. 23, Chapman ranted:

Although many liberal news outlets and some politicians have described President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria as a “betrayal” of the Kurds, our allies in fighting against ISIS in the region, it is important to note that the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, or PKK, is a “Marxist-Leninist separatist organization” that was designated as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” by the U.S. State Department in October 1997.

The next day, Chapman served up a somewhat altered version of the first article that walked back that one a bit:

Although many liberal news outlets have described President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of Syria as a “betrayal” of the Kurds -- our allies in the fight against ISIS -- the Kurds who make up the People's Protection Units (YPG), are a direct offshoot of the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) in Turkey, which was designated a terrorist organization in 1997.

This does not apply to all the Kurds in Syria but specifically to those in the YPG.

But as actual foreign policy experts point out, the links between the PKK and the YPG are not as clear-cut as Chapman portrays them; the YPG denies direct links with the PKK though there is some overlap and shared goals. Perhaps Chapman can write another article walking back things a bit more.


          

The Battle of Mosul - The Last Great Battle Against Isis

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While many of you can recite the great battles of WW I and II and even the Civil War, the more recent battle that have been fought in the Middle East against ISIS are already forgotten. Certainly, the battle for Mosul was one of those

Beyond that, there is the relevance to events taking place today. The battle for Mosul, which helped take down ISIS in 2017, had as a major component, the forces of the autonomous region of Kurdistan. 40,000 Kurds that were part of the joint military effort in a battle every bit as important and as bloody as those of WW II.

Journalist James Verini was embedded with the Iraqi counter-terrorism service during the battle and tells the remarkable story in They Will Have to Die Now: Mosul and the Fall of the Caliphate

My conversation with James Verini:


          

Arte a Milano Book City

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Arriva una variegata edizione di Milano Book City che porta anche un bel programma di eventi che parlano di arte, vediamone alcuni, ma tutti i dettagli li trovate a questo link.


Venerdì 8 novembre H 10:30 – Triennale Milano
Una, dieci, cento Afriche. Paolo Pellegrin – Confini di umanità
Mostra a cura di Annalisa D'Angelo. A cura di Triennale Milano, Bookcity Milano, Pistoia - Dialoghi sull’uomo, Fondazione CRPT
8 novembre – 1 dicembre 2019, Triennale Milano
Giovedì 7 novembre inaugura la mostra fotografica di Paolo Pellegrin - Confini di umanità, aperta al pubblico gratuitamente dall’8 novembre al 1 dicembre. L’esposizione, curata da Annalisa D’Angelo, realizzata per la X edizione del festival Pistoia - Dialoghi sull’uomo, approda in Triennale in occasione di BookCity Milano.
60 fotografie, in parte inedite, realizzate in Algeria, Egitto, Kurdistan, Palestina, Iraq, Usa, che sviluppano, spesso per sottrazione e opposizione, il tema dell’impervio percorso della convivenza oggi, conducendoci lungo i “confini dell’umanità”, documentando lo sforzo continuo necessario per convivere.
Completa l’esposizione un montaggio di video realizzati da Paolo Pellegrin in America sulle linee razziali che ancora dividono gli Stati Uniti, confini invisibili ma ancor più insormontabili di quelli fisici.
«Ci sono due modi di comunicare: c’è un tipo di fotografia che si rivela completamente, è un’immagine che parla, dice cose forti e chiare, è molto leggibile, ma è un’indagine finita, è la versione dei fatti del fotografo» dichiara Pellegrin «L’altra, quella che mi interessa di più, è una fotografia non finita, dove chi guarda ha la possibilità di cominciare un proprio dialogo. È un invito: io ti porto in una direzione, ma il resto del viaggio lo fai tu».
Paolo Pellegrin è nato a Roma nel 1964 e vive a Londra. Dopo aver studiato Architettura, il suo interesse si focalizza sulla fotografia e decide di iscriversi all’Istituto Italiano di Fotografia di Roma. Dopo dieci anni all'Agence Vu, entra a far parte di Magnum Photos come nominee nel 2001, diventando membro a pieno titolo nel 2005. Ha lavorato a contratto per Newsweek per dieci anni. Nella sua carriera ha ricevuto molteplici riconoscimenti internazionali: dieci World Press Photo; numerosi Photographers of the Year Awards; una Leica Medal of Excellence; un Olivier Rebbot Award; l’Hansel-Meith Preis e il Robert Capa Gold Medal Award. Nel 2006 gli viene riconosciuto il W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography . Le sue foto sono state esposte in numerosi musei e gallerie tra cui: La Maison Européenne de La Photographie; Rencontres d'Arles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Triennale Milano; Padiglione di Arte Contemporanea (PAC); Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium; Corcoran Gallery of Art; MAXXI; Aperture Foundation Gallery; Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam; Flo Peters Gallery.
Date: 8 novembre - 1 dicembre 2019
Orari di apertura: martedì - domenica dalle 10.30 alle 20.30
Luogo: Triennale, viale Alemagna 6, Milano
Ingresso gratuito
Catalogo Contrasto, 2019, € 24,90
Visite guidate durante Bookcity
Organizzata da Triennale Milano, Bookcity Milano, Pistoia - Dialoghi sull’uomo, Fondazione CRPT



Giovedì 14 novembre H 8:45 – Università degli Studi di Milano – Aula A6
Dall’Africa all’avanguardia: negritudine dada
Con Paola Bozzi
A differenza dei cubisti e degli espressionisti, che si sono orientati dal punto di vista formale verso la cosiddetta arte ‘primitiva’ non occidentale, i dadaisti puntavano alla vitalità discorsiva delle espressioni non europee e soprattutto africane. Hanno così portato nella percezione sensoriale contemporanea forma, materiale, suono e movimento come espressioni culturali equivalenti, preparando il terreno per una nuova vasta idea dell’arte, della letteratura e della cultura.


Giovedì 14 novembre H 18:00 – Bottega d'Arte Cecé Casile
Il Mediterraneo è un immenso archivio ed un profondo sepolcro
Con Antonio Biasiucci, Lina Marigliano e Alberto D'Angelo. Letture di Teresa Acerbis
L’evento ruota intorno alla presentazione di MOLTI, progetto in forma di libro ideato e realizzato da Ilfilodipartenope con Antonio Biasiucci, Valerio Magrelli e Mimmo Paladino. Progetto-libro che nasce dal lavoro fotografico di Biasiucci con i migranti dell’isola di Chios e si arricchisce dei contributi di Magrelli e Paladino. La presentazione del libro a cui interverranno Antonio Biasiucci e Lina Marigliano e Alberto D’Angelo, curatori del progetto, sarà preceduta dalla proiezione del video MOLTI realizzato da Biasiucci con musiche di Pasquale Scialò e voce di Cristina Pucci. Letture di Teresa Acerbis



Giovedì 14 novembre H 19:00 – Padiglione d'Arte ContemporaneaFabio Mauri. Scritti in mostraCon Francesca Alfano Miglietti, Andrea Viliani e Lea Vergine
Presentazione del libro che raccoglie gli scritti di Fabio Mauri, tra ipiù influenti artisti dell'avanguardia italiana, a cura di Francesca Alfano Miglietti, critico che ha collaborato con Mauri sin dal 1985. L’antologia racconta un secolo di storia attraverso riflessioni sull'arte e vicende personali e si arricchisce ora, nella nuova edizione, di testi inediti, una nuova introduzione e la corrispondenza tra Mauri e Alfano Miglietti, da cui il libro stesso nasce.
Info: pacmilano.it – 0288446359


Venerdì 15 novembre H 17:00 – Palazzo Reale – Sala Conferenze
Chi verrà dopo di noi? Le immagini di Frans Lanting
Con Telmo Pievani
Chi verrà dopo di noi? Telmo Pievani, filosofo della scienza ed evoluzionista, risponde a questo interrogativo in La Terra dopo di noi indagando, sotto la guida delle fotografie di Frans Lanting, l’evoluzione del nostro pianeta e immaginandolo tra qualche anno privo della ingombrante e distruttiva presenza dell’uomo, primo essere vivente auto-minacciato e consapevole di esserlo.



Venerdì 15 novembre H 18:00 – Bolzano29
Babambombo wow! Uno sguardo sul Congo
Con Paola Meloni, Longo Issyia e Kabolo Paudi Paul Ngoi. A cura di Bolzano29
Babambombo wow! un'esclamazione di bellezza e stupore usata dai bambini del Congo. Partendo dalla mostra fotografica di Paola Meloni, che ha immortalato attimi di quotidianità prima dello scoppio della guerra civile, l'incontro vuole essere un momento di scoperta del paese più grande dell'Africa Centrale. Un viaggio tra passato e presente con gli scrittori Longo Issyia e Kabolo Paudi Paul Ngoi per avvicinarci alle tradizioni del Congo. Babambombo wow! è una mostra fotografica dedicata agli abitanti della regione del Kasai in Congo, entrato nel 2016 in una guerra civile devastante che sta creando un numero di morti, feriti e migranti inimmaginabile. Gli scatti sono stati realizzati a Tshimbulu, nella regione del Kasai centrale, prima di diventare focolaio della guerra civile, e immortalano una quotidianità ormai dimenticata.
→ La mostra è visitabile per tutta la durata di BookCity Milano, dal 15 al 17 novembre 2019.



Venerdì 15 novembre H 18:00 – Museo Poldi Pezzoli
Un omaggio a Giovanni Morelli
Con Jaynie Anderson, Annalisa Zanni e Giorgio Bonsanti
Durante l'evento presso la sede del Museo in Via Manzoni 12, alle ore 18:00, verrà presentato il volume La vita di Giovanni Morelli nell'Italia risorgimentale alla presenza dell'autrice, della dottoressa Zanni, direttrice del museo e del professor Giorgio Bonsanti.



Venerdì 15 novembre H 18:30 Triennale Milano
La Poesia è di tutti. Linguaggi, azioni e visioni poetiche nelle pagine de «la Lettura»
Una mostra a cura di Fondazione Corriere della Sera e la Lettura
La mostra, curata da Gianluigi Colin e Antonio Troiano e progettata da Franco Achilli, ruota intorno ad uno dei linguaggi che più contraddistingue il lavoro dell'inserto, la Poesia. Questa sarà “esposta” in una dimensione originale, caratterizzata dalla contaminazione di forme e contenuti: artisti come Fabre, Fioroni, Jodice, Kiefer, Kosuth, Paladino, Pistoletto, Spalletti e Tatafiore dialogheranno con poeti passati e contemporanei attraverso opere realizzate per l’occasione; Sandro Veronesi, scrittore e architetto, presenterà una monumentale istallazione intitolata “La serra dei poeti”; i ragazzi de Il Bullone, metteranno in scena la loro immaginazione e creatività; verranno celebrati i 30 anni dalla morte di Antonio Porta, poeta, critico letterario del Corriere ma soprattutto ideatore di quella significativa esperienza che fu Milano Poesia; protagoniste infine del percorso espositivo saranno copertine, illustrazioni, fotografie, visual data, graphic novel, frutto del lavoro de la Lettura in tutti questi anni.
Dal 16 novembre al 15 dicembre, Martedì-domenica dalle ore 10.30 alle ore 20.30. Inaugurazione 15 novembre ore 18.30



Venerdì 15 novembre H 18:30 – Galleria l'Affiche
Vaghe circostanze. Una mostra sui libri
Con Guido Scarabottolo, Luca Carrà, Ivan Canu, Alfred Drago Rens, Adriano Attus, Chiara Passigli, Alberto Casiraghy, Maurizio Minoggio e Gli ospiti inattesi
Contemporaneamente alla presentazione del libro di Guido Scarabottolo e Irene Toole (grafica di Maurizio Minoggio), mostra di ritratti di poeti e scrittori: disegni ed opere digitali Fine Art di Guido Scarabottolo, fotografie di Luca Carrà, ritratti digitali di Ivan Canu. E poi divagazioni sul "libro" di Alfred Drago Rens ("Labirinti"), Adriano Attus (libri e numeri), Chiara Passigli (segni equivoci)... e qualche ospite inatteso. Alberto Casiraghy con le sue nuove e inaspettate edizioni. La mostra rimane aperta fino ai primi di dicembre.



Venerdì 15 novembre H 19:00 – Triennale Milano - Agorà
Perdersi e trovarsi nello studio di Munari
Con Alessandro Baronciani
Un coinvolgente reading interattivo del fortunatissimo romanzo grafico di Alessandro Baronciani.



Sabato 16 novembre H 12:30 - Triennale Milano – Saletta Lab
L’architettura secondo Vittorio Gregotti
Con Vittorio Gregotti e Matteo Gambaro
«Capacità di modificazione creativa e critica dello stato delle cose» sono alla base della lezione e dei ricordi di un grande maestro dell’architettura internazionale. Vittorio Gregotti, superati i novant’anni, parte dal racconto della sua formazione intellettuale per descrivere i tratti del suo modo di intendere l’architettura e la professione di architetto, ma anche la cultura e la società, nell’idea che «sono l’idea di passato e di futuro a costruire insieme un frammento di verità del presente».


Sabato 16 novembre H 16:00 – Palazzo Reale – Sala Conferenze
La mia Europa del cuore, elogio del turismo lento
Con Philippe Daverio
Philippe Daverio e il Vecchio Continente: un’esortazione alla curiosità e all’amore per la conoscenza, con lo sguardo rivolto a modelli di bellezza che valicano i confini nazionali.


Sabato 16 novembre H 16:00 – Pinacoteca di Brera – Sala della Passione
Costruire un Museo Nazionale in 150 opere
Con Marino Sinibaldi, Roberto Cassanelli, Elisabetta Daffra, Mauro Natale ed Emilio Isgrò
La curatrice racconta la genesi del programma radiofonico di Rai Radio3 e la sua trasformazione editoriale in collaborazione con la Direzione Museo del Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività culturali. Con alcuni degli autori che hanno partecipato all’allestimento del museo virtuale illustrerà alcuni dei capolavori presenti all’interno del volume, dall’antichità al Novecento e della valorizzazione del patrimonio museale diffuso.



Sabato 16 novembre H 17:00 - Triennale Milano - Agorà
La città tra architettura e convivenza
Con Giovanni Maria Flick e Annachiara Valle
Il Presidente emerito della corte costituzionale si sofferma sul tema “città”, in un’originale riflessione che passa, intrecciandole, dalla prospettiva dell’architettura a quella sociale, dall’analisi delle norme costituzionali che si soffermano sulla convivenza e il bene comune, a suggestioni bibliche.



Sabato 16 novembre H 18:00 - SIAM – Società d'Incoraggiamento d'Arti e Mestieri – miFAC Gallery
Milano ritratti di fabbriche revisited: la periferia rivelata
Con Giovanna Calvenzi, Roberta Valtorta, Stefania Aleni e Giuseppe Corbetta
Milano ritratti di fabbriche 35 anni dopo è un progetto di Giuseppe Corbetta, Stefano De Crescenzo e Andrea Corbetta che documenta lo stato attuale di oltre 200 fabbriche della periferia di Milano fotografate da Gabriele Basilico alla fine degli anni '70. Lo scopo del lavoro è descrivere le trasformazioni della periferia milanese negli ultimi decenni, unendo all’indagine fotografica quella storico-urbanistica. Milano ritratti di fabbriche revisited: la periferia rivelata, incontro con l’autore del libro Milano sud ritratti di fabbriche 35 anni dopo presso lo spazio MiFAC, con la partecipazione di Giovanna Calvenzi e Roberta Valtorta, farà il punto sul significato storico, sociale e urbanistico di indagare fotograficamente la città a partire da una “soglia” temporale, rappresentata dal lavoro di Gabriele Basilico su Milano negli anni 1978-80. Dal 5 al 17 novembre, nella stessa sede, saranno esposte fotografie inedite dell’area nord-ovest di Milano.
Giovanna Calvenzi, photo editor, presidente del Museo Fotografia Contemporanea, Roberta Valtorta, storico e critico di fotografia, membro del direttivo della SISF (Società Italiana per lo Studio della fotografia)
Stefania Aleni, editore di Associazione culturale QUATTRO
Giuseppe Corbetta, fotografo e autore del libro



Sabato 16 novembre H 19:00 – Castello Sforzesco – Sala Viscontea
Leonardo e l'imperfezione
Con Vittorio Sgarbi
Nel cinquecentesimo della morte di Leonardo, Vittorio Sgarbi compone un ritratto inedito, raccontandone le imprese e le opere, il contesto artistico in cui è cresciuto e la straordinaria risonanza che ha avuto lungo i secoli, fino a Duchamp, fino a Dalì, fino a noi.



Domenica 17 novembre H 14:30 - Triennale Milano – Saletta Lab
Il progetto come eredità. L'attualità di Giancarlo De Carlo a 100 anni dalla nascita
Con Anna De Carlo, Gianni Biondillo, Monica Mazzolani, Antonio Troisi e Attilio Di Cunto.
A cura di Monica Mazzolani e Antonio Troisi
Presentazione del volume dedicato alla figura poliedrica e controversa di Giancarlo De Carlo, architetto e urbanista, a 100 anni dalla nascita. L'opera raccoglie i contributi di studiosi internazionali che hanno avuto l'opportunità di confrontarsi con l'uomo e con la sua opera, nonché la testimonianza diretta della figlia Anna e un testo teatrale dello scrittore e architetto Gianni Biondillo dedicato alla mancata inauguraione della Triennale di Milano diretta da Giancarlo De Carlo nel maggio del '68.



Domenica 17 novembre H 15:00 – Museo del Novecento – Sala Conferenze
Incroci. Ritratti di parole
Con Tullio Pericoli e Simonetta Fiori
I racconti di un grande ritrattista. Tullio Pericoli scrittore, e il rapporto tra il segno e la parola.



Domenica 17 novembre H 18:00 – Spazio Zona K
Francesca Alinovi: l'arte oltre la frontiera
Con Matteo Bergamini e Veronica Santi
Documentario "I'm not alone anyway" di Veronica Santi (80')
L'incontro è dedicato alla presentazione al pubblico del volume “Francesca Alinovi”, edito da Postmedia Books e curato da Veronica Santi e Matteo Bergamini. Il libro è una raccolta di articoli, interviste, saggi, e recensioni di Francesca Alinovi, intellettuale militante e figura di riferimento nel panorama artistico italiano e internazionale del post-punk. Apparsi su giornali, riviste e cataloghi dal 1976 al 1983, alcuni testi sono qui ripubblicati per la prima volta, altri sono inediti, mentre altri ancora sono stati selezionati da “L'arte mia”, uscito nel 1984 e rimasto, fino ad oggi, l'unico omaggio al lavoro critico di Alinovi. Grazie ad una scrittura scientifica e spregiudicata, che travalica i confini di genere, il volume è un viaggio all’interno delle correnti d’avanguardia e degli artisti che l’autrice amava e recensiva: dalla scena bolognese del ’77 alla New Wave newyorkese, dai fumettisti di Frigidaire alla musica dei Talking Heads, fino agli affascinanti reportage di Alinovi sui graffitisti dell’East Village e South Bronx, accompagnati dalle interviste ai protagonisti. Per anni scomparsa sotto la coltre della cronaca nera, oggi più che mai desideriamo rileggere quest’autrice assente nei libri di storia dell’arte e consegnare il suo pensiero di profonda attualità alle nuove generazioni.

Domenica 17 novembre 2019, dalle ore 18 alle 21 circa:
dalle 18: presentazione del volume con i curatori, Veronica Santi e Matteo Bergamini
dalle 19: proiezione documentario “I'm not alone anyway” di Veronica Santi, 2017, Manufactory Productions





          

Erdogan: Turki Tangkap Istri Baghdadi, Tapi Tak Koar-Koar Kayak AS

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Solopos.com, ANKARA — Presiden Turki Recep Tayyip Erdogan menyatakan otoritas Turki telah lama menangkap istri Pemimpin Ilamic State Iraq & Syria (ISIS) atau Negara Islam Irak & Suriah ISIS Abu Bakar Al-Baghdadi. Namun, Erdogan menyatakan Turki tak koar-koar seperti Amerika Serikat (AS) yang langsung memberikan detail saat Al-Baghdadi tewas. Seorang pejabat Turki mengatakan istri Baghdadi […]
          

Protesters block Iraqi port after brief resumption of work - sources

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BASRA, Iraq: Dozens of anti-government protesters blocked the entrance to Iraq's port of Umm Qasr Thursday just hours after operations had resumed, port officials said.
          

Growing insecurity threatens fresh exodus of Christians from Iraq

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Growing insecurity in Iraq and on its border could lead to a fresh exodus of Christians from the country, warns a partner of Release International, which is supporting refugees in the country.

The post Growing insecurity threatens fresh exodus of Christians from Iraq appeared first on Worthy Christian News.


          

Iraq protesters storm Baghdad bridge, medic killed

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The military called on the protesters to stop blocking roads and ports, saying they had cost Iraq $6 billion, and it vowed to arrest those responsible. The U.S. Embassy urged the government to "engage seriously and urgently" with the demonstrators and condemned attacks on them.
          

11/7/2019: The Brexmas Election: DOGGED BY SERIAL SCANDALS

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JUNE 7, 2001 – Tom Watson elected as Labour MP for West Bromwich East. In his early years he backs the Iraq War and votes against holding an inquiry into it. SEPTEMBER 6, 2006 – He resigns as junior defence minister as part of an effort to force Tony...
          

'Arab #Spring 2.0': Understanding protests muddling Iraq, Lebanon and the Middle East

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Protesters in each country are calling for changes in government amid a deep distrust of leaders and for economic opportunities amid high levels of corruption and unemployment. Like us on Facebook to ...
          

Unconstitutional: VP Pence Directed USAID Help for Iraqis to tiny Christian Minority

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by Yeganeh Torbati | (ProPublica) | – Officials at USAID warned that favoring Christian groups in Iraq could be unconstitutional and inflame religious tensions. When one colleague lost her job, they said she had been “Penced.” Last November, a top Trump appointee at the U.S. Agency for International Development wrote a candid email to colleagues […]
          

UN chief condemns live fire at Iraqi protesters as ‘disturbing’

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BAGHDAD, Nov 7 — The United Nations chief Antonio Guterres denounced as “disturbing” reports that Iraqi security forces have fired live ammunition at anti-government protesters in Baghdad, as mass rallies continued to rock the capital and...
          

Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges

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BAGHDAD, Nov 6 — Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live rounds into the air to disperse protesters in central Baghdad today as the biggest wave of anti-government demonstrations in decades spread out across the capital. Reuters...
          

Iraq's main port reopens after 5-day shutdown by protesters

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say the country's main port has reopened after being blocked by protesters for five days.

The officials said scores of trucks were picking up imports Thursday from Umm Qasr port in the country's south. The port houses a vital oil terminal and is an entry point for food and basic goods.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Iraq has been gripped by protests in the capital Baghdad and across most of its southern provinces. Scores of people have been killed by security forces.

The protests are a continuation of the economically-driven demonstrations that began in early October. They've since turned deadly as security forces cracked down, using live ammunition.


          

Iraq protesters storm Baghdad bridge, medic killed

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters in Iraq stormed a bridge Wednesday in central Baghdad, where security forces pushed them back with batons and tear gas, wounding dozens. A medic was killed while aiding demonstrators.

The military called on the protesters to stop blocking roads and ports, saying they had cost Iraq $6 billion, and it vowed to arrest those responsible. The U.S. Embassy urged the government to "engage seriously and urgently" with the demonstrators and condemned attacks on them.

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks in the capital and across the Shiite south to demand sweeping political change. The protesters complain of widespread corruption, a lack of job opportunities and poor basic services, including regular power cuts despite Iraq's vast oil reserves.

The protesters have focused their anger on Shiite political parties and militias, many of which have close ties to Iran . Across the south, they have attacked party and militia headquarters, setting some of them ablaze.

In the Shiite holy city of Karbala, protesters attacked the Iranian Consulate earlier this week, hurling firebombs over its walls. Security forces killed at least three people as they dispersed the protest. Days earlier, masked men suspected of links to the security forces opened fire on a demonstration there, killing at least 18 people.

Overnight, at least two protesters were killed in clashes with security forces near the provincial headquarters in the city, according to a protester and a medic who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions.

In Baghdad, protesters clashed with security forces on a fourth bridge over the Tigris River after previous clashes forced the closure of three other spans, paralyzing much of the city. The protests have been centered in Tahrir Square, on...


          

Erdogan: Turkey captured slain IS leader al-Baghdadi's wife

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has captured a wife of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.

Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of Ankara but gave no other details. He did not say when or how the woman was captured or identify her by name.

A senior Turkish official, however, said the woman was among a group of 11 Islamic State suspects detained in a police operation in Turkey's Hatay province, near the border with Syria, on June 2, 2018.

The official identified her as Asma Fawzi Muhammad al-Qubaysi and said she was al Baghdadi's first wife. A subsequent DNA test confirmed that another suspect who identified herself as Leila Jabeer, was al Baghdadi's daughter, the official said, adding that the IS leader's DNA sample was supplied by the Iraqi government.

The detainees were being held at a deportation center in Turkey, the official said. He provided the information on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol.

According to the official, al Baghdadi's wife "volunteered a lot of information about Baghdadi and inner workings" of the IS. The information obtained led to a series of arrests elsewhere, he said.

Al-Baghdadi was known to have four wives, the maximum number he can have at one time under Islamic law.

"We caught his wife, but we didn't make a fuss about it. I am announcing this today for the first time," Erdogan said, while criticizing the United States for leading a "communications campaign" about Baghdadi's slaying.

The IS leader blew himself up during an Oct. 26 raid by U.S. special forces on his heavily fortified safe house in the Syrian province of Idlib.

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BAGHDAD (AP) — The shoes are coming off again in Iraq.

In years past, Iraqis have beaten their shoes against portraits of Saddam Hussein in a sign of anger and insult. In 2008, an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at a ducking President George W. Bush during a news conference to vent his outrage at the U.S.-led invasion.

Now protesters in Baghdad's Tahrir Square are using their shoes again — slapping them against banners depicting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader.

More violent demonstrations of their fury have erupted in southern Iraq, where protesters have torched the headquarters of parties and militias linked to Iran and thrown firebombs at an Iranian Consulate.

The anti-government protests that have convulsed Iraq in the past month are fueled by economic grievances and are mainly directed at Iraq's own political leaders. But they have also exposed long-simmering resentment at Iran's influence in the country, with protesters targeting Shiite political parties and militias with close ties to Tehran.

The uprising in Iraq, and similar anti-government protests underway in Lebanon, pose a threat to key Iranian allies at a time when Tehran is under mounting pressure from U.S. sanctions.

"There's a lack of respect. They act like they are the sons of this country and we are beneath them," said Hassanein Ali, 35, who is from the Shiite holy city of Karbala but came to Baghdad to protest. "I feel like the Iranian Embassy controls the government and they are the ones repressing the demonstrators. I want Iran to leave."

That the protesters are mainly from Shiite areas undermines Iran's claim to be a champion of Shiites, who are a majority in Iraq and Iran but a frequently oppressed minority in the wider Muslim world.

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In last days, al-Baghdadi sought safety in shrinking domain

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BEIRUT (AP) — In his last months on the run, Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was agitated, fearful of traitors, sometimes disguised as a shepherd, sometimes hiding underground, always dependent on a shrinking circle of confidants.

Associates paint a picture of a man obsessed with his security and well-being and trying to find safety in towns and deserts in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border as the extremists' domains crumbled. In the end, the brutal leader once hailed as "caliph" left former IS areas completely, slipping into hostile territory in Syria's northwestern Idlib province run by the radical group's al-Qaida-linked rivals. There, he blew himself up during an Oct. 26 raid by U.S. special forces on his heavily fortified safe house.

For months, he kept a Yazidi teen as a slave, and she told The Associated Press how he brought her along as he moved, traveling with a core group of up to seven close associates. Months ago, he delegated most of his powers to a senior deputy who is likely the man announced by the group as his successor.

The Yazidi girl, who was freed in a U.S.-led raid in May, said al-Baghdadi first tried to flee to Idlib in late 2017. She said one night she was loaded into a three-vehicle convoy that included the IS leader, his wife and his security entourage, headed for the province. The convoy reached a main road but then turned around, apparently fearing it would come under attack, said the girl, who was 17 at the time.

For about a week they stayed in the southeastern Syrian town of Hajin, near the Iraqi border. Then they moved north to Dashisha, another border town in Syria within IS-held territory.

There, the Yazidi teen stayed for four months at the home of al-Baghdadi's father-in-law, a close aide named Abu Abdullah al-Zubaie. Al-Baghdadi would visit her there frequently...


          

3 protesters killed in clashes as Iraq tries to reopen port

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BAGHDAD (AP) — At least three anti-government protesters have been killed in clashes with security forces in southern Iraq, officials said Tuesday, as authorities tried to reopen the country's main port, which had been blocked by demonstrators for three days.

Security and medical officials said a protester was killed and eight more were wounded in Umm Qasr, a key oil terminal on the Persian Gulf. The Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, a semi-official agency, said two people were killed and 23 wounded in clashes in the town of Shatrah, north of the southern city of Nasiriyah.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters, said security forces in Umm Qasr fired live ammunition and tear gas, and that protesters seized an armored vehicle. Video showed dozens of protesters running on a road near the port with gunfire crackling in the distance.

"This is Iraqi blood on the ground!" one of the protesters screamed. "Iraqi blood is being spilled because of this rotten government."

Security forces in Iraq have killed at least 267 protesters in two major waves of anti-government demonstrations since Oct. 1 in Baghdad and across the mostly Shiite south. The protesters want an overhaul of the political system established after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, accusing the government and major parties of corruption and incompetence in dealing with the economy and unemployment.

In southern Iraq, protesters have ransacked and torched the offices of political parties linked to Iran. After the clashes in Shatrah, protesters set fire to the homes of three local members of parliament, according to protesters and media reports. Other protesters said there were clashes between demonstrators and security forces on Tuesday night in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, where protesters...


          

Papa convida católicos a rezar pela “convivência e o diálogo” no Médio Oriente

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A intenção para o mês de novembro destaca os “laços espirituais e históricos” entre judeus, cristãos e muçulmanos, numa altura em que os cristãos temem pelo seu futuro na Síria e no Iraque.
          

IRAN worried by disorder in Lebanon and Iraq

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If the Lebanese and Iraqi protesters succeed in toppling their governments and weakening established political parties with deep ties to Iran's leaders, Iran stands to lose decades of financial, political and military investments that have turned it into one of the Middle East's biggest powers. Some suggested that American, Israeli and Saudi provocateurs had stoked the unrest in order to weaken Iran and create divisions with its key regional allies...

"Khamenei, who has invested so much in the region both financially and in manpower, is not going to allow protesters to compromise Iran's regional dominance," said Nader Hashemi, the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver. "No matter what it takes."


          

Reabierto el principal puerto de Irak tras una semana de cierre por protestas

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Bagdad, 7 nov (EFE).- El principal puerto de Irak, Um Qasr, en la provincia meridional de Basora, fue reabierto este jueves tras una semana de bloqueo por las protestas que están sacudiendo el país y que también afectaron a estas instalaciones fundamentales para la economía y la exportación de petróleo.

La agencia de noticias estatal iraquí, INA, informó hoy de que el puerto abrió este jueves de 'forma normal' y que el tráfico en las carreteras que llevan a él fluye, después de que los manifestantes bloquearan repetidamente la entrada y salida de vehículos.

Los manifestantes se han enfrentado en varias ocasiones a las fuerzas de seguridad en la pasada semana, en la que impidieron la actividad del puerto bloqueando el acceso o la marcha de camiones y también de empleados.

El pasado 2 de noviembre, 120 personas resultaron heridas por los choques en Um Qasr, donde la Policía empleó gases lacrimógenos y fuego real para dispersar las protestas que bloqueaban el puerto, según la pública la Comisión de Derechos Humanos iraquí.

Este organismo pidió entonces a los manifestantes mantenerse alejados de las instalaciones vitales del país, sobre todo aquellas por las que pasan 'los principales recursos del pueblo iraquí', en referencia al crudo en primer lugar.

Los bloqueos y destrozos causados por las protestas, así como el parón de la actividad en muchos sectores, han ocasionado pérdidas económicas de 6.000 millones de dólares, tal y como cifró ayer Abdelkarim Jalaf, portavoz del comandante de las Fuerzas Armadas y primer ministro Adel Abdelmahdi.

La actual ola de protestas dio comienzo el pasado 25 de octubre y en ella han muerto un centenar de personas, después de un primer estallido a principios de octubre en el que fallecieron casi 160 personas en poco más de una semana. Miles de iraquíes han resultado heridos en este periodo.

Las manifestaciones se han concentrado en la capital, Bagdad, y en las regiones del sur del país, ricas en petróleo y de población predominantemente chií, comunidad mayoritaria en Irak.

Los principales motivos del descontento popular son la falta de oportunidades económicas y de servicios básicos públicos, que los ciudadanos achacan en gran medida a la corrupción y la mala gestión de los dirigentes políticos. EFE


          

Las pérdidas por las protestas en Irak superan los 6.000 millones de dólares

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Bagdad, 6 nov (EFE).- Las manifestaciones registradas en Irak desde el 25 de octubre, que incluyeron un bloqueo a su principal puerto, han causado pérdidas económicas al país de más de 6.000 millones de dólares, informó hoy una fuente militar.

'Las pérdidas de Irak estos días han excedido los 6.000 millones de dólares', aseguró en rueda de prensa Abdelkaraim Jalaf, portavoz del comandante de las Fuerzas Armadas iraquíes y primer ministro, Adel Abdelmahdi.

La fuente criticó los intentos de 'llegar a las sedes de los campos de petróleo y las empresas extranjeras', defendió que las manifestaciones realmente pacíficas no llevan 'a la destrucción de la economía' y advirtió de que el corte de carreteras por quinto día consecutivo ha dejado varados centenares de vehículos.

En cuanto a los enfrentamientos entre manifestantes y fuerzas de seguridad, que se saldan ya con más de cien muertos y 5.500 heridos sólo en la actual oleada de protestas, destacó que hay 'órdenes estrictas' de no usar munición real para dispersarlas.

'El Gobierno apoya las protestas pacíficas, pero al mismo tiempo va a llevar ante la Justicia a aquellos que están cometiendo actos de sabotaje', insistió el portavoz militar.

El comandante de Operaciones de Bagdad, general Qais al Mohamadaui, anunció anoche el levantamiento del toque de queda nocturno en la capital, según informó la agencia de noticias iraquí INA.

Las fuerzas de seguridad iraquíes dispararon hoy 'al aire' para desalojar a centenares de manifestantes que intentaron ocupar el puente capitalino de Al Yumhuriya, que conduce a la Zona Verde, que alberga los principales edificios gubernamentales y embajadas.

Esta es una reanudación de las protestas que a principios de octubre dejaron casi 170 muertos por el 'uso excesivo de la fuerza y fuego real, así como la ausencia de control de los disparos por parte de los uniformados', según un informe del Comité Ministerial Supremo iraquí, formado para investigar la muerte de civiles.


          

Vuelven las protestas con zapatos a Irak, ahora contra Irán

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BAGDAD (AP) — Otra vez se hacen sentir los zapatos en Irak.

En el pasado, los iraquíes golpearon con sus zapatos retratos de Saddam Hussein en una muestra de irritación que puede resultar ofensiva. En el 2008 un periodista iraquí furioso con la invasión de su país por fuerzas encabezadas por Estados Unidos le tiró un zapato al presidente estadounidense George W. Bush, quien tuvo que agacharse para evitar ser golpeado durante una conferencia de prensa.

Ahora los iraquíes vuelven a apelar a sus zapatos para expresar su malestar en la Plaza Tahrir de Bagdad. Esta vez golpean carteles con la imagen del ayatola Ali Jamenei, el líder supremo de Irán.

En el sur del país hay protestas más violentas y los manifestantes han quemado las sedes de agrupaciones vinculadas con Irán y tirado bombas incendiarias al consulado iraní.

Las manifestaciones antigubernamentales que convulsionan Irak desde hace un mes son alimentadas por la situación económica y apuntan más que nada a los líderes políticos iraquíes. Pero también salen a la luz viejos resentimientos por la influencia de Irán en el país y los manifestantes la emprenden contra partidos políticos y milicias chiítas allegadas a Teherán.

Las revueltas en Irak, y otras similares en el Líbano, están dirigidas a aliados claves de Irán en la región en momentos en que Teherán enfrenta fuertes presiones por las sanciones de Estados Unidos.

“Te faltan el respeto. Se manejan como si fuesen hijos de esta tierra y como si nosotros estuviésemos por debajo de ellos”, se quejó Hassaein Ali, de 35 años, de la ciudad santa chiíta de Karbala pero que vino a Bagdad a sumarse a las protestas. “Siento como que la embajada iraní controla el gobierno y son los que reprimen a los manifestantes. Quiero que Irán se vaya de aquí”.

El hecho de que los manifestantes sean mayormente de áreas chiítas resta credibilidad a las afirmaciones de Irán de que es un abanderado de la causa chiíta. Los chiítas son mayoría en Irak e Irán, pero a menudo una minoría oprimida en el mundo musulmán.

“Esto ha sido humillante para los líderes chiítas allegados a Irán”, expresó Wathiq al-Hashimi, un analista de Bagdad. “Después de estas manifestaciones, Irán puede perder a Irak al perder a los chiítas”.

En la Plaza Tahrir, los manifestantes portan carteles con las imágenes de Jamenei y del general Qassim Soleimani, el cerebro detrás de las intervenciones militares iraníes en la región y quien ayudó a dirigir la respuesta a las manifestaciones. Los manifestantes golpean los carteles con sus zapatos, en una repetición de escenas de hace 16 años, cuando cayó Saddam.

Como ocurre con muchas culturas, los zapatos son vistos como algo sucio en los países árabes. La semana pasada en Bagdad apareció una bandera iraní pintada en el pavimento con una esvástica para que los manifestantes pudiesen pisotearla.

El domingo por la noche en Karbala, los manifestantes treparon cercos del consulado iraní mientras quemaban neumáticos y gritaban “el pueblo quiere la caída del régimen”, uno de los cánticos que dominaron la Primavera Árabe del 2011. Las fuerzas de seguridad dispersaron a los manifestantes, matando a tres personas e hiriendo a una veintena.

La manifestación se produjo menos de una semana después de que individuos enmascarados que se sospecha estaban vinculados con las fuerzas de seguridad disparasen contra una manifestación en Karbala y matasen a al menos 18 personas.

Muchos manifestantes culpan a Irán y a sus aliados por los episodios de violencia registrados el año pasado en Basora y durante una ola de protestas a principios de octubre, en la que las fuerzas de seguridad iraquíes mataron a casi 150 personas en menos de una semana. Hubo francotiradores que apuntaban al pecho y la cabeza.

El 25 de octubre se reanudaron manifestaciones espontáneas, las cuales crecieron en los últimos días, en que decenas de miles de personas han tomado las calles del centro de Bagdad y realizan manifestaciones en todo el sur chiíta. Más de 110 personas fallecieron desde que se reanudaron las manifestaciones.

El malestar, no obstante, viene de mucho antes.

Irán, que libró una guerra devastadora con Irak en la década de 1980, aumentó su influencia en la región tras la invasión de Estados Unidos y apoya a partidos y milicianos islamistas chiítas que dominan el país desde entonces.

También respalda a agrupaciones que combatieron a la organización Estado Islámico y que tienen ahora mucha influencia tras pelear junto a Estados Unidos contra esos extremistas. Esas milicias, conocidas como las Fuerzas de Movilización Popular, son hoy el segundo partido con más bancas en el parlamento.

“La gente asocia las fallas y la corrupción del establishment político chiíta, tanto a nivel de políticos como de clérigos, con la interferencia iraní en los asuntos de Irak”, dijo María Fantappie, experta en Irak de la organización Crisis Group de Bruselas.

Agregó que muchos manifestantes creen que las Fuerzas de Movilización Popular son un instrumento de represión.

En el Líbano también ha habido últimamente grandes manifestaciones contra un gobierno controlado por aliados de la organización Hezbollah , que es apoyada por Irán. Por primera vez hubo manifestaciones de protesta en bastiones de Hezbollah .

Pero allí la respuesta fue diferente. Las fuerzas de seguridad no reprimieron con violencia y Hezbollah y sus aliados se han solidarizado con muchas de las demandas de los manifestantes. Incluso pidieron la pronta formación de un nuevo gobierno tras la renuncia del primer ministro Saad Hariri la semana pasada

Los aliados de Irán parecen estar adoptando posturas similares y el presidente iraquí Barham Salih, miembro de un partido kurdo allegado a Irán, dijo que aprobará elecciones adelantadas cuando se haya sancionado una nueva ley electoral. El primer ministro Adel Abdul-Nahdi expresó respaldo a los manifestantes pero los exhortó a que suspendan los bloqueos de carreteras para que se vuelva a la normalidad.

Los líderes políticos de Irak y el Líbano todavía no han hecho propuestas concretas para satisfacer las demandas de los manifestantes y la formación de nuevos gobiernos en ambos países podría tomar meses.

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Krauss informó desde Beirut.


          

Vuelven las protestas con zapatos a Irak, ahora contra Irán

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BAGDAD (AP) — Otra vez se hacen sentir los zapatos en Irak.

En el pasado, los iraquíes golpearon con sus zapatos retratos de Saddam Hussein en una muestra de irritación que puede resultar ofensiva. En el 2008 un periodista iraquí furioso con la invasión de su país por fuerzas encabezadas por Estados Unidos le tiró un zapato al presidente estadounidense George W. Bush, quien tuvo que agacharse para evitar ser golpeado durante una conferencia de prensa.

Ahora los iraquíes vuelven a apelar a sus zapatos para expresar su malestar en la Plaza Tahrir de Bagdad. Esta vez golpean carteles con la imagen del ayatola Ali Jamenei, el líder supremo de Irán.

En el sur del país hay protestas más violentas y los manifestantes han quemado las sedes de agrupaciones vinculadas con Irán y tirado bombas incendiarias al consulado iraní.

Las manifestaciones antigubernamentales que convulsionan Irak desde hace un mes son alimentadas por la situación económica y apuntan más que nada a los líderes políticos iraquíes. Pero también salen a la luz viejos resentimientos por la influencia de Irán en el país y los manifestantes la emprenden contra partidos políticos y milicias chiítas allegadas a Teherán.

Las revueltas en Irak, y otras similares en el Líbano, están dirigidas a aliados claves de Irán en la región en momentos en que Teherán enfrenta fuertes presiones por las sanciones de Estados Unidos.

“Te faltan el respeto. Se manejan como si fuesen hijos de esta tierra y como si nosotros estuviésemos por debajo de ellos”, se quejó Hassaein Ali, de 35 años, de la ciudad santa chiíta de Karbala pero que vino a Bagdad a sumarse a las protestas. “Siento como que la embajada iraní controla el gobierno y son los que reprimen a los manifestantes. Quiero que Irán se vaya de aquí”.

El hecho de que los manifestantes sean mayormente de áreas chiítas resta credibilidad a las afirmaciones de Irán de que es un abanderado de la causa chiíta. Los chiítas son mayoría en Irak e Irán, pero a menudo una minoría oprimida en el mundo musulmán.

“Esto ha sido humillante para los líderes chiítas allegados a Irán”, expresó Wathiq al-Hashimi, un analista de Bagdad. “Después de estas manifestaciones, Irán puede perder a Irak al perder a los chiítas”.

En la Plaza Tahrir, los manifestantes portan carteles con las imágenes de Jamenei y del general Qassim Soleimani, el cerebro detrás de las intervenciones militares iraníes en la región y quien ayudó a dirigir la respuesta a las manifestaciones. Los manifestantes golpean los carteles con sus zapatos, en una repetición de escenas de hace 16 años, cuando cayó Saddam.

Como ocurre con muchas culturas, los zapatos son vistos como algo sucio en los países árabes. La semana pasada en Bagdad apareció una bandera iraní pintada en el pavimento con una esvástica para que los manifestantes pudiesen pisotearla.

El domingo por la noche en Karbala, los manifestantes treparon cercos del consulado iraní mientras quemaban neumáticos y gritaban “el pueblo quiere la caída del régimen”, uno de los cánticos que dominaron la Primavera Árabe del 2011. Las fuerzas de seguridad dispersaron a los manifestantes, matando a tres personas e hiriendo a una veintena.

La manifestación se produjo menos de una semana después de que individuos enmascarados que se sospecha estaban vinculados con las fuerzas de seguridad disparasen contra una manifestación en Karbala y matasen a al menos 18 personas.

Muchos manifestantes culpan a Irán y a sus aliados por los episodios de violencia registrados el año pasado en Basora y durante una ola de protestas a principios de octubre, en la que las fuerzas de seguridad iraquíes mataron a casi 150 personas en menos de una semana. Hubo francotiradores que apuntaban al pecho y la cabeza.

El 25 de octubre se reanudaron manifestaciones espontáneas, las cuales crecieron en los últimos días, en que decenas de miles de personas han tomado las calles del centro de Bagdad y realizan manifestaciones en todo el sur chiíta. Más de 110 personas fallecieron desde que se reanudaron las manifestaciones.

El malestar, no obstante, viene de mucho antes.

Irán, que libró una guerra devastadora con Irak en la década de 1980, aumentó su influencia en la región tras la invasión de Estados Unidos y apoya a partidos y milicianos islamistas chiítas que dominan el país desde entonces.

También respalda a agrupaciones que combatieron a la organización Estado Islámico y que tienen ahora mucha influencia tras pelear junto a Estados Unidos contra esos extremistas. Esas milicias, conocidas como las Fuerzas de Movilización Popular, son hoy el segundo partido con más bancas en el parlamento.

“La gente asocia las fallas y la corrupción del establishment político chiíta, tanto a nivel de políticos como de clérigos, con la interferencia iraní en los asuntos de Irak”, dijo María Fantappie, experta en Irak de la organización Crisis Group de Bruselas.

Agregó que muchos manifestantes creen que las Fuerzas de Movilización Popular son un instrumento de represión.

En el Líbano también ha habido últimamente grandes manifestaciones contra un gobierno controlado por aliados de la organización Jezbolá, que es apoyada por Irán. Por primera vez hubo manifestaciones de protesta en bastiones de Jezbolá.

Pero allí la respuesta fue diferente. Las fuerzas de seguridad no reprimieron con violencia y Jezbolá y sus aliados se han solidarizado con muchas de las demandas de los manifestantes. Incluso pidieron la pronta formación de un nuevo gobierno tras la renuncia del primer ministro Saad Hariri la semana pasada

Los aliados de Irán parecen estar adoptando posturas similares y el presidente iraquí Barham Salih, miembro de un partido kurdo allegado a Irán, dijo que aprobará elecciones adelantadas cuando se haya sancionado una nueva ley electoral. El primer ministro Adel Abdul-Nahdi expresó respaldo a los manifestantes pero los exhortó a que suspendan los bloqueos de carreteras para que se vuelva a la normalidad.

Los líderes políticos de Irak y el Líbano todavía no han hecho propuestas concretas para satisfacer las demandas de los manifestantes y la formación de nuevos gobiernos en ambos países podría tomar meses.

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Krauss informó desde Beirut.


          

Erdogan anuncia que Turquía ha detenido a la esposa de Bagdadi en Siria

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Estambul, 6 nov (EFE).- Las fuerzas turcas han capturado en Siria a la esposa de Abu Bakr al Bagdadi, el dirigente del grupo terrorista Estado Islámico (EI) que murió hace menos de dos semanas durante una operación estadounidense, anunció este miércoles el presidente de Turquía, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

'Bagdadi se suicidó en un túnel. Han empezado una gran campaña de comunicación con esto. Nosotros hemos detenido a su esposa, pero no hemos hecho aspavientos con esto, lo digo ahora por primera vez', dijo el presidente turco durante un discurso en Ankara televisado en directo por la cadena NTV.

Turquía anunció este martes haber capturado también a la hermana de Bagdadi, Rasmiya Awad, de 65 años, junto a su marido, su cuñada y cinco niños cerca de Azaz, situada al norte de Alepo y a unos 15 kilómetros de la frontera turca.

Erdogan repitió hoy que Turquía había capturado en Siria 'a la hermana y el cuñado' del líder yihadista, pero sin dar más detalles.

Ayer, el mandatario había mencionado que Awad fue trasladada tras su detención a un centro de deportaciones y que se ha iniciado 'un proceso jurídico' al respecto.

'No soy un jurista tan experto. Nuestras fuerzas la han detenido y por ahora la tendrán bajo arresto en un centro de deportaciones. Diré más en el futuro', respondió el jefe de Estado a las preguntas.

Estados Unidos anunció la muerte de Bagdadi, un ciudadano iraquí que dirigía hasta ahora el EI, el 27 de octubre, durante una operación de fuerzas especiales estadounidenses en Siria, y el propio EI confirmó la noticia el jueves pasado. EFE


          

Pénuries, corruption : tirs à Bagdad, Internet coupé – 6 novembre 2019

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  Tirs à Bagdad où internet coupé fait craindre aux manifestants … Tirs à Bagdad, réseau Internet coupé : les manifestants … Les autorités irakiennes coupent l’accès à Internet pour … Iraq protests: Medic dead after protesters storm bridge, clash… Dozens injured as Iraqi security forces clashwith protesters in …
          

Elections : affrontements à La Paz et Cochabamba – 6 novembre 2019

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    La Bolivie de nouveau en proie à de violentes manifestations VIDÉO : La Bolivie de nouveau en proie à de violentes … Bolivia protests: Riotpolice fire tear gas at protesters calling … Police and protesters clash in Bolivia’s La Paz Opponent to offer Bolivia president ‘resignation letter’ to sign Iraq protesters storm Baghdad bridge; […]
          

Pénuries, corruption : affrontements à Bagdad et Karbala – 5 novembre 2019

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  L’Irak coupé du monde après une nouvelle journée d … De nouveaux affrontementsmeurtriers font craindre le pire L’Irak coupé du monde pendant la nuit, pas d’internet En proie aux violences, l\’Irak de nouveau privé d\’internet Nouveaux morts lors d’affrontements : les forces de l … Clashesin southern Iraqi city of Karbala kill 2 protesters Three […]
          

Middle East: The Anti-Iran Revolution is Well Underway

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The nationwide protests taking place in both Arab states [Lebanon and Iraq] are also driven by a burning desire to end Iran's blatant attempts to turn them into de facto fiefdoms of Tehran. The protests, moreover, could not have come at a worse time for
          

As Protests Grow, Iraq PM Gives ‘Free Rein’ to Security Forces to Crack Down

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As Protests Grow, Iraq PM Gives 'Free Rein' to Security Forces to Crack Down | Official: 'He's going to completely destroy the protesters'

The post As Protests Grow, Iraq PM Gives ‘Free Rein’ to Security Forces to Crack Down appeared first on News From Antiwar.com.


          

How Mike Pence’s Office Meddled in Foreign Aid to Reroute Money to Favored Christian Groups | Officials at USAID warned that favoring Christian groups in Iraq could be unconstitutional and inflame religious tensions. When one colleague lost her job, they said she had been “Penced.”

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Iraq’s main port reopens; 4 protesters killed in Baghdad

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s main port reopened Thursday after being blocked by protesters for five days, while in Baghdad, four protesters were shot dead while trying to remove security barriers in a major central street, security and medical officials said. At least 24 others were wounded as security forces fired live rounds and tear gas […]
          

Public Sentinels: A Comparative Study of Australian Solicitors-General

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In recent years, controversy has surrounded the role of top government lawyers in the United States and the United Kingdom. Allegations of bad lawyering and bad ethics in public office over the 'torture memos' in the United States and the political pressure placed on the Attorney-General in the United Kingdom to approve the legality of the Iraq war, have seen these relatively obscure group of government lawyers thrust into the public debate. Unlike its Anglo-American contemporaries, Australia's chief legal adviser, the Solicitor-General, has remained largely out of the public eye. This collection provides a rare and overdue insight into a fundamental public institution in all Australian jurisdictions. It provides a historical, theoretical, practical and comparative perspective of this little known, but vitally important, office at a time when the transparency and accountability of government has taken on an increased significance. Of interest to anyone interested in the integrity of government, the book will be particularly useful to government, political parties and the academy. It will also be a valuable reference work to those working towards a redefinition of the role of top government legal advisors. My nickname - interes Read more...

          

The Islamic State in Britain: Radicalization and Resilience in an Activist Network

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Drawing on extensive field research with activists on the streets of London, Michael Kenney provides the first ethnographic study of a European network implicated in terrorist attacks and sending fighters to the Islamic State. For over twenty years, al-Muhajiroun (Arabic for 'the Emigrants') strived to create an Islamic state in Britain through high-risk activism. A number of Emigrants engaged in violence, while others joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Kenney explains why young Britons joined the Emigrants, how they radicalized and adapted their activism, and why many of them eventually left. Through an innovative mix of ethnography and network analysis, Kenney explains the structure and processes behind this outlawed network and explores its remarkable resilience. What emerges is a complex, nuanced portrait that demystifies the Emigrants while challenging conventional wisdom on radicalization and countering violent extremism. Read more...

          

Masked shooters kill 18 protesters in Iraq’s holy city

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The attack by masked shooters came during a fifth consecutive day of demonstrations protesting corruption, a lack of jobs and other matters, according to the AP. The news outlet reported that 240 people have been killed since the protests began earlier this month. Tuesday’s shooting occurred in the city’s Education Square, where protesters had gathered …
          

Iraq: US troops leaving Syria don’t have permission to stay in country

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Iraq’s military says U.S. troops leaving Syria and heading to neighboring Iraq do not have permission to stay in the country. The Iraqi statement contradicts the Pentagon’s announcement that all of the nearly 1,000 troops withdrawing from northern Syria are expected to move to western Iraq to continue the campaign against Islamic State militants and …
          

Iraq Condemns U.S.-Zionist Sedition in Karbala

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A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, sits on the flight line, Oct 24, 2019. Consistent training and exercising validates the B-2Õs ability to respond to challenges all over the globe. (Sr. Airman Thomas Barley/Air Force)

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Majority Of U.S. Voters Say President Trump Will Be Re-Elected In 2020 Despite Impeachment Process

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:16 PM PST

U.S. President Donald Trump sits for an exclusive interview with Reuters journalists in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Daily Mail: Comfortable majority of voters say Trump WILL be re-elected in 2020 despite impeachment process – including one-third of Democrats

* A new poll found that 56 percent of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020
* That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats, according to the Politico/Morning Consult survey
* Pollsters found that voters believed that Trump's voters were twice as likely than Hillary Clinton's to be 'very motivated' to go vote
* Another poll found that the percentage of voters who believe Trump should win re-election hasn't significantly changed since the impeachment inquiry opened

A majority of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020.

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 56 percent of all voters said Trump will be re-elected next year. The president obviously has an edge with Republicans, with 85 percent saying a Trump 2.0 is happening.

But a majority of independents - 51 percent - agreed. Even a third of Democrats, 35 percent, said they believed there would be four more years of President Trump.

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WNU Editor: He will be difficult to defeat. President Trump has the advantage of the incumbency and the bully-pulpit. The economy is also doing well, and his base overwhelmingly supports him. The Democrat candidates for President are also not inspiring, and I have trouble seeing them being able to attract independent voters. But the election is still far away. A lot can happen in 12 months.

Should CIA Director Gina Haspel Protect The Ukraine Whistleblower From President Trump?

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:10 PM PST

CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump looks on and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds the bible during ceremonies at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, U.S. May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque © Reuters

NBC: Intel officials want CIA Director Gina Haspel to protect Ukraine whistleblower from Trump

As Trump allies denounce the whistleblower, pressure is building on CIA Director Gina Haspel to take a stand, say current and ex intelligence officials.

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump and his allies continue to denounce the CIA whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment investigation, pressure is building on the spy agency's director, Gina Haspel, to take a stand on the matter, current and former intelligence officials tell NBC News.

"It will be incumbent on her to protect the whistleblower — and by extension, the organization — moving forward," Marc Polymeropoulos, a recently retired CIA officer who oversaw operations in Europe and Russia, said in an interview. "This is a seminal moment for her leadership, and I'm confident she will do the right thing."

So far, Haspel has been publicly silent as Trump has railed about the whistleblower, a CIA analyst, on Twitter. So has the director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire.

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WNU Editor: There is a problem with this "CIA analyst". He was removed from the White House for lying and leaking. He is implicated in filing a complaint against President Trump and Ukraine that has led to this impeachment inquiry, even though his complaint is at odds with the transcript that was released. He is a well known Democrat activist who is closely affiliated with former Obama intelligence officials whose opposition to President Trump is well known. Bottom line. This is a person who has used his CIA position to pursue a political agenda against the President and his policies. In this context, this is someone that I am sure CIA Director Gina Haspel does not want to step in and defend.

Democrats' 'Star Impeachment Witness' Admits He Was Not On The Trump-Ukraine Call, And That His Sole Source Of Information Was From The NY Times

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:17 PM PST


Zero Hedge: Democrats' 'Star Witness' Admits He Wasn't On Trump-Ukraine Call, Sole Source Was NY Times

House Democrats have released the latest in the series of heavily-redacted transcripts of the secret hearings they had undertaken in recent weeks - that of Bill Taylor - the top US diplomat in Ukraine - ahead of his public testimony next week.

As The Hill notes, Taylor is viewed as a key witness who previously testified in meticulous detail about what he considered an effort by Trump and his allies to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations that would benefit Trump politically.

In leaked copies of his 15-page opening statement, Taylor voiced concerns that the Trump administration had withheld nearly $400 million in aid as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into interference in the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his leading 2020 political rivals.

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WNU Editor: When you listen to the main stream media they are saying that Ambassador Bill Taylor is a critical witness to President Trump's demand for a quid-pro-quo from the Ukraine government on military aid and an investigation on the Bidens .... Why William Taylor's testimony is central to the impeachment inquiry (PBS). But when you read his transcript .... READ: Testimony Of William Taylor, Acting U.S. Envoy To Ukraine (NPR), the story is very different where he admits that his source of information comes SOLELY from the New York Times?!?!?! You gotta be kidding me. His sole source of information that he is basing his testimony on is from the New York Times?!?!?! It is not surprising that the main stream media is ignoring this critical admission. Kudos to the above post from Zero Hedge and The Federalist .... Testimony Transcript Shows William Taylor Never Talked To Trump, Wasn't Even On July 25 Phone Call (The Federalist) for their summary and analysis on Bill Taylor's testimony. As for the Democrats hoping that he will be their "star witness" next week, my advice to them is that they find a better witness.

Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 08:47 PM PST



CNBC: Justice Department charges two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia

* The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
* The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses.

The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses. A third individual, Ahmed Almutairi, was also charged for acting as an intermediary between the Twitter employees and the Saudi government, the Justice Department said.

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More News On Saudi Arabia Recruiting Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users -- AP
Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia -- Euronews/Reuters
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia -- The Hill
Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. charges -- NBC
Twitter employees recruited by Saudi Arabia to spy on kingdom's critics, US prosecutors say -- The Independent
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics -- The Washington Post
Three charged in US with spying on Twitter users for Saudi Arabia -- Twitter

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 04:00 PM PST

Jesse Barajas searches for the remains of his brother José, who was was dragged from his ranch on 8 April 2019 and has not been seen since, last month near the town of Tecate. Photograph: Emilio Espejel/The Guardian

Tom Phillips, The Guardian: 'The disappeared': searching for 40,000 missing victims of Mexico's drug wars

José Barajas, who was snatched from his home, joins the ever-swelling ranks of thousands of desaparecidos, victims of the drug conflict that shows no sign of easing

As he set off into the wilderness under a punishing midday sun, Jesse Barajas clutched an orange-handled machete and the dream of finding his little brother, José.

"He's not alive, no. They don't leave people alive," the 62-year-old said as he slalomed through the parched scrubland of tumbleweed and cacti where they had played as kids. "Once they take someone they don't let you live."

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Deadly ambush shows Mexico lost control of area -- Peter Orsi and Maria Verza, AP

The epic struggle behind Iraq's protests -- CSM Editorial

A Month of Anti-government Protests in Iraq -- Alan Taylor, The Atlantic

As US dithers over human rights, China opens its arms to Prabowo Subianto, the Indonesian defence minister with a chequered past - Amy Chew, SCMP

From Singapore to Sweden, China's overbearing campaign for influence is forcing countries to resist and recalibrate relations with Beijing -- Drew Thompson, SCMP

New Silk Road money is paving the Old Silk Roads -- Alexander Kruglov, Asia Times

Why India pulled out of the RCEP free trade deal -- Rahul Mishra, DW

Why is India's pollution much worse than China's? -- BBC

One year to go for Tanzania's President Magufuli and the reviews are mixed -- Cristina Krippahl, DW

Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators -- Tami Abdollah, AP

UK election campaign: Who wants what on EU issues? -- Rob Mudge, DW

Explainer: Chile's constitutional conundrum - To change or not to change? -- Natalia A. Ramos Miranda, Reuters

Revisiting the End of the Cold War -- John Lewis Gaddis & Elmira Bayrasli, Project Syndicate

Why Are So Many Countries Witnessing Mass Protests? -- The Economist

World News Briefs -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:36 PM PST

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

Reuters: Iran fuels centrifuges, resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow nuclear facility, the country's Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) said on Thursday, further stepping away from its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

The agreement bans enrichment and nuclear material from Fordow. But with feedstock gas entering its centrifuges, the facility, built inside a mountain, will move from the permitted status of research plant to being an active nuclear site.

"After all successful preparations ... injection of uranium gas to centrifuges started on Thursday at Fordow ... all the process has been supervised by the inspectors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog," the AEOI said in a statement, Iranian media reported

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey's Erdogan speaks with Trump, to visit Washington next week.

Houthis fire missiles at Yemen's Mokha port, military coalition says.

Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges.

Civilian deaths as Idlib hospital struck by Russian air raids.

Turkey says Kurdish fighters still remain in safe zone near Syrian border.

Iran begins process of fuelling centrifuges at Fordow.

Riyadh has 'open channel' with Yemen rebels: Saudi official. Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels, Saudi official says.

Lebanon protesters seek to shut down key state institutions.

World Bank urges Lebanon to form govt, warns of recession.

Jordan police arrest man after stabbing attack at popular tourist site.

ASIA

China urges re-elected Canadian government to free Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Over a dozen killed in attack in Thailand's Yala province. 15 defense volunteers killed in Thailand attack. 15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand's south.

Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack. ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost.

Two suspected suicide bombers from Egypt killed in Philippines.

Hong Kong protesters don Guy Fawkes masks to mark month since mask ban. Water cannons deployed in Tsim Sha Tsui as Hong Kong protesters wearing 'V for Vendetta' masks test new 'flash mob' tactic of assembling at short notice.

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho stabbed in Hong Kong.

Facebook video shows PNG police kicking, hitting and stomping on group of men.

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy announces Saturday return.

South Korea promotes DMZ 'peace zone' with new video.

AFRICA

At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso.

Water crisis builds in Egypt as dam talks falter, temperatures rise.

France says its troops killed a leading jihadist in the Sahel.

10 civilians killed in militia attack in eastern DRCongo.

Sudan rebels insist new parliament be formed only after peace deal.

UN calls for action as Somalia floods affect 200,0000 children.

US Nile talks 'not a negotiation', says Ethiopia.

Two killed in strike on Libya police station: ministry.

Libya migrant attack: UN investigators suspect foreign jet bombed centre.

Mozambique detains elite police chief over election observer's murder.

EUROPE

Mike Pompeo carries divisive US messages to Germany.

Sweden charges man with spying on Iranian exiles.

Johnson tries to shake off rocky start as UK election begins.

PM's election campaign launch marred by gaffe, resignation and doctored video.

Spain's far-right Vox surges in wake of Catalan independence protests.

Local German conservatives cause uproar with call for talks with far right.

Putin: New weapons will offer Russia reliable protection.

EU urges faster Greece vetting of migrants as arrivals soar.

Hungarian mayor resigns after yacht orgy video.

Netherlands: '4,000 schools shut' in teacher strike.

Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools.

AMERICAS

Exclusive: Brazil likely to vote with U.S. against Cuba at U.N. over embargo.

US Diplomat had 'clear understanding' of Ukraine quid pro quo.

McConnell says Senate would acquit Trump if trial held today.

Democrats win control of Virginia Legislature. Democrat declares upset victory in Kentucky governor race.

Heavily armed hitman of rival El Chapo cartel is arrested over Mormon massacre after a stand-off at the US border where he held two HOSTAGES as heartbreaking photos show devastated relatives visiting the scene of the massacre.

Mexico ambush: Boy, 13, walked 23km for help after gun attack.

United States sanctions 5 Venezuelan officials.

Chile: president promotes minimum wage hike to quell unrest.

Chile's Pinera resists call to resign over protests.

Chilean protest footage captures police officers on fire after molotov cocktail explosion.

Thousands of Bolivians march over disputed election.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Pakistan failed to stop terror groups from recruiting & raising funds, US report сlaims.

German man fighting for Kurds killed in Syria.

Turkey captured al-Baghdadi's wife and didn't make fuss like US – Erdogan.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall St. ends near flat; healthcare shares gain but trade deal delay weighs.

Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump's US.

Xi Jinping's Brazil trip 'may be too soon' for China to sign partial US trade war deal.

Macron in China: Xi hails $15 billion trade contracts as 'strong signal of free trade'.

Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk socks are tipped to sell for over $1MILLION at auction... more than a decade on from his passing.

Israel Expects To Be Engaged In A Major War Very Soon

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:01 PM PST

Ali Hashisho / Reuters

Michael Oren, The Atlantic: The Coming Middle East Conflagration

Israel is bracing itself for war with Iranian proxies, as Tehran escalates its provocations. But what will the United States do if conflict comes?

The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran's need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah's rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq.

The Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, announced the adoption of an emergency plan, code-named Momentum, to significantly expand Israel's missile defense capacity, its ability to gather intelligence on embedded enemy targets, and its soldiers' preparation for urban warfare. Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time.

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WNU Editor: The Syrian conflict, unrest in Iraq, and the Yemen war is where the focus in the Middle East is right now. Another Hezbollah - Israel and/or Hamas - Israel war is not on people's radar.

Media Upset That Trump's Son Tweets Name Of Alleged Whistleblower Even Though His Name Was Revealed Last Week

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 01:00 PM PST


AFP: Impeachment: Trump's son tweets name of alleged whistleblower

Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump's son published on Wednesday the name of the alleged anonymous whistleblower whose complaint fired the impeachment inquiry against Trump, breaking strict conventions for protecting officials who reveal wrongdoing in government.

Amid calls by the president himself to expose the whistleblower, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the name of a CIA analyst which has circulated online for weeks, and linked to a Breitbart news article implying the person was pro-Democrat and anti-Trump.

AFP could not independently verify the whistleblower's identity and is not publishing the name.

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WNU Editor: This is actually old news. The identity of the "whistle-blower" was revealed last week .... The Identity Of The Anonymous 'Whistleblower' Who Triggered Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump Is Suspected To Be A Well Known Democrat Activist (October 31, 2019). A picture of the "whistle-blower" is below.

Special Operations Air Force Member Goes Missing During Training Jump Over Gulf Of Mexico

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:40 PM PST

The airman was a part of the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in in Okaloosa County, Florida. He disappeared four miles south of the field over the Gulf of Mexico

Daily Mail: Desperate search launched for airman who fell out of Special Operations military plane 1,500 feet over the Gulf of Mexico and was last seen treading water after deploying his parachute

* A search is underway for a staff sergeant in training who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon during a training exercise
* The unidentified Air Force airman was from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida
* He exited a C-130 four engine aircraft around 1.45pm from a height of 1,500 feet
* He deployed his parachute and was last seen treading water in the Gulf, approximately four miles south of Hurlburt Field
* As the aircraft turned to retrieve the man, crewmen lost sight of him
* Several vessels, three Air Force aircraft were deployed in the search
* The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Coast Guard are also on the scene

A desperate search is underway for a missing airman who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico after suffering a parachute-jump mishap while exiting a Special Operations military plane.

The unidentified Air Force airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field was exiting a C-130 four-engine aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise around 1.45pm Tuesday when he suddenly vanished into the water below.

'The fall happened during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field,' a report from the Air Force Times said.

The Coast Guard said the airman was a staff sergeant in training and fell out of the aircraft at 1,500 feet, according to WEAR.

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More News On A Special Operations Air Force Member Going Missing During A Training Jump Over The Gulf Of Mexico

Special tactics airman missing in Gulf of Mexico; search underway -- Air Force Times
Airman who fell from plane above Gulf of Mexico still missing -- NBC
Mobile area Coast Guard continue search for airman who fell from plane into Gulf of Mexico -- Al.com
Air Force member goes missing during training jump over Gulf of Mexico -- CBS
Airman fell from C-130 military aircraft while training over the Gulf of Mexico -- Defence-Blog
Coast Guard, Air Force, local agencies searching for a airman in the water near Destin -- FOX 10

ISIS Launched A Failed Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 11:00 AM PST


DW: Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack

Twenty masked gunmen launched a failed attack on a Tajik outpost on the border with Uzbekistan. The rare attack was quashed when border forces launched a counter operation and killed most of the raiders.

At least 17 people were killed in an overnight raid by armed men on an outpost on the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Tajik authorities said on Wednesday.

"An armed group of 20 unknown masked individuals attacked a border outpost … using firearms," said Tajikistan's national security committee, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS.

Tajikistan's border forces said the assailants were members of the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in Afghanistan.

At least five of the gunmen were detained and later provided critical intelligence during interrogations, authorities said.

Read more ....

WNU Editor: I agree with this analysis .... Reported Attack In Tajikistan Could Have Broad Implications For Central Asia (RFE).

More News On Today's ISIS Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Many dead in Tajikistan 'firefight with IS' -- BBC
Fifteen IS jihadists killed in Tajikistan border attack -- AFP
Tajikistan: 17 killed in attack on border checkpoint -- Eurasianet
ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost -- Al Jazeera

World Leaders Warn Iran To Stick To Nuclear Deal

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 AM PST



ABC News Online: World leaders warn Iran to stick to nuclear deal, as it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges

World leaders have called on Iran to fulfil the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal, after it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordow nuclear facility.

Iran has begun to further distance itself from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that curbed its atomic work, local media reported on Wednesday (local time).

The deal bans nuclear material from Fordow and, with the injection of uranium gas into its centrifuges, the facility will move from its permitted status of research plant to become an active nuclear site.

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WNU Editor: Aside from their rhetoric that everything is still OK .... Long way before JCPOA collapses, says Rouhani's chief of staff (MEHR News Agency), the Iranians are becoming more and more nervous .... Exclusive: Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents - diplomats (Reuters).

          

'Iraq non sicuro per qualificazioni'

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Mondiali'22: Fifa chiede sede neutrale match con Iran e Bahrain
          

6th Nov: Erin Brockovich (2000), 2hr 11m [14A] - Streaming Again (7.45/10)

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[Streaming Again] Julia Roberts earned an Oscar in this emotional drama for her portrayal of a twice-divorced mother who sees an injustice and takes on the bad guys.

          

DISCS Faculty vacancies for Instructors of Security Cooperation (DAYTON)

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Announcement #:  AFMC-10118952-000000-9X-JED
Open 1/17/18
Closes: 1/24/18
LINK:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/488857300

We will be filling multiple positions (at least three) from this
announcement that are open to a variety of SC experience to include DIB, AM&E, FMS (case management, logistics, finance), BPC programs, SC planning, international training, state partnership, regional studies, foreign disclosure, etc.

In addition, we anticipate additional announcements for instructors (GS-13 also) in Northern Virginia and possibly Ohio later this year.

The biggest historical roadblocks have been:

1.       Not listing any teaching or training experience in the resume.
2LTs, GS-11s, etc. train others all the time.  But if it isn't in the
resume, you don't qualify to teach at DISCS.

2.       Not providing copies of transcripts or veterans preference.  I
trust you.  But civilian personnel does not.  Doesn't matter if it is in
your personnel file, etc.  Transcripts MUST be in the USAJOBS application or you won't qualify to teach at DISCS.

3.       Using words other than "Security Cooperation" in your resume. Saying you were an SDO/DATT or MRAP international case manager means something to me, but not the GS-?? who will screen your resume.  If you don't say you have Security Cooperation experience (equivalent to at least a
GS-12), you don't qualify to teach at DISCS.

4.       We can only hire US citizens eligible for a secret clearance and who are physically able to conduct training missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. as needed.  Plus in Copenhagen, Huntsville, etc.
Please forward/apply as desired.  Interested candidates can call the number below if they have questions about DISCS. 
Questions on the hiring process should go to the POC in the USAJOBS announcement.

Very Respectfully,

Mark T. Ahles, Ph.D.
Dean of Academic Affairs/Deputy Commandant
The Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies

1-937-713-3300



          

GPS Seeking Arabic, Somali, Amharic, Turkish, Afar, and Acholi Speakers to go to Africa

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Title:                           Linguist/Cultural Advisor

Salary:                        $75K-$150K depending on experience, plus benefits and relocation

Location:                   Afghanistan, Iraq, or Africa (various locations)

Start date:                 ASAP

Type:                         Full-time contract -  one year commitment preferable

Education:                 Bachelor’s

This is a full-time position with a disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOS) based in Virginia that provides professional quality services such as language/cultural services, education instruction, intelligence, and cyber technology to a global marketplace. They are seeking speakers of Pashto, Dari, Arabic, Kurdish, Chechen, Turkish, Turkoman, Somali, Turkish, Afar, Acholai, or Amharic to deploy to parts of Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq for one year.

20 to 30 openings. Employer will assist with relocation costs.

Responsibilities

Afghanistan

  • Pashto only- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance
  • Dari only - speak/read/write with TS/SCI clearance
  • Pashto and Dari- speak/read/write with no clearance  Secret or TS/SCI clearance

 

Iraq

  • Arabic/Kurdish- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance
  • Chechen- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance
  • Turkoman- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance

 

Africa

  • Somali- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance
  • Arabic AND Somali- speak/read/write with no clearance, or Secret clearance
  • Arabic AND Amharic- speak/read/write with no clearance, or Secret clearance
  • Turkish- speak/read/write with TS/SCI clearance
  • Afar- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance
  • Acholi- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance

Qualifications

Please note US citizenship and security clearances as listed above are required.

To Apply Contact: Inquiries@GlobalProfessionalSearch.com



          

GPS Seeking Arabic, Kurdish, Chechen and Turkoman Speakers to go to Iraq

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Title:                           Linguist/Cultural Advisor

Salary:                        $75K-$150K depending on experience, plus benefits and relocation

Location:                   Afghanistan, Iraq, or Africa (various locations)

Start date:                 ASAP

Type:                         Full-time contract -  one year commitment preferable

Education:                 Bachelor’s

This is a full-time position with a disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOS) based in Virginia that provides professional quality services such as language/cultural services, education instruction, intelligence, and cyber technology to a global marketplace. They are seeking speakers of Pashto, Dari, Arabic, Kurdish, Chechen, Turkish, Turkoman, Somali, Turkish, Afar, Acholai, or Amharic to deploy to parts of Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq for one year.

20 to 30 openings. Employer will assist with relocation costs.

Responsibilities

Afghanistan

  • Pashto only- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance
  • Dari only - speak/read/write with TS/SCI clearance
  • Pashto and Dari- speak/read/write with no clearance  Secret or TS/SCI clearance

 

Iraq

  • Arabic/Kurdish- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance
  • Chechen- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance
  • Turkoman- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance

 

Africa

  • Somali- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance
  • Arabic AND Somali- speak/read/write with no clearance, or Secret clearance
  • Arabic AND Amharic- speak/read/write with no clearance, or Secret clearance
  • Turkish- speak/read/write with TS/SCI clearance
  • Afar- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance
  • Acholai- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance

Qualifications

Please note US citizenship and security clearances as listed above are required.

To Apply Contact: Inquiries@GlobalProfessionalSearch.com



          

GPS Seeking Pashto and Dari Speakers to go to Afghanistan

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Title:                           Linguist/Cultural Advisor

Salary:                        $75K-$150K depending on experience, plus benefits and relocation

Location:                   Afghanistan, Iraq, or Africa (various locations)

Start date:                 ASAP

Type:                         Full-time contract -  one year commitment preferable

Education:                 Bachelor’s

This is a full-time position with a disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOS) based in Virginia that provides professional quality services such as language/cultural services, education instruction, intelligence, and cyber technology to a global marketplace. They are seeking speakers of Pashto, Dari, Arabic, Kurdish, Chechen, Turkish, Turkoman, Somali, Turkish, Afar, Acholai, or Amharic to deploy to parts of Africa, Afghanistan, and Iraq for one year.

20 to 30 openings. Employer will assist with relocation costs.

Responsibilities

Afghanistan

  • Pashto only- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance
  • Dari only - speak/read/write with TS/SCI clearance
  • Pashto and Dari- speak/read/write with no clearance  Secret or TS/SCI clearance

 

Iraq

  • Arabic/Kurdish- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance
  • Chechen- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance
  • Turkoman- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance

 

Africa

  • Somali- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance
  • Arabic AND Somali- speak/read/write with no clearance, or Secret clearance
  • Arabic AND Amharic- speak/read/write with no clearance, or Secret clearance
  • Turkish- speak/read/write with TS/SCI clearance
  • Afar- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance
  • Acholai- speak/read/write with Secret or TS/SCI clearance

Qualifications

Please note US citizenship and security clearances as listed above are required.

To Apply Contact: Inquiries@GlobalProfessionalSearch.com



          

Iraqi forces shoot at protesters killing four in Baghdad

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Iraqi security forces shot dead at least four protesters in central Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said, as weeks of deadly unrest showed no signs of abating.

          

Partido Palestina U19 – Iraq U19 en vivo online

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Iraqi forces shoot at protesters killing four in Baghdad

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Iraqi security forces shot dead at least four protesters in central Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said, as weeks of deadly unrest showed no signs of abating.

          

Briton who went to fight Islamic State jailed for four years

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Aidan James was found guilty of training in weapons with the banned Marxist political organisation the PKK in Iraq.
          

53 stones removed from Iraqi woman’s salivary duct

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New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS) In probably a rare operation, doctors at Sri Ganga Ram hospital in Delhi removed as many as 53 stones from ...
          

IRAQI KURDISTAN: Zewka villagers forced to choose between bombing or flooding.

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IRAQI KURDISTAN: Zewka villagers forced to choose between bombing or flooding. Kathy Kern Thu, 10/31/2019 - 12:57

Displaced students from Zewka, try to keep up with their studies in desperate conditions.

Displaced students from Zewka try to keep up with their studies in desperate conditions.

“If we go back, we will be bombed; if we stay here, we will be flooded,” Pur Aish [Auntie]  told members of the CPT Iraqi Kurdistan. “What kind of choice is that? What did we do?” she asked. She was speaking about her village, Zewka, near the Iranian border, after the whole village was displaced by Turkish bombing.

Pur Aish sits in the thin walled tent, her new accommodation.

Pur Aish sits in the thin walled tent, her new accommodation.

The warplanes and drones of the Turkish Air Force bombed Zewka 24 times overnight on 26 September. The next morning all 20 families—about 100 children, women, and men—fled from their village down the mountain with only the belongings they could carry.

Pur Aish explained that autumn rains and winter snows will soon make it too dangerous to remain in this makeshift camp. Yet the threat of Turkish bombardment makes it too dangerous to return to their homes in the mountainside village. 

This attack was the third time Zewka has been displaced by bombardment since 2011. But it was the first time Turkey has bombed them.  Zewka lies near an Iranian military outpost on the Iraqi Kurdistan side of the mountain. Previously they have been bombarded by the Iranian military.   

A displaced village also means a displaced school.  Organizations have provided two small tents, three white boards, and nine desks for the children’s school. The students receive instruction under the flimsy canvas or at desks by the river. Any rain means school is cancelled and they must stay home.   

Team members, Kamaran Osman and Weldon Nisly visited the village on 19 October. They met teacher Awat, the Zewka school headmaster, in the city of Qaladze, who rode with them to the displaced village and school.

Due to lack of space, two girls from Zewka sit
at a desk outside, near the river that will soon flood

The school’s four teachers, including teacher Awat, live in Qaladze and drive the hour-long trip over the mountain early each morning in time for school to begin at 8:00 a.m. At noon the classes end and the teachers begin the tiring journey home again.

The teachers spend most of their meager salary on transportation to and from the camp. They pooled their money to purchase a 1980s-model four-wheel-drive Toyota to drive across the mountain in all but the worst weather. They know that if they do not show up, the children will not have school. “I am coming here to teach because I love these students,” one teacher said. The other teachers echoed his sentiment. They all vowed to continue teaching the children in this makeshift school. 

“How is it possible for these children to learn in this life-threatening situation?”

The teachers emphasized how hard it is for children to learn when they are traumatized by bombings and displacement. “How is it possible for these children to learn in this life-threatening situation?” Teacher Pishdar asked CPT. Another teacher said, “The children of Zewka need a safe and stable school with adequate resources so they can get the education they deserve.” 

Water is another significant concern for the displaced village. Their primary source of water is the river, which is polluted with human and animal waste. They drink the river water and use it to cook, wash dishes and clothes, and bathe their children. Their children often play in the river and are suffering from skin rashes and diseases. 

Zewka village calls on Turkey to stop bombing. They also call upon their own government and international humanitarian agencies to provide aid so they no longer face the terrible choice of facing bombs or floods. 

CPT echoes the concerns of Zewka’s people, calling on the international community to tell Turkey to stop bombing them and all others who suffer the ravages of war.

CPTers Kamaran and Weldon stand with the students and staff
of the displaced village school.
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Ilhan Omar’s Very Selective Anti-Imperialism

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Over the weekend, Representative Ilhan Omar, making a stump speech for the presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, praised him for his willingness to “fight against Western imperialism and . . . for a just world.” But, notes, Clifford May, it is unlikely she was referring to, say, European colonization of Africa, which ended in the 20th century. She seems, in fact, indifferent to contemporary imperialism:
Right now, people in Hong Kong, Iraq, and Lebanon are putting their lives on the line in struggles against oppressive empire builders. Omar, Sanders, and others who fancy themselves anti-imperialists show not the slightest concern for them. Start with Hong Kong, a colony of the British empire in the past, most of whose 7.3 million citizens vehemently oppose Hong Kong’s becoming a colony of the Chinese Communist party in the future. . . . [I]n a “just world,” wouldn’t governments require the consent of those they govern? Move on to Iraq, where demonstrators by the tens of thousands have been protesting the ills caused by chronic corruption and economic mismanagement. They blame the Islamic Republic of Iran. . . . Turn next to Lebanon, [also under the thumb of Iranian imperialism, via the Tehran-controlled terrorist group Hizballah]. Unlike Western imperialists of the 20th century, the rulers of the Chinese and Iranian empires are unlikely to respond to protests by quietly lowering their flags and going home. Nevertheless, the free nations of the world should be implementing policies in support of those fighting 21st-century imperialism. At the very least, that means providing no financial assistance to governments controlled by terrorists or Communists. One last question: is there no enterprising reporter willing to ask Omar and. Sanders what they mean by “Western imperialism,” how they plan to “fight” it, and whether they have any sympathy at all for those now resisting domination by non-Western empires? Their answers would be edifying.

          

The Thongs Market: A Peak At Syrians’ Intimate Lives

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At the end of the last decade, writer Malu Halasa and designer Rana Salam came from London to Syria, with the aim of discovering aspects of Syria’s culture and the Middle East in general. In 2008, they published “The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie - Intimacy and Design” which gives am insight into Syrians intimate lives.

The authors of the book, both of Middle Easter origins, were captivated by the remarkable contradiction between the conservative and religious nature of Syrian society in general, and the boldness found in women's lingerie shops, often frequented by young brides or married women mostly in Damascus and Aleppo.

The elegant book with its colourful photos shows different images of what can be found in some of these shops: underwear decorated with birds and butterflies, covered with feathers or issuing sounds or lights or even vibrating. Others included different accessories, such as a small mobile phone or plastic toys, some are made of dried fruit. The designs of many of these pieces are inspired by belly dancing outfits or the handicrafts that Syria is famous for and are usually embroidered using a single needle and all are made locally in workshops within the country.

In addition, the book includes pictures of mostly blond Eastern European girls modelling the lingerie. Most stores have catalogues showing pictures of non-Syrian models since Syrian society frowns on girls showing off their bodies.

Through numerous observations and encounters inside and outside Syria, and even through incomplete interviews with people who refused to answer certain questions, the writers talk about the contradictions in Syrian society which oscillates between conservatism and modernity. Halasa and Salam did not aim to state that Syrian women are oppressed but rather aimed at shedding light on a different aspect of their worlds, part of their popular traditions and the importance of underwear in married lives, and about the different roles, they are expected to play, both inside and outside the home.


Nasri Lingerie Souk

Almost ten years after the publication of the book, it seemed interesting to discover the changes in that "secret world", especially after the violent war in Syria which has cast a shadow on all Syrians without exception, a visit to one of the most famous women's underwear markets in Damascus - Nasri Souk would be most telling.

Nasri Souk which lies in a small roofed street, branches off from the most famous souk in Damascus: Hamidiyeh. Until the middle of the last century, it was known as the Tarabish (or Fez) market and there are two stories to why it carried that name: the first says that it was dedicated to the sale of Tarabish, that is, the red fezes that men used to wear, especially during the Ottoman era, and the second story attributes the name to the Tarabishi family who owned the market, then the name changed to Nasri after the Nasri family, who hail from the Jobar neighbourhood of Damascus, bought the entire Souk.

However, as of the mid-1960s, this market began to shift to the sale of women's underwear and tailoring supplies, and a decade after that it became the city's most daring and popular market, especially for girls from middle-class families who are putting together a trousseau, also every woman who wants to spice up her marital life goes Nasri market to find unique items.

The Secret Life of Syria’s Lingerie, a telling tale of what has happened to Syrian society: less disposable income, less innovation, less production, less inhibition, and younger brides. Thrill seekers in an otherwise grey life is what keeps shops open.
Syrians were always at peace with pleasure and sexuality, especially in the big cities. A visit to Damascus’ Souk Nasri lingerie stalls reminds one of the real priorities in life: temptation and thrills.

Today it’s hard for visitors to miss the market which lies along the long Hamidiya Street. The entrance is topped by a banner: ” Nasri Souk Welcomes You" and is decorated with bright colours and underwear in different designs. The market contains no more than twenty shops some of which are simply tables on which undies are displayed while other shops can accommodate some customers inside.

Most days these shops are crowded with women of different age groups and social backgrounds looking for specific items, or just shopping for the latest designs. Like in most Syrian markets, women in Nasri market spend a lot of time choosing the best items and then negotiating with vendors to get the best price they can.


Charming But…

The observations of the Nasri Souk shop owners about shoppers purchasing habits compared to pre-war are very interesting, these reflect Syria’s evolution terms of social, economic and cultural changes that cannot be ignored or denied.

“The biggest change in Syria are decency and kindness”. “The houses were destroyed, we can rebuild them”. “People died, may God have mercy on their souls, but what has happened to people’s spirits will need years to mend” says one of the shop owners, asking to remain anonymous as did the rest of the people we interviewed, they don’t like journalists and fear that talking to them would bring trouble”.

I asked him "What do you mean by morals changing?" He replies that the Syrian war has cost hundreds of thousands of women their husbands through death, exile and travel while other women have been denied the chance to get married due to the disproportionate migration of men, the war has also pushed many to marry at a very young age, meaning there has been an increase in the number of divorce. “Girls have been exposed from an early age to sexual matters, they would not have such exposure were it not for the war, sexual matters have become commonplace.”

Others talk about the positive psychological effect of buying underwear, especially those with bright colours, which justifies the demand for them. “If a woman or her husband experience depression, and that is quite common during war, it’s our duty to bring joy to their hearts.” This seems to be the slogan of the market where shop-owners pride themselves on being on-trend with colours and models “meeting the demands of customers searching for everything new”.

These trends include the introduction of bright colours like yellow, pink and violet, and the use of materials such as beads and shiny elements of all shapes. Some shop owners spoke of the high demand for new designs not only from Syrian customers living in Damascus, but from Syrians living outside the country, and even from customers from neighbouring countries like Lebanon, Iraq and, most recently, Jordan - after the reopening of the crossing on the Syrian-Jordanian border.

It is not difficult to notice many designs featured in "The Secret Life of Syrian Women's Lingerie" but things are not what they used to be, shopkeepers say, many factories closed their doors and their owners have left the country, securing the necessary raw materials has become difficult. "Most stores had to give up lingerie sets that produced music, responded to clapping, or could be operated with remote control as importing some of the elements has become difficult.”

Of course, none of the sellers overlooked the impact of the deterioration of the value of the Syrian currency and the deterioration of the economic situation throughout the country on sales, especially since the customers of this market are the middle class who were affected most by the economic effects of the war. Some talked about how women are buying only crucial goods and how priorities have shifted for female breadwinners who are forced to think about securing food, clothes and medicine for the children in the absence of their husbands and how there has also been a drop in the number of tourists that would visit this market specifically, many said: "This year's sales are the worst ever".

In all cases, shopkeepers agree that the underwear trade has not and will not experience a decline no matter how harsh the situation in the country turns. "On the most dangerous days, when the shelling was at its worst, we still had dozens of customers. Lingerie is a necessity for many women, sometimes more important than food and drink," says the last person I interviewed, with a broad smile.


          

Letters to the Editor: 11.07.19

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Letters to the Editor: 11.07.19 Yupay Wed, 11/06/2019 - 11:06

Henry Haney


Amagansett


November 1, 2019

Dear David,

We have lost one more of East Hampton’s finest kind — all of us.

Sadly,

LONA RUBENSTEIN


Something Is Wrong


Hampton Bays


November 4, 2019

To the Editor,

My beautiful hometown of Montauk — these words have been churning within me for some time, scattered, submerged. I’ve been making all the standard excuses for not getting around to this letter: I don’t have the time. I’m not sure anyone cares to hear this. There are already people in charge. The universe will work itself out.

But my heart is telling me that something is wrong, and I’m starting to realize that the only time we have is right now. So here it goes:

Montauk, we are in a state of emergency. Our waters are poisoned. Our fishermen are imprisoned on open seas. Our children are being fed a dystopian dream, and every year, more of us are forced to abandon the hamlet we grew up in in desperation for a life we can afford. Our psyche is damaged; our identity clouded by trends and dollar signs.

I believe we are suffering collectively, but like the rest of the world, we allow politics to further divide us.

One of the most precious, unique aspects of this town is our camaraderie. We watch each other’s kids without question, we fund-raise for the suffering, we speak (loudly!) when we believe there is injustice. But we are turning a blind eye to our own loss of quality of life, the drugs sneaking into the hands of the young and the compromised, the habit we have of tolerating being berated by strangers for less than five months, only to take it out on each other or ourselves, usually at a bar late at night or, more regrettably, on social media.

I am asking our leaders — more honestly, I’m begging them — to take their roles more seriously than they ever have before. It’s time to swallow our pride and our personal politics and remember that we are a town built on the good of the hive.

Montauk, when will you remember that the conveniences of today will not outweigh the generational consequences of tomorrow? Who are we trying to hold back the tide for? I can still see the opportunity for change before us, but I also see the window closing, and I can’t stand silently anymore.

My dream is to raise my own children there, to show them the same surf breaks and walk them through the same school halls. I am not naive to change. The world is ever expanding, and so too must Montauk. But we can retain the empathy, and the beauty that draws so many newcomers here like moths to the flame, who stand on our bluffs staring out at forever, who put their arms around us at closing time and say, “This place is truly special.”

Respectfully, and with hope,

KIAH WRIGHT


Art-Making Space


East Hampton


November 4, 2019

Dear David,

There are many things the Town of East Hampton sorely needs, but I believe a studio art center is among the most important for many reasons. A building including individual rentable studios with shared amenities where local artists can create work in all its forms would be a great asset not only to the many creatives in town (some say we have the highest per capita in the country) who require affordable space, but also to the curious public hungry to engage with authentic creativity and its process.

We are a town obviously steeped in artistic heritage, beginning with Thomas Moran and the early artist summer colony, continuing with Jackson Pollock and the Abstract Expressionists, and today we are home to many notable contemporary artists. Despite this history, our many amazing institutions and museums, and the presence of many collectors and enthusiasts, we lack the kind of community center dedicated to creating art that is surprisingly common in many other towns and cities. Younger artists and those of lesser means simply can’t make the work for lack of dedicated space and nearly all move away to larger cities.

There is no future for an arts community in this current situation. Affordable studio space is nearly impossible to find, just as housing is, and is further complicated by the fact that the town outlaws stand-alone studios with a bathroom.

I want to emphasize that artists need special consideration because we aren’t like plumbers, lawyers, or carpenters who have a reliable income through a straightforward trade. The path of the creative is uncharted and unique in every situation, and cannot thrive without some support. Indeed, many studies show that a strong arts community is a huge economic driver for many communities and serves to strengthen social bonds while enriching people’s lives tremendously. I believe that the Town of East Hampton absolutely benefits from its artistic community and heritage and it’s time to give back to this underserved population.

The real estate prices are the biggest obstacle here, but many existing underutilized structures exist that would serve the purpose well. I point out the former C.D.C.H. School building in Wainscott, currently owned by the town and undergoing restoration. I also point out LTV Studios in the same neighborhood, also owned by the town, which has a whole floor of acutely underused space.

Some may remember the former Amagansett Applied Arts building, formerly a small art school with a darkroom, print studio, and computer lab. The building now houses Grain Surfboards and features a great little wood shop in the basement, and is up for sale again after years of near vacancy under the ownership of the infamous Sackler family. I believe this building above the others would serve the greater community as a dedicated art-making space, pairing nicely with an existing artisan workshop.

I write this because I want to get the ball rolling for those who feel the same, and to build support for this endeavor, wherever and however it may manifest.

SCOTT BLUEDORN


Accabonac Harbor


Springs


November 4, 2019

Dear David,

As a summer resident of Gerard Drive from 1964, I have noticed since the culvert was built and continuously dredged  a degradation of Accabonac Harbor.

Some of the issues for residents on Accabonac Harbor are interrelated: Accabonac shoreline flooding, caused by accelerated sand sedimentation from the bay entering through the culvert, raising water levels. This leads to shore erosion, which, along with sedimentation, blocks drainage of vector ditches. This increases the mosquito population, posing disease risks.

As far as most know, there has been no scientific research measuring any benefits to water quality from the culvert, in fact many sections of the harbor remained closed to shellfishing.

The real issue is cesspool leakage into the harbor from many of the houses near or on Accabonac.

My proposal is to require any Accabonac shoreline homes to convert to a low or no-nitrogen-emitting sewage system. This would minimize the single argument in favor of maintaining the culvert and would allow the harbor to return to its natural state.

My best,

PHILIP WEYHE


Ebb and Flow


Amagansett


November 4, 2019

To the Editor,

Thank you for the editorial about the important work that the CARP team has started on looking at the problems of beach erosion in the bays from Gerard Drive to Lazy Point. One beach area that does not seem to be included in that group is Fresh Pond Beach, and this would be a great disservice.

As an almost 20-year resident several yards from Fresh Pond Park, I have seen this beautiful and important shoreline drastically recede, and watched the stream that keeps the pond viable open and close with each passing storm. When we moved there, the beach in high tide was out about three-quarters of the jetties. And the stream ran along the north jetty adjacent to Little Albert’s Landing. This provided a small beach perfect for the many families with young children who could wander into very shallow water safely. And the stream provided the ebb and flow into the pond that has kept it healthy.

Over the years the stream has migrated south, cutting the beach in half, and the beach has eroded so badly that it now only goes out about one-third of the jetty. This leaves very little space for families to sit and let the children roam.After a recent storm the stream completely closed and the town had to dredge it open.

Fresh Pond Park and beach are very popular with families for parties and swimming — and of course the July Fourth fireworks. So I hope that the members of CARP will also look at the problems at this beach that is so important to the residents of north Amagansett and Springs.

Sincerely,

ELLIN BURKE


Unethical Assertion


East Hampton


November 4, 2019

Dear Editor,

In response to recent statements that appeared in the local press regarding Mayor Rickenbach’s opinions about transition plans upon his retirement in December, we would like to make the following clear to the public:

We respect the mayor’s decision to announce his impending retirement in December, and we believe that any decision regarding how best to transition from the mayor’s retirement to the June election should be made openly and transparently.

There is no vacancy at this point and the mayor has indicated he won’t retire until Dec. 31. Should the mayor formally retire in December as he has indicated, we believe the board should have a public discussion at a public meeting before deciding on how best to facilitate the transition. The most important thing in our opinion is for the village to be efficiently and effectively managed during the transition period until the next mayor is elected in June and installed on July 1. 

Jerry Larsen’s false allegation that the village board is being unethical by simply following New York State law after Mayor Rickenbach leaves office at the end of this year is offensive. The law provides that the deputy mayor shall assume the responsibility in the absence of the board appointing a mayor until the next election.

Mr. Larsen’s unethical assertion is unfortunately typical of his self-serving propensities, since it was his own lack of ethics and abuse of authority for his own personal gain during his tenure as village chief of police that precipitated the unanimous decision of the village board to refuse to renew his employment contract with the village in 2016.

Sincerely yours,

RICK LAWLER

Deputy Mayor

BARBARA BORSACK

Village Trustee


Go Forward


Springs


November 4, 2019

Dear Editor,

Election day has come and gone, and we are all still here no worse for the wear. Hopefully, though, we all are better informed and more motivated to question the town’s elected officials moving forward.

The political demographics in East Hampton are unique. The truth of the matter is East Hampton registered Demo­crats (8,700) outnumber the combined total (4,900) of registered Republicans, Conservatives, Independents, and Libertarians. Only when you add (4,000) those not registered with a political party is the total of unregistered Dem­ocrats less than (200) the combined total. What makes this all interesting is the fact that East Hampton, with a year-round population of 21,000, has the highest percentage (85 percent) of registered voters in the nation. The New York State average is 55.3 percent, Suffolk County 53 percent, and the state with the highest total of registered voters is Maine, at 77.1 percent.

What I will tell you from the Republican camp despite the overwhelming enrollment edge, a bumpy start due to several factors outside of our control, and that some in the community that were professing the Republican Party in East Hampton to be defunct, our candidates (Republican, Democrats, and Independents) excelled. Our philosophy was to bring issues to the forefront, make our elected officials respond and articulate their decisions, to give a voice to the growing segment of our community that is increasingly feeling more ignored by the day. We believe that elected officials that represent a supermajority must not lose sight that whenever a political party dominates the government more often than not, segments of the community become disenfranchised and underrepresented, as is the case in East Hampton.

Congratulations to the winners from both camps and thank you to those who did not. Putting yourself out in the public eye for all to scrutinize and criticize is not an easy thing to do. The pressures to raise funds to run a campaign, win the favor of voters, and still maintain one’s interpersonal relationships with family and friends is a constant struggle in any campaign.

Now go forward and be the best you can be.

MANNY VILAR

Chairman

East Hampton Town

Republican Committee


Find a Child


Montauk


November 1, 2019

To the Editor,

After reading Russell Stein’s letter to the editor dated Oct. 15, I can only hope he is the stupidest person in town. I suggest he find a child to explain the signs to him.

MIKE SKARIMBAS


Animal Products


East Hampton


November 1, 2019

Dear Editor,

Re: Laura Donnelly’s Oct. 31 “Seasons by the Sea”: Food cheating reflects the thinking of a lot of people who struggle to defend their eating choices despite having some awareness of their destructive nature. She questions her food lifestyle, which is a good thing, but I am disturbed by some of her thought processes and feel that she is misleading her readers by promoting her ambivalence. Making an informed food choice requires nutritional, environmental, and ethical considerations.

Ms. Donnelly stated that it would be daunting to give up yogurt, butter, milk, and cheese for breakfast. There is a massive volume of literature substantiating that dairy consumption is unhealthy and should definitely be avoided when recovering from a myriad of diseases. Canada recently removed dairy from its 2019 nutrition guide. The water use as well as air pollution associated with dairy farming is excessive and unnecessary, and is well documented in peer-reviewed journals worldwide. Dairy cows are forcibly inseminated until they can’t produce milk anymore, at which time they are sent to slaughter only five years into their 20-year life span. Their journey to the slaughterhouse is barbaric, as is their short time at the slaughterhouse. Their calves are almost immediately removed from them after birth so that we can have the milk that is designed and intended for the calves, not humans. Male calves are confined to a small area to prevent muscle development so that their flesh is tender for human consumption as veal. As the saying goes, there is a slice of veal in all dairy products. They are fed a non-iron formula, which makes them anemic so that their flesh has acceptable coloring for human consumption. The life that we impose upon dairy animals and the consequences imposed upon earth so that humans can consume dairy (an unhealthy product with respect to each of three aforementioned food choice considerations) is a daunting reality. 

Ms. Donnelly implied that giving up bacon and ham would be too challenging. Again, there is a substantial volume of literature suggesting that pig consumption is unhealthy nutritionally and environmentally. The World Health Organization classifies bacon as a group one carcinogen. Hog agriculture is one of the worse environmental offenders. Pigs create a lot of manure. Where do you think the manure goes? It goes untreated into the air, soil, and water. Pigs are castrated and have their tails docked without the benefit of painkillers. The majority of pigs live in very small indoor spaces. They often don’t see the light of day until they are boarded to be transported for slaughter at very young ages. The average life span of a pig is approximately 11 years, yet meat pigs are slaughtered at approximately 6 months of age and breeding sows average 4 years of age. The U.S.D.A. recently eliminated slaughterhouse processing speeds for hogs. Apparently, the current slaughtering speed of approximately 1,100 hogs per hour was too slow and inefficient. The new legislation also reduces federal inspections by 40 percent, leaving the slaughterhouses to effectively monitor themselves. The slaughterhouse employee turnover rate is extremely high and there are psychological consequences associated with continuously killing sentient intelligent individual beings. Yet it is too much to ask humans to not consume pigs.    

Ms. Donnelly stated, “Sometimes I want some shrimp for a cocktail appetizer.” The shrimping industry is recognized as a leader in fisheries bycatch, nothing for the industry to be proud of leading, or for individuals to be proud of eating. The shrimping industry creates approximately 30 percent of total bycatch or approximately 10 pounds of bycatch per pound of shrimp eaten. The bycatch includes endangered and threatened species such as sea turtles, which often are dead and thrown overboard. I am frustrated that shrimp bycatch statistics are so readily available and yet many people choose to eat shrimp. Are people not aware of shrimp bycatch or do they not care about all the individual sentient beings they kill to consume shrimp? In passing, it is important to mention that the worldwide commercial fishing industry is depleting our oceans at a rate that has led to a massive change in its fragile ecosystem.

I could comment on the nutritional, environmental, and ethical issues pertaining to all the animals and animal products mentioned in this article, but will comment on only one more, eggs. After having their very sensitive beaks cut back (debeaked) without pain medications, female chickens for the most part live their lives in a crate, which limits their movements; they can’t spread their wings. Their floor space is approximately 70 square inches. The female chicks each lay hundreds of eggs annually partially because of forced molting. Molting involves starving the female chickens to create stress, which somehow results in their laying eggs at much higher rates. A wild chicken would only produce about 20 eggs annually. When they can’t lay eggs anymore or at a fast-enough rate, they are sent to the slaughterhouse to face a barbaric ending to their lives. The approximately 300 million male chicks born into the egg industry are ground up, suffocated, or dumped into garbage cans to be starved immediately after birth. There is a substantial volume of literature pertaining to the significant environmental externalities associated with the chicken industry. Nutritionally, eat eggs and you will get plenty of fat and cholesterol.

Unrelated to this article, the European Union won’t allow chickens produced in the United States into their food supplies because they are dipped in chlorine and the E.U. people don’t want to eat chlorinated chicken. Can you blame the E.U. people for not wanting to eat chlorine? Animal agriculture in the United States utilizes approximately 80 percent of the antibiotics consumed in the country, which is a threat to the health of those people consuming animals and animal products. Space limitations prevent me from bringing forward so many more pertinent food-related issues.

I encourage everyone to think nutritionally, environmentally, and ethically when making food choices.  

RANDY JOHNSTON


Makes No Sense


East Hampton


November 4, 2019

Dear David,

Your article of last week, “LIPA Airs Wind Farm Power Rates,” does not uncover an important fact in the LIPA publication, one that shows how improperly high is the price of the first 90 megawatts of the Deepwater Wind South Fork project.

Imagine an absurdity that matches what is happening with Deepwater: You go to a farmers market and on a small table is a small bucket of corn at the price of $1.60 per piece. On a very small table next to it sits an even smaller bucket of corn selling for 86 cents. The corn is the same quality, grown on the same farm, so the different price makes no sense. At an adjacent farm, the same farmer harvests six times the amount of the same quality of corn and sells them for 80 cents per piece. No corn lover would pay $1.60 per piece from the same farm area unless they were being forced to.

The corn metaphor shows that it is nonsensical to allow Deepwater to receive the proposed price per output for the 90 megawatts section. The recent LIPA article shows that the 90 megawatts section of the Deepwater project will receive an initial price of 16.0 cents per kilowatt (also shown as 16.3 cents on a graph). It states that the 40 megawatts section of the very same project would receive substantially less at 8.6 cents per kilowatt. Additionally, the report shows on the graph that the two large, accepted New York projects, Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind, are 816 megawatts at 8.7 cents per kilowatt and 880 megawatts at 8.0 cents per kilowatt, respectively. The 90 megawatts of Deepwater, if it were alone, should be evaluated as extremely high priced. Because the same project also has output that will be sold at only a little more than half the price, the price of 16 cents per kilowatt is absurd. That absurdity is increased by the fact that right next door in the ocean the same company will build Sunrise Wind at six times the output all at one-half the price per kilowatt.

In 2018, I did an Excel spreadsheet, which I shared with the public, that calculated almost all the Deepwater prices for the 90 megawatts. This included a first year cost between 16.0 cents to 16.34 cents. On Oct. 7, 2019, I submitted the spreadsheet to the legal case of Deepwater. Finally, LIPA published an update around Oct. 28, 2019, that showed that my calculations were correct. Unfortunately, the Town of East Hampton and many people in the public realm have not done any, or any adequate and good, financial analysis of the Deepwater project.

My recent calculation using New York State comptroller numbers shows that the monthly average client cost for the 90 megawatts output is predicted at $6.15 per month for each of the 1,100,000 Long Island customers. That is dramatically different from what supporters of Deepwater state as the monthly price — $1.19 or less they say? And they never discuss that all Long Island customers must pay. Constructing Deepwater as a new high-priced small 130 megawatts makes no financial sense.

I am a huge supporter of energy production that does not produce carbon or other environmental negatives. However, that does not mean that one should support all wind farms or solar farms. The very high price of the Deepwater 90 megawatts must be paid monthly by the 1,100,000 Long Island LIPA/PSEG customers. The price and electricity are not just for the East End. Publications by LIPA/PSEG from 2016 and 2017 show that major cable upgrades are being developed from Riverhead to the east. The upgrades will fully connect East Hampton and Southampton electrical needs to stations and substations west of Shinnecock Canal.

On Nov. 28, 2018, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority said that wind farms should ideally be 800 megawatts or larger and that they should never be below 400 megawatts in size. That would reject Deepwater but the construction of the 130 megawatts of turbines unfortunately does not require New York State approval. Deepwater has not yet received required approval from the United States or Rhode Island.

Landing Deepwater cable anywhere in East Hampton and the construction of a new substation next to houses near Cove Hollow are unnecessary and problematic if done. Long Island electricity goes everywhere and announcements from LIPA in 2016 and 2017 provide proof that transmission enhancements starting in Riverhead will allow the East End to receive full electrical needs for the future from western outputs of Long Island.

Deepwater Wind South Fork provides little energy compared to other new wind farms. What it provides is not needed because the other large wind farms will be built soon. The Deepwater electricity price is absurdly high. Its substation and cable installation in East Hampton have triggered strong opposition? Most of it correct.

My only solution is for Deepwater to combine with its nearby 880 megawatts project, Sunrise Wind. The price for the 90 megawatts portion can go down yet the company will still make good profits. The cables will all enter the LIPA substation at Holbrook on Long Island. If this cannot work, then reject the project.

ZACHARY COHEN


Free Enterprise


North Haven


November 4, 2019

To The Editor:

Sunday, Joe Ricketts, the founder, former C.E.O., and former chairman of TD Ameritrade (and with a net worth of $2.7 billion as of 2019 according to Forbes) was given a 10-minute segment on CBS Sunday Morning to flog his new book and expound on the goodness of free enterprise.

Joe, a billionaire Republican supporter, appeared with a backdrop of Wall Street graphics to acknowledge that he is the darling of conservatives with his statement: “Free enterprise has come to be seen as the province of the conservatives.”

Next he added that: “Liberals praise something more like socialism,” with a graphic background of a guy among a small group of youths holding a prominent sign stating: “Kill Capitalism Before It Kills Us!”

Joe then said: “My progressive liberal friends worry that free enterprise is unfair, producing inequality.” Although he acknowledges some inequalities, he continued to say, “These folks talk as if there will always be a big pot of money, and the only question is how to divide it. Where does that pot come from? It comes from free enterprise.”

To grab more attention, he stated that he is “100 percent certain there will be a recession,” hedging that he doesn’t know when. Thus rendering that threatening opinion useless. His dramatic false narrative sets up the misunderstanding that “liberals” are “so-called socialists,” and against free enterprise.

This is an unfortunate, narrow, and inaccurate portrayal of what is actually the Democratic and progressive view. There is actually a wide range of opinions held by Democrats that vary considerably about the economy. I have heard none that are against the freedom of enterprise. Mostly, progressive discussion is about the need for reasonable regulation to ensure fairness of product, employment, and compensation.

No progressives of any meaningful significance promote the abolition of capitalism, creativity, or the freedom of enterprise. Just a cautionary concern to avoid an absolute freedom, one entirely deregulated, as was first attempted during the Reagan era.

Joe lists his extremely profitable successes developing his company, and rightly is proud of how many well-compensated employees he has created. All good. But he means to leave us thinking liberals would deny him this success. “Free enterprise is the engine for us all” is his parting shot. Most of us agree about that, we need to maintain it and protect it from rampant greed and abusive disregard.

As recently as this February, USA Today reported: Ricketts, 77, apologized in a statement for the content of his emails that were published by the website Splinter News. His son, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, called the father’s emails “racially insensitive” and said “the language and views expressed in those emails have no place in our society.” He also sought to distance his father, a longtime backer of conservative politicians, from the baseball franchise, one of baseball’s most valuable and iconic Major League teams.

The meanness of his racial and religious bigotry is shocking if you choose to read press coverage of this situation. It is hard to understand why CBS, granting use of its public airwaves licenses, put on this obviously biased political promotion as if it were a balanced factual and fair opinion, especially without a corresponding opinion in support of fair regulation. In my opinion this is a blatant campaign pitch for Republican successes in upcoming elections.

Shame on CBS!

ANTHONY CORON


Played Golf


Springs


October 30, 2019

Dear David,

Immediately after announcing the death of a killer, rapist, kidnapper, and so much more, attempts were made to downplay this mission or find a negative angle on which to spin it.

For security reasons this mission was kept a secret, but the left, jumping up and down screaming, “I wasn’t told.” Ms. Rice hollering that Obama should have been advised, why, why, tell me why: So it could be leaked and become a failure?

President Trump destroyed a coward, as he blew up his own children. Now we have the left defending the leader of ISIS. Headlines: al-Baghdadi, a scholar, father, murdered. Jamie Lee Curtis added her two cents, and the left is screaming about what a great man this brutal murderer who has caused pain and death on so many was killed.

Unlike President Obama, who announced the beheading of the journalist, walked away and played golf, yes, remember, walked off the golf course and played golf, President Trump, after watching in real time the accomplishment of this mission, had a press conference and then called the parents of the young lady abducted, raped, and tortured by this so-called leader of ISIS.

In God and country,

BEA DERRICO


Angry White Men


East Hampton


November 2, 2019

Editor: 

They bust through the doors of the secure meeting room. There are 20, maybe 30 of them. They are men, white men. Wearing blue suits, white shirts, blue ties, and black shoes. They have blue eyes, blond hair, and white faces. Red faces. Angry faces. Demanding their rights to know something. Cellphones in hand working to alert the world that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Here to protect their rights. Their privileged position in our universe. How brave and fearless they are. Abused, battered, deprived of their exalted status. God, how can we not feel for them? Are they the “human scum” that Trump assailed last week or are they just a bunch of scumbags?

The story, however, is about lies. Constant lies. Endless lies. Fourteen a day by lie counters’ estimates, 5,050 a year, 15,150 in three years. What is truth? Fact? Fantasy?

Except this story isn’t about lies, yet. Public knowledge. Real transcripts. Live testimonials. Fact, sans dispute. No amount of backtracking and bullshit can obfuscate the reality of spoken words. Too dumb not to know better. Too arrogant to really care. Too many white men in blue suits willing to deny the truth and cover their asses.

We dropped more bombs in Vietnam than we did in World War II. We dropped more bombs in Iraq than we did in Vietnam. Bombs and lies and white men in blue suits talking about Jesus.

What’s wrong with Vindman? Too Jewish (not his fault). Too honest (sworn oath). He’s white enough but not the right white. No blue suit. Has to be a closet commie (there aren’t any more left). We know that white men in blue suits (G.O.P.) have always had a problem with Jews and with soldiers who survive wars.

“Lock him up” — truth in sickness. What comes around takes us into the gutter. Too repugnant. How much lower can we go? Too “blanked” up.

Kelly was right. The genius screwed up. No place to go but down. All the angry white men in blue suits in the world can’t change the story. Even if they do a Nixon on the transcript. Oops! They will give it their best shot and should take the fall with their feckless leader.

NEIL HAUSIG


(False) Claim


Plainview


November 4, 2019

While searching Donald Trump’s year 2000 book, “The America We Deserve” for his (false) claim that he therein presciently called for the killing of Osama bin Laden, I did come across these even more amazing claims:

“I would center my presidency on three principles: one term.” (Page 276)

“Jeb Bush is a good man, who’s exactly the kind of political leader this country needs now and will very much need in the future.” (Page 280)

“Hillary Clinton is definitively smart and resilient.” (Page 281)

“Bill Clinton could have gone down as a very good president. Instead he goes down as a guy they tried to impeach.” (Page 281)

“We need to come together as a people, and we will find the leader we need. Where? Maybe our next great leader is walking down Fifth Avenue.” (Page 286)

Oops! Trump just shot that leader dead, to test his “and not lose any voters” theory.

Sorry, America.

RICHARD SIEGELMAN


          

World: Opening statement at the 70th session of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme

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Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World

By Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
07 October 2019

Mr. Chairman,
Deputy Secretary-General,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

The modern concept of refugee protection was born in the middle of the last century, as the world emerged from two devastating global conflicts and was preparing to enter the Cold War. Millions had been uprooted from their homes, as wars cast people adrift, empires disintegrated, borders were redrawn, and minorities and political opponents were persecuted and expelled. Ensuring the safety of those displaced, and resolving displacement, were among the earliest priorities of the United Nations.

Seven decades on, forced human displacement remains a global concern. The context is different, but the complexity remains immense. Today’s refugee crises are part of a growing flow of human mobility, driven by many overlapping elements.

Resource-based conflicts that transcend borders, shaped by a mosaic of local, regional and international interests; fueled by extremism, criminal networks and urban gangs.

Loss of hope, as global advances in prosperity, education and the fight against hunger and disease fail to reach those most in need.

Conflicts premised on ethnic and religious differences, stoked by others for political and financial gain.

Collapsing eco-systems and weather-related disasters that destroy homes and livelihoods, forcing millions further into poverty.

Damaging forms of nationalism, and hate speech that – often through cyberspace – have found a new legitimacy in public discourse.

Refugees emerge from these widening fault-lines – a warning of things going wrong. This is why tackling forced displacement calls again for a bigger, broader ambition than we have managed to muster in the recent past.

This was the vision that drove the development of the Global Compact on Refugees. Addressing refugee crises cannot be done in isolation from larger global challenges, and from effective migration policies. The two compacts – on refugees, and on safe, orderly and regular migration – were designed to complement each other, and for good reason.

Look at the Sahel – a situation of enormous complexity, where insecurity, poverty and loss of traditional livelihoods are fracturing and uprooting entire communities, across the region and beyond. Protecting refugees and the internally displaced is vital. But this must be accompanied by a deeper and wider scope of action that cuts across the political, security, migration and development spheres.

Two aspects of the Global Compact on Refugees stand out.

One is its comprehensive approach. It accelerates a long-awaited shift in responses – from a traditional humanitarian angle, as the Deputy Secretary-General said, to one that preserves the humanitarian imperative, but matches it with a broader set of tools more adapted to the dynamics of today’s refugee flows.

This means peacemaking and peacebuilding, development action and private sector investment. It means sustained, strategic support to address the root causes of refugee movements and mixed population flows. The Deputy Secretary-General has just highlighted how this dovetails with the work to bring about a UN system that can best catalyze progress collectively towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Synergies between the compact and UN reforms are therefore relevant and strong.

Also, the compact makes tangible the commitment to international solidarity that underpins the refugee protection regime, but has never been fully realised. You will hear more about this from our new Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Gillian Triggs, whom I am happy to introduce to you today.

Securing the refugee compact – a practical, concrete tool – proved that beyond the damaging, unilateral approaches that sometimes surface, a commitment to addressing refugee flows through international solidarity still prevails. At UNHCR, we are fully committed to this effort, and we count on all of you – our closest partners – to do the same. It is possible! The Global Refugee Forum, to be convened in December in this building, will be the opportunity to showcase what has been achieved, and make fresh commitments to further progress.

Mr Chairman,

The last year has underscored why the compact is needed, and how it is starting to re-shape our collective response. Let me share my thoughts on seven related challenges.

First, while much of the discussion on forced displacement has focused on arrivals in the global North, the most profound consequences by far are in host countries in the global South. Preserving asylum there, and helping host communities, requires more substantial and sustained international support. More than four million Venezuelans, for example, have left the country, the majority taking refuge in 14 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Most of these states have shown commendable solidarity, despite immense pressures. Colombia’s recent decision to grant citizenship at birth to the children of Venezuelans in the country is an example, and the Quito Process is helping shape a regional approach.

Sustaining this solidarity is vital, including through support to the services, infrastructure and economy of impacted countries. I welcome the engagement of the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank’s decision to extend support to Colombia – and potentially also Ecuador – through its Global Concessional Financing Facility. I urge them to accelerate their contributions. The forthcoming Solidarity Conference convened by the European Union, together with UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration, will be an opportunity to take stock and commit more.

Second, responses to 'mixed flows' of refugees and migrants continue to generate very divisive debates. Widespread political rhetoric exploits the anxieties prevailing among those excluded from the benefits of globalization, and directs those fears towards refugees and migrants – themselves among the most disenfranchised people on the planet. Pitting exclusion against exclusion is not only cynical and immoral – it rarely offers practical solutions to either. And measures taken or invoked to reduce flows – pushbacks, externalization of asylum processing, policies of deterrence – all erode refugee protection without really addressing the root causes of mixed flows, or the challenges of integration.

These situations are enormously complex – we must recognise that. I saw this last week in Mexico, where impressive examples of refugee integration are coupled with increasing migratory pressures from the region but also from Africa. A range of actions is undoubtedly needed to address these “mixed” flows. Several are included in that region under the MIRPS, a regional framework for protection and solutions which we have promoted; and we will contribute to UN efforts to support initiatives such as a regional development plan for Mexico and northern Central America, currently being discussed. In this context, saving lives and safeguarding the dignity and rights of all those on the move must remain central, together with access to international protection for those with valid claims. There and elsewhere, legal migration pathways would help prevent the abuse of asylum systems as substitutes of migration channels.

We observe these challenges not only in northern Central America and at the southern border of the United States, but also in southern Africa, and south-east Asia. In Europe, public confidence in asylum and migration management has been diminished, and must be restored through fast and fair procedures, good migration management that avoids overloading asylum systems, and investments in integration for those with a right to stay. Cooperation between governments is needed – including on the return of those who do not qualify for international protection or other stay arrangements.

I welcome the recent decisions of four EU States to establish a temporary cooperation mechanism for disembarking those rescued in the Mediterranean, and hope that this will galvanise broader EU engagement and revitalize rescue at sea arrangements. But this must also be matched by a broader ambition – investments in addressing the root causes of refugee flows, and supporting the efforts of refugee-hosting and transit countries. UNHCR continues to evacuate the most vulnerable from Libya – efforts for which Niger and now Rwanda are providing life-saving channels. Hopefully, others will join. We work closely with the International Organisation for Migration in these efforts, as elsewhere. But these operations pose enormous dilemmas, and can only be sustained as part of a comprehensive, responsibility-sharing approach that has the preservation of life, and access to international protection as central imperatives. There, as in several other operations, UNHCR colleagues and our partners are working – let us not forget that – under extremely dangerous conditions.

Third, long-standing and recurring displacement crises continue to persist, in the absence of political solutions. And other major crises are now becoming protracted too. In this context, the compact’s emphasis on inclusion, resilience and development action – pending solutions – is critical. This year marked the fortieth anniversary of the start of the Afghan refugee crisis. Regrettably, peace efforts seem once again to have stalled. I welcome Afghanistan’s decision to apply the comprehensive refugee response model in support of its initiatives to solve displacement, but solutions remain compromised by drought, insecurity and governance failures. Just 15,000 refugees returned home last year. The hospitality displayed by Pakistan and Iran, and their work on refugee inclusion and self-reliance, as well as on legal migration and stay options, are ground-breaking, but must receive more international support while the Afghan crisis continues.

In Somalia, too, while the commitment of the government to reduce forced displacement is evident and commendable, conflict and drought are still inhibiting solutions and driving new displacement. In this context, the regional application of the comprehensive response model by IGAD helps strengthen asylum, access to rights, and refugee inclusion in health, education and national economies.

Governments in the East and Horn of Africa have been in the forefront of the application of the comprehensive refugee response model. Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda, among others, have made enormous strides with the support of the World Bank’s expertise and financing, bilateral development support and private sector investments. These are already transforming the lives of many refugees, as well as refugee-hosting communities across the region, and proving the validity of the model enshrined in the compact. They are giving concrete meaning to the African Union’s decision to declare 2019 the year of refugees, displaced people and returnees in Africa.

Fourth, the issue of repatriation continues to be the subject of much attention. A question we are increasingly asked is – how to advance solutions, when security in countries of origin remains fragile, and there is no end of hostilities? Can people return to their home countries in the absence of political settlements?

The answer is that returns must be driven by people, not by politics. Across UNHCR’s operations, we have an ongoing dialogue with refugees on return, and on the complex factors that influence their decisions. We work with governments to help create the conditions paving the way for returns. These must be voluntary and sustainable.

Take the example of Syria. Some 200,000 Syrian refugees have returned since 2016, and over three quarters of the almost six million refugees in neighbouring countries say they hope to return one day. We must continue to be guided by their views and decisions, and provide support to those who choose to return to avoid exposing them to further hardship.

Our policy is not to stand back and wait. We work with the Government of Syria to help address barriers to return and support confidence-building measures; hoping of course that recent political advances are consolidated; and that further humanitarian crises – especially in Idlib – can be avoided through concerted action by all parties.

In the meantime, international support to asylum countries must be sustained. Their outstanding generosity, and continuous donor support have helped Syrian refugees contend with long years in exile, even in places like Lebanon where the ratio of refugees to nationals continues to be the highest in the world. The achievements are significant: last year, 1.3 million Syrian refugee children were attending school, and 110,000 work permits were issued in Jordan and Turkey. However, acute poverty and vulnerability are weighing on people’s lives, and on host communities, and inevitably influencing their decisions.

In Myanmar, too, the Government has recognised the right of refugees in Bangladesh to return, and has started an important dialogue with the refugees, to build confidence and enable informed decisions. UNHCR and UNDP are working on social cohesion projects in northern Rakhine State to help pave the way for eventual returns. These are important steps, but need to be accompanied by more visible changes on key issues of refugee concern – freedom of movement, solutions for the internally displaced, clear information on a pathway to citizenship.

A second bilateral initiative to commence repatriation in August did not result in any refugees coming forward. But it sent important messages: the door is open, and voluntariness was respected. My hope is that this can now pave the way for a more strategic approach, in which refugee voices and choices are central. UNHCR stands ready to advise and support. There, and in other places, for example with Burundian refugees in Tanzania, and Nigerian refugees in the Lake Chad region, we are available to facilitate dialogue and solutions through tripartite approaches which include UNHCR.

Fifth, and closely linked to my previous point, we need to seize opportunities to accelerate solutions. Conflicts moving towards peace are rare, but when there is a chance, we have to pursue it. In this respect, we are closely following events in Sudan and South Sudan. The political transition in Sudan and the new Government’s commitment to a peace process have important implications for hundreds of thousands of Sudanese refugees, and for the internally displaced. The renewed momentum in the South Sudan peace process is also encouraging. Spontaneous refugee returns to South Sudan have already surpassed 200,000, and IDP returns are also under way.

Over the last two years, UNHCR and IGAD have been promoting the inclusion of refugees and internally displaced people in the South Sudan peace process. I hope that these recent developments will pave the way to a definitive end of the cycle of violence and displacement that has blighted the lives of generations of Sudanese and South Sudanese people.

Resettlement is another solution – albeit for very few. While some countries are stepping up their programmes, the overall number of places has plummeted. I am very disappointed by this. Resettlement saves lives and offers stability to refugees who are most vulnerable and at risk. I propose that we use more deliberately our new three-year strategy to intensify resettlement efforts, and expand private sector and community involvement.

The sixth major challenge relates to our engagement with the internally displaced. At the end of 2018, over 41 million people were living in displacement in their own countries. Major IDP operations, in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, the Lake Chad Basin, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ukraine, remain among our most politically and operationally complex – but all are among our priorities. I wish to flag in particular that together with our partners, we are responding with more resources to the Ethiopian government’s call for support to address recent large-scale internal displacement in the country.

In sum, we are trying to better align our efforts to advance solutions for refugees and IDPs, and to design our operations more effectively, in the context of inter-agency efforts. Our new policy on internal displacement reflects our firm and revitalized commitment. This places particular emphasis on protection leadership, and aligning our interventions with those of our partners.

Mr. Chairman,

A few days ago, at the start of the 74th session of the General Assembly in New York, we heard calls to accelerate our responses to the climate emergency, before it is too late. Greta Thunberg, speaking for the next generations, and António Guterres, speaking as the world’s conscience, were adamant in asking all of us to take action – now.

These calls concern us, too, as we gather here to discuss issues of forced displacement. I have just presented six key displacement-related challenges. The seventh intersects and underpins them all.

Climate-related causes are a growing driver of new internal displacement, surpassing those related to conflict and violence by more than 50%. Climate is often also a pervasive factor in cross-border displacement.

The term “climate refugee” is not based in international law, and does not reflect the more complicated ways in which climate interacts with human mobility. But the image it conveys – of people driven from their homes as an outcome of the climate emergency – has rightly captured public attention.

I am often asked how the UN refugee organization can help respond to this challenge. I wish to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts for your consideration.

For some years, UNHCR has worked to highlight relevant legal frameworks and the protection gaps resulting from cross-border displacement in the context of climate change. We will continue to help steer international discussions and the legal and normative debate in this area, including through engagement with the Platform on Disaster Displacement, and other multilateral fora.

Forced displacement across borders can stem from the interaction between climate change and disasters with conflict and violence – or it can arise from natural or man-made disasters alone. Either situation can trigger international protection needs.

In the first case, these would normally be met through recognition as a refugee under the 1951 Convention or regional refugee frameworks. In the second, temporary protection or stay arrangements, on which UNHCR has expertise, can provide flexible and speedy responses.

Even more specifically, where disaster-related displacement occurs, a strong operational response, guided by protection considerations, is often needed. Here too, UNHCR will continue to work in inter-agency contexts to support governments – building on our strong expertise in emergency responses. The Global Compact on Refugees by the way calls for preparedness measures and evidence-based forecasting, and the inclusion of refugees in disaster risk reduction strategies.

There are other considerations. Climate factors drive people out of their homes – but large-scale refugee movements – whether or not climate-induced – have themselves in turn an environmental impact, and refugees are frequently located in climate hotspots. I am determined to make these considerations more relevant to the way we prepare for and respond to refugee crises.

At UNHCR, we have worked for years to reduce the environmental impact of refugee crises through renewable energy options, reforestation activities, and access to clean fuels and technology for cooking. We have now launched a revitalized energy strategy and are improving our tools to address these challenges. Private sector partners such as the IKEA Foundation have been invaluable in helping us develop new approaches.

And finally like other organizations, we recognise that our own operational footprint has an environmental impact, and are taking action accordingly. We are working, for example, to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use.

Mr. Chairman,

Work to respond to these challenges is made possible by the strong confidence that UNHCR continues to receive from donor partners. We expect funds available this year to reach an estimated 4.82 billion US dollars. The United States’ contribution has continued to be the most substantial, and has been decisive in many challenging situations, and for this I am very grateful. I wish to thank the European Commission and Germany for their particularly strong support; and Sweden, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands for providing critical, substantive unearmarked funding; and of course all other donors as well.

The gap between requirements and available resources nonetheless continues to grow in absolute terms and will reach around 3.82 billion US dollars this year. Private sector income is projected to increase by 11% over last year’s figure, to 470 million US dollars. We continue to work to diversify our funding base, in the spirit of responsibility-sharing and to ensure a stable platform for our work. Most importantly, our partnership with development organizations is becoming much stronger, and is helping us find ways to target our resources in ways that leverage those bigger programmes.

I am aware that donor generosity must be matched by constant improvements in how we manage the organization. In late 2016, I initiated a reform process to ensure an agile and effective UNHCR, with country operations equipped to pursue context-driven strategies, innovate, and respond to local and regional dynamics, as part of UN Country Teams. This was the rationale for our regionalisation and decentralization process, which is giving greater authority and flexibility to country offices, helping us get closer to refugees, and front-loading support through Regional Bureaux located in their regions.

We are entering the last phase of structural changes, which will involve adjustments to Headquarters Divisions and other entities in line with the new rebalanced authorities.

Of course, transformation is not only about structures and accountabilities, and is not a one-time exercise – it is also about transforming our organisational culture, investing in the quality of work, improving and streamlining systems and processes, and creating space for innovation.

We are working on evidence-based planning, on how we describe impact, and on increasing efficiency, in line with our Grand Bargain commitments and as an active participant, as the Deputy Secretary-General noted, in broader UN reforms. I recently endorsed a Data Transformation Strategy, and the new UNHCR/World Bank Joint Data Centre will be inaugurated this week in Copenhagen by the Secretary-General – a milestone of humanitarian/development cooperation.

We also continue to embed a strong risk management culture across the organisation, and to strengthen systems and tools for preventing and responding to misconduct. This includes sexual exploitation and abuse, and sexual harassment, for which we have implemented a broad range of measures and to which I am personally committed, also as Champion for this issue in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. There is no place in the organization for perpetrators, and we will keep survivors and victims at the center of our response.

Mr. Chairman,

In 2011, my predecessor, the Secretary-General, convened a ministerial meeting on the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention, and the 50th of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. It is fair to say that until then, the statelessness mandate had been a rather peripheral aspect of UNHCR’s work. Clearly, you didn’t see it that way. More than 60 states and regional entities came forward with pledges aimed at reducing statelessness, and that groundswell of political will and commitment became the catalyst for the #IBelong campaign, launched in 2014. Spurred on by the energy that had emerged, we decided to fix a time limit – ten years – to bring statelessness to an end.

Now, as we mark the halfway point, it’s time to take stock and renew the commitment that set us on the path towards that bold ambition. This is the aim of the High-Level Segment that will follow in a few moments, as part of this Executive Committee meeting.

When we talk about statelessness, we often find ourselves speaking of laws, documents and other technicalities. These are critical, and are where the hard work has to happen, but when we frame statelessness purely in legal terms, we lose sight of the all-encompassing blight it casts on people’s lives, pushing them to the margins of society, denying them basic rights and a sense of identity. This is an area in which – for relatively little investment – wide-reaching impact is within our reach.

Some of you, last year, were present at an EXCOM side event at which a young woman who had grown up stateless became the citizen of a country for the first time. It was a deeply emotional experience for everyone present – and that moment, more than any speech or list of pledges, captured what it means to finally belong, after years spent living on the margins. She and a number of formerly stateless people are present here today, and I encourage you to talk to them and understand what citizenship has meant to them. Their stories are what will inspire us as we move ahead.

There have been important achievements in the first half of the campaign – tackling gender discrimination in nationality laws, introducing laws to avoid childhood statelessness, and developing procedures to find solutions for people who would otherwise be stateless. Certain protracted situations were finally resolved. Fifteen states acceded to one or both of the Statelessness Conventions. Kyrgyzstan became the first State to formally announce that all known cases of statelessness on its territory had been resolved – an achievement that should inspire others. I look forward to honouring a Kyrgyz champion of this campaign, Azizbek Ashurov, at the Nansen Award ceremony this evening.

I also wish to acknowledge the work of UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank, and civil society and academic networks – and especially the Geneva-based ‘Friends’ of the campaign, who have been persistent in their advocacy and support. The regional preparatory meetings have been characterized by energy and commitment. I am pleased to share that we have received 171 pledges ahead of today’s event, which has also galvanised other initiatives that may become concrete pledges later.

At a time when we are asking a lot of you, this is particularly commendable. At UNHCR, we will also step up our efforts even more to achieve the ambitious collective goal of ending statelessness once and for all.

Mr Chairman,

The first Global Refugee Forum will be convened in this building in just over two months. It comes at the end of a turbulent decade, in which people and communities have been uprooted across all regions. Nobody foresaw, ten years ago, the convergence of trends and events that would lead to a doubling in the number of people forcibly displaced, and the prominence that refugee and migrant flows would assume in domestic and international politics. Addressing and resolving forced displacement has rightly emerged as an urgent priority intertwined with other 21st-century global challenges, including climate change.

The big question now is – what are we going to make of the next decade? Will it be one that sees us in retreat – turning our backs on the hard-learned lessons of the twentieth century – or one in which we will have the courage of joining forces in spite of our different perspectives and interests, embracing the challenges and opportunities of international cooperation to address the plight of exile? These are the fundamental questions that the Forum will have to tackle. I hope – of course – that it will respond by clearly showing the second way. I encourage all of you to ensure high-level representation from States, share positive experiences, and make significant and impactful commitments that will greatly improve the future of refugees and host communities.

I believe that in the Global Compact for Refugees, we have grounds for optimism. The momentum is there. We have a powerful tool that was born of a narrative of possibility. The Forum will be the occasion, I hope, to show that we do not shy away from the enormous responsibility placed on all of us – one that stems not only from the refugees and host communities looking to us for action, but also from the opportunity that we have to inspire new generations, and demonstrate, in so many practical, concrete ways, why international cooperation matters, and how it can be made to work.

Thank you.


          

World: Education Above All Foundation, World Bank Partner to Ensure Education for Two Million Out of School Children Around the World

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Source: World Bank, Education Above All
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, World, Zambia

WASHINGTON DC, September 20, 2019 - This week, Education Above All Foundation (EAA) and the World Bank announced a ground-breaking partnership to enrol two million out of school children from more than 40 countries by 2025. During a meeting with World Bank President David Malpass, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder and Chairperson of Education Above All Foundation, stressed the importance of this framework agreement.

The agreement commits up to $250 million in funding for developing countries striving to enable access to quality primary education for all of their still out-of-school children. Unlike traditional philanthropic efforts of organizations like EAA who usually fund local non-profits directly, this innovative funding model aims to take lessons learned in the field to scale, through direct support to participating countries with implementation, evaluation, and reporting - enabling accountability and systemic change at the national level.

Out of school children (OOSC) are among the hardest to reach in each country due to the many and often compounding barriers to education including extreme poverty, distance to school, and conflict. This new agreement calls on governments to utilise funds to prioritise out of school children by ensuring their access to quality primary education through results-based financing. The agreement highlights the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships in supporting developing nations, in providing education for all, and meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 4 (ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning).

"The World Bank is committed to addressing the global learning crisis. The partnership with Education Above All is critically important in this effort. There are still too many out of school children around the globe. Together we will bring these children into school and help them learn and fulfil their potential. Learning for all is a foundation for building strong human capital for every country," said Jaime Saavedra, Global Director for Education at the World Bank.

"Our partnership with Qatar and Education Above All will play an especially important role in the Middle East and North Africa," said Ferid Belhaj, World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa. "As access to quality education is critical for the region to unlock the huge potential of its large youth population, whose energy and creativity could become a new source of dynamic and inclusive growth."

Through this new funding structure, EAA and The World Bank will support financing opportunities for resource mobilization, education advocacy, and poverty reduction in developing countries across three continents. Proposed targeted countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Zambia.

About Education Above All (EAA) Foundation

The Education Above All (EAA) Foundation is a global education foundation established in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. The Foundation envisions bringing hope and real opportunity to the lives of impoverished and marginalized children, youth and women, especially in the developing world and in difficult circumstances such as conflict situations and natural disasters. It believes that education is the single most effective means of reducing poverty, generating economic growth and creating peaceful and just societies, as well as a fundamental right for all children and an essential condition to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For more information, visit educationaboveall.orghttp://educationaboveall.org/.

About World Bank Group Work on Education

The World Bank Group is the largest financier of education in the developing world. We work on education programs in more than 80 countries and are committed to helping countries reach Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which calls for access to quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030. In 2018, we provided about $4.5 billion for education programs, technical assistance, and other projects designed to improve learning and provide everyone with the opportunity to get the education they need to succeed. Our current portfolio of education projects totals $17 billion, highlighting the importance of education for the achievement of our twin goals, ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

For more information, please visit: worldbank.org/educationhttp://.worldbank.org/education educationaboveall.orghttp://www.educationaboveall.org


          

World: Global Humanitarian Overview 2019 [EN/AR/ES/FR/ZH]

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Aruba (The Netherlands), Bangladesh, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao (The Netherlands), Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

Global trends and challenges

More than 1 per cent of people across the planet right now are caught up in major humanitarian crises. The international humanitarian system is more effective than ever at meeting their needs – but global trends including poverty, population growth and climate change are leaving more people than ever vulnerable to the devastating impacts of conflicts and disasters.

Humanitarian needs are increasing despite global economic and development gains. In the past decade, the world has made profound development progress. Between 2008 and 2015, the number of people living in extreme poverty fell from 1.2 billion to 736 million. The world is also richer than ever before: global GDP rose from $63.4 trillion in 2008 to $80.7 trillion in 2017.
But in recent years, more than 120 million people each year have needed urgent humanitarian assistance and protection. There are more crises, affecting more people, and lasting longer today than a decade ago. Most humanitarian crises are not the product of any single factor or event, but of the interaction between natural hazards, armed conflict and human vulnerability.

People’s vulnerability to crises is not just about where they live, but also about how they live.
Poverty, inequality, population growth, urbanization and climate change can erode people’s resilience and make them more susceptible to shocks. Although development gains are being made, progress has been uneven. The rate of extreme poverty remains high in low-income countries and in countries affected by conflict. Crises have disproportionate consequences for the poor: people exposed to natural hazards in the poorest nations are at least seven times more likely to die from them than those in the richest nations.

Fragile and conflict-affected areas are growing faster and urbanizing more rapidly than the rest of the world

In the past five years, the world’s population has grown by 400 million people, from 7.2 billion in 2014 to 7.6 billion in 2017. Although global population growth has slowed compared with previous decades, the rate has been uneven. Today, an estimated 2 billion people live in fragile and conflict affected areas of the word, where they are extremely vulnerable to the impact of conflicts and disasters. This number is projected to increase, as the population in these areas is growing twice as fast as the rest of the world, with an annual growth rate of 2.4 per cent, compared with 1.2 per cent globally. And the urban population in fragile areas grows by 3.4 per cent each year, compared with the world average of 2 per cent. These trends can compound resource scarcity and increase vulnerability to disasters. Urban population density can also amplify the impact of disasters and conflicts. In 2017, when explosive weapons were used in populated areas, 92 per cent of casualties were civilians, compared with 20 per cent in other areas. The populations of countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence are also younger than the global average. Whereas the proportion of the world’s population under 14 years of age has been steadily declining to about 25 per cent today, the average for countries in fragile situations is 40 per cent. As a result, one in every four children in the world is living in a country affected by conflict or disaster, facing threats of violence, hunger and disease. In 2017, more than 75 million children experienced disruptions to their education because of humanitarian crises, threatening not only their present well-being, but their future prospects as well.

More people are being displaced by conflicts

By the end of 2017, war, violence and persecution had uprooted 68.5 million men, women and children around the world – the highest number on record, and nearly 10 million more people than in 2014. Just over 40 million people were internally displaced by violence within their own countries, and 25.4 million refugees and 3.1 million asylum seekers were forced to flee their countries to escape conflict and persecution. The levels of new displacements far outstrip returns or other solutions. In 2017, 5 million people returned to their areas or countries of origin, but 16.2 million people were newly displaced – an average of one person displaced every two seconds, and the highest level of new displacement on record.

The rise in forced displacement is not the result of an increase in conflicts. In fact, after peaking in 2014, the number of political conflicts worldwide decreased by about 10 per cent, from 424 in 2014 to 385 in 2017, although there are still more conflicts compared with a decade ago (328 in 2007). However, during the same period, the proportion of violent and highly violent conflicts, which are more likely to cause human suffering, destruction and displacement, increased from 53 per cent to 58 per cent of all conflicts worldwide.5 The total economic impact of conflict and violence has also increased, from $14.3 trillion in 2014 to $14.8 trillion in 2017.6 The major share of both the human and economic cost of conflicts is borne by developing countries, which host 85 per cent of refugees.


          

World: Humanitarian Funding Update October 2018 - United Nations Coordinated Appeals [EN/AR]

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

United Nations-coordinated Appeals

FUNDING REQUIRED $25.20B

FUNDING RECEIVED $11.97B

UNMET REQUIREMENTS $13.23B

COVERAGE 47.5%

PEOPLE IN NEED 135.3 M

PEOPLE TO RECEIVE AID 97.9 M

COUNTRIES AFFECTED 41

Global Humanitarian Funding

FUNDING RECEIVED $17.98B

UN-COORDINATED APPEALS $11.97B

OTHER FUNDING $6.01B

Global Appeal Status

  • At the end of October 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan (3RP) require US$25.20 billion to assist 97.9 million people in urgent need of humanitarian support. The plans are funded at $11.97 billion; this amounts to 47.5 per cent of financial requirements for 2018. Requirements are lower than in September 2018 due to revision of the Ethiopia Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP). For the remainder of 2018, humanitarian organizations require another $13.23 billion to meet the needs outlined in these plans.

  • Global requirements are $1.10 billion higher than at this time last year. Overall coverage and the dollar amount were only marginally higher in late October than at the same time in 2017.

  • On 8 October the Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners issued a Mid-Year Review of the HDRP. The revised plan reflects changes in the humanitarian context, and requires $1.49 billion for 2018, as opposed to the March 2018 requirement of $1.6 billion to reach some 7.88 million people in need of food or cash relief assistance and 8.49 million people with non-food assistance in the course of the year. Despite the general good performance of this year’s belg (spring) rains, the number of people targeted for relief food and cash support remains largely unchanged due to the significant spike in internal displacement since April 2018.

Security Council Briefings and High Level Missions

  • At a briefing to the Security Council on 23 October, Under-Secretary-General/Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC) Mark Lowcock called on all stakeholders to do everything possible to avert catastrophe in Yemen. In a follow up note on the humanitarian situation in Yemen of 30 October, the USG/ERC thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Kuwait, the United Kingdom and all donors for the record amount raised for the humanitarian appeal in 2018 which had meant nearly 8 million people had received assistance across the country; more than 7 million people had received food and more than 420,000 children been treated for malnutrition; clean water, sanitation and basic hygiene support is now available to 7.4 million people and about 8 million men, women, girls and boys had benefited from health services.

  • At a Security Council briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria on 29 October, the USG/ERC urged the Security Council and key Member States to ensure that the ceasefire holds in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib to prevent a military onslaught and overwhelming humanitarian suffering. He thanked donors for the $1.7 billion contributed so far towards the HRP for Syria, but pointed out that this HRP is currently funded at less than 50 per cent.

  • In her statement to the Security Council on 30 October, Assistant Under-Secretary-General/Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator (ASG/DERC)
    Ursulla Mueller spoke of the steady decline in humanitarian funding for the Ukraine over the years and mentioned that the HRP for 2018 is funded at only 32 per cent. This is simply not enough to cover food, health care, water, sanitation and other life-saving assistance. ASG/DERC Mueller appealed to donors to increase their support for consolidating gains in anticipation of the fast-approaching winter.

  • During a joint mission to Chad and Nigeria (5-7 October) with UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, as part of a series of country visits the two will make to advance humanitarian-development collaboration, the USG/ERC called on donors to fulfil pledges and announcements of over $2 million made in Berlin last month at the High Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region (3-4 September). He noted the importance of maintaining humanitarian response in the region as needs were still very high.

  • Following her visit to the Republic of the Philippines from 9 to 11 October, ASG/DERC Mueller announced that OCHA would continue advocating for sustained funding to address humanitarian needs of people displaced by the Marawi conflict while ensuring that support for the transition to longerterm and sustainable recovery is forthcoming.

Upcoming Event

  • The Global Humanitarian Overview 2019 and World Humanitarian Data and Trends will be launched in the course of joint event to take place in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on 4 December 2018.

Pooled Funds

  • Between January and the end of October 2018, country-based pooled funds (CBPFs) have received a total of $708 million in contributions from 32 donors (including contributions through the UN Foundation). During the same period, a total of $616 million from the 18 operational funds was allocated towards 1,071 projects with 575 implementing partners. Nearly 40 per cent ($246 million) of the funds were allocated to international NGOs and some 26 per cent (approximately $160 million) to national NGOs. UN agencies received 32 per cent ($202 million) of the allocated funds and Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations received over 1 per cent (some $8 million) of all allocated funds. The largest allocations per sector went to health; food security; water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; emergency shelter and NFIs.

  • Between 1 January and 31 October 2018, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved $477 million in grants from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support life-saving activities in 45 countries. This includes $297.7 million from the Rapid Response Window and $179.7 million from the Underfunded Emergencies (UFE) Window. A total of $31.6 million in Rapid Response grants was approved in October in response to cholera outbreaks in Zimbabwe, Niger and Nigeria; flooding in Laos; and the population influx from Venezuela to Brazil, Ecuador and Peru; as well as to support Government relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The UFE 2018 second round was completed this month, with $30.6 million approved in September and the remaining $49.4 million of the round’s $80 million released in October to assist people caught up in nine chronic emergencies in Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Libya,
    Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Sudan.

Country Updates

  • Funding for humanitarian activities in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is at an all-time low. Nearly all agencies requesting financial support through the HRP have received less funding in 2018 than in previous years. This leaves humanitarian partners ill-placed to meet emerging needs or respond to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Gaza, where the rise in casualties during the recent demonstrations has stretched Gaza’s overburdened health system.
    Humanitarian agencies appealed in August for $43.8 million to respond to the Gaza crisis, particularly trauma management and emergency health care, in 2018. On 22 September, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the oPt launched an $8.3 million allocation from the oPt Humanitarian Fund to implement critical HRP projects, mainly in Gaza. Stocks of medical supplies are in extremely short supply and depleted to almost half of requirements. Since late October, the Gaza power plant has been providing up to eleven hours of electricity a day. However, around 250 health,
    WASH and essential solid waste facilities continue to rely on UN-procured emergency fuel for running back-up generators. This year’s intensive operations have depleted funds and stocks and the $1 million allocated by the oPt Humanitarian Fund for fuel supplies will only last until the end of November. Further and urgent financial support is therefore required.

  • Conditions in Yemen continued to deteriorate in October, pushing the country to the brink of famine. On 23 October, the USG/ERC warned the Security Council that without urgent action, up to 14 million people – half the population – could face pre-famine conditions in the coming months.
    Assessments are currently under way, with initial results expected in mid-November. The economic crisis is raising the risk of famine. The Yemeni rial has depreciated by nearly 50 per cent over the last year. Commodity prices have soared, as Yemen imports 90 per cent of staple food and nearly all fuel and medicine.

Urgent steps are required to avert immediate catastrophe. First, a cessation of hostilities is needed; this is especially critical in populated areas.
Second, imports of food, fuel and other essentials must be able to enter Yemen without impediment. Roads must remain open so these goods can reach communities across the country. Third, the Yemeni economy must be supported, including by injecting foreign exchange, expediting credit for imports and paying salaries and pensions. Fourth, international funding must increase now to allow humanitarians to meet growing needs for assistance. Finally, all parties must engage with the UN Special Envoy to end the conflict. Yemen remains the largest humanitarian operation in the world, with more than 200 partners working through the Yemen HRP.


          

World: Humanitarian Funding Update September 2018 - United Nations Coordinated Appeals [EN/AR]

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

FUNDING REQUIRED $25.32B

FUNDING RECEIVED $10.63B

UNMET REQUIREMENTS COVERAGE $14.69B

COVERAGE 42%

PEOPLE IN NEED 133.8M

PEOPLE TO RECEIVE AID 97.4M

COUNTRIES AFFECTED 41

Spotlight on the recent disaster in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

On Friday 28 September, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. On 5 October, the Government and country team/regional office issued the Central Sulawesi Earthquake Response Plan to support the six priority areas identified by the Government. Some existing programmes in Sulawesi will be augmented and others entailing WASH, health, camp management and logistics activities will be developed.

The response plan will focus on immediate response over a three-month period. On 2 October and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock (USG/ERC) announced an allocation of US$15 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster relief assistance for people affected by this emergency

Global appeal status

At the end of September 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan (3RP) require $25.32 billion to assist 97.4 million people in urgent need of humanitarian support. The plans are funded at $10.63 billion; this amounts to 42 per cent of financial requirements for 2018. For the remainder of 2018, humanitarian organizations require another $14.69 billion to meet the needs outlined in these plans.

Global requirements are $1.13 billion higher than at this time last year. Overall coverage and the dollar amount were only marginally higher in late September 2018 than at the same time in 2017.

High-level events The USG/ERC made a strong appeal for HRP funding for South Sudan and Yemen at two high-level events at UN headquarters last month. At an event on 25 September on the crisis in South Sudan during the General Assembly, the USG/ERC asked that donors sustain their generous and large response to the crisis to enable life-saving activities and to encourage a multi-year approach to crisis response with stronger focus on stabilization, resilience and recovery from the conflict. In his statement to the Security Council on Yemen on 21 September, he announced that we may now be approaching a tipping point beyond which it will be impossible to prevent massive loss of life as a result of widespread famine across the country.

Three days later, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen reiterated the call for more funding and more humanitarian partners on the ground to respond to the unprecedented emergency in Yemen.
The UNHCR Commissioner and USG/ERC ended a mission to Afghanistan last month with a call for donors to urgently increase and sustain support for humanitarian response in the country, and to take measures to find durable solutions for millions of people caught up in Afghanistan’s displacement crisis.
On 3-4 September, in a follow-up event to the 2017 Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region, Germany, Nigeria, Norway and the UN co-hosted the High-Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region in Berlin. On this occasion, UN Member States, international organizations and civil society actors discussed humanitarian assistance, stabilization and development cooperation in the region. Humanitarian and development announcements made at the conference totalled $2.17 billion and it is estimated that $1.02 billion was for humanitarian assistance in 2018 for Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Of that amount, approximately $875 million (86%), has been made available to recipient organizations.

International financial institutions pledged an additional $467 million in concessional loans.

Concerning pledging conferences this year, according to data reported to FTS by donors and recipient organizations as of 18 September, 95 per cent of pledges have been fulfilled for Yemen, 91 per cent of pledges have been fulfilled for Somalia, and 82 per cent of pledges have been fulfilled for DRC. In each of these countries, many donors have contributed above and beyond their original announcements.
For Syria and the Region, the EU recently published a tracking report on announcements made in Brussels in April which can be accessed here:

www.consilium.europa.eu/media/36437/syria-report-six.pdf Donors are urged to quickly fulfil outstanding pledges made at the conferences and to consider providing additional funding before the end of the year.

Pooled funds

Between 1 January and 30 September 2018, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved $395 million in grants from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), including $265 million from the Rapid Response Window and $130 million from the Underfunded Emergencies Window, for life-saving activities in 38 countries. A total of $40 million was released in September to assist people affected by underfunded emergencies in Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Central African Republic and Rwanda; as well as people affected by flooding in India and Myanmar, and Venezuelan refugees and migrants arriving in Ecuador and Peru.

Country-based pooled funds (CBPFs) have received a total of US$667 million from 31 donors between January and September 2018. During this period, the 18 operational funds have allocated $478 million to 921 projects, implemented by 525 partners. Over 60 per cent of all CBPF allocations were disbursed to NGOs, including 21 per cent ($100.6 million) directly to national NGOs. Another 36 per cent was allocated to UN agencies and a smaller portion to Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations, which have received 1.2 per cent of funding ($5.8 million) for direct project implementation. The first allocation for 2018 of the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF) for $90 million is ongoing and focuses on covering gaps in first-line responses in cluster strategies and providing life-saving support to people in newly accessible and hard-to-reach areas. In Ethiopia, the Humanitarian Coordinator launched a $30 million reserve allocation targeting immediate and life-saving activities in the nutrition, health, WASH, agriculture/livestock, emergency shelter/NFI, education and protection sectors. Finally, reserve allocations were also ongoing in Afghanistan and Myanmar during September.

In Myanmar, an integrated CBPF and CERF allocation strategy ($1 million CBPF reserve and $2.95 million CERF) prioritized projects aligned with the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) operating principles and the CERF Life Saving Criteria, aiming at achieving the main objective of addressing critical unmet needs of flood‐affected people across the country, particularly the most vulnerable people.

Country updates

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated considerably over the past year, primarily due to the drought, but also as a result of worsening violence. Overall, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection services in Afghanistan has increased dramatically since the beginning of 2018, from 3.3 million people to 5.5 million people. Over half of the needs are generated by conflict and population movement. In the meantime, chronic vulnerabilities such as poverty, food insecurity, and unemployment are also increasing. Afghanistan is experiencing its most severe drought since 2011, with some 20 provinces affected by significantly reduced rainfall from winter snow. Some 2.2 million chronically food insecure people are on the verge of acute food insecurity, with four provinces – Badakhshan, Badghis, Faryab and Herat – likely to pitch into a state of emergency unless they receive comprehensive and sustained humanitarian assistance. Drought-related displacement is growing in volume and geographical scope – now constituting 40 percent (119,000) of the overall number of people displaced in Afghanistan in 2018. It is likely that the Afghan population – some 15 million of whom are dependent on the agriculture sector across these 20 provinces for livelihoods – will take years to recover. Overall, more than 12 million Afghans have been displaced internally or abroad during the last four decades of conflict, natural hazards, disasters and the resulting socio-economic upheaval.

Since 25 August 2017, extreme violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has driven over 727,000 Rohingya refugees across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Statelessness imposed over generations has rendered this population seriously vulnerable, even before the severe traumas of this most recent crisis. The vast majority of these refugees now live in congested sites that are ill-equipped to handle the monsoon rains and cyclone seasons – with alarmingly limited options for evacuation. Low levels of funding are seriously hampering the capacity of humanitarian to respond effectively to the scale and scope of the humanitarian needs in the refugee camps, particularly to ensure safe shelter, appropriate educational options, nutritional support, and most critically, the quality of health services available for an extremely vulnerable population. For example, with the health sector only 23 per cent funded, programming for non-communicable diseases, malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS remains insufficient, and partners are struggling to scale up service provision which is critical for emergencies including obstetric emergencies.

The alarming financial shortfall for humanitarian programmes in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has had detrimental consequences on the lives of the most vulnerable. More than 40 per cent (10.3 million) of the population remains undernourished. One in five children under-five is stunted with likely irreversible physical and cognitive repercussions. More than 9 million people lack access to essential health services. Pregnant women, young children and people living with diseases, in particular, struggle to access the care they need. Those living in rural areas are most at risk. Recent floods in North and South Hwanghae provinces have affected 280,000 people, killed 76 and displaced over 10,500 people, and chronic underfunding is making it difficult for UN agencies and their partners to respond to needs caused by the natural disasters that frequently hit the country. The 2018 Needs and Priorities plan seeks $111 million to assist 6 million out of 10.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

The prospect of protracted displacement in Iraq is real, warranting a whole-of-system approach to respond to needs and work toward durable solutions. Some 1.9 million Iraqis remain displaced, with insecurity, lack of livelihood opportunities, destroyed housing, and explosive remnants of war contamination among the key barriers to returning. Considerable protection concerns exist, especially for women and children with perceived ties to ISIL. Critical funding gaps are hampering the response, particularly in food security, health, shelter and non-food item sectors, and the WASH sector. Urgent funding priorities include water supply interventions in the south, especially in Basra, which is experiencing water shortages and a gastrointestinal disease outbreak. Child health and nutrition services for up to 180,000 pregnant and lactating mothers, 300,000 children under the age of five and 5,000 newborn babies lack adequate funding.

The level of humanitarian need in Myanmar remains high and is driven by multiple factors including armed conflict, protracted displacement, inter-communal violence, statelessness, segregation, discrimination, food insecurity and vulnerability to natural disasters. More than 720,000 people – mostly stateless Rohingya Muslims – were forced to flee the country in August last year and there remains little tangible progress on addressing the root causes of violence and discrimination against this population. More than 128,000 Muslims confined in camps, some since violence erupted in 2012, have little to no access to essential services. In Kachin and Shan, persistent cycles of displacement due to conflict continue to raise serious protection concerns, with annual flooding exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. In both areas of the country, access remains a critical challenge.

Recent violence in Tripoli has highlighted the fragile situation in Libya. Thousands of people have been displaced, including families staying in schools converted into makeshift IDP shelters. The violence led to a breakdown in basic services, with frequent electricity cuts and compromised access to water. The situation is compounded by liquidity challenges which deepen needs among the most vulnerable. Humanitarian partners are responding to pre-existing and new needs, but the response is undermined by underfunding. With only 24 per cent of financial requirements covered, the ability of partners to provide assistance in life-saving sectors such as water, sanitation and hygiene and protection, as well as education, is limited. Additional funds are required to support a nation-wide measles vaccination campaign, targeting 3 million children against the backdrop of an ongoing outbreak.

South Sudan continues to experience extensive humanitarian needs, including dire levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. In September, 6.1 million people (59% of the population) faced crisis, emergency, or catastrophe levels (IPC Phase 3-5) of food insecurity. This includes 47,000 people in catastrophic conditions (IPC Phase 5). Urgent funding is needed in the coming months to procure and preposition food and other life-saving supplies during the approaching dry season, when these activities are most cost-effective. Food insecurity is expected to decline slightly following the October-December harvest, and rise again in January-March, when 5.2 million people are expected to be in IPC Phases 3-5, including 36,000 in IPC Phase 5. Resources are also needed to scale up preparedness and capacity to respond to Ebola Virus Disease. Though no cases have been reported in South Sudan, there is a risk of cross-border spread.

An agreement on 17 September to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib, Syria, provided a reprieve for close to three million people placed at risk by a major military escalation in the area, of whom more than two million were already in need of humanitarian assistance. Civilian deaths and injuries due to airstrikes and shelling, as well as displacement and attacks impacting health facilities, were reported in the Idlib area in the weeks prior to the announcement of the agreement. Response and readiness efforts continued in Idlib and other parts of the north-west, drawing to a large extent on cross-border assistance channels from Turkey. Despite significant access challenges, humanitarian assistance continued to be provided across the country, including in areas that had recently come under Government control such as eastern Ghouta, northern rural Homs and much of the south-west. Cross-border assistance to the south-west under the framework of Security Council resolution 2393 remained suspended, but assistance was delivered from Damascus, primarily through the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). Deployment of an inter-agency convoy from Damascus to Rukban on the Syria-Jordan border became increasingly urgent, with reports of a deterioration of the humanitarian situation in a camp estimated to be hosting up to 45,000 people. The situation in eastern Deir-Ez-Zor, in the east of the country, also deteriorated, with clashes linked to counter-ISIL operations displacing thousands in rural areas with limited humanitarian access and reports of restrictions on the onward movement of displaced people.

Steep economic decline accelerated in Yemen in September, with the Yemeni riyal losing about 30 per cent of its value against the US dollar during the month. Because Yemen imports the vast majority of its food and other basic commodities, this has translated into sharp rises in prices of food, fuel and other essentials – placing these goods increasingly out of reach for millions of Yemenis at a time when famine remains a real threat. In parallel, conflict in Hudaydah has intensified, with about 550,000 people displaced by the violence since 1 June. Aid operations have dramatically expanded, reaching 8 million people with direct assistance across the country every month. Partners have provided rapid response kits to nearly all families recently displaced from Hudaydah, as well as additional assistance based on assessed needs. Generous funding has been key: the 2018 HRP has received US$1.96 billion, or 67 per cent of requirements. Despite these achievements, recent developments threaten to overwhelm the operation’s capacity to respond. Urgent steps are needed to stabilize the economy, keep all ports and main roads open, uphold international humanitarian law, and move towards a political solution. Partners are also seeking full funding for the $3 billion HRP in order to deliver all activities in the plan.


          

World: U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green's Remarks at a "Celebrating World Humanitarian Day" Event

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For Immediate Release
Monday, August 20, 2018 Office of Press Relations
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Center for Strategic and International Studies
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August 20, 2018

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Dan, for that kind introduction and thanks to all of you for being here to help mark this very important occasion.

As we begin, as we call it in Congress, I'd like to start with a point of personal privilege. I'd like to take this opportunity this morning to express our sadness over the death of Kofi Annan. He was a giant who has spent his entire life advocating for peace, and the for the protection of humanitarian workers, something that we'll be talking about today. As he so often said, "People, not states, should be at the center of what we do." His passing makes this World Humanitarian Day even more poignant.

This morning, on behalf of USAID, I hope to convey two important messages to all of you. The first is, as Dan was alluding to, relates to the rapidly-evolving nature of humanitarian relief and assistance.

The second, as we mark this day, is simply our deep, deep admiration and gratitude for the many heroes of our humanitarian work. They, and many of you, are truly extraordinary and heroic.

I have to say that before I joined USAID, I didn't really appreciate the scope and range of what it is that we do in our humanitarian work. You can see it in some of the numbers. In 2017, USAID responded to 53 crises in 51 countries. For only the second time in our agency's history, we had six DART teams, Disaster Assistance Response Teams, deployed simultaneously around the world. The first time that happened was the preceding year.

At this very moment, we have pre-positioned resources and experts in just about every part of the world. We have seven emergency stockpiles in places like Djibouti, South Africa, and Malaysia. We have full-time response staff in 30 countries. We have six regional offices and 11 adviser offices, located with partners like the military's combatant commands.

One of my most vivid memories from my first year as Administrator was, essentially, a crash course in how some of this works. One day, during last year's UN General Assembly meetings, we received word of a terrible earthquake, the second one that had struck Mexico City. One evening that week, I was walking down the street between back-to-back dinners with two different mobile phones: one with the White House, one with the DART team leader.

I was dodging pedestrians, I'm sure looking ridiculous, while the disaster professionals were helping me navigate something much more serious: how to rapidly mobilize an emergency response team to Mexico City to help our neighbors to the South respond to its second earthquake in just a few weeks' time.

The government said to us that they'd welcome the assistance of a highly-specialized type of international search and rescue team, something really hard to find, especially in a hurry. But, thanks to the White House, our talented team here in D.C., our network of first responders, and the DOD, we were able to transport and stand up just such a team in Mexico City before breakfast the next morning. I'm honored to be part of a network, which includes many of you, that can make something like that happen.

But, as we gather to mark World Humanitarian Day this year, we have to acknowledge that natural disaster responses no longer epitomizes today's humanitarian work. We still do that, to be sure, and I think we do it well. But, these days, we face vast other challenges all around the world.

Our humanitarian resources are increasingly being deployed, not for storms and quakes and the like, but for man-made disasters, from conflict-driven displacement to tyranny-driven economic collapse.

Our DARTs are more likely to be deployed for those types of crises, and by far, most of our humanitarian assistance dollars are being allocated for those kinds of needs. There's the ongoing tragedy in Syria, a horrific conflict in its seventh year and one of the most complex crises of our time. Over 13 million people, more than 80 percent of the current population, need humanitarian assistance. There's the ongoing struggle in Afghanistan, where 3.3 million people need humanitarian assistance. A recent upturn in violence has claimed 1,700 civilian lives this year alone.

A dozen or so years ago, I travelled to Afghanistan as a congressman. And, in those days, our presence was measured by the tens of thousands of military boots on the ground. These days, we still have some troops there, but our boots on the ground are increasingly humanitarian and development workers, some of whom have been back to work in Afghanistan two, three, and even four times.

Nine hundred aid workers have been killed in Afghanistan in the last decade.

There's South Sudan, the most dangerous place of all for humanitarian workers. Seven million people in South Sudan, including 1 million living on the brink of famine, depend on international assistance just to survive.

Then there are the man-made crises far closer to home. One of the most underreported catastrophes in the world today is what's happening in and around Venezuela. More than 2.3 million Venezuelans have already fled. It's the largest single mass exodus in the history of the Western Hemisphere. And it's ongoing. I saw this first hand when I visited Cucuta, in Colombia, and the Bolivar Bridge last month. Five thousand new migrants enter Colombia each and every day. They're desperately seeking food and emergency medical care. They're seeking survival.

This isn't merely Colombia's challenge. Venezuelans are fleeing to places like Brazil and Ecuador, as we read over the weekend, and northward to the Caribbean. The list of man-made, conflict-caused, and regime-driven humanitarian crises goes on and on. After all, there are roughly 70,000,000 displaced people in the world today.

Since humanitarian needs and crises are changing, we're doing our best our to change and to respond to them, with the best tools and ideas that we can find. We're applying lessons learned over and over again. And we're fostering innovation.

This past February, USAID and our British cousins, DFID, joined in launching the first-ever Humanitarian Grand Challenge. The Grand Challenge mechanism is a way for the world's best thinkers, from organizations large and small, for-profit and non-profit, business, academia, to offer new ideas in helping (inaudible) relief to the most vulnerable, hardest to reach communities in the world.

It's a chance for us to identify and invest in the best and the brightest. We've already received 615 applications from 86 different countries, including a third from women and nearly half from lower and middle income countries. We're excited to see and mobilize the results, and they're due out this fall.

Given how much of our humanitarian response is in conflict zones and fragile states, we're paying more attention than ever to the obstacles and challenges that factions, gangs, militias, and corrupt officials are throwing at relief teams. Case in point. In April of this year, a leading humanitarian agency reported that it had encountered no fewer than 70 checkpoints on the 300-mile trip from Aden to Sanaa, in Yemen. I'm sure those were just helpful citizens offering directions along the way.

But it's the kind of situation that caused us to launch the Strengthening Field Level Capacity on Humanitarian Access and Negotiations program last August.

It's aimed at helping relief team members better understand practical negotiation techniques and safe, effective field-level decision making.

Because there is nothing more important to us, nothing more important to me, than the safety and security of our humanitarian network, that's the area that we're especially focusing on. We must stay ahead of threats and potential threats. So we're supporting organizations dedicated to improving security standards and training for NGO staff. We're modifying our policy so that security, costs for equipment, staff, training and site enhancements can be more easily built into your contracts and grant budgets.

We're investing in new tools to help us map and minimize risk to operations at the most basic level, the level of, for example, moving food from a plane to a truck, to a warehouse and distribution center. But, let's face it: we can take every possible step to minimize risk. We can't make it go away.

And many of you here know that all too well. One of the most inspiring and humbling parts of my job is getting to meet the heroes who know the risks but carry on just because they care.

I saw firsthand, when I visited IDP camps just outside of Raqqa. I heard stories of challenges that humanitarian heroes face each day, as they strive to bring water and food and medical care to those who've been victimized by the years of conflict. With Assad's regime still holding sway in parts of the country, there's no real, legitimate government partner with whom to work. And their path is riddled with unexploded ordinance, which is going off at the rate of, roughly, three dozen per day.

The shelters they sleep in at night shake with the dropping of bombs each and every day. And yet, somehow, because of their commitment to others, they wake up the next morning and they do it all over again. These are the heroes that we hold high this World Humanitarian Day.

People like Iraq's Salam Muhammad. When Anbar and Kirkuk were liberated from ISIS at the end of last year, humanitarians were the first ones on the ground, providing food, water, and medical care. Iraq staff with the U.S.-funded NGO spend their days clearing mines and educating their neighbors about the dangers the ordinance poses.

Salam decided to joint this particular NGO after witnessing several tragedies that left some of his relatives and friends injured, or killed. He was one of the NGO's first recruits in Iraq. Every day is challenging for the de-miners; any accident can be fatal. But Salam and his staff love their jobs and show up for work every day filled with passion because they know what they're doing matters.

There's Jay Nash, a regional adviser who has lived and worked for USAID in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the past 20 years. The DRC is, as you know, no stranger to aid worker attacks, with 210 people being killed, wounded, or kidnapped since 2000.

In 1999, while visiting a university in the DRC, Jay was ambushed by a mob of students who thought he was a spy for neighboring Rwanda. The mob torched the U.S. embassy vehicle he had been driving, but Jay escaped after a group of brave students made a ring around him, guarding him until they were able to duck him into the girls' dormitory.

Sitting in that dorm, trapped for hours with a mob threatening to break down the doors, Jay said he had one thought: he thought of the children with disabilities that he was helping in his free time. DRC has a higher than average rate of disability. And he thought to himself, if he died in that girls' dorm, who would take care of those kids?

After eight hours, he made a run for it, and he didn't look back. Not only did he stay in DRC working for USAID, in 2001, he started his own NGO called StandProud. It provides treatment and equipment to young people with disabilities, helping them gain dignity, mobility, and independence.

There's Fareed Noori, one of the victims of last month's attack on a government building in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. The blast killed 15 people. Fareed had been working in Afghanistan since 2010 for a USAID partner the International Rescue Committee, as a water, sanitation, and hygiene engineer. As his colleagues noted, whenever there was an emergency, Fareed was the first in the field to help with whatever was needed.

Fareed was in an emergency meeting at the time of the attack. He was killed doing the work of helping others, to which he had committed his life. Fareed leaves behind four children, two girls, two boys, all under the age of 9.

Another victim of that attack was Bakhtawara; it's a pseudonym, a bright and impressive 22-year-old woman. She was working for the International Organization for Migration, another USAID partner. She had married very early and had a child by the age of 16. But, despite being a young mother in a conservative community, she fought for her education and learned English. After school, she knew she wanted to help people. She convinced her family to let her, not just get job, but get a career as a humanitarian.

When her husband was killed in a bombing three years ago, she continued working as a 19-year-old single mother. Her job took her to the very government offices that were often targeted by insurgents. On the day she was killed, she was attending one of the meetings that she had hoped would help her find better ways to deliver aid to people in need. The building was bombed and then overrun with gunfire. She died doing what she focused her life on, helping people build a brighter future.

Extremist insurgents in Afghanistan like to target these workers. There's a special place in hell...

There's the story of the seven aid workers killed in South Sudan in March of this year. They were killed when their car was ambushed along the 185-mile route of the badly rutted roads in South Sudan's remote east. Their vehicle had been labeled as belonging to an NGO right down to the license plates. It didn't matter. Six of the seven worked for a small Sudanese NGO called the Grass Roots Empowerment and Development Organization, GREDO, which is supported by USAID and worked to promote sustainable development at the grassroots level.

Three of the victims were helping to build a youth center. Two taught English. One was also a driver and the father of a newborn. Three were new recruits. Humanitarian heroes, one and all. And there were thousands of others. And I stand in awe of what they do.

Final thoughts. Why do they do it? What causes them to go out and take these risks? I learned the answer, and (inaudible), when I visited Bangladesh and Burma with Secretary Pompeo earlier this year. In Bangladesh, I went to a Cox's Bazaar, and I saw the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who are barely surviving in that camp.

They are vulnerable to monsoons and cyclones and without the humanitarian workers, life would be very different. It's bad enough already.

And then I went to Burma, and I travelled to an IDP camp near Sittwe. And what I saw there was the most disturbing thing I have ever seen in development. I saw young families trapped. I saw young families unable to go to school and completely dependent upon the emergency food assistance that we provide.

So, those workers take the risks because they are all that is standing between an even worse catastrophe and death in these young people, these victims. Today we celebrate them. Thank you.

MODERATOR: Thank you. (inaudible) I'm also the director of the Humanitarian Agenda, as Dan mentioned, which is what this event is a part of, it's a new partnership as as we have this conversation. Firstly, I want to ask you -- well, one, congratulations; it's been about a year now since you've been appointed, and you've been back one year? So, happy anniversary.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Pretty close. Thank you -- ask my staff.

MODERATOR: (inaudible) We're all very happy that you were chosen to be in this position because, as Dan alluded to, your deep background in international developments. One of the things that you said a lot in this position is talking about, "The purpose of foreign aid is to end the need for its existence." It's one of your key messages that we hear time and time again. So, I want you to elaborate on sort of how that squares with humanitarian assistance. Right? There's a big difference of international developments for, you know, economic growth and being self-reliant. But humanitarian assistance is so often, as you mentioned, driven by tyranny and regimes, and it's about saving lives. So, how do you marry those two?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Well, first off you're right. What I've said since the day that I was first announced is that the purpose of our foreign assistance must be ending its need to exist. And what I mean by that is, we should look every day at ways of helping people take on their own challenges. Not because we want to do less or walk away, but because we believe in human dignity, and we believe in the innate desire of everyone -- every individual, every family, every community, every country -- to want to craft their own bright future.

In the area of humanitarian assistance, what I always say is, look, we will always stand with people when crisis strikes because that is who we are, that is in the American DNA. But at the same time we'll also look for ways to foster resilience so that we can help countries and communities withstand future shocks. And we've seen promising results in places like Ethiopia. You mentioned on the food security front, Ethiopia's a country that's had six consecutive years of drought and yet not falling into full famine. And that obviously is about much more than the work we're doing, but I think we're making a difference in helping Ethiopians build their ability to withstand consecutive years of drought.

So, I see the two as fitting very well together, and the other piece to it is, on the humanitarian front, again, we have natural disasters and man-made disasters. The man-made disasters are coming at us fast and furious. It's also about preventing the next generation of crisis and conflict. I'm often asked what it is that keeps me up at night, and what keeps me up at night are our children being born in camps, and growing up in camps, and getting educated in camps. And when, God willing, the walls come down and the gate opens up, the question is, are those young people going to be prepared to take on the challenges of the world? Are they connected to the communities around them?

And so with the humanitarian work that we do in many of these places, it's really aimed towards the future. And so I think it fits in well; it's a longer term of view, but I see them -- really is all going in the same direction.

MODERATOR: I'm actually headed out to Nigeria in a few weeks and doing some research looking at Feed the Future portfolio there, but really looking at the nexus between that humanitarian and development assistance, you know, how that would work in an unstable environment. So, I'm anxious to see what I learn from that as well. You know, the Trump administration has called for reduction, of course, of U.S. foreign assistance, but, regardless of that, the U.S. continues to be -- and dominate as the largest donor worldwide.

When you're talking to your colleagues in this administration, what is it that you talk about in terms of why it's so important for us to sustain this leadership? I mean, I could throw out numbers and I'll do a little bit.

In 2018, the U.S. pledged 29 billion foreign assistance. Five billion of that was dedicated to humanitarian assistance. I was looking this morning at how that compares to others, and, I mean, the UK -we're event twice what they do. So, you know, we're such a leader in this space. Why is that so important? Why should we dedicate American tax dollars or more importantly to cleaning up other people's wars?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Well, first off, you're correct; we're far and away the world's humanitarian leader, and, quite frankly, two or three or four of them together don't really add up to what we're doing. We need other countries to do more because, with those challenges that I laid out, those man-made challenges, I don't see an end in sight, quite frankly, in any of them. So, these are open-ended challenges, and while we are proud to be the world's leader, we need others to step up to the plate. I will tell you, what I worry about is, because these man-made disasters, man-made, often regime-driven disasters, because they are open-ended, there's a real risk that it will begin to take up so much of our budget that it threatens our ability to do some of the development investments that we all want to do, including quite frankly, some of the resilience work that we want to do.

So, we do need others to step up to the plate. But in terms of, you know, what I say to the rest of the administration, it's not a hard cell, you know, pushing them to open a door. The administration is very supportive of our humanitarian work; we continue to be the world's leader; that's not going to change. And I think it's really -- the arguments for it fall on a number of different fronts. Number one, this is an expression of American values. This is who we are and always have been. It is a projection of the American spirit, in my view. So, I think that is very much alive and well in the American psyche, in the American DNA.

But secondly, it's in our interest. Just take for a moment the assistance that we're providing to Colombians, supporting Venezuelans who have fled the border, doing the same thing in some other countries. There is great American self-interest in supporting the ability of these communities to withstand this migration, to help afford some of those costs, because the instability that results from not being able to provide support, I think, is an issue, is a diplomatic issue, is a national security issue. And, as you heard me mention, I think particularly what is happening in the Western Hemisphere is completely underreported.

When I was at the Summit of the Americas, I heard from a number of countries, including Caribbean states, that they were starting to feel the presence of Venezuelans fleeing. And while they're all supportive of their neighbors, clearly it's not without a cost. But the same thing is true in many other parts of the world. So, the investments that we make on the humanitarian front are oftentimes in our self-interest. I look at the work that we're doing on the humanitarian front with an eye towards providing a lifeline so that those who've been displaced in parts of the Middle East can return. That's in our interest. That's a stated foreign policy priority. So, you know, yes, there is certainly -- I think the morality that we -- the expression of values that we've always supported. But I also believe it's in our interest and our national security interest.

MODERATOR: And thank you for reminding us in your speech about humanitarian heroes and what World Humanitarian Day is about. You talked about the unfortunate situation that in today's crises a lot of the time aid workers are targeted specifically. So, I want to ask you whether you feel like there's an erosion of international humanitarian law over, you know, that you talked about the evolution of humanitarian assistance. And so as the world gets more and more disorderly, we see more and more protracted conflicts. Do you feel that both governments and non-state actors alike are violating this law, and is there anything that we can or should be doing more I guess, particularly from the donor or U.S. government perspective, to hold them more accountable?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Well, first off, we in the U.S. demand adherence to international law, international humanitarian law. So, we demand that unfettered access is provided, for example, in Rakhine, in Northern Rakhine in Burma. So, that's always been important for us. But if you're asking whether some non-state actors like ISIS are breaking international law, yeah. Having been to both Raqqa and Northern Iraq, what has been done there by ISIS is truly evil. There is simply no other word to describe what they've done: the desecration of graves, the desecration of churches, the disappearances of Yazidis. It's staggering and truly evil. Of course they are breaking every standard that we all know.

Yes, it is a challenge to international law; one of the best ways that we can respond is to say that, and to say it often, and to keep coming back to it. Because I do think the American opinion matters. And to say all across the political spectrum here in this country that we stand united and demand adherence to those standards and that what is happening is unacceptable.

MODERATOR: You brought up demanding unfettered access. I want to let our audience know that the Humanitarian Agenda will be going to the capitol this fall, and we're focusing specifically on the issue of humanitarian access. You brought up, of course, in Yemen, that's 70 choke hold points that David Miliband also talked about when he was here in Yemen -- in April on Yemen. I also want to say we're publishing a policy piece on Yemen here at CSIS that will come out this week.

I have many more questions, but I think we'll turn to the audience, so that we can engage them as well. So, if you have a question, please raise your hand. We will take it in rounds of threes, so announce yourself and where you're from. Please keep it concise, and at the end of it, there should be a question mark. So, who has a question? Yes, sir, right over here. Thanks, gentlemen.

QUESTION: I'll ask a real fast question, my name is Rob, I work for USAID, thank you, sir. My question is about the environment, I'm just back from the Congo, where Ebola is happening and I was just in Madagascar where there was a plague outbreak. A lot of the disasters you talked about have an environmental component, and we're doing some in the United States, but some people think we really need to do more, and that's a little bit against maybe some people in the administration, so I would love for you to talk about your thoughts about that.

MODERATOR: Great question. More? Let's do Julie Howard right there.

QUESTION: Thank you. Mr. Administrator, thank you for your comments. Could you comment on the recent story in the Washington Post about the potential pullback of $3 billion in foreign assistance funds and how that may affect our ability to respond to humanitarian as well as the resilience opportunities you described?

MODERATOR: And, Julie, will you introduce yourself for those that don't know you?

QUESTION: Sorry?

MODERATOR: Would you introduce yourself?

QUESTION: Oh, yes, okay. So, I'm a non-resident senior adviser here at CSIS, thank you.

MODERATOR: Julie and I are also going to be travel partners when I go to Nigeria. It's actually Julie that is leading that study. Let's take one more question right back here. Yes, thank you.

QUESTION: Hi, my name's (inaudible) a reporter from Voice of America. There are a number of humanitarian assistance and also food aid to North Korea spended by the United States Government. What are the key principles that all the United States Government providing assistance to North Korea and under which scenario can assistance to North Korea be resumed?

MODERATOR: Thank you.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Sure.

MODERATOR: Easy questions, right?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: On North Korea, simply put, there have been no discussions that I'm aware of regarding assistance into North Korea. I certainly haven't been part of any such discussions.

Secondly, on the pullback, while we haven't received official notification of anything, I've heard of nothing that would change our status as the world's leader in humanitarian assistance. I haven't seen anything. Third, on -- first off, it's interesting that you visited Ebola country and you talked about conservation, because their linked, obviously.

I think that's one of the reasons we've seen the outbreak of Ebola in other formerly, entirely rare diseases in some of the areas where we've seen deforestation and such. What we're trying to do at USAID, many of you are aware, we're developing metrics that are aimed at helping us to better understand a country's capacity and commitment in a number of sectors, and conservation's one of them.

So, we're looking at things like biodiversity and how resources are managed, because we think it's important, and it's something that we hope to be able to incentivize in the future and have conversations around. I have a personal interest in the conservation front and as you know, we recently made some announcements regarding assistance to Colombia and helping them in their natural resource management. So, I think it's an important area that shouldn't be divorced from the rest of development.

We think it is one of those key areas that needs to be assessed and looked at as we help countries, in what we call, as you know, probably ad nauseam as I talk about the journey to self-reliance. One of those areas is, in fact, conservation, biodiversity, and the capacity to manage resources.

MODERATOR: Let's take another round of questions. Raise your hand high. Joel?

QUESTION: Joel (inaudible) from Norwegian Refugee Council, thank you Administrator Green for your excellent remarks. I'm afraid I have to follow up on the rescission question. We're not going to let you off so easily.

What's been reported is that there's going to be a cut of a billion to UN peacekeeping operations, and that has the potential to not only disrupt work in South Sudan and Somalia and the Congo, but it also has the potential to disrupt, through further chaos in refugee flows, neighboring countries that we care about that are our allies, such as Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, and so on.

I guess -- the argument is that, even if USAID itself doesn't lose funding or doesn't lose out through the rescission, the work will lose out, I feel, if this really goes ahead. So, if you could just offer more thought on -- I mean, you said you're pushing on an open door when it comes to international work, and, honestly, it's not always obvious to see that from the outside. Thank you.

MODERATOR: Thanks, Joel. Let's do these two right here in the front, Haley, yep.

QUESTION: Thank you. Hi, good morning. Nicole (inaudible), I'm a senior associate here at CSIS. Thank you, Administrator Green, for your great comments. You mentioned briefly -- you touched on young people and so, given the disproportionate (inaudible) of people in these countries and how often humanitarian crises can disproportionately affect children and young people, can you talk a little bit more about some of the focus that you're keeping in these initiatives and on the work that you're doing to remedy the situation for youth? Thanks.

MODERATOR: Great, and I think there was a question right behind you if there still is, yeah.

QUESTION: Hello, my name is Jessica (inaudible), and I'm a Jeane Kirkpatrick Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. You mention in your remarks about the man-made nature of a lot of the ongoing conflicts, and I was wondering if you could speak to USAID's role not only in providing humanitarian response in that context, but also the active role that the agency is taking in countering and preventing ongoing violent extremism.

MODERATOR: Great question.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: That's a great question. Joel, on the budget front, I really don't have much more that I can provide. Part of it is I'm not attempting to duck, I just literally don't have more, I'd refer you to OMB quite frankly. But again, you know, they is simply looking at the numbers of the last year and what we're doing on the humanitarian front. There is simply no argument that we have backed away from our role as the world's leading humanitarian assistant. Just objectively, we are far and away the largest humanitarian donor.

We're the largest humanitarian donor in Syria; we're the largest humanitarian donor in conflict after conflict. I do think it is fair for all of us to talk about how it is that these resource needs can be met in the future. I don't mean just the immediate future, but the open-ended nature of these conflicts and this instability and this displacement is staggering.

It is what worries me, because these conflicts that we're seeing -- South Sudan; Yemen -- you and I have talked about Yemen a great deal in recent months. It's open-ended, and I do worry about that. I do worry about our ability to meet resource needs and, you know, the world meeting these resource needs. They're significant.

On the question of young people, particularly in displaced settings, we are looking at a number of ways of accelerating crisis situation education, conflict community education. We've received generous support from Congress, along with generous directives from Congress, in the area of education. What we've been trying to do, and Congresswoman Lowey has long been a great leader on this front, is to try to make sure that we are able to prioritize these crisis needs, and I do think that it's a crisis. It does worry me a great deal.

So, we're looking at some of the use of innovative technologies to see if that can help us in these settings, but it is a very focus and as we develop our basic education strategy going forward, I think you'll see a particular focus on those areas, because it is, as you suggest, very important for the future.

In terms of preventing violent extremism, we have, as you know, an important role under the National Security Strategy. We are investing in trying to identify the drivers of violent extremism.

One of my strong beliefs that comes, actually, from my time at International Republican Institute is that we shouldn't jump to conclusions and try to draw global assumptions and lessons. Instead, we need to look at local drivers. Experience shows us that it's often local drivers, community drivers that become flashpoints for extremism. And so, we're certainly investing research there, and some of the preventative tools that are there; from my days as an Ambassador in Tanzania, I often point out that after the terrible bombing, embassy bombing, the work that we did with our Tanzanian partners in the wake of that, to take on some of the drivers of poverty and despair, I believe was an important down payment for preventing violent extremism. So, I'm a big believer in tackling those drivers and tackling that which can lead to despair. So, that will always be a key part of our work.

MODERATOR: Mr. Green, at Davos this year, you talked about the importance of tapping into the creativity of the private sector, and how innovative financing mechanisms and other innovative technologies can really create better development outcomes. In your speech today, you talked about the Humanitarian Grand Challenges. Are there any specific companies or partnerships or technologies that you're most excited about right now. The things that you see that are happening in the field, you've been in in this career -- I mean, you've had a career for decades that are all related to development --

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Don't say decades.

MODERATOR: Okay, sorry -- you're very young. The last year that you've been an administrator, what are the -- what are the cool, new technologies that we should know about, that are out there, that the mainstream audience has no idea how we're delivering (inaudible) humanitarian assistance?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Yeah, I mean, to be honest, there are countless. During global innovation we -- which we had last fall, whenever it was, and I had a chance to walk through the marketplace at the Ronald Reagan Building, and take a look at some of the innovations. Everything from lunchbox-size solar batteries allowing us to power work in refugee and displaced persons camps to some of the weather forecasting stations that are created with 3D printers. You go through there and it's extraordinary. And it fills you with great hope for our ability to reach out and touch more people in more settings than ever before. In the area of financing -- we announced in India last fall, the world's first Development Impact Bond for maternal and child health, and the largest development impact bond of its kind. So, what we did through that is to set outcomes that we needed to see in order to repay the investment, but in terms of the means, we turn the private sector loose.

And in the follow-up conversations that we had, you can see that our partners, some of whom are based here in D.C., were terribly excited. Because for the first time they didn't have us micro-managing each step along the way, but saying, "Look, these are the outcomes that we need, you go get them." And really tapping into the private sector, nonprofit and for-profit. Also, in the area of displaced communities on World Humanitarian Day, the use of biometrics to establish identification of refugees and IDPs as well as some of the digital technologies for delivering resources -- assistance so that recipients have modest purchasing power in surrounding communities, thereby not only providing assistance, not only holding onto human dignity and allowing them to make some decisions, but also providing a tangible benefit to those host communities which are often placing a disproportionate burden by those who are there. So, it -- it's really using business principles, human nature, and I'd like to say there are new technologies, but my kids will tell me very quickly they're old technologies, just new to someone like me. Tapping into these, I think, creates enormous, enormous hope for reaching into places we haven't before.

MODERATOR: I want to continue on that "hope" trend for a minute. So, you know, when you think about the crises, many of which are located in Syria, Yemen, in South Sudan --

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Is that the whole part?

MODERATOR: Now, I know. Well, this is where I'm kind of heading with this. Is there a crisis that you have your eyes on that you do see any reversal in terms of reversal trends, or any progress? Is there a place that you do think we're going to be able to see some positive outcomes in the next -- I should say decade there, because I know it takes time. But is there one that you see not going the wrong direction?

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Oh, sure. There are lots of promising stories. I think Ethiopia and Eritrea provide tremendous hope. One of the challenges, again, as an old democracy guy, one of the challenges that I saw was the enabling environment, for civil society and NGOs in a place like Ethiopia, and with the transition to a new government, we're having conversations that we didn't have before, in ways that I think will be very helpful. Also, I think that their willingness to partner with us more and more will help us make some investments in those areas -- in those resilience areas that will not only help Ethiopia and Eritrea, but also, quite frankly, I think will save us money in the long run. So, there are lots of stories like that, I think all around the continent of Africa and elsewhere. But there are -- every hopeful story is replaced by a new challenge. None of these challenges are inevitable, as problems. But they do require us to be innovative. They do require us to be engaged, they do require us to invest up front, and to be innovative in those procuring methods and how we partner. All of those things need to be done if we're going to turn -- either prevent the challenges from becoming crises, or turn problems into solutions.

MODERATOR: Thank you. I lived in Ethiopia for three years, and I have to say it's quite exciting to see the change that's happening there. I'd like to just turn it onto -- are there any more burning questions? No hands are shooting up; let's do one more right here in the front.

QUESTION: Hi, this is Chris (inaudible) with the State Department. Thank you so much for your leadership of USAID and development. I have a question regarding the nexus between humanitarian assistance, you've been mentioning the nexus with conflict development stabilization -- how does humanitarian assistance fit in, or is it just a one piece element that is disassociated from political issues?

MODERATOR: Great, and as you answer that and any other final remarks you'd like to make as well.

ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Sure. Thank you and again, thanks to all of you. So I think from the National Security Strategy, you see -- also the Stabilization Assistance Review, you see, I think, a clear multi-agency, multi-department approach to many of these challenges. Our relationship with the State Department is as close as it's ever been. I've received nothing but support and affirmation from Secretary Pompeo. We are working, as you know, closely because all of these challenges touch each of us in different ways and we each have different capacities.

You know, I think it's probably never been more clear than in a place like the Burma-Bangladesh crisis. So, you know, when Rohingya in one place their IDPs and when they're in another place, they're refugees, and then of course we all look at that and say, "forget the labels, they're people who we need to help out," and invest in, and so we do. Also, I would say that both State and AID have as close of a working relationship with DoD as we've had in a very long time. As many of you know, we have a couple dozen detailees over at the Pentagon and the Combatant Commands. DoD has made it clear that they don't want to do what we do or State does, and we certainly don't want to do what they do. So, I would think those seamless teams and close communications are helping us. And going back to the budget question, they have to; there's not enough money for duplication. There's not enough money for bureaucracy. We just have to stay in constant communication.

As to (inaudible) final remarks, I really would like to leave off with where my remarks, my opening remarks left off -- or left off. On this World Humanitarian Day, I would ask that we all think of those men and women who are in places in far places in world, in conflict zones, in fragile settings, day after day, delivering emergency medical assistance, food assistance, water and hygiene under the most trying of circumstances, difficult security situations. They do it because they care. They're my heroes. I'm sure they're your heroes. They are patriots. And what a wonderful expression of values and our priorities that with what they're doing each and every day. Thank you.


          

World: Forced Migration Review Issue 58: Economies: Rights and access to work

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Source: Forced Migration Review, University of Oxford
Country: Afghanistan, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Ecuador, Eritrea, Germany, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, World, Zambia

From the editors

When people are forced by conflict or other circumstances to leave their homes, they usually also leave behind their means of economic activity and subsistence. In their new location, they may not be able, or permitted, to work to support themselves. This has wide-ranging implications not only for people’s immediate earning capacity and well-being but also for community relations, economic development and the capacity of future generations to lead fulfilling lives. In our main feature on Economies, authors explore the complex interactions of the constraints and opportunities involved, drawing on case-studies from around the world and highlighting the roles of new actors, new technologies and new – or renewed – approaches.

We are also pleased to include two ‘mini-features’ in this FMR, one on Refugeeled social protection and one on Humans and animals in refugee camps. (See the back cover if you are interested in collaborating with FMR on a mini-feature – or a full feature.)

We would like to thank Karen Jacobsen (Tufts University) and Khalid Koser (Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund) for their assistance as advisors to the Economies feature theme. We are also grateful to the following donors for their support of this issue: ESRC-AHRC (Economic and Social Research Council and Arts and Humanities Research Council) Global Challenges Research Fund, the Global Program on Forced Displacement of the World Bank Group, Mercy Corps, UNHCR Division of Resilience and Solutions (Livelihoods Unit) and the Wellcome Trust.

See www.fmreview.org/economies to access the magazine, its accompanying ‘digest’ and all individual articles. A podcast of each article is also available. FMR 58 will be available in English, Arabic, Spanish and French. For printed copies, please email us at fmr@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

Forthcoming issues (see www.fmreview.org/forthcoming)

• FMR 59: Twentieth anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (October 2018)

• FMR 60: Education (February 2019)

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Marion Couldrey and Jenny Peebles
Editors, Forced Migration Review


          

World: Education in Emergencies - ECHO Factsheet

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Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

Key messages

Education is lifesaving. Education is crucial for both the protection and healthy development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can rebuild their lives; restore their sense of normality and safety, and provide them with important life skills. It helps children to be self-sufficient, to be heard, and to have more influence on issues that affect them. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future, and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their countries.

Education in emergencies actions can help prevent, reduce, mitigate and respond to emergency-related academic, financial, social, institutional, physical and infrastructural barriers to children's education, while ensuring the provision of safe, inclusive and quality education.

In 2017, the EU dedicates 6% of its annual humanitarian aid budget to education in emergencies, one of the most underfunded sectors of humanitarian aid. In 2018, this amount will increase to 8%.

4.7 million girls and boys in 52 countries have benefited from EUfunded education in emergencies actions between 2012 and 2017.


          

Restoring Iconic Church a Turning Point for Iraq’s Assyrians.

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A long-awaited decision to restore an iconic church in Iraq desecrated by Daesh (ISIS) -- one of 14 repair projects agreed by a leading Catholic charity -- has been hailed as a turning point in the struggle to keep Christianity alive in one of its most ancient heartlands. Syriac Catholic Archbishop Petros Mouche of Mosul

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Franceses continuam indecisos sobre o futuro presidente

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O jornal “Le Monde” escreve em letras garrafais “Fim da campanha confirma a desconfiança dos eleitores sobre os candidatos”.  No diário pode ler-se ainda que o fim da campanha, marcada pelos escândalos e a tentação anti-sistema, confirma o fosso que se instalou entre os cidadãos e eleitos. Igualmente na primeira página do “Le Monde” a crise política na Venezuela, duas pessoas morreram numa manifestação anti-Maduro, e na Síria a organização para a proibição de armas químicas anunciou que as primeiras análises feitas não deixam dúvidas quanto à utilização de gás sarin. A três dias da primeira volta das eleições presidenciais aqui em França, o jornal “Libération” escreve em título: “Le Pen/ Melenchon, a batalha da caça ao voto na classe operária”. No jornal pode ler-se que o líder do movimento "França Insubmissa" ganha terreno, independentemente da líder da Frente Nacional se manter na liderança. O diário conservador “Le Figaro” chama à capa a entrevista feita ao antigo primeiro-ministro francês, François Fillon, que acredita que será um dos candidatos na segunda volta das eleições francesas. François Fillon aproveitou a ocasião para denunciar que o programa de Macron é "vago". Fillon garante ainda que será capaz de obter maioria nas legislativas. Igualmente no “Le Figaro”, o Reino Unido com Theresa May a procurar legitimidade na ida às urnas, isto depois do Parlamento ter votado a favor de eleições antecipadas, eleições que devem acontecer a 8 de Junho. Em Espanha, o primeiro-ministro Mariano Rajoy foi notificado para prestar contas em tribunal num processo de corrupção. O caso Gürtel é um dos maiores escândalos de corrupção em Espanha e envolve antigos membros do Partido Popular. O “La Croix” escreve em título, esta quinta-feira, “Iraque à prova do diálogo”. No país, onde prossegue a batalha de Mossul, multiplicam-se as iniciativas que visam restabelecer os laços entre a comunidade xiita e sunita que continuam profundamente divididas. O Iraque que conta com 37,5 milhões de habitantes, maioritariamente chiitas. As eleições presidenciais em França a serem chamadas novamente à capa do “L'Humanité”. O diário explica quais seriam, no primeiro ano, as mudanças na vida dos franceses se Jean Luc Mélenchon chegasse ao Eliseu. Reforma fiscal, plano de relançamento económico, medidas sociais seriam algumas das mudanças de Mélenchon, que de acordo com as sondagens deve chegar aos 38 por cento na primeira volta. “Terrorismo impõe-se na campanha eleitoral” escrever o “Aujourd'hui en France”, explicando que a questão volta à actualidade depois das autoridades francesas terem detido em Marselha dois homens suspeitos de estarem a preparar um "atentado iminente". “Tudo é possível” diz esta quinta-feira o L'Equipe. O diário desportivo refere-se à vitória “brilhante” do Mónaco frente ao Borussia Dortmund por 3/1. A equipa do madeirense Leonardo Jardim está nas meias-finais, algo que não acontecia para um clube francês desde 2010.
          

Re: Il coraggio di Tulsi

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Ha scritto un sacco di falsità su Tulsi Gabbard, prima di aprire bocca si dovrebbe riflettere, altrimenti si rischia solo di rendere pubblica la propria pochezza umana.
Per Sua informazione Tulsi Gabbard è una cittadina delle Hawaii, uno stato Americano dal 1959, dalle dimensioni simili alla l Sardegna sia in territorio che in abitanti. Tulsi, figlia di un politico repubblicano locale, dopo gli studi Liceali, molto colpita dall'attacco del 11 settembre è andata ad arrruolarsi nella Guardia Nazionale, nel 2002 si è candidata nelle elezioni locali ed è entrata nella Camera delle Hawaii votata dai cittadini del suo Stato, non capisco perché secondo la sua onniscienza l'avrebbero dovuta votare quelli di altri stati?
Dopo meno di due anni da Parlamentare locale nel 2004 ha fatto richiesta per partire volontaria tra le truppe impegnate in Iraq dove ha operato in prima linea guidando la squadra addetta a recuperare morti e feriti, immagino che anche Lei con la Le Pein a 23 anni sia andato a recuperare i feriti da qualche fronte di guerra sfidando il fuoco nemico, che uomo coraggioso.
Tulsi oltre che in Iraq è stata impegnata anche in Afghanistan, oltre a partecipare a tutte le regolari esercitazioni militari periodiche a cui sono tenuti gli appartamenti alla Guardia Nazionale (corpo non permanente la cosiddetta Riserva) nel 2012 si è Candidata nelle Elezioni Nazionali Federali venendo eletta nella Camera più importante degli USA, votata dai cittadini delle Hawaii come i deputati Lombardi vengono votati dai Lombardi, non capisco questo suo insensato fastidio.
A soli 34 anni gli sono stati conferiti i gradi di Maggiore della Guardiauardia Nazionale, le rammento che non si tratta di caporal maggiore, ma del grado di primo livello tra gli Ufficiali Superiori (spero sappia cosa siano), a tutt'oggi Tulsi fa parte della Guardia Nazionale e nonostante sia in corsa alla Presidenza degli USA ad Agosto ha interrotto la Campagna elettorale e si è fatta 20 giorni di esercitazione congiunta in Indonesia.
La prossima volta prima di sparlare pensi.


          

4 Protesters Killed in Baghdad

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Four Iraqis were shot and killed as they tried to remove barriers blocking their march in central Baghdad, while in the south, protesters forced the closing of main port hours after services had resumed following days of closure, officials say
          

Iraqi forces kill four protesters in Baghdad, southern port blocked

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Iraqi security forces shot dead at least four anti-government protesters in central Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said, as weeks of deadly unrest showed no signs of abating.

          

Camp Bucca, Abu Ghraib and the Rise of Extremism in Iraq

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Video stills (cropped) from ISIS and Abu Ghraib prison.


          

Iraqi forces shoot at protesters killing four in Baghdad

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BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces shot dead at least four protesters in central Baghdad Thursday, police and medical sources said, as weeks of deadly unrest showed no signs of abating.
          

Inside the Baghdad tower taken over by protesters

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Once home to popular rooftop restaurant, 'Turkish Restaurant' building has become a landmark of Iraq's demonstrations.
          

Comment on CNN: US Troops in Iraq Should Be Punished for Supporting Trump by Gangus Khan

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FAKE as CNN's claim to be an independent news source!
          

Jim Phillips: Iraq Sees Iran as ‘Colonial Power’ Draining Away Iraqi Oil Resources

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‘It’s seen as a colonial power that is draining away Iraqi oil resources for its own purposes’
          

French court scales back charges in Lafarge Syria finance case

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French court scales back charges in Lafarge Syria finance case

PARIS: A French court on Thursday quashed a charge of complicity in crimes against humanity against cement giant Lafarge over alleged payments to Islamist militants in Syria, but kept other key accusations in place including terrorism financing. The case revolves around the operations of Lafarge in Syria between 2011 and 2015, during the first phase of the country’s …

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Kurdish forces kill 11 pro-Turkish Syrian fighters: Erdogan

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Kurdish forces kill 11 pro-Turkish Syrian fighters: Erdogan

ISTANBUL: Eleven pro-Turkish Syrian fighters were killed Thursday by Kurdish forces in violation of ceasefire agreements aimed at creating a “safe zone” in northern Syria, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. “This morning, 11 members of the Syrian National Army were martyred,” Erdogan told a press conference in Ankara, using the name for a Syrian militia …

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Iraqi authorities shut down internet amid Protest

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The Iraqi authorities has decided to cut internet access in Baghdad and the south overnight following renewed clashes around official buildings in the capital. Cyber security NGO NetBlocks said Tuesday that the blackout is “the most severe telecommunication restriction to have been imposed by Iraq’s government since protests began” on October 1. While civil disobedience …

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Briton who fought Isis alongside PKK in Iraq jailed for four years

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Aidan James, who opposed Islamic State, guilty of terror training with banned Kurdistan Workers’ party

A British man who trained in Iraq to fight alongside Kurdish units against Islamic State has been jailed in the UK for four years.

Following a landmark trial, Aidan James, 29, from Formby, Merseyside, who had repeatedly been turned down for recruitment into the British armed forces on mental health grounds, was found guilty of training in weapons with the banned Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK) in Iraq.

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Despite Boo's and Losing Elections Trump Is Still Winning

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More killed during Iraqi protests; Dems win Kentucky governorship; 9 Americans killed in Mexico; Pressley endorses Warren
          

Four Protesters in Baghdad Killed After Security Forces Use Live Gunfire to Disperse Rally - Reports

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25 people suffered from the effects of tear gas that was used by police on 6 November during anti-government protests in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, Al-Sumaria broadcaster reported.
          

‘Willing to Invest’: US, Saudis Prefer Iraq, Lebanon ‘Shattered’ Than Friendly With Tehran

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Anti-government demonstrations in Lebanon and Iraq have resulted in the resignation of both countries’ prime ministers. Despite these changes in leadership, one expert argues that a resolution - for Iraq in particular - may not come as soon as it should due to outside actors seeking to distance them from Tehran.
          

Grandfather, granddaughter both served proudly

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Melvin Viktor of rural Hillsboro and his granddaughter, Lori Smith of rural Lincolnville, both wanted to serve their country and both experienced the trauma of war. The 93-year-old Viktora served in the Army for more than 20 years during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Smith, 50, served in the Army for 13 years. She served four years in the United States during Operation Desert Storm and nine years in the Kansas National Guard. In 2003, Smith was deployed to Iraq as an army specialist, where she helped lay fuel pipelines to the frontlines. She and her fellow workers were responsible for their own safety and often were attacked. [MORE]
          

Neoliberalism’s Children Rise Up to Demand Justice in Chile and the World

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Uprisings against the corrupt, generation-long dominance of neoliberal “center-right” and “center-left” governments that benefit the wealthy and multinational corporations at the expense of working people are sweeping country after country all over the world. In this Autumn of Discontent, people from Chile, Haiti and Honduras to Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon are rising up against neoliberalism, […]
          

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Aidan James was found guilty of training in weapons with the banned Marxist political organisation the PKK in Iraq.
          

Turkey captured one of Baghdadi’s wives in 2018

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Turkey captured one of Baghdadi’s wives in 2018

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Turkey captured one of the wives of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the slain leader of the Islamic State (ISIS), in June 2018 in the southeastern Turkish province of Hatay along with ten other members of the jihadi group, Agence France-Presse reported citing an unnamed senior Turkish official. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced on Wednesday that Turkey had captured one of Baghdadi’s wives but did not reveal the identity of the woman and did not mention when or where she had been captured. 

One of the four women caught in 2018 was Baghdadi’s first wife, Asma Fawzi Muhammad Al-Qubaysi, who identified herself as Rania Mahmoud, AFP quoted the Turkish official as saying.  

"We discovered (the wife's) real identity pretty quickly. At that point, she volunteered a lot of information about Baghdadi and the inner workings of [ISIS]," the official said. "We were able to confirm a lot of things that we already knew. We also obtained new information that led to a series of arrests elsewhere."

The official said that DNA tests had revealed that one of the children caught with the group was Baghdadi’s daughter.

According to a 2015 report of al Monitor, Baghdadi’s first spouse Qubaysi was also his first cousin and the couple had five children.

Fahrettin Altun, the communications director of the Turkish president, announced on Tuesday that Turkey had also captured Baghdadi's sister, her husband and daughter-in-law in northwestern Syrian town of Manbij. 

Baghdadi declared himself caliph of all Muslims and ISIS ruled over large areas of Iraq and Syria from 2014 to 2017.

The United States announced on Oct. 27 that the jihadi leader had been killed during a U.S. raid near the northwestern Syrian town of Idlib, a mere 5 km away from the Turkish border.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2019/Nov-07/495150-baghdadis-wife-revealed-daesh-group-secrets-after-capture.ashx

          

Florida Family Calls for Changes to Medical Malpractice State Law Over Marine’s Death

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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 30, 2019 - A Florida family is fighting to change a medical malpractice state law that is preventing them from suing a hospital for negligence in the death of a 32-year-old Iraq combat veteran. The Marine was hospitalized in North Florida after suffering a broken leg in a motorcycle accident in January. The man did not notify his family about the injury immediately as it was not thought to be life threatening. He died at the hospital while awaiting surgery that kept getting delayed. The man's mother claimed the hospital’s negligence was to blame […]
          

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11/07 Links Pt1: Ron Prosor: For UNRWA, the party is over; Shin Bet: We thwarted over 450 terror attacks in the past year; Apartheid on Temple Mount: Police Block Jews from Using Drinking Fountains

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From Ian:

Ron Prosor: For UNRWA, the party is over
When I heard that United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East Commissioner Pierre Krahenbuhl resigned, I was shocked. After all, the UN does not have the best track record when it comes to investigating corruption allegations against its own agencies, let alone when it comes to the UNRWA, which until recently had airtight immunity from criticism.

For 70 years, UNRWA has been something of a separate entity in the UN, one dedicated solely to the issue of Palestinian "refugees," alongside the agency that handles all other refugees – the UNHCR. But unlike the former UNRWA never even tried to solve the refugee problem and seemed dedicated to perpetuating it.

Case in point: When UNRWA was founded in 1949, there were around 700,000 Palestinian refugees in the world. Today, their number stands at 5.7 million.

But UNRWA's data must always be taken with a grain of salt, as they tend to artificially inflate. A census that took place in Lebanon in 2017 found that 300,000 people included in the agency's data simply do not exist and that the true number of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon was 66% smaller than stated on its reports.

At the same time, the budgets appropriated to UNRWA put the UN's actual refugee agency to shame.

Not only is UNRWA's budget per-refugee four times greater than that of any other refugee, it employs 30,000 people. The UNRCR, which deals with 70 million refugees, employs only 10,000 people.

But it seems that UNRWA's party is coming to an end.
Head of Shin Bet: We thwarted over 450 terror attacks in the past year
Head of Shin Bet Nadav Argaman claimed on Thursday that the Shin Bet thwarted over 450 terror attacks in the past year. Argaman spoke at the Unmanned Systems Conference, UVID 2019, initiated by Israel Defense.

"We are an agency with excellent people, the best technology and synergy within the agency and with Israeli security authorities, which allows us to have an edge on very challenging enemies," Argaman said. "All that allowed us to thwart over 450 terror attacks in the past year and try to provide the citizens of Israel with safe and peaceful daily life without knowing what happens behind the scene."

Meanwhile, the IDF mapped on Thursday the house of Kassem Shabli, one of the terrorists who carried out an attack near the West Bank town of Dolev in August, in which 17-year-old Rina Shnerb was murdered.

The mapping was done in order to prepare for the demolition of the house in Kfar Kobar on Wednesday night.

Kassem a-Karim Ragah Shabli, 25, a member of the PFLP, has been arrested in the past for involvement in terrorist activities. Kassem provided the explosives that were used in the IED as well as assisted in assembling it, and took part in the killing of Shnerb.

Two other terrorists were arrested for involvement in the attack.

PMW: Why is Martyrdom-death “unique in Palestine”?
Death as a "Martyr" for Allah and for "Palestine" - during terror attacks and other violent confrontations with Israel - has been promoted as an ideal by the Palestinian Authority for years, as documented by Palestinian Media Watch.

The elevated status "Martyrs" enjoy in the PA was recently stressed by a host on official PA TV, who bragged that "Martyrdom in Palestine is unique," because a Martyr's funeral is considered "a wedding." A mother of a "Martyr" present in the TV studio expressed her opinion that death as a Martyr is "an honor":
Official PA TV host: "Praise Allah, I want to say that this Martyrdom always is-"

Mother of a "Martyr": "An honor."

Official PA TV host: "Exactly! Martyrdom in Palestine is unique. We are the only ones who celebrate the news of a Martyr's wedding." [Official PA TV, Palestine This Morning, Aug. 27, 2019]


A Martyr's funeral is considered a wedding to the 72 Virgins in Paradise in Islam.

These expressions of support for dying as a "Martyr" come as no surprise. PMW has documented numerous mothers and fathers who have expressed joy when their terrorist children died as "Martyrs." This is what the PA has taught them and what is expected of them. The following are examples of mothers praising their dead children's Martyrdom, collected in one video (additional texts below):

"I hold my head high. The honor is mine. I have a son who is a Martyr." [Official PA TV, Sept. 24, 2002]

"[My son] told me: 'In this entire world, I can't think of anyone to marry... I want to marry the Dark-Eyed (i.e., Virgins of Paradise).' I said: 'If these are his thoughts, I wish him Martyrdom.'" [Official PA TV, Jan. 21, 2003]

"I ask Allah to give him the reward of a Martyr... I greet all the people who came today to accompany my son at his wedding (i.e., to the Virgins of Paradise). My son is a sacrifice for the homeland, for Palestine, for Islam, and a sacrifice for all of Palestine." [Official PA TV, Feb. 17, 2018]






Apartheid on Temple Mount: Police Block Jews from Using Drinking Fountains
Zionist watchdog group Im Tirtzu on Wednesday released a video showing Israeli police officers physically blocking Jewish visitors on the Temple Mount from using the compound’s water fountain.

Im Tirtzu’s Tamir Baram, who was among the Jews prevented from drinking water on the Temple Mount, said: “We’ve gotten to such an absurd situation on the Temple Mount in which something so elementary as drinking water is being prevented from Jews. For those who forgot, the Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site – and we deserve to be treated there with respect rather than with discrimination.”


Netanyahu requests U.S. transfer funds to PA, Trump refuses
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested that Washington allow the transfer of $12 million to Palestinian security forces, but President Donald Trump denied the request, Channel 13 reported.

“If it’s so important for Netanyahu, he should pay the Palestinians $12 million,” Senior White House officials told Channel 13, quoting the president.

Netanyahu's administration was supposedly one of the key factors in Trump's decision to cut aid to the Palestinians in the first place, i24 reported. The cuts were made slowly over time, but the US State Department found that the money was still being transferred to Palestinian security forces, according to Israel National News.

Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, among other Israeli officials, reportedly asked the US to allow the transfer.

"All US security assistance to the PA has ceased," a US official told Axios. "The US security coordinator and his team continue to conduct a security cooperation-only mission. These activities are not funded with foreign assistance resources."

The transfer of funds did not occur, according to Israel National News.
Security Agencies in India on Alert for Possible Terrorist Attacks on Jewish, Israeli Targets
Security agencies in India are on alert for possible terrorist attacks on the country’s Jewish community or visiting Israeli tourists.

News site DNA India reported that both al-Qaeda and ISIS could both be involved in such attacks, as intelligence agencies have traced messages being shared online by the terror groups.

In addition, a jihadist group in the southern state of Kerala may be collecting information on the Jewish community in the district of Kochi. Kochi is home to the Cochin Jews, an ancient community most of whose members have immigrated to Israel.

There may also be plans to kidnap Israeli tourists in the country. India is a popular destination for Israeli travelers, especially for young Israelis who have just finished their military service.

DNA speculated that the terror groups could also be motivated by Israel’s support for the Indian government’s decision to impose direct rule on the disputed Kashmir region.
Netanyahu lauds pro-Israel fmr Canadian PM Stephen Harper
RELATING TO the project that will link Harper’s name in perpetuity with the State of Israel, Netanyahu said that Israel is a hub on many levels, including bird migration from Europe to Africa and back. He saw the center as an important facility for ornithological research, combining beauty and science.

In a reference to the many friendships that Israel has developed over the years with the leaders of different countries, Netanyahu said that, “the best friendship is based on an alliance of values. Stephen has stood up for these values time and again.”

Harper, acknowledging that he is not supposed to be partisan in another country, recalled that he had first come across Netanyahu in the 1980s and had seen him on television when he had “virtually exploded off the screen.” He had predicted at the time that Netanyahu would one day become prime minister of Israel.

Not only did that happen, he said, but Netanyahu had become Israel’s longest serving prime minister and had transformed the country and its image on the world stage.

Harper described Netanyahu as “the most consequential figure in the history of the State of Israel.”
Bipartisan group of US congresswomen visits to show ‘no daylight’ on Israel
A bipartisan delegation of women members of Congress is visiting Israel this week to underline that there is “no daylight” between the Democratic and Republican parties when it comes to ensuring the strength of US-Israel relations, and in supporting Israel as a Jewish, democratic state, the leader of the group said Thursday.

Speaking to The Times of Israel by phone as the delegation toured the country, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Democrat of Florida, said the group had met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, and former chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, and found it “heartwarming” to hear how similar they sounded about the imperative to enable Israelis and Palestinians to “live side by side in peace.”

Two other members of the delegation were also on the call — Martha Roby (a Republican of Alabama) and Angie Craig (a Democrat of Minnesota). The delegation also included Congresswomen Bonnie Watson Coleman, Brenda Lawrence, Mikie Sherrill and Susie Lee.

Asked about concerns in Israel that some high-profile members of the Democratic party have been loudly critical of Israel, and that three Democratic presidential candidates — Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg — have talked of leveraging US military aid in order to compel Israel to change its policies on settlements and the Palestinians, Wasserman Schultz replied: “Quite the contrary: The message given to us, particularly by Prime Minister Netanyahu, is that he does not perceive or believe that there is any erosion of support.”
Jewish Democratic congressman visiting W. Bank blasts treatment of Palestinians
A Democratic congressman from Michigan has criticized Israel for its treatment of Palestinians following a tour of the West Bank earlier this week.

Rep. Andy Levin said Wednesday he was enraged by the situation in Susya, where Palestinian villagers are denied water access, while Jewish settlers nearby are granted government-supplied amenities.

“Yesterday, I traveled to the southern West Bank, including the Palestinian village of Susya, which the Israeli government has destroyed twice and currently denies access to water,” he wrote. “Yet we watched the government utility, right before our eyes, lay in pipes right across the village’s land to deliver tap water to an illegal Israeli outpost nearby.” He did not name the outpost.

Israel has several times in the past demolished Palestinian buildings in Susya, saying they were built without permits.

“It was simply incredible. As angry as the situation made me, the resilience of the Palestinian villagers left an even stronger impression,” wrote Levin, a former synagogue