Extinction Rebellion   

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Climate protesters gathered around a boat at Oxford Circus during a coordinated protest by the Extinction Rebellion group in April.

Extinction Rebellion (abbreviated as XR) is a socio-political movement with the stated aim of using civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to compel government action on climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse. Extinction Rebellion was established in the United Kingdom in May 2018 with about one hundred academics signing a call to action in support. — Wikipedia

The movement uses a circled hourglass, known as the extinction symbol, to serve as a warning that time is rapidly running out for many species. From rebellion.earth:

The Extinction Symbol was designed in 2011 by street artist ESP, who loans XR usage on the same basis: www.extinctionsymbol.info.

Since its launch, XR has quickly gained national and international following, taking it to the streets in mass demonstrations, demanding immediate action from their national parliaments and governments.

For their branding, the organization uses a custom, rounded version of Futura Condensed named Fucxed. Initially used in lowercase for the XR logo, a caps-only version is used across the globe on banners, websites and social media. In comparison to other recent peoples movements such as the (anti-)Brexit protests, or the Women’s Marches, there is a remarkably uniform and consistent branding in the messages from Extinction Rebellion in outlets from social media to worldwide demonstrations.

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Announcement for a demonstration in Hong Kong on Oct 5, 2019: “ 地球上的生命正步向被徹底摧毀的命途之上. 為物種抗爭! 為未來反抗! / Life on Earth is being annihilated. Rebel For Life!” Slogan and logo use a yet unidentified typeface.

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In June 2019, XR published an activist handbook with Penguin Books: “This is a book of truth and action. It has facts to arm you, stories to empower you, pages to fill in and pages to rip out, alongside instructions on how to rebel – from organising a roadblock to facing arrest.” Note the clever use of the (suggestedly extinct) publisher’s logo penguin as a cover illustration.

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Protesters in Hong Kong.

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September 2019. A show-goer walks past Extinction Rebellion protesters as they demonstrate against London Fashion Week.

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Members of Extinction Rebellion demonstrate at the La Rural exhibition centre in Buenos Aires.

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“Climate Change = Mass Murder” – protesters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Annie Woollard posted a discussion   

Annie Woollard posted a discussion

The A-Z of a Global Classroom

Your Name and Title: Annie Woollard - Educational Consultant School or Organization Name: Footprints on the Globe Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Melbourne, Australia Language in Which You Will Present: English Target Audience(s): Teachers, School Leaders, Pre service Teachers Short Session Description : The A-Z of a Global Classroom Full Session Description: Global Citizenship is about inspiring and educating students to: THINK, FEEL & ACT. What is Global Citizenship Education?The core idea behind Global Education is encouraging young people to be involved and engaged in shaping a better world. By thinking globally, children learn empathy and cultural diversity and they are encouraged to invent, innovate and campaign for change. The backbone behind Global Citizenship Education are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Is Global Citizenship part of your whole school approach for 2020?Would you like to learn how easy it is to embed Global Citizenship into your curriculum? This session is the A-Z of a Global Classroom jammed packed withResources, ideas, activities, tips, helpful hints, collaboration, examples (from A-Z) that can be taken away and used immediately in the classroom. Attendees will go away with two key outcomes;A clear insight on how to easily embed Global Citizenship into the classroom, andA packed virtual bag, full of practical and ready to use resources. Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:Footprints on the GlobeTwitterSee More


BU environmental organizations step up to combat climate change   

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, at only 16-years-old, inspired protests in more than 150 countries across the globe last month. Estimates from 350.org claim that more than 4 million people participated in strikes worldwide, making it the largest climate strike in history.

User Support - Transit App - Montréal, QC   

Every day, Transit helps millions of commuters from around the globe travel from A to B. Each of those riders has something to say, and we want to make sure we…
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John Saunderson: The man who makes hit records   

He’s not a singer, writer or a musician but he’s earned a reputation as a Number 1 hitmaker across the globe with credits like “Bonkers” by Dizzee Rascal. John Saunderson has been in the music business for over 40 years and has an uncanny knack of working with his team of songwriters and colleagues at Notting Hill Music to choose exactly the right song for the right artist. He’s had over 30 number 1 hits in 15 countries around the world and is always looking for the next big thing. Anna Bailey follows John to find out what the different processes are in the life of a hitmaker. She watches as his team work on composing with the former Pussycat Doll singing star Melody Thornton and hears how a song is created, often in a very short space of time. Anna also follows the initial steps of choosing a song for the South Korean pop phenomenon J.Fla who is looking for something to appeal to a Western audience. Her team have a very specific set of requirements, including wanting a “hook” or earworm that will be distinctive. Will John and the team be able to deliver?

AI Facts Every Business Person Should Know About   

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Allison Hanes: Is Montreal ready for Rebellion Week?   

Protest group Extinction Rebellion is planning a week of disruption in cities around the globe to push for action on the climate emergency

Oonops Drops - From City To City von Brooklyn Radio   

Oonops connects DJs and producers from around the globe and from city to city with their exclusive guest mixtapes for his show on Brooklyn Radio. This time he invited Calamity Jade from Milan (Italy) with her fiery soul'n'funky (brass) vinyl selection plus DJ Bacon from Brisbane (Australia) and his explosive hip hop vinyl megamix! But before Oonops opens this episode with fresh and classic tracks from hip hop and instrumentals by Large Pro, Jeru The Damaja, Shin-Ski, The Vibe Drop to soulful tunes by Michael Kiwanuka, Kejam to jazzy vibes by Koma Saxo, Black Bear Basement and many more. Visit your host Oonops ( www.mixcloud.com/oonops ) here: www.facebook.com/djoonops Calamity Jade ( www.mixcloud.com/willwork4funk ): www.facebook.com/djcalamityjade and DJ Bacon ( www.mixcloud.com/djbacon ) here: www.facebook.com/therealdjbacon

10/06 Links: PMW: PA capitulates to Israel's anti-"Pay-for-Slay" law; It’s time to put an end to labeling Trump an anti-Semite; Elizabeth Warren Fundraises for Anti-Semite; Caving to BDS   

From Ian:

PMW: PA capitulates to Israel's anti-"Pay-for-Slay" law
After initially refusing to accept any tax revenues Israel collected and transfered to the Palestinian Authority because Israel implemented its anti-"Pay-for-Slay" law, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has now capitulated and agreed to accept the vast majority of the funds.

In February 2019, Israel's cabinet decided to implement one part of the 2018 anti-"Pay-for-Slay" law and started to deduct the sum the PA spent in 2018 paying salaries to terrorist prisoners and released prisoners from the 2019 tax revenues Israel collects and transfers to the PA.

Initially, rejecting Israel's implementation of the anti-"Pay-for-Slay" law, because he argued that paying financial rewards to Palestinian terrorists is legitimate, Abbas refused to accept the money Israel tranfered and plunged the PA into a self-made financial crisis.

"[PA] Minister of Civil Affairs [and Fatah Central Committee member] Hussein Al-Sheikh said yesterday [Feb. 10, 2019] that he has conveyed an official message at the request of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas that emphasizes that 'He will refuse to receive the collected [tax] money if Israel deducts even one penny from it.'" [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 11, 2019]

When he made that decision, Palestinian Media Watch speculated that Abbas was probably planning to use the ensuing impoverishment of the Palestinian population as a tactic to put pressure on Israel to transfer to him the money he uses to reward terror. PMW also suggested that he was using the decision as a means to leverage the international community to put pressure on Israel to ignore its own laws. Abbas was also hoping that the international community would again side with the PA against Israel and further subsidize the PA.

As a show of his resolve to plunge the PA economy into the abyss, Abbas decided to cut the salaries of the PA's law abiding employees by 40-50% while guaranteeing the payment, in full, of the salaries to the terrorists. The PA also stopped allowing Palestinians to receive medical treatment in Israel, under the false claim that Israel was deducting $100 dollars a year for this service. This ban did not apply to senior Fatah figures like Jibril Rajoub who continued to receive medical treatment in an Israeli hospital.

Abbas' decision to accept the tax revenues, even though Israel continues to implement its anti-"Pay-for-Slay" law, reflects an understanding that all these goals have failed.
Pay for Slay with funds from UK?
The Department for International Development (DFID) must now release documents to UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI), having abandoned part of its appeal from the decision of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The ICO ordered DFID to disclose to UKLFI audits of accounts into which British grant aid was transferred and then used to pay salaries to convicted Palestinian terrorists. British Ministers relied on these audits when concerns were expressed that British money was being used to pay terrorists.

Various countries, including the UK, paid large sums of money into the World Bank’s Palestinian Recovery and Development Program Multi donor trust fund (PRDP-MDTF), which were then transferred to the Palestinian Authority’s Central Treasury Account.

Funds from this account were used to pay convicted terrorists, rewarding them for their crimes.

On 26 July 2019, the ICO ordered DFID to disclose the audit reports of the PRDP-MDTF and the terms on which the auditors were engaged. The ICO concluded that there was a significant public interest in the disclosure of the information, which outweighed any harm that may be done to diplomatic relations with the Palestinian Authority.

DFID had filed a Notice of Appeal on 19 August 2019, saying that it intended to appeal the release of the documents, on the grounds that the ICO’s assessment of the public interest was wrong, and that it also disputed the ICO’s conclusion that the Palestinian Authority was not a State, for the purposes of section 27 of the Freedom of Information Act.
David Singer: Netanyahu and Liberman must stop Israel’s third election in a year
Israel is surrounded by enemies – especially Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria and Hamas in Gaza that could be tempted to exploit the fractured nature of Israel’s current political circumstances.

There are pressing political issues awaiting Israel’s next Government – most notably negotiations on President Trump’s deal of the century and Netanyahu’s election promise to annex large parts of the "West Bank."

Ending this state of suspended uncertainty has now been thrust on the shoulders of Netanyahu and Liberman – following the failure of Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz to achieve a deal they could both live with.

Netanyahu and Liberman would do well to heed the sage advice contained in the Ethics of the Fathers:

“Do not seek greatness for yourself, and do not lust for honor”

Achieving greatness and honor together by compromising their political expectations will secure Netanyahu and Liberman a special place in the annals of Israel.

Jonathan S. Tobin: It’s time to put an end to labeling Trump an anti-Semite
It’s that at a time when a rising tide of anti-Semitism is spreading over the globe – and Jews are facing the twin threats of white-supremacist hate from the far-Right, as well as leftist anti-Zionists seeking to delegitimize both Israel and American Jews – using it as a partisan political weapon is dangerously irresponsible.

Trump’s actions and statements are fair game for criticism and, like any other leader, can be held accountable by Congress and the courts.

But labeling him an anti-Semite is a blatant falsehood. That’s not merely because he’s clearly the most pro-Israel president America has had, in addition to someone with Jewish family, and with a staff and cabinet filled with many Jews.

It’s also true that his administration has in some respects taken anti-Semitism more seriously than his predecessors. He has ordered civil-rights investigations into attacks on Jewish students and others on US college campuses that were ignored by Obama, and Trump’s Justice Department convened a summit on the subject that addressed issues not treated seriously before this.

If anti-Semitism is just one more brickbat to be tossed around with impunity in the course of bitter and all-too-savage debate on impeachment, then those who are using it in that way are effectively saying that it’s not as important as their partisan goals.

It’s time for both Democrats and Republicans of goodwill to recognize that whatever the outcome of the impeachment battle, injecting false charges of anti-Semitism into the discussion will not advance their cause. It will, however, materially damage the fight against hate.
Elizabeth Warren Fundraises for Anti-Semite
Senator Elizabeth Warren, well-known for cultural appropriation, sent a fundraising email on behalf of Leslie Cockburn late yesterday afternoon.

Warren’s support comes well after the Republican Party of Virginia revealed that Leslie Cockburn was a “virulent anti-Semite” for espousing bizarre conspiracy theories regarding the Jewish people and Israel. It was also recently discovered that Cockburn’s work has been used as source material for a number of white nationalist organizations. Notably, at least one of those websites was responsible for promoting and organizing the deadly Charlottesville rally of last August. Cockburn’s history of anti-Semitism has been well-documented since she wrote Dangerous Liaison in the early 1990s.

It is also worth noting that Cockburn’s co-author, at a debate at Oxford in 2007, said “the Israel lobby in the United States dictates American policy.” Andrew Cockburn also had this to say about the so-called Israel Lobby: “I mean, you know, we’ve had comparisons of the National Rifle Association lobby, very powerful, supremely powerful in Congress, but you can get up and run for office against the National Rifle Association for gun control and no-one tries to demonise you or drive you out of public life. That’s different with the Israel lobby. It’s across, it’s the Congress, it’s the executive branch and it’s in the culture, in the media.”

“Either Elizabeth Warren didn’t do her homework, or she supports what Cockburn stands for; anti-Semitism.” said RPV Executive Director John Findlay. “Elizabeth Warren should answer whether she agrees with Leslie’s co-author when he said that “the Israel lobby in the United States dictates American policy.” This endorsement by a Massachusetts Democrat exemplifies the truth about Leslie Cockburn – she is an out-of-touch, out-of-state liberal who only wants to go to Congress to push a far-left agenda.”
The UN's Insane Israel Bias: Ben Shapiro on UN Watch Statistics
Ben Shapiro calls out the UN's extreme bias against Israel, reading out UN Watch's data:
The U.N. and Israel: Key Statistics from UN Watch

Seth J Frantzman: Turkey re-writes international law with “safe zone” invasion doctrine
Turkey has re-written the rules of international law in Syria, declaring that when there is a presence of what it views as a “terrorist organization,” it has a right to invade and create a “safe zone” or “peace corridor” along the border. Other countries including India, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Egypt may take note and begin to study Ankara’s doctrine that has wide implications for international affairs.

In international relations, countries generally enjoy a right to self-defense. This is enshrined in various international laws, precedent and treaty law. The UN Charter, for instance, argues in Article 2 that “All members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state.” Article 51 notes that nothing in the charter “shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense.”

Ankara re-written these norms, arguing that when a country has designated an organization a “terrorist group” that it will have a right to invade the neighboring country and set up a “safe zone” along the border. This doesn’t require Ankara to present any evidence that there was a threat or attacks from northern Syria. Turkey simply took over Jarabulus and Afrin in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Now Turkey says it has a right to take over eastern Syria, redraw property lines and international borders, and settle one million Syrian refugees there, creating hundreds of towns regardless of the local population’s views.

This is a new step in international law, one which has broad implications. Israel’s conquest in 1967 of the West Bank and Golan Heights have generally been seen as illegal under international law. But Israel may now argue it is setting up a “safe zone.” This could also be Israel’s argument for distancing Hezbollah from the Lebanese border.

Wider ramifications mean that India can now argue that it needs a safe zone in Pakistan to keep extremists away from parts of the border of Kashmir. Pakistan may need to take over parts of Afghanistan to create Turkey-style safe zones. Russia can say that its role in eastern Ukraine is a “safe zone” or peace corridor. Saudi Arabia now likely needs a safe zone in Yemen. The number of safe zones that can be created on the Turkish model may be endless. Many porous borders across the Sahel in Africa mean that various countries may need to set up safe zones in the territory of their neighbor.

In English, Haaretz Whitewashes Temple Mount Killings
In an article last week on the occasion of IDF's Brig. Gen. Eran Niv wrapping up his post as commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, Haaretz's English edition whitewashes the July 2017 killing of two Druze police officers shot dead by three Israeli Arab assailants just outside the Temple Mount.

Haaretz's English edition, both in print (page 4, Sept. 29) and online refer to the "deaths of two Border Police officers" in the summer of 2017:
The perceived violation of religious symbols is a particularly potent accelerant for violence, Niv says, recalling the violence that erupted after Israel installed metal detectors at the Temple Mount in the summer of 2017, following the deaths of two Border Police officers, as well as the brief outburst that followed visits by Jews to the Temple Mount in August on Tisha B'Av, which coincided with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Why does the English edition fail to note that the border police officers were killed by Israeli Arab assailants leaving the Temple Mount? Indeed, violence didn't erupt only after the officers' "deaths" -- their deaths themselves, ie murders, were violent.

The Hebrew version of the same article more precisely reported that the officers were killed
China pulls out of $5B deal to develop Iranian offshore gas field
China's state oil company has pulled out of a $5 billion deal to develop a portion of Iran's massive offshore natural gas field, the Islamic republic's oil minister said Sunday, an agreement from which France's Total SA earlier withdrew over US sanctions.

The South Pars field deal, struck in the wake of Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, appears to be just the latest business casualty of America's pressure campaign on Tehran following US President Donald Trump's unilateral withdrawal of the US from the deal.

It also comes as China and the US engage in their own trade war, as Beijing and Washington levy billions of dollars of tariffs on each other's goods.

Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh, quoted by the ministry's Petroenergy Information Network (SHANA), said Sunday that the China National Petroleum Corp. was "no longer in the project." He did not elaborate or give any reason for the withdrawal, though SHANA said the company "had pulled out of a contract" to develop the field.

Officials in Beijing didn't immediately acknowledge their decision. Phone calls to the CNPC rang unanswered on Sunday and its website bore no mention of the withdrawal.
Australia Denies Extradition of Iranian Academic to US
Australia will not extradite an Iranian academic to the United States, Australia’s attorney-general said over the weekend, following a 13-month detention of the researcher for allegedly exporting American-made military equipment to Iran.

Attorney-General Christian Porter said in a statement that “in all the circumstances of this particular case” the academic, Reza Dehbashi Kivi, should not be extradited.

“My decision was made in accordance with the requirements of Australian domestic legal processes and is completely consistent with the powers provided to the commonwealth attorney-general under our law,” Porter said.

The statement came hours after Iran had agreed to free an Australian couple from a Tehran prison who were held on spying charges. Later on Saturday, Iranian media reported that Dehbashi Kivi had already returned to Iran.

Porter would not say whether the two cases were related.

“The Australian Government does not comment on the details behind its consideration of particular cases,” Porter said in his e-mailed statement.

“And while it is likely that because of Mr Kivi’s nationality some will speculate regarding this matter, consistent with prior practice I do not intend to comment further on the particular details of this case, particularly when any such response from me may diminish our government’s capacity to deal with future matters of this type in Australia’s best interests.”
Iranian media calls on Iraqis to takeover U.S. embassy amid protests
An Iranian newspaper linked to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Iraqis to seize the US embassy in Baghdad, in a move similar to the takeover of the US embassy in Tehran during the Iranian revolution of 1979, according to Radio Farda.

"Historical evidence has shown that US embassies in all countries, even in friendly and allied countries, are the focus of conspiracy. The US Embassy in Iran is a clear and exemplary example of this bitter reality," wrote Hossein Shariatmadari, the editor of the Kayhan newspaper, in reference to the former US embassy that was taken over and held hostage during the revolution in 1979.

Documents found in the embassy in 1979 "revealed the betrayal of some Iranian political figures and exposed the countless US crimes in Iran and some other countries in the region," according to Kayhan.

The author of the Kayhan article asked "young Iraqi revolutionary believers" why they don't "end the presence of the US Embassy in Baghdad, the same espionage and conspiracy center against the oppressed Iraqi people."

Shariatmadari claimed that "There are many documents about the presence of U.S., Israeli and Saudi Wahabi agents, as well as Ba'thist elements behind the Iraqi protests."
Iranian health workers infect hundreds, including kids, with HIV - report
More than 300 people are accusing local Iranian medical officials of infecting them with the HIV virus, according to Iranian media sources.

The residents, located in the village of Chenar Mahmoud and the towns of Lordegan, Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari, say adults and children contracted HIV from local medical centers and health clinics due to unsanitary medical practices, including from contaminated syringes used by the local health organizations during a widespread test for diabetes two months prior.

There are similar unconfirmed reports by individuals in neighboring villages.

On Saturday, large groups of the affected townspeople, along with their loved ones and supporters, stormed the office of the Friday Prayer Imam and set it ablaze. Another group protested in front of the governor's building in the province, demanding that the courts investigate the case.

Radio Farda and the Mehr-news agency (MNA) both reported on the incidents.

"A limited number of 'opportunists' attempted to create disruption and sedition outside the Governor's building, but failed," MNA reported about the incident in front of the governor's office.
Merkel’s gov’t says Iran’s call to ‘wipe Israel off the map’ not antisemitic
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government declared the Iranian regime’s call to obliterate the Jewish state is not an expression of antisemitism in an eye-popping statement to The Jerusalem Post on Friday.

On October 1, Merkel’s Foreign Ministry merely labeled the call to destroy Israel by commander-in-chief of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Gen. Hossein Salami “anti-Israel rhetoric.”

When the Post asked the Merkel administration if it agrees with the statement of its foreign ministry, a spokesman told the Post: “We have nothing to add to the reply of the foreign office.”

The Post specifically asked if Salami’s statements are antisemitic.

In late September, Salami delivered his call to exterminate the Jewish state before an audience of IRGC leaders that was publicized by the state-funded IRNA agency, as well as other Iranian regime-controlled outlets.

Salami said that “This sinister regime must be wiped off the map and this is no longer… a dream [but] it is an achievable goal.”

He added that his country has “managed to obtain the capacity to destroy the impostor Zionist regime” 40 years after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

JPost Editorial: Caving to BDS
We don’t believe that Lovato is an antisemite but she does need to understand that by backtracking on her praise for Israel, she is playing into the hands of antisemites and forces that seek Israel’s destruction.

By caving to BDS pressure, Lovato let herself be used as a political tool. She backtracked on her praise for Israel out of some distorted sense of solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

It is true that Israel has an unsettled conflict with the Palestinians and this paper is not alone within Israel of calling – repeatedly – on the government to find ways to reengage with the Palestinian Authority and to work toward a solution.

The BDS movement, Lovato should know, does not want peace and is not interested in a two-state solution. It openly seeks the elimination of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people, a right afforded to Israel by the United Nations.

Like Lorde, Lovato has joined the forces that believe the Jewish people do not deserve that right. They hold Israel to a double standard and believe that song line out the Jews is okay and not hypocritical or wrong.

She may have distanced herself from Israel and apologized for visiting here, but she needn’t be “Sorry, not Sorry,” as her famous hit song goes. Israelis might not get to hear her perform anytime soon in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv but they will get to hear Celine Dion next summer. Our hearts, as Dion famously sings, will go on.
A beginner’s guide to the SJP national conference
In a surprise to nobody, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) announced that its upcoming national conference, set to commence on November 1, will be held on the University of Minnesota Campus in Minneapolis (UMN). Why is this not a surprise? Because Minneapolis happens to be the district of antisemitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a prominent figure in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

This is not a coincidence. In fact, the very first goal stated on the conference website is to capitalize on shifts in the political climate, represented by the elections of BDS supporters Rep. Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib. However, the real shift in the political climate – one that SJP itself has played a substantial role in – is the resurgence of the world’s “oldest hatred” in the US under the guise of BDS.

Countless articles and in-depth studies have delineated the various calls for violence by the SJP leadership, as well as their intimate connection with Palestinian terrorist organizations like Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), all of which thrive off an ideology of Jew-hatred. It’s not just the leadership that is guilty of promoting antisemitism, but many student members of SJP as well.

How many times must an SJP chapter host convicted terrorists like Rasmea Odeh at its events before they are called out for their antisemitism? How many social media posts fawning over convicted terrorist Marwan Barghouti and PFLP founder George Habash must be shared by official SJP accounts until the tech overlords ban SJP from their platforms? How many T-shirts glorifying PFLP terrorist Leila Khaled must be sold at their events before the world opens its eyes?
HonestReporting's Daniel Pomerantz Exposes BDS Co-founder Omar Barghouti
HonestReporting's Executive Director Daniel Pomerantz goes head to head with on live television with Omar Barghouti, one of the founders of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. This is a 3 minute highlight reel. For the full 20 minute segment click here: https://youtu.be/xq0XUFpVoCA
This was originally aired on CGTN's The Heat news talk program. CGTN is China's English language international channel, with an estimated global viewership of 4 million.

Financial Times misleads on Muslim antisemitism
A Sept. 27th Financial Times book review written by David Feldman, director of the UK based Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, gave a mostly positive account of “How to Fight Anti-Semitism” by NY Times editor Barri Weiss.

However, on the topic of Muslim antisemitism, Feldman is critical.

Weiss is strong on how rightwing anti-Semitism functions, and she scores some hits in her attacks on the left and radical Islam. But sometimes she misses the target. Her writing about anti-Semitism among Muslims is a case in point. It is because of the growing Muslim presence, Weiss claims, that “it is dangerous to be a Jew in Europe.” In fact, so far as we can tell, most anti-Semitism in Britain stems from white men who are nominally Christian.

This is extremely misleading.

Whilst it’s narrowly true that most antisemitic incidents in the UK are committed by “white men”, this is not a terribly significant fact given the overwhelming majority of British citizens are white. When taking into account antisemitic incidents by perpetrator, based on the size of racial and religious groups, CST’s 2018 report demonstrates that Muslims commit acts of antisemitism at a rate disproportionate to their numbers. (page 8 of the report)

Further, according to a major 2017 study of antisemitic attitudes in the UK, by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research and CST, levels of antisemitism in the UK are “2 to 4 times higher among Muslims compared to the general population“.
The BBC’s take on ‘Zionism’
On its website, the BBC has an animated series entitled An A-Z of -isms – including one episode titled “Zionism: A Very Brief History” – and gives this strapline: “Writers, academics and thinkers share their takes on some of the world’s most important ideas (plus a few fun ones).”

The corporation declares that it is “the world’s leading public service broadcaster,” and creates “distinctive, world-class programmes and content which inform, educate and entertain millions of people in the UK and around the world.” Therefore, although, so far, only 79,300 or so of those millions have clicked the Zionism animation, it must be remembered that it is on the BBC’s website and not on some obscure ranter’s internet outlet.

As it is, for now, one of the most viewed -isms, it cannot be ignored and remains relevant. Also, Israel is a subject close to the BBC’s keyboards.

In setting itself up as educator, and because it is here dealing with “some of the world’s most important ideas,” the BBC is duty-bound to ensure editorial rigor of its content. Yet, the corporation shirks this duty when it complacently defers it to the author of the “potted history” of Zionism. Using drab and noisy illustrative cartoons that are in some cases inaccurate and inappropriate, with the voice-over veering high and low, further underlines the utter slovenliness of this BBC product.

Clearly, the Zionism -ism was also a “fun one” of the -isms. Theodor Herzl gets tomatoes thrown at him, Jews are swivel-eyed and other such – it adds up to a bit of a list in this 3.08-minute agitated animation.

Who or what was editing Colin Shindler’s “take” on Zionism? You won’t find out who Herzl was, a Jew, because you’re not told.

You are also not told about how Europe, with its fanatical crusades, was long ago set on its path to Hitler’s “Final Solution.” Nor is there any mention of the horrifically violent history of antisemitism across Europe, in which entire villages of Jews were regularly burned to the ground – and this was before the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions, the latter of which was a wedding gift of sorts. Alfred Dreyfus was dispensable and so Shindler dispensed with him, and with this swipe, a major defining point in modern Jewish history is elided.

Russian antisemitism – the only mention of “antisemitism” – is quickly and quaintly dismissed as a “heavy hand.” Also not mentioned is the specially coined Russian term, “pogrom,” with all the wanton and brutal destruction of whole Jewish communities that it entailed. It is interesting, though, how the word “Diaspora” is used, without any irony about the way in which it has become a common term, far beyond the Jewish context – a bit like pogrom (but then again, it was not mentioned). Whereas Herzl got tomatoes thrown at him, “Arab nationalism” is treated reverentially. Not even one falafel flies (but then again, falafels are Pharaonic).
CAMERA Arabic prompts correction of three inaccuracies in one BBC report
A BBC article published on September 24th on the network’s Arabic website was corrected last week (no earlier than October 1st, based on the date attributed to a cached copy of the inaccurate version) following a complaint made by CAMERA Arabic on the day of publication.

The article – which aimed to provide a detailed, informed introduction to Israel’s major Arab parties – contained three factual errors, one memorable typo and one major omission – all in one subsection.

Under the headline “What are the components of the Joint Arab List in the Israeli Knesset and [what are] their orientations?”, the article discussed the Joint List – a union of four Israeli parties, three of which self-identify as “Arab” while the fourth, Hadash, describes itself as “Arab-Jewish” (although the vast majority of its voters are estimated to be Arab).

The inaccuracies appeared in the part of the article portraying one of the Joint List’s components: the nationalist Arab party of the National Democratic Alliance (Balad). The correction addressed all the issues raised by CAMERA Arabic. (all translations, emphasis and in-bracket remarks are by CAMERA Arabic unless otherwise specified)
Anti-Semitic hate crimes in NYC have risen significantly in 2019
The number of hate crimes against Jews in New York City has risen significantly over the first nine months of this year, part of a citywide rise in such offenses.

The New York Police Department has reported 311 total hate crimes through September, as opposed to 250 reported through the same period in 2018, according to Deputy Inspector Mark Molinari, who heads the department’s Hate Crimes Task Force.

Molinari said 52 percent of the reported hate crimes, or 163, have targeted Jews. Over the same period last year, the NYPD reported 108 anti-Semitic hate crimes.

At a meeting Thursday with Jewish philanthropists, Molinari discussed the numbers and how to prevent anti-Semitic crimes in the city. He recounted a list of anti-Jewish hate crimes that had made the news just this week:
- Two Jewish men had their hats knocked off by a group of teens.
- A separate group of children broke the windows of a Brooklyn synagogue during the Rosh Hashanah holiday.
- Also during the holiday, a third group of kids harassed a Jewish woman, pulling off her scarf and wig.
Robert Kraft names new exec. director of Foundation To Combat Anti-Semitism
Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group, announced today the hiring of Dr. Rachel Fish as the founding executive director of the Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism. Fish will begin her new role on Monday, October 7.

Kraft established this new foundation in response to the growing rise in antisemitism in the U.S. and abroad, particularly in light of the spread of hateful rhetoric online and the initiation of hate crimes against the Jewish people through social media. He announced the foundation when he was awarded the Genesis Prize in June in Jerusalem, along with his own $20 million founding investment and the generous donations of others.

“I am thrilled to have Rachel lead this new and important effort,” Kraft said. “Rachel’s education, experience and, most importantly, her commitment make her the right person for this role. She is equipped to face the growing epidemic of antisemitism with tenacity and a proven track record of progress through a lifetime of work in this arena. Our family is honored and privileged to have Rachel lead this new foundation, which is so close to our hearts.”

Fish brings with her a thorough background and history in the fight against antisemitism, including a strong academic understanding of the issues and varied experience in advocacy work. Most recently, Rachel was Senior Advisor and Resident Scholar of Jewish/Israel Philanthropy at The Paul E. Singer Foundation in New York City where she aided in developing the strategic approach for the foundation’s giving and worked directly with practitioners to implement their missions and initiatives.
Turkey’s Kanter Says He Was Harassed by Erdogan Supporters
Boston Celtics and Turkey center Enes Kanter said he had been harassed outside a Massachusetts mosque on Friday by two men he described as supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Kanter, who filmed the incident and posted it on Twitter, is an outspoken critic of the Turkish regime and its human rights record.

He was indicted by a Turkish court last year on charges of belonging to an armed terrorist group, which he denies.

“Erdogan thugs attacked and threatened me today after Friday prayers in Boston at a mosque,” he wrote.

“Turkish Government don’t even let me practice my religion freely in America let alone my freedom of speech is under attack.”

The video does not show any physical violence, but Kanter is clearly agitated as a crowd gathers around him on the sidewalk, and he seems particularly annoyed by one man who is not speaking English.

“I told you America, this is crazy,” Kanter said in the video.
Israeli defense firm Elbit secures $153 million drone deal with Asian country
Israel defense firm Elbit has secured a drone deal with an Asian country worth approximately $153 million, the company said on Sunday.

The contract will comprise a networked, multi-layer drone system, with aerial vehicles of varying sizes and capabilities, and will be delivered to the unnamed southeast Asia country over a 22-month period.

The materiel will include over 1,000 of Elbit’s THOR mini-drones, which look like consumer rotor drones and are meant to carry out surveillance and reconnaissance operations. The unmanned aircraft can fly at altitudes of 2,000 feet and at 65 kilometers per hour (40 mph).

It will also include dozens of Skylark drones, small aircraft launched and operated by a team of two that are widely used by the Israel Defense Forces. The Sky Rider, as it is known in Hebrew, is a tactical surveillance drone operated by the Artillery Corps that provides a live video feed to soldiers on the ground.
Israeli innovation is about to disrupt the fruit industry
“Disruption” is a common superlative applied to technology startups. Craigslist disrupted the classified advertising business. Uber and Lyft have disrupted the taxi industry.

Now, a new Israeli company aims to disrupt the fruit market, encompassing some 116 million acres of fruit orchards globally.

Markets in general are ripe for disruption when inefficiencies eat away at their core. The issue with fruit is knowing how much the trees on a farm will produce in a given year.

In industrial farming, this is known as “yield estimation” and it’s accomplished today in a remarkably low-tech way: Farm crews do a manual, visual “count” from the sampling of a few randomly selected trees in the field or in photographic images. From there, they extrapolate to the entire orchard.

But because it’s very difficult to distinguish unripe green fruit from green leaves, inaccuracies ranging from 30% to 40% are common. And wrong yield estimation results in less (or even no) profitability.
Pre-Mossad: How one man used espionage to bring Poland's Jews to Israel
Miri Nahari’s father, Tzvi Netzer, was the point-man for pre-Mossad clandestine efforts bringing 250,000 out of 300,000 Jewish Holocaust survivors from Poland to Israel.

Despite that near-miraculous accomplishment, strangely, Netzer is not as much of an international household name as his boss, Shaul Avigur.

Avigur helped found the Haganah’s intelligence wing, and at points headed all of Mossad Aliyah Bet and Nativ – which, respectively, brought massive numbers of European and Russian Jews to Israel.

Still, Netzer was the operational leader on the ground for “the Bricha” (the Jewish Escape) in Poland.

That meant getting Jews out of Poland post-World War II and essentially made him the pre-Mossad Israeli intelligence station chief in one of the key countries in Europe for Jewish survivors.

But before he got to that point, he, in typical Mossad-level spellbinding style, survived quite a few precarious situations, Nehari tells The Jerusalem Post Magazine with a flicker in her eye.

At this point, Nehari herself is a grandmother, and spent aspects of her career carrying out important activities for the state.
Her dynamic and bubbly personality is on full display as we make small talk and she offers a hot drink in the living room of her Ramat Hasharon home.
'A great privilege to see Ari rejoice in Trump's J'lem decision'
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman eulogized Ari Fuld in Gush Etzion Sunday evening, lauding the murdered father of four as an ‘outstanding American, an outstanding Israeli, and an outstanding Jew’.

Speaking during a ceremony marking the first yahrzeit (anniversary of his death) of Fuld in Gush Etzion south of Jerusalem, Friedman recalled Fuld’s pro-Israel activism, and his jubilation over the White House’s decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“The voice of your brother cries out to me from this ground…and it reminds us, as only Ari can, that we must always stand for the truth. I remember how excited Ari was on the day that we opened the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, some 17 months ago,” said Friedman.

“He issued several moving videos. Through all his excitement and all his commentary, the point that reverberated over and over again was not that the opening of the embassy was good, not that it was the right policy, not that it was appropriate or that it was just. Rather what Ari said was that the moving of the embassy to Jerusalem was an act in solidarity with the truth.

“The United States did not discover something new when it opened our embassy there. Rather, the United States was the first among nations to take a stand for the truth, in recognizing Jerusalem’s undeniable eternal status as the capital of Israel, and Ari implicitly recognized this.”

“It was a great privilege to see Ari rejoice at President Trump’s decision. While we had no doubt that we had taken the right path, positive reinforcement from an American and an Israeli and a Jew of Ari’s stature was most welcome.”

Friedman went on to call Fuld, who was murdered in a stabbing attack by a Palestinian Arab terrorist near the Gush Etzion bloc last year, a ‘proud American, Israeli, and Jew’.
Yahya, a Muslim Arab Israeli Combat Soldier

5,000-year-old NYC-style metropolis uncovered in northern Israel
The ruins of a 5,000-year-old megalopolis were uncovered in northern Israel, the Antiquities Authority announced on Sunday, in one of the most significant archaeological findings in recent history.

The ruins were discovered in a major excavation project in the Ein Assur site near Harish. According to the IAA, the city was the largest and most central one in the area during the Bronze Age. According to the archaeologists, about 6,000 people lived there, a huge number at the time.

“About the same time that the first pharaoh established his rule over Egypt, this city was founded,” IAA official Yitzhak Paz, explained in a video, calling the city “the New York of that era.”

Paz explained that the location offered exceptionally good conditions to settle, such as sources of water and strategic proximity to ancient commercial routes.

The city was fortified and its urban design is clearly visible, he added.

The ruins clearly show a web of roads and alleys, as well as the design of the buildings. Among the most unique structures uncovered, was a temple where religious rituals were performed. A seal imprint featuring the figure of a stylized man raising his hands in prayer and a head figurine were found at the site.

An even earlier settlement, dating to the Chalcolithic period from 7,000 years ago, was uncovered in deeper excavations made beneath this city's houses. It seems that two abundant springs originating in the area in antiquity were a site of attraction throughout the period.

According to the authority, the finding will change everything scholars know about the urbanization process in the Land of Israel in ancient times.

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QuickBooks Error 5510   

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QuickBooks Error Code 5510 Troubleshooting
QuickBooks Error Code 5510 Troubleshooting

When the improvements made to your data online have been downloaded additionally the QuickBooks Error 5510 occurs while making these changes to your QuickBooks company file. The root cause associated with QB error 5510 could possibly be because this company file had not been open in QuickBooks during its sync setup. You need to make sure that you have the most recent Intuit Sync Manager update relating to us.

Steps to fix/Resolve the QB Error 5510
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Wicked Sex With Jessica Drake   

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Interactive Pano   


#TravelTuesday has come round again, and I’m here on ScottKelby.com – I’m Dave Williams and this week I want to start by saying well done to all the Walk Leaders of events around the globe as part of Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk! Great work, team! To everyone who attended a walk, I hope you had […]

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10/7/2019: News: A subversive time as Rice takes on the underworld   


Orpheus in the Underworld London Coliseum, WC2 EMMA RICE, making her opera debut, fell out with the Globe three years ago over her radical interpretations of the classics. In Offenbach’s satire on the Orpheus myth, Orpheus and Eurydice can’t stand the...

Salon Recap: Want an Effective Business? Foster an Ethical Culture   


On a trip to Ottawa, a few years ago, I got to tour the offices of the e-commerce company Shopify, courtesy of a friend of mine I was visiting who works there. Shopify makes and updates a platform over 800,000 online stores from around the globe use to sell their products, which in 2018 amounted to around $41.1 billion in sales. I remember the workplace looking immaculate and like a fun and exciting place to be. My friend, whose “discipline” at the company is user experience, said he’d been loving it. Shopify has a culture of constant and constructive feedback—posters on the walls say, “Feedback is a gift”—and annual in-company conferences offer employees opportunities to level-up their skills or learn new ones related to their work. He knows that his growth and development matter to the company and, as a result, he feels not only a strong sense of identity and purpose, but also autonomy. He, like many of his coworkers in the R&D department, are given space to make their own decisions when it comes to completing tasks managers assign. It’s a consequence, among other things, of the company taking seriously the thesis of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, a book that’s visible on hallway bookshelves. When I told my friend recently that one of Shopify’s executives, Toby Shannon, the company’s chief support officer, would be part of an Ethical Systems panel on how evolutionary thinking could foster more ethical and effective cultures, he said he wasn’t surprised. Shannon, he told me, often gives inspiring talks that weave in ideas from psychology and anthropology.


Well, on a recent evening at NYU’s Stern School of Business, it was a pleasure of mine to attend that panel. Shannon was part of a fascinating discussion with evolutionary anthropologist David Sloan Wilson, co-author most recently of Prosocial: Using Evolutionary Science to Build Productive, Equitable, and Collaborative Groups, and Theranos-whistleblower Erika Cheung, who just launched Ethics in Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit dedicated to instilling ethical culture in startups. The conversation revolved around what Wilson called the “core design principles” of effective groups—businesses included—which he, along with social scientist Michael Cox and political economist Elinor Ostrom, elucidated in a 2013 paper in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Wilson explained that the principles, of which there are eight, emerge from the evolutionary dynamics of cooperation in our own species and others.


In his introductory remarks, Wilson did his best to briefly illustrate those dynamics —otherwise called “multilevel selection”—using the classic board game Monopoly. As opposed to the usual self-centered tactics you use when you’re playing for yourself, imagine, he said, playing in a Monopoly tournament, where you’re on a team, with teammates playing simultaneously on other boards, and real-estate holdings synced across games: In this set-up, winning would require you to adopt almost entirely different tactics from solo play. You couldn’t play for yourself and expect your team to win. You’d have to cooperate, basing your play on the state of other boards in the tournament. As a result, it’s no coincidence that, when you glance at the list of core design principles for effective groups, the items look commonsensical and moral: We’re social beings, evolved to rely not only on our own wits but on those of others. Ask yourself, if you were on a team, would you want these principles to be firmly in place?


  1. Strong group identity and sense of purpose
  2. Fair distribution of costs and benefits
  3. Fair and inclusive decision making
  4. Monitoring agreed upon behavior
  5. Graduated sanctions for misbehaviors
  6. Fast and fair conflict resolution
  7. Authority to self-govern
  8. Appropriate relations with other groups


Shannon himself wants to apply this paradigm in his work shaping Shopify’s organizational culture, having been an aficionado of evolutionary thinking after reading books like Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, by biologist E.O. Wilson. But of course it is a challenge keeping a rapidly expanding business and employee population running effectively while keeping merchants happy with a critical piece of their infrastructure. He took to heart anthropological observations, across various domains, concerning the optimal size of working groups, which usually consist of five to 12 people—think juries, sports teams, military squads. The goal from the beginning, he said, was to “build a 100-year organization,” which meant not feeling beholden to traditional (short-term financial) metrics of business success. For example, he said, “There’s nothing in the physics of capitalism that requires a quarterly focus.” He was told that Shopify’s plan—to have users of its online-store platform profit more than Shopify itself—was unwise. He disagrees. Having Shopify’s users—as well as developers who add features on top of Shopify’s platform—take top profits, his reasoning goes, benefits the ecosystem in which Shopify operates, ensuring the company’s importance and longevity. Shannon said that he championed a sort of evolutionary aphorism: “Selfishness beats altruism within groups, but altruism beats selfishness among or between groups”—a bit of wisdom he took from Consilience.


Cheung said that Theranos actually had some of the core design principles in place, notably the first—strong group identity and a sense of purpose. This is what galvanized investors and the media and so many employees like herself, who cared deeply about patients and wanted to improve their health outcomes along with the cost of healthcare. Theranos’ mission, taken at face value, was a good one, and Cheung was committed to realizing it. But the principles it lacked lead to its undoing—specifically fair and inclusive decision making. “The healthcare portion of the company’s voice wasn’t heard,” she said. When they’d raise issues with the product, or process, they “were siloed, spied on.”


One of the problems that Cheung wants to address is the tendency among startups, as they scale from, say, five to 400 employees in two years, to inadvertently shed their initial identity or culture to the company’s detriment. She asked Wilson how one might harness cultural evolutionary processes to avoid this predicament. He said neither a laissez faire nor a centralized planning approach works. “The experimental process does,” he said. Best practices are often stumbled on by happenstance. It means you have to be evolutionary, iterative, and humble about solutions. His best guess is that, as a company rapidly scales, it has to add structure—formalize the aspects of its culture it wants to keep—to stay the same. “Being mindful of that is part of the solution,” he said. “Left unmanaged, evolution will take us where we don’t want to go.”


Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, Ethical Systems’ founder, who was moderating the discussion, picked up on that thread. “Ethical systems wasn’t founded on evolutionary ideas,” he said, “but it’s been implicit in our experimental ethos.” For a business’ culture to be guided or informed by behavioral science means being willing, even eager, to try new things.


The video of our discussion with David Sloan Wilson, Erika Cheung, and Toby Shannon will be available for viewing soon—stay tuned!


Brian Gallagher is Ethical Systems’ Communications Director. Follow him on Twitter @brianga11agher.



"Joker viewers around the globe WALK OUT of movie theatres and urge cinemas to BAN the controversial film" is definitely the headline you come up with when you have one guy who left the movie because he didn't like all the violence [Facepalm]   

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Software Quality Engineer   

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Ότομ Πελτιέ: Η Μητέρα Γη δεν μας χρειάζεται, εμείς τη χρειαζόμαστε   


Υπάρχουν κάποια πράγματα στον Καναδά τα οποία δεν μπορεί να δεχτεί η Ότομ Πελτιέ. Όπως το να μεγαλώνουν τα παιδιά χωρίς να έχουν πρόσβαση σε πόσιμο νερό βρύσης. Ή 70άρηδες να χρειάζεται καθημερινά να περπατάνε μεγάλες αποστάσεις για να εξασφαλίσουν πόσιμο νερό. Και ολόκληρες κοινότητες να μην μπορούν να πλυθούν χωρίς να διατρέχουν τον κίνδυνο να εκτεθούν σε καρκινογόνες ουσίες.

Η Ότομ έχει περάσει σχεδόν τη μισή της ζωή δίνοντας μάχη κατά αυτών των αδικιών. Και είναι μόλις 15 ετών.

Μέλος της αυτόχθονης φυλής του Καναδά Ανισινάαμπι, αγωνίζεται για πόσιμο νερό από τα 8 της χρόνια και έχει στόχο την προστασία των υδάτινων πόρων του πλανήτη.

«Υπάρχουν άνθρωποι που ζουν σε τριτοκοσμικές συνθήκες στην ανεπτυγμένη χώρα μας. Είναι παρανοϊκό. Ο Καναδάς είναι πλούσιος. Δεν θα έπρεπε να υπάρχουν μέρη όπου το νερό δεν είναι πόσιμο», λέει.

Σε όλη την επικράτεια του Καναδά, υπάρχουν 56 κοινότητες των Πρώτων Εθνών, όπως λέγονται, που ζουν με μακροχρόνιες κυβερνητικές οδηγίες ως προς τη χρήση νερού --εκ των οποίων η μεγαλύτερη σε διάρκεια ήταν περίπου 25 χρόνια. Ακόμα και με επάρκεια υδάτινων πόρων, υπάρχουν κάποιες περιπτώσεις όπου οι παθογόνοι οργανισμοί στο νερό είναι ανθεκτικοί ακόμη και στο βράσιμο.

Άλλα παθογόνα, όπως τα τριαλοµεθάνια (THMs), τα οποία έχει αποδειχτεί ότι είναι καρκινογόνες ουσίες, είναι επικίνδυνα τοξικά ακόμη και αν δεν καταναλωθούν -- μπορούν να απορροφηθούν από τον ανθρώπινο οργανισμό μέσω του δέρματος καθιστώντας επικίνδυνο ακόμη και το ντους ή το πλύσιμο των χεριών.

Εξαιτίας της παρουσίας των παθογόνων αυτών, η κοινότητα αυτοχθόνων των Πρώτων Εθνών Αταουαπισκάτ, που βρίσκεται στο Βόρειο Οντάριο, κηρύχτηκε πρόσφατα σε κατάσταση έκτακτης ανάγκης.

Σε ηλικία μόλις 14 ετών, η Ινδιάνα ακτιβίστρια αναγορεύτηκε σε επικεφαλής επίτροπος για το νερό από την Anishinabek Nation, ένα λόμπι που εκπροσωπεί 40 κοινότητες των Πρώτων Εθνών ανά το Οντάριο.

Παράλληλα, η Πελτιέ είναι υποψήφια για το Διεθνές Παιδικό Βραβείο Ειρήνης, το οποίο θεσπίστηκε το 2005 και απονέμεται κάθε χρόνο σε παιδιά που μάχονται για να βελτιώσουν τις ζωές άλλων παιδιών σε όλο τον κόσμο. Η φετινή απονομή θα γίνει στις 4 Δεκεμβρίου στην Ολλανδία.

«Το είπα μια φορά και θα το ξαναπώ: δεν μπορούμε να τρεφόμαστε με χρήματα και να πίνουμε πετρέλαιο»

Η Πελτιέ, η οποία προτάθηκε από το Ίδρυμα Ντέιβιντ Σουζούκι για το βραβείο αυτό, έχει διαδώσει παγκοσμίως το μήνυμά της μέσα από εκατοντάδες εκδηλώσεις ανά τον κόσμο.

Έχει εκφωνήσει ομιλία στα Ηνωμένα Έθνη, έχει συναντήσει τον πρωθυπουργό του Καναδά Τζάστιν Τριντό και έχει διαδηλώσει στους δρόμους.

Τον περασμένο μήνα ταξίδεψε στη Νέα Υόρκη για να απευθυνθεί στην Πορεία των Ιθαγενών, η οποία πραγματοποιήθηκε στο πλαίσιο της καθιερωμένης απεργίας της Παρασκευής για το κλίμα, ενώ εκφώνησε και ομιλία στο Φόρουμ Global Landscapes το οποίο τελεί υπό την αιγίδα των Ηνωμένων ΕΘνών και της Παγκόσμιας Τράπεζας, που είναι αφιερωμένο στην επίτευξη αναπτυξιακών και κλιματικών στόχων.

«Βρίσκομαι εδώ για να μιλήσω στους ανθρώπους για την σπουδαιότητα του νερού και για να τους εκπαιδεύσω σε ένα πολιτισμικό και πνευματικό επίπεδο. Πρέπει να γνωρίζουν ότι πρέπει να δράσουμε τώρα. Το είπα μια φορά και θα το ξαναπώ: δεν μπορούμε να τρεφόμαστε με χρήματα και να πίνουμε πετρέλαιο», είπε η νεαρή ακτιβίστρια.

Η έλλειψη πόσιμου νερού στις πολυάριθμες κοινότητες των αυτοχθόνων του Καναδά αποτέλεσε έμπνευση για να γίνει η Ότομ ακτιβίστρια, όπως η ίδια είπε.

«Σε όλα αυτά τα εδάφη γνωρίζουμε κάποια όπου οι άνθρωποι δεν μπορούν να πιουν νερό. Γιατί υπάρχουν τόσα πολλά και γιατί τόσοι άνθρωποι έχουν μείνει χωρίς νερό για τόσο μεγάλο διάστημα;. Ίσως θα πρέπει να κάθονται πιο συχνά οι μεγάλοι με τους μικρούς μαζί στο τραπέζι που λαμβάνονται οι αποφάσεις όταν συζητούνται τα θέματα για την γη μας και το νερό μας», λέει και εξηγεί ότι την σχέση αυτή που έχει με το νερό την απέκτησε από την ενδομήτρια ζωή της, όπου, όπως υποστηρίζεται, μαθαίνει κάποιος να αγαπάει το νερό όπως αγαπάει την μητέρα του. Όμως φαίνεται ότι πρόκειται και για μια κληρονομική αγάπη αφού η θεία της, η Τζόζεφιν Μάνταμιν, ήταν βραβευμένη ακτιβίστρια για τη διάσωση των υδάτινων πόρων.

Το 2015 η νεαρή ακτιβίστρια είχε προσκληθεί να μιλήσει στη Σύνοδο των Ηνωμένων ΕΘνών για το Κλίμα. «Θέλω να πω ότι το νερό είναι πραγματικά ιερό. Το νερό είναι ζωή. Η Μητέρα Γη δεν μας χρειάζεται, εμείς τη χρειαζόμαστε», έλεγε τότε.

Την ίδια χρονιά η Ότομ συμμετείχε στη Διάσκεψη των Παιδιών για το Κλίμα που οργανώθηκε στη Σουηδία. Ο στόχος της Διάσκεψης ήταν παιδιά από 32 χώρες να συναντηθούν, ώστε να συντάξουν τα αιτήματά τους και να τα παραδώσουν στους ηγέτες του κόσμου. Το υπόμνημά τους στη συνέχεια παραδόθηκε στη Διάσκεψη των Ηνωμένων Εθνών για την αλλαγή του κλίματος του 2015 στο Παρίσι. «Μου αρέσει να μοιράζομαι την πεποίθηση ότι το νερό είναι πραγματικά ιερό. Το νερό είναι ζωή», δήλωνε η Ότομ.

Το 2016 κλήθηκε να προλογίσει τον πρωθυπουργό του Καναδά στη Σύνοδο Κορυφής του ΟΗΕ. Στη διάρκεια της σύντομης συνάντησής τους του είπε: «Είμαι πολύ δυσαρεστημένη με τις επιλογές που κάνατε». Και εκείνος της απάντησε: «Το καταλαβαίνω» και της υποσχέθηκε να προστατεύσει το νερό.

«Μας δόθηκε μόνο ένας πλανήτης και εμείς τον καταστρέφουμε»

Τον περασμένο χρόνο η Ότομ έκανε έκκληση να κλείσουν, στις 5 Δεκεμβρίου, όλοι οι κεντρικοί δρόμοι του Καναδά για μια ώρα ως ένα μέσο άσκησης πίεσης για την προστασία του νερού. «Μας δόθηκε μόνο ένας πλανήτης και εμείς τον καταστρέφουμε. Δεν είναι μόνο στη Βόρεια Αμερική που χρειαζόμαστε καθαρό πόσιμο νερό, αλλά σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο», έλεγε απευθύνοντας την έκκλησή της.

Τα γενέθλιά της φέτος συνέπεσαν με τις κινητοποιήσεις για το κλίμα μαθητών και φοιτητών σε όλο τον Καναδά.

«Έχω διαφορετική οπτική σε σχέση με άλλους ακτιβιστές αφού στο μεγαλύτερο μέρος του το έργο μου προέρχεται από τις παραδόσεις των ιθαγενών. Αλλά οι άλλοι μου δίνουν κουράγιο. Κάποια από αυτά τα παιδιά είναι πραγματικά ισχυρά και τα μηνύματά τους είναι επίσης ισχυρά. Αισθάνομαι ότι θα μπορέσουμε να κάνουμε κάτι. Είναι κάπως αγχωτικό γιατί είναι μεγάλος ο ρόλος μου. Πρέπει να φροντίζω και να παίρνω αποφάσεις για τις Μεγάλες Λίμνες. Όποια απόφαση λαμβάνεται για τις Μεγάλες Λίμνες εγώ πρέπει να είμαι παρούσα και να συμμετέχω σε αυτήν», δηλώνει όταν την ρωτούν για τον ρόλο της ως επικεφαλής επίτροπος των ιθαγενών του Καναδά για το νερό και για την άλλη ακτιβίστρια για το περιβάλλον, την 16χρονη Σουηδή Γκρέτα Τούνμπεργκ.

Η μητέρα της πάντως αισιοδοξεί και λέει ότι οι ενήλικες σε όλον τον κόσμο φαίνεται να παίρνουν το μήνυμα καθώς πληθαίνουν οι διαδηλώσεις διαμαρτυρίας των νέων παγκοσμίως.

“«Από εκεί που προέρχομαι οι νέοι είναι οι δάσκαλοί μας. Εμείς μαθαίνουμε από αυτούς και έτσι πρέπει να τους ακούμε», λέει η Στέφανι Πελτιέ. Ως απόδειξη της δυναμικής αυτής επισημαίνει μάλιστα ότι ο λογαριασμός της κόρης της στο Instagram γνώρισε δεκαπλάσια αύξηση --από 5.500 ακόλουθους σε 55.000-- μετά την τελευταία ομιλία της στα Ηνωμένα Έθνη.

Η Στέφανι Πελτιέ υποθέτει ότι σε αυτό συνετέλεσε και ο «παράγοντας Γκρέτα» και επισημαίνει ότι οι νεαροί αυτόχθονες ιθαγενείς υπερασπίζονταν εδώ και χρόνια περιβαλλοντικά θέματα, απλώς τώρα αναγνωρίζεται το έργο τους.

Όταν η Ότομ δεν ασχολείται με τον ακτιβισμό, βρίσκεται στο σχολείο της. Αυτοί οι ρόλοι, ομολογεί, δύσκολα συνδυάζονται όμως οι φίλοι της την βοηθούν να γεφυρώσει το χάσμα. «Οι φίλοι μου είναι πολύ υποστηρικτικοί σε αυτό που κάνω. Θεωρούν ότι είναι πολύ κουλ».

Παλαιότερα ήθελε όταν μεγαλώσει να γίνει πρωθυπουργός. Σήμερα όμως θέλει να γίνει παιδιατρική νοσηλεύτρια για να βοηθάει ανθρώπους όπως η μικρότερη αδελφή της, η οποία πάσχει από επιληψία. Ανεξάρτητα όμως από το ποια καριέρα θα ακολουθήσει η Ότομ λέει ότι δεν πρόκειται ποτέ να εγκαταλείψει τον ακτιβισμό για το περιβάλλον και τον αγώνα για τη διάσωση των υδάτινων πόρων του πλανήτη.

Πληρπφορίες: The Globe and Mail, CBSnews, cbc.ca, national post.com, The Chronicle Journal, ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

Πηγή: tvxs.gr

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The Climate Fixathon: using tech to fight climate change   

The Climate Fixathon: using tech to fight climate change

At 1Password, we aim to make the online world a better, safer place. But climate change is the biggest threat to the future of our planet, and we want to make a difference there too. That’s why we chose to sponsor the Climate Fixathon.

The Climate Fixathon is the world’s first online hackathon for makers to help fix the climate. If you’re not familiar, a hackathon is a coding competition, usually held over a set period. People come together to test their skills to solve a particular problem or just create something great. The Climate Fixathon is a 4-week competition, held entirely online.

As someone who cares deeply about our planet, (last year, I embarked on a 24-day expedition for marine conservation) I was thrilled to be one of the judges. Reviewing and testing the 43 projects from across the globe was eye-opening. It was exciting to see the tech community come together to create websites, apps, and services that aim to help restore a safe climate for our planet. Technology is a powerful force for doing good.

There were three categories: Awareness, Action, and Facilitation. On offer was $1,500 for the winning team of each category. As you’d expect, the standard of entries was incredibly high across the board, but there were a few that impressed me in particular.

HQ→CO2 was chosen as the project that best raises awareness of climate breakdown. The website juxtaposes random pairs of images: the headquarters of high-emissions fossil fuel companies with places around the world affected by global warming. It was thought-provoking to see how the HQ pictures appear static and unchanging, while the picture alongside shows dynamic ecological breakdown.

Also recognised by the judges was Climate 365, an email service that repeatedly contacts those in power urging them to take action against climate change. Their tool for digital protest won the prize for Action. The prize for Facilitation was awarded to Trip to Carbon, a carbon footprint calculator with simple API that can be integrated into new and existing websites and products to raise awareness of climate change.

Another favourite of mine was the Arctic Calculator. You enter the distance travelled and it gives you the area of the Arctic circle you’re responsible for melting. Certainly difficult to ignore. Shift was another great website that everyone can use to make a difference. It tells when grid production in your area is at its least carbon-intense, so that you can time your household electricity consumption, like putting the washing machine on.

All exciting and impactful projects that are sure to inspire change. It’s certainly sparked some food for thought about how we do things at 1Password.

To learn more about all of the entries, visit the Climate Fixathon website. Perhaps it will inspire a project of your own! You can also find out more about my motivations for taking part in my judge’s interview.


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Trump Regime Targets Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s New Book   

By Stephen Lendman
The Trump Regime sued Edward Snowden and publishers of his new memoir titled “Permanent Record.” More on this below.
Exposing government wrongdoing is a noble act. Like dissent, it’s a high form of patriotism, warranting praise, not persecution and condemnation.
The 1989 US Whistleblower Protection Act protects federal employees who report misconduct.
Federal agencies are prohibited from retaliating against individuals who do the right thing. Yet it happens time and again. 
Whistleblowers may report law or regulatory violations, gross mismanagement, waste, fraud and/or abuse, or acts endangering public health or safety.
The FBI is exempt from WPA provisions. Instead of protecting the rights of whistleblowers, the agency targets them.
Since WPA’s 1994 revisions, it ruled on over 200 cases — only three times in favor of whistleblowers, the deck stacked against them. US law fails to protect them, circumvented by its police state apparatus.
The 2012 Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) failed to protect government employees from reprisal for disclosing official misconduct, revealing it to co-workers or supervisors, or disclosing policy decision consequences — any or all of the above in relation to their jobs or duties.
The Obama regime prosecuted more whistleblowers and leakers involved in exposing US wrongdoing than all his predecessors combined, nine targeted individuals, Trump following the same repressive practice, wanting US dirty linen concealed.
The US is a surveillance state. Big Brother watches everyone, privacy virtually nonexistent, including our health and financial records, cellphone and email communications, everything posted on social media, along with workplace and other public areas surveilled.
Exposing government wrongdoing is hazardous to personal safety and welfare. Julian Assange is imprisoned in London at the behest of the Trump regime — for the “high crime” of truth-telling journalism the way it should be universally.
Courageous whistleblower Chelsea Manning spent years in prison for revealing US high crimes of war and against humanity in Afghanistan and Iraq — imprisoned again indefinitely for refusing to aid the Trump regime’s lynching of Assange.
Granted asylum in Russia, a noble gesture, Edward Snowden was luckier. He followed in the footsteps of Daniel Ellsberg and likeminded others, connecting the dots for countless millions to know how they’re illegally and repressively spied on.
Earlier he said “I really want the focus to be on (documents revealed) which I hope will trigger among citizens around the globe what kind of world we want to live in.”
Enactment of the USA Freedom Act (the renamed Patriot Act) did little to change things. US spy agencies continue trampling on Bill of Rights protections.
They compromise due process, habeas rights, free expression, assembly and association, as well as protection from unreasonable searches and seizures.
Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, YouTube, Apple, and major telecommunications companies are complicit in spying on their customers for US dark forces.
US intelligence community spying targets friends and foes alike. It’s for total control, political and economic advantage, to be one up on foreign competitors —information used advantageously in trade, geopolitical, and military relations.
Domestic spying is longstanding. It has nothing to do with protecting national security. America’s only foreign, domestic, or terrorists threats are invented.
The Trump regimes Justice Department sued Snowden and three publishers of his memoir — MacMillan Publishers, Henry Holt and Co., and Holtzbrinck Publishers.
The repressive suit aims to freeze assets from book sales. US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia G. Zachary Terwilliger said the following:
“Intelligence information should protect our nation, not provide personal profit (sic). This lawsuit will ensure that Edward Snowden receives no monetary benefits from breaching the trust placed in him (sic).”
The lawsuit is the latest example of Washington’s assault on speech, media and academic freedoms, targeting what diverges from the official narrative on major issues.
It accused Snowden and his publishers of going to press “without submitting (the book for) pre-publication review.”
The notion that US approval is required of current or former federal employees to write or speak publicly on issues related to their work flies in the face of their constitutional rights.
In response to the suit, Snowden tweeted: “The government of the United States has just announced a lawsuit over my memoir, which was just released today worldwide. This is the book the government does not want you to read…”
Already a bestseller, Snowden said in his preface “I used to work for the government, but now I work for the public,” adding:
“It took me nearly three decades to (understand the) distinction…I now spend my time trying to protect the public from the” US intelligence community — working against ordinary people .
Separately, he tweeted: “It is hard to think of a greater stamp of authenticity than the US government filing a lawsuit claiming your book is so truthful that it was literally against the law to write.” 
It reveals no state secrets, nothing not already in the public domain, including from establishment media reports.
The ACLU and Knight First Amendment Institute are challenging the so-called pre-publication review process, attorney Max Kaufman, saying:
“(I)ts current form is broken and unconstitutional, and it needs to go.”
“It’s one thing to censor the nuclear codes, but it’s another to censor the same information high schoolers are pulling from Wikipedia.” 
“Prepublication review gives the government far too much power to suppress speech that the public has a right to hear.”
Snowden hopes the DOJ lawsuit will promote his memoir, enabling it to attract greater readership worldwide.

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