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          Berlin-financed NGO cancels talk with ‘antisemitic’ activist Manal Tamimi – The Jerusalem Post      Cache   Translate Page      
The Jerusalem PostTamimi, who has been accused of hardcore antisemitism by European Jews and others, is the aunt of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, who completed a prison term for assaulting Israeli soldiers. By Benjamin Weinthal. September 12, 2018 19:57. 3 minute … …read more Source:: Middle East News Al Jazeera Israel, Israeli, Palestine, Palestinian – […]
          DJs show solidarity with Palestine on social media – Resident Advisor      Cache   Translate Page      
Resident AdvisorSupporters of the campaign, called #DJsForPalestine, have posted a text image that reads, “As long as the Israeli government continues its brutal and sustained oppression of the Palestinian people we respect their call for a boycott of Israel as a … and more …read more Source:: Palestine News – Google News
          Bar Zomer       Cache   Translate Page      
modella israeliana | Autore: CelebsSite, Ultimo aggiornamento: 12/09/2018 18:26
          Israel’s eased gun laws: Palestinian fear over new gun permits –      Cache   Translate Page      
Aljazeera.comWest Bank, Palestine – Mahmoud Ahmad Zaal Odeh was shot and killed by an Israeli settler while tending to his 30 dunums (7.5 acres) of farmland in Ras al-Nakleh, next to his home village of Qusra, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank. Zaal Odeh … …read more Source:: Palestine News – Google News
          Eric Trump Ain't Just Frogwhistling Dixie!      Cache   Translate Page      

RIBBIT. RIBBIT. Donald Trump's favorite Nazi-haired son parked his ass on the Fox sofa this morning, pursed his thin lips together, and whistled out a jaunty tune to all the little Pepe frogs in the feverswamp. Eric dismissed Bob Woodward's runaway blockbuster Fear as "sensational nonsense," written only to "make three extra shekels."

Subtle, Boychik.

We know it's hard to be the dumb one. He's not hot like Ivanka.

When Trump had to put his assets in a "trust," he handed them over to Don Jr. and that accountant Weisselberg. (And you know that guy couldn't even join half the golf clubs in Florida 20 years ago!) Just because DJ is a better liar with irresistible animal magnetism, he gets to run everything? NOT FAIR!

So Eric put in the extra effort this morning. He's growing a ... beard?

He's sliding his cheeks into the Kilmeade-depression, ready for Fox's morning kibbitz, Two Hacks and a Ditz in an Evening Gown. And he's letting that Nazi flag fly!

You can write some sensational, nonsense book. CNN will definitely have you on there, because they love to trash the president. It'll mean you sell three extra books, you make three extra shekels.

Simmer down, Klaus. Woodward sold 750,000 copies of Fear yesterday when the book dropped. Within 24 hours, it's become the fourth bestselling book on Amazon for the entire year. And his publishers are increasing the print run -- for people who still read paper books -- to one million. WOODWARD'S MAKING A LOT MORE THAN THREE SHEKELS.

Three shekels is 84 cents. But Eric's not here to discuss the finer points of Israeli currency exchange. He's winking at the Volksgemeinschaft, letting them know that this book is just more Jew lies from the mainstream media. The fact that Woodward is Protestant is irrelevant. If Eric says that GDP growth under Trump is "the fastest it has ever grown," or that Trump's FEMA is "totally prepared" for Hurricane Florence, well that's how it is, PERIOD.

You're not gonna let some (((globalist))) stop you from using a discardable piece of plastic every time you want to keep from dribbling Mountain Dew down your shirt, are you?

Oddly enough, Poppy Trump failed to retweet Eric's little shoutout to Naziland. Maybe because anti-semitic frogwhistles are a really dumb idea when you're praying to White Jesus that the Jew accountant and the Jew lawyer don't flip on you and sell your ass to Geoffrey Berman, head of SDNY, and Barbara Underwood, New York's AG. Both of whom will be fasting next week, Dummkopf! Plus, your sister is Jewish. Also, YOUR BUSINESS IS HEADQUARTERED IN NEW YORK CITY.


Better luck next time, kid. And hey, if DJ goes to jail, maybe Daddy will let you run the business?

(HAHAHAHAHA, no he won't.)

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          Cuomo’s explanation of the Nixon antisemitic hit piece is looking shakey      Cache   Translate Page      


When we first learned of the dirty tricks being played on Cynthia Nixon in the New York Democratic gubernatorial primary last week, I was a bit skeptical of the idea that Governor Andrew Cuomo had cooked up or approved the poison pen mailer that went out to many Jewish families in New York. My reasoning was that the guy is leading by more than 40 points in the most recent polls. Why take the risk of such an obvious, underhanded ploy when it was obviously going to backfire? But as more information has come out, it appears that I might have been a bit too generous towards Cuomo.

First, there was the news that Cuomo has been burning through his campaign war chest to the tune of half a million dollars a day, fighting like a guy in a tight race that he might lose. And now the local press has revealed a series of text messages coming from someone senior in the Cuomo campaign urging them to write about the alleged antisemitic record of Cynthia Nixon just as the mailers were going out. (New York Post)

Gov. Cuomo said he was blind-sided by an “inappropriate” political mailer tying Cynthia Nixon to anti-Semitism — but just a day before the inflammatory literature surfaced, one of his top campaign aides pitched a story about the primary challenger’s opposition to Israeli settlements.

The attempt to tar the former “Sex and the City” star over the divisive issue was made in an email to a Post reporter that casts doubt about Cuomo’s repeated claims he had nothing to do with the 11th-hour hit-job.

The smoking-gun email, sent Friday afternoon from an official “” account, suggested that The Post publish a story about Nixon’s support of the pro-Palestinian “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions” movement against Israel…

“Obviously something you guys have reported on a lot and right before the jewish high holidays!”

“Can get you folks on the record slamming her as well,” the aide added.

Originally, they found somebody at the state Democratic Party office to fall on their sword and take the blame for the mailer. And to be clear, that’s definitely where the mailer came from. But the bigger question was whether or not the Governor was involved in or at least aware of the decision, or if he was truly “blindsided” by it as he claimed. That email to reporters didn’t come from the party office. It came from a high ranking campaign official using an mail account. The same goes for the various text messages.

For their part, the Governor’s office isn’t denying they sent out the information. In fact, they’re standing by the information as being accurate and complaining that the Post published an off the record exchange between the campaign and reporters. (Just for the record, they’re right about that part. It is a breach of normal protocol for reporters.) But what are the chances that somebody on Cuomo’s staff fired off such an inflammatory missive without getting the boss to approve it? Possible, but given Cuomo’s penchant for micromanagement, unlikely. And what are the odds that the aide would “coincidentally” send that out on the same day that the state party was sending out a mailer on the same topic? Coincidences are rare at best in American politics and this one defies belief.

Add to that this additional report of the long history of dirty tricks the Cuomo family has engaged in. Ed Koch believed for his entire life that Andrew Cuomo was responsible for a series of posters going up in Queens back in the 70s suggesting that Koch was gay. I particularly like the Mark Twain quote the author came up with. “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.”

While it may never be proven 100%, it certainly looks like Cuomo at least knew about this scheme and probably approved it. But that leaves us with the same question I had this weekend. Why? It’s a stupid risk to take for a race that you already have in the bag and should win by at least 30 points. But none of this has stopped Cynthia Nixon from believing that a miracle is going to happen tomorrow. Here’s her most recent tweet on the subject.

The post Cuomo’s explanation of the Nixon antisemitic hit piece is looking shakey appeared first on Hot Air.

          ¡Conozcamos cada vez mejor al Padre Celestial como el guardador de Israel! - Parte 2      Cache   Translate Page      
          DNAtix Sets a New Record: Compresses DNA Sequences to 99% of Original Size      Cache   Translate Page      

RAMAT GAN, Israel & CALABASAS, Calif., Sept. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital DNAtix Ltd., the genetics blockchain company, released the next stage of its DNA compression tool. The latest release can, for the first time, compress DNA sequences by up to 99% of their original value. This...

          Re: People Are “Fighting For Food” As Authorities Warn Florence “Could Produce A Disaster Comparable To 2005’s Hurricane Katrina”      Cache   Translate Page      

President Trump is a fine President and a true American Patriot. And Ovomit is just the opposite..........A TRAITOR AND LAWLESS SCUMBAG

Acts of Treason:

1.Perpetrating acts of fraud, perjury and conspiracy in his refusal to confirm
his lawful eligibility to serve as president under the U.S. Constitution
Article II, Section 1, constituting impeachable offenses of high crimes and misdemeanors
adumbrated in U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 4;

2. Surrendering sovereign U.S. war-making to foreign powers and international
authorities by attacking Libya without consulting Congress, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article 1, Section 8 and U.S. Code Title 50, Chapter33:1541-1548;

3. Accepting foreign title and office while acting as U.S. President and without consulting Congress when in 2009, Obama assumed the Chairmanship of the UN Security
Council, the international body responsible for declaring war on behalf of the UN, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 9;

4. Making
bribery attempts in word and in deed, as Obama administration offered bribes to
at least three Federal candidates for office: Joe Sestak, Andrew Romanoff and
Jim Matheson, in violation of U.S. Code Title 18, Section 201;

5. Defying a
Federal Court Order by refusing to halt the unconstitutional implementation of
the "Patient Healthcare and Affordable Care Act of 2010, popularly known
as "ObamaCare", in violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section
3, and Article III, Sections 1 & 2;

6. Defying a
Federal Court Order by refusing to grant lawful deep water drilling permits, in
violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 3, and Article III, Sections
1 & 2;

7. Executive
Branch creation and implementation of regulations asserting unconstitutional
force of Federal law on matters explicitly rejected by or contrary to the will
and intent of Congress, specifically the EPA implementation of Cap and Trade,
in violation of U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 1 and Section 8;

8. Refusing
to secure our broken borders from illegal alien invasion, international
criminal incursion, and terrorist cadre penetration, in violation of U.S.
Constitution, Article III, Section 3 and Article IV, Section 4;

9. Executive
Branch malfeasance and impeding the administration of justice by preventing the
U.S. Department of Justice from investigating crimes committed for the direct
benefit of the President by presidential associates including: voter
intimidation at the hands of the New Black Panthers and ACORN election fraud,
in violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 3, and U.S. Criminal Code
Section 135, (Comp. St. § 10305);

10. Direct
mobilizing and funding of mob violence, sedition and insurrection, as witnessed
in Wisconsin, by the President's own reelection campaign group Organizing for
America, and including open statements of incitement to the insurrection by the
President himself, in violation of U.S.Penal Code, Chapter 115, Section 2383;

Executive Branch usurpation of lawmaking powers voiding duly enacted
legislation of Congress by improperly preventing the U.S. Department of Justice
from defending established Federal law – specifically the Defense of Marriage
Act, in violation of U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 3;

12. Adhering
to the enemies of the United States, giving them aid and comfort, as witnessed
by consorting with, supporting and installing to powerful Federal positions
persons who in writing, word and deed have called for and promoted the
overthrow of America's constitutionally guaranteed Republican form of
government, and the overthrow of the United States Constitution; including but
not limited to William Ayers, Bernadette Dohrn, Cass Sunstein, John Holdren,
Van Jones, Dalia Mogahed, Harold Koh, and Eric Holder, in violation of U.S.
Constitution, Article III, Section IV and U.S. Penal Code, Section 2385.

, according to Bill Gertz in the Washington Times, “the U.S. government has traced some of the
$1.7 billion released to Iran by the Obama administration to Iranian-backed
terrorists in the two years since the cash was transferred.”

There is a law that applies to this situation.
U.S. Code 2381 says: “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies
war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort
within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer
death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this
title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office
under the United States.”

But there is one thing Barack Obama has on all
competitors: treason.

He showered hundreds of billions of dollars on
the Islamic Republic of Iran. There are those who say, “It was their money. It
belonged to the Iranian government but was frozen and not paid since 1979.”
Indeed, and there was a reason for that: not even Jimmy Carter, who made the
Islamic Republic of Iran possible, thought that money, which had been paid by
the Shah’s government in a canceled arms deal, belonged to the mullahs who
overthrew the Shah. Likewise Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Clinton, and George W.
Bush all thought that the Islamic Republic was not due money that was owed to
the Shah.

Only Barack Obama did.

The definition of treason is giving aid and
comfort to the enemy. The leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran order their
people to chant “Death to America” in mosques every Friday, and repeatedly vow
that they will ultimately destroy the United States of America and the state of
Israel. How was giving them billions and helping them skirt sanctions applied
by the U.S. government not treason?

A List of Obama’s Constitutional

Ovomit took the
Presidential Oath, swearing to “.. preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution of the United States” but has:

§ Used Executive Action in direct opposition
to the law, and unilaterally changes the law for at least five million illegal
aliens; Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress; “he shall
take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3; Article
I Section 8

§ In direct violation of ACA Law ( Section 36B
) ordered subsidies be paid under Federal Exchange. Article. I. Section. 1;
Article II, Section 3.

§ *Entered Treaty Agreement with Iran without
Advice & Consent of the Senate. No agreement (including one with the UN) is
valid without 2/3 Senate approval. Article II Section 2.

§ Operation Choke Point program – Direct
infringement on 2nd Amendment.

§ Violated statute on “Material Support of
Terrorism” by returning top terrorists back to terrorist organizations. Article
II Section 3; Dereliction of Duty Article II Section 4

§ Violated Appropriations Act (DOD Section
8111) – GAO report; Article II Section 3

§ Ignored law that requires Congress be
notified prior to any detainees being moved from Guantanamo. “he shall take
Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3

§ Using EPA to “legislate” over States,
Congress, and Federal Court; Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8; Direct
violation of Presidential Oath.

§ Appointed 24+ Federal agency czars without
advice and consent of the Senate; Violation of Article II Section 2

§ Used Executive Privilege in regards to Fast
& Furious gun running scandal. When Government misconduct is the concern
Executive privilege is negated.

§ 23 Executive Orders on gun control –
infringement of the 2nd Amendment

§ Exposed identity and methods of operation of
a Navy SEALs team – Illegal for a President to reveal classified military
secrets. Article II Section 3

§ 2 Executive actions mandating private health
information on patients be turned over to NICS – Violation of HIPPA law.

§ Executive Order bypassing Congress on
immigration – Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress;
Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8

§ Unilaterally issued new exemptions to
immigration restrictions law that bars certain asylum-seekers and refugees who
provided “limited material support” to t

errorists. – Article 1 Section 1; Article I
Section 8 Congress shall have the establish an uniform Rule of

§ Issued directive instructing ICE to NOT
enforce immigration laws in certain cases. Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative
power held by Congress; “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully
executed,” Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8

§ Release of convicted illegal aliens ordered
in direct opposition to law-Article II Section 3

§ Expanded executive action for amnesty to
illegal immigrant relatives of DREAM Act beneficiaries. Article 1 Section 1,
ALL Legislative power held by Congress; “he shall take Care that the Laws be
faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3; Article I Section 8

§ Executive action directing DHS that almost
all immigration offenses were unenforceable absent a separate criminal conviction.
Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held by Congress; “he shall take
Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3; Article I
Section 8

§ Ignoring Law (2006 Secure Fence Act) “he
shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3

§ Used DOJ to ignore section 8 of the Voting
Rights Act. ” he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article
II Section 3

§ Used DOJ to prevent Arizona and Alabama from
enforcing immigration laws. – 10th Amendment

§ Information memorandum telling states that
they can waive the work requirement for welfare recipients, thereby altering
the 1996 welfare reform law. – Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power held
by Congress.

§ Used NLRB to dictate to a business where
they can do business. (Boeing Dreamliner Plant). No Constitutional authority to
do so.

§ NDAA – Section 1021. Due process Rights
negated. Violation of 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th Amendments.

§ Executive Order 13603 NDRP – Government can
seize anything

§ Executive Order 13524 – Gives INTERPOL
jurisdiction on American soil beyond law enforcement agencies, including the

§ Executive Order 13636 Infrastructure
Cybersecurity – Bypassing Congress Article 1 Section 1, ALL Legislative power
held by Congress

§ Attempt to tax political contributions – 1st

§ DOMA Law – Obama directed DOJ to ignore the
Constitution and separation of powers and not enforce the law. ” he shall take
Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Article II Section 3

§ Dodd-Frank – Due process and separation of
powers. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau writing and interpreting law.
Article. I. Section. 1

§ Drone strikes on American Citizens – 5th
Amendment Due process Rights negated

§ Bypassed Congress and gave EPA power to
advance Cap-n-Trade

§ Attempt for Graphic tobacco warnings (under
appeal) – 1st Amendment

§ Four Exec. appointments – Senate was NOT in
recess (Court has ruled unconstitutional yet the appointees still remain)

§ Obama took Chairmanship of UN Security
Council – Violation of Section 9.

§ ACA (Obamacare) mandate – SCOTUS rewrote
legislation and made it a tax because there is no Constitutional authority for
Congress to force Americans to engage in commerce. SCOTUS has no authority to
Legislate or lay taxes. Article I Section 1 & 8.

§ Contraceptive, abortifacients mandate
violation of First Ammendment

§ Healthcare waivers – No president has
dispensing powers

§ Refuses to acknowledge state’s 10th
Amendment rights to nullify Obamacare

§ Going after states (AZ lawsuit) for
upholding Federal law (immigration) -10th Amendment.

§ Chrysler Bailout -TARP – violated creditors
rights and bankruptcy law, as well as Takings and Due Process Clauses – 5th
Amendment (G.W. Bush also illegally used TARP funds for bailouts)

§ The Independent Payment Advisory Board
(appointees by the president). Any decisions by IPAB will instantly become law
starting in 2014 – Separation of Powers, Article 1 Section 1.

§ Congress did not approve Obama’s war in
Libya. Article I, Section 8, First illegal war U.S. has engaged in. Impeachable
under Article II, Section 4; War Powers Act – Article II Section 3.

§ Obama falsely claims UN can usurp
Congressional war powers.

§ Obama has acted outside the constitutional
power given him – this in itself is unconstitutional.

§ Bribery of Senator Ben Nelson and Senator
Mary Landrey. (Cornhusker Kickback and Louisiana Purchase) Article II, Section

§ With the approval of Obama, the NSA and the
FBI are tapping directly into the servers of 9 internet companies to gain
access to emails, video/audio, photos, documents, etc. This program is code
named PRISM. NSA also collecting data on all phone calls in U.S. – Violation of
4th Amendment.

§ Directed signing of U.N. Firearms treaty –
2nd Amendment.

§ The Senate/Obama immigration bill (approved
by both) raises revenue – Section 7. All Bills for raising Revenue shall
originate in the House of Representatives

§ Obama altered law – (A president has no
authority to alter law) Delayed upholding the Employer Mandate Law (ACA) until
2015 – Individual Mandate will be enforced. A President does not have that
authority – Article. I. Section. 1. All legislative Powersherein granted shall
be vested in a Congress of the United States; The president “shall take care
that the laws be faithfully executed” -Article II, Section 3; Equal Protection
Clause -14th Amendment.

§ Obama altered law – ACA Medicare cuts
delayed until 2015. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama altered law – Enforcement of
eligibility requirements for ACA delayed until 2015. Article. I. Section. 1;
Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama wavered ACA Income Verification
Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama altered law – Delayed ACA caps on out
of pocket expenses until 2015. (when implemented premiums will skyrocket)
Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama ignored judicial order to fulfill
legal obligation regarding Yucca Mountain waste. Article II, Section 3

§ Waived Federal provision that prevents U.S.
From arming terrorist groups – Article I. Section 1; Impeachable under Article
III, Section 3.

§ Directed State Department HS to ignore law
barring entry to U.S. those giving political or charitable aid to known
terrorist groups. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ Obama shelves part of the ACA Law for
Insurers, extending the life of non-qualifying (according to ACA) plans until
Jan. 1, 2015. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3. Violation of the
Take Care Clause, Separation of Powers.

§ Obama waved ACA individual mandate for those
that lost their insurance. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.
Violation of the Take Care Clause, Separation of Powers.

§ Obama alters ACA law and exempts companies
employing between 50-100 full-time workers from business mandate until 2016.
Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3.

§ In total, Obama has unilaterally altered ACA
24 times. Article. I. Section. 1; Article II, Section 3. Violation of the Take
Care Clause, Separation of Powers.

          Will There Be a Third Intifada?      Cache   Translate Page      
This month marks two anniversaries for Israel. Sept. 13 will mark two-and-a-half decades since American, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators signed the 1993 Oslo Accords, launching seven years of peace talks with the hope that, finally, Israelis and Palestinians would live together in harmony. Sept. 29, however, will be 18 years to the day the Oslo era came to a violent end with the outbreak of the second intifada. The violent Palestinian uprising against Israel, which raged for almost five years before gradually tapering off, was one of the bloodiest chapters in the bloody history of Israeli-Palestinian relations. The causes of the second intifada were complex: Anger over a stagnating peace process, leadership and generational rivalries within the Palestinian movement, a hope by some Palestinian leaders that limited bloodshed would lead to political concessions from Israel, and a harsh initial response by the Israelis all led violence to surge in 2000. By the end of 2005, over…
          Fuerteventura : Exposición de Miguel Alberto Torres en la Casa de la Cultura de Puerto del Rosario      Cache   Translate Page      

·         Esta Muestra de pintura al oleo lleva por título “Maxocol Arte” y sera inaugurada este jueves, 13 de septiembre, a las 19:00h, en la Casa de la Cultura Municipal
·         A este acto de inauguración asistirá el Alcalde de Puerto del Rosario, Nicolás Gutiérrez y el Concejal de Cultura capitalino, Alejo Soler. La Exposición estará abierta al public entre el 13 y el 28 de septiembre, de 09:00 a 14:00h, de lunes a viernes.

 Miguel Alberto Torres, pintor autodidacta, nacido en Bucaramanga (Colombia), desde muy niño mostró su vocación por la pintura, mostrando interés permanente por todo lo relacionado con el arte, utilizando diferentes técnicas e investigando paso a paso, haciendo estudios propios al natural. Maestro del color primario y sus derivaciones, amante del verdadero arte clásico, en su forma, contenido y técnica, afianzándose cada día, en la calidad de su trabajo, va consiguiendo la armonía del color en sus paisajes, bodegones y figuras humanas, donde aflora, su técnica depurada y su pincelada pastosa, que lo caracteriza, como uno de los pintores, que se esfuerzan por mantener, la siempre buena y nueva pintura, de los maestros de los grandes museos. 

Su obra transmite un mensaje, el cual puede ser entendido, por los espectadores, ya que en su pincelada y el manejo del color, se palpa o se puede ver la atmosfera, que transmite vida a los elementos plasmados en cada tela. Su primer experiencia en sala de exposiciones, fue en una colectiva a la edad de 17 años, en la cual obtuvo el primer puesto, su primer mención de honor y luego organizó su primera exposición individual., esto le abrió paso a una invitación fuera del país, a su regreso, abrió su primera escuela de enseñanza, sin embargo, su destacable labor no termina ahí, sino que está formando pintores, con miras en compartir todos sus conocimientos.


Ciudad de origen y lugar donde comienza, a muy temprana edad, sus primeros pasos en el campo de la pintura. En las clases de su escuela primaria, era el más sobresaliente en el curso de las artes plásticas y llamaba la atención, pues gran parte de su tiempo, lo dedicaba a esta labor. En su adolescencia, ingresa a la escuela de bellas artes DICAS (Dirección de Artes Plásticas de Santander). El primer día de clase, fue promovido al segundo semestre y al cabo de un mes, ascendió al cuarto semestre por su dominio en el dibujo y el color, mostrando sus cualidades y avance en el campo de la pintura.

Entre los 16 y 17 años de edad, tuvo su primera experiencia como expositor, fue invitado a un encuentro artístico departamental y logró con su obra, el primer puesto, posteriormente vinieron una serie de exposiciones a través de las cuales su obra empezaría a tener reconocimiento. En el año 1977, realiza una exposición en la galería del Banco de la República, siendo esta, la más importante y grande del departamento de Santander., allí entre sus invitados, la Cónsul de Venezuela, le invita a exponer en Caracas y entre sus obras que llevó, pintó un retrato al óleo del Presidente Carlos Andrés Pérez, quien lo recibió en el palacio de Miraflores de Caracas, antes de este viaje, realizó copias de obras de grandes maestros de la pintura, con gran éxito, entre los cuales se encuentran:
·         "Venus del Espejo de Velázquez".
·         "Niños jugando dados de Murillo".
·         "Niños de la concha de Murillo".
·         "Lucellino enfermo Pintor italiano desconocido"
·         "Muerte de Lucellino "
En estas obras, obtuvo grandes elogios...

Catálogo Cataluña
Entre 1989 y 1995 determina formar un grupo de artistas y empieza a dar clases de pintura con gran éxito, pues para muchos ha sido de las mejores escuelas que se crearon en la ciudad de Santander y su capital, Bucaramanga, pues varios de estos artístas que pasaron por su taller, son reconocidos a nivel nacional e internacional. En 1995, viaja a Europa y parte de Ásia y África, recorre varios museos de Italia y Alemania, donde se encuentra con obras muy familiares y otras desconocidas, las cuales enriquecen su experiencia como artista, posteriormente viaja a Egipto e Israel, donde se encuentra con lo más importante para su vida, según el artista, el encuentro con Jesus de Nazareth.
A su regreso, participa en algunas exposiciones colectivas y hace una que otra individual. En 1997, prepara una obra y la expone en la ciudad de Medellín, en la cual participaron aproximadamente 430 artistas nacionales y algunos invitados de paises vecinos, su obra fue escogida como la mejor y la publicaron en la portada del catálogo, así como en algunos libros y revistas del país. Continúa su labor artística y en 1998 realiza una exposición en Bogotá en el edificio nuevo del Senado de la República en el Salón "Signos y Leyes".

En el 2014, nos adelantamos algunos años y vamos a la casa del libro total, en Bucaramanga, en ese mismo año celebras exposiciones en tres ciudades de Cataluña.
En el 2016, expone en Art Emporium Galery Miami, EEUU.
En el 2018, realiza una exposición en la casa de la cultura del Ayuntamiento capitalino de Puerto del Rosario, en la isla de Fuerteventura.

Formación en Europa

Regreso a Colombia y viaje a España
Estilo y técnicas
Vida personal
Exposiciones públicas en el mundo
Exposiciones individuales:
1975 - Banco de la República
1976 - Casa de la Cultura, Bucaramanga
1978 - La Rinconada, Caracas
1980 - El Muro, Caracas
1980 - Galeria San Francisco, Caracas
1986 - Casa de la Cultura, Bucaramanga
1987 - Nueva Acropoli, Bogota
Exposiciones colectivas:
1976 - Casa de la Cultura, Bucaramanga
1977 - Capilla de Los Dolores, Bucaramanga
1977 - Banco de la Republica
1979 - Club Rotario, Caracas
1980 - Col. Abogados, Caracas
1980 - Concejo Municipal de Caracas
1981 - Galeria de Urban Madrid

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The latest issue of the Business and Human Rights Journal (Vol. 3, no. 2, July 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Tori Loven Kirkebø & Malcolm Langford, The Commitment Curve: Global Regulation of Business and Human Rights
    • Valentina Azarova, Business and Human Rights in Occupied Territory: The UN Database of Business Active in Israel’s Settlements
    • Alejo José G Sison, Virtue Ethics and Natural Law Responses to Human Rights Quandaries in Business
    • Stephen Kim Park, Social Bonds for Sustainable Development: A Human Rights Perspective on Impact Investing
  • Developments in the Field
    • Daniel Iglesias Márquez & Maria Prandi, How the Business Debate Influenced (or not) the Conflict Between Catalonia and Spain
    • Arvind Ganesan, Business and Human Rights during the Trump Era
    • Dan Bross, Fabrice Houdart, & Salil Tripathi, None of their Business? How the United Nations is Calling on Global Companies to Lead the Way on Human Rights of LGBTI people
    • Doug Cassel, The Third Session of the UN Intergovernmental Working Group on a Business and Human Rights Treaty
    • Sanyu Awori, Felogene Anumo, Denisse Cordova Montes, & Layla Hughes, A Feminist Approach to the Binding Instrument on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises
    • Michel Yoboué & Jonathan Kaufman, Inside the Dirty Fuels Campaign: Lessons for Business and Human Rights

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“Of all the destinations in the world, for me, Israel occupies a place all its own. The very first tour I ever organized was in 1981 for a group of 200 Holocaust survivors (including my parents, my kids and myself) to Israel. Since then, we’ve sent many, many thousands of travelers all across the world, […]
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New DNA announcements from MyHeritage (

Announcement 1:

MyHeritage supports 23andMe V5 and Living DNA uploads

If you’ve tested your DNA already, we have good news for you, please read on. If you haven’t taken a DNA test yet, we invite you to check out the MyHeritage DNA kit which is now offered at a very affordable price.

Since 2016, MyHeritage has allowed users who have tested their DNA already to upload their DNA data from Ancestry, 23andMe and Family Tree DNA, providing DNA matches and ethnicity estimates on MyHeritage for free.

However, previously MyHeritage did not support the upload of tests based on the chip called GSA (Global Screening Array), that is used by 23andMe (V5), and by Living DNA. Recent improvements to our DNA algorithms allow us to support DNA data processed on GSA chips, and so we’re happy to update you that MyHeritage now supports 23andMe V5 and Living DNA data uploads, in addition to data uploads from all major DNA testing services, including Ancestry, 23andMe (up to V5) and Family Tree DNA (Family Finder).

Upload your DNA data to MyHeritage now — it’s fast and simple. If you upload now, you will get full access to DNA Matching, Ethnicity Estimates, our industry-leading chromosome browser, and more, for FREE.

If you manage additional DNA kits for some of your relatives, and you have their permission, upload their DNA data too, and MyHeritage will let you associate the data with the respective individuals on your family tree.

As of December 1st 2018, our DNA upload policy will change: DNA Matching will remain free for uploaded DNA data, but unlocking additional DNA features will require an extra payment for DNA files uploaded after this date. All DNA data that was uploaded to MyHeritage in the past, and all DNA data that is uploaded now and prior to December 1, 2018 will continue to enjoy full access to all DNA features for free. These uploads will be grandfathered in and will remain free.

So it’s a great idea to upload DNA files for any kits you have as soon as possible. You’ll get the following benefits:

DNA Matches
DNA Matches are other users on MyHeritage from all around the world who are likely to be your relatives based on shared DNA. MyHeritage has a very strong user base in Europe so you are likely to get more DNA Matches from Europe than on any other DNA service. This is very useful if you have ancestors from Europe.

Ethnicity Estimate
A percent breakdown of your ethnic background from among 42 ethnicity regions. You’ll learn which places your ancestors came from.

Chromosome Browser
Helps you understand how you’re related to your DNA Matches by identifying DNA segments that you share with them. MyHeritage’s Chromosome Browser is considered by many experts to be the best in the industry.

After uploading, your DNA data will be kept private and secure, and our DNA service terms are the friendliest in the industry. You remain the owner of your DNA data — not us — and you can delete your DNA data at any time.

So don't delay, and upload your DNA data to MyHeritage now, while all the DNA features are free (and they will remain free for you). If you have tested with 23andMe (any version including V5) or Living DNA, you're in luck, and you can now upload this data to MyHeritage too. You can also upload DNA data from Ancestry and Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder test. Instructions for exporting your data and uploading it to MyHeritage are provided on our upload page.

P.S. We are currently processing the large backlog of 23andMe V5 kits that have been uploaded to us in the past, and their results will be rolled out to the users gradually within the next few days.

Full blog post: full blog post here:

Announcement 2:

MyHeritage Partners with British Retailer WHSmith to Distribute DNA Kits

Tel Aviv, Israel & London, United Kingdom, September 7, 2018 — MyHeritage, Europe’s leading service for DNA testing and family history, announced today the launch of a retail partnership with WHSmith. This marks the first partnership of its kind for MyHeritage in the UK, and the first time that MyHeritage DNA tests will be available for purchase in retail stores in Europe.

Under the new partnership WHSmith distributes a unique product named MyHeritage Family History Discovery Kit, which bundles MyHeritage’s popular at-home DNA test with 3 months of access to MyHeritage’s suite of premium online genealogy services. This allows consumers to receive detailed ethnicity reports and connect with their relatives around the world through the power of DNA testing, and to utilize MyHeritage’s 9-billion-strong collection of historical records and family tree tools to embark on a journey to uncover their family history.

The distribution of the kits via local retail stores caters to the surging demand for at-home DNA testing throughout Europe, and in the UK in particular. The affordable price of the MyHeritage Family History Discovery Kit available through WHSmith, £89, makes it an ideal gift for the Christmas season ahead.

The MyHeritage DNA test is notable for its ease of use. It involves a simple 2-minute cheek swab. In addition to the DNA test, the Family History Discovery Kit comes with 3 months of access to MyHeritage’s Complete plan, which includes all family tree features and historical records on MyHeritage, seamlessly integrated with the DNA test results.

“Interest in DNA testing and family history research in the UK market has skyrocketed lately,” said Akiva Glasenberg, MyHeritage’s Business Development Manager. “We have created a unique bundled product to satisfy this need and are pleased to offer it to UK consumers through selected WHSmith High Street stores. Customers can look forward to discovering their ethnic origins and family history and making use of MyHeritage’s vast DNA database and historical record collections to make new connections with their relatives in the UK and overseas.”

The MyHeritage Family History Discovery Kits are on sale in 200 WHSmith High Street stores, as well as online via

(With thanks to Daniel Horowitz)


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1993: Israel and the PLO sign peace accord in Washington. 1997: Mother Teresa buried in Calcutta. 2001: US President George W Bush (above) calls the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington “the first war of the 21st century” as his administration...
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For decades, the New York City Democratic machine has capitalized off of low-turnout elections to keep its members in power. However, a new generation of progressive New Yorkers is rejecting that model, arguing that mobilizing new voters can drive electoral success. As Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s shocking victory in June highlighted, this “mobilize the base” strategy can upend the political establishment.

Like Ocasio-Cortez, Julia Salazar, a 27-year-old state senate candidate, is mounting a volunteer-driven challenge to a long-time incumbent, running as an open democratic socialist and rejecting corporate money. In a city that has been confronted with a systemic housing crisis and mass displacement, many candidates from the Left see machine-affiliated incumbents as complacent and vulnerable to populist criticisms. Salazar is no different. At the heart of her campaign is a critique of her opponent’s proximity to New York real estate interests and his role in propelling a rent crisis in the district. Rent stabilization laws in New York State are up for renewal in 2019, making this a decisive election year. Among Salazar’s chief platform planks are ending vacancy decontrol and instituting universal rent stabilization.

Salazar’s opponent is 16-year incumbent Martin Dilan in New York’s 18th Senate District, which includes parts of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick and Cypress Hill. Dilan is one of the last holdouts of the political machine of Vito Lopez, the now deceased former Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair. Lopez was a state assemblyman for 30 years. During his tenure, he turned his nonprofit, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, into a formidable political operation. At its height in 2010, the RBSCC held $100 million in city and state contracts and engaged in classic quid-pro-quo politics. Lopez resigned as Brooklyn Democratic Chair and Assemblyman in 2013, after facing highly credible sexual harassment allegations. Dilan and his son, Councilman Erik Dilan, were among the largest beneficiaries of Lopez’s machine, funneling taxpayer money to RBSCC in exchange for political support.

But Lopez’s machine is no more, and there are strong reasons to see strength behind Salazar’s challenge. In 2014, and again in 2016, activist Debbie Medina mounted spirited challenges against Dilan’s proximity to real-estate interests and his failure to effectively respond to skyrocketing rents. However, the summer before the September 2016 primary, child abuse allegations surfaced against Medina. Despite losing critical endorsements and suffering from a crippling deficit of volunteers, Medina still won nearly 41 percent of the vote.

Clearly, voters in the 18th District are open to change. The question is whether Julia Salazar can capitalize on it.

Past under scrutiny

Salazar’s personal biography has come under scrutiny in recent weeks. Her identity as an immigrant, her assertions of growing up working-class and her Judaism have all been questioned, revealing a complex series of accounts from the candidate that could be characterized as everything from deliberately misleading statements to forgivable lapses of judgment. It was additionally revealed that she was previously a leader in right-wing activism at Columbia University, and that she was questioned over impersonating a family friend to access their financial information. As with many questions of personal identity, the story is not entirely black and white.

While Salazar’s website referred to the candidate as a “proud immigrant,” in August it was revealed that she was actually born in Miami, Fla., though she traveled back and forth between the United States and Colombia as a child. Salazar says she “never intended to misrepresent my personal narrative or my immigration status,” and that while several outlets, and even she herself, had made reference to her immigrant status, her statements were the product of imprecise early childhood memories and a strong identification with Colombia and her father’s family. She expressed regret that she hadn’t more thoroughly interrogated her memories as she began to run for public office, saying that “when I set out to run for State Senate I wasn’t critically thinking about my biography, specifically what has been challenged in my early childhood.”

Her early childhood has come under scrutiny from another angle: her class status. She has positioned herself as coming from a working-class background. The first time we talked she described how her economic conditions are foundational to her politics. However, her father worked as a pilot, and her brother has strongly contested her narrative of a working-class upbringing. Salazar admits that her early childhood, until age six, when her parents separated, was not one of economic uncertainty. However, she told me that after the separation, her father paid child support inconsistently at best, and the family relied on Social Security once he became disabled. She said that her mother had to return to college and made $17,000 dollars in one year while raising two children, and that her family’s “economic status varied greatly throughout my upbringing. The background that my parents came from, paired with the financial experience I had in elementary school or middle school are very safe to describe as working class.”

She says that “the lines aren’t fixed when it comes to class status. But when I talk about having working-class or middle-class experience, I mean that I understand the financial insecurity that people in my district face.” She says that “it’s not helpful or meaningful to debate whether I was poor,” but rather that her campaign is “about building solidarity with people who have to work for a living with families that know that if someone gets sick they could lose their home.” Salazar claims that class isn’t a rigid identity, but that it varies with economic status, and the combination of financial precarity and security in her upbringing complicates discussions of her class.

Ultimately, she believes that “voters are more concerned with my record as an advocate and my ability to fight for constituents.”

Which is why her history as a right-wing college activist bears addressing. After first registering as a Republican in Florida in 2008, Salazar says that after moving to New York she intended to register as an Independent but instead accidentally registering for the state’s Independence Party.

At Columbia University, she was involved with both pro-Israel and pro-life activism. Columbia is where she embraced the Jewish faith, which she says was spurred on by the death of her father, who “had made allusions to a Sephardic surname.” Her integration in Jewish life at Columbia, through organizations like Challah for Hunger and Hillel, encouraged her to visit Israel. The details of her trip have also been a source of controversy about her Jewish identity, as the trip was planned by Christians United for Israel rather than a Jewish organization. Nevertheless, she cites her visit to Israel, in 2012, and seeing the separation barrier particularly, as disabusing her of her firm pro-Israel stance. Being “very disturbed by the violence I saw there,” she says she made “a significant decision to reject pro-Israel advocacy.”

She described her experience in pro-life activism, with Columbia Right to Life, as echoing her other right-wing commitments. Her allegiance was shifted in the controversy around the creation of a Columbia abortion fund, which every student would pay into as part of their university-provided health plan. Salazar led the Support Pregnant Students Initiative, aiming to provide support for students who choose to keep their pregnancy. After she published an op-ed in the Columbia Spectator arguing her position, she was confronted by a number of close friends who, through a series of “very hard conversations,” led her to “realize I was deeply miseducated and wrong about abortion.”

Moving left

When asked whys he hadn’t made her political evolution part of her campaign story, Salazar says she was more focused on the community that had encouraged her to run for office, and that she “didn’t think about my own narrative so much and my own evolution.”

As an outgrowth of her political evolution, Salazar helped organize a rent strike against an abusive and absent landlord during her junior year at Columbia. She and her fellow tenants took their landlord to court and won. Her victory, though, was fleeting: when her lease ended a few months later, her landlord declined to renew it. Accordingly, the event holds two meanings for her: while “it was empowering to see how people without law degrees, without any institutional power were able to fight management and win,” she “was still being displaced. It was a very vivid example of the need to fight for systemic changes to systemic problems.”

Salazar says that experience helped propel her run for office.

When we spoke the first time, Salazar expressed how she was “tired of having to ask the same elected officials over and over again to do the right thing.” Her work in Albany and New York City, along with the support of her community and fellow organizers, convinced her that the solution wasn’t bird-dogging her representatives, but replacing them.

Changing landscape

Julia Salazar’s campaign is just one hint that change may be on the horizon in the New York State Senate. Members of the Independent Democratic Conference, (IDC) a group of Democratic senators who caucused with Republicans for the past eight years, are appearing increasingly weak in the face of strong primary challenges. And, if he wins reelection, Gov. Andrew Cuomo may find himself between a rock and a hard place come 2019.

According to Bill Lipton, the New York State Director of the Working Families Party, a progressive, or even a Democratic majority in the state senate is just what Cuomo has been trying to avoid. “Andrew Cuomo has spent the last eight years doing everything he can to keep progressives out of power in Albany—from allowing the Senate Republicans to gerrymander their own districts after promising repeatedly not to, to refusing to campaign for Senate Democrats, to helping the IDC steal the Democratic majority away in 2012, to fostering division between IDC and the Democratic caucus.” This arrangement has allowed Cuomo to act as the power broker in the state senate while both helping block progressive legislation and retaining his Democratic credentials.

Lipton claims Cuomo has utilized this arrangement to masquerade as a progressive while keeping legislative threats to his moneyed friends dead in the water, all the while joking to Senate Republicans about how little he supports Democratic candidates. That Cuomo has managed to build one of the largest campaign war chests in the country through corporate donations speaks to the immense wealth that this arrangement has granted. Lipton says real estate is among the chief interests that pay into this racket: “Real estate is to New York what coal is to West Virginia—the lifeblood of oligarchy.”

Housing crisis

It may be difficult for many residents of the 18th District to square their soaring rents with the $200,000 in real estate money Sen. Dilan has raised during his tenure in office, especially in a district ravaged by pro-real estate legislation and ensuing gentrification. Dilan’s vote has been instrumental in both implementing vacancy decontrol in 1994 as a city councilman, and defusing attempts to repeal the law in 2010 as a state senator. Vacancy decontrol, which allows landlords to freely raise the rent on vacant rent-stabilized units, is at the center of the city-wide housing crisis. According to Salazar, the 18th District alone loses tens of thousands of rent stabilized and controlled units every year.

And considering the state of New York City’s rent laws, which are set on the state level, that isn’t surprising. Once rent on an apartment reaches $2,733.75, landlords can “free” a unit from its rent-stabilized status and instead charge market rates.

There are two main ways that landlords jack up the rent: when a renovation is made owners are allowed a commensurate increase in rent, and the rent can be raised when a tenant moves out. In practice, both of these regulations produce perverse incentives. In the first case, landlords are given very little oversight when reporting the added value of a renovation, meaning they often make small improvements while disproportionately increasing rent. As for the second, landlords are incentivized to rent to short-term tenants, like college students and young people who don’t have ties to the neighborhood, and to harass their rent-stabilized tenants.

The scale of tenant abuse is staggering: A New York Times investigation found stories of landlords who punched holes in the roofs and walls of occupied rent-controlled units, bombarded tenants with eviction suits and harassed them with loud construction. The investigation discovered that the agencies responsible for regulation were “fractionalized, divided among three city and state agencies” and “essentially passive.” This regulatory environment has had devastating impacts on the 18th District. In Bushwick, a family living on the median yearly income, just over $42,000, would have to spend more than 60 percent of their income to afford the average rent of a two-bedroom unit. In Williamsburg, that number is 65 percent.

While Dilan argues that he never thought his vote would come to harm his own constituents, Jennifer Lenow, a member of NYC-DSA’s organizing committee for the Brooklyn Housing Working Group, says that Dilan’s “thousands and thousands from real estate speaks louder than his rhetoric.”

Salazar has been endorsed by the New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez and City Council Member Antonio Reynoso, as well as Cynthia Nixon and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Michael Kinnucan, Salazar’s Deputy Campaign Director, is optimistic about her chances, citing the broad dissatisfaction with the political status quo, the support of local activist groups Make the Road Action and New York Communities for Change, and “one of the largest volunteer ground-organizations in the city.”

Polling shows state-wide enthusiasm for large-scale investment in public housing, signaling that New Yorkers would look favorably upon a more proactive approach to confronting the state’s housing crisis.

As part of their New Progressive Agenda Project, Civis Analytics, a data analytics firm, and the think tank Data for Progress (where I am a fellow) have shown that 59 percent of likely 2018 voters in New York support billions of dollars in investment in public housing, even after hearing Republican arguments against it and being presented with an explicit tax pay-for through tax hikes. “These numbers are pretty consistent with the very high levels of support we’ve seen for public housing ballot measures in cities like Portland and Seattle,” says David Shor, head of data science at Civis Analytics’ political practice.

Persona and policy

Salazar’s controversies, meanwhile, have continued in recent days. On September 6, allegations of an affair with former New York Mets player Keith Hernandez and an attempt to impersonate his then-estranged, now divorced wife, Kai, have come to light. Salazar had been family friends with Hernandez, and was arrested for, but ultimately not charged with, the felony impersonation of Kai. According to Salazar’s statement, the lawsuit was entirely the product of a vengeful ex-wife who had gone so far as to impersonate Salazar on the phone in an attempt to frame her for illegally accessing her finances. Kai’s motive, according to Salazar, was that while house-sitting at Kai’s request Salazar had found “a lot of drugs, syringes, and several guns.” Salazar says that after calling Keith and describing the condition of the house, he, along with local police came to document the scene. The next year she was called by local police and interrogated for allegedly impersonating Kai. After not being charged, in 2013, Salazar sued Kai Hernandez for damages and the two parties reached a settlement in 2017.

When asked for comment about the controversies surrounding Salazar, Martin Dilan’s spokesman Bob Liff said that while “Marty has been a progressive and stable champion for residents of the 18th district, his opponent will have to speak for herself.”

A victory by Salazar’s insurgent campaign would offer even more proof that the future of the Democratic Party is multi-racial, decidedly left, community-driven and not beholden to corporate interests. However, the narrative surrounding her has become thick with controversy, misrepresentation and outright lies. While it is quite possible, as many of Salazar’s supporters claim, that the candidate has been victim to a right-wing smear campaign, there remain legitimate questions about how she has publicly presented herself throughout her campaign.

In a district whose neighborhoods are synonymous with gentrification, the question facing voters in the 18th is this: To what extent is representative politics about personality, and to what extent is it about policy? Thursday’s election will help provide an answer. 

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That is providing they have enough brains to build something that will go the distance. So far they can only manage a distance of 100 metre. HAHAHA you stupid DEMONS. God (Adonai) will feed your bodies to the vultures on the mountain of Israel. Ezekiel 38-39
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Authors: Martin Doležal, Jan Grebík, Jan Hladký, Israel Rocha, Václav Rozhoň

The theory of graphons comes with the so-called cut distance. The cut distance is finer than the weak* topology. Dole\v{z}al and Hladk\'y [arXiv:1705.09160] showed, that given a sequence of graphons, a cut distance accumulation graphon can be pinpointed in the set of weak* accumulation points as minimizers of the entropy. Motivated by this, we study graphon parameters with the property that their minimizers or maximizers identify cut distance accumulation points over the set of weak* accumulation points. We call such parameters cut distance identifying.

Of particular importance are cut distance identifying parameters coming from subgraph densities, $t(H,\cdot)$. It turns out that this concept is closely related to graph norms. In particular, we prove that a connected graph $H$ is step Sidorenko (a concept very similar to $t(H,\cdot)$ being cut distance identifying) if and only if it is weakly norming. This answers a question of Kr\'al', Martins, Pach and Wrochna [arXiv:1802.05007].

Further, we study convexity properties of cut distance identifying graphon parameters, and find a way to identify cut distance limits using spectra of graphons.

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Trump, via John Bolton to the Federalist Society, has rejected the International Criminal Court (ICC). Trump said he would not condone investigations of Israel’s alleged aggressions against Palestinians, and then closed the PLO office (Palestine’s diplomatic office) in D.C. Trump said, in effect, no country can tell the U.S. what to do or investigate it, even if other countries allege U.S. war crimes. Trump said the ICC does not have a judiciary independent from the executive branch, as the U.S.
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SUBHEAD: Never before have irrationality and immorality had such a firm hold on the US government.

By Paul Craig Roberts on 10 September 2018 for -

Image above: Many in this world inhabit Armageddon already. Damaged buildings are seen at the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus, Syria. April 28, 2018. Photo by Omar Sanadiki. From (

IB Publisher's note: Yes Paul Craig Roberts is a nutcake. He is a Ronald Reagan Republican economist who sees clearly, but through a deeply colored filter. None the less, he does have an inkling of the dichotomy between the "Left" and the "Right". The "Left" with elements of the "Deep State" (intelligence complex, CIA, NSA, State Department, etc) and the "Right" with elements of the "Military-Industrial Complex" (Pentagon, Defense contractors, Mercenary operations, ICE, etc.). Both aspects of our government are hurtling towards a more repressive and garrulous America. As these aggressive and regressive forces gain influence, woe is us. America will conduct more war and experience more repression.] 

For some time I have pointed out the paradox of the American liberal/progressive/left being allied with the CIA, FBI, military/security complex and deep state. Now leftist Ann Garrison has noticed the paradox of this alliance. She concludes that the Left has lost its mind.

Indeed, it has.

Out of its hatred of Trump the Left has united with the forces of evil and war that are leading to conflict with Russia. The Left’s hatred of Trump shows that the American Left has totally seperated from the interests of the working class, which elected Trump.

The American Left has abandoned the working class for the group victimizations and hatreds of Identity Politics. As Hillary put it, the working class comprises the “Trump deplorables.” The Democratic Party, like the Republicans, represents the ruling oligarchy.

I have explained that the leftwing lost its bearings when the Soviet Union collapsed and socialism gave way to neoliberal privatizations.

The moral fury of the leftwing movement had to go somewhere, and it found its home in Identity Politics in which the white heterosexual male takes the place of the capitalist, and his victim groups—blacks, women, homosexuals, illegal immigrants—take the place of the working class.

The consequences of the leftwing’s alliance with warmongers and liars is the leftwing’s loss of veracity. The Left has endorsed a CIA orchestration—“Russiagate”—for which there is no known evidence, but which the Left supports as proven truth.

The purpose of “Russiagate” is to prevent President Trump from normalizing relations with Russia. In these times when so many Americans are hard pressed, normal relations could adversely impact the budget and power of the military/security complex by reducing the “Russian threat.”

If there is no real Russian threat, only an orchestrated perceived one, the question arises: why does the military/security complex have a taxpayer-supported annual budget of $1,000 billion dollars?

The presstitutes have kept the truth from emerging that the “Russiagate” investigation has found no sign of a Trump/Putin plot to steal the 2016 presidential election from Hillary.

Indeed, it has been proven beyond all questioning that the Hillary emails were not hacked but were downloaded on a thumb drive. This proof collapses the entire premise of “Russiagate.”
Nevertheless, the hoax continues.

Muller’s indictments are for unrelated matters, such as income tax evasion in the distant past of Republican fund raisers and consultants. These charges have nothing whatsoever to do with Mueller’s mandate.

Indeed, as Andrew C. McCarthy, a former US attorney who led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, has made clear, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Mueller to head the “Russiagate” investigation is not in compliance with the regulations that govern the appointment of a special prosecutor.

The appointment of a special prosecutor requires evidence of a specific federal crime that is to be investigated. You only have a special prosecutor when there is factual basis for believing that a federal crime has been committed.

What is the federal crime? What is the factual basis? Mueller’s appointment does not say. Therefore, Mueller’s appointment is invalid. Rosenstein has violated the process.

In my opinion, this is grounds for Rosenstein to be removed from office.

At one time, Congress—both parties—would have been all over the invalid Mueller appointment.

However, after 16 years of Cheney/Bush and Obama regime lawlessness, even Republicans accept that the Constitution’s restraints on executive branch power, along with the laws and regulations Congress has established specifying the exercise of these powers, have been rendered meaningless by the “war on terror,” a hoax designed to further Israel’s interests in the Middle East and the neoonservative doctrine of US hegemony, while making billions of dollars for the military/security complex.

Charlie Savage’s book, Takeover, and David Ray Griffin’s book, Bush and Cheney: How They Ruined America and the World, accurately document how 9/11 was used to destroy the Constitution’s balance of power within the government and to create unaccountable executive branch powers that over-ride the Constitution’s protection of civil liberty.

This demand for an unaccountable executive branch, pushed by VP—actually President in fact—Dick Cheney and his minions, such as Addington and John Yoo, was the agenda of the Republican Federalist Society.

An early book laying out the legally invalid and legally incompetent argument that the president had powers unchecked by Congress or the judiciary was Terry Eastland’s book, Energy in the Executive.

This collection of nonsense became Cheney’s bible as he proceeded in secret to remove constraints on executive branch power. The elevation of the executive branch above the law of the land is documented in Charlie Savage’s book. Read it and weep for your country destroyed by Dick Cheney.

On top of Cheney’s coup against accountable government, we have in America today another coup, organized by former CIA director John Brennan, former FBI director Comey, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, the Democratic National Committee, the departed Republican senator John McCain, a coup fully supported by the entirety of the US presstitute media.

This coup is against the democratically elected President of the United States for the sole reason that he threatens the power and profit of the entrenched military/security complex, about which President Eisenhower warned us 57 years ago, by wanting to normalize relations with Russia, the world’s premier nuclear power.

The question is unavoidable: Why do the American people put up with this? Are they so insouciant that they have no realization that, if a president can be driven from office because he wants peace with Russia, the removed president’s successor will have to stand against Russia or also be driven from office. Trust and negotiation between the nuclear powers becomes impossible.

Why do Americans support conflict with a nuclear power that can completely destroy America?

During the entirety of the Cold War, in which I was a participant, the emphasis was on reducing tensions and creating trust. Today Washington’s interest is piling provocation after provocation on a country that can wipe us off the face of the earth.

The liberal/progressive/left, the Democratic National Committee, the CIA and the rest of the covert state, and the media whores all share this same commitment to the reckless and irresponsible provocation of a powerful nuclear power. As the US military itself acknowledges, Russia’s weapons are far beyond America’s defenses.

So what is going on? Is it the liberal/progressive/left’s desire that evil America be destroyed? Is this desired destruction of evil America the reason the Left has allied itself so tightly with the warmongers in Washington?

Is this the reason that the Left and the Democrats and a handful of Republicans want to impeach President Trump for attempting to make peace with Russia?

How can these crazed immoral people present themselves as some sort of moral arbiter when they are locked on a trajectory that will destroy Earth?

This destruction might be closer than anyone thinks. Here is the situation in Syria:

Russia and Syria, in cooperation with Iran and Turkey, have begun the assult on Iblid province, the last stronghold of Washington’s proxy army consisting of Al Qaeda, Al Nursra, and ISIS mercenaries hired by Washington.

According to reports, which might or might not be true considering the lack of veracity that is the defining characteristic of the Western media, the US and UK have troops among the mercenary forces, hoping apparently that this presence will deter the attack. As the attack has already begun, this is a false hope.

The Russians discovered Washington’s plot to explode a chemical weapon in Iblid province and exposed Washington’s plot to the UN. Washington had it set up that once its proxies created the appearance of a chemical weapon explosion, Washington would send Tomahawk missiles upon the Syrian forces, thus protecting its proxy army that it sent to overthrow Assad for Israel.

The Russian exposure of Washington’s conspiracy has denied Washington UN support. Moreover, Russia has sent a naval force armed with the new Russian hypersonic missiles to Syria and has announced that its aircraft in the area are also armed with these missiles.

As the US Navy and Air Force have no defense whatsoever against these missiles, if the US attacks the Syrian/Russian forces, it will be Putin’s decision whether any US ship or military aircraft in the area exists as anything but a smoldering ruin.

In other words, the entire power in the area lies in Russian hands. If Washington had any sense—and it doesn’t, Washington has hubris and arrogance in the place of sense—Washington would be nowhere close to Syria.

The question is this: Will the hotheads in Washington conclude that the Russian announcements and marshalling of forces is “just another Putin bluff.”

So far Putin has been loaded up with never-ending insults and provocation— blame for the crash of the Malaysian airliner, blame for poisoning a variety of people in England, blame for invading Ukraine, blame for interfering in US elections, blame for supporting the “dictator” Assad, a person democratically elected by a large vote who obviously has the support of the Syrian people as he liberates Syria from the forces Washington sent to put the country into the same chaos that exists in Iraq and Libya.

Have we reached the situation about which I have been worried, worries shared with my readers, in which Washington makes the miscalculation, based on the incorrect understanding of Russia’s resolve, to launch an attack on the Syrian/Russian forces that have begun the final liberation of Syria from Washington’s paid mercenaries?

Yesterday the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity sent a letter to President Trump advising him of the war danger that the Trump administration has created by its continued illegal interference in Syria’s internal affairs.

The Russian government cannot accept Washington’s military intervention in behalf of Al Qaeda, Al Nursa, and ISIS without completely losing all credibility, not only in the world, but inside Russia itself.

A realistic alternative to military action would be for Washington to stand aside as Syria reconstitutes itself and use a propaganda war to blame Syria and Russia for civilian deaths and for destroying “democratic rebels” who rose against a “dictator.”

The fear could be expanded to the Baltics and Ukraine by reviving the propaganda that Putin intends to reconstruct the Soviet Empire.

Washington has long used an expertly manufactured fear of Russia to control Europe. Fear can keep Europe in line, whereas military action against Russia could scare Europe into taking refuge in a revival of its sovereignty.

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported: “President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has approved the use of chlorine gas in an offensive against the country’s last major rebel stronghold, U.S. officials said, raising the prospects for another retaliatory U.S. military strike as thousands try to escape what could be a decisive battle in the seven-year-old war.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the US strikes could target Russian and Iranian forces as well as Syrian forces.

It is difficult to believe that Washington thinks attacks on Russian forces would go unanswered. Such a reckless and irresponsible act could initiate Armageddon.

The claim that Assad has approved the use of chlorine gas in the liberation of Iblid is propagandistic nonsense put out by Washington as an excuse for Washington’s effort to protect its proxy army in Syria with military strikes.

All Syrian chemical weapons were removed by Russia and turned over to the US during the Obama regime. Moreover, Russia would not permit Assad to use chemical weapons if he had them.

Life on earth is faced with a situation in which Washington is so determined to overthrow Assad and to leave Syria in the same chaos as Libya and Iraq that Washington is willing to risk war with Russia.

Never before have irrationality and immorality had such a firm hold on a government. The world should be scared to death of the recklessness and irresponsibility of the US government.


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Panic drives the smear attack against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn whose background as a radical socialist, not his criticism of Israel and support for the Palestine, threatens the British establishment’s hold on power, argues Alexander Mercouris.
By Alexander Mercouris
in London
Special to Consortium News
&amp;lt;img class=”alignleft wp-image-27578″ src=”×150.jpg&#8221; alt=”” width=”90″ height=”90″ /&amp;gt;Any discussion of the current “anti-Semitism crisis” in the British Labour Party needs to start with an understanding that there is no “anti-semitism crisis” in the British Labour Party, or in Britain.
Anti-Semitism did once have a place in British society. By way of example, readers of Agatha Christie stories written before World War II will come across stock anti-Semitic representations of Jewish characters. As recently as the 1970s, I can remember what would today be considered Semitic stereotypes being commonly used to represent Jewish people in many of the unfunny comedy shows broadcast by British television in that period, including some the BBC broadcast.
Racist stereotyping of this sort was commonplace in Britain right up to the 1970s, and was certainly not exclusive to Jews, as Irish people, black people and people from the Indian subcontinent well recall. Some still persists today, but by and large racial stereotyping is socially unacceptable, except (worryingly) with respect to Russians.
By comparison with other European countries, anti-Semitism in Britain has, however, not been a major phenomenon in modern British society and recent British history. There has been no official persecution of Jews in Britain since they were allowed to resettle in England by Oliver Cromwell in the 1650s, while the attempt by Oswald Moseley’s British Union of Fascists to stir up political anti-Semitism in the 1930s provoked fierce resistance.
Jewish people now play a full and active role in British life, and this happens without notice or comment.
As for the formal institutions of Britain’s Jewish community, these form an integral part of British life. The chief rabbi has enjoyed a measure of recognition as the nominal leader of the British Jewish community from the British state ever since the 1870s.  Since the 1980s, by convention, the chief rabbi has been admitted to the British Parliament as a peer of the House of Lords, though the present chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has not yet been so admitted. The British Jewish community’s major institution—the Board of Deputies of British Jews—has had a continuous existence since the 1760s.
Though there are anti-Semites in Britain as there are everywhere else, they are very much a minor and ugly fringe, and moreover a generally despised and disliked one, with no influence or traction in British politics or in British life.
Despite lurid claims to the contrary, actual cases of anti-Semitic violence and property damage in Britain are relatively few, and certainly appear to be less than other types of racial violence.
Indeed, Jewish people today are so much an integral part of British society and of British life that I for one question whether it is even accurate to speak of a distinct “Jewish establishment” among British Jews. Rather, it seems to me that it would be more accurate to say that there are some prominent British Jews and some prominent British Jewish institutions—such as the chief rabbi and the Board of Deputies of British Jews—which today form an integral part of the larger British establishment, whose general perspectives and interests they share.
Which brings me to the present “anti-Semitism” campaign against Jeremy Corbyn.
The Left-Wing, Anti-Imperialist Labour Tradition
The British Labour Party was formed in 1900 before World War I, and if there has been one political movement in Britain that has stood rock solid against all manifestations of anti-Semitism in British life (perhaps more than any other group), it is the British Labour Party, and first and foremost its left wing.
This is consistent with the traditional stance of the left wing of the British Labour Party, which can be broadly defined as anti-racist, anti-fascist, and, above all, anti-imperialist. The latter has been important in a country like Britain—historically the preeminent imperialist power—where imperialism was justified in racist terms. British left-wing anti-imperialists, who are mostly drawn from the working class (a fact which gave British anti-imperialism a strong class-conflict character) strongly were predisposed to be anti-racist.
Not surprisingly, British Labour left-wing anti-racism extended to staunch opposition to anti-Semitism, which is, of course, the reason why so many British Jews were drawn to the Labour Party in the first place.
The key point to understand about Corbyn is that it is from within this left-wing, anti-imperialist Labour tradition that he comes. His parents after all first met each other in the 1930s attending a rally in support of the Spanish Republic at the time of the Spanish Civil War. He has been loyal to the traditions of the Labour Party’s anti-imperialist left ever since he began his career in politics, as his long record of opposition to all the West’s interventionist wars shows. Needless to say, that includes strong and consistent anti-racism and the opposition to anti-Semitism which goes with it. Strikingly, Corbyn’s acceptance speech following his election as Labour leader included a declaration of support for refugees.
To insinuate that Corbyn is an anti-Semite—as is increasingly happening—and to insinuate that the left wing of the Labour Party to which he belongs is riddled with anti-Semitism and poses an “existential threat to British Jews” (as several of the British Jewish community’s newspapers have alleged) is more than just absurd. It stands reality on its head. Corbyn is not an anti-Semite. Anti-Semitism, on the contrary, is what he always has defined himself against, and to claim otherwise is dishonest and even surreal.
Corbyn’s well-known support for the Palestinian people’s struggle does not contradict his opposition to anti-Semitism. Rather, it is the product of his consistent anti-imperialism, making Corbyn’s support for the Palestinians and his opposition to anti-Semitism consistent.
All this is well understood by those who are conducting the anti-Semitism campaign against Corbyn within the Labour Party and outside it. Corbyn has been a fixture of British political life ever since he was first elected a member of Parliament in 1983. The British establishment—including those members of the British establishment who are Jewish—know him well, and they know well what his actual beliefs are. It is not credible that they believe him to be an anti-Semite, or that they think that the left wing of the British Labour Party, which supports him, is riddled with anti-Semitism.
The Push to Stop Corbyn
The essential mendacity of the whole anti-Semitism campaign and the true motives behind it is shown by the exceptionally narrow frame of reference in which it is being conducted. It is universally acknowledged that the allegations of anti-Semitism being made against Corbyn and some of his supporters stem from Corbyn’s longstanding support for the Palestinian people’s struggle and his equally longstanding criticisms of Israel’s response to that struggle. As’ad AbuKhalil has discussed this aspect of the affair for Consortium News with great thoroughness and detail.
It is worth pointing out, however, that the criticisms being made against Corbyn barely touch on the Palestinian question at all. Anyone looking at these criticisms for a discussion of the Palestinian issue, even one from a position sympathetic to Israel and hostile to the Palestinians, will fail to find it.
The Palestinian struggle, the plight of the Palestinian people, the whole history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the current policies both of Israel and of the Western governments which support it, are barely mentioned. When Palestinians do get mentioned at all, it is purely as terrorists. The entire campaign is being conducted as if Corbyn and those who support him hate Zionism and Israel and therefore allJews.
It is, of course, impossible that those who are conducting the campaign against Corbyn are any more ignorant of the basic facts of the Palestinian struggle and of the Arab-Israeli conflict than they are ignorant of Corbyn’s actual beliefs. If they are not mentioning these facts, it is not because they are ignorant of them. It is because they choose not to mention them.
Corbyn’s background as a radical socialist makes him a threat to the British establishment’s power. (Chatham House / Wikimedia)
In other words, the campaign against Corbyn has very little to do with the situation in the Middle East. I say this, though I have no doubt that the Israeli embassy is playing an active role in the campaign, a fact which is apparently freely admitted within Israel itself, though not in Britain.
However, it is a mistake to see the campaign against Corbyn as principally Israeli inspired. If it were, I would expect those conducting it to say far more about the situation in the Middle East than they do. Nor, in my opinion, is the campaign exclusively or even primarily the work of British Jews. As it happens, the Jewish community in Britain is far from united behind the campaign, with many British Jews expressing doubts or even outright opposition to it.
Instead, the campaign should be seen for what it is: the latest in a long series of attacks by the British establishment against Corbyn, the one British politician who more than any other embodies the threat to the current status quo and to the British establishment’s hold on power.
These attacks have at various times sought to portray Corbyn as a Communist, a Russian agent, a terrorist sympathizer and a traitor. Adding a charge of anti-Semitism to this catalogue is an obvious further step, and given Corbyn’s well-known advocacy of Palestinian rights an easy one. The only surprise is that it has not happened before.
That the anti-Semitism campaign is the latest in a long series of establishment attacks on Corbyn, which extend all the way back to his election as Labour’s leader, is shown by the sheer breadth of the campaign. The parliamentary Labour Party, the entire Conservative Party and the media (including the BBC and the supposedly left-wing Guardian newspaper) have all embraced it. Certainly, it extends far beyond those members of Britain’s Jewish community who form part of the greater British establishment and who initially spearheaded it. As it happens, the great majority of British politicians and commentators who have joined in the campaign are non-Jews.
A New Political Dynamic
As for the campaign’s greater vehemence by comparison with earlier campaigns, that is the product of the changed political dynamic in Britain since the June 2017 general election.
Before that election, the British establishment did not take Corbyn seriously, since it assumed that the British electorate would reject him in any election which he fought. The horrifying realization following the June 2017 election that the opposite is the case has—not surprisingly—caused panic and has led to the establishment pulling out all the stops. That explains not just the greater vehemence of this campaign but why it has persisted for so long.
In other words, what is driving the campaign is not some overarching loyalty on the part of British Jews to Israel or a belief that Corbyn is an anti-Semite. Rather, it is British establishment panic. As Britain’s Conservative government disintegrates, Corbyn stands poised to become Britain’s next prime minister. That terrifying prospect—of a radical socialist in 10, Downing Street—is one which must be averted at all costs. That is the reason for the anti-Semitism campaign we have been witnessing, and thus all the other campaigns against Corbyn we have witnessed, of which there are certainly more to come.
While the causes of the anti-Semitism campaign are mainly domestic, there is a wide consensus among Corbyn’s supporters that he has not handled his response to the campaign well. The general opinion—that he has been far too accommodating to his critics—has been forcefully argued in Consortium News by Jonathan Cook.
Corbyn himself has conceded too much ground on anti-semitism. As a lifelong anti-racism campaigner, the accusations of anti-semitism have clearly pained him. He has tried to placate rather than defy the smearers. He has tried to maintain unity with people who have no interest in finding common ground with him.
And as he has lost all sense of how to respond in good faith to allegations made in bad faith, he has begun committing the cardinal sin of sounding and looking evasive – just as those who deployed the anti-semitism charge hoped. It was his honesty, plain-speaking and compassion that won him the leadership and the love of ordinary members. Unless he can regain the political and spiritual confidence that underpinned those qualities, he risks haemorrhaging support.
This widespread view that Corbyn has been accommodating to people who seek only his destruction has even produced some curious examples of drafts of “speeches” written for him by some of his sympathizers setting out the sort of things which they think he should say.
While I have considerable sympathy for this view, I think it is only fair to add that Corbyn happens to be one of the most polite and diffident personalities in British politics. The contrast with, say, Donald Trump in the United States, could not be greater. It is not in Corbyn’s nature to respond to his critics with the same forcefulness that they extend to him. While this makes Corbyn an indifferent orator and blunts his impact in debates in the House of Commons, his politeness and diffidence is an integral part of his appeal. To call on him to act differently is to call for a different man, with no guarantee that that man would command anything remotely approaching the level of support that Corbyn has.
Is the Campaign Working?
It is important to stress this point because as of the time of writing it is far from clear to me that—contrary to what Jonathan Cook fears—this latest campaign against Corbyn is succeeding.
The poll numbers barely have shifted, with Conservative and Labour both polling around 40 percent of the vote since the June 2017 general election, and most opinion polls put Labour ahead. Though the anti-Semitism campaign may have lost Labour some Jewish votes in places like the London district of Barnet, the generality of the British voters seem indifferent and unimpressed by the whole affair.
I suspect that the truth is that Corbyn has been around in British politics for so long that the British electorate long ago formed its view of him. Knowing Corbyn as well as they do—as well as the left-wing tradition from which he comes—the vast majority of British center-left voters who make up Corbyn’s electoral base find the whole idea that he is an anti-Semite just too fantastic to take seriously. Besides the fact that the anti-Semitism campaign is merely the latest in a series of campaigns against Corbyn launched from the moment he became Labour’s leader makes the true motives of his critics in the end altogether too obvious.
The Nuremberg trials, circa 1945-46. (National Archives)
Cook has expressed the fear that if the Labour Party adopts the four additional working examples of anti-Semitism drafted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)—which it has hitherto resisted doing because of the way they limit criticism of Israel—that will make future criticism of Israel by Corbyn and by other members of the Labour Party all but impossible, and will open the way to a purge of Palestinian sympathizers within the Labour Party. [Editor’s note: The Labour Party altered its anti-Semitism definition on Sept. 4 at its National Executive Committee meeting and adopted the four additional working examples of anti-Semitism drafted by the IHRA.]
Similar concerns have been expressed by Norman Finkelstein, who sees the whole attempt to impose any sort of definition of anti-Semitism on the Labour Party as an attack on the party’s traditions and on free speech.
These concerns are far from groundless. On the contrary, there is no doubt that silencing criticism of Israel is very much a part of the agenda of some of the people behind the campaign, with the British establishment (not just its Jewish part) united in support of Israel in the same way as are the political establishments of all the other Western countries. Consider, for example, this extraordinary article by Andrew Feldmanin The Evening Standard, a newspaper edited by former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s friend and former Chancellor George Osborne, which contains this passage:
Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are the same thing. They are two sides of the same coin. Anti-Zionism is the belief that the state of Israel should not exist. That it should be dismantled. This is not the same as saying, quite legitimately, that you disagree with the policies of the current or any other Israeli government; or calling for the reversal of the settlement programme in the West Bank; or demanding a return to earlier borders and the creation of a two-state solution.
Some historical context is important here. Two thousand years ago, at the end of a long and bloody revolt, the Temple was destroyed and the Jewish people were dispersed far and wide, across the Roman Empire and beyond. They settled in many places. Some made them welcome for a time. Others less so. Jewish people lived in a constant state of trepidation. Periods of peace and prosperity punctuated by pogroms, inquisition and expulsion.
In Europe, the Holocaust was the crescendo of centuries of rumbling antipathy. Jews sought to escape the horror but the numbers who found refuge were pathetically small. Even the UK only accepted 70,000 Jewish refugees before the Second World War and 10,000 during it.
Quite simply, there was nowhere for them to go, so six million people perished out of a total global Jewish population of 17 million.
Finally, after this destruction, the world decided that enough was enough. The Jewish people needed their own place to go when things went wrong. And the ancient homeland was chosen. It was to be shared with the Palestinians on lines established by a United Nations resolution in 1948.
This was not the only work for the cartographers after the Second World War. The demise of empire, the calls for national determination and the need for pragmatic solutions brought about the creation of new states in Europe, Africa, the Indian subcontinent and elsewhere in the Middle East. Lines were drawn on maps. Sometimes they respected geographical, religious and tribal boundaries; sometimes they did not. Everyone was doing the best they could to make sense of the cataclysmic events of the previous decades.
The State of Israel served its purpose. A national homeland for the Jewish people existing alongside the Jewish communities that continued to live around the world. And when things did not go well for some of those communities — in Russia, Iraq, Morocco and elsewhere — it was a place of sanctuary. It accepted refugees in huge numbers without question.
Note that the Palestinians are barely mentioned in the whole article, which claims that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism and does so by linking anti-Zionism to the whole history of anti-Semitism in the West, culminating in the Nazis and the Holocaust.
Needless to say, though Feldman appears to admit that it is legitimate to criticize Israel, he makes no criticisms of Israel anywhere in his article. In practice, on the basis of his article, it is difficult to imagine what criticism of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians Feldman would not define as anti-Semitic.
Having said this, it is important to retain perspective. Even though the Labour Party changed its anti-Semitism definition, that will not end criticism of Israel within the Labour Party or in British society. Corbyn himself will not change his views, nor will other supporters of the Palestinian struggle within the Labour Party or in British society.
Ultimately, what is causing the growing criticism of Israel in Britain as elsewhere are Israeli policies, and attempts to silence criticism of those policies by conjuring up the specter of anti-Semitism or by resorting to purges and inquisitions that can only, in the end, threaten to provoke a backlash.
How the Anti-Corbyn Campaign Is Like Russia-gate
The anti-Semitism campaign against Corbyn in Britain bears more than a passing resemblance to the Russia-gate scandal in the United States.
Controversial BBC graphic seeking to link Corbyn to Russia. (BBC)
In both countries, the establishment has been shocked by popular insurgencies on the right and left and the rise of a seeming outsider: Corbyn in Britain, and Trump (with far less cause) in the U.S. In both countries, this has provoked a shrill establishment campaign against the outsider. In both countries, the allegations which form the basis of the campaign—of anti-Semitism in the case of Corbyn, of being an agent of the Russians in the case of Trump—are to anyone with even a basic grasp of reality utterly fantastic. In neither country does the sheer absurdity of the allegations seem to matter for those who have invested in the campaign. Instead, the political class in both countries pretends to believe them, while the media has embraced them. A media effort has been made to link Corbyn to Russia too.
In both countries, interested outside powers are involved in the campaigns— Israel in the case of the anti-Semitism campaign against Corbyn in Britain, Britain and some other U.S. European allies in the Russia-gate scandal against Trump in the U.S. But the origins of both campaigns are domestic.
In both Britain and the U.S., the core electoral base of both Corbyn and Trump remains unmoved by the hysteria and the swirl of allegations, but in the meantime, real damage to the political system is being done. Both countries are unable to formulate rational foreign policies, whether with respect to the situation in the Middle East in the case of Britain, or with respect to relations with Russia in the case of the U.S.
Corbyn and the movement he leads have far deeper roots within British society than Trump does in the U.S. There has been a continuous tradition of political radicalism in Britain going back to the period of the French Revolution. Corbyn stands squarely within that tradition, a fact which is perhaps better understood in Britain than it is outside it. That tradition for the moment is rising in the case of younger Britains.
That, of course, is why, against all expectations, Corbyn, was elected leader of the Labour Party, and why, again contrary to all expectations, he increased the Labour’s share of the vote so dramatically in the June 2017 general election.
That is reason for the intensity of the campaign against him, but it also explains why he has been able to withstand it up to now. The shape of British politics in the future will be determined by whether or not he is able to continue  to do so.
Alexander Mercouris is a political commentator and editor of The Duran

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Leaders preach about the need to join military campaigns to the youth of the country and do it in a most charismatic fashion. They bang one fist on the speech podium and raise the other over their head while explaining how much of a duty it is to give the ultimate sacrifice. In most cases, those drafted, end up committing massacres – Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Bosnia, Vietnam, and the list goes on. In many cases, they return home in a body bag. Never the leader or his kin though; draft dodging is a big thing for the men who send other people’s children to spiritual and physical doom.
[Hezbollah Secretary General His eminence] Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is a man who knew, and still does, every single aspect of the field. He is aware of the complexity of the military situation where every Lebanese grain of sand exists. This is because of the Resistance’s strategic nature; although the honor of martyrdom is a highly sought-after goal, the leadership never places members in losing situations. Tactical intelligence rules resistance operations beginning with preparation stages up until execution and return to base.
The word “Dispensable” does not exist in Hezbollah’s dictionary.
Still, the liberation of a country can be hardly achieved by throwing roses and rice on occupying forces. Maybe try negotiations but that is impossible with an occupier who boasts a mile-long rap sheet written with the blood of endless civilians. Armed resistance is the answer and that does not come without risk.
The man who knows all the risks, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, did not object to his firstborn’s request to join the ranks of the Resistance; specific orders were given to treat the young man like any other son of loving parents who chose to defend Lebanon.
The son of the Secretary-General who leads the only Arab force that brought “Israel” to its knees was martyred. Sayyed Hassan’s reaction was giving gratitude to God for allowing him to join the league of other parents of martyred heroes. He gave the most precious gift of life to Lebanon.
Any father or mother would understand the emotional value of a child and how devastating it is to lose that child. Sayyed Hassan taught the world that it was not a loss, that the martyrdom of his beloved gentle natured son was a gain for the cause of all the oppressed of the world, for the resistance, and for Lebanon. Most importantly, a gain for young Hadi himself who has joined the honored few who are fortunate enough to walk behind the lord of the martyrs, Imam Hussein (AS).
Hadi Nasrallah’s martyrdom was a message to the people of the world. The content was simple and yet strong: The children of those sending your own to war are not more precious than yours.
Sayyed Nasrallah’s reaction was also a message. It conveyed that the country and its independence are more precious than any of us; including himself and his family. It also told people that a true leader looks at everyone equally. “Israel” kept Hadi’s body and refused to hand it over to the Red Cross to deliver to his family for proper burial. There is no doubt that they tried to negotiate over it but the Secretary-General refused to set his son apart from other people’s children after martyrdom just like he did when his son was still in active duty. Sayyed Nasrallah insisted that if there were to be a swapping deal, it should include the hijacked bodies of all the martyrs and not only his son’s.
This is just an example of why Sayyed Nasrallah is loved and revered so much by his followers and respected by others. As opposed to other leaders, he does not engage in theatrics and never asks for what he would not accept on himself. The way he analyzes current affairs and shares the honest outlook with the public is a trait almost exclusive to him. In the year 2000, when the “Israelis” pulled out of South Lebanon in a rush and without prior warning, they left the Lahed militia they had created behind. Although so many atrocities were committed by that militia, Sayyed Nasrallah had ordered the men of the resistance to quickly fill the void created by the Zionist army so as no one would engage in reprisals against the abandoned agents who tortured and killed so many of the people of the South. The Secretary-General of Hezbollah dedicated the liberation victory to all the Lebanese regardless of political affiliations and religion; he prohibited manhunts and left the issue of the local “Israeli” collaborators to the government.
In a way, the Sayyed prevented further blood being spilled on the land that was irrigated with the immaculate one of so many martyrs, including his son’s. Patriotism is always the basis of Sayyed Nasrallah’s decisions.
Hadi and his colleagues, those who preceded him and those who followed, have given their lives to keep our children safe. Without them, “Israel” would have annexed South Lebanon by now and would have claimed the riches recently found in the sea. Without them, “ISIS” would have probably spread its cancerous existence much further inwards like they did in regional countries.
Endless gratitude goes to all the parents of the martyrs because of whom our children live with dignity today. Endless gratitude to Sayyed Hadi whose martyrdom has set much needed standards.
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EMMY F. PURBA. JUHAR — Salah seorang perangkat Pemerintahan Desa Sugihen (Kecamatan Juhar, Kabupaten Karo) bernama Syeelwem Sembiring terpilih untuk mengikuti pendidikan di bidang Pertanian ke Israel. Dia terpilih diantara 600 orang perwakilan Sumut yang berangkat ke Israel. “Syeelwem akan berada di Israel selama 9 bulan,” kata Kepala Desa Desa Sugihen (samta Ginting) kepada wartawan […]
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Israelis are taking Genesis 1:28 seriously. The Jewish state’s fertility rate is 3.1, far above replacement.

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الغاز الإسرائيلي يقترب من الشاطئ، لكن التحديات مستمرة

 7 أيلول/سبتمبر 2018
تحت أنظار مجموعة صغيرة من المتظاهرين البيئيين المخيمين على الشاطئ الإسرائيلي "دور"، يضع المهندسون اللمسات الأخيرة على خط أنابيب مخصص لحقل "لڤياثان" البحري للغاز الطبيعي التابع لإسرائيل. وسيتم وصل الخط الواقع بين تل أبيب وحيفا بشبكة تنقل أساساً الغاز من حقل غاز "تامار" الأصغر حجماً إلى محطات توليد الطاقة والمنشآت الصناعية المنتشرة في جميع أنحاء إسرائيل. وعلى بعد ثلاثين ميلاً إلى الشرق، يعمل مهندسون آخرون على خط أنابيب سيعبر إلى الأردن، حيث من المتوقع أن يولّد غاز "لڤياثان" القسم الأكبر من الطاقة الكهربائية في المملكة ابتداءً من عام 2020.
وقد تمت مناقشة بدائل أخرى مختلفة فيما يتعلق بالغاز الإسرائيلي، ومنها خط أنابيب محتمل تحت سطح البحر يصل إلى قبرص واليونان وإيطاليا، إلا أن مسارات [نقل الغاز من] حقل "لڤياثان" التي بات إنجازها قريباً هي أكثر الخيارات الواعدة للمستقبل القريب. كما يمكن تطوير حقول أصغر حجماً في المنطقة الاقتصادية الحصرية البحرية لإسرائيل، لكنها أقل حجماً بكثير من نطاق حقل "لڤياثان"، في حين يُعتبر التنقيب عن الغاز في المنطقة الشمالية محدوداً بسبب عدم وجود حدود بحرية معترف بها مع لبنان. والآن بعد أن أصبح الاستغلال الكامل لحقل "لڤياثان" حقيقة واقعة، فإن الأسئلة التي تطرح نفسها هنا، ما هي خيارات التصدير التي يقدمها، وما هي العقبات التي قد تبرز لإحباطها؟
الوضع الحالي لـ "لڤياثان"
على الرغم من صغر حجم احتياطات الغاز الإسرائيلية على الصعيد العالمي، إلا أن الأرقام المرتبطة بحقل "لڤياثان" قد تغير قواعد اللعبة في المشرق. ففي بداية أيلول/سبتمبر الحالي، وصفت الشركة الأمريكية "نوبل إينرجي" هذا الحقل الذي اكتشفته عام 2010، بأنه "خزان رائع". ويُقدَّر أنّه يحتوي على أكثر من 22 تريليون قدم مكعب من الغاز. ولوضع هذا الرقم في سياقه الصحيح، يضم حقل "تامار" 10 تريليونات قدم مكعب فقط من الغاز، إلا أنه يؤمّن حوالي 60 في المائة من الطاقة الكهربائية لإسرائيل وسيستمر في القيام بذلك لسنوات عديدة.
وبالتالي، عندما يبدأ تشغيل حقل "لڤياثان"، فسيُمكّن إسرائيل بأن تصبح دولةً مصدّرةً للغاز. وقد سبق وأن تم مد خطوط الأنابيب من "لڤياثان" الذي يقع على بعد 80 ميلاً تقريباً من الشاطئ وعلى عمق 6 آلاف قدم؛ وتنتظر هذه الخطوط وصلها بمنصة إنتاج يجري استكمالها حالياً في تكساس. ومن المقرر أن يتم جر إطار المنصة عبر المحيط الأطلسي قريباً، لينطلق في رحلته في نهاية تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر ويصل في بداية العام المقبل. وحينما يكون على مسافة تقرب من ستة أميال من الشاطئ، سيتم تحميله بوحدات معالجة من أجل تنظيف الغاز وتجفيفه قبل وصوله إلى الشاطئ.
الخلاف والجدل
على الرغم من الاحتمالات التي يشكلها توفير الغاز الإسرائيلي لأمن الطاقة، فإن تطوير احتياطياته قد تَميَّز بنقاش مفعم بالحيوية على المستويين السياسي والعام. وكان من المزمع أساساً أن يبدأ تشغيل حقل "لڤياثان" في عام 2017. وتمت تهدئة المخاوف الأولية بشأن هيمنة شركة "نوبل إينرجي" في قطاع الغاز عندما قامت الشركة ببيع بعض من أسهمها في حقول أخرى وقلصت حصتها في حقل "تامار". كما أثار شركاؤها الإسرائيليون، بمن فيهم شركة "ديليك"، جدلاً سياسياً أيضاً، حيث زعم المعارضون أن اتحاد الشركات كان يتفاوض على سعر مرتفع جداً للغاز.
وفي غضون ذلك، يدّعي أنصار حماية البيئة - بمن فيهم المخيّمون على شاطئ "دور" وبضعة آلاف من المتظاهرين الآخرين الذين تجمعوا في وسط تل أبيب في الأول من أيلول/سبتمبر وفقاً لبعض التقارير - أن وضع منصة غاز على مسافة قريبة جداً من الشاطئ يُعتبر أمراً خطيراً بما أن السائل المكثف المستخرج في عملية التنظيف قد يتدفق نحو المياه المحلية. وفي المقابل، يدافع هؤلاء عن منشأة عائمة تقع مباشرةً فوق حقل "لڤياثان". ومع ذلك، يبدو أن مجموعة من الاعتبارات الهندسية والأمنية تتفوق على حججهم، إذ يعتقد البعض أن خطر السائل المكثف مبالغاً فيه وأنه سيتم التخفيف منه من خلال التدابير الخاصة بالسلامة. فالمنصة المزمع تثبيتها تُعتبر أكثر عملية بكثير من منشأة عائمة ويجب أن تكون قريبةً من الشاطئ قبل انخفاض قاع البحر بصورة حادة. كما يمكن الدفاع بشكل أفضل عن منصة قريبة من الشاطئ ضد الصواريخ والتهديدات البحرية. على سبيل المثال، خلال حرب غزة عام 2014 سقطت صواريخ «حماس» بالقرب من شاطئ "دور"، كما أنّ الترسانة الضخمة لصواريخ «حزب الله» في لبنان هي أكثر قرباً.
وثمة مصدر قلق آخر هو واقع إمكانية رؤية المنصة من الشاطئ، خاصة بالنسبة لبعض الأشخاص الذين يعيشون في البلدة الراقية "زخرون يعقوف" الواقعة على هضبة ساحلية. ولكن السكان يعيشون هناك منذ عقود ولديهم نظرة مماثلة قريبة تجاه محطة توليد الكهرباء في "الخضيرة" التي تعمل على الفحم الحجري ومداخنها الأربعة العملاقة. ومن المتوقع أن تَغلق هذه المحطة أبوابها في غضون أربع سنوات. إن النظرة الأكثر تمثيلاً لمستقبل الطاقة في إسرائيل، هو محطة "حاغيت" لتوليد الطاقة التي تعمل على الغاز، والتي يمكن رؤيتها أيضاً من بلدة "زخرون يعقوف" ولكنها تقبع في رقعة مخفية في التلال الشرقية.
إعادة العمل بخطوط الأنابيب القديمة
بما أن تطوير حقل "لڤياثان" لن يكون مجدياً من الناحية الاقتصادية إلا إذا استطاعت إسرائيل تصدير معظم الغاز الذي يحويه، فمن الضروري تأمين طرق [نقله] إلى الأردن ومصر. ويُجنّب استخدام خطوط الأنابيب القائمة نفقات إنشاء خطوط أنابيب جديدة أو بناء محطة لتصدير الغاز الطبيعي المسال على الساحل، الأمر الذي سيولّد مخاوف بيئية أخرى. وسيكون جزء خط الأنابيب الذي يمتد إلى الأردن جديداً، إلا أنه سيستخدم حق المرور الذي تم إنشاؤه أصلاً من خلال خط الأنابيب القديم الممتد من كركوك إلى حيفا الذي كان يصدّر النفط العراقي بين عامي 1935 و1948، وهو السبب الذي دفع إلى بناء مصفاة في حيفا، التي هي الأكبر في إسرائيل حالياً.
وعند وصوله إلى الأردن، سيتصل الغاز المتدفق الآتي من حقل "لڤياثان" بـ "خط أنابيب الغاز العربي" القديم الذي كان ينقل إمدادات من مصر إلى الأردن وسوريا ولبنان حتى عام 2013، عندما أدّت الفوضى السياسية في القاهرة إلى تعطيل عمليات التصدير. ويبدو أن الخطة تعتمد حالياً على إرسال الغاز من حقل "لڤياثان" إلى مصر عبر هذا الطريق الدائري، نزولاً باتجاه خليج العقبة وصعوداً عبر شبه جزيرة سيناء. ويُعدّ عكس اتجاه المضخات وإعادة تأهيل خط الأنابيب أقل تكلفةً بكثير من بناء خط أنابيب جديد.
ومن التطورات المحتملة الأخرى اقتراح يقضي بإرسال الغاز الإسرائيلي من حقل "تامار" (ولاحقاً من حقل "لڤياثان") إلى مصر على طول "خط أنابيب غاز شرق المتوسط" القديم الذي كان يُستخدم لإرسال الإمدادات من العريش إلى عسقلان حتى عام 2013. ففي 30 آب/أغسطس، صرّح الرئيس التنفيذي لشركة "ديليك" أساف بارتفلد أن "المفاوضات حول شراء خط أنابيب شركة «إي إم جي» مستمرة". وفي 5 أيلول/سبتمبر، صرح رئيس مجلس إدارة شركة "نوبل إينرجي" ديفيد ستوفر أن "العمل جارٍ على تعزيز الوصول إلى مصر" وأن "التحديثات والأخبار" المتعلقة بتلك الجهود ستصبح متوفرة "عما قريب".
التحديات المستقبلية
يذكّر تعطّل تدفق الغاز المصري إلى إسرائيل والأردن بعد الإطاحة بنظام مبارك بأنّ ترتيبات الطاقة الناشئة في المنطقة هي دائماً عرضة للمخاطر السياسية. ومنذ ذلك الحين أصبحت إسرائيل أحد مورّدي الغاز الأكثر موثوقية للأردن، ووفقاً لشركة "نوبل إينرجي"، لم تؤدي الاكتشافات البحرية الأخيرة في مصر إلى تقليل الطلب المحلي للغاز الذي لا ينضب على ما يبدو. ومع ذلك، لا يزال الرأي العام في البلدين سلبياً للغاية تجاه إسرائيل، ويُعد التعاون في مجال الغاز هدفاً متكرراً لهذا الاستياء.
ويبدو أنّ الحكومة المصرية الحالية على استعداد تام لشراء الغاز الإسرائيلي، غير أن الطريق المفترض لمثل هذه الإمدادات شمال سيناء - لا يزال يشكل مصدر قلق أمني. فقد تعرض جزء خط الأنابيب الواقع في سيناء لهجمات الجهاديين منذ خمسة أعوام، وفي حين تدّعي القاهرة أنها جددت جهود مكافحة الإرهاب هناك، إلّا أن عليها أن تُظهر نجاحاً طويل الأمد.
كما أن التوترات المستمرة بين إسرائيل، و«حماس» و«حزب الله» يمكن أن تنفجر وتفضي إلى جولة جديدة من الأعمال العدائية في أي وقت. وقد تمكنت الدفاعات الصاروخية الإسرائيلية من تفادي أضرار كبيرة في البنى التحتية في الجولات السابقة، إلا أنها قد تفشل في النزاعات المستقبلية مع مواجهتها المزيد من القذائف (أو قذائف أكثر دقة).
ومع ذلك،  يبدو أن مشروع حقل "لڤياثان" قد أوشك أخيراً على الانتهاء. ومن وجهة نظر الولايات المتحدة، هناك سبب إضافي للاحتفال وهو أن هذا المشروع يجمع بين الأعمال والتقنية الأمريكية وبين الجهود الدبلوماسية الهادئة التي تقوم بها واشنطن لمساعدة شركائها الإقليميين على العمل معاً.

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 "فورين بوليسي"
أيلول/سبتمبر 2018
ظهرت الرسالة النصية الأولى على هاتف أحمد منصور عند الساعة 9:38 من صباح أحد أيام آب/أغسطس الحارة عام 2016. كانت الرسالة غامضة بعض الشيء وباللغة العربية، وقد ورد فيها ما يلي: "أسرار جديدة عن تعذيب الإماراتيين في سجون الدولة" وتبعها رابط تشعبي. وقد بدا كل من الرقم والرسالة، والرسالة المشابهة التي تلقاها في اليوم التالي، غريبًا بالنسبة إلى منصور، وهو ناشط معروف في مجال حقوق الإنسان في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة. فقاوم وامتنع عن النقر على الروابط.
بدلاً من ذلك، أرسل منصور الملاحظات إلى معهد أبحاث "سيتيزن لاب" التابع لجامعة تورنتو والمتخصص في حقوق الإنسان وأمن الإنترنت. وبعد العمل بالاتجاه المعاكس، وجد الباحثون أن الروابط التشعبية هي جزء من برنامج تجسس متطور تم تصميمه خصيصًا لاستهداف منصور. ولو نقر على الروابط، لحوّل البرنامج هاتفه إلى "جاسوس رقمي في جيبه"، يتتبع تحركاته ويراقب رسائله ويسيطر على كاميرته وميكروفونه، بحسب ما جاء لاحقًا في تقرير "سيتيزن لاب".
لكن الاكتشاف المهم في التقرير لم يكن التكنولوجيا المستخدمة بحد ذاتها، إذ قامت وكالات الاستخبارات في الدول المتقدمة بتطوير برامج تجسس ونشرها حول العالم. فما برز هو أن معهد "سيتيزن لاب" قد تعقّب البرنامج واكتشف أنه يعود إلى شركة خاصة وهي "مجموعة إن أس أو" الإسرائيلية الغامضة. (يتكون الاسم من الأحرف الأولى من أسماء مؤسسي الشركة الثلاثة). وبطريقة ما، تمكنت هذه الشركة الصغيرة نسبيًا من العثور على ثغرة في أجهزة آيفون الجوالة التي تُعتبر من بين أكثر الأجهزة الخليوية أمنًا في العالم، وقد طورت برنامجًا لاستغلالها – وهي عملية مكلفة للغاية وتستغرق وقتًا طويلاً. وفي هذا السياق، كتب باحثو معهد "سيتيزن لاب" في تقريرهم: "لسنا على علم بأي حالة سابقة تم فيها اختراق نظام حماية أجهزة آيفون عن بُعد ليُستخدم كجزء من حملة هجومية موجّهة".
وتُعد إسرائيل رائدةً على المستوى العالمي في قطاع التكنولوجيا السيبرانية الخاص، حيث تملك على الأقل 300 شركة تغطي كافة المجالات بدءًا من الأمن المصرفي وصولاً إلى الدفاع عن البنية التحتية الحيوية. ولكن في حين أن معظم هذه المؤسسات تهدف إلى حماية الشركات من الهجمات الإلكترونية، استغل بعضها هذا الخط الرفيع الفاصل بين القدرات الإلكترونية الدفاعية وتلك الهجومية لتزويد العملاء بخدمات أكثر شرًا. ففي حالة منصور، يُعتقد أن الإمارات العربية المتحدة قد استخدمت أدوات زوّدتها بها شركة "إن أس أو" لمراقبة أشهر المعارضين في البلاد. (ويقضي منصور الآن حكمًا بالسجن لمدة 10 سنوات بسبب نشره "معلومات كاذبة" على حساباته الخاصة عبر وسائل التواصل الاجتماعي). وفي هذا الإطار، كتب الباحث في مجال السياسات في مؤسسة "راند" ساشا رومانوسكي العام الماضي أنّ "هذه الشركات تقوم بتطبيق تقنيات متطورة أو ربما أكثر تعقيدًا من وكالات الاستخبارات الأمريكية".
ولا تزال خصخصة هذه القدرة الهجومية في مراحلها الأولى. إلا أنها تثير مخاوف واسعة بشأن انتشار بعض الأدوات بالغة القوة وبشأن الطريقة التي تفقد بها الحكومات القدرة على احتكار استخدامها. فعندما تستخدم الأطراف الفاعلة في الدولة الأسلحة الإلكترونية، يكون هناك على الأقل إمكانية التنظيم والمساءلة. ولكن عندما تكون الشركات الخاصة هي الفاعلة، تصبح الأمور أكثر تعقيدًا. وفي هذا الصدد، تمثّل إسرائيل حالة اختبار جيدة. فهي تقدّم إمدادات ثابتة من مشغلي الإنترنت ذوي الكفاءات العالية الذين يتعلمون المهارة هذه أثناء خدمتهم العسكرية في واحدة من نخبة وحدات الاستخبارات في البلاد - والوحدة 8200 هي الأشهَر بينها – وينتقلون بعد ذلك للعمل في الشركات الخاصة. وقال نداف زافرير، وهو جنرال متقاعد وقائد سابق للوحدة 8200، إنّ الجنود الذين يقضون وقتًا في الخدمة لحماية إسرائيل من الهجمات الإلكترونية ينتهي بهم الحال في معرفة كيفية مهاجمة الطرف الآخر. وأضاف، "من أجل سد الثغرة بين الدفاع والهجوم، يجب أن يكون لديك عقلية المعتدي".
ولم تكن قضية منصور مسألةً منفردة. فوفقًا لمعهد "سيتيزن لاب"، تم استهداف نحو 175 شخصًا من قِبل برامج التجسس التي طورتها مجموعة "إن أس أو" منذ عام 2016، ومن بينهم ناشطون في مجال حقوق الإنسان ومعارضون. ويشار إلى أن شركات إسرائيلية أخرى توفّر منتجات مماثلة. وفي هذا الإطار، قال نيمرود كوزلوفسكي، وهو أستاذ مساعد في "جامعة تل أبيب" ومحامٍ متخصص في الأمن السيبراني: "ما من طريقة أخرى، فمن أجل تأمين الدفاع للشبكة، ينبغي تحديد نقاط الضعف". ثم أضاف: "لقد تم إنشاؤها بناءً على معرفة [إسرائيل] المتعمقة بمكامن الضعف والطرق الهجومية هذه. فنحن على دراية تامة بالأهداف".
فلنأخذ على سبيل المثال أشهر هذه الأهداف المزعومة، أي الهجوم الذي نفذته الوحدة 8200 بالتعاون مع "وكالة الأمن القومي" الأمريكية في عامي 2009 و2010 على منشأة إيرانية لتخصيب اليورانيوم في نطنز. لقد تمكنت الوحدة من نشر فيروس حاسوبي - يطلق عليه اسم "ستوكسنت" – داخل المرفق على الرغم من وجود فجوة هوائية هناك، أي أن المرفق كان منفصلًا عمليًا عن شبكة الإنترنت الواسعة. واستهدف الفيروس نظام التشغيل لأجهزة الطرد المركزي المستخدمة في تخصيب اليورانيوم، ما أدى إلى جعلها تتحرك بوتيرة خارجة عن السيطرة وتكسّرها. وعلى ما يبدو، تم اختراق نظام المراقبة أيضًا، إذ لم يلاحظ الإيرانيون بدايةً الضرر الذي كان يحدث.
ولعله ليس من الصدفة أن الكثير من منتجات شركات الدفاع الإلكتروني الإسرائيلية يهدف إلى إحباط الهجمات التي تكون على نمط "ستوكسنت" والتي تهاجم البنية التحتية الحيوية. فتضم هذه الشركات شركة "أبيريو سيستمز" التي يرأسها ضابط مخابرات سابق يدعى ليران تانكمان والتي طورت منتجًا يكتشف التلاعب بالبيانات - "آلة الحقيقة"، كما يسميها تانكمان - في قراءات المستشعِرات في المنشآت الصناعية.
وبالرغم من أن "ستوكسنت" فيروسًا قديمًا ولا يُعمل به الآن سوى كأداة تحليلية، بات اليوم مصدر اهتمام الخبراء في هذا المجال، وذلك لسبب وجيه: لقد كان هجومًا إلكترونيًا ناجحًا للغاية ضد جهة تابعة للدولة، وقد تسبب بأضرار مادية فعلية. وفي هذا الصدد، قال الخبير غابرييل أفنر، وهو مستشار الأمن الرقمي في إسرائيل، "إن عقدًا واحدًا من الزمن في التكنولوجيا هو دهر". ففي أيامنا هذه، تتزايد الهجمات السيبرانية، بحسب ما قال زافرير، وهو القائد السابق للوحدة 8200 ويدير اليوم شركة "تيم 8"، وهي شركة تجمع بين صندوق للمشاريع الرأسمالية وحاضن ومختبر للأفكار. أمّا التطور الذي يقلقه ويقلق وخبراء آخرين فهو انتشار إنترنت الأشياء.
وفي هذا الصدد، قال الخبير بالمسائل المتصلة بالفضاء الإلكتروني في "جامعة هارفارد" بروس شناير: "لقد تحول كل شيء إلى حاسوب: الهاتف والثلاجة وجهاز الميكروويف والسيارة". وتكمن المشكلة في أن شبكة الإنترنت، التي ظهرت في السبعينيات والثمانينيات من القرن الماضي، قد صُمّمت من دون مراعاة المسألة الأمنية. لذلك، يتسابق الجميع الآن إلى سدّ الثغرات في أنظمة المعلومات (مثل البرمجيات) وأنظمة التشغيل (مثل المنشآت الصناعية المادية) قديمة الطراز أو المكتوبة بشكل سيئ أو غير الآمنة. ثم أضاف شناير، وهو أيضًا مؤلف كتاب "انقر هنا لقتل الجميع: الأمن والصمود في عالم شديد الاتصال: "الهجمات أصبحت أسرع وأسهل وأفضل".
فهل يعني ذلك أننا هالكون جميعًا؟ الإجابة المختصرة هي لا – أو أقله ربما لا. فحتى الآن، إذا وضعنا "ستوكسنت" جانبًا، تُعد الهجمات الإلكترونية الأكثر نجاحًا هي تلك التي استهدفت أوكرانيا وإستونيا وتسببت في أضرار مادية واسعة النطاق. وعلى الرغم من أن هذه الهجمات، التي استهدفت شبكات الطاقة والمؤسسات المالية والوزارات الحكومية، قد تسببت بأضرار فادحة، تم تحديدها ومعالجتها بسرعة نسبيًا. ولم يحصل أي من سيناريوهات "يوم القيامة" التي يرغب بعض الخبراء أو النقاد في التحذير منها - مثل سيطرة المتسللين على سلاح نووي أو طائرة تجارية أو برامج ضارة تتسبب في انهيار وول ستريت.
ويعود ذلك جزئيًا إلى أنه "سيتوفر دائمًا للمتسللين الذين ترعاهم الدولة الموارد التي يحتاجونها"، بحسب تانكمان. "إنما المهم هنا هو إلى أي مدى يسبق القطاع العام [الجهات غير التابعة للدولة]. لن يكون هناك أي "سلاح نووي سيبراني" خلال سنة أو سنتين من اليوم، إذ تكمن المسألة في وتيرة التطور بين المهاجمين والمدافعين. فعليك أن تعمل بدون توقف".
وإذا كان جزء من الخطر نابع من الخط الضبابي الذي يفصل بين الدفاع السيبراني والهجوم السيبراني، يأتي جزء آخر من التمييز شبه المعدوم بين المجالين الالكترونيين العام والخاص. ففي تموز/يوليو على سبيل المثال، أصدرت السلطات الإسرائيلية لوائح اتهام عدة ضد موظف سابق في مجموعة "إن أس أو" ادّعت فيها أنه سرق معلومات حساسة ومسجّلة الملكية وهو في طور مغادرته الشركة. غير أن الموظف الذي لم يُكشف عن اسمه اتُهم أيضًا بمحاولة تقويض الأمن القومي: فقد حاول على ما يبدو بيع المعلومات بمبلغ قدره 50 مليون دولار أمريكي في عملة مشفرة إلى مشترٍ أجنبي على الشبكة المظلمة، وهي جزء شاسع من الانترنت وغير ظاهر يتعذر الوصول إليه من خلال محركات البحث العادية.
ولا تشكّل هذه الحادثة التي كشفتها الشركة بسرعة إلا حالة واحدة من بين العديد من الحالات التي توضح مدى ارتباط المجالين الخاص والعام في الحرب السيبرانية. فالقدرات التي كانت تخص الحكومات وحدها تجد اليوم طريقها إلى الشركات خاصة التي غالبًا ما تكون مجرمة.
وأصبحت شيفرة فيروس "ستوكسنت" متاحةً للعلن الآن. ففي عام 2013، سرق متسللون – يُعتقد أنهم من الجنسية الروسية - سلاحًا إلكترونيًا طورته "وكالة الأمن القومي" مستغلةً نقاط الضعف في "مايكروسوفت ويندوز" ونشروه على الانترنت. وفي أيار/مايو 2017، استخدم متسللون آخرون - ربما من كوريا الشمالية – هذا السلاح لإطلاق هجوم فيروس الفدية على صعيد العالم. ويُعتقد أن الهجوم الذي حمل اسم "واناكراي" قد أصاب 200 ألف حاسوب في أكثر من 150 دولة، ومنها أجزاء رئيسية من "دائرة خدمة الصحة الوطنية البريطانية"، قبل أن يتم إيقافه. وفي قضية منفصلة في عام 2013، أثبتت شركة "مانديانت"، وهي شركة خاصة للأمن السيبراني في الولايات المتحدة، أن المتسللين الذين يعملون لصالح الجيش الصيني يستهدفون الشركات الأمريكية والوكالات الحكومية. وفي عام 2015، قامت وحدة 8200 بحسب التقارير باختراق شركة "كاسبرسكاي لاب" الرائدة عالميًا في برامج مكافحة الفيروسات، كما اكتشفت أن الشركة الخاصة كانت تعمل كبوابة خلفية للمخابرات الروسية إلى عملائها، ومن بينهم أكثر من ٢٠ وكالة حكومية أمريكية.
وفي هذا السياق، قال جنرال إسرائيلي متقاعد ومؤسس شركة "بلو أوشين تكنولوجيز" المتخصصة بالهجمات الالكترونية رامي بن أفرايم: "في العالم المادي للحروب، لطالما عُرف بوضوح ما هو عام: أي الدبابات والقبة الحديدية (أنظمة الدفاع الصاروخي) وطائرات أف- ١٦. وتابع: "أمّا في العالم السيبراني اليوم، فالأمر معقد"، إذ يمكن أن تكون البنى التحتية الحيوية، مثل مرافق الطاقة أو محطات معالجة المياه، مملوكةً للقطاع الخاص، كما هو غالبًا الحال في الولايات المتحدة. ولكنها قد تتسبب في أضرار تطال البلد بأكمله إذا ما تعطلت أنظمتها. وكذلك، تمرّ رسائل تعبئة قوات الاحتياط الإسرائيلية في أوقات الحرب عبر شبكات الاتصالات الخاصة. كما أن إنترنت الأشياء - التي ربطت الكثير من منتجاتنا الاستهلاكية - قد خلقت أيضًا نقاط ضعف هائلة.
وأضاف بن أفرايم، وهو طيار حربي سابق: "إذا كنت ترغب في إنزال طائرة، وإذا كنت ترغب في الحصول على قوة جوية، فأنت لا تدخل من الباب الأمامي، أي قمرة القيادة، بل تنال من المطار والأنظمة اللوجستية. وتذهب خلف أجهزة الآيباد التي يأخذها معهم الطيارون إلى منازلهم". وأضاف بن أفرايم، لم يعد هناك "كيانات قائمة بذاتها –فكلّ شيء أصبح جزءًا من شبكة". وحسبما أخبرني نائب وزير الدفاع في ليتوانيا إدفيناس كيرزا في الخريف الماضي في العاصمة فيلنيوس، في إشارة إلى الإجراءات الروسية ضد الدول السوفيتية السابقة الأخرى: "إن الهجمات تأتي من الداخل – المصارف في تراجع والحكومة غير مستجيبة وهناك حالة عدم استقرار عام..."لا فرق إن تم تحصين الحدود"، كما يقولون، "فنحن سنأتي من الداخل".
قد اختارت إسرائيل على سبيل المثال مكافحة المشكلة على مستوى الدولة عن طريق ربط المجالين العام والخاص، وأحيانًا بكل ما للكلمة من معنى. فمركز البلاد للفضاء السيبراني في مدينة بئر السبع الجنوبية لا يضم حرم التكنولوجيا الجديد التابع للجيش الإسرائيلي فحسب، بل أيضًا مجمع شركات ذات تقنيات عالية ومركز النقب للأبحاث السيبرانية التابع لـ"جامعة بن غوريون" و"المديرية السيبرانية الوطنية" التي تتبع مباشرةً مكتب رئيس الوزراء. وقال المستشار الأمني أفنير بإصرار: "هناك جسر مادي بينهما".
وفي عالم أطلقت فيه مؤخرًا وكالة الأمن الداخلي الإسرائيلية، الشاباك، برنامجًا خاصًا يسرّع بدء التشغيل، فإن التعاون بين المجالَين العام والخاص سيزيد. ففي الواقع، عليها أن تتعاون لتواكب التطورات السريعة في مجالات مثل الذكاء الاصطناعي والتعلم الآلي وإنجازات أخرى في القدرات الحاسوبية.
ولم تقم الحرب الالكترونية بتعتيم الخط الذي يفصل بين الهجوم والدفاع فحسب، بل أيضًا مفهوم الملكية السيادية في ما يتعلق بالتطور التكنولوجي - وبالتحديد ما يشكل بالضبط شركة إسرائيلية (أو أمريكية أو صينية). لقد حجبت الإنترنت الحدود، والحرب السيبرانية ليست مستثناة. وكما قال شناير من جامعة هارفارد: "تُصنع الرقائق في (أ) وتُجمّع في (ب) وتكتب البرمجيات في جميع أنحاء العالم من قِبَل 125 فردًا من جنسيات مختلفة". وتبدو هذه الانسيابية شائعةً بشكل خاص في إسرائيل، حيث أنشأت الشركات الأجنبية، التي تملك أموالاً طائلة، مراكز متقدمة لأنشطة الأبحاث والتطوير واشترت الشركات الناشئة المحلية.
وفي حين أن الطبيعة الدولية لتكنولوجيا الحاسوب تعود بفوائد كثيرة، تعقّد عملية التحقق من مصدر الهجوم السيبراني. وبالتالي، إنّ غياب تحديد المصدر يصعّب استجابة الحكومات، وعدم وجود تهديد بالانتقام يجعل الردع عسيرًا، إن لم يكن مستحيلاً. وكتب ديفيد سانجر في مقال نُشر في صحيفة "نيويورك تايمز" مقتبسًا من كتابه "السلاح الأمثل: حرب وتخريب وخوف في عصر الإنترنت": "إنّ السبب في ظهور الأسلحة السيبرانية كأدوات فعالة لكافة الدول مهما كان حجمها يكمن في كونه طريقةً للعرقلة وممارسة السلطة أو النفوذ من دون إشعال حروب ومعارك قتالية".
وفي حين أن القطاع الخاص قد يكون قادرًا على دفع رواتب أعلى لشعبه، ما يجعله يجتذب المواهب والبراعة التكنولوجية، لا تزال الحكومة تحمل ورقةً رابحةً واحدة: القانون. وهذا ما يعيدنا إلى مجموعة "إن أس أو" ومنصور، المعارض الإماراتي. فمن أجل أن تبيع مجموعة "إن أس أو" بشكل قانوني السلاح السيبراني الهجومي الذي استُخدم لاستهداف منصور، كانت بحاجة إلى تصريح من ضابط منظم تصدير الأسلحة الإسرائيلي الموجود في وزارة الدفاع. بهذه الطريقة على الأقل، يتم تنظيم الأسلحة السيبرانية بشكل صارم مثل أنظمة الأسلحة الأخرى التي يبيعها الإسرائيليون لحكومات أجنبية، وحيث لا يكون التعامل إلاّ مع الحكومات. 
وفي هذا الإطار، قال يوفال ساسون، وهو شريك متخصص في تصدير الدفاع في شركة المحاماة "ميتار" الرائدة في إسرائيل: "إن بيع أنظمة كهذه إلى مؤسسات غير حكومية، مثل شركة أو أصحاب نفوذ سياسي غير قانوني إطلاقًا. وتمامًا مثل بيع طائرة بدون طيار أو رشاش، ينظر الضابط المنظم إلى المستخدم النهائي: أي هوية الحكومة وأعمالها. فالأداء الوظيفي اختبار محوري". وفي حالة الإمارات العربية المتحدة ومنصور، نصح بعض المسؤولين في مكتب المنظّم بعدم بيع هذا النظام لدولة عربية، وفقًا للصحيفة اليومية الإسرائيلية "يديعوت أحرونوت". وأفادت بأن الأسلحة الإلكترونية التي وافق عليها المنظمون أخيرًا كانت أضعف من تلك التي اقترحتها شركة "إن أس أو" وقالت إن بعض المسؤولين في وزارة الدفاع يعارضون الصفقة لأن التكنولوجيا كانت تُباع إلى بلد عربي. ونقلت الصحيفة عن مسؤول رفيع المستوى في الوزارة قوله: "من العار أن يمنحوا تصريحًا كهذا".
وقالت شركة "إن أس أو" في بيان لها إنها تمتثل لجميع القوانين ذات الصلة وإنها "لا تشغّل البرنامج لعملائها، وإنما تطوره فقط". قد يكون هذا الفارق مجرد خدعة، ولكنه يقدم مثالاً آخر على الإشكالات المتعلقة بمسألة الدفاع والهجوم، والخاصة والعامة: فيمكن استخدام الأدوات السيبرانية الخاصة نفسها التي تم توظيفها ضد أعداء الدولة مثل الصحفيين والمعارضين، لاعتراض سبيل تجار المخدرات والإرهابيين أيضًا. ففي الواقع، في عام 2016، استعان مكتب التحقيقات الفيدرالي بشركة إسرائيلية منفصلة تُدعى "سيلبريت" لفتح جهاز آيفون الخاص بأحد الإرهابيين المتورطين بتنفيذ هجوم سان برناردينو في كاليفورنيا عام 2015، حيث استخدمت الشركة أداةً سيبرانيةً جديدةً لفتحه بعد أن رفضت شركة "آبل" أن تقوم بذلك. ويقال إن "سيلبريت" تبيع منتجاتها في أكثر من 100 بلد.
وفي حين أن بعض المنتقدين يلومون إسرائيل على السلوك المارق، فإن البلاد ليست بعيدة عن ذلك. فلا يوجد في التجارة العالمية للأسلحة إلاّ قلة من الأولياء، حتى بين الديمقراطيات الغربية. ومن مصلحة الشركات الإسرائيلية الامتثال للقانون وتجنب التجاوزات ومنع وقوع التكنولوجيا في الأيدي الخاطئة. وعلى حد تعبير أفنر، "يمكن جني الكثير من الأموال، وبشكل قانوني. فلمَ العمل إذًا في الظلال؟"
وفي النتيجة، لم تكن "إن أس أو" تعمل في الظلال. فقد وافقت الحكومة الإسرائيلية على الصفقة التي أجرتها شركة خاصة في ما يتعلق ببيع أسلحة سيبرانية متطورة إلى حكومة عربية لديها مبادلات استخباراتية وأمنية. وكان هذا القرار رمزيًا للطريقة التي تغيرت فيها التكنولوجيا والحرب والسياسة بشكل كبير خلال سنوات قليلة فقط. ولطالما كان هناك عمليات تجسس وعمليات إعلامية وهجمات عسكرية، وكذلك الجهات الخاصة التي تبيع الأسلحة في جميع أنحاء العالم (من بينها، في العقود الأخيرة، العديد من الأفراد العسكريين الإسرائيليين السابقين). أمّا الفرق الآن فهو مدى وصول الأدوات السيبرانية الجديدة وسرعتها وانتشارها السهل. "لقد بدأ سباق التسلح السيبراني ذات الأبعاد التاريخية ولكن الخفية"، بحسب سانجر - والسباق عالمي. والجانب السلبي المحتمل واضح: سباق تسلح بدون قواعد أو معايير ومن دون خطوط أمامية واضحة. لكن لا مجال للعودة.
وقال بن أفرايم: "يجب أن نتواضع. لقد بدأنا نفهمه للتو". وأضاف: "إنها ثورة حقيقية. فقبل مئة عام، لم يكن من عنصر جوي للحرب. والآن بات عنصرًا حاسمًا لأي جيش". وقال: "الفضاء الالكتروني أكبر من ذلك حتى. اليوم، تفتح عينيك في الصباح – فتجد نفسك فيه".

نيري زيلبر زميل مساعد في معهد واشنطن ومؤلف مشارك (مع غيث العمري) للمقالة "دولة بلا جيش، جيش بلا دولة: تطور قوات أمن السلطة الفلسطينية، 1994-2018".

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Justin Elliott, ProPublica, and Josh Nathan-Kazis, The Forward, report: In 2016, as Palestinian-American poet Remi Kanazi performed at college campuses around the United States, his appearances seemed to spark student protests. Before his visit to John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, a page called “John Jay Students Against Hate” appeared on Facebook […]
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Those Syrians are so dang stupid they want to turn their victory against ‘western’-backed rebels, insurgents and terrorists into defeat, or at least entering another destructive phase of war in their country. With Russian, Iranian, Chinese, Turkish and other help, they have only one small enclave of militants to clear out before their victory is complete. Not coincidentally, this last corner is adjacent to Israel and protected by USofA military. In spite of that, they are taking it down rather quickly. But western military power governors have warned a chemical attack “by the Syrian government” will bring full scale military reprisals from Britain, USofA, and other co-conspirators. The Syrians are not really all that stupid. They are beating the CIA [...]
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@nc47 wrote:

  1. Taiwan
  2. Israel
  3. USA
  4. Korea
  5. Japan


  1. Given the USA’s massive size, it doesn’t seem like any country can approach American technological leadership for generations to come.
  2. Not all patents are created equal. I’ve read somewhere that Korea’s patents are cited and used more than Taiwan’s (although Taiwan has produced some impressive ones, like OLED screens).
  3. TSMC has more than Apple.

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It's a multi-faceted lie, isn't it? Not only did she not see the event in question, it didn't happen at all. It's two lies, not one.
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Want to be part of peace? Stop working for, and investing in, these Big 5 arms manufacturers.

Most Americans want peace—in the world, in their country, and in their own homes and communities.

Even the most committed Trump supporter might want peace in Latin America and the Middle East—if it means “illegal” refugees stop “pouring” in to the USA.

Yet, somehow, U.S. “commandos” were deployed to 149 countries in 2017 alone.

Worse, according to a 2016 International Criminal Court report, U.S. troops allegedly committed war crimes in Afghanistan, and the U.S. military and CIA allegedly tortured at least 88 people in Poland, Romania, and other countries as well.

So why is it then that so many Americans work for private, for-profit companies profiting from war? And why are so many Americans invested financially in the merchants of death profiting from war and manufactured terror around the globe?

Perhaps it’s out of simple ignorance of a) not knowing where their money is invested and b) not knowing the U.S. companies that are manufacturing the weapons of death used by the U.S. and their frenemies around the world.

Enter CodePink’s new report, War Profiteers: The U.S. War Machine and the Arming of Repressive Regimes, a handy guide to the companies that manufacture weapons, and who they are selling them to. The report is primarily focused on Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon—the largest military manufacturers in the U.S., and their deals with Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Egypt.

“The United States is the leading purveyor of arms sales, global war and militarism,” the report notes. “With 800 military bases in 80 countries around the world, the U.S. has a larger military budget than the next seven countries combined, as well as an arms industry that dominates the global arms trade.”

The report delves into each of the Big Five arms manufacturers and their role and involvement in the murders of civilians and children around the world. It seems what are heralded as symbols of freedom in the U.S. are viewed as symbols of absolute destruction and death to the children who bear witness to the violence inflicted upon their communities by, for example, Apache helicopters or Eagle fighters (Boeing-made combat aircraft supplied to Israel).

Of course, it doesn’t help when U.S. leaders make threats and brag about their military or economic power and their access to “the button.” For example, the ICC’s recent accusations inspired national security adviser John Bolton to threaten the ICC as “illegitimate” and that the U.S. “will respond against the ICC and its personnel.”

Current U.S. leadership actions weren’t without foreshadowing by America’s military leaders of ages past. “Those who measure security solely in terms of offensive capacity distort its meaning and mislead those who pay them heed,” President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared decades ago. “No modern nation has ever equaled the crushing offensive power attained by the German war machine in 1939,” he continued. “No modern nation was broken and smashed as was Germany six years later.”

It’s not just the arrogant language leaders use, but also the corruption of language. The report notes that, “Officially sanctioned terms like ‘defense’ and ‘security’ act as a subterfuge to diminish and camouflage the deadly, dangerous and destabilizing role that the United States is playing in the world.”

The cost of that coopting and corruption of language and perversion of justice and humanity resonates deeply throughout the world, on an emotional, economic, and even spiritual level. Even Eisenhower, the report also notes, said, “The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every State House, every office of the Federal government. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.”

So why is it, then, that so many Americans continue to work for the companies profiting from heinous wars? It probably isn’t Raytheon’s corny “Forget Silicon Valley: Working for a defense contractor is surprisingly cool” campaign that is attracting people to military subcontractors.

The numbers of people working in this sector—nearly half a million officially in the Big Five mentioned in the report—is troublesome considering the number of EPA employees who have left under the Trump administration: an “exodus” of over 1,600 employees who are refusing to be a part of the problem rather than the solution.

As Eisenhower said, “Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.” That can start by moving your money—and your employment—to a different sector. But first, arm yourself with knowledge.

You can access the full CodePink report here.

This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute.


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Raja, ratu, dan dua pelayan berada di sebuah koridor, jauh dari tangga dan jendela, menghindar dari lontaran pecahan kaca.

"Kemudian, terdengar teriakan meminta 'perban'. Petugas pertolongan pertama bertindak luar biasa pada saat itu, merawat tiga korban dengan tenang dan tepat. Saya tidak tahu apakah mereka selamat."

Salah satu dari tiga korban, Alfred Davies belakangan meninggal dunia akibat luka-luka yang ia derita. Raja dan ratu memutuskan untuk merahasiakan apa yang terjadi saat itu, bahkan dari Winston Churchill sekalipun, khawatir sang perdana menteri akan meminta mereka pindah dari London bahkan lari ke luar negeri.

Belakangan, Churchill menulis, "Seandainya jendela ditutup dan tidak terbuka, seluruh kaca akan hancur dan pecahannya mengenai wajah raja dan ratu, memicu cedera parah. Sangat sedikit yang mereka ungkapkan sehingga bahkan saya...tak pernah menyadari dalam waktu lama apa yang sebenarnya terjadi."

Beberapa jam kemudian, setelah makan siang di bunker serangan udara, Raja George dan istrinya mengunjungi West Ham di East Ham, London.

"Saya merasa seperti berjalan di kota mati...semua penghuni dievakuasi. Namun, dari jendela yang rusak, bisa dilihat harta benda mereka yang tersisa, foto dalam bingkai, tempat tidur, dalam kondisi ketika ditinggalkan," tulis sang ratu.

Sebelumnya keluarga kerajaan menolak saran Kementerian Luar Negeri untuk lari dari Inggris.

"Anak-anak tak akan pergi tanpa aku. Aku akan pergi tanpa ayah mereka. Dan, raja tak akan meninggalkan negara ini dengan alasan apapun," kata ratu Inggris itu.


Saksikan video tentang Inggris berikut ini: 

Jabat Tangan Pemimpin Israel dan Palestina

Yasser Arafat meninggal dunia di Prancis pada 11 November 2004 (AFP)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Tak hanya bom di Istana Buckingham, sejumlah kejadian bersejarah terjadi pada 13 September. Pada 1993, untuk kali pertama di depan publik, pemimpin Israel dan Palestina berjabat tangan.

Kala itu, Perdana Menteri Israel Yitzhak Rabin dan Presiden Palestina Yasser Arafat bertemu dan sepakat berdamai di Washington DC, Amerika Serikat.

Seperti dimuat laman BBC on This Day, dalam kesepakatan damai yang dimediasi Presiden Amerika Serikat Bill Clinton ini, Israel sepakat untuk menarik pasukannya dari Perbatasan Gaza dan Tepi Barat mulai April 1994.

Selain itu, Negeri Zionis juga setuju menghentikan pendudukan di Tanah Palestina, di mana penarikan pendudukan koloninya akan berlangsung sejak perjanjian hingga Februari 1999.

Pada momen langka tersebut, Clinton berpidato memperkenalkan Rabin dan Arafat secara khusus kepada khalayak di Gedung Putih dan menyerukan perdamaian. Hadir pula mantan Presiden Jimmy Carter dan George HW Bush yang juga mendukung perdamaian kedua negara.

"Kesepakatan damai ini merupakan langkah yang berani, dan merupakan sesuatu yang selama ini kita impikan," ujar Clinton di hadapan Rabin dan Arafat.

"Ini bisa dibilang sebuah keajaiban yang luar biasa. Kami tahu betul betapa sulitnya bagi kedua pihak untuk berdamai. Sebab ada saja ganjalan-ganjalan yang menerpa sebelumnya," imbuh dia.

Sementara itu, pada 1923, kudeta militer terjadi di Spanyol yang memberi jalan bagi Miguel Primo de Rivera untuk menjadi diktator. Lalu pada 1939, Kanada memasuki Perang Dunia II.

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by Hagakuri

Okay perhaps another dumb question,I can't seem to figure out where the AT6/Anson counters are used. I can't seem to find them listed in any of the scenarios? Are they extra?
Thanks in advance.
          Plus de 140 artistes signent une lettre appelant au boycott de l’Eurovision 2019 si elle a lieu en Israël      Cache   Translate Page      

Eurovision, ne blanchissez pas l’occupation militaire et les violations des droits humains par Israël Nous, sous-signés, artistes d’Europe et d’ailleurs, soutenons le vibrant appel des artistes palestiniens à boycotter le Concours de l’Eurovision 2019 qui doit être accueilli par Israël. Jusqu’à ce que les Palestiniens puissent jouir de la liberté, de la justice et des droits égaux […] En savoir plus

L’article Plus de 140 artistes signent une lettre appelant au boycott de l’Eurovision 2019 si elle a lieu en Israël est apparu en premier sur Oumma.

          La seguridad de AMLO. Entre Israel y Colombia      Cache   Translate Page      

Viajes comerciales y Estado Mayor Presidencial, los extremos se tocan, no son solución.

          Comment on Why let Netanyahu write the Labour rulebook? by lyn117      Cache   Translate Page      
Perhaps a good tactic would be to get anti-Palestinian bigotry declared against labor rules: Examples of anti-Palestinian bigotry: - Denying that Palestinians are the indigenous people of Israel/Palestine (this includes a small minority of Palestinian Jews) - Denying that Palestinians have the right to return to their land of origin in Israel - Saying or implying that Palestinians in general are terrorists - Saying or implying that Palestinians don't love their children
          Comment on Free at last, Israeli actor Itay Tiran endorses BDS and says Zionism is racism by Jon66      Cache   Translate Page      
Mist, “Recalling and taking note of the declarations and explanations made by [Israel]…in respect of the implementation of the said resolutions, “ Can you provide a quote from or link to the declarations and explanations that are referenced in your quote? I have seen no evidence that these declarations or explanations accepted the right of return that you reference. Thanks
          Comment on Free at last, Israeli actor Itay Tiran endorses BDS and says Zionism is racism by Citizen      Cache   Translate Page      
US corporate media news is complicit, but it was not so with apartheid S AFRICA.
          Comment on For artists, playing the ‘escapist’ Meteor festival in an Israeli kibbutz is like playing Sun City by Maximus Decimus Meridius      Cache   Translate Page      
Remember a few years ago free trips to Israel were offered in the 'goody bags' given to attendees at the Academy Awards? How many A listers have taken up the offer, I wonder? Not a single one, I'll bet. Brand Israel is toxic. Nobody needs it.
          Comment on For artists, playing the ‘escapist’ Meteor festival in an Israeli kibbutz is like playing Sun City by Maximus Decimus Meridius      Cache   Translate Page      
You haven't answered the question. Never mind, it wasn't actually asked of you.
          Comment on Nixon backpedals on letter saluting ‘courageous’ artists who boycotted ‘clearly illegal’ Israeli settlement by Kay24      Cache   Translate Page      
There are a few who must be at least taking a neutral stance on this, and not totally worshipping the occupier, like most Congress people do. Ted Cruz for instance has been criticizing Beto O'Rourke for not showing his unwavering love for Cruz's masters....remember Ted Cruz was present at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. He must have wanted to kiss that large butt personally. Unfortunately I have this terrible senator who has been in the pockets of the zionists for some years, Menendez, who I will not be voting for. Most probably he will win anyway.
          Comment on For artists, playing the ‘escapist’ Meteor festival in an Israeli kibbutz is like playing Sun City by catalan      Cache   Translate Page      
“Have American civil society organisations asked for a boycott of the US?” Maximus BDS already boycotts virtually all large American companies, including Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola, Starbucks, Victoria Secret, GM and others. It has been a very successful strategy according to most commenters.
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Have American civil society organisations asked for a boycott of the US?
          Comment on 14 Bible Verses That Dismantle Shunning As Practiced by Jehovah’s Witnesses by Tranquillo      Cache   Translate Page      
Another favorite of mine is Acts 2:17 where Peter said that the prophecy by Joel concerning the last days was being fullfilled back then. "The sons and daughters of Israel will prophetize and dream dreams and have visions an so on" "the last days" has just one meaning in the bible, unless of course it is wrongly applied here, so a "different" meaning has to be cooked up to cover the mistake
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The Costs of 9/11 Continue to Mount
This is the 17th anniversary of 9/11. During the years that have passed large numbers of experts have established conclusively that the official government account of the event is false. Every year fewer people believe the unbelievable conspiracy theory that a handful of Saudi Arabians outwitted the entirety of the US National Security State and attacked with hijacked airliners the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Nevertheless, the official story still stands, just as the official story of President Kennedy’s assassination still stands despite majority disbelief, just like the official story of Israel’s attack on the USS Liberty still stands despite all evidence to the contrary. In the US the government never corrects its proven lies.
People all over the world are amazed that Americans could witness videos of the two towers blowing up floor by floor and the obvious controlled demolition of Building 7 and conclude that they were witnessing buildings collapsing from …
          This is the Terrifying Reality of America's 'Deadly, Dangerous and Destabilizing Role' in Global Arms Supply      Cache   Translate Page      
Want to be part of peace? Stop working for, and investing in, these Big 5 arms manufacturers.

Most Americans want peace—in the world, in their country, and in their own homes and communities.

Even the most committed Trump supporter might want peace in Latin America and the Middle East—if it means “illegal” refugees stop “pouring” in to the USA.

Yet, somehow, U.S. “commandos” were deployed to 149 countries in 2017 alone.

Worse, according to a 2016 International Criminal Court report, U.S. troops allegedly committed war crimes in Afghanistan, and the U.S. military and CIA allegedly tortured at least 88 people in Poland, Romania, and other countries as well.

So why is it then that so many Americans work for private, for-profit companies profiting from war? And why are so many Americans invested financially in the merchants of death profiting from war and manufactured terror around the globe?

Perhaps it’s out of simple ignorance of a) not knowing where their money is invested and b) not knowing the U.S. companies that are manufacturing the weapons of death used by the U.S. and their frenemies around the world.

Enter CodePink’s new report, War Profiteers: The U.S. War Machine and the Arming of Repressive Regimes, a handy guide to the companies that manufacture weapons, and who they are selling them to. The report is primarily focused on Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon—the largest military manufacturers in the U.S., and their deals with Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Egypt.

“The United States is the leading purveyor of arms sales, global war and militarism,” the report notes. “With 800 military bases in 80 countries around the world, the U.S. has a larger military budget than the next seven countries combined, as well as an arms industry that dominates the global arms trade.”

The report delves into each of the Big Five arms manufacturers and their role and involvement in the murders of civilians and children around the world. It seems what are heralded as symbols of freedom in the U.S. are viewed as symbols of absolute destruction and death to the children who bear witness to the violence inflicted upon their communities by, for example, Apache helicopters or Eagle fighters (Boeing-made combat aircraft supplied to Israel).

Of course, it doesn’t help when U.S. leaders make threats and brag about their military or economic power and their access to “the button.” For example, the ICC’s recent accusations inspired national security adviser John Bolton to threaten the ICC as “illegitimate” and that the U.S. “will respond against the ICC and its personnel.”

Current U.S. leadership actions weren’t without foreshadowing by America’s military leaders of ages past. “Those who measure security solely in terms of offensive capacity distort its meaning and mislead those who pay them heed,” President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared decades ago. “No modern nation has ever equaled the crushing offensive power attained by the German war machine in 1939,” he continued. “No modern nation was broken and smashed as was Germany six years later.”

It’s not just the arrogant language leaders use, but also the corruption of language. The report notes that, “Officially sanctioned terms like ‘defense’ and ‘security’ act as a subterfuge to diminish and camouflage the deadly, dangerous and destabilizing role that the United States is playing in the world.”

The cost of that coopting and corruption of language and perversion of justice and humanity resonates deeply throughout the world, on an emotional, economic, and even spiritual level. Even Eisenhower, the report also notes, said, “The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every State House, every office of the Federal government. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.”

So why is it, then, that so many Americans continue to work for the companies profiting from heinous wars? It probably isn’t Raytheon’s corny “Forget Silicon Valley: Working for a defense contractor is surprisingly cool” campaign that is attracting people to military subcontractors.

The numbers of people working in this sector—nearly half a million officially in the Big Five mentioned in the report—is troublesome considering the number of EPA employees who have left under the Trump administration: an “exodus” of over 1,600 employees who are refusing to be a part of the problem rather than the solution.

As Eisenhower said, “Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose.” That can start by moving your money—and your employment—to a different sector. But first, arm yourself with knowledge.

You can access the full CodePink report here.

This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

          Internet Pounds 'All-Around Ugly Human' Eric Trump Over 'Anti-Semitic' Attack on Bob Woodward      Cache   Translate Page      
On social media, many expressed disgust over Eric Trump's remarks, while others directly accused him of anti-Semitism.

Eric Trump is lashing out at veteran Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, and his remarks are drawing accusations of anti-Semitism. Wednesday morning the president's son charged the author of "Fear" – the latest bombshell book exposing the Trump administration as inept and corrupt – with writing it "to make 3 extra shekels."

The shekel is both an ancient and modern-day form of currency in Israel, but it can also evoke ugly old bigoted and anti-Semitic stereotypes about Jewish people.

After a "Fox & Friends" segment attacking Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California, Trump repeated his version of a stump speech, claiming Democrats have no message, while touting the economy's performance.

He then pivoted to the elections.

"The anti-law enforcement, high taxes, and the elimination of plastic straws – that's not a message that's going to win in November," the president's son told the Fox hosts.

Co-host Steve Doocy tripped himself up, talking about Democrats as "the other side" before correcting himself to say, "from you," to Eric Trump. He also noted that the anonymous New York Times op-ed, combined with Bob Woodward's book, "Fear," has thrown the administration into "chaos."

Eric Trump pushed back.

"Don't you think people look through the fact, you can write some sensational, nonsense book, CNN will definitely have you on there because they love to trash the president. It'll mean you sell three extra books, you make three extra shekels, at the behest of the American people, at the behest of our country, that's doing a phenomenal job by every quantifiable metric. Is that really where we are?"

ERIC TRUMP attacks Democrats: "Anti-law enforcement, high taxes, and elimination of plastic straws is not a message that will win in November."

ERIC TRUMP then dismisses WOODWARD book as "sensational nonsense" he wrote "to make 3 extra shekels."

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 12, 2018

On social media, many expressed disgust over Eric Trump's remarks, while others directly accused him of anti-Semitism.

          The UK's growing tech trade ties with Israel      Cache   Translate Page      
As the UK looks at developing more trade deals outside the EU after Brexit, its increasing ties with Israel could provide the model.
          6 Things To Know About David Keyes, The Netanyahu Aide Accused Of Sexual Assault      Cache   Translate Page      
David Keyes was a rising star in the world of Israel politics and advocacy — but his inappropriate behavior toward women was an “open secret.”
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According to Jonathan Gold, the amba aioli at Israeli-inspired The Exchange is the new Thousand Island dressing.

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          September 12 - Who Is the Lamb of God?      Cache   Translate Page      

“The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He on behalf of whom I said, “After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me”’” (John 1:29–30).

On the day after he spoke to the delegation, John “saw Jesus coming to him.” In keeping with his role as a herald, John immediately called the crowd’s attention to Him, exclaiming “Behold, the Lamb of God.”

The concept of a sacrificial Lamb was a familiar one to the Jewish people. All through Israel’s history, God had revealed clearly that sin and separation from Him could be removed only by blood sacrifices (cf. Lev. 17:11). They were also aware that Isaiah’s prophecy likened Messiah to “a lamb that is led to slaughter” (Isa. 53:7). Though Israel sought a Messiah who would be a prophet, king, and conqueror, God had to send them a Lamb. And He did.

The title “Lamb of God” foreshadows Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice on the cross for “the sin of the world.” With that brief statement John made it clear that the Messiah had come to deal with sin. The Old Testament is filled with the reality that the problem is sin—a problem at the heart of every person (Jer. 17:9). All men are sinful and incapable of changing the future or the present, or of repaying God for the sins of the past.

So who is the Lamb of God? He is Jesus, the only One who has the remedy to your sin problem.

Ask Yourself

We know that our sin, though dealt with ultimately and eternally, continues to be a problem for us to face and address. Are you surprised at the strength and tenacity it still wields within you? How do you go about quieting its ferocious appetite and considering yourself dead to it (See Rom. 6:11)?

From Daily Readings from the Life of Christ, Vol. 1, John MacArthur. Copyright © 2008. Used by permission of Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL 60610,

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          September 11 - John the Baptist Understands His Role      Cache   Translate Page      

“He said, ‘I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Make straight the way of the Lord,” as Isaiah the prophet said” (John 1:23).

John the Baptist gained great notoriety quickly in Israel with his baptism and his message of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. With so many people flocking to him, the Jewish authorities sent a delegation of priests and Levites to investigate him.

First they asked John, “Who are you?” His behavior was certainly not what they would have expected from the son of a priest. John’s response, “I am not the Christ,” only added to their confusion. When John answered in the negative to their questions if he was Elijah or the Prophet, the exasperated members of the delegation then demanded, “Who are you, so that we may give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” (John 1:19–22).

Rather than claiming to be someone important, he humbly referred to himself merely as “a voice of one crying in the wilderness.” In answering the delegation’s question about his identity, he shifted the focus away from himself and onto Christ. His quote of Isaiah 40:3, “Make straight the way of the Lord,” was a challenge both to the nation and to his questioners to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Messiah.

The imagery is of a road being leveled and smoothed out in preparation for the visit of an Eastern king. John and Isaiah likened the hearts of Messiah’s people to a desolate wilderness, through which a smooth, level road needed to be prepared for His coming. John was the laborer, preparing the road in advance of the King.

Ask Yourself

As you have opportunity to share the gospel with others, remind them that the road to Jesus is smooth and level—accessible not by special ability but by the calling, inviting grace of God. Thank God for those who pointed the way for you.

From Daily Readings from the Life of Christ, Vol. 1, John MacArthur. Copyright © 2008. Used by permission of Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL 60610,

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          My Response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Smear: Sir, I Will Not Be Deterred from Defending Human Rights      Cache   Translate Page      
I am a proud, anti-racist advocate for human rights, yet I now find myself in a situation familiar to so many defenders of the human rights of Palestinians: I am being defamed as an anti-Semite by pro-Israel organizations and pro-Israel politicians, including Canada’s own Prime Minister. Let me state unequivocally that I oppose and condemn antisemitism. […]
          9/13/2018: COMMENTARY: Health care in Palestine      Cache   Translate Page      
I am not sure the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians in the health care system is as rosy as Ron Finkel makes out (“Trump’s Jerusalem hospital cuts to hurt innocents”, 12/9). There are many reports of Palestinian ungraciousness, such as the...
          So it’s OK to ignore the Law of the Seas? “Close friend” Britain doesn’t object to israel’s (apartheid state) vicious piracy, nor does the EU      Cache   Translate Page      
So it’s OK to ignore the Law of the Seas? “Close friend” Britain doesn’t object to Israel’s vicious piracy, nor does the EU By Stuart Littlewood Reports are coming in that Israel plans to sell off the four mercy boats it violently hijacked on the high seas a few weeks ago. The peaceful, unarmed vessels […]
          Palestinian Refugees And The 'Right To Return'      Cache   Translate Page      
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: The Trump administration announced that it was no longer going to give money to the United Nations program for Palestinian refugees. With that announcement came a major foreign policy shift. And now this week, the Trump administration has decided to close down the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, D.C. Through that program, the U.N. runs schools, clinics and other basic services for what it says is the world's oldest and maybe the largest official U.N. refugee population. NPR's Daniel Estrin reports from a refugee camp in the West Bank. DANIEL ESTRIN, BYLINE: When Israel was founded 70 years ago, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled their homes or were driven out. They ended up in refugee camps. Some are in neighboring countries. I went to one of the camps in the West Bank - Jalazone camp. It's like a crowded slum. This is not what you might think of when you think of a refugee camp. You don't see
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US threatens to sanction Hague war crimes judges

The United States has said it will sanction, arrest and prosecute judges of the International Criminal Court if they charge Americans who served in Afghanistan with war crimes.

John Bolton, President Trump’s hawkish national security adviser, also vowed to punish any foreign government that helped the court to hold Americans or Israelis to account for alleged war crimes including torture.

He repeated a State Department announcement from earlier yesterday shutting the Palestine Liberation Organisation office in Washington, effectively the Palestinian embassy, as punishment for its calls for Israel to be investigated by the court in the Hague.

Judges are considering whether to open formal investigations into alleged war crimes by Israel in Gaza and Americans in Afghanistan.

“The United States will use any means necessary, including force, to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” Mr Bolton told the right-wing Federalist Society.

He proposed banning the court’s judges and prosecutors from entering the US, sanctioning any funds they had in the country and pursuing them through the American courts. He also called on the US to negotiate binding agreements with allies prohibiting them from surrendering Americans to the Hague and warned countries co-operating with the court that they could find American aid funds and military assistance cut off as a result.

Mr Bolton added that the US would let the court “die on its own”.



Trump administration orders closure of PLO office in Washington

The Trump administration on Monday ordered the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, saying that the PLO “has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.”

The closure was announced by the State Department shortly before White House national security adviser John Bolton, in his first major policy speech, threatened U.S. punishment for individuals and countries that cooperate with the International Criminal Court, where the Palestinians have lodged complaints against Israel.

“The United States supports a direct and robust peace process,” Bolton said, “and we will not allow the ICC, or any other organization, to constrain Israel’s right to self-defense.”

The PLO is recognized by most of the world as the “legitimate representative” of Palestinians. Its office in Washington — while not recognized as an embassy, since there is no recognition of a Palestinian state — is one of the few Palestinian vehicles for communication with the levers of U.S. power. It has survived repeated political and legislative calls to shut it down, across decades of unsuccessful U.S. efforts to forge a peace agreement between Palestinians and Israelis.

But Monday’s order to shutter it within 30 days comes amid the Trump administration’s systematic chipping way at the core tenets of Palestinian aspirations for any negotiations and its ramping up of financial pressure on the Palestinian Authority that governs the West Bank.

Late last year, President Trump declared U.S. recognition of the contested city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. This year, the State Department canceled most U.S. aid funding to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Late last month, in a move that effectively dismissed any Palestinian right of return to contested land, the administration called for a redefinition of Palestinian refu­gee status and said the United States — long the largest individual donor — would no longer fund the U.N. refu­gee aid program. Israel rejects any “right of return,” and considers the demand a main stumbling block to peace.

Last week, the administration said it would withdraw $25 million in support for six East Jerusalem hospitals that are primarily used by Palestinians. Largely church-run, they traditionally serve as the main providers of care for those referred for treatment not available in the West Bank and Gaza.

The Palestinians say those measures are designed to lay the groundwork for a yet-to-be-revealed U.S. peace proposal that they charge is already rigged in Israel’s favor. Since the Jerusalem announcement, they have refused to meet with U.S. negotiators, led by White House senior aide and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

In its statement justifying the PLO closure, the State Department said that far from cooperating, “the PLO has condemned a U.S. peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the U.S. government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise.” Although Trump has often declared “progress” in the secretive compiling of what Kushner and others have said would be a “comprehensive” plan, its release has repeatedly been delayed.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat called the measure the continuation of a policy of “collective punishment” by the administration. “These people have decided to stand on the wrong side of history by protecting war criminals and destroying the two-state solution,” he said.

The United States, he said, is not “part of the peace process” and does not even have the right to “sit in the room” during any negotiations. Erekat dismissed U.S. officials such as David Friedman, the ambassador to Israel, as a “group of settlers” pursuing a right-wing Israeli agenda.

Numerous Palestinian officials have said that the United States can no longer be an “honest broker” for peace. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the PLO’s executive committee, described Monday’s action as a form of “crude and vicious blackmail” and “clear proof of American collusion with Israel’s occupation.”

The White House has been “very upfront throughout the process and the fact that we want to see peace, we want to have those conversations, we want to help broker that deal,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “Certainly, we have a great deal of support with our friend and ally in Israel. But again, we are as committed today as we’ve ever been to the peace process.”

The announcement is likely to be widely welcomed by the Israeli government, which was on holiday Monday to mark Rosh Hashanah.



The myth of a New Nazism

In June, former UK prime minister and Labour leader Tony Blair warned that today’s rising tide of populism risked ‘a return to the 1930s’. He is far from alone in drawing such an analogy. Over the past two years, since the election of Donald Trump in the US, and the Brexit vote in the UK, a flurry of op-eds, endless political speeches and countless books have all made a similar claim: that just as the institutions of liberal democracy nurtured, and then fell to, Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers’ Party, so too might our institutions nurture and fall to contemporary fascists in populist clothing.

Yet just how accurate is this analogy? It certainly does a service for those seeking to delegitimise the Trump or Brexit votes, but does it do a disservice to history? To answer these questions, we decided to speak to associate professor of history Udi Greenberg, author of the superb The Weimar Century: German Émigrés and the Ideological Foundations of the Cold War, and, with Daniel Bessner, co-author of the essay ‘The Weimar Analogy’.

spiked review: Do you think the Weimar analogy – that, effectively, today’s populists are yesterday’s fascists – obscures the historical specificity of the rise of Nazis?

Udi Greenberg: Every analogy has its limits, but that doesn’t mean analogies can’t be useful. The question is how we use it and to what purpose, and I think the usage of the Weimar analogy for our specific moment is more distracting than helpful. That is in part because the differences between the fall of the Weimar Republic and the populist surge today far outweigh the similarities.

For a start, the collapse of the Weimar Republic happened in the midst of the worst economic crisis of the 20th century, when a third of the potential workforce was unemployed. Nothing on the scale of that economic calamity is happening today. Yes, the rise of populism is still tied to important economic transformations that have happened in the past two decades, but these do not amount to anything of the order of the Great Depression.

The analogy between today and the rise of the Nazis obscures far more than it illuminates

The Weimar Republic also fell because the fascist movement used mass violence on the streets and decimated democratic and socialist, left-wing political forces. We have not seen anything similar to that today. Even the despicable violent march of white supremacists in Charlottesville in Virginia last summer, which rightfully drew so much media attention, was nothing like the violence that erupted in the streets of Germany and other European countries in the 1930s.

So it seems to me the analogy between today and the rise of the Nazis obscures far more than it illuminates.

review: Did the intense class conflict of the 1920s and 1930s not also play a considerable role? Bolshevism, in light of the Russian Revolution, was considered a real threat, certainly in light of the Munich Soviet of 1918-19. There was so much to frighten certain sections of German society towards the National Socialists.

Greenberg: That is very accurate. The politics of the 1920s and 1930s in Europe were defined perhaps more than anything by anti-Communism, by a fear of a potential popular Communist uprising, the fear of a violent transformation of society along the lines of the Soviet model. Nothing of this kind is really in operation today in our political culture. The rise of fascism was an explicitly right-wing response to the rise of militant Communism. And that makes it very, very different from the rise of populism today.

Finally, in terms of the historical specificity of the rise of the Nazis, political life in the 1920s and 1930s was shaped by the experience of mass war. Entire nations and whole generations experienced war firsthand. The formative experience of almost all the leaders of fascist movements in Germany and elsewhere was fighting as soldiers in the First World War. The leaders of populist movements today do not have any experience of military conflict. War is not an important experience for them. It is a very distant memory, if indeed it is a memory at all in our political culture today.

review: There was also the sense then that war, and not just in the context of German nationalism, was almost a spiritually rejuvenating process, wasn’t there?

Greenberg: Indeed, fascist theory glorified war as a transcendental, spiritual experience that transformed the soul. Fascists and semi-fascist art celebrated the experience of war. War was a major trope in fascist ideology, even in its depiction of a future classless society, in which the working class and the middle class worked together just as they had done during the First World War. This is something that is very foreign to the rhetoric or experiences of, say, Viktor Orban or Donald Trump, neither of whom has served in combat (or in the case of Trump, in the military at all).

review: What do you make of the argument that democracy was experienced almost as foreign imposition on the authoritarian body of German nationalism? After all, Germany’s transformation into a modern nation state in the second half of the 19th century was undertaken by Otto von Bismarck, a Prussian junker and monarchist, who famously declared ‘I am not a democrat’.

Greenberg: There is a long and very important debate among historians about how deep or shallow democratic culture was in German politics in the 1920s and 1930s. For a long time many assumed that because Germany was founded by a conservative militarist who co-opted nationalist and democratic sentiments in the 19th century, its democracy was therefore weak and easy to topple. But over the past couple of decades, an important group of scholars has challenged this narrative, arguing that Germany did in fact have a very vibrant democratic political life, with meaningful elections and parliamentary debates. And that in the late 19th century and early 20th century, people voted in very high numbers for parties that competed fairly peaceably with one another before and after the First World War. As a result, parliament became more and more important as time progressed. It is one of the reasons why, after the First World War, when the German monarchy collapsed, the expectation among Germans was that it would be replaced by a republic, not a military dictatorship. And that was because German citizens had been socialised into democratic norms, and took it for granted that that was the next step for politics.

The politics of the 1920s and 1930s in Europe were defined more than anything by anti-Communism

In some ways, scholars of this school argue that what truly made democracy in Germany so weak was that it was very polarised throughout the 1920s. The fascists and the Nazis were able to appropriate democratic language, gestures and ideas for what we would see as very undemocratic ends. So, for example, the leaders of the Nazi party all came from very humble backgrounds. They were not military generals or aristocrats. Hitler himself spoke with a working-class German accent. So much of the Nazis’ appeal rested on their claim to be the real democracy, the force that was really giving the people control over politics in a way that was dramatically different from the Prussian aristocrats and militarists of the 19th century.

So there is an ongoing debate as to how important the militarist foundations of the German state was versus how robustly democratic it was. This democratic culture, and its appropriation by the Nazis, is key to understanding the rise of fascism.

review: But that is not to say that the Nazis rose to power because of democracy, is it?

Greenberg: No. As historians know, the Nazis never actually managed to win a majority in free and open elections. The largest share of the vote they ever received, in 1932, was about a third. The reason they were able to secure power was because of the active support of conservatives, the aristocrats and militarists, who sided with them in parliament, and, most importantly, because they were using mass violence and intimidation, exiling and murdering their opponents. This is how they came to power, through ruling-class support and force, not because of free and democratic elections.

review: What is interesting about the ‘Weimar Analogy’ piece is that you were both able to bring out a far more telling analogy between then and now, and that is in the response to the rise of fascism, and the response to today’s populist revolt.

Greenberg: Yes, what prompted Professor Bessner and me to write this piece was that the over-reliance on the fascist analogy would lead us down the same path taken by pro-democratic and anti-fascist thinkers in the 1940s, like Hans Spier and Karl Loewenstein, both of whom fled Germany to the US in the 1930s. They came to the conclusion that fascism proved that democracy could not be trusted. And that for democracy to survive, the state had to curtail some freedoms.

This line of thinking, this idea of militant democracy, which proved very influential in the US, led to the creation of very undemocratic, unaccountable institutions like the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council in the US. It was an ideological tendency that also led to the dramatic limiting of political horizons in postwar Europe.

Most famously, in West Germany for example, the Supreme Court outlawed the Communist Party in 1956. And although the Communists were not a significant force in West Germany, the logic of militant democracy – and the West German Supreme Court used this very term when outlawing the Communists – rendered certain political visions illegitimate, and banished them from political discourse. And this created very elitist and what we would call anti-democratic institutions and norms in the 1940s and 1950s.

Anti-fascist political theorists in the 1940s and 1950s claimed that in order to achieve stable democracy you need to limit people’s involvement in politics

This does not mean to say that everyone who invokes the Weimar or Nazi analogy immediately ends up an anti-democrat, but Professor Bessner and me worry that we could eventually end up in a similar place. We are both scholars of the Cold War, and we both studied how political theorists in the 1940s and 1950s claimed that in order to achieve stable democracy you need to limit political activism and people’s involvement in politics. And we were worried that the same logic might lead us in the same direction today.

In our view, the right, progressive response to the contemporary moment should be a doubling down in our commitment to democracy, limiting technocracy and increasing democratic and grassroots involvement in politics.

review: Yet it does seem that the predominant response to the populist moment, certainly in left-wing and liberal circles in both the US and the UK, has been to make a stronger appeal to technocracy, to a rule by expertise.

Greenberg: That is true for some, certainly. It has actually been developing since at least the 1990s, with the so-called left moving more and more in the direction of technocracy, and trying to achieve progress through technocracy, rather than through more popular control of the economy. And I think that is born of a deep disappointment with the masses, and a belief that the masses cannot be trusted to make the right economic decisions. And that tendency developed and deepened right through to the Obama administration, which was very much defined by technocracy.

The reason this recent development on the left stood out for us was that too many on the left today make the same argument as the militant democrats – both contend that technocracy is the best means to preserve democracy. So, if the masses are not to be trusted, then you have to transfer as much power as possible into the hands of technocrats, who know what’s good for the masses, who will make the right call. And you have to shield technocrats from democratic accountability precisely to make those calls.

We have seen this logic operating in the past two decades among centrist politicians, and political elites more generally. And we were worried that the rise of populism on the right will further exacerbate and intensify this technocratic way of thinking. We believe that the left should adopt a very different model of thinking. In some ways, we believe that the logic of militant democracy and technocracy is precisely what led us to where we are now.

review: How difficult will it be for the left to embrace what used to be its own radical democratic heritage, given the extent to which it has turned away from, and often against, the masses?

Greenberg: It’s certainly not going to be easy, but democracy has never been easy. Each generation of political theorists and activists has to reimagine and rethink democracy, and chart new opportunities and possibilities. I believe the crisis of the past few years, and the rise of the radical right in Europe and the US is also an opportunity to do precisely that — to rethink the possibilities of the left. To think of its past, of what it got right, and what it got wrong, and maybe chart new possibilities. We already see it happening in grassroots politics in Britain and in the US, and we can only hope it continues to go in this direction.



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Unnatural disaster

by Tom Sullivan

Call them the “working homeless,” a term now a thing in this "low-wage/high-rent society." Matthew Desmond profiles the struggles of the working poor in a major report for the New York Times. Lack of jobs is not the problem, but lack of jobs that pay enough to live on.

Productivity has increased 77 percent since 1973. And hourly pay? Twelve percent. If the federal minimum wage had kept pace, it would be over $20 an hour. Instead, it sits at $7.25, poverty level:

American workers are being shut out of the profits they are helping to generate. The decline of unions is a big reason. During the 20th century, inequality in America decreased when unionization increased, but economic transformations and political attacks have crippled organized labor, emboldening corporate interests and disempowering the rank and file. This imbalanced economy explains why America’s poverty rate has remained consistent over the past several decades, even as per capita welfare spending has increased. It’s not that safety-net programs don’t help; on the contrary, they lift millions of families above the poverty line each year. But one of the most effective antipoverty solutions is a decent-paying job, and those have become scarce for people like Vanessa. Today, 41.7 million laborers — nearly a third of the American work force — earn less than $12 an hour, and almost none of their employers offer health insurance.
A popular narrative for explaining the lack of social mobility is belief that the poor deserve their lot. They are lazy. They lack ambition. The attitude is social Darwinism from people who loathe Darwin. The poor lack the gene for entrepreneurship. If they are unwilling to work and take risks, let nature take its course.

But most of the poor do work. They just cannot live on what it pays:
Americans often assume that the poor do not work. According to a 2016 survey conducted by the American Enterprise Institute, nearly two-thirds of respondents did not think most poor people held a steady job; in reality, that year a majority of nondisabled working-age adults were part of the labor force. Slightly over one-third of respondents in the survey believed that most welfare recipients would prefer to stay on welfare rather than earn a living. These sorts of assumptions about the poor are an American phenomenon. A 2013 study by the sociologist Ofer Sharone found that unemployed workers in the United States blame themselves, while unemployed workers in Israel blame the hiring system. When Americans see a homeless man cocooned in blankets, we often wonder how he failed. When the French see the same man, they wonder how the state failed him.

If you believe that people are poor because they are not working, then the solution is not to make work pay but to make the poor work — to force them to clock in somewhere, anywhere, and log as many hours as they can. But consider Vanessa. Her story is emblematic of a larger problem: the fact that millions of Americans work with little hope of finding security and comfort. In recent decades, America has witnessed the rise of bad jobs offering low pay, no benefits and little certainty. When it comes to poverty, a willingness to work is not the problem, and work itself is no longer the solution.
This is not "just the way things are." People make choices, and not just the poor. The economic system we created — invented, honed, and nurtured — was designed by and for the people who use money to make money. It is working very well for them, and they have no interest in helping those lower on the economic ladder climb it. Matt Taibbi wrote of two Americas in "Griftopia,"one for the grifter class and one for everybody else. In everybody-else land ... the government is something to be avoided." For the grifter class, government is "a tool for making money.” Exhibit A: our Grifter-in-Chief.

Perhaps the two biggest obstacles to reducing the shameful rate of poverty in this "greatest country on earth" is a warped mindset that says the poor are responsible for their poverty, and an economy designed and run to benefit the sharks who ensure they stay there. This is not a boat accident. "Anything we can create we can reinvent," says Gabriella Lemus, president of Progressive Caucus.

The problem is getting there from here. Time to re-post this video from 2015.

Make that three obstacles. Problems identified. Solutions proposed. But the issue with videos progressives produce to promote change, Anat Shenker-Osorio (@anatosaurus) wrote in a Facebook post yesterday is failure to communicate:
Fed Ex is in the business of wage slavery and sells us beautiful tomorrows. Elizabeth Warren is in the business of beautiful tomorrows and sells us algebra homework. Aka “boy have I got a problem for you.” One of these sells the brownie. The other sells the recipe at the back of the cardboard box.
Here's the message from Fed-Ex Shenker-Osorio cited:

We're too busy showing off how smart we are to communicate effectively. We're fighting for change with our creativity tied behind our backs. People suffer for it.

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Bolton makes a move

by digby

The president is very busy rage tweeting and watching Fox so I doubt this has anything to do with him. He could not care less about anything but his own future. It's a Bolton initiative:
The United States will threaten Monday to punish individuals who cooperate with the International Criminal Court in a potential investigation of U.S. wartime actions in Afghanistan, according to people familiar with the decision.

The Trump administration is also expected to announce that it is shutting down a Palestinian diplomatic office in Washington because Palestinians have sought to use the international court to prosecute U.S. ally Israel, those people said.

White House national security adviser John Bolton is expected to outline threats of sanctions and a ban on travel to the United States for people involved in the attempted prosecution of Americans before the international court in an address Monday.

Bolton is a longtime opponent of the court on grounds that it violates national sovereignty.

The speech, titled “Protecting American Constitutionalism and Sovereignty from International Threats,” is Bolton’s first formal address since joining the administration in April. It is sponsored by the Federalist Society, a conservative and libertarian policy group.

Palestinian officials on Monday vowed to fight what they called bullying tactics and “collective punishment” of the Palestinian people.
I guess he is one of the establishment "grown-ups" who are saving us from Trump?

Jeet Heer :
Trump’s war on the International Criminal Court is Bushism redux. 
The New York Times is reporting that National Security Advisor John Bolton is preparing to impose extensive sanctions on the International Criminal Court if it investigates alleged war crimes by American troops in Afghanistan. The newspaper acquired the text of a speech Bolton scheduled for Monday. 
“The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” Bolton plans to say. “We will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the U.S. We will sanction their funds in the U.S. financial system, and, we will prosecute them in the U.S. criminal system. We will do the same for any company or state that assists in an ICC investigation of Americans.” 
Bolton’s speech is combined with the Trump Administration’s decision to shutter the offices of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in Washington, a move related to the campaign against the ICC. The Palestinian group has lodged complaints with the ICC about actions of the Israeli government, ranging from the building of settlements to the deployment of sharpshooters against protesters from Gaza. 
Bolton has long been skeptical of the ICC and these actions can be seen as a ramped up return to policies pursued by the Bush administration in 2002-2003. As The New York Times notes, “The United States declined to join the court during Mr. Bush’s first term, when Mr. Bolton was an under secretary of state and later ambassador to the United Nations. After he left the Bush administration, the White House showed a little less resistance to the court’s work, even expressing support for its investigation of atrocities in Darfur.”
Sure, Trump is a dolt who can barely tie his shoes. But that doesn't mean the extremist wingnuts shouldn't ram through their agenda, amirite? 


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There are precious few countries on earth that aren’t trying to develop innovative, digital economies, but a recent report from Tufts University highlights the varying progress made towards that goal around the world. For instance, Singapore, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, Estonia (more here), Hong Kong, Japan, and Israel are identified ...
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My father was a WWII USMC HIGHLY decorated combat veteran. I only called Hairy-ass what my father called him. Remember, not ALL Marines are good guys. Lee Harvey Oswald comes to mind ... not to mention mad mu-mu mattis. Point of fact, I thought that was his name (hairy-ass), a five year old kid only knows what his father says.
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T. Belman. I do not trust this poll in the slightest. I believe it was done to undermine the DeaL of the Century. Public Opinion Poll No (69) Press-Release 12 September, 2018 2018 IMRA. As Fatah and Hamas lose popular support and more than 60% demand the resignation of president Abbas, and as half of the public views the PA as a burden on the Palestinian people, two-thirds reject a Palestinian-Jordanian confederation, three-quarters view conditions today as worse than those prevailing before the Oslo agreement, and 90% view the Trump Administration as biased in favor of Israel; and despite the Read More
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Trump’s national security adviser vows to protect US and allies ‘by any means necessary’ from prosecution at The Hague, says ‘illegitimate, dangerous’ court is ‘already dead to us’ By TOI STAFF and AGENCIES The United States on Monday warned the International Criminal Court against prosecution of US or Israeli officials for alleged war crimes in the Middle East. White House National Security Adviser John Bolton called the Hague-based rights body “unaccountable” and “outright dangerous” to the United States, Israel and other allies, and said any probe of US service members would be “an utterly unfounded, unjustifiable investigation.” In the same speech, Bolton confirmed that Read More
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U.S. Education Department decides to adopt international definition of antisemitism • Decision praised by Zionist Organization of America • Definition recognizes that Jew-hatred can be camouflaged as anti-Israelism or anti-Zionism, says ZOA. Israel Hayom Staff In a blow to BDS, the U.S. Education Department has adopted the international definition antisemitism Photo: Getty Images The U.S. Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights has decided to adopt the international definition of anti-Semitism, which defines Judaism not only as a religion but also an ethnicity and includes holding Jews responsible for Israel’s actions as a form of antisemitism, Israel Hayom learned Wednesday. According to a letter Read More
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The frequency of fires has dropped, allowing authorities to assess damage • Nature reserves near Gaza have lost up to 78% of plant life, animal populations decimated • Nature and Parks Authority chief scientist: Area will never return to what it was. By Nikki Guttman, ISRAEL HAYOM Fires started by Hamas protesters in Gaza have consumed 50% of the Karmiya Nature Reserve near Ashkelon  Photo: Yehuda Peretz The number of incendiary kites and balloons being sent by Palestinians over the Gaza border and causing fires in Israel has fallen in recent weeks, enabling the Israel Nature and Parks Authority to begin assessing the ecological Read More
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Las condiciones adversas impuestas por la ocupación israelí afectan desproporcionadamente a las mujeres y los jóvenes, mientras que el apoyo de los donantes se ha reducido hasta en un tercio en los pasados diez años.
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(Washington Post) Karen DeYoung and Loveday Morris - The Trump administration on Monday ordered the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, saying that the PLO "has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel." The order to shutter the PLO office within 30 days comes amid the Trump administration's ramping up of financial pressure on the Palestinian Authority. Since U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital late last year, the Palestinians have refused to meet with U.S. negotiators.
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(Lawfare Institute-Brookings) U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton told the Federalist Society in Washington on Monday: "I am here to make a major announcement on U.S. policy toward the International Criminal Court, or ICC....In theory, the ICC holds perpetrators of the most egregious atrocities accountable for their crimes, provides justice to the victims, and deters future abuses. In practice, however, the court has been ineffective, unaccountable, and indeed, outright dangerous. Moreover, the largely unspoken, but always central, aim of its most vigorous supporters was to constrain the United States." "The International Criminal Court constituted an assault on the constitutional rights of the American people and the sovereignty of the United States....In November of 2017, the ICC prosecutor requested authorization to investigate alleged war crimes committed by U.S. service members and intelligence professionals during the war in Afghanistan.... Any day now, the ICC may announce the start of a formal investigation against these American patriots, who voluntarily went into harm's way to protect our nation, our homes, and our families in the wake of the 9/11 attacks." "The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court. We will not cooperate with the ICC....We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us....The International Criminal Court's authority has been sharply criticized and rejected by most of the world. Today, more than 70 nations, representing 2/3 of the world's population, and over 70% of the world's armed forces, are not members of the ICC." "While the court welcomes the membership of the so-called 'State of Palestine,' it has threatened Israel - a liberal, democratic nation - with investigation into its actions to defend citizens from terrorist attacks in the West Bank and Gaza....The United States supports a direct and robust peace process, and we will not allow the ICC, or any other organization, to constrain Israel's right to self-defense....If the court comes after us, Israel or other U.S. allies, we will not sit quietly."
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(AFP-Daily Mail-UK) Israeli cybersecurity firm Check Point on Friday said a surveillance operation had targeted the smartphones of 240 Iranian citizens via malware implanted in their phones, indicating Tehran was responsible.
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(Prime Minister's Office) In response to the U.S. decision to close the PLO Mission in Washington, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday evening: "The U.S. made the correct decision regarding the PLO mission in Washington. Israel supports American actions that are designed to make it clear to the Palestinians that refusing to negotiate and attempts to attack Israel in international forums will not advance peace."
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(Ynet News) Elior Levy - Palestinians in Gaza on Monday set afloat rafts with burning tires toward Israel. Earlier, dozens of Palestinian boats tried to approach the border with Israel.
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(Times of Israel) Four Palestinians carrying a knife and an ax were arrested Saturday while trying to infiltrate into Israel from Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said. On Friday, 7,000 Palestinians took part in the weekly clashes at the border, hurling rocks, firebombs and a grenade at soldiers. Arson balloons were flown across the border, causing two fires.
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(IMEMC News-PA) Arab-Israeli MK Ayman Odeh left disappointed after a meeting on Sep. 4 with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini to request that the body condemn and call for the cancellation of Israel's new nation-state law. An EU spokesperson said that the law "is first and foremost a matter of how Israel chooses to define itself, and we fully respect the internal Israeli debate on this."
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(Times of Israel) Israeli athlete Linoy Ashram won a silver medal at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships on Tuesday.
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(Wall Street Journal) Editorial - The Palestine Liberation Organization was allowed to open an office in Washington in 1994 after the Oslo accords produced hope for a new era of reconciliation between the PLO and Israel. That hope has never been fulfilled, notably since Yasser Arafat began the second intifada after walking away from the generous Israeli peace offer brokered by Bill Clinton in 2000. Long-term indulgence of the PLO's recalcitrance has allowed a toxic and reflexive anti-Israel sentiment to build in international institutions and on U.S. campuses. The U.S. Congress said in 2015 - before Donald Trump became President - that the Secretary of State was required to certify that the PLO wasn't trying to use the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israel. Last November, PA President Mahmoud Abbas, speaking at the UN, called for the investigation and prosecution of Israeli officials by the ICC. The point of recent U.S. moves and funding cuts isn't to be vindictive but to show Abbas and the PLO that they can't continue to underwrite anti-Semitic textbooks and anti-Israel terrorism without consequences. If the Palestinians want to be treated with the respect of a peace partner, they have to first show a desire for peace.
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(Jerusalem Post) Gil Hoffman - Deputy Minister Michael Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., said, "With the closing of the PLO office in Washington, the American administration is not changing the rules of the game, but simply restoring them after years of neglect....In contrast to previous administrations that would reward the Palestinians for abandoning the negotiations with Israel, President Trump is forcing the Palestinians to pay a price. As we have seen in the past, giving gifts to the Palestinians only keeps them away from the peace talks."
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(Daily Signal) Brett Schaefer and James Phillips - UNRWA has existed for more than 60 years as a "temporary" initiative to address the needs of Palestinian refugees from the 1948 Israeli-Arab conflict and to facilitate their resettlement and/or repatriation. The U.S. has provided UNRWA with more than $6 billion since 1950. Unfortunately, that support did not bring the situation any closer to resolution. On the contrary, it absolved Palestinian leaders of the responsibility to provide health care, education, and other basic services that sovereign governments - which the Palestinians claim to be - are expected to provide for their own people. Contrary to the claims of the Palestinians, the U.S. is not "violating international law" by ending funding for UNRWA. U.S. funding is voluntary, not a legal entitlement, and America reasonably expects that its support not be misused and that the Palestinians earnestly engage in the peace process. Instead, Palestinian leaders have rejected increasingly generous offers since the 1990s. This intransigence, encouraged by Iran and rejectionist Arab leaders, lies at the root of the Palestinian refugee problem and harms the Palestinian people. Although it will likely cause short-term ramifications, the decision to defund this agency will, hopefully, refocus attention on what is necessary to end this protracted dispute. The writers are fellows at The Heritage Foundation.
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Every summer, during their Camp Livingston Israel Trip (GesherTrip) a group of 10th graders is hosted for a weekend in Netanya for Shabbat and Israeli home hospitality experience. In this weekend P2G conducts an opening and closing activities. In the summer of 2019 there will be Camp Livingston campers on this GesherTrip. We are thus looking to host the full delegation with Israeli teens in a hostel or similar facility to solve issues of proper chaperoning and inadequate hosting options.

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Nicolas Sarkozy est le candidat des néoconservateurs américains autant dire d'israel. Son attitude plus que conciliante avec la communauté juive contraste avec son comportement hostile envers les musulmans de France et du monde. Sarkozy est auhourd'hui promis au poste de président de la République mais qui est-il vraiment ? Est-il uniquement l'ennemi des racailles? Voyons qui est cet homme et parlons surtout de ce que ne vous ont jamais dit les médias. SA VIE : Nicolas Sarkozy est né hongrois de par son père mais est juif (comme le veut la tradition) de par sa mère. De son vrai nom Nicolas, Paul, Stéphane, Sarkozy de Nagy-Bosca est fils de Ernest Nagy-Bosca. Son père est vraisemblablement descendant de ces familles "nobles d'épées" créées en Hongrie au 16eme siècle pour faire barrage aux invasions ottomanes. Sa mère se prénomma Andrée Jeanne Mallah. Elle est la fille du Dr Aron Mallah, né à Salonique (Grèce qui était à l'époque sous domination ottomane). Il est à noté que la communauté juive de Turquie est majoritairement composée de Denmeh, ces marranes d'orient qui officient la religion du pays en public et la religion juive en privée. Ils renversèrent d'ailleurs le khalifat turc et établirent une république "laique". Nicolas Sarkozy déclare d'ailleurs à propos de sa communauté "je me sens proche de cette communauté. J'aime la culture des minorités, leur esprit, leur attachement, scrupuleux à leurs racines. Rien ne m'est plus éloigné que la suffisance des majorités." (l'arche, mars 1994). Contrairement à nombre de ses déclarations ou des aventures qu'on lui prête, la famille n'a jamais été dans la gêne et à toujours fréquentée les meilleurs lieux. (libération, 10 juin 2005). Nicolas Sarkozy s'est marié à deux reprises. Sa première femme fût atteinte d'un cancer. Il en a divorcé et s'est remarié avec Cecilia Liguner-Albaniz descendante de Isaac Albaniz. Cette "conquête", il la fit au grand mépris du mari de Cécilia qui n'était autre que Jacques Martin. Nicolas reste fidèle à sa devise "Je ne demande pas je prends". (Nouvel observateur novembre 2002). Mais comme Dieu punit souvent les pêcheurs par leur propres vices, Cécilia après avoir eu des enfants avec lui préfera Richard Attias (n° 3 de Publicis) au ministre de l'intérieur. Il s'apprête désormais à devenir Président de la République Française. SON IMPLICATION : Nous ne relaterons pas les insultes quotidiennes qu' il fait à l'Islam et aux musulmans vous les connaissez sûrement mieux que nous. Cet apprenti islamophobe s'apprête d'ailleurs à faire entrer De Villiers dans son gouvernement. Nous vous livrons là des informations que vous ne relaterons jamais les médias traditionnels. SCOOP : Ce que vous ne saviez pas sur Sarkozy. Lors des émeutes de Clichy,après qu'une mosquée eût été gazée par les CRS les associations musulmanes fûrent convoqués place Beauveau. Sarkozy justifia la bavure au grand désarroi des assistants en insistant malgré l'opposition, sur le fait qu'il s'agissait "d'émeutes de musulmans". Il affirma peu après que ces émeutes fûrent fromentées par des islamistes "des barbus" ce qui fût immédiatement contredit par les renseignements généraux. Ne vous inquiétez pas car lorsqu'il parlait de barbus il ne parlait pas des loubavitchs qu'il fréquente car eux ne sont pas "intégristes" mais orthodoxes... Lors de l'émission d'Arlette Chabot "A vous de juger", il affirma pour railler Segolène Royal que le candidat serait une fois devenu président devant une immense responsabilité . Nous vous laissons deviner laquelle il jugea la plus importante : la sécurité d'israel. Nous pensions que les premières initiatives iraient vers la France, mais c'était mal connaître notre candidat. Lors de la seconde intifada il déclare "quand un juif est injurié toute la communauté nationale est injuriée". C'est sûrement pour cela qu'il injurie systématiquement les musulmans... En 2003, il reçut le prix de la tolérance du Centre Simon Wiesentahl (émanation de la loge maçonnique réservée aux juifs le Bnai Brith). Il organisa en étant ministre de l'économie des diners hebdomadaires où l'on retrouvera tous les plus gros patrons de France ( l'Oréal, M6, Moulinex, Vivendi, bouygues, Lagardère, etc...) s'assurant un réseau solide de financiers. Il lance en 2003 le CFCM et en assure le musèlement. (voir l'affaire du voile). Il déclare lors d'un gala du comité juif américain en 2004 "certains en France m'appelle l'Américain et j'en suis fier". Il se dit à NewYork en 2004 devant des étudiants de l'université Columbia"étranger dans son propre pays". Il peut encore le quitter.... Le Monde révèle qu'en 2003 il fût secrètement reçu par l'ambassadeur des Etats-Unis et déclara "Vous pouvez compter sur notre dévouement" face à Chirac qui s'opposait à la guerre en Irak. En décembre 2004, lors d'un voyage en Israel où il est reçu comme un chef d'Etat, il déclare devant les francophones israéliens "vous êtes mes compatriotes". Dommage qu'il ne nous considère pas nous de même... Il déclare devant le Cercle européen "si nous voulons vraiment nous élargir, nous devrions d'abord intégrer israel".(Valeurs actuelles 24/12/2004). Sa réthorique contre les pays musulmans du Golfe est connue. La photo où il serre la main de G.W.Bush témoigne de ses projets et ambitions. Que dire de celle de Sharon qui le déclare comme le "meilleur ami d'israel"? Il demanda d'ailleurs à l'armée israélienne de former la police française pour ses interventions dans les banlieux.(Le Monde) Lors de ses différents voyages aux Etats-Unis, il se fait accompagner de Pierre Lelouche ( proche parent d'Azoulay conseillé du Roi du Maroc ) qui lui même fût formé dans une université de "néoconservateurs". L'American Jewish Comitee entretient avec lui des contacts depuis octobre 2003. Les rapports avec les organisations sionistes et Nicolas Sarkozy se font désormais via l'Union des Patrons Juifs de France qui lui décerna un prix en 2003 pour être "l'homme politique de l'armée". Il a rencontré en 2001 le manitou Brezezinski, véritable guide de la politique mondiale. Mais par contre il déclara au New York Times "nous n'avons pas de modèle pour diriger les musulmans en Europe". Il est très proche de la Loge maçonnique Dialogue et Démocratie mais il y'en a d'autres. Les intellectuels qui le soutiennent sont tous des "néoconservateurs" ( Finkielkraut et compagnie). Ainsi Sarkozy ne se présente pas, c'est le moins que l'on puisse dire, comme le président de tous les français. Sa communauté semble être sa principale préoccupation. Par contre,les musulmans français semblent être perçus comme des ennemis.
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Anarcoefemèrides del 12 de setembre


Portada del primer número de "La Mère Peinard"

Portada del primer número de La Mère Peinard

- Surt La Mère Peinard: El 12 de setembre de 1908 surt a Le Parc de Saint-Maur (Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Illa de França, França) el primer número del setmanal anarquista La Mère Peinard. Réflections hebdomadaires d'una lavandière. Fundat per Fortuné Henry, feminitzà el setmanari d'Émile Pouget Le Père Peinard (1889-1902). Charles Favier en fou l'impressor i el gerent. Els articles sortiren sense signatura. Com a mínim s'editaren set números, tots en 1908.



Émile Eudes fotografiat per M. Marius

Émile Eudes fotografiat per M. Marius

- Émile Eudes: El 12 de setembre de 1843 neix a Roncey (Baixa Normandia, França) el communard blanquista Émile François Désiré Eudes, conegut com Général Eudes. Després d'educar-se a Saint-Lô, va establir-se a París i va fer estudis de farmàcia, alhora que va militar en els grups blanquistes i es va consagrar ben aviat enterament a la militància. Regentà un temps una llibreria i va esdevenir gerent de La Libre Pensée, caracteritzat pel seu anticlericalisme radical. En aquesta època va participar en activitats maçòniques. Cap al final de l'Imperi, va ser responsable, amb Ernest Henri Granger, dels grups de combat de la riba esquerra del Sena a París. Ambdós, a començaments d'agost de 1870, van convèncer Blanqui per passar a l'acció. D'antuvi van planejar atacar el fort de Vincennes, però Blanqui va optar per fer-se primer amb la caserna dels bombers de La Villette i així aconseguir armes. L'acció, que va començar a les 15.30 hores del diumenge 14 d'agost de 1870 va ser un fracàs total. Detingut amb Gabriel Marie Brideau, ambdós van ser condemnat a mort el 29 d'agost per un consell de guerra. La capitulació de Sedan i la proclamació de la República el 4 de setembre de 1870 els va salvar la vida, ja que l'endemà van ser alliberats de la presó del Cherche-Midi pels manifestants. Aleshores va prendre el partit de la defensa de París a ultrança, assetjada per les tropes alemanyes. Va col·laborar en La Patrie en danger, treballà en l'organització del Comitè Central Republicà dels XX Districtes i va esdevenir cap del 138 Batalló de la Guàrdia Nacional, però la seva participació en la insurrecció del 31 d'octubre, contra el Govern de Defensa Nacional, va fer que fos destituït d'aquest comandament. El 18 de març de 1871 va dirigir, amb Gabriel Ranvier, els batallons de Belleville, que s'apoderaren de l'Ajuntament de París, i va estar a favor de marxar sobre Versalles, on es trobava l'Assemblea Nacional i el govern de Thiers. El 24 de març va ser nomenat delegat de la Guerra, amb Paul Antoine Brunel i Émile Victor Duval, per al Comitè Central i dos dies després va ser elegit per al Consell de la Comuna pel XI Districte (19.276 vots sobre 25.183 votants). El 29 de març de 1871 va ser nomenat mentre de la Comissió Executiva i membre de la Comissió Militar; va abandonar la primera el 3 d'abril, dia de la desastrosa l'ofensiva communard contra les tropes de Versalles. El 20 d'abril va esdevenir inspector general dels forts de la riba esquerra del Sena. El 5 de maig va comandar la Segona Brigada Activa de Reserva, el quarter general de la qual es trobava al Palau de la Legió d'Honor. El 9 de maig va ser elegit per al Comitè de Salvació Pública. Durant la Setmana Sagnant, Eudes va lluitar al costat d'Eugène Varlin a les barricades del carrer de Rennes i de la cruïlla de la Croix-Rouge. Va poder fugir de la repressió i va arribar a Suïssa i després a Londres, on s'instal·la el setembre de 1871. Durant el Tercer Consell de Guerra se li va imputar l'incendi i el pillatge del Palau de la Legió d'Honor i va ser condemnat a mor en rebel·lia el 2 d'agost de 1872. Va viure miserablement a Anglaterra fins a l'amnistia. Un cop a França de bell nou en 1880, va participar en la fundació del periòdic de Blanqui, Ni Dieu ni Maître. Després de la mort de Blanqui, va llançar L'Homme Libre, amb Edouard Vaillant. Émile Eudes va morir de sobte d'una ruptura d'aneurisma el 5 d'agost de 1888 durant un míting a la Sala Favié de Belleville (París, França) mentre feia un discurs excessivament violent en defensa dels terrissaires parisencs en vaga. El seu funeral va donar lloc a manifestacions que van ser durament reprimides per la policia a causa de les provocacions boulangistes. Es troba enterrat al cementiri parisenc de Père-Lachaise.


Tebaldo Vannucci

Tebaldo Vannucci

- Tebaldo Vannucci: El 12 de setembre de 1882 neix a Liorna (Toscana, Itàlia) l'anarquista Teobaldo Vannucci. Sos pares es deien Fortunato Vannucci i Paola Ceccarini. Es guanyava la vida fent d'obrer, envernissador i pintor. A començaments de segle formà part de l'anarquista Circolo di Studi Sociali (CSS, Cercle d'Estudis Socials) i de l'Associació Racionalista de Liorna, encarregant-se de la distribució dels periòdics Il Seme i Sorgiamo. El 29 de gener de 1911 va ser cridat a La Spezia (Ligúria, Itàlia) per a reparar el vaixell rus Averoff, però just arribar va ser sotmès a una vigilància especial per part de les autoritats i detingut arbitràriament en dues ocasions. Pel maig, un cop reparat el vaixell rus, retornà a Liorna, encara que l'agost de 1911 era de bell nou a La Spezia. Novament vigilat, les autoritats van fer constar que son germà Amedeo era membre de la «secta anarquista» i administrava els periòdics Giornale di Classe i Sorgiamo. En 1912 treballà a les drassanes Orlando de Liorna, estava subscrit al periòdic Germinal d'Ancona i feia propaganda anarquista. Mesos més tard es traslladà a Nàpols (Campània, Itàlia), on treballà a les drassanes Pattison. Quan esclatà la Gran Guerra, formà part del sector antimilitarista i «derrotista» del moviment llibertari i el maig de 1917, en un informe d'un confident, és definit com un dels anarquistes més actius de Nàpols. En aquesta època va estar constantment vigilat per la Prefectura napolitana. A començaments de 1921, després de la sobtada mort de sa companya Ines Rossi, esdevinguda el 27 de gener a Nàpols, retornà a Liorna amb sos fills Comunardo, Ferrerino i Ferrerina. En aquesta ciutat va ser constantment vigilat, estigué subscrit a Umanità Nova i a partir de 1922 participà activament en la lluita contra els escamots feixistes. Posteriorment es traslladà a Roma. Tebaldo Vannucci va morir el 19 de gener de 1932 a Roma (Itàlia).


Necrològica d'Asunción González Pardo apareguda en el periòdic tolosà "Espoir" del 23 de juny de 1974

Necrològica d'Asunción González Pardo apareguda en el periòdic tolosà Espoir del 23 de juny de 1974

- Asunción González Pardo: El 12 de setembre de 1889 neix en un poble de Lugo (Galícia) l'anarcosindicalista Asunción González Pardo, també coneguda com Asunción Salgado, pel llinatge de son company. En 1917 començà a militar en el moviment llibertari. Companya del militant anarquista Manuel Salgado Moreira, a qui havia conegut molt jove, emigrà a Madrid (Espanya), on regentà un petit forn i pastisseria, que compaginava amb l'ajuda dels companys perseguits o en fuita. Milità en la Regional del Centre de la Confederació Nacional del Treball (CNT). El març de 1939, amb el triomf franquista, mentre que son company pogué exiliar-se, ella restà a Madrid i pogué arribar a la seva localitat natal, però un comissari vingut de Madrid amb dos agents la va detenir. Traslladada a la capital de l'Estat, va ser interrogada a la seu de la Direcció General de Seguretat i internada a la Presó de Dones. Restà nou anys i mig tancada entre Madrid i Barcelona (Catalunya) sense mai no haver estat jutjada. En 1949 va ser posada en llibertat condicional cinc setmanes abans del seu judici, però va ser advertida per un infiltrat que havia ordre de detenir-la de bell nou i prengué un tren cap a Sant Sebastià (Guipuscoa, País Basc), on durant la nit els companys la passaren a l'altra banda del riu Bidasoa. Restà dos mesos a França abans d'obtenir la possibilitat d'emigrar cap el Regne Unit per a trobar-se amb son company i son fill. En l'exili milità en el nucli de la CNT de Londres. Esdevingué sorda i gairebé cega, patint una paràlisi provocada per una artritis no guarida a la presó. Asunción González Pardo va morir el 6 de març de 1974 a Londres (Anglaterra) i va ser incinerada el 13 de març.

Manuel Salgado Moreira (1899-1967)


Adriago Botelho (Lisboa, octubre de 1910)

Adriago Botelho (Lisboa, octubre de 1910)

- Adriano Botelho: El 12 de setembre de 1892 neix a Angra do Heroísmo (Ilha Terceira, arxipèlag de les Açores, Portugal) l'anarquista i anarcosindicalista Adriano Inácio Botelho. En 1909 s'instal·là al continent i començà a estudiar a l'Escola Politècnica de Lisboa, per passar l'any següent a fer estudis a la Universitat de Coimbra. En aquests anys participà en les lluites estudiantils al costats de joves anarquistes. Gràcies a la lectura d'obres llibertàries (Piotr Kropotkin, Élisée Reclus, Jean Grave, António José de Ávila, Neno Vasco, Aurélio Quintanilha, Paul Elzbaker, etc.) es decantà per l'anarquisme. En 1914 abandonà la universitat i decidí emigrar a Amèrica, però dissuadit per Alexandre Berkman, en 1919 retornà a Lisboa. Políglota, a la capital portuguesa col·laborà com a traductor en la premsa obrera, sempre al costa de Neno Vasco, i especialment en el periòdic anarcosindicalista A Batalha. Com a membre del grup anarquista «O Semeador», en 1923 prengué part en la Conferència Anarquista que se celebrà a Alenquer. Des de 1926 formà part del Comitè Confederal de la Confederació General del Treball (CGT) de Portugal, del qual va ser nomenat secretari. Durant la dictadura d'António de Oliveira Salazar, malgrat la dura repressió, mantingué la clandestinitat anarquista juntament amb Francisco Quintal i altres militants. En 1932 publicà el fullet Da conquista do poder. Durant el període revolucionari espanyol de 1936 a 1939, criticà, com també Vivaldo Fagundes, la participació anarquista en els governs de la II República espanyola. En 1974, després de la caiguda de la dictadura, participà en la reconstrucció del moviment anarquista i fundà a Almada el periòdic Voz Anarquista. En 1974 publicà el llibre Ao povo português. Adriano Botelho va morir l'1 de maig de 1983 a Lisboa (Portugal). Sa companya fou Aurora Moscoso, filla d'una família d'anarquistes de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brasil), d'origen espanyola, i cunyada del pensador anarquista Neno Vasco. El seu arxiu personal s'integrà en el Centre d'Estudis Llibertaris de Lisboa que es troba dipositat a la Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal. En 1989 es publicà una antologia de textos sota el títol Memória e ideário.

Adriano Botelho (1892-1983)


Necrològica de Lorenzo Deza de la Hoz apareguda en el periòdic tolosà "Espoir" del 21 de març de 1979

Necrològica de Lorenzo Deza de la Hoz apareguda en el periòdic tolosà Espoir del 21 de març de 1979

- Lorenzo Deza de la Hoz: El 12 de setembre de 1893 neix a Judes (Sòria, Castella, Espanya) l'anarquista i anarcosindicalista Lorenzo Deza de la Hoz. Sos pares es deien Demetrio Deza Sarmiento i Lorenza de la Hoz Huerta. Cap el 1913 desertà de l'Exèrcit i passà clandestinament a França. Durant el període d'entreguerres realitzà viatges clandestins a la Península per a participar en accions del moviment llibertari. Després de la II Guerra Mundial s'instal·là a Sant Pèire de Dròt, on milità en la Confederació Nacional del Treball (CNT) de l'exili. En 1949 sa companya Clara, amb qui tingué tres infants (Libertad, Armonía i Ruperto), va morir. Lorenzo Deza de la Hoz va morir de càncer el 3 de juliol de 1978 a «Les Vergnes» de Sant Pèire de Dròt (Aquitània, Occitània) i fou enterrat dos dies després al cementiri d'aquesta localitat.


Herminia Catalina Brumana fotografiada per Wilenski (ca. 1935)

Herminia Catalina Brumana fotografiada per Wilenski (ca. 1935)

- Herminia Brumana: El 12 de setembre de 1897 neix a Pigüé (Buenos Aires, Argentina) la mestra, escriptora, periodista, dramaturga i activista feminista i anarquista Herminia Catalina Brumana. Filla d'una família d'immigrants italians il·lustrats, sos pares es deien Juan Bautista Brumana i Delia Piatti. Realitzà els estudis secundaris a l'Escola Normal Nacional d'Olavarría (Buenos Aires, Argentina), on es titulà en 1916, retornant a Pigüé per a exercir de mestra primària a l'Escola Núm. 3, desenvolupant projectes de pedagoria integral (horta, galliner, taller de fusteria, etc.). Aquest mateix 1916 obtingué el primer premi del concurs literari de la Biblioteca Popular pel seu treball Influencias de las bibliotecas populares en la cultura de los pueblos y apoyo que éstos deben a dichas instituciones. En 1917 fundà Pigüé. Revista mensual literaria, social, de ideas y crítica i l'any següent publicà Palabritas, primer llibre seu orientat a promoure la lectura en l'alumnat. Entre 1920 i 1921 participà en el grup anarquista «Insurrexit», per al qual va escriure alguns articles. En 1921, durant un viatge a Buenos Aires, conegué el destacat militant socialista i escriptor Juan Antonio Solari, amb qui es casa a mitjans d'aquell any i amb qui s'instal·là a Buenos Aires, treballant primer a l'escola de Quilmes, després a Avellaneda, on exercí el càrrec de sotsdirectora, i finalment a la Capital Federal. Entre 1921 i 1930 va fer de mestra a diferents escoles del Gran Buenos Aires i de la Capital Federal, i a partir de 1932 exercí càrrecs directius. En 1922 tingué son únic fill, que prengué el mateix nom que son pare. En 1923 publicà el seu segon llibre, Cabezas de mujeres, obra marcadament feminista. Entre 1929 i 1939 publicà cinc llibres: Mosaico (1929), La grúa (1931), Tizas de colores (1932), Cartas a las mujeres argentinas (1936) i Nuestro hombre (1939), on palesà la seva lluita pel drets de les dones, l'amor lliure, la crítica al matrimoni inexorable, el dret al divorci, la justícia social, i tot relacionat amb les dificultats que els infants pobres tenen per a estudiar. Va escriure 11 obres teatrals –entre elles Miluch (1932), Cuando planté árboles (1927), La protagonista olvidada (1932)– de les quals tres s'estrenaren, i participà en nombrosos programes radiofònics per a Radio Cultura. Encara que col·laborà amb els socialistes, sempre es va declarar anarquista i es considerava deixeble de Rafael Barret, a qui citava contínuament. Durant la dècada dels vint fou columnista dels periòdics anarquistes L'Antorcha, Nervio i Nuestra Tribuna; exigí la llibertat de Simon Radowitzky i entre 1931 i 1942 participà activament en la campanya per l'alliberament dels anomenats «Presos de Bragado», tres joves anarquistes (Pascual Vuotto, Reclús De Diago i Santiago Mainini) que van ser torturats i condemnats en 1931 per un homicidi que les autoritats sabien ben bé que no havien comès, destacant per la seva oratòria en conferències i xerrades. El gener de 1932 signà, juntament amb altres destacats intel·lectuals argentins, un manifest en suport de la II República espanyola. En 1941 començà a treballar com a mestra de Pràctica d'Escriptori a l'Escola per a Adults Núm. 6 de Buenos Aires –en morir, aquesta escola rebé el nom de «Herminia Brumana». En 1943, arran del cop militar, va ser cessada dels seus càrrecs ja que era considerada «no addicta al règim» –son company va ser empresonat pel peronisme–, però, gràcies a un company, aconseguí un lloc de feina en la Societat Argentina d'Escriptors, de la qual arribà a ser membre de la seva comissió directiva i, amb Miguel Alfredo Olivera, en reorganitzà la biblioteca. Aquest mateix any de 1943 va ser invitada a fer una conferència a la New School for Social Research de Nova York (Nova York, EUA) i recorregué les Estats Units i Mèxic fent xerrades sobre l'activitat literària argentina –anteriorment havia viatjat dues vegades a Europa: España i França, en 1933; i França, Bèlgica i Suïssa, en 1938. En 1946 publicà Me llamo niebla. Cuentos i en 1953 A Buenos Aires le falta una calle. Durant sa vida col·laborà en diferents publicacions periòdiques, com ara Caras y Caretas, Estampa, El Hogar, Leoplán, Mundo Argentino, La Nación, La Novela Elegante, La Novela Semanal, La Nueva Provincia, Pueblo y Escuela, Reconstruir, El Suplemento, El Trabajo, Vida Femenina i La Voz, entre d'altres. Malalta de càncer, Herminia C. Brumana va morir el 9 de gener de 1954 a Buenos Aires (Argentina) i les seves restes van ser incinerades, sense cap cerimònia i en la més estricta intimitat. Deixà una important producció inèdita, entre ella La conquista del hombre. Poc després de morir l'escriptor anarquista Gustavo Cuadrado Hernández organitzà un concurs literari que portava el seu nom i es creà la Societat d'Amics d'Herminia Brumana (SAHB). A partir del gener de 1955 la SAHB edità la revista Amigos de Herminia Brumana i en 1958 en publicà les seves Obras completas; en 1964 sortí Ideario y presencia de Herminia Brumana, un recull de pensaments i de treballs sobre l'autora d'escriptors llatinoamericans. En 1974 es van publicar els seus contes sota el títol Esclava en el día de la libertad. Documentació de l'escriptora va ser donada per les seves netes al Centro de Documentación e Investigación de la Cultura de Izquierdas en Argentina (CeDInCI) de Buenos Aires. Diversos carrers, places, biblioteques i centres educatius argentins porten el seu nom.

Herminia Brumana (1897-1954)


Ugo Guadagnini

Ugo Guadagnini

- Ugo Guadagnini: El 12 de setembre de 1902 neix a Imola (Emília-Romanya) l'anarquista Ugo Guadagnini. Paleta de professió, en 1927 es va veure obligat a emigrar, primer a França i després a Bèlgica. El 7 de novembre de 1936, amb altres companys anarquistes (Cesare Teofoli, Marcello Bianconi i Vittorio Ortore), deixà Brussel·les i marxà com a voluntari cap a la guerra d'Espanya i s'integrà en la Secció Italiana de la «Columna Ascaso», combatent al front d'Aragó (Monte Pelado, Osca i Almudébar). Arran dels «Fets de Maig» de 1937 abandonà la Península i retornà a Bèlgica. A Brussel·les es relacionà amb altres companys llibertaris, com ara Celso Bendanti i Ciro Beltrandi. Durant la II Guerra Mundial va ser detingut, expulsat de Bèlgica i extraditat a Itàlia, on el règim feixista el jutjà en 1941 i el condemnat a la deportació a l'illa de Ventotene. Després del seu alliberament, sembla que el setembre de 1943, s'integrà en la resistència i participà en els combats contra els nazis a la regió d'Imola, en estret contacte amb l'anarquista Vindice Rabitti. Després de la II Guerra Mundial, sense feina, retornà a Bèlgica, lloc on continuà amb la militància llibertària. Ugo Guadagnini va morir en 1971 a Brussel·lès (Bèlgica).


Felicita Girolimetti (1922)

Felicita Girolimetti (1922)

- Felicita Girolimetti: El 12 de setembre de 1904 neix a Senigalia (Marques, Itàlia) l'anarquista Felicita Girolimetti, també citada com Félicité o Félicie Girolimetti, i coneguda com Felix. Son pare es deia Ercole Girolimetti i sa mare Anna Franzi. Ben igual que tots son germans i germanes, milità en el moviment llibertari. Durant els anys vint emigrà a França i es guanyà la vida venent als mercats ambulants. Durant els anys trenta vivia amb son company Domenico Nanni (Nino) al número 2 de la place aux Aires de Grassa (Provença, Occitània). Era mare d'un fill natural reconegut. En 1937 va ser fitxada per la policia, com el seu company i altres militants (Urbano Andreoli, Jean Campana, Roland Carpentier, Joseph Feraud, François Ferrero, Léandre Giusseguere, Kanik Papazian, etc.), com a membre del grup anarquista local de Grassa de la Federació Comunista Llibertària (FCL). Desconeixem la data i el lloc de la seva defunció.

Felicita Girolimetti (1904-?)


Aldebrando Lusvardi

Aldebrando Lusvardi

- Aldebrando Lusvardi: El 12 de setembre de 1912 neix a Villa Ganaceto (Emília-Romanya) el paleta anarquista Aldebrando Lusvardi. Sos pares es deien Giovanni Lusvardi i Maddalena Bertoni. Sos germans Alfredo, Bruno, Filippo i Medardo també van ser militants llibertaris. En 1924 s'adherí al Grup Llibertari Juvenil de La Madonnina (Emília-Romanya, Itàlia), on ocupà el càrrec de caixer i s'encarregà de les subscripcions a favor de les víctimes polítiques. Actiu militant, va ser fitxat per la Prefectura de Mòdena (Emília-Romanya, Itàlia) com a «subversiu perillós» i va ser detingut en diverses ocasions per difondre fullets anarquistes. El novembre de 1926 va ser condemnat a un mes de reclusió per insultar l'autoritat pública i el desembre d'aquell any va ser advertit formalment. Després de la detenció dels militants anarquistes de Mòdena més actius i del desmantellament de les organitzacions anarquistes, s'hagué de prendre contacte amb alguns elements comunistes per continuar la lluita antifeixista, però aquests contactes resultaren fatals arran del descobriment d'algunes armes i, amb l'anarquista Albano Franchini, va ser denunciat pel Tribunal Especial per «intensa activitat comunista». Passà a la clandestinitat i en 1930 fugí a França, instal·lant-se d'antuvi a Amiens (Picardia, França) i després a París, on es reuní amb sos germans Filippo i Alfredo. En aquesta època estava inscrit en el registre de la policia de fronteres amb l'ordre de ser detingut. En 1931 la policia italiana el va inscriure en el llistat d'anarquistes expatriats amb la nota: «combat el règim amb accions violentes». En 1933 la seva companya Albina Franchi, amb qui tenia dos fills (Giovanni i Sergio), es reuní amb ell a París. El maig de 1937 una nota confidencial de l'ambaixada diu que havia partit amb son germà Filippo cap a Espanya per combatre el feixisme, però sembla una informació sense fonament. El novembre de 1940 sos germans Alfredo i Filippo van ser detinguts per la policia francesa per a ser lliurats als ocupants alemanys, però ell aconseguí fugir i arribar al centre de França. A finals de 1942 residia a París vigilat i posteriorment s'integrà en la Resistència. Aldebrando Lusvardi va morir el 8 d'abril de 1991 a Bagnolet (Illa de França, França).


Antonio Pittalunga

Antonio Pittalunga

- Antonio Pittalunga: El 12 de setembre de 1912 neix al barri de Nervi de Gènova (Ligúria, Itàlia) el partisà anarquista Antonio Pittalunga, també citat Pittaluga, i que va fer servir els pseudònims Tugnin i Peter. Sos pares es deien Emanuele Pittalunga, fuster, i Luigia. Obligat per son pare, deixà els estudis i es posà a treballar com a obrer fuster. S'ocupà d'activitats culturals, especialment teatrals, i adquirí una sòlida cultura autodidacta. Quan la caiguda del feixisme la tardor de 1943, entrà en contacte amb militants anarquistes genovesos, especialment amb Sardini, Barazzoni, Cianchi, Grassini, Turcinovich, Raspi i Dettori, que estaven organitzant escamots partisans. Amb Sardini i Barozzi organitzà el 8 de setembre de 1943 el Destacament Autònom Llibertari del Llevant, que operà a la vall del Nervi en coordinació amb la Brigada Partisana «Crosa» de l'Squadre d'Azione Patriotica (SAP, Esquadra d'Acció Patriòtica). En 1944 fou responsable llibertari dels enllaços amb els SAP. En aquesta època col·laborà en el butlletí llibertari mecanografiat clandestí Il Seme. Durant els combats per l'Alliberament, entre altres accions, participà amb el seu destacament en l'ocupació dels dipòsits de provisions de la Divisió Alpina «Monterosa» i en la distribució de queviures a la població. Durant la matinada del 24 d'abril de 1945 el seu destacament participà al barri de Nervi de Gènova (Ligúria, Itàlia) en l'assalt a l'Hotel Eden on estaven atrinxerades les tropes alemanyes i Antonio Pittalunga va caure mort d'un tret en el curs d'aquesta acció. Una plaça del barri de Nervi genovès porta el seu nom.


José Pérez Tomás

José Pérez Tomás

- José Pérez Tomás: El 12 de setembre de 1913 neix a Jumella (Múrcia, Espanya) l'anarcosindicalista José Pérez Tomás. Es guanyava la vida com a muntador de màquines de tren a «La Maquinista» de Barcelona (Catalunya) i des de molt jove estava afiliat al Sindicat de la Metal·lúrgica de la Confederació Nacional del Treball (CNT). També forma part de les Joventuts Llibertàries del Poblesec de Barcelona i del grup anarquista «Luz y Cultura». Quan l'aixecament feixista de juliol de 1936 lluità als carrers de Barcelona i durant la guerra civil ocupà càrrecs de responsabilitat a la frontera. Participà activament en la resposta llibertària contra l'estalinisme durant els «Fets de Maig» de 1937. José Pérez Tomás va ser ferit al front de Lleida i va morir en 1937 en un hospital de l'Espluga de Francolí (Conca de Barberà, Catalunya). Era noví de la militant llibertària Joaquina Dorado Pita.


Foto policíaca de Francesc Ballester Orovitg

Foto policíaca de Francesc Ballester Orovitg

- Francesc Ballester Orovitg: El 12 de setembre de 1920 neix a Barcelona (Catalunya) l'anarquista i resistent antifranquista Francesc Ballester Orovitg, conegut com El Explorador i que va fer servir el pseudònim Sebastián Grau Ortega. Fuster de professió, milità en les Joventuts Llibertàries de l'Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelonès, Catalunya). Durant la guerra civil combaté el feixisme enquadrat en la 143 Brigada Mixta a Vilanova de la Barca durant l'ofensiva franquista de juny de 1938 a Aragó. Al final de la contesa caigué pres i fou internat a Tortosa. Pogué evadir-se i passar a França on s'enrolà en els grups guerrillers que des d'allà creuaven els Pirineus i combatien el franquisme a la zona de Barcelona. En 1945 s'integrà en les Joventuts Llibertàries a Catalunya i en 1947 fou delegat de les Joventuts Llibertàries del Baix Llobregat i membre del Moviment Llibertari de Resistència (MLR). El juny d'aquest mateix 1947 participà en l'elaboració de pamflets contra la Llei de Successió a Espanya. Després de la detenció de nombrosos companys, va ser elegit per representar la Regional de Catalunya en el Ple Nacional clandestí de la Federació Ibèrica de Joventuts Llibertàries (FIJL), que se celebrà entre el 15 i el 16 de juliol de 1947 a Madrid, i que redactà un manifest contra el sindicalisme polític. En 1947 també amb Josep Lluís Facerías formà un grup guerriller (Ramón González Sanmartí, Pere Adrover Font, Celedonio García Casino) especialitzat en expropiacions econòmiques i que també intentà, sense èxit, atemptar contra el comissari de policia Eduardo Quintela. L'octubre de 1947 assistí, amb Josep Lluís Facerías i Manuel Fernández Fernández, al II Congrés del Moviment Llibertari Espanyol (MLE) que se celebrà a Tolosa de Llenguadoc. El 24 de maig de 1948 va ser detingut a Barcelona i tancat a la presó Model. El 12 de gener de 1949 sortí en llibertat provisional, però fou novament detingut; jutjat, va ser condemnat el 16 de març de 1950 a sis anys de presó. Gràcies a diverses mesures de gràcia, el 10 d'agost de 1953 fou alliberat i creuà els Pirineus. Instal·lat a Alès (Llenguadoc, Occitània), treballà en un taller de fusteria, milità en la Federació Local de la CNT i s'interessà per l'esperanto, col·laborant en diferents revistes publicades en aquesta llengua. Francesc Ballester Orovitg va morir el 7 de setembre de 1957 en el descarrilament del tren París-Nimes (França).


Valeriano Giménez Poma

Valeriano Giménez Poma

- Valeriano Giménez Poma: El 12 de setembre de 1925 neix a Panticosa (Osca, Aragó, Espanya) l'anarcosindicalista i lluitador antifranquista Valeriano Giménez Poma. Fuster de professió, el 2 de juliol de 1945 passà a França, on milità en la Confederació Nacional del Treball (CNT). A finals de desembre de 1950, amb Pedro Galán Mora, José Martínez García i Amador Rodríguez Quince, formà part d'un grup llibertari antifranquista que passà de França a la Península per Hendaia (Lapurdi, País Basc), després d'haver deixat els seus papers el 20 de desembre a França. Desconeixem les actuacions del citat grup del qual es va perdre tot rastre.



Foto policíaca de Luigi Parenti

Foto policíaca de Luigi Parenti

- Luigi Parenti: El 12 de setembre de 1942 mor a Cacinaia (Toscana, Itàlia) el propagandista anarquista i anarcosindicalista Luigi Parenti, també conegut com Louis Parenti. Havia nascut el 18 de febrer de 1887 a Calcinaia (Toscana, Itàlia). Durant els seus estudis formà part de la Lliga Democràtica Nacional (LDN), del pare Romolo Murri, considerat en Itàlia el precursor de la democràcia cristiana. Després començà a militar en el moviment sindical com a membre de la Societat de Socors Mutus de Pontetetto, a Lucca (Toscana, Itàlia), de la qual va ser exclòs per les seves idees radicals. Fou especialment actiu durant la vaga de tramvies de Luca. En 1910 emigrà als Estats Units i s'instal·là a San Francisco (Califòrnia, EUA), on esdevingué anarquista i s'afilià a l'any següent a l'Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, Treballadors Industrials del Món), arribant a ser un dels membres més destacats de la Secció Llatina d'aquest sindicat anarcosindicalista. En 1913 participà en una gira propagandística de conferències arreu Califòrnia. Mantingué estreta correspondència amb Carlo Tresca (Nova York) i amb Armando Borghi (Itàlia). La seva tasca anarcosindicalista es desenrotllà en diversos sectors, com ara els hotels, els restaurants, les foneries, les fàbriques i els ferrocarrils, i sempre intentà unir els treballadors al marge de races, llengües i cultures. En 1916 va ser detingut, amb Michele Centrone; jutjat, va ser condemnat a tres mesos de presó per haver organitzat una manifestació a favor de Carlo Tresca i d'altres militants wobblies empresonats durant la vaga de la Mesabi Iron Range de Minnesota. El 29 de setembre de 1916 va ser detingut amb altres vuit companys, entre elles Michele Centrone i Louis Tori, quan intentaven parlar en públic sobre la sentència condemnatòria en el cas de Warren Billings; jutjats, van ser condemnats a penes entre 10 dies i tres mesos de presó per «pertorbació de la pau». Després treballà com a miner a Pennsilvània i, més tard, s'establí a la zona de Paterson (Nova Jersey, EUA). El 5 de setembre de 1917 va ser condemnat per un tribunal federal de Chicago per violació de la Llei d'Espionatge pel delicte d'«activitats antimilitaristes i derrotistes», juntament amb altres 165 membres dels IWW –entre ells Joseph J. Ettor, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Arturo Giovannitti, Bill Haywood, James Rowan, Vincent St. John, Carlos Tresca i Ben H. William–, a cinc anys de presó i a una multa de 30.000 dòlars. Durant el seu empresonament, entre setembre de 1917 i juny de 1919 a la penitenciaria de Leavenworth (Kansas, EUA), no se li va permetre comunicar-se amb sa companya Emma Bacci ni amb les seves tres filles, la petita de les quals va néixer durant el captiveri. El juny de 1919 va ser alliberat sota fiança i es posà a organitzar un sindicat independent de pescadors a San Francisco i com a corresponsal del periòdic liberal La Voce del Popolo, fet pel qual va ser criticat per alguns companys anarquistes. El maig de 1921 l'apel·lació del seu procés va ser rebutjada i tornà a la presó. Finalment se li va commutar la pena a condició que marxés dels EUA. L'agost de 1922 retornà a Itàlia amb sa família i s'instal·là a la zona de Lucca, on s'afilià a l'anarcosindicalista Unió Sindical Italiana (USI). Entre el 28 i el 29 de juny de 1925 fou delegat de Viareggio en el Congrés de la USI clandestí. Pressionat per les autoritats feixistes, en 1928 es reuní a Roma amb Edmondo Rossoni, un dels caps del sindicalisme del règim el qual havia conegut a Amèrica, i va començar a treballar en els sindicats feixistes i com a corresponsal del periòdic feixista de Liorna Il Telegrafo. En 1929 es autoritats italianes van informar que mostrava obediència a les consignes del règim feixista, però a principis de 1930 la policia descobrí que seguia rebent clandestinament exemplars del periòdic anarquista de Carlo Tresta Il Martello. El febrer de 1930 va ser detingut, jutjat i condemnat, però la sentència li fou commutada amb la promesa de bona conducta. Després abandonà tota activitat política i sindical i en 1932 va ser finalment esborrat per les autoritats feixistes de les llistes de «subversius perillosos». Luigi Parenti va morir el 12 de setembre de 1942 a Cacinaia (Toscana, Itàlia) i fou enterrat al cementiri municipal d'aquesta localitat. La seva mort va ser anunciada en la publicació anarquista de Paterson L'Adunata dei Refrattari.


Nino Samaja (Bolonya, 1970)

Nino Samaja (Bolonya, 1970)

- Nino Samaja: El 12 de setembre de 1959 mor a Bolonya (Emília-Romanya, Itàlia) el metge i propagandista anarquista, i després socialista, Nino Samaja, que va fer servir el pseudònim Kristen Larsen. Havia nascut el 30 de juliol de 1876 a Lugo (Emília-Romanya, Itàlia) en una família jueva. Sos pares es deien Giacomo Samaja i Cesira Forti. Entre finals del segle XIX i principis del XX fou un dels militants més destacats del moviment anarquista d'Emília-Romanya. En 1891 va ser empresonat per haver organitzat una manifestació per al Primer de Maig. El 9 de juny de 1892 la policia de Forlì (Emília-Romanya, Itàlia), ciutat on va estudiar, el va definir com a «un noi influenciat per les idees anarquistes» i que en «defensa les més radicals». En 1894, quan estudiava el primer any de la carrera de medicina, va ser jutjat i condemnat a tres anys d'arrest domiciliari i per evitar la deportació fugí a Trieste (Friül), però va ser detingut per la policia austríaca, lliurat a la italiana i deportat a les illes Tremiti, on va romandre un any, fins el 14 de març de 1896. Entre 1897 i 1898 fou membre de la Federació Anarquista de Romanya (FAR). El 9 de febrer de 1897 va ser novament detingut i enviat sota arrest domiciliari a l'illa de Ventotene, encara que només va estar uns mesos gràcies a la remissió de la pena. En aquests anys de màxima activitat política, va estar en estret contacte amb Errico Malatesta, Amilcare Cipriani i amb el grup anarquista de Forlì, al voltant de Cesare Magri. A començaments de 1898 es trobava a Ancona (Marques, Itàlia) i, perseguit, hagué de canviar d'identitat i passar a la clandestinitat. El març de 1898 signà, amb Vivaldo Lacchini i Felipe Vezzani, en nom del Circolo di Studi Sociali (CSS, Cercle d'Estudis Socials) de Bolonya, el manifest «Al popolo italiano» (Al poble italià), en favor dels anarquistes processats a Ancona, que aparegué com a suplement en L'Agitazione. Després de la detenció dels redactors del periòdic L'Agitazione, es va fer càrrec, amb Luigi Fabbri, Felice Vezzani i altres joves companys, de l'edició i difusió clandestina de la publicació, on col·laborà sota el pseudònim Kristen Larsen. El maig de 1898 llançà l'últim número d'aquesta sèrie clandestina del periòdic i, sempre buscat per la policia, s'exilià, després d'una curta estada clandestina a Florència (Toscana), a França. A París visqué fent traduccions i treballant en diverses feinetes, però sense abandonar el seu compromís polític. En 1898 publicà el fullet Les émeutes de la faim en Italie i traduí el llibre de Guglielmo Ferrero Le militarisme et la société moderne. Fou un dels organitzadors del Congrés Obrer Revolucionari Internacional, que s'havia de celebrar entre el 19 i el 22 de setembre de 1899 a París, però que va ser prohibit per les autoritats franceses i ell detingut amb altres companys. En 1899 col·laborà en Le Temps Nouveaux. Com a delegat de Suïssa per al Congrés Antiparlamentari Internacional de París, en 1900 va ser expulsat de França i marxà cap a Ginebra (Ginebra, Suïssa). En aquesta ciutat promogué, amb Carlo Frigerio, Luigi Bertoni i Émile François Held, la publicació de l'Almanacco socialista anarchico per l'anno 1900 i per aquest fet el gener de 1900 va estar empresonat uns dies. L'1 de juliol de 1900 fundà i redactà, amb altres companys (Luigi Bertoni, Vivaldo Lacchini, etc.), el periòdic bilingüe Il Risveglio Socialista Anarchico / Le Réveil Socialista Anarchiste, que esdevingué un de les publicacions anarquistes més importants d'Europa. El juliol de 1900 es llicencià en medicina a la Universitat de Ginebra, doctorant-se dos tres anys després. En 1901 va ser detingut a instàncies de l'ambaixada italiana per les seves activitats polítiques i restà empresonat alguns mesos. En 1902 es casà amb la romanesa Eugenia Giulescu i aquest mateix any publicà La législation ouvrière, résponse a M. Jaurès, publicat en italià per l'editorial d'Il Pensiero en 1906. Ateu declarat, en diferents ocasions va fer conferències, amb Charles Fulpius i Luigi Bertoni, sobre qüestions referents a la religió o també en defensa de l'estudiant de química Mario Lorenzo Basadonna, expulsat del cantó de Ginebra en 1902. En 1904 retornà a Itàlia i s'establí a Bolonya (Emília-Romanya, Itàlia) i exercí la seva professió mèdica sense abandonar les seves tasques polítiques. Durant molt de temps formà part del grup anarquista encapçalat per Luigi Fabbri, que s'havia traslladat a Bolonya, i es relacionà amb els redactors de L'Agitazione, tot i que el periòdic es distribuïa a Ancona i Roma. Fou partidari d'un moviment anarquista orgànicament federalista, socialista i no individualista. Durant la Gran Guerra s'allunyà del moviment anarquista i s'acostà al socialista, però sense afiliar-se al Partit Socialista Italià (PSI). Va ser nomenat metge numerari per oposició a l'Hospital Major de Bolonya, però aquest càrrec va ser revocat en 1922 pel comissari de policia per considerar-lo «opositor al feixisme». En aquesta època, el prefecte dissolgué l'Institut Bolonyès de Protecció i Assistència per a les Assegurances Socials que havia promogut des del 1915 entre els metges i advocats. Com que no tenia el carnet del Partit Nacional Feixista (PNF), no pogué fer oposicions a càrrecs públics i visqué exercitant la seva professió de manera privada. El novembre de 1926 va ser detingut, arran de l'atemptat contra Benito Mussolini, i empresonat durant una curta estada. En 1933, en no prestar el jurament al règim feixista, va ser privat del seu càrrec de docent universitari en patologia especial mèdica demostrativa. El gener de 1940, arran de la promulgació de les lleis racials, va ser exclòs de la pràctica mèdica per la seva condició de jueu. Durant la lluita per l'alliberament es va afiliar al PSI. El 12 d'octubre de 1943 va ser detingut, amb Giusepe Bentivogli, a Molinella (Emília-Romanya, Itàlia) i alliberat el 3 de desembre –evità la deportació com a jueu a un camp d'extermini alemany per estar casat amb una ària i per la seva edat. Després de la II Guerra Mundial, va ser readmès com metge i restituït per a la docència. En 1946, quan retornà a Bolonya després d'anys d'exili als Estats Units, Armando Borghi rebutjà trobar-se amb ell, decebut personalment i políticament pel fet d'haver abandonat el pensament anarquista i haver-se passat a les files del Partit Socialista Italià d'Unitat Proletària (PSIUP). El març de 1946 i el maig de 1951 va ser elegit membre de l'Ajuntament de Bolonya. Durant una dècada assessorà sanitàriament el consistori bolonyès i gràcies a ell la ciutat aconseguí recuperar un alt nivell higiènic i sanitari, nivell que s'havia perdut durant la guerra. El març de 1947 va ser elegit tinent d'alcalde i mantingué el càrrec fins el maig de 1956. En 1953, amb els seus companys maximalistes de Partit, commemorà la mort d'Iosif Stalin. El juliol de 1954 reemplaçà a Lugo la placa commemorativa, amb textos del poeta Giosuè Carducci, en record de l'internacionalista Francesco Piccinini, mort en un enfrontament polític el 2 de maig de 1872. En 1956, per motius d'edat, el PSI no el presentà com a candidat, fet que li va causar una gran desil·lusió. Es retirà de la vida pública i reprengué els seus estudis i assaigs sobre el Risorgimento, el moviment obrer i el judaisme italià. Trobem articles seus en infinitat de publicacions periòdiques, com ara L'Archiginnasio, Bolletino delle Scienze Mediche, L'Humanité Nouvelle, Gazzetta degli ospedali e delle cliniche, Progress Medical, Rassegna Mensile d'Israele, Revue Medicale de la Suisse Romande, Riviste di Psichiatria, etc. És autor de Le siège des convulsions épileptiformes toniques et cloniques (1903, premi de la Facultat de Medicina de Ginebra), Sull'ematuria rurale. Rivista critica (1915), I tumori dell'esofago (1918), Il morbo di Recklinghausen (1919), Johannes Ulricus Bilguer. Il precursor della chirurgia conservatrice (1919), Emboli polmonari settici nell'influenza emorragica (1919), Sordita unilaterale da morbo di Mikulicz pseudoleucemico (1920), L'eventratrio diaphagmatica (1920), Le malattie professionali dei ferrovieri (1922), Studi di medicina sociale in rapporto alla pellagra, alla malaria e alla alimentazione (1924) i Bologna giacobina (1959), entre d'altres. Nino Samaja va morir el 12 de setembre de 1959 a Bolonya (Emília-Romanya, Itàlia). Armando Borghi en publicà una necrològica en Umanità Nova (20 de setembre de 1959). En morir, la seva filla Mimì Faccioli Samaja, donà els seus llibres, assaigs i opuscles de caràcter històric, econòmic, social i polític a la Biblioteca Municipal «Fabrizio Trisi» de Lugo.





          Husqvarna ipari varrógép Singer állványon - Jelenlegi ára: 30 000 Ft      Cache   Translate Page      
Eladó egy Husqvarna svéd gyártmányú varrógép Singer állványon.
A varrógép asztal méretei:
Hosszúság: 109, 5 cm
Szélesség: 59, 5 cm
Magasság (vastagság): 4, 3 cm
A cérnatartó magassága: 64, 5 cm
                        szélessége 34x15 cm, a közepén 6, 2 cm
Varrógép fiók szélessége: 19, 1 cm, hosszúsága: 33, 8 cm
                            magassága a fogójánál: 10, 5 cm
A varrógép motor gyártója: Life Electric Co. Ltd.
Type: 1440
RPM 1400   No: 28843
220 V, A 2
H. P 0, 25
Manufactured under supervision of Standards Institution of Israel.
Husqvarna ipari varrógép Singer állványon
Jelenlegi ára: 30 000 Ft
Az aukció vége: 2018-10-04 02:28
           Comment on A Month of Islam in America: August 2018 by Allan Kaplan       Cache   Translate Page      
With Sharia Law and the presence of legal Muslims in the USA are 3.4 million and growing. Fastest growing religion in the USA is Islam according to the Buueau of Statistics. Let's look at the realities without getting too emotional and riled up with hate and false understandings. Among the 3.4 million Muslims in the USA,"study shows that those born the “travel ban” countries had an incarceration rate of 0.32 per cent, compared to 1.54 per cent of the native-born Americans".as a proportion of the Muslim-American population (46 out of 3 million in 2016, or approximately 1 in 65,000).number of murders in the United States in a given year, as a proportion of the entire US population (17,250 out of 323,127,513 in 2016, or approximately 1 in 18,000 ). Let's see why Muslim "Refugees" are flooding Europe and a very small percentage to the USA. Why there were no Muslims invading Europe and coming to the USA before 911? What turned these Muslims overnight to run to the West? Let assume we Americans living in small, medium and large cities of the good ole USA living and minding our own business. Suddenly one night Russians or Israelis or any other country start bombing our cities and towns and we have no place to flee to except run to the closest bordering countries with the USA. Let's say we run to Mexico and Canada. And after getting in Mexico and Canada we start living the way we lived in the USA before we started to flee as we were being bombed night and day. The way we treat the Mexicans at home here in the good ole USA, is not gonna be liked by the locals of Mexico cities for disrupting their ways of living. Neither would Canada to a small degree despite our common language, religion and culture. They already resent us as bullying Americans! Since we Americans bombed the hell out of major cities of Arab countries where we are invading them, left no choice but to flee to the closest nex country out of the bombing ranges. Most of these fleeing families of Muslims ended up fleeing to the closest bordering country like Italy, Greece, Spain, Hungary etc. Very few (less than one 30th of one percent) made it to the USA as well. And that's we are dealing with. Just think cool mindedly and we all can understand this crazy talks of "animals" etc. By the way most of these "animal muslims" are more educated than us the average Americans. Most of these "animal Muslims" have degrees in science and medicine and this is why we find doctors, engineers, IT guys and gals from these Muslim countries in our hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, manufacuring, military, defense, space etc etc. So instead of anti-Muslim propaganda by those with special interest and connected with special Israel groups to make the Muslims look like aliens from a different planet, we deal with them everyday in the above institution without a trace of them being terrorists and Sharia police!
          Apple's new iPhone XS has roots in Israel      Cache   Translate Page      
The model uses facial recognition and augmented reality technologies developed in Mediterranean R&D facilities.
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The reality star will be the face of Carolina Lemke, a sunglasses brand part-owned by the Israeli model.
          Campanella Park Piru on facing years in prison for guns & his view on Christianity (pt.2of3)      Cache   Translate Page      
STREETGANGS.COM | September 04, 2018 COMPTON – G-Twin, aka Aral Israel talks about getting arrested for gun possession during raid, while he was still a student at Prairie View A&M college. G-Twin’s brother is currently serving time for a 1992 murder. He explains that being a Black Hebrew is a heritage and culture and he […]
          Jethro Meets With Moses      Cache   Translate Page      
Exodus 18:1-12 - When Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father in law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt;...
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Exodus 17:8-15 - Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim....
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Exodus 17:1-7 - And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the LORD, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink....
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Exodus 16:1-18 - And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt....
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Exodus 15:22-27 - So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water....
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Exodus 15:1-21 - Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea....
          13-9-1940: Jet Tempur Nazi Jatuhkan Bom ke Istana Buckingham Inggris      Cache   Translate Page, London - Jumat 13 September 1940, sekitar pukul 11.00, sebuah pesawat bomber Luftwaffe muncul dari balik awan yang menggantung rendah di langit Inggris. Jet tempur milik Nazi itu mengarah ke Istana Buckingham, di mana Raja Britania Raya, George VI berada.

Lima 'bom tongkat' berdaya ledak tinggi dijatuhkan ke istana, dua di antaranya meledak di taman dalam, yang ketiga jatuh di Royal Chapel atau kapel kerajaan di Sayap Selatan, dan dua lainnya mendarat di halaman depan serta di jalan antara gerbang istana dan Victoria Memorial.

Ledakan di halaman dalam memecahkan sebuah saluran air dan menghempaskan sebagian besar jendela di sisi selatan dan barat. Bagian dalam Royal Chapel hancur. Empat pekerja terluka, satu di antaranya dinyatakan meninggal dunia.

Beberapa potret yang terpajang di koridor istana rusak. Karpet merah yang mewah dan tebal tertutup debu. Raja George VI dan istrinya, Ratu Elizabeth ada di istana saat itu. Sedang minum teh. Mereka nyaris saja tewas. Namun, nasib baik masih berpihak, keduanya berhasil lolos tanpa cedera.

"Kami mendengar deru pesawat Jerman. Kami berkata, 'ah, Jerman'. Sebelum ada yang sempat bicara, jet itu dipacu dengan kecepatan tinggi, dan kemudian terdengar desingan bom," demikian diungkap Ratu Elizabeth yang kemudian menjadi ibu suri kerajaan Inggris dalam biografinya, seperti dikutip dari The Telegraph, Selasa (12/9/2018).

Insiden tersebut terjadi dengan cepat. Mereka yang ada dalam istana hanya bisa saling berpandangan ketika desingan bom terdengar diikuti ledakan dahsyat di taman dalam istana.

Raja Inggris George VI (Wikipedia)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

"Saya melihat kepulan asap dan tanah terlempar ke udara, kami semua menunduk ketika kilatan cahaya memasuki koridor," tambah Lady Elizabeth Bowes-LyonLedakan kembali terjadi.

Raja, ratu, dan dua pelayan berada di sebuah koridor, jauh dari tangga dan jendela, menghindar dari lontaran pecahan kaca.

"Kemudian, terdengar teriakan meminta 'perban'. Petugas pertolongan pertama bertindak luar biasa pada saat itu, merawat tiga korban dengan tenang dan tepat. Saya tidak tahu apakah mereka selamat."

Salah satu dari tiga korban, Alfred Davies belakangan meninggal dunia akibat luka-luka yang ia derita. Raja dan ratu memutuskan untuk merahasiakan apa yang terjadi saat itu, bahkan dari Winston Churchill sekalipun, khawatir sang perdana menteri akan meminta mereka pindah dari London bahkan lari ke luar negeri.

Belakangan, Churchill menulis, "Seandainya jendela ditutup dan tidak terbuka, seluruh kaca akan hancur dan pecahannya mengenai wajah raja dan ratu, memicu cedera parah. Sangat sedikit yang mereka ungkapkan sehingga bahkan saya...tak pernah menyadari dalam waktu lama apa yang sebenarnya terjadi."

Beberapa jam kemudian, setelah makan siang di bunker serangan udara, Raja George dan istrinya mengunjungi West Ham di East Ham, London.

"Saya merasa seperti berjalan di kota mati...semua penghuni dievakuasi. Namun, dari jendela yang rusak, bisa dilihat harta benda mereka yang tersisa, foto dalam bingkai, tempat tidur, dalam kondisi ketika ditinggalkan," tulis sang ratu.

Sebelumnya keluarga kerajaan menolak saran Kementerian Luar Negeri untuk lari dari Inggris.

"Anak-anak tak akan pergi tanpa aku. Aku akan pergi tanpa ayah mereka. Dan, raja tak akan meninggalkan negara ini dengan alasan apapun," kata ratu Inggris itu.


Saksikan video tentang Inggris berikut ini: 

Jabat Tangan Pemimpin Israel dan Palestina

Yasser Arafat meninggal dunia di Prancis pada 11 November 2004 (AFP)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Tak hanya bom di Istana Buckingham, sejumlah kejadian bersejarah terjadi pada 13 September. Pada 1993, untuk kali pertama di depan publik, pemimpin Israel dan Palestina berjabat tangan.

Kala itu, Perdana Menteri Israel Yitzhak Rabin dan Presiden Palestina Yasser Arafat bertemu dan sepakat berdamai di Washington DC, Amerika Serikat.

Seperti dimuat laman BBC on This Day, dalam kesepakatan damai yang dimediasi Presiden Amerika Serikat Bill Clinton ini, Israel sepakat untuk menarik pasukannya dari Perbatasan Gaza dan Tepi Barat mulai April 1994.

Selain itu, Negeri Zionis juga setuju menghentikan pendudukan di Tanah Palestina, di mana penarikan pendudukan koloninya akan berlangsung sejak perjanjian hingga Februari 1999.

Pada momen langka tersebut, Clinton berpidato memperkenalkan Rabin dan Arafat secara khusus kepada khalayak di Gedung Putih dan menyerukan perdamaian. Hadir pula mantan Presiden Jimmy Carter dan George HW Bush yang juga mendukung perdamaian kedua negara.

"Kesepakatan damai ini merupakan langkah yang berani, dan merupakan sesuatu yang selama ini kita impikan," ujar Clinton di hadapan Rabin dan Arafat.

"Ini bisa dibilang sebuah keajaiban yang luar biasa. Kami tahu betul betapa sulitnya bagi kedua pihak untuk berdamai. Sebab ada saja ganjalan-ganjalan yang menerpa sebelumnya," imbuh dia.

Sementara itu, pada 1923, kudeta militer terjadi di Spanyol yang memberi jalan bagi Miguel Primo de Rivera untuk menjadi diktator. Lalu pada 1939, Kanada memasuki Perang Dunia II.

          Comment on Kurdistan Taking Shape – with Israeli Support by FS19 mods      Cache   Translate Page      
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          French Online Payment Service Provider HelloAsso Refuses to Close Accounts Belonging to BDS Activists      Cache   Translate Page      
Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee / France (BNC) 09-12-18 HelloAsso, a French company that provides online payment services, has rejected pressure by Israel lobby groups to shut down the accounts of two French groups which support the BDS movement for Palestinian human rights. HelloAsso will continue to provide services to both Association France […]
          The Veiled Danger of the ‘Dead’ Oslo Accords      Cache   Translate Page      
By Ramzy Baroud | Palestine Chronicle | September 12, 2018 Yossi Beilin is back. This unrepentant Israeli ‘peacemaker’ is like the mythical phoenix, continually resurrecting from its ashes. In a recent article in Al-Monitor, Beilin wrote in support of the idea of a confederation between Israel and Palestine. A confederation “could prevent the need to evacuate settlers […]
          Congress today sneaking through $38 billion to Israel      Cache   Translate Page      
If Americans Knew | September 12, 2018 Israel partisans are sneaking through 2 Congressional bills today! Voters need to phone Congress about them now! The largest aid package in U.S. history. A bill for a special envoy who will monitor criticism of Israel world wide. Phone the Congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Congressional […]
          Reactie op Ad Broere over ‘Geld in de bijrol’.. door akoeta      Cache   Translate Page      
Wat ik net heb gehoord! Het banksysteem is nagemaakt van onze herinneringsbank! Het heeft te maken met ons bewustzijn. Omdat het niet het echte, zuivere is, worden we geld verslaafd , meer, meer, nog meer. Doreen haalt waarheid uit Hebreeuwse woorden, wat eigenlijk een oude Ierse taal is. De video is 5 jaar oud, maar de banken moeten om, willen we vooruit. [The IRISH are the real ISRAELITES, the HEBREW language was an Ancient IRISH Language . The Council of Nicea in 325 stole Irish History and pretended that it all began in the EAST, it did not it happened in the WEST. It was the IRISH who wandered in the Desert as they returned to Ireland, the evidence is there, they had sought refuge in EGYPT when the flood happened. Prof. John Mack was a dear friend, he was staying with me when he was killed. The VATICAN took control of Ireland and all the information as to who the Irish are and what Ireland is has been hidden. Thank you for opening people's minds to the TRUTH. I could share information with you.]Dit zei Veronica Keen
          Robbins Arroyo LLP: Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (ZN) Misled Shareholders According to a Recently Filed Shareholder Lawsuit      Cache   Translate Page      
...12, 2018 and July 10, 2018. Zion is an oil and gas exploration company that operates in Israel. View this information on the law firm's Shareholder Rights Blog: zion-oil-gas-inc / Zion Failed to Disclose ...

          Premiere: Eduardo De La Calle Feat. Joolz – The Stand (Marvin & Guy Remix) [Take Away]      Cache   Translate Page      

Take Away is an Israeli label that has a deep and stripped back sound fusing melodic elements with techy grooves. The new release is a special package containing new remix versions of Eduardo De La Calle’s track ‘The Stand’ featuring the vocals of Joolz. The original version was released on Take Away as part of […]

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          Parte da "La Felicità" di Parigi la Caputo Cup 2018/2019      Cache   Translate Page      
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Parte da Parigi, il prossimo 15 settembre, presso ”La Felicità”, il più grande food-market italiano realizzato dal gruppo Big Mamma, la Caputo Cup 2018/2019 che, un po’ come nelle competizioni sportive, prevede gironi internazionali di qualificazione, durante i quali vengono selezionati i finalisti che concorreranno all’assegnazione del titolo mondiale. I vincitori di ciascuna tappa della Caputo Cup, infatti, saranno iscritti di diritto alla finale partenopea prevista per giugno, quando si disputerà la XVIII edizione del Trofeo Caputo. E se oggi a Parigi si mangia sempre più italiano, con prodotti di estrema qualità, provenienti direttamente dalla nostra nazione, lo si deve anche al progetto della squadra di Big Mamma, che è riuscita, in poco tempo, a imporre una nuova era della cucina tricolore a Parigi. Alla tappa francese, esordio di ospitalità per questa nazione, parteciperanno 35 giovani talenti, che daranno prova della loro abilità. In giuria ci saranno: il maestro pizzaiolo Gino Sorbillo; il presidente dell’APN (Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani), Sergio Miccù; Davide Civitiello, già Campione del Mondo e molti altri esperti del food italiano e francese. In occasione della giornata del 15 settembre, si svolgerà anche il Parigi Pizza Festival: una non stop, dalle 12.00 alle 23.00, di degustazioni di prodotti d’eccellenza e di pizze sfornate, tra gli altri, dal Maestro Sorbillo.
Per Antimo Caputo, Ad del Mulino Caputo, i gironi di qualificazione della Caputo Cup, che toccheranno almeno dieci nazioni, tra cui: Stati Uniti, Giappone, Cina, Portogallo e Israele, sono l’occasione per divulgare la filosofia sottesa all’arte della pizza. “Gli elementi del successo della pizza napoletana sono essenzialmente due” precisa Antimo Caputo “l’utilizzo delle materie prime di altissima qualità e la capacità dei pizzaioli di fondere tecniche e saperi antichi nel realizzare questo magnifico alimento. La fusione di questi fattori rende la pizza napoletana un prodotto inimitabile. D’altra parte, l’arte del pizzaiuolo, trasmessa di generazione in generazione, è così importante da essere entrata a far parte dell’elenco dei Beni Immateriali dell’Umanità, stilato dall’Unesco”. Da Napoli, anche grazie a iniziative come quelle promosse da Mulino Caputo, l’Arte del pizzaiuolo si è diffusa nel mondo, così che oggi, ovunque ci siano artigiani che hanno fatto propri gli standard della scuola partenopea dell’APN, è possibile apprezzare una vera pizza.
          RESOLICITATION - UH 72 MAINTENANCE      Cache   Translate Page      
This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared IAW the format
in FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this
notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation. Proposals are being
requested and a written solicitation WILL NOT be issued. The solicitation
W912LA18T0088 is issued as a Request for Quote. The solicitation document,
incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition
Circular 2005-101, effective 20 July 2018. This procurement is issued under NAICS
code 488190. The small business size standard for this NAICS code is $15 Million. The
California National Guard is soliciting proposals for Aircraft Mechanic services in
Stockton, CA 95206.


The Contractor will provide all personnel, equipment, supplies, transportation, tools,
materials, supervision, and other items and non-personal services necessary to perform
aviation maintenance services in accordance with this solicitation and the attached
Performance Work Statement. This Request for Proposal is set aside 100% for small
business. In accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 19.5, any
award resulting from this solicitation, will be made on a competitive basis from among
all responsible business concerns submitting offers. This Request for Quote will result
in a single, Firm-Fixed Priced contract. Offers will be evaluated as Lowest Price
Technically Acceptable. Simplified Acquisition Procedures will be utilized.


The requirement is for the following: The contractor shall staff one Contact Team to
provide scheduled maintenance support to the Army National Guard UH-72 fleet
located at Stockton Metropolitan Airport. The team will consist of 1 each A&P
Mechanic III, and 1 each A&P Mechanic II with a maximum of 900 man hours per
position. Department of Labor Wage rates apply.



The following FAR provisions/clauses are incorporated:

52.203-19, Prohibition on Contracting with Entities that Require Certain Internal
Confidentiality Agreements or Statements;

52.204-9, Personal Identity Verification of Contractor Personnel;

52.204-10, Reporting Executive Compensation and First-Tier Subcontract Awards;

52.204-16, Commercial and Government Entity Code Reporting;

52.204-22, Alternative Line Item Proposal;

52.209-6, Protecting the Government's Interest When Subcontracting with Contractors
Debarred, Suspended, or Proposed for Debarment;

52.209-10, Prohibition on Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations;

52.209-11, Representation by Corporations Regarding Delinquent Tax Liability or a
Felony Conviction under any Federal Law;

52.209-12, Certification Regarding Tax Matters;

52.212-1, Instructions to Offerors-Commercial Items;

52.212-3 ALT I, Offeror Representations and Certifications - Commercial Items;
52.212-4, Contract Terms and Conditions;

52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive
Orders - Commercial Items

52.216-4, Notice of Price Evaluation Preference for HUBZone Small Business

52.216-31, Time-and-Materials/Labor-Hour Proposal Requirements-Commercial Item

52.217-8, Option to Extend Services;

52.219-28, Post-Award Small Business Program Representation;

52.222-3, Convict Labor;

52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities;

52.222-26, Equal Opportunity;

52.222-36, Equal Opportunity for Workers with Disabilities;

52.222-41, Service Contract Labor Standards;

52.222-42, Statement of Equivalent Rates for Federal Hires;

52.222-50, Combating Trafficking in Persons;

52.222-55, Minimum Wages Under Executive Order 13658;

52.222-62, Paid Sick Leave Under Executive Order 13706;

52.223-1, Biobased Product Certification;

52.223-4, Recovered Material Certification;

52.223-5, Pollution Prevention and Right to Know Information;

52.223-17, Affirmative Procurement of EPA-designated Items in Service and
Construction Contracts;

52.223-18, Encouraging Contractor Policy to Ban Text Messaging While Driving;

52.223-20, Aerosols;

52.223-21, Foams;

52.225-13, Restrictions on Certain Foreign Purchases;

52.232-33, Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer-System for Award Management;

52.232-39, Unenforceability of Unauthorized Obligations

52.233-3, Protest After Award;

52.233-4, Applicable Law for Breach of Contract Claim; and 52.252-2; Clauses
incorporated by Reference;

52.237-1, Site Visit;

52.245-1, Government Property;

52.245-9, Use and Charges;

52.252-2, Clauses Incorporated by Reference.


The provisions/ clauses at DFARS 252.212-7000, Offeror Representations and
Certifications - Commercial Items apply to this acquisition and must be fully
completed and submitted with offer; and 252.212-7001 (Dev), Contract terms and
Conditions Required to Implement Statutes to Defense Acquisition of Commercial
Items (Deviation) are applicable to this acquisition. The following DFARS clauses are

252.201-7000, Contracting Officer's Representative;

252.203-7002 ALT A, Requirement to Inform Employees of Whistleblower Rights
(ALT A);

252.203-7005, Representation Relating to Compensation of Former DoD Officials;

252.204-7008, Compliance with Safeguarding Covered Defense Information Controls;

252.204-7011, Alternative Line Item Structure;

252.204-7012, Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident

252.204-7015, Notice of Authorized Disclosure of Information for Litigation Support;

252.211-7007, Reporting of Government Furnished Property;

252.213-7000, Notice to Prospective suppliers on the Use of Past Performance
Information retrieval System - Statistical Reporting in Past Performance Evaluations;

252.223-7008, Prohibition of Hexavalent Chromium;

252.225-7000, Buy American - Balance of Payments Program Certificate;

252.225-7031, Secondary Arab Boycott of Israel;

252.225-7035, Buy American Act-Free Trade Agreements-Balance of Payments
Program Certificate;

252.225-7048, Export-Controlled Items;

252.232-7003, Electronic Submission of Payment Requests;

252.232-7010, Levies on Contract Payments are also applicable to this acquisition.

252.237-7010, Prohibition on Interrogation of Detainees by Contractor Personnel;

252.239-7001, Information Assurance Contractor Training and Certification;

252.244-7000, Subcontracts for Commercial Items;

252.245-7001, Tagging, Labeling, and Marking of Government-Furnished Property;

252.245-7002, Reporting Loss of Government Property;

252.245-7003, Contractor Property Management System Administration;

252.245-7004, Reporting, Reutilization, and Disposal;

252.247-7023 ALT III, Transportation of Supplies by Sea.


Evaluation -- Commercial Items (Oct 2014)

(a) The Government will award a contract resulting from this solicitation to the
responsible offeror whose offer conforming to the solicitation will be most advantageous
to the Government, price and other factors considered. The following factors shall be
used to evaluate offers:

[Contracting Officer shall insert the significant evaluation factors, such as

(i) technical capability of the item offered to meet the Government

(ii) price;

(iii) past performance (see FAR 15.304);

Technical and past performance, when combined, are __________ [Contracting Officer
state, in accordance with FAR 15.304, the relative importance of all other evaluation
factors, when combined, when compared to price.]

(b) Options. The Government will evaluate offers for award purposes by adding the total
price for all options to the total price for the basic requirement. The Government may
determine that an offer is unacceptable if the option prices are significantly unbalanced.
Evaluation of options shall not obligate the Government to exercise the option(s).

(c) A written notice of award or acceptance of an offer, mailed or otherwise furnished to
the successful offeror within the time for acceptance specified in the offer, shall result in
a binding contract without further action by either party. Before the offer's specified
expiration time, the Government may accept an offer (or part of an offer), whether or not
there are negotiations after its receipt, unless a written notice of withdrawal is received
before award.

(End of Provision)


All vendors must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database.
Proposals are due NLT September 14, 2018 by 10:00 AM by electronic means to


Set-aside code: Total Small Business Contact: Stella H Davis, Contract Specialist, Phone 8057489164, Email
          Russia's massive war games in the heart of Siberia      Cache   Translate Page      

Moscow, Sep 13 (IANS) Russia's armed forces began the second day of its massive military exercises in the country's far east on Wednesday with a show of strength involving anti-aircraft and missile maneuvers.

The Vostok-2018 war games, the largest staged by Russia since the Cold War, were partly held at the Soviet-built training ground in Telemba, some 200 km to the east of Lake Baikal in the heart of Siberia, Efe reported.

As heavy rain fell, the overcast Siberian sky filled with missiles, guided rockets and thunderous explosions in a show of strength that observers in the West will be watching eagerly.

Colonel Alexander Agafanov of the Russia Air Force described the exercises as a success.

The military arranged several artillery batteries stocked with mid to long-range S-300, S-400, Tor and Buk missiles, the likes of which Moscow has recently sold to Syria and Iran despite protests from the US and Israel.

More than a thousand soldiers took part in a hyper-realistic recreation of a theater of war and explosions interrupted the normally tranquil region, one of the few in Russia where the population is predominantly Buddhist.

Although the war games serve Moscow's propaganda machine, officials declined to name the imagined enemy of the Russian, Chinese and Mongolian forces taking part in Vostok-2018.

Nor would they enlighten reporters as to why there was no sign of the more than 3,000 Chinese soldiers sent to the maneuvers by Beijing.

The participation of the People's Liberation Army surprised many experts.

The display of strength from Russia comes at a time when relations between Moscow and the West are at a considerable low.

According to the Russian defense ministry, 300,000 troops, more than 1,000 aircraft and some 36,000 tanks and vehicles are involved in the maneuvers.

The Kremlin said the war games were routine and did not pose a threat to other countries.



          September 13: Psalm 50; Psalms 59–60; Psalm 93; Psalm 96; Job 29:1; Job 31:1–23; Acts 15:1–11; John 11:17–29       Cache   Translate Page      

Proper 18

First Psalm: Psalm 50

Psalm 50 (Listen)

God Himself Is Judge

A Psalm of Asaph.

50   The Mighty One, God the LORD,
    speaks and summons the earth
    from the rising of the sun to its setting.
  Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
    God shines forth.
  Our God comes; he does not keep silence;1
    before him is a devouring fire,
    around him a mighty tempest.
  He calls to the heavens above
    and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
  “Gather to me my faithful ones,
    who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
  The heavens declare his righteousness,
    for God himself is judge! Selah
  “Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
    O Israel, I will testify against you.
    I am God, your God.
  Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
    your burnt offerings are continually before me.
  I will not accept a bull from your house
    or goats from your folds.
10   For every beast of the forest is mine,
    the cattle on a thousand hills.
11   I know all the birds of the hills,
    and all that moves in the field is mine.
12   “If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
    for the world and its fullness are mine.
13   Do I eat the flesh of bulls
    or drink the blood of goats?
14   Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,2
    and perform your vows to the Most High,
15   and call upon me in the day of trouble;
    I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
16   But to the wicked God says:
    “What right have you to recite my statutes
    or take my covenant on your lips?
17   For you hate discipline,
    and you cast my words behind you.
18   If you see a thief, you are pleased with him,
    and you keep company with adulterers.
19   “You give your mouth free rein for evil,
    and your tongue frames deceit.
20   You sit and speak against your brother;
    you slander your own mother's son.
21   These things you have done, and I have been silent;
    you thought that I3 was one like yourself.
  But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.
22   “Mark this, then, you who forget God,
    lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!
23   The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
    to one who orders his way rightly
    I will show the salvation of God!”


[1] 50:3 Or May our God come, and not keep silence
[2] 50:14 Or Make thanksgiving your sacrifice to God
[3] 50:21 Or that the I am


Second Psalm: Psalms 59–60; Psalm 93; Psalm 96

Psalms 59–60 (Listen)

Deliver Me from My Enemies

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam1 of David, when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.

59   Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
    protect me from those who rise up against me;
  deliver me from those who work evil,
    and save me from bloodthirsty men.
  For behold, they lie in wait for my life;
    fierce men stir up strife against me.
  For no transgression or sin of mine, O LORD,
    for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
  Awake, come to meet me, and see!
    You, LORD God of hosts, are God of Israel.
  Rouse yourself to punish all the nations;
    spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. Selah
  Each evening they come back,
    howling like dogs
    and prowling about the city.
  There they are, bellowing with their mouths
    with swords in their lips—
    for “Who,” they think,2 “will hear us?”
  But you, O LORD, laugh at them;
    you hold all the nations in derision.
  O my Strength, I will watch for you,
    for you, O God, are my fortress.
10   My God in his steadfast love3 will meet me;
    God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
11   Kill them not, lest my people forget;
    make them totter4 by your power and bring them down,
    O Lord, our shield!
12   For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,
    let them be trapped in their pride.
  For the cursing and lies that they utter,
13     consume them in wrath;
    consume them till they are no more,
  that they may know that God rules over Jacob
    to the ends of the earth. Selah
14   Each evening they come back,
    howling like dogs
    and prowling about the city.
15   They wander about for food
    and growl if they do not get their fill.
16   But I will sing of your strength;
    I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
  For you have been to me a fortress
    and a refuge in the day of my distress.
17   O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
    for you, O God, are my fortress,
    the God who shows me steadfast love.

He Will Tread Down Our Foes

To the choirmaster: according to Shushan Eduth. A Miktam5 of David; for instruction; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and when Joab on his return struck down twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt.

60   O God, you have rejected us, broken our defenses;
    you have been angry; oh, restore us.
  You have made the land to quake; you have torn it open;
    repair its breaches, for it totters.
  You have made your people see hard things;
    you have given us wine to drink that made us stagger.
  You have set up a banner for those who fear you,
    that they may flee to it from the bow.6 Selah
  That your beloved ones may be delivered,
    give salvation by your right hand and answer us!
  God has spoken in his holiness:7
    “With exultation I will divide up Shechem
    and portion out the Vale of Succoth.
  Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet;
    Judah is my scepter.
  Moab is my washbasin;
    upon Edom I cast my shoe;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.”8
  Who will bring me to the fortified city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
10   Have you not rejected us, O God?
    You do not go forth, O God, with our armies.
11   Oh, grant us help against the foe,
    for vain is the salvation of man!
12   With God we shall do valiantly;
    it is he who will tread down our foes.


[1] 59:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[2] 59:7 Hebrew lacks they think
[3] 59:10 Or The God who shows me steadfast love
[4] 59:11 Or wander
[5] 60:1 Probably musical or liturgical terms
[6] 60:4 Or that it may be displayed because of truth
[7] 60:6 Or sanctuary
[8] 60:8 Revocalization (compare Psalm 108:10); Masoretic Text over me, O Philistia, shout in triumph


Psalm 93 (Listen)

The Lord Reigns

93   The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty;
    the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
  Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
  Your throne is established from of old;
    you are from everlasting.
  The floods have lifted up, O LORD,
    the floods have lifted up their voice;
    the floods lift up their roaring.
  Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
    mightier than the waves of the sea,
    the LORD on high is mighty!
  Your decrees are very trustworthy;
    holiness befits your house,
    O LORD, forevermore.


Psalm 96 (Listen)

Worship in the Splendor of Holiness

96   Oh sing to the LORD a new song;
    sing to the LORD, all the earth!
  Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
    tell of his salvation from day to day.
  Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous works among all the peoples!
  For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
  For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
    but the LORD made the heavens.
  Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
  Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
    ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
    bring an offering, and come into his courts!
  Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;1
    tremble before him, all the earth!
10   Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!
    Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
    he will judge the peoples with equity.”
11   Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
    let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
12     let the field exult, and everything in it!
  Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
13     before the LORD, for he comes,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
  He will judge the world in righteousness,
    and the peoples in his faithfulness.


[1] 96:9 Or in holy attire


Old Testament: Job 29:1; Job 31:1–23

Job 29:1 (Listen)

Job's Summary Defense

29 And Job again took up his discourse, and said:


Job 31:1–23 (Listen)

Job's Final Appeal

31   “I have made a covenant with my eyes;
    how then could I gaze at a virgin?
  What would be my portion from God above
    and my heritage from the Almighty on high?
  Is not calamity for the unrighteous,
    and disaster for the workers of iniquity?
  Does not he see my ways
    and number all my steps?
  “If I have walked with falsehood
    and my foot has hastened to deceit;
  (Let me be weighed in a just balance,
    and let God know my integrity!)
  if my step has turned aside from the way
    and my heart has gone after my eyes,
    and if any spot has stuck to my hands,
  then let me sow, and another eat,
    and let what grows for me1 be rooted out.
  “If my heart has been enticed toward a woman,
    and I have lain in wait at my neighbor's door,
10   then let my wife grind for another,
    and let others bow down on her.
11   For that would be a heinous crime;
    that would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges;
12   for that would be a fire that consumes as far as Abaddon,
    and it would burn to the root all my increase.
13   “If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant,
    when they brought a complaint against me,
14   what then shall I do when God rises up?
    When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?
15   Did not he who made me in the womb make him?
    And did not one fashion us in the womb?
16   “If I have withheld anything that the poor desired,
    or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
17   or have eaten my morsel alone,
    and the fatherless has not eaten of it
18   (for from my youth the fatherless2 grew up with me as with a father,
    and from my mother's womb I guided the widow3),
19   if I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing,
    or the needy without covering,
20   if his body has not blessed me,4
    and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep,
21   if I have raised my hand against the fatherless,
    because I saw my help in the gate,
22   then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder,
    and let my arm be broken from its socket.
23   For I was in terror of calamity from God,
    and I could not have faced his majesty.


[1] 31:8 Or let my descendants
[2] 31:18 Hebrew he
[3] 31:18 Hebrew her
[4] 31:20 Hebrew if his loins have not blessed me


New Testament: Acts 15:1–11

Acts 15:1–11 (Listen)

The Jerusalem Council

15 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers.1 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them. But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.”

The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. 10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”


[1] 15:3 Or brothers and sisters; also verse 22


Gospel: John 11:17–29

John 11:17–29 (Listen)

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles1 off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.2 Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

Jesus Weeps

28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him.


[1] 11:18 Greek fifteen stadia; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters
[2] 11:25 Some manuscripts omit and the life


          What's Next for Idlib?       Cache   Translate Page      
Being honest here, not, a fan of Josh Landis- But, he offers some good insights into the dynamics in Syria's north- So I'm sharing the interview. Dated August 08/18
I've left off the claim in the original title regarding Syria's proxies gathering for Idlib- It's very clear that did not happen. Not even close.
We have all now been made aware that claims of a coordinated Syrian/Russian move into Idlib were false.

Part of the interview below:
"Q: In recent months, we’ve seen Turkish authorities entrenching in northern Syria: school administrators are adding Turkish language school curriculums, local councils are displaying Turkish flags and Turkish propaganda is increasingly visible in public spaces. There’s even a word some residents are using to describe the phenomenon: “Turkification.” What do you see as Turkey’s long-term priorities in maintaining this presence in northern Aleppo?
JL: I think Turkey is prepared to, in a sense, quasi-annex this region. It’s the only thing that makes sense, because if they don’t, they’re going to be re-conquered by the Assad regime and they’ll be brought back into Syria.

The long-term problem for Turkey is whether they can do this kind of thing and have it accepted by the international community. And so far, it’s working for them.

I would compare it to Iskenderun, [also known as] Alexandretta, which was a separate administrative unit of Syria under the French Mandate until Turkey annexed it in 1939. There were somewhere over 40,000 or 50,000 refugees who fled the region into Syria at that time. The Sunnis stayed and became Turks. The lines between a Turk and an Arab could be fungible.
Q: But do you see that dynamic—of pro-Turkish sentiment among Syrians in the north—playing out now?
JL: Yes, I do. I think many Sunnis believe that they’d be better off with Turkey. And that’s really demonstrated in the fact that most of the rebel militias who use Turkey as a refuge also see Turkey as, in a sense, a mothership that supplies them with diplomatic support, political support, military support, economic support, everything. And they see the Turks as champions of their Islamic identity.

In a sense, by being Turks, by being under the umbrella of Turkish rule, in some ways they are more authentically Muslim. It underlines the ambiguities, just like it did in the 1930s, between Islamic and ethnic identity, which we see in today’s civil war and in the uprising against Assad.
Q: But what does Ankara stand to benefit from potentially annexing northern Aleppo, or at least maintaining a heavy presence there?
Turkey has a number of things. First, on the most practical level, Turkey gains leverage to affect future negotiations with Assad.

Second, Turkey is very fearful that Assad will drive all the rebels and their families [who are currently present in northern Aleppo and Idlib] into Turkey, scattering them across Anatolia. And that’s tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of people.
So Turkey has a great interest in not allowing Assad to drive all of these tens of thousands of rebels [out]. They don’t want refugees. They have enough, with two million-point-something.

[Ed.: As of July 2018, the UN counts more than 3,500,000 registered Syrian refugees living in Turkey.]
3.5 million is the official UN number- that I've seen many times.

Q: What kind of leverage does Turkey’s presence in northern Aleppo actually hold over the Syrian government?
Well, the [potential] trade that’s sitting there, and waiting to be done, is that if the Syrian government controls the Kurds, Turkey will withdraw from territory in [northern] Syria.
[Ed.: US-backed, majority-Kurdish authorities in a de facto autonomous region of northeastern Syria are pushing forward with plans to negotiate with Damascus for a “decentralized, democratic system” in areas under their control, Syria Direct reported late last month. The Syrian Democratic Council, the political wing of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, announced in July it had entered into talks with the Syrian government for a “roadmap leading to a “democratic and decentralized Syria.”]
JL:Well, the trade that can be made is that Turkey abandons the Syrian rebels to a certain degree and gives Syria much of Idlib province in exchange for the Syrian government retaking much of the Kurdish region, and America leaving. And that means no more arming of the Kurds, no more weapons going to the Kurds. Syrian intelligence would have to work closely with the Turkish intelligence, I presume, to make sure that the Kurds are not smuggling arms up to the PKK, and that the Turkish army gets to destroy the PKK inside of Anatolia and suppress the Kurds.
But Turkey doesn’t trust Assad. They believe that he has cooperated with the [separatist, Kurdish-nationalist group] PKK in the past. So Turkey is fearful that Syria will go back to helping the PKK divide Turkey in the same way that Turkey has helped the rebels divide Syria.

As soon as [Turkey] gives up that territory, they have no leverage whatsoever over Syria.
Q: You mentioned earlier that Ankara doesn’t want rebels in Idlib streaming into Turkey if they face a possible defeat there. Can you talk more about the stakes in Idlib from a military perspective? Do you see Ankara poised to back rebels there in an oncoming battle, to the extent that we’ve been seeing in northern Aleppo?

Turkey has 12 observation posts that it has established across Idlib, which are backed up by Turkish soldiers with heavy weapons and tanks. So, if Assad bombs them, he’s going to be bombing Turkey and this is going to be a casus belli in theory. So, Assad has to step very carefully around these observation points.
Q: You wrote earlier this year on your Syria Comment blog that the US policy of backing majority-Kurdish groups in northern Syria has “pushed Turkey into the sphere of Russian influence.” How is this dynamic playing out today with regard to preparations for a battle for Idlib? Do you see any major contradictions?
JL:Russia is very keen on trying to make a deal between Turkey, the Kurds and Syria. They’re trying to negotiate a way to avoid war, in much the same way that they did in southern Syria, where the Syrian Arab Army was able to retake all of that region in only about a month’s time and Israel, Jordan, the United States all agreed to it [and] did not enter into the war to stop the Syrian army. And the rebels were forced to make agreements with the army or to retreat to Idlib province.

The problem is that northern Syria is much more difficult. It’s filled with all these radical Islamist groups, it’s right on Turkey’s border and Turkey is a major power—it’s not like Jordan. And Russia has a great deal invested in Turkey. Russia does not want to go to war against Turkey.

This is going to tax Russian diplomacy to the max. Nobody knows what to do about it. In a sense, it’s the collecting point of all the problems in Syria. 
Q: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned his Russian counterpart Putin last month that a battle in Idlib would effectively “destroy” the Astana accord, which placed the province within one of four so-called “de-escalation zones.” Is that just an empty talking point, or is there real concern here of a diplomatic fallout?
JL;Good question. The Astana accord represents an agreement between Russia, Turkey, Iran and other regional powers to use diplomacy and not to go to war. If that falls apart, it really means the dialogue falls apart. And that means you could fall to blows.

I think both Russia and Turkey have the idea that they are not going to war. And that they both think they can finesse the situation.

So, there’s going to be a lot of pushing and pulling, and we’re not sure how it will end. Or where exactly the lines will be drawn. But I think Assad is committed to taking back the whole [province].
Q: But there’s the argument that Astana is meaningless, that none of the de-escalation zones it established in Syria did much to stop the fighting at all, except maybe in parts of southern Daraa and Quneitra provinces for a period of time.
That wasn’t their purpose. Their actual purpose was to provide the United States with a graceful way to abandon the Syrian rebels. President Obama [decided], “I’m not going to war against Russia for Syria.” That’s been American foreign policy ever since. They conceded Syria to Russia.

That meant that they had to find a way to allow Assad and Russia to destroy the rebels. But of course, the US had committed to the rebels. So it’s very embarrassing for America to have to do that. And America kept hoping that it could get leverage, that it could force Assad to step down, that they could save face by getting a negotiated solution. None of that’s turned out to be correct.

Now it’s a question of whether Turkey will go to war with Syria for these rebel groups. And, my hunch is, Turkey won’t want to."
I don't think Turkey will go to war for these rebels either- 
          Motagua no pudo en Danlí y cedió empate ante Real de Minas      Cache   Translate Page      

La Prensa

Danlí, Honduras.

El Motagua se tuvo que conformar con un punto en su visita al estadio Marcelo Tinoco de Danlí producto de un empate 0-0 frente al Real de Minas en el cierre de la primera vuelta del Torneo Apertura 2018 de la Liga Nacional del fútbol de Honduras.

El equipo novel le jugó con mucha garra al Ciclón, además el gardameta Donaldo Morales fue la gran figura del encuentro producto de sus grandes atajadas.

Al minuto 2, Denil Maldonado botó el esférico frente al marco luego de un tiro de esquina y se perdió así la primera oportunidad del encuentro.

VER: LAS IMÁGENES QUE NO VIERON EN TV DEL REAL DE MINAS-MOTAGUALa jugada polémica llegó al minuto 16, codazo de Ronald García al rostro de Román Rubilio Castillo y el delantero tuvo que abandonar el encuentro por el golpe que sufrió en el pómulo.

Marco Vega ocupó su lugar.

A medida que pasaron los minutos el Motagua se acercó con peligrosidad, el paraguayo Roberto Moreira remató desde fuera del área y el arquero Donaldo Morales voló para detener el balón, pero en el contrarremete apareció Vega y nuevamente el experimentado meta la tapó.

Recibió los aplausos de todo el estadio que lució abarrotado.

EL COMPLEMENTOApenas transcurrieron tres minutos de la segunda parte, centro venenoso al área del Real de Minas y el esférico le quedó servido a Denil Maldonado que disparó directo y de nuevo Donaldo Morales se revolcó para detener el balón.

Y el carnaval de tapadas no terminó, Kevin López ejecutó un tiro libre con sello de gol sin embargo Donaldo Morales se estiró como en sus mejores tiempos para evitar la anotación al minuto 50.

El duelo cayó en lo brusco, faltas constantes en ambos equipos.

Al minuto 66 fue expulsado Carlos Conan Moncada y dejó con 10 hombres en la cancha a los mineros.

Marco Vega desbordó por derecha y habilitó a Kevin López, pero este quiso sacarse al portero, pero Donaldo Morales le robó el esférico.

Partidazo del meta.

Ante la falta de efectivad de los azules, el Real de Minas cerró filas.

Le puso candado al empate.

Un punto de oro.

El Motagua sufrió la expulsión por doble amarilla de Denil Maldonado en los último minutos y el marcador no se movió.

-FICHA TÉCNICA:REAL DE MINAS: Donaldo Morales, Ronald García, Moises López, Nelson Vallejo (Bryan Acosta, min.

79), Carlos Moncada, Jesse Moncada, Irvin Reyna, Esdras Padilla, Rembrandt Flores (Alex Corrales, min.

73), Israel Silva y Jerry Palacios.

MOTAGUA: Jonathan Rougier, Juan Pablo Montes, Denil Maldonado, Henry Figueroa, Omar Elvir, Walter Martínez, Héctor Castellanos (Sergio Peña, min.

63), Marcelo Santos (Erick Andino, min.

67), Kevin López, Román Rubilio Castillo (Marco Tulio Vega, min.

20) y Roberto Moreira.

          Czech Leaders Issue Joint Statement Endorsing Embassy Move to Jerusalem      Cache   Translate Page      
FeaturedImage_2018-09-12_155735_YouTube_Rivlin_ZemanThe Czech president, prime minister, speaker of parliament, and foreign and defense ministers issued a joint statement endorsing the nation’s move of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday. In April, President Miloš Zeman announced that the Czech Republic would begin the process of moving its embassy to Jerusalem […]
          Israel Donates UN-Approved Water Filtration Units to Fight Cholera in Cameroon      Cache   Translate Page      
FeaturedImage_2018-09-12_Israel21c_NUF-cameroon-768x432Water filtration systems from Israeli company NUFiltration were donated to Cameroon to help fight a cholera epidemic there. As ISRAEL21c reported in July, NUFiltration acquires and sterilizes used kidney dialysis filters that would otherwise be discarded and repurposes them in several filtration products. One of these products, meant especially for hard-to-reach rural areas of developing nations, is a portable […]
          “The Israel Resolution”      Cache   Translate Page      
FeaturedImage_2018-09-12_094234_YouTube_JVP_HateOn April 16, the Durham City Council passed the Israel Resolution making Durham the first city in the United States to boycott police trainings specifically with Israel – the only Jewish majority country on the planet. It matters because, as I write this, there are efforts under way to bring the same boycott to the […]
          Israel Ungkap Rencana Trump Untuk Penempatan Pengungsi Palestina Di Negara Lain      Cache   Translate Page      
Beirut, –  Menteri Intelijen dan Komunikasi Israel Yisrael Katz mengungkap sebuah rencana yang dicanangkan oleh Presiden Amerika Serikat (AS)[Read More...]
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          Benjamin Netanyahu acuză Europa că este indulgentă în ceea ce priveşte Iranul      Cache   Translate Page      
Prim-ministrul israelian Benjamin Netanyahu a acuzat miercuri oficialii ţărilor europene că sunt indulgenţi în ceea ce priveşte agresiunile de care dă dovadă Administraţia de la Teheran, relatează Reuters.
          Re: The Cosmos      Cache   Translate Page      
One of the readers sent me a link to the Inscription of Nebuchadnezzar.  This was written within the context of Bible accounts. He laid seige to Jerusalem about 598 but the inscription is a history which helps explain the Elohim Creation in Genesis 1 but THE Lord (YHWH) the only god (Elohim) begins in Genesis 2.  We have noted that the Lord-God did not cause the civilization to be broken down.

[1.1] Nebuchadnezzar
[1.2] King of Babylon,
[1.3] glorious Prince,
[1.4] worshipper of Marduk,
[1.5] adorer of the lofty one,
[1.6] glorifier of Nabu,
[1.7] the exalted, the possessor of intelligence,
[1.8] who the processions of their divinities
[1.9] hath increased;

The Jews had been "turned over to worship the starry host because of idolatry at Mount Sinai." Therefore, we know many "gods" worshipped by the Abandoned Jews and many are listed by Nebuchadnezzar.  This name and the "gods" are named on clay tablets against whom Moses warned Israel as they never repented.


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          Did NBC Intentionally Wait for Rosh Hashana to Run Biased Anti-Israel Article?      Cache   Translate Page      
Back in July, I wrote about how a Newsweek article pushed the limits of how journalism can still be quite slanted, even if it technically falls within legal boundaries. That piece focused on Birthright Israel, the organization that provides free trips to Israel for Jewish college students and young adults, for the purpose of helping them […]
          Israeli Newswoman to Speak in NY on Using Social Media in Religious Development      Cache   Translate Page      
"Rahav Meir is known for her expertise on the ways in which social media can be used to ... reconnect with one's self and one's religious development."
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Lecturer: Rav Michael Laitman
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 03:12:00 +0000

          El verano cierra su capítulo 'off-road' en el Desafío Inca      Cache   Translate Page      

El Rally de Marruecos es tradicionalmente el gran simulacro del Dakar. Sin embargo, hasta que gran parte de los candidatos de los nombres propios de la prueba se desplazan al norte de África a principios de octubre, gran parte de la atención en el mundo 'off-road' se centra en el verano sudamericano. La concatenación del Atacama Rally, el Desafío Ruta 40 y al Desafío Inca supone la mejor preparación posible para los 'riders' de la categoría de motos y quads, aunque este año el Desafío Inca contará con la presencia de todo un 'Orly' Terranova en la categoría de coches en busca de conocer mejor el escenario donde se disputa el Dakar 2019.

Bien es cierto que el Desafío Inca con una clara orientación hacia la competencia sobre dos ruedas, pero en la categoría de coches hay algunas inscripciones interesantes. En primer lugar, porque 'Orly' Terranova vuelve a ponerse a los mandos del Mini JCW Rally, vehículo al que no se subía desde el pasado Dakar. Una participación que de alguna forma confirma además la presencia del argentino en el proyecto de X-Raid. Además, cabe destacar la presencia del chileno 'Chaleco' López con un Can-Am Maverick X3 o de Nicolás Fuchs con un Toyota Hilux tras su paso por el proyecto de Borgward.


Con todo, el gran duelo del Desafío Inca, prueba que cuenta con tres etapas y 900 kilómetros contra el crono a disputar entre los días 14, 15 y 16 de septiembre, está en la categoría de motos. No obstante, por Honda compiten Paulo Gonçalves tras su victoria en el Desafío Ruta 40, Kevin Benavides tras superar el fuerte traumatismo craneoencefálico que sufrió en esta prueba e Ignacio Cornejo. La apuesta de la marca japonesa se incrementa con la incorporación de Ricky Brabec. Por su parte, Yamaha contará con tres pilotos de la talla de Adrien Van Beveren, Franco Caimi y Xavier De Soultrait.

Aunque Joaquim Rodrigues y el español Oriol Mena dan un toque de color con las Speedbrain de Hero, al igual que Walter Nosiglia, la gran fuerza antagónica a Honda vuelve a ser KTM. No obstante, la firma austriaca cuenta en esta prueba con Matthias Walkner, Toby Price y Sam Sunderland, los tres últimos ganadores del Dakar en la categoría de motos. Luciano Benavides también compite con el equipo oficial de la marca austriaca en el Desafío Inca, al igual que la española Laia Sanz. Con todo, uno de los grandes protagonistas de la prueba es Pablo Quintanilla con su Husqvarna. Por último y en clave española, compiten Lorenzo Santolino y José Israel Borrell estarán en la prueba.


La noticia El verano cierra su capítulo 'off-road' en el Desafío Inca fue publicada originalmente en @motorpuntoes por Fernando Sancho.

          Preaching The Word Of The Lord: New Testament      Cache   Translate Page      

Matthew 1:18-25
Before Jesus is born, there is a revelation from God.
God tells us who Jesus is. He is Emmanuel: God with us (Matthew 1:23).
God tells us why Jesus has come to earth. He has come to be our Saviour (Matthew 1:21).
In this divine revelation concerning Jesus, our Saviour / Emmanuel, God with us, we have the message of the Gospel. Jesus is more than a man. He is God with us. Jesus is more than a prophet. He is the Saviour.
When we consider the remarkable beginning to Jesus' life on earth, it should not surprise us that Jesus' whole life is so very special.

Matthew 3:13-17
The Saviour; The Scriptures; The Spirit
* The Saviour has come for us. He takes the sinner’s place – in His baptism, in His death.
* The Scriptures – God has spoken to us. He still speaks to us – here and now.
* The Spirit has been given to us – for holiness and witness.

Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus was led by the Spirit, but the temptation came from the devil (Matthew 4:1).
The wilderness was the place of danger. It was the place of promise.
We can lose ourselves. We can find ourselves. We can lose God.We can find God.
Satan says, “If…” (Matthew 4:3,6). Jesus says, “It is written” (Matthew 4:4,7).
Satan offered Jesus the world (Matthew 4:8-9). Jesus said, ‘The Lord is all that matters to Me.’
People speak to us about living in the real world. They talk about looking after No. 1.
‘”Go away, Satan! Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him” (Matthew 4:10).

Matthew 4:12-25
“John had been arrested.” Jesus knew what lay ahead of Him!
His message was similar to John’s – but different: Jesus had come.
The Kingdom of God had come (Matthew 4:17). This was the shining of “a great light” (Matthew 4:16; John 8:12). This was the dawn – a new beginning.
Repentance is a new beginning, turning towards the light, turning away from everything that stops the light shining.
The first four disciples turned towards the light (Matthew 4:18-22). They will never be the same again. The fishermen became fishers of men. They became disciples of Jesus. Later, they became apostles for Him.
Preaching, teaching, healing (Matthew 4:23). Healing of the body is always a mystery, until the Lord returns. Healing of the whole life – This always happens when the preaching and teaching are received with obedient faith.

An overview of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)
* We do not begin with our love for God or  our love for another. We begin with God’s love (John 3:16).
* Jesus speaks about “the Kingdom of heaven” – it “is theirs” (Matthew 5:3,10). “Heaven came down and glory filled my soul when, at the Cross, the Saviour made me whole” – Before we go up to heaven, heaven comes down to us.
* The Be-Attitudes – What kind of people are we to be? We’re to be like Jesus (Galatians 2:20; John 3:30).
* We are to live for the glory of God (Matthew 5:16). We are not all called to preach God’s Word. We’re all called to praise His Name.
Love (Matthew 5); Prayer (Matthew 6); Wisdom (Matthew 7)
* Love (Matthew 5:43-44) – There is nothing more important than this (1 Corinthians 13:13). It’s not something that comes from within ourselves. Love is given to us. It’s God’s love – reaching us, changing us.
* Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) – The Lord creates in us a desire to pray: “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).”Teach us”, “Our Father” – This is more than private prayer. This is praying together. We see more of this in Acts.
* Wisdom (Matthew 7:24-27) – This is more than knowledge (1 Corinthians 8:1). This is life-changing. It changes us – and others: “it builds up” (1 Corinthians 8:1). We are “your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5).

Matthew 9:9-13
The conversion of Levi, the call to become Matthew (Mark 2:13-14)
* The opening of our eyes – to see ourselves as we really are, to see Jesus as He really is. We are sinners. He is our Saviour.
* The stirring of our hearts – This could be for me, the possibility of a new beginning: “Love lifted me. When no-one but Christ could help, love lifted me.”
* The opening of our ears – the power of Jesus’ words, “Follow Me.” He’s looking for an immediate response from us.
* The changing of our lives – new direction: “No longer I but Christ” (Galatians 2:20)
* The loosening of our tongues – Speaking for Jesus: Matthew became a Gospel writer. He became a witness for Christ.

Matthew 12:1-21
The controversy over the Sabbath comes immediately after “Come to Me…” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Our true rest is in the Lord. He is “Lord of the Sabbath” (Matthew 12:8).
Let us not emphasize the sacrifice that we make for Him. Let us emphasize the mercy that He shows to us (Mathew 12:7).
What is so special about Jesus? – This is the question that the four Gospels answer for us.
Jesus is God’s Servant. Jesus is God’s Son. Jesus is our Saviour.
We rejoice in Jesus – God’s Servant and God’s Son. Above all, we rejoice in this: Jesus is our Saviour.
There is nothing more wonderful than this. This is Good News.
Here, we read about Jesus – God’s Servant – chosen by God; beloved of God; God delights in Him.
This is a wonderful description of our salvation.
* Chosen – “This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23).
* Beloved – “O man, greatly beloved” (Daniel 10:11)
* God delights in us – there is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:7,10,32).

Matthew 13:1-23
Jesus tells stories. Jesus is the Story.
We are to make up our minds about Jesus. This is the message of the parable of the sower.
“The Word about the Kingdom” (Matthew 13:19) – This is about more than words. This is about Jesus. Our response to Jesus is more than words. It is the response of our whole life. It’s about bearing fruit for Him (Matthew 13:23).
This message may be compared to the message of the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) – Use it or lose it.
We’re all different. We’re all called to serve the Lord – in different ways.
We don’t have the same gifts. We don’t have the same potential.
The contrast is not between the hundred, the sixty and the thirty. It’s between those who bear fruit and those who don’t bear fruit.
In the parable of the talents, the contrast is not between the two becoming four and the five becoming ten. The contrast is between those who use the gifts that have been given to them and those who don’t use their gifts.
* How will we serve the Lord? – That is for the Lord to say (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:7,11-12).
* Will we serve the Lord?- This is a different question. This is the first question. This is the question that each of us must answer.
If our answer is ‘Yes’, we move on to the next question. It’s a question we ask the Lord: What do You want me to do?
If our answer is ‘No’, the Lord will not force Himself upon us. Use it or lose it.

Matthew 16:13-17:13
Who is Jesus? – “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16); God’s beloved Son (Matthew 17:5)
Where does this faith come from? – It has been revealed to us by our Father in heaven (Matthew 16:17)
How are we to grow in faith? The first question concerns God’s revelation.the second question concerns our response to God’s revelation: “Listen to Him!” (Matthew 17:5).
How are we to listen to Him? – “When they looked up, they saw no one except Him – Jesus alone” (Matthew 17:8).
When we listen to Jesus – forgetting about ourselves and concentrating on Him, what does He say to us? – He speaks to us of His revelation to us and our response to Him. He speaks of His death anon (Matthew 16:21; Matthew 17:9,12). He speaks of our dying to self and living for Him.
His revelation and our response – The two are very closely connected.
Jesus is our Saviour. He is to be our Lord. We are not only to believe what God says to us. We are to live the life of a believer. Our life is to be shaped by our faith in Jesus, who died for us and rose again for us – Jesus, our Saviour and Lord.

Matthew 21:1-27
A welcome party – How do we welcome Jesus? He’s riding into Jerusalem? Is He riding into our hearts – as King of kings?
‘Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. Come in today. Come in to stay. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus.’
What happens next. After celebration, there is crucifixion. After crucifixion, there is resurrection.
Jesus is praised – Hosanna! Hallelujah! Between the Hosanna (the triumphal entry) and the Hallelujah (the resurrection), there is the Cross – “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). Joyful praise, then everything went quiet for a while, then the praise started again. There was hope, then everything seemed to be hopeless, then there was even more hope than there had been before.
Our life has its ups and downs, its high-points and its low-points. God is there in the high-points. He is there in the low-points.
* There are times when we need to hear His Word of rebuke and correction – What are you doing? “My House will be called a House of prayer” (Matthew 21:13).
* There are times when we need to be called out of our barrenness and into the Lord’s fruitfulness (Matthew 21:18-21).
How are we to receive this Word of rebuke and correction? – This is from the Lord. It’s His Word to us.

Matthew 21:28-46
Jesus speaks to us about the servants of God – and He speaks about Himself: the Son of God. Jesus is telling us that He will be crucified for us – and He will be raised from the dead for us. The coming of Jesus, the death of Jesus, the resurrection of Jesus – This is the Gospel story. This is the Good News of God’s love. How are we to respond to God’s love? For each of us, there is a choice we must make. Will we enter into God’s blessing and continue in the way of His blessing? Will we miss out on God’s blessing because we draw back from following the Lord? Here, we read about two men. One started badly, and ended well. The other started well, and ended badly.
(1) The first began with sin – “I don’t want to” (Matthew 21:29), but he recognized his sin, he confessed it, and he was forgiven.
(2) The second said he would follow the Lord, but he didn’t keep going – “I will, sir, but he didn’t go” (Matthew 21:30).
Are you travelling towards the Lord – or away from Him? Is it faith leading to good works or “faith without works is dead”?

Matthew 25:31-46
This is not all that God’s Word says to us about our eternal salvation, but it is part of what is said. We need to hear what Jesus is saying to us here. We hear his voice, along with the voices of Paul and James. We need to hear all that God’s Word says to us about faith and works. We are to help people in simple, practical ways. We’re not to look for a reward. We’re not to think, “What will I get out of this?” We’re to think, “How can I help this person?”

Matthew 26:1-16
We begin with the Passover and the crucifixion (Matthew 26:2). This is the context within which we worship God. We look back. We remember. We give thanks.
The woman poured very expensive fragrant oil on Jesus’ head (Matthew 26:7). The disciples asked, “Why this waste?” (Matthew 26:8). They weren’t just asking the way of the Cross means, “It’s no longer I who live, but Christ who,long a question. They were stating a point of view. When Jesus answered their question, He countered their point of view. He said, Worship is never a waste of time. He said this in the most emphatic way (Matthew 26:13).
What was so important about this woman’s action? She worshipped the Lord. That’s what this is all about. It’s telling us that worshipping the Lord is important. How can we serve Him if we’re not learning to worship Him?
What about us? Are we, like this woman, true worshippers of the Lord? or Are we like Judas Iscariot – “looking for a good opportunity to betray Him?” (Matthew 26:14-16).

Matthew 26:17-35
All was not well with the disciples. Judas had too low an opinion of Jesus. All of them had too high an opinion of themselves (Matthew 26:35). Could things be turned around? Yes! – but there can be no resurrection (Matthew 26:32) without crucifixion (Matthew 26:28).

Matthew 26:26-56
“I did it my way.” When we’re comparing ourselves to other people, we can say, “I did it my way – not your way, not your way, not their way.” When we’re looking at our life in the light of God, we must never say, “I did it my way.” It must always be, “I did it God’s way.” Going God’s way is always better than getting our own way. For Jesus, going God’s way meant going the way  of the Cross.
What is the way of the Cross? It’s putting a line through the letter I. Going the way of the Cross means, “It’s no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). Going the way of the Cross is to be our daily choice. We are to deny ourselves. We are to take up our cross daily. This is what it means to follow Christ. We are to say “No” to the way of Judas. We’re to say “Yes” to the way of Jesus.

Matthew 26:57-75
“But I tell you … ” (Matthew 26:64). The future – We’re to be people who are pressing on towards God’s future – Jesus Christ and God’s everlasting Kingdom. These words are a fulfilment of Daniel 7:13-14.
Jesus is not the King who has come. He’s the King who will come. He’s not only the King of Israel. He’s the King of “every people, nation and language” (Daniel 7:14). His Kingdom does not rise and fall. His Kingdom is forever. “And our eyes shall see Him … Not in that poor lowly stable…”
Peter – following Jesus at a distance (Matthew 26:58), denying Jesus and weeping bitterly” (Matthew 26:75). Our Saviour is great, but we are not great. Was there a future for Peter? Yes. This was not because of Peter’s great love for Jesus. It was because of Jesus’ great love for Peter. We often fail Jesus. He never fails us. He keeps on calling us on to His future – glorious, heavenly and eternal.

Matthew 27:1-31
This is not only the story of Jesus. It’s also the story of two other men – Judas and Barabbas.
The two men were very different. Judas started off so well – and ended very badly. Barabbas made a mess of his life – and was given the opportunity of making a new beginning.
Judas had been a disciple of Jesus for three years. After all of this, he betrayed Jesus, and took his own life. Judas was lost.
Barabbas was “a notorious prisoner” (Matthew 27:16). “Barabbas was in prison with rebels who had committed murder during the rebellion” (Mark 15:7). “He had been thrown into a prison for a rebellion that had taken place in the city, and for murder” (Luke 23:19). “Barabbas was a revolutionary” (John 18:40). Barabbas was saved from crucifixion. What became of Barabbas? We don’t know. What we do know is this: Barabbas lived because Jesus died.
In the story of Barabbas, there is the Good News of what Christ has done for us and can do for us. In the story of  Judas, there is the bad news of what sin has done to us and can do to us. In the story of Barabbas, there is grace received. In the story of Judas, there is grace rejected.
What about us? What will our story be? Will it be grace which gives us a new beginning? or Will it be sin which leads to a tragic ending? At the Cross of Christ, each of us must make our choice.

Matthew 27:32-66
“This is Jesus, the King of the Jews” (Matthew 27:37).
Let’s go back to Matthew 2- “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east and have come to worship Him … Herod is about to search for the Child to destroy Him” (Matthew 2:2,13).
From the very beginning, Jesus lived under the threat of death. For Jesus, there would be a violent death – but it would happen in God’s time, not man’s time. In God’s time, it was made clear that Jesus’ death was a special death. He took our place. He died for us. This is the meaning of His words, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). Jesus took our sin upon Himself. When God looked upon Jesus, He saw our sin, and He turned away. When “Jesus shouted again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit” (Matthew 27:50), something amazing happened – “the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:51), “the tombs also were opened and many bodies of the saints who had gone to their rest were raised” (Matthew 27:52), “And they came out of the tombs after His resurrection, entered the holy city and appeared to many” (Matthew 27:53).
Jesus’ death was not a tragedy. It was a triumph – over sin, death and hell. It was a triumph for forgiveness and cleansing, for new life and eternal life.

Matthew 28:1-20
Who moved the stone? There is no human explanation – “an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. he rolled back the stone” (Matthew 28:2). The resurrection was more than a great change for Jesus. It was a great change for His disciples – first, the women (Matthew 28:5) and, then, the men (Matthew 28:8).
What was it that changed them? – “He is not here! He has risen” (Matthew 28:6). “Jesus met them and said, Good morning” (Matthew 28:9). “Jesus came near and said to them, All authority…” (Matthew 28:18-20).
Our response – “fear and great joy” (Matthew 28:8), worship (Matthew 28:9, obedience (Matthew 28:19-20).
God’s promise – “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20).


Mark 1:1-20
This was a new beginning (Mark 1:1), but it was based on what had gone before (Mark 1:2-3).
Those who speak of Jesus Christ, their Saviour, are "voices crying in the wilderness", but their ministry is blessed by the Lord (Mark 1:3,5).  
We must  never forget this, and we must pray that we will be like John - pointing away from ourselves to Jesus (Mark 1:7-8).
Whatever the world may say, we need more of Jesus, not less of Him. If we're going to have more of Jesus, we need more of the Word of God.
How can we get to know, love and serve Jesus better, if we're content with keeping everything shallow? 
The Spirit of the Lord descends whenever our chief focus of attention is on God's "beloved Son" (Mark 1:9-11).
It will not be easy to keep our attention on Jesus.
It wasn't easy for Jesus. It won't be easy for us (Mark 1:12-13).
John had been "arrested" (Mark 1:14). Would it be any easier for Jesus? Will it be any easier for us?
Will the call to "repent" be heard as "good news" (Mark 1:14-15)?
Many will say "No", but some will say "Yes" (Mark 1:16-20).
May God help us to follow Jesus, and call upon others to follow Him.

Mark 2:1-17
"He was speaking the message to them" (Mark 2:3) - and there were "signs following" (Mark 16:17). Preaching and miracles: - we see this pattern in Mark 1 - preaching (Mark 1:14-20), miracles (Mark 1:21-34,40-45). In Mark 1:39, we see both - preaching and miracles. Along with preaching and miracles, there is prayer (Mark 1:35). In Mark 2, there is forgiveness of sins (Mark 2:5) and healing for the paralyzed man (Mark 2:11-12). Notice which comes first - forgiveness. Jesus is saying, 'This is about more than the legs.' What is He saying to us? We need more than physical health. "So long as you have your health" - This isn't the full story. We need to have our sins forgiven. Only Jesus can do this for us.
When we read about the call of Matthew, known before his conversion as Levi (Mark 2:13-14), we learn about how life can be turned around by Jesus.
Levi, Evil, Live
The story of Levi is to become our story. Like Levi, we are evil. Like Levi, we have begun to live. Through faith in Christ, we have stepped out of our old life and into His new life.
Jesus came to call sinners (Mark 2:17). Sinners - That's what we are. We must not pretend that we are "righteous" (Mark 2:17). We're not. We must not say, "I have not sinned. I don't need to be saved." We must confess our sins, and receive God's forgiveness.

Mark 3:1-19
Jesus' ministry of preaching, teaching and healing was a remarkable ministry - but He did not go it alone. He called disciples to be with Him and learn from Him. How much do we know about these men? We know quite a lot about some of them. There are others about whom we know nothing at all. Do we need to know a lot about all of the apostles? No! We need to know about Jesus. The Saviour is more important than the servants. The message is more important than the messengers. This is a very important lesson. This is a lesson that we all need to learn. This is a lesson that we must never forget. Before we can work for the Lord, we are to "be with Him." We are to speak for Him (Mark 3:14). We are to pray that people will be changed (Mark 3:15).

Mark 4:33-5:20
Parables and miracles: In Jesus' miracles, there's a message for us. We must ask, 'What does this mean for us?' In the miracles - calming the storm (Mark 4:35-41) and driving out demons (Mark 5:1-20), there is the message: "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46;10).
We look beyond the storm of wind and waves. We see the storms of life - and we hear Jesus, saying to us, "Be still" (Mark 4:39). He challenges our fears, and He calls us to have faith in Him (Mark 4:40).
Where do the storms come from? - Satan. He's a determined enemy: "No one was strong enough to subdue him" (Mark 5:4). We need more than positive thinking. We need Jesus - the Saviour. He is strong enough to subdue Satan. Satan is a defeated enemy. We don't put ourselves together again. Jesus does this for us.
Don't keep the Good News to yourself. Tell people "what the Lord has done for you and how He has had mercy on you" (Mark 5:19). Your testimony will be blessed: "They were all amazed" (Mark 5:20). 

Mark 6:30-44
"He saw a huge crowd and had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.Then He began to teach them many things" (Mark 6:34). Salvation comes from the love of God. We are sinners without a Saviour.  He teaches and He shows us the Good News of His salvation. "This place is a wilderness, and it is already late" (Mark 6:35). "Can God spread a table in the wilderness?" (Psalm 78:19). Yes! God can! He can, He has, He will. It's never too late.

Mark 7:24-37
The Gospel is for both Jews and Gentiles (Romans 1:16). The Gospel isn't just for long ago. It's for today and tomorrow - as well as yesterday. What about our response to the Gospel? - "They were extremely astonished and said, He has done everything well!": We worship the Lord, and we are unashamed to say that He is our Saviour.
How does the Saviour change us? - "He even makes deaf people hear, and people unable to speak talk!" (Mark 7:37). Hearing the Gospel and speaking the Gospel - We must hear with faith before we can speak with faith. Hearing and speaking are important parts of our total response to Christ - living the faith.

Mark 8:1-26
"compassion" (Mark 8:2): This is where everything comes from - the feeding of the crowds (Mark 8:1-10), the healing of the blind man (Mark 8:22-26). Jesus opens our eyes to see how great His love is. He feeds us with spiritual food - the Gospel of His love.
Sadly, there is, between these two miracles, the Pharisees who argued with Jesus (Mark 8:11). They did this because their hearts were "hardened" (Mark 8:17). They had not allowed his compassion to reach them and change them. How sad! - but it doesn't have to be like this.

Mark 9:14-41
If we are to walk with the Lord in His way of holiness and wholeness,
(a) our life must be based on Jesus Christ - His death for us and His resurrection for us (Mark 9:31);
(b) our life is to be a life of faith (Mark 9:23); (c) our life is to be a life of service (Mark 9:35);
(d) our  life is to be a life of love (Mark 9:40).
Where do we learn of faith, service and love? We learn from Christ, our Saviour and Lord. He shows us how to live. He shapes our life. How does Jesus show us how to live? How does He shape our life? We begin with listening to Him. How can we learn from Him if we don't listen to Him?
Listen to Jesus. Learn from Jesus. Live for Jesus.
Listen to Him because you love Him.  Learn from Him because you love Him. Live for Him because you love Him.
How are we to love Jesus? Begin with His love. If we are to love Jesus, we must listen to the voice of His love, and we must learn how much He loves us.

Mark 10:17-34 
In Exodus 20, following the Ten commandments, there is distance and darkness (Exodus 20:18-21). The law shows us how far we are from God. It shows us how much we have failed God.
Is this what we see in this man? No! It's not. We see pride - "Teacher, I have kept all these from my youth" (Mark 10:20). He thought that he was closer to God than he really was, more pleasing to God than he really was. Where is the confession  and the prayer for forgiveness? It's not there. There is no confession of sin, no prayer for forgiveness. When we read and hear the Law of God, we should not say, "How good I am." We should pray, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner" (Luke 18:13).
We should not call Jesus, "Teacher." We should call Him, "Saviour."
The problem with this man began with the way he asked the question of eternal life - "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" (Mark 10:17). Salvation is not about what we do for God. It's about what He has done for us. What we cannot do, God does (Mk 10:27) - through Jesus' death and resurrection (Mark 10:33-34). Jesus is the way to eternal life.

Mark 11:1-11
More than a journey into Jerusalem - a journey to suffering, crucifixion and death. No shortcut to resurrection - Jesus must go by way of the Cross. At the Cross, we see Jesus, the King of love.
Why did He not defend Himself? - Because He loves us. He shows His love by taking our place.
Jesus and Barabbas - a God-given illustration of the true and real meaning of Jesus' death: the Saviour takes the sinner's place.

Mark 12:1-12
When the prophets had said and done all that they had to say and do, there was still more to be said and done. When the prophets had come and gone, there was still someone else to come - God's Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ (Mark 12:6). Jesus speaks to us about His death (Mark 12:7-8) and His resurrection (Mark 12:10-11). Man did what he could - "Let's kill him." God did something that man didn't expect - God raised His Son from the dead. This is more than "Man made his move, then God responded." God gave His Son - and God raised Him.

Mark 12:28-37
What is love for God? How do we learn to love the Lord? We begin with listening to Him. He speaks to us. We listen to Him. He speaks to us of His love for us His love for us is so much greater than our love for Him. The love of God for us - This is where our love for God comes from. We learn of His love for us. His love for us creates and inspires our love for Him. When we hear of God's love, we are to "listen to Him with delight" (Mark 12:37). Let us receive His love with joy. Let us love Him with joy. 

Mark 13:1-13
In today's world, there's plenty of bad news - but there's also Good News (Mark 13:10). The end and the beginning (Mark 13:7-8) - The end of sin and the beginning of salvation. The final outcome is certain, but there is still "the great tribulation" (Mark 13:19). Beyond that, there is the coming of our Saviour (Mark 13:24-27). Jesus speaks about our enduring to the end (Mark 13:143) and our being "God's elect" (Mark 13:20,27).
"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord ... Glory, glory, hallelujah!" Where does such faith come from?  Does it come from ourselves? No! It comes from the Lord. It is given to us by the Lord. What are we to do with the faith that He gives to us? - We are to keep on believing. We are to keep on walking with the Lord in the way of faith. We do not do this in our own strength. We are kept by the power of God.
"You must watch" (Mark 13:23) - This is the call to continue in the way of faith. "I have told you everything in advance" - This is the Word of truth that keeps us walking with the Lord on the pathway to His heavenly and eternal glory.
Good News - "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15); "God showed His love for us in this - While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

Mark 14:1-16
"Wherever the Good News is spoken in the world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her” (Mark 14:9). 
 * "Good News" - Christ's love for us: This is the Gospel. Our love for Him: This is our response to the Gospel. He died for us. We are to live for Him. He is to be the chief focus of our attention.
 * "this woman" - Her name is not given: "Not I, but Christ" (Galatians 2:20).
 * "remembered" - Take time to learn from her: love for Jesus.
The spiritual and the practical - the way we think and the way we live: "Do you love Me?" - Can we say 'Yes' and remain the same? We cannot repeat her action, but we can embrace here spirit - love for Jesus. Touched by Jesus' love for her, she showed here love for Him. The Gospel includes a call for our response. It's not "for your information only." It's not "you don't have to do anything about this." It's  not "leave things as they are." The Gospel calls for change - first, a change of heart; then, a change of life. 
 * "the whole world" - The Gospel isn't to be kept to ourselves. It's for everyone. Share the Good News - Christ, crucified for us and risen for us. As we share His love for us, love for Him will grow.

Mark 15:1-39
"the King of the Jews" (Mark 15:2,9,12,26), "the King of Israel" (Mark 15:32)
Jesus is more than this - He's "the Son of God" (Mark 15:39).  He's "King of kings and Lord of lords" (Revelation 19:16). 
"At the Name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will kneel and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2;10-11). 
When we remember Jesus' death, we remember more than the fact of His death. We remember the purpose of His death. Jesus suffered death, Jesus defeated death (Hebrews 2:14-15): "Here I am and the children whom God has given Me"  - "Bringing many sons to glory" (Hebrews 2:13,10). 
In Revelation 19:7, we read about salvation and celebration. The salvation comes from God. The celebration comes from us. It's our response to His salvation. 
Jesus is described as "the Lamb." This is a reminder that He is "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). Here, we see the connection between the Cross and the glory. We will be received into His glory because Jesus has gone to the Cross for us. we will not be in heaven because we deserve to be there. We will be in heaven because Jesus died for us. As we look at Jesus, crucified for us, may we join, with the centurion, in saying, "This man really was God's Son" (Mark 15:39) - "the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).

Mark 16:1-20
"Who will roll away the stone ... ?" (Mark 16:3) - They were looking for men to do this. God had already done it!
"Jesus was crucified. Jesus is risen" (Mark 16:6).  
"Go, tell His disciples and Peter" (Mark 16:7).
"He is going ahead of you" (Mark 16:7) - Jesus is already ahead of us. He's leading us into the future He's already prepared for us.
"just as He told you" (Mark 16:7) - The Lord is leading us on to His eternal glory. This is the fulfilment of His promise (John 14:1-3).
This leading on into the future is seen in the life of Peter. His sin is left in the past. He's led on to Christ's future. He's no longer remembered as Peter, who denied the Lord. He's Peter, the evangelist. In Peter, we see preaching and power (Mark 16:20).

Luke 1:26-38
This was a special time in Mary's life. It begins with God. He takes the initiative. He comes to Mary. He tells her what He is about to do. This is just the beginning. Before the Saviour's birth, there's the time of waiting. Before the coming of the Saviour, there's the waiting for Him.
For Mary, what was to be important in this time of waiting?
 * She was to remember this - "The Lord is with you" (Luke 1:28).
 * There was no need for her to be afraid (Luke 1:30) - the outcome was certain: "You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His Name Jesus" (Luke 1:31).
 * She was not to think, "How can this be...? (Luke 1:34. She was to trust in the power of "the Holy Spirit" (Luke 1:35). We're not to say, "This is impossible." We're to hear and believe what God says to us, "Nothing will be impossible with God" (Luke 1:37).
 * Mary was to give herself to God. She was to keep on saying, "Your will be done" (Luke 1:38).

Luke 1:39-55 
Mary was "blessed" (Luke 1:42,48). God's blessing came to her through her son, God's Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. God did "great things" for her - and us (Luke 1:49). Christ was given to Mary. He has been given for us. In Christ, we see God's holiness and love (Luke 1:49-50). In Him, love reaches us and changes us. It makes us holy. It makes us loving.

Luke 2:25-37
Here, we read about two people, who were well on in years - Simeon and Anna.
 * Simeon had been waiting on the Lord - to fulfil His promise. He was standing on the Word of God (Luke 2:25-26). Don't give up hope, God will do a new thing. We must make sure that we don't miss out on it. Don't stop believing.
 * Anna was very old (Luke 2:36-37). She kept on "serving God" and speaking for Him (Luke 2:37-38).
Note Simeon and Anna's response to Christ - praise (Luke 2:28), thanksgiving (Luke 2:38 and passing on Go's blessing to others (Luke 2:34,38).

Luke 8:40-56
There are two stories here - the story of a woman and the story of a girl. Both stories have a happy ending - but before the happy ending, there were hard times. When you and I decide to follow Jesus, we look forward to a happy ending, but we must never forget that there will be hard times along the way. For the woman and the girl - Where did the happy endings come from? They came from Jesus. It was Jesus who changed everything. He can do this for you and me. He can things around.

Luke 12:13-21 
"Watch out and be on guard against all greed because one's life is not in the abundance of his possessions" (Luke 12:15).
Jesus challenges us to look at the way we live - and to change the way we live. He calls us to be "rich toward God" (Luke 12:21). What does this mean? - Love for God and love for other people (Luke 10:27).  


John 8:30-47
In Genesis, we read about "the father of lies." Here, we read about Jesus Christ, the living Truth.
To understand why we need to be set free, we need to go back to Genesis 3. Sin brings us into bondage. We become slaves of Satan (John 8:34). He controls our life. This is the bad news concerning every one of us. There is Good News - see 1 John 3:8. Jesus has taken on Satan. Jesus has defeated Satan. Jesus is stronger than Satan. Jesus is the Son (John 8:36). He's the Truth (John 8:32). This is more than the truth about Him. He is the Truth. It's more than the Truth who came into the world a long time ago. He's the Truth who comes to us today. He comes to us. He changes us. He comes to us through the Scriptures. He comes to us by the Spirit. Come to Him. Be changed by Him.

John 12:2-36
Jesus "lifted up" - His death for us (John 12:32-33).
On a hill far away", "a green hill far away" - Is God far away? "From a distance, God is watching us." He is also near to us. Through the Cross, we are drawn to Him.
 * We look at Christ on the Cross, and we say, "Forbid it , Lord, that I should boast save in the death of Christ, my God."
 * We look at the Cross, and we see the bright shining light of God's love: "Inscribed upon the Cross, we see, in shining letters, God is love."
 * We look at the Cross, and we see the outstretched arms of love, a loving invitation, a loving welcome: "I hear They welcome voice that calls me, Lord, to Thee, for cleansing in Thy precious blood that flowed on Calvary. I am coming, Lord, coming now to Thee; wash me, cleanse me in the blood that flowed on Calvary."

John 14:6 - Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Jesus said, "The truth will set you fee" (John 8:32). To Israel, at the time of the Exodus, God said, "You were not made for this." To us, "You were not made for this." There is more. There is eternal life. We must travel through the wilderness, but our journey does not end in the wilderness. There is something else beyond the wilderness. We will be welcomed into the promised land. We look back to the story of the Exodus, and we learn of God's love and power - first, His love; then, His power. From there, we look forward to the first coming of Christ,our Saviour, What He does for us is more than what He did for Israel in the Exodus. He's not just taking us to a new land. He's leading us on to the glory of His eternal presence.

John 15:9-17
Our joy comes from God's love. His love never grows old or weak. His love for us comes before our love for Him. Christ gave Himself for us. Through His love, we receive "joy unspeakable and full of glory" (1 Peter 1:8). The love of Jesus is the best love, the greatest love of all. This is where our joy comes from. It's God's gift to us.  

John 20:1-31
"He saw and believed" (John 20:8), "They still did not understand the Scripture that He must rise from the dead" (John 20:9). Don't wait until you understand everything - before you  believe. Believe - and ask God to increase your understanding, as you learn to trust Him.
 * John 20:16-18 - "Mary", "Rabboni (Teacher), "I have seen the Lord." This was more than seeing the empty tomb. This was seeing the Lord. As well as seeing the Lord, there is hearing what He says to us and sharing it with others.
 * "The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord" (John 20:20). This joy was to be shared - in the power of the Holy Spirit (John 20:21-23).
 * John 20:24-29  - Thomas
"We have seen the Lord!" (John 20:25). Thomas needed a personal faith. What a faith - "My Lord and my God!" (John 20:28).
John 20:29 - More than 'seeing is believing.'
John 20:31- This is for us. It's for now. The written Word speaks to us of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It calls us to put our faith in him. It guides us towards God's glorious future - eternal 'life."


Acts 1:1-3
The four Gospels tell us what "Jesus did" (Acts 1:1). That was just the beginning. Acts tells us that there is more.
Acts is at the heart of the New Testament. It's between the Gospel as and the Letters. It was written to Theophilus (lover of God).
Do you and I love God? Let us learn from Him. Let us live for Him.
The story continues. We are part of it. It will never end. It's for today. It's for tomorrow.
Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me" (Luke 4:18). This was for doing as well as teaching.
We continue this work in the power of the Holy Spirit. This is Jesus, the risen Lord, working in us and through us.
The resurrection really happened. This is the central theme of the apostles' preaching.
The Kingdom of God: Past - Old Testament, Jesus, Acts; Present - now; Future - eternal life

Acts 1:4-8
The promise (Acts 1:4-5,8) led to the prayer (Acts 1:12-14) and the power (Acts 2).
Prayer is standing on the promise. Power is the fulfilment of the promise.
Waiting on the Lord comes before and leads to witnessing for Him.
On Acts 1:8, see Ezekiel 47:3-5.

Acts 1:9-11
"cloud" (Acts 1:9) - "the glory of the Lord" (Exodus 40:34)
"Listen to Jesus" (Mark 9:7).
Jesus has not left us. He is Lord, love, life and light. Get ready for His Return.

Acts 1:12-14
Gathered together
 * Communion (Matthew 26:26-30)
 * Great Commission - Preach the Gospel (Mark 16:15), make disciples, teach them (Matthew 28:18-20).
 * Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-38)
 * Commitment - We see this here.

Acts 1:15-20
The Gospels tell us about Peter and Judas. Peter denied the Lord. Judas betrayed the Lord.
On the Day of Pentecost, Judas could, would and should have been there - but he wasn't. Life is full of what ifs - what might have been.
On the Day of Pentecost, Peter was there. He preached.
This is grace. It reached Peter - and the other disciples who fled for cover. It could have reached Judas.
Sadly, Judas made his choice. Betrayal set the direction. Suicide confirmed that, for Judas, there was no reversal, no repentance.
There could have been - but there wasn't.

Acts 1:21-26
We never hear any more about Matthias. We do hear a great deal more about Peter. From chapter 1 to chapter 2, from Matthias to Peter, from the background to the foreground - on to Pentecost. It's for all of us.

Acts 2:1-13
When the Spirit comes - not just when He came
Being "filled with the Spirit" (Acts 2:4) means more than preaching the Christian message. It also means living the Christian life. It means being filled with Christ - in our message and our  life.
Acts - from Jerusalem to Rome, just the beginning of Christ being taken to the whole world.
Here, we're at the start of a new age - not a new age of anything goes, a Biblical new age.
We see this in the preaching of Peter. We also see it in the preaching of Paul (Acts 17).

Acts 2:14-36
Powerful and effective preaching
We could move straight on to the effect of the preaching - good preaching is preaching that does its hearers good. Are you being blessed as you hear the Word of God?
We need, first, to go back to the preacher and the message.
There needs to be humility - This is not from me. There needs to be confidence - This is from the Lord.
The message is centred on the Saviour. It is grounded in the Scriptures.
When we read the Scriptures, we learn of Christ.
There are lessons for today's Church and world. This is not "We're open to every idea wherever it comes from." It's not "We make things up as we go along."
The work of the Spirit - opening up the Scriptures and pointing to the Saviour

Acts 2:37-47
"pierced to the heart" (Acts 2:37): the work of the Holy Spirit
"Repent" (Acts 2:38)- We don't earn God's blessing. We respond to His promise of blessing.
"baptized in the Name of Jesus" (Acts 2:38) - not what we do, what Jesus has done for us.

Acts 3:1-4:4
Contrast the Peter we see at the time of Christ's death and the Peter we see here.
There was failure, frustration and fear. Now, there is peace, power and purpose.
(a) Failure - Peter denied his Lord.
(b) Frustration - Things could have been so different, if only I had confessed my Lord.
(c) Fear - what can the future possibly hold for me, now that I have failed my Lord?
(i) Peace - His sins have been forgiven.
(ii) Power - God's power has come upon him.
(iii) Purpose - He's winning people for Christ.
What about us?
Left to ourselves, our life-story is failure, frustration and fear.
when Christ comes to us, He comes with His peace, power and purpose.
What peace, power and purpose there is in Acts 4:12!
 * Salvation brings peace - peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
 * Along with peace, there is power. We begin with the power to live a new life.
 * Christ's power does not only change us. It gives us the strength that we need to win others for Christ.

Acts 8:26-40
We are in a "desert", but the God of love is reaching out to us (Acts 8:26).
Even when we are in a desert, we can prepare ourselves for God's blessing.
We can keep on reading God's Word (Acts 8:28).
God sends someone to guide us (Acts 8:30-31).
What does Philip do? He tells the Ethiopian the Good News about Jesus (Acts 8:35).
The true servant of the Lord does not draw attention to himself. He points away from himself to the Saviour.
This is the God of love reaching out to us. He sends His servants. They point us to the Saviour.

Acts 9:1-22
This was the great turning-point - for both Saul's salvation and the Gospel mission.
Saul's life was transformed by Christ's love. The persecutor became the preacher. "It is no longer I that live, but Christ who lives in me" (Galatians 2:20).
This was a personal call - "Saul, Saul" (Acts 9:4). It was a call to faith in Jesus (Acts 9:5), It was a call to work for Jesus - it was not only what he was to do then, it was what he was to do for the rest of his life (Acts 9:6,15): preaching Christ (Acts 9:20,22).
What a new beginning this was - so much more than the conversion of Saul. This is about more than Saul becoming Paul. It's about Jesus, God's Son, our Saviour.
Wherever Paul went, he spoke of Jesus and won people for Jesus.
Paul's story is a wonderful  story, but it isn't the greatest story,
It's not Paul who is our Saviour. It's Jesus.


Romans 1:1-17
The Gospel according to Paul  - more than that: "the Gospel of God" (Romans 1:1)
Good News, promised in the Old Testament, centred on the risen Christ (Romans 1:3-4)
Paul speaks as "a slave of Christ, called as an apostle, singled out for God's Good News" (Romans 1:1).
In love, God has given us Jesus, the Gospel, the Scriptures.
He shows us our sin. He shows us our Saviour. He leads us into a new life of salvation, holiness, service and eternal life. At the heart of all this, there is faith in Christ.
How do we come to faith in Christ? How do we find this new life in Him? We read the Scriptures, beginning with the Old Testament and reading on into the New Testament. In the Scriptures, we find the Gospel. It's Good News - not good advice. Christ is the Good News. "We have heard a joyful sound - Jesus saves." 
This is for today. It's for us. The Saviour came for us. He died for us. He rose for us. He lives in us - He's more than our example. He will come again for us. This Gospel has power - to save us, now and for eternity. This is for everyone - everyone who believes. Each of us must make our personal response - faith in Christ.

Romans 5:1-11
We live in the present. We are shaped by the past. We plan for the future. The Gospel speaks to us in the whole of our life - past, present and future. It speaks of peace, grace and glory (Romans 5:1-2).
Each of these blessings are given to us through our Saviour.
 * Peace comes with forgiveness.
 * Standing in grace - Jesus' words about the wise man (Matthew 7:24); standing against Satan, with the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:10-11,17).
 * Glory - eternal life (in Romans 6:23 - note the contrast between "wages" and "gift." It's not so mush 'glory for me.' It's sharing in the glory of God. It's giving glory to God.
At the heart of this Gospel of peace, grace and glory, there is God's love and Christ's death (Romans 5:8). This is Good News!

Romans 8:31-39
The Gospel tells us about the triumph of Christ for us. Here, we must not go straight to His resurrection. we must also speak of His crucifixion. Without his crucifixion, His resurrection has no meaning.
The Gospel also tells us about His triumph in us. This is the ongoing work of the Lord in our hearts and lives. This work continues throughout our life.
What will it mean to be "more than conquerors through him who loved us" (Romans 8:37)?
 * First, it means that the victory is Christ's, and He gives it to us.
 * Second, His victory is complete, but we need to grow into His victory.
 * Third, we need to learn to stand upon the fact of His victory, and not our changeable feelings.
In Romans 8:38-39, we read about many enemies. They will always be with us, they will not go away -  but there is something else that will always be with us: "the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." We must never forget this.

Romans 10:1-21
God's way of salvation is so different from man's attempt to put himself right with God (Romans 10:3). 
Christ is our Saviour (Romans 10:4). What is "the message" (Romans 10:8)? - Christ. Everything is centred on Him. Without him, there is no Gospel.
 * Confess Him as Lord - He is Lord, He's my Lord.
 * Believe in your heart - The resurrection: the heart of our faith. Without the resurrection, we may have admiration for Jesus - the man, the example, the teacher, but we'll never have anything more than that. Jesus is more than our example and our teacher. He's our Saviour and Lord.
"How welcome..." (Romans 10:15) - We should give thanks to God for those who have preached the Gospel to us. When God's Word is preached, God is at work (Romans 10:17). There is power in God's Word. It's the power of the Holy Spirit. 
God's Word and God's Spirit - This is what creates our response, our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 12:1-21
Jesus died for us. We must live for Him - "this is your spiritual worship" (Romans 12:1).
The changing of our way of  living begins with the changing of our way of thinking (Romans 12:2). this changing of our way of living isn't something that we do by ourselves. It's the "mercy" and "grace" of God that changes us (Romans 12:1,3). 
How does He change us?
 * He brings us into fellowship with other believers - "one body in Christ" (Romans 12:4-5).
 * He gives us opportunities to serve Him (Romans 12:6-8).
How are we to serve the Lord?
We don't begin with the things that we do. We begin with the people that we are (Romans 12:9). 
We're reminded of the Sermon on the Mount. This is more than Jesus' teaching. It's a description of Jesus. we are to become more like Jesus. It's Jesus living in us and through us. We look beyond Jesus' life - to His death and resurrection.
 * Romans 12:19-20 - Jesus didn't defend Himself. He stood in the place of sinners.  
 * Romans 12:21 - Evil did not triumph over good. Jesus rose from the dead.


1 Corinthians 2:1-16 
Paul's ministry was simple, sincere and spiritual.It was preaching in the power of the Spirit. What Paul is saying is this: Less about me, more about Jesus.
 * His message was simple. He wasn't trying to impress people with great learning. He was bringing Jesus to them. He was bringing them to Jesus.
 * His preaching was sincere. He said what he meant, and he meant what he said. He spoke the truth, and he lived the truth.
 * His outlook was spiritual. The power did not come from himself. It came from the Spirit - the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of love.

1 Corinthians 15:1-11
An introduction to this great chapter on the Resurrection - the fact and its meaning
The resurrection is more than a fact from the past. It's a fact for the future. "We shall all be changed ... " (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). This is more than social change. It's more than personal change.
Politics isn't everything. The heart needs to be changed.
This is more than personal change in the here-and-now. It's more than "for this life only" (1 Corinthians 15:19).
"We will all be changed" - This is eternal change.
The world may say that we can do without this kind of message. The Word of God says that we can't. We need this eternal perspective. Whatever changes we may achieve in our society and in ourselves, we must learn to look beyond these things to this; "We will all be changed ... "


2 Corinthians 4:1-18
Note 2 Corinthians 4:6 - The light of God shows us that we are in darkness, and it calls us out of the darkness, and into the light.
Where do we see the light of God? - In Christ.
His light is the light of love and the light of life. Love reaches us. It leads us to the light. The light guides us, and changes our way of living. The light says, 'There's something better than the life you're living.' The new life is eternal life (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
In the Old Testament - Beyond the wilderness, there's the promised land.
God has a great purpose for us. He changes us here-and-now, and He's preparing us for His eternal glory - (a) I saw the light; (b) I'm walking in the light; (c) I'm looking forward to the light (Revelation 22:5).

2 Corinthians 10:1-6
"the gentleness and graciousness of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:1);  "the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5).
What's the connection between the two? - We learn to obey Christ, as we learn to love Him. We learn to love Him, as we learn how much He loves us.
"What a Friend we have in Jesus" - He's not a far away God who doesn't care about us. He's our best Friend. When we learn to see Jesus as our best Friend, we will not find it a burden to live in obedience to Him. Beyond the obligation of obedience, there is the privilege of obedience.  


Galatians 1:1-12 
"The Gospel" came to Paul "by a revelation of Jesus Christ" (Galatians 1:11-12). This was important for Paul - and it's important for us. Our faith has come to us from above, from God. It doesn't come from ourselves. It is given to us by God. At the heart of our faith is Jesus Christ - "our Lord and our God" (John 20:28), "the Way, the Truth and the Life" (John 14:6); "Look! He is coming with the clouds" (Revelation 1:7). 

Galatians 6:11-18
"God forbid that I should glory ... " (Galatians 6:14).
This is more than "I will never boast ... " Who says, "I will never boast"? Remember Peter. he said this, and, then, he denied the Lord three times.
"God forbid ... " is a prayer for God's help. It's not an assertion about what "I will never" do.
How do we glory ... ? - This is more than singing hymns about the Cross of Christ. It's more than celebrating the Lord's Supper. It's being "crucified to the world" (Galatians 6:14). It's living as "a new creation" (Galatians 6:15).
This is what Paul speaks about in Galatians 5:22-25. We have received new life from the Spirit. We are to live the new life of the Spirit - the life of "love."


Ephesians 2:1-10 
What we were without Christ (Ephesians 2:1-3); What God has done for us in Christ (Ephesians 2:4-10)
Ephesians 2:8-10 - saved by grace, saved through faith, saved for good works
By grace - but not without faith and good works
Faith and good works - the fruit of grace
Faith and good works - Grace has done this.
The grace has come from God. The glory goes to God.  

Ephesians 6:10-20
In the strength of the Lord: We need His strength because the devil is stronger than we are - but he's not stronger than the Lord.
The armour provided by the Lord (Ephesians 6:13-17): All of it is defensive except "the sword of the Spirit" (God's Word).
In Ephesians 6:18, there's a call to prayer. It's general - "every prayer ... at all times with all perseverance for all the saints."
In Ephesians 6:19-20, there's a call for specific prayer for those who are called to preach the Gospel. Paul is asking for prayer for himself. The Holy Spirit brings to us these words from the past. He brings them to us with power - so that we may know that God has given us everything that we need for living to his praise and glory.   


Philippians 2:5-11
When God's Word speaks to us about Jesus, it does not only tell us to keep on looking back to the past. It tells us to do something else - Keep on looking forward to the future, God's future, the future He's preparing for us. When Christ came to earth for the first time, many people refused to believe in Him. When He comes for the second time, "every knee shall bow ... and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord" (Philippians 2:11). When our faith is under attack, we must never lose sight of God's future: "Jesus Christ is Lord."

Philippians 4:1-9
Joy (Philippians 4:4) and peace (Philippians 4:7) are grounded in God's love for us, not our love for Him. Perfect joy and perfect peace (1 Peter 1:8; Philippians 4:7) - but this is not our experience. Here, we must note the difference between God's love for us and our love for Him. His love for us is perfect. Our love for Him is not perfect. If our love in the Lord, our joy in the Lord and our peace in the Lord are to grow strong, we must feed on God's love. His love is faithful. His love endures forever. This is where our love, joy and peace come from.  


Colossians 3:1-17
"Put to death ... " (Colossians 3:5); "Put on the new man" (Colossians 3:9-10); "renewed in knowledge ... " (Colossians 3:10).
This is not something that we can do in our own strength - "Christ is all and in all" (Colossians 3:11).
"Put on ... " (Colossians 3:12) - Note that the Lord's forgiveness comes first (Colossians 3:13).
"Above all, put on love" (Colossians 3:14). His love for us - It brings "peace" to us and fills our hearts with thanksgiving (Colossians 3:15).
Colossians 3:16 - What a great verse this is! - but note also Colossians 3:17. Worship is to change our way of living. At the heart of all that we do, there is to be thanksgiving.


1 Thessalonians 2:13-20
Note especially 1 Thessalonians 2:13 - more than the words of men, the Word of God. It works effectively in those who believe. Our faith doesn't create God's Word. It's God's Word that creates our faith.
Man's word is a shaky foundation. It's building on sand. It's foolishness.
God's Word is a solid foundation. It's building on the rock. We are wise when we build on God's Word.
When we receive the Gospel as God's Word, our lives are changed. We say, "The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy" (Psalm 126:3).


2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5
God's love, God's call, God's glory (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14)
"the traditions" (2 Thessalonians 2:15): Who is behind the tradition? If it's the Lord, we have something that's more than a tradition. Who does the message come from?  - It comes from the Lord. That's why we must "stand firm."
Eternal encouragement for here-and-now (2 Thessalonians 3:16-17).
Contrast "not all have faith" (2 Thessalonians 3:2) and "the Lord is faithful" (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
"He will strengthen and guard you from the evil one" (2 Thessalonians 3:4) - "The Lord bless you and keep you" (Numbers 6:24).
"May the Lord direct your hearts to God's love and Christ's endurance" (2 Thessalonians 3:3). When the Lord is at work, He becomes the chief focus of our attention. It's His love and endurance that inspire us to keep on loving Him and serving Him. 


1 Timothy 1:12-17
The Lord saved Saul of Tarsus. The Lord changed him. Saul - "blasphemer, persecutor, arrogant man" (1 Timothy 1:13) - became Paul, a humble man, who worshipped and served the Lord.
  *  humble - "worst of sinners" (1 Timothy 1:16)
  * worshipper - "Unto the King ... " (1 Timothy 1:17)
  * servant - "the ministry ... an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life" (1 Timothy 1:12,16).


2 Timothy 3:10-17
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          DIGITAL DIPLOMACY MYTHS      Cache   Translate Page

Jul 16, 2018



Corneliu Bjola

In the introductory chapter to the edited volume on Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice that Marcus Holmes and I published four years ago, I asked the question of whether digital technologies could be seen as a harbinger of change for diplomacy by revolutionizing the way diplomats perform their traditional functions of representation, communication and negotiation.

As the question remains valid today, it might be useful to take stock of the common conceptions and misconceptions of digital diplomacy so that we can get a better picture of how digital technologies have shaped expectations about diplomatic practice in the past decade and how digital diplomacy may continue to evolve in the coming years.

The Superman Myth

The first and surprisingly common misconception about digital diplomacy is the Superman myth, which claims that digital technology can grant extraordinary powers to those using them, and in so doing, it can help them increase their diplomatic clout to levels they might otherwise not be able to reach.

It is largely for this reason that small- and medium-sized states (e.g., Sweden, the Netherlands, Mexico, Israel, Australia) have proved so keen adopters of digital diplomacy, as it presented itself to them as a great opportunity to “punch” diplomatically above their political or economic weight. It is thus assumed that by being able to directly reach and engage millions of people, MFAs and their network of embassies could positively shape the views of the global public about the country of origin, and in so doing, they could increase the diplomatic standing of the country in bilateral or multilateral contexts.

The argument has a seductive logic, not least because of the scope, scale and reach that digital diplomacy affords MFAs to pursue. At the same time, it suffers from a structural flaw, namely, that digital technologies constitute a distinct source of power, which, if properly harnessed, can offset deficiencies in hard or soft power. In fact, the way in which digital technologies operate is by creating a platform through which other forms of power can be projected in support of certain foreign policy objectives. In short, the digital cannot give MFAs Superman strength, but it can help them channel the strength they already have more efficiently and productively.

The “Walk in the Park” Myth

The second and fairly entrenched misconception is the “Walk in the Park” myth, which supports the view that “going digital” is easy and that MFAs can successfully pursue their digital diplomatic ambitions with relatively modest investments in training and resources.

The speed by which the global public has migrated to the digital medium reinforces the idea of accessibility of social media platforms and the notion that anyone with basic technical skills can take part, shape and influence online conversations. What this view neglects, however, to acknowledge is the fact that with no clear direction or strategic compass, the tactical, trial-and-error methods by which MFAs seek to build their digital profile and to maximize the impact of their online presence cannot demonstrate their value beyond message dissemination. In other words, the adoption of digital tools without an overarching strategy of how they should be used in support of certain foreign policy objectives runs the risk of digital diplomacy becoming decoupled from foreign policy.

With 3.02 billion people or 38% of the world population expected to be on social media by 2021, a fast-growing rate of global mobile penetration and the anticipated launch of 5G technology in the next few years, the potential for positive and meaningful digital diplomatic engagement is strong and substantial.

The strategic use of digital platforms imposes order on digital activities through the definition of measurable goals, target audiences and parameters for evaluation. The goals determine the target audience, which in turn, determine the platforms, methods and metrics to be used. This implies that training cannot be limited to the art of crafting messages, but it must professionalize itself and focus on developing skills by which digital diplomats can strategically harness the power of digital platforms toward achieving pre-defined and measurable goals.

The Extinction Myth

The third and growing misconception is theExtinction myth, according to which digital diplomacy will gradually replace or make redundant traditional forms of diplomacy.

On the weaker side of the myth, there is the perception that digital technologies have the capacity to fundamentally change how diplomats perform their traditional functions of representation, communication and negotiation to the point that they may even put an “end to diplomacy,” as Lord Palmerstone once similarly quipped when he took notice of the arrival of the telegraph.

Stronger versions of the myth go a step further and acknowledge the possibility of having physical embassies and even diplomats replaced at some point by virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI), respectively. While digital technologies have demonstrated clear potential for revolutionizing how diplomats conduct public diplomacy, deliver consular services or manage crises, one should nevertheless be mindful of the fact that the core function of diplomacy that is relationship-building and management cannot be accomplished without close and sustained human contact.

The myth may thus be right about the fact that by increasing efficiency, digital technologies would likely reduce the number of diplomats required to perform certain routine functions. At the same time, the “extinction” hypothesis is hardly credible as the negotiation of human values and interests cannot be delegated to machines, and the amount of trust and mutual understanding that makes the “wheels” of diplomacy turn cannot be built without humans.

The Darth Vader Myth

The fourth and rather dark misconception of digital diplomacy is the Darth Vader myth, which sees the positive potential of digital platforms for engagement and cooperation at risk of being hijacked by the “dark side” of the technology and redirected for propaganda use.

The digital disinformation campaignsattributed to the Russian government, which has allegedly been seeking to disrupt electoral processes in Europe and the United States in recent years, offer credible evidence in support of this view. More worryingly, the digital medium operates in such a way that makes it an easy target for propaganda use.

Algorithmic dissemination of content and the circumvention of traditional media filters and opinion-formation gatekeepers makes disinformation spread faster, reach deeper, be more emotionally charged, and most importantly, be more resilient due to the confirmation bias that online echo chambers enable and reinforce. That being said, one should be mindful of the fact that any technology faces the problem of double use, as the case of nuclear energy clearly illustrates.

Trends are also important to consider. With 3.02 billion people or 38% of the world population expected to be on social media by 2021, a fast-growing rate of global mobile penetration and the anticipated launch of 5G technology in the next few years, the potential for positive and meaningful digital diplomatic engagement is strong and substantial. As long as the prospective benefits of digital diplomacy outweigh the risks, the pollution of the online medium by the “dark side” would likely stay contained, although its pernicious effects might not be completely eliminated.

As we look forward to the digital transformation of diplomacy in the next decade, it is also important to keep in mind the technological context in which MFAs are expected to operate. The 3G mobile technology made possible, for instance, the development and spread of social media networks. The 5G technology, which is due to arrive in just a few years, will likely usher in a whole new level of technological disruption, which could lead to the mass adoption of an entire range of tech tools of growing relevance for public diplomacy, such as mixed reality, satellite remote sensing or artificial intelligence.  

To a certain extent, the future is already here, as the appointment of the first-ever ambassador to the Big Tech industry by Denmark in 2017signaled the arrival of a new form of diplomatic engagement between state and non-state actors and the key role that technology is playing in this transformation.


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Last week, the Department of Education announced it was reopening an investigation into alleged antisemitism at Rutgers University. This has led to some consternation -- see this very skeptical New York Times article or this statement of condemnation by J Street -- and the usual fretting that it represents an attack on "free speech". The case is being looped into larger discussions about the Antisemitism Awareness Act, the State Department/IHRA antisemitism definition, and when anti-Israel sentiment crosses into discriminatory antisemitism generally.

But the Rutgers case is a very different animal than how it's being portrayed. The legal (as opposed to factual) questions it poses do not appear related to any disputes about the ASAA or the State Department definition, do not implicate free speech concerns at all, and really should not be controversial to anyone who thinks rules against antisemitism are anything more than pro forma.

Let's start with J Street's statement:
The initial Rutgers investigation into an event held by a Palestinian group on campus was triggered by a complaint from the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) — an ultra-right group that has sought to suppress virtually all activities critical of Israeli government policy, and which regularly traffics in anti-Palestinian and anti-Muslim bigotry. The complaint was thoroughly investigated and dismissed by the DOE in 2014. Its reopening is not about upholding civil rights or a serious effort to combat anti-Semitism, but about advancing a right-wing agenda that seeks to silence open discussion and debate of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
To do so, the Trump administration intends to wield a controversial definition of anti-Semitism that equates criticism of Zionism with anti-Semitism — and which was never intended for use on college campuses.... At J Street, we strongly oppose anti-Semitism in all of its forms. We work to challenge ill-informed criticism of Israel and Zionism — including on college campuses, through the efforts of our student movement J Street U. We strongly believe that such criticisms can and must be treated as constitutionally-protected free speech — not banned and punished by Congress or the executive branch. 
As you might expect, I have no quarrel with how ZOA is described here. But it is notable that the statement gives zero details on what the investigation is, you know, investigating. Instead, it just vaguely complains about a chilling effect on free speech, and asserts its opposition to any efforts to "ban and punish" such speech -- along with a shot at the State Department/IHRA "definition" of antisemitism which they likewise accuse of silencing "criticism of Zionism" (I'll sidebar here and say no, the State definition does not "equate criticism of Zionism with anti-Semitism" -- indeed, it does not mention "Zionism" at all -- and given the central role that canard is currently playing in the UK Labour antisemitism disaster-show it's not a good look for J Street to just casually drop in on the side of the Corbynistas).

And that's a problem, because while the J Street statement invokes the scary prospect of government regulators stepping in to "ban" speech, from what I can tell (and unfortunately I haven't been able to get my hands on the letter DoE civil rights head Ken Marcus sent reopening the investigation, so I'm relying on media reports) the Rutgers investigation isn't investigating or targeting anyone's speech at all. And neither does it (or at least must it) rely upon the State Department/IHRA antisemitism definition to get its wheels going.

As it is being reported, the renewed investigation of Rutgers looks at only one incident: allegations that a pro-Palestinian event, initially advertised as free and open to the public, began charging admission fees upon perceiving that many of those seeking entrance were Jewish and/or Israeli (and accordingly committed either ethnic or national origin based discrimination). The key bit of evidence is an email by one of the organizers saying "We need to start charging because 150 Zionists just showed up!" but that “if someone looks like a supporter, they can get in for free" (this email wasn't considered in the initial agency decision, hence why the matter is being reopened). The argument is that, in this context, "Zionist" stood in for "Jewish" (or "Israeli").

Now, whatever else you want to say about this allegation, it simply isn't a free speech case. Questions about when "speech" becomes a form of discriminatory harassment are among the most difficult ones courts and civil rights agencies have to grapple with. There are cases like that -- ones where, e.g., Jewish students are alleging that a given speaker's words (whether directed at Israel or something else) created a hostile environment that interferes with their full and equal access to a public good. And those cases really do raise genuinely difficult and nettlesome free speech questions.

But this case isn't one of them. The DoE is not investigating any claim that the speaker at this event said certain bad words about Israel or Jews which qualify as discriminatory. The investigation is into a much more run-of-the-mill form of discrimination: Charging differential rates to Jews versus non-Jews, or hiking prices because too many Jews were showing up, is discrimination in its most uncomplicated and unproblematic guise. It just cannot be the case that J Street thinks that requiring public events to not hike prices when the Jews show up constitutes "silencing" of anti-Israel speech.

Now, of course, while hiking prices because too many Jews are showing up is definitely discriminatory, it is entirely fair to say that the email quoted above, in the abstract, does not provide unambiguous evidence that this is what happened. The argument in favor, as Marcus expressed, runs thus:
“In other words, the visual perception of a group of ‘150 Zionists’ referenced in the email could have been rooted in a perception of Jewish ancestry or ethnic characteristics common to the group,” Marcus wrote, adding that it was unlikely organizers polled each of the 150 entrants on their views regarding Israel. “In cases such as this, it is important to determine whether terms such as ‘Zionist’ are actually code for ‘Jewish.’”
The letter also noted that some students who reported being charged had a Jewish appearance (like wearing a yarmulke, for example).
Basically, while it's not clear how the organizers would know that attendees looked "Zionist", they perhaps could tell that the prospective attendees looked Jewish -- because they had on religious garb, for example, or perhaps had Hebrew-language clothing. Consequently, it is fair to infer that what really triggered the email was the Jewish (or Israeli) appearance of the guests, not their alleged Zionism (or put more finely, the organizers saw a bunch of unfamiliar Jews, figured they must be Zionists, and responded by raising prices). And if that inference holds up, then one has a very straightforward case of antisemitic discrimination.

[A parallel example might help illustrate. A "Men's Rights" organization on campus hosts an anti-feminist speaker known to be controversial. People start to arrive before the speech, and this initial group is predominantly -- though not exclusively -- male (and, perhaps, people generally known by the organizers to be sympathetic to the speaker). But a few moments later, a huge crowd of women arrive in line to hear the talk. An organizer panics, and sends an email: "we need to start charging -- 150 feminists just showed up". Is this sex discrimination? I think plausibly. The organizer doesn't actually know the political orientation of the new arrivals. What he sees is their gender, and then makes an inference regarding their politics (and their favorability towards the speaker) based on that, which is used to justify raising prices. To me, that'd be sex discrimination. And it'd still be sex discrimination even if a few "cool girls" were involved in the hosting of the speaker].

"Zionist", of course, doesn't always equal "Jewish". But sometimes it does, and frequently enough so that in cases like this it's worth looking into as a possibility. And in particular, there are elements in the record here that make it especially likely that "Zionist" was functioning as "Jewish" (similar reasoning is how we can infer that Jeremy Corbyn was using "Zionist" as a stand-in for "Jewish" when he spoke of people who'd lived in England "all their lives" and yet didn't understand "English irony"). The reliance on visual perception -- how does one "look" like a Zionist without "looking" like a Jew -- significantly strengthens the inference that the Jewishness of the prospective attendees was doing dispositive work.

The basic principle -- that "Zionist" sometimes can be used as a code for "Jew", and that consequently the naked use of the word "Zionist" doesn't act as a definitive defense against an antisemitism claim -- should not be controversial and is something I can't imagine J Street actually disagrees with. If one needs the State Department definition of antisemitism to operationalize that principle, that's a huge point in favor of codifying the definition -- but I actually don't think the State definition is necessary to get us there, because again, the structure of the antisemitism claim here actually isn't that complex (here in particular I wish I had Marcus' letter, as I'm curious what work the State Department definition is purportedly doing for the investigation).

Still, perhaps it does illustrate what I've sometimes termed the "cleansing power of anti-Zionism" -- the inversion of the classic "not all criticism of Israel is antisemitic" argument into the much more robust "if something is framed as criticism of Israel, then ipso facto it is not antisemitic." That move is one that it is very important to check, and the ease at which people fall into that groove is perhaps strong evidence of why a more rigorous definition of antisemitism absolutely is required.

Now, I've been treating these allegations as if they were affirmatively established, and they're not. It's possible the email in question wasn't written by an event organizer, or that if it was written it wasn't the cause of the decision to charge for admission, or that there is some other evidence that the Jewish or Israeli character of the prospective attendees was irrelevant to how the pricing change proceeded. My (very) quick glance at the record suggests that some of these defenses might have legs. But there is a huge difference between dismissing this complaint because (say) the email in question didn't cause the pricing change, and dismissing it because in concept the pricing change could not have been antisemitic because the email used the word "Zionist" rather than "Jewish". That's a spectacularly dangerous precedent to set, and so it's disappointing that J Street seems willing to go down that road in a statement that doesn't even seem to recognize the stakes on the table.

Put another way, it's entirely reasonable to contest the alleged facts here. But there are to my eyes only two substantive legal questions at issue:

  1. Does hiking admissions prices based on the perception that too many Jews are attending an event qualify as anti-Jewish discrimination; and
  2. Can, in concept, "Zionist" be seen as a stand-in for "Jewish" when assessing whether a given act was discrimination against Jews?

The answer to both of these has to be yes. It would be really, really bad if a civil rights agency answered "no" to either of these questions, which means it's really important that, however the investigation ultimately is resolved, it makes clear that it is not giving such a negative answer.

Finally, I want to circle back to the "free speech" focus. Again, on substance the Rutgers investigation just doesn't have anything to do with speech. Either the organizers hiked prices in response to perceived Jewish attendance, in which case it is a straightforward case of antisemitism, or they didn't, and it isn't. Speech just doesn't come into play. Which raises the question: Why did J Street and others instinctively run to that well?

There's recently been a raft of scholarship on what's been called the "New Lochnerism" or "First Amendment Lochnerism". For those of you who haven't suffered through law school, Lochner was a turn-of-the-century Supreme Court case which stands in for a judicial era where courts repeatedly struck down progressive economic and social regulations. For decades, popular democratic legislation protecting workers was strangled by a deeply activist Supreme Court's interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment's due process requirements. The "New Lochnerism" perceives a similar trend today with respect to the First Amendment, which is also slowly being weaponized to undo progressive electoral accomplishments recast as forms of compelled speech. Janus (public-sector union agency fees) is one prominent example, Citizens United (campaign finance) is another, Masterpiece Cakeshop (anti-gay discrimination) is a third.

Discrimination law is particularly vulnerable to this line of argument, because discrimination claims almost always implicate expressive values. I've been saying that the Rutgers case clearly isn't about speech, but a clever philosopher could reframe it that way with little trouble: "I dislike X group, and the way I express my dislike for them is by charging them more money if they want to attend my events." Or "I express my dislike by refusing to hire them" or "I express my dislike by refusing to do business with them." If one accepts that frame, pretty much all anti-discrimination law represents a First Amendment threat: one is being forced to associate with people one would rather not, and one is foreclosed from acting based on specific (discriminatory) motives when other viewpoints are entirely permissible bases for action.

Fortunately, courts have not taken things that far. But the New Lochnerism suggests a growing trend in that direction, and the hysteria over the Rutgers case fits right inside of it. In my writings on antisemitism and discrimination law more broadly, I've emphasized how certain patterns of discourse about antisemitism reflect broader conservative legal trends that threaten a raft of progressive priorities -- not just an antisemitism, but on anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-Islamophobia (the interpretation that encompasses Jews under Title VI and gives the DoE jurisdiction over the Rutgers case in the first place is the same one that enables anti-Muslim bigotry to be covered), and other bases as well. That "progressives" don't recognize or don't care about these parallels is either remarkably short-sighted or remarkably dangerous.

The Rutgers case isn't about free speech -- there is no free speech interest in raising prices because you're worried too many Jews will be in the room otherwise. But it is about "free speech", the totemic invocation that anytime, anywhere, anyway that outgroups allege they face discrimination, what's really happening is a form of silencing. It's a powerful argument, and therefore a tempting argument -- even in cases like this, where it doesn't remotely fit the facts. But that doesn't make it a good argument. It leads to a very particular, and very unlovely, end point.

There are discursive tropes which suggest that White people are being "silenced" by overbearing, overexpansive, all-encompassing accusations of racism. These tropes in turn support a backlash against anti-racism efforts across the board. There are also tropes which suggest that men are being silenced by overbearing, overexpansive, all-encompassing accusations of sexism; these support a backlash against anti-sexism efforts across the board. And there are identical tropes which suggest that non-Jews are being silenced by overbearing, overexpansive, all-encompassing accusations of antisemitism; these, too, power a backlash against counter-antisemitism efforts globally.

There isn't necessarily perfect overlap between those who find these various tropes appealing. But they're all based on the same principle, and together they all entrench a particular moral and legal vision of anti-discrimination law that is hobbled to the point of impotency. One can't indulge in the one without getting all the rest.
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