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Równolegle z powstawaniem państwowości polskiej rozpoczęto tworzenie polskich sił zbrojnych.
Pierwsze próby organizowania polskich sił zbrojnych podjęła Rada Regencyjna. W dniu 11 grudnia 1917 roku premier Jan Kucharzewski, na pierwszym posiedzeniu Rady Ministrów Rady Regencyjnej podkreślając wagę tworzenia Wojska Polskiego uznał za niezbędne utworzenie – w drodze poboru – 150-tysięcznej armii. W tydzień później Rada Regencyjna opracowała projekt dekretu o tymczasowej organizacji władz naczelnych w Królestwie Polskim. Na jego podstawie powołano Komisję Wojsko¬wą, której prezesem został Ludwik Górski.
W odezwie z 15 lutego 1918 roku. Rada Regencyjna zaapelowała do oficerów i żołnierzy polskich, aby "w tej tak poważnej chwili w służbie Ojczyzny z hartem i spokojem wytrwali... (bowiem tworzą) dla państwa polskiego kadry przyszłej jednolitej a dzielnej armii polskiej".
Jednak podpisanie na początku lutego 1918 roku przez państwa centralne w Brześciu umowy z Ukraińską Republiką Ludową przewidującej przekazanie Ukraińcom ziemi chełmskiej, sprawiło, iż żołnierze II Brygady Legionów przerwali front austriacki w rejonie Rarańczy, w celu połączenia się z polskimi formacjami wojskowymi, tworzonymi na terytorium Rosji.
Wydarzenie to sprawiło, iż Rada Regencyjna oraz jej Komisja Wojskowa, której nowym przewodniczącym został Franciszek Radziwiłł, skoncentrowała się na przejęciu z rąk okupantów niemieckich władzy nad powstałą z ich inspiracji Polską Siłą Zbrojną (Polnische Wehrmacht), liczącą niespełna 10 tysięcy oficerów i żołnierzy.
Dopiero na jesieni 1918 roku doszło do wznowienia działań na rzecz utworzenia armii polskiej. W dniu 12 października Rada uchwaliła dekret o jej zwierzchnictwie nad wojskiem. Zwróciła się też do oficerów i żołnierzy, którzy "zbrojnie służyli Ojczyźnie w Legionach i innych formacjach wojsk polskich, z gorącym wezwaniem niezwłocznego stawiania się pod sztandary Wojska Polskiego tworzącego się w stolicy Państwa".
Rada Regencyjna przystąpiła jednocześnie do organizacji najwyższych władz wojskowych. W dniu 25 października ukazał się jej dekret, na mocy którego miała ona sprawować Naczelne Dowództwo nad siłą zbrojną. Jednocześnie w miejsce Komisji Wojskowej utworzono Ministerstwo Spraw Wojskowych, którego kierownikiem został płk Jan Wroczyński. Następnego dnia wydano dekret o przystąpieniu do formowania narodowej armii regularnej. Podstawą jej tworzenia była tymczasowa ustawa o powszechnym obowiązku służby wojskowej, której autorem był gen. Tadeusz Jordan-Rozwadowski. Jemu też w dniu 28 października powierzono nowe stanowisko szefa Sztabu Wojska Polskiego
Gen. Rozwadowski zarządził natychmiastowe formowanie jednej dywizji jazdy i szwadronów jazdy wojewódzkiej, których zadaniem miało być utrzymanie "ładu i porządku" w kraju. W dniu 30 października obszar Królestwa Polskiego, znajdujący się pod okupacją niemiecką i austriacką, podzielono na 15 okręgów wojskowych. W poufnych instrukcjach dla dowódców pułków z 3 listopada 1918 roku Sztab Generalny WP zalecił, aby przystępując do tworzenia pułku tworzyć w każdym okręgu na razie po jednym batalionie, tłumić ruchy bolszewickie i antypaństwowe oraz rozbrajać okupantów, unikając ostrych starć.
Sztab Generalny WP, starając się pozyskać wykształconą młodzież do Wojska Polskiego, w dniu 9 listopada 1918 roku wydał rozkaz o przystąpieniu do tworzenia „Legii Akademickiej”. Studenci Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego i Politechniki Warszawskiej podjęli uchwałę wspierającą wstępowanie studentów do armii polskiej.
Jednocześnie powstała w dniu 28 października powstała w Krakowie Polska Komisja Likwidacyjna powołała Polską Ko¬mendę Wojskową z płk. Bolesławem Roją na czele. Po przejęciu kontroli nad krakowską twierdzą Roja wydał rozkaz mobilizacyjny, w którym nakazywał najstarszym rangą oficerom narodowości polskiej objęcie komend przy różnych oddziałach i organizowanie formacji, w miarę możliwości w sile jednego batalionu.
Podstawową przeszkodą w organizowanie wojska polskiego w Małopolsce było zmęczenie wojną. "Żadna siła nie mogła podówczas powstrzymać –pisał Zygmunt Lasocki - starszych ludzi, służących już dłuższy czas podczas wojny, od powrotu do swoich żon, dzieci, gospodarstw lub warsztatów pracy". Mimo to Bolesław Roja przystąpił natychmiast do formowania dwóch pułków piechoty. Z żołnierzy byłej 2 i 3 Brygady Legionów Polskich formowano 4 pułk piechoty, a z byłej 1 Brygady i z Polskiej Organizacji Wojskowej - 5 pułk piechoty.
W tym samym czasie, co w Warszawie i Krakowie, rozpoczęto przygotowania do przejęcia władzy na terenie okupacji austriackiej Królestwa Polskiego.
Komendant Główny POW płk. Rydz-Śmigły polecił mjr. Stanisławowi Burhardt-Bukackiemu, zwolnionemu z obozu internowanych w Beniamino¬wie, objęcie Komendy Naczelnej POW nr 5 w Lublinie. W nocy z 26 na 27 października 1918 roku wydał on rozkaz mobilizacyjny do POW nakazując 31 października przystąpienie do rozbrojenia okupantów austriackich.
Jednocześnie w dniu 26 października 1918 roku dotychczasowy komisarz przy generał-gubernatorze lubelskim, Juliusz Zdanowski, został komisarzem generalnym rządu polskiego do spraw przejmowania zarządu w okupacji austriackiej. Jednocześnie Rada Ministrów Rady Regencyjnej postanowiła mianować komendanta wojskowe¬go, który miał przejąć władzę nad wszelkimi formacjami Wojsk Polskich na terenie okupacji austriackiej, w szczególności nad 2 pułkiem piechoty. Jego zadaniem miało być też nawiązanie kontaktu z działającą tam POW „w celu usunięcia chaosu jaki zapanował tam w dziedzinie tworzenia wojska. Komendant ten będzie działał w porozumieniu z Komisarzem Generalnym i na jego żądanie będzie udzielał pomocy zbrojnej dla przeprowadzenia jego zarządzeń. Tą drogą posiądzie Komisarz Generalny potrzebną mu egzekutywę".
W samym Lublinie POW liczyła tylko 140 ludzi. Ponadto w mieście przebywało około 200 byłych legionistów i około 300 członków Straży Obywatelskiej, złożonej w 1/3 z uczniów szkolnych, a w 2/3 z byłych dowborczyków.
Jakkolwiek w dniu 1 listopada gen. Rozwadowski wydał rozkaz nakazujący natychmiastowe objęcie najstarszemu stopniem oficerowi-Polakowi w danej miejscowości okupacji austriackiej komendy nad oddziałami, w których byli żołnierze polscy, zwlekał z przysłaniem do Lublina wsparcia wojskowego.
Tego samego dnia z inicjatywy Zdanowskiego odbyła się w Lublinie odbyła się uroczystość zaprzysiężenia żołnierzy Polaków z byłej armii austriackiej. Równocześnie peowiacy przystąpili do rozbrajania żołnierzy austriackich. „Rozbrojenie oddziałów okupacyjnych - jak pisał w relacji Burhardt-Bukacki - udało się bez trudu i prawie bez walk”.
W dniu 5 listopada 1918 roku do Lublina przybył gen. Rozwadowski. W trakcie rozmowy z płk. Rydzem-Śmigłym polecił mu przeprowadzenie mobilizacji POW w celu stworzenia Brygady Kresowej, która miała zostać skierowana przeciwko oddziałom ukraińskim, które opanowały powiat hrubieszowskim.
W nocy z 6 na 7 listopada doszło do utworzenia w Lublinie Tymczasowego Rządu Ludowego Republiki Polskiej z Ignacym Daszyńskim na czele. 7 listopada oficerowie batalionu 2 pułku złożyli przysięgę na wierność Tymczasowemu Rządowi Ludowemu. Tego samego dnia ukazał się dekret Tymczasowego Rządu Ludowego unieważniający wszelkie rozporządzenia Rady Regencyjnej i "powołanych jej wolą rządów".
Jednocześnie w ogłoszonym manifeście podkreślono, iż "organizowanie regularnej armii ludowej uważamy za jedno z najważniejszych i najpilniejszych naszych zadań. Wierzymy, że młodzież wiejska i robotnicza z radością stanie w szeregach rewolucyjnych armii polskiej, z Ludu wyszłej, politycznych i społecznych praw Ludu pracującego broniącej, Rządowi Ludowemu wiernie i całkowicie oddanej, jedynie jego rozkazom podległej".
Dotychczasowy Komendant Główny POW płk. Rydz-Śmigły został mianowany ministrem wojny i "naczelnym komendantem wszystkich wojsk polskich". Jednocześnie nadano mu stopień generała. Podlegał mu Sztab Generalny z mjr. Stanisławem Burhardt-Bukackim na czele. Podzielił on obszar dawnej okupacji austriackiej na sześć okręgów wojskowych: I - dąbrowski, II - piotrkowski, III - kielecki, IV - radomski, V - lubelski, VI - zamojski. W powiatach lubelskim, lubartowskim, puławskim i janowskim podjęto akcję zaciągową. Do dnia 11 listopada pod jego komendą znajdowało się 11,5 tys. żołnierzy.
Jednocześnie z inicjatywy płk. Rydza-Śmigłego wysłano do Hrubieszowa w celu zaprowadzenia spokoju szwadron ułanów pod dowództwem mjr. Gustawa Orlicz-Dreszera oraz kompanie POW z Zamościa i Krasnegostawu pod dowództwem por. Wacława Kla-
czyńskiego i mjr. Stanisława Tessaro. Na odsiecz Lwowa skierowano oddział mjr Wacława Scaevoli-Wieczorkiewicza złożony z dwóch kompanii POW, 1 kompanii karabinów maszynowych i szwadronu ułanów sformowanego w Kraśniku.
W odpowiedzi na te działania Tymczasowego Rządu Ludowego gen. Tadeusz Rozwadowski ogłosił komunikat, w którym nazwał rząd lubelski "samozwańczym, nie mającym prawa do wydawania rozkazów". Oskarżył go też , że "obałamucił część formujących się tam wojsk polskich, a tym haniebnym podstępem do nowej przysięgi na swą korzyść nakłonił".
Dopiero powrót w dniu 10 listopada 1918 roku z niemieckiego więzienia w Magdeburgu brygadiera Józefa Piłsudskiego doprowadził do ustanowienia jednolitego dowództwa nad tworzącym się wojskiem polskim.
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The strange thing about writing a recap of a chapter or story is that action sequences can result in a long recap but not necessarily a long analysis. Thus, it’s a slightly slower week in Reading The Wheel of Time, but it is not slow for Rand. Reuniting with Thom doesn’t go quite as he […]
With attention focused on the planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar village, other areas of the Jordan Valley have fallen off the radar. Out of sight, however, Israeli consolidation over the Jordan Valley is continuing apace. Last month, the Israeli army demolished several Palestinian structures in the communities of al-Hadidiya and the al-Musafa area east of Jiftlik village. In al-Hadidiya, in the northern Jordan Valley, the bulldozers arrived on the morning of 11 October leaving Omar Arif Bisharat and eight relatives, including five children, homeless. Doles of doves soared over the rubble of his home. He raised his hands, struggling to convey the calamity of what had happened to him. In addition to his home, the army demolished six other structures, including several animal pens. The doves, Bisharat explained, had been raised by his family. Their pen - with baby doves inside it - had been demolished along with the other structures and the birds were now circling their old home....
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One point made all the difference for Kelly Shryock as the veteran driver from Fertile captured his second straight and third overall All Iowa Points Modified championship in 2018. His first AIP title came in 1989 showing just how long he had been one of the top Modified drivers in the nation.
Eleven feature wins and thirty-four top five finishes racked up 120 points in the All Iowa Points 5-point scale system allowing Shryock to edge out Jesse Dennis by just one at the end of the season. Dennis had more feature wins with fourteen, but had four fewer top five finishes than the champion. Hinton's Jay Noteboom was close behind in third after taking fifteen feature wins in twenty-eight top five finishes. This solid season will move Noteboom to the top of the list when the cumulative points for the division from 2000 to 2018 is released during the holiday season.
Placing his focus on the Modified in 2018 Jeff Aikey had a strong finish including a win in the IMCA Super Nationals to rank fourth in the final standings. The 1984 All Iowa Points Sportsman champion and the 2003 Late Model champ, Aikey had nine wins in his Modified this season. Troy Cordes posted a solid fifth-place showing, early season point leader Bryce Garnhart was sixth and three-time champion Chris Abelson (2014-2016) filled out the top ten.
Looking for the "Newcomer of the Year", or the driver who has never had a top five finish in the Modifieds before is a bit of a search in this class as the first three on the list Shadren Turner (85th), Chad Clancy (109th) and Richard Spriggs (118th) are on the list for the first time due to regular racing returning to the Bethany Speedway in northwest Missouri this season. (And if you are wondering why that would matter to the "All Iowa Points" please read the Other States section here). Next in line is former Late Model driver Ben Nading in the 136th position on the list so you have to go all the way down to two drivers tied for 144th in the standings, Keegan Nordquist and Logan Anderson for someone who "moved up" from a support class to the Modifieds.
The final 2018 All Iowa Points standings will continue with the Stock Cars on Wednesday here on the Back Stretch.
In the fifty-second season of compiling the All Iowa Points Jeremiah Hurst becomes the twenty-third different driver to earn the title of Late Model champion. The list of champions includes ten National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame members Red Droste, Verlin Eaker, Ed Sanger, Curt Hansen, Gary Webb, Tom Hearst, Ken Walton, Roger Dolan, Ray Guss Jr. and Joe Kosiski, and if not for health reasons Hurst might have been an All Iowa champion a few years earlier as he was the point leader mid-season before having to step away from the sport for a bit.
Teaming up with the Roberts Racing Team car #58, a team that won four straight All Iowa Points titles with Ray Guss Jr. from 2009 through 2012, Hurst had a stellar 2018 season taking seven feature wins and finishing in the top five an impressive forty-two times. Seventeen of those were runner-up finishes allowing him to edge out the defending champion Matt Ryan by eighteen points. It was another great year for Ryan with eleven feature victories in thirty-seven top five runs.
Three time All Iowa Points Modified champion Ryan Dolan (2010 - 2012) had his best season in a Late Model finishing in the third position with ten wins to his credit while early season leader Andy Nezworski ranked fourth taking nine feature wins. Todd Cooney who is still chasing his first AIP title despite having the most points accumulated in the division since the 2000 season rounds out the top five with eleven wins this year. Four time champion Rob Toland (2004, 2006-07, 2016) finished tenth.
The "Newcomer of the Year", or the driver who has never had a top five finish in the division until 2018 is Mike Mills who raced in the 9:1 Late Model division in Dubuque this season. Mills was tied for the 53rd position on the list.
We will continue to release the final 2018 All Iowa Points by division as this week goes on with the Modifieds up next.
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President Donald Trump isnt on the ballot, but will face the biggest electoral test of his presidency so far during Tuesdays midterm electionone that may well end in repudiation or vindication.
History is not on any presidents side in a midterm election. Since 1862, the presidents party on average loses 32 House seats (https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/sep/07/mary-jordan/do-presidents-always-get-shellacked-midterm-electi/) and more than two Senate seats in a midterm.
And in the 47 midterms (https://www.wsj.com/articles/midterms-have-been-punishing-incumbents-since-1826-1540477044) since 1826, the presidents party lost seats in 41 of them.
Several scenarios could play out.
As society becomes more engaged with online subscription services like Netflix, Freesat reminds its viewers of the memorable shows they can find on its platform in a fictionalised convention called ‘TellyFest.’
Created by creative agency Mr. President, the ad sees an eclectic mix of superfans congregate at TV Comic-Con-like convention, dressed as their favourite TV characters, with Big Brother's Marcus Bentley doing the narration.
A fictional bonanza for TV obsessives, Tellyfest is the perfect event to highlight the kind of treats viewers can expect on the subscription-free satellite TV platform, as it showcases the UK’s favourite TV shows and moments over the past decades.
The cheeky TV references slotted amongst the commercial include Rodney from Only Fools and Horses, David Brent and Gareth from The Office and running lifeguards from Baywatch.
Andre Santos, director of marketing at Freesat commented: “Freesat has seen incredible growth since we launched our 'Unbelievably Good' strategy a couple of years ago.
"We worked with Mr. President to build on that platform and drive awareness that people across the UK can get all the telly they love without the monthly subscription fees. We loved the idea of TellyFest as a way to show, and celebrate, the cultural touchpoints that TV brings."
Jon Gledstone, executive creative director and partner at Mr. President, explained: “The UK is a divided place at the moment. But few things bring us together like great telly; we discuss it, relive it and share it. Since Freesat has all of the best telly moments for everyone for free, we envisaged TellyFest as a fictional confab à la Comic-Con where telly superfans come together to celebrate their favourite characters and moments.”
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Date: November 2018
As society becomes more engaged with online subscription services like Netflix, Freesat reminds its viewers of the memorable shows they can find on its platform in a fictionalised convention called ‘TellyFest.’
Created by creative agency Mr. President, the ad sees an eclectic mix of superfans congregate at TV comic-con like convention, dressed as their favourite TV characters, with Big Brother's Marcus Bentley doing the narration.
A fictional bonanza for TV obsessives, Tellyfest is the perfect event to highlight the kind of treats viewers can expect on the subscription-free satellite TV platform, as it showcases the UK’s favourite TV shows and moments over the past decades.
The cheeky TV references slotted amongst the commercial include Rodney from Only Fools and Horses, David Brent and Gareth from The Office and running lifeguards from Baywatch.
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ECD and Partner - Jon Gledstone
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Business Director: Jamie Longstreet
Account Director: Vicky Mockler
Strategist: Michael Anton
Head of Production: Jon Clarke
Projects Director: James Fricker
Producer: Lindsey Stopp
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Sometimes you go down a rabbit hole and you don’t emerge until you’ve written 1,500 words looking at all the major personnel moves from the Timberwolves since Tom Thibodeau took over as head coach and president of basketball operations in 2016 along with general manager Scott Layden.
I’ve divided this into four sections — trades, extensions, first-round draft picks and free agent signings — and against my better judgment I’ve assigned each a grade as a way of trying to quantify what I think of the moves. Let’s get on with the business:
Jimmy Butler: C-plus. From a purely basketball standpoint, dealing Dunn, Zach LaVine and the pick that become Lauri Markkanen is a deal I would make 100 times out of 100 (and yes, I’m aware LaVine has been scoring in bunches this year, including 41 on Monday night. He also continues to be a huge defensive liability).
When Butler is shipped out — hopefully as soon as possible — the effect will largely be that of laundering those three players. The only one I imagine the Wolves might regret is Markkanen, and even that could be mitigated by acquiring Josh Richardson or some other similarly promising but still young player. There was value in making the playoffs and stopping the streak of losing. Butler is one of the 15 best players in the NBA, and the team that gets the best player wins the deal.
That said: If you are going to go all-in on Butler, you have to be ready for all contingencies. That means knowing exactly what it takes to sign him to an extension OR being ready for the eventuality that you can’t do that and need to trade him at a reasonable time. Thibodeau appears to have done neither. The trade itself was an A, the handling of everything else from the end of last season forward is a D-minus, and there’s your overall grade as a result.
Ricky Rubio: B-minus. Like a lot of other moves, this one has to be considered in tandem with other roster machinations. Would you rather have Ricky Rubio and $5 million a year to spend on someone else … or Jeff Teague (the more expensive point guard signed to replace Rubio) and Josh Okogie, the player the Wolves drafted with the pick obtained from the Jazz for Rubio? I think I’d rather have the latter. At least it’s a wash.
We can argue Teague vs. Rubio in circles all day because their strengths are so different. But Rubio, after shooting a career-best 41.8 percent for Utah last year, is back to his old ways at 35.2 percent so far this year. Rubio certainly made life easier for Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns with his court vision, but the Wolves were the fourth-most efficient offense in the NBA last year. I would have loved to see how Rubio and Butler played together, but we’ll never know. The trade in and of itself yielded reasonable value.
First-round draft picks
Kris Dunn, 2016, No. 5 pick: C-minus. The Wolves could have and should have had taken Jamal Murray, who looks awfully good for the Nuggets these days (note: this was written before Murray went for 48 on Monday, by the way). Dunn has some value but was shipped out after just one year as part of the Butler trade. If Thibodeau was convinced he was the point guard of the future, he wouldn’t have done that.
Justin Patton, 2017, No. 16 pick: D. This felt like a bit of a reach even at the time, and it only looked worse as foot injuries completely derailed Patton’s first two seasons. The Wolves did not pick up the third-year option on his contract, which means the No. 16 overall pick in 2017 be a free agent next summer.
Josh Okogie, 2018, No. 20 pick: B. This one is incomplete, but so far the pick looks pretty solid. Okogie’s energy and defensive acumen are making up for any offensive clumsiness so far. He’s given Wolves fans a non-cynical reason to watch games this season.
Andrew Wiggins: C-minus. This would be graded even lower if not for the circumstances. Namely: Wiggins cashed in at the absolute right time in the summer of 2017. He was coming off his best scoring season, and the Wolves had just traded for Jimmy Butler. Had they avoided an extension and let Wiggins reach restricted free agency in the summer of 2018 — a prudent move in a vacuum considering the only thing Wiggins seemed to be getting better at for his first three years was taking more shots — they would have had to try to sign Wiggins, assuage Butler and get Towns inked to his own extension.
That the Wolves paid him a max deal is a testament to the stress of choosing otherwise, the hope that he would keep getting better, the fear of someday losing Butler and the absurdity of the NBA’s contract landscape that makes every young player want the max. It worked out great for Wiggins, though.
Karl-Anthony Towns: A. Maybe it was a no-brainer that a player KAT’s age would sign for as much money as he could possibly make, but this is the franchise player and he’s signed for the next six years. Whatever happens between now and then, he has tremendous value.
Gorgui Dieng: D-plus. This contract looks bloated right now (four years, $64 million), but it looks that way primarily because Dieng has been relegated to the bench with the signing of Taj Gibson – no fault of his own, really. Gorgui is a perfectly fine player and his per-36 minutes numbers have been similar to what he posted as a starter prior to Gibson’s arrival. His contract just doesn’t make sense in the context of Gibson’s deal. If he was still the starter — he started all 82 games in 2016-17 and was a steady performer — it would be much more reasonable.
Shabazz Muhammad: C. I’m not sure whether the Wolves should get credit for Muhammad declining a four-year, $40 million extension before the 2016-17 season, but the fact that they’re not on the hook for that is a big deal right now. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Let’s call this a draw.
This is a tough one because free agency is a two-way street. A player has to want to come here as much as a team has to want to sign them. I broke this segment down by season.
2016: Brandon Rush, Cole Aldrich and Jordan Hill. That’s a combined grade of D. Even if the goal in Thibodeau’s first year was to evaluate young players, the veterans didn’t add much. Hill was a non-factor, Aldrich was viewed as a good value at the time but was seldom-used in two seasons before being bought out of the third year of his deal, and Rush was useful but not much more for a season.
2017: Taj Gibson, Jeff Teague, Jamal Crawford and Aaron Brooks (with Derrick Rose a mid-year addition). That’s an overall grade of B-minus. Gibson has probably been the most solid of the bunch in terms of stability, but there remains a question of the wisdom of signing him to a two-year, $28 million deal less than a year after giving fellow big man Dieng a four-year, $64 million extension. That’s a lot of money tied up in non-elite big men.
Teague has been fine, and his play down the stretch last season was an underrated reason why the Wolves hung onto a playoff spot. Crawford made some big shots and was a great guy, but he also was a key contributor to the worst defensive bench unit in the league. Brooks barely played. Rose showed up big in the postseason. This group of veterans no doubt helped the Wolves make the playoffs, but collectively they weren’t much of a long-term fit (more on that in a moment, too).
2018: Rose, Anthony Tolliver, Luol Deng and James Nunnally. That’s a combined grade of C-plus. Rose was very good early, including a 50-point game, but injuries have slowed him lately. Tolliver gives the Wolves a badly needed three-point threat. Deng and Nunnally are depth guys who figure to barely play this year. That’s decent impact for not a lot of money spent, but nothing that blows you away.
It should be noted here that every significant free agent signing could be gone as soon as next year. Rush, Aldrich, Hill, Brooks and Crawford are already gone. Gibson is in the final year of a two-year deal. Teague signed a three-year deal, but the third year is a player option. Rose, Tolliver and Deng are on one-year deals. They might be down to Nunnally, who signed a two-year deal, next season — and even he only has a partial guarantee.
The plan since acquiring Butler has hinged on last year and this year. Based on how the contracts were structured, next season was always going to be a time of transition and re-evaluation.
That feels extra true right now, with the process sped up by Butler’s trade request. If Butler (and Dieng, who has been rumored as part of deals as well) are both dealt … and Tyus Jones signs elsewhere in the offseason after not getting an extension from the Wolves this year … and Teague opts out … and none of the other impending free agents re-sign … the only key rotation players currently on the roster who would be around next year are Towns, Wiggins and Okogie.
That’s not a bad place to start a reconstruction, but it would feel completely different than it does right now.
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La veremos en Creed 2 y además, Tessa Thompson compartió recientemente una foto en su Instagram sobre la próxima película de Men in Black del director Gary Gray. En la fotografía vemos tanto a Thompson como a Chris Hemsworth vestidos con los clásicos trajes negros caminando en un interminable y caluroso desierto protegidos por dos enormes sombrillas.
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Hasta ahora nunca ha sido un nombre destacado dentro de la industria. Aunque ya se dio a conocer dentro de la serie Veronica Mars, pudimos verla en la premiada '12 años de esclavitud' y fue la pareja de Creed en el nuevo reboot de la serie Rocky, nunca ha estado en las páginas de portada de los grandes magazines o en las discusiones habituales de los foros de cine, pero, quizás eso cambie y es que su papel de Valkyria en la nueva entrega de Thor, puede darle por fin el empujón que necesita (que no el que quiere). Mientras eso ocurre, es Cinematte quien decide presentártela.
A Tessa Thompson no le importa que la consideren selectiva. De hecho, ya desde el comienzo de su carrera cuando era reconocida por su papel de Jackie Cook en la serie Veronica Mars que se inclinaba por producciones que tuvieran una impronta autoral notoria (en ese caso, la de Rob Thomas). "Todo pasa por lo que los directores ven a través del lente, por eso es importante para mí trabajar con personas en las que pueda confiar, personas interesantes. La idea es formar parte de películas que a mí me gustaría ver como espectadora, y generalmente trato de seguir esa regla", declaró la actriz que se acercó al cine a través de la música.
Su padre, el panameño Marc Anthony Thompson, fue el creador de Chocolate Genius, Inc., un colectivo creativo con influencias del soul, y el responsable de que Tessa desarrolle su talento para el canto, una de las armas secretas que sacaría a relucir en su filmografía. Sin embargo, tras unos años de estudio, la música debió esperar. Thompson debutó como actriz en una puesta teatral de La tempestad en 2002 y al poco tiempo acompañaba a Kristen Bell en la aclamada serie noir/detectivesca.
A partir de aquí, el mundo de la televisión y posteriormente del cine estaba abierto para esta joven mitad alma de Soul y mitad talento interpretativo. La hemos podido ver en Anatomía de Grey, Heroes, Private Practice o Life. El cine en cambio siempre es algo más difícil, por eso, Tessa tuvo que atravesar el inevitable período "de los roles insustanciales" en films como Cuando un extraño llama, Make It Happen y la fallida ópera prima de Jada Pinkett Smith , The Human Contract. Todo cambió cuando el cineasta Justin Simien levantó el teléfono y la convocó para Dear White People, un film focalizado en el activismo estudiantil que pone sobre la mesa escenarios constantes de discriminación, especialmente la manera torpe y unidimensional mediante la cual las personas de color son representadas.
Esta producción que terminaría siendo una serie de Netflix, sería la oportunidad para interpretar a Sam White, una mujer afroamericana que no teme vociferar su verdad. "Sam era un desafío porque es solo una chica fuerte cuando debe pelear por la igualdad pero no así en su vida privada, donde es mucho más vulnerable de lo que parece, esa disonancia fue lo que más me atrajo, cuando un personaje no es tan fácil de digerir; cuando presenta una dicotomía que te obliga a cuestionarlo, más fructífera es la experiencia".
Esto fue su gran despertar para la gente de la industria de Hollywood, la película fue un éxito en Sundance, ella fue elogiada y además, pudo combinar sus dos facetas artísticas ya que volvió a sus raíces y compuso junto a su banda Caught A Ghost un puñado de canciones que revigorizaron el film.
Pero, su duro baremo a la hora de elegir roles, le mantuvo un tiempo fuera del circuito hasta que por suerte, le llegó el papel en 'Selma' (biopic sobre Martin Luther King nominada al Oscar).
La directora Ava DuVernay llamó a Thompson y a Keith Stanfield (a quien pueden verlo en la joyita Short Term 12), dos intérpretes jóvenes para quienes los roles de peso escasean. "Selma llegó en un momento en el que venía trabajando en proyectos vinculados al racismo y en los cuales mis propios pensamientos sobre el tópico se veían reflejados en los guiones, el arte siempre cobra mayor sentido cuando te sientes representado y con Ava me pasó eso, su mirada era una extensión de la mía", contó la actriz, poco antes de dar uno de los saltos más acertados de su filmografía.
Tras esto, Tessa seguía tenaz en su decisión de no ser tentada por la industria y ejercer ella misma de agente y en vez de ser llamada, decidir ella con quien trabajar. Y eso cine de nuevo.
La actriz vio el film Fruitvale Station y decidió que tenía que trabajar en el próximo proyecto de su realizador, Ryan Coogler. En un encuentro en Sundance, la actriz pudo hablar con él - un verdadero fanático de Dear White People, casualmente - y empezar a delinear su participación en Creed, ese spin-off/secuela de Rocky por la que Sylvester Stallone arañó el Oscar este año. Para una actriz que busca roles femeninos complejos, el de Bianca fue el ideal. En primera medida, porque tiene una subtrama propia y no está sujeta a los deseos del personaje masculino (Adonis Creed, interpretado por Michael B. Jordan). En segunda medida, porque funciona como un espejo de Adonis, ya que ambos dan pelea en distintos escenarios.
Así, la película Creed superaba la frontera clásica habitual de su naturaleza y se permitía el lujo de coquetear con el drama, ese en el que Bianca debe lidiar con la pérdida de la audición o su novio con el fantasma de su padre, Apollo.
Como remate pudo volver a incluir en un film su otra pasión. La música.
Pero, hay un momento en la vida en que uno debe arriesgar o al menos sacrificar una parte de su ser para poder evolucionar. Así que Thompson por primera vez en su carrera, deja la línea recta a seguir y decide adentrarse en un camino distinto, un camino enorme que vive dentro del universo Hollywood y más concretamente en el mayor estudio actual y es que, Disney ha llamado a su puerta para integrar el MCU (el Universo Cinematográfico de Marvel) con su participación en la tercera entrega de Thor (Ragnarok) donde hará el papel de Valkyrie, una superheroína basada en Brunilda, la figura mitológica nórdica seleccionada por Odín para ponerse al frente de las Valquirias.
Thompson nació en Los Ángeles, California. Hizo su debut teatral cuando cursaba el quinto grado de la escuela interpretando a un lobo bailarín de claqué, frente a la actriz Amber Tamblyn. Asistió a la Escuela Secundaria de Santa Mónica y participó en diversas producciones de teatro de dicha institución.
La primera aparición de Thompson en un largometraje fue en el remake de la película de terror de 2006 "Cuando llama un extraño", en el papel de Scarlet. Thompson actuó junto a Mary Elizabeth Winstead en la película de baile "Make it Happen" de 2008, e hizo otras dos películas ese año: "The Human Contract" y "Periferia". En 2009, Thompson apareció en Mississippi Damned.
El resto ya os lo hemos contado arriba pero como esto es Cinematte, no vamos a irnos sin dejaros con algunas de sus imágenes más sensuales incluido ese famoso desnudo de la película '12 años de esclavitud'.
UNC's Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History marks its 30th anniversary with a retrospective art exhibition. (There's a reception Thursday, November 8.) Aaron speaks with Stone Center director Joseph Jordan.
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China has been hosting seminars for foreign countries and journalists on how to clamp down on online speech and writing positive news about China's economic policies, Freedom House reported.
They include courses on President Xi Jinping's views on patriotism and tours of companies that monitor negative public opinion in the country.
Many of them catered to countries that are part of China's Belt and Road Initiative, a massive infrastructure project that aims to link 70 countries around the world.
Those courses appeared to work on some of the countries, who issued laws clamping down on online speech after attending the seminars.
China has a long record of muzzling free speech in the country.
It wields a lot of soft power over its economic allies, largely because of its financial investments around the world.
China has been holding seminars for foreign countries and journalists on how to restrict online speech and write positive news about it, according to a Freedom House report published this week.
The programs — which appear tailored to specific countries and regions — included courses like "socialist journalism with Chinese characteristics" and a class on "the Chinese Dream," Freedom House said.
Those two slogans were popularized under President Xi Jinping, and lay out his view of patriotism and innovation as long as it does not defy the Chinese Communist Party.
It is one of President Xi Jinping's pet projects, and Beijing has invested between $1 trillion and $8 trillion in those projects since 2013, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Multiple BRI partners have racked up billions of dollars in debt because they couldn't afford to repay China's loans on infrastructure projects.
Here are some of the seminars China hosted over the past year, according to Freedom House.
November 2017: A two-week "Seminar on Cyberspace Management for Officials of Countries along the Belt and Road Initiative," where officials toured a company — unnamed in in the report — that monitored, using big data, negative public opinion, and created a "positive energy public-opinion guidance system."
May 2018: Prominent journalists and media officials from the Philippines visited China for two weeks to learn about "new media development." What this means exactly is not clear.
A similar conference for media staff in Thailand taught attendees about the "Chinese Dream" and how media outlets can report domestic and international affairs, including China's economic development. The date of this conference is not clear.
Representatives from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates also attended a three-week "Seminar for Senior Media Staff in Arab Countries" at an unspecified date.
Details about what actually happens during those seminars are scant. But pictures published by the Chinese ministry of commerce of a seminar on the "promotion of international cooperation," held last August for 43 officials from BRI countries, showed delegates attending a lecture by Chinese officials and receiving a "graduation certificate" at the end.
China flexes its soft power
Those seminars appeared to work on the foreign countries.
After Vietnamese officials attended China's seminar on media management in April 2017, it introduced a cybersecurity law that ordered global tech companies — such as Google and Facebook — to store personal data of users in Vietnam in the country.
Uganda and Tanzania also introduced similar laws clamping down on online media dissemination after their officials attended China's seminars over the past year, Freedom House said.
It echoed existing cybersecurity laws in China, which order tech companies to store personal and financial data collected in the country within its borders.
Chinese authorities have previously demanded domestic tech companies to hand over user data and the contents of private conversations.
Earlier this year, the Ministry of Public Security announced that law-enforcement officers could obtain and use private conversations on popular messaging app WeChat in legal proceedings.
Australia's former foreign minister, Julie Bishop, also revealed earlier this week that Australia did not strike a trade deal with Taiwan because her counterpart Wang Yi simply told her not to. China is Australia's largest trading partner, top export market, and biggest import source.
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Election night 2018 has only just begun in earnest, but the memes are already here.
Among them, unsurprisingly, is a Photoshop battle. It began when Jordan Uhl tweeted CNN screenshots featuring two blank lists: the "liberal agenda" if Democrats win big tonight and the "GOP agenda" if Republicans come out on top.
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Israel’s current preoccupation with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and the Jamal Khashoggi murder in Istanbul, have diverted attention from the nefarious activities carried out by the Islamic Republic of Iran throughout the Middle East, and particularly in Syria. For now, the above developments have put on hold the anti-Iran alliance the Trump administration has been pressing for last month, and has given the Iranian regime a respite. The downing of the Russian spy plane over Syria by the Assad regime, which was initially blamed on Israel, has impacted somehow on the previous understanding between Israel and Putin’s Russia. In the meantime, Russia has supplied the Assad regime with the S-300 Missile defense system. Israel has significantly reduced its operations in Syria, which enabled Iran to increase its activities inside Syria, and foment trouble in Gaza.
The recently imposed U.S. sanctions against Iran have had a deleterious impact on the Iranian economy. It has placed the regime of the Ayatollahs in a defensive mode. A second wave of U.S. sanctions commenced on November 5th, 2018, targeting Iran’s energy, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors, as well as transactions with the Central Bank of Iran. The aim of this set of sanctions is to deprive the Iranian regime of funds to advance their nuclear program, and the development of ballistic missiles. The Iranian people, in an unprecedented wave of protests that spread throughout Iran’s major cities, and in spite of severe consequences, demanded that the regime invest in Iran, and the Iranian people. The protesters charged the regime with enabling the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to waste the nation’s oil revenue and the $150 billion it received as a “bonus” from the Obama administration (for agreeing to sign the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) on imperial schemes. They have argued that the money should be invested at home instead of spending it in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen.
The Saudi-Qatari rift has also hampered the creation of a unified anti-Iranian bloc. It has weakened the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The Qataris are now allied with Turkey. Ankara has sent an expeditionary force of 3,000 strong to Doha and in return, received $15 billion from Qatar to cover its swollen debt. The Saudis have accused Qatar of supporting terrorism, and in fact the Doha regime has been a staunch supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Hamas in Gaza. Turkey’s dictator, Erdogan, has been flirting with Russia and Iran, and has openly exhibited his anti-western sentiments. He has purchased from Russia the S-400 surface-to-air missiles, and helped Iran launder its oil revenue. In the initial Trump administration calculation, Turkey was meant to be a part of the anti-Iran coalition, along with Israel and the Gulf states. Instead, Erdogan is currently busy with embarrassing the Saudis over the Khashoggi murder at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.
The Islamic Republic is worried that the U.S. might join Israel in its efforts to expel the Iranian extensive presence in Syria. Iran however, is using this window of opportunity when Israel is limiting its attacks on Iranian targets in Syria, and the U.S. being preoccupied with the mid-term elections, to provide Hezbollah with sophisticated guidance systems that would improve the accuracy of the missiles aimed at Israel. According to a western intelligence officer, “The Iranians are trying to come up with new ways and routes to smuggle weapons from Iran to its allies in the Middle East, testing and defying the West’s abilities to track them down.”
For too long, the U.S. refrained from confronting the Iranian regime, out of hope that inaction against the Iranian regime would empower the purported moderates in Tehran. The previous U.S. administration also held an overriding desire to wash its hands of the Middle East. This entrenchment however, has only encouraged the Ayatollahs regime inherently maligned behavior, including its periodic testing to the limits of the nuclear deal, continued progress on advanced centrifuges, ballistic missile testing, and regional expansion. In addition, the Tehran regime supports terrorism and the propagation of virulent anti-American ideology. Ironically, many of these actions make the regime increasingly unpopular at home, and overextended abroad.
According to the U.S. State Department Executive Summary report titled “An Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities, “The regime’s primary tool to execute this mission since 1979 has been the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC is the most powerful conglomerate in Iran, spreading and consolidating its control over much of Iranian life. Its navy regularly threatens freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf while its Aerospace Force directs the country’s ballistic missile program in defiance of Security Council resolutions. Its Ground Forces are deployed abroad to bolster the Assad regime and its Basij paramilitary force is mobilized at home to surveil and harass ordinary Iranians. Finally, its extra-territorial IRGC Quds Force (IRGC-QF) leads the Islamic Republic’s destabilizing support for proxies and terrorist groups.”
The Islamic Republic’s illicit activities include undermining the integrity of the global financial system. The Iranian regime relies on opaque and fraudulent financing activities to fund its proxies and support its proliferation of ballistic missiles and other weapons. Last year, the IRGC-Quds Force was exposed for using front companies to move funds, procure restricted materials and technologies, exploit currency exchange networks in neighboring countries, and produce counterfeit currency.
Iran’s repeated and systemic abuse of human rights is in violation of international laws and norms. It persecutes civil society activists and marginalizes ethnic and religious minorities. The Ayatollah regime denies due process, and regularly falls short of its own legal standards. Its prisons are notorious for mistreatment and torture, and its use of capital punishment is excessive and extends to minors. Outside its borders, Iran and its proxies have committed numerous human rights abuses, including targeting innocent civilians in Syria, and arbitrarily detaining Sunnis in Iraq.
Last September in New York, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain, to advance what the administration coined as the “Arab NATO.” Secretary Pompeo stressed the need to defeat the Islamic State, and other terrorist organizations, as well as ending the conflicts in Syria and Yemen, and “stopping Iran’s malign activity in the region.” Unfortunately, President Trump’s willingness to remain engaged in the Middle East following the defeat of the Islamic State is questionable. The burden of compelling Iran to roll back its regional presence, especially in Syria, and interdicting Iran’s military supplies to Hezbollah in Lebanon, falls primarily on Israel’s shoulders. Saudi Arabia and the Emirates are involved in confronting Iran’s weapons proliferation in Yemen. U.S. involvement in the anti-Iran alliance is limited to partnering with the Kurds on the ground in Syria and Iraq. The latter presents a significant obstacle to Iran’s ambitions to dominate both Syria and Iraq.
Without strong military backing from the U.S., Israel might be constrained by Russia from freely operating in Syria against Iran. The Khashoggi murder, as contemptible as it was, must be put behind us, and allow the Saudis and the UAE to focus on Iran. The rest of the Sunni Arab states are unlikely to contribute to the anti-Iran alliance, and Turkey’s support in such an alliance is certainly not forthcoming. The U.S. envisioned anti-Iran coalition can only become a viable reality if the U.S. is ready to actively participate, and commit its military might only when it becomes necessary.
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It's hard to dispute the good work Stefan Molyneux has done in relation to race, Islam, IQ and feminism. He has become hugely influential and has demolished mainstream interviewers when challenged on these subjects. But just like Jordan Peterson he has a blind spot: The JQ. Both avoided it like the plague for a long time. And that's understandable. Because on the one hand virtually all of the Western pathologies they so eloquently decry have been driven by Jews, on the other identifying this fact would result in their being Shoahed into external darkness. Peterson was eventually forced to bite the bullet and came out swinging in defence of his masters. Molyneux has been a bit cagier, carefully fine-tuning both his material and his guest selections to avoid being put on the spot. But he too has been flushed out by - in my opinion - the reaction to the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. You see whereas Jews did benefit from a public outpouring of sympathy, the shooter's anti-Jewish justification for the attack also attracted unwelcome attention. On some forums this subject, despite the frantic whack-a-mole efforts of the Comment Thought Police, began to take centre stage of the discussion. A worrying development for our (((overlords))). Time for Stef to step into the breach. It was not a pretty sight. The man of reason, of honesty, of logic, of Socratic discourse was replaced by a fact-mangling, tendentious, strawman-wielding, gaslighting huckster, deploying theatrical emotions in a way that would make a Mississippi evangelist blush. Here are just a few examples. First he uses the NAJALT argument, citing Jews that he knew who were opposed to all of the things, well, that most Jews espouse. 'Jews who bitterly opposed central banking, fiat currencies, open borders.....'. Yeah, sure Stefan. 'Some Jews work in Hollywood and Wall Street...' You don't say? Statistics-mangling: 'Jews are marrying out at an enormous rate'. No, the statistics he recites refer to religious Jews who marry non-religious people, most of whom I suggest are racially Jewish. More statistics mangling: 'There are more non-Jews than Jews involved in [insert evil activity here]", while failing to remind us that Jews represent about 2% of most Western populations, non-Jews 98%. Overall his analysis of the JQ revolves around Judaism as a religion. For the man who has done such sterling work on genetics and group differences to avoid the racial dimension of Jewishness can be nothing other than intentional gaslighting. At one stage he adopts a more positive tone, advising us, if we object to the behaviour of the media and big tech to build our own. "Just compete with Hollywood. Start your own channel. Make a better story and publicise it." Dang me, I never realised it was so simple. Must learn from Gab and Alex Jones how they did it. Oh wait....they're gone. He ends up with a lachrymose, theatrical appeals to reason, debate, tolerance and interaction. And then proceeded to delete offending comments as soon as they landed. However this action, and the whole video in my mind resulted in massive blow-back, exacerbating the very problem it sought to erase. Read just some of his readers' comments. Despite all the censorship they remain overwhelmingly hostile. Here's a typical one: "Strawman after Strawman. I expect much better from you Stefan. You used to confront the REAL questions head on, what is this????". So here's my take. The likes of SM, JT, AJ, JP in a way seem to act as gatekeepers, to broach important and edgy subjects but in a way that directs 'inquiring minds' away from the JQ. But their excellent presentational skills only whet the appetite of the more intelligent goyim, which in turn gradually leads to a realisation of the war, the existential war, being waged against them. More Stefan, more!
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Numa bacana matéria que a The Hollywood Reporter fez com alguns produtores dos filmes principais de 2018 como convidados, Kevin Feige revelou mais detalhes sobre o Pantera Negra e como foi ampliar em todos os aspcetos a diversidade do elenco do filme de super-herói como a produção por trás dele. Respondendo a uma pergunta feita pelo site, Feige revelou que contou com bastante apoio desde o começo dos executivos da Disney.
"Nós mantivemos Pantera Negra em nossa programação por um tempo. (Risos) Tivemos um apoio incrível, Bob Iger e Alan Horn [da Disney] em nenhum momento questionaram. Muito pelo contrário: eles disseram: "Isso precisa ficar no nível dos maiores filmes que você fez." Tinha um orçamento que combinava com isso. Em momento algum houve uma pergunta sobre esse mercado ou aquele mercado ou onde ele atuaria. Foi um grande filme que fizemos com um elenco quase inteiramente africano e afro-americano".
Sobre a necessidade de ter filmes que abordem essa diversidade, Feige falou que "Bem, uma pergunta é: as pessoas deveriam ser obrigadas a fazer isso? E talvez a resposta seja sim, talvez a resposta seja não. Se você está em uma posição de poder e você é quem está contratando, nós aprendemos - em nosso último número de filmes e em vários filmes que não saíram ou não foram anunciados - que quanto mais diverso o grupo de pessoas ao redor da mesa, melhor o filme".
"Ryan Coogler na verdade disse: "Você tem designers de produção, figurinos que você gosta de trabalhar?" E nós dissemos: "Claro, mas se você tem algum nos avise." E ele disse: "Bem, eu trabalhei com várias pessoas em filmes que eram excelentes, mas muito menores do que o Pantera Negra". E no caso, cada membro da tripulação que ele trouxe para nós, eles nos surpreenderam, eles foram incríveis. E foi porque estávamos abertos para ouvir e dar às pessoas uma oportunidade. E agora, você sabe, estamos desesperados para trabalhar com todos eles em todos os nossos filmes daqui para frente" revelou o Presidente da Marvel Studios.
Pantera Negra foi dirigido por Ryan Coogler e estrelado por Chadwick Boseman como T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan como N’Jadaka/Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, Lupita Nyong’o como Nakia, Danai Gurira como Okoye, Martin Freeman como o agente Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya como W’Kabi, Letitia Wright como Shuri, Winston Duke como M’Baku, Angela Bassett como Ramonda, Forest Whitaker como Zuri e Andy Serkis como Ulysses Klaue. O filme teve a melhor bilheteria de um filme de super-herói solo de todos os tempos arrecadando $700 milhões em solo americano e $1,346 milhões no mundo inteiro e é hoje a maior aposta da Marvel Studios para o Oscar.
Between the moment we are born, to the moment we reach adulthood, many of us experience incredible, profound pain.
Some of us have been sexually, physically, or psychologically abused — and then left to pick up the pieces on our own.
In the most vulnerable and sensitive stage of our lives, we’ve been exposed to the deep flaws of those around us. And with that, our deep innocence and natural reverence for life has been buried into the pits of our psyches.
But however far our primordial innocence and reverence for life has been lodged away, for most of us, our innate attitudes towards life are still recoverable.
And our past doesn’t have to decide our future.
Life can still be worth loving.
The Kind of Experiences We Collectively Go Through
Right now, there are daughters who are experiencing the feeling of being unloved to their very core by their parents.
In the last hour, countless kids have been violently hit by a parent for a simple, innocent mistake they’ve made.
Right now, there’s an autistic kid in school who is being picked on by everyone in his classroom.
All of this, is happening year after year. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This same cycle, continues to repeat every generation, to differing degrees.
According to Dosomething.org, 3.2 million children are victims of bullying each year in the US alone. 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time. Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.
That statistic hasn’t drastically changed for the better compared to a decade ago. Yesterday’s same pre-teens, have now grown into adults. For over a decade, they were made to feel unloved, isolated, and inadequate by their surrounding environment.
What Kind of Adults Will These Abused Children Grow Into?
Today, teenagers who have been bullied year after year, have been told to go out into the world and ‘make something of themselves’, with the slippery foundation of a past story that makes them feel deeply subconsciously inadequate.
And let’s not forget the many who have been abused at home.
In 2016, according to Childrensrights.org, there were 4.1 million reports of child maltreatment in the United States involving more than 7.4 million children.
It will be much harder for many of these individuals to move forward in their life in the way they want, if they’re being dragged down by the past.
Not everyone ends up getting the help they need. Not everyone ends up doing the work to heal their past. And for many, they ‘manage’ (just about) without any sort of intervention.
But life isn’t about managing.
It’s about thriving, and living closer to our potential.
If you have scars from the past, you’re not alone. And the feeling of not being alone, can at the very least, bring some semblance of solace.
But it’s not enough.
After All — Here Are The Symptoms of Childhood Traumas
Lack of Ambition
Feelings of Abandonment
These symptoms can all manifest to differing degrees. And we’ve likely all experienced one or more of these as adults.
When we realize that our present challenges, are often a partial or a complete symptom of what we’ve experienced in the past, we can bring more compassion to ourselves.
We don’t have to continually blame our present selves. We can realize that our present experiencing self is in large part, a manifestation of our past selves, and by correcting the cracks in our pasts, we can correct our present lives.
Modern Self Improvement Negates the Past
With the virality of motivational videos from people like Eric Thomas, Gary Vaynerchuck, and Tony Robbins, we’ve been told that the way to a better life is through hard work + strategy + hustle.
And while there is plenty of wisdom and value in some of the common ideas shared on success today, the common rhetoric about living a good life, is often void of a holistic understanding of what shapes us as human beings.
For many of us, very little will help us move forward in a significant way -until we’ve healed our past. A garden can’t grow until it’s roots have been tended to. A soil patch can’t grow thriving luscious wildflowers if it’s devoid of nourishment.
Stepping back and looking back at the story of our lives, and how that story is shaping our identity today, is perhaps the most productive thing we could ever do. It’s the metaphorical equivalent to tending to our roots.
Why We Replay the Past
The neurological basis for why we place a large emphasis on our past traumas is because our brain is attempting to warn us from the same thing happening again in the future. If something keeps repeating in our minds, according to clinical psychologist and author Jordan Peterson, it’s because we haven’t articulated how we can prevent the same occurrence from happening again.
By laying out the narrative of our past, speaking about it, and identifying how we felt during that period, and what lessons we can extract from our experience, our past can become a tool that serves us in the present. Without this analytical approach to our past, our past owns us.
Instead of us owning it.
A Simple Question To Heal your Past
Our past can either empower us, or it can negate us. Splitting apart your past in three epochs will enable you to identify the major negative experiences in your life more easily.
What were the three most significant dis-empowering moments and endings in your life between the ages of:
By taking the time to think this through, and even write these experiences down, you’ll have 9 significant mini-stories that have partially shaped the story of your past, and your present identity.
From there, you can zero in on what you learned from those experiences, and the likelihood of them ever happening again. Doing so, will stop your brain from replaying these negative experiences. You’ll stop being led by these experiences.
Philosopher Daniel Kahneman shares in his TED Talk, The Riddle of Experience vs Memory, that we essentially are two selves. We are the experiencing self(present moment focused) and the remembering self (the one that keeps score of our story).
By honing in your past, you will be changing your remembering self, and your experiencing self. You will no longer be in the fog. You will be dissecting your past, so that it serves you.
Healing the past, will always be more important than conquering the future.
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Break the chains of social media and upgrade the way you experience gratitude in this digital age.
Election night 2018 has only just begun in earnest, but the memes are already here.
Among them, unsurprisingly, is a Photoshop battle. It began when Jordan Uhl tweeted CNN screenshots featuring two blank lists: the "liberal agenda" if Democrats win big tonight and the "GOP agenda" if Republicans come out on top.
"Let's have some fun," he wrote. "Send me your best ones." That seems like a tall order, since having fun seems fairly impossible these days, but people did make some really good jokes. Think "think is the future liberals want," but weirder because everyone is stressed out. Read more...
Democrats are not burning flags in honor of an expected Election Day “blue wave” while CNN anchor Don Lemon laughs about it. The video meme is a hoax that makes use of readily available video manipulation software, and it has no basis in fact, the Daily Beast reports. In fact, it’s just one of several Election Day hoaxes making the rounds on social media.
The original video appears to have come from Twitter user @RealDanJordan. In a tweet that has since been deleted, Jordan posted the doctored video with the following caption.
“Do not give these people the satisfaction of a win on Tuesday. Vote #Republican. Help @POTUS wipe the smile off the faces of these globalist elites.”
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Stratagem by Robin Caroll -- Psychologist Grayson Thibodeaux creates mind-bending adventure games for businesses as team-building explorations. When his ex-wife’s company hires Grayson’s for their executive retreat, he doesn’t see how things can get worse. Until she dies during the course of the game he created…making him the prime suspect for murder. (Suspense from Barbour Publishing)
La caravana humanitaria, compuesta por 70 camiones de varias agencias de la ONU, llevó víveres y otros suministros de primera necesidad a decenas de miles de sirios desplazados en el campamento de Rukban y a lo largo de la frontera de su país con Jordania. Se trata de la primera ocasión que reciben ayuda en nueve meses.
The Root’s Jason Johnson, Costa former Obama CoS Jim Messina, former DOJ spox Matt Miller, MSNBC analyst Elise Jordan, and Steve Schmidt on Trump and AG Jeff Sessions warning of potential voter fraud in the midterms
Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel hat von deutschen Zeitschriftenverlegern einen Preis für ihre politische Leistung bekommen. Die Lobrede hielt Königin Rania von Jordanien. Glanzvoll - doch einige kritische Fragen stellen sich.
Las razones para cerrar esta estupenda plataforma de cine en streaming son poco convincentes. Pero aún hay tiempo para ver algunas de sus mejores películas.
Que la proliferación de plataformas de servicios de cine en streaming, de vídeo bajo demanda, ha facilitado que el público pueda ver más películas y series de televisión de forma legal, cuando cada uno lo de sea en vez de ceñirse a las emisiones y sin molestas tandas publicitarias es un hecho. Y resultó una gran alegría que FilmStruck, con su estupendo catálogo cinematográfico, llegase a España, y precisamente por lo mismo supone ahora un disgusto saber que cerrará el próximo 29 de noviembre, después de dos años brindando las obras de The Criterion Collection y unas cuantas distribuidoras en Estados Unidos y unos meses escasos, que saben a bien poco, para los cinéfilos españoles, franceses y británicos.
Warner Bros. Digital Networks y Turner International son las compañías a las que pertenece la plataforma, y esta triste clausura está motivada por la reestructuración de sus negocios que la primera lleva un tiempo realizando, pues busca dedicar todos sus recursos disponibles al entretenimiento masivo, es decir, está reorientando sus divisiones a ello y recorta en aquellas que con un público más especialito o con interés en consumir cine menos comercial. Por eso, hace dos semanas le puso el candado inesperadamente, sin previo aviso, a DramaFever, su servicio de mayor veteranía en VOD que se especializaba en dramas coreanos desde agosto de 2009, y Super Deluxe, una red de cortometrajes vanguardistas.
Pero este inmediato antecedente no hace menos imprevisto el fin de FilmStruck. En España, por ejemplo, se presentó el pasado junio, y sus responsables estuvieron colaborando con la última Semana Internacional del Cine de Valladolid, la que suma sesenta y tres, celebrada entre el 20 y el 27 de octubre, y se supone que la plataforma iba a patrocinar oficialmente el Gran Premio del Público en la edición número cincuenta y seis del Festival de Gijón, donde tendrá lugar entre el 16 y el 24 de noviembre. Según el comunicado de Turner y Warner Bros., “aunque FilmStruck tiene una base de seguidores muy leal, sigue siendo en gran parte un servicio de nicho”, lo que habría ocasionado que la retiren.
Pero esto se revela como una razón incongruente a todas luces si consideramos que unas semanas atrás lanzaron DC Universe, otra plataforma de streaming con un nicho concreto. Y, si ha sido como un buen jarro de agua fría para los usuarios de FilmStruck, que se sentaban a contemplar filmes de directores tan respetados como Clint Eastwood, Neil Jordan, Paul Thomas Anderson, Gus van Sant, Brian de Palma, Sidney Lumet, Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton, John Huston, Oliver Stone, Terence Malick, Sydney Pollack, Roman Polanski, David Lean, Orson Welles, Ernst Lubitsch y otros muchos, sus colegas Guillermo del Toro (El laberinto del fauno), Rian Johnson (Brick) y Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) han lamentado en las redes que defenestren a la plataforma:
“Encontraremos la manera de traerla de vuelta. ¡Lo haremos!”, ha asegurado Del Toro en Twitter. Por su parte, el realizador de Star Wars VIII: Los últimos Jedi, ha manifestado lo que tenéis a continuación en la misma red social: “FilmStruck era demasiado buena para durar. La veo flotando tristemente lejos del desierto carbonizado que es 2018, al estilo de Lorax”. Y Jenkis indicó lo que sigue por el mismo canal: “Eran personas de carne y hueso que realmente cuidaban el trabajo que estaban haciendo y a las personas que elaboran y aprecian el cine”. En julio de 2017, Russell Brandom dijo en The Verge que FilmStruck disponía de “las mejores películas del mundo” pese a que la accesibilidad de su página web fuera “terrible”.
En cualquier caso, los suscriptores de este servicio de streaming aún están a tiempo de disfrutar de algunas de esas películas: entre otras de los cineastas mencionados, quienes contrataran este servicio pueden aprovechar para zamparse, si aún no lo han hecho, platos tan placenteros como Hiroshima, mon amour (Alain Resnais, 1959), Lolita, 2001: Una odisea del espacio (Stanley Kubrick, 1962, 1968), La noche americana (François Truffaut, 1973), El resplandor (Kubrick, 1980), Fanny y Alexander (Ingmar Bergman, 1982), Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992), Historias mínimas (Carlos Sorín, 2002), El asesinato de Jesse James por el cobarde Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007) o Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen, 2013). Diez obras que son garantía del mejor fin de fiesta para ellos.
The Palestinian Authority regularly demonizes Jews, Israelis, and those who they call "settlers" and accuse them of believing in precisely the hate ideologies the PA itself espouses to its own people.
While accusing Israelis of participating in a religious war, it is Mahmoud Abbas' advisor who has called Israel "Satan's project" and presented the war with Israel as a religious war to destroy Israel and Jews. The PA Mufti, who is appointed by Abbas, has said extermination of Jews is a religious obligation and Islamic destiny.
In Israel, the isolated cases of Israeli terror against Palestinians are punished and condemned. It is the Palestinian Authority under direct instructions of Mahmoud Abbas that rewards murderers of Israelis with high salaries and calls terrorist murderers "stars in the sky of the Palestinian people."
In this op-ed in the official PA daily, the writer projects the PA's own hate ideologies onto what he refers to as Israeli "settlers." They are demonized as inhuman murderers who kill Palestinians for their own pleasure and at the orders of the Israeli government.
Under the headline "The settlers are sacrificing the Palestinians' blood as a sacrifice to Netanyahu," regular columnist for the official PA daily, Muwaffaq Matar, who is also a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and hosts a TV program on Fatah-run Awdah TV, portrayed Israelis living beyond the Green Line as "mass murderers obsessed with bloodshed" who are "directed" and controlled by the Israeli army and government:
"Criminals, mass murderers, obsessed with bloodshed, wild unbridled foreigners, but also directed - these are the settlers, the colonialists, the pawns of the racist regime in Tel Aviv. [They are] criminals who are being activated by a remote control with dual controls - one in the hands of the heads of the occupation army, and the second in the hands of the heads of the coalition of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's government. Both of them are trying to inflict a heavy toll on the Palestinian citizens by means of groups of people devoid of the elements of human nature, who have no connection to the civilized societies other than [their] human form..." [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 14, 2018]
Anyone with even a passing interest in news from the Middle East will know that all over the region, undemocratic and repressive regimes use their security forces to suppress dissent. The Palestinian authorities in Gaza and the West Bank are no exception, as a recently released Human Rights Watch report documents.
Considering that the report is “the result of a two-year investigation,” it is remarkably meager. According to the summary, HRW exposes the “machineries of repression to crush dissent” by showing that Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and Gaza “routinely arrest people whose peaceful speech displeases them and torture those in their custody.” Why Israel Is Right To Expel Human Rights Watch’s Omar Shakir
While this might give the impression that the report focuses exclusively on the abuse of people arrested for “peaceful speech,” there are also chapters that deal with cases of people accused of criminal charges in Gaza and the West Bank.
But what the report leaves out is perhaps more noteworthy than what it covers. A glimpse of what’s missing is provided on page 51, where one sentence suffices to deal with the most egregious abuses:
“Hamas authorities have also carried out 25 executions since they took control in Gaza in June 2017 [sic! Hamas took control in June 2007], including 6 in 2017, following trials that lacked appropriate due process protections and courts in Gaza have sentenced 117 people to death, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.”
In other words, a report that is touted as “the result of a two-year investigation” relies on another human rights organization to provide a one-sentence summary of executions carried out by Hamas. Presumably, two years were too short for the hard-working people at HRW to check their own records, which indicate that Hamas carried out considerably more than “25 executions” since taking power in 2007.
But the appalling sloppiness displayed by HRW when it comes to keeping track of the murderous record of the Islamist terror group that rules Gaza is a telling sign of how little Palestinian human rights matter to HRW when Israel can’t be blamed.
Dore Gold: The Bedouin Encampment of Khan al-Ahmar Violates the Oslo Accords
Khan al-Ahmar is a cluster of Bedouin structures located in the Judean Desert to the east of Jerusalem. This past year this subject has been heating up. It is located on public land and is situated on the main route connecting Jerusalem to the Jordan Valley. Twenty-eight Bedouin families live there. It is too small to really be called a village, so some label it as a hamlet or even other terms. The structures in Khan al-Ahmar were not erected with any sort of building permit, as required by Israel's Civil Administration in the West Bank.
Accordingly, demolition orders were issued in 2009. Though the residents turned to the Israeli Supreme Court, in its ruling the Court stated: "there is no dispute that the entire complex was put up in violation of the zoning laws." In the past the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Jewish families living in illegally constructed dwellings needed to be removed, as was the case in Migron (2012), Amona (2017), and Netiv Ha-Avot (2018).
Some Western commentators have fundamentally misunderstood Israel's decision to dismantle Khan al-Ahmar. A New York Times analysis insisted that Israel sought "to make room for the expansion of Jewish settlements." Of course, anyone familiar with the topography of the West Bank, with the map of the West Bank, knows that the Judean Desert is full of empty territory, so that the argument that the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar was required for settlement expansion really rings hollow.
The Shin Bet security agency has thwarted 480 Palestinian terrorist attacks so far in 2018, agency Director Nadav Argaman told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Tuesday.
The Shin Bet's efforts were a major factor in the defense establishment's ability to maintain the fragile calm between Israel and the Palestinians, especially in Judea and Samaria, Argaman said.
"The situation in the Palestinian arena has been very unstable this year. In the Gaza Strip, we are somewhere between a potential [military] campaign and efforts to stabilize the humanitarian situation," he told the committee.
"In Judea and Samaria the situation is very complex as well. Things on the ground are relatively calm, but this calm is deceptive. The situation is actually highly combustible."
Argaman continued, "Hamas is constantly trying to launch terrorist attacks in and from Judea and Samaria.
"We were able to prevent 480 major terrorist attacks, stop 590 lone-wolf terrorists and arrest 219 Hamas cells. This indicates that there is a large, clandestine terrorist infrastructure there."
Hamas leaders in Gaza and Turkey are sparing no effort to mastermind terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria, and similar efforts are being made from Lebanon by the Hezbollah terrorist group, Argaman said.
Hezbollah has threatened Israel’s northern border for decades. Today, however, the nature of this threat has become dire, and the risks of escalation real, as Iran continues supplying Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon with game-changing weapons to devastate the Israeli homeland.
When the next conflict erupts between Israel and Hezbollah, its scale and intensity will bear little resemblance to those of recent memory. Hezbollah today is highly competent, adaptable and lethal. Its forces have gained invaluable battlefield experience in Syria and amassed more weaponry than 95 percent of the world’s conventional militaries, including at least 120,000 rockets and missiles. This is more than all of Europe’s NATO members combined, and ten times as many as when it last went to war with Israel in 2006.
Especially troubling is Hezbollah’s growing arsenal of powerful long-range precision missiles capable of striking targets throughout Israel. Unlike in recent conflicts, Israel’s missile defenses will be incapable of shielding the nation from such a threat. From the outset of conflict, Hezbollah will be able to sustain a launch rate of more than 3,000 missiles per day – as many as Israel faced in the entire 34-day conflict in 2006.
Despite this quantum leap in its capabilities, Hezbollah is under no illusion about its ability to inflict military defeat on Israel. It will not seek victory in the valleys of Lebanon or the skies over Israel, but in the court of public opinion.
To do so, it will use combat operations to lay the groundwork for an information campaign delegitimizing Israel. Two tactics will be central to Hezbollah’s efforts: first, deliberately attacking Israeli civilian population centers to compel an aggressive response by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF); second, illegally exploiting the presence of Lebanese civilians to shield itself from IDF attack.
Hezbollah will then manipulate the inevitable casualties by relying on widespread misperceptions about the true nature of combat operations and how international law (the law of armed conflict, or LOAC) regulates such operations. It will use the inevitable images of civilian suffering in Lebanon to portray Israel’s lawful operations as immoral and illegal. By weaponizing information and the law, Hezbollah will seek to force Israel to halt its self-defense campaign before the IDF can achieve decisive victory.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told lawmakers in his governing Likud party on Monday that powerful countries can occupy territories and transfer populations without consequence, in an apparent reference to ostensible Arab indifference toward Israel’s control over the West Bank.
“Power is the most important [component] of foreign policy. ‘Occupation’ is baloney. There were huge countries that have occupied and transferred populations and no one talks about them,” Netanyahu was quoted by Army Radio as saying Monday, in the closed-door Likud faction meeting. The remarks were also carried by the Yedioth Ahronoth daily on Tuesday morning.
“Power changes everything and it changes our policies vis-a-vis Arab states, and there are other countries on the way,” he reportedly added, apparently referring to states that have covertly expressed interest in forging diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.
The prime minister also appeared to reject the notion that Israeli territorial concessions could bring peace, according to additional comments from the meeting published by Yedioth on Tuesday.
“Contrary to the notion that concessions will bring about agreements with the Arabs, concessions will only bring about slight and short-term changes and nothing more,” Netanyahu said, seemingly referring to ceding territory to the Palestinians. “What we need to do is advance [talks] on shared interests with Israel based on technological power.”
Netanyahu’s reported comments came after he visited Oman last month in the first official meeting between the leaders of the countries since 1996.
Speaking at a Likud party meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that the demonstration of strength is the most important thing in Israel's foreign policy.
"'Occupation' is bull. There are countries that have conquered and replaced entire populations and the world keeps silent. Strength is the key, it makes all the difference in our policy towards the Arab world."
Netanyahu stressed that concessions are perceived as weakness in the Middle East . "As opposed to the perception that concessions promote agreements with the Arabs, they would only bring minor and short-term changes—nothing more.
"The right thing to do is to make progress through common interests, which are based on technological strength," the premier explained. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
Prompted by Israel calls to condemn the Palestinian Authority for rewarding terrorism, the Dutch Parliament will host an event later this week to hear from prominent activists who are spreading awareness about the so-called “pay-to-slay” initiative.
Director of the Israel-based nongovernmental organization Palestinian Media Watch Itamar Marcus and terror-attack survivor Kay Wilson will travel to the Hague to address Dutch politicians about the P.A. giving convicted terrorists and their families huge salaries. Marcus and Wilson were invited by Dutch parliament member Joël Voordewind, who invited Marcus and Wilson, and will be chairing the discussion.
The move was endorsed by Yesh Atid Party minister Elazar Stern.
Stern has called on “the Parliament of the Netherlands to send a clear message that the P.A. must stop financially rewarding the terrorists.”
The Netherlands gives more than $14.8 million annually to UNRWA, the United Nations agency that deals with the Palestinian refugee issue. The United States cut its funding to UNRWA in September.
“It is important to update the Dutch Parliament that the P.A. has ignored all resolutions demanding they stop rewarding terror,” said Marcus. “While in some years the P.A. attempted to deceive the international community and conceal the payments, in its 2018 budget, the P.A. openly allocated 1.2 billion shekels [288,000,000 euros] for payments to terrorist prisoners and families of ‘martyrs.’ ”
An Israeli cabinet minister has warned that if the Syrians use their recently supplied advanced Russian air defense missiles to bring down Israeli planes over Israeli territory, the launchers would be targeted — even if that means endangering Russian military specialists at the launch sites.
Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who is also co-chair of the Russia-Israel Intergovernmental Commission, told Russian media Monday that it was a “big mistake” for Moscow to supply its ally Syria with the S-300 missile system, because the advanced missiles, which are considered a significant threat to Israeli air power in the area, “might lead to destabilization of the situation.”
Elkin cautioned that “considering the mess” that the Syrian army was in, the Syrians cannot be trusted to operate the equipment correctly and may end up shooting down an “Israeli military or commercial plane over Israeli territory.”
Israel, he noted, reacts to attacks on its territory and aircraft with “practical actions,” which would “undoubtedly take place” against the launchers should Israeli aircraft be hit in Israeli airspace.
“I greatly hope that there would be no Russian military specialists [at the missile launch sites],” he said, stressing that in the past Israel has taken pains to ensure that Russian military personnel are not hurt through its actions in Syria.
The IDF has ordered the partial demolition of the home of the terrorist responsible for the deadly shooting attack in the Barkan industrial zone last month.
On Tuesday, the Head of the IDF’s Central Command, Maj.-Gen. Nadav Padan issued the demolition orders for two stories of the home where Naalwa lived in the West Bank village of Shweika near Tulkarem.
According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the order was signed after a request was made by the attacker’s family against the demolition order was rejected.
Nevertheless the home will remain partially intact, with the demolition to be limited to basement and ground floor of the building.
In early October 23 year-old Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa shot dead Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel, 29, of Rosh Ha’ayin, and Ziv Hagbi, 35, from Rishon Lezion. He also is suspected of shooting a third woman, seriously injuring her.
Israeli security forces on Sunday searched the offices of the PA’s Jerusalem Affairs Ministry in Dahiyat al-Barid, a West Bank village located north of Jerusalem.
Palestinians said that IDF soldiers and security officers confiscated many documents and computers. Several employees were summoned for questioning at Jerusalem police headquarters.
The raid on the offices of the PA ministry, which also includes the headquarters of the PA “Governorate of Jerusalem,” came in the context of Israel’s efforts to enforce a law that bans the PA from operating inside the country.
Israel says that the Palestinians had been acting in violation of the Law for the Implementation of the Agreement on the Gaza Strip and Jericho Area – Restriction on Activity – 1994, which prevents the PA from carrying out political, governmental or similar activity within the area of the State of Israel, including in east Jerusalem.
In recent months, however, the PA has increased its activities in east Jerusalem, prompting Israeli authorities, to take a number of measures to combat the phenomenon. The measures include, among other things, the arrest of scores of PA-affiliated activists and officials in east Jerusalem and the ban of dozens of events organized by the PA and other Palestinian political groups.
Yassin Abu Sidra, 24, stands at the top of an 18-meters-high tower on the border of the Gaza Strip, near Kibbutz Be'eri, and scans the area from morning till nightfall looking for fires.
Since the Palestinians began flying incendiary balloons and kites into Israel some seven months ago, this has been his mission.
Abu Sidra, a lookout for Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL), is the first to spot the incendiary balloons and kites and helps preventing the fire from spreading by sending firefighting forces to the scene.
This job requires him to constantly be on alert. In recent months, he hasn't had a moment's rest. From the top of the observation tower he can see the Be'eri Forest, the Kissufim Forest, the Shokeda Forest and the farmland of the Israeli communities by the border.
He has already spotted hundreds of incendiary balloons and kites and directed firefighting forces to where they landed.
"There were days of 30-40 fires a day," Abu Sidra says. "The firefighting forces ran from one scene to the next, rushing to get there to prevent the spread of the fire."
According to some reports, “Triple A” A’ed Abu Amro – otherwise known as shirtless terrorist who George Takei crushed on – has been shot.
Multiple reports from Gaza say that the 20-year-old protester photographed last month with a slingshot and a Palestinian flag was among those injured by Israeli troops in the most recent protests.
A’ed Abu Amro was among those injured by Israeli sniper fire on Monday, according to multiple activists and journalists reporting from the area. Photos show him being carried away on a stretcher. — Abu Amro appears to have been shot in the leg and is recovering at a Gaza hospital.
Except the photos of him on the stretcher seem to tell a different story – perhaps phasers were set to stun
In other words, just like everything else about this “protester” and the cause he represents, it seems to be a lie.
Egypt is discussing a new draft law that would prevent women from wearing a burqa (nikab) in public spaces as part of a government campaign against extremist interpretations of Islam. The burqa, used mainly in Islamic cultures, is the veil that covers a woman’s entire face except for the eyes.
On Saturday, Ghada Ajami, a lawmaker, submitted a bill in the Egyptian parliament calling for a fine of 1,000 Egyptian pounds ($56) for women who defy the proposed ban. The fine would double for repeat offenders.
Ajami stressed to the press that the purpose of the bill is “to support the state’s efforts in fighting terrorism.”
A copy of the draft bill obtained by The Media Line states that the burqa would be prohibited in Egyptian public spaces “at any time and under any circumstances.”
Public spaces would include hospitals, health clinics, schools, cinemas, theaters, public libraries, museums, and government buildings, among others.
Ahmad Sharbini, an Egyptian political analyst, told The Media Line that “Egypt is going through a period of instability because of radical Islamic groups operating within the country,” adding that the burqa creates a security problem as “many male and female terrorists use it to hide their identities or sneak into places.
Egypt has postponed a visit by Brazil's top diplomat, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Diplomatic sources said decision followed President-elect Jair Bolsonaro's vow to relocate the Brazilian Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes Ferreira had been set to fly to Cairo for a three-day visit from Nov. 8 to 11 that was to have included meetings with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.
But Cairo postponed the trip, citing problems with senior officials' agendas, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry said onday. Ministry insiders said no new date has been proposed, signaling Egypt's discontent with Bolsonaro's proposal.
Behind the scenes, Egyptian officials said Cairo was deeply displeased with Bolsonaro's promise, which breaks with longstanding Brazilian foreign policy in support of a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.
The Egyptian Embassy in Brasilia was unavailable for comment.
Egyptian Cleric Nabil Al-Mursi: Wife Beating in Islam Is Meant to Discipline, Not to Punish or Humiliate pic.twitter.com/2uwhy9XU8J
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday laid the foundation stone for the kingdom’s first nuclear research reactor, state media said, as the kingdom seeks to diversify its energy mix.
The reactor was among seven projects launched by the prince during a visit to Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
SPA offered no details on when the research or non-power reactor — typically used for research, development and education purposes — would be built and at what cost.
Saudi Arabia currently draws on oil and natural gas to meet its own fast-growing power demand and desalinate its water.
The world’s top crude exporter harbors plans to build 16 nuclear reactors over the next two decades for $80 billion as it seeks to diversify, despite concerns over nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.
Prince Mohammed said in March that if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Riyadh will do so too.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to YouTube on Tuesday to dismiss US sanctions and Washington’s demands of change from Tehran as “absurd, unlawful and fundamentally flawed” and maintained the Trump administration would come to “regret this unwise move.”
“The US administration appears to believe that imposing draconian sanctions on Iran will bring about such pain to our nation that it will force us to submit to its will,” Zarif said in a video message, posted in English and Persian.
“We have weathered difficult times in the face of 40 years of American hostility relying solely on our own resources, and today we and our partners across the globe will ensure that our people are least affected by this indiscriminate assault,” he said.
Washington’s decision to scrap the multi-nation nuclear deal with Iran and reimpose sanctions — with the last tranche hitting on Monday — was “pushing it further into global isolation,” Zarif claimed.
When Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal in May of this year, he vowed that America would re-impose all the sanctions on Tehran that had been lifted by the pact championed by President Barack Obama.
That promise will be kept on November 5, as a deadline is reached for nations that need to cease importing Iranian goods or face serious financial penalties. It will impose sanctions on more than 700 businesses, government agencies, and individuals in Iran involved in oil, banking, shipping, shipbuilding, and insurance. That will tighten the noose that has been gradually choking the Iranian economy since Trump took office and began the process of dismantling his predecessor’s pact.
But there are two key elements of the announcement made by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that are troubling to those who have been applauding the president’s intentions to scrap a deal that enriched and empowered an enemy nation bent on hegemony in the Middle East, and failed to end the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon. Far from being a sweeping ban on trade with Iran, the new sanctions keep open some significant loopholes.
One is that the administration has granted an exemption to eight unidentified countries, allowing them to continue to do business with Iran. One is believed to be India, a major trading partner of Tehran.
Also notably absent from the announcement was any mention of America’s determination to ensure that any nation or entity that conducts business with Iran will be cut off from the US-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication or SWIFT, which facilitates international transactions. If it had been included in the sanctions, that would essentially compel anyone interested in commerce with Iran to choose between money to be made with Iran or being able to do business in the United States, as well as any other entity that has interactions with US banks. That would have imposed a blanket of complete isolation on Iran.
The United States said Monday it was issuing waivers to allow the continuation of a nuclear deal with Iran, after declaring the agreement a disaster and slapping sweeping sanctions.
Hours after sanctions went into effect that ban most trade with Iran, the State Department said it was exempting projects set up through the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated under former president Barack Obama.
The international activities at Bushehr, Iran’s only nuclear power station, as well as the Fordow enrichment plant and the Arak heavy water reactor will be allowed “to continue under the strictest scrutiny to ensure transparency and maintain constraints on Iran,” the State Department said in a statement.
“This oversight enhances our ability to constrain Iran’s program and keep pressure on the regime while we pursue a new, stronger deal,” it said.
The State Department said the waivers were “temporary,” without specifying a timeframe, and “conditional on the cooperation of the various stakeholders.”
The 2015 agreement promised that world powers would assist Iran in developing civilian nuclear energy — the clerical regime’s stated goal for its atomic program.
The European Union has so far failed to find a country to host a special mechanism to trade with Iran and circumvent the newly reimposed U.S. sanctions that went into effect Monday, according to three EU diplomats, who said European governments fear being targeted by U.S. countermeasures.
The EU on Monday reissued its Nov. 2 statement, saying it was still setting up the so-called "special purpose vehicle," or SPV, which is designed to circumvent the sanctions.
The EU, which opposes the sanctions, had hoped to have the SPV ready by the time the sanctions came into force.
However, no EU country has so far volunteered to host the entity, the diplomats said. Several states have been asked by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to consider hosting the SPV headquarters, as the bloc tries to uphold the nuclear accord from which U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew in May.
While the European Commission declined to comment on Monday, European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said that "the European Union does not approve" of the reimposition of U.S. sanctions, which were lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit out at new sanctions on Iran imposed by the administration of US President Donald Trump, saying they were aimed at upsetting the global balance and against international law.
Washington on Monday renewed sanctions on the Islamic republic that aim to isolate the country’s banking sector and slash its oil exports. Turkey was one of eight countries exempted from the demand to stop buying Iranian oil.
“We don’t find the (Iran) sanctions appropriate,” Erdogan was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency.
“Because to us, they are aimed at upsetting the global balance,” he added. “They are against international law and diplomacy. We don’t want to live in an imperial world.”
Erdogan’s comments came after his Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned that isolating Iran was “dangerous.”
U.S. Embassy Jerusalem: The Iranian Regime Protects Itself
As the new round of sanctions against the Iranian regime goes into effect, regime officials are lying about the targets and consequences. The sanctions exempt humanitarian goods such as medicine and food, but the regime chooses to allow suffering among its people for political and financial purposes.
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