The latest brutal persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq by extremists belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group is putting ancient communities at risk of extinction... The US-led illegal occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, air strikes on Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, along with proxy wars in Libya and Syria, have all been tightly correlated with the surge in Al Qaeda-type terror groups. It should therefore be obvious that US policy in the Middle East is the source of the problem...
Finian CUNNINGHAM | 02.03.2015
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Excerpt: "Babies are freezing to death under the debris of their homes, youths risk their lives and cross the border fence just to get a food portion in an Israeli lock up. Has anyone heard of this? Does anyone care? Does anyone understand that this is leading to the next war?" Levy
Israel is heading to the next violent eruption with the Palestinians as though it is some sort of natural disaster that can't be avoided.
The next war will break out in the summer. Israel will give it another childish name and it will take place in Gaza. There’s already a plan to evacuate the communities along the Gaza Strip border.
Israel knows this war will break out, it also knows why – and it’s galloping toward it blindfolded, as though it were a cyclic ritual, a periodical ceremony or a natural disaster that cannot be avoided. Here and there one even perceives enthusiasm.
It doesn’t matter who the prime minister is and who the defense minister is – there’s no difference between the candidates as far as Gaza is concerned. Isaac Herzog and Amos Yadlin are saying nothing of course, and Tzipi Livni is boasting that thanks to her no port was opened in Gaza. The rest of the Israelis aren’t interested in Gaza’s fate either and soon it will be forced to remind them again of its disaster in the only way left to it, the rockets.
Gaza’s disaster is dreadful. No mention of it is made in the Israeli discourse and certainly not in the most dumbed down, hollow election campaign there’s ever been here. It’s hard to believe, but Israelis have invented a parallel reality, cut off from the real one, a callous, unfeeling, denying reality, while all this adversity, most of it of their own making, is taking place a short distance from their homes. Babies are freezing to death under the debris of their homes, youths risk their lives and cross the border fence just to get a food portion in an Israeli lock up. Has anyone heard of this? Does anyone care? Does anyone understand that this is leading to the next war?
Salma lived only 40 days, like the eternity of a butterfly. She was a baby from Beit Hanoun on the northeast of the Gaza Strip, who died last month of hypothermia, after her tiny body froze in the wind and rain that penetrated into the plywood-and-plastic hut she has been living in with her family, since their house was bombed.
“She was frozen like ice cream,” her mother said of the last night of her infant’s life. UNWRA Spokesman Chris Gunness wrote about Salma last in week in the British newspaper the Guardian. Mirwat, her mother, told him that when she was born she weighed 3.1 kilograms. Her three–year– old sister, Ma’ez, is hospitalized due to frostbite.
Ibrahim Awarda, 15, who lost his father in an Israeli bombardment in 2002, was more fortunate. He decided to cross the fence between Gaza and Israel. “I knew I’d be arrested,” he told the New York Times reporter in Gaza last week. “I told myself, maybe I’ll find a better life. They gave me good food and then threw me back.”
Ibrahim was held for about a month in two prisons in Israel before being tossed back to the destruction, squalor, hunger and death. Three hundred Gazans drowned in the sea last September, in a desperate attempt to leave the prison Strip. Eighty-four Gazans were arrested by the Israel Defense Forces in the last six months after trying to enter Israel, most of them just to flee from the hell they live in. Nine more were arrested this month.
Atiya al-Navhin, 15, also tried to enter Israel in November, just to escape his fate. He was shot by IDF soldiers, treated in two Israeli hospitals and returned to Gaza in January. Now he’s lying paralyzed and unable to speak in his home.
Some 150,000 homeless people live in Gaza and about 10,000 refugees in UNRWA shelters. The organization’s budget was spent after the world totally ignored its commitment to contribute $5.4 billion to rebuild Gaza. The commitment to negotiate lifting the blockade on Gaza – the only way to avoid the next war and the one after it – has also been broken. Nobody talks about it. It’s not interesting. There was a war, Israelis and Palestinians were killed in it for nothing, let’s move on to the next war.
Israel will again pretend to be surprised and offended – the cruel Arabs are attacking it with rockets again, for no reason.
Gideon Levy tweets at @levy_haaretzhttp://www.
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ISRAEL-USA: Umfrage: Demokraten verlieren Sympathie für Israel.
Laut einer neue Erhebung des Gallup-Institutes ist das Ansehen Israels unter Demokraten in den USA im letzten Jahr deutlich gesunken.
Zehn Tage vor dem umstrittenen Auftritt von Premier Binyamin Netanyahu in Washington schürt eine neue Umfrage die Diskussion über Spannungen im amerikanisch-israelischen Verhältnis. - Wie das Gallup Institute am Montag bekannt gab, ist die Sympathie für den jüdischen Staat unter Demokraten während des letzten Jahres um zehn Prozent eingebrochen. So sympathisieren nurmehr 48 Prozent der Demokraten heute mit Israel im Palästina-Konflikt. Dagegen stehen 83 Prozent der Republikaner fest hinter dem jüdischen Staat und lehnen die Palästinenser ab. Bei unabhängigen Bürgern liegt diese Zahl bei 59 Prozent....
Nicht mein Judentum.pdf: Der jüdische Israelkorrespondent der ARD, Richard Chaim Schneider, hat am Freitag auf www.tachles.ch eine
DANK an Prof.R.Verleger.doc: Der Freiheitszug für Palästina nimmt Fahrt auf! z.B.: http://banksy.co.uk/index5.asp
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Make this the year YOU discover a new destination - Banksy in Gaza: Haunting images among ruins of war .....
The human cost of the Israel-Gaza conflict – in pictures. theguardian
Photographer Heidi Levine documents Palestinians living with life-changing injuries in Gaza.
Ich bin mit einer Kippa durch Berlin gelaufen.(Video 3 min)
Am 15. Februar veröffentlichte das israelische Online-Magazin NRG ein Video, in dem ein Reporter mit einer Kippa auf dem Kopf schweigend durch Paris lief. Auf dem Spaziergang wurde der Reporter mehrere Male beleidigt, bedroht und angespuckt—offenbar nur, weil er als Jude zu erkennen war. - Das Video erschien kurz nach den Terroranschlägen auf ein Café und eine Synagoge in Kopenhagen, in deren Folge der israelische Premierminister Netanjahu die Juden Europas aufforderte, den Kontinent zu verlassen und nach Israel zu kommen. - Wir wollten herausfinden, was in Berlin passieren würde. Obwohl klar ist, dass diese Art Videos in keiner Weise repräsentativ sind, fanden wir das Experiment trotzdem interessant, vor allem im Kontext der aktuellen Debatte und der Tatsache, dass solche Videos gerade ein interessantes Medien-Phänomen darstellen.Also haben wir den israelisch-deutschen Schauspieler Amit Jacobi (den ihr vielleicht noch aus dem AstroTV-Hackkennt) gebeten, für uns mit einer Kippa auf dem Kopf einmal von Schöneweide bis zur Neuen Synagoge in Mitte zu laufen. Das Ergebnis seht ihr im Video.
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OXFAM international: Vital building in conflict damaged Gaza to take more than a century at current rate Published:
26 February 2015
Only an end to the blockade of Gaza will ensure that people can rebuild their lives. Catherine Essoyan Oxfam's Regional DirectorAt current rates it could take more than 100 years to complete essential building of homes, schools and health facilities in Gaza unless the Israeli blockade is lifted, Oxfam warned today as new figures show the amount of vital construction materials entering Gaza dropped last month.
Less that 0.25 percent of the truckloads of essential construction materials needed have entered Gaza in the past three months. Six months since the end of the conflict, the situation in Gaza is becoming increasingly desperate. Oxfam is calling for an urgent end to the blockade of Gaza, which has now been in place for nearly eight years.... DANK an CK
USA-JUSTIZ: Millionen-Urteil gegen Palästinenser
Eine New Yorker Jury hat die Palästinensische Autonomiebehörde und die PLO wegen ihrer "Unterstützung von sechs Terroranschlägen in Israel" zu einer Geldstrafe von 655 Millionen Dollar verurteilt !
(Anwalt Kent Yalowitz) Seit gut zehn Jahren betreiben Angehörige amerikanischer Terroropfer in New York eine Schadensersatzklage gegen die Palästinensische Autonomiebehörde (PA) und die Palästinensische Befreiungsorganisation (PLO). Zur Verhandlung standen sechs Anschläge in Israel zwischen 2002 und 2004, bei denen bei denen 33 Menschen getötet und über 450 verletzt worden sind. Die Kläger waren zehn Familien, die vier Angehörige verloren haben. Acht weitere erlitten schwere Verletzungen, andere dagegen psychologische Schäden.....
For Suffering Palestinians, the Obama-Netanyahu "Rift" Is a Side Show. By Ali Abunimah
Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress next week has led to much talk of a rift between the Israeli prime minister and the US president, and even between their two countries. Tuesday, national security adviser Susan E. Rice said the growing partisanship regarding Israel is "destructive of the fabric of the relationship.".... - Power said the Palestinian move "really poses a profound threat to Israel." - These words are perverse. Israel's 51-day long attack on Gaza that left more than 2,200 people dead didn't "damage the atmosphere" as far as the Obama administration was concerned, but any Palestinian effort to use international bodies in pursuit of justice and accountability is tantamount to an act of war..... - .....Few Palestinians will forget that when Israeli fire was raining down on them, the Obama administration authorized the transfer of grenades and mortar rounds to resupply the Israeli army. ..... - ....Israel's view tends to be unquestioningly echoed by US officials and media: that Palestinians are at fault for the repeated surges of violence.... - Despite this, the US put no pressure on Israel to end the years-long blockade. - As a result, the lesson Palestinians have repeatedly learned is that whether they fight or stay quiet, Israel will be allowed to do as it pleases. It can besiege and slaughter them in Gaza, seize and colonize their land in the West Bank, deprive them of their most fundamental rights, and Obama will have Israel's back... - It is long past time for the American people and their representatives to challenge Israel on its seemingly permanent subjugation of the Palestinians.
Ali Abunimah is author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine (2014) and co-founder of The Electronic Intifada.
Überflutung Gaza I.G.rtf: Gazaner fliehen vor der Überflutung, die durch Israels Öffnen der Dämme verursacht wurde
Palästinenser wurden aus ihren Häusern evakuiert, nachdem israelische Behörden eine Reihe von Dämmen geöffnet hatten, die das Gaza-Tal überfluteten.
23 Feb 2015 04:52 GMT |/Al Jazeera
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Israel opens dams forcing hundreds of Gazans out of flooded houses (PHOTOS)(RT) – Over 80 houses have been flooded and hundreds of Palestinians forced to evacuate after Israel opened the gates of several dams on the border with the Gaza Strip, inundating the Gaza Valley in waters up to 3 meters high. In the wake of a recent severe winter storm in the region, Israeli authorities opened the floodgates to discharge the accumulated water....
Ben-Gurion-Flughafen.doc.: Willkommen in Israel – eine demütigende Angelegenheit. Zeev Avrahami, Haaretz 18, 2. 15
Wir landeten früh am Samstagmorgen in Tel Aviv auf dem internationalen Ben-Gurion-Flugplatz. Die Kinder hatten während des ganzen Fluges geschlafen und mussten für das Betreten Israels geweckt werden , waren aber noch sehr verschlafen. Der Temperaturunterschied von Berlin/ Tel Aviv machte uns zu schaffen – fünf Mäntel, lange Unterwäsche und warme Socken. - Nach der Passkontrollegingen wir zur Gepäckrückgabe....
ISRAEL: Rasante Zunahme israelischer Neubauten in Cisjordanien. (AM)
Laut der Organisation «Peace Now» ist die Zahl der Neubauten israelischer Siedler in Cisjordanien im vergangenen Jahr um 40 Prozent gestiegen.
Der Friedensprozess mit den Palästinensern stockt und die Bautätigkeit israelischer Siedler im besetzten Cisjordanien boomt. So lässt sich der Jahresbericht der Aktivisten-Organisation «Peace Now» in Israel zusammenfassen. Laut dem am Wochenbeginn publizierten Report ist die Zahl der Grundsteinlegungen im Vorjahr gegen 2013 um 40 Prozent gestiegen. - Dabei liegen 68 Prozent der neuen Projekte ausserhalb der «Siedlungsblöcke», die Israel bei einer allfälligen Zweistaatenlösung dem eigenen Territorium zuschlagen will. - Die Zahl liegt über den offiziellen Angaben israelischer Behörden. Diese enthalten laut Peace Now jedoch keine illegalen Bauvorhaben. - Insgesamt geht der Report von 3100 neuen Wohneinheiten aus. Dazu haben Siedler mit dem Bau von 165 Gemeindeeinrichtungen und 92 kommerziellen Anlagen begonnen. Insgesamt wurden 2014 Angebote für den Bau von 4485 Wohneinheiten in Cisjordanienausgeschrieben, gegenüber 3710 im Vorjahr und 1774 im Jahr 2010. Bis zum 30.Januar folgten Ausschreibungen für 450 weitere Einheiten.
Senile US-Men Defending a World System in which a Few Elitist Regimes Dictate International Policy By Wayne Madsen
Old Senile Men and Westphalian Fascism
Wayne MADSEN | 01.03.2015 | 14:02(For discussion. Emphasis and question marks by blogger)
The leading Republican war hawk in the U.S. Senate, Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain of Arizona, in a single week, misused his position to entertain arcane* testimony from three decrepit* agents of U.S. power politics. In rapid succession, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; retired General Brent Scowcroft, the national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush; and Zbginiew Brzezinski, national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, testified before a beaming McCain about the need to maintain the Treaty of Westphalia system in an era when social networks and the Internet pose a threat to the Westphalian nation-state system devised in 1648 after the Thirty Years’ War.
It is clear that what McCain, Kissinger, Scowcroft, and Brzezinski want maintained is an ever-expanding federalized European Union, which is now slowly absorbing as its newest Westphalian nation-state underlings, Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova. The EU, which mixes Westphalian secular federalism with neo-Holy Roman Empire dogma, is backed militarily by a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), acting as the centurions for Atlanticist power brokers of Washington, London, and Berlin. The present status quo must be maintained at all costs, according to Kissinger, Scowcroft, and Brzezinski, the three men responsible for the continuation of the Soviet bloc-NATO Cold War of the past into the neo-Cold War dividing Russia and NATO of today.
Although it is difficult to determine what the three old men of Western power politics mean in their support of the Westphalian system, it is safe to assume that what they are defending is a world system in which a few elitist regimes dictate international policy for the rest of the world. Kissinger told the Senate committee that he sees Europe of the early 1600s and Europe today as similar because in both cases one sees «a multiplicity of political units, none powerful enough to defeat all the others, many adhering to contradictory philosophies and internal practices, in search of neutral rules to regulate their conduct and mitigate conflict». It is clear that Kissinger believes that the European Union and NATO provide «neutral rules» for competing countries to mitigate conflicts. It is quite possible that Kissinger, suffering from advanced stages of dementia, actually believes the international «governance» pabulum* discussed at such elitist conclaves as the Bilderberg Group, Council on Foreign Relations, and the Davos World Economic Forum.(?) There never has been, nor is there now, or ever will be a neutral stance by NATO or the European Union on any matter that pits anti-unipolar forces like Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, Brazil and others against the military-intelligence-banking elites of the Western alliance.
Mr. Kissinger, above all else, stressed the need for «the building block of European order», something he stated was as needed after the Thirty Years’ War as it is needed today. Kissinger defended the Westphalian system as unjustly «maligned as a system of cynical power manipulation, indifferent to moral claims» Some would suggest that Mr. Kissinger’s long history of support for fascist dictatorships makes him an unsuitable spokesman for «morality» in international affairs.
Not to be outdone by Kissinger in his praise for Westphalian order, Scowcroft claimed that the twin threats of the information society (in particular, the use of social media to organize against the political status quo) and climate-change posed the greatest danger to maintaining the Treaty of Westphalia. Scowcroft strenuously defended the Westphalian nation-state system before a smiling McCain. This is the same McCain who championed the civil wars in Libya, Iraq, and Ukraine, which have effectively led to their demise as legitimate nation-states. Consistency, however, has never been an attribute of neo-conservatives like McCain and those who support his brand of U.S. interventionism around the world.
Brzezinski’s idea of Westphalia is to unite Europe against the Russian «menace». Brzezinski, an unreformed Polish nationalist who shares his philosophy with fellow Polish right-wing nationalist Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, has never missed a chance to berate Russia and call for its political, economic, and military subjugation to NATO and the European Union.
In the minds of Kissinger, Scowcroft, and Brzezinski, Europe today is not very much different than the 17thcentury Europe of the Habsburg Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III; Cardinal Richelieu of France; French Cardinal Mazarin representing the child king, Louis XIV; and the diplomats sent by the leaders of Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, Switzerland, and smaller duchies and kingdoms to Osnabruck and Munster in Westphalia to hammer out the Treaty of Westphalia. In other words, diplomacy and the fate of nations and peoples were best left to the unelected elites of the 17th century. The «decrepit three» – Kissinger, Scowcroft, and Brzezinski – would not change anything from the 17th century and, in fact, their policies for decades have been to determine the future of the world from conclaves such as Bilderberg, Davos, and other secretive meetings.
The goals of those who hammered out the Westphalian system in 1648 were the continuation of feudalism and serfdom in Europe. Although Westphalia recognized the independence of the Netherlands and Switzerland, with the rights of Jews in the Netherlands guaranteed, the Netherlands and Switzerland would soon become the headquarters for unbridled international mercantilism, which included the slave trade, and banking, respectively. Westphalia in 1648 and its derivations of today are contrivances engineered to protect the interests of the elites and wealthy class. The murmurings of royal privilege can still be heard in Europe today with Prince Henrik of Denmark, the French husband of the Danish Queen, complaining that he should be known as a «King Consort» rather than a lowly «Prince Consort». Criticism of the Spanish monarchy’s involvement in fraudulent business deals and the Belgian monarchy’s alleged covering up of pedophile scandals has actually resulted in royalists attacking their critics for violating the arcane standard of lèse-majesté, which makes any criticism of the monarchy a violation of the law.
The Westphalian advocates are trying to protect a corrupt plutocracy composed of royalists, militarists, and unscrupulous business tycoons in Europe who work in concert with neo-colonialist puppets in developing countries that are indebted to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. As seen with George Soros’s and the Central Intelligence Agency’s joint manipulation of social media to achieve their Westphalian goals, such social media can also be used against the power elites that cling on to the concept of the modern nation-state( as their only means of survival.
Although the Westphalian proponents claim their system advocates three main principles: 1) state sovereignty; 2) equality of states; and 3) the non-intervention of one state in the international affairs of another, the subjugation of Greek, Irish, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese state sovereignty to the whims of the Euro-bankers and globalist financial corporations puts to rest the idea of respect for state sovereignty. The intervention of Western alliance nations into the affairs of Serbia, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and most recently, Macedonia, shows the lack of recognition for the non-intervention clause said by Westphalian supporters to be its greatest hallmark. Repeated threats by NATO powers to the independence of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Transnistria, and Nagorno-Karabakh, and the self-determination of Crimea and Donbass, shows that the Westphalian principle of the equality of states are mere words.
The world is changing and it is veering away at breakneck speed from the quaint notions of Westphalia. The only people who are arguing for Westphalian governance are three elderly men – Kissinger, Scowcroft, and Brzezinski - who normally would be arguing for a greater serving of apple sauce from their elder care providers.
decrepit : heruntergekommen, alterschwach
Paul Craig Roberts: The CIA May Have Just Assassinated Boris Nemtsov In Moscow To Blame Putin
|EDITOR'S CHOICE | 28.02.2015 | 23:37|
On the heels of the news out of Moscow that Boris Nemtsov was gunned down, today Dr. Paul Craig Roberts spoke with King World News about the CIA and the murder of Nemtsov. This is a fascinating trip down the rabbit hole with the former U.S. Treasury official as he is warning that the CIA may be out of control.
Paul Craig Roberts just told KWN: “There are numerous historians and memoirs that have documented that the CIA has used academic professors and journalists to support the CIA's agenda. The CIA for many, many decades has been manipulating the American people.
CIA Out Of Control
All I can tell you is that the CIA is powerful and has never had its wings clipped. If the Church Committee Hearings (pictured above) weren't able to rein it in, I would suspect it's literally out of control.
Look At What They Did To Kennedy When He Was About To Take On The CIA
You have to keep in mind that when President John F. Kennedy found out what was really going on with the CIA and tried to do something about it, they simply assassinated him. This is according to many well-researched histories and eyewitnesses.”
Boris Nemtsov, pictured above, was just assassinated in Moscow.
The CIA May Have Just Assassinated Boris Nemtsov In Moscow To Blame Putin
By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts Former U.S. Treasury Official
February 28 (King World News) – Boris Nemtsov, a Russian dissident politician highly critical of President Vladimir Putin often sounded like an agent of Washington. He was shot and killed today on a street near Red Square.
If Nemtsov wasn’t assassinated by the CIA in order to blame Putin, most likely Nemtsov was killed by Russian nationalists who saw him as Washington’s agent.
Remembering the Magnitsky affair that resulted in sanctions imposed on Russians as a result of the US Congress over-reacting to a jail death in Russia, Nemtsov’s death will likely be blamed on Putin. The Western media will repeat endlessly, with no evidence, that Putin had his critic killed.
"Putin Much Too Smart To Play Into Washington's Hands"
I can tell you one thing, and that is that Putin is much too smart to play into Washington’s hands in this way. Moreover, Nemtsov, although a loud mouth, had no impact on Putin’s 85% approval rating. Nemtsov’s support resided in the Washington-funded NGOs in Russia.
CIA Assassinates Nemtsov?
If the CIA assassinated Nemtsov, they killed their own asset. It remains to be seen if the propaganda gains justify the CIA’s loss of a Putin critic.”
From Bloomberg: Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said by phone that “the president noted that there are all the signs that this was a hit and also an extreme provocation.”