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Tuesday, 17 April

22:50

The Decay of the Founding Principles of Democratic America OrientalReview.org

"In a war, truth is the first casualty" - Aeschylus. The violation of principles, either domestic or international, is being accelerated under Donald Trump as his intentional tweets are meant to confuse Americans and their political and economic partners.

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21:05

Palestinians in Gaza are reminding us that they exist +972 Magazine

Reality is stronger than any propaganda campaign. It will ultimately break through and penetrate public awareness.

By Hagai El-Ad

Palestinian protesters gather near the border fence during the second week of the Great Return March, east of Jabaliya, April 6, 2018. (Mohammed Zaanoun/Activestills.org)

Palestinian protesters gather near the border fence during the second week of the Great Return March, east of Jabaliya, April 6, 2018. (Mohammed Zaanoun/Activestills.org)

Two million people live in the Gaza Strip. Thats a statement of fact, not opinion. Two million people live like prisoners in a prison built by Israel, and it seems that Israels sole vision for their future is to keep them jailed there forever.

What happens when the prisoners stage a protest? Well just shoot them from the other side of the fence. And if the gunfire looks bad on TV? Well send in the prime ministers advisers in fancy suits to give interviews near the fence.

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And if the inmates burn tires? Well look into prohibiting tires from being brought into the prison. And if the prisoners come...

20:45

How US Has Virtually Destroyed UN Strategic Culture Foundation

Under President Donald Trump, the US has basically eliminated the only real international authority the UN used to have.

20:15

Independent Swiss Lab Says 'BZ Toxin' Used In Skripal Poisoning; US/UK-Produced, Not Russian Strategic Culture Foundation

Somebody has some explaining to do... or did the Syrian airstrikes just "distract" the citizenry from the reality surrounding the Skripal poisoning.

19:45

The Latest Atlanticist Tough Guy Act Strategic Culture Foundation

It's not paranoid to believe that the most recent military bombing operation against the Syrian government is motivated in part by the desire to confront Russia.

19:15

Trump"s Trade War Pushes Singapore to China Strategic Culture Foundation

Should the Trump administration follow through on a trade conflict with China, it would likely hurt political relations with Singapore and other Asean countries vested in growing economic ties to Beijing. It would also likely be a boon for Chinas vision of a post-American regional order.

18:45

Balkan Countries Viewed As Pawns in West"s Russia Containment Game Strategic Culture Foundation

Being a battlefield in the geopolitical game will hardly benefit the countries of the region. Lured into the NATO and EU, they risk becoming pawns in big powers games.

15:53

Fragility of Belarussian National Identity (I) OrientalReview.org

The case of Belarussian identity is today probably the best example in East Europe of an effective policy of creation of the national identity founded on the imagined community feelings.

The post Fragility of Belarussian National Identity (I) appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

10:03

PKR wants details of Sarawaks buy in Shell stake Hornbill Unleashed

Sarawak PKR has expressed its support for the state governments acquisition of Shells 15% equity stake in Malaysia LNG Tiga Sdn Bhd (MLNG Tiga), but wants Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg to reveal the details of the deal. How much was paid to acquire the 15% equity in MLNG Tiga, and what is the projected []

10:02

Saratok stays with PDP, Mawan is out, newbie Subeng to do battle Hornbill Unleashed

It has now been confirmed. The Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) will defend all its four seats, including the controversial Saratok seat. Incumbents Tiong King Sing (Bintulu), Anthony Nogeh (Mas Gading) and Anyi Ngau (Baram) will be retained by BN to defend their seats, a senior party insider said. The other seat, Saratok, which was won []

10:02

Taib Mahmuds daughter faces resistance over Mukah candidacy Hornbill Unleashed

Hanifah Taibs name was first raised as a potential PBB candidate for the parliamentary seat of Mukah in June last year. Resistance from within PBB to the proposed candidacy of Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmuds youngest daughter started soon after and has only heightened ahead of the May 9 polls (GE14). This is because there []

10:01

Court judgments now available on Malaysian Judgments Portal Hornbill Unleashed

Everyone can now read Malaysian courts judgments on the Malaysian Judgments Portal for them to have better understanding of the law, Chief Justice Tun Raus Sharif said today. He said in todays world, law reports had been largely digitalised and accessible only to its subscribers, lawyers and law academics, while non-legal professionals and the general []

10:01

But we need a forked tongue to save Malaysia Hornbill Unleashed

The unwritten rule for writers when touching on royalty is to accord our royal households with decorum and respect, irrespective of whether we agree with their views or not. The editors at Malaysiakini are also experienced and responsible souls who know where to draw the line when treating stories about royalty. So let me tread []

00:25

Interview 1355 Ryan X. Charles Introduces Yours.org The Corbett Report

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-04-16%20Ryan%20Charles.mp3"][/audio]Continuing our series exploring Social Media Alternatives, this week we talk to Ryan X. Charles about Yours.org.

Monday, 16 April

23:39

Debunking the myth: White House envoy Jason Greenblatt is no moderate +972 Magazine

Long hailed as the moderate voice among Trumps envoys to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatts blanket support for the Israeli government has disqualified him from playing any meaningful role as a fair arbitrator.

By Aaron Magid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Jason Greenblatt, Donald Trump's White House envoy to the Middle East, at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, March 13, 2017. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Jason Greenblatt, Donald Trumps White House envoy to the Middle East, at the Prime Ministers Office in Jerusalem, March 13, 2017. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

A growing understanding has emerged that amidst the hardline statements of U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, there is still a responsible adult working on the Middle East file: White House envoy Jason Greenblatt.

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Following the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital last year, a prominent Jewish publication profiled Greenblatt late last year noting that Trumps Middle East envoy is beating expectations, while media reports have praised Greenblatt for str...

23:13

Dozens of American Jews arrested protesting Gaza violence +972 Magazine

From Boston to San Francisco, young activists from IfNotNow demonstrate outside the offices of prominent Jewish institutions and senators, demanding they condemn Israels violence against Gaza protesters.

Police arrest an IfNotNow protester outside Senator Chuck Schumer's office in New York City, during an action protesting IDF violence on the border with Gaza. (Gili Getz)

Police arrest an IfNotNow protester outside Senator Chuck Schumers office in New York City, during an action protesting IDF violence on the border with Gaza, April 9, 2018. (Gili Getz)

Thirty-seven American Jews were arrested across the United States last week in a series of actions outside the offices of major Jewish institutions and elected officials to protest the ongoing violence against Palestinians at the Israel-Gaza border.

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The actions, organized by the Jewish-American group IfNotNow, took place in Boston, New York, Twin Cities, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, and Washington DC, where young Jews demanded statements condemning Israeli violence against the unarmed protesters taking part in the Great Return March. Since the march began three weeks ago, Israeli snipers have killed over 30 Palestinians and wounded 1,200 more.

IfNotNow was established in the summer of 2014 during Israels war in Gaza by young American Jews. Angered by the overwhelming support of American Jewish institutions for the war, th...

23:03

Should We Hope for an Apology from Britain? OrientalReview.org

The Anglo-Saxon elite that has ruled Britain and half of the world for the last three centuries sees itself as a special caste entitled to special rights. They have never been in the habit of apologizing to anyone.

The post Should We Hope for an Apology from Britain? appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

21:15

On the Reaction to the U.S. Strike in Syria Strategic Culture Foundation

There are stirrings of an imperative anti-war movement in the wake of the U.S. strike on Syria, but mostly the Pentagon controlled the message, says Gilbert Doctorow.

20:45

Senseless and Futile Strike Against Syria Achieves Nothing Strategic Culture Foundation

The legality of the act is universally questioned and many governments realize that international law does not protect anyone from US-led attacks and prompts them seek to weapons to defend themselves.

20:15

A Tale of American Hubris Strategic Culture Foundation

The lessons of history? Who needs them? Certainly not Washingtons present cast of characters, a crew in flight from history, the past, or knowledge of more or less any sort.

19:45

The Grand Troika: A Chance for a World New Order Strategic Culture Foundation

Greater dialogue and understanding is needed to bring Washington DC and Moscow back together and ensure between President Xi, President Putin and President Trump a Troika of Statesman Leadership that can steer the world through its current choppy waters.

19:15

Playing with Nuclear Matches Strategic Culture Foundation

Behind President Donald Trumps bluster and threats over Syria, powerful forces are pushing the US towards war with Russia and Syria: the neocons and the military industrial complex.

18:45

British Propaganda and Disinformation: An Imperial and Colonial Tradition Strategic Culture Foundation

The world is being asked to take, at face value, the word of patented liars like Trump, Bolton, and other neocons who are now busy joining the Trump administration at breakneck speed.

18:32

Strange Iodine 131 Findings In Fukushima Prefecture

Where: Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture When: January 2017 to February 2018 This was brought to our attention that some unusual

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18:06

Trumps trade war pushes Singapore to China Nile Bowie

Premier Lee Hsien Loong, a staunch American ally, sides with Beijing as US-led trade tensions threaten the city-state's fortunes



Singapores Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loongs recent five-day trip to China signaled strongly rebounding ties with Beijing and the trade-reliant city-states unease with Americas moves to instigate a potentially destabilizing trade war.

In an address to the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), a talk shop held last week in Chinas southern island province of Hainan, Lee spoke candidly on the prospect of souring Sino-US ties, in terms of both trade and global security.

While Lee said that a US-China trade war was still far from inevitable, the premier underscored the need to be prepared psychologically for such a turn. Strained ties between the rival powers, he noted, would make it very difficult for all the countries in Asia who are trying very hard to become friends with both, or stay friends with both.

Lee, a key US strategic ally and staunch advocate of free trade multilateralism, praised Chinas leaderships cautious response to the threat and attempts to defuse the standoff prompted by the Trump administrations threats to impose tariffs on as much as US$150 billion in Chinese goods.

Beijing has responded with its own proposed retaliatory duties on US goods, targeting mostly agricultural shipments. After meeting with top Chinese officials, Lee told Singapore media that Chinas leaders were trying their best to think through how this can be resolved, trying to protect their position because its not possible for any country to be in this situation and not have any response whatsoever.

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16:27

Americas Arctic Aggression Might Prompt Russia To Balance With The AAGC OrientalReview.org

It might still take some time to happen, but the US has already made clear that it intends to challenge Russias sovereign control of its Arctic Ocean territory on the basis of so-called freedom of navigation principles that are driven by its desire to cash in on the Northern Sea Route.

The post Americas Arctic Aggression Might Prompt Russia To Balance With The AAGC appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

10:03

PKR Swak hails states acquisition of 15 pct stake in MLNG Tiga, urges govt to reveal details Hornbill Unleashed

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak today hailed and expressed support for the States acquisition of Shells 15 per cent equity stake in Malaysia LNG Tiga Sdn Bhd (MLNG Tiga) but urged Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and the Sarawak State Government to reveal the details of this acquisition. How much was paid []

10:02

PH manifesto a better deal than BN recycled promises Baru Hornbill Unleashed

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Opengs attempt at discrediting the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto by training his guns on PH chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad shows that his poor understanding of the workings of the PH coalition, said state Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chairman Baru Bian. Baru, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, was []

10:02

Najib calls for meet with all incumbent BN MPs Hornbill Unleashed

All of Barisan Nasionals incumbent MPs will meet coalition chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Putrajaya tomorrow. The meeting will take place at the caretaker prime ministers official residence Seri Perdana, starting at 9am. My guess is that the prime minister wants to thank them for their loyalty to the Barisan Nasional and service to []

03:54

In another blow to deportation plan, Israel frees jailed asylum seekers +972 Magazine

Israel frees 200 asylum seekers imprisoned for refusing deportation after the government admits there is no secret agreement with Uganda that allows for the mass deportation of refugees.

Asylum seekers released from Saharonim after Israel failed to present a new agreement that permits their deportation to Uganda. April 15, 2018. (Oren Ziv / Activestills.org)

Asylum seekers released from Saharonim after Israel failed to present a new agreement that permits their deportation to Uganda. April 15, 2018. (Oren Ziv / Activestills.org)

Israel released 207 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers on Sunday, all of whom had been indefinitely imprisoned for refusing deportation to Uganda or Rwanda.

Israels High Court ruled last Tuesday that the government had until Sunday at noon to present a new agreement with Uganda that would allow the mass deportation of refugees to proceed.

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In the absence of an agreement, the Court ordered the government to release all asylum seekers who had been imprisoned for refusing deportation to Rwanda or Uganda.

The state failed to meet the courts deadline.

Over the course of the past month, the Israeli governments plan to forcibly deport tens of thousands of African asylum seekers, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan, frayed and appears now to have almost completely fallen apart.

After intense international pressure led...

01:14

Rights groups: Gaza protests arent combat, IDF must stop shooting protesters +972 Magazine

Israeli human rights organizations demand High Court order the state to revoke the rules of engagement that permit shooting unarmed demonstrators.

Palestinian protesters demonstrate and burn tires near the border with Israel in the Gaza Strip, as seen from the Israeli side of the border, April 13, 2018. (Sliman Khader/Flash90)

Palestinian protesters demonstrate and burn tires near the border with Israel in the Gaza Strip, as seen from the Israeli side, April 13, 2018. (Sliman Khader/Flash90)

After three weeks in which Israeli army snipers have killed dozens and wounded well over 1,200 protesters inside the Gaza Strip, four prominent human rights organizations petitioned Israels High Court of Justice on Sunday, demanding that the court order the state to revoke the rules of engagement that permit shooting demonstrators who pose no danger to human life.

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The overwhelming majority of those who were killed and wounded by Israeli forces over the past three weeks were unarmed participants in the Great Return March, a 45-day series of festivals and protests set to culminate on Nakba Day in mid-May.

The rights groups asked the court for an urgent hearing before this Fridays protests.

The rules of engagement that the army has applied to  Gaza permit soldiers to shoot live rounds at demons...

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