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Thursday, 22 March

23:00

The New Putin: What To Expect From Russia In The Next Six Years? OrientalReview.org

In the next six years Russian President Vladimir Putin will have to meet a number of key challenges both at home as well as abroad. Lets take a look at where Russias foreign and domestic policies might be headed.

The post The New Putin: What To Expect From Russia In The Next Six Years? appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

21:45

EU Fails to Blame Russia for Nerve Gas Attack Strategic Culture Foundation

EU foreign ministers have expressed solidarity with the UK but failed to take the final step. They have fallen short of offering their unanimous support for the allegations that Russia was behind the Salisbury spy poisoning.

21:15

Salisbury, Skripal and Novichok a Local View Strategic Culture Foundation

Jeremy Corbyn correctly reminded Parliament of Tony Blairs attempt to frighten people into going to war with Iraq with his dodgy dossier and 45 minutes claim. But most have forgotten that, four days before the huge demonstration in London the Army very visibly arrived at Heathrow airport, because there was a possible threat of planes being hit by al Qaida missiles. They disappeared after a day or so as it was obvious the protest by millions would go ahead anyway.

21:08

Researchers Claim To Have Drone Capable Of Fukushima Containment Flight

The Southwest Research Insititute (SwRI) and University of Pennsylvanias robotics lab claim they have a drone capable of operating inside

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20:45

Hawks Resurgent in Washington Strategic Culture Foundation

Donald Trump, for all his international experience as a businessman, is a novice at the step-by-step process required in diplomacy and in the development of a coherent foreign policy, so he is inevitably being directed by individuals who have long American global leadership by force if necessary.

20:15

Facebook, Uber and the End of the Great American Tech Delusion Strategic Culture Foundation

Americans woke up one day in early 2000 and realized that salacious entertainment could not support equity market valuations indefinitely. Now Americans have discovered that cars wont drive themselves like magic and that the Facebook fishbowl is not a substitute for ordinary human interaction, but rather a vast commercial experiment in profiling their behavior.

19:45

Is the North Korea Deal a Stalking Horse for Trump"s Mid-East Makeover? Strategic Culture Foundation

Does Trump seek war with Russia? No. But the covert state does; and will try everything to get it. Trump does want war with Russia. In fact, he wants President Putin to help him make peace in the Middle East.

16:44

5 Things That Ethiopia And Myanmars Leadership Changes Have In Common OrientalReview.org

The latest leadership changes in Ethiopia and Myanmar indicate that there are serious problems behind the scenes in both states and that the US Hybrid War campaigns have worked to the extent that theyve begun to produce visible results in shaking up the state of affairs in both countries.

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16:13

Court Rules in Favour of Case Against Fluoride The Corbett Report

Today we talk to Dr. Paul Connett of the Fluoride Action Network (fluoridealert.org) about Food & Water Watch Inc., et al. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, a lawsuit that could bring an end to the practice of water fluoridation in the United States. We discuss the Toxic Substances Control Act under which the suit is being filed, how recent court rulings have allowed the case to proceed, and the incredible significance of the chance to depose the EPA's "experts" under oath. Please help spread the word about this exciting development.

04:19

Ahed Tamimi to spend 8 months in prison in plea deal +972 Magazine

The 17-year-old from Nabi Saleh filmed slapping an Israeli soldier has already been imprisoned for three months. Her mother and cousin also sign plea deals. Activist slaps prosecutor in court.

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Ahed Tamimi is seen before her hearing at Ofer Military Court near the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Ahed Tamimi is seen before her hearing at Ofer Military Court near the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Ahed Tamimi, the teenager from Nabi Saleh arrested after a video of her attempting to push two armed Israeli soldiers off of her familys porch went viral, signed a plea deal in Israeli military court on Wednesday, and will serve eight months in prison including three months time served.

Her mother, Nariman, and cousin, Nur, also signed plea deals. Nariman will serve eight months, and Nur was sentenced to time served.

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The now-famous video of Ahed was filmed shortly after Israeli soldiers shot her cousin, Mohammed, in the head with a rubber-coated bullet and fractured his skull. An Israeli military court denied bail to Ahed and her mother, Nariman the latter charged with incitement for livestreaming the video of Ahed and the soldiers in January.

In court on Wednesday, an activist present during Narimans hearing slapped a military prosecutor and was arrested. The activ...

03:43

Calm Down, Turkeys Not Going To Invade The Balkans OrientalReview.org

Turkey isnt going to invade the Balkans just like Russia wont invade the Baltics even though both Great Powers have legitimate soft power reasons for interacting with their targeted audiences there, but most of Alt-Media and Mainstream Media respectively are relying on hyped-up threats of an impending invasion to advance their own interests, with the common casualty being the objective truth in both infowar instances.

The post Calm Down, Turkeys Not Going To Invade The Balkans appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

03:28

The strange catharsis of hopelessness in Israel +972 Magazine

There are no negotiations on the horizon, no deals on the table and no calls to end the violence. This moment in Israeli politics is dismal, yet sobering. 

Thousands of Israeli Left wing activists particiapted a rally in Rabin Square, Tel-Aviv, calling for talks with Palestinians and in support of the two states solution on May 27'th, 2017. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)

Members of the Israeli peace camp rally in Rabin Square, Tel-Aviv, calling for talks with Palestinians and in support of the two states solution. May 27, 2017. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)

It was hard not to feel just a bit giddy in recent weeks about the possibility that corruption investigations against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may eventually bear fruit. It was also hard not to feel some excitement about the prospect of early elections due to a coalition breakdown, which would mean the possibility, however minute, of ending Netanyahus nearly decade-long reign. Even though Netanyahus conviction is still out of reach, and general elections, whenever they happen, are no reason to rejoice Netanyahus Likud Party continues to dominate the polls, and the alternatives are all variations on the same theme it was tempting to feel there might be a minuscule ray of light in the endlessly dark tunnel. A sudden bit of oxygen in the room.

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For those of us who have been living, following and writing about I...

01:38

Interview 1352 Dr. Paul Connett on the Case Against Fluoride The Corbett Report

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-03-21%20Paul%20Connett.mp3"][/audio]Today we talk to Dr. Paul Connett of the Fluoride Action Network (fluoridealert.org) about Food & Water Watch Inc., et al. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, a lawsuit that could bring an end to the practice of water fluoridation in the United States. We discuss the Toxic Substances Control Act under which the suit is being filed, how recent court rulings have allowed the case to proceed, and the incredible significance of the chance to depose the EPA's experts under oath. Please help spread the word about this exciting development.

01:05

Exposing and Stopping the Danger of US "Soft Power" Land Destroyer

March 21, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - US soft power is included in US policy papers and promoted by US politicians and diplomats on a regular basis. It is also included as the admitted purpose of US, UK and European international programmes like Chevening and Fulbright scholarships.


Foreign Affairs magazine, published by big-business-funded US policy think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations, would reveal in a review of Joseph Nye's book, "Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics," that (my emphasis):
...the term "soft power" -- the ability of a country to persuade others to do what it wants without force or coercion -- is now widely invoked in foreign policy debates.
The United States can dominate others, but it has also excelled in projecting soft power, with the help of its companies, foundations, universities, churches, and other institutions of civil society; U.S. culture, ideals, and values have been extraordinarily important in helping Washington attract partners and supporters.
And in reality, US domination and its soft power work together to create what is modern day empire and the foundation of US global hegemony.

The United States' many organisations, from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to its Young Leaders Initiatives targeting the Americas (Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative/YLAI), Africa (Young African Leaders Initiative/YALI) and Southeast Asia (Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative/YSELAI), all seek to indoctrinate and co-opt the populations of targeted nations to serve the interests of Wall Street and Washington rather than their own.

While the US does this often under the guise of promoting "democracy," it is clearly engaged in precisely the opposite. While democracy is generally understood as a process of self-determination, through US soft power, the process is co-opted and abused to allow Wall Street and Washington to determine the policies and direction a targeted nation takes rather than its own people.

Often times victims of US soft power are youths who are indoctrinated in university programmes or targeted by...

01:05

Exposing and Stopping the Danger of US "Soft Power" Alt Thai News Network ATNN

March 21, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - US soft power is included in US policy papers and promoted by US politicians and diplomats on a regular basis. It is also included as the admitted purpose of US, UK and European international programmes like Chevening and Fulbright scholarships.


Foreign Affairs magazine, published by big-business-funded US policy think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations, would reveal in a review of Joseph Nye's book, "Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics," that (my emphasis):
...the term "soft power" -- the ability of a country to persuade others to do what it wants without force or coercion -- is now widely invoked in foreign policy debates.
The United States can dominate others, but it has also excelled in projecting soft power, with the help of its companies, foundations, universities, churches, and other institutions of civil society; U.S. culture, ideals, and values have been extraordinarily important in helping Washington attract partners and supporters.
And in reality, US domination and its soft power work together to create what is modern day empire and the foundation of US global hegemony.

The United States' many organisations, from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to its Young Leaders Initiatives targeting the Americas (Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative/YLAI), Africa (Young African Leaders Initiative/YALI) and Southeast Asia (Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative/YSELAI), all seek to indoctrinate and co-opt the populations of targeted nations to serve the interests of Wall Street and Washington rather than their own.

While the US does this often under the guise of promoting "democracy," it is clearly engaged in precisely the opposite. While democracy is generally understood as a process of self-determination, through US soft power, the process is co-opted and abused to allow Wall Street and Washington to determine the policies and direction a targeted nation takes rather than its own people.

Often times victims of US soft power are youths who are indoctrinated in university programmes...

00:34

A Palestinian mothers open letter to Melania and Ivanka Trump +972 Magazine

On the occasion of Mothers Day in Palestine, one Palestinian mother discusses how teaching tolerance is becoming more difficult as American policies sow more divisions and violence.

By Dalal Erakat

A Palestinian mother and her child walk past the Israeli army's Qalandiya checkpoint as clashes take place. (File photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian mother and her child walk past the Israeli armys Qalandiya checkpoint as clashes take place. (File photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Raising kids in Palestine is exhausting not just physically but also mentally. For as soon as kids become aware of the reality surrounding them, at around the age of three or four, every Palestinian mother must find explanations to help them comprehend whats going on around them.

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Even a simple trip from the West Bank to Jerusalem requires a strategic plan, especially after Mr. Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Couldnt Mr. Trump have declared Jerusalem to be an open, global city as way of resolving the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians? How do you explain all this to a four-year-old?

March 21 is Mothers Day in Palestine, which is why I am writing to you, Melania and Ivanka.

A conscious mother would never impose any political b...

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Wednesday, 21 March

23:11

In Israeli military courts, Palestinian minors always lose +972 Magazine

In Israeli civilian courts, detention is always a last resort for a minor. But when it comes to Palestinian minors in Israeli military courts, prison is almost guaranteed.

By Yael Marom

Ahed Tamimi in the Ofer prison military court. December 20, 2017. (Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Ahed Tamimi in the Ofer prison military court. December 20, 2017. (Oren Ziv/Activestills)

Israeli authorities have dedicated significant effort in recent years to highlighting the improvements allegedly made in the treatment of Palestinian minors within Israeli military courts in the West Bank.

Among the ostensible achievements are the establishment a juvenile court in the military court system, allowing for the increased involvement of parents in the military justice system, decreasing the length of time a child can be detained before being brought before a judge, and even an abandoned experiment of issuing summonses to Palestinian minors instead of sending an invading force of soldiers to arrest them in their homes in the middle of the night the common practice today.

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A report published by Israeli human rights group BTselem on Tuesday argues that these so-...

22:29

A New State-Destroying Epidemic is Sweeping the US New Eastern Outlook

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Today were witnessing an unprecedented epidemic going rampant across the United States, and in spite of what Judge Robert Mueller and his Russophobe friends may tell you, it has nothing to do with Russia.

An ever increasing number of Americans are getting addicted to opioid drugs and officials have so far failed to somehow address this situation. According to official reports, more than 150 people die from drug overdose on the daily basis, which is means that drugs claim more lives each year than gun-related violence and road accidents. As for those who are behind this 21st curse that is plaguing America, one can find all sorts of practitioners and Big Pharma companies that believe that believe its okay to go around handing prescriptions for powerful painkillers to pretty much anyone, which exposes law-abiding citizens to drugs, making them addicted.

The estimated economic losses that the United States suffered in 2015 alone due to the extensive use of opioids, according to the Council of Economic Advisors, reached 504 billion dollars. The long list of problems associated with their extensive use of opioids that are medical drugs that are structurally similar to morphine has already affected the lives of 2.4 million Americans.

A special commission that was summoned to assist Donald Trump in evaluating how grave the situation with drug use in the US has recently become came to a conclusion that the US healthcare system is at fault. According to the preliminary report that this commission drafted, every three weeks the US loses as many people as it lost in the course of the 9/11 attacks. Furthermore, it was pointed out that strong painkillers are being prescribed to drug addicts for bribes or under the influence of various advertising campaigns about effective and safe drugs developed by the Big Pharma. Often those who are trying to get rid of their addiction are being screwed by insurance companies that may allow a person to spend thousands of dollars on painkillers, but would not cover a couple visits to an expert narcologist.

Its clear that over the last two decades Americans havent started to experience more pain, yet the number of prescribed painkillers to them has quadrupled. In fact, they use well over 80% of all the legally manufactured opioids in the world.

Furthermore, almost half of young...

21:45

The Russian Military Warns: a Major War in Syria Is Imminent Strategic Culture Foundation

Washingtons plan includes the goal of partitioning Syria in such a way that a large chunk of it would remain under the control of the US-led coalition. The Americans are already assembling municipal councils on the lands east of the Euphrates River.

21:15

Saudi Nuclear Blackmail Should Be Nipped in the Bud Strategic Culture Foundation

An innocuous news leak in the Pakistani newspaper The News on Monday has great bearing on the visit by Saudi Arabias Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammad bin Salman to the United States. The report stopped just short of disclosing that Saudi Arabia is extending an extraordinary Balance of Payments loan to Pakistan to the tune of US$2 billion.

20:45

Putin"s Landslide Election Poisoned by British Cold War Antics Strategic Culture Foundation

Incredibly, Britain is currently in the process of exiting the EU, and yet it is actively bequeathing a legacy of even worse relations between Europe and Russia as it departs the bloc.

20:15

Finally, Some Good News Strategic Culture Foundation

Washingtons gratuitous raising of tensions with Russia that we have been witnessing for many years is so reckless and irresponsible that we need some relief from the depression of it all. Perhaps I am grasping at straws, but here are some hopeful developments.

19:45

Why America's Major News-Media Must Change Their Thinking Strategic Culture Foundation

When the government is trusted but the head-of-state is not, or vice-versa, there cannot be a functioning democracy. In other words, theres a dictatorship at that time, and the only real question regarding it, is: What type of dictatorship is this?

16:01

US is Stepping on the Cuban Rake Again New Eastern Outlook

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The relations with the Republic of Cuba have long been one of the most painful problems of the United States. Even after the withdrawal of its main ally the USSR from the global stage, all the US attempts to get Cuba under its influence have failed. Lately, Cuba has acquired a new strong ally China.

The deterioration of the US-Cuban relations occurred in the middle of the 20th century due to a number of mistakes made by the US leadership. In the 19th century, America helped Cuba in its struggle for independence from Spain. Since that time, it has considered this small island state as a part of its area of influence ignoring construction of mutually beneficial cooperation. After the victory of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, the new leader of the Republic of Cuba Fidel Castro visited the USA. However, the American President of that time Dwight Eisenhower refused to meet. Such neglect on the part of the American leadership accelerated the downfall of the US-Cuban relations and promoted the strengthening of cooperation between Cuba and the USSR.

Soon, expulsion of the American capital from the Island of Freedom began. Many companies, banks, and factories owned by the US citizens were nationalized.

Instead of taking attempts on establishing friendly relations, America responded by strong economic and political pressure. In 1960, America stopped the oil supply to Cuba and imports of the Cuban sugar. It was a strong blow for the Cuban economy. However, the Soviet Union came for assistance. In 1961, Fidel Castro announced the socialist orientation of the Cuba, after which America ruptured diplomatic relations with it. In early 1962, Washington imposed a ban on trade with Cuba for all American companies.

Very soon America paid a heavy price for underestimation of the new Cuban leadership and for its habit of solving issues by force. In autumn 1962, the Soviet missiles with nuclear warheads were located on the Island of Freedom, after which the Cuban missile crisis broke out putting the USA on the verge of a nuclear war with the USSR. Perhaps, it was the time when the USA felt sorry for its policy towards Republic of Cuba. The isle of Cuba is located 180 km away from the US coast, and missiles located there could easily reach Washington and many other strategic facilities in America.

Fortunately, milita...

11:02

Sarawak mulls introducing visa on arrival to lure tourists from Brunei Hornbill Unleashed

The Sarawak government said it will discuss with the state Immigration Department the possibility of issuing visa on arrival for foreign tourists entering Miri via Brunei. This will be discussed with the Immigration Department in a dialogue in Miri tomorrow because we want to make it easier for foreign tourists going to Brunei to also []

05:01

The problem with international aid to Palestine +972 Magazine

The Palestinian people have become dependent on foreign humanitarian aid to survive, but its adverse effects are strangling their economy.

By Liora Sion

Palestinians take part in a protest against aid cuts, outside the United Nations' offices in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, January 28, 2018. (Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90)

Palestinians take part in a protest against aid cuts, outside the United Nations offices in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, January 28, 2018. (Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90)

International aid to the Palestinians is very generous. The United Nations is aiming to raise approximately $540 million per year for the five million Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza. Thats a lot of money when compared to sums raised for other countries in crisis. For example, take Afghanistan, where the UN hopes to raise $437 million for the 34 million citizens of the country, despite the enormous difficulties it faces. In Iraq, a country in desperate need of rehabilitation, the UN seeks to raise $550 million for a population of 37 million. When compared to African countries such as Burundi ($113 million in aid for 10 million people) or Cameroon ($304.5 million for 23 million people), the gap is even more alarming.

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Ironically, despite the vast sums, humanitarian aid doesnt just help the Palestinians it also har...

04:58

Exposing and Stopping the Danger of US Soft Power New Eastern Outlook

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US soft power is included in US policy papers and promoted by US politicians and diplomats on a regular basis. It is also included as the admitted purpose of US, UK and European international programmes like Chevening and Fulbright scholarships.

Foreign Affairs magazine, published by big-business-funded US policy think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations, would reveal in a review of Joseph Nyes book, Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics, that (my emphasis):

the term soft power the ability of a country to persuade others to do what it wants without force or coercion is now widely invoked in foreign policy debates.

The United States can dominate others, but it has also excelled in projecting soft power, with the help of its companies, foundations, universities, churches, and other institutions of civil society; U.S. culture, ideals, and values have been extraordinarily important in helping Washington attract partners and supporters.

And in reality, US domination and its soft power work together to create what is modern day empire and the foundation of US global hegemony.

The United States many organisations, from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to its Young Leaders Initiatives targeting the Americas (Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative/YLAI), Africa (Young African Leaders Initiative/YALI) and Southeast Asia (Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative/YSELAI), all seek to indoctrinate and co-opt the populations of targeted nations to serve the interests of Wall Street and Washington rather than their own.

While the US does this often under the guise of promoting democracy, it is clearly engaged in precisely the opposite. While democracy is generally understood as a process of self-determination, through US soft power, the process is co-opted and abused to allow Wall Street and Washington to determine the policies and direction a targeted nation takes rather than its own people.

Often times victims of US soft power are youths who are indoctrinated in university programmes or targeted by US-funded fronts posing as nongovernm...

03:49

Four Days To Declare A Cold War OrientalReview.org

After having resigned from the European Union, then having refused to sign the Chinese declaration about the Silk Road, the United Kingdom thought to improve its stature by eliminating a competitor. By this piece of dirty work, it imagined that it would acquire a new dimension and become the Global Britain announced by Madame May. But it is destroying its own credibility.

The post Four Days To Declare A Cold War appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

01:19

The Ferry is ready Tomorrow Camiguin Fast Cat becomes true News from the Philippines

Camiguin Fast Cat route to be inaugurated tomorrow.

After sunset this evening the Fast Cat ferry plying the route Jagna (Bohol) Balbagon (Camiguin) Opol (Misamis Oriental, Mindano) arrived in the port of Jagna. Camiguins hope for a replacement of the long ago gone Paras Seacat and competitors Oceanjet will become true tomorrow afternoon.

Our FastCat sweeps into the port of Jagna (Bohol). Feeling happy to meet you tomorrow

Current schedule might be listed below. But be careful, it is PST, Philippine Standard Time.

New Ferry Route Camiguin

Negotiations are ongoing whether the 6 hours lay-over in Jagna could be moved to Balbagon or Opol. Unfortunately neither Balbagon nor Opol do have the needed infrastructure. Such a ferry needs to fuel up, to replenish with fresh water and to get rid of waste, waste water and bilge liquids. This is a though infrastructure task.

The Camiguin Fast Cat

After the Chinese 2Go acquisition, the FastCat operation is the biggest expansion of ferry and combined bus networks in the Philippines. We have not yet analyzed the ownership of Archipelago Philippines Ferries Corporation. But they expand at a very high speed and create partnerships ferry-bus. You now can cruise trough the Visayas and northern Mindanao using FastCat and bus lines of Philtranco as well as Jam Transit. Read more information about the FastCat history. Tomorrow if I have Internet access.

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00:52

Does Australia Believe in International Law: The Case of Syria New Eastern Outlook

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One of the most common phrases heard from senior Australian government officials including the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister is Australias belief in what it is pleased to call the rules based international order. This phrase is usually used in the context of implied or explicit criticism of another nation with whom Australia is in disagreement. For example, Australia is very prone to criticizing Russias annexation of Crimea, or Chinas assertion of its claimed rights in the South China Sea.

The inference one is expected to draw is that other countries may breach international law but Australia is a model of probity by comparison. This claim looks slightly tattered in the light of Australias manifest breaches of international instruments that it is a signatory to in its treatment of refugees, or the bullying of East Timor over the development of maritime resources.

As serious as these matters are they pale in comparison with the waging of a war against another sovereign nation. The history of Australias involvement in the waging of a war against the sovereign government of Syria is a case in point.

On 16 September 2014 the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave an interview to the ABC. In the interview he expressed as reservations about Australia becoming involved in a war that was being conducted by the United States, mainly through its support of proxy terrorist groups who it was financing and arming in conjunction with its allies Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The legalities he said, of operating inside Syria are quite different from the legalities of operating in Iraq at the request and in support of the Iraqi government.

Two weeks after that interview the Australian government received legal advice dated 30 September 2014 that it failed to disclose or even indicate that it had received such advice. Abbott was overthrown in an internal coup by Malcolm Turnbull on 15 September 2015.

One week prior to the coup Australia had written a letter to the United Nations Security Council on 9 September 2015. In that letter Australia claimed that the United States was justified in making military strikes against Syria on the basis that Syria was unwilling and unable to prevent the use of its territory to conduct terrorist attacks against Iraq.

Curiously, the United States made the same claim in its letter to the Security Council justifying its actions on Syr...

Tuesday, 20 March

04:43

In Israel of 2018, bereavement is a lifetime achievement +972 Magazine

Israel awarded its most prestigious prize to Miriam Peretz, whose two sons were killed in combat in Lebanon and Gaza. Here are three Palestinians who lost their children, but wont likely be recognized for their grief.

By Orly Noy

Israel Prize winner Miriam Peretz seen during the rehearsal held at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem for Israel's 66th Independence Day, May 1, 2014. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israel Prize winner Miriam Peretz seen during the rehearsal held at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem for Israels 66th Independence Day, May 1, 2014. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

In the days of the Iran-Iraq War, before Iran sent out young and often very young men to the front, they would be handed a key to wear around their necks. The promise was that if and when they lose their lives out on the battlefield, the key would open the gates of heaven.

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I was reminded of this horrifying story when I heard that Israels Education Minister Naftali Bennett chose to award the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement the most prestigious prize given to Israeli citizens to Miriam Peretz, the mother of two IDF soldiers who were killed in combat in Lebanon and Gaza respectively. Israel does not send its soldiers to their possible death in order to make it to heaven, but in hopes that their deaths will reward their grieving mothers with a vaunted prize.

Many criticized the Israel Prize committee for failing in the past to give the award to wome...

04:20

In one Palestinian village, the whole story of the occupation +972 Magazine

Encircled by the separation barrier, threatened with demolition orders, and deemed illegal aliens in their own homes, the residents of the Palestinian village of Walajeh are fighting for their lives.

A new portion of the Separation Wall, made by a high barbed wire fence in the West Bank village of Walajeh, March 18, 2018. (Anne Paq/Activetills.org)

A new portion of the separation wall, a high, barbed wire fence, in the West Bank village of Walajeh, March 18, 2018. (Anne Paq/Activetills.org)

From the village of Walajeh, one can see much of Jerusalem. The round roof of Teddy Stadium, where the citys soccer teams play. The towers of the Holyland luxury apartment complex, looming over the surrounding, low-slung buildings. The square, sandstone houses of the citys southern neighborhoods. And from much of Jerusalem, one can see Walajeh. The deep green hills where the separation barrier glinting razor wire and dull, grey concrete slices through ancient farming terraces.

The problem, explains Aviv Tatarsky, a researcher at the Jerusalem-based human rights group Ir Amim, is that few Jewish Israelis care to look. Tatarsky, also part of Engaged Dharma, a group that combines Buddhist meditation with social action, has been active in solidarity work in the village since 2010, when Israel began to build the separation barrier there. He has brought groups of Israelis to work with Palestinians in the village, planting trees and tilling land, since 2012.

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