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Wednesday, 18 April

23:58

Are Israeli Jews beginning to accept the right of return? +972 Magazine

A number of new surveys shows that at least a fifth of Israels Jewish citizens are open to the idea of Palestinian refugees returning to their homes. So how do we reconcile this with the violence being meted out to Palestinians on the Gaza border?

By Elonore Bronstein and Eitan Bronstein Aparicio

A Palestinian refugee, Saleh Saleh Abu Rass, holds up a key from his original home in Be'er Sheva, located in southern Israel, during a rally, in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, May 12, 2013. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90)

A Palestinian refugee, Saleh Saleh Abu Rass, holds up a key from his original home in Beer Sheva, located in southern Israel, during a rally, in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, May 12, 2013. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90)

What is it about Gazas Great Return March that so threatens Israelis? What is it that Israelis are so actively preventing? The Gaza fence symbolizes the essence of the Jewish state, which was founded through the dispossession of the Palestinians, expelling the majority of them beyond its borders. Walls and fences were built above and below ground to prevent the return of those refugees. Today, as in the 1950s, they are considered dangerous infiltrators. Not much has changed when it comes to colonial thinking and practice.

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Unfortunately, we must also admit that even whe...

23:03

The Hungarian Revolution Rolls On OrientalReview.org

Hungary has defended its reputation as a bastion of EuroRealism and made it impossible for the EU to sanction its idelogical ally Poland because of the blocs inability to reach the necessary unanimous decision in this regard given that Orban has remained in office and is firmly opposed to this.

The post The Hungarian Revolution Rolls On appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

21:30

Why the April 14th Missiles-Invasion of Syria Was a Historic Turning-Point Strategic Culture Foundation

The failed missiles-invasion of Syria might be a turning-point in reality; but, if its not also a turning-point in the way that Western publics view reality, then WW III will probably come soon. Can the human lemmings be fooled all the way off the cliff? Fooled much farther, well all fall.

21:20

US Ambassador to UN Lives in Her Fantasy World Strategic Culture Foundation

Its hard to define what is exactly meant by the term friendship in international affairs. There are allies, partners and fellow travelers. The US still enjoys significant clout but it is being diminished as new poles of power appear.

20:40

The Skripal Affair: A Lie Too Far? Strategic Culture Foundation

The Tories are trying doggedly to maintain control of the narrative. Stakes are high for if it eventuates that the Tories have lied deliberately for political gain, at the risk of destabilising European, indeed world peace and security, the Tory government should be forced to resign and new elections, called.

20:30

Shanghai Spirit Permeates Sino-Indian Dialogue Strategic Culture Foundation

China places great store on symbolism. The Shanghai spirit is often invoked to hail the historic Sino-Russian rapprochement in the mid-1990s, which subsequently blossomed into the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as a vehicle to carry forward the impulses of their dtente.

19:45

Humanitarian Hypocrites of Britain Strategic Culture Foundation

Tell us wheres the bravery in loading an aircraft with missiles? Or fuelling it before it takes off on a strike mission against a country with which Britain is not at war?

19:15

Why Theresa May Must be Impeached Strategic Culture Foundation

So the moment weve been holding our breaths for a week finally came. In the end, I am mighty glad that this particular strike seems more like the impotent thrashing of the neocon snake that didnt dare to attack places where Russian servicemen were likely to be killed, than it does the start of World War III. For the moment, at least, thank God.

18:53

Soft Power: US Gives Award to US-Funded Agitator Land Destroyer

April 18, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The Western media continues to saturate headlines with stories of "Russian meddling," meanwhile Western governments led by Washington openly celebrate their own meddling in foreign political affairs.


One such example unfolded during the US State Department's annual "Women of Courage Awards" with Thailand-based Sirikan "June" Charoensiri among the recipients.

Upon the US State Department's website under a post titled, "Biographies of the Finalists for the 2018 International Women of Courage Awards," Charoensiri's alleged work is described:

In the immediate aftermath of Thailands May 2014 coup detat, lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri (known as June) co-founded Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), a lawyers collective set up to provide pro bono legal services in human rights cases and to document human rights issues under the military government. TLHR has represented hundreds of clients since the military coup, often as the only alternative for those facing politically-motivated charges. Because of the political sensitivity of the organizations work, TLHR lawyers and staffers, and June in particular, have been subjected regularly to harassment, intimidation, and criminal charges. As a consequence of her advocacy, June is currently facing three sets of criminal charges for her work as a lawyer, including a charge of sedition the first for a lawyer under the military government. Nevertheless, June continues undeterred in her work.
However, completely omitted from Charoensiri's "biography" is the fact that her organization - Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) - was organized out of the US Embassy in Bangkok following the 2014 coup and has since been funded by the US State Department via the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) since - aimed at US-backed regime change.

18:48

Thousands of Israelis, Palestinians mark Memorial Day together +972 Magazine

After numerous venues backed out of hosting the ceremony and the High Court had to intervene to allow Palestinian participants to join, the crowd exceeded capacity. Right-wing Israelis protest outside.

Palestinian and Israeli women embrace during the alternative Memorial Day ceremony, April 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinian and Israeli women embrace during the alternative Memorial Day ceremony, April 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Nearly 7,000 Israelis and Palestinians held an alternative Memorial Day ceremony in Tel Aviv Tuesday night, organized by the Bereaved Families Forum and Combatants for Peace.

The overflow crowd was far beyond the capacity organizers had prepared for, and a significant portion of the participants were forced to stand or sit on the ground. The Israeli-Palestinian memorial event was held outdoors in HaYarkon Park after the initial venue for the event, an auditorium in the city of Holon, backed out claiming that the event was political.

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Earlier on Tuesday, Israels High Court ordered Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman to reverse his decision to bar entry to Israel to 110 Palestinians who were scheduled to participate in the ceremony. Last year, the Israeli army also refused to grant permits to the Palestinian participants, so a parallel event was held in Beit...

16:00

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's Interview with BBC HardTalk. Full Version Strategic Culture Foundation

The Douma event was agreed to be investigated by OPCW inspectors. They moved to Lebanon, they were told by the Syrian Government that they would be immediately issued visas as they come to the border...

15:57

The DHS Media Database Could Lead To AI-Driven Controlled Alt-Media OrientalReview.org

The US Department of Homeland Security's decision to set up a media monitoring database represents the next step in the Orwellian takeover of the global information space and will assuredly be abused for Hybrid War purposes.

The post The DHS Media Database Could Lead To AI-Driven Controlled Alt-Media appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

09:51

Ryan X. Charles Introduces Yours.org The Corbett Report

Continuing our series exploring Social Media Alternatives, this week we talk to Ryan X. Charles about Yours.org.

06:32

Fukushima Unit 2 Wall Removal Begins

Work has begun to remove a section of wall from the unit 2 reactor building. This is the same area

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03:21

Attempts to bypass Israels High Court will create a tyranny of the majority +972 Magazine

The government wants to strip the High Court of Justice of its ability to strike down unconstitutional laws, giving the government carte blanche to violate civil and human rights.

Illustrative photo of the Israeli Supreme Court, where two civil rights groups have said they will appeal the ruling revoking Zayouds citizenship. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Illustrative photo of the Israeli Supreme Court, where two civil rights groups have said they will appeal the ruling revoking Zayouds citizenship. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

The Israeli government has in recent days advanced legislation to limit or strip the countrys High Court of Justice of its ability to strike down laws it deems unconstitutional. Critics warn that would create dictatorial powers for the executive, put the rights of the countrys Arab population and other minority groups at risk, and set Israel up for a constitutional crisis.

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Israel does not have a formal constitution that codifies a balance of power or system of checks and balances, a situation that leaves the courts authorities extremely vulnerable to being eroded and even revoked by the legislature.

Its basically the end of constitutional protection of basic rights in Israel, explained Alon Harel, professor of law at Hebrew University. Having a parliamentary system without a judiciary is basically a dictatorship of the executive branch.

We as citizens will not have anyone to defend us from the tyranny of the majority, added attorney Debbie Gild-Hayo, policy advocacy director for th...

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.

The post The Decay of the Founding Principles of Democratic America appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

21:15

President Trump"s War Crime Is Worse than the One He Accuses Assad of Strategic Culture Foundation

The single most important thing that happened Friday night when the US military on President Trumps orders launched a wave of over 100 cruise missiles against Syria was that once again the US violated the most profound international law of war: initiating a war of aggression against a nation that posed no threat, imminent or otherwise, to the US or its allies.

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 []

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