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Wednesday, 15 August

22:53

To Hell With U.S. Jobs, Lets Get Iran! OrientalReview.org

Trump and his allies are trying to push Iran into a corner and provoke it to lash out at US forces that are poised around it. A navel clash in the Gulf is the obvious pretext for war.

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21:25

"Too Big to Fail": Russia-gate One Year After VIPS Showed a Leak, Not a Hack Strategic Culture Foundation

One year later, the VIPS memo contending that the DNC emails were leaked and not hacked has yet to be successfully challenged. Meanwhile, the country sinks deeper into the morass of the new McCarthyism, comments Patrick Lawrence.

20:55

US FY 2019 Defense Budget Becomes Law Strategic Culture Foundation

This is a defense budget of confrontation giving preference to pressure instead of negotiations and diplomacy.

20:25

Sweden Is Burning: Migrant Gangs Unleash Coordinated Fire-Bomb Rampage Across Multiple Cities Strategic Culture Foundation

The Sweden Democrats rise on the back of anti-immigration sentiment mirrors gains for right-wing, populist and anti-establishment parties in other European countries such as Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria.

19:55

NATO Repeats the Great Mistake of the Warsaw Pact Strategic Culture Foundation

The NATO expansion which the legendary George Kennan presciently warned against in vain continues to drive the world the closer towards the threat of thermonuclear war.

18:55

Congress of Berlin: Act II Strategic Culture Foundation

The scramble for Africa will only increase in intensity as the insatiable appetite for Africa's oil, gold, diamonds, and rare earth minerals attracts more global interest and competition.

18:09

Why You Shouldnt Read The Independent Even If You Want To #PropagandaWatch The Corbett Report

Just kidding. Of course you should read and gain information from a wide variety of sources, including those you disagree with. Just don't dare tell The Independent that, because they're here to pester you into only ever trusting the MSM and government sources. Join James for this week's edition of #PropagandaWatch where he breaks down the latest attempt to stamp out anti-establishment WrongThink.

15:45

Khodorkovsky Is To Blame For The Deaths Of Three Russian Journalists In Africa OrientalReview.org

It would be unfair to render a verdict on the victims judgement when it was Khodorkovskys responsibility to ensure that they were properly trained and made aware of how to most safely conduct themselves in this very dangerous country.

The post Khodorkovsky Is To Blame For The Deaths Of Three Russian Journalists In Africa appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

13:19

Monsanto Guilty Verdict Is Only Beginning New Eastern Outlook

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A jury trial in California has resulted in a guilty verdict against the agrichemical and GMO giant, Monsanto, now Bayer/Monsanto. The judge has ordered Monsanto to pay damages of USD 289 Million to former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, who has non-Hodgkins lymphoma. His lawyer argued it was caused by Monsantos glyphosate-based weed-killer Roundup. Not surprisingly Monsanto plans to appeal the verdict. The impact of the ruling, regardless the outcome of the appeal, will unleash worldwide consequences that spell huge problems for the entire GMO agrochemicals business model.

The Johnson trial, Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Co., CGC-16-550128, in California Superior Court in San Francisco,is the first of more than 5,000 such cases across the United States awaiting trial for claims that Roundup ingredients cause cancer.

Johnson, age 46, is a former pest control manager for a California county school system, where he applied Roundup and Monsantos Ranger Pro on school grounds across the county up to 30 times per year for more than two and a half years.

According to the magazine Insurance Journal, the guilty verdict could influence the outcome of thousands of similar cases against Monsanto glyphosate-based Roundup. Notably, the same law firm, California-based Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC is involved as part of the legal team in many of the other cases awaiting trial.

 

Monsanto Exposed in Trial

Robert Kennedy Jr, co-counsel in the case against Monsanto wrote a summary of the court cross-examinations by plaintiff lawyers as well as Monsanto lawyers. It revealed a devastating pattern of Monsanto suppression of negative carcinogenic test results, lies and huge payments to their expert scientific witnesses to support unproven Monsanto safety claims that Monsantos Roundup herbicide was allegedly no carcinogen.

In one of the more damning admissions, Monsanto toxicologist, Donna Farmer, was forced to admit, when confronted with an internal Monsanto e-mail, that her primary concern was regulatory compliance rather tha...

06:51

US Failure to Accept Reality an Existential Threat to Us All New Eastern Outlook

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Russias Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev recently declared that the latest round of US sanctions to be imposed on Russia constituted economic warfare and that Russia would respond economically, politically, or in any other way, if required.  One is tempted to ask: why has it taken so long?

Russia has been the subject of what Andrew Korybko calls hybrid warfare for decades. The only post World War 2 period when there was a lessening of the attacks was during the Yeltsin years in the 1990s. That period, when Russias economy was pillaged, was even more catastrophic for Russia than the sanctions and relentless negative propaganda that has ensued ever since.

The hybrid warfare, of which the sanctions are only a part, are a substitute for actual hot war which the neocon elements in successive American administrations have never taken off their agenda. That also is not a recent phenomenon.

Operation Unthinkable was a British plan conceived by the long time anti-Russian Prime Minister Winston Churchill to continue the war after the defeat of Germany in 1945 by invading Russia. The plan even included incorporating troops from the defeated German forces.

 Churchills current equivalent is  Theresa May. Her antipathy to Russia is most obviously reflected in the increasingly bizarre allegations and demands made upon the Russian government arising out of the attacks upon Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

Allegations against Russia allegedly interfering in the 2016 United States presidential election (a particularly ironic claim), invading Ukraine, annexing Crimea being aggressive towards the Baltic States and a host of other evidence free allegations have some common threads apart from their manifest falsity.

They all represent a form of hybrid warfare, being waged (a) because actual warfare with Russia (and China) is, in the words of a recent Rand report unthinkable; and (b) because the prev...

04:00

What is to Happen with Japans Plutonium Stock? New Eastern Outlook

New Eastern Outlook has featured regular discussions on the topic that we can provisionally dub as Japans issues with nuclear power. There is a fairly reasonable explanation for this interest, as this countrys economy is practically the third largest in the world, and this nations role, in recent years, has rapidly grown in prominence in various aspects of world politics and other areas.

The reason for returning to the previously mentioned topic stems from two recent events, with the first being the extension of the Agreement for Cooperation Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Japan Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, on 17 July, and a new plan of action in this sphere, adopted by the Japanese administration two weeks later.

World media have been paying close attention to both of these events. If we are to elaborate, journalists imagination could not have remained unaffected by the meme showing that Japan has thus far accumulated enough plutonium to produce 6,000 nuclear warheads, similar to the ones used to bomb Nagasaki in 1945.

But such alarmist information requires important clarifications that will inevitably guide us towards important and varied aspects of the issues mentioned above.

First of all plutonium does not actually exist in nature. More precisely, the periodic table contains the symbol Pu that represents an element, rarely found in nature, and there are various modifications of its synthetic version.

It is weapons-grade plutonium that the media scares its readers with, and Japan cannot be in possession of such plutonium. And this is not because a ban is in place. Forty six years ago, Japan voluntarily adopted the three non-nuclear principles with respect to nuclear weapons (with the option of changing its mind).

If Japan were indeed in possession of weapons-grade plutonium, then vigilant inspectors of The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who have access to all the nuclear sites in Japan, would have informed the relevant authorities to ensure relevant measures were taken.

Washington is one such authority, as from the moment Japan joined the efforts to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes (i.e. from the mid 1950s), the US has helped and guided it. These efforts are in accordance with the previously mentioned agreements for cooperation, with the most recent document dating back to 1988 and a term of 30 years.

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01:05

With their cultural center bombed, Gazas artists are now picking up the pieces +972 Magazine

By Amjad Yaghi

For the past 15 years, famed Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin has headed dozens of theater productions at Al-Meshal Cultural Center. Among them were classics such as Anton Chekovs The Bear, while others focused on childrens rights, womens rights, and the right to education.

All that came to a halt last Thursday, when the Israeli Air Force bombed Al-Meshal, one of the Gaza Strips most important cultural facilities. They claim that the building  which comprises of two theaters, three large halls, and a department serving the Egyptian community living in the Strip was being used by Hamas internal security services. The attack was condemned by various Palestinian NGOs operating in Gaza.

Upon seeing Al-Meshals destruction, Abu Yassin was crushed. This center has been our home for years. We have lost the only home for artists in Gaza, he said.

Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin sits among the ruins of Gaza's Al-Meshal Cultural Center, which was bombed by Israel on August 8, 2018. (Mohamed Al Hajjar)

Gaza director Ali Abu Yassin sits among the ruins of Gazas Al-Meshal Cultural Center, which was bombed by Israel on August 8, 2018. (Mohamed Al Hajjar)

Since its establishment in 2004, Al-Meshal served as a home for hundreds of plays, ceremonies, exhibits, musical performances, and national ceremonies. The idea for a cultural center began in 1996 with Said Al-Meshal, a Palestinian businessman living in Australia, who sought to bolster culture and science in Gaza. The cen...

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Tuesday, 14 August

23:40

America's War on Yemen Exposed Land Destroyer

August 14, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - As atrocities and scandal begin to mount regarding the US-backed Saudi-led war on the impoverished nation of Yemen, the involvement and hypocrisy of the United States and other Western backers is coming to full light.


Global condemnation of Saudi airstrikes on civilian targets has brought public attention to Washington's role in the conflict - a role the Western media has attempted to downplay for years. It is ironic, or perhaps telling, that alternative media outlets targeted as "Russian influence" are leading coverage of Yemen's growing humanitarian catastrophe.

US Denies Role in Proxy War That Couldn't be Fought Without It 
In a recent press conference, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis - when asked about the US role in the Yemeni conflict in regards to Saudi atrocities - would claim:
We are not engaged in the civil war. We will help to prevent, you know, the killing of innocent people.
Yet nothing could be further from the truth.

Mattis himself would lobby US Congress earlier this year to continue US support for Saudi-led operations in Yemen.

A March 2018 Washington Post article titled, "Mattis asks Congress not to restrict U.S. support for Saudi bombing in Yemen," would admit:

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made a personal appeal to Congress on Wednesday not to restrict the United States support for the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen, as the sponsors of a privileged resolution to end Washingtons involvement announced that the Senate would vote on the matter next week.
Support includes US intelligence gathering for Saudi operations, the sale of of US weapons to the Saudi regime, and even US aerial refueling for US-made Saudi warplanes dropping US-made munitions on Yemeni targets selected with the aid of US planners....

23:38

Seize The Transnational Corporations To Rebuild Syria? OrientalReview.org

President Trump won the election on his promise to overthrow financial capitalism and restore productive capitalism. From this standpoint, he considers that war damages owed to Syria should not be paid by the United States, but by transnational corporations. Is this revolution in international relations desirable or even possible?

The post Seize The Transnational Corporations To Rebuild Syria? appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

22:30

Americas War on Yemen Exposed New Eastern Outlook

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As atrocities and scandal begin to mount regarding the US-backed Saudi-led war on the impoverished nation of Yemen, the involvement and hypocrisy of the United States and other Western backers is coming to full light.

Global condemnation of Saudi airstrikes on civilian targets has brought public attention to Washingtons role in the conflict a role the Western media has attempted to downplay for years. It is ironic, or perhaps telling, that alternative media outlets targeted as Russian influence are leading coverage of Yemens growing humanitarian catastrophe.

US Denies Role in Proxy War That Couldnt be Fought Without It 

In a recent press conference, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis when asked about the US role in the Yemeni conflict in regards to Saudi atrocities would claim:

We are not engaged in the civil war. We will help to prevent, you know, the killing of innocent people.

Yet nothing could be further from the truth.

Mattis himself would lobby US Congress earlier this year to continue US support for Saudi-led operations in Yemen.

A March 2018 Washington Post article titled, Mattis asks Congress not to restrict US support for Saudi bombing in Yemen, would admit:

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made a personal appeal to Congress on Wednesday not to restrict the United States support for the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen, as the sponsors of a privileged resolution to end Washingtons involvement announc...

21:50

A Four Person NATO-Funded Team Advises Facebook On Flagging "Propaganda" Strategic Culture Foundation

We learn that the Atlantic Council is directly advising Facebook on identifying and removing "foreign interference" on the popular platform. While the initiative was initially revealed last May through an official Facebook media release, more details of the controversial think tank's role have been revealed.

21:25

Trump Scores an Own-Goal in the Game Against Iran Strategic Culture Foundation

The next logical thing after the 2015 deal should have been the normalization of US-Iranian relations and the commencement of a comprehensive engagement without pride and prejudice. Such an opening again may now have to wait for the departure of Trump.

20:55

US Sanctions Foster Emergence of Multipolar World Strategic Culture Foundation

Russia, Iran, China, and now Turkey are in the same boat, as all have become the target of US sanctions. But none of those nations has bowed under the pressure.

20:25

It"s Official: "Britain"s Democracy Now At Risk" Strategic Culture Foundation

Voters know what our democratic priorities should be: ensuring that elections are free from the influence of big donors. Having a secure electoral register. Providing balanced media coverage. Transparency online. We may be little wiser as a result of the governments voter ID trials. Yet we do know where the real dangers lie in our politics.

19:55

Swalwell a Major Contender for US Presidency in 2020 Strategic Culture Foundation

The idea that Swalwell and his ilk peddle, that what has ended American democracy is the Russians instead of Americas own aristocrats, isnt merely false; it is proven false.

19:40

Why Does Facebook Use NATO To Help Censor Users? Strategic Culture Foundation

Facebook has "hired" the Atlantic Council - a NATO, US government, and foreign funded "think tank" to determine whether posts or members are authentic or whether they are "agents of a foreign power." How is it possible that US government's directly funded entities are collaborating with corporations to decide what speech is to be prohibited?

18:55

The End of the US Unipolar Moment Is Irreversible Strategic Culture Foundation

The past weeks have shown how part of the American establishment is weighing the pros and cons of the Trump administrations strategies around the world.

15:55

Ethiopias Mediation Of The Eritrean-Djiboutian Dispute Will Help China OrientalReview.org

The Horn of Africa is on the cusp of profound change that could soon see more comprehensive Ethiopian-led integrational proposals such as streamlining economic and trade coordination within the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and eventually pairing the bloc with the East African Community.

The post Ethiopias Mediation Of The Eritrean-Djiboutian Dispute Will Help China appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

13:05

Fake America New Eastern Outlook

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Europeans are told America is religious, but church going Americans too often exhibit an undercurrent of hate mongering and hypocrisy that is impossible to not recognize, except among themselves.

Similarly, an education in history or sociology in America is akin to studying science fiction as fact.

Economics, as taught at Americas top business schools, is more fiction than fact, more fakethan fundamentals.

Many, too many, feel Americas love affair with prevarication and fakery is new-found, a thing of recent times, from the continual lies and gaffs of Trump to the bumbling idiocy of his predecessor in outright ignorance, George W. Bush.

At its heart, America is a fake nation with fake institutions, fake religions, a fake government and fake people.  Anyone who comes to America notes it.  Tocqueville, the author, in his first commentary on America, Democracy in America, began chronicling Americas descent into hokeydom in 1831.

America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the publics money.

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.

There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.

The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colours breaking through.

There is hardly a political question in the United States which does not sooner or later turn into a judicial one.

In the United States, the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals, who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own.

I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.

The Americans combine the notions of religion and liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive of one without the other. (Tocqu...

06:39

US Supplying Massive Amounts of LNG Gas to Europe is More Hot Air than Reality New Eastern Outlook

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In his latest effort to present himself as bigger than better than all other presidents combined, in stark contrast to the likes of George Washington, Donald Trump has announced that the US will build more than 10 liquid gas ports in the EU. The trouble is, even if he did this, it would not be possible to sustain such a program.

What escapes critical attention is that the US does not have a large enough fleet of special ships to provide liquid gas to Europe. Even under the best scenarios, by the end of the decade the US will have not more than five major LNG export projects operational. Trumps claims are merely political rhetoric designed to keep the uninformed, and thus deprive them of the informed choice which is the fundamental component of democracy.

The LNG export market to Europe is dominated by Qatar and Australia, who are still serving their existing clients. The US needs long term contracts and economies-of-scale which will match price with continuity of supplyto deliver on Trumps promises. Those customers with real interests are already locked into long-term deals, and either currently have the necessary facilities for unloading and storage or are building them to meet price and real demand.

Yes, Europes consumption of natural gas is increasing, and domestic production is falling. Its imports have risen sharply in recent years, and will most likely continue to do so. But supplying gas from the US is easier said than done, and despite Trump saying that America has plenty of it to, the sea has lots of water, but can you drink it?

And where is the money coming from? Too many names are already in the hat for large-scale energy and port projects in the region. Ukraine is interested in maintaining and modernizing its own gas transport system and needs approximately 80 billion USD for reconstruction. This is small potatoes compared to what the US would need to spend to construct an alternative network, and Trump wont pay for that for ideological reasons. So which project would those with the cash rather invest in?

The US does know that all of this is just political promise and counter promise. Others are playing the game too: Jean-Claude Juncker has promised Trump that the EU will buy significant amounts of US gas as part of an offering to calm trade tensions. But saying and doing are two different horses, and even...

04:04

China Has Secret Gulags for TWO MILLION Uighurs? Hidden Harmonies China Blog

Can anyone find the original source? I can not (only reports from US panelist saying there are credible reports based on propaganda paid for by US government via NED, not actual investigation or verification by UN):

And heres Reuters cited by NYT

Who is CHRD

And TWO MILLION? Xinjiangs entire population is about 20 million of all ethnicity how do you keep secret camps that jails 1 in 10 people, including Han children, secret? Even if the detention is exclusively Uighurs, that means 25% of the 8 million Uighurs in the region are secretly detained again how do you keep detention of ONE QUARTER of a population, secret? Not to mention the worst case arrest numbers from UK government propaganda outlet, citing US government funded propaganda, below, is so very different?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-16860974

Im calling BS on this.

00:10

Good News This Week! The Corbett Report

It's summer! Let's turn off the 24/7 doomporn newsfeed and tune in to some good news for a change. From game-changing legal decisions to the turn away from zombie tech, here's all the news that's actually fit to print.

Monday, 13 August

23:46

Israeli, Palestinian support for two states hits record low +972 Magazine

A new survey finds that fewer Jewish Israelis and Palestinians now support the two-state solution. And while support for armed struggle against the occupation has dropped, more Jewish Israelis now support a definitive war against Palestinians.

By Henriette Chacar

A Muslim Palestinian worshipper headed to the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem walks by an Israeli soldier as she crosses the Qalandia checkpoint on August 05, 2011 (Miriam Alster/ Flash90).

A Muslim Palestinian worshipper headed to the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem walks by an Israeli soldier as she crosses the Qalandia checkpoint on August 05, 2011 (Miriam Alster/ Flash90).

Support for a two-state solution is at the lowest level among both Israelis and Palestinians in almost two decades, according to a public opinion poll published on Monday.

The poll, conducted in June and July among representative samples of 2,150 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and 1,600 Israelis, was a follow-up survey to several previous studies conducted by Dr. Khalil Shikaki and Walid Ladadwa from the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in Ramallah, along with Israeli pollster and +972 Magazine writer Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin and the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research (TSC).

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Support for the two-state idea began to steadily decline more than 10 years ago, but first dropped below 50 percent for both populations last De...

23:31

What is Turkey Signing up with China? New Eastern Outlook

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With Turkeys fast run towards greater economic and strategic integration with the East, its once popular dream of integration with the West through the EU has come to a permanent end. After making defence deals with Russia, buying the state of the art S-400 missile system, and siding with Iran and Russia in Syria, Turkey has now entered into a new era of military co-operation with China, a cooperation that is already showing signs of taking place within a wider regional strategic understanding and a shared vision of an alternative world order that would encompass a lot more than just military cooperation. It wasnt long ago when Turkey attended the BRICS plus meeting in South Africa, explicitly voicing its support for a desire to become a member of the group, making it BRICST, and now it has announced its intentions to do trade with Russia, China and Iran in local currencies, which means that Turkey has clearly signed permanently out of the Western military bloc. It will now have the means to by-pass major US policies, such as Iran sanctions, and will have more room to make independent policies, shunning NATOs influence or the pressure of meeting its commitments.

Two things clearly indicate Turkeys serious search for new friends. In an op-ed for New York Times on August 10, 2018, Erdogan argued that Turkey is serious in looking for new friends and allies. Undoubtedly now, China is atop the list of new friends. In the 100-day action plan revealed by the Turkish government last week, which is based upon the hope to implement sustainable policies in every sector, China has been mentioned in several capacities as an economic partner and a source of external investment, one that might help arrest the free-fall Turkish Lira is currently experiencing. And unsurprisingly, in the run-up to the 100-day plan, Turkish ministry of Treasury and Finance announced to have secured a new credit line from China valuing at least at 3.6 billion dollars.

While the heavy borrowing doesnt portray the overall economic situation in positive terms, Turkey has been left with no choices as well. Turkish companies have borrowed roughly 300 billion dollars in foreign currency, and now have to repay it in devalued Turkish lira. What adds more to the pressure is the fact that most of the debt was issued when the Turkish lira traded at less than 2 to the dollar. It now trades at more than 6 to the dollar, thus tripling the debt services to be paid back.

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22:57

Syria Returns Its Citizens. What Is About Europe? OrientalReview.org

The resolution of the Syrian crisis is quite close, but the European leaders must realize that the full settlement is impossible without resolving some humanitarian issues. In particular, the return of refugees. Both the Syrians and Europeans are interested in this.

The post Syria Returns Its Citizens. What Is About Europe? appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

21:25

Rand Paul Against the World Strategic Culture Foundation

Most importantly, on arguably the most crucial potential foreign policy decision the president can makeone that could potentially start another disastrous U.S. Middle Eastern warit appears to be Rand Paul who is literally keeping the peace.

20:55

Caspian Sea Convention Signed to Open New Prospects for Region Strategic Culture Foundation

With economic and security interests uniting the five littoral states, the signing of the convention may serve as a starting point for emergence of a new international forum.

04:39

Why Arab citizens waved Palestinian flags in central Tel Aviv +972 Magazine

Because two peoples live here, side by side, and the Israeli government is doing its best to erase the rights and history of only one of them.

A Palestinian citizen of Israel waves a Palestinian flag during a protest against the Jewish Nation-State Law, central Tel Aviv, August 12, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

A Palestinian citizen of Israel waves a Palestinian flag during a protest against the Jewish Nation-State Law, central Tel Aviv, August 12, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Tens of thousands of Palestinians and Israelis protested and marched against the Jewish Nation-State Law Saturday night, demanding full civil equality for all residents of this land. It was a spectacular and rare showing, yet most of Israels top politicians (including on the Left) and media outlets were concerned with one thing only: Palestinian flags flown in Rabin Square.

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Lets start with the facts: Saturday nights protest was organized by the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee, and was joined by dozens of political parties, movements, and civil society organizations. At first the demonstration was to be held without flags of any kind, and out of the 30,000 demonstrators who converged on the square,...

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