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Is there really such a thing as an "honest Jew" …. maybe, maybe not…

Posted July 30, 2014 by MariaS

because everything most of the Jewish people tell us is based on lies and deception.  Being the most capable people in manipulation (only the Saudis can better them, and that too only half the time) they are able to pull wool over our eyes every …

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Montreal Simon: The Children of Gaza and the Bestiality of Stephen Harper

Posted July 30, 2014 by Simon

It was an act of unspeakable barbarity. One that has been condemned by governments all over the world. The US and UN have condemned the shelling of a school housing displaced civilians in Gaza. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the attack, which killed 16, was “outrageous”. “I condemn this attack in the strongest possible terms. It is outrageous. It is unjustifiable, and it demands accountability and justice. “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.”And defended only by those who carried it out, and by the monstrous beast Stephen Harper. Read more »

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The Canadian Progressive: American Jewish Leader Henry Siegman on Gaza: “A Slaughter of Innocents” (VIDEO)

Posted July 30, 2014 by Anonymous

“A slaughter of innocents,” Henry Siegman, an American Jewish leader and leading Voice of U.S. Jewry, says of Israel’s ongoing war crimes in Gaza.

The post American Jewish Leader Henry Siegman on Gaza: “A Slaughter of Innocents” (VIDEO) appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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Countries with a conscience are recalling their ambassadors from Israel ….

Posted July 30, 2014 by MariaS

and some are suspending all trade with the killers of infants and children. Bolivia and Venezuela, who had already cut their ties with Israel during the last massacre, also made their views known on this latest slaughter.

Brazil:
Brazil President Condemns Gaza ‘Massacre’  
Israel’s military offensive in Gaza has been condemned as a “massacre” by Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, adding to international pressure for an end to the bloodshed.
She branded the Israeli campaign against rocket-firing Hamas militants in the coastal enclave, which has left more than a thousand Palestinians dead, as “disproportionate”, and backed the United Nations’ call for an immediate ceasefire.
Her comments echo those of the foreign ministry, which led an Israel spokesman to dismiss Brazil as a “diplomatic dwarf” ……


Chile:
Another South American nation takes measures to protest the continued Israeli assault on Gaza.
As the Israeli assault on Gaza mounts, the Chilean Government announced that it is recalling its Ambassador in Tel Aviv, Jorge Montero for consultation. 
In a release issued this afternoon, Santiago condemned “collective punishment against the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza”, as well as what it cited as well as a lack of respect for “fundamental rules of international humanitarian law”….


Ecuador:
The Ecuadoran Ambassador has been recalled from Israel, citing the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza which began nearly two weeks ago, and has killed over 550 Palestinians.
South Africa considered a similar move last week, but stopped short after meeting of ejecting the Israeli ambassadors after meeting with Israeli officials.
On Friday, legislators in South Africa’s Parliament urged the President to cut diplomatic ties with Israel, making comparisons between Israel’s policies and those of the white South African government under apartheid.


Peru:
Peru has recalled its ambassador from Israel, and Israeli officials are none too pleased with the move. An official document was released to communicate that sentiment: “[The nation of] Israel expresses its disappointment at this decision by a friendly country, with whom we have shared more than a half century of good relations.”…..


El Salvador:
El Salvador becomes fifth Latin American country to recall Israel envoy.
El Salvador recalled its Israeli ambassador from Tel Aviv on Wednesday to protest the military operation in Gaza, making it the fifth Latin American country to do so….


Bolivia and Venezuela:
….On July 19, Venezuela’s socialist government condemned Israel, saying it had “initiated a higher phase of its policy of genocide and extermination with the ground invasion of Palestinian territory, killing innocent men, women, girls and boys”.


The statement said: “Venezuela also rejects the cynical campaigns trying to condemn both parties equally, when it is clear you cannot morally compare occupied and massacred Palestine with the occupying state, Israel, which also possesses military superiority …”
Bolivian President Evo Morales also condemned the Israeli invasion of Gaza, Press TV said on July 21, saying it was time to take action “to end the genocide that Israel is carrying out on Palestine”.
The anti-imperialist governments of Venezuela and Bolivia had already cut ties with Israel in response to its 2009 Operation Cast Lead attack on Gaza….

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Ukraine’s civil war death toll goes beyond 1000

Posted July 30, 2014 by MariaS

It didn’t suddenly happen to reach that number.  The conflict has been going on the last 3-4 months but most don’t even know about it because our wonderful  MSM thought it best to keep us in the dark for ulterior motives.  If the media had been reporting world events as they should, perhaps the Malaysian MH17 pilots, when instructed by Ukraine air tower to deviate miles from usual route into conflict airspace, would have been suspicious about the request and made moves to save the craft and the passengers within.

From HumanRightsWatch:
Ukraine: Unguided Rockets Killing Civilians


….The use of indiscriminate rockets in populated areas violates international humanitarian law, or the laws of war, and may amount to war crimes….


….Both Ukrainian government and insurgent forces have recently used Grad rockets. Although Ukrainian government officials and the press service of the National Guard have denied using Grad rockets in Donetsk, a Human Rights Watch investigation on the ground strongly indicates that Ukrainian government forces were responsible for the attacks that occurred between July 12 and 21.





The four attacks took place close to the front line between insurgent and government forces. Impact craters on the ground and on buildings investigated by Human Rights Watch were characteristic of rocket attacks, not shelling. In all four cases, the angle and shape of the craters, and the fact that they were on the side of buildings facing the front line, strongly suggests that the rockets came from the direction of Ukrainian government forces or pro-Kiev armed groups. The attacks’ proximity to the front line also makes it unlikely, and in some cases impossible, that insurgent forces were responsible for the attacks. In two of the attacks, rockets hit on or near insurgent bases and checkpoints at the same time as they hit residential areas, indicating government forces were responsible.


………Ukrainian government forces appear responsible for the attacks. All the rockets that had struck buildings hit walls facing southwest, indicating that the rockets came from there. Insurgent force personnel told Human Rights Watch that none of their troops were located farther southwest beyond the checkpoint 800 meters from the residential part of Maryinka, which, if true, would not have made it possible for them to have carried out the attack. A journalist who travelled to some of the villages southeast of Maryinka two days after the attack told Human Rights Watch that he saw no insurgent forces in that area at that time.


The journalist told Human Rights Watch that pro-Kiev forces in non-standard uniforms in Novomikhaylivka, a village southwest of Maryinka, had boasted to him the following day that they had a Grad rocket system and that they were firing on insurgent forces. The soldiers told the journalist that their aiming was accurate because they had scouts that helped them direct the fire.


A resident of Maryinka who fled to another village after the attack told Human Rights Watch that he saw Grad rockets being launched twice from a village farther southwest, which was under the control of Ukrainian forces on July 13…….


From RT 
….Ukraine civil war death toll  1,100, over 3,500 wounded – UN
Some 1,129 people have been killed and nearly 3,500 wounded in eastern Ukraine since the start of the Kiev’s military operation in April, according to UN estimates…..


….Due to ongoing violence in the area of the plane crash, investigation teams, including Dutch and Australian police, can’t get to the scene.


On Sunday, at least 13 civilians and likely dozens more were killed by ongoing artillery strikes, as government troops closed in on militia positions around the city of Gorlovka…..

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Gaza Christians too become fodder for Israeli missiles from hell

Posted July 30, 2014 by MariaS

Oh ….  you thought Palestinians were all Hamas terrorists, eh? You thought everybody in Gaza were Muslims, eh?  Think again.  Just like how the powers-that-be controlling the USA and the world media, had kept the number of Christians dying in Syria at the hands of the “rebels” they armed and funded, so too they are now doing here with this genocide going on in Gaza. 


Are Christians collaborating with Israel? Perhaps. Are Christians fighting alongside Hamas? Perhaps. I just want people to know that Gaza’s population has a Christian population too, maybe small but it’s still there.  From a pic below,  it looks like Mother Theresa’s organization has its nuns trying to help the Christians in Gaza. The old woman in the pic is a relative of a Christian lady killed by Israeli bombardment.
The second pic shows the Holy Family Catholic church in Gaza City. 

Mohammed Omer writing at MiddleEastEye:
Solidarity between the Christian minority and Muslim majority is growing in Gaza as both suffer under the Israeli offensive, with churches sheltering all religions and
prayers being offered up on all sides



- Without prior warning, an Israeli missile hit the house of the Ayyad family last Saturday.
The Ayyads, who are Christian, were the first family among the tiny minority in Gaza to be targeted since
the offensive began three weeks ago.
The Ayyad’s home was severely damaged…..
…Jalila Ayyad was known among the people of Gaza as a woman that had nothing to do with any militia
groups. “We are a Christian minority and have no links to Hamas or Fatah – we keep to ourselves and
avoid problems,” says Fouad Ayyad, Jalila’s nephew.
Fouad is also the name of the bereaved husband of Jalila Ayyad. Standing in a white T-shirt stained with
the blood of his wife and son – who was also seriously injured in the attack – he watches on as the
nephew is interviewed……..


From News24:
 ….Dwindling Christian community

A relative, George Ayyad, agreed wholeheartedly. He dismissed the idea that Jalila’s death would force more of the already dwindling Christian population out of Gaza.
“If we leave, that’s exactly what the Israelis want. Anyway, where are we supposed to go? This is my homeland,” he said.


“We Christians have been in Gaza for more than 1 000 years, and we’re staying.”


Her nephew Fuad was not so sure.
“Things like this make me want to just get out of here,” he said.


Gaza’s Christians have dwindled in number to around 1 500, most of them Greek Orthodox, out of a predominantly Sunni Muslim population of 1.7 million in the densely packed enclave.
The Christian community in Gaza City, like its counterparts elsewhere in the Middle East, has been shrinking because of both conflict and unemployment.
The ancient Mediterranean seafront city once had a thriving Christian community, especially under British-mandated Palestine that ended in 1948 with the creation of the Jewish state.
Jalila’s coffin was carried into the small church cemetery, which was itself hit by an Israeli shell earlier in the week, and lowered into the ground……..

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UN school in Gaza bombed again by Israeli butchers, but wait… in less than 1-2-3 the partners-in-genocide will come out screaming that Hamas was hiding behind the kids ….

Posted July 30, 2014 by MariaS

because, dontcha know their beloved Israel can do no wrong.  Can’t believe these Israeli Jews are descendants of Jews who were treated the same way they are now treating Palestinians. Disgusting!
Very soon, one can expect to hear tall tales from …

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Good, decent people always try to stop wars …. one of them is Paul Craig Roberts

Posted July 30, 2014 by MariaS

Only blood thirsty vampires rising from their rotting coffins,  think the opposite, because blood, human blood is their life-line.  It is not appeasement and cowardice that makes people anti-war,  it is the total revulsion of seeing human beings turning themselves into digusting ghouls when they start instigating and encouraging other humans far away from their own country’s shores to  tear and bite into human flesh and transform walkways and streets into conduits for the constant flow of human blood.  

Paul Craig Roberts at his blog:
War Is Coming  
The extraordinary propaganda being conducted against Russia by the US and UK governments and Ministries of Propaganda, a.k.a., the “Western media,” have the purpose of driving the world to war that no one can win. European governments need to rouse themselves from insouciance, because Europe will be the first to be vaporized due to the US missile bases that Europe hosts to guarantee its “security.”


As reported by Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge, the Russian response to the extra-legal ruling of a corrupt court in the Netherlands, which had no jurisdiction over the case on which it ruled, awarding $50 billion dollars from the Russian government to shareholders of Yukos, a corrupt entity that was looting Russia and evading taxes, is telling. Asked what Russia would do about the ruling, an advisor to President Putin replied, “There is a war coming in Europe.” Do you really think this ruling matters?”


The West has ganged up on Russia, because the West is totally corrupt. The wealth of the elites is based not only on looting weaker countries whose leaders can be purchased (read John Perkins’ Confessions of an Economic Hit Man for instruction on how the looting works), but also on looting their own citizens. The American elites excel at looting their fellow citizens and have wiped out most of the US middle class in the new 21st century.


In contrast, Russia has emerged from tyranny and from a government based on lies, while the US and UK submerge into tyranny shielded by lies. Western elites desire to loot Russia, a juicy prize, and there stands Putin in the way. The solution is to get rid of him like they got rid of President Yanukovich in Ukraine.


The looting elites and the neoconservative hegemonists have the same goal: make Russia a vassal state. This goal unites the Western financial imperialists with the political imperialists.


I have recorded for readers the propaganda that is used in order to demonize Putin and Russia. But even I was stunned by the astounding and vicious lies in the UK publication The Economist on July 26. The cover is Putin’s face in a spider web, and, you guessed it, the cover story is “A Web of Lies.”


You need to read this propaganda both in order to see the gutter level of propaganda in the West and the obvious drive to war with Russia. There is no evidence whatsoever in the story to support The Economist’s wild accusations and demand for the end of Western “appeasement” of Russia and the harshest possible action against Putin.


The kind of reckless lies and transparent propaganda that comprises The Economist’s story has no other purpose than to drive the world to war.


The Western elites and governments are not merely totally corrupt, they are insane. As I have previously written, don’t expect to live much longer. In this video one of Putin’s advisors and Russian journalists speak openly of US plans for a first strike on Russia:…….


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According to BBC journalist, refugee camp for Syrians in Jordan is "fertile ground for small businesses"

Posted July 30, 2014 by MariaS

This is what the Western countries have done to the Syrian people …. made them into refugees living the life of beggars.  And, for what?  For trying to oust Assad who is considered to be a BFF of Iran and thus gets himself and his country …

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World War 3 …. here we come, nukes and all

Posted July 29, 2014 by MariaS

Watch the vid to the end and see if you can catch anything amiss with what the IMF woman says. It’s to do with numbers. I will update this post 24 hrs from now to give the answer. 
Hint: She made the statement in January 2014. 

Update …

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We know about "Takiyyah" from the Arabic but how about "Hasbara" from the Hebrew?

Posted July 29, 2014 by MariaS

Both peoples know how to wring the maximum benefit from those tools.

Noam Sheizaf writing at +972Mag:
Hasbara: Why does the world fail to understand us? A short discussion of the Israeli term used to describe the ongoing, ever-growing, national propaganda effort.


I have used the word “Hasbara” pretty freely recently, and so do more and more people, without stopping to explain what it actually means. The use of this term has been widespread in Israeli Hebrew for many years now, usually with a positive meaning, though not always in a positive context – there is a never-ending debate on “the failure of Hasabra” – yet I often wonder how many people outside Israel actually know it, let alone understand what it stands for. So here are a few words on Hasbara.


Hasbara is a form of propaganda aimed at an international audience, primarily, but not exclusively, in western countries. It is meant to influence the conversation in a way that positively portrays Israeli political moves and policies, including actions undertaken by Israel in the past. Often, Hasbara efforts includes a negative portrayal of the Arabs and especially of Palestinians.


The Hebrew meaning of the word Hasbara (הסברה) is “explanation” (the term “propaganda” has a different word in Hebrew – תעמולה). I believe that the popular use of this term also reflects a widespread public notion that a better effort of explaining Israel’s actions to the world will generate better understandings of Israel’s policies, and more international support. A less common use of the verb “to explain” (להסביר), which has to do with welcoming someone, was used in the past by the Tourism Ministry in campaigns urging Israelis to show a hospitable approach to tourists.


Hasbara represents only one side of propaganda, as it is mostly aimed at foreign ………


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Explaining Gaza to my granddaughter

Posted July 29, 2014 by Anonymous

“Grandpa, why are they killing kids in Gaza?”
A deep breath to compose my thoughts.
“You said most people were good, but I think only bad people could drop bombs on little kids. There was a boy crying on TV. He lost his whole family.”
“Most peop…

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Is Israel to blame for the rise of Hamas? Yup!

Posted July 28, 2014 by MariaS

Believe it!  Israel did with Hamas exactly what the USA did with al Qaeda. Strengthened them for their own devious purposes. And just like how al Qaeda turned on their paymasters, so did Hamas. Another case of  “chickens coming home to roost”  or as another saying goes “You reap what you sow.”  

Kevin Carson writing at C4SS:
Gaza: Israel’s Chickens Come Home to Roost. One fact that gets little attention in the debate over Israel’s attack on Gaza is Israel’s role in the rise of Hamas.


That’s right. Never mind that the rockets fired out of Gaza are amateurish things that could be crafted from hobby shop supplies, causing barely one percent as many casualties as Israeli reprisals. Never mind that the rockets — reprehensible as attacks on civilians are under any circumstances, regardless of Israel’s provocations — are fired by desperate people from inside Israel’s Warsaw-Ghetto-on-the-Mediterranean, out into the settler nation that drove them out of their homeland. Never mind that rocket firings have often occurred in response to unilateral Israeli violations of ceasefires.


Never mind all this. Hamas — which the Israeli state propaganda apparatus presents to the Israeli public and the world as an existential threat comparable to the Bugs in “Starship Troopers,” whipping the people of Israel into the kind of frenzy where they sit on hillsides cheering the bombing of hospitals — was actually created in part by the intelligence apparatus of the state that claims to be fighting a life-and-death war against it.


Anthony Cordesman, a strategic analyst of Middle Eastern security issues at Center for Strategic Studies, says Israel aided Hamas back in the ’70s as a counterweight to the PLO. An anonymous former CIA official concurs that Israel secretly supported Hamas as a religious challenger to a “strong, secular PLO.” The upsurge in popular support for Hamas in the ’80s — resulting in part from the triumph of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and in part from the PLO moving its headquarters to Beirut — caught the Israeli leadership off-guard.


Some allege that Israeli support for Hamas goes back even further, and that Shin Bet and the military occupation authorities supported the growth of the Muslim Brotherhood and foundation of Hamas in the ’60s. At the time Hamas was hostile to Palestinian nationalist organizations, and directed most of its violent energies against Fatah, PFLP and PLO forces in the Occupied Territories. (Sources: Richard Sale, “Analysis: Hamas history tied to Israel,” UPI, June 18, 2002; Robert Dreyfuss, “How Israel Backed Hamas,” Institute for Public Accuracy, July 22, 2014).


And unfortunately, some geniuses in the Israeli security state just preferred having a scary theocratic outfit like Hamas as the main face of the Palestinian enemy, rather than an organization calling for a secular Palestinian state where Arabs and Jews can live together in peace. Hamas makes a much better Goldstein in the Two-Minute Hate.


This is a disturbing pattern. Hamas was originally an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood in Gaza (which had been quietly supported by the US in the 1950s as a religious challenge to Nasserism and Baathism). Al Qaeda emerged from the US-sponsored Mujaheddin guerrillas fighting Soviet occupation in Afghanistan. ISIS originated in similar US aid to anti-Assad rebels in Syria. And then these movements, created with the help of black-budget aid and training by the CIA, Green Berets or Mossad, are in turn used to scare the domestic public into supporting criminal wars abroad with large-scale atrocities against civilian populations……

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The Green Party wins ‘Worst Statement on Gaza’ award hands down

Posted July 28, 2014 by Michael Stewart

Is there a contest going on in Ottawa about who can write the most despicable statement on Israel’s current assault on Gaza? If so, the Green Party just put this one to bed. More on that in a moment.

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‘Largest ever’ Toronto Al-Quds rally calls for a free Palestine

Posted July 28, 2014 by Eva Bartlett In Gaza

25,000 were reported at Toronto’s Al-Quds rally Saturday, “the largest in our history…and they were calling for a Free Gaza, Free Palestine. One hundred per cent free…no pathetic smoke-and-mirrors, Swiss-cheese “Two State solution”.

The global Al-Quds Day demonstrations occur annually. According to organizers, in Toronto’s history this was the largest, and the most pluralistic, including not only the usual Canadian Peace Alliance, Palestine House, Independent Jewish Voices, and other core affiliations, as well as numerous faiths, but new faces. Many of them, and many from all walks of life and ages, so-said a Cuban solidarity activist who has been standing for justice for over a decade, if not more.

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Author of "If Americans Knew" talks to Abby Martin of RT

Posted July 28, 2014 by MariaS

Here’s a good resource if you want to know more about what Americans should know.

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Israelis keep insulting BFF America for trying to save their necks

Posted July 28, 2014 by MariaS

It must come from the sure and certain knowledge that it is Israel that controls the inner workings of the policies that keep USA standing.  Nothing else makes sense.  
Does Israel really think its military might will be enough to save Israel and Israelis if suddenly Turkey joins up with other enemy neighbours or is Israel pushing for a war where Israel will be able to make use of her BFF like done before in Iraq?  Or is Israel planning on using her nuclear capabilities that nobody else in the region has been allowed to even dream of?
Suicidal !!

David Horovitz writing at TimeOfIsreal:
John Kerry: The betrayal.  
Astoundingly, the secretary’s intervention in the Hamas war empowers the Gaza terrorist government bent on destroying Israel.


When The Times of Israel’s Avi Issacharoff first reported the content of John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal on Friday afternoon, I wondered if something had gotten lost in translation. It seemed inconceivable that the American secretary of state would have drafted an initiative that, as a priority, did not require the dismantling of Hamas’s rocket arsenal and network of tunnels dug under the Israeli border. Yet the reported text did not address these issues at all, nor call for the demilitarization of Gaza.


It seemed inconceivable that the secretary’s initiative would specify the need to address Hamas’s demands for a lifting of the siege of Gaza, as though Hamas were a legitimate injured party acting in the interests of the people of Gaza — rather than the terror group that violently seized control of the Strip in 2007, diverted Gaza’s resources to its war effort against Israel, and could be relied upon to exploit any lifting of the “siege” in order to import yet more devastating weaponry with which to kill Israelis………….

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What the USA-armed and trained ISIS/ISIL/IS/xyz jihadis have done/are doing to Iraqi Christians

Posted July 27, 2014 by MariaS

This is the misery that the USA-armed and trained jihadis have brought down on Christians in Iraq.  I hope you know by now that large segments of  the wahhabi terrorist army laying claim to almost half of Iraq are a product of the  training and funding provided to them by the USA and her allies  including Israel, ( see here and here for Israel’s complicity in the training) with the sole purpose of fighting in Syria to oust Assad,  and while they are still trying to do that in Syria, they are simultaneously annexing large areas of Iraq and expelling, killing, converting, raping, etc,etc, the remaining Christians.
  
What a wonderful world of shortsighted warmongering politicians and their billionaire buddies!

Matthias Baun Brubaker Christensen writing at SyriaComment:
….Islamic state: a lion and a fox? 


The Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham) emerged out of the ashes of two conflicts. It was born as a result of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and then used the power vacuum created by the civil war in Syria to create a base out of which it could create the foundations for an emerging state. However, how likely are they to succeed in their goal of establishing a functioning state? In answering this question, it is crucial to understand their strategy: do they only operate based on ideological fervor, or does their strategy contain elements of realism? Machiavelli taught us that a successful prince should learn to be both a fox and a lion, does IS have the ability to act as both?


Machiavelli’s recommendations for Princes

The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves. Machiavelli, The Prince.

What did Machiavelli mean in his masterpiece, which for long has been essential reading on the reading list for all first year political science students? In the animal kingdom, a lion is the symbol of ultimate strength. It is the most powerful mammal on land that is feared by all other animals. However, the lion has a weakness, it is not intelligent enough to recognize the danger of traps.


A fox is also a predator, living off preying on other animals. However, the fox is cunning and calculating. It recognizes dangers when it feels uncomfortable in a new setting. A fox does not necessarily attack if it judges that it could result in it being in danger……..

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As Gaza Burns, Jews Disagree, Protest & Pray

Posted July 24, 2014 by Anonymous

Human rights groups methodically tally each man, woman and child killed in…

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Critiquer Israël

Posted July 24, 2014 by Claude Dupras

Écrire un texte qui critique Israël, sa politique et ses chefs est risqué. Si on ne partage pas l’opinion du gouvernement d’Israël ou si on dénonce ses politiques ou ses chefs, on risque d’être taxé d’antisémite.
J’ai un grand respect et une admiration profonde pour le peuple juif. J’ai lu beaucoup sur son évolution. J’ai été surpris des oppositions constantes qui ont affecté son histoire, à travers les siècles, et de sa force de caractère pour en sortir la tête haute. J’ai apprécié ses Prix Nobel, si nombreux dans tous les domaines, qui ont démontré au monde entier l’excellence de ce peuple dans les arts, les lettres, la science, la philosophie, la médecine, etc… et son sens de l’invention.
J’ai constaté sa richesse culturelle, sa domination incontestée dans tous ses domaines et sa générosité sans borne pour les arts. J’ai été témoin de son sens des affaires, ses capacités d’analyse, sa logique, ses décisions, son sens du risque bien calculé. Je l’ai vu être d’avant-garde, initiateur, investisseur, bâtisseur… en somme réalisateur de grands projets, de grandes choses.  Oui, il sait agir comme  un réalisateur hors-pair dont les actions sont basées sur ses connaissances du passé et son sens extraordinaire de ce que sera le futur.
Le peuple juif est un grand peuple doté d’une haute intelligence et d’un sens pratique remarquable.
Par contre, je n’ai pas aimé ce qui a découlé de la décision des Nations-Unies en 1948, avec laquelle j’étais en accord, qui a reconnu l’État d’Israël et lui a attribué un territoire en Palestine. Depuis, les arabes de ce territoire se ressentent dépossédés, défranchis, bousculés et sont devenus des réfugiés dans leur propre pays.  Depuis, ils contestent et le chaos règne. D’un gouvernement israélite à l’autre, c’est une résistance constante.  Les arabes revendiquent, contestent, veulent reprendre leur habitation, leur terrain… Israël avec les armements ultramodernes de son arsenal, ses soldats bien entraînés, l’appui inconditionnel autant politique, monétaire que militaire des USA, est devenue dominante et gagne du terrain sans cesse.  
Les arabes, toujours battus et humiliés, sont inconsolables mais demeurent déterminés. Ils contestent sans cesse de façon de plus en plus sophistiquée. Ils réclament leur butin, souventes fois avec raison.
Aujourd’hui, encore une fois, le monde est devant un nouveau conflit israélo-palestinien. Gaza est envahie par l’armée israélienne qui se justifie en faisant allusion aux attaques arabes incessantes par roquettes et autres moyens. Le gouvernement israélien veut y mettre fin et son prétexte est de découvrir et de démolir des tunnels construits par les palestiniens par lesquels du matériel de guerre et des produits pouvant répondre aux besoins domestiques des familles palestiniennes sont importés.
Je viens tout juste de trouver, dans mes affaires, un article de la Une du journal français MIDI LIBRE, datée du 28 avril 1945, 20 jours après la fin de la 2eguerre mondiale. Il laisse à réfléchir sur la situation actuelle en Palestine. 
 
Il est intitulé : « Le rapport de la délégation britannique sur Buchenwald ». Le voici :
Londres 27 avril 1945 – Les membres de la délégation britannique qui a visité le camp allemand de Buchenwald ont été unanimes à déclarer qu’à leur avis les nazis appliquaient depuis longtemps une méthode délibérée d’extermination des internés par la famine et les mauvais traitements.
Ils estiment que les Allemands ont aussi atteint le plus bas degré de dégradation qu’ait jamais touché la conscience humaine.
Le rapport de la délégation, qui a été publié sous la forme d’un livre blanc, déclare que jusqu’au 1eravril 1944, le nombre de tué ou morts à Buchenwald s’élève à 54,072. Dix-sept mille au moins d’entre eux sont morts depuis le 1er janvier dernier.
Le rapport précise que l’une des baraques du camp était affectée à un usage spécial : certains prisonniers de marque y rencontraient pendant une vingtaine de minutes des femmes amenées d’autres camps. Celles-ci, par la menace ou la promesse d’un meilleur traitement étaient contraintes de se prostituer. Elles étaient tuées ensuite.
Il existait une baraque de la mort. Les internés y accédaient soit en descendant un escalier de pierre abrupt, soit en tombant par une trappe qui s’ouvrait sous leurs pieds. Les internés jugés réfractaires ou incapables de travailler y étaient précipités.
Selon le rapport des membres de la délégation, on avait enlevé le testicule gauche d’un homme de 29 ans.
De nombreux sujets d’expérience sont morts et la politique d’extermination semble avoir été mieux appliquée que celle de la stérilisation. Mme Koch, femme du commandant du camp, collectionnait des objets confectionnés avec de la peau humaine. Un de ces objets qui a été examiné par Sir Bernard Spilsbury et identifié par lui comme étant de la chair humaine, était un petit-abat-jour.
Il est confirmé que les enfants comme les adultes étaient astreints à un travail de 8 heures au minimum sept jours par semaine. On croit qu’il reste encore 800 enfants dans le camp.
Quelques anciens déportés nous ont confié que les opérations avaient lieu sans qu’on employât d’anesthésique, sur des tables de cuisine, au milieu des autres prisonniers.
Enfin les internés dormaient sur des planches, sans matelas, bien entendu. Ceux qui en avaient encore la force poussaient les morts dans l’allée. Tous les soirs, les cadavres étaient rassemblés à un bout de la baraque et le matin ils étaient emportés au four crématoire ou à la dissection.
Les membres de la délégation ont pu voir également dans le sous-sol une lourde massue de bois, de 60 cm de longueur environ qui servait à assommer ceux qui mouraient trop lentement. Cette massue était encore tachée de sang.
Dans la cour voisine du four crématoire, des chariots apportaient de nombreux cadavres d’internés morts de la dysenterie et provenant des divers baraquements. Le dernier de ces lugubres chargements a pu être examiné par les délégués. Aucun des corps des malheureuses victimes ne portait trace de mort violente. Toutes paraissaient avoir succombé à la faim et à la maladie.
On assure que différentes méthodes de stérilisation ont été pratiquées dans ce camp sur des juifs internés. Deux membres de la délégation ont vu un juif polonais qui avait subi une opération de ce genre.

À ce moment-là, il existait plus de quarante camps d’extermination dont plusieurs étaient du genre de Buchenwald. Mais six camps étaient particuliers et beaucoup plus horribles. Ils étaient dédiés à l’exécution organisée et massive d’êtres humains, dont une écrasante majorité de Juifs : Auschwitz 1 et 2, Chelmno 1, Majdanek, Sobibor et Treblinka. Ils avaient été mandatés pour ce faire, suite de la décision de la « Conférence nazie sur la solution finale » qui a décrétée la mise à mort rapide de tous les juifs. Les camps devenaient un processus de type industriel pour éliminer tous les juifs à tout jamais.
J’ai visité Buchenwald et Auschwitz et j’en suis sorti bouleversé. J’ai aussi visité le mémorial de Yad Vashem à Jérusalem qui occupe, avec raison, une place centrale dans la volonté des juifs de maintenir le souvenir des six millions de leurs compatriotes assassinés par les nazis et leurs complices. J’en suis sorti abasourdi. Je comprends la profondeur de la mémoire juive. Aucun peuple n’a subi de telles souffrances, de tels préjudices.
C’est de là que vient la difficulté de critiquer le gouvernement israélite. Faire la part des choses n’est pas facile, mais elle doit être faite. Particulièrement aujourd’hui, dans les relations de l’état juif avec la Palestine arabe. Cette dernière n’a rien à voir avec les plans d’extermination des nazis. Elle est aussi, jusqu’à un certain point, victime des nazis. La décision de 1948 de créer l’État Juif en Palestine est venue des Nations Unies dans la foulée des crimes nazis contre les juifs européens, après la deuxième guerre mondiale. Depuis ce jour, rien ne va plus pour les arabes palestiniens. Leur qualité de vie n’a rien à voir avec celle des israélites d’autant plus que Gaza est une petite zone parmi les plus densément peuplée du monde. Le mouvement islamiste Hamas a été porté au pouvoir par les Gazaouis à l’élection de 2006 et il est très revendicateur des droits palestiniens et contestateur de l’état hébreu. De plus, la frontière avec l’Égypte est pratiquement fermée. Évidemment, cela n’aide pas.   
Dans le conflit actuel en Gaza, on peut disserter longuement pour déterminer le vrai responsable de l’enveniment de cette situation. Une chose certaine, la force militaire entre les deux parties est totalement disproportionnée. Beaucoup plus d’arabes sont tués dont des femmes et des enfants. Des familles palestiniennes perdent leur logement, leur maison. Les embargos sur la nourriture et autres produits essentiels font mal et des enfants en souffrent. Certaines écoles sont fermées et d’autres démolies. Les hôpitaux sont endommagés. Rien de va plus dans la vie des arabes palestiniens.
La vraie solution à cette situation intenable est la négociation. Une vraie. Palestiniens et Israélites sont aujourd’hui devant un fait accompli. Ils doivent vivre ensemble. Les israélites ont l’argent et dans une nouvelle paix négociée, ils devraient agir et investir massivement pour que la partie arabe atteigne le plus vite possible un niveau de vie de qualité. Ce n’est pas pour demain, mais c’est possible à la longue. Ainsi la jeunesse palestinienne montante ne se ressentira pas frustrée et verra la possibilité d’une vie meilleure dans son pays et ailleurs. Demain, ils seront les dirigeants de leur nation et, à ce moment-là, ils se rappelleront les erreurs passées et voudront sûrement ne pas les répéter.
Entre temps, il faut dénoncer la rentrée barbare de l’armée israélienne en Gaza. Oui, il y a des roquettes et nonobstant les agissements de l’armée, il y aura toujours des roquettes ou autres choses. La solution n’est pas dans la méthode dure pour les éliminer car l’être humain sait toujours trouver un moyen pour se défendre. Elle est ailleurs.

Claude Dupras
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Baird to UN: Are you kidding me?

Posted July 22, 2014 by David Akin

The Times of Israel reported this week: A United Nations agency that last week found rockets in a Gaza school operating under its auspices has handed that weaponry over to Hamas, Israeli officials said Sunday, accusing the organization of actively helping the terrorist organization potentially attack Israeli civilians. “The rockets were passed on to the […]

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By phone, Harper and Netanyahu speak about the Hamas rocket attacks

Posted July 19, 2014 by David Akin

Earlier today, Canada’s Prime MInister Stephen Harper spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Here is the ‘read-out’ from the Harper’s office: —- Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel today. The leaders discussed the ongoing rocket attacks by Hamas and Israel’s efforts to halt them, including the Israeli Defense […]

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Israel & Framing the Issues: The Israel Project and Frank Luntz

Posted July 16, 2014 by CuriosityCat

A key to understanding the inner workings of modern politics is to understand what role the framing of issues takes, and the key to that is to understand why Frank Luntz, the Republican advisor, ranks at the top of political framing.

The news is full of interviews of Israeli and Palestinian spokespersons, with the occasional Hamas leader appearing.
When you watch and listen to these people represent their sides, ask yourself which spokespersons do the better job of framing the issues.
Here’s one take of what is governing the framing of issues by Israeli spokespersons, by the senior political analyst at Al Jazeera:

Do you wonder why official Israeli spokespersons sound so calm, smiley and kind when their popular base sounds so angry, so aggressive, and so racist? How they are likely to say something like, “thank you it’s nice to be with you”, even after being grilled by a probing frustrated anchor. Why, when asked about the expansion of illegal settlements, Israeli spokespersons speak of the need for a peace settlement, and when asked about bombing civilians, they speak of a better future for all children, Israeli and Palestinian?

Wonder no more. This is all part of a well-thought, well-orchestrated media strategy to mystify, mislead and even misrepresent the reality. And much of it can be found in The Israel Project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary

But this is not unique to Israel. Governments set up entire ministries and/or institutions to defend their policies and advance their narrative, at times to mislead their enemies or competitors. Indeed, it’s naive to expect otherwise. Like cynicism, gullibility is especially dangerous for journalists.

And you can access the Project document itself at this site.
Just who is The Israel Project? Check Wikipedia for information.
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The Horror of Gaza and the Shame of the Harper Regime

Posted July 14, 2014 by Simon

It’s taken me a few days to summon up the strength to write something, anything, about the horror in Gaza.

I just couldn’t bring myself to look at the images of this latest war. 

As rockets from Palestinian militants in Gaza continue to fly into Israel and Israel continues to strike hard at Gaza, the options for each side are hardening. Both sides are employing brinksmanship, carrying out their biggest raids yet this weekend and threatening much more to come.

Not when I’m still recovering from the images of the last one…
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Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

Posted June 21, 2014 by Religion News Blog

Among the items in this issue of Religion News Briefs: Criticizing the Mormon Church can get you excommunicated. Leaving the destructive Scientology cult is scary (and wise).
Also: After three decades of debate on homosexuality, the Presbyterian Chu…

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Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

Posted June 21, 2014 by Religion News Blog

Among the items in this issue of Religion News Briefs: Criticizing the Mormon Church can get you excommunicated. Leaving the destructive Scientology cult is scary (and wise).
Also: After three decades of debate on homosexuality, the Presbyterian Chu…

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Harper is for the Birds!

Posted January 18, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers: Prime Minister Stephen Harper is so well like in Israel that they are going to name some stuff after him! GET THIS!!!!!! There is now a “Stephen J. Harper Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary!” (Apparently it’s a “Bird Interpretive Centre!”) ———————————– I just read this in a celebrity rag: “Avicii, 25 things you don’t […]

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