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NYU Graduation Speaker Praises Pro-BDS Groups, Calls Israel Apartheid State


May 23, 2019 By Marcy Oster

(JTA) — A speaker at a New York University doctorate convocation ceremony praised campus organizations that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and called Israel an apartheid state.

Posted by DillyDilly500 | Thu May 23, 2019, 08:53 PM (7 replies)

Eurovision 2019: The queerest and most controversial yet?

A gay Muslim teen and BDSM anarchists will vie for this year's Eurovision Song Contest, as the competition's only trans and drag champions return.
Image: Hatari
Hatari of Iceland perform "Hatrio mun sigra" during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final rehearsal in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 17, 2019.Sebastian Scheiner / AP

May 18, 2019, 6:26 AM EDT
By Dan Allen

The global music world's "gay Olympics" are back with vengeance, as the final for the annual wacky tune-filled phenomenon known as the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Saturday.

Sassy camp aesthetics are commonplace at the always over-the-top Eurovision, but this year's contest final is shaping up as one of its most overtly queer extravaganzas ever.

Openly gay, gender-playful, and Muslim teen crooner Bilal Hassani will compete for France, and leather-clad bondage-synth-punk trio Hatari aim to take the crown for Iceland — with some Eurovision experts predicting that despite the band's decidedly anti-pop approach (or maybe because of it), they just might pull off a win.

"We haven't identified as a queer band as such," Hatari singer Matthías Tryggvi Haraldsson told NBC News, "but we do touch upon themes like gender fluidity, masculinity and femininity, repression and expression, and others — which many audience members identify with, not least of all in the queer scene."

Posted by DillyDilly500 | Sat May 18, 2019, 01:54 PM (3 replies)

Bolton beats war drums in US-Iran standoff

Bolton beats war drums in US-Iran standoff

Date created : 14/05/2019 - 20:57

With his bushy mustache and beloved yellow legal pad, National Security Advisor John Bolton cuts a colorful figure at the White House, where he is the leading foreign policy hawk and a longtime advocate of regime change in Iran
With his bushy mustache and beloved yellow legal pad, National Security Advisor John Bolton cuts a colorful figure at the White House, where he is the leading foreign policy hawk and a longtime advocate of regime change in Iran AFP/File

Washington (AFP)

War drums are beating louder in Washington's long-festering standoff with Iran and National Security Advisor John Bolton, a veteran champion of regime change, is the bandmaster.

With his bushy mustache and beloved yellow legal pad, Bolton cuts a colorful figure at the White House.


He's also something of an oddity.

President Donald Trump ran on the promise to pull the United States out of unwinnable post-9/11 wars -- from Afghanistan to Syria -- that have consumed American lives and military budgets.

That retreat remains one of Trump's strongest points in his pitch to be the outsider president.

But Bolton, in the most powerful government position he has ever held, is working in exactly the opposite direction. Iran is only the latest country in his crosshairs.

At 70 and with a resume listing federal jobs back to the Ronald Reagan era, Bolton could easily have sidestepped into academia by now or continued taking paychecks from any number of think tanks. He's worked with a bunch of them.

Instead, he's in the heart of government and looking like he's having the time of his life.

In Cuba, Venezuela and North Korea, there's no shortage of battlegrounds for Bolton's crusade against leaders he sees as tyrannical enemies.

Communists and their ilk are one thing. But it's the Middle East that really stirs Bolton's geopolitical adrenaline.
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Tue May 14, 2019, 07:47 PM (6 replies)

Israeli Tweet of Hamas Children Playing With TOY Guns BACKFIRES

Israeli Tweet of Hamas Children Playing With TOY Guns BACKFIRES

At the height of the Israeli-Gazan cross-border flare-up, the IDF tweeted pictures of children playing with toy guns who, it claimed, attended a Hamas-run pre-school. The blunt propaganda wasn’t well received on social media.
“Hamas is robbing the children of Gaza of their future, and attempts to rob the children of Israel of theirs. We won’t let them. No country would,” the IDF said, releasing images of young Palestinians in green bandanas receiving what appears to be military training.

The message, sent out as tensions spilled into Sunday after a weekend of heavy cross-border fire, immediately sparked controversy online, with many twitterattis reminding the IDF that Israel is just as guilty of indoctrinating its youth. “Maybe they wouldn’t need to do this if you stopped launching rockets at them,” one user said, while others began posting pictures of young Israelis being briefed on how to use guns.

Posted by DillyDilly500 | Sun May 5, 2019, 03:29 PM (5 replies)

US plotters dont get how loathed it is south of the border: Looks Like Another Failed Coup Attempt

US plotters don’t get how loathed it is south of the border: Looks Like Another Failed Coup Attempt by US and Venezuelan Puppet Guaido

What happens if you call for a coup by a country’s military and nobody shows up? Juan Guaido and his Washington handlers are finding out in Venezuela.

By Dave Lindorff

The imperialist neocons infesting the Trump administration, and the orange-faced joke of a president himself, may think they can invent their own reality through propaganda, as Bush’s “brain” Karl Rove used to claim about the Bush/Cheney administration, but when it comes to Latin America, they fail to realize how deeply the people of that continent loath and resent the US and its colonial-era Monroe Doctrine.

The failure of the latest coup plotted so carefully in the war rooms of the White House, Pentagon and CIA was pre-ordained as soon as it became clear that Washington’s chosen puppet Juan Gerardo Guaidó Márquez was nothing more than a creation of theirs, meant to do the bidding of the plotters in DC.
By the time Guaidó appeared on a bridge in Caracas flanked by some allegedly defecting troops and by the opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, whom defecting Venezuelan soldiers had reportedly released from house arrest where he had been sentenced for fomenting violence, Guaidó’s attempt to create a coup by televising a staged one was already collapsing around him.

In short order, troops and officers who had supported Guaidó began entering foreign embassies like Brazil’s and Chile’s and Spain’s, seeking asylum, while others claimed they had been tricked into going to Guaido’s “coup event” and fled when they realized what they were being made a part of. Opposition leader Lopez, meanwhile, recognizing that the attempt to manufacture a coup through faked reporting of one underway had failed, quickly slipped away from Guaido’s side and, calling on his family to meet him, sought asylum in the Chilean embassy (he later moved with them to the nicer and perhaps safer quarters of the Spanish embassy).

This latest charade, which included the apparently false claim that dissident soldiers had captured an airbase outside Caracas, harks back to the 2002 coup, which was actually a much more serious attempt to kidnap and oust the popular elected president Hugo Chavez. That time, while many top generals backed the coup, the enlisted ranks backed Chavez and forced the generals to back down — but not before the Bush/Cheney administration had already hastily recognized the coup leaders as the new government, showing their hand as being behind that assault on Venezuelan democracy…
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Wed May 1, 2019, 03:54 PM (17 replies)

Poles BEATING & BURNING long-nosed effigy of Judas sparks fury of Jewish group (VIDEO)

Poles BEATING & BURNING long-nosed effigy of Judas sparks fury of Jewish group (VIDEO)

Published time: 22 Apr, 2019 11:23
Edited time: 22 Apr, 2019 11:23

The World Jewish Congress has condemned as anti-Semitic a tradition upheld by a small Polish town, which involves beating and burning an effigy of Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Jesus Christ.
A video showing this year’s celebration of a dubious local tradition in Poland was published by a local news website and drew international attention. The World Jewish Congress has condemned it in a statement on Sunday.

“Jews are deeply disturbed by this ghastly revival of medieval anti-Semitism that led to unimaginable violence and suffering,” CEO Robert Singer said. “We can only hope that the Church and other institutions will do their best to overcome these frightful prejudices which are a blot on Poland’s good name.”

The peculiar rite of “judaszki” or “trial of Judas” is kept by the town of Pruchnik in southeastern Poland, which has a population of about 3,500. With its roots traced back to at least 18th century, the rite is conducted on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

A straw-filled effigy of Judas, which is made as a caricature of a Jewish person with a long nose, is hanged on Thursday next to the local church and stays there overnight. On Friday, a mock trial is held, after which locals drag the effigy along the streets as children run after it and beat it with long sticks representing the 30 silver pieces. The effigy is then cut open and burned down while its remains are thrown into the local Mleczka River.

Posted by DillyDilly500 | Mon Apr 22, 2019, 12:34 PM (4 replies)

How Netanyahu Saved Assad, Helped Russia and Gave Iran the Run of Syria

As Assad consolidates power, Israel's prime minister is basking in plaudits for his 'prescient' strategy on Syria. But Netanyahu has been played - and exposing Israel to potentially disastrous consequences

Apr 08, 2019 1:23 PM

As the regime of Bashar Assad appears to be consolidating in Syria, many Israelis have concluded that their government’s handling of the crisis was generally laudable.

The most comprehensive statement of this view was given recently in Haaretz by Anshel Pfeffer (Netanyahu Outfoxed Russia, Iran and ISIS With His Cynical, Ruthless Syria Policy.) Every aspect of this is open to question.

Clearly Pfeffer is no apologist for the Israeli government, and Haaretz no government mouthpiece, which is what makes his case all the more important - and worrying. Pfeffer states outright that for him "complimenting Benjamin Netanyahu…on the eve of an election…is hardly an easy thing to do."

Pfeffer credits Netanyahu for getting four big things right in Syria: avoiding entanglement in the contest between the Assad regime and the rebellion, recognizing the Islamic State as a menace and preventing terrorist infiltration, containing and deterring Iran, and deftly handling the Russians.
In truth, Netanyahu, far from having orchestrated a genius-level strategy, has exposed Israel up to potentially disastrous consequences.

Let’s examine each of these contentions in turn.

Pfeffer praised Netanyahu for his double scepticism: that the "Arab spring" revolt could unseat Assad, and that his downfall would be beneficial to Israel. When "ome Western leaders supported shipping advanced weapons to the Free Syrian Army and other rebel groups in Syria, Netanyahu counseled caution," Pfeffer says.
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Mon Apr 8, 2019, 02:46 PM (2 replies)

Lawyer's Office Shot At After Cop's Acquittal In Teen Death

Protests held in Pittsburgh after cop cleared in shooting
Associated Press
Associated PressMarch 23, 2019

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The father of a slain black teenager pleaded for peace Saturday after the acquittal of a white police officer triggered an apparent retaliatory shooting at the defense attorney's office and touched off protests in the streets of Pittsburgh.

Police put officers on 12-hour shifts until further notice.

The verdict late Friday in the deadly shooting of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II angered his family and civic leaders and prompted hundreds of people to gather Saturday afternoon at an intersection called Freedom Corner in the Hill District neighborhood, the historic center of black cultural life in Pittsburgh. One man held a sign with the names of black men killed by police around the U.S.

"It's very painful to see what happened, to sit there and deal with it," Rose's father, Antwon Rose Sr., told the crowd. "I just don't want it to happen to our city no more."

Afterward, he told reporters: "I want peace, period, all the way around. ... Just because there was violence doesn't mean that we counter that with violence."

The mostly white crowd then marched through downtown Pittsburgh and other city neighborhoods, periodically blocking streets as they chanted, "Who did this? Police did this!" The protest soon moved onto the University of Pittsburgh campus. Police reported no immediate arrests or injuries.
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Sat Mar 23, 2019, 06:57 PM (8 replies)

It Started With A Traveler From Israel; How One Traveler Brought Virus to Detroit Area

It started with a traveler from Israel, where measles has been raging for months, making nearly 3,000 people sick and killing at least two people. The person went to New York, where yet another outbreak is under way. And then they visited the Detroit area.

Now, eight people in Oakland County, Michigan, have come down with the insanely contagious and potentially deadly illness—which was once eradicated in the U.S., but is making a comeback thanks to a growing anti-vaccination movement based on debunked conspiracy theories.

Health officials say there is one way to stop the spread in its tracks. “Unvaccinated individuals need to get vaccinated,” Leigh-Ann Stafford, health officer for Oakland County warned.

Since March 13, Michigan health authorities have sent out a series of increasingly worrisome bulletins, each with more confirmed cases and new locations where others may have been exposed to the virus, which can live in the air and infect the unvaccinated for up to two hours.

The list of locations has grown to nearly 30 places, from yeshivas to car washes to big chain stores. Many of them are in the Orthodox Jewish community, where vaccination rates have been lower.

In New York, more than 200 people in two Jewish enclaves have come down with the
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Sat Mar 23, 2019, 06:21 PM (3 replies)

Empire of Absurdity: Recycled Neocons, Recycled Enemies

Empire of Absurdity: Recycled Neocons, Recycled Enemies

by Maj. Danny Sjursen, USA (ret.) Posted on March 19, 2019

There are times when I wish that the United States would just drop the charade and declare itself a global empire. As a veteran of two imperial wars, a witness to the dark underside of America’s empire-denial, I’ve grown tired of the equivocation and denials from senior policymakers. The U.S. can’t be an empire, we’re told, because – unlike the Brits and Romans – America doesn’t annex territories outright, and our school children don’t color its colonies in red-white-and-blue on cute educational maps.

But this distinction, at root, is rather superficial. Conquest, colonization, and annexation are so 19th century – Washington has moved beyond the overt and engages in the (not-so) subtle modern form of imperialism. America’s empire over the last two decades – under Democrats and Republicans – has used a range of tools: economic, military, political, to topple regimes, instigate coups, and starve "enemy" civilians. Heck, it didn’t even start with 9/11 – bullying foreigners and overturning uncooperative regimes is as American as apple pie.

Still, observing post-9/11, post-Iraq/Afghanistan defeat, Washington play imperialism these days is tragicomically absurd. The emperor has no clothes, folks. Sure, America (for a few more fleeting years) boasts the world’s dominant economy, sure its dotted the globe with a few hundred military bases, and sure it’s military still outspends the next seven competitors combined. Nonetheless, what’s remarkable, what constitutes the real story of 2019, is this: the US empire can’t seem to accomplish anything anymore, can’t seem to bend anybody to its will. It’s almost sad to watch. America, the big-hulking has-been on the block, still struts its stuff, but most of the world simply ignores it.

Make no mistake, Washington isn’t done trying; it’s happy to keep throwing good money (and blood) at bad: to the tune of a cool $6 trillion, 7,000 troop deaths, and 500,000 foreign deaths – including maybe 240,000 civilians. But what’s it all been for? The world is no safer, global terror attacks have only increased, and Uncle Sam just can’t seem to achieve any of its preferred policy goals.

Think on it for a second: Russia and Iran "won" in Syria; the Taliban and Pakistan are about ready to "win" in Afghanistan; Iran is more influential than ever in Iraq; the Houthis won’t quit in Yemen; Moscow is keeping Crimea; Libya remains unstable; North Korea ain’t giving up its nukes; and China’s power continues to grow in its version of the Caribbean – the South China Sea. No amount of American cash, no volume of our soldiers’ blood, no escalation in drone strikes or the conventional bombing of brown folks, has favorably changed the calculus in any of these regional conflicts.
Posted by DillyDilly500 | Tue Mar 19, 2019, 11:21 PM (7 replies)
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