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Monday, November 19

19.Nov.2012 - Attacks on Journalists, Israeli Air Strikes, Fiscal Cliff Silence, Israeli Military, Gaza Journalists Defiant, Feminists in Islam, Occupy's Rolling Jubilee, Ravages of Global Warming, Gaza is a Concentration Camp, Dissecting IDF Propaganda, Gaza Running Out of Food and Water, Journalistic Cliches, Puppet State America, Obama Threatens Israel

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Juan Cole; public intellectual, prominent blogger, essayist and professor of history. (photo: Informed Comment)
Juan Cole; public intellectual, prominent blogger, essayist and professor of history. (photo: Informed Comment)

Palestinians Report Attacks on Journalists

he USG Open Source Center translates articles from the Arabic on the Israeli attack on newspapers and journalists in the Gaza Strip.

Death toll mounts from Israeli air strikes in Gaza

Israeli warplanes and naval gunboats intensified their attacks on Palestinian homes and institutions throughout the Gaza Strip over the weekend, bringing the death toll in the five days of aggression against the densely populated area to more than 75.

New York Times acknowledges conspiracy of silence over “fiscal cliff”

In an article published Thursday, the New York Times starts off with an extraordinary admission—that during the elections the Democrats and Republicans colluded to cover-up planned cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs that they were both planning to make after the elections.

Israel has attacked Gaza 1,350 times since Wednesday: Israeli military

Over 90 Palestinians, including many women and children, have been killed in the Israeli airstrike on Gaza since November 14.

Gaza journalists defiant after Israeli attack on media center

In the single bloodiest incident, an Israeli bomb completely destroyed a two story house of the Dallou family in a residential district of Gaza City, killing 11 persons. Among the dead were five women, including one 80-year-old, and four small children, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra was quoted by the Associated Press as saying.

Feminist voices in Islam: promise and potential
Religion is back in public space, and the thesis that modernization means the privatization of religion has been seriously questioned. Some religious and feminist dogmas need re-examination. What do ‘secular’ or ‘religious’ or ‘feminist’ mean in today’s contexts?

Occupy's Rolling Jubilee Has Raised Enough to Forgive Almost $7 Million of Debt

Symbolic OWS action will have real-world consequences: less debt.

Americans Can't Pretend the US Is a Neutral Party in the Israeli Assault on Gaza

The Obama administration's unstinting financial, military and diplomatic support for Israel is a key enabling force in the conflict.

New York Post-Sandy Is a Lesson in How Social Injustice Will Amplify the Ravages of Global Warming

There's a reason some of New York's public housing communities were forced to wait so long for basic services to be restored after the storm.

We are forbidden to say this:
Gaza is a Concentration Camp
If one wanted to be momentarily charitable about people's absolute refusal to recognize the obvious, one might argue that a land area of approximately 140 square miles, containing a population of roughly 1.7 million people, could not possibly be a concentration camp. But size and the number of prisoners are not the distinguishing characteristics of a concentration camp. The most essential characteristic of a concentration camp is what is permitted, and what is not. Only one question matters: Under what conditions are the people within its borders permitted to live?

5 Ways America Enables Israel's Atrocities

From green-lighting military operations in Gaza to giving unstinting diplomatic support at the United Nations, the U.S. government is wholly complicit in Israel's latest assault on Gaza.

100 Men, Women and Children Killed in Gaza as Obama Declares Full American Support for Israel
Sunday marked the deadliest day for Palestinians in Gaza, as Israel's heavy bombardment of the coastal strip killed yet more civilians. By Monday, the death toll had risen to over 100 people in Gaza--58 of them civilians.

Dissecting IDF Propaganda: The Numbers Behind The Rocket Attacks
To begin, Israeli spokespeople frequently remind the world that a million Israeli citizens are within range of Gaza rockets, twelve thousand of which have been fired into Israel in the last twelve years, inflicting thousands of injuries and several dead.

Gaza Running Out Of Food, Water, Medical Supplies
Day 6 of Israel’s Gaza aggression has witnessed further escalation of Israeli attacks on civilians in Gaza with number of deaths mounting, hospitals facing shortage of basic supplies and increased suffering of the Gaza residents. In all, 1,350 targets in Gaza have been struck by Israel since the aggression began.

Journalistic Cliches: 'Surgical Air Strikes', 'Rooting Out Terror', and 'Cyber-Terrorism' Cannot Conceal Reality
Terror, terror, terror, terror, terror. Here we go again. Israel is going to “root out Palestinian terror” – which it has been claiming to do, unsuccessfully, for 64 years – while Hamas, the latest in “Palestine’s” morbid militias, announces that Israel has “opened the gates of hell” by murdering its military leader, Ahmed al-Jabari.

Puppet State America
The United States government and its subject peoples think of the US as “the world’s only superpower.” But how is a country a superpower when its entire government and a majority of the subjects, especially those members of evangelical churches, grovel at the feet of the Israeli Prime Minister? How is a country a superpower when it lacks the power to determine its own foreign policy in the Middle East? Such a country is not a superpower. It is a puppet state.

War Criminal Defends War Criminals
"No country on Earth would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders,” Says Man Who Regularly Bombs Pakistan and Yemen

Dreaming of Justice: Obama Threatens Israel

Clearly emboldened by his recent electoral victory, Barack Obama has embarked on a radical and historic change of direction regarding America’s relationship with Israel.  During a state visit to Thailand this weekend, the president called on Israel to halt what he called a ‘gratuitous and murderous assault’ on the Gaza Strip. Obama dismissed Israel’s claims that it was acting in self-defence, and accused Israel of having deliberately provoked the latest confrontation,  and engaging in the ‘collective punishment’ of a ‘defenceless’ civilian population.

Elites Will Make Gazans of Us All
Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia. The growing divide between the world’s elite and its miserable masses of humanity is maintained through spiraling violence. Many impoverished regions of the world, which have fallen off the economic cliff, are beginning to resemble Gaza, where 1.6 million Palestinians live in the planet’s largest internment camp. These sacrifice zones, filled with seas of pitifully poor people trapped in squalid slums or mud-walled villages, are increasingly hemmed in by electronic fences, monitored by surveillance cameras and drones and surrounded by border guards or military units that shoot to kill. These nightmarish dystopias extend from sub-Saharan Africa to Pakistan to China.

Hostess To Pay $1.75 Million In Executive Bonuses After Blaming Unions For Bankruptcy
Hostess Brands, the maker of sweet snacks like Twinkies that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, will ask a bankruptcy judge today to approve a plan that will allow it to pay $1.75 million in bonuses to 19 of its executives. Hostess’ decision to file for bankruptcy came amid disputes with its union workers, who threatened a strike that Hostess said imperiled the company’s finances. The unions are now protesting Hostess’ request for the bonuses, though they are unlikely to prevail, CNN Money reports

Damn Right, George Bush Should Face Criminal Proceedings
ne thing brings together these four men - Hassan bin Attash, Sami el-Hajj, Muhammed Khan Tumani and Murat Kurnaz: they are all survivors of the systematic torture program the Bush administration authorized and carried out in locations including Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantánamo, and numerous prisons and CIA "black sites" around the world. Between them, they have been beaten, hung from walls or ceilings, deprived of sleep, food and water, and subjected to freezing temperatures and other forms of torture and abuse while held in US custody.
Jewish British Lawmaker Likens Israel to Nazis

The Red Cross screws donors and victims again

Staten Island After Sandy
The Day After Obama's Photo Op
Preparing the public mind
Normalizing the idea of presidential assassination
Israel And It's Crimes Have Nothing To Do With Judaism

Spirited Exchange Marks Briefing on Israel

Violence at Paris Gay Marriage Protest
This is a message from Anonymous Op Israel, Greetings Citizens of the world, this is Anonymous.

Israeli Bombs Interrupt CNN Interview in Gaza

WWIII–The Clash of Civilizations


Satan: Prince Of Darkness

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