Abby Martin speaks with journalist and documentarian, Harry Fear, to discuss the latest developments in the ongoing Israeli siege on Gaza, including the bombing of 4 children on a Gaza beach and the failure of the most recent ceasefire.
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Israel is a master on both tracks. When we speak of the “only democracy” in the Middle East, it is often forgotten, perhaps deliberately, that a War or “Security” Cabinet runs the country. It is, and has been, in effect, a military regime with as many powerful religious fanatics as its Iranian nemesis.
Since proclaiming its “independence” in 1948, it has remained dependent on a large, now over $3 billion per annum and counting, “foreign aid” payment from the United States, far, far more than many poor countries that desperately need that aid but don’t get it.
Supplementing this subsidy, Israel has its own advanced military industrial and technology complex upgrading and customizing weaponry in military and aerospace industries.
Its current escalating war on Gaza is only the latest, following on the heels of seven “recognized” wars, two Palestinian intifadas, many reprisal operations and countless covert operations including interventions and assassinations.… Read the rest
Abby Martin calls out the media framing of the current violence in Gaza and Israel, highlighting how ABC’s Diane Sawyer misdirected viewers when reporting on the violence in Israel while showing pictures of destruction in Gaza.
Abby Martin interviews peace activist and author, Miko Peled on the latest violence gripping Gaza, following the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers and the militarized response by Israel’s defense forces.
Lauren McCauley writes at Common Dreams:
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On an upcoming trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis is expected to prioritize his visit with Palestinians, including a refugee camp, in a move interpreted by many as a ‘recognition’ of a future Palestinian state.
The papal “pilgrimage of prayer” is set to begin in Jordan next Saturday. From there, Francis is expected to take a helicopter directly to Bethlehem before heading to east Jerusalem, both recognized by the international community as part of Palestine.
According to Father Jamal Khader of the Latin patriarchate in Jerusalem, the decision to visit Palestine before Israel is “a kind of sign of recognizing Palestine.”
While in Bethlehem, the Pope will meet with the leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmud Abbas, and then celebrate mass in front of the Church of the Nativity, before visiting a nearby refugee camp, AFP reports.
“He will have a lunch with Palestinians, with families suffering from the occupation… then he will visit Dheishe refugee camp to witness the suffering of Palestinian refugees,” Ziyyad Bandak, Abbas’s adviser for Christian affairs, told Voice of Palestine radio.
Abby goes over a new Amnesty International report that finds that 141 countries in the world practice torture methods, including everything from severe beatings to waterboarding, while the top ten recipients of US foreign aid are all members of that list.
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Every thing I’ve ever read (fiction) about Djinn indicates that it’s never a good idea to make wishes with them. Either way, this article makes for an interesting read.
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We’re all familiar with the idea of the genie (the bastardized Western version of the Djinn) appearing out of bottles to make sketchy deals with all too eager humans, but the use of jewellery and other worn accessories for magick and religious purposes dates back as far as 100,000 years ago, with artifacts appearing in places like Israel and Northern Africa.
Later on the Celts – whose recognizable design flourished across Europe through the Bronze and Iron ages beginning around 3,000 years ago – made it fashionable to wear designs like pentagrams and other pagan artwork to ward off evil spirits, or bring a good harvest to one’s village. Witches, during those pesky years where they were burned at the stake, undoubtedly hid most of their best stuff in the top drawer, similar to today’s traveling salesman leaving the wedding ring in the hotel before hitting the hotel bar.
Sheldon Adelson. Do you know that name? Remember it because he’s the gambling business billionaire bankrolling the Republican Party’s furthest-right elected politicians. David Firestone outlines how the latter are prostrating themselves before the Israel-uber-alles Adelson in an op-ed for the New York Times:
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It’s hard to imagine a political spectacle more loathsome than the parade of Republican presidential candidates who spent the last few days bowing and scraping before the mighty bank account of the casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. One by one, they stood at a microphone in Mr. Adelson’s Venetian hotel in Las Vegas and spoke to the Republican Jewish Coalition (also a wholly owned subsidiary of Mr. Adelson), hoping to sound sufficiently pro-Israel and pro-interventionist and philo-Semitic to win a portion of Mr. Adelson’s billions for their campaigns.
Gov. John Kasich of Ohio made an unusually bold venture into foreign policy by calling for greater sanctions on Iran and Russia, and by announcing that the United States should not pressure Israel into a peace process.
What else is gathering dust in storage?
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An Israeli scholar turned up the previously unexamined parchments, which had escaped the notice of academics and archaeologists as they focused on their other extraordinary finds in the 1950s. Once opened, the minuscule phylactery parchments from Qumran, while unlikely to yield any shattering historic, linguistic or religious breakthroughs, could shed new light on the religious practices of Second Temple Judaism.
The Israel Antiquities Authority has been tasked with unraveling and preserving the new discoveries — an acutely sensitive process and one which the IAA says it will conduct painstakingly, and only after conducting considerable preparatory research.
Phylacteries, known in Judaism by the Hebrew term tefillin, are pairs of leather cases containing biblical passages from the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy.
Really Matt Drudge, your massive headline and photograph has a cartoon shadow over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s face to make it look as though she’s sporting a Hitler mustache? OK, so your story links to a Weekly Standard story discussing the controversial photo, but your headline doesn’t mention it at all.