Editor’s note: Few Americans are informed about the degree of distortions in Israeli life and repression of Palestinian rights inevitably accompany the Occupation of the West Bank, that are the background for the U.N. Security Council resolution passed last week which made clear that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law. Here are a few headlines for one typical day (December 27, 2016) from the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz: “Israel Wrecks 18 Palestinian Structures for Every One It Licenses in West Bank’s Area C”; “Israel Education Minister Yair Lapid (ed note: from the ‘centrist’ Yesh Atid party) promotes bill that would ban anti-Occupation group from Israeli schools (ed note: group is called Break the Silence–a group of former Israeli soldiers who tell stories of what they had been ordered to do while enforcing the Occupation of the West Bank and the invasions of Gaza by the IDF); and an editorial entitled “Trump and Netanyahu: An Alliance of Bullies” (referencing in part Netanyahu’s threats to punish countries that voted for the U.N. resolution). Please read Tikkun magazine’s contributing editor Mark LeVine whose analysis (below) of why the U.N. vote last week has greater importance than the U.S. media has yet to acknowledge should be widely circulated–so please do so. –Rabbi Michael Lerner RabbiLerner.Tikkun@gmail.com
In Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941), the British author and journalist Rebecca West wrote:“It is sometimes very hard to tell the difference between history and the smell of a skunk.” 2017 could very well be the Year of the Skunk, with a lot more reek than is normal in store…
During the shopping season for gifts marking the birth of the Jesus the Son of God and teacher of ‘turn the other cheek’ and ‘love thy enemies,’ one half of the“financial element in the centers of power which has owned the government since the days of Andrew Jackson,”[FDR quote] seems to have thrown up a president-elect that has promised Americans and the world a spirit for 2017, more in keeping with the teaching of Jesus.
Haiti’s Presidential election, postponed from the scheduled date of Oct. 9th due to Hurricane Mathew, is now scheduled for November 20th, 2016. There can be no recovery unless there is a government in place that truly represents the people. The lack of such a government is why there was no recovery from the 2010 earthquake and why there must now be free and fair elections in which the people’s voice is heard. If hurricane relief is separated from that, recovery will fail.
But for media management, election 2016 would be a playing out in public of indecision within the ruling rich 1/10th of 1%, whether to switch to less profitable investing to build up USA, or continue wildly enriching themselves in wars & investing in higher profit rendering low wage 3rd world nations, at the same time helping these nations, led by China, to overtake the US & Europe in economic and political power sooner.
Ms Montha CHUKAEW and Ms Pranee BOONRAT shot dead and mutilated, 19 November 2012
Commemorating 37 human rights defenders murdered or disappeared in Thailand in the past 20 years. It highlights the community struggles they represent in defence of the environment, land rights and human rights, and the quest for justice by their bereaved loved ones.
Sec. Hillary who oversaw regime change wars in Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Yemen; should be asked to explain how new Toyota trucks and heavy weapons are coming to ISIS and other terrorists, who have been mass murdering US designated enemies in Assad’s Syria wherever they are; and why the superpower US who has been ‘fighting’ for 5 years can’t defeat a ragtag force of 25,000?
As Jews approach our High Holy Days, our attention shifts toward the process of teshuva–repentance (or as I try to explain to my congregation in Berkeley, Ca., returning to the highest beings we could possibly be). Doing repentance not just for our private acts, but for the ills of the societies within which we live, is an important dimension of the Jewish path of repentance (teshuva). So it is important to face the reality of US racism. And that’s why I’m sending you the documentation that Rev. Daniel Buford presents us in his important essay below, “Close Encounters of the Dangerous Kind,” with its striking introduction: “While most of the Black Lives Matter discussions and media attention have focused on the foul law enforcement treatment accorded to African American men and boys, very little attention or scrutiny is being devoted to the alarming numbers of African American women and girls who are often treated even worse than Black men in unarmed encounters with police officers.”
Controversial Black Pete celebrations in the Netherlands.
Hindus are urging ban on usage of pejorative term “allochtoon” in all official forums in Netherlands, which is commonly used to refer to immigrants and their descendants, and which literally means “emerging from another soil”.
In 1950, Einstein explained why our civilization continues to be “like an axe in the hand of the pathological criminal,”: “Under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control the main sources of information (press, radio, education). Mysteriously, our best independent journalists, top intellectuals and historians, are of no help. Even on RT’s ten more serious shows there is no urging of prosecution for international crimes.
Shabnam’s marriage doomed her. She was falsely implicated of an infectious disease by her in-laws, beaten by her husband, had to stay without food and medicine when pregnant and was cast away from her in-laws place time and again. A PVCHR initiative changed her life. She is no longer the broken, dejected and despondent mother of two, looking for sympathy. She excelled in her intermediate exams and is on the way to realise her dream of becoming a nurse. She is self-reliant. Here’s a report about the struggle and success of a domestic violence victim for Different Truths by Shirin.
Always question the writer and the source of all the information you digest.
The greatest gift that you will possess as a human being is your means to reason and critically question your environment and the information that you encounter on a daily basis. In this age of global information it is crucially important that citizens remain objective, analytical and above all sceptical of all media, including the views presented on this website.
The willingness of humanity to continue to accept the white world’s profitable investments in genocide will end in 25 years when world economic power shifts from Europeans, and their descendant nations, to the six sevenths of humanity they plundered. Realizing this, leaders of 1/10th of 1% who rule America have Trump demanding investment in the US instead of in the low wage 3rd World that China will soon lead.
Micah Xavier Johnson, 25, who killed five police officers in Dallas as a revenge attack for African-American men killed by police officers.
Army reserve, Micah Xavier Johnson, 25 carried out a revenge attack on police officers in Dallas for the murders of African-American men by white police officers, and whilst the killings of these officers are tragic the murders of black men and women have gone unpunished for centuries since our ancestors were brought over to Europe on slave ships. Black lives has never mattered because the ideology of the individuals who murder black people is rooted in white supremacy and European colonialism.
Musician, songwriter, novelist and social critic Kevin Watson was a featured guest on the Imani Speaks Show, where he discussed the racist backlash suffered by Black and minority ethnic communities since Britain voted to leave the European Union; and questioned whether the leave voters made their decision based on race.
We mourn all the victims of violence, including the large volume of violence against people that goes unreported and underreported, including poor people and people of color, but also we mourn for the very few police officers who have been hurt or killed by those outraged at the way police have been harassing or murdering members of their community, their people, their race, etc. EVERY HUMAN LIFE IS PRECIOUS. None of the violence is ok. Not black on black violence, not white on black violence or black on white violence, not police violence, not acts of violent retribution.
Independence Holiday in the USA becomes a time when citizens tend to reflect on the nations two hundred forty-year history. It is a history typical of six European empires in the areas of genocide and plunder. US genocides perpetrated after 1945 will be prosecuted once economic power shifts to a China led plundered world. A plethora of lawsuits for restitution will make past illegal wars woefully unprofitable.
Rabbi Lerner’s Introductory Note: The vote by a majority in the UK to exit from the European Union (Britain exiting, now called Brexit) is actually a cry of pain by the working people of Britain, and a reflection of the growing pain that will shape the social and political lives of our world in the coming decades till that pain is fully addressed.
Calls by human rights campaigns group, Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK )for a ban on the use of Taser firearms against people detained on locked psychiatric wards, will be among amendments debated on the second day of report stage of the Policing and Crime Bill in the House of Commons on Monday 13th June 2016.