Archive for December, 2018

News and Analysis (12/4/18)

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

PA leader Abbas sends condolence letter to president George W. Bush, whose late father pushed for major Israeli-Palestinian peace conference and attempted to “link $10b loan guarantees to cessation of settlement activities”:

“Her planned trip is a swift rebuke of a decades-old tradition for newly elected members: a junket to Israel sponsored by the education arm of … AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobby group”:

Meeting resistance from within their party, Republicans who consider any mosque-going Muslim must be be anti-Constitution and associated with terrorism invite local leaders to listen to a conspiracy peddler, a move that might exacerbate a blue turn in the conservative county:

“Given the confidentiality of the proceedings and the security nature of the case, I cannot disclose details about the court’s verdict” — Shahidi’s lawyer Mostafa Turk Hamedani:

“Although Indonesia is largely secular, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation continues to imprison those deemed to denigrate or practise unorthodox versions of the country’s six officially recognised religions of Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism”:

Are Rand Paul’s “libertarian instincts, which make him skeptical of foreign aid” strong enough to stand up to the Israeli lobby which demands American tax money for its costly battle against the arc of history in support of  apartheid?

“Israel has long been accused of pressuring sick Palestinians or their relatives into collaborating in exchange for a permit to leave Gaza for treatment, as well as blackmailing closeted LGBTQ Palestinians into spying on their neighbours”:

News and Analysis (12/1/18)

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

The murderer “raped her while she lay unconscious and dumped her body in a pond” but the “County Commonwealth’s Attorney … agreed to take the death penalty off the table” because potential confirmation of “severe intellectual disability” may have prevented it anyway …

… and in another case, “Dawud Walid, executive director of Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan, [asks] why, if the man is insane, he wasn’t given mental health treatment instead of a light jail sentence”:

“These concentration camps … where Uighur Muslims are remade into atheist Chinese subjects” are part of program that extends to children who are separated from parents to be placed into orphanages “disguised as schools” for indoctrination “into loyal subjects who embrace atheism and Han customs”:

The county’s “Republican Party chairman … “emailed a letter to Tarrant County Chair Darl Easton asking him to ‘reject a bigoted effort launched by at least one of your precinct chairs to remove a Muslim individual from your leadership and remove another precinct chair who is married to a Muslim'”:

“Mr Amin’s tone appears to be moderating,” which worries some secular minded who fear that his “apparent lack of fixed beliefs makes [him] dangerous”:

CNN gave no reason for dropping the Temple University professor after ADL and other Zionist groups objected to his call for ‘”a single secular democratic state for everyone’ in a meeting at the UN marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Wednesday” …

… “It doesn’t matter if justice is on your side. You have to depict your position as just.” — Benjamin Netanyahu. “The best answer to propaganda is not counter-propaganda — it’s understanding how propaganda operates so it can’t work on you anymore. ” — Roger Waters:

“In recent weeks, Israel has arrested dozens of Palestinian activists for alleged illegal political activity. It demolished Palestinian shops for failing to have permits, a court has cleared the way for settlers to move in to an Arab neighborhood and the” mayor is trying to shut down UN relief operations on the city: