Lawlessness / Ruined – part 8

“Report: Pro-Israel Groups Demand Changes to Virginia Textbooks” by Richard Edmondson (Fig Trees and Vineyards)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Grant Smith and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) have released a report on efforts by Israel advocacy groups to effect changes in textbooks used in public schools in Virginia…

A group calling itself the “Institute for Curriculum Services” proposed the changes to the Virginia Department of Education on February 28…

IRmep also outlines a number of “common themes” which emerge in the requested textbook changes. These include eliminating or replacing historical artwork created for predominantly Christian audiences; deletion of all references to “Palestinian territories”; as well as characterization of Judaism, i.e. Old Testament theology, as “God’s covenant” while relegating the tenets of Islam to mere expressions of “Muslim religious belief.”

Apparently the changes being sought in Virginia textbooks are a part of an overall nationwide effort. IRmep cites a spokesperson for the “Institute for Curriculum Services” who claims to have successfully made more than 11,000 changes to textbooks in US public schools.
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From Mondoweiss:
Boy in Umm al-Hiran prepares for demolition of his village by Israeli government to make way for Jewish settlement. (Photo: Mati Milstein)

“Umm Al Hiran is ethnically cleansed ‘voluntarily’” by Jonathan Ofir (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Last month, residents of the Israeli Bedouin village of Umm Al-Hiran, have finally “agreed” to be “relocated” to the Bedouin town (or what could be called a township) of Hura. Last year, they had experienced the police-execution of the teacher Yaqoub Mousa Abu Al Qia’an, during an ethnic cleansing operation there. All this is done in order to make space for a Jewish-only town under the name of Hiran.

And not just any kind of Jewish town. These are West-Bank religious-nationalist settlers, whose cooperative bylaws determine that a member must be “a Jewish Israeli citizen or permanent resident of Israel who observes the Torah and commandments according to Orthodox Jewish values”, as Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights has pointed out…

The residents have been fighting in the courts for nearly 15 years, but threats of an imminent new massive wave of demolitions to be executed promptly, coupled with the painful murderous experience of last year, left them feeling that they had no choice. In the early dawn hours of the 10th of April, Israeli police and demolition teams stood in the midst of the village. A community leader, Raed Abu al-Qia’an, said that the families of about 170 residents were forced to sign the ‘relocation’ agreement, fearing a repeat of the “blood and murder” of January 2017.

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“Woman yelling at group of men in Alberta Denny’s shows racism is part of Canada’s character” by Shree Paradkar (Toronto Star)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

“You’re dealing with a Canadian woman right now and I will leap across this table and punch you in the f–ing mouth,” she says. “Ignorant prick.”

Then the inevitable: “Go back to your own f–ing country. We don’t need you here.”

“You’re not Canadian,” she tells them. “No, you’re not Canadian.”

“Yes, we’re all Canadian,” says a male voice, now placed in a position of having to stake his humanity. “You’re a human being, I’m a human being. There’s nothing special about you.”

“No you’re not Canadian,” she keeps saying as he speaks, as if saying it often enough would make it true.

“Do you pay taxes here, my friend?” she asks.

“F–ing of course I pay taxes,” says the male voice. [Monir] Omerzai confirmed to me it was him.

“Really?” she says. “You pay our taxes?”

“White Yale Graduate Student Reported Black Classmate for Napping in Common Room” by ? (Alternet)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

A black graduate student at Yale spent more than 15 minutes being interrogated on her own campus because a white classmate reported her to campus police for napping in a common room…

The white student who reported [Lolade] Siyonbola is said to have called the police months prior when she witnessed a black friend of Siyonbola lost in the building.

From CBC:
Stephen Harper is shown at the 2017 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington on March 26. Canada’s former prime ministers and others signed a full-page ad in Wednesday’s New York Times that said U.S. President Donald Trump is ‘right about Iran.’ (Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press)

“‘You are right about Iran,’ Stephen Harper and other former PMs tell Trump in ad” by Catharine Tunney (CBC)

An excerpt from the above linked-to post follows:

Former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has added his name to a full-page ad in the New York Times with a message to U.S. President Donald Trump: “You are right about Iran.”


“I am tired of ‘unending expert witnesses’, pro-FGM doctor tells court” by Andrew Mbuva (Pambazuka News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

A doctor pushing for the legalisation of FGM told a court on Thursday that she was tired of “unending expert witnesses”.Tatu Kamau told a Machakos court that she had been receiving affidavits from these witnesses by email almost every day. It has become difficult to respond to them, she said when the case was mentioned, noting they have been sent since she filed her petition.

“I don’t know when this will stop because I am beginning to get tired.”

Presiding Judge David Kimei was quick to inform the petitioner that she ought to have prepared for such as the case is of much public interest. “It’s okay for interested parties to file affidavits since we are still in the pre-trial process. This is a matter of public interest so we cannot lock out anyone interested in the matter,” Kimei said.

Readers: FGM stands for female genital mutilation and that’s exactly what it is. I am against oppression, whether it’s mild (burqas etc) or severe (FGM).

Syrian Special Envoy Ghassan Obaid

“Syrian Witnesses Testify at OPCW Briefing in the Hague -No Chemical Weapon Attack in Douma- White Helmets Fabrication” – by Sarah Abed (The Rabbit Hole)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Today the OPCW held a Russian-organized briefing in The Hague with Syrian witnesses of the alleged Douma “chemical attack”.

“Syrian and Russian missions to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) brought 17 eyewitnesses to the OPCW HQ in The Hague to prove that the alleged chemical attack in Douma city is a fabricated play.” – SANA

It was stated that the doctors in the Douma hospital did not witness any patients with chemical weapons poisoning. Men rushed in screaming about chemical weapons and caused a big stir. They took advantage of a situation where patients were suffering from hypoxia or asphyxiation and tried to manipulate it into looking like a chemical weapon attack had taken place. The little boy that was shown in the White Helmets video was unnecessarily doused with cold water. One of the eyewitnesses testified that he noticed three individuals filming the chaos that was created on their cellphones.

From 21st Century Wire website:
Screenshot from leaked video showing murder of Syrian troops by armed smugglers in Israeli-occupied Golan territories, 2o12

“Did UN Peace-Keeping Troops Send Syrian Soldiers to Certain Death in Occupied Golan Territories in 2012?” by ? (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Shocking video footage has been leaked to Austrian media outlet “Falter”. An incident recorded in September 2012 has been sent to Falter by what appears to be a whistleblower. The video shows the Austrian UN “blue helmets” sending a Syrian border patrol to certain death in the occupied Golan territory close to the border between Syria and the Zionist state.
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Hassan and Jena

“Join Us in Calling for a Public Inquiry and Reforming Canada’s Extradition Law” by ? (Justice For Hassan Diab)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Recent CBC coverage of Dr. Hassan Diab’s ordeal highlights the role the Canadian Department of Justice played in facilitating Hassan’s extradition to France. When the case against Hassan was falling apart, after the defense discredited the French handwriting analysis, Senior Department of Justice lawyers urged French authorities to produce “new” handwriting analysis. Justice Department lawyers also suppressed fingerprint evidence showing Hassan’s innocence.

We urge you to join us in calling for an independent public inquiry into Hassan’s case and reforming Canada’s extradition law so that no other Canadian is subjected to such a flawed and unfair process. We do not have faith in an internal review by the Department of Justice which, in the first place, was responsible for Hassan’s ordeal.

“US Admits It “Lost” 1,500 Immigrant Children, Handed Many of Them Directly To Human Traffickers” by John Vibes (Activist Post)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

According to a Senate subcommittee testimony last week, nearly 1,500 immigrant children were lost in government arranged foster homes last year, with the suspicion that many of them were kidnapped by human traffickers.

During the hearing, Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota told child protection representatives with the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) that they were “the worst foster parents in the world.”

“You are the worst foster parents in the world. You don’t even know where they are. We are failing. I don’t think there is any doubt about it. And when we fail kids that makes me angry,” Heitkamp said.

Many of the children are still unaccounted for, but some of them who have been found were held captive by human traffickers in terrible conditions.

Julian Assange

“Ecuador hints it may hand over Julian Assange to Britain and the US” by James Cogan (BSNEWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Julian Assange is in immense danger. Remarks made this week by Ecuador’s foreign minister suggest that her government may be preparing to renege on the political asylum it granted to the WikiLeaks editor in 2012 and hand him over to British and then American authorities…

In 2010, WikiLeaks courageously published information leaked by then Private Bradley [now Chelsea] Manning that exposed war crimes committed by American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. WikiLeaks also published, in partnership with some of the world’s major newspapers, tens of thousands of secret diplomatic cables, exposing the daily anti-democratic intrigues of US imperialism and numerous other governments.

For that, Assange was relentlessly persecuted by the Obama administration…
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From Independent:
Shekh Qamber and his wife Adula Mahmoud Safar, Kurdish Yazidis facing persecution in Afrin Supplied

“Yazidis who suffered under Isis face forced conversion to Islam amid fresh persecution in Afrin” by Patrick Cockburn (Independent)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The Yazidis, who were recently the target of massacre, rape and sex slavery by Isis, are now facing forcible conversion to Islam under the threat of death from Turkish-backed forces which captured the Kurdish enclave of Afrin on 18 March. Islamist rebel fighters, who are allied to Turkey and have occupied Yazidi villages in the area, have destroyed the temples and places of worship the Kurdish-speaking non-Islamic sect according to local people.

“The Great March of the Return: Will the International Criminal Court Prosecute Israel for War Crimes?” by Dimitri Lascaris (Dimitri Lascaris)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Al Haq, a human rights organization founded in 1979 and based in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, has been meticulously documenting the Israeli military’s shooting of unarmed Palestinian protesters during the Great March of the Return, which began on March 30.

For the Real News, I speak to Al Haq researchers Rania Muhareb and Tareq Zaqqoot about Al Haq’s observations on the ground in Gaza.

As Rania and Tareq explain, Al Haq has compiled a compelling case of war crimes and has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel’s killing and wounding of children, medics, journalists and hundreds of other unarmed civilians.

From Mint:
Journalists attend a press conference of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, at the Royal Terminal of King Khaled airport, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, April 29, 2018. Pompeo is using the Middle East leg of his first trip abroad as America’s top diplomat to call for concerted international action to punish Iran for its missile programs. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

“Judge Who Gave Saudis a Free Pass Orders Iran to Pay $6 Billion to 9/11 Families” by Whitney Webb (Mint Press News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

NEW YORK – Iran has been ordered to pay a total of $6 billion to families of September 11 victims as part of a U.S. District Court ruling handed down on Tuesday. The ruling, ordered by U.S. District Judge George Daniels, blames Iran as well as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the country’s central bank for the deaths of the more than 1,000 victims of the terror attack whose families were part of the lawsuit.

Iran, however, has never been found to have any responsibility for the attacks, even by the U.S. government’s 9/11 Commission, and none of the 19 hijackers who participated in the attacks were Iranian citizens. Despite the lack of evidence linking Iran to the attacks, top media outlets – such as The New York Times – have erroneously called the terror attacks “Iranian-sponsored,” with little consequence.

“A Disturbing War Crime: Saudi Coalition Bombs Yemen Refugee Camp Killing Many Children” by Randi Nord (Geopolitics Alert)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Warplanes belonging to the U.S.-Saudi coalition carried out a series of airstrikes on a camp for displaced people in Yemen’s Hodeidah province on Monday. Out of the 14 fatalities, seven of which were children — some appear to be infants. The crime also killed three women and injured an additional nine civilians. Rescuers struggled to retrieve scattered bodies from the rubble for hours after the terror attack.

UNICEF called this crime “one of the deadliest attacks on children since the conflict in Yemen escalated in March 2015.” Saudi Arabia began their airstrike campaign against Yemen in March of 2015 with full military and intelligence support from the United States and several other countries. This means that not only does the U.S. provide bombs, but Washington also provides logistical support for selecting airstrike targets.

© Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters

“Saudis to shut female gym after ‘controversial’ video emerges of woman wearing Lycra” by ? (SOTT)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority has shut down a women’s fitness center in Riyadh after a video showing a woman working out in figure-hugging lycra unleashed a storm of controversy.

The video shows a woman, whose head, arms and chest aren’t covered, demonstrating kickboxing moves while wearing brightly colored sportswear in the Fit You fitness center.

“We are not going to tolerate this,” the head of the General Sports Authority, Turki al-Sheikh, tweeted along with a statement ordering that the center’s license be withdrawn.

“”Law as Farce””

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