Lawlessness / Ruined – part 12

“Attacker stabs nine people at apartment complex housing refugees in Boise, Idaho” by Meenakshi Jagadeesan (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Nine people, including six children, were hurt in an attack carried out by a knife-wielding assailant in an apartment complex housing refugee families in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday night. Four of the nine are reported to be battling life-threatening injuries. Within hours, the police arrested Timothy Earl Kinner, a 30-year-old man from Los Angeles, California, for carrying out the attack. Kinner was booked into Ada county jail early Sunday morning on nine counts of aggravated battery and six felony charges of injury to a child…

Based on unofficial statements from family, friends and neighbors in the apartment complex, reports have indicated that the victims include an Iraqi woman and her children, as well as members of a Syrian family. The attack reportedly took place at a three-yea-old’s birthday party. Julianne D. Tzul, the executive director of the International Rescue Committee, told the Idaho Statesman, “We are shocked and saddened by this senseless attack on members of the Boise refugee community…This attack does not reflect, in any way, the tremendous welcoming nature of the Boise community we have worked with so closely…”…

Little information has come out about the assailant or his motives. Some of the news reports on the attack mention the fact that Kinner, though not a refugee, had been a temporary resident of the apartment complex until he was asked to move out on Friday, the day before the attack.

The attack takes place in the context of fascistic threats and racist rants directed against immigrants from Donald Trump. Last week, Trump tweeted, “We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no judges or court cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order.”
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“European Union intensifies campaign of terror against refugees” by Johannes Stern (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The European Union summit at the end of last week marked a dangerous turning point in post-World War II European history. The measures targeting refugees adopted in Brussels have exposed the EU for what it is: a reactionary instrument of the ruling classes. The EU is being used by the European governments, their mounting differences notwithstanding, to intensify their policies of militarism, repression and social attacks on the working class. With the Brussels summit, the EU has shifted far to the right, with rabidly nationalist and far-right forces setting the agenda.

The monstrous persecution of immigrants is an international phenomenon. In the United States, the Trump administration is ripping children from their parents and detaining them in cages, while planning a network of military camps to hold 120,000 people…

From Mondoweiss:
Eric Goldstein, CEO of the Jewish Federations in NY.

“US Jewish leader expresses compassion for refugees at US border– and contempt for Palestinian refugees” by Philip Weiss (Mondoweiss)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The head of a leading American Jewish philanthropic organization has expressed support for refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. And, in the same message: utter contempt for Palestinian refugees.

The hypocritical position is of course typical of the U.S. Jewish establishment, which is progressive on issues non-Palestinian. But that hypocrisy is rarely exemplified so purely as it is by Eric Goldstein, ceo of the NY Jewish Federation, writing a Sabbath letter last week.

“Trump administration rescinds right of detained immigrants to in-person court appearances in New York City” by Guillaume Garnier (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Last week, the New York City Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revoked the right of detained immigrants to appear in person in court. The decision, which is completely unprecedented, was made for appearances at the agency’s Lower Manhattan Court and has forced immigrants facing deportation proceedings to have their legal cases heard via video conferences.

ICE justified this flagrant attack on democratic rights by citing the presence of the “Occupy ICE NYC” demonstration in front of the Varick Street offices. From June 22 to June 24 the small protest group, comprising only about two dozen individuals, blocked the entrance to the immigration court where ICE deposes detained immigrants. ICE reacted by canceling all trials on Monday June 25. Usually the courthouse sees 30 to 40 cases every day…

The ramifications of this policy for detained immigrants are dire. A statement by the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project (NYIFUP), a pro bono legal group that represents immigrants, noted that “this unilateral decision by ICE to replace in-person appearances with video and audio teleconferencing would eviscerate the ability of NYIFUP providers to ensure due process for people facing removals … denying in-person appearances will impact due process, access to counsel, and exacerbate separation from families and loved ones.”

The statement went on to say that through in-person appearances “attorneys have increased immigrants’ rate of winning their cases by a factor of ten, showing that approximately one-third of people arrested and brought to court by ICE are actually entitled to remain in this country under the law.”

From WSWS:
Tsipras (left) meets Corbyn last week [photo from Greek Embassy in London Facebook page]

“UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hails Alexis Tsipras of Syriza” by Robert Stevens (WSWS)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Last week, Greek Prime Minister and Syriza (Coalition of the Radical Left) leader Alexis Tsipras visited the UK…

His most enthusiastic welcome, however, was afforded by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who tweeted of their June 26 meeting, “It was good to meet Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras today to talk about Brexit, the fight against austerity, and the crucial importance of international solidarity in our time. Governments can and must work together to support refugees fleeing war and devastation.”

Just who does Corbyn think he is fooling? What “fight against austerity” and support for refugees is he talking about?

If he were honest, Corbyn would have said that he discussed Syriza’s fight to impose austerity.

Khalida Jarrar

“Zionist Occupation Authorities Extends Detention of Palestinian Female MP” by ? (AFP via Al Manar TV)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Israeli occupation authorities have extended the detention without trial of a Palestinian politician by four months, ensuring she will remain behind bars for more than a year, the Zionist army said Thursday.

Khalida Jarrar, 55, was arrested on July 2, 2017 for being a senior member in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

The extension was decided on Monday by a military court but was made public Thursday.

From Consortium News:
Protestors at airports against Muslim ban in 2017.

“Supreme Court Ignored International Law in Upholding Muslim Ban” by Marjorie Cohn (Consortium News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The Supreme Court’s opinion last month in Trump v. Hawaii, affirming Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, has permitted the United States to act in flagrant violation of international law.

Under the guise of deferring to the president on matters of national security, the 5-4 majority disregarded a litany of Trump’s anti-Muslim statements and held that the ban does not violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which forbids the government from preferring one religion over another. Neither the majority nor the dissenting opinions even mentioned the U.S.’s legal obligations under international human rights law.

“This Is What Modern War Propaganda Looks Like” by Caitlin Johnstone (Rogue Journalist)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

I’ve been noticing videos going viral the last few days, some with millions of views, about Muslim women bravely fighting to free themselves from oppression in the Middle East…

Well, you may want to sit down for this shocker, but it turns out that they happen to be women from a nation that the US war machine is currently escalating operations against. They are Iranian.

Whenever you see the sudden emergence of an attractive media campaign that is sympathetic to the plight of civilians in a resource-rich nation unaligned with the western empire, you are seeing propaganda. When that nation is surrounded by other nations with similar human rights transgressions and yet those transgressions are ignored by that same media campaign, you are most certainly seeing propaganda. When that nation just so happens to already be the target of starvation sanctions and escalated covert CIA ops, you can bet the farm that you are seeing propaganda.

Caitlin is right of course. Especially revealing is the instructional memo to Rex Tillerson that she reports in in the above linked-to article. One could say that her article is focussed. Or one might point out that she could have been a wee bit more balanced, and supportive of Iranian women here, by pointing out that the hijab is, indeed, oppressive. It may not be extreme, in some ways. But, please, Don’t tell me that every frikkin adult female in Iran (or wherever) just happens to choose to wear head covering. They do so out of fear of what their ruined fellow male citizens, family and non family, would do to them if they didn’t. Are you okay with that Caitlin?

terrorist connections – assorted pics assembled by Eva Bartlett

“Bellingcat & Atlantic Council join to award exploited Syrian child & American mass murderer” by Eva Bartlett (In Gaza)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Just when we thought the over-used Bana al-Abed story was in the war propaganda dustbin, the wonder-child theme has again been re-hashed, this time by the Atlantic Council.

The so-called “think tank” recently highlighted the nine-year old at a conference that also included former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright.

Bana, the child presented to the world in late 2016 as tweeting from eastern Aleppo about wanting peace, Russia being bad, Assad being bad, etcetera, became colonial media’s darling, the perfect cover for war propaganda. We are told that Bana al-Abed has written a memoir. She has attended galas, met the Turkish president, and hobnobbed with movie stars and UN officials. Now, the girl has been trotted out on stage to receive an award from the Atlantic Council.

Absurdities of Syrian war propaganda

Critical-thinkers aren’t fooled by the Bana story. As I wrote earlier:

“Critiques on Amazon reveal that thinking people aren’t buying brand Bana, in spite of her UN appearance and rehearsed speech about children dying from bombs and hunger (which the United Nations retweeted, as all good neutral and credible institutions might).”

That her father was a member of a terrorist organization in Aleppo and worked in a Sharia Court has been documented, as has her family’s close proximity to numerous terrorist headquarters in their area of Aleppo alone.

But still, her official story is dragged on, endlessly.

From The Toronto Star:
U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid said Sunday that Amesbury and Salisbury remain open for business and urged people to visit. (Ben Birchall / The Associated Press)

“U.K. says woman poisoned by military-grade nerve agent has died” by Jill Lawless (from AP) and Gregory Katz (Toronto Star)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article/propaganda follows:

Tests at Britain’s defence research laboratory showed the pair was exposed to Novichok, the same type of nerve agent used to poison former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury in March.

There’s zero shame by the Star for this sort of evil. They straight up lie. They are counting on uncaring, distracted, ill-informed citizens to suck up their propaganda.

The above article is another example of the awfulness of the Toronto Star. Reportage in the Star that pertains to local events is much better. Reportage that is political and/or dealing with foreign policy is positively awful, because the Star’s owners and top management are ruined. Canada doesn’t have, contrary to tool Trudeau’s assertion, an independent foreign policy. Canadian governments simply follow the US’s lead and instructions.

related: “The Strange Case of the Russian Spy Poisoning” by James O’Neill

Andrew Phung (photo by Peter Power w Canadian Press)

“Kim’s Convenience actor Andrew Phung accuses Toronto police officer of racist comment” by Claire Floody (Toronto Star)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Phung said he was waiting to cross at the intersection of Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Rees St. — a spot he calls “a confusing mess on a good day” — with a group of about 20 other people when the light changed, and a driver he described as a person of colour hesitated while pulling through the intersection.

He said a uniformed police officer shouted at the driver to proceed, which the person did, but as the officer was walking back towards the sidewalk, Phung said he heard the officer say, “If you can’t drive, go back to your country.”

The 20 or so people around him audibly groaned, Phung said, and he responded by saying, “Not cool.”

“Anyone would have been confused at that intersection. Any Torontonian would have thought that area under the Gardiner on Lake Shore, on a Saturday Jays game, is confusing.”

Two other men then allegedly said, “No, totally cool. If you can’t drive go back to your f—— country,” Phung recounted…

Phung emphasized he has great respect for police officers and all first responders and by tweeting the situation he was not trying to pit the public against the police.

The officer was directing traffic on a busy Saturday during a Jays game, Phung said, and he wouldn’t have blamed him for expressing frustration at confused drivers, but he said a comment like that is never acceptable.

“There is no excuse for what he said, at all. In any situation.”

From Truthdig:
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduces new electronic products in 2012. A new report finds that Amazon violates its own anti-hate speech policies by allowing the sale of racist, anti-Semitic and other offensive products and content. (Reed Saxon / AP)

“Amazon Is Quietly Selling Racist, Anti-Semitic Products, Report Finds” by Ilana Novick (Truthdig)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Amazon prides itself on the ability to sell and deliver almost any product imaginable. It also creates television shows and movies and builds its own electronics like the Kindle and Echo and runs such businesses as Whole Foods, Audible and IMDb. However, what should not be included in its vast offerings, according to its own policies, are “products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views.”

A new report from the Partnership for Working Families and the Action Center on Race & the Economy, however, outlines how Amazon continues to sell products and host content in violation of the company’s own rules…

Among the items the researchers found are “a ‘Confederate Officer’ kids’ costume, which is stickered as ‘Amazon’s Choice,’ with the Confederate flag pin and patch gift set [and a] hangman’s noose lynching” decal.

Even babies are not exempt: “Parents looking for racist clothing for infants can purchase baby onesies featuring a burning cross.”

And for just $3 at the Kindle store (and more in hard copy), consumers can purchase “The Fable of the Ducks and the Hens: A Dramatic Saga of Intrigue, Propaganda and Subversion,” written by the founder of the American Nazi Party, George Lincoln Rockwell.


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