Lawlessness / Ruined – part 32

Nazi Israel’s work

“UN: Israel Kills 295 Palestinians and Injures 29,000 in 2018” by Robert Inlakesh (Al-Masdar News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (7:30 P.M)- The United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) documented the killing of 295 Palestinians, by Israeli forces, as well as the injuring of 29,000 Palestinians in 2018.

According to the new OCHA documentation, of the 295 Palestinians killed this year by Israeli forces, 57 have been children. A total of approximately 7,000 injuries were children.

From The Straits Times:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Israeli Air Force pilots’ graduation ceremony at Hatzerim air base in southern Israel, on Dec 26, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

“Israel signals it is ready to go it alone in Syria as US prepares to withdraw” by Gil Yaron (The Straits Times)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

TEL AVIV – An appointment with the Israeli army is always a welcome opportunity for politicians to pose for cameras. Given April’s early elections, it was therefore hardly surprising Mr Benjamin Netanyahu used the closing ceremony of the 177th Fighter Pilot Course to remind his constituents that as Israel’s Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, he is also his country’s Supreme Commander…

In his speech to the cadets, the Prime Minister said: “We will not abide an Iranian entrenchment in Syria. We are taking action against it aggressively and powerfully, including in these very days.”

Nazi Netanyahu will abide all the great powers, and their terrorist proxies, surrounding and menacing Syria, but Iranians, who are in Syria at Bashar al-Assad’s invitation, aiding in pushing back against the multitude of terrorists attacking Syria, are something which Israel will not abide, even if it’s utterly improper for Israel to tell Assad who he can and cannot invite into his country. And be clear about something, NO ONE is attacking Israel. When targetted by rapacious, lawless entitites like Nazi Israel, self-defense by the victims is seen as a crime by the aggressor. What’s new?

“REVEALED: Israel’s IDF Used Passenger Airliners as Cover During Christmas Day Attack on Damascus” by ? (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Yesterday, Israel carried out an unprovoked Christmas Day attack against Syria…

More shocking details were revealed today, as the Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed that the IDF jets flew in to firing position – just as two civilian passenger airliners were in the air preparing for their landings into both Beirut and Damascus airports.

As a result, Syrian military defense units did not deploy its surface-to-air missiles and electronic jamming “to prevent a tragedy” and instead allowed Damascus air traffic control divert one of its passenger flights to an emergency destination at Khmeimim in Latakia.

Israel’s IDF would have been fully aware of these passenger airline flights, and therefore would have specifically chosen this exact position and timing in order to carry out their air operation against Syria. Based on this, one can logically conclude then that the IDF placed those civilian flight in danger, and that the Israeli military used those civilian airline flights as cover to increase their odds of executing a successful military airstrike.

One of the fascists’ talking points in their endless attack on virtually defenseless Palestinians is that Hamas fighters use civilians and civilian infrastructure as shields. It mischaracterizes the situation entirely and is essentially not true. There’s nowhere for Palestinian fighters to go in Gaza, any part of which can be bombed out of the blue by the most moral army in the world, namely the IDF. Try being a Hamas defender against the armed-to-the-teeth Israelis. They aren’t the gutless killers that the IDF, safe in their unthreatened jet fighter cockpits are. Palestinians have no tanks, no jets and no sophisticated weaponry at all. And they live in the rubble of their open air prison while the ruined world looks on and yawns.

“Second Migrant Child Dies at US-Mexico Border” by ? (Sputnik)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

An eight-year-old boy from Guatemala died shortly after midnight on Christmas Day after being apprehended over an illegal entry attempt within the past month…

The agency said that the cause of death had not been determined, and that the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector-general and the Guatemalan government had been notified.

On December 8, a seven year-old Guatemalan girl died two days after she was apprehended together with her father for illegal entry into the United States as part of a group of 163 undocumented immigrants. According to human rights activists, the girl died from septic shock, fever and dehydration. The US authorities said that the girl did not consume any food or water for several days. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Jakelin’s death was “a very sad example of the dangers of this journey.”

Apparently, The Guatemalan consul in Phoenix has identified the young boy as Felipe Gomez Alonzo.

“WATCH: Australian Cop Shoves Driver, Tells Him ‘Go Back to China'” by ? (Sputnik)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Australia’s New South Wales Police launched an investigation this week into a recent incident in which an officer was filmed shoving a driver during a routine stop and then instructing him to “go back to China.”

The confrontation, which took place on Tuesday, was filmed and later shared on social media by local resident Caleb Strik, who told Daily Mail Australia that he was shocked when he came upon the interaction…

“Where do you come from?” the officer asks after approaching the vehicle. Although the driver’s response is inaudible, the patrolman responds by telling the driver to “go back to China.”

Within seconds, things escalate even further, with the officer motioning toward the vehicle’s steering wheel before abruptly pushing the driver against the driver’s seat. It’s presently unclear what exactly prompted this action by the officer.

Additional videos recorded by Strik capture his own confrontation with the officer, in which he questions the official’s behavior. “I’m recording this to make sure you understand… I have a video of you hitting the worker. You also told him to ‘go back to China,'” Strik tells the cop.
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From Axis of Logic :
US writer Max Blumenthal talking to radio workers at the burnt out shell of a radio station attacked by opposition activists in May this year (Source: author)

“Failed Regime Change in Nicaragua. OAS and Amnesty International: Killing, Torturing Sandinistas Is OK” by Stephen Sefton (Global Research via Axis of Logic)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Between April and July this year, Nicaragua suffered an extremely violent attempt at regime change supported by the US government and its allies. Crucial integral components of that coup attempt were bad faith reporting by international human rights organizations and extremely distorted news coverage by Western media. Partisan human rights organizations and media falsely blamed Nicaragua’s Sandinista government for almost all the deaths during the coup, when the reverse is true. Over two hundred Sandinista supporters, uninvolved passers-by and police were killed and hundreds suffered intimidation, abuse and torture at the hands of the US supported opposition forces. By default, organizations like the Inter American Commission for Human Rights and Amnesty International make clear they could hardly care less…

In Nicaragua’s case, two events demonstrate this reality very clearly. Firstly, Western reports on Nicaragua either completely omitted or else glibly dismissed the murderous attack last May on a Sandinista media outlet, Nuevo Radio Ya. The attack resulted from a false sensationalist claim by Miguel Mora, of the opposition’s propaganda outlet 100% Noticias, that his TV station was under attack that day. Mora appealed for opposition activists to attack Nuevo Radio Ya, which they did, setting it on fire, holding over 20 radio staff under siege and then shooting at firefighters and police attempting to control the fire and rescue the people inside.

Mark Kastel and Jim Goodman with Jim’s Cows

“Dairy farming is dying. After 40 years, I’m done.” by Jim Goodman (The Cornucopia Institute)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

After 40 years of dairy farming, I sold my herd of cows. The herd had been in my family since 1904; I know all 45 cows by name. I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to take over our farm — who would? Dairy farming is little more than hard work and possible economic suicide.

A grass-based organic dairy farm bought my cows. I couldn’t watch them go. In June, I milked them for the last time, left the barn and let the truckers load them. A cop-out on my part? Perhaps, but being able to remember them as I last saw them, in my barn, chewing their cuds and waiting for pasture, is all I have left.

My retirement was mostly voluntary. Premature, but there is some solace in having a choice…

We survived the 1980s, when debt loads became impossible for many farmers and merely incredibly onerous for the lucky ones. Interest rates went up , export markets plummetedafter a wheat embargo against the Soviet Union, oil prices soared, inflation skyrocketed, and land prices began to collapse. More than 250,000 farms died that decade, and more than 900 farmers committed suicide in the upper Midwest alone.

Farms felt the impact most directly, but there were few in rural communities who were untouched. All the businesses that depended on farm dollars watched as their incomes dried up and the tax base shrank. Farm foreclosures meant fewer families and fewer kids, so schools were forced to close . The Main Street cafes and coffee shops — where farmers talked prices, the weather and politics — shut down as well.

As devastating as the 1980s were for farmers, today’s crisis is worse. Ineffective government subsidies and insurance programs are worthless in the face of plummeting prices and oversupply (and tariffs certainly aren’t helping). The current glut of organic milk has caused a 30 percent decrease in the price I was paid for my milk over the past two years. The new farm bill, signed by President Trump on Thursday, provides modest relief for larger dairy farmers (it expands some subsidies, and farmers will be able to pay lower premiums to participate in a federal program that offers compensation when milk prices drop below a certain level), but farmers don’t want subsidies; all we ever asked for were fair prices. So for many, this is little more than another PR stunt, and the loss of family farms will continue.

Two things have to go: 1. human imperfection and corruption 2. money.

From Narwhal:
Bitumen from the Alberta oilsands is extracted using steam assisted gravity drainage or SAGD, an in-situ method, at Nexen’s Long Lake facility. Photo: Jason Woodhead / Flickr

“Canada won’t perform an environmental review of most new oilsands projects. Here’s why.” by James Wilt (The Narwhal)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

When it comes to the oilsands, there’s a particular gloss that accompanies industry’s presentation of in-situ extraction.

Unlike the pronounced nature of open-pit mines, with the accompanying heavy haulers and seemingly endless horizons of tailings ponds, in-situ — meaning in ground or in place — operations have a much less visible footprint.

Cenovus has gone so far as to dub these operations — which require the injection of steam underground to heat viscous oil, allowing it to be pumped to surface — “a different oil sands.”

While they certainly do represent the future of the oilsands — in-situ projects have already outpaced mining production and are set to increase by one million barrels per day by 2030 — they also come with their own set of problems.

In-situ oilsands operations are incredibly greenhouse gas-intensive — requiring copious quantities of natural gas, often obtained from fracking, to produce the steam that’s injected underground.

Operations require extensive roads and seismic lines that expose threatened caribou to an increased risk from wolves and create habitat disturbances that are connected to low reproduction and calf survival rates. These compounding impacts to caribou are part of the underlying justification of the province’s controversial wolf cull.

And the proposed use of solvents as a substitute for steam has given new rise to long-held concerns about groundwater contamination from steam-injection processes.

“It devours our land” by Aaron Vincent Elkaim (The Narwhal)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Surrounded on three sides by oilsands operations, the Fort McKay First Nation has benefited tremendously from industrial development — while also experiencing firsthand its environmental consequences.

While the nation has historically supported nearby operations, when Prosper Petroleum proposed a 10,000 barrel per day oilsands project near Moose Lake, an area of sacred cultural value for the people of Fort McKay, the community reached a tipping point.

The nation filed a lawsuit against the province of Alberta on December 3, after years of effort to prevent the proposal from going forward failed to protect the treasured region and the Fort McKay way of life.

The lawsuit contends that, because of significant forestry, mining, oil and gas development and road building, Fort McKay’s ability to practice treaty rights — to hunt, fish, trap and gather medicinal plants — relies almost exclusively on their continued access to the relatively intact landscape surrounding Moose Lake…

What has brought significant environmental impact has also offered impressive economic returns, rarely afforded to First Nations on reserves…

Chief Jim Bouchier, first elected in 1986, has held office in the community for 27 of the interim years. He is chairman of the board for the Fort McKay Group of Companies.

“Jim believes the practice and preservation of the Fort McKay First Nation’s traditional ways of life can occur simultaneously alongside continuous and long-term sustainable oil sands development,” Fort McKay’s website states.

It is now in Bouchier’s name that a lawsuit has been filed against Alberta on behalf of the broader Fort McKay community.

Why would Jim Bouchier expect his corporate friends to behave any differently? However you slice it, These are ruined people who are ruining the liveable earth.


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