Lawlessness / Ruined – part 40

“What Do Netanyahu’s Racist Comments Say About Modern Israel?” by Robert Inlakesh (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The latest controversies of Benjamin Netanyahu began hitting the headlines this Saturday, when Netanyahu replied to the instagram comments of Israeli TV star, Rotem Sela, who questioned the language used by Israeli Culture Minister, Miri Regev, when referring to Arab parties in Israel. Netanyahu lashed out, claiming that Israel “is not a country of all its citizens” and is for “Jews alone”.

Roughly 25% of Israeli citizenship owners are Palestinians – or as Israel describes them “Arab Israelis” – and are second class citizens.

The Israeli PM is also under fire for working to secure an alliance between the Parties, Jewish Home- National Union and the Otzma Yehudit Party, which he will form a government with if he wins the April elections.

Otzma Yehudit finds its ideological origins in the former Israeli Kach Party, which openly called for the expulsion of all Arab citizens and the annexation of all land from the Euphrates River and Mediterranean Sea into Israel. I say former because the Party was once part of the Israeli Knesset, but is now outlawed in Israel as being too extreme.

Otzma Yehudit is most popular amongst Israeli illegal settlers in the West Bank, many fear that it will bring an even more extreme element to the already fascist acting Israeli government.
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Good grief! Robert calls Nazi Israel “fascist acting.” Whatever.

“Trump Regime Electricity War in Venezuela More Serious Than First Believed” by Stephen Lendman (Strategic Culture Foundation)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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On Thursday, Venezuela’s Guri dam hydroelectric power plant was cyberattacked at 5:00 PM during the late afternoon rush hour to cause maximum disruption.

Up to 80% of the country was affected, damage done more severe than initially thought. Weeks or months of planning likely preceded what happened – US dark forces almost certainly behind it, considerable expertise needed to pull it off.

On Friday, another cyberattack occurred, followed by a third one on Saturday, affecting parts of the country where power was restored, further complicating resolution of the problem, Maduro saying:

After power was restored to about 70% of the country, “we received another attack, of a cybernetic nature, at midday…that disturbed the reconnection process and knocked out everything that had been achieved until noon,” adding:

“(O)ne of the sources of generation that was working perfectly” was sabotaged again…infiltrators…attacking the electric company from the inside.”

Power is being restored “manually,” efforts continuing to learn precisely why computerized systems failed – things further complicated after a Bolivar state substation transformer exploded and burned, suggesting more sabotage…

ger for months, parts of the country continued to be affected by outages for some time.

Maduro’s government will need to marshal considerable technical expertise to fully resolve things – the type cybersecurity/anti-virus/security software skills Russia-based multinational firm Kaspersky Lab can provide.

It can also identify the attack’s source and lay blame where it belongs – the US most likely responsible. It clearly has motive, opportunity and expertise – waging war on Venezuela by other means to topple its government and gain another imperial trophy.
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“Bahrain opposition leader sentenced to six-months for tweets critical of Sudanese president” by ? (Morning Star)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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BAHRAIN’S former opposition leader Ebrahim Sharif was sentenced to six months in prison today for tweets critical of Sudan’s authoritarian President Omar al-Bashir who faces mass protests against his rule.

The country’s lower criminal court issued the jail term along with a 500 Bahraini dinar fine to suspend the sentence after Mr Sharif tweeted calls for an end to tyranny and freedom for the Sudanese people on December 25 last year.

Using the hashtag “Cities of Sudan rise up” he accused the Sudanese government of intensifying the situation and worsening conditions for the poor.

Mr Sharif is the former leader of the National Democratic Action Society (Wa’ad) which was shut down earlier this year as part of a clampdown on opposition in Bahrain.

He was summoned to court by the public prosecutor on December 30 for “insulting a head of state” and urging Mr Bashir to resign.
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“Israel’s DNA Screening for ‘Jewishness’ Epitomizes Discrimination in the EthnoState” by Whitney Webb (Geopolitics Alert)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Israel’s Chief Rabbi, David Lau, has openly admitted to the use of DNA tests to determine a person’s “Jewish ancestry” before allowing them to marry in Israel and be granted Jewish status. The practice, as so far revealed, has only been used on Jews from states that once comprised the Soviet Union, leading to accusations of discrimination and racism from prominent Israeli politicians, including former Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The practice was first made public in a report from religious service NGO ITIM that was published last week. The report detailed the accounts of around 20 Jewish couples who had been asked to undergo the procedure to determine whether one or both spouses were “genetically Jewish,” which is a condition of Jewish marriage registration that only the Chief Rabbinate can grant, given its control over Jewish religious rites in the country. Those who do not obtain the Rabbinate’s approval are unable to marry, as the Rabbinate, which is a part of Israel’s government, has exclusive control over religious marriages and only religious marriages are recognized by the state of Israel.

ITIM’s report led Israeli Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to first acknowledge but then deny the practice, while Lau confirmed its use but claimed that it was voluntary and used only in isolated cases.

A subsequent investigation by Ynet News, published on Monday, confirmed ITIM’s claims but suggested that Lau’s assurances of such tests being voluntary and used only in isolated instances were inaccurate.
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If you’re scratching your head over the idea of “genetically Jewish,” you’re not alone.

FILE – In this March 12, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks in Vandalia, Ohio. Trump wants to win the White House in November. House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to save the Republican Party for the future. Those goals put Trump and Ryan increasingly at odds over both tone and substance as the billionaire businessman barrels toward the GOP presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

“Trump Says US Should ‘Fully Recognize’ Israeli Sovereignty over Occupied Golan Heights” by ? (Al Manar TV)

From the above linked-to report:

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US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the United States should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.

“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Trump said in a tweet.

Trump called the territory “of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!”
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Regional stability? That’s what you have when terrorists are unleashed to punish and destroy leaders and people who don’t accept the global dictatorship of the United States, which nazi Israel is basically an extension of. How did Donald Trump ever get to be president of the United States? By being exactly the kind of person who is willing to think and talk the way we see him doing here. And the evil can all be traced back to capitalism.

“Trump beats up NATO members in American protection racket” by Finian Cunningham (RT News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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The capo-in-chief flew into Brussels like many feared he would, beating up on other NATO members with a combination of blackmail and extortion.

President Trump wants the others to cough up more dough for the “protection” provided to them by the United States. The American leader berated European heads of state as if they were naughty children, accusing them of “freeloading” on US military power for their defense over many decades, and of giving nothing back…

Christopher Black, a Canadian-based lawyer and analyst, described the proceedings as “an American shakedown” of the other 28 NATO members.

“Every American president has complained that the US is fronting the bill while its allies get a free ride. But nothing could be further from the truth… It is an aggressive military alliance created to serve mainly US interests,” wrote Black, in a commentary this week…

It is true the US military budget accounts for about 70 per cent of the total expenditure by NATO members. America’s annual military spend is about $700 billion or around 3.5 percent of its GDP. That compares with Germany’s $43 billion or 1.2 percent of GDP.

But to portray the discrepancy as being due to chivalrous American defense of allies is a self-serving distortion.

For a start, the United States’ gargantuan military spend is not out of altruistic commitment to “defending allies”. The gross misallocation of resources is a function of American capitalism and how its economy is dominated by a grotesque military-industrial complex.
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the ruined Donald Trump:

“The rich countries that we protect… are all notified. They will have to pay for our protection.”

the ruined Benjamin Netanyahu:

“The weak crumble, are slaughtered and are erased from history while the strong, for good or for ill, survive. The strong are respected, and alliances are made with the strong, and in the end peace is made with the strong… But our enemies know very well what Israel is capable of doing. They are familiar with our policy. Whoever tries to hurt us—we hurt them.” (See “Netanyahu’s credo, ‘weak are slaughtered, strong survive’ echoes Hitler” by Philip Weiss)

If international capitalism didn’t find Israel useful in its global (Corporatocracy) government program of pacification, Israel would be weak as a kitten. And kittens are tasty to monsters, which there are plenty of in this ruined world. Jeff Halper sheds much light on that reality in his book titled “War Against The People – Israel, The Palestinians And Global Pacification.”

“Ruin”

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