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Bibi: Goddam this moonshine’s good – give me more!
General Z: Think you’ve had enough – should go home now and–
Bibi: Awww put a sock in it and give me s’more – I’m in the middle of having a great fish-fish… fission: I mean vision–
General Z: Mr. Prime Minister, I urge you please stop drinking or you’ll–
Bibi snatches the bottle of moonshine from the General’s hand and takes a long spilling swig.
Exactly 26 years ago last week, peace was breaking out in a manner that the world had not experienced since June 1914. The Berlin Wall – the symbol of a century of state tyranny, grotesque mass warfare and the nuclear sword of Damocles hanging over the planet – had come tumbling down on November 9, 1989.
It was only a matter of time before the economically decrepit Soviet regime would be no more, and that the world’s vast arsenal of weapons and nuclear bombs could be dismantled.
Ninety-one percent of American voters say they’re willing to vote for a Jew. Other statistics are less encouraging
Is America ready to elect a Jewish president?
Ann Coulter did her part to draw attention to that question this week, when she sent out a tweet many believed was anti-Semitic implying Republicans only mentioned Israel because they thought it would win them Jewish voters. The question is also relevant now because Sen. Bernie Sanders is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, and happens to be of Jewish descent. This doesn’t mean that Sanders is trying to identify himself as “the Jewish candidate,” of course. “He’s not particularly observant, and he doesn’t spend a lot of time talking about or thinking about or advocating for Israel,” observed Robert Taylor, a political theorist at the University of Vermont who compared Sanders with the last major Jewish presidential candidate, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.). “He certainly has a secular Jewish background, but I think his role in American politics is much more importantly defined by Vermont liberalism than anything else.” Read the rest of this entry »
A leading pro-Hezbollah daily claimed on Tuesday that the party has joined a new counter-terror alliance with Moscow and that Russia will take part in military operations alongside the Syrian army and Hezbollah.
Al-Akhbar’s editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Amin wrote that secret talks between Russia, Iran, Syria and Iraq had resulted in the birth of the new alliance, which he described as “the most important in the region and the world for many years.”
The pardon is coinciding with the Eid and includes Jazeera’s prominent journalist Mohamed Fahmy and youth activists Sanaa Seif and Yara Sallam
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced on Wednesday the pardoning of 100 prisoners, including Al Jazeera’s television journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed and some prominent youth activists who were charged with violating the protest law.
The pardon, which also includes sick and elderly prisoners, is coinciding with the Muslim feast Eid Al-Adha. It also comes ahead of El-Sisi’s visit to New York on Thursday, where he is scheduled to attend the United Nations’ 70th General Assembly.
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has been joined by the Turkish and Palestinian leaders at the ceremonial opening of the Russian capital’s new main mosque.
Translation of audio: “God is great, god is great – a Russian jet – hovering in the northern skies – god is great – a Russian jet”. (Footage taken 2 days ago)
Emblem of CSTO
The intervention of the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organisation) against terrorism in Iraq and Syria may be the beginning of a world order based on the cooperation and defence of civilian populations, or, on the contrary, a period of East-West confrontation in which the West openly supports terrorism. Contrary to popular belief, this military deployment is aimed less at defending Iraq and the Syrian Arab Republic than the members of the CSTO themselves. It is therefore not negotiable. The debates in the UNO General Assembly and Security Council on the 30th September will reveal the response of Washinton and its allies. In any case, nothing will ever be the same.
While the Western Press persists in discussing possible Russian military support for President Bachar el-Assad, the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) has decided to fight terrorism in Iraq and Syria.
It would seem that the Western powers still fail to understand the consequences of their policies.
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The decision to equip Israeli police with the Ruger rifles was made nearly three weeks after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu urged security officials to consider changes to law enforcement policy, in order to deal with the stone throwers.
Israeli police can now use snipers to open fire on stone-throwing Palestinian and Bedouin youth in some parts of the country. While government officials say the snipers are non-lethal, the weapons have killed Palestinian children in the past.
DETROIT — It was close to midnight inside a community center in Dearborn as the religious leader spoke to a crowd of hundreds, many sitting on the floor because of the overflow crowd.
“We have to speak for Islam,” Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini implored the Muslim audience at the Bint Jbeil Cultural Center. “Because if you don’t speak for your religion … ISIS will speak for your religion,” he said, using another name for the Islamic State. “The extremists will speak for your religion.”
When the recent huge Mid east sandstorm was over, a new geopolitical landscape had emerged from the dust
[VT Editor’s note: Brother Engdahl has a good recap of the quickly shifting geopolitical sands in the Mid East. And it seems somewhat biblical after the tales we heard in Beirut about the endless stand storm that blanketed the whole region that seemed like a gritty taste of the end times.
When the storm was over and the air cleared, the hysteria of a Russian invasion of Syria had calmed down to the first US-Russian military talks about “deconfliction” in Syria to avoid any accidental shootings by either side. There are no demands that Russia pull out, and the US cannot threaten to intervene, because it already has.
Some in Congress are keen to share the latest bunker-busting technology, but Israel is skeptical.
Talk is heating up in Congress and the Pentagon about whether to share America’s massive new bunker-busting bomb as a warning to Iran, but Israel remains cool to the idea.
The proposal is expected to come up during next month’s visit to Washington by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon as well as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Nov. 9 meeting at the White House. Interviews with current and former top-ranking Israeli military officials, however, suggest a distinct lack of enthusiasm for a cumbersome super-weapon of dubious military value.
A few words about Palestinians Living within Israel from Israeli-Arab Poet Marwan Makhoul. *Recommended.
Despite calling for more transparency from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, Canary Mission refuses to identify its sponsors or organizers.
MINNEAPOLIS — A website that profiles activists from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement with the goal of ruining their careers is coming under fire, with some comparing it to McCarthyism.
The Canary Mission features profiles of dozens of activists, students, college professors and journalists which the site’s authors accuse of anti-Semitism and even having ties to terrorism. Among the alphabetical listings on the site is a profile of this journalist, along with over 100 others.
Netanyahu says he and Putin agreed on ways to avoid conflict between their forces in Syria. For years Israel has had a free hand to attack arms transfers to Hezbollah.
Tel Aviv — Seated at the Kremlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Vladimir Putin smiled and shook hands. At a follow-up media briefing, the Israeli leader announced a deal to avoid hostilities between their militaries in and around Syria.
Ann Coulter is very slick. She knows that her tweets last week put her entire political career in jeopardy, and now she is indirectly retreating. She has been dismissed by the online magazine Jewish World Review, and now the Zionist Organization of America is asking Fox News to let her go.
Coulter seems to be really desperate. Her tweets, she said, were “ripped out of context, chopped up and sent out in tweets with inflammatory headings.”
Here’s a media trend just about everyone can applaud. Mainstream outlets are publishing stories about the defeat of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, on the Iran Deal. The pieces are likely to cut AIPAC’s power even more.
National Public Radio did the story last week. So did Bloomberg News. You’ve rarely seen such frank descriptions of AIPAC’s power as offered in the Bloomberg piece. The very first paragraph cites Illinois Senator Dick Durbin’s dis to AIPAC in order to support the Iran deal:
OCCUPIED Jerusalem – Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned Tuesday of the risk of a new intifada after clashes last week at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound and with tensions rising as Jews and Muslims celebrate major religious holidays.
Abbas’s comments after meeting French President Francois Hollande in Paris came with peace efforts at a standstill for more than a year and a recent poll showing a majority of Palestinians support a return to an armed uprising.
Lebanon is to provide schooling for tens of thousands more children this year including Syrian refugees, the education ministry said on Monday, as the country tries to cope with the effects of the war next door.
Funding from international donors, UN refugee agency UNHCR and children’s fund UNICEF could see up to 100,000 more Syrian children, twice the number of last year, attend public schools for free, the ministry and organizations announced at a joint news conference.
Most people dread the intense security at Israel’s Ben Gurion airport — especially if they’re not Jewish. But when Amna Farooqi landed there before studying abroad in Jerusalem her sophomore year of college, she laughed her way through the seven hours she was detained.
“I was really amused,” she said. “I was also honest. I said, ‘I want to go to the West Bank. There’s an occupation, and I want to see it.’ I think they were a little bit like ‘Who is this?’
Can genocide be predicted and stopped before it starts?
Officials from the United States Holocaust Museum hope a new online tool will be able to do just that. If it works, policymakers may be able to determine which countries are at the greatest risk of descending into mass violence — and then decide how far they want to go to prevent it.
“Lebanon is brutally capitalist in its structures … all public infrastructures are run privately,” one analyst tells MintPress. “And so what you see today as a ‘revolution’ against the establishment is really a denunciation of Western capitalism.”
BEIRUT — Lebanon has been described as “the next domino to have fallen to the grand anti-establishment movement currently playing out in the Middle East” by Jawad Fairouz, a former Bahrain MP for Al Wefaq, Bahrain’s main opposition bloc and the largest political party in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
* Researchers need seeds of wheat, barley and grasses
* Vault built to safeguard food crops from cataclysm (Adds details of seed bank in Aleppo)
OSLO – Syria’s civil war has prompted the first withdrawal of seeds from a “doomsday” vault built in an Arctic mountainside to safeguard global food supplies, officials said on Monday.
OCCUPIED WASHINGTON — Mostly Shiite militias who are at the core of the Iraqi government’s strategy to combat the Islamic State group and have worked alongside the U.S. coalition battling that group detained hundreds of civilians and wreaked havoc on recaptured towns after their latest victory, Human Rights Watch argued in a report released today.
The militias have yet to release at least 160 of the men and boys they detained, the report states, adding that they have also demolished hundreds of homes and other buildings.
A poster of Assad, Putin and Nasrallah on a van in Lebanon. Caption translatio: Hands Off Syria.
Mr. Netanyahu said that Iran and Syria had sought to provide modern weapons to the militant group Hezbollah to open a second front against Israel.
The more we move into the High Holy Days, the more they look like their other name: The Terrible Days. To some, it seems as though the escalating chaos in East Jerusalem is orchestrated with the diplomatic campaign of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor, for one, stated his unequivocal thoughts about the matter when he commented, “When the Palestinians set the Temple Mount ablaze, Mahmoud Abbas fuels the fire, and the Security Council fans the flames; it is a recipe for a regional explosion.”
SodaStream, the home beverage company that has been targeted by critics of Israel, has offered jobs to 1,000 Syrian refugees.
The manufacturer of sparkling water and soda makers said it would hire the refugees to work at its new plant in the southern Israeli town of Rahat, according to I24News.tv.