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Israel's real target is not Hamas: It's any possibility of Palestinian statehood

By Dan Glazebrook, Middle East Eye
Sunday, Aug 17, 2014

All colonial settler states are based on the violent dispossession of the native peoples – and as a result, their fundamental and overriding aim has always been to keep those native peoples as weak as possible. Israel’s aim for the Palestinians is no different.

Palestinian statehood is clearly an obstacle to this goal; a Palestinian state would strengthen the Palestinians. Genuine sovereignty would end Israel’s current presumed right to steal their land, control their borders, place them under siege, and bomb them at will. That is why Netanyahu’s Likud party platform “flatly rejects the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state west of the Jordan river.”; that is why Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated for even suggesting some limited self-governance for the Palestinians; and that is why every proposal for Palestinian statehood, however limited and conditional, has been wilfully sabotaged by successive Israeli governments of all hues.

Within three years of the 1993 Oslo declaration, for example, which promised self-governance for Palestinian areas, foreign minister Ariel Sharon was urging “everyone” to “grab as many hilltops as they can” in order to minimise the size and viability of the area to be administered by Palestinian Authority. The 1999 election of a Labour Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, made no difference, ushering in “a sustained commitment by Israel’s government to avoid full compliance with the Oslo agreement”, according to Jimmy Carter, most notably in the form of the greatest increase in illegal Israeli settlements that had yet taken place. The popular story that Barak had made a ‘generous offer’ on Palestinian statehood at negotiations in Taba in 2001, turned out to be a complete myth.

In the 2000s, the stakes were raised by the discovery of 1.4 trillion cubic metres of natural gas in Gaza’s territorial waters, leading Israel to immediately strengthen its maritime blockade of Gaza to prevent Palestinian access to the reserves. But Palestinian sovereignty over this gas would obviously enormously strengthen the economic position of any future Palestinian state – and thus made the Israelis more determined than ever to prevent such a state from coming into being.

Full article: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/15/israels-real-target-is-not-hamas/

Facing Rising Ocean, Pacific Island Town Must Relocate

Published on Monday, August 18, 2014
by Common Dreams

Under threat from climate change, “relocation is the only option available that will keep the community safe," maritime engineer says
byDeirdre Fulton, staff writer"

A boy pilots a boat into Taro Island, Choiseul, Solomon Islands (Photo: IUCNweb/Manuai Matawai)

In an unprecedented move that illustrates the dramatic impacts of planetary global warming, one community in the South Pacific has decided it has no choice but to pick itself up entirely and flee for higher ground.

All too aware of their vulnerability to the effects of climate change — such as rising sea levels and extreme weather events — communities in the Pacific Islands have long acknowledged that their very existence is threatened by global warming.

But now, authorities in a town on Taro Island, a coral atoll off Choiseul in the Solomon Islands that sits less than seven feet above sea level, have decided to relocate to the mainland in response to increasing coastal hazards including tsunamis, storm surges, and erosion. The exodus from Choiseul Bay Township, the provincial capital that's currently home to about 500 people, will take place over many years. It is the first such official migration — of people, services, and facilities — in the Pacific Islands.

According to Reuters, "the groups behind the Choiseul adaptation plan said it is being hailed by the Solomon Islands national government as a model for other provinces across the nation and more broadly across the Pacific."

Full article: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/18/facing-rising-ocean-pacific-island-town-must-relocate

The Carnage of Capitalism

Published on Monday, August 18, 2014
by Common Dreams

by Paul Buchheit


Global Greed

Lives are being ravaged by unregulated, free-market capitalism, in the U.S. and around the world. According to the Global Forum for Health Research, less than 10 percent of the global health research budget is spent on the conditions responsible for 90 percent of human disease.

And the greed is getting worse. Perhaps it's our irrational fear of socialism, peaking in the years after World War 2, that has inspired our winner-take-all culture. In the Reagan era we listened to Margaret Thatcher proclaim that "There is no such thing as society."

In a more socially-conscious time, in 1955, after Dr. Jonas Salk had developed the polio vaccine, he was asked by reporter Edward R. Murrow: "Who owns the patent on this vaccine?" Responded Salk, "Well, the people, I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?"

A free-market capitalist might remind us that a skillful hedge fund manager can make as much as a thousand Jonas Salks.

Full article: http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/18/carnage-capitalism

Calls for Revolution, Civil Disobedience in Pakistan as Protests Continue

Published on
Monday, August 18, 2014
byCommon Dreams

“There is only one way to get rid of this government, which is to launch a civil disobedience campaign from today,” Khan told protesters Sunday"

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Opponents of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have issued calls for a revolution and mass civil disobedience as days of protest bring chaos to the capital of Islamadad.

Tens of thousands of people have been taking part in demonstrations led by former cricket star-turned politician Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) party and cleric and activist Tahirul Qadri of the Pakistan Awami Tehreek party.

The two have called for Sharif to resign, accusing his government of fraud. On Thursday they began separate convoy protests from Lahore to the capital.

“There is only one way to get rid of this government, which is to launch a civil disobedience campaign from today,” Khan told protesters Sunday.

Full article: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/18/calls-revolution-civil-disobedience-pakistan-protests-continue

#Ferguson: CNN is lying! And we're facing the police again

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I have not slept for days. Last night I stood again at the front lines of a mass protest in Ferguson, Missouri. We were marching peacefully, calling for justice in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown last week.

NEWS FLASH: I will be interviewed tonight at 7:00 PM ET on the nationally-syndicated Thom Hartmann Show (listen live).

Michael Brown rally, Ferguson MO

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou (in red keffiyeh, to camera left of Rev. Jesse Jackson)

Ferguson is home for me.

My sister lives here. I was born and attended high school in Saint Louis. I served as youth pastor at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Saint Louis; taught alternatives to gang violence at Stevens Middle School; and directed the Fellowship Center in the Cochran Housing Project.

Last night at about 9:00 p.m., a battalion of military tanks descended upon us. These heavily armed police forces gave an order to disperse. But within moments, they started shooting tear gas and sound grenades. Women and children were trapped on a ledge and the police continued to shoot tear gas.

CNN and other mainstream media misled their audiences last night, uncritically giving Capt. Ron Johnson the space to report that we nonviolent protesters were the cause of the confrontation.

This is wrong! The police started the violence by attacking our peaceful action. The continued to move down the street, shooting tear gas and eventually rubber bullets. It was sheer pandemonium.

This is despicable, and this is evidence of how the mass militarization of local police units (as discussed in this New York Times op-ed by FCNL's Elizabeth Beavers and Michael Shank) is used to target our communities and incite violence rather than lead to peaceful resolution of conflict.


The Murder Of Our Kin In Gaza: Dutchman Returns Righteous Medal To Israel,

Which He Says No Longer Gets to Judge Matters of Righteousness

byAbby Zimet, staff writer

Friday, August 15, 2014

As protests continue against the Israeli assault in Gaza - including the arrest of Australian protesters who stormed a subsidiary of an Israeli arms manufacturer in Melbourne - another singular, dignified protest: Henk Zanoli, a 91-year-old Dutch man declared Righteous Among the Nations for saving a Jewish child during the Nazi occupation - during which his family worked with the Resistance and his parents perished in death camps - returned his medal after six of his relatives were killed by an Israeli bomb in Gaza. In a letter to Ambassador Haim Davon, Zanoli explained that he and his family had strongly supported the idea of a Jewish homeland, but "over more than six decades I have however slowly come to realize that the Zionist project had from its beginning a racist element in it."

“Against this background it is particularly shocking and tragic that today, four generations on, our family is faced with the murder of our kin in Gaza. Murder carried out by the State of Israel...For me to hold on to the honour (would) be both an insult to the memory of my courageous mother who risked her life and that of her children fighting against suppression and for the preservation of human life as well as an insult to those in my family (who) lost no less than six of their relatives in Gaza at the hands of the State of Israel."


Noam Chomsky: The Nightmare in Gaza

AlterNet / By Noam Chomsky

"There is no place in the prison of Gaza safe from Israeli sadism."

August 7, 2014 |

Amid all the horrors unfolding in the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza, Israel’s goal is simple: quiet-for-quiet, a return to the norm.

For the West Bank, the norm is that Israel continues its illegal construction of settlements and infrastructure so that it can integrate into Israel whatever might be of value, meanwhile consigning Palestinians to unviable cantons and subjecting them to repression and violence.

For Gaza, the norm is a miserable existence under a cruel and destructive siege that Israel administers to permit bare survival but nothing more.

Full article: http://www.alternet.org/world/noam-chomsky-nightmare-gaza?akid=12132.44541.F64lfR&rd=1&src=newsletter1015650&t=3&paging=off¤t_page=1#bookmark

Critical Moment in Palestinian Struggle

Sweeping analysis with important inspiration for worldwide uprising against imperialism & why fear must not rule any of us. With final remarks linking to Ireland. Deirdre Griswold. 8/7/14


A world outraged supports Gaza demonstrations
By Chris Fry on August 14, 2014


Aug. 9 — Sometimes by the hundreds, sometimes by the thousands, sometimes even by the hundreds of thousands, people marched in city after city around the globe in support of the people of Gaza. Many were responding to a call by a coalition of Palestinian mass organizations to come out to support the movement for boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel.

From London to Cape Town, from Paris to Amman, from Berlin to Tokyo, from Marseilles to Melbourne, from Delhi to Helsinki, from Dublin to Valencia to Bangkok, even to Tel Aviv, in many different languages, with chants and signs and banners, the world’s people sent one message loud and clear — stop the horrendous U.S.-sponsored Israeli onslaught against the besieged Palestinian people of Gaza!


Israel causes Gaza health crisis

By Sharon Eolis on August 15, 2014

Imagine living on the Gaza Strip, an outdoor prison 25 miles long and about 5 1/2 miles wide, where 1.7 million Palestinians reside. The sea is contaminated with sewage because four sewage plants have no fuel to run the generators to treat human waste, due to a lack of funds to buy the fuel. The few plants left are keeping this waste from running into the streets of Gaza City, where 600,000 people live. The Rafah border controlled by Egypt has been closed for many months, so no goods, food or medicine can come in. The people cannot leave to get health care, see family or work.

Dr. Mads Gilbert went to Gaza in June to evaluate the health status there and prepare a report for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). The U.N. organization runs health clinics and provides food supplements to Gaza.

Dr. Gilbert interviewed health care workers and patients at hospitals and UNRWA clinics, and worked at the Al Shifa Hospital. He visited sewage plants, water stations and hospitals, viewing the lack of equipment and medicine and basic supplies. The hospital staff had not received a paycheck since March. Many of these conditions were similar to what we saw on an Iraq Sanctions Challenge trip during the period of U.S. sanctions on that country.

According to Dr. Gilbert’s report, 90 percent of the drinking water is unfit to drink. More than one-third of the households in Gaza are supplied with running water for six to eight hours only once every four days. (unrwa.org)

Food insecurity imposed by the Israeli blockade and the halt of tunnel trade has limited food and other basic needs. The result is that 72.8 percent of the children under the age of 2 have anemia and 31.4 percent have stunted growth due to the lack of food calories for growth and development.

Full article: http://www.workers.org/articles/2014/08/15/israel-causes-gaza-health-crisis/

A Call to Arms: Defend Venezuela

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

By Daniel Kovalik, Telesur
Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

I am currently reading a biography about one of my heroes, Paul Robeson. Among the things that impress me is the story of Paul visiting Spain during the civil war to sing to the international brigades who travelled from all over the world, including from the U.S., to defend the Spanish Republic against the fascists.

​This has made me wonder where that type of spirit of internationalism is at the present. And, I would submit that if any country deserves such international help right now, it is Venezuela – a country that stands out as a beacon of social equality, democracy and internationalist self-sacrifice, though one would never know this from the mainstream press.

In terms of its own internationalism, I was greatly moved this week when I learned that Venezuela is sending 16 tons of humanitarian aid to Gaza. In addition, Venezuela has offered to take in Palestinian children displaced by the current conflict and have offered to train hundreds of Palestinian doctors. This should be enough to warm the cockles of anyone’s heart and to make Venezuela a country worthy of international solidarity and defense.

Venezuela has also been quite successful in advancing the cause of grassroots democracy since Hugo Chavez was elected President in 1998. Defending Venezuela’s democratic gains in a recent article, Chilean writer Pedro Santander put it well when he explained:

In the end, as Noam Chomsky opined last year, Chavez led “the historic liberation of Latin America” from the over 500 years of subjugation.

Full article: http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_67306.shtml
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