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07.11 7,000+ Colleges and Universities Declare Climate Emergency and Unveil Three-Point Plan to Combat It [Fox News and Betsy DeVos never talk about this stuff so it must be Bull Shit, right?]
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Health Care & Environment
07.15 Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities [Non-corporate human animals make their annoying bleating sounds...]
07.14 A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels [The willfully ignorant needn't read more, Trump]
07.13 'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life [Willfully ignorant governments—having fired many of their best scientists—have made themselves too stupid to despair]
07.13 Trump administration to approve pesticide that may harm bees [The worst government money can buy!]
07.10 Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story [Fixing our world begins by educating your consciousness with the best truth from trustworthy news sources—so you'll then insist truly bad things will get fixed. But if instead you are educated by untrustworthy news sources—then your consciousness could be warped to where you are hating and fighting with your best friends. Clue: untrustworthy news sources never seriously report news about the world's most critical emergency—Global warming.]
07.09 Judge reinstates Madrid's low emissions zone [Yeh!]
07.07 How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World) [Hope they leave space between panels for wild flowers to grow so birds and butterflies can flourish!]
07.04 US produces far more waste and recycles far less of it than other developed countries [As expected—and made worse by Trump—the U.S. is best at being the worst]07.03 Booming LNG industry could be as bad for climate as coal, experts warn
07.03 Caravan of Americans battling diabetes heads to Canada for affordable insulin [3:36 video; Like Central Americans flee for their lives from criminal drug gangs, Americans flee for their lives for affordable pharmaceutical drugs]
06.30 The US military is a bigger polluter than more than 140 countries combined [Could a world-wide moratorium of military activity dramatically slow the climate crises?]
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US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
07.16 Turnstile teaching [The problem is NOT the color of students skin, as our fake President reflexively thinks. The problem is the lax attitude and deficient funding by government to always do a much better job for a better future.]
07.15 Sanders Accuses Biden of Parroting Pharma and Insurance Industry Script With Attacks on Medicare for All [Like Trump, Biden explains why he's unelectable every day.]
07.15 Trump Takes Pelosi's Side Against AOC and The Squad as Intraparty Fight Over Immigration Continues [Its about much more than immigration, its about the Corporate Dominance—by many of the same companies, even—over both major Political Parties. With too few exceptions, neither party has represented The Public since Nixon generously raised the minimum wage (Part D Medicare and ACA both became Frankenstein legislation due to excessive corporate price-fixing influence), and that has to change!]
07.14 Trump: People like Paul Ryan almost killed the Republican Party [Then it's too bad he didn't stay to finish the job!]
07.13 Trump's POS Labor Secretary, Acosta, Out. POS Number 2, Linked to Abramoff, to Fill Role [A willingness to perform criminal behavior seems the only competency required...]
07.15 Australia 'deeply concerned' about China's treatment of Uighur people [What are the reasons, exactly, that justify harsh imprisonment of a million people?]
07.15 Zuma tells South Africa corruption inquiry he is victim of foreign plot [Unaccountable corrupt governments are so in fashion these days...]
07.14 Warren vows to probe U.S. crimes on immigrants if elected [Can you imagine living in a nation with a working Justice System? How far we've fallen!]
Economics & Corrupt Capitalism
International & Futurism
07.15 Australia now has the highest minimum wage in the world [From 1960 to 2018 – the U.S. has fallen from 1st place to below the tenth place and off the chart]
07.14 At least 24 Yellow Vests lost eyes in violent protests. Now they're more determined than ever [Protests of all kinds will continue until systemic inequality loses political dominance]
07.13 After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning [Since so-called modern humans evolved there have been 10,000 generations of people. It is extremely far-fetched to think anyone is racially pure. SO ALL THIS HATE IS INCREDIBLY STUPID.]
07.13 Brazil’s President May Appoint Son, Friend to the Trumps, as Ambassador to U.S. [Friend of the Trumps, so we know they're all brain-dead except about near-term profits. They are clear-cutting the Amazon Rain Forest to feed-then-butcher millions of methane farting cows, over and over. Yep, that's there business plan. So therefore the rest of the world will hopefully plant billions of trees elsewhere to sequester CO2 to offset what the Bolsonaro family and investors are destroying. What's wrong with this picture?]
07.13 Trump’s Cruelty and Mexico’s Duty [Our president is immoral to his core and reacts to things like a child, not understanding that his actions are often crueler than they should be. And that cruelty will never completely be excused or forgotten—the people's hatred of Trump is growing, like the Texan's hatred when President General Santa Anna laid seige to the Alamo, which was Mexico's territory at the time...]
Targeting Israeli Apartheid
Friday, 5 March 2010
Launched in Toronto in 2005, Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual series of university lectures, rallies, multimedia events, cultural performances, films, and demonstrations held in cities worldwide to educate people about the destructiveness of Israeli apartheid.
Reports like the Cape Town, South Africa-based Human Sciences Research Council's (HSRC) May 2009 one titled, "Occupation, Colonialism, Apartheid" highlight what many others understand, including former UN Special Human Rights Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine, John Dugard, stating in January 2007:
Article 7(1)(j) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court calls apartheid a crime, stating:
In 2008, writing for the Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid, Karine MacAllister said in her article titled, "Applicability of the Crime of Apartheid to Israel" that exclusivism is key to understanding the essence of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. It:
As implemented, Zionism's essence is "a sophisticated legal, social, economic and political regime of racial discrimination that has led to colonialism and apartheid as well as the dispossession and displacement of the Palestinian people." Colonialism flourishes by separating indigenous people from their land and heritage.
Yet Fourth Geneva's Article 49 states:
The Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (the Apartheid Convention) defines it as:
Apartheid is one of the worst forms of racism.
The Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination defines it as:
The 1977 Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions (Protocol I) includes among other grave breaches:
The October 2008 "UNITED AGAINST Apartheid, Colonialism and Occupation DIGNITY & JUSTICE for the Palestinian People" Palestinian Civil Society's Strategic Position Paper for the April 20 - 24, 2009 Durban Review Conference called racism and foreign domination the root causes of Palestinian suffering under decades of "settler-colonialism, occupation and institutionalized racial discrimination."
It affirmed the Durban Declaration's "principles of equal rights and self-determination of peoples and stress(ed) that states must protect such equality as a matter of highest priority."
It acknowledged that "no derogation from the prohibition of racial discrimination, genocide, the crime of apartheid and slavery is permitted (and recognized them as) crimes against humanity (and) major sources and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance (and) wherever and whenever they occurred, they must be condemned and their re-occurrence prevented."
Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW)
Launched in Toronto in 2005 by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations, it's an annual series of university lectures, rallies, multimedia events, cultural performances, films, and demonstrations held in cities worldwide to educate people about the nature and destructiveness of Israeli apartheid, and to strengthen the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
From March 1 - 14, 2010, they'll be held in 40 cities:
Abu Dis in the West Bank, Amsterdam, Bard (NY), Berkeley (CA), Beirut, Bethlehem, Bogota, Bologna, Boston, Cape Town, Caracas, Chicago, Connecticut, Dundee (Scotland), Durban, Eastern Cape, Edinburgh, Edmonton, Gaza, Glasgow, Guelph (Canada), Hamilton, Houston, Ireland, Jenin, Johannesburg, Kingston, London (Canada), London (UK), Melbourne, Montreal, New York, Ottawa, Oxford, Peterborough (UK), Pisa, Pretoria, Providence, Puebla (Mexico), Rome, San Francisco, Seattle, Sudbury, Tilburg (The Netherlands), Toronto, Utrecht (The Netherlands), Vancouver, Waterloo (Canada), and Winnipeg.
Its supporters call it an expression of Palestinian solidarity, a call to boycott, divest and impose sanctions, and a demand that Israel be held accountable for decades of oppressive occupation, imperial wars, defiling international laws, expropriating Palestinian land, denying self-determination, the right of return, targeted killings, torture, illegal arrests and incarcerations, and the suppression of equal rights and social, political and economic justice.
They'll also highlight apartheid's environmental costs, the importance of ending a colonial occupation, and a vision for equality, justice and peace.
On March 2, AlJazeera headlined, "Israeli Apartheid Week kicks off," explaining the annual event's "condemnation of the Zionist regime's suppression of the Palestinians" through protests and a host of related speeches and other activities.
Haaretz ran several articles, including Salman Masalha's March 3 commentary headlined, "Israel's apartheid doesn't stop at the West Bank," saying:
On the same day Haaretz's Danna Harman headlined, "Universities across the globe mark Israeli Apartheid Week," highlighting Israeli participants and calling the events "some of the most important (ones) in the Palestine solidarity calendar, according to its organizers.
Harman also quoted Britain's Jewish Board of Deputies' David Katz calling the participation of Jews in the events "atrocious....They are free to do as they please, but it's atrocious. I think they don't understand the analogy they are making....which is insulting to those who suffered under apartheid."
Jewish South African immigrant Benjamin Pogrund agreed saying "Israelis (taking) part in this week should know better."
The Canadian Ontario legislature "unanimously condemned Israeli Apartheid Week, voting for a resolution that denounced the campus events." Will Ottawa, London and Washington be far behind?
Conservative legislator Peter Shulman told Shalom Life, a Toronto Jewish web site: "The use of the phrase 'Israeli Apartheid Week' is about as close to hate speech as one can get without being arrested, and I'm not certain it doesn't actually cross over the line."
The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Anti-Semitism (CPCCA), a voluntary association of 22 MPs exploiting anti-semitism for political purposes, calls "anti-Zionism....cover for anti-semitism," and perpetrators should be held criminally liable.
In America, The New York Times was silent, but the Washington Post's Richard Cohen, an unabashed Israeli flack, said Israeli Apartheid Week reflects anti-semitism and "imaginary" not "legitimate" grievances "constructed out of lies about the Jewish state....denigrat(ing) the Palestinian cause....Israel has its faults, but it is not motivated by racism."
A Canada National Post commentary headlined, "A festival of bigotry (featuring) rabid expressions of hatred against Israel and its Jewish inhabitants....with extremist speakers whipping crowds into the sort of frenzy one more usually sees in newsreel footage from the streets of Cairo or Gaza City....IAW types don't care about human rights. They care about smearing the Jewish state."
Pro-Israeli organizations denounced IAW, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for one highlighting the "extreme anti-Israel rhetoric....accusations of Israeli racism and apartheid....and allegation that Israel is committing war crimes and genocide against the Palestinian people," the ADL, of course, calling this hateful.
Organizers respond saying "Join us in making 2010 a year of struggle against apartheid and for justice, equality, and peace."
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