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Gaza Genocide Biden Confronted by America's Past

by Oui Sat Dec 9th, 2023 at 08:25:26 PM EST

Israeli forces strip, abduct dozens of Palestinian men

Seven men were reportedly shot dead by Israeli troops for not complying with the soldiers' orders fast enough

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Gaza Onslaught: Xmas Cancelled

by Oui Sat Dec 9th, 2023 at 10:40:46 AM EST

Lutheran Church Jerusalem - Baby Jesus born amidst rubble of an occupying power ... cruelty.

To escape from child genocide by the Roman King Herod, Joseph and Mary fled Bethlehem and traveled by donkey with child to Egypt. Depicted in paintings as the Flight Into Egypt. That too is impossible for 2.2 million Gazans under inhumane bombardment by American bombs and grenades, dropped and fired on them by pilots and soldiers from the Jewish State of Israel. The advance of human kind in two millennia from barbarity to a New World of civilization.

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McCarthyism and Genocide of Palestinians

by Oui Fri Dec 8th, 2023 at 12:17:52 PM EST

Common denominator is Fascism today in America.

Grilling of University presidents in U.S. Congress about context of free speech concerning Israel and apartheid.

Reality on ground zero in the Gaza Strip, home of 2.2 million Palestinian refugees

News from Washington DC ... fiddling as the World burns 🔥

Representing the world's most powerful person who refuses to back legitimate Palestinian rights and universal human rights, protecting civilians in cruel one-sided military offensive.

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VDL Hard Lessons Human Rights Law

by Oui Wed Dec 6th, 2023 at 06:32:09 PM EST

Now Move Over to Gazans, Jungle Territory

Ursula von der Leyen defends trip to Israel and says civilians must be protected from 'fury of war' | EuroNews |

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Boris Johnson 'Bamboozled' by Scientific Data

by Oui Wed Dec 6th, 2023 at 07:51:51 AM EST

Let the bodies pile high ... a model for Trump in USA and Mark Rutte, Dutch PM, to let SARS CoV-19 fly ... herd immunity. At least in the UK there is a parliamentary investigation and both Trump and Johnson were sacked by forces for their incompetence. Rutte is on a nice path of his career towards the highest security job with NATO in Brussels. His coalition Rutte IV lost nearly half of seats in Parliament (Tweede Kamer). Yesterday 80 members of the 150 seat Tweede Kamer said good-bye.

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Ukraine: Allies Waving the White Flag

by Oui Tue Dec 5th, 2023 at 12:14:30 PM EST

See my first part yesterday ...

Stoltenberg: A Big Win for Ukraine

NATO must be 'prepared for bad news' in Ukraine, says Stoltenberg

The Washington Post has produced a long, two part piece, about the failed 'counter-offensive' in Ukraine. It dispenses equal blame on the U.S. and British planning of the whole mess and the Ukrainian execution of it.

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Stoltenberg: A Big Win for Ukraine

by Oui Mon Dec 4th, 2023 at 12:56:03 PM EST

Recovered 50% of the original territory occupied by Russia ...

Second part: On Ukraine: Washington, Allies Waving the White Flag … soon.

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Mark Rutte: Using the Nation to Become Secretary General

by Oui Sat Dec 2nd, 2023 at 11:51:49 AM EST

Will Mark Rutte become the new Secretary General of NATO? If it were up to him, yes. But not all 31 Member States are convinced yet. Yet his name is often mentioned as the only serious candidate. NATO expert Bob Deen explains what Rutte's chances are.

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December 2023

by Oui Fri Dec 1st, 2023 at 10:50:28 PM EST

Your take on today's news media

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Netanyahu Tells Biden Fu*k Off

by Oui Fri Dec 1st, 2023 at 08:15:02 AM EST

As the slaughter resumes and Antony Blinken couldn't sway the ultimate goal of hardliner, war criminal Netanyahu is the total destruction of Palestine and its people.

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A Sort-a Truce Extended 24 Hours

by Oui Thu Nov 30th, 2023 at 08:43:36 AM EST

Israel and Hamas agree to extend truce for seventh day | Al Jazeera |

An agreement has been reached, with 10 minutes to go.

The last time a ceasefire extension was announced was for two days; this one is only for the next 24 hours.

This goes to show you how hard-fought these negotiations are and how difficult it is for the Qatari mediators, Egypt and the US to get to an agreement.

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NeXiT the Trump Era of Dutch PM Wilders

by Oui Tue Nov 28th, 2023 at 08:40:40 AM EST

A thousand excuses to all …

Horrible … horrible … happens once in a thousand days when I’m updating diary on my iPad … must have touched the “delete” button and “spoof” I get the message “deleted diary” 

Update Consulted with ET editorial team, but delete is quite definite.

On my iPad there was still the older version open, so I managed a print screen copy in order to re-assemble all the comments.

Original posted by Oui on Wed Nov 22nd 2023 at 07:09:53 PM PDT

I've got my bags packed ... moving to an EU country on the Mediterranean Sea ... whiff of fresh air and no more freezing Winter temperatures ...

See my stoutest fears of the election result on Monday ...

The Dutch Massacre of Election Day Nov 22

Meet the next Prime Minister of the Kingdom of The Netherlands ...

Previous diary ...

1st Election Debate Gives Clarity Candidates

Former VVD colleague Geert Wilders will pick up where 13 horror years of Mark Rutte left the Dutch ... the imposter fled the scene early in Rutte IV. One can easily determine any coalition with Wilders will be Rutte V. A smiling Mark ... he knew he shared the same voter electorate as right-wing PVV, the one-man party of Wilders financed by the American Anti-Islam lobby. Indeed, Geert Wilders is a fervent pro-Israel candidate who has stated the Palestinians have a state in Jordan and should be moved by force out of the West Bank.

Mark Rutte knew the Dutch are so damn racist and Islamophobic, a Kurdish immigrant would never be elected as Prime Minister. Wilders has the most experience in government and has been part of an earlier coalition in support of Rutte.

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Erasure of Palestinians the Zionist Dream

by Oui Mon Nov 27th, 2023 at 11:03:25 AM EST

"By dropping the requirement that such articles be declared excess, it would also increase the existing strain on US military readiness in order to provide more arms to Israel," said Josh Paul, who was the director of congressional and public affairs for the State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, for over 11 years.

Paul, whose resignation last month due to US military aid to Israel caused a stir in Washington, admitted that "the President's emergency supplemental funding request, would essentially create a free-flowing pipeline to provide any defense articles to Israel by the simple act of placing them in the WRSA-I stockpile, or other stockpiles intended for Israel."

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21st Century Pax Americana and Violence

by Oui Sat Nov 25th, 2023 at 05:22:34 PM EST

First responders: Canadians who rushed to New York after the 9/11 attacks | CBC News |

Police officers, firefighters from eastern Ontario raced down to join rescue effort

Blondin smelled smoke and thought something was wrong with his car. Then he spotted the thick grey plume hanging over the skyline ahead. "You could see the smoke just billowing out [for] miles and miles."

'It was all grey dust everywhere'

The first state trooper he encountered let him pass, but the second one ordered Blondin to pull off at a firehall in the Bronx. He arrived at Engine 81 Ladder 46 just before 8 p.m.

Dozens of firefighters from various New York suburbs were milling around outside, awaiting orders. Blondin introduced himself and was invited to stay the night. The next morning, he boarded a bus for Lower Manhattan.

"As you pull in closer to Ground Zero, it was like a first snowfall in Ottawa, like when you get an inch of snow, but it was all grey dust everywhere ... and papers everywhere, pictures on the ground," he recalled.

Digging through the debris was hot, dangerous work. Blondin injured himself a few days after arriving in New York, and was unable to continue.

The smouldering World Trade Center site -- first responders simply called it "the Pile" -- was teeming with rescuers, including firefighters, police officers, K-9 teams and iron workers, by the time the crew from the Bronx arrived.

Blondin was first assigned to a bucket brigade, handing five-gallon pails of debris down the line for investigators to sift through. After a couple hours, he joined a search team whose job it was to dig wherever they saw an orange X that marked a spot where a dog had alerted its handler to possible human remains. They did that until about 6 a.m. the following day.

"There were Xs everywhere," Blondin said. "Everywhere."

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Dublin Far Right Riots After Knife Attack

by Oui Fri Nov 24th, 2023 at 06:16:22 AM EST

Police chief blames Dublin riot on 'far-right hooligans' | BBC News |

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Clean Break From Peace to War

by Oui Wed Nov 22nd, 2023 at 10:33:23 AM EST

Ronald Reagan's "A Time for Choosing" speech October 27, 1964

John Wayne and Victory Squad introducing Ronald Reagan as candidate for Governor of California.

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Woodrow Wilson's Collapse and the Peace Movement

by Oui Wed Nov 22nd, 2023 at 01:06:16 AM EST

In 2002, America Unrivaled—a book edited by my Princeton colleague, G John Ikenberry, the foremost exponent [sic] of the idea of liberal internationalism—asked why there was so little resistance from other countries to American power projection.

Posted by Cat … I expanded the comment and wrote this diary …

This inspired to write about societal revolts during my lifetime ..

From EuroTrib archives ...

In Search of a Foreign Policy Vision | 28 Jan. 2007 |

Ikenberry and Anne-Marie Slaughter like to emphasize the "liberty under law" aspect of Wilson's thinking as distinct from the lawlesslessness of neoconservatives.  I think, however, the stronger difference between them is demonstrated by Ikenberry's final sentence.  Wilson was unquestionably an American exceptionalist; but while he may in fact have seen America as "God's chosen midwife of progressive change," it was progressive change itself that represented for him the final apotheosis of civilization.  In fact, Wilson said as much in his Pueblo speech ...

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A Children's Sing-Along Annihilate Everyone In Gaza

by Oui Tue Nov 21st, 2023 at 02:15:12 PM EST

Israeli children sing, "We will annihilate everyone" in Gaza | Electronic Intifada |

Israel's national broadcaster Kan uploaded this song to X (formerly Twitter) in which Israeli children sing in celebration and support for the Israeli army's mass extermination campaign of Palestinians in Gaza.

The sweet faces of children make an incongruous accompaniment to the genocidal lyrics of the so-called Friendship Song 2023.

"Autumn night falls over the beach of Gaza, planes are bombing, destruction, destruction," the children sing in angelic voices. "Within a year we will annihilate everyone, and then we will return to plow our fields."

The lyrics were translated for The Electronic Intifada by independent writer and filmmaker David Sheen and you can watch a subtitled video of the song above, or in the tweet below:

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Xi - Joe Launch a New Communication Probe

by Oui Thu Nov 16th, 2023 at 10:09:54 AM EST

Frontpaged with minor edit - Frank Schnittger - a key issue for the modern world

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The Israeli War Hoax of 40 Beheaded Babies

by Oui Wed Nov 15th, 2023 at 02:35:03 PM EST

An international outcry erupted when Israel's Foreign Ministry announced that Palestinian militants from the besieged Gaza Strip had killed 40 "babies," and beheaded several of them during an incursion into Kfar Aza, a kibbutz on the Gaza border. President Joseph Biden repeated the inflammatory claim during an October 10 White House Rose Garden address, while networks across the West carried the story without a shred of critical scrutiny.

After an Israeli reserve soldier named David Ben Zion told a reporter Palestinian militants "cut [off] heads of babies," Biden, Netanyahu, and the international media amplified the dubious claim.

The Grayzone has identified Ben Zion as a fanatical settler leader who incited riots by demanding a Palestinian town be "wiped out."

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