............Activists remove Israeli flags from settler roads near BethlehemPublished yesterday (updated) 20/01/2014 21:28(MaanImages/file) BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian popular resistance activists removed Israeli flags from two Israeli bypass roads near Bethlehem on Monday morning as part of a new nonviolent campaign to "resist" settlements.
Activists targeted bypass roads in two areas near the Israeli settlements of Teqoa, east of Bethlehem, and Neve Daniel, in the Gush Etzion bloc west of Bethlehem.
Coordinator for the popular resistance committee against the wall and settlements in Bethlehem Mohammad Brejia said the action was a part of activists' plan to make 2014 the "year of resisting settlements and settlers."
Coordinator for the resistance of settlements Hassan Brejia said that such actions emphasize "our commitment to our land and rights and our rejection of the expansion of settlements as well as settler attacks."
"In 2014, we will be moving forward to make settlers feel unsafe on Palestinian land, roads and streets within the 1967 borders," he added.
Settlement bypass roads are Israeli-only roads that connect Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank to each other as well as to Israel proper.
These roads limit Palestinian entrance and usage through a number of means, including checkpoints and physical obstructions that prevent travel into or out of Palestinian areas but facilitate movement between Israeli settlements.
The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
Pathological liar ♦ Noun ♦ Medical definition: an individual who habitually tells lies so exaggerated or bizarre that they are suggestive of mental disorder. ♦ What this means is pathological liars are sociopaths.
"FBI agents used informers to create dissension among activists and succeeded in weakening and destroying many organizations."
In 1971 eight anti-war activists calling themselves the Citizens Committee to Investigate the FBI plotted to break into an FBI field office located in Media, Pennsylvania. They knew that the government was conducting a massive spying effort against American citizens and they were determined to find and publicly present their evidence.
On the night of March 8, 1971, they succeeded in stealing nearly every piece of paper in that office and later sent copies of key documents to the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. They also sent copies to two Democratic politicians, Senator George McGovern of South Dakota and Congressman Parren Mitchell of Maryland. The New York and Los Angeles newspapers both turned the files over to the FBI and so did the two supposedly left leaning politicians. The Washington Post, at the time a decent newspaper, was alone in standing up to White House and FBI pressure when they reported the story.
Five of the eight burglars came forward and are the subjects of a newly published book, The Burglary: the Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI, written by former Washington Post reporter Betty Medsger. The late William Davidon, John Raines, Bonnie Raines, Keith Forsyth, and Bob Williamson chose to publicly reveal their identities for the first time and in so doing have done yet another service to the public. Because of their actions the world found out about the government’s depth of hostility towards the left and black freedom movements and its determination to destroy them. By stepping forward so many years later they remind us that government surveillance is endemic to our political system and is not easily stamped out.
"On one campus in the Philadelphia area, Swarthmore College, every black student was under surveillance."
Did you know that financial institutions all over the world are warning that we could see a "mega default" on a very prominent high-yield investment product in China on January 31st? We are being told that this could lead to a cascading collapse of the shadow banking system in China which could potentially result in "sky-high interest rates" and "a precipitous plunge in credit". In other words, it could be a "Lehman Brothers moment" for Asia. And since the global financial system is more interconnected today than ever before, that would be very bad news for the United States as well. Since Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, the level of private domestic credit in China has risen from $9 trillion to an astounding $23 trillion. That is an increase of $14 trillion in just a little bit more than 5 years. Much of that "hot money" has flowed into stocks, bonds and real estate in the United States. So what do you think is going to happen when that bubble collapses?n
Palestinian tale of love, politics gets Oscar nomination
"Omar," directed by Hany Abu-Assad, has been nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar for the 2014 Academy Awards. (photo by Facebook/Dubai International Film Festival)
January 19, 2014
JERUSALEM — A dozen people sat in a film theater in Jerusalem, silent, gripped by "Omar," a Palestinian film that has received an Academy Awards Oscar nomination for best foreign-language film.
The film tells the story of Omar, a young Palestinian baker from the West Bank, who is involved in the killing of an Israeli soldier. He is then forced to collaborate with Israeli agents to try to save himself and his friends — while trying to work his way through a web of lies and betrayal.
"It’s easy to see why the film got an Oscar nomination," Rami Shaker, who came to watch the film with two of his friends, told Al-Monitor. "It’s incredibly powerful and honest."
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a radio interview that if "extreme conservatives" are "right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay," then "they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are." Cuomo made his...
Tokyo gubernatorial candidate, wielding Koizumi's clout, has LDP on defensive, probing for weaknesses
Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa will pledge in his campaign for the Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election to set out a road map for Japan to break with nuclear power generation by 2020, according to a close aide.
“By making 2020 his target year, he will change Tokyo and Japan, with the focus on a complete end to nuclear energy,” Shusei Tanaka, who was a special adviser to Hosokawa during his 1993-1994 prime ministership, said Friday in an interview.
With Tokyo slated to host the Olympics in 2020, Hosokawa, if elected, will “present (the road map) at the Olympics as an example” to the international community, Tanaka said.
Also in the event of a Hosokawa victory, “Japan will never be able to restart nuclear reactors,” Tanaka said, adding, “No restart of reactors means ‘zero’ nuclear power generation.”
Hosokawa’s decision to run has made the outcome of the Tokyo gubernatorial race harder to predict, since he is backed by Junichiro Koizumi, who remains popular with voters more than seven years after leaving the prime minister’s office.
The two former prime ministers were brought together by their common goal of phasing out nuclear energy, and Hosokawa is expected to be the main rival of former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe.
Hosokawa is slated to announce his candidacy and campaign pledges on Wednesday after postponing the press conference twice.
In the absence of strong contenders, the 65-year-old Masuzoe was expected to be able to cruise to victory when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party pledged earlier this month to support him.
But the Hosokawa-Koizumi alliance changed the picture, prompting the LDP to go on the defensive. The ruling party is now reassessing the possibility of a Masuzoe victory amid persistent public distrust in the safety of nuclear power in Japan and the robust attention Koizumi always garners.
“Mr. Hosokawa is past tense, but we have to watch out for Mr. Koizumi, who is still very popular,” said a senior LDP member in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly.
According to a source in the Hosokawa camp, he is also considering apologizing for the money scandal that ended his stint as prime minister in just nine months and explaining why he once opposed Japan hosting the 2020 Olympics.
In an interview in a book published by journalist Akira Ikegami last year, Hosokawa said Japan would be praised around the world if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were to give up on Tokyo hosting the Olympics because of the problems at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
As prime minister, Hosokawa formed a ruling bloc to end the LDP’s 38-year rule in August 1993. But in 1994, he was found to have borrowed ¥100 million from a transport firm in September 1982, allegedly off-the-book funds, before he was elected as the governor of Kumamoto.
Hosokawa, 76, has been away from politics and making pottery since he quit the Lower House in May 1998.
Ahead of the Tokyo gubernatorial race, the LDP will have to go through another challenging local election in Okinawa. In Nago, an LDP-backed candidate has to upset incumbent Mayor Susumu Inamine, who is seeking a second four-year term and opposes the hosting of a new U.S. military base amid safety concerns.
The dominant party wants to avoid seeing LDP-backed candidates lose both Sunday’s Nago mayoral election and the Tokyo gubernatorial election.
If that happens, opposition parties such as the Democratic Party of Japan will likely be able to step up pressure over pressing national issues when the Diet opens later this month.
Since Abe became prime minister for the second time in December 2012, the LDP-led government has moved toward restarting idled nuclear reactors and exporting the country’s nuclear technology.
As the Hosokawa-Koizumi alliance is widely expected to put emphasis on their anti-nuclear agenda in the gubernatorial campaign, the LDP leadership is trying to weaken the pair’s momentum by calling attention to other issues related to voters in Tokyo, such as the shortage of day-care centers and the rapidly aging population.
LDP executives including Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga have asserted that energy policy is the realm of the central government, not the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Many voters, however, may cast ballots for anti-nuclear candidates because the man-made Fukushima disaster, triggered by the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, raised questions about the viability of Japan’s future.
Naoto Kan of the DPJ, also a former prime minister, is urging Tokyo residents in his blog to concentrate on backing Hosokawa if they think Japan should phase out nuclear power, calling Hosokawa’s run “a nightmare for the LDP.”
“Japan has faced many problems, and the issue of nuclear power generation leads to the fate of this country,” Hosokawa said after securing Koizumi’s support.
In an apparent bid to foil Hosokawa’s challenge, Suga posed a question about the way Hosokawa quit as prime minister in April 1994 after being in office for only about nine months.
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