Observations of the real world.

 

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The Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO tweeted some advice for Russian soldiers entering Ukraine. Moscow claims that the soldiers are mistakenly crossing over, according to NPR. 

officialssay:

The Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO tweeted some advice for Russian soldiers entering Ukraine. Moscow claims that the soldiers are mistakenly crossing over, according to NPR

The Economic Viability Of Palestine

letterstomycountry:

Another blogger asks:

With regard to the one state solution post, do you think the areas under Palestinian control would be economically viable as part of a two state solution?

The primary factor for economic viability in a two-state solution involves Israeli control over airspace, water,…

As with many compulsively funny people, the wealth of his ferocious cleverness came from his pain. Remembering the lives you affect and taking responsibility to deal with your own demons can save those that love you from the soul-scarring pain of your suicide.

As with many compulsively funny people, the wealth of his ferocious cleverness came from his pain. Remembering the lives you affect and taking responsibility to deal with your own demons can save those that love you from the soul-scarring pain of your suicide.

http://pulitzercenter.tumblr.com/post/94445969732/a-study-released-in-july-2014-by-the-university-of

pulitzercenter:

A study released in July 2014 by the University of Manitoba found “wild-caught foods in northern Alberta have higher-than-normal levels of pollutants the study associates with oil sands production, but First Nations are already shifting away from their traditional diets out of fears over…

The greed for oil extended again to the most fragile wild places.

GOP Mayor Walks From North Carolina To Washington, DC To Fight For Medicaid

crooksandliars:

This week we’re going to hear a lot about Paul Ryan’s sudden conversion from shamer of the poors to pretend advocate for the poors. But he’s just window-dressing. The real work is being done in the streets, by a North Carolina mayor.

Mayor Adam O’Neal is the mayor of a small rural community with one hospital which is now closed. Bellhaven had one hospital, and that hospital was purchased by a chain which then closed it since most residents in Bellhaven don’t have the ability to pay for medical care. North Carolina is one of the states which has refused the Medicaid expansion, thanks to Art Pope’s position as Governor McCrory’s keeper.

Saturday, Mayor O’Neal arrived in Woodbridge, VA at a rally to fight for Medicaid expansion. No major media outlet reported it, despite the fact that the mayor has been joined by Reverend William Barber and other icons of the civil rights movement.

Blue Virginia has a long blog post about O’Neal’s rally in Woodbridge with many more videos, including the speech by civil rights legend Bob Zellner, who walked the 273-mile walk with O’Neal:

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The American Jewish community must value all life : Stltoday

letterstomycountry:

An Op-ed from St. Louis:

Earlier this month, after three Israeli teens and one Palestinian teen were murdered in the occupied West Bank, 500 members of the St. Louis Jewish community came together to mourn the loss of human life. Since those horrible events, more than 40 Palestinian children in Gaza have been killed by the Israeli army from airstrikes and now a ground invasion — and over 200 adults (at the time this was written). Four young Palestinian boys were killed while playing on a beach in Gaza, attempting to run away when an Israeli missile hit them. In the West Bank, in addition to the torturous murder of 15-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdair, who was kidnapped, beaten and burned alive by Jewish settlers, there have been 7 Palestinians killed, mostly youth, and over 320 arrested in the past few weeks.

As Jews, many of us were raised with values of social justice, standing up to oppression and for the “little guy,” and remembering anti-Semitism and pledging to stop it. That is why we are calling on the St. Louis Jewish community to join us and speak out against the Israeli government’s occupation and bombing of Gaza.

When an Israeli dies, the American Jewish community is quick to mourn, to condemn their death, to pray for peace. But where is the American Jewish community when the Israeli government mistreats, invades and kills Palestinian families on a daily basis? Where is the American Jewish community’s commitment to justice when Israel has illegally occupied the West Bank and Gaza for over 47 years?

Our social justice values compel us to speak out against violence against Palestinians just as we mourn violence against Israelis. Once we start to do that, we can see just how one-sided this “conflict” really is — how for decades Palestinians have lived with relentless violence from the ongoing occupation, how Palestinian families constantly face the threat of eviction from their homes, how thousands of Palestinian adults and children have been arrested and detained in the last decade, how a giant wall has ripped families apart and impeded freedom of movement for many going to work. This is not a “war” — it is an assault by a military power with infinite resources on a population held hostage.

The Israeli government’s actions happen far too often in the name of protecting Judaism, thereby conflating Zionism with Judaism. As Jews, we must not let the Israeli government use our heritage to excuse its morally unexcusable actions. Our Jewish values will not let us.

We call on our fellow Jewish leaders here in St. Louis — on Andrew Rehfeld and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, on Phyllis Markus and Batya Abramson-Goldstein and the Jewish Community Relations Council, on Rabbi Susan Talve and the Central Reform Congregation, on Karen Aroesty and Anti-Defamation League — to join us in speaking out against the Israeli assault on Gaza and occupation of the West Bank. We as Jews can do better than allow oppression and violence to continue in our names.

Arielle Klagsbrun, Hedy Epstein and Maya Harris are members of St. Louis Jewish Voice for Peace.

Do you think Jews speak with one voice? That they are blind to the truth of right wing extremists? Think again.

Ban Ki-moon's shameful message in Israel's hour of need | JPost | Israel News

This is what the Jerusalem Post tells its readers about the world of haters that don’t understand Israel’s “hour of need”, while it’s soldiers continue the killing of women and children. Complaining how John Kerry and Barack Obama are enemies of Israel, all the while continuing to rake in military and technological aid from the U.S., as it has done for decades.

Questions About Tactics and Targets as Civilian Toll Climbs in Israeli Strikes - NYTimes.com

Amnesty International is petitioning for an halt to U.S. military aid to Israel and several E.U. Countries are counseling cessation of investment in Israel. Chili has been reported to have cut off trade to Israel in reaction to Israeli disregard for civilian casualties.

Israelis gather on hillsides to watch and cheer as military drops bombs on Gaza | World news | The Guardian

Palestinian human rights groups have also charged that Israeli troops are using “flechette” ammunition in at least some areas of Gaza. These are tank shells that explode in mid-air, showering small, dart shaped shards that cover a wide swath of the targeted area. Israel was found to be using white phosphorus as a weapon during the last incursion into Gaza. White phosphorus burns with extreme heat and cannot be put out with water.