The Committee to Protect Journalists has sent an appeal to Jammu & Kashmir officials demanding the release of Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan who was arrested in August 2018. According to the appeal, police not only accused Sultan of sedition but objected to his FB posts.
Letter of appeal: https://cpj.org/…/cpj-calls-on-jammu-and-kashmir-governor-t…?
(Photo is Sultan when he was being arrested)
Just days after a US Senate committee issued a scathing 500-page report describing the disturbing & criminal CIA torture techniques, Tulsi Gabbard appeared on India’s NDTV talking all aloha & new age yogi love stuff. When asked about the use of torture, she said she was “conflicted.” Aloha in one breathe & waterboarding in the next? No objections to the CIA using rectal feeding, anal rape, forced hypothermia, sleep deprivation, sexual humiliation of naked prisoners, chaining prisoners in a standing position, often with broken limbs, for days on end? Aloha, my ass!
(Photo is screenshot from NDTV interview)
“The Punishment of Gaza,” published in 2010, is a collection of articles from Haaretz by Israeli journalist Gideon Levy. The articles cover the period between 2006 & 2009, although Levy began reporting from Gaza many years earlier. In August 2005, just a few months after the Second Intifada ended, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dismantled all 21 Zionist settlements in Gaza, forcing 8,000 settlers to relocate within Israel. Israel continued to maintain direct control over Gaza’s borders, coastline & airspace but did not formally impose the full embargo until 2007. Gaza was still in every way an occupied territory & hardly the land of the free. There’s a long & complicated history to Israel’s so-called ‘disengagement’ from Gaza but it ended up making Gaza a prison & a military situation very much like shooting fish in a barrel. This book was published after the 2008-2009 Israeli bombing campaign & invasion of Gaza which Levy castigates mercilessly.
Levy is an impassioned journalist who evokes a very visceral response to his descriptions of the brutalities of the Israeli occupation. Already in 2009 he was pointing out that Israeli bombers particularly targeted Palestinian children–a fact that the UN & other human rights groups did not thoroughly investigate until after the 2012 & 2014 Israeli bombing campaigns over Gaza. Levy also cogently defends the boycott of Israel, launched by Palestinians in 2005, by showing how Israel effectively & violently uses the boycott tactic against Palestinians–most pervasively & monstrously through the embargo of Gaza.
The book is less than 150 pages & because of Levy’s journalistic style & political commitment reads very quickly. It is an excellent book for anyone wanting to understand Israeli apartheid policies & the affects of apartheid & genocide on Palestinians in Gaza. It’s a partisan book, fully committed to Palestinian justice.
(Photo is cover of “The Punishment of Gaza”)
A painful documentary about Palestinians in Gaza under embargo & military assault:
I have nine friends in common with a guy named Jayant Bhandari who said:
“My experience based on having run three companies in India is that there is not much, if at all anything, you can do about the under-class. Fear of ghosts, and superstitions–and over-whelming irrationality–is hardwired in them. They simply have no passion to do well in life, accumulate and build a civilization. They want to make money quickly, and use it for decadence. They have no gratitude, and you can do nothing about it. They have no capability to be respectful. The only thing that makes them toe the line is the fear of the higher-ups. If you remove this fear, they go wild. Carrots and sticks do not work, for they cannot calculate. You can give them all you can, and they will merely expect more, as a right. “Domestication” of the low-IQ population did happen in Europe, but fails in the Third World, for the ecology is wild and uncivilized. The Third World can ONLY be managed, the way the British did when they ruled India. Am I too off the reality?”
He also said: “In my view, the West was historically patriarchy. It is under patriarchy that women get the most freedom and respect. The Middle East and the Indian sub-continent are fundamentally matriarchies. Matriarchy results into misogyny. It is women-against-women misogyny. Matriarchy results into competition among women for the attention and affection of men, resulting into misogyny. In societies where men do not respect women, it is primarily women’s responsibility to bring up kids. Most females I have known would rather have male bosses. The real culprit behind misogyny are women, not men. So, contrary to conventional wisdom promoted by “feminists”, if women want liberty, respect and civilization, they should be striving for patriarchy.”
Lastly, he defended DNA scientist James Watson for racist claims that Blacks have genetically lower IQs than whites.
It’s not really my business who my friends associate with on social media but when three of them “liked” & approved these hateful comments, they made it my business. I see no point at all in further collaborations & have unfriended them.
This is 14-year-old Palestinian Abdul-Ra’ouf Salha who died yesterday after being struck by an Israeli sniper at the Great Return March in Gaza last Friday. May he Rest In Peace.
Build the economic & cultural boycott of Israel so Palestinians can defend themselves against apartheid, genocide, colonialism.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just visited Saudi Arabia—the country that beheads & dismembers dissidents—because the regime is a “strategic partner in keeping the American people safe from terrorism.” See why cognitive dissonance is such a problem in US politics?
On January 12th, I posted a video about Parveena Ahangar & learned just now that it has been removed. Since there is a pattern of photos from Kashmir being removed from Facebook, I would like to know if the originators of that video removed it or if Facebook censors took it down.
We trust this photo of Tulsi Gabbard with Miriam Adelson & Shmuley Boteach will silence all support for her due to her alliances with these arch-Zionists as well as with Islamophobes, Hindutva nationalists, anti-Semites, Assadists, homophobes, & haters of all kinds. It was taken in May 2016 at a gala dinner sponsored by Boteach where he gave Gabbard his “Champion of Freedom” award.
Miriam Adelson is the spouse of Sheldon who are among the wealthiest & most rabid Zionists in the world. Although she was born in Palestine before the violent formation of Israel, she has called Palestinians “an invented people” whose sole purpose is to destroy Israel & she opposes any negotiations that get in the way of the annexation of all of Palestine. As the publishers of Israel Hayom, a pro-Netanyahu newspaper in Israel, they are supporters of apartheid & genocide & of course endorsed & bankrolled Trump for US president. In return, Trump gave her his Presidential Medal of Freedom award last November.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is the author of “The Israel Warrior: Fighting Back for the Jewish State from Campus to Street Corner” which is considered a “must read” by the amoral Zionist & accused pedophile Alan Dershowitz.
Reluctant & misguided Assadists need beware: you have to be real careful in politics when you march with the devil. Usually they lead you to political perdition.
(Photo tweeted by Shmuley Boteach on May 17, 2016)