Monthly Archives: November 2014

These Are Some Of The Most Spectacular Israeli Air Force F-15 Jets Photographs Ever

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Sick: BDS groups spread photoshop of Concentration Camp inmates holding anti-Israel signs

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Beyond revolting.

The Myth of ‘Deradicalizing’ Islamic Radicals

On Monday, I appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence. The committee is studying the question of security threats to Canada as well as ‘deradicalization’ efforts being promoted by the RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police].

I suggested to the senators that ‘deradicalization’ initiatives by Canada’s security agencies were doomed to failure because the very men and women partnering with the RCMP in this exercise were not just part of the problem, but in many ways the cause of radicalization.

Support for Islamic State (Isis) among Arabic-speaking social media users in Belgium, Britain, France and the US is greater than in the militant group’s heartlands of Syria and Iraq

In what is understood to be the first rigorous mass analysis of those for and against the world’s largest jihadist organisation, Italian academics found that in a three-and-a-half month period starting in July, content posted by Arabic-speaking Europeans on Twitter and Facebook was more favourable to Isis than content posted in those countries on the frontline of the conflict.

As the World Burns, UN General Assembly Takes on Bullying

The world is in flames, Christians beheaded all over the Middle East, much of that region in anarchic chaos, increased nuclear saber-rattling from Russia, many parts of the world crippled economically, hundreds of thousands dying from malaria, and a billion people cannot get a clean glass of drinking water. Yet this week, the United Nations General Assembly took up bullying.

Birthright Israel cuts ties with New Israel Fund

In response to Birthright’s decision, Prof. Gerald Steinberg, the head of NGO Monitor, a watchdog group, told The Jerusalem Post that the NIF “seeks to do more than ‘influence Israeli policy’ – on central issues, their unelected officials seek to impose their opinions on the Israeli democratic process.

“For example, as NGO Monitor research shows, members of the NIF NGO network, including Adalah, Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem, Yesh Din and others use their budgets to bombard the UN, the European Union, journalists, academics and others with false allegations of ‘wars crimes’ and ‘apartheid.’

A Progressive Guide to Thanksgiving Conversation

In the great progressive spirit, here are a few tips on how to talk to — and morally improve — your family this Thanksgiving:

1. Your crazy uncle complains in passing that the construction on Redlands Avenue is limiting the flow of traffic to his hardware store, and wonders if the job could be completed more quickly.

This must not be allowed to stand. Ask your uncle if he’s an anarchist and if he has heard of Somalia. If you missed Politics 101 at Oberlin, refer to the Fact Cards that you have printed out from Vox.com and explain patiently that the government is the one thing that we all belong to and that the worry that it is “too big” or “too centralized” or “too slow to achieve basic tasks” has a long association with neo-Confederate causes.

Remind him also that:

the state has a monopoly on legitimate violence.
Europe is doing really well.
The Koch Brothers.
“Obstruction.”

Should all that fail, insist sadly that if he doesn’t fully apologize for his opinions you will have to conclude that he hates gay people. Ask why your family has to talk about politics all the time.

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