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Monthly Archives: June 2018
UN pissed Canada is legalizing weed
Critics of Trudeau’s marijuana legalization plan have consistently said that the legislation is a violation of several international agreements on drug and narcotics control that Canada has signed.
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An Epidemic of Embezzlement Plagues America’s Unions
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017, 10.7 percent of all wage and salary workers are members of a union. Back in 1983, the first year that union membership statistics were measured by the Bureau, 20.1% of wage and salary workers were members. The Congressional Research Service goes back even further and reports that membership peaked at 34.8% in 1954.
Since 1954, the percentage of wage and salary workers who are members of a union has dropped by a staggering two-thirds. For an organization that funds itself with membership dues, the trend predicts a grim future.
And public sector unions now must contend with the Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME.
The Wall Street Journal writes, “Unions, which long have anticipated this day, have been preparing strategies to retain membership, but significant drops in support are likely.” Less support translates to less money coming from members who are no longer compelled to “contribute” their earnings to the union political machine. Jazz Shaw over at Hot Air has a great rundown of exactly how the unions’ political heft is about to be further neutered.
But what is happening to the declining sums of money the unions are taking in as their membership shrinks?
B’nai Brith Canada Defeats Former Green Party Justice Critic in Court
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How Mexican cartels are part of an ‘emerging threat’ of fentanyl flowing into Canada
As fentanyl continues to kill Canadians in record numbers, the RCMP and other agencies have been targeting traffickers mailing the deadly drug to Canada from China.
But a new report from Canada’s Border Services Agency (CBSA) warns a worrying trend has materialized in Canada’s eastern provinces. Smugglers are now using commercial vehicles and private cars to bring the deadly drug into Canada, spawning an “emerging threat” in Canada’s eastern provinces.
On groping allegation, Trudeau ducks the rules he set
We live in an era of zero tolerance and lightning quick justice where careers can be crushed in the time it takes to finish morning coffee.
There is no statute of limitations and denials can simply feed the fire. Things move in warp speed.
So why has a groping allegation against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unspooled in such slow motion?
The prime minister’s laconic response to this, the ‘I can’t remember, so it’ll go away,’ posture has only invited greater scrutiny.
Biggest immigration fraudster in Canadian history left $900K fine unpaid
The man imprisoned for committing the biggest immigration scam in Canadian history was released on early parole even though he had not paid more than $900,000 in fines and “minimized his criminal behaviour,” according to a November 2017 Parole Board of Canada decision obtained by CBC News.
The board also noted Xun (Sunny) Wang had transferred all of his assets to his spouse “to avoid the Canada Revenue Agency fines.”
Despite “concerns,” the parole board was compelled to free Wang after he served one-third of his 7-year sentence, because he’s not at risk of committing a violent offence and his behaviour behind bars was “appropriate.”
Why ‘progressives’ must back up their rhetoric on immigration
The UN’s Absurd Measure Of US Poverty
The United Nations is at it again with yet another report on how bad poverty is in the United States – and how things would improve greatly if the US raised taxes. This time, the UN denunciation of the US has raised the ire of US ambassador Nikki Haley who has called the report “patently ridiculous.”
Specifically, Haley was responding to a June 18 report by UN bureaucrat Philip Alston. Alston concluded that poverty rates in the US are among the worst in North America or Europe.
Volunteers rescue Jewish headstones used to pave street in western Ukraine
Volunteers have rescued dozens of Jewish headstones used to pave a street in the western Ukraine city Lviv.
“The whole street is made from matzevot,” Sasha Nazar, director of the Lviv Volunteer Center of the Hesed Arieh All-Ukrainian Jewish Charitable Foundation told Jewish Heritage Europe, using the Hebrew word for gravestones. He said he was notified about the discovery last week, after city workers began road work on the street, vul. Barvinok in central Lviv. The Lviv Volunteer Center organized volunteers to work at the site this week to rescue the headstones.
Nazar estimated that there could be up to 100 headstones under the stretch of road, and maybe more. Photos show them lying flat and closely packed, some face down and some face up. They had been covered over by the road surface. Many of the stones appear to be intact. Volunteers said most seem to date from the first part of the 20th century.
“This is the biggest discovery of matzevot in Lviv [used as paving] I can remember,” Nazar said.
Turks and Kurds Violently Clash in France Following Erdogan Election Win
According to police, Turks and Kurds fought each other with iron bars, swords, and sticks during the mass brawl which occurred Sunday night in Mantes-la-Jolie just outside of Paris, Le Parisien reports.
Man Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize For Work Against Sexual Violence Arrested For Soliciting Sex With Children As Young As Two
A 22-year-old man from Southwest Florida who headed a charity that campaigns against sexual violence has been arrested in New York for child pornography and allegedly attempting to arrange sexual encounters with children as young as two years old.
Joel Davis, who was nominated for a Nobel Peace prize for founding Youth to End Sexual Violence and later served as the chairman of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict, was caught sending text messages to undercover FBI agents for several weeks. He reportedly told the agents that he was interested in sexual encounters with children of all ages, allegedly writing which sexual actions he wanted to have with the children.
Border officers frustrated at police inaction over stolen cars being exported through Montreal
WATCH: Check Out The Radical Anti-Semite Standing Behind Rising Socialist Star Ocasio-Cortez At Her Victory Rally
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old socialist who defeated Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY) last night in a huge upset, has her supporters, one of whom is Thomas Lopez-Pierre, the anti-Semite whose campaign platform was to defeat the “greedy Jewish landlords” whom he accused of “ethnic cleansing.”
I’m A Gay Man. Here’s Why I Don’t Celebrate Pride Month
The LGBT movement’s intolerance of intellectual diversity and mandatory identity association has restricted what was once a uniquely colorful example of freedom of expression.
Dear Judd And Kumail: You Have No Idea What A Nazi Really Was
Please find another historical event to exploit. Because you sound like a bunch of hysterical know-nothings.
Turks in Germany Celebrate Erdogan’s Victory with Chants of Allahu Akbar, Hail him as ‘Führer’
Thousands of Turks took to the streets in Germany to celebrate Turkish President Recep Erdogan’s election victory. Erdogan supporters waved Turkish flags, chanted the Islamic battle cry ‘Allahu Akbar’ and hailed the Turkish leader as their ‘Führer,’ German newspapers report. On Sunday, Erdogan declared victory in the presidential election, extending his 15-year reign in the Muslim-majority NATO member country.
Germany is home to nearly 3 million Turks, with roughly half of them eligible to vote in the Turkish elections. “Support for Erdogan was proportionally higher among the Turkish community in Germany than it was in Turkey,” German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.
Trans Mountain Pipeline Sale To Feds Netted Kinder Morgan A 637% Return: Report
Texas-based Kinder Morgan made a seven-fold return on the sale of its Trans Mountain pipeline system to Canada’s federal government, according to a new report that also warns the federal budget deficit could jump by 36 per cent because of the purchase.
ISRAEL SEIZES HAMAS FUNDS GIVEN TO TERRORIST’S FAMILY IN EAST JERUSALEM
Police and the Shin Bet raided the home of a terrorist’s family that received funds and support from Hamas, police said on Wednesday, after a joint operation conducted in the morning.
The raid was the result of a covert operation in which police and intelligence units gathered information regarding money that they say Hamas gave to the family of Hisham Hussein Abu Dhaim, who carried out the deadly terrorist attack on the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem in 2008, in which eight students were murdered.
Ho hum: ISIS slave master slips through Canada’s vetting process
Supreme Court deals big setback to labor unions
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to Democratic-leaning organized labor.
The court’s conservative majority, re-empowered by Justice Neil Gorsuch, scrapped a 41-year-old decision that had allowed states to require that public employees pay some fees to unions that represent them, even if the workers choose not to join.
The 5-4 decision not only will free non-union members in nearly two dozen states from any financial ties to unions, but also could encourage members to stop paying dues for services the court said Wednesday they can get for free.
Science says liberals, not conservatives, are psychotic
Turns out liberals are the real authoritarians.
A political-science journal that published an oft-cited study claiming conservatives were more likely to show traits associated with “psychoticism” now says it got it wrong. Very wrong.
The American Journal of Political Science published a correction this year saying that the 2012 paper has “an error” — and that liberal political beliefs, not conservative ones, are actually linked to psychoticism.
“The interpretation of the coding of the political attitude items in the descriptive and preliminary analyses portion of the manuscript was exactly reversed,” the journal said in the startling correction.
“The descriptive analyses report that those higher in Eysenck’s psychoticism are more conservative, but they are actually more liberal; and where the original manuscript reports those higher in neuroticism and social desirability are more liberal, they are, in fact, more conservative.”
In the paper, psychoticism is associated with traits such as tough-mindedness, risk-taking, sensation-seeking, impulsivity and authoritarianism.
The social-desirability scale measures people’s tendency to answer questions in ways they believe would please researchers, even if it means overestimating their positive characteristics and underestimating negative ones.
The erroneous report has been cited 45 times, according to Thomson Reuters Web of Science.
Brad Verhulst, a Virginia Commonwealth University researcher and a co-author of the paper, said he was not sure who was to blame.
“I don’t know where it happened. All I know is it happened,” he told Retraction Watch, a blog that tracks corrections in academic papers. “It’s our fault for not figuring it out before.”
The journal said the error doesn’t change the main conclusions of the paper, which found that “personality traits do not cause people to develop political attitudes.”
But professor Steven Ludeke of the University of Southern Denmark, who pointed out the errors, told Retraction Watch that they “matter quite a lot.”
“The erroneous results represented some of the larger correlations between personality and politics ever reported; they were reported and interpreted, repeatedly, in the wrong direction,” he said.
Canadian Holocaust denying prof, Anthony Hall, blames Jewish families for “Islamophobia industry”
Hoards of Muslims shouting allahu akbar storm Croatian border
Democratic rep and Farrakhan lover, Keith Ellison, lies and complains about bigotry
Actor Ron Perlman Brags He Peed on Hands to Spite Weinstein
Dutch Newspaper Office Hit By Flaming Truck in ‘Deliberate’ Attack
A van was driven into the offices of a right-wing Dutch newspaper in Amsterdam Tuesday morning, bursting into flames and causing significant damage in what is being called an attack on the news organisation.
The Dutch police said the strike was a “deliberate action” and revealed a manhunt was underway after a suspect managed to escape the scene.
Today in false rape accusations ruining countless lives
Toronto can’t handle influx of refugee claimants, Tory tells Ottawa
In an urgent letter, Mayor John Tory is telling the federal government that Toronto can no longer handle the influx of refugee claimants and will no longer do so without emergency financial help from senior governments.
In the letter, obtained by the Star on Monday, Tory states that Toronto welcomes all newcomers “but we need the appropriate support and leadership of both Ontario and Canada,” and that the city scrambling to find emergency shelter for each new wave of arrivals is not sustainable.
“What’s needed is proper housing and proper supports, something the city cannot provide on its own,” the letter states.
Council will consider a report from city staff at a meeting that begins Tuesday.
The pressing problem saw the city begin to house refugee claimants in college dormitories starting in May. But those spaces are available only until the beginning of August. At that time, the city has no plan for how to house 800 people currently in those temporary spaces.
Tory’s letter says continuing to house them would require closing multiple community centres and cancelling public programs.
That, Tory wrote, is “a step the city is not prepared to take.”
The blunt letter adds that after a recent announcement of $11 million from the federal government to help Ontario with housing, “no details about how or where this funding will be used have been made available.”
The city says the direct costs of housing refugee claimants in 2017 and projected costs for 2018 are $64.5 million and counting.
Tory writes that Toronto has a long history of welcoming newcomers and supports the federal refugee program, “but responsibility for these populations does not end at the border, and we simply can no longer contend with their housing needs alone.”
Tory concludes by offering to have city staff arrange for federal officials to visit hotel or dormitory sites Toronto is using to temporarily house refugees and asylum seekers, so they can see first-hand the pressure on the system.
According to updated numbers from the city that are current to mid-June, there are nearly 3,200 refugee claimants in the shelter system. Most are housed in motels rented by the city. There are currently no rooms available.
It is also mostly families who are occupying the dorms at Humber and Centennial colleges, which are available until Aug. 9. According to a briefing note by city staff, there were only 42 rooms available for families at either college as of mid-June. Those family spaces are expected to be full before August. There were 231 rooms available for singles.
The city’s shelter system has 6,806 beds and has consistently been operating at a nightly capacity of 95 per cent, with family occupancy at 100 per cent. The city today relies on a number of 24-7 respite centres and drop-ins to house those who are homeless. Despite warming temperatures, those services also remain stretched.
A list of 87 families waiting for shelter beds are mostly refugee claimants, says the city staff report. Seven of those families are currently being housed in the dining rooms or offices of shelters amid the capacity crisis.
In April, as the Quebec government announced it would no longer be housing refugees crossing from the United States into the province due to its own capacity issues, Tory called on the federal and provincial governments to help with the costs of housing and also look for spaces outside the city’s borders.
Quebec’s government, the city says, is currently projecting daily arrivals of 400 refugees, meaning the current temporary spaces in Toronto will soon be full.
“Although an exhaustive search for additional shelter capacity is being pursued with federal and provincial colleagues, still no appropriate sites for additional shelter space for refugee/asylum claimants have been identified,” a city report to be tabled at council reads.
Today in lib book burning
The American Library Association has removed Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a major award based on how her iconic Little House on the Prairie novels portray minorities.
St John’s doc aboard the Sea Hitler
Khraishi, who is Palestinian, will serve as an onboard doctor with the Freedom Flotilla Coaltion (FFC), an international organization that aims to challenge the Isreali blockade of Gaza.
It’s Time For The United States (and Canada) To Divorce Before Things Get Dangerous
“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…” — The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
Divorce is hard, but it’s easier than cutting the brake lines on your wife’s car. It is long past time for an amicable divorce of the United States of America. There is simply no common ground with the Left anymore. We are now the couple screaming at each other all night, every night as the kids hide in their room.
We cannot come together, but we do not have to live like this. The history of the world is nations breaking up and redrawing their borders. If we want to avoid this political divide turning into a deadly one, we should do likewise.
Stop clinging to the past and acknowledge where we are as a country, not where you want us to be, not where things were when your grandpa was storming the beaches of Normandy. Where we truly are.
We are a nation hopelessly divided. We are more divided now than we have ever been in our history. And before you start screaming at me about the Civil War, keep in mind that bloody conflict was fought over one major issue. In those days, take ten families from New York and ten families from Alabama, put them all in a room, and you’d find they mostly had the same values (and bad accents).
Now, fast-forward to today and do that same thing. Those families have virtually nothing in common. We as a nation have polarized and separated from each other.
Anyone who thinks this is a radical idea has an extremely narrow view of history.
Vox Says Hyenas Are Feminist; Hyenas Say “What’s Feminism?”
On Wednesday, Vox published an article entitled “How a Pseudopenis-packing Hyena Smashes the Patriarchy’s Assumptions: Lessons from Female Spotted Hyenas for the #MeToo Era.” The piece, by Katherine J. Wu, a graduate student in microbiology and immunobiology, broadly explores how the spotted hyena could be used as a model for humankind. The bottom line: Humans get it wrong; hyenas get it right.
“Unlike most other mammals,” Wu writes, “spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) live in matriarchal societies led by alpha females. In these clans throughout sub-Saharan Africa, females do the majority of the hunting, dictate the social structure, and raise cubs as single mothers. Even the highest-ranking male in the group is subservient to the most junior female. Accordingly, male spotted hyenas have evolved to be comparatively diminutive, weighing about 12 percent less than females—a feature uncommon even among matrilines.”
Sounds great. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly true, according to Oliver Höner, a research scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife and the co-founder of the Spotted Hyena Project, a research project based in Tanzania.
Amid PA rejectionism, Arab nations threaten to ‘go over Abbas’ head’
Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates say they will back the U.S.’s Middle East peace plan regardless of whether the Palestinian Authority is on board
BREAKING: Smoking weed can cause rabid Jew hatred
Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara
There’ll be a flurry of UN resolutions, libs will hold protests all over the world and call for boycotts….just kidding!
TRUMP’S CRITICS HAVE DESTROYED THE MEMORY OF THE HOLOCAUST
Comparing Trump’s policies to the Holocaust is a species of Holocaust denial.
An extraordinary thing happened in internet culture this week: Godwin repealed Godwin’s Law. Godwin’s Law is the idea that the longer an internet discussion thread drags on, the more likely it is that one of the discussants will mention Hitler. Rashly and inappropriately. They’ll compare their opponent to Der Fuhrer or say, ‘This is how Nazism started!!!!’. Reductio ad Hitlerum, as some call it. The law was invented by Professor Mike Godwin, an American attorney. And this week he scrapped it. To the delight of virtual leftists and Trump-bashers who are chomping at the bit to say ‘TRUMP IS LITERALLY A NAZI’, Godwin tweeted in relation to the Trump administration and its child-migrant policy: ‘By all means, compare these shitheads to Nazis. Again and again. I’m with you.’
The response was one of glee. ‘Godwin has officially suspended Godwin’s Law’, tweeters crowed. The ‘actual, literal creator of Godwin’s Law’ has okayed Hitler comparisons, they whooped. They could now crack on with their hysterical likening of Trump to Hitler, and everything he does to what happened in 1930s Europe, without having to worry about someone shouting, ‘Godwin’s Law!’ at them. It so perfectly sums up the arrogance of the Twitterati and opinion-forming set: for years they mocked the Hitler-obsessed ‘below the line’ (BTL) commenters on their Tumblr blogs or Guardian columns, and even instituted an internet law to paint them as vulgar idiots, and now they themselves embrace mad Hitler blather and have scrapped the law that said such online talk was wrong. One online law for thee, another for me.
They can dress up their adoption of the Reductio ad Hitlerum worldview as a legitimate political position as much as they like. They can carry on saying, ‘Ah, but Trump’s policies really are like Hitler’s, which means my Nazi comparisons carry more weight than those of the non-Oxford-educated blowhard I had to block on Twitter because he kept saying “Hillary is Hitler”’. But they’re not fooling anyone. Except themselves. The rest of us know they are now just like the BTL people they once slagged off: confused, angry, rash and willing to exploit the greatest crime in history if it helps them to register and advertise their emotional fury with political developments. They are BTL people now, though they’re above the line, still all over the media, busily making it acceptable to talk shit about the Holocaust in public.
This week, with the controversy over Trump’s separation of families arriving illegally from Mexico, has represented a turning point in their popularisation of the Hitler comparisons they once chided. They refer to the places in which the children of illegal migrants are being housed as ‘concentration camps’. The former director of the CIA, Michael Hayden, tweeted a photo of Auschwitz with the words, ‘Other governments have separated mothers and children’. Pre-empting the suspension of Godwin’s Law, a writer for the New Statesman said: ‘Stop talking about Godwin’s Law – real Nazis are back.’ Twitter buzzes with Trump-as-Hitler talk. ‘This is how the Holocaust started’, they all say.
This is how the Holocaust started. This is wrong in itself: the Holocaust started with racial laws forbidding Jewish and Gentile inter-marriage and severely restricting Jews’ rights to work, move and speak. Trump’s America has passed no law that bears the remotest resemblance to these hateful racial edicts. But perhaps this claim that Trump’s behaviour echoes the start of the Holocaust represents a tiny pang of conscience among those who are exploiting the horrors of the mid-20th-century to signal their disgust with Trump. Perhaps they know, at some level, that it is mad – not to mention immoral – to compare Trump’s policies to the Holocaust itself. To compare the temporary removal of children from their parents to the shoving of children into ovens. Actual ovens. The vast majority of children who were sent to Auschwitz were put in an oven and gassed to death and then their bodies were burnt, leading to their ashes raining down on their parents who had only been enslaved rather than gassed. They were gassed later.
That is what happened at Auschwitz. Does Michael Hayden know this? Do the thousands of people who retweeted his Auschwitz-Trump comparison know this? If they do, then their commentary on Trump’s child-migrant policy is more foul than the policy itself, because it renders Auschwitz mundane. It diminishes the horrors of that death camp through comparing them to some temporary, excessively harsh migrant controls at the Mexican border. To speak of the gassing to death of hundreds of thousands of Jewish children in the same breath as the temporary removal of scores of Mexican children from their parents insults those dead Jewish children. It relativises their suffering. It says it wasn’t that bad; it was merely on a spectrum with the largely ordinary stuff that happens in politics today.
This is the fundamental problem with the media class’s feverish embrace of Hitler comparisons and Holocaust talk. If you say, ‘Stop comparing everything Trump does to the events of the Holocaust’, they think you are defending Trump; no, we are defending the memory of the Holocaust. We are trying to protect the truth of the worst crime in human history from your casual, thoughtless, profoundly cynical exploitation of it, and by extension your denigration of it. You are making the Holocaust seem ordinary. You have reduced it to just one of those things that happens when politicians go overboard with legislation. You have denuded the Holocaust of its uniqueness, and in doing that, you have made Trump’s own excesses seem almost forgivable in comparison.
‘This is how the Holocaust starts’, they keep saying. In truth, their Holocaust relativism, their Holocaust dilution, is how Holocaust denial starts. As one historical account puts it, ‘Relativising the Holocaust has been one of the classic techniques of some of those engaged in Holocaust denial’. They ‘minimise Nazi atrocities’ by ‘listing them alongside [others]’ (my emphasis). Holocaust relativism is always the beginning of Holocaust denial, one of the ugliest, most racist ideologies of our time. This is the truth of the events of the past week: Trump imposed a harsh but thankfully temporary policy against Mexican migrants, while his critics unwittingly did more to boost Holocaust denial than any army of racist Jew-haters could ever dream of. Which was worse?
Maajid Nawaz to Meet with SPLC President, Demand Explanation for ‘Anti-Muslim Extremist’ Label
“I’m going to fly out to New York in the coming week or so for the specific purpose of meeting with [Cohen] in private for however long it takes — a day, two days. And I have two objectives: I want to understand what the f**k happened. I really want to understand how on earth this could have happened,” Nawaz says. “I have my suspicions about whether the SPLC has been influenced by CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, and other Islamist-leaning organizations. In other words, was this a hit job? Did the SPLC go out and say, ‘Hey, Muslim community, we want to know who’s anti-Muslim,’ and instead of those organizations giving them genuine anti-Muslim individuals, they decided to use that as an opportunity to basically go after their opponents politically?”
Oopsy: George Galloway shares 1939 clip of ‘Palestinian’ Jewish soccer players
Controversial British former MP George Galloway, well known for his anti-Israel views, shared a video of a soccer match on Facebook Sunday, to counter claims that the Palestinians never had a country before Israel was established in 1948.
Galloway shared black and white footage from a 1939 match between Australia and Palestine and wrote, “They say there was never a Palestine…”
His post, shared as England defeated Panama in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, was shared over 6,000 times.
But in fact the video provides no evidence of an Arab Palestine — quite the opposite.
IDF UNCOVERS HAMAS’ OPERATING SYSTEM FOR KITE TERROR
Hamas terrorist organization is responsible for kite terror and not a random terrorist activity by Gazan children and young adults, the IDF revealed on Sunday.
Arson terror, the phenomenon where firebombs are attached to kites and balloons and launched from the coastal enclave into Israeli territory and through which large areas of Israeli land around the Gaza Strip have been destroyed, is part of carefully planned acts of terror, the IDF spokesperson explained.
249 shootings in Toronto this year as of last Sunday
Getting to be a little Chicago-like in these parts…I can’t believe these guys don’t respect our strict gun laws
Islamonazi of the day
Blood Tribe seeks massive land claim in Federal Court
In Federal Court, lawyers and witnesses are poring over century-old government reports and handwritten letters, many of them with fading text, to understand the true intentions of John A. Macdonald’s pioneering Conservatives when they opened up southern Alberta for settlers.
The court is also contending with a canon of the Blood Tribe’s oral history — passed down over generations — which its lawyers say is the most authoritative source of knowledge of the band’s past.
THE UNITED NATIONS HAS A VESTED INTEREST IN KEEPING PALESTINIAN ARABS IN PERPETUAL REFUGEE STATUS
There are rare moments when political leaders break with tradition and have the courage to speak the truth, even when it flies in the face of protocol. Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis recently showed that kind of courage when speaking about the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA.)
UNWRA, he said last month, “has become part of the problem. It provides ammunition to continue the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict. For as long as Palestinians live in refugee camps, they will want to return to their homeland.”
Palestinian refugees are the only in the world to have their own dedicated United Nations agency.