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Israel demolishes Mosques in West Bank, one in south of Nablus

As peace talks deadline passes

Israel is conducting aggravated persecutions against Palestinians for daring to unite and form unity government.

KHIRBET AL-TAWEEL, West Bank

(Reuters) – Israeli forces demolished several structures, including a mosque, in a Palestinian village on Tuesday, the day a deadline for a deal in now-frozen peace talks expired.

A Reuters correspondent saw several hundred soldiers deployed in Khirbet al-Taweel, in the occupied West Bank, around daybreak.

They guarded 6 bulldozers that reduced to rubble buildings that were constructed without Israeli permits. Palestinians say such documents are nearly impossible to obtain.

Palestinians saw a link between the demolitions and the passing, without a peace deal, of the April 29 deadline set when the talks began in July. Israel has also drawn Palestinian anger by continuing to expand settlements on land they seek for a state.

Villagers said the stone mosque was built in 2008, and that soldiers removed prayer rugs and holy scriptures before tearing it down.

Bulldozers razed buildings included 3 one-storey family houses, animal shelters and a communal well. Locals said around 30 people were made homeless.

The Israeli army said in a statement that 8 structures, including a “mosque in use“, were demolished because they had been built illegally inside a dangerous live-fire military training zone.

“I went to make my dawn prayers at the mosque and found the army surrounding it,” said resident Abdel Fattah Maarouf, 63.

“Then they tore the mosque down. They want this area so they can build settlements in it.”

Speaking on local radio, Yasser Abed Rabbo, a top Palestinian official and (former  leader of Palestinian Popular democratic faction), said that “unless acts like this cease completely” there was no room to return to U.S.-sponsored peace talks with “this expansionist, racist occupier“.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended negotiations last week after Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestine Liberation Organization signed a unity dealt with Hamas of Gaza.

The pact envisages the formation of a government of non-political technocrats within 5 weeks and a Palestinian election 6 months later. Israel said such a government would effectively be backed by Hamas and could not be a peace partner.

(Writing by Noah Browning; Editing by Jeffrey Heller/Jeremy Gaunt)

A Palestinian man holds damaged loudspeakers belonging to a mosque after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers in Khirbet Al-Taweel village near the West Bank City of Nablus April 29, 2014. REUTERS-Mohamad Torokman
Palestinians walk past a structure after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers in Khirbet Al-Taweel village near the West Bank City of Nablus April 29, 2014. REUTERS-Mohamad Torokman
A Palestinian man inspects a structure after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers in Khirbet Al-Taweel village near the West Bank City of Nablus April 29, 2014. REUTERS-Mohamad Torokman

1 of 4. A Palestinian man holds damaged loudspeakers belonging to a mosque after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers in Khirbet Al-Taweel village near the West Bank City of Nablus April 29, 2014.

Types of Prejudices among European States

Could prejudices tear the EU apart?

Reine Azzi posted this link via Ghassan Nassar on FB
 

Have you seen these prejudice maps of Europe?

What travel is teaching you?

TravelJunkie in life Changing Experiences posted this April 27, 2014

It’s never going to be the right time. The right time to travel, the right time to buy a house, to get married, to make babies  or even the right time to invest, what’s worse…scratch that, what’s lethal, is never the right time to live the dream you always dreamed of.

We are always busy, something always comes in the way, without even noticing, our life will pass us by and no, it’s not ok.

At least for most of us, it’s not ok. All things do come for those who wait, provided they know what they are waiting for and they are doing something about it.

Far too often, we think of travel as a way of relaxation and something to break free from your job, the routine….

You are approaching traveling the wrong way.

Travel needs to be part of your life to grow, to love, to live and to feel that beating heart of yours.

Travel should not only be done once a year for 2 weeks/10 days.

For me, travel is the only way I can express myself, travel is the only thing I know. It is what I am meant to do. Meet people. Talk to them, discover the earth just as I was born into it. I am at its calling. I am drawn to it.

1. Find your weaknesses and strength

There were many times during my travel moments that I though to myself “why am I doing this? Clearly I am not good at it”

Sometimes the experience itself seemed a bad idea at the time, but once it’s done I would desperately want more. I realize the many different ways I could have approached the situation and how I take this as a learning lesson.

I believe in love, I believe people can make mistakes, I believe people can want two things at once and I believe people are selfish and generous at the same time, I believe very few want to hurt others and I believe how much you can surprise yourself.

 

2. Fall in love

To love unconditionally. I have fallen deeply in love with myself over and over again. You would think this point was to fall in love with others. It is not that kind of point. To fall in love with myself taught me so much. Especially for a person like me, who at one time was extremely insecure. It is amazing what the human body can stand when you put pressure.

If you wanted to do something absolutely honest, something true, it always needs to be done alone, by your beautiful self. Learn how strong you really are and you will realize that the word love or alone can be less frighting and you will discover a richer, deeper, more colorful you.

What travel is teaching us

3. The best things that happen to you are usually the ones that happen at random –

One of the reasons that we end up taking life for granted, is that we become insensitive to life. Because we live through memory.

Through our conditioning,  we take life, which is dynamic in nature, and turn it into something static. We try to make life certain, when uncertainty is it’s basis. We end up taking the color out of life.

4. Quiet time –

Travel to me is also quiet time. In midst of it all, I find peace and quiet on planes, on train rides, on slopes, at the beach or even in long car rides. The world gets quieter, I need quiet, I pray for quiet sometimes. It’s so quiet here that you can almost hear people’s dreams.

5. Practicing acceptance – I travel to escape, as most of us do. But, my escape teaches me things. It teaches me to accept the things I cannot accept. It helps me to let go of the moments that are not mine.

We all have our battles, we all have our cause and sometimes, when your hearts beats stronger than your mind, travel can bring you two steps back and teach you to take a deep breath and let go of what does not belong to you. That’s what I have accepted.

 Note: Traveling does not mean to plan for far fetched destination that exhaust your body and neglect to relax and acclimatize yourself to the new environment.  Traveling as part of your job can be considered traveling if you spend a couple of days to wander  away from your hotel and work place and meet with local people.

 

 

Is the Joke in “Explaining The Joke”? And Hari Kondabolu

Posted this April 21, 2014
The son of Indian parents, Kondabolu grew up in Queens, N.Y., and a lot of his comedy is about race and ethnicity. The title of his new album, Waiting for 2042, is a reference to the year the Census Bureau projects that whites will be in the minority in the U.S.
On why he doesn’t do accents in his comedy anymore

It’s hard having an accent in this country and you are judged based on it.

I can imagine that it must be hard for my folks to work twice as hard to communicate and also the idea that when maybe my father says something and he walks away, the idea that people are laughing because what he said is funny to them because of how he sounds crushed me when I thought about it. And the idea that I was contributing to that was hard.

At first, Hari Kondabolu’s comedy was mostly about catharsis:

“I was doing some work in detention centers and meeting families who had family members who were going to be deported,” he tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. “It was really powerful work … but it was incredibly hard and performing at night was a relief. It was cathartic. It was just a way to get things out.”

Waiting for 2042

was working as an immigrant-rights organizer in Seattle and performing standup at night.

In 2008, he got his M.A. in human rights from the London School of Economics. He was surprised when his standup career took off.

Kondabolu was a writer and correspondent on Totally Biased, W. Kamau Bell’s FX political comedy series. “It was my first writing job,” Kondabolu says, “so … I have a very probably skewed vision of what writers’ rooms are because ours was so diverse and I think most of television doesn’t have that.”

Bell describes Kondabolu as “the comedy equivalent of a punk rock concert that breaks out at a human rights rally.”

Comic Hari Kondabolu's album Waiting for 2042 is a reference to the year the Census Bureau projects whites will be the minority in the U.S. "Don't worry, white people," he says. "You were a minority when you came to this country. Things seemed to have worked out for you."

Comic Hari Kondabolu’s album Waiting for 2042 is a reference to the year the Census Bureau projects whites will be the minority in the U.S. “Don’t worry, white people,” . “You were a minority when you came to this country. Things seemed to have worked out for you.”


Interview Highlights

On incorporating immigrant-rights work into his comedy

I used to do a bit where I used to read the U.S. citizenship application onstage. I think that’s part of just being overeducated and wanting to do document analysis, but I’d actually bring it onstage and read questions.

Because for people who don’t know, this is what immigrants have to go through to gain status in this country, and it’s absurd and it’s something we take for granted as American citizens.

Sometimes that was hard in a club on a Friday night and it’s 10 o’clock and everyone’s drunk and there’s a dude onstage reading a form — it’s a strange thing to read a government form in front of a bunch of drunk people.

More With Hari Kondabolu

On his explaining jokes — especially jokes about racism or colonialism

They tell you you’re never supposed to explain your jokes because that ruins the joke, and to me, that is the joke. Throughout the album — there’s a track called “Toby” where I have to explain a Roots reference. I like explaining the references.

Maybe, again, it’s me being over-educated but I do like that. I feel like I’m a cool professor. Maybe I’m not because I just called myself that. …

I find these things funny and I have to find a way for you to think they’re funny and if I have to explain it so you get what I’m talking about and then laugh at the thing that I think is funny, then so be it. It might take an extra minute.

It might mean that our attention spans have to go back to 1987 but I think it’s possible for us to get through a minute setup for us to get to something else.

 

 

All European newborn Babies will be Microchipped starting May 2014

 posted on January 22, 2014

On May 2014, newborn children, throughout Europe,will be compelled to take in a subcutaneous RFID chip.

Public clinics in the European Union are to be alerted.

The chip will contain the report sheet on the newborn.

This chip will be doted with an impressive GPS sensor that will task with a micro- disposable battery every 2 years in state clinics. GPS chip grants an edge of error of 5 meters.

The GPS will be linked straight to a satellite, which will guide the networks.

As forecasted, this chip will be essential for all kids born after May 2014 , but with a present confirmation date until December 2016.

Note 1: Apparently, babies in Europe are becoming an endangered species given the low demographics trends

Note 2: I have a few worries:

1. Endangered species have been tagged for quite some time to study their whereabouts and how they are faring. You are under the impression that microchipping at this early years is safe and has no collateral damages as the babies grow up. I beg to differ.

2. Before this method is applied systematically, all the thousands of babies undergoing the “micro-chipping” will be analyzed as cobays.

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Is Israel risking to turn into an ‘apartheid state’? Only now does John Kerry realize a 65-year-old evidence?

Finally, the Palestinians recovered their senses:  Fateh and Hamas buried the hatchet and decided to form a coalition government as a preliminary step toward an election.

It is the turn of Israel to lose its senses and blow its top: Israel is behaving as an irrational State that has no idea what to do next. Except punishing the Palestinians for uniting during a crucial negotiation that is dragging for an indefinite period.

Israel is now claiming that it cannot sit with Hamas, but still insists on a purely Jewish State and refuses to delimit borders.

“If a two-state solution isn’t agreed upon soon, Israel will risk becoming an apartheid state” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday while speaking before a closed forum.

Kerry used the term while speaking at the Trilateral Commission before senior officials from the United States, Europe, Russia and Japan, The Daily Beast reported.

published this Apr. 28, 2014  in the Israeli daily Haaretz

It is the first time a U.S. official of Kerry’s importance has used the contentious term “apartheid” in the context of Israel, even if only as a warning for the future.

“A two-state solution,” Kerry said, “will be clearly underscored as the only real alternative. Because a unitary state winds up either being an apartheid state with second class citizens—or it ends up being a state that destroys the capacity of Israel to be a Jewish state.

“Once you put that frame in your mind, that reality, which is the bottom line, you understand how imperative it is to get to the two-state solution, which both leaders, even yesterday, said they remain deeply committed to.”

Kerry considering unveiling his own peace proposal, telling sides to either ‘take it or leave it.’

Kerry in Washington. April 24, 2014.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement on Ukraine at the briefing room of the State Department April 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by AFP

Kerry also warned that a freeze in the peace talks could bring about a violent conflagration in the West Bank. “People grow so frustrated with their lot in life that they begin to take other choices and go to dark places they’ve been before, which forces confrontation,” he said.

During his talk, a recording of which was procured by The Daily Beast, Kerry also suggested that a change in the leadership of either Israel or the Palestinians could make a breakthrough more feasable. He also reiterated his conviction that both sides share the blame for the negotiations’ dead end.

Kerry harshly criticized Israel for plans to build 14,000  new housing units in the settlements advanced during the past 9 months of negotiations.

Kerry also said that at some point he might unveil his own peace proposal, and tell both sides to either “take it or leave it.”

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in response to the tape that Kerry was simply expressing his position, which is shared by many others, and that the two-state solution is the only way Israel could remain a Jewish state that lives in peace with the Palestinians.

Psaki added that similar positions have been expressed by Israeli leaders such as Ehud Barak, Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni.

Hashtag #myNYPD campaign: Failed on an epic scale?

Earlier today(April 22, 2014),  NYPD invited people to tweet photos of themselves with members of NYPD using the hashtag #myNYPD. As they probably should have expected… the campaign was an epic fail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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