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'Liberal' news organisation 'The Hindu' forbids employees to carry non-vegetarian food on its canteen premises

For a while now, liberals in India have been taking the higher moral ground when it comes to discourses on values of equality, justice and liberty, damning any and every one who fails to meet their righteous standards.

And while popular belief associates fundamentalism with right wing idealists, lately the trends have reversed. Only yesterday, writer Joe D’cruz’s publisher refused to release his book owing to his ‘Pro-Modi’ views, that, ironically, they believe to be ‘fascist’.

Taking a similar high road, is the Chennai-based news organisation The Hindu known for its fire brand journalism and the left liberal views they judge others by. Often, through their elaborate writing and lengthy editorials, they have condemned those who do not abide by their progressive standards.

However, when it came to applying the same values within their organisation, the prolific news house fell short. In an alleged advisory issued to their employees, The Hindu has forbidden his employees from bringing non-vegetarian food in their canteen.

A copy of this supposed notice, that has gone viral across social media, informs that the said rule is, in fact, not a new addition, rather an already existing ‘rule’. It unabashedly explains the reason, stating, All are aware non-veg food is not permitted in our Canteen premises as it causes discomfort to the majority of the employees who are vegetarian.

Needless to say, the online community reacted very strongly to this:

People also expressed anguish in a Reddit thread. Banning is not inclusive. It display arrogance. If they wanted to find a workaround, they could have created separate time or place for the two sections, shared user ashwinmudigonda.

Malarvizhi Jayanth, an insider who is believed to have initiated this debate online, narrates, in her blog, The normal-food eaters cant eat their food in the canteen, because the smell of their non-Brahmin food is offensive to the nostrils of their twice-born colleagues. They cant eat inside the reporting sections room, without remarks along the lines of Which walking, swimming, flying thing are you eating today? Some twice-born colleagues would ask this same question practically every time one unfortunate normal-food eater opened her tiffin box in office.

Despite the online backlash that could be potentially damaging to their image, The Hindu has so far not provided any statement giving credence or denying the much deliberated notice.

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Welcome to Silicon Valley: Give Right or Get Out!

By Helen A.S. Popkin

Activists who campaigned for the ouster of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich over a $1,000 anti-gay marriage donation made in 2008 got their wish, but may also have inadvertently opened a Pandoras Box in Silicon Valley, where Birkenstocks and kale smoothies dont always mean liberal political views.

Take one case that has so far gotten almost no attention: An April 8 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission by a shareholder claiming that Facebooks political action committee has donated 41% of contributions since its inception to politicians voting against LGBT rights. Around 30 percent of the PACs contributions have gone to politicians voting to deregulate greenhouse gases, the filing states, despite Facebooks public support for the environment.

The filing urges Facebook to implement a policy to ensure the companys money goes to political causes consistent with the social media giants corporate values. Filed days after Eich resigned, the document from the president of NorthStar Asset Management says that disclosure may lay Facebook subject to public scrutiny and embarrassment – but argues that the best antidote is transparency.

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Facebook has not responded to requests for comment from NBC News.

Are activists incensed by the politics of major tech corporations and their executives, or do they just get mad about the incidents that go viral? The Los Angeles Times maintains a database of everyone who gave money for or against Prop. 8, and records the donations of scores of others in the tech world. Its a bit more difficult to dig into the information compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics on the tens of millions of dollars the industry spends every year supporting or opposing political candidates and lobbying for causes including immigration reform, cybersecurity and other causes.

In the April filing, NorthStar Asset Management says that Facebook has a young, progressive consumer which supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights, and that backlash against Facebook PACs political contributions could bring down share prices. In other words, this could be another Mozilla mess in the making, with shareholders paying the literal price.

Facebook opposed NorthStar Asset Management’s proposal in its annual stockholder’s meeting notice, writing that, “we believe it is our responsibility to engage in political, legislative, and regulatory processes to advance laws and policies that are in the best interests of our company, our stockholders, the people who use our services, and our partners.”

“When peoples lives and careers are subject to litmus tests, and fired if they do not publicly renounce what may well be their sincere conviction, we have crossed a line.”

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Official on Palm Sunday: Every Easter We Hope for Resurrection of Our People as Free Nation

RAMALLAH, April 14, 2014 (WAFA) – Fatah Central Committee Member Nabeel Shaath joined Sunday the PalmSundayprocession in Jerusalem which marked the beginning of the Christian Holy Week of Easter.

Shaath, along with Governor of Jerusalem Adnan Husseini, joined Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal and the bishop of Palestine William Shomali in the annual procession to the Old City of Jerusalem.

I have joined my Christian brothers and sisters at the beginning of a week that symbolizes hope after suffering. As a priest and dear friend once told me: Every Easter we hope for the resurrection of our people as a free nation, said Shaath.

Shaath highlighted the lack of freedom of movement and worship under Israeli occupation stating: It is inconceivable that Palestinian Christians and Muslims from the rest of Palestine cannot reach Jerusalem without Israeli-issued permits; families wanting to celebrate in their holy city, their national capital; scout groups who have been practicing their routines for months and grandparents who want to share the miracle of Easter with their grandchildren.

He added: We should be free to access Jerusalem because it is a part of Palestine. It is ridiculous that Israel opens Jerusalem for foreign tourists while millions of Palestinian Christians and Muslims are being banned from entering their occupied capital.

During PalmSundayprocession in Jerusalem, only a limited number of Palestinian Christians were able to join, mainly due to lack of permits. This included several scout bands from large Palestinian Christian communities such as Ramallah and Beit Jala.

Shaath also condemned the Israeliaggressionnear the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which took place earlier yesterday. Six Palestinians were injured afterIsraeli occupation forces raided the Haram al-Sharif compound.

He concluded: What I have seen today reflects the nature of the Israeli plans totakeoverthe city by every method possible. It should be a matter of international concern that one group of people is trying to claim exclusive rights over a city which has a long and rich history of being a city of three holy faiths. Jerusalem should be the example to the rest of the world, an open city to all.

K.F./T.R.

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Israeli man killed in West Bank shooting

Israeli police and medical personnel load the body of an Israeli man into the back of an ambulance at the scene of a shooting near the southern West Bank city of Hebron. (Hazem Bader / AFP/ Getty Images / April 14, 2014)

April 14, 2014, 4:10 p.m.

The incident could aggravate tension between Israelis and Palestinians that is threatening to unravel peace negotiations.

Israeli news media reported that at least three vehicles were carrying members of a family to a Passover holiday dinner when they came under fire.

Moments ago, fire was opened at a civilian Israeli vehicle travelling on route 35 near Hebron. #IDF conducting search for the perpetrators, the Israel Defense Forces tweeted.

A 40-year-old man who was driving one of the vehicles was pronounced dead at the scene. A 28-year-old woman suffered moderate wounds, and a 9-year-old boy was lightly injured, news reports said.

It was not immediately clear how many gunmen were involved in the attack, although a passenger was quoted as saying that he saw at least one person armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and wearing a helmet firing at the vehicles from the side of the road.

The Israeli army closed the area and conducted heavy searches in nearby Palestinian towns.

The Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad praised the attack but did not take responsibility for it. Islamic Jihad described the shooting as a “natural response to the occupation forces and settlers’ crimes against our people and land.”

The attack occurred a day after Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon gave three Israeli families the green light to move into a building that had been at the center of a lengthy ownership dispute between settlers and Palestinians in Hebron. Several hundred Israeli settlers live in heavily protected enclaves in the center of the predominantly Palestinian city.

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'Liberal' news organisation 'The Hindu' forbids employees to carry non-vegetarian food on its canteen premises

For a while now, liberals in India have been taking the higher moral ground when it comes to discourses on values of equality, justice and liberty, damning any and every one who fails to meet their righteous standards.

And while popular belief associates fundamentalism with right wing idealists, lately the trends have reversed. Only yesterday, writer Joe D’cruz’s publisher refused to release his book owing to his ‘Pro-Modi’ views, that, ironically, they believe to be ‘fascist’.

Taking a similar high road, is the Chennai-based news organisation The Hindu known for its fire brand journalism and the left liberal views they judge others by. Often, through their elaborate writing and lengthy editorials, they have condemned those who do not abide by their progressive standards.

However, when it came to applying the same values within their organisation, the prolific news house fell short. In an alleged advisory issued to their employees, The Hindu has forbidden his employees from bringing non-vegetarian food in their canteen.

A copy of this supposed notice, that has gone viral across social media, informs that the said rule is, in fact, not a new addition, rather an already existing ‘rule’. It unabashedly explains the reason, stating, All are aware non-veg food is not permitted in our Canteen premises as it causes discomfort to the majority of the employees who are vegetarian.

Needless to say, the online community reacted very strongly to this:

People also expressed anguish in a Reddit thread. Banning is not inclusive. It display arrogance. If they wanted to find a workaround, they could have created separate time or place for the two sections, shared user ashwinmudigonda.

Malarvizhi Jayanth, an insider who is believed to have initiated this debate online, narrates, in her blog, The normal-food eaters cant eat their food in the canteen, because the smell of their non-Brahmin food is offensive to the nostrils of their twice-born colleagues. They cant eat inside the reporting sections room, without remarks along the lines of Which walking, swimming, flying thing are you eating today? Some twice-born colleagues would ask this same question practically every time one unfortunate normal-food eater opened her tiffin box in office.

Despite the online backlash that could be potentially damaging to their image, The Hindu has so far not provided any statement giving credence or denying the much deliberated notice.

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Jonah Goldberg The left's arrogant groupthink

“IF ALL YOU have is a hammer,” the old saying goes, “everything looks like a nail.” Left unsaid is the fact that the real problem isn’t the possession of a hammer, but the certitude that all you need is the hammer. In other words, it’s a failure of the imagination which is a kind of arrogance that’s really to blame. “I’ve got my hammer, and that’s all I need. Besides, have you ever seen a problem that didn’t look like a nail?”

This is a version of what academics call “confirmation bias” the tendency to accept only the facts that buttress your closely held views. It’s a hot topic these days. Ezra Klein, a young liberal writer, has launched a news website, Vox.com, that purports to be the vanguard of something called “explanatory journalism” (which is something of a redundancy, like culinary cooking or belligerent war). In his inaugural essay, Klein argues that conservatives and liberals alike are prone to confirmation bias, which he is here to fix.

This is a very old idea. Legendary journalist and one-time progressive intellectual Walter Lippmann argued the same sort of thing nearly a century ago. Like many progressives, Lippmann was an often deeply ideological advocate of purging competing ideologies from public life. We needed “disinterested” servants who were free of the partisan or ideological bias.

The problem, as we discovered, was that disinterested public servants were deeply interested in their jobs and expanding the power of the state. The government was their hammer and we the people were the nails.

That went for newspapers, too. Lippmann wrote that “good reporting requires the exercise of the highest of scientific virtues.” Klein’s effort seems like a newer version of the same thing. It has slideshow presentations telling the reader, for instance, “Everything you need to know about the Internet” (Al Gore sort of did invent it after all). Even his introductory essay, “How politics makes us stupid,” focused heavily on what he finds to be conservative examples of confirmation bias, but Mr. Klein couldn’t muster much of an effort to find examples of liberal confirmation bias.

At least he concedes it exists. Even that much of a concession New York Times columnist Paul Krugman cannot abide. He insists conservatives are more prone to confirmation bias because he and all the liberals he knows are so much more open-minded than conservatives.

Of course, President Obama has the same mind-set. He often talks about how he’s not an ideologue but a pragmatist, and how he’s a essentially a disinterested public servant pushing no agenda other than what all the experts agree is the best policy on health care, the environment, the economy, etc. He likes to say how he’s open to new ideas from everywhere, but the new ideas he takes seriously just happen to come from the left and always involve more government. It’s not that he’s liberal, he’s just right. Or as Krugman once put it, “the facts have a liberal bias.”

Such arrogant groupthink not only leads to bad policies, but it reinforces a mass psychology that simply takes it for granted that liberals have sole access to the Truth. It’s like having God on your side without having to believe in God.

This attitude isn’t reserved for small technocratic squabbles. Sometimes government takes an active role, as when the Obama administration unilaterally decides that religious exemptions to Obamacare are illegitimate, at least for a bunch of nuns or companies such as Hobby Lobby.

Other times, the truth-is-liberal crowd thinks it’s OK to use government to punish the un-liberal philistines. No agency is supposed to be more disinterested than the IRS, but it appears that Lois Lerner considered neutrality to be something reserved for her ideological tribe.

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Occupy Cardiff: Rodney Berman lies exposed

The FoI request obtained by Kevin Brennan on our behalf (All available further down this page)shows the Council delaying response far beyond the legal 21 days from Kevin Brennan’s letter on 9thDec., claiming it wasn’t received till 20 Dec., doing nothing till 30 Dec., though assembled by 31 January, not approving it for Kevin Brennan till 17 Feb. heavy redactions of names to conceal leading Councilllors and police involvement in the action prior planning to stop an Occupycardiff camp wherever it started on public land. There was no mention of protecting the castle walls from damage the story invented by Rodney Berman for the Council meeting

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Occupy Democrats Endorses Floridas Alex Sink for …

We at Occupy Democrats have built a political movement based on you the readers that is active, informed, and of course politically active. With that in mind, we feel that we pick our first endorsement for this electoral cycle.

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Jimstonefreelance.com – News from Occupy Los Angeles

Permalink October 31 2011 This was a well funded, well organized, well run, squeaky clean protest that represented the heartbeat of America and went TOTALLY against what the media has portrayed Occupy Wall Street as being. The simple fact that they said it was all trash proves the lie, and when you look through the pictures “after” the fact you can see, in the “trash” a smashed HDTV. Interesting it is then, that the smelly hell hole homeless camp, which makes up Occupy DC, which I also visited, is allowed to live.

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Israel rolls out new sanctions against Palestine

It’s another factor pushing the two sides further apart: Israel wants to restrict the transfer of taxes and duties to the Palestinians, Israeli media report, citing an Israeli government official. According to that information, the finances are to be held back to pay Palestinians’ outstanding dues, for example with the Israeli electricity company. Saeb Erekat, Palestinian negotiator in the peace talks, has called these measures “theft,” according to the Israeli news portal “Ynetnews.”

Even before that, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had forbidden his cabinet members to contact their Palestinian counterparts in Ramallah. The only exceptions are Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is also in charge of the peace talks with Palestine, and the officials who are crucial for the Israel-Palestine security cooperation. Granted, there is usually not much of an exchange between the authorities anyway. But this explicit muzzle is still considered an escalation in the peace talks, which seem to be in a rut. And Israeli media report that more sanctions might follow.

Reactions to Palestine’s political maneuvering

Kerry has scolded Netanyahu’s government

The Israeli government is reacting to the diplomatic advance by Palestine’s President Mahmoud Abbas, who signed 15 international conventions last week (as seen in the article photo), including the Geneva Conventions. Originally, the Palestinians had promised not to take any “unilateral” steps with the UN during the nine months of the current peace talks. They are, however, accusing Israel of not sticking with the promise to release 26 Palestinian prisoners in March. Only when that became clear, the Palestinians say, did they decide to sign the conventions.

The Palestinian request to join the Geneva Conventions was officially confirmed by Switzerland on Friday (11.04.2014). The four Geneva Conventions deal with the protection of civilians in occupied territories, among other things, and could cause trouble for Israel because of its settlement policies in the Palestinian territories.

Penalties an established method to apply pressure for Israel

In 2012, Israel had held back taxes and duties it usually collects and forwards to the Palestinians once before. The reason back then: Palestine was recognized as an observer state by the UN; an act Israel had rejected.

People in Ramallah have learned to expect sanctions, Mohammed Shtajeh says. “We shouldn’t let ourselves be blackmailed by economic measures,” President Abbas’ close confidant adds. Until recently, he was a negotiator in the Palestinian peace talks team. “Palestine’s economy is in a rough place, and has been for a while. We’re used to stumbling from one crisis into the next.” Shtajeh still believes that neither Israel nor the US could have an interest in seeing the Palestinian Authority collapse completely.

He says Palestinians are counting on help from the EU and Arab states. The Arab League promised to support the Palestinian Authority with 100 Million Dollar a month in a meeting on Wednesday. At the same time, the League would also welcome the continuation of the Israeli-Palestinian talks, sources in Cairo say.

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