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Israeli Apartheid Week – Worldnews.com

“Love in the Time of Israeli Apartheid” Action 9-3-2013

Israeli forces on Saturday broke up a wedding procession organized at a West Bank checkpoint to challenge Israeli laws preventing Palestinians in the West Ba…

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/03/08/292448/israeli-apartheid-week-rocks-campuses-in-canada/ Human Rights activists mobilized throughout Canada this…

The Tenth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week has kicked off: an international event that raises awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. In this edition of the debate, we’ll discuss why this event has gained popularity around the world, and why perhaps at no other juncture in time, today Israel has become more isolated than ever before. Does the threat of economic boycotts will affect Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian territories? What should be done to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands? Guests – Political Commentator, Randy Short (Washington). – President, Middle East Research Center, Richard Hellman (Washington).

The Tenth Annual Israeli Apartheid Week has kicked off: an international event that raises awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. In this edition of the debate, we’ll discuss why this event has gained popularity around the world, and why perhaps at no other juncture in time, today Israel has become more isolated than ever before. Does the threat of economic boycotts will affect Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian territories? What should be done to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands? Guests – Political Commentator, Randy Short (Washington). – President, Middle East Research Center, Richard Hellman (Washington).

The 10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has kicked off in the United States and Britain with similar events expected to be held in other parts of the world in March. University campuses across North America and the United Kingdom kicked off the events on Monday to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. The IAW ceremonies, organized by Palestinian student groups or their allies, include lectures, meetings with speakers who oppose Israeli policies, including Israeli students who live abroad, film screenings and demonstrations calling for boycotts of Israel. Israeli Apartheid Week is being held in the United States and UK between February 24 and March 2. It is also expected to be observed in over 200 cities around the world. In England, events will take place at Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics and other high-status institutions. According to organizers, there has been “a sharp increase of literature and analysis that has sought to document and challenge Israeli apartheid, including reports issued by major international bodies and human rights organizations and findings published by political leaders, thinkers, academics, and activists.” The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights, such as freedom of movement, jobs that pay proper wages, and adequate healthcare and education. In this edition of the show we discuss why this event has gained popularity around the world, and why perhaps at no other juncture in time, today Israel has become more isolated than ever before.

Nass El Ghiwane is a Moroccan music band, that is known to have almost a status as the Rolling Stones in the black continent. Here is their song “Palestine” a song directed at the Palestinian resistance against the Isreali Apartheid regime. In rememberance of the “Israeli Apartheid Week 2014″ UK and US: February 24-March 2 Europe: March 1-8 Canada: March 3-11 Palestine: March 8 — 15 South Africa: March 10-16 Brazil: March 24-28 Arab world and Asia: TBA Read the full call out, find out more about how to participate and check out the list of events http://apartheidweek.org Fellow Videos: Israel’s Apartheid Wall – The Wall Of Shame http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlE6hW5ipmw Occupation101 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5pEmxoVLAA Israel Destroys U.N. Headquarters in Gaza using illegal White Phosperous (1/15/2009) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUjq-0omMBk “Palestine – Peace and not Apartheid” – President Carter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zre0CXBvXNU Chris Hedges: Assault on Gaza is Murder, Not War http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8f7Ptg35NkI Sources: Nass El Ghiwane – Palestine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShutB1OMjiI http://www.youtube.com/BlankaZ999 Fair Use Notice: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/17/107

The 10th annual campaign against the Israeli apartheid has kicked off in the United States and Britain. Similar events are expected to be held in other parts of the world in March. The Israeli Apartheid Week is marked in over 200 cities around the world. The initiative is part of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, in response to its continued occupation of the Palestinian territories. Most events take place on university campuses and are organized by pro-Palestinian student groups. In England, events will take place at Oxford, Cambridge, the London School of Economics as well as other prestigious institutions.

African-Americans and Palestinians have good reason to join their struggles together in solidarity. Featured Speakers: Aaron Dixon, Jesse Hagopian, and Geral…

February-March 2014 in 200+ cities around the world: http://apartheidweek.org/ Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s apartheid policies towards the Palestinians and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

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How the world views sex

The Pew Research Centre, a Washington-based thinktank known for its worldwide polls, asked people in 40 countries about behaviour they considered morally unacceptable, morally acceptable, or not a moral issue. Their responses to eight themes extramarital affairs, gambling, homosexuality, abortion, premarital sex, alcohol, divorce and contraception have now been displayed in a revealing interactive presentation.

The Pew Research Centre stated: African and predominantly Muslim countries tend to find most of these activities morally unacceptable, while in advanced economies, such as those in Western Europe, Japan, and North America, people tend to be more accepting or to not consider these moral issues at all.

But there were notable divergences within regions. Ugandas controversial legal reforms penalising homosexuality appears to be rooted in the fact that 93% of Ugandans consider the sexual orientation to be unacceptable. But the Senegalese are markedly more tolerant, as over a quarter of those polled in the west African country did not consider the question morally relevant.

Within Europe, the research confirmed certain national stereotypes. In France, a majority of people did not consider it morally unacceptable for married people to have an affair, attesting to the French penchant for taking mistresses and extramarital lovers. Against 47% of the French who consider such affairs unacceptable, prudish Brits disapproved to the tune of 76%.

Although countries of the global south were the most conservative, notable exceptions include the fact that the Muslim nations of Egypt and Jordan have more liberal views on divorce than neighbouring Israel and even the United States, Canada and Britain. Only 6-7% of Egyptians and Jordanians also consider contraception unacceptable, against 17% of Israelis and Poles.

The latter issue has clearly won the moral battle, with a majority of those polled in favour of family planning. Only in Pakistan, Nigeria and Ghana did a majority consider contraception unacceptable.

Michael Lipka, assistant editor at the Pew Research Centers Religion & Public Life Project, drew attention to the fact that Africans were most opposed to contraception, while being most blighted by HIV/AIDS, a virus spread by unprotected sex.

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In-Depth Assessment and Development Forecast of China Offshore (Marine) Engineering Market

DUBLIN, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Dublin – Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/3mpfsj/indepth ) has announced the addition of the "In-Depth Assessment and Development …

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The Trillions of Dollars U.S. Companies Are Hoarding Overseas

There's a lot of cash on the sidelines, but those sidelines aren't in the U.S. They're overseasin tax shelters. According to a new report from ISI Research, U.S. S&P 500 companies now have $1.9 trillion parked outside the country. Now, some of that is just multinational corporations profits overseasyada, yada, yada, globalization. But a big part of it is tax avoidance.

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Super rich are pulling further ahead of even the majority of 'one per centers'

The top one per cent garner all the attention, but the top 0.01 per cent is where the real money is ‘One per centers’ earned an average of $1.2million in 2012, the most recent year data is available for, but the top 0.01 per cent earned over $30million One per centers’ incomes have remained flat, but the super rich 0.01 per cent have seen incomes sky rocket by 1,300 per cent since the early 1990s By Ryan Gorman PUBLISHED: 20:01 EST, 31 March 2014 | UPDATED: 01:36 EST, 1 April 2014 The top one per cent may make significantly more than the rest of us, but the top 0.01 per cent leaves even most of them in the dust Occupy Wall Streets anger targeted at the one per cent became a rallying cry for many of the so-called 99 per cent, but that isn’t where where the real income disparity is, according to a new report. The average household in the top one per cent earned more than $1.2million in 2012, about 41 times the average American income, but the top 0.1 per cent earned almost $6.4million. Diving deeper, the top 0.01 per cent of homes made north of $30million

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Gay marriage law turned on a personal opinion

Ive just finished reading Judge Bernard Friedmans ruling in the case that last week overturned Michigans 10-year-old voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. I probably should have called that Friedmans opinion, because thats all it is.

The Reagan-appointed federal judge makes barely even the slightest attempt to pretend he is offering a legal ruling here. Rather, it is clear from the wording of his opinion that he was simply exercising a veto over the decision the states voters made on the question of what will define marriage in Michigan.

Lets start with the basic legal question at hand. Friedman was asked to decide if the Michigan Marriage Amendment violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution by denying the right to marry to homosexuals.

Plaintiffs argued that it did because the state has no compelling interest in doing so. The office of Attorney General Bill Schuette argued that the state has such a compelling interest because a) it protects the rearing environment for children; b) its best to be cautious when redefining something as fundamental as marriage; c) it upholds tradition and morality; and d) it is within the states power to define marriage.

Now, I must say this about the states strategy: It stunk. Schuettes team would have been better off arguing only Item D simply that the state has the power to define marriage because by letting so much ride on A, B and C, they afforded Friedman the opportunity to base his rule on his own personal disagreement with A, B and C. And thats exactly what he did.

As you read through Friedmans opinion, you will find that much of it consists of his personal commentary about the various witnesses who testified concerning the well-being of children raised in heterosexual versus homosexual environments.

Both sides had experts with research arguing their respective sides. Since were still dealing with a relatively new societal phenomenon, its impossible to say which side is correct based on the data alone.

But its easy to see which side Friedman personally agrees with, because he consistently found rationales for dismissing the research of the states witnesses.

For example, when they offered research showing that lower percentages of children of same-sex couples do well, Friedman simply speculated that maybe some of them had already started struggling before they were living with gay couples.

When the states researchers criticized the sample sizes of research by the other side, Friedman argued that its too inconvenient for researchers to gather data from big sample sizes. He also dismissed out of hand the entirety of one researchers evidence simply because it was funded by an anti-gay marriage organization as if there is no chance the funding sources of the other side could have also had some bias.

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4 Reasons The Pew Millennials Report Should Worry Democrats, Too

hide captionSupporters listen to President Obama during a campaign rally at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., on Nov. 3, 2012.

Supporters listen to President Obama during a campaign rally at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., on Nov. 3, 2012.

The Pew Research Center’s newly-released survey on American millennials has so far been interpreted as the latest demographic disaster confronting the GOP.

According to the report, millennials defined as Americans aged 18 to 32 appear to vote heavily Democratic and hold liberal views on a variety of contemporary political and social issues.

The findings, based on a recent Pew Research Center survey and analysis of other Pew surveys conducted between 1990 and 2014, are unquestionably a cause for worry among Republicans. But Democrats shouldn’t be too quick to view the survey as unvarnished good news.

Here are four reasons why.

Millennials Are Less Attached To The Democratic Party Label

While Pew characterizes the millennials as “strikingly Democratic” in the last two presidential elections, they are nevertheless more likely than previous generations to reject party labels. Half of millennials up from 38 percent in 2004 identify themselves as political independents, meaning both parties have lost ground among young people.

Millennials Are No More Liberal On Gun Control And Abortion

Of all the age groups, millennials are the most supportive of same-sex marriage, the legalization of marijuana, and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants by a wide margin. But their views on gun control and abortion are no more liberal than previous generations that Pew studied. Forty-nine percent of millennials say it’s more important to protect gun rights than control gun ownership, a figure that is roughly at par with the attitudes of older generations. And 56 percent say abortion should be legal in all cases slightly less than among Generation X, which is defined as Americans born between 1965 and 1980. Millennials are also much less likely to consider themselves environmentalists than any other generation.

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Republicans young-people problem

Everyone knows by now that Republicans have a major demographic problem: The party is struggling to attract nonwhite voters even as that segment of the electorate keeps growing.

But a new study by the Pew Research Center on millennials defined as those between the ages of 18 and 33 suggests that Republicans will have another major demographic issue on their hands in future elections: Young people are more liberal and are more inclined to support Democrats than the generations that have come before them.

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Chris Cillizza is founder and editor of The Fix, a leading blog on state and national politics. He is the author of The Gospel According to the Fix: An Insiders Guide to a Less than Holy World of Politics and an MSNBC contributor and political analyst. He also regularly appears on NBC and NPRs The Diane Rehm Show. He joined The Post in 2005 and was named one of the top 50 journalists by Washingtonian in 2009.

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Poll: Millennials are more liberal than other generations

Pew Research Center poll shows young people optimistic about the future WASHINGTON Members of the huge millennial generation are less religious, less likely to call themselves "patriotic" and significantly more liberal than older generations, new research shows.

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Republicans have another major demographic issue on their hands

Everyone knows by now that Republicans have a major demographic problem: The party continues to struggle to attract non-white voters even as that segment of the electorate keeps growing.

But, a new study by the Pew Research Center on millennials defined as those between the ages of 18 and 30 suggests that Republicans have another major demographic issue on their hands in future elections: Young people are more liberal and are more inclined to support Democrats than the generations that have come before them.

The findings suggest that millennials attraction to Democratic/liberal policies extends beyond the candidacy (and presidency) of Barack Obama.

Obamas 21-point victory among 18-29 year-olds in 2008 and his 16-point margin four years later showed that he had an ability unique among politicians (Democrats or Republicans) to motivate and unite an age group that has been the perennial sleeping giant of American politics. But Republicans held out hope that without a historic figure like Obama leading the ticket, millennials would be back in play in 2016 and beyond.

A cursory read of Pews massive survey of millennials seems to suggest that those hopes have merit. Fully half of all millennials describe themselves as political independents, more than 10 percentage points higher than any other generation tested by Pew. Just three in 10 (31percent) said there was a great deal of difference between the two parties. President Obamas approval rating among millennials has tumbled.

But, dig slightly deeper into the Pew numbers and its clear that the Democratic tendencies among millennials extend far beyond Obama.

When millennial independents are asked which party they lean toward, 50 percent say they either identify as Democratic or lean toward the Democratic Party. Just 34 percent identify as Republican or lean that way. (One thing millennials have in common with all other generations: Independents are mostly closet partisans.)

Three in 10 millennials identify as liberal in their political beliefs, 39percent call themselves moderate and 26percent view themselves as conservative. That makes millennials the only generation with more self-identified liberals than conservatives. (By comparison, just 18 percent of the silent generation people born between 1928 and 1945 identify as liberal while 45 percent call themselves conservative.)

More important and ultimately more impactful, politically speaking is how millennials feel about issues in the national conversation. Time and again, they come down on the more liberal side of those arguments.

Millennials stand out for voting heavily Democratic and for liberal views on many political and social issues, ranging from a belief in an activist government to support for same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, according to a Pew overview of the data.

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