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Poland Independence Day:Nationalist march turns violent on Independence Day
(Reuters) – Russia demanded an apology from Poland on Tuesday after far-right rioters threw firecrackers at the Russian embassy in Warsaw, reviving tension between countries that have long…
Thousands of protesters worldwide joined in a Day of Rage late last week to decry Israels despicable Prawer Plan, a government policy (wildly underreported in this country) to destroy 35 Arab villages in the Negev desert, which will lead to theforced displacement of up to 70,000 Bedouin Israeli citizens.
The plan is further vindication of Max Blumenthals central thesis in his new book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, namely that Israelsraison detatis the maintenance and expansion of a colonial ethnocracy the expansion of the Jewish Israeli demographic, the containment of all others.
While Israeli government policies like aggressive West Bank expansion, the Gaza occupation, the warehousing of non-Jewish Israeli Africans and the Prawer Plan fiercely bear out Blumenthals point, the author has, since Goliaths publication, run the gamut of predictably fervid criticism from Israels attack dogs within the U.S. commentariat.
But Max Blumenthal is not surprised. The 35-year-old author and journalist knew what he was getting into with Goliath. Its a bold, personal and unapologetic book. Its central thesis that the very logic of the Israeli state is essentially that of a settler colonial ethnocracy was, as Blumenthal well knew, bound to draw some flustered censure. On cue, following Goliaths publication, Eric Alterman has written a whopping nine critical pieces (many of them ad hominem in nature) against Blumenthal; BuzzFeeds Rosie Gray compiled a decrial of Blumenthal; Alan Dershowitz wants Blumenthals father, Sidney Blumenthal,former aide to President Clinton (and Salon alum), to be personally denounced by the Clintons for his sons book.
The younger Blumenthal was ready for the onslaught, which, he says, has played out with absolute predictability. While en route to his parents D.C. home (sorry, Mr. Dershowitz, Sid has yet to disavow his progeny), Blumenthal spoke on the phone to Salon about life in the Israel lobbys cross hairs, and the unique challenges and importance of critiquing the Israeli governments sugar-coated state narratives, buoyed by its unquestioning supporters in the U.S. The conversation has been lightly condensed for brevity.
Goliath does not just tell a story, or a series of stories, it offers a very specific critique of the very logic and ideology undergirding the Israeli state. Was this a hypothesis that you held before immersing yourself in Israeli life and politics to research for Goliath, or did your conclusions about Israel emerge while reporting?
My understanding of Israeli society was not upended or altered in any significant way by my immersion in it. I understood what I was getting into when I embarked on my first extended reporting trip to Israel and Palestine in May 2009. This was right after Israel elected the most right-wing government in its history. I decided to do this book because I had been following the situation for years and watching the religious nationalist and extremist trends in Israel and understanding its roots the foundational structure of the state as a settler colonial ethnocracy. What spurred me to do this book was not some sort of epiphany or sudden understanding of what Israel had become but just a moment in history that, to me, marked the culmination of a transitional period into a permanent right-wing majority in Israel and a permanent right-wing future.
That moment was the national elections carried out during Operation Cast Lead the three-week massacre of the Gaza civilian population. The assault and the elections propelled one another. You had a defense minister from the Labor Party competing against extreme right-wingers like Avigdor Lieberman, who was openly campaigning to strip Palestinian citizens of Israel of their citizenship rights. There is pretty clear evidence that defense minister at the time, Ehud Barak was running up the body count in Gaza in order to win over the Russian vote and outflank Lieberman as the tough guy. Tzipi Livni, who was running as a centrist, declared our troops in the Gaza strip behaved like hooligans, which I demanded of them.
Goliath highlights a number of highly specific examples of explicitly racist rhetoric employed by key Israeli politicians. These comments rarely get air in the U.S. media, despite being part of very public Israeli politicking.
That was another reason I decided to do this book. The rhetoric of mainstream Israeli politicians, which is bellicose, paranoid and racist, is so rarely conveyed to the American public. Meanwhile the issue of Palestinian incitement is a constant feature of mainstream American reporting on Palestinian society. There was a comment that formed the title of a chapter in my book, This belongs to the white man. And that chapter has been criticized or assailed by liberals like Eric Alterman and J.J. Goldberg. Of course, they dont address the content of the chapter, and if they did it would probably throw them into some sort of personal existential crisis since their identity as Jews revolves around the ethnocratic state of Israel. And that chapter title is inspired by a quote by Eli Yishai, who served as interior minister from 2009 to 2013, and what he said was that, these black Africans refering to the 60,000 non-Jewish African asylum-seekers living in Israel are Muslims who do not recognize that this country belongs to us, the white man.
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* Russian minister says can’t understand NATO’s criticism
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BRUSSELS, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Russia criticised “aggressive actions” by Ukrainian demonstrators and the Western response to the protests on Wednesday, saying outsiders should not interfere in Ukraine’s affairs.
President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision last week to spurn a trade and cooperation pact with the European Union in favour of closer ties with Russia has triggered days of mass protests.
“I do not quite understand the scope of the aggressive actions on the part of the opposition,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a news conference after talks with NATO foreign ministers in Brussels.
Ukraine’s government had used its sovereign right to decide whether or not to ratify an agreement, Lavrov said.
“I hope that Ukrainian politicians will be able to bring the situation into a peaceful vein. We encourage everybody not to interfere,” Lavrov said, speaking through an interpreter.
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Poland's Independence March Turns Violent Outside Russian Embassy
Polish independence day celebrations turn violent for the third year in a row and some protesters throw firecrackers at the Russian embassy. Full Story: Poli…
The left-wing uprisings against the Bolsheviks were a series of rebellions and uprisings against the Bolsheviks in the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution that were led or supported by left-wing groups such as Socialist Revolutionaries, Left Socialist Revolutionaries, Mensheviks and anarchists. Some were in support of the White Movement, while some tried to be an independent force. The uprisings started in 1918 and continued during and after the Russian Civil War until around 1924. The Bolsheviks increasingly abandoned attempts to invite these groups to join the government and instead suppressed them with force.
Previously, the dominating parts of the Mensheviks and of the Socialist Revolutionary Party had supported the continuation of World War I by the Provisional Government after the February Revolution of 1917. The Bolsheviks called the war an interimperialist war and called for the revolutionary defeat of their own imperialist government. Within the Mensheviks and the Socialist Revolutionists, there did exist factions that also opposed the war and the government, but much of their leadership was involved in both. In the July Days of 1917, the Menshevik and Socialist Revolutionary parties supported suppression of the Bolsheviks.
The Bolshevik Party came to power in the October Revolution of November 1917 through simultaneous election in the most prominent soviets and an organized uprising supported by military mutiny. Several of the main reasons for which much of the population supported the Bolsheviks were to end the war and have a social revolution, exemplified by the slogan “Peace, Land, Bread”.
The Bolsheviks invited left SRs and Martov’s Menshevik Internationalists to join the government. The Mensheviks and Right SRs walked out. The majority of SRs split to form the Left SRs ( p111) and joined the Bolshevik coalition government, supporting the Bolsheviks immediate enactment of the Socialist Revolutionary Party’s land redistribution program. The Left SRs were given four Commissar positions and held high posts within the Cheka. The Left SRs still diverged with the Bolsheviks on the issue of the war.
The only party banned at first was the pogromist Union of the Russian People, generally known as “The Black Hundreds”.
The imperial Russian general Aleksei Maksimovich Kaledin immediately started a rebellion of the Don Cossacks. This was the beginning of the White Movement and Russian Civil War, which would lead to the deaths of nearly ten million people. The Bolsheviks were willing to use whatever means necessary to win as fast as possible, including the use of state terrorism (see Red Terror). They viewed rebellions started during the civil war as helping the Whites, both because they would fight against the Bolsheviks at the same time the Whites were, and because most forces trying to be independent of the Whites failed to do so and led to the Whites taking over their areas.
Kaledin was supported by the Kadets, SRs, and some Mensheviks. The Bolsheviks banned the Kadets as enemies of the people, calling to arrest “the political leaders of the counterrevolutionary civil war”.(, 113) The Bolsheviks were still trying to negotiate with SRs and Mensheviks at this point and they were not banned.
Anarchists, like the Socialist Revolutionaries, were divided. Some supported the Bolsheviks, holding minor positions in the government, some were neutral, and some actively resisted. Anarchists that supported the Soviet government were referred to as “Soviet anarchists”, by anti-Bolshevik anarchists, and were lauded by Lenin in August 1919 as “the most dedicated supporters of Soviet power”.
The Constituent Assembly had been a demand of the Bolsheviks against the Provisional Government, which kept delaying it. After the October Revolution the elections were run by the body appointed by the previous Provisional Government. It was based on universal suffrage, but used party lists from before the Left-Right SR split. The anti-soviet Right SRs took the majority of the seats but this reflected the opposite of reality: the majority of SRs and the people were pro-soviet(, 111-112). Lenin’s Theses on the Constituent Assembly argued in Pravda that because of class conflicts, conflicts with Ukraine, and with the Kadet-Kaledin uprising formal democracy was impossible. He argued the Constituent Assembly must unconditionally accept sovereignty of the soviet government or it would be dealt with “by revolutionary means”.(, 113-115)
On December 30, 1917, the SR Avxentiev and some followers were arrested for organizing a conspiracy. This was the first time Bolsheviks used this kind of repression against a socialist party. Isvestiya said the arrest was not related to his membership in the Constituent Assembly. (, 115)
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Polish prime minister says independence day violence by far-right rioters, which involved them throwing firecrackers at the Russian embassy in Warsaw, is “un…
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RAMALLAH, September 11, 2013 (WAFA) Al-Hayat al-Jadida daily highlighted on its Wednesday front page what it described as an American-Israeli plan to swallow the West Bank and establish the State of Gaza in the Sinai, as came in the top front page headline.
The paper focused in this story on a report that appeared on the website of the Egyptian al-Watan newspaper and which went into details about an Israeli plan that was endorsed by the United States, which tried to sell it to Arab countries, including the Muslim Brotherhood, who agreed to it in return for facilitating their rise to power in Egypt and other Arab countries.
While al-Hayat al-Jadida gave prominence to this story on its front page, it did not neglect the fact that developments on the Syrian political front remain the top story in the world.
The paper, and the other two dailies al-Quds and al-Ayyam, continued to focus on the Syrian front and efforts to prevent a US military strike by allowing international inspection of Syrian chemical weapons.
They said that diplomatic efforts are intensifying as Syria is showing full cooperation with a Russian proposal to destroy all chemical weapons as part of a general deal to defuse the conflict in Syria.
On the home front, the papers highlighted the provocative Jewish tours of the Muslim al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem.
They also reported on the Israeli Supreme Court discussion of a petition against the Israeli absentee property law. They said that the court postponed a decision on this matter in fear that if a decision is made to prevent implementation of this law on property of West Bankers located in East Jerusalem, then it may expose many other corrupt laws imposed on Arab East Jerusalem since its occupation in 1967.
Al-Ayyam quoted in a story Fatah official to the reconciliation talks with Hamas, Azzam Ahmad, saying that there has been no proposals or contacts with Hamas regarding reconciliation since the middle of August, the date the two sides have agreed in May but never implemented to conclude a reconciliation deal with the creation of a unity government headed by President Mahmoud Abbas and setting a date for presidential and legislative elections.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida and al-Ayyam highlighted a story which said that Israeli soldiers prevented activists from reopening the main entrance to the West Bank village of Qaryout.
Al-Quds reported on Palestinian efforts with the international community to stop Israeli attempts to change the status quo in al-Aqsa Mosque, demanding protection for the Muslim holy place against Israeli measures that could provoke widespread violence.
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A West Australian MP has drawn criticism after comparing gay marriage to an incestuous relationship between siblings.
In a speech to WA parliament, upper house Liberal MP Nick Goiran said he wanted to speak “in defence of the traditional definition of marriage”.
The South Metropolitan member then raised the hypothetical scenario of Ethan and Stephanie, who were half brother and sister but choose to get married.
“My view is, and others may disagree, that once we start to alter the definition of marriage we give it a new status quo,” Mr Goiran said.
“Marriage between a husband and a wife based on love and trust has been proven to strengthen society and statistics prove this.
“If we are going to be serious about strengthening society then we have to get real and uphold traditional marriage, not blur the lines, water it down and make a significant change to the foundational unit of society.”
Gay marriage became an election issue when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd promised to introduce a same-sex marriage bill within 100 days of being re-elected.
And opposition leader Tony Abbott was put on the spot this week during an impromptu interview with pop star Katy Perry about his position on same-sex marriage.
Mr Goiran’s speech – which also hypothesised about his sibling couple “playing Russian roulette” with potential birth defects for their children – drew rapid criticism from parliamentary colleagues.
“Nowhere in the world where we have marriage equality have we had the kind of slippery slope that Nick Goiran fears,” Labor MP Sally Talbot told the ABC.
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