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Alaska, Gaza Strip Seek to Join Russia

By Anna Dolgov

The St. Petersburg Times

Published: March 26, 2014 (Issue # 1803)

MOSCOW Russias annexation of Crimea following a referendum has prompted calls from such distant places as Alaska and the Gaza Strip to hold votes on their own absorption by Russia.

A petition calling for Alaska to secede from the U.S. and join Russia gathered more than 12,000 signatures on the White House website by early Monday morning, just a few days after it was posted by an unidentified local resident.

Entitled Alaska back to Russia, the petition cites the travels of 18th-century Russian explorers to Alaska, which was a Russian colony until the U.S. bought it in 1867 for a mere $7.2 million, or $120 million adjusted for inflation. The petition must attract 100,000 signatures by April 20 to be reviewed by President Barack Obamas administration.

In the Middle East, the Russian-language version of a Palestinian website run by Hamas said that Russian speakers in the Gaza Strip planned to hold a referendum on their territory join Russia, though no confirmation by Hamas leaders of any such plans were reported.

An activist supposedly involved in the referendum movement, and identified only by her initial N, cited Moscows statements about its readiness to protect Russian citizens in any part of the world, Palestine-info.ru website reported.

Joining Russia would provide Gaza with modern weapons even nuclear ones cannot be ruled out, the woman was quoted as saying.

Palestine-info said the number of Russian citizens living in Gaza is about 50,000, most of them Russian women who married Palestinian men, though Voice of Russia cited Russian media reports as saying that the actual number was less than 400 people.

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Residents in Alaska, Gaza Strip Want to Join Russia

By Anna Dolgov

The St. Petersburg Times

Published: March 24, 2014 (Issue # 1802)

Voters dropping their ballots into boxes at the 08099 election precinct in Simferopol. Photo: Pascal Dumont / For SPT

Russia’s annexation of Crimea following a referendum has prompted calls from such distant places as Alaska and the Gaza Strip to hold votes on their own absorption by Russia.

A petition calling for Alaska to secede from the U.S. and join Russia gathered more than 12,000 signatures on the White House website by early Monday morning, just a few days after it was posted by an unidentified local resident.

Entitled “Alaska back to Russia,” the petition cites the travels of 18th-century Russian explorers to Alaska, which was a Russian colony until the U.S. bought it in 1867 for a mere $7.2 million, or $120 million adjusted for inflation. The petition must attract 100,000 signatures by April 20 to be reviewed by President Barack Obama’s administration.

In the Middle East, the Russian-language version of a Palestinian website run by Hamas said that Russian speakers in the Gaza Strip planned to hold a referendum on their territory join Russia, though no confirmation by Hamas leaders of any such plans were reported.

An activist supposedly involved in the referendum movement, and identified only by her initial “N,” cited Moscow’s statements about its readiness to protect Russian citizens in any part of the world, Palestine-info.ru website reported.

Joining Russia would provide Gaza with “modern weapons even nuclear ones cannot be ruled out,” the woman was quoted as saying.

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Left Wing Bourbon Rufus I’m A Woman DC XXXV 2014 – Video



Left Wing Bourbon Rufus I'm A Woman DC XXXV 2014
Decadent Cabaret XXXV House of Rock March 7, 2014.

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Image 1 of 9:Pink Floyds Roger Waters: The longtime BDS supporter has urged musicians via pro-Pal blog Electronic Intifada to boycott Israel for its apartheid crimes and ethnic cleansing and to not accept awards or funding from the state until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.

Image 1 of 9:Doggy Style! Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. AKA Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion, if you’re hip enough) was once quoted as telling Palestinian-American hip hop producer Fredwreck Why they building a wall around yalls peoples shit. Thats f**ked up, cuz. Word. Poetry can be found in the most unlikely places! And Snoop is keepin it real, yo!

Image 1 of 9:Coldplay: This British rock quartet courted controversy by promoting Freedom OneWorlds 2011 single Freedom for Palestine and its video featuring a keffiyeh-clad breakdancer, scenes of IDF checkpoints, and the West Bank wall. The band backed full exposure of Palestinian realities to new audiences; strengthening the global call for change.

Image 1 of 9:Elvis Costello: Singer/songwriter Costello quit his 2010 Israeli bookings, stating, “There are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act, and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent.” He said his decision was a matter of instinct and conscience.

Image 1 of 9:Cassandra Wilson: U.S. jazz vocalist Wilson called off her gig at the 2012 Womens Festival in Holon, Israel, following appeals by BDS activists. In a press statement issued just before she was to hop on her Tel Aviv flight, the Grammy-winner announced, as a human rights activist, I identify with the cultural boycott of Israel.

Image 1 of 9:Carlos Santana: The guitar legend announced in January that he was canceling a show slated for June, citing scheduling difficulties. Could politics have been a factor? Santana was allegedly the target of a BDS campaign calling on him to cancel his Tel Aviv concert, or could it have been pressure from a Black Magic Woman?

Image 1 of 9:Stevie Wonder cancelled a 2012 Los Angeles concert in support of the Israel Defense Forces. “Given the delicate situation in the Middle East, and with a heart that has always cried for world unity, I will not be performing at the FIDF Gala,” this UN goodwill ambassador said, “I am and have always been against war, any war, anywhere.”

Image 1 of 9:Cat Power: Singer-songwriter Chan Marshall, better known by her stage name Cat Power, canceled her Israeli shows, tweeting that, due to much confusion in her soul over such unrest between Israel and Palestine, she couldnt perform. She added, I feel sick in my spirit.

Image 1 of 9:100s of Irish Artists: In 2010, Irish acts launched a cultural boycott stating they wouldnt exhibit or perform in Israel “until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal human rights”; over 300 Irish artists support BDS. The Irish do speak their mind, as the proverb goes, Tis often a mans mouth breaks his nose.

Last week marked Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), the annual international series of awareness-raising events that shines a media high-beam on Israels escalating apartheid policies towards Palestine.

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Israeli Fire Kills Palestinian Woman near Gaza Border – Hospital Officials – Video



Israeli Fire Kills Palestinian Woman near Gaza Border – Hospital Officials
Gaza residents say it was not clear why a Palestinian woman, shot near the border with Gaza, was in the no-go zone.Full Story:The Israeli military shot and k…

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Former Gov. Lowry recalls hard decision to allow execution

Originally published February 11, 2014 at 5:33 PM | Page modified February 11, 2014 at 8:11 PM

OLYMPIA In issuing a blanket suspension of executions during his term, Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday shielded himself from a future run-in with one of the toughest decisions his job can produce.

Just ask former Gov. Mike Lowry.

Lowry, a liberal Democrat and fierce death-penalty foe, faced the question of giving clemency in a 1994 case that forced him to balance his philosophical views with the realities of a brutal case. Eventually, he allowed triple-murderer Charles Campbell to be hanged.

On Tuesday, he said it was in some ways the most difficult thing I did as governor.

Its not a decision that a human should really have to make, he said. I really think that its a question that falls beyond what I consider is our ability as human beings to really comprehend.

In the Campbell case, Lowry said, he felt comfortable letting the execution go forward only after meeting with families of the victims and the condemned, and the killer himself.

The case represented the very definition of a heinous crime: Campbell, sent to prison for raping a Snohomish County woman at knife point in front of her infant daughter, got out of prison and slit the throats of the woman, the daughter and a neighbor who had testified against him.

But Lowry said that did not play a large role in his decision.

The deciding factor, he said, was that the conviction had survived repeated appeals over 12 years.

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10 Things to know for Friday, Jan. 24

By The AP Friday, January 24, 2014 Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. EXPLOSIONS TARGET POLICE IN CAIRO Three near-simultaneous blasts, which come on the eve of the anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, kill at least 5 people and wound dozens more. EGYPT 2.

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Urban legends: Poltergeist in the Caucasus

No one is surprised by various anomalous phenomena any more. Yet, the events that took place near the town of Gori (Georgia) surprised even seasoned researchers. Here strange characters emerge on the walls, and some otherworldly creature terrorizes not only adults but also children. Home owners believe that it is a ghost of a young lady.

Poltergeist began bothering the Okropiridze family fifteen years ago. Once, someone invisible cut a strand of their child’s hair. A year later, someone brought this hair to the boy’s mother Nato, and she heard a voice: “Do you remember this hair?”

A few months ago Nato’s husband brought into the house an icon given to him as a gift. Apparently, the ghost did not like it. After that silhouettes of grave crosses began appearing in the corner of one of the rooms. Once, an image of the Georgian flag with five crosses on it appeared. These symbols were captured on film by members of a local television crew that visited the house.

The head of the family Merab Okropiridze said that he saw an image of an unknown young lady with his own eyes. The ghost patted Merab on the shoulders and then disappeared into another room.

But these were relatively harmless pranks. Once, the ghost showed its evil nature by trying to kill Merab’s grandson. Nato decided to go into the bedroom but could not open the door as if it was locked from the inside. “I fell asleep in the front room,” said the woman. “I woke up and saw that my child was climbing up the wall. I said: “Lasha, Lasha, where are you going?” And he replied: “Rats are calling me to the roof.” What would happen if the mother did not see him?

After several unpleasant incidents the family was forced to move to their relatives’ house. TV reporters who came to shoot a story about poltergeists brought along a medium Irakli Shonia. He said that the spirit was not dangerous to humans, and the crosses that appeared on the walls even emitted good energy. However, the home owners were in no hurry to return to their home, at least until the house was sanctified.

Interestingly enough, Joseph Stalin (then Jugashvili) was born in Gori in 1879, and his house now hosting a museum is located in this city. Could it be connected in some way with a poltergeist in the house of Okropiridze? Paranormal phenomena are evidenced in many places associated with the name of Stalin. For example, not so long ago there was information about poltergeist in the house of the Cheremnikh family in Sochi, located next door to the former Stalin dacha. The building now hosts a prestigious resort. No one heard about any oddities there, but the rumors of a ghost of the leader roaming the neighborhood persist. The Cheremnikh family that recently moved to Sochi heard the rumors as well. Soon the family began to notice strange things in their house.

A chandelier hanging in the bedroom suddenly started moving up and down. The clock hands for no apparent reason jumped back an hour. Pictures on the walls started vibrating from time to time, and somehow one of them fell off the wall when no one was there. All these events scared the family so much that they decided to turn to a local psychic Alexander Osipov. He was showed a video with moving objects filmed by Lyudmila Cheremnikh. The psychic, however, has not found any otherworldly energy but advised to remove all sea-related items from the house.

The expert said that ordinary sea shells, thanks to their spiral shape, are capable of enhancing human bio-field waves. People’s sensory-emotional experience is increased, and it can occur even on a physical level. As for the “jumping” chandelier, according to Alexander, there is nothing mysterious here at all, and it was swinging moved by the air flow passing under the ceiling. It should be fixed better. The episodes with pictures and a clock are more difficult to explain. The sensitive house owner removed seashells from the house.

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Abbas: Israel must negotiate on Jerusalem’s future

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 11 (UPI) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday Israel must concede a divided Jerusalem if it wants a peace agreement.

Abbas spoke to a crowd at his headquarters in Ramallah, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

“Without Jerusalem there will be no peace between us,” Abbas said. “Without Jerusalem written clearly and in bold, there will not be peace with them.”

The U.N. plan for what had been Britain’s Palestine Mandate called for an international zone in Jerusalem, a city sacred to Christians and Muslims as well as Jews. But the 1948 fighting ended with Israel in control of the western part of the city and Jordan controlling the east.

Israel seized all of Jerusalem and the West Bank in the Six-Day War in 1967. While the Palestinian Authority calls for the capital of an independent Palestine in East Jerusalem, Israeli leaders say the city cannot be divided again.

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Israel army roughs up EU envoys on West Bank aid trip

MAKHUL, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Israeli troops on Friday manhandled a group of European diplomats as they tried to hand out tents to Palestinian Bedouins whose West Bank homes were destroyed by the army.

The troops used force to disperse the diplomats who had accompanied aid workers to the village of Makhul in the Jordan Valley, an AFP photographer said.

French diplomat Marion Fesneau-Castaing was dragged out of an aid truck, the photographer said.

A European diplomatic source said the woman was yanked out of the truck by Israeli soldiers who later confiscated the vehicle.

The source, who declined to be named, said diplomats from France, Britain, Greece, Ireland, Spain and Sweden had accompanied aid workers to Makhul to help hand out tents to the Bedouins.

“There was an attempt to erect tents… but the security forces intervened to impose a Supreme Court decision,” an army spokeswoman told AFP, adding that three Palestinians were arrested after stone-throwing.

The army on Monday demolished property built by the Bedouins in Mahul, after the court ruled they had been erected without building permits and declared the area a “closed military zone”.

The move forced the displacement of 10 families, including 16 children, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.

The UN’s humanitarian coordinator James Rawley expressed “deep concern” over Friday’s incident and the demolitions that evicted Palestinians from their property.

“The United Nations and its partners remain committed to providing humanitarian assistance to populations in immediate need,” Rawley said, after Israeli troops prevented the distribution of aid.

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