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Netanyahu's responsibility for Jewish terror

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[Raising generations of Jewish terrorists. The time for repressing is over: Most of Orthodox Judaism in Israel is being taken over by a violent, racist, messianic theology. *RON*]
By Sefi Rachlevsky, Haaretz, 18 August 2015

The Shin Bet security service has a great deal of chutzpah. After years of indulging messianic Jewish terror, it places the theological revolution on the shoulders of one Meir Ettinger, as if “he doesn’t listen to the rabbis.” Why it is convenient for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to write it off to uncontrollable “wild weeds” is quite clear; it was convenient in the same way after the murder of Yitzhak Rabin. But where does the truth lie?

Ettinger is an important, representative member of the “Derech Chaim” (Way of Life) movement of Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh. On the public list of its thousands of members are generations of terrorists.

Ettinger’s articles have been open to all on Ginsburgh’s popular website for years. There …

Low Oil Prices And China Pull The Rug From Under Latin America

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[Christy Clark, Stephen Harper - are you awake, are you paying any attention? *RON*]

By Nick Cunningham, Oil Price, 18 August 2015
When China sneezes, the world gets a cold.

The world’s second largest economy is suddenly looking unstable, with economic growth slowing, the stock markets gyrating, and a surprise currency devaluation having taken worldwide markets by surprise. That could be bad news not just for China, but for a lot of countries that depend on exporting to China.

China’s phenomenal growth over the past two decades led to boom times for other countries as well. China is a voracious consumer of all sorts of commodities – oil, gas, coal, copper, iron ore, agricultural products, and more. For countries exporting these goods, the run up in commodity prices since the middle of the last decade has been extraordinary.

Nowhere is that more true than in Latin America. Countries like Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Colombia have enjoyed strong…

‘I’m a bisexual homoromantic’: why young Brits are rejecting old labels

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["A YouGov poll this week put the number of 18- to 24-year-old Brits who identify as entirely heterosexual at 46%, while just 6% would call themselves exclusively gay.... 'Saying you’re sexually fluid means you’re part of a movement. It means you’re seen as forward-thinking,' she says, suggesting there is a certain cachet attached to being seen as open that does not come with affirmed heterosexuality. She also believes it is more of a metropolitan story than necessarily representative of Britain as a whole." *RON*]
Rebecca Nicholson, The Guardian, 18 August 2015
When Rugby League’s Keegan Hirst came out as gay this week, he said that he had been hiding for a long time. “How could I be gay? I’m from Batley, for goodness sake. No one is gay in Batley.” If the 27-year-old Yorkshireman had been a few years younger, he might have found some people in his hometown who are at least sexually fluid. A YouGov poll this week put the number…

ISIS beheads elderly antiquities scholar in Palmyra

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[Murderous venality. Syria's director of antiquities Maamoun Abdul Karim said IS militants had tried to extract information from 82 year-old Mr Assad about where some treasures were hidden. He described Mr Asaad as one of the most important pioneers in Syrian archaeology in the 20th century. *RON*]
Reuters, Al Arabiya, 19 August 2015
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants beheaded an antiquities scholar in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and hung his body on a column in a main square of the historic site, Syria’s antiquities chief said on Tuesday.

ISIS, whose insurgents control swathes of Syria and Iraq, captured Palmyra in central Syria from government forces in May, but are not known to have damaged its monumental Roman-era ruins despite their reputation for destroying artifacts they view as idolatrous under their puritanical interpretation of Islam.

Syrian state antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim said the family of Khaled A…

Canadian mining company accused of exploiting Eritrea's forced labour

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[The Canadian mining industry has a disgusting track record on human rights around the world, particularly in South America. Harper supports them whole-heartedly, every chance he gets. United Nations denounces Nevsun Resources for making use of men conscripted into country’s indefinite military service.

Mark Anderson, The Guardian, 19 August 2015

The UN has accused a Canadian company of using forced labour at Eritrea’s only active mine in a hard-hitting report released in June.

Nevsun Resources, which owns a majority share of the Bisha copper and gold mine and oversees its operations, has repeatedly come under fire over the use of conscripted labour since construction of the mine began in 2008.

Sheila Keetharuth, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Eritrea who collected the evidence, said in July: “Forced labour was used, especially in the construction phase, for the simple reason that all construction [operations] are done under…

Jason Kenney sails close to the wind on Anti-Terrorism Act at picnic visit

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["So here we have the Canadian minister of defence, one of the main cheerleaders for the Harper Government's so-called Anti-Terrorism Act, probably unconstitutional legislation that among many other things makes it a criminal offence to advocate or promote the commission of terrorism offences in general, at an event put on by a group that publicly supports an organization identified as a sponsor of terrorism by Canada and its allies!" *RON*]
By David J. Climenhaga,, 19 August 2015

Jason Kenney, who notwithstanding the dissolution of the House of Commons continues to hold the defence portfolio in the Harper Ministry, was this week courting votes at a picnic organized by a Toronto Kurdish group.

"Spoke to thousands from Canada's #Kurdish community, who thanked us for Canada's military operation against ISIL,"Kenney boasted in a TweetSaturday evening.

So far so good, it is electi…

What Big Pharma Doesn’t Want You To Know About ‘Female Viagra’

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[Flibanserin is a failed antidepressant with many unpleasant side-effects that isn't remotely like a 'pink viagra' and that has resulted in scarcely measurable increases in sexual desire for some women at $400 per month. It's being backed up by corporate lobbying disguised as a grassroots campaign by women demanding 'equality' on the sexual front (the women are actually organized by and have their costs paid for by Sprout Pharmaceuticals). See also: ‘Female Viagra’ FDA Approval: 5 Facts Women Should Know About Flibanserin, and Women's sex drug gets political hard sell. *RON*]

By Igor Volsky & Victoria Fleischer, Think Progress, 14 August 2015

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may soon green light a drug to increase women’s sexual desire. The therapy, clinically known as Flibanserin but popularly referred to as the “female viagra,” would be approved for premenopausal women who suffer from Hypoactive Sexual Des…

UN Mission Must Withdraw from DRC, Says Chief

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[The worst atrocities in the past decade have been in eastern Congo, where perhaps five million people have been killed. Yet it's barely in the media; no one calls for a humanitarian intervention in the Congo. Kobler doesn't go so far as to say why the UN 'must' withdraw from the Congo. Particularly since the upcoming Congolese election is almost certain to start a war again. Could it possibly be that this is the real news story? Over 140 Mines in Congo are Now Officially Conflict-Free: the Latest List. Money is once again flowing to the West. Time to pull the plug and head on home. *RON*]

Nick Long, Voice of America News, 18 August 2015

GOMA, DRC — The head of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Martin Kobler, told reporters Monday the mission - MONUSCO - must withdraw from the country. Kobler said the recent decision by Ethiopian Airlines to restart flights to Goma in eastern Congo is a welcome step …