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Burning Babies: Is Israeli Atrocity Hitting Bottom?

The Palestinian Bubble and the Burning of Toddler, Ali Dawabsha
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One-and-a-half year old Ali Saad Dawabsha became the latest victim of Israeli violence on July 31. He was burnt to death. Other members of his family were also severely burnt in a Jewish settlers’ attack on their home in the village of Duma, near Nablus, in the West Bank.

A spokesman for Rabbis for Human Rights told Aljazeera Arabic that this is the tenth attack on Nablus by settlers in July. A statement issued by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) provided an even more alarming statistic, putting the number of Jewish settlers’ attacks, some of them lethal, at an estimated 11,000 since the end of 2014.

Ali Dawabsha is not the first Palestinian child to be burnt to death, although the story of Mohamed Abu Khdeir who was tortured and burnt alive by a group of Jewish extremists in July 2014 now serves as a hideous benchmark for Israeli settler violence, which is often conducted under the watchful eye of - or as part of larger violent campaign led by - the Israeli army.

French Nuclear Interests Press Canada on Uranium Mining in Nunavut

AREVA’s "Kiggavik" Uranium Project: Federal Government Called to Uphold Nunavut Impact Review Board’s ‘No-Go’ Recommendation
by MiningWatch Canada

July 31, 2015
Ottawa - In a recent letter sent to Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANDC), the Hon. Bernard Valcourt, MiningWatch Canada calls on the federal government to uphold the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s (NIRB) ‘no-go’ recommendation for AREVA’s Kiggavik uranium mine proposal.
MiningWatch’s call comes after the French nuclear multinational AREVA pressured Minister Valcourt to overturn NIRB’s decision, despite clear opposition of affected communities and evidence of substantive social, cultural, and environmental risks and uncertainties the project would bring – including long term risks associated with the management of radioactive mining wastes.
The lack of any start date for the project is also a major source of concerns and serves to amplify the risks and uncertainties identified by the review board.
“It is entirely inappropriate for a proponent to propose a major mining project without any start date, let alone wait until after a review has concluded to bring forward vital arguments and information related to substantial community concerns,” says Ugo Lapointe, Canada Program Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada.
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Misuse of Power: Tilting the UNSC for False Claim on MH-17

Power in the Service of Power
by Finian Cunningham - TV-Novosti
It’s been a bad month for the angst-ridden US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power. Last week, she was “outraged” by Russia’s veto at the UN Security Council of an international criminal court into the downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 over eastern Ukraine. 

Three weeks prior, Power was again “outraged” by Russia’s veto of a draft resolution to declare the mass killing at Srebrenica during the Bosnian War in 1995 a “genocide.”

On Srebrenica, Power said
“Russia’s veto is heartbreaking for those families and it is a further stain on this council’s record.” 

On the latest MH17 veto, the American ambassador fulminated:
“When people see Russia’s hand up on something like this, when the whole world is united that when a civilian airliner goes up in smoke and so many families are affected, it is in all of our interests, our collective interests to see that justice is done.” 

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembered 70 YEARS ON—what have we learned?

70 YEARS ON—what have we learned?
by Victoria Raging Grannies, Physicians for Global Survival


Hiroshima-Nagasaki memorial
This year’s lantern ceremony
marks the 70th anniversary of the
atomic bombing of Japan

August 6th
7:30 pm
Esquimalt Gorge Park
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Greek Isles No Paradise for International Refugees

Kos, Bodrum, Desperate Refugees and a Dying Child
by Andre Vltchek - CounterPunch
Para gliders are flying over the stunning emerald sea. Summer hordes are descending on a Greek island of Kos from all corners of increasingly aggressive European Union. On the faces of visitors, there seems to be no regret, no shame, that Europe just raped and humiliated Greece, forcing its government to cancel democracy, instead succumbing to dictate of the mighty Germany and other dictatorial powers.

Tourists are busy frying themselves, stuffing their stomachs with seafood and boozing up in countless cafes, bars and restaurants of the old city. Hotels and eateries are packed. It is yet another hot and sunny day. Crisis? What crises? Yes, it is somewhere… there, maybe in Athens, or maybe just outside the city center.

A few minutes away, in a local hospital, which is part of Greek collapsing national healthcare system; an Iraqi child is suffering, perhaps dying, from cancer. He is only 3 years old. His mother most likely passed away trying to reach Kos.

Pope Francis and the Davos Dominionists

Dung Bettles: Pope Denounces Davos Dominionists
by Chris Floyd - CounterPunch

We are living in a world gone through the looking glass when the most strident, unequivocal -- even scatological! -- denunciations of capitalism and its discontents are coming from … the Bishop of Rome.

While Bernie Sanders pushes centrist notions as "radical" reforms and Britain's so-called Labour Party tries to recover from the defeat of Michael Dukakis -- sorry, Ed Milliband -- by kowtowing even more abjectly to corporate power (and demonizing the only leadership candidate not bending the knee to Big Money), Pope Francis is out there literally likening the capitalist system to shit.
Speaking in Ecuador at the World Meeting of Popular Movements, a gathering of groups representing the poor, the dispossessed and others pushed to the wall -- or off the cliff -- by the Davos Dominionists who now hold sway over so much of the world, Francis said that behind the neoliberal economic order, "there is the stench of what Basil of Caesarea called 'the dung of the devil.'"

Obama to Create "Safe Zone" in Heart of Syrian Conflict

Why Obama's "Safe Zone" in Syria Will Inflame the War Zone
by Shamus Cooke - Aletho News
The road to war is paved with a thousand lies. A fresh fib was tossed on the lie-cluttered warpath to Syria, when it was announced that the U.S. and Turkey would create a “safe zone” inside of Syria — supposedly to be aimed against ISIS.
This “safe zone” is a major escalation of war, but it was described in soft tones by the media. In reality a “safe zone” is a “no-fly zone,” meaning that a nation is planning to implement military air superiority inside the boundaries of another nation. It’s long recognized by the international community and U.S. military personnel as a major act of war.
In a war zone an area is made “safe” by destroying anything in it or around that appears threatening.

Flushing the TransPacificPartnership: Backing Up On TPP

TPP Ministerial Deadlock “Good News for People on the Planet” - Worldwide Opposition to Trade Deal
by Stephen Lendman - Global Research

Friday’s fourth/dubbed “final” ministerial attempt to reach agreement failed. Global Trade Watch Director Lori Wallach called it a “Maui (Hawaii) meltdown.”

Congress went on five-week summer recess with lots of unfinished business awaiting members in September – notably the Iran nuclear deal and 12 annual spending bills.

Wallach expects no 2015 congressional action on TPP – especially with other nations disagreeing on key provisions still unresolved. She believes chances for agreement are reduced because of “opposition building in many countries.”

“It’s good news for people and the planet that no deal was done at this final do-or-die meeting given the TPP’s threats to jobs, wages, safe food, affordable medicines and more,” she explained.
“Only the beleaguered negotiators and most of the 600 official US trade advisors representing corporate interests wanted this deal…” Polls show it’s unpopular in countries involved for good reason.

Operation Janus: Two Wars for Two Agendas

Erodoğan and Netanyahu Declare War
by James Petras

The rulers of the two most powerful authoritarian regimes in the Middle East are launching major wars to reconfigure the Middle East.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has declared war by proxy on Iran, announcing full-scale military mobilization within Israel (July 27 -29) and organizing the biggest political campaign of ultra Zionist Jews in Washington. The purpose of this two-pronged propaganda blitz is to defeat the recently signed US-Iranian agreement and start another major Middle East war.

 Ultimately, Netanyahu intends to take care of his ‘Palestinian Problem’ for good: complete the conquest and occupation of Palestine and expelling the Palestinian people from their homeland – the single most important foreign policy and domestic goal of the Jewish state.
In order to do this, Israeli leaders have had to systematically campaign for the destruction of the Palestinians regional supporters and sympathizers – Iraq, Libya, Syria, Lebanon and Iran.
At the same time, Turkish Prime Minister Erodoğan has launched a major war against the Kurdish people and their aspirations for a Kurdish state.

Rainforest Fires: Paradise Burnt

Paradise Burning: Why We All Need to Learn the Word “Anthropogenic”
by Subhankar Banerjee - TomDispatch

The wettest rainforest in the continental United States had gone up in flames and the smoke was so thick, so blanketing, that you could see it miles away. Deep in Washington’s Olympic National Park, the aptly named Paradise Fire, undaunted by the dampness of it all, was eating the forest alive and destroying an ecological Eden. 
In this season of drought across the West, there have been far bigger blazes but none quite so symbolic or offering quite such grim news. It isn’t the size of the fire (though it is the largest in the park’s history), nor its intensity. It’s something else entirely -- the fact that it shouldn’t have been burning at all. When fire can eat a rainforest in a relatively cool climate, you know the Earth is beginning to burn.

And here’s the thing: the Olympic Peninsula is my home. Its destruction is my personal nightmare and I couldn’t stay away. 

NDP Speaks Green, While Staying Silent on Kinder Morgan

A Vote for the Mulcair NDP is a Vote for Kinder Morgan
by Ingmar Lee
Friends, as happens in every election, the NDP DEMAND for the Green vote is becoming increasingly shrill. But In spite of repeated, continual requests, - of my NDP MP, Nathan Cullen, and from other high-ranking members of the federal NDP, for a position statement, a policy, anything at all, regarding BC's current, most serious environmental calamity, - namely the Kinder Morgan ASSAULT on the province- and there is...utterly nothing, blank, nada.

Now that the tide has clearly turned on the Enbridge scheme, the federal NDP has discovered that fight and climbed on the bandwagon with its disingenuous "Save (only) Our (north) Coast" campaign, nevertheless the party remains perched firmly on the fence regarding Kinder Morgan. Mulcair even visited Vancouver during the height of the Burnaby Mountain uprising, where more than 100 people were arrested, - and said nothing.

If the NDP want the environmental vote in BC, they need to GET SOME SPINE, and state a position condemning the Kinder Morgan scheme. We, as a movement, need to DEMAND that they do so now.

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