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  • Mary

    OK John. I saw it on the ‘news’ the other night and had to hunt for it on the BBC website this morning. It is not on the Middle East page. This is. From Hugh Sykes whose reporting I normally have more time for than Bowen’s.

    War talk fails to dampen spirits in Tel Aviv
    By Hugh Sykes
    BBC News, Tel Aviv

    Ms Helen Boaden, Head of ‘Mews’ has obviously got to work to an initiative from higher authorities.

  • Jez

    @Nevermind You would suggest that he MAKE it conditional that a video BE offered. 😉 Sorry to correct your subjunctives but I find it hard to understand otherwise.

  • Mary

    Shame on Obama.

    Obama’s justice department grants final immunity to Bush’s CIA torturers

    By closing two cases of detainees tortured to death, Obama has put the US beyond any accountability under the rule of law

    Glenn Greenwald

    ‘Throughout the first several months of his presidency, his top political aides, such as the chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, and his press secretary, Robert Gibbs, publicly – and inappropriately – pressured the justice department to refrain from any criminal investigations. Over and over, they repeated the Orwellian mantra that such investigations were objectionable because “we must look forward, not backward”. As Gibbs put it in April 2009, when asked to explain Obama’s opposition, “the president is focused on looking forward. That’s why.”‘

  • Mary

    Margo who lives in South Africa comments on the situation following the Marikana massacre where the miners stand accused of the murder of those killed by the police, many shot in the back as they were fleeing apparently.

    Abuse Inc: The Miners Made Us Do It

    Posted by margo on September 1, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Marikana: The flow of capital was being disrupted by the strikes. If ordinary South Africans thought neo-liberal economics, ushered in post-94 – were going to be any different to apartheid’s socialism-for-the-chosen-few and dog-eat-dog extreme capitalism for the rest, they were mistaken: neo-liberal capitalism fosters economic apartheid.

    The powerful against the powerless – the use of ‘common purpose’ law (based on an English law) last seen during the apartheid era.

    Abuse Inc.:The Miners Made Us Do It

    A Common Purpose Indeed

  • me in us

    Is Jon here? It’s me in California. I did a transcript of the video. (Vimeo works for me, but not ONN.) Is it okay to post it here, and you can choose what to do with it from there? You could send it on to ONN though I wonder if they can use it as their resources seem so stretched. Awfully long for comments, though I could break it up into sections for each question. ??

  • Anon

    OT but as we get ready for World War 3, the results of the most comprehensive study of the genetic history of Ashkanazi Jews has been published.

    Wikipedia says:

    The theory that the majority of Ashkenazi Jews are the descendants of the non-Semitic converted Khazars was advocated by various racial theorists and antisemitic sources in the late-19th and 20th centuries, especially following the publication of Arthur Koestler’s The Thirteenth Tribe.[32][33][34] Despite recent genetic evidence to the contrary,[1] and a lack of any real mainstream scholarly support,[35] this belief is still popular among antisemites.[

    Elan Israeli-Elhaik PhD (John Hopkins University) et al say in their paper of August 2012

    The Missing Link of Jewish European Ancestry: Contrasting the Rhineland and the Khazarian Hypotheses

    Alternatively, the “Khazarian Hypothesis” suggests that Eastern European descended from Judean tribes who joined the Khazars, an amalgam of Turkic clans that settled the Caucasus in the early centuries CE and converted to Judaism in the 8th century. The Judaized Empire was continuously reinforced with Mesopotamian and Greco-Roman Jews until the 13th century. Following the collapse of their empire, the Judeo-Khazars fled to Eastern Europe. The rise of European Jewry is therefore explained by the contribution of the Judeo-Khazars. Thus far, however, their contribution has been estimated only empirically; the absence of genome-wide data from Caucasus populations precluded testing the Khazarian Hypothesis. Recent sequencing of modern Caucasus populations prompted us to revisit the Khazarian Hypothesis and compare it with the Rhineland Hypothesis. We applied a wide range of population genetic analyses – including principal component, biogeographical origin, admixture, identity by descent, allele sharing distance, and uniparental analyses – to compare these two hypotheses. Our findings support the Khazarian Hypothesis and portray the European Jewish genome as a mosaic of Caucasus, European, and Semitic ancestries, thereby consolidating previous contradictory reports of Jewish ancestry.

    Or in other words, most of the Israeli population has no, or very little, ancestral connection with the land they now inhabit. There is some genetic history with early Jewish populations (as has been found in prior studies) but the new study finds it to be only a small minority input to the current gene pool. Israel is populated by by mainly those of European/Caucasian descent.

    So it looks like the Khazars are about to go to war with the Persians – again.

  • McVities Digestives

    “Or in other words, most of the Israeli population has no, or very little, ancestral connection with the land they now inhabit.”

    I’ve known this to be a fact since the 1990s when Israeli government commissioned a genetic profile of some 100,000 Israeli Jews to ‘prove to the world’ their ancestral right to that land. That report was soon quietly buried.

    It’s like the supposed mass graves in Sobibor – which still cant be located despite the advances in ground penetrating radar. They are supposed to contain the remains (ashes apparently) of 250,000 people – these would have weighed between 500 and 1,250 tonnes. Something that should be very easy indeed to find in a relatively small site like Sobibor.

    When these little inconveniences of facts arise Hollywood just make a movie about their pretend version of history and hope that everyone forgets the facts, like ‘Escape from Sobibor’ made in 1987, shortly after the failed attempts to locate the ‘mass graves’.

  • McVities Digestives

    Another point about these Holocaust victims that were supposedly cremated after execution is where on Earth was Germany getting the fuel to burn these vast numbers of corpses and why does not one single aerial reconnaissance image (from thousands) of the various camps show any indication of mass cremations or graves?

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