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  • Why The U.S. Ranks At The Bottom In A Foreign Aid Index (According to this freelance writer)

    09/18/2018 1:55:22 PM PDT · by gattaca · 16 replies
    NPR ^ | September 18, 2018 | Joanne Lu
    The United States' commitment to global development does not look good compared with that of other wealthy countries — and it's likely to get worse. According to an annual index released Tuesday by the Center for Global Development that ranks 27 of the world's wealthiest countries, the U.S. scored dead last on foreign aid contributions and quality — despite being the largest donor in dollar amount. That's because in 2017, it allocated a mere 0.18 percent of its gross national income for development assistance. That is well short of the 0.7 percent that wealthy countries have committed to strive for...
  • Russia Threatens Israel with 'Retaliation' after Plane Shot Down in Syria

    09/18/2018 9:52:23 AM PDT · by ZeroToHero · 22 replies
    NN ^ | 09/18/18 | Jay Greenberg
    Russia has blamed Israel for the downing of one of its military planes in Syria and threatened "retaliation." An Ilyushin IL-20 aircraft was shot down by Syrian air defense missiles in what has been called a "friendly fire" incident. The Russian defense ministry has claimed that Israeli jets were attacking nearby targets and purposely "used the Russian plane as a cover, exposing it to fire from Syrian air defenses."
  • U.N. Official Killed in West Bank

    11/22/2002 1:31:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies · 217+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | Nov 22, 2002 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    A British aid worker was killed Friday in a U.N. compound in the West Bank during a gunbattle between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen — the first senior U.N. official to die in over two years of fighting. The United Nations accused Israeli soldiers of preventing an ambulance from immediately reaching Iain Hook, a senior manager for UNRWA, the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees. The Israeli army said he was evacuated from the U.N. compound in the Jenin refugee camp as soon as possible. The death occurred hours after Israel reoccupied the West Bank town of Bethlehem for the...
  • Obama repeatedly stutters, talks about himself 79 times while campaigning for candidates

    09/16/2018 12:14:41 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 79 replies
    There were times during a Thursday rally Barack Obama couldn’t help but talk about himself, even though he was supposed to be talking about other people. There were other times he could barely talk at all. During the Cleveland rally for Rich Cordray and Betty Sutton, Obama repeatedly talked about himself, despite the candidates sitting behind him. Several times, he stuttered as he attempted to attack President Trump and the success of recent Republican initiatives.
  • Trump freezes PA's bank accounts [Palestinian Authority]

    09/16/2018 5:09:41 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    INN ^ | 09/17/18 00:07 | Elad Benari
    The United States is intensifying its pressure on the Palestinian Authority (PA). The Al-Jazeera network reported on Sunday evening that the US administration has decided to immediately close all bank accounts linked to the PA or the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in banks across the United States. The US is not confirming the report at the moment, but the State Department hinted last week after the closure of the PLO’s mission in Washington that there would be further steps against the Palestinian Arabs. Earlier on Sunday, the Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen television reported that the US ordered the PLO envoy to the...
  • German music festival disinvites musician who endorsed BDS

    09/15/2018 10:33:51 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/9/18
    Organizers of a music festival in Düsseldorf, Germany, withdrew their invitation to composer and singer Brian Eno over his longtime involvement in attempts to boycott Israel, JTA reported on Friday. Eno was slated to appear at the Electricity Conference festival in October, but last week he was among a group of artists who signed a letter urging a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest that will be held next year in Israel. Festival organizer Rüdiger Esch told the Westdeutsche Zeitung that it “was the only right decision” to disinvite Eno because “we don’t want to invite anyone who supports activities...
  • Israel Is Giving China the Keys to Its Largest Port – and the U.S. Navy May Abandon Israel

    09/14/2018 8:12:16 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 47 replies
    Pointing out that a Chinese company will soon start operating Haifa Port, he said that Israel needs to create a mechanism that will examine Chinese investments to ensure that they do not put Israel’s security interests at risk. “When China acquires ports,” Horev said, “it does so under the guise of maintaining a trade route from the Indian Ocean via the Suez Canal to Europe, such as the port of Piraeus in Greece. Does an economic horizon like this have a security impact? We are not weighing that possibility sufficiently. One of the senior American figures at the conference raised...
  • State in firing line if ban on Israeli settlement imports passes [Ireland]

    09/14/2018 8:12:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Sat, Sep 15, 2018 | Simon Carswell, Public Affairs Editor
    The State could face infringement proceedings by the EU or a third party if a Bill that would ban imports from Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories is passed, the European Commission has warned. A Government official privately sought the advice of the Commission’s trade directorate last week on the proposed legislation, which is sponsored by Independent Senator Frances Black and passed its first vote in the Seanad in July with the support of Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin, Labour and some independents. Fine Gael opposes the passage of the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018 on the basis...
  • Bad Start for the New UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

    09/14/2018 9:22:34 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/14/18 | Joseph Klein
    Hypocrisy appears to be the leading trait we can expect from high-ranking UN officials such as the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Sadly, Ms. Bachelet is no exception The new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has unfortunately continued the one-sided anti-Israel narrative that her anti-Semitic predecessor, Prince Zeid Raad Al Hussein, propagated whenever he got a chance. In her first speech to the UN Human Rights Council on September 10, 2018, Ms. Bachelet blamed Israel’s so-called “blockade” and its alleged “excessive use of force” for all the problems suffered by the Palestinians in Hamas-run Gaza. “Prospects...
  • Assad's curriculum: Hating Israel, ignoring Holocaust

    09/13/2018 12:08:04 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Ynet Israel | 07.12.18 | Daniel Salami
    Syrian school textbooks repeatedly accuse Israel of stealing lands in order to "fabricate Arab-Syrian history", and make no mention of Hezbollah or the Holocaust, according to a new study that provides information about school curriculum in Syria in the wake of the Syrian civil war. Marcus Sheff, commented on the textbook: "While Syrian children witness the civil war raging around them, their textbooks give no explanation for this war. There is no hope that Syria will moderate its traditional Ba'athist hostility towards Israel even after the end of this terrible civil war." One of the most serious accusations against Israel,...
  • Trump squeezes UNRWA, checkmates PLO and incentivises Jordan

    09/13/2018 8:52:41 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/13/18 | David Singer
    Bucking--not backing - Trump is a sure-fire recipe for committing political suicide President Trump has created a veritable diplomatic tsunami affecting the political fortunes of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Hamas and Jordan - with his decision to cease all future donations to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) - currently US$360million per annum and comprising about 30% of UNRWA’s budget. The numbers of UNRWA-registered Palestinian Arab refugees in Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza have been increasing in leaps and bounds annually because they include all the descendants of those Palestinian Arabs caught up in the 1948...
  • The KGB's Middle East Files: Arab Palestinians in the service of Mother Russia

    09/11/2018 12:41:42 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Ynet Israel ^ | Nov 2016 | Ronen Bergman
    Secret KGB documents reveal just how deeply involved the Soviet Union was in the spilling of Israeli blood. The Russian spy agency provided Palestinian terror organizations with funds, training and arms, running agents like 'Krotov' - aka Mahmoud Abbas, 'Aref' - or Yasser Arafat, and 'Nationalist,' who was behind several plane hijackings long before 9/11. The genesis of the KGB’s developing ties with Palestinian terror organizations can be traced back to the end of the 1960s. The two most important KGB recruitments from the PLO during the second half of the 1970s were of people who still play a major...
  • CALIFORNIA DMV GIVES ILLEGAL VOTERS A SURGE

    09/12/2018 9:23:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 09/12/2018 | Lloyd Billingsley
    Last week California’s Department of Motor Vehicles sent 23,000 “erroneous” voter registrations to the office of Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who maintains the list of registered voters. The DMV blamed it technical errors and said none of the erroneous registrations involved undocumented immigrants. Padilla was “extremely disappointed and deeply frustrated” and the DMV assured him it wouldn’t happen again. Legitimate voters have good reason to believe Padilla was not disappointed but delighted. The odds are strong that illegals make up most if not all of the newly registered voters. The registrations of illegals will be happening again, in...
  • Israeli moon lander to ride SpaceX rocket in Spaceflight’s first move beyond low Earth orbit

    09/11/2018 2:39:08 PM PDT · by Terry L Smith · 26 replies
    Geek Wire ^ | 09/11/2018 | Alan Boyle
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  • Trump closing Palestinian mission in pro-Israel move

    09/10/2018 2:59:19 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    Ass Press ^ | September 10, 2018 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing the Palestine Liberation Organization’s mission in Washington, the latest U.S. blow against the Palestinians and an international court during the stalled Mideast peace process. Some things to know: THE GIST The administration’s move to close the PLO office in Washington is not directly connected to the Trump White House’s opposition to the International Criminal Court, although the administration is trying to link them. But the Trump administration is trotting out discussions about the two on the same day — Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year — in a move certain to inflame...
  • Closure of the PLO Office in Washington

    09/10/2018 11:01:19 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 57 replies
    US State Department ^ | 9-10-18 | Heather Nauert
    The Administration has determined after careful review that the office of the General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington should close. We have permitted the PLO office to conduct operations that support the objective of achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between Israelis and the Palestinians since the expiration of a previous waiver in November 2017. However, the PLO has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel. To the contrary, PLO leadership has condemned a U.S. peace plan they have not yet seen and refused to engage with the U.S. government...
  • US threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

    09/10/2018 11:57:35 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/10/18 | AFP
    The United States threatened Monday to arrest and sanction judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes. White House National Security Advisor John Bolton called the Hague-based rights body "unaccountable" and "outright dangerous" to the United States, Israel and other allies, and said any probe of US service members would be "an utterly unfounded, unjustifiable investigation." "If the court comes after us, Israel or other US allies, we will not sit quietly," Bolton said. He said the US was prepared to slap financial sanctions and...
  • Trump officials to announce closure of Palestinian Liberation Organization office in DC: report

    09/10/2018 7:35:07 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/09/18 11:04 PM EDT | BRETT SAMUELS
    National security adviser John Bolton is expected to announced Monday that the U.S. will shutter the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) office in Washington, D.C., The Wall Street Journal reported. “The Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel,” Bolton is expected to say, according to a draft of his speech reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Bolton will reportedly threaten the International Criminal Court with sanctions if it carries out investigations into the U.S. and Israel. ADVERTISEMENT The action against the PLO, which serves as the main entity...
  • Trump cuts $25 million in aid for Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals

    09/08/2018 10:08:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Al-Reuters ^ | September 8, 2018 12:39 PM | David Brunnstrom, Ali Sawafta, Mayaan Lubell and Stephen Farrell
    U.S. President Donald Trump has ordered that $25 million earmarked for the care of Palestinians in East Jerusalem hospitals be directed elsewhere as part of a review of aid, a State Department official said on Saturday. Trump called for a review of U.S. assistance to the Palestinians earlier this year to ensure that the funds were being spent in accordance with national interests and were providing value to taxpayers. “As a result of that review, at the direction of the President, we will be redirecting approximately $25 million originally planned for the East Jerusalem Hospital Network,” the State Department official...
  • Gaza border: Arabs hang Trump, Netanyahu in effigy

    09/08/2018 9:56:11 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/9/18
    The weekly protest by Hamas-controlled Gaza Arabs along the border with Israel took a macabre twiest Friday as Donald Trump, Binyamin Netanyahu, and Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman were hanged in effigy. The current wave of disturbances on the Gaza border began in late March, following US President Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. .....