The former national security adviser wants to compile a list of the evil rich who don’t spend their money as the left wants. It comes with the ultimate threat: We know where you live.
Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to America’s worst ex-president, Jimmy Carter, has something for the angry mobs of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) to do once they’re done trashing New York City’s environment and demanding that those who, as Jefferson Starship sang, “built this city” pay off their student loans and otherwise support them.
They can make house calls on the rich.
by David Solway:
The macabre prepossession of the international community with the “problem” of Israel is now so widespread that it has become like a cultural neurosis or even a fact of nature, that is, something that is habitual, taken for granted and rarely questioned. One drinks it in with the morning coffee, if not with one’s mother’s milk. It is treated as the central issue in the geopolitical world beside which every other consideration fades into comparative insignificance.
The New York Times, in its Oct. 18 edition, runs an article by Mideast correspondent Stephen Farrell and Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner about preparations in Israel and in Gaza on the eve of the release of Gilad Schalit, the abducted Israeli soldier held by Hamas for more than five years, in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian prisoners (“Israel and Palestinians Prepare to Swap Prisoners” page A8).
Setting the scene for the prisoner swap, the article tells Times readers that “the Tuesday handover will end five years in captivity for the Israeli soldier, Staff Sgt. Gilad Schalit; hundreds of the Palestinians have been held much longer.”
One was a kidnapping by terrorist fascists, the other was imprisoning terrorists by a moral and enlightened state.
Israeli officials harshly criticized an Egyptian television interview with soldier Gilad Schalit minutes after Hamas militants freed him in a prisoner swap Tuesday, saying the questioning was inappropriate and insensitive.
In the interview aired on Egyptian state television, a gaunt, sallow and uncomfortable looking Schalit appeared to struggle to speak at times, and his breathing was noticeably labored as he awkwardly answered questions. The footage, along with earlier Egyptian TV video showing Schalit being transferred to Egypt, were the first images seen of the soldier after more than five years in Hamas captivity.
Armed Hamas militants were in the area during the interview. One of them stood behind Schalit’s chair, wearing a a black face mask, a green headband of the Qassam brigades — Hamas’ military wing — and a video camera in his hand.
By Bruce Bawer:
The mass immigration of Muslims into Western Europe over the last four decades or so was a project of elite mainstream politicians, most of them left-wing, who never consulted the electorate on whether they thought this project was a good idea or not. Motivated by a multicultural sensibility (and, in most cases, an invincible ignorance about Islam), these politicians felt compelled not to try to integrate these newcomers, but encouraged them, rather, to preserve their cultural values, however at odds they might be with Western ideas of freedom and equality. For many years there was little organized public resistance to the increasing Islamization of Europe. But then, around a decade ago, things reached a breaking point.
Inasmuch as Amnesty International bans pro-Israel advocates from entering their meetings – the latest to be denied entry, just last night, was Zionist Federation Vice Chair Jonathan Hoffman – it’s easy to see how they could cocoon themselves into producing mindless anti-Israel propaganda. And given that the organization pointedly never called for Gilad Shalit’s release, it’s predictable they would do so in the context of Israel’s kidnapped and now released soldier.
But Amnesty’s statement on the Shalit trade, titled “Israel-Hamas prisoner swap casts harsh light on detention practices of all sides,” is a barrel-scraping embarrassment even by the organization’s notoriously low standards. The vast majority of the press release is handed over to criticizing Israeli detention policies, while a grand total of two paragraphs are spent condemning Shalit’s ordeal.
Shalit’s name does not even appear below the fifth paragraph of the 20-paragraph statement, while alleged Israeli human rights violations- relevant to the swap or not – are repeatedly noted. Israel is explicitly and twice accused of Geneva violations. By the end of the statement, Amnesty is even demanding freedom of movement between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, which would be a boon to (among others) the Hamas terrorists they’re wringing their hands over.
John Carpay, National Post:
Banning hate speech to protect the vulnerable might be a good idea if anyone could explain the difference between hate and strong dislike. The commission and its allies argued that rude, offensive, unpopular, controversial and hurtful speech is OK, but “hateful” speech is not. According to the commission, Whatcott is fully entitled to express his opinion that homosexual behaviour is sinful and unhealthy, but he must deliver this message in a way that does not come across as “hateful” to any of his listeners. Even the Supreme Court’s definition of “hate” in its 1990 decision in Taylor is subjective, depending largely (if not entirely) on the feelings and mindset of the listener, and on unverifiable guesses as to the feelings of the speaker.
Speech that should be banned – such as advocating genocide and counselling a criminal offence – is already prohibited by the Criminal Code. Further restrictions on speech in human rights legislation cast a chill on every citizen’s freedom to express opinions on issues important to them.
We all know what this is about; selectively applied political censorship.
Globe and Mail:
The Palestinian envoy to Canada has been told she’s not welcome in Ottawa after she tweeted a link to a video that the federal government deemed an offensive diatribe against Jews.
Now, Linda Sobeh Ali, the chargé d’affaires of the Palestinian delegation in Ottawa, is just one cut above persona non grata. The Canadian government called her in for a high-level dressing down, made a formal protest to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and has decided to “limit communication” with her until a replacement arrives.
The diplomatic cold shoulder was sparked when Ms. Sobeh Ali took to Twitter this month to circulate a link to a video posted on YouTube, telling her followers on the social-media message system to “check this video out.”
The video shows a Palestinian girl, in tears and shouting with passion, reciting a poem in Arabic, “I am Palestinian.” The English subtitles on the video include a passage where millions are called “to a war that raze the injustice and oppression and destroy the Jews.”
Good riddance. There shouldn’t be a chargé d’affaires of the Palestinian delegation in Canada to begin with.
The Emergency Committee for Israel has launched a highly critical video condemning anti-Semitic sentiment during the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests and calling for Democratic leaders to stop supporting the movement.
In the video, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is seen in an interview saying she supports the protesters, and President Barack Obama is shown expressing his understanding for the “frustration” of those camping out in a park in New York and in other staging locations across the nation.
The video ends with the statement: “Hate is not an American value.”
Read more on Newsmax.com: Occupy Wall Street’s Anti-Semitism Condemned
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by The Right Scoop:
I would imagine that this is what goes on in the Palestinian world, when they decide who will pretend to be shot by an Israeli solider so they can make a big scene for the media. And it works so well.
In the video below, EAG uncovers how the Teachers Union decides before a big protest event who is going to be arrested and who isn’t, all of it being organized by a radical whose intent is to create a scene for the media (h/t: Big Government)