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24.09.2020 - 16:50 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson faces growing backbench rebellion as up to 50 Tory MPs and a MINISTER oppose plans to extend Government lockdown powers

Such a move, if they vote against the measure, would wipe out the Government’s 80-seat majority, although many could choose to abstain, which could make it a close vote and could avoid them possibly losing the party whip if it sneaks through.

24.09.2020 - 16:43 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The three taboos at the heart of Johnson’s coronavirus fiasco

What is wrong with Britain?

24.09.2020 - 16:38 [ Chroniclelive.co.uk ]

Piers Morgan lets rip at Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance in astonishing rant over briefing „farce“

(22.09.2020)

Piers: „I’m trying to expose the farce of what happened yesterday.

„They didn’t take questions which I thought was a bit like North Korea!

„If you’re going to drop those bombshells on people…and they deliberately used that 50,000 figure to terrify everybody.“

16.09.2020 - 08:48 [ Haaretz ]

Annexation Plan Is Being Realized

In the meetings of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee from July 29 and August 18, MKs from Likud and Yamina and settlers whom they hosted, openly declared what the natural evolution of this process would be: The Palestinians must make do with Areas A and B; that is, no more than 39 percent of the West Bank, with non-contiguous strips of land. So said the man from the right-wing NGO Regavim, Meir Deutsch; so said Likud MK Nir Barkat, who also called for the settlement of two million Jews in the West Bank;

15.09.2020 - 12:52 [ Donna Laframboise / nofrakkingconsensus.com ]

3 Things Scientists Need to Know About the IPCC

(01.09.2015)

The bottom line is that this is a week of naked political horse trading that goes on behind closed doors. Journalists are not allowed to witness what takes place, which is why we’ve been looking at official IPCC photos here. This is what they permit us to see.

It’s only after the diplomats have haggled over this Summary – paragraph by paragraph – that the final version gets officially released at a press conference.

The world is then told that science has spoken. But what’s just happened has nothing to do with science. Scientific truth is not determined in the dead of night by UN-level negotiations. On what planet would such an approach make scientific sense?

But the bad news doesn’t stop there. There’s actually a step in the IPCC process in which the original, lengthy report gets amended so that it conforms to the politically-negotiated Summary. I am not making this up.

18.08.2020 - 17:16 [ Rania Khalek / Twitter ]

The Democrats couldn’t even offer symbolic concessions to their progressive base, not with the policy platform or convention speaking time. Let that sink. Progressives are hostages to right wing party that hates them

18.08.2020 - 17:11 [ David Forum / Twitter ]

they’re literally announcing that the democratic party is the 96 republican party. this is their genius move, piss on everyone who is excited about like changing something, and bend over for people who fucking hate them and won’t vote for them. tremendous.

14.08.2020 - 05:27 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Viral Fake Footage Of “Chinese” Atrocities Shows The Power Of Narrative Spin

The only sane response to a situation that is swamped with propaganda and disinformation is to hold tight to skepticism and agnosticism until presented with hard proof. Get comfortable with not knowing, and don’t forget that the power structures presenting you with these narratives have lied to you in the past.

Stay skeptical. Stay critical. Demand hard, verifiable proof about any claim about any US-targeted nation, and if it isn’t given to you, don’t swallow it. This is how you keep your head clear of the propaganda.

05.08.2020 - 17:37 [ Cato Institute ]

Poll: 62% of Americans Say They Have Political Views They’re Afraid to Share

(22.06.2020)

A new Cato national survey finds that self‐​censorship is on the rise in the United States. Nearly two-thirds—62%—of Americans say the political climate these days prevents them from saying things they believe because others might find them offensive. The share of Americans who self‐​censor has risen several points since 2017 when 58% of Americans agreed with this statement.

02.08.2020 - 10:53 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

Don’t. Side. With. The. Powerful.

I’ve been thinking about it because it’s such an accurate reflection of how subservience to power actually manifests in our world. You talk about abusive power structures in our world, from police brutality to corporate predation to imperialist military interventionism, and many people are receptive. But you always wind up standing across from some freaky empire zombie saying “Well, what did you expect?”

It really is like a zombie infection, like a virus of the mind which spreads through propaganda and toxic ideologies and leads people to support the abuse of the disempowered by the powerful.

30.06.2020 - 12:42 [ IMEU / Twitter ]

15 members of the Israeli Knesset’s Joint List sent a letter to Democrats, calling on them to oppose annexation: „Democrats have a decision to make. Will they keep wringing their hands and expressing ‘concern,’ or are they going to do something about it?“

30.06.2020 - 08:25 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Palestinians offer negotiations days before planned annexation – report

The Palestinian Authority dispatched a letter on Monday addressed to the Quartet on the Middle East stating that it’s prepared to renew negotiations with Israel and agree to „minor territorial exchanges,“ according to reports by Ynet News on Monday night.

The Quartet on the Middle East, a foursome consisting of the United Nations, the US, Russia and the European Union involved in mediating the Israeli–Palestinian peace process.

29.06.2020 - 20:53 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Israel Live: Public Gatherings Capped Amid Fears of Second Wave

Palestinian Authority to lock down all areas with confirmed cases

29.06.2020 - 20:34 [ Haaretz ]

After Gantz Pours Cold Water on Annexation, Netanyahu Says Issue Not Up to Him

„We are in contact with the American team here in Israel,“ Netanyahu said at a Likud meeting. „We are doing so discretely. The issue is not up to [Gantz’s party] Kahol Lavan. They are not a factor either way.“

Earlier on Monday, Gantz met with Trump’s special envoy Avi Berkowitz and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman to discuss the Trump administration’s peace plan.

28.06.2020 - 16:55 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Joint List MKs to Democrats in the US Congress: Stop the Annexation

Hadash MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List), who initiated the letter, said about the appeal to Congress: “The annexation and the occupation are international issues. The US administration constantly intervenes in the region and gives backing to the oppression of Palestinians. The administration can give the green light or put the brakes on annexation. Therefore, we have asked members of the Democratic Party, who might assume power soon, to express their clear objection to Israel’s annexation plans, to denounce the entire Trump plan, and to clarify that, if such plans are implemented, future administrations will not recognize their legitimacy. Annexation is illegal according to international law and is a crime against the Palestinian people. The entire international community must stand against it.”

28.06.2020 - 16:48 [ CommonDreams.org ]

Palestinian Members of Israeli Parliament Call on Democrats to Oppose Annexation

House Democrats are currently circulating a letter opposing annexation, but its wording is based around concerns for Israel’s security and there’s no mention of holding the country accountable for any of its actions towards Palestinians. A letter developed by Senate Democrats earlier this year implied that the United States/Israel relationship could be threatened by annexation, but any mention of this possibility was quickly removed.

28.06.2020 - 16:41 [ Yousef Jabareen, Member of Knesset / Twitter ]

This letter was sent to democratic members of US congress. The Joint List calls on Democrats to state loudly and clearly that they oppose Israel’s illegitimate annexation plans and the occupation.

(26.06.2020)

28.06.2020 - 16:13 [ Haaretz ]

The Blatant Moral Bankruptcy of U.S. Jewish Groups Shilling for Israel’s Annexation

How is it that despite the warnings of three previous Israeli prime ministers, including two IDF Chiefs of Staff and a former justice and foreign minister, that these sorts of steps towards annexation would lead to „apartheid,“ that not a single leader of a dominant Jewish organization in America can bring themselves to use the same word publicly?

How is it that in just a generation, the muscular Jewish leadership that existed in the Diaspora has been replaced by an Israeli caricature of itself: weak galus yidn, unwilling to stand up for our own beliefs, whose only role is to support our strong brethren in the Holy Land?

28.06.2020 - 15:44 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Disappoints Time and Again

This isn’t how a political leader talks, and certainly not one who is interested in being an alternative to the inciter in the Prime Minister’s Office. Gantz’s contempt for the Palestinians demonstrates arrogance, pettiness and lack of understanding of the national conflict between the two peoples. If there’s any “deep shit” in which the Palestinians are drowning, it’s the 53-year-old occupation, a messianic project of oppression that has been perpetuated by successive Israeli governments and maintained by the army, formerly headed by Gantz himself.

27.06.2020 - 18:14 [ Gemma Chavarria-Miró, Eduard Anfruns-Estrada, Susana Guix, Miquel Paraira, Belén Galofré, Gloria Sánchez, Rosa M. Pintó, Albert Bosch / Medrxiv.org ]

Sentinel surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater anticipates the occurrence of COVID-19 cases

(13.06.2020)

This SARS-CoV-2 early detection in sewage supports the idea that COVID-19 cases may have been present in the population beforethe first imported case was reported. COVID-19 carriers may have been misclassified as influenza diagnoses in primary care, boosting community transmission before public health measures were taken(11).

(…)

Most COVID-19 cases show mild influenza-like symptoms (14)and it has been suggested that some uncharacterized influenza cases may have masked COVID-19 cases in the 2019-2020 season (11).

26.06.2020 - 16:10 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Likud party to offer Gantz presidency to scuttle rotation deal

The offer, according to the paper, would upend a rotation agreement between Netanyahu and Gantz for the premiership as stated in their coalition agreement signed earlier this year.

Likud party officials insist it would be „unreasonable“ for Netanyahu to honor the agreement – which allows Gantz to become Prime Minister in November 2021 – due to his politically weakened position, according to a string of national polls.

26.06.2020 - 09:45 [ Felix O'Brien / Twitter ]

Just saw this Rebecca Long-Bailey/Maxine Peake news and loudly exclaimed „OH FUCK OFF“. Starmer’s done this to make a point. The only point he’s made is that he’s a fucking coward and a fucking idiot.

25.06.2020 - 10:00 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson confronted over claim no country has working coronavirus app – after 12m downloads in Germany

Speaking afterwards, a Labour spokesman said: “If you want other examples, Singapore has launched an app, South Korea has also got an app. So there are a number of countries that are far, far ahead of us.”

22.06.2020 - 09:44 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Netanyahu presents Gantz annexation or election ultimatum

According to the report, Netanyahu was surprised to learn that Alternate Prime Minister Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi have many reservations over the annexation plan.

22.06.2020 - 08:36 [ Haaretz ]

Unstoppable, Indestructible, Endless Bibi

Since 1999 Netanyahu has managed to exhaust an entire political camp. His battles with the old elites was first and foremost a war of attrition. The noise that this compressor emits is only getting louder. It seems as if we haven’t been able to sleep properly for 20 years – it hasn’t given us a moment’s peace. This isn’t a compressor. This is a force of nature.

Another 10 years of Netanyahu in power is starting to look like a fairly realistic scenario.

19.06.2020 - 13:01 [ Times of Israel ]

Caught between annexation and his public’s apathy, Abbas hopes for symbolic wins

But that won’t stop the initiatives, a Palestinian official says.

“The current plan is to keep appealing to UN institutions in order to be recognized, even if the proposals are vetoed over and over. Many countries support this move, so the leadership supports it as well.”

He adds: “There are already 12 or 13 European states that are willing to recognize a Palestinian state under occupation in the event of an Israeli annexation, and that’s the price Israel will have to pay.”

18.06.2020 - 17:15 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Lionel Shriver talks to Allison Pearson: ‚The British people have never more profoundly disappointed me‘

Speaking to The Telegraph’s Planet Normal podcast – which you can listen to on the audio player above – Shriver told podcast host and Telegraph columnist Allison Pearson she was „dismayed“ with the way Britons have stayed at home without questioning government strategy.

„The British people have never more profoundly disappointed me. It seems so un-British to say, alright then I’ll just roll over and I’ll stay home. I think part of it was being able to feed into the Blitz narrative,“ she said. „The bizarre attachment to being confined to your homes and not making a living and relying on the government…I’m just dismayed.“

17.06.2020 - 13:50 [ Worldometers.info ]

Reported Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance

(aktuell)

Germany:

Total Cases: 188,382

New Cases: –

Total Deaths: 8,910

New Deaths: –

Total Recovered: 173,600

Active Cases: 5,872

Serious, Critical: 419

09.06.2020 - 07:56 [ Worldometers.info ]

Reported Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance

(aktuell)

Germany:

Total Cases: 186,2050

New Cases: –

Total Deaths: 8,783

New Deaths: –

Total Recovered: 169,600

Active Cases: 7,822

Serious, Critical: 540

27.05.2020 - 19:17 [ Worldometers.info ]

Reported Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance

(aktuell)

Germany:

Total Cases: 181,530

New Cases: +242

Total Deaths: 8,498

New Deaths: –

Total Recovered: 162,800

Active Cases: 10,232

Serious, Critical: 821

13.05.2020 - 19:21 [ Haaretz ]

Biden, Sanders Form ‘Unity Task Force’ – Without Foreign Policy for Now

The announcement is the latest indication that Biden’s campaign is trying to secure the support of Sanders’ fans.

08.05.2020 - 19:46 [ northsidesun.com ]

It’s all about the data

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, we have all been reminded of the importance of data. We see the daily number of diagnosed cases, the numbers of hospital beds, the number of ventilators and most of all — the number of deaths from the virus. We are getting a little of the pain that our parents and grandparents must have suffered when they received reports from the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific during World War II. They worried daily about their loved ones in the midst of so many dying.

24.04.2020 - 16:11 [ Dr. Rudolf Hänsel / Global Research ]

Psychological Remarks on “Authority Obedience”. Say No!

Do not give up hope that the former people of poets and thinkers, as well as the other enslaved peoples, will wake up, find rational thought and action and be ready for civil disobedience. This time they will not give the emerging world fascism a chance.

30.03.2020 - 10:38 [ New Yorker ]

How Dreams Change Under Authoritarianism

At times, “The Third Reich of Dreams” also echoes Hannah Arendt, who saw totalitarian rule as “truly total the moment it closes the iron vice of terror on its subjects’ private social lives.”

20.02.2020 - 17:05 [ JustSecurity.org ]

Germany Goes 19th Century with New Statement on Law of Occupation – On Status of US Forces in Syria

In Germany’s current view, the United States cannot be considered an occupying power in these areas, because although it exercises physical control over them, it does not “exercise jurisdiction” there. On this approach, for an occupation to materialize, two cumulative elements must be fulfilled: effective physical control and the actual establishment of an administration in the area.

Granted, this interpretation can be read into the text of Article 42 of the 1907 Hague Regulations,

14.02.2020 - 15:44 [ Secular Talk / Twitter ]

A weird thing I always encounter in left circles: good people generally seem to think all criticism is genuine. There’s a bizarre mental block into looking into motive, and how indeed some criticism is just a cynical ploy.

11.02.2020 - 16:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Palestinians shelve plan for UN vote on Trump’s Middle East plan

Palestinian-backed plans for a UN security council vote on Tuesday designed to show international opposition to Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan are expected to be shelved after the US and the UK raised separate objections to the draft text.

In what was being seen as a key test of the diplomatic support for Trump’s “ultimate deal”, Tunisia, with Arab League and Palestinian support, …

11.02.2020 - 16:15 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Tunisia Sacks U.N. Ambassador for Opposing Trump’s Peace Plan

(07.02.2020)

Two of those diplomats said they understood Tunisia’s newly elected President Kais Saied had fired Baati—who has served for only five months—following complaints from the United States.

24.01.2020 - 22:18 [ Haaretz ]

Germany’s pro-Israel Left Has a New Target in the Crosshairs: Jews

That was my introduction to the political phenomenon known as Antideutsche – anti-Germans. It started in the late 1980s as an exotic offshoot of the Maoist left, whose members denied the very legitimacy of a German nation after Nazism, under the slogan, “Germany, never again.” But for the past two decades, Antideutsche has had one primary focus: an unrestrained attack on anyone who is critical, even a bit, of Israeli policy. According to their amazingly simplistic approach, anti-Semitism is the source of all evil, Israel is the answer to anti-Semitism, and thus constitutes absolute good. Hence, at demonstrations and in Facebook posts of this left-wing group, there have even been calls to drop a nuclear bomb on Gaza – that is, calls for genocide.

22.01.2020 - 21:37 [ Donna Laframboise / nofrakkingconsensus.com ]

3 Things Scientists Need to Know About the IPCC

(01.09.2015)

The bottom line is that this is a week of naked political horse trading that goes on behind closed doors. Journalists are not allowed to witness what takes place, which is why we’ve been looking at official IPCC photos here. This is what they permit us to see.

It’s only after the diplomats have haggled over this Summary – paragraph by paragraph – that the final version gets officially released at a press conference.

The world is then told that science has spoken. But what’s just happened has nothing to do with science. Scientific truth is not determined in the dead of night by UN-level negotiations. On what planet would such an approach make scientific sense?

But the bad news doesn’t stop there. There’s actually a step in the IPCC process in which the original, lengthy report gets amended so that it conforms to the politically-negotiated Summary. I am not making this up.

02.01.2020 - 17:20 [ Donna Laframboise / nofrakkingconsensus.com ]

3 Things Scientists Need to Know About the IPCC

(01.09.2015)

The bottom line is that this is a week of naked political horse trading that goes on behind closed doors. Journalists are not allowed to witness what takes place, which is why we’ve been looking at official IPCC photos here. This is what they permit us to see.

It’s only after the diplomats have haggled over this Summary – paragraph by paragraph – that the final version gets officially released at a press conference.

The world is then told that science has spoken. But what’s just happened has nothing to do with science. Scientific truth is not determined in the dead of night by UN-level negotiations. On what planet would such an approach make scientific sense?

But the bad news doesn’t stop there. There’s actually a step in the IPCC process in which the original, lengthy report gets amended so that it conforms to the politically-negotiated Summary. I am not making this up.

09.12.2019 - 06:14 [ Haaretz ]

From Now On, Every Palestinian Is an anti-Semite

The plague is spreading. Under cover of the (just) war against anti-Semitism, Europe and the United States silence every voice daring to criticize Israel. Under cover of this war, they are undermining their freedom of speech. Incredibly, this new phenomenon is not triggering any protest, as one would expect. Laws labeling anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism and the anti-occupation movement as anti-Semitic, are passed with overwhelming majorities.

26.09.2019 - 16:15 [ BBC ]

Saudi Arabia says military response to Iran is possible

While Saudi Arabia wanted to avoid war and escalation, Iran would be held accountable for the drone and missile strikes, Adel al-Jubeir told the BBC.

A US assessment claiming Iran was behind the attacks was backed up by the UK, France and Germany this week.

26.09.2019 - 16:12 [ Politico.eu ]

Macron, Merkel and Johnson blame Iran for Saudi oil attack

(25.09.2019)

NEW YORK — The leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom on Monday blamed Iran for an attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia earlier this month.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the attacks on oil facilities on Saudi territory on September 14th, 2019 in Abqaiq and Khurais, and we reaffirm in this context our full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its population,” French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a joint statement after meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

25.09.2019 - 19:51 [ Donna Laframboise / nofrakkingconsensus.com ]

3 Things Scientists Need to Know About the IPCC

(01.09.2015)

The bottom line is that this is a week of naked political horse trading that goes on behind closed doors. Journalists are not allowed to witness what takes place, which is why we’ve been looking at official IPCC photos here. This is what they permit us to see.

It’s only after the diplomats have haggled over this Summary – paragraph by paragraph – that the final version gets officially released at a press conference.

The world is then told that science has spoken. But what’s just happened has nothing to do with science. Scientific truth is not determined in the dead of night by UN-level negotiations. On what planet would such an approach make scientific sense?

But the bad news doesn’t stop there. There’s actually a step in the IPCC process in which the original, lengthy report gets amended so that it conforms to the politically-negotiated Summary. I am not making this up.

24.09.2019 - 14:53 [ telesur ]

Germany, UK, France Blame Iran for Saudi Attack, Urge New Nuclear Deal

(23.09.2019)

“The time has come for Iran to accept negotiation on a long-term framework for its nuclear program as well as on issues related to regional security, including its missiles program and other means of delivery,” the three countries added

17.09.2019 - 20:03 [ Haaretz / Twitter ]

Netanyahu accuses the Palestinians of trying to defeat him

14.09.2019 - 19:57 [ Haaretz ]

A Brief History of Bullshit: Why We’ve Learned to Ignore Truth

What happened to Western culture for people to have become oblivious or indifferent to the notion of truth? After all, if liars get away so easily with their lies, it must be because we no longer value truth so dearly.

08.09.2019 - 13:51 [ Spiked ]

The Remainer tyranny

This furious, anti-democratic wing of the elite, who make up the majority of the contemporary establishment, has been drifting towards extreme authoritarianism for two years now. They openly discuss overriding the largest democratic vote in British history. They condemn newspapers that use strong language to describe Remainer extremism. They make deals with the European Union above the heads of the prime minister, the Cabinet and the people to ensure that we stay in the EU for longer than planned. And now they warn the PM that if he doesn’t follow a new law insisting on an extension of the Article 50 process – and of the UK’s membership of the EU – then he will go to jail.

04.09.2019 - 06:13 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Voters will take ballot box revenge on Remainers trying to stop Brexit being enacted

When MPs who once vowed to honour the referendum result vote instead to proceed with a dodgy Bill, enabled by their puppet Speaker, surrendering power to the EU to determine a delay of its choosing — to be rubber-stamped by our Remainer-dominated Parliament.

Will three months suit Brussels? Six, maybe? How about ten years?

Remainers will, have no doubt, sign off whatever the EU decides.

04.09.2019 - 05:24 [ Spiked ]

Today was a very dark day for British democracy

The political class has taken back control – from the people.

03.09.2019 - 23:24 [ Axios ]

Parliament defeats Boris Johnson to take control of Brexit process

The lawmakers who voted in favor of the motion include a number of high-profile rebels in Johnson’s own Conservative Party, who now risk being stripped of their affiliation. Parliament on Wednesday will vote on a bill to force Johnson to seek a Brexit extension from the European Union.

03.09.2019 - 18:18 [ Daily Mail ]

What is happening with Brexit? When will there be an election? Will the Queen be involved? And what happened to suspending Parliament? Your questions about a baffling week answered

But there are a myriad of scenarios that could frustrate the plans of both sides. Read on to find out how.

03.09.2019 - 17:49 [ Lexit Allegiance ‏/ Twitter ]

Corbyn now reminds of a captain, solemnly going down on his sinking ship. His loyal crew, other deckhands, and the captain of the ship that skuttled his is cheering him on. It’s all desperately sad to witness.

03.09.2019 - 17:44 [ DSG / Twitter ]

If a General Election is called, Labour MPs are about to be in for the shock of their political lives. Behind all the nonsense you’ve tried to pull, there are voters. They might not protest as much as your lot do. But, trust me, they’ll turn out & do the business when it counts.

03.09.2019 - 17:36 [ Paul Embery , Blue Labour / Twitter ]

Anti-Brexiteers: „Stop the coup! Defend democracy! Let the people decide.“ Prime minister: „Okay, have a general election.“ Anti-Brexiteers: „Er, no, that’s a diversion.“

03.09.2019 - 17:25 [ BBC Politics / Twitter ]

The moment defecting Tory MP Phillip Lee takes his seat with the Liberal Democrats, leaving Boris Johnson’s government with no working majority

03.09.2019 - 16:38 [ John Mann, Member of Parliament / Twitter ]

It is my judgement that sufficient Labour MPs will vote to respect the referendum and stop Parliament from revoking.

(30.08.2019)

03.09.2019 - 16:35 [ Kate Hoey, Member of Parliament / Twitter ]

Any MP who votes for this Bill will be showing more loyalty to the European Union than to the United Kingdom

03.09.2019 - 16:31 [ Spectator ]

Prepare for Brexit history to be made tonight

Brexit history and constitutional history may be made at 10 tonight.

Because the number of Tory rebels is holding firm at around 20.

And that means Sir Oliver Letwin’s motion under Standing Order 24, which would have the effect of handing control of business in the Commons to backbenchers tomorrow, could well pass by around five votes.

26.08.2019 - 16:36 [ Haaretz ]

Lebanese President: Israeli Drone Strikes Amount to ‚Declaration of War‘

Lebanese President Michel Aoun discussed on Monday the „Israeli assault on the southern suburbs of Beirut“ with the country’s United Nations Special Coordinator, Aoun’s office said. The president said that the drone strikes amount to a „declaration of war.“

25.08.2019 - 07:55 [ NewStatesman.com ]

Fear, shame, guilt, suicide: ordinary Germans at the end of the Second World War

Each author focuses on one segment of the world that was falling apart. For Rein, it is a little group of dissidents – a young deserter, a heroic saboteur, a humanitarian doctor, a doctrinaire communist, and a kindly innkeeper – who work together clandestinely, attempting to save at least some of the people and buildings of Berlin by persuading German troops to accept defeat.

16.08.2019 - 07:35 [ Connect the World / Twitter ]

#BREAKING Gibraltar’s Chief Minister @GibraltarGov tells @BeckyCNN Iranian supertanker ‚Grace I‘ is „free to go“ despite a U.S. request to keep the ship detained, but says the tanker could be seized *again* before it sets sail. #IranTensions

11.08.2019 - 13:20 [ Donna Laframboise / nofrakkingconsensus.com ]

3 Things Scientists Need to Know About the IPCC

(01.09.2015)

So what’s going on here? How do we explain this outlandish, perverse process?

Well Rajendra Pachauri, who chaired the IPCC for 13 years, said that its “main customer” was something called the UNFCCC. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele is an IPCC official who’s working very hard to become its new chairman. This is slide #26 from a presentation he gave a few years ago: The IPCC, he says, is “eager to continue serving the UNFCCC process.” What does that mean?

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is an international treaty. If you’re the UN, and you’re trying to persuade nearly 200 different parties to act together, you need to start from somewhere. You need an established body of facts, a master document, a bible that everyone can use as a jumping-off point. IPCC reports, it turns out, serve that purpose.

In other words, the IPCC’s primary function is to enable a political instrument – a treaty between nation states. This is high octane politics.

10.08.2019 - 10:15 [ Bloomberg ]

Italy Faces Its Moment of Truth on the Euro

Most important, the League leader will have to decide where he really stands on fundamental questions that he has dodged so far – from Italy’s economic policy to its place in the euro zone and the European Union. Before now he could blame his weak coalition partner, the Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio, or his technocratic finance minister Giovanni Tria for any difficulties. The easy ride is over.

30.07.2019 - 14:29 [ Haaretz ]

Trump’s ‚Rodent-infested‘ Rhetoric Shows How Germany and the World Stayed Silent

the quandary that has plagued Holocaust-conscience Jews for the past 70 years – how could the world stay silent – is easier to decipher today. When a ruthless demagogue stirs up racial enmity in order to advance his political aims, when his base is swept away by fear and loathing, when political allies are enthralled by his rhetoric or fail to speak out for fear of retribution, when fair-minded groups are reluctant to draw attention or make waves and when the calculations of foreign countries are based on ruthless realpolitik with no regard or even pretense of moral judgment – that’s how it is made possible.

17.07.2019 - 21:59 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

„Collective violence, such as torturing a publisher for journalism, requires more than persecuting authorities, mobbing states and media smear campaigns to survive… Atrocity does not take place without passive, complacent, compliant bystanders“

15.07.2019 - 14:24 [ Haaretz ]

Pro-Israel Groups Promoted anti-BDS Resolution in German Parliament, Der Spiegel Reports

The report claims that local groups such as the Middle East Peace Forum and WerteInitiative (Values Initiative) worked together with Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs in order to promote the resolution, an enterprise that included “donations to politicians.” The groups deny these charges, but the story has evoked a stormy public debate. Bild, the most widely-read newspaper in Germany, sharply criticized the report, calling it anti-Semitic.

07.07.2019 - 11:18 [ Straits Times ]

US asks Germany to send ground troops into Syria to aid anti-ISIS fight

„We want ground troops from Germany to partly replace our soldiers,“ Mr Jeffrey told dpa and the German weekly Welt am Sonntag. He said he expects an answer before the end of the month.

02.07.2019 - 10:18 [ Bloomberg ]

French ECB Presidential Hopeful Tells Germans He’s Their Friend

(28.06.2019)

France’s top contender for the presidency of the European Central Bank is appealing to Germans to treat him as one of their kind.

Speaking — in German — to an audience of family businesses in Berlin on Friday, Bank of France Governor Francois Villeroy de Galhau highlighted his cultural and ideological links to the country. He said he shares German values, such as solidity, stability and realism, and understands the nation’s fears over financing other countries’ debts.

08.06.2019 - 08:05 [ Haaretz ]

Neither Israel’s nor Germany’s Slide Into Fascism Was Accidental

It would be a mistake to see this degeneration as a necessary, let alone inevitable, evil. It is the realization of merely one potential, however central, of identity in a national context. It is neither ordained by heaven nor a divine law. It is a choice, and one that ought to be changed.

20.05.2019 - 07:22 [ Haaretz ]

A Win for Deniers of the Occupation

But diplomatic “achievements” like the Bundestag decision are not just a distraction from Israel’s real problems that the Netanyahu government continues to ignore. They also remove a nonviolent Palestinian method of protest, and as a result are likely to cause damage to the future relations between the two peoples and to the security of Israeli citizens. Even those who are not convinced of the purity of the political motivations of the BDS movement must understand that the delegitimization of nonviolent Palestinian protest pushes the Palestinians, who are fighting for their national liberation, toward violence.

19.05.2019 - 16:58 [ Haaretz ]

Germany, Shame on You and Your anti-BDS Resolution

A blend of warranted guilt feelings, orchestrated and taken to sickening extremes by cynical and manipulative Israeli extortion, caused the federal parliament on Friday to pass one of the most outrageous and bizarre resolutions since the end of World War II. The Bundestag has defined the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel as anti-Semitic. Benjamin Netanyahu and Gilad Erdan rejoiced. Germany ought to be ashamed.

From now on, Germany will consider every supporter of BDS to be a Jew-hater; saying “the Israeli occupation” will be like saying “Heil Hitler.” From now on, Germany cannot boast of its freedom of speech. It has become an agent of Israeli colonialism.

18.05.2019 - 01:30 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

Netanyahu praises Germany

“I congratulate the German Bundestag on the important decision that recognizes the BDS as an anti-Semitic movement and declares that it is forbidden to fund it. I particularly appreciate the Bundestag’s call on Germany to stop funding organizations working against Israel’s existence. I hope that the decision will lead to concrete steps and call on other countries to adopt similar legislation,” Netanyahu wrote on Twitter.

18.05.2019 - 01:00 [ BBC ]

Germany labels Israel boycott movement BDS anti-Semitic

In Friday’s resolution vote, which took place on the eve of the show’s final, Germany’s lower house said the actions of the BDS were reminiscent of the „terrifying“ Nazi campaign against Jewish people under Adolf Hitler.

18.05.2019 - 00:42 [ Haaretz ]

A CALL TO GERMAN PARTIES NOT TO EQUATE BDS WITH ANTI-SEMITISM

We, Jewish and Israeli scholars, many of whom research Jewish history and anti-Semitism, express concern about the rise in anti-Semitism around the world, including in Germany. We view all forms of racism and bigotry as a threat that must be fought and encourage the German government and parliament to do so.

At the same time, we wish to sound alarm about a parallel trend: the growing tendency of labeling supporters of Palestinian human rights as anti-Semitic.

This trend is now escalating in Germany. Two German parties, the FDP and AfD, have tabled resolutions at the Bundestag that equate the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement with anti- Semitism. Coalition parties CDU /CSU and SPD are preparing a joint resolution that does so, too. This conflation is incorrect, unacceptable and a threat to the liberal-democratic order in Germany.

09.04.2019 - 14:14 [ YouGov ‏/ Twitter ]

66% of Brits consider David Gauke’s statement regarding Brexit – that “sometimes you do have to accept your second or third choice in order to avoid an outcome you consider to be even worse”, to be generally good life advice

09.04.2019 - 14:13 [ Yougov.co.uk ]

Would you like to work for the Security Services? Plus, Catholic priests, and compromising in life results

1. Would you ever like to work for GCHQ, MI5 or MI6 (Britain’s security services)?

I would: 45%
I would not: 36%
Don’t know: 19%