Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Carbon: The Ecosystems View [It's more than just our emissions!]

Worth A Thousand Words!

Done by Shir Hacham (I think)--from Twitter

"Denouncing Trump Plan as 'Unacceptable,' Sanders Declares It Is Time to 'End the Israeli Occupation'"

After U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday unveiled his long-awaited "peace deal" for the Israel-Palestine conflict, Sen. Bernie Sanders condemned the proposal as "unacceptable" and called for an end to Israel's decades-long occupation of Palestinian territories.

Sanders (I-Vt.), a top candidate in the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential primary race, responded to Trump's plan in pair of tweets, envisioning a U.S. policy that promotes "a just and durable agreement."

The tweets aligned closely with a statement from the senator's office, in which Sanders said any acceptable deal "must end the Israeli occupation that began in 1967 and enable Palestinian self-determination in an independent, democratic, economically viable state of their own alongside a secure and democratic state of Israel."

Sanders, who would be the first Jewish president, added that "Trump's so-called 'peace deal' doesn't come close, and will only perpetuate the conflict, and undermine the security interests of Americans, Israelis, and Palestinians."

The White House hopeful's comments Tuesday were not the first time Sanders has spoken out in recent months for the Palestinian people. In October 2019, the senator suggested using the billions of dollars in military aid that the United States supplies to Israel each year to pressure Netanyahu's government to end its horrific treatment of Palestinians.

The following month, Sanders was praised by progressives for saying during the Democratic presidential debate that "we must treat the Palestinian people with the respect and dignity they deserve."

Sanders was far from the only lawmaker to decry Trump's new plan, which was drafted under the direction of Jared Kushner—the president's son-in-law and senior adviser—and unveiled at the White House with Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), one of Sanders' rivals in the primary race, tweeted Tuesday that "Trump's 'peace plan' is a rubber stamp for annexation and offers no chance for a real Palestinian state."

"Releasing a plan without negotiating with Palestinians isn't diplomacy, it's a sham," Warren added. "I will oppose unilateral annexation in any form—and reverse any policy that supports it."

As Warren noted, Palestinian leaders have not been involved with crafting Trump's deal. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said in a televised address Tuesday: "I say to Trump and Netanyahu: Jerusalem is not for sale, all our rights are not for sale and are not for bargain. And your deal, the conspiracy, will not pass."

Trump's fake 'peace plan' is permanent apartheid for Palestine [Palestinian attorney Noura Erakat & Aaron Mate]

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Video: Trump Had No Idea Who He's Bombing

"Santa Fe’s Palestine Murals Remind Us This Is Stolen Land " -- by Elena Ortiz -- The Red Nation

Santa Fe prides itself on the city’s reputation as an art mecca and home to vibrant Native cultures. Why then should a Native installed art exhibit on a stucco wall along the Santa Fe Trail cause such controversy? Because it illuminates a truth that many people do not want to face? It offends people? It is anti-Semitic? 

The truth is sometimes painful. One hundred years ago, in what is now known as the “Middle East,” Europeans drew lines on paper and called them borders. America has enforced those borders with military aid in the form of troops, weapons and obscene amounts of money. 

In 1916, the French and British signed the Sykes-Picot agreement that carved up the “Middle East” for their respective countries. This agreement was quickly superseded by another, which established a mandate system of French and British control and was sanctioned by the newly formed League of Nations.

The Balfour Declaration and the British mandate over Palestine were approved by the League of Nations in 1922. Most Arabs opposed the Balfour Declaration, over concerns that a Jewish homeland would mean the subjugation of Arab Palestinians. They were correct.

The British controlled Palestine until Israel, in the years following the end of World War II, was made an independent state in 1947. 

The Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe), occurred when more than 700,000 Palestinian Arabs — about half of Palestine’s pre-WWII Arab population — were expelled from their homes, during the 1948 war with Israel. Now these 700,000 and their descendants live in refugee camps spread throughout the region, while their occupiers, the settler-colonists, live in shining cities funded by US tax dollars.

Today, Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of US foreign assistance since World War II. To date, the United States has given Israel $142.3 billion in bilateral assistance and missile defense funding. Almost all U.S. bilateral aid to Israel is in the form of military assistance, although from 1971 to 2007 Israel also received significant economic assistance.

In 2016, the U.S. and Israeli governments signed a new ten-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) on military aid, covering FY2019 to FY2028. Under the terms of the MOU, the United States pledges to provide $38 billion in military aid ($33 billion in Foreign Military Financing grants plus $5 billion in missile defense appropriations) to Israel. This MOU replaced a previous $30 billion ten-year agreement, which ran through fiscal year 2018.

Each year approximately 500-700 Palestinian children, some as young as 12 years old, are detained and prosecuted in the Israeli military court system. The most common charge is stone throwing. It is unconscionable that “liberal” Americans can be so justifiably enraged that immigrant children are kept in cages at the US border, but stay silent at Palestinian children being prosecuted and imprisoned in their own homelands. 

Five centuries ago, in what is now known as the Americas, Europeans drew lines on paper and called them borders. America has enforced those borders — all the while forgetting their responsibilities to the original peoples of this land and the enslaved peoples who were brought here to build the infrastructure of this nation, a nation founded on genocide.

These are truths. The images on that stucco wall show the truth of settler colonialism and the effects it has on Indigenous people. They were put there to show solidarity with our Palestinian relatives in the face of brutal occupation; to illuminate injustice and shed light on this nation’s complicity in Israel’s genocide of the Palestinian people.

This is a wake-up call. This is NATIVE LAND. 

To those who defaced those murals – You are settlers on stolen land — here and in Palestine. Remember that.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Thursday, January 09, 2020

All Eyes On Wet'suwet'en: Week of Solidarity

Julian Assange: Countdown to Freedom--Randy Credico et al.

Live On the Fly – Julian Assange: Countdown to Freedom

Welcome to this special series of “Live On The Fly” with Randy Credico, Julian Assange: Countdown to Freedom.

Interviews on the approaching extradition trial of Julian Assange in London

In the wake of the recent U.S. illegal drone strike and assassination of Qasem Soleimani, it has become all the more timely to expose the illegal activities of the U.S. government. Julian Assange did just that, and he is now facing extradition to the U.S. and a lifetime sentence behind the bars of a U.S. maximum security penitentiary. As his health declines, not only does he deserve our support at this critical moment, the right to publish and inform the public is at stake.
Supporters of Julian Assange, and fans of Randy Credico, will be happy to know that the popular and controversial radio program Live on the Fly is back as an exclusive, all-new podcast series here at CovertAction Magazine.
The series is called Julian Assange: Countdown to Freedom and is your first stop for late-breaking updates on the approaching extradition trial of Julian Assange in London.
In this first podcast, hear compelling clips from William Kunstler and John Pilger on extra-judicial and arbitrary detention as well as interviews with Coleen Rowley, retired FBI Special Agent and whistleblower, expert on criminal procedure constitutional law, Nathan Fuller, director of the Courage Foundation which supports whistle blowers, and Anthony Papa, artist/activist and the author of 15 to Life: How I Painted My Way to Freedom, and This Side of Freedom: Life after Clemency.

US and Iran avoid war, but Trump's war-mongering goes on

Lawrence Wilkerson on Trump's Iran aggression: same neocon lies, new target