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Thousands of Palestinian children have been arrested and prosecuted by the Israelli military

November 5, 2019

One of the 500 to 700 Palestinian youth being arrested annually by the Israeli Defense Force, IDF. this one from Ajjah Village near Jenin in 2017

What follows below is taken from the American Friends Service Committee website. A campaign in support of HR 2407 is gearing up in Colorado.

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Thousands of Palestinian children have been

arrested and prosecuted by the Israeli military

Here’s how congregations and other communities are acting to stop it. 

Early on the morning of Sept. 20, 2017, around 2 a.m., Israeli soldiers entered the home of Laith, a 17-year-old from Kafr Ein village in the West Bank. Laith was bound, blindfolded, and physically assaulted – and was never presented with a warrant or told why he was being arrested.

Over the next 11 hours, Laith was transferred to multiple locations and interrogated about throwing stones, which is considered a “security offense” under Israeli military law. He denied the allegations against him.

Laith would spend 46 weeks – nearly a year – in detention. He would have multiple court appearances, but never be charged with any crime.  And on Aug. 16, 2018, he would be released without explanation, having missed his final year of high school.

Laith is just one of the 10,000 Palestinian children in the West Bank who, since 2000, have been arrested and held in the Israeli military detention system that denies them their basic rights. For the past four years, AFSC and Defense for Children International-Palestine have partnered on the No Way to Treat a Child campaign to expose this widespread and systemic abuse of Palestinian children. It is one part of AFSC’s ongoing work to end Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory.

Laith is just one of the 10,000 Palestinian children in the West Bank who, since 2000, have been arrested and held in the Israeli military detention system that denies them their basic rights.

“All children have the right to a safe and just future,” says Jennifer Bing, AFSC coordinator for the campaign. “But every year, Israel prosecutes between 500 and 700 Palestinian children in military courts. We must put a stop to this inhumane treatment – and the U.S. has a critical role to play in making that happen.” Read more…

“The Abortive Sykes-Picot Replay – US-Turkish Failing Effort to Balkanize Syria – October, 2019 – A Month of Breathtaking Developments” with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. KGNU 1390 AM, 88.5 FM – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues. October 29, 2019. 6 pm Mountain Time.

October 27, 2019

Section of “Area A” returning to Syrian national authority in stripes. “Area C” was previously liberated from ISIS et al control, “Area B” is Syria’s oil rich region to where the US forces were redeployed.

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“America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests”

Henry Kissinger

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The Abortive Sykes-Picot Replay – US-Turkish Failing Effort to Balkanize Syria – October, 2019 – A Month of Breathtaking Developments” with Ibrahim Kazerooni and Rob Prince. KGNU 1390 AM, 88.5 FM – Hemispheres, Middle East Dialogues. October 29, 2019. 6 pm Mountain Time.

Point 5 of the “Memorandum of Understanding” agreed to between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Sochi, Russia, on October 22, 2019 – a mere week ago.

“Starting 12.00 noon of October 23, 2019, Russian military police and Syrian border guards will enter the Syrian side of the Turkish-Syrian border, outside the area of Operation Peace Spring, to facilitate the removal of YPG elements and their weapons to the depth of 30km (19 miles) from the Turkish-Syrian border, which should be finalized in 150 hours. At that moment, joint Russian-Turkish patrols will start in the west and the east of the area of Operation Peace Spring with a depth of 10km (six miles), except Qamishli city.”

Startling turn of events as the Syrian government, with Russian cooperation, extends its control over northeast Syria. US continued machinations to balkanize Syria (NATO operations near Syrian border, US control of Syrian oil regions near Iraqi border) are unsustainable not only “in the long run” but in the short run as well.

What’s it all about? Tune in and find out.

Colorado’s Highway 71 – Nuclear Death Alley

October 15, 2019

Me, posing in front of N-4. photo credit – Nancy Fey

We’ve started our ten day vacation. Heading north from Denver to the Nebraska Panhandle and South Dakota. Spending the night at Gering, Nebraska, just south of Scottsbluff; big beef, bean and back in the day, sugar-beet growing country. Over the next few days we’ll be heading north into South Dakota.

On the back fence if you blow the photo up a bit you’ll see the symbol N-4. N-4 lies on Highway 71 from Brush, Colorado to Scottsbluff, Nebraska. I would guess the distance we traveled on it today was about 100 miles.

That’s me in front of the fence.

N-4 is one of the 49 nuclear weapons sites in the northeast corner of Colorado. Behind that fence, underground is a Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile. It is referred to as “The Dan Schaeffer” Missile after a right wing Republican Congressman. Just up the road also on Highway 71 is N-3, referred to as “Gary Hart’s Missile. Former Colorado Governor Dick Lamm , Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder also have missiles named for them.

Also passed L-8, L-9, among others, before crossing over from Colorado into Nebraska south of Kimball – a town which used to claim the proud title of “Missile Center USA.” A Titan I nuclear missile stands in a park, honoring the hidden missiles that once lurked underground all around Kimball. The top third was blown off in a windstorm in 2009. The missile was dismantled in 2014, partially restored in 2016 and now calls Denver, appropriately enough, home. Maybe we won’t move to Kimball, even if houses there only average $75,000.

A Minuteman III can carry up to three thermonuclear weapons, and were initially armed with the W62 warhead with a yield of 170 kilotons. Compare that to the Hiroshima bomb which was about 15 kilotons. A part of what is called the nuclear “triad” until the end of the Cold War in 1989, the United States had some 1000 Minutemen 3s scattered in clusters throughout the upper Midwest, in Montana, both North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado and some in Missouri. Since then their numbers have been more than halved to around 400, but one of the active clusters is exactly the region we passed through. It touches three states – southeast Wyoming, western Nebraska in that state’s “panhandle’ and the northeast corner of Colorado. 
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N-4 is one of the 49 nuclear weapons sites in the northeast corner of Colorado. Behind that fence, underground is a Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile. It is referred to as “The Dan Schaeffer” Missiile after a right wing Republican Congressman. Just up the road also on Highway 71 is N-3, referred to as “Gary Hart’s Missile. Former Colorado Governor Dick Lamm , Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder also have missiles named for them.
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Between Brush and Scottsbluff on HW 71 I counted no less than 12 Minuteman III launching pads. Once you know how to spot them, they are easily identified, even without the military vehicles that stood at the entrance of some of them.

Titan Missile that used to be in Kimball, Nebraska’s park before a wind gust blew it down

12 sites with each missile carrying three warheads means that on this lonely, rather desolate road where the only living thing we saw were prong-horned antelope and a few prairie dogs – there are probably 36 thermonuclear bombs a few feet under the ground with enough kilotonage – no exaggeration – to destroy pretty much the entire world or close to it.

Should the President give the order, they are on hair-trigger alert; their computerized systems can be activate, and into launch mode in less than 30 seconds. Ready to fire at a moment’s notice on the eastern plains of Colorado not far from Pawnee Buttes. Kind of heartwarming that the supervisor of the Minuteman nuclear weapons program was arrested a few years ago, charged with heading up a drug distribution ring to the military personnel manning the weapons. Sweet.

 — in Stoneham, Colorado.

The Syrian Maelstrom: In NE Syria, Washington Turns to Turkey, Dumps Its Kurdish Allies; Kurds turn to Damascus, Their Only Option, Really

October 14, 2019

Syria – one country. Damascus fighting all US-Israeli-Turkish attempts at balkanization.

In NE Syria, Washington Turns to Turkey, Dumps Its Kurdish Allies

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“We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow.”

Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (Lord Palmerston)

 

We have no lasting friends, no lasting enemies, only lasting interests.

Winston Churchill

 

America has no permanent friends or enemies, only interests

Henry Kissinger

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Washington is caught between its long range goal of reorienting U.S. military forces to face the growing influence of China with is long-term involvement in the Middle East. The one demands Washington reduce its Middle East military footprint, including in Syria, the other insists that U.S. troops not only remain in the region, but play a more active role. 

Something’s got to give. 

The media in the United States has latched onto the latest move of the Trump Administration on Syria. Essentially, despite its Syria plans for partition having been scotched, Washington still clings its plans to dismember Syria into enclaves, one of them being in that country’s northeastern region. Coming to the conclusion that its erstwhile ally, the Kurdish YPG, does not have the where-with-all to maintain the region separate from Damascus as Washington would like, the Trump Administration has essentially “changed horses” and passed the baton on to its stronger regional partner and NATO ally, Turkey.

In response, a few days later, units of the Kurdish YPG turn to Damascus, agree to merge their military units under with that of the Syrian army. At least one source suggests that this development was facilitated by Russia. Given the choices open to the Kurds at the moment, such a move is the only viable option, its only way to face Washington’s betrayal and the Turkish incursion. Besides, there is no such entity as “Northern Syria,”  it being nothing more than a part of Washington’s plan to balkanize Syria either de jure or de facto. Read more…

Yom Kippur (by a fake Jew)

October 8, 2019

Jewish home on Djerba, Tunisia. North African Jewry – a shadow of its past.

Actually there is nothing “fake” about Lisa Danielle Gallant’s Judaism. This poem touches something more profound than going to synagogue. 

Lisa is the daughter of my late cousin, Elizabeth Bradspies Gallant whom I miss. 

Yom Kippur (by a “fake Jew”) by Lisa Danielle Gallant.

I did not fast today,
nor refrain from work.
I did not pray to a god I don’t believe in,
nor abstain from washing.
I did not ask for forgiveness
although I’m certain I’ve caused pain.
I reflected though, on this past year,
on my actions towards others, towards myself, and towards the greater good.
I found strength in my family.
I found love in my heart.
I found confidence, peeking shyly around the corners, but demanding to be heard.
I found gratitude for my relationships, for my strengths, for my body, even in it’s struggles.
May I be granted a fresh start this year.
May I be gentle with my beauty.
May I be strong when I need to be and may I please, have a soft place to land.

Iran Ready to End Nuclear Standoff with United States Once Sanctions are Lifted — The Rabbit Hole

October 3, 2019

Published by InfoBRICS on October 3rd, written by Sarah Abed Washington and Tehran back French President Macron’s four-point document in principle, but distrust overshadows any potential progress. Last week’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, presented the perfect opportunity for dialogue and diplomacy between the United States and Iran, in what would have […]

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How the Saudi Oil Field Attack Overturned America’s Applecart —

September 28, 2019
Military bases around Iran

US military bases galore…The map does not include the U.S. naval Armada in the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Eastern Mediterranean Sea…Useless against Houthi drones…

Overturning The Apple Cart Dispatches From The Edge Sept. 28, 2019 In many ways it doesn’t really matter who—Houthis in Yemen? Iranians? Shiites in Iraq? — launched those missiles and drones at Saudi Arabia. Whoever did it changed the rules of the game, and not just in the Middle East. “It’s a moment when […]

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