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Netanyahu Has No Respect for Human Dignity, the Rights of People Living Under Occupation: Denis Halliday

Netanyahu Has No Respect for Human Dignity, the Rights of People Living Under Occupation: Denis Halliday

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been named by the American Enterprise Institute as the recipient of Irving Kristol Award 2015. It’s noted that he would receive the prize for his contributions to democratic leadership, his preservation of human dignity and his role in the bolstering of US-Israel relations.

The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) is one of the most influential right-wing think tanks in the United States. Many of its fellows and members have held high-ranking positions in the US government, particularly in the Republican administration of George W. Bush.
    
As tensions between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the US President Barack Obama continue to undermine the seemingly-unshakable ties of the United States and Israel, the award by the American Enterprise Institute emerges as a catalyst to give the Israeli leader a boost and restore his legitimacy in the eyes of American public.

The former United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq believes presenting the award to Netanyahu underlines the “irresponsibility of the blind political, economic, military and moral support” being offered to Israel by the United States.

According to Denis Halliday, the idea that Benjamin Netanyahu is the representative of a democracy and a respectable state is “absolute nonsense.”

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AEI Award for Netanyahu Is Meant to Repair the US-Israel Split: Prof. Denis Rancourt

AEI Award for Netanyahu Is Meant to Repair the US-Israel Split: Prof. Denis Rancourt

The conservative Washington D.C.-based think tank American Enterprise Institute has announced that it would grant the Irving Kristol Award 2015 to the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recognition of his contributions to democratic leadership and the role he played in enhancing the US-Israel relations.

The AEI President Arthur C. Brooks said the Israeli PM has demonstrated the courage to defend his nation’s values and a commitment to free enterprise, democracy and human dignity.  

The award is named after Irving Kristol, the late American journalist and columnist who is popularly known as the “godfather of neo-conservatism”, with close ties to the Israeli government and political institutions. Irving Kristol’s son William is also a conservative political analyst and the founder of The Weekly Standard magazine. He died of lung cancer on September 18, 2009.

Benjamin Netanyahu has called Irving Kristol a “stalwart friend of Israel and a great champion of the US-Israel alliance”, voicing his contentment with the decision by the American Enterprise Institute in naming him the recipient of the 2015 award.

In an interview with Truth NGO, the Canadian scholar and former university professor Denis Rancourt said awarding the AEI prize to Benjamin Netanyahu is mostly an effort to mend the muddled relations between the Israeli PM and his close friend, the US President Barack Obama.

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Most black millennials know victim of police violence, harassment

Most black millennials know victim of police violence, harassment

More than half of black millennials have either experienced police violence or harassment, or know someone who has, but they are more optimistic about the possibility of political change than their non-black peers, a study said on Wednesday. The report by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago's Center for Study of Race, Politics, and Culture used a decade's worth of surveys and government statistics to explore how views among people in the 18 to 34 age group varied by race.

About 55 percent of black millennials said they or someone they knew had been harassed or harmed by police, the study said, compared with only about a third of whites and a quarter of Latinos.

That response came from a 2009 survey, findings with renewed significance following the police killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, which sparked street protests and rekindled a national civil rights movement under the banner Black Lives Matter.

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ICC prosecutor must rethink Gaza flotilla probe: Judges

ICC prosecutor must rethink Gaza flotilla probe: Judges

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) say the court’s prosecutor must reconsider an earlier decision not to open a probe into an Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla back in 2010. Following a few months of deliberations, judges at the appeals chamber ruled on Friday that prosecutor Fatou Bensouda must rethink her decision against the Gaza flotilla probe.

Judges at The Hague-based court had initially asked Bensouda to reconsider her decision in July, saying she made “material errors in her determination of the gravity” of the case.

The latest decision could force Bensouda to open a full investigation into the case.

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1 dead, 2 injured, including a 6-year-old girl in US

1 dead, 2 injured, including a 6-year-old girl in US

A shooting incident has left one person dead and two other people injured in Union Country, N.J., authorities say.The drive-by shooting happened at about 2:30 p.m. Friday which left a man seriously injured who died a short time later. A 6-year-old girl, who was on the back porch of a house, was injured when the shooter shot her in the leg. The third person was a woman who was shot in the leg, but was treated at the scene.

Officers have begun their investigation, saying that they know the suspect’s name, but so far nobody has been arrested.

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Survey: Two thirds of Israelis support withdrawal from East Jerusalem

Survey: Two thirds of Israelis support withdrawal from East Jerusalem

Results of a recent Israeli survey showed that around two thirds of the Israelis support full withdrawal of Israeli army and settlers from East Jerusalem, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported on Friday. According to the survey, 29 percent of the Israelis objected to this full withdrawal from East Jerusalem, the survey showed.

It also showed that 67 of the Israelis are not satisfied with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s performance regarding the on-going intifada.

Meanwhile, 61 percent of the Israelis supported the economic boycott for the Palestinians living in Israel, while 29 percent objected to this.

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U.S. delivers 50 tons of ammunition to Syria rebel groups

U.S. delivers 50 tons of ammunition to Syria rebel groups

U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration's urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups.

Details of the air mission over Syria were confirmed by a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly because the details have not yet been formally announced.

C-17s, accompanied by fighter escort aircraft, dropped small arms ammunition and other items like hand grenades in Hasakah province in northern Syria to a coalition of rebels groups vetted by the US, known as the Syrian Arab Coalition.

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Hillary Clinton Speech Interrupted by Black Student Activists

Hillary Clinton Speech Interrupted by Black Student Activists

The protesters on Friday began chanting “black lives matter” a few minutes into her speech.At first, the former secretary of state acknowledged them: “Yes they do and I’m gonna talk a lot about that in a minute,” she said. She then tried ignoring the protesters, shouting her remarks over the chants, CNN reported.”I have some issues to discuss and proposals …

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Saudi prince: ‘I will support Israel in an intifada with the Palestinians’

Saudi prince: 'I will support Israel in an intifada with the Palestinians'

According to the Kuwaiti daily Al Qabas, Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal said on Tuesday that he would support Israel in an intifada and that Saudi Arabia must reconsider its regional commitments and devise a new strategy to combat Iran's increasing influence in the Gulf by forging a defense pact with the Jewish state.

"I will side with the Jewish nation and its democratic aspirations in case of outbreak of a Palestinian intifada and I shall exert all my influence to break any ominous Arab initiatives set to condemn Tel Aviv, because I deem the Arab-Israeli entente and future friendship necessary to impede the dangerous Iranian encroachment," Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA) quoted Prince al-Waleed as saying.

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Ex-Syria ambassador: Obama policy not ‘working,’ 400k more may die

Ex-Syria ambassador: Obama policy not 'working,' 400k more may die

Robert Ford, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, said he resigned his post because of the Obama administration's failed Syria policy and he predicted that another 300,000 to 400,000 Syrians will die if nothing is done to stop the bloodshed. Asked by Sharyl Attkisson on "Full Measure" Sunday why he had resigned, Ford said: "The reason is, I could no longer defend the administration's policy on Syria."

He then repeated three times that he knew the policy "wasn't working."

He resigned just after administration officials announced that Obama had approved a plan to provide training and equipment to moderate Syrian rebels. The $500 million program was ended this week after it came under fire for training only a handful of rebels in the fight against the Islamic State. Many of the weapons the U.S. sent to the moderates quickly passed to al Qaeda in Syria and other jihadist groups.

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