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The fallacy of Israel’s human shields claims in Gaza

Desperately trying to justify the killing of unarmed protesters, Israel once again uses its ‘human shields’ mantra. Article by Neve Gordon & Nicola Perugini in Aljazeera: It has become part of a macabre ritual. Each week, thousands of Palestinians stride towards the fence surrounding the small swath of land in which they have been imprisoned for years, as Israeli snipers …

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No, Israel Is Not a Democracy

No, Israel Is Not a Democracy

Truth NGO – From Ten Myths About Israel, out now from Verso Books. June 12, 2018 “Information Clearing House” – Israel is not the only democracy in the Middle East. In fact, it’s not a democracy at all. In the eyes of many Israelis and their supporters worldwide — even those who might criticize some of its policies — Israel …

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French border police regularly abused refugee children: Oxfam

French border police regularly abused refugee children

Truth NGO – Charity accuses French border police of withholding food and water and forcibly returning minors to Italy. According to Aljazeera, Children as young as 12 and other vulnerable refugees and migrants have been physically and verbally abused by French border guards, international human rights organisation Oxfam said on Friday. Citing witness statements, Oxfam accused French police of repeatedly …

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Why America is the World’s Most Uniquely Cruel Society

In this essay, I want to share with you a tiny theory of what it means to be American. It is up to you to judge, as ever, whether it carries any weight. All that I will say is that when I look around, it explains, a little, what I see. Any theory of being American must explain one salient …

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Facebook chief apologizes to EU lawmakers over data leak

Truth NGO – The top man in Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, has officially apologized to lawmakers in the European Parliament for a large-scale leak of personal data which reportedly enabled a political consultancy to impact the results of the election in Britain and elsewhere. Mark Zuckerberg told a meeting of European parliament leaders in Brussels on Tuesday …

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Trump Calls Some Unauthorized Immigrants ‘Animals’ in Rant

Truth NGO – President Donald Trump lashed out at unauthorized immigrants during a White House meeting Wednesday, warning in front of news cameras that dangerous people were clamoring to breach the country’s borders and branding such people “animals.” Trump’s comments came during a round-table discussion with state and local leaders on California’s sanctuary laws, which strictly limit communication between local …

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Israel denies West Bank medical team entry to Gaza

Truth NGO – The Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights has condemned the Israeli authorities for preventing a medical delegation from the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the West Bank from entering the Gaza Strip on Sunday to provide medical care for the wounded protesters. In a statement issued yesterday, the centre condemned the Israeli restrictions imposed on the freedom of …

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Bahraini court jails 115 activists, revokes their citizenship

Truth NGO – A Bahrain court has sentenced more than a hundred citizens to jail and revoked their nationality as the ruling Al Khalifah regime presses ahead with its heavy-handed clampdown on the majority community in the Persian Gulf kingdom. Acting Head of Terror Crime Prosecution, Chief Prosecutor Hamad Shaheen, said on Tuesday that the Supreme Criminal Court found 115 …

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Palestinian children live life of hardship in Israeli lockup

Truth NGO – More than 350 Palestinian children are behind Israeli bars, where human rights groups say they endure mistreatment. According to Aljazeera, Omar al-Rimawi has not been home since he was arrested by Israeli troops more than two years ago, but his photos line the walls of the halls and rooms of his home. Although just 16 years old …

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Legalizing Tyranny

“The carcel state is a subculture unto itself, with an $81 billion budget and tremendous political clout.” The students I teach in prison who have the longest sentences are, almost without exception, the ones who demanded a jury trial. If everyone charged with a crime had a jury trial, the court system would implode. Prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges use …

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