Friday, August 29, 2014

GOP House Armed Services Committee member Duncan Hunter says ISIS can only hurt us if they come over our border. We don't need to ramp up military in Middle East, just need to secure our southern border and stop issuing visas to people from the Middle East

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8/28/14, "Rep. Hunter: Islamic State just 'guys in pajamas,' not an 'existential threat'," John T. Bennett, militarytimes.com

"A GOP House member who served in Iraq says the Islamic State is not an “existential threat” to the United States, striking a different tone than other Republicans.

As the violent Sunni extremist group continues to slaughter minority populations in northern Iraq and hold a large amount of territory, some American Republican lawmakers want the White House to unleash more U.S. military power on it....

But GOP House Armed Services Committee member Duncan Hunter of California, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Marine, had a different take Tuesday evening on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” program.

But a bunch of guys wearing pajamas pushing up logs, they are not an existential threat to U.S. like North Korea is, like Iran is, like Pakistan is,” he said, appearing to refer video of State fighters training in baggy black tops that reach their shins. “They are not like that.”

Hunter said “the only” threat the Islamic States poses directly to the U.S. is if they can get their operatives inside the United States to carry out attacks.

Rather than a ramped-up military operation against the group, Hunter is pushing mostly defensive measures — while also suggesting Washington should help certain minority populations in the Islamic State’s brutal path.

That’s why it’s so important that you secure the southern border... and start denying visas in totality to people from the Middle East, from this area unless they’re persecuted Christians, Hunter said. “And then we have to allow them in.”" via Pamela Geller
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Comment: It's not helpful to refer to Islamist killers as guys in pajamas, but he's 100% right on securing the southern border and denying visas to people from the Middle East unless they're persecuted Christians. We're not going to change the culture of barbarism nor can we possibly kill  its countless adherents around the world. But we can easily save ourselves. If the US had stopped giving visas to Middle East people in 1993 after the first WTC bombing, 9/11/2001 would never have happened. If we'd also stopped giving visas to Chechen Muslims, the Boston bombing wouldn't have happened. It just costs us some paperwork to keep these people out. The rewards for doing so are obviously priceless. With one slight problem. US universities make a fortune on students from the Middle East. They'll scream and the US Ruling Class will immediately drop the whole idea. There are other entities who'll scream as well. The whole Ruling Class structure would crumble without its ability to create global chaos and mob rule. Imagine how different, how wonderful life could've been in the US had the Ruling Class not sold us out.

The publication carrying this article is called Military Times. Perhaps they weren't happy to hear a US elected representative say we don't need a ramped up military operation in the Middle East. Perhaps they agreed with him, I don't know, it's just a thought.


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UK officials feared being called 'racist' so didn't object to 1400 girls being raped or beaten by Pakistani men while the girls were wards of government-UK Telegraph

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"Staff were reluctant to intervene in some cases for fear of being classed as "racist"."..."The woman who presided over the last five years...is the same executive who removed three children from their foster parents because they were UKIP voters."

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8/27/14, "Rotherham: the council leaders who presided over child abuse scandal," UK Telegraph, by G. Rayner, M. Evans, J. Bingham

Joyce Thacker
"The author of the Rotherham child abuse report said that by 2005 'nobody could say "I didn't know"' about child sexual exploitation in the town. But who was in charge?"

"The woman who presided over the last five years of failure as the boss of children’s services at Rotherham Council is the same executive who removed three children from their foster parents because they were Ukip voters

Joyce Thacker, the £130,000-a-year Strategic Director of Children’s Services at the scandal-hit council, is among the senior managers who are now under pressure to resign following the “excoriating” report into child sexual exploitation in the town.
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Although she is not named as being culpable for the failure to protect 1,400 abused children in the report, as the head of children’s services since 2008 Mrs Thacker is among those whose positions now appear to be under threat....Mrs Thacker, who joined the Council as deputy head of children’s services in 2006, is already a controversial figure following her decision two years ago to remove three ethnic minority children from their foster parents because of their affiliation to Ukip

After The Telegraph drew attention to the foster parents’ plight, Mrs Thacker refused to back down, saying the children’s “cultural and ethnic needs” did not fit in with the parents’ “strong views”. She said their support for Ukip meant they opposed "multiculturalism.""...

Image BBC, from UK Telegraph. via Instapundit

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"Staff were reluctant to intervene in some cases for fear of being classed as "racist"."

8/29/14,  "Rotherham: 'Brazen' sex abusers sent taxis to collect girls from children's home," UK Telegraph

"Rotherham's sex abusers "brazenly" picked up girls as young as 11 from their children's home and in some cases sent taxis to collect them, a former worker has disclosed.

The unnamed male care worker told the BBC that the abusers made "absolutely no attempts to disguise what they were doing."
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He claimed staff were reluctant to intervene in some cases for fear of being classed as "racist".

His allegations follow claims in The Times that senior staff at Rotherham council ordered a raid on one of their offices to remove case files and wipe computer records detailing the scale and severity of the town's sex-grooming crisis.
A report has found that at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town by men predominantly of Pakistani heritage between 1997 and 2013.

The abuse they suffered included beatings, rape and trafficking to various towns and cities in England, Prof Alexis Jay's report revealed on Tuesday....

He said he confronted some of the men, despite warnings from his colleagues some carried knives....

"They would sometimes say that they would have you stabbed or shot by one of their associates."

Each time a girl went missing police were called, but officers usually only arrived when the child got back to the home, sometimes "high on drugs" or "incredibly drunk", he said.

"And we documented every single night, and we spoke to social workers. The social workers were passing that on. "Everything we passed on, nothing seemed to go further in any way shape or form."

He said he eventually left the home over his frustrations he was failing the children in his care and said he was not surprised at the revelations in Prof Jay's report."...

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Aug. 2014 defection to UKIP stuns the comfortable UK Conservative Party:

8/28/14, "Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to UKIP and forces by-election,"  BBC

"Tory Douglas Carswell has defected to UKIP and quit as MP for Clacton, saying he will contest the subsequent by-election for Nigel Farage's party.

If he wins the support of voters he will be the first elected UK Independence Party MP in the Commons. The maverick Eurosceptic backbencher said he did not believe Prime Minister David Cameron was "serious about the change we need" in Europe.

The PM described his defection as "regrettable" and "counterproductive"....Mr. Carswell said..."My local Conservative Association in Clacton is thriving. It brims with those I'm honoured to call my friends.

"The problem is that many of those at the top of the Conservative Party are simply not on our side."...

[Ed. note: We hear you: "Again and again, the American people are forced to confront the fact that its ruling class is not on its side." Angelo Codevilla, 2011, "The Lost Decade," subhead, "Public Safety," 3rd parag.]

(continuing, BBC): "They aren't serious about the change that Britain so desperately needs.

"Of course they talk the talk before elections. They say what they feel they must say to get our support... but on so many issues - on modernising our politics, on the recall of MPs, on controlling our borders on less government, on bank reform, on cutting public debt, on an EU referendum - they never actually make it happen."

He said only UKIP could "shake up that cosy little clique called Westminster".

On Mr Cameron's pledge of an in/out EU referendum in 2017, after renegotiating powers back from Brussels, he said the prime minister's advisers had "made it clear that they're looking to cut a deal that gives them just enough to persuade enough voters to vote to stay in".

He added: "Once I realised that, my position in the Conservative Party became untenable."
 
Mr Cameron - who was not warned by Mr Carswell about his plan to defect - said: "It's obviously deeply regrettable when things happen like this, when people behave in this way.""...


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

ISIS beheads Kurdish man in Iraq-BBC

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Live Leak video

8/28/14, "Islamic State militants 'behead Kurdish man' in Iraq," BBC

Kurd beheading by Islam


"Analysis by BBC Arab Affairs Editor Sebastian Usher"

"Entitled "A Message in Blood", the latest video produced by the skilled propagandists of Islamic State is clearly aimed at the Kurds fighting them in northern Iraq. 

It parades a group of Kurdish men who are said to be captured peshmerga fighters and who have all been put in orange jumpsuits. That detail is not the only way in which this video is reminiscent of the IS staging of their murder of the US journalist, James Foley. 

The beheading of one of the Kurdish hostages is shown filmed from two angles - both to add extra documentary proof and to make it a slicker production. But the backdrop this time is not made as neutral as possible. Instead, the main mosque in Mosul looms behind - a provocation, trying to show that IS control of the city is assured. 

The screen is then split showing the hostage and his captor on one side and photos of Kurdish leaders meeting President Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry on the other. The jihadists threaten more such killings if the Kurds continue to ally themselves with the US. In a choreography of murder again very similar to the killing of James Foley, the kneeling man is then beheaded with a knife."
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Image: "The IS video uses a mosque in Mosul as a backdrop for the execution." BBC

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Comment: The Live Leak video shows the split screen with beheading on one side and Obama and Kerry on the other. It's a few minutes into it, near the end. Most of the video is singing. I guess the weapons the Kurds begged for didn't get to them.


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US taxpayer dollars being used by federal government to advocate for Muslim worship spaces across the country including small Minnesota town-Powerline

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8/27/14, "Across the Country, the Federal Government Fights For Muslim Worship Spaces," Powerline, John Hinderaker

"The government of the United States is suing the town of St. Anthony, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb with a population a little over 8,000, to force the town to allow development of an Islamic center in an area reserved for industrial development. It is a minor news story, but one that sheds light on broader legal and cultural trends. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports:
The federal government on Wednesday sued the small north-metro city of St. Anthony, contending that its City Council violated federal law in 2012 by rejecting a proposed Islamic center. …
An injustice has been done,” U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said at a news conference in Minneapolis. I will not stand by
while any religious group is subject to unconstitutional treatment that violates federal civil rights laws.” Actually, DOJ happily stood by when the city previously denied a Christian group the use of the same space. Mr. Luger didn’t mention that in his pretentious announcement.

The lawsuit alleges that the council’s decision to deny the Abu Huraira Islamic Center the right to establish a worship center in the basement of the St. Anthony Business Center violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act passed by Congress in 2000.
Like me, you probably have never heard of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act

I haven’t studied it, but, according to the DOJ’s web site, it prohibits zoning laws that “treat churches or other religious assemblies or institutions on less than equal terms with nonreligious institutions.” 

So it may actually apply here. Although, of course, no one worried about that when a Christian group was being turned down.

Apparently the Religious Land Use statute is being used by the federal government around the country to force acceptance of Islamic centers, contrary to local zoning regulations:

It marks the first time federal prosecutors have sued a Minnesota city citing the law, although the Justice Department has filed similar suits elsewhere in the country on behalf of Islamic centers, according to a U.S. attorney’s office spokesman.
So what is going on here? Why did St. Anthony turn down the application to use the property in question as an Islamic center?

In June 2012, the council rejected Abu Huraira’s proposal, concluding that a religious and cultural center was incompatible with the site’s light-industrial zoning. …
On Wednesday, St. Anthony officials continued to defend the council’s action, saying that the rejection was based purely on zoning issues. It “was not based on discrimination at all,” said City Attorney Jay Lindgren.
“Religious uses of any type are allowed in the vast majority of the city,” he said. “They are just not allowed in the roughly five percent of the city reserved for industrial uses. … An industrial zone is designed to create jobs and be an economic engine.”
Once upon a time, that would have been considered a reasonable zoning decision. But now, the full weight of the federal government–that is, the Obama administration--has come down on the side of Islam. And Islam only:

Lindgren said that the city denied another Christian organization’s request in the past few years that was similar to that of the Islamic center.
It isn’t hard to understand what is going on here. While I wish the town of St. Anthony well, it is pretty obvious that they will be ground underfoot by the powers that be, i.e., Eric Holder’s Department of Justice. Not because the administration has any particular regard for religion in general, as Christians and Jews can readily attest–just look at the Obamacare regulations. Rather, because the administration wants to display favoritism toward Islam.

If an administration could be shown to consistently favor one religion over others, would that constitute a violation of the First Amendment? Of course. But, as with so many other Obama administration scandals, long before the judicial system could even begin to address the issue on its merits, the malefactors will be long gone." via Free Rep.

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Above mentioned attorney was "unanimously" approved by the pathetic US Senate in Feb. 2014:

2/12/14, "Senate confirms Andy Luger as U.S. attorney for Minnesota," Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Randy Furst

"The vote in the Senate was unanimous, but Klobuchar said there were only six or seven senators present. That is because the nomination had been “hotlined,” that is, cleared with all senators ahead of time."...


Attorney Andy Luger, Star-Tribune photo

"Luger has strong ties to the DFL Party." (DFL is Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party)




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'Green For All' group that hosted EPA teleconference aims "to disrupt the current economy, because we understand that our current economy was based on human trafficking...and violent racism"

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8/27/14, "The (EPA) teleconference was hosted by the environmental group Green For All."

"Green For All acknowledges the need to disrupt the current economy, because we understand that our

current economy was based upon human trafficking,

the exploitation of labor, and

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8/27/14, "EPA Chief: CO2 Regulations Are About ‘Justice’ For ‘Communities Of Color’," Daily Caller, M. Bastasch

"The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed global warming regulations aren’t just about stemming global temperature rises — according to agency’s chief, they are also about “justice” for “communities of color.”

“Carbon pollution standards are an issue of justice,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a teleconference call with environmental activists. “If we want to protect communities of color, we need to protect them from climate change.”

McCarthy is referring to the EPA’s proposed rule that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The agency says the rule will not only help fight global warming, but will also improve public health as coal-fired power plants are shuttered. McCarthy, however, put special emphasis on how the rule would reduce asthma rates, which affect African-American children.
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“Asthma disproportionately affects African-American kids,” McCarthy added. “In just the first year these standards go into effect, we’ll avoid up to 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks — and those numbers go up from there.”

“These standards are also doing more than to just address public health. By the time these standards are fully in place in 2030, the average household will also save $8 a month on electricity and create thousands of jobs that can’t be shipped overseas,” McCarthy said.

The teleconference was hosted by the environmental group Green For All. The group bills itself as an outreach organization seeking to educate “communities of color” about fighting global warming. But Green For All also describes itself as “radical enough to push a deeply justice-based agenda.”

“Green For All acknowledges the need to disrupt the current economy, because we understand that our current economy was based upon human trafficking, the exploitation of labor, and violent racism, according to the group’s website. ["Our Philosophy"] “We are safe enough to be invited into spaces where power-building groups are not, and radical enough to push a deeply justice-based agenda in those spaces. We are radical enough to partner with grassroots organizations when other national groups are turned away, and enough of an ally to offer resources and support in those spaces.”

“As a black woman who suffers from asthma, I know first-hand how climate change can affect communities of color,” said Nikki Silvestri, Green For All’s executive director. “We are more susceptible to extreme weather, storms and heat-related deaths. But, I also know that we want climate action now.”

On the call, McCarthy and Green For All activists asked attendees to file regulatory comments in the support of the EPA’s carbon dioxide rule.

The rule has been heavily supported by environmental groups, who have also been using global warming as a way to extend their activist base into minority communities. The group 350.org recently published a piece trying to connect the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri to global warming.

“It was not hard for me to make the connection between the tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, and the catalyst for my work to stop the climate crisis,” writes Deirdre Smith, strategic partnership coordinator for the environmental group 350.org.

“To me, the connection between militarized state violence, racism, and climate change was common-sense and intuitive,” she said.

But not everyone in the African-American community has gotten behind the EPA’s proposed power plant regulations.

“African-American businesses, entrepreneurs and workers need to better understand this rule because the potential impact may hit them more directly, and more severely, than any other group,” wrote Harry Alford, president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce.

Higher energy costs could be devastating to small businesses, for which energy costs are often the highest, or one of the highest, operating expenses,” Alford wrote. “Thousands of jobs by definition will be eliminated by this rule, but the same certainty does not exist in the promise of creating new jobs.”" via Lucianne

 
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Among Green for All Board Members:

"Van Jones, President"
 

"Wendy Fields-Jacobs, Executive Administrative Assistant To The President, UAW"

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US 2014 GDP only 1.5 per CBO, blames cold spring weather-ABC News. Apparently unless US gets some global warming we'll go broke

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8/27/14, "US Economy Growing Slower than White House Predicted," ABC News Radio, wtma.com

"The U.S. economy has grown just 1.5 percent in the 2014 fiscal year -- far slower than White House projections -- while more than $500 billion of deficit spending was added to the national debt, according to projections released Wednesday by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

Just last month the Obama administration forecast 2.6 percent GDP growth in 2014....


In its report released Wednesday,  the CBO said growth was stymied partly by “bad weather” during the cold months of spring.
 
The report said that $506 billion was added to the national debt this year, but that was almost $170 billion less than last year. The CBO also estimated the annual deficit will shrink to $459 billion in 2015 if taxes and spending law remains the same. But the deficit would rapidly grow in years to follow, hitting a ceiling of $960 billion by 2024 unless Congress enacts changes to alter the trajectory.


In total, CBO says current law would create $7.2 trillion in unfunded liabilities over the next 10 years....

The CBO had some good economic news, predicting that the GDP will rebound and expand by 3.4 percent over the next two years due to increased demand for goods and services, businesses investments in new structures and equipment, improved consumer spending and improving on the housing front....
 
CBO’s latest data also predicts the national unemployment rate will average 5.6 percent from 2018 through 2024."
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First a cold winter was to blame, now it's a cold spring. 3 cold winter citations:

3/5/14, "US economy hampered by severe winter weather, Federal Reserve says," UK Guardian, Dominic Rushe

"Federal Reserve’s ‘beige book’ report notes that consumer spending lessened because of cold, snow, and storms in winter"."...
 
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4/30/14, "U.S. economy slows to stall-speed,"  money.cnn.com, Annalyn Kurtz

"Economists think the slowdown is merely a temporary phenomenon due to harsh winter weather. If that theory holds true, the economy should bounce back in the spring. 

"Take this report with a grain of salt," said Brett Ryan, U.S. economist for Deutsche Bank. "It's certainly not a good report, but there's plenty of evidence of a weather impact.""...


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Cold US winter partly to blame for entire globe having slow 2014 says World Bank:

 6/11/14, "World Bank: Global Economic Growth to Slow in 2014 After Cold US Winter and Political and Financial Unrest Worldwide," International Business Times, Maria Gallucci

"Global economic growth is expected to dip this year, following the fiercely cold winter that plagued the United States and turbulence in Ukraine and the world’s financial markets....The U.S. forecast was cut to 2.1 percent from 2.8 percent."...



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Mali seeks to prosecute parents who send underage children to Europe as migrants-BBC

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8/27/14, "Mali to prosecute parents of underage migrants," BBC

"Mali says it intends to prosecute parents who send their underage children to Europe as migrants, but needs Europe's co-operation to do so.

A government minister told the BBC that families were increasingly sending children on the dangerous sea crossing to Europe as minors were not expelled.

Abderrahmane Sylla appealed to European nations to identify these unaccompanied minors to help Mali's authorities.

He said he hoped that prosecutions would act as a deterrent.

Mr Sylla, who is the minister for Malians in the diaspora, said he received almost daily reports of the deaths of Malians in the Mediterranean.

He gave an example of an overcrowded boat that left Libya in July with 87 Malians amongst the passengers - 86 of them died, 17 from the same village.

Mr Sylla said his ministry has prepared draft legislation to be put to parliament after returning from a recent visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa, where the experiences of two Malian children - aged 10 and 12 - had prompted him to act.

"This phenomenon brought tears to my eyes... these children take the same route as the adults - Ouagadougou, Niger, Chad, Libya; then they confront the ocean just as the grown-ups do," he said.

"So they arrive on the European coast completely traumatised. We have to punish those who send their children; we have to put a stop to it."

But the minister said that while in Italy he had tried to find out the identities of the two boys so he could trace their parents, but Italian law protected their identities. 

The BBC's Alex Duval Smith in Bamako says thousands of Malians depend on money sent home from their relatives in the diaspora - it is estimated the country receives an estimated $350m (£221m) in remittances annually.

Mr Sylla said Malians needed to do more to develop the country so that the culture of emigration stopped.

Our reporter says his comments mark a shift from a previous generation of Malian politicians who believed more foreign aid was the solution."

Mediterranean Immigration map from BBC



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Media are Hamas' main strategic weapons. For example, Jodi Rudoren of the NY Times. Or BBC reporter at Hamas rally in 2001 saying, 'We journalists stand shoulder to shoulder with you in your struggle against Israel'

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8/28/14, "Media are Hamas’s main strategic weapons, says visiting US historian," Jerusalem Post, Benjamin Weinthal

"In a talk in Jerusalem on Tuesday at the Israel Center, Dr. Richard Landes, the director and co-founder of the Center of Millennial Studies at Boston University, said that “global jihad is waging a cognitive war against the West because they cannot win on the battlefield.”...

The conflicts against Hamas and other jihadi organizations help to explain the asymmetrical approach of jihadi organizations, he said....  

He defined a three-prong strategy used by Hamas to control public discourse: “Arouse protest in the West to stop Israel; feed Lawfare (law warfare) attacks that severely restrict Israel’s use of weapons; demonize and delegitimize Israel in the world community [with events such as] Israel Apartheid Week and BDS.”

The main seeds of slanted reporting and the long-war strategy against Israel originated in the 2000 Muhammad al-Dura affair. During the second intifada in Gaza, the French journalist Charles Enderlin alleged, without observing the incident, that Israel subjected a 12-year-old Palestinian, Muhammad al-Dura, to targeted weapons fire that killed him.

Landes, who has written extensively on Dura, presented evidence at the talk that the affair falls under the rubric of “Pallywood” – a staged death to provoke international outrage at Israel.

Landes stressed that “intimidation [of journalists] is the huge story” coming out of Operation Protective Edge.

In August, the Foreign Press Association severely criticized Hamas for intimidation of journalists in Gaza. The FPA statement unleashed a series of defensive statements from journalists who rejected Hamas intimidation, according to Landes.

He cited statements from Jodi Rudoren of The New York Times, saying “Every reporter I’ve met who was in Gaza during war says this Israeli/now FPA narrative of Hamas harassment is nonsense.”

A second example was from CNN’s Karl Penhaul, who said that “the mere suggestion that we [journalists] would show dead, wounded and dying to make headlines is obscene… there are no Hamas instructions on what to and not to report.”

Landes sees a brand of advocacy journalism unfolding in the Israel- Palestinian conflict. He cited a BBC reporter who announced in 2001 at a Hamas rally, “We journalists stand shoulder to shoulder with you in your struggle against Israel.”

For Landes, the unintended consequences of Hamas’s war strategy and its connection to global jihad is “lethal journalism“ and the blood libel that Israel targets Palestinian children.

He sees hardcore anti-Israel rhetoric and reports bleeding into outrage on the streets of Europe, with chants of “Death to Jews” and violence against Jews."
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8/21/14, "The Media Intifada: Bad Math, Ugly Truths About New York Times In Israel-Hamas War," Forbes, Richard Behar

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8/27/14, "This is the"mega"pro-Hamas rally in Jordan, approved by Jordan's ministry of interior,king's photo on top!15 people? " Mudar Zahran

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Comment: If you have the NY Times you can get people to believe absolutely anything.



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