Western states avoid culpability for war crimes

By Robert Fisk

When is a war crime not a war crime? When it’s committed by us, of course.

But this truism is taking on a new and sinister meaning today – and not just because Trump and his crackpots may be planning another clutch of atrocities in the Middle East.

For there is now a dangerous slippage becoming apparent in which western states are more ready than ever to countenance military crimes against humanity, to accept them, approve of them and to expect us to connive at these gross and sickening breaches of international law.

The Joy of Propaganda

by Dennis Presiloski

The purpose of propaganda is not to persuade, but rather to control.

And the less it corresponds to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent while being told obvious lies, or worse, when they are forced to repeat the lie, their ability to resist lies is destroyed.

A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. That is the true purpose of propaganda.

But what IS propaganda?

Discrimination, division and demolitions: Life as a Palestinian citizen of Israel

by Rebecca Stead

Palestinian citizens of Israel – who number around 1.8 million people and amount to just over 20 per cent of Israel’s population – are often ignored by the broader Palestinian narrative. Although unlike their compatriots in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip, Palestinian citizens of Israel do not live under a formal military occupation, their lives are not without struggle. The community is discriminated against on a daily basis, denied equal access to resources, opportunities, political rights and housing.

Less fat, more fruit may cut risk of dying of breast cancer


16 May 2019 (AP) - For the first time, a large experiment suggests that trimming dietary fat and eating more fruits and vegetables may lower a woman’s risk of dying of breast cancer.

The results are notable because they come from a rigorous test involving 49,000 women over two decades rather than other studies that try to draw health conclusions from observations about how people eat.

Trump’s defense of tariffs based on dubious claims


WASHINGTON (AP) — He’s been contradicted by one of his top advisers, dinged in regular fact checks and called out by top economists. Still, President Donald Trump has held firm to dubious declarations about trade policy, raising questions among experts and even his allies about whether he either can’t — or won’t — grasp the fundamentals of the issue.

'I am the original': Modi lookalike is fighting against BJP

13 May 2019; AFP: His white beard neatly trimmed and a sleeveless jacket thrown over his traditional Indian shirt, Abhinandan Pathak turns heads thanks to an uncanny resemblance to the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

But Pathak -- almost the same height and build as the PM, and who even walks in a similar way -- is no ordinary doppelganger.

Trump’s Palestine ‘deal’ dead before launch

by Asa Winstanley

12 May 2019; MEMO: There is seemingly no stopping deluded prospectors digging for nuggets of gold in the empty mine of Palestinian leaders’ capitulation. True, that mine once contained rich seams. Small, but rich enough.

In 1993 Yasser Arafat terminated the First Intifada, the popular Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation. In exchange, he got some personal power for him and his entourage. Yet Palestinians remained occupied.

Interview: ‘total disaster’ if warming not stopped: UN chief


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general said the world must dramatically change the way it fuels factories, vehicles and homes to limit future warming to a level scientists call nearly impossible.

That’s because the alternative “would mean a catastrophic situation for the whole world,” António Guterres told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview.

How myth-making is defining India’s election

by Hajira Maryam Mirza

ISTANBUL; 8 May 2019; AA: The Indian election is a protracted exercise but there is never a dull moment. With 900 million registered voters, 29 states and seven union territories, the electoral race in the world’s largest democracy involves two major contestants, each utilising different communication methods and styles. 

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