October 1st and 2nd (Wednesday and Thursday) will be public holidays. October 1st will be the 65th anniversary of the Communist Party's seizure of power in Peking. Fireworks celebrations scheduled for Wednesday evening have been cancelled in Hong Kong.



Chi-Com President Xi Jinping 習近平:

"We will continue to carry out 'one country, two systems' and the Basic Law in Hong Kong, which serve the interests of the nation, the interests of Hong Kong people, and the interests of foreign investors."

Hua Chunying 華春瑩, Chi-Com Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman:

"Hong Kong is China's Hong Kong!"


Lai Zhen-chang 賴振昌, Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) caucus whip:

"China has broken the promises it gave to Tibet in the 17-Point Peace Agreement signed in 1951 and those given to Hong Kong — that it would be allowed autonomy for at least 50 years — prior to China's takeover of the territory in 1997. This shows that any agreements signed with China are meaningless."

Chou Ni-an 周倪安, a TSU legislator:

"We should learn the lesson from Hong Kong on what might happen when we are economically overdependent on China. The TSU condemns Hong Kong police for violence against student protesters and we voice our support for Hong Kong's campaign for democracy. We also call on the government to learn from Hong Kong and suspend the signing of any agreements with China."

Hsiao Bi-khim 蕭美琴, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip:

"The DPP caucus strongly condemns violent crackdowns and any acts against democracy. The caucus will also propose a resolution to show our concerns for the democratic movement in Hong Kong, as well as our objection to the 'one country, two systems' scheme."

Tsai Huang-liang 蔡煌瑯, a DPP Legislator:

"I felt saddened last night when I saw a picture on the Internet of a man holding a placard that read: 'I am Hong Kongese; I would like to urge all Taiwanese to stand on our corpses and think about your future.' The crackdown in Hong Kong teaches the lesson that 'one country, two systems' is only a big lie. No matter which political party you support, all Taiwanese should show support for Hong Kong’s democracy movement."

Taipei Times Editorial:

"Tibetans living in exile in Taiwan have warned of the dangers of Chinese rule, and now, Hong Kongers have joined their calls. At an event to support the Hong Kong demonstrators held at Liberty Square in Taipei, several tearful Hong Kong expatriates spoke about their suffering and warned Taiwanese not to trust Beijing. Unfortunately, government officials in Taipei do not seem to be alert to the situation in Hong Kong."

Taipei Times:

"Demonstrators stormed the lobby of the Hong Kong representative office in Taipei late on Sunday night. About 100 demonstrators, mostly students, dispersed at about 10am after a tense exchange with office director John Leung 梁志仁 and minor clashes with police. Throughout the night, demonstrators sang songs and chanted slogans in Mandarin, Taiwanese and Cantonese, with many taught on the spot by students from Hong Kong. Headed by Sunflower movement leaders Chen Wei-ting 陳為廷 and Lin Fei-fan 林飛帆, the group demanded that President Ma Ying-jeou 馬英九 halt all political and economic cross-strait negotiations."


Alex Chow Yongkang 周永康, leader of the Hong Kong Federation of Students:

"We demand the government responds to our call to endorse civil nominations. Hong Kongers must reject fake elections."

Nicola Cheung, an 18-year-old student at Baptist University:

"Yes, it's going to get violent again because the Hong Kong government isn't going to stand for us occupying this area. We are fighting for our core values of democracy and freedom, and that is not something violence can scare us away from."

Edward Yeung, a 55-year-old taxi driver:

"If today I don’t stand up, I will hate myself in future. Even if I get a criminal record, it will be a glorious one."

Ivan Yeung, a 27-year-old who works in marketing:

"We are more confident now. The police don't have enough officers to close down the districts where there are protests."

Surya Deva, a law professor at the City University of Hong Kong:

"The difficulty is that there seems to be no going back for both sides. Which side will blink first is difficult to say, but I think protestors will prevail in the long run."

Cheung Tak-keung, Assistant Police Commissioner:

"Tear gas was used 87 times, at nine different locations. Force is used in a situation when we have no other alternatives."

The Hong Kong Bar Association:

"We condemn the excessive and disproportionate use of force against crowds which were clearly predominantly peaceful."

Leung Chun-ying 梁振英, Hong Kong Chief Executive:

"Occupy Central founders had said repeatedly that if the movement is getting out of control, they would call for it to stop. I'm now asking them to fulfill the promise they made to society, and stop this campaign immediately. The central government will not be coerced into submission."

Chan Kin-man, a co-founder of 'Occupy Central':

"If Leung Chun-ying announces his resignation, this occupation will be at least temporarily stopped in a short period of time, and we will decide on the next move."

Phoebe Wong, a 23-year-old demonstrator:

"We have to keep fighting for freedom and democracy because it has been gradually taken away from us. People won't stop until we have a result we're happy with. It feels like the government doesn't care about us and isn't listening."

Lau Ka-yee 劉家儀, a Hong Kong political activist:

"Taiwanese often say that today's Hong Kong will be tomorrow's Taiwan. However, I think: 'Today's Hong Kong is today's Taiwan' is closer to the truth. People need to gain a sense of urgency."


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European Leaders Speak Out Against Increasing Anti-Semitism

French Prime Minister Valls: 'To be a Jew, to be French, French and Jewish identities are inseparable.'

By Hillel Fendel, Israel National News (Arutz Sheva), 9/28/2014

Possibly fearing the increasing loss of their Jews as European Aliyah escalates, European leaders and communities are taking steps to combat local anti-Semitism.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visited the Great Synagogue in Paris just before Rosh Hashanah, and declared, "Denying the existence of Israel is the first step towards anti-Semitism."

Speaking to more than 1,000 representatives of the French Jewish community, Valls assured them that the fight against anti-Semitism is a national cause. 'To be a Jew, to be French, French and Jewish identities are inseparable,’’ he said.

In Italy, the Jewish community announced the launch of a special hotline by which victims of anti-Semitic attacks - and witnesses thereof - can report the incidents.

Renzo Gattegna, president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, explained that the goal is "to nullify any threat of hatred and discrimination." He added that the hotline would have great benefit "especially now that old biases are back even in the most advanced and democratic societies."

The hotline, known as 'Antenna Anti-Semitism,' will be accessible by phone and online. It was launched with the backing of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities (UCEI) and the Foundation of Jewish Contemporary Documentation of Milan (CDEC).

In Germany earlier this month, Chancellor Angela Merkel declared before thousands of people, "Anyone who hits someone wearing a skullcap is hitting us all. Anyone who damages a Jewish gravestone is disgracing our culture. Anyone who attacks a synagogue is attacking the foundations of our free society."

According to the Service for the Protection of the Jewish community of France (SPCJ), a 91% increase in anti-Jewish acts was recorded there during the first seven months of this year – an average of more than 2.5 anti-Semitic acts or threats per day.

Questioned by the President of the Consistory Joel Mergui regarding the measures taken by the French authorities to ensure the safety of the Jewish community, PM Valls said that the government had redesigned its national action plan against racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia and made it "more ambitious."


Sharon Taylor, Whittier College · I am boycotting all European goods due to rampant BDS and what is basically a pogrom-like movement in Europe. I like rucola cough drops but won't buy any more because from Europe. If I visit Israel, I will not use Lufthansa or British Airways. etc.

ekaye2002 (signed in using yahoo) · I wouldn't tar everyone with the same brush. Ricola are SWISS, and Switzerland has probably done a better job of resisting Islamization than any other country. Besides which the cough drops are certified kosher.

Sharon Taylor, Whittier College · good point, thanks! maybe I will add ricola back to my list of okay to buy products.

austinfreeman911 (signed in using yahoo) · Maybe you should get a huge discount, or even free, because of the immense amounts of money and precious artifacts deposited by Jews who died in the Holocaust and as wee have seen, even those whpo survived and their descendants are having tough times trying to get the Swiss to admit thatthey are holding anything belonging to Jews. Swiss are "neutral\", yes, but are Anti-Semites in intention and actions.



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Saw an English movie. London. The opening: Sluttery, stupid double entendres, cigs, booze, dope, junk food, philandering, stuck-up bitches, sleaze, dykes, hookers, bent coppers, "racism", suicide, murder, Skipped forward: Another suicide, rape, abortion, corruption, tedious courtroom scenes. So it goes.


Dragged into a war by clowns who can't even run a railway

By Peter Hitchens

MailOnline, 27 September 2014 | Updated: 28 September 2014

Wars cause far more atrocities than they prevent. In fact, wars make atrocities normal and easy. If you don’t like atrocities, don’t start wars. It is a simple rule, and not hard to follow.

The only mercy in war, as all soldiers know, is a swift victory by one side or the other. Yet our subservient, feeble Parliament on Friday obediently shut its eyes tight and launched itself yet again off the cliff of war. It did so even though – in a brief moment of truth – the Prime Minister admitted that such a war will be a very long one, and has no visible end.

The arguments used in favour of this decision – in a mostly unpacked House of Commons – were pathetic beyond belief. Most of them sounded as if their users had got them out of a cornflakes packet, or been given them by Downing Street, which is much the same.

Wild and unverifiable claims were made that Islamic State plans attacks on us here in our islands. If so, such attacks are far more likely now than they were before we decided to bomb them. So, if your main worry is such attacks, you should be against British involvement.

The same cheap and alarmist argument was made year after year to justify what everyone now knows was our futile and costly presence in Afghanistan. Why should the Afghans need to come here to kill British people when we sent our best to Helmand, to be blown up and shot for reasons that have never been explained?

Beyond that, it was all fake compassion. Those who favour this action claim to care about massacres and persecution. But in fact they want to be seen to care. Bombs won’t save anyone. Weeks of bombing have already failed to tip the balance in Iraq, whose useless, demoralised army continues to run away.

A year ago, we were on the brink of aiding the people we now want to bomb, and busily encouraging the groups which have now become Islamic State. Now they are our hated foes. Which side are we actually on? Do we know? Do we have any idea what we are doing?

The answer is that we don’t. That is why, in a scandal so vast it is hardly ever mentioned, the Chilcot report on the 2003 Iraq War has still not been published. Who can doubt that it has been suppressed because it reveals that our Government is dim and ill-informed?

As this country now has hardly any soldiers, warships, military aircraft or bombs, Friday’s warmongers resorted to the only weapon they have in plentiful supply – adjectives (‘vicious, barbaric’, etc etc). Well, I have better adjectives. Those who presume to rule us are ignorant and incompetent and learn nothing from their own mistakes. How dare these people, who can barely manage to keep their own country in one piece, presume to correct the woes of the world?

Before they’re allowed to play out their bathtub bombing fantasies, oughtn’t they to be asked to show they can manage such dull things as schools (no discipline), border control (vanished), crime (so out of control that the truth has to be hidden), transport (need I say?) and hospitals (hopelessly overloaded and increasingly dangerous)?

None of them will now even mention their crass intervention in Libya, which turned that country into a swamp of misery and unleashed upon Europe an uncontrollable wave of desperate economic migrants who are now arriving in Southern England in shockingly large numbers.

We have for years happily done business with Saudi Arabia, often sending our Royal family there. It is hard to see why we should now be so worried about the establishment of another fiercely intolerant Sunni Muslim oil state, repressive, horrible to women and given to cutting people’s heads off in public. Since we proudly tout our 1998 surrender to the IRA as a wonderful and praiseworthy peace deal, it is hard to see why we are now so hoity-toity about doing business with terror, or paying ransom.

We gave the whole of Northern Ireland to the IRA, to ransom the City of London and to protect our frightened political class from bombs. Why can we not pay (as other NATO members do) to release innocent hostages? We conceded the principle of ransom years ago. Talk about swallowing a camel and straining at a gnat.

How is it that we have allowed our country to be governed by people so ignorant of history and geography, so unable to learn from their mistakes and so immune to facts and logic?

Can we do anything about it? I fear not.

Mantel wouldn't dare kill off a Lefty

Liberal Britain rallied round the fashionable author Hilary Mantel, left, after she wrote a (rather dull) short story about an IRA man murdering Margaret Thatcher, and a middle-class person not minding.

Those who object are supposedly missing the point. It’s all in the cause of art, see? But I don’t think the reaction would have been the same if Ms Mantel had written a similar tale about an Iranian hitman murdering leftist literary lion Salman Rushdie.

Stephen Fry, BBC favourite and darling of the new Establishment, noisily confesses in a rather sad and attention-seeking new book to possession and use of cocaine in Buckingham Palace.

The official penalty for this offence is seven years in jail and an unlimited fine. Could there be better proof that the elite know perfectly well that the laws against drug possession haven’t been enforced for years, and exist only on paper?

Mr Fry, who last week called me a ‘slug’, seems to think that I need to be instructed to criticise him. He is mistaken. I do it for my own pleasure, and because it is necessary.

I do pay buskers - but only to shut up

Amplified buskers have managed to drown out the timeless beauty of Evensong at Bath Abbey, a neat symbol of our corrupted, blaring excuse for a culture. If a street musician needs an amplifier, he’s no good anyway.

But busking has always been a form of blackmail, under which we pay in the hope they’ll go away. The best busker I ever met came into my carriage on the London Tube with his guitar and said: ‘If you give me some money, I won’t even start.’ Eager to be spared another rendition of Streets Of London, almost everyone paid up. Perhaps the congregation of Bath Abbey should think along these lines.

EU rules allow a convicted murderer from Latvia to breeze in and out of this country unhindered, yet the European Arrest Warrant cannot be used to detain this person, a suspect in an alleged murder. Please tell me. How do we benefit from belonging to the EU?

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KIKE CAMERON @ UN 2014.09.27


PM speech at the UN General Assembly 2014

From: Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street and The Rt Hon David Cameron MP

Delivered on: 25 September 2014 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)
First published: 25 September 2014
Part of: Defence and armed forces and Foreign affairs

David Cameron gave his closing speech at the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The Rt Hon David Cameron MP

Madam President, this year we face extraordinary tests of our values and our resolve. In responding to the aggression against one of our member states, Ukraine; in seeking peace in the Middle East; in dealing with the terrifying spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

And in overcoming what I want to focus on today – which is the mortal threat we all face from the rise of ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in Syria and Iraq.

Deir al-Zor is a province in Eastern Syria. Home to the al-Sheitaat tribe, it was captured by ISIL last month. 700 tribesmen were executed, many were beheaded.

The vast majority were civilians - Muslims - who refused to take an oath of allegiance to ISIL’s sick extremist world view – and who paid for this with their lives.

They are not alone.

Across Syria and Northern Iraq thousands have suffered the same fate. Muslims – both Sunni and Shia. Christians, Yazidis, people of every faith and none. ISIL is not a problem restricted to just one region.

It has murderous plans to expand its borders well beyond Iraq and Syria, and to carry out terrorist atrocities right across the world.

It is recruiting new fighters from all over the world. 500 have gone there from my country Britain, and one of them almost certainly brutally murdered two American journalists and a British aid worker.

This is a problem that affects us all. And we must tackle it together.

Now there is not one person in this hall who will view this challenge without reference to the past. Whether in Iraq. Whether in Afghanistan.

Now of course it is absolutely right that we should learn the lessons of the past, especially of what happened in Iraq a decade ago.

But we have to learn the right lessons. Yes to careful preparation; no to rushing to join a conflict without a clear plan. But we must not be so frozen with fear that we don’t do anything at all.

Isolation and withdrawing from a problem like ISIL will only make matters worse. We must not allow past mistakes to become an excuse for indifference or inaction.

The right lesson is that we should act – but act differently. We should be:

comprehensive – defeating the ideology of extremism that is the root cause of this terrorism - so that we win the battle of ideas, not just the battle of military might

intelligent – supporting representative and accountable governments and working with them at their requests, not going in over their heads

inclusive – working with partners in the region who are prepared to be part of the solution, potentially including Iran.

uncompromising – using all the means at our disposal – including military force – to hunt down these extremists

Let me take each of these in turn.

Defeating the ideology of extremism

The root cause of this terrorist threat is a poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism. This is nothing to do with Islam, which is a peaceful religion which inspires countless acts of generosity every day. Islamist extremism on the other hand believes in using the most brutal forms of terrorism to force people to accept a warped world view and to live in a quasi-mediaeval state.

To defeat ISIL – and organisations like it - we must defeat this ideology in all its forms.

As evidence emerges about the backgrounds of those convicted of terrorist offences, it is clear that many of them were initially influenced by preachers who claim not to encourage violence, but whose world view can be used as a justification for it. We know this world view.

The peddling of lies: that 9/11 was a Jewish plot or that the 7/7 London attacks were staged. The idea that Muslims are persecuted all over the world as a deliberate act of Western policy. The concept of an inevitable clash of civilisations.

We must be clear: to defeat the ideology of extremism we need to deal with all forms of extremism – not just violent extremism.

For governments, there are some obvious ways we can do this. We must ban preachers of hate from coming to our countries. We must proscribe organisations that incite terrorism against people at home and abroad. We must work together to take down illegal online material like the recent videos of ISIL murdering hostages. And we must stop the so called non-violent extremists from inciting hatred and intolerance in our schools, our universities and yes, even our prisons.

Of course there are some who will argue that this is not compatible with free speech and intellectual inquiry.

But I say: would we sit back and allow right-wing extremists, Nazis or Klu Klux Klansmen to recruit on our university campuses? No.

So we shouldn’t stand by and just allow any form of non-violent extremism. We need to argue that prophecies of a global war of religion pitting Muslims against the rest of the world. These things are nonsense. We need Muslims and their governments around the world to reclaim their religion from these sick terrorists as so many are doing and quite rightly doing today. We all need to help them with programmes that channel young people away from these poisonous ideologues. And we need the strongest possible international focus on tackling this ideology - which is why here at the United Nations, the United Kingdom is calling for a new Special Representative on extremism.
Working with representative and accountable governments

But fighting extremism will never be enough.

Communism wasn’t defeated simply by pointing out its flaws – but by showing that the alternative of economic freedoms, democracy and the rule of law, these things could build a better society and a better world. Young people need to see the power of a different, better, more open, more democratic path. The twentieth century taught us the vital role of representative and accountable governments in offering their people opportunity, hope and dignity.

Of course we should not be naive: not every country can move at the same speed or even reach the same destination. And we should respect different cultures and traditions and histories. But, let’s be clear: the failure to meet people’s aspirations can create a breeding ground where extremist and even terrorist insurgency can take root.

Governments that only govern for some of their people cause deep resentment. In Iraq the failure of the al-Maliki government to represent all of the people has driven some of them into the arms of the extremists. Too often people have been faced with a false choice between an autocratic and unrepresentative government on the one hand - or a brutal insurgency, with religion misused as its rallying call on the other. To combat this we must support the building blocks of free and open societies.

In Iraq this means supporting the creation of a new and genuinely inclusive government capable of uniting all Iraqis – Sunni, Shia and Kurds, Christians and others.

In Syria, it must mean a political transition and an end to Assad’s brutality.

Now I know there are some who think that we should do a deal with Assad in order to defeat ISIL.

But I think this view is dangerously misguided. Our enemies’ enemy is not our friend. It is another enemy. Doing a deal with Assad will not defeat ISIL - because the bias and the brutality of the Assad regime was and is one of the most powerful recruiting tools for the extremists. Syria needs what Iraq needs: an inclusive, representative, democratic government that can look after the interests of all its people.

So to those who have backed Assad or have stood on the sidelines, I would say this: we are ready to join with you in a new political effort to secure a representative and accountable government in Damascus that can take the fight to ISIL. But it is simply not credible for Assad to lead such a government. Although we are prepared to look at every practical option to find a way forward.

Taking an inclusive approach

Third, we must be inclusive, engaging the widest possible coalition of countries in this international effort. ISIL is a threat to us all. But the greatest threat is to the region. It is very welcome that a number of Arab countries have already taken part in the action to degrade ISIL. They have shown courage and leadership.

Iran should also be given the chance to show it can be part of the solution, not part of the problem. Earlier today I met with President Rouhani. We have severe disagreements. Iran’s support for terrorist organisations, its nuclear programme, its treatment of its people. All these need to change.

But Iran’s leaders could help in defeating the threat from ISIL. They could help secure a more stable, inclusive Iraq; and a more stable and inclusive Syria. And if they are prepared to do this, then we should welcome their engagement.

Taking an uncompromising approach

Finally, when the safety and security of our people is at stake, we must be uncompromising in our response. That starts at home.

For our part, in the United Kingdom, we are introducing new powers.

To strengthen our ability to seize passports and stop suspects travelling.

To allow us to strip British identity from dual nationals and temporarily prevent some British nationals getting back into our country.

To ensure that airlines comply with our no fly lists and security screening requirements.

And to enable our police and our security services to apply for stronger locational constraints on those in the UK who pose a risk.

Here at the United Nations we have led a Security Council Resolution to disrupt the flows of finance to ISIL - to sanction those who are seeking to recruit to ISIL and to encourage countries to do all they can to prevent foreign fighters joining the extremist cause.

But what about the role of our military?

I don’t believe this threat of Islamist extremism will best be solved by Western ground troops directly trying to pacify or reconstruct Middle Eastern or African countries. But pursing an intelligent and comprehensive approach should include a place for our military.

Our military can support the enormous humanitarian efforts that are necessary - as our Royal Air Force did helping the millions of people who have fled from ISIL. And we should – together – do more to build the capability of the legitimate authorities fighting the extremists.

This can mean training, equipping and advising. Providing technology and the other assets necessary for success. Whether it is supporting action against Boko Haram in Nigeria; against Al-Shabaab in Somalia; against Ansar Al-Sharia in Libya or against Al Qaeda in Yemen - it is right to help those on the frontline who are fighting for their societies and their countries and their freedom.

Along with our European partners we have already been supplying equipment directly to Kurdish forces. We are strengthening the resilience of military forces in neighbouring Lebanon and Jordan. And British Tornado and surveillance aircraft have already been helping with intelligence gathering and logistics to help support those taking on ISIL in Iraq.

We now have a substantial international coalition in place, including Arab nations, committed to confronting and defeating ISIL. We have a comprehensive strategy to do that – with the political, diplomatic, humanitarian and military components that it needs to succeed over time.

The UN Security Council has now received a clear request from the Iraqi government to support it in its military action against ISIL. So we have a clear basis in international law for action. And we have a need to act in our own national interest to protect our people and our society.

So it is right that Britain should now move to a new phase of action. I am therefore recalling the British Parliament on Friday to secure approval for the United Kingdom to take part in international air strikes against ISIL in Iraq.

My message today is simple. We are facing an evil against which the whole of the world should unite. And, as ever in the cause of freedom, democracy and justice, Britain will play its part.

Thank you.

إن الانعزال والتراجع عن مشكلة مثل داعش لن يؤدي سوى لجعل الأمور أكثر سوءا. وعلينا ألا نسمح لأخطاء الماضي أن تصبح ذريعة لعدم الاكتراث أو عدم التصرف.
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP

تواجه قيمنا وعزمنا في العام الحالي امتحانات غير عادية: في الاستجابة للاعتداء على إحدى الدول الأعضاء - أوكرانيا، وفي السعي للسلام في الشرق الأوسط، وفي التعامل مع الانتشار المروع لفيروس إيبولا في غرب أفريقيا.

وهذا يشمل أيضا التغلب على ما أريد التركيز عليه اليوم - الخطر المميت الذي نواجهه جميعنا بسبب نمو وانتشار داعش (الدولة الإسلامية في العراق وبلاد الشام) في سورية والعراق.

دير الزور محافظة في شرق سورية، وهي موطن عشيرة الشعيطات. استولى عليها مقاتلو داعش الشهر الماضي وأعدموا 700 من أهالي العشيرة، الكثير منهم بقطع الرأس. غالبيتهم من المدنيين - المسلمين - رفضوا الولاء للنظرة الدنيوية المقززة لتنظيم داعش - ودفعوا حياتهم ثمنا لذلك.

لكنهم ليسوا وحدهم.

فقد واجه آلاف غيرهم في أنحاء سورية وشمال العراق نفس المصير: مسلمون - سنة وشيعة - ومسيحيون ويزيديون، ومواطنون من كافة الأديان والديانات. داعش مشكلة لا تنحصر بمنطقة واحدة فقط.

لديهم خطط مميتة للتوسع عبر الحدود إلى خارج العراق وسورية، وتنفيذ عمليات إرهابية وحشية في أنحاء العالم.

إنهم يجندون مقاتلين جدد من كافة أنحاء العالم. 500 من هؤلاء المقاتلين ذهبوا من بلدي بريطانيا، وواحد منهم هو على الأغلب من قتل بوحشية صحفيّيْن أمريكيّيْن وموظف إغاثة بريطاني.

إنها مشكلة تؤثر علينا جميعا، وعلينا مواجهتها معا.

وليس هناك شخص واحد حاضر هنا اليوم ينظر إلى هذا التحدي دون الإشارة للماضي. سواء في العراق أو في أفغانستان.

والآن من الصواب بالطبع أن نتعلم من دروس الماضي، وخصوصا ما حدث في العراق قبل عقد من الزمن.

لكن علينا أن نتعلم الدروس المناسبة. أجل لا بد من الاستعداد بكل عناية، ولا للاندفاع للمشاركة في صراع دون وجود خطة واضحة. لكن يجب ألا يكون موقفنا جامدا بهذا الشكل تخوّفا، فلا نفعل شيئا على الإطلاق.

إن الانعزال والتراجع عن مشكلة مثل داعش لن يؤدي سوى لجعل الأمور أكثر سوءا. وعلينا ألا نسمح لأخطاء الماضي أن تصبح ذريعة لعدم الاكتراث أو عدم التصرف.

والدرس الصحيح هو أن علينا أن نتصرف - لكن نتصرف بشكل مختلف. حيث علينا ضمان أن يكون تصرفنا:

شاملا - هزيمة فكر التطرف الذي هو السبب الأساسي للإرهاب - كي نفوز بمعركة الأفكار، وليس بمعركة القوة العسكرية فقط
ذكيا - دعم حكومات ممثلة لشعوبها وتخضع للمساءلة، والعمل معها بناء على طلب منها، وليس تجاهلها
شموليا - العمل مع شركائنا في المنطقة المستعدين لأن يكونوا جزءا من الحل، وربما يشمل ذلك إيران
بلا تهاون - استغلال كل السبل المتاحة لنا - بما فيها القوة العسكرية - لملاحقة هؤلاء المتطرفين

اسمحوا لي أن أتناول كل نقطة على حدة.
هزيمة الفكر المتطرف

إن السبب الأساسي لهذا الخطر الإرهابي هو فكر التطرف الإسلامي المسمم. لا علاقة لهذا الفكر بالدين الإسلامي، الذي هو دين سلام وتسامح يلهم الناس بالقيام بأعمال لا تحصى من الكرم كل يوم. بينما التطرف الإسلامي على الجانب الآخر يؤمن باستخدام أكثر أنواع الإرهاب وحشية لإجبار الناس على قبول نظرة دنيوية ملتوية والعيش في دولة أشبه ما تكون من القرون الوسطى.

ولهزيمة داعش - وتنظيمات أخرى شبيهة به - علينا هزيمة هذا الفكر بكافة أشكاله.

وكما يتبين من الأدلة التي تظهر لنا بشأن خلفيات المدانين بجرائم تتعلق بالإرهاب، من الواضح أن الكثير منهم وقعوا أساسا تحت تأثير دعاة يزعمون بأنهم لا يشجعون على العنف، لكن نظرتهم الدنيوية يمكن أن تكون مبررا له.

ونحن نعلم بأن هذه النظرة الدنيوية ما هي إلا ترويج لأكاذيب: بأن اعتداءات 11/9 كانت مخططا يهوديا أو أن اعتداءات 7/7 في لندن كانت مفبركة، وفكرة أن المسلمين يتعرضون للاضطهاد في أنحاء العالم في سياق سياسة غربية متعمدة، ومفهوم صراع حضارات لا مفر منه.

لكن علينا أن نكون واضحين بأننا كي نتمكن من هزيمة فكر التطرف علينا معالجة كافة أشكال التطرف - وليس فقط التطرف العنيف.

بالنسبة للحكومات هناك بعض الطرق الجلية التي يمكن من خلالها فعل ذلك. حيث علينا منع دعاة الكراهية من القدوم إلى بلادنا. وعلينا حظر منظمات تحرض على أعمال الإرهاب ضد مواطنين في بلادنا وفي الخارج. وعلينا العمل معا لحذف مواد كتسجيلات الفيديو الأخيرة التي تظهر إرهابيي داعش وهم يقتلون الرهائن. وعلينا أيضا منع ما يُطلق عليهم متطرفين غير عنيفين من التحريض على الكراهية والتعصب في مدارسنا وفي جامعاتنا وحتى في سجوننا.

بالطبع هناك من يجادل بأن هذا لا يتوافق مع حرية التعبير والحوار الفكري.

لكني أقول: هل نقف مكتوفي الأيدي ونسمح لمتطرفين يمينيين من النازيين أو جماعة كلو كلاكس كلان بتجنيد أتباع لهم في جامعاتنا؟ كلا.

وبالتالي علينا ألا نقف متفرجين والسماح بأي شكل من أشكال العنف غير المتطرف. علينا أن نجادل ما يقال عن نبوءات قيام حرب أديان عالمية يقف فيها المسلمون بمواجهة باقي العالم: فهذا هراء. إننا بحاجة لأن تسترد الحكومات والشعوب في أنحاء العالم دينها من هؤلاء الإرهابيين المرضى مثلما تفعل الكثير من الحكومات والشعوب حاليا، وبكل حق. وعلينا جميعا مساعدتها ببرامج تبعد الشباب عن هذه الأفكار المسممة. ونحن بحاجة لأكبر تركيز دولي ممكن بشأن مواجهة هذا الفكر - وهذا هو السبب بأن المملكة المتحدة تدعو هنا في الأمم المتحدة إلى وجود ممثل خاص معني بالعنف.
العمل مع حكومات ممثلة لشعوبها وتخضع للمساءلة

لكن مكافحة الإرهاب وحدها لن تكفي.

فالشيوعية لم تهزم بمجرد الإشارة إلى أوجه القصور فيها - لكن ببيان أن هناك بدائل متمثلة بالحريات الاقتصادية والديموقراطية وسيادة القانون، والتي يمكنها بناء مجتمعات أفضل وعالم أفضل. فلا بد للشباب أن يروا ويلمسوا قوة طريق مختلف أفضل وأكثر انفتاحا وديموقراطية. وقد علمنا القرن العشرين أهمية دور الحكومات الممثلة لشعوبها الخاضعة للمساءلة في توفير الفرص والأمن والكرامة لشعوبها.

بالطبع يجب ألا نكون ساذجين: فليس باستطاعة كل بلد أن يتحرك بنفس سرعة غيره أو حتى الوصول لنفس النتيجة. وعلينا احترام اختلاف الثقافات والتقاليد والتواريخ. لكن لنكن واضحين: إن الفشل في تلبية تطلعات الشعوب يمكن أن يهيئ البيئة المناسبة ليترسّخ بها المتمردون المتطرفون أو حتى الإرهابيون.

والحكومات التي تحكم لصالح جزء من شعبها تتسبب بنقمة عميقة. ففي العراق أدى فشل حكومة المالكي بأن تكون ممثلة لكافة أطياف الشعب العراقي إلى اندفاع بعض أفراد الشعب للتعاون مع المتطرفين. وكثيرا ما يواجه الناس خيارا زائفا بين حكومة استبدادية غير ممثلة للجميع من جهة - أو تمرد وحشي يساء فيه استغلال الدين كأساس لندائه وفكره من جهة أخرى. ولمكافحة ذلك علينا دعم بناء لبنات المجتمعات الحرة والمنفتحة.

في العراق ذلك يعني دعم تشكيل حكومة جديدة تشمل الجميع حقا وتكون قادرة على توحيد كافة العراقيين - سنة وشيعة وأكراد ومسيحيين وغيرهم.

وفي سورية لا بد وأن يعني ذلك عملية انتقال سياسية ووضع نهاية لوحشية الأسد.

أعلم أن هناك من يعتقدون بوجوب أن نتوصل لاتفاق مع الأسد بهدف هزيمة داعش. لكني أعتقد أن هذا الرأي مغلوط إلى حد خطير. فعدو عدونا ليس صديقنا. بل هو عدو آخر. والتوصل لاتفاق مع الأسد لن يؤدي لهزيمة داعش - ذلك لأن تحيز ووحشية نظام الأسد كانا ومازالا من أقوى أدوات التجنيد في صفوف المتطرفين. إن سورية بحاجة لما يحتاجه العراق: حكومة ديموقراطية تشمل الجميع وممثلة لكافة أطياف المجتمع يمكنها أن ترعى مصالح كافة أفراد شعبها.

وبالتالي فإنني أقول لمن ساندوا الأسد أو وقفوا جانبا متفرجين: إننا على استعداد للعمل معكم في سياق جهود سياسية جديدة لضمان وجود حكومة ممثلة للجميع وتخضع للمساءلة في دمشق ويمكنها مكافحة داعش. لكن بكل بساطة من غير المعقول أن يكون الأسد على رأس حكومة كهذه، رغم أننا على استعداد للنظر في كل خيار عملي لإيجاد سبيل للمضي للمستقبل.
اتباع نهج شمولي

ثالثا، علينا أن نتبني الشمولية بالتواصل مع أوسع تحالف ممكن من الدول في هذه الجهود. فتنظيم داعش يشكل خطرا علينا جميعا. لكن أكبر خطر تواجهه المنطقة. ونحن نرحب جدا بأن عددا من الدول العربية قد شاركت بالفعل في الإجراء المتخذ لتفكيك داعش. وقد أبدوا بذلك شجاعة وقيادة.

كما يجب إعطاء الفرصة لإيران لأن تبرهن أنها يمكن أن تكون جزءا من الحل، وليست جزءا من المشكلة. وقد اجتمعت في وقت سابق مع الرئيس روحاني. هناك اختلافات شديدة بيننا: دعم إيران لمنظمات إرهابية، وبرنامجها النووي، ومعاملتها لشعبها - كل ذلك يجب أن يتغير.

لكن باستطاعة قادة إيران القضاء على تهديد داعش. حيث بإمكانهم المساعدة بأن يصبح العراق أكثر أمنا واستقرارا وشمولية، وأن تكون سورية أكثر استقرارا وشمولية. وإن كان لديهم الاستعداد لفعل ذلك فإننا نرحب بمشاركتهم.
اتباع نهج لا تهاون فيه

أخيرا، حين يكون أمن وسلامة مواطنينا في خطر، يجب ألا نتهاون في ردنا. وهذا يبدأ من داخل البلد.

من جهتنا، في المملكة المتحدة، نحن بصدد استحداث سلطات جديدة لتعزيز قدرتنا على مصادرة جوازات السفر ومنع المشتبه بهم من السفر. ولتتيح لنا سحب الجنسية البريطانية ممن يحملون جنسيتين، ومنع بعض المواطنين البريطانيين من العودة مؤقتا إلى بلدنا. وضمان التزام شركات الطيران بقائمة حظر نقل مسافرين محددين وتطبيق ضوابط للتدقيق الأمني. وتتيح لشرطتنا وأجهزتنا الأمنية تطبيق ضوابط أقوى على المتواجدين في المملكة المتحدة الذين يشكلون خطرا.

وهنا في الأمم المتحدة كان لنا الدور القيادي في صدور قرار عن مجلس الأمن لتجفيف مصادر تمويل داعش، وفرض عقوبات على من يسعون لتجنيد أفراد للالتحاق بهم، وتشجيع الدول على بذل كل ما باستطاعتها لمنع المقاتلين الأجانب من الانطواء تحت راية التطرف.

لكن ماذا عن دور جيشنا؟

لا أعتقد بأن أفضل سبيل لمواجهة خطر هذا التطرف الإسلامي يكون بوجود قوات غربية على الأرض تحاول مباشرة تهدئة أو إعادة تشكيل دول شرق أوسطية أو أفريقية. إلا أن متابعة نهج ذكي وشامل لا بد وأن يكون فيها دور لجيوشنا.

حيث باستطاعة جيوشنا دعم الجهود الإنسانية الجبارة الضرورية - مثلما فعلت طائرات سلاح الجو الملكي البريطاني حين ساعدت ملايين المواطنين الذين فروا من داعش. وعلينا - معا - فعل المزيد لبناء قدرات السلطات الشرعية التي تقاتل المتطرفين.

هذا يمكن أن يعني التدريب والتجهيز والإرشاد. وتوفير التقنيات وغيرها من الموارد اللازمة لتحقيق النجاح. وسواء كان ذلك دعم اتخاذ إجراء ضد بوكو حرام في نيجيريا، أو الشباب في الصومال، أو أنصار الشريعة في ليبيا، أو ضد تنظيم القاعدة في اليمن - فإن من الصواب مساعدة الذين يقاتلون على الخطوط الأمامية لأجل حماية مجتمعاتهم وبلادهم وحرياتهم.

ونحن نقدم، إلى جانب شركائنا الأوروبيين، معدات مباشرة للقوات الكردية. ونعمل على تعزيز صمود القوات العسكرية في لبنان والأردن. كما أن طائرات تورنادو وطائرات الاستطلاع تساعد بالفعل في جمع المعلومات الاستخباراتية والجوانب اللوجستية للمساعدة في دعم من يواجهون داعش في العراق.

ولدينا الآن تحالف كبير، يشمل دولا عربية، ملتزم بمواجهة وهزيمة داعش. ولدينا استراتيجية شاملة لفعل ذلك - تنطوي على عناصر سياسية ودبلوماسية وإنسانية وعسكرية نحتاجها لتحقيق النجاح مع مرور الوقت.

وقد تلقى مجلس الأمن الدولي الآن طلبا صريحا من الحكومة العراقية لدعم عملياته العسكرية ضد داعش. وبالتالي لدينا أساس واضح في القانون الدولي نستند إليه لاتخاذ إجراء. وعلينا التصرف لما هو في مصلحتنا القومية لحماية مواطنينا ومجتمعنا.

وبذلك فإن من الصواب أن تتحرك بريطانيا الآن إلى مرحلة جديدة من الإجراءات. وبالتالي فإنني دعوت البرلمان للانعقاد يوم الجمعة للحصول على موافقة مشاركة المملكة المتحدة في الضربات الجوية الدولية ضد داعش في العراق.

رسالتي اليوم بسيطة. إننا نواجه شرا لا بد وأن يتحد العالم كله ضده. وكما هو الحال دائما فيما يتعلق بالحرية والديموقراطية والعدالة، سوف تؤدي بريطانيا دورها.


NO Quiero Taco Bell: Fast food employees list 14 items off the menu they would NEVER try and neither should you

'Fast food workers of Reddit, what should we NOT order at your restaurant? Why not?' said a question that elicited some deep fried responses

By Alexandra Klausner, Daily Mail, 28 September 2014


1. Anything from McDonald's McCafe
2. Ballpark hotdogs
3. Steak and beans at Taco Bell
4. Wendy's chili
5. Anything off the Starbuck's secret menu
6. Movie popcorn
7. Panera pasta
8. McDonald's chicken nuggets
9. Beans at Taco Johns
10. BBQ sandwiches at KFC
11. Quesarito at Chipotle
12. Eggs at Einsteins Bagel's
13. Gas station slurpees
14. Dunkin Donuts' doughnuts

Reddit user Envirometh, a former McDonald's employee said he'd steer clear of anything McCafe at McDonalds because staff aren't diligent about cleaning the 'horrifically dirty machines' with up to '5 plus inches' of crud.

'I work for McDonald’s and make sure everyone that matters to me never orders anything that comes out of the 'McCafe' machine as these are routinely neglected, in practically all the McDonalds. Not only are staff not properly trained in its cleaning and maintenance, at almost every McDonalds I've had experience with, the managers in charge of training them don't know fuck all either...All McCafe beverages run through a horrifically dirty machine - we're talking 5+ inches of uncleaned, liquid bulls**t making up its inside parts,' he wrote.

The item next on the list may disappoint sports fans who love nothing more than to sit back with a beer and eat a ballpark hotdog as they watch their favorite team make a home-run. Reddit user FreakyCheeseman warns that baseball stadium hotdogs, which are recycled for over two days, might just have fans running to the bathroom.

'I used to work in a baseball park concession stand. The short answer is not to order anything, but if you absolutely have to buy something, don't buy the hotdogs.

Do not. Buy. The Hot Dogs.

They made it out of the package okay, and might even have been edible after we finished grilling them - and then they went into the water. We kept three pans of water at the back of the grill that held the hot dogs. Any hot dogs left at the end of the day went back into the fridge, and came out again the next day. Me and the other cook put our feet down on throwing out the water and old hotdogs after two full days, but the management didn't want to let us,' he wrote.

Another Reddit user named Beefcake21 says that the steak and beans at Taco Bell are practically cat food.

'I worked at taco bell a little bit ago and I warn everyone to stay away from both the beans, and the steak. The beans start out looking like cat food, and the directions are, 'Add water and stir until you can't see white anymore.' The steak was just the worst on dish duty. If it would sit too long it would become like hair gel. It was the worst,' he wrote.

Now that the weather is getting colder it might seem like a nice idea to warm up with a nice warm bowl of chili. According to a former employee at Wendy's, it's expired, frozen, and dried up.

'I used to work at Wendy's. The meat used in the chili, yeah that comes from the meat on the grill top that expires and dries up that's put in to a warming drawer until you have enough for a batch of chili, which we first freeze and then thaw the next day. Also if the chili sitting in the warmer doesn't sell fast enough we just added hot water to it to mix it up,' wrote the former employee.

Apparently Starbucks has a secret menu that patrons would be better off never finding out about. If patrons just say the name of the 'secret drink' it's up to the employees who may not have heard of it to come up with their own variation.

'Former Starbucks worker here. Please don't order anything off the 'Secret Menu'. It doesn't exist. If you want a snickerdoodle, nuttella, or captain crunch frappuchino (or whatever other overly sugery thing someone has since come out with), know the base drink and the modifications, and order that. If you just say the name, it's up to the barista to come up with what's in the drink, and it may not be what the last barista you ordered from put in there,' said Reddit user Stac52.

A former movie theater employee says that filmgoers should under no circumstance order the used popcorn put in garbage bags overnight then reheated in the morning.

'I worked at a theater, don't get popcorn for the first showing- that's all just last night's popcorn put into giant garbage bags and then reheated in the warmers in the morning.

Oh yeah and remember that sticky floor in the aisle of the theater? Well what do you think would happen if you had that at your house. YES THAT'S HOW YOU GET ANTS... and cockroaches, and everything else. Plus it's in the dark most of the time. It's like a bug buffet once the lights go out and the movie starts,' writes WhoAteYourParents.

A former employee at KFC says that the chicken that goes into the BBQ sandwiches is the chicken that 'too old and stale' to give to the homeless shelters.

'Worked at KFC for ~4 years. The BBQ sandwich is actually made from chicken too old and stale to give to the homeless shelters, so they soak it in BBQ sauce until it can be pulled and then they keep it on the heater for a month."

'Gas station Slurpee’s. The amount of mold in those machines would crush your childhood to a pulp. ‘wrote MarTank666.

'Currently employed at Dunkin doughnuts and it's sad but true all the doughnuts and baked goods there come to us frozen,' wrote- Ass_in_assasain

None of the opinions expressed have been verified but you should try them at your own risk.


Israel’s population rises slightly to 8.9 Million

By JTA, 25 September 2014

Jewish Journal Israeli population rises

The official population of Israel on the eve of the Jewish New Year is 8.9 million, a slight increase from last Rosh Hashanah.

The population grew by 2 percent since the previous Rosh Hashanah, rising 173,811 to 8,904,373 , according to the Population and Immigration Authority, which released the figures on Sept. 21. About 75 percent of the population is Jewish.

The number of babies born in Israel during the past year was 176,230, including 90,646 boys and 85,584 girls. Some 75,848 people married since Rosh Hashanah, and the country registered 32,457 divorces. The number of new immigrants was 24,801, rising nearly 10 percent.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting that the population figures are meaningful to the Jewish community some 70 years after the start of the Holocaust.

More than 6 million Jews live here. This number has great significance in light of our people’s history in the previous century as well as in the current one,” he said.



A Survivor’s Last Wish

By Steve North, Jewish Journal, 3 days ago

Sylvia Badner turned 80 years old in 2007, and her son Victor threw a small party in his home, inviting a few friends, cousins and neighbors to mark the milestone.

Everyone showed up except Sylvia, who adamantly refused to attend.

The Queens, N.Y. housewife had been lying about her real age for more than sixty years, and was certain that if anyone discovered her true birthdate, the U.S. government would deport her.

The utterly irrational fear was rooted in a grim reality: Sylvia was a Holocaust survivor who falsified her application to come to the United States after World War II.


Survivor: Barry Weintraub

By Jane Ulman, The Jewish Journal, 3 weeks ago

"Get out of the house. Go.”

Just 19, Barry Weintraub — then Ben Zion or Benchi — didn’t understand why his parents were sending him away. The family had been living and working in a forest in northwest Russia, having escaped from Poland in 1940. “Don’t ask any questions. Just go,” his mother said, motioning for him to join the group of young men standing nearby. Barry remembers crying as he walked away, waving goodbye. His parents waved back, his mother also in tears. He never saw his parents or siblings again. “I know they loved me very much,” Barry recalled.

Barry was born on May 15, 1923, to Meir and Chava Weintraub. His brother, Hershel, was born in 1925, and sister, Gitel, in 1928. The middle-class and traditionally Orthodox family lived in a one-bedroom house in Krylow, a village in eastern Poland on the Bug River.

Meir ran a general store that was attached to the house. He also served as head of the Hebrew school and the Gemilat Chesed, the free loan benevolent society.

Barry attended mandatory Polish public school, as well as cheder, Hebrew school and Yiddish school. Anti-Semitism was rampant, and by the seventh grade, Barry was the only Jewish student who hadn’t dropped out. He was beaten up every day but was determined to learn.

One night in the early 1930s, after a movie about Jesus was shown in a converted barn that served as a movie theater, the townsmen smashed the windows of all the Jewish homes and stores. “I was hiding. I was shaken,” Barry remembered.

In late 1938 and early 1939, after Kristallnacht, Barry witnessed a procession of German Jews passing through Krylow and across the Bug River to Russia. “We felt sorry for those people,” Barry said.

Then one morning in early September 1939, Meir learned that Germans were nearby, so he took his family to a friend’s house outside the village. Several hours later, Barry saw a German three-wheeled motorcycle carrying three soldiers drive into Krylow on a reconnaissance mission, departing soon after. “I was very scared,” he remembered.

A day or two later, German soldiers entered Krylow, rounding up the Jewish men age 16 and older, including Barry and Meir, and locking them in the post office. That evening, the men were released and the Germans departed. Barry and Meir returned home to discover their store had been looted.

A few days later, Russian soldiers arrived, and the Jewish community greeted them with singing and dancing. “They let us be free,” Barry said, though the future remained uncertain.

Then, near the end of September, Poland was partitioned along the Bug River, according to the German-Soviet Nonaggression Pact, placing Krylow in German territory. The Russians offered the Jews an opportunity to escape, and Meir relocated his family to Ludmir, across the river.

A few months later, Meir moved the family deeper into Russia. They traveled for seven days and nights in an empty freight car with four other Jewish families, arriving in Vologda, about 250 miles north of Moscow, in early 1940.

A horse-drawn buggy then took the family on a three-day journey through the forests to, Barry said, “the end of the world.” .

It was from that location — or perhaps the family had moved, Barry said, no longer certain — that his parents sent him away. He and the other young men slowly made their way back to Poland. There, not knowing what else to do, Barry joined the Polish army under Russian command, receiving a uniform and some basic training.

As a soldier, Barry saw constant combat. One time, while guarding an ammunition depot, Barry lit a cigarette, though smoking was prohibited. He was caught and, as punishment, ordered to cross the Vistula River into Warsaw and spy on the Germans. “Nobody ever came back,” Barry said. He appealed to a Jewish officer who, learning Barry had a ninth-grade education, instead sent him to officer training school.

Four months later, Barry was promoted to second lieutenant and given command of a mortar unit, with 12 mortars and 36 soldiers.

One day, however, four mortars misfired, falling on Russian soldiers. A high-ranking officer threatened to court-martial Barry until he discovered that the mortars had malfunctioned.

During the Warsaw Uprising, from Aug. 1 to Oct. 2, 1944, Barry’s company was stationed in Praga, a Warsaw borough on the east bank of the Vistula River. The Polish Home Army was expecting Russian reinforcements, but Barry’s commanders held back. “There was no fighting,” Barry said. “We just waited.” After the uprising was quelled, they made their way toward Germany.

Barry’s company was present on April 24, 1945, when the Russian and American armies met for the first time, on opposite sides of the Elbe River, near Torgau, Germany. On May 8, 1945, Germany surrendered. “We were dancing, screaming. I felt life,” Barry said. He was almost 22.

Barry, then a lieutenant, and his superior and fellow Jew, Norbert Stahl, a captain, were assigned to patrol a 30-mile stretch of the Czechoslovakian border. They commandeered a spacious home to serve as headquarters. But rather than guard, Barry said, “We drank and smoked and had fun.” They also partied with the Czechoslovakian soldiers across the fenceless border, including a Jewish major whom Barry befriended. “One day I’m planning to escape and I will need your help,” Barry told him.

Six months later, around November 1945, Russian commanders ordered Barry and Norbert’s company to Lublin to help rout out the Polish National Army, whose soldiers were hiding in the forests and fighting like partisans, hoping to take Poland back from the Russians. Barry, who had devised a plan to escape, loaded his soldiers on the train and told a subordinate he would be back shortly.

Instead, Barry and Norbert returned to their headquarters, where two bicycles were waiting, and in full uniform, with their guns, they crossed into Czechoslovakia. “Halt,” a border guard shouted, promptly arresting them. Barry and Norbert gave the guard the name of the Jewish major, but he couldn’t be found, and the two were jailed in Olomouc, a nearby city. There, they were told they would be returned to their army unit in Poland and shot as deserters.

Barry spent the night pacing the cell he shared with Norbert. “It was terrible,” he said. But a day later, they were unexpectedly released into the Jewish major’s custody.
“I hugged and kissed him,” Barry said.

After hosting the men for three days, the major sent a soldier to accompany them to the German border, which they crossed. Barry wanted to be safe from the Russians and also to immigrate to Palestine, his plan at the time.

Eventually, in late 1945, Barry and Norbert met a Polish survivor who brought them to Ainring, a displaced persons camp near Munich. In September 1947, the entire camp was transferred to Lechfeld. In both camps, Barry taught Hebrew and arithmetic to schoolchildren and was paid with whiskey, cigarettes and bread.

Barry later found relatives in America, who sponsored him. He arrived in New York in June 1949 and soon after traveled to Los Angeles, where a maternal aunt lived.

He is grateful to the United States for giving him a new life.

“Nobody in Poland survived. I wanted to come here to perpetuate the Weintraub name. That was why I was left alive. I could have gotten shot 15,000 times in the army,” he said.


Survivor: Stella Esformes

By Jane Ulman, Jewish Journal, 5 days ago

It was 1944, and Stella Esformes — then Sterina Haleoua — was looking forward to watching the national Independence Day parade in Larissa, Greece. She had even purchased a new pair of beige and brown shoes for the occasion. But the day before the event, in the early morning of March 24, she was awakened by the sound of boots walking outside her family’s apartment, followed by loud knocking on the door. “Open up,” a voice demanded. It was an interpreter, accompanied by two German soldiers. “Come with me,” he ordered. “Take some clothes, food and your valuables.”

Stella and her parents were put in a large, open truck, which made multiple stops as the soldiers rounded up more families. “We were crying. Nobody was talking,” Stella recalled.

Stella was born on April 15, 1926, in Salonika, Greece, the only surviving child of Avraham and Rosa Haleoua. The couple’s previous four daughters all died between the ages of 1 and 3, before Stella was born.

The Haleouas, who spoke Ladino, lived in a house they shared with another family. Avraham worked selling horses in Larissa, about 90 miles away. He returned home every weekend or two. Rosa was employed as a live-in housekeeper for a wealthy family, also coming home on weekends. A neighbor cared for Stella.

Stella lived in a vibrant Jewish community where she had many friends and enjoyed celebrating Shabbat.

At 6, she attended Jewish kindergarten. The following year, however, her mother lost her job and they moved to Larissa.

Stella didn’t speak Greek, and she didn’t attend school immediately. Instead she learned to crochet and embroider from Rosa and picked up some Greek while shopping at a neighborhood market.

At 9, she enrolled in first grade, where the children teased her because of her age and poor command of the language. After second grade, she left school and apprenticed for a seamstress. While there, she sewed several dresses for herself, replacing the one dress she had been wearing every day.

On Oct. 28, 1940, Italy invaded Greece. With bombs dropping, Stella stopped working. Some months later, a neighbor took her own two sons and Stella to live in a village in the mountains, where Stella felt safer. But on March 1, 1941, an earthquake struck, severely shaking the house. Stella’s father came for her that day.

The Greek army pushed the Italian forces into Albania, winning the war. “We were so happy,” Stella recalled. But then Germany attacked Greece on April 6, 1941, occupying it by April 30.

Not much changed initially for the Jews of Larissa, according to Stella. But by 1943, they were issued identification cards and required to check in with German officials weekly. And on March 24, 1944, they were rounded up.

The truck delivered Larissa’s Jews to a large, empty garage. Additional trucks brought more Jews from Yanina, Volos and other surrounding towns. “We were crying and crying,” Stella said.

The Germans took everyone’s valuables. One woman handed Stella a gold necklace with three diamonds to hide, which she embedded in her coat hem.

A week later, at midnight, the Germans marched the Jews to the train station and loaded them into cattle cars, where they sat on the floor “bumper to bumper,” Stella said.

After seven days, the train pulled up to the Birkenau platform. When the doors of Stella’s car opened, the girls and boys were separated, and the older people were directed to board trucks standing nearby. “Stella, come with us,” Avraham pleaded. “No, Daddy, I’m going with the girls. We’re going to work,” she answered. She assumed they would meet later.

The girls were marched to a large room where female capos tattooed Stella with the number 77137 and cut her long hair. Nazi guards then ordered the girls to undress and shower. Stella carefully folded her coat with the gold necklace, planning to retrieve it after her shower. But they exited through another door, and Stella was handed a thin dress and a pair of wooden shoes.

The girls were next taken to a barracks. The first night, Stella couldn’t stop coughing and couldn’t sleep. “I was nervous,” she said.

The next day, she met a girl from Salonika. “Where are our parents?” Stella asked her. “Your parents went where my parents went, to the crematorium,” she answered. Stella thought the girl was crazy, but she subsequently heard the same story from others.

After being quarantined for 40 days, the girls in Stella’s barracks went to work. Stella was assigned to unload potatoes from a train and then cart them by wheelbarrow to the camp.

One day, Stella stole three potatoes, wrapping them in her headscarf and putting them between her legs. As the group returned from work, a capo saw her walking oddly and ordered her to open her legs. The potatoes fell out, and the [kike] capo struck her three times on the head with a heavy baton.

The group then stood at roll call where a German guard called out her number and directed her to the sidelines. “I was crying. All my friends were crying,” Stella remembered. Everyone feared she would be taken to the crematorium. Instead she was reassigned to clean the latrines and the open sewer, where she later found a mezuzah that she hid in a piece of bread.

In January 1945, as the Russians approached, Stella and others were evacuated in cattle cars to Bergen-Belsen, a 17-day trip. They were given a blanket and placed in tents.

Some weeks later, the group was transferred by train to Gellenau, a women’s labor camp in Germany’s Silesia region. Stella worked on a machine, standing on her feet from evening to morning, every night. One morning after work, she fainted; she had contracted typhus. Her friends wanted to bring her to the hospital, but Stella refused, returning to work that evening. “I didn’t want to be taken away,” she said.

In March 1945, Stella was shipped to Mauthausen. The first night, she was assigned a barracks filled with sick people. She climbed into a bunk next to a Hungarian woman, who was dead by morning.

At Mauthausen, Stella traded her mezuzah for additional soup. One day, while fetching her extra portion, a Hungarian woman said, “What do you need soup for? You’re free.”

Stella walked up a hill, where she saw American soldiers tossing chocolates and cigarettes to the newly freed prisoners. “We were very happy,” she said. It was May 5, 1945. Stella was 19 and weighed about 85 pounds.

Stella remained at Mauthausen, which became a displaced persons camp. Then, on July 28, the Americans departed and the Russians took command. That night, when Stella was sleeping in a room with 35 girls, Russian soldiers knocked on their door. The girls took refuge in the barracks with the Jewish men, who protected them, and left the camp the next day.

Stella headed for Salonika, where she lived with her cousin Into and a group of young people. There she met Yomtov (Joe) Esformes, who was nine years older and the only survivor in his family. They married on July 14, 1946; Stella wore a rented dress and borrowed shoes.

In April 1947, their son, Elias, was born, followed by daughters Flora in July 1951 and Rose in September 1958.

In October 1951, Stella and Joe received a visa to immigrate to the United States. They settled in Los Angeles, seeking a mild climate for Joe, who had contracted asthma in the camps.

The Jewish community helped the family financially.

Stella, now 88, has three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is active in Jewish Family Service’s Café Europa and UCLA’s Bearing Witness program.

While Stella was in Birkenau, a French prisoner read her palm, telling her she was going to be liberated, marry a red-haired man and have three children.

“Believe it or not, that’s what happened to me,” Stella said.



I called out this scumbag years ago.
Now a lot of other people seem to have noticed what a rat he is.

Kike Merchant

More rats:

Rats Budapest


【重奪廣場】 "Regain The Square" / Occupy Central

All these protesters would be in prison or in the ground by now, except that the Chi-Coms are afraid of freaking out Taiwanese observers.

"The Occupy Central movement in Hong Kong gained momentum last week when thousands of students flooded the streets to defend democracy and fight for universal suffrage. More than 13,000 students from 25 universities, wearing white tops, turned out at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on the second day of the protest, demanding the right to nominate candidates in the election for the city’s next chief executive in 2017, and to voice their hostility to Beijing’s decree that all candidates be pre-screened by a pro-Beijing nominating committee." (Apple News, HK)

毛澤東 Máo Zédōng

  • 「最鼓舞人心的一句話!星星之火,可以燎原!一條千古不變的真理!槍桿子裏面出政權!」 "Zuì gǔwǔ rénxīn de yījù huà! Xīngxīng zhī huǒ, kěyǐ liáoyuán! Yītiáo qiāngǔ bù biàn de zhēnlǐ! Qiānggǎn zi lǐmiàn chū zhèngquán!" -- "Most inspiring words! A single spark can start a prairie fire! An ancient truth! Political power comes from the barrel of a gun.
  • 「我們的原則是黨指揮槍,而決不容許槍指揮黨。」 "Wǒmen de yuánzé shì dǎng zhǐhuī qiāng, ér jué bù róngxǔ qiāng zhǐhuī dǎng." -- "Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party."
  • 「誰是我們的敵人?誰是我們的朋友?這個問題是革命的首要問題。」 "Shuí shì wǒmen de dírén? Shuí shì wǒmen de péngyǒu? Zhège wèntí shì gémìng de shǒuyào wèntí." -- Who are our enemies? Who are our friends? This is a question of the first importance for the revolution."
  • 「凡是敵人反對的,我們就要擁護;凡是敵人擁護的,我們就要反對。」 "Fánshì dírén fǎnduì de, wǒmen jiù yào yǒnghù; fánshì dírén yǒnghù de, wǒmen jiù yào fǎnduì." -- "We shall support whatever our enemies oppose and oppose whatever our enemies support."
  • " You say, 'You are dictatorial!' -- My dear sirs, you are right, that is just what we are. All the experience the Chinese people have accumulated through several decades teaches us to enforce the people's democratic dictatorship, that is, to deprive the reactionaries of the right to speak and let the people alone have that right."
  • "A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery. It cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another."
  • 「斯大林是我們最偉大的慈父與導師,我謹以中國人民和中國共產黨的名義慶祝斯大林同志的七十壽辰,祝福他的健康與長壽!全世界工人階級和國際共產主義運動的領袖——偉大的斯大林萬歲!」 "Sīdàlín shì wǒmen zuì wěidà de cí fù yǔ dǎoshī, wǒ jǐn yǐ zhōngguó rénmín hé zhōngguó gòngchǎndǎng de míngyì qìngzhù sīdàlín tóngzhì de qīshí shòuchén, zhùfú tā de jiànkāng yǔ chángshòu! Quán shìjiè gōngrén jiējí hé guójì gòngchǎn zhǔyì yùndòng de lǐngxiù——wěidà de sīdàlín wànsuì!" -- "Stalin is our greatest father and teacher. In the name of Chinese people and Chinese Communist Party, we celebrate comrade Stalin's seventy birthday. May he be in the best health and live a long life! Leader of both the world's working class and Communist Internationale — Ten thousand years of life to Stalin!" (1949年12月21日毛在莫斯科慶祝斯大林70歲生日大會上的講話。 1949-nián 12-yuè 21-rì Máo zài Mòsīkē qìngzhù sīdàlín 70 suì shēngrì dàhuì shàng de jiǎnghuà. Moscow speech on the seventieth birthday of Stalin, 21 December 1949)
  • 「革命的集體組織中的自由主義是十分有害的。它是一種腐蝕劑,使團結渙散,關係鬆懈,工作消極,意見分歧。它使革命隊伍失掉嚴密的組織和紀律,政策不能貫徹到底,黨的組織和黨所領導的群眾發生隔離。這是一種嚴重的惡劣傾向。" -- "Gémìng de jítǐ zǔzhī zhōng de zìyóu zhǔyì shì shífēn yǒuhài de. Tā shì yīzhǒng fǔshíjì, shǐ tuánjié huànsàn, guānxì sōngxiè, gōngzuò xiāojí, yìjiàn fēnqí. Tā shǐ gémìng duìwǔ shīdiào yánmì de zǔzhī hé jìlǜ, zhèngcè bùnéng guànchè dàodǐ, dǎng de zǔzhī hé dǎng suǒ lǐngdǎo de qúnzhòng fāshēng gélí. Zhè shì yīzhǒng yánzhòng de èliè qīngxiàng." -- "Liberalism is extremely harmful in a revolutionary collective. It is a corrosive which eats away unity, undermines cohesion, causes apathy and creates dissension. It robs the revolutionary ranks of compact organization and strict discipline, prevents policies from being carried through and alienates the Party organizations from the masses which the Party leads. It is an extremely bad tendency."
  • "Not to have a correct political point of view is like having no soul."
  • "China is such a populous nation, it is not as if we cannot do without a few people."

Occupy Central adopts "Taiwan model" for protests

AsiaNews.it, Hong Kong, China, 09/19/2014: The goal is to maintain calm during demonstrations, as the 'sunflower' movement did in Taipei, which forced the Taiwan government to back down on a trade pact with Beijing. The behaviour of pro-Beijing officials is eliciting growing disdain. They are "resorting to red-guard tactics to resist change".

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - The next street demonstrations organised by Occupy Central in favour of democracy in Hong Kong will follow Taiwan's 'sunflower' movement: no impulsive behaviour, violent provocations or masks to hide one's identity.

The movement's leaders want their action to be peaceful and non-violent. They want members to demonstrate safely, without violent police responses.

Speaking to South China Morning Post, Chan Kin-man, one of the organisers of Occupy Central, made explicit reference to the events that took place in Taipei about six months ago.

Thanks to those protests, the Taiwanese authorities had to backtrack on trade pact with Beijing whilst violent clashes and summary arrests were avoided.

"Both movements share the principle of peaceful struggle," Chan said, but "the sunflower movement was ad hoc and we have gone through a much longer period of discussion beforehand".

Self-policing was necessary, he explained, to prevent some participants from taking more radical action, he added. Soon, this will be put to the test.

Occupy is expected to block streets in the heart of the city after Beijing set tight restrictions on Hong Kong democracy by restricting candidate nominations for the 2017 chief executive election.

Another "hot" event is the strike of the students set for next Monday. The Hong Kong Student Federation of Students has called on all secondary school students in the Special Region to boycott classes for a week.

The pro-Beijing faction has reacted by saying that "activists were not much different from triad gangsters," and threatened reprisals against schools that do not punish students.

In an editorial, Albert Cheng - a well-known face on Hong Kong television in Hong Kong, better known as "Tai Pan" - responded, lambasting the "Beijing mouthpieces" who "Instead of lowering the political temperature, [. . .] have often ended up inciting more discontent."

The "line-up of talking heads" trying to argue the mainland's case are "the usual ultra-conservatives hand-picked as NPC delegates and members of the Executive Council. They include Elsie Leung Oi-sie, Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, Maria Tam Wai-chu, Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun and Arthur Li Kwok-cheung.

"Their smear tactics and the proposal to out the people who will participate in the student strike, he explained, are a "reminder of tactics employed during the Cultural Revolution, when people were urged to betray even those closest to them in the interests of the party."

"These pro-Beijing figures in Hong Kong are typically aged over 60 and thus witnessed the catastrophe of the Cultural Revolution. They often seek to compare the student activists to Mao Zedong's red guards", but they are the one "resorting to red-guard tactics to resist change."

Thousands of Hong Kong students in the streets "for democracy and freedom"

AsiaNews.it, Hong Kong, China, 09/23/2014: Over 13,000 people join peaceful strike that starts a weeklong protest action against Beijing's restrictions on universal suffrage. Participants include students from mainland China who are impressed by protesters' passion. "It's great for Hong Kong students to have their say. We do not have it on the mainland. Even if we have thoughts, we dare not say them out loud," said one student.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - More than 13,000 people turned up in support of the classroom boycott, forming a white sea according to some local media at the Chinese University campus where the protest action had started. The gathering included teachers, secondary school pupils and members of the public, as well as mainland students, all united in their desire to persuade Beijing to respect its promises to grant Hong Kong full universal suffrage.

The Federation of Students and the group Scholarism organised the protest. Federation's secretary general Alex Chow Yong-kang ended this morning's events outside the offices of the current Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Along with scores of student leaders, he brought "a pen and notebook", calling on Leung to meet them within 48 hours.

Members of the Federation of Students and other activists tried to present Leung with a pen and paper to remind him of what he said during his 2012 election campaign as a token of his willingness to listen to the public.

After the Chinese central government rejected local demands in relation to the 2017 vote, Occupy Central - a non-violent pro-democracy movement active in the former British colony - began strikes and public protests.

Instead, Beijing decided to implement a system of election that would allow two or three candidates to run for the top post, indirectly expressing voters' wishes.

For students from the mainland, the protest represents a dilemma. One, from Beijing, said she had "no idea which side is right". Still, another was impressed by the protesters' passion. "This is very powerful. It's great for Hong Kong students to have their say. We do not have it on the mainland. Even if we have thoughts, we dare not say them out loud," said the woman.

Now however, mainland China's restrictions against protest in Hong Kong could get even tighter as Beijing plans to play a more active role in the city's affairs.

In fact, during a meeting between President Xi Jinping with senior figures from the former British colony, the Communist leader told the representatives of the city's business and professional sectors that "'one country, two systems" will stay, but that it must be tailored to the specific situation of the country and the city.

Hong Kong police surround stragglers at Occupy Central protest

By Violet Law,  Los Angeles Times, 27 September 2014

Hong Kong police move in as student protest morphs into Occupy Central demonstration

Police moved in early Sunday to surround the remnants of a pro-democracy demonstration as it morphed from a student-led protest into one spearheaded by the Occupy Central movement, which took its name and inspiration from the Occupy movement in the United States.

After the student-led protest drew tens of thousands of people to rally outside Hong Kong’s government offices Saturday night, Occupy Central launched its protest about 2 a.m. Sunday, only to see most of the crowd wither away before police made a show of force about 7 a.m.

By 8 a.m., officers had encircled the demonstrators but were not making any effort to physically remove them.

Authorities have said the Occupy Central campaign is illegal. Like the student-led protests, it is fighting new election rules for Hong Kong issued by mainland Chinese authorities.

Before the police moved in, Benny Tai, an Occupy Central organizer and Hong Kong University law professor, faced the rapidly shrinking crowd and said, “We’ll still try to defend our position here against any action by the police and then move on to where we want to be, Central,” referring to Hong Kong’s financial district.

Saturday marked the second night of the standoff between Hong Kong police and democracy activists, who occupied a public plaza at the Chinese territory’s main government compound, despite repeated attempts by officers to disperse the growing crowd. More than 70 people, most of them university and high school students, were arrested in the first two days.

As midnight approached Saturday, thousands were massed in and around the complex. The move to occupy the plaza came after thousands of university students skipped classes last week to protest election guidelines issued by mainland Chinese government authorities for Hong Kong’s 2017 elections.

Demonstrators say the rules will prevent a truly free and fair election for Hong Kong’s chief executive, the highest office in the semiautonomous territory that was a British colony until 1997.

Among those arrested Saturday was a feisty local lawmaker, Leung Kwok-hung, a.k.a. Longhair. He and dozens of others were detained after 17-year-old protest leader Joshua Wong, the diminutive but passionate head of a high-school activist group, Scholarism, was dragged off by four officers Friday night.

Joshua was reportedly denied bail and remained in detention while police searched his bedroom in the apartment he shares with his parents, Grace and Roger Wong. The couple issued a statement saying, “We can therefore only conclude that the decision to continue to detain him is a political one and that this [is] in fact political persecution.”

When Sunday dawned, many students had left, with their leaders in police detention. No more than a couple thousand activists remained. But Tai said the two student groups, the Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholarism, had signed on to his campaign.

Tension over the 2017 vote has been building for months in Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese sovereignty under a framework known as “one country, two systems.” The territory’s 7 million citizens enjoy significantly greater civil liberties than their counterparts in Communist-run mainland China.

Local lawmakers must ratify the final 2017 election rules. Those protesting this weekend are seeking to encourage legislators to reject the framework put forth by Beijing or somehow modify it.

Although Chinese authorities have approved the idea of allowing all Hong Kong citizens to cast ballots for chief executive — rather than just a 1,200 member committee — protesters say limits on who can run will ensure that only candidates Beijing approves of will be allowed in the race.

The Occupy movement — its full name is Occupy Central With Love and Peace — has been planning a sit-in Wednesday in the city’s financial hub, known as Central. The date is a national holiday marking the 1949 founding of Communist-led China.

Hong Kong has seen much bigger rallies, marches and demonstrations in recent years, some attracting hundreds of thousands of people, but the standoff this weekend was notable for its rancor and the use of force by police. In general, Hong Kong protests tend to be disciplined and orderly.

Between tense episodes of police pressing into protesters with metal barricades, pockets of supporters occasionally broke into chants to voice their demands.

“The students are innocent. The students are innocent.”

“Officers, back off! Back off! Back off!”

The crowd was largely young, but many older citizens joined in, with some saying they now see the city’s political future in the students’ hands, while bemoaning the lack of a larger turnout.

Gary Chan, a 51-year-old investment manager, said he came alone because most of his friends don’t care about elections. “I asked them: ‘Why don’t you care about your own city?’” he said.

Yet, scenes of police in riot gear using pepper spray and batons on unarmed students and activists appeared to motivate sympathetic Hong Kongers to turn out at government headquarters Saturday. Supporters came bearing food, bottled water and medical equipment, with supplies piling up on the sidewalks.

In a statement issued Saturday, the Hong Kong police said officers “respect the public's freedoms of expression, speech and assembly.”

But three pro-Beijing political parties in Hong Kong issued a joint statement condemning the students’ actions as illegal.

Despite all this, Eric Chong, researcher on local student movements at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, predicted the string of mass movements “sure will erode the government’s legitimacy because the public sees it as maintaining its rule by sheer force.”


Coming very soon to your jurisdiction.

Fine and jail time for Nazi comments

The Local Austria, 26 Sep 2014

A 27-year-old man has been handed a €7,200 fine and a one year prison sentence for inciting hatred and re-engagement in National Socialist activities.

Korneuburg Regional Court convicted the man after he confessed to posting countless Nazi and xenophobic comments and content online.

The prosecutor noted that he had trivialised the Holocaust and had an ‘88’ tattoo on his back, which stands for HH, or Heil Hitler.

The prosecutor said he would not bother reading out any of the man’s postings as “any normal person would find them disgraceful”.

When questioned the 27-year-old admitted that he had extreme right-wing views and said that he had developed an aversion to immigrants, Jews, Muslims and Africans since being at school.

He also admitted possessing illegal weapons purchased in the Czech Republic. The 27-year-old already had a criminal record after being involved in violent brawls.

His defence argued that he had been unemployed for some time and in his frustration had become influenced by right-wing propaganda. He said that he has since had most of his tattoos removed, or altered into Hawaiian symbols, and was a “changed man”.


FANTASTIC! I applaud the Austrian authorities for coming down hard on White, Germanic citizens of Austria who dare to express themselves in public. Such behaviour cannot be tolerated. I especially commend the prosecutor for refusing to lower the tone of the court proceedings by entering evidence: "The prosecutor said he would not bother reading out any of the man’s postings as 'any normal person would find them disgraceful'." -- Bravo, sir!

КНДР 'маршал, несмотря на нездоровье, продолжает, как поток пламени, идти по пути руководства народом'

КНДР: "маршал, несмотря на нездоровье, продолжает, как поток пламени, идти по пути руководства народом"


Boku no Kanojo ha Saiboogu
My Girlfriend is a Cyborg

Can watch in 1080-pixel HD

There's a low-quality version online, with Eng-Subs; but even if you don't speak Japanese, I recommend just watching the HD Japanese version and trying to guess the story and dialogue, which are not complicated.

They make good movies for teens in Japan. Since it's not Hollyjewed, there's no Disney-style sodomite/catamite/dykery-kikery-conditioning, though it does feature unnatural human-machine relations.

It starts out well, but by the ending descends into all sorts of cloying melodrama and noisy MECHAkucha. It's strange that they lack the commonsense gene, though they often have the uncommonsense gene (and fortunately also aren't cursed with the zhidonegrotic anticommonsense gene). I often find myself wondering about Japanese women: "Is it because she's Japanese, or because she's a woman?"

戦国自衛隊 (1983) 薬師丸ひろ子の可愛さ

Tantei Monogatari
Detective Story

A stupid movie, only worth watching because it has mega-cute 18-year-old Yakushimaru Hiroko 薬師丸ひろ子 -- the original Sailor-Suit & Machine-Gun セーラー服と機関銃 icon (back when killer-schoolgirls were fun -- ahh, the good old innocent days of yore!).


セーラー服と機関銃 Promo



セーラー服と機関銃 Manga



(The) Promise


Taiyou no Uta
"Song of the Sun"
Midnight Sun


Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni
In a Corner of This World


バイカー レディース



This is a hilarious movie.


Lady Anne: "No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity."
Duke of Gloucester (later, Richard III): "But I know none, and therefore am no beast."

Kurosawa Akira wrote the original screenplay for Runaway Train over 1966-1968, but he had to many money problems with Kike Joseph Levine, owner and then CEO of Embassy/Embassy-Avco.

Kike cousins Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan produced the 1985 movie, directed by Andrei Konchalovsky. Djordje Milicevic, Paul Zindel and Edward Bunker rewrote Kurosawa's screenplay. Kurosawa's collaborators, Oguni Hideo and Kikushima Ryuzo, were not credited.

Jon Voight: Oscar "Manny" Manheim
Eric Roberts: Buck
Rebecca De Mornay: Sara
John P. Ryan: Ranken

Three Academy Awards nominations, 1985

Best Actor: Jon Voight (winner: William Hurt, for Kiss of the Spider Woman)
Best Supporting Actor: Eric Roberts (winner: Don Ameche, for Cocoon )
Best Film Editing: Henry Richardson (winner: Thom Noble, for Witness)


Croatia slides toward EU/IMF aid as economy shrinks: Reuters poll

By Igor Ilic, ZAGREB, Sep 15, 2014

(Reuters) - Croatia, the EU's newest member state, is set for a sixth straight year of recession and it may take an international bailout to enforce painful changes needed to make the economy productive, a Reuters poll showed on Monday.

Successive governments since 2000 have shunned market reforms and increased spending and debt. But that will become much harder to finance when major central banks start to reverse the flood of cheap funds that has encouraged bond investors to chase higher returns in states like Croatia.

Croatian officials still rule out outside aid. However, in the past month analysts have started floating the idea of asking the European Union and International Monetary Fund for an aid program conditional on rolling back public spending and encouraging new businesses in the ex-Communist state.

Croatia, which joined the EU in July 2013, has had no economic growth since 2008. The government still hopes the economy will flatline this year but the analysts' median forecast is for 0.7 percent shrinkage.

As part of the EU's Excessive Deficit Procedure, a tool Brussels uses to impose fiscal discipline in the member states, Zagreb is meant to cut the budget gap to below three percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of 2016.

But only three of the 11 analysts polled saw that happening. The median forecast is for a budget gap this year of 4.8 percent of GDP, and 4.5 percent in 2015, an election year.

While Croatia is not a euro zone member, "the fact that we now have favorable financing terms and good liquidity could backfire the moment the European Central Bank starts tightening. It is understandable that the issue of outside supervision is being raised," said Zrinka Zivkovic Matijevic of Raiffeisenbank.

"Our public finances have lost credibility. The public debt dynamic is unsustainable. The state may not go bankrupt but the postponement of reforms will make the recovery slow and painful," she added.


Analysts' median projection for 2015 is for GDP to grow 0.7 percent, but two out of 11 analysts see a seventh year of recession and two expect zero growth.

"Consumer spending accounts for some 60 percent of Croatia's output and I don't see a recovery there as a deleveraging process is still going on. Also, reforms are long overdue," said Ivan Drazetic from InterCapital, a leading local brokerage.

Croatia's public debt, under the new EU methodology, is set to surpass 80 percent of GDP this year and keep rising without decisive reforms.

"Spending is enormous and no one has the guts to cut it. Every year we spend some 20 billion kuna ($3.4 billion) more than we earn. We are going strongly in the wrong direction," said Ante Babic of the Centre for International Development, a local think-tank.

Some analysts say Croatia will need a deal with Brussels and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) straight after the general election due in late 2015. Four analysts said that was likely and four said the chances were 50-50. Three ruled it out.

"I don't see it happening before the general election, but after that it is quite a possible scenario," said Hrvoje Stojic of Hypo Group Alpe Adria bank.

Croatia, as a new EU member, is obliged to adopt the euro eventually, but there is no fixed timetable yet. Most analysts believe that could happen only after 2020 at the earliest.

However, they think the central bank will manage to preserve the stability of the kuna currency. The central bank keeps the kuna in a managed float against the euro, intervening occasionally on the foreign exchange market.

($1 = 5.8901 Croatian kuna)


NEO NED : You know, mixing the races is wrong.

RACHAEL: So what you're saying is...
you're really attracted to me...
you have feelings me.
Is that what you're saying?

NEO NED (2005)
  • A David E. Allen/Blue Raven Films/Mark Borman production in ass. with Kismet Entertainment Group.
  • International sales: Andrew Herwitz, the Film Sales Group.)
  • Producers: Mark Borman, Valerie McCaffrey, David E. Allen.
  • Executive producer ($$$): Kike Harmon Kaslow.


Ned (Jeremy Renner of Dahmer) is a proud member of the Aryan Brotherhood who has been admitted to a mental institution for his involvement in a racially motivated murder. Dr. Magnuson (Cary Elwes) and Johnny (Ethan Suplee) have trouble keeping Ned in line. Boisterous and belligerent, he's prone to childish tantrums when things don't go his way. Still, the other inmates, like Joey (Eddie Kaye Thomas) seem to look up to him. Ned's life at the facility is upended with the arrival of Rachael (Gabrielle Union of Bring It On), a beautiful young black woman who's brought in shouting German, and seems to believe that she's possessed by the spirit of Adolf Hitler. At first, Ned mocks her, and attempts to provoke her, but soon, his feelings toward Rachael turn surprisingly tender. Eventually, Ned and Rachael open up to each other, revealing the past traumas that left them in such a screwed up state. Ned, still reluctant to give up the accoutrements of skinhead life, tells Rachael about his imprisoned father and his unhappy foster care experiences, and Rachael tells him about being sexually abused, and reveals that she has a young daughter. When Ned is released from the hospital, he convinces Rachael to leave with him, but the couple finds life together on the outside difficult.


A gem of a film that explores race relations, genetic fate and the allure of family, Neo Ned is a quality feat of filmmaking. Take a basic premise of two people falling love, add that they both met in a mental institution and then further mix it up by making one a white racist skinhead and the other an African American woman who thinks she’s channeling the soul of Hitler, and you’ve got one Hell of a film. The kind of film that could really go south quick if any aspect is lacking.Luckily, that’s not the case. The acting is top-notch, as Jeremy Renner’s skinhead Ned is played less with the stereotypical hateful racist sneer and more with the ADHD charm of someone who joined a club just to be a part of something and doesn’t really comprehend what’s right or wrong with that choice. Only when forced to come to grips with his romantic feelings towards his supposed enemy, Gabrielle Union’s Rachael, does he finally begin to question his life. And holding up the other end of the film is Gabrielle Union’s performance. Union’s Rachael has finally let the cracks show, and when it has overwhelmed her to the point of convincing her that Hitler’s hanging out inside her body, you can’t help but feel for her. At the same time, the strength it takes for her to move forward and eventually make the ultimate decision she has to make is uncommon in a character seemingly so vulnerable.It’s very rare that you can feel that a film has a strong directorial hand (“feel,” not “notice,” which is a BIG difference). Most times it seems like the actors are just doing their thing, whatever that is, and some guy or girl is just off camera happy that they got the lines right, or that the shot was framed a certain way. Neo Ned, however… not only are the performances stellar, even from the smaller roles like Ned’s mother played by Sally Kirkland to the psychiatrist portrayed by Cary Elwes (who proves here that he’s not just the scene-chewing goof he recently portrayed in Saw), but you feel a strong directorial voice guiding them. We’ve seen all these actors perform in the past, we know what they’ve been capable of and they all elevate their game with this one and I can only imagine that it’s due to Van Fischer’s directorial influence. In that aspect the film becomes a worthy study for film students as well as a solid film. Neo Ned is rare in today’s independent film world in that it is a very unique take on the concept of love and family. Never boring, never pretentious, never preachy, Neo Ned could find its place alongside some of the great independent romance films of all time, if enough people are able to catch a glimpse of it.

VARIETY review

The tale of a neo-Nazi skinhead in love with a black single mother who's channeling Adolf Hitler in a psychiatric hospital, "Neo Ned" may be ludicrous on paper, but it has what fans of independent film are looking for -- atmosphere, humanity and just a dash of fantastic drama. And while swastikas and racial epithets are part and parcel of its emotional and tonal consistency, the film’s abundant humor never fails to show through, which could translate into cult and sleeper hit status in the right hands. Title character is a young man committed to a psychiatric hospital for his involvement in the murder of a black man. There, he meets another patient — a beautiful remote young black woman who appears possessed by Hitler. Yet, a potentially disturbing set of circumstances is made not just palatable but touching, because Ned (Jeremy Renner) is so desperately alone, and Rachael (Gabrielle Union) is so smart she won’t be baited by a guy she feels is more deserving of pity than hate. Despite the characterizations, the undertone of “Neo Ned” is actually one of tolerance and understanding. Rachael, who sporadically barks out orders in German, is a poignantly broken young woman with a history of being sexually abused. And Union, on the verge of major stardom (“Bring It On,” the upcoming “Honeymooners”) doesn’t miss a beat. Ned comes from a home where his father was incarcerated much of the time and his mother (a winning cameo by Sally Kirkland) is a regular guest on Jerry Springer-style TV shows. What he wants is to belong — and if no one else will have him, he’ll take the Nazis. Renner gives a captivating performance, laying bare Ned’s underlying pathos even as the character ostensibly tries to hide it.Some auds might find it hard to sit through Ned’s regular use of the N-word; that the movie is so kind to a jackbooted racist, even a half-hearted one like Ned, might rub people the wrong way, too. But director Van Fischer — working off the Slamdance award-winning screenplay by Tim Boughn — balances things like the guy with the pie plates.

EYE FOR FILM (UK) review

It's a brilliant high concept, the sort of thing that John Waters at his best couldn't have dreamed up: a love story about a white trash neo-Nazi (Jeremy Renner) who falls for a black (Gabrielle Union) who thinks she's Adolf Hitler. Unfortunately it's also a better concept than film, which succeeds in grabbing your attention but doesn't really deliver what it seems to promise, as it soon emerges that the Hitler routine is just that and that underneath his SS lightning rune tattooed skin, the neo-Nazi is just a confused little boy who desperately wants to be loved and accepted. (Klaus Theweleit eat your heart out.) Consequently we don't get onto the same kind of dangerous, yet exhilarating and throught-provoking ground as, say, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest or Taxi Driver, of being drawn into identifying with characters who would force us to question our own beliefs and assumptions. Worse, Neo Ned is also perhaps guilty of parading the same old talk-show obsessed, trailer-dwelling crackers for the amusement of their more privileged counterparts, who would do well to remember that while proportionally more African-Americans may live in poverty there are more whites numerically in this position - and these being whites who have never benefited from any sort of affirmative action. Or, maybe, just maybe, this is Neo Ned's truly radical agenda: that it's ultimately not about racial divisions - they're just a pigment of the imagination, as some wit once put it - but those between America's haves and have nots, bringing us to that most un-American of concepts, class. Whatever the debates here - I'm not sure whether the filmmakers really had any worked through agenda to go with their central conceit/concept - there's no question as to the quality of the performances from the two leads, who give their characters more nuance and credibility than the filmmakers themselves allowed for. And, perhaps, in the end, they're just about enough...

10 awards, out of 10 total nominations.
  • 2005 Slamdance Film Festival: Best Narrative Feature
  • 2006 Ashland Independent Film Festival: Best Feature Film
  • 2006 Newport Beach Film Festival Outstanding Achievement in Directing, Van Fischer
  • 2006 Palm Beach International Film Festival: Best Actor, Jeremy Renner; Best Actress, Gabrielle Union; Best Director, Van Fischer; Best Feature
  • 2006 San Diego Film Festival: Best Feature Film; Best Screenplay, Tim Boughn
  • 2005 Sarasota Film Festival: Best Narrative Feature

After three years of festival screenings, Neo-Ned premiered on Fizz (Sky UK channel 361).

Πολύκλειτος & I Bronzi di Riace

Πολύκλειτος & I Bronzi di Riace


Judith (Jack) Halberstam

Biography, The European Graduate School

Judith (Jack) Halberstam is a Queer Theorist

Judith (Jack) Halberstam, Ph.D., (1961-) is one of the leading voices in gender theory and queer studies. She has also written extensively on literature, film and visual arts. Judith Halberstam exploded into the forefront of gender studies with her book Female Masculinity. Judith Halberstam has also written the books The Drag King Book, Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters, and In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives. Judith Halberstam teaches at the University of Southern California. She holds a professorship and directorship of The Center for Feminist Research. Judith Halberstam has also received invitations to lecture on Gender Studies at Harvard University and the University of Basel, Switzerland. Judith Halberstam’s honors include receiving Compton-Noll Award for Best LGBT Essay, UCSD Humanities Center Fellowship, Awarded the Publisher's Triangle Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Non-Fiction for Female Masculinity, REFLAGS Visiting Professor of Gay and Lesbian Studies at Yale University, and Draper Postdoctoral Fellow, Liberal Studies, NYU.

Judith (Jack) Halberstam and Lisa Lowe edit a series called Perverse Modernities: Race, Sex, ad the Break-Up of Knowledge. In this series, Judith (Jack) Halberstam and Lisa Lowe select books to publish that critique and examine the problems of knowing practices and communities. Halberstam promotes voices that examine alternate constructions of culture in modernity.

Judith (Jack) Halberstam’s research interests include the formation of masculinity in women. One of her main concerns in these works is the so-called “bathroom problem.” This issue is centered on spaces that are gender-policed. The public bathroom has become the archetypal place of gender-policing. Her studies examine the problematics associated with “passing” in these spaces.

In addition to Judith (Jack) Halberstam’s writing, she has given many lectures and has participated in many panels, including “Transgender in a Global Frame,” (University of Basel) “Bois, Girls and Trans-generations,” (Goldsmiths College), “Re-Visioning Gender: The Future of Gender Studies” (Braunschweig University), “Notes on Failure” (University of Illinois), “Queer Covers: Big Mama Thorton, Lesbians on Ecstasy and the Recycling of Political Culture,” (McGill University), “Queering the Western: Brokeback Mountain in Context” (BFI London), “Forget Family: Queer Studies and Anti-Oedipal Discourse,” and “Rural Space and Queer Identities.” The varied topics of her lectures and panels are indicative of her general interests since she continues to investigate the transitional boarders or gender in specific contexts.

Judith (Jack) Halberstam was born on December 15, 1961. Halberstam has spoken little about her personal life. However in one interview, she describes her immediate paternal family history. Her father was a Czech Jew who was forced to flee from Czechoslovakia during World War II. He entered England as a refugee. His mother (Halberstam’s grandmother) was deported to a concentration camp where she died in 1942. The historical context from which Halberstam’s family arises seems to have implications on her intellectual development.

The University of California at Berkeley awarded Judith (Jack) Halberstam a Bachelors Degree in English in 1985. In 1989, the University of Minnesota awarded Halberstam a Masters Degree. Two years later, Halberstam received her Doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Judith Halberstam's dissertation focused on the confluence of homophobia and anti-semitism in the production of a monstrous other.

In 1998, Duke University Press released Judith (Jack) Halberstam’s seminal Female Masculinity. In this work, Judith (Jack) Halberstam argues that the formation of white masculinity in men is not an essential component in the formation of masculine identity. It is only one possible formation of masculinity. For Judith Halberstam, the burden of masculinity is a difficult subject to be sympathetic to since this burden manifests in violence and the destruction of women. Ultimately, Judith Halberstam maintains that in giving White Male Masculinity a preferable place in criticism, alternate masculinities as embodied by women are undervalued.

In the previous year (1997), Judith Halberstam examined a similar subject in a booklength collaboration with the photographer Del LaGrace. This project was entitled Drag Kings: Queer Masculinities in Focus. For Judith Halberstam, the drag king is an important subject since the population conflates and complicates ideas of gender and sexuality. Judith Halberstam also examines the relationship between race and masculinity. Judith Halberstam observed that many performers were women of color. She suggests that for white women, the constructions of white masculinity might not be penetrated. One of the central lessons that Halberstam learned from this project is that theory and facts are often distant from each other. Her ethnographic examination revealed that when her subjects were questioned about her theories, the subjects dismissed them.

Judith (Jack) Halberstam does not find unity an inherently desirable quality in a social group. Judith Halberstam argues that consensus destroys subtleties. To this end in the article Imagined Violence/Queer Violence: Representation, Rage, and Resistance, Judith Halberstam argues that imagined violence produces a utopia in which consequences are not real but are on the verge of occurring. From this imagined violence, white heterosexual masculinity can be undermined.

Judith Halberstam’s book, In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives, examines queer subcultures. Halberstam defines queer as non-hegemonic systems and logics of gender embodiment, sexual identifications and communities in relation to spatial and temporal activity. Halberstam studies how people in these subcultures experience time and space in a mode that is significantly different from the time and space experienced by the heteronormative familial majority.

In In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives, Judith (Jack) Halberstam examines the both the real life tragedy of the transgendered Teena Brandon and the film recounting of the tragedy, Boys Don’t Cry. Halberstam describes the scene in which Teena (who has chosen to go by the name Brandon) is forced to reveal her anatomical gender.

In the scene, a group of social associates confront Brandon about his anatomical gender, while she is at the house of his girlfriend’s mother. His girlfriend intercedes and removes her from the direct hostility to supposedly check on the gender. This quiet space is an interlude in the violence of the normative perception of time and space. The bedroom offers a fantastic space in which the girl and queer boy can form a safe zone if only temporarily. In the queer space, the girlfriend offers Brandon a gaze, which sees the “truth” and not anatomical determinism. For Judith Halberstam, queer time emerges from a postmodern conception of the world and represents the departure from the heteronormative insistence on reproduction and the longevity it seemingly offers. Queer space refers to the production of places in which queer people interact and create new conceptions of queerness.

Some critics view Judith (Jack) Halberstam’s work as reinforcing gender binaries. However, Judith Halberstam argues that the goal of criticizing the gender binary is to observe existing categories, but also to add new and ignored categories to the whole. Judith Halberstam understands the criticism, but suggests that her detractors use her acknowledgement of traditional gender identities to make such a claim.

Like other feminist and queer critics including Donna Haraway and Sandy Stone, Judith Halberstam examines the Cyborg formation in gender in Automating Gender: Postmodern Feminism in the Age of the Intelligent Machine. She examines the possibility of how technology might affect the formation of gender. Judith (Jack) Halberstam suggests the conflation of identifications makes it difficult to distinguish the natural self and the technological self. She imagines that Cybernetic entities are already manifest in society.

In her recent work, Judith (Jack) Halberstam has examined so-called “silly culture” and other forms of alternative knowledges. In these formations, the cartoon character SpongeBob Square Pants can coexist with theorists and philosophers as producers of knowledge.

Europäische Universität für Interdisziplinäre Studien


The European Graduate School (EGS) in Saas-Fee, Switzerland is a privately funded graduate school founded by the non-profit European Foundation of Interdisciplinary Studies. It is governed by a presidential board that includes a representative of the Swiss canton of Valais. Instruction is in English.

The school is not accredited by the Swiss University Conference, the main regulatory body for universities in Switzerland. Degrees from EGS are not recognized by Germany, nor by several states in the United States, including Maine, Texas and Oregon.

[Communist plagiarist] Slavoj Žižek described the rigor and prestige of EGS as an academic institution during an interview in 2006:

"EGS is not only a place to create an interaction between students, but gives them freedom. Not freedom to do nothing, but precisely freedom to work in this creative inter-space. Also, the way the talks are done, we do very serious theoretical work here. I like how the school approaches me. You know, I had to be there for exams for the students so I thought how should I terrorize them, I told them: "You ask yourself a question and then you answer it". Ah, but you know, they didn’t have any excuses. They couldn’t have said: "Ah, sorry, I could not answer you." They had to be at their best. No excuses. We are challenged to do so. So, it’s wonderful to see how somebody like Badiou comes; it’s like work in progress that you can see. It’s really serious work. It’s enough mixing between students and professors as equals so that you can get real productive exchange, not just ritualistic questions, answers and so on. I think this is what accounts for the growing success of EGS. It’s simply a negative proof of the failure of today’s academia."

EGS has established curricular cooperation with:

Beit Berl Academic College. Doar Beit Berl, (Israel)
17, Instituto de Estudios Críticos. Mexico




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