NORTH KOREA’S NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL

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Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un

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Kim Jong-un, North Korea and the nuclear blackmail

Kim Jong-un, North Korea and the nuclear blackmail

“It is our legal right to protect ourselves from American aggression,”

North Korea nuclear: State claims first hydrogen bomb test

North Korea says it has successfully carried out its first underground test of a hydrogen bomb – a more powerful weapon than an atomic bomb.

Full Report HERE

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SPOOF ON THE CANDIDATE’S DEBATE

Who Loves Israel More …..

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Candidates Debate US Israel Relationship

Candidates Debate US Israel Relationship

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And just who will pay for that ‘love’

From Latuff's Twitter Page

From Latuff’s Twitter Page

TOONS FOR A MONDAY AFTERNOON ~~ PATRIOTS OR THUGS

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Be sure if armed guys in your area are thugs, terrorists or patriots #OregonUnderAttack

Be sure if armed guys in your area are thugs, terrorists or patriots #OregonUnderAttack

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These guys don’t look like poor countryside farmers to me!

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SUNDAY’S TOON ~~ THE IRONY OF HUMAN RIGHTS

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Does it Makes Any Sense to Have Saudi Arabia as Head of UN Human Rights Council?

Does it Makes Any Sense to Have Saudi Arabia as Head of UN Human Rights Council?

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Will POTUS release a statement condemning the recent executions in Saudi Arabia?

Will POTUS release a statement condemning the recent executions in Saudi Arabia?

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NEW TOON ~~ NETANYAHU’S ‘FRIEND OF THE YEAR’

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If Netanyahu can say Hitler didn’t want to exterminate Jews, Erdogan can also say Nazi Germany is example of efficient presidency!

Erdoğan cites Hitler's Germany as example of effective government

Erdoğan cites Hitler’s Germany as example of effective government

Related report from The Guardian

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s latest comments in favour of greater executive powers are unlikely to help him bring those critics round. On Friday he was quoted by Turkish media as citing a striking example of an effective presidential system – Germany under Adolf Hitler.

read more HERE

ISRAELI RESTRICTIONS ON PALESTINE’S TELECOM INDUSTRY

“Without full Palestinian control over the ICT infrastructure, any investment in the sector risks becoming a project to “manage” the occupation, rather than a catalyst for Palestinian economic growth.”
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Let Palestinians control their ICT resources

Israeli restrictions on the telecom industry have hobbled Palestine’s already beleaguered economy

 

At least 140 Palestinians and 20 Israelis have been killed in the latest flare-up of violence that began on Oct. 1. While the world’s attention is fixated on the crisis, Israel and the Palestinian Authority quietly signed a long-awaited agreement on Nov. 19, allowing Palestinian telecom companies to provide 3G mobile services in the occupied territories. It is unclear whether or how the intensified violence will affect this implementation, but Israel should urgently lift the many technological barriers that are still in place.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is an important tool for the social, economic and political development of the occupied territories. There are an estimated 250 Palestinian ICT operators and approximately 10,000 qualified ICT workers. And at least 1,000 Palestinian students graduate in ICT-related vocations each year. In 2012 the ICT sector accounted for 5.6 percent of the Palestinian Gross Domestic Product, helping drive some development despite the prolonged military occupation. But Israeli control and restrictions over the sector have limited its potential for the beleaguered Palestinian economy.

Since signing the Oslo Accords in 1993, Israel has maintained a tight grip over the ICT sector to the detriment of the Palestinian economy. As part of the deal, Israel gave the Palestinian Authority (PA) limited control over its telecommunication infrastructure in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, while excluding Jerusalem, and ensuring that all incoming and outgoing communication to and from Palestine goes through an Israeli switch.

In other words, Israel has retained complete control, constraining access to the electro-magnetic spectrum and imports of equipment. The lack of 3G mobile services has cost Palestinian operators an estimated $80 to $100 million annually. Whereas Palestinian mobile operators have struggled with limited 2G technologies for years, in January Israel released 4G mobile broadband radio frequencies to six Israeli companies.

Israel’s restrictions are not limited to the Palestinian telecom network and the ICT industry. Israel has also built 3G towers in its settlements across the West Bank and, in some cases, on privately owned Palestinian land in violation of the international law and previous agreements which prohibit Israel from using the Palestinian spectrum for its economic benefit. By contrast, Palestinian operators are prohibited from building ICT towers and switches in most of the West Bank, including areas that are supposed to be under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

Without full Palestinian control over the ICT infrastructure, any investment in the sector risks becoming a project to ‘manage’ the occupation, rather than a catalyst for Palestinian economic growth.

As for Gaza, its telecom infrastructure is wholly dependent on Israel. The fiber optic cable that connects Gaza with the world is located in Israel. Gaza’s telecom structure has thus become a space of control and surveillance, as reflected in the calls and text messages that the Israeli military sent to Palestinians in Gaza during its military assault in 2014.

Palestinian investors are further restricted by an onerous process to import ICT equipment, including approval from the Israeli Ministry of Communications for each shipment, up to 30-day waits and delays for products listed as “dual-use items.”

The U.S. government and major American companies have made significant investments in recent years and remain key partners for ICT growth in Palestine. For example, from 2008 to 2012 Cisco invested $15 million to boost the Palestinian ICT industry, drawing the interests of other American companies, including Google, Intel, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. The U.S. State Department has also sought to support this growing sector by facilitating partnership between U.S. companies and Palestinian ICT operators. However, such efforts will be wasted if basic ICT infrastructure is not unbound and expanded across the country.

But removing barriers to ICT growth should not be limited to simply greasing the wheels of the ICT sector to recoup lost revenue. Without full Palestinian control over the ICT infrastructure, any investment in the sector risks becoming a project to “manage” the occupation, rather than a catalyst for Palestinian economic growth.

The ICT sector is a key engine of development. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regularly touts the vitality of his country’s high-tech sector in positioning Israel as a major economic power and high-tech corridor. But in occupied Palestine, the ICT industry serves as an example of the effect of Israel’s military occupation and asymmetrical relationship with the territories under its occupation.

By introducing 3G connections in Palestine, Netanyahu might be planning to revive his long-standing efforts to promote “economic peace” in lieu of a political settlement that would respect Palestinian rights. One thing is certain: the Palestinian economy has already paid a high cost trying to harness the country’s economic resources. Israel must immediately lift its restrictions on Palestine’s communications infrastructure and allow Palestinians to utilize their resources to their full potential.

Nur Arafeh is a policy fellow at the Palestinian policy network, Al-Shabaka.

Sam Bahour is a policy advisor at the Palestinian policy network, Al-Shabaka.

Wassim Abdullah is a policy member at the Palestinian policy network, Al-Shabaka.

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LAST TOON OF THE YEAR ~~ NEW YEAR’S EVE IN PALESTINE

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Last Cartoon of 2015. Happy New Year's Eve in Palestine

Last Cartoon of 2015. Happy New Year’s Eve in Palestine

VIDEO ~~ CARLOS LATUFF SPEAKS OF HIS BAN IN TURKEY

See THIS first

And today’s toon ….

New Year’s Eve in Turkey

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REFLECTIONS ON A PALESTINIAN CHRISTMAS

"Israel’s Christmas gifts to Bethlehem this year serve 
towards consolidating the separation between Bethlehem and its twin city, 
Jerusalem; the city where
Jesus was born and the city where he 
was resurrected"


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Le Petit Prince
By Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
How can we learn from children dealing with adversity? There were many
images that shock us almost daily. The Palestinian child splayed on the
beach in Gaza with his tiny body ripped by Israeli bullets. In 2015 it was
of a Syrian child with the same pose, face down in the sand having drowned
in the Mediterranean. About the same time, Palestinian children where being
killed (two were burned alive) How much pain can people take? How can we
think of the dictatorial leaders of countries like the very rich Arab gulf
states and Egypt closing their eyes to this suffering which they help
perpetuate. We can reflect on these painful episodes of man's inhumanity to
fellow human beings. We can focus on the greed and the corruption and the
cruelty that we face daily (five Palestinians killed here during the two
days of Christmas). But I really do not want to do that any more.  As this
year comes to a close and a new year begins, I reflect on value of good
deeds and then reflect on other living children.

When Israel demolished a Palestinian home in Nablus recently in an act of
collective punishment as they do routinely, good people (most of them poor)
donated thousands within 24 hours for rebuilding). "Good Samaritans" are
everywhere and I meet them every day. I am so grateful to them for making
the lives of people around them better. Those who give of themselves and in
so doing enrich themselves. It is hard to describe how motivating it is to
see hundreds of good people giving to good causes that try to better the
lives of fellow creatures on earth. Some challenge oppression  to the point
of sacrificing their lives to push for the freedom of others. Others donate
to help suffering people. Some gave up their careers to work with refugees
desperately clinging to life.  Sometimes we can lose faith in humanity. But
as a biologist, I find new adaptations and new life especially hopeful.
Spring is coming earlier today in Palestine (perhaps because of the global
warming). A small bird manages to survive a broken wing. A lizard
regenerated its tail. A flower blossoms. A new seed sprouts. A new human
birth (a miracle). One surviving child in particular gave us so much hope.
Every once in a while we see a video chronicling the progress in recovery
of the surviving Dawabsha child (he was severely burned, his mother,
father, and younger sibling all perished in the Jewish settler arson
attack). We see his grandfather able to solicit the beautiful smile and
even laughter and we say: there is hope in humanity. I see a hungry child
share his bread with another hungry child with a smile. I remember how one
child from Aida refugee camp whose mother was killed by Israeli soldiers
once told me and another adult that "Do not worry, Palestine will be free".
I remember and reread the story of "The Little Prince" (Le Petit Prince by
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; I have a collection of it in many languages) and
I am reminded when tough times fall (and they do more and more often) that
we need to tap the little child inside us. Children still have the
idealism, kindness, social connection, and hope that adults seem to loose.

For me personally, many people harmed me or tried to do harm to me in 2015
ranging from Israeli soldiers and settlers to deluded Palestinians. To such
all I hope we all say: we do not hate you and we do forgive you. It does
not mean we will stop working for justice or challenging oppression and
corruption. It is actually our (positive) way of doing so. We call on you
to join the ever increasing circle of people who light a candle instead of
cursing the darkness.  They know that doing good without expecting any
return is the most enriching experience in life. Working for a bigger cause
than one self is the best and most healthy way to live. It is the essence
of true happiness.

In this same spirit, Latin Patriarch Emeritus Michael Sabbah wrote in the
Israeli paper Haaretz a meaningful message to Israeli leaders:  "Israel’s
Christmas gifts to Bethlehem this year serve towards consolidating the
separation between Bethlehem and its twin city, Jerusalem; the city where
Jesus was born and the city where he was resurrected – the essence of the
Christian faith. Aside from the daily violations that the besieged
Bethlehem suffers as a result of the occupation, Israel issued a military
order last week announcing that it has confiscated 101 dunams of
Bethlehem’s northern lands. In the same week, the Israeli government
approved the expansion of the illegal settlement of Gilo - built on
privately owned lands of Bethlehem - by 891 new housing units....Despite
Israel’s claim that it is the only country in the Middle East where
Christians prosper, the unspoken message it sends on the ground is that it
has no respect whatsoever for their rights as Palestinians and for their
existence in their homeland....Bethlehem is now either a symbol for peace,
or war. I invite the Israeli leaders to make it a symbol for peace and for
a new just approach for Palestinians. Palestinians deserve the full
achievement of their inalienable rights..."

"But Jesus said, Allow little children, and forbid them not, to come unto
me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."

MONDAY’S TOON ~~ THANK YOU MR. SISSI!

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Egypt Killing of Mentally Ill Palestinian, With Blessings from Israel.

Egypt Killing of Mentally Ill Palestinian, With Blessings from Israel.

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Man caught on film walking naked through Mediterranean sea and crossing into Egyptian territory where he is shot by security forces.

SUNDAY’S TOONS ~~ ‘DON’T CROSS THE LINE’!

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 The Limits of a Political Cartoonist

The Limits of a Political Cartoonist

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And if you do ……

They'll Try To Remove Everything Critical to Israel From Social Medias But Won't Succeed...This Is Internet, Babe!

They’ll Try To Remove Everything Critical to Israel From Social Medias But Won’t Succeed…This Is Internet, Babe!

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WEEKEND SPOOFS ~~ TO LIVE OR DIE IN TURKEY

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Hero Erdogan Saves Man From Suicide!

Hero Erdogan Saves Man From Suicide!

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Some children won't live long enough to make the choice .... SEE TTHIS

Some children won’t live long enough to make the choice …. SEE THIS

 

TOON FOR CHRISTMAS ~~ WORLD’S JEKYLL AND HYDE POLICY FOR SYRIA

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 Cartoon of Christmas: World's Jekyll & Hyde Policy for Syria


Cartoon for Christmas: World’s Jekyll & Hyde Policy for Syria

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And a ‘blast from the past’ …

No Hillary, you're Not My Abuela. My Grandmother didn't back the shattering of Syria

No Hillary, you’re Not My Abuela. My Grandmother didn’t back the shattering of Syria

CHRISTMAS IN THE LAND OF JESUS

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Merry Xmas from Israel

Merry Xmas from Israel

 What if ….
Joseph and Mary were not allowed to enter Bethlehem?
What would the narrative look like today??
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The people of Bethlehem are asking for our help.

Towering walls and militarized fences now encircle Bethlehem, turning the 4,000-year-old city into a virtual prison for its Palestinian Christian and Muslim citizens. Bethlehem has only three gates to the outside world, all tightly controlled by Israeli occupation forces.

Israel has confiscated almost all the agricultural land in the area for illegal settlements, making it impossible for many Palestinian farmers to continue tending their land. Outside the town, the fields where shepherds once watched their flocks are being filled by Israeli housing blocs and roads barred to the descendants of those shepherds.

“It is unconscionable that Bethlehem should be allowed to die slowly from strangulation,” says South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Bethlehem’s residents increasingly are fleeing Israel’s confining walls, and soon the city, home to the oldest Christian community in the world, will have little left of its Christian history but the cold stones of empty churches.

Though most Americans don’t know it, we are directly involved in Israel’s strangulation of Bethlehem. Fortune Magazine and other analysts consistently rank the Israel lobby as one of the most effective special interests in Washington; Americans give Israel over $8 million per day. In its just over 60 years of existence, Israel has received more US tax money than any other nation.

As we seek peace and joy for the world, it is time to reconsider an expenditure that perpetuates injustice, tragic violence, and conflict.
Please help. OR THE FOLLOWING WILL CONTINUE
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From Sam Bahour ….

Dear friends,

In wishing you all a Merry Christmas, in these troubling times, and a Happy New Year, after yet another one of more death and destruction, I would like to share with you this profound Christmas message from Bethlehem by Bishop Dr. Munib Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, President of the Lutheran World Federation.

Before viewing Bishop Munib and Reverend Mitri Raheb, whom also features in this service, as religious leaders, I view them as friends and colleagues in our struggle for freedom and independence.

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A MUST READ from What Really Happened (Click on link)
KILLING THE FAMILY OF JESUS
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Killing the Family of Jesus

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SPOOF OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON ~~ CHRISTMAS IN SYRIA

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‘Gifts’ from around the world …

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IN PHOTOS ~~ NO TO RACISM, NO TO TRUMP!

200+ people gathered at Trump Towers, Manhattan,  under the slogan “Stop Trump” and his Fascist, Racist, anti-immigrant calls in his presidential campaign

Photos © by Bud Korotzer

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IN PHOTOS ~~ AN EARLY CHRISTMAS FOR APARTHEID

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LATEST PHOTO-OP OF ERDOGAN

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Ara Güler taking photos of Erdoğan while he was writing a bright future for Erdoganistan (former Turkey)

Ara Güler taking photos of Erdoğan while he was writing a bright future for Erdoganistan (former Turkey)

Related (Click on link)

Erdoğan through the lens of legendary photographer Ara Güler

Ara Güler'in objektifinden Erdoğan

THE HOURLY SPOOF ~~ TURKEY AND ISRAEL REUNITED

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Cartoon of the Hour: Turkey /Israel Deal

Cartoon of the Hour: Turkey /Israel Deal

And look who is funding Egypt’s war machine ….

War on terror or Democracy?

Who's Funding el-Sisi's War Machine?

Who’s Funding el-Sisi’s War Machine?

 

#WarOnTerror ~~ IN TOONS/ EGYPT INVITED TO JOIN THE FRAY

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El-Sisi Invited by Saudis to "Fight" Terrorism!

El-Sisi Invited by Saudis to “Fight” Terrorism!

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Egypt’s own ‘fight’ against terror Democracy

Press Freedom in Egypt

Press Freedom in Egypt

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