Month: March 2017

WATCH: Jewish Defense League activists beat Palestinian-American at AIPAC | +972 Magazine

Wearing shirts and carrying flags bearing insignia of the JDL, once declared a terrorist organization, the violent men and women also attacked left-wing Jewish activists. At least one was arrested. Members of the Jewish Defense League severely beat a 55-year old Palestinian American man and assaulted several American Jewish activists with IfNotNow outside the AIPAC Conference in Washington, D.C. Sunday, new video footage provided to +972 Magazine shows. Kamal Nayfeh, a father of four and an instructor at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, was reportedly visiting his daughter Danya, a student at Georgetown University in Washington at the time. He…

Source: WATCH: Jewish Defense League activists beat Palestinian-American at AIPAC | +972 Magazine

What Would It Take For Bill O’Reilly To Get Fired?

Over the past two years, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly has drawn attention to President Barack Obama’s clothing at a Muslim wedding and claimed Rep. Maxine Waters’  (D-CA) was wearing a “James Brown wig,” called “many” African-Americans “ill-educated” with “tattoos on their foreheads,” and praised the workplace co

Source: What Would It Take For Bill O’Reilly To Get Fired?

Trump Has Given Fox News More Than $5 Million In Free Advertising; Fox Has Given Him Millions More

According to The Washington Post, President Donald Trump has given Fox News more than $5 million in free social media advertising through his positive tweets. But Trump’s $5 million gift to Fox pales in comparison to the network’s promotion of Trump during the 2016 campaign.The Washington Post’s Philip Bump reported that Donald Trump has

Source: Trump Has Given Fox News More Than $5 Million In Free Advertising; Fox Has Given Him Millions More

Minimum Wage And My Submission To The Senate! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Ok, I suppose most of you have heard about the Federal Government’s submission to the minimum wage case. Apparently, heaps of these low-paid workers “are often found in high-income households”. (By that I presume that the government meant that they were members of the household and not just the cleaning lady or someone who’d wandered…

Source: Minimum Wage And My Submission To The Senate! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Bill O’Reilly’s History Of Racism

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was widely criticized for his racist remarks in which he mocked the hair of an African-American congresswoman, saying it looked like she was wearing a “James Brown wig.” This isn’t the first time O’Reilly has made such comments; in fact, he has a history of saying racist things.

Source: Bill O’Reilly’s History Of Racism

Monash University trigger warning policy fires up free speech debate – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Has Monash University melted in the face of the Snowflake Generation or is it just looking after its students’ wellbeing?

Source: Monash University trigger warning policy fires up free speech debate – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fifteen reasons not to give multinational companies a tax cut – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fifteen reasons not to give multinational companies a tax cut The underlying cash balance for the 2016-17 financial year to 31 January 2017 was a deficit of $44,029 million. Net debt is $323,821 million; and Australian Government Securities on Issue is $483,080 million. The ATO’s latest corporate tax transparency report showed 36 per cent of…

Source: Fifteen reasons not to give multinational companies a tax cut – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What happened at Normanton | NITV

The year is 1960. Harper Lee publishes a then unknown book called ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. In Dublin, a mother names her newborn son Paul David Hewson (he’s now better known as Bono). And Americans tune in to watch the first televised presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. Meanwhile in Australia, a young stockman is working 17-hour-days on a Queensland cattle station, for no pay.

Source: What happened at Normanton | NITV

Remembering Indigenous leader Jack Patten | NITV

[sbsondemand video=”908001859933″] “We ask for ordinary citizen rights, and full equality with white Australians.” These were the words once spoken by renowned orator and political organiser Jack Patten. He had a natural ability to engage his audiences, speaking passionately about the rights of Indigenous peoples. he refined his public speaking skills by speaking every Sunday at the Sunday domain, fast earning himself a reputation as a man to be listened to, and respected.

Source: Remembering Indigenous leader Jack Patten | NITV

Civilians in western Mosul are being shot at by Isis and Iraqi forces alike | The Independent

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Civilians trying to flee the besieged Isis-held enclave in west Mosul are being shot dead by Isis and Iraqi army snipers as they try to cross the Tigris River, says an eyewitness trapped inside the city with his family. In an exclusive interview with The Independent, Jasim, a 33-year old Iraqi Sunni living in west Mosul near the 5th Bridge, said: “I want to rescue my mother and take her to the eastern part, but it is dangerous. Three people were killed in our neighbourhood trying to cross the river to the eastern side. They were shot dead by the snipers.”

Source: Civilians in western Mosul are being shot at by Isis and Iraqi forces alike | The Independent

Science Knowledge Has Almost No Effect On Republican Beliefs, According To Survey | IFLScience

Politicians don’t normally have a handle on the latest science at the best of times, whether they are on the left or the right of the spectrum. However, it

Source: Science Knowledge Has Almost No Effect On Republican Beliefs, According To Survey | IFLScience

‘People aren’t spending’: stores close doors in ‘oversaturated’ US retail market | US news | The Guardian

Boarded-up shops are a common sight in cities across the country as Macy’s, Sears and JCPenney struggle and Credit Suisse downgrades the retail sector

Source: ‘People aren’t spending’: stores close doors in ‘oversaturated’ US retail market | US news | The Guardian

Trump’s Golfing Reveals The Shameless Hypocrisy Of The Right-Wing Media Bunker

“What do most men do when they retire?” Greg Gutfeld asked the other hosts of Fox News’ The Five, three days before President Barack Obama left office in January. “They play golf. But what if you’ve been playing golf for the last eight years of your job? He should go back and work. He should get a job.”A week later, when his colle

Source: Trump’s Golfing Reveals The Shameless Hypocrisy Of The Right-Wing Media Bunker

Australian Drug Policy: ‘hypocrisy’ is not a strong enough word – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By James Moylan The 3.6 million dollar study testing the sewage in our capital cities for illegal drugs is simply more disinformation and bullshit. Let’s revisit the results from this study and consider them rationally. The study indicates that in Australia the use of alcohol is equivalent to 1.2 drinks PER PERSON per day. Yet…

Source: Australian Drug Policy: ‘hypocrisy’ is not a strong enough word – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia to release report on ‘racist’ juvenile abuse | Australia News | Al Jazeera

The Australian government is due to release its final report into alleged mistreatment of indigenous children in prisons in the Northern Territory.

Source: Australia to release report on ‘racist’ juvenile abuse | Australia News | Al Jazeera

‘We have more in common than we have differences’

The grandmother of Ken Lechleitner Pangarta was a Anmatjere woman who fled to the Tanami desert after the Coniston massacre of 1928. There she came across a half-Swedish, half-Austrian adventurer named Maurice Augustus Marie Lechleitner. To his Aboriginal family, he became known as “Tex” because there was a story he’d been a gun-runner in Texas.

Source: ‘We have more in common than we have differences’

As an Israeli soldier, I played God with Palestinians | +972 Magazine

The occupation allows us to demand Palestinians show their identification cards at a whim. It allows us to slap, shove, or shoot them if necessary — even if they are the same age as our fathers or young enough to be our children. By Alon Mizrahi Only last night, once I sat down after a long day, did the memories come flooding back. It was probably a video of a police officer beating a middle-aged Palestinian truck driver in East Jerusalem, which had gone viral, that triggered it. A reminder of just one story — one out of millions that reflect the absurdity of the occupation. [tmwinpost]…

Source: As an Israeli soldier, I played God with Palestinians | +972 Magazine

Political poetry as a crime: Inside the surreal trial of Dareen Tatour |  Israel’s Fear, When Poetry is not Speech.

Arresting a Palestinian for publishing a political poem is extraordinary. Having to prove at trial that police mistranslated her poem is nothing short of surreal. By Yoav Haifawi It has been nearly a year and a half since Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour was arrested in her home in northern Israel for writing a poem. She spent three months in various prisons, including half a year under house arrest in the town of Kiryat Ono in central Israel. Although she was able to return to her home village of Reineh, she remains under house arrest as the trial comes to an end. [tmwinpost] Tatour, 34, was arrested by…

Source: Political poetry as a crime: Inside the surreal trial of Dareen Tatour | +972 Magazine

Anti-corruption protests sweep Russia, Alexei Navalny among dozens arrested

A wave of unsanctioned rallies swept across Russia on Sunday to protest corruption in the government of President Vladimir Putin, prompting arrests as hundreds of riot officers moved in to break up crowds.

Source: Anti-corruption protests sweep Russia, Alexei Navalny among dozens arrested

Noam Chomsky Makes a Prediction for the U.S. Economy No One Can Afford to Dismiss | Alternet

Legendary linguist Noam Chomsky has a warning for Donald Trump’s supporters; the Trump bump in the market is waning. “Anti-establishment is kind of a joke,” Chomsky concluded. “Take a look at Trump and take a look at who’s appointed for the cabinet.” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, for example, “comes from Goldman Sachs, a major investment firm where he was for almost 20 years,” Chomsky observed.

Source: Noam Chomsky Makes a Prediction for the U.S. Economy No One Can Afford to Dismiss | Alternet

Gov. John Kasich: If Republicans Reach Out To Democrats We Could ‘Marginalize The Extremes’ | Crooks and Liars

Someone needs to take a good long look in the mirror, and at their own party if he’s serious about someone needing to moderate their political beliefs.

Source: Gov. John Kasich: If Republicans Reach Out To Democrats We Could ‘Marginalize The Extremes’ | Crooks and Liars

Donald Trump’s Rise Has Coincided With an Explosion of Hate Groups | The Nation

Two Indian immigrants in Kansas shot by a man hurling anti-Muslim insults. Bomb threats and vandalism menacing Jewish community centers. Children bullying classmates of color with pro-Trump taunts.

Source: Donald Trump’s Rise Has Coincided With an Explosion of Hate Groups | The Nation

We Need The Freedom To Offend So This Ridiculous Law Must Go! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Freedom of speech, I have heard recently, is a near-sacred concept and it includes the freedom to offend, insult and humiliate. While 18C has been fixed up and “made stronger” by changing those terms to “harass”, there remains a law on the statute books which greatly inhibits freedom of speech. SUMMARY OFFENCES ACT 1988 –…

Source: We Need The Freedom To Offend So This Ridiculous Law Must Go! – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fairfax-Ipsos poll: Support for Turnbull government crashes as Labor takes thumping lead | Watch Out  for Abbott’s Inside Game

Labor now holds a thumping 10 point lead over the Coalition in the two-party preferred vote.

Source: Fairfax-Ipsos poll: Support for Turnbull government crashes as Labor takes thumping lead

Assault on Palestinian man shows violent effects of police impunity | +972 Magazine

Even when brutality is documented, Palestinians must live with the knowledge that they are unlikely to receive truth, justice, or respect from the authorities that claim to serve them. In the wake of a video released last Thursday showing an Israeli police officer assaulting a Palestinian truck driver in East Jerusalem, Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh stated that it was “difficult to find any justification whatsoever” for the policeman’s behavior, and assured the public that the officer would be dismissed. “This is an irregular incident that has no place in the Israel Police,” he insisted. [tmwinpost] Alsheikh’s attempt to portray the…

Source: Assault on Palestinian man shows violent effects of police impunity | +972 Magazine