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25 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

Jerusalem has been the holy city of Judaism for thousands of years before islam was born, princess...

Judaism: over 4,000 years old

Christianity: 2,000 years old

and 

islam only a mere 1500 years old

Jerusalem is not for sale because it belongs to the jewish people and is now the capital of Israel.

thanks to Trump. (Obama would never have had the guts to ever do that)

:P

You got to tell that story to the KANSA Native Americans, who were thrown out of Kansas in the 19th century.

 Gee, that's where we got the name to our state.

 And today just happens to be Kansas day! We were admitted into the United States on January 29th 1861-- the 34th state.

However, the Kansa people were here before 1861.

They might still want it back. 

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3 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

You got to tell that story to the KANSA Native Americans, who were thrown out of Kansas in the 19th century.

 Gee, that's where we got the name to our state.

 And today just happens to be Kansas day! We were admitted into the United States on January 29th 1861-- the 34th state.

However, the Kansa people were here before 1861.

They might still want it back. 

do native americans collectively have a single religion?

:P

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15 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

do native americans collectively have a single religion?

:P

I'm not an authority on Native Americans.

When I was in school they didn't teach us anything about the Native Americans who first inhabited our state. They just kind of skipped over that. So they didn't tell us how the Kansa Native Americans were "relocated" to a reservation in Oklahoma.

Also they never taught us about what happened to the Queen of Hawaii and how America acquired that land exactly. Its history was quite ancient.  (Dole sugar and pineapple overthrew them.)

They tend to skip over the rather embarrassing parts.

What little I know about some of this I learned watching PBS documentaries as an adult.

Nowadays, the young people learn all this stuff in their textbooks.

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On 1/29/2020 at 6:33 PM, NipkowDisc said:

do native americans collectively have a single religion?

:P

Even if they did, it would be man made nonsense.

quote-god-sinks-into-dust-before-man-max

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https://www.rt.com/news/480004-syria-chemical-attack-warning/

Militants affiliated with al-Qaeda and ‘White Helmets’ are preparing to stage a chemical attack in Idlib province as Syrian army continues to advance, the Russian Reconciliation Center said citing a tip from local residents.

Members of the self-styled civil defense group, which operates solely in territories controlled by anti-government militants, were noticed arriving at the town of Ma’arat al-Artik, about 11 kilometers (7 miles) northwest of Aleppo. According to the call that came in on the reconciliation center’s hotline on Monday evening, they were preparing a “provocation with the use of poisonous agents.”

About 15 ‘White Helmets’ were spotted in the town, alongside militants from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) – an Al-Qaeda affiliate previously known as Al-Nusra – said two local residents, adding that two vehicles have delivered about 400 liters (100 gallons) of chemicals to the town.

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On 1/29/2020 at 7:49 PM, Princess of Tap said:

I'm not an authority on Native Americans.

When I was in school they didn't teach us anything about the Native Americans who first inhabited our state. They just kind of skipped over that. So they didn't tell us how the Kansa Native Americans were "relocated" to a reservation in Oklahoma.

Also they never taught us about what happened to the Queen of Hawaii and how America acquired that land exactly. Its history was quite ancient.  (Dole sugar and pineapple overthrew them.)

They tend to skip over the rather embarrassing parts.

What little I know about some of this I learned watching PBS documentaries as an adult.

Nowadays, the young people learn all this stuff in their textbooks.

we should all be rather proud of our 50th state. the only U.S. territory with a royal palace!

:)

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https://www.rt.com/news/480377-twitter-sanctions-iran-censorship/

‘Free speech only for Americans!’ US senators threaten Twitter with sanctions unless it censors Iranian leadership

US senators have demanded that Twitter ban the accounts of two top Iranian officials, or face the wrath of US sanctions, in a thinly veiled threat to naïve free speech-believers who might fall out of favor with Washington next.

Despite an Obama-era provision exempting certain internet platforms – including social media – from a raft of sanctions imposed on Iran, the four Republican lawmakers insisted in a joint letter that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif enjoyed no such protection, demanding that Twitter ban them immediately.

“Twitter is aware of these accounts and their links to the Iranian regime,” yet “continues to provide [them] Internet-based communications services,” the senators said, calling it a “sanctionable offense.”

 

The senators argued that by allowing Iranian officials to share their country’s position with the rest of the world, Twitter was providing a “service” in violation of an executive order signed by President Trump last June prohibiting Americans from any exchange with Tehran.

The letter was signed by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), all of whom have taken a hard line on the Islamic Republic. Twitter has yet to respond to the blatant demand of selective censorship.

The threat follows a concerted campaign across several social media platforms last month to purge dozens of accounts affiliated with sanctioned individuals and entities – including Syrian, Iranian and Venezuelan officials, as well as average citizens in some cases – hardly without any pressure from Washington.

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https://www.rt.com/news/480680-unhrc-releases-israeli-settlements-companies/

Israel lashes out at UNHRC after LIST of companies doing business in occupied Palestine is finally released

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has released a long-delayed database of firms doing business in the occupied Palestinian territories. The anodyne, well-hidden document was denounced by Tel Aviv as ‘shameful capitulation.’

The document lists 112 companies operating in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Golan Heights. The vast majority are Israeli firms, and their number is significantly less than the 206 corporations hinted at when the idea of the database was initially floated back in 2017. Its publication Wednesday in a difficult-to-locate corner of the UNHRC website is nevertheless provoking strong reactions from Israel and its most strident ally, the US. 

The report is a “shameful capitulation” to anti-Israel groups, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz told reporters on Wednesday. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the UNHRC for "trying to blacken Israel's name" instead of "dealing with human rights," declaring "we reject any such attempt in the strongest terms and with disgust."

Pro-Israel lobbying group StandWithUs called it an “outrageous and anti-Semitic ‘blacklist’” and warned that “boycotts against Jews are an age-old anti-Semitic tactic.” However, the UN report does not even suggest the companies on the list be boycotted.

US companies listed include Airbnb, Expedia, TripAdvisor, General Mills, Booking Holdings, and Motorola, while Dutch firms Kardan NV, Tahal Group International BV, Booking.com, and Altice Europe NV also find themselves on the list. The UK’s JC Bamford Excavators, Opodo, and Greenkote PLC make an appearance, as do France’s Alstom and Egis Rail. Israeli subsidiaries of international businesses, including Delta and Re/Max, are also on the list. Some 76 other companies suspected of doing business in the illegally-occupied areas “did not meet the standard of proof” and were omitted.

The report admits that “the database does not cover all business activity related to settlements, and does not extend to wider business activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territory that may raise human rights concerns.” It also does not cover “non-business enterprises.” The UNHRC is expected to discuss the report when it meets later this month.

The process of selecting and verifying the involvement of companies in the illegal occupation of Palestinian and Syrian territory is painstakingly detailed in the pages of the report, presumably because its authors were aware of the firestorm of criticism that would come their way as soon as the report was published. Intense pressure from the US and Israel kept the names of companies out of the original report.

The Israeli lobby’s efforts to block the publication of the list included introducing legislation in the US Congress that would have punished any company divesting from Israel as having “capitulated” to the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement with legal penalties.

While UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet stressed that “this report does not provide a legal characterization of the activities in question” – despite the settlements themselves being illegal under international law – it is already being viewed by Israel and its allies as condemnation and they have started hitting back at the international body.

Right-wing Israeli lobbying group NGO Monitor called on listed companies to “take legal action against the UN officials who prepared the list and those who will propagate its false claims,” urging the US and Israel to “reassess their relationships” with Bachelet's office.

Not everyone reacting was opposed to the report’s release. Human Rights Watch celebrated the “long-awaited” publication, warning that “to do business with illegal settlements is to aid in the commission of war crimes.

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https://www.mintpressnews.com/abby-martin-lawsuit-state-georgia-over-bds-law/264798/

Journalist Abby Martin Sues State of Georgia Over Law Requiring Pledge of Allegiance to Israel
“This censorship of my talk based on forced compliance to anti-BDS laws in Georgia is just one level of a nationwide campaign to protect Israel from grassroots pressure.” — Abby Martin

After refusing to sign a pledge of allegiance to the state of Israel, the state of Georgia shut down a media literacy conference featuring journalist and filmmaker Abby Martin at Georgia Southern University. Martin had recently released a documentary critical of the Israeli government called “Gaza Fights for Freedom.” Now she is suing the state, claiming the decision is a violation of the First Amendment. Along with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), today she filed a federal free speech lawsuit against the university system of Georgia.

Martin was dismayed by the university’s decision: “This censorship of my talk based on forced compliance to anti-BDS laws in Georgia is just one level of a nationwide campaign to protect Israel from grassroots pressure. We must stand firmly opposed to these efforts and not cower in fear to these blatant violations of free speech,” she said.

Twenty-eight states have already mandated loyalty pledges to Israel as a means to outlaw dissent. But in December, President Trump passed legislation effectively criminalizing the Boycott Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement that aims to put pressure on the Jewish state through economic action, along the lines of the anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa. The law mandates that any public institution would be subject to losing all funding if the government deems that they are not doing enough to stamp out anti-Semitism, which, it explicitly states, includes any criticism of the Israeli government. In December, MintPress reported that the British government under Boris Johnson is planning to introduce similar legislation.

“The hyperbolic notion that conservatives are the ones being persecuted on college campuses has made blatant censorship campaigns against people for criticism of Israel, or other progressive protests, go completely ignored,” Martin wrote.

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