GAZA RESISTS U.S.-backed Israeli terror

first_imgBy Gene Clancy and Deirdre GriswoldProtest in New York City’s Times Square Nov. 18 as Israel masses tanks and troops on Gaza border.WW photo: G. DunkelNov. 19 — Israel has launched another brutal military attack on the Palestinian people living in Gaza, a small, densely populated strip of land that houses 1.7 million people. Once again, Israel has the complete backing of the U.S. government, which for decades has bankrolled the Zionist settler state and its military, enabling their many assaults on the Arab and Muslim peoples of the oil-rich region.Gilad Sharon, a major in the Israeli army and son of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, wrote in the Nov. 18 Jerusalem Post: “We need to flatten entire neighborhoods in Gaza. Flatten all of Gaza.” He justified this by comparing Gaza to Nagasaki, where the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb at the end of World War II, killing at least 75,000 people.Israel has launched hundreds of missile and air strikes into Gaza since Nov. 14. Its most recent targets have been media offices and vehicles. Israeli strategists don’t want the world to see heart-wrenching images of what they have done, like the photo of a grief-stricken father carrying his dead 11-month-old son, the victim of a U.S.-made Israeli “smart bomb.” Jihad Misharawi, an employee of BBC Arabic, not only lost his young son, Omar. His sister-in-law was killed and his brother was seriously injured when their house was struck in the Israeli attack.For days, the Israeli military propaganda machine has been pumping out images and commentary bragging about “surgical strikes” and killing Hamas’ top military commander, Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, at the beginning of this new onslaught.The U.S. capitalist-owned media focus mostly on the few casualties in southern Israel caused by missiles fired from Gaza. When the destruction and death caused by Israeli air and missile strikes are shown, they rarely get equal coverage. The casualty figures, however, tell the real story: Palestinian deaths and injuries are 10 times those of Israelis. As of Nov. 19, the dead in Gaza numbered 91 and the wounded 700. Israel reports three people killed and 79 wounded by Hamas rockets.Despite Israel’s overwhelming military advantage, the impoverished people of Gaza have not been cowed by these latest attacks. They continue to support Hamas, which is demanding that Israel end its five-year blockade of Gaza and pledge not to attack again. Hamas is also demanding multinational guarantees that Israel will abide by its commitments. In the meantime, Hamas says it will continue launching rockets into Israel, including a newer generation that can reach as far as Tel Aviv, Israel’s capital.News reports on funerals for Gazans killed in the attacks describe a passionate determination to continue the struggle rather than surrender to Israeli terror — like the murder of a 13-year-old Palestinian by an Israeli military vehicle. It was when Palestinians responded by attacking the vehicle that Israel claimed the right to revive its criminal policy of “targeted assassination” and launched its deadly assault on Gaza City.The condemnation of these deadly outrages has been swift and worldwide. Demonstrations against Israel and in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza are taking place on every continent.As thousands demonstrated in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in support of Gaza, Egypt recalled its ambassador to Israel and sent Prime Minister Hisham Kandil to Gaza to offer Egypt’s solidarity.Arab politicians used to collaborating with U.S. imperialism have been put on the spot by the mass reaction to Israel’s aggression. Iraq’s representative to the Arab League, Qais al-Azzawy, called on Arab states to use oil as a weapon to put pressure on the U.S. and Israel.Even Jordan’s King Abdullah cancelled a trip to Britain amid fears that his country could be the next to experience the Arab Spring’s demands for change. Protesters had packed the streets of Amman, the capital, demanding an end to the monarch’s rule. The cancellation followed protests in solidarity with Palestine but also opposing a hike in gasoline prices. At least one protester was killed and 75 injured.Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdoðan, who has joined the imperialist-supported attacks on Syria, told the truth when he called Israel a terror state after its assault on Gaza.The Palestinian people have every right to return to historic Palestine, but they are banned from doing so by a murderous regime of settlers who have come primarily from Europe and the U.S. and who every year encroach further on their lands.The Palestinian people have every right to defend themselves against Israel’s military onslaught and economic strangulation. Now is the time to support their heroic determination to stand up against U.S./Israeli terror in the Middle East.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Dr. Fauci voices concerns about coronavirus spreading amid nationwide protests

first_imgOfficial White House Photo by Shealah CraigheadBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — As tens of thousands of people across the United States protest against racism and police brutality, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert expressed concern from a health perspective on how the demonstrations may hinder the fight against the novel coronavirus.Although many protesters have been wearing masks and distributing hand sanitizer, it’s virtually impossible to maintain any social distancing at a mass demonstration. That issue of physical separation “is important,” according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key member of the White House coronavirus task force.“Masks can help, but it’s masks plus physical separation,” Fauci said in an interview on Good Morning America Wednesday.“When you get congregations like we saw with the demonstrations,” he continued, “that’s taking a risk.”Fauci’s comments come as members of the District of Columbia National Guard have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, following mass protests across the nation’s capital last week. National Guard spokesperson Lt. Col. Brooke Davis told The Associated Press they will not release the exact total of infected troops but that they believe it is not a large number, at least so far. Thousands of National Guard troops were on duty in Washington, D.C. for the civil unrest.Fauci said on GMA that the report “is certainly disturbing but is not surprising.” He added that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if some of the people who were there demonstrating were also infected.“Many of them would then go back to where they were [from] because not everyone was demonstrating in the city where they live,” he said. “So it’s the kind of things that we were concerned about and, unfortunately, we’re seeing it come true right now.”While there’s lower risk for the virus to be spread outdoors, especially in a moving crowd, many of the recent demonstrations have culminated in police officers shooting tear gas and using pepper spray and protesters lighting fire to cars and buildings. Smoke, pepper spray and tear gas cause coughing, and coughing aerosolizes the virus, increasing the risk that it will spread, according to Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.Meanwhile, an ABC News analysis has found that at least eight states across the country — including Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah — are experiencing an increase in coronavirus-related hospitalizations since May 25. Some states are seeing more significant spikes than others, but in many of the states, public health officials or local experts told ABC News they consider the increases to be related to a reopening of the economy or a disregard of social distancing guidelines, including not wearing masks.The increases in hospitalizations also come nearly two weeks after Memorial Day weekend, when some people were seen flouting social distancing rules at crowded bars and packed pool parties, which experts said is most likely contributing to the spikes. It is likely too early to gauge the impact of nationwide protests, according to experts.Arkansas is seeing the highest increase since May 25, when there were a little over 80 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state. As of June 7, that number is up to 173 — a nearly 65.8% jump. Tennessee isn’t far behind with a 65.1% increase.Jodiane Tritt, executive vice president of the Arkansas Hospital Association, said some hospitals are starting to get “nervous.”“We are starting to see some hospitals being nervous about capacity,” Tritt told ABC News, “but we feel pretty confident that the collegiality and the collaboration among the hospitals around the state can meet the demands of patients.”As the country moves toward fully reopening, Fauci cautioned that it doesn’t mean “all bets are off.”“You still should be wearing a mask. You still should be trying as best as possible to have that physical distancing. You still need to wash your hands as often as you possibly can,” he said. “And avoid congregation in large numbers.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Panel talks cultural appropriation, Halloween costumes

first_imgZixu Wang | The Observer On Tuesday, student organizations hosted “My Culture is Not Your Costume” to discuss cultural appropriation in Halloween costumes.“We host this event to provide information of minority group’s culture, such as costume’s meanings and relations to the culture, and whether it would be offensive if you put it on,” senior Morgan Lumpkin, vice president of Notre Dame’s Black Student Association, said.While generally recognizing respecting other cultures, the essential question is how to draw the line between “cultural appreciation” and “cultural appropriation,” Lumpkin said.”It’s hard to draw a universal line while it should be different in multiple cases of diverse cultures,” she said. “It usually depends on the people who belong to that culture, so why don’t you ask them, saying ‘Hey can I wear it as a costume on Halloween?’”Law school student Lauren LeVan, who was born in the United States to a mother from the Philippines and a father from Laos, said while some people wear costumes derived from a particular culture as a fantasy, those who are of that culture can find it unfair and disrespectful.“Some costumes have a special link to culture and identity, and it’s offensive when someone who has no relation to or no knowledge of a culture just interjects,” she said.For LeVan, “fantasizing” is the line when it comes to offending.“The rice paddy hat has it’s own function and cultural relation to ancient agricultural civilization,” she said. ”If someone wears it out of context, like on Halloween, I will be uncomfortable. If you even do the fake Asian accent … you are mocking and putting damaging portraits or stigmas on Asians, and I will totally get upset and offended.”LeVan said stances like this can be seen as too sensitive, but her feelings remain unchanged.“Maybe it is sensitive but it’s not your place to tell me how to feel. If you’re offending me, you are offending me,” she said. “Halloween is an occasion of creativity. Why would you do something which could be offensive when you could do something more interesting and entertaining?”Cultural appropriation has implications of racial tensions and power, LeVan said.“There is a systematic unbalance [of] power between majority and minority groups,” LeVan said. “Minorities always think of what is suitable and how to act in social situations [as it] corresponds to surroundings. But I don’t think the majority [ethnicity] have this concern. … It’s kinda painful. That’s why in Halloween it’s important to make everyone equally show concerns to others.”However, since last year, there have been disputes about the event.“Some people accused us of killing Halloween, but we really don’t want to downplay it,” Lumpkin said. “People have [the] freedom to dress how they want, but we also don’t want people to walk into a party and get upset by others’ costumes.”Lumpkin said the goal of the event was not to judge people, but rather discuss ways people can make more respectful and thoughtful costume choices.“You don’t need to be offensive to be funny,” she said.Some faculty members also sent reminders about Halloween costumes and respect for other cultures. On Monday, Diversity and Inclusion of Notre Dame Law School sent an email to all law school students stating, “[We] would like to take a moment to remind everyone to be respectful of the faith, culture and identity of others. Problems can be avoided by simply caring about the way your actions make other people feel.”Justin North, a law student who works in Diversity and Inclusion, said he believes it is possible to celebrate and respect a culture by wearing costumes.”Our nation has long been a melting pot of cultures and is significantly better for it, and there is a significant amount of nuance necessary to balance the good of diversity with the power imbalance between cultures,” he said. “As for me, the costume wearer’s intention and knowledge of the culture they are representing decides whether it is cultural appropriation, but it may not be possible to display appropriate levels of respect and understanding for a culture. Meanwhile, I have no idea where others might draw the line and take offense, so I advise making sure you are informed about the costume choices you make and are able to explain your actions.”Tags: African Students Association, Asian American Association, Black Student Association, Diversity and Inclusion, Jewish Club of Notre Dame, Latino Student Alliance, Native American Student Association of Notre Dame Student groups gathered Tuesday to host “My Culture is Not Your Costume,” a panel about cultural appropriation on Halloween. The organizations sponsoring the event included the Black Student Association, Latino Student Alliance, Asian American Association, Native American Student Association, African Students Association, Jewish Club and Dome-ish. Four students shared their experiences and opinions, mentioning costumes such as blackface and kimonos.last_img read more

Summer Sizzle is Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyPEORIA, Ariz. – The sizzle is back, as things heat up in a big way with Saturday night’s Summer Sizzle event at the 1/3-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval.The 9th World IMCA Modifieds headline the June 6 Summer Sizzle along with a full slate of Arizona Differential Pure Stocks, Scottsdale Muffler & Automotive Renegades, Micro Sprints, Dwarf Cars and Mini Stocks.Racing action gets under way at 7 p.m.While defending track champion Ricky Thornton Jr. topped the most recent 9th World Vapor IMCA Modified event on May 9, it’s Shawn Zelenka out to the points lead with a slim four-point lead over Garett Funk.Bo Partain is just another three points back in the Modified title chase with George Fronsman and Bryson Curry also among the top five.last_img

WPB Mayor Hopes City can Celebrate 125th Anniversary on July 4th

first_imgWest Palm Beach Mayor Keith James joined Jen and Bill Wednesday morning on The South Florida Morning Show to talk about re-opening the city as the coronavirus pandemic subsides.Mayor James says he will open the city carefully and will follow the data. His main concern is the health of the most vulnerable.The Mayor says he hopes that the city will be able to celebrate 4th on Flagler and honor the city’s 125th anniversary on July 4th. The mayor thanked the residents of West Palm Beach for their patience and for complying with his and the state’s executive orders to socially distance and to stay-at-home. He admits, however, that the shutdown of the city has really hurt the businesses of West Palm Beach. Listen to the full interview here.last_img

U14 Selects outlast younger rivals en route to gold medal at Terry Walgren Rep Tournamenet

first_imgDietz concluded the scoring for Nelson.The Reps continued to cruise as the squad shutout Creston Blitz 4-0.Camille Gebhart led the scoring with one goal in each half, with additional markers added by Voisard and Sternloff.In a preview of the final, the U14 Reps dumped their younger Rep cousins from Nelson 4-0.Dawson opened up the scoring midway through the first half before Amelia Martzke and Sutherland and Voisard completed the scoring.The gold medal comes on the heels of a silver medal showing earlier this month in Coeur d’Alene Eisenwinter tournament.The Reps went undefeated before dropping the final.Nelson Select teams have a weekend off before the Zone Qualification tournaments at various sites throughout the Kootenays.The U14 Selects travel to Creston for the zone playdown.The Central Okanagan Youth Association in Kelowna hosts the B.C. Provincial B Girl’s Cup July 5-8.The boy’s tournament is the same weekend in Aldergrove. It was an all-Nelson affair with the older girls taking the top prize in the U14 Division at the Terry Walgren Girl’s Rep Soccer Tournament Sunday at the Lakeside Pitch.Darian Voisard scored twice and Kyra Burkart added a single to spark the U14 Selects to a hard-fought 3-0 decision over the U13 squad.All the goals came in the first half.“We were very pleased with the team’s performance feeling the players worked well as a unit, with solid play from all positions,” said U14 coach Paul Burkart.While the coaching staff of Burkart and Pat Perkins was pleased with the offensive side of the ball, the pair was equally impressed with the team defence, as Nelson did not allow a goal in four games.“Defenders Merissa Dawson, Maya Mierau, Kali Horner, Emma Gregorich and Kyra Burkart and goalkeeper Haley Cooke were rock solid in the four shut out victories,” Burkart exclaimed.The Reps opened the tourney Saturday pounding Kootenay South 8-0.Voisard, with a pair, Lakpa Dietz and Isobel Morley scored first half goals for the U14s.In the second half Bronwyn Sutherland opened up the scoring before Maddie Sternloff added a pair.last_img read more

Cranes CHAN preps enter day 4

first_img Tags: abdallah mubiruCHAN 2020Shafick KagimutopUganda Cranes The Cranes have been training since Sunday. (PHOTOS/FUFA)CHAN 2020 Qualifiers Somalia vs UgandaEl Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon Stadium, DjiboutiSaturday, 27-07-2019 @4pmLUGOGO – The Uganda Cranes team preparing for the upcoming CHAN 2020 first-round qualifiers continued with their preparations on Wednesday morning.This is their fourth day of training under the non-residential set-up, having started on Sunday, July 14th.A total of 23 players turned up for the morning session at Lugogo with 22 of them taking part in the day’s training.URA FC captain Shafik Kagimu who is nursing an ankle injury sustained the previous day (Tuesday), was the one who sat out the morning session.The session concentrated mainly on ball retention and building attacks from the back, something head coach Abdallah Mubiru thinks, should be worked upon.“Today (Wednesday), we have focused on trying to build from defence and how best we can get the ball to the forwards because it is an area where we are still lucking, said Mubiru after the session.“Since we started training, the response has been good as players try to do what is expected of them and in the case of a mistake, they are all eager to rectify it.The Cranes are slated to take on URA FC on Thursday morning, in their first build-up game since starting training last Sunday and it is a game Mubiru is intending to use so as to gauge the progress of the players.“We have been here for four days and gone through several training sessions.“The game against URA will be one to use to see how far we have gone in terms of training as we put our sessions into a game situation.Since training started on Sunday, there have been seven players absent from camp.The players in question are all with the KCCA FC team that is taking part in the 2019 CECAFA Kagame Cup, in Kigali-Rwanda.Seven KCCA FC players have not been part of training since Sunday.Asked whether that has been a negative to the team’s plans, the Police FC tactician has this to say;“We can into camp knowing that those players will not be with us so we cannot use that as an excuse in terms of preparations.“We are not missing them at the moment and all we have to do is pray they come back healthy and ready to join us.Wednesday was the last day that the Cranes were under-taking double sessions while in a none-residential setup.The team will hold a morning session on Thursday, 18th July, before entering residential camp in the evening.They will then travel for Hoima the following day. While in Hoima, they will play a Regional tour game with Kitara Region on Saturday before returning to Kampala on Sunday.Upon returning to Kampala, they will step-up preparations for the game against Somalia, on the 26th of July.Players who trained on WednesdayGoalkeepersAlitho James (URA FC), Mugabi Yasin (Wakiso Giants Fc), Keni Saidi ( Sc Villa), Mutakubya Joel ( Kyetume FC)DefendersWilla Paul (Police FC), Mustafa Mujuzi (Proline FC), Revita John (Express FC), Awany Timothy (KCCA FC), Mbowa Paul (URA FC), Galiwango Dissan (Express FC), Mandela Ashraf (URA FC). MidfieldersTaddeo Lwanga (Vipers SC), Masiko Tom (Vipers SC), Kagimu Shafiq (URA FC), Kayiwa Allan (Vipers SC), Okello Allan, Owor David ( SC Villa ), Ssozi Yusuf ( Paidha Black Angels), Kigozi Samson Andrew (Kakiri Town Council FC).StrikersKaddu Patrick (KCCA FC), Sserunkuma Daniel (Vipers SC), Senkatuka Nelson (Bright Stars FC) and Odong Johnson (Police FC).The technical team of the Uganda CranesHead coach – Abdallah MubiruAssistant coach – Livingstone MbabaziGoalkeeping coach – Sadiq WassaTeam Coordinator – Geoffrey MassaComments last_img read more

a month agoBarcelona announce latest injury suffered by Messi

first_imgBarcelona announce latest injury suffered by Messiby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have announced the injury suffered by Lionel Messi in victory over Villarreal.In a heavy blow, the Argentine has been diagnosed with an elongation in the adductor of his left leg.It remains to be seen whether or not the La Masia graduate will be ready to play against Getafe, although it is assumed at this moment that he will miss that match.What will follow is a race against time in order for him to be fully fit to face Inter in the Champions League on Wednesday.”The first team player, Lionel Messi, has an elongation in the adductor of his left thigh,” a club statement read.One positive is that an elongation is not a break and any absence for Messi will likely be shorter than it could have been. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoBournemouth set for Aston Villa payment after Mings debut

first_imgBournemouth set for Aston Villa payment after Mings debutby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth are set to earn a windfall from Aston Villa as part of the Tyrone Mings transfer.When the player left to join Villa, there was a clause that included a payment after his first international appearance.Mings made his debut for England in the 6-0 win in Bulgaria this week.And the Telegraph says that it means Bournemouth will get an extra £250,000 from their Premier League rivals.The payments will continue if Mings plays three more games for England, as the clause stipulated £250,000 for each of his first four international appearances.Mings struggled for game time at Bournemouth, but has turned around his career since joining Villa. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Royal Caribbean Jokes That Urban Meyer’s “Lost At Sea” Cruise Ship Was Just Completing A Script Ohio Route

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.PISCATAWAY, NJ – SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on September 30, 2017 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. Ohio State won 56-0. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer was stuck on a cruise ship for an extra day and a half because of foggy conditions down near Port Tampa Bay. Meyer and the other 2,500 passengers aboard Buckeye Cruise actually had to be escorted back to shore by the Coast Guard.The passengers were aboard Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas, and the the travel company has issued a very clever PR statement on the matter. Royal Caribbean jokingly tweeted that the vessel wasn’t having trouble, it was just navigating through the Gulf of Mexico to create script Ohio.Hey, @OSUCoachMeyer! Fog, schmog: we knew where we were going all along. Welcome back! #stuckatsea #bc4c pic.twitter.com/s0p81a1eU4— Royal Caribbean PR (@RoyalCaribPR) February 25, 2015Thankfully, everyone aboard the ship was unharmed.last_img read more