Published on Sept 11, 2014
Benghazi Gate – Breaking Their Silence – Security Team Claims CIA Told Them To Wait – Pat Smith – Fox & Friends
The Game is joined on the powerful track by such A-listers as Sean “Diddy” Combs, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Wale, Rick Ross, Swizz Beats, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh, and TGT (consisting of Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank).
Brown’s death spawned protests and vigils not only in Ferguson but in cities throughout the nation as people called for justice and an end to senseless police killings. The Game, whose actual name is Jayceon Taylor, reportedly wants to bring awareness to mind-numbing killings like Brown’s, telling Rolling Stone, “I am a Black man with kids of my own that I love more than anything, and I cannot fathom a horrific tragedy like Michael Brown’s happening to them. This possibility has shaken me to my core. That is why this song must be made and why it was so easy for so many of my friends to come together and unite against the injustice.”
“Don’t Shoot” is available on iTunes and its proceeds are going to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund.
Israel-Gaza Conflict: Images and Voices of the People
Genesis 15:18-21New King James Version (NKJV)18 On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying:
“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates— 19 the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+15%3A18-21&version=NKJV
[ Seeking a Just Peace between Israelis & Palestinians based on equality, international law, an end to occupation, and respect for the common humanity of both peoples. ] – Jewish Voice for Peace
July 9, 2014 Jeff Moskowitz published in article in The Atlantic Magazine, “The Next Generation of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Young people are at the center of the latest violence. And they’ll decide its future.” This is an excerpt from that article.—
JERUSALEM—In recent weeks, the all-too-common elements of Israeli-Palestinian violence—rocks, rockets, and rubber bullets, Molotov cocktails and missile strikes—have included more unusual tactics: kidnappings and murders, remarkable not only for their viciousness but also for the youth of the victims and perpetrators.
Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali Fraenkel, the three Jewish teens who were abducted and murdered three weeks ago while hitchhiking in the West Bank, were between the ages of 16 and 19. Muhammad Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian boy snatched from outside his home two weeks later and burned to death in a Jerusalem forest, was 16. The Jewish suspects being held in connection with Abu Khdeir’s killing are reportedly between the ages of 16 and 25. The prime suspects in the murder of the Israeli teens are 29 and 32. – http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/07/the-next-generation-of-israeli-palestinian-conflict/374184/
There are really no more words necessary after reading that. These images speak for themselves.
Now hear the voices of the people. The Israeli and Palestinian young adult communities.
Corey Gil-Shuster is a Canadian immigrant to Israel. This is a video that is part of his Ask an Israeli/Ask a Palestinian project. In 2013 Gil-Shuster asked Israeli youth if they had a message that they would like to send to the Palestinian youth in Gaza. He speculated that, although the Israeli teenagers that he encountered overall seemed moderate and expressed concern for Palestinians, these views would change after they went to the army. – http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/07/the-next-generation-of-israeli-palestinian-conflict/374184/
Published on Feb 28, 2013
Want to know what Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East really think about the conflict? Ask a question and I will get answers. People ask Israeli Jews questions. I go out and ask random people to answer. Mustafa in Gaza asks: “Do Israeli youth have a message for us in Gaza?”
One year later Palestinians were asked the same question about the Israeli youth. Gil-Shuster said that he was surprised by their responses. “Half of them didn’t want to answer the question,” he said. “They said they had no message, and underlying that seemed to be a lot of hatred and anger.” – http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/07/the-next-generation-of-israeli-palestinian-conflict/374184/
Published on Jun 22, 2014
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Want to know what Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East really think about the conflict? Ask a question and I will get answers. People ask Israeli Jews questions. I go out and ask random people to answer. Want to contribute? Go to http://www.gofundme.com/Ask-Project
As I look at these images and listen to the voices of the people I see nothing but victims across the board. There is a serious breakdown in communication between the Israelis and the Palestinians. The majority of the peoples want these senseless killings to cease. A strong possibility for peaceful cohabitation does exist. In the midst of the tension, resentment and hostility the general population on both sides of the conflict have chosen to seek wisdom from its tumultuous history. Polls show that young people are highly dissatisfied with Palestinian leadership. While 5 percent of the young adult population in Palestine support their current leaders the rest of the population has expressed hate towards Palestinian leadership. Claims of corruption have surfaced. It is generally believed that the government does not care about Palestinians. The people have grown impatient with political parties that have continuously done nothing except helped themselves. When asked almost a year ago 48 percent of the youth in Gaza and 15 percent of the youth in the West Bank reported that they would support an uprising to remove the current Palestinian government.
Young Israelis, who have grown up experiencing intense security sanctions, could easily lose any and all hope for the peace process. The Oslo Accords of the 1990s were successful but then became stalled. Many have terrifying memories of the Second Intifada, the armed Palestinian uprising that lasted from 2000 to 2005. During the uprising daily life in Jerusalem was plagued by troubling images of Israelis being massacred on exploding buses. The Israeli peace movement was at its peak when the Intifada erupted. Which causes the Israeli people to look back at their empty hopes, especially considering the current state of Israeli-Palestinian relations. These recent security sanctions are what some believe is the cause for a noticeable generation gap among Israelis. The youth of Israel have become right-wing, even more so than their parents or grandparents. Israeli right-wing politics involves parties that support firm security measures, maintain distrust in the peace process and also question Palestinian intent. A significant portion of Israeli right-wing politics is representative of the nucleus of its current governing coalition. Heightened security stems from not just the bombings from Gaza but includes concerns about the Iranian nuclear program. The legal age to vote in Israel is 18. Two-thirds of the first-time voters described themselves as right-wing in the 2013 national election. A May 2014 poll revealed that 58 percent of Israelis under the age of 35 reported that they were politically right-wing. Israelis under 35 were also found to be more likely to say that Israel is headed down the wrong path.
Although deeply skeptical of their ideal peace deal coming to pass, Israeli youth are mostly in favor of a two-state solution for the Israelis and Palestinians. Data from a 2013 survey indicated that 57 percent of young Israelis continued to support a two-state solution, however only 25 percent think that it is truly feasible, in comparison to 41 percent of their elders. A 25 year old college student and chairman of the Hebrew University Student Union at the Givat Ram campus describes himself as politically center-left. His childhood experience in Israel has given him a unique insight into the changing political climate.
“I remember as a child, I believed that everything was going to end and everyone was going to be happy. A lot of people see those days and remember the hope and look at where we are today, and then they become more right-wing,” said Idan Maor.
“They say we tried to go left once,” Maor continued. “And it looks like it wasn’t the right way. There aren’t many attacks today but it’s only because our intelligence and military became stronger.”
Rumors of a rebellion against the Palestinian Authority are brewing, but a 26-year-old Palestinian woman from the West Bank who asked that only her first name (Hiba) be used for security reasons, said that there will not be another violent intifada against the Israelis. Hiba claimed that the Second Intifada had a damaging effect on Palestinians as much as it did on Israelis. Palestinians don’t ever want to experience that level of violence again. Based on the results of an August 2013 poll it was discovered that 45 percent of young Palestinians support a two-state solution—slightly lower than figures for older Palestinians. One prominent political figure in the West Bank lately has been calling for an alternative model. Tareq Abbas is the 48 year old son of President Abbas. He is a strong advocate of a one-state solution where Jews and Arabs would enjoy equal rights.
“The young people prefer legal actions, they’re trying to copy the South African model,” Hiba said. “Because they survived the Second Intifada and it was traumatizing for all of us, now we think an intifada will only harm the Palestinians, not the Israelis.” – http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/07/the-next-generation-of-israeli-palestinian-conflict/374184/
All things considered, what I take away from this in depth review of the Israel-Gaza conflict is a greater insight into the hearts, minds, and suffering of the people than I had a couple weeks ago. One thing is certain. We cannot change the past but we can all, globally, learn from it.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin for President 2016!! #jazzed
Things are best, he figures, the farther away he can get. As the junior Senator from West Virginia, Democrat Joe Manchin III–charming, plainspoken, moderate–believes his most productive hours as a lawmaker are spent not on the Senate floor or in the cloakroom or committee rooms but on the waters of the Potomac River aboard his houseboat, which, in an act of parochial pride, he plans to christen Almost Heaven.
Anchored 8 miles south of the Capitol, the boat is Manchin’s home when he spends the night in Washington three nights or so a week during session. (“I wasn’t crazy on buying any real estate in Washington, not at all,” Manchin says.) The houseboat and its predecessor, the Black Tie, serve as a kind of floating incubator of that tenderest of Washington flowers in the first decades of the 21st century: bipartisanship. “Nobody knows anybody up here,” Manchin, 66…
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There is nothing more disheartening than the images of war. Especially when that war is sparked by nations feuding over ancestral claim to lands. Whether a man believes in God, a higher power or not, one would like to think that as we have ventured into more modern times there would be a universal understanding that the earth belongs to all its inhabitants. No one nation, religion, race, gender or species has more or less right than any other to inhabit this earth.
As Christians we must give reverence to the covenant that God made with Abraham in the book of Genesis. —
18 On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying:
“To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates— 19 the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.”
Genesis 15:18-21 New King James Version (NKJV) – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+15%3A18-21&version=NKJV
This is the land of Israel. In my heart I believe that no matter where we as people, God’s creation, may live on this earth God has blessed us all to inhabit this earth.
Nonetheless, these wars are real and one in particular will be etched in the hearts, minds and history of the people of Kosovo. There is a disputed border territory between Serbia and Albania that is known as Kosovo. Of the two million people that live in Kosovo, an estimated 90% are Kosovo Albanians also known as Kosovars. The Albanians are believed to be descendents of the ancient Dardanians or Illyrians. History suggests that these ancient peoples inhabited the western Balkans quite some time before Slavs settled there in the 6th to 8th centuries A.D. After the medieval Serbian Orthodox Church had established in Kosovo in 1297 the medieval kingdom of Serbia proclaimed itself. In the minds of Serbian Nationalists Kosovo’s many Orthodox monasteries, the blood and the relics of those who died defending them have ‘eternally sanctified’ Serbian claims to Kosovo. Serbs even go so far as to dispute Albanian’s direct descending from ancient Dardanians. I personally don’t care who came from who or who, in ancient times, was there first. Nothing can justify or excuse the atrocities that the Kosovars experienced under Serbian rule. – http://www.historytoday.com/robert-bideleux/kosovos-conflict
I am mortified by the events and opinions in relation to Serbian Nationalists. One of the most difficult things was watching the video below, “The Valley – hate and death during the Kosovo conflict.” The more disturbing part is that this is what day to day life was like for the Kosovars. Watching these men bury their family and friends who were senselessly murdered, shot and then burned in their homes by Serbian troops in 1998, was horrific. My heart aches as a Kosovar man says, “Our people are homeless.”, “Everything we’ve worked for has been destroyed.” I could feel nothing but anger and deep sympathy as I watched video of burning houses in the Drenica Valley, Central Kosovo. The chilling sounds of gunshots and explosives coming from somewhere in the distance. It is honestly hard to understand what motivates people to harbor such an intense hatred. In Bajcina, an Albanian village recently visited by Serb troops, there is footage of the ruins of a burned house. A man says, “There is blood, so he was shot.”, “He was shot before he burned.” Men sift through the rubble and bring caskets to collect the bodies of the dead. One man who found a button to a pair of jeans says, “I think it’s Mohammed’s.” Another man helping to sift through the rubble says, “It’s his foot.”, “This is his foot.” Someone says, “I reckon we’ve found a fourth body.”, “Another rib.” Another says, “I recognize his jumper.” Other men watch as they do this. Everyone appears to be very sad about what they are seeing. One man stands next to a young boy and holds him close with one arm over his shoulder. The boy is extremely saddened. They all watch as two men with scarves tied around their nose and mouth wearing long gloves for protection lift the distorted burned remains of a body into a casket. Someone believes he has identified the name of one of the corpses and says, “It’s Rahim.” Rahim was only 16 years old.
Fortunately, February 17, 2008 the Kosovo Assembly adopted the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration acknowledges years of strife and violence in Kosovo as well as deep gratitude for the 1999 world intervention’s removal of Belgrade’s governance placing Kosovo under UN interim administration. In today’s society the United States, for example, is constantly under scrutiny for choosing to become politically and militarily involved in international conflict. I can definitely appreciate the basic concerns expressed by those, including Americans, who feel that US intervention is intrusive and an infringement on the independence of nations where the US has no jurisdiction. However, I feel that the US puts a great effort into recognizing international and independent government. When people like the Kosovars are being subjugated and slaughtered it is everyone’s responsibility to take action if it is in their power to do so. The brutality and oppression that I discovered would have continued if no one had interjected. Even as recent as 2008, the Republic of Serbia insisted Kosovo remained a southern province. Serbian President Boris Tadic addressed the Security Council on February 18, 2008 and made this statement:
“The Republic of Serbia will not accept the violation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Government of Serbia and the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia have declared the decision of the Pristina authorities (Declaration of Independence) null and void. Likewise, we are taking all diplomatic and political measures to prevent the secession of a part of our territory.” – Kosovo Article
This statement made just one day after the Kosovo Declaration of Independence. The Assembly of Kosovo convened on February 17, 2008, in Pristine, the capital of Kosovo. – http://www.assembly-kosova.org/?cid=2,128,1635
It is fortunate that organizations like NATO and the United Nations as well as others like them continue to work toward abolishing governments like the Serbians, the Saddam Husseins and the Muammar Gaddafis. The Kosovars have found freedom and peace. Thus, I am at peace with the images of horror that was once Kosovo, the Drenica Valley.
Uploaded on Feb 19, 2011
Kosovo 1999, The Valley shows us the face of civil war seen – uniquely – from both sides of the same front line. Filmed in the epicentre of the uprising, the Drenica Valley, over the bloodiest summer of the war, it achieves a level of intimacy with its subjects rarely seen in conflict documentaries.
In it we meet the inhabitants of a Muslim village destroyed by Serbs, a Christian Convent surrounded by hostile forces, the elite Black Tiger units of the KLA and the men of a Serbian village who have taken up arms to protect their lands from the surrounding Albanians. In these situations, grief is never far away.
The Kosovo Liberation Army contained many angry Albanians, sick and tired of a loss of rights, which had been revoked by their Serbian masters. Fighting to reclaim the land they believed to be historically theirs, they ran up against Serb forces with full of righteous indignation.
The Valley is now widely considered as the definitive Balkan war documentary. At a time when the question of Kosovo’s political status hangs in the balance The Valley is a harrowing reminder of how and where it all began.
The hate and death during the Kosovo conflict.
Award-winning documentary that focuses specifically on the conflict ( war ) in the Drenica Valley of Kosovo during the late 1990s.
Directed and Produced by: Dan Reed
Length: 70 mins
Produced by Mentorn and Suspect Device
Homosexuality is a choice. It is a decision to act upon thoughts and/or feelings. Case in point…..have you ever been so angry at someone that you thought or felt like killing them? Wouldn’t it be fair to say that based on these thoughts and emotions if a person were to commit a murder that person made the choice to act? I don’t think anyone grows up thinking I want to be a murderer. And despite the fact that this can be a singular act it bears the same gravity that most any other life changing decision does. Homosexuality is a lifestyle. No one said life was easy. I can accept that a person is born and then never develops an attraction to the opposite sex. How a person decides to cope with that obstacle is undoubtedly a choice. The problem isn’t gay. The problem is when people refuse to take responsibility for their own lives. The problem is people who blame the world for having religious morals and standards, and the people who enable this blame game. People are born everyday into lives that are far more unsettling, depraved and horrific than the life of a homosexual. Since the beginning of time the world has never been a place that was freely accepting of any and every person or thing. Such is life. In my experience I have learned that you won’t get far in life if you won’t ever take ownership and responsibility for who you are and the actions you take, above all else. I think if the gay community as a whole embraced ownership as its first goal toward understanding and education the social climate around homosexuality would be quite different. However, I don’t think that would happen on a large scale within the gay community. With taking responsibility comes fear. Fear that once the crutch is taken away there will be less universal empathy for the once life burdened gay. The handicap card will be out of play leaving the gay community to face life’s obstacles on the same level playing field as the heterosexual world.
Reminds me of the historic slaughter of many of my ancestors, the Native American Cherokee Tribe, as they were mercilessly marched along what came to be known as the Trail of Tears. Tragically senseless depravity.
“At the beginning of the 1830s, nearly 125,000 Native Americans lived on millions of acres of land in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida–land their ancestors had occupied and cultivated for generations. By the end of the decade, very few natives remained anywhere in the southeastern United States. Working on behalf of white settlers who wanted to grow cotton on the Indians’ land, the federal government forced them to leave their homelands and walk thousands of miles to a specially designated “Indian territory” across the Mississippi River. This difficult and sometimes deadly journey is known as the Trail of Tears.” – http://www.history.com/topics/native-american-history/trail-of-tears
They really have no voice.
In the northern region of British Columbia, Canada, there is a highway that has become known as the Highway of Tears.
If you drive there, and you forget the high trees, dense forest, and majestic mountains peaks that you can see in a distance, you will realize that you are driving on a strip of road that, since1962, has seen the disappearance of 582 women and girls.
The missing women and girls are all indigenous.
Almost forty percent of them disappeared after the year 2000. No one knows why; the Government of Canada does not investigate. They have just vanished, evaporated into the thin air of this isolated part of Canada.
We have committed so many crimes against the indigenous population. We have killed them. Ignored them. Stolen from them. Humiliated them. They have indeed became a marginalized footnote in history. Just like these 582…
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