Posted on 08 April 2013.
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Posted on 08 April 2013.
The liberal media will do anything to pressure lawmakers to support President Obama’s gun-control agenda.
Politico published a story Wednesday with this headline: “Hunting Group Wants Background Checks.” The story gave the false impression that the millions of hunters in the U.S. support Mr. Obama’s push for “universal background checks.”
That is way off target. In fact, 31 well-known hunting and conservation groups sent a letter to Capitol Hill Thursday expressing opposition to intrusion by the federal government into private firearm transfers.
Politico only cites one small group in its story, Bull Moose Sportsmen, which claims 5,000 members. The story gives no context for the size of this group in relation to other hunting advocacy groups, nor its prominence in the community. The single poll cited in the Politico story is one commissioned by the group itself and claims 72 percent of hunters support “criminal background checks with some exceptions.”
None of the major hunting groups which represent the millions of law-abiding sportsmen was mentioned, nor the polling of those members.
In fact, Bull Moose Sportsmen is a fringe organization run by Democratic activists that has been rejected from membership into the major gun and hunting groups’ umbrella organization because it refuses to reveal its funding sources.
The American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP) is a consortium of 42 organizations, including major groups such as Safari Club International, Ducks Unlimited, National Wildlife Turkey Federation, National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The groups together represent 6 million individual members.
According to some public filings, the “non-partisan nonprofit organization” gave $17,000 in the 2012 federal election, and all of it went to Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado. It spent $117,540 in support of Mr. Bennet in the 2010 cycle. The group raised $354,228 in 2011 and spent $295,863.
While calling itself “nonpartisan,” Bull Moose Sportsmen is run by Democrats. Co-Founder Gaspar Perricone, who told Politico that, “Background checks fall within the ethics of responsible gun ownership,” is a former staffer for Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado Democrat. Politico also ran an op-ed by Mr. Perricone on Thursday entitled, “Hunters Chart Middle Ground on Guns.” The other co-founder of Bull Moose, Tim Mauck, was Mr. Udall’s finance director and was paid $4,743 by the senator’s campaign in 2012.
The real hunting groups do not want private transfers of firearms to be subject to government checks. On Thursday, most of the groups in the AWCP coalition signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to offer a five-point plan that would address the problem of gun violence.
Among the suggestions is to improve the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System so that it can effectively prevent access to firearms by those not legally qualified to possess them without criminalizing private transfers.
To make their collective position clear, they wrote that that, “We oppose unnecessary restrictions of our ability to attain and possess legal firearms and that have no foundation in addressing the factors that led [the Newtown] tragedy or like tragedies.”
The anti-gun media can slant its coverage to support Mr. Obama’s agenda, however hunters have been giving their guns to friends and family members for generations and don’t want to have to get Uncle Sam’s approval to do so now.
Posted on 08 April 2013.
The main UN humanitarian agency for Palestinians said it was suspending operations in the Gaza Strip after demonstrators angered by aid cutbacks stormed its headquarters.
Some 800,000 Palestinians, two-thirds of Gaza’s population, depend on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the shuttering, announced on Thursday, could exacerbate hardship caused by Israeli and Egyptian controls on the isolated enclave’s borders.
The distributions cutoff will affect up to 25,000 refugees every day, the agency said.
On Thursday, Robert Turner, head of the agency’s Gaza operations said: “What happened today was completely unacceptable. The situation could very easily have resulted in serious injuries to UNRWA staff and to the demonstrators. This escalation, apparently pre-planned, was unwarranted and unprecedented.”
Citing budget shortfalls, UNRWA said it had suspended some of its cash handouts and that this provoked violent protests this week, culminating in Thursday’s breach of its Gaza headquarters.
Dozens of protesters were removed by UN security when they tried to break into a building, staff told AFP.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Hamas sees the step as unjustified.
“The people have the right to protest on the cuts in the UNRWA but at the same time we condemn any violence against UNRWA. When the administration of the UNRWA asked the Palestinian security to intervene, they arrived and stopped the chaos,” he said.
“We are asking UNRWA to rethink their decision and we would like assure the importance of the continuity of UNRWA role in helping Palestinian refugees,” he added.
Gaza security officials had no immediate comment.
“All relief and distribution centers will consequently remain closed until guarantees are given by all relevant groups that UNRWA operations can continue unhindered,” Turner said in a statement.
Despite the trimming of cash disbursements, UNRWA’s food distribution in Gaza “will continue unchanged”, Turner promised.
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Posted on 08 April 2013.
by Henry Makow Ph.D.
Aggressors always pretend to be innocent victims, and that the real victims are aggressors. The holocaust perpetuates this meme. It convinces the real victims, the goyim, they are “bullies” if they resist the real aggressors, the Illuminati’s Jewish and Masonic fronts.
Tomorrow, Monday April 8 is Holocaust Day. Ever wonder why Organized Jewry keeps pounding this drum?
They don’t give a hoot about the holocaust or its victims. A recent survey of “holocaust survivors” in Israel shows that more than half live in poverty and think Israel is neglecting them. No surprise here. Zionists collaborated with the Nazis and sabotaged efforts to save Jewish lives.
The Illuminati designed the holocaust to justify the creation of Israel. Holocaust commemoration gives Organized Jewry moral and political immunity to complete the Illuminati agenda, a world police state.
The holocaust meme equates anyone who opposes the fascist New World Order with a “bully,” a bigot, a Nazi mass murderer and a “hater.”
In the eyes of the goyim, it gives Jews a moral sanctity as the world’s preeminent victims. At the same time, it reminds Jews they can be victimized again unless they obey their Zionist leaders. You know it’s a psyop because it totally ignores the 60 million non-Jews who perished in WW2.
I am a Jew. My grandparents all died in the holocaust. My parents barely escaped by posing as Gentiles. Nevertheless, I can only make sense of history in the following way:
1. There is a Cabalist sect within Judaism who are Satanists (the Illuminati), who control the world from behind the scenes using financial leverage and Freemasonry. Their agenda is to enslave the human race, mentally if not physically. They use many Jews to advance this agenda and the holocaust gives these Jews immunity. They masquerade as Jews themselves but in fact they intermarry with generational satanists of different races.
2. Much of what “anti-Semites” say is true. That these people have been completely marginalized is a measure of the success of the NWO. Cabala Judaism, which is the real Judaism today, seeks to usurp the role of God and enslave mankind. It’s always been us Jews versus them.
3. Most Jews are not aware of this agenda and heatedly deny it exists. Their position is analogous to average citizens who support causes over which they have no understanding or control. For example, American taxpayers support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but had little say in their inception. Nevertheless, Jews should know their leadership has been waging a secret war against humanity from time immemorial and are close to victory. They have achieved this success at substantial cost to ordinary Jews, who doubtlessly will be blamed for the NWO.
4. This secret war against humanity is the reason for anti Semitism. Organized Jewry has always attempted to undermine their host nations and religions and to take control. Throughout the feudal age, Organized Jewry aligned with the aristocracy to impoverish the masses. We are witnessing a neo feudalism. The Jewish masses were also impoverished and tyrannized by their religious and political leaders. Thus it was easy to manipulate them with specious appeals such as “Communism.”
As in the West today, Organized Jewry has always taken a stranglehold over government, business and the mass media and used them to thwart and brainwash the indigenous populations. Of course they couldn’t have succeeded without installing “our leaders,” the traitor class of Gentile Freemasons.
4. World War Two, including Jewish persecution and mass murder was instigated by the Illuminati bankers to destroy the best of the goyim, discredit race and nation, and coerce Jews to support the establishment of Israel. The real holocaust was 60 million, not six.
5. Aggressors always pretend to be victims. The holocaust perpetuates this meme. It convinces the real victims, the goyim, that they are the “bullies” if they resist the real aggressors, the Illuminati’s Jewish and Masonic fronts. For example, anyone who opposes gay marriage, something only one in 500 gays even want, is considered a “bully.” In reality, the Illuminati and their agents are redefining the definition of marriage for 98% of the population, who are the real victims. The whole point of marriage is procreation.
(Left. Sam Katz standing in front of Winnipeg’s Illuminati logo)
6. In Winnipeg, where I live, Gordon Warren is speaking publicly against the corrupt practices of Mayor Sam Katz and his Jewish confreres. He traces Katz’s behavior to the Talmud which preaches hatred against Gentiles. He calls the Talmud “the Katz Doctrine.” Eg. according to the Talmud.
1) God is never angry about the Jews, just about the Non-Jews.
2) Jews may steal from Non-Jews.
3) Jews always have to try to deceive Non-Jews.
4) Jews may lie to Non-Jews. Jews may use lies (subterfuges) to circumvent a Gentile.
5) Every Jew is allowed to use lies and perjury to bring a Non-Jew to ruin.
The Jews are suing and calling him, a “bully.” Let’s see, Gordon, 46, (below, left) an unemployed theology graduate, is a “bully.” Katz, a millionaire and his millionaire Freemason buddies, who control the city, are poor innocent victims. The victim is the bully and the bully is the victim. Warren addresses the charge of “bullying.”
“You seem to have the attitude that directly confronting a corrupt City Hall administration which has funneled millions of taxpayers’ dollars into the pockets of their business associates is a form of bullying. I would beg to differ.
While I have dedicated the last 7 years of my life to working with the ethically challenged members in our community, I have never once raised a hand to them in anger or voiced a word of hate. I have merely pointed out their behavioural excesses and deficits and have endeavored to make the necessary corrections. This is what a well-educated and experienced caregiver does.
Correction isn’t bullying; it’s an act of love by someone who cares. I love Winnipeg and the people in it. This is my home and I will continue to use my education and experience to work with the ethically challenged people who frequent City Hall until the corruption has been removed and those responsible acknowledge their misbehaviour, make amends for their misdeeds, and get the rehabilitation that they need.
It is my sincere hope that as people gain a better understanding of who I am, what I am doing and why, others will come forward to become ‘caregivers’ for the ethically challenged and make Winnipeg a better place to live.”
7. Magnify this to millennial size and we have stupid Christian Zionists convincing the world the Muslims have been victimizing Jews and want to destroy poor little Israel. As an example, see “Israel: The Little Country that Could.” Muslims have always lived in peace with ordinary Jews. The Illuminati Jews are nearly always the aggressors. They are behind Western Imperialism. They are picking off every country in the Arab world and installing their puppets. Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria.
8. The charge of “Anti-semitism” is a scam. Anti-semitism is a sign that a society still has a pulse, and can recognize the enemy within. Organized Jewry is a Trojan Horse for that enemy, the Illuminati bankers. Society has been brainwashed to cower, like Pavlov’s dog, at the “anti Semite” charge. Jews wield it like a exorcist brandishes a cross. Keep the evil “haters” at bay! Yet privately they admit it is “a trick we use” to control the stupid goyim.
Some day Christian Zionists, Freemasons and Liberals will be put into FEMA concentration camps. The Illuminati do this to people they no longer need. There, they will meet patriots who will say, “We told you so. It was the Jews all along. There really was a Jewish Conspiracy.”
The Liberals will reply, “Yes but we still have that warm fuzzy feeling of being politically correct. It’s great being brainwashed. We’ll cling to this delicious delusion until we face the firing squad.”
“You Patriots are bullies and bigots. We learned that from celebrating Jewish victim hood every year. It doesn’t matter that these FEMA camps are run by Illuminati Jews just like the Gulags were in the USSR. You patriot prisoners are the real bullies. “
Mankind is being inducted into a satanic cult, the Cabala Judaism. It is being trained to serve its leaders, the Illuminati. The ultimate goal is to eliminate nation-state, religion, family and race. 9-11 was a false flag used to erect a police state. Sandy Hook was a pretext to remove guns. (If it weren’t for guns, the US would be a police state today.)
The Illuminati Jews have lined up their ducks. They control Obama, the government and media. They control the DHS. They are training the DHS to believe Christians and Patriots are “extremists” i.e. the “bullies.” All they need now is an economic crisis or another false flag to pinch the guns and start rounding up dissidents.
Posted on 08 April 2013.
ed note–the question that must be asked in cases such as this, but which NEVER IS is simple–WHY?
Israeli researchers and Jewish leaders on Sunday reported a 30 percent jump in anti-Semitic violence and vandalism last year, topped by a deadly school shooting in France, and expressed alarm about the rise of far-right parties in Hungary, Greece and other countries.
Following a two-year decline in the figures, the annual report on worldwide anti-Semitic incidents recorded 686 attacks in 34 countries, ranging from physical violence to vandalism of synagogues and cemeteries, compared to 526 in 2011. The report was issued at Tel Aviv University, in cooperation with the European Jewish Congress, an umbrella group representing Jewish communities acrossEurope.
The report linked the March 2012 shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse, where an extremist Muslim gunman killed four, to a series of copycat attacks, particularly in France, where physical assaults on Jews almost doubled.
Researchers who presented the report at the university on Sunday said they had also found a direct correlation between the strengthening of extreme right-wing parties in some European countries and high levels of anti-Semitic incidents, as well as attacks on other minorities and immigrants.
They said Europe’s economic crisis was fueling the success of parties like Jobbik in Hungary, Golden Dawn in Greece and Svoboda in Ukraine.
Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress, called for strong action by the European Union, charging that governments — particularly Hungary —were not doing enough to curb these parties’ activities and protect minorities.
“Neo-Nazis have been once again legalized in Europe, they are openly sitting in parliaments,” said Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress.
Golden Dawn swept into Greece’s parliament for the first time in June on an anti-immigrant platform. The party rejects the neo-Nazi label but is fond of Nazi literature and references. In Hungary, a Jobbik lawmaker has called for Jews to be screened as potential security risks. The leader of Ukraine’s Svoboda denies his party is anti-Semitic but has repeatedly used derogatory terms to refer to Jews.
The report by the university’s Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry found little correlation between the increase of anti-Semitic attacks and Israel’s military operation in Gaza in November. While there was a spike in incidents at the time, it was much smaller in number and intensity than the one that followed the Toulouse attack, said Roni Stauber, the chief researcher on the project.
“This shows that the desire to harm Jews is deeply rooted among extremist Muslims and right-wingers, regardless of events in the Middle East,” he said.
The release of the report was timed to coincide with Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was starting Sunday at sundown.
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Posted on 08 April 2013.
ed note–the simple proof that the current hysteria over North Korea is nothing lies–once again, surprise, surprise–with Israel.
If this were TRULY a ‘crisis’ that were about to explode, involving full-blown war with the US, Israel would be screaming bloody murder over it, as
(1) it would take the Jewish state’s screeching over Iran’s nuclear program off the front pages,
(2) any commitment of American troops, hardware, resources, etc, towards war with North Korea would be troops, hardware, resources, etc not available for use against Iran, as Israel is demanding.
The fact that all this Korea noise took place just prior to the recent nuclear meeting involving the P5+1 indicates that once again the JMSM is whipping up fear over ‘rogue states’ possessing nuclear weapons, indeed a point that Netanyahu has made over the course of the last week in pointing to Korea and saying ‘SEE??? SEE WHAT WE MEAN??? IF IT’S THIS BAD WITH KOREA, THINK HOW BAD IT WILL BE WITH IRAN’
While North Korea’s rhetoric is routinely over-the-top, the propagandists of the ruling Korean Workers Party have really outdone themselves this time. Declaring that the North is now in “a state of war” with the South, they have produced a videosupposedly depicting their plan of attack complete with special effects and appallingly bad graphics – and are even threatening to attack the continental United States!
This last threat is nonsense, of course, since even their medium-range missiles routinely crash and burn: and a recent photograph showing Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un sitting at a pretty retro-looking computer console resembled something out of the 1950s. Indeed, the photo provoked a Twitter comment from the Wall Street Journal‘s Tom Gara: “North Korea appears to have crossed a dangerous threshold and developed a fully-functioning calculator.”
In Seoul, they are so used to North Korean bellicosity that the response was practically soporific. A South China Post story headlined “Seoul Shrugs Off War Rhetoric from North Korea” reported:
“In Seoul, the Unification Ministry insisted the war threat was ‘not really new.’ The Defense Ministry vowed to ‘retaliate thoroughly’ to any provocation. The United States said it took the announcement seriously, but noted it followed a familiar pattern.”
A familiar pattern indeed: endless bombast, followed by … nothing of much consequence.
The rhetorical hysteria coming out of North Korea is par for the course: this is, after all, the country’s chief (and only) export. Washington knows full well Pyongyang has neither the means nor the intention to attack the United States, in spite of the comic-opera threats – and yet we’re acting as if the threat is real. In response, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that we’re beefing up our missile defenses on the West Coast – “just in case.” Scheduled US-South Korean military exercises featured nuclear-capable jets “mock bombing” North Korea – a provocation that ignited a sulphurous response from Pyongyang.
The US has stood squarely in the way of all real peace efforts on the Korean peninsula: when it looked as if the South Koreans were taking the prospect of reunification with the North seriously, Washington put the kibosh on the process. Now that the daughter of a former South Korean dictator has been elevated to the South Korean presidency, prospects of a renewal of the initiative are remote. In this context, Washington’s routine provocations have a much bigger effect on the North, which sees itself in an impossible situation. The Hermit Kingdom is poorer, and more isolated than ever, and this has produced the internal dynamics that are driving the actions of the North Korean elite.
Little is known of internal political developments in the North, but the transition from one Supreme Leader to the next is surely problematic in any authoritarian system – and doubly so in a “communist” monarchy. There has long been tension between the ruling Korean Workers Party and the North Korean military, and apparently this ratcheted up to an unusual degree last year with reports of an assassination attempton Kim Jong Un, culminating in a gun battle in the streets of Pyongyang.
The atmosphere of crisis generated by the North Korean media, and the government’s wildly belligerent pronouncements, in all likelihood have to do with the internal political situation, and bears little if any relation to events outside the country. North Korea’s “military first” policy, which puts military procurement ahead of economic development, has been costly: there are reports of a looming famine this month. As economic conditions worsen, the stability of the regime may be put at risk, in which case Kim Jong Un will need the military to back him up. The recent fall – and sudden rehabilitation – of Gen. Kim Yong Chol, head of the increasingly important Reconnaissance General Bureau, may be a clue to the regime’s murky internal conflicts. Another clue is the position of Jang Sung Taek, vice chairman of the National Defense Commission, which has displaced the Workers Party as the top administrative and policymaking body of the North Korean state. Charged with mentoring Kim Jong Un by the elder Kim, Taek is married to the little dictator’s aunt and is considered the regime’s number two man. He is widely seen as an ally of China’s, whose economic policies he hopes to import back to his own country.
Behind the monolithic imagery of thousands of North Koreans marching in unison, and of a totalitarian society rivaled only by the one imagined in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, the reality is that North Korean society is riven with fault-lines through and through. Historically, there have been no less than four major factions inside the ruling Korean Workers Party (KWP), with internal battles between pro-Chinese, pro-Russian, and North and South Korean factions playing out over many years.
It now appears that the new factional fault-lines are those separating the Party from the military: the latter effectively became the highest policymaking body in 1998, when Kim Jong Il was establishing his legitimacy as the heir of the world’s first red monarch, his father Kim Il Sung. The North Korean “constitution” was changed to downplay the role of the Party and ensure the supremacy of the National Defense Commission (NDC), where the military held a majority of seats: the idea was to neutralize any opposition to the succession within the KWP by simply ditching the “leading role” of the Party in favor of a de facto military junta. Known as the songunsystem, this may now be giving way to a restoration of a party-centered government, based on the Chinese model. Jang Sung Taek is also associated with certain economic reforms, which were reined in at one point and may now be back in the works.
So how does this “reformist” scenario fit in with Pyongyang’s growing belligerence?
For more than half a century, the North Korean propaganda machine has been pointing to the danger posed by the Yankee imperialists and their running-dog lackeys – to borrow their rhetoric for the moment – as the cause of all the nation’s problems. The waves of famine, the lack of housing, the dearth of electricity, the endless crackdowns – Pyongyang’s long-suffering subjects were told all this was due to the machinations of Washington, and its South Korean “puppets,” who are constantly plotting to conquer the North. However, that story doesn’t play so well anymore: the reality of the outside world is getting through, in spite of the secret police’s best efforts. Worse, from the regime’s perspective, is that economic conditions threaten the government’s legitimacy at a crucial moment of transition.
Kim Jong Il’s bellicosity, in this context, can be seen as being for internal consumption primarily, and only secondarily as a response to Western pressure. On the one hand, numerous photo ops showing the young Kim in his role as military commander can be seen as a message to the people that he’s in control, that he’s a military “genius” just like his sainted father – and that the threat from the US has never been greater. On the other hand, the fierce rhetoric can be seen as an effort to appease the military, even as he and his uncle dismantle the songsun system and restore the KWP to power.
The antics of North Korea’s rulers are a perfect illustration of the principles of what I call “libertarian realism,” i.e. a theory of international relations that attributes the actions of states in the international arena entirely to the internal politics of the actors. Instead of responding to real events abroad, policymakers are chiefly concerned with responding to pressures from various lobbyists and domestic power brokers. This is because their one overriding goal is to maintain and expand their own power – a goal the rulers of North Korea share with our own. It doesn’t matter what kind of system we’re talking about: dictatorships, democracies, and everything in between – all foreign policy is determined by internal political conditions, and is only peripherally concerned with what goes on outside of that context. If you wondered how it was possible that US foreign policy has become so disconnected from reality – well, now you know.
This, at any rate, is as close as we can come to understanding the seemingly crazy pronouncements coming out of Pyongyang these days. Yes, it sounds like pure madness – but rest assured there is a method in this particular madness. Taking it at face value would be a mistake, albeit one our policymakers are quite ready to make.
With all the military moves and sophisticated armaments focused on the Korean peninsula lately, the irony is that the US and South Korea refuse to wield the one weapon that could bring down the North Korean regime: the prospect of peaceful reunification. Back in the good old days of the “Sunshine Policy,” when the South Koreans seemed about to make a breakthrough and actually bring about the nonviolent reunion of the country, Washington nixed the proposal – and it’s been downhill ever since.
Denied a “soft landing,” and backed into a corner, the North Korean commies aren’t likely to succumb to military pressure: negotiation is the only way forward. And the one big sticking point is the continued presence of some 30,000 US troops in South Korea. As long as the US maintains a military presence there, the long-delayed end of the Korean war will have to be indefinitely postponed.
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Posted on 08 April 2013.
–Since 2000 13 known cases of herpes have been contracted from the religious practice
–Two deaths and two babies suffering brain damage have resulted
–Department of health warns there being no safe way to perform the ritual that dates back more than 5,000 years
Two more infants have been infected with a deadly herpes virus in the last three months after undergoing a controversial religious oral circumcision in New York City.
The latest cases bring the count to 13 infants since 2000, two of which suffered brain damage and two died from the virus which can rapidly spread throughout its body.
The ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice of metzitzah b’peh requires a practitioner to orally suck the baby’s penis to ‘cleanse’ the open wound following its circumcision, making them susceptible to the virus.
Contraction: The ultra-Orthodox practice of metzitzah b’peh requires a practitioner to orally suck the baby’s penis to ‘cleanse’ the open wound following its circumcision, making them susceptible to the virus (file photo)
The department of health says one of the latest infants to contract the virus developed a fever and a lesion on its scrotum, seven days after the procedure. The boy later tested positive for HSV-1. That virus differs from HSV-2, the genital herpes, which is contracted during sexual intercourse.
‘A herpes infection in a newborn baby has the risk of leading to severe illness and death,’ Jay Varma, deputy commissioner for disease control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene told ABC News.
‘The reason is that the baby doesn’t have the same fully developed immune system as an adult. Instead of staying in the genital area, it extends throughout different organs in the body,’ he explained.
He said it’s too soon to tell whether the boys will suffer permanent effects.
The identify of the rabbi who performed the circumcision is being withheld by the boys’ parents, preventing the health department to step in, they said.
Dangers: Since 2000 13 known cases of herpes have resulted from the practice, two of which suffered brain damage and two others died
The religious practice that dates back to more than 5,000 years defies warning by the city’s department of health which says there is no safe way to perform the oral suction on an open wound.
More modern Jewish practices use a sterile aspiration device to clean the wound or a pipette opposed to the oral sucking.
But some rabbis stand grounded behind the practice, calling it a religious freedom while noting its long history.
In September the department voted to require parents to sign forms consenting to the risks of the practice after the death of two children who contracted the virus through the practice.
The parents of those newly infected boys are said to have not signed those forms.
According to Rabbi David Zwiebel, executive vice president of the Orthodox Jewish organization Agudath Israel of America, two-thirds of boys born in New York City’s Hasidic communities are circumcised in the oral suction matter.
The health department claims they’ve had complaints in past by parents who say they weren’t made aware that the oral practice would be performed on their child.
Posted on 08 April 2013.
Eleven children and a woman were killed by an air strike during a NATO operation targeting Taliban commanders in eastern Afghanistan, officials in the region said Sunday.
Civilian deaths have been a long-running source of friction between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his international backers. Karzai has forbidden Afghan troops from calling for air strikes and NATO advise crews not to fire at or bomb in populated areas.
Six insurgents – two of them senior Taliban leaders – were killed during the operation in a village in Shigal district in Kunar province, which is on the Pakistani border, on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
The Interior Ministry did not mention any civilian casualties but Wasefullah Wasefi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said civilian homes had been hit during an air attack.
“Eleven children and a woman were killed when an air strike hit their houses,” Wasefi said.
The deaths came on the same day that a car bomb killed five Americans, including three U.S. soldiers, a young diplomat and a U.S. Defence Department contractor, in the southern province of Zabul.
Mohammad Zahir Safai, the Shigal district chief, said the woman and the children were killed when the houses collapsed on them.
A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Captain Luca Carniel, said they were aware of reports of civilian casualties and was assessing the incident.
Carniel said ISAF had provided “air support” during the operation but he said there had been no ISAF troops on the ground. The air strike had been requested by coalition forces, not their Afghan allies, he said.
A Reuters journalist saw bodies of 11 children when they were taken to Safai’s office in protest by their families and other villagers on Sunday.
The journalist did not see the body of a women and Safai said residents told him of the death. Women’s bodies are not displayed, according to custom.
Wasefi also said an American civilian adviser to the Afghan intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, had also been killed in the operation. He said it had lasted several hours.
The Ministry of Interior said the two dead Taliban commanders, Ali Khan and Gul Raouf, planned and organised attacks in Kunar
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Posted on 08 April 2013.
Acting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro believes there is a US plot to assassinate him during his election campaign. He called on his followers to be “vigilant” and warned conspirators want to prevent his victory in next week’s election.
Presidential candidate Maduro pointed the finger at the former US Ambassador to Venezuela Otto Reich and the ex-ambassador to the Organization of American States, Roger Noriega, outing them as the driving force behind the conspiracy.
“Their goal is to kill me,” said Maduro on Saturday during an electoral campaign speech in the northern state of Bolivar. He called on his supporters to be on maximum alert, warning that the object of the plot was to increase the homicide rate in cities across Venezuela and cause a blackout ahead of the elections.
“Roger Noriega and Otto Reich are involved, as well as the Salvadorian far right that has contracted hit men,” announced Maduro during his speech. He stressed that they wanted him dead because “they know they cannot beat me in fair elections.”
Addressing a throng of followers at his campaign speech, Maduro also gave a warning that an ancient curse would fall on those who do not vote for him in next week’s elections.
“If someone votes against Nicolas Maduro then he is voting against himself,” announced the acting president. “The curse of Maracapana will fall on them.”
The curse in question harks back to the Battle of Maracapana in 1568 which, according to Maduro, was“a battle where betrayal triumphed.”
Maduro explained that in the battle 300 Spanish soldiers ordered 18,000 Indians to fight against their own people. In this way, he likened his rival candidate Henrique Capriles to a Spanish conqueror and decried voting for him as a vote against Venezuela.
“If the bourgeoisie win, they are going to privatize health and education, they are going to take land from the Indians, the curse of Maracapana would come on you,” the candidate continued.
For his part, Capriles dismissed his rival’s words as hot-headed rhetoric and stated that any candidate who threatens the people has no right to govern the country.
“Anyone who threatens the people, who tells the people a curse can fall on them, has no right to govern this country,” he said at a rally in the western state of Tachira, adding that that the “real curse” was Maduro and his followers.
Maduro has been acting president since President Hugo Chavez’s death on March 5, but will face elections next week. According to polls Maduro is currently 10 points ahead of Capriles.
Capriles is widely considered to be the pro-American candidate in the elections, while Maduro is seen as Hugo Chavez’s successor.
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Posted on 08 April 2013.
1st Hour – Author/AFP Writer Victor Thorn
2nd Hour – Ron and Max will discuss select audio clips from Montel Williams’ 1992 program on the Holocaust in which he had David Cole and Mark Weber as guests.
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