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Margaret Thatcher’s Criminal Legacy

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By Finian Cunningham

Hours after the death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the history books are being re-written and the beatification of the Iron Lady is well underway.

Current British premier David Cameron praised Lady Thatcher for having “saved Britain” and for making the has-been colonial power “great again”.

Tributes poured forth from French and German leaders, Francoise Hollande and Angela Merkel, while US President Barack Obama said America had lost a “special friend”.

Former American secretary of state Henry Kissinger and former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev also lamented the loss of “an historic world figure”. Polish ex-president Lech Walesa hailed Margaret Thatcher for having brought down the Soviet Union and Communism.

Such fulsome praise may be expected coming from so many war criminals. But it is instructive of how history is written by the victors and criminals in high office. Obama, Cameron, Hollande and Merkel should all be arraigned and prosecuted for war crimes in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Pakistan, Somalia and Mali, among other places. Kissinger has long evaded justice for over four decades for his role in the US genocide in Southeast Asia during the so-called Vietnam War in which over three million people were obliterated in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

The British state is to give Thatcher, who died this week aged 87, a full military-honours funeral. The praise, eulogies, wreaths and ceremonies are all self-indictments of association with one of the most ruthless and criminal political figures in modern times.

Margaret Thatcher with Yitzhak Shamir in Jerusalem in 1986. (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

So, here is a people’s history of Thatcher’s legacy.

She will be remembered for colluding with the most reactionary elements of Rupert Murdoch’s squalid media empire to launch a war over the Malvinas Islands in 1982, a war that caused hundreds of lives and involved the gratuitous sinking of an Argentine warship, the Belgrano, 
by a British submarine.

By declaring war, rather than conducting political negotiations with Argentina over Britain’s ongoing colonial possession of the Malvinas, Thatcher salvaged her waning public support in Britain, and the bloodletting helped catapult her into a second term of office in Downing Street. Her political “greatness” that so many Western leaders now eulogize was therefore paid in part by the lives of Argentine and British soldiers, and by bequeathing an ongoing source of conflict in the South Atlantic.

It wasn’t just foreigners that Thatcher declared war on. Armed with her snake-oil economic policies of privatisation, deregulation, unleashing finance capitalism, pump-priming the rich with tax awards subsidised by the ordinary working population, Thatcher declared war on the British people themselves. She famously proclaimed that “there was no such thing as society” and went on to oversee an explosion in the gap between rich and poor and the demolition of social conditions in Britain. That legacy has been amplified by both successive Conservative and Labour governments and is central to today’s social meltdown in Britain – more than two decades after Thatcher resigned. Laughably, David Cameron, a protégé of Thatcher, claims that she “saved” Britain. The truth is Thatcher accelerated the sinking of British capitalism and society at large. What she ordered for the Belgrano has in a very real way come to be realised for British society at large.

During her second term of office in the mid-1980s, the Iron Lady declared war on the “enemy within”. She was referring to Britain’s strongly unionised coal-mining industry. Imagine declaring war on your own population. That is a measure of her pathological intolerance towards others who did not happen to share her obnoxious ideological views – ideological views that have since become exposed as intellectually and morally bankrupt.

For over a year around 1984, her Orwellian mindset and policies starved mining communities in the North of England into submission. Her use of paramilitary police violence also broke the resolve and legitimate rights of these communities. Miners’ leader Arthur Scargill would later be vindicated in the eyes of ordinary people, if not in the eyes of the mainstream media. Britain’s coalmines were systematically shut down, thousands of workers would be made unemployed, and entire communities were thrown on the social scrap heap. All this violence and misery was the price for Thatcher’s ideological war against working people and their political rights.

The class war that Thatcher unleashed in Britain is still raging. The rich have become richer, the poor decidedly more numerous and poorer. The decimation of workers’ rights and the unfettered power given to finance capital were hallmarks of Thatcher’s legacy and are to this day hallmarks of Britain’s current social decay. But that destructive legacy goes well beyond Britain. The rightwing nihilistic capitalism that Thatcher gave vent to was and became a zeitgeist for North America, Europe and globally. The economic malaise that is currently plaguing the world can be traced directly to such ideologues as Margaret Thatcher and former US President Ronald Reagan.

A final word on Thatcher’s real legacy, as opposed to the fakery from fellow war criminals, is her role in Ireland’s conflict. Her epitaph of “Iron Lady” is often said with admiration or even sneaking regard for her supposed virtues of determination and strength. In truth, her “iron” character was simply malevolent, as can be seen from her policies towards the Irish struggle for independence from Britain. In 1981, 10 Irish republican prisoners, led by a young Belfast man by the name of Bobby Sands, died from hunger strikes. The men died after more than 50 days of refusing prison food because they were demanding to be treated as political prisoners, not as criminals. Thatcher refused to yield to their demands, denouncing them as criminals and callously claiming that they “took their own lives”. No matter that Bobby Sands had been elected by tens of thousands of Irish voters to the British House of Parliament during his hunger strike. He was merely a criminal who deserved to die, according to the cold, unfeeling Thatcher.

As a result of Thatcher’s intransigence to negotiate Irish rights, the violence in the North of Ireland would escalate over the next decade, claiming thousands of lives. As with Las Malvinas dispute with Argentina, Thatcher deliberately took the military option and, with that, countless lives, rather than engage in reasoned, mutual dialogue. Her arrogance and obduracy blinded her to any other possibility.

As the violence gyrated in Ireland, Thatcher would also embrace the criminal policy of colluding with pro-British death squads. Armed,funded and directed by British intelligence, these death squads would in subsequent years kill hundreds of innocent people – with the knowledge and tacit approval of Lady Thatcher. It was a policy of British state terrorism in action, sanctioned by Thatcher. One of those victims was Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane, who was murdered in February 1989. He was shot 12 times in the head in front of his wife and children by a British death squad, after the killers smashed their way into the Finucane home on a Sunday afternoon.

Thus whether in her dealings with Las Malvinas row with Argentina, the British working people or Irish republicans, Margaret Thatcher was an intolerant militarist who always resorted to demagoguery, violence and starvation to get her political way. She was a criminal fascist who is 
now proclaimed to be a national hero.

Reports this week say that Thatcher died with Alzheimer’s, the brain-degenerating disease in which the patient loses their faculty for memory. Western leaders, it seems, would also like to erase public memory of Thatcher’s criminal legacy.

Finian Cunningham, originally from Belfast, Ireland, was born in 1963. He is a prominent expert in international affairs. The author and media commentator was expelled from Bahrain in June 2011 for his critical journalism in which he highlighted human rights violations by the Western-backed regime. He is a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a career in journalism. He is also a musician and songwriter. For many years, he worked as an editor and writer in the mainstream news media, including The Mirror, Irish Times and Independent. He is now based in East Africa where he is writing a book on Bahrain and the Arab Spring.He co-hosts a weekly current affairs programme, Sunday at 3pm GMT on Bandung Radio.

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US expected to increase aid to Syrian rebels

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Rebels from al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, as they sit on a truck full of ammunition, at Taftanaz air base, that was captured by the rebels, in Idlib province, northern Syria (photo credit: AP/Edlib News Network ENN)

Body armor and night-vision goggles among nonlethal equipment that would join food and medical supplies

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The Obama administration’s next step in aid to Syrian rebels is expected to be a broader package of nonlethal assistance, including body armor and night-vision goggles, as the US searches for ways to stem the bloodshed from Syria’s civil war.

Administration officials say an announcement of the new aid is not imminent. But Secretary of State John Kerry says the administration had been holding intense talks on how to boost assistance to the rebels fighting forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“Those efforts have been very much front and center in our discussions in the last week in Washington,” Kerry said Tuesday, a day before meeting with Syrian opposition leaders in London. “I’m not sure what the schedule is, but I do believe that it’s important for us to try to continue to put the pressure on President Assad and to try to change his calculation.”

The United Nations estimates more than 70,000 people have been killed during more than two years of fighting between rebels and government forces.

Britain and France have already been shipping armor, night-vision goggles and other military-style equipment to the rebels.

Earlier this year, the US announced a $60 million nonlethal assistance package for Syria that includes meals and medical supplies for the armed opposition. The aid package marked the first direct American assistance to the opposition forces trying to overthrow Assad.

But thus far, the US has resisted providing lethal weapons to the rebels, in part out of fear that the arms could fall into the hands of jihadi groups that are designated as terrorist fronts linked to al-Qaeda. However, the US has said it would not stand in the way of other nations that decide to arm the rebels.

Senior officials from the White House, State Department and Pentagon held a high-level meeting Friday that focused on Syria.

In London, Kerry attended a British-hosted lunch alongside several leading members of the Syrian opposition. They included the interim prime minister, Hassan Hitto; Vice Presidents Suheir Atassi and George Sabra; Secretary-General Najib Ghadbian and the opposition’s envoys to the United States and Britain.

Kerry then was to meet one-on-one with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for talks on the Syrian civil war and several US-Russian disputes that have strained the relationship. Discussions on Syria are expected to continue into Wednesday night when the top diplomats from all the Group of Eight industrialized nations get together.

The leader of a terrorist group fighting on the side of Syria’s rebels has for the first time pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and the terror network’s No. 1, Ayman al-Zawahri.

In an audio message Wednesday, Abu Mohammad al-Golani also confirmed ties with al-Qaeda’s Iraq branch but said that he wasn’t consulted ahead of an announcement on the two groups’ merger.

Al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq on Tuesday announced it joined forces with the Syrian group, and that the new union will be called the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

But al-Golani said the announcement was premature and that his Jabhat al-Nusra will continue to use its own name.

The US designated Jabhat al-Nusra a terrorist group at the end of 2012.

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Russian Jews urge Netanyahu to ignore US Jews’ peace call

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In a letter signed by 100 notables, PM urged to rule out pleas to cede land

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One hundred Russian Jewish notables urged Benjamin Netanyahu to ignore recent pleas by American Jews calling on the Israeli prime minister to cede land for peace.

In an open letter from Russia published Tuesday, the Russian Jews wrote that their message was a reaction to the April 3 letter initiated by the dovish Israel Policy Forum by 100 American Jews, including philanthropists Charles Bronfman, Danny Abraham, Lester Crown and Stanley Gold, and former US Undersecretary of Defense Dov Zakheim.

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Among the signers of the Russian letter were the president of the Russian Jewish Congress, Yuri Kanner, and businessman Mikhail Fridman, one of the organization’s founders. Others included Pinchas Goldschmidt, a chief rabbi of Moscow and president of the Conference of European Rabbis.

“We, the Russian Jews, are committed to the secure and stable future of Israel no less than our American coreligionists,” the response letter from Moscow read.

“It is therefore that we believe that the decisions of the Head of the Government of Israel on critical issues should be taken for the sake of people of Israel only, based exclusively on Israel’s assessment of the situation. Decisions on national security issues must not be made under external pressure, regardless of its origins: world public opinion, US leaders or even influential American Jews.”

In the wake of President Obama’s visit to Israel last month, the American Jews in their letter asked Netanyahu to take steps to represent Israel’s “readiness to make painful territorial sacrifices for the sake of peace.” They said they wrote the letter “as Americans deeply committed to Israel’s security.”

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Teacher demonstrates Nazi selection process in classroom, singles out German looking kids

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ed note–but, but, but, but…according to all the white nationalist/white supremacist types, Jews are a ‘race’ and of completely different composition from genetically-superior whites…You mean that indeed there are ‘blond haired/blue-eyed’ Jews, as this article contends, and that ‘being Jewish’ has everything to do with mindset and nothing to do with genetics?

Imagine our shock…

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Racism in Israel 2013: Parents who immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union and their third grade children attending a Haifa school, were shocked this week by a lesson given by their Hebrew teacher.

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, she chose to demonstrate the Nazi selection process between Jews and non-Jews, by using light-haired children.

One mother said “my son arrived from school and asked me ‘mom, am I even Jewish?’ I didn’t understand where this question came from. At first I thought it was because we saw Holocaust movies. I started talking to him and then he told me what happened. The day after, he told me that one of the girls said that he and the rest of the blond children are German.”

The mother also said “we come from a Jewish family, my grandmother’s sister died in the war and so did other relatives of mine. To go and say that the blond children are like the Nazis is strange. I suggest that the school conduct a thorough examination with this teacher and take measures against her if necessary.”

Another mother said “my son may not understand the insult, and I also made sure that he won’t understand or be insulted, but other children are laughing at them. How could the teacher say something like this? These children were born here, in Israel. Can she tell by the color of their skin who is Jewish and who is not? You would think that there weren’t blond children in Europe who were killed in the Holocaust.”

Another mother described the situation as her daughter relayed it to her: “The teacher spoke with the children about Holocaust Remembrance Day. She explained that the Nazis identified the Jews and chose them, according to skin, hair and eye color. She chose six blond children, all of whom immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union, and asked them to stand in a line facing the class.

“The teacher herself, who has dark skin and hair, asked the rest of the children in the class to explain the differences between her and the children standing in the row. They started answering ‘they have blond hair and you have black’ and ‘they have light skin and you have dark.’ She answered. ‘Very true, that is the reason, these children would not have been taken to the ghetto or killed, because they don’t look like Jews rather more like Germans,’” said the shocked mother.

At the end of the school day, the children came home and asked difficult questions. “My daughter’s friend got home. Her mother was at work and she asked her grandmother ‘we don’t look like Jews?’ The grandmother did not understand what she wanted, as they have been Jews for generations. The entire family. She called her daughter and after she heard what happened, she told me,” said the grandmother.

According to the parents, as a result of the lesson, the next day one of the students in the class called one of the blond children chosen to demonstrate a “German”.

‘Pedagogic process is unclear’

The six children’s families appealed in a letter to the Education Ministry, the Haifa Municipality and to Knesset members from the Education Committee and asked them to intervene. “At their age, children establish themselves and their confidence. Their absorption into society is difficult as it is and the incident didn’t add to their confidence at all. Who gave that teacher the right to harm our children!?”

The parents also wrote in the letter that the “pedagogic process is unclear and even appalling. It is hard for us to believe that these are the processes the teacher learned in the teachers’ seminar on the Holocaust.”

One of the mothers described the hard feelings: “I had a difficult aliyah process. For years I couldn’t study Hebrew well, and everywhere I went I heard ‘stinking Russian, go back to Russia.’ It hurt, but I knew that my children would not undergo the same thing. My children were born in Israel, their mother tongue is Hebrew, their holidays are Passover and Sukkot. I did not think that the day would come that they are pointed out, and that they will stand in front of the class, to be distinguished from the “Jews.”

According to another mother, “at the beginning, the children themselves did not understand how severe this is. We only understood through their questions and began asking them and then what happened in this incident was clear. I think that it is simply unbelievable. It can’t be that a teacher can do such a thing; thoughtlessly and insensitively. The fact is that the next day while playing, they called one of the children a ‘German’.”

The Education Ministry responded: “in light of the incident the district director, Rachel Matuki, spoke with the teacher and noted before her that there is no place for this kind of behavior in general and in the education system specifically.

“The teacher has expressed her regret and noted that she expresses her deep apologies for the incident. The teacher and school counselor are holding discussions with the students in order to create an honorable environment and tolerance in the classrooms and at the school.”

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US soldier faces death penalty for fighting with al-Qaeda in Syria

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Former US soldier turned Syrian rebel

A former American soldier who fought as a rebel in Syria faces the death penalty for his ties to a Syrian faction, Jabat al-Nusra, that has merged with al-Qaeda’s Iraq branch. In one video, Eric Harroun delivers a personal message to Bashar al-Assad: ‘Your days are numbered. You’re going down in flames’ 

ed note–more damage control from an internationally-embarassed United States in the face of insurmountable evidence that it supports international terrorism. This guy is there on the ground in Syria because his country SENT him there in the first place and had he never made the news, he could continue receiving his kill orders from Uncle Sam without any legal repercussions whatsoever.

Hours after US prosecutors successfully applied for Eric Harroun to face the death penalty, an announcement emerged in Iraq that the Islamic State of Iraq was joining forces with al-Nusra.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, said his group and Syria’s al-Nusra Front – which has been blacklisted by the United States – would now jointly go under the name of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, the SITE Arabic monitoring service said.

Baghdadi said the Iraqi group would share its forces and finances with its Syrian partner, which has been proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the US despite belonging to the Western-backed Syrian opposition coalition.

Harroun faced the charges of working with Nusra and firing rocket propelled grenades while in Syria at a court in Virginia. The maximum penalty if found guilty is death, and the minimum is life imprisonment.

After his arrest, Harroun, 30, told the FBI that he had killed 10 people while fighting against the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

He achieved a measure of prominence during the conflict, when the state media reported that he had been killed.

“Syrian media must be smoking something,” he told one media outlet after that report. “because I am alive and well chilling in Istanbul having a martini at the moment.”

Geremy Kamens, Harroun’s public defender, said the case was “unique in American law”.

“Never, to my knowledge, has the US government charged a US citizen for fighting with a group aligned with US interests,” Mr Kamens said.

The new organisation will be called the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, and its Syrian branch will be headed by Abu Mohammed al-Golani.

Officially, al-Nusra was established in January 2012, according to a video statement declaring its creation, and shares several commonalities with its Iraqi counterpart.

Both groups have achieved notoriety for their use of suicide attacks and car bombs, as opposed to the more conventional fighting methods of other militant and rebel groups in Iraq and Syria.

Like al-Qaeda in Iraq, al-Nusra Front has a substantial portion of foreign fighters among its ranks, including Iraqis, Palestinians and other Arabs. Fighters from central Asia, east Africa and eastern Europe have also joined.

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5 Zio-Nazi suspected in racist attack

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Police believe five young men from south Tel Aviv beat two Israelis of Ethiopian descent thinking they were migrants. Officers say they have no doubt assaults were racially-motivated

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Five youngsters from south Tel Aviv were arrested on suspicion they assaulted two Israelis of Ethiopian descent thinking they were migrants. Police suspect the motive for the assaults was racist.

The investigation was launched after one of the victims filed a complaint claiming he was beaten and robbed of his mobile phone.

According to police, the five men attacked the victim having noticed the color of his skin, beat him with a blunt object and fled the scene. The victim was rushed to the Edith Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.

During questioning, it was discovered that the five were also involved in assaults against another Ethiopian man as well as an Eritrean migrant.

The two other victims did not require medical attention. Police sources said they have no doubt that the attacks were racially-motivated.

Four of the suspects, two teens aged 17, a 19-year-old and a 21-year-old, were arrested on Tuesday. They were remanded in custody for two days. The fifth suspect, aged 19, was arrested Wednesday.

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Jewish terrorist’ Jack Teitel sentenced to 2 life terms

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פיצויים גם לקורבנות שלא נהרגו. טייטל בצהריים (צילום: גיל יוחנן)

ed note–the ONLY reason Teitel was arrested, convicted  and sentenced is because of the attention this story received internationally. Israel is a  HAVEN for war criminals and murderers and this latest is just what is known as ‘damage control’ in the aftermath of bad PR. Once we see Prime Ministers, Defense Minsters and and IDF thugs going to prison for mass murders such as Cast Lead, Sabra and Shatilla, Deir Yassin, etc, etc, etc, thenwe can begin to  assume that  the  Jewish  state has joined the ‘community of civilized nations’. Until that point, we must see it for what it is–an ethno-theocracy built along the lines of the Jewish religion which commands the murder and despoilment of Gentiles.

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“Jewish terrorist” Jack (Yakov) Teitel, who was convicted of two counts of first degree murder of two Palestinians, in addition to a long list other violent offences, was sentenced Tuesday to two life sentences and an additional 30 years in jail by a Jerusalem District Court. Before sentencing Teitel claimed he did not regret his actions.

The judges rejected the defense’s request for a reduced sentence on the basis of Teitel’s mental state and, in addition, the court ruled that Teitel will pay the two victims’ families NIS 180,000 (roughly $50,000) each in compensation; he was also ordered to pay two people he was convicted of attempting to murder NIS 150,000 (roughly $41,000) each in damages.

Teitel, a US immigrant, confessed to the killings, which he committed while visiting as a tourist. He was convicted in January of killing a Palestinian taxi driver in Jerusalem and a shepherd near the West Bank city of Hebron.

Teitel, who received the infamous nickname the “Jewish terrorist,” was charged with 10 different offences, the most severe of which were two counts of murder in the first degree, two counts of attempted murder, illegal possession and assembling of a firearm and incitement to violence.

During sentencing, Judges Zvi Segal, Moshe Drori and Moshe Cohen ruled that his mental condition had no influence on his actions and hence he would be held fully accountable for them.

“There is no doubt in our hearts that there is no causal link between his actions and his mental condition. Hence, we have decided to convict him of the actions attributed to him,” the judges said in the ruling. 

Hatred in the first degree

The first murder for which Teitel was convicted took place in 1997. The deceased, Samir Akram Balbisi, was working at the time as a taxi driver, offered to drive Teitel to wherever he pleased.

Teitel agreed, entered Balbisi’s vehicle and then ordered the Palestinian to drive him to a certain location. When he saw that Balbisi’s eyes were on the road he shot him point blank in the head.

Three months later Teitel decided to kill again. He searched for a victim in the village of Susya and found a shepherd, Issa Jabarin. As Jabarin passed Teital he fired two shots, both from short range, in Jabarin’s direction, hitting him in the chest.

Teital was also convicted of incitement to violence and terror after he printed posters calling for the murder of members of the LGBT community, promising NIS 20,000 (roughly $5,500) for the person willing to kill “Sodom and Gomorra.”

He was also charged with planting an explosive device inside a plant near the entrance to Prof. Zeev Sternhell’s house in September 2008.

Sternhell, a world renowned professor of political science, an Israel Prize laureate and a peace activist, was wounded in his leg when the device exploded.

He was additionally charged with the attempted murder of the youth Ami Ortiz in 2008. Teitel placed an explosive device inside a gift basket intended for the boy’s father, David Ortiz, with the intent of killing him, because the man served as the head of the messianic Jewish community.

The family’s maid unknowingly took the booby trapped gift basket into the house, leading the boy to open it, prompting the bomb to go off. The boy was severely wounded throughout his body.

A number of Teitel’s victim’s relatives arrived at the court for the sentencing.

Ibrahim Balbisi, the father of Akram Balbisi, whom Teitel murdered, said upon hearing the sentence: “There is justice. It hurts my heart every day my son is not with us. Day and night we cannot sleep, our thoughts always wander to Akram. I am happy the sentence sends this killer to jail for the rest of his life.”

Leah Ortiz, Ami’s mother, said: “We are very happy that Teitel received many years behind bars. He said he is proud of what he did and would do it again; he is a dangerous man, full of hate – jail is where he belongs.”

Yossi Greiber, Ortiz’s lawyer, expressed anger at the fact that the State refuses to recognize the family as a victim of a terror attack and afford them the financial assistance such victims enjoy.

“We are left with the pain and wounds. They boy is 20 years old and will require medical treatment for the rest of his life. Despite the fact that the background of the attack is identical to that of the deaths of the Palestinians, as the court itself claimed, the State refuses to grant us assistance,” the lawyer said.

Lawyers Asher Ohayon and Michael Ironi, who represented Teitel, claimed the court ignored the complexity of their client’s mental state, opting for the easy solution.

“Eight doctors, some who work for the State, think differently from the court (about Teitel’s mental condition), but instead of dealing with this issue the court choose to ignore it. Teitel didn’t kill because of hatred, he has visions, he received orders which he felt he had to follow. And these resulted from a mental condition that had developed early in his childhood,” one of the lawyers said.

Sagi Ofir, for the prosecution, said: “The criminal was sent to jail for the rest of his life, as he deserved. The court affirmed the message towards those who turn to terror. We can only hope this will serve as a deterrent to those who wish to engage in terror activities.”

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Assad; Syria Crisis marks the End of the Uni-polar World and the Rise of the BRICS as Global Power

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In an recent interview, Syria´s President al-Assad stated that the Syria crisis indicates an end to a uni-polar, US-dominated world. On Friday, insurgents shelled the predominantly Christian Damascus suburb Jaramana, killing one, injuring seven, and causing structural damage to several buildings. Meanwhile, the Syrian military continues operations throughout Syria, including the north-eastern areas of Damascus. Assad blamed Turkey for sponsoring terrorism.

In a televised interview with the Turkish channel Ulsal Kanal, the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad accused Turkey of supporting terrorists in Syria. In the interview, al-Assad stressed, that western countries have no right to establish democracy in Syria as they bear responsibility for homicide in the country and the region.

The Syrian President continued the interview, stating, that the crisis in Syria is not a local but an international crisis, and that he believes, that the crisis is an artifact of a struggle between large countries of the world, for changing the existing state borders in the region. The crisis in Syria is as much an international crisis, Assad said, as it is a war that is being waged against his country by the international community.

Al-Assad emphasized, that the establishment of the BRICS has sent the signal to the whole world, that the USA no longer can remain the sole pole of global power, and that others will now have to bear in mind the opinion and interests of the BRICS countries. He continued stating, that the BRICS countries were not assisting his government or the Syrian state per se, but that they instead made an effort for stability in the region.

Al-Assad stressed, that there was a need to fully understand, that if the crisis leads to the breakup of Syria, or if it fills the country with terrorists, then the crisis will inevitably spill over into neighboring countries. He continued stating, that he believes, that “that is why the BRICS is facing up to the West and is foursquare behind the principle of a political settlement in Syria.”

Tayyip Erdogan

On Wednesday al-Assad blamed the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stating, that he has not uttered a single word of truth since the beginning of the crisis, and blamed the Turkish government for being a key backer of the Syrian opposition and state sponsored terrorism.

In a statement released on Thursday, al-Assad criticized the Arab League for handing a seat to the Syrian opposition´s National Coalition, and stated that the Arab League lacks legitimacy. It is a league that represents the Arab states, not a league that represents Arab people. It cannot grant or retract legitimacy, he said.

Al-Assad´s statement, that the rise of the BRICS implies an end to a uni-polar world, dominated by the United States came shortly after the 2013 BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa, and the BRICS member states decision to, among other initiatives, create a BRICS Development Bank as an alternative to the World Bank and the IMF.

The red line, which the BRICS has drawn with regard to Syria, and with the establishment of a BRICS Development Bank are two among a series of red lines and signals which the BRICS has issued over the past month. Some of the western nations however, have responded with covert acts of aggression, which could not only aggravate and widen the conflict in Syria into a wider war, but result in a global currency war as well.

Subsequent to the failure to reach an agreement between the EU and Russia over the European Union´s Third Energy Package, Russian top diplomats have become increasingly assertive and open in their warnings against a widening of the conflict over energy security, which includes Syria.

Emerging Economies at a Crossroads: Yi Gang

In early March the Deputy Governor of China´s National Bank, Yi Gang, called on international players to avoid a currency war, stating, “China is fully prepared in terms of monetary policies and other mechanisms, to deal with a possible currency war, and China will take full account of the quantitative easing policy conducted by the central banks of some countries“.

The western response however, seems to be a continuation of aggressive military and economic politics, including among other, the continued aggravation of the crisis in Korea and Syria, the continuation of economic protectionism, enforced by military proxies or direct military intervention in central Africa.

Shortly after the BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa, western media initiated a campaign, positioning the South African President Jacob Zuma as a potential war criminal over the involvement of South African troops in the Central African Republic (CAR), where 13 South African soldiers were killed during attempts to help the government and military of the CAR to prevent a western backed coup d´etat with the help of a “rebel alliance” as proxy.

The concerted campaign against the 2013 BRICS Summit host, South African President Jacob Zuma, led the Russian expert on international law and governance, Alexander Mezyaev, to voice his concerns, that the western backed coup in the Central African Republic may have been a precursor for a coup d´etat in the Republic of South Africa.

There is a general consensus among analysts, that the statement of the Syrian President al-Assad, that the BRICS increased assertiveness spells an end to a US-dominated, uni-polar world. Whether the world will be heading to a global currency war and a widening of the worlds simmering conflicts into an open and direct military confrontation between the two blocks however, is far more uncertain and for the time being difficult to assess.

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IRS Rules Permit Charities To Say Little About Money Sent Overseas

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Changes Mean No Way To Know Where Donations Go

ed note–you can bet that these ‘new rules’ WILL NOT be applied to Islamic charities, but only to those benefitting Israel and the construction of new settlements as well as the terrorism that accompanies these settlements.

forward.com

Want to know how an American charity is spending your donated dollars overseas?

Tough luck.

That’s the effect of an Internal Revenue Service rule change that is making it increasingly difficult for donors and watchdogs to track American not-for-profit dollars after they leave the United States.

Former IRS officials have criticized the little-noticed 2008 change, which lifted the requirement that charities in the United States report to the IRS and the public the identities of overseas charities to which they have sent money.

Charities still have to tell the IRS and the public the names and amounts they donate to other American charities. When American charities send money out of the country, however, they need to say only the region of the world where they sent it and the amount they gave.

That means that an American charity such as One Israel Fund, which in 2003 reported sending tens of thousands of dollars to settlements in the West Bank, now needs only to acknowledge that it sent grants to the “Middle East” for “Security,” among other purposes, as One Israel Fund did in its 2010 disclosure.

Though the rule change isn’t new, it’s been little-noted outside of not-for-profit compliance circles. Some tax law experts contacted this March by the Forward were still unaware of the change.

“That’s just the opposite of what we were moving towards, which was more accounting responsibility,” said Sheldon Cohen, who led the IRS during the 1960s.

Marcus Owens, who led the IRS’s charities section, known as the Exempt Organizations Division, from 1990 to 2000, said that the rule change does not just leave donors in the dark. “It reduces the amount of information available to the IRS,” he said.

The loosened requirements mean less oversight of foreign grants, which are sometimes exploited by fraudsters and, in Israel, by politicians whom American donors support while taking a tax deduction at the same time.

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Mark Dankof’s America: RFK Assassination,

Mark Dankof’s America April 10, 2013

by crescentandcross

Mark Dankof discusses the Ross Baker essay on the RFK Assassination, the Southern Poverty Law Center work with the American Army Reserve, abortion, homosexuality, pedophilia, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, and Will Grigg’s essay on the UN Global Arms Treaty, with Dr. Ray Goodwin of The Barnes Review.

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