Proof of The Doomed Society;
1. This picture of old friends reminiscing about the good old days over a delicious brunch:
2. This adorable picture of star-crossed lovers meeting for the first time:
3. This picture of graduating seniors leaving high school for the last time, finally free from the shackles of standardized education:
4. This inspiring picture of fans rooting for their team at the big game:
5. This picture of friends enjoying a delicious Brooklyn pizza:
6. This picture of a wonderful family giving thanks for all their blessings at Thanksgiving dinner:
7. This picture of best friends heading off on a life-changing road trip across the continental United States:
8. This picture of teens enjoying their last summer vacation, one that will no doubt change their lives:
9. This picture of friends discussing the intricacies of love, life, and everything in between over fine wine:
10. This heart-wrenching picture of brother and sister reuniting after a decade apart:
11. This picture of museumgoers seeing the beautiful paintings of Thomas Cole for the first time, the sort of paintings that bring a tear to one’s eye:
12. This picture of friends getting a little wild while tailgating at the ‘Niners game:
13. This picture of eager moviegoers itching to see this summer’s hottest blockbuster:
14. This picture of a friendly teen capturing a moment he never wanted to forget:
15. This picture of friends getting a bit wild at a birthday party:
16. This heartwarming picture taken mere seconds before the man on the right proposed to his girlfriend:
17. This picture of a nice young lady taking a new photo for her United States passport:
18. This picture showing young love in its purest, simplest form:
19. This picture of the girls watching the exciting conclusion of Pretty Little Liars:
And eating eggs, apparently.
20. This picture of best friends enjoying a delicious burger and a coffee:
21. This touching photo showing the difficulty — and the reward — of parenthood:
22. This picture of a young man viewing the sunset the way it was meant to be viewed — through a tiny screen:
23. And this adorable photo of a baby logging into her very first social network account:
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An Intelligence Agency is an effective instrument of a national power. Aggressive intelligence is its primary weapon to destabilize the target. Indeed, no one knows what the intelligence agencies actually do so figuring out who the best intelligence service is can be difficult. The very nature of intelligence often means that the successes will not be public knowledge for years, whereas failures or controversial operations will be taken to the press. It’s a thankless situation. Still, from what little has emerged, one can have an idea of some of the better intelligence services out there, with the understanding that this is based on incomplete data.
10. ASIS – Australia
Formed 13 May 1952 HeadquartersCanberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia Annual budget$162.5m AUD (2007) Minister responsibleThe Hon. Stephen Smith MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs Agency executiveNick Warner, Director-General
Australian Secret Intelligence Service is the Australian government intelligence agency responsible for collecting foreign intelligence, undertaking counter-intelligence activities and cooperation with other intelligence agencies overseas. For more than twenty years, the existence of the agency was a secret even from its own government. Its primary responsibility is gathering intelligence from mainly Asian and Pacific interests using agents stationed in a wide variety of areas. Its main purpose, as with most agencies, is to protect the country’s political and economic interests while ensuring safety for the people of Australia against national threats.
9. RAW – India
Formed 21 September 1968 HeadquartersNew Delhi, India Agency executiveK. C. Verma, Secretary (R) Parent agencyPrime Minister’s Office, GoI
Research and Analysis Wing is India’s external intelligence agency. It was formed in September 1968, after the newly independent Republic of India was faced with 2 consecutive wars, the Sino-Indian war of 1962 and the India-Pakistani war of 1965, as it was evident that a credible intelligence gathering setup was lacking. Its primary function is collection of external intelligence, counter-terrorism and covert operations. In addition, it is responsible for obtaining and analyzing information about foreign governments, corporations, and persons, in order to advise Indian foreign policymakers. Until the creation of R&AW, the Intelligence Bureau handled both internal and external intelligence.
8. DGSE – France
Formed April 2, 1982 Preceding agencyExternal Documentation and Counter-Espionage Service Minister responsibleHervé Morin, Minister of Defence Agency executiveErard Corbin de Mangoux, Director
Directorate General for External Security is France’s external intelligence agency. Operating under the direction of the French ministry of defence, the agency works alongside the DCRI (the Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence) in providing intelligence and national security, notably by performing paramilitary and counterintelligence operations abroad. The General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) of France has a rather short history compared to other intelligence agencies in the region. It was officially founded in 1982 from a multitude of prior intelligence agencies in the country. Its primary focus is to gather intelligence from foreign sources to assist in military and strategic decisions for the country. The agency employs more than five thousand people.
7. FSB – Russia
Formed 3 April, 1995 Employees350,000 HeadquartersLubyanka Square Preceding agencyKGB
The Federal Security Service of Russian Federation (FSD) is the main domestic security agency of the Russian Federation and the main successor agency of the Soviet-era Cheka, NKVD and KGB. The FSB is involved in counter-intelligence, internal and border security, counter-terrorism, and surveillance. Its headquarters are on Lubyanka Square, downtown Moscow, the same location as the former headquarters of the KGB. All law enforcement and intelligence agencies in Russia work under the guidance of FSB, if needed. For example, the GRU, spetsnaz and Internal Troops detachments of Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs work together with the FSB in Chechnya. The FSB is responsible for internal security of the Russian state, counterespionage, and the fight against organized crime, terrorism, and drug smuggling. The number of FSB personnel and its budget remain state secrets, although the budget was reported to jump nearly 40% in 2006.
6. BND – Germany
Formed 1 April 1956 Employees6,050 Agency executiveGehlen Organization Parent agencyCentral Intelligence Group
The Bundesnachrichtendienst is the foreign intelligence agency of the German government, under the control of the Chancellor’s Office. The BND acts as an early warning system to alert the German government to threats to German interests from abroad. It depends heavily on wiretapping and electronic surveillance of international communications. It collects and evaluates information on a variety of areas such as international terrorism, WMD proliferation and illegal transfer of technology, organized crime, weapons and drug trafficking, money laundering, illegal migration and information warfare. As Germany’s only overseas intelligence service, the BND gathers both military and civil intelligence.
5. MSS – China
Jurisdiction People’s Republic of China HeadquartersBeijing Agency executiveGeng Huichang, Minister of State Security Parent agencyState Council
Ministry of State Security is the security agency of the People’s Republic of China. It is also probably the Chinese government’s largest and most active foreign intelligence agency, though it is also involved in domestic security matters. Article 4 of the Criminal Procedure Law gives the MSS the same authority to arrest or detain people as regular police for crimes involving state security with identical supervision by the procuratorates and the courts. It is headquartered near the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing. According to Liu Fuzhi, Secretary-General of the Commission for Politics and Law under the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Minister of Public Security, the mission of the MSS is to ensure “the security of the state through effective measures against enemy agents, spies, and counter-revolutionary activities designed to sabotage or overthrow China’s socialist system.” One of the primary missions of the MSS is undoubtedly to gather foreign intelligence from targets in various countries overseas. Many MSS agents are said to have operated in the Greater China region (Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan) and to have integrated themselves into the world’s numerous overseas Chinese communities. At one point, nearly 120 agents who had been operating under non-official cover in the U.S., Canada, Western and Northern Europe, and Japan as businessmen, bankers, scholars, and journalists were recalled to China, a fact that demonstrates the broad geographical scope of MSS agent coverage.
4. Mossad – Israel
Formed December 13, 1949 as the Central Institute for Coordination Employees1,200 (est) Agency executiveMeir Dagan, Director Parent agencyOffice of the Prime Minister
The Mossad is responsible for intelligence collection and covert operations including paramilitary activities. It is one of the main entities in the Israeli Intelligence Community, along with Aman (military intelligence) and Shin Bet (internal security), but its director reports directly to the Prime Minister. The list of its successes is long. Israel’s intelligence agency is most famous for having taken out a number of PLO operatives in retaliation for the attack that killed eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich. However, this agency has other success to its name, including the acquisition of a MiG-21 prior to the Six-Day war of 1967 and the theft of the plans for the Mirage 5 after the deal with France went sour. Mossad also assisted the United States in supporting Solidarity in Poland during the 1980s.
3. M1-6 – United Kingdom
Formed 1909 as the Secret Service Bureau JurisdictionGovernment of the United Kingdom HeadquartersVauxhall Cross, London Minister responsibleThe Rt Hon. William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary Agency executiveSir John Sawers KCMG, Director General Parent agencyForeign and Commonwealth Office
The British have had a long public perception of an effective intelligence agency (due to the success of the unrealistic, yet entertaining, James Bond movies). This perception matches reality. MI6, the British equivalent to the CIA, has had two big advantages in staying effective: The British Official Secrets Act and D notices can often prevent leaks (which have been the bane of the CIA’s existence). Some stories have emerged. In the Cold War, MI6 recruited Oleg Penkovsky, who played a key part in the favorable resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Oleg Gordievski, who operated for a decade before MI6 extracted him via Finland. The British were even aware of Norwood’s activities, but made the decision not to tip their hand. MI6 also is rumored to have sabotaged the Tu-144 supersonic airliner program by altering documents and making sure they fell into the hands of the KGB.
2. CIA – America
Formed September 18, 1947 Employees20,000 Agency executiveLeon Panetta, Director Parent agencyCentral Intelligence Group
CIA is the largest of the intelligence agencies and is responsible for gathering data from other countries that could impact U.S. policy. It is a civilian intelligence agency of the United States government responsible for providing national security intelligence to senior United States policymakers. The CIA also engages in covert activities at the request of the President of the United States of America. The CIA’s primary function is to collect information about foreign governments, corporations, and individuals, and to advise public policymakers. The agency conducts covert operations and paramilitary actions, and exerts foreign political influence through its Special Activities Division. It has failed to control terrorism activities including 9/11, Not even a single top level Al-Queda leader captured own its own in the past 9 years – ‘they missed 1 Million’ Soviet troops marching into Afghanistan’. Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, Have the found them yet? -Number of defectors/ double agents numbers close to a thousand. On 50th anniversary of CIA, President Clinton said ”By necessity, the American people will never know the full story of your courage. Indeed, no one knows that what CIA really does”. Highly funded and technologically most advanced Intelligence set-up in the world.
1. ISI – Pakistan
Formed 1948 Jurisdiction Government of Pakistan Headquarters Islamabad, Pakistan Agency executive Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha, PA Director General
With the lengthiest track record of success, the best know Intelligence so far on the scale of records is ISI. The Inter-Services Intelligence was created as an independent unit in 1948 in order to strengthen the performance of Pakistan’s Military Intelligence during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947. Its success in achieving its goal without leading to a full scale invasion of Pakistan by the Soviets is a feat unmatched by any other through out the intelligence world. KGB, The best of its time, failed to counter ISI and protect Soviet interests in Central Asia. It has had 0 double agents or Defectors through out its history, considering that in light of the whole war campaign it carried out from money earned by selling drugs bought from the very people it was bleeding, The Soviets. It has protected its Nuclear Weapons since formed and it has foiled Indian attempts to attain ultimate supremacy in the South-Asian theatres through internal destabilization of India. It is above All laws in its host country Pakistan ‘A State, with in a State’. Its policies are made ‘outside’ of all other institutions with the exception of The Army. Its personnel have never been caught on camera. Its is believed to have the highest number of agents worldwide, close to 10,000. The most striking thing is that its one of the least funded Intelligence agency out of the top 10.
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“The Quartet needs…to work together with the Arab League representatives and work out solutions together…to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.
Lavrov made the remarks after at least one Palestinian was killed and seven others were injured by Israeli fire in the southern Gaza Strip despite an Egypt-mediated ceasefire agreement between the two sides on Wednesday.
Over 160 Palestinians, including women and children, were killed and about 1,200 others were injured in the Israeli attacks on Gaza that were carried out during the eight-day period starting November 14.
In retaliation, the Palestinian resistance fighters fired rockets and missiles into Israeli cities, killing at least five Israelis.
The Russian minister had also on November 15 lashed out at the Middle East Quartet for its failure to establish peace in the region.
Israel frequently carries out airstrikes and other attacks on the Gaza Strip, saying the acts of aggression are being conducted for defensive purposes. However, in violation of international law, disproportionate force is always used and civilians are often killed and injured.
The attacks rage on while Israel keeps up its crippling blockade on Gaza, which it imposed on the enclave in 2007.
I love Australia because my friends live there not because it is big and civilized hahaha civilized my arse, just kidding. Its true, my colleague were Aussie’s and other nationals in the past and we are still mates and enjoyed BBQ’s and as well as the Aussie Rum hahaha…
I recently visited on the Facebook to see one of the page i use to like which was that idiot Bill Maher and sometimes I enjoy his humor and he shared this foto from another site called some Australian Atheist Republic and the idiot was blaming Islam for having a bad breakfast.
Renay Furlong ok that after shot, on my little phone screen looks like an elephant in a shallLike · Reply ·41
· Tuesday at 11:44am
Flick Thegimp Oddity There is no such thing as Persia anymore. I think you are referring to something else.Like · Reply ·1
· Tuesday at 11:47am
Australian Atheist Republic [CW] Flick I imagine you get the point though?Like · Reply ·2
· Tuesday at 11:52am
Rob Castro elephant in pyjamasLike · Reply ·2
· Tuesday at 11:55am
Kian Farzam there are note persia as a country or government, but Persian people still exist. these days known as Iran, the nation contains many nations and races, including persians.Like · Reply ·5
· Tuesday at 11:57am
Amanda Simcoe What a hoe showing off her trunk like that !Like · Reply ·8
· Tuesday at 11:58am
Kian Farzam and I dont think this woman is a persian or iranian. Iranian women dont wear burqaor blue “chador” . this should be Afghanestan.Like · Reply ·1
· Tuesday at 11:59am
Kian Farzam and as much as I hate Islam, we dont know shit about Iran before arabs.Like · Reply ·12
· Tuesday at 12:01pm
HunnyBunny Hayward One question – what is under that berka (sp?) exactly?Like · Reply ·11
· Tuesday at 12:11pm
Renay Furlong lol @ AmandaLike · Reply · Tuesday at 12:11pm
Ville Saari Burqa or bandar may be used in some parts of Iran, India and Pakistan but it’s not enforced like it is in Afganistan by taliban war lords. Any questions?Like · Reply · Tuesday at 12:16pm
Jennifer Trest What’s under that sheet thingy ?Like · Reply · Tuesday at 12:22pm
Thomas J Allman ^ a human being perhaps? No one is certainLike · Reply ·2
· Tuesday at 12:43pm
Ville Saari Most probably a bruised up victim of continued domestic violence.Like · Reply ·21
· Tuesday at 1:03pm
Adam Flanagan Is that an elephant wearing a berka?Like · Reply ·8
· Tuesday at 1:04pm
Adam Flanagan Mr snuffleupagus is a Muslim ?Like · Reply ·6
· Tuesday at 1:05pm
Naomi Forbes WTF??!Like · Reply ·1
· Tuesday at 2:00pm
Inward Au http://apranik.blogspot.com/2009/10/persian-female-warriors.htmlWomen of Persia: Persian Female Warriors
apranik.blogspot.com559 B.C. -Pantea Arteshbod was one of the all time greatest Persian commanders …See MoreLike · Reply ·1
· Tuesday at 2:20pm
Omar Javed Nearly all religions, and all the abrahamic ones, treat women like crap.Like · Reply ·91
· Tuesday at 2:39pm
Richo Norprihatna no..no question. thats just fuckin badLike · Reply ·3
· Tuesday at 2:40pm
Mustafa Khan LOLLike · Reply · Tuesday at 3:15pm
Robyn Holder Men invented judaism then islam and xtianity to destroy the power of women. Male monotheism was designed to overpower the multiple pagan earth mother goddesses to allow men to have control. What a world they made.Like · Reply ·74
· Tuesday at 3:37pm
Morgan Celte On dirait un éléphantSee TranslationLike · Reply ·1
· Tuesday at 4:01pm
Rakesh Yadav dats hw….religion change youLike · Reply ·1
· Tuesday at 4:42pm
Jerry Tutor Did the persian women gain weight and decided it was best to cover up?Like · Reply · Tuesday at 5:04pm
Virginia Mackey OMG (which I always say when I hear or see something UNBELIEVABLE), this is a nightmare! Those warriors should have wiped the floor with their own men instead of outside enemies. They’d be a hell of a lot better off today.Like · Reply · Tuesday at 5:13pm
Zahir Yusuf Malikhttp://www.english.rfi.fr/sites/english.filesrfi/imagecache/rfi_43_large/sites/images.rfi.fr/files/aef_image/ftag-reuters.com,0000-binary_GM1E76618LC01-BASEIMAGE
Atheist and Rational Thinkers Joel Connely posted a message on my facebook page that you guys were complaining about this image on Atheist and Rational Thinkers. This particular image was posted on my facebook page on July 26th 2012. It appears that you posted this image six hours ago. If you have any concerns, please contact me and I will be more then happy to talk to you about them publicly or via private message. Feel free to browse my original posting by clicking at the link >>>>http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=258621527582996&set=a.205844209527395.39460.205838939527922&type=1&theater
Zahir Yusuf Malik read this Craig Thttps://justsimplyinlove.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/church-of-england-votes-against-women-bishops/
Zahir Yusuf Malikhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/canoeing/9467626/London-2012-Olympics-Iranian-woman-turned-to-paddling-after-being-forbidden-from-wearing-swimsuit.htmlLondon 2012 Olympics: Iranian woman turned to paddling after being forbidden from wearing swimsuit –An Iranian female canoeist has revealed how she turned to paddling because str…See More
Sebastian Ribić Lol what a retarded religion. Do they know it’s 2012? Almost 2013.. They need to be dragged, kicking and screaming if need be, into the 21st century.Like · Reply ·1
· Yesterday at 12:21am
Sebastian Ribić Good work London! Don’t make exceptions because of some medieval myths that some deluded people believe.. Gold!Like · Reply ·1
· Yesterday at 12:23am
Shariff Gora That shows religion did not help women to progress.Like · Reply ·1
· 20 hours ago
Sonja Barbaric Mann wird die Frauen nicht für immer unterdrücken können das schaft keine Religion!See TranslationLike · Reply · 12 hours ago
later when i ask him to have a bit of decency to remove what is wrong and misleading And he needed to wake up thats all and he was lucky I tolerate hi as a British Muslim. He is luck he’s luck he was not Afghanistan otherwise they would have get em stoned and shag him like donkeys. They dont even have shot him he will just die his own death, now I am real LMFAO… :)
I guess he was expecting an attitude of Donald Rumsfeld or George Bush, but I gave him a little does of BritPak my way hahahaaaaa.
- Zahir Yusuf Malik
Hey Australian Atheist Republic, there’s something about this photo that bothers me. Would you please take it down? Thanks.
4:28pmAustralian Atheist Republic
[LX] What is it about the photo that bothers you Zahir? And why do you think we would accede to the request of a single person?
5:25pmZahir Yusuf Malik
you are totally misrepresenting the Persian women and portraying the wrong message of Islam. that buraka is the tribes tradition some where far in village different tribes different culture and tradition. If you haven’t read the translation of Quran’n then you should not refer this to islam in anyway, by picking up few verses from google is dangerous and can be misunderstood. I read Carl Marks Maxim Gorky and some other famous writers and their ideology as well and I read most of the different faith scriptures. I quite admire Lenin though. anyway mate i worked Aussies abroad and still are good mates. If you think that my small logic is not right then perhaps I give the choice of reading Quran for knowledge and you may appreciate the knowledge, and dont worry your safety is garenteed ..haha and it is not about a single persons request its the truth mate. by the end of the day the decision is yours mate….
5:35pmAustralian Atheist Republic
[LX] I have read the Quran. The photo is essentilally correct. Before Islam Persian women were powerful and self-reliant. After Islam, they are oppressed and subservient. If you haven’t already, post your comments on the thread. It is not going to be removed.
5:37pmZahir Yusuf Malik
lmao…….. thats what u think u need to travel and u havent read the Quran
5:40pmAustralian Atheist Republic
[LX] The entire Quran from start to finish mate. Now this is a warning. If you insist with this baseless argument you’ll be removed from the page. You have your answer, and you have choices. Good day sir.
6:08pmZahir Yusuf Malik
I am dont want to be on the page I have seen enough of ur credibility mate. good night
1:41amAustralian Atheist Republic
[LX] Don’t let the door hit you in the arse on the way out.
2:14pmZahir Yusuf Malik
Lmao…. Watch ur door I’m gonna shuv it shuv it up ur arse on the out.
4:30pmAustralian Atheist Republic
Religion of peace huh?
5:09pmZahir Yusuf Malik
Yes indeed Islam is a religion of Peace and I’m not Gandhi as well, so if an Asussie like u hit me with the door on my back on the way out then my answer was still very polite way, and was my personal british approprite respone to an Aussie idiot, now fuck off….. This may give you a bit of more peace..
5:18pmAustralian Atheist Republic
You’re rather an ignorant man Zahir. Please stop sending messages to my page or you’ll be reported to facebook for harassment.
Zahir Yusuf Malik
Stop sending me messages who or what ever you are. otherwise I have to report you to Facebook for your being racist and hate promoting as well as harassment.
I don’t mean to be rude he just lies even being an Atheist, he need need probably some attention…:)
Sometime people just don’t get it isn’t it
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Question: Which country in the Middle East has just recently used a weapon of mass destruction, a one-ton smart bomb, dropping it in the center of a highly populated area killing civilians including children?
Answer: Israel .
Question: What country in the Middle East was cited by Amnesty International for demolishing more than 4000 innocent Palestinian homes as a means of ethnic cleansing?
Answer: Israel .
Question: Which country in the Middle East receives U.S. weapons for free and then sells the technology to the Republic of China even at the objections of the U.S. ?
Answer: Israel .
Question: Which country in the Middle East regularly violates the Geneva Convention by imposing collective punishment on entire towns, villages, and camps, for the acts of a few, and even goes as far as demolishing entire villages while people are still in their homes?
Answer: Israel .
Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely kills young Palestinian children for no reason other than throwing stones at armored vehicles, bulldozers, or tanks?
Answer: Israel .
Question: Which country in the Middle East refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections? ?
Answer: Israel .
Question: Which country in the Middle East seized the sovereign territory of other nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions?
Answer: Israel .
Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely violates the international borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire?
Answer: Israel .
Question: What American ally in the Middle East has for years sent assassins into other countries to kill its political enemies (a practice sometimes called exporting terrorism)?
Answer: Israel .
Question: In which country in the Middle East have high-ranking military officers admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed?
Answer: Israel .
Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war?
Answer: Israel .
Question: What country in the Middle East created millions of refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their homes, farms and businesses?
Answer: Israel .
Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to pay compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and businesses it confiscated?
Answer: Israel .
Question: In what country in the Middle East was a high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated?
Answer: Israel .
Question: In what country in the Middle East did the man who ordered the assassination of a high-ranking U.N. diplomat become prime minister?
Answer: Israel .
Question: What country in the Middle East blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship, the USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 and wounding 171 American sailors?
Answer: Israel .
Question: What country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then voted to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the American president grant Pollard a full pardon?
Answer: Israel .
Question: What Middle East country allows American Jewish murderers to flee to its country to escape punishment in the United States and refuses to extradite them once in their custody?
Answer: Israel .
Question: What Middle East country preaches against hate yet builds a shrine and a memorial for a murderer who killed 29 Palestinians while they prayed in their Mosque.?
Answer: Israel .
Question: Which country in the Middle East deliberately targeted a civilian U.N. Refugee Camp in Qana , Lebanon and killed 103 innocent men, women, and especially children?
Answer: Israel .
Question: Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?
Answer: Israel .
Question: Which country in the Middle East receives more than one-third of all U.S. aid to the world yet is the 16th richest country in the world?
Answer: Israel .
Question: Which country in the Middle East had its Prime Minister announce to his staff not to worry about what the United States says because “We control America ?”
Answer: Israel .
Question: Which country in the Middle East signed the Oslo Accords promising to halt any new Jewish Settlement construction, but instead, has built more than 270 new settlements since the signing?
Answer: Israel .
Question: Which country in the Middle East has assassinated more than 100 political officials of its opponent in the last 2 years while killing hundreds of civilians in the process, including dozens of children?
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I am quite pissed of of this Islam has done this and that rather then saying a typical culture of the clans in different parts of the world. Googling is easy but googgling in the positive way is important. I am just wondering now anyone dare to argue this; the asshole so call themselves men and bitches so call themselves respectable or what ever women shit they say. Would any one would be prick enough to comment on this; As they always point finger on Islam rather a Muslims So should I be questioning the Christian faith or the followers……… Think!
Anyone talk about Islam without having knowledge of Islam, I can understand if any follower of Islam does any act or something bad the individual should be responsible but not Islam……. So my humble advise to you is honorable Ladies and Gentlemen, if you don’t have knowledge of Islam it means not Fox News bloody Taliban and CNN stuff and some other bla bla blaa. I meant if you haven’t read the the translation of Quar’an then get yourself a duct tape and conveniently place it on your big mouth and it may help. I bet not many of you read the Bible yourself and the other references.
The Church of England has voted not to let women become bishops after the ballot did not receive the two third majority it needed to go ahead.
The House of the Bishops and the House of the Clergy were in favour of female bishops, with 44 votes to three and 148 votes to 45 respectively. But the Laity recorded 132 votes for and 74 against. Just two bishops abstained.
Over the course of the day, more 100 speeches were made both for and against the move.
Those who voted for female bishops wanted women to be treated equally in the church, while those against said female bishops contravened scripture.
Tim Stevens, the Bishop of Leicester, wanted the Synod to back the measure, in order “to speak for millions who want to see us do this”.
The next Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, urged support for the motion. “It is time to finish the job and vote for this measure,” he said. “The Church of England needs to show how to develop the mission of the church in a way that demonstrates we can manage diversity of view without division. Diversity in amity; not diversity in enmity.”
The legislation to allow women to be bishops was backed by 42 out of the 44 CoE dioceses, but to pass it, there needed to be a two-thirds majority.
It was considered to be the biggest decision the Synod has had to make since it approved female priests two decades ago.
The debate was hotly contested.
Those in favour said there was a general consensus within the Church that the role of bishop should be open to women. They added that women priests made up a third of the clergy.
Unity with Roman Catholics
But opponents argued that Jesus chose only men to be his apostles, therefore the spiritual leadership of the CoE should be by men only.
Others said that ordaining women bishops would prevent unity with Roman Catholics.
Prior to the vote, it was speculated that the ballot result would be close.Those in favour said that if the vote did not pass, the Church would be in danger of fading away into irrelevance.
Canon Rosie Harper said: “As a church for the whole country we will be seen to have failed to do what is right and honourable. A church with lower moral standards than the rest of society risks its right to comment on other issues.
“Secondly, it will inevitably be seen as the act of a dying church more wedded to the past than committed to hope for the future.”
Rev Rod Thomas, vicar of St Matthew’s Elburton, Plymouth and leader of Evangelical group Reform, said the vote itself was forcing CoE members to “accept something that we do not believe the Bible teaches”.
It is thought that it could be 2019 before another vote on the issue takes place.
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A holocaust survivor speaks of Israel as being like Nazi Germany
This Video is to show the Jewish Community around the world among others who are outraged that there religion Judaism has been hijacked by Zionists who happen to be secular. The Zionists are using the sympathy of the Jews from events in World War 2 to justify there Brutal Occupation of Palestine and the Ethnic Cleansing of Arabs from the region. The Recent Assault on Gaza Has united people around the world with a common enemy which is zionism and this will help bring Justice to the Oppressed, We Recognise Jews Who stand with the palestinians and a message sent from all quarters of the world to the Palestinians You Are Not Alone.
From the River To The Sea Palestine Will Be Free. Inshallah
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Fox interview of a Rabbi against Israel’s zionism
More than 3,000 European Jews, including prominent intellectuals, have signed a petition speaking out against Israeli settlement policies and warning that systematic support for the Israeli government is dangerous.
March in Washington DC on July 6, 2010, protesting the State Israeli and its cruel behavior. http://www.nkusa.org/activities/Demonstrations/20100705.cfm
Iran has the biggest Jewish community in the Middle East after Israel
Rabbi Yirmiyahu Cohen, interviewed by Graham Witherspoon of the Gilchrist Experience, explains why the Jews were exiled and why the establishment of the Zionist state is contrary to the teachings of the Bible and the Jewish Faith..
At a protest against the State of Israel, on May 18, 2009 during the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to the White House, Rabbi Boruch Fisch is explaining the Jewish religious opposition the philosophy of Zionism and the State of Israel.
The continuous Israeli aggression on Gaza has left hundreds dead and thousands injured. As a result, people protested from Israel and Yemen to London and New York City.
It is important to note that there are many Jews that are not Zionist and in fact against Zionism.
Zionism was condemned by the United Nations with a resolution that said ‘Zionism is Racism’ and that is true Wallahi. Unfortunately, that resolution was taken back after intense pressure from the United States. (United States government was pressured by AIPAC and Israel)
On March 10, 2009 Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews in the United States, Canada and England burned the flag of the so-called state of ‘Israel” to protest the actions and existence of the Zionist state which is totally contrary to traditional Jewish teaching and beliefs. This event has been taking place annually during the Jewish Holiday period of “Purim”.
on June 17, 2010, Anti-Zionist Orthodox Jews protested outside the offices of Friends Of the Israel Antiquities Authority in New York City, to condemn its ongoing shameful desecration of Jewish law by destroying ancient burial graves of holy sages dating back as far as 2000 years ago
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What I am trying to say to you, my friends, comrades, brothers and sisters, is that what we are facing with Israel is a two-headed monster: it is both an imperialist monster, a colonialist monster; but it is also an exterminist state.
– Eqbal Ahmad, speaking on the occasion of Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon
Things in Palestine have developed far beyond the point where any given “flare-up” in the constant violence that defines Israeli rule can be addressed in isolation. The significance of the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza has absolutely nothing to do with the tired, dull hasbara talking points being peddled by Israeli diplomats – less still with their enterprising “twitter offensive.” But nor is it simply reflected in the destructive impact of this wave of Israeli state killings. As Eqbal Ahmad put it in a 1982 speech that today rings very true, “What matters is the goal, the actuality, of what the Israelis want.”
Israel, of course, has no monopoly on the politics of violent domination. But if, as the late Eric Hobsbawm wrote, “most historic empires have ruled indirectly, through native elites often operating native institutions,” in its rule over the Palestinians Israel does not easily fit into this imperial mainstream.1 As a result, the threat posed by Israeli politics involves dangers much more severe than external dominance and the suppression of genuine independence.
The false promise of conventional imperial rule in Palestine has gotten much public play in recent years. A decade ago, endorsing Israel’s renewed onslaught throughout the occupied territories, President Bush declared (June 2002) that what was needed was “a new and different Palestinian leadership so that a Palestinian state can be born”. A Palestinian “state”!
Of course, if this were the case, some obvious questions arose. Like, why not in the ’90s? The Palestinian Authority under Yasser Arafat had already been caught in a system of extreme financial dependence on Israel and its superpower sponsor, thanks in no small part to conditional funding from a willing Europe. As it rubbed shoulders with donors, the PA leadership had increasingly demobilized and sidelined the organized mass base of the Palestine Liberation Organization. And by decade’s end, it was clamoring to overcome Israeli objections to the increased involvement of CIA operatives and their close associates in PA affairs. ((See, for example, Karma Nabulsi, “The State-Building Project: What Went Wrong?”, in Michael Keating et al, eds., Aid, Diplomacy and Facts on the Ground: The Case of Palestine(London: Royal Institute of International Affairs, 2005); Anne Le More,International Assistance to the Palestinians after Oslo: Political Guilt, Wasted Money (New York: Routledge, 2008); and Jamil Hilal, “The Polarization of the Palestinian Political Field”, Journal of Palestine Studies (Vol. 24, No. 3, Spring 2010).)) If the objective was a viable client state, what was the problem?
Full Israeli re-invasion of this budding client state, the occupied West Bank and Gaza, thus raised some eyebrows. When Israel moved beyond prisons and bullets to deploy U.S.-supplied F16 fighter jets against the occupied Palestinian population (spring 2001) – the first deployment of warplanes within Palestine since 1967 – no less a dove than Dick Cheney publicly objected. Even after September 11 2001, it took some time for official Western acceptance of this escalation to sink in. With Binyamin Netanyahu, for example, declaring that 9/11 demonstrated the need to “destroy terrorist regimes, starting with the Palestinian Authority,” George W. Bush countered that “the world ought to applaud” Arafat for deploying PA security forces against “radical elements” (October 2001). To the end, CIA director George Tenet objected to the application of “regime change” politics against Arafat’s PA. 2
Yet there were limits to the Arafat leadership’s indulgence of foreign sponsors – limits to the diplomatic concessions it would make, limits to its willingness to deploy PA forces against Palestinians when they would all be attacked by Israeli military power, regardless. And the days of U.S. (and hence international Western) cooperation with Arafat were numbered.
Karma Nabulsi, speaking on a panel in Boston just after Israel’s 2008-9 assault on Gaza, recalls the ensuing transition to Bush’s “new and different Palestinian leadership”:
[In] 2005, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) ran for the presidency of the Palestinian Authority – this was after the death of Arafat. And if you remember, Arafat had been under a two-and-a-half year siege in his headquarters in Ramallah for very much the same kind of issues that are facing Hamas today. Mahmoud Abbas was elected on a vast popular landslide. And his position was much different from Arafat’s. His position was that we are going to – as Fateh, as a political party, as a president who will lead the negotiations – we are going to entirely rely upon the goodwill of the Israeli government and of the U.S. administration in order to achieve our rights, in order to raise the issues that concern us, and in order to get a peaceful settlement. If any of you remember what happened during that year, Sharon was in power, and Mahmoud Abbas received absolutely nothing. And not only that, was humiliated, and treated with contempt, by the Israeli administration.
The election of a Hamas majority in the parliamentary votes of early 2006 occurred against this backdrop. The outcome, Nabulsi emphasizes, reflected not the bare popularity of Hamas, but the presence within its electoral platform of the consensual Palestinian positions (on prisoners, on refugees) that the Abbas presidency had set aside under the pressure of external threats and demands.
Under the pressure of a suffocating destabilization campaign jointly pursued by Israel, U.S.-allied donor states, and foreign security personnel, the politics of the occupied West Bank and Gaza were further fragmented in June 2007 – the elected Hamas government effectively confined to Gaza, control of the fragmented PA authority within the West Bank returned to those Palestinian leaders favoured by Israel and the West.
But even as those Palestinians resisting have been punished, the politics of compliance have themselves been allowed to develop only within the narrowest of cages.
To be sure, development of something like a genuine Western protectorate in parts of Palestine has had its prominent advocates. “I firmly believe,” explained the ranking U.S. military commander responsible for the Palestinian file in 2007, “that you make changes in this world the way the Romans did – by being on the ground, by getting your feet dirty in the mud and working with the people on the scene.” And partnered with a compliant West Bank administration, why not? After summer 2007 the influence in the West Bank of the 2006 election results had been nullified; or in other words (those of then Secretary of State Rice), “you now have in the Palestinian territories a democratic leadership.”5
Armed with the “Roman option,” the likes of Dayton thus pitched the politics of sustained imperial cooptation to Israeli officialdom. Compliant Palestinian security forces could be developed, brought into the orbit of U.S.-allied protectorate networks in the region, and clear the way for limited Israeli withdrawals that addressed Israel’s stated security concerns. “For the first time,” Dayton kvelled in 2009, “I think it’s fair to say that the Palestinian security forces feel they are on a winning team.”
This message, however, does not resonate all that strongly in predominant Israeli political circles. Leaders considering the Palestine question are much more inclined to play New England Puritans and Pequots than to merely dispatch imperial proconsuls.
When the Obama administration took over, neocolonial dictates were predictable and quick in coming. “The new U.S. Administration,” PA officials were told before Obama even assumed office, “expects to see the same Palestinian faces (Abu Mazen and Salaam Fayyad) if it is to continue funding the Palestinian Authority.”6 But a question remained: Might a middle path be developed between conventional imperialism and Israel’s settler colonial zeal? Might Israel be seriously pressed to reserve some stable fragments of Palestinian land, and some position of plausible diplomatic dignity, for some kind of Palestinian polity?
Until autumn 2010, it seemed possible. Since, the illusion has faded. Political manipulation by Western donor states continues – but fewer and fewer are taking development of a viable Palestinian protectorate seriously. The vaunted Palestinian-Israeli “bilateral track” stands exposed as the relationship between an occupied population and a pioneering military power intent on brutalizing and suppressing it (at best). And the U.S., true to form, stands vigilant in defense of the sanctity of this fine “bilateral process” against any who would interfere.
So what of Gaza? What does it mean when Israel threatens, bombs, and kills to ensure its compliance? Its compliance with what?
Note that the territorial and demographic reality that is the Gaza Strip is itself, to begin, an ominous reflection of Israeli colonial strategy to date: “When transfer doesn’t work, concentration is tried.”
In 1948, the greater part of Palestine’s population was forcefully displaced beyond Israel’s pre-1967 sphere of control to clear the way for Israel’s anachronistic pioneering. A great number of the “transferred” ended up in the Gaza Strip. Their nearby existence quickly gave rise to an abiding Israeli wish: “If I believed in miracles,” declared David Ben-Gurion in an October 1956 Knesset speech, “I would pray that Gaza would be washed down into the sea.”7 After 1967, Gaza’s inhabitants not only remained above water but came under direct Israeli rule.
Several decades later, they surely aren’t taking up very much room. “Taken in isolation,” Darryl Li wrote in 2006, “the Gaza Strip is often described as one of the most densely populated places on earth: 1.4 million Palestinians crowded into 365 square kilometers. But in the broader Zionist calculus of minima and maxima, this fact can be redescribed as follows: some 25 percent of all Palestinians living under Israeli control have been confined to 1.4 percent of the territory of the British Mandate of Palestine.”
Still, they exist, they take part in Palestinian politics, they resist with all the means at their disposal. And Israeli officialdom continues to look wistfully at the water.
But how simultaneously to exclude and control these people while clearing safe space to pioneer? “It will be a difficult struggle,” explained Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday. “Gaza’s residents are not about to jump into the sea”.8 Until the likes of Barak can be so lucky, however, they do see ways to proceed. Fabricating pretexts for aggression on the southern front is, after all, a vibrant tradition, as old as the state itself.
Hence Wednesday’s dramatic demonstration killing – an old-fashioned public political execution, carried out with the latest technology. It is worth quoting this Wednesday’s report by Aluf Benn, editor-in-chief of the Israeli daily Ha’aretz, at some length:
Israel demanded of Hamas that it observe the truce in the south and enforce it on the multiplicity of armed organizations in the Gaza Strip. The man responsible for carrying out this policy was Ahmed Jabari . . . Now Israel is saying that its subcontrator did not do his part and did not maintain the promised quiet on the southern border. The repeated complaint against him was that Hamas did not succeed in controlling the other organizations, even though it is not interested in escalation. After Jabari was warned openly …, he was executed on Wednesday in a public assassination action, for which Israel hastened to take responsibility. The message was simple and clear: You failed – you’re dead.
Now – the principal line of actual communication between Israel and Hamas having being violently severed in the most spectacular way possible – hundreds of air strikes on Gaza form the backdrop to Israeli explanations that it will need to move in hard with ground forces if complete quiet in the south is not immediately forthcoming. During last year’s spring wave of aerial killings in Gaza, Israeli cabinet minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch declared that there “is no immunity for anyone in Gaza”. Until Israeli wishes are fulfilled, the state reserves the right to kill at a pace of its choosing.
Not long after giving the speech cited at the outset of this article, Eqbal Ahmad wrote that “the PLO has been saddled with a heavier burden than any other liberation movement in contemporary history except one” (that of the Vietnamese after the Korean war). ((Eqbal Ahmad, “Pioneering in the Nuclear Age: An Essay on Israel and the Palestinians,” in Carollee Bengelsdorf et al, eds., The Selected Writings of Eqbal Ahmad (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006), p. 302.)) How this challenge still facing Palestinians can be met by those facing ruthless exclusion on the one hand and, on the other, a proudly declared “continuum of assassinations” ((Amos Harel, “Will bin Laden killing pave way for similar moves by Israel?,” Ha’aretz (May 4 2011). )) executed with overwhelming military force, is well beyond me. It is also, I hasten to add, very much beyond most people who often speak to it from the West with undue confidence. The very resilience of Palestinian challenges, locally and around the world, is in any event extremely impressive.
But the issue here is absolutely not Palestinian conduct in the south. And to consider the ongoing attacks on Gaza as part of a disproportionate back-and-forth is to miss the point. These killings, which are startling far beyond their body count, must instead be taken as confirmation of the grievous threat posed by the Israeli political system and its current place in the region’s politics – irrespective of how this particular surge in violence develops. Recall that as Palestinians face mass imprisonment and aerial political killings, there also remain on the record the threats, issued via quasi-official Israeli documents, to reduce the main population centres across the Middle East to “vapour and ash” should any state in the region pose too serious a challenge.
Perhaps Israeli killings will continue to rage with impunity, checked only by the armed responses others in the region can muster. But this may well be catastrophic for everyone concerned. Those of us observing these developments from the West, and identifying with the kind of politics that avoid bloodshed, should take very seriously the question of what forms of political deterrence can be developed to check this threat.
by Dan Freeman-Maloy