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Really? Killing of Palestinian teens by Israeli forces 'might' be a war crime?

palestinian teenagers
© AFP Photo / Mohammed Abed
The killing of two Palestinian teenagers by Israeli military forces on May 15 during a demonstration in the occupied West Bank might be a war crime, according to Human Rights Watch.

Muhammad Abu Thahr, 16, and Nadim Nuwara, 17, were both shot dead by Israeli troops as the pair protested the ongoing occupation of Palestinian lands. Video footage, photographs, witness statements, and medical records indicate that Israeli military forces used live ammunition against the boys and 15-year-old Mohammed Azza, who was seriously wounded in the incident, Human Rights Watch said in a report, entitled 'Killing of Children, Apparent War Crime,' released Monday.

The Israeli military said it "did not use live fire" during the demonstration, only rubber bullets and teargas, adding that it did not have an immediate reaction to the report.

Footage retrieved from security cameras on Palestinian properties near the scene of the alleged shootings shows the two teenagers hitting the ground at separate times, apparently shot despite posing no immediate threat to Israel troops.

Comment: The Israelis have been killing civilians for years and have consistently gotten away with murder, yet it seems the international community continues to turn a blind eye.
  • Gulag Gaza: 'No one responsible' for deaths of 21 Palestinian civilians says Israeli military
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  • Israel commits crimes without punishment


#Don't kill us: Refugees from Eastern Ukraine make a plea for peace (VIDEO)


Refugee Maksim.
Refugees who fled the turmoil in Eastern Ukraine made a video plea, where they hold a poster with the hashtag #DontKillUs, urging the Kiev government to stop military assaults in the area.

Women and children that have been sheltered in a children's summer camp Dmitriadovsky in Russia's southern Rostov Oblast appear in the 5-minute video asking Ukraine's newly elected President Petro Poroshenko to stop the killing and withdraw Ukrainian troops.

Each of their messages asks the president to let them live and ends with a plea not to kill any more of their relatives.

The hashtag took the Twitter stratosphere by storm.

Overall about 20,000 women and children from Ukraine's southeast have crossed the border into Russia's Rostov Region in the last three days, according to regional authorities in Rostov. They added that at least 7,335 Ukrainian citizens have entered the Rostov Region in the last 24 hours.

Comment: The fact that we live in a world where it's even necessary to write such a 'hashtag' says volumes about us as a species. Humanity is a failed experiment.


'Gender nonconforming' summer camp for boys

© Slate
Do you have a young male child who occasionally walks around in heels and plays with a barbie doll from time to time? According to some you need to send him to a specialized summer camp.

Over the past three years, photographer Lindsay Morris has been documenting a four-day camp for gender nonconforming boys and their parents.

The camp, "You Are You" (the name has been changed to protect the privacy of the children and is also the name of Morris' series), is for "Parents who don't have a gender-confirming 3-year-old who wants to wear high heels and prefers to go down the pink aisle in K-Mart and not that nasty dark boys' aisle," Morris said with a laugh.

It is also a place for both parents and children to feel protected in an environment that encourages free expression.

Comment: While 'transgenderism' is obviously a part, for some, of the human experience, we have doubts that such 'camps' are the appropriate way to deal with the issue, if, indeed, anything should be done, in any concerted way, or if 'transgenderism' is an 'issue' at all. It seems to us that such camps merely serve to make an issue of transgenderism in a way that is not appropriate for the children, their parents or society at large. As with so many other aspects of our modern society, almost everything is twisted and corrupted.


Glitches in the Matrix? 13 aircraft mysteriously disappear from radars in heart of Europe

Disappearing Aircraft
© Reuters/Toby Melville
A total of 13 aircraft suddenly vanished off radars for about 25 minutes on two occasions over Austria and neighboring countries, Austria's flight safety monitor said, calling for an EU probe into the "unprecedented" incidents.

The flights vanished from air traffic controllers' screens in Austria on June 5 and June 10 for 25 minutes each time, Marcus Pohanka of Austro Control - Austria's flight safety organization - said Thursday.

Air traffic control in neighboring regions of Germany and the Czech Republic also reported similar problems.

Pohanka said the location, height, and identity of the 13 aircraft vanished over Austria both times, in what he called "unprecedented" incidents, AP reported.

Chart Pie

7 million have left the workforce on Obama's watch

unemployed folk with signage
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Protesters gather as part of the long-term unemployed underclass.
Senator Jeff Sessions has released a statement that says, "7 Million People Have Left The Workforce Since The President Took Office." The statement is in response to today's jobs numbers.

"Today's jobs numbers are only enough to tread even with population growth, maintaining unemployment at 6.3 percent. When you include discouraged workers, the unemployment rate doubles to an alarming 12.2 percent. There are still 3.2 million fewer full-time employed persons than there were in 2007," says Sessions.

Comment: The fact that the 2014 Republican faction created this chart from polling (read hand-selecting) only 60,000 households, from 2009-2012 data, is just as, or more suspect than the current numbers coming out of the administration. And, our information from both sources is based on "definitions not-in-common" and "seasonally-adjusted data" from which to glean persuasive results. While "numbers don't lie," the interpretations may well be suspect. Regardless, one blatant fact remains: the economy is still not working.

(FYI: Sessions is the Alabama senator who thought the KKK was "OK until I found out they smoked pot," voted against prohibition of cruel and inhumane treatment of individuals in custody, has received a "zero" rating from the Human Rights Campaign and opposed the notion that the Ugandan Parliament consider rejecting "Kill-the Gays Bill"...yeah, that guy.)

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Poor Brazilian children forced into prostitution to meet demand of fans of World Cup


Tragic: Brazil's streets are filled with 'thousands' of desperate kids. Two pictured here with a missionary charity worker
A Sunday People investigation today reveals how kids living in shocking squalor and high on crack cocaine and glue, are exploited by drug dealers and pimps

Children as young as 10 are being forced to sell themselves for sex on the streets of Brazil to cash in on the waves of ­football fans heading to the World Cup.

A Sunday People investigation today reveals how kids living in shocking squalor and high on crack cocaine are exploited by drug dealers and pimps.

And as 600,000 foreign fans ­including Brits flood into Brazil this week, the youngsters' plight will get worse.

I flew out last week to host city Recife on the north-east coast to ­interview children caught up in the vicious cycle of prostitution.

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Are military vehicles and heavy weapons, kindly left by American troops in Iraq and now in the hands of ISIL's criminals already in north-Syria?

Map of Iraq
© Unknown
An Aspect of the New Zion-American Strategy for Syria: military vehicles and heavy weapons, kindly left by American troops in Iraq, have been captured by the ISIL's mercenary jihadists who have occupied the area of Mosul, in Iraq, and already been packed up to fight against the free Syrian people & army...not the Zionist entity.

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Arrow Down

US Congressman tells Congress the 'good news' that non-Christians are 'going to Hell'

Congressman Gohmert
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Louie Gohmert holds Bible during House hearing.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Tuesday grilled a pastor who supports the separation of church and state, asking him why he did not share the "good news" that non-Christians were going to Hell.

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing about religious freedom on Tuesday, Gohmert told the Rev. Barry Lynn, who serves as the executive director for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, that the Founders of the country - and Franklin Roosevelt - had often mentioned religion in their writings.

Lynn pointed out that he had received the Medal of Freedom from the Roosevelt Institute for his work supporting the freedom to worship.

"But that wasn't awarded by Roosevelt himself?" Gohmert interrupted, before asking if the pastor understood that the "meaning" of being a Christian was to evangelize.

"Do you believe in sharing the good news that will keep people from going to Hell, consistent with Christian beliefs?" the Texas Republican wondered.

Lynn, however, disagreed with the congressman's "construction of what Hell is like or why one gets there."

"So, you do not believe somebody would go to Hell if they do not believe Jesus is the way, the truth, the life?" Gohmert pressed.


Justina Pelletier, kept from her family for the past 16 months, posts video asking Massachusetts government to let her go home

Justina Pelletier, a teenager from Connecticut, has been kept from her family by the Massachusetts government for 16 months as a battle raged over care for the ill girl. Now she may finally be able to go home.

Justina's family posted a video of her pleas to return to Connecticut. "All I want is to be with my family and my friends back home right now. ... I need to be home with my family. Please let me go home right now," the 16-year-old said from a wheelchair.

"Through the entire 16 months of this tragedy, the one person we've not heard from publicly is Justina herself. Now we can see her in her own words asking Judge [Johnston] and Governor Patrick for her release," Rev. Patrick Mahoney, a spokesman for the Pelletier family, said in a statement.

Justina's case gained national prominence in the US over issues of medical child abuse - a syndrome in which parents fake illnesses in children to gain attention - and parental rights, the Boston Globe reported.

Justina's parents say their daughter suffers from mitochondrial disorder, a rare genetic illness that can cause severe fatigue and intestinal issues. She was being treated by Mark Korson, a metabolic disorders specialist at Tufts Medical Center outside Boston, Mass. She had been a patient there for several years when Dr. Korson told her parents to take Justina to a gastroenterologist at Boston Children's Hospital in February 2013, Slate reported.

But Justina never saw the gastroenterologist, and she never returned home.

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New Jersey threatens to take 13-year-old student from his father due to "non-conforming behavior"

Nanny State
© Liberty Blitzkrieg

While this story is not new, I must have missed it back in April when it first broke and it is absolutely incredible. The reason I am posting on it today is because we have new information which turns an already shocking story into something far more terrifying.So let's get into some background first.

This is the story of Ethan Chaplin, who back in April was twirling a pencil in his seventh grade classroom in Vernon, NJ. One of the class bullies saw an opportunity to be a jerk and yelled: "He's making gun motions, send him to juvie."

Rather than demonstrating any sort of common sense, the teacher apparently had a panic attack and reported him, which resulted in a two-day suspension. Here's what Vernon Superintendent Charles Maranzano had to say about it:
"We're responsible for their mental and physical health and safety and security. When a student misbehaves or displays actions that are non-conforming or don't meet our expectations, it causes us some concerns."
I guess I don't understand what schools are like these days, but the classes I grew up in were filled to the brim with misbehavior to the extent that a twirling pencil would be seen as a positive indicator of student interaction. Somehow, we all survived.

As if that part of the story isn't bizarre enough, Ethan wasn't allowed to return to class until he underwent a psychological evaluation in which he was forced to strip and give blood samples that caused him to pass out (sounds a lot like how police in New Mexico force anal probes on citizens for no reason).