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More genocide? As Gaza dries up, Israel turns off fresh water source

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Palestinian children at UNICEF water tap, Gaza Strip
Near the end of last month, Haaretz reported that, according to an expert hydrologist, 97 percent of Gaza's drinking water has been contaminated by sewage and salt. The UN also confirmed that this was the case early last year, and clearly, the situation has remained unchanged even up until 2018. Robert Piper, the UN's local coordinator for humanitarian and development activities, has called the situation "really very serious" and stated that "[w]e are falling far behind the demand for clean drinking water for Gazans."

This kind of mistreatment is part and parcel of an overall package of deprivation that continues to plague the Palestinian people. There are some 2 million residents in Gaza affected by this egregious policy, famously one of the most densely populated areas on the planet. Gaza's water resources are fully controlled by Israel and the division of groundwater is something that was provided for in the Oslo II Accord. However, despite the fact that under the Accord Israel is allocated four times the Palestinian portion of water resources, it has been revealed that Israel has been extracting 80 percent more water from the West Bank than it agreed to.

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Kerfuffle: Israel outraged over 'Jewish perpetrators' of Holocaust remark from Polish PM

Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki
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Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki, Munich Security Conference
Heated debate over Poland's controversial Holocaust law has reached new levels this week after the Polish prime minister spoke of "Jewish perpetrators" during the Nazi era, causing outrage in Israel.

"The Polish Prime Minister's remarks here in Munich are outrageous," Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement on Saturday, referring to the remarks Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki made at the 2018 Munich Security Conference. Netanyahu said that there was "an inability to understand history and a lack of sensitivity to the tragedy of our people," adding that he intends to speak to Morawiecki immediately.

The story unfolded on Saturday, when Morawiecki was asked by an Israeli journalist about the new Polish law that criminalizes blaming Poles for complicity in crimes of the Holocaust during WWII. The reporter, Ronen Bergman, told of his mother whose family narrowly escaped arrest by the Nazis after learning their Polish neighbors planned to turn them in.

Comment: Israel is trigger-happy when it comes to controlling the narrative, never pausing to comprehend the perspective of non-Jews in relation to multiple versions of this particular and disturbing segment of history.


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Family awarded $36M settlement after cop kills mom, shoots son age 5 over traffic ticket

Korryn Gaines, son
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Korryn Gaines and son Kodi
The jury in the high profile police killing of Korryn Gaines has just reached their verdict in the wrongful death civil suit in Baltimore County. The Gaines family has been awarded a precedent-setting $36 million.

According to WBAL, after deliberating for about three hours, jurors ruled in favor of the Gaines family. Jurors ruled that Baltimore County police Officer Royce Ruby did not act reasonably in the fatal shooting of Gaines and the wounding of her son, Kodi, in August 2016.

"I don't know how anyone can just extinguish a life, then hide behind a badge," Korryn Gaines' mother said.

"This is a great day ... (the verdict) sends a great message on behalf of many who are victimized by police," said Ken Ravenell, attorney for Kodi Gaines.

"Korryn is smiling today. She got her day in court," said J. Wyndal Gordon, the attorney for the Gaines family.


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USA

American Olympian: 'I can't wait for the day we move past this'

Chris Mazdzer
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Chris Mazdzer
Chris Mazdzer, the first American to win an Olympic medal in men's luge singles, says that the Olympic spirit can still bring people together from different countries despite existing tensions and controversies.

Mazdzer, who was 13th in both his previous Olympic appearances in Vancouver and Sochi, claimed a silver medal at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, only losing out to David Gleirsche from Austria.

The American, however, made the headlines at the beginning of this week not only because of his medal, but also because of a story he revealed following his achievement. A fellow Russian luger, who's name Mazdzer did not reveal, offered him help before the Games by saying he could use his sled.

Talking in PyeongChang to RT's Ilya Petrenko, the American Olympian gave more details about the case, while also expressing hope that the Olympic spirit can still bring people and countries together.


Comment: Nice to hear some good news of good people doing good things.


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Kosovo celebrates a decade of dependence and confusion

Kacanik, Kosovo
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Kacanik, Kosovo
For all the talk by Western governments of sovereignty and 'rules-based world order,' the case of Kosovo is a haunting example of hypocrisy. Ten years after declaring independence, the troubled province is still a ward of the US.

A gilded statue of Bill Clinton adorns the main square in Pristina, the Kosovian capital. Nearby is a "Hillary" boutique, selling women's couture (no word on pantsuits). One Albanian town even erected a bust of Hillary Clinton in 2016, anticipating her foreordained presidency. George W. Bush also has a statue in Albania, after he visited in 2007 and pledged to support the Clintons' policy on the Albanian cause. Many children across the province are named Klinton, Tonibler, or Madeleine.

Why? Because in March 1999, US President Bill Clinton, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spearheaded a NATO war on what was then Yugoslavia. NATO was acting on behalf of the "Kosovo Liberation Army," an ethnic Albanian terrorist group fighting to separate Kosovo from Serbia. Though the war was intended to last no more than a few days, it wasn't until 78 days later that NATO occupied the province, under the guise of UN peacekeepers.

The US quickly built a massive military base in southeastern Kosovo, flattening two hills in the process. Camp Bondsteel occupies 955 acres (3.86 square kilometers) of land and can host up to 7,000 troops.

Comment: Is this any way for the USA to treat its 'Mini Me'?


Syringe

With everyone doping at the Olympics, why is only Russia punished?

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Translated from Nova Resistencia.

At first, we will break some illusions: What they call "doping", that is, the use of substances or techniques currently considered illegal to increase the efficiency of the sportsman, is a widespread practice in extreme sports, therefore, also in Olympic sport .

In fact, "doping" despite being seen as morally reprehensible is much more present in the sports and entertainment industry than one dares to admit. These actors who earn 10-20kg in very few months to make a movie superhero? Have you noticed how there are even changes in the bone structure of your face, as in the chin, for example? Do you think this is what? Diet and training? The same applies to MMA fighters, Carnival goers, and the whole range of people who depend on the body to stand out in the society of the show, whether in sports or entertainment.

We are not making any moral condemnation here. We are just exposing the facts. Doping is omnipresent whether we like it or not.

Let's go to the Olympics. The Olympic Committee has, for some years now, put into practice a veritable fanatic, virulent and incessant persecution of the Russian athletes, doing what is possible and impossible to ban collectively the participation of Russians in competitions. Be they innocent or guilty.

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Where is the American outrage over the FBI spying on them?

Comey
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Former FBI director James Comey
Under the Constitution, there are three branches of government. The FBI is not one of them. Instead, the FBI was created to assist the president in his job to enforce laws. Members of the FBI are called "agents" because of their agency relationship with the president.

During World War II and then the Red Scare, the FBI's mission expanded to gather intelligence against spies. Here, too, the FBI was assisting the Commander in Chief. Even the word "intelligence" connotes this fact. The purpose was to help the president act intelligently against domestic threats.

The FBI's domestic intelligence gathering function caused understandable discomfort on the left. In 1970s apocrypha, President Nixon couldn't wait to get the goods on undesirables like the Smothers Brothers. Or so we were told by the Smothers Brothers, back when the FBI's mission creep cast it as the Gestapo.

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Ancient Rome's decline and today's United States - some eerie similarities

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Cicero
Comparing the "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" with the rise and now decline of the British and now American empires has been something of an intellectual parlor game for now more than 200 years. But it's fun to play because everybody has a slightly different collection of information and analysis to offer, and because people like predictions and patterns.

Consider the parallel "ages of man" dispute that has been going on for several thousand years - the ancient Greek poets Hesiod and Ovid offered theirs (they counted five and four, respectively), so did Shakespeare (he counted seven), and today we have generation-based theories such as William Strauss and Neil Howe's Fourth Turning.

I don't think any of us knows whether the United States has already passed peak awesome, and while my mind says Charles Murray is right that we've probably lost our country, my heart won't take that answer. I listened to the latest in our Hillsdale Western Heritage 101 lectures, on "The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic" with Dr. Ken Calvert, with all this in mind. Of course, even studying this for years will not generate a crystal ball, but the lecture did generate some data points to fuel another dinner table discussion.

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Israeli public and officials outraged: Swastikas painted on Polish embassy in Israel after PM's 'Jewish Holocaust perpetrators' remarks

former Nazi Auschwitz death camp in Oswiecim, Poland
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Survivors and guests walk inside the barbed wire fences at the former Nazi Auschwitz death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, January 27, 2018.
Swastikas were painted on the Polish embassy in Tel Aviv a day after Poland's Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, said there were Jewish perpetrators in the Holocaust, outraging the Israeli public and officials.

Swastikas and obscene anti-Polish slogans, which branded Poles as murderers and equals of the Nazis, were discovered at the entrance of the embassy building on Sunday. Israeli police said they have launched an investigation into the incident, Haaretz reported.

The President of the Conference of European Rabbis, Pinchas Goldschmidt, told Rutply news agency on Sunday that Morawiecki's remarks were "totally unacceptable." According to the Rabbi, calling "Jews 'perpetrators' of the Holocaust, these are words which undermine and are unacceptable to any person who knows history, who knows Europe and wants a better future."

"We did not expect the Polish Prime Minister to say such things," Goldschmidt said. "When politicians issue statements, there is usually a political need to issue those statements and there is definite a certain segment of the Polish population which feels the same way and that's something, this is a problem not for us, not only for us, but I think it is a problem for Poland."

Comment: See also: How Israel uses the holocaust to deflect from its own damning similarities with the Nazi regime


Chess

Senate blocks immigration measure that doesn't include money for Trump's wall

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The Senate has blocked an immigration measure sponsored by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) that did not include money for President Trump's border wall.

The amendment fell in a 52-47 vote. It needed 60 votes to overcome a procedural hurdle set up for four different immigration measures the Senate will vote on Thursday.

Each of the four proposals appear to be short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.