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Monday, May 29, 2017

My Friend Sam - The New Yorker

My Friend Sam - The New Yorker

WOF 077: God and the New Media | The Word on Fire Show

WOF 077: God and the New Media | The Word on Fire Show

(14) CNN - Fareed Zakaria: "The Saudis played Donald Trump...I thought...

(14) CNN - Fareed Zakaria: "The Saudis played Donald Trump...I thought...

We Need Memorial Day to Obscure the Unbearable Truth About War

We Need Memorial Day to Obscure the Unbearable Truth About War

No Laughing Matter: The Manchester Bomber is the Spawn of Hillary and Barack’s Excellent Libyan Adventure

No Laughing Matter: The Manchester Bomber is the Spawn of Hillary and Barack’s Excellent Libyan Adventure

Memorial Day: An Intensely Personal and National Holiday

Memorial Day: An Intensely Personal and National Holiday

Taking Single-Payer Seriously

Taking Single-Payer Seriously

America's $1.1 Trillion National Security Budget

America's $1.1 Trillion National Security Budget

Defense hawks gird for budget brawl | TheHill

Defense hawks gird for budget brawl | TheHill

Sic Semper Tyrannis : "Anatoly, you will not believe what the idiots proposed to me!" (Dramatization)

Sic Semper Tyrannis : "Anatoly, you will not believe what the idiots proposed to me!" (Dramatization)

Innovation Won't Overcome Stagnation - Bloomberg

Innovation Won't Overcome Stagnation - Bloomberg

Why Americans Aren’t Hitting the Road This Summer - WSJ

Why Americans Aren’t Hitting the Road This Summer - WSJ

Get ready for the coming business travel crisis | Computerworld

Get ready for the coming business travel crisis | Computerworld

Sic Semper Tyrannis : Illegal Spying Under Obama by Publius Tacitus

Sic Semper Tyrannis : Illegal Spying Under Obama by Publius Tacitus

America’s Inconsistent Foreign Policy | Rural Ruminations

America’s Inconsistent Foreign Policy | Rural Ruminations

Conspiracy Theories Sometimes Supported by Facts | Rural Ruminations

Conspiracy Theories Sometimes Supported by Facts | Rural Ruminations

Trump’s NATO Speech | Rural Ruminations

Trump’s NATO Speech | Rural Ruminations

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Two Sides of the Palestinian Coin: Hunger Strike/Gaza | Global Justice in the 21st Century

Two Sides of the Palestinian Coin: Hunger Strike/Gaza | Global Justice in the 21st Century

Trump's Trip Was a Catastrophe for U.S.-Europe Relations - The Atlantic

Trump's Trip Was a Catastrophe for U.S.-Europe Relations - The Atlantic

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Thank You, Donald | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Thank You, Donald | TomDispatch

Thanks to Trump, Germany says it can’t rely on the United States. What does that mean? - The Washington Post

Thanks to Trump, Germany says it can’t rely on the United States. What does that mean? - The Washington Post

Trump: The Presidency in Peril | by Elizabeth Drew | The New York Review of Books

Trump: The Presidency in Peril | by Elizabeth Drew | The New York Review of Books

Donald Trump seems happy to destroy the planet. Only China and India can save us now | The Independent

Donald Trump seems happy to destroy the planet. Only China and India can save us now | The Independent

Trump Is No Realist « LobeLog

Trump Is No Realist « LobeLog

Donald Trump to Hungry Seniors: Drop Dead

Donald Trump to Hungry Seniors: Drop Dead

http://www.alternet.org/food/donald-trump-hungry-seniors-drop-dead

For First Time Ever, Country Music's 30 Most Famous Singers Release ONE Song Together, In Honor Of 50th CMAs. - InspireMore

For First Time Ever, Country Music's 30 Most Famous Singers Release ONE Song Together, In Honor Of 50th CMAs. - InspireMore

Regina Coeli Address: On the Ascension – ZENIT – English

Regina Coeli Address: On the Ascension – ZENIT – English

In groundbreaking resolution, California Democratic Party decries US support for Israeli occupation – Mondoweiss

In groundbreaking resolution, California Democratic Party decries US support for Israeli occupation – Mondoweiss

Trump tells Muslims to reject extremism in Ramadan message

Trump tells Muslims to reject extremism in Ramadan message

How Worried Should Jared Kushner Be? - The New Yorker

How Worried Should Jared Kushner Be? - The New Yorker

If Europe Really Worried About Russia, It Would Get Serious About Defense Spending | The National Interest Blog

If Europe Really Worried About Russia, It Would Get Serious About Defense Spending | The National Interest Blog

Trump's Budget Grasps What Congress Doesn't: America's Global Leadership Doesn't Come Free | The National Interest

Trump's Budget Grasps What Congress Doesn't: America's Global Leadership Doesn't Come Free | The National Interest

Why we'll all have to stomach the high-tech future of food

Why we'll all have to stomach the high-tech future of food

Tillerson refuses to host Ramadan event at State Department

Tillerson refuses to host Ramadan event at State Department

Court rebukes NSA over surveillance of U.S. citizens | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Court rebukes NSA over surveillance of U.S. citizens | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Few Americans support cuts to most government programs | Pew Research Center

Few Americans support cuts to most government programs | Pew Research Center

US nuclear lab's future up in the air after recent fire - Business Insider

US nuclear lab's future up in the air after recent fire - Business Insider

MoA - The Real Foreign Policy Scandal Is Its Sabotage By Trump Enemies

MoA - The Real Foreign Policy Scandal Is Its Sabotage By Trump Enemies

Stratfor looks at Afghanistan and sees a Conflict With No Time Limit – Fabius Maximus website

Stratfor looks at Afghanistan and sees a Conflict With No Time Limit – Fabius Maximus website

Brood Awakening: 17-Year Cicadas Emerge 4 Years Early - Scientific American

Brood Awakening: 17-Year Cicadas Emerge 4 Years Early - Scientific American

America's Missile Defenses Against North Korea Have a Big Problem (They Only Work Half the Time) | The National Interest Blog

America's Missile Defenses Against North Korea Have a Big Problem (They Only Work Half the Time) | The National Interest Blog

Egypt's Islamic foundation cancels Ramadan celebrations following

Egypt's Islamic foundation cancels Ramadan celebrations following

IS claim responsibility for massacre of Egyptian Christians

IS claim responsibility for massacre of Egyptian Christians

Trump’s “America First“ Infrastructure Plan: Let Saudi Arabia and Blackstone Take Care of It

Trump’s “America First“ Infrastructure Plan: Let Saudi Arabia and Blackstone Take Care of It

Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of being 'US cash cow'

Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of being 'US cash cow'

Admission: A Life in Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh - a handbook for giving up hope joyfully

Admission: A Life in Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh - a handbook for giving up hope joyfully

We are witnessing St. John Paul II’s prophesy of an ‘anti-Church’: Catholic priest | News | Lifesitenews

We are witnessing St. John Paul II’s prophesy of an ‘anti-Church’: Catholic priest | News | Lifesitenews

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Report: Obama Administration Conducted Illegal Searches On Americans | The Daily Caller

Report: Obama Administration Conducted Illegal Searches On Americans | The Daily Caller

The NSA intentionally and routinely intercepted communications of American citizens in violation of the Constitution.

The NSA intentionally and routinely intercepted communications of American citizens in violation of the Constitution.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447973/nsa-illegal-surveillance-americans-obama-administration-abuse-fisa-court-response


http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447973/nsa-illegal-surveillance-americans-obama-administration-abuse-fisa-court-response

Europe May Finally Rethink NATO Costs

 

Europe May Finally Rethink NATO Costs

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/05/27/europe-may-finally-rethink-nato-costs/

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Leaders issue G7 declaration with U.S. a holdout on climate change - POLITICO

Leaders issue G7 declaration with U.S. a holdout on climate change - POLITICO

Waves Rippled Through Greenland's Ice. That's Ominous | Climate Central

Waves Rippled Through Greenland's Ice. That's Ominous | Climate Central

Carter adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies at 89 - POLITICO

Carter adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies at 89 - POLITICO

Leery of North Korea, US plans first test of ICBM intercept - ABC News

Leery of North Korea, US plans first test of ICBM intercept - ABC News

Something is not right - The Washington Post

Something is not right - The Washington Post

UK: Welcome Mat for Jihadists

UK: Welcome Mat for Jihadists

by Khadija Khan  •  May 27, 2017 at 5:00 am
  • The Sharia Council of Britain determines the fate of women by undermining the laws of the land.
  • British politicians seem have become intoxicated by the propaganda of those who prefer to term any action to limit Islamic extremism or terrorism "Islamophobia."
  • These human rights abuses are linked to the Islamic ideology, the end product of which often shows itself as violence against homosexuals, non-Muslims and other marginalized communities. It appears that most of these jihadists were radicalized through local mosques and madrassas.
Baroness Warsi. (Photo by Miles Willis/Getty Images)
England, which once was a jewel of both East and West, today symbolizes the degeneration of Europe, the continent which has turned its back on the threat Islamist terrorists are posing. England has increased its terror threat level from "severe" to "critical"; counter-terror measures include employing the British army in key public locations as well as stepped-up counter-intelligence, and raids against suspected terrorists.
It seems, however, that British politicians have simply put the whole nation in a loop of feed, kill, repeat; meanwhile acting as if they haven't a clue as to what has stricken the lovely country.
Prime Minister Theresa May, in her public statement after the blast, stated:

Donald Trump's Moral Holiday - The Atlantic

Donald Trump's Moral Holiday - The Atlantic

Why the Palestinian Authority Should Be Shuttered - The New York Times

Why the Palestinian Authority Should Be Shuttered - The New York Times

Dynamism in Retreat - Economic Innovation Group

Dynamism in Retreat - Economic Innovation Group

How China Managed to Muffle the Voice of America - WSJ

How China Managed to Muffle the Voice of America - WSJ

Huge scale of terror threat revealed: UK home to 23,000 jihadists | News | The Times & The Sunday Times

Huge scale of terror threat revealed: UK home to 23,000 jihadists | News | The Times & The Sunday Times

Friday, May 26, 2017

Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin - The Washington Post

Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin - The Washington Post

10 Messages from the Virgin Mary that Every Catholic Should Know


10 Messages from the Virgin Mary that Every Catholic Should Know


http://catholic-link.org/2015/05/31/10-messages-from-the-virgen-mary/

The Gulf of Mexico in the Age of Petrochemicals - The New York Times

The Gulf of Mexico in the Age of Petrochemicals - The New York Times

Nor Any Drop to Drink?: Why the Great Lakes Face a Murky Future - The New York Times

Nor Any Drop to Drink?: Why the Great Lakes Face a Murky Future - The New York Times

The Curious Case of the Disappearing Nuts | Outside Online

The Curious Case of the Disappearing Nuts | Outside Online

Jared Kushner’s Other Real Estate Empire - The New York Times

Jared Kushner’s Other Real Estate Empire - The New York Times

Dark Devotional: Go and Make a Mess of Things

Dark Devotional: Go and Make a Mess of Things

Over 30,000 Muslims in the UK Marched Against ISIS - Of Course You Didn't Hear About It

https://mic.com/articles/151681/over-30-000-muslims-in-the-uk-marched-against-isis-of-course-you-didn-t-hear-about-it#.PU9YamGGw

France, Macron, President of the Elites and Islamists

France: Macron, President of the Elites and Islamists

by Guy Millière  •  May 26, 2017 at 5:00 am
  • French President Emmanuel Macron can only be described as close to the business world if one understands how things work in France. The French economy is a mixed system where it is almost impossible to succeed financially without having close relations with political leaders who can grant favors and subsidies, and either authorize, prohibit or facilitate contracts or hinder them. Macron is not supposed to bring any new impetus to business, but to ensure and consolidate the power of those who placed him where he is.
  • A deliberate side-effect of Macron's policies will be population change. Macron wants Islam to have more room in France. Like many European leaders, Emmanuel Macron seems convinced that the remedy for the demographic deficit and the aging of ethnic European populations is more immigration.
  • The French branch of the Muslim Brotherhood published an official communiqué, saying: "Muslims think that the new President of the Republic will allow the reconciliation of France with itself and will allow us to go farther, together."
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel chat in Berlin on May 15, 2017. (Photo by Michele Tantussi/Getty Images)
Emmanuel Macron -- whose victory in the French presidential election on May 7, 2017 was declared decisive -- was presented as a centrist, a newcomer in politics with strong ties to the business world, and a man who could bring a new impetus to a stagnant country.
The reality, however, is quite different.
His victory was actually not "decisive". Although he received a high percentage of the votes cast (66%), the number of voters who cast a blank ballot or decided to abstain was the highest ever in a French presidential election.

The Week With IPS May 26, 2017

   2017/5/26 Click here for the online version of this IPS newsletter   

In a “World of Plenty,” G7 Must Fight Famine
Tharanga Yakupitiyage
World leaders must step up and take action in fighting famine to prevent further catastrophic levels of hunger and deaths, said Oxfam. Ahead of the 43rd G7 summit, Oxfam urged world leaders to urgently address the issue of famine, currently affecting four countries at unprecedented levels. ... MORE > >

Africa - More than Just Conflicts, Corruption, Disasters
IPS World Desk
Natural and man-made disasters, armed conflicts, widespread corruption and deep social inequalities have been so far a dramatic source for most news coverage when it comes to Africa, the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent on Earth, which hosts 54 states spreading over 30 ... MORE > >

Q&A: “It’s a Crime” that 35 Million Latin Americans Still Suffer from Hunger
Orlando Milesi
The fight against hunger has been “remarkably successful” in Latin America and the Caribbean, but “it is a crime” that 35 million people still go to bed hungry every day, FAO regional representative Julio Berdegué told IPS. Berdegué, who is also assistant director-general of FAO (United Nations ... MORE > >

Nutrition Key to Developing Africa’s “Grey Matter Infrastructure”
Friday Phiri
Developing Africa’s ‘grey matter infrastructure’ through multi-sector investments in nutrition has been identified as a game changer for Africa’s sustainable development. Experts here at the 2017 African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings say investing in physical infrastructure alone cannot ... MORE > >

Gateway Portals and the Quest for Sustainable Urbanization
Joan Erakit
On a busy Friday afternoon, the number 1 subway train heading north through Manhattan’s Westside comes out of a dark tunnel --and if one takes a minute to release oneself from communication devices—one can catch sight of the approaching 125th street in the distance, the crosswalk buzzing with ... MORE > >

Survivors of the El Mozote Massacre Have New Hopes for Justice in El Salvador
Edgardo Ayala
Except for a house with its walls riddled with holes made by bursts of machine gun fire, nobody would say that the quiet Salvadoran village of El Mozote was the scene of one of the worst massacres in Latin America, just 35 years ago. “Many of us who live here are descendants of those who managed ... MORE > >

World to Cut Emissions With or Without Trump
Zofeen Ebrahim
In a last-ditch effort, Germany and China are trying to influence the United States not to walk away from the Paris climate change accord it signed along with 194 nations. In December 2015, nearly every country committed to take action to reduce planet-warming emissions.3 "We are trying to ... MORE > >

Unique Sandbar Coastal Ecosystem in Cuba Calls for Climate Solutions
Ivet González
A battered bridge connects the centre of Baracoa, Cuba´s oldest city, with a singular dark-sand sandbar, known as Tibaracón, that forms on one of the banks of the Macaguaní River where it flows into the Caribbean Sea in northeastern Cuba. Just 13 wooden houses with lightweight roofs shield the ... MORE > >

Agony of Mother Earth (II) World’s Forests Depleted for Fuel
Baher Kamal
Humankind is the biggest ever predator of natural resources. Just take the case of forests, the real lungs of Mother Earth, and learn that every 60 seconds humans cut down 15 hectares of trees primarily for food or energy production. And that as much as 45,000 hectares of rainforest are cleared for ... MORE > >

Agony of Mother Earth (I) The Unstoppable Destruction of Forests
Baher Kamal
The world’s forests are being degraded and lost at a staggering rate of 3.3 million hectares per year. While their steady destruction in many Asian countries continues apace, deforestation of the world's largest tropical forest - the Amazon - increased 29 per cent from last year’s numbers. And some ... MORE > >

Amman's Refugee Waiting Game The Time Bomb on Jordan's Border


Amman's Refugee Waiting Game

The Time Bomb on Jordan's Border


https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/jordan/2017-05-24/ammans-refugee-waiting-game?cid=nlc-twofa-20170525&sp_mid=54141869&sp_rid=bWljaGVsZXRrZWFybmV5QGdtYWlsLmNvbQS2&spMailingID=54141869&spUserID=MjEwNDg3NjAxODc2S0&spJobID=1164228084&spReportId=MTE2NDIyODA4NAS2

Atoms for Pyongyang Let North Korea Have Peaceful Nuclear Power By Richard Rhodes and Michael Shellenberger

Atoms for Pyongyang

Let North Korea Have Peaceful Nuclear Power

By and

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/north-korea/2017-05-23/atoms-pyongyang?cid=nlc-twofa-20170525&sp_mid=54141869&sp_rid=bWljaGVsZXRrZWFybmV5QGdtYWlsLmNvbQS2&spMailingID=54141869&spUserID=MjEwNDg3NjAxODc2S0&spJobID=1164228084&spReportId=MTE2NDIyODA4NAS2

Iraq and Afghanistan: The US$6 trillion bill for America's longest war is unpaid

Iraq and Afghanistan: The US$6 trillion bill for America's longest war is unpaid

The Prisoners’ Dilemma

The Prisoners’ Dilemma


http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/index.cfm?fa=70082&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWkRkallqVTRaalJqT0RrNCIsInQiOiJcL2hYcDJGTCt0dkJ2eGEwTnR5WXg0am1WNGJqdThDTmpRazJoU1c1MHU5Y2pIYXNGUnAxZXpvYXBCa3NpcFNvbWtGR2plZ0ZES1lRcUpNQ29PN1dRSHB6TWYyUStFVEZ6a3J4eGo3NE5lQTlnQzBzVnlKUHIxeU9tR2FUa05EU28ifQ%3D%3D

A Further Perspective Trump’s Middle East Strategy Takes Shape


https://spectator.org/trumps-middle-east-strategy-takes-shape/

Legality of Presidential Disclosures, Continued


Legality of Presidential Disclosures, Continued

“There is no basis” for suggesting that President Trump’s disclosure of classified intelligence to Russian officials was illegal, wrote Morton Halperin this week. To the contrary, “senior U.S. government officials in conversations with foreign officials decide on a daily basis to provide them with information that is properly classified and that will remain classified,” wrote […]https://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2017/05/legality-disclosures/

Legality of the Trump Disclosures, Revisited

When President Trump disclosed classified intelligence information to Russian officials last week, did he commit a crime? Considering that the President is the author of the national security classification system, and that he is empowered to determine who gets access to classified information, it seems obvious that the answer is No. His action might have […]https://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2017/05/trump-disclosures-revisited/

‘Getting Trump’ with the New McCarthyism – Consortiumnews

‘Getting Trump’ with the New McCarthyism – Consortiumnews

The Senate Can’t Pass Health Care Without This Man - Bloomberg

The Senate Can’t Pass Health Care Without This Man - Bloomberg

Single-Payer Health Care Is Less Expensive—Deal With It

Single-Payer Health Care Is Less Expensive—Deal With It

'Horrific' Increase in Worldwide Displacement, Shows New Report

'Horrific' Increase in Worldwide Displacement, Shows New Report

Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump’s United States of Amnesia | naked capitalism

Down the Memory Hole: Living in Trump’s United States of Amnesia | naked capitalism

Trump at Taormina: The Odd Man Out


Trump at Taormina: The Odd Man Out

Imagining a G7 world, where the United States now is the rogue nation at the table, like Russia was at the G8 table!

https://www.theglobalist.com/donald-trump-at-taormina-the-odd-man-out/

After the Confederates, Who’s Next?

http://buchanan.org/blog/confederates-whos-next-127112

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Ascension of Our Lord | The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study

The Ascension of Our Lord | The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study

Why Jesus Had to Ascend to Heaven: Answers from Scripture and Aquinas | The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study

Why Jesus Had to Ascend to Heaven: Answers from Scripture and Aquinas | The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study

The intelligence leaks are not a Trump problem – the UK should have reconsidered this relationship long ago | The Independent

The intelligence leaks are not a Trump problem – the UK should have reconsidered this relationship long ago | The Independent

The intelligence leaks are not a Trump problem – the UK should have reconsidered this relationship long ago | The Independent

The intelligence leaks are not a Trump problem – the UK should have reconsidered this relationship long ago | The Independent

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Those Who Do Not Remember History... | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Those Who Do Not Remember History... | TomDispatch

Iran: Rouhani's Re-Election Is Not the Key to the Country's Economic Recovery


Iran: Rouhani's Re-Election Is Not the Key to the Country's Economic Recovery

by Mohammad Amin  •  May 25, 2017 at 4:00 am
  • The true culprit in Iran's economic failure is Iran itself, whose internal barriers make a flourishing economy a pipe-dream. These include: the absence of free-market competition, due mainly to the monopoly of conglomerates affiliated with Ayatollah Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards over a huge sector of the country's economy, which affects at least half of its GDP; the precariousness of the rule of law; the deterioration of human rights; and the exorbitant cost of military intervention in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, as well as the bankrolling of the Lebanon-based Shiite terrorist organization Hezbollah and other regional proxies.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo by Sergey Guneev/Host Photo Agency/Ria Novosti via Getty Images)
The clear victory on May 19 of incumbent Iranian President Hassan Rouhani over his key rival, Ebrahim Raisi -- the candidate supported by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – indicated that voters were concerned above all with the economy. Raisi, an extremist and isolationist like Khamenei, was the candidate who represented hardline power politics and Middle East hegemony.
It was during Rouhani's first term in office that the nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed between Iran and six world powers. This not only led to the lifting of crippling international sanctions from the regime in Tehran, but seemed to signal an effort to renew diplomatic and commercial ties the West.

The World Needs to Drive Out Destructive Fantasies


The World Needs to Drive Out Destructive Fantasies

by Shireen Qudosi  •  May 25, 2017 at 4:30 am
  • The Palestinians and other powers such as the OIC, the UN and domestic interest groups do not get a veto over reality.
  • If we are going to "reset" the Middle East, we need to reset our thinking as well, starting with accepting that Israel has a right to exist. Israel exists, and Israel has a legitimate claim to Jerusalem. Further, the Jewish people have proven themselves as more capable custodians of Jerusalem than their Muslim neighbors, who are already burdened by challenges in their own territory.
  • Alongside us, the world must drive out the fantasy that Jerusalem is not Israel's capital. Jerusalem is the heart and soul of Israel. To deny Jerusalem as a part of Jewish and Israeli identity is the same as denying Mecca as inherent to Muslim identity.
U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to the Western Wall in Israel was the most iconic moment of his recent visit to the Middle East. (Illustrative photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
The most iconic moment of President Donald Trump's visit to the Middle East was not his "speech on Islam"; it was his visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
The Western Wall is a contested space, and that controversy has bled outside Israel's borders. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently reignited the debate, mentioning the Wall as being in "Jerusalem", instead of in Israel. It is a play on language often used to deny Israeli sovereignty over a space that clearly belongs to the Jewish people, as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, quickly rectified in response.
How we talk about religion matters. If we want to be effective in moving forward, it is important to be truthful. The truth is that Israel won the Six Day War, thereby liberating eastern Jerusalem from Jordan, which had seized it illegally when it attacked Israel in 1948-49 and expelled all Jews from eastern Jerusalem.

Censoring You to 'Protect' You

Censoring You to 'Protect' You

by Douglas Murray  •  May 25, 2017 at 5:00 am
  • The editor of The Vanguard at Portland State University decided that it was more important to cover up a story than to break it, more important to evade truths than to expose them, and more important to treat students -- and the wider world -- as children rather than thinking sentient adults able to make up their own minds.
  • That students such as Andy Ngo exist is reason for considerable optimism. So long as there are even a few people left who are willing to ask the questions that need asking and willing to tell people about the answers they hear -- however uncomfortable they may seem right now -- all cannot possibly be lost.
  • Indeed, it is imaginable, that with examples such as this, students in America could be reminded not only that truth will always triumph over lies, but that the current trend of ignorance and censorship might one day soon begin to be turned around.
Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
In the culture-wars currently rocking US campuses, the enemies of free speech have plenty of tools on their side. Many of these would appear to be advantages. For instance the employment of violence, thuggery and intimidation against those who disagree are generally effective ways to prevent people hearing things you do not want them to hear. As are the subtler but more regularly employed tactics for shutting people down, such a "no-platforming" people or getting them disinvited after they have been invited, should the speaker's views not accord 100% with those of their would-be censors. As also noted in this space before, many of the people who campaign to limit what American students can learn also have the short-term advantage of being willing to lie without compunction and cover over facts whenever they emerge.

Sun Tzu vs. Donald Trump on the Middle East « LobeLog

Sun Tzu vs. Donald Trump on the Middle East « LobeLog

Trump’s Riyadh Speech: Same Intolerance, Different Packaging, No Strategy | ACW

Trump’s Riyadh Speech: Same Intolerance, Different Packaging, No Strategy | ACW

Trump Talks the Talk but Hobbles the Walk | The Cipher Brief

Trump Talks the Talk but Hobbles the Walk | The Cipher Brief

Globalization Devastates Western Towns & Values as Elites Benefit | National Review

Globalization Devastates Western Towns & Values as Elites Benefit | National Review

Down but not out: How Islamic State clings on in Libya | The Economist

Down but not out: How Islamic State clings on in Libya | The Economist
May 25, 2017 Press Release
A bipartisan group of six representatives introduced a joint resolution of disapproval to block proposed sales of precision-guided munitions and other offensive weapons to the Government of Saudi Arabia.


https://amash.house.gov/media/press-releases/house-members-seek-block-proposed-arms-sales-saudi-arabia--

Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Facility: Record High Fatal Radiation Levels, Hole in Reactor Detected | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Crippled Fukushima Nuclear Facility: Record High Fatal Radiation Levels, Hole in Reactor Detected | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon are the Big Winners in Saudi Arabia’s Massive Military Buildup | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Raytheon are the Big Winners in Saudi Arabia’s Massive Military Buildup | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Never Mind the Real Russia, This Is All About Trump | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Never Mind the Real Russia, This Is All About Trump | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Amid High Unemployment, One Man Creates Wheelbarrow Cooperative To Employ Others

Amid High Unemployment, One Man Creates Wheelbarrow Cooperative To Employ Others

Harare Arts Festival Shines Spotlight On Zimbabwe’s Artists and Craftspeople

Harare Arts Festival Shines Spotlight On Zimbabwe’s Artists and Craftspeople

California's Big Sur, Highway 1 Closed By Massive Landslide - Breitbart

California's Big Sur, Highway 1 Closed By Massive Landslide - Breitbart

The $110 Billion Myth of Supporting Saudi Arabia’s Defense Needs by -- Antiwar.com

The $110 Billion Myth of Supporting Saudi Arabia’s Defense Needs by -- Antiwar.com

The ‘War On Terrorism’ Isn’t Working by -- Antiwar.com

The ‘War On Terrorism’ Isn’t Working by -- Antiwar.com

Donald of Arabia: A Disgusting Spectacle by -- Antiwar.com

Donald of Arabia: A Disgusting Spectacle by -- Antiwar.com

Articles: The Real Constitutional Crisis is the Appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Articles: The Real Constitutional Crisis is the Appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Articles: Who is the real enemy within the Trump administration?

Articles: Who is the real enemy within the Trump administration?

Articles: Two-Faced Saudis Welcome Trump

Articles: Two-Faced Saudis Welcome Trump

Articles: Did Brennan Collude with Foreign Spies to Help Hillary?

Articles: Did Brennan Collude with Foreign Spies to Help Hillary?

The US intelligence leaks on the Manchester attack are part of a disturbing pattern

The US intelligence leaks on the Manchester attack are part of a disturbing pattern

GETTING JULIAN ASSANGE: THE UNTOLD STORY

GETTING JULIAN ASSANGE: THE UNTOLD STORY

Another Obamacare insurer just quit, leaving 25 Missouri counties with no options - Vox

Another Obamacare insurer just quit, leaving 25 Missouri counties with no options - Vox

Donald Trump And Health Care: Firm Run By Trump's Top Adviser Sounded Alarm About Obamacare Repeal

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Quite apart from the narrow national interest of t United States, there are numerous reasons why the United States should cease to be militarily involved in propping up the Afghan government, having to do with its warlord origins and character. Cordesman has no metrics related to that problm, of course.

CSIS REPORT


The Afghan War: Key Developments and Metrics

Anthony H. Cordesman

May 24, 2017
Read Online: cs.is/2rRakxn

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Fr. Bob Warren's This Week's Reflection: They will know we are Christians by our love


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THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION from Fr. Bob Warren, SA
They will know we are Christians by our love
A single mother is frantic. She has found a six‑pack of beer in her fourteen year old daughter's closet. When the daughter comes home from school she confronts her ‑ Ok, Maria, what is this? It looks like a six‑pack of beer to me, Mom. Don't get smart, young lady and tell me how you got it. Maria thought real fast and said ‑ Oh yeah, I was keeping it for a friend. You expect me to believe that? ‑ asked her mother. Maria gets mad and stomps off to her bedroom and slams the door. Sound familiar?
The mother calls her sister for advice. Her sister asks her why she was so concerned with finding a six‑pack in her closet. Because I know where it all can lead and I don't want her to get into trouble ‑ the mother answered. I understand that ‑ her sister replied ‑ but why don't you want her to get into trouble? Because I don't want her to ruin her life. I understand that ‑ the sister said ‑ But why is it you don't want her to ruin her life?
Finally, the mother got it. Because I love her ‑ she said. Do you think she got that message? ‑ Her sister asked. What do you think would happen if you started with ‑ Honey, I love you so much that I got really scared when I found the six‑pack in your closet? Could we talk about this because I am really afraid you could get into trouble?
There is no ambiguity with Christ when it comes to love. It makes Christ believable. He tells us in John's gospel ‑ As the Father loved me, so I love you. The whole theme of the gospel is Christ's love for us. A love so great that He never let's go of us and never gives up. In all of the world's great religions, people seek God. Christianity, however, introduces into the world an unexpected reversal. Christianity reveals a God who seeks us and who loves us more than we love ourselves. Jesus came to reveal to each and every one of us the loving, compassionate, forgiving face of the Father, His Father.
So many people are caught up in false notions of God. A God of anger, a judge, a God spying on people ready to pounce and to punish, a God of law, a God concerned more with rituals and the sacrifice of animals and what to do or not to do on the Sabbath. Or else, a distant God, far off, not interested in the human condition and human suffering. Jesus came to reveal the true face of God, a God of love, of truth and of light. A God passionately interested in people as they are in their uniqueness.
We should have no fear because God's love for us is based on nothing that may sound somewhat disappointing. We prefer to think that God loves me because I am so dedicated and unselfish or because of my special qualities and my great personality. We do nothing to arouse, elicit or earn this love of God. It was there before we existed. If God's love was based on something and this something broke down, then the whole structure would collapse. Let's be grateful for the truth that God's love for us is based on nothing even when we sin. God's love continues to carry us. He never gives up.
But, as we all know, actions speak louder than words. He tells us in today's gospel that if you love me, you will keep my commandments. He says it twice in today's gospel. In other words, love is measured more by what we do than by what we feel. But, some obey Christ's commands more out of fear than love. A religion based solely on fear of punishment or hope of reward tends to seek loopholes. How far can I go before I sin? How much can I steal before I sin gravely? How little can I give and still satisfy my Christian obligation?
On the other hand, a religion based on love seeks opportunities. What more can I do to help? Is there anything you need? Do not hesitate to call me at any time. Love seeks only to be of service. It finally comes down to this. What is your relationship with God like? Is it based on fear or on love? Fear tends to paralyze and love releases.
Fear imprisons... love frees
Fear sours... love sweetens
Fear wounds... love heals
Fear avoids... love invites
St. Augustine said, "Love and do what you want. When you truly love, you will automatically do the good."
Many years ago we sang a hymn, "We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord." The last line of that hymn was, "They will know we are Christians by our love." The question is ‑ Will they?
Fr. Robert Warren, S.A.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Robert Warren, S.A. Signature
Fr. Robert Warren, S.A.
Spiritual Director
P.S. We continue to pray for the Sainthood of our Founder, Servant of God Father Paul of Graymoor. We will remember the special intentions of members of the Father Paul of Graymoor Guild during a special Pentecost Novena of Masses, beginning May 26th. Please send me your special intentions to be included in this Novena and visit the Father Paul of Graymoor Guild website,  www.FatherPaulofGraymoor.org to learn more about becoming a member of the Guild and praying for the Canonization of Father Paul of Graymoor. 
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