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Robert Inlakesh On His Documentary, “Steal of the Century: Trump’s Palestine-Israel Catastrophe”

Robert Inlakesh is a Documentary Filmmaker, Journalist, and Middle-East  Analyst

I recently spoke with him on his visits to Occupied Palestine and in  particular his two-part documentary, “Steal Of The Century’: Trump’s  Palestine-Israel Catastrophe” , the first part of which he released on  June 5.

Watch part 1

Twitter: @falasteen47

Facebook/Youtube: Robert Inlakesh

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Avaaz: manufacturing consent for wars since 2011

another damning article on the war-mongering, mass-murder-enabling farce that is AVAAZ (and its counterparts AI and HRW…)

wall of controversy

Four years ago I received an email from the internet campaign group Avaaz which read:

“Together, we’ve sent 450,000 emails to the UN Security Council, “overwhelming” the Council President and helping to win targeted sanctions and a justice process for the Libyan people. Now, to stop the bloodshed, we need a massive outcry for a no-fly zone.” [Bold as in the original.]

Of course, that no-fly zone was Nato’s justification for a war – “no-fly zone” means war. So the bloodshed wasn’t about to be stopped, it was about to begin in earnest:

The foreign media has largely ceased to cover Libya because it rightly believes it is too dangerous for journalists to go there. Yet I remember a moment in the early summer of 2011 in the frontline south of Benghazi when there were more reporters and camera crews present than there were rebel militiamen. Cameramen used to…

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Porkins Great Game ep. 1 ISIS is everywhere in Central Asia

Very much enjoyed this podcast; need to listen a second time!

Porkins Policy Review

The Caucasus and Central Asia Political Map 2000

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The wait is finally over:  The new podcast series produced by Christoph Germann and me, Porkins Great Game, is now up and running!  This new podcast will deal exclusively with Central Asia and the Caucus region, and will explore the various geopolitical machinations that compose the “New Great Game.”  Porkins Great Game will be a monthly podcast and we really encourage you to be a part of this endeavor.  So please follow us on Twitter, @PorkinsPolicy & @NewGreatGame, and feel free to email us with topic suggestions and news stories that pertain to the new great game. You can contact me by emailing porkinspolicy@gmail.com, and you can contact Christoph through the contact form on christophgermann.blogspot.com

On this month’s episode we take a look at the increasing violence in Xinjiang as well as the ISIS connection within the Uyghur separatist movement, and take a look…

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sharing: Humanize Palestine blog

Another dad, his only daughter was critically injured and he was crying ‘take my blood and give it to her and bring her back to life’


Press TV interview:

“…They killed a doctor, they injured a paramedic, and also targeted an ambulance… There were also casualties reported in hospitals, such as the European Hospital, the al Wafa Hospital… and Red Crescent societies…

The real tragedy here is about the children. We’ve been seeing a lot of videos and pictures, dead bodies in hospitals, of children, innocent children. A person cannot just stand silent in front of those pictures. They bring anyone to tears, except Mahmoud Abbas, Ban Ki-Moon, the Israeli community and those who support the Israeli aggression on Gaza.

Two days ago, there was a father crying over his 4 year old child’s dead body, who lost half his head, and asking him to wake up, he had got him toys. Another dad, his only daughter was critically injured and he was crying ‘take my blood and give it to her and bring her back to life’. Another 6 year old boy is laying in a bed in a hospital… he doesn’t even know that his family was targeted.

The situation is only getting worse, kids are being targeted, and the international community just stands silent.”

 

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some news bites and a little inspiration, from Gaza

THE UGLY

Rafah crossing closed for 81 days in 2014

Israeli forces injure 4 Palestinians in shootings near Gaza border

“We leave without expecting to return” – meeting the firefighters of Gaza

80% of Gaza factories not working

Gaza runner denied entry to West Bank for marathon

— Palestinians mourn woman who died after inhaling tear gas

**There is a lot more ugly imposed on the lives of Palestinians in Gaza, but I have limited time to seek this out at present.  In terms of news on Palestine, this site has frequent updates from a variety of sources.

 

THE GOOD

“Happy From Gaza”: the ever-wonderful Gangnam Gaza Style group has a new, uplifting (despite it all.  Gaza IS suffering, but these young Palestinians are trying to share the resilient, patient, and quirky nature of Palestinians, and do so very convincingly)

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Gaza in Crisis: a talk I gave in Austin, TX, in March 2014

Since, as I’ve mentioned in recent posts, the issue of the Israeli-manufactured misery in Gaza must be kept in the minds of those who know about and support Palestinians in Gaza–and ideally introduced into the minds of good people who otherwise are unaware–I’m posting a video of a talk I gave a few weeks ago in Austin, with big thanks to Jeffry Zavala [ZGraphix http://zgraphix.org] who filmed and edited the talk and put it out there. Link re the Amira Hass reference. Link re IOF attacks even as far as 2 km from border. Link re the remotely-operated machine-gun towers. Link to Farmers routinely under Israeli army fire.

I am in Syria at the moment, educating myself on the reality of Syrians’ own internationally-manufactured suffering, but Gaza remains in my heart and I hope yours as well.

reflections on Gaza, Syria, the bigger picture

Little man Mahmoud with an iron grip, charming demeanour, and way about him beyond that of a 5 year old; Fayda tent settlement (un-registered refugee area)

Little man Mahmoud with an iron grip, charming demeanour, and way about him beyond that of a 5 year old; Fayda tent settlement (un-registered refugee area)

 

I started this blog in July 2008, when I had never yet been to Gaza nor knew if I would actually arrive. I was, at the time, in Egypt, hoping one of two miracles would occur: the Egyptian authorities would stop their complicity in imposing the lock-down of Gaza; Palestinians would  again blow down the wall between Gaza and Egypt.

Neither happened.

But an inspirational group of everyday people from around the world presented a third option: sailing to Gaza. 

Now, five and a half years after joining the third boat to Gaza, two Israeli wars on Gaza (and uncountable IOF bombings) later, I remain dedicated to keeping Gaza in the minds of whomever I can speak with or share via this blog.  The Palestinians of Gaza continue to suffer under entirely manufactured miseries. Plural. They educated, competent human beings who have survived and continue to do so in the more dire, most sadistically-contrived circumstances.  They don’t need our pity, but they do deserve our solidarity.  And so, making a short point long, I’d like to say that I continue in my own efforts, in solidarity with Palestine…and that in my political awakening I’ve become more informed on geopolitical games in the entire region.

Thus, while the blog is called In Gaza and my first and remaining intention was/is to highlight the manufactured suffering of Palestinians in Gaza, and will continue writing/sharing on Gaza on “In Gaza”, I have the opportunity to visit and share on Syria, the destruction and suffering of which my own countries (America and Canada) are complicit.

For the next undetermined period I’ll be blogging and re-posting publishings on Syria, again with the sole intent of shedding light on what is and is not a complex issue: Syria is in the crosshairs of the same powers that ravaged Iraq and Libya, to name but two, in the name of “human rights” and “democracy.” The complexities lie in the media misinformation on who is at fault or not and the obfuscation of influence and involvement of external powers (US, Saudi, Turkey, Qatar, Israel, to name a few) who wish to see yet another strong Arab nation torn apart. 

While I do have my opinions on this orchestrated devastation of a once dynamic country, and these opinions are based on fact and on research, in the coming reporting I will do, I’ll work to convey what Syrian voices are telling me: their testimonies, their experiences, what they see as a solution.