discarded lies: monday, march 27, 2017 7:45 am zst
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Karadzic in Hiding
One of Europe's most wanted war criminals is seen as a "protector" and a hero by his supporters. Radovan Karadzic remains a fugitive, hiding in the mountains of Bosnia and aided by a secret network of people ranging from politicians to Orthodox priests. I don't think anyone is going to turn him in anytime soon and as much as he's "wanted," U.N. soldiers will not risk their lives to get him. Most wanted: doctor death
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Bellydancing in Egypt
Cairo will hold a belly-dancing festival this week, with over 700 participants from over 30 countries. Egyptian bellydancers are actually government employees who must be licensed by the Ministry of Culture in order to perform and it's a great challenge for them to keep their art alive in the midst of the religious fundamentalism that has spread in Egypt. As the founder of the Reda Dance Troupe says, "there exists a very strange love/hate relationship with the dance. Everyone wants to have a dancer at a wedding, but they will not accept their daughter becoming a professional dancer."
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Israel, U.S. to sign arms pact
Israel and the U.S. will be signing an arms pact, agreeing to consider each other's security interests when they negotiate arms deals with third parties. I suppose this means that the U.S. will be taking Israel's security needs to heart when we make arms deals with the Saudis and the Egyptians.

Unrelated, but good news: Evangelical Christians have started a petition urging the United Church of Christ to oppose economic boycotts against Israel and to reject the anti-Israel resolutions that are slated for a vote in its July conference. You can sign here: Stop The United Church of Christ's Anti-Israel Resolutions

(a big plate of halvah to papijoe for alerting us to the petition)
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Knife stashed on plane
Plane Returns to O'Hare After Small Knife Found-it's not the first time, and it won't be the last. Prepositioning their weapons will allow a hijack team to board completely nonchalantly (snickering as grandmothers get strip-searched), then proceed to crash yet another airliner full of daughters, brothers and sisters, cousins and aunties and grandparents.
An American Airlines flight that had taken off for Rome returned to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago because a passenger found a small knife on board, an airline official said.

Flight 110 had been in the air more than an hour Saturday when the knife was found inside an airline-provided package containing a pillow and blanket, American spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said. The plane, a Boeing 767-300 with 199 passengers, returned as a security precaution, she said.

Fagan said the airline did not know how the knife got into the plastic-wrapped package.
I hope they track down who did it. But seriously, what are the chances?
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A New Blood Libel in Russia
Russia Investigates Jewish Law Code for Racism
The Moscow State Prosecutor has ordered an investigation into possible anti-Russian and racist material in the famous and authoritative Jewish Law Code. The work was authored nearly 500 years ago by famed Rabbis Yosef Karo and Moshe Isserles, and is the fundamental binding religious law code for both Asheknazi and Sephardic Jews.

The Moscow prosecutor ordered the investigation after 500 public figures signed a letter urging outlawing of Judaism and all Jewish organizations operating in Russia. Prosecution attorneys last week questioned Rabbi Zinovy Kogan, chairman of the Congress of Jewish Organizations, about the contents of the law code, especially regarding its attitude toward non-Jews.

Jerusalem sources following the affair, Haaretz reported, said this was the first time since Stalin's regime that Russian officials have described holy Jewish scriptures as "prohibited incitement." The affair has been covered widely by the Russian news media, and has elicited sharp reactions from Jewish organizations there. Russia has seen a rise of late in anti-Semitic incidents.

"We are aware of official condemnations in Russia, including by both houses of parliament, against this sharply anti-Semitic invective," Rivlin told the Knesset today, "but condemnations - thus it seems once again - are not enough. I am convinced that all MKs join me in my hope that these reports are fundamentally mistaken and that no official source in the democratic Russia of 2005 is involved in a new blood libel against the Jewish People."

UPDATE 6/29/05 3:30 zst - Russian Prosecutors Drop Jewish Text Probe
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Israel worried about Iran
The new Iranian President rushed to announce that he will "expand relations with everyone, with the exception of Israel"; I guess by everyone, he means Syria, Hizballah and Hamas. He also announced that he sees "no significant need" for relations with the U.S., thus assuring the world that cultivation of hatred and instability in the Middle East will be continuing in the foreseeable future. Israel is a little worried but it's probably just that zionist paranoia.
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There are gulags and there is lemon-glazed chicken
Ariel Cohen kindly explains to Irene Khan, Amnesty International's Secretary General who called the Guantánamo Bay detention facility in Cuba the "Gulag of our times", what a gulag really is: My Grandfather and the Gulag
Comparing Guantanamo's tropical Caribbean detention center with Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's hellish frozen concentration camps makes about as much sense as calling the London police "Nazis." My grandfather perished in the Gulag, as did tens of millions of others, and I am incensed at Amnesty's gall in trivializing their suffering for political purposes.

Gulag (from "Main Directorate of Camps" in Russian) was an extermination machine. Launched by the founder of the Soviet state, Vladimir Lenin, and expanded by his monstrous successor, Stalin, and his NKVD (secret police) cronies, the Gulag first gorged on "socially hostile" citizens: lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, "white" anti-communist officers -- and their wives and children. Millions were incarcerated with no legal procedure whatsoever.

Many were shipped to the frigid far north, but almost every city had a labor camp nearby. People were arrested for telling a joke or complaining about food rationing. Being five minutes late to work or collecting grain in the "collective" field after the harvest could land you in a camp for 10 years.

Many inmates were executed, starved to death or left to die from infectious diseases. Rations were so poor that many developed scurvy and died of malnutrition. Clergy were incarcerated or shot. Families were split up, with children sent to orphanages for "members of families of enemies of the people." My father and aunt easily could have ended up in one, but family friends rescued them.
Millions of peasants and other ordinary folks never returned. Some researchers believe that up to 25 million people died in the Gulag between 1918 and 1956.
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What the world thinks of us (like we care)
I don't know what the Pew Global Attitudes Project is but it has Madeleine Albright as co-chair (maybe she's there to provide statistical validity) and it conducted a survey to measure negative attitudes towards the U.S.

They surveyed 17,000 people in the United States and fifteen other countries and found that even China is better liked than we are. I guess that explains all those long lines in front of the Chinese embassies, everyone is trying to immigrate to Beijing.

In other surprising findings, India likes us and we are proud to be Americans almost as much as the Chinese are proud to be Chinese.
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