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Saturday, 16 June

21:00

The SCO and G7 Meetings Point to Different Worlds "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Two meetings of considerable geopolitical significance took place last weekend. They could not have been more different in tone and outcome. Each in their way were representative of the fundamental realignment that is taking place in the world order, and each points to a very different future.

The first of these meetings was the G7 (or G6+1 as some of the participants described it) in Qubec City Canada. Attending were political leaders of the six largest (as measured by GDP) of western industrial nations and Japan.

The American President Donald Trump did not bother to conceal his fundamental scorn for his alleged friends and allies. He arrived late, made little or nothing by way of a significant contribution, and left early. On his plane en route to a meeting in Singapore with North Koreas Kim Jong-Un he resiled from the joint memorandum supposedly agreed to in Qubec, and added some personal and bitter insults about the meetings host, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau.

Prior to arriving at the meeting, Trump had thrown a verbal bomb, suggesting that it was time that Russia was invited back into the group from which it had been suspended in 2014.

The European members of the G7, with the possible exception of Italy, were less than enthusiastic about Trumps unheralded suggestion. Implicit in Trumps suggestion was that if the other members agreed Russia would in fact rejoin the G7. It is indicative of just how out of touch with geopolitical realities the G7politicians actually are.

The Russian response was directly to the point: we are, they said, focusing on other formats.

Those other formats are a range of multilateral arrangements in which Russia is one of the key players. They include for example the Brazil, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) Association who between them account for more than 40% of the worlds population. In 2018 three of them (China, India and Brazil) were, according to the IMF, in the top 10 of the worlds biggest economies. Perhaps needless to add, none of them are members of the G7.

The second key group central to Russias other formats is the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) whose most important member economically and politically is Russia. Even more importantly, the EAEU has signed major cooperation agreements with the China instigated Belt and...

16:25

It"s Time for America to Cut Loose Our Useless So-Called "Allies" "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Our allies cede geostrategic control of their own countries and are rewarded at the expense of domestic American economic interests.

14:54

Indias Foreign Policy For Indo-Pacific Through The Shangri La Dialogue "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The speech by Modi in the Shangri-La dialogue restated Indias desirable role as the spearhead of liberal international order. The speech moreover emphasized on the importance of peace, security, and cooperation through a rule-based order in the Indian Ocean.

The post Indias Foreign Policy For Indo-Pacific Through The Shangri La Dialogue appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

13:55

"Not a Single Adult in the Room": How G7 Was Reduced to Infighting, Arm Wrestling and Anti-Russia Hysteria "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

With member-states haggling over tit-for-tat protectionist measures against each other, Russias absence from the economic talk shop has never been more conspicuous.

12:55

Russian Army Gets the Weapons of the Future Today "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Many nations are working hard to put unmanned systems onto the battlefields, but Russia appears to be leading this race, fielding its military robotics more quickly than anyone else.

12:25

Yemen The Starvation Siege Has Begun "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Saudis and Emirates have the active support of Britain and the United States. The attack on Hodeidah, the siege on all Houthi controlled territory and the coming famine can still stopped. Britain and the U.S., the Saudis and the Emirates are on the verge of committing a war crime that will exceed the war on Iraq by any measure.

12:08

FIFA World Cup 2018: Can You Hit a Home Run at the Soccer Field "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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A couple of days ago, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia was opened by a match between Russia and Saudi Arabia national teams that many anticipated. At the grand opening of this event, Russias president Vladimir Putin announced that:

I congratulate the whole big, strong, multi-national football family from all over the world and welcome to the beginning of the planets main football tournament.

Even though soccer, or football as they call it in Europe, lies far beyond the boundaries of day-to-day politics, its hardly a secret to all those who have been following political events closely that it has been dominating the world of sports for quite some time. Its no wonder than that the world cup that has just opened attracts so much attention, as Russia and the Western world are engaged in the most intense and bitter geopolitical struggle since the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, what is even more intriguing, Russia appears to be winning.

Long before the grand opening of the 2018 World Cup, the deputies of the European Parliament announced their intention to declare a diplomatic boycott of this massive event. British authorities were first to officially announce the boycott of the FIFA World Cup, with a number of other countries joining them, including Iceland and Australia.

However, on the day Vladimir Putin made his greeting speech, most of the Western media sources had to acknowledge that the whole idea of a boycott was nothing but a big failure.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is the largest event that Russia hosts since the end of Soviet days, back when the United States and other countries chose to boycott of the Russia Olympics in 1980 because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Reuters notes.

Its rather symbolic that the new anti-Russian hysteria was launched after the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics that was the largest sports-related PR victory for Vladimir Putin until those very days. The Atlantic Council...

11:25

Real Takeaway: The FBI Influenced the Election of a President "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The good news is the Deep State seems less competent than we originally feared.

09:47

Mahathir looks beyond China to Japan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Malaysia's new premier has hit the ground running, reaching out to Japan to ease reliance on China, and seeking new multilateral fora to boost the region's bargaining power


Malaysias newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is back on the world stage and is not shy about stating his opinions. Following a historic election victory last month that returned the nonagenarian to the political apex as Malaysias seventh prime minister, Mahathirs first overseas trip to Tokyo was both symbolic and indicative of a return to a non-aligned foreign policy.

Mahathirs stunning comeback was a welcome surprise for Japan, which has seen its own influence in Southeast Asia diminish relative to an increasingly assertive and economically ambitious China. Prior to his ouster, scandal-tainted former premier Najib Razak had developed robust economic and security ties with Beijing.

By contrast, Mahathir pursued a Look East policy in the early 1980s that aimed to imbue Malaysians with the cultural strengths and work ethic of East Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea. The policy sought to acquire the skills and knowledge that made Northeast Asias development models a success.

Mahathirs new government, cash-strapped from the endemic corruption and mismanagement of the Najib era, now appears set to revive Look East, through which low-cost capital and investments from Japan could ease recent dependence on China, a strategic re-balancing rife with geopolitical implications.

Read the full story at Asia Times.

Nile Bowie is a writer and journalist with the...
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07:59

Strategic Partnership between Russia and Indonesia in Asia Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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For some time now, Russia has been strengthening its position in Southeast Asia by developing partnerships with the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member states, including Indonesia.

The Republic of Indonesia is a country with a number of unique characteristics. It is the largest island nation surrounded by both the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. Indonesia is located on a strategically important part of the shipping route between Europe and Asia: between the Indonesian island of Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula lies the Strait of Malacca, used to transport up to a quarter of all the goods shipped by sea in the world. Besides, Indonesia is home to the largest Muslim population in the world, which facilitates ties in the Islamic world. Hence, Russia benefits from a partnership with Indonesia in a number of ways, even outside the scope of its cooperation with ASEAN as a whole.

Russia and Indonesia have had friendly relations since the times of the USSR. Soviet Indonesian diplomatic relations were established in 1950 when the Soviet Union provided development aid to the newly established Republic of Indonesia. In the 1950s and 1960s, the USSR supplied the Indonesian army with weapons and military equipment, including dozens of war ships, submarines, airplanes, helicopters, tanks, missiles and ammunition exceeding $1 billion in value. Aside from this, at the end of the 1950s, thousands of Soviet military servicemen visited Indonesia with the aim of training their Indonesian counterparts on the use of the delivered military supplies. In the 1960s, the USSR helped Indonesia win its territorial dispute with its former colonial power, Holland. Despite help from other Western nations, the Netherlands had to cede part of the New Guinea island to Indonesia.

After a military coup and a subsequent change of leadership in Indonesia in 1965, the relationship between the Republic of Indonesia and the USSR took a long-term turn for the worse. At the end of the 1980s, the relations improved once again, but the collapse of the USSR that followed decreased the levels of cooperation. Russia and Indonesia started to restore their ties in full in the nineties.

In 2003, Indonesia and Russia signed the Joint Declaration of Friendship and Partnership in the 21st century. After this, frequency in the high-level exchanges between them increased, and the two sides have continued to strengthen their cooperation in various sphe...

07:52

Trump Wants To Free America From Fool Trade And Flip The Tables On The EU "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Cold War-era quid pro quo of the US providing costly security assistance to its NATO allies in order to enable them to concentrate more fully on building their utopian welfare states is no longer relevant because of the changing nature of geopolitics and the rise of asymmetrical threats, though Clinton, Bush, and Obama perpetuated this state of affairs because it advanced the Liberal-Globalist model that all three of them were pursuing at the expense of average Americans.

The post Trump Wants To Free America From Fool Trade And Flip The Tables On The EU appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

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Friday, 15 June

20:22

Tales of North Korean Abuses: No Facts, All Fiction "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

June 16, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Claims of North Korean human rights abuses spearheaded attempts to undermine US-North Korean negotiations in Singapore. While the talks are unlikely to change the long-laid agendas of special interests across the West who have cultivated and profit from the ongoing conflict, it is important to confront these claims and diminish the intended effect they are meant to have in buttressing the notion of American exceptionalism and justifying American interventionism. 


Tales of North Korean human rights abuses are so pervasive and persistent that even those opposed to US exceptionalism and interventionism have shied away from confronting and refuting them. 

Rumors Built Upon Rumors 

One would expect such significant accusations to be backed up by an equally significant amount of evidence. Yet - like most of what the Western media produces and spreads among the public consciousness - there is little evidence at all. 

In most cases, tales of North Korean abuses are derived from hearsay by alleged witnesses and supposed defectors who no longer reside in North Korea.

The New York Times provides a prime example of the sort of abuses unquestioningly cited and repeated by pundits, politicians, and political "experts" alike. In its recent article, "Atrocities Under Kim Jong-un: Indoctrination, Prison Gulags, Executions," the New York Times would claim:
Mr. Kim rules with extreme brutality, making his nation among the worst human rights violators in the world. 

In North Korea, these crimes entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearan...

20:21

Tales of North Korean Abuses: No Facts, All Fiction "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

June 16, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - Claims of North Korean human rights abuses spearheaded attempts to undermine US-North Korean negotiations in Singapore. While the talks are unlikely to change the long-laid agendas of special interests across the West who have cultivated and profit from the ongoing conflict, it is important to confront these claims and diminish the intended effect they are meant to have in buttressing the notion of American exceptionalism and justifying American interventionism. 


Tales of North Korean human rights abuses are so pervasive and persistent that even those opposed to US exceptionalism and interventionism have shied away from confronting and refuting them. 

Rumors Built Upon Rumors 

One would expect such significant accusations to be backed up by an equally significant amount of evidence. Yet - like most of what the Western media produces and spreads among the public consciousness - there is little evidence at all. 

In most cases, tales of North Korean abuses are derived from hearsay by alleged witnesses and supposed defectors who no longer reside in North Korea.

The New York Times provides a prime example of the sort of abuses unquestioningly cited and repeated by pundits, politicians, and political "experts" alike. In its recent article, "Atrocities Under Kim Jong-un: Indoctrination, Prison Gulags, Executions," the New York Times would claim:
Mr. Kim rules with extreme brutality, making his nation among the worst human rights violators in the world. 

In North Korea, these crimes entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearan...

20:01

To the G7: Russia Did Not Invade Crimea, or any Part of Ukraine! "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Since I left France for a return to the US almost twenty years ago, Ive noticed that both the French and the Italian so-called progressive press repeat the same lies as the US, in stark contrast to the period of the Vietnam War, when there was still a real anti-war, anti-capitalist left in Europe. The dumbing down of the free press goes hand in hand with that of their respective government overseers. When President Trump chided his colleagues at the G7 for continuing to blackball Russia, they responded in conformity with previous US policy: Putin annexed Ukraine! The apparent ease with which these words tripped off the tongues of men and women whose education was based on a reverence for history, is appalling.

The first world war left a defeated Germany an economic basket case, where wheelbarrows of worthless currency were needed to buy a loaf of bread. Soon Hitler came along and declared that Germany needed more room to live (Lebensraum). In particular, he took up the claims of Germans living in southern Bohemia, known as the Sudetenland, for equality with Czechs. In March 1938, the future allies against Nazi Germany, England France, etc., allowed him to take over the area. A year later, he invaded the rest of Czechoslovakia, setting off World War II.

Fast forward to 2014: the eastern and southern parts of Ukraine are inhabited mainly by Russians. A US-backed coup replaced the pro-Russian government in Kiev with one backed by militias aping those who fought alongside the Nazis in World War II, which, among other undemocratic moves, demanded that the largely Russian-speaking populations in the countrys eastern provinces speak and learn only in Ukrainian. Visceral opposition to this and other laws soon led to a separatist movement in the Donbas, paired with a referendum in the southern peninsula of Crimea to again become part of Russia. Although the self-proclaimed Peoples Republics of Lugansk and Donetsk would have liked to become part of Russia, President Putin, who has a degree in international law, refused: the Donbas had historically been part of Ukraine. His support has been limited to turning a blind eye to Russian volunteers.

Boundaries between Poland, Ukraine, the Baltic States, Russia and Turkey had constantly changed over a thousand year history. Most durably, during her thirty-four y...

17:24

I Ran A Yanny/Laurel Experiment And You Wont Believe The Results! "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

So I found a bunch of Yanny/Laurel-type audio illusions on the online dictionary. Who knew? Can you find any others? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

14:52

Why Is Washington Pressuring Jordan? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Are the Jordanian demonstrations a sign of a new episode of the Arab Spring, or, on the contrary, are they a means of pressuring King Abdallah II to accept the US plan for Palestine?

The post Why Is Washington Pressuring Jordan? appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

13:29

Can Palestinian and Jewish narratives of exile and return be reconciled? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

How can one feel a sense of belonging to a place where they were not born? A place youve never even seen? If theres any people who can relate to the Palestinian narrative of exile, longing and return, isnt it the Jews?

13:26

Europe Faces Crossroads as Atlantic System Crumbles "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The world events of the past days are significant far beyond the apparent divide within the G7 industrial nations. If we imagine the planet as a giant electric force field, the lines of flux are in dramatic reordering as the post-1945 global dollar-based system comes to its disordered end phase. Europes political elites are currently split between rationality and irrationality. The developments to the East however are drawing more and more force and we are seeing the early phases of what might be called a geopolitical polarity reversal within the EU from West to East. The latest developments across Eurasia including the Middle East, Iran and above all between Russia and China are gaining in importance as Washington offers only war, whether trade war, sanctions war, terror war or kinetic war.

The spectacle of a US President tweeting about its long-standing NATO ally and bordering country, Canada, openly calling the Canadian Prime Minister dishonest and weak, and threatening new import tariffs for cars imported from Canada, is from all appearances not some whim of an erratic US President but rather a calculated strategy of putting all US allies off balance. It comes after Washington unilaterally tore up the Iran nuclear agreement to the dismay of Europe, Russia and China as well as Iran. On top of that the US announced new trade war tariffs on EU aluminum and steel in open violation of WTO agreements.

No more Mr Nice Guy

If we take these actions as symptoms of something deeper, we need only to look at the exploding US debt levels as I have noted before. The latest Trump tax legislation will bring an estimated $1 trillion in annual Federal budget deficits for the next decade, added to the current $21 trillion Federal debt. Household private debt is at levels higher than before the 2007 financial crisis. Corporate debt, including junk bond or below investment grade debt, is sky high owing to a decade of Fed near zero interest rates.

There is another element to the actual US economic situation little noted. According to a recent study by the USA Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, while average family income in comparison with many other countries appears nominally high, the reality of fixed costs such as food, housing, mandatory health insurance, has crea...

12:55

Norway Substantially Increases US Military Presence on Its Soil "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Norway has never shown enthusiasm toward the idea of an independent European deterrent force and is turning toward Poland and the Baltic states to form a kind of US-led alliance in Europe.

12:25

Trump and Kim Defied the Odds for Successful Summit "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

All we can say perhaps for now with regard to US-North Korea relations is that a good start has been made. But peace is still a long way off.

12:25

The Saudi-UAE Alliance is the Most Dangerous Force in the Middle East Today "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

For three years, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have conducted a murderous campaign to reinstall a pliable regime in the desperately poor country of Yemen. 

11:55

Arron Banks Scandal: "Investigating" Non-Events to Smear Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The whole story is part of the pattern of psychological operations against Russia, and the fact is that the entire exercise was nothing but an absurd charade.

11:25

Why Americans (and Koreans) Can Sleep Better After the Summit "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The summit has already relaxed tensions but the reason is not because of a lessened threat from Pyongyang, as Jonathan Marshall explains.

07:49

Germany Was Defeated On The Eastern Front, Not Normandy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In 1940, the German Wehrmacht was modern historys supreme fighting machine. But only four years later, the Wehrmacht was broken. Most Americans, British and Canadians believe that D-Day was the decisive stroke that ended WWII in Europe. But this is not true. Germanys mighty Wehrmacht, which included the Luftwaffe, was destroyed by Stalins Soviet Union.

The post Germany Was Defeated On The Eastern Front, Not Normandy appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

07:44

The Story of Defected Restaurant Workers Proves False, They did not Defect! "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The South Korean TV network JTBC has seemingly become the chief muckraker and scandal broadcaster, capable of seriously influencing South Koreas internal politics.   At a point in time, they were the ones who found the tablet PC, with evidence that Choi Soon-sil, ex-president Park Geun-hyes confidante, meddled in state affairs. The network also made a serious contribution to the spectacle surrounding the comment-rigging scandal. And now they have served up the latest scandal brewing in South Korea, which, in reality, is a sequel to the previous one.

Perhaps, the readers remember the infamous case of the defected restaurant workers, which involved 12 female employees and one male manager from the North Korean restaurant Ryugyong in Ningbo, in Chinas north-eastern province of Zhejiang, leaving CHN for Malaysia. They then applied for asylum at the South Korean embassy and arrived in Seoul in April 2016, 6 days before the parliamentary elections. On the one hand, their defection was widely publicized and served up to the public as a sign of mass dissatisfaction in DPRK (all the restaurant staff defected!). On the other hand, the young women remained under heightened security and no one, other than lawyers and human rights advocates paid off by the security services, was allowed to see them. They were subsequently released and placed in a witness protection program, thus making them extremely hard to find.   None of them made any public statements, while, in contrast, DPRK leadership and the waitresses who remained in China, started talking about an abduction straight away.

These oddities attracted immediate attention, and soon after, a leading opposition newspaper, The Hankhyoreh, published results of their own investigation, which concluded that the defection was not unplanned but instead organized by the South Korean intelligence services.

On 21 July 2017, Tomas Ojea Quintana, United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights, visited Seoul with the sole aim of making sense of this affair. During a press conference following the visit, Quintana, on the one hand, identified discrepancies in several points offering explanations in this case, but, on the other hand, demanded that neither South Korea nor DPRK use this incident for political purposes.

There was quite a buzz about what actually happene...

06:03

Trump-Kim Summit, Congress Threats, IQ Drop New World Next Week "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

This week on the New World Next Week: pity the poor MIC as the NK boogeyman retreats; politicians are scared as cave-dwellers threaten to punch the wall; and the Flynn effect may be reversing...or maybe not.

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Thursday, 14 June

22:35

Tales of North Korean Abuses: No Facts, All Fiction "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Claims of North Korean human rights abuses spearheaded attempts to undermine US-North Korean negotiations in Singapore. While the talks are unlikely to change the long-laid agendas of special interests across the West who have cultivated and profit from the ongoing conflict, it is important to confront these claims and diminish the intended effect they are meant to have in buttressing the notion of American exceptionalism and justifying American interventionism.

Tales of North Korean human rights abuses are so pervasive and persistent that even those opposed to US exceptionalism and interventionism have shied away from confronting and refuting them.

Rumors Built Upon Rumors 

One would expect such significant accusations to be backed up by an equally significant amount of evidence. Yet like most of what the Western media produces and spreads among the public consciousness there is little evidence at all.

In most cases, tales of North Korean abuses are derived from hearsay by alleged witnesses and supposed defectors who no longer reside in North Korea.

The New York Times provides a prime example of the sort of abuses unquestioningly cited and repeated by pundits, politicians, and political experts alike. In its recent article, Atrocities Under Kim Jong-un: Indoctrination, Prison Gulags, Executions, the New York Times would claim:

Mr. Kim rules with extreme brutality, making his nation among the worst human rights violators in the world. 

In North Korea, these crimes entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons...

21:48

The night the Palestinian Authority showed us whose side it is on "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The violence meted out by PA forces against Palestinian demonstrators Wednesday night was unlike anything Ive ever experienced. When it was all over, one thing became clear: the PA isnt a subcontractor of the occupation, they are in lock step.

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Palestinians in central Ramallah demonstrate against the Palestinian Authoritys sanctions on Gaza, June 13, 2018. ( )

Having just witnessed her friends arrest, and frustrated by her failure to prevent it, a young activist stood in front of a line of police officers, defenseless, and instinctively shouted, With spirit, with blood, well redeem you Gaza. Members of the Palestinian security forces, dressed in civilian clothes, knocked her to the ground. Two policemen joined in and began kicking the bleeding, terrified woman.

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This was just one of the many scenes of violence meted out by the Palestinian Authoritys security forces against Palestinian demonstrators who had gathered in the center of Ramallah Wednesday night to demand an end to the PAs sanctions against Gaza. It was the second such demonstration in the span of a week.

The first demonstration, on Sunday, was relatively uneventful, but on Wednesday the PAs response was severe: police arrested 69 activists, some of whom were arrested after the protest while they were receiving treatment for their wounds in the hospital. Security forces attacked journalists, women, the elderly, and bystanders, confiscating and breaking...

14:41

East Jerusalem Palestinians are ready to take back their city "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

After 51 years of boycotting the municipal elections, the Palestinians of East Jerusalem are tired of waiting and want a new way forward. Now activists are re-thinking the best strategy to reassert their power.

By Meron Rapoport

A Palestinian woman sits on rubble of a structure after it was razed by the Israeli army and Civil Administration in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, on the outskirts of the West Bank, November 24, 2011. (Issam Rimawi/FLASH90)

A Palestinian woman sits on rubble of a structure after it was razed by the Israeli army and Civil Administration in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, November 24, 2011. (Issam Rimawi/FLASH90)

One need not be an expert on Jerusalem to recognize that only few Palestinians will participate in the upcoming municipal elections, to be held in October. Perhaps no more than a few thousands. A low voter turnout among the close to 400,000 Palestinians who live in the neighborhoods, towns, and villages that were annexed by Israel following the occupation of 1967. And yet, the sense is that something has changed. After 50 years of a near-total election boycott by Palestinians, some are now calling for a new strategy.

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The most open challenge to that status quo has been posed by Gershon Baskin, a veteran left-wing Israeli activist, and Aziz Abu Sarah, a Palestinian activist and...

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Wednesday, 13 June

20:50

They destroyed everything: Israels decades-long war against the Jahalin Bedouin "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Expelled by Israeli forces from the Negev, then forced to live next to a garbage dump, the Jahalin Bedouin have lost their ancestral homes and their traditional way of life. The impending forced displacement of Khan al-Ahmar is just the latest struggle in the Bedouin tribes history of dispossession. 

The Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, the entirety of which the Israeli army wants to demolish and forcibly displace its residents, June 11, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

The Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar, the entirety of which the Israeli army wants to demolish and forcibly displace its residents, June 11, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Just outside the Palestinian town of Eizariya in the occupied West Bank, on the side of a busy highway, sits a set of small trash-strewn plots. Bent remnants of metal pipes protrude from piles of crumpled cans and broken bottles. Shredded plastic bags flap in the wind as cars rush by. Garbage trucks unload their toxic cargo at the Abu Dis dump just 500 meters away. The smell of burning rubbish makes the air sharp.

This area is known as Jahalin West, where the Israeli government plans to forcibly transfer the 181 residents of Khan al-Ahmar, a Palestinian Bedouin hamlet facing imminent demolition.

Israels High Court ruled in late May that the government could relocate the inhabitants of Khan al-Ahmar despite their opposition to the planned relocation site. As of th...

12:11

Whats causing unusual bullet wounds among Gaza protesters? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Palestinian medical experts have been reporting unusually large and destructive bullet wounds among protesters in Gaza, leading to claims that IDF snipers have been using prohibited, expanding ammunition. There could be another explanation.

By Avihai Stollar

Protesters carry away someone who was shot by an Israeli sniper along the Gaza border, May 14, 2018. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Protesters carry away someone who was shot by an Israeli sniper along the Gaza border, May 14, 2018. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Palestinian and international medical experts and media outlets have been making an alarming claim over the past several months: that Israeli snipers may be targeting demonstrators in Gaza with expanding, or exploding bullets.

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Doctors Without Borders stated that many of the wounds the organization encountered were located in the lower limbs and characterized by large exit wounds, in some cases as big as a fist.

Amnesty International reported that military experts and forensic pathologists, who assessed photos of the wounds from the past several weeks, determined that some of them appeared to be caused by a Tavor assault rifle firing a 5.56 millimeter bullet; others appeared to be caused by a 7.62 caliber M24 sniper rifle...

Tuesday, 12 June

19:49

The legitimacy of land grabs in the Trump era: From the Golan to Crimea "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Trumps administration needs to come to terms with the unacceptability of states snatching territory from other states through armed force and keeping it no matter what rationale the historical context might provide.

By Paul R. Pillar

Angela Merkel faces down Donald Trump at the G7 Summit, June 9, 2018. (Jesco Denzel/German gov't)

Angela Merkel faces down Donald Trump at the G7 Summit, June 9, 2018. (Jesco Denzel/German govt)

The main takeaway from the recent G-7 summit obviously is the striking damage to U.S.-allied relations from Donald Trumps posturing and accusations about trade. Also worth assessing, however, is a different and milder disagreement between the U.S. president and the other summit participants.

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With support only from the Italian prime minister, the front man for a newly installed populist coalition in Rome, Trump urged that Russia be readmitted to the group. The Group of Seven was established in the 1970s and did not expand to include Russia until the 1990s, after the collapse of the USSR. The other seven members suspended Russias participation in response to its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Forceful seizures of territory that have been allowed to stand despite international condemnation have been extremely rare since World War II. Seizures through armed aggression that were not allowed to stand but were instead reversed with military force have included North Koreas invasion of South Korea in 1950 and Iraqs swallowing of Kuwait...

19:13

Palestinians in Ramallah protest PA sanctions on Gaza "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrate in central Ramallah, calling for Mahmoud Abbas ouster in the face of the Palestinian Authoritys sanctions on the Gaza Strip. Protest organizers say this is only the beginning.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a PLO executive committee meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, August 22, 2015. (Flash90)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends a PLO executive committee meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, August 22, 2015. (Flash90)

Palestinian protesters marched through the streets of central Ramallah on Sunday to demand that the Palestinian Authority put an end to its sanctions against Gaza, and called for an end to the siege on the Strip.

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The protest, organized by local left-wing activists unaffiliated with any specific parties, focused on PA President Mahmoud Abbas. The demonstrators marched from Manara Square in the city center while chanting Get out, get out Abbas, along with chants of support for the residents of Gaza.

Upon circling back to Manara Square, the demonstrators say they were surprised to find two anti-Hamas posters. The posters decried the Hamas coup in 2007 as the source of all trouble, and boasted of the $17 million spent by the PA on Gaza since Hamas took over the Strip.

Despite various reconciliation deals between Fatah and Hamas, and the establishment of a Palestinian unity government in January 2017, since April of last year the Palestinian Authority has placed severe san...

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