“Hate the Gentile!” – Israel’s Racist Rabbis By Jonathan Cook

15 December, 2010 — Counterpunch

Jews must not rent homes to “gentiles”. That was the religious decree issued this week by at least 50 of Israel’s leading rabbis, many of them employed by the state as municipal religious leaders. Jews should first warn, then “ostracise” fellow Jews who fail to heed the directive, the rabbis declared.

The decree is the latest in a wave of racist pronouncements from some of Israel’s most influential rabbis.

In October, Shmuel Eliyahu, the chief rabbi of Safed, delivered a ruling, signed by 17 other rabbis in the city, telling Jewish residents not to sell or rent property to members of the country’s Palestinian Arab minority, who make up a fifth of the population.

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Wikileaks News roundup 14-15 December, 2010

15 December, 2010 — creative-i.info

15 December, 2010 19:34

14 December, 2010

The media goes to war By John Pilger

14 December, 2010 — John Pilger

John Pilger’s new documentary examines media complicity with the war machine.

John Pilger John Pilger is a renowned investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker who was called “the most outstanding journalist in the world today” by the Guardian. He is the author of numerous books, including most recently Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire, a collection of investigations into the effects of war crimes and globalization. His books and films are featured at JohnPilger.com.

IN THE U.S. Army manual on counterinsurgency, the American commander Gen. David Petraeus describes Afghanistan as a “war of perception…conducted continuously using the news media.” What really matters is not so much the day-to-day battles against the Taliban as the way the adventure is sold in America where “the media directly influence the attitude of key audiences.”


Reading this, I was reminded of the Venezuelan general who led a coup against the democratic government in 2002. “We had a secret weapon,” he boasted. “We had the media, especially TV. You got to have the media.”

Never has so much official energy been expended in ensuring journalists collude with the makers of rapacious wars, which, say the media-friendly generals, are now “perpetual.” In echoing the West’s more verbose warlords, such as the waterboarding former Vice President Dick Cheney, who predicted “50 years of war,” they plan a state of permanent conflict wholly dependent on keeping at bay an enemy whose name they dare not speak: the public.

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WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange granted bail but still in jail

15 December, 2010 — Channel 4 News

Channel 4: Julian Assange granted conditional bail but remains in custody after what his lawyer says is a “vindictive campaign” by Swedish prosecutors

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Hacktivism for Cyber Democracy Joel S. Hirschhorn

15 December, 2010 — delusionaldemocracy.com

Because of the attacks on WikiLeaks and its founder there has been considerable media attention to the hacktivism practiced by supporters of WikiLeaks. That has been manifested as cyber attacks on mainstream commercial websites that acted against WikiLeaks. Hacktivism as retribution and strategy to gain political objectives is bound to become much more common. And considering how voting, especially from the perspective of younger people, has been enormously disappointing as a means of reforming government and political systems worldwide, that seems appropriate.

Naturally, there is a fine discussion of hacktivism at Wikipedia. There we learn that it has been around far longer than the current attention to the WikiLeaks situation.

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Ten Thoughts About Julian Assange and WikiLeaks By Andy Worthington

14 December, 2010 — Andy Worthington

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Since its founding in December 2006, WikiLeaks, which was established as, essentially, a secure information clearing house for whistleblowers around the world to provide sensitive information, some of which would then be released to the public, and which was reportedly set up by “Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and start-up company technologists, from the US, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa,” has declared that its “primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behaviour in their governments and corporations.” From the release of a single document in December 2006 — a “secret decision,” signed by Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, a Somali rebel leader for the Islamic Courts Union, which “had been culled from traffic passing through the Tor network to China,” and which “called for the execution of government officials by hiring ‘criminals’ as hit men” — WikiLeaks has received millions of documents, and has, amongst other achievements, exposed corruption in Kenya, made available the Standard Operating Procedure for Guantánamo from 2003 and 2004 (and compared the changes), attacked Scientology, exposed Sarah Palin’s emails, and published a membership list of Britain’s far-right BNP.

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Wikileaks and ‘cablegate’ – a threat to national security or a step forward for transparency?

7 December, 2010 — Editors Weblog

[How the media sees itself. WB]

With its latest release, Wikileaks has attracted an unprecedented amount of attention, sparking international debate and sharply dividing commentators, both political and media. The 250,000 confidential diplomatic cables were shared with the Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel and El Pais, and the Guardian passed them on to the New York Times. Some of the stories that have come out of them are fascinating and well within what would usually be seen as the public interest, others are more gossipy and merely embarrassing. Wikileaks’ three major leaks earlier this year placed it in international consciousness, but cables have taken its fame, or notoriety, sky high.

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Western Civilization and Classical Economics: The Immorality of Austerity By Prof. John Kozy

12 December, 2010 — Global Research

When a civilization abandons its morality, no rationalization can be devised to justify its continued existence. It is likely that many reasons can be given for this abandonment in the Western world, although I am convinced that one predominates—the expansion of law. Law once governed various kinds of behavior. It has now encroached upon various kinds of speech and is even being applied to the realm of belief. When someone is accused of having done something wrong, the reply offered usually is something like, “What was done complied with all legal requirements.” But “right” has never been defined as “conforms to law,” because thoughtful people have long noticed that the law itself can be a great crime, and the worst criminals in a culture can be its lawgivers, as the people of Ireland, Portugal, France, Spain, Greece, and Great Britain are now finding out. Americans will soon find it out too.

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Published for the first time, the papers which could finally force full inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly By Miles Goslett

13 December, 2010 — Daily Mail

kelly21.jpegToday, the Daily Mail publishes for the first time the legal document which could trigger a full coroner’s inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly.

The document, formally known as a memorial was written by group of campaigning doctors who have been trying to secure an inquest since 2004.

It lists the sequence of events which led up to Dr Kelly’s death and the legal reasons they believe an inquest ought to be held.

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 14 December, 2010: Michael Moore: Why I'm Posting Bail for Julian Assange

14 December, 2010 — Information Clearing House

Julian Assange Granted Bail
By Mark Tran
Founder of WikiLeaks granted £240,000 bail at Westminster magistrates court after celebrities stand sureties.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27061.htm

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Release Delayed
By BBC
“The Swedes won’t abide by the umpire’s decision. They want to put Mr Assange through yet more trouble, more expense, more hurdles.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27063.htm

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