...names and faces may change. Far-right governance remains the same, dirty business as usual continuing as always.
Like Western countries, Israel is a fantasy democracy, never the real thing from inception. How can it be when its Arab citizens, over a fifth of the population, are treated like nonpersons.
Jewish state ruling authorities serve privileged Jews exclusively, force-feeding neoliberal harshness on others, denying Arab citizens their fundamental rights — mocking what democracy the way it should be is all about.
Israel is an apartheid state, today ruled by war-mongering far-right extremists, long-suffering Palestinians harmed most, Gazans most of all under suffocating blockade, repeated bombings and cross-border incursions terrorizing them, along with live fire used on nonviolent demonstrators.
The Netanyahu regime is also waging war on Syria without declaring it, terror-bombing its territory countless times, what naked aggression is all about.
Israel’s only threats are invented. No real ones existed since the October 1973 Yom Kippur war ended.
Political rhetoric by its hardliners suggesting otherwise is polar opposite reality.
Israeli elections occur every four years unless the Knesset calls one earlier by majority vote. The prime minister may also request one early unless most Knesset members block it.
This time is different because no ruling coalition emerged from last April elections, Tuesday voting a rerun, possibly turning out the same way, results likely known late Tuesday or Wednesday.
Knesset seats are apportioned based on each party’s percentage of the total vote — a minimum total required to win seats.
Right-wing Jewish parties alone are empowered, the vast majority of Knesset seats held by fascist hardliners, Zionist ideologues, and religious fundamentalists.
Powerless as potted plants, Arab parliamentarians have no decision-making authority.
They’re also constrained by the 1992 Law of Political Parties and section 7A(1) of the Basic Law that prohibit candidates from denying “the existence of the State of Israel as the state of the Jewish people” exclusively.
Under the law for Arabs and Jews, no candidate may challenge Israel’s fundamental Jewish character or demand equal rights, privileges, and justice.
Candidates from 11 parties are involved in Tuesday Knesset elections, a rerun following inconclusive April results.
Two leading parties in polls alone matter — Netanyahu’s Likud and Gantz/Lapid’s Blue and White....
It is utterly remarkable that the 9/11 Commission and its final report are still held up as the final word on the events of September 11, 2001.
The horror of 9/11 wasn’t that Muslim terrorists attacked us. The horror was/is that people in our own nation, supposed “citizens” of the US, knew, helped and even profited from this.
One important lesson investors can learn from the market action over the past decade is that the government plays a very important role.
Learn some skills. Better yet teach the newer generations the skills you have. They’ll be better off people, more able to stand on their own two feet,
Long live the King! And long live all the royal superhumans remaining on this planet who are so evidently better than us mere commoners!
I have had no reason up until now to explore the alternatives. No one in my immediate family has had cancer. My dad made it to 86. My mom’s still chugging at 90. But now, my vision is expanded.
One thing is for certain: the fight for the future of Hong Kong is raging as we speak. But the real question is: who is fighting that fight? The people of Hong Kong, or Beijing and Washington?
Out of all this mess, one thing is for certain: Whatever comes of these moves by India, the Kashmirs themselves will be the first to face the consequences of those actions and the last to reap any dividends.
We know that the world is slowing. We know that everything from the ISM’s, to PMI’s , to large truck sales, to rail shipping to you name it, is fading.
The future is an uncertain place, however one thing is absolutely certain. The current economic system can’t function as it is, for a lot longer.
The history of eugenics is as barely known as it is barbaric. It connects some of the wealthiest and most prominent figures of modern times to an atrocious ideology that promotes policies and practices both contemptible and condemnable.
We are on the cusp of one of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruptions of transportation in history.
These are not rhetorical questions. They are very real questions with answers that have very real consequences for our lives. And I'm not posing these questions from up in the clouds.
This connection is not just tangential. It tells us something about Musk's roots and his vision... when he is preparing "to build the Martian Technocracy" he is not using that word in a careless way. He knows exactly what it means.