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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    About the same suspects: leftards who lost at the ballot box are trying to get both Trump and Netanyahu with bogus criminal charges.
    No-one should be above the law

    Israel Attorney General to Charge Prime Minister Netanyahu With Bribery, Fraud
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    Israel’s attorney general said he intends to charge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery, fraud and breach of trust, imperiling Mr. Netanyahu’s bid to become the country’s longest-serving leader in an April election.

    The charges are connected to three corruption probes and follow two years of investigations into the premier.

    The allegations include charges that Mr. Netanyahu tried to influence media coverage of him and his family, along with accepting gifts from two billionaire businessmen in return for favors....

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    Arab plumbers refuse to charge client after learning she’s a Holocaust survivor
    Rosa Meir, 95, of Haifa says gesture by brothers was ‘so moving and uplifting’
    By Times of Israel STAFF
    8 October 2019

    Two Arab Israeli plumbers in the northern city of Haifa waived a NIS 1,000 ($285) service fee after learning their client was a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor.

    After the work was completed, he removed his notepad to bill her, and wrote: “Holocaust survivor, may you have health until 120 [years old], from Matari Simon and Matari Salim,” adding that the cost of the service was “0 shekels.”

    Rosa was brought to tears, the report said.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Reason #5,876 why Australia and USA should leave the UN kakistocracy

    U.N. Elects Venezuela to Human Rights Council
    The council's design all but ensures absurdities like this.
    CHRISTIAN BRITSCHGI, Reason, 19 Oct 2019

    The United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights Venezuela released a blistering report on Venezuela in July. It found that President Nicolas Maduro's government engaged in widespread human rights abuses, including the torture and murder of political opponents and average citizens.

    Yesterday, Venezuela was also elected to the United Nations' Human Rights Council, an intergovernmental body charged with "strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights."

    Also being elected to fill several of the 14 vacant seats on the 47-member council were Mauritania—where local human rights groups estimate that up to 20 percent of the population is enslaved—and Sudan, currently led by a hybrid civilian-military council chaired by a general who overthrew the last president in a coup.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    114 of the 193 UN member states have served as Human Rights Council Members: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Czechia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Zambia.

    That's a pretty even spread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray View Post
    114 of the 193 UN member states have served as Human Rights Council Members: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Czechia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Viet Nam, Zambia.

    That's a pretty even spread
    That just reinforces my point: the UN is a kakistocracy that has long outlived its usefulness. I hope that President Trump is enough of a disruptor who doesn't care what the chattering classes think and just pulls out of the UN. It already funds a disproportionately high amount of it, and what does it get in return but hatred from the kakistocrats?
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray View Post
    No-one should be above the law
    No one should be below the law either, including its protections such as presumption of innocence. And sometimes the law can overcriminalize. What Netanyahu is alleged to have done would not even be a crime in the USA.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    That just reinforces my point: the UN is a kakistocracy that has long outlived its usefulness. I hope that President Trump is enough of a disruptor who doesn't care what the chattering classes think and just pulls out of the UN. It already funds a disproportionately high amount of it, and what does it get in return but hatred from the kakistocrats?
    I sometimes also wish it would pull out so Israel can be rightfully censured for it's criminal action and then declared a criminal state and disbanded. No USA veto bring it on.
    Zionism is racism as defined by the UN, Israel by every dirty means available steals land and water, kill Palestinian freedom fighters and civilians, and operates an apartheid system to drive more Palestinians off their land

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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist View Post
    I sometimes also wish it would pull out so Israel can be rightfully censured for its criminal action and then declared a criminal state and disbanded. No USA veto bring it on.
    I don't think Israel would care what the UN did if it lacked US dollars.

    Do you seriously believe that Israel is a worse human rights violator than countries like Iran, Venezuela, China, …? It wouldn't even rank in the bottom half of countries.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    I don't think Israel would care what the UN did if it lacked US dollars.

    Do you seriously believe that Israel is a worse human rights violator than countries like Iran, Venezuela, China, …? It wouldn't even rank in the bottom half of countries.
    We could mirror image and ask would Israel even exist without US$ for the past 120 years
    Zionism is racism as defined by the UN, Israel by every dirty means available steals land and water, kill Palestinian freedom fighters and civilians, and operates an apartheid system to drive more Palestinians off their land

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    That just reinforces my point: the UN is a kakistocracy that has long outlived its usefulness. ...
    On the contrary, it reflects the basic principle of the UN - the sovereign equality of all its member states.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Murray View Post
    On the contrary, it reflects the basic principle of the UN - the sovereign equality of all its member states.
    Yet another reason to get out, if such absurd moral equivalence between murderous dictatorships and participatory democracies and republics. The UN has outlived its usefulness as an organization formed by the victors of WW2. Sure, let them have their little get togethers, but not on the dimes of American taxpayers.
    “The destructive capacity of the individual, however vicious, is small; of the state, however well-intentioned, almost limitless. Expand the state and that destructive capacity necessarily expands, too, pari passu.”—Paul Johnson, Modern Times, 1983.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capablanca-Fan View Post
    Yet another reason to get out, if such absurd moral equivalence between murderous dictatorships and participatory democracies and republics. The UN has outlived its usefulness as an organization formed by the victors of WW2. Sure, let them have their little get togethers, but not on the dimes of American taxpayers.
    The UN is an international forum of sovereign states; their domestic political proclivities are decided by themselves.

    Apart from seeking to settle differences between states without recourse to armed conflict, the UN manages many essential services for the benefit of all, like UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP, ICAO, WTO, WMO, FAO

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    Israeli NGO that turned solar power into a weapon against annexation
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    28.10.19

    ...It’s a quiet revolution by left-wing Israelis that is dealing a palpable blow to their own government’s 52-year-old occupation of the West Bank, which is otherwise grinding on with no end in sight.

    By helping vulnerable Palestinians stay put, Comet has set back hopes on the Israeli Right that they could be pressed to leave rural area C, under full Israeli control and home to the settlements, and relocate to the cities of area A, in the Palestinian self-rule enclaves, like nearby Yatta. In practice Comet, which marked its tenth anniversary in October, is an active player in the turf battle over what self-rule agreements define as area C.

    That is land that Palestinians view as the vital hinterland of their future state but which a growing number of Israelis want to annex. Israel considers much of the Palestinian building in area C to be illegal because it lacks permits. However, these permits are virtually impossible to obtain....

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    The left/liberals of USA are essentially blind to Palestinian plight so there is little hope for Palestinians. One commenter in American got the sack for being sympathetic to them. Actually Trump could make America impotent and thus weaken Israel's international support. But Israel is virtually at the stage that it does not need American support any more
    You first read it here.
    Last edited by antichrist; 29-10-2019 at 10:59 PM.
    Zionism is racism as defined by the UN, Israel by every dirty means available steals land and water, kill Palestinian freedom fighters and civilians, and operates an apartheid system to drive more Palestinians off their land

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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist View Post
    But Israel is virtually at the stage that it does not need American support any more
    You first read it here.
    Fake news, as fake as your signature claim!
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