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Palestinians still live under apartheid in Israel, 25 years after the Oslo accord | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 14, 2018 03:18 PM
"Israel within its original borders is still a democracy in the narrow sense that its Palestinian citizens have the right to vote. Greater Israel, Israel plus its colonies on the West Bank, is emphatically not a democracy; it is an ethnocracy, a political system in which one ethnic group rules over another. There is another name for this state of affairs – apartheid. Any doubt on this score was finally removed by the recent law which declares Israel to be “the nation-state of the Jewish people”. As a “basic law”, this becomes part of the country’s constitution. It asserts that the Jewish people have an exclusive right to national self-determination in the state of Israel."

Venezuela: is a US-backed 'military option' to oust Maduro gaining favour? | The Guardian

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 13, 2018 02:48 PM
"Maduro and his government have already been targeted for violence: last month he survived an assassination attempt that used drones armed with explosives. ... Last year, a rogue police officer, Óscar Pérez, hijacked a helicopter and fired at government buildings in what he said was an action against a dictator. ... Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chávez, was himself almost toppled in a short-lived military coup attempt in April 2002."

Section 2 of the Canadian Charter. Or, what Ford has trampled.

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Sep 11, 2018 08:14 AM
Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms -- The Charter -- lists your fundamental freedoms under the Constitution of Canada. The fundamental freedoms are freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of thought, freedom of belief, freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of association.

Ford plans to invoke notwithstanding clause for first time in province’s history, will call back Legislature on Bill 5 | The Toronto Star

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 10, 2018 03:07 PM
"“I believe the judge’s decision is deeply concerning and the result is unacceptable to the people of Ontario,” Ford said. ... “I was elected,” Ford told reporters, while saying the judge “was appointed.” ... Ford, who was a one-term Toronto councillor in his brother Rob Ford’s administration, announced Bill 5 without warning on July 27. It became law Aug. 14."

Inside Israel’s Secret Program to Back Syrian Rebels | Foreign Policy

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Sep 09, 2018 07:26 PM
"Israel began arming rebel groups aligned with the Free Syrian Army in 2013, including factions in Quneitra, Daraa, and the southern areas of the Damascus countryside. The arms transferred at the time were mostly U.S.-manufactured M16 assault rifles. Later, Israel switched to providing the rebels with mostly non-American weapons—apparently to conceal the source of the assistance ... The assistance to these groups remained steady for some time, but it expanded significantly last year. Israel went from supporting hundreds of fighters to reaching groups comprising thousands of rebels. ... As a result of Israel’s humanitarian and military assistance many residents of southern Syria came to perceive it as an ally. Israeli publicized its “Good Neighbor” program in Arabic, including humanitarian operations in southern Syria and treatment of some Syrians in Israeli hospitals."
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