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חברת ח.מר מפרקת את חטיבת הסייבר שמורכבת מחברת פרומיסק ואתנה. סביב חברת פרומיסק נערכים מאמצי מכירה לגורם ישראלי, כך מוסרים מקורות של ישראל דיפנס. נכסי חברת אתנה יפוזרו בין החטיבות השונות של ח.מר. חלק מעובדי החטיבה קיבל מכתבי פיטורים בחודשים האחרונים. 

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Congressional Briefing: Christian Leaders in Support of H.R. 2407   

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JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greeted the country's triumphant teen delegation to the unofficial "Robotics Olympics" on Wednesday after its groundbreaking visit to Dubai, giving public expression to the growing, and increasingly open, relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

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AMLO: un año y ya está en medio de la tormenta perfecta   

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COLUMNA SIN NOMBRE Pablo Jair Ortega + Héctor Yunes, contundente mensaje. + Comienza a desarmarse el Yunismo. + Que el de la SEV también se acordó de Muguira. + El honolable señol Ávila.

Por donde se le vea, los grupos delincuenciales ya midieron al gobierno. --Chopenjawer

Al presidente López Obrador le está pasando lo que el dicta el viejo y conocido refrán: "Ni tanto que queme al santo, ni tanto que no lo alumbre", es decir, en política el personaje debe mantener un equilibrio entre sus apariciones públicas. No estar ausente, porque la gente se olvidará de él, pero tampoco presente en todo, porque se sobreexpone. Al presidente le pasa lo último: sus conferencias mañaneras lo han desgastado y sus mensajes lo han hecho añicos en tiempos de redes sociales. Son otros tiempos: las "mañaneras" que realizaba cuando era jefe de Gobierno del Distrito Federal (2000-2006) las hizo cuando había menos medios y sobre todo existía más control. Las redes sociales apenas y sonaban. Todos los días a las 6 de la mañana, AMLO contestaba las preguntas de los medios de comunicación y marcaba gran parte la agenda pública, además que sirvió para irse colocando como el gran favorito para las elecciones de 2006. Durante este periodo se le nombró uno de los mejores alcaldes del mundo y tuvo un alto porcentaje de aprobación, pero al final fue perdiendo simpatías por errores en su campaña, aunado a la guerra sucia proveniente principalmente de sus archirrivales del PAN. Otro ejemplo de cómo ya son otros tiempos para los que quizás no estaba preparado el lopezobradorismo, es la reciente declaración de la secretaria de Gobernación, Olga Sánchez Cordero, a quien parece que se le olvidó que existen celulares que graban y transmiten todo, y se le ocurrió dar un respaldo a Jaime Bonilla en el polémico tema de la gubernatura de 5 años en Baja California. Pero más allá de si están preparados para la ola mediática, redes sociales y campañas negras (que saben organizar bien sus opositores, especialmente del lado del panismo), la realidad es que uno de los principales problemas de López Obrador es su discurso poco claro en cuanto al combate a la delincuencia, que por un lado, según, apuesta por la pacificación del país, pero a su vez hace operativos fallidos como el ocurrido en Culiacán o detiene migrantes con fuerzas armadas federales. La inseguridad como bandera para sacar raja política es una de las armas más efectivas para causar mella en un gobernante. Podrá no haber empleo o haber otra devaluación (que ya México ha soportado muchas) pero nadie quiere quedar en medio de un fuego cruzado, perder a un ser querido en una balacera o ser víctima de una extorsión o secuestro. Aprovechando la circunstancia de la violencia, pequeñas células usan el nombre de cárteles del narcotráfico y causan pequeños infiernillos que si se juntan, son uno gigantesco; y ante la falta de estrategia clara de parte de la 4T, los delincuentes siguen causando problemas por una sencilla razón: la impunidad. Hasta el momento, por ejemplo, dos casos fuertes en el lopezobradorismo (Culiacán y LeBarón) sólo han mostrado una falta de tanates del gobierno para combatir a los grupos delincuenciales armados. El primero, por una estrategia fallida de captura a la cual al final se le tuvo que dar una salida casi diplomática para no causar más muertes; pero el segundo es un tema que aparte de involucrar a la delincuencia organizada, también evidenció fallas en la logística de ese revoltijo que llaman Guardia Nacional Por ejemplo, el secretario de Seguridad, Alfonso Durazo, argumentó que debido a la lejanía del lugar de los hechos donde ocurrió la masacre a miembros de la familia LeBarón, se retrasó llegada de la Guardia Nacional. Estamos hablando que los hechos fueron a la una de la tarde, pero hasta las 17 horas se movilizaron las fuerzas armadas. En ambos caso permanece el halo de la impunidad. En Culiacán los sicarios se salieron con la suya y nadie fue detenido ni castigado. En el caso de la masacre de LeBarón se apuesta que será igual y ojalá este autor se equivoque. Aquí en la aldea no vamos lejos: este martes por la mañana, el gobernador Cuitláhuac García Jiménez ofreció una disculpa pública por la desaparición forzada de tres jóvenes en Papantla, pero no ha habido resolución ni detenidos y menos castigados en los casos de las masacres de la palapa en Minatitlán o el "teibol" de Coatzacoalcos. En ambos casos, de igual manera, se mantiene la impunidad... Y la impunidad lastima, enoja más. Otro ejemplo de cómo sólo la justicia está en demagogias y discursos que no espantan a nadie: los supuestos prófugos de la justicia como el ex fiscal "Verduritas", el ex fiscal "cabeza de balón de futbol americano ponchado", la "Tula", entre otros, ni siquiera han sido capturados, pese a todo el ruido mediático por sus órdenes de aprehensión. Tampoco en la Cuarta "Transformeishion" han parado por denuncias y tomarse la foto con papelito en mano, pero en los hechos no hay nadie detenido, a excepción de un subsecretario que tiene prisión preventiva. En los hechos, no hay acciones contundentes que demuestren voluntad de hacer justicia... Y no debería de haber pretexto porque la CUATRO-TÉ tiene todo el escenario a su favor, tienen todo el power que ya hubiesen querido los recientes gobiernos veracruzanos priístas y yunista. A estas alturas, y volviendo al tema de que el lopezobradorismo ya se ve rebasado por los nuevos tiempos tecnológicos, el gobierno de AMLO se ve ahora en una tormenta perfecta donde sus mensajes diarios ya son tediosos y parecen ser contraproducentes hasta para su propia defensa, porque a salivazos no se combate a los malosos. Se aplaude que se hagan en las conferencias mañaneras informes completos como lo han hecho en casos como el de Culiacán y Santa Lucía (especialmente inédito porque son asuntos de la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional), pero López Obrador no ha podido en estos días recientes defenderse o justificar el caso Culiacán y se ve difícil que también se logre en el caso LeBarón. Basta decir que hasta sus promotores más férreos, más chairos, como el actor y cineasta Gael García Bernal, lanzó un mensaje demoledor vía Twitter que replicó en varios medios: "Si no cambia el gobierno y @lopezobrador_ de narrativa para asumir sus responsabilidades ¿Para qué chingados votamos por ustedes? Más vale que asuman por completo su responsabilidad y hagan lo imposible para que esto no suceda más. Que se vuelva su mantra y su objetivo". Y es que la estrategia de atender las causas de la delincuencia es buena, pero es a muuuuy largo plazo; mínimo --creo yo-- para unos diez años para reeducar a nuevas generaciones y hacerles entender que todo lo relacionado al narco es malo; ¿y qué pasa con las que en 20 años recientes nunca se les educó y siguen pensando que la vida del sicariato/narcotráfico es lo mejor que les pudo haber pasado en la vida? ¿Esos que de plano ya están entregados a la muerte sin importar las consecuencias? ¿Cómo convencerles desde un púlpito de mensajes mañaneros que, honestamente, sólo interesan un sector muy reducido de la población? ¿A esos cómo los combates cuando ven que pueden salir impunes y sin castigo de masacres, ejecuciones, cobros de piso, extorsiones y secuestros? Porque ese es el verdadero cáncer de todo este rollo: la maldita impunidad que duele más que el no tener disculpas oficiales de los gobernantes. NOTA PARA PEGAR EN EL REFRI: Contundente el mensaje del diputado federal Héctor Yunes Landa en la Cámara de Diputados, con respecto al caso LeBarón: "No omitir que en 11 meses esta es la masacre 15, más de una masacre por mes. Decir que lamento mucho que el sistema de inteligencia del gobierno de la República se dedique más a seguir a cibernautas y bots que estar viendo problemas como esos y preveerlos. No es suficiente ofrecer que se va hacer justicia, lo que queremos es que esto se prevenga, que no sea necesario hacer justicia, sino que no se cometan estas masacres". OTRA NOTA: Este miércoles toma protesta el nuevo Comité Directivo Estatal del PAN en Veracruz, cuyo presidente será el originario de Tantoyuca, Joaquín Rosendo Guzmán Avilés. Una de las primeras determinaciones que causó escozor al interior, es que ya solicitó la remoción del coordinador de la bancada en el Congreso del Estado, quitando a Sergio Hernández Hernández y colocando a Omar Guillermo Miranda Romero. Aparentemente va en serio lo de desarmar los resabios del Yunismo incluso al interior del blanquiazul. OTRA NOTA EXTRA: Que nos dicen en la Secretaría de Educación que el secre Zenyazen Escobar también fue de los que se acordó de quién fue Domingo Muguira y expresó sus condolencias vía redes sociales. Oki doki. LA ÚLTIMA PORQUE MI MAMI YA SOBRECALENTÓ LAS LENTEJAS: Quien anda de gira artística representando a México y a Veracruz en el mundo, es el periodista Édgar Ávila Pérez, corresponsal de EFE y de El Universal. Durante más de un mes, el comunicador ha participado en un seminario para periodistas latinoamericanos en varias ciudades de provincias de China, al lado de compañeros de Costa Rica, Panamá, Venezuela, República Dominicana, Nicaragua y Colombia, entre otros. De igual manera, nos platica (a las cuatro de la mañana, canijo, no manches) que estuvo en reuniones con directivos de medios oficiales de comunicación de esa nación, visitando ciudades como Pekín, pero también se adentró al corazón de China al recorrer ciudades y pueblos del noroeste, casi en los límites con Mongolia. Auspiciado por el Ministerio de Comercio de la República Popular de China, el periodista fue el encargado de dar el discurso inaugural ante autoridades de esa nación y siempre estuvo en primera fila en los encuentros de altos directivos de la Agencia Xinhua, revista China Hoy y medios de comunicación de la provincia de Gansu. No es la primera vez que Édgar es seleccionado para encuentros de periodistas latinoamericanos, hace al menos dos años fue enviado a Israel, la Franja de Gaza, Cisjordania y Siria a realizar coberturas informativas de la mano de Fuente Latina... Mínimo que traiga una pinche playerita como las que venden en el malecón de Veracruz. 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In a bipartisan letter, House Representatives asked the United Nations' Secretary-General to ask the Lebanese government to confront Hezbollah's threats against Israel.

          

Neovasc to Participate in Stifel 2019 Healthcare Conference and Cannacord Genuity 13th Annual MedTech & Diagnostics Forum   

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Vancouver - (NewMediaWire) - November 06, 2019 - Neovasc, Inc. (TSX: NASDAQ) (TSX: NVCN) ("Neovasc" or the "Company") a leader in the development of minimally invasive transcatheter mitral valve replacement technologies and in the development of minimally invasive devices for the treatment of refractory angina, today announced that Fred Colen, CEO of Neovasc, will be participating in two institutional investor conferences in November. On Wednesday, November 20, Mr. Colen will be presenting at the 2019 Stifel Healthcare Conference in New York City at 4:10 p.m. EST.A live audio webcast of the Stifel Healthcare Conference presentation will be available online from the investor relations section of the Neovasc website at https://God.blue/splash.php?url=5YkbMjhCvLaDLxWXe_PLUS__PLUS_5TbDFDy4yiwqcARi0Jgh45xYt8I_SLASH_cMDCsl7KWSaG_PLUS_FJ_SLASH_jSAAxzKigsvJ6UjHwBw0oMnc5n3jYsd1o7LXH1SvYvMl5POyu2Ir5jiDk1B_PLUS_U4LGg or through the following link: https://God.blue/splash.php?url=LsBlJDR9kbYWoYCSy_PLUS_DQsdpSObCXjOqNjezWn554Cn8kNC_SLASH_bqp1Ay2iS1Fclxrq2klTms3u9ZkflGr7zCIf_PLUS_TRwLRPdJ84hM0NY2X8L4SYsbU_SLASH_pdTyayHX3htuZSxGeB Thursday, November 21, Mr. Colen will speak at the 13th Annual Cannacord Genuity Medical Technology and Diagnostics Forum in New York, NY at 10:00 a.m. EST.A live audio webcast of the Cannacord Genuity MedTech and Diagnostics Forum presentation will be available online from the investor relations section of the Neovasc website at https://God.blue/splash.php?url=5YkbMjhCvLaDLxWXe_PLUS__PLUS_5TbDFDy4yiwqcARi0Jgh45xYt8I_SLASH_cMDCsl7KWSaG_PLUS_FJ_SLASH_jSAAxzKigsvJ6UjHwBw0oMnc5n3jYsd1o7LXH1SvYvMl5POyu2Ir5jiDk1B_PLUS_U4LGg or through the following link: https://God.blue/splash.php?url=5G9JVLOmN5FdkIeAsBZ5DC3nHTxMkHvAGKggi1LtPrOQ4_SLASH_eP_SLASH_mG5GpHHRxuJsuI2rqRYCtZZhGqB_SLASH_pcdK3L_SLASH_YlxQY5nB9D9ryd_PLUS_YHCcXBB0e12dUgPW_SLASH_M8R4j2scwy4_SLASH_ Neovasc Inc.Neovasc is a specialty medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets products for the rapidly growing cardiovascular marketplace. Its products include Reducer, for the treatment of refractory angina, which is not currently commercially available in the United States and has been commercially available in Europe since 2015, and Tiara, for the transcatheter treatment of mitral valve disease, which is currently under clinical investigation in the United States, Canada, Israel and Europe. For more information, visit: www.neovasc.com.InvestorsMike CavanaughWestwicke/ICRPhone: +1.646.877.9641Mike.Cavanaugh@westwicke.com MediaSean LeousWestwicke/ICRPhone: +1.646.677.1839Sean.Leous@icrinc.comForward-Looking Statement DisclaimerCertain statements in this news release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws that may not be based on historical fact. When used herein, the words "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "should", "intend," "believe", and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may involve, but are not limited to, expectations as to the future growth of the Company, the expansion of its product range and the growing cardiovascular marketplace. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that the Company believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Many factors could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including those described in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F and in the Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019 (copies of which may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). These factors should be considered carefully, and readers should not place undue reliance on the Company's forward-looking statements. The Company has no intention and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

          

Neovasc to Provide Update on TF/TS Tiara Program at PCR Valves 2019   

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Vancouver - (NewMediaWire) - November 05, 2019 - Neovasc, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVCN) (TSX: NVCN) ("Neovasc" or the "Company"), a leader in the development of minimally invasive transcatheter mitral valve replacement technologies and in the development of minimally invasive devices for the treatment of refractory angina, announced today that the company will be providing an update on its Transfemoral Trans-septal ("TF/TS") Tiara System at the PCR London Valves 2019 meeting, which takes place November 17-19 in London.The update will be provided by Dr. Anson Cheung as part of a tutorial session focusing on early clinical outcomes of patients undergoing transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR) and potential future device solutions for this challenging procedure.Presentation details: Conference: PCR London Valves 2019 Session: Rapid fire - Latest updates from the world of TMVRTheme/Topic: Interventions for Valvular Disease, Mitral Valve Replacement and RepairDate: Nov. 19, 2019, 13:10-14:40 Location: Excel London, Room 3 / Level 01Speaker: Anson Cheung, MD, director of cardiac transplant at St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, BCCreated to keep abreast with the constant evolution of transcatheter therapies for valvular heart disease, PCR London Valves is the world's largest educational meeting dedicated to the field. It is an official course of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions, in recognition of the quality and relevance of its programs in advancing percutaneous valve interventions.About The Transfemoral Trans-septal ("TF/TS") Tiara SystemThe TF/TS development program is based on a concept that allows for a very controlled and predictable implantation procedure similar to Neovasc's Tiara transapical program. Through numerous evaluations with in vitro test methods, including system trackability, deployment accuracy, and hydrodynamic assessment, as well as four small acute animal trials, the Neovasc team has narrowed the TF/TS Tiara system down to a system design concept that shows strong potential. The Company is currently executing on five experimental design studies for the TF/TS Tiara system, in order to enable properly justified design trade-offs. The Company intends to reach a design freeze by the end of 2019, and expects to initiate a small clinical feasibility study in late 2020.About Neovasc Inc.Neovasc is a specialty medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets products for the rapidly growing cardiovascular marketplace. Its products include Reducer, for the treatment of refractory angina, which is not currently commercially available in the United States (2 US patients have been treated under compassionate use) and has been commercially available in Europe since 2015, and Tiara, for the transcatheter treatment of mitral valve disease, which is currently under clinical investigation in the United States, Canada, Israel and Europe. For more information, visit: www.neovasc.com.Forward-Looking Statement DisclaimerCertain statements in this news release contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws that may not be based on historical fact.  When used herein, the words "expect", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "should", "intend," "believe", and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements may involve, but are not limited to, beliefs and expectations as to the TF/TS Tiara system design concepts showing strong potential, intentions as to the Company reaching a design freeze by the end of 2019, expectations as to initiating a small clinical feasibility study in late 2020 and statements as to the growing cardiovascular marketplace. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions made by the Company in light of its experience and its perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that the Company believes are appropriate in ...

          

פסטיבל במיה ב'מרכז מורשת יהדות בבל' בעיר אור יהודה בשישי   

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לרגל סיום "עונת הבמיה" הירק האהוב המככב ב'מטבח העיראקי' יתקיים 'פסטיבל הבמיה' הראשון ב'מרכז מורשת יהדות בבל' יפתח ביום שישי הקרוב (י' בחשון התש"פ, 8.11.2019) בשעה 10:00, בבוקר בשדרות מרדכי בן פורת 83, בעיר אור יהודה ◄ מארגני 'פסטיבל הבמיה' מבטיחים למבקרים, כי לא "נשאיר אתכם רעבים 😊 המשתתפים באירוע, ייהנו ממגוון טעימות של 'מאכלי במיה'.

הפוסט פסטיבל במיה ב'מרכז מורשת יהדות בבל' בעיר אור יהודה בשישי הופיע ראשון בכאן ישראל | kanisrael | כאן נעים | kan-naim


          

8-10-19 No Formula   

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As David is placed on the throne over all of Israel, he is open to how the LORD wants to do it. How can we apply this to our lives?


          

6-29-19 Dr. Don Finto   

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Following a brief teaching from Rabbi Ken, Dr. Don Finto shares a special message of visions of the Salvation of Israel.


          

5-11-19 Yom Ha'atzmaut   

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What is the significance of Israel's story? Why is the modern state of Israel important?


          

8-18-18 Be Careful What You Ask For! (1 Samuel 8)   

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The children of Israel ask for a king. Are they asking for the right king at the right time? This week's readings: Deuteronomy 17:14-15; 1 Samuel 8:4-9; Zechariah 14:8-9; Revelation 19:11-16


          

7-14-18 "Why Does GOD" vs. "Why, GOD" - Is GOD at Fault?    

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The children of Israel had a lot to wrestle with after they suffered a massive defeat in battle and the Ark was taken by the Philistines. How could this have happened? Rabbi Ken uses the incident in 1 Samuel 4 to explore GOD's justice. This week's readings: 1 Samuel 4:1-11; Isaiah 30:1-2; 31:1; Psalm 78:58,61-62; 2 Chronicles 16:7,9; Acts 19:13-17; Jacob 1:5; 4:8-10 


          

6-2-18 In Humility   

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While Rabbi Ken is in Israel, Kol Dodi Undershepherd Jason S. fills in with a message on humility and community. This week's readings: Numbers 8:12-16, Numbers 9:9-12, Numbers 10:33-36, Numbers 11-4-6, Zechariah 3:8-10, Proverbs 16:18, James 4:10 


          

4-21-18 70 Years of the State of Isreal   

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How could the great miracle of the State of Israel have possibly happened? How is it sustained even now? Learn the power of prayer with this teaching by Rabbi Ken. This week's verses: Leviticus 14:25,28-29; Jeremiah 31:7,10; 32:37-38,42; 33:6-9; Luke 21:24; Acts 12:1-5,7; Ephesians 6:18


          

3-10-18 The Cloud   

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What happens when we align ourselves with G-D's will? Let's learn from the example of Moses and the Israelites and stay with the Cloud. This week's readings: Exodus 40:34-38; Psalm 63:1-9;  Acts 16:6-10; Philippians 1:21-25


          

1-6-18 Pray, Position, Prophesy   

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How can we look ahead to the promises for Israel and the Jewish people? Rabbi Ken opens up the prophecy in GOD's Word. This week's verses: Exodus 1:12; Isaiah 49:5-6; Jeremiah 23:2-3; Ezekiel 37:12-14; Hosea 3:4-5; Zechariah 12:1-3; Romans 11:24-27; Judah 20-25


          

12-30-17 What to Expect in 2018   

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What lies in store in 2018 for us as believers, Israel, the Jewish people and more! Take a biblical peak ahead with us as Rabbi Ken describes the return of our Messiah. This week's readings: Genesis 48:17-19; 49:1; Isaiah 40:13-14; Proverbs 3:5-6; Daniel 12:2-4; Matthew 6:31-33; James 4:14; Revelation 22:12-13,16


          

Progressives press Democrats to rethink Israel policy   

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Progressive House Democrats are putting pressure on the party to reconsider the amount and nature of U.S. funding to Israel, something that has long been a bipartisan commitment.

          

Israel’s Top Court Upholds Expulsion of Human Rights Watch Director Over BDS Support   

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Israel’s Supreme Court just gave the green light for the deportation of Human Rights Watch Jerusalem director Omar Shakir. Israel is waging a war on free speech and dissent, trying to cover up its crimes.

          

See Palestine   

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Israel banned Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from witnessing the impact of US policy on the lives of Israelis and Palestinians. Check out our new website to experience what Israel wanted to hide from the Congresswomen.

          

Footage leaked of Israeli officer shooting Palestinian in the back   

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Leaked footage shows a Palestinian walking with his hands up as Israeli officers shout and tell him to “Go!” in Arabic. Then 20 seconds later one of the officers shoots him in the back. As he collapses, the officers turn and walk away.

          

Grupo Kass de Israel anuncia inversión de $500 millones en Honduras   

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Grupo Kass de Israel anuncia inversión de $500 millones en Honduras

Tegucigalpa - El grupo empresarial Kass, de capital israelí, invertirá aproximadamente 500 millones de dólares para impulsar diversos rubros en Honduras, anunció hoy el presidente ejecutivo del consorcio, Hanoch Kass.


          

Timeline: A tumultuous fall in Israeli politics   

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Israelis have voted in two Knesset elections in 2019, and a third, in early 2020, remains a distinct possibility. Meanwhile, the ongoing legal drama surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has only added to this convoluted progression of events. No one knows for certain when Israel will have a new government, or when (or if) Netanyahu…
       

          

Lactation Nurse - RN   

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Department Description: Level 2/3 NICU and Special Care Nursery focused on Family Centered Care.Job Location: Boston, MAReq ID: 32142BRJob Summary: The BIDMC Nursing Mission is to build on a legacy of nursing excellence by caring with compassion, advancing the art & science of nursing, and advocating for the health of patients, families, and communities. The Lactation Nurse utilizes the nursing process as the frame of reference for practice as a professional registered nurse and provides direct nursing care to patients and families. Training, evaluation and competencies for this role are overseen by a Nurse Leader to the department.

Essential Responsibilities:
  • Demonstrates the ability for decision making by integrating theoretical knowledge with practical experience in caring for patients.
  • Coordinates the care of patients and directs assistive personnel in order to provide safe, effective, efficient, equitable and timely, patient-centered care.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to patients, staff, and to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The individual nursing practice reflects the goals of the Medical Center. Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for own nursing practice and patient safety.
  • Works in a collegial and collaborative relationship with other health professionals to determine healthcare needs of patients and families. Develops relationships with patients and families that maintain and communicate trust and respect. Communicates effectively in the exchange of information. Demonstrate the ability to act as a patient advocate.
  • Maintains annual mandatory education requirements, which include emergency skills and unit based competencies. Identifies needs for continued growth and development in conjunction with the unit based educator or clinical nurse specialist. Participates in activities that contribute to professional development of self and quality improvement activities.Required Qualifications:
  • Associate's degree required. Bachelor's degree in Nursing preferred.
  • License Registered Nurse required., and Certificate 1 Basic Life Support required., and IBCLC Certified
  • 0-1 years related work experience required.
  • Basic familiarity with computers. Ability to navigate at a basic level within web-based applications.Competencies:
  • Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are based on specific instructions, standard practices and established procedures which generally require little or no supervision.
  • Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.
  • Independence of Action: Ability to set goals and determines how to accomplish defined results with some guidelines. Manager/Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.
  • Written Communications: Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.
  • Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  • Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.
  • Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.
  • Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service and staff training to meet customer service standards and expectations for the assigned unit(s). Resolves service issues in the assigned unit(s) in a timely and respectful manner.Age based Competencies:
    Employees in this job must be competent to provide patient care to the following age groups: Neonatal:Birth to 6 months, Youth: 6 months to 16 years, Young adult: 16-30 years, Middle Age: 30 - 60 .
    Physical Nature of the Job:
    Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and or up to 20 pounds of force frequently. Job is physical in nature and employee needs to stand and/or move around through the majority of their shift.
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    Proofpoint Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire ObserveIT for $225 Million in Cash; Extending Leadership in People-Centric Security and Compliance to Deliver Post-Perimeter Data Loss Prevention   

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    Proofpoint’s market-leading information protection capabilities extended to prevent data risks and insider threats across email, cloud, and the endpoint


              

    [עושים רכב] האוסף הפרטי שלי   

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    תרבות אספנות הרכב הקלאסי התפתחה מאוד בשנים האחרונות והשיגעון העולמי שבא לידי ביטוי במכירות פומביות עם מחירים אסטרונומיים, בתערוכות ותצוגות ובאיתור מכוניות ישנות שהפכו לאוצרות, כל זה נחת גם בישראל ונקלט כאן לא רע בכלל. הפעם ננסה להבין יחד עם רוני אקרמן, אספן מושבע וממייסדי "מועדון החמש", מועדון אספנות הרכב של ישראל, האם אספנות רכב היא תחביב לעשירים בלבד והאם מדובר במנהג מיושן או בתופעה על זמנית.

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    A Lesson on How Not to Handle Religious Pluralism in Israel   

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    On November 20, a tribute concert for Shlomo Artzi, the so-called “Israeli Bruce Springsteen,” was scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv, with the twin purposes of celebrating Artzi’s 70th birthday and raising money for Ezra l’Marpe, a non-profit that helps the sick obtain medical treatment. Yet Ezra l’Marpe’s founder, the ḥaredi rabbi and self-taught medical genius Avraham Elimelech Firer, canceled the concert abruptly after several performers protested over the fact that no female vocalist would be performing. At issue is the halakhic prohibition on men listening to women sing. Ruthie Blum comments:
    [W]hen the organizers of the gala honoring Artzi discovered and revealed that no female vocalists would be able to perform, incensed women artists made a stink, and their male counterparts began to announce that they couldn’t possibly appear on stage under such circumstances. You know, out of “solidarity” and in “principle.” Which actually meant that they feared being accused of male chauvinism. If anything illustrates the danger of viewing individual issues through an inflexible ideological prism, this is it. Firer has proved himself to be a selfless and heroic figure, who has done nothing but use his . . . gifts to help comfort and heal millions of people, without regard to their ethnic, religious, or gender identities. The sanctity of life is but one of Firer’s religious principles. Another is refraining from listening to women sing. Allowing the latter to cancel out the former not only is intolerant and unjust, but exposes the kind of narrow-mindedness that feminists and fanatical secularists accuse the Ḥaredim of possessing. In this case, it also turned what would have been a blessed happening into an empty auditorium.

              

    In an Attempted Bashing of the Trump Administration, the “Washington Post” Inadvertently Reaffirms the Jewish History of Jerusalem   

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    Last Friday, the Washington Post published a column by Ishaan Tharoor—a dedicated Israel hater—titled “The Trump Administration’s Obsession with an Ancient Persian Emperor.” The column took as its prime example a tweet sent by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo marking the day in 539 BCE when “Cyrus the Great entered Babylon and freed the Jewish people from captivity” and declaring that the U.S. “stands with the Iranian people who are blocked by the [current] regime from celebrating [Cyrus’s] legacy.” While admitting that this “famous event in history” is documented by “sources including biblical Scripture,” Tharoor made sure to point out that Cyrus “presided over massacres and pillage.” He then went on connect the Trump administration’s invocations of the Persian monarch to its affection for lawless despots as well as the eschatology of a radical fringe of evangelical Christianity. Rivkah Fishman-Duker responds:
    Pompeo’s tweet was [in part] aimed at the tremendous popular response that the ancient king of Persia still evokes among Iranians, which stands diametrically opposed to the ideology of the Islamic Republic of Iran. [Tharoor’s] reference to excesses in battle is an attempt to discredit his standing as “proto-national hero.” Evangelicals, [for their part], have their own ways of interpreting the Bible. They are not “obsessed” with anyone except for Jesus of Nazareth. All leaders like to compare themselves to previous significant figures whom they admire. There are countless examples. Didn’t Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey declare at the anti-Brett Kavanaugh hearings last year, “I am Spartacus!”? If Harry Truman, [of whom Tharoor makes no mention], and Donald Trump choose to think of themselves as Cyrus, the comparison is historically flawed but well-intentioned, and I would not pay too much attention to it. For those who wish to vilify Israel, anything that can be invoked against Israel is useful for the cause. . . . Oddly enough, [though, Tharoor’s column] reminds the world that the Temple was in Jerusalem, the capital of Judah, and acknowledges the Jewish presence there long before Islam and the Palestinians. This runs counter to the mendacious Palestinian narrative that claims that the Jews are not the indigenous people but usurpers who lack a historical claim to the land.

              

    What’s an Orthodox Jew to Do about Modern Bible Scholarship?   

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    The Believer and the Modern Study of the Bible is a collection of essays—mostly by Orthodox university scholars and rabbis living in Israel—about the problem of reconciling Jewish faith with the theories of the past century-and-a-half of secular Bible scholarship. While Ysoscher Katz finds much to praise in the volume, he deems deficient two essays that attempt to use the ancient rabbis’ approach to exegesis as a sort of permission slip for modern religious readers to read the Hebrew Bible in ways long deemed heretical:
    Offering a novel understanding of midrash, Rabbi Yehuda Brandes argues that its authors were precursors to Julius Wellhausen, the father of modern biblical criticism. He claims that at its core midrash is a critical enterprise, written by rabbis who believed that there are irreconcilable contradictions in the Torah. As a solution they offer robust non-literal reinterpretations. [Therefore, Brandes claims], the rabbis believed that nothing in the Bible needs to be taken literally. They contend that the Torah’s grammar, terms, and even its core narrative could be reinterpreted to be read in an abstract and allegorical fashion. Although the argument is creative and courageous, one wonders whether it is not perhaps overstated. Tradition did not see [the most radical] examples [cited by Brandes] as paradigmatic but instead viewed them as isolated cases where the rabbis, the sanctioned interpreters of the Torah, were entitled to reinterpret exceptional verses or texts that they thought needed to be reread. However, to see their project as a carte blanche to reject the literal meaning of formative religious narratives is, to say the least, a stretch. Rabbi David Bigman takes a different tack. He builds a convincing case that the rabbis had a preference for some parts of the Bible. He infers from the lineup of “important” texts that those that are not on the list are non-essential to the tradition and can therefore be denuded of their [claims to] historicity. [But] the fact that the rabbis saw some aspects of the Pentateuch as being particularly important does not imply that the other parts can be discarded as irrelevant.

              

    The Good News and the Bad about Joe Biden’s Defense of American Military Aid to Israel   

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    After the Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg advocated withholding aid to the Jewish state to punish it for one infraction or another, Joe Biden, the current frontrunner, called the suggestion “absolutely outrageous.” Supporters of Israel from both parties should be relieved that Biden is willing to stand up to the party’s left wing on this issue, writes Jonathan Tobin. But the good news ends there:
    Pro-Israel Democrats should worry that their champion is the candidate who has been steadily losing ground since the race began in earnest over the summer. While Biden’s pro-Israel rhetoric is supported by 43 percent of Democrats, according to a Gallup poll, . . . it may also, like Biden himself, better represent the Democrats’ past than their future. Biden is no longer the odds-on favorite to win the nomination. He’s trailing in the key early states of Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as flopping in the competition for campaign donations. Right now, the momentum is on the side of his more liberal rivals: Warren, Sanders, and Buttigieg. That quartet make up the top tier of the Democratic field, and if the still large cast of also-rans drop out in the early going next year, that could leave Biden as the sole occupant of the moderate lane in the primaries. In a competition with far more extreme critics of Israel than he ever was, Biden is the best that pro-Israel Democrats, who once dominated their party, . . . can muster. It is on his aging and uncertain shoulders that the fate of the Democrats as a pro-Israel party rests. That’s a prospect that should scare friends of the Jewish state, no matter which party they support.

              

    When Ray Charles Sang “Hava Nagilah” with David Ben-Gurion   

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    The celebrated American soul musician Ray Charles visited Israel three times during his life. During the first, in 1972, he discovered that he was wildly popular in the Jewish state. So enthusiastic was his reception in Jerusalem that in his autobiography Charles recalled that “in 30 years on the road, I had never experienced anything like this.” Shalom Goldman writes:
    During his two-week tour, Charles also visited former Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion at Kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev. . . . Israel’s founding father was then eighty-seven years old. The meeting between the “King of Soul” and “the Old Man,” as he was known affectionately by Israelis, has been preserved on film, [so that today] we can hear the children of Sde Boker join Charles and Ben-Gurion singing “Hava Nagilah.” Ray then sang Stevie Wonder’s song “Heaven Help Us All” for Ben-Gurion and the kibbutzniks. In 1976, four years after he had visited Israel, B’nai B’rith honored Ray Charles as its man of the year. Accepting the award at a dinner in Beverly Hills, Charles said, “Even though I’m not Jewish, . . . Israel is one of the few causes I feel good about supporting. Blacks and Jews are hooked up and bound together by a common history of persecution. If someone besides a black ever sings the real gut-bucket blues, it’ll be a Jew.”

              

    Thanks to the Likud, Israeli Arabs Are Flourishing   

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    During Benjamin Netanyahu’s long tenure in office, and contrary to widespread perceptions that he is anti-Arab, the Jewish state’s Arab citizens have seen major social and economic improvements. Netanyahu himself displayed his characteristic savvy and tenacity in pushing through an important 2015 measure to increase government investment in Arab communities. Drawing on an interview with Ron Gerlitz—a staunchly leftist activist who advised the government in devising and implementing these policies—Netta Ahituv explains what they have accomplished. (Free registration required.)
    Over the past seven years, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the number of Arab students enrolled in universities and colleges in Israel has risen by 80 percent. Over five years the number of Arabs studying computer sciences, and the number of Arab students pursuing master’s degrees in all fields have both jumped 50 percent, while the number studying for a PhD has soared 60 percent. In the last decade, the number of Arabs working in high-tech has increased eighteenfold, and one-quarter of them are women. . . . The proportion of Arab doctors in Israel has climbed from 10 percent in 2008 to 15 percent in 2018, and 21 percent of all male doctors are Arab, according to the Health Ministry. Educational institutions in Arab locales are receiving unprecedented levels of funding—including 130 million shekels ($37 million) for informal-education programs. Moreover, public transportation is finally making inroads into the smaller Arab towns, to the point where the Bank of Israel recently declared that the gap in access to such transport between Jewish and Arab locales with fewer than 20,000 residents has shrunk considerably.
    In the interview, Gerlitz notes that some of the ministries that have contributed the most to these improvements have done so under the direction of right-swing politicians, such as Likud’s Yisrael Katz and the Orthodox Shas party’s Aryeh Deri. And he notes other kinds of good news as well, including major changes in the labor market:
    Government investment, on the one hand, and a new spirit in Israeli Arab society, on the other, has led to Arabs enrolling in higher education and working in both the public and private sectors; [in fact], the proportion of Arab civil servants rose from 5.7 percent in 2007 to 11.3 percent in 2017.
    To this Gerlitz adds changes in attitudes: Arabic has become more common in the public square; Arabs, secular Jews, and religious Jews share public beaches together without any sign of friction; and Arab graduate students teach Jewish undergraduates at universities.

              

    Only Decisive Action on the Ground, Not Precision Firepower from Afar, Can Defeat Israel’s Enemies   

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    In its conflicts fought in the past two decades with Hamas in Gaza and Hizballah in Lebanon, the IDF has a used a strategy based on the combination of precision weapons with detailed intelligence. David M. Weinberg, basing himself on a recent, extensive report, argues that this doctrine has proved to be a failure, and calls for a return to the military principles that served the Jewish state so well in the first three decades of its existence:
    In most clashes, a deleterious dynamic has repeated itself. At first, Israel successfully launches a salvo of firepower based on accurate intelligence gathered over a long period of time. Then follows a decline in the quality of targeting intelligence with an attendant reduction in the number of targets that justify a strike, and a recovery by the enemy and a continuation of its attacks against Israel. Subsequent Israeli frustration leads to attacks on targets with high collateral damage or on useless targets, alongside an immense effort to acquire new quality targets, which can lead to an occasional success but does not alter the general picture. What follows is a prolonged campaign—leading to public anger and frustration—and a maneuver by ground forces that is not sufficiently effective to bring the enemy to the point of collapse. Consequently, a return to combat along more traditional lines is inevitable in many cases. This means maneuvering into enemy territory, locating and destroying enemy forces (or capturing them, thus undermining the myth of the self-sacrificing jihadist “resistance”). Only this will break the spirit of the enemy. Consider this, too: while no large conventional armies today threaten Israel, the situation could change. If a radical Muslim Brotherhood regime should rise in a country like Egypt, or if the Syrian army is rebuilt after that country’s civil war, the IDF must be ready. Bear in mind that building ground forces is a complex process that takes time. Neglecting IDF ground-maneuver capabilities is therefore a dangerous gamble.

              

    Gerusalemme, disco verde per la cabinovia   

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    Lunedì 4 novembre un comitato ministeriale israeliano ha approvato, almeno in parte, il progetto della contestata cabinovia. Manca solo l’ultimo (e scontato) via libera politico. Ma si annunciano ricorsi in […]

              

    Weekly Preaching: November 10, 2019   

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    By James C. Howell

    Haggai 1:15b-2:9 is appealing: It’s just fun to say the names (and the weighty impact of them piling up must have been part of Haggai’s intent!). “Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jehozadak...” It's God’s engagement with the people, in history, where political powers reside but can’t get done what’s required.

    The demise of the church is worth reflecting upon (Haggai 2:3). Care is required if we get nostalgic about “this house in its former glory.” He is speaking of the meager temple the Israelites rebuilt after the exile, a pale, puny successor to Solomon’s. Could it be that the real “former glory” of the church wasn’t in the 1950’s or some sunny season we pretend was cool. Maybe it was during the Roman persecution, or when Luther was hounded at the beginning of the Reformation?

    To ancient Judeans, and to today’s church, the Word through Haggai summons us to “take courage”  three times! And why? “The Lord is with you.” As Sam Wells rightly named in his A Nazareth Manifesto, “with” is the most important theological word in the Bible. God is with us: this is the Old Testament’s constant story, the very nickname Jesus was given (Emmanuel), and his parting words at his Ascension. God doesn’t fix everything or shelter us from unpleasantness, but God is with us. Somehow, ultimately, that is enough.

    The promise, “The latter splendor will be greater than the former,” is ostensibly about a cooler, more magnificent temple yet to be built. Justinian’s wry remark, when the Hagia Sophia was finished? “O Solomon, I have surpassed you.” We might read Haggai’s promise eschatologically, or we might wonder if our church, with its crumbling denominations and ever-lessening profile in society, will enter a new era of glory, not defined by size or institutions but by holiness and a radical embodiment of what church was supposed to be about all along.

    Frederick Buechner’s old quote might pertain: “Maybe the best thing that could happen to the church would be if the buildings were lost, the bulletins blown away by the wind, the institutions all gone — and then all we’d have left would be Jesus and each other, which was all we had in the first place.” Of course, in the meantime, especially if you're in the thick of your annual pledge campaign just now, you need some interim money to keep the Jesus and each other functioning!

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    2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17. With its apocalyptic trappings, this passage is unpreachable to me; to much explaining would be required. It’s possible to reflect on “holding fast to tradition,” although we have to own that traditions can be evil and should be let go. And so now we turn to the Gospel:

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    Luke 20:27-38. I saw a colleague dare to title his sermon on this “7 Brides for 7 Brothers.” Not quite… A common enough pastoral question is Will I be with my wife in heaven? Or if married twice, Which will be my wife in heaven? Or children decide where to bury dad: With Wife 1 or Wife 2? Some of my more intense pastoral moments have actually been sitting with people asking such agonizing, mystifying questions. It's best for the preacher just to own the agony, the heartfelt depth of love and fear being expressed. Jesus, unmarried and not exactly a matchmaker or glorifier of marriage, would explain that marriage is an earthly institution, not necessary or even heavenly.

    I never enjoy deflating people’s vapid visions of what heaven will be like. Heaven will be about God, whose glory will be so mesmerizing we will never in a zillion years tire of gazing on his face and singing our praises. We will then find the true union in relationships: not looking at one another, but together looking to Jesus. If that’s our destiny in heaven, perhaps the more we might approximate that here in friendships and families, the greater our joy might be?

    David Lyle Jeffrey, wisely reflecting on Jesus’ interaction with the Sadducees interrogating and trying to trap Jesus, asked “Was Jesus wearied by them? Did he laugh out loud? The absurdity of their question is a function of their rationalism taken to an extreme.” Their goal wasn’t to establish to whom you’re married in heaven — and so Jesus doesn’t answer that! They aim to expose the absurdity of belief in the resurrection, a belief that we might as well own isn’t without its lunacy and unanswerable questions. The preacher might chart why she or he believes in eternal life, and trusts in it, even if with the inevitable mystery.

    I love Amy-Jill Levine's reflection on death and the afterlife:

    I was by my mother’s bedside in the local hospital; she was 80, and her body was failing. Late in the evening she woke from her sleep, opened her eyes, and asked me,“What will happen to me when I die?” I immediately answered, “You’ll see Daddy.” My father had died decades earlier.

    She replied, “I look like hell.”

    “Well, Mom, you’ve looked better, but when you see Daddy, you’ll look as beautiful as you looked the day you got married.”

    “How do you know this?”

    “Mom, I’ve got a Ph.D. in religion; I know these things.”


    What can we say November 10? 22nd after Pentecost originally appeared at James Howell's Weekly Preaching Notions. Reprinted with permission.


              

    Could a revived ‘theology of hope’ restore faith in hopeless times?   

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    By Martin E. Marty / Religion News Service

    Recently, I’ve been pursuing instances of “hope,” which, one would think, are usual and non-rare. But if you pay even marginal attention to media, politics, arts and, yes, religion, you may have noticed the near disappearance or, one hopes, merely the eclipse of “hope” in our culture of prevalent hopelessness.

    Where do we hear or sense the presence of hope in displays or discourse or common activities? Our calling is to track a subject like this in religion, where one might least expect the decline of “hope.”

    Following the Apostle Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, Christian texts locate “hope” with “faith” and “love” as the three “abiding” phenomena which attract and measure all adherents. Compare the texts of various religions: Begin with Judaism, as notable rabbi Jonathan Sacks writes about “How the Jews Invented Hope” in his book Future Tense: Jews, Judaism, and Israel in the Twenty-first Century. Those who read it will learn what is distinctive in Judaism’s understandings of hope.

    Similarly, the Quran is rich in dealing with hope, in realistic contexts, as the article “Hope and Despair in the Qur’an,” on the popular website Why Islam?, suggests. And one can find similar-yet-distinct instances of “hopeful” thought in Buddhism as well as in other religions and faith communities around the globe.

    The topic of “whatever happened to hope in religions” is of special interest in Western cultures, where it plays a key role in the many variations of Christianity. The stress on hope shifts with changing events in Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Protestantism, and it depends significantly on the political and cultural context in which Christians find themselves, and the tone and accent changes with these ups and downs.

    Accent on “hope” is most emphatic in times and places where it is most needed, sought after and welcomed: in times of droughts, wars, economic or political stress, to name a few. Needless to say, the presence or absence of talented prophets, poets, philosophers and theologians also plays a major role.

    Those who have read the prophets and the apostles of the Jewish and Christian faiths are aware of this. In the midst of ancient anti-hope cultural trends, Isaiah and Jeremiah and the threatened authors of the Gospels left latter-day believers with classical and enduring witnesses to the positive power of hope.

    In Protestantism, the most concentrated attention to what was called “hope theology” in previous decades and a “theology of hope” more recently appeared in cultures whose Christian faith was sourced beyond old Christendom in the middle of the 20th century, which occurred predominantly in Europe and the U.S. When the World Council of Churches was young, its Second Assembly — which met in Evanston, Illinois, in 1954 — was devoted to “Christ the Hope of the World,” as societies and cultures were dealing with the memory and very real experience of hopelessness in the aftermath of World War II.

    Not long after the Assembly, Jürgen Moltmann published the best-known individual work on the subject — his Theology of Hope. The German professor soon had company, in his fellow countryman Wolfhart Pannenberg and the American superstar Harvey Cox, who saw fresh hope in the secular order. Should there in fact be a recovery of “theologies of hope” — for which some hope again — it will likely be the case that Moltmann and related texts will be revisited and their themes updated.

    What is abundantly clear from those texts is that this hope had little to nothing to do with “optimism,” though there was plenty of that going around in those years. (Doggerel helped spell the difference: “The optimist fell ten stories. As he passed each window bar, he shouted in to his comrades, ‘It’s all right so far.’”) Instead, in the episode in which the “theology of hope” prospered, the accent was not on the immediate or, for that matter, on the longer past, but, instead, on the future.

    Similarly, this vision of hope did not lead to passivity. Moltmann led others to stress that the theology of hope invites believers to take part in “worldly” activity. The hope theme is consistent in the ethic and preaching of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as in many agents of proclamation and action in feminist, Latin American and black theologies.

    Those who profess hope and act upon it are aware that they cannot count on the same cultural support by majorities or large minorities that they could in decades past. But most do not spend their time indulging in nostalgia for “the good old days” or in cultural regression. They want to resurrect hope in word and action, in a world of nihilism, chaos and passivism.

    Most of them know that they profit from the witness of the proclaimers of hope through many centuries. At their best, proclaimers of hope urge again that fellow believers are to be impatient with the world as it is and active as participants in helping introduce, welcome and bring about a new reality.

    The most quoted biblical passage on this theme by the “hoping” theologians was and remains Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

    It shouldn’t be a surprise that this theology is heavy on eschatology, a vision of the “end” when suffering has been overcome. Yet we past-minded historians had to relearn to rely on the promises of God to act in the future. “Hopers” in many faiths draw on significant precedents in their respective traditions to cultivate hope among their faithful, and for the “hope” theologians in Christianity, the accent on the future has led them to make much of Jesus Christ, the “resurrected one.”

    “Hope” also reappears, against all cultural odds, as a significant theme in many versions of Roman Catholic thought and activity. In 2018, the Second International Congress of the European Society for Moral Philosophy chose as its theme “Is Hope Morally Good?” And in an interview on the subject, the president of the John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family, Josef Seifert, helped update Catholic thought on the theme of hope.

    Seifert offered that “the human, moral, and ideological destructive forces at work in the European Union — aimed at constructing what some have called a ‘false Europe,’” were developing an “empty façade of European peace and happiness,’’ and that “cheap and superficial ideologies” were replacing true hope.

    He quoted philosopher Gabriel Marcel: “Hope (is) the stuff of which the soul of Europe is made.”

    May it be that we all take a chance on learning more about how the “good stuff” of hope in every faith and place might be ensouled, enhanced and put to work. Here’s hoping …


              

    Israeli official says prisoner swap deal with Hamas ‘progressing’   

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    Israel’s negotiations on a prisoners’ exchange deal with Hamas are “progressing,” Israeli government’s coordinator for prisoners and missing persons, Yaron Blum, announced yesterday.

              

    Israeli Guard Shoots Unarmed Palestinian in the Back   

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    A video showing an Israeli Border Police officer shooting an unarmed Palestinian man in the back leaving a checkpoint with his arms raised, in accordance with her instructions, was revealed Saturday evening on Israel Channel 13 News; as the footage became viral Sunday Israeli authorities said that an investigation had already been opened, and the officers on the scene suspended.

              

    A Letter to Golda   

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    Fifty years ago, the Soviet Zionist movement—which in America is known largely as a “refuseniks” movement—sparked a rebirth of identity unlike anything seen in recent Jewish history. Instead of letting themselves quietly fade away through assimilation—the fate that the Soviet government intended for its Jews—a small but mighty group of activists rediscovered a connection to Jewishness and brought the rest of Soviet Jewry along with it.

    For those activists, a pivotal point in their movement came on Nov. 10, 1969. On that day, a number of them gathered secretly in Riga, Latvia, to plan their next steps. Gershon Ben-Oren, who came to the meeting from the republic of Georgia, remembers waking up in his Zionist friends’ apartment and reaching out for the shortwave radio next to his bed. As was his habit back home, he wanted to hear “the voices”—Voice of Israel, Voice of America, and other “hostile” broadcasts.

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    The Letters of the Eighteen   

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    Fifty years ago, the Soviet Zionist movement—which in America is known largely as a “refuseniks” movement—sparked a rebirth of identity unlike anything seen in recent Jewish history. In the summer of 1969, 18 religious Jewish families from the Soviet republic of Georgia appealed to the government of Israel and the United Nations with a group letter, asking them to prevail on the Soviet authorities to let them emigrate to Israel, as described in today’s Tablet article, “A Letter to Golda.” What follows are the full English translations of the three landmark texts that spawned the exodus of Soviet Jewry.

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    Notificación sobre el establecimiento de SBI PayKey Asia Co., Ltd, que ofrece servicios financieros en el teclado del smartphone   

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    TEL AVIV, Israel, 5 de noviembre de 2019 /PRNewswire/ —  SBI Holdings, Inc., una importante institución financiera de Japón, ha anunciado  el establecimiento de un nuevo Joint Venture junto con PayKey de Israel, SBI PayKey Asia Co., Ltd,


              

    #Israeli robotics delegation to Dubai marks warming Gulf ties    

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    The countries have long had back-channel security and cyber ties, mostly based on a shared enmity for regional foe Iran. Israeli businessmen and tourists have also made clandestine visits to the ...

              

    Renesas and Altair Semiconductor Announce Collaboration for Cellular IoT Solutions   

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    Renesas Microcontroller Technology and Altair Cellular IoT Technology Bring Best-in-Class Solutions to the Cellular IoT Market TOKYO, Japan and HOD HASHARON, Israel – November 5, 2019 – Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE:6723), a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, and Altair Semiconductor (altair-semi.com), a leading provider of cellular IoT chipsets, jointly announced a partnership aimed at bringing ultra-small and ultra-low-power cellular IoT solutions to...

              

    The EU : All settlement activity is illegal under international law   

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    Brussels/PNN/ A spokesperson of the EU condemn  latest settlement announcement  in Palestinian territory made by Israeli authorities The spokesperson of the EU said:” In October 2019, Israeli authorities approved the advancement of well over 2.000 housing units in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank”. The European Union’s position on Israeli settlement policy in the …

              

    (ISR-Shoham) Sr Dir HR Teva Israel   

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    Sr Dir HR Teva Israel **Date:** Nov 6, 2019 **Location:** Shoham, IL, 1111 **Company:** Teva Pharmaceuticals **Company Info** Teva is a global pharmaceutical leader and the world's largest generic medicines producer, committed to improving health and increasing access to quality health solutions worldwide. Our employees are at the core of our success, with colleagues in over 80 countries delivering the world's largest medicine cabinet to 200 million people every day. We offer a uniquely diverse portfolio of products and solutions for patients and we've built a promising pipeline centered around our core therapeutic areas. We are continually developing patient-centric solutions and significantly growing both our generic and specialty medicines business through investment in research and development, marketing, business development and innovation. This is how we improve health and enable people to live better, healthier lives. Join us on our journey of growth! **Job Description** HR Director for Teva’s Commercial business in Israel and overall responsibility for the HR in the cluster including Israel, Ukraine, Turkey, South Africa and SLE, covering over 900 employees. 1. Business Partnering & People Strategy + Collaborate closely with head of cluster to define and implement business-specific programs to ensure a culture of high performance, engagement and compliance across the region. + Define a long-term human capital plan to deliver the right capabilities in the right locations, with effective governance to identify and mitigate risk. Break the long-term plan into component and achievable parts with relevant metrics and milestones. + Support cluster leadership team in effectively deploying performance management and rewards processes/practices to drive required levels of employee accountability for desired performance results and ensure retention of top performers. + Ensure the cluster and country leaders have the right level of HR partnering to deliver similar people strategies and tactics to ensure achievement of business objectives and performance goals. 2. Talent Management & Organizational Capability + Develop and execute a plan to define, prioritize, and deliver current and future talent and capability requirements. + Ensure talent and succession practices are effectively executed across the cluster. + Coach Cluster Head, Country General Managers and local HR teams to ensure the appropriate level of focus is placed on assessing talent capabilities, planning succession, and taking action to develop talent. + Ensure critical positions are filled to meet requirements. 3. HR Service Delivery + Collaborate with HR colleagues regionally and globally to ensure that business decisions and actions are fully executed per the agreed upon plans. + Collaborates with HR community to ensure Teva HR standards are applied in decision-making and in all hire-to-retire actions. 4. Employee relations – enable employee relations and relationship with the union. **Qualifications** Experience + 10+ years of experience in Human Resources, in a director level capacity + Proven success as Human Resource Manager/Director in a multi-national company. + Ability to proactively translate changing business objectives to effective HR strategies + Experience leading an effective, relevant HR team that delivers integrated business solutions + Demonstrated matrix management skills, delivering results despite absence of actual execution authority Knowledge + Advanced knowledge of all facets of Human Resources – including talent acquisition, total rewards, talent assessment and development, culture and employee engagement, and performance management. + Appropriate academic background in HR/Industrial Management/Business Administration. Advanced degree preferred. + Ability to conduct business (verbally and in written communications) fluently in English. **Function** Human Resources **Sub Function** HR Business Partner / HR Manager / Generalist **Reports To** SVP,Growth Markets Innovation & IL, TR, Africa & IN, Corporate Teva Israel **Teva’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commitment** Teva Pharmaceuticals is committed to equal opportunity in employment. It is Teva's global policy that equal employment opportunity be provided without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran status, national or ethnic origin or any other legally recognized status entitled to protection under applicable laws. EOE including disability/veteran

              

    Israel's Rejection Not Total   

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    Even as whole congregations crumble and entire denominations fall, God infallibly preserves His elect in every generation. Today, R.C. Sproul continues his verse-by-verse exposition of Romans to encourage us with the truth that God will keep His people from finally falling away.

    Download the Communion of the Saints by R.C. Sproul for free

    Don't forget to make RenewingYourMind.org your home for daily in-depth Bible study and Christian resources.

     


              

    Grace in the Law   

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    Until the Lord softened their hearts and opened their eyes, even the Israelites would not have trusted in Him for salvation. Today, Steven Lawson examines seven significant passages in the book of Deuteronomy that exalt God’s sovereignty and love.

     

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    Comment on My MP seems to be running ELIZA code from the 1960s by Simon    

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    Well at least you received a letter. I had a short email exchange where I disagreed with the points and claims being made by my m.p. The response from Mr. Andrew Percy m.p. was to describe me as "one of those people" and tell be that he had added my email address to his spam filter and that he would no longer respond to my emails. So, in answer to one of your questions; no there is no point in writing to your m.p. Mine is only able to parrot the party line and hides when "people like me" start picking holes in the arguments being made. It seems an ability to think is discouraged. "Damn your principles! Stick to your party." Benjamin Disraeli Yours appears to be cut from the same cloth and obviously has yet to knock on your door. best wishes Simon

              

    UPDATE: Longtime Jackson preschool shutting its doors. Here's what Beth Israel says about decision.   

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    The closure of the private school, originally slated for December, has been postponed until May.
           

              

    E’ Meglio Essere Autentici e Cadere   

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    Michael Berg Il Creatore dice ad Abramo, Lech Lecha, “Vai dalla terra” a Canaan, che è conosciuta come Israele. Dice: “Ti renderò una grande nazione. Benedirò quelli che ti benediranno e maledirò quelli che ti malediranno. Lì ti farò prosperare. “Quindi, Abramo arriva a Canaan, ma la terra è colpita da una carestia e non […]

              

    What happens if we reduce drug prices by 70%?   

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    Senator Warren's proposed policy fails a benefit-cost test:

    Between 1982 and 2015, for example, the US saw the launch of 719 new drugs, the most of any country in the sample; Israel had about half as many launches. By looking at the resultant change in each country between mortality and disease, Lichtenberg calculated that the years of life lost before the age of 85 in 2013 would have been 2.16 times as high if no new drugs had been launched after 1981. For a subset of 22 countries with more full data, the number of life-years gained in 2013 from drugs launched after 1981 was 148.7 million.

              

    Amos 8:7-8   

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    Amos 8:7-8  

    (7) The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
    "Surely I will never forget any of their works.
    (8) Shall the land not tremble for this,
    And everyone mourn who dwells in it?
    All of it shall swell like the River,
    Heave and subside
    Like the River of Egypt.

    In Amos 4:2 God swore by His holiness, all of His moral integrity, His very nature. He also swore by Himself (Amos 6:8), indicating everything that He is and His sovereignty over all creation. Israel was not impressed. So God says, "Look, I have sworn by My holiness and by Myself, and that didn't carry any weight with you. So now I will swear by something so great—your own pride—that you can't refuse!" What irony! God says if He swears by something of theirs, it may mean more to them than if He swears by something of His!

    This passage also shows that when man gets out of step with God, then nature too begins to suffer. Beauty begins to be replaced by ugliness. We begin to see huge piles of slag, polluted rivers, foul-smelling garbage dumps, expanding deserts, and denuded forests. Finally, when the land begins to vomit the people out (Leviticus 18:24-28), they may show a belated interest in God and His truth, but it will be too late to stop the destruction. The time is right—the fruit is ripe, so God will punish them.

    Consider what is currently happening in our Western nations of Israel. God shows a connection between nature and human morality; "natural" disasters are acts of God in response to the moral condition of the people. If men will treat other men, created in the image of God, in an immoral way, how will they treat the land, forests, rivers, lakes, and oceans? Because these things seemingly cannot fight back, man will abuse them with no fear of reprisal. But God says that the environment will fight back and vomit them out!

    Instead of rain falling in a gentle mist, it will roar like an avalanche until the inhabitants cannot cope with it. The rivers will swell and flood the land in anger, washing the topsoil into the sea. In other areas, fire will sweep over forests and farmlands, destroying everything in its path. Windstorms like hurricanes and tornadoes will devastate the cities and countryside, endangering the lives and livelihoods of the people. Earthquakes will increase in both frequency and power, costing thousands of lives and billions of dollars of damage. These disasters will mount to such an intensity that the people of modern Israel may seek repentance, but it will be too late. God will not pass by anymore.


     

    — John W. Ritenbaugh

    To learn more, see:
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    Federação Israelita critica atitude de Silvio Santos após ato nazista   

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    Federação Israelita do Estado de São Paulo criticou o apresentador, Silvio Santos, 88, após o mesmo fazer uma saudação nazista, usada por Adolf Hitler, em seu programa no SBT no último domingo (3/11). As criticas iniciaram na internet logo após o apresentador fazer a saudação nazista durante o programa que apresentava. A Fisesp divulgou uma […]

              

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    [Guerre di Rete - newsletter] Whatsapp contro NSO; Facebook e le pubblicità   

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    Guerre di Rete - una newsletter di notizie cyber
    a cura di Carola Frediani
    N.50 - 3 novembre 2019

    Di cosa si parla:

    - Whatsapp contro NSO
    - Facebook e gli ads
    - I social e i documenti d’identità
    - indagini forensi e Cellebrite
    - e poi disinformazione, meme war e altro

    WHATSAPP CONTRO NSO
    Facebook e Whatsapp dichiarano guerra agli spyware
    A maggio Whatsapp aveva annunciato di aver individuato e bloccato un attacco che sfruttava una vulnerabilità della sua funzione di video-chiamata (ne avevo scritto qua in newsletter). Un utente riceveva una video-chiamata, ma l’attaccante in realtà trasmetteva di nascosto un codice malevolo per infettare il telefono del ricevente. Non era necessario che la persona rispondesse alla chiamata.
    Bene, ora, in questi giorni, dopo mesi di indagine, Whatsapp è uscita allo scoperto con una azione legale contro la società israeliana NSO, produttrice di trojan e spyware che vende a governi e intelligence, incolpandola degli attacchi subiti dai propri utenti. A dirlo è la stessa Whatsapp in un articolo sul Washington Post (testata non casuale, vi ricordo che ci sono sospetti - respinti da NSO, che finora ha sempre negato coinvolgimenti - che degli spyware siano stati usati contro l’entourage del suo editorialista Jamal Khashoggi, brutalmente ucciso dai sauditi, secondo la stessa intelligence Usa).
    Come hanno ricondotto gli attacchi a NSO?
    Gli attaccanti avrebbero usato server e servizi di hosting già associati a NSO, nonché account Whatsapp.
    Chi erano i target?
    Secondo l’azione legale promossa da Whatsapp, NSO avrebbe costruito una piattaforma di hacking che sfruttava una vulnerabilità dei server Whatsapp per aiutare i clienti a violare i cellulari di almeno 1400 utenti, tra aprile e maggio 2019.
    Whatsapp avrebbe individuato almeno 100 attivisti dei diritti umani, giornalisti e membri della società civile in tutto il mondo, dagli Usa agli EAU, dal Bahrein al Messico, dal Pakistan all’India.
    Un nome ad almeno una vittima
    Uno di questi è stato intervistato dalla BBC. Si chiama Faustin Rukundo, vive a Leeds (UK) ma proviene dal Rwanda del cui regime è un oppositore, e ad aprile aveva ricevuto delle strane chiamate su Whatsapp da un numero svedese. Aveva provato a richiamare ma nessuno aveva mai risposto. Solo di recente ha scoperto di essere uno dei 1400, dopo aver ricevuto una chiamata dai ricercatori del Citizen Lab, che hanno contribuito alle indagini.
    I target governativi
    Ma ce ne sono altre di vittime, che potrebbero dare un risvolto geopolitico alla faccenda. Secondo Reuters, infatti, una porzione “significativa” di vittime erano funzionari governativi e militari di alto profilo, sparsi per 20 paesi, molti di nazioni alleate agli Usa. Uno scenario che apre la possibilità che alcuni clienti di NSO abbiano usato i suoi servizi non per fare indagini interne, ma per operazioni di spionaggio. Il professore di studi strategici e cyberwar Thomas Rid nota che mentre il ministro di Giustizia Usa chiede backdoor per Facebook/Whatsapp, militari e funzionari di governi amici venivano attaccati proprio con una backdoor (involontaria ovviamente). Come dire: qui il problema è rafforzare la sicurezza, non aumentare i buchi nella gruviera.
    Da notare che Whatsapp avrebbe prima verificato la lista dei target con il database di possibili richieste da parte di Stati relative ad indagini, come terrorismo o pedofilia, ma non avrebbe trovato sovrapposizioni.
    Cosa vuole ottenere la causa mossa da Whatsapp?
    L’azienda controllata da Facebook ritene che quegli attacchi siano stati un abuso della sua rete; vuole una ingiunzione per fermare NSO dall’accedere alla sua piattaforma; ritiene che anche se NSO ha fornito i servizi a dei clienti, sia comunque responsabile in quanto architetto del software (BBC)
    Che possibilità ha di vincerla?
    La strada è in salita, secondo una analisi di Wired. In pratica Whatsapp sta accusando NSO di violazione del Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (e di altre leggi statali), ma il caso è un tentativo ardito di usare quella legge per “punire non solo gli hacker che hanno violato i computer di una azienda, ma anche quelli che sfruttano i suoi software per violare i computer dei suoi utenti”. Nel mentre però, c’è almeno un campo d’azione su cui Whatsapp sembra voler giocare. Infatti secondo alcuni voci non confermate, i dipendenti di NSO si sarebbero trovati chiusi tutti i loro account Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram (ht Alex Stamos)
    Il ruolo di NSO
    La causa di Whatsapp - che allega vari materiali e manuali interni di NSO - getta però nuova luce sul funzionamento del software della società israeliana e i suoi rapporti con i clienti. E mostra un ruolo più attivo di quello che si pensasse nell’assistenza degli stessi. Ad esempio, scrive Vice, nel confezionare messaggi di phishing per specifici target.

    FACEBOOK
    Pubblicità politiche, che fare?

    Abbiamo visto che Facebook ha deciso di non fare fact checking sulle pubblicità dei politici, una decisione che ha raccolto varie critiche. Ora si aggiunge una lettera interna di 250 dipendenti, secondo la quale permettere ai politici di mentire nelle pubblicità è una minaccia alla stessa azienda (NYT).
    Cosa dice la lettera?
    “La libertà di espressione (free speech) e la propaganda (paid speech) non sono la stessa cosa. La cattiva informazione (misinformation) ci riguarda tutti”. La decisione di non fare fact checking sui politici è una minaccia a quello in cui crede Facebook (...) “perché permette di trasformare la nostra piattaforma in un’arma prendendo di mira persone che credono che i contenuti postati dai politici siano veri”.
    Il suggerimento è dunque di considerare gli ads politici come gli altri, ma nel contempo usare sistemi visuali per far capire ancora di più che sono ads. Inoltre - punto importante - i dipendenti suggeriscono di limitare il targeting per gli ads politici. Attualmente è normale per un politico caricare la lista degli elettori per poi usare gli strumenti di tracking comportamentale (come i pixel) e l’engagement con le pubblicità per raffinare ancora di più gli ads. Il rischio è che le persone non possano avere la possibilità di controllare pubblicamente quanto viene detto. “Inoltre questi ads sono così microtargeted (mirati su gruppi specifici, ndr) che le conversazioni sulla nostra piattaforma sono ancora più rinchiuse dentro silo separati di altre”. Infine, esplorare la possibilità di un silenzio elettorale.
    (Per inciso, proprio di microtargeting e di questo problema ho parlato sabato su Omnibus - La 7, min 47)
    La proposta
    La situazione è molto mutevole e dinamica. In queste ore sul piatto c’era infatti anche una proposta da parte di una delle società che fanno fact checking per Facebook di trovare un sistema bipartisan per fare fact checking anche sugli ads politici. Vedremo (CNN)
    La provocazione
    Mentre si svolgeva questo dibattito, un politico e attivista di San Francisco, Adriel Hampton, si registrava come candidato a governatore con lo scopo di pubblicare pubblicità false su Facebook, in una sorta di atto dimostrativo (CNN).

    PROPOSTE ITALIANE
    Documenti per usare i social? Anche no, dai

    Per un qualche motivo che mi è incomprensibile (nella sua essenza, non nei fattori esterni scatenanti), siamo di nuovo tornati a parlare di proposte di legge per far presentare i documenti (carte d’identità ecc) agli utenti che vogliano usare un social network o un servizio online pensando in tal modo di eliminare o ridurre l’odio online. Proposte che negli anni sono state sempre bocciate da una miriade di esperti e quindi accantonate. Ora c’è stata la proposta del deputato Marattin (qui la sua intervista a Corriere), e dunque è ripartito un film già visto.
    Mi limito a mettere dei link, iniziando con un momento amarcord:
    2014, copertina di Wired: Fabio Chiusi e la sottoscritta scrivevamo perché chiedere i documenti fosse inutile se non dannoso. Ma il tempo passa e i temi ritornano dunque….
    In questa settimana del 2019:
    - Profili sui social network e carta d'identità: perché non è possibile
    L'idea di "schedare" tutti i cittadini che abbiano un profilo social pone problemi tecnici, giuridici e politici insormontabili (Giovanni Ziccardi)
    - Odio e disinformazione (che sono ovunque per strada, in TV, sui social) sono una seria questione culturale. Come si affrontano? (Arianna Ciccone)
    - Disinformazione, propaganda, bugie, minacce, insulti, provocazioni, odio hanno diritto di cittadinanza in Rete? (Fabio Chiusi su Valigia Blu)
    - La lesione dei diritti dei cittadini è da sempre un chiaro tema reazionario (ok, il suo vero titolo è un po’ più tranchant) (Il Post - Massimo Mantellini)
    - Una sparata controproducente (Radio dell’avvocatura - Francesco Micozzi - audio)
    - Perché questo genere di proposte sono inutili - uno Stefano Zanero già di qualche mese fa (ma sul tema direi d’annata, come il vino buono).
    - Velleitario e pericoloso (dichiarazioni Garante Privacy)
    Mi fermo qua, anche se ho lasciato fuori molti altri interventi, ma se mi costringete a riparlarne, la prossima volta ve li metto tutti, ok?

    Riassunto e disegnino semplificato per chi non ha tempo o voglia: quel tipo di proposta per quel tipo di problema equivale ad avere le zanzare in casa e a sparar loro cannonate. Le zanzare restano, i buchi nei muri rendono la tua casa (i diritti di tutti) ancora più fragile. Meglio mettere degli zampironi e modificare l’aria che si respira.
    Dunque oltre a investire massicciamente, in modo pianificato, a tutti i livelli, in cultura digitale (un tipo di formazione che sarà cruciale per la nostra sopravvivenza come nazione avanzata, detto en passant) e in educazione civica e cultura generale, si può chiedere, ad esempio:
    - al governo: molte più risorse a magistratura e postale per indagare su reati
    - alle piattaforme: procedure più snelle ed efficienti per ottenere i dati in caso di indagine
    - alle piattaforme: canali più diretti con gli utenti che siano vittima di attacchi organizzati e sistemi per tutelare categorie più deboli o esposte
    - alle piattaforme: spiegazioni chiare e trasparenza quando decidono di rimuovere contenuti in violazione delle loro policy, procedure chiare per appellare tali decisioni, revisione umana di decisioni automatizzate
    -alle piattaforme: più strumenti in mano al singolo utente per gestire come preferisce il proprio feed, quello che vede, quello che vedono gli altri, come interagire con altri ecc
    -alle piattaforme: trasparenza massima sulle pubblicità, specie quelle politiche, valutare se limitarle in qualche modo o fare altri controlli
    - ai politici: chiedere di abbassare i toni, non aggredire utenti, non aizzare folle online e offline, tenere sotto controllo i propri spazi social ecc
    - ai media: non dare rilevanza, se possibile, ai primi 4 idioti che insultano qualcuno online per ottenere esattamente quello, visibilità.
    E ovviamente molto altro, ma era solo per dare un assaggio di come inquadrare diversamente la questione.

    CINA E BLOCKCHAIN
    Fedeli alla blockchain

    Abbiamo visto che la Cina si è lanciata sulla blockchain con anche investitura dall’alto di Xi Jinping. Ora il partito comunista cinese ha chiesto ai suoi membri di attestare la loro fedeltà su blockchain. Chissà cosa ne penserebbe Satoshi Nakamoto. Ad ogni modo si potrebbe usare anche per le promesse elettorali dei nostri politici…. (si scherza)
    Coindesk

    USA/CINA
    Avanti col ban Huawei e ZTE

    La Federal Communications Commission andrà avanti con la proposta di vietare ai giganti delle telecomunicazioni americane l’uso di apparecchiature di rete delle cinesi Huawei e ZTE, perché per l’agenzia sarebbero un rischio alla sicurezza nazionale.
    TechCrunch

    SPOTIFY
    I podcast stanno andando bene su Spotify
    QZ

    APT28
    Olimpiadi nel mirino

    Gli hacker russi noti come APT28 o Fancy Bear stanno prendendo di mira 16 organizzazioni sportive e anti-doping in vista delle Olimpiadi 2020, avvisa Microsoft
    Zdnet

    DEEPFAKE
    Fa un deepfake porno su una ragazza, arrestato

    Uno studente indiano è stato arrestato per aver usato le foto su Instagram di una teenager al fine di produrre un suo deepfake (video in cui sono riprodotte le fattezze di qualcuno per dire o fare cose che non ha mai fatto) pornografico e minacciare di distribuirlo poi online (Ndtv).
    Da una breve ricognizione mi pare che i deepfake su celebrità (e non) in India siano molto diffusi. Un anno fa una giornalista indiana schierata a difesa dei diritti delle donne era stata presa di mira con deepfake pornografici.

    CELLEBRITE
    Il caso Boettcher e lo sblocco del suo iPhone

    La società israeliana Cellebrite - che si occupa di estrarre dati da dispositivi - ha pubblicato un caso studio in cui descrive come sono stati usati i suoi servizi in una vicenda di cronaca giudiziaria italiana, quello della coppia Boettcher/Lovato, e della aggressione con l’acido all’ex fidanzato di lei. Tra i reperti sequestrati a Boettcher c'era un iPhone, protetto da un PIN di 4 cifre che il ragazzo diceva di non ricordare. Come indicato nel case study, le consulenti dei legali di parte civile avevano già rinvenuto e analizzato un backup dell'iPhone che però risultava essere stato prodotto un paio di mesi prima dell'aggressione: per poter avere un quadro completo della vicenda si decise quindi di provare ad accedere direttamente all'iPhone. Era l’inizio del 2015. I magistrati allora incaricano un noto ed esperto consulente informatico forense, Mattia Epifani, di capire come gestire la situazione e presentare loro tutte le opzioni sul tavolo per provare a ottenere anche quei dati. Alla fine viene scelto di provare con Cellbrite, riferisce il rapporto.
    “L'aspetto rilevante che Cellebrite evidenzia nel suo case study - commenta a Guerre di Rete Paolo Dal Checco, altro noto ed esperto consulente informatico forense - è che Cellebrite è stata in grado di sbloccare un iPhone protetto da PIN in un momento nel quale il loro servizio era l'unico disponibile, a parte alcune soluzioni rischiose che funzionavano solamente in particolari condizioni. L'incarico relativo allo sblocco dell'iPhone di Boettcher, inoltre, è stato tra i primi conferiti ufficialmente dall'Autorità Giudiziaria italiana alla società israeliana e ha dato il via a una serie d'incarichi conferiti ancora oggi, ovviamente su dispositivi più recenti”.
    Case study

    CATALOGNA
    Rimossa l’app per coordinare manifestanti di Tsunami Democratic

    La Spagna ha richiesto la rimozione da GitHub dell'app (APK) di Tsunami Democratic, usata per organizzare proteste in Catalogna, perché lo stesso movimento viene considerato dalla polizia una organizzazione criminale che faciliterebbe atti di terrorismo (ht @Orariccardo)
    TechCrunch

    STRUMENTI
    Il creatore di Maltego ha realizzato un nuovo tool per estrarre e organizzare info mentre si naviga.
    ht The Grugq

    CYBERCRIME
    Storia di un giovane americano che combatte i ransomware, creando strumenti per decriptarli, quando possibile. E’ il più grande creatore di decryptor gratuiti.
    ProPublica

    CILE
    In Cile gli hacker svelano documenti riservati dei Carabineros - La Stampa

    LETTURE

    GIORNALISMO
    Se vuoi una redazione di successo, devi avere una redazione rappresentativa della diversità della popolazione. Reuters Institute

    GIORNALISMO LOCALE

    La fiducia nelle notizie locali negli Usa è più alta rispetto ai media nazionali, ma non è tutto oro quel che luccica. Inoltre coprire in modo più aggressivo temi sociali e politici potrebbe far diminuire questa fiducia, ma diversamente si rischia di abdicare alla funzione del giornalismo.
    Lo studio: State of Public Trust in Local News

    DISINFORMAZIONE
    Un paper che studia l’astroturfing politico - la creazione di campagne coordinate di finti attivisti per fini di propaganda/manipolazione - su Twitter. Tra le altre cose, solleva un punto interessante: gran parte delle campagne di questo tipo usano umani, e cercare solo bot (account automatizzati) rischia di essere un limite.
    Political Astroturfing on Twitter: How to Coordinate a Disinformation Campaign

    SFRUTTAMENTO
    Schiave via app

    Il mercato delle lavoratrice domestiche trattate come schiave e “vendute” via app In Kuwait e Arabia Saudita. Inchiesta BBC

    MEME WAR
    I meme come armi nella guerra dell’informazione e disinformazione

    La ricetta: origine indefinita, più nocciolo di verità, più una scalata progressiva nella catena dei media, più amplificazione e consacrazione dai media tradizionali impegnati nel debunking - Technology Review

    FABBRICHE DI TROLL
    Una giornalista polacca ha lavorato sotto copertura in una agenzia di PR del Paese i cui dipendenti gestiscono decine di finti account a testa e su indicazioni della direzione promuovono determinati contenuti politici
    Guardian

    NON SOLO CYBER
    Contro l’ossessiva ricerca della felicità - Aeon

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    #PornBan. It’s like a rash, this impulse to ban porn all over the world – despite protests that are going viral. The Twitter hashtag #pornban sprung up in July 2015 as the Indian government blocked 857 porn sites, 1 and then backtracked a bit, 2 asking internet service providers (ISPs) to unblock those that don’t contain child pornography. Which makes service providers the arbiters of our constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression, deciding what we may or may not see. Seriously?

    The United Kingdom recently banned a number of sex acts online, 3 including female ejaculation, even while there were almost 250,000 hits on porn sites from IP addresses in the buildings housing parliament. 4 The UK government is now asking porn sites to collect proof 5 that their visitors are adults. Will this data be stored privately and not used for other purposes? A valid question in an age of mass surveillance, hacks on “cheating” sites 6 and hacker releases of private information, including sexual preferences. 7

    Iceland 8 has been threatening to ban “violent” online porn since 2013. Indonesia 9 and Turkey 10 have blocked lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) content in the name of banning porn. The Philippines 11 has outlawed cybersex and cam girls, while a religious lobby in Australia 12 is pushing for anti-piracy laws to be extended to porn. Porn possession is illegal in Botswana, 13 Egypt 14 and Uganda. 15 And even as the Israel-Palestine conflict escalated in 2012, Hamas managed to ban “full” internet porn in the Gaza Strip. 16 Whatever that means.

    Porn. Panic. Ban. That’s pretty much the policy response in many parts of the world.

    But what is it about porn that terrifies so many governments, derails feminist sensibilities, offends the religious right, and attracts so many users? How can we change the way we “see” porn?

    ***
    Lesbian. Threesome. Squirt. Change the words and you change the lens. From the user’s perspective, porn leads to pleasure, not panic. That’s what porn has always been about, from ancient times, when it found its first mention in the word porneia. 17 This Greek word was varyingly defined as fornication, whoredom, promiscuity and adultery, all of which have two things in common: sex and pleasure. For most users, that’s what porn is really about: sexual pleasure. (Dirty, dirty.) Arousal. (Dirty, dirty.) Orgasm. (Dirty, dirty.) Problem is that in the parental gaze called policy, sex is kinda dirty. (Dirty, dirty.)

    Problem is that in this global policy gaze, the sexual pleasure-seeker aka Porn User is always a man. Even though globally a quarter of porn viewers are women. 18 Make that 35% in Brazil and the Philippines, 24% in France, 23% in India and Argentina, and come on, Japanese women, you 17% laggards. 19 A 2015 survey of Pornhub and Redtube, 20 which gets 40 million viewers each month, shows that women like watching women. (And Kim Kardashian, James Deen, pussy-licking and rough sex.) “What immediately jumps out is that ladies prefer to take their time, with their average visits to the site lasting a lavish 10 minutes and 10 seconds, compared to men who go for just 9:22,” notes the cocky analysis. “Treat yourselves, ladies!”

    So one gender gap is slowly closing as porn moves indoors from the publicness of peepshows and DVD parlours to the relative privacy of one’s own home. (We should be celebrating, not lamenting this “normalisation” of porn, no?) And don’t forget how notions of privacy shape behaviour here. No Peeping Toms. No looking over one’s shoulder. No idea of what we get off on so long as porn sites don’t start matching individual viewers to their viewing habits. Which means that even though “lesbian”, “threesome” and “squirt” are the top three terms that women searched for on Pornhub and RedTube in 2015, the data is anonymised and secure. (Hopefully.) No one’s going to land up at their doorsteps to blackmail them. (Hopefully.) They’re not going to be branded with the scarlet letter P, the digital equivalent of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s analog adulteress, 21 forced to wear the letter A in the 17th century.

    Yes. Porn is becoming a bit of a Scarlet Letter – a private act portrayed as a public menace. Privacy is the right to be let alone, wrote Justices Warren and Brandeis of the United States (US) Supreme Court in their iconic 1890 essay. 22 That too was in a context when new media technologies – “instantaneous photographs”, “newspaper enterprises”, “mechanical devices” – were producing panic. Technological change has, of course, always given rise to panic: even the sewing machine was once thought to create deviant desires in women, as they rhythmically moved their legs up and down to its gentle whirr. And women, of course, have always been subjected to moral panics and moralistic privacy 23 when it comes to sexuality, notes law professor Anita L. Allen. One that is associated with “heightened modesty”, self-concealment, and chastity. (Don’t show yourself. Don’t watch other women. In short, no pornification.) Porn’s genteel cousin, erotica, has also faced similar panics. Remember the ban on D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover 24 in the 1960s?

    Problem is, in the policy gaze, women are still stuck in the passenger seat when it comes to sex. It imagines the hubby coming home, all pumped up, and asking the missus to go beyond the missionary position. Just like he saw on his iPad mini. (Dirty, dirty.) You see? Man, driver. Woman, passenger. From the first utterance of porneia, men have been seen as the drivers of sex, women its passengers. Never mind that this is rooted in another P – Patriarchy – which insists that women must have no sexual desire, let alone know pleasure-enhancing postures. (Dirty, dirty). Never mind that many women still can’t refuse men sex, or get them to wear condoms. Never mind every inequality between men and women that pops up everywhere, including in the bedroom. If there was greater equality between the genders, fewer women would feign headaches when they don't want to have sex.

    That’s gender inequality. That’s what we need to fix. But it’s so much easier to blame porn for patriarchy, no?

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    Multi-million. Dollar. Industry. This is how anti-porn crusaders often refer to porn. It’s a magic bullet, this phrase, guaranteed to derail logic. Guaranteed to make folks see red. As if we’re not doing all sorts of things like buying biscuits and Maggi noodles and data connections from multi-million dollar enterprises.

    Of course we’re all proponents of the small, the stand-alone, the artisanal. But. Can porn be damned just because it’s big business? Let’s stop eating Glucose biscuits first. And must we start loving all independent 25 or homemade porn, right from consenting cam girls to non-consensual hidden cam porn in cyber cafés? Nah. Like in other industries, porn production is “ethical”, when there are no unfair or exploitative contractual or labour practices. When performers are not being pushed to perform sex acts beyond the contract or without condoms. But that’s not enough. Porn is legit, first and foremost, if it’s based on consent. And consent cuts all the way down the line: from those who are paid to perform porn to those who freely turn their images into porn for private pleasure. That some of these images end up as non-consensual porn – often called revenge porn – is a problem that policy makers in some countries have finally begun to tackle, notably in the US where revenge porn is a crime in several states. 26

    But try asking anti-porn campaigners to use consent as a yardstick. No. In the anti-porn worldview, ALL porn causes harm to ALL women: those who consume it and those who don’t. All porn objectifies and dehumanises women, never mind women who have starred as “personified” subjects! In this camp, there’s only one kind of porn – in which men treat women as instruments to satisfy their sexual desires. In which porn is the villain with a capital P, mutating “healthy” sexual desires and relationships into “unhealthy” ones. 27 It’s never about mutual pleasure or that there are as many kinds of porn as there are sexual desires. Including queer crip porn. 28 It’s rarely about porn performers who don’t see themselves as victims. Or the issues porn performers themselves raise. “My stage name is less about withholding parts of myself or maintaining privacy than it is a symbol of the idea that I am more than just my job or any other isolated slice of my identity,” says US porn performer, Stoya. 29 “Yes, there’s a paradox here in that I willingly engage in work that reduces me to a few sexual facets of myself but expect to be seen as a multifaceted person outside of that work. I participate in an illusion of easy physical access…”

    If objectification is the charge that some feminists typically hurl at porn, addiction is its moralist cousin. In the digital porn discourse, access is often vilified as “addiction” with untold consequences. Portrayed as a drug. A petitioner to India's parliament argues that online porn must be banned before we turn into the equivalent of “Motherless or Fatherless America”. 30 This trend is “related to those ‘orphaned’ children, whose father or mother, though alive, are addicted to cyberpornography and don’t take any care of their children or the family,” the petitioner argues. Another #pornban petitioner in India's Supreme Court raises this bombast to untold heights. 31 “Nothing can more efficiently destroy a person, fizzle their mind, evaporate their future, eliminate their potential or destroy society like pornography,” he argues. “It is so terrible that many do not even recognize it until it is too late, and most refuse to admit it. It is worse than Hitler, worse than AIDS, cancer or any other epidemic. It is more catastrophic than nuclear holocaust, and it must be stopped.”

    This #pornban petition goes on to hold online pornography accountable for increasing violence against women, an emotive charge (like “multi-million dollar industry”) that unites moralists and many feminists. Does porn cause rape? Or, as feminist Robin Morgan famously argued in the 1970s, is “porn the theory, rape the practice”? 32 No. Even those who campaign against porn warily agree there’s no evidence to back this charge. 33 In the 1990s, one research study looked at four countries where porn was freely available in the previous two decades, including “aggressive porn”. 34 In all four countries, the availability of pictorial porn – including violent porn – had gone from “extreme scarcity to relative abundance” in the study period. It noted that other studies have shown that “rapists' and nonrapists' immediate sexual reactions to presentations of pornography showed generally greater arousal to non-violent scenes.” It concluded that in none of the countries did “rape increase more than nonsexual violent crimes. This finding in itself would seem sufficient to discard the hypothesis that pornography causes rape.” 35

    Disregarding such evidence, anti-porn feminists continue to insist that porn is an act of sexual violence, that porn is not “words” and “images”, that porn is not speech to be protected. 36 Not media. This positioning is, of course, part of the problem, since it exceptionalises porn, locating it in a category by itself, unlike other speech or media. But seriously, what is porn – composed of words, sounds and images, albeit of naked bodies – if not media? Innumerable studies indicate that there is no causal relationship between media representations and realities, that spectators hold diverse and different positions to what they view. 37 Do we hold on-screen rape depictions in feature films responsible for causing actual rapes? No. Do we hold on-screen depictions of murder responsible for causing actual murders? No. Then why hold on-screen porn responsible for real-life rape and sexual assault? Why blame the representation for the reality in this one case alone? What’s so unique about porn – another media representation – that it must be singled out thus? Are naked bodies inherently harmful? Or what?

    ***
    In a 2009 TED talk that went viral, Cindy Gallop, a 50-something fan of hardcore porn, described how she sees online porn. 38 “I have sex with younger men…” in their 20s, she says, “and encounter directly the effect of a flood of hardcore porn.” One of these effects is the misbelief that women love men coming on their faces, a porn staple. “There’s an entire generation growing up that believes that what you see in hardcore pornography is the way that you have sex,” says Gallop. “Hardcore porn has become sex education.” But why has hardcore porn become sex education? One, because it’s easily available. Two, because there’s no other sex education. Three, because we’re so puritanical about sex, we won’t talk about it to our kids. Ergo, vacuum. Enter, online porn. As a “mature experienced self-confident older woman,” Gallop is adept at telling her 20-something lovers: “No, thank you very much. I’d rather you did not come on my face.”

    As a user, how would Gallop change porn? “Reorient, reeducate, rehabilitate” is her motto. In other words, resocialise minds, reshape headspaces, rewire neutrons away from the dungheap of patriarchy. Towards a more equitable gender-friendly porn. Sounds like sex-positive feminism to me. Her site 39 busts a bunch of porn myths including balloon boobs, while understanding that porn is play, a pleasure-enhancer, like sex toys. A form of sexual expression. In another TED talk that went viral, erotic filmmaker Erika Lust talks about how it’s time for porn to change. 40 Change. Not vanish. How it’s time to fight unethical porn with ethical porn, counter-porn, porn that makes women and transpersons 41 the subjects of their sexual journeys, pleasures and destinations.

    That’s right. Change porn, not ban it. Think about it. Seriously. Think how we try to change other media representations – through critique, debate, dialogue and alternative representations. Not through bans, right? If policy makers understood porn as sexual expression, why would they want to ban it?

    ***
    So what should we really think about when we think about porn? Consent. We need to respect the consent of those who enact porn – if it’s given, even to enacting “rape porn”, dare we cavil? And we need to start getting justice for those who never dreamed they’d end up as digital porn – without their consent. Any image that turns into porn without consent can cause actual harm, not the imaginary variety – harm that wrecks lives, jobs, careers, relationships, self-image and identities. Harm that causes real damage, both on and offline. Harm that is harmful enough to be called out and punished as a crime. When actual rapes turn into digital porn, spreading from phone to phone, as is the case in Pakistan and India, that’s harm. And that’s three counts of consent being violated: one, in forcing sex without consent; two, in filming forced sex without consent; three, in circulating this clip without consent. When physical rape turns into digital porn we know one thing for sure: it’s time to start talking consent. It’s time to start talking harm.

    If we really want to “do something” about porn, it’s time we stopped talking about its imagined harms. It’s time we started talking about actual harms. It’s time we started talking along the fault lines of consent.

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    20 Ibid.

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    24 Robertson, G. (2010, 22 October). The trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover. The Guardian. www.theguardian.com/books/2010/oct/22/dh-lawrence-lady-chatterley-trial

    25 Morris, C. (2014, 17 January). The economics of being an independent porn star. CNBC. www.cnbc.com/2014/01/17/the-economics-of-being-an-independent-porn-star.html

    26 End Revenge Porn. www.endrevengeporn.org/revenge-porn-laws

    27 Massey, A. (2015, 3 April). Porn is not coming for our sex lives. Pacific Standard. www.psmag.com/books-and-culture/its-all-ok-you-can-watch-some-porn-right-after-you-read-this-article

    28 Loree Erickson, Porn Star Academic. femmegimp.org

    29 Stoya. (2014, 8 March). Can we learn about privacy from porn stars? New York Times. www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/opinion/sunday/can-we-learn-about-privacy-from-porn-stars.html?hpw&_r=0

    30 Prabhudesai, A. (12 June 2013). Petition to ban pornography by amending IT Act filed in Parliament. Trak.in. trak.in/random/ban-pornography-petition-1203

    31 Singh, M. (2015, 10 July). Kamlesh Vaswani v. Union of India & Ors. One Law Street. onelawstreet.com/2015/07/pornography-ban-kamlesh-vaswani

    32 Morgan, R. (1977). Going Too Far: The Personal Chronicle of a Feminist. New York: Random House.

    33 Jensen, R., with Okrina, D. (2004). Pornography and Sexual Violence. National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women. www.vawnet.org/sexual-violence/print-document.php?doc_id=418&find_type=web_desc_AR

    34 Kutchinsky, B. (1991.) Pornography and rape: theory and practice? Evidence from crime data in four countries where pornography is easily available. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 14(1-2), 47-64. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2032762

    35 Ibid.

    36 MacKinnon, C, & Dworkin, R. (1994, 3 March). Pornography: An Exchange. New York Review of Books. www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/1994/mar/03/pornography-an-exchange

    37 Tait, S. (2008). Pornographies of Violence? Internet Spectatorship on Body Horror. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 25(1), 91-111. www.researchgate.net/publication/232838902_Pornographies_of_Violence_Internet_Spectatorship_on_Body_Horror

    38 Gallop, C. (2009, 2 December). Make love, not porn. TEDTalk. www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV8n_E_6Tpc

    39 Porn world vs Real world. makelovenotporn.com/myths/facial

    40 Lust, E. (2014, 1 November). It's time for porn to change. TEDx Vienna. erikalust.com/ted-talk

    41 Nadika, N. (2015, 1 April). Supporting ethical queer porn. The Orinam Blog. orinam.net/supporting-ethical-queer-porn

    42 BBC News. (2015, 26 February). How a rape was filmed and shared in Pakistan. BBC News. www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31313551

    43 Nelson, D. (2015, 13 April). Indian campaigner inundated by gang rape videos. The Telegraph. www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11533852/Indian-campaigner-inundated-by-gang-rape-videos.html

    44 Datta, B. (2015, 29 May). Porn. Panic. Ban. GenderIT. www.genderit.org/feminist-talk/porn-panic-ban

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    Remedial Art History for the German Far Right - Lily Scherlis   

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    Billboards are a cornerstone of German election campaigns. The government provides each political party with a few minutes of televised ad time, preventing the costs of airtime from pricing underfunded candidates out of public view. Because there are strict limits on the frequency and length of TV and radio advertisements, campaigns traditionally compete for visibility outdoors and on paper. Though parties have recently taken to social media, pouring money into Silicon Valley, printed matter remains a force to reckon with. This past April, in advance of elections for the EU Parliament, an 1866 French Orientalist painting appeared around Berlin. The painting, The Slave Market by Jean-Léon Gérôme, depicts a naked, enslaved woman having her teeth examined by a prospective buyer. The woman has light skin and the three men surrounding her, peering evaluatively at her figure, have darker skin and are wearing outfits meant to evoke nineteenth-century Egypt. The painting was used to publicize the anti-immigration agenda of the far-right AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) party.

    Since its establishment in 2013, the AfD has transformed from a small party of Euroskeptic elites into a populist anti-immigration (and often white nationalist) epidemic.[1] Founded by economics professor Bernd Lucke, it initially gained traction with well-educated Germans frustrated about bailing out southern European countries. The party polled 4.7 percent in the 2013 national parliamentary elections and received no seats in the Bundestag. Amid the influx of migrants in 2015, the AfD fractured, and a majority faction rallied around a new leader, vocal Islamophobe Frauke Petry, later regarded as a moderate voice within the party. After adopting fierce anti-immigration rhetoric, the party’s popularity snowballed alongside other far-right movements: in state elections this September, the AfD received 27.5 percent of the vote in Saxony and 23.5 percent in Brandenburg. In the May European Parliament elections, the AfD won eleven out of ninety-six German seats.

    The Gérôme poster, a high-profile part of that election’s campaign, deploys the typical far-right tactic of racist and xenophobic paranoia mongering. At the top of the Gérôme poster, big white sans-serif lettering proclaims: “So that Europe doesn’t become Eurabia!”[2] “Eurabia” is a term associated with an Islamaphobic conspiracy theory that describes a hypothetical future version of Europe, one culturally and politically subservient to “Islamic powers.” Those who believe in Eurabia argue that Europe’s subordination is discreetly underway or already complete, helped along by profiting European politicians and powerful governmental lobbies.

    The party was predictably derided for the poster’s ferocious racism. The thirty copies placed around Berlin were so frequently defaced or removed that the party had campaign workers running around replacing them almost daily.[3] The Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts, which owns the painting, strongly condemned the AfD’s usage. Though the image is in the public domain, the US museum wrote to the AfD urging them to cease and desist. Ronald Gläser, a party spokesperson, described this as “a futile attempt to gag the AfD,” asserting that the “public has the right to find out the truth about the possible consequences of illegal mass immigration.”[4]

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    The Eurabia theory was popularized by Gisèle Littman (writing under the pseudonym Bat Ye’or) in 2005.[5] Littman dated the birth of the conspiracy to the oil crisis of 1973, when the Arab League and the European Economic Community (later subsumed into the EU) established a short-lived conference system that aimed to stabilize economic and political relations between the two entities.[6] The term “Eurabia” is usually attributed to Littman, but before it was a conspiracy theory, it was a small French journal published by the European Coordinating Committee of Friendship Societies with the Arab World, which was founded in 1972.[7] A quarterly providing updates on developments in Euro-Arab cooperation, Eurabia published at least three issues beginning in 1975. Unlike Eurabia, Littman believes that the dialogue turned Europe into “an instrument of Arab policy,” citing instances of European condemnation of Israeli military behavior and increased anti-Americanism as symptoms of Arab political control.[8] Europe will become “a political satellite of the Arab and Muslim world” and fall under Islamic rule, causing the repression of white European culture. She goes on to claim that Jews and Christians have historically been required to “accept the restrictive and humiliating subordination to an ascendant Islamic power to avoid enslavement or death,” and that this repression is now an imminent threat across all of Europe due to the “active collusion” of pro-immigration European politicians. (Littman’s attitudes are perhaps marked by her biography: she was born Jewish in Egypt and moved to Europe in her early twenties, fleeing the Suez Crisis.) To her, migration is a positive feedback loop, a key effect and catalyst of nascent Eurabia, and the migrants are the vehicles for transporting poisonous anti-Zionist and anti-American beliefs to Europe.

    Littman’s theory informs scads of alt-right blog posts, as well as several self-published books by Norwegian blogger Peder Are Nøstvold Jensen, who writes under the pen name Fjordman. Jensen inspired mass murder in Norway in 2011, when Anders Behring Breivik detonated a fertilizer-based bomb outside the prime minister’s Oslo office, killing eight. Hours later, he shot and killed sixty-nine young adults at a youth camp organized by the country’s labor party (Arbeiderpartiet). In a fifteen-hundred-page manifesto, Breivik cites Jensen’s writing about Eurabia as motivation. Before long, global media coverage of the Breivik attacks had popularized the term. Shortly after the attack, Littman expressed regret that her writing had been involved. On the other hand, Jens Maier, an AfD member of the Bundestag, called Breivik “a victim of the prevailing circumstances.” “Breivik became a mass murderer out of desperation,” he said in 2017.[9]

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    Gérôme’s work epitomizes the French academic style of painting. After his studies at the École des Beaux Arts, he toured Egypt and neighboring countries for several months in 1856 and again in 1862. On his return, he began to paint what he claimed to have seen, catering to the public’s appetite for visual insight into the cultures of the Arab world. The images he produced became canonical documents of Orientalism, the name given to the intertwined discourses in the arts and academia through which “European culture gained in strength and identity by setting itself off against the Orient as a sort of surrogate and even underground self,” as Edward Said puts it in his groundbreaking book on the subject. In fact, the cover of his Orientalism bears another of Gérôme’s paintings, The Snake Charmer, also owned by the Clark.

    Typically, Orientalist paintings claimed to document the Eastern world (photography was too young to fill that function), using the restrained brushstrokes of academic realism to produce the effect of objectivity. They thus served as visual aids to anchor and reproduce the exoticizing fantasy Europeans had about what the nations of the East and their residents were like. Gérôme’s exacting style allowed The Slave Market to masquerade as documentation. His paintings, despite being mere illustrations, played a deceptive evidentiary role: he had been there and seen with his own eyes, and had the marvelous ability to render these delicious visions on canvas! “All aspects of the Orient are there,” wrote critic Émile-Louis Galichon about another of Gérôme’s paintings in 1863, rattling off traits that list the qualities of the nineteenth-century stereotype: “Its implacable fatalism, its passive submission, its eternal tranquility, its brazen insults and its ruthless cruelty.”

    The Slave Market was first exhibited at the Salon of 1867.[10] In his favorable review of the exhibition, critic Maxime Du Camp asserted that the painting had been done “on the spot” in a Cairo slave market during Gérôme’s second trip there in 1862. Sarah Lees, an associate curator at the Clark, writes that Gérôme probably composed The Slave Market in his studio in France in 1866, mining his imagination to update a very similar composition he had made in 1857. In that earlier painting, the man examining the slave’s teeth is wearing a classical toga. (The painting also prefigures Gérôme’s 1884 painting, A Roman Slave Market.) The events depicted were possibly based on the Orientalist writer Gérard de Nerval’s description of slave markets he claimed to have seen on his own travels. The details were probably borrowed from a variety of sketches, conglomerating details from many distant locales into a singular representation of the entire Arab world as seen through the eyes of a Frenchman.[11] Moreover, Gérôme’s contemporary Edward Strahan noted in 1881 that the woman in the painting so resembled Cleopatra in Gérôme’s Cleopatra and Caesar (also painted in 1866) that Gérôme may have used the same Parisian figure model. As Lees puts it, this provides “a certain irony for the informed viewer in seeing the same figure as both queen and slave. ... Despite the difference in their social status, however, their sexual status is nearly equivalent, as the figure in Cleopatra and Caesar is only marginally more clothed.”

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    Orientalist painters complemented their tight brushwork with a liberal dose of sensory detail. The Slave Market brought the imagined Orient closer by making its exotic sensations accessible from Europe; at the same time, it held those colonized at an unbridgeable moral distance by chronicling their purported cruelty. The details turned their characters into depersonalized avatars of their race, aesthetic objects for consumption, mannequins for their exoticized clothing and behavior. The painting “guarantee[s] through sober ‘objectivity’ the unassailable Otherness of the characters,” as art historian Linda Nochlin puts it. Meanwhile it affords its viewer the vicarious pleasure of the characters’ less sophisticated indulgences: “the male viewer of the 19th century was invited sexually to identify himself with, yet morally to distance himself from, his Oriental counterparts,” she writes. To her, Gérôme seems to be saying, “‘I am merely taking careful note of the fact that the less enlightened races indulge in the trade in naked women—but isn’t it arousing!’”

    Oddly, the woman in the painting is noticeably detached from her surroundings: her shoulders are relaxed, and she leans on one hip like a classical nude. Gérôme decided to prioritize producing a delicious object for aesthetic appreciation over a suffering character deserving of empathy, a choice that seems like it should undermine the AfD’s point. Nonetheless, the AfD uses the same image that bemused and aroused a fascinated nineteenth-century audience to solicit fear. Orientalism characteristically infantilized those it depicted to make them seem fascinating and able to benefit from the influence of colonizing powers; today’s far right registers the very same characters as menacing, while deploying the woman’s body to make white Germans angry and protective. Posters alleging sexual violence have of course long served as propaganda in conflicts between Western countries: an American World War I poster depicted Germany as a gaping, drooling gorilla gripping a club with the word “Kultur” in one hand and a recoiling half-naked woman in the other; several countries used illustrated allegations of rape against the Soviet Army. Naked women transform readily into the wives or daughters of male viewers. The AfD poster urges its would-be supporters: Worry about your women!

    Gérôme’s painting affirmed the nineteenth-century European viewer’s identity, while providing assurance that the lewd behavior depicted was safely at bay. Framed by its new caption, the painting depicts a possible future rather than a present elsewhere. “We did it because the picture shows clearly where the multicultural society could lead,” said AfD spokesperson Ronald Gläser. This shift dislodges the painting’s events from their spatiotemporal home in a fantasy version of colonial North Africa, relocating the scene from a past “there” to a future “here.”[12]

    The poster asserts that everyone who migrated from any part of the contemporary Arab world is reducible to a nineteenth-century caricature. But conversely, it claims to reflect the contemporary world by applying twenty-first-century understandings of identity to figments of Gérôme’s imagination. The AfD means for this woman to be perceived as a white Eurabia resident of European descent. According to Maxime Du Camp, the character represented in the painting was meant to be from Abyssinia, a historical region of East Africa. It is unclear whether Du Camp, who often used Gérôme’s paintings as a springboard for his own dubious Orientalist musings, can be trusted to know the painter’s intentions. Nonetheless, a straightforward attempt to ascribe European ethnicity or the twenty-first-century conception of whiteness to the figure is dubious at best.

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    Like the Gérôme poster, previous AfD campaign materials have often used white female bodies to incite racist sentiment. A poster from the 2017 national parliamentary campaign features an image of a reclining pregnant woman, cropped so as to emphasize her broad smile and round belly. “New Germans?” read the caption, “We will make them ourselves.” Another poster from the same campaign shows two bikini-clad young women walking away from the camera toward the ocean. “Burkas?” it reads, “We prefer bikinis.”[13] Other AfD campaigns have often directly attempted to make white women scared for their safety. In 2017, an AfD youth group near Bad-Kreuznach in Rhineland-Palatinate, a quite liberal state in the west, handed out pepper spray to teenage girls and was overheard instructing them to use it “to protect yourself against North Africans.” In advance of the September 2019 state elections, the Saxony division of the AfD circulated a design for a poster that depicted a cowering naked woman with her hands cuffed to a radiator. A silhouetted arm holds a sabre. “Pepper spray doesn’t always help,” reads the copy.[14]

    The party also made use of several other old paintings in its May campaign, which was titled “Learning from Europe’s History.”[15] A spokesperson claimed that the campaign called for the defense of “common values” evidenced by “numerous motifs,” the phrasing suggesting that the AfD wants to use old art as proof of the timelessness of their agenda. Appealing to the authority of old art to legitimize current racist agendas is not a new strategy. The racial scientists of the nineteenth century leaned on the aesthetic merits of the Apollo Belvedere for credibility in asserting the biological superiority of the white man. The sculpture served as the paragon of whiteness in Josiah C. Nott and George R. Gliddon’s infamous Types of Mankind (1854). The use of high culture material is not new to contemporary far-right populist movements, either.[16] Even so, the AfD takes a peculiar, ironic approach to these images, which are used as decontextualized pretty pictures; the captions demonstrate total disinterest in the paintings’ historical meanings.[17]

    Nor do the paintings have a lot in common. Two sixteenth-century portraits of men made out of plants by the Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo are used to caricature Green Party members. The caption of a little-known seventeenth-century rendering of the decapitation of St. John the Baptist represents migrants as violent barbarians who should be barred from the EU. A sixteenth-century Flemish painting of two men handling money bears a complaint about Germany getting fiscally ripped off.[18] The indifference to context is almost mocking in its obliviousness.[19] The reality is that the AfD does not need historically accurate arguments or cultural credibility derived from bourgeois art objects to provoke fear.

    We can expect atrociousness from the far right. Seeing the party’s numbers rise despite (or because of) its vicious visual culture is terrifying. It is no less scary to see its rhetoric seep across party lines and get soaked up and deployed by purportedly moderate parties. In September, the German president-elect of the European Commission announced plans for a rebrand that included changing the title of the EU commissioner of migration to commissioner for “protecting our European way of life.” The president-elect, Ursula von der Leyen, is a member of the Christian Democratic Union, the center-right party of Angela Merkel, who herself has condemned far-right xenophobia. Von der Leyen’s phrasing recalls Littman’s paranoia and echoes Jensen’s word choice in his book Defeating Eurabia: “The crucial point is to stress that Islam cannot be reformed nor reconciled with our way of life.” Illustrations of pseudo-Orientalist panregional dystopias become especially dangerous when their logics leak into the casual rhetoric of the center.


              

    Iron Maiden to perform in Israel in May   

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    Notificación sobre el establecimiento de SBI PayKey Asia Co., Ltd, que ofrece servicios financieros en el teclado del smartphone   

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    TEL AVIV, Israel, 5 de noviembre de 2019 /PRNewswire/ —  SBI Holdings, Inc., una importante institución financiera de Japón, ha anunciado  el establecimiento de un nuevo Joint Venture junto con PayKey de Israel, SBI PayKey Asia Co., Ltd,


              

    Ecological House / Dan and Hila Israelevitz Architects    

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    The family who built this home wanted to create a relaxing, embracing environment which, while providing a view to the surrounding green, pastoral landscapes, manages to maintain a sense of privacy. The result - an impressive architectonic structure in which both demands were perfectly combined and met, enabling all family members to enjoy all aspects of their vision. The house, which is located in the northern part of Israel, is built on about 10000 square meters of land, 3000 out of which has been processed for construction (the rest being agricultural land). The built area of the house spans across an area of about 500 m2 and includes 7 rooms.


              

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    Is this Iraq's Arab Spring?   

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    Iraq is currently facing such an alarming array of economic, political and social problems that many observers fear no-one will be up to the task of delivering the much-needed reforms. By Stasa Salacanin | Since the beginning of October thousands of protesters, mostly young Iraqis, from central and southern Iraqi major cities have been voicing their opposition to the deteriorating economic conditions, sectarian politics and rampant corruption that plague the country. Indeed, the country has been one of the most corrupt in the world for decades – according to Transparency International’s 2018 Corruption Index, Iraq ranks 168 out of 175 countries. Protestors are also expressing their anger over high unemployment and the common governmental practice of political staffing, where sectarian or ethnic quotas rather than qualifications apply. The majority accuse the ruling elite of abusing public funds and mismanaging the country’s national resources while completely failing to meet the needs of the Iraqi population. But perhaps one of the main – and most surprising – characteristics of the October protests is the fact that the protestors are mostly younger Shia citizens who have turned against a Shia-led political establishment. While there are very few Sunni Arabs or Iraqi Kurds among the protestors, with demonstrations taking place in central and southern Iraq, where the population is predominantly Shia, there has been an increase in the use of national symbols. Transcending sectarian and ethnic divisions The sentiment is Iraqi; these young people are not demonstrating as Shia Arabs, but as citizens who are furious with the system which was imposed upon them following the toppling of Saddam Hussein and the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. How the unrest in Iraq will impact on the region remains to be seen, but it is clearly posing a major threat to Tehran. Iran's state news agency IRNA has accused the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel of fomenting unrest in Iraq in order to sabotage Iran’s ties with Iraq and Syria. However, many Iraqis including the Shia are less than enamoured of the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU), powerful non-state actors over which Bagdad has limited control, as many of them are heavily under the influence of Tehran. Among Iraqis, there is the overriding perception that their country is becoming a fiefdom for foreign political and paramilitary factions that many view as a blatant violation of Iraqi national sovereignty. Arab Spring in Iraq While the protests in southern Iraq in summer 2018 addressed similar issues, this time they are becoming increasingly militant and are not only calling for the resignation of the current government but aim to overthrow and change the entire political system.As the demonstrations appear to be leaderless and without a specific agenda, except for expressing general dissatisfaction and impatience with conditions in the country, it remains unclear, however, whether the protests will produce any of the desired changes.   Imad Harb, director of research and analysis at the Arab Center in Washington DC, writes that the protests "offer another example of an approaching, painful, and final collapse of the traditional Arab political order that has shown its impotence in addressing the myriad problems besetting Arab societies today." Furthermore, a commentary published by Middle East expert and head of research at Gulf State Analytics Giorgio Cafiero on LobeLog, posits that the recent unrest in Iraq should be interpreted in the wider context of turmoil that has been spreading all over the Arab region, as the citizens of Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Sudan express their deep dissatisfaction with their corrupt governments. According to him, "it is fair to conclude that the Arab Spring has reached Iraq." Can the government regain control of the situation? The government’s brutal response to the unrest and the high number of civilian casualties has put Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Mahdi under great pressure. Despite promising reforms and ordering a broad cabinet reshuffle, he has so far struggled to address the protesters’ complaints and instead continues to make blunder after blunder. At the beginning of October, for instance, Staff Lieutenant General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, widely perceived as a national hero due to his role in fighting Islamic State, was demoted. Then there is the ongoing use of live ammunition and tear gas to disperse the protesters, which could prove the final nail in the prime minister’s coffin. In such circumstances, it is highly unlikely that mere promises will be able to calm tensions in the country. What is more, the fragile coalition over which Abdel Mahdi presides has begun to crack, making his position even more uncertain. While it is hard to imagine that the current Iraqi government will be able to introduce any major reforms, since the prime minister is actually a hostage to the powerful political and paramilitary factions, Mahdi is right about one thing – in his speech after the first wave of protests he declared that there are "no magical" solutions to the problems. The problems faced by the Iraqis are so numerous and complex that many observers fear that no-one will be up to the task of delivering the much-needed reforms. Solving the social and economic crisis that is at the heart of the protests would require painful cuts to the public sector, which already employs over 3 million Iraqis, as well as removing subsidies for gas, food and electricity. Unpopular at the best of times, such measures would merely be likely to provoke more unrest in the current climate.  Last but not least, even though the protests are not sectarian in motivation, sectarianism remains firmly rooted in Iraqi society. Powerful political factions such as the pro-Iranian Fatah party of Hadi al-Ameri, the Axis party of Khamis Khanjar favoured by Iraqi Sunnis and the Barzani clan’s Kurdistan Democratic Party all aim to limit the power of Bagdad’s central government and are thus largely contributing to the impotence of the Iraqi state. We must hope that Iraq is not heading towards disaster along Syrian lines.  Stasa Salacanin © Qantara.de 2019

              

    Antisemitismusbeauftragter Klein bei Konferenz in Jerusalem   

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    Israels Präsident Rivlin hat Antisemitismusbeauftragte verschiedener Staaten in seine Residenz geladen, darunter den deutschen Vertreter Klein. Thema war die „neue Realität für Juden in der ganzen Welt“.

              

    Israeli Troops Abduct 4 Palestinians, Including Cancer Patient, from Bethlehem   

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    -Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) arrested on Wednesday four youths, including a cancer patient, from Beit Jala and Aida and Al-Izzah refugee camps in Bethlehem.. According to security sources, "Wafa", the Israeli occupation forces arrested Nawaf Ismail al-Qaisi (45 years), from Al-Azza refugee camp north of Bethlehem, a patient with cancer, and Mohammed Nader Jawarish (17 years) from the tables in the city of Beit Jala, and Mohammed Hamdi al-Masa'id, Ashraf al-Sheikh from Aida camp, after they raided and searched their homes. ـــ
    Israeli Forces invaded the Bethlehem district before dawn on Wednesday and abducted three youth and a 45-year old man suffering from cancer. The attacks took place in Beit Jala town, Aida refugee camp, and al-Izza refugee camp in Bethlehem. Israeli troops invaded the region with multiple armored vehicles and soldiers, […]

              

    EU: ALL Israeli Settlement Activity is Illegal Under International Law   

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    EU: ALL Israeli Settlement Activity is Illegal Under International Law
    The European Union (EU), on Tuesday, denounced Israeli plans to build thousands of new housing units as well as opening settlement roads in the occupied West Bank and stressed that all settlement activities are illegal under international law. “In October 2019, Israeli authorities approved the advancement of well over 2,000 […]

              

    Israeli Supreme Court Upholds Deportation Order Against Human Rights Watch Director   

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    Israeli Supreme Court Upholds Deportation Order Against Human Rights Watch Director
    The Israeli Supreme Court, Tuesday, upheld deportation orders against Human Rights Watch (HRW) director Omar Shakir for the occupied Palestinian territory for his alleged support of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. “Breaking: Israeli Supreme Court upholds my deportation over my rights advocacy,” said Shakir in a tweet.

              

    Protest in Gaza Demanding Compensation for 1,000 Homes Bombed by Israel in 2014   

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    Protest in Gaza Demanding Compensation for 1,000 Homes Bombed by Israel in 2014
    Palestinians who lost their homes due to the Israeli invasion and bombardment of Gaza in 2014 held a protest on Tuesday in Khuza’a, east of Khan Younis, which was one of the most heavily bombed areas of Gaza during the 2014 invasion. The people participating in the protest held signs […]

              

    Another Home Demolished by Israeli Forces in Silwan   

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    Another Home Demolished by Israeli Forces in Silwan
    In the East Jerusalem town of Silwan, Israeli troops demolished a Palestinian home on Tuesday on the pretext of it having been ‘built without a permit’. Israeli authorities have not granted building permits to Palestinian homeowners since they began occupying the city in 1967. In addition to destroying one family […]

              

    Israeli Forces Abduct 12 Palestinians During Pre-Dawn Raids in the West Bank   

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    Israeli troops invaded several parts of the West Bank before dawn on Tuesday, abducting 12 Palestinians from their homes while they were sleeping. According to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, four Palestinians were abducted from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem: Marwan Fararja, 18, Omar Emad Radi, Yazan Hamza al-Kurd, 17, and […]

              

    Israeli Troops Assault Schoolchildren in al-Issawiya; Abduct 3   

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    Israeli Troops Assault Schoolchildren in al-Issawiya; Abduct 3
    Israeli troops invaded al-Issawiya, in the eastern part of Jerusalem, on Monday evening and attacked schoolchildren, abducting three boys. According to local sources, on Monday evening, the Israeli forces stormed the village, deployed troops throughout the streets and began firing tear gas into the streets and residences. The also grabbed […]

              

    Prostitution reform should penalise sex-buyers - NCPE    

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    The National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE) has welcomed most measures in the proposed reform on human trafficking and prostitution.

    In particular, it commends efforts to combat human trafficking through prevention, awareness-raising and the strengthening of laws and protection mechanisms. The NCPE also welcomes plans to "decriminalise prostitutes" and enhance support for persons to exit prostitution.

    In addition to the measures outlined in the consultation document, the NCPE is proposing a legal framework that penalises sex-buyers, underlining that prostitution is not gender-neutral since the absolute majority of prostitutes are women and the absolute majority of clients, pimps and traffickers are men.

    "In fact, a defining feature of prostitution is power and control of men over women, which both reflects and reinforces a patriarchal society."

    "The proposal to penalise sex-buyers is based on the recognition that prostitution is a vicious cycle rife with physical and psychological violence, whereby increased supply creates more demand and, in turn, more need for supply, effectively encouraging pimps and traffickers to actively find and force more women into prostitution. Penalising sex-buyers would break this cycle by disrupting the sex market."

    It is to be noted that the experiences of countries that legalised prostitution were largely negative, the NCPE said. "For example, in the Netherlands and in Germany, where prostitution has been legal for a number of years, the sex industry grew exponentially and extreme exploitative conditions for prostitutes were in no way addressed.  On the other hand, countries such as Sweden that criminalised the purchase of sexual services, reported largely positive results such as a shrinking sex industry and a reduction in human trafficking. Other countries that criminalised the purchase of sexual services include Canada, France, Iceland, Israel, Northern Ireland, Norway and the Republic of Ireland."

    Moreover, prostitution does not only affect prostitutes and clients, but also society in general since it promotes and normalizes the perception of women as sex objects, thus reinforcing gender inequality and gender stereotypes, the NCPE said.

    The NCPE deems that the point of departure of any reform should be that prostitution has very negative effects on both the individuals involved as well as society at large, and that everyone should be in a position of not having to opt for prostitution.

    The NCPE is also suggesting regulation and enforcement in relation to massage parlours and temporary work agencies in order to ensure that these are used for their stated purpose and do not act as fronts for prostitution and/or human trafficking. Additionally, it is recommending that strip clubs offer alternative entertainment due to their reinforcement of gender inequality and the objectification of women.



              

    Comentario en Corean “Pito, Pito, Pito” tras llegada de José Abreu al 5 de Septiembre por Israel benitez    

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    Comentario en Corean “Pito, Pito, Pito” tras llegada de José Abreu al 5 de Septiembre por Israel Benitez    

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    Que alegria debe tener todo cienfuegos este si es un digno hijo de cuba, que bueno ver al gran Pito abreu

              

    Diputados insta al Ejecutivo a trasladar Embajada paraguaya a Jerusalén   

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    La Cámara de Diputados aprobó este miércoles un proyecto de resolución por el cual se insta al Poder Ejecutivo a que se traslade la Embajada paraguaya en Israel, de Tel Aviv a Jerusalén, como lo dispuso en su momento el ex presidente Horacio Cartes.

              

    RWJBarnabas Health is seeking a Neonatologist for Employment in Northern NJ   

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    RWJBarnabas Health is seeking a Neonatologist for Employment in Northern NJ Job Description: RWJBarnabas Health, the largest integrated health care system in NJ, is seeking a Neonatologist to join as part of the full-time faculty with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is also home to the Children's Hospital of New Jersey, which provides state-of-the-art care in nearly 30 pediatric subspecialties. The position is supported by a robust multidisciplinary team including: 10 neonatalogists, pediatric surgeons, neurosurgery and cardiothoracic surgery. This is a chance to work with 6 mid-level providers and to participate in clinical research studies and teach both residents and medical students. The position offers a faculty assistant professorship in addition to providing generous compensation, health insurance, malpractice, paid time off, and additional annual stipend for CME. Just 16 miles outside of NYC, Essex County encompasses beautiful suburban neighborhoods and top school districts, plus access to museums, fine dining, and great shopping! About Newark Beth Israel Medical Center: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, a regional care, teaching hospital established in 1901, provides comprehensive health care services to its local communities and is a major referral and treatment center for patients throughout the northern New Jersey metropolitan area. With more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers, the Medical Center has over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. It is one of two hospitals in New Jersey where heart transplants are performed and the only hospital in New Jersey certified to perform lung transplants. To learn about this and other positions, please contact please contact Amal Elmogahzy, Physician Recruiter at RWJBarnabas Health directly via e-mail: ************************ or phone: ************. Thank you! Internal Number: MD/DO

              

    Grupo Kass de Israel anuncia inversión de $500 millones en Honduras   

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    Grupo Kass de Israel anuncia inversión de $500 millones en Honduras

    Tegucigalpa - El grupo empresarial Kass, de capital israelí, invertirá aproximadamente 500 millones de dólares para impulsar diversos rubros en Honduras, anunció hoy el presidente ejecutivo del consorcio, Hanoch Kass.


              

    Transcript of Eliminating the Distractions of Modern Life   

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    Transcript of Eliminating the Distractions of Modern Life written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing

    Back to Podcast Transcript John Jantsch: Hello and welcome to another episode of the Duct Tape Marketing podcast. This is John Jantsch. My guest today is Nir Eyal. He is an Israeli-born American author, lecturer and investor, known for his bestselling book, Hooked. But today we’re going to talk about a new book, Indistractable: How […]


              

    BNI: What do English-speaking Arab Muslims in Jerusalem think about living under Israeli rule?   

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    BareNakedIslam posted: “Their answers to “Do you consider Israel an apartheid state?” and “Would you prefer to live under Palestinian Arab rule?” might surprise you. Perhaps Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib should have a look at this video. https://God.blue/splash.php?url=TwrohAp1jAhawkGUPjszwV6lWa6ehRYs0wYCQepwASLAPR93pti8oIAOnxV80KkXrvkMxiSzZSZ9N0GXF01BhnvN7gPLu4Af4cRONVc_PLUS_CY0_EQUALS_ ” … Continue reading

              

    Registered Nurse (RN) Cardiac Cath Lab (Days)   

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    Registered Nurse (RN) Cardiac Cath Lab (Days)
    Req #: 0000046186
    Category: Nursing
    Status: Full-Time
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    Cardiac Cath Lab, 201 LYONS AVENUE, NEWARK, NJ 07112-2027

    The role of the Professional Registered Nurse is to provide quality nursing care in collaboration with the medical staff and within the guidelines of the New Jersey State Nurse Practice Act. It is the responsibility of the Professional Nurse to implement the Hospital s mission and goals through established policies, procedures, and performance improvement activities. Implementation of these goals occurs through organization and administration of individualized age-specific professional nursing care to patients within an assigned unit of the hospital. The understanding of the principles of growth and development will be incorporated to assess each patient s age-specific needs and determine age-specific treatment modalities.Current NJ RN license, current BLS Heart Saver/Health Care Provider.Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    RWJBarnabas Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    Company Description:

    Barnabas Health is New Jersey---s largest integrated health care delivery system, providing treatment and services to more than two million patients each year. Throughout Barnabas Health, our dedicated physicians, nurses, and health professionals are committed to providing the highest quality of patient care and health education to the community and region.Barnabas Health offers a broad depth and breadth of services and is one of the leading health care systems in the nation, receiving widespread recognition for clinical excellence and patient safety. Barnabas Health---s network includes seven acute care hospitals, two children---s hospitals, a behavioral health center, including a statewide behavioral health network, ambulatory care facilities, geriatric centers, specialized women---s health services, and comprehensive home care and hospice services. Our 5,200 doctors and 21,000 employees deliver top quality care to 1.5 million outpatients, 220,000 inpatients, and 540,000 Emergency Department patients, and deliver 20,000 babies each year.We want our patients and their families to know that they can expect the highest level of care, delivered cost-effectively, wherever they see the name Barnabas Health. Each Barnabas employee contributes to a culture of responsibility, improvement, and quality at every one of our facilities, every day.

              

    Charge Nurse (RN) C4 Post Interventional Cardiac Unit (Full Time Days)   

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    CHARGE NURSE (RN) C4 POST INTERVENTIONAL CARDIAC UNIT (FULL TIME DAYS)

    Req #: 1799
    Category: Nursing
    Status: Full-Time
    Shift: Day
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    Post Interventional Cardiac C4, 201 LYONS AVENUE, NEWARK, NJ 07112-2027

    The role of the Professional Registered Nurse is to provide quality nursing care in collaboration with the medical staff and within the guidelines of the New Jersey State Nurse Practice Act. It is the responsibility of the Professional Nurse to implement the Hospital s mission and goals through established policies, procedures, and performance improvement activities. Implementation of these goals occurs through organization and administration of individualized age-specific professional nursing care to patients within an assigned unit of the hospital. The understanding of the principles of growth and development will be incorporated to assess each patient s age-specific needs and determine age-specific treatment modalities Charge Duties: Administers medications to patients according to hospital policy. Conducts performance improvement initiatives on the unit. Implements patient safety measures Maintains regulatory readiness. Insure the completeness of all logs and discipline employees with guidance from the Director. Initiates the investigatory process when presented with quality issues and participate in the disciplinary process. Conduct patient satisfaction rounds and provide immediate feedback to the employees. Provide shift to shift report utilizing walking patient rounds Current NJ RN license, current BLS Heart Saver/Health Care Provider. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    RWJBarnabas Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

              

    Lecture program with Reka Mathe (Hungary), 11-21.12.19   

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    Reka is Lama Ole Nydahl’s student, she will give lectures at the Diamond Way Buddhism Centers in Israel.
    These lectures are a great way to learn about Buddhism.

    The post Lecture program with Reka Mathe (Hungary), 11-21.12.19 appeared first on Diamond Way Buddhism.


              

    IDF troops filmed shoving, aiming gun at Palestinian father in front of child   

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    The Times of Israel reports: Israeli soldiers in Hebron were filmed Tuesday shouting and shoving a Palestinian man in front of his young child, whom they claimed had been throwing rocks at security forces nearby. The video, which caused outrage among Palestinian social media users, shows two soldiers pushing the father and cocking a gun […]

              

    Outrage after leaked video shows Israeli officer shoot Palestinian in the back   

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    Yumna Patel reports in Mondoweiss: Palestinian social media erupted over the weekend as people expressed their outrage over a leaked video showing and Israeli border police officer shooting a Palestinian in the back as the man walked away from the officers, his hands raised in the air. The video, taken last year, was leaked over […]

              

    Palestinian elections are looking likely, and may be spectacularly bad for Abbas   

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    Avi Issacharoff writes in the Times of Israel: The Palestinian Authority could be heading toward its first parliamentary and presidential elections in 14 years, something that until recently was not seen even as a remote possibility, certainly not during Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s lifetime. Since the 2005 Palestinian presidential elections and parliamentary elections a […]

              

    Palestinians seek economic disengagement through West Bank port   

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    Aziza Nofal reports in Al-Monitor: Hussein al-Sheikh, the head of the General Authority for Civil Affairs, discussed the establishment of a land port in the West Bank during a meeting with the private sector at the Ramallah and al-Bireh Chamber of Commerce and Industry Oct. 7. The land port would receive goods entering the Palestinian territories from Israeli ports. “There is […]

              

    PA seeks to protect rights of Palestinians working in Israel   

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    International labor officials applaud the Palestinian government’s recent decision to ban brokerages that “blackmail” Palestinians seeking permits to work in Israel. However, more work needs to be done, they said. The government on Oct. 15 issued a decision to ban the practices of these intermediaries, who charge between 1,500 and 3,000 shekels ($425 and $850) per month, Haaretz reported Oct. 23. Palestinian […]

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