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So much happening...
We don't need to belong to the UN:
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said Tuesday a probe by the UN Human Rights Council will prove Israel committed war crimes and violated humanitarian law during its Gaza offensive. ...
"We are going to cooperate with this commission when it arrives in Palestine," he added."We know Israel won't allow it to enter the West Bank and we will seek alternatives so that the commission can carry out its mission."Earlier, Israel attacked the man named to lead the inquiry, Canadian lawyer William Schabas, as anti-Israeli.
(Sidebar: yes, about that...)
This would be the same Israel that went out of its way not to kill civilians and this would be the same UN that rewards Islamist and other totalitarian states whose human rights records are decidedly irrelevant.
All it would take for the UN to crumble is one major player (read: donor) to withdraw. This toothless organisation baits democracies and coddles dictatorships. This latest outrage should convince every sane nation to withdraw immediately.
Reasons why ISIS and any offshoot must be droned out of existence:
(WARNING: the pictures and videos are quite graphic. It is maddening that not enough is being done.)
Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) set about destroying centuries old Iraqi tombstones and graves in the north-west city of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in Ninevah province, and their actions were caught on video.**
A Christian nurse from the Philippines was allegedly abducted and gang raped by up to six men from the militant terrorist group ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, in Libya last Wednesday.
According to a report from Shoebat.com, the woman was abducted outside her home and taken to an undisclosed location where she was brutally raped by the allegedly “religious” gang of men. The Philippines’ Foreign Affairs spokesman, Charles Jose, told reporters that the victim of the rape was released by her abductors after about two hours.
The incident comes just days after a construction worker, also from the Philippines, was abducted and beheaded by ISIS because they deemed him to be a “non-Muslim.”
|A child is about to be shot to death by ISIS.|
|Kurds carry the bodies of children who succumbed from thirst after being chased into the desert by ISIS.|
ISIS overran a cluster of predominantly Christian villages alongside the country's semi-autonomous Kurdish region. Tens of thousands of civilians and Kurdish fighters have since fled the area. Militants were seen pulling down church crosses and burning manuscripts.**
Related: Obama is a lying piece of crap:
President Barack Obama now says predecessor George W. Bush and his administration were responsible for the 2011 withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, according to The Washington Times.
Despite couching the "full removal of U.S. forces from Iraq" as the White House’s having made good on a 2008 Obama promise to do just that — it was a key talking point in his campaign speeches — the president is now back-stepping, according to the Times.
"Now, however, with the terrorist force the Islamic State running roughshod through Iraq, capturing key territory, slaughtering Christians and promising to 'raise the flag of Allah at the White House,' Mr. Obama has begun to adjust the narrative," Ben Wolfgang of the Times wrote.
On Saturday, the president presented reporters with the newest iteration of his story, the Times said, when asked if he had any second thoughts about pulling all ground troops out of Iraq.
"What I just find interesting is the degree to which this issue keeps on coming up, as if this was my decision," Obama said, according to the newspaper. "Under the previous administration, we had turned over the country to a sovereign, democratically elected Iraqi government.
"So let’s just be clear: The reason that we did not have a follow-on force in Iraq was because the Iraqis — a majority of Iraqis — did not want U.S. troops there, and politically they could not pass the kind of laws that would be required to protect our troops in Iraq. So that entire analysis is bogus and is wrong. But it gets frequently peddled around here by folks who oftentimes are trying to defend previous policies that they themselves made."
The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack wrote that Obama made troop withdrawal a key platform issue in his 2012 re-election bid, quoting from a foreign policy debate between Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Obama "told the American people he didn’t support leaving any troops in Iraq," wrote McCormack.
"Every time you've offered an opinion, you've been wrong," Obama scolded Romney in that debate. "You said that we should still have troops in Iraq to this day."
The National Journal’s Ron Fournier took to Twitter to mock Obama’s malleable position on the troop withdrawal, first posting Obama’s words in 2011, and then Saturday’s statement in which he denied responsibility for the decision.
Justin Trudeau's supporters follow the
Despite its success, Justin Trudeau says that a Liberal government would scrap the bill.
"I wouldn't keep the legislation in place," Trudeau – whose party voted against the bill in the House of Commons – told the Vancouver Sun.
"I would work with First Nations to make sure that a proper accountability act that would have disclosed any excesses we see, but is done in a way that is respectful of the First Nation communities."
While he didn't say what he would replace it with, the Liberal party's new star candidate Jody Wilson-Raybould – a B.C. regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations – suggested that salaries could be made available to community members but not the Canadian public at large.
"Of course salaries/remuneration should be disclosed to community members, and by virtue of that disclosure it is public, as the band members can do what they please with the information received," she told the Sun.
Trudeau's new edict isn't sitting well with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation – the organization that's taken credit for pushing this legislation through.
"We have heard some very heartbreaking tales from people on reserves who have been bullied, harassed and assaulted for daring to ask questions about where public funds are going in their communities," CTF Prairie Director Colin Craig said in a statement.
"The new First Nations Financial Transparency Act allows them to go on the Internet and view their community’s financial statements anonymously, without fear of reprisal."
Not only does Trudeau admire China's "basic dictatorship", he would remove what little power citizens have for holding their leaders to account.
This is what Liberal voters want. If they didn't, they would not even dream of voting for Trudeau.
Gee, why wouldn't Ukraine trust Russia?
Ukrainian officials said Tuesday that 280 trucks thought to be carrying humanitarian aid from Russia to the war-torn eastern Ukraine city of Luhansk would not be allowed to cross the border between the two countries.
Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council, said the convoy would not be allowed to pass because it had not been certified by the Red Cross. Lysenko also showed a covertly filmed video appearing to show vehicles similar to the white-canopied trucks dispatched from Moscow on Tuesday parked at a military base in Russia.
One frame displayed by Lysenko shows uniformed troops lined up in front of one of the trucks.
And now, Robin Williams, the versatile funny man, and Lauren Bacall, the smoky-voiced actress, have passed away.