MIGA! (Make Israel Great Again), Assad calls bullshit, more war wins bipartisan support - News Bytes - 11-Dec-2019

WARNING: Trump to sign executive order on anti-Semitism - U.S. News - Haaretz.com

The executive order will impact universities that receive federal grants from the U.S. government. It will also endorse a definition of anti-Semitism published in 2016 by the International Holocaust Research Association (IHRA), and calls on federal agencies to “consider” this definition of anti-Semitism when investigating potentially anti-Semitic incidents.

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The definition has been criticized for being too broad and for including political criticism at the state of Israel as a form of anti-Semitism.

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The exact text of the executive order will only become publicly available on Wednesday, after Trump signs it.

The work on this executive order had started inside the White House in the summer, and was led by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, together with his close aide Avi Berkowitz.

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“The intention is to give the Department of Justice and the Department of Education the ability to say that anti-Semitism is a form of discrimination that falls under title VI, and so if schools and universities fail to follow through and take action – they run the risk of losing their federal funding,” one official explained.

The signing of the executive order will take place on the same day that Trump will host a reception for Jewish supporters and donors in honor of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday which will begin in two weeks.

While the executive order will likely please Trump’s supporters within the right-wing parts of the Jewish community, the White House said on Tuesday that its text was in fact based on a piece of legislation that had previously won the support of many prominent Democratic members of Congress.

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The bill was strongly opposed at the time by the American Civil Liberties Union, which warned that it “risks chilling the free speech of students on college campuses, and is unnecessary to enforce federal law’s prohibition on harassment in education.”

Trump to Sign Executive Order on Antisemitism

‘The Biggest Thing You Did for Israel’ Was Breaking Iran Deal — Adelson Tells Trump - Global Research

Donald Trump’s speech to the Israeli American Council on Saturday night in the presence of his biggest donors, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, has caused some shock waves. Largely because he referred to Jewish wealth. Here are some surprises from the speech.

In Wag the Dog Move, Indicted Israeli PM Netanyahu Moves to Annex 25% of Palestinian West Bank - Global Research

Interim Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu committed again on Sunday that his government will steal the entire Jordan Valley from the Palestinians.

The Trump administration has declared war on the Palestine solidarity movement – Mondoweiss

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that President Trump is on the verge of signing an executive order that purportedly cracks down on antisemitism at college campuses. The move would apparently allow the government to withhold funding from schools that failed to effectively crack down on discrimination. Trump’s move is undoubtedly being implemented to strengthen the fight against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Slavoj Zizek's ‘trouble with Jews’ may be a poor choice of words – but are you allowed to criticize Israel in UK media anymore? — RT World News

The words were taken out of context, he says. In the original, they followed a reference to French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut, who said modern Jews had chosen “the path of rooting” – and “the Jews” Zizek refers to are those trying to “root” on occupied land.

“The trouble with Jews today is that they are now trying to get roots in a place which was for thousands of years inhabited by other people,” he wrote in the original piece.

Zizek believes it's part of a wider campaign against left-wing politicians and intellectuals to equate any criticism of Israel, as a state, to anti-Semitism: “The anti-Leftist campaign goes on and on – an Israeli-based group uses Facebook to spread disinformation to more than a million followers around the world, singling out Muslim US congresswomen, Jeremy Corbyn was just rated Top Anti-Semite of 2019 by [the] Simon Wiesenthal Center (ahead of actual terrorists), and even Bernie Sanders is now added to the list of anti-Semites.

Congress must investigate why America was lied to about Afghanistan for all these years – Gabbard — RT USA News

Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard pledged to seek a congressional inquiry into the Afghanistan war after a damning report said US officials have been lying about what has been happening there since the US occupation began.

Gabbard, a military veteran who runs for the Democratic nomination on an anti-war platform, said there has to be “accountability for the lying” and the lives and taxpayer money lost in the longest military operation in the US history.

Video: President al-Assad: Europe Was the Main Player in Creating Chaos in Syria - Global Research

The President affirmed that what the OPCW organization did was to fake and falsify the report about using chemical weapons, just because the Americans wanted them to do so.

"Sin Taxes" and Orwellian Methods of Compliance that Feed the Government’s Greed - Global Research

Everywhere you go, everything you do, and every which way you look, we’re getting swindled, cheated, conned, robbed, raided, pickpocketed, mugged, deceived, defrauded, double-crossed and fleeced by governmental and corporate shareholders of the American police state out to make a profit at taxpayer expense.

Forget Impeachment! Washington Unites Behind Massive Military Bill! - YouTube

As usual, when it comes to the warfare/welfare state there is no rancor in Washington. All the pretend acrimony between Republicans and Democrats is thrown out and consensus is magically reached. This week another massive military spending bill was approved by both parties - even as we learn about a trillion dollars being wasted in Afghanistan. The empire chugs along...

FAA Denies Tracking UFOs; Publishes Database Containing UFO Sightings - The Black Vault

Based on the recent admission by the US Navy that it investigates encounters with Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs), more commonly referred to as Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), The Black Vault attempted to identify reporting procedures and guidelines for commercial airliners and sought comment from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). “The FAA does not track UFOs. Please contact The National UFO Reporting Center,” the FAA told The Black Vault in an email. However, what appeared to be a contradiction that statement, is the fact that The Black Vault discovered an FAA generated database which contains numerous UFO encounters, some as recently as March of 2019.

Mozilla removes site specific user-agent override option from Firefox 71 - gHacks Tech News

About a week ago, Mozilla released Firefox 71 to the stable channel. It brought with it an important change, a new about:config interface. What some users (including myself) weren't aware, was that the new version removed the site specific user-agent override option from about:config. And quite surprisingly, this isn't a bug, but actually appears to be done by design.

12bytes: It wasn't enough to stupidify one function (about:config), the M@M's (Morons@Mozilla) had to dump yet another useful preference which i happened to depend on when visiting addons.mozilla.org.

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