True North Humanist Perspective - September 2015

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Lia Tarachansky

A Jew reports from Israel

Brilliant director, writer of critical analyses in prose and poetry

Lia Tarachansky's documentary on the heart of  the Israeli crisis

On the Side of the Road is on the road

touring Ireland and the United Kingdom

Former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky looks at Israelis’ collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948 when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians became refugees. She follows the transformation of Israeli veterans trying uncover their denial of the war that changed the region forever.  Tarachansky then turns the camera on herself and travels back to her settlement where that historical erasure gave birth to a new generation, blind and isolated from its surroundings. Attempting to shed a light on the country’s biggest taboo, she is met with outrage and violence. (More)


Why Russia shut down

U.S. National Endowment for Democracy

By Robert Parry
Consortium News

02 August 2015       

The neocon-flagship Washington Post fired a propaganda broadside at President Putin for shutting down the Russian activities of the National Endowment for Democracy, but left out key facts like NED’s U.S. government funding, its quasi-CIA role, and its plans for regime change in Moscow, writes Robert Parry.

The Washington Post’s descent into the depths of neoconservative propaganda – willfully misleading its readers on matters of grave importance – apparently knows no bounds as was demonstrated with two deceptive articles regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin and why his government is cracking down on “foreign agents.” (More)


'The Old Jew' Bernie Sanders faces the challenge

of defending Muslims from race hatred and violence

Bashing Blacks, Latinos, Jews, and Muslims: Never again!

By Steve Weissman
Reader Supported News
01 September 2015

Donald Trump astounds the world with his casual American racism, while far-right and neo-fascist movements across Europe grow strong by hating others for their skin color, religious origin, or immigrant status. From the police and prosecutorial lynching of American blacks to Europe’s increasingly barbaric treatment of refugees, the specifics differ. But hatred is catching, and the destructive forces on one side of the Atlantic will inevitably reinforce those on the other.

Why inevitably? Think of the precedents. (More)


‘Beijing military parade is a defensive move

in response to U.S. policy of encirclement of China’

03 September 2015

The U.S. deploying so much of its overseas military power in Asia is no doubt a policy of encirclement of China, and the WWII victory military parade in Beijing is a defensive response to this aggression, says Richard Becker from the anti-war Answer coalition.

RT: About 30 world leaders attended the military parade in Beijing commemorating victory over Japan in WWII. However, none of them were the leaders of America or Western European countries. Should this be considered a deliberate disregard by the West?

Richard Becker: I think it should be considered as deeply offensive to the Chinese people, to the People's Republic of China and to the Chinese people who probably were second only to the Soviet Union in causalities suffered in WWII. The estimate is as many as 20 million killed in China. The assault on China by Japan was almost unprecedented, like the Nazi assault on countries of Eastern Europe and the then existing Soviet Union.

I just came from hearing – the National Public Radio coverage of this event that [was] going in and it was amazing to hear – this is the National Public Radio which is supposedly the liberal wing - and they said: “These strong men - Putin was there, and the dictator Nicolas Maduro was there; and the Chinese government had planned this to divert the attention of the people from the economic problems that exist right now, and in fact of course this has been planned for many, many months before that.” But that is the most insulting, degrading, mocking coverage even from the public view in the U.S.

RT: Do you think that by hosting such a large military parade, unveiling 84 per cent of military hardware never seen by the rest of the world, China is attempting to send a message to its allies?

RB: It is a very interesting – the way it’s treated by the Pentagon and the administration in the U.S. as if there is something wrong with China developing modern weaponry. They ask questions which are really unintentionally comedic – like: Why would China possibly want to develop such weapons? When in fact the U.S. has made a pivot toward Asia — 60 per cent of its military forces are in Asia now — their overseas forces...

RT: So what do you think about the parade? It’s impressive, isn’t it?

RB: Oh, yes, I think that it is very impressive, and it is an assertion not of an attempt to carry out aggressive warfare, but it is defensive. The fact that the U.S. has deployed so much of its overseas military power not only in Japan, but in the entire region and says that it is going to raise the overseas deployment to 70 per cent of its total overseas forces – has to be seen as extremely menacing to the people of the region. There is no doubt; there is no question that they are pursuing a policy of encirclement of the People’s Republic of China. The fact that China is responding in this way – there can be no mystery about it or no second guessing – it is because of the fact that this aggression against China is in full swing. (More)

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The closer you get to where bullets fly in the Donbass

the more the Ukrainians are inclined to a pact of peace

Poroshenko losing time as right wing discontent grows

06 September 2015

By Maksim Vikhrov
The Moscow Times

Last week saw the worst violence in the Ukrainian capital since the Maidan protests at the end of 2013. On Aug. 31 radical oppositionists accused the government of treachery for pushing through legislation on decentralization aimed specifically at the war-torn Donbass. They threw rocks, smoke flares, and even hand grenades at the police. Three people were killed and more than 130 injured.

Now observers are asking how much support the opponents of President Petro Poroshenko's decentralization strategy enjoy and whether they are strong enough to undermine his government.

The president's main argument is that Ukraine has to live up to the Minsk agreements to avoid a full-blown war with Russia. He has been a consistent proponent of decentralization — a policy of granting more powers of self-administration and language rights to the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. His plans have the support of Ukraine's Western allies, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the largest faction in the parliament. (More)


'Washington is infected with an anti-Russia virus

and lives in a dream world divorced from reality'

08 September 2015

Anti-Russian sanctions and visa restrictions only demonstrate a lack of professionalism by US diplomats, as it is not in the Russian mentality to give in to intimidation, the upper house chair states in a major interview.

“The people in Washington who initiate decisions are infected with an anti-Russian virus. They lack foresight because they don’t know the history of our nation, they don’t understand the mentality of our people or our traditions, they don’t know that one should never use the language of force and sanctions in talks with Russia,” Valentina Matviyenko told Izvestia daily.

She also noted that the origin of the anti-Russian sentiments of American politicians lie in the serious geo-political struggle and the desire to contain Russia’s development in the economic and social spheres as well as its growing influence in international politics.

“The USA wants to keep its hegemony through any available means. I have a feeling that they live in a different world, they don’t see or don’t want to see the serious transformations that are now happening in the global politics. They cannot see that no matter how much they want the world to remain unipolar it has already become multipolar.” (More)

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