Archive for October 22nd, 2017

22/10/2017

A New Start

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

21/10/17

ONE DAY the Israeli Labor Party felt that it needed a new leader.

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Uri Avnery

That happens to this party every couple of years. The party is in bad shape. It looks more like a political corpse than a living organism. Wanted: a new leader, charismatic, energetic, enthusiastic.

So they found Avi Gabbay.

Why him? Nobody is really sure.

Avi Gabbay has no visible qualities of political leadership. No charisma at all. No special energy. No enthusiasm himself and no ability to inspire enthusiasm in others.

After serving as a government employee dealing with the mobile phone industry, he himself became the successful director of the largest mobile phone concern.

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22/10/2017

Wrongful Rhetoric and Trump’s Strategy on Iran

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kathy Kelly*

14 October 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service –  Mordechai Vanunu was imprisoned in Israel for eighteen years because he blew the whistle on Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program.

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Kathy Kelly

He felt he had “an obligation to tell the people of Israel what was going on behind their backs”  at a supposed nuclear research facility which was actually producing plutonium for nuclear weapons.

His punishment for breaking the silence about Israel’s capacity to manufacture nuclear weapons included eleven years of solitary confinement.

Yesterday {13 October}, reading about President Donald Trump’s new strategy on Iran, Vanunu’s long isolation and sacrificial commitment to truth-telling came to mind.

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22/10/2017

Austrian Elections: The Crisis of Europe Continues

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, 21 October 2017 (IPS)  – The Austrian elections show clearly that media have given up on contextualising events.

To do that, calls for a warning about Europe’s future, as a vehicle of European values is required.

Europe has been weakened by all the recent elections, with the notable exception of France.

Common to all, France included, were some clear trends, that we will hastily, and therefore maybe imperfectly, examine.

The decline of the traditional parties.

In every election, since the financial crisis of 2009, the parties we have known to run their country since the end of the Second World War, are on the wane ( or practically disappearing, like in the last French elections).

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