On the 13th day of the assault on Gaza, Israel intensified its campaign with a ground offensive. The densely populated district of Shujayea in Gaza City came under intense bombardment.
One cop on the Enfield Police force stood out, Matthew Worden. Not because he saved kittens stuck in trees. From the Hartford Courant…
Enfield, a department with nearly 100 sworn officers, has had 26 civilian complaints in the past four years. One-third of those were against Worden, records show. …
Might this be indicative of a small problem? Chief Carl Sferrazza apparently thought so. Enough so that an arrest warrant was sworn for his own officer’s arrest after the beating of Mark Maher. …
It may well be a truism that it’s hard to prosecute a cop for a beat down, …. But what of the fabrications in the police report prepared by Worden…?
We were soldiers in a wide variety of units and positions in the Israeli military — a fact we now regret, because, in our service, we found that troops who operate in the occupied territories aren’t the only ones enforcing the mechanisms of control over Palestinian lives. In truth, the entire military is implicated. For that reason, we now refuse to participate in our reserve duties, and we support all those who resist being called to service. …
The Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip are deprived of civil rights and human rights. They live under a different legal system from their Jewish neighbors. This is not exclusively the fault of soldiers who operate in these territories. Those troops are, therefore, not the only ones obligated to refuse. Many of us served in logistical and bureaucratic support roles; there, we found that the entire military helps implement the oppression of the Palestinians.
Two Palestinian men were reportedly beaten on Friday by a Jewish mob in Jerusalem after it was learned they were Arab, Haaretz is reporting.
Amir Shwiki and Samer Mahfouz, both 20, have been hospitalized in serious condition after they were brutally beaten unconscious by a mob armed with baseball bats and iron bars…
Continue reading at: http://www.businessinsider.com/palestinian-beating-jerusalem-2014-7
Tor proponents often make a big deal of the fact that the NSA admits in its own internal documents that “Tor Stinks,” as it makes surveillance more work-intensive[ii]. What these proponents fail to acknowledge is that the spies at the NSA also worry that Internet users will abandon Tor: “[A] Critical mass of targets use Tor. Scaring them away from Tor might be counterproductive”.
Continue reading at: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/07/18/the-nsa-wants-you-to-trust-tor-should-you/
I saw Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, giving an interview to the BBC after Israel had killed more than 60 people in the Gaza district of Shejaiya. He said he regretted the civilian casualties in Gaza but they were the fault of Hamas. Netanyahu said Israel had warned people to get out. Some had taken the advice; others had been prevented from leaving by Hamas.
I was back in London for my son’s 11th birthday party by the time all those people were killed in Shejaiya. But my impression of Hamas is different from Netanyahu’s. I saw no evidence during my week in Gaza of Israel’s accusation that Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields.
A DeKalb County man claims police shot his dog and then wouldn’t let him try to save the canine’s life.
"No steps were taken by DeKalb police whatsoever to try to save my dog’s life," Tim Theall told 11 Alive on Friday.
Continue reading at: http://www.11alive.com/story/news/local/2014/07/25/police-shoot-dog-dekalb/13191011/
An Israeli air strike in southern Gaza hours before a humanitarian truce was declared killed 22 people, including 11 children and a pregnant woman, most of them from a single family, medics said.
Separately, the bodies of over 147 Palestinians were recovered from rubble across Gaza on Saturday, raising the overall Palestinian death toll in the 19-day Israeli terror campaign to over 1,000, the overwhelming majority of them civilians, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.
Meanwhile, the Israeli army said four more occupation soldiers had been killed, taking its overall toll to 41.
One month ago today, President Obama was congratulating Libya on a “milestone” election — even though the disintegration of the country after the 2011 US invasion was ongoing. …
Today, the US announced it has evacuated all US personnel from Libya. They piled into vehicles and escaped to Tunisia.
As a 12-hour pause begins in Gaza, residents returned to their streets and surveyed what was left of their neighborhoods. Eight-five new bodies were dug out of rubble Saturday morning, and ambulances were still trying to reach other areas in Gaza.