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Glimpses of the real plight of Palestinians are finally making their way into the mainstream media, even in the U.S.
… FOR THE first time, perhaps, Americans are witnessing the suffering of Palestinian people in the establishment press. Even while the framework of “Blame Hamas” dominates mainstream media coverage, the humanity of Palestinian people is cracking through the decades-long, well-established façade of pro-Israeli propaganda.
And how can it not? When the actual experience of journalists contradicts the propaganda narrative, if they have a heart or a brain, they cannot help but see Zionist propaganda for what it is. This is possibly why Israel kept out foreign journalists during Operation Cast Lead.
Another journalist, CNN’s Diana Magnay, hearing the cheers of Israelis as Palestinians were being bombarded and somewhat horrified by the sound, said spontaneously on the air: “It is really astonishing, macabre and an awful thing really to watch this display of fire in the air.” As a trained journalist, she seems to have self-censored and substituted the words “fire in the air” for what she actually thought about the people cheering on: “scum,” the word she would later tweet.
Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum.
Despite the serious intimidation faced by journalists—in this case, threats to bomb Magnay’s car if she got even “a word wrong”—such pressure seems to be working less and less. While Magnay was called away from Gaza by CNN, a vigilant social media sphere combined with mass protests around the world has created a climate where if media institutions are to retain their credibility, they have to at least appear to be balanced.
This is the opening that Palestinian rights activists and supporters need to harness in order to reframe the debate. While our side lacks lobby groups, media watchdog outfits, paid trolls, disinformation experts and the vast financial resources of the Israeli side, we do have one thing going for us—the truth.
The demand for “strong borders,” coming from Republicans and Democrats alike, means more suffering—not just for immigrants, but all workers.… BOTH OF the mainstream parties emphasize border enforcement—from ever-increasing numbers of troops and weapons along the border (tellingly, the border with Mexico, not Canada), to a tall border fence. As a result of the one-upsmanship between the two parties, the mainstream debate on immigration policy revolves around different proposals for maintaining “strong borders”—not questioning the policy of border militarization in the first place.
As for Barack Obama’s proposal, of the $3.7 billion in supplemental funds requested by the White House to address the current crisis, one-third is devoted to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), including expanding the Border Enforcement Security Task Force program and doubling the size of vetted units in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
For her part, Hillary Clinton, the early frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, couldn’t wait to demonstrate her toughness on “border security,” telling an audience gathered for a CNN “town hall” meeting in response to questions about the child detainees: “They should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are.”
Clinton told Christiane Amanpour, “We have to send a clear message [that] just because your child gets across the border doesn’t mean your child gets to stay. We don’t want to send a message contrary to our laws or encourage more to come.”
… In a move that could effectively turn Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas into the main interlocutor for a Gaza truce, his umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on Wednesday formally supported core conditions set by the Hamas-led fighters.
“The Gaza demands of stopping the aggression and lifting the blockade in all its forms are the demands of the entire Palestinian people and they represent the goal that the Palestinian leadership has dedicated all its power to achieve,” senior PLO official Yasser Abed Rabbo said in Ramallah.
… Israel said it would only halt its Gaza offensive after laying waste to a sophisticated network of tunnels allegedly used for cross-border attacks.
A ceasefire “won’t happen before we really finish the tunnels project,” Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said.
During its first 14 days, the Israeli military aggression on the Gaza Strip has left a toll of over 500 dead, the vast majority of whom civilians, and many more injured.… Much less noticed by the Western media was that Hamas and Islamic Jihad had meanwhile proposed a 10 year truce on the basis of 10 – very reasonable – conditions. While Israel was too busy preparing for the ground invasion, why didn’t anyone in the diplomatic community spend a word about this proposal? The question is all the more poignant as this proposal was in essence in line with what many international experts as well as the United Nations have asked for years now, and included some aspects that Israel had already considered as feasible requests in the past.
The main demands of this proposal revolve around lifting the Israeli siege in Gaza through the opening of its borders with Israel to commerce and people, the establishment of an international seaport and airport under U.N. supervision, the expansion of the permitted fishing zone in the Gaza sea to 10 kilometers, and the revitalization of Gaza industrial zone. None of these demands is new. The United Nations among others have repeatedly demanded the lifting of the siege, which is illegal under international law, as a necessary condition to end the dire humanitarian situation in the Strip.
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I’m very skeptical about this. Last I’ve heard, CCD is caused by a combination of factors, and to blindly point a finger at one source without references just ticks my bullshit meter. Anyone got science to back this up?
I checked out this page on the Ontario Beekeeper’s Association website, and found a couple of recent papers on the subject (though, granted, they are against the use of neonicotinoid, so it might be a one-sided story). The general consensus seems to be (bee?) that sublethal doses of neonicotinoids cause changes in behavior and physiology which leads to colony collapse - immune suppression to make them more susceptible to disease, negative change in foraging behavior, abandonment of poisoned hives, etc - so, yes, it seems that it is a combination of factors, which are aggravated by pesticide poisoning.
Richard J Gill, Nigel E. Raine. Chronic impairment of bumblebee natural foraging behavious induced by sublethal pesticide exposure. Functional Ecology, British Ecological Society July 7, 2014
Chensheng Lu, Kenneth M. Warchol, Richard A. Callahan Sublethal exposure to neonicotinoids impaired honey bees winterization before proceeding to colony collapse disorder. Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health. Bulletin of Insectology 2014
Dave Goulson An overview of the environmental risks posed by neonicotinoid pesticides. Journal of Applied Ecology 2013
Jeroen P VanderSluijs, Noa Simon-Delso, Dave Goulson, Laura Maxim, Jean-MarcBonmatin, Luc P. Belzunes Neonicotinoids, bee disorders and the sustainability of pollinator services Current Opinion Environmental Sustainability 2013
Rosemary Mason, Henk Tennekes, Francisco Sanchez-Bayo Immune Suppression by Neonicotinoid Insecticides at the Root of Global Wildlife Declines. Journal of Environmental Immunology. 2013I’ve seen a bunch of “save the bees” post floating around tumblr, but this is the first one anyone bothered to put sources on.Thank you. (However I’m not going to look at the sources now, but hopefully I will remember to do so later.)
Not to mention that stopping the use of these pesticides is one of the easiest things we could control— if people were willing. It’s hard to control parasites and internal issues that the bee faces, but it is not hard to stop spraying crops with harmful pesticides.
Promote conservation with good sourcing and research! Knowing what to save is only half the battle, linking and knowing where you got that information is the other!
Support bees! They’ve been polinating this planet for a long time, and like the previous poster said, they’re one of the easiest things to control if people are willing.