Saturday, August 31, 2019

Trump’s awful Labor Day trifecta: Attacking workers, Social Security — and government itself

https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/trumps-awful-labor-day-trifecta-attacking-workers-social-security-and-government-itself/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1316

Labor Day is a holiday designed to honor America’s workers. Instead, Donald Trump continues to attack them. Indeed, his administration is in the midst of a stealth effort that not only attacks workers but also our earned Social Security benefits and our federal government. The long-term goals of Trump and his Congressional allies are to destroy the labor movement, wreck the federal government, and end Social Security.

That may sound hyperbolic, but it is not. Trump’s latest stealth attack is not only anti-union, it will eventually make it so difficult to access Social Security benefits that some beneficiaries (particularly those attempting to qualify for their earned Social Security disability benefits) never receive them at all. Others will eventually claim their benefits, but only after an unnecessarily burdensome process of visiting field offices that are rarely open and have hours-long lines when they are.

For Republicans, that’s all according to plan. Trump and his Congressional allies are intentionally breaking our government so they can turn around and say that it doesn’t work.

Trump’s war on workers is extremely well documented. It is perhaps best illustrated by his anti-worker nominees to be Secretary of Labor, a pack of wolves in the hen house. The first nominee was guilty of scores of labor law violations and forced to pay millions of dollars in settlements to workers he cheated. He was ultimately rejected because even many Republicans decided that they couldn’t vote for an ethically challenged nominee who was also an accused domestic abuser.

Trump’s second anti-worker nominee was Alex Acosta, best known for his sweetheart deal with the billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. His current acting Secretary of Labor is, if anything, more anti-worker than the first two. And his newest nominee for the job has spent his career defending businesses seeking to roll back labor protections.

Trump’s war on the federal government is also well-documented. His administration is upending the lives of career civil servants by telling those based in Washington to move to the Midwest and those based around the country to relocate to Washington. Just before the beginning of the school year, these workers have been given virtually no time to decide if they will relocate or resign. This is having the desired effect: Most are quitting.

The Trump Administration’s actions are intended to shrink government to the size where they can, in the words of Republican activist Grover Norquist, “drown it in the bathtub.”

Trump’s hostility to Social Security and Medicare is equally clear. He recently floated a proposal to reduce Social Security’s funding. Days later, he gloated over his intentions to cut Medicare as a “fun second-term project.”

The American people did not vote for these benefit cuts. In fact, Trump ran on a promise to protect Social Security and Medicare. This was a shrewd political strategy, given that voters of all political stripes strongly value our Social Security and strongly oppose cutting its modest but vital benefits. They strongly value our Medicare, as well. But as with his promise to raise taxes on the rich, to provide quality health care for everyone, even to act presidential, Trump has done the exact opposite now that he’s in the White House.

Despite their claims, the GOP elite’s hostility to Social Security and Medicare — indeed, to anything the government does to help us improve our lives — doesn’t have anything to do with the debt or deficit. It has everything to do with the donor class trying to avoid paying their fair share toward the common good.

Yet because Social Security and Medicare are so popular, Republicans know that direct benefit cuts will be impossible to pass into law, as long as all of us pay attention. That is why Trump and his Congressional allies are conducting a stealth war, using guerilla warfare tactics against our earned benefits.

One of their most nefarious tactics is undercutting the Social Security Administration (SSA), the agency charged with ensuring that workers receive their earned Social Security benefits in a timely and stress-free manner. SSA has suffered nearly a decade of budget cuts from Congressional Republicans. These cuts have resulted in office closures, staff reductions, and a years-long wait for disability hearings.

Attacks on SSA don’t just hurt the agency and its 60,000 workers. They hurt all Americans by making it increasingly difficult to collect the Social Security benefits we earn with every paycheck. That’s why all of us should fight to defend it.

At SSA and across the federal government, the Trump Administration is playing hardball. It has issued anti-worker executive orders. It has failed to negotiate in good faith with those representing federal workers. And recently, the Trump administration launched a new assault. It arbitrarily and unilaterally sought to impose a new contract on SSA workers. That imposed contract would effectively destroy the ability of the workers’ union to represent them.

The Trump Administration’s goal is to make conditions at SSA so intolerable that demoralized workers will quit in droves, taking essential institutional knowledge with them. This will directly affect the hundreds of millions of us who call SSA or visit a local field office regarding our earned Social Security benefits.

Federal workers are fighting back in the courts. Their Democratic allies in Congress are seeking to come to their aid, but they do not control the White House and Senate. The only way to protect the hard-working civil servants at the Social Security Administration, and thereby protect our Social Security and Medicare, is to make Donald Trump a one-term president.

Nancy J. Altman is a writing fellow for Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute. She has a 40-year background in the areas of Social Security and private pensions. She is president of Social Security Works and chair of the Strengthen Social Security coalition. Her latest book is The Truth About Social Security. She is also the author of The Battle for Social Security and co-author of Social Security Works!

This article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

Twitter CEO's Account was Hacked to Send out Tweets with Phrases like “Hitler is Innocent”


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's account was apparently hacked by a group called the Chuckling Squad.
The hacker posted a series of "offensive messages" from Dorsey's including racial fun and "anti-Semitism".
It took Twitter approximately 15 minutes to delete the "inappropriate tweets" from Dorsey's account, and it's still not clear how the hackers gained access. The group shared also a link to a Discord messaging server, but Discord deleted the server within minutes.
The hacked tweets were apparently sent using an SMS messaging service called Cloudhopper. Twitter acquired Cloudhopper in 2010 but the service is no longer available to the public. However Dorsey apparently used a version of the service earlier this year, though most of his tweets are sent from an iPhone.
Twitter said employees are aware of the hack and investigating the source. At 5:22 p.m ET the company said Dorsey's account had been secured and there was no indications that Twitter's systems had been compromised.

Taxpayer Money Funds Screening of “Why Don’t We Murder More White People?” in San Francisco


Propaganda openly promoting White genocide is considered high art in any country ruled by ZOG, which is pretty much every country where White people reside.
From July 23rd to August 25th the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, which is a public museum, screened “Why Don’t We Murder More White People” by Jonathan Garcia.
The film is eleven minutes long and was being featured on Youtube. Garcia’s film has since been removed, not by Youtube and its ADL censorship team (as they obviously endorse the message), but by its currently scrutinized creator.
The film, which I have not had the “privilege” of watching, is apparently “an examination of whiteness, its unassailable immortality, and how it permeates our daily lives.” I assume the anti-White idiot meant “unassailable immorality,” but perhaps he actually thinks that Whiteness will live forever.
As we continue to watch the death of black and brown people become normalized in parallel with the rise of white supremacy, this project asks-why isn’t the inverse true?
Actually, the deaths of White people at the hands of non-Whites has become incredibly normalized in our society, and we simply do not see such cases blow up in mass media headlines. Only very rarely are such anti-White attacks labeled as hate crimes. Regardless, isn’t it incredible that the whole film is dedicated to pondering why more White people are not being mass murdered?
Could you imagine a film titled, “Why Don’t We Murder More jewish People?” or “Why Don’t We Murder More Black People?” being funded by taxpayers and then screened at a public museum? This is insane!
In our Orwellian world, the man who made a movie investigating the reasons why more White people are not being slaughtered is actually a “Community Engagement & Inclusion Associate” at the museum!
The film itself features interviews with a number of different anti-Whites spewing their hatred.
Here are some of the milder quotes:
I’m angry at white people most of the time.”

It’s like, just part of like whiteness to be abusive and violent.”

Whiteness invades my life and my mind.”

You could be violent, and through that perpetuate whiteness. You could not look at your whiteness and be perpetuating that violence, still. Like, you could do nothing and still be violent.”
Some of the interviewees advocate violence against White people:
I think if you’re not supporting people of color and to end white supremacy, and you’re neutral, or you are that person that’s perpetrating it, then you shouldn’t—I think you deserve harm.”

I think that harm is radical. But I think sometimes radical is needed.”

And, sometimes I feel like non-violence is not the best route.”
The anti-Whites who do not advocate murdering White people are not concerned with morality, but refrain from doing so for other reasons.
I’m not gonna harm a white person, I’m not gonna murder a white person, ’cause I’m scared.”

I think the reason we don’t murder more white people is because they are protected, in a sense.”

You don’t wanna be violent ’cause that’ll make you look bad or something. Or like, make you and your community look bad. But, whiteness is violence.”

I think that we don’t murder white people because there is a thought process around, ‘White is Right.’”
The anti-Whites try to avoid being seen as genocidal maniacs by claiming they are seeking to eradicate Whiteness, not just kill White people.
‘Why don’t we kill more white people?’ is because it’s not going to solve any issues . . . . What we have to eradicate is whiteness. You know, this whole notion of ‘white genocide.’ We don’t want to kill white people. We want to kill whiteness.”

Whiteness should be, definitely, harmed and like, destroyed.”
This is the old Noel Ignatiev tactic. These anti-Whites apparently learn from the masters of genocide.
jewish supremacists are stoking racial hatred amongst a coalition of non-Whites and even a large number of self-hating Whites. We must expose their agenda and save our people from genocide.

Idaho Ordered To Pay For Pedophile Sex Offender’s Gender Reassignment Surgery

http://www.renegadetribune.com/idaho-ordered-to-pay-for-pedophile-sex-offenders-gender-reassignment-surgery/

By Zero Hedge
The state of Idaho has been ordered by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to pay for a prison inmate’s gender reassignment surgery.
Adree Edmo, 31, is currently incarcerated at the Idaho State Correctional Institution after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy at a 2012 house party. The same year, he was diagnosed with gender dysphoria.
For the past seven years, the prison has provided Edmo with hormone therapy. Now, Edmo wants his penis turned into a vagina – and Idaho taxpayers get to pay for it, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Hormone therapy has not completely alleviated Edmo’s gender dysphoria,” the court ruled – adding that his penis continued to cause him distress.
“Edmo testified that she feels ‘depressed, embarrassed, [and] disgusted’ by her male genitalia and that this is an ‘everyday reoccurring thought.’, and that Edmo had bought underwear “to keep, in Edmo’s words, her ‘disgusting penis’ out of sight.”
After describing in graphic detail Edmo’s multiple attempts to self-castrate, the court argued that failing to provide gender reassignment surgery at taxpayer expense would be a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. “We apply the dictates of the Eighth Amendment today in an area of increased social awareness: transgender health care,” the court wrote in its conclusion. “We are not the first to speak on the subject, nor will we be the last.”
They certainly would treat a prisoner with cancer, they treat a prisoner with diabetes, or other chronic conditions,” Edmo’s lawyer, Deborah Ferguson, told local CBS affiliate KBOI. “So, we have a medically recognized condition that’s very treatable and we have been trying to get her the treatment that she very much needs.” –Washington Examiner
Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) says that the state will appeal the decision with the US Supreme Court.
“The court’s decision is extremely disappointing,” said Little, adding “The hardworking taxpayers of Idaho should not be forced to pay for a convicted sex offender’s gender reassignment surgery when it is contrary to the medical opinions of the treating physician and multiple mental health professionals.”

This article originally appeared on Zero Hedge.

The World Heavyweight Championship – Riyadh Follows Israel’s Lead in Whitewashing Its War Crimes

http://www.renegadetribune.com/the-world-heavyweight-championship-riyadh-follows-israels-lead-in-whitewashing-its-war-crimes/

By Gavin O’Reilly
When it was announced earlier this month that the high-profile rematch between former world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua and his conqueror Andy Ruiz would take place in Saudi Arabia, the news came as a surprise but not a complete shock to sports fans.
Although not as high profile a fight venue as Madison Square Garden or Las Vegas, several high profile bouts have taken place in the oil-rich desert kingdom over the past year; English Boxer Callum Smith defeated fellow countryman George Groves in front of a Jeddah crowd in September 2018 to claim the super-middleweight world title, and former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan knocked Australian Billy Dib out in four rounds in April of this year at the same King Abdullah Sports City venue.
The magnitude of these fights pales in comparisons to that of the upcoming Joshua-Ruiz rematch, however.
Going into their original fight in June of this year, London-born Joshua was heavy favourite to sweep aside the then little-known Ruiz and retain his world heavyweight titles; in what was regarded as one of the biggest sporting upsets of all time, Ruiz would go on to floor the Briton four times before the referee halted the contest in Round 7 in favor of the Mexican-American.
A big-money rematch was immediately announced, with Madison Square Garden and Wales’ Principality Stadium being mooted as venues before eventually being settled on the town of Diriyah, north-west of Riyadh.
The staging of such a high-profile sporting event in the Gulf kingdom will not only allow the wealthy Saudi backers who procured the fight to generate a vast amount of money for themselves, the fighters involved and Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, it also gives Riyadh perhaps the biggest opportunity yet to polish its image on the world stage.
Over the past four years, the US-backed Gulf monarchy has been involved in a bloody war on neighboring Yemen in a bid to reinstall Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi as President; with the House of Saud’s favored candidate having been deposed in March 2015 by the predominantly-Shia Houthi movement, long accused of being backed by Riyadh’s main regional rival, Iran.
With US and British made weapons, and with the help of military advisors from both countries, Riyadh has laid waste to Yemen’s agricultural sector since the beginning of the conflict; leading to widespread famine in what is already the most impoverished country in the Arab peninsula, and the worst recorded cholera outbreak in history.
Although this genocidal campaign has received widespread criticism by international human rights groups, it was last year’s murder of Saudi dissident in exile and Washington Post correspondent, Jamal Khashoggi, by Saudi agents that most effectively placed the world’s focus on the US-backed Gulf regime.
Though this international outcry would ultimately amount to nothing more than empty rhetoric by Western governments, rather than the sanctions and military action that would have taken place had Saudi Arabia been a country opposed to the US-hegemony, the PR damage between Riyadh and potential business partners was done; Virgin tycoon Richard Branson suspended involvement in two Saudi-based tourism directorships as a result of the Khashoggi case, and the Future Investment Initiative (FII), a Riyadh-based high-level business summit, had several high-profile withdrawals in response to the killing.
Therefore, in a bid to improve its international image in the face of mounting international criticism over war crimes committed in Yemen and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, Riyadh pursued the strategy of hosting high-profile sporting and media events, a strategy that has recently been used by fellow US-ally and human rights-abuser, Israel.
In May of this year, the Eurovision song contest was held in Tel Aviv for the first time; similar to Saudi Arabia’s hosting of the Joshua-Ruiz rematch, the staging of this high-profile event was also done with the intentions of whitewashing the war crimes committed by the host nation, in this case, it being the decades-long Zionist occupation of Palestine and the brutal suppression of the indigenous Arab population that goes with it.
However, Tel Aviv’s attempt at covering up its war crimes failed miserably, with huge international attention being drawn to Israeli war crimes by pro-Palestinian activists during the contest; a stance that one can only hope will be repeated with Saudi Arabia and its war crimes in Yemen, should Riyadh continue to host high-profile sporting events such as the World Heavyweight Championship.

Top image: Vince McMahon, Turki bin Abdel Muhsin Al-Asheik of Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority, and Paul “Triple H” Levesque. Credit: @Turki_alalshikh
This article originally appeared on American Herald Tribune.

Friday, August 30, 2019

NY county’s Republican ad warns of a Hasidic ‘takeover’


(JTA) — A Facebook campaign ad from an upstate New York county’s Republican Party has been slammed as anti-Semitic and “deeply disturbing.”
Titled “A storm is brewing in Rockland,” the video takes aim at the large and growing Hasidic Jewish community in the county, the specter of “overdevelopment” and a proposed yeshiva campus.
The video, which appeared to have been removed on Thursday morning, features menacing music, the slogan “If They Win, We Lose” and a warning that “they” will “change our way of life.”
“Aron Wieder and his Ramapo bloc are plotting a takeover,” the video intones, referring to a Hasidic legislator representing a Rockland County town with a large Orthodox population. The ad warns that “chaotic development” and redistricting threaten “our” home, schools, families — and water.

“This video is deeply disturbing and should be removed and condemned immediately by the Rockland County Republican Party,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. “To clearly state that members of the Jewish community are a threat to families and our safety and that they must be stopped is despicable and completely unacceptable. Attacking those who are different than we are only breeds hate and makes us weaker. We must all stand together to denounce this hateful video.”
The Republican Party chairman in Rockland County, Lawrence Garvey, defended the video in a Facebook post on the party’s page.
“Regardless of your thoughts of the video, there are facts that cannot be ignored. This is not, nor has it ever been a religious issue. It is an issue of right and wrong,” he wrote. “For those not living in Rockland, it is harder to see a real and unique problem that exists here. The people of Rockland have become desperate for attention to the problems facing our communities and many live every day with the threat of losing their homes and neighborhoods.

“Anyone who dares speak up about overdevelopment, corruption, or education is immediately labeled as anti-Semitic without any concern for facts or without any idea of the true issues at hand.”
The Republican Jewish Coalition in a tweet called the video “absolutely despicable” and “pure anti-Semitism.”
“The Rockland County Republican Party is an embarrassment and has no place associating itself with our party,” the RJC said.
The New York/New Jersey office of the Anti-Defamation League said the “images and language of the video strongly suggest an appeal to anti-religious bigotry, which has no place in our elections.” It called on the Rockland GOP to remove the video and “work to understand why it is offensive.”
Rockland County, which is estimated to be more than one-third Orthodox and includes the Hasidic village of New Square and the sprawling Orthodox community of Monsey, has seen intense infighting between the burgeoning Orthodox population and local opponents over development, public school budgets and zoning.

Responses to the video on the party’s Facebook story ran the gamut from enthusiastic endorsements to charges of racism and anti-Semitism.
“Last time I saw a video like this it was in black and white and in German,” noted Josh Groll.
“I think if ANY group of people came into an area and overdeveloped it, changed the school system, tried to take over the way the area was governed, and changed the landscape of an area, people would be VERY upset … just happens to be Hasidic in this case … sorry, I don’t see it being anti-Semitic …” wrote Brenda Logun Sclossberg.

Moldova’s Jews feel an anti-Semitic backlash after a corrupt Jewish politician flees to Israel


CHISINAU, Moldova (JTA) — Given enough vodka, some of Shimon Katz’s non-Jewish acquaintances here usually bring up a name that has complicated his relationship with them.
That name is Ilan Shor, and it belongs to a Jewish businessman-turned-lawmaker who is believed to have fled to Israel to escape corruption charges.
For most of the some 3,000 members of Moldova’s Jewish population, including Katz, Shor’s Jewishness is irrelevant to his record of local largess on the one hand and alleged corruption on the other.
“Shor isn’t even Jewish in any sense other than genetic,” said Katz, a metal parts factory owner who has never met Shor. “Shor has renovated several churches but not a single synagogue, as far as is known. I don’t consider that man a part of the Jewish community.”  
Try telling that to his co-workers.
“Someone usually has too much to drink, and then they tell me: ‘Your friend Ilan Shor stole 10 percent of our country’s wealth, the thief,’” said Katz, who is a prominent member of Alte Shul, the oldest and largest functioning synagogue in a city known to Jewish history as Kishinev.
Shor’s story reflects the prevalence of corruption in Europe’s poorest country, but for Jews it has also lifted the lid on anti-Semitism in a territory that has seen some of the 20th-century’s bloodiest violence against Jews.

In 2015, already under house arrest for his alleged part in the largest bank fraud in Moldova’s history, Shor was elected mayor of Orehi, one of the 10 largest cities of Moldova, a nation of about 3 million sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania. He has since been relieved of his mayoral duties.
Last year Shor, a 32-year-old native of Israel, won a seat in Moldova’s parliament despite his 2017 sentence to 7 1/2 years in jail. Many believe he entered politics to evade prison over a $1 billion embezzlement.
Running on a campaign that promised to “invest in Orehi” and “build Europe,” he won the election in the first round with 62 percent of the vote. In February, his Shor Party captured seven seats, or 8 percent of the vote, in parliament under the country’s regional representation system.
In a January poll of 1,224 Moldovan voters, Shor ranked third most trustworthy with an 18 percent approval rating. It was higher than the one enjoyed by the previous prime minister, Pavel Filip.
Why do his voters stick with a convicted fraudster?
“He poured millions into improving their lives in a way no other politician has done,” said Dov Ben-Ary, an Israeli businessman based in Moldova. “It bought him a lot of affection here.”

In Orehi, Shor overhauled the public transportation system, replacing its decrepit Soviet-era clunkers with a fleet of new, reliable and air-conditioned vehicles. Using embezzled money, some allege, he even launched a new express bus connection to Chisinau, which is situated about 20 miles south of Orehi. It drastically reduced the commuting time and it is free – a feature that is greatly appreciated in a country where the median monthly salary is under $340. He also provided thousands of jobs and maternity stipends.
In Moldova, and especially outside Chisinau, extreme poverty is a palpable reality, beginning with the noticeable absence of young people – the country is believed to lose about 100 of them each day to emigration. Those who remain struggle to eke out a meager living, selling anything from walnuts to kittens on the sidewalks around bus and train stations.
Unlike other post-communist countries like Ukraine and Romania, where extreme poverty is partially mitigated by vibrant high-tech and medical industries, both are absent in smaller Moldova.

Shor, who is married to the Russian pop singer Jasmine, has been less than shy about advertising his wealth. He has flown across Europe in private jets and frequented the most prestigious clubs and hotels on the French Riviera. He also bought the Milsami soccer club, giving out free tickets to matches and upping the team’s professional level, and opened a world-class amusement park for children — the entrance is free.
Shor’s ability to avoid a prison cell has angered critics, however. They allege he has done so by bribing justice officials.
That’s not an unlikely interpretation in a country where “bribing a police officer costs $20, or $10 if you’re feeling stingy,” Ben-Ary said. But in Moldova, Shor “is not unusual in being corrupt. He’s unusual in that he shares the fruit of corruption with ordinary people.”
Sometime this year, Shor evaded local police while appealing the verdict in his corruption trial. He is believed to be living in Israel, which does not have an extradition treaty with Moldova. Attempts by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency to contact him for this article through his soccer team and on social media have been unsuccessful.

Back in Moldova, local Jews are left to deal with some of the consequences of Shor’s actions in a place that many view as a symbol for murderous anti-Semitism. In 1903 and again in 1905, dozens of Jews were murdered in pogroms in Kishinev that were triggered by the death of two Christian children and later by political unrest in Russia. Today the pogroms are widely seen both as precursors of the Holocaust and catalysts for political Zionism.
Most troubling to local Jews was how Shor seemed to highlight the vulnerability of Russian-speaking Jews in a binational country rife with tensions between ethnic Russians and ethnic Romanians. In 1990, those tensions led to a civil war that ended with the secession from Moldova of an eastern province, known internationally as Transnistria, where ethnic Russians are the majority.
Last year, a former Cabinet minister, Octavian Ţîcu, dragged the local Jewish community into the rift when he inveighed against Shor on Facebook. Ţîcu called Shor, a Moldovan citizen who had lived here since he was 3, “a thief” who “drinks wine and eats the bread of a country that has received him and many others generously, yet he curses us in Russian and considers us a herd of sheep.”

The Jewish Community of Moldova protested, calling Ţîcu’s post “hate speech use[d] as an instrument of political struggle.” Some took this protest by a usually low-profile community as a defense of Shor and led others to link Shor’s Jewish identity with his actions.
Shor’s behavior “fit into anti-Semitic stereotypes of hate, about Jews being thieves,” said Evgheni Bric, director of Moldova’s Judaica Institute. Articles about him online “invariably come with a cascade of anti-Semitic rhetoric in the comment section.”
“I haven’t seen such poisonous language in years,” Bric said.
But like Katz, Bric sees little evidence of Shor’s Jewish connections.
“Shor, who has been very generous with Christian causes, has declined to fund all and any Jewish initiatives pitched to him” by his country’s minuscule Jewish community, he said. Bric said he attempted to receive funding from Shor for publishing a book on the Holocaust-era history of Moldova but “didn’t even receive a reply.”
The joke among local Jews, Bric said, is that “the only time that Ilan Shor remembered he was Jewish is when he fled to Israel to avoid prison.”

Swastikas, “N-Word” (Nigger) Spray Painted on Arlington Businesses


Arlington police are searching for whoever painted a swastika and the "n-word" (nigger) on businesses and signs.
The painting happened in an area near E. Arkansas and New York Avenue in East Arlington. Many of the businesses in the area are negro-owned.
Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said the case is being treated as a "hate crime" and officers are going through the area to search for any information or clues.
"It’s clear to me that it was a hate crime and it was biased-based symbols and words trying to prompt a community reaction, in which it has," Johnson said.
One of the businesses tagged was a daycare center.
"Having to go into somewhere where they are supposed to feel safe and seeing this the first thing in the morning, it’s so sad," said one woman, who asked to remain unnamed. "It’s nothing we’ve seen before. It’s truly the most upsetting thing we’ve seen in a long, long time. I don’t remember anything being so hurtful and so disgusting."
Tiffany Jackson was cleaning out her car at one of the businesses hit when she saw the graffiti.
"Oh my god. I feel disrespected. I feel very disrespected," she said. "Heartbroken. That’s crazy."
The Arlington police chief believes the same person, or persons, is responsible for all of the graffiti and says detectives are canvassing the area searching for surveillance video and possible witnesses.
City workers spent the day removing the so-called "hateful words and symbols" from public view.
Mayor Jeff Williams says "more than 100 countries are represented by residents living in Arlington and is confident investigators will make an arrest".
"It’s like the United Nations if you go to the grocery store here in Arlington," the mayor said. "We’ve become an international city, and we want unity in our community. And we want to respect each and every one of our citizens."
Students at Sam Houston High School, about a block away, saw pictures of the "hate speech" circulating on social media before seeing it in person.
"I think it’s kind of racist, but it’s kind of childish too," said Kevin Vallejo, a local student with mexican name.
The police chief say whoever is caught will be charged with "criminal mischief", but prosecutors can enhance the charge to a "hate crime". The FBI has also been notified.

David Irving – Lies of the Nuremberg Trials


David Irving discusses how the Nuremberg trials were far from the just and fair political process most historians paint them as.

Wave of Israeli Terrorism Reaches Iraq, Threatens Regional War

http://www.renegadetribune.com/wave-of-israeli-terrorism-reaches-iraq-threatens-regional-war/

By Tim Anderson
Having launched hundreds of attacks on Syria, while Damascus was distracted by its anti-terrorism operations, Israel has unleashed a wave of terrorism through drone attacks on Iraq’s popular mobilization forces (Hashd al Shaabi), followed by attacks on Lebanon, Syria and Gaza.
In most cases the pretext is ‘Iran’, though Israel has not yet had the courage to mount open attacks on the region’s largest independent state. However, in the past, Mossad has assassinated some of Iran’s nuclear scientists, as detailed in Ronen Bergman’s 2018 book Rise and Kill First.
Washington’s state media (Radio Farda) reported Israeli leader Benyamin Netanyahu saying, after two attacks on the PMF in Iraq, that “Iran has no immunity anywhere … We will act – and currently are acting – against them [Iran], wherever it is necessary”. Most have taken this as an admission. It is the same rationale used for Israeli attacks on Syria and Lebanon.
Washington has clearly been giving the green light. In a January visit to Iraq US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hinted that Israel could attack the PMF. These forces, numbering around 150,000 and now incorporated into the Iraqi state, were key to the defeat of the Saudi-equipped DAESH/ISIS terrorists, after 2014.
The drone attacks on PMF ammunition stores in Iraq have been blamed on Israel, with backing from Washington. One attack was near Balad airbase, 80km north of Baghdad, another was in southern Baghdad and yet another near Amerli, about 170 kilometers north of Baghdad. Several people were killed and dozens injured.
The deputy head of Iraq’s PMF, Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, blamed “American forces”, which were said to have allowed Israeli drones into Iraq. Iraqi MP Karim Alaiwi, a member of the parliament’s security committee, said there had been substantial previous Israeli aggression.
Newsweek magazine (23/08) reported US officials confirming Israel’s involvement in the attacks on Iraq. The US itself has imposed economic sanctions on several PMF leaders and some PMF groups, those most closely aligned with Iran.
The Washington Times reported in March this year that the PMF groups were “perhaps the loudest voice arguing that it is time for the Americans to go home”. The Iraqi state has yet to demonstrate sufficient political will to demand this.
Nevertheless, Iraq’s National Security Council has since canceled all foreign flights except those approved by the head of Iraq’s armed forces. That includes US flights. PMF leader al Mohandes said his forces would deal directly with any non-authorised flights.
PMF units have also helped with anti-DAESH operations in eastern Syria. Yet in June 2018 PMF fighters in the border town of al-Har came under missile attack, as they were chasing DAESH terrorists. Both Syria and the PMF blamed Israel and the USA.
There is a substantial history of the US and Israel backing terrorism in Iraq. Since late 2014 there have been constant reports in the Iraqi and Iranian media of US military support for DAESH, in particular arms drops and the helicopter evacuation of DAESH commanders, to other parts of the region, including to Afghanistan.
A senior Syrian general told this writer, in Deir Ezzor two years ago, that while fighting DAESH/ISIS in eastern Syria he felt he was directly up against a US command.
Weapons and satellite intel have been repeatedly passed to the banned terrorist group. On occasions there have been direct US military intervention in support of DAESH, as with the September 2016 US and Australian air force slaughter of more than 120 Syrian soldiers at Jabal al Tharda, behind Deir Ezzor airport After that attack DAESH took the mountain but did not manage to take the airport. Deir Ezzor was liberated by the Syrian Arab Army one year later.
Syria remains a constant target of Israeli terrorism. The Zionist regime is worried that, when the Syrian Army finishes with the al Qaeda groups they will turn to reclaim the Syrian Golan, illegally occupied by Israel since 1967.
In the same week as the drone attacks on Iraq and Lebanon, an Israeli missile and drone attack on sites in Damascus was mostly repelled, but several Hezbollah fighters were killed.
Israel’s attacks on Syria, have always been backed by a ‘self-defense’ pretext, yet the zionist regime has both openly and covertly supported many of the terrorist groups in Syria, by giving them refuge, medical treatment, finance and arms.
In another provocation, two Israeli drones went down on south Beirut, one of them exploding on the Hezbollah media office, causing property damage. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah responded by saying: “What happened in Syria and Lebanon last night is very, very dangerous … I tell the Israeli army on the border: wait for our response, which may take place at any time on the border and beyond the border.”
The zionist rhetoric has been extreme. In April year Israeli minister Yisrael Katz threatened to send Lebanon back to “the Stone Age”, because of its stockpile of Iranian weapons. In December minister Yoav Galant repeated the threat, saying if war broke out “we will return Lebanon to the Stone Age”. Now they seem to invite large scale war.
Yet another Israeli attack on Gaza was launched, immediately after the regional terrorism. In addition, Israeli warplanes attacked Palestinian PFLP positions at Qusaya, in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. According to Israel’s Maariv newspaper, an attack on Yemen was also coming.
There has been no retaliation so far from Hezbollah, Syria, Iraq or Iran, but all have warned that a combined and devastating response is on the cards.
Some have linked the attacks to Israel’s upcoming election, in which most Palestinians will have no vote. Hassan Nasrallah told Israelis that Netanyahu was “a corrupt man who is afraid of the election’s outcome … [but] has no problems to trade on your blood.”
Israeli leaders have launched this new wave of terrorism, knowing very well that the Israeli regime could not withstand a concerted attack from Iran and its allies. They clearly count on drawing Washington and perhaps other allies into a regional war. That is a very dangerous game.

(Top image: PMF’s vehicles which were destroyed by Israel Air Force drone at Al-Qa’im near Iraq-Syria border. Credit: Twitter)

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