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The Digital Age

Digital Driver's License for Smartphone Coming Soon

November 11th 2019

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Identity and security solutions provider IDEMIA (Reston, VA) has announced that it has put the functionality of a physical driver's license on the smart phone.

The IDEMIA secure digital license is available immediately to Oklahoma license holders on both iOS and Android. Developed in cooperation with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS), Oklahoma Office of Management & Enterprise Services (OMES), and Innovate Oklahoma , it is the first and only digital US driver's license that is electronically verified against the state's DPS system of record and the first public launch of an ISO 18013-5 mobile driver's license in the United States.

"The Oklahoma Mobile ID fundamentally transforms the way citizens assert their identity, both online and in-person," says Matt Thompson, SVP, Civil and Mobile ID, IDEMIA Identity & Security. "This represents a watershed moment in user control of their identity information and ensures businesses and organizations who transact with the ID can be confident knowing the digital credential is accurate and up-to-date."

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Israel and the Gulf States

Israel and Gulf States Are Going Public With Their Relationship

October 28th 2019

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The Arab states of the Persian Gulf still don’t formally recognize Israel, and most have nominally maintained an economic boycott against it since before it was even a country. Even so, the business ties and warming diplomatic relations between the Jewish state and its neighbors in the Gulf have been an open secret for years.

Those ties will be unveiled with fanfare next October when Israel opens its pavilion at the World Expo in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates’ largest city. Participating is like setting up an embassy that will last only six months: Close coordination between Israel and its host will be required on myriad and mundane tasks, including hiring builders and planning ancillary events. It may seem like a substance-free event, but Israel’s presence among the more than 190 other countries is a clear sign of the Middle East’s changing geopolitical picture.

Normalizing relations with Arab countries has been a priority for Israel since at least 1979, when Egypt and Israel signed a landmark peace treaty following the Camp David Accords. In October 2018, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made international headlines with his visit to Oman, a small country with strong links across the Gulf and past relations with Israel. Read more ..


Progressive Anti-Semitism

Netanyahu Could Block Visit by Anti-Israel Lawmakers Omar and Tlaib

July 19th 2019

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While Democratic Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib recently announced they are planning to visit Israel in the near future, their entry to the Jewish state could be blocked due to their support for boycotts of it.

According to a report earlier in the week by Haaretz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has authority to block their entry.

While Israeli law dictates that entry can be denied to pro-boycott individuals, the Foreign Ministry can also recommend waivers to the Strategic Affairs Ministry and the Interior Ministry to facilitate entry when barring individuals would negatively impact Israel’s diplomatic efforts. According to the Haaretz report, Netanyahu will be tasked with making the decision related to Omar and Tlaib based on the “possible ramifications on Israel-U.S. relations” of the congresswomen’s visit. Read more ..


The Race for Drones

Protecting Urban Spaces from Drones

July 13th 2019

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Defense contractor Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA) and autonomous airspace protection provider Black Sage Technologies (Boise, ID) have announced that they are partnering on an integrated drone detection and mitigation system for civil authorities, critical infrastructure, and military organizations around the world.

Designed to defend urban environments like airports and cities against drones, the system integrates Black Sage's sensors, AI, and radio-frequency jammers into Raytheon's Windshear command and control system. The combined system, say the companies, allows a single operator to control a network of sensors and effectors that safely and quickly track, take over, or land drones flying where they shouldn't.

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The Tragedy of FGM

Female Genital Mutilation in the United States: Estimating the Number of Girls at Risk

May 15th 2019

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Female genital mutilation (FGM) is not at all like male circumcision. Despite the politically correct preference for calling it "genital cutting," FGM is usually far more than a mere cut.

It is a procedure that involves removing part or all of the external female genitalia (or any other injury to the female genitals) for non-medical reasons.

There are four types of FGM that have been identified. Type 1 is a clitoridectomy, which removes part or all of the clitoris. Type 2, excision, removes part or all of the clitoris and inner labia, with or without removal of the labia majora. Type 3, infibulation, is a narrowing of the vaginal opening by creating a seal, which is formed by cutting and repositioning the labia, and type 4 involves any other non-medical procedures to the genitals, such as pricking, piercing, incising, scraping, stretching, and cauterizing the genital areas (National Health Service, 2016).

In addition, a lifelong post-traumatic stress disorder routinely accompanies the experience of having been subjected to such pain and long-term suffering—by your own mother or grandmother, and traditionally, at the hands of a female butcher, or today, perhaps, at the hands of someone more expert.

The World Health Organization confirmed that this hellish procedure renders absolutely no health benefit and, on the contrary, harms its victims beyond measure and violates their human rights (World Health Organization, 2018). This practice is common in Africa, the Muslim Middle East, and increasingly in the Muslim Far East (Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women, 2019; Kine, 2016). Read more ..


Campus Hate

U.S. Blocks BDS Co-Founder Barghouti from Entering the Country

April 12th 2019

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Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the movement to boycott and sanction Israel, a movement which many backers hope will lead to Israel's elimination, was supposed to arrive in Washington, D.C. yesterday to give two lectures and to meet with members of Congress.

Instead, he's back at his home in Israel.

The Arab American Institute, one of Barghouti's hosts, announced Thursday morning that Barghouti, "prominent Palestinian human rights activist, was denied entry into the United States at Ben Gurion Airport despite having valid travel documents. We at AAI invited him to DC to participate in a number of speaking engagements and educational programs."

The announcement came less than a half an hour before the first of those engagements started. Read more ..


Destination Israel

Israel’s Tourism Triumph—Part I of IV: The Air Bridge

March 28th 2019

Edwin Black

The virulently anti-Israel movement known as Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions—BDS—is roiling through campuses, overflowing into city councils, encroaching into corporate boardrooms, and now chomping at the essence of Israel’s special niche in the world: its travel and tourism industry. Everywhere, the boycotters have been asking to isolate Israel. BDS even convinced Airbnb to stop listing Jewish locations in Judea and Samaria—also known as the West Bank (a term invented after Jordan invaded in 1948, when the UN’s partition suggestion failed to create two states). In Ireland, a bill advancing through Parliament may criminalize visiting the old city and even purchasing lunch or a keepsake.

Whereas similar boycotts against other countries have inflicted withering effects on national economies, in Israel—it simply hasn’t worked. The opposite is true. Yes, boycotters are busy demonizing Israel, but, despite this, Israel’s tourism industry has rocketed to a singular triumph and now employs tens of thousands. Flights are packed and new non-stops are being added across the globe. Even though new luxury hotels are going up as fast as the Mideast sun will dry concrete, rooms remain under high demand and are thus scarce and expensive. Israel has become world famous for creative cuisine and trendy eateries, so if you want to get a table at the most popular restaurants, you’ll need to book weeks in advance.

Travel and tourism to Israel has dramatically changed. It’s not just synagogue sisterhoods and Jewish organizations. Swelling up from Israel’s "Start Up Nation," world famous top chef culture, and hard-won penetration of markets beyond America and West Europe, as well as its sophisticated travel industry burnishing, the Jewish State is now a destination for the entire world. Traditional Jewish-American travelers from Miami to Seattle must now compete with Silicon Valley techies, Chinese students, Indian tourists, East European Christian pilgrims, and diverse businessmen from across the planet. The numbers are multiplying. Read more ..


Democratic Party and Israel

Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Refuse to Attend AIPAC

March 22nd 2019

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On Wednesday, the radically left wing MoveOn political organization released the results of a member survey which found that more than 74% of MoveOn members who responded agree or strongly agree with the statement that “any progressive vying to be the Democratic nominee for President should skip the AIPAC conference.”

According to Iram Ali, campaign director at MoveOn: “The influx of progressive candidates confirming they will not attend––even those who have gone in years past––shows how the momentum is shifting. AIPAC is clearly a partisan lobbying group that has undermined diplomatic efforts and progressives want no part in it.” Read more ..


Anti-Semitism Returns

When Europe's Jews Call Out anti-Semitism, The Response: 'Stop Whining About Your Holocaust Already'

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Last Sunday, during the famous carnival parade in the Belgian town of Aalst, a float featured giant puppets depicting Orthodox Jews with crooked noses and pink coats, sitting on money, Euro signs and money bags.

Behind the float, a group of dancers and singers, wearing the same demeaning costumes were opening and closing empty safe deposit boxes hanging in front of their genitals, which had no money but mice in them. The song lyrics played on the rhyming words kloos (deposit box), roos moos (pink mouse) and Jewish mouse (Joodse moos) and referred to "Jews getting extra fat." Read more ..


After the Holocaust

Ballad in the Key of 4G

March 4th 2019

Edwin Black

This is deeply personal. But what I have experienced should resonate with the entire Jewish community—the one we know and the one to come. In the whirlwind that seizes me and all who are communally aware, I have reached a new and stunning personal location, wedged between the searing past and the uncertain future.

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My story begins before I was born, when my grandmother Fanya seized her slender teen-aged daughter—my mother-to-be— Edyka, and pushed her out of the small vent at the top of a suffocating boxcar rumbling inexorably from Bialystok, Poland toward the Treblinka deathcamp. Together, they made the split-second decision that at least one person should escape. My mother became a "jumper." That day, she jumped into a hostile and dangerous Polish forest, was shot by local forces, and then buried in a hastily-arranged mass grave in the snow. Buried, yet one nearly lifeless limb protruded.

Teen-aged Herschel, an audacious forest fighter, came upon the area. Spying Edyka’s leg moving. He pulled her out of the pile. For two years, under cloak of night and by raw courage, they lived in the woods as brave partisans. They survived. After the war, believing millions of Jews had been killed, they decided to continue living as Jews, precisely because so many tried to kill our people. After two years in a displaced persons camp, they found their US home in Chicago. Their courage and determination allowed me to be born.

Growing up, I eagerly inhaled my Jewish heritage and love of Israel. With imbued purpose, I devoted my life to unmasking and addressing the hidden players and hidden hands behind the darkest evils and injustices. I adopted the identity of a Second Generation author long before the larger Second Generation movement developed its own national identity. Read more ..


The Edge of Terrorism

'ISIS Bride' Hoda Muthana Was an ISIS Propagandist, Not Some Brainwashed Child

February 28th 2019

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Lawyers and supporters of the woman dubbed the American "ISIS bride" portray her as a misguided, "brainwashed" girl who simply made a mistake. In fact, she was an ISIS propagandist and strategist whose innovative ideas proved to be operationally effective.

Much of Hoda Muthana's online activity disappeared when her accounts were suspended, along with some 125,000 others shut down between mid-2015 and February 2016. But the tweets that have survived reveal far more than just some harmless cheerleading for the Islamic State.

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The Edge of Terrorism

Vetting Muslim Prison Chaplains a Global Problem

February 19th 2019

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Preventing or even minimizing prison radicalization is always a challenge. It's more difficult, however, when we continually fail to vet the chaplains who minister to inmates.

Germany appears to have learned this lesson recently. Authorities there recently discovered that over 85 percent of their Muslim prison chaplains were actually agents of the Turkish government, the Gatestone Institute reports. Those clerics had to be terminated after the Turkish government refused to have them go through security checks, which are required by German law for all prison chaplains. And while the number of foreign-born inmates in German prisons has spiked to nearly 50 percent, the vast majority of those are from Poland, Tunisia, the Czech Republic, and Georgia, not Turkey. Read more ..


The Edge of Air Travel

Gigantic New Boing 777X Could Change Flying Forever

January 20th 2019

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Some of the world’s most prestigious airlines are on tenterhooks as the first flight of an aircraft that could change long-haul travel for decades looms ever closer.

Executives at Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airways, among others, will have their eyes cast to the skies this spring when Boeing is expected to fly one of its new 777X planes for the first time.

The 777-9, the first of the X family to be developed, will have the biggest jet engines ever seen, attached to the longest wings of any aircraft ever made by the Seattle-based manufacturer.

The 777X has been said to be the result of the very best of the existing 777 plane, as favoured by the likes of British Airways et al, and the game-changing 787 Dreamliner, which has been praised as one of the most technologically advanced aircraft in history, garnishing plaudits from passengers on BA, Norwegian and Virgin Atlantic alike. Read more ..


Campus Hate

Mixed Reactions After Prosecution Efforts at UCLA and UCI

January 17th 2019

Edwin Black

Organized disruptors–both students and non-students--who shut down a pro-Israel gathering at University of California Los Angeles in May 2018 might not be prosecuted, according to information from LA City Attorney Mike Feuer’s office. Instead, they will be called to a confidential but mandatory proceeding called a “City Attorney Hearing,” an alternative to prosecution which can be described as a “warning” not to repeat the conduct. One legal expert compared it to a “deferred prosecution,” but stressed a full trial could still result. Victims generally do not appear at such a hearing, the City Attorney’s office explained, and generally no criminal record attaches. Still, the prosecutor retains the right to issue charges later if he feels the illegal conduct has recurred or may recur. Los Angeles conducts hundreds of such closed-door hearings each year to dispose of minor misdemeanors arising from, for example, neighbor disputes, domestic disharmony, or curfew violations.

To the south of Los Angeles, newly-installed Orange County Prosecutor Todd Spitzer is still undecided about prosecuting rambunctious disruptors of a pro-Israel event at University of California Irvine which also took place last May, according to official university sources. Spitzer’s office has asked for additional police investigation to develop more facts.

With or without actual prosecution, the two incidents and the Jewish community’s response have potentially changed the landscape for belligerent disruption of pro-Israel events on California campuses, which last year arguably yielded some of the most pernicious in the nation. Those involved in the two California events—the affected students and the Jewish communal groups who rose to invoke prosecutions—expressed a range of reactions as to whether justice has been minimally obtained or seriously delayed. Read more ..


Iran on Edge

Iran's Official Figures Indicate Alarming Unemployment Rate Later This Year

January 10th 2019

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The official unemployment rate has reached 27 percent among young Iranians and over 40 percent among university graduates, says Omid Ali Parsai, chairman of the Iranian Statistical Center.

Parsai added that some 550 thousand jobs have been created in Iran during the first nine months of the current Iranian year which started on March 21, 2018. However, the country lags behind in terms of creating employment opportunities as the projected figure for the number of jobs needed annually is 900 thousands, said the chief statistician.

The official Iranians figures seem barely convincing. Iran’s methodology in estimating the number of people with jobs is to count one hour of work per week as employment. But this is not the only reason why unemployment figures released by Iranian officials are less than reliable.

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International Law on Efge

Electing the Palestinian Authority’s Attorney-General to the ICC’s Nominations Committee for Judges

December 26th 2018

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The election of the Palestinian Attorney-General, Dr. Ahmad Barrak, to serve as a member of the “Advisory Committee on Nominations” of judges of the International Criminal Court, if it were not so serious, could be seen as comical. It cannot but invoke the ancient Latin maxim “ovem lupo commitere,” or in its literal and colloquial version “to set the wolf to guard the sheep.”

This perhaps sums up the acute absurdity to which respected international institutions in the international community, and particularly the United Nations and the International Criminal Court, have descended. Sadly, they have permitted themselves to be abused and manipulated by an irresponsible Palestinian leadership, intent on hijacking international organizations for obvious and blatant political purposes. 

However, the election of a Palestinian representative to the judges’ Nominations Committee, as unwise and ill-advised as it may be, is indicative of a far wider and more serious problem facing the International Criminal Court, with the admission of what purports to be “The State of Palestine” as a party to its Statute.

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American Jewry on Edge

Why the Majority of American Jews Feel Alienated From Israel

December 18th 2018

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The very sad truth is that a large part of American Jewry has decided not to educate their children and grandchildren to be Jewish in any shape or form. This reality sits at the heart of the present divide between these American Jews and the State of Israel.

As someone who has been involved in centrist, Orthodox Zionist education for close to four decades, I have seen the results when Jewish children receive this education; they almost always maintain their religious identities. They overwhelmingly affiliate with Judaism, mitzvot, torah, Jewish holidays, values, etc. This also includes being connected to Israel on multiple levels. But if a population has almost no knowledge of Judaism, its history, or its values — is it any surprise that they feel “alienated” from the Jewish state? These non-affiliated Jews have been brought up to be citizens of the world, and many are liberal and progressive. In my view, those political ideologies clash with Judaism’s ideas and values, and especially its idea of nationhood and nationalism. Their alienation is not a function of a certain government in Israel or a certain politician.

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Broken Borders

Leftist Calling for $50K Compensation to Migrants has a Terrorist Past

December 13th 2018

Amnesty Applicants

Alfonso Guerrero Ulloa, a political activist from Honduras, is calling on the government of the United States to either allow thousands of asylum seekers and other migrants admission into the country or pay them each to go home. “It may seem like a lot of money to you,” Ulloa told the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper. “But it is a small sum compared to everything the United States has stolen from Honduras.”

Guerrero Ulloa was once a suspect in a 1987 bombing that wounded five American servicemen in Honduras. Following the bombing, according to a UPI report, Guerrero Ulloa was granted asylum in the Mexican embassy, which led American diplomats to issue a protest to Mexico. Read more ..


The Digital Age

OMG! California wants to Tax Text messaging?

December 12th 2018

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Texting your sweetheart that you’re on your way home? California may soon charge you for that.

This is no LOL matter, critics say.

State regulators have been ginning up a scheme to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor. The wireless industry and business groups have been working to defeat the proposal, now scheduled for a vote next month by the California Public Utilities Commission.

“It’s a dumb idea,” said Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council business-sponsored advocacy group. “This is how conversations take place in this day and age, and it’s almost like saying there should be a tax on the conversations we have.”

It’s unclear how much individual consumers would be asked to pay their wireless carrier for texting services under the proposal. But it likely would be billed as a flat surcharge per customer — one of those irksome fees at the bottom of your wireless bill — not a fee per text.

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AirBnB on Edge

SF fines Airbnb Landlords $2.25 Million for Illegal Rentals

November 23rd 2018

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Airbnb crime doesn’t pay.

That’s the message San Francisco wants to send after a well-heeled couple who turned 14 city apartments into illegal hotels through the vacation-rental service agreed to a $2.25 million settlement.

Darren and Valerie Lee agreed to pay that amount for penalties and investigation costs. In addition, they are barred for at least seven years from offering short-term rentals in any of the 17 San Francisco buildings they own or manage. The couple had to pledge their real estate as collateral to make sure they pay the fine and comply with the injunction, which was approved Monday in San Francisco Superior Court.

“The serious financial penalty is an important deterrent,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement. “It sends a clear message to those looking to illegally profit off of San Francisco’s housing crisis: Don’t try it. We will catch you.” Read more ..


Campus Antisemitism

Brandeis Center Trains Law Students to Combat Upsurge of anti-Jewish Groups

November 3rd 2018

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The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law, in conjunction with Hasbara Fellowships, launched the JIGSAW Initiative on Friday, which the two civil rights organizations herald as pilot programs to train law students in combatting and preventing resurgent anti-Semitism. The Brandeis Center has been working with legal experts to develop the JIGSAW Initiative curriculum for months and has begun accepting applications. "As the tragic and horrific events in Pittsburgh made abundantly clear, anti-Semitism is escalating at a frightening rate in the U.S.," said attorney Alyza D. Lewin on Friday.

As president and general counsel of the center, Lewin said, "We must reverse this rising tide of anti-Semitism and ethnic racism, and there is no substitute for legal action. By properly training a select team of law students to work with undergraduates and utilize specific legal tools and strategy, we can begin to take the offensive in this battle." Read more ..


Vote 2018

Democrats Accused of Registering Illegal Voters in Texas

October 20th 2018

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The Public Interest Legal Foundation filed complaints in a Texas court that charge the Texas Democratic Party has been providing pre-filled voting applications to non-citizens where the box for citizens is checked "yes." The letter is marked “Urgent! Your voter registration deadline is October 9.” “Your voter registration application is inside. Complete, sign and return it today!” it goes on to say.

The questions: “Are you a United States Citizen?” and “Will you be 18 years of age on or before election day?” were already marked ‘Yes’ in each instance. 

On Thursday, PILF -- an advocacy law firm -- included a signed affidavit from a witness that several of his non-citizen relatives received the mailing. PILF informed the the U.S. Department of Justice and local district attorneys.  Read more ..


India on Edge

Dalit Christian Hacked to Death by Hitman Hired by Father of Upper-Caste Bride

September 30th 2018

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Seven people were arrested Tuesday in the Indian state of Telangana in connection with the killing of a low-caste Christian man who married an upper-caste woman.

Pranay Kumar, 23, was reportedly hacked to death last Friday as he walked out of a hospital in the Nalgonda district with his pregnant wife, Amrutha Varshini.

Varshini belonged to the third-highest caste community in Hindu society, while Kumar is part of India's low-ranking Dalit caste.

The couple was married in January. Amrutha's father, Maruti Rao, was among the men arrested for Kumar's murder. Nalgonda Police Chief A.V. Ranganath told the media that the murder appears to be a contract killing. Read more ..


The Edge of Healthcare

American Pediatricians Release Guidelines On Child Gender Identity

September 20th 2018

Autism

On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics released guidelines to physicians and parents to accept the preferred gender identity of their children. Titled “Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents,” the AAP statement calls on healthcare providers to be “gender-affirming” when children do not recognize the sex they were born with. The guidelines contend that some cases may merit “surgical intervention” and gonadotrophin-releasing hormones to delay puberty onto the age of 16 years so as to prevent adolescents from developing sexual characteristics such as breasts and a deeper voice.

The AAP wants to eliminate discrimination and stigma associated with “youth who do not conform to social expectations and norms regarding gender.” The group also called for family members of minors experiencing gender dysphoria to receive counseling. Read more ..


Digital Rights

Facebook bans 'WalkAway' founder because of Alex Jones link

September 13th 2018

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Brandon Straka, a former Democrat who founded the #WalkAway movement to lead his followers into the Republican camp, tweeted that Facebook has suspended his account for 30 days. Straka announced on Twitter that he is facing a temporary ban on Facebook while he is planning a #WalkAway March on Washington in October. He plans to rally disgruntled former Democrats to show support for President Donald Trump. “Facebook just banned me,” Straka wrote on Twitter. “I have been banned from posting, leading up to the March.” He said that this has “devastated” his efforts to reach people in advance of the #WalkAway March. “I was banned for mentioning my interview with Alex Jones. Can anybody help???” he tweeted on Wednesday.

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Democracy on Edge

Sen. Grassley Rebuts Democrats' Claim of No Access to Judge Kavanaugh Records

September 5th 2018

Capitol Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh was marred by radicals who interrupted the solemn proceedings with shouts and chanting. Among the screaming leftists was Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, who was arrested by U.S. Capitol Police. Radical women dressed in the costumes associated with the erotic feminist movie “The Handmaid's Tale” were also on hand to protest the Supreme Court nominee’s alleged "extremism."

Also, during the midst of questioning by Democrats opposed to Judge Kavanaugh, his wife, Ashley, rushed their two daughters Margaret, 13, and Elizabeth, 10, out of the chamber. According to The Washington Examiner, the girls were rushed out by their mother because “the hearing got 'hot.'" It took but seconds for Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) at its commencement to interrupt the hearing and demand adjournment. The proceedings declined from there while Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee interrupted proceedings nearly 60 times. Read more ..


Campus Hate

New York University on Notice from Brandeis Center to Act on anti-Jewish Discriminatory Statement

August 21st 2018

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Human rights advocates are awaiting a response from New York University President Andrew Hamilton after writing letters urging him to take firm action regarding what the advocates regard as a discriminatory joint statement issued in April by 53 NYU campus student groups. On Monday, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB), StandWithUs (SWU), and Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) wrote a follow-up on three earlier letters sent to Hamilton by the organizations. While the letter acknowledges that the NYU administration has condemned the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (“BDS”) movement on campus, it points out that NYU has failed to adequately condemn the discriminatory statement or address
the effect that the biased rhetoric has had on NYU’s campus community. Read more ..


The Digital Age

Facebook Censors Patriotic Country Song

July 5th 2018

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Nashville-based Wes Cook Band on Monday wrote that the social media giant had prevented them from promoting their song, “I Stand for the Flag,” using the platform’s paid ads tool due to its political message, InfoWars reports.

“Our paid FB ads were denied and our reach thereby censored because this video contains ‘political content’. We believe Patriotism is not Political!” the band said in a Facebook post.

The song’s lyrics rally people of all walks of life to unite behind Old Glory, stating, “Don’t care if you’re black or white or who you love, I stand for the Flag, and the Flag stands for all of us.” Read more ..


Campus Hate

UCLA Students File Criminal Complaints Against anti-Israel Disruptors

June 13th 2018

Edwin Black

Criminal complaints are now being filed by students following the belligerent disruption of a May 17, 2018 Students Supporting Israel [SSI] event at University of California Los Angeles. At least a half-dozen students announced they would visit the UCLA police department to file formal complaints reporting criminal disruption of a meeting, as well as disturbing the peace and conspiracy.

 

The move follows media disclosures that the UCLA was reneging on the public pledge by two chancellors in the Daily Bruin —bolstered by a statement for the record by a university spokesman — to refer the belligerent May 17 incident to prosecutors.

 

The disruption and nose-to-nose intimidation of the students attending the May 17 SSI event at UCLA was documented in a video, beginning at minute 41. Read more ..


Broken Borders

Mexican National Indicted for Impersonating American Citizen and Voting

May 17th 2018

Vote Buttons

Laura Janeth Garza, 38, was indicted last week in Harris County, Texas, on two counts of illegal voting. Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Monday that his office will prosecute Garza, who is a Mexican national. Houston is located in Harris County.

The Texas attorney general’s office alleges that Garza (a.k.a. Angie Yadira Zamora)  illegally registered to vote in Harris County after stealing the identity of a U.S. citizen. Garza was found out by authorities when the victim of the identity theft applied for a U.S. passport and discovered that one had been issued in her name to another person.

According to Paxton’s office, Garza voted in 2004, 2012 and 2016. Garza stands charged with ineligible voting and voter impersonation in the November 2016 election. Under federal law, she could be deported for either charge. On Monday, Garza was being held at the Montgomery County jail with bail set at $150,000. Garza could get 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.

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The Finer Things

Macallan 1926 Scotch Fetch Record $1.2m

April 29th 2018

Sand Clock at Sunset

Two rare bottles of Macallan 1926 single malt whisky have set a new world record after they were sold by Dubai Airport retailer Le Clos for US$1.2m.

The bottles, with labels designed by artists Sir Peter Blake and Valerio Adami, were bought by an international businessman for his private collection for US$600,000 each, setting a new record for the most expensive pair of whisky bottles sold.

The spirit was distilled at Macallan in 1926 and matured for 60 years in ex-Sherry casks before being bottled and released in 1986.

Of the 40 bottles produced, Sir Peter Blake – the pop artist famed for designing the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover for The Beatles – and Italian graphic artist Valerio Adami designed the labels for 12 bottles each.

These were originally offered as corporate gifts to Macallan’s most valued customers, but have since become some of the most sought-after bottles by whisky collectors.

‘These represent some of the most exclusive bottles ever produced, making this an iconic sale that will be remembered worldwide for years to come,’ said Geoff Kirk, Macallan’s director of prestige.

‘It is incredibly rare for The Macallan 1926 to be made available for purchase, and the sale offers whisky connoisseurs the chance to secure historic bottles emblematic of 20th-century pop culture.’

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The Digital Age

Facebook Bans Frontpage Editor Jamie Glazov For Reporting a Muslim’s Threat

April 17th 2018

Frustrated computer user

Facebook has banned Frontpage Editor and Glazov Gang host Jamie Glazov for seven days. Jamie's crime is posting/reporting on his Facebook page a physical threat that was made to him personally on his FB page by a member of the Religion of Peace.

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, a certain Muhammad Irfan Ayoub started commenting on Jamie's page, rebuking him for daring to bring attention to the persecution of women and girls under Sharia and telling Jamie to convert to Islam. As the exchange ensued over various aspects of Islam, and as Jamie made clear he did not want to convert, Ayoub made it evident that there would be punishment and that "Allah will defeat you." Jamie inquired how this punishment from Allah was synonymous with Islam being a Religion of Peace -- which Ayoub contested Islam to be. Read more ..


The Edge of Health

NYC Health Officials Said to Show 86 Percent of TB Cases Among Immigrants

March 29th 2018

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In 2017, reported cases of deadly tuberculosis rose by an unexpected 10 percent in New York City. According to the city’s health department, it was the biggest increase since 1992. While tuberculosis is usually associated with the lungs, it can also infect and invade the brain, bones, kidneys, spine, and other organs. The contagious disease, if left untreated, can be deadly. In 2017, the 

While there were 556 cases reported in 2016, that number jumped to 613 in 2017, according to the Health Department. Tuberculosis reached a peak of 3,811 in 1992. No explanation was offered by health authorities in a notice to medical professionals on Monday. 

At high risk for tuberculosis are HIV-positive people, patients with compromised immune systems, and substance abusers.

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Venezuela on Edge

Desperate Venezuelans Grapple for Spoiled Food, Leave Corpses in Street

March 24th 2018

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In Venezuela, where the South American nation’s economy continues to implode under its socialist government, a video of children and adults scrambling to grab food scraps and refuse showed scenes of hunger and desperation. The video, according to Venezuelan journalist Luis Olavarrieta, was recorded in El Cementerio neighborhood in Aricagua, a town in Portuguesa State of northwestern Venezuela. Adults and children grapple with each other in the video, grabbing what appear to be bunches of rotten bananas and plantains that were dumped in the street by a vendor.

According to Olavarrieta, every day it is more common to see Venezuelans going to garbage dumps to satisfy their growing hunger. Read more ..


Jewry on Edge

Brandeis Center Applauds Miami-Dade Police Chiefs for Anti-Semitism Resolution

March 15th 2018

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The Miami-Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police have unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing the U.S. State Department's definition of anti-Semitism when investigating crimes. This important resolution follows the Village of Bal Harbour, Florida - a municipality within the county - becoming the first government body in the country to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism into their laws, for which the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (LDB) had testified in its support. LDB is a national, non-profit civil rights organization committed to combating anti-Semitism.

"The Miami-Dade Police Chiefs' resolution marks an important 'next step' following Bal Harbour's adoption of the U.S. State Department definition of anti-Semitism in in December. These steps taken in Florida should serve as a model for community leaders throughout the country who seek to curb the current resurgence of anti-Semitism," stated LDB's COO & Director of Policy, Alyza Lewin.
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South Africa on Edge

South African Leftists Vow to Seize Whites' Farms without Compensation--Invoke Mass Murder Threat

March 2nd 2018

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The South African parliament voted to seize lands owned by whites without compensation. A motion for “expropriation without compensation” passed by a landslide in the legislature, having been brought to the fore by leftist Julius Malema who said that white farmers are “criminals.” Following the vote on Tuesday, South Africa’s constitution will probably be amended to allow the confiscation without compensation. Passing by 241 votes in favor, 83 members of the parliament voted against the measure. The matter has been referred to the parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee, which must report back by August 30.

The proposal is now central plank in the platform of the ruling party and the new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, who was appointed to the post after the resignation of scandal-plagued former president Jacob Zuma. Read more ..


Vote 2018

Supreme Court Hears Tea Party Free Speech T-shirt Case

February 28th 2018

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The Supreme Court heard on Tuesday a high-profile First Amendment case involving a Minnesota voter who was expelled from a polling site for wearing a T-shirt displaying the words “Don’t Tread on Me” and pin with the words “Please I.D. Me.” 

The Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit law firm that assists clients in defending their rights before government intrusion, claims that the Minnesota state law that prohibits voters from wearing “political” apparel at polling places is unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment. The law applies to any t-shirt, button, or other item that identifies any political issue and even any organization that is known to take positions on political issues. According to the PLF website, “Voters who wear AFL-CIO or NRA caps are told they must remove them before they can enter the polling place and vote. If they refuse, election officials take their names for possible prosecution and penalties up to $5,000. Lower courts upheld this law on the theory that government can ban all expression, besides voting, at a polling place.”

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Election 2018

Claim: Newly Discovered Illegal Voters Will Swing Pennsylvania's Elections

February 27th 2018

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According to a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania, more than 100,000 noncitizens are registered to vote in Pennsylvania alone. The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), a nonpartisan advocacy group which has identified similar noncitizen voting in New Jersey and Virginia, submitted testimony that officials in Pennsylvania have admitted that non-U.S. citizens have been registering and voting in the state “for decades.” The lawsuit was filed in Harrisburg on Monday.

Pennsylvania state officials have shut down requests from PILF for information that could shed further light on the problem and offer means to a solution. “For months, Pennsylvania bureaucrats have concealed facts about noncitizens registering and voting — that ends today,” PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said.

Adams claims that the state has admitted to a “glitch” that dates to the 1990s that had allowed non-Americans to have an opportunity to register to vote when applying to renew their driver’s licenses, PILF is seeking to know what is the magnitude of the problem. Pennsylvania officials have not yet responded to the lawsuit, nor to the claim of 100,000 non-citizen voters.

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Borken Borders

ICE Raid Yields over 100 Illegal Aliens with Felonies

February 17th 2018

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officers and special agents arrested 212 individuals for violating federal immigration laws and served 122 notices of inspection (NOIs) to businesses in the Los Angeles area of responsibility (AOR) during a five-day targeted operation that ended on Thursday. Eighty-eight percent of those arrested were convicted criminals.

“Because sanctuary jurisdictions like Los Angeles prevent ICE from arresting criminal aliens in the secure confines of a jail, our officers are forced to conduct at-large arrests in the community, putting officers, the general public and the aliens at greater risk and increasing the incidents of collateral arrests,” said ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan, according to a release. “Fewer jail arrests mean more arrests on the street, and that also requires more resources, which is why we are forced to send additional resources to those areas to meet operational needs and officer safety. Consistent with our public safety mission, 88 percent of those arrested during this operation were convicted criminals.”

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Significant Lives

Sam Bloch, Champion of Holocaust Survivors, Is Dead at 93

February 16th 2018

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Sam Bloch, who fled the Nazi occupation of his Polish hometown with his mother and brother, joined the Jewish resistance that fought Germans in Belarus, and later helped organize large public assemblages of Jewish Holocaust survivors, died on Feb. 4 at his home in the Rego Park section of Queens. He was 93.

His son-in-law Menachem Rosensaft said the cause was heart failure.

To Mr. Bloch, an executive at the World Zionist Organization in Manhattan for 50 years, the gatherings offered mass witness to the horrors of Nazism and evidence that survivors had reclaimed their lives out of what he called “the kingdom of death.” When nearly 6,000 survivors from two dozen countries met in Jerusalem in 1981 — the first major gathering Mr. Bloch was involved in — he told the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, that those who died in crematories, were buried in mass graves and fought in ghettos would not be forgotten.

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