Fears for the future of Cantonese as China urges Hong Kong to legally recognise Mandarin – ABC News

Comment: China is an expansionist empire. Peking is the seat of this expansion. Many neighbouring countries have been occupied: (Inner) Mongolia, Tibet, Xinjiang, Manchuria, various remnants of ancient kingdoms in Southern China. Many other neighbours are still resisting this expansion: Japan, Taiwan, India, Philippine, Malaysia, Vietnam, … The war is now moving to territorial encroachment and cultural erasure (, posted .).

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-13/hong-kong-china-mandarin-simplified-chinese-education/100206266

… Professor Lee added that overseas Hong Kong diasporas would help preserve the language, but it still needed “generous support”.

He said unlike Mandarin, which has the Confucius Institute, neither Cantonese nor Hong Kong studies would receive funding from the state…

(MIAMI, Fla.) Justice Dept Court Report: A prior convicted felon from Miami with alleged ties to the national “Bloods” gang and the local “77 Street” gang has been indicted by a South Florida grand jury on federal firearms charges, including illegal posse…

https://acenewsservices.com/2021/06/09/miami-fla-justice-dept-court-report-a-prior-convicted-felon-from-miami-with-alleged-ties-to-the-national-bloods-gang-and-the-local-77-street-gang-has-been-indi/

#AceNewsReport _ June.09: According to the Indictment, an earlier-filed criminal complaint, and statements made in court, law enforcement officers approached 22-year-old Ty’ree Dixon on May 17, 2021, as part of an investigation into gang-related violent crime and fraud. When police confronted him, they discovered that Dixon was armed with a Glock 20 and a 10mm semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine, it is alleged.

Alleged Gang Member Charged by Miami Federal Grand Jury with Possession of a Cache of Sophisticated Firearms, including Two “Switch” Enabled Fully Automatic Machine Guns

This case stems from Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.

Sand Mafias | Andelino’s Weblog

https://andelino.wordpress.com/2021/06/09/sand-mafias/

Strange as that may seem, the “United Nations Environment Program” (UNEP) has warned of said groups, which are comprised of builders, dealers and businessmen known to be operating in countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Kenya and Sierra Leone, CNBC reported.

” Sometimes we don’t even know where it’s coming from, how much is coming out of rivers. We don’t know. We just don’t know” said Louise Gallagher at the Global Sand Observatory in Geneva.

Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens admits kidnapping and raping London woman Sarah Everard – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-08/wayne-couzens-admits-kidnapping-and-raping-sarah-everard/100200022

  • Sarah Everard disappeared while walking home from a friend’s house near Clapham Common in London’s south on March 3 this year
  • Her body was found a week later in woodland more than 80 kilometres southeast of London
  • Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, has admitted to kidnapping and raping Ms Everard…

Tom Girardi sued by Indonesia’s Lion air crash families over claims US lawyer embezzled millions of their settlement funds – ABC News

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-05/claims-us-lawyer-embezzled-millions-from-indonesian-client-funds/100181262

….Court records show that Boeing forwarded millions of dollars in settlements for the four families in March 2020 and wired the money directly to a Girardi Keese trust account….

Greenwald: The FBI’s Strange Anthrax Investigation Sheds Light On COVID Lab-Leak Theory And Fauci’s Emails

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/06/03/greenwald-the-fbis-strange-anthrax-investigation-sheds-light-on-covid-lab-leak-theory-and-faucis-emails/

Authored by Glenn Greenwald via greenwald.substack.com, One of the most significant events of the last two decades has been largely memory-holed: the October, 2001 anthrax attacks in the U.S. Beginning just one week after 9/11 and extending for another three…

£1 billion compensation for genocide ‘too little too late’, Namibian tribes tell Germany | Ukraine Today .org

https://ukrainetoday.org/2021/06/03/1-billion-compensation-for-genocide-too-little-too-late-namibian-tribes-tell-germany/

By Justin Huggler

BERLIN 2 June 2021

Namibian tribes have rejected Germany’s ‘offensive’ offer of €1.1bn (£950m) in recognition of an early 20th century genocide, throwing into doubt an agreement through which Berlin hoped to atone for the colonial atrocity. 

Germany for the first time officially recognised the systematic murder of tens of thousands of Herero and Nama men, women and children by its forces between 1904 and 1908 as genocide last week.

(BERLIN) JUST IN: The German government formally recognized colonial-era atrocities against the Herero and Nama people in modern-day Namibia for the first time, referring to the early 20th century massacres as “genocide” on Friday and pledging to pay a “gesture to recognize the immense suffering inflicted.” #AceNewsDesk report | Ace News Services

https://acenewsservices.com/2021/06/01/berlin-just-in-the-german-government-formally-recognized-colonial-era-atrocities-against-the-herero-and-nama-people-in-modern-day-namibia-for-the-first-time-referring-to-the-early-20th-century-mas/

#AceNewsReport – June.01: In light of the historical and moral responsibility of Germany, we will ask Namibia and the descendants of the victims for forgiveness,” said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in a statement, adding that the German government will fund projects related to “reconstruction and the development” of Namibia amounting to €1.1 billion ($1.3 billion). The sum will be paid out over 30 years and must primarily benefit the descendants of the Herero and Nama, Agence France-Presse reported:

GERMANY: Officially Recognises Colonial-Era Atrocities in Namibia. But For Some, Reconciliation Is a Long Way Off after German government formally recognized colonial-era atrocities against the Herero and Nama people in modern-day Namibia for the first time, referring to the early 20th century massacres as “genocide” on Friday and pledging to pay a “gesture to recognize the immense suffering inflicted.”

Caitlin Johnstone: Israel narrative management is getting incredibly desperate and brazen — RT Op-ed

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/525165-israel-narrative-management-palestinian/

By Caitlin Johnstone, an independent journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Her website is here and you can follow her on Twitter @caitoz More people are becoming conscious of the Palestine issue and politicians and pundits can no longer get away with painting themselves as progressive-minded humanists without acknowledging the brutal nature of Israeli occupation.

The National Director Emeritus for the Anti-Defamation League has announced on Twitter that he is cancelling his subscription to The New York Times, claiming that a front-page story featuring the photos of children killed in Israel’s assault on Gaza this month constitutes “blood libel” against Jews.

I am cancelling my subscription to NYTimes,” tweeted Abraham Foxman. “I grew up in America on the NYT – I delivered the NYT to my classmates – I learned civics – democracy and all the news ‘fit to print’ for 65 years but no more. Today’s blood libel of Israel and the Jewish people on the front page is enough.

Foxman’s statement drew criticism from all corners, including from loyal establishment pundits like Jonathan Chait, for his ridiculous assertion that merely humanizing Palestinian children killed by Israel is the same as promoting the ancient antisemitic canard known as blood libel.

Supporters of Israeli apartheid and mass murder are losing control of the narrative, which has led to redoubled perception-management efforts, ranging from the cringey to the iron-fisted. In the former category we’re seeing them pen entire articles attacking Seth Rogen for tweeting a fart emoji at virulent Israel apologist Eve Barlow and claiming that putting “fart” in Barlow’s name is the same as a literal pogrom. In the latter category they’re blowing up entire press offices and arresting Palestinian journalists. This is narrative management at its least subtle.

From a new statement titled “Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists” by Reporters Without Borders:

Two Palestinian journalists were arrested by Israeli security forces in Jerusalem yesterday and were placed in administrative detention today, bringing the total now held administratively by the Israelis to 13. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Israel’s misuse of administrative detention to hound Palestinian reporters.

Administrative detention” is one of the many apartheid abuses which Israel has come under criticism for employing, as Israel-based +972 Magazine explained last year:

According to human rights group B’Tselem, as of September 2020, Israel is holding 376 Palestinians, including two minors, in administrative detention. Israel uses administrative detention to indefinitely detain Palestinians (and on extremely rare occasions Jewish extremists) without charge or trial. Administrative detention orders, handed down by the IDF commander in charge of the occupied West Bank, are reviewed every six months, but the detainees are not told what crimes they are being accused of, nor shown the evidence against them.

According to lawyers who defend Palestinian detainees, administrative detentions are almost always based on “confidential material” handed over ex parte to the courts by the Shin Bet, to which the detainees themselves and their lawyers have no access. As a result, it is virtually impossible to defend oneself against an administrative detention order.

Before the Gaza ceasefire last week Israel managed to deliberately blow up over 20 offices for Palestinian media outlets, as well as the tower hosting the international outlets AP and Al Jazeera.

The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today,” AP president and CEO Gary Pruitt said in a statement after the building was destroyed.

Which, of course, is the whole idea: for the world to know less about what happens in Gaza. The Israeli government has a decades-long history of threatening and targeting journalists in order to exert control over the public narrative about what happens under its rule, and as that narrative slips from its grip we are seeing this pattern ramp up with greater and greater aggression.

Rather than reduce the cruelty, the Israeli government keeps trying to reduce accurate news coverage,” author and activist Norman Solomon writes. “The approach is a mix of deception and brutality. Blow up the cameras so the world won’t see as many pictures of the atrocities. Also on rt.com Israel is deliberately obliterating media buildings in Gaza to cover up the war crimes that will follow

As Alan MacLeod wrote in Mintpress News, the Overton window has shifted on Palestine. During 2014’s far more deadly Israeli attack on Gaza we saw a low-level local Democratic official sparking outrage and scandal by merely posting “Palestine <3” on Facebook, now you have words like “apartheid” being routinely used by mainstream media outlets and national US political figures to describe Israeli abuses of the Palestinian people.

People are simply becoming too conscious of the Palestine issue to tolerate its existence as a taboo subject anymore, even in the most mainstream circles of discussion. The old tactics of silencing and marginalizing Palestinian rights advocates simply do not work anymore, and politicians and pundits can no longer get away with painting themselves as progressive-minded humanists without acknowledging the brutal and unjust nature of Israeli occupation. Also on rt.com ‘My youngest son has seen nothing but violence’ – Palestinian activist on life in West Bank village where Israelis killed a child

Palestine is simply not a third rail anymore, and it’s been this way for a while now. By the time I started doing commentary in late 2016 people were still saying you’ll be smeared as an antisemite and dragged through the mud if you criticize Israel, but my experience this entire time has been that I get a lot more vitriol and attacks coming my way by criticizing US imperialist agendas toward nations like Russia, China, Syria and Venezuela than by criticizing the Israeli government. There’s pushback to be sure, but it’s not nearly as vituperative as what I’m used to.

This last attack on Gaza was just the ignition of a powder keg in shifting public sentiment that had been building for several years, and it hasn’t been due to any top-down effort at perception-steering by the establishment narrative managers, but by ordinary people sharing ideas and information and moving the Overton window of acceptable debate through sheer force of will.

The fact that this can be done makes one wonder in what other ways we can collectively move the narrative in a way that benefits ordinary people instead of the oligarchic empire of the US and its allies. This is an exciting time to be alive.