… It all comes down to the proverb “A language is a dialect with an army.” The quip that describes the arbitrary difference between the two. Some languages can be vastly different from each other, others can be quite similar. Russia and Belarus have a longstanding timeline of cultural overlap and shared history. The perceived etymology of Ukraine has often been “the borderland.” For Belarus the perception is “White Russia.”
In the aftermath of the breakup of the Soviet Union, Belarus appeared to be working towards differentiating itself from Russia. Lukashenko reversed that trend and that policy is what the 1995 flag change has come to represent. The old White-Red-White flag has since become an opposition symbol and can be seen at demonstration rallies.
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Diversity has been a feature of Lebanon as it is at the intersection of many trade routes and cultures. Lebanese people somehow managed to have a nation.
The rival factions worked out a compromise allowing representation of Sunni lawmakers backed by Hezbollah, increasing the group’s allies in the government.
The latest multifaction government of Lebanon has been a failure. The weakness of this type of multifactional government has been revealed after it caused the disastrous explosion (equivalent to 1000 ton TNT) at its warehouse.
Lebanon was already mired in a deep economic crisis and struggling to tackle the coronavirus pandemic before the explosion tore through Beirut.
…Dozens of protesters stormed government ministries and the headquarters of the country’s banking association.
Lebanon has its root as a country with diversity while USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and most European countries DID NOT.
Why should currently harmonious countries epouse diversity to transform themselves into copies of Lebanon ? The traps are well known [3,4].
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Italian nationalist leader and former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini could face up to 15 years in prison for rejecting third-world migrants as the country’s deep state takes aim at the populist firebrand.
The Italian Senate voted 149-141 last week to remove parliamentary immunity for Salvini. This will allow the Italian deep state to charge Salvini for his decision as Interior Minister to detain third-world migrants at sea who were trying to land on Italian shores.
Speaking in earnest or in jest, nobody really knows, but smart money would certainly bet on the former, when admonished that the Bolivian coup that toppled President Evo Morales last year “wasn’t in the best interests of the Bolivian people,” Elon Musk, the Tesla electric car magnate, brazenly tweeted: “We will coup whoever we want. Deal with it!”
The World Zionist Organization (WZO) is “working on a plan to bring hundreds of thousands of French Jews to Israel.” The population of Jews in France is roughly 453,000.
Here’s why, according to WZO Vice-Chair Yaakov Hagoel: “Anti-Semitism is increasing and France is surrendering to jihad.”
“The worsening economic situation, and the growth of radical Islam are creating a one-time opportunity to break down bureaucratic barriers and bring the Jews of France to Israel.”
Russia’s representative in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Boris Gryzlov, said at a TCG meeting on July 8 that “as of today, two more states have been created in Ukraine.”
In view of this, the Ukrainian delegation to the OSCE called on the Russian side to explain whether this marks Russia’s withdrawal from the Minsk agreements or its intention to recognize the so-called “DPR” and “LPR,” according to an Ukrinform correspondent.
Why I don’t want to be an EU member.
- I don’t want Britain absorbed into a faceless EU Empire
- I want to decide whether we spend UKPDS 100 Million on a new hospital in Birmingham or Budapest.
- I want to decide if a terrorist can be deported.
- I don’t agree with EU protectionism keeping third world countries poor.
- I don’t want to pick up the tab to bail out the bankrupt half of the EU.
- I don’t agree with EU expansionism into North Africa.
- I don’t agree with EU militarism or the formation of EU Army.
- I don’t agree with uncontrolled mass immigration.
- I don’t agree with the removal of national identities.
- I find EU leaders to be rude & insulting.
- I don’t want our kids corrupted with EU propaganda.
- I don’t like the aggression EU shows towards Russia & US.
- I disagree with EU empire building.
- I don’t agree with transfer of government power to EU institutions.
- I don’t want EURO forced on me.
- I disagree with EU military conscription.
- I don’t want UKPDS 3000/yr lower wages because of EU.
- I don’t want UK jobs lost because EU subsidising UK firms’ to relocate out of Britain.
- I am worried by the costs of funding immigrants housing, benefits, NHS, school places, public services – more Billions we can’t afford!
- I don’t want higher & higher housing costs.
- I don’t want higher food, clothing, footwear prices.
- I don’t see the fair value to Britain of annual fees in the Billions.
- I think the EU are lousy leaders & the ”government” is incompetent.
- I don’t want to be a European. I was born B British & will die British.
- I don’t want to be subject to dictatorial regulations that I never agreed to & cannot vote to change.
- I don’t want taxation without representation.
- I don’t want the EU’s idea of a Communist Utopia.
No more EU thanks @CORE
Global Research, June 25, 2020
The UN Charter bans use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, as well as forcible acquisition of territory not its own.
A joint statement by nearly 50 human rights experts said the following:
“Thus, the morning after annexation would be the crystallization of an already unjust reality: two peoples living in the same space, ruled by the same state, but with profoundly unequal rights.”
“This is a vision of a 21st century apartheid.”
“The world community has a duty not to recognize, aid or assist another state in any form of illegal activity, such as annexation or the creation of civilian settlements in occupied territory.”
“The lessons from the past are clear: Criticism without consequences will neither forestall annexation nor end the occupation.”
Fourth Geneva’s Article 49 states:
“Individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory to the territory of the Occupying Power or to that of any other country, occupied or not, are prohibited, regardless of their motive.”
“The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”
Security Council Resolution 2334 (December 2016) said the following:
Settlements have “no legal validity and constitute a flagrant violation under international law.”
The resolution demands “Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem.”
It recognizes no territorial changes “to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties through negotiations.”
It “(c)alls upon all States, to distinguish, in their relevant dealings, between the territory of the State of Israel and the territories occupied since 1967.”
It “(c)alls for immediate steps to prevent all acts of violence against civilians, including acts of terror, as well as all acts of provocation and destruction, calls for accountability in this regard…”
On Wednesday, 14 of the Security Council’s 15 members rejected the Netanyahu regime’s annexation scheme, the US the sole outlier.
During a virtual online session, opposition to the scheme was voiced by SC members, the Trump and Netanyahu regimes alone supporting what has no legal standing.
According to Pompeo, the question of annexation is for Israel alone to decide, ignoring the illegality of settlements and occupation of historic Palestinian land…
On Wednesday, White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said he’ll soon make a “big announcement” on the Netanyahu regime’s plan to annex (historic Palestinian) West Bank land, …His no-peace/dead before arrival/Deal of the Century OK’d illegal annexation.
Endless US-led preemptive wars on nonbelligerent states threatening no one speak volumes about its aversion to world peace and stability.
The same goes for Israel, at war on historic Palestine for decades, along with waging undeclared aggression against Syria.
Addressing the Security Council Wednesday, Russia’s UN envoy Vassily Nebenzia read a statement by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the Netanyahu regime’s annexation scheme, saying the following:
…“(W)e see no alternative to the two-state solution. We see no alternative to the two states – Palestine and Israel – coexisting in peace and security.”
Lavrov’s diplomatic language ignored reality. What may have been possible long ago, no longer is now.
Only two viable options exist under international law, no others.
Israel and Washington reject both: Palestinian statehood within June 1967 borders free from occupation, or one state of Israel/Palestine for all its people.
The alternative is an apartheid Jewish state, its Arab population treated like 5th column threats, Occupied Palestinians abused as enemies of the state.
Lavrov also stressed other major issues that need addressing, including “Jerusalem, refugees, borders, water, (other resources), settlements,” adding:
“(A)nnexation may permanently block the path to their solution and to direct dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis.”
Lavrov “reiterate(d) the need to abandon the annexation steps and launch the Palestinian-Israeli negotiation process as soon as possible in order to achieve a just and sustainable Middle East settlement and peace in the region.”
He left unsaid what he clearly understands. The Israeli/Palestinian peace process is a colossal hoax.
Stillborn from inception, journalist Henry Siegman years ago called it “the most spectacular deception in modern diplomatic history.”
Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir once said he wanted to drag out peace talks for a decade while vastly expanding settlements.
Netanyahu earlier called the peace process “a waste of time.”
When surfacing, it’s always dead on arrival because the US and Israel demand Palestinian surrender to their interests, not equitable conflict resolution.
The US and Israel use the peace process ruse to advance their regional agenda.
It’s all about dominating this oil-rich part of the world — peace and stability defeating, not furthering, their diabolical aims.
Israel’s longstanding objective is maximum land with minimum Arabs.
Supported by the US, Palestinians were long ago abandoned.
Like virtually always over most of the past century, they’re ill-governed, ill-served, ill-treated, dying to live free, and on their own to pursue fundamental rights denied them.
A Final Comment
International criticism of Israel surfaces time and again, Wednesday in the Security Council the latest example.
Criticism without punitive actions with teeth accomplish nothing, the way it’s been throughout Jewish state history.
How it’s treated by the international community reflects the old adage, saying: Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.”
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In fact, the Mayor stated it could be the “summer of love,” and it has a “block party atmosphere,” while the Governor, days after the area was taken over and occupied, claimed on-air, that it was “news to him,” that an entire area in his state had been commandeered by communist anarchists.
For the record, Mike Adam’s over at Natural News is reporting that the “warlord” that has taken over the “CHAZ” area has been accused of “beating women and forcing them into sex acts.” Reports also indicate that the “warlord” is already threatening to shoot other commie occupiers if they don’t obey him.
Welcome to the world of lawlessness to which Democrat elected leaders in Washington, are supporting, encouraging and allowing to continue.
Unfortunately for the little anarchists, they forgot a few things when deciding to separate from America, claiming land within the country, and that is basic supplies, to which they now expect others to hand out to them for free.
No…. this is not satire. Really.
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Here is list of these items they expect others to provide to them.
Things are slowly devolving into violent confrontation in the nation of CHAZ Seattle. However, the violence is not with law enforcement; the violence is internal as Antifa factions within the occupy movement begin doing what they are famous for, being violent.
An openly christian man walks into the occupied zone within Seattle, the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or CHAZ, to share the message of Jesus Christ. The Antifa elements immediately confronted the man, threw him to the ground and began choking him.
The Christian Preacher professed his own humanity and proclaimed he was a “free man”, but the rulers within the CHAZ community would not accept his cries for freedom.
The Chazukstan mob surround the preacher, shouting at him, berating him, and eventually trying to beat him into submission. At one point they sat atop the preacher in the same choking position that killed George Floyd. No-one noticed the irony.