Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Common Dreams:
"Demands for Action After New Report Reveals LGBTQ Homicides Skyrocketed Under Trump. Critics condemn 'atmosphere of hate,' bolstered by Trump's anti-LGBTQ policies, that led to more than 50 hate-violence homicides in 2017.

'The time for addressing this crisis of violence is now,' delcares a new report that shows the number of hate-inspired homicides with LGBTQ victims skyrocketed in the United States last year amid an onslaught of anti-LBGTQ policies from the Trump administration.

A Crisis of Hate (pdf), produced by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) in New York City, found that at least 52 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals were killed, in part, because of their gender or sexual identity in 2017, an 86 percent increase in single incident reports from the year prior, and the highest number ever documented by the group."

-->The NYT didn't cover this story, and since this newspaper is a gateway for news to the US media, very few other media outlets carried the story either.

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Common Dreams:
"At UN Hearing, South African Delegate Decries Israel as World's Last Functioning 'Apartheid State.'

'We remain deeply concerned at the denial of the right of self-determination to the Palestinian people,' said delegate at a hearing in Geneva, 'in the absence of which no other human right can be exercised or enjoyed.' ...

'Israel is the only state in the world that can be called an apartheid state,' the South African delegate said to UN members during the Human Rights Council hearing at the Palais du Nations in Geneva."

-->Apartheid's US media outlet, The NYT, didn't report this story. Almost the entire mainstream media is complicit in hiding the longterm occupation and suffering of Palestinian people.  

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Palestine Square:
"It may be difficult to digest America’s resort to pseudo-biblical literalism to engage with one of the world’s thorniest issues, laughable even. But, in Pence’s case, it is hardly a surprise. Last summer, he spoke at the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Summit. CUFI, a pro-Israel grassroots organization, was founded in 2006 and is led by evangelist John Hagee, a friend of Pence who is infamous for his xenophobic and end of times preaching. According to its website, the organization works to transform millions of Christians into an effective force for Israel.

At both the Knesset and CUFI, Pence’s remarks were strikingly similar. ... Laced with such biblical references and long propagated myths about Israel’s history and present, the speech was far from a political statement or standard 'talking points.' Rather, it was a deeply personal and religious homily. Pence positioned himself as the intermediary of prophecy, bearing witness to God’s grand faithfulness in fulfilling his promises, including the promise of the land of Israel to the Jewish people."

-->The NYT covered Pence's visit to Israel but left out his religious fanaticism. Muslim fanaticism always gets a lot of news coverage. But not Christian or Jewish fanaticism for Israel's racist policies. 

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