Israel prepares criminal invasion of Gaza

first_imgThousands of Palestinians and their supporters take to the streets of New York City in protest, July 9. WW photo: Sara FloundersJuly 9 — The Israeli apartheid state has called up as many as 40,000 reserve troops to prepare for an all-out invasion of the Gaza territory, where 1.5 million Palestinians live. Because of Israel’s blockade of Gaza, the territory has been described as “the largest open-air prison in the world.”Beginning July 7, Israeli planes and rockets killed 49 people and wounded another 450 in hundreds of strikes, according to Palestinian medical authorities on the morning of July 9. There is no sign that the Israeli regime intends to slow down this relentless assault on the civilian population of Gaza. On the contrary, elements in Israeli government circles are calling for a full re-occupation of Gaza.As often happens when there is a showdown in occupied Palestine, the major imperialist powers support Israel. On July 9, this included German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and French Ambassador to Israel Patrick Maisonnave, both of whom faulted the Palestinian organization Hamas for its retaliatory rocket strikes on Israeli territory from Gaza.Washington, which shares strategic interests with the Israeli settler state — it acts as an armed outpost of world imperialism at the center of the Middle East — consistently supports Israel at critical moments, even when it tries to claim the role of “honest broker” between the Palestinians and the Israeli state.WW photo: Sara FloundersIsraeli intransigence has frustrated all efforts to reach a negotiated settlement with the Palestinian Authority, which governs the West Bank. Following the failure of these talks, the PA and Hamas, which governs Gaza, formed a national unity government that took office June 2. Since that agreement, the Israeli government has stepped up its provocation of the Palestinians.These provocations include increasing illegal settlements inside the West Bank territories — signaling future annexation of these areas — and using ultra-reactionary settlers to assault Palestinians.When three missing settler teenagers were found shot dead at the end of June, the Israeli government seized on this incident to arrest more than 400 Palestinians, raid thousands of homes and shoot five people dead. It brought back the punitive demolition of Palestinian homes, a practice mostly discontinued since 2005.Tel Aviv loudly blamed Hamas for the teens’ deaths and then bombed Gaza 34 times. Hamas, elected to govern Gaza, denies any responsibility. Israel’s last attempt to unseat Hamas, a massive bombing in 2008-09, resulted in the deaths of 1,417 Palestinians and nine Israelis. (Palestinian Center for Human Rights)On July 2, a group of ultra-right Israelis  tortured and murdered a young Palestinian, allegedly in retaliation for the three deaths — although there is still no evidence about who killed the three. Six of the Israeli fascists have been arrested for the murder of the Palestinian.Meanwhile, the heavily armed and technologically developed Israeli army is bombing a virtually unarmed population in Gaza.While imperialist governments are backing the Israeli state, popular organizations around the world are taking actions to show solidarity with the people of Gaza.In New York, an ad hoc coalition of many progressive, anti-war and anti-imperialist organizations is demonstrating on July 9. After gathering at the Israeli Mission to the United Nations on Second Avenue and 42nd Street, the protesters are then marching to the News Corp Building at 48th Street and 6th Avenue. The building houses the New York Post, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, all reactionary media owned by Rupert Murdoch.For background on the struggle over Gaza, read “Gaza, Symbol of Resistance,” edited by Joyce Chediac, gazaresistancebook.com.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pasadena Congresswoman Chu Praises House Vote to Improve the Copyright Office

first_img Make a comment HerbeautyThe Most Obvious Sign A Guy Likes You Is When He Does ThisHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News The House voted to pass H.R. 1695, the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 on Wednesday.The bill would change the selection process for the head of the Copyright Office to be a Presidential nominee confirmed by the Senate. Currently, the Register of Copyrights is appointed by the Librarian of Congress, since the Copyright Office is housed within the Library of Congress. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), co-founder and co-chair of the Creative Rights Caucus, who has been an advocate for this change, released the following statement:“I am so pleased that the House has taken this much needed bipartisan step towards improving the Copyright Office. The underlying bill is a result of more than three years of hearings, listening tours, and dozens of conversations with a wide range of stakeholders. As the House Judiciary Committee finished its thorough review of the Copyright Act, there was broad consensus that the Copyright Office should be modernized and restructured.“I commend Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers for their bipartisan leadership in the bill’s passage today. Copyright industries contribute over one trillion dollars to our economy, but creators are hampered by an out of date Copyright Office. Making the Register of Copyrights a Presidentially appointed position confirmed by the Senate will ensure that the office is more responsive to all stakeholders. This will also increase the Copyright Office’s accountability to Congress and the public.“And I am pleased that my amendment was included. This simple amendment makes clear that this bill is not intended to change the requirement that makes copyrighted material available to the Library of Congress. For the sake of our future and our economic growth, I am glad that we could take this bipartisan step to improve the functionality of the Copyright Office.”H.R. 1695 passed by a vote of 378-161. On April 21, Rep. Chu published an op-ed in The Hill in support of H.R. 1695. Along with Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), Rep. Chu introduced H.R. 890, the Copyright Office for the Digital Economy (CODE) Act. This bill proposes structural improvements to the Copyright Office, which includes the changes in H.R. 1695 such as requiring the Register position to be appointed by the President and consented by the Senate. More Cool Stuff Community News Government Pasadena Congresswoman Chu Praises House Vote to Improve the Copyright Office Published on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 2:18 pm Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

Clippers’ Blake Griffin accelerating into break

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> The numbers might have told the whole story, but Doc Rivers didn’t need to see them.After more than 30 years in professional basketball, his eyes have gotten pretty good at recognizing what’s happening. He knew Blake Griffin had found his stride again while the Clippers were on the road.“Sometimes guys can have great numbers,” Rivers said, “and you still don’t think rhythmically they had a great game. But his last couple games have been off the charts.”Griffin is one guy who might prefer to play straight through the All-Star break. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In three games before facing the Hawks on Wednesday, Griffin had totaled 78 points, 30 rebounds, 19 assists and just one turnover. On Monday, he was named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week for the sixth time in his career with averages of 26 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8 assists.It was in wins at Charlotte and Utah, two of three wins on the Clippers’ five-game road trip, that Rivers felt Griffin had truly found his groove. “I thought his last two in particular were his two best,” Rivers said, “because they were on both sides offensively and defensively.”Griffin will be staying home from All-Star weekend for the second-year, the only two occasions since his rookie season that he has not participated in the festivities. DeAndre Jordan will be the Clippers lone representative, in both the All-Star Game and dunk contest. Chris Paul will be in New Orleans in his role as the president of the Players’ Association while Paul Pierce, in his final season, will make media appearances.Playing Paulcenter_img Here’s the good news for Chris Paul: He is playing basketball and, per Rivers, “playing great.”Here’s the bad news: It’s only against the Clippers video staff.“Chris told me was playing well,” Rivers said, “and I was thinking, ‘Thank gosh, you should play well against them.’”Paul has been out since Jan. 16, when he tore a ligament in his left thumb against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Playing at all, regardless of opponent, would seem to indicate his injury is healing ahead of schedule.The original timeline had Paul missing six-to-eight weeks.Rivers said the Clippers are still being “very protective” of the All-NBA point guard. Asked what the chances were Paul could return in the Clippers first game after the All-Star break, on Thursday at Golden State, Rivers said, “I don’t know what the chances are. I literally have not asked or talked about it.”Road rulesAfter losing two games to start their long February road trip – “It felt like we’d been out on the road for a month,” Rivers said – the Clippers finally found their footing in their final three, a much-needed upswing going into the season’s symbolic halfway point.“It was huge because we’d been struggling,” Rivers said. “We just needed to right the ship and we did that.”Monday’s 88-72 trouncing of the Utah Jazz was especially satisfying.The Clippers watch the standings. They know who they’re likely to face in the postseason. Going into the break, the Jazz and Clippers are fourth and fifth in the West.“The last one,” Rivers said, “was my favorite of the group, because it was against a team we may see in the playoffs, in a big game, on the road, without Chris.“When you win a game without Chris in a big game, it makes you feel better.”last_img read more