The third intifada is here – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

“Temple Mount Faithful” members and right-wing activists in Israel maintain that Jews have the right to ascend to the Temple Mount, similar to the Muslim right to do so. Even if we assume that their claim is just and that Jews do indeed have the historic right to ascend and pray on the Mount as Muslims do, the choice is between a religiously motivated intifada, and distancing right-wing activists from the center of conflict — the Temple Mount.

Perhaps in the past understandings could have been reached with the Palestinians to allow Jewish groups to ascend to the Mount and pray. But that was not accomplished. Solutions were not obtained, not even in the course of peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, talks that have collapsed in the meantime.

What was not accomplished in the past through dialogue and understandings cannot, so it seems, be created now, when the earth in Jerusalem is burning under our feet and there is concern that a “second Al-Aqsa intifada” may well spill over into the West Bank. At that point, no security coordination will be able to stop it. Apparently, there is only one way to try to halt the downward spiral, before we again use a million bullets and transform the bus stations in the capital city into shelters: To close the Temple Mount to Jews.

On the advice of Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and the Jerusalem police, it was decided to place concrete railings around bus stations and underground train stations to protect pedestrians. While these may give some local protection to travelers, they ostensibly won’t be able to stop assailants from among the residents of East Jerusalem who believe that they are engaged in a religious war.

via The third intifada is here – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

Ramallah’s artistic uprising inspired by city archives – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

On a corner near Rashid al-Haddadin Square — named after the founder of Ramallah — passersby get the impression that a painting on display is none other than Picasso’s Guernica, which was inspired by the German and Italian shelling of the Basque country during the Spanish civil war. Palestinian caricaturist Mohammed Sabana and graffiti artist Hamza Abu Ayash protect their painting like a child they are afraid of losing in a crowd, proving that it is the Palestinian Guernica, as they describe it.

via Ramallah’s artistic uprising inspired by city archives – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

THE LONGEST SENTENCE IN LITERATURE AND TRYING TO WRITE ONE

good try.

Silvia Writes

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In “Les Miserables,” Victor Hugo wrote an 800+ word sentence, which some consider the longest written statement in literature and others think an exercise in verbosity. Of course, the book is translated from French, so that might have something to do with flow and readability. Either way, that is a very long sentence — a 12-point Times New Roman font makes it a five-page grammatical unit.

In the book I’m currently reading, I came across a page-long sentence (about two hundred words) that felt perfectly readable and the opposite of verbose, so I thought I’d try writing such a sentence, although perhaps not as long. For fun … let me know what you think.   

 When we reach Meadow Hill — the sheer massiveness of the mountain in front of us — just before the sun sets and the sky remains slightly illuminated, during this, our fourth and final…

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Pushing Limits – Disability and Seniors

Eddie Ytuarte speaks to Jessica Lehman,
executive director of Seniors and Disability
Action in S. F. about the intersection between
the disability community and senior
communities.  Tune in for Pushing Limits
on Friday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 pm.

Ms Lehman is a strong disability activist and
this wide-ranging conversation will discuss
topics like In Home Support Services (IHSS),
what older folks and people with disabilities
have in common, labor unions, and the outlook
for disabled activism.

How about that aborted effort by SEIU to get
its IHSS training initiative on the California ballot?

What was that all about?!?!

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How Many NYers Bothered Voting On Tuesday? The Answer May Dishearten You: Gothamist

2/3s of nation said – nada, nothing, zip, zero – screw you/screw me, huh?

NO PRESIDENT CAN RUN COUNTRY ON HER/HIS OWN – those who did not vote just guaranteed that anything good President Obama has done or wanted to do is at risk!

Not that New York’s low turnout stood out in this election—according to U.S. News, fewer voters showed up in all but 12 states this year. Washington, Delaware, Missouri, South Dakota, California and Indiana all saw drastic drops, and only about 36.6 percent of the nation’s eligible voters cast ballots overall.

Not that New York’s low turnout stood out in this election—according to U.S. News, fewer voters showed up in all but 12 states this year. Washington, Delaware, Missouri, South Dakota, California and Indiana all saw drastic drops, and only about 36.6 percent of the nation’s eligible voters cast ballots overall.

And of course, Millennials were too busy sexting or something to bother voting at all—according to NBC News, only 12 percent of voters in this election were under 30 years old. This was a bummer for the Democrats, who received the majority of Millennials’ votes, and got massacred anyway. The good news is we can blame Millennials for just about everything!

via How Many NYers Bothered Voting On Tuesday? The Answer May Dishearten You: Gothamist.

Standing in the Firing Squad: An Interview with Brianna Wu

The culprit is obvious. It’s male privilege. And, if there is a mecca of male privilege, it’s gamedev.

It’s filled with men that frequently harbor resentment towards women they don’t understand. While they intellectually feel we should be here, they unconsciously assume it’s their space and that their comfort is paramount. There’s no way to describe it but really, really shitty. I think we all address it in our own way. I try to make it better by never taking any shit, and speaking up on this stuff. I don’t accept excuses. That’s not going to work for everyone, but I think I’m helping make it better.

via Standing in the Firing Squad: An Interview with Brianna Wu.

Protesters Descend on Mexico City to Demand Action for Missing Ayotzinapa Students · Global Voices

Tens of thousands of people marched from the presidential palace to Mexico City’s main plaza to demand the safe return of 43 missing education students and protest the regional government’s role in their disappearance along with the president’s inefficient response to the crime.

Organizers said 120,000 people participated in the Global Day of Action for Ayotzinapa in the city, organized by various Mexican student groups, while police counted 60,000. Protesters’ cries for justice reached every corner of Mexico and the world; news site Revolucion 3.0 described the demonstration as possibly “the largest condemnation march in history” and shared an audiovisual gallery with minute-to-minute updates of the movement.

via Protesters Descend on Mexico City to Demand Action for Missing Ayotzinapa Students · Global Voices.

US airstrikes hit Nusra Front in Syria | News | DW.DE | 06.11.2014

Slopes getting slippery!

US-led airstrikes targeted the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front in Syria Thursday, marking only the second time coalition airstrikes have hit jihadists outside of the ” Islamic State,” activists reported.

The coalition carried out “several raids after midnight” against Nusra Front targets in northwest Syria, killing several jihadists as well as two children, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Observatory also reported that another radical Islamist group, Ahrar al-Sham, had been hit for the first time with airstrikes. There was no immediate US comment on the strikes.

Militants reportedly confirmed the airstrikes on Twitter, claiming they were undertaken by “the alliance of Crusaders and Arabs on Al-Nusra positions, causing deaths, mostly of civilians.”

The al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front was once the most powerful militant group in Syria, but has been eclipsed by the “Islamic State”

The US-led coalition has been primarily hitting Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria for the past several weeks, and the recent strikes against the Nusra Front are only the second instance of coalition airstrikes hitting non-IS targets.

The coalition had previously targeted the Nusra Front in September during the first wave of airstrikes, accusing it of harboring a terror cell called “Khorasan” that was plotting to attack US and Western interests.

The strikes come after Nusra Front fighters made gains against Western-backed Syrian fighters in the country’s northwestern Idlib region. The US is attempting to train what it describes as a moderate rebel force to combat both jihadists and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces.

via US airstrikes hit Nusra Front in Syria | News | DW.DE | 06.11.2014.