AIPAC’s secretive strategy to transform UK politics | The Electronic Intifada

Adam Schapira and Elliott Miller, two pro-Israel activists, reveal in the first episode of The Lobby that AIPAC provided them with funding to set up the Pinsker Centre, an advocacy group to promote Zionism on UK campuses.Schapira made an unsuccessful bid to be elected president of the Union of Jewish Students, which has received funding from the Israeli embassy. Miller spent a year working at the Israeli foreign ministry’s division that handles relations with the US Congress, which put him in close contact with AIPAC.In October, Miller was filmed being violent and abusive during student protests against a speech by a former Israeli army officer at University College London.Videos online show Miller using Islamophobic abuse against students. “It’s a violent religion,” he shouts at one protester.

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Without Obamacare, I Will Get Sicker, Faster, Until I Die – The New York Times – But GOP does not care, not a whit!

My prognosis is not good, but Obamacare gets me the treatment I need so that I can be myself as long as possible. Without this insurance, my illness would progress more rapidly, until I died.Early on Thursday morning, the Senate voted to begin the process of repealing Obamacare. On Friday, the House followed suit. A repeal of Obamacare — without even knowing what the replacement would be — obviously makes me very scared. I used to be the one helping people as a social worker. Now I’m the one who needs help.17COMMENTSIt’s not too late for Republicans in Congress to change their minds and see reason. It will be at least a few weeks before Congress formally votes on the question of repeal.If one of the last meaningful things I can do is help even one person understand how important it is for millions of people to keep their Obamacare, then my illness will have served its purpose. For that I will be grateful.

Donald Trump’s inauguration concert: Jennifer Holliday backs out of performance, apologises to fans – US election 2016 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Singer Jennifer Holliday has backed out as a performer at next week’s presidential inaugural welcome concert, saying she did not realise that her participation would be interpreted as a statement of support for President-elect Donald Trump.Holliday, best known for her Tony-winning role in Broadway’s Dreamgirls, faced pressure from her gay, lesbian and black fans when it was announced she would sing at the concert at Washington’s Lincoln Memorial.Holliday said in a statement on Saturday (local time) that she apologised for her lapse of judgment, for being uneducated on the issues and causing heartbreak for her fans.”My only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT community and to state unequivocally that I will not perform for the welcome concert or for any of the inauguration festivities!” she wrote in a letter to her fans.”Please know that I hear you and I feel your pain. The LGBT community was mostly responsible for birthing my career and I am deeply indebted to you,” she added.”You have loved me faithfully and unconditionally and for so many years you provided me with work even though my star had long since faded.”

Source: Donald Trump’s inauguration concert: Jennifer Holliday backs out of performance, apologises to fans – US election 2016 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump’s inauguration concert: Jennifer Holliday backs out of performance, apologises to fans – US election 2016 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

performer at next week’s presidential inaugural welcome concert, saying she did not realise that her participation would be interpreted as a statement of support for President-elect Donald Trump.Holliday, best known for her Tony-winning role in Broadway’s Dreamgirls, faced pressure from her gay, lesbian and black fans when it was announced she would sing at the concert at Washington’s Lincoln Memorial.Holliday said in a statement on Saturday (local time) that she apologised for her lapse of judgment, for being uneducated on the issues and causing heartbreak for her fans.”My only choice must now be to stand with the LGBT community and to state unequivocally that I will not perform for the welcome concert or for any of the inauguration festivities!” she wrote in a letter to her fans.”Please know that I hear you and I feel your pain. The LGBT community was mostly responsible for birthing my career and I am deeply indebted to you,” she added.”You have loved me faithfully and unconditionally and for so many years you provided me with work even though my star had long since faded.”

Source: Donald Trump’s inauguration concert: Jennifer Holliday backs out of performance, apologises to fans – US election 2016 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Russia Passes a New Bill to Decriminalise Domestic Violence – The Ladies Finger

The bill was introduced by Yelena Mizulina, a senator in the Federation Council, Russia’s upper chamber of Parliament. “You don’t want people to be imprisoned for two years and labelled a criminal for the rest of their lives for a slap,” she had said back in August 2016, when she had first introduced the bill in Parliament. She went on to argue that traditional power dynamics of families should be reflected in the law — and told the Moscow Times that the law must not, “contradict the system of social values that society holds on to.” Mizulina had previously campaigned for anti-LGBTQ legislature against “gay propaganda”. But it has been reported that the bill was not a priority until Vladimir Putin intervened. Apart from starting the change.org petition, Popova also condemned the bill on a Facebook post, arguing that the bill will mean that, “an offender will now beat [his relatives] and pay a small fine.”

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Why Women Aren’t Welcome on the Internet – Amanda Hess

My harasser finally acquiesced to the protection order when my lawyer showed him that we knew the blog comments were coming from his computer — he had made a valiant attempt to obscure his comments, but he’d slipped up in a couple of instances, and we could prove the rape threats were his. When the judge approved the order, she instructed my harasser that he was not allowed to contact me in any way — not by email, Twitter, phone, blog comment, or by hiring a hot air balloon to float over my house with a message, she said. And he had to stay at least 100 feet away from me at all times. The restraining order would last one year.Soon after the order expired, he sent an email to my new workplace.

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Men and women who threaten and/or incite criminal abuse against others on the internet and other digital and analog devices should not be allowed to do so. All organizations participating in facilitating the transmission of such abuse should be held financially accountable for the harm caused by such communications. Each transmission of such a message should constitute an individual criminal act.

New York Artist Molly Crabapple Sketches Her Way From Guantanamo Bay to Bangalore – The Ladies FingerThe Ladies Finger

Gaza was bombed and wrecked during the 2014 war, Molly remembers seeing construction workers taking the rebar from a building that has been bombed. “If you’ve ever seen rebar from a building that has been bombed, it is an evil-looking material. It’s like coiled snakes; like nettles.” She saw two men taking the rebar and straightening it with rocks and tools. And in it she saw an image of resilience, taking the rebar and turning it into construction material, but “goddammit, you’re going to rebuild anyway!”

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