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The Color Of Water | Opinion | – Coronado Eagle and Journal

Posted By on November 3, 2020

After a four year lapse of ethics, honesty, and basic human decency emanating from the White House, a sizable minority of Americans have decided that Donald J. Trump is a great leader and appropriate representative of our country to the entire world. What has he accomplished to convince more than 40 percent of Americans that he should be re-elected?

He overwhelms our sense of propriety. But it cannot be disputed that he gets away with things that none of his predecessors would dare to do, beginning with the day-one lie that he had the largest inauguration crowd in American history, right up to todays lie that weve turned the corner on coronavirus when weve obviously just made a wrong turn onto a one-way street.

Hes paid off a porn star and a Playmate who could hurt his election chances. He cozied up to dictators while distancing himself and our country from our staunchest allies. Why? Because our allies expressed their disapproval of him, while Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un decoded his narcissism and recognized the power of flattery. Trump doesnt necessarily want to be a dictator, he just wants to be loved. By anyone.

As historian Jon Meacham says, Joe Biden is not on the ballot, we are.

That seems apt to me. Never in our history would we have taken seriously someone who lies so easily, and is so desperate for approval. He has bragged about sexual assaults on women, denigrated military heroes and Gold Star families, overruled the military and civilian justice systems, and demanded that his political opponents be jailed. No president likes the press, but none has ever gone full-Stalin in declaring them the enemies of the American people.

The polls say he will not win, but the polls are only as accurate as the honesty of the people answering them. I suspect that enough people wish to deceive pollsters, or are simply too embarrassed to say that they will vote for him, that a second term seems as likely as not.

He is merely a reflection, not the source, of deep-seated resentments in our country. He is an empty vessel. Each group sees in him what they want. For their praise, he cannot help but oblige their interests. Donald Trump is remarkably simple and guileless. He has no ideology beyond the need for approval. He allows each to cast him in their image.

For anti-abortion activists, he has stacked the federal judiciary. For Big Oil, he has repealed common sense air and water protections.

He has outsourced domestic and foreign policy to the opinion hosts of Fox News, a channel that is for all intents and purposes, a cabinet secretary.

To the right wing militias that the FBI and the Department Homeland Security call violent extremists that pose a real threat to the country, he is the voice of White Nationalism (just ask the fine people on both sides in Charlottesville). Racist backlash from the Obama presidency has emboldened him. Overt White supremacists and closeted Im not a racist racists love him, so he loves them back.

The FBI saved his nemesis, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, from extremists. Does anyone imagine that such a plot could have taken flight without divisive cues from the White House, especially the Presidents Liberate Michigan tweet? Its hard not to draw a straight line from him to the right-wing conspirators who thought her public health mandates tyrannical. (Just to be clear, tyranny is when the government restricts your movements for its good; quarantine is when the government restricts your movements for the public good.) As Michigan Attorney General, Dana Nessel, noted: This effort to have a mass uprising nationally is something that we should be very concerned about because, again,its not just a Michigan problem, this is an American problem.According to the Anti-Defamation League, of the 42 politically-motivated killings this year, 38 were committed by the very right-wing extremists he loves because they love him.

If Donald Trump had a soul to sell, he would be a Faustian bargain. He will say anything to curry favor with any group. He makes no distinction other than whether they like him. He cant help himself. If you publicly profess your love for him, he will tie himself in knots to welcome your approval while publicly denying that he knows anything about you.

A lifelong Democrat who gave money to Kamala Harris as recently as 2014, he had a late-in-life political conversion. A pro-choice advocate suddenly became the anti-abortion poster boy. A famous germaphobe, he pooh-poohed the danger of Covid-19 publicly while he privatelyand on tape no lessacknowledged its terrible virulence.

A man with no natural convictions, he takes up the cause of any who love him.

He is the color of water.

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Desperation – And Response (2) – The Chattanoogan

Posted By on November 3, 2020

In spite of a smugness about poll leads, the Biden campaign suddenly shifted gears. Campaign ads are moving to new lows. Celebrities, former President Obama and even Joe himself started popping up in battleground states.

Does that mean an erosion of confidence in the national polls by the Biden team? Ultra-liberal Michael Moore chimed an alarm to beware of those samplings. Perhaps they listened this year.

It's not just poll numbers that has progressives worried. Trumps three-a-day rallies are igniting thousands of enthusiastic supporters. They are consistently similar in message with much red, white and blue. Data from the campaign indicates many are newly registered voters and about 25 percent are Democrats.

In comparison, Joes functions are bizarre with no enthusiasm. At Warm Springs, masked attendees quietly sat in little white circles while the grim leader spoke. It looked more like a cult awaiting the returning mothership. At many, staff and reporters outnumber attendees. Recently Joe was acting like an old dog barking at car horns. Antifa can harass conservatives but Joe gets indignant if his opponents supporters blow their horns.

Godwins law is a phenomenon of the internet. It states as an argument of political ideas grows longer there is a likelihood of comparisons to Nazis or Hitler. A new Biden ad includes a comparison of Trump to Hitler. In the second debate Joe invoked Hitler. This happened in spite of the Anti-Defamation League asking candidates to avoid references to Nazis or Hitler.

When a campaign devolves into calling the opponent Nazis and evoking Hitler, it shows not only intellectual laziness and disregard for the ADL but it shows desperation.

Ralph Miller

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Apparently Mr. Miller is mistaken about the Biden campaign. Just yesterday Biden claimed he was going to lead an effective strategy to mobilize trunalimunumaprzure.

Well, darn. Trump may just as well go ahead and concede now.

Dennis Wooden

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Mr. Miller, I agree that it is bad form for a Biden ad to compare Trump to Hitler.

That still leaves open the possibility of comparing Hitler to Trump.

Two more days.

Michael Mallen

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Opinion: Why Gen Z and Millennials need to vote in 2020 – WHYY

Posted By on November 3, 2020

Why else would so much effort be put into suppressing it? Your vote is your voice your contribution to a national discussion. It is your chance to actually do something about the critical challenges facing our nation.

We are mired in an economic crisis that disproportionately harms marginalized communities. Millions of Americans are struggling to feed their families, facing eviction or foreclosure, and looking for work. If you want an economic recovery that embodies justice and equity for all Americans, your vote is your voice.

Every stage of our criminal justice system disproportionately affects communities of color, from policing to the courts to incarceration. If you are outraged and heartbroken following yet another fatal shooting of a Black person at the hands of law enforcement this week, and want to reimagine what it means to invest in services and supports that help keep all in our city healthy and safe, your vote is your voice.

In Pennsylvania, our laws still do not provide comprehensive non-discrimination protections for members of the LGBTQ+ community, who can still lose their jobs or homes simply because of who they are or who they love. Wages are still limited by gender. Credit and real estate values are still impacted by racial bias and discrimination. If you believe that we must do better because all people are created equal, your vote is your voice.

Your vote is your voice, but it is so much more than that. Your vote is your power, your authority as a citizen not just to choose our leaders, but to hold them accountable, to choose a government that promises us a better future and then demand that they deliver on those promises. Apathy has dire consequences. We cannot delegate decision-making to our neighbors and then grumble about the outcome of their choices.

Never think for a moment that your vote wont matter.

Never think for a moment that your voice is small.

Your vote is an exercise of political power. Your voice is a moral contribution to the world we live in. Decisions will be made by those who show up. So make a plan to vote. Get informed about who and what is on your ballot. Show up. Use your voice.


Jason Mitchell is a finance and supply chain professional and is the current president of the Urban League of Philadelphias young professionals group, NExT Philadelphia.

Jill Fertel is a lawyer and serves on the Advocacy Committee of the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) Philadelphia Associate Board.

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Emmanuel Macron must give Muslims the same free speech protections as other communities View – Euronews

Posted By on November 3, 2020

It has been nearly six years since the tragic Charlie Hebdo attacks, but France is still struggling to create a freedom of speech that can unite - and respect - all its citizens. Rather than pander to a smug Gallic pseudo-intellectual bigotry, President Macron must lead his nation in providing Muslims with the same safeguards it extends to other communities.

Any other course of action will continue to weaken French society, and undermine the "Republican values" the nation holds so sacred. This is to say nothing of the growing global economic boycott of France in the Muslim world.

One mans cultural criticism is another mans racism. All too often, Muslims are on the receiving end of racial and religious hatred that is propagated under the cover of satire or free speech. This point was made by prime minister Imran Khan at the UN General Assembly last year in his 50-minute speech.

Those truly committed to freedom of speech should remember that it comes with conditions to ensure its survival. Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights guarantees freedom of expression, but this right is always a qualified, not an unbridled one, in law. In France, as in much of Europe, illicit remarks against minorities are criminal offences.

Although on paper, European and Muslim-majority societies have very different versions of freedom of speech, the reality is that the limits and protections in both cases are very similar - although what exactly is limited and who precisely is protected may differ.

What Muslims need are not new limits on freedom of speech in Europe - Muslim culture is as committed to free expression as Europes.

What Muslims do need is for Europes political and intellectual elites to understand that the protections and safeguards that exist to ensure continuity of free expression apply to those things Muslims find most sacred and provocative.

Those safeguards are plentiful - if they are applied fairly to Muslim issues. First, incitement to violence. Targeting and provoking a community which is already marginalised (economically and culturally) and manipulated by extremists of various stripes, is likely to indirectly lead to violence. That violence may be against that community or by that community.

Second, violence is not just physical. France has had criminal laws against psychological violence for a decade, with a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment. The law is most commonly applied to cases of domestic violence but perhaps could be just as relevant to domestic politics.

Third, there are already specific exemptions in some European states to free expression when it comes to religious sensitivities. Austria has a law against disparaging religious doctrines, the basis of which is that to insult a religion is to undermine one of the tenets of civil society and endanger peaceful coexistence - something to which all of us have a right.

I know a secular European mind may struggle with this. If religious leaders are just historical figures, surely they should be subject to the same historical analysis as their counterparts in politics or any other field? Coincidentally this is the exact defence used by some found guilty of violating the Austrian law previously referenced.

Even if we were to look at religion through a purely historical lens and neglect that Prophet Muhammad is for Muslims so much more than Napoleon could ever be to the French or Winston Churchill to the British (or even what Jesus is to many Christians), there is already protection in place against false reporting of history where it is likely to endanger a community or faith.

Holocaust denial is illegal in sixteen European countries. This includes France, which passed the Gayssot Law in 1990. I have never seen history professors march along the Champs lyse in protest against this law. I am not aware of history teachers telling pupils that 5.9 million Jews perished in the Holocaust just to make a point about freedom of speech.

And rightly so. Holocaust deniers are not driven by historical inquiry; they are anti-Semites using history as cover for Jew-hatred.

Similarly, with cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, we are generally not talking about neutral stick figures or illustrious watercolours. Charlie Hebdos controversial cartoon perpetuated the worst (and false) caricature of our Prophet. By extension, the billions of Muslims who believe in and love him were portrayed, in the popular imagination, as being just as bad.

These representations of the Prophet are not satire, art, or freedom of speech. They are glaringly similar in their dehumanisation to the blood libel which has been used by anti-Semites for centuries.

Muslims request to European leaders is simple: apply your own laws fairly, and give us the same protection you give to others, like the Jewish community, from abuses of freedom of speech. For that particular community, the red line - and the line along which some seek to divide our societies through slurs and provocations - is their unparalleled historical suffering.

Our red line is what we love and cherish the most. In fact, no word in the English language can capture the indescribable attachment and loyalty we feel towards our noble Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him.


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Holocaust Education Week programs move online this year –

Posted By on November 3, 2020

In Nova Scotia, the 17th annual Holocaust Education Week runs Nov. 1 to 8

The Second World War ended 75 years ago, but the exploration of lessons learned from the six-year conflict endures.

In Nova Scotia, the 17th annual Holocaust Education Week runs Nov. 1 to 8.

Organized by the Atlantic Jewish Council, this years program will be different than previous years.

Given the COVID-19 situation we have made the leap online, and this year our Holocaust Education Week programs will be presented online with one self-directed exhibit at the Halifax Central Library that can also be viewed virtually, Edna LeVine, the councils director of community engagement, said on Oct. 14.

She acknowledged its been challenging adjusting public programming that, in the past, was always presented before audiences at such venues as schools and museums.

Selecting an online format that would be user-friendly and encourage (viewer) engagement was important, LeVine told via email.

Then there was determining the appropriate content for an online program, she said. We decided to present stories of perseverance (and) grit.

The council has organized an event with a Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor and students here, to begin at 11 a.m. on Nov. 2, with pupils across Nova Scotia set to take part, said LeVine.

Jewish survivor Judy Abrams was the beneficiary of a new childhood name and fake identity a Catholic girl who thought at one point shed like to be a nun and made it through the war years under the protection of nuns at a convent and later a gentile friend of her family. She came to Canada in 1949 at age 12.

Abramss story will be shared virtually with more than 1,000 students, LeVine said.

Nazi rule under Adolf Hitler came to be in Germany in 1933; the Second World War took place from 1939 to 1945. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Allied troops liberation of Nazi concentration camps.

Between 1947 and 1955, about 35,000 Jewish survivors of Nazi genocide, and their dependents, resettled in Canada, according to The Canadian Encyclopedia. Many arrived on ships from Europe that docked in Halifax.

Today, community programs and services available to survivors and their families are still offered in various cities across the country. LeVine said about 15 Holocaust survivors live in Nova Scotia.

In this province, legislation recognizing the worldwide Holocaust Memorial Day was introduced 20 years ago by the Conservative government of then-premier John Hamm.

In Ontario, the Toronto-area Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, a nonprofit human-rights group, had aHolocaust-awareness survey done for it in late February and early March. It showed the majority (55 per cent) of Atlantic Canadians feel students arent taught enough about the Holocaust in school.

The organizations national study said just under 62 per cent of respondents in the Atlantic region believe young people today are less aware of the Holocaust and its lessons than in the past.

With respect to Holocaust education south of the border, results from a recent U.S. study suggest more work needs to be done.Last month, news outlets reported about the findings of a random survey of American adults, aged 18 to 39, on their grasp of this dark period of history. The study was commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which is headquartered in New York City.

Holocaust scholars and others have expressed concern regarding the lack of knowledge about Hitlers genocidal dictatorship, shown by many millennial and Generation Z survey respondents in the U.S.

The findings raise concerns not just about Holocaust ignorance, but also Holocaust denial, NBC News reported on Sept. 16.The survey shows that about half of millennial and Gen Z respondents have seen Holocaust denial or distortion posts online, NBC said.

Reuters news service reported recently Facebook Inc. has announced it was updating its hate speech policy to ban any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust.

More information on the Atlantic Jewish Councils Holocaust Education Week can be found here.

Michael Lightstone is a freelance reporter living in Dartmouth

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Twitter CEO says the company doesnt have a misinformation policy against users posting Holocaust denials – Yahoo News

Posted By on November 3, 2020

While testifying before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to questions from Sen. Cory Gardner about tweets denying the Holocaust. Dorsey said the company does not have a misinformation policy against users posting Holocaust denials.

CORY GARDNER: Mr. Dorsey, I'm going to direct these first questions to you. Mr Dorsey, do you believe the Holocaust really happened? Yes or no.


CORY GARDNER: So you would agree that someone who says the Holocaust may not have happened is spreading misinformation, yes or no.


CORY GARDNER: I appreciate your answers on this, but they surprise me and probably a lot of other Colorads and Americans. After all, Iran's Ayatollah has done exactly this, questioning the Holocaust. And yet his tweets remain unflagging on Twitter's platform. You and I agree that moderating your platform makes sense in certain respects.

We don't want the next terrorist finding inspiration on Twitter or any certain-- any platform for that matter. But you've also decided to moderate certain content from influential world leaders. And I'd like to understand your decisions to do so a little bit better. Can you name any other instance of Twitter hiding or deleting tweets from heads of state?

JACK DORSEY: Not off the top of my head, but we have many examples across world leaders around the world.

CORY GARDNER: Would you be willing to provide a list of those?

JACK DORSEY: Absolutely.

CORY GARDNER: I know that we've established [INAUDIBLE] content moderation can have certain upsides like combating terrorism, but Twitter has chosen to approach content moderation from the standpoint of combating misinformation as well.

So it's strange to me that you flag the tweets from the president, but haven't hidden the Ayatollah's tweets on Holocaust denial or calls to wipe Israel off the map. And that you can't recall off the top of your head hidden or deleted tweets from other world leaders. I would appreciate that list. I think it's important that we all hear that.

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So that brings my next question to the front. Does Twitter maintain a formal list of certain accounts that you actively monitor for misinformation?

JACK DORSEY: No, and we don't have a policy against misinformation. We have a policy against misinformation in three categories, which are manipulated media, public health, specifically COVID, and civic integrity, election interference, and voter suppression. That is all we have policy on for misleading information. We do not have policy or enforcement for any other types of misleading information that you're mentioning.

CORY GARDNER: So somebody denying the murder of millions of people or instigating violence against a country as a head of state is not categorically falling in any of those three misinformation or other categories Twitter has?

JACK DORSEY: Not misinformation, but we do have other policies around incitement to violence, which may-- some of the tweets that you mentioned or the examples that you're mentioning may fall [INAUDIBLE]. But for misleading information, we're focused on those three categories only.

CORY GARDNER: So somebody denies the Holocaust has happened is not misinformation?

JACK DORSEY: It's misleading information, but we don't have a policy against that type of misleading information. We have--

CORY GARDNER: Millions of people died, and that's not a violation of Twitter-- again, I just don't understand how you can label a president of the United States. Have you ever taken a tweet down from the Ayatollah?

JACK DORSEY: I believe we have, but we can get back to you on it. We've certainly labeled tweets. And I believe we have taken one down as well.

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Schools given Holocaust books to counteract exposure to conspiracy theories – MSN UK

Posted By on November 3, 2020

David Davies Hundreds of schools across England are to receive copies of a research-informed textbook on the Holocaust to help combat myths and misconceptions (David Davies/PA)

Hundreds of schools across England are to receive copies of a research-informed textbook on the Holocaust to help combat myths and misconceptions held by students.

Teachers are increasingly concerned about the levels of Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism, hate speech and extremism which young people are exposed to online, the co-author of the book has said.

It is hoped the resource, which is being distributed to 1,000 English secondary schools, will counteract these destructive influences on social media which teachers and anti-racism campaigners warn are becoming more widespread.

Professor Stuart Foster, executive director of the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education and co-author of the textbook, said teachers already find the Holocaust a difficult subject to teach as many are self-taught.

He told the PA news agency: If you Google Holocaust Education Lesson Plans you get so much and I think teachers really find it hard, quite understandably, to separate the wheat from the chaff, to try and understand what actually is reliable and trustworthy.

And now school staff are facing challenging conversations in the classroom with young people who have been exposed to inaccurate content about the Holocaust online, Prof Foster added.

On the growing trend, he told PA: I think that theres some appeal to conspiracy theories. Theres some kind of crazy attraction to this sense of pushing back on what teachers tell you or experts tell you.

I think there is definitely that out there and I think social media has definitely made things worse.

Around 30,000 free copies of Understanding The Holocaust: How And Why Did It Happen? which has been written by experts from the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education are being sent to state school teachers who teach the Holocaust to students in Years 7 and 9.

It comes after a survey from anti-racism group Hope Not Hate found that 15% of 16 to 24-year-olds agreed with a statement which said it is true that the official account of the Holocaust was a lie and the number of Jewish people killed by the Nazis during the Second World War had been exaggerated on purpose.

Prof Foster said: Teachers in the schools with whom we work with are increasingly telling us that they are concerned about levels of hate speech, extremism, denial, anti-Semitism and so on to which young people are exposed.

In many respects these teachers are looking to us to help them counteract these dangerous influences through education.

Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: This is an initiative which will be hugely welcomed by schools at a time when they find themselves having to counteract the corrosive circulation of erroneous and extremist material online which can adversely influence young people.

It is absolutely vital on this subject of all subjects that we have a reliable source of information that can be used to debunk myths and show the horror which is caused by bigotry.

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Trumps denial of climate change represents worse threat to humanity than Hitler, says activist Noam Chomsky – The Independent

Posted By on November 3, 2020

It is perhaps not surprising he has stark words about Donald Trump and the Republican Party, which he says is the worlds only large conservative political grouping to deny the existence of climate change.

In an interview with The Independent to promote a new book about the urgency of the crisis and a means to transition to a non-fossil fuel economy as part of a so-called global green new deal, he says he has identified several patterns over the course of the Trump presidency.

One is to tear up any deals in which he played no part in creating, such as the 2015 Paris Accord to try and limit the planets warming, which Barack Obama helped to broker, and from which Trump has withdrawn the United States.

He didn't create it, destroy it, OK, he says.

Chomsky also makes a highly controversial comparison between Trump and Adolf Hitler one that was strongly rebutted by experts on the Holocaust who told The Independent such a suggestion was wrong and offensive.

The public intellectual and activist, whose many celebrated works include Manufacturing Consent, is now aged 91. He is adamant the threat represented by the heating planet is unprecedented.

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The facts are pretty straight; there is almost universal consensus among serious scientists that we are racing towards the cataclysm, if current tendencies persist, he says.

By the end of this century, you might have reached the level three, maybe four degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. And every analysis concludes that's a total cataclysm. Organised human societies nothing survives.

He adds: We are moving towards cataclysm. There is one country in the world, the United States, that wants to put its foot on the accelerator.

Asked about the specific role played by the president, and the Republican Party, he says the global coronavirus pandemic, which has so far killed more than 1 million people and infected more than 43 million, can be tackled, but not with malignantcancerin charge of the policies someone who moves to destroy anything that doesn't improve his electoral chances.

Definitely the worst one I can think of in history, Adolf Hitler was pretty hideous [but] he wasn't trying to destroy organised human society on earth, he says.

Challenged on this, with the fact that the Nazi Holocaust killed at least 6 million Jewish people, Chomsky, whose parents were Jewish, says Hitler also killed 30 million Slavs, but not human civilisation.

Asked directly if he was saying Trump, 73, was worse than Hitler, Chomsky says: Thats a very outrageous statement. And every time I say it, I preface it by saying, here's an outrageous statement, but please ask yourself whether its true.

Chomsky, whose book with progressive economist Robert Pollin is entitled Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal, cites the Wannsee Conference, held in a Berlin suburb in January 1942 to lay out the Nazis plan for the extermination of the Jewish people what they termed the final solution.

He contrasts that dark genocidal moment in history with a 2018 statement by the Republicans National Highway Safety Administration, which concluded no new restrictions were needed for vehicle emissions because it assessed global temperatures would rise by 4 per cent by the end of the century.

As such, the Trump administration concluded there was little point in enforcing new emissions standards, given they were one of several contributors to global warming. The reports authors wrote that stopping the required rise in greenhouse gas emissions would require the economy and the [USs] vehicle fleet to substantially move away from the use of fossil fuels, which is not currently technologically feasible or economically practicable.

[Theyre saying] so we're heading for cataclysm, let's go faster because that'll mean more profits for my constituency, the researchers who fund me, says Chomsky. Can you think of a document like that in history.

He adds: OK, so let's go back to the outrageous statement. Well, its outrageous. Its not false.

The president has repeatedly dismissed the climate crisis and spent much of his term overturning environmental standards imposed by Barack Obama. He also withdrew the US from the 2015 Paris Accord.

This autumn, as wildfires ravaged much of the US west with a scale and intensity not seen for a century, the president sought to blame bad forest management.

In September, Trump visited California and spoke with government officials. One of them, Wade Crowfoot, Californias secretary for natural resources, said to the president: If we ignore the science and put our head in the sand and think its all about vegetation management, were not going to succeed together protecting Californians. Mr Trump replied: Itll start getting cooler. You just watch.

By contrast, a 2018 assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned policy makers of the necessity of seeking to limit warming to 1.5C to avoid even more catastrophe. One of its authors wrote: Every extra bit of warming matters, especially since warming of 1.5C or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems.

Nevertheless, some will be likely be troubled by Chomskys terms of reference and the comparison of Trump to Hitler.

A spokesperson for the highly regarded United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, directed The Independent to a 2015 statement posted to its website it says remains relevant.

It says: Nazism represented a singular evil that resulted in the murder of 6 million Jews and the persecution and deaths of millions of others for racial and political reasons.

Comparing contemporary situations to Nazism is not only offensive to its victims, but it is also inaccurate and misrepresents both Holocaust history and the present.

It adds: The Holocaust should be remembered, studied, and understood so that we can learn its lessons; it should not be exploited for opportunistic purposes.

Others were more directly critical. Deborah Lipstadt, a celebrated US historian specialising in the Holocaust, and whose court battle against Holocaust denier David Irving was featured in the 2015 movie Denial, says Chomskys comments were counterproductive.

Look, I think climate change is a tremendous problem, [a] potential catastrophe for many parts of this world. We see it repeatedly. It's not a theory. It's not an unproven fact. I know of no serious scientist who denies it, says Lipstadt, Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Atlantas Emory University.

But to compare it to an attempt to annihilate a people, from one end of the European continent to the other, and off the European continent, and to annihilate a good proportion of the Roma population of Europe it serves no purpose. It's an unnecessary comparison.

She adds: Could this be Chomsky once again saying the outrageous in order possibly to get attention?

Aryeh Tuchman, associate director of the centre on extremism at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) perhaps the nations leading organisation countering hate speech and antisemitism, said Hitlers wartime atrocities stemmed from his desire to eliminate Jews and establish Nazi supremacy over Europe, not from his desire to win re-election.

He added: This comparison between Adolf Hitler and Donald Trump is specious and offensive.

There was no immediate response to Chomskys claims from the White House.

The plan envisaged by Pollin and Chomsky, which aims for a full employment economy, would start with an initial investment of $2.1 trillion in 2024 into wind, solar, geothermal and other low emissions energy sources. This is about 2.5 per cent of GDP. Around $500bn would go into building efficiencies, and the transfer of $100bn from the US military budget.

In their book, published by Verso, they write: Total clean energy investment spending for the full 27-year cycle would amount to $140 trillion.

NASA has been measuring loss of Arctic sea ice for years


Asked how they would pay for this, Pollin, 70, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst said firstly, it would pay for itself from the savings its would create.

He added: Number two, the US Energy Department. Even though they have banned the words climate change, they put out this document every year and this years says solar energy, onshore wind energy, geothermal energy, hydro power is already at cost parity or are cheaper than coal and nuclear power for generating electricity. So, over time it will pay for itself.

The initial investment could come from a combination of private and public funds.

The debate over climate change and fossil has been, unusually, at the forefront of this years election campaign, in part because progressives such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have managed to push Joe Bidens platform to the left.

His website reads: Joe Biden knows there is no greater challenge facing our country and our world. Thats why he is outlining a bold plan a clean energy revolution to address this grave threat and lead the world in addressing the climate emergency.

But because of the nature of US elections and the importance of certain key states such as Pennsylvania, he and Kamala Harris have in recent days been forced to insist they are not opposed to fracking an environmentally damaging way to extract natural gas in order to try and hold onto votes.

Chomsky recently caused some controversy when he essentially said 2020 was not a year for a protest vote and said Mr Biden, however imperfect from the perspective of a progressive, was the only viable option.

Every couple of years something comes up called an election. You spend a few minutes deciding whether its worth taking some time off to participate, he said.

Sometimes it is so transparent that it shouldnt take five seconds when you have a malignant cancer who is racing to destroy the world and the alternative is a programme thats not great but at least open to improvement. A rational person doesn't spend five seconds on this decision.

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My journey to the World Zionist Congress | Commentaries – St. Louis Jewish Light

Posted By on November 1, 2020

TheWorld Zionist Congress (WZC), which most people have either never heard of or know little about, convenes every five years in Israel and last week concluded its first virtual session due to pandemic restrictions preventing global travel.

The WZC is composed of more than 500 elected delegates from around the world, with about a third from Israel and a third from the United States. The rest are either from other Diaspora countries or are appointed by international legacy organizations such as Hadassah and Bnai Brith.

It was started in 1897 by Theodore Herzl himself, the founder of modern political Zionism, as the main decision-making body of the WZC. Its goal was to form a Jewish State and allow Jews to escape the horrors of exile and become self-reliant in our historical homeland.

When the State of Israel was formed in 1948, the organizations that sprung from the WZC and over which it exerted considerable influence and funding control were absorbed as National Institutions within Israel: the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL), also known as the Jewish National Fund (JNF); the Jewish Agency for Israel; and Keren Hayesod, or United Israel Appeal, a fundraising wing.

So how did I become the only delegate from St. Louis among the 152-member American delegation to the World Zionist Congress?

I became interested in the WZC in the summer of 2019 when I stumbled across an article about then-upcoming elections in March.

I knew little about it. Although I was a member of a number of local Jewish organizations, I had not played a role in any organizations national or international operations. So I wasnt sure how to get involved with what seemed to me like a major organization that controls the funding of almost $1 billion per year in the Jewish world.

All that changed when I was introduced to Rabbi Pesach Lerner, chairman of the new Eretz Hakodesh slate. Lerner, executive vice president emeritus of the National Council of Young Israel and president of the Coalition for Jewish Values, told me he wanted Haredim, traditional Orthodox Jews, to express the love they have for Israel and the Jewish people by voting in these elections.

I grew up in a very Zionist although not religiously observant home. But I became more observant after law school, and I was drawn to Lerners message. The rabbi had no idea whether he would get rabbinic support or that of the voting public, because Haredim have not really been a part of the WZC.

Of the three Haredi political parties in Israel, only one identifies as Zionist and gets seats at the Congress. Although they are religious Jews who love their fellow Jews and the Land of Israel, many Haredim have theological issues (for reasons beyond the scope of this article) with the concept of a secular Jewish State in the Holy Land. That was our challenge.

Rabbi Lerner wanted to change this relationship, and I was all in. Imagine if we could unite the Jewish people over our love of Israel at a time when so many young Jews have become disillusioned with Israel. We could infuse the Jewish people with a dose of optimism and hope for our unity that perhaps hasnt been known since the end of 1967 Six-Day War. It is an uphill battle for sure, but I was ready to help in any way I could.

After months of hard work to identify influencers, activists and volunteers across the country, elections for the 38th World Zionist Congress, held by the American Zionist Movement in March, resulted in a shocking win for Eretz Hakodesh, which became the third-largest bloc,garnering more than 20,000 votes. This shifted the ideological balance of the Congress toward religious and more right-leaning secular slates. This shift upset many people, and we have unfortunately been subjected to many attacks from other slates to the left of us. We were even scapegoated during recent contentious negotiations over a coalition agreement for the governance of the WZC Institutions.

We find this unfortunate and hope our fellow Jews will reconsider and decide to work with us rather than vilify us as enemies. We hope the big tent has room for Haredi Jews as well.

And what do we want to accomplish? Rather than focusing on the chasm between certain segments of the American Jewish community and Israel, Eretz Hakodesh seeks to identify and grow those areas that represent positive aspects of Jewish unity. We are hoping for five years of effort to increase Jewish education and facilitate Aliyah. Tens of thousands of Jews traveling to Israel, learning Hebrew and studying their heritage each year can lead to a life of support and investment in Israel.

My experience at the World Zionist Congress (Oct. 20-22) was enlightening. So many of us from different religious, cultural and political perspectives, yet in the committee meetings we were able to find respectful consensus around so many issues that unite us, such as integrating those making Aliyah to Israel in a more sensitive and efficient way, and fighting anti-Semitism on college campuses.

I dont know what my role will be going forward with Eretz Hakodesh, but I am excited to be contributing to a reinvigorated World Zionist Congress. Although it was only on Zoom this year, we are hopeful for a full, in-person Congress lshana habaah bYerushalyim! (Next year in Jerusalem.)

Marc Jacob, a former Millstone Fellow, volunteers for a number of local Jewish organizations. He is the managing attorney of the Jacob Law Firm LLC and Home Sweet Legal in Clayton, and he lives in University City with his wife and their five sons.

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Zionism threatens all Arab states, and normalisation is part of the plot – Middle East Monitor

Posted By on November 1, 2020

There are insistent voices pointing to the decline of the Palestinian cause amongst Arabs and Muslims and its loss of its centrality within the Arab world. Such voices are only being heard because we are living in a time of serious weakness and fragmentation. Too many people, though, seem to have lost their understanding of faith, history and identity.

Attempts are being made to remove the Palestinian issue from Arab and Muslim hearts and minds so that some Arab countries can normalise their relations with Israel. It is necessary, therefore, to go back to basics and recall the facts about the cause so that greater awareness may prevail rather than short-term, selfish political expediency.

Whether the normalising states understand or not, it is a fact that Zionism presents a very real threat to all Arab states and people in the region, not just to Palestine and the Palestinians. The Zionism movement wants more land, Arab land, and once it has taken all of historic Palestine it will turn on its neighbours so that Greater Israel becomes a reality. That is the Zionist objective. The Palestinian struggle for justice stands in its way.

The Nakba and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, and the events that followed, leading up to the 1967 Six Day War in which the Zionists seized more Arab land and all of Palestine, intensified Arab awareness that the Palestinians and their cause are entrenched as the central regional issue. Like it or not, Palestine still stands at the centre of the Arab worlds past, present and future; the Arab states fates are linked to it indelibly.

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The understanding of the centrality of the Palestinian cause and its legitimacy has pushed the Arab people over many generations to participate in the struggle for the liberation of their usurped land, regardless of their political ideology. They have joined the call for Palestinian rights, and provided financial and political support to the people of occupied Palestine. In Algeria, for example, absolute support for the Palestinians is expressed in the slogan, We are with Palestine, wronged and oppressed, with the firm belief that Palestine suffers historical injustice from greedy oppressors approaching from all directions.

Their faith tends to mould the thoughts and actions of Muslims, and Palestine is regarded as part of that faith and their history. The Quran itself, as well as the words and actions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and those things of which he approved, all make mention of the sacred nature of the land around Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The area is a blessed land.

The Night Journey of the Prophet could have taken place to and from anywhere, but the Almighty decreed that Jerusalem specifically Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa would play a central role: Glorified be He Who took His servant for a Journey by Night from Al-Masjid Al-Haram to Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa, the surroundings of which We have blessed, in order that We might show him of Our signs. Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer. (The Quran, chapter 17, verse 1)

According to the commentary on this verse by Ibn Kathir, may God have mercy on his soul, Prophet Muhammad was taken from Makkah to Al-Aqsa where all of the Prophets before him were gathered, and he led them in prayer before ascending through the heavens.

This miraculous journey teaches us many lessons, one of which is that the Prophets (peace be upon them all) were gathered together in Palestine to illustrate the sacred nature of the land. When the early followers of Prophet Muhammad were taught to pray, they turned towards Al-Aqsa to do so; it was their first Qibla. The Qibla was changed after the migration to Madinah, but by then the importance of Al-Aqsa and its surrounding territory was cemented within Islam and the hearts of the Muslims. It is a sacred trust for the Muslim Ummah to look after the mosque and land until the Day of Judgement.

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The sanctity of Palestine, for which the miracle of the night journey is symbolic, is stressed by the Creator in several places in the Quran in order to stress its importance and status for Muslims. We know that it was a blessed land even before Moses (peace be upon him) led the Children of Israel (another name for Prophet Jacob, peace be upon him) there. Many prophets are buried in Palestine, including Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), who bought the land in which he is buried and upon which Masjid Ibrahimi stands in the city named after the Patriarch, Al-Khalil (Hebron). That transaction is significant in the present context when land in the area is being taken unlawfully from its rightful owners.

The sanctity of the land is in part due to it being the land of steadfastness. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said over 1,400 years ago that victory will come to those in the land over the invaders and occupiers provided that steadfastness is combined with legitimate struggle to defend and liberate it.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) is reported by Abu Umamah Al-Bahli to have said: A group of people from my Ummah will always remain triumphant on the right path and continue to be triumphant [against their opponents]. He who deserts them shall not be able to do them any harm. They will remain in this position until Allahs Command is executed [i.e. the Day of Judgement is established]. He was asked, Where are they, Prophet of Allah? He replied, In Jerusalem.

Considerations of the centrality of Palestine with regard to the Arab and Islamic nations do not stop at the meanings and values that it bears for Muslims and a divine promise. It is not only about national affiliations between the Palestinian people and their brothers in blood, language and ethnicity, but goes beyond it to its importance for Arab security across the region. Zionism is based on territorial expansion, with the occupation of other peoples land and plunder of their resources. It is hugely significant in this context that the Zionist state of Israel has never declared its borders; it is the only UN member state never to have done so. The self-defence and security claims whenever more land is stolen from the Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese are just excuses for territorial expansion. This should set alarm bells ringing in Arab capitals, but the normalisation states either cant or wont hear them. I say it again: Zionism is a threat to the security of all Arab land, not just occupied Palestine.

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The national home for the Jewish people was planted in the Arab region by European imperialists with the specific objective of preventing any Arab unity and cooperation. Ultimately, the plan is for Israel to dominate the region and control its vast energy resources. To do this there has been a concerted effort to falsify and distort history, erase Arab identity and destroy the local culture with a false Zionist narrative. That is the function of the state of Israel. It is a capitalist colonial enterprise which pays no heed to the local people and treats international laws and conventions with contempt. Its allies in the West support it by turning a blind eye and allowing it to act with impunity.

The Palestinians, along with those Arabs and Muslims who are in thoughts and hearts free from the tyrannical regimes which rule over them, are now at the centre of the normalisation phase of the struggle. This is arguably the most difficult battle in the history of the Palestinian cause, as normalisation is intended to liquidate the cause and legitimise the Israeli occupation, and it is using Arab rulers to do it. These rulers are selling the Arab soul and identity to the Zionists and handing over the keys to Arab cities to those who do not have the interests of the Muslims at heart.

Stirring up controversy on an issue such as the centrality of Palestine and its cause for Arabs and Muslims (and the Palestinian Christians, it must be pointed out) is an attempt to brainwash and manipulate them. We are on the threshold of a Zionist-American era in the region wherein Israel will manage regional affairs and states, with the economic and political exclusivity that goes with such a role.

Zionism threatens all Arab states and normalisation is part of the plot. Those who promote normalisation with Israel will lose in the end. They are swimming against the tide of history as well as the value system and principles of Islam. They will never be able to erase the link between Muslims all over the world and the blessed land of Palestine, because it is based on their unshakeable faith and not temporal gains.

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Monitor.

Zionism threatens all Arab states, and normalisation is part of the plot - Middle East Monitor

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