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45 years ago .. Operation “Black September” changed the course of the Munich Olympics

On this day in 1972, members of the Black September organization stormed the Israeli embassy in Bangkok and held hostages. It was hoped that the Munich Olympics would be quiet and would only fight between athletes in clean competitions. However, the kidnapping of Black September and their deaths Has overshadowed the Olympics and the performance of the security services to this day. The Munich Olympics were supposed to break another image. A 1936 Olympics in Germany under the Nazi regime. Germany is living under a pluralistic democratic system about a quarter of a century after the fall of Nazism. Indeed, ten days of sports were fun, exciting, until four thirty five minutes on the morning of September 5th, when the Black September organization broke into the headquarters of the Israeli sports mission in the Olympic Village, and requested the release of 232 Palestinian prisoners in Israel , As well as German Andreas Bader and Alrike Meinhof of the leftist Red Army organization. The Palestinian group also requested the release of Japanese leftist Kozo Okamoto, a member of the Japanese Red Army organization, who carried out an operation at Lod Airport in Israel on May 30, 1972. German negotiators tended to accept the terms of the group that detained the athletes of the Israeli mission, while Israel categorically refused. Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir said, “If we agree, an Israeli will not feel safe in his life anywhere in the world.” At the end of the day and after a disastrous operation to free the kidnapped, 11 Israeli athletes were killed, in addition to five of the perpetrators and a policeman. Munich police chief Manfred Schreiber tried to justify the failure by saying: “We were not prepared, neither in terms of the quality of arms, nor legally or psychologically prepared, in a peaceful sports environment.” The post 45 years ago .. Operation “Black September” changed the course of the Munich Olympics appeared first on News Wire Now.

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Gold is climbing and the dollar is falling

Gold rose for the eighth session in a row, as the dollar fell, prompting investors to buy it, while palladium rose to a 17-year high. Gold prices rose more than 3% in the past two weeks as the dollar weakened by the yellow metal. By 10:30 GMT (1330 Moscow time), spot gold rose 0.2% to $ 1285.35 an ounce, while gold increased in decades American futures futures increased by $ 2.60 to $ 1290.10 an ounce. The dollar slipped against the euro on Wednesday. Traders said there was little news to support the rise of the euro, but some investors were poised for a possible rise in the single currency at the start of the new year, after a remarkable performance in 2017, which recorded the best annual performance against the US currency since 2003. Despite a relative slump in the fourth quarter, gold has risen 10% this year and is heading towards its biggest annual gain since 2010. Among other precious metals, palladium rose more than 1% to its highest level since February 2001 to $ 1069.50 an ounce, before falling to $ 1059.20 an ounce, up 0.7%. Silver rallied 0.5% to $ 16.62 an ounce, after rising earlier in the session to $ 16.64 an ounce, its highest level since late November. The post Gold is climbing and the dollar is falling appeared first on News Wire Now.

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Israeli teens tell Netanyahu they won’t serve in IDF, slam occupation of Palestine

Sixty-three Israeli students signed a letter stating they would defy mandatory military service despite the risk of jail. Citing the occupation of Palestine, the letter criticizes the policies of Israel’s “racist government.”[contfnewc] The letter, signed on Thursday by sixty-three high school students from across Israel, is addressed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot. [contfnewc] The post Israeli teens tell Netanyahu they won’t serve in IDF, slam occupation of Palestine appeared first on News Wire Now.

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Russia to deny US planes overnight stays at 3 airfields amid observation flights row

Moscow is set to cancel several agreements with Washington under the Open Skies Treaty, in response to the US creating obstacles for Russian observation activities, the Foreign Ministry said.[contfnewc] Russia will cancel overnight stops at three airfields for US observation planes, as well as scrap a number of bilateral agreements that were made to facilitate observation flights, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday. The measures will take effect on January 1. [contfnewc] The post Russia to deny US planes overnight stays at 3 airfields amid observation flights row appeared first on News Wire Now.

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Reasons to doubt the veracity of the ‘Steele dossier’ on Trump are still emerging

There is a parallel but lesser-publicized narrative running alongside the dominant media-favored Trump-Russia collusion story.[contfnewc] It centers not on Trump and his alleged collusion with Moscow, but on Fusion GPS, the shady firm behind the infamous Steele dossier. Stories about the 35-page ‘intelligence report’ written by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele very often do not make so much as a passing mention of Fusion GPS or its co-founder, former journalist Glenn Simpson, but both are crucial players in what could potentially be a scandal of massive proportions. A recent investigation by online magazine Tablet using public sources to “trace the evolution” of the dossier has pieced together information which suggests central elements of the Russiagate story emerged “not from the British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s top-secret “sources” in the Russian government” but from a series of stories co-written by Simpson and his wife Mary Jacoby, which were published in the Wall Street Journal before Fusion GPS ever existed. [contfnewc] The post Reasons to doubt the veracity of the ‘Steele dossier’ on Trump are still emerging appeared first on News Wire Now.

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Mazhar: Barghouti Saadat prisoners made victory

A member of the Political Bureau of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and its branch in the Gaza Strip Jamil muzher, that the prisoner Marwan Barghuti, Commander Ahmad Sa’adat and the prisoners are made victory achieved their demands and no one else. He called Mazhar in his speech to the fields, on Saturday evening, all Palestinian not to bet on the variables in the region, and demanded the Palestinian Authority to intensify its move to end the suffering of the prisoners in the occupation prisons. He commented Hunger-striking prisoners in the occupation prisons, Saturday, a hunger strike, which began on April 17 last year, to reach understandings and agreement with the management of the occupation prisons, to respond to the demands of the prisoners, in conjunction with the first day of the month of Ramadan The post Mazhar: Barghouti Saadat prisoners made victory appeared first on News Wire Now.

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Obama warns against irresponsible social media use

Former US President Barack Obama has warned against the irresponsible use of social media, in a rare interview since stepping down in January. He warned that such actions were distorting people’s understanding of complex issues, and spreading misinformation. “All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the internet,” he said. Mr Obama was quizzed by Prince Harry on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Prince Harry, fifth in line to the throne, is one of several prominent figures who are guest-editing the programme over the Christmas period. Obama on the extremes of social media The former president expressed concern about a future where facts are discarded and people only read and listen to things that reinforce their own views. “One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases. “The question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn’t lead to a Balkanisation of society and allows ways of finding common ground,” he said. Mr Obama’s successor Donald Trump is a prolific user of Twitter, but Mr Obama did not mention him by name. What promises has Trump kept as president? Is Donald Trump winning? ‘Don’t take away our healthcare’ Mr Trump has been accused of overusing Twitter and following only a narrow range of users, though he maintains it allows him to connect directly with the American people. [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc]Media captionBoxers or briefs? Prince Harry grills Barack Obama on his likes and dislikes Mr Obama suggested face-to-face contact would help counteract extreme views. “Social media is a really powerful tool for people of common interests to convene and get to know each other and connect. “But then it’s important for them to get offline, meet in a pub, meet at a place of worship, meet in a neighbourhood and get to know each other. “Because the truth is that on the internet, everything is simplified and when you meet people face-to-face it turns out they’re complicated.” What were the pressures of being president? “It’s hard, being in the public eye is unpleasant in a lot of ways. It is challenging in a lot of ways. “Your loved ones are made vulnerable in ways that might not have been true 20 years ago or 30 years ago. “So it is a sacrifice that I think everybody has to be at peace with when they decide to go into politics. But, ultimately, I think the rewards of bringing about positive change in this world make it worthwhile.” Mr Obama pays tribute to the support of his family, especially his wife Michelle, describing how glad he is that she was “my partner throughout that whole process”. And leaving office? Mixed feelings given “all the work that was still undone”. “Concerns about how the country moves forward but, you know, overall there was serenity there,” he added. Mr Obama compared his time in office to being a relay runner. Image copyrightAFPImage caption“Serenity” on leaving office – Obama’s last White House press conference in January “If you ran hard, you did your best and you were able to pass that baton successfully and the world was a little better then you had done your job.” He cites Obamacare – ensuring more people can afford basic healthcare – as a major achievement. “What an enormous blessing it is to say that 20 million Americans have health insurance that didn’t have it before.” How does he see the future? Without dismissing the problems faced by the world, he remains an optimist. “If we take responsibility for being involved in our own fate, if we participate, if we engage, if we speak out, if we work in our communities, if we volunteer, then all the problems that we face are solvable despite all the terrible news that you see. “If you had to choose a moment in human history in which you’d want to be born you’d choose today because the fact is that the world is healthier, wealthier, better educated and more tolerant, more sophisticated and less violent.” What does Prince Harry have to say? As well as editing, Prince Harry was himself interviewed on Today. “I haven’t done that many interviews but it was quite fun, especially interviewing President Obama despite the fact he wanted to interview me. “It’s been a big learning curve but also these are incredibly important topics we all need to think about and need to be discussed.” The prince’s programme focused on issues such as the armed forces, mental health, youth crime and climate change. The post Obama warns against irresponsible social media use appeared first on News Wire Now.

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‘You have no idea of damage he caused’: Colorado child sex trafficker gets record 472-year sentence

A child sex trafficker in Colorado has been sentenced to 472 years in prison. It’s been said to be the longest sentence in a human trafficking case in US history, with prosecutors originally seeking 600 years. Brock Franklin, 31, was sentenced Tuesday by Arapahoe County Judge Peter Michaelson. In March, an Arapahoe County jury found Franklin guilty of 30 counts of operating a prostitution ring that preyed on young girls and women. Among the counts were violations of Colorado’s organized crime control act, charges of pimping a child, human trafficking and sexual assault. “A 400-year sentence sends a strong message across the country that we’re not going to tolerate this kind of violence to women and vulnerable populations,” Janet Drake of the Colorado Attorney General’s office told Fox News. View image on Twitter The post ‘You have no idea of damage he caused’: Colorado child sex trafficker gets record 472-year sentence appeared first on News Wire Now.

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Sign a contract before sex? Political correctness could destroy passion

In the West, at least, everyone has become massively aware of the extent of coercion and exploitation in sexual relations.[contfnewc] However, we should bear in mind also the (no less significant) fact that millions of people on a daily basis flirt and play the game of seduction, with the clear aim of finding a partner for making love. The result of the modern Western culture is that both sexes are expected to play an active role in this game. When women dress provocatively to attract the male gaze or when they “objectify” themselves to seduce them, they don’t do it offering themselves as passive objects: instead they are the active agents of their own “objectification,” manipulating men, playing ambiguous games, including reserving the full right to step out of the game at any moment even if, to the male gaze, this appears in contradiction with previous “signals.” This freedom women enjoy bothers all kinds of fundamentalists, from Muslims who recently prohibited women touching and playing with bananas and other fruit which resembles the penis to our own ordinary male chauvinist who explodes in violence against a woman who first “provokes” him and then rejects his advances. Female sexual liberation is not just a puritan withdrawal from being “objectivized” (as a sexual object for men) but the right to actively play with self-objectivization, offering herself and withdrawing at will. But will it be still possible to proclaim these simple facts, or will the politically-correct pressure compel us to accompany all these games with some formal-legal proclamation (of consensuality, etc.)? A recent, politically-correct idea is the so-called “Consent Conscious Kit,” currently on sale in the US: a small bag with a condom, a pen, some breath mints, and a simple contract stating that both participants freely consent to a shared sexual act. The suggestion is that a couple ready to have sex either takes a photo holding in their hands the contract, or that they both date and sign it. Yet, although the “Consent Conscious Kit” addresses a very real problem, it does it in a way which is not only silly but directly counter-productive – and why is that? The underlying idea is how a sex act, if it to be cleansed of any suspicion of coercion, has to be declared, in advance, as a freely-made conscious decision of both participants – to put it in Lacanian terms, it has to be registered by the big Other, and inscribed into the symbolic order. As such, the “Consent Conscious Kit” is just an extreme expression of an attitude that grows all around the US – for example, the state of California passed a law requiring all colleges that accept state funding to adopt policies requiring their students to obtain affirmative consent — which it defines as “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity” that is “ongoing” and not given when too drunk, before engaging in sexual activity, or else risk punishment for sexual assault. Bigger picture “Affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement” – by whom? The first thing to do here is to mobilize the Freudian triad of Ego, Superego, and Id (in a simplified version: my conscious self-awareness, the agency of moral responsibility enforcing norms on me, and my deepest half-disavowed passions). What if there is a conflict between the three? If, under the pressure of the Superego, my Ego say NO, but my Id resists and clings to the denied desire? Or (a much more interesting case) the opposite: I say YES to the sexual invitation, surrendering to my Id passion, but in the midst of performing the act, my Superego triggers an unbearable guilt feeling? Thus, to bring things to the absurd, should the contract be signed by the Ego, Superego, and Id of each party, so that it is valid only if all three say YES? Plus, what if the male partner also uses his contractual right to step back and cancel the agreement at any moment in the sexual activity? Imagine that, after obtaining the woman’s consent, when the prospective lovers find themselves naked in bed, some tiny bodily detail (an unpleasant sound like a vulgar belching) dispels the erotic charm and makes the man withdraw? Is this not in itself an extreme humiliation for the woman? The ideology that sustains this promotion of “sexual respect” deserves a closer look. The basic formula is: “Yes means yes!” – it has to be an explicit yes, not just the absence of a no. “No no” does not automatically amount to a “yes”: because if a woman who is being seduced does not actively resist it, this still leaves the space open for different forms of coercion. [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] Mood killer Here, however, problems multiply: what if a woman passionately desires it but is too embarrassed to openly declare it? What if, for both partners, ironically playing coercion is part of the erotic game? And a yes to what, precisely, to what types of sexual activity, is a declared yes? Should then the contract form be more detailed, so that the principal consent is specified: a yes to vaginal but not anal intercourse, a yes to fellatio but not swallowing the sperm, a yes to light spanking but not harsh blows, etc.etc. One can easily imagine a long bureaucratic negotiation, which can kill all desire for the act, but it can also get libidinally invested on its own. These problems are far from secondary, they concern the very core of erotic interplay from which one cannot withdraw into a neutral position and declare one’s readiness (or unreadiness) to do it: every such act is part of the interplay and either de-eroticizes the situation or gets eroticized on its own. The “yes means yes’ sexual rule is an exemplary case of the narcissistic notion of subjectivity that predominates today. A subject is experienced as something vulnerable, something that has to be protected by a complex set of rules, warned in advance about all possible intrusions that may disturb him/her. Remember how, upon its release, ET was prohibited in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark: because it’s non-sympathetic portrayal of adults was considered dangerous for relations between children and their parents. (An ingenious detail confirms this accusation: in the first 10 minutes of the film, all adults are seen only below their belts, like the adults in cartoons who threaten Tom and Jerry…) From today’s perspective, we can see this prohibition as an early sign of the politically-correct obsession with protecting individuals from any experience that may hurt them in any way. And the list can go on indefinitely – recall the proposal to digitally delete smoking from Hollywood classics… Yes, sex is traversed by power games, violent obscenities, etc., but the difficult thing to admit is that it’s inherent to it. Some perspicuous observers have already noticed how the only form of sexual relation that fully meets the politically correct criteria would have been a contract drawn between sadomasochist partners. Thus, the rise of Political Correctness and the rise of violence are two sides of the same coin: insofar as the basic premise of Political Correctness is the reduction of sexuality to contractual mutual consent. And the French linguist Jean-Claude Milner was right to point out how the anti-harassment movement unavoidably reaches its climax in contracts which stipulate extreme forms of sadomasochist sex (treating a person like a dog on a collar, slave trading, torture, up to consented killing). In such forms of consensual slavery, the market freedom of the contract negates itself: and slave trade becomes the ultimate assertion of freedom. It is as if Jacques Lacan’s motif “Kant with Sade” (Marquis de Sade’s brutal hedonism as the truth of Kant’s rigorous ethics) becomes reality in an unexpected way. But, before we dismiss this motif as just a provocative paradox, we should reflect upon how this paradox is at work in our social reality itself. [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] [contfnewc] The post Sign a contract before sex? Political correctness could destroy passion appeared first on News Wire Now.

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