[ Ed. note – I guess the US Air Force is reliving its glory days when it rained Agent Orange down on the jungles of Vietnam. The Pentagon has embarked upon an ambitious project to spray approximately 6 million acres of the state of Texas in an effort at controlling the mosquito population in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
[ Ed. note – You’d think with ISIS on the brink of defeat that things would be cooling down in Syria, but the obverse seems to be the case. America’s new ally, the Kurds, are now warning the Syrian Army to refrain from crossing the Euphrates River. This comes just as Israel has expressed support for an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq. Despite the gains by Russia and Syria, the Oded Yinon plan still seems very much in play. ]
[ Ed. note – Theodosios Atallah Hannah is archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. A native Palestinian, he was first ordained a priest in 1991. This past Tuesday night he came under attack by a group of Jewish settlers who surrounded him, spat on him, and hurled insults.
Roger Waters’ “Us and Them” tour is scheduled to perform this Friday and Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum, on Long Island, in Uniondale, New York. Apparently Nassau County officials have backed down on their plans to shut down the show (see article below). Waters was interviewed on “Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman and co-hosts.
[ Ed. note – The email below was sent out yesterday by the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem. Apparently the Israeli government authorities are planning to completely eradicate two Palestinian villages and forcibly transfer the population. To where is not clear. But B’Tselem is calling it an “extreme escalation,” and judging from the tone of the email there are concerns that what’s apparently in the works now may just be a precursor to an ethnic cleansing operation on a far wider scale. ]
An act of God, or an act of man?
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli police detained at least five protesters, including two Palestinian minors, on Friday during a nonviolent protest outside of the Shamasna family home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, which was taken over by Israeli settlers on Tuesday, while a mother was injured when she attempted to prevent the arrest of her 14-year-old son.