The spread of Israeli settlements in the West Bank

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“American Jews are not hard-liners on Israel. Obama won 69 percent of Jewish voters in 2012, even as American conservatives accused him of purposefully undermining the country’s security and status in the region. Indeed, according to a 2013 Pew study, only one in three American Jews feel a strong emotional attachment to the Jewish state. But over the past 30 years, and especially in the last decade, the GOP’s attachment to Israel has become remarkably fierce, to an extent that is basically unprecedented in modern American politics. On issue after issue — from military aid to settlement policy — the GOP now offers Israel unconditional and unquestioning support, so much so that some Republicans now liken the country to America’s “51st state.” The person most responsible for this development is the multi­billionaire casino magnate and Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson.”

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The Shocking TRUTH of the Pending European Union Collapse European Stability Mechanism = Debt Slavery?

European Stability Mechanism = Debt Slavery

The treaty becomes definite when the parliaments of the 17 euro-countries will have ratified the ESM-treaty. They are expected to do so between now and 31 December 2011.

What is this aberration?

That was my first reaction when I saw this video. This is not possible. An organization that can empty the state’s coffers, just like that? We live in a democratic country, don’t we? To be sure, I searched for the official texts.

TREATY ESTABLISHING THE EUROPEAN STABILITYMECHANISM (ESM)
http://consilium.europa.eu/media/1216…

The articles mentioned in the video are easy to find (from page 19). As for the rest of the treaty, I have not been able to find anything that would limit this dictatorial power in any way! I am still shaking!

But how is this possible within the framework of the treaties of the European Union? For this constitutes an illegal extension of the competences of the Union! Searching further I find out a number of decisions have been taken discretely and quickly to make this ESM “possible”.

I am certain that if politicians in our country wanted to create a club, that would have the freedom to empty the coffers of the State when it wants and as often as it wants, they would not succeed in obtaining the needed changes in the law, not even in twenty years! But Brussels’ bureaucracy succeeds in adapting the treaties at high speed to commit this coup d’état in 17 countries simultaneously!!!

The Brussels sprint

On 17 December 2010 the European Council decided there was a need for a permanent stability mechanism to take over the tasks of the Financial Stabilization Mechanism (EFSM) and the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF). These are two rapidly erected organizations, respectively in May and June 2010, to supply loans to countries with too many debts. However, these organizations lack a legal basis.

Let us already note here that these organizations were explicitly conceived for financial interventions, while the amendment in the treaty that allows the establishment of the ESM, also allows setting up organizations for quite other fields of action.

This amendment arrived on March 25 2011. To avoid having to organize referendums in Europe once more, they used article 48.6 of the Treaty of the European Union, which allows the European Council to decide changes in the articles of the treaty, under condition they don’t constitute an extension of the competences of the EU. (Those decisions have to be ratified by the national parliaments, but that is generally a formality.) The amendment consisted of an innocent looking addition to a paragraph of article 136 (TFEU). In short, this addition stipulated that “the countries using the euro were allowed to establish a stability mechanism to safeguard the stability of the euro zone as a whole”. Expressed this way, it does not deal exclusively with financial stability. Surveillance of vigilant citizens, oppression of protests, , or the fight against any other destabilizing element in the euro-zone, can, via this amendment, be conferred to new organizations under EU-flag.

In other words, this amendment surely constitutes an extension of the competences of the EU. Thus, it violates article 48.6 of the Treaty of the European Union. Nevertheless, no Minister and no national Parliament were bothered by this and in Brussels they happily and promptly continued to draw up the ESM treaty.

On 20 June 2011 the national Parliaments authorized that the tasks of the ESM treaty would be executed by the EU and the European Central Bank.

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City of Seattle Invests in the Development of the Central District’s “Africatown”

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From: http://www.thestranger.com

by Ansel Herz • Jan 19, 2016 at 11:47 am

If you live in Seattle and you’re not familiar with the idea of Africatown, well, you should be. Think Chinatown, but for African-Americans and African immigrants in the historically black Central District. This new video, produced by community activist Wyking Garrett, introduces the concept in a brisk two minutes:

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3rd annual State of Africatown Saturday January 16, 10am-1pm at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

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The third annual State of Africatown will be held tomorrow Saturday January 16, 10am-1pm at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and will feature presentations on the accomplishments of the last year as well as vision, opportunities and challenges facing our community in 2016.

Featured speakers and present include:

Mistress of Ceremony – Dr. Renee McCoy
Lift Every Voice and Sing – Kimberly Dunn and Audience
Former State Rep. Dawn Mason , Convener, Opening
Dr. Girma Ayele, Co-Convener, Welcome
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Sandra Boas-DuPree, Operations & Development Manager, Host
Black Community Impact Alliance, Evelyn Allen & Jaebadiah Gardner
Central Area Senior Center – Dian Ferguson, Director
First Place Student Performance
Blackout/EPIC – Senait Brown
Seattle King County NAACP – Sheley Secrest
Cultural Innovation: Black Dot – Aramis Hamer
Historic Central Area Arts & Culture District – Steve Sneed
State of Africatown – K. Wyking Garrett
Mayor Edward B. Murray
Michael Charles representing King County Executive Dow Constantine
Seattle City Councilmember, Kshama Sawant, District 3
Seattle City Council President, Bruce Harrell, District 2
Reception to follow
Additional confirmed attendees include:

Seattle City Council Members:
Lisa Herbold, District 1
Debora Juarez, District 5
Mike O’Brien, District 6
Tim Burgess, At Large Pos. 8
Lorena Gonzales, At Large Pos. 9
Renton City Council Member Ed Prince
King County Council Members:
Jeanne Kohl-Welles
Larry Gossett
State Representatives:
Brady Walkingshaw (D 43rd)
Sharon Santos (D 37th)

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Friday Jan 15 2016 – 3rd annual State of Africatown

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The third annual State of Africatown will be held on January 15 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute and will feature presentations on the accomplishments of the last year as well as vision, opportunities and challenges facing our community in 2016.

2015 was a productive year for Central District based Africatown Seattle initiatives ending with and Human Rights Award followed by the signing of legislation formally designating the Central Area as an Arts & Cultural District focused honoring, preserving and developing the Black and African Diaspora contributions to Seattle.

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Assessing the state of Africatown amid rapid Central District redevelopment

Assessing the state of Africatown amid rapid Central District redevelopment

Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – 7:34 am by Bryan Cohen

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K. Wyking Garrett speaking during the Black Wall Street event. (Image: CHS)

In the struggle to forge a neighborhood identity in the same vein as the Chinatown/International District, Africatown has come to represent a movement as much as neighborhood — a movement to create more black institutions, businesses, and influence in the the Central District.

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