Migrants, most of them from Eritrea, jump into the water from a crowded wooden boat as they are helped by members of an NGO during a rescue operation at the Mediterranean sea, about 13 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

“A few weeks ago, five leaders from some of our fundraising Rescue Teams joined us on a trip to South Korea. We visited resettled North Korean refugees and toured the DMZ, but one of the highlights was a meet-up on the last day with our South Korean Rescue Teams. There were 11 Rescue Teams represented! It was amazing to see evidence of the impact and growth of this movement firsthand. Stay tuned for a blog post with more highlights from the trip! #IMSEOULEXCITED”

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#IMSEOULEXCITED to hear this! ❤️

Europe: BDS initiatives and their counter-efforts play out across Europe

From the Jerusalem Post (by Benjamin Weinthal):

Europe’s Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement has long percolated down through many layers of society. However, this month saw a range of countervailing forces designed to blunt the movement.

Making sense of the efficacy of new anti-BDS initiatives is a challenge, though, because BDS adapts, as does a virus.

While BDS is depicted as a home-grown Palestinian societal movement, its academic component was the 2002 brainchild of European academics, British sociologist David Hirsh wrote on the website, Engage, on Sunday. Hirsh dissected a new video showing Palestinian academic and activist, Ruba Salih, with the Israeli-born professor and BDS advocate, Ilan Pappé.

In response to Salih saying, “Well the Palestinians launched BDS in 2005,” Pappé responds, “Not really, but yes, OK, for historical records, yes.”

Hirsh writes “Ilan Pappé knows that it is a lie that the boycott campaign was launched by a ‘call’ from ‘Palestinian civil society.’ He knows it is a lie, but he’s content nevertheless for it to be solidified into what he calls ‘historical records.’” BDS says it seeks to impose pressure on Israel to secure concessions for Palestinians, but it has rapidly metastasized into a full-blown call for an economic boycott of Israel with highly dangerous parallels to German fascism.

As my colleague Clifford May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in his Washington Times column, “At a meeting of National Socialist leaders a few days later, Hermann Goering declared that ‘the Jewish question’ needed to be solved once and for all.

‘Since the problem is mainly an economic one, it is from the economic angle it shall have to be tackled,’ he said, adding, ‘I implore competent agencies to take all measures for the elimination of the Jew from the German economy.’” All of this helps to explain a potent Leipzig University student council anti-BDS resolution from August which states,“The Nazi slogan ‘don’t buy from Jews’ here again finds its realization. Hence, the BDS movement often campaigns against individual Jews by placing in the foreground their function, for example as head of a firm. In so doing, it expresses the anti-Semitic motif of the wealthy and powerful Jew who must be fought.

Prof. Jeffrey Herf, a prominent historian at the University of Maryland, wrote on his blog that the resolution is important because “support for the resolution came first of all from a department of the Humanities, which is significant as BDS has generally had more support in the humanities and social sciences than in the natural sciences, engineering or law faculties…

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By the way, Ilan Pappé will be at Charleroi, Belgium,  to promote his book “La Propagande d'Israël” in September.  The Province of Hainaut supports the event.
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Tấm Cám: Chuyện Chưa Kể (2016)

“Movie star, pop singer and producer Ngo Thanh Van is taking on a new role as director of a new film, Tam Cam-Chuyen Chua Ke (Tam and Cam – The Untold Story). Van and her company, VAA, will complete post-production later this year and release the film next summer.

The 90-minute movie is based on a fairy tale, Tam Cam, best known as the Vietnamese version of Cinderella.

The story tells the life of an orphan girl named Tam, who is beautiful and hard working, and has a kind word for people and animals around her. She lives with her stepmother and half-sister named Cam, who always finds a way to harm her…”

Read more at  vietnamnews

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New Report Shows Palestinians — and World Media — Lied About IDF Actions During Gaza War
During the Gaza war in 2014, the world media reported that Israel bombed the Gaza power plant multiple times. For example, this Daily Beast article stated that, “on Tuesday [June 22], the Israelis hit the Gaza power plant.” JJ Goldberg of The Forward also said, on June 23, that Israel had bombed the power plant. Then, on July 29, many media outlets reported that Israel targeted and destroyed the Gaza power plant. The Guardian reported this by claiming,”Flames and clouds of black smoke billowed over Gaza’s only […]

Imagine being in a gunfight where the other person can shoot you whenever they want to, but you have to make sure that you adhere to lots of rules and regulations about how you can shoot, and with what weapon that would neutralize your opponent with the minimal force possible. You must spend months before the gunfight determining and mapping out every possible place that your bullet can ricochet just in case you get into a battle at this very location. Also, you must get permission from supervisors and lawyers to ensure that you are cleared to fire with the weapon and ammunition you chose before every engagement.

That is what the world demands of the IDF.

More amazingly, it is what is what the IDF nearly always does.

Not surprisingly, these facts are not part of normal reporting that the media and NGOs engage in. It is easier for them to airily and ignorantly accuse Israel of randomly firing weapons in the general direction of the enemy out of a sense of vengeance and anger than acting like a professional army must.

HRW stated, flatly, “Damaging or destroying a power plant, even if it also served a military purpose, would be an unlawful disproportionate attack under the laws of war, causing far greater civilian harm than military gain.”

Amnesty stated, “The strike on the power plant, which cut off electricity and running water to Gaza’s 1.8 million residents and numerous hospitals, has catastrophic humanitarian implications and is very likely to amount to a war crime. There can be no justification for targeting a civilian structure that provides crucial services to so many civilians. The scale of the consequences of this attack are devastating and could amount to collective punishment of Gaza’s population.”

Both Amnesty and HRW assume both that the power plant itself was destroyed, and that Israel targeted it deliberately.

The idea that a Hamas anti-tank unit was next to the power plant is not even on the radar of their “military experts.” Or, perhaps, they believe — against the laws of armed conflict — that Israeli tank gunners must voluntarily allow themselves to be killed rather than defend themselves.

Either way, it points out how ignorant, biased and hateful these NGOs are. Comparing their pseudo- and instant analysis with the painstaking findings of real military experts reveals that these NGOs are like schoolkids confidently explaining physics to Einstein.

Read it all here.


Time Beards presents ‘Kurt Russell, Deep Cuts’ Art Show, hosted at The Public Works in San Francisco, and features limited edition posters, prints and original works inspired by the works of Kurt Russell.

Artists include: Paul Shipper, Luke Harrington, Craig Drake, Robert Bruno, Jeany Ngo, Kevin Wilson, Marko Manev, Nathan Anderson, Amy Beth Christensen, Eli Maffei, Andre Kirk, Chris Voy, Chris Koehler and Dawn Carlos.

The exhibition is on Saturday August 27 from 7pm until 2am at The Public Works SF, 161 Erie St (Off Mission Between Duboce and 14th), San Francisco, CA 94103.

Go here for the official Facebook Event page.

“The debate raises a broader issue of whether development agencies—including government agencies, international organizations, and NGOs—should promote human rights law in the course of financing development projects. There are actually two intertwined issues. The first is whether development agencies are legally obligated to respect or promote human rights law. The second is whether it is good policy for them to do so.”

Should humans rights law play a role in development?

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In the run-up to World Photo Day on Aug. 19, Getty Images Reportage is highlighting five Instagrammers previously featured in a #ReportageSpotlight roundup. Today’s is Elena Hermosa (@hermoseando), a Spanish photographer based in Ireland and New York City. Focusing on social justice issues, Elena has collaborated on photography and video projects with several NGOs, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Irish Times and elsewhere. She graduated in 2015 from the Documentary Photography program at the International Center for Photography.

In this photo, indigenous Guatemalans attend the trial of General Efraín Ríos Montt, a former president who was convicted in 2013 of genocide and crimes against humanity. However, ten days later the guilty verdict was annulled by the Constitutional Court of Guatemala, but the trial remains the first time in the world that a former head of state was prosecuted for genocide in a national court. It was the first time anywhere in the Americas that the genocide of indigenous peoples was put on trial.

See more of Elena’s images by following @hermoseando.

Each week, @GettyReportage highlights the work of others who share our passion for visual storytelling in our #ReportageSpotlight. To be featured in our Friday roundup, tag your Instagrams with #ReportageSpotlight and we’ll pick our favorites, highlighting them on Getty Images’ social media channels. Please see our Terms & Conditions.


This year, 82 North Korean refugees have been rescued.

Each person was helped through a 3,000 mile modern-day underground railroad and is now living in freedom and safety. These rescues are only possible because of your commitment to fund them. LiNK is so much more than an NGO working in an office - we are the collective energy of people joining together and standing with the North Korean people.

This year, we are on track to help more refugees than ever. Your efforts have already helped 82 people reach freedom this year. Keep up the momentum by sharing this post, donating today, or telling your friends about these rescues. Whatever you have been doing in your communities to spread the word is working. Keep it up!

Keep up the momentum! http://www.libertyinnorthkorea.org/donate

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So proud to be part of an amazing movement to help rescue North Korean refugees. ❤️

Rockefeller, Ford Foundations Behind World Social Forum (WSF): The Corporate Funding of Social Activism

By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky 

The anti-globalization movement is opposed to Wall Street and the Texas oil giants controlled by Rockefeller, et al. Yet the foundations and charities of Ford, Rockefeller et al will generously fund progressive anti-capitalist networks as well as environmentalists (opposed to Wall Street and Big Oil), etc. with a view to ultimately overseeing and shaping their various activities.

The mechanisms of “manufacturing dissent” require a manipulative environment, a process of arm-twisting and subtle co-optation of a small number of key individuals within “progressive organizations”, including anti-war coalitions, environmentalists and the anti-globalization movement. Many leaders of these organizations have in a sense betrayed their grassroots.

The corporations are funding dissent with a view to controlling dissent.

What is described here about the WSF also impacts nearly every sizable, broad movement today in the West (and many other places). The fact that these foundations are trying to worm their way into a struggle doesn’t automatically invalidate that struggle. But it is a warning sign that serious people must be on guard for and respond to.  - redguard

“During my Peace Corps service in South Africa I started a small music project at my school. I was able to get a loan of 8 violins to teach 10 learners with provided by an NGO in the province, Limpopo Youth Orchestra. The kids were empowered by music and they love playing the violin. I took this picture of one of my learners on July 20, 2014, while she was introducing the violin to her family. It was an eye-opening experience to the learners, the community and myself.”

Trying not to laugh… trying not to laugh… maybe just a smile… OK, I give up!

I think one of the most entertaining skills I’ve developed as a photographer is the ability to make somebody laugh. Typically, they’re laughing in spite of themselves, which in many ways is even more amusing.

#Nepal #onassignment #ngo #LonelyPlanet #exploretocreate #theIMAGED #PassionPassport #OurPlanetDaily #CreateExplore #exploringtheglobe #theglobewanderer #mytinyatlas #planetdiscovery #roamtheplanet #travelphotography #travelphoto (at Jhapa, Nepal)

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…[W]hile environmentalists’ primary goal is to promote natural resource management, indigenous peoples often seek self-determination and control over their own resources, a goal which does not necessarily align with the goals of conservation NGOs.
—  Shaylih Muehlmann, “Defending diversity: Staking out a common global interest?”
Report: Students for Justice in Palestine Compiling Lists of Jews on Campus

An anti-Israel student group has been compiling lists of Jews and their dorm addresses on North American campuses, Israel’s Army Radio reported.

This activity, conducted by Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), was revealed Tuesday in a report by Israeli activist NGO Reservists on Duty to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Committee chairman Likud MK Avi Dichter said that Israel “has a commitment [to protect] every Jew when they are attacked for being a Jew.”

SJP denied the allegation, telling the Forward it has “never heard of such cases.” And while each chapter runs independently, as a national organization, the group is “firmly against all forms of bigotry, including antisemitism.”

Did you know?!

North Korean refugees send more than $10 million back into their country each year. Through illicit networks, refugees can send money to their families still inside. This money provides resources and security for those inside and is fueling the grassroots marketization of the country. In this way, North Korean refugees are fundamentally transforming the social and economic structure inside the country.

photo/caption credit: Liberty in North Korea (Facebook page)