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‘Palestinian Lives Matter,’ Declares Bernie Sanders in NYT Op-ed : worldnews From “World News”



hahaha you have to respect that man. This is going to piss off not only the Dems, the JDL, all of Israel but also BLM supporters who think a white man is ‘co-opting their language’ by saying this. (Wait for it.)Good on ya Bernie. That language was made important and so you’re using it to show this other thing is just as important, if not more important.Here’s another one: Chinese Lives Matter. Our entire economy is predicated upon the political and physical oppression of all Chinese people, let alone the Uyghurs.Doing any fundamental changes to our economy, however, would threaten our lifestyles, something that BLM never did. We would have to sacrifice convenience, the ability to buy whatever you want, whenever you need it as long as you have the money for it.I’m not saying that the 251 black people killed and murdered by cops every year aren’t important – or even the 795 non-black people killed and murdered by cops every year. SourceBut I am saying that the Palestinian people are in more dire straits than us and the Chinese people (and all the people in the states controlled by China such as Taiwan, Tibet, Canada, etc.) in more dire need still.It’s definitionally intersectional to evaluate our needs in light of theirs and to proceed accordingly.It’s intersectional to consider, the next time you’re tempted to be outraged, that twenty-five thousand people needlessly died of starvation today and another 25,000 will again tomorrow.We’re not the most important people on the planet and while I believe most of us are still fundamentally good people, we are also people who have been acting like we are the most important people in the world, both through our priorities and in our acceptance of environmental degradation and the abuse of our fellow humans as long as it results in our convenience and pleasure.All of which adds up to us being on the wrong side of the dystopian line.Luckily, the best day to plant a tree is today, even if it is a tree whose shade we may never enjoy.







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Egypt declares state of readiness in hospitals to treat injured Palestinians coming from bombarded Gaza : worldnews From “World News”



This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 58%. (I’m a bot)CAIRO- May 14, 2021: Egypt declared the state of readiness in three hospitals in a number of hospitals to treat the injured Palestinians who were wounded by the Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip.The Egyptian Authority for Public Health declared on Friday the state of readiness in three hospitals in North Sinai, including the Ismailia Medical Complex, Abu Khalifa Hospital, and June 30 Hospital, the authority said in a statement.The Curative Care Sector at the Ministry of Health issued an order to send a number of medical personnel to hospitals in North Sinai after declaring the state of emergency for receiving the Palestinians who were injured in Israeli shelling.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: Hospital#1 Israeli#2 Gaza#3 Health#4 Friday#5







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Israel declares emergency in Lod as unrest spreads From “BBC News – World”



The site is revered by both Muslims, who call it the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary), and Jews, for whom it is known as the Temple Mount. Hamas demanded Israel remove police from there and the nearby predominantly Arab district of Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families face eviction by Jewish settlers. Hamas launched rockets when its ultimatum went unheeded.







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Netanyahu declares state of emergency in Lod due to widespread and violent rioting. This is the first use of emergency powers over an Arab community in Israel since the end of the military administration over the Arabs of Israel in 1966. : worldnews From “World News”



I’ve been playing The Binding of Isaac for the last 6 hours or so while watching Israeli TV. Here’s what I understand of the situation: All major cities that have been known to mark friendship between Muslims and Jews are on fire tonight; Lod, Ramla, Acre and even Haifa. Police are going in almost clueless, even the army is getting involved. This is a first time so many Arab teenagers have been rioting in such a way, randomly throwing rocks at people and Molotov Cocktails at buildings. Almost everything burns.Arab politicians and Mayors have been calling citizens to calm down. Some Jews started to riot against the Muslims on the streets, and it looks like an actual civil war. The government closed Lod and hope to deal with the situation until morning. Some believe that the connection between Muslims and Jews that was built in those towns for 70 years, cannot be mended after tonight. Israeli politicians mumble the usual words and hope for a ceasefire. Hamas has no intentions to stop, shows those videos in Muslim channels and call for more riots. The teenagers get motivated through social networks, mainly Tik-Tok.Nobody knows what tomorrow will bring. This looks like an actual war, that’s going to end with many more deaths than the 2014 one.







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US Declares Regional Emergency Over Cyberattack At Colonial Pipeline Company From “NDTV News – World-news”



Colonial is the largest pipeline operator in the United States by volume.Washington: The US government declared a regional emergency Sunday as the largest fuel pipeline system in the United States remained largely shut down, two days after a major ransomware attack was detected.The Colonial Pipeline Company ships gasoline and jet fuel from the Gulf Coast of Texas to the populous East Coast through 5,500 miles (8,850 kilometers) of pipeline, serving 50 million consumers.The company said it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack involving ransomware — attacks that encrypt computer systems and seek to extract payments from operators.”This Declaration addresses the emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum products and provides necessary relief,” the Department of Transportation said in a statement.The emergency declaration allows for fuel to be transported by road to the affected states: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.The declaration also provides regulatory relief to commercial motor vehicle operations that are part of the emergency support efforts.Colonial said earlier Sunday that it had opened some smaller delivery lines, but the main system was not yet back up and running.”While our mainlines remain offline, some smaller lateral lines between terminals and delivery points are now operational,” Colonial said in a statement, adding it would “bring our full system back online only when we believe it is safe to do so.””We have remained in contact with law enforcement and other federal agencies, including the Department of Energy who is leading the Federal Government response,” it added. “Maintaining the operational security of our pipeline, in addition to safely bringing our systems back online, remain our highest priorities.”Calls for improved oversightCommerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told CBS on Sunday that authorities were working to prevent any disruption to supplies.Colonial, based in the southern state of Georgia, is the largest pipeline operator in the United States by volume, normally transporting 2.5 million barrels of gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other refined petroleum products per day.The attack prompted calls from cybersecurity experts for improved oversight of the industry to prepare for future threats.”This attack is unusual for the US. But the bottom line is that attacks targeting operational technology — the industrial control systems on the production line or plant floor — are becoming more frequent,” Algirde Pipikaite, cyber strategy lead at the World Economic Forum’s Centre for Cybersecurity, told AFP on Saturday.”Unless cybersecurity measures are embedded in a technology’s development phase, we are likely to see more frequent attacks on industrial systems like oil and gas pipelines or water treatment plants.”Gas prices jumped in the United States on Sunday following the ransomware attack. Analysts warn that prices could climb even higher if the pipeline is not reopened soon. Oil prices rose more than one percent Monday.The United States was rocked in recent months by news of two major cybersecurity breaches — the SolarWinds hack that compromised thousands of US government and private sector computer networks and was officially blamed on Russia; and a potentially devastating penetration of Microsoft email servers.The latter is believed to have affected at least 30,000 US organizations including local governments and was attributed to an aggressive Chinese cyberespionage campaign.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)







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Taliban declares three-day Eid ceasefire after Afghanistan school bomb attacks | Afghanistan From “World news | The Guardian”



The Taliban has declared a three-day ceasefire in Afghanistan to mark this week’s Eid al-Fitr holiday, just two days after the government blamed the group for bombs outside a school that killed more than 50 people, mostly young girls.“Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are instructed to halt all offensive operations against the enemy countrywide from the first till the third day of Eid,” a statement released by the insurgents on Monday said.“But if the enemy conducts any assault or attack against you during these days, stand ready to robustly protect and defend yourselves and your territory,” it added.Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, and the holiday begins according to the sighting of the new moon.The ceasefire comes after the government blamed the Taliban for the attack outside a girls’ school in Dasht-e-Barchi, a suburb of the capital largely populated by the Shia Hazara community, which is often targeted by extremist Sunni Islamist militants.The Taliban denied it was involved in the attack, the deadliest in the country in more than a year.Saturday’s blasts came as the United States continued to pull out its last 2,500 troops from the country despite faltering peace efforts between the Taliban and Afghan government to end a decades-long war.Dozens of girls killed in Saturday’s blasts that targeted a secondary school in west Kabul were buried on Sunday at a desolate hilltop cemetery in the capital.A series of blasts outside the school during a peak holiday shopping period killed 58 people, mostly female students, and wounded more than 100 in Dasht-e-Barchi, a suburb populated mostly by Hazara Shias.An interior ministry spokesperson told reporters a car bomb detonated in front of the Sayed Al-Shuhada girls’ school, and when the students rushed out in panic, two more devices exploded. Residents were shopping before this week’s Eid al-Fitr holiday when the blasts occurred.Mohammad Taqi, a resident of Dasht-e-Barchi, whose two daughters were students at the school but had escaped the attack, told AFP that after the attack: “I rushed to the scene and found myself in the middle of bodies. All of them were girls. Their bodies piled on top of each other.”Another resident also described rushing to the school gate after he heard an explosion. “Countless girls were lying down on the street in blood, some were motionless and many more were screaming from injuries,” he said. “I did not know what to do, where to start.”On Sunday, relatives buried the dead at a hilltop site known as Martyrs Cemetery, where victims of attacks against the Hazara community are laid to rest. Hazaras are Shia Muslims and considered heretics by extremist Sunnis. Sunni Muslims make up most of the Afghan population.“We buried 37 bodies in one cemetery alone – all were female students, many wearing their black and white school uniform,” said Sharif Watandoost, a member of a volunteer group helping families bury victims. “Some had shrapnel wounds, some were burned, many had been torn apart.The Taliban denied involvement, saying it hadn’t carried out an attack in the capital since February last year. But the group has clashed daily with Afghan forces in the rugged countryside even as the US military reduces its presence. The US was supposed to have pulled all forces out by 1 May as agreed with the Taliban, but Washington pushed back the date to 11 September – a move that angered the insurgents.







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Biden declares state of emergency over fuel cyber-attack From “BBC News – World”



The largest fuel pipeline in the US has been taken offline by an ongoing ransomware cyber-attack.







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Taliban Declares 3-Day Afghan Ceasefire For Eid Holiday From “NDTV News – World-news”



The ceasefire offer comes as the US continues to pull out its troops from Afghanistan(Representational)Kabul: The Taliban on Monday declared a three-day ceasefire across Afghanistan to mark this week’s Eid al-Fitr holiday, just two days after being blamed for killing more than 50 people — mostly young girls — in a bomb attack outside a school in the capital.The ceasefire offer comes as the United States continues to pull out its last 2,500 troops from the violence-wracked country despite faltering peace efforts between the Taliban and Afghan government to end a decades-long war.”Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are instructed to halt all offensive operations against the enemy countrywide from the first till the third day of Eid,” a statement released by the Taliban said.”But if the enemy conducts any assault or attack against you during these days, stand ready to robustly protect and defend yourselves and your territory,” it added.Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, and the holiday begins according to the sighting of the new moon. The Taliban declared similar ceasefires last year to mark Islamic holidays.The government usually reciprocates with a truce. Fraidon Khawzon, spokesman for chief negotiator Abdullah Abdullah, said early Monday: “We welcome the announcement….the Islamic republic is also ready and will announce soon.”‘Bodies piled on top of each other’The latest offer comes after the government blamed the Taliban for Saturday’s attack outside a girls’ school in Dasht-e-Barchi, a suburb of the capital largely populated by the Shiite Hazara community, which is often targeted by extremist Sunni Islamist militants.A series of blasts outside the school — when residents were shopping ahead of the holiday — killed more than 50 people and wounded over 100.It was the deadliest attack in more than a year.The Taliban, who denied responsibility, had earlier issued a statement saying the nation needed to “safeguard and look after educational centres and institutions”.On Sunday, relatives buried the dead at a hilltop site known as “Martyrs Cemetery”, where victims of attacks against the Hazara community are laid to rest.Hazaras are Shiite Muslims and considered heretics by extremist Sunnis. Sunni Muslims make up the majority of the Afghan population.Bodies in wooden coffins were lowered into graves one by one by mourners still in a state of shock and fear, an AFP photographer said.”I rushed to the scene (after the blasts) and found myself in the middle of bodies, their hands and heads cut off and bones smashed,” said Mohammad Taqi, a resident of Dasht-e-Barchi, whose two daughters were students at the school but escaped the attack.”All of them were girls. Their bodies piled on top of each other.”Books and school bags belonging to the victims still lay scattered at the site of the attack.The Taliban insist they have not carried out attacks in Kabul since February last year, when they signed a deal with Washington that paved the way for peace talks and withdrawal of the remaining US troops.But the group has clashed daily with Afghan forces in the rugged countryside even as the US military reduces its presence.Taliban chief warns USThe United States was supposed to have pulled all forces out by May 1 as agreed with the Taliban last year, but Washington pushed back the date to September 11 — a move that angered the insurgents.The leader of the Taliban, Hibatullah Akhundzada, reiterated in a message released ahead of Eid that any delay in withdrawing the troops was a “violation” of that deal.”If America again fails to live up to its commitments, then the world must bear witness and hold America accountable for all the consequences,” Akhundzada warned in Sunday’s message.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has declared a day of national mourning for Tuesday.”This savage group does not have the power to confront security forces on the battlefield, and instead targets with brutality and barbarism public facilities and the girls’ school,” he said in a statement.Saturday’s blasts drew widespread global condemnation.Pope Francis called it “an inhumane action”, while Iran blamed the jihadist Islamic State.India, meanwhile, called for the dismantling of “terrorist sanctuaries” and a ceasefire to boost peace efforts.(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)







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New Zealand Parliament unanimously declares ‘severe human rights abuses’ occurring against Uyghur in China : worldnews From “World News”



Edit Credit to OP there comment from this week’s discussion on a different statement by New Zealand’s Prime Minister.Kiwi here. Most of our foreign policy commentary doesn’t make r/worldnews news , but when it does there is often a misinformed view that we are a Chinese vassal state or something ridiculous of that sort. Here’s some context to Ardern’s comments:New Zealand has sought to diversify trade away from a reliance upon China for some time now, having experienced the dangers of dependence on one export market once before in our history (before the UK joined the EEC/EU, and imposed barriers on our products, almost a quarter of our exports went to Britain). New Zealand was a founding signatory of the TPP, then CPTPP as a Pacific Rim bloc which excludes China, only signed RCEP in the hope that India would later rejoin it as they are a major market we have restricted access to (RCEP was not signed to access Chinese market despite their inclusion, as our existing bilateral FTA with the PRC has better conditions in China than RCEP), we are negotiating a post-Brexit UK FTA, FTA with the European Union, have aggressively chased a FTA with the United States under both Democrat and Republican administrations (but been turned down by both), signed PACER Plus to support the Pacific islands with free trade whilst excluding China, are developing a Trans-Tasman Single Economic Market to deepen integration with Australia, jointly negotiated with Canberra the ASEAN-NZ-AUS FTA, and a range of other measures. If we get US and Indian market access, we will finally have trading arrangements with the major world markets. Trump’s protectionism and India dropping bilateral and RCEP talks has delayed this, but that’s not our fault. NZ has done all it can to open alternate markets, and do the opposite of putting all eggs in one basket. Our Foreign Minister even said this during a speech on China:In thinking about long-term economic resilience we also understand that there is value in diversity. Just as the Council has noted, it is prudent not to put all eggs into a single basket. The New Zealand government will continue to work with business to pursue a range of trade opportunities.Those were those opportunities. If the US wants to support a Pacific region not dependent upon China, they need to do their part in trade. Our previous foreign minister put it beautifully:We have a choice. We either work together to ensure the regional rules of commerce protect the fundamental pillars our firms need to succeed – open markets, enforcement of contracts, access to independent judiciaries, and penalties for corruption and nepotism. Or we leave the rules to be written by others, placing our companies’ livelihoods in jeopardy.The point is backed by the numbers. Though US exports to the world have grown by 5.3 percent on average per year since 1990, the share of US total exports to New Zealand dropped, from nearly 18 percent to 10 percent. Meanwhile, imports from our regional partners with whom we have FTAs have grown significantly in relative terms over the same period. China’s exports to New Zealand, for instance, have grown on average by 17 percent per year. And China’s share of total exports to New Zealand has grown from 1 percent to 20 percent during that time – becoming our largest source of imported goods. The shift is even more drastic for the US share of imports across Asia. In 1990, 17.4 percent of all goods imported to Asia came from the US, whereas by 2018 that share had fallen to just 7.4 percent. Put another way, the US has lost half of its market share in Asia over a 28 year period.Essentially, we sent our last foreign minister to Washington DC and told the Trump administration that they are losing the Pacific to China because they remain protectionist. That’s the trade argument. As for turning a blind eye to China’s horrific human rights violations, New Zealand is unable to legally impose unilateral sanctions on any country without a UN mandate. But, it has been anything but silent:Joint Statement by Australia and New Zealand on XinjiangJoint Statement by New Zealand and Australia on Hong KongNew Zealand and Australia welcome sanctions on ChinaNew Zealand signs letter to the president of the United Nations Human Rights Council over PRC abuse of UighursNew Zealand signs international letter gravely concerned about the human rights situation in XinjiangNew Zealand Prime Minister raises abuse of minorities during meeting with Chinese PresidentFor all of these reasons, New Zealand was warned by China that it’s eyes would be “plucked out”. We didn’t stop, though. In addition, New Zealand invested a billion dollars over four years in a foreign affairs strategy – the Pacific Reset – that sought to reassert our influence and contain China’s within the South Pacific island countries.Next: the recent clickbait headlines regarding our apparent ‘betrayal’ of the Five Eyes alliance, which is again alluded to within this article. The UKUSA agreement text, as shown in the declassified HW 80/2 file on the UK national archives website, states the following:Scope of the AgreementThe agreement governs the relations of the above-mentioned parties in Communication Intelligence matters only. However, the exchange of such collateral material as is applicable for technical purposes and is not prejudicial to national interests will be effected between the Communication Intelligence agencies in both countries.Ardern responded to the Murdoch media allegations that we were the weak link in Five Eyes by asserting the following:”The point we’re making is Five Eyes is a security and intelligence platform – not every issue we speak on as New Zealand is a security and intelligence issue. It’s all about making sure we’re partnering or speaking with the right cohort at the right time.”The UK and Australian media do not even know what the Five Eyes alliance is. It is a spying alliance. It is not a trade pact, defence pact, or human rights tribunal. As I’ve already made clear – we do speak out. But not through an unrelated organisation. A mass surveillance bloc of Western spy agencies has nothing to do with this issue, and as I’ve already quoted – the UKUSA/Five Eyes agreement has no legal basis for making such statements.Thankfully the Australian Foreign Minister recognized this position as legitimate, even if the Australian media hasn’t:”Now my view is that countries will choose to address issues of concerns in whichever forum they themselves determine appropriate and consistent with their respective national interest. But our respect for each other – Australia, the United States, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada – is enduring, and continuing, and one which we particularly in Australia value enormously.”TL;DR – New Zealand is ready to stand up and condemn China on their civil and political rights violations, but we need further support to diversify trade. FTAs with India and the United States would be essential to this. We haven’t been silent though, and this is the latest step taken by our government to stand against Beijing despite their warning last year that continued action would result in our “eyes being plucked out”.







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Congo declares end to latest Ebola outbreak in nation's east From “World”



Congo has declared an end to the latest Ebola outbreak that killed six people in its east







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