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ZhiZhu

@ZhiZhu@newsie.social

"All mimsy were the borogoves..." Avid reader, occasional world traveler, raises chickens in Texas.
Interested in #Journalism #News #USPolitics #Books #SFF #Photography #Travel #Nature #Science #Ukraine #Etymology and other things.

I create threads of news articles I find interesting, and occasionally share a #GiftArticle so those without subscriptions can read the whole article.

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ZhiZhu, to Ukraine
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"If you knew that most of the military aid that approves for was being spent right here in the , quite possibly in your own congressional district — strengthening our defense production capacity and creating good manufacturing for workers — would you want your representatives in Washington to support it?"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/04/18/ukraine-map-districts-weapons/

ProPublica, to Israel
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BREAKING: Secretary of State #Blinken Is Sitting on Staff Recommendations to Sanction Israeli Military Units Linked to Killings or Rapes

A special State Department panel told Blinken that the U.S. should restrict arms sales to #Israeli military units that have been credibly accused of human rights abuses. He has not taken any action.

#Israel #Gaza #News #Palestine

https://www.propublica.org/article/israel-gaza-blinken-leahy-sanctions-human-rights-violations

ZhiZhu,
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"Multiple State Department officials who have worked on #Israeli relations said that Blinken’s inaction has undermined Biden’s public criticism...

The recommendations came from a special committee of State Department officials known as the Israel Leahy Vetting Forum...

requires the #US to cut off assistance to any foreign #military or law enforcement units... that are credibly accused of flagrant #HumanRights violations."

#Israel #Gaza #Palestine #News

molly0xfff, to random
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really upsetting to see former Wikimedia Foundation director and CEO Katherine Maher getting targeted by the rightwing outrage machine in her new role as NPR CEO. she's wonderful, and NPR is lucky to have her. i hope they stand behind her.

ZhiZhu,
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@drexer @molly0xfff

The #NYTimes once published an article saying that #Hitler wasn’t really that bad. He was just using #antisemitism as a way to attract followers & keep them excited about his #political campaign.

The NYTimes more recently published an article saying that #Trump isn’t really that bad. He is just using threats of #violence & #authoritarianism as a way to attract followers & keep them excited about his political campaign.

#Politics #Journalism #Media #Press #News #Meme

ZhiZhu, to Russia
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"The [Russian Foreign Ministry] document for the first time provides official confirmation and codification of what many in the elite say has become a hybrid war against the West. is seeking to subvert Western support for and disrupt the domestic politics of the and countries, through campaigns supporting isolationist and policies”


https://wapo.st/3vMlQ39

ZhiZhu, to Israel
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"For three-and-a-half long hours on Jan. 29, the cellphone in 6-year old Hind Rajab’s hands was the closest thing she had to a lifeline. Alone in the back seat of a car outside a #Gaza City gas station, she was drifting in and out of consciousness, surrounded by bodies, as she told emergency dispatchers that #Israeli tanks were rumbling closer.

...Paramedics were on their way, the dispatchers kept telling her: Hold on."

#GiftArticle #GiftLink
https://wapo.st/4aCoCqA

#Gaza #Israel #News

ZhiZhu,
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"Twelve days later, when a civil defense crew finally reached the area, they found Hind’s body in a car riddled with bullets...

The ambulance lay charred roughly 50 meters away (about 164 feet) from the car, its destruction consistent with the use of a round fired by tanks, according to six munitions experts."

https://wapo.st/4aCoCqA

ZhiZhu,
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"Humanitarian officials have warned that a system of coordination with Israel’s military, designed to protect their aid deliveries and lifesaving ambulance maneuvers, is broken. #Israeli strikes on a #WorldCentralKitchen convoy that killed seven aid workers in #Gaza on April 1 and stirred global outrage...

Hind’s case touched a nerve around the world... her recorded cries for help offered a glimpse into the terrors faced by civilians."
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https://wapo.st/4aCoCqA

#Israel #Palestine

ZhiZhu,
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"Around 1 p.m., Hind’s cousin, 15-year-old Layan, called [her uncle] Samir. She told him they were surrounded and the Israeli army had opened fire on their car.

​​Everyone in the vehicle, except for Hind and Layan, were dead, she said. Samir called another uncle, Mohammed, who eventually reached the PRCS."

Listen to Layan's call using this

https://wapo.st/4aCoCqA

ZhiZhu,
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"The girl screamed, and the call dropped. "Hello,” Qam shouted. “Hello?”
...
After Qam’s call with Layan ended, the PRCS operations room called back immediately and Hind answered. Layan was dead and tanks were moving toward the car, she told another dispatcher, Rana Faqih. Hind described the presence of tanks at least 5 more times throughout the call."

Listen to 6 yr old Hind's call using this #GiftLink:
https://wapo.st/4aCoCqA

#Gaza #Palestine #Israel #WarCrimes #Genocide #News #WorldNews

dangillmor, to random
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This headline should have read, "Lake Mead vandals caught on video destroying ancient rock formations"

"visitors" is far, far too kind a word for these creeps.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2024/04/15/lake-mead-video-rocks-destroyed/

ZhiZhu,
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@dangillmor

"Earlier this month, a posted to captured two men destroying ancient formations at National Recreation Area in . National park rangers are asking for the public’s help in identifying the visitors, who could face federal charges for vandalizing protected land."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2024/04/15/lake-mead-video-rocks-destroyed/

Link to Video: https://www.instagram.com/p/C5qM2V-g7KX/v

ZhiZhu, to politics
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"The modern is supposed to be pro-family, pro-tax-cuts and anti-“waste, fraud and abuse.” So why are trying to tank a bill that is all three?

In January, lawmakers hammered out a kids-and-companies deal: would extend a few business tax breaks that had recently expired in exchange for expanding the . The bipartisan compromise turned out to be a very good bill"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/04/11/child-tax-credit-republicans-senate/

ZhiZhu,
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"the legislation would improve the living standards of 16 million low-income and lift 400,000 out of poverty in its first year. It would increase incentives for research and development. And the icing on the cake: The whole thing would be paid for by curbing a pandemic-era break that has produced an avalanche of fraudulent claims...

It also offers a chance to prove their pro-family bona fides after ."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/04/11/child-tax-credit-republicans-senate/

ZhiZhu,
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"Today, senators are trying to kill the legislation...

Some worry about handing President a win so close to the (I’d argue the 400,000 kids lifted out of poverty would be the real winners, but to each their own.)

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said this explicitly in January: “Passing a bill that makes the president look good... means he could be reelected.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/04/11/child-tax-credit-republicans-senate/

ZhiZhu,
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"Some #senators allege more substantive concerns...

He and his #Senate colleague Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) have also complained about the bill’s cost.

Specifically — it’s hard to believe I’m actually writing this — they’re mad that it doesn’t cost anything.

Seriously. They have both said they don’t want to set a precedent of paying for tax cuts, since congressional #Republicans have a multi-decade-long record of not doing so."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/04/11/child-tax-credit-republicans-senate/

#GOP #Corruption #Politics #USA #News

ZhiZhu,
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"As a reminder, the pay-for in this bill is the elimination of a fraud-riddled pandemic program, whose continuation would waste tens of billions of dollars. Usually, ending a program like this is something would cheer. But not, apparently, if it threatens their ability to add to the in the future...

One thing in common among all these obstacles to the bill’s passage: They have nothing to do with the well-being of poor "
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/04/11/child-tax-credit-republicans-senate/

ZhiZhu, to Palestine
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"How does it feel to be a war-crimes reporter whose family bankrolled a nation that’s committing war crimes?

I can tell you.

I covered the genocide in Bosnia for The Post, wrote a book about it, and reported from Iraq & Afghanistan, among other conflict-ridden countries. Also, my ancestors were key funders of Jewish immigration to British-controlled Palestine."

https://wapo.st/3TUjTtp
(Click on link)

ZhiZhu,
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ZhiZhu,
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"Millions of in feel connected to Israel’s creation. Maybe our ancestors gave or raised money, maybe they went and fought, maybe they donated to organizations. What’s a Jew to do now? Everyone makes their own choices, but my experience of war crimes taught me that being means standing against any nation that commits war crimes.

Any."

https://wapo.st/3TUjTtp

ZhiZhu,
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"It’s evident that war crimes were committed by : Israelis were shot in their homes at kibbutzim, and concertgoers at the Nova music festival were massacred... while some allegations have turned out to be false, the evidence of brutal crimes is solid...

That does not give a pass to respond as it pleases. An eye for an eye — or a hundred eyes for one eye — is not a thing in international law."

https://wapo.st/3TUjTtp

ZhiZhu,
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"The victims of genocide — which were in the — are not gifted with the right to perpetrate one.

Of course, a court should be the arbiter of whether Israel’s actions in qualify as ...

the legal definition of genocide is “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group.” The key words are “in part.” Holocaust levels of killing are not required to reach the legal standard."

ZhiZhu,
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"My identity was always a bit vague because my ancestors were who assimilated at the speed of cultural sound...

I began to feel more Jewish while covering the of Bosnia’s . What Levin points to — the defense of increasingly being an act of Jewish identity, particularly for younger Jews — feels right for me, too."

https://wapo.st/3TUjTtp

ZhiZhu,
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"These protesters are part of a movement that includes demonstrators who wear T-shirts that say . Their potent voices undermine the argument that all protests against Israeli violence are . They help legitimize global opposition to what’s being done in , and they defend not only lives but Jewish lives, too, because they contradict the misbegotten idea that as a whole are to blame for what is doing."
https://wapo.st/3TUjTtp

ZhiZhu,
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Read the whole article for yourself, even if you don't have a subscription, by clicking on the #GiftArticle #GiftLink:
https://wapo.st/3TUjTtp

(Click on the link, not the preview, to be able to read the article using the gift link.)

#Gaza #Palestine #Israel #WarCrimes #Jewish #Journalism #News #WorldNews

ZhiZhu, to Palestine
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"Thousands of took to the streets in demonstrations against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right government, demanding fresh ...

Demonstrators carried torches and posters denouncing , who is also facing pressure from allies, including the , over Israel’s punishing military campaign in ...

At least 33,137 people have been killed and 75,815 injured in Gaza since the war began"
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/04/07/israel-hamas-war-news-gaza-palestine/

ZhiZhu, to journalism
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"Watching Trump sell his swindle about migrants, it occurred to me that those suckered by the Trump Media IPO got a better deal, relatively speaking. Those who bought “DJT” shares lost only their shirts. But those who have been snookered into seeing migrants as diseased animals have lost part of their souls."
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/04/05/trump-swindle-crowd-green-bay-rally/

ZhiZhu,
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"Now that Trump plans to surrender Ukraine to Russia, it seems inappropriate to have a major airport named after a fierce Cold Warrior such as John Foster Dulles, secretary of state in the Eisenhower administration. But couldn’t Reschenthaler cut out the middleman and just name the airport Putin International?"
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/04/05/trump-swindle-crowd-green-bay-rally/

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