3:10 [Consortium News]
It acted as a restraint on the settlers’ worst excesses, writes Jonathan Cook. You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians, in a city under occupation, would provoke condemnation from European and U.S. politicians. But you would be wrong. The leaking in December of the report on conditions in the city of Hebron, home to 200,000 Palestinians, barely caused a ripple. About 40,000 separate cases of abuse had been quietly recorded since 1997 by dozens of monitors from Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Italy and Turkey. Some incidents constituted war crimes.
3:37 [Moon of Alabama]
In a newly published essay, a close aide to the Russian President Vladimir Putin describes the system of governance in Russia. It stands in contrast to the usual `western` view of the `autocratic` Russian state. U.S. media often depict Russia as a top-down state, run at the whims of one man. They cite western paid scholars to support that position. One example is this column in Friday`s Washington Post...
3:39 [The Daily Caller]
More than 300 Islamic State militants are trying to negotiate an exit after refusing to surrender after U.S.-backed forces surrounded them. The ISIS militants are negotiating with U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to a report by Sarah El Deeb of the Associated Press. This comes after the SDF assaulted and surrounded the last pocket of ISIS-controlled land in a town called Baghouz. Islamic State militants are currently holed up alongside a number of civilians inside the surrounded town of Baghouz, which was described by SDF officials as “a small tented village, atop a network of tunnels and caves.”