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There is no doubt the ruthless leaders of Hamas are willing to starve the residents of Gaza to death for the sake of the annihilation of Israel and the Jewish people.

That's not who is stopping aid trucks from entering, killing medics, and killing humanitarian aid workers. She's refusing to hold Israel accountable for its war crimes.

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I remember being young and thinking middle-aged people are staring at me because they want me /they disapprove/whatever.

Now I'm middle aged myself, I know the staring is way more likely to either be something along the lines of "ah that kid is so 90s, I never had that green colour but blue Fudge used to wash out to green like that..."

Or "have we run out of natural yoghurt, we bought that 500ml pottle last week but we had curry twice, maybe I should get some more..."

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Me too, it's like the boring version of those "reveries" in Westworld.

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Morpheus: ".... and find out just how deep the rabbit hole goes." Only it's more like an interconnected maze of rabbit holes leading everywhere. I wonder if you can still get "pina colada" Malibu?

Theoretically she could part her hair with a knife and bleach the green side, wait 20 min and put the black side on with a toothbrush, then wash it and add the green as required?

I love how Gen Z has gone back to all that stuff.

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Fashion goes in cycles. Personally I'm just waiting for the nice wide jeans to filter down to an affordable price point and then I'm going to get some for myself.

I hate skinny jeans. They feel cloying and I'm pretty sure they promote swamp crotch.

Biden vows ‘ironclad’ US commitment to Israel amid fears of Iran attack (www.theguardian.com)

Joe Biden has vowed that US commitment to defend Israel against Iran was “ironclad” as concerns rose in Washington that a “significant” Iranian strike could happen within days, in retaliation for the bombing of an Iranian consular building in Damascus....

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Well looks like Israel's strategy of hastily bombing nearby countries has paid off.

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At Corsight, board member and retired Israeli major general Giora Eiland has advocated for the ethnic cleansing of Gaza in Israeli newspaper articles.

In October, he wrote that Israel “has no choice but to turn Gaza into a place that is temporarily or permanently impossible to live in,” and that “creating a severe humanitarian crisis in Gaza is a necessary means to achieving the goal.”

Later, he wrote that “Gaza will become a place where no human being can exist.”

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Assange is not an American citizen.

These days it's a public issue in Australia that their ally the US is doing this instead of handing him to them. It makes their politicians look weak.

So there's political pressure on Biden from Australia on this.

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No but I think it's okay for mods to have some guidelunes and this submission breaks them.

People are supoosed to post news articles with an excerpt. Not some kind of semi literate editorial of their personal opinion.

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The whole thing's barbaric.

This is the same guy who will likely get a surgical procedure with no anaesthetic as part of being killed.

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Straw man, no one is saying that.

But for reference

  • 13.9% of Americans were born outside the US
  • 27.4% of New Zealanders were born outside NZ

Also, New Zealand currently does not imprison asylum seekers/refugees.

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I get the feeling this person is probably talking about commercial surrogacy from a European perspective.

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The Rwandan Genocide was a horrific crime against humanity and yes the West could have done a lot more to stop it. The world should never forget.

But it really grinds my gears to see grandstanding by an authoritarian dictator like Kagame, who is running a state with terrible press freedom, torture, arbitrary detention, etc etc (and committed his own share of war crimes then and later, for that matter).

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@jeffw thanks, that's a good article (archive here for anyone else).

The part it doesn't really get into is who actually benefits from Kagame's machinations and from him being in power (including in the West).

But of course the article would be twice as long if it delved into Museveni in Uganda and the invasions of DR Congo and the 2nd Congo War and mineral wealth etc etc etc.

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@Immersive_Matthew that's a good point. Blaming cultures or public figures is futile.

I think that (like climate change) it has at least as much to do with the structures we permit as it does our individual beliefs and actions as people...

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Good. Advocates have been sounding the warning for a long time now.

With or without the alleged "human bones" that stuff is a scourge.

Ethiopia’s army accused of committing war crimes in Amhara region (www.aljazeera.com)

Ethiopia’s army “summarily executed several dozen civilians” and committed other war crimes in the northwestern Amhara region earlier this year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said, as it called on the United Nations to launch an independent investigation....

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Fair enough but what word do you use instead of enshittification? It filled a gap in the language.

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Before I reply I just wanna say I'm not trying to fight or argue I'm just quite interested in language.

All your context-dependent examples are verbs, whereas "enshitification" is a noun - a state of being. That's why it fills a gap in English.

Otherwise you need an entire sentence to describe that process A happened to B thing and the result is C state.

It doesn't seem intellectual at all to me, I mean it has the word shit in it and its closest contender for meaning is probably "fuckedupness".

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Oh well, can't win em all. Have a good week!

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It has nothing to do with Russia. It's a formal process started by South Africa (who have a long-standing interest in Palestinian human rights because of Apartheid). They have so far been formally joined by Nicaragua and now Colombia.

A bunch of other countries have expressed support and may join at a future date, including Ireland and the African Union.

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Wow, those are some serious mental gymnastics, if you think people are only upset about a literal genocide as some sort of distraction.

Still, if that's what you and @muntedcrocodile genuinely believe, I'd expect you both would be posting articles on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and drawing the kinds of attention you want for that issue.

But when I look at your profiles, neither of you appear to be doing that.

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Okay I went and had a look at it, you're still not posting any articles. You need to contribute more content on Ukraine if you want people to talk about that content.

The threads part of the fediverse is small, it doesn't get the paid political astroturfer shills and bots that reddit gets. Most people on here are real people holding real opinions.

You're not going to win more attention for Ukraine by telling people like me that we are somehow pro-Russian just for caring about a genocide.

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Did u know that the civilian solder death ration in Palestine is almost identical to all city based warfare.

I know for a fact that's completely false. The civilian death toll in Gaza is much higher than in comparable conflicts. You're clearly regurgitating fake facts from Israelis or something.

In fact the Gaza death toll in 5 months was 1.5% of the population (hald of whom are children). For comparison in 2 years the Bosnian Genocide death toll was 3% of the population.

Look I was sympathetic to you wanting people to talk more about Ukraine but trying to derail other conversations and denying a genocide is not cool.

I'm interested in human rights of all kinds and I'm going to talk about all of them as much as I want.

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And by "believe" we mean "want", in the case of Israel.

Netanyahu is attacking Israel's neighbours because he's trying to drag more countries into this mess.

Once that happens, the US will get further involved and the Israeli genocide against Palestinian civilians becomes just one front rather than the focal point.

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He honestly sounds more creepy not less creepy after that part.

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This article is ignoring a lot of things. The biggest barrier to reconciliation is probably that Kagame's repressive regime relies on keeping enmities alive.

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Erasmus = student exchange between universities.

If you end up hosting other people's students but nobody else hosts yours, then you end up spending more on education.

According to the article UK students are less likely to go overseas because they can't speak any of the languages.

It's a bit like if you kept having your kids' friends over to dinner but your own kids were too picky to ever eat dinner at their friends' houses.

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I think most likely governments pay into Erasmus and then individual universities get fees reimbursed. The appeal of it for students is you don't pay international fees.

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A month ago Israel said it was going to "flood Gaza with aid".

All it did was flood Gaza with the blood of more children and aid workers.

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South Africa

I'd love to know your thinking here. You picked the one country that's been constantly reporting Isreal to the international courts for genocide.

Or were you imagining a District 9 situation?

The best candidate for Israel would be the US, that's where their biggest source of immigrants is. If you're moving millions of people you'd need to send them to wealthy countries.

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do people think Netanyahu would just say ‘uncle’

No, but if their national security was contingent on it I do think the Israelis would suddenly work out a way to get rid of Netanyahu after all.

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typical r/politics users

Aaah I see. I came here from all and was surprised at the tone of the comments in here.

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Interesring approach. It may not have masses of religions but it's sometimes called the Rainbow Nation because it has like 8 major ethnicities/cultures.

But since the majority of older people were victims of Apartheid (during which Israel supported the racist Apartheid regime at the time) and South Africa have been calling out Israel for practicing apartheid for decades, it would be about as stirring the pot as you can get.

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This honestly reminds me of that meme where the dog only barks and snarls at the other dog when the gate is between them and whenever it opens he shuts up.

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This one not the one with the Alsatian.

President Macron says France and its allies 'could have stopped' the 1994 Rwanda genocide (apnews.com)

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that France and its allies could have stopped the 1994 Rwanda genocide but lacked the will to do so, a strong declaration ahead of the African country’s 30th anniversary of the slaughter that left over 800,000 people dead....

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Macron will recall that when the genocide started, “the international community had the means to know and to take actions” based on the knowledge about genocides that had been revealed by survivors of the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust

Is the speechwriter tone-deaf, or are they intentionally making an ironic point about the current international genocide situation?

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France played a big role in the Rwandan genocide tho.

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users and contributors need to stop feeling entitled to maintainers’ unpaid labor and time

And the rest of us need to stand up for maintainers against bullies.

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It isn't. @Drusas is right.

Beyond the staggering number of deaths, Israel’s ongoing bombardment in Gaza is also taking a drastic toll on infrastructure. So far in the conflict, an estimated 157,200 buildings have been damaged or destroyed. That adds up to more than half of all buildings in the densely populated area, and nearly three-fourths in the northern parts of Gaza.

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I thought the whole point of having a democracy was people got to choose their leaders.

If you're saying leaders become too powerful to reject, that's troubling.

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To clarify, the above wasn't some kind of rhetorical question. I'm not American and am not asking for voting guidance.

You seemed to be saying that once a politician gets to a position of power, voters are no longer allowed to try to influence their decisions around whether to run, be the nominee etc.

That seems problematic to me, and against the basic principles of democracy, so I'm querying it.

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That seems really anti-democracy. If an incumbent performs poorly or breaks promises there should be mechanisms for people to ask to select another candidate to represent them.

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But didn't you just say they can't vote for non-Biden democrats?

I feel like either I completely misunderstood your initial comment about Presidents having so much power, or else you're misunderstanding what I'm asking.

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Thanks, yeah I misunderstood your initial point. Thanks for explaining.

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