Assyrian Convention in Gothenburg, Sweden. | AssyriaTV
On Saturday October 8, 2016 the Assyrian Confederation of Europe (ACE) held its first general assembly where a new president and board were elected. A panel discussion with the board of ACE on the objectives of the Confederation. Panel on Assyrian global governance with Michael Youash, Mardean Isaac and Afram Yakoub, moderated by Reine Hanna. Short speeches by the guests of honor Prof. Efram Yildiz (Salamanca University, Spain) and Mr. Ninos Ternian (ANB Sat)
If anyone needed an example of the stark difference between reality and propaganda as represented by corporate media news coverage in the US, one would have a hard time finding a better one than how they spin the Israel/Palestine issue. I was abruptly reminded of this watching Hillary Clinton’s endless spewing of propaganda myths this evening in the NY debate. It makes me wonder if inside that beltway bubble they have ever heard of social media. I suspect this might backfire on Hillary.
The credibility of the establishment narrative took a big hit with Israel’s last invasion of Gaza. While they were broadcasting the standard BS, social media was awash with pictures of the horror that was going down as it was happening. But even though I have been following this issue for a long time, and consider myself to be better informed than most, Jeff Halper somehow always manages to change the entire paradigm.
As you watch this, I suspect this might happen to you. This was a long talk and it took many hours to edit down to the 58 min. broadcast window. But I have posted the long version here so that you can see all of it.
A leading figure in the Israeli peace movement, co-founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), noted scholar, educator and prolific author, Halper, starts off by posing the question: “How does Israel get away with it?” He says the standard assumptions- the Israeli lobby, etc. “didn’t do it for him”. What he found exposes a hidden world of military/security relationships. Technology and systems of surveillance and population control that Israel peddles to global ruling elites for their militaries, corporations, security agencies, and police forces in order to make itself essential to the global capitalist security state system as everyday life becomes evermore militarized.
Israel is a world leader in high tech systems of repression for global pacification and they have millions of people to test these weapons on. Far from a burden or a threat, he says Israeli elites view the occupation and their periodic wars as an opportunity - a laboratory. What’s worse, Israeli militarism and its horrors cannot be seen in isolation. As Halper demonstrates, systems like weaponized nanotechnology, database tracking, automated targeting, and unmanned drones don’t just threaten the lives and civil liberties of Palestinians. You might find that some of this technology is already being used on you.
Thanks to the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice and Jewish Voice for Peace - Tacoma. Recorded 2/24/2016
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\ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)
1: an ancient empire of Ashur
2: a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern
Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)
a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of
its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender
4: a democratic state that believes in the freedom of
religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the
principles of the United Nations Charter —
Ethnicity, Religion, Language
Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
\ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)
1: descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur
2: the Assyrians, although representing but one single
nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now
doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle
ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding
hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the
East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.
These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the
Christian Era. No one can coherently understand the Assyrians
as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church
from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly
difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for
in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control,
religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a
criterion of nationality.
the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya,
Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean,
Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu,
Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye,
Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. —
1: a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of
the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.
2: has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical
Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.