Let’s have a moment of silence for all the children in war & conflict. All the children suffering from diseases, emotional neglect, psychological, physical and sexual abuse. All the children who’s trust in the people they love and depend on is being betrayed. All the children who are trapped in situations they didn’t ask for and do not deserve. And never forget the victims of the murderous NATO and their allies:
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Israeli police have launched an investigation into a flyer which gives instructions to Orthodox Jews to murder female soldiers, military commanders and anyone involved in recruiting Haredi men into the Israeli army.
The flyer is written in Hebrew in the form of a religious proclamation entitled “a ruling of Jewish law” and was distributed in a Haredi neighbourhood of Jerusalem. The Haredi community reject many secular aspects of the state of Israel including enlisting into the military. The conservative religious community run an ongoing campaign against forced conscription into the military, believing that the state is trying to eradicate their religious identity.
The content of the flyer, reports The Jerusalem Post, reads: “If they take you by force to the army of destruction, it is permitted for you and you must do the following actions: take your rifle that you received and kill any woman soldier you see to merit her in [the precept of] ‘be killed instead of transgressing’”.
“Kill any [Israeli army] commander who holds you [in the army] by force. Kill anyone who drafts or entices or helps [to draft Haredi men]”, instructed the flier.
This extreme form of incitement to violence is uncommon. According to the Post the Haredi community has held mass demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience such as blocking major traffic routes and road junctions; organising protests outside the homes of senior Haredi Israeli army personnel; physical and verbal assaults against Haredi men in IDF uniforms.
They have also launched campaigns of incitement using flyers, posters, pamphlets and other forms of written media, against the conscription of Haredis into the army.
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Cape Town — Ethiopia’s government offered no explanation for the national mobile internet shutdown, AFP reports.
“Mobile data has been deactivated,” deputy communications minister Zadig Abrha is reported as telling AFP.
Abrha reportedly refused to elaborate, as the country enters its ninth month in a state of emergency.
The Internet was last shut down in October 2016, and a recent report shows that more African countries are using these shutdowns as a way to crack down on protesters.
By Katie Forster, 9 March 2017
New York health department alerts doctors to infections linked to ancient ritual in which circumcision wound is cleaned by mouth
The majority of Jewish circumcision ceremonies do not include metzitzah b’peh Getty Images
A baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following a controversial ancient circumcision ritual, it has been reported.
The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by mouth.
A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure.
There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015, reported the New York Daily News.
The majority of Jewish circumcision ceremonies do not include metzitzah b’peh, in which the mohel, or circumciser, places their mouth directly on the wound to suck away the blood.
An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City, home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel.
The city’s mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters officials were in the process of identifying the mohel who had performed the procedure and expected “full cooperation from the community”.
Mr de Blasio retracted the requirement for a parental consent form for the practice two years ago in a compromise with ultra-Orthodox leaders who agreed to help identify and isolate any mohels found to be responsible for an infection.
Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015.
Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage, according to the New York Post.
Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers, is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed.
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The flags of Belgium and Sweden were unfurled in front of NATO’s “Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence” in Tallinn, Estonia May 30, as the two nations joined the organization. Bulgaria and Portugal are also said to be mulling membership, as the alliance pushes for its constituents and allies to fight the alleged threat of cyberattacks.
The elevation brings the group’s membership to 17, with Belgium joining full members Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, UK and US. Sweden joins Austria and Finland as a “contributing participant” — the status granted to non-NATO members.
”International cooperation of like-minded nations in cyberdefense is becoming inevitable. We are witnessing a growing interest towards our applied research, trainings and exercises, but the preparedness of nations to contribute themselves reflects more than just recognition to the work that has been done. It proves we offer needed support for member nations and the international community in building their cyberdefense” said Sven Sakkov, Center Director, in a statement.
While launched in 2008, it is only since 2014 the Center has garnered mainstream attention — that year, then-President Barack Obama ordered a ramping-up of NATO’s cyberdefense capabilities, warning a cyberattack against a bloc member could trigger the same response as military aggression. Nonetheless, the center’s activities are somewhat opaque, although its website describes the organization as “a multinational and interdisciplinary hub of cyberdefense expertise.”
Since 2010, it has organized an annual technical cyberdefense exercise, Locked Shields. In its 2015 outing, the exercise gathered teams from the Center’s then-16 member nations, with some playing hackers and others system admins, who were respectively charged with attacking and defend critical infrastructure.
The US’ push for NATO to focus on cyberthreats has spread to individual member states, with the Czech Republic’s Interior Ministry establishing in 2016 a division to monitor and analyze “hybrid threats” to the country’s security, such as online disinformation campaigns. Dubbed the “Center Against Terrorism and Hybrid Threats”, the center aimed to prevent interference in the country’s October general elections via online disinformation and other covert means, such as cyberwarfare, puppet groups, and support for populist and extremist factions.
CTHH drew sharp criticism following its launch, in some cases from surprising quarters — the country’s own President Milos Zeman led the charge, saying the unit could infringe on free speech. He even went as far as creating a dedicated Twitter account to attack the unit, styled “CUTI” — a reference to Czechoslovakia’s communist-era censorship office. Non-member Finland has even gotten in on the action, opting to host a joint center for combating “hybrid threats” in Helsinki.