By: Sandip Roy
Je suis Charlie?
Well, not quite. I really am not Charlie Hebdo.
Nothing – no cartoon, no book, no song – justifies the kind of shooting rampage that happened in Paris. As Hassen Chalghoumi, the imam of Drancy mosque in Paris says, “These are criminals, barbarians. They have sold their souls to hell.”
And he is not talking about the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo. He is talking about those who mowed them down and fled.
But the spontaneous outpouring of the #JeSuisCharlie hashtags also elides over the really thorny issue of free speech. While we want free speech to be absolute, in the real world, it is not. And even as we stand with Charlie Hebdo we cannot pretend not to understand that.
Some people feel that Wikipedia isn’t trustworthy because it’s a platform on which you can go in and change information.
That’s true, but only to a degree.
The reality is that if you change information on Wikipedia and you don’t have any kind of history or you’re new to the game, understand that majority of these pages have gatekeepers.
These are people who are dedicated to the page and the content that’s on the page so if you make any changes they’ll be alerted of it and revert back the changes and flag you if you didn’t follow any one of the guidelines.
The real issue with Wikipedia is that it’s a reference index.
The true and ONLY nature of the Zionist conspiracy. This documentary is known to be one of the most deleted on Youtube. From the book: The Life of an American Jew in Racist Marxist Israel (Published in 1985).
This jaw-dropping photo published in The Guardian this week shows the line for food at Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp. The UN says that some people in this camp have been reduced to eating animal feed!
Extremely small amounts of aid have gotten in recently but delivery has been suspended repeatedly due to ongoing security concerns. The situation is dire! Take action to end the humanitarian crisis in Syria –>http://bit.ly/1mIYFrT
The 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan famously stated in a piece in the New York Times in 1993,
“May I offer you the advice of the 14th century Arab historian Ibn Khaldun, who said: “At the beginning of the empire, the tax rates were low and the revenues were high. At the end of the empire, the tax rates were high and the revenues were low.”
And, no, I did not personally know Ibn Khaldun, although we may have had some friends in common!”1
Although one may agree or disagree with the conservative economic policies of Ronald Reagan, there is no denying the genius of the man he is quoting – Ibn Khaldun. He was centuries ahead of his time. His monumental work, the Muqaddimah, published in 1377, is hard to categorize. All at once it is a resource on history, Islam, science, sociology, economics, politics, warfare, and philosophy. One article on the entire book would be a disservice to Ibn Khaldun and the great amount of knowledge he left for subsequent generations. Instead, this article will focus only on some of his economic ideas, which centuries later form some of the basic ideas we use in government taxation today.
In 2011, for the first time ever in the history of the Occupation, IDF soldiers chose to reveal their identities to the public and provide testimony about their actions in the Occupied Territories. Immediately after the testimonies were published, the IDF spokesperson welcomed the move as an opportunity for the military to investigate our materials, but guess what was (never) done…
… Three years have passed and, to this day, no investigation has been opened regarding the cases described by Breaking the Silence members. None of the soldiers have been summoned or questioned about their actions.
Now we are publishing dozens of **new** video testimonies that depict the reality of military control over a civilian population, the reality of day-to-day human rights violations that we – as IDF soldiers – participated in and preserved. The Occupation turns all of us, every soldier, into a rotten apple. This is proven by the hundreds of soldier testimonies from dozens of military units serving all over the territories.
We know there will be no investigations opened this time either, because to investigate us is to investigate the system of occupation itself. Investigating one soldier or another will not transform the underlying policy requiring the systemic violation of human rights and rejection of Palestinian liberty into a moral one.
Watch the new video testimonies on our website: http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/testimonies/videos