Full text of Trump’s executive order banning refugees for 90-120 days

Suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days while vetting procedures are revamped. Suspends admissions of people from “countries of particular concern” for 90 days. Bans Syrians until vetting is determined to be sufficient. Limits total refugees admitted in 2017 to 50,000. Some refugees may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.

Torture, Israeli-style – as described by the interrogators themselves

Chaim Levinson reports in Ha’aretz that there is a “conspiracy of silence” about Israeli torture. The fact that Israel tortures prisoners has been exposed many times. In 1977 the London Sunday Times described it; award winning journalist and author Grace Halsell described it in her 1081 book Journey to Jerusalem and an article; Israeli torture of American…

How Israel partisans kept Palestine out of the Women’s March

The Forward reports that Jewish groups successfully worked to prevent the Women’s March on Washington from officially including Palestine: “Jewish groups intensified their engagement with the platform-production process” and felt “very good with the results.” “The way to deal with it was by sitting around the table, talking and editing,” said Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women.

A legal perspective on “Oslo”

The agreement was an instrument in which Israel could pursue traditional objectives, including settling the “Whole Land of Israel.” Settlement building could accelerate, “security” in occupied Palestine was subcontracted to Palestinian “security forces” who protected Israeli settlers but not Palestinians, and many of the costs of the occupation were borne by other countries. Whitbeck gives an eye-witness analysis of what went wrong.

Israel-first neocons & thinktanks pushed out by Trump?

Philip Giraldi reports that the Israel-first, pro-war neocons and their affiliated think tanks aren’t having the power under Trump that they expected under Hillary. “That the defeat of Hillary was also a defeat of the neoconservatives and their alphabet soup of institutes and think tanks is sometimes overlooked.” Giraldi writes: Many of the Trump dissidents like…