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  • Kentucky Christian mini-caliphate still denying Gay Marriage Licenses in Name of God (4)
    • Being a self-Christened pseudo-demigod doesn’t count.

      She is in non-compliance therefore contempt-able.

      And a potential running mate for Senadate Ted Cruz.

    • Stand your ground Kim ! The supper court does not make laws ! Make the gays go to some other Satan worshiper for a unholy union. Arrest the gays for breaking the sodomy law ! They want "justice" jail all of them.

  • Obama 1, Netanyahu 0, as Dems & Public rally to Iran Deal (4)
  • Israeli Policies could make Gaza uninhabitable in 5 years: UN (3)
    • Esta, Hamas won the latest Palestinian election. While they certainly have their flaws, their rule in Gaza is no occupation. I might also remind you that Israel was just as militant against the Palestinians before Hamas even existed, so Hamas can't be the main problem. Then there are faction within Hamas. After the election the more moderate, non-violent faction seemed to gain strength, but when Israel and the West refused to accept the result of the election that hope was crushed.

      Getting rid of Hamas while keeping the Israeli occupation would only give room for even more militant organisations like Islamic Jihad and maybe even ISIS. To defuse the situation it's the Israeli occupation of Palestine that needs to be removed. Israel as the stronger part has a choice, the Palestinians don't.

  • Obama 1, Netanyahu 0, as Dems & Public rally to Iran Deal (4)
    • This is a WIN primarily for United States and then for its president Obama. Revived us as a nation not sold to special interest. This is epic. Not sure if any other president could repeat this. Obama leadership combined with bravery of 34 senators who proved that our nation’s interest come first. WE ARE A COUNTRY. This will help not to be a laughing stock in the Middle East and elsewhere. USA can act and deliver and not be hostage to other nations lobbing influence. Every president since Bush senior was afraid of Israel and our foreign policy was paralyzed. We lost so much by war in Iraq, sanction on Iran. As the result of sanction on Iran the BRICS was formed, straight bilateral trades on the rise side stepping, dollar. Hopefully we learned the result of putting interest of our ally first, we went from surplus and only superpower to debtor nation. Due to the militaristic nature, and excessive preoccupation in the ME it costs cost us a failure of pivoting to Asia. Contributing as a large component that Asian perceived China as less of a threat as regime change and sanctions. We could not balance our interest between Europe and Asia reaps the benefit of being in the middle.

  • Kentucky Christian mini-caliphate still denying Gay Marriage Licenses in Name of God (4)
  • Israeli Policies could make Gaza uninhabitable in 5 years: UN (3)
    • The conflict is with Hamas occupation, not Palestinian community per se. As you know, the issue import/export of weapons. (I know, simplistic answer.) If they could eliminate Hamas, there'd be a shot at peace. The whole situation is heartbreaking and devastating. Personally, I'd like to see Palestinians and Israelis live and support each other peacefully. Do you think it's possible, if Palestinians were granted their own state that surrounding countries would cease their mission to destroy Israel? Sadly, the answer, no. It's a religious war, not a war for land per se. It's all about, in the end, to seize that little gold dome (I know, simplistic answer.) Seeds of Peace in Maine (http://www.seedsofpeace.org) is an amazing effort to teach young Palestinian and Israeli leaders to facilitate change. I appreciate your post, I alway need more information to understand political complexities. :)) esta

  • Enter the Bear: Does Russia plan air strikes on Daesh/ISIL in Syria? (15)
    • This is good news & long overdue.

      Can only hope America tries to force Turkey, Israel & Jordan into stopping various terrorists from entering Syria

  • Obama 1, Netanyahu 0, as Dems & Public rally to Iran Deal (4)
    • The potential harm from the US rejecting the deal would be largely economic and self-inflicted, but much external damage from this extraordinarily untidy process has already been done. No small number of Europeans will feel quite chuffed if the US Legislature does reject the deal, By the way, Jeremy Corbyn looks set to become leader of the UK parliamentary opposition, and quite possibly the next UK prime minister. He wants to withdraw from NATO and abandon Trident. Blair is fiercely against Corbyn but the more vociferously he warns against him the more support Corbyn seems to attract.

  • Israeli Policies could make Gaza uninhabitable in 5 years: UN (3)
  • Obama 1, Netanyahu 0, as Dems & Public rally to Iran Deal (4)
    • With Casey deciding to vote for the Iran P5+1 agreement I suddenly feel complete. I feel this way due to the fact I called Senator Casey's office last Friday, and left a message for him to vote for the agreement. Now, I need to spread the word that the 150 billion dollars that Iran is receiving, is Iran's money that was withheld by the sanctions. I say this, because I heard Donald Trump tell his followers that WE the U.S.A. are even giving Iran 150 billion dollars. Trump's statement is completely wrong. I'm not sure if the candidates are that ill informed, or they are just lying. Americans are in desperate need of the truth on many issues. I am thankful for sites such as Doctor Cole's, for he is a truthful person.

  • Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants (26)
    • "Nobody argues that Britain ever had a right to colonize Palestine with European Zionist colonists, even though the Balfour declaration was put into a “legal format” such as the Mandate for Palestine by the League of Nations."

      What you are saying is that you can reject a law if you don't happen to like that law.

      Try that next time you are booked for speeding, and let me know how that turns out for you.

      The Mandates were legal instruments. They were perfectly "legal", precisely because the prior sovereign power (in this case, the Ottoman Empire via its successor state "Turkey") agreed to handover its sovereign territory to a Mandatory Power nominated from amongst the Principal Allied Powers.

      That's perfectly legal, however much You Don't Like It.

      "Regarding partition, it is ridiculous to claim that anyone had the legal right to partition Palestine between its native inhabitants and illegal European colonists who were forced upon them."

      And in making that claim you run into something of an evidentiary problem, which is that this wasn't the *only* instance in which a Mandated Territory was split into two successor states.

      Clearly, it could be done and - evidently - it was perfectly legal to do it.

      Witness: Syria
      Witness: Lebanon
      Witness: Jordan

      You need to explain to me why *those* partitions were legal and *this* partition wasn't.

      Other than, of course, you have a bee in your bonnet regarding *this* partition.

    • "It *can* be disputed. Indeed, your claims can be rendered absurd."

      Dispute away, and by doing so you are invalidating the legitimacy of:
      a) Syria
      b) Lebanon
      c) Jordan
      d) Palestine
      e) Israel

      Not only that, but if you want to argue that a Mandatory Power **didn't** have the legal authority to decide upon the method of state succession then you are invalidating the legal status of:
      Ruwanda
      Tanzania
      Camerooon
      Ghana
      New Guinea
      Nauru
      Samoa

      The Mandates were LEGAL instruments, they weren't political policy positions.

      You may not like how they were set up, nor the paternalism that drove them.

      Fine. Hate away, you won't find much argument from me.

      But as LEGAL instruments they were perfectly legitimate, and in the case of the ending of the Mandate for Palestine via the Plan of Partition both the UK (the Mandatory Power) and the UN General Assembly (the supervising body) followed the law to the letter.

      Again, you don't have to like the p.o.l.i.t.i.c.a.l. outcomes that resulted from those deliberations, but that is not at all the same thing as arguing that what transpired was not legal.

      Because it most certainly was.

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  • Bernie Sanders's Surge in Iowa from Attractiveness of His Ideas: Poll (5)
    • Joseph Brunoli 09/02/2015 at 3:46 am in reply to Hector

      I'll jump in: she believes she is entitled to the Presidency. Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to be President of the United States. THAT is why she is running. It is her turn, she has suffered ignominy and shame, countless slings and arrows, standing by Bill and toughing it out, so that she could arrive at long last at this point in history, where it is HER moment, where it is HER time, where it is HER right to be President. It is, in the end all about HER - Hillary Rodham Clinton.
      By contrast, Bernie Sanders is about helping people, he is running not for himself, but for the average American. and THAT is the difference.

  • Enter the Bear: Does Russia plan air strikes on Daesh/ISIL in Syria? (15)
    • Typo in your summary of Elaph news report: MiG-28 is a fictional aircraft in the 1986 film Top Gun (real Mikoyan fighters are designated with odd numbers).

      According to my computer translation of Elaph, Russia would like to sell MiG-29 fighters and Yak-130 advanced trainers to the Syrian Air Force, which has operated the MiG-29 since the 1980s. I suspect they will need to include pilots and ground crews to make that sale. If I had the skills to fly or maintain a fourth-generation jet fighter like the MiG-29, I would be long gone from Syria and working for Emirates SkyCargo (or frankly anyone including Yellow Cab).

    • haary: "Let’s face it, Islamic State has to be defeated, the US will not align with Assad"

      Why not?

      I mean it: what stops the USA from "aligning with Assad"?

      He has never attacked the USA.
      He has never expressed any interest in attacking the USA.

      From a purely US-centric PoV there is absolutely nothing stopping the USA from allying with Assad in order to defeat ISIS.

      That support need not extend any further than that one aim, any more than allying with the Soviet Union in WW2 signalled anything more than an alliance of convenience in the face of a common enemy.

      This "we can't work with Assad" nonsense is exactly that, and pronouncing it as a self-evident truth doesn't make it any less of a lie.

      The USA can work with Assad.

      It SHOULD work with Assad, because if there is one thing we know for a fact it is this: Assad wants ISIS dead and buried even more than the USA wants ISIS destroyed.

      Give him the tools, and he'll do the job. Guaranteed.

      So if the USA doesn't want to give him those tools then, honestly, Uncle Sam isn't levelling with us.

    • Gabriel, I would imagine that is one of the reasons why the USA is unconcerned about this development, in the sense that currently political considerations might necessitate that the USA look the other way at Erdogan's shenanigans.

      In which case any resupply convoys crossing the Turkish border into Syria may be immune to US-bombing, however much the Americans grit their teeth in anger.

      Not so as far as the Russians are concerned - no such political considerations need stay their hand, and so Erdogan might be well-advised to rapidly reconsider how much aid and comfort his is willing to give to his pet terrorists.

    • The only time Russia and the U.S. collaborate is if Russia gets paid handsomely in some way.

      Will the tab be one (1) each Ukraine?

  • Bernie Sanders's Surge in Iowa from Attractiveness of His Ideas: Poll (5)
    • We can elect a Kenyan-born Socialist, Reverend Wright following, Muslim ex-pothead, cinnamon roll hoarding person-of-color as our President, TWICE - electing a too old Jew(ish) Socialist agitator Senator Bernie Sanders will be a piece of cake.

      Especially if rabble-rousing, anti-capitalist, closet Socialist, TARP-loving, turncoat Okie now blue state Senator Elizabeth Warren is the running mate/person.

      It would be the 2016 Blue State Socialist Conspiracy to take away those guns and War-on-Religious Freedoms ticket.

  • Enter the Bear: Does Russia plan air strikes on Daesh/ISIL in Syria? (15)
    • It'll be interesting if Putin uses significant military force in Syria. Imagine what happens if Russia has military forces in Syria, and the Republicans/Israelis attack Iran.

  • Bernie Sanders's Surge in Iowa from Attractiveness of His Ideas: Poll (5)
    • Clinton "has again played the entitlement card"

      I would like to hear a proponent of this "card" explain to what, why, Clinton is "entitled" to something.

  • Louisiana Muslim-Haters call 911 in Panic over Hebrew Sign (8)
  • Enter the Bear: Does Russia plan air strikes on Daesh/ISIL in Syria? (15)
    • Is that a theory for the spread of colonialism in 17-20th centuries?

    • But the mirror has two faces, and for many the US is the one that is not an acceptable participant in finding a resolution to the conflict. Lavrov also said a solution to ISIS requires first the resolution of the Syrian turmoil. Americans, and by extension the US, possess very little patience and are uneasy allowing things to work through, they prefer results today or tomorrow. I have a theory that a people's/nation's natural patience is in proportion to the antiquity of their historical identity. I think Obama may understand something like this but understanding doesn't make it possible to change it. It's far better today to learn to surf than seek to control the waves.

    • The Repubs will go nuts demanding our soldiers must die too, and in greater numbers than the Russians.

    • It's amazing how new channels can take couple of sentences and run with it in English to end up on a reputable site like informed comment. Gee, I am not a fan of any political power in Syria, but as Syrian would wish for all commentators that commented on the subject to listen in ARABIC to the entire interview. They will at least in the first ten minutes realize that Israel interference in Syria stopped being Mossad like but actual aggression on our land. So give me a break.

  • Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants (26)
  • Austrian Truck Tragedy echoes Palestinian Story, reminding us of 7 mn still stateless (7)
    • > Why should Lebanese workers suffer from competition from refugees?

      Curious what you think of US borders. Should they be open as Ezra Klein believes, or closed so that California, Arizona, Texas workers do not have to compete with illegal immigrants?

  • Bernie Sanders's Surge in Iowa from Attractiveness of His Ideas: Poll (5)
    • In her replay of the race against Obama, Hillary has again played the entitlement card too forcefully and too long, with the manipulative support of Party leaders like Debby Schultz. I'm reminded of the old childish refrain: "nobody loves me, everybody hates me, I'm gonna go eat worms".

  • Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants (26)
  • Enter the Bear: Does Russia plan air strikes on Daesh/ISIL in Syria? (15)
    • Let's face it, Islamic State has to be defeated, the US will not align with Assad, yet strangely some in the US [Petraeus] want to use Al Qaeda fighters against IS link to thedailybeast.com US policy is bankrupt. How can the US play any role in Syria when the Three most important players, the Syrian Government, Al Nusra Front and Islamic State are not acceptable participants in a final resolution to the conflict.
      The US must realize, as Lavrov, said, there are no "good terrorists" and "bad terrorist" they must all be treated the same by the International community.

  • Bernie Sanders's Surge in Iowa from Attractiveness of His Ideas: Poll (5)
    • I really believe the old maxim, "Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line." In my 50+ years experience, this has always proven to be true: Democrats cannot win an election unless they have a charismatic candidate that is beloved by the base, so that the base turns out in force on Election Day.

      Hillary is not that candidate.

      Sure, "Email-gate" may pass, and Benghazi is just something that GOP wing-nuts (plus Carly Fiorina) go on about, but Hillary's favourability ratings as well as her "trustworthiness" ratings are in the toilet. You simply cannot depend on her to galvanize and excite an Obama-like coalition to save the day on November 8, 2016.

      Let’s face it: such phrases as "she's the only viable candidate", "she's better than what the GOP has" and worst of all, "think about the Supreme Court" are simply NOT the rallying cries that will get the Democratic base to the polls. And we all know that when people stay home, Democrats lose.

      The irony, of course, is that we have seen this all before. Remember the catchphrase from the 2004 election: "dated Dean, married Kerry" ?

      We all know how well that “sensible choice” turned out. Let's not make that mistake again, Democrats! FEEL THE BERN!!

  • Enter the Bear: Does Russia plan air strikes on Daesh/ISIL in Syria? (15)
    • #Russians, #Iran and
      #Asad guys against #ISIS. #USA
      and rebels against Assad and "IS".Chaos

    • Joint ops with the great Satan?

    • These look like very carefully laid plans, with more Russian dolls than just ISIS and Syria. It is highly likely that Sisi has been brought on board and firmly briefed. The recent agreement signed in Moscow (quoted in Asia Times) link to atimes.com included some pretty potent stuff.

      The creation of a broad counter-terrorism front in which the key international players and the region’s countries, including Syria, would take part.

      An inclusive political solution to the Syrian crisis that includes all parties, including the government, and ensures the country’s unity, territorial integrity and security.

      Practical steps to establish a Russian industrial zone in the Suez Canal region (which is the route for the US naval ships en route to the Gulf region.)

      Establishment of a free trade zone between Egypt and Russia (and Eurasian Economic Zone).

      Use of national currencies in bilateral trade and settlements.

      The construction of the nuclear power plant in Egypt by Russia.

      Energy cooperation involving the Russian majors Rosneft, Gazprom and LUKOIL.

      Purchase of Sukhoi Superjet 100 passenger aircraft by the national airline Egypt Air.

      In addition Abbas and Hamas may, I imagine, have been encouraged to go out of their ways keep all quiet on the Western front.

      PressTV reports this morning that Merkel 'welcomes Iran's particiption,,,' link to presstv.ir None of this can be very nice for Israel, one imagines.

  • Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants (26)
  • Palestinian Christians Clash with Israeli Soldiers after Sunday Mass over Bethlehem Confiscations (1)
  • Enter the Bear: Does Russia plan air strikes on Daesh/ISIL in Syria? (15)
    • If Russia does get more involved in Syria, I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that they will bomb other rebel groups (IMO, far) more than ISIS. They have consistently toed Assad's party line, that ~90% of the rebels are radical Islamists, along with other propaganda from the Syrian regime. Hopefully, the Russian Armed Forces aren't as reckless as they were in Chechnya.

  • Louisiana Muslim-Haters call 911 in Panic over Hebrew Sign (8)
    • Is English your second language? You wrote "just as bigoted and ignorant as them". In English we say "just as bigoted and ignorant as they."

  • Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants (26)
    • Nobody argues that Britain ever had a right to colonize Palestine with European Zionist colonists, even though the Balfour declaration was put into a "legal format" such as the Mandate for Palestine by the League of Nations. All it shows is that the major powers - colonial Western states - chief among them the British Empire, could put into "legal form" and pass any resolution as fits their interests. However, power doesn't make it legal nor moral, much like Israel considers its colonization of the West Bank "legal" and puts it into a legal framework.

      Regarding partition, it is ridiculous to claim that anyone had the legal right to partition Palestine between its native inhabitants and illegal European colonists who were forced upon them. That's where Palestine differs from other borders that were drawn in the Middle East. Just to give an idea how ridiculous that resolution was - it would be the equivalent of the UN voting to partition Algeria between Algerians and the French colonists = in fact even worse since most of the Zionist colonists were not even born in Palestine!

  • Ghoul's Glossary: "Migrants" or "Refugees" or "Anchor Babies"? (8)
    • Legalize marijuana/drugs and many/most of the reasons why people flee Mexico/Central America and run to America will cease to exist.

      Increase the minimum wage in America to at least $15.00 an hour and eliminate the jobs that American business claims Americans won't do.

  • Louisiana Muslim-Haters call 911 in Panic over Hebrew Sign (8)
    • You jackasses are sure quick to criticize all, or even "most", of the people of Louisiana because of the ignorance and stupidity of a tiny, but vocal, minority.
      Don't you realize that this make YOU look just as bigoted and ignorant as them???
      Most of us here are laughing at the simpletons that don't know the difference between the two languages. Now we're laughing at you prejudiced f&(ing hypocrites too. You're just as guilty as they are.

  • Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants (26)
    • "but there can be no dispute that a Mandatory Power had the legal authority to partition a Mandated Territory."

      Yeah, right.

      It *can* be disputed. Indeed, your claims can be rendered absurd.

      The "mandatory power" was but an external partisan , colonial and imperial authority and it cannot be granted plenary rights to dispense of the lands of native populations.

  • Louisiana Muslim-Haters call 911 in Panic over Hebrew Sign (8)
  • Top 5 Green Energy Breakthroughs Today (2)
    • I seem to remember that a long time ago, maybe 30-40 years, a defense contractor had a very similar project. There were pictures of a barge that held the apparatus. Of course then it was merely a curiosity.

  • Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants (26)
    • Not only did the UN partition plan not include the current West Bank or Gaza, it did not include the Galilee.... and its West Bank and Gaza were so much larger they were touching.

  • Top 5 Green Energy Breakthroughs Today (2)
    • With lithium batteries that can fully charge in 8 seconds (in a lab), have 30% more capacity, go for hundreds of thousands of recharge cycles, solar panels with 42% efficiencies and what you mentioned, we are idiots to even think to look for more oil.

  • Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants (26)
    • This process was highlighted a couple of weeks ago when one of the squatters threw a fire bomb into a Palestinian home and burned a child to death.

  • 'We Must Face Reality. Iraq Can No Longer Be Ruled In A Centralised Way' - Former VP Salih (1)
  • Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants (26)
    • If a governor in the U.S. used the state's national guard to force people from their homes and to bulldoze the land so he could give the land "free" to developers, every major news organization would be hot on the money trail and a possible story of corruption. Israeli media speculates about the Netanyahu's high life style but apparently lack the courage to actually find how it is paid for. When the IDF, paid for by the U.S. at the tune of $3 billion per year, is used to raze homes and bulldoze ancient olive groves, stealing Palestinian lands for the sake of developers, just what does that make the U..S.?

    • Besides conflating innocuous labor migrants (US) with armed colonists (Palestine), you fail to mention that even if there was any legitimacy to UNGA 181 (partition resolution), Israel even in its pre-1967 borders was in violation of the very resolution from which it claims legitimacy when it ethnically cleansed and occupied 78% of Palestine, way beyond the partition plan (UNGA 181 awarded the Zionist colonists 55% of Palestine and obviously never granted them the right to commit ethnic cleansing).

      In addition, opponents of UNGA 181 claim that the UN had no right to vote on partitioning Palestine to begin with since it is in opposition to its very own charter and granting illegal European Zionist colonists 55% of Palestine would be the equivalent of the UN voting to partition France between the French and its population of recent illegal immigrants.

    • @Moxeyheller

      I doubt most are from Brooklyn Heights. I would wager most were originally living in East Flatbush.

      Question: Why is this issue so difficult for certain Americans to understand? If God gave them this land, wouldn't it be far easier to establish a Palestinian state, and then buy the land from the private owner? If an American moves to Canada, this is how the system works. There's no rationality or long-term planning in the settler movement whatsoever.

  • Louisiana Muslim-Haters call 911 in Panic over Hebrew Sign (8)
    • Yep, If I were an Islamic terrorist, I would leave signs written in Arabic around to terrorize the good people of Gardner, LA, because I would figure that most of them can't read English anyway, so I might as well target my message of terror at perhaps the only literate group for miles around -- Arabic speakers.

      Of course, were I capable of that level of sophisticated strategery, I would probably know Arabic from Hebrew script.

  • Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants (26)
    • I traveled to Palestine in late 80's. I ran into 2 Isralies carrying Uzis. When I questioned about the poor conditions in which palestinians lived in regugee camps, one said that is the way they like to live. It reminded me of similar racist statements about people of color in the US. I asked where they were from, they replied New York

  • Louisiana Muslim-Haters call 911 in Panic over Hebrew Sign (8)
  • Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants (26)
    • Having just returned from a volunteer teaching stay in Nablus, I can say that not only are American settlers appearing like rabbits - the illegal settlements in downtown Hebron (or al-Khalil, preferably) are flooded with overheard French. Both Brooklynese and Parisian are constantly floating on the wind - Hebrew not so much there.

      On another note I did meet a young American woman who indeed was an illegal immigrant to Palestine - not a settler, but a PA employee who loved Ramallah so much she simply never had left.

    • ME turmoil protects Israel. Unless they are enforceable, laws are an open invitation to find arguments that render them inapplicable because superseded by some higher (chosen people) or more urgent (security) consideration. Israel is not going to stop what it is doing unless forced and it is difficult to see how, under the present circumstances, that can be brought about. BDS certainly helps prepare the ground but Israel's tentacles are spread wide and guarantee endless fudge.

      A piece in the Asia Times link to atimes.com last week might suggest that Russia's ME foreign policy contains the seeds of a collateral solution. If Moscow/Cairo/Tehran/Damascus do indeed form ...a broad counter-terrorism front in which the key international players and the region’s countries, including Syria, would take part... and it achieves significant impact it might serve to coax Israel's immunity to an end, with security for the whole area becoming an international rather than exclusively US undertaking, and attention better focused on obtaining a nuclear free ME.

    • Blake: "Even Resolution 181 was non binding and never went to the Security council to be ratified into law."

      The UN Security Council is not a world legislature.

      It therefore can't "make international law", nor does it have the authority to "ratify" an international treaty that had been created by any other means.

      Nor, for that matter, can the UN General Assembly - it is no more a legislature than is the UNSC.

      Your comment - and Juan Cole's - display a fundamental misunderstanding of the United Nations, which is nothing more nor less that a p.o.l.i.t.i.c.a.l. body.

      The UNGA voted on the Partition Plan (via UNGAR181) because the Assembly had inherited the supervisory role that the old League of Nations had w.r.t. Mandatory Powers (if you don't believe me then read the very first sentence of UNGAR181).

      So, basically, the legalities were this: the Mandatory Power (i.e. Britain) wanted to end its Mandate. But it had to leave *something* behind to show that it had fulfilled the requirements of ending a Mandate.

      So it asked the UNGA to advise, and the Assembly then convened a committee that recommended that the Mandatory partition the territory into two successor states.

      The Mandatory Power accepted that advice (really, it had no choice by that stage), and it was *that* decision that made the Partition Plan legally-binding.

      After all, say what you want about Britain's conduct 1922-1947, but there can be no dispute that a Mandatory Power had the legal authority to partition a Mandated Territory.

      Exhibit A: Lebanon and Syria.
      Exhibit B: Transjordan and (still Mandated) Palestine.

      Or, in short: it was the legal authority of the MANDATORY POWER that made accepting the Partition Plan a legally-binding decision (save only that a Mandatory - any Mandatory - needed the "consent" of its supervising body before such a far-reaching plan became "legal").

      And by 1947 that supervising body was... the UNGA.
      And that body gave its "consent" by.... the margin of 33-13.

      Legal, and legally-binding. And violated for the last 68 years.

  • Campaign of fear: Donald Trump's battle against birthright citizenship (4)
    • This could be Trump's big opening with Southerners who I expected to be resistant to him on tribal/religious grounds. No more of this cowardly trickery with grandfather clauses and poll taxes and "separate but equal". Now, a chance to rewrite the definition of citizenship to mandate white minority rule and a one-party state in the future.

  • Jorge Ramos explains his ejection from Trump's press conference (5)
    • I'd say he accomplished his goal of making Trump appear to regard Latinos as subhumans and servants. Now folks like you have to dig through Trump's past actions and statements to conclusively prove otherwise. Good luck.

  • Ghoul's Glossary: "Migrants" or "Refugees" or "Anchor Babies"? (8)
    • "If we are to throw our doors open to any, we must then throw them open to all."
      But we have thrown doors open to "any", so you're saying we have no choice between totally open and totally closed?

  • Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants (26)
    • It's heartening to see some sensitive and perceptive remarks in this thread by Americans . I hope that doesn't sound condescending but when Fox News posts pictures of bombed Gaza claiming that it's Israel , the voices of reason need to shout louder than the mainstream media with its shameless Zionist agenda . With regard to the destruction of Gaza in 2014 the Zionist narrative , as reported by the US media , took the art of Orwellian doublespeak to a whole new level .

    • The Book of Authorized wisdom teaches us that is Palestinian land.THERE was not state of Israel. Shame on America and the Europe. To let this from of Bullying to Continue. The rule of Law by the Geneva convention was swept A-side by Classism,Ethnocentric leaders against,the Palestinians to be of Brown skinned and thought of as a lesser value. Undeserving of what is rightly their Land!

    • It never fails to amaze me that our American politicians apparently have no knowledge of history beyond their own simple biases.

      None of them have the fortitude or maybe don't have the intelligence to understand not only the fundamentals but also the details of situations in the Middle East.

    • Very perceptive Does that explain BIBI? An influx of American Tea Party types? Just something else we inflicted on the world