#Hamas knows there is a hunger among the West’s so-called progressives for evidence of #Palestinian pain, and by extension of #Israeli evil, and it is more than willing to feed this hunger.


#Hamas pushes #Gaza’s people into harm’s way because it knows…images of their hardship will be shared widely, wept over, and held up as proof of the allegedly uniquely barbarous nature of the Jewish State. Hamas knows there is a hunger among the West’s so-called progressives for evidence of Palestinian pain, and by extension of Israeli evil, and it is more than willing to feed this hunger.

The ugly trade in Palestinian pain
The ugly trade in Palestinian pain

The Israel-Palestine conflict is unique among modern wars.  No, not because Israel is an unnaturally wicked state, as its many critics across the West, and in the Middle East of course, would have us believe. And not because this conflict has been a long one. Or because it is a sometimes asymmetrical one, pitting a well-armed state against protesters armed with catapults and attitude. Many wars have been long and imbalanced.

No, this war is different because of who shapes it. Who impacts on it. Who contributes to it, usually unwittingly. This war is unique because very often its distant observers, those who watch and comment and hand-wring from afar, play a role in intensifying it and making it bloodier than it already is – without even realising they are doing so.

This should be the central lesson of the terrible events at the Gaza-Israel border last week: that much of what happens in the Israel-Palestine conflict is now largely a performance, a piece of bloody theatre, staged for the benefit of outsiders, especially for myopically anti-Israel Western activists and observers.

It is becoming increasingly clear that Hamas pushes Gaza’s people into harm’s way because it knows their suffering will strike a chord across the West. Because it knows images of their hardship will be shared widely, wept over, and held up as proof of the allegedly uniquely barbarous nature of the Jewish State. Hamas knows there is a hunger among the West’s so-called progressives for evidence of Palestinian pain, and by extension of Israeli evil, and it is more than willing to feed this hunger.

The clashes at the Gaza border, in which more than 60 Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured, cannot be viewed in isolation from Western liberals’ peculiar and disproportionate obsession with Israel. It now seems undeniable that this was no instinctive, grassroots protest, but rather one that was carefully orchestrated by Hamas. As a New York Times reporter described it, after midday prayers clerics and leaders of Hamas ‘urged thousands of worshippers to join the protests’. And Hamas’s urging was littered with false claims. It told people ‘the fence had already been breached’ and Palestinians were ‘flooding into Israel’. This was a lie. A Washington Post reporter details how Hamas’s leaders told people to keep attacking the border fence because ‘Israeli soldiers [are] fleeing their positions’. In truth, as Hamas knew only too well, the IDF was reinforcing its positions.

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#Canada #Cannabis Senate passes #BillC45 ushering era of official legalization of Cannabis in Canada


This from Canaccord on the approval by Canada’s senate of Bill C-45 fully legalizing cannabis 

In a watershed moment for global cannabis, last night, the Canadian Senate passed the third and final reading of Bill C-45 by a vote of 56-30 (with one abstention). As a result the official legalization of cannabis in Canada has effectively reached the finsih line; however, the amendments made to the Bill in the interim will have to be approved in the House of Commons and then ratified by the Senate before reaching Royal Assent and brought into law. We expect this remaining process to be procedural in nature and likely completed in the coming week.

Looking ahead, provinces will continue to finalize respective distribution platforms, and we expect meaningful legal rec sales to roll-out on a national level by September/ October. However, we caution investors that there remain several issues to be ironed out, and it is not likely that the launch will be smooth given challenges for retail distribution and ramping up cultivation capacity.Although logistical hurdles remain, we believe positive industry catalysts are still on the horizon. This includes major provinces such as Ontario, Alberta and BC still to announce initial tender allotments for product and
the legislation of more recreational friendly products, such as vape pens, edibles and other derivative cannabis product that will become increasingly important for producers as the cultivation of cannabis is expected to become largely commoditized.

For further analysis and review please see our full analyst coverge attached here 

#EOS #ICO Investors Bet $4BN on #Cryptocurrency #Startup Block.one


Block­.one has sold 900 mil­lion EOS to­kens over nearly a year, most via daily auc­tions.

Every 23 hours, it has auc­tioned off 2 mil­lion to­kens, and ac­cepted the high bid as the set price for that block.

It has received pro­ceeds from the sales in ether.

Investors Bet $4 Billion on a Cryptocurrency Startup

https://www.wsj.com/articles/investors-bet-4-billion-on-a-cryptocurrency-startup-1527591600?emailToken=c8b7aec6be449052b0ebb76ba7647433+5vJ5sC4N4tZHP23JUrt6fnioIkQL/QCfebITRb3l1fkw0nDAToK7THvszXz3a3V5LWHes56u4Anr+tFZVno74ODhl4MaI+hGHag2Sgh758%3D&reflink=article_email_share

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