Disneyland Asks France To Militarize Police To Protect Tourism Profits

from Mint Press News

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Arguing that profits this year are significantly lower because of labor strikes and terror attacks, Disneyland and 20 other leading tourist companies have written to the French government and urged them to set up a special, armed police force in the capital.

In a letter issued late September, the tourist firms gathered under the rubric Alliance 46.2 said the measures are necessary because Paris has been the target of two major terror attacks while violent labor strikes have led to social paralysis, and Asian tourists have especially been the victim of crime over the past three years including muggings.

All of these factors, argue Alliance 46.2, have given the city a bad image and as a result the association fears a 4 to 5 percent drop in tourism this year. Because of this, the tourist association, fronted by Disneyland, wants a special force to track down “both criminal gangs and petty crooks who poison the lives of tourists” and even a “special prosecutor” to compliment the armed units.

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Twitter Updates on #WomensBoat2Gaza : approaching under Israeli threats (and shelling of Gaza?)

UPDATE:

UPDATE: Confirmed. IDF is attacking Gaza as the Women’s boat is approaching.

The following are a series of updates from Twitter on the , the latest attempt to break the illegal blockaid of the Gaza Strip by Israel. Older Tweets after the break.

I am seeing unconfirmed reports that Israel is shelling Gaza.

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Syria War Propaganda Drumming Up Hard, Corporate Media is LYING Again – Sane Progressive

“Propaganda is ramping up hard to drive support for a ‘no-fly zone’ in Syria – something that will translate into a full out ground war and could bring us into open war with Russia. Do NOT be manipulated again!”

Kremlin condemns decision to block statement on Russian embassy shelling at UN SC

from TASS

The Kremlin condemns the decision to block the discussion at the UN Security Council on Russia’s statement on the shelling of its embassy in Damascus.

The statement initiated by the Russian delegation was blocked by the US, the UK and Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia’s reaction to the move was “negative.”

The Russian embassy in Damascus was subjected to mortar shelling on October 3. It was by coincidence that none of the embassy’s employees was hurt in the shelling, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

According to the ministry, the Russian embassy was shelled from the Damascus suburb of Jobar controlled by the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terrorist grouping (outlawed in Russia) and Failak ar-Rahman, also a terrorist group.

A senior Russian lawmaker said on Wednesday that the position by the United States, Great Britain and Ukraine on Russia’s statement in the UN Security Council denouncing a terror act in Damascus suggests the unwillingness of these countries’ authorities to identify the perpetrators.

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Jewish man arrested at Kansas City library speech after asking “provocative” questions (another arrested for sticking up for him)

(The first question is the one that really did him in.)

from Boing Boing

Take care when asking provocative questions at Kansas City’s library events: you might end up in jail.

The executive director of Kansas City Libraries says he’s outraged by the charges against Jeremy Rothe-Kushel, a Jewish man grabbed by private security after asking the event’s speaker, former diplomat Dennis Ross, uninvited follow-up questions. Off-duty cops moved in to arrest Rothe-Kushel when he objected to the hands-on treatment—as well as a library staffer who had moved to intervene.

The Associated Press reports Kansas City police spokeswoman Capt. Stacey Graves as saying officers “acted properly in helping private security stop an audience member from asking follow-up questions.”

Issues arose after Ross finished speaking and took a question from Jeremy Rothe-Kushel concerning whether Jewish Americans like Rothe-Kushel should be concerned about actions by the U.S. and Israel that amount to “state-sponsored terrorism.”

When are we going to stand up and be ethical Jews and Americans?” Rothe-Kushel asked.

When Rothe-Kushel tried to ask another question, a private security guard grasped his arm, followed by an off-duty police officer, both employed by the Jewish Community Foundation. Rothe-Kushel then shouted, “Get your hands off of me right now!”

Steve Woolfolk, director of public programming for the library, tried to intervene. Both men were arrested by off-duty officers.

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