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JapanProf

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Political scientist--Comparative Politics (Europe & East Asia). Spent half the 2010s in Turin, Italy. My research covers welfare states, varieties of capitalism, demographic aging and gender issues. A bi-cultural product of Japan & Galicia (Spain). The photo is my beloved Wheaten Terrier. Just migrated from Twitter. I mostly post in English & Japanese (and follow Spanish- and Italian-language accounts too).

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Michael Schill, President of Northwestern, defends his treatment of student protesters. Finally, someone pushes back against Elise Stefanik and her likes. Gender, race, ethnicity and expertise are not irrelevant factors. It helps that the president is male, white, Jewish and a legal scholar of free speech.

https://www.jta.org/2024/05/23/united-states/under-fire-from-congress-northwesterns-jewish-president-forcefully-defends-encampment-deal

JapanProf, to israel
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From Haaretz “It's Not 'pro-Israel' for Congress to Host Netanyahu, Despised by More Than Half His Country”

Democrats in the US should read Haaretz. Their friends in Israel are those who oppose the religious far-right groups now in the Israeli government.

@israel
https://archive.is/L2aYW

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One woman was killed and 5 other civilians were injured in Turkey's latest bombardment of Manbij.

Manbij is an Arab-majority area where many of those forcibly displaced to there as part of the Armenian Genocide by Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and fellow proto-Fascists remain, now part of the self-liberated autonomous North and East Syria most widely known as Rojava, for which reason Erdoğan wants to continue the Armenian Genocide there.
There are similar attacks against Manbij almost every day for many years, almost exclusively directly targeting the civilian populace.

Manbij was self-liberated by primarily its own Manbij Military Council (MMC), which is one of the many organizations in the Syrian Democratic Forces, alongside the more widely known YPG and others.
Manbij being majority Arab with large Armenian, Syriac/Assyrian components was the reason why Rojava decided to officially change its name to "Autonomous North and East Syria", to reflect the desired core value and existing diversity by no longer having a Kurdish language word being the shared area's name when the Rojava Revolution had expanded through the Women's Revolution to areas no longer majority Kurdish populated.

CW for the video: mutilated child, war injured, suffering

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@b9AcE we are probably heading for another record hot summer.
I worry about worsening food insecurity due to climate change and wars—in the Middle East and Africa. Meanwhile, the far-right parties in Europe are challenging Europe’s Green Deal. The second Trump administration will ensure that any attempt to contain further temperature increase will be tossed out of the window.

JapanProf, to palestine
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JapanProf, to climate
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JapanProf, to climate
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Stop killing people and our planet. It's well past the time to realize what our real existential crisis is: Climate change. Dropping bombs, flying fighter jets & making weapons are extremely high greenhouse gas emission activities.

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🇺🇸 : we reject the prosecutions

🇬🇧: what America said

🇨🇦: we sit on the fence, and next to America

🇧🇪: we respect the court

🇫🇷: we respect the court

🇩🇪: we respect the court, but…

🇳🇴: it is our duty to arrest Netanyahu if he is charged. 💪

JapanProf,
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@LALegault If I were Netanyahu, I would avoid Spain. 🇪🇸 It was a Spanish judge that indicted & arrested Pinochet for crime against humanity 😉

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Mirror, mirror, who are the most civilized nation in the world? The Evil Queen asks her Magic Mirror.

LALegault, to Israel
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I hope Americans understand how throughly they are being lied to. Long-ago Israel passed a law barring any cases from Gaza being tried in Israel court so Blinken, Miller, and Biden saying that Israel has jurisdiction and the implication that has the ability to try cases is a bold face lie.

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@vruz @LALegault ICC ruled that it has jurisdiction over the territories occupied by Israel in February 2021 and Israel accused it of antisemitism in response.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/5/icc-rules-it-has-jurisdiction-over-palestinian-territories

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@vruz @LALegault Chill. I'm not responding to your comment. The app just automatically added you. I've shared the article because it shows how Israel has been trying to stop ICC from looking into its actions in the occupied territories since well before Oct 7. Just an informational piece.

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Pro-Palestine people who criticized Amal Clooney should apologize to her. Now they know why she's been totally silent.

JapanProf, to China
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They did the same thing to Japan in the 1980s. The US made sure that Japan would not become its rival in the Pacific. (Japan has been a very submissive ally with a huge US military presence including in the Tokyo area.) Had the US not weakened Japan, it would have been so much easier to contain China.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/21/business/janet-yellen-europe-china.html?unlocked_article_code=1.tk0.FkN2.hfUT5qxbi-Ia&smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&sgrp=c-cb

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Reducing imports from China doesn’t strengthen manufacturing in the US. The US doesn’t have enough workers with required skills. Unless the US increases the intake of engineers and IT workers for India, I’m not sure how Biden’s industrial policy is going to work.

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@weilawei It’s not just a business decision. The government decision too. Good education costs so much money in the US—from pre-K and up all the way. Healthcare costs are astronomical too. By offshoring, not only do corporations get to hire engineers and IT workers cheaply but they save so much on healthcare costs. Unless the US government makes high quality education & healthcare affordable, MAGA remains impossible.

JapanProf, to Israel
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“Gallant: Equation of Israeli Leadership With Hamas Is Despicable, Israel Doesn't Recognize ICC's Authority” says the headline of an article in today’s Haaretz.

Everyone should read and re-read the NYT Magazine article by Ronen Bergman and Mark Mazzetti. It discusses the history of violent far-right groups—some of them considered terrorists by the state of Israel—and the background of Netanyahu’s cabinet members who are leaders of violent far-right groups.

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A video of a white police officer yelling at a female Palestinian American protester to "go back to Mexico" has gone viral. As the police explains, the officer was referring to the protester's recent vacation in Mexico. They must be using their smartphones to facially recognize protesters and accessing surveillance data on the spot. @palestine

https://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/detroit-police-scrutinized-for-handling-of-pro-palestinian-protesters-during-biden-visit/Slideshow/36321571

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This is my favorite park bench! (Today's my birthday and I'll be having a special chicken dinner. )

JapanProf, to Israel
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JapanProf, to israel
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Everyone should read this New York Times Magazine article. It chronicles how violent lawless extremist groups of settlers—some of whom considered terrorists by the state of Israel—ended up overtaking the state. President Trump aided this process. @israel @palestine

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/16/magazine/israel-west-bank-settler-violence-impunity.html?unlocked_article_code=1.sU0.Du-U.mb8DzQIOOdBk&smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&sgrp=c-cb

DeliaChristina, to random
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Why do universities have endowments and investment portfolios? Love this young woman's precise summary.

https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTLphcaXo/

JapanProf,
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@DeliaChristina a good video. In addition to what she said, there are other important factors that have pushed tuitions to go up. Colleges today have a much higher administrator/faculty ratio. They also pay a lot more for external business services (online teaching platforms & additional applications, etc.) Many colleges compete on how fancy their dorms, gyms and cafeterias are--constantly doing them up. And, of course, healthcare costs keep on rising.

JapanProf, to random
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Police brutality is as American as an Apple pie. Two things that amazed me most about the US when I was a grad student were its racism and the swagger of its police officers.

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/19/nyregion/nypd-protest-brooklyn-gaza.html?unlocked_article_code=1.tE0.Cp_B.lHaR1SpYt56F&smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&sgrp=c-cb

JapanProf, to Israel
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The young Jewish leader, Simone Zimmerman, is a critic of Israel precisely because she’s deeply committed to the safety of Jews around the world. She’s right.
Netanyahu & his pals are close to Europe’s far-right politicians. They might be forming an anti-Muslim & ethnonationalist coalition, but this is playing with fire.

Neo-Nazi Curious Amichai Chikli, a minister in the Netanyahu has joined a series of ultra-right conventions across Europe. From Haaretz

https://archive.is/Et2x9

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Israel does nothing to prevent its terror attacks carried out by its soldiers and illegal settlers day and night against civilians in

But it freely drops bombs on Palestinians by calling them all “terrorists” even children—a practice adopted by the Biden administration as well. I hope that does the right thing.

https://archive.is/5Vfww

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Is the best analogy for what Israel is doing “white South Africans during the apartheid regime going into the area where the black South Africans live and slaughtering them all”? At least, the government of South Africa seems to think that way.

It’s bewildering how anyone can call this total apocalyptic destruction self defense.

Where are Palestinians supposed to go? Ethnic cleansing is taking place in too.

Is the US ready to accept all Palestinians as refugees?

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For the record:

It’s unbelievable that the police officers did nothing to stop pro-Israel counter-protesters’ violence. They are like Israeli soldiers in who watch illegal settlers brutalize Palestinians.

The mother of one of the most violent counter-protesters was so proud of her son and posted his photos in action on her social media account.

https://www.cnn.com/2024/05/16/us/ucla-student-protests-counterprotesters-invs/index.html

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