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On July 8, 2014, Israel launched air strikes on Hamas-controlled Gaza, followed by a ground invasion. The ensuing conflict led to 51 days of war that left over 2,000 people dead, the vast majority of whom were Palestinian civilians. During the assault, at least 10,000 homes were destroyed and, according to the United Nations, nearly 300,000 Palestinians were displaced. Max Blumenthal was on the ground during what he argues was an entirely avoidable catastrophe. In this explosive work of reportage, Blumenthal reveals the harrowing conditions and cynical deceptions that led to the ruinous war -- details that slipped through the cracks of the mainstream media. Here, for the first time, Blumenthal unearths and presents shocking evidence of atrocities he gathered in the rubble of Gaza after much of the Western media had packed up. He radically shifts the discussion around a number of controversial issues, like the use of civilians as human shields by Israeli forces; the arbitrary targeting of Palestinian civilians; and widespread incitement to genocide by Israeli military personnel, political leaders, and state-sponsored clerics. Blumenthal recorded testimonies from scores of Gazan residents, documenting potential war crimes committed by the Israeli armed forces. He also documented details of the battles that took place between Israeli forces and the armed guerrilla factions of the Gaza Strip, explaining their military and political significance with intimate proximity to the subject. And he explains the outcome of the ceasefire agreement that arrived after 51 days of fighting, showing how US and Egyptian-led diplomacy makes another, even more horrifying war almost inevitable. The horrors the world witnessed in Gaza, Blumenthal argues, did not occur in a vacuum. They are reflections of the political trajectory of the state of Israeli society today. Here, Blumenthal demonstrates that while residents of Gaza are indeed victims who suffer immensely, they also engaged in dramatic acts of resistance. The 51 Day War exemplifies the fearless reporting and unflinching style that Blumenthal has become known for.
Urantia-boken, som första gången utkom år 1955, uppges ha presenterats av himmelska varelser som en uppenbarelse till vår planet Urantia.Texterna i Urantia-boken instruerar oss om mänsklighetens begynnelse, historia och bestämmelse samt om vår relation till Gud vår Fader. Texterna presenterar en enastående och övertygande porträttering av Jesu liv och förkunnelse. De öppnar nya vyer om tid och evighet för den mänskliga själen och erbjuder nya detaljer om vårt uppåtgående äventyr i ett vänligt och med omssorg administrerat universum.Urantia-boken erbjuder en klar och koncis sammanfattning av vetenskap, filosofi och religion. De som läser och studerar Urantia-boken tror att den kan utgöra ett väsentligt bidrag till det religiösa och filosofiska tänkandet hos människor i hela världen.Urantia-boken är inte en "religion" som sådan. Den bygger på det religiösa arvet från forna och nyare tider och sporrar läsaren till en personlig, levande religiös tro.Läsare världen över har berättat oss att studiet av Urantia-boken har påverkat dem på ett avgörande sätt och ofta förändrat deras liv. Den har inspirerat dem att nå fram till nya nivåer av andlig tillväxt och ökat deras känsla för det mänskliga livets värde.Vi uppmuntrar dig att läsa den här boken och själv upptäcka dess förädlande budskap.
In distant future, humanity is recovering from a bloody civil war. Pilots CAMERON DAVIS and GEORGE LOCKLEAR, reservists with Sector Patrol, prepare for a long weekend off. That vacation is permanently cancelled when two alien armadas--the BOXTI and NANGOLANI--arrive near Earth. Though humanity wins the battle, the war quickly turns one-sided. One of Earth’s colonies is rendered uninhabitable. George dies saving his friend, and Cameron is sucked through a wormhole and disappears. Far away on the moon Kronos, JOSH RANTZ competes in a huge Army competition. Despite most of his unit falling to the enemy, Josh and his squad continue to win larger and larger victories. They are oblivious to the goings on of the universe, isolated on purpose by the war-game’s designer, Doctor MARKOV. When the exercise ends, Josh notices a meteor striking down nearby. He finds an injured Cameron, somehow transported across the stars to the military base. Moments later, the BOXTI arrive and invade. Outnumbered and outgunned, Josh and the soldiers on Kronos rally and push back the BOXTI horde. Summoned by their masters, the BOXTI leave the stunned humans behind.
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