The sun is about to disappear on the sky above Malmö and I prepare mentally for the Shabbat. I try to focus on the positive, such as the warm and sunny weather we are enjoying here at the moment. But the outside world seems more frightening than usual with a devastating war between Israel and the Gaza terrorists, with civilians trapped in the fire on both sides of the border. And as if this was not bad enough, the war in Ukraine seems to escalate by the day and I have a feeling that it might turn really ugly very soon as Russia acts increasingly hostile towards its western neighbours. I’m not much for prayer, but I really wish that the world will come to its senses and stop the madness before it’s too late.
“The label ‘foreign agent’ implies that a group carries out work on behalf of foreign countries, and restricts the work they can do and messages communicated,” Pink News reports. Leading gay-rights organization Coming Out has been told by a St Petersburg court that it now must register as a foreign agent. The absurdity of Putin’s Russia is hard to comprehend.
This woman is so mad it’s funny. Her take on sports is hilarious: “The prospect of either personal humiliation or major injury is required to count as a sport. Most sports are sublimated warfare.” Read her rant in full here.
It’s heart breaking to watch the ceremony at an Eindhoven airport where Dutch officials are now receiving some of the victims of the Russian-backed terrorist attack on a civilian aeroplane.
The Times of Israel reports on the real reason for the many deaths in Gaza—the terror organizations dirty trick of using civilian homes, schools, and hospitals as military bases. As long as Hamas and others play this dirty, Gaza’s civilian population will suffer. Israel has no choice. It simply is not tolerable to have a neighbouring territory sending thousands of rockets at civilian Israelis year in and year out. It must come to an end, and the Hamas leadership could end this today if it wanted to.
It’s been rumoured for years now, but the large iPhone now seems to be a reality pretty soon as Apple places an order for 80 million devices.
By coincident, I came across this article about Technorati from 16 June. The one website that all of the blogosphere was relating to a few years ago is suddenly gone without anyone really noticing. It was then the world’s largest blog directory. It’s fascinating how quickly things move nowadays. What was the big new thing a couple of years ago is suddenly gone and no one cares. In a way, it’s the same with the blogosphere itself. It’s not what it used to be.
Adiv Sterman of the Times of Israel writes about the many protests that have turned racist. These racist outbreaks poison every attempt to have a sane discussion about the conflict between Israel and Hamas, which is now hurting the Palestinian civilians as well as the Israeli ones.
I love fruit—it is tasty and it is healthy. Lifespan lists ten fruits with medicinal benefits. On the list, tart cherries are my favourite. Yum!
Dr Joep Lange, a Dutch researcher whose work towards finding prevention and treatment of HIV is unmatched, and partner Jacqueline von Tongeren, were amongst the 298 killed in the Russian attack on the civilian aeroplane over Ukraine. Russia has a lot to answer for.