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Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 1) 836

by Richard_at_work (#47564555) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

There's nothing stopping Jewish or Christian candidates standing for other seats, which is exactly the same as Congress. The only difference is that there will be at least one Jewish or Christian member (among all the other reserved seats) in any Iranian Parliamentary session due to the reserved seat, unlike Congress which does not reserve any seat for minorities.

So its far from tokenism.

Comment: Re:Hamas Is 100 Percent of the Problem (Score 1) 836

by Richard_at_work (#47564323) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Since thats exactly what a large number of Palestinians did when the Gaza-Israeli border crossings were open (find work in Israel and go shopping in Israel), I see no reason why the tunnels into Israel are not also for the same purpose - food is freely available across the border in Israel, its getting it back across the border which is the issue.

Comment: Re:Hamas Is 100 Percent of the Problem (Score 1) 836

by Richard_at_work (#47564309) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

The Gaza-Egypt border is managed by Egypt under an agreement initiated in 1979 and then amended by Israel in 2005 - the opening and closing of the borders is, under those agreements, managed by Israel even if they are policed by Egyptian officers.

So even though its a Gaza-Egypt border, its still controlled by Israel.

Its only since the uprising in Egypt that Egypt has unilaterally closed the Gaza-Egyptian border, and for this they should be in the international spotlight, but even then the Egyptian closing of the border and prior blockade is not comparable to the Israeli blockade which extends to Gaza ports and international trade into Gaza which does not cross Israeli territory.

Comment: Re:Hamas Is 100 Percent of the Problem (Score 0) 836

by Richard_at_work (#47558027) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Ahh right, because there was no blockade or violence prior to the Palestinian people electing Hamas as its government. Oh, wait a moment, there has been violence and blockades in Gaza for 50+ years...

Hamas is just the current excuse for the Israeli pressure, not the underlying reason. But its an excuse everyone buys and that's enough.

Before the current rash of violence on both sides, Israel was more than happy to deal with the PLO, whom it handed over "power" in Gaza to in 1994 despite the PLO being responsible for as much anti-Israeli violence as Hamas ever has.

And since the current rash of violence on both sides, Israel is still more than happy to deal with Fatah, which is the continuation of the PLO, and has been merrily firing rockets into Israel alongside Hamas and other groups for the past decade, but we never hear about that...

So what's so bad about Hamas? Oh, its in power and thus can be used as a whipping boy to justify the continued pressure on Gaza and the West Bank.

Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 3, Insightful) 836

by Richard_at_work (#47557933) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Not at all, except no country on this planet gives completely equal rights to all fellow citizens - hows that gay marriage thing coming in the US?

So in the context of the point raised by disposable60, Iran has both Christians and Jews in office, and your post is nothing more than an attempt to sideline that fact.

Comment: Re:Hamas Is 100 Percent of the Problem (Score 2, Informative) 836

by Richard_at_work (#47557245) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

You realise that those rockets Hamas has it was probably getting for free, and those tunnels it built were actually the main way to get food and supplies into Gaza due to Israels blockade on imports, as they limited total food shipments to just 136 truck loads a day, for the entire Gaza population of 1.8million...

Hamas are far from blameless, but they also aren't anywhere near 100% of the problem.

Comment: Re:Can we just recognize it as currency and be don (Score 1) 167

by Richard_at_work (#47551969) Attached to: US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

Uh, you do realise all those things you mention about cash having a paper trail has nothing inherently to do with the cash and everything to do with the regulations surrounding the financial system - they would all equally apply to bitcoins the moment the government says so. If your employer pays you in bitcoins, that would appear on your payslips, and your bitcoin exchange transactions would be subject to scrutiny just as bank account transactions are...

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