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Stop Monetizing the Holocaust

Scan of original postcard from Paris 1946 from Litvin Archives
I blasted someone on twitter today for retweeting a colorized photo of a Nazi Death Camp victim. I said, Stop Monetizing the Holocaust. And he quickly deleted the comment on the retweeted tweet that is below and made a new one with better wording.  
You may say that since I have a book on the Holocaust, I am guilty of monetizing the Holocaust. I don't think so. There is a difference between writing a Holocaust memoir and creating an entire industry that earns millions of dollars on the macabre and morbid Holocaust tourism and promotion by museums etc.
I know you will say, We can't let people forget!  But all I hear is my mother's voice saying over and over, "The world will never let us forget." She knew that even while she was still a prisoner at Auschwitz in Poland and then a slave laborer at the Krupps Factory in Germany which was a part of the Nazi industrialism that made huge fortunes off of slaves.
It was her prediction that the world would sensationalize the agonies for entertainment. And she kept talking about it for the rest of her long life. She made it to 87 years. She is gone now but her voice is still in my head telling the world to lay off.

Delhi, a city full of ruins, but more importantly a foodie heaven by Shishir Thadani

If you have lived in Delhi or have read the Lonely Planet Guide - you probably know that Delhi is a city full of ruins.
My view of ruins is that they may be great for kids to play Hide n Seek in - but they shouldn't be advertised as tourist attractions. Investigate them for their historical relevance by all means but I'd question your artistic sensibility if you saw them as a great civilizational legacy.
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Defence Colony in New Delhi
I just flew back on an Air India flight to SFO. Over 16 hrs on a plane - so I saw three movies - including a pretty engrossing Korean detective film - and a Hindi film about a 102 year old man and his relationship with his 70 something son. Not as gripping as the Korean film - but I'd give it points for being thoughtful and original.
However, what was really annoying were these ads selling Delhi as a tourist destination. I could have just puked (OK - I exaggerate!)
But apart from all those (ugly) ruins, does Delhi have anything to sell? Of course - but first, throw away that silly Lonely Planet thing that too many Western tourists swear by.
For a start, if you have a taste for rich, flavorful and savory dishes, or sumptuous desserts, it can simply be foodie heaven. Not just for local standards like Chhole Bhature, Zeera Aaloo, Rajma (or Kadhi) Chawal - or the many variety of Kababs, Mutton curries, or Chicken dishes - but also for a delectable sampling of cuisines from all across India and its neighborhood.
For instance, few know that Delhi has an outstanding Bihari restaurant. A little research and you'll discover that you can also get very good Bengali fare, or Manipuri, or Marathi, or Marwari. If you are a little more adventurous, you might also discover Naga cuisine. There are also place to try dishes from Assam or Odisha. Feel like a Neer Dosa (Mangalorean) or a Ragi Dosa (from Uttara Kannada) apart from the ubiquitous Udupi-style ones - you got it. Whether it is delicious Malabar, or uniquely tongue-burning Chettinadu or Andhra fare, - it is all there. And almost every Chaat shop has Dhokla (or even Khandvi) these days.
Venture out a little further - and there are some fine places for Tibetan or Bhutanese food. And there is no dearth of good Thai restaurants. Even Burmese. And several pan-Asian eateries will serve an excellent Khao Shwey, or Malaysian Laksa.
Furthermore, Delhi's restaurant interiors have gone up several notches. Whether you are at a popular university area cafe or at a more upscale Indian gourmet restaurant - there is plenty of ethnic chic to go around. Even seating at any of Delhi's Cafe Coffee Day outlets is likely to be more comfortable than at Starbucks.
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Defence Colony, in New Delhi
So if you are in Delhi - indulge your stomach - chill at a charming little cafe, browse around at trendy and luxurious boutiques, and in March - work off those extra calories at one of Delhi's many parks. On a clear and breezy spring day, you will see exuberant bursts of color in beautifully landscaped roundabouts and neighborhood gardens throughout South and Central Delhi.
Do it right and you'll go away never wanting to see another decrepit ruin in your life!!!

Opinion: We are missing an opportunity to ameliorate a burning issue. Let's have a sit-down with #IlanOmar

Naomi Litvin
We are missing an opportunity to ameliorate the burning issue of U.S. Representative Ilan Omar's anti-semitic behavior. The outcry on social and mainstream media are doing nothing to help and fueling the firestorm. I agree that Omar should not be on the Foreign Relations Committee. There needs to be a new committee, one for Race and Religious Prejudice. We can put her on it. Let's have a sit-down with Ilan Omar, close the door and actually have civil discourse. Is that possible? It is time to bring the Peace Process to America. These highly emotional diversions against Israel, coupled with Omar's purported association with radical Muslim groups do nothing to help. The current firestorm of violence and hatred aimed at Jews worldwide, yellow journalism, and BDS continue to fuel the fire. The rhetoric of two new House of Representative members, who are the first Muslim members elected to Congress, bring an even more divided America. Let us work on our relationships within the United States of America for a while, and let Israel continue to handle its own business.

As the world turns: Nigeria postpones presidential election hours before election, following Nnamdi Kanu's Biafra Election Boycott cancellation

Yesterday the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu canceled the Biafra boycott of Nigeria's presidential election. As if yesterday's news wasn't mind-blowing enough, now Nigeria has jumped on the bandwagon and delayed their presidential election. The Indigenous People of Biafra #IPOB can only think one thing: this cancelation coming on the heels of Biafra's eleventh hour cancelation of the Biafra Election Boycott was cause and effect of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu's announcement that his demands were made in exchange for canceling the boycott. We have not seen what those demands contained, as there has not been time for disclosure.

Mr Kanu was scheduled on February 14 to show a video presentation on the look alike imposters that have been posing as Muhammadu Buhari. The unusual delay in the presentation was blamed on technical difficulties. Later that evening after the Leader concluded his compelling argument, which included evidence that as many as four people may be being used as body doubles for Buhari; his announcement to cancel IPOB Election Boycott came shortly before midnight.

The next morning I, along with the whole world, woke up to the shocking and incredible announcement that Nigeria had agreed to sign a document promising to uphold Nnamdi Kanu's demands. Now, with the high drama and delay in Nigeria's election, what happens next is anyone's guess. Stay tuned for developments...

11th hour reprieve for Nigeria: Biafra Election Boycott canceled by Nnamdi Kanu in exchange for demands!

In a stunning 11th hour reprieve for the country of Nigeria, and shock to all Biafrans worldwide, the Biafra Election Boycott was canceled last night around midnight by the Leader of IPOB! I was asleep and didn't hear the news until this morning. Not a lot of information is available as yet but Mr Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra has spoken. I don't expect many Biafrans to go out to vote. Still, on Saturday February 16, 2019 I guarantee there will be surprises and high drama. I hope and pray the Biafrans will stay safe.

#Peace #Self-Defense

Civil Disobedience in BiafraLand: Millions of Biafrans to boycott Nigeria elections for silent Referendum - #AsoRock threatens 'interlopers' #BiafraReferendum

Civil Disobedience in BiafraLand? YES! You may have noticed Nigerians are all atwitter over the impending Nigerian presidential election and the excitement for the #BiafraReferendum taking place on 16 February 2019, the same day. Everything has intensified into a fever pitch. Anxiety screeches from the online tabloids, social media and even Reuters, a mainstream international news house has picked up the story. A video of a Kaduna Governor El-Rufai in Nigeria threatening to put foreign interferers into body bags is going viral on social media. The reason for all of this angst by the Islamic State of Nigeria, is adding up to the issue of the imposter and Sudanese actor sitting in President Buhari's castle with the country of Nigeria being run as a false flag by the Sokoto Fulani cabal.  #Jubril  

As you read more of this you will see why I advocate for the Biafran people. Between 2-3 million Biafrans will be boycotting the presidential election in Nigeria (they call it the Zoo). They are calling 16Feb2019 their #SitAtHomeReferendum (a silent vote). Those that stay home are considered to be in favor of the Referendum that will make Biafra a nation state which to this point has been only using civil disobedience to state their goals..

Biafra tried this in 1967-1979 but Nigeria and their slavemaster Great Britain, blockaded all the food sources. Approximately 3.5 million died, over two million were children and the rest butchered. The Nigerian govt , run by an Islamic Cabal of Fulani Islamists, are committing an ongoing genocide. To make matters worse the governor of Kaduna, a high powered member of the Fulani Cabal controlled Government has just made threats, both to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and to any foreign country that any interference in their "election" will be dealt with "and returned in body bags." Nigeria does not take rejection lightly. Especially with all the natural resources that come from Biafra Land, the Southeast claimed as part of Nigeria.

In what dimension do innocent, unarmed good people get slaughtered and then have their organs cut out while still fresh? And who are buying these organs?
As Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra with the good and devout Biafrans themselves, toil on the framework for their fledgling nation, they must steel themselves, figure out non-violent means of self-defense with the onslaught of Nigerian Armed Forces unleashed on them with whatever the latest Nigerian Operation formed is: to commit assault and battery, unlawful arrests (kidnappings), murder, rape, theft of organs, desecrating human remains; all perpetuated against the Indigenous People of Biafra in a criminal conspiracy comprised of other bad actors. This list is by no means exhaustive and I will probably be adding to it.
  1. Northern Islamic Fulani cattle breeders
  2. Boko Haram
  3. Yoruba conspirators
  4. Online terrorism and bullying against Biafrans and the online advocates on Twitter and Facebook
  5. Saboteurs working for Nigeria having laid in wait on twitter under false accounts gaining relationships and now are attacking us from within, causing cautionary behavior, with some of it leading to misunderstandings
  6. Perfidy of the Biafra elders, known as the Ohanese
  7. Fake groups claiming/taking credit for murder, kidnapping, arson, destruction of aircraft of Nigerian Military, structures, aircraft - falsely in the name of Biafra
  8. Sharia law court system discriminating against Jews and Christians and others being marginalized
The following article is from Family Writers
and Written by
Okwunna Okongwu h/t Emeka Gift

Anambra state under Peter Obi and Ezu River with The Floating Corpses
On January 19th this year the world was served a horrific photographic menu of scores of human bodies found floating on Ezu River in Amansea community of Anambra State. When the local folks discovered the floating corpses they raised alarm but frantic searches within and without revealed no one in the community was missing. Governor Peter Obi, cutting short his trip abroad, visited the scene of horror to bare bear witness to the tragedy. Days and weeks and a month-plus gone nothing concrete has yet been done in terms of diligent investigation to unearth the source of the decomposing dead bodies found in that river.Since no one has been declared missing in the neighbourhood or neighbouring villages and towns in Anambra and Enugu states it follows logically, therefore, that the floating bodies must have been those of citizens killed and brought and thrown into the river at wee hours of the night from elsewhere. So who are these 'criminals', these young men who met their untimely death through 'firing squad' without trial or judgement? The police normally should be able to tell us but the problem here lies in the fact that the police is being accused of being behind the illegal atrocious killings. In other words the police is the chief culprit!
Hundreds (if not thousands) had been executed by security forces especially in Igboland without necessary questions asked nor answers provided. Exploiting the people's ignorance of their rights and bowing to intimidation of the gun has conspired to mystify law enforcement in the south-east in particular. Accusations and counter-accusations are flying everywhere between the police and MASSOB on one hand and the government and human rights advocates on the other. The truth must be made to prevail in this sordid incident that calls for our collective indignation and solidarity with the dead. 

Iron Dome deployed in Tel Aviv Area after Syrian UN envoy threaten strike on Ben Gurion Airport

Naomi Litvin
reporting from Tel Aviv:
I woke up this morning to the news that Israel's Iron Dome missile defence apparatus was deployed to the Tel Aviv area  after the Syrian UN envoy threatened

Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport.
Holocaust Remembrance Day approaches this week on January 27, 2019. We continue to face threats to our existence as a Jewish nation. We scrutinize and experience world wide anti-Semitic attacks and danger from France to USA and all over the globe which the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum calls The Longest Hatred. 

Institute for National Security Studies: Israel could face three-front war in 2019

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Photo by Naomi Litvin ©
Article by Itamar Eicher, Diplomatic correspondent for Yedioth Ahronot Newspaper  from Ynet News

"Institute for National Security Studies says the volatile situation along the northern border as well as in the Gaza Strip could lead Israel to war against Iran, Hezbollah and the Palestinians at the same time. 

Israel could face military conflicts on three different fronts—Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip—at the same time in 2019, according to an annual assessment of security challenges done by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), a national security think-tank.  

"The main three fronts are: Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip, and they are very volatile. Despite the continued mutual deterrence between the sides, there is a potential for a military escalation, which could eventually lead to an all-out three-front war … Israel is ought to be prepared for this scenario,” said the assessment, which was submitted to President Reuven Rivlin last week."

Prime Minister Netanyahu and IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi (Photo: Reuters)
Prime Minister Netanyahu and IDF Chief of Staff Kochavi (Photo: Reuters)