The community that began with Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner continues. Today we collect news from outside the usual, and renew the discussion.
The first elected prime minister of Libya has been deposed by Parliament. At the same time, a militia group has begun shipment of oil independently sold, by means of North Korean ship.
Tuesday’s parliamentary vote came days after the arrival in Libya of a North Korean-flagged tanker, apparently to be used by an independent militia to export oil it controls – escalating concerns about political and economic stability under the Zeidan administration.
Political chaos has stymied oil production in the North African nation, all but freezing the national economy and forcing the government to tap into reserves to pay public servants, Boston-based North African affairs analyst Arezki Daoud told Al Jazeera.
The eastern, pro-autonomy militia, headed by a commander named Ibrahim Jedran, has controlled the al-Sidra oil terminal and other oil facilities in the east for months in defiance of the central government, effectively shutting down exports of the country’s biggest revenue earner. This week Jedran’s militia sought for the first time to export oil itself, with a North Korean-flagged tanker docked at the al-Sidra port.
Internet inventor Tim Berners-Lee has attempted to draft a Magna Carta to preserve web neutrality and keep web users from impediments.
Speaking exactly 25 years after he wrote the first draft of the first proposal for what would become the world wide web, the computer scientist said: ‘We need a global constitution – a bill of rights.’
Berners-Lee’s Magna Carta plan is to be taken up as part of an initiative called ‘the web we want,’ which calls on people to generate a digital bill of rights in each country – a statement of principles he hopes will be supported by public institutions, government officials and corporations.
Nine tiny scrolls have been discovered in the artifacts turned up in 1952 and known as The Dead Sea Scrolls.
Dr. Yonatan Adler, a lecturer at Ariel University and a post-doctoral researcher on Qumran tefillin at Hebrew University, was searching through the Israel Antiquities Authority’s climate-controlled storerooms in the Har Hotzvim neighborhood of Jerusalem in May 2013. There he found a phylactery case from Qumran among the organic artifacts stored in climate-controlled warehouses. Suspecting the case could contain a heretofore undocumented scroll, he had it scanned by an MRI at Shaare Zedek Hospital. The analysis suggested there might indeed be an unseen parchment inside.
While that analysis has yet to be confirmed, Adler was spurred on by the discovery, and in December visited the Dead Sea Scroll labs at the Israel Museum. There he found two tiny scrolls inside the compartments of a tefillin case that had been documented but then put aside some time after 1952. The scrolls were never photographed or examined, and so have remained bound inside the leather box for roughly 2,000 years.
Schiffman, however, said he doesn’t expect any ‘bombshells’ emerging from the new scrolls that will ‘overturn the concepts that we have.’
It sounds as if the state of disrespect for Palestinian rights and landownership will not be changed. Peace on earth and goodwill to men might be nice, but hardly expected.