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Thursday, 12 April

23:45

TEPCO Admitted Tsunami Risk To Govt. 4 Days Before Disaster

A TEPCO official admitted as part of his testimony in the criminal negligence trial of TEPCO execs that they did

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23:32

US Attack on Syria Is Futile But Serves A Purpose OrientalReview.org

A US attack on Syria can distract attention from the stormy controversy that may arise if at this point Trump axes Mueller and derails the investigation against him.

The post US Attack on Syria Is Futile But Serves A Purpose appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

22:59

Israels war on consciousness +972 Magazine

The IDF Spokespersons Unit is engaged of a war over consciousness, in order to change how people think of Israel, its army and if youre an Arab, what you think of your own leaders, government, and society.

IDF soldiers participate in a cyber defense course. (IDF Spokesperson)

IDF soldiers participate in a cyber defense course. (IDF Spokesperson)

In the past few months we at the IDF Spokespersons Office have come to the understanding that we are actually conducting media operations, IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis told a room full of Israeli journalists earlier this week. The IDFs digital platforms are operational tools in the operational arm of the IDF.

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In the chief spokespersons words, the military is engaged of a war over consciousness changing what and how people think of Israel, its army and if youre an Arab, what you think of your own leaders, government, and society.

We actually define different goals for each audience, different platforms, and most fundamentally, different messages, added Manelis, whose background is as an intelligence officer. We come up with an operational strategy. We conduct media intelligence about who we are trying to reach with what message.

For Arabic-speaking audiences, the chief spokesperson explained, those operations are meant to create deterrence and to blacken (tar...

22:22

PHOTOS: Life inside Gazas Return March protest camp +972 Magazine

This is what happens at the protest camp when the IDF isnt shooting  and when the world isnt looking.

Photos by Mohammed Zaanoun (Activestills.org), text by Mohammed Zaanoun and +972 Magazine Staff

Palestinian men make tea and talk at the Return March camp east of Shajiayia in Gaza. April 11, 2018. (Mohammed Zaanoun / Activestills.org)

Palestinian men make tea and talk at the Return March camp east of Shajiayia in Gaza. April 11, 2018. (Mohammed Zaanoun / Activestills.org)

On Fridays, the Gaza tent encampment near the Israeli border fence is a deadly zone. Israel snipers have opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators for two consecutive weeks, killing more than 30 people and wounding over 1,000. But during the middle of the week, the protest camp, part of the Great Return March, is something entirely different  a peaceful, colorful staging ground for a range different activities that draws entire families, located a mere 400 meters from the Israeli border.

Mohammed Zaanoun, an Activestills photographer, visited the protest camp east of Shujaiya, a neighborhood devastated by Israeli bombing during the 2014 war. Several hundred people were there to participate in the activities, from dancing and childrens games to cooking and even pop-up barbershops. At night, the women go home wh...

22:15

Trump"s Rush to Judgment on Syria Chemical Attack Strategic Culture Foundation

On Sunday, President Trump announced his intention to make those responsible for an alleged chemical weapons attack on Douma, including the Syrian government and its Russian and Iranian allies, pay a big price for their continued disregard for international law. The next day U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley declared that The United States is determined to see the monster who dropped chemical weapons on the Syrian people held to account.

21:00

US Media Keeping Americans Blissfully Ignorant over Syria As Washington "Weighs Options" Strategic Culture Foundation

By using the entire media leviathan to coordinate a hate campaign against one state leader the United States can make the people forget legal precedent, not to mention common sense. Wake up, America, before its too late.

20:15

Why Military Escalation in Syria Is Not in US Interest Strategic Culture Foundation

A war in Syria is clearly not in the American interest, and a major military escalation will only lead to disastrous consequences.

19:55

False Flag in Syria Sets Stage for Wider War Land Destroyer

April 12, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - The US threatened war within hours of an alleged chemical weapons attack taking place in Douma, northeast of Damascus.


The US rush to conflict attempts to sidestep any meaningful investigation into the attack, fitting a larger pattern of Washington and its allies using baseless chemical weapon allegations for wars of aggression stretching back to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

US accusations and threats of war come at a pivotal moment in Syria's now 7 year conflict in which the Syrian government has finally liberated all territory around the capital from foreign-sponsored militants.

Zero Evidence

To date, all supposed evidence comes from Western-funded militants and their auxiliaries including the US-European government-funded front, the so-called "Syria Civil Defense," better known at the "White Helmets." Unverified photographs and video of apparent victims have been the sole sources cited by the US.


The World Health Organization, in a recent statement attempting to bolster these accusations, claims that up to 500 patients appear to have been exposed to chemical poisoning, but would cite its "Health Cluster partners," the Daily Beast would report.

However, according to WHO's own website, these partners include Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF), which in turn, according to MSF's own website trains and supports the White Helmets. MSF has repeatedly admitted throughout the Syrian conflict that it does not have a presence on the ground in conflict areas and merely provides material support to groups that do.

The White Helmets have been repeatedly caught in the past fabricating evidence and staging scenes for propaganda value. In fact, all...

19:45

Who Wants a Hot War with Syria and Iran? Strategic Culture Foundation

Donald Trump could not have possibly known who staged the gas attack so soon after it occurred, but he felt compelled to tweet something anyway. And it was not as if other observers hadnt suspected that a big lie was coming.

19:15

Flashpoint in Syria: Will WWIII Follow? Strategic Culture Foundation

Syria is a hugely dangerous tinderbox. Along with his hardened war cabinet, Trumps rage for warmaking could ignite an uncontrollable firestorm risking WW III.

18:30

Salisbury Case: UK Makes Mockery of International Law Strategic Culture Foundation

London is breaching elementary rules of inter-state relations and the Salisbury case is a good example to bolster the claim. The UK makes mockery of international law, while blaming others for its violations.

16:12

What Does The UAE Stand To Gain By Destabilizing Somalia? OrientalReview.org

Somalia has been shaken by three interconnected developments over the past few weeks which show that the UAE is dedicated to destabilizing the country in order to cynically advance its grand strategic interests in the region at Mogadishus expense.

The post What Does The UAE Stand To Gain By Destabilizing Somalia? appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

14:07

Syria False Flag: Repeating Baseless Claims is not "Mounting Evidence" Land Destroyer

April 12, 2018 (Tony Cartalucci - LD) - To date, all supposed evidence regarding recent allegations of a chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, northeast of the capital Damascus, comes from Western-funded militants and their auxiliaries including the US-European government-funded front, the so-called "Syria Civil Defense," better known at the "White Helmets."


Unverified photographs and video of apparent victims have been the sole sources cited by the US.

WHO "Authority" Used to Bolster Original Unverified Reports, Not Add New Evidence  

The World Health Organization, in a recent statement attempting to bolster these accusations, claims that up to 500 patients appear to have been exposed to chemical poisoning, but would cite its "Health Cluster partners," the Daily Beast would report.

The Guardian in its article, "Syria: 500 Douma patients had chemical attack symptoms, reports say," would attempt to claim:
The report from the WHOs partners in Syria adds to mounting evidence of the use of toxic gas in the attack, which killed at least 42 people and has raised the prospect of American airstrikes against forces loyal to the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

However, according to WHO's own website, these partners include Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF), which in turn, according to MSF's own website trains and supports the White Helmets. MSF has repeatedly admitted throughout the Syrian conflict that it does not have a presence on the ground in conflict areas and merely provides material support to groups that do.

Thus, contrary to the Guardian's claims, the report from WHO's partners in Syria does not "add to mounting evidence," it is simply repeating the same, initial and still unverified claims made by the White Helmets.

The White Helmets have been repeatedly caught...

07:45

Dan Dicks on Steemit, DTube, and the Alt Media The Corbett Report

In this inaugural edition of the Social Media Alternatives series we talk to Dan Dicks of Press For Truth about how Steemit and DTube are helping independent media fund their journalism in this age of GooTube demonetization, Facebook censorship and Twitter shadowbans.

04:40

Liberman goes to war against alternative Memorial Day ceremony +972 Magazine

Frustrated but unbowed, organizers of the Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony hope this years event will be the biggest yet. 

Palestinians and Israelis take part in the yearly alternative Memorial Day service organized by Combatants for Peace in 2016. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinians and Israelis take part in the yearly alternative Memorial Day service organized by Combatants for Peace in 2016. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced Tuesday that Israel would deny entry permits to 110 Palestinians who planned to participate in the annual Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony.

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Liberman called the alternative Memorial Day ceremony, organized jointly by Combatants for Peace and the Bereaved Families Forum, a show of poor taste and lack of sensitivity that hurts the bereaved families who are most precious to us.

Israeli peace activists remained undeterred. Its always darkest before the dawn, Nathan Landau, an organizer for the Israeli-Palestinian group Combatants for Peace, said by phone on Wednesday.

Libermans decision is a cowardly one, he added. It reflects his deep fear of the brave people bereaved family members, Israelis and Palestinians who are choosing to commemorate this day in a different way.

In a joint statement, Combatants for Peace and the Families Forum wrote, It is the Defense Minister who is desecrating Memorial Day and hurting the Israeli and Palestinian bereaved families who want to pursue reconciliation.

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This year has not been easy for the organizers of the Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony, which began in 2006. The initial venue for the event, an auditorium in the city of Holon, backed out of the agreement with the organizers after the municipality deemed the event political.

After a month and a half of being in contact with [the venue], we suddenly got the call, Landau recounted. They said listen, we cant hold the ceremony here.

I had told them what the event was at the very first meeting, he continued. I showed them the videos of [last years] ceremony all the cards were on the table. But then I realized that was not the main...

02:06

Vietnam Locks up US-funded Agitators Land Destroyer

April 11, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Vietnam has tried and imprisoned several members of a US-funded network engaged in sedition across the country. The move follows  trials and prison terms handed out earlier this year for other US-funded operatives meddling in Vietnam's internal political affairs. 

Image: Nguyen Van Dai, recently sentenced to 15 years in prison, is pictured with US Senator and chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI) John McCain in the US Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam. The IRI provides money to foreign agents of US influence and is a subsidiary of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).  
The prison terms for agents of US-funded political meddling in Vietnam come as the US and its European allies continue pushing accusations of Russian meddling. However, unlike the US and Europe's accusations against Russia, agents of US-funded sedition in Vietnam are exposed by extensive evidence, much of which comes from the US government itself. 

The BBC in its April 6, 2018 article, "Nguyen Van Dai: Vietnam jails activist lawyer and five others," would claim:
Six prominent Vietnamese activists have received heavy prison sentences on charges of "attempting to overthrow" the country's communist government. 

Lawyer Nguyen Van Dai was sentenced to 15 years, while the other defendants were jailed for between seven and 12 years, relatives said on Thursday.
The article mentions Nguyen Van Dai and his fellow defendants' role in founding the so-called "Brotherhood for Democracy."

Deutsche Welle in its article, "Vietnamese human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai among six given jail terms," adds that:
Dai founded the Committee f...

02:06

Vietnam Locks up US-funded Agitators Alt Thai News Network ATNN

April 11, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Vietnam has tried and imprisoned several members of a US-funded network engaged in sedition across the country. The move follows  trials and prison terms handed out earlier this year for other US-funded operatives meddling in Vietnam's internal political affairs. 

Image: Nguyen Van Dai, recently sentenced to 15 years in prison, is pictured with US Senator and chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI) John McCain in the US Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam. The IRI provides money to foreign agents of US influence and is a subsidiary of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).  
The prison terms for agents of US-funded political meddling in Vietnam come as the US and its European allies continue pushing accusations of Russian meddling. However, unlike the US and Europe's accusations against Russia, agents of US-funded sedition in Vietnam are exposed by extensive evidence, much of which comes from the US government itself. 

The BBC in its April 6, 2018 article, "Nguyen Van Dai: Vietnam jails activist lawyer and five others," would claim:
Six prominent Vietnamese activists have received heavy prison sentences on charges of "attempting to overthrow" the country's communist government. 

Lawyer Nguyen Van Dai was sentenced to 15 years, while the other defendants were jailed for between seven and 12 years, relatives said on Thursday.
The article mentions Nguyen Van Dai and his fellow defendants' role in founding the so-called "Brotherhood for Democracy."

Deutsche Welle in its article, "Vietnamese human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai among six given jail terms," adds that:
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01:30

Strategy of US Anti-Russia Sanctions Becomes Clearer Strategic Culture Foundation

Thats what Americas anti-Russian sanctions are all about: serving Americas billionaires.

01:19

Gazas humanitarian crisis began long before Hamas +972 Magazine

The deliberate suffocation of Gaza began in the 90s, when the first restrictions on the movement of Palestinians were introduced. 

By Amir Rotem

Palestinians gather near an ambulance after a protest near the border fence east of Gaza City, Gaza Strip, December 22, 2017. (Wissam Nassar/Flash90)

Palestinians gather near an ambulance after a protest near the border fence east of Gaza City, Gaza Strip, December 22, 2017. (Wissam Nassar/Flash90)

A macabre drama has been playing out every Friday along the border fence separating the Gaza Strip and Israel, complete with live broadcasts, press coverage, commentary, and even real-time spectators. An armed military stands on one side of the fence, a mass of angry residents on the other. The world, and lets admit it, most Israelis, generally prefer not to see Gaza. When they do, it is almost always in the context of a violent escalation.

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The current wave of protests a Palestinian initiative bookended by Land Day on one side and Nakba Day on the other is compelling the world, Israelis included, to see Gaza and pay attention to its residents. The...

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Wednesday, 11 April

22:51

Is The US Trying To Turn Zambia Into The African Sri Lanka? OrientalReview.org

The US is anticipating that the end result of any sustainable pressure campaign against the authorities will be Zambias geostrategic rebalancing towards the Indo-Japanese Asia-Africa Growth Corridor in order to offset its supposed dependency on Chinas New Silk Road.

The post Is The US Trying To Turn Zambia Into The African Sri Lanka? appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

22:37

TEPCO Cancelled Tsunami Wall At Fukushima Daiichi

Testimony in the ongoing criminal negligence trial of TEPCO executives revealed that efforts to build a tsunami wall at Fukushima

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22:15

On the Threshold of War Strategic Culture Foundation

There is no longer any doubt that the criminally insane government in Washington is driving the world to the last war.

20:45

US to Launch a Sustained Operation in Syria Strategic Culture Foundation

Risks are too great to ask the question why should the US get involved in the faraway Syrias conflict at all? By no stretch of imagination could such an operation be considered a move to enhance US and Wests security.

20:35

Liars Lying About Nearly Everything Strategic Culture Foundation

The head of Britains own chemical weapons facility Porton Down has contradicted claims made by May, Foreign Minister Boris Johnson, and British Ambassador in Moscow Laurie Bristow.

20:15

President Xi Charts Out His Promised Land in Idyllic Hainan Strategic Culture Foundation

Xi pledged to lower imported car tariffs this year, and open up further the financial and insurance industries, which indirectly address complaints by Washington in the simmering trade spat.

19:45

The US Fading into Irrelevance A Good Thing for the World Strategic Culture Foundation

Chaos reigns in the United States, spreading to its closest allies. The war amongst Western elites is in full swing, manifesting itself from commercial wars to failed diplomacy, empty threats of war, corruption, and announced military withdrawals and attacks.

18:45

Anti-Fake News President Beats War Drum... over Fake News Strategic Culture Foundation

Trump considers himself to be such a smart debunker of fake news. And yet here he is ready to start to World War III on the back of the most outrageous fake news possibly ever to have come out of Syrias war yet.

18:07

Interview 1354 Dan Dicks on Steemit, DTube, and the Alt Media The Corbett Report

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-04-11%20Dan%20Dicks.mp3"][/audio]In this inaugural edition of the Social Media Alternatives series we talk to Dan Dicks of Press For Truth about how Steemit and DTube are helping independent media fund their journalism in this age of GooTube demonetization, Facebook censorship and Twitter shadowbans.

Tuesday, 10 April

22:52

We demand international protection for journalists in Gaza +972 Magazine

The shooting death of photographer Yasser Murtaja by Israeli snipers has left no doubt among Gazas journalists that they are being targeted. Now they are demanding solidarity from Israeli journalists on the other side of the border.

By Meron Rapoport

Palestinians takes part in a protest against the killing of journalist Yasser Murtaja in Rafah, near the Israel-Gaza border, Gaza Strip, April 8, 2018. (Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90)

Palestinians takes part in a protest against the killing of journalist Yasser Murtaja in Rafah, near the Israel-Gaza border, Gaza Strip, April 8, 2018. (Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90)

Last Friday was a difficult one for journalists in Gaza. Journalist Yasser Murtaja was shot and killed near Khan Younis during Gazas Great Return March at the border with Israel, despite wearing a protective press jacket. According to reports, he was standing over 1,500 ft. from the border fence when he was killed by Israeli sniper fire. Just two weeks before his death, Murtaja published a post in which he expressed his wish to photograph Gazas port from the air. Since then, the post has turned into a symbol.

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Murtaja was not the only journalist to be shot that day. Photographer Khalil Abu Aadra was also weari...

03:23

Hundreds around the world protest Israels plan to deport refugees to Uganda +972 Magazine

Demonstrators gather in Tel Aviv and in front Ugandan embassies in cities around the world to protest Israels plan to deport tens of thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers to Uganda. 

Asylum seekers and Israeli activists protest Israel's plan to deport tens of thousands of asylum seekers to Uganda. April 9, 2018. (Oren Ziv / Activestills.org)

Asylum seekers and Israeli activists protest Israels plan to deport tens of thousands of asylum seekers to Uganda. April 9, 2018. (Oren Ziv / Activestills.org)

Asylum seekers and activists protested in Tel Aviv and outside Ugandan embassies around the world on Monday against Israels plan to deport tens of thousands of asylum seekers there. After international pressure led Rwanda to back out of a secret agreement to accept asylum seekers deported from Israel, Israel now claims it has an identical agreement with Uganda.

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The demonstrations come just one week after the Israeli government announced it was abandoning its plan to deport the African asylum seekers, most of whom fled Eritrea and Sudan, to Rwanda after reaching an agreement with the UN Refugee Agency. Under the agreement, UNHCR was supposed to work to resettle 16,250 asylum seekers in Western countries; Israel would provide legal status to the asylum seekers who remained in Israel.

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00:27

The new Jewish-Arab movement that plans to save the Israeli left +972 Magazine

Standing Together, a new joint Arab-Jewish movement, is aiming to transform Israeli politics. It wont be easy, but the Israeli lefts first step back to power might be believing that it can win again.

Standing Together activists and members of other left-wing groups protest outside of Likud's Tel Aviv headquarters following Israel's deadly response to protests in Gaza. April 1, 2018.

Standing Together activists and members of other left-wing groups protest outside of Likuds Tel Aviv headquarters following Israels deadly response to protests in Gaza. April 1, 2018. (Courtesy of Standing Together)

The Israeli left is in the midst of an historic crisis. Out of power for over 20 years (with the exception of Ehud Baraks brief and fractious stint as prime minster), Labor is now headed by a millionaire telecommunications executive who once served as a minister under Netanyahu. Meretz, the dovish, social-democratic party, barely made it into the Knesset in 2015. The peace camp is fractured and leaderless. Peace Nows promising, young new director, Avi Buskila, resigned after barely a year and a half to seek the leadership of Meretz he lost. A new crop of centrist parties the strongest electoral challengers to Netanyahu have mostly turned out to be Netanyahu-lite.

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