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Tuesday, 19 June

01:18

Israeli activists bring images of Gaza dead to the heart of Tel Aviv +972 Magazine

In the middle of the night, left-wing activists hung 115 kites along Rothschild Boulevard, Tel Avivs central street one for each Palestinian protester killed by Israeli forces during the Great Return March protests.

Kites bearing the pictures, names, and birth-dates of Palestinians killed by the IDF during the Great Return March protests in Gaza.

Kites bearing the pictures, names, and birth-dates of Palestinians killed by the IDF during the Great Return March protests in Gaza.

Israeli activists hung 115 black kites along Tel Avivs Rothschild Boulevard overnight on Sunday, in remembrance of every Palestinian killed by the Israeli army in Gaza during the Great Return March.

We all witnessed what happened in Gaza over the past couple of weeks, says A., one of the organizers of the action. There was a big escalation both in terms of what happened and the responses. We stood and watched how they opened fire on people who were demonstrating and, at the same time, the publics indifference and the medias coverage of the killing.

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The action was partially a response to the 60 Palestinians killed during the protests on May 14. A., who was abroad at the time, struggled to comprehend what had happened. I returned to Israel and I was in shock to see that [here] nothing had happened complete indifference.

There were, of course, ac...

00:50

Interview 1367 Fault Lines on NGOs and the Deep State The Corbett Report

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-06-18%20Fault%20Lines.mp3"][/audio]James Corbett appears on Radio Fault Lines to discuss his work on NGOs and deep state operations.

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Monday, 18 June

23:24

On Eid al-Fitr, some Palestinians get their first visit to the sea +972 Magazine

Traveling from cities and villages across the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians celebrate the holiday of Eid a-Fitr at the beach. For many, it was their first time there. For others, it was their first time in half a century. 

By Oren Ziv

Palestinians from the West Bank enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv- Jaffa during the Eid al-Fitr holiday. June 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinians from the West Bank enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv- Jaffa during the Eid al-Fitr holiday. June 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank celebrated the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, on the beaches of Tel Aviv and Jaffa over the past two days. For many, it was their first time there a visit made possible by special entry permits issued by the army for the holiday.

In the evening hours, between the Jaffa Clock Tower and the beach, van drivers shout, Nilin, Beit Sira, Qalandia checkpoint, Hebron, waiting to fill their vans to drive back to the West Bank. Most of the revelers, however, prefer to spend every minute they can on the beach.

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22:50

The Situation Is Worsening In Syrian South As US Tries To Defend Terrorists While Israel To Strike A Deal With Russia OrientalReview.org

The US decides to create the southern zone having far-reaching benefits, in fact. Apparently, by providing the radicals with money and weapons and by turning a blind eye to ISIS expansion the White House all the while has been preparing a foothold to attack Damascus located less than 100 kilometers from this zone of de-escalation.

The post The Situation Is Worsening In Syrian South As US Tries To Defend Terrorists While Israel To Strike A Deal With Russia appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

21:14

Will Trump Destroy the World for His Statue? New Eastern Outlook

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If the American presidents most recent moves have you puzzled again, take heart the whole world is with you. The man evil billionaire George Soros now says is perfectly willing to destroy the world in order to maintain his narcissism, seems fully capable of doing just that.

Now we know weve entered the Twilight Zone of geopolitics, when the worlds evilest genius starts pointing fingers. But wait! Shortly after a smidgeon of truth exited Soros shriveled mouth Trump went haywire on the way back from the G7 Summit in Canada. New York Times reporters Peter Baker and Michael D. Shearframed Trumps latest head wobbling tirade; Trumps Blasts Upend G-7, Alienating Oldest Allies. The story goes something like this.

For weeks now the American president has been harping on imposing big tariffs on former allies around the world. What most experts deem his isolationist policy, is nothing of the sort in my view. But the fact that Trump shook hands with allies at the annual meeting of major world powers at the latest G7, and that he boaster of a tremendously successful meeting, set the stage for the Trump Twitter cannonade to follow. A scant 9 hours after having sealed a deal to mitigate US tariffs on Canada, Japan, and the Europeans, a tweetstorm of comments by Canadas Trudeau sank those deals and Americas credibility too boot. Trump called the Canadian PM dishonest and weak and the world will soon call Trump the deal buster. The New York Times piece framed the situation (for once):

Mr. Trumps unvarnished post-summit Twitter insults aimed at Mr. Trudeau weak & dishonest, false statements, meek and mild left the Canadian-American relationship at its most overtly hostile since, perhaps, the War of 1812.

To make matters worse, and even more confusing, Trump called for Russia to be rejoined with the G7 in the same breath. The loose cannon American leader showed a willingness to forget about the wests whole Crimea madness, in favor of resetting business relations with Russia. But as positive as this footnote seems, American leadership shunning or shining to other nations on a whim destroys our credibility. But I believe Trumps moves are calculating.

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20:55

Russia Sells Off Record Amount of US Treasury Bonds Strategic Culture Foundation

The worse the US relations with other countries become, the more likely are other nations to reconsider their reliance on the dollar.

20:25

How the Last Superpower Was Unchained Strategic Culture Foundation

All of us, of course, now live on the planet Bushs boys tried to swallow whole. They left us in a world of infinite war, infinite harm, and in Donald Trumps America where cluelessness has been raised to a new power.

19:55

Is Merkel"s End Right Around the Corner? Strategic Culture Foundation

The knives are coming out in Germany against Merkel and it is only the pro-EU Social Democrats who are coming to her defense.

19:25

Syria Sends More Troops to South Despite New US Warnings Strategic Culture Foundation

The United States once again warned this week it would "take firm and appropriate measures" against the Syrian government forces should they continue pushing into the southwest of the country, which has long been held by Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other groups fighting the Assad government.

18:55

Western Media Whitewash Yemen Genocide Strategic Culture Foundation

As the horror of Hodeida unfolds, Western media are reporting with a strained effort to whitewash the criminal role of the American, British and French governments in supporting the offensive.

15:53

Eurasian Economic Union: Steady Progress Towards Eurasian Integration New Eastern Outlook

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Eurasian integration and developing relations with Asian countries are important items on Russias present-day political agenda.  One of the platforms for moving forward on these issues is the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU or EEU), which includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. With the aid of this organization, the Russian Federation is improving its cooperation with numerous Asian countries, which could become Russias invaluable economic partners in the future.

The EEU (and therefore Russia) has successfully collaborated with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The creation of a free trade zone (FTZ) between the EEU and the most influential and successful ASEAN member, Vietnam, is one of the most impressive achievements stemming from this cooperation, with the relevant agreement in effect since 2016

Thailand as well as Indonesia have also expressed their interest in creating a FTZ with the EEU.  However, negotiations with these countries will take time, while in the near future the EEU could sign an agreement of this nature with the renowned Asian Tiger, the Republic of Singapore.

The discussion to this effect has spanned a number of years. In May 2016, the Singapore Government and the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC, the EEUs regulatory body) signed a Memorandum of Understanding which sets forth the partners intention to collaborate on the issues of economic integration and elimination of trade barriers. In October 2016, the EEU and Singapore signed a declaration on creating a work group, whose aim is to research the feasibility of the FTZ agreement. Official  negotiations on establishing the free trade zone began in summer 2017. By the end of May 2018, three rounds of negotiations have already taken place but many issues are yet to be discussed, and it is senseless to rush such work. Both the EEU and Singapore expect to conclude the agreement on mutually advantageous terms. It is estimated that the outcome of these negotiations will become known closer to autumn 2018.

Still, the mere existence of these negotiations and the research group has already aided the development of the economic relations between the EEU and Singapore.  Hence, in 2017 the trade turnover between Singapore and the EEU countries exceeded $4.6 million, which is almost 90% higher than that in 2016.

The joint work groups second session, dedicated to cooperation between the EEU and the Singapore Government, was held in May 2018. The ma...

15:51

Ethiopias Olive Branches To Eritrea & Egypt Will Change Regional Geopolitics OrientalReview.org

Premier Ahmeds surprise visit to Cairo over the weekend saw him and President Sisi agree to peacefully settle their differences over this issue, however, with the regional spillover effect being that Eritrea is no longer that useful to Egypt as its supposed anti-Ethiopian proxy.

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02:00

Israels different responses to Jewish and Palestinian stone throwers +972 Magazine

Jewish settlers who throw stones at Israeli forces hardly face serious consequences. For Palestinian stone throwers, the consequences can mean death. 

Israeli police forces clash with people in the Jewish settlement outpost of Netiv HaAvot in Gush Etzion, which the Supreme Court ruled was partially built on privately owned Palestinian land, and would be demolished therefore. June 12, 2018. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Israeli police forces clash with religious nationalist youth in the Jewish settlement outpost of Netiv Haavot in Gush Etzion in the occupied West Bank. June 12, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

In the West Bank, the consequences for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers differ dramatically, depending on whos doing the throwing. The same act, when carried out by Jews in the West Bank, is met often literally  with a soft-gloved hand. When carried out by Palestinians, the punishment can be as severe as death.

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Israeli forces routinely raid Palestinian homes in the middle of the night to arrest children suspected of stone throwing. In many instances, Israeli soldiers have responded to stone throwing by Palestinians with tear gas, rubber bullets, and even live ammunition. Stones kill, said Education Minister Naftali Bennett after Israel...

00:59

Army extends administrative detention of Palestinian feminist lawmaker +972 Magazine

Khalida Jarrar, a Palestinian parliamentarian known for her human rights activism, has been imprisoned indefinitely and without charges since July 2017.  

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Palestinian lawmaker member Khalida Jarrar (PFLP) who was imprisoned by Israel is seen alongside Joint List head Ayman Odeh upon her release from an Israeli prison, Jabara checkpoint near the West Bank town of Tulkarem, June 3, 2016. (Haytham Shtayeh/Flash90)

Palestinian lawmaker member Khalida Jarrar (PFLP) who was imprisoned by Israel alongside Joint List head Ayman Odeh upon her release from an Israeli prison. Jabara checkpoint near the West Bank town of Tulkarem, June 3, 2016. (Haytham Shtayeh/Flash90)

The Israeli army extended the administrative detention of feminist Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar by four months on Sunday, following her arrest in July 2017. Her detention was last extended for the first time last December, after the army determined that the parliamentarian and human rights activist continued to pose a risk.

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This is not the first time Israel has put Jarrar under administrative detention, a practice in which detainees are held indefinitely without charge or trial  and with out any way to defend themselves on the basis of secret evidence. Such orders can be renewed indefinitely for up to six months at a time. They can also be used to extend the...

00:49

West is Spreading Sick, Racist Anti-Chinese Nihilism New Eastern Outlook

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The West really hates China!

It appears that the Western public, both relatively educated and thoroughly ignorant, could, after some persuasion, agree on certain very basic facts for instance that Russia has historically been a victim of countless European aggressions, or that countries like Venezuela, Cuba, Iran or North Korea (DPRK) have never in modern history crossed the borders of foreign nations in order to attack, plunder or to overthrow governments.

OK, certainly, it would take some persuasion, but at least in specific circles of the otherwise hopelessly indoctrinated Western society, certain limited dialogue is still occasionally possible.

China is different. There is no mercy for China, in the West. By many standards, the greatest and one of the oldest cultures on Earth, has been systematically smeared, insulted, ridiculed and arrogantly judged by the opinion-makers, propagandists, academia and mainstream press with seats in London, New York, Paris and many other places which the West itself calls the centers of erudition and freedom of information.

Anti-Chinese messages are sometimes overt, but mostly thinly veiled. They are almost always racist and based on ignorance. And the horrifying reality is: they work!

They work for many reasons. One of them is that while the North Asians in general, and the Chinese people in particular, have been learning with zeal all about the rest of the world, the West is thoroughly ignorant about almost everything Asian and Chinese.

I personally conducted a series of simple but revealing experiments in China, Korea and Japan, as well as in several countries of the West: while almost every North Asian child can easily identify at least a few basic icons of Western culture, including Shakespeare and Mozart, most of the European university professors with PhDs could not name one single Korean film director, Chinese classical music composer, or a Japanese poet.

Westerners know nothing about Asia! Not 50% of them, now even 90%, but most likely somewhere in the area of 99.9%.

And it goes without saying, that Korea is producing some of the best art films in the world, while China and Japan are renowned for their exquisite classical art, as well as modern masterpieces.

In the West, the same ignorance extends to Chinese philosophy, its political system and history. In both Europ...

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Sunday, 17 June

20:55

US Acts As World"s Cop Making Others Comply with Its National Laws Strategic Culture Foundation

If Europe wants to remain Europe and not become the 51st US state, it should revise its foreign policy priorities and prepare for a big fight.

20:25

The Raw Truth About the UK"s Special Relationship with Israel Strategic Culture Foundation

Britain has a special relationship with Israel that is little recognised in the mainstream media but unmissable in light of the killings in Gaza. With more than 110 protesters dead, Britain is in effect defending Israeli actions. The British government has not, as far as I have seen, actually condemned Israel for the killings.

19:55

Italy Wins First Showdown over Migrants Strategic Culture Foundation

Only days after coming to power, Italys new populist government has won in an early showdown with the European Union establishment over the contentious issue of migration.

19:25

Twelve Tips for Making Sense of the World Strategic Culture Foundation

In an environment that is saturated with mass media propaganda, it can be hard to figure out which ways up, let alone get an accurate read on whats going on in the world. Here are a few tips Ive learned which have given me a lot of clarity in seeing through the haze of spin and confusion.

18:55

How the New York Times Lies About Lies: Obama v. Trump as Example Strategic Culture Foundation

The New York Timess calculation altogether ignores some of President Obamas very worst lies ones that were real whoppers.

18:16

Atlantic Council Lies Dashed "On the Rocks" in Syria Land Destroyer



The Atlantic Council describes itself as:
...an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.
The Atlantic Council seeks to create this "secure and prosperous world" for its corporate-financier sponsors which include weapons manufacturers like Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Boeing - big-oil interests like Chevron, BP, and ExxonMobil - big-banks like JP Morgan, Bank of America, and HSBC - and also governments and organizations like the US State Department itself, the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and NATO.

Yet despite the scale and scope of both the Atlantic Council's mission and resources, its ability to influence public perception appears to be diminishing.

It has been in Syria in particular where the Atlantic Council's influence has reached all time lows in both credibility and effectiveness. This is owed mainly to the fact that Atlantic Council "experts" are confined to armchairs in offices scattered across the West while alternative media sources are on the ground in Syria.

A recent piece co-authored by one of these Atlantic Council "experts" - Aaron Stein - along with US Army reserve officer Luke J. O'Brien - serves as an example of how ineffective the Atlantic Council and its sponsors have become in communicating narratives to the public.

Alleged Rationale for Syrian CW Use is Illogical at Face Value 

The article titled, "...

17:45

The Goal Of A Lesser Life OrientalReview.org

Our lives are driven by false assumptions in which we become our own greatest disappointments, all the while wondering at the excellence of others. In truth, our lives lack true wonder. We do not attend to the things that are most directly at hand. That which is uniquely proper to each of us is not our marketable skill it is our very existence!

The post The Goal Of A Lesser Life appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

15:35

Atlantic Council Lies Dashed On the Rocks in Syria New Eastern Outlook

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The Atlantic Council describes itself as:

an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century by informing and galvanizing its uniquely influential network of global leaders. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.

The Atlantic Council seeks to create this secure and prosperous world for its corporate-financier sponsors which include weapons manufacturers like Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Boeing big-oil interests like Chevron, BP, and ExxonMobil big-banks like JP Morgan, Bank of America, and HSBC and also governments and organizations like the US State Department itself, the UKs Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and NATO.

Yet despite the scale and scope of both the Atlantic Councils mission and resources, its ability to influence public perception appears to be diminishing.

It has been in Syria in particular where the Atlantic Councils influence has reached all time lows in both credibility and effectiveness. This is owed mainly to the fact that Atlantic Council experts are confined to armchairs in offices scattered across the West while alternative media sources are on the ground in Syria.

A recent piece co-authored by one of these Atlantic Council experts Aaron Stein along with US Army reserve officer Luke J. OBrien serves as an example of how ineffective the Atlantic Council a...

05:00

The SCO and G7 Meetings Point to Different Worlds New Eastern Outlook

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Two meetings of considerable geopolitical significance took place last weekend. They could not have been more different in tone and outcome. Each in their way were representative of the fundamental realignment that is taking place in the world order, and each points to a very different future.

The first of these meetings was the G7 (or G6+1 as some of the participants described it) in Qubec City Canada. Attending were political leaders of the six largest (as measured by GDP) of western industrial nations and Japan.

The American President Donald Trump did not bother to conceal his fundamental scorn for his alleged friends and allies. He arrived late, made little or nothing by way of a significant contribution, and left early. On his plane en route to a meeting in Singapore with North Koreas Kim Jong-Un he resiled from the joint memorandum supposedly agreed to in Qubec, and added some personal and bitter insults about the meetings host, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau.

Prior to arriving at the meeting, Trump had thrown a verbal bomb, suggesting that it was time that Russia was invited back into the group from which it had been suspended in 2014.

The European members of the G7, with the possible exception of Italy, were less than enthusiastic about Trumps unheralded suggestion. Implicit in Trumps suggestion was that if the other members agreed Russia would in fact rejoin the G7. It is indicative of just how out of touch with geopolitical realities the G7politicians actually are.

The Russian response was directly to the point: we are, they said, focusing on other formats.

Those other formats are a range of multilateral arrangements in which Russia is one of the key players. They include for example the Brazil, India, China, South Africa (BRICS) Association who between them account for more than 40% of the worlds population. In 2018 three of them (China, India and Brazil) were, according to the IMF, in the top 10 of the worlds biggest economies. Perhaps needless to add, none of them are members of the G7.

The second key group central to Russias other formats is the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) whose most important member economically and politically is Russia. Even more importantly, the EAEU has signed major cooperation agreements with the China instigated Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It has also signed a free trade agreement with Iran, to come into effect in 2020. Iran is a pivotal...

00:25

It"s Time for America to Cut Loose Our Useless So-Called "Allies" Strategic Culture Foundation

Our allies cede geostrategic control of their own countries and are rewarded at the expense of domestic American economic interests.

Saturday, 16 June

18:24

Hiding the occupation doesnt make it go away +972 Magazine

A proposed law, said to be supported by Netanyahus government, would criminalize videotaping Israeli soldiers doing the dirty work of the occupation. But hiding something from sight doesnt make it go away. Or does it?

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian boy during a protest in the West Bank city of Hebron, following US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, on December 7, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian boy during a protest in the West Bank city of Hebron, December 7, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

If an Israeli soldier beats a Palestinian and no one is there to catch it on video, did it really happen? That is the question a group of Israeli lawmakers seems determined to find out.

A new bill, proposed by four members of Avigdor Libermans far-right Israel Beiteinu party, would make videotaping, recording, or photographing Israeli soldiers carrying out their duty with the intention of eroding morale a crime punishable by five years in prison. If the intent is to harm state security, the punishment doubles to 10 years in prison. The law would also apply to those disseminating such documentation.

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According to a Haaretz report, the bill was expected to gain the support of the entire government in a vote o...

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