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Friday, 20 July

00:50

Hundreds of children abused by more than 30 clerics: new scandal in Hawaii Philosophers Stone

| The report of a law firm has revealed a new horror of continued abuses and cover-up of the guilty in the Diocese of Honolulu. The Vatican was informed and did not act against the perpetrators.

The scandal of sexual abuse in the Church is the story of never ending, and that of zero tolerance is revealing a slogan as empty as that of the poor Church for the poor.

In this case, the complaint comes from a Minnesota law firm representing victims, Jeff Anderson and Associates, which in its newly published report reveals that hundreds of minors were sexually abused by more than thirty clerics between 1950 and 2012 in ecclesiastical facilities of the Diocese of Honolulu, covering the entire State of Hawaii.

With all the depressing features to which we have already become accustomed, especially the fact that the ecclesiastical superiors of the perpetrators knew and covered the cases. This is not surprising, since the Diocese of Honolulu is one of the only two in the United States to have both one of its bishops and its vicar general accused of sexual abuse.

The bishop is Joseph Ferrario, who abused children and seminarians throughout his episcopal career. It was not until the early nineties that one of the victims told his story on a popular television show. Accused formally in 1991, Ferrario and the rest of the ecclesiastical leaders denied the charges and even organized a campaign to discredit the victims. Ferraio remained at the head of the diocese until his retirement, and then continued to exercise his priestly ministry without ecclesiastical sanction until his death in 2003.

According to one of the accusers whose t...

00:18

Unhealthy diet Is the BBC biased?

BBC Watch has published a detailed two-part examination of the connected items on the Today Programme broadcast 16th July 2018. Here and here This was also the subject of our earlier post imagine.
Hadar Sela offers a fact-packed synopsis of Chris Gunnesss lies and omissions, so I thought it was worth revisiting the topic in the cold light of three days hindsight. (Three days ago is the past, in terms of news broadcasting and the past is another country.)

Heavily biased broadcasting by the BBC (and media outlets of the same mindset) has produced the entrenched anti-Israel feeling thats everywhere nowadays. Biased broadcasting has had such a pernicious influence that hating Israel is the default position in Corbyns Labour Party. This resonates with the current fiasco, with the NEC quibbling over the definition of antisemitism. Rather than accepting the internationally recognised definition, the NEC wants to exclude segments they believe would preclude or limit legitimate criticism of Israel. They want to be free to criticise Israel, no holds barred, from its right to protect itself to its right to exist, while reserving the right to boast that they havent a racist bone in their body. For some reason, they dont want to be seen as antisemitic and they dont want to think of themselves as antisemites.

No wonder so many of them respond to what theyve absorbed from the news this way, with loathing, indignation, and ire. They think railing against Israel is synonymous with virtue and humanity. Being fed on a diet of lies and half-truths gives you acute outrage. The pro-Palestinian pandemic has spread to the anti-Trump protests. Wrong-headed social justice warriors get big thrills from the illusory satisfaction of self-righteousness. 

Considerable damage is done through interviews with the likes of fanatical Israel-hater Gunness when venomous fantasies remain unchallenged. Gunness knows he can get away with it because man-of-all-trade anchors such as John Humphrys and Justin Webb are inadequately briefed and couldnt provide factual rebuttals - had they the appetite to do so.

The BBC evidently considered the item newsworthy because two Palestinians were killed in the incident, and they were children. Teenagers....

00:17

Greek Coast Guard rescues foreign tourists drifted away on sea mattress Keep Talking Greece

The Greek Coast Guard rescued a man and a child who reportedly fell asleep on an air mattress and were drifter away from the shore due to the strong wind. The Coast Guard picked up from the sea also a friend of theirs who was trying to help them. The 47-year-old and the 11-year-old child

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Thursday, 19 July

23:32

July 19, 2018 SDFs Political Wing Seeks To Normalize Relations With Damascus The Vineyard of the Saker

Syrian War Report July 19, 2018: SDFs Political Wing Seeks To Normalize Relations With Damascus https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-july-19-2018-sdfs-political-wing-seeks-to-normalize-relations-with-damascus/ If youre able, and if you like our content and approach, please support

23:29

My solar powered cinema featured on BBC radio Undercurrents reports

 Does the Sun always shine on the radio?

BBC Wales radio featured my mobile cinema in their new series on  small things in Wales.




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22:49

Russian FM Lavrov cancels visit to Greece in diplomatic row Keep Talking Greece

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrovs planned visit to Greece this autumn has been reportedly cancel, as the timing is no longer suitable, Russias ambassador to Athens  Andrei Maslov told TASS news agency on Thursday.  Greek officials had invited Lavrov in June before the diplomatic row over Macedonia and FYROM broke out that resulted into the

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22:31

[Colombia] Encuentro crata: Aniversario de la Revolucin Espaola Anarkismo

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Jueves 19 de julio 2018. 6:00 pm
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Cra 19 # 36-34 [Teusaquillo, Bogot]

21:56

Court clears 18 riot policemen of charges for excessive violence in June 2011 protest Keep Talking Greece

All the Greek police officers on trial for charges of excessive use of violence and tear gas  against anti-austerity protests on 28. and 29. June 2011 have been found not guilty. The One-Member First Instance Court in Athens ruled on Wednesday that all 18 police officers were not guilty. The lawsuit was filed by SYRIZA

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21:45

Knock knock Is the BBC biased?

I might as well go proper far-right and link to this comment by namenotnumber on the Biased-BBC blog. Its a list of tweets by Ezra Levant which highlight some of the hypocrisy surrounding the Tommy Robinson fiasco.
The reason Im doing so is that although there are undoubtedly legitimate technical reasons for the current Tommy Robinson situation, (his imprisonment and so on, which certain admirable people have defended and taken pains to justify) the individual who blogs as The Secret Barrister has let himself/herself/xeself down by using some emotive, nay, pejorative language when recounting the background to the affair. 
I can even detect a whiff of  disdain in the first sentence: 
Today the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) heard the appeal of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson).
The fact that TR uses a pseudonym (and we all know what his real name is) dwelling on it in that particular way seems gratuitous and a little bit rich coming from The Secret Barrister who wishes to remain pseudonymous.

Call me an ignorant fool who's indulging in a bit of whataboutery, but although I see (and sympathise with) Melanie's point, I have to say that if Tommy Robinson jeopardised the trial of the men accused of grooming and raping young girls by using pejorative language while live-blogging in the vicinity of the court, what does that say about the TSB and the reporter from the Independent he/she/xe praises :
The excellent Lizzie Dearden of the Independent who provided a comprehensive live-blog of the hearing from the Royal Courts of Justice,
...who seems to be doing something very similar (and, arguably, influencing TR's trial.)

Now that the police have been instructed to concentrate on hate-crimes far-right extremists like myself are apprehensively listening for the knock on the door. What hate-crime have I committed? I think being far-right is one.
Didn't Gabriel Gatehouse let his agenda hang out on Newsnight last night? If thats impartiality, Im a Dutchman....

21:34

Reality & Nightmare: A brief assessment of the Eurozones reforms in Der Freitag, Issue 26, 2018 Yanis Varoufakis

In 2010, the Greek debt crisis was dismissed as a Greek problem which it undoubtedly was to hide the fact that our bankruptcy was an ugly symptom of Eurozone design flaws, which is why Greece also caused a domino effect across the continent. The fact that the Greek state bankruptcy is still unresolved ten years after it occurred reflects the profound disagreements between the Franco-German axis on how the Eurozone should be reshaped. While three Presidents of the French Republic and one German Chancellor could not agree on the institutional changes that would make the Eurozone sustainable,

Macrons election as French president created new hope. His proposals included: a common budget for the eurozone with a secure debt instrument and the possibility of quasi-federal tax collection. A common unemployment and mutual bank deposit insurance and a common fund to provide new funds to stunted banks, thus creating the basis of a true banking union. An investment fund that would mobilize untapped savings throughout Europe without continuing to burden the Member States with fiscal resources. At the same time, the French Government seemed in principle to accept the proposal that I had made as Greek Minister of Finance:

Berlin has been praising Macron for a year now, as it shoots one after another of its proposals from the sky. Since Merkel and Macron met in Meseberg last week, Macrons agenda is all that remains to try to sanctify his humiliation. As for the solution of the Greek debt question, which is widely...

21:22

If Trump wants to blow up the world order, who will stop him? op-ed in The Guardian Yanis Varoufakis

Even before Donald Trump drove to tears of dismay NATOs leaders, Theresa May, the EUs officialdom and Washingtons own intelligence community, the writing was on the wall: Trump is methodically dismantling a world order that he no longer believes to be in the interests of the United States ruling class.

Mon 11 Jun 2018 

Donald Trumps early departure, and his subsequent refusal to endorse the G7 communique, has thrown the mainstream press into an apoplexy reflecting a deeper incomprehension of our unfolding global reality.

In a bid to mix toughness with humour, Emmanuel Macron had quipped that the G7 might become the G6. Thats absurd, not least because without the United States, capitalism as we know it (let alone the pitiful G7 gatherings) would disappear from the planets face.

There is, of course, little doubt that with Trump in the White House there is an awful lot we should be angst-ridden about. However, the establishments reaction to the presidents shenanigans, in the United States and in Europe, is perhaps an even greater worry for progressives, replete as it is with dangerous wishful thinking and copious miscalculation.

Some put their faith in the Mueller investigation, assuming that Mike Pence would be kinder to them as president. Others are holding their breath until 2020, refusing to consider the possibility of a second term. What they all fail to grasp is the very real tectonic shifts underpinning Trumps uncouth antics.

The Trump administration is building up a substantial economic momentum domestically. First, he passed income and corporate tax cuts that the establishment Republicans could not have imagined even in their wildest dreams a few years ago. But this was not all. Behind the scenes, Trump astonished Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats leader in the House of Representatives, by approving every single social program that she asked of him. As a result, the federal government is running the largest budget deficit in Americas history when the rate of unemployment is less than 4%.

Whatever one thinks of this president, he is giving money away...

20:19

A letter to my daughter about the black magic of banking Yanis Varoufakis

As you grow up and experience more of the ups and downs of the economy, you will notice a piece of mindbending hypocrisy: during the good times, bankers, entrepreneursrich people in generaltend to be against government. They criticize it as a brake on development, a parasite feeding on the private sector through taxation, an enemy of freedom and entrepreneurship. The cleverer among them even go so far as to deny that government has any moral right, or duty, to serve society, by claiming that there is no such thing as societythere are just individuals and families, or society is not well defined enough for the state to be able to serve it. And yet, when a crash occurs that is brought on by their actions, those who have delivered the fieriest of speeches vehemently opposing substantial government intervention in the economy suddenly demand the states aid. Where is the government when we need it? they yelp.

This is not a new contradiction. It reflects the problematic relationship the powerful have always had with the state. While they fear the state will intervene to curb their self-enrichment, they also sorely need it. The inequality that market societies generategigantic concentrations of wealth alongside widespread deprivation and povertymakes them jittery. What other than a mighty state can protect them when the grapes of wrath have grown too heavy for the vines and the desperate masses congregate threateningly outside their fenced villas? But, then again, if the state has sufficient power to keep the riff-raff at bay, it will also have enough power to confiscate their property and throw them into the street if the government were to fall into the hands of those thronging crowds.

One of the most prevalent arguments they make against the state is that wealth is produced individually, by heroic individuals. Taxation is therefore seen as an unjustifiable confiscation of what is rightfully theirs. Nothing could be further from the truth. To see this, lets go back to the beginning of market societies for a momentto the time when the serfs were being kicked off their ancestral lands.

How do you think the landowners managed to get rid of the serfs so efficiently? The answer is: with the help of the state. The king and his government lent the landowners a hand, sending their soldiers in to put down any rebellion by the peasants. And how do you think the new order, underpinning market society, was maintained? How were the majority living under conditions of abject dehumanization in the slums of Manchester, Birmingham, and London kept under control when a few streets away the minority lived in the lap of luxury? To put it simply, private wealth was built and then maintained on the back of state-sponsored violence.

State-sponsored violence isnt the only thing governments have provided for the powerful since then. Whenever the state has used its revenues to pay for roads, tunnels, and bridges by which go...

19:44

Turkish mother, 3 children missing after boat capsizes in Evros river (video) Keep Talking Greece

A woman and three children are reportedly missing after a boat carrying several Turkish asylum seekers capsized in Evros river along the natural border between Greece and Turkey. the boat was reportedly carrying 9 people, all Turkish citizens fleeing purge. A boat carrying Turkish purge victims was capsized on Evros River, Greece, a mom and

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18:54

The Cashless Society Is a Con And Big Finance Is Behind It Rigged Game

Banks are closing ATMs and branches in an attempt to nudge users towards digital services and its all for their own benefit

By Brett Scott and cross-posted from The Guardian

All over the western world banks are shutting down cash machines and branches. They are trying to push you into using their digital payments and digital banking infrastructure. Just like Google wants everyone to access and navigate the broader internet via its privately controlled search portal, so financial institutions want everyone to access and navigate the broader economy through their systems.

Another aim is to cut costs in order to boost profits. Branches require staff. Replacing them with standardised self-service apps allows the senior managers of financial institutions to directly control and monitor interactions with customers.

Banks, of course, tell us a different story about why they do this. I recently got a letter from my bank telling me that they are shutting down local branches because customers are turning to digital, and they are thus responding to changing customer preferences. I am one of the customers they are referring to, but I never asked them to shut down the branches.

There is a feedback loop going on here. In closing down their branches, or withdrawing their cash machines, they make it harder for me to use those services. I am much more likely to choose a digital option if the banks deliberately make it harder for me to choose a non-digital option.

In behavioural economics this is referred to as nudging. If a powerful institution wants to make people choose a certain thing, the best strategy is to make it difficult to choose the alternative.

We can illustrate this with the example of self-checkout tills at supermarkets. The underlying agenda is to replace checkout staff with self-service machines to cut costs. But supermarkets have to convince their customers. They thus initially present self-checkout as a convenient alternative. When some people then use that alternative, the supermarket can cite that as evidence of a change in customer behaviour, which they then use to justify a reduction in checkout employees. This in turn makes it more inconvenient to use the check...

18:26

Annual inflation in Greece hits 1.0 percent in June Keep Talking Greece

Price hikes in food, fuel, services and other essential goods drove the annual inflation rate in Greece to 1.0 percent in June 2018, from 0.8 percent in May, the Greek Statistics Authority and the Eurostat that uses the ELSTAT data said. According to ELSTAT statement, inflation rate rose 1% between June 2018 and June 2017

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17:19

Beating the letting agents Freedom News

Brighton SolFed writes on lessons learned over the first year of its efforts to build up an anarchist housing union. After a string of successful cases largely against wage theft in the hospitality sector, Brighton Solidarity Federation launched our housing union in June 2017. Our experience in Brighton was of rents rocketing up, while conditions

17:10

Thrilled French tourists celebrate Mundial victory on Sifnos (video) Keep Talking Greece

Just seconds after the referee signaled the end of  World Cup Final on Sunday, thrilled French tourists jumped into the sea at Kamares port of the island of Sifnos. 4:2 against Croatia and the Golden Trophy of Mundial were reasons enough to set the French tourists in excitement. And not only the French! Hundreds of

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17:08

Australia - Oberon fluoride: council meeting approves addition to water supply UK Against Fluoridation

CROWDED: It was standing room only in the Oberon Council chambers as the community waited for a decision on whether fluoride would be added to Oberon's water supply.A DIVISIVE community debate has ended, for now, after Oberon Council voted to allow fluoride to be added to the towns water supply.


But the peace might not last long as fluoridation opponents are already warning that the battle isnt over.

Oberon councillors voted 5-3 in favour of fluoridation at their ordinary meeting on Tuesday night after a months-long debate in the town that had, at times, become personal.

Previous attempts to introduce the dental health measure had been unsuccessful, the most recent being in 2014, when councillors voted 5-3 against fluoridation.

The Oberon Council chambers were packed on Tuesday night for the ordinary meeting.

Councillor Mark Kellam, who moved the motion to allow the fluoridation to go ahead, said his decision was based on sound evidence.

"I've listened to all the pros and cons and all the objective evidence and I've made this decision to fluoridate, he said.

Oberon Council general manager Gary Wallace's report to the council said NSW Health commissioned the Social Research Centre to gauge the Oberon communitys views on fluoridation.

"The survey found that 53 per cent of all respondents agreed with adding fluoride to the public drinking water supply, 35 per cent disagreed and 12 per cent neither agreed or disagreed, th...

16:21

Zaev admits there is no documentation Greek-Russian businessman funded anti-Macedonia protests Keep Talking Greece

FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that there was no need for the countrys authorities to submit documents to Greece that want to begin investigations that it was a Greek businessman of Russian origin who was named as the financier for the protests of the fan group Komiti in Macedonia. According to Fyrom news agency

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12:17

S.Paulo, Brasil: Call for an Independent Materials Fair August 25th Contra Info

received 18.07.18

CALL FOR AN INDEPENDENT MATERIALS FAIR ACTIVITY OF THE SIXTH
INTERNATIONAL WEEK FOR ANARCHISTS PRISONERS

In response to the call for a Sixth International Week in Solidarity For Anarchist Prisoners, which will take place all over the world from the 23rd to the 30th of August, there will be a first winter fair of independent materials on August 25th.

This is an open call for anyone who wants to send us proposals with an anti authoritarian focus to add to the activity. In addition, it is mainly an invitation to participate in this initiative that will happen in the Tia Estela Space , a squat of homeless people located underneath the so-called Alcntara Machado Bridge in So Paulo. Any contribution to self-management of this space is welcome.

The struggle for freedom is impossible without fighting against prisons.These disgusting spaces are surrounded by walls, violent forms of control, security devices and constant vigilance. Without such a structure it would be impossible for any state or any government to remain in power. It is necessary to see prison not only as the main tool of domination against the subversive people who prefer war to the passivity of the masses, but also as a laboratory of the system and one of the main means to perpetuate slavery and work.

A battle was lost but even behind the bars the struggle goes on. Within jail, in a contained and continuous way, are the conflicts against the juridical apparatuses of the nation states and all moralistic society that supports it. This reality prolongs the journey towards the destruction of civilization, the predatory machines of cybernetic and industrial world, all the grids, walls and borders that slaughter life on earth.

For these and much more, it is a lot necessary to support the anarchist prisoners, to not leave them alone and with this, to turn our eyes upon the pillars that give shape to the enemy.

To live anarchy contains the risk of ending in prison Marco, Alexandria prison.

A full schedule will be available on August 23rd.
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09:13

Two analyses by Paul Craig Roberts The Vineyard of the Saker

Note by the Saker: As I have mentioned here, I am currently on a road trip and I have very spotty access to the Internet.  The recent Putin-Trump summit has

07:58

Norway Central Bank Goes Dark on Its $276 Billion in U.S. Stocks Rigged Game

It is estimated that there have been more than a dozen central banks buying publicly traded stocks since the market crash of 2008.

By Pam Martens and Russ Martens of Wall Street on Parade

To an ever growing degree, the U.S. stock market is being propped up by hedge fund algorithms, corporations taking on debt to buy back their own stock, big Wall Street banks dark pools trading in darkness and foreign central banks and foreign sovereign wealth funds gobbling up U.S. stocks.

Now it seems that the tiny window the public has heretofore had on those foreign central bank purchases is closing. On May 9 of this year, the Central Bank of Norway, Norges Bank, made a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission and omitted the names of more than 2,000 U.S. traded stocks it owns with a value of more than a quarter of a trillion dollars. It explained its actions as follows in the filing:

Norges Bank has submitted its Form 13F to the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to a request for confidential treatment. This action is consistent with discussions between Norges Bank and the Staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission to coordinate the reporting required under Section 13(f) with the extensive public disclosure requirements under Norwegian law applying to Norges Bank.

Norges Bank added a note explaining that while it didnt want the public to have access to its holdings, it was filing the list of its stock holdings separately with the SEC.

We know, however, from the report previously filed for the quarter ending on 12/31/2017 all the names of the U.S. traded stocks the Norway Central Bank owned at that time. That included $29.6 billion in total in the big tech names of Amazon, Apple, Alphabet (parent of Google), Facebook and Microsoft.

The Norway Central Bank also held $10.33 billion in total in five of the biggest derivatives players on Wall Street: JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley companies which are also plumping their stock prices by engaging in massive buybacks of their own stocks

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07:56

Dr. Kevin Barrett and Gilad Atzmon on Phobias and Politics Writings - Gilad Atzmon

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In his new article "Silencing Diversity in the Name of Diversity" Gilad Atzmon argues Frankfurt School driven identity politics represents "a well-orchestrated attempt to obliterate our Western Athenian ethos in favor of a new Jerusalemite regime of correctness."

Gilad's new article was inspired by the Deep Truth Conference Zionism panel that he and I participated in. (Here is the link to the whole conference.)

In the new article, Gilad writes:

Gilad's pointthat we need to distinguish rational from irrational elements of Islamophobia, Judeophobia, homophobia, etc.is well taken. But if we accept his invitation and ask ourselves "how rational is the Islamophobia around us" we discover that it is almost entirely irrational. While the West has indeed been "actively engaged in the destruction of Muslims," the chances that any given Western person will suffer or die in a Muslim revenge attack are essentially zero. (Terrorism is statistically a non-threat, far less dangerous than bathtubs and lightning, and Muslims commit less than 5% of the terrorist attacks in the West.) An American who fears Muslims because the West has been destroying Muslims is just as crazy as an American who fears Native Americans or Blacks or Chinese or Hindus or Buddhists because of the crimes of the West against those groups.

It is, of course, conceivable that some Muslim or Muslims (or Native...

07:39

The Ticking Time Bomb The Vineyard of the Saker

This comment was chosen by moderator HS from the post Is President Trump A Traitor Because He Wants Peace With Russia? . The moderator felt the comment was quite interesting and

06:13

The BBC in the witness box - a judge rules Is the BBC biased?


It's not been a good day at the office for the BBC today after a High Court judge ruled that the BBC's coverage of the arrest of Sir Cliff Richard was an invasion of his privacy. Sir Cliff has been awarded 210,000 in damages. 

The BBC's response to the judgment has been widely characterised as "sorry, not sorry". They are even thinking of appealing. (At what cost to the licence fee payer?)

Here are BBC Director of News Fran Unsworth two major statements today. The first was sent to the world:


The second was sent to BBC staff:


Reading that and then reading the judge's opinion on his BBC witnesses, as laid out here, it seems to me that Ms. Unsworth's comments are rather tinged with wishful thinking - especially as far as the BBC journalist accuracy and honesty goes. (I've highlighted the most damning passages):  


...

05:20

#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #woman #waiting #communication... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.



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03:37

Amazing Things Kids Have Said About Past Lives That Even Skeptics Cant Explain Philosophers Stone

Phil Stone Says

Eventually, as we return to remembering who we are over the coming generations Everyone will remember past lives, who and what they are.


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02:44

Rare phenomenon over Kavala: An awesome Shelf Cloud Keep Talking Greece

A rare phenomenon over the city of Kavala in Northern Greece:  A storm with a shelf cloud. A low-hanging, well-defined, wedge-shaped formation that occurs along the leading edge of a gust front in a thunderstorm. Shelf clouds most often form just ahead of intense lines of thunderstorms. Shelf clouds are considered as one of the

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02:11

Mass protest in central and southern Iraq Anarkismo

ac001e94a76a41ae83326c2d6bd9b6e3.jpegThe below is a report about the current situation in central and southern Iraq. It is over a week there has been a massive demos and protests against the central and local government and also against the oil companies . The report below briefly explains the situation .

02:11

Test Test Keep Talking Greece

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01:57

19 drowned, at least 28 missing in migrants shipwreck north off Cyprus Keep Talking Greece

For one more time, the sea becomes the deep blue grave for men, women and children trying to flee the conflict in Syria and seek a better, peaceful life.  At least 19 people were drowned when a boat carrying 150 refugees and migrants sank off Yalusa located in the occupied territories of North Cyprus. 28

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01:06

Syrian War Report July 18, 2018: Syrian Army Liberated Another Group Of Settlements East Of Golans The Vineyard of the Saker

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23:18

Turkish prosecutor threatens Greek soldiers with up to 2 years imprisonment Keep Talking Greece

The news about the two Greek soldiers in the hands of Turkish authorities are not promising.  Information leaked by court sources in Greeces neighboring country indicates that lieutenant Aggelos Mitretodis and sergeant Dimitris Kouklatzis are facing a prison sentence of up to two years. Although officially no charges have been pressed,  judges allege illegal entry

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21:45

Greece ratifies Istanbul Convention on Preventing & Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence Keep Talking Greece

Greece has became the 32nd state and 19th EU member state to ratify the Istanbul Convention, formally known as the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (CETS 210). The country took this step just days after Croatia did the same, and a few months since passing changes within

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21:07

House Muslim Linda Sarsour Tows Her Zionist Masters Line And Says Trump Is Committing Treason Mouqawamah Music

by Jonathan Azaziah

Linda Sarsour, that despicable creature. I thought she maxed out last year when she raised money for a Zionist synagogue over some damaged Jewish graves that a rabbi more than likely vandalized to begin with. But boy was I wrong. Every time I think that she hits Peak Liberal and Pinnacle House Muslim, she finds a way to take it to an even higher, more degenerate degree. I gotta give the cockroach credit, its almost like a gift. Yes, Sarsour the Snakeskinned is at it again, this time accusing Donald Trump of committing treason all over her Twitter account because of the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. She aint think it was treason when Trump received orders from Jewish billionaires Paul Singer, Bernard Marcus and Sheldon Adelson to collude with a foreign power Israel and recognize illicit Zionist authority over Al-Quds. She aint screech that it was treason when Trump made the decision to continue backing the genocidal war on Yemen waged by Saudi Arabia in collusion with Israel. She aint bark that it was treason when Trump stepped up support to the God-awful Venezuelan opposition in collusion with Israel. She aint whine about any damn treason when Trump colluded with a foreign power Israel to inaugurate operations rooms meant for destabilizing the Islamic Republic of Iran.

And Linda the Liar was in no mood to cry out TREASON! when it came to light that Trump, like his three predecessors, signed a pledge to protect the extremist nuclear program of a foreign poweryou guessed it ISRAEL. No, Linda the Likudnik thinks Trumps a traitor because hes attempting to walk America away from the WW3 ledge that her object of worship Baruch Uncle OToma put us all on with his destabilization of Syria and coup in Ukraine. Facilitating detente between two nuclear superpowers should be the last thing in the world that gets one branded with such an accusation. Nevertheless, welcome to the psychotic times were living in. Tons and tons of things to criticize and rip the Orange Oaf to shreds for, including everything mentioned above. But making peace with the Russian Federation in defiance of the chosenite shadow government isnt one of them.

This is now the line being towed by the Democratic Party from the top all the way down to the rank-and-file and it is beyond crazy. Not Russian meddling. Not Russian interference. But treason. Its pathological and deeply dangerous. Russiagate is...

20:15

Hypocritical Tory Brexiteers just voted to scrap parliamentary sovereignty! AAV


So much has been happening in relation to Brexit over the last few weeks it's been difficult to keep on top of it all, especially given the incredibly sketchy mainstream media coverage.

Party Political chaos

Understandably a lot of coverage has been given to the fact that the Lib-Dem leader and his predecessor Tim Farron didn't even bother to turn up for a crucial knife-edge Brexit vote, despite having misleadingly championed themselves as anti-Brexit saviours for the last two years. Tim Farron's reason for missing the crucial vote was that he was too busy giving a gay-bashing speech about how he's such a victim because his outdated views on gay sex are pretty damned unpopular these days!

Also a lot of attention has fallen on a number of Tory grandstanders like Anna Soubry and Justine Greening who made passionate interventions to criticise the hard-right ERG Tory Brextremists who dictate Theresa May's every move, and to call for a second referendum. But for some reason very much less media attention has been given to the fact that they caved in to Theresa May's threats of another Tory meltdown of a General Election, and actually voted to support the ERG Brextremists that they pretend to oppose just to save their own skins from the threat of another General Election.

Then there's the four Labour cranks who repeatedly cast decisive votes alongside the hard-right ERG Brextremists too. Right-wing Blairite MPs have been implac...

18:41

Right-Fighting or Fighting Right Philosophers Stone

 by Soren Dreier

 

To know the difference between Right-Fighting and Fighting for what is Right
is to know The Spiritual Warrior within us.
Right-Fighting is nothing but a stream of endless battles,
where we are left wounded, tired and weary in a labyrinth of emotional chaos,
serves no purpose, but to boost overseen little egos.
Not able to pick a battle, but addicted to battle.
Trapped

Fighting for what is Right, merges from the soul, transcends that ego.
It targets injustice on a level that reaches out from the personal realm,
ripples throughout the collective, becomes impersonal, not chained to the outcome
knowing within that the fight is already won.
The ability to pick our battles will show to be our finest and most delicate of armors.
In silence the Spiritual Warrior walks away as the morning dew sets on the Battlefield.
Free

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17:59

Commandos Sans Frontires: The Global Growth Of U.S. Special Operations Forces Rigged Game

Unless they end in disaster, most missions remain in the shadows, unknown to all but a few Americans.

By Nick Turse and cross-posted from TomDispatch.com

Early last month, at a tiny military post near the tumbledown town of Jamaame in Somalia, small arms fire began to ring out as mortar shells crashed down. When the attack was over, one Somali soldier had been wounded  and had that been the extent of the casualties, you undoubtedly would never have heard about it.

As it happened, however, American commandos were also operating from that outpost and four of them were wounded, three badly enough to be evacuated for further medical care. Another special operator, Staff Sergeant Alexander Conrad, a member of the U.S. Armys Special Forces (also known as the Green Berets), was killed.

If the story sounds vaguely familiar combat by U.S. commandos in African wars that America is technically not fighting it should. Last December, Green Berets operating alongside local forces in Niger killed 11 Islamic State militants in a firefight. Two months earlier, in October, an ambush by an Islamic State terror group in that same country, where few Americans (including members of Congress) even knew U.S. special operators were stationed, left four U.S. soldiers dead Green Berets among them. (The military first described that mission as providing advice and assistance to local forces, then as a reconnaissance patrol as part of a broader train, advise, and assist mission, before it was finally exposed as a kill or capture operation.) 

Last May, a Navy SEAL was killed and two other U.S. personnel were wounded in a raid in Somalia that...

17:09

Australia - Oberon becomes one of the last NSW towns to fluoridate its water UK Against Fluoridation

One of the last remaining towns in New South Wales without fluoridation has decided to add it to its drinking water.

The Oberon Council on the state's central tablelands has voted five-to-three to add fluoride to the town's supply after several months of heated debate and campaigning.

It is one of eight local governments in NSW, out of more than 100 local councils in the state, that has been asked to consider fluoridation by Health Minister Brad Hazzard..........
Two women standing outside the Oberon Council meeting.

Anti-fluoride campaigners in Oberon angry at a decision to introduce fluoride

Posted about 5 hours ago

Oberon residents Veronika Cvitanovic and Tracey Watson are disappointed by the council's support for fluoride.

17:00

France: Four people face charges for assisting refugees Freedom News

Four people were arrested for helping migrants cross the border into France.  It is the latest case over citizens providing aid to refugees in France. The activists were arrested on Tuesday in relation to the solidarity march organised in April by the activist group Tous Migrants. In response to the arrests, the activists held a

14:31

Coming Coup Against Trump The Vineyard of the Saker

by Finian Cunningham/ Sputnik News https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201807171066432951-us-coup-trump/ The American backlash against President Trump over his summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin has been as ferocious as it was predictable. Every possible

08:06

Multiyear, Job-Creating, Mass-Tourist Boom in Spain Runs Out of Steam Rigged Game

Tourism accounted for a quarter of the jobs created since 2013 but mass-tourism of this type brings its own problems.

One of the main motors behind Spains recent economic recovery, foreign tourism, is beginning to splutter. After years of two-figure year-on-year growth, the number of foreign visitors to Spain in the first five months of 2018 grew by a paltry 2% (to 28.6 million tourists). During the same period last year, the year-on-year increase was 12%. More ominous still, the countrys two biggest tourist markets, Catalonia and the Canary Islands, actually saw visitor numbers fall from January to May for the first time since Spains tourist boom began.

This could spell trouble for Spains broader economy. The tourist industry provides around 13% of economic output. Thats two-and-a-half percentage points larger than the contribution of Spains construction sector at the peak of Spains mind boggling housing boom in 2007.

Tourism has played a vital role in Spains economic recovery, accounting for around a quarter of the new jobs created since 2013. The impact on Spains biggest tourist regions such as Catalonia, the Canary Islands, and the Balearic Islands has been even more pronounced, with over a third of the new jobs created there since 2013 depending on tourism.

Spains spectacular tourism boom is largely the result of a trend that is both externally driven and transitory in nature: The surge a few years ago in geopolitical risks affecting rival tourist destinations like Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia. According to research by UBS, more than half of the growth of Spains tourist industry can be attributed to the drop-off in tourism in places like Tunisia, Turkey, and Egypt.

Now, that trend is beginning to reverse

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07:33

#Nobastan3Causales: seguimos luchando por aborto libre en Chile Anarkismo

3.jpgEl anarcofeminismo frente a la lucha por el aborto libre, seguro y gratuito
Ante la 6ta marcha por Aborto Libre, Seguro y Gratuito como anarcofeministas no podemos restarnos de la lucha por la autonoma y autodeterminacin sobre nuestros propios cuerpos y nuestras vidas, sobre todo a la luz de las luchas dads por nuestras hermanas en distintos lugares del mundo.

06:17

Putin and Trumps Unagreed Agreement a Catastrophe for Europe The Vineyard of the Saker

By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-ishchenko-putin-and-trumps-unagreed-agreement-a-catastrophe-for-europe/ source: https://ukraina.ru/exclusive/20180717/1020630485.html Contradictions between Russia and the US are so substantial and common ground is so

06:12

Happy 79th Birthday To Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Leader And Thunderbolt Of The Islamic Revolution Mouqawamah Music

by Jonathan Azaziah

Labaykah ya Khamenei! The most wonderful, most peaceful and happiest of happy birthdays to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, the Living Martyr, the reflection of Imam Khomeini (R.A.), vicegerent of Imam al-Qaim (A.S.), the Pearl-Guide of Mouqawamists worldwide, the globes foremost Anti-Parasitic thinker, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Overseer of Regional Resistance, the Guardian of the Palestinian cause and the Muhammadi-Husseini Saint who literally wrote the book several of them, actually on how NOT to capitulate to the US-Israeli Imperium on any level. If you dont recognize the luminosity of his Nour, you must be blind. If you arent moved by the thunder of his voice, you must be deaf. If you cant speak highly  and in awe of him, you must be dumb. And if you cant comprehend why we put our fists over our hearts and resolutely declare, Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, we are at your service and forever will be, then youre just not paying any attention whatsoever. Wed sacrifice our lives for the Imam because he has sacrificed everything for us. And now at 79, the Islamic Republic of Irans heart and soul still moves with the smile and fire of his youth.

It shouldve been over for the Shia Islamic Liberationist luminary on June 27th, 1981. The treacherous, collaborationist, pseudo-Marxist death-cult known as the MEK had one of its agents place a bomb inside a tape recorder that was delivered to the Abou Zar Mosque where Khamenei was set to speak that day and it was then put on the desk in front of him. The mysterious mailman then walked away and the device exploded, nearly killing the Imam and severely injuring his right arm, his vocal chords and his lungs. While his vocal chords and lungs recovered, his right arm did not, and to this day he has lost permanent use of it. Death was not in the cards for the Lion of Holy Mashhad however. No, ALLAH (SWT) had other plans for him. And his body of work following this Divinely-mandated miracle has only been that of victory on top of victory. He would become one of the top Iranian commanders during the Imposed War, preventing the Islamic Revolution from being crushed by US-UK-Soviet-Saudi-Israeli-backed Saddam Hussein. After taking over the mantle of Imam Khomeini (R.A.), hed defy US-UN, AIPAC-driven sanctions and guide Iran through the turbulence of the 90s. During this time, he also granted safe haven to legendary Yemeni moujahid Sayyed Hussein Badreddine al-Houthi (R.A.) and his father (R.A.), welcoming them with open arms and paving the way for the eventual birth of Ansarullah. He guided Lebanons Hizbullah to a historic triumph in 2000 and then once more in 2006. He also guided the Palestinian Resistance to the liberation of Gaza in...

06:10

A walk on the wild side as Trump meets Putin at Finland station The Vineyard of the Saker

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) US President stirs up a hornets nest with his press conference alongside his Russian counterpart, but

05:03

#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #woman #waiting #streetphotography... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.



#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #woman #waiting #streetphotography #dailylife #blackandwhite #photography #photo #streetsofberlin #berlineransichten #berlinstagram #picoftheday #latergram #schwarzweiss

04:09

Cleaners organised in UVW launch three simultaneous migrant workers strikes across London Freedom News

Cleaners organised in the United Voices of the World (UVW) trade union are walking out over pay and unfair working conditions at three of the wealthiest employers in the UK. The simultaneous strikes will take place at the Ministry of Justice, Health Care America and The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and are scheduled

02:29

Syrian War Report July 17, 2018: Militants Are On Full Retreat In Southern Syria The Vineyard of the Saker

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02:13

Ex Judoka Champion in jail for alleged participation in Georgian criminal gang Keep Talking Greece

Judicial authorities in Athens ruled that Greek-Georgian judoka, Tariel Zintiridis, a former Judo Champion, will be kept in custody for charges related to participation in criminal ring involved in thefts and robberies in several Greek regions. The 31-year-old has a successful career behind him and was Champion in several categories. According to indictment, the charges

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01:17

F.A.N Newsletter UK Against Fluoridation

July 17, 2018  



The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) has created a new video series to provide the public and decision-makers with a basic understanding of fluoride, to dispel myths surrounding fluoridation, and answer common questions.  The series, entitled Fluoride Fundamentals, is being launched today with a short video featuring FANs Director Paul Connett, PhD, answering the question: Is Fluoride a Nutrient? 
FANs Education and Outreach Director, Jay Sanders, along with Connett, have already produced numerous videos that cover topics including, concentration vs. dose, naturally occurring fluoride, sources of fluoride exposure, the Nazi myth, and more.  The videos are short, engaging, science-focused, and meant to be shared far and wide.  
Please post our first video on your own social media pages, or like, comment, and share FANs Facebook post containin...

00:54

Snap elections? Youd better go for a swim, Tsipras urges Keep Talking Greece

For one more time, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejected scenarios pushed around by main opposition conservative New Democracy for snap elections even in the summer months. After a meeting of SYRIZA Political Council, reporters waiting in the heat of  July afternoon asked him when the elections will take place. Youd better go for a swim,

The post Snap elections? Youd better go for a swim, Tsipras urges appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

00:21

Turkey water polo team humiliated after unprecedented defeat to Greece Keep Talking Greece

Turkey lost 27:1 against Greece in the first match of the 2018 Mens European Water Polo Championship in Barcelona on July 16.  The defeat prompted a social media storm created by angry and sarcastic Turkish fans who humiliated their national team. Do they really know how to swim? one Turkish social media user asked in

The post Turkey water polo team humiliated after unprecedented defeat to Greece appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

00:03

Turkish court rejects 6. release request for two Greek soldiers Keep Talking Greece

A Turkish court has ruled to keep in custody the two Greek soldiers who were detained in Turkey on March 1st. It is the sixth release request the soldiers lawyers have submitted. So far no charges have been pressed, the Greek soldiers remain in high security prison in Edirne, North-Western Turkey. Greece says the soldiers

The post Turkish court rejects 6. release request for two Greek soldiers appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

Tuesday, 17 July

22:40

Extrema Athens: App by Athens Municipality offers Survival Guide during heat waves Keep Talking Greece

The City of Athens and the National Observatory is Athens have developed an application for smartphones with the purpose to help residents and tourists to come through the summer heat waves striking the capital of Greece. The application Extrema Athens or Survival Guide to Athens Heatwaves that was released on Tuesday, uses meteorological and other

The post Extrema Athens: App by Athens Municipality offers Survival Guide during heat waves appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

22:12

AUSTERITY (in 144 pages)- A Vintage mini Yanis Varoufakis

How do we choose between what is fair and just, and what our debtors demand of us? Yanis Varoufakis was put in such a dilemma in 2015 when he became the finance minister of Greece. In this rousing book, he charts the absurdities that underpin calls for austerity, as well as his own battles with a bureaucracy bent on ignoring the human cost of its every action. Passionately outspoken and tuned to the voices of the oppressed, Varoufakis presents a guide to modern economics, and its threat to democracy, like no other.

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