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Wednesday, 18 April

02:13

Hey, kennt ihr den schon? Die USA und Grobritannien ... Fefes Blog

Hey, kennt ihr den schon? Die USA und Grobritannien warnen vor einer globalen Cyberattacke Russlands. Belege gibt es wie blich nicht.

Also so langsam wrde ich ja rein aus Langeweile-Grnden an deren stelle mal zumindest bei einem oder zwei der Vorwrfe zumindest einen gefaketen Beleg beilegen. Das ermdet sonst so.

Sonneborn hlt die Rede des Jahres im EU-Parlament. ... Fefes Blog

Sonneborn hlt die Rede des Jahres im EU-Parlament. Gut, den Joke ber Macrons Frau htte ich persnlich weggelassen. Aber hey, was wei ich schon ber Satire. :-)

Sicht aus Frankreich:Und auch von den Sozialisten hier ... Fefes Blog

Sicht aus Frankreich:

Und auch von den Sozialisten hier im Europaparlament wurde Macron schon vorbereitet. Da hie es vom Franktionschef, dass die Madame Non, also die Bundeskanzlerin und die Bundeskanzlerin, und die Mini-Schubles, so wurde das wrtlich gesagt, Macron das Leben sehr schwer machen werden.
Das wre doch mal ein toller Bandname! Mdme Non und die Mini-Schubles!

Das wre doch auch mal was fr die Karrikaturisten, so ala Schneewittchen und die sieben Zwerge :-)

01:30

From the Sakers inbox The Vineyard of the Saker

I got this email yesterday, I am posting it with the authors kind authorization. There is another West which is ignored by the Hegemonys rulers, but which is still real.

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Tuesday, 17 April

19:31

NYP: Appeal re Eastfield Highways Depot Burglary North Yorks Enquirer

NYP: Appeal re Eastfield Highways Depot Burglary

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for witnesses and information about a burglary that occurred at the highways depot at Eastfield, Scarborough.

The incident took place on Sunday 4 March at approximately 2pm in the vicinity of Hopper Hill Road and Taylor Way, where a number of individuals have been seen to enter the highways depot at the location.

The offenders have made several trips from the depot back to the junction of Taylor Way and Seamer Carr Road.

They made off with around 150 litres of fuel from three vehicles parked at the depot, jerry cans and some tools.

We are requesting the publics assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident. In particular, we are appealing for information about any people or vehicles that were seen at the location at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for Nick Simpson. You can also email nick.simpson@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Please quote the North Yorkshire Police reference number 12180037869.

Contact details:

Nick Simpson #1092
nick.simpson@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk | 101

Incident reference:

12180037869

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19:00

Book Review: The Doomsday Machine Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner Freedom News

Daniel Ellsberg points to uncanny truths in Stanley Kubricks Dr Strangelove (1964), including the fact that Russia does have an automated Doomsday Machine system (called Perimeter) that will trigger nuclear war if a single nuclear bomb goes off in Moscow. ISBN: 978-1-408889-29-9 PP: 420 Bloomsbury 2017 Review by Milan Rai The US nuclear force will launch

18:15

Hombre y Sociedad (segunda poca) apaga diez velitas [2007] Anarkismo

Georges Fontenis, en Febrero del 2005, junto a su esposa Marie-Louise, con una copia de Hombre y Sociedad (Imagen de Jos Antonio Gutirrez D.)Artculo que apareci originalmente en el nmero 21 (Primavera 2007) de la publicacin comunista-anrquica chilena "Hombre y Sociedad" con motivo del dcimo aniversario de esta importante revista, en el que se hace un recuento histrico de su surgimiento, de algunos aspectos del anarquismo en Chile en la dcada de 1980 y 1990, y una evaluacin de su impacto.

17:57

USA - Seventeen communities receive grants to support water fluoridation UK Against Fluoridation

Image of fluoridation stock artSeventeen U.S. communities are getting financial assistance to install or continue water fluoridation programs thanks to financial support from The National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the groups announced earlier this year.

The grants, totaling more than $365,000, are going to communities that are currently installing new or replacing aging fluoridation equipment, according to the National Association of County and City Health Officials, or NACCHO. Projects in each community are scheduled to be completed by June 30.

The grantees include the City of Burnsville, Minnesota; Oldham County Water District, Kentucky; Town of Forest City, North Carolina; Glacial Lakes Sanitary Sewer and Water District, Minnesota; City of Parsons, Kansas; City of West Liberty, Kentucky; Auburn Water District, City of Lewiston Water Division, Maine; City of South Bend, Washington; City of Barre, Vermont; Morehead Utility Plant Board, Kentucky; Sterling Water and Sewer, Kentucky; Bellows Falls Water Department, Vermont; Jefferson Parish, Louisiana; Town of Cathlamet, Washington; City of LaSalle, Minnesota; West Virginia Oral Health Coalition; and the City of Fairbury, Illinois.
 
The grants account for a second round of funding of this kind from NACCHO and the CDC. The groups began supporting fluoridation initiatives in January 2017 with a pilot program, offering funding and technical assistance to local communities. Six grantees were awarded funding and all completed their projects by June 2017.

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17:54

Tooth decay sparks move to add fluoride to Darlington's water UK Against Fluoridation

A MOVE to introduce a mineral to the water supply in a town where more than a third of five-year-olds have one or more decayed, filled or missing teeth has been revealed.

Some 63 years after being invited to take part in a five-year trial to test the benefits of adding fluoride to the water supply, Darlingtons council looks set to be urged to do so by one of its committees.

When it rejected the scheme in 1955 members of Darlington Town Council said they feared they were making a mistake, but residents did not all want fluoride in their water.

Seven years later, the Ministry of Health published the studys results, which found there had been a substantial improvement in the teeth of young children in the areas which agreed to the study and no evidence of harm from fluoridation had been discovered.

At a meeting of the councils children and young people scrutiny committee members heard a proposal to introduce fluoride to the towns water supply was being drawn up following a study which exposed stark differences between childrens oral health between areas where the mineral is or is not in drinking water.

Members were told childrens oral health was also closely linked to deprivation, but there were huge differences between the economically similar areas of Darlington and Hartlepool, where the latter has fluoride naturally in the water.

Councillor Anne-Marie Curry said fluoridated water was the least intrusive way of helping people look after their teeth.

She told the meeting: There is still a feeling that there should be a choice. If they dont want the fluoridated water we should suggest they filter it or drink bottled water.

Last year, Dr John Furness, a consultant paediatrician based at Darlington Memorial Hospital, said despite weekly extraction clinics for youngsters in the region, councils were refusing to pay for the fluoride to water because of the cost involved.

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17:42

Wintergarten. 09/22/2007. #berlin #stage #artist #entertainment... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.



Wintergarten. 09/22/2007.

#berlin #stage #artist #entertainment #dancer #beauty #woman #colour #reportage #blackandwhite #photojournalism #documentary #photography #photo #berlineransichten #berlinstagram #photooftheday #latergram #schwarzweiss

11:40

SITREP: US missile attack on Syria Russian statistics The Vineyard of the Saker

The following are the official results of the US missile attacks on Syria as reported by the Russian General Staff on this video: TRANSLATION (all names phonetically translated from Russian,

11:17

Reporting from Cuba: The world awaits a Cuban RT or Cuban PressTV The Vineyard of the Saker

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog Cuba seems to be the natural spokesperson of the global left. Just 100 kilometers from the US, everybody knows they have bravely stood

10:06

Bayern will die Daten von Psychiatriepatienten jahrelang ... Fefes Blog

Bayern will die Daten von Psychiatriepatienten jahrelang speichern.

Das Ziel der Unterbringung, so klrt es der Entwurf, ist die Gefahrenabwehr. Den Patienten zu heilen oder den Zustand so weit zu verbessern, dass keine Gefahr mehr von ihm ausgeht, das ist lediglich ein weiteres Ziel.

Ich bin ja brigens immer sehr vorsichtig, wenn die ... Fefes Blog

Ich bin ja brigens immer sehr vorsichtig, wenn die Amerikaner eine Chemiewaffenfabrik von den Islamisten/Terroristen bombardieren. Nur falls das jemand vergessen hat, weil das unter Clinton war und schon ein paar Jahre zurckliegt.

08:45

Interview of the Foreign Minister of Russia with BBC The Vineyard of the Saker

http://www.mid.ru/ru/foreign_policy/news/-/asset_publisher/cKNonkJE02Bw/content/id/3172318    

08:30

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/04/16 Open Thread The Vineyard of the Saker

2018/04/16 22:30:03Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

07:39

Trump China Trade War Has Deeper Agenda Rigged Game

By F William Engdahl and cross-posted from New Eastern Outlook

There exist basically two contradictory visions of the Chinese future economy and this is what the Washington attacks are about. One is to force China to open its economy on terms dictated by the West, especially by US multinationals. The second vision is one put in place during the first term of Xi Jinping aiming to transform Chinas huge economy into the worlds leading technology nation over the coming seven years, a tall order but one Beijing takes deadly serious. It is also integral to the vision behind Xi Jinpings Belt Road Initiative.

China 2030

Washington is determined to push China to adhere to a document it produced in 2013 together with the World Bank during the time Robert Zoellick headed it. The document, China 2030, calls for China to complete radical market reforms. It states, It is imperative that China develop a market-based system with sound foundationswhile a vigorous private sector plays the more important role of driving growth. The report, cosigned then by the Chinese Finance Ministry and State Council, further declared that Chinas strategy toward the world will need to be governed by a few key principles: open markets, fairness and equity, mutually beneficial cooperation, global inclusiveness and sustainable development.

Referring to the current Washington strategy of imposing import tariffs on billions worth of Chinese products, Michael Pillsbury, a neo-conservative former Trump Transition adviser and China expert told the South China Morning Post, The endgame is that China complete its deep reforms of its economy as laid out in the joint report, referring to the World Bank Zoellick China 2030 report.

Versus Made in China: 2025

Notable about that report is that it was released at the very start of Xi Jinpings presidency and can be said to be a product of an earlier China. Soon into office, Xi unveiled what is now his Belt Road Initiative, the ambitious multi-trillion industrial infrastructure projec...

06:18

Why are the UK establishment class waging ideological war on the OPCW? AAV


Anyone who has been paying attention for the last few weeks must have noticed that the Tory government has launched a sustained ideological attack on the Organisation of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

This UK establishment attack on the Nobel Peace Prize winning organisation seemed to begin as a means of having a dig at Jeremy Corbyn over his insistence that the rules of the Chemical Weapons Convention should be followed in relation to the Salisbury poisoning.

Seeing Tories and the yapping dogs of the mainstream press attacking and ridiculing the OPCW seemed like the latest absurd manifestation of the anti-Corbyn agenda. It seemed that people were so unhinged in their desperation to criticise Corbyn that they'd actually resort to demeaning and ridiculing an organisation that is dedicated to ridding the world of chemical and biological weapons in order to score points against him.

But then the Syria airstrikes made it absolutely clear that this is way bigger than the myopic anti-Corbyn agenda of the British establishment class, these people have undeniably declared some kind of crazed ideological war on the OPCW.

The first thing that a lot of people noticed was that Theresa May rushed the decision to carry out airstrikes to jump the gun on the OPCW inspectors ...

06:11

Also SO einen klarer Fall von bedauerlichem Unfall ... Fefes Blog

Also SO einen klarer Fall von bedauerlichem Unfall haben wir ja schon lange nicht mehr gehabt: Russischer Journalist stirbt nach unglcklichem Sturz vom Balkon. Worber hat der so berichtet, fragt ihr?

Borodin hatte zuletzt ber Moskaus "Schattenarmee" in Syrien berichtet.
Aber die Staatsanwaltschaft sieht keinen Grund zur Beunruhigung:
Es gebe "aber kein Anzeichen dafr, dass ein Verbrechen begangen wurde", erklrte die zustndige Ermittlungskommission in Jekaterinburg gegenber der Nachrichtenagentur Tass.
Na dann ist ja gut!

Update: Die BBC dazu:

Vyacheslav Bashkov described Borodin as a "principled, honest journalist" and said Borodin had contacted him at five o'clock in the morning on 11 April saying there was "someone with a weapon on his balcony and people in camouflage and masks on the staircase landing".
Ich bin mir sicher, das ist alles blo ein bedauerliches Missverstndnis.

05:18

Opposing Sides of the Scottish Nationalist Divide Unite to Condemn Spains Authoritarian Behaviour Rigged Game

Police violence must not be used against innocent civilians simply exercising their rights.

Cross posted from The Sunday Herald

Senior figures on both sides of the Scottish independence divide have accused the Spanish state of oppressing Catalan democracy.

A leading playwright, a human rights lawyer and Scotlands biggest public sector union are among the signatories of an open letter savaging Madrid for its authoritarian actions and calling for all of Scotlands civic institutions to show solidarity with Catalan dissidents.

In an unprecedented condemnation of the Spanish government, figures from Scottish civic society say that police violence must not be used against innocent civilians simply exercising their rights.

The demand was a reference to the behaviour of Spanish state forces in last Octobers Catalan independence referendum. Spain was later criticised by Amnesty International for using disproportionate force and injuring hundreds of civilians as they tried to vote.

In a highly significant call, the campaigners say that Catalan leaders forced into exile must not be extradited to Spain.

Public sector union Unison Scotland  Labours second biggest union is one of the most high profile signatories from outside the independence movement. Other Labour backers include the partys former Scottish chair, Bob Thomson.

Glasgow trades council the body representing trade unions in the city has also signed the letter, alongside playwright and novelist Alan Bissett, human rights lawyer Debora Kayembe, Scottish Greens co-convenor Maggie Chapman and SNP MSP Sandra White.

SNP MP Chris Stephens and writer and broadcaster Lesley Riddoch are also among more than 20 signatories to the open letter.

It says: We must recognise the fundamental and inalienable rights of all peoples across the world to self-determination and condemn in the strongest possible terms the authoritarian actions of the Spanish state in oppressing Catalan democracy....

05:16

Briefing by Russian Defence Ministry official Major General Igor Konashenkov April 16, 2018 The Vineyard of the Saker

http://eng.mil.ru/en/news_page/country/more.htm?id=12171611@egNews As it was promised, the Russian Defence Ministry analyzed effectiveness of missile and bomb strike made by the United States, Great Britain, and France on Syria as well as

05:03

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



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

04:53

Foreign national, 46, arrested for wildfire in Ilia on Sunday Keep Talking Greece

A 46-year-old foreign national was arrested by police in Pyrgos, following charges by the Fire Service that he accidentally caused a fire in the Frixa area in Andritsena-Krestena, in Ilia Predecture in South-West Peloponnese. The man will be led before a prosecutor on Tuesday morning, athensnewsagency reported. The nationality of the man has not been

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04:50

F.A.N. Newsletter UK Against Fluoridation

Currently our total stands at $49,364 from 331 donors. Thanks to everyone who has donated so far and for everything else you and they are doing to end the reckless practice of water fluoridation.

The TSCA lawsuit* against the EPA has sparked three creative ways to increase money for the legal fund.

The first flare of creativity comes from David Green in Ontario, who sent us this photo of his effort. His local group is Fluoride Free Peterborough. David is a partner, with his brother Ian, in Rocky Ridge Drinking Water Limited. David says, No $50 bills in the bottle yet, but the coins are accumulating.


The second is a challenge is from one of FANs long-time benefactors
Will donate $250 when we reach 350 donors,
Will donate $500 when we reach 400 donors,
Will donate $750 when we reach 450 donors, and
Will donate $1500 when we reach 500 donors!

The third is also a challenge from yet another long-time (since the 1970s) fluoridation fighter, who firmly believes that this lawsuit is our best chance ever of ending fluoridation worldwide.
Will donate $5,000 if we can get another 100 (from the current 331) supporters to donate $10...

04:15

The Rape of Russia (Saker blog exclusive interview) The Vineyard of the Saker

by Lars Schall for the Saker blog Introduction by Pepe Escobar: William Engdahl is one of the worlds top geopolitical analysts. His books from Century of War to Full

03:52

We are in undeclared war with Turkey over the Aegean says Alternate Defense Minister Kouvelis Keep Talking Greece

What was unofficial said a couple of days ago, now it seems to be the official position of Greece: we are in undeclared war with Turkey over the Aegean. This bombshell was dropped by Alternate Defense Minister Fotis Kouvelis asked to comment on the latest Turkish provocation in which Ankara claimed to have sent commandos

The post We are in undeclared war with Turkey over the Aegean says Alternate Defense Minister Kouvelis appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

03:46

US-led Strikes On Syria: PR Victory Or Decisive Failure? The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/us-led-strikes-on-syria-pr-victory-or-decisive-failure/ Early on April 14, the US, the UK and France delivered a massive missile strike on Syria. The attack was publicly justified with accusations that the Syrian government had

02:46

Toddler drowns in hotel swimming pool where mother works as cleaner Keep Talking Greece

A four-year-old girl was drowned in the swimming of a hotel facility where her mother was working as part of the housekeeping and cleaning staff. The mother would take the little girl to work as she had nowhere to live it. The tragedy occurred on Monday in Migli Vigla on the island of Naxos. The

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02:30

The timeline of shame AAV


In March 2018 the Saudi tyrant Mohammed bin Salman began a month-long tour of Western nations, securing new arms deals with Britain, the United States, and France.

In early March 2018 the brutal Islamist tyrant received a warm Tory welcome in London. Against a backdrop of widespread criticism of the repressive Saudi regime and their ongoing campaign of war crimes in Yemen, Theresa May agreed a new arms deal with the Saudi regime to supply them 48 Typhoon jets. This deal was signed off by the UK government despite their full knowledge that the Saudis have been using British-manufactured weapons to commit horrific war crimes.

Later that month Bin Salman rocked up in the United States to meet Donald Trump. The President of the United States demeaned his office and his nation by begging the Saudi tyrant to "share the wealth" by buying more American-manufactured weapons. The trip concluded with a new $670 million deal to supply the repressive kingdom with anti-tank missiles and spare parts for tanks and helicopters.

And then Bin Salman appeared in Paris to meet Emmanuel Macron. The trip concluded with...

01:58

Protester beats riot policeman during anti-war demo in Thessaloniki (video) Keep Talking Greece

A protester throws a riot policeman on the ground and beats him with punches on several parts of his body. A policeman rushed to help his colleague on the ground and used his baton against the attacker who left without being arrested. The incident took place at the Plateia Mall in downtown of Thessaloniki during

The post Protester beats riot policeman during anti-war demo in Thessaloniki (video) appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

01:12

Greek heavy metal band held on suspicion of Satanism, therefore of Terrorism Keep Talking Greece

The Greek extreme metal band Rotting Christ were held in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi last Thursday. Rotting Christ have been arrested in the Eastern European state of Georgia on a terrorism charge, allegedly related to the bands name. Frontman Sakis Tolis explained in a statement that he and his brother, drummer Themis Tolis, were

The post Greek heavy metal band held on suspicion of Satanism, therefore of Terrorism appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

00:43

WikiLeaks Secret Cable: Overthrow The Syrian Regime, But Play Nice With Russia Philosophers Stone

by Tyler Durden

Hours after the overnight US-led missile strikes on Syria, WikiLeaks republished a crucially important diplomatic cable through its official media accounts confirming that Saudi Arabias long term strategy in Syria has been to pursue regime change by all means available. According to the leaked internal Saudi government document, this is the kingdoms proposed end-goal even should the United States at any point show lack of desire due to the threat of Russian response and possibility of a great power confrontation.

With American lawmakers and media pundits already urging President Trump to escalate and sustain attacks against Syria, it must be remembered that close US allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia have long coordinated to create the conditions that might tip the US administration toward full military action resulting in regime change in Damascus. And more recently, fresh off his weeks-long tour of the US, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has both slammed previous proposals of US troop withdrawal in Syria and declared eagerness to work with allies on any military response in Syria if needed.

It is also essential to recall that the al-Qaeda linked group which originated the claims of a government orchestrated chemical attack on civilians in the Damascus suburb of Douma, called Jaish al Islam (JAI), is and has always been state sponsored by the Saudi regimeThe Guardian, among others, ...

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Monday, 16 April

21:56

NYP: Appeal re Serious Sexual Assault in Whitby North Yorks Enquirer

NYP: Appeal re Serious Sexual Assault in Whitby

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and information about a serious sexual assault on a woman in Whitby.

The victim, a local woman aged in her 20s, reported that she had been attacked by an unknown man at some time between 3.05am and 6.20am on Sunday 15 April 2018.

She had been on a night out in town and the incident occurred as she was walking from Windsor Terrace onto Esk Terrace.

The suspect is described as a man wearing a dark blue hooded top.

Detectives have conducted enquiries throughout Sunday and have spoken to nearby residents as part of the ongoing investigation.

They are appealing for people to come forward who may have seen the victim and the suspect between 4am and 6:30am on Sunday 15 April 2018 in the Windsor Terrace, Esk Terrace and adjacent streets in Whitby.

If you can help, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for the Scarborough Serious Crime Team. Or email the Officer on the Case, DC Jon Kenworthy, at jon.kenworthy@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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21:50

Labour releases expert opinion saying Syrian air strikes unlawful Philosophers Stone


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21:48

Theresa May has sidelined and undermined the OPCW AAV


On April 14th 2018 Theresa May cynically bypassed parliament and ignored public opinion in order to join forces with the most unpopular and unstable US President in history and launch air strikes in Syria. And she did this in the full knowledge that she was jumping the gun by attacking before the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspectors could get to Douma and carry out their work.

In doing this she tore up the longstanding convention that British leaders seek democratic approval for military action (unless the UK is under immediate threat) and totally abandoned the principle that it's important for our political leaders to present the evidence to justify our nation's actions.

If the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma was carried out by Assad's forces, then what would have been the harm in allowing the OPCW inspectors to do their work to prove it before the airstrikes were launched?

Surely carefully targeted airstrikes carried out on the basis of a democratic vote, and justified by independent OPCW evidence would have carried vastly more moral authority than rushed airstrikes against inexplicable targets?

When I say inexplicable targets, I'm talking about the destruction of the Barzah Scientific Research Centre near Damascus. Just three weeks before the site was destroyed by airstrikes, the OPCW announced that there was no chemical or biological weapons production at the site. Yet the Tory propaganda machine is trying to pass off this attack as the "targeting of a chemical weapons site".
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21:37

About 13,000 attended a march through Berlins inner city... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.



About 13,000 attended a march through Berlins inner city to protest against rising rents and gentrification. they urged the polititians to act and stated that housing shouldnt be a ware intended to make the highest possible profits. 04/14/2018.
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#berlin #widersetzen #b1404 #gentrification #housing #eviction #rally #demonstration #reportage #blackandwhite #photojournalism #documentary #photography #photo #streetsofberlin #berlineransichten #berlinstagram #photooftheday #latergram #schwarzweiss

20:37

SBC: A Morally Repugnant Intervention North Yorks Enquirer

SBC: A Morally Repugnant Intervention

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD, commenting on a most unusual and particularly offensive breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.

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Perhaps relatively few readers of the North Yorks Enquirer will be aware of an erroneous article published by Yorkshire Coast Radio at 11:30am on Friday 13th April 2018 announcing the demise of a highly-regarded local businessman.

The reason I surmise that only relatively few readers will be aware of the falsity of the report is that the article was swiftly withdrawn and subsequently replaced, at 12:11 pm (updated at 12:28pm) by a revised announcement, confirming that the earlier report was in error and apologising for that fact.

An unimpeachable source at Scarborough Borough Council has since asserted that the originator of the false report was none other than SBC Leader Councillor Derek BASTIMAN [Con.], via the Councils Press Office.

The press release was also sent to the Scarborough News, which declined to run the story, having apparently taken the view that it was both insensitive and inappropriate to run the story before it had been established (a) that it was true (which it was not), and (b) that the businessmans family connections had already been informed of his passing (which, obviously, they had not).

Regrettably, Mr Gary LEDDEN passed, late on Friday evening, YCR has now announced. The North Yorks Enquirer extends its sincere condolences to the family.

Setting aside the unprecedented involvement of the Council in such a private matter (I cannot recall the Council ever issuing a statement on the passing of a member of the public), there is also the very serious consideration of what, in my view, constitutes a flagrant and extreme breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 for, surely, releasing the personal details and existential status of a member of the public without explicit consent is strictly prohibited.

Place yourself, if you can, in the unenviable position of a family member listening to YCR perhaps in the car, or issuing forth from one of the many shops were YCR provides the background music learning such grave news for the first time on the public air-waves. Unthinkable.

To compound this dreadful faux pas, multiple sources have contacted the Enquire...

19:23

Lavrov: Intel services of a state that promotes Russophobia behind staged Douma chemical attack Philosophers Stone

Moscow has irrefutable data that the incident in Douma, Syria was staged by the intelligence services of a foreign state pushing a Russophobic campaign, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated.

We have irrefutable evidence that it was another staging, and the special services of a state which is in the forefront of the Russophobic campaign had a hand in the staging, Lavrov said at a news conference with his Dutch counterpart Stef Blok on Friday.

During their meeting in Moscow, both diplomats touched upon Syria, which has recently been threatened with new military strikes in the wake of an alleged chemical attack. Some Western leaders, including from the US and France, claim that the Syrian government is behind the alleged incident. It comes despite a team from the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), tasked with establishing the truth, only just arriving in the country.

Russias top diplomat warned against following the Libyan and Iraqi scenarios amid the intensifying bellicose rhetoric.

God forbid something adventurous will be undertaken in Syria similar to the Libyan or Iraqi experience I hope nobody dares to, Lavrov told reporters.

Otherwise, a new wave of refugees will surge into Europe and in other directions, the foreign minister warned. However, this scenario does not bother those who are protected by an ocean and can rip apart the region for the sake of geopolitical interests, he said.

The situation regarding Syria has escalated over the past week, following Saturdays reports on the alleged chemical attack in the town of Douma. Pro-militant sources, and the controversial White Helmets group in particular, claimed that the Syrian government used chlorine-filled munitions to strike the area, killing and injuring dozens of civilians. Moscow and Damascus have repeatedly dismissed the allegations. After inspecting the site of the alleged incident, Russian military specialists said there were no signs of chemical weapon use.

[Source]


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18:46

The Fading Holocaust Writings - Gilad Atzmon

 A new survey by Claims Conference finds a significant lack of Holocaust knowledge in the United States.

A new survey by Claims Conference finds a significant lack of Holocaust knowledge in the United States.

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by Gilad Atzmon

Holocaust Is Fading From Memory the New York Times reported last week. Apparently a survey commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany found that many adults lack basic knowledge of what happened and this lack of knowledge is more pronounced among millennials, whom the survey defined as people ages 18 to 34.

The Jewish Material Claims Against Germany reported that Thirty-one percent of Americans, and 41 percent of millennials, believe that two million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust

This leaves me wondering how it is that the number Jews who died in the holocaust keeps dropping in peoples minds. The numbers of dead Russians stays solid at around 20 million. The number of the Brits who died in the Blitz also stays at around 40,000. The number of Palestinians ethnically cleansed by the newly born Jewish State just three years after the liberation of Auschwitz remains solid at about three quarters of a million. Only the number of Jews who died in the big war keeps fluctuating. Id like to suggest to our friends at Jewish Material Claims Against Germany that statistics may not provide the answer. They may want to ask themselves why is it that despite intense holocaust indoctrination in the newly formed religions tenet, namely the primacy of Jewish suffering, the message is somehow ignored and often rejected. The anomalies go further. The Russians, the Vietnamese and the Palestinians do not constantly measure  Americans  acknowledgment  of their suffering. They do not poll Americans approval rate of their holocausts on a weekly basis so the next question is why Jewish institutions feel the need to do so.   

The NYT reports...

18:00

Exclusive: Another NYP Crime Recording Scandal North Yorks Enquirer

Exclusive: Another NYP Crime Recording Scandal

by TIM HICKS

Background: The HMICFRS PEEL Assessment

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services has issued its PEEL Assessment for Effectiveness on North Yorkshire Police (NYP) for 2017.

What is a PEEL Assessment?

To quote the HMICFRS website:

PEEL is an annual assessment of police forces in England and Wales. Forces are assessed on their effectiveness, efficiency and legitimacy. They are judged as outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate on these categories (or pillars) based on inspection findings, analysis and Her Majestys Inspectors (HMIs) professional judgment across the year. 

The pillars each comprise three or four questions that focus on core areas of the work of the police. Judgments are also applied to these questions. 

At the end of the PEEL year (in March), HMIs bring together all the judgments made throughout the year together with other findings and information to produce a rounded annual assessment of each force. 

HMICFRS inspection staff visit all 43 forces in England and Wales to gather information for the PEEL assessments. As part of each inspection they speak to police officers and staff, hold focus groups and interviews with other interested parties, carry out document reviews and collect data. 

The inspections take place throughout the year. The findings are analysed and moderated, and then published pillar by pillar. The individual police forces PEEL assessments are updated on the website as new information becomes available, and detailed reports for each police force are published.

This is clearly an important annual event for each force, assessing its performance across all of its activity and comparing it to the performance of other forces.

Please see below the three individual HMICFRS 2017 PEEL Reports for North Yorkshire, for the three PEEL pillars, which make up the overall PEEL Annual Assessment:

  1. HMICFRS Efficiency Report 2017 North Yorkshire November 2017
  2. HMICFRS Legitimacy Report 2017 North Yorkshire December 2017
  3. HMICFRS Effectiveness Report 2017 North Yorkshire March 2018

With the publication of the final effectiveness report in March, HMICFRS was able to issue the overall...

16:00

The anti-imperialism of idiots Freedom News

This text was written by Leila Al Shami: a British Syrian whose been  involved in human rights and social justice struggles in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East since 2000. She was a founding member of Tahrir-ICN: a network connecting anti-authoritarian struggles across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. She is a co-author

14:24

A Curious Incident Part X The Vineyard of the Saker

by Sushi for The Saker Blog Introduction On April 14 the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed an OPCW laboratory had detected the presence of the Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA)

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[ZAD] Report of what has been happening here this sunday 15 April Contra Info

Solidarity from Milan, front of a Squat, with Italians, Portugueses, Greeks, Cypriots, Romanians, Czechs, Serbians, Scottish, French.

REPORT OF WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING HERE THIS SUNDAY 15 APRIL. or THE MAGIC OF THE ZAD!

Despite the state of siege imposed by the government, a crowd of 15,000 to 20,000 people has succeeded, whatever the cost, in reaching different points of the ZAD this Sunday. This afternoon new groups are arriving all the time. Since this morning, the state has done everything possible to break this huge surge of solidarity: there are road blocks and checkpoints everywhere; police checkpoint policeman at the exit lanes of the motorways, asking drivers not to to try to go to the solidarity gathering. This is the first time that the state has tried to prevent a big demonstration of this kind on the ZAD, and to wind up the tension. But here the collective spirit has not allowed itself to be intimidated by any such thing: the ZADs supporters know the country paths, and the fields, and they have been moving in groups in order to get round the police blockades. The movement that succed in forcing the abandonment of the airport project is here again today, in all its strength and diversity, to defend the ZAD.

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On MeRA25, on DiEM25s transnational European Parliament electoral campaign, on our allies in France & around Europe interviewed by Fabien Perrier for regards.fr (English with French subtitles) Yanis Varoufakis

Le leader de DiEM 25, Yanis Varoufakis, ancien ministre grec des finances qui a rompu avec le parti dAlexis Tsipras, est linvit de La Midinale. Loccasion de parler de la situation de la Grce, de ses relations avec la gauche franaise et des lections europennes de lanne prochaine.

Sur son nouveau parti MeRA25 
 Le but de MeRA25, cest de convaincre des citoyens paralyss et dcourags quune alternative existe. 
 Lalternative peut la fois tre modre, raliste et radicale. 
 Cest trs intressant doccuper les places et de dbattre, de voter et de discuter de tout de manire compltement dmocratique et ouverte, mais ce nest pas assez parce que le problme cest quau bout dun moment, les gens partent. 
 On a besoin dorganisations, de structures qui semparent de ces forums pour laborer des propositions politiques qui puissent contaminer les imaginations de ceux qui ne sont pas sur ces places. 

 Sur les lections europennes 
 Notre stratgie est base sur la dsobissance constructive. 
 Nous allons prendre la  Bastille  du Parlement, quil soit en Grce, en France, Bruxelles ou Strasbourg parce quil ny a pas dautres moyens pour changer la vie des gens. 
 Les gens ont t abandonns, ils sont paralyss, beaucoup ne votent pas. 
 Aucun des gouvernements europens na t rellement lu par une majorit convaincue et enthousiaste. 

 Sur la situation politique en Grce 
 Ceux qui sont alls voter navaient pas dautres alternatives que de voter pour lenfer ou le moins pire. 
 Nous vivons une grande dpression : la spirale de la dflation de la dette est sans fin. 
 Jai bien peur que Syriza nexiste plus aujourdhui. 
 Syriza sest rendue obsolte en tant que force progressiste. 

 Sur la politique europenne 
 Nous avons besoin dun plan dinvestissements massifs en faveur de la transition nergtique de 5 milliards deuros par an pendant 5 an. Et a, on peut le faire traits constants.  
 On naime pas cette Union europenne mais sa destruction ne fera qualimenter le discours de Le Pen. 
 Jaurais aim que la gauche europenne fasse son travail mais a na pas t le cas. 

 Sur la  gauche  europenne 
 Les nationalistes ont une histoire cohrente avec leurs solutions : le Brexit, le Grexit, le Frexit, lItalexit mais aussi construire de hauts murs autour du pays, virer les trangers (). Les seuls ne pas avoir dhistoire cohrente cest la gauche...

07:52

At home with the Financial Times by Bruce Clark, 11 APR 2018 Yanis Varoufakis

Yanis Varoufakis is full of teasing paradoxes. As a radical economics guru, he expounds on the state of the world with a mixture of burning grievance and brimming, almost imperious, self-confidence. Aged 57, his personal baggage includes a keen sense of the wrongs of recent Greek history, which overshadowed his parents lives, and the glories of the ancient Greek heritage. But his real obsession is with the future.

I am besotted with technology, he declares, sitting in a relatively modest Athens apartment where there are no sepia photographs, antique tables or anything else that speaks obviously of the past. He loves being able to Skype his 13-year-old daughter, who lives with her mother in Sydney, every morning, and he co-ordinates a pan-European political movement, DiEM25, with tele-conferences every few days.

As the moment demands, the things he says in eloquent, faintly accented English can be conciliatory or harsh. During his six stormy months as Greek finance minister, which ended with a bang in summer 2015, he was notorious for caustic soundbites. Whether or not they liked his policies, people enjoyed his description of Greeces fiscal waterboarding by its creditors, and his comparison of the eurozone to Hotel California, where its easier to check in than to leave.

There are those, in both Athens and Brussels, who say that he bears a share of responsibility for the costly crisis in which Greeks faced sudden curbs on their cash movements, a disrupted tourist season and a near-crash out of the euro. Today, he is adamant that a fight between Greece and its creditors was inevitable. Without claiming infallibility, he insists: I stand by the basic strategy I tried to follow, and in fact I was too lenient with the troika [of creditors].

Varoufakis has at times been branded a high-living radical. During his time as finance minister, he lived in a desirable part of Athens near the Acropolis, courtesy of his parents-in-law. These days the base for his work is a fourth-floor apartment in a part of downtown Athens that is neither smart nor poor. The thunderous traffic and shabby stadium of Alexandras Avenue, marking the northern edge of the city centre, are only a few minutes away, but somehow his street is a quiet haven.

That is fortunate, because this rented expanse of parquet floor is only just big enough for the characters, human and otherwise, whose lives intertwine in it. Although she appears only briefly, the first impression on visiting the flat is of the fire that still crackles between Varoufakis and his wife Danae Stratou, an installation artist, photographer and art professor. Most of the objects in view are startling, experimental creations by Stratou or her pupils or friend...

07:26

Leserbrief zur Lawrow-Theorie:Das mit dem BZ ist ein ... Fefes Blog

Leserbrief zur Lawrow-Theorie:

Das mit dem BZ ist ein claim den man innerhalb von Minuten als haltlos wegsortieren kann. Kurz ein paar Fakten, vielleicht magst Du die publizieren, dann kann sich jeder selbst ein Urteil bilden.

BZ ist in der Tat ein militrischer Kampfstoff, wurde in den 50ern im Edgewood Arsenal des US Militrs entwickelt und dort auch in den Vorluferprogrammen zu MK Ultra an Rekruten und Strafgefangenen getestet. Das klingt fies, war fies, hat aber den Vorteil das wir darber heute eine ganze Menge wissen. "Moment, MK Ultra sagt der gebildete Leser jetzt, da haben die doch nicht Nervengifte getestet sondern LSD und so'n Zeug" und zwar vollkommen zu Recht.

BZ ist kein Nervengift, sondern ein Psychokampfstoff. Sinn und Zweck war nicht das Ableben der Zielpersonen, sondern die kurzfristige Aussergefechtsetzung. Das kann BZ auch recht gut, zumal das Dosisfenster breit ist, eine lethale berdosis tritt erst ab der ca 40fachen berdosierung ein (geschtzt bzw aus Tierversuchen extrapoliert, was auf dasselbe rauskommt). Die postulierte Todesart wre wohl Versagen der Thermoregulation (hyperthermia), man war auch in Edgewood nie abartig genug das herauszufinden.

Und wenn man sich jetzt ein paar Dokumente ber BZ anguckt merkt man das da was nicht stimmen kann. In der Tat ist die bentigte Dosierung sehr gering, Schwellendosis die man gerade so merkt betrgt 0,5g pro Kilogramm. Aber der "peak", also die strkste Phase der Intoxikation nach Aufnahme tritt bereits nach 8h ein. Es wirkt lange fr einen Psychokampfstoff, aber trotzdem ist man selbst bei einer satten Dosis nach 48-72h nach der Aufnahme wieder auf dem Weg in die Normalitt, und nach 5-7 Tagen wieder ganz der Alte. Die Wirkungen gehen im normalen Dosisbereich eher in den psychischen Bereich (optische und akustische Halluzinationen, Verwirrung, "mad as a hatter") und erst im hheren Dosisspektrum wirkt die Substanz deliris. Physiologisch spielt das Zeug primr am kardiovaskulren Regelkreis (Blutdruck, Puls) und spter wie gesagt an der Thermoregulation.

Die Skripals wren also entweder wegen absoluter berdosierung sptestens am Folgetag nach der Aufnahme verstorben oder nach etwa einer Woche oder 10 Tagen wieder fit gewesen. Die beiden (und der britische Cop) wurden am 4. Mrz aufgefunden und zwei der Opfer befinden sich jetzt immer noch in Behandlung. Das passt nicht zusammen.

Ich bin weder NATO-Fanboy noch RT/Sputnik-Jnger, fr mich ist der Angriff auf Syrien durch USA/UK/FR eine Farce, zumindest von Seiten der USA und des UK vielmehr ein Ablenkungsversuch von heimischen Skandalen und eine gefhrliche Eskalation des Konflikts.

Aber das was die Russen da verbreiten ist einfach ganz billiges FUD, und das widerliche ist das die sich nicht mal ETWAS Mhe gegeben haben. Lawrow htte behaupten knnen das die Skripals sich an Kaugummi verschluckt haben und wegen Hirnsauerstoffmangel behandelt werden mussten und das in den Proben der OPCW nur Spermien von...

07:24

Our new European party can unite Britains feuding Remainers and Leavers by Yanis Varoufakis, Benoit Hamon (Generation-s), Luigi de Magistris (mayor of Naples), Rasmus Nordqvist (Alternativet); Rui Tavares, former MEP from Portugal (Livre); & Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bk (Razem), op-ed in The Guardian Yanis Varoufakis

The European Union and the UK are on a cliff edge. Left to its Brussels-based establishment, the EU continues to turn against most of its people who, as a consequence, turn against Brussels. Meanwhile, facing an immensely damaging Brexit, the people of Britain are becoming despondent. This is the moment for British and continental progressives to forge a close alliance.

Next years European parliament elections will not, sadly, be contested in Britain. And they are not capable of toppling the current EU regime, since the European parliament has no such authority. Nevertheless, this vote involving the electorates of 27 member states offers us a splendid opportunity to have the debate that we have been denied so far across Europe. Britains people indeed, its MPs never got a chance to debate the relationship they want the UK to have with the EU post-Brexit. Similarly, the peoples of mainland Europe have never had an opportunity to debate the clear and urgent changes that the EU needs to implement if it is to become a force for good.

We think that we have a duty to spearhead these debates in both Britain and on the continent, using the European parliament elections as our focal point. We also think that this is an opportunity to heal the rift between progressive remainers and leavers in Britain, as well as between continental progressives who have given up on the EU and those who disagree that the EUs disintegration is the right agenda to take to Europeans.

To this end, we have decided not only to contest European elections in May 2019 on the strength of a single manifesto, mapping out a clear path to a democratic, ecological, egalitarian and ambitious Europe, but also to campaign in Britain. Naturally, we intend to do so in association...

06:33

France: CALL OUT for solidarity actions from the ZAD of Notre Dame des Landes Contra Info

received on 11.04.18

A CALL FOR INTERGALACTIC SOLIDARITY ACTIONS EVERYWHERE TO END THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ZAD OF NOTRE DAME DES LANDES

We are writing with the smell of tear gas rising from our fingers. The springtime symphony of birdsong is punctuated by the explosive echo of concussion grenades. Our eyes are watering, less from the gas than the sadness; because our friends homes, barns and organic farms are being destroyed. Bulldozers, supported by 2500 riot police, armored vehicles, helicopters and drones, are rampaging through these forests, pastures and wetlands to crush the future we are building here on the to the zad (The zone defendre).

We are calling on you to take solidarity actions everywhere, it could be holding demos at your local french embassy or consulate, or taking actions against any suitable symbol (corporate or otherwise) of France ! And if you are not too far away, bring your disobedient bodies to join us on the zone. If the French government evicts the zad, it will be like evicting hope.

For fifty years, this unique chequerboard landscape was the site of a relentless struggle against yet another climate wrecking infrastructure a new airport for the nearby city of Nantes. Farmers and villagers, activists and naturalists, squatters and trade unionists wove an unbreakable ecology of struggle together and three months ago on the 17th of January, the French government announced that the airport project would be abandoned. But this incredible victory, won through a diversity of creative tactics from petitions to direct action, legal challenges to sabotage, had a dark shadow. In the same breath that declared the abandonment, came the announcement that the people occupying these 4000 acres of liberated territory, the 300 of us living and farming in 80 different collectives, would be evicted because we dared not just to be against the airport, but its WORLD as well.

Since that victorious day, the battle has transformed itself and is now no longer about a destructive infrastructure project, but about sharing the territory we inhabit. We stoped this place from being covered in concrete and so it is up to us to take care of its future. The movement therefore maintains that we should have the right to manage the land as a commons (see its declaration The Six Points for the Zad because there will never be an Airport). Today this is the struggle of the zad (zone to defend) of Notre Dame Des Landes.

The zad was launched in 2009 after a letter (distributed during the first french climate camp here) written by locals inviting people to occupy the zone and squat the abandoned farmhouses. Now the zone has become one of Europes largest laboratory of commoning. With its bakeries, pirate radio station, tractor repair workshop, brewery, anarchitectural cabins, banqueting hall, medicinal herb gardens, a rap studio, dai...

05:51

#berlin #txl #tegel #airport #streetphotography #dailylife... Thorsten Strasas. Blog.



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04:52

Lord Adonis is on the BBC again Is the BBC biased?


The BBC has been prominently covering the anti-Brexit 'People's vote' campaign today. 


This morning's Andrew Marr Show featured an interview with Locutus of Borg, leader of one anti-Brexit campaign. (The group's slogan is 'Brexit is futile').

And 'Campaigners demand 'people's' Brexit vote' has been the second story on the BBC News website for most of the day. 

And this afternoon the BBC News Channel, reporting from the London anti-Brexit rally, interviewed Lord Adonis. 

Lord Adonis told the BBC an egregious lie, saying that Theresa May promised 350m for the NHS post-Brexit:
There isn't going to be the 350m that she promised for the NHS every week.
Now, you and I know that Mrs. May never said any such thing and wasn't even on the Leave side of the referendum, but the BBC interviewer (Vicky Young) allowed His Lordship to get away with this absolute whopper. 

The obvious response from all sensible people here is to complain directly to Ofcom about the BBC promoting this anti-Brexit campaign on all their channels, giving Lord Adonis yet another platform and, worse, allowing Lord Adonis to lie live on air with no comeback whatsoever - a BBC shambles.

#AntiBrexitBroadcastingCorporation.

02:13

Speech kathy arnold about pim fischers legal fight for we are here WE ARE HERE

pim fisher geeft een lezing over de juridische strijdt voor wij zijn hier, 1 september 2017

pim fischer geeft een lezing over de juridische strijdt voor wij zijn hier, 1 september 2017

Around 2 times a year, Pim Fischer gives a lecture to bring everyone up to date on his work for the refugees on the street in the battle for unconditional, humane shelter. On April 17 he is giving another lecture as a follow-up of the one on September 1, 2017.

Last September 5 at the celebration of 5 years We Are Here, I spoke and summarized Pims speech. It was not published because it contains some of the strategy he would be using in his coming cases. Now, with Pims approval, my very simplistic look at 2 branches of the Dutch legal system that the refugees are coming into contact with as an aid to the coming lecture.

Kathy Arnold

 

01:41

Oil Vey Writings - Gilad Atzmon

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The US led bombing raid on Syria on April 13th came at an odd time. The civil war in Syria has basically been won by Assad, and in response to the calming of tensions, President Trump said on April 4 that he intended to withdraw US troops from Syria.  Three days later, Assad allegedly used chemical weapons on Syrian civilians and from there talk of war began to be openly encouraged by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Almost immediately, some skepticism arose as to why Assad would use chemical weapons after the war was essentially won. US Secretary of Defense General Mattis was reduced to saying he believed there had been a  chemical attack. In any case the rationale for bombing Syria on April 13 was weakened by the fact that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was due to arrive in Syria to examine the claim of chemical weapons use on April 14, the day after the US led bombing. Bombing in advance of the arrival of inspectors seems a bit like an attempt to cut off verification.

Another strange part of the narrative was how suddenly unified our ordinarily discordant US elected leaders were on the necessity of  bombing Syria. Certainly, the timing might have been useful for Trump, stealing headlines just as Comeys tell all book came out, but then Trumps presidency has, since its inception, run at a 3 scandal a day pace. Rather than covering up scandals, Trump seems instead to revel in the publicity. The Democrats, even the leaders of the so-called resistance, offered no resistance to the bombing plan other than to grumble about the potential future need for congressional approval. When both sides of our political spectrum converge on what seems to be an awful idea located in the middle east  it is hard not to suspect that Israel is somehow involved. 

But why would Israel prefer a civil war next door, fought by Assad against shifting Islamic factions, some no doubt more hostile to Israel than Assad? I think I can point to a possible reason. During the 67 war, Israel...

00:59

Maos legacy defended, and famous swim decoded, for clueless academics The Vineyard of the Saker

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker blog Part 4 will take a very different tack. There is a great and hilarious story about Mao during the Cultural Revolution, which is

00:26

Athens: Protesters burn US flag outside embassy as they march in against Syria strikes Keep Talking Greece

Thousands of Greek marched through downtown Athens and to the building of US embassy to protest US-led strikes in Syria on Saturday. The protest was organized by Communist Party KKE. The protesters chanted slogan anti-U.S. slogans but also against the NATO and the EU. Right in front of the embassy building they set an American

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Tension between Greece and Turkey not an issue for NATO, says GenSec Stoltenberg Keep Talking Greece

Tensions between Greece and Turkey are not an issue for NATO, the General Secretary of the North Atlantic Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg in an interview with Turkish news agency Anadolu. Saying that both countries are two highly valued NATO allies Stoltenberg hailed the telephone conversation between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish counterpart, Binali Yildirim, after

The post Tension between Greece and Turkey not an issue for NATO, says GenSec Stoltenberg appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

22:29

Visit program of Prince Charles & the Duchess to Athens and Crete Keep Talking Greece

The final touches are being added to the program for the first official visit of Prince Charles and  Duchess of Cornwall Camilla to Athens and Heraklio, Crete, scheduled to take place on May 9th and 10th 2018. The first day of the visit is very busy and involves several joint but also separate activities. Prince

The post Visit program of Prince Charles & the Duchess to Athens and Crete appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

21:11

The war in the Aegean has began, we already have our first dead, says General Stab Keep Talking Greece

We do not expect any war in the Aegean. It has already begun and we already have our first dead, a high-ranking official at Greeces General staff said following the crash of  Mirage 2000 and the death of  Greek Air force pilot Lt Giorgos Baltadoros off the island of Skyros on Thursday. According to Sunday

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Friday, 13 April

04:20

WIJ ZIJN HIER persconferentie WE ARE HERE

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Beste aanwezigen,

Bedankt voor jullie komst. Mijn naam is Khalid, ik ben de woordvoerder van We Are Here aan de Rudolf Dieselstraat. Ik zal de conferentie in het Engels vervolgen zodat het ook te begrijpen is voor mensen in het buitenland.

We have invited you here today to tell you our story. The past few weeks there has been a lot of negative media attention about our presence in this neighborhood. So we want to explain to you the circumstances that led us up to this point and why we are here.

Rita Verdonk and Fred Teeven decided that there should be an example made of certain refugees. This was done to discourage other refugees of coming. We are the product of this policy. But people are not products. Nor are we experimental ground to test your political theories on. We are human beings who deserve a life. Just like everybody else in this country and in the world.

We are not uitgeprocedeerd. In fact, we are in the so-called asylum gap. This gap was created by the politics of this country. When somebody comes to the Netherlands. This country has to honor the asylum request of that refugee. But in practice, the IND does not do that. They do not honor the asylum requests.

Sometimes we cannot get status because the IND attempt not to believe our reasons for fleeing our countries. And sometimes the IND does not take enough time to study ones procedures. But then also they cannot send us back. And we cannot ask for asylum in another country because of the Dublin convention which was corrupted by the European immigration system. Adding to this, anybody who has been here for 17 years or less has missed out on the general pardon of 2006. This general pardon was a failure because of its selective nature. So we are stuck here.

The Mayor and the city council of Amsterdam decided that refugees in the asylum gap do not get 24-hour shelter. They also do not want more refugees to come. So we had to find solution for ourselves.

In the past 5 years we have done all the work ourselves without any help from the government. We are activists who fight for our story to be heard. We are theater-makers who show our story on the stage. We are photographers who tell our story with pictures. We are DJs, chef-cooks, carpenters, teachers. We are story-tellers. And now we tell you our story. We have all these talents and we left our homes to look for safety. We can use our qualities to help make this country better.

Now we attempt to explain the inhuman conditions that the Dutch government forced on us for the past 17 years, and we want to change the public opi...

01:05

WOMEN OF WE ARE HERE FIGHTING FOR THEIR RIGHTS WE ARE HERE

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Yesterday 11th april the women of the Rollstraat had to leave their building. They had a powerfull demonstration in front of the City Hall.
Tonight the city council (starting 7PM) will debate the actual situation of We Are Here. So they will be there again demanding for 24/7 housing.
Please do all come at 6PM to join them in their struggle for a safe place to stay!

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These are their demands:

A living space for each of us for 24/7 with no conditions,

where:
we can have individual privacy 
everybody has a room with a key for herself
we can cook our own food
we can live as a community and make our rules and regulations

So that we have complete control over our living space:
no security personnel 
no cameras in our living space and area
no imposed accompaniment (we do have supporters already)

And we need a weekly budget for food and hygiene for...

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