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Tuesday, 13 November

01:50

In North Korea, Missile Bases Suggest a Great Deception Peace and Freedom

North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at 16 hidden bases that have been identified in new commercial satellite images, a network long known to American intelligence agencies but left undiscussed as President Trump claims to have neutralized the Norths nuclear threat.

The satellite images suggest that the North has been engaged in a great deception: It has offered to dismantle a major launching site a step it began, then halted while continuing to make improvements at more than a dozen others that would bolster launches of conventional and nuclear warheads.

Kim Jong-unKim Jong-un is thought to be under pressure as a young leader. GETTY IMAGES

The existence of the ballistic missile bases, which North Korea has never acknowledged, contradicts Mr. Trumps assertion that his landmark diplomacy is leading to the elimination of a nuclear and missile program that the North had warned could devastate the United States.

We are in no rush, Mr. Trump said of talks with the North at a news conference on Wednesday, after Republicans lost control of the House. The sanctions are on. The missiles have stopped. The rockets have stopped. The hostages are home.

By  David E. Sanger and William J. Broad
The New York Times

A satellite image of a secret North Korean ballistic missile base. The North has offered to dismantle a different major missile launching site while continuing to make improvements at more than a dozen others. Credit  CSIS/Beyond Parallel, via DigitalGlobe 2018

His statement was true in just one sense. Mr. Trump appeared to be referring to the halt of missile flight tests, which have not occurred in...

01:41

Germany, EU funding militants in Idlib: Report Aletho News

Press TV November 12, 2018 The German government and other EU members are funding militants still present in Idlib and involved in a conflict against the Syrian army, Germanys Tagesspiegel newspaper has revealed. According to the report cited by British daily the Telegraph on Sunday, no less than 37.5 million euros has been transferred []

01:28

Deadliest wildfires in the United States since the 1990s Peace and Freedom

Wildfires raging in California are among the deadliest recorded in the United States, with at least 31 people killed in the state as 250,000 flee their homes.

The largest and most destructive of the blazes is the Camp Fire in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, which started on November 9 and has claimed 29 lives.

This death toll matches the highest previously recorded for a single wildfire in the United States, when 29 people died fighting a blaze at Griffith Park in Los Angeles County in 1933.

The United States is regularly struck by wildfires in its dry late summer months. Here is a look back at some of the most deadly since the 1990s:

2018: 10 die in two blazes

AFP | A power line catches fire as the Woolsey fire burns on both sides of Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) in Malibu, California, as night falls on November 9, 2018

A fire that starts late July near the city of Redding in northern California rages for six weeks and claims the lives of eight people, three of them firefighters.

Called the Carr Fire, it razes more than 1,000 homes, forcing the evacuation of 40,000 people.

The Mendocino Complex that starts days later southwest of the city is on August 7 declared to be the largest fire in Californias recorded history. It eventually burns through nearly 460,000 acres (186,000 hectares), according to local authorities, and claims two lives.

2017: 42 dead in California

California is ravaged by around 20 wildfires from early October that go on to claim 42 lives over the month, most of them in wine-producing Sonoma County, just north of San Francisco, where 22 die.

As many as 11,000 firefighters some from as far away as Australia are involved in battling the blazes which burn through more than 245,000 acres, force the evacuation of 100,000 people and destroy about 10,000 buildings.

2016: 13 killed in tourist area

A fire breaks out late November in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a popular tourist area straddling the border of southeastern US states Tennessee and North Carolina, and rapidly spreads, pushed by strong winds and tornadoes.

Thirteen people are killed, 12 directly related to the blaze and one of a heart attack while fleeing, authorities say.

2013: 19 firefighters

The rapidly spreading Yarnell Hill fire, which starts in the southwestern state of Arizona late June, claims the lives of 19 firefighters in a single afternoon on June 30 when it explodes...

01:21

Khashoggis Last Words Revealed: Im Suffocating Take This Bag Off My Head The Anti-Media

Jamal Khashoggi(MEMO)  The head of investigations at Turkeys Sabah newspaper, Nazif Karaman said audio recordings obtained from inside the Saudi consulate reveal that journalist Jamal Khashoggi suffocated to death after a plastic bag was placed on his head, Al Jazeera TV reported. Im suffocating Take this bag off my head, Im claustrophobic, Khashoggi is said to have pleaded with his []

01:19

Are Turkey & Syria Coordinating Operations In North Eastern Syria? Penny for your thoughts

I have to ask this question because.......

From the previous post: Raqqa Assassination of Influentail Sheik May End Dream of Independent Syrian Kurdistan

"All this while there is a greater advancement of the Syrian regular army from the south and the Turkish army from the west."
Advancing Syrian regular army from the south and Turkish army (regular army) advancing from the west.

Could there be coordination? 

That was the question posed Friday. It's Monday and the question is still the same.
Two fronts to keep the Usreal backed Kurds busy?
One from the north west? One coming at them from the south?

This news was reported yesterday, as follows:

Syrian Army to Reinvigorate Positions Near Kurdish Militias in Raqqa


TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army is planning to deploy thousands of fresh forces along the contact lines with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Raqqa province in Northeastern Syria, well-informed sources reported on Sunday. 
The sources said that the army is planning to station almost 5,000 fresh forces and more equipment at contact lines with the SDF from the village of Sho'ayb al-Zekr in Western Raqqa to the village of Dahlah in the East.
The sources further...

Billionaires, Not Voters, Are Deciding Elections PopularResistance.Org

The recent midterm elections offered an opportunity for Americas moneyed elites to spend their ridiculous wealth on a catalog of their favorite causes and candidates. We are locked in a vicious cycle, where billionaires continue to amass wealth due to policies their influence has bought, which in turn enrich them with even more resources with which to shift the American polity in their favor. Part of the problem is that billionaires control over our democracy is largely invisible. As a recent study by The Guardian showed, high-profile wealthy elites like Warren Buffett or Bill Gates are anomalies. To that point, [M]ost of the wealthiest US billionaires have made substantial financial contributions...

01:19

Israel-Gaza border falls quiet after botched Israeli operation Peace and Freedom

The Israel-Gaza border fell quiet on Monday after a botched Israeli undercover operation in the Gaza Strip led to fighting that killed a Hamas commander, six other Palestinian militants and an Israeli colonel.

Palestinians fired 17 rockets into southern Israel late on Sunday in response to the incursion and air strikes, which Hamas, the dominant armed group in Gaza, said were intended to cover the retreat of a car used by the Israeli troops.

There were no reports of injuries or damage in Israel, but the military said a lieutenant-colonel, identified only as M, had been killed in the raid and another officer wounded.

Hamas said the Israeli actions dealt a blow to Egyptian, Qatari and U.N. efforts to broker a long-term ceasefire between the Palestinian group and Israel and ease an Israeli blockade that has deepened economic hardship in Gaza.

Palestinians look at wreckage of car destroyed in Israeli air strike in Khan Younis (12/11/18)

 

But neither side appeared eager to pursue broader conflict.

Hamas received $15 million in Qatari-donated cash via Israel on Friday to pay for civil servants salaries and fuel to address Gazas energy crisis.

No new rocket launches were reported on Monday morning.

Violence has flared regularly along the Israel-Gaza border since Palestinians began protests there on March 30 to demand rights to land lost to Israel in the 1948 war of its creation.

Israeli gunfire has killed more than 220 Palestinians since the start of the demonstrations, which have included breaches of Israels border fence.

Hamas said that during Sundays fighting, assailants in a passing vehicle opened fire on a group of its armed men, killing one of its local commanders, Nour Baraka.

A pursuit ensued and witnesses said Israeli aircraft fired more than 40 missiles into the area. Palestinian officials said that in addition to Baraka, five other Hamas men and a member of the Popular Resistance Committees were killed.

In an apparent attempt to defuse tensions, Israels chief military spokesman said the special forces had not been dispatched to assassinate Hamas commanders, a tactic that led to wider conflict in the past and which has largely been abandoned.

The spokesman, Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis, told Army Radio that covert missions were mounted frequently, comments that suggested the Israeli force may have been gathering intelligence.

During the operation, it found itself in a very complex situation, faced by enemy forces. The (Israeli) force, including Lieutenant-Colonel M., kept its cool, returned fi...

01:13

The DEA And ICE Are Hiding Surveillance Cameras In Streetlights PopularResistance.Org

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have hidden an undisclosed number of covert surveillance cameras inside streetlights around the country, federal contracting documents reveal. According to government procurement data, the DEA has paid a Houston, Texas company called Cowboy Streetlight Concealments LLC roughly $22,000 since June 2018 for video recording and reproducing equipment. ICE paid out about $28,000 to Cowboy Streetlight Concealments over the same period of time. Its unclear where the DEA and ICE streetlight cameras have been installed, or where the next deployments will take place. ICE offices in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio have provided funding for recent acquisitions from Cowboy Streetlight Concealments...

01:05

Trump: Infected ballots make a fair count impossible in Florida Peace and Freedom

President Trump claimed Monday an honest vote tally in Floridas races for governor and the U.S. Senate is no longer possible because the ballots have been infected by voting irregularities.

The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged. An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night! Trump wrote on Twitter Monday morning.

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Republican Gov. Rick Scott, the candidate for Senate, filed several lawsuits against Broward and Palm Beach Counties Sunday that accuse officials of willful disregard of the law. He said those counties failed to count their votes on time, and mixed in votes that should have been disqualified with legal ballots.

Both counties are in the process of recounting votes nearly a week after the election took place. Scott had a small lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson as of Sunday night of just under 13,000 votes out of more than 8 million cast.

The GOP governor is asking the judge not to allow the counting of any ballots that werent counted by Saturday, the states legal deadline for tallying up election results. He also wants voting equipment and paper ballots to be seized by police.

Nelson has said Scott is worried that when all votes are counted hell lose the election.

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Andrew Gillum

Republican Ron DeSantis, a former congressman, leads Democrat Andrew Gillum by 33,000 votes in the governors race, as of Saturday evening, according to data by the Associated Press.

Gillum had conceded to DeSantis on election night but rescinded that decision on Sunday.

01:00

Canada in talks with Pakistan over possibly taking in Asia Bibi Peace and Freedom

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that his government was holding talks with Pakistan over potentially offering asylum to Asia Bibi, a Christian woman recently freed from prison after her blasphemy conviction was overturned.

We are in discussions with the Pakistani government, Trudeau said in an interview with AFP in Paris, where he was attending a peace conference organised by French President Emmanuel Macron.

There is a delicate domestic context that we respect which is why I dont want to say any more about that, but I will remind people Canada is a welcoming country, he said.

British Pakistani Christian Association/AFP/File | Asia Bibi spent eight years on death row for blasphemy but has now been freed from jail

Bibi has been blocked from leaving Pakistan after the overturning of her conviction prompted a wave of protests among Islamist hard-liners.

She has since been flown to a safe place in the country as several governments have offered to grant her family asylum.

Her husband has appealed in particular to Britain, Canada and the United States, claiming that Bibis life would be in danger as long as she lived in Pakistan.

Bibis conviction stemmed from a 2009 incident when she was asked to fetch water while out working in the fields.

Muslim labourers objected to her touching the water bowl as a non-Muslim. A fight reportedly erupted, and a local imam then claimed Bibi insulted the Prophet Mohammed.

Bibi has consistently denied the charges and her prosecution rallied international rights groups, politicians and religious figures.

AFP

00:59

Clapper and Brennan are felons? Probably yes. Sic Semper Tyrannis

"The CIA is required by law to inform congressional oversight committees whenever one of its officers, agents, or administrators breaks the law, when an operation requires congressional approval because it is a covert action program, or whenever something happens at...

00:58

US Border Patrol Agents Prone To Corruption PopularResistance.Org

Toward the end of September, Ramon Antonio Monreal Rodriguez obtained $650,000 worth of cocaine from smugglers along the Arizona border. The 32-year-old Tucsonian made two exchanges of drugs and money over the course of two nights, and ensured 41 kilos of coke got into the US from Mexico without any problems. Monreal and the traffickers met up at a prearranged spot in a patch of desert near the San Gabriel Gate. Monreal knew the area well. After all, he had been working in the vicinity since he joined the US Border Patrol a decade earlier. The FBI, which had Monreal under surveillance, arrested him on Sept. 25; Monreal resigned from his role as an agent later that day.

00:56

BBC News website sources report on Gaza incident from Hamas BBC Watch

Some three hours after an incident took place in the southern Gaza Strip on the evening of November 11th a report appeared on the BBC News websites main homepage, World and Middle East pages under the headline Israelis kill Hamas commander in Gaza exchange of fire. Several versions later, the report was re-titled Israelis kill Hamas commander in undercover Gaza raid.

Early Version

By the time that second headline was written, the IDF had clarified that the mission was not a raid but an intelligence-gathering operation.

Still later some 14 hours after the incident occurred the report...

00:52

Glazov Gang: Ex-Intel Agents Unveil Terror Threat Post-Mid-Terms Jihad Watch

This new Glazov Gang features John Guandolo, an ex-FBI agent and president of Understanding the Threat, and Brad Johnson, a former CIA Station Chief and president of Americans for Intelligence Reform. John and Brad both unveil The Terror Threat Post-Mid-Terms, revealing the consequences for U.S. National Security.  Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs []

00:52

Trump envoy primes UK supporters of Israel for deal of the century compromise Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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'No side will love everything in the peace plan,' Jason Greenblatt reportedly told a crowd of Israeli army funders in London

00:50

After A Visit From The Council, Anti-Gold-Mining Activists Say They Will Fight Any Eviction Attempt PopularResistance.Org

Activists claim the official was not initially forthcoming. They say they noticed a man arriving in a hurried fashion in a white jeep. The man got out of his vehicle and then took photos of the protest caravans. He then tried to leave very quickly. When activists approached him, he identified himself as an official from the Fermanagh and Omagh District Councils planning office. Activists told The Canary the official said he was taking photos to build a file on the camp. The official informed them, they said, that the landowner might have to remove the camp, as they dont have planning permission for the two caravans on site. When they asked why the council took nine months to approach them, the official reportedly said it had only recently found out about it through social media.

00:50

Thousands of Corpses Recovered From Under America-Created Raqqa RubbleRussian diplomat ThereAreNoSunglasses

Thousands of corpses from US-led airstrikes found under Raqqa rubble: Russian diplomat

The bodies of over 8,000 Syrians killed in bombing raids by the US-led coalition have been found in mass graves in Syrias Raqqa after the rubble was partially cleared away, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

Last week, the Syrian government, in its letters addressed to the UN secretary general and the UN Security Council president, provided the tragic statistics on the victims of the coalitions bombing raids in the city of Raqqa during its liberation from ISIL (former name of the Islamic State terror group, outlawed in R...

00:49

Gilbert Doctorow: Armistice Day Commemorations, 2018: Turning the 'Lessons of History' on Their Head stan van houcke

Armistice Day Commemorations, 2018: Turning the 'Lessons of History' on Their Head
 
 
Today French President Emmanuel Macron officiated at a ceremony before the Arc de Triomphe in Paris marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War. While dozens of heads of state from around the world were present, the featured guests were the German Chancellor and the presidents of Turkey, Russia and the United States. They were seated on either side of Macron and were picked up repeatedly by the cameramen who projected their images onto large screens and into the television feed of the French broadcasters.
 
There is fitting logic for the venue and for the honor roll. We recall that four years ago, the commemoration of the start of The Great War took place in Belgium, where the hostilities on the Western Front began in August 1914. The fighting ended in France with the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918 in a railway car near Compigne, not far from Paris, where the German army had staged its last, unsuccessful offensive. Hence the role accorded to France from among all combatant states to lead the solemn events this year.
 
As for the highest consideration paid not to an ally in the Entente, but to precisely the leader of the once-upon enemy, Angela Merkel, we must recall that German-French reconciliation has underpinned the peace project that we know as the European Union from its inception and the two countries have guided the Union in tandem ever since, even if the French half has limped along this past decade under deeply flawed and unpopular heads of state.
 
...

00:49

Five Things Everyone Gets Wrong on Iran Geopolitical Monitor

On November 5, the Trump Administration rolled out a host of sanctions targeting 50 Iranian banks and their subsidiaries, the national airline, and 200 members of the shipping industry. The purpose? Cut off Tehrans oil revenue and damage the regimes nuclear capabilities.

Its not exactly a secret that Iran has had a tense relationship with the Western world, dating back to the Islamic Revolution in the 1970s. Our goals are obviously not aligned, but if theres anything we can both identify with, its being victims of consistent politically-motivated misconceptions. Actually, lets not play with words here: blatant propaganda. We associate the word with negative connotations, but its a lot more common than youd think. Any national government with an interest in morale and support either directly or indirectly has their hand in some sort of propaganda program aimed at boosting patriotism. Its not even necessarily a bad thing, but when facts and reality start to become a victim in the quest to rally the people, thats a problem.

Iran, from every fact-based viewpoint, has committed many atrocities and human rights abuses. Their suppression of freedom of speech has no justification and when compared to growing personal liberty around the world, its crimes are even more despicable. But that doesnt give its adversaries, no matter how much of the moral high ground they occupy, an excuse to stretch its crimes and exaggerate certain aspects of Iranian life. Facts speak volumes on their own, theres no need for a government to bolster the obvious. So, for the sake of facts, lets dispel some inaccuracies about Iran:

 

Iran Is a Dictatorship

To the average observer, itd be easy to come to the conclusion that Irans political system is dominated by men in robes carrying AKs who plan terrorist attacks by day and carry them out by night. And while its true that the political scene in Tehran is treacherous, the governmental system is actually quite democratic.

Unlike US allies in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, who are almost exclusively controlled by a select group of leaders at the top, Irans parliament has a relatively large amount of power. Irans president, who is elected from a slate of candidates nominated by an array of political groups in the country, is directly selected via popular vote. There are, however, needless to say, a few restrictions. The Council of Guardians, a government-organized institution, vets all candidates running for office and can disqualify office seekers for any reason they see fit. The Assembly of Experts, a non-elected body of religious, political, and military leaders are also responsible for selecting the supreme leader, who unlike the president, is not chosen by the people and serves a life term. But at the end of the day, most de...

00:44

UK Banks Refuse To Return Venezuelas Gold PopularResistance.Org

Russia and Venezuela are among the countries the EU, including Great Britain, has imposed sanctions on. Both nations have been targets of Londons vigorous attacks, being blamed for numerous nefarious things they have allegedly done. The UK insists that everyone play by the rules. Meanwhile, London is making mockery of commonly accepted norms in the international relations. The government of Venezuela is seeking to eventually repatriate at least 14 tons of gold held at the Bank of England (BOE). It has recently asked to release the gold bars worth about 420 million or $550 million. This is the right and timely move as the new round of punitive measures recently imposed on Caracas by Washington showed.

00:39

Midterm Scoreboard Reveals Massive Pro-Israel Influence On Congressional Candidates PopularResistance.Org

November 07, 2018 "Information Clearing House" -  A just-released Midterm Elections Scoreboard shows that Israel partisans have dominated Congress over the past 10 years, despite the preference of American voters, who consistently wish evenhanded policies and feel the U.S. gives Israel too much money. The detailed scoreboard on candidates for the Senate and House of Representatives* shows that 28 pro-Israel PACs and numerous pro-Israel individuals have given candidates millions of dollars in campaign contributions. There are currently no pro-Palestine PACs (although one of the pro-Israel PACs supports some Palestinian positions). The scoreboard presents 29 bills and resolutions that were introduced on behalf of Israel, some openly drafted by AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

00:23

HBCU Scandals Dont Die, They Multiply PopularResistance.Org

HBCU scandals dont die, they multiply like vultures stalking a starving child. Black misleaders prey on Black students and faculty for their own advancement. Pretending they represent autonomous Black institutions, independent values, and cooperative development, they are, on the contrary, an embarrassment in how they wield respectability politics to discipline Black youth for purported future success. These college leaders openly preside over bankrupt educational standards, sexual impropriety, theft of students financial aid, repression and misdirection of student activists in pursuit of personal wealth. The heat is on.

00:21

Merkels coalition wont last the next year: SPD youth leader Peace and Freedom

The leader of the German Social Democrats youth wing said on Monday that Chancellor Angela Merkels coalition with the SPD will not survive the next year.

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Kevin Kuehnert

The awkward alliance has been marred by disputes about immigration and the fate of the domestic spy chief since it took office in March, coming close to collapse twice. Voters punished both Merkels conservatives and the SPD in two recent regional elections.

SPD youth wing leader Kevin Kuehnert, who campaigned against the conservative-SPD tie-up from the outset, said the SPD would be closely watching what happens when Merkel steps down as leader of her Christian Democrats (CDU) in December.

Next year is full of (regional) elections and political developments that will have a big impact, Kuehnert told Deutschlandfunk radio.

I can hardly imagine us sticking together for the year. We have to use our time to prepare for the D-Day of snap elections.

Kuehnert said he hardly knew anyone who believed the coalition would survive to the end of this parliament in 2021.

SPD leader Andrea Nahles has said that the SPD leadership, under pressure from a restive membership over flagging polls and disastrous regional election showings, did not discuss quitting the coalition at a meeting last Monday.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, the leader of Merkels Bavarian allies and a critic of her liberal asylum policies, told members of his Christian Social Union (CSU) that he wants to resign as party chief, party sources told Reuters on Sunday.

Seehofer has been a thorn in Merkels side for much of the past three years, taking a hard line on immigration.

Senior CSU member Manfred Weber told the newspaper Bild that Seehofer had said on Sunday that 2019 would be a year of renewal and the CSU leader would announce further details this week.

Reporting by Tassilo Hummel and Gernot Heller; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Kevin Liffey

Reuters

00:15

Review: The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis Public Intelligence Blog

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Michael Lewis

6 Stars Presidential Transitions Matter and President Trump Blew It With Follow-on Consequences

Although I am a huge fan of President Trump I wrote the first article on how he could win (Counter-Coup: How Trump Can Win, CounterPunch, 14 August 2018) and went on to write the 30 piece Trump Revolution Series, I also believe in learning from the mistakes of others this book has a great deal to offer the next President.

Early on in the book we learn that then candidate Trump did not want a presidential transition team and refused to assign campaign funds for it. When he was persuaded by Chris Christie that he needed one and Christie offered to raise funds separately, Trump assented, only to blow a fuse when he learned Christie had raised $9 million.

QUOTE (21): Trump was apoplectic, actually yelling, Youre stealing my money! Youre stealing my fucking money! What the fuck is this?

The book offers one capstone understan...

00:11

Yemeni War Deaths Underestimated By Five To One PopularResistance.Org

In April, I made new estimates of the death toll in Americas post-2001 wars in a three-part Intrepid Report series I estimated that these wars have now killed several million people. I explained that widely reported but much lower estimates of the numbers of combatants and civilians killed were likely to be only one fifth to one twentieth of the true numbers of people killed in U.S. war zones. Now one of the NGOs responsible for understating war deaths in Yemen has acknowledged that it was underestimating them by at least five to one, as I suggested in my report. One of the sources I examined for my report was a U.K.-based NGO named ACLED (Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project), which has compiled counts of war deaths in Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

00:05

Brief Look At Military Situation In Yemen On November 12, 2018 (Map)

Brief Look At Military Situation In Yemen On November 12, 2018 (Map)

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There are little prospects for peace talks to settle the Yemeni conflict as the Saudi-UAE-led coalition continues its large-scale push against Ansar Allah (also known as the Houthis) and its allies across western Yemen.

The most intense clashes are still ongoing in the area of the city of al-Hudayday in the western part of the country. After an initial success of the coalition and its local proxies in the area, their advance has slowed down. Furthermore, coalition-led forces have suffered significant casualties hundreds of fighters and tens of pieces of military equipment.

Ansar Allah advance south of al-Hudaydah played an important role in the dfefense of the port city. The Yemeni movement cut off the coalitions supply line near Jabalia.

At the same time, clashes between Ansar Allah and coalition-led forces are also ongoing in the the areas of Qamt and Juban in southern Yemen as well as in the areas of Malahit and Kitaf in northern Yemen.

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23:50

The Fight For Net Neutrality Heats Up As Democrats Take The House PopularResistance.Org

The fight to restore net neutrality is heating up in the wake of the midterm elections. Every Democrat in the House of Representatives who supports reversing the Trump administrations decision to repeal popular net neutrality rules has held on to their seat. House Democrats also secured a majority in the lower chamber, setting the stage for a potential showdown between Congress, the White House and the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over how the government should regulate powerful internet service providers (ISPs) like AT&T, Cox and Comcast. Democratic state attorneys general, who have been united in challenging the Trump administrations effort to end net neutrality in federal court, now hold a majority of state seats nationwide.

23:45

Ed Jewett: Preliminary Evalutation of Thousand Island False Flag DHS Campaign Against Veterans Public Intelligence Blog

Tales of Iron Wars, or The Kill-The-Country Two-Step

Phi Beta Iota: the entire document is below in full text and also as a downloadable Word document. Bottom line: this was a false flag operation setting the stage for disarming veterans based on allegations of PTSD and medications. This needs to be stomped by President.

When I first became aware of the Borderline Bar and Grill news event, it was after noon and I thought the event was a midday incident. I had been up late the night before, online, and did not see coverage of the event anywhere; it would have attracted my attention immediately, since I have been monitoring mass casualty incidents since 9/11.  [I experienced my first mass casualty incident in 1955 as a victim during drills run by a Civil Defense captain in Pennsylvania when I was seven; she was also my Cub Scout den leader and my step-mother.]

After I got online, I started checking my usual sites.  I did sidestep Google News, checking my e-mail and other sites,...

23:30

Stephen E. Arnold: Journal Subscription Doomsday Public Intelligence Blog

Stephen E. Arnold

Journal Subscription Doomsday Is Upon Us

China might have the great firewall when it comes to blocking access, but another infamous digital wall is the great academic paywall a.k.a. subscription paywalls that block access to scientific and academic journals. That could all be changing. Researchers everywhere are shocking and gasping at the thought of have free access to expensive research materials. Could this be the sound of celebration? Nature fills us in on the details in the story, Radical Open-Access Plan Could Spell End To Journal Subscriptions.

The celebrating would only take place in Europe, however, as European research funders have banded together for a radical open access initiative that could revolutionize science publishing. The publishers are already angry over this. The European funders are eleven a...

23:21

Will the US Stand Up for Asia Bibi? Clarion Project

A man flies a flag at a rally in Chicago for keeping immigrant families together (Photo: JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)A man flies a flag at a rally in Chicago for keeping immigrant families together. (Photo: JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)

Will the U.S. stand up for Asia Bibi? The story of Asia Bibi is a tragedy beyond proportions. It also provides us a test as to just how committed the West is to human rights with some countries, including the GREAT Britain failing miserably.

Bibi is a Pakistani Christian woman and mother of four who was jailed in Pakistan under a trumped up charge of blasphemy nine years ago. The fact that she was in jail for almost a decade is horrific enough, but saga is still ongoing.

While the Pakistani Supreme Court remarkably and finally found her innocent and ordered her release, riots took place across the country clamoring not only for her death but also for the death of the three judges who found her innocent.

This shows not only the complete breakdown of law and order in Pakistan, but reveals the psyche of a people gone mad with the taste of blood in its mouth.

There was a rumor that Bibi had been allowed to leave the country, but Pakistan vehemently denied this. Fortunately, her lawyer fled the country and is vying for her release from a non-disclosed location in Europe.

So what should Bibi do? Stay in Pakistan and be killed? This is certainly what will happen if she stays. Her only option is to get asylum in another country. Her lawyer and supporters are trying to accomplish this.

Meanwhile, the UK, a leading Western power, shamefully refused entry to Bibi citing fears of reprisals from its Muslim population. Is this what the world has come to? We seem to have lost our souls and the capacity to think about who is a REAL refugee is and what a REAL human rights violation is.

 

Pakistans blasphemy crimes

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22:44

World War One may have ended a century ago - but not for the Middle East Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Thanks to the actions of the British, the consequences of the Great War are still being felt in the Middle East region today

22:40

US Pressure Fails to Affect Russia"s Growing Arms Exports Strategic Culture Foundation

The US-imposed sanctions have failed to reduce the demand for Russian weapons. China, India as well as many other countries refuse to bow.

22:29

Omar Kicks off Congress Win with As-Salam-Alaikum Clarion Project

Minnesota Democratic Congressional Candidate (and winner) Ilhan Omar speaks at an election night results party on November 6, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo: Stephen Maturen / Getty Images)Minnesota Democratic Congressional winner Ilhan Omar speaks at an election night results party. (Photo: Stephen Maturen / Getty Images)

On Tuesday night,  Somali Muslim refugee Ilhan Omar became one of the first Muslim congresswomen in U.S. history, alongside Rashida Tlaib. At her acceptance speech, Omar greeted the audience with a powerful As-Salam-Alaikum.

Many Muslims felt this was a homecoming. American Muslims now had Muslim representation in Congress after what they felt were two tumultuous years of a Trump presidency. Writer and host Aymann Ismail shared how he felt transported by the gesture. However, others were not quite so sure they were comfortable with it.

Li Izmir runs a popular Facebook page called Secular Muslim Women Group. It was there she confided her conflicted feelings about Omars gesture, admitting, I feel mixed about this. Im happy to see Muslim representation (and I think both Muslim women support LGBTQ+ rights) but I dont like religious rhetoric coming from government officials regardless of which faith is being brought into politics. Why cant we just all swear on the Constitution and keep religion out of politics?

Izmir went on to add, I feel like theres a double standard coming from a liberal leaning side. If a Christian brings up religion, people will lose it but if a Muslim does the same thing, theyll celebrate. In reality, I think religion has no place in official government spaces and it should be equally called out.

Her honest admission brought forward a dialogue among the women, many of whom were also not quick to celebrate what they saw as religious rhetoric by an e...

22:25

FBI: Neo-Nazi Militia Trained by US Military in Ukraine Now Training US White Supremacists Strategic Culture Foundation

According to a recent FBI indictment, several American white supremacists were allegedly radicalized by and received training from Ukraines neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, which receives funding from the current government of Ukraine as well as the U.S. government. The group has also received weapons from the Israeli government.

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Yemen war: 150 killed in battle for Hodeidah as civilians caught in crossfire Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Escalation in clashes comes as government loyalists push into the key port city with fears that trapped residents will be further endangered

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#Zagreb, #Croatia: Racist attacks on Are You Syrious Integration Centre Enough is Enough!

Zagreb, Croatia: A direct consequence of anti-refugee propaganda: AYS integration center targeted by fascists.

Originally published by Are You Syrious. Images by Are You Syrious Integration Center in Zagreb.

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For the third time in recent weeks, AYS van, free shop and integration center in Zagreb have been vandalized by unknown perpetrators who usually act during the night and on weekends. Such attacks occur when our media presence is higher or when anti-refugee propaganda is on the rise, as it currently is in Croatia. The last two incidents involved breaking our windows and smashing our van with bricks.

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Brief Look At Military Situation In Syria On November 12, 2018 (Map Update)

While the conflict between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) in northern Syria has partly de-escalated, it has appeared that the tensions are growing in Idlib province in northwestern Syria, the area of al-Safa in southern Syria and the Euphrates Valely in eastern Syria.

Brief Look At Military Situation In Syria On November 12, 2018 (Map Update)

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22:14

The War to End All Wars? Clarion Project

There is little doubt the Nazis were experts in the art supremacy and extremism. They continue today to inspire numerous groups who copy their methods to wreak terror on the world. Yet the relationship between the Nazis and todays jihadis stretches back to the 1930s. Clarion marks the 100th anniversary of the end of The Great War with a new film on Nazis and Islamists.

On November 11, we marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I (November 11, 1918). The armistice left the major issues unresolved and Germany seethed under the harsh conditions of the treaty.

Extremism was not only allowed to fester, it was viewed as a strategy to regain victory for Germany. It is wise to understand the driving forces which contributed to the terrible destruction and Holocaust of World War II and its empowerment of radical Islam.

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22:02

Presstitutes Abandon Journalism For Political Activism Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Paul Craig Roberts November 09, 2018 Information Clearing House  When President Trump nominated Jeff Sessions as his Attorney General, the presstitutes were opposed to Sessions and declared him unfit for office. Now that he has been fired, the presstitutes are his champions. There are reports that MSNBCs Rachel Maddow has organized a protest march for today []

21:55

World War I Homage A Triumph of Lies and Platitudes Strategic Culture Foundation

While the empty, self-indulgent rhetoric was ringing out, one couldnt help but recall some of the most glaring contemporary contradictions that were blocked out with awesome Orwellian efficiency.

21:42

Alarm over talks to implant employees with microchips Peace and Freedom

Trades Union Congress concerned over tech being used to control and micromanage

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Britains biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security.

UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in the UK.

The tiny chips, implanted in the flesh between the thumb and forefinger, are similar to those for pets. They enable people to open their front door, access their office or start their car with a wave of their hand, and can also store medical data.

Another company, Biohax of Sweden, also provides human chip implants the size of a grain of rice. It told the Sunday Telegraph () that it is in discussions with several British legal and financial firms about fitting their employees with microchips, including one major company with hundreds of thousands of employees.

The CBI, which represents 190,000 UK businesses, voiced concerns about the prospect.

A CBI spokesperson said: While technology is changing the way we work, this makes for distinctly uncomfortable reading. Firms should be concentrating on rather more immediate priorities and focusing on en...

21:35

Issue of Sovereignty: Macron Wants EU to Be Less Dependent on Dollar Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Issue of Sovereignty: Macron Wants EU to Be Less Dependent on Dollar November 12, 2018 French President Emmanuel Macron admitted on Sunday that the European nations have so far failed to provide a viable alternative to the US dollar, and are excessively dependent on the American currency. In an interview with CNN, the French president []

21:32

Iranian Pleads Guilty in US to Smuggling Nuclear Tech Clarion Project

Protest in Vienna during the talks between Iran and the world powers to negotiate a nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic. (Photo: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)Protest in Vienna during the talks between Iran and world powers to negotiate a nuclear agreement with the Islamic Republic (Photo: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

An Iranian citizen pleaded guilty in a U.S. court to charges that he attempted to facilitate smuggling nuclear technology to Iran in violation of U.S. laws.

Arash Sepehri, 38, faces a minimum of five years in prisons for trying to obtain and export to Iran high-resolution sonar equipment, data input boards, rugged laptops, acoustic transducers and other controlled technology from the U.S. without obtaining proper licenses and in violation of economic sanctions.

Sepehri was an employee and a member of the board of the Iranian company Tajhiz Sanat Shayan (TSS) according to court documents.  TSS and other companies involved in the conspiracy were also listed by the European Union as entities sanctioned for their involvement in the procurement of components for the Iranian nuclear program.

As stated in the court documents, Sepehri and his co-conspirators sought to evade legal controls through a variety of means, including the use of a variety of aliases, United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based front companies and an intermediary shipping company based in Hong Kong.  Payments for the goods were arranged through the UAE, read a statement from the Department of Justice.

Iran has a history of trying obtain illegal nuclear technology. Since the nuclear agreement was made with world powers in 2015, Iran tried to obtain nuclear, chemical, biological and missile-related technology from Germany in violation of the agreemen...

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"Entire Families Wiped Out': US Airstrikes Killed Many Civilians in Syria Strategic Culture Foundation

One year after the U.S.-led military campaign against ISIS ended in Raqqa, Khamis' team is still recovering the remains of the battle's casualties... For now, Raqqa's people are left to count their dead largely alone, while the U.S. and other powers strike elsewhere in Syria.

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Behold the New Asia-Based Cooperation Sphere Covert Geopolitics

The constant Trumpian rhetorics about the US trade imbalance with China and Japan have brought the two closer together. Add to the equation is the independent foreign policies of India, which should make up for the BRICS losing Brazil in recent years.  These are the economic powerhouses that are behind the global effort to shift Continue reading Behold the New Asia-Based Cooperation Sphere

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Vietnam ratifies Pacific trade pact Peace and Freedom

Vietnam on Monday became the seventh country to ratify a sprawling Pacific trade pact set to come into effect later this year, despite US President Donald Trumps pullout from a deal he decried as a job killer.

Australia last month became the sixth country to ratify the deal, paving the way for the pact to come into force at the end of December with more than half of its members officially signed on.

AFP/File | Vietnam has become the seventh country to enter the landmark Pacific trade deal, which will take effect at the end of the year

Vietnam followed suit on Monday with a unanimous vote to approve the deal by lawmakers in the countrys rubber stamp parliament.

This is an important political decision, affirming our countrys active role in international integration, said Nguyen Van Giau, head of the National Assemblys external relations department.

Vietnams fast-growing export economy stood to gain enormously from open access to US markets, a key outlet for cheap manufactured goods like Adidas shoes, Gap T-shirts and Samsung phones, before Trump pulled the plug on Washingtons participation.

The protectionist president called the deal a death blow for American manufacturing and singled out Vietnam for taking jobs he would rather see on his home turf.

The trade pact was spearheaded by former US president Barack Obama who dubbed the comprehensive deal a gold standard for 21st century trade rules and a crucial counter to Chinas rising global economic might.

The deal will bind members into a tougher legal framework for trade, lower tariffs and open markets.

It will also introduce new labour standards a sticking point for communist Vietnam, where all labour unions are controlled by the one-party state.

The establishment of independent labour unions may bring about some challenges Giau said Monday, but added the government was open to making the necessary reforms.

Even without the US in the mix, the now-renamed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has been described as a game changer.

It covers many rapidly growing economies that account for around 14 percent of world trade.

Members have said the US would be welcome to rejoin any time, and have even opened the doors fo...

21:09

Democrats want Beto ORourke to run again, and soon Peace and Freedom

Democrats want Beto ORourke to run in 2020 for the White House or Senate they dont really care for which; they just want him on the battlefield.

ORourke may have lost to Cruz in ruby red Texas Tuesday night, but he lost like no Democrat has in 20-plus years. ORourke came within 2.6 percentage points of Cruz, radically boosted turnout among young and minority voters, and he raised an ungodly amount of money.

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Critics pointed to the plethora of profiles written about ORourke for the mania surrounding the 46-year-old politician daring to run statewide in Texas, but the crowds came before the profiles. As ORourke traveled non-stop to all 254 counties in Texas his profile grew outside of the Lone Star State. Videos went viral of his answers to questions about NFL players kneeling in protest of police brutality against African Americans during the national anthem, or of his riding a skateboard in a Whatabuger parking lot.

He absolutely should consider running, Rep. Mark Veasey, D-Texas, said of a possible ORourke presidential run. It would be unwise for him to not to.

What Beto did, he changed Texas and put Texas in play, Veasey said, making clear that he hasnt endorsed anyone in the 2020 presidential contest.

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ORourke said he definitively will not run for president when asked in the aftermath of his loss, but a number of Democrats are already in his ear trying to change his mind. Fellow Texas Democrat Rep. Filemon Vela was with ORourke on election night and in the days since has urged ORourke to visit Iowa where presidential dreams get their start.

The excitement ORourke has generated among Democrats is palpable. At an election night party for a House Democrat in Virginia Tuesday, the loudest cheers outside of those for the local candidate Jennifer Wexton came when early results showed ORourke with a slight lead (only 2 percent of precincts were reporting at the time.)

Throughout the campaign, Veasey said he received texts from people living in other states with Beto for Senate signs in their yard. Two days after the election as Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez went through the election results with press, Beto ORourke was the name he mentioned repeatedly when discussing how to keep momentum on Democrats sid...

21:01

Chinas housing bubble: Nightmare scenario If owners of unoccupied dwellings rush to sell Middle Class Revolt? Peace and Freedom

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Back in 2017, we explained why the fate of the world economy is in the hands of Chinas housing bubble. The answer was simple: for the Chinese population, and growing middle class, to keep spending vibrant and borrowing elevated, it had to feel comfortable and confident that its wealth would keep rising. However, unlike the US where the stock market is the ultimate barometer of the confidence boosting wealth effect, in China it has always been about housing as three quarters of Chinese household assets are parked in real estate, compared to only 28% in the US, with the remainder invested financial assets.

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Beijing knows this, of course, which is why China periodically and consistently reflates its housing bubble, hoping that the popping of the bubble, which happened in late 2011 and again in 2014, will be a controlled, smooth landing process.  For now, Beijing has been successful in maintaining price stability at least according to official data, allowing the air out of the Tier 1 home price bubble which peaked in early 2016, while preserving modest home price appreciation in secondary markets.

How long China will be able to avoid a sharp price decline remains to be seen, but in the meantime another problem faces Chinas housing market: in addition t...

21:00

WORLD WAR ONE: THE ELEVENTH HOUR OF THE ELEVENTH DAY OF THE ELEVENTH ... Giza Death Star

Yesterday, Sunday Nov. 11, 2018, was the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, when the guns on the Western Front []

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21:00

The Untold Lives Of The Saudi Royal Family Strategic Culture Foundation

Saudi Arabia is a controversial region of the world thanks to its royal family known as the House of Saud. They have dealt with turmoil within the ranks and have wreaked havoc on those who disobeyed them. 

20:55

After Midterms, Will Trump Go On Risking World Trade and the Off-Shore Dollar Sphere? Strategic Culture Foundation

The Russian leadership cannot have failed to notice that Trumps twitter missiles are also opening up Europe, in a new as yet undefined way

20:54

German AfD leader Alice Weidel under fire for illegal Swiss campaign donations Peace and Freedom

Alice Weidel reportedly received 130,000 in campaign donations from Switzerland ahead of 2017 elections. The AfD co-leaders political rivals are now gunning for her resignation.

    
Alice Weidel (picture-alliance/dpa/A. Weigel)

The co-leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party received dubious donations for her campaign in the run up to German general elections in September last year, German media has reported.

Alice Weidels district office near Lake Constance received a total of 130,000 ($150,000) in several tranches of mainly 9,000 Swiss franc amounts ($8,900, 7,900) between July and September 2017, German newspaper Sddeutsche Zeitung and broadcasters NDR and WDR said, citing bank statements. The donations were made by a Swiss pharmaceutical company.

Read moreAfD: What you need to know about Germanys far-right party

Weidel, who was the partys lead candidate in the elections, said that she first learned of the unsolicited donations in September last year and decided to return the money after having doubts about its legality.

But the repayment did not take place until April 2018, according to the report, and the amount returned was some 6,000 less than the amount originally received.

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Germany allows political parties to receive funds from non-EU countries only if they come from German citizens.

The donation was unquestionably an illegal party donation because it came from outside the EU, campaign financing expert Martin Morlok said.

Moreover, according to the German law, a party must immediately inform the Bundestag the lower house of the German parliament if it receives more than 50,000 from a single donor. The unidentified donor appears to have transferred the funds in smaller tranches to circumvent this rule.

The Bundestag has not yet responded to the report.

The AfD, which has been repeatedly accused of bending campaign financing rules, faces a hefty financial penalty if the donation is deemed illegal. Anyone who accepts an illegal donation must transfer three times the amount to the Bundestag president, Morlok said.

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20:50

Alfredo M. Bonanno: Some very common theoretical errors #anarchism Enough is Enough!

Essay by Alfredo M. Bonanno: Some very common theoretical errors.

Originally published in Sicilia: sottosviluppo e lotta di liberazione nazionale. Edizioni Sicilia Punto 1, Catania, July 1982. pp. 107120, translated by Jean Weir. Online by Elephant Archives.

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A) A country that is economically dependent on another cannot be politically independent.

B) The nation is essentially a cultural phenomenon.

C) The national liberation struggle is outdated.

D) National liberation is a need of the bourgeoisie alone.

E) The theory of reactionary nations.

F) The national liberation struggle necessarily flows into in a political revolution precisely because it is a question of a political demand.

The exploitation of the working class comes about in two precise ways which link together through a complex system of complicity: the first is the direct one, carried outby the national bourgeoisie. The second the indirect one, exercised by the bourgeoisie of other nations.

Such a repartition however is not based on an ethnic concept of nation. Internal exploitation is not carried out by the national bourgeoisie in the role of ethnic representatives of power, but as the political representatives of the managerial centres of centralised power. In other words, all the States that exist today, in Europe for example, come from a primitive and preponderant nucleus which has gradually, throughout history, ended up including and dominating the politically and militarily weaker periferal nuclei.

In Spain it was Castille which put this into effect. In France the north subjects the provences in the South. In Great Britain the English subject the Welsh, Scottish and Irish. In Germany it is Prussia who carries out this task, subjecting the small German, Danish and Polish states and...

20:49

Leaders meet in Italy to find settlement in Libya Peace and Freedom

A gathering of leaders of Libyas quarrelling factions and of countries keen on stabilizing the North African nation opens Monday in Sicily, aimed at finding a political settlement that would bolster the fight against Islamic militants and stop illegal migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europes southern shores.

Italys Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his Libyan counterpart Fayez Al-Sarraj previously met in Italy ahead of the Palermo conference. (File/AFP)

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But the meetings chances of success appear uncertain, not least because of the difficulties involved in any attempt to get all stakeholders two rival administrations, unruly militias with considerable firepower and an ambitious army general to agree on a road map that would reunite Libya after seven years of chaos and bloodshed while not infringing on their current spheres of power.

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Gen. Khalifa Haftar, commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army, is unlikely to go to the Palermo event, according to officials close to him. The Egyptian- and UAE-backed Haftar, who also maintains close ties with France, views the meeting as lacking a clear agenda and designed largely as a media event favoring Italy, the host, according to the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

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Haftars absence would render the meeting largely irrelevant.

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Dealing a further blow to the meetings chances of success, some European heads of state that Italy had hoped would come including US President Donald Trump and Russias Vladimir Putin are also staying away, sending lower-ranking State Department or Foreign Ministry officials instead.

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Frances foreign minister is expected, and Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte will be greeting arrivals Monday evening, ahead of the first event, a closed-door dinner.

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Italy has for years nervously eyed a lawless Libya across the Mediterranean. Like other European nations, Rome wants to contain the threat of militants based there carrying out terror attacks on its territory and the danger of a continuous flow of migrants arriving by sea.

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With hopes already effectively dashed that this weeks meeting would gather all the delegations from Libyas main factions in one room, Italian daily La Stampa on Saturday noted that the possibility of another conference, in Rome in a few weeks, was being mulled over. A series of bilateral encounters are foreseen in Palermo.

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Contes six-month-old populist gover...

20:41

Israel: Raid Into Gaza Not For Assassination; Praises Troops Heroic Extraction Peace and Freedom

Israeli Army chief lauds fallen special forces senior officer, says operation was of the utmost importance to Israels security

 

A helicopter carrying a wounded Israel soldier who was injured during an operation in the Gaza Strip lands outside Beersheba's Soroka Medical Center on November 11, 2018. (Twitter)
A helicopter carrying a wounded Israel soldier who was injured during an operation in the Gaza Strip lands outside Beershebas Soroka Medical Center on November 11, 2018. (Twitter)

An Israeli special forces operation deep inside the Gaza Strip on Sunday night that sparked hours of clashes and left one senior IDF officer dead, along with seven Hamas members, was not an assassination raid but an intelligence-gathering mission that went awry, the army said Monday.

The action was for intelligence purposes, not for an assassination or a kidnapping. It was planned despite the efforts to reach a [ceasefire] arrangement, IDF Spokesperson Ronen Manelis said told Army Radio.

IDF troops that operated last night in the Gaza Strip became trapped in a highly complex situation. The soldiers acted heroically, hit those who threatened them and extracted themselves to Israeli territory, Manelis said in a statement.

The spokesperson also told Army Radio that both the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas were investigating the previous nights altercation.  Tensions in southern Israel remained tense following the clash, with schools ordered closed and farmers kept away from their fields.

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20:34

Map Update: Escalation In Gaza Strip On November 11-12, 2018

The situation in the Gaza Strip is once again escalating after the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) assasinated Nur Barake, a deputy commander of an elite unit of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, in the town of Khan Yunis. The assasination triggered a series of clashes between Palestinian fighters and IDF troops, who called airstrikes to support their retreat.

An IDF spokesperson claimed that the force acted as part of the IDFs efforts to preserve Israels superiority over its enemies in a wide range of areas. The night force carried out a lengthy operation during which it encountered a very complex reality. The spokesperson also said that the IDF troops acted heroically.

According to different sources, a total of 5-7 Palestinians, including members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, was killed in the clashes. The IDF said that one IDF servicemember was killed and another one was injured. In response to the assasination, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades launched at least 17 rockets at targets in southern Israel.

Summing up the recent developments, it looks that the IDF operation went not as it had been planned. This caused a wave of political and media hysteria in Israel.

Israeli Minister of Science Technology and Space Ofir Akunis [Likud] stated that Israel has to return to the policy of targeted strikes.

Hamas is a cruel terror group [which] aims to destroy the state of Israel, he said, it must be hurt, including using targeted strikes against the heads of the snake.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also going to hold security consultations on Gaza. The Israeli top military and political leadership will once again discuss a possible large-scale military action in the region. Over the past few weeks, the IDF has deployed multiple battle tanks and other military equipment near the contact line with Gaza.

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Winston Churchills grandson: Trump pathetic, inadequate for missing WWI ceremony Peace and Freedom

Donald Trump couldnt even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen.

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The grandson of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, himself a conservative politician, slammed President Trump for missing a ceremony honoring soldiers who died during World War I because it was raining.

They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldnt even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen, Nicholas Soames tweeted Saturday, using the hashtag #hesnotfittorepresenthisgreatcountry.

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Winston Churchill (Right) and Nicholas Soames

The White House announced Saturday that Trump would not be attending the event at Aisne-Marne American cemetery outside of Paris, while other world leaders like French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau represented their respective countries. Instead, the U.S. delegation was led by White House chief of staff John Kelly, a former Marine general, and Joint Chiefs chairman Joseph Dunford.

In a new statement Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Marine One, the presidential helicopter, was unable to fly Trump to the cemetery due to near-zero visibility.

A car ride of two and a half hours, each way, would have required closures to substantial portions of the Paris roadways for the Presidents motorcade, on short notice, Sanders said. President Trump did not want to cause that kind of unexpected disruption to the city and its people.

Trump, however, did deliver a speech without an umbrella during a rainy Veterans Day ceremony Sunday at Suresnes Cemetery, which is closer to Paris. His speech focused on World War I history and the impact of American troops on the conflict on the centennial anniversary of the wars end.

This is not the first time Soames has criticized Trump. The longtime Conservative British Member of Parliament last year called Trump a daft twerp after the president tweeted about a link between radical Islamic terror and a rise in crime in the U.K.

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UK: The political tightrope Theresa May is walking gets narrower Peace and Freedom

Political calculations could have major ramifications on the future of exit negotiations

By Jim Brunsden

We have reached a stage in Brexit talks where every Monday morning fires the starting gun on another political survival race for Theresa May.

After being warned by The Sunday Times last month that she was entering the killing zone, the paper on Sunday gave the chilling assessment that Brussels had switched off her governments life support machine by rejecting part of her Brexit plans.

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But its not hyperbole to say that Mrs May must make political calculations this week that could have major ramifications on the future of the UKs exit negotiations, and on her ability to get a deal through the British parliament. In Brussels, negotiators are closing in on a deal on the UKs withdrawal treaty, with a solution within reach to the fraught question of how to prevent a hard border in Ireland.

The plan, explained to diplomats by EU negotiators on Friday, would give the EU and Britain multiple options for what to do in 2020 if the UKs post-Brexit transition period is drawing to a close without a permanent trade agreement being in place that would prevent a hard border.

These would include extending the transition, or putting in place a temporary customs union encompassing the EU and the whole of the UK.

But that customs union, already anathema to hardline Brexiters, would come with conditions that are hard for Mrs Mays government to swallow, including adherence to many EU regulations and also to environmental targets.

The UKs hopes of having any unilateral right to end this backstop arrangement have also been dashed: its clear that Brussels consent will be required to bring it to an end and replace it with another trading relationship.

While Mrs May has sought to sugar the pill by insisting that the backstop is unlikely to ever be needed, that argument is being undercut by mounting evidence that Brussels sees elements of it including governance arrangements and level playing field provisions  as the baseline for talks about the two sides future relationship.

Now that the deal is taking shape, Mrs May must decide when to act. Government sources had raised expectations that the prime minister would seek to get her cabinets approval for the agreement either at an extraordinary meeting last week or even over the weekend.

But the political tightrope Mrs May is walking got narrower on Friday with the shock resignation of Jo Johnson, her transport minister. His damning assessment of her negotiating strategy and call for a second referendum make the task of selling a deal even harder.

Mrs Mays dilemma is whether to do the deal now, and make the best case she can to her cabine...

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#Athens Nov 18 & 19: The future is already here, 2 days of resistance to singularity Enough is Enough!

Call for 2 days of resistance during the SingularityU Summit in Athens, Greek territory.

Originally published by Athens Indymedia.

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THE FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE

TWO DAYS OF RESISTANCE TO SINGULARITY

Artificial intelligence, databases, augmented reality, high security cameras, digital ecosystems, drones, smartphones with smart advertisements and smart houses that steal our thoughts and turn them into merchandise, spectacle, suppression.

Surveillance. Order and security.

The laboratory escapes the four walls- the laboratory is the whole planet.

All this is what the yuppie entrepreneurs, academics, CEOs and scientists are shouting timidly but yet outrageously from Silicon Valley to Athens. On the 19th of November at the SingularityU Summit the enthusiasts of the technological dystopia will gather at Megaro Mousikis. Therefore, dystopia is here, dystopia is now. Singularity Summit is a gathering that will teach to the aspiring leaders and future entrepreneurs how they will thrive in an environment of competition and high technology. The foundation for all of this are the biggest multinational database companies in the world that govern the whole planet and reign in Silicon Valley, such as Google, Yahoo and Apple. Their dream is being presented worldwide by various arrogant scientists, such as Peter Diamantis, and is being spread to the elites of the international scene. Last year in Milan, now in Athens. The sponsors of this years summit here are Kathimerini and SKAI- weve always disliked them and they never miss out on reminding us- and the research center Demokritos, that test on non human animals.

The future is already here, but us, our thoughts, our fears, our resistances are also here. Nothing is over the future is still unwritten.

EVENT-PRESENTATION about the SingularityU Summit and the nanoworld

by the group Resistenze al nanomondo (Italy)

SUNDAY 18/11 (location soon) at 19:00

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Asias $4.3 trillion stock rout is 20 years coming Peace and Freedom

While some say recent selling binges are a sign of how liquid and efficient developing Asia has become, there is a perception that its not enough

By William Pesek

Asia has a Germany sized problem on its hands, one that wont go away as soon as investors hope. On Friday alone, the MSCI Asia Pacific Index plunged 1.2%, bringing the regions losses this year to $4.3 trillion of market value. This rout, equivalent to Germanys annual output, reflects a perfect storm of worries coursing Asias way: Donald Trumps trade war, Federal Reserve rate hikes and sliding oil prices.

This risk trifecta is pulling punters in different directions. The US presidents tariffs, for example, are hammering away at Chinas growth engines a problem considering its every regional economys main customer. That has investors pivoting to a risk-off crouch.

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The second serves up a bit of schizophrenia for investors. Its grand, for example, that the Fed is taking froth out of an overstimulated economy. Asia, though, has traumatic memories of the dollars rally in the mid-to-late 1990s, which helped precipitate the 1997 crisis.

The third is either stellar news for investors or reason to run for the exits. The former suggests less inflation for economies from India to Indonesia to the Philippines; the latter that global demand is hitting a rough patch.

Taken together, these three risks are ravaging markets in Asia more than anywhere else. And its important to explore why.

Optimists will say that recent selling binges are a show of back-handed strength, a sign of how liquid and efficient developing Asia has become since the late 90s. The real issue, though, is a perception that for all the progress Asia made since then, its not enough.

Fair or not, plunges in the Indian rupee, Indonesian rupiah and the Philippines peso reflects a lack of progress repairing the regions duel-deficits problem. For all the boosterism about stronger national balance sheets, too many nations harbor current-account and deficit imbalances that leave them vulnerable to capital flight.

Another lesson not learned: an overreliance on exports makes you vulnerable. Not just to exogenous stocks like the Trump White House, but also to a business model that favors holding down labor costs over domestic innovation. True, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, China and elsewhere are enjoying scattered bursts of startup activity. Thats great, but not enough, and government policies deserve c...

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Erdogan: US, Saudis, Germany, UK Heard Khashoggis Murder Audio GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Ankara (TLS) We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, Germans, French and British, all of them. They know. Erdogan said Saturday.

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday his country shared recordings related to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and a number of European countries.

We gave the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, Germans, French and British, all of them. They have listened to all the conversations in them. They know, Erdogan said in Ankara as he left Turkey to attend World War One armistice commemorations in Paris along with other world leaders.

Turkish prosecutors showed that a team of 15 Saudi agents arrived in Istanbul on Oct. 2, the same day Khashoggi was murdered inside the consulate. The Saudi government denied the accusations for weeks, but later changed their narrative and confirmed that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate in a rogue operation of which the crown prince and de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) supposedly had no idea about.

We dont have documents, there are no findings. But theres information. These 15 people, with all certainty, know who is the murderer, how and where he took the body, continued Erdogan.

According to Riyadhs official declarations, the body was handed over to a local collaborator.

Erdogan has that demanded the Saudi authorities reveal the name of the local collaborator, if there is one, and the name of the killer, who he thinks is among the 15 agents that suddenly flew to Istanbul.

Theres no need to distort this issue, they know for certain that the killer, or the killers, is among these 15 people. Saudi Arabias government can disclose this by making these 15 people talk, Erdogan said.

Many people have had access to the several audio recordings related to Khashoggis murder, but these have not been made public for various reasons. The CIA director Gina Haspel heard at least one of them when she visited Istanbul after the controversy broke out. Saudi officials have also listened to it.


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Trump v Congress: How Khashoggi Case Sets Up Battle over US-Saudi Ties


The audio recordings are said to include evidence of the killing itself and even the planning, proving it was a premeditated operation. As evidence surfaced and Erdogan claimed that Turkish prosec...

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The Best Way to Honor War Veterans Is to Stop Creating Them GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Washington D.C. (AHT) The US will be celebrating Veterans Day tomorrow, and many a striped flag shall be waved. The social currency of esteem will be used to elevate those who have served in the US military, thereby ensuring future generations of recruits to be thrown into the gears of the globe-spanning war machine.

Veterans Day is not a holiday to honor the men and women who have dutifully protected their country. The youngest Americans who arguably defended their nation from a real threat to its shores are in their nineties, and soon there wont be any of them left. Every single person who has served in the US military since the end of the second World War has protected nothing other than the agendas of global hegemony, resource control, and war profiteering. They have not been fighting and dying for freedom and democracy, they have been fighting and dying for imperialism, Raytheon profit margins, and crude oil.

I just said something youre not supposed to say. People have dedicated many years of their lives to the service of the US military; theyve given their limbs to it, theyve suffered horrific brain damage for it, theyve given their very lives to it. Families have been ripped apart by the violence that has been inflicted upon members of the US Armed Forces; youre not supposed to let them hear you say that their loved one was destroyed because some sociopathic nerds somewhere in Washington decided that it would give America an advantage over potential economic rivals to control a particular stretch of Middle Eastern dirt. But it is true, and if we dont start acknowledging that truth lives are going to keep getting thrown into the gears of the machine for the power and profit of a few depraved oligarchs. So Im going to keep saying it.

Last week I saw the hashtag #SaluteToService trending on Twitter. Apparently, the NFL had a deal going where every time someone tweeted that hashtag theyd throw a few bucks at some veterans charity. Which sounds sweet, until you consider three things:
1. The NFLs ten wealthiest team owners are worth a combined $61 billion.
2. The NFL has taken millions of dollars from the Pentagon for displays of patriotism on the field, including for the policy of bringing all players out for the national anthem every game starting in 2009 (which led to Colin Kaepernicks demonstrations and the obscene backlash against him).
3. VETERANS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO RELY ON FUCKING CHARITY.

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19:55

Mega Srebrenica in Iraq Causes Mostly a Yawn Strategic Culture Foundation

The prospects of unworthy Iraqi victims in the provinces of Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salahuddin and Anbar for securing the benevolent attention of Western justice are bleak, writes Stephen Karganovic.

19:51

Take Your Pick: Law or Freedom Enough is Enough!

How Nobody Is above the Law Abets the Rise of Tyranny.

Originally published by Crimethinc.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

We saw you last night among thousands of other anti-Trump demonstrators around the US. Their signs proclaimed, No one is above the law. You were the one with the sign reading I love laws. We need to talk.

Really, this is what gets you into the streets? Trumps goons have been kidnapping your neighbors, preparing to block your access to abortion, openly promoting nationalism, calling the targets for lone wolf assassins who send mail bombs and shoot up synagoguesand your chief concern is whether what theyre doing is legal?

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19:40

The Migration of the Skeptic Aletho News

qedcon | October 16, 2018 Naturalist Sir David Attenborough definitely presents this short documentary on the migration of the Skeptic. This spoof was originally used to open QED 2018. Written by Matt White, Michael Marshall, and Mike Hall Directed by Matt White Edited by Deniz Kavalali VFX by Joe Pavlo Audio post-production by Offset Audio []

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Miguel Amors: Between capitalism and anti-capitalism the struggle for territory (2) Enough is Enough!

The second of two essays by Miguel Amors on the concept of territory, and a further contribution our series on the May 68 writers Amors, Jaime Semprun, Amedeo Bertolo and Eduardo Colombo.

Originally published by Autonomies. Written by Miguel Amors.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

For us, nature is not a pre-social fact, but a product of culture and history, a space defined by an eminently rural sense of time, which is why we shall employ the word territory when referring to it. Similarly, by society we mean industrial, urban society, since this is its historical form under the capitalist regime. After this clarification, we must say that this territory is governed by laws that are very different from the ones that govern the mass society that is colonizing it. The most important of these laws can be framed as follows: everything is connected, everything is related to everything else. In mass society, on the other hand, each element acts in isolation from the others, and it is not human needs that determine its action, but, quite to the contrary, it is this action that determines those needs. Today the territory is poorly socialized nature; society is poorly naturalized humanity.

The application of revolutionary remedies is impossible in societies that are not predominantly rural, horizontal and egalitarian, and therefore communitarian in an anti-developmentalist context of de-urbanization and de-globalization. A program that would promote this kind of society challenges the powerful forces that rule todays society of massification and exclusion. Its profitsand its powerare linked to its permanence and to the intensification of its characteristic traits. These forces have chosen the technological way, which usually means bigger harvests, more cars, more capital, more consumption, more people. They have opted for the disaster that makes them more productive and brings them the most profit. No modification in the production, circulation or consumption of commodities that militates against their interests will be accepted without a struggle. No struggle is worth the trouble, however, that does not force them to retreat. There are no easy ways of transition: a...

19:12

Morning Prayer for Monday, November 12, 2018: Admitting Our Helplessness Before God Peace and Freedom

You must admit your helplessness before your prayer for God will hear help. Your own need must be recognized before you can ask God for the strength to meet that need. But once that need is recognized, your prayer is heard above all the music of heaven. It is not theological arguments that solve the problems of the questing soul, but the sincere cry of that soul to God for strength and the certainty of that soul that the cry will be heard and answered.

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Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may send my voiceless cry for help out into the void. I pray that I may feel certain that it will be heard somewhere, somehow.

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Powerlessness is a gift

By Diane Scholten

For me, that central river to the sea is...

19:06

Sayyed Nasrallah Warns Israel of Inevitable Response to Any Attack on Lebanon Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 10, 2018 Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah will inevitably respond to any attack against Lebanon and will not accept any underestimation by the enemy of the countrys power as it used to do in the past. In a televised speech marking Hezbollah Martyrs Day on Saturday, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that []

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Effective Deterrence? israeli (apartheid state) Jets Give Syrian Targets a Wide Berth Following S-300 Delivery Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Effective Deterrence? Israeli Jets Give Syrian Targets a Wide Berth Following S-300 Delivery With Russia having completed the delivery of S-300PMU-2 surface to air missile batteries to Syrias air defence forces, in response to an Israeli strike on the Arab country which led to the deaths of over a dozen Russian servicemen, the new weapons system []

18:56

Schiff wants to probe Trump for targeting CNN, Washington Post Peace and Freedom

A top House Democrat wants to probe President Trumps attempts to punish media companies who give him negative news coverage.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Axios on HBO that he wants to see if Trump abused his power when he tried to meddle in the affairs of companies associated with The Washington Post and CNN.

In question, Schiff said, was whether the president used the instrument of state power to punish the press.

For one, Trump had publicly suggested that Amazon whose founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post was ripping off the US Postal Service.

Schiff told Axios that the president was secretly meeting with the postmaster [general] in an effort to browbeat the postmaster [general] into raising postal rates on Amazon.

Former officials additionally told Axios that despite telling Trump that the Postal Services financial hardship had nothing to do with Amazon, the president couldnt be convinced.

This appears to be an effort by the president to use the instruments of state power to punish Jeff Bezos and The Washington Post, Schiff said on Axios on HBO.

Trump has also said hed consider antitrust action against Amazon.

The California Democrat also wanted Congress to investigate whether the president tried to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger, as a way to get back at CNN, which he consistently labels as fake news.

We dont know, for example, whether the effort to hold up the merger of the parent of CNN was a concern over antitrust, or whether this was an effort merely to punish CNN, Schiff said.

Schiffs comments come just days after one of the presidents biggest flare-ups with the press. At a Wednesday press conference on the heels of the midterm election, the president became annoyed at CNNs Jim Acosta for asking about the caravan and the Russia investigation.

Ill tell you what: CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldnt be wor...

18:50

Opening Up China: Wall Streets $45 Trillion China Dream Inches Toward Reality Peace and Freedom

Three firms have applied to increase stakes in securities JVs

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Trade war, falling stocks and debt pile are all warning signs
Pedestrians ride an escalator in the Lujiazui Financial District in Shanghai. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a speech last week that the country was steadily widening the opening up of its financial industry.

For China watchers, steadily was the key word. Almost exactly a year after the country announced historic plans to ease local ownership rules and entry barriers to whats now a $45 trillion industry, the pace of change has been closer to a crawl than a sprint. While Xi signaled that Chinas opening remains on track despite the countrys trade war with America, he also made it clear that policy makers will move deliberately.

The worlds biggest financial firms have adopted much the same stance. Even as they applaud Chinas opening, many are taking a cautious approach as they weigh the countrys enormous long-term potential against its growing number of short-term challenges everything from the trade war to sinking stock prices and rising defaults.

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Firms are taking a wait-and-see attitude to see whether they will be able to compete on a level playing field in China, Mark Austen, chief executive officer of the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association, said in an interview.

The most important changes announced a year ago allow foreign companies to take majority stakes in local securities firms, mutual fund managers, banks and insurers.

So far, most of the action has taken place in the securities industry. UBS Group AGJPMorgan Chase & Co....

18:39

Miguel Amors: Between capitalism and anti-capitalism the struggle for territory (1) Enough is Enough!

We (Autonomies) share below the first of two essays by Amors on territory, further contributions to our series on the May 68 writers Amors, Jaime Semprun, Amedeo Bertolo and Eduardo Colombo.

Originally published by Autonomies. Written by Miguel Amors.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

It is revolutionary to know how to make a loaf of bread, but it is also revolutionary to know how to make a barricade. Its segregation as well as its resistance do not have the goal of its isolated survival but the consolidation of community and the abolition of capitalism. The reestablishment of open council meetings, the creation of social currency, reducing the length of the circuits between production and consumption, or the recovery of the communal lands, should not be alter-capitalist paths and pretexts for inactivity or citizenism. Their purpose in the domain of the oikos is the production of use values, not exchange values. They are not the identifying symbols of the rural hipster ghetto, but distinct aspects of a single struggle, the struggle for a territory emancipated from the commodity and the state, whose atmosphere will make everyone who breathes it free. They are elements of the greatest importance upon whose correct combination an effective strategy that can lead the forces of historical consciousness to victory will depend. Its elaboration is the task of the anti-developmentalist critique, which, unlike other types of critique, does not get bogged down in abstract theoretical generalizations nor does it assume a position of pure negativity or activist positivity, because, in a quite concrete way, it knows what it wants. That is why it does not try to catch the moon in its reflection on the water. It knows exactly where to look to find things.

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The concept of territory is at the heart of Miguel Amors critical thought.  It is both the lens through which he reads the violence of capitalism (capitalism is the appropriation and commodification of all social life bound to territory) and the emancipatory practices of radical, anti-capitalist politics (anti-capitalism demands the liberation of territory from the State and Capital, and the (re)-creating of territorial social relations through the free, collective ruralis...

18:36

Pakistan: Surrender, Then Embrace of Rioters Degrades Rule of Law Peace and Freedom

Videos of little children hanging Asia Bibi in effigy and schoolchildren calling for her death

DURING the slow-motion surrender of the last two weeks, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari hit the mark by tweeting:

appeasement historically never works as Chamberlains Munich appeasement towards Nazis showed. Appeasement to avoid bloodshed in a war-weary Europe led to massive bloodshed & destruction in the form of WWII.

Neville Chamberlain was the British prime minister at a time when Hitler was rapidly gobbling up territory and had recently annexed Austria. With Hitler eyeing the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia, Chamberlain and others rushed to avoid a war by granting him the Sudetenland in exchange for a pledge to not make more demands. Chamberlain returned home to great acclaim, waving the Munich document and declaring that he had won peace for our time. Churchill disagreed, warning that you had a choice between dishonour and war. You chose dishonour and you shall have war. A year later, he was proven right.

But while Munich is history, our farce continues with the latest performer being Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi.

We ask simply for the law to be applied to those who held us hostage.

Speaking in the Senate, he justified the release of those arrested during the lockdown by claiming that the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) had been shown videos of the rioters and had distanced themselves from them. Warming to his theme, he then claimed the rioters were workers of the very political parties who were present in the Senate that day.

A Pakistani supporter of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), a hardline religious party, holds an image of Christian woman Asia Bibi during a protest rally following the Supreme Courts decision to acquit Bibi of blasphemy in Islamabad.  Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images

Proudly declaring that the government had avoided violence, he added, The government will not use bullets against its own citizens. We will embrace our citizens and hold dialogues with them. And then, he bizarrely concluded by saying, The people who challenge the writ of the state and take the law into their own hands will not be given any concessions.

Now its hard to apply logic to such inanity, but lets try: absolving the TLP of guilt by saying that they had disowned the rioters is a piece of spin that even the TLP wouldnt have thought of; and accusing opposition party workers of causing the mayhem would simply be a lie.

Not usi...

18:30

Pakistan: Fake Images of Christian woman Asia Bibi leaving Pakistan embarrass government, anger Islamists Peace and Freedom

Pakistans government struggling with a crisis surrounding Asia Bibi a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges after eight years on death row now has to deal with fake images on social media purporting to show her leaving the country.

Protests broke out in Pakistan when the court acquitted Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman charged with blasphemy. (AP)

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Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry slammed the postings on Monday, one of which claims to show Bibi meeting Pope Francis. The photo is actually of Bibis daughter from two years ago.

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Chaudhry says the images misidentifying Bibi prompted death threats to a lawmaker in one photograph.

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Radical Islamists have blocked Bibis freedom and demanded she be publicly executed. Theyve also filed a petition to repeal her Supreme Court acquittal.

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The government says Bibi remains in Pakistan, at a secret location for her own protection, until the review process is finished.

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18:22

Sad lessons of WWI a sober warning for US vs. China Peace and Freedom

One hundred years ago today, the guns of Flanders Fields fell silent. Although the messy business of peace remained, the Tommies, Doughboys, Jerries and Poilus gained a reprieve from their march to the slaughterhouse. The Great War, it was hoped, would end all others, suppressing what is base in our natures and promoting what is tranquil.

That expectation of peace and coexistence failed, of course; conflict is part of human nature. But as the century-old echoes of artillery and machine-gun fire resonate with us today, they should pressure us to action, as another great-power rivalry returns in a different global theatre.

By Seth Cropsey
The Hill

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Each generation assumes that it lives in the most important era. The generation that repulsed Nazism and Japanese imperialism justifiably understood the significance of its task; its descendants held fast against communist totalitarianism and, after 50 years, were rewarded with victory. Any man or woman who came of age before Sept. 11, 2001, understands they now live in a different time.

In the West, at least, history seems to build to a conclusion, its highs more triumphant, its lows more violent. Such teleology is a product of the Wests Christian heritage. The modern Englishman, German, Frenchman, Italian or American may be less religiously observant than his pre-20th century counterpart, but his worldview remains colored by the New Testaments eschatology.

This understanding feeds into contemporary mans natural hubris. His self-importance is a contrast to the heroism and challenges of his predecessors. More worryingly, it gives him an unwarranted sense of confidence in his permanence.

Our ancient antecedents possessed their own hubris. But their eschatology lacked the beckoning green light of a luminous future that Jay Gatsby saw. The ancient Greeks saw no such light. They hoped for the triumph of good over evil but saw existence as a brutal power struggle between man and fate. Almost invariably, their greatest heroes Heracles, Jason, Achilles and Agamemnon, among others met tragic ends.

For civilizations like ours that expect ever-increasing prosperity and better lives for future generations, the shock of conflict can be debilitating. Before 1914, Britain, France and Germany formed the Wests vibrant core; each provided its citizens with a standard of living previously unknown, produced seminal artistic and cultural works. Four years later, Britain and France were psychologically shattered, while Germany began its slide into Hitlerite tyranny.

Even for societies prepared for cyclical violence, great-power conflict remains traumati...

18:15

Boris Johnson: My brother is right Mrs Mays deal is the biggest statecraft failure since Suez Peace and Freedom

I really cant believe it but this Government seems to be on the verge of total surrender. With every day that passes we seem to be getting more craven. We have already agreed to hand over 40bn for nothing and certainly not a trade deal in return.

We have agreed to become the punk of Brussels, signing up not just to their existing rulebook but to huge chunks of future regulation even though we will have no say in drafting that legislation. We have agreed against all promises that the European Court of Justice will have a say in the enforcement of that regulation in the UK.

We have been so feeble in our preparations to leave the EU on WTO terms, and so unnaturally terrified of the consequences (greatly exaggerated by the scaremongers) that we have now said we will remain in the so-called customs union.

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Which means that our trade policy will be run by Brussels at least until 2022, and at this rate long beyond that date. We will not be able to do free trade deals of any great value. We will not be able to take back control of our tariffs, our borders, our money, our laws. It is not even clear whether we will be able to set our own VAT rates and yet we will have no one round the table to argue the UK case.

As my brother Joseph rightly said when he resigned last week, we are already looking at the biggest failure of UK statecraft since Suez. And it seems that the Prime Minister would like to go one better. She has recommended to the Cabinet not only that we agree to stay in the customs union under the so-called backstop arrangement, but that we actually abdicate the power to leave that backstop.

Under the shameful proposals now before Cabinet it will be up to some joint UK/EU committee, or some independent arbitration mechanism to decide whether the UK an ancient and sovereign nation is finally allowed to come out, to run its own trade policy and set its own tariffs. And most incredibly of all, the whole process will be justiciable by the European Court of Justice yes, that court that we were all told would cease to have any say in this country.

I want you to savour the full horror of this capitulation. Under Article 50, the UK is at least able in theory to leave the EU. We do not have to consult any other authority. But under these proposals we are agreeing that the EU would have a say on whether this country is capable of making that final exit from the EUs essential institution, the customs union. In other words, we are on the verge of signing up for something even worse than the current constitutional position. These are the terms that might b...

18:09

BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel October 2018 BBC Watch

The Israel Security Agencys report on terror attacks (Hebrew) during October 2018 shows that throughout the month a total of 330 incidents took place: 95 in Judea & Samaria, 14 in Jerusalem and 221 in the Gaza Strip sector.

In Judea & Samaria and Jerusalem the agency recorded 80 attacks with petrol bombs, 15 attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs), eight arson attacks, two shooting attacks and four stabbing attacks.

Incidents recorded in the Gaza Strip sector included 141 attacks with petrol bombs, 39 attacks using IEDs and twenty-five grenade attacks. Sixteen separate incidents of rocket or mortar fire a total of forty-six launches took place during October.

The murder of two Israeli civilians and the wounding of another in a terror attack at the Barkan industrial park on October 7th was reported on the BBC News website well over 24 hours later with the words terrorist and terrorism used, as usual, only in quotes from Israeli officials.

A member of the security forces and a civilian were wounded in a stabbing attack on October 11th which did not receive any BBC coverage.

Visitors to the BBC News website saw no coverage of missile attacks on October 17th and October 24th. A barrage of attacks on October 26th/ 27th was ...

18:08

Hillary Will Run Again Peace and Freedom

Reinventing herself as a liberal firebrand, Mrs. Clinton will easily capture the 2020 nomination.

Its been quite a journey. In July 1999, Mrs. Clinton began her independent political career on retiring Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihans farm in upstate New York. Her Senate platform included support for a balanced budget, the death penalty and incremental health-care reform. It was a decisive break from her early-1990s self. Hillary Clinton 2.0 was a moderate, building on the success of her communitarian It Takes a Village appeals and pledging to bring home the bacon for New York. She emphasized her religious background, voiced strong support for Israel, voted for the Iraq war, and took a hard line against Iran.

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But Hillary 2.0 could not overcome Barack Obama, the instant press sensation. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Mrs. Clinton held fast to centrist positions that would have assured her victory in the general election. But progressive leaders and donors abandoned her for the antiwar Mr. Obama. Black voters who had been strong Clinton supporters in New York and Arkansas left her column to elect the first African-American president. History was made, but not by Mrs. Clinton. Though she won more delegates from Democratic primaries, activists in caucus states gave Mr. Obama, who had called her likable enough, the heartbreaking win.

Licking her wounds, Mrs. Clinton served as secretary of state while she planned her comeback. It was during this time that the more liberal Hillary 3.0 emerged. She believed she could never win a primary as a moderate, so she entered the 2016 primary as a progressive like Mr. Obama. Then she moved further left as Sen. Bernie Sanders came closer to derailing her nomination. This time she was able to contain her opponents support, crucially by bringing African-American voters into her camp.

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18:00

EU countries approve arms sales to Saudi, UAE worth 55 times aid to Yemen Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Europe's arms sector is unaccountable and highly influential in the corridors of power, with $86.7bn in approved sales to the Gulf since 2015

17:58

Sinema defeats McSally in Arizona, Cook Political Report projects Peace and Freedom

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona, is projected to defeat Republican opponent Rep. Martha McSally, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.

As of Sunday, Sinema had 49.57 percent of the vote, or 1,071,280 ballots cast, the Arizona Secretary of States office reported. McSally, meanwhile, had 48.08 percent support or 1,038,988 votes.

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Sinemas campaign manager Andrew Piatt declared his bosss lead over McSally as insurmountable.

McSallys campaign said todays results would be her firewall but as we expected, no firewall emerged, Piatt wrote in a statement. McSally has lost every batch of votes from Maricopa County and today, Kyrsten won by 6.25 percent nearly double her overrall performance in the county to date.

Kyrsten has now expanded her overall lead to 32,640 or 1.52 percent, meaning McSally would have to win the remainder of Maricopa County ballots by 22 percent to take the lead in this race, he added. This is not plausible. Kyrsten will be declared the next U.S. Senator from Arizona.

But Jim Bognet, the McSally campaigns CEO, wrote in a Sunday statement that their side was yet to give up hope.

Today our vote total grew at a greater rate than expected, and we expanded our vote margins in rural areas counting mail-in ballots dropped off on Election Day, he said. The latest release provides compelling evidence that the remaining uncounted ballots are favorable to Martha. And we will continue our effort to make sure all lawful ballots are counted.

Sinema and McSally are vying to become Arizonas first woman senator, replacing retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake in the upper chamber.

17:54

Russian sanctions: why isolation is impossible Peace and Freedom

They were designed to isolate Putin, but the rhetoric has not matched reality as Moscow sells arms and strengthens alliances

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By Henry Foy in Moscow

It fires missiles that travel at 2km per second and can hit targets flying twice as fast. It can target 80 different enemy aircraft, drones and cruise missiles at the same time from 400km away, and spot stealth warplanes that previously evaded detection.

But arguably the most dangerous aspect of Russias S-400 Triumph missile defence system is the damage it has inflicted on the clout of Washingtons anti-Moscow sanctions programme, and concerted efforts by the US to isolate Russia from the rest of the world.

Despite sweeping sanctions against Russias defence industry to shut down its lucrative exports and a ban on other countries buying the S-400 specifically, Russia is doing a roaring trade in what most experts consider the worlds most advanced air defence system.

Over the past year, Turkey and India have signed deals to buy S-400s, China has received its first deliveries, and Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iraq have begun negotiations over deals to acquire the sanctioned systems. If the wests sanctions regime, first introduced in March 2014, was designed to cut off Moscow from the rest of the world and isolate its critical industries, the truck-mounted missile launchers are a $400m-a-piece example of how that effort has failed.

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Turkey and India have signed deals to buy Russias S-400 anti-aircraft missile launcher AFP

There is no question about the isolation of Russia.  Nobody is even talking about it, says Andrei Frolov, editor-in-chief of Russias Arms Export journal. There are major breakthroughs thanks to China and India...the message is that Russia is still open for business.

Since 2014 and Russias annexation of Crimea, a sanctions regime led by the US and supported by the UK, EU and other western allies has sought to isolate Moscow by curbing its access to external finance, trade and diplomatic support in an effort to force a change in political approach from President Vladimir Putins administration.

Initially targeting Russian politicians, the countrys vast energy sector and military-industrial complex, the sanctions have become ever more targeted against individuals and businesses.

Allegations against Moscow of meddling in the 2016 US election, allowing the use of chemical weapons in Syria and carrying out the attempted murder of former spy Sergei Skripal in the UK this spring have resulted in harsher restrictions.

But if the measures were designed to make Moscow an international pariah, friendless and toxic, t...

17:41

Remembering the Peace Makers: What the Armistice Commemorations Forgot Dissident Voice

Those in the war industry and the business of commemorating the dead have little time for peace, even as they supposedly celebrate it. For them, peace is the enemy as much as armed opposing combatants, if not more so. Dr Brendan Nelson of the Australian War Memorial is every bit the propagandist in this regard, encased in armour of permanent reminder: Do not forget the sacrifice; do not forget the slaughter.  The issue is how war, not peace, is commemorated.

That theme was repeated, for the most part, in Paris on November 11.  US President Donald Trump spoke of our sacred obligation to memorialise our fallen heroes.  French President Emmanuel Macron marked the 100th anniversary of the Great War by having a dig at nationalism, calling it a betrayal of patriotism (is there a difference?).  The nationalists, he warned, were getting busy, these old demons coming back to wreak chaos and death.  The intellectuals (and here, he alluded to Julien Bendas 1927 classic, La trahison des clercs) were at risk of capitulating.

But Macron, rather slyly, was hoping that the French obsession with universal values would somehow render his message less parochial: to be French was to be an internationalist, not a tunnel-visioned, rabid nationalist.  The soldiers who perished in the Great War did so in the defence of Frances universal values in order to repudiate the selfishness of nationals only looking after their own interests.  Much room for disagreement on that score, and Marine Le Pen would have been a suitable corrective.

The peace activities of the Great War, asphyxiated, smothered and derided in texts and official narratives, are rarely discussed in the mass marketed solemnity of commemorations.  The writings of those prophets who warned that any adventurism such as what transpired in 1914 would be met with immeasurable suffering are also conspicuously absent.  Jean de Bloc, whose magisterial multi-volume The Future of War appeared in 1898 in Russian, found it impossible that Europes leaders would embark on a conflict against each other; to do so would cause humanity a great moral evil civil order will be threatened by new theories of social revolution. The end would be catastrophic.  How many flourishing countries will be turned into wilderness and rich cities into ruins! How many tears will be shed, how many will be left in beggary!

These sceptics were the enlightened ones, scorned for not having the sense of fun that comes with joining battle and being butchered in the name of some vague patriotic sentiment.  If human beings are animals at play, then play to the death, if need be the rational ones were sidelined, persecuted and hounde...

17:33

#Portland: Stand With Survivors Against Patriot Prayer Enough is Enough!

Call for counter protests against a rally of Patriot Prayer in Portland on November 17.

Originally published by Rose Coty Antifa Facebook event page.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Saturday November 17, 13:00 PST

Terry D. Schrunk Plaza, 364 SW Madison St., Portland 97204

Patriot Prayer are holding a rally that will again bring misogyny to the streets of our city. We as a city have to stand up and reject their attempt to cast doubt on the sexual violence that women and others experience in our society. This so called himtoo rally is another attempt by this crew of misogynists to come into our city and attack our community.

This rally by Patriot Prayer attempts to cast men as victims of false accusations of sexual assault. Not only is this untrue, it attempts to form a backlash to survivors so that their stories and allegations can be discounted. Patriot Prayer is attempting to create a world where men can abuse and assault people with impunity. 

As a community we must stand against this attempt by Haley Adams and Patriot Prayer, a group rife with misogynists and domestic abusers, to turn back the clock on how sexual assault is treated in our society. Join us in pushing this misogyny out of our city.

Rose City Antifa


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16:46

BRICS: A Future in Limbo? Dissident Voice

The BRICS are not what they intended to be, never really were.

Today its clear that fascist-turned Brazil is out so we are at RICS. There is not much to argue about. The worlds fifth largest economy, Brazil, has failed and betrayed the concept of the BRICS and the world at large. Whether you consider South Africa as a valid member of the BRICS is also questionable. Much of SAs social injustice has actually become worse since the end of apartheid. Ending apartheid was a mere political and legal exercise.

Distribution of power and money in SA have not really changed. To the contrary, it worsened. 80% of all land is still in the hands of white farmers. This is what President Cyril Ramaphosa wants to change drastically, by confiscating white farmers land without compensation and re-distribute it to black farmers, who have no formation of how to run these farms. This is not only utterly unjust and will create internal conflicts, the last thing SA needs, but it is also very inefficient, as farming and agricultural production will decline most likely drastically and SA, a potential exporter of farm and agricultural goods, will become a net importer, a serious hit on South Africans economy.

The principle of redistributing land to the black African society is a solid one. But not by force and not by confiscation without compensation, nor without an elaborate training program for African farmers to lead to a peaceful transfer all of which does takes time and cannot happen over-night. There are too many example of hush-hush land reforms that failed miserably and actually plunged entire societies into poverty and famine. Land reforms YES, but planned and well organized and strategized. Land reforms are long-term propositions. To be successful, they dont happen over night.

On a recent trip to SA, I spoke to several black people, including especially women from townships; i.e., SOWETO, who said they were better off under apartheid.

It is not a scientific statistic, but the fact that some black people dare say that the system that atrociously discriminated, exploited and raped them, was better than todays non-apartheid system, is significant. It is a sad testimony to a generation of SAs democracy.

So, now we could say, the BRICS are down to RIC Russia, India and China.

Does India deserve to belong to a club that has as a goal equality and solidarity?

The caste system, about which very little is written, is a horrible, horrible mechanism of discrimination. And there are no efforts under way to abolish it. To the contrary. The Indian elite likes it it provides cheap labor. Its actually legalized slavehood, totally submissive to the upper class, the higher castes. Its cultural, they say. Is such injustice excusable under principles of tradition? Hardly. Especially as this cultural tradition serves only a small upper class, is devoid of any compassion and has absolu...

16:03

Escape From The Infomatrix Dissident Voice

For four long months Ive been in hiding from The Infomatrix.  Inspired both by a dire need for inner peace and an article titled: Society is Made of Narrative.  Realizing This Is Awakening From The Matrix by Caitlin Johnstone, Ive gone into nearly complete informational and electronic detox.  No television, no radio, no internet (except a short email visit daily), no books, no magazines, no political circus, no celebrity gossip, no sports scores, no incessant and obnoxious advertisements, no mindless chatter, none of Empires Official Narrative.  Only music fills the air and beautifies the passage of time in my home.

The result has been many hours of introspection, and a rethinking of how a seventy year old hippie might use his last few fading years on this planet more productively.  Sadly, I came to realize that, even though Ive long considered myself separate from, and even immune from The Infomatrix, complete escape is nearly impossible  I was sucked into the narrative each time I marched for a cause.  I was sucked into the narrative every time I wrote an article examining or dissecting the narrative.  Ive long been unknowingly and inadvertantly distracted by the shiny, sparkling objects of Empire, but have now begun writing my own narrative.

My new narrative is an unfinished project.  The Age of Aquarius kicked off to a strong start back about a half century ago, but stopped far short of accomplishing all those elusive hopes and dreams of peace on earth, good will to all people.  We marched defiantly in the streets of Amerika, burning the flags of the criminal Empire which terrorized Southeast Asia for power and profit.  We threw our bodies upon the gears of draft boards which sought our complicity in their crimes.  We broke windows, disrupted traffic, interrupted commerce, and as we burned our draft cards, lit a small flame of Amerikan consciousness, and finally saw an end to The Vietnam War.  Then, with our asses out of harms way, we cut our hair and went to work for the system which needed more and more Vietnams to continue business as usual.  But its wars became much more low key  Which of us really knew where Grenada is?  The bloody spectacles of Vietnam would never again be displayed on the nightly news.  War became sanitized, and more of a fireworks show as far as most folks were concerned.  The rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.  There was something oddly patriotic about all the bombing, in a very sick way, and few of us gave pause to consider the dead, dismembered bodies in its wake.

My new narrative is all about finishing the project, and remembering that this was supposed to be The Age of Aquarius, but this so-called land of the free and brave never really set foot outside The Age of Darkness and Death.  You remember The Age of Aquarius, dont you?  That Never-Neverland w...

16:01

Austria summons Russian ambassador over arrest of alleged army spy intelNews.org

The Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Russian ambassador to Vienna on Friday, following the arrest of a retired Austrian Army colonel who allegedly spied for Moscow for more than two decades.

16:00

A Celebration of Killing and Dying Antiwar.com Original

November 10th is the 242nd birthday of the United State Marine Corps. It is a time of celebration during which current and former Marines acknowledge the storied history and glorious traditions of the branch of the military in which they so proudly served. I, however, am torn. As a former Marine Corps officer with service Continue reading "A Celebration of Killing and Dying"

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The Blue Wave of Repression Antiwar.com Original

Patriotism is the opposite of nationalism bleated the poodle Macron at the Armistice celebration as he yipped and yapped and wagged his tail before the German conqueror of Europe. Meanwhile the Front Nationale outpolled the mainstream centrist parties in municipal elections for the first time and nationalist Italy is telling the European Union to stay Continue reading "The Blue Wave of Repression"

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16:00

For Veterans Day: Understanding Moral Injury in Hoopers War Antiwar.com Original

Heres an excerpt from my new book, Hoopers War: A Novel of WWII Japan, on sale now at Amazon. This excerpt is told from the perspective of the main character, Lieutenant Nate Hooper. Im lucky enough to have a friend with a boat. Sitting at the stern, I watch the boat create its wake, then Continue reading "For Veterans Day: Understanding Moral Injury in Hoopers War"

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16:00

Armistice Day First Antiwar.com Original

It gets harder to commemorate World War I, because of time and the publics embrace of, or indifference to, a permanent war economy. About the Great War British novelist H.G. Wells wrote on August 14, 1914, "This is already the vastest war in history. For this is now a war for peace. It aims Continue reading "Armistice Day First"

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15:40

Impossible to Regulate Deregulated Charter Schools Dissident Voice

Regulations have to do with what is allowed and what is not allowed. They establish what an individual, organization, or business can or cannot do. Regulations shape behaviors, actions, conduct, aims, and outcomes.

Regulations are often used in self-serving ways by different factions of the rich to benefit themselves while disadvantaging other wealthy competitors. Those with the most political-economic power hold sway and fashion regulations as they alone see fit. As in other spheres of capitalist life, might makes right. Power, not reason or principles, dominates affairs. The main point is that regulations, like laws and policies, are always political. They have a class character to them. Regulations are not neutral or above class interests because we do not live in a classless society.

The main question is who is creating or eliminating regulations and for what aims? The key issue is not whether regulations are good or bad, per se, or how many or how few there are, but which one of the two major classes in society do they serve? Regulations are a tool of class warfare. There is a big difference, for example, between capital-centered regulations verses human-centered regulations. The former serve the wealthy few who dominate society while the latter serve the common good.

Regulations and regulators have, of course, frequently failed to block many bad behaviors and problems. Regulation does not always work. Regulation does not automatically guarantee quality or progress. A major example of the failure of regulations and regulators is the Wall Street engineered economic crash of 2008 that has left most economies in awful shape for the last 10 yearswith no real and sustainable improvement in sight. Indeed, it appears that there is no returning to even substandard pre-2008 economic levels. Multiple regulatory agencies that have been around for decades did not prevent this still-unfolding economic catastrophe that the mainstream media keeps trying to downplay.

In todays context, having no regulations (deregulation) guarantees chaos, anarchy, and violencekey features of the free market. A rules-free environment ensures that only the strongest and fittest survive within the free market while the majority keeps losing. Deregulation has little to do with accountability, innovation, or prosperity and security for all.

Since the late 1970s deregulation has been a major feature of the neoliberal antisocial offensive of the rich to counter the inevitable falling rate of profit under capitalism. Governments at home and abroad have been wreaking havoc in their societies as a result of phony austerity agendas launched to save the rich. Deregulation goes hand in hand with privatization, a major form of which is contracting. Deregulating public agencies and enterprises (e.g., education) allows for greater privatization, often through contracting and public-private partnersh...

15:15

Alarm Over Talks to Implant UK Employees with Microchips cryptogon.com

Via: Guardian: Britains biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security. UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in the UK. The tiny chips, implanted in the flesh between []

14:11

Nasrallah to Yemenis: US/Saudis have failed, victory closer than ever before The Vineyard of the Saker

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14:01

Military Family Member Returns Freedom Medal to George W. Bush PopularResistance.Org

On November 11, 2018, the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, Stacy Bannerman of Military Family Speaks Out and author of "911 Homefront: How Families of Veterans are Wounded by War" attended the Liberty Medal ceremony in Philadelphia, PA to return her Freedom Medal. Former Vice President Joe Biden was giving the Liberty Medal to George W. and Laura Bush for their commitment to veterans. Former President Bush gave the Freedom Medal to Stacy Bannerman. Hear her compelling testimony on why she is giving it back to him.

13:54

A Different WWI Anniversary PopularResistance.Org

More than a decade before the New Deal, a wildcat strike wave during WWI brought about extensive concessions including right to organize, mandatory arbitration for employers, higher wages, and shorter work weeks. As we approach the anniversary of the end of WWI the history of this little-known period of class conflict has many critical lessons for us today. Above all, the lesson is that class conflict drives reform not the other way around as is commonly argued.

13:40

NY Times Is Blind To Police Problems With White Supremacists PopularResistance.Org

The New York Times tells a story about law enforcement failing and struggling to deal with white supremacy. The elephant in the room, unmentioned by reporter Janet Reitman or any of the sources she chose to cite, is that U.S. law enforcement doesnt do enough about violent racists because as an institution, U.S. law enforcement is violently racist and contains explicit white supremacists in its ranks.

13:31

The Contradictions Of The #Resistance PopularResistance.Org

Trumps bizarre vendetta against Sessions has apparently disguised for some the fact that the president couldnt have asked for a more loyal underling than Sessions, his recusal aside. One need only do a quick survey of Sessions handiwork over the last two years to see why. In other words, Sessions continued occupancy of the attorney generals office was vastly more detrimental to democracy and the rule of law than the closing of Muellers investigation ever could be. No one should be nostalgic for his tenure.

13:13

World BEYOND War is a finalist for the Educators Challenge Competition World Beyond War . . .

World BEYOND War is a finalist for the Educators Challenge competition created by the Global Challenges Foundation. The Educators Challenge seeks innovative approaches to engage students and broader audiences in discussions on the importance and principles of global governance, its history and its potential future. The Global Challenges Foundations aim is to contribute to reducing the main global problems and risks that threaten humanity.

Tony Jenkins, Education Director of World BEYOND War, submitted our book, A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (AGSS)as an educational blueprint for ending all war through the development of a cooperative, nonviolent system of global governance. AGSS is complemented by our online study guide Study War No More that provides guiding questions for discussion & action, and features videos of changemakers actively designing the new system. AGSS is utilized as a learning, planning and organizing tool by community groups, schools, universities, and policymakers around the world.

World BEYOND War is one of twelve finalists to advance to the final stage, where a final jury will select up to 10 winners. Winning prizes of US$5000 will be awarded early 2019 to the most creative and effective proposals progressing pedagogy and audience engagement around the pressing issues that require improved global cooperation.

Watch our submission promo video here.

You can learn about the 12 finalists here.

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13:13

Final Turnout in Donbass DPRs Elections Reaches 80.1 Percent Authorities Aletho News

Sputnik 12.11.2018 DONETSK/KIEV The final turnout in the elections of the leader and members of parliament in the self-proclaimed Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) has amounted to 80.1 percent, head of the breakaway republics Central Election Commission Olga Pozdnyakova said. As of the moment when the polling stations were closed, the turnout amounted to []

13:00

The Poison Paradox Who Knew? OffGuardian

David Macilwain NOVICHOK! It just wont go away even though it was never there! The Sun reports that twenty vehicles that came into contact with the killer substance have now been dismantled and buried in a toxic waste site. Suspend not disbelief yet at the thought of scrappies in Hazmat suits cutting up police cars. Such Alice in Wonderland deception was nicely detailed by Rob Slane in his latest dissection of the Skripal hoax, pointing specifically at the crucial flaws in the door-handle theory. Slane systematically destroys the UK governments assertion that the Skripals door-handle was the source of the poisoning, but without quite following through with the argument that there was no such poisoning with Novichok at all, as has been well established from other details of the event. In fact, as the UK government rests its whole case for Novichok poisoning on that door-handle, and rests its whole case against Russia on her supposed responsibility for smearing the nerve agent on it, the cutting of this Achilles Heel could

12:32

Khashoggi, Ben Barka & PressTVs Serena Shim: A 4-part series Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog November 11, 2018 In October of 1965, 2014 and 2018 three journalists were prominently assassinated: Mehdi Ben Barka, Serena Shim and Jamal Khashoggi. Most readers likely dont know the first two, while the entire world seems to know about the last one. This is a 4-part series which []

11:30

Important for DPR & LPR People Their Determination by Coming to the Elections by Ruslan Ostashko Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 10, 2018 Translated and captioned by Leo. Make sure to press CC for English captions. The closer we get to the planned elections in the Republics of Donbass, the louder Ukraine and its Western sponsors are screaming. Like, the declaration of will is illegal, because it is not provided by the Minsk agreements. For []

11:20

US tells Saudi crown prince that Khashoggi killers will be held accountable Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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11:09

Zionist Force Infiltrates Gaza to Assassinate Hamas Commander, Hamas Responds Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Zionist Force Infiltrates Gaza to Assassinate Hamas Commander, Hamas Responds November 12, 2018 Elite Israeli occupation soldiers crossed the border into Gaza on Sunday in a civilian car in a special operation to assassinate Hamas commander prompting an exchange of fire between Zionist soldiers and the Palestinian resistance. According to Hamas resistance group, the Israeli []

10:50

Nasrallah speech given on the first anniversary of the Liberation of Lebanon against terrorist groups Aletho News

Translation: unz.com/sayedhasan Transcript: [] I want to tell you, on this first anniversary of the (Second) Liberation (of Lebanon against terrorist groups in August 2017), that in these battles against the Al-Nusra Front on the one hand, and ISIS in the Jurd (Ersal) on the other hand, the number of our fighters was higher than []

10:40

Khashoggi, Ben Barka & PressTVs Serena Shim: A 4-part series The Vineyard of the Saker

by Ramin Mazaheri for The Saker Blog In October of 1965, 2014 and 2018 three journalists were prominently assassinated: Mehdi Ben Barka, Serena Shim and Jamal Khashoggi. Most readers likely

10:31

Once Upon a TimeThere Was a Martyr Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Local Editor* Tanks and military vehicles were all over the roads, and the soldiers watched the entire place. It was a crossing point where people waited for days to get assent to reach their towns or the capital (Beirut). He got off his car and walked steadily to the investigation chamber. His eyes glowed with []

10:20

CIDI Gevaar voor Nederlands Onderwijs stan van houcke

CIDI indoctrineert scholieren met zogenaamd afgewogen lesmateriaal over Isral/Palestina

Dat een Nederlandse lobbyorganisatie die de belangen van Isral verdedigt onderwijsmateriaal over het Isralisch-Palestijns conflict ontwikkelt, en het ministerie van OCW toestaat dat op scholen te gebruiken, is op zijn zachtst gezegd vreemd. Een analyse leert dat het lesmateriaal uiterst eenzijdig is.
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10:09

Saker message to the community and readers: thanks and mini Community SITREP The Vineyard of the Saker

Dear friends, Its time for me to give you a quick update on how things are going in our community and how we fit in the general political picture of

09:52

President Putin in Paris The Vineyard of the Saker

Interview to Russia Today TV Channel During his visit to France to attend commemorative events marking the centenary of Armistice Day, Vladimir Putin answered questions from a Russia Today journalist. President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon.

09:15

Journalist Throws Shoe at Dissident Yemeni Minister during Press Conference in Riyadh: Video Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Journalist Throws Shoe at Dissident Yemeni Minister during Press Conference in Riyadh: Video November 11, 2018 The dissident information minister in the Yemeni salvation government Abdol Salam Jaber was surprised by one of the journalists throwing his shoe at him while attending the formers press conference in Riyadh. It is worth noting that the Yemeni []

08:53

Seven Palestinians, one Israeli officer, killed during botched operation in Gaza Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Netanyahu cuts short visit to Paris after a raid gone wrong in which a Hamas commander was killed

08:46

Houthis Kill Dozens Of Saudi-Backed Fighters And Repel New Attacks On Al-Hudaydah (Map)

Houthis Kill Dozens Of Saudi-Backed Fighters And Repel New Attacks On Al-Hudaydah (Map)

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The Houthis repelled two attacks by the Saudi-led coalition and its Yemeni proxies near the area of Kilo 16 and south of the airport of the city of al-Hudaydah on the western Yemeni coast, Brigadier General Yahya Sari, a spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces [an ally of the Houthis], said on November 11.

Enemy warplanes attempted to support its forces by conducting dozens of airstrikes However, its forces failed to achieve any advance in the field, Brig. Gen. Sari added.

According to the Yemeni military spokesman, the Houthis killed 40 Saudi-backed Yemeni fighters and injured 60 others during the clashes around al-Hudaydah. 12 military vehicles of the Saudi-led coalition were also destroyed with anti-tank weapons.

The Houthis didnt only repel the new attacks, but also struck several positions and gathering of Saudi-led coalition troops on the western coast of Yemen with artillery and armed drones, according to the Yemeni al-Masirah TV.

The Saudi-led coalition failed to advance around or inside al-Hudaydah during the last three days, which indicates that the Houthis are once again re-gaining the initiative.

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08:23

Major oil producers foresee oversupply, edge closer to production cuts Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Oil prices have shed a fifth of their value in one month since surging to four-year high in early October

08:21

Donetsk People's Republic Election Turnout stan van houcke

Observers report unprecedentedly high turnout for DPR Elections

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08:13

Physicians Work to Bring Back the Anti-Nuclear Movement stan van houcke

Physicians Work to Bring Back the Anti-Nuclear Movement

08:04

Tomgram: Rory Fanning, Will the War Stories Ever End? TomDispatch - Blog

Im here in Chicago, 7,000 miles and 15 years away from Jalalabad, a desolate town in southwestern Afghanistan.

07:50

The Gift of Gab: Pennsylvania AG Abuses Authority to Chill Internet Speech Aletho News

By Thomas L. Knapp | The Garrison Center | November 11, 2018 On November 8, Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiros office issued a subpoena to web host and domain registrar Epik, pursuant to an ongoing civil investigation. The subpoena demands any and all documents which are related in any way to Gab. Gab, as youve no []

06:43

The Trap of History: Russian Missiles in Cuba Again? Newsbud

In the ninety-sixth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses front page articles from four Russian newspapers: Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Moskovsky Komsomolets, Izvestia, and Pravda. He examines the implications of the strengthening of economic and military cooperation between Russia and Cuba. Professor Kovacevic also looks into the reasons why the Paris summit between []

06:43

Iraq urges US to consider its political, economic position in talks on Iran sanctions Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Iraq central bank says economy is closely linked to Iran, which is locked in several proxy wars with Saudi Arabia in region

06:32

CNN gearing up to sue over Jim Acostas suspended White House press pass Peace and Freedom

CNN may be gearing up for a legal battle over the Trump administrations revocation of chief White House correspondent Jim Acostas permanent press credentials.

Former ABC News reporter and anchor Sam Donaldson appeared Sunday on CNNs Reliable Sources and said he believed a lawsuit had already been filed.

I hope Im not mistaken, but its my understanding that CNN and Acosta have sued, that there will be a court hearing on Tuesday on this very matter that weve been discussing, Donaldson said.

Host Brian Stelter replied that he was not aware of such a case.

A CNN spokesperson told the Washington Examiner that a lawsuit has not been filed yet. No decisions have been made. We have reached out to the White House and gotten no response, the spokesperson said.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced last week that Acostas hard pass was suspended until further notice over a heated press conference encounter he had with President Trump during which a White House intern tried to wrestle the microphone from the reporter.

Acosta has denied placing his hands on the young woman as some have alleged, and a video tweeted out by Sanders of the incident has garnered controversy related to whether it was doctored to make it look more intense.

Donaldson said he was told about the possible legal action because Ive been asked to give an affidavit, which I prepared, to be submitted to the court.

Donaldson who, like Acosta, had confrontational interactions with administrations he covered for ABC News during his decades-long career said he had spoken with the CNN correspondent about the furor.

I emailed him and said, Keep it up, dont worry about the vicious attacks on you by anybody, and the threa...

06:26

Saudi envoy: Khashoggi murder a tragedy, but justice will be done Peace and Freedom

The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a tragedy both for his family and for Saudi Arabia, and those responsible will be brought to justice, the Saudi Ambassador to Germany said in an interview published on Sunday.

In the end, we will know who did what and when. We take this very seriously, Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan told the German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag.

Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan said they were taking the investigation very seriously. (Photo courtesy of Martin U. K. Lengemann/WELT)

Our authorities have already arrested 18 suspects in Saudi Arabia, there have been layoffs in the security apparatus. It is obvious that something went wrong. And we are very unhappy about it.

The whole thing is a tragedy. For his family, but also for our country. I am very sad to see how much of our work has been destroyed as a result. We will ensure that those responsible are punished.

Khashoggi, 59, was murdered on Oct. 2 in the Saudi consulate  in Istanbul. Eighteen Saudis have been arrested in connection with his death. The murder was alien to Saudi culture, Prince Khalid said.

We dont do anything like that. We do not deal with dissidents and exiles in this way. They remain Saudi citizens and if they have problems, we take care of them. We always tell them that their homeland is there for them.

It is beyond my imagination what could have moved someone to do something like this. It is not our policy, not our culture, not our nature. It contradicts everything we stand for.

Prince Khalid accused opponents of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of using Khashoggis murder as a weapon, and he defended the crown princes reform and development policies.

Many people have an opinion about him without knowing him, Prince Khalid said. It is easy to find his policies bold, drastic, hurried. But remember, he took office at a very dangerous time. We were hurtling towards a wall.

Due to the population boom of the past few decades, a whole generation of young Saudis were about to join an economy that was far from achieving the growth needed to employ and feed all these young people. When Mohammed bin Salman took office, it was clear: If we did not begin to turn our economy around immediately, we were going to hit this wall.

And instability in our country, home to the holy sites of Makkah and Madinah, would pose a risk not only to ourselves. The crown prince has finally addressed these problems. He has done things that young people here have been hoping for for years.

I have seldom met someone who deals with every issue of importance with such seriousness, such reflect...

06:21

Feds 2% Inflation Target Prevents Deflation Peace and Freedom

Inflation and deflation arent symmetrical threats.

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Amar Bhid makes an intriguing case for why the Federal Reserves discretion in defining price stability is counterproductive (Congress Should Set the Feds Inflation TargetIdeally at Zero, op-ed, Nov. 7). However, his remedy of mandating a zero-inflation target overlooks a key principle: Inflation and deflation arent symmetrical threats. Inflation is bad, but deflation is worse. With inflation, consumption is invigorated as buyers aim to get ahead of higher prices, promoting economic growth. With deflation, consumers defer purchases as they await better deals, so growth grinds to a halt. Like a golfer on the tee box facing water to the left and sand traps to the right, central bankers know not to aim down the middle. You aim 2% to the right.

Park Duncan

Greenwich, Conn.

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Mr. Bhid misquotes the statutory obligation of the Fed as being a dual mandate, to promote full employment and price stability. For decades, the statutory objective (obligation) of the Fed, found in 12 U.S.C. 225a, has been: to promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices and moderate long-term interest rates.

What would happen if we had moderate long-term interest rates? Going back to the first half of the 19th century, the average 10-year Treasury note...

06:20

The American Jewish establishment is terrified of Palestinians Mondoweiss

This is a very sad story. And it happens all the time now inside the American Jewish community, but it is particularly poignant right now.

This week the Palestinian political cartoonist Mohammed Sabaaneh, whose spirit cracked in an Israeli prison, is having a tour of New York, New Jersey and D.C., all in leftwing spaces. Sabaaneh tells us a compelling story about Israel and its power; but will any big Jewish space host him? Of course not! Some day maybe, in 50 years. (Though Eli Valley is appearing with him; wonderful.)

And meantime all week long in prestige Jewish spaces, what is the fare, but Israeli and American Jews wringing their hands about the future of Israel and the US Jewish relationship with Israel. The unending lament.

Mohammad Sabaaneh

First tomorrow night in New York at the Hebrew Union College, two Jews, Israeli and American, discuss: A House Divided: Israel and Progressive American Jews. Is either one of them even actually progressive? Former Israeli diplomat Ido Aharoni is founder of the Brand Israel program, which many Palestinians might see as the Brand Israel pogrom.

Then on Wednesday in a White Plains synagogue, theres Can Judaism survive the 21st century? featuring an Israeli and American Jew, Tal Keinan and David Gregory, surely speaking about their differences.

Then on Thursday night in New York, Across the Divide: more fretting about American Jews abandoning Israel, this program featuring right-center Zionists Yair Rosenberg of Tablet and Bari Weiss of the New York Times, along with Batya Ungar-Sargon who represents perestroika at the Forward.

And really the only question about all these events is, Do you think you can have a discussion of the Jewish/American-Israeli future without hearing from Palestinians? I dont. It would be like having a discussi...

06:14

China pours money into private sector military technology Peace and Freedom

Relaxed regulation has spurred start-ups to enter defence sector

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By Emily Feng in Zhuhai

China has mobilised at least Rmb387bn ($55.6bn) to fund private sector companies that develop technology with potential military applications, according to Financial Times calculation.

Civil Military Fusion, or the infusion of private companies into Chinas defence sector, was a key theme at this years Zhuhai air show, where exhibitors were keen to stress how their products fitted into the national strategy.

As a result, state defence companies and provincial governments have pooled money into what are in effect state-backed venture capital funds, designed to guide the private sector into helping to modernise the Peoples Liberation Army.

In recent years, officials have broken state monopolies over critical sectors by allowing private companies to participate in designing, manufacturing, and operating everything from telecoms to rockets. While traditional state-owned players such as the weaponry group Norinco and aerospace company AVIC still head Chinas largest defence projects, the regulatory relaxation has spurred private entrepreneurs to related sectors such as secure communications, light arms and unmanned vehicles.

The drive to meet the PLAs modernising goals has given rise to a class of private start-ups and companies that specialise in advanced technologies Lorand Laskai, Council on Foreign Relations When Chinese military planners discuss civil-military integration, they do not view it as a uniquely Chinese concept...the US defence industry as the golden standard, said Lorand Laskai, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations.

The result is a new generation of tech companies that blur the line between state and private, said Mr Laskai: The drive to meet the PLAs modernising goals has given rise to a class of private start-ups and companies that specialise in advanced technologies like semiconductors, energy solutions, drones, and aerospace.

Thus far, the private sector has helped state companies outsource the development of key projects, often with an eye on selling to other countries.

For example, Guangdong Hongda, once a metals and mining company, sprouted a subsidiary in 2011 that produces short-range missiles and other explosives that can be mounted under drones and manned aircraft. Our leaders were quite visionary and sensed that the direction of opportunity was pointing towards civil-military fusion, said Feng Hui, an engineer.

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06:04

Polands eurosceptic leaders, far right mark independence centenary at mass march Peace and Freedom

Polands eurosceptic leaders marked a century of national independence on Sunday as more than 200,000 people marched through the capital in a parade involving far-right groups and neo-fascist activists from Italy.

The march is a focus of debate about whether the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) tacitly encourages groups with roots in the fascist and anti-Semitic movements. The party won power in 2015 and Poland has since become increasingly isolated in Europe amid accusations of a tilt towards authoritarian rule.

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Some 200,000 people marched through Warsaw on Sunday.

Some marchers in Warsaw chanted: Away with the EU but there was no sign of white supremacist banners visible at last years march.

Government officials walked at a distance from the main marchers, away from any overt displays of nationalism, and they were kept separate by security forces.

Thank you for coming here, for Poland, and for bringing the white and red (Polish) flag which saw our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers spill their blood, President Andrzej Duda, a PiS ally, said at the start of the march.

There is space for everyone under our flags, he said.

Several hundred meters behind the government column, participants held banners saying God, Honour, Homeland and launched red flares, blanketing sections of the march with smoke.

Some chanted: Pride, pride, national pride and Yesterday it was Moscow, today it is Brussels, stripping us of our sovereignty.

Warsaws city mayor sought to ban a far-right march held on Nov. 11 annually for almost a decade but a court overruled her.

The government then agreed with organizers after last-minute talks to hold a joint event to mark a 100 years since Polands 1918 declaration of independence after an 18th century partition by Russia, Austria and Germany.

It was the biggest march of free Poles in a free Poland ever, government spokeswoman Joanna Kopcinska told state PAP news agency.

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Last year, the annual far-right march was dotted with racist banners such as pure blood, clear mind and Europe will be white or uninhabited.

Those slogans fueled concern about the rise of xenophobia in Poland at a time when other European countries are also grappling with a resurgence of the far right.

PiS says it rejects anti-Semitism and racism but critics accuse it of quietly siding with the far-right.

While insisting Poland should remain in the EU, PiS refuses to...

05:58

US-backed Syrian fighters resume offensive against IS Peace and Freedom

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters resumed their ground offensive Sunday against the Islamic State group in the last territories controlled by the extremists in eastern Syria.

The Syrian Democratic Forces said in a statement that the decision to resume the fighting came after threats from Turkey against the Kurdish-led force dropped due to diplomatic activities.

The SDF said in late October it was temporarily suspending its campaign against IS in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, accusing Turkey of jeopardizing its efforts.

The group said that the aim of the renewed operation that began two months ago is to work for the final defeat of Daesh organization, using an Arab acronym to refer to the group.

Delil Souleiman, AFP | Turkish shelling forced the SDF to suspend operations in late October. Since then, the Islamic State (IS) group has launched several offensives that left scores of US-baked fighters dead or wounded.

Turkey considers the SDF a terror threat and an extension of Kurdish rebels waging an insurgency within Turkey. U.S. support for the Kurdish-led forces has resulted in increased tension between Washington and Ankara.

Last month, in a spike in tensions, Turkey said its military shelled Kurdish positions across the border in Syria, east of the Euphrates River.

Since SDF suspended operations, IS has launched several offensives that have left scores of U.S.-backed fighters dead or wounded.

Despite the cessation of ground operations, the U.S.-led coalition continued with its airstrikes against the extremist group.

The SDF said its fighters captured a senior IS commander in the northern city of Raqqa which until last year was the de facto capital of the extremists.

This shows that the organization still has roots and sleeper cells in liberated areas, it said.

(AP)

05:34

Iraq parliament calls for US forces to leave Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source MEMO | November 10, 2018 Iraqi MP Ahmed Al Asadi, senior leader of the Iraqi Construction Alliance [File photo] November 10, 2018 at 12:33 pm Iraqi MP Ahmad Al-Assadi, senior leader of the Iraqi Construction Alliance, revealed on Friday parliamentarian moves to pressure the Iraqi government to evict US forces from the country. Al-Assadi []

05:32

Nasrallah: Lebanons resistance will respond to any Israeli aggression Aletho News

Palestine Information Center November 11, 2018 BEIRUT Hezbollah secretary-general Hasan Nasrallah has warned that any Israeli military attack on Lebanon will be strongly responded to, stressing that the Lebanese resistance will defend the country by all means. In a ceremony held for Hezbollah martyrs, Nasrallah affirmed that any threats, pressures and sanctions would []

04:56

The WWI Conspiracy Aletho News

Corbett Report | 11/11/2018 What was World War One about? How did it start? Who won? And what did they win? Now, 100 years after those final shots rang out, these questions still puzzle historians and laymen alike. But as we shall see, this confusion is not a happenstance of history, but the wool that []

04:30

How is it I represent to others what I am so afraid of? an anti-Zionists Pittsburgh elegy Mondoweiss

Two days after the horrific murder of 11 Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, I was sitting in my classroom where I teach, listening to several Jewish students grapple with understanding their suffering in response to the murders.  They were scared, worried, confused.  As a high school teacher in a large urban public school, Ive become a resource for many Jewish students who long for a Jewish connection throughout the busy school day.  Most of them are Zionists.  Im not out as an anti-Zionist at my schoolits not safe for me to bebut I also wouldnt say that I walk around pretending to be a Zionist.  When I listen to my Zionist students trying to make sense of what is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jews in American history, I understand their suffering.

Even when they talk about their love for Israel, I can understand this, too, because I used to think like they do.  My path to anti-Zionism is always through Zionism firstthe new neural pathways in the brain arent as deep yet as the old ones I constantly fight against.  And I think some of my students can continue to grow their capacity, too, and to have empathy for all those who suffer.

Later that day, when I was walking with some of these Jewish students, we saw a sign for an Israeli club meeting that afternoon in a colleagues classroom.  The sign said it would be a space to honor the victims.  But this is also the club that provides pro-Israel propaganda to teens with outside support from private pro-Zionist organizations.  I didnt say anything to my students, of coursethat I hoped the sponsors of this meeting wouldnt use the anti-Semitic murders as a way to build teenagers love for Israel.  I know these students needed a place to mourn and to process their discomfort, but it shouldnt be at the expense of Palestinian suffering.

At least we can always go to Israel if theres more anti-Semitism, was the first thing that came to my mind when I first learned about the murders.  Strangely, this sentence was in my mothers voicethough it was in my headfor she has said this to me over the years when antisemitic incidents have happened to Jews in the U.S.

It was unusual that this phrase materialized in my mind after the murders, but not much makes sense when people are suffering. It was also odd that the sentence arose in my mind, given that I no longer believe in Israel as a nation-state for the Jews.  But I was an ardent Zionist for decades, and so my brain is still wired, it seems, to revert to old ways of thinking.  Growing up, I shared my mothers fears of anti-Semitism, for we had both experienced it first-hand at the school at which she taught and which I attended, as well as in our neighborhood, so I had learned at an early...

04:12

Dan Crenshaw Sounds Like a Propagandist for Mass Murder World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson, Director of World BEYOND War

What is more sick about U.S. society?

1) Its totally 100% acceptable to make cruel stupid jokes about peoples appearance.

2) Theres an exception. You shouldnt do it if the thing youre making fun of relates to their participation in mass murder.

3) Violation of that exception is such a sin that you must publicly repent and grovel.

4) This is true even if the sin was committed on a steadfastly unfunny and unintelligent television program that nobody watches.

5) The repentance is incomplete without declaring the participant in mass murder to be a war hero.

6) You also must promote militarism in general and instruct the audience to honor participants in mass murder with meaningless phrases like never forget.

7) You can claim to find heart-warming unity around mass-murder operations and have not a single campaign launched to remove a single one of your advertisers.

8) Only if the entire charade carefully omits any description of how one gets to be a war hero and does forget always forgets all of the following can it be truly redemptive:

The Afghan government was willing to turn over Bin Laden to trial in a third country.

He was never tried or convicted of anything.

He was later killed elsewhere, but the war didnt pause.

Most people in Afghanistan have never even heard of 9/11.

War is illegal.

Afghanistan is hellishly worse off than ever.

The war on terrorism has predictably and steadily increased terrorism.

U.S. commanders of the war have said it should be ended the moment after they left that position and have called the war and various aspects of the war counterproductive for many years now.

Candidate Trump said the war should be ended.

The war has murdered hundreds of thousands of people.

The war makes people all over the world despise the United States.

The people who make Saturday Night Live would make IEDs instead if some foreign force occupied Manhattan.

Theyll probably do something dumber than that when Manhattan goes underwater.

The war has cost the United States trillions of dollars.

A tiny fraction of that could ha...

04:07

Why Yemeni War Deaths are Five Times Higher Than Youve Been Led to Believe World Beyond War . . .

By Nicolas J S Davies, CounterPunch

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In April, I made new estimates of the death toll in Americas post-2001 wars in a three-part Consortium News report. I estimated that these wars have now killed several million people.  I explained that widely reported but much lower estimates of the numbers of combatants and civilians killed were likely to be only one fifth to one twentieth of the true numbers of people killed in U.S. war zones. Now one of the NGOs responsible for understating war deaths in Yemen has acknowledged that it was underestimating them by at least five to one, as I suggested in my report.

One of the sources I examined formy report was a U.K.-based NGO named ACLED (Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project), which has compiled counts of war deaths in Libya, Somalia and Yemen.  At that time, ACLED estimated that about 10,000 people had been killed in the war in Yemen, about the same number as the WHO (World Health Organization), whose surveys are regularly cited as estimates of war deaths in Yemen by UN agencies and the worlds media.  Now ACLED estimates the true number of people killed in Yemen is probably between 70,000 and 80,000.

ACLEDs estimates do not include the thousands of Yemenis who have died from the indirect causes of the war, such as starvation, malnutrition and preventable diseases like diphtheria and cholera. UNICEF reported in December 2016 that a child was dying every ten minutes in Yemen, and the humanitarian crisis has only worsened since then, so the total of all deaths caused directly and indirectly by the war must by now number in the hu...

04:04

TRUMP NOT WELCOME IN FRANCE! World Beyond War . . .

By Jeunesse Rvolution

Macron Invites Trump and Netanyahu to a Peace Forum

French President Emmanuel Macron invited Donald Trump and 60 heads of State to attend a Peace Forum in Paris on November 11-13. It will be preceded one day earlier by a ceremony at the Place des Invalides to pay tribute to the millions of people who died in the First World War or, stated more accurately, the first great inter-imperialist bloodbath. Special tribute will be paid to the generals who led their soldiers to slaughter from 1914 to 1918, including Marchal Ptain, who Macron described as a great soldier despite his subsequent fateful choices a reference to Ptains close collaboration with Hitler and the Nazis during World War II.

Who are they kidding? read a statement by Jeunesse Rvolution (Revolution Youth). It continued:

Trump is the man who ordered all NATO member countries to increase the war budget to 2% of GDP, or about 40 billion euros for France. Of course, Emmanuel Macron, our king without a crown, did not object.

And yet With 40 billion euros, governments could have built hospitals, schools, and childcare centers, and created living-wage jobs for young people. But no, no, no. Workers are being asked to tighten their belts more and more for wars that are not their wars; they are the capitalists wars. Hence the attacks throughout France on retirement pensions, the dismantling of the national Single-Payer healthcare system, and the destruction of public education, while the capitalist class continues to reap more and more profits.

Jeunesse Rvolution issued a united-front Call to Demonstrate on November 11 Against Trumps Presence in Paris. Hundreds and hundreds of working class youth endorsed this call and are building this demonstration. But none of the main organizations to which the call was addressed [see initial call below] responded to the call to mobilize in the broadest unity against the warmakers.

Toward the end of October, the Democratic Independent Workers Party of France (POID) and Jeunesse Rvolution learned that a number of collectives had issued a call to ral...

04:00

Armistice Day First World Beyond War . . .

By John LaForge

It gets harder to commemorate World War I, because of time and the publics embrace of, or indifference to, a permanent war economy.

About the Great War British novelist H.G. Wells wrote on August 14, 1914, This is already the vastest war in history. For this is now a war for peace. It aims straight at disarmament. It aims at a settlement that shall stop this sort of thing for ever. Every soldier who fights against Germany now is a crusader against war. This, the greatest of all wars, is not just another war it is the last war!

Optimists said it would be short, Home by Christmas! Instead, it was the worst bloodbath to date with an estimated 16 to 37 million dead. Combat and other acts of war killed at least seven million civilians and more than 10 million military personnel, while diseases, hunger, pogroms and targeted genocide killed millions more. Rather than for ever stopping war, the unprecedented wartime profiteering and victors imposition of vengeful reparations set the stage for World War IIs 70 million fatalities, and the nearly continuous string of money-making legalized murder that has continued since. One low estimate is that since war to end all war, about 100 million people have died in war zones.

Armistice Day was established in 1919 to revere the peace, and to remember and commemorate WW Is the suffering, horror, fear, pain, and loss. In 1918, the headlines roared: Armistice Signed, End of the War! and Armistice Day was grounded in the near universal revulsion against wars dreadful costs, futility, graft, pointlessness and particularly against the corruptions and cold ambitions of the politicians who prolonged the conflict. Todays US government annually spend hundreds of billions on weapons production jobs that our xenophobic fearmongering and its consequent wars sustain. As long as US allies keep trading their oil and cash for US guns, even barbaric, medieval dictatorships like Saudi Arabia (which has beheaded 600 prison convicts since 2014) are coddled, pampered, guided and supplied militarily in its ghastly war of deliberately induced pandemics and malnutrition against Yemen.

In September 2014, on a visit to Italys largest military cemetery, the Pope warned of a piecemeal World War III that may have already begun with dozens of ongoing, undeclared wars, official crimes, state-sponsored fighter jet and drone attacks, and specialized commando raids the world over. A short list of current warring includes US combat in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia; civil wars in Nigeria, Maghreb, Libya, and South Sudan; and the Mexican drug war. Pope Francis said about all this, Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, and destruction.

In 1954, Armistice Day was replaced with Veterans Day, and so our public celebration of peac...

03:58

A Tale of Two Marines World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson

These two young men may have an infinite number of things in common, but the actions they took this week do not.

One used a pro-war ceremony at a professional basketball game to reject the celebration of militarism, and to protest war-profiteering advertising in sports.

One became the latest mass shooter which I put in quotation marks only because he had already been a mass shooter, but he had been an acceptable kind of mass shooter.

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03:54

Celebrate Armistice Day, Not Veterans Day World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson for The Humanist

Do not celebrate Veterans Day. Celebrate Armistice Day instead.

Do not celebrate Veterans Day because of what it has become, and even more so because of what it replaced and erased from U.S. culture.

Former American Humanist Association President Kurt Vonnegut once wrote: Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans Day is not. So I will throw Veterans Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I dont want to throw away any sacred things. Vonnegut meant by sacred wonderful, valuable, worth treasuring. He listed Romeo and Juliet and music as sacred things.

Exactly at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918, 100 years ago this coming November 11th, people across Europe suddenly stopped shooting guns at each other. Up until that moment, they were killing and taking bullets, falling and screaming, moaning and dying, from bullets and from poison gas. And then they stopped, at 11:00 in the morning, one century ago. They stopped, on schedule. It wasnt that theyd gotten tired or come to their senses. Both before and after 11 oclock they were simply following orders. The Armistice agreement that ended World War I had set 11 oclock as quitting time, a decision that allowed 11,000 more men to be killed in the 6 hours between the agreement and the appointed hour.

But that hour in subsequent years, that moment of an ending of a war that was supposed to end all war, that moment that had kicked off a world-wide celebration of joy and of the restoration of some semblance of sanity, became a time of silence, of bell ringing, of remembering, and of dedicating oneself to actually ending all war. That was what Armistice Day was. It was not a celebration of war or of those who participate in war, but of the moment a war had ended.

Congress passed an Armistice Day resolution in 1926 calling for exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will...

03:50

Did A North Korean Nuclear EMP Bomb Threat Lead to Peace Talks With President Trump? World Beyond War . . .

By John Lewallen, avoidingnuclearwar.com

A Deadly Game of Nuclear Chicken

On March 17, 2017, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stood in the stark, empty building on the 38th Parallel that divides North from South Korea and touched off one of the most dramatic and dangerous nuclear threat confrontations in history.

The U.S. policy of strategic patience is over, he announced, referring to longstanding U.S. demands that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons program. Tillerson conveyed the red-line ultimatum that unless North Korea completely gave up their nuclear weapons, they faced the imminent possibility of U.S. military attack.

This touched off a tit-for-tat escalation of colorful threats and military moves, pitting President Trump against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. North Korea launched several long-range missiles, some at very high altitudes, in apparent attempt to achieve second-strike threat credibility: the perceived ability to attack the U.S. homeland even if North Korea was destroyed by a U.S. nuclear first-strike. The U.S. deployed armadas and practiced invasions. Trump stated that North Korea was within months of being able to strike the U.S. with a nuclear missile able to survive the heat of re-entry, implying that the attack on North Korea would come soon unless they complied with U.S. demands to disarm.

Confrontation reached a fever pitch in September, 2017. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, President Trump told this august body, which arose from the horrors of World War Two to put an end to aggressive warfare, that the United States would totally destroy North Korea if North Korea did not knuckle under to the ultimatum from the worlds leading nuclear power and surrender their tiny arsenal of nukes.

Kim Jong-un shot back that he would retaliate for this threat at the highest level, calling Trump a mentally deranged U.S....

03:49

Russia keeps Israels Netanyahu in anteroom Aletho News

By M. K. BHADRAKUMAR | Indian Punchline | November 11, 2018 It is over a month since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had announced that he was going to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin with a view to open a new page in the relations between the two countries following the incident over []

03:39

Hidde J. van Koningsveld. Zonder Dollen: Wees Gewaarschuwd! 4 stan van houcke


Juni 2018 berichtte het Algemeen Dagblad over de Nederlandse rechtenstudent Hidde J. van Koningsveld:

Hij trok voor het eerst de aandacht van de media, toen hij op zijn 17de solliciteerde naar de post van burgemeester van Utrecht Hij haalde de kranten en zat zelfs bij RTL Late Night. Het was een mediatraining in een notendop.

Van Koningsveld deed een jaar journalistiek en hoopt volgend jaar af te studeren in de rechten. Tegelijkertijd verdedigt hij als voorzitter van de jongerenafdeling van het CIDI de positie van Isral, het land dat hij in zijn hart heeft gesloten. Zoals hij zelf zegt: Voor het broodnodige tegenwicht.
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03:38

British and Israeli Assistance to U.S. Strategies of Torture stan van houcke

British and Israeli Assistance to U.S. Strategies of Torture and Counter- insurgency in Central and Latin America, 1967-96: An Argument Against Complexification

Ian Almond1

Although the role of the U.S. in supporting the anti-democratic, counter-revolutionary movements, governments, and dictatorships that flourished in Latin America from the 1960s to the 1990s is well known, this article examines the support provided to the U.S. by other countries. Principally this support was provided by Israel and the United Kingdom, but other countries were also involved, such as South Africa, Taiwan, France, and even Saudi Arabia. The article argues that a clear material framework underlies the assistance given by these countries. It also identifies a number of cultural and historical reasons why anti-democratic governments in Latin America found particular political empathy in Israel.

Further Reading: http://financeandsociety.ed.ac.uk/ojs-images/financeandsociety/JCGS_6_3.pdf



03:33

MEKthe Only Islamist Terror Group That Washington Can Openly Embrace ThereAreNoSunglasses

Terrorists, cultists or champions of Iranian democracy? The wild wild story of the MEK

 

Maryam Rajavi in Tirana, Albania in September 2017. Photograph: NurPhoto via Getty

They fought for the Iranian revolution and then for Saddam Hussein. The US and UK once condemned them. But now their opposition to Tehran has made them favourites of Trump White House hardliners.

By 

03:30

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/11/11 Open Thread The Vineyard of the Saker

2018/11/11 16:30:01Welcome 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

03:23

Willy van Damme over Israel en Georgi stan van houcke


Rusland en de onzin van Katlijn Malfliet


Merkwaardig gesprek met Katlijn Malfliet in De Standaard van dit weekend 10/11-11-2018 We moeten onze relatie met Rusland herijken. Zeker omdat dit komt van een dame die al gans haar professionele leven elk ogenblik de kans te baat nam om het land voor te stellen als het imperium van het kwaad. 
Zeker ook omdat dit komt wanneer landen als de VS en Frankrijk nu het einde van de Groote Oorlog herdenken op een ogenblik dat zij open en bloot een niets ontziende oorlog voeren tegen het al voorheen straatarme Jemen. Je moet maar durven natuurlijk. 
Maar geen zorg Katlijn Malfliet blijft haar typerende visie op Rusland als het ultieme kwaad getrouw. Zo zegt ze over de periode van de jaren 90 onder president Boris Jeltsin: 
...

03:20

Western media finally admits Russian Avangard hypersonic weapons "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Western media finally admits Russian Avangard hypersonic weapons By Seraphim Hanisch The Duran Western media, albeit tabloid-style, begins to acknowledge the reality of the development of Russian Avangard advanced weaponry. The website for Metro UK news ran a November 9th piece detailing...

The post Western media finally admits Russian Avangard hypersonic weapons appeared first on The Daily Coin.

03:07

US-backed force resuming offensive against Islamic State in east Syria Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Syrian Democratic Forces had suspended their operations last month after Turkey shelled Kurdish militia posts in country's north

03:06

Jordan: Muslims kidnap head of Believers Without Borders, carve Islam Without Borders onto his back Jihad Watch

The torturers carved the words Islam Without Borders into his back with a knife. We are, of course, much more enlightened in the West. We dont jail people for insulting Islam. We simply excoriate them as racists and Islamophobes, ostracize them from polite society, and rejoice when theyre deplatformed by the social media giants. We []

03:04

The MoA Week In Review - Open Thread 2018-60 Moon of Alabama

Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: November 5 - This NYT Cartoon Helps Trump To Win November 7 - A Short Take On The Midterm Elections November 8 - Two 'Russian Influence' Campaigns Claim Victory - One Is Real,...

02:58

Khashoggi's fiancee calls for worldwide funeral prayers on Friday Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Hatice Cengiz's appeal for the Janazah prayer to be said for murdered journalist in Medina poses awkward questions for Saudi leadership

02:57

Brennan and Clapper Should Not Escape Prosecution Aletho News

By John Kiriakou | Consortium News | November 11, 2018 Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa made a dramatic announcement this month that almost nobody in America paid any attention to. Grassley released a statement saying that four years ago, he asked the Intelligence Community Inspector General to release two Congressional Notifications written by former CIA []

02:43

Taliban Splinter Faction (Mullah Rasool Faction) Says Moscow Meeting Was A Lie ThereAreNoSunglasses

Taliban Splinter Faction Says Moscow Meeting Was A Lie

 

The HPC has meanwhile been sharply criticized for not having being better prepared for the summit.

A splinter faction of the Taliban, led by Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi, said on Sunday the recent Moscow meeting on peace in Afghanistan was a lie.

But officials from Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) said Fridays Moscow meeting was an important platform towards building peace in Afghanistan and that the peace facilitating body is optimistic about starting direct talks with the Taliban.

This comes two days after a meeting in Moscow where representatives of the Taliban and envoys from 11 countries, including the US, exchanged views on the prospects of peace in the country.

A delegation...

02:42

Afghanistan Closes Fethullah Gulen School In Herat, Arrests Teachers and Students ThereAreNoSunglasses

 

Afghan Turk School Students And Teachers Arrested In Herat

 

The Herat governor said based on a court order, security forces have taken control of the school.

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02:26

Russian journalist observing US midterms briefly detained by FBI Aletho News

RT | November 11, 2018 The FBI has reportedly questioned USA Really head Alexander Malkevich at Washington airport after his trip to cover the midterm elections. The Russian mission in the US has requested information on the incident. In connection with media reports concerning the detention of Russian journalist Alexander Malkevich by FBI officers in []

02:24

Muslim scholar: Humanity was relieved of oppression only when Islam spread its wings throughout the world Jihad Watch

Humanity was relieved of oppression and exploitation, and of the plundering of resources and the denial of rights only when Islam spread its wings throughout the world. Before that what did the Romans do in Egypt? What did they do in Libya? What did they do in Syria and in Palestine? What did they []

02:06

First, Saudis Help Israel Deny Palestinians Right to Live, Now, They Take Their Right To Worship Allah ThereAreNoSunglasses

Saudi Arabia bars nearly 3 million Palestinians from Hajj and Umrah

Riyadh is denying visas to Palestinians in Jordan, Lebanon, East Jerusalem and Israel who wish to perform pilgrimages

The Kaaba during pilgrimage, and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Saudi Arabias de facto ruler, since June 2017 (AFP/Reuters)
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02:00

Hugh Fitzgerald: Islam Classes In Germany (Part Five) Jihad Watch

A further rationale for Islam classes is to immunize Muslim students from fundamentalism, as Protestant leader Heinrich Bedford-Strohm put it. Of particular concern is radicalization that might lead to violence. Since 2013, more than 1,000 people have left Germany to fight with or support the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations, most of them under []

01:53

When a Christian reads the Quran for the first time with blinkers on Jihad Watch

Wishful thinking, like cowardice, is pandemic these days, but both could be dangerous. The first thing that caught my attention was how non-violent it was. I have to part ways with Robert Spencer here. There are a few violent passages, but its usually in a war context so its not a big deal. Surah 9 []

01:52

Why a third of a BBC Radio 4 programme focuses on Israel BBC Watch

The BBC Radio 4 programme Analysis is described as a [p]rogramme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics.

One recent episode aired on October 29th and repeated on November 4th was titled Do Assassinations Work?.

Poison, exploding cigars and shooting down planes: tales of espionage and statesmanship. 
Government-ordered assassinations may seem the stuff of spy novels and movie scripts, but they seem to have entered the realm of reality of late. Why do states choose to take this action and can we measure their success? Edward Stourton assesses how various governments including Israel, Russia, America and the UK have dabbled in assassination and asks whether it works as a tool of foreign policy.

Notably, although Stourton told listeners in his introduction that we...

01:38

Afghanistan: Muslim cleric detained on charges of training jihad terrorists Jihad Watch

A Muslim cleric? A man who has dedicated his life to understanding correctly and communicating properly the peaceful teachings of Islam? How could he have misunderstood his religion so drastically? Surely the imam Pope Francis is on his way to Afghanistan now, in order to explain to this mullah that authentic Islam and the proper []

01:31

Australia: Jihad murderers family is well known and respected within the Somali community in Melbourne Jihad Watch

Police say his family is well known and respected within the Somali community in Melbourne. They attended the Virgin Mary Mosque in Hoppers Crossing, west of Melbourne. Shire Ali most commonly attended prayer in Melbournes northern suburbs. Are these mosques being investigated? If not, they should be. The tendency among law enforcement officials in the []

01:22

AfD MP calls for an end to sanctions against Russia Aletho News

Centre for Geopolitical Studies | November 10, 2018 Interview conducted by Dragana Trifkovic, Director of the Centre for Geopolitcal Studies with the MP of the German House of Representatives (Bundestag), Mr. Petr Bystron Dear Mr. Bystron, recently we have met at the International Conference on the Development of Parliamentarism in Moscow recently. In front of []

00:59

F-35: High-tech fighter jet or 1.5 trillion US dollar disaster? Offiziere.ch

F-35A off the coast of Northwest Florida (photo: U.S. Air Force by Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen [Public domain]).

F-35A off the coast of Northwest Florida (photo: U.S. Air Force by Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen [Public domain]).

It is the most expensive military aircraft procurement program in the world: the F-35 Lightning II. Lockheed Martin is developing it for the US Air Forc...

00:55

London: Muslims screaming genocidal chant about murdering Jews shout down Jewish speakers at Kristallnacht vigil Jihad Watch

This is what Theresa Mays Britain has become. Few in the West know the meaning of the Khaybar, Khaybar chant. That this imam chanted it at a Return March rally demonstrates that the Gaza protests are anything but peaceful. As I explain in my book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, which you []

00:47

Overview Of Battle For Yemens Al-Hudaydah On November 11, 2018 (Map)

Overview Of Battle For Yemen's Al-Hudaydah On November 11, 2018 (Map)

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On November 11, forces of the Saudi-UAE-led coalition continued their push to capture the Yemeni city of al-Hudaydah from the Ansar Allah movement (also known as the Houthis). The current phase of the coalition forces advance is pursuing two main goals:

  • to encircle the city of al-Hudaydah;
  • to isolate the al-Hudaydah airport from the rest of the city;

If these goals are achieved, the coalition will be able to isolate two main resistance points of Ansar Allah and its allies in western Yemen from the rest of the Ansar Allah-controlled part of Yemen. Then, the coalition will be able to start storming the city itself engaging Ansar Allah forces by all existing means and mearues, including warplanes.

In turn, Ansar Allah is working to prevent the encirclement of al-Hudaydah. The most intense clashes are currently ongoing east of the city. At the same time, the Yemeni movement carried a successfull attack on supply lines of the coalition forces south of al-Hudaydah.

The ongoing battle for al-Hudaydah may become a turning point for the Saudi-UAE-led intervention in Yemen. If the coalition captures the city, it will increase its chances to take an upper hand in the conflict. However, if A...

00:43

Indonesia: Muslim screaming Allahu akbar attacks police officers with machete Jihad Watch

Police are a frequent target of attacks by militants in Muslim-majority Indonesia, who see them as representing the power of the secular government that they want replaced by an Islamic state. Not that this has anything to do with Indonesian officer shoots armed militant to stop his attack, Associated Press, November 8, 2018 (thanks to []

00:35

Australia: Muslims outraged, demand apology over PMs calling out radical, violent Islam after jihad attack Jihad Watch

The Muslim community will not be scapegoated and we will endeavour to keep Australia safe where we can, but the actions of a mentally ill person suffering from a psychotic episode, is not the fault of a whole religious community. Now wait a minute. He was screaming Allahu akbar during his attack, and not only []

00:15

Yoda: Netanyahu-Kushner-Trump Control Loop Unravels Positive Changes in Middle East Loom Large Public Intelligence Blog

The Unraveling of the Netanyahu Project for the Middle East

These represent major unravelings of the Netanyahu project for the Middle East, but most significant are two further setbacks: namely, the loss of Netanyahus and MbS stovepipe to Trump, via Jared Kushner, by-passing all Americas own system of checks and balances.  The Kushner stovepipe neither forewarned Washington of coming mistakes, nor was Kushner able to prevent them.

Saudi Arabia to be broken up; Israel must choose between Netanyahu and Tel Aviv

Here is what the Pentagon had to say on this: Karmas a bitch, as Saudi Arabia may be dismembered for what it did to Jamal Khashoggi, and Mohammed bone Sawman (MBS) may be forced to end the Yemen war and lift the Qatar blockade, while the U.S. may find new partners in Turkey and Iran after the Global Currency Reset.

00:13

Midterm Elections: Corporate Democrats Versus The Monster They Empowered PopularResistance.Org

Tuesdays midterm elections put Democrats back in control of the U.S. House while strengthening the Republican hold on the Senate. The big picture is that, two years after Donald Trump replaced the GOPs old arsenal of racial code words and dog whistles with blaring white supremacist bullhorns, majorities of U.S. whites are firmly committed to an openly white nationalist political program under the leadership of a billionaire huckster who speaks their vile language. Although the GOP remains a minority party -- Democrats outpolled them in House races by 7 to 9 percent...

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23:51

#Aachen, German territory: Demo Against the shift to the right and state repression Enough is Enough!

Two trials against anti-fascist / anti-racist activists will soon take place in Aachen. We call for a solidary accompaniment of the trial and a demo against the shift to the right and repression. 

Originally published by Antirepressionsgruppe Aachen. Translated by Hambi Bleibt. Translation slightly edited by Enough is Enough.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

The dates at a glance

One trial will take place following the events in the Frankenberger Viertel in March 2017. There was a quarrel with two organized neo-Nazis. Shortly thereafter, two people were arrested, they were accused of civil disorder and bodily injury. The public prosecutors office promptly fantasized about the danger of absconding and put the two on remand for more than two weeks. Now they are charged.

The second trial is an appeal hearing in connection with a spontaneous demonstration by Aachen in the summer of 2015. The occasion was the racial police murder of Mitch Henriquez in The Hague. The demo was brutally ended by the police on the Aachen market square, ten people were detained. Of these, four were arbitrarily selected, who were indicted in April 2018 with various allegations. After three absurd litigation days peppered with contradictions and memory gaps or obvious false statements by the cops, three people were acquitted. Only one person was sentenced to 90 daily sentences, but the prosecutors office is trying hard to get even more punishment: they appealed.

People being hunted in Chemnitz, arson attacks on refugee shelters, attacks on unwelcome people in the open, thousands of people dead in the Mediterranean and an unknown but very high number in the Sahara, daily deportations to supposedly safe countries of origin, constant tightening of asylum law, racist police controls, racist agitation by politicians of all kinds, neo-Nazi terror, covered and supported by the state the urgent need for anti-fascist work has been c...

23:45

Betty Boop: Ken Starr Says I havent seen Trump commit anything close to an impeachable offense Public Intelligence Blog

Ken Starr: I havent seen Trump commit anything close to an impeachable offense

Essentially, you need a consensus among we the people [for impeachment], he said. We the American people need to agree this president should go. We had that with Richard Nixon. We did not have it with Bill Clinton.

We certainly dont have it with Donald Trump, he said. We have a nation divided, but a nation divided does not mean lets get rid of the president.

Read full article.

23:43

Its Time To Take On The Capitalist Class PopularResistance.Org

Neoliberal House Democrats will collaborate with Trump unless grassroots pressure prevents them. Now that the midterm election is over, what can we do to preempt that collaboration? We need to shift from a short-term electoral to a long-term community and union focus, and shift from preaching to the choir to expanding our base. To build the multiracial working class coalition it will take to win in the face of climate crisis and neofascism, we must make a real commitment to solidarity and lift up a vision of a transformed society with democracy and dignity for all. Only we ourselves can save us.

23:30

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Police State Stuff. Public Intelligence Blog

Stephen E. Arnold

Amazon Police State Stuff, employees rebel, some good news (Amazon misrepresents)

I have been following the Amazon response to employee demands to cut off the US government. Put that facial recognition technology on ice. The issue is an intriguing one; for example, Rekognition plugs into DeepLens. DeepLens connects with Sagemaker. The construct allows some interesting policeware functions.

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23:26

Part 4 of 4: The Israel Lobby in the U.S. Dissident Voice

Censored Al Jazeera documentary exposing the Israel lobby in the U.S. (part 1 of 4). The documentary was never broadcast by Al Jazeera due to pressure from some Jewish groups and individuals. It was eventually leaked to a few groups, which posted some short clips. On 2 November the first two parts finally became available to the public. For more information see here. For information on pro-Israel influence on U.S. Congressional candidates. For a full list of the Israel lobby in the U.S. More information and additional documentaries on the Israel lobby can be here.

See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

23:09

Houthi minister defects as pro-government forces make gains in Hodeidah Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Abdulsalem Jaber has shoe thrown at him in disgust by Yemeni journalist during news conference in Riyadh, as fighting escalates in port city

23:08

17 years after China entered the WTO, China still has not opened its economy to foreign competition in so many areas Peace and Freedom

Several key members of President George W. Bushs trade policy team, which advocated for a free market agenda, increasingly view the Trump administrations China agenda in a sympathetic light. While disagreeing with Trumps protectionist instincts on several key points, the Bush-era trade hands argue that the broader economy has changed and that the concerns Trump is addressing are real.

Many of the advocates for more open trade with China a decade ago argue now that Beijing hasnt done enough to liberalize its economy. Reactions like the Trump administrations, they say, were inevitable and Beijing should recognize that reality.

The United States played the decisive role in facilitating Chinas entry into the World Trade Organization, said Henry Paulson, who served as Treasury secretary under President George W. Bush, in a speech Wednesday at a Singapore event hosted by Bloomberg. Yet 17 years after China entered the WTO, China still has not opened its economy to foreign competition in so many areas.

By Sean Higgins
Washington Examiner

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Chinas obstinance is simply unacceptable said Paulson. Trade with China has hurt some American workers. And they have expressed their grievances at the ballot box. So while many attribute this shift to the Trump administration, I do not, he added. Chinas current leadership needs to recognize the changed context in the United States.

Many feel Beijing just hasnt lived up to the promises it made almost two decades ago, says Gary Hufbauer, nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. The former U.S. officials expected China to adopt market-oriented policies on a much faster pace than what has occurred. Such expectations have been disappointed, making former officials more willing to sympathize with Trumps aggressive approach, Hufbauer said.

For example, Bob Zoellick, who was U.S. Trade Representative during George W. Bushs first term, told the Chinese news outlet Caixin in September that he doesnt agree with Trumps views on trade in general, but that Chinas policies are causing an understandable backlash.

I think its important to recall that when China came into the WTO in 2001, its commitments to open its markets were actually more far-reaching th...

23:04

IMF trying to prevent the Marshall Islands from adopting a crypto currency Voltaire Network

On 26 February 2018 the Parliament of the Republic of the Marshall Islands passed the Declaration and Issuance of the Sovereign Currency Act 2018, adopting in principle a crypto currency. An Israeli company called Neema would be tasked with creating this crypto currency for the Marshall Islands. This currency would be called Sovereign. The Republic of the Marshall Islands does not have an army and its defence is guaranteed by the United States. It does not have its own currency and (...)

23:00

Radical Muslim Group Operates Commune in California Clarion Project

Posting from the Facebook page of Na'il Karim, owner and leader of the Miraj compound)Posting from the Facebook page of Nail Karim, owner and leader of the Miraj compound

Clarion Intelligence Network has learned that a radical and militant Islamist group is operating a commune in California.

The Miraj compound, located in Dunlap, California, is home to a group of radical Islamists connected to the extremist Black nationalist Muslim group Al-Ummah (The Community).

The compound attracts a steady stream of affiliated individuals and families who camp on the compounds property. Many who visit the compound for retreats or year-round stays are convicted felons released from prison and who converted to Islam in prison.

The group has many similarities to Jamaat ul-Fuqra (Community of the Impoverished), a radical Islamist group in the U.S. aligned with the Pakistani radical cleric Sheikh Muhiyudden Ali Shah Gilani.

Gilani has been linked to the 2001 beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. (Fuqra also goes by the name of Muslims of America.)

In addition to similarities in ideology, members at the Miraj compound as well as the Fuqra compounds are flogged for committing a crime. Members and guests of both groups practice shooting with weapons, however at Miraj, bows and arrows are often used (versus guns) so neighbors remain unaware of their military exercises.

The Miraj compound is much more advanced than any of the Fuqra compounds. It is evident that a significant amount of money flows through this camp, which allows the group to have a lake,  gardens, herds of lambs and goats, and n on-site butcher shop where members skin, cut and sell the animals for halal meat. Members of the compound live off the land and off the grid.

They call for other black Muslims to do the same.

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23:00

2 Ukrainian Soldiers Died, 2 Received Wounds In Land Mine Explosion In Region Of Donbass (Map)

2 Ukrainian soldiers were killed and 2 others were injured as a result of the land mine explosion near the village of Svetlodarsk in the eastern region of Donbass. According to local sources, the troops accidentally entered their own mine field, which had been set up by the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) earlier.

The UAF has set up multiple mine fields across the war-torn region without any preparations and, according to local sources, in multiple cases the UAF does not even have maps of its own mine liends.

Separately, the UAF acknowledged that two UAF troops had been injured in the recent clashes in the region. The UAF also claimed that 1 DPR soldier had been killed and 11 others had been wounded in the same  clashes.

2 Ukrainian Soldiers Died, 2 Received Wounds In Land Mine Explosion In Region Of Donbass (Map)

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23:00

Ap Bu Nho - A Remembrance for Veteran's Day Sic Semper Tyrannis

"Garryowen in Glory, the 7th Cavalry Regiment at Ap Bu Nho "... By a quirk of fate, D 2/7 Cavalry, was given the chance to demonstrate the plausibility of Spinozas despair several weeks later. A Montagnard agent reported that the...

22:44

World leaders gather in Paris to mark 100 years since WWI Armistice Peace and Freedom

Leader of some 70 countries are commemorating the Armistice that ended World War One a century ago. Some 10 million soldiers lost their lives in the conflict.

    
Paris commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice (picture-alliance/TASS/M. Metzel)

Some 70 world leaders gathered at the famous Arc de Triomphe in the French capital, Paris, on Sunday to mark one hundred years since the end of World War One.

Commemorations in Paris had been scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. local time (1000 UTC), the time that the Armistice signed by the Allies and the Germans on November 11, 1918, went into force. However, the proceedings were slightly delayed, with leaders arriving too late for the exact moment.

The large number of countries represented in Paris reflects the widespread nature of a conflict in which an estimated 37  million people, including 10 million soldiers, lost their lives. The city of Paris itself was a key objective in the war, with the Allies fighting successfully against German efforts to capture it in 1914.

The solemn ceremony, held in rainy conditions, featured schoolchildren reading moving messages written by soldiers in eight languages, as well as musical performances, including by French-born Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma and West African singer Angelique Kidjo.

Patriotism, not nationalism

French President Emmanuel Macron held an address in which he described the joy at the end of the conflict, but also remembered the horrors and millions of dead and wounded.

In his speech, he called the nationalism that underlay the war a betrayal of patriotism. He appealed for friendship and dialogue between the nations to create a peaceful future.

The old demons are rising again, Macron said. We must reaffirm before our peoples our true and huge responsibility.

Read more: World War I: Europe and the politics of remembrance

22:41

World leaders gather in Paris a century after WWI armistice Peace and Freedom

Netanyahu one of around 70 leaders attending French commemoration to mark 100 years since the end of the conflict

Times of Israel and AFP

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and his wife Sara, second right, are greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and his wife Brigitte Macron as they arrive at the Elysee Palace in Paris to participate in a World War I Commemoration Ceremony, November 11, 2018 (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and his wife Sara, second right, are greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and his wife Brigitte Macron as they arrive at the Elysee Palace in Paris to participate in a World War I Commemoration Ceremony, November 11, 2018 (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

World leaders gathered in Paris led global commemorations on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I at a time of growing nationalism and diplomatic tensions.

Around 70 leaders including US and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were marking the centenary of the 1918 Armistice in the French capital starting at 11 a.m. local time (1000 GMT).

Ceremonies in New Zealand, Australia, India, Hong Kong and Myanmar marked the start of the memorial events worldwide for a conflict that involved millions of troops from colonized countries in Asia and Africa.

The leaders of Commonwealth nations whose forces were deployed under British command 100 years ago also sounded a message of peace and hope for the world in the new century.

This was a war in which India was not directly involved yet our soldiers fought world over, just for the cause of peace, said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter on Sunday.

For our tomorrows, they gave their today, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told people gathered at the Remembrance Day national ceremony in Canberra.

The Paris commemorations, centered on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier beneath the Arc de Triomphe, were set to feature warnings about the modern-day danger of nationalism.

This day is not just about remembering, but should be about a call to action, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday after visiting the for...

22:36

Houthi defector: Yemen situation ripe for swift completion of liberation Peace and Freedom

Conditions are ripe for the swift completion of the process of liberation of Yemen from the control of the Houthis, the militias propaganda chief said a day after deserting the group.

Speaking at a news conference in Riyadh on Sunday, Abdelsalam Jaber, the self-styled information minister, accused the Houthis of a long list of misdeeds, including turning state institutions into warring islands ruled by militias.

Abdelsalam Jaber said the Houthis would soon face defeat. (File/AFP)

Detainees in Houthi prisons are being treated inhumanely, Jaber said, adding that what was happening in Houthi-controlled areas is the work of militias that have competing centers of power.

Jaber is the most senior member of the Houthi militia to defect to the government side since the Yemeni war began in 2014.

Jaber arrived in Saudi Arabia with his family after fleeing the capital Sanaa, Moammer al-Iryani, information minister of the Yemeni government, said on Saturday.

Confirming the longstanding allegations that the Houthis were being aided by Iran and other countries, Jaber said Yemenis reject the foreign domination of the country.

Jaber said the Houthis dominance was in its final days, adding that the Yemeni people have rejected Houthi injustices and are waiting for an opportunity to get rid of them.

Jabers defection comes against a backdrop of continued clashes in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, a key facility that Yemeni government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition are seeking to retake from the Houthis.

Fighting has flared in Hodeidahs east between the Houthis and government forces backed by air strikes and helicopters.

The battles here are turning into street fighting, a government official said on Saturday.

Government forces on Saturday recovered control of the May 22 Hospital as part of the offensive.

Amnesty International, the international human-rights watchdog group, has accused the Houthis of deliberate militarization of the hospital after they deployed snipers on its roof.

Arab News

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22:30

World leaders hold solemn ceremony in Paris to mark WW1 Armistice centenary Peace and Freedom

Some 70 world leaders gathered under rainy skies at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on Sunday for a solemn ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and dozens of monarchs, presidents and prime ministers from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and beyond joined French President Emmanuel Macron to mark the moment guns fell silent across Europe a century ago.

The commemoration is the centerpiece of global tributes to honor the 10 million soldiers who were killed during the 1914-18 war and the moment the Armistice, signed in northeastern France, came into effect at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.

Brigitte Macron makes quick coat change before heading to Armistice Day event

As Trumps convoy was making its way up the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, a bare-breasted protester from the Femen radical feminist group ran towards his motorcade, coming within a few meters, before being apprehended by police.

Photographs of the incident appeared to show that she had the words fake peacemaker scrawled across her body.

In a glass canopy at the foot of the triumphal arch, built by Emperor Napoleon in 1806, the leaders stood for the solemn ceremony. The last to arrive was Russias Putin, who shook hands with Macron, Merkel and then Trump, briefly giving the U.S. leader a thumbs up.

Macron stood to attention as a military band played the Marseillaise, the French national anthem, before walking through the rain to inspect troops. He then took his place under the Arc while cellist Yo-Yo Ma played a movement from a Bach symphony.

WEEKEND OF TRIBUTES

In a rare public display of emotion by the leaders of two world powers, Macron and Merkel held hands on Saturday during a poignant ceremony in the Compiegne Forest, north of Paris, where French and German delegations signed the Armistice that ended the war.

The conflict was one of the bloodiest in history, reshaping Europes politics and demographics. Peace, however, was short-lived and two decades later Nazi Germany invaded its neighbors.

On Sunday afternoon, Macron will host the inaugural Paris Peace Forum, which seeks to promote a multilateral approach to security and governance and ultimately avoid the errors that led to the outbreak of World War One.

Merkel said in a statement the forum showed that today there is a will, and I say this on behalf of Germany with full conviction, to do everything to bring a more peaceful order to the world, even though we know we still have much work to do.

Trump, who champio...

22:26

Military Situation In Syria On November 11, 2018 (Map Update)

This map provides a general look at the current military situation in Syria. Over the past few days, there have been the following important developments:

  • On November 9, the head of the media wing of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claimed that SDF members and US troops had participated in an airborne operation in the province of Raqqah to capture a prominent ISIS commander. MORE HERE
  • On November 10, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) kicked off an intense artillery shelling campaign in order to destroy ISIS positions in the area of al-Safa in southestern Syria. The artillery shelling took place ahead of an expected ground phase of the final SAA effort to eliminate the ISIS-held pocket there. MORE HERE
  • On November 9 and November 10, clashes between the SAA and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-led forces took place in northern Hama and northern Lattakia. MORE HERE
Military Situation In Syria On November 11, 2018 (Map Update)

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22:25

War Machine Makes a Killing in 2018 Strategic Culture Foundation

September marked the end of the fiscal year, a time when the Pentagon ramps up its spending spree. The U.S. Department of Defense spent at least $68,624,394,000 on 689 individual contracts during September 2018.

22:11

Armistice Day & the Resurrection of the Old Lie OffGuardian

In a profoundly dishonest society, the shared grief of World War I is one of the few things we all know the truth of. One of the few things we are all honest about. Because it's important. Because it's a wound too deep to ignore, a betrayal too lasting to be forgiven. The Great War was sold to the British public as a just war. Men were sent over to France and Belgium to curb "German aggression and Imperial ambitions". Every generation since has known that to be an absurd lie. That lesson could be vital to our survival.

21:55

New Powerful Defense Alliance Changes European Security Landscape Strategic Culture Foundation

The EII members will maintain readiness to carry out missions together independently from the United States, the EU or NATO.

21:51

Miguel Amors: Anti-capitalism as a struggle for space Enough is Enough!

The essay shared below continues our (Autonomies) exploration of Miguel Amors analyses of capitalism, along with that of other May 68 writers, Jaime Semprun, Amedeo Bertolo and Eduardo Colombo.

Originally published by Autonomies. Written by Miguel Amors.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

A basic principle of anti-developmentalism says that a society full of capital is an urban society, which is why a society without capital must be an agrarian society. From this perspective, a liberated urban space would therefore have to be a de-urbanized space. This does not mean the disappearance of the city, which has already been accomplished by the conurbation, but the positive supersession of the city-country opposition and the radical rejection of the decay of both realities into an amorphous sludge. The recovery of the city, the axis of the project in which urban struggles must be inscribed, is paradoxically a process of ruralization.

Urban struggles must reveal a new subject, a new proletariat that does not deny by affirming, but affirms by denying; a proletariat that does not seek to universalize the working class condition, but rejects it outright. If it does not question labor itself, it does not question capital: real anti-capitalism is anti-workerist. In order for a collective subject, or, what amounts to the same thing, a class, to constitute itself, it must create its specific space from which it can join forces against the enemy class. The space of capital, populated with wage workers, motorists and consumers, is not adequate for this purpose. It must be transformed, and to do this the first thing that must be done is to deliver it from the grasp of the market. It must cease to be a space of labor, of consumption, of circulation, of leisure, etc. In the new liberated space, its inhabitants must achieve a sufficient degree of autonomy (with regard to food, clothing, shoes, education, transport, health, self-defense, information, etc.). Autonomy is the precondition for the negation of capitalism, the anti-capitalist class, to be able to exist.

Miguel Amors

Autonomy from capital is not to be found in the appropriation of capitalist means of production, for the latter are grounded in and generate the oppressive relations...

21:27

Why Lebanon's process of cabinet formation will continue to stall Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

For Prime Minister Saad Hariri, forming a cabinet right now - regardless of its configuration - is likely to mean betting on the wrong horse

21:26

ISIS Claims 6 Egyptian Troops Killed, 2 Vehicles Destroyed In North Sinai Attacks (Map Update)

Despite efforts of the Egyptian Army and security forces, the ISIS terrorist group is still calable of carrying out terrorist attacks in North Sinai.

According to ISIS-linked media, over the past week, the terrorist gorup has carried out 4 attacks in the region killing 6 soldiers and destroying 2 vehicles. 2 of the attacks reportedly took place in the city of Arish and in the village of Zoweid. 5 Egyptian soldiers were reportedly killed in these attacks.

In October, the Egyptian military announced that since the start of its operation against ISIS in North Sinai, the army and security forces had eliminated over 450 terrorists, including ISIS members. However, it seems that this was not enough to stabilize the situation in the province. ISIS still keeps a large presence there. One of the most problematic points is the border area between Gaza and Egypt.

ISIS Claims 6 Egyptian Troops Killed, 2 Vehicles Destroyed In North Sinai Attacks (Map Update)

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We Are Heading for Another Tragedy Like World War I Strategic Culture Foundation

Vengeful France and Britain imposed intolerable punishment on Germany, forcing it to accept full guilt for the war, an untruth that persists to this day. The result was Adolf Hitler and his National Socialists. If an honorable peace had been concluded in 1917, neither Hitler nor Stalin might have seized power and millions of lives would have been saved.

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December 10: For a world without borders! Against the hardening of capitalism and authoritarian society! Enough is Enough!

Call for a transnational day of action on December 10, 2018:  For a world without borders! Against the hardening of capitalism and authoritarian society!

Originally published by Athens Indymedia.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Call in Greek, English, French, Spanish (Castellano) and German as PDF file: https://athens.indymedia.org/media/upload/2018/11/09/RESISTANCE_WITHOUT_BORDERS_english_fran%C3%A7ais_espa%C3%B1ol_deutsch.pdf

For a day of simultaneous resistance without borders, December 10, 2018! Against the hardening of capitalism and authoritarian society!

Everywhere in the world, on the pretext of the debt of states, power continues to increase the inequalities between the richest and the poorest and destroy the planet.

Everywhere in the world, this decline in our rights and the destruction of life is accompanied by an amplification of surveillance and repression against all those who oppose it.

Everywhere in the world, power is trying to divide and rule by diverting the anger at the migrants it passes for the main culprits of the misfortune of the oppressed.

Everywhere in the world, fascism continues to rise, the ultimate stage of capitalism, the paroxysm of the authoritarian society, ready to eliminate its opponents and all those who displease.

Everywhere in the world, power claims to be legitimate on the pretext, on the one hand, of laws it writes itself so as to maintain and strengthen its position and, on the other hand, of periodical elections that are not democratic because they are the product of the factory of opinion by the mass media that belong to the ruling class.

Everywhere in the world, power is usurping its position and stealing our lives.

Unlike the oppressed classes of the 19th century, when they began to organize at the international level and to revolt, we are now facing two new problems in addition to the previous ones: the race against the clock in the face of a power tha...

21:10

Watch Iranian Students Refuse to Step on American Flags Clarion Project

An Iranian student jumps over the American flag to avoid stepping on it and desecrating it (Photo: video screenshot)An Iranian student jumps over the American flag to avoid stepping on it and desecrating it (Photo: video screenshot)

A common tactic of the Iranian regime is to affix American flags to the floor at the entrances to various buildings in Iranian universities so that students, on their way to class, must desecrate the flag and, by extension, America, to get in.

Students are often used to deliver the regimes message to the Iranian people and the world at large. When the tactic fails to work, the regime resorts to fake pictures. Especially in light of Americas new sanctions on Iran, the regime has increased its anti-America propaganda machine.

However, the following videos out of Kermanshah, Iran at Razi University show students refusing to participate in the regimes anti-Americanism ruse. They can be seen going out of their way to avoid stepping on the American flag.

The clips, which went viral in the first hours after they were published, have embarrassed the Iranian regime.

Watch Iranian students refuse to step on the American flag:

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9/11: Explosive Evidence stan van houcke

9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out (Free 1-hour version) AE911Truth.org


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On this 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, let us resolve again to make sacrifices to defend our freedom Jihad Watch

Veterans Day is November 11 because on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 11AM (Paris time, when this is being posted) on November 11, 1918, the Armistice between the Allies and the Central Powers took effect. World War I had been more peculiar, unnecessary and pointless than most wars, but []

20:55

No Snow on Their Boots. The Russian Army on the Western Front in World War I Strategic Culture Foundation

The effects of the WWI were global, in that it altered sovereignty and boundaries all over the world.

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Time to Get US Forces Out of Europe Before They Can Start WW3. Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Time to Get US Forces Out of Europe Before They Can Start WW3 https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/11/10/time-to-get-us-forces-out-of-europe-before-they-can-start-ww3/ Theyve been over here for 70 years, but the opaque presence of our US allies worries many critics. [Editors note: Ill let our US readers in on a little secret over here in Britain, we really dont like you and []

19:55

The faulty logic behind the Zionist attack on #BDS Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The faulty logic behind the Zionist attack on BDS NOVANEWS By Lawrence Davidson  Boycotts are historically common If you search the topic boycotts on Google you immediately realise how historically common they are. There are a lot to choose from, and one of the first listed is the 1769 boycott instituted by the First Continental Congress against Great Britain []

19:55

Trump"s Jaded View of Two World Wars Strategic Culture Foundation

Donald Trump took to Paris some personal baggage that strongly suggested he wanted nothing to do with Macrons peace forum, a conference at which 70 leaders were present.

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Polish president and PM set to join fascist march in #Warsaw on #PolishIndependenceDay Enough is Enough!

Poland: Tens of thousands of nationalists and fascists from all over Europe plan to march today (November 11) in Warsaw to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Polish state independence. The march, issued with a last-minute ban by the Mayor of Warsaw, will finally go ahead after a court overturned the Mayors decision.

Originally published by Freedom News. Written by zb. Image above: Last years Independence Day march in Warsaw, the celtic cross banner reads: White Europe of brotherly nations.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

After late-night negotiations yesterday between the fascists and Polish President Andrzej Duda the march will be joined by both him and the countrys PM. The governments decision to join the march is unprecedented: it is the first time that Polish governmental officials will partake in an event organised by extreme right groups promoting racism and totalitarian state ideas.

In February 2018, National Radical Camp, one of the groups involved in organising todays march protested in front of Warsaws Presidential Palace demanding the President sign the so-called Holocaust Law  a controversial bill which outlaws blaming Poland or Polish citizens for crimes committed during the Holocaust. They shouted slogans such as Stop Jewish occupation of Poland and Go back to Israel.

On last years march multiple racist banners were present, including celtic cross and black sun symbols and slogans Europe will be white or depopulated, and White power, Ku Klux Klan.

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EUs Donald Tusk denounces Polish government as contemporary Bolsheviks Peace and Freedom

The European Council head has criticized the Law and Justice party-led government for repeatedly clashing with the EU. Donald Tusk has also warned against the emergence of a nationalist front in EU elections next year.

    
European Council President Donald Tusk delivering a lecture Lodz, Poland.

European Council President Donald Tusk on Saturday lashed out at Polands ruling politicians, likening them to contemporary Bolsheviks who threaten the countrys independence.

Tusk, seen as a likely contender in Polands 2020 presidential election, was speaking in the city of Lodz on the eve of the 100th anniversary of Polands independence after 123 years of being partitioned between Prussia, Russia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The former Polish prime minister paid homage to Marshal Jozef Pilsudski, who led the victory over the Bolsheviks Red Army in 1920, and ex-Polish President Lech Walesa, who challenged Polands Soviet-backed communist rule during the 1980s.

Jozef Pilsudski was facing a more difficult situation than we have today when he was conquering the Bolsheviks and in fact, defending the Western community against political barbarians, Tusk said in a gathering of intellectuals and politicians.

Walesa had a more difficult situation when he was conquering the Bolsheviks in a symbolic way, when he was bringing out the European, the freedom, the national values in us. But he managed, he continued.

Why shouldnt you be able to defeat the contemporary Bolsheviks? Tusk said to great applause.

Threat to Poland

Tusk denounced the euroskeptic government led by the conservative Law and Justice party as a threat to Poland. The Polish government has repeatedly clashed with the European Union over issues such as judicial reform, immigration and the environment.

Whoever today in Poland takes steps...

19:38

Leaders meet in Dubai as World Economic Forums prelude to Davos begins Peace and Freedom

The World Economic Forums (WEF) Annual Meeting of the global future councils began in Dubai on Sunday, with the UAEs Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammed Al Gergawi gave the opening remarks at the

The WEF conference is attended by more than 600 members from government, academia, civil society and business, as well as other fields. The conference will address global, regional and geopolitical issues and explore topics related to the fourth industrial revolution.

Most of the forums sessions will be off-record and not attended by the media, with talks targeting globalization and preparing for the future.

The speakers at the sessions will include Former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Norwegian Diplomat Terje Roed-Larsen.

The WEF event is a warm up to the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos in 2019, where it will shape its agenda based on the outcome and talks at the sessions.

Arab News

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1402861/middle-east

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Morning Prayer for Sunday, November 11, 2018 I am not so important after all Peace and Freedom

When I think of all who have gone before me, I realize that I am only one, not very important, person. What happens to me is not so very important after all. I have learned to be more outgoing, to seek friendship by going at lest halfway, to have a sincere desire to help. I have more self-respect now that I have less sensitiveness. I have found that the only way to live comfortably with myself is to take a real interest in others. Do I realize that I am not so important after all?

Meditation for the Day

As you look back over your life, it is not too difficult to believe that what you went through was for a purpose, to prepare you for some valuable work in life. Everything in your life may well have been planned by God to make you of some use in the world. Each persons life is like the pattern of a mosaic. Each thing that happened to you is like one tiny stone in the mosaic, and each tiny stone fits into the perfected pattern of the mosaic of your life, which has been designed by God.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may not need to see the whole design of my life. I pray that I may trust the Designer.

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Third Step Prayer (Alcoholics Anonymous)

God, I offer myself to Thee-
To build with me
and to do with me as Thou wilt.
Relieve me of the bondage of self,
that I may better do Thy will.
Take away my difficulties,
that victory over them may bear witness
to those I would help of Thy Power,
Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.
May I do Thy will always!
Thank you, God, Amen!

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Lord, I ask your pardon, I have sinned again

Lord, I ask your pardon, I have sinned again. This, alas, is what I am capable of doing on my own! But I abandon myself with confidence to your mercy and your pardon, I thank you for not allowing me to sin even more grievously. I abandon myself to You with confidence because I know that one day you will heal me completely and, in the meantime, I ask you that the experience of my misery would cause me to be more humble, more considerate of others, more conscious that I can do nothing by myself, but that I must rely solely on your love and your mercy. Amen.

By Jacques Philippe

Book: Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence

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Muslim Women Win Office But Still Losing at Mosques Clarion Project

Muslim men and women perform (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images)Muslim men and women pray at a mosque (Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Even though Muslim women are winning political offices, they are still losing at mosques as they continue to face alienation in the theological sphere. They still face restrictions within their own community that limits their engagement, including entering mosques through side entrances and sitting behind a partitions or walls with unequal accommodations and access to speakers and the collective conversation.

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Rashida Tlaib, Illhan Omar, Hodan Hassan and Safiya Wazir all won their bids for office during the 2018 U.S. midterms. However, despite their achievements they still face a stunning misogynistic patriarchal barrier at home.

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar will be seated behind a wall, separated from the men in 90% of American mosques if they attend next Friday prayer. Souleiman Ghali, Founder of YouMosque [November 7th, 2018]

Souleiman Ghali is a progressive Muslim and a founding member of the Islamic Society of San Francisco. He was also the main force behind the walls removal at the Darussalam mosque in downtown San Francisco. In a 2006 New York Times interview, Ghali shares why America is exceptional in providing opportunities to Muslims:

We can discuss things that would be taboo in different countries. Here we can challenge ideas or change them, and there is no religious authority to come in with the power of the government to shut us down, accusing us of being infidels contradicting thousand years of religious norm.

Ghali was right in that there is no religious authority with the power of the go...

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#NoG20 #Argentina: Week of action from the 25th of November to the 1st of December Enough is Enough!

International call for action: NO to the G-20 Summit in Argentina!

Originally published by Global Info.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Read also: #NoG20: To our Compas in #BuenosAires about the #G20 in #Hamburg

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NO to the G-20 Summit in Argentina!

On November 30th and December 1st 2018, the heads of State of the 20 most important geopolitical countries of the world will meet in Argentina. They claim the objective of this meeting is to address the major global challenges and seek to generate public policies that resolve them. They fail to mention that it is their governments and policies which are the main culprits of the problems they now say they want to solve.

They claim they want to fight climate change, while they are responsible for 82%...

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BBCs Bateman portrays counter-terrorism as a narrative BBC Watch

The November 8th edition of the BBC Radio 4 Today programme included an item (from 45:57 here) revisiting a story first reported by the BBC over three and a half years ago. The same report was also aired (from 14:07 here) in an edition of Newshour on BBC World Service radio on November 9th.

In what was described by the BBCs Tom Bateman as a story of revival against the odds, BBC audiences were told about a concert played on a restored grand piano in Gaza City. Listeners also heard the following:

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18:21

US Ends Refueling of Saudi Coalition Aircraft in Yemen Conflict The Anti-Media

Refueling Saudi Yemen(ANTIWAR.COM)  One of the most visible aspects of direct US involvement in the Saudi invasion of Yemen, mid-air refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing the country, has come to an end over the weekend. US and Saudi officials both confirmed this program has halted. US officials offered few specifics on the decision, but Saudi state media claimed that they []

17:47

James Clapper and John Brennan Should Not Escape Prosecution The Anti-Media

James Clapper John BrennanRecently declassified documents show that the former CIA director and former director of national intelligence approved illegal spying on Congress and then classified their crime. They need to face punishment, writes John Kiriakou. (CN Opinion)  Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa made a dramatic announcement this month that almost nobody in America paid any attention to. Grassley released []

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Robots will soon match humans in creativity, emotional intelligence Peace and Freedom

As if we didnt already have enough to worry about when it comes to artificially intelligent machines being able to perform many tasks faster and better than humans can, potentially stealing our jobs in the future and presenting what some technologists worry is an existential threat to humanity, now it appears AI will soon be able to match humans at being, well, human, too.

An Australian AI expert, Toby Walsh, said during the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney recently that he thinks AI will learn and possibly match human traits like creativity, emotional intelligence and adaptability in less than 50 years. And Walsh a Scientia Professor of Artificial Intelligence at UNSW Sydney predicts robots will be as smart as humans by the year 2062.

But dont worry about them ultimately presenting some sort of threat or something as drastic as potentially wiping out mankind, he adds. Weve been rather mislead by this idea that the robots are going to take over, Walsh told Time Out. The robots have no desires of their own, they do exactly what we tell them to. Im much more worried about incompetence than malevolence that well get the machines to do something and we havent thought carefully about how its going to interact with our complex world Healthcare, transport, how we manufacture things, how we educate ourselves, how we go out and play its going to touch almost every aspect of our lives.

Its interesting to think about this other side of increasingly smarter machines and to ask questions about the fundamental nature of consciousness and emotion. These right-brain characteristics of being human, things like creativity and emotion and the like we like to think they will save us or somehow set us apart from machines that are radically smarter, faster and better at us in other things. But if they eventually get to be as creative as us to complement their already stellar analytical capabilities, what then?

When Walsh says hes worried, though, its not about what the machines will do. Its us hes worried about. Mankind, he says, needs to do a better job of creating machines and AI systems that are aligned with our values now.

The only hope we have to deal with all these wicked problems like climate change, increasing inequality and the ongoing refugee problem, is if we embrace technology and use the worlds resources in a better, more sustai...

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Major UK, US companies preparing to microchip employees The chips would allow them to set restrictions for whoever. Peace and Freedom

British companies are planning to microchip some of their staff in order to boost security and stop them accessing sensitive areas.

Biohax, a Swedish company that provides human chip implants, told the Telegraph it was in talks with a number of UK legal and financial firms to implant staff with the devices.

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The announcement has raised concerns over security and surveillance

One prospective client, which cannot be named, is a major financial services firm with hundreds of thousands of employees.

These companies have sensitive documents they are dealing with, said Jowan sterlund, the founder of Biohax and a former professional body piercer. [The chips] would allow them to set restrictions for whoever.

The chips, which are about the size of a grain of rice,

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Big brother? US firm unveils plan to implant employees with MICROCHIPS

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Poland risks controversy on independence centenary Peace and Freedom

 Poles mark a century of independence on Sunday amid tensions in the deeply polarised country over the prominent role that marginal far-right groups gained in shaping the main state parade.

Chaos engulfed plans for the state military parade in Warsaw just days ahead of the centenary, as far-right groups vowed to use the same route and timing for their controversial annual independence day march.

Last years edition of that march drew global outrage when some participants displayed racist and anti-immigrant banners and slogans. Its organisers include the National Radical Camp (ONR), a group with roots stretching back to an anti-Semitic pre-World War II movement.

AFP/File | The 2017 edition of the independence day march in Warsaw drew global outrage

Groups of this nature are marginal in Poland.

In a bid to avoid a similar debacle on the centenary, the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) government and allied President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday announced the state military parade, insisting that it had legal priority.

But the far-right groups refused to back down after a Warsaw court overruled a separate ban imposed by the capitals mayor citing the risk of violence and hate speech.

The PiS government spent Friday in a tug of war with far-right groups over the scheduling of the two events. The sides confirmed late Friday that they would coincide.

PiS Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has vowed that authorities would act decisively against any public display of fascist symbols or slogans, something that is banned by law in Poland.

There is a clear red line between patriotic behaviour and nationalistic or chauvinistic (behaviour), or neo-Nazis, he told the foreign press corps on Thursday.

Collision course

Underscoring Polands growing isolation in the European Union since the PiS took office in 2015, no senior delegations from fellow EU states are due to show up for the centenary coinciding with the Armistice that ended World War I.

The government has put Poland on a collision course with the EU by introducing a string of controversial judicial reforms that Brussels has warned pose a threat to judicial independence, the rule of law and ultimately to democracy.

EU President Donald Tusk, a former liberal Polish prime minister, will be the blocs only senior representative in Warsaw on Sunday and his visit comes amid speculation that he may return to run for president in 2020.

Speaking on Saturday in the central Polish city of Lodz, Tusk likened the PiS to contemporary Bolsheviks who must be defeated.

He also repeated a warning that the party could unwittingly unleash a R...

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WWI centenary: Merkel and Macron visit WWI memorial Peace and Freedom

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her French counterpart marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I by unveiling a plaque at Rethondes. Leaders from 67 countries are set to join the weekends commemorations.

 

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel inspect a joint military brigade made up of troops of both side, in the Clairiere of Rethondes during a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Compiegne, North of Paris, France, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (Philippe Wojazer/Pool Photo via AP)
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel inspect a joint military brigade made up of troops of both side, in the Clairiere of Rethondes during a commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Compiegne, North of Paris, France, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (Philippe Wojazer/Pool Photo via AP) (AP)

The leaders of Germany and France on Saturday made a pilgrimage to Rethondes, the Glade of the Armistice, the place where the document was signed a century ago to end World War I.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron took part in a memorial ceremony at the Compiegne forest, 90 kilometers (56 miles) northeast of Paris.

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17:00

Pakistan: Imran Khan Announces Poverty Reduction Initiative Peace and Freedom

Prime Minister Imran Khan has hinted at launching the first-of-its-kind mega poverty alleviation venture within seven to 10 days to bring people out of abject poverty in the country.

The poverty alleviation package will be the most important component in the PTI governments 100-day performance to be unveiled before the people of Pakistan within the next few days, Mr Khan said.

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PRIME Minister Imran Khan talks to journalists after laying foundation stone of the shelter home.APP
PRIME Minister Imran Khan talks to journalists after laying foundation stone of the shelter home.APP

He said it would be a coordinated effort of all the state organs already working on the project. All the relevant state organs will work under one umbrella, he said.

Acknowledging the advice and guidance of China, the prime minister said, We have learnt from our China visit how they did the historic job of bringing 700 million people out of poverty in just three decades.

PM opens construction of first shelter home in Lahore, says Pakistan has come out of financial crisis

Laying the foundation stone for the first shelter home Panah Gah near the railway station, the prime minister said it would be the first step towards transforming Pakistan into a welfare state. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, he quoted a Chinese proverb.

Later, the prime minister tweeted: Today, I laid foundation for first of five shelters for the home...

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DARK JOURNALIST INTERVIEW HERE Giza Death Star

There's a new interview with Dark Journalist here:

The post DARK JOURNALIST INTERVIEW HERE appeared first on Giza Death Star.

16:52

Calls for open trade to greet Pence as Trump skips Asia summit Peace and Freedom

Asia-Pacific leaders will join the heads of Southeast Asian states this week in Singapore to renew calls for multilateralism and fresh pledges to resolve regional conflicts ranging from the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar to tensions in the South China Sea.

Notably absent when regional powers such as China, Japan and India seek to enlist support for a multilateral trading system will be U.S. President Donald Trump, whose decision to skip the Asia summit has raised questions about his commitment to a regional strategy aimed at checking Chinas rise.

Vice President Mike Pence will attend instead of Trump, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are among those expected to join leaders from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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Li is expected to rally support for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) pact now being negotiated, showcased to be the free trade deal that will encompass more than a third of the worlds GDP.

The pact includes 16 countries, including China, India, Japan and South Korea, but not the United States.

Trump has demanded trade agreements that are fair and enforceable and based on the principle of reciprocity. He has re-negotiated an existing pact with South Korea and the three-way deal with Mexico and Canada, and pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, which involved four Southeast Asian states.

The United States is also in the midst of a bitter trade war with China which has undermined global markets.

China is pushing the RCEP deal Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong told reporters on Thursday it will be of great significance for deepening regional cooperation, coping with unilateralism and protectionism, and promoting an open, inclusive and rules-based international trading system.

However, Li is expected to appeal in Singapore for the need for the worlds two largest economies to work together to resolve trade disputes, reiterating commitment made by Beijings top leaders last week for market opening and lowering tariffs.

It was not clear if Li and Pence will hold separate talks on the sidelines of the Singapore meetings, which would be a prelude to a summit scheduled between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the end of the month in Buenos Aires.

The encounter, if it happens, would come on the heels of high-level talks in Washington where the two sides aired their main differences but appeared to attempt controlling the damage to relations that has worsened with tit-for-tat tariffs in recent months.

Many of the leaders in Singapore will also m...

16:43

At Least 25 Dead as Wildfires Hit California in North and South Peace and Freedom

Site used as family-reunification center after mass shooting Wednesday in Thousand Oaks, Calif., is now fire-evacuation center

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The Camp Fire burned Thursday through the Northern California town of Paradise. PHOTO: NEAL WATERS/ZUMA PRESS

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.The death toll from wildfires raging at both ends of California rose to at least 25 Saturday, as property damage from the fires continued to mount including the destruction of a famed Hollywood Western set.

California Wildfires Cause Thousands of Evacuations

California Wildfires Cause Thousands of Evacuations

Wildfires across California have prompted evacuation orders and set ablaze tens of thousands of acres of land. Photo: AP

In Northern California, the 100,000-acre Camp Fire, which started early Thursday, continued to threaten several communities including the city of Oroville after killing at least 23 people and destroying more than 6,400 homes and 260 businesses.

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Trump lashed by critics after skipping military cemetery visit over rain Peace and Freedom

President sends chief of staff to lay wreath at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, an hour drive from Paris, after weather grounds helicopter

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford attend a ceremony at the Aisne Marne American Cemetery near the Belleau Wood battleground, in Belleau, France, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP/Francois Mori)
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford attend a ceremony at the Aisne Marne American Cemetery near the Belleau Wood battleground, in Belleau, France, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (AP/Francois Mori)

PARIS, France US President Donald Trump canceled a planned visit Saturday to a cemetery for Americans killed in World War I, the White House citing bad weather that grounded his helicopter. The decision drew sharp criticism from White House opponents and others.

Trump had been scheduled to lay a wreath and observe a moment of silence at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial, located adjacent to Belleau Wood and about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of Paris, about an hour drive.

Instead, Trump spent much of the day following a meeting and lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron at the US ambassadors residence, where he was staying during events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Attending in Trumps place were the White House chief of staff, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly; the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Joe Dunford; and several members of the White House staff.

The Battle of Belleau Wood was a critical conflict in the war and a pivotal encounter in Marine Corps history.

US President Donald Trumps umbrella is turned inside out by a gust of wind while stepping off Air Force One during his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, April 28, 2018. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Important for DPR & LPR People Their Determination by Coming to the Elections by Ruslan Ostashko The Vineyard of the Saker

Translated and captioned by Leo. Make sure to press CC for English captions.   The closer we get to the planned elections in the Republics of Donbass, the louder Ukraine

15:32

Snowden: Saudi Arabia Used Israeli Spyware to Target Khashoggi The Anti-Media

Snowden Israeli Spyware(MEMO)  US whistle-blower Edward Snowden yesterday claimed that Saudi Arabia used Israeli spyware to target murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Addressing a conference in Tel Aviv via a video link, Snowden claimed that software made by an Israeli cyber intelligence firm was used by Saudi Arabia to track and target Khashoggi in the lead up to his murder on []

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Iran Sanctions: Trump Gives Waivers to Irans Major Customers? Dissident Voice

PressTV Interview with Peter Koenig
Transcript

Background

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the new US sanctions against Tehran show that Washington has targeted ordinary people.

Rouhani said the US has spared no effort to mount pressure on Iran through what he called wrong sanctions. He noted that Washington, however, failed in its campaign to bring Iranian oil sales to zero as it had to give waivers to Irans major customers. He also slammed the US for waging a psychological war against Iran, saying Washington will soon understand that it has taken a wrong path.

PressTV: What is your take on this?

Peter Koenig:  As I said on previous occasions, these and all other US sanctions, interfering in other countries sovereign affairs are totally illegal by any standards of international law.

What is amazing is that this crime, which Washington inflicts with impunity to every nation that refuses to follow its dictate, this crime has grown to become a normality and the rest of the western civilization simply accepts it - well, civilization if we can still consider ourselves a civilization.

Having said this, these sanctions are actually toothless. They are ineffective, as Iran will keep selling oil and gas to petrol companies and honor their long-term government contracts. Of course, there are countries afraid of being sanctioned by the United States if they continue dealing with Iran. But by and large, they are few and fewer, because even the western world starts seeing that relying on Washington is like committing slow suicide.

Many have decided to go their own way. Even the EU talks about it, including creating their own transfer system to avoid going through SWIFT for monetary transfers. SWIFT is the western totally privately-owned transfer system, thanks to which financial sanctions are possible. SWIFT is linked to Wall Street banks through which all western transfers have to transit.

In the meantime, of course, Iran has been cut off SWIFT as mandated by Trump, but that is of little importance, because Iran has linked up, as part of her Economy of Resistance, with the eastern SCO Shanghai Cooperation Organization using CIPS the Chinese International Payment System for international monetary transfers.

Of course, Mr. Trump knows it.

So, his sanctions are not much more than a constantly repeated propaganda stint, trying to impress the world, like we can put any country to its knees, if we want to.  Sorry, Washington, no longer. These are times of the past, and your dollar hegemony is nearing the end. Its just a question of time.

PressTV: Do you think, considering all the countries that seem to defy US sanctions, has anything changed in recent times?

PK: Absolutely. A lot. It...

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A Decalogue: The Ten Theses of American Empire-Building: A Dialogue Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Prof. James Petras Global Research, November 10, 2018 Note to readers: please click the share buttons above   First published by Global Research on August 11, 2018 Introduction Few, if any, believe what they hear and read from leaders and media publicists. Most people choose to ignore the cacophony of voices, vices and virtues. This paper []

13:23

Pelosi Prepares Second Pivot of Regime Change in the United States Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

JAMES GEORGE JATRAS | 10.11.2018 | Pelosi Prepares Second Pivot of Regime Change in the United States The votes were barely counted before US President Donald Trump fired his Attorney General Jeff Sessions and began to prepare a showdown with the Deep States effort to dethrone him. As Patrick Buchanan describes the stakes: For two years, Trump has []

13:18

Are The Americans Creeping Towards Civil War? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Are The Americans Creeping Towards Civil War? Darko Lazar The traditionally boring, midterm snooze-fest has been reinvented this year as the election of lifetime importance. This combination of elections for the US Congress, governorships and other state-wide races, is normally characterized by setbacks for the incumbent presidents party. And even though this year was no exception, []

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I Propose Americans Wear Gas Pumps on Veterans Day OffGuardian

In the Commonwealth of Nations, the people get to wear poppies on Remembrance Day. Im jealous. Poppies are beautiful. In the United States, we get military glorification and propaganda. I dont know how many marches and war stories weve endured over the years. This is not fair. I think Americans need their own symbolic lapel pin for Veterans Day. I propose it be a gas pump.

13:00

JORDAN PETERSON On Global Warming Aletho News

Climatism | November 9, 2018 JORDAN PETERSON is a professor at the University of Toronto, a clinical psychologist and the author of the million-plus selling 12 Rules for Life, a Number 1 bestseller. He rose to international prominence in 2016, after criticising the Canadian governments enactment of Bill C-16. THE psychologist and internet celebrity has []

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Saudi king hosts Abu Dhabi crown prince amid Yemen offensive Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Global Migrants Converge on Mexico City to Assist Central American Migrant Caravan INTERNATIONALIST 360

Elliott Gabriel MEXICO CITY, MEXICO Over the past week, Mexicos sprawling capital has been transformed into the flashpoint of a global humanitarian crisis of forced migration that is rearing its head in all parts of the globe. The crisis, whose latest focal point is the migrant caravan from Honduras, as well as smaller caravans...

11:38

How the US Midterm Election Was Rigged According to SocMed Pioneer Covert Geopolitics

The outcome of the recently concluded US midterm elections only shows how divided the US is today, if only it was the true result of the actual voting November 6, 2018. While the immigrants prefer a diversity-friendly America, it doesnt mean that they are ignoring the crimes committed by the likes of Hilary Clinton, et Continue reading How the US Midterm Election Was Rigged According to SocMed Pioneer

11:33

Palestinian National Unity and Class Conflict INTERNATIONALIST 360

Khaled Barakat The following article by Palestinian writer Khaled Barakat, coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Saadat, was originally published in Arabic in Al-Adab magazine on 2 November 2018. To read the original Arabic text, please visit the Al-Adab website. Khaled Barakat. Photo credit: Proletaren When the positions of national forces clash in a...

11:33

Revolution for the People: From Dream to Reality INTERNATIONALIST 360

Toms Valdez Rodrguez A personal tribute to Comandante Daniel Ortega Saavedra Next Sunday November 11th, Comandante Daniel Ortega will be setting a big table for his birthday. A special day for most of Nicaraguas people who are glad to celebrate  our Presidents birthday and, for me, a challenge to write an account of someone who...

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We want to believe: Russian hacking memo REVEALS how US intel pinned leaks to Kremlin Aletho News

By Nebojsa Malic | RT | November 10, 2018 A newly-out memo containing the Obama admins talking points about Russian hacking in the 2016 election reveals how US spy agencies attributed email leaks to the Kremlin by saying its consistent with what they think Russia does. The seven-page document was contained within the 49 pages []

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Lebanon's Hezbollah insists on cabinet slot for ally, issues warning to Israel Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Lawfare On Lula: The Sergio Moro Effect INTERNATIONALIST 360

teleSURs exclusive interview with Valeska Martins of Lulas defense team, asks what repercussions could arise from Sergio Moro as Bolsonaros Justice Minister. Brazil is living in political turmoil with a new scandal rising. On Nov. 1, far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro appointed Judge Sergio Moro as his justice minister. This Saturday marks the 218th day since...

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Neo-Nazi Militia Trained by US Military in Ukraine Now Training US White Supremacists INTERNATIONALIST 360

Whitney Webb LOS ANGELES According to a recent FBI indictment, several American white supremacists were allegedly radicalized by and received training from Ukraines neo-Nazi Azov Battalion, which receives funding from the current government of Ukraine as well as the U.S. government. The group has also received weapons from the Israeli government.The indictment, filed in...

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Fascism In Brasil, A Tragedy In Four Acts INTERNATIONALIST 360

Alfredo Saad-Filho Since the judicial-parliamentary coup that removed elected President Dilma Rousseff, the administration led by her former Vice-President, Michel Temer, has advanced a harsh agenda of neoliberal reforms. The economic crisis has continued unabated, and the campaign for the destruction of the PT has intensified, leading to the imprisonment of former President and PT...

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HOUTHIS: AL-HUDAYDAH BATTLE SHOWS YEMEN IS GRAVEYARD FOR SAUDI-LED FORCES Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

  Source 10.11.2018 On November 9, a senior Houthi official, Mohammed Abdulsalam, said Yemen will be a graveyard for aggressors as Saudi-led coalition forces are developing their advance on the port city of al-Hudayah. Our people, with their full-scale defense of Hudaydah, once again have proved that Yemen will be a graveyard for the aggressors, the official announced via Twitter. []

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Trumps Jaded View of Two World Wars INTERNATIONALIST 360

Wayne Madsen Donald Trump traveled to Paris to, as he put it in a tweet, celebrate the centenary of the armistice that ended World War I. Trump not only decided to skip a planned visit to the Aisne-Marne American cemetery at Belleau Wood, but also the inaugural ceremony of the Paris Peace Forum. The forum,...

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How the US War on Yugoslavia Laid the Groundwork for Modern NATO Imperialism INTERNATIONALIST 360

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Alex Gorka Ten European states have created a new defense coalition. It was launched on June 25 and held its first historic meeting in Paris on Nov.7 to start thrashing out details of how the force will operate and welcome Finland as the tenth participant. All founding nations are EU members, including Great Britain, which is to...

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Sayyed Nasrallah Affirms Support for Independent Sunni MPs: Hezbollah will Absolutely Retaliate against any Israeli Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Zeinab Essa Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Saturday a speech in which he tackled various regional and Lebanese topics. Martyrs Day: Track to Victory Addressing  thousands of people commemorating Hezbollah Martyrs Day, Sayyed Nasrallah hailed the  resistance that was decisive, firm and strong. The Resistance managed to achieve victories, he []

09:59

Houthis Kill Scores Of Saudi-led Coalition Fighters In Western Yemen (Map)

Houthis Kill Scores Of Saudi-led Coalition Fighters In Western Yemen (Map)

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On November 10, Brigadier General Yahya Sari, a spokesman of the Yemeni Armed Forces [an ally of the Houthis], announced that the Houthis and their local allies had killed 180 Saudi-backed Yemeni fighters and destroyed 21 military vehicles of the Saudi-led coalition on the western coast of Yemen during the last 48 hours.

Enemy forces [Saudi-led coalition] attempted to advance towards the [al-Hudaydah] airport and north of the Kilo 16, however they failed thanks to the resistance of army forces and the popular committees [the Houthis], the Yemeni al-Masirah TV quoted Brig. Gen. Sari as saying.

The Yemeni military spokesman also said that the Saudi-led coalition has stepped up its aerial operations over the city of al-Hudaydah and the entire western Yemen coast in an attempt to reopen its supply routes. Few days ago, the Houthis managed to block four key supply routes south of the coastal city after a series of successful attacks.

Houthis Kill Scores Of Saudi-led Coalition Fighters In Western Yemen (Map)

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The Saudi-led coalition was not able to advance inside or south of al-Hudaydah in the last 24 hours. This indicates that the Houthis defensive...

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Prayer and Meditation for Sunday, November 11, 2018 She, from her poverty, has contributed all she had. Peace and Freedom

He Offered once to take away the sins of many

For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.  (2 Cor 8:9)

Lesson of the widows mite  Jesus expects us to trust Him completely, and to give our all

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 155

Reading 1 1 KGS 17:10-16

In those days, Elijah the prophet went to Zarephath.
As he arrived at the entrance of the city,
a widow was gathering sticks there; he called out to her,
Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink.
She left to get it, and he called out after her,
Please bring along a bit of bread.
She answered, As the LORD, your God, lives,
I have nothing baked; there is only a handful of flour in my jar
and a little oil in my jug.
Just now I was collecting a couple of sticks,
to go in and prepare something for myself and my son;
when we have eaten it, we shall die.
Elijah said to her, Do not be afraid.
Go and do as you propose.
But first make me a little cake and bring it to me.
Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son.
For the LORD, the God of Israel, says,
The jar of flour shall not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'
She left and did as Elijah had said.
She was able to eat for a year, and he and her son as well;
the jar of flour did not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
as the LORD had foretold through Elijah.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 146:7, 8-9, 9-10

R. (1b) Praise the Lord, my soul!
or:
R. Alleluia.
The LORD keeps faith forever,
secure...

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Four UK ministers on verge of quitting, EU rejects latest plan: Sunday Times Peace and Freedom

Four British ministers who back remaining in the European Union are on the verge of quitting Prime Minister Theresa Mays government over Brexit, the Sunday Times reported.

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The newspaper also said that the European Union had rejected Mays plan for an independent mechanism to oversee Britains departure from any temporary customs arrangement it agrees.

Brexiteers in Mays Conservative Party insist Britain must have control over when it leaves a customs arrangement as it moves towards a new trading relationship with the bloc. But the paper quoted a Whitehall source as saying the EU would insist on using the European Court of Justice to oversee any decision.

Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by David Stamp

Reuters

09:31

White House must listen to wise voices over US-China trade war Peace and Freedom

American elder statesmen have stressed the need for ongoing dialogue between the two sides in order to avoid an economic iron curtain from descending

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South China Morning Post

The planned summit in just three weeks between presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump should raise hopes that issues plaguing Sino-US relations can be resolved amicably. But bilateral dialogue between officials does not inspire confidence. Divergent approaches hinder the advance of shared interests. It has not always been like that and does not have to be now.

Reminders of that came from elder statesmen at this weeks Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Singapore, including two American veterans of landmark events in relations between the two nations. Henry Kissinger needs no introduction as former president Richard Nixons envoy in est...

09:24

Central American migrant caravan continues toward US after rest Peace and Freedom

Around 5,000 Central Americans left Mexico City at dawn Saturday, brushing exhaustion and illness aside to get back on the road towards the United States as part of a migrant caravan that has drawn fury from President Donald Trump.

Between coughs and sneezes, the migrants packed up their makeshift camp in a sports park, where they had rested for six nights, and headed to the citys metro which opened an hour early to transport them toward neighboring Mexico State.

We got cold sleeping out in the open, so thats why were sick now. The kids have got lice, theres not always enough water to bathe them, Adamari Correa, a Guatemalan traveling with her sister and her sisters children, told AFP.

AFP | The metro in Mexico City opened an hour early to transport migrants toward neighboring Mexico State

From there, the plan was to set off once again on foot toward Queretaro in central Mexico, still hundreds of kilometers (miles) from the US border.

I dont want to walk, Mommy! cried one little girl wrapped in a blanket, as her mother a sleeping mat on her back and two large bundles in each hand stood in an endless line waiting to board the five designated train, each carrying around 1,000 people, metro authorities estimated.

Some 1,000 police officers kept watch over the operation.

The caravan left San Pedro Sula, Honduras, on October 13 and has covered more than 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) so far.

At least two other caravans have since been established, defying threats from Trump who has decried what he describes as an invasion and ordered thousands of soldiers to the US-Mexico border.

On Friday, his administration unveiled a controversial new crackdown, announcing it would no longer allow people who enter the US illegally to claim asylum. Instead, those seeking political or other kinds of asylum will be heard exclusively at the border crossings.

Also on Friday, a group of 1,300 Central American migrants fragmented from the caravan to embark on the same path from Mexico City.

They quickly amassed on the sides of the wide high-speed road that snakes around the capital, leading to the exit toward Queretaro.

Taking the risk

Were sick from the temperature changes, said Wilson Alexander Mejia, a 27-year-old laborer traveling alone.

But were determined to reach the border and beyond.

On the highway, truck drivers stopped to offer rides. Some migrants clung to vehicles; others found a seat perched on the hood, above the engine.

Thank you Mexico! We go forward! they yelled to passers-by, waving.

Other caravan...

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HAT-IN-HAND: U.S SADLY ASKS RUSSIA TO PLEASE ALLOW ISRAEL TO ATTACK SYRIA Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Washington has been reduced now to mere hopes, hopes with great sincerity, that Russia will allow Israel attack Syria after the delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft systems, under the pretext of the prevalence of Iranian forces in Syria, the US ambassador to Syria, James Jeffrey, recently said. Russia has been permissive, in consultation with the []

09:18

Broward Countys elections are not secure as long as Brenda Snipes is in office Peace and Freedom

More often than naught Broward County, Fla., where I serve as GOP State Committeeman, makes headlines during election season and not for good reasons. Broward Countys elections department has a history of malfeasance, and that malfeasance is playing out on the national stage today.

Tuesday night, Republicans across the state of Florida celebrated Gov. Rick Scotts victory in the Senate race and Ron DeSantis successful gubernatorial race. However, Broward Countys Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes had other plans for the state. Her team was counting ballots past a mandatory reporting deadline, and would soon after discover bags and boxes of ballots left behind in the back of cars, school classrooms, and elsewhere, completely disregarding the chain of custody which secures these votes as legitimate.

As the clock continues to tick, Snipes has refused to report how many ballots are left to be counted, subverting the will of the people by following her own rules which break the rule of law, and specifically Floridas constitution. Of course, this is not the first time Browards SOE has played games with democracy.

By Richard DeNapoli
Opinion
Washington Examiner

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Supporters of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis protest in Lauderhill at the office of Brenda Snipes, a Democrat who is supervisor of elections for Broward County. Credit Scott Mcintyre / New York Times

In 2000, we were a part of the hanging chads fiasco. And more recently, in 2014 and 2016, a slew of violations took place by the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office.

This includes how, in 2014, citizens showed up to the polls to vote but were told they already had ( they hadnt). Or in 2016, when Snipes was reprimanded for opening and sorting tens of thousands of mail-in ballots in private without the supervision of a required canvassing board.

It also includes how Snipes oversaw the illegal destruction of ballots (a court found she broke the law and Snipes ended up paying $150,000 in lawyers fees and court costs.) It also includes how in 2016, some ballots left off one of the most highly anticipated amendments so that voters couldnt vote for the i...

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Florida Senate, Governor Races Head to Recounts No allegations of criminal misconduct Peace and Freedom

Republican Rick Scott holds slight lead over Sen. Bill Nelson, while Ron DeSantis leads Andrew Gillum

The Need More Sunshine state


A crowd protests to demand a recount of votes outside the Miami-Dade Election Department in Miami Saturday. (Cristobal Herrera/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

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The Florida Senate race between Gov. Rick Scott and Sen. Bill Nelson is headed to a recount as unofficial election results Saturday showed Mr. Scott leading Mr. Nelson by a slight margin.

Under Florida law, election officials have until 3 p.m. on Thursday to conduct a machine recount for races within one half of one percentage point of a winner.
Under Florida law, election officials have until 3 p.m. on Thursday to conduct a machine recount for races within one half of one percentage point of a winner. PHOTO: JAYME GERSHEN/BLOOMBERG NEWS
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Mr. Scotts lead has steadily dropped to 12,562 votes, or .15%, since election night, when he led by roughly 56,000 votes, and the ongoing counting process has spurred legal action from both parties. Mr. Scott and other prominent Republicans, including President Trump, have repeatedly raised the specter of voter tinkering. A state law-enforcement agency has said it has received no allegations of criminal misconduct and the Nelson campaign has refuted the allegation.

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09:01

Washington Post Publishes Article of Yemens Houthi Leader Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Washington Post Publishes Article of Yemens Houthi Leader November 10, 2018 The Washington Post published on Friday the first article of the head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi. Houthi leader: We Want Peace for Yemen, But Saudi Airstrikes Must Stop The continued escalation of attacks against the port city of Hodeida in []

08:58

Businesses must speak out on a second Brexit referendum Peace and Freedom

We have already paid a heavy economic price in terms of lost investment and influence

Uncertainty about the future means voters must have the option to remain in the EU

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Brexit secretary Dominic Raab admitted this week the importance of the Dover-EU trade route and its vulnerability AFP

By Michael Rake

Britains business community has tried to play a constructive role in Brexit. Following Parliaments decision to trigger Article 50 after the 2016 referendum, we have engaged with government to ensure that the enormous complexity and economic risks were understood and subject to adequate planning. After 45 years in the EU and the consequent integration of our economies to support the biggest single market in the world, we assumed that common sense would prevail.

This would clearly have needed a sensible transition period while the UK remained as close to the bloc as possible preferably, in effect, staying in the customs union and the single market for a five to 10-year period. That would have given adequate time to deal with the enormous complexities from trade treaties to supply chains, skills, research, transportation and the National Health Service. However suboptimal such a compromise would be compared to full membership of the EU, businesses would have been willing to support such a proposition.

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But this is clearly not where we are. The UK is risking an extremely bad deal or no deal, which most commentators agree would be close to catastrophic economically and politically extremely divisive plus a significant risk to the peace and prosperity in Northern Ireland. It is also now beyond doubt that the prospectus proposed by the Brexit campaign in 2016 is simply not on offer.

We have already paid a heavy economic price in terms of lost investment and influence; moving from one of the fastest growing G7 economies to one of the slowest. Prime minister Theresa May is clearly doing her best to avoid a no-deal scenario. But the compromise solutions apparently emerging would still do significant damage to the economy over time.

In reality, the May government is not going to reach a final deal at this stage. The best it will achieve is a divorce settlement which effectively keeps the UK in the single market and customs union for a 21-month period after we leave. No businesses can make long term investments on the basis of a 21-month horizon.

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Iran lets hundreds of women attend Asian Champions League final Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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08:45

Happy Birthday, Gaetano Bresci : Introducing the World's First Anarchist Singing Zine CrimethInc.

To observe what would have been the 149th birthday of Gaetano Bresci, the anarchist who assassinated King Umberto of Italy to impose consequences for the deaths of hundreds of poor people, we have produced what may be the worlds first singing zineor at least, certainly the first anarchist singing zine.

The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox, Gil Scott-Heron famously declared. All the same, we have long maintained a passionate faith in the power of zines. Enthusiasm about print media is a part of our anarchist heritage; early anarchists including Proudhon and Kropotkin worked as printers, and some of us cut our teeth in the copying wars of the 1990s. Every once in a while, we express our appreciation for this traditional format by attempting to improve on it.

So it is that our Experimentation Committee has produced a new prototypea singing zine. This particular zine performs Alla stazion di monza, one of several traditional Italian songs about Brescis courageous act of self-sacrifice. With the guts of the last priest / We will hang the pope and the king, et cetera!

In any case, please visit our well-stocked online zine library to...

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Lest We Forget. A Suggestion to President Trump on his visit to Paris. by Fred Sic Semper Tyrannis

The gateway is gilded in gold just like your Manhattan Apartment. The symbolism is fitting to your rhetoric. Memorial There's an American flag. And a great view of the city. Remember to plant a flag, or bring some flowers. There...

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Drie Verschijningsvormen van een Fascistode Drift in Israel stan van houcke


De drie verschijningsvormen van
een fascistode drift in Israel
Dominique Vidal
De autoritaire en fascistode drijfveren van de Staat Israel worden door de Europese leiders en media schromelijk onderschat. Zij vormen echter een reel gevaar voor het gehele Midden-Oosten.
Veel lezers van Le Monde (Parijs) zullen verbaasd zijn geweest uit naam van de Israelische historicus Zeev Sternhell een groot deskundige op het gebied van het fascisme een vergelijking aan te treffen tussen het hedendaagse Israel en Duitsland ten tijde van het opkomend nazisme. Dat komt omdat, over het algemeen, de meest invloedrijke media de verontrustende radicalisering van de coalitie van rechts en extreemrechts, die het in Israel sinds 2015 voor het zeggen heeft, niet de noodzakelijke aandacht hebben gegeven.
De autoritaire en fascistode drijfveren van de Staat Israel kennen drie verschijningsvormen.
de natiestaat van het Joodse volk

De eerste en voornaamste betreft het koloniale project in Palestina, dat zich op een historisch keerpunt bevindt. Tot nog toe hielden de Israelische autoriteiten, onder wie zich, sinds zijn beruchte redevoering in 2009, ook premier Benjamin Netanyahoe bevindt, de schijn op de zogenaamde twee-statenoplossing te aanvaarden. Ondertussen voerden zij wel het tempo van de kolonisatie op het dagblad Haaretz vermeldde vorig jaar een aanta...

07:55

How the CDC Uses Fear to Increase Demand for Flu Vaccines Aletho News

Collective Evolution | November 9, 2018 The CDC claims that its recommendation that everyone aged six months and up should get an annual flu shot is firmly grounded in science. The mainstream media reinforce this characterization by misinforming the public about what the science says. A New York Times article from earlier this year, for example, in []

07:20

Iraq parliament calls for US forces to leave Aletho News

MEMO | November 10, 2018 Iraqi MP Ahmad Al-Assadi, senior leader of the Iraqi Construction Alliance, revealed on Friday parliamentarian moves to pressure the Iraqi government to evict US forces from the country. Al-Assadi said that the previous Iraqi parliament had started the calls, but now the new parliament was calling for a clear timetable []

07:01

Palestinian dies of wounds from West Bank clashes with Israeli settlers, army Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Yemen - Holding Hodeidah Is The Houthi's Last Chance Moon of Alabama

From last weeks MoA review: October 31 - Yemen - After 200,000 Died An Embarrassed U.S. Finally Calls For Negotiations The UAE and its mercenaries have renewed a large attack on Hodeidah. Should they capture it they will control all...

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Turkeys religious affairs top dog: Important area of cooperation with Europe is efforts to eliminate Islamophobia Jihad Watch

If Ali Erba really wants to end Islamophobia, here is how he and his fellow Muslims could accomplish it. They could call upon Muslim individuals and groups to: 1. Focus their indignation on Muslims committing violent acts in the name of Islam, not on non-Muslims reporting on those acts. 2. Renounce definitively, sincerely, honestly, and []

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Egypt cat statues, mummies discovered at site dating back 6,000 years Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Washington Post Publishes Article of Yemens Houthi Leader Aletho News

Head of Yemens Revolutionary Committee, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi Al-Manar | November 10, 2018 The Washington Post has published on Friday the first article of the head of the Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammad Ali Al-Houthi. Houthi leader: We Want Peace for Yemen, But Saudi Airstrikes Must Stop The continued escalation of attacks against the port city []

05:47

Making meaning of the elections and navigating what comes next Waging Nonviolence

by Kate Werning

Alexandra Rojas celebrates with her campaign team on the night of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezs primary victory. (WNV/Corey Abraham Torpie)

We have officially made it beyond 2018 midterm election day in the United States well, mostly. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is in a critical fight to challenge voter suppression in Georgia, a recount looks likely in Florida and other races remain too close to call. As we stay engaged to make sure all the votes are counted, we also begin to shift toward reflection, recalibration and recommitment.

What have you felt in your body this week? Ive been anxious, energetic and scrambling to do all the things I could to make a progressive impact this election, overriding the exhaustion. Last month, I shared the perspective of organizers with the Sunrise Movement on electoral versus movement strategy, who argued that we shouldnt lean on elections as the solution for the change we need. However, they said we have a responsibility to reduce harm with our votes especially in the wake of escalating white nationalism which has felt heavy and urgent.

For my recently released Healing Justice podcast episode (which you can listen to in full on RadioPublic, Apple Podcasts or Spotify), I spoke with friends I deeply admire including Maurice Mitchell, Barbara Dudley and Alexandra Rojas to help digest what happened this election and navigate what comes next.

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Jimmy Carter and The Jewish Lobby stan van houcke


Jimmy Carter paid big political price in 80 for 

standing up for Palestinian rights Eizenstat

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04:12

Robert Steele: In Defense of Professor Kees van der Pijl stan van houcke

I have no confidence in my message being delivered to the vice chancellor so I have published it and pointed The Guardian and others to the post.

On Sat, Nov 10, 2018 at 8:12 AM Robert Steele <robert.david.steele.vivas@gmail.com> wrote:

I am a former US spy recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017, I urge you to take this messsage most seriously.

Kees van der Pijl your professor emeritus, is absolutely correct in his assertions with  respect to 9/11 and the role of the Zionists.  What he does not say is that 9/11 started as commercial insurance fraud in 1989 and was quickly converted by Dick Cheney, with the approval of George H. W. Bush, into a future false flag and terrorist event.

You can read the 28 memoranda delivered to President Trump and his varied intimates on 8 August 2018, at this URL: ...

03:56

France: Brutal and very strong surge in anti-Semitism Voltaire Network

In a post published on his Facebook account, the French Prime Minister, douard Philippe (photo), reveals that in the first nine months of 2018, there was a 69% increase in the number of anti-Semetic acts. To be correctly interpreted, we should compare this figure to the rise in other discriminatory acts. But we don't have this. Be that as it may, the figure we have testifies that there has been a profound and rapid degradation in France's social fabric. The decision to publish this figure (...)

03:53

A Foreign State pays the salaries of Gaza officials Voltaire Network

The Emirate of Qatar is supposed to transfer 21 million euro to pay the salaries of Gaza officials. Palestinian officials living in the Gaza Strip are no longer paid by the Palestine Authority. This has been the case for more than 6 months, following the rupture of relations between President Mahmud Abbas and Hamas. De facto, no longer recognized as a single state by the different members of the UN, the Palestinian territories are divided into two distinct political entities. Established (...)

03:31

Turkey has given the Khashoggi tapes to the US, UK, France, Germany and Saudi Arabia Sic Semper Tyrannis

"Turkey has given recordings on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul to Saudi Arabia, the US, Germany, France and the UK, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on November 10. Speaking before his departure...

03:26

Robert Steele: While Moscow Talks About Treaties, the Deep State is Starting World War III Now This Month! Public Intelligence Blog

Robert David STEELE Vivas

While Moscow Talks About Treaties, the Deep State is Starting World War III Now This Month!

As published in Russian International Affairs Council blog, 9 November 2018.

I make it a point to check the Russian International Affairs Council pages regularly, and I was not disappointed when I found President Igor Ivanovs article, Road to Nowhere, as published also in The Moscow Times.[1] Everything stated in this article is in my view correct.

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03:16

Orthodox-only Israeli views of Pittsburgh massacre show the danger of mixing church and state Mondoweiss

The October 27 massacre of 11 Jewish worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue is accentuating serious rifts within the global Jewish community, and in the underpinnings of Zionism. The dilemma for Orthodox Jewish leaders in Israel has been, How to acknowledge that the murdered were Jewish, without giving any points to the Conservative movement of which they were part that is, without conceding that their synagogue is in fact a synagogue. For the Orthodox hold a complete monopoly on the Israeli church-state unity, embodying the Jewish state notion in a fundamentalist and inherently illiberal way and refuse to recognize more liberal denominations, to which most American Jews belong, since that might erode their state-power hegemony in Israel.

And so more liberal Jews, who have been calling for Jewish unity and solidarity in response to the most grievous anti-Semitic attack in American history, have gotten a rude awakening. And liberal Zionists are being forced to come to terms with the fact that their Zionism is the means by which that orthodox fundamentalist sectarianism actually works; and their power to oppose such fundamentalism as Zionists is limited.

 

A joint editors letter

Jane Eisner, editor of the Forward

In the wake of the Pittsburgh massacre, two main Jewish editors wrote a joint letter with the message that we are all Jews. The main authors were Jane Eisner, Editor-in-Chief of the Forward, and Dovid Efune, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of The Algemeiner, and it was signed by a dozen leaders in American journalism.

I will regard this letter in a relatively positive light within the greater context, although it contains cynical exploitations of anti-Semitism right from the start. The letter opens by reminding us that [e]arlier this year, our colleagues at the three leading Jewish newspapers in the U.K. published the same front-page headline and joint editorial voicing concern over rising anti-Semitism in...

02:58

Rouhani says new US sanctions have no effect on Iran economy Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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02:49

Jerusalem, Iran Deal and Presidential Medal of Freedom Miriam Adelson has better year than Babe Ruth! Mondoweiss

Donald Trump today announced he was giving the nations highest civilian honor, the presidential medal of freedom, to eight people, including Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth posthumously, as well as Senator Orrin Hatch, Judge Allan Page and Miriam Adelson, the doctor wife of Sheldon Adelson. Recipients:

Babe Ruth

Roger Staubach, Hall-of-Fame quarterback

Miriam Adelson, philanthropist, wife of Sheldon

Orrin Hatch

Antonin Scalia

Allan Page, NFL player and 1st black judge on MN Supreme Court

Miriam Adelson

Miriam Adelson and her husband each gave over $55 million to the congressional races for Republicans this term, in apparent gratitude for the Jerusalem decision and Trumps tearing up of the Iran deal. They also were the largest contributors besides Trump himself to his 2016 presidential campaign.

We have repeatedly said here that Trumps Middle East policy is bought and paid for by Sheldon and Miriam Adelson. In 2015 Trump warned that Marco Rubio would become Sheldon Adelsons perfect little puppet at the time that Adelson was supporting the Florida senator. Whos perfect now?

Miriam Adelson is 71 or 72 years old and was born in mandatory Palestine and raised in Israel. Her parents had fled the Holocaust in Poland. She is a specialist in addiction medicine, and met Sheldon Adelson, now 85, in the late 1980s while doing a program on that specialty at Rockefeller University in New York. They married in 1991.

Jennifer Hayden of DailyKos:

Im blown away Donald Trump is giving the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Miriam Adelson, Republican mega-donor who gave $55 million to Republicans in the 2018 midterms. Not only is Trump NOT draining the swamp, hes giving the swamp the highest civilian award in the nation.

02:35

US grants Iraq 45-day waiver over Iran sanctions to import gas, electricity: US Embassy Peace and Freedom

Iraq can continue to import natural gas and energy supplies from Iran for a period of 45 days, the United States has said, several days after reimposing sanctions on Tehrans oil sector.

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The United States has given Iraq a temporary relief from the sanctions for 45 days to continue purchasing natural gas and electricity from Iran, the US Embassy in Iraq said in a video published on its official Facebook page on Thursday.

An employee turns a valve at the Hammar Mushrif new Degassing Station Facilities site inside the Zubair oil and gas field, north of the southern Iraqi province of Basra. (File/AFP)

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This relief gives Iraq time to start taking steps toward energy independence, the video said.

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Iraq central bank officials said in August that the countrys economy is so closely linked to Iran that Baghdad would ask Washington for exemptions from some of the sanctions.

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The current temporary waiver is conditional on Iraq not paying Iran for imports in US dollars.

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Sanctions, which had been lifted under a 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by President Barack Obamas administration and five other world powers, were reimposed on Nov 5.

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They cover 50 Iranian banks and subsidiaries and more than 200 persons and vessels in its shipping sector, as well as targeting Tehrans national airline, Iran Air, and more than 65 of its aircraft.

Reuters

02:30

The Prevalence of Myth over History Aletho News

By Paul Craig Roberts | Institute For Political Economy | November 9, 2018 Today I heard a black historian on NPR say that the civil war was fought in order to establish a framework for human rights. He also said that black civil rights achieved by the war were overturned by the rollback of Reconstruction, []

02:29

Hezbollah: We will respond to any attack from Israel Peace and Freedom

I salute the families of the martyrs, Nasrallah said. Thanks to martyrs sacrifices, the resistance has achieved all its victories

BY YASSER OKBI/MAARIV
 NOVEMBER 10, 2018 17:16

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Irans sponsorship of Hezbollah includes $800 million in annual financial support, the supply of 130,000 rockets and missiles. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah condemned normalization with Israel in a televised address Saturday, The Jerusalem Posts sister publication Maariv reported.


The condemnation comes after Mohammad al-Emadi, chairman of the Qatari Committee for the Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, visited Gaza, transferring $15 million to the Palestinian coastal enclave in coordination with Israel.

I salute the families of the martyrs, Nasrallah said. Thanks to martyrs sacrifices, the resistance has achieved all its victories. The blood of our martyrs has protected our land and Hezbollahs rocket power.

The source of ou...

02:21

Desperate for Tech Talent, Israel Turns to an Untapped Labor Pool: Palestinians Peace and Freedom

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TEL AVIVAn intense labor shortage is pushing Israeli tech firms to hire Palestinians in the West Bank, establishing new economic links between the two sides despite persistent political tension and the continuing absence of a peace agreement.

Israels innovative technology sectorwhich inspired the nickname Startup Nationfaces a shortage of 10,000 software programmers and engineers, the government says, posing one of the biggest threats to economic growth outside of war with its neighbors.

The reasons include competition from American companies such as Alphabet Inc.s Google, Amazon.com Inc. and Microsoft Inc. that are willing to pay high salaries for Israeli talent. Israels immigration laws also make it difficult to import skilled non-Jewish workers.

About 1,000 Palestinian engineers currently work for Israeli and international companies, an increase of roughly 10% from last year, said Murad Tahboub of West Bank-based Asal Technologies, which matches Palestinian workers with employers.

Oday Dahadha, a 25-year-old computer engineer with Asal, said he had never met an Israeli before he began working as a contractor for Mellanox , an Israeli technology and hardware company, in 2014.

Its like working with any other international company, said Mr. Dahadha, who said he learned the coding language Python on the job over the years and hopes one day to start his own firm.

Mr. Dahadha is based in the West Bank and said he travels to Tel Aviv about 10 times a year for meetings at Mellanox, spending hours passing through security checkpoints. I feel bad about that, he said.

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02:18

Joods-Europese organisaties: "Isral spreekt niet in onze naam" stan van houcke

Joods-Europese organisaties: "Isral spreekt niet in onze naam"

Vertegenwoordigers van Joods-Europese organisaties protesteerden op een persconferentie samen met groene en linkse Europarlementsleden tegen een samenkomst georganiseerd door de regering van Isral in Brussel, die de bedoeling heeft elke kritiek op Isral te brandmerken als anti-semitisme. "Niet in onze naam".
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02:13

Macron and Merkel mark armistice centenary at Compigne Peace and Freedom

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will mark on Saturday the centenary of the end of the First World War in a special ceremony at Compigne. Watch FRANCE 24s live coverage by clicking on the player above.

VIDEO:

https://www.france24.com/en/20181110-live-french-president-macron-german-chancellor-merkel-armistice-commemoration

02:06

Want to stop mass shootings? Address violence against women Peace and Freedom

Mass shooters are almost always young to middle-aged men.

Another week, another mass shooting. Time and time again, partisans wait to haul out another gun control argument or demographic blame. At this point, we know we have an epidemic, and as weve seen with the Parkland, Santa Fe, and Sutherland Springs shootings, there are almost always glaring, social red flags that indicated that the perpetrator was deeply troubled long before their massacres.

Nellie Wong cries as Chyann Worrell holds her and Erika Sigman, right, stands beside them. All three were inside the Borderline Bar and Grill when shooting started.

The Thousand Oaks shooting was no different. When the media first reported on the bloodbath, which killed 12 people, including a police officer, one of the first pieces of information publicized was that the killer who I will not give the dignity or respect of naming was an ex-Marine who suffered from PTSD. However, his problems clearly predated his service.

The shooter allegedly sexually assaulted his high school track coach, who told CBS Los Angeles that he was visibly disturbed in high school, and the administration knew it.

Opinion

By Tiana Lowe

Washington Examiner

Mass shooters are almost always young to middle-aged men. While many aspects of their crime vary, from targets to style of weapon, one thing has emerged as a clear and consistent trend: mass shooters begin their violence on the women around them.

From the radical Islamist who shot up Pulse nightclub to the left-wing terrorist who attempted to kill a field of Republican congressmen, the overwhelming majority of mass shooters have a prior history of domestic violence or sexual assault and harassment. The issue of violence against women isnt one of simple criminality, justice, or even basic human rights. Its fueling our systemic epidemic of mass shootings.

Nearly half of all women killed in the United States are killed by an intimate partner. D...

02:00

Hugh Fitzgerald: Islam Classes In Germany (Part Four) Jihad Watch

Some German politicians are pushing for an expansion of Islam classes in public schools as a way to encourage the cultural integration of Muslim students and to promote an interpretation of Islam that highlights German values. How will study of Islam that skips over so much of what the faith inculcates that discourages cultural integration []

01:56

Trump, Macron attempt to defuse row over EU army proposal Misinterpretation Peace and Freedom

The office of French President Macron says his comments on the need for an EU army have been misinterpreted by his US counterpart. Donald Trump lashed out at Macron on Friday over the proposal.

    
US President Trump and French leader Macron meet in Paris (Reuters/C.P. Tesson)

US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron held talks on Saturday after a public spat over the French leaders suggestion that Europe should rely less on the US for its security.

The US and France attempted to smooth over differences over a European defense mechanism, with Trump assuring Macron that Washington would help Europe with its defense.

Trump, however, reiterated that EU member states must pay their fair share toward NATO expenses.

The US president arrived in Paris on Friday to participate in commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Read more: EU can no longer rely on US, says Frances Macron

A European Union army

Macron said in a radio interview earlier in the week that the EU needed to protect itself against China, Russia and even the United States.

Confronted by Russia, which is on our borders and which has shown itself willing to be threatening, we need to have a Europe that can better defend itself by itself and in a sovereign way, without depending solely on the United States, he told Europe 1 broadcaster.

In response to Macrons proposal, Trump took a jab at the French president in particular, and the EU in general.

President Macron of France has just suggested that Europe build its own military in order to protect itself from the US, China and Russia, the US president tweeted.

Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the US subsidizes greatly! he added.

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01:50

Michigan: Muslim who stabbed cop while screaming Allahu akbar cried when he heard his victim wasnt dead Jihad Watch

He asked us if the officer was dead. I responded with I didnt know. He put his head down and was crying. He said his intention was to kill the officer.He said that he was here for his mission his mission was to kill a United States government employee. His mission was to kill []

01:49

After mass Muslim migration into Germany, sex attacks are up 70% in one city alone Jihad Watch

After mass Muslim migration into Germany, sex attacks are up 70% in one city alone
Danke, Merkel! Note how eager German authorities in the video are to say that some of the attackers are German. That is irrelevant, since this behavior is sanctioned in Islam. We would need to know whether or not these Germans were converts to Islam, and authorities arent telling. Note also that the Freiburg gang rapists []

01:38

Trump Threatens Funding to California Over Wildfires Peace and Freedom

The president blamed the blazes on poor forest management, a claim state officials have disputed

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Firefighters battle flames at a burning apartment complex in Paradise, north of Sacramento, California, on Friday. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

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WASHINGTONPresident Trump blamed the California wildfires on poor forest management, and threatened to cut off funding to the state unless stewardship of forests improved.

There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor, the president tweeted from Paris, where he is attending a 100-year commemoration of the end of World War I.

Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests, the president added. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!

The president has made similar threats in the past. It wasnt immediately clear what the president meant by billions in federal support. California officials have disputed any mismanagement.

The tweet came as at least nine people have died in wildfires raging in multiple areas in the Golden state. The federal government issued an emergency declaration for the state on Friday, providing municipalities with air support, relief supplies and evacuation transport.

Write to Jathon Sapsford at jathon.sapsford@wsj.com

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-threatens-funding-to-california-over-wildfires-1541858686

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01:38

A Celebration of Killing and Dying Aletho News

By Camillo Mac Bica, Ph.D. | Veterans Today | November 10, 2018 November 10th is the 242nd birthday of the United State Marine Corps. It is a time of celebration during which current and former Marines acknowledge the storied history and glorious traditions of the branch of the military in which they so proudly served. []

01:22

Michigan: Muslim migrant says he screamed Allahu akbar and stabbed cop because this is what a Muslim is born for Jihad Watch

Yes, he screamed Allahu akbar as he stabbed Lt. Jeff Neville. Anyway, where did he get the idea that a Muslim was born in order to try to kill Infidels? Are moderate Muslims in Michigan going to visit him in prison and explain to him the true, peaceful Islam? In reality, of course, what Amor []

01:11

US-led coalition strikes 'kill 26 civilians in east Syria' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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01:04

Judge Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline, Says Climate Impact Cant Be Ignored PopularResistance.Org

A federal judge in Montana on Thursday blocked all further work on the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the Trump administration had failed to justify its decision to reverse a prior decision by the Obama administration and to approve the tar sands oil delivery project. It was a striking victory for environmental advocates who have spent over a decade fighting the project to carry tar sands oil from Canada to markets in the United States and had turned the KXL line into a litmus test for climate action. Environmental advocates, landowners along the pipeline's route and indigenous rights groups hailed the ruling.

01:04

U.S. presses China to halt militarization of South China Sea Peace and Freedom

Standing side by side, top U.S. officials urged their Chinese counterparts on Friday to halt militarization of the disputed South China Sea, drawing a rebuke from the Chinese for sending U.S. warships close to islands claimed by Beijing.

Yang Jiechi, Mike Pompeo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, shakes hands with Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi at the conclusion of a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Carolyn Kaster AP Photo

During a round of high-level talks in Washington, the two sides aired in sometimes blunt terms many of their main differences, including a bitter trade dispute, freedom of navigation in Asia-Pacific waters, self-ruled Taiwan, and Chinas crackdown on its Muslim minority in Xinjiang.

The Latest: China scolds US over presence in South China Sea

From left, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi shake hands at the conclusion of a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Two visiting senior Chinese officials also seized the opportunity to warn publicly that a trade war between the worlds two largest economies would end up hurting both sides and to call for keeping channels of communication open to resolve an issue that has unsettled global financial markets.

Despite the airing of grievances, the talks appeared aimed at controlling the damage to relations that has worsened in recent months and at paving the way for an encounter between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina at the end of November.

The United States is not pursuing a Cold War or containment policy with respect to China, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a joint news conference.

Even as the United States and China confront difficult challenges, cooperation remains essential on many issues, he said, citing efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

The meeting paired Pompeo and Defense Secretar...

01:00

Peterloo and the Realist tradition OffGuardian

Philip Roddis Worthy, sumptuously shot, convincingly acted and not without moments of insight but a tad leaden. Thats my take on Mike Leighs new film, released November 2. Ill give a more nuanced view in a moment but first a timeline, reverse chronology, in which Peterloo the event, not the movie can be framed: Orgreave 1984Bloody Sunday 1972Amritsar 1919Peterloo 1819. Its hardly a competition but the toll of fifteen sliced to death by mounted and sabre flailing yeomanry, many of them drunk, charging into the crowds at St Peters Field in Manchester on August 16, 1819, is dwarfed by that of 379 mown down at Amritsars Jallianwala Bagh, April 13, 1919. As are the fourteen shot dead by the Parachute Regiment in Derrys Bogside on January 30, 1972 while at Orgreave in June 1984, police in riot gear and supported by dogs killed no one at all when they attacked[1] striking miners, their livelihoods on the line. So why lump together events separated not only by centuries and continents, but by

00:59

Midterm Takeaway: We Need A Lot More Democracy PopularResistance.Org

I cant be the only one who spent the night of the midterms tossing and turning. Though I managed to shut off the coverage and try to sleep, spasms of anxiety woke me repeatedly throughout the dreary hours. Ultimately, Republicans picked off several red-state Senate seats while Democrats won back the House and at least seven governorships. A Democratic House will serve as a badly needed check after two years of aggressive Republican monopoly, but I cant help feeling uneasy. For one thing, I cant shake the last days of the campaign. For a while, Republicans merely lied about their policy agenda. Rather than campaigning on the $2 trillion tax cut for rich people they actually passed, they promised a middle class tax cut they never even had a bill for.

00:53

Maduro: Venezuela Sitting On 2nd Biggest Gold Reserve On Earth PopularResistance.Org

President Nicolas Maduro announced a new set of measures in the Venezuelan gold industry to combat the U.S. imposed sanctions, which he described as crazy and criminal, accusing the North American country of blocking, and raising the price of food and medicine imports into the country. The U.S. government announced a new set of sanctions against the Latin American country last week, potentially limiting their gold exports, as announced by the national security senior advisor John Bolton. The sanctions already prohibited institutions, business and anyone from giving any kind of financial support to the Bolivarian Revolution. Maduro answered Boltons comments during a televised speech, saying Venezuela is currently certifying 32 gold fields.

00:48

Trump, Macron seem to agree on defence after insulting European army spat (Diplomacy the hard way) Peace and Freedom

U.S. President Donald Trump and Frances Emmanuel Macron agreed on Saturday on the need for more European defence spending, papering over an earlier Trump tweet that had described Macrons call for a European army as very insulting.

Meeting for talks at the Elysee a day before commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, Macron welcomed Trump under rainy Parisian skies with a firm handshake. But there appeared to be less immediate warmth in the greeting between the two than in the past.

Commemoration of the Centenary of the end of the First World War

Seated on gilded chairs in the ornate presidential palace, Macron placed his hand on Trumps knee and referred to him as my friend, while Trump kept more distance, although he also talked up common ground on an issue that had caused friction.

We want a strong Europe, its very important to us, and whichever way we can do it the best and more efficient would be something we both want, said Trump.

We want to help Europe but it has to be fair. Right now the burden sharing has been largely on the United States.

Macron echoed those sentiments, saying he wanted Europe to bear a greater share of the defence costs within NATO, a point he has made repeatedly since taking office, alongside his ambitions for Europe to have its own military capability.

Thats why I do believe my proposals for European defence are totally consistent with that, Macron said in English.

Fresh off U.S. congressional elections that saw his Republican Partys power eroded, Trumps visit is aimed at bolstering the U.S.-European alliance at a symbolic time, with the world marking the centenary of World War Ones armistice.

But in a tweet prior to landing in Paris, Trump took a dim view of comments Macron made in a Europe 1 radio interview this week in which he appeared to cast the United States as a threat.

Discussing the growing dangers from cyber-hacking, meddling in electoral processes and the U.S. decision to withdraw from a missile treaty, Macron said Europe needed to protect itself against China, Russia and even the United States.

Later in the interview he spoke about the need for a European army, saying:

Faced by Russia, which is on our borders and which has shown that it can be threatening we need to have a Europe that can better defend itself by itself, without depending solely on the United States.

Trump, who has pushed NATO allies to pay more for common defence and not rely on the United States, complained.

Very insulting, but perhaps Europe should first pay its fair share of NATO, which the U.S. subsidizes greatly, Trump said on Twitter.

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00:48

Colombia Suggests Alliance With Brazils Bolsonaro To Overthrow Venezuelas Maduro PopularResistance.Org

A top Colombian official told Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo that its government will support Brazilians far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro if he wants to overthrow the socialist government of Venezuela. According to Folha, a top diplomatic official said that if [President-elect] Bolsonaro wants to help overthrow Maduro with a military intervention, he will have the support of Colombia. According to the anonymous source, Colombian President Ivan Duque and his political patron, the hard-right former President Alvaro Uribe, would agree with a military intervention. If it is [United States President Donald] Trump or Bolsonaro are the first to set foot in Venezuela, Colombia will follow suit without hesitation, the diplomat told Folha.

00:43

Czech Republic: Muslim cleric charged with supporting, promoting, and financing terrorism Jihad Watch

An imam? Someone who had dedicated his life to understanding Islam properly? How could such a person possibly turn to jihad terrorism? Doesnt he know Islam is a religion of peace? Surely the imam Pope Francis is on his way to Prague now, so that he can explain to the imam Samer Shehadeh how he []

00:42

Dont Buy The Establishments Outrage. Real Journalism Is Their Enemy. PopularResistance.Org

Thats true: we must show solidarity with all journalists in the face of attacks on fundamental press freedoms. Trump went on to make up accusations that Acosta placed his hands on a young female White House staffer. And then the president revoked his press pass. All of Trumps actions here are wrong and dangerous. However, our solidarity should include Acosta not end with him. The establishments demonisation of groundbreaking journalism Julian Assange, for example, is the founder of a publication that has won almost 20 prestigious journalistic awards. But he could end up facing the death penalty under the US Espionage Act simply for exposing the actions of the powerful.

00:39

Ma Jian on the need to tell the ruthless, bloody truth about Chinas totalitarianism, lack of human rights, rule of law, and critical thinking Peace and Freedom

Literature includes all subjects, philosophy, psychology, physiology how could it not include politics?

Ma Jian walks into his interview at a Hong Kong hotel carrying a local newspaper under his arm after finding himself at the centre of a media storm in recent days.

Two venues refused to host talks the exiled Chinese author was due to give at the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, before the original space changed its mind and invited him back.

The row made local and international headlines and tapped into fears that semi-autonomous Hong Kong is losing its cherished freedoms as Beijings influence on the city grows.

While he describes himself as a novelist, not a politician, Ma does not shy away from the fact his works are deeply political.

AFP | While he describes himself as a novelist, not a politician, Ma Jian does not shy away from the fact his works are deeply political

Literature includes all subjects, philosophy, psychology, physiology how could it not include politics? he told AFP.

Literature needs to reveal the weakness of politics and its dark side to help push society forward.

His latest novel China Dream plays on Chinese President Xi Jinpings rhetoric of national rejuvenation.

It depicts the disintegration of the director of a fictitious China Dream Bureau who is haunted by nightmares of his past.

Ma says he wanted to portray a world where individual thoughts and memories are being erased to serve a totalitarian regime.

He believes the Chinese government is trying to create a Communist utopia which tries to rub out horrors including mass famine, the Cultural Revolution and the Tiananmen Square massacre.

The (regime) wont let you see the ruthless, bloody truth, Ma told AFP, adding that Uighur education camps were the latest hidden crisis.

All the nightmares are covered up. I have to tell a truth if we ignore or forget history, then history will repeat itself constantly.

Tribute to Orwell

Ma grew up during the Cultural Revolution and says he was struck by the suicides of writers.

If writers from the present forget the price paid by those writers, then we do not inherit anything from their death, he says.

Like his other dark, satirical works, all set in China, his latest book depicts its characters troubled relationship with their own memories.

But unlike his previous novels, Ma says he...

00:31

After mass Muslim migration into France, anti-Semitism is up 69% Jihad Watch

Edouard Philippe will never admit it, but here is why anti-Semitism in France is up 69 percent: the Quran depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to []

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Can Palermo conference bring peace to Libya? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The country's conflict has become so intractable that it would take a near-miracle to facilitate a comprehensive and meaningful peace

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Pressing issue: Lebanon's print media is dying Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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On 33rd Friday of the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, Israeli Forces Wound 141 Civilians, Including 19 Children, 6 Women, 4 Paramedics INTERNATIONALIST 360

PCHR On Friday afternoon, 09 November 2018, Israeli forces wounded 141 Palestinian civilians, including 19 children, 6 women, 4 paramedics and 2 being sustaining serious wounds, in the peaceful demonstrations in eastern Gaza Strip despite the decreasing intensity of the demonstrations there and absence of many means usually used during the demonstrations since the beginning...

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