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Friday, 22 September

02:25

Syrias Kurds to Hold Historic Vote in Message to Assad Syria moving toward partition? Peace and Freedom

BEIRUT Kurdish-led regions of northern Syria will hold elections on Friday, a historic expression of free will and a message to President Bashar al-Assad as he seeks to reassert control over the whole country, a senior Syrian Kurdish politician said.

As Kurds in neighboring Iraq prepare to vote on secession from Baghdad, Hadiya Yousef told Reuters that Assads aim to take back all of Syria could lead to its partition, though Syrias Kurds insist that independence is not their aim.

The three-phase vote set to begin on Friday is part of a plan mapped out by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies to set up a federal system of government that will shore up the autonomy they have enjoyed in the north since 2011, when Syrias civil war broke out.

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Fighters from the Kurdish YPG militia alongside the groups flag in northern Syria

The political structures expected to emerge from the process are inspired by the ideas of Abdullah Ocalan, the head of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who is in jail in Turkey for leading a three-decade insurgency. Turkey views Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria as a threat to its national security.

In Fridays election, voters will be picking leaders for some 3,700 communities, or communes, spread across three regions of the north. The process will be followed in November by elections to local councils and culminate in January with the election of an assembly that will act as a parliament.

The Syrian government, which is regaining swathes of territory with Russian and Iranian support, opposes the plan and has repeatedly insisted that it will recover all the territory that has slipped from its grip during six years of war.

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02:17

Some 100 Migrants Missing After Shipwreck Off Libyas Coast Peace and Freedom

CAIRO The Libyan coast guard says some 100 migrants are missing after a shipwreck off the countrys west coast.

Spokesman Ayoub Gassim told The Associated Press on Thursday that the damaged vessel was found the day before, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) offshore from the western coastal city of Zuwara. The migrant boat had set out earlier from the nearby city of Sabratha, bound for Europe.

Gassim says the vessel was carrying some 130 migrants, mostly Africans, of whom around 30 were rescued.

Libya has become one of the main migrant transit points to Europe as traffickers have exploited the chaos following the 2011 uprising. The European Union has given tens of millions of euros to Libyan authorities to try to curb the flow of migrants.

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02:08

TIDBIT: SOUND WEAPONS AND CURIOUS LYRICS Giza Death Star

Mr. N. found this, and I thought it worth passing along in the light of today's News and Views...
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02:07

Is Yiddish the language of the Jewish soul? Mondoweiss

The weight of memory, and the histories Jews tell of themselves, the tradition and experience we imagine we are heir to, shape the way the creation and conduct of the State of Israel is considered.

The other evening, I went to see a film, The Golden Age of Second Avenue, a documentary love poem for Yiddish theater in NYC, from 1890s-1930s, narrated by Herschel Bernardi.

The film was shown to promote a project to save Abe Lebewohls 1986 Yiddish Theater Walk of Fame, with stars with the names of Jewish theater figures set in the pavement in front of what had been the Second Avenue Deli.

Abe Lebewohls Yiddish theater stars, now in front of a Chase bank. (Photo: Abba Solomon)

The film is a tribute to a richly isolated moment in Jewish American history, when, reputedly, the Lower East Side became the most densely populated place on earth outside Asia. The LES filled with Jewish strivers escaping the Russian empire filled by a flood that ended with the nativist 1924 Johnson-Reed Act controlling immigration to match the 1890 ethnic composition of the US.

Descendents of that movement of Jews have transited to Connecticut or Albuquerque or Marin County, but have in their voices the syntax and timbre of that square mile and moment of NYC. Molly Picon, in the film, said many in her audience never went above 14th St., remaining in that intense cauldron of first-generation Yiddish Americanism.

Narrator Bernardi said Yiddish is the language of the Jewish soul. I have to agree with Bernardi that Yiddish the language of my parents and grandparents to me sounds like the language of my people.

The evening of film was cascading layers of nostalgia, delicious moments of time, pleasure palpable in the film audience, calling out, speaking Yiddish-inflected English. The audience skewed older...

02:04

US, Iran break ice at UN Aletho News

By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | September 21, 2017 The US President Donald Trumps speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday has drawn attention to the Iran nuclear deal of July 2015. Will the deal survive? Or, will it perish in a sudden death? Trump said, The Iran deal was one of []

01:59

Russian special forces repel a US-planned attack in Syria, denounce the USA and issue a stark warning The Vineyard of the Saker

Something rather unprecedented just happened in Syria: US backed good terrorist forces attempted a surprise attack against Syrian government forces stationed to the north and northeast of the city of

01:54

Palestinian girl shot and then sentenced to 3 years in prison Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Robert Inlakesh   21/09/2017 DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:16 P.M)- Sixteen year old Palestinian girl Lama al-Bakri has just been sentenced to 3 years imprisonment by an Israeli military court. Lama was shot and severely injured back in 2015 after it was alleged she attempted to stab a soldier near Kirtat Arba, an illegal Israeli settlement in []

01:49

How the United Nations Supports the American Empire The Anti-Media

For decades the American Right has decried the U.N. for encroaching on American sovereignty, but the truth is that the U.N. is a chief U.S. accomplice in violating the sovereignty of other nations, notes J.P. Sottile.

(CN President Trump opened his big United Nations week and his famous mouth with a predictable plug for one of his properties and some playful glad-handing with French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump also scolded the U.N.s unwieldy scrum for not living up to its potential. He made a passing reference to the U.N.s wasteful use of American money. And he called for reform of the much-maligned international forum.

It was a stolid prelude to what will no doubt be must-see TV when he speaks to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday about North Korea and Iran. And it was a far cry from the way Americas leading America Firster spent the campaign lamenting how unfair the U.N. is to the poor schlemiel we call Uncle Sam.

He is likely to use his speech to throw a little bit of that same red meat to his base, but his call for reform falls well short of what his supporters want  which is an abrupt end of U.S. involvement in the international body. They are motivated by a grab-bag of reasons that point to the U.N. being a threat to their guns, their bank accounts and their God-given freedom.

Oddly enough, these conspiratorial narratives have been around for decades and they mostly center on a grand plan by U.N. elites to abscond American sovereignty and dissolve the U.S. into a U.N.-led world government. And the evidence of this is the way the U.N. harasses and restricts Uncle Sam while siphoning-off Americas wealth. At least, thats what some think.

Most ominously, many object to the way U.N. funds are being used to quietly deploy gun-grabb...

01:45

#CNT Warns of Riot Cops Shipped into #Barcelona Docks Enough is Enough!

In the febrile atmosphere of Catalonias attempted independence referendum and repression from Madrid, activists with the anarchist CNT union report that national police have been shipped in from all over Spain and are holed up at Barcelonas port, seemingly in preparation to crush any significant upheavals.

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Image by Twitter account @PortuariosCNT

Originally published by Freedom News.

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01:35

[PHOTOS] Millions of Yemenis Celebrate Third Year of Revolution Geopolitics Alert

Sanaa (GPA) Millions of Yemenis from across the war-torn country filled the streets of the capital city of Sanaa today celebrating the third anniversary of the September 21st Revolution.

Men, women, and children expressed their support for independence from foreign powers and national liberation. They reiterated the need for a cohesive domestic front to face the Saudi-led aggression and U.S.-supported foreign occupation of Yemen.

On September 21st, 2014, Ansarullah (aka the Houthis) stormed the capital eventually forcing the Saudi-puppet government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi to resign. Shortly after, Ansarullah and their allies formed a revolutionary government which seized control of key government buildings throughout the capital.

RELATED: Heres Exactly What 900 Days of War Against Yemen Has Destroyed

Saudi Arabia began their devastating air campaign in March of 2015 which continues to this day with disastrous effects. Tens of thousands have lost their lives from air strikes alone. Tens of thousands more have died as a result of the ongoing siege which restricts food, medicine, and other crucial imports.

In just the past 24 hours, the Saudi coalition carried out dozens of airstrikes throughout the country claiming the lives of many civilians. This has been a daily occurrence for Yemenis for two and a half years.

The September 21st Revolutions goal is to remove foreign influence from Yemen particularly from Saudi Arabia, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates. The U.A.E. currently occupies most of southern Yemen along with the island of Socotra. The United States has also jumped at the chance to occupy Yemen with troops, effectively transforming the country into a military base.

Mr. Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, leader of the Ansarullah movement, spoke on the eve of the revolutions anniversary. He explained that the September 21st Revolution is an authentic movement by, of, and for the Yemeni people. Mr. al-Houthi reiterated the steadfastness of the Yemeni people in the face of foreign aggression.

RELATED: 9 Things the MSM Doesnt Want You to Know About the War in Yemen

He also condemned the U.S. involvement throughout the region as the root cause of sectarian violence. Al-Houthi commented on the recent Kurdish independence referendum as a foreign plot to further divide the region and cause unnecessary infighting to Washingtons and Israels advantage.

President of the Supreme Political Council, Saleh Ali al-Sammad, commented on the achievements of the September 21st Revolution including their successful fight against al-Qaeda and the ongoing fight against Saudi-backed mercenaries.

He called on the...

01:26

Irish citizen remains in Egyptian jail despite acquittal Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Ibrahim Halawa was acquitted on Monday after spending four years in prison for taking part in anti-Sisi protests

01:18

Apartheid and the Future of Israel/Palestine Foreign Policy Journal

UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories Richard Falk, September 8, 2014 (Iran Review/CC BY 4.0)

01:08

One Hundred Cops Spend 11 Hours Evicting a Tripod in #Germanys #Hambacher Forest Enough is Enough!

On September 19th at 8 oclock in the morning approx 100 cops entered the millenarian Hambacher Forest, occupied for last six years blocking the expansion of RWEs open cast lignite mine, to remove the The Tripod, a live-in barricade.

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One Hundred Cops Spend 11 Hours Evicting a Tripod in Germanys Hambacher Forest

On September 19th at 8 oclock in the morning approx 100 cops entered the millenarian Hambacher Forest, occupied for last six years blocking the expansion of RWEs open cast lignite mine, to remove the The Tripod, a live-in barricade.

The official state line was that it was to keep the roads open for emergency vehicles in case of accident occurring in the for...

00:59

RT may soon be dropped by US providers, courtesy of McCain & Graham Aletho News

RT | September 21, 2017 Buried deep inside the just-passed defense budget is a small amendment, which could lead to a ban on broadcasting RT in America. The architects of the provision, Senators Graham and McCain, may recall that in their youth such practices formed what was known as the Iron Curtain. The National Defense []

00:57

UAE youth team withdraws from Qatar football competition Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The UAE's under-16 team has withdrawn from the AFC U16 championship qualifiers

00:51

Writers and artists declare solidarity with persecuted Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour Mondoweiss

Since the night of October 11, 2015, when Israeli soldiers burst in and arrested Dareen Tatour from her home after she posted a poem on social media prosecutors later claimed encouraged violence, the Palestinian poet has been enmeshed in the absurdity of Israels selectively guaranteed right to free speech.

Tatour was indicted on two counts, supporting a terror organization and incitementthe latter is an increasingly common charge against Palestinians in Israeli courts in the social media age. After an initial three months in jail, Tatour was moved to home arrest for the duration of her trial where she remains to date.

The case has drawn international attention from writers and artists, in particular. The poets fellow creatives are outraged by Israels severe threats to free speech yet are inspired by Tatours conviction. When offered a plea deal on the condition she admits her poetry incited violence, Tatour refused outright.

Susan Abulhawa. (Photo: Sainatee Surez)

At the Brooklyn headquarters for the publishing house Verso Books at a September 18 standing-room-only panel on free speech and Palestine solidarity sponsored by Adalah-NY and Jewish Voice for Peace, panelist Susan Abulhawa, the acclaimed author of Mornings in Jenin, disclosed a little-known additional fact of Tatours case: After Israeli soldiers arrested Tatour on the charge of incitement, one piece of evidence prosecutors presented in court was the fact that Tatour recited a commemoration of the 1956 massacre of Palestinians at Kafr Qasim.

The massacre occurred almost 59 years to the day before Tatours arrest, when three Israeli soldiers shot and killed 49 Palestinian civilians at close rangeamong them women and childrenfor breaking a curfew they were completely unaware of.

Nothing happened to the soldiers, really, who murdered those people but Dareen, Abulhawa said, was implicated for commemorating their memory.

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00:51

Russia warns US it will strike back if militia attacks in Syria dont end Aletho News

RT | September 21, 2017 Moscow has warned the US that if militias it supports in northeast Syria again attack positions of pro-government forces backed by Russia, the Russian military will use all its force to retaliate. The troops of the Syrian Democratic Force (SDF), a predominantly Kurdish militia that receives support from the US []

00:47

Statement on #Berkeley City Council Resolution to Pepper Spray Protesters Enough is Enough!

Statement by NLG-SF  on Berkeley City Council Resolution to Pepper Spray Protesters.

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Statement on Berkeley City Council Resolution to Pepper Spray Protesters

The one thing Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, the Berkeley Police Department and City Council got right at the Monday afternoon Council meeting was that violence has indeed come to the streets of Berkeley. But rather than using these critical times as an opportunity to have a larger conversation with Berkeleys people of color, LGBTQIA, Jews, Muslims and other communities who are being targeted by white nationalists/ neo-Nazis/ white supremacis...

00:46

More Thoughts on Trumps UN Declaration of War Against Iran and North Korea Foreign Policy Journal

President Trump briefed on the situation in Syria, April 6, 2017 (The White House)

00:45

Peshmerga '100 percent certain' Baghdad will fight independence Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Iraqi Kurd troops say old frontlines against IS will be new battleground if any attempt is made to deny bid for freedom

00:35

Houthis celebrate three years of control in Yemen capital Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Saudi coalition jets fly overhead as huge crowds gather for third anniversary of takeover of Sanaa

00:26

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM SEPT 21 2017 Giza Death Star

Is Cuba to blame for the "sonic attacks" on American diplomatic personnel in Havana? Joseph doesn't think so:
The damning evidence Cuba's launched a

The post NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM SEPT 21 2017 appeared first on Giza Death Star.

00:23

Courting the Global South: Will Israel Become a UN Security Council Member? Foreign Policy Journal

The United Nations Security Council Chamber in New York, also known as the Norwegian Room (Photo: Patrick Gruban)

00:19

Korea Solution Needs US to Sign a Peace Treaty OffGuardian

by Finian Cunningham, via Strategic Culture Germany and France have backed the stance of Russia and China for negotiations to avert the Korea crisis. South Korea and Japan also seem to be amenable to recent calls by Russian President Vladimir Putin for exclusively diplomatic efforts. Any other option in the alarming standoff with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program portends disaster. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has endorsed the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran as a model for possible negotiations. That puts the United States on the margin of international consensus, with its repeated threats to use military force as an option against the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea). Last week, following another North Korean ballistic missile test that overflew Japan, US President Donald Trumps top national security adviser reiterated Washingtons self-declared right to use pre-emptive military force, tacitly including the deployment of nuclear weapons. For those who have been commenting on a lack of a military option, there is a military option, said General HR McMaster to reporters in Washington. While McMaster and President Trump, as

00:06

Trumps UN Speech Foreign Policy Journal

(Photograph by Bwag, licenced under CC-BY-SA-4.0)

00:05

Report: US Airstrikes Killed 433 Civilians in Raqqa in August The Anti-Media

Airwars: US coalition airstrikes even heavier than in Mosul.

(ANTIWAR.COM A new report from British NGO Airwars estimates that US airstrikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa in August killed at least 433 civilians. They reported 5,775 bombs, shells, and missiles dropped in the city in that period.

Airwars said that the level of US-led coalition airstrikes against Raqqa is even higher than in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where US airstrikes killed massive numbers of civilians. They added that the effects on Raqqas trapped civilians have been equally devastating.

While the Pentagon announced that more strikes were dropped on Raqqa in August than any other time in the war, they have yet to offer a figure on civilians killed in August. They instead offered a generic statement on how tey are conducting the most accurate campaign ever.

An estimated 20,000 civilians are believed to still be trapped in Raqqa, which is being invaded by US-backed Kurdish forces. Though US officials have claimed at times the Kurds have gained major territory in the fight, there is still no estimate of how much longer it will last, and US airstrikes are going to continue to be a deadly reality for Raqqa for the foreseeable future.

By Jason Ditz / Republished with permission / ANTIWAR.COM / Report a typo

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

00:03

EU and US Increasingly Divided Over Iran Nuclear Deal Geopolitics Alert

Washington D.C. (MEE) A rift between the Trump administration and the EU, over whether to stick to the Iran nuclear agreement, has deepened.

The European Unions foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Wednesday that all parties to the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers were complying with the agreement.

However, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said Washington continues to have significant issues with the Iran nuclear deal, suggesting a growing rift between the EU and the US.

Mogherini, who spoke at the United Nations after a meeting among the parties, said that any issues outside the scope of the nuclear deal should be dealt with in a different forum.

She added that the United States, which has questioned the value of the deal, agreed that Iran was in full compliance of the agreement.

RELATED: President Trump to Push Iran into Abandoning Nuclear Deal

We all agreed that all sides are fulfilling their commitments, Mogherini told reporters at the United Nations after Iran and the six nations held their first talks involving Tillerson.

Tillerson joined Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at the United Nations on Wednesday for a first meeting with partners backing the Iran nuclear deal.

Mogherini chaired the closed-door meeting to discuss the 2015 deal that President Donald Trump has threatened to scrap unless it is re-opened for negotiations.

Tillerson and Zarif spoke directly in what a European diplomat described as a very difficult meeting.

Tillerson and Zarif spoke directly for a relatively long time. There was no real great surprise in the positions expressed, the diplomat said.

The diplomat said there was unanimity that the nuclear deal was being respected, but the debate had not really focused on its implementation.

There was no real visibility on what the American decision will be in October, the diplomat said.

After the meeting Tillerson said the discussion had been calm. He said: It was a good opportunity to meet and shake hands. The tone was very matter of fact. There was no yelling. We didnt throw shoes at one another. It was not an angry tone at all.

But, the secretary of state said the US and Iran had very different interpretations of the 2015 agreement, and that Iran had not lived up to the expectations expressed in the documents preface, which says the signatories anticipate that full implementation of this JCPOA will positively contribute to regional and international peace and security.

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23:56

UK government rejects call to engage with Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Government cites group's 'ambiguous relationship with violence' after parliamentary committee called for discreet relations with exiled officials

23:53

Argentina: Experts report confirms Nisman was murdered Fausta's Blog

Via Mary OGrady, experts find Nisman was murdered:https://t.co/Zmm7szlAxk MaryAnastasiaO'Grady (@MaryAnastasiaOG) September 20, 2017 The official report from a team of forensic experts states that prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered. He was first beaten by two people and drugged with ketamine, which had not been previously detected. Among the injuries from the beating, Nismans nose []

23:43

I Think There Will Be War: Iraqi Kurds Fear Conflict After Referendum The Anti-Media

Official fears violence after 25 September independence vote, as disputes grow in areas controlled by Kurd forces outside original KRG borders.

(MEE)  Fears of fresh conflict in northern Iraq are bubbling to the surface weeks before Iraqi Kurds hold a contentious vote on independence, with warnings of war over disputed, ethnically mixed border regions and reports of Shia forces pushing Kurd officials from a town to prevent voting.

The Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, has refused repeated requests from Baghdad, the US and regional powers to postpone its 25 September referendum, saying it would only do so if an alternative was presented by Iraqs central government.

Tensions have risen in areas liberated by KRG forces outside the regions original 2003 borders, including the city of Kirkuk. On Monday the KRGs president, Massoud Barzani, said any attempt to change the reality using force in Kirkuk should expect that every single Kurd will be ready to fight.

Dr Jutyar Mahmoud, a member of the regions independence referendum commission, told Middle East Eye that disputed territories such as Kirkuk were the focus of fears of a new conflagration after the referendum.

We will face border problems in the near future and I definitely think there will be another war, and soon, he said.

He described Iraq as militarily weak, after three years of battling the Islamic State (IS), during which time forces have suffered extensive losses, particularly in the recent nine-month fight to liberate Mosul.

A greater threat, he said, was posed by Iraqs other army the Iranian-backed paramilitary Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilisation force.

The Hashd are another threat and maybe Iran will push them to fight us, Mahmoud said, adding that Iraqs prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, doesnt control the Hashd, but Iran can.

Jutyar Mahmoud considered the Hashd a greater threat than Iraqs regular army (AFP)
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His comments preceded bouts of recent unrest in some of the contested border regions. O...

23:42

Trumps Kabul Project Extends US Timetable By Years, Perhaps Decades ThereAreNoSunglasses

 
Kabuls central districts have become increasingly difficult to defend against Taliban bombings.

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Kabuls central districts have become increasingly difficult to defend against Taliban bombings.

KABUL A huge public works project over the next two years will reshape the center of the Afghan capital to bring nearly all Western embassies, major government ministries, and NATO and US military headquarters within the Green Zone security district

After 16 years of American presence in Kabul, it is a stark acknowledgment that even the citys central districts have become too difficult to defend from Taliban bombings.

Soon, US Embassy employees in Kabul will no longer need to take a Chinook helicopter to cross...

23:38

Hundreds of Thousands of Yemenis Mark 3rd Anniversary of September Revolution Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

September 21, 2017 Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, to mark the third anniversary of the countrys September 21 Revolution and condemn the bloody Saudi war against the nation. The demonstrators in Thursdays mass rally reaffirmed their commitment to the government in Sanaa and the Yemeni forces defending the []

23:27

2017 #London Anarchist Bookfair Enough is Enough!

This years London Anarchist Bookfair will be on Saturday 28th October from 10am to 7pm. 

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2017 London Anarchist Bookfair

This years London Anarchist Bookfair will be on Saturday 28th October from 10am to 7pm. 

Venue: Park View School
West Green Road, London, N15 3QR

Anarchism and the bookfair

Bookfairs provide a space where like-minded people can come together to re-affirm old friendships, make new ones, discuss all things anarchist and anticapitalist and start planning the future revolution. Theyre also one of the public faces of anarchism...

23:12

Syria - Russia Accusing U.S. Of Attacks, Abduction Attempts, Team-play With Al-Qaeda Moon of Alabama

The situation in Syria is reaching another critical point. There is an increased possibility of a large scale clash between U.S. and Russian forces. We had warned of such a clash over control of the rich fields east of Deir...

23:03

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 20-21, 2017 (Maps, Photos, Videos)

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 20-21, 2017 (Maps, Photos, Videos)

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On September 20, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Syrian Republican Guard (SRG), the National Defense Forces (NDF) and other pro-government factions seized Masrab, Turayf, Buwaytiyah and Tibni villages and the Salim Mount from ISIS on the western bank of the Euphrates River.

At the same day, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched a military operation against ISIS vowing to reach the border with Iraq. The SDF advanced towards the ISIS-held town of al-Suwar and captured 12km of a highway heading to it.

Reports also circulated that some side conducted an airdrop on the Conco Gas Plant north of Khusham. Initial reports suggested that the airdrop was made by government forces. Others argued that it was conducted by the US-led coalition. However, by September 21, no videos or photos had appeared confirming these reports.

On September 21, clashes continued between government forces and ISIS in Khusham town on the eastern bank of the Euphrates where the SAA and the SRG were attempting to break the ISIS defense and to expand its control zone in order to further encircle ISIS in Deir Ezzor city and to set a foothold for an advance towards al-Busayrah.

Government troops destroyed two ISIS vehicles in Deir Ezzor province:

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23:02

I will make half of you disabled and let the other half push wheelchairs Israeli commander to Palestinians Mondoweiss

Violence / Detentions West Bank / Jerusalem

How Israel is disabling Palestinian teenagers
BETHLEHEM, occupied West Bank 21 Sept by Jaclynn Ashly  In the Dheisheh refugee camp, it is common to see Palestinian teenagers with deep scars dotting the length of their legs, while posters and murals of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces adorn the concrete walls testaments to a disturbing reality of routine Israeli violence in the camp. International law prohibits the use of live ammunition on civilians, except as a last resort during an imminent threat of life. However, Israeli soldiers freely fire live bullets at Palestinians during confrontations or military raids. Both Palestinian and Israeli rights groups have noted that Israels excessive use of force on Palestinians has caused scores of permanent and temporary disabilities in the occupied Palestinian territory The Bethlehem-based Palestinian NGO Badil reported a significant increase in Palestinian injuries in the refugee camps last year, the majority of which were caused by live ammunition. Most of the gunshot wounds were directed at the lower limbs of the youth in the camps, now commonly referred to as kneecapping.  Residents of the Dheisheh camp say that an Israeli army commander, who the youth in Dheisheh refer to as Captain Nidal, has been threatening to intentionally disable Palestinians in the camp. I will make half of you disabled and let the other half push the wheelchairs, he has been reported as saying. Badil underscored that the threats indicate that incidents of kneecapping are not accidental or isolated. But instead result from a systematic Israeli military policy aimed at suppressing resistance, terrorising Palestinian youth, and permanently injuring them and/or causing significant damage to their physical and mental well-being.[personal narratives follow]
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/09/israel-disabling-palestinian-teenagers-170911085127509.html

Israeli forces injure 9 Palestinians in clashes near Jerusalem-area school
BETHLEHEM (Maan) 20 Sept Nine Palestinians, including students, were injured Wednesday morning when Israeli forces raided the town of Abu Dis in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem...

22:56

Thousands Protest Dutertes Drug War, Martial Law in Philippines Peace and Freedom

Protests coincide with the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by late dictator Ferdinand Marcos

Sept. 21, 2017 7:36 a.m. ET

MANILAThousands of antigovernment protesters thronged Manila on Thursday, in the largest outpouring of opposition against President Rodrigo Dutertes deadly war on drugs and strongman style of governance.

The protests, planned to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law by former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, extend weeks of backlash against the Duterte administration following the alleged execution of a

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22:50

Theresa May Briefs Cabinet to Reboot Brexit Talks Peace and Freedom

LONDON The Latest on Britains talks to leave the European Union (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is briefing her Cabinet on plans to reboot faltering Brexit negotiations, as she struggles to unite the government after a public rift.

May is outlining details of a speech she will deliver in Florence, Italy on Friday. She has chosen the historic heart of Europe as the location for an address that the government says will stress Britains desire for a close and special relationship with the bloc.

Divorce negotiations have made little progress on key issues including the status of the Ireland-Northern Ireland border and the amount Britain must pay to settle its financial commitments to the bloc.

EU leaders will be looking for May to signal Britains willingness to pay up. But some members of her Cabinet oppose paying a multibillion-pound (dollar, euro) bill.

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11:30 a.m.

A senior European Union official is doubtful that Britains talks on leaving the EU can advance to a new phase next month, fueling concern that a Brexit deal might not be found by the 2019 deadline.

EU leaders meet Oct. 19-20 and were expected to assess whether negotiations have made sufficient progress on Britains departure for talks on future relations and trade to begin.

But a senior EU official said Thursday that its too early to tell whether the leaders can decide. The official briefed reporters only on condition that she not be named.

She affirmed that the October summit is not a deadline, saying we all know that negotiations dont usually go a...

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Spanish Crackdown Has Undermined Catalan Independence Bid It is obvious that we wont be able to vote as we would have liked Peace and Freedom

MADRID/BARCELONA Catalan leaders acknowledged on Thursday that plans to hold a referendum independence from Spain on Oct. 1 were now in doubt following the arrest of senior regional officials and the seizure of campaign material by national police.

The Madrid government, facing one of Spains biggest political crises since the end of the Franco dictatorship and return of democracy four decades ago, has called the referendum an illegal act and taken police and court action to block it.

State police arrested Catalonias junior economy minister, Josep Maria Jove, on Wednesday in an unprecedented raid of regional government offices.

Acting under court orders, police have also raided printers, newspaper offices and private delivery companies in a search for campaign literature, instruction manuals for manning voting stations and ballot boxes.

It is obvious that we wont be able to vote as we would have liked, Oriol Junqueras, deputy head and economy minister of the regional government, told local television TV3. They have altered the rules.

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 Oriol Junqueras

It was the first time the promoters of the referendum had acknowledged their plans were in doubt, although Junqueras said he said he was convinced voters would still turn out in numbers.

It is not yet clear whether the police operation would be enough to prevent the vote overall or if it could instead bring fresh momentum to the secession campaign.

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22:45

Robert Steele: We Have Met the Enemy and He Is US Public Intelligence Blog

Robert David STEELE Vivas

We Have Met the Enemy and He Is US.

#UNRIG Co-Founder Denounces Donald Trumps Israel First Warmongering

American Herald Tribune

September 20, 2017

The US Government (USG) is in enemy hands. More specifically, the USG is owned and operated by the Deep State led by the Rothschilds and the Jesuit Superior General, with four major action groups able to subvert any country: the City of London, Wall Street, and Central Banks; the Freemasons; the Knights of Malta; and the Zionist leadership of Israel (not to be confused with peace-loving Jews). [1]

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22:44

Shocker: U.S. Allies Dont Trust NSA cryptogon.com

Via: Reuters: An international group of cryptography experts has forced the U.S. National Security Agency to back down over two data encryption techniques it wanted set as global industry standards, reflecting deep mistrust among close U.S. allies. In interviews and emails seen by Reuters, academic and industry experts from countries including Germany, Japan and Israel []

22:37

Arabic press review: What happened to Saudi crown prince Salmans $550m yacht? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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22:25

Robert Spencer: Trump Is Right Pakistan Is No Ally Jihad Watch

A sham alliance the U.S. would be better off without. My latest in FrontPage: Financial Times reported last week that the Trump administration is considering dropping Pakistan as an ally as it examines tough measures to quell more than 20 terrorist groups it says are based in the country. Here again, the President who is []

22:24

Syrias Kurds poised for vote to cement federal push Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File / by Delil Souleiman with Rouba El Husseini in Beirut | Syrian Kurds take part in a rally in Qamishli on September 15, 2017 in support of a planned independence referendum by Iraqi Kurds

QAMISHLI (SYRIA) (AFP)  Syrias Kurds are poised to hold their first local elections, a move that has annoyed Damascus and Ankara and comes days before a controversial independence referendum by Iraqs Kurds.Kurds made up around 15 percent of Syrias pre-war population and were long oppressed by the central government.

But they largely stayed out of the uprising that erupted in March 2011, instead quietly building local control in Kurdish-majority areas after the withdrawal of most government troops.

They have become the key ground force in Syria partnering with the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group.

In March 2016, the Kurds declared three semi-autonomous regions in the areas under their control, part of their push towards the federal system they have advocated in Syria.

Now they are preparing to hold their first elections in the regions, a vote that has angered Turkey and which Damascus has dismissed as a joke.

The unprecedented election will take place in three stages, beginning Friday with a vote for representatives at the neighbourhood or commune level.

Elections for executive councils for towns and regions are planned for November 3.

Then, on January 19, a final phase will elect legislative councils for each of the three regions, as well as a single joint legislative assembly.

Federalism, not secession

Syrian Kurdish officials insist their goal is not to divide the country, which has been ravaged by a conflict that has killed over 330,000 people.

These elections are the first step to consolidating the federal system and federal democracy, said Saleh Muslim, head of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, Syrias most important Kurdish political party.

He distanced Syrias Kurds from the broader ambitions of Kurds in neighbouring Iraq, who have scheduled a September 25 vote on independence over the objections of allies and the central government in Baghdad.

We are part of Syria, he said. Our demand in Syria is not separation, our demand is federalism.

Iraqs Kurdish region has been autonomous since 1991, but authorities have long floated the possibility of full independence.

In Syria, its the first step, in Iraq it may appear to be the last step. In both cases its a question of obtaining local and international...

22:20

Egypt and the cactus pear: My trip home Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

I spent 18 days in Egypt this summer, talking to everyone - the poor and the rich, those against Sisi and those praising him. But it was the cactus pear merchant who showed me what I really needed to see

22:15

Berto Jongman: Known Debt Just Doubled BIS Discovers $14 Trillion in Offshore Debt Hidden in Bank Statement Footnotes Public Intelligence Blog

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BIS discovers $14 trillion of dollar debt offshore, hidden in footnotes 

The worlds top financial watchdog has uncovered $14 trillion of global dollar debt hidden in derivatives and swap contracts, a startling sum that doubles the underlying levels of offshore dollar credit in the international system.

The scale of this lending greatly increases the risk of a future funding crisis if inflation ever forces the US Federal Reserve to tighten hard, draining worldwide liquidity and potentially triggering a dollar surge.

22:14

Thousands of children in 'extreme danger' in battle for Iraqi town, says charity Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Iraqi forced backed by coalition air strikes began an offensive on Thursday to take Hawija, one of Islamic State group's last enclaves

22:00

Sacred Plant Healing: Shamanic Medicine & the New Science "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Brett Lothian

In our modern age, all of us have been touched in one way or another by mental illness, either directly or indirectly. Depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, and an ever growing list of psychotic disorders and addictions are today rampant in our modern industrialised world. Most likely a direct result of our keeping up with the Kardashians lifestyle and ultra competitive, capitalist greed is good world.

Whilst we may never be able to go back to more simpler times, what we can do is learn from the societies who still live a simpler life. Especially in the area of mental health, where we enter the mystical realm of the Shaman and shamanic plant medicine.

After the false start of the 1950s1970s psychedelic research, today cutting edge science has learned from the mistakes of the past and is once more entering the realm of the Shaman, this time (by necessity) in a far more measured and scientific way. The results of which will not only save lives, but show us a way that all of us can live happier, less stressful and healthier lives.

It is repeated time and again in the science of anthropology that indigenous societies with little to no contact with modern civilisation simply do not have the same mental health issues that we do in our modern world.

Psychiatrist E. Fuller Torrey, who conducted research in New Guinea, described it as an unusually good country in which to do epidemiologic research because census records for even most remote villages are remarkably good. After examining these records, he found, there was over a twentyfold difference in schizophrenia prevalence among districts; those with a higher prevalence were, in general, those with the most contact with western civilisation.

In reviewing other research, Torrey concluded: Almost all observers who looked for psychosis or schizophrenia in technologically undeveloped areas of the world agreed that it was uncommon. The striking feature is the remarkable consensus that insanity (in the early studies) and schizophrenia (in later studies) were comparatively uncommon prior to contact with European-American civilisation. Interestingly, in traditional cultures the people we would call schizophrenic or insane often become the Shaman or Medicine men/women that go on to heal and counsel their people.

The reasons for our mental maladies are many (and worthy of an entire article in their own right), but the main reason seems to b...

22:00

US-backed Forces Took Full Control Over 3 Neighborhoods Of Raqqah (Map)

US-backed forces have gained a full control over the neighborhoods of Rawdah, Ramilah and Trishrin as well as seized the Grain Storage area in the eastern part of Raqqah city, according to a media wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Rawdah, Ramilah and Trishrin had been contested areas for a long time. However, on September 20, the SDF resiezed the grain storage from ISIS and the terrorist groups defense collapsed in these neighborhoods.

US-backed Forces Took Full Control Over 3 Neighborhoods Of Raqqah (Map)

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22:00

Stephen E. Arnold: Security Who Can You Trust? Public Intelligence Blog

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Security: Whom Does One Trust?

I read The Market Cant and Wont Deal with IT Security, It Must Be Regulated, Argues Bruce Schneier. The write up is about online, which is of interest to me. I found the summary of the remarks of Bruce Schneier, a security expert, interesting.

The main point is that government must regulate security. I highlighted this passage:vThe market cant fix this. Markets work because buyers choose between sellers, and sellers compete for buyers. In case you didnt notice, youre not Equifaxs customer. Youre its product.

21:56

Taiz torment: No surgeon to treat Yemeni children wounded by rebel shells Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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'I will never forget the sound of those children crying and their mothers screaming in desperation,' says father of girl hit by Houthi shells

21:16

Military Situation In Northern Hama After Failed Al-Qaeda Attack Against Syrian Government Forces (Map)

Syrian government forces have re-captured Tulaysiyah, al-Shathah and al-Qahirah villages in northern Hama from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies.

These villages were seized by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham on September 19 when the group launched its advance against government forces. However, militants failed to develop momentum and were forced to retreat under the pressure of government forces and the Russian Aerospace Forces on September 20.

On September 21, the situation remained tense on the frotline and sporadic firefgihts continued.

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21:15

Trump"s Was One of the Most Bizarre UN Speeches in History Strategic Culture Foundation

The United Nations General Assemblys annual plenary session has heard a fair share of bizarre speeches by world leaders in the 72-year history of the world organization. U.S. President Donald Trumps speech on September 19, while intemperate and undiplomatic, was not the only rancorous diatribe or the most peculiar oration ever heard within the hall of nations.

21:12

Israel shoots down Iranian drone with Patriot missile Jihad Watch

The IDFs identification of the drone as Iranian-made resonates with President Donald Trumps criticism of Iran as a sponsor of terrorism during his Tuesday address of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Indeed so, even as Iranian leaders respond furiously to the truth being told about them. Israel Shoots Down Iranian Drone []

20:58

Greenfield Moment: Susan Rices Muslim Brotherhood Watergate Jihad Watch

This new special Greenfield Moment features Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Fellow at the Freedom Center and editor of The Point at Frontpagemag.com. Daniel unveils Susan Rices Muslim Brotherhood Watergate, exposing the frightening truth behind why Obama really spied on Trump. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel. Please donate through our Pay []

20:50

America Is Getting Outclassed by Russian Electronic Warfare Strategic Culture Foundation

The Russian military-industrial complex was successful in showing off the latest technologies during last month's Army-2017 military expo. This international forum, held outside Moscow, showcased hundreds of land, air and sea-based systems, and was attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors. The high-profile event culminated with Russia signing nearly $170 billion rubles ($3 billion) worth of contracts. Among major accomplishments for the Russian defense industry was the delivery to the military of the latest electronic warfare (EW) systemsVitebsk, Krasuha and Moskva.

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Most Soldiers are Non-Killers: The Impact of State Sanctioned Violence and Its Targets World Beyond War . . .

by Heather Gray, December 15, 2014, Justice Initiative
reposted September 21, 2017.
 Theres nothing glorious about war or in killing. The human cost of war reaches far beyond the battlefield it has a lasting affect on spouses, children, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles for generations. It has also been found most soldiers throughout history are not willing to kill other human beings and to do so apparently so goes against their very nature. As a license to use violence in resolving conflict, then, the consequences of killing in war are direand the aftermath of violence sanctioned by the state is usually devastating for both the so-called winners and losers. Its a no-win situation.George Bush had said we face the peril of the axis of evil being Korea, Iran and Iraq. The Obama administration has, unfortunately, subsequently increased the number of countries to be targeted. Whereas, Martin Luther King, Jr. said the intractable evils in the world are poverty, racism and war. Kings triple evils are played out every day in U.S. domestic and international policies. Perhaps if Bush and then Obama were really interested in ending terrorism they would look more closely at Kings far more profound analysis.

Throughout history, debates have ensued on how best to resolve conflict. The choices are generally violence and  varying methods of non-violence. There also appears to be a resolute difference in attitudes between how individuals within a state resolve conflict and how conflicts between states are resolved. It is in these conflicts and their resolutions that poverty, racism and war interact.

The vast majority of people in the world resolve individual conflicts through non-violent methods (i.e. discussion, verbal agreements). Dr. King said the purpose of non-violent social change or non-violent conflict resolution is not to seek revenge but to change the heart of the so-called enemy. We never get rid of hate by meeting hate with hate; we get rid of an enemy, he said, by getting rid of enmity. By its very nature hate destroys and tears down.

Most countries also have laws against the individual use of violence. In the U.S. civil society, for example, an individual is not supposed to deliberately kill another person. If so, they are vulnerable to prosecution by the state that might result, after a jury trial, in the state itself killing the individual for committing such a crime. Punishment i...

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With Timing Tight for GOPs Graham-Cassidy Health-Law Effort, Opponents Rush to Mobilize Peace and Freedom

Critics step up attacks on latest bill amid narrow window for Senate vote

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum in Washington on Wednesday.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum in Washington on Wednesday. PHOTO: REYNOLD/EPA-EFE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK

Sept. 21, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

Opponents of a Republican plan to dismantle most of the Affordable Care Act are scrambling to ramp up a resistance campaign before a possible Senate vote next week on a bill many never expected would gain traction.

With such a narrow window, consumer and other groups are seeking to pressure specific GOP senators they see as most likely to waver. They also assert that Republicans are trying to ram through a bill outside the normal process while reneging on a promise to preserve the ACAs consumer protections, claims the bills sponsors reject.

Timing is clearly a challenge for the bills supporters, who must cobble together votes by a Sept. 30 deadline, when a parliamentary vehicle that enables the Senate to pass legislation with a simple majority expires. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) has said he plans to hold a vote next week, by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.

But it also doesnt leave much time for the bills opponents, who had weeks to build up resistance to previous ACA-repeal attempts, including legislation that failed in July to pass the Senate.

This bill is complicated and far-reaching, said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Interest groups dont have a lot of time to mobilize and figure out what it means.

Republican leaders have begun responding to the attacks on their bill to topple much of the ACA. They say it protects people with pre-existing conditions and returns control over health care to the states. They disagree with critics who say they have been secretive with the bills process, pointing out that theyre holding public hearings early next week on the legislation.

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20:28

S&P Cuts Chinas Credit Rating, Citing Risk From Debt Growth Diminished financial stability Peace and Freedom

September 21, 2017, 5:02 AM EDT September 21, 2017, 5:34 AM EDT
  • Reduction comes just before key 19th Party Congress next month
  • Credit growth diminished financial stability to some extent

S&P Global Ratings cut Chinas sovereign credit rating for the first time since 1999, citing the risks from soaring debt, and revised its outlook to stable from negative.

The sovereign rating was cut by one step, to A+ from AA-, the agency said in a statement late Thursday. The analysts also lowered their rating on three foreign banks that primarily operate in China, saying HSBC China, Hang Seng China and DBS Bank China Ltd. are unlikely to avoid default should the nation default on its sovereign debt.

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Chinas prolonged period of strong credit growth has increased its economic and financial risks, S&P said. Although this credit growth had contributed to strong real GDP growth and higher asset prices, we believe it has also diminished financial stability to some extent.

The downgrade, the second by a major ratings company this year, represents ebbing international confidence China can strike a balance between maintaining economic growth and cleaning up its financial sector. The move may also be uncomfortable for Communist Party officials, who are just weeks away from their twice-a-decade leadership reshuffle.

The cut will have a relatively big impact on Chinese enterprises since corporate ratings cant be higher than the sovereign rating, said Xia Le, an economist at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA in Hong Kong. It will affec...

20:24

South Korean Self-Immolates, Demands U.S. THAAD Weapons Be Kept Out of Korea World Beyond War . . .

Cho Young-sam self-immolated himself yesterday, leaving behind a plea for NO THAAD in South Korea:

Our country only has a future via the success of the Moon Jae-In Administration

President Moon Jae-In, long ago, when I was in Germany, I am someone who supported and respected you.

President Moon Jae-In, I will give you a direct message. THAAD can not happen. Mr. President, you also know that THAAD will not bring peace, but anxiety and the dangers of war.

Theres a saying that you take one step back to go two steps forward, I was considering that there might be a bigger picture, but by all means this is not the case. To be the coveted interest of the American superpower cant be easy. But if from the beginning you are pushed like this, how will you stand up?

I am a person who genuinely, honestly hoped for the success of the Moon Jae-In administration. Through the success of the Moon Jae-In administration, we could have seen a future for North-South Korean economic partnerships, peace & reunification, work done to achieve balance in Northeast Asia, and a future for us [Corean] descendants.

THAAD, for all intents and purposes, will not be a war deterrent nor a protective arm for peace. Rather than the potential for matching bullet for bullet, achieved by the THAAD installation itself, the placement of the X-Band within the THAAD installation makes it a prime target by China and North Korea at the exact moment it exhibits behavior of surveillance.

North Koreas ICBMs potential for destruction is not limited to the Korean Peninsula but exceeds the continent with its long-distance capabilities.

If I am to be more specific, I am referring to the United States. Mr. President, you too know this common sense knowledge. Despite that you are disrespectful in claiming it will be a temporary placement, while you moved up the installation date of THAAD probably because you knew that you had reached the absolute limit that could not be tested against the wall of honest politics. Of course the primary claim you made in conversation was that the reason for the installation was due to the nuclear experiments undertaken by a ignoramus in North Korea.

Whether you truly did not mean it or by chance your interests changed, I will never know, but presently the by-product of your statement that North and South Korean relations are a hostile symbiotic relationship and the ensuing THAAD placement is that a dark cloud is coming over our future. The result of cowardly games like An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth is a surge down a potentially exhaustive road for both North and South Korea. The ever vigilant Japan (with one eye...

20:19

Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Opens for Signature HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

The worlds first legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons on 20 September 2017 opened for signature at United Nations Headquarters in New York at a ceremony at which speakers from international organizations, governments and civil society hailed this milestone in achieving a world free of such arsenals as well as the work that remains to be done.

Signing ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, 20 September 2017. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

 

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is the product of increasing concerns over the risk posed by the continued existence of nuclear weapons, including the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences of their use, UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres said at the ceremony, held on the margins of the General Assemblys high-level debate.

The Treaty is an important step towards the universally-held goal of a world free of nuclear weapons. It is my hope that it will reinvigorate global efforts to achieve it, he added, acknowledging the contributions made by civil society and the hibakusha the atomic bomb survivors.

At the same time, Guterres, highlighted the difficult road ahead by recalling that there remain some 15,000 nuclear weapons in existence. We cannot allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our childrens future, he said.

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20:18

Saudi Arabia to censor and monitor all internet chat apps Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Telecoms spokesman says 'under no circumstances can the user use an application without monitoring and censorship', a day after ban lifted

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Russia says it will target US-backed fighters in Syria if provoked Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Warning comes as forces converge in Deir Ezzor and after Moscow it said US artillery hit Syrian government forces

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Defeat of ISIS may trigger another US-Iran crisis Peace and Freedom

By Hal Brands
Straits Times

The United States is rapidly heading down the path of confrontation with a rogue-state adversary, a potential foe that has proved rational yet ruthless in pursuit of its interests, including the aggressive development of its nuclear programme and associated military capabilities. The rogue state this description best fits, however, may not be North Korea, but Iran.

Although the slow-motion crisis involving North Koreas atomic and missile programmes is undoubtedly perilous, it still seems likely that the logic of nuclear deterrence will promote a degree of caution on all sides. In the Middle East, however, the Trump administration is barrelling towards a potential conflict with Iran, one that the White House has shown little capacity to handle thus far.

That looming confrontation is being driven by three powerful factors that are now converging. First is the rapidly approaching endgame of the struggle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The defeat of that terrorist army is removing a point of tacit cooperation between the US and Iran while sharpening the regional competition between them. Washington and Teheran are gearing up for an intense political struggle for influence with the government of Iraq. The potential for violence between any US troops that remain in Iraq and the Iranian-backed Shiite militias that strenuously oppose such a presence will be omnipresent.

In Syria, US and Iranian-backed forces are also coming into closer proximity in and around the few areas ISIS still holds. The middle Euphrates River Valley has already seen clashes between the US military and Iranian-backed militias operating in support of the Assad regime. As the vice closes around the militant group, and its enemies strive to stake out their spheres of influence in a post-ISIS Syria, the potential for violence will intensify.

The second factor leading towards a new crisis is the Trump administrations determination to push back against Irans pernicious influence throughout the Middle East. By the close of Mr Barack Obamas presidency, there was a widespread sense in Washington and much of the Middle East that Iran was ascendant, and that it had exploited Mr Obamas war-weariness and his desire to reach the nuclear deal with Teheran to push its influence from South Asia across the Middle East.

In reality, Irans interest is more intense, and its influence far more pervasive, in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq which constitute something close to vital strategic interests than it is in a secondary theatre such as Yemen. But the reality of expanded Iranian sway in the region and the alarm this has provoked among US partners is incont...

20:15

Barbarism and Shame: Why the US Refuses a Korea Peace Treaty Strategic Culture Foundation

The Korean crisis is a powerful lens on American barbarism, past and present. Despite Washingtons self-righteousness and pretensions of virtue, the modern history of Korea is an especially powerful lesson that destroys the American national mythology...

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Poor Orphan Crops So Valuable, So Neglected HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Sep 20 2017 (IPS) When think-tankers in the mid-1990s formulated their famous think global, act local slogan, they probably did not expect humankind to require a couple of decades to implement such practical advice.

A group of people heading towards Mangoky River (Madagascar) past Baobab trees. Baobab leaves and fruits are sources of food for people and fodder for animals. Credit: FAO/Aris Mihich

At least this has been the case for the so-called neglected, under-utilised, minor or promising crops, which have been forgotten over the last century.

Now scientists and policymakers are beginning to recognise the value of these colourfully dubbed orphan crops, affirming what local communities have already known for generations.

What Are They?

But what are they all about? The United Nations leading food and agriculture agency provides the answer with some specific examples the African Yam Bean and the Desert Date, and Ber, a stocky tree with a vitamin-rich berry.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) explains that the African yam bean, cultivated mainly for home consumption, is planted for its seeds, which are high in protein and low in calories, and are often eaten after being dried and ground into flour or simply boiled and seasoned.

The starch-rich, tuberous roots, similar to spindly sweet potatoes in shape, are consumed either fresh, cut into strips in salads, or dried and ground into flour. The leaves can also be cooked and eaten much in the same way spinach is.

The crop seems to be little affected by altitude, and flourishes at elevations ranging from sea level to 1,800 meters. It takes five to seven months to grow and produce mature seeds.

They appear on a vine growing to between 1.5 an...

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US dollar shines, Asia shares slip after Fed signals December rate hike Peace and Freedom

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Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen

TOKYO (REUTERS) The US dollar shone while Asian shares slipped on Thursday (Sept 21) after the US Federal Reserve announced a plan to start shrinking its balance sheet and signalled one more rate hike later this year.

European shares are expected to benefit from a fall in the euro against the dollar with spread betters looking at a higher opening of 0.5 per cent in Germanys DAX and Frances CAC.

Japans Nikkei gained 0.2 per cent as a rise in US bond yields lifted financial shares, while the yens fall against the dollar after the Feds decision helped exporters.

The Bank of Japan, as widely expected, left its policy settings unchanged, with markets awaiting a news conference by its governor later in the day.

MSCIs broadest dollar-denominated index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 per cent, with Australian shares among the hardest hit with fall of 0.8 per cent.

Major US share indexes recovered quickly from initial losses following the Feds announcement, with the S&P 500 ending slightly higher, helped in part by gains in financials and energy shares.

While a rate hike is negative, the fact that the Feds confidence in the economy is strong enough to expect a rate hike can be taken as supportive of market sentiment, said Soichiro Monji, chief strategist at Daiwa SB Investments.

The Feds view also prompted a rotation from tech shares into financial shares, which benefit from higher interest rates, he added. In a way, what the Fed did was not much of a surprise. From now, the markets will be focusing on individual earnings rather than macro themes, said Hisashi Iwama, senior portfolio manager at Asset Management One.

As expected, the Fed said it would begin in October to trim its massive holding of U.S. Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities acquired in the years after the 2008 financial crisis.

The Fed signalled it still expects one more interest rate hike by the end of the year, despite a recent bout of low inflation, but ratcheted down its long-term interest rate forecasts.

Fed fund rate futures are now pricing in about a 65 per cent chance of a rate hike by December compared to around 50 percent before the latest meeting. Markets expect the Fed move to coincide with revisions of its economic projections.

The yield on two-year US Treasury notes jumped to 1.451 per cent, its highest level since November 2008 late on Wednesday. The 10-year US Treasuries yield rose to 2.278 per cent, briefly hitting a six-week high of 2.289 per cent.

The markets reacted to the Fed quite straightforwardly,...

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How a Werfalli Execution Site Was Geolocated bellingcat

This article was collaboratively researched and written by Timmi Allen, Klement Anders, Daniel Romein, and Christiaan Triebert of the Bellingcat Investigative Team.

Introduction

In August 2017, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued its first ever arrest warrant solely based on social media evidence. The arrest warrant accuses Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf Al-Werfalli (hereafter referred to as Werfalli), an alleged commander of the Al-Saiqa Brigade of the Libyan National Army (LNA), of mass executions in or near Benghazi.

Bellingcat has highlighted the importance of this development, which aligns the ICC with the realities of many of todays conflicts, in an earlier article. The article marked the start of a crowdsourcing campaign to geolocate the seven locations of the executions on which the arrest warrant is based. Four execution sites have been geolocated so far, and one of them  Incident Seven is worth discussing in further depth as it is an excellent example of team work and using a wide variety of open source information such as satellite imagery, geotagged photos, conflict context, geolocations from other sources and news articles.

The Evidence: A Facebook Video

The video which prompted the ICC arrest warrant was uploaded on July 23, 2017, by a Facebook user named Mohammed Al-Gali. The video has been deleted since, though an archived version exists.

The video shows the execution of twenty individuals who are, according to the description, terrorists found guilty of kidnapping, torture, killing, bombing, and slaughtering and members of the so-called Islamic State (IS). Mohammed Al-Gali appears to have a direct link with the military unit led by Werfalli, as numerous videos and photographs on his Facebook document events related to them. It is possible that he is the individual who filmed the executions. Werfalli is visible in the video and gives the order to execute the group of twenty individuals. According to the arrest warrant, Werfalli reads from a white document in the video of Incident Seven, and refers to a decree decision, which shall be executed today 17/07/2017.

The first part of...

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Trumps U.N. Speech Presented Him as The Most Dangerous President Ever in US History (and thats saying something) Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

BY Ludwig Watzal Trumps U.N. Speech Presented Him as The Most Dangerous President Ever in US History Donald Trumps appearance before the General Assembly of the United Nations could have been a rare highlight of his chaotic young presidency If Trump had just repeated his inauguration address, the audience would have burst out in gales []

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Turkey mulls options, rallies support to oppose Kurdish state Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File / by Stuart WILLIAMS | Left without a state of their own when the borders of Europe and the Middle East were redrawn after World War I, the Kurds see themselves as the worlds largest stateless people

ISTANBUL (AFP)  Turkey, which staunchly opposes Kurdish statehood, is far from alone in its rejection of an independence referendum in northern Iraq but it remains unclear whether this will translate into concrete action.Ankaras displeasure over the referendum, which is planned for September 25, is shared not only by the government in Baghdad but also by its sometimes prickly neighbour Iran, not to mention Turkeys Western allies in NATO.

Turkey has warned the Iraqi Kurds they risk paying a price, evoking possible sanctions over the non-binding vote. But it has been notably circumspect over what this might mean.

The idea of a Kurdish state even one outside Turkeys borders is anathema not only to Turkeys ultra-right nationalists but also to its conservatives as well as its secular opposition.

They fear fully-fledged independence for the Kurds of northern Iraq could embolden Turkeys own Kurdish minority, which is estimated to make up around a quarter of its population of nearly 80 million.

Left without a state of their own when the borders of Europe and the Middle East were redrawn during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, the Kurds see themselves as the worlds largest stateless people.

They live in an area spanning Turkey, Syria, Iran and Iraq.

By far the biggest population is in Turkey, which since 1984 has waged a campaign to defeat the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which initially sought to create a breakaway state in its southeast.

Deep suspicions

But millions of Kurds also live in Iran which itself fought sporadic insurgent actions by groups like the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) and Tehran and Ankara have often cooperated to stem the rise of Kurdish nationalism.

After an unprecedented visit to Ankara earlier this month by Irans chief of staff, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the two sides could launch joint operations against Kurdish militants although this was denied by Tehran.

Ali Vaez, senior Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group, said Tehran and Ankara had a shared interest in preserving Iraqs territorial integrity and also enjoyed extensive communication channels.

But while mainly Shiite Iran and Sunni Turkey had the capability to jointly pressure the Iraqi Kurds, a regional rivalry dating back to their imperial eras risked getting i...

19:59

First they HAARPed You, then Sell You the Catastrophe Bonds Covert Geopolitics

The Khazarian holdovers on this planet are getting more creative as the situation is getting worse for them. The slew of natural disasters hitting Latin America and coastal portions of the US mainland, through the use of HAARP derivatives, indicates how desperate the situation really is for the Cabal. US Air Force Admits They Can Continue reading First they HAARPed You, then Sell You the Catastrophe Bonds

19:57

The Vietnam War Documentary Or Epic Of Fiction? World Beyond War . . .

From Moon Over Alabama, September 20, 2017.

Arte TV yesterday showed the first parts of The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. It also runs on PBS.

The first three parts of the ten part documentary are a whitewash of the motives of the politicians who sold the war to the public. The CIAs and military deep state machinations behind them is not investigated but covered up.

A comment in the first episode declares that it was a civil war of Vietnamese against Vietnamese. That is ahistoric nonsense. After the defeat of the (U.S. financed) French colonialists in 1954, the leader of the Viet-minh Ho Chi Min was the undisputed hero of all Vietnam. He would have won any election by huge margins. But the Russian (and Chinese) backers of the liberation war against the French did not want to walk the last mile and insisted on negotiations in Geneva. They allowed the partition of the country. It would have been interesting to learn why.

The documentary makes it seem as if the south-Vietnamese ruler Ngo Dinh Diem appeared from heaven instead of being installed by the CIA. It put him into his position. It helped to arrange the election that gave him a laughable 98.2% of the votes. It financed him. The episode has arch-imperialist Leslie Gelb, who was part of the deep state that created and ran the war, declaring that we did what Diem said. That is nonsense. Diem was ruthless dictator but he would not have survived a day without U.S. support and protection.

Part two is a undeserved homage of Kennedy and his brilliant staff. McNamara is especially lauded. But his bean-counter mind lacked any capacity to judge human behavior and motives. That had catastrophic consequences. The war is depicted as fight for liberty and against communism. Those were Kennedys sales points but they had little to do with what happened. Kennedy, like Johnson after him, was mostly driven by domestic policy issues. He wanted to reach certain domestic aims. His Vietnam decisions were just a cover against attacks on him for being weak.

Part three whitewashes the Gulf of Tonkin lie. It is mealymouthed about what really happened, but then speaks of U.S. 2retaliation. The unprovoked attack of Vietnamese forces on U.S. ships was fictitious. The Congress Tonkin resolution which escalated the war was prepared by Johnsons staff two month before the incident happened. The Tonkin show was set up to push it through. A main motive of the escalation was to get Johnson reelected....

19:52

Two Twats: Trump and Netanyahu Made A Complete Fool of Themselves in Front of World Leaders Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Trump and Netanyahu Made A Complete Fool of Themselves in Front of World Leaders Donald Trumps speech to the UN General Assembly of September 19th 2017 will surely go down in history as marking the final collapse of a terminally corrupt regime, where any pretence of cooperative co-existence with the world has given way to []

19:45

Why Trump Should Study Aung San Suu Kyi"s Speech Strategic Culture Foundation

Two speeches by two leaders made headlines this week one by US President Donald Trump, the other by Myanmars head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Prayer and Meditation for Friday, September 22, 2017 Those deprived of the truth suppose religion to be a means of gain We brought nothing into the world, and take nothing out Peace and Freedom

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 447

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Mary Magdalene, 1887, Alfred Stevens

Reading 1 1 TM 6:2C-12

Beloved:
Teach and urge these things.
Whoever teaches something different
and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the religious teaching
is conceited, understanding nothing,
and has a morbid disposition for arguments and verbal disputes.
From these come envy, rivalry, insults, evil suspicions,
and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds,
who are deprived of the truth,
supposing religion to be a means of gain.
Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world,
just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.
If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.
Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap
and into many foolish and harmful desires,
which plunge them into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is the root of all evils,
and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith
and have pierced themselves with many pains.

But you, man of God, avoid all this.
Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion,
faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
Lay hold of eternal life,
to which you were called when you made the noble confession
in the presence of many witnesses.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 49:6-7, 8-10, 17-18, 19-20

R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Why should I fear in evil days
when my wicked ensnarers ring me round?
They trust in their wealth;
the abundance of their riches is their boast.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Yet in no way can a man redeem himself,
or pay his own ransom to God;
Too high is the price to redeem ones life; he would never have enough
to remain alive always and not see destruction.
R. Blessed the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!
Fear not when a man grows rich,
when the wealth of his house becomes great,
F...

19:35

Trump at the United Nations: Derangement and Delusion Reign Supreme Dissident Voice

If any further proof were needed that the United States has descended into the realm of magical thinking, there could be no clearer example than Donald Trumps speech to the UN General Assembly on 19 September 2017.

In 40 minutes of what can only be described as a barely coherent and dangerous rant, Trump revealed how the United States has totally lost its grip on reality.  Some brief extracts from the speech illustrate its essential horrors.  Trump argued that:

America does more than speak for the values expressed in the UN Charter..Americas devotion is measured in the battlefields..from the beaches of Europe, to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia..it is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerged victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others.

Trump and the neocon clique that dictate American foreign policy probably believe that nonsense.  It is delusional in the extreme.  The US, for example, was a latecomer to World War 2.  What fighting it did in the deserts of the Middle East or the jungles of Asia is unclear. The total western contribution to the war was no greater than 20% of the total, and much less in terms of casualties. The great battles and the vast bulk of the casualties were incurred on the Eastern front between Germany and Russia, and in Asia between Japan and China.

Even the use of the atomic weans that ended the war against Japan were militarily unnecessary, as Japan had been seeking peace since at least late 1944, their only condition being the retention of the emperor, which happened anyway.  The use of nuclear weapons was instead a warning to the Soviet Union.  We now also know that the US and its western allies had three separate plans to continue the war against the Soviet Union, using atomic weapons to annihilate both its populations and industrial capacity.

As far as not seeking to impose its way of life on others, the US has been a regime change exponent and practitioner without parallel.  It has bombed, invaded and overthrown the governments of at least 50 nations since 1945, killing at least 30 million people in the process.  The one route to avoiding this attention has been to subscribe to US dictates without deviation.  The claim by Trump is so at odds with reality that it is beyond even being a sick joke.

As for doing more than speak for the values of the UN charter, Trump also said:

The US has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

The US has been there before.  In the Korean War of 1950-53, the US totally destroyed every town and city of any size; destroyed its infrastructure; waged chemical warfare to destroy its agricultural capacity; and kille...

19:31

US Secret Services Tried to Nab 29 Russian Troops in Syria and Got Their Butts Kicked Russian Military Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

US Secret Services Tried to Nab 29 Russian Troops in Syria and Got Their butts kicked   Now this is something you wont see on NBC nightly news. The Russian military spokesman in this briefing, General Sergei Rudskoi, in a matter-of-fact deadpan, explains that US Secret Services, and their Al Qaeda proxies, had a []

19:30

A STRANGE MYSTERY IN COLORADO: VETERANS LOSING THEIR HEARING SUDDENLY Giza Death Star

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19:30

TIDBIT: BRAIN HACKING Giza Death Star

And while you're pondering today's main blog, consider this article shared by Ms. M.W.:
Is brain hacking possible?

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19:30

Baghdad, a fog of threats and nerves ahead of Kurdish referendum Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Shia politicians talk up 'strategic cards' - one of which is the spectre of military action

19:29

UK could get bad Brexit deal as Philip Hammond only sees the negatives, Theresa Mays former right hand man has warns Peace and Freedom

BRITAIN could get a bad Brexit deal if Philip Hammond and the Treasury continue with their reluctance to mention the positives of leaving the European Union, Theresa Mays former right hand man has warned.

PUBLISHED: 00:11, Thu, Sep 21, 2017 | UPDATED: 00:46, Thu, Sep 21, 2017

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Philip Hammonds reluctance to mention Brexit positives could hurt UK, says Nick Timothy Nick Timothy, the  former chief of staff, said the Chancellor was putting negotiations at risk by failing to recognise the opportunities of Brexit.

Mr Timothy also accused Mr  of being on manoeuvres over the Treasurys silence on the potential boost  could provide to the UK economy.

The former chief of staff also hit out at  over his own unauthorised 4,200-word Brexit plan ahead of Mrs Mays crucial speech in Florence on Friday.

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19:25

Scientists Edit Embryos Genes to Study Early Human Development cryptogon.com

Via: Reuters: British scientists have used a genome editing tool known as CRISPR/Cas9 to knock out a gene in embryos just a few days old, testing the techniques ability to decipher key gene functions in early human development. The researchers said their experiments, using a technology that is the subject of fierce international debate because []

19:22

Theresa May Brexit speech in Florence Thursday to be open and generous offer to EU Peace and Freedom

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Theresa Mays speech on Brexit in Italy on Friday will represent an open and generous offer to the rest of the EU, a cabinet minister has told the BBC.

It is thought that might include a guarantee that no EU country would lose out from changes to the EUs current budget as a result of the UK leaving.

But another minister warned against offering too much on the money, saying its our only leverage.

Mrs May is briefing her cabinet on Thursday morning about the the speech.

The event in Florence is being seen as an attempt to break the deadlock on the negotiations, with the EU unhappy at the lack of progress on agreeing the UKs divorce bill from Brussels.


Analysis

By BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg

We are one of the biggest contributors to the EU pot, so leaving dents the planned financial arrangements if we just go and take our cheque book with us.

If that is the promise that is roughly to the tune of 20bn, although it would be surprising if Theresa May named a figure herself its not her style and any actual numbers will be subject to far-off negotiations.

But in terms of the bill, that could just be the start of it. Plugging the hole in the current budget doesnt deal with what the EU sees as our long-term obligations whether thats diplomats pensions or our share of money thats been loaned to other countries.

Read Lauras full blog


The cabinet meeting comes amid reports of ministerial splits over Brexit.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was accused of undermining the PM with a 4,000-word article about Brexit.

He subsequently denied reports he planned to resign if his blueprint was not followed and described the government as a nest of singing birds.

The foreign secretary and prime ministe...

19:15

Russia Proposes UN Peacekeeping Mission in Ukraine Strategic Culture Foundation

Russia has proposed a draft resolution to the UN Security Council on the establishment of a UN mission that would provide security for Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) monitors activities in eastern Ukraine. I consider the presence of peacekeepers, or rather people who would provide security for the OSCE mission, absolutely appropriate, and see nothing wrong with it, said Russian President Putin following the BRICS summit in Xiamen, China, on September 5.

19:14

Catalan Pro-Secession Groups Urge Renewed Street Protests After Crackdown By Spain Peace and Freedom

MADRID A pro-independence civic group in Catalonia is calling on residents to begin a long-term street protest against Spanish authorities surprise crackdown on the regions plans to hold a secession referendum.

The Catalan National Assemblys call came hours after Civil Guard police arrested at least 12 people, mostly Catalan government officials, suspected of coordinating the referendum.

The group, a driving force behind the secession movement, urged people to gather at noon Thursday outside the regions justice tribunal and bring tents if needed.

Assembly spokesman Adria Alsina said they would stay until all the prisoners are released.

Wednesdays arrests triggered demonstrations and some minor disturbances in Barcelona and other Catalan cities overnight.

Regional police had to protect Civil Guard agents as they left one raided building.

Spain says the referendum would be illegal.

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Catalonia referendum: Spain steps up raids to halt vote

  • 20 September 2017

Catalonias separatist government is defying a Constitutional Court order to halt the 1 October vote
...

19:08

Hillary Clinton funds the US Extreme Left Voltaire Network

The Daily Caller reveals how Hillary Clinton paid 800,000 dollars to five groups on the extreme left, via the Super-Pac, Onward Together. The lucky beneficiaries are: Indivisible (already a beneficiary of George Soros's generosity, it denies however despite the documents of the Electoral Commission receiving gifts from Soros and Clinton); Swing Left; Color of Change; Emerge America; and Run for (...)

19:05

Militant Attack on Ministers Convoy Kills Two Bystanders in Indias Kashmir Peace and Freedom

SRINAGAR, India Militants attacked the convoy of a minister in the restive Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, killing at least two bystanders and injuring several others though the minister escaped unhurt, police said.

A grenade hurled at the motorcade of Jammu and Kashmir Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar exploded on the road after hitting a security vehicle, senior state police official Manoj Pandita told Reuters.

Akhtar, who was on his way to inaugurate a project in the town of Tral in south Kashmir, told Reuters he was safe.

The incident occurred despite tightened security in the town, which was home to former militant leader Burhan Wani whose death last year at the hands of Indian forces sparked massive protests that led to dozens more deaths.

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SRINAGAR, India Three civilians were killed and 23 others wounded after suspected rebels Thursday lobbed a grenade at a motorcade of a local government minister in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

Police said the attack occurred as the ministers motorcade passed though the southern Tral town. Three pedestrians, including a woman, were killed and 10 others wounded, said police director-general S.P.Vaid. He said eight paramilitary soldiers, four police and a government engineer were also hurt.

The minister escaped unhurt.

No rebel group fighting against Indian rule has claimed responsibility for the attack. Reinforcements of government forces cordoned off the area to hunt for the attackers...

19:02

Irma Dissident Voice

Im twelve feet away from the northern eyewall of Hurricane Irma.  Seated behind floor to ceiling panes of glass that cant be thick enough. Are they thick enough? I wonder while staring at the murderous velocity of rain and wind that just a few steps away would lift me whole and launch me into the lake, a tree or another house. With death defying, tornadic ferocity the wind drives rain sideways in every direction at once.  I hear tree trunks and limbs snapping like firecrackers off in the distance.

Theres still running water, but the electricity went off hours ago. Theres no internet. Comcast has opened up thousands of free WiFi hotspots for anyone whose service is down.  You can log on for two hours at a time. Two hours at a time in the teeth of an historic maelstrom.  I enter a username and password and hit a fucking pay wall. Comcastic!

The changes in air pressure are making my ears pop as the wind lives up to its clich;  it really does sound like a freight train.  130, 140 miles per hour but still not the Cat-5 death dealer that scoured 100% of Barbudas housing stock down to its concrete foundations.  Not the 185 miles per hour that would take paint off a car, put the car in a hole and blow the hole away.  This isnt that, but its impossible to say exactly how fortunate I am beyond the fact Im still sitting here watching the world get ripped apart.

Im glad I boarded up my house and came to my in-laws ground floor condo 20 minutes northeast.  In a storm 600 miles wide thats a difference without a distinction but this condo is better built and stronger than my tract home constructed in 1976 by contractors on acid.  Ive moved to the kitchen, away from the glass, where Ive paired off a peanut butter and honey sandwich against a muscular Cabernet/Zin/Sarah blend.  Im out of milk.

Suddenly the wind dies down and the rain stops. Were in the eye. I step outside.  Im told theres blue sky in the center of a hurricane, but not in this one. Irmas core is deck plate gray and the driveway is a carpet of leaves, branches and uprooted trunks making the way impassable.  Whats the difference?  Im not going anywhere anyway. The southern half of the eyewall is coming.  I snap some pictures and go back inside.  The wind picks up fast and the rain with it.  My cats have slept through the whole thing.  One in the master bedroom and two others, a mother and her adult spawn spooned into an indistinguishable pile of warm fur on my bed in the guest room.  I wish I could be that cool and follow their lead. The howling begins and once again I hear tree trunks snapping.

If my in-laws home suffered cosmetic damage, my own home was a different matter.  Driving south along main arteries through intersections of cockeyed traffic lights, blacked out and dangling, I finally made it to the badly...

19:00

Elite Syrian forces make massive advance up west Euphrates bank amid major ISIS collapse Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

  By Andrew Illingworth 20/09/2017 BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:53 P.M.) The elite Tiger Forces of the Syrian Arab Army have made a massive advance against ISIS in northwest Deir Ezoor Governorate and are now on the verge of reaching Syrian troops in southeast Raqqa Governorate. Today, the Tiger Forces kicked off a major operation, assaulting far []

18:56

Iranian state-backed cyber spies becoming increasingly skilled, says report intelNews.org

A group of cyber spies with close links to the Iranian government is becoming increasingly competent and adept, and could soon bring down entire computer networks, according to a leading cyber security firm.

18:54

Thousands Rally in Philippines to Warn of Duterte Dictatorship We are walking a doomed path. Peace and Freedom

MANILA Left-wing activists and political opponents of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held rallies on Thursday to warn against what they see as the emergence of a dictatorship under the no-nonsense but hugely popular leader.

Politicians, indigenous people, church leaders, businessmen, and leftists marched, staged rallies and attended masses to denounce Duterte, accusing him of abuses and authoritarianism similar to that of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

The events were to mark the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law under Marcos, which lasted nine years and is remembered by many Filipinos as brutal and oppressive.

Vice President Leni Robredo appeared at a mass at the University of the Philippines, traditionally a hotbed of political activism, and was due to appear at a rally of the opposition Liberal Party she leads.

Robredo, who was not Dutertes running mate, said Filipinos born after the Marcos era should not be complacent and should recognize signs of rising tyranny.

If we do not remember the past, we are condemned to repeat it, she said in a statement. Sadly those who are deceived do not even know that they are walking a doomed path.

Marcos declared martial law in 1972, a year ahead of elections in which he was ineligible to run, and held power for 14 years until his removal in a bloodless, army-backed peoples power uprising.

He abolished democratic institutions and was accused of killing, torturing and disappearing thousands of opponents.

Duterte has expressed admiration for Marcos several times and his fiercest critics are alarmed by the former mayors autocratic rhetoric and his disdain for those who oppose him.

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18:53

200,000 Israelis expected in Kurdistan once independence is declared Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

200,000 Israelis expected in Kurdistan once independence is declared Voltaire Network Sept 20, 2017 According to the magazine Israel-Kurd based in Erbil, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and Massoud Barzani, the self-appointed President of the future independent Kurdistan, have reached a secret agreement. Tel-Aviv is committed to installing 200 000 Israelis of Kurdish []

18:43

US/UK use of depleted uranium in Iraq will be killing people for decades/centuries to come Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Depleted Uranium and Radioactive Contamination in Iraq: An Overview By Prof Souad N. Al-Azzawi, The amount of devastation caused by the Depleted Uranium (DU) weaponry used against Iraq during the consecutive US led wars is historically unprecedented in modern warfare. The devastating magnitude of the complications and damage caused as a result of the use []

18:42

Arab Federation for Human Rights Calls For Removal of 2022 World Cup from Qatar Supporting and financing terrorism Peace and Freedom

Stop supporting and financing terrorism, federations tells Qatar

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Federation called on Qatar to meet the 13 demands from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt, the four Arab nations that cut ties with the country.
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GENEVA: The Arab Federation for Human Rights has called for the withdrawal of the 2022 World Cup from Qatar because of its record in the field of human rights, especially violations of workers rights, and the financing of terrorism.

In a press conference held at the Swiss Press Club in Geneva, the federation called on Qatar to stop supporting and financing terrorism and activities that undermine the stability of the region, to end its policy of providing safe havens for terrorists, and stop providing a platform that helps promote radical ideologies.



Everything you need to know about Qatar Crisis

In its report, the Federation pointed to international and regional treaties signed by Qatar, including those related to anti-terrorism, corruption and human rights and labour agreements.

The report included 26 recommendations, most notably the need for the state of Qatar to stop its support and financing of terrorism and extremism that undermine the stability of the region, stop the policy of the harbouring of terrorists, not provide them with a platform to promote their extremist ideologies.

It also called on Qatar to meet the 13 demands from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt, the four Arab nations that cut ties with the country.

18:38

Macron says Rohingya crisis in Myanmar is genocide Peace and Freedom

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UN Assembly: Malawis President Arthur Peter Mutharika (from left), French President Emmanuel Macron and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on September 20, 2017. (AFP/Ludovic Marin)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said attacks on Myanmars Rohingya minority amounted to genocide.

France will work with other members of the UN Security Council for a condemnation of this genocide which is unfolding, this ethnic cleansing, Macron said in an interview with the French TV channel TMC.

Macrons use of the word genocide marks his strongest verbal attack yet on the military drive against the Rohingya.

More than 420,000 members of the Muslim minority have fled Myanmar for the safety of neighbouring Bangladesh.

We must condemn the ethnic purification which is under way and act, Macron said.

Asking for the violence to end, asking for humanitarian access progressively enables an escalation under UN auspices, Macron said.

When the UN issues a condemnation, there are consequences which can provide a framework for intervention under the UN, Macron said.

Rohingya, who are predominantly Muslim, are reviled by many in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

The UN human rights chief has described the systematic attacks against the Rohingya minority by the security forces as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.


18:27

The US Has New Red Line in Syria And It Borders on Ridicule Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The US Has New Red Line in Syria And It Borders on Ridicule By Darius Shahtahmasebi, In its latest breach of international law, the U.S. is unilaterally attempting to prevent the Syrian government from reclaiming its own territory. From Reuters: U.S.-backed Syrian militias will not let government forces cross the Euphrates River in their bid to []

18:22

Facebook bans dangerous Rohingya militant group Myanmars government not held to account Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | Facebook is a key tool in the information war taking place over violence in Myanmars Rakhine state, which has forced hundreds of thousands to flee

YANGON (AFP)  Facebook said it has banned a Rohingya militant group from its site, designating it a dangerous organisation as information on the deepening crisis is muddied by claims, counter-claims and hate speech on social media.The social network is a key tool in the information war taking place over violence in Myanmars Rakhine state, which has driven more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims from the country and sparked UN accusations of military-led ethnic cleansing.

Rohingya activists have used the platform to post alleged scenes of brutality from the conflict zone, where humanitarian and media access is severely restricted, while the army and government deliver near-daily updates on the crisis.

A Facebook spokeswoman told AFP late Wednesday it was not requested by the government to bar the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which remains active on Twitter.

The spokeswoman added that the move was in line with its policy of prohibiting violent groups from its site.

The latest violence in Rahkine erupted after a series of deadly ARSA attacks on military posts in August.

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In a recent video produced on 15th August 2017, Abu Ammar Junoni, who claims to be the Commander of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), addresses the Rohingya diaspora, the World Leaders, United Nations and Human Rights Activists. Photo: video screen grab

The army has been blamed for launching a crackdown in response that has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, along with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Hindus, into neighbouring Bangladesh.

The spokeswoman said Facebook was aware that Rohingya activists were using the site to draw attention to the violence, and that it intended to allow non-graphic content to remain online.

Myanmars de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has played down claims of atrocities and blamed a huge iceberg of misinformation for complicating the conflict.

She has faced mounting criticism from global leaders over what the United Nations has called a textbook example of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims.

Britain sent back five Myanmar army officers from a training session this week, on account of the current situation in Rakhine, Myanmars a...

18:21

Agent Orange: 17 Chilling Photos of the Vietnam War Crimes the US Got Away With Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Agent Orange: 17 Chilling Photos of the Vietnam War Crimes the US Got Away With By Amanda Froelich For ten years during the Vietnam War, the United States used a toxic concoction of two herbicides, labeled Agent Orange, to wipe out large areas of Vietnam which were covered by thick jungle. The aim was to enable easier []

18:20

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Wij betalen met ons belastinggeld voor wapens die in Syri dood en verderf zaaien. Deze documentaire doet je mond openvallen

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18:17

Philippine lawmakers do human rights backflip after outcry Recent statements made by President Duterte showed incoherence, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions says Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | The initial move to cut the Commission on Human Rightss budget was in response to its criticism of President Rodrigo Dutertes controversial war on drugs, which has claimed thousands of lives

MANILA (AFP)  Philippine President Rodrigo Dutertes congressional allies have restored the budget of the nations human rights commission following an outcry over their vote last week to slash its annual funding to just $20.The initial move to cut the Commission on Human Rightss budget was in response to its criticism of Dutertes controversial war on drugs, which has claimed thousands of lives, with the president also verbally targeting its chairman with abuse.

Opposition lawmakers and other critics of the drug war condemned the vote in the House of Representatives, saying it was part of a campaign by Duterte and his allies to silence dissent and impose authoritarian rule.

House leaders said Wednesday nights decision to restore the commissions funding to 623 million pesos ($12.2 million) was because they had extracted an agreement from the commission to look at issues other than the drug war.

The CHR specifically agreed to look at ALL FORMS of human rights abuses involving civil and political rights, including those allegedly committed by (communists), Abu Sayyaf (militants) and other private armed groups, House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farinas said in a text message to AFP on Thursday.

The commission is one of several independent government bodies set up by the Philippine constitution to check the power of government, including police and military forces.

The body has been investigating some of the deaths of the more than 3,800 people reported killed by police and other drug enforcement agencies in the drug war, as well as thousands of unexplained murders.

The commissions chief, Jose Luis Gascon, confirmed to AFP on Thursday he had met house leaders the previous day to discuss the proposed budget cut.

I clarified that we already have programmes for promoting the rights of all, Gascon told AFP in a text message.

If we were to significantly expand our investigation work beyond violations of state authorities, it will require more funds beyond that currently in (the proposed budget).

The opposition Liberal Party said the restoration of the commissions budget was a victory for the many groups that voiced outrage at the initial decision....

18:16

Democracy in America Is Pure Fantasy Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Democracy in America Is Pure Fantasy: Stephen Lendman By Stephen Lendman Ill never live to see 9/11 justice, says Stephen Lendman. The 9/11 attacks have changed the course of humanity, even so for sixteen years have not been minimally clarified but turned the world in a place full of fear and hate as the United States []

18:05

China says North Korea situation shows importance of Iran nuclear deal: state media Peace and Freedom

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BEIJING (Reuters) The recent tensions on the Korean peninsula underlined the importance of the Iranian nuclear deal, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, according to state radio on Thursday.

China supports and safeguards the Iranian nuclear deal, Wang said in a meeting on Wednesday at the United Nations in New York between the foreign ministers of Iran and the six world powers that negotiated the deal, according to China National Radio.


18:04

Palestinians Submit Israel War Crime Evidence to ICC Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Palestinians Submit Israel War Crime Evidence to ICC Four Palestinian groups allege high-level Israeli officials are responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Zena Tahhan20 Sep 2017 14:50 GMT   The report offers evidence on the willful killing and murder of 300 Palestinians by Israeli occupation forces since 2014 [Reuters] Four Palestinian human rights []

18:00

US NSA Spying On India's Nuclear Weapons, by Shelley Kasli Voltaire Network

Several Top Secret documents, sourced from Edward Snowden's files, have recently been published, revealing how the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on India's ballistic missiles systems and nuclear weapons. The NSA did so using its interception programme, Rainfall, via its bases in Australia and Thailand. These Top Secret documents make it more plausible to view two events with suspicion: the death, allegedly accidental, of Homi J. Bhabha, the father of Indian nuclear power, and also, the deaths of 11 scientists, that occurred during Obama's first term in office.

17:58

SEC Discloses Edgar Corporate Filing System Was Hacked in 2016 Peace and Freedom

The SEC disclosed that hackers penetrated its electronic system for storing public-company filings and may have traded illegally on the information.

Breach may have allowed trading that profited from nonpublic information, regulator says

Updated Sept. 20, 2017 11:10 p.m. ET

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WASHINGTONThe top U.S. markets regulator disclosed Wednesday that hackers penetrated its electronic system for storing public-company filings last year and may have traded on the information.

The Securities and Exchange Commissions chairman, Jay Clayton, revealed the breach in an unusual and lengthy statement issued Wednesday evening that didnt provide many details about the intrusion, including the extent of any illegal trading.

The SEC said it was investigating the source of the hack, which exploited a software vulnerability in a part of the agencys Edgar system, a comprehensive database of filings made by thousands of public companies and other financial firms regulated by the SEC.

The commission said the hack was detected in 2016, but that regulators didnt learn about the possibility of related illicit trading until August, when they started an investigation and began cooperating with what the SEC called appropriate authorities.

A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment on the SEC disclosure.

The commissions disclosure follows a major breach of Equifax Inc. that affected 143 million Americans and warnings from executives of the New York Stock Exchange and Bats Global Markets Inc. that a planned data repository of all U.S. equity and options orders could become a juicy target for hackers.

Cybersecurity is critical to the operations of our markets and the risks are significant and, in many cases, systemic, Mr. Clayton said in a written statement. We also must recognizein both the public and private sectors, including the SECthat there will be intrusions, and that a key component of cyber risk management is resilience and recovery.

The intrusion shows how confidential information that can yield easy trading profits has increasingly become a target of hackers.

The SEC in December sued three Chinese traders who allegedly earned more than $4 million in illegal gains after they stole information from the computer systems of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, which represent Wall Street banks and Fortune 500 companies.

The...

17:50

Illegal US Airstrikes Killed 433 Civilians in Raqqa in August Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Report: US Killed 433 Civilians in Raqqa in August Airwars: US Coalition Strikes Even Heavier Than in Mosul A new report from British NGO Airwars estimates that US airstrikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa in August killed at least 433 civilians. They reported 5,775 bombs, shells, and missiles dropped in the city in []

17:48

Malaysia Arrests 7 Filipinos Suspected of Abu Sayyaf Links Peace and Freedom

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Malaysian police said Thursday they have arrested seven Filipinos believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf militant group, as part of a crackdown on suspected terrorists in the country.

National police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the seven men, aged between 22 and 38, worked as security guards with private companies in Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas. He said a 22-year-old suspect had formerly engaged in battles against Filipino troops and was involved in kidnappings in southern Philippines.

Abu Sayyaf, which is notorious for bombings, ransom kidnappings and beheadings, is supportive of the Islamic State terror group and blacklisted as a terrorist organization by the United States and the Philippines.

Mohamad Fuzi said in a statement that the men sneaked into Malaysia from eastern Sabah state on Borneo island, which is a short boat ride from the southern Philippines, in September 2015 and used false travel documents to fly to Kuala Lumpur.

He said their arrests came from information obtained following the Aug. 30 detention of eight suspected Abu Sayyaf members two Filipinos and six Malaysian. Police have said one of the Filipinos was planning to attack the Aug. 30 closing ceremony of the Southeast Asian Games as well as an Independence Day parade the next day.

Fuzi said Thursday that police had detained 41 foreign terror suspects this year alone. Since 2013, police in Malaysia have detained more than 300 people believed to be linked to the Islamic State group.


17:40

Russian and Belarusian Military Exercises: Zapad 2017, by Valentin Vasilescu Voltaire Network

Following the organization of the coup d'tat in Ukraine, the installation of Nazis in Kiev and the independence of Crimea, Nato is feeding the paranoia of its East European members. Not only did Moscow protect the Crimeans from a government that had Nazis among its members, but conquered by force and annexed this territory that historically had belonged to the Russia. It is on account of this narrative that Washington is succeeding to occupy Eastern Europe by force, without its people, now subdued, protesting. In contrast, the people are alarmed about the Russian Belarusian military manoeuvres.

17:35

Military Industrial Complex Hit Highest Stock Prices Ever stan van houcke

Coincidence? Military Industrial Complex Hit Highest Stock Prices Ever As Govt Hypes North Korea War

17:34

Bet on Trump or Challenge Israel? Palestinians Mull Strategy Peace and Freedom

RAMALLAH, West Bank Palestinians increasingly question their leaders strategy of reaching statehood through negotiations with Israel following over two decades of failed attempts.

Most believe that the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no longer possible, despite pledges by President Donald Trump that he would try to broker a deal and a new round of Mideast meetings on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly this week.

Such skepticism largely stems from continued Israeli settlement in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, which some say has passed the point of no return. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who in the past said he doesnt want to rule the Palestinians, recently declared that Israel cannot give up control over the West Bank.

Three senior Palestinian officials and a leading pollster have explored Palestinian options.

HOW DID WE GET HERE?

Since 2000, there have been two unsuccessful high-level U.S.-led efforts to broker a final deal on borders between Israel and a state of Palestine, roughly comprising the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in 1967.

Each time, the sides were unable to close gaps. Israel accused the Palestinians of turning down generous offers. Palestinians note the territories they seek make up less than a quarter of historic Palestine.

Israel kept building settlements, with some 600,000 Israelis now living on war-won lands, while Palestinian militants tried to derail talks through deadly attacks on ci...

17:32

The US has become the 4th Reich Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

More Thoughts on Trumps UN Declaration of War Against Iran and North Korea By Paul Craig Roberts The US has become the 4th Reich Information Clearing House  Trumps UN speech makes it clear that Trumps presidency, in terms of his campaign promise to remove Washington from the policeman of the world role, exit the Middle []

17:31

NKorea Minister Calls Thumps Threat Sound of Dog Barking Peace and Freedom

SEOUL, South Korea North Koreas foreign minister has described as the sound of a dog barking President Donald Trumps threat to destroy his country.

The comments are the Norths first response to Trumps speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, during which he vowed to totally destroy North Korea if provoked. Trump also called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Rocket man.

The Norths Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York late Wednesday that It would be a dogs dream if he intended to scare us with the sound of a dog barking.

South Korean TV footage also shows Ri saying he feels sorry for his aides when he was asked about Trumps Rocket man comments.

North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test this month.


17:26

Descent into barbarism: Trump makes virtue out of war and genocide at the UN Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Descent into Barbarism: Trump Makes Virtue Out of War And Genocide at The UN US President Donald Trump Eduardo Munoz / Reuters By Finian Cunningham It cant get more outrageous. US President Donald Trump stood in front of the United Nations and openly threatened unilateral war and genocide. Its a sign of the times []

17:21

Haifa Ammonia Tank Completely Emptied of Hazardous Material Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

September 20, 2017 The Haifa bay ammonia tank was completely emptied of ammonia, Israeli media reported, adding that a deadline set by the Israeli Supreme Court was just made. The Ministry for Environmental Protection determined the tank unacceptably endangers the surrounding population and forbid its further use. Only nitrogen now remains in the tank, a []

17:18

Boy aged 17 held in sixth arrest over London train bombing Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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16:57

Samantha Power - Fakes History, Makes False Claims, Warns Of Fake News Moon of Alabama

While warning of Russian influenced fake news and hacking, Samantha Power, Obama's banshee and ambassador at the UN, spreads fake news about "Russian hacking". Power starts off by retelling fiction as historic fact: Soviet agents were instructed to infiltrate party...

15:30

The Making of Monsters Clarion Project

10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.

 

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq When a little boy who looked and sounded American appeared in propaganda video put out by the failing Islamic State this week, threatening Trump: puppet of the Jews, it caused a sensation as, of course, it was meant to do.

How can a group make a child into a monster? we ask.  Yet the answer comes to us in the voices of numerous ISIS defectors and prisoners who tell us precisely how ISIS takes the blank-slate minds of children and fills them with poisonous ideologies alongside dreams of Paradise.

Children are powerful tools in the hands of groups like the so-called Islamic State, as weve learned after interviewing 63 ISIS returnees, defectors, and prisoners.

Trained at Cubs of the Caliphate camps in both Iraq and Syria, children are indoctrinated to hateand to kill all others who do not adhere to ISISs strict, brutal and intolerant views of Islam. They are also taught to give their own lives in acts of martyrdom. \

I saw them train young kids to blow things up. From my camp, 15-year-and-younger kids went on bombing missions.  They tell us they are going to go to Paradise, 15-year-old Syrian Ibn Omar told researchers for the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism.

Ibn Omar ran off to join ISIS at age 13 after having his head filled with dreams from the preachers who took over his mosque when ISIS overran his region. Impoverished and young enough to be drawn in, Ibn Omar was motivated by the income he could bring home to his unsuspecting parents, and the promises of cars and other material rewards.

In the first days, the brothers also appeared to be real Muslims, preaching the real Islam. Little did he know.

I liked them [ISIS] a lot in the beginning, but laterThey taught us about God, the Prophet and our religion. We spent just one...

15:30

Beware the Women of ISIS Part II: Recruits Clarion Project

(Illustrative photo: Flickr/Alan Bates)

By Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. & Ardian Shajkovci, Ph.D.

Women are often believed to be coerced, or even forced, into following their men into Islamic State. In some cases, fears of abandonment, loyalty and coercion do play a role.

Such is the case of a European well call Laila. When her fianc first flew to Istanbul to join the Islamic State, she turned him in to police. Laila thought she had saved him from going to ISIS, only to find out after her marriage that he had not given up his dream.

Lailas husband presented her with the difficult choice of divorce if she refused to let him join ISIS, or, as he told her, being a good Muslim wife who supports and follows the lead of her husband. Hoping that it would be all he believed it could be, she followed him.

Lailas husband was killed, leaving her pregnant and fearing she would be forced, like other ISIS widows, to marry another fighter. Lailas father courageously struggled to hire a series of smugglers to get her out before her baby was born inside the Islamic State, and she agreed.

But as she began her perilous road to freedom, ISIS, realizing she was on the run, messaged her parents demanding that she return to the group to first bear her child and nurse it, for, as they texted, The baby is ours. She eventually made it out with the child.

Laila, fortunately, did not face the fate of many women who are smuggled alone back to safetyrape and coercion by criminals.

According to the statistics International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism researchers have been able to compile, foreign women who join ISIS return at a much lower rate than men.

It is unlikely thats because they want to remain with the group. It probably reflects the fact that it is difficult for a woman to escape ISIS with no money of her own, living constantly under the control of men, going outside the house only with difficulty, then facing the depredations of smugglers once they are on their way.

Women who have borne children inside ISIS territory have encountered difficulties escaping with their ch...

14:32

Visa Vagarities visiting Russia The Vineyard of the Saker

by Geneva Observer   Unfortunately I am not one of the lucky few whose mother dropped them on a favored part of the planet blessed with visa free travel to

14:30

Trump at the UN: The Politics of Rodomontade Antiwar.com Original

What will go down in history as the Rocket man speech underscores the confusion, the contradictions, the dangers, and even some of the virtues however attenuated of the Trump presidency. Despite the flamboyant rhetoric or, perhaps, because of it its hard to take Trumps threat to destroy North Korea seriously. Trump Continue reading "Trump at the UN: The Politics of Rodomontade"

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14:30

More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative Antiwar.com Original

It is no secret that our July 24 VIPS Memorandum for the President, entitled Was the Russian Hack an Inside Job?, gave rise to some questioning and controversy nor was it a surprise that it was met with almost total silence in the mainstream media. The ongoing U.S. media campaign against Russia has been Continue reading "More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative"

The post More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

14:30

A Negotiated Curbing of North Koreas Nukes Is Good, But Not Good Enough Antiwar.com Original

The North Korean governments progress toward developing a long-range nuclear weapons capability, accompanied by bellicose pronouncements, has been alarming enough to spark worldwide public dismay and new sanctions by a unanimous UN Security Council. But even if, at the very best, sanctions (which, so far, have not worked) or diplomatic negotiations (which have yet to Continue reading "A Negotiated Curbing of North Koreas Nukes Is Good, But Not Good Enough"

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13:47

New Video Dialogue #270 is Out Giza Death Star

TOPICS COVERED:

SEGMENT 1:High Profile Deaths(Suicide, Accident, Assassination)

SEGMENT 2: Unexploded WWII Bombs

SEGMENT 3: Another Run at Fermi Paradox

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13:31

US propaganda on Russian TV The Vineyard of the Saker

Quite a while ago I wrote an article entitled Counter-Propaganda, Russian style in which I tried to show that far from censoring the russophobic propaganda of the AngloZionist Empire, the

13:17

Indigenous Women From Standing Rock And Allies On Divestment Delegation In Europe CENSORED NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September, 20, 2017 Media Contact: Emily Arasim (general inquiries) - emily@wecaninternational.org, +1(505)920-0153 Osprey Orielle Lake (urgent inquiries in Europe) - osprey@wecaninternational.org, +1(415)722-2104 Michelle Cook (general inquiries) - divestinvestprotect

12:39

More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative Aletho News

By William Binney and Ray McGovern | Consortium News | September 20, 2017 It is no secret that our July 24 VIPS Memorandum for the President, entitled Was the Russian Hack an Inside Job?, gave rise to some questioning and controversy nor was it a surprise that it was met with almost total silence []

12:34

REVEALED: US-Backed Kurdish Factions Colluding with ISIS on Syrian Battlefield Covert Geopolitics

The US support for its proxy operators in Syria is multi-pronged as the number of organizations involve in the regime change operation. For the moderate rebels, the US assistance includes civilian equipments. For the outright terrorists, the occasional mis-dropping of arms and ammunitions and a market for smuggled oil and human trafficking of women and Continue reading REVEALED: US-Backed Kurdish Factions Colluding with ISIS on Syrian Battlefield

10:56

EU and US increasingly divided over Iran nuclear deal Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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10:53

Experts in Shock as Hurricane Maria Leaves All of Puerto Rico Without Power The Anti-Media

Size and strength of Hurricane Maria is being called horrifying as relentless and unprecedented hurricane season continues.

(COMMONDREAMS) The Caribbean is so far seeing no relief from this years historically turbulent and destructive Atlantic hurricane season, as Puerto Rico was being battered by Hurricane Maria on Wednesday its second major storm in two weeks. The hurricane made landfall with heavy rain and 155 mile-per-hour winds early in the morning, following the $1 billion of damage left by Hurricane Irma earlier this month.

Meteorologists and weather experts expressed grave concerns about the size and strength of the hurricane as it approached Puerto Rico, after causing mind-boggling damage in Dominica.

[UPDATE: The BBC is now reporting that the entire country of Puerto Rico has lost power due to Hurricane Maria.]

Footage showed strong wind gusts whipping through the streets of San Juan on Wednesday morning.

09:59

We are at warNeocons Launch Committee to Investigate Russia Fig Trees and Vineyards

We have been attacked. We are at war. These are the opening words in a video uploaded by a new group calling itself the Committee to Investigate Russia. The organization was founded by neocon David Frum and Hollywood actor Rob Reiner, who played the meathead in the 1970s sitcom All in the Family. Listed on []

09:42

Whither Mueller? Sic Semper Tyrannis

It appears to me that the current dream/hope in the "resistance" is that Mueller will fish around enough to come up with "evidence" that DJT and some of the people in his campaign and administration have been witting or unwitting...

09:27

Native Liberation Conference, Gallup, Sept. 30 -- Oct. 1, 2017 CENSORED NEWS

Native Liberation Conference 2017: Gallup, N.M., Sept. 30 Oct. 1 . Gallup, NM, September 20, 2017  The Red Nation invites anyone interested in organizing for Native liberation to its second annual conference. The conference will be held at two venues: Saturday, Sep. 30, 4pm-10pm: Gallup Cultural Center, 201 E Hwy 66, Gallup, NM 87301 Sunday, Oct. 1, 9am-3pm: El Morro Event

09:27

Trump Slams US and Saudi Foreign Policy in Fiery UN Speech The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) In a bold move, President Trump condemned the violent, oppressive behavior and policies of the U.S. and its allies while speaking at the U.N. this week.

He described the decline of a wealthy country, with a rich history and culture, into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos.

His description accurately fits the United States, which has devolved from a country with high-minded (if not fully realized) ideals, courageous struggles for human and civil rights, and a strong sense of independence into a nationalistic, militant nation with a fledgling economy and an increasingly impoverished population whose government has spent its wealth arming radical extremists and waging endless war. The U.S. government has sowed chaos around the world over the years, from Iran to Iraq to Libya to Chile and Guatemala, spilling the blood of countless innocents as it plays geopolitical chess to favor its own hegemonic interests.

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Trump also called out the despicable behavior of U.S. allies, blasting entities that use their oil profits to support terrorists that kill innocent Muslims. He asserted that such wealth is used to fuel Yemens civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East, an apt description of the Saudi Arabian Kingdom.

We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities, he bravely said.

Further, apparently condemning the behavior of both the U.S. and its...

08:42

Turkey presses ahead with Nato exercises despite Russian arms deal Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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08:06

Mohawk Nation News 'Historical Looters' CENSORED NEWS

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08:02

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir pushes for Darfur arms collection Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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07:45

Rachel Maddows lineup of crazy U.N. speeches spotlights Arafat and leaves out Netanyahu! Mondoweiss

On MSNBC last night, Rachel Maddow did a rundown of unhinged speeches at the UN General Assembly.

She included the late Muammar Qaddafi of Libya evidently this rant about swine flu and the Kennedy assassination

A freaking 4-and-1/2-hour speech by Fidel Castro, in 1960.

Nikita Khrushchev slamming the podium with his shoe. And the late Hugo Chavez of Venezuela calling George Bush Satan and saying he could smell sulfur in the air.


And Yasser Arafat from 1974, saying he carried an olive branch and a gun. Maddow:

Arafat did mean that quite literally. He insisted on wearing a gun in a holster for his first U.N. speech which is nuts. But you know, every year theres someone.

How fair is that? All the men were heads of state, except for Arafat. The United Nations resolved there should be an Arab state in Palestine in 1947; but it never followed through on that plan. So Arafat represented a dispossessed people, and surely was acting in the tradition of such peoples in vowing to fight occupation.

Moreover, Maddow doesnt actually take issue with anything Arafat said in his speech. Instead its a superficial attack on a symbolic gesture (and the gun probably wasnt loaded).

OK, but lets be devils advocate and stipulate that it wasnt diplomatic of Arafat to wear a gun inside the General Assembly.

However, if you are going to make a list of crazy UN speeches, you really have to twist yourself into a pretzel not to mention Benjamin Netanyahus theatrics.

Youd think Maddow might have put Netanyahus cartoon bomb on the list, from 2012.

Or the time he said that militant Islam is an insatiable crocodile:

They cast as enemies of peace those of us who insist that we must first erect a sturdy barrier to keep the crocodile out, or at the very least jam an iron bar between its g...

07:32

Retail Apocalypse Causing More Than 3,500 Stores to Close: What Youre Not Being Told The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA) In the latest blow to traditional retail sales, this week Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy, following in the footsteps of an increasing number of other brick-and-mortar chains. But the giant toy outfitter is not the only company suffering losses, as a recent report from Clark.com, a consumer analysis site details.

Though separate statistics show that more stores will open in 2017 than will close, the type of stores making gains suggests frugality is the norm U.S. consumers amid a continuously harsh economy.

Clark.com compiled a list of retail stores that announced closures of physical shops this summer. Sears said at the end of August that in fiscal year 2017, [they] have closed approximately 180 stores previously announced for closure, and an additional 150 stores previously announced for closure are expected to be closed by the end of the third quarter of 2017. They will also be closing 28 K-Mart locations, citing a desire to change their business model so the physical store footprint and [their] digital capabilities match the needs and preferences of our members.

Vitamin World filed for bankruptcy last week and plans to close 51 of 334 stores, which are located mostly in malls; Gap said in a press release earlier this month it will close 200 Gap and Banana Republic stores (and open 270 Old Navy shops); Perfumania filed for bankruptcy in August, moving to close 64 of 226 stores; Starbucks announced at the end of July it will close all of its 379 Teavana shops by next year; Gymboree plans to close roughly 350 stores following its...

07:25

Hu Back When: Vietnams Pivotal Battle Reconsidered Aletho News

Photo by Raymond Depardon | CC BY 2.0 By Michael Uhl | CounterPunch | September 20, 2017 For Mark Bowden, author of Hu 1968, the pivotal battle of the War in Vietnam did not follow the script most Americans were used to scanning in their newspapers or visualizing on the evening news.  The war Americans []

06:55

Trump administration considering dropping Pakistan as an ally Jihad Watch

Long overdue and much needed. US weighs dropping Pakistan as an ally, by Katrina Manson, Financial Times, September 15, 2017: The Trump administration is considering dropping Pakistan as an ally as it examines tough measures to quell more than 20 terrorist groups it says are based in the country. Officials familiar with the Pakistan prong []

06:42

Sweden: Sharia supremacists take over Muslim political party Jihad Watch

Swedish electoral authorities have refused to register the Muslim-led Jasin party from taking part in next years Swedish election after radical Islamists had tried to take it over. But lets not be too quick to applaud. The party is already gearing up for another try, and may eventually succeed, given the Islamization of Sweden. Heres []

06:32

Germany: Two Muslim migrants rape 16-year-old girl on city street Jihad Watch

The Quran teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take captives of the right hand, 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Quran says: O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their []

06:27

Israels Chief Stooge at Westminster Shames Us Again Aletho News

PM Theresa May holds a reception at Downing Street to celebrate the upcoming Jewish New Year. Image credit: Number 10/ flickr By Stuart Littlewood | American Herald Tribune | September 20, 2017 As Prime Minister, I am proud to say that I support Israel. And it is absolutely right that we should mark the vital []

06:24

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Is Identity Politics Brewing a Holocaust?

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06:22

Frank Gaffney: President Trump May Be Undermined by His Own Subordinates After Strong UN Speech The Counter Jihad Report

Breitbart, by John Hayward, Sept. 20, 2017: Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney joined SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam on Wednesdays Breitbart News Daily to review President Trumps address to the UN General Assembly. Kassam asked if Trumps strong words against Continue reading

06:22

Muhammad top baby name in England and Wales for fifth year running Jihad Watch

Demographic jihad proceeding apace, thanks to Theresa May and her cohorts. Muhammad Is Top English Baby Name for Fifth Year Running, by Oliver JJ Lane, Breitbart, September 20, 2017: Muhammad is the top name for baby boys in the English regions of London and the West Midlands in 2016, and was the top scoring across []

06:07

Florida Trump Flash Mobs Organized by the Russian Troll Factory bellingcat

On September 20, the Daily Beast published a report alleging that a series of flash mobs in support of Donald Trump were orchestrated by the so-called Russian troll factory. This same Russian operation has organized a number of projects over the years, from hordes of commenters leaving pro-Kremlin messages on news articles and blogs, to operating a number of social media profiles, and even meme-creation and fake news sites. Their new project is apparently operating Facebook pages sympathetic to a handful of issues, such as supporting (then candidate) Trump or disparaging Black Lives Matter.

These events were organized through the Facebook page Being Patriotic, which has been shut down by Facebook after its ties to the so-called troll factory were discovered, and then shared through a number of pro-Trump organizations in the United States. Two weeks ago, the Daily Beast reported that the troll factory-ran Facebook page Secured Borders organized an event in Twin Falls, Idaho against immigration; however, the importance of this scoop was difficult to assess, as the event was cancelled and there is no indication that the event was ever held. More so, the event garnered next to no attention in the small Idaho town.

In contrast to the Idaho event, a series of pro-Trump flash mobs organized by the Being Patriotic page actually turned into real-life results, though we should not exaggerate the impact of these rallies. The turnout for these flash mobs, which were to take place across Florida on August 20, 2016 at 2pm local time, was quite small, and there was little impact felt outside of a very small circle of social media posts.

Traces of the Facebook Event

While the Being Patriotic page has been wiped from Facebook, we can still find the event it created on Googles cachea page that we archived at the site archive.is, which will still be accessible once Googles cache is refreshed. The text for the event can also be found on a...

05:54

Puerto Rico: Hurricane Maria Fausta's Blog

#Floodwaters rush through streets#Guyama #PuertoRico#Maria#Florida #Miami #Orlando #Dallas #Nyc #Yyc #Yeg #Yowpic.twitter.com/kHbijy3ocl Jaro Giesbrecht (@JaroGiesbrecht) September 20, 2017 Most likely the Guamani River overflowing.

05:34

The White House Is Secretly Planning for Confrontation with Iran: Report The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA)  As Donald Trump takes to the U.N. General Assembly to demonize Iran yet again, the Trump administration is also considering a more aggressive strategy towards Iran behind closed doors, sources have told Reuters.

According to six current and former U.S. officials, the U.S. will be looking at more hostile responses to Irans forces, its proxy armies in Iraq and Syria, and its support for militant groups.

According to the sources, the current proposal was drafted by Defense Secretary Jim Mad Dog Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security advisor General H.R. McMaster, and several other top officials before it was presented to President Trump at a National Security Council meeting on September 9.

The proposal will ultimately be made public before the end of September, two of the sources said. The sources requested anonymity because the draft proposal had not yet been finalized.

I would call it a broad strategy for the range of Iranian malign activities: financial materials, support for terror, destabilization in the region, especially Syria and Iraq and Yemen, said a senior administration official, as quoted by Reuters.

Without giving specific details, sources said the current draft proposal seeks to do the following: (1) target cyber espionage and nuclear proliferation; (2) provide for more aggressive U.S. interceptions of Iranian arms shipments heading to places such as Yemen and Gaza (even though U.N. experts confirmed earlier this year that they could find no evidence of a large-scale Iranian weapons supply line to Yemen); (3) react more aggressively in Bahrain (presumably, to prop up the government in the face of Shia-led unrest) as the countrys Sunni Muslim monarchy has been suppressing its majority Shia population, a move that continues to anger Iran; and most importantly (4) allow U.S. naval forces to react more forcefully when harassed by armed speedboats operated by Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Funnily enough, many of the encounters taking place between U.S. ships and Iranian ships are...

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Journalists Not Terrorists Committee to Protect Journalists

AFP

In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent

A light breakfast of an omelet and a cup of black coffee eaten on the trot: Little did Radio France Internationale correspondent Ahmed Abba know it would be his last meal as a free man. Abba had a 10 a.m. assignment on July 30, 2015 - a security briefing in Maroua, the capital of Cameroons Far North region, that the governor had convened in response to attacks by the extremist group Boko Haram.

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Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent Committee to Protect Journalists

AFP

In 2014, Cameroon enacted a broad anti-terror law as part of its effort to counter the extremist group Boko Haram, but authorities are using it to arrest and threaten local journalists who report on the militants or unrest in the countrys English-speaking regions. A presidential decree in August 2017 ended legal proceedings against at least four journalists, but the laws that were used against them are still in place. RFI broadcaster Ahmed Abba remains in jail. With elections due to take place next year, many of Cameroons journalists say they are too scared to cover politics or sensitive issues.

05:33

CPJ urges President Macron to champion the protection of journalists in France and around the world Committee to Protect Journalists

Emmanuel Macron
President of the French Republic
Elyse Palace
Paris, France

Hand-delivered via Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations in New York

September 19, 2017

Dear President Macron,

The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent press freedom advocacy organization, thanks you for the opportunity to meet with you on the sideline of the U.N. General Assembly and urges you to champion the protection of journalists and press freedom at home and around the world.

05:31

Journalists Not Terrorists Committee to Protect Journalists

Video: Ahmed Abba's sister appeals for his release

05:30

Journalists Not Terrorists Committee to Protect Journalists

Video: Cameroon's journalists face suppression

05:23

The U.S.-Trained Warlords Committing Atrocities in Afghanistan ThereAreNoSunglasses


Above: U.S. Marines train Afghan local policemen with AK-47s on June 6, 2012. The U.S.-backed, loosely controlled paramilitary group is accused of numerous human rights violations. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images.


A village alleges dozens of civilian deaths at the hands of a single U.S.-trained strongmanjust one example of the Afghan special forces to whom the U.S. has delegated its war.

October Issue | Investigative Report

1. The Khataba Massacre

Even by Afghan standards, the easternmost part of Uruzgan province is remote, mountainous and poor. It sits 200 miles southwest of Kabul along a highway pockmarked with IEDs and plagued by roving bandits. The road is often impassable, choked by snow in winter and fighting in summer. Most of the tens of thou...

05:21

McConnell Plans Vote on GOP Health Bill Next Week Peace and Freedom

Senate leader is still trying to secure enough Republican votes for Graham-Cassidy measure

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The latest proposal, written by Sens. Lindsey Graham (left) and Bill Cassidy (center), would turn federal health insurance funding into block grants for states. | Alex Brandon/AP

Updated Sept. 20, 2017 2:42 p.m. ET

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold a vote next week on the latest GOP effort to unwind the Affordable Care Act, his spokesman said Wednesday, even though Republicans havent yet secured enough support to pass the legislation.

It is the leaders intention to consider Graham-Cassidy on the floor next week, David Popp, a spokesman for Mr. McConnell, said Wednesday. The statement didnt commit the Senate to a vote,

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McConnell spokeswoman: Senate to vote next week on Graham-Cassidy

The majority leaders office does leave some wiggle room, however.

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05:17

Afghan President Says Trump War Plan Has Better Chance Than Obamas Peace and Freedom

(Reuters) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trumps strategy to win the war in Afghanistan will work where his predecessors failed because the Afghan army is stronger and Trump wants a regional approach and a harder line with Pakistan.

Ghani also said that former President Barack Obama did not have a partner in Afghanistan, implicitly criticizing former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who frequently disdained U.S. policy and the U.S.-led international military force.

President Trump is not just an individual (but) a team of partners in Afghanistan, Ghani told the Asia Society in New York, where he is attending the U.N. General Assembly. The Trump administrations strategy has the uniqueness of immense consultations with us.

At the same time, Ghani said, Obamas decision to maintain some U.S. forces in Afghanistan ensured our survival despite advances by Taliban insurgents.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced on Tuesday that more than 3,000 additional U.S. troops are being deployed to Afghanistan under the new strategy announced last month. The number of U.S. forces would rise to around 12,000, compared to a high of more than 100,000 under Obama.

While providing few details, Trump pledged stepped-up operations against the Taliban and an open-ended commitment of U.S. military advisers, trainers and counter-terrorism units.

He also vowed to take a tougher line to end what U.S. officials say is Pakistan providing refuge and other support to the Taliban and other extremist groups. Pakistan denies the charge.

Asked how Trumps strategy differs from Obamas, Ghani said Trumps plan takes a regional approach to security and a harder line with Pakistan while providing a new opening for peace talks.

04:58

Nuclear powers refrain from signing UN treaty on banning nukes Aletho News

Press TV September 20, 2017 World powers that possess nuclear weapons refrain from attending a ceremony at the United Nations to sign a long-anticipated treaty on banning nukes, merely arguing that the pact will not work. None of the nuclear-armed states including the United States, Britain, Russia, France, China, India and Pakistan sent representatives []

04:54

Trump Lost. MIlitary-Industrial Complex Won stan van houcke

Trump Falls in Line With Interventionism

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04:49

Militarization in the Climate-Change Era stan van houcke

Beyond Harvey and Irma: Militarization in the Climate-Change Era


Texas National Guardsmen drive military vehicles down flooded streets, searching for residents stranded by Hurricane Harvey in Houston in August. (Army National Guard photo by Lt. Zachary West)
Deployed to the Houston area to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, U.S. military forces hadnt even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to face Irma, the fiercest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Florida Governor Rick Scott, who had sent members of the state National Guard to devastated Houston, anxiously recalled them while putting in place emergency measures for his own state. A small flotilla of naval vessels, originally sent to waters off Texas, was similarly redirected to the Caribbean, while...

04:48

UN must try to end Israeli occupation 'within set timeframe': Abbas Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Abbas warns if two-state solution were to be rejected, Palestinians would have no choice but to 'continue the struggle' against 'apartheid'

04:33

The Demise of Civic Journalism: The Xenophon-Turnbull Deal Dissident Voice

It was never spectacular, but the Australian media scape is set to become duller, more contained, and more controlled with changes to the Broadcasting Services Act.  In an environment strewn with the corpses of papers and outlets strapped for cash, calls for reforming the media market have been heard across the spectrum.

The foggy deception being perpetrated by the Turnbull government, assisted by the calculating antics of South Australian senator Nick Xenophon, is that diversity will be shored up by such measures as the $60 million innovation fund for small publishers while scrapping the so-called two-out-of-three rule for TV, radio and press ownership. Such dissembling language is straight out of the spin doctors covert manual: place innovation in the title, and you might get across the message.

As Chris Graham of New Matilda scornfully put it, The Turnbull government is going to spend $60 million of your taxes buying a Senators vote to pass bad legislation designed to advantage some of the most powerful media corporations in the world.

Paul Budde of Independent Australia was similarly excoriating. To increase power of the incumbent players through media reforms might not necessarily have an enormous effect on the everyday media diversity, but it will allow organisations such as the Murdoch press to wield even greater power over Australian politics than is already the case.

As the statement from Senator Xenophons site reads, Grants would be allocated, for example, to programs and initiatives such as the purchasing or upgrading of equipment and software, development of apps, business activities to drive revenue and readership, and training, all of which will assist in extending civic and regional journalism. The communications minister Mitch Fifield went so far as to deem the fund a shot in the arm for media organisations, granting them a fighting chance.

The aim here, claims the good senator, is to throw down the gauntlet to the revenue pinchers such as Facebook and Google while generating a decent number of recruits through journalism cadet-ships.  Google, claimed Xenophon in August, are hoovering up billions of dollars or revenue along with Facebook and that is killing media in this country.

Google Australia managing director Jason Pellegrino had a very different...

04:30

Singapore resets China ties Aletho News

By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | September 20, 2017 The visit by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to China (Sept 19-21) will be keenly watched in Delhi. It is no secret that over the years Singapore has significantly influenced the Indian discourses regarding China. Although the bamboo curtain lifted a long time []

04:27

Lebanese allies and regional functions of the Kurdish secession Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Lebanese allies and regional functions of the Kurdish secession 20, 2017 Written by Nasser Kandil, The domino game which is launched by the referendum concerning the secession of the Iraqi Kurdistan is not restricted neither with what it will lead as igniting dormant  independent projects in other areas and regions in Iraq and among []

04:26

President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: East Asia Geopolitical Monitor

 

What remains of the Asia Pivot?

President Obamas defining policy sought to open markets via the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and park a large portion of the US Navy in Chinas backyard. The idea was to pull Asian economies toward the United States, away from China, and to build US force projection capabilities, thus assuring allies in the region that US power was in East Asia for the long run.

Fast-forward to the Trump administration and we see a very different situation: mercantilism is on the rise, allies and would-be allies like South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are striking out on their own with more independent foreign policies, and US military power is being openly challenged by North Korea and, to a lesser extent, by China in the South China Sea.

Much of the geopolitical groundwork predates President Trump, so its unfair to the blame at his doorstep. Yet Trumps governing philosophy will only accelerate these trends going forward.

Is the era of US primacy in East Asia drawing to a close? And if so, what comes next?

 

The post President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: East Asia appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

03:52

Media Lens stan van houcke

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Just Swallow This Absurd Fiction

Toynbee also neglected to mention that Kuenssberg was behind the on-air resignation of a Labour shadow foreign minister in an apparent attempt to ...

03:46

Idlib, Syria- US initiates attacks- Russia and Syria Eradicate US Proxies Penny for your thoughts

Hell, there is so much going on! I gotta tear myself away from the news out of Syria and the wider region. Its been a brutal 24 hours in Idlib.
 Idlib. An actual demilitarized zone. Rebels participated in Astana talks.
Agreed to by Russia, Iran, Turkey, will the participation and understanding of the Syrian gov. alongside the rebel representatives.
 
Covered here: Russia says Close to Syria Deal with Turkey, Iran
 
The deal was done. An uprising was fomented with the encouragement of the US, absolutely undoubtedly. The timing is too relevent to what is occurring presently in Syria
 SAA and allies make advances in Deir ez Zor.- Coincidence? I think not.
Attempt to distract SAA from their advances in Deir ez Zor? Definitely!
 The US is claiming SAA has breached their claimed demilitarized zone- The US, in my opinion, claims one third of Syria as a no go zone- Unlawfully, illegal and immorally. 

Not that the Usrael concerns itself with those things.

Idlib:  850 jihadists killed as Russian warplanes help Syrian Army repel Idlib offensive
 Russian warplanes and Syrian forces have repelled an offensive by jihadists in a de-escalation zone in Idlib governorate in Syria. The forces killed some 850 militants and destroyed 11 tanks and other assets, Russias General Staff reported.

The jihadists attacked the positions of government forces stationed to the north and northeast of the city of Hama. The positions are part of a designated de-escalation zone, which covers Idlib governorate, the powerbase of a number of anti-government armed groups in Syria, the Russian military said.

The Russian General Staff said the mi...

03:42

Swedish municipality accused of buying apartments for Muslim migrant and his three wives Jihad Watch

Anything to accommodate Swedens new masters. Did a Swedish council buy apartments for a man and his three wives?, The Local, September 19, 2017: A Swedish municipality has hit back after it was criticized for offering a man and his three wives housing in apartments bought for more than 13.9 million kronor ($1.75 million) in []

03:29

Trumps U.N. Speech: 10 Important Moments Clarion Project

(Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Trump preparing to speak at the United Nations. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President Trumps speech at the United Nations is being rightly praised, with some even saying it is his best speech as Commander-in-Chief so far. Unlike the 9/11 addresses where the Trump Administration omitted any reference to Radical Islam, this speech punched at the Islamist ideology and was also a powerful, pro-American presentation to the world.

There are 10 sections of special importance:

 

WERE BACK TO DISCUSSING ISLAMISM

President Trump twice mentioned the ideology of Islamism in his address after his administrationin a clearly coordinated decisionomitted any mention of Radical Islam in its 9/11 anniversary addresses. The shift is widely attributed to National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

All responsible nations must work together to confront terrorists and the Islamist extremism that inspires them. We will stop radical Islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation, and indeed to tear up the entire world.

We dont know if this change is due to a...

03:29

Iran decries cowboy Trumps ignorant hate speech at UN Jihad Watch

The Islamic Republic of Iran and the international Left both term honest discussion of the jihad threat and determination to counter it hate speech. Iran Lashes Out at Cowboy Trump After U.N. Speech, by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, September 20, 2017: Senior Iranian leaders verbally attacked President Donald Trump late Tuesday and early Wednesday []

03:24

The Hotwire #5: September 20, 2017 : St. Louis against the cops, Struggalos, & cops kill queer student Scout Schultz CrimethInc.

Listen here. This week we speak with two folks whove been active on the street of St. Louis since white ex-cop Jason Stockley was let off for the murder of black father Anthony Lamar Smith. We also remember Scout Schultz, a 21-year-old queer student organizer killed on Saturday by Georgia Tech police. Theres lots of reports from anti-fascist actions, with a particularly woop-worthy one from the Juggalo March this past weekend in Washington, D.C. At the end we announce some anarchist book fairs and upcoming actions against the alt-right in Berkeley and neo-nazis in Sweden.

03:18

Unmasked: Trump Doctrine vows carnage for new axis of evil The Vineyard of the Saker

North Korea, Iran, Venezuela are targets in compassionate Americas war on the wicked few. Its almost as though Washington felt its hegemony threatened by Pepe Escobar for the Asia Times

03:17

Rouhani defends nuclear deal, calls Trump a 'rogue newcomer' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Hassan Rouhani says he does not think the US will back out of nuclear deal

03:08

Irans President Hassan Rouhani delivers clear and calm rebuttal of Trumps hostile remarks at UN Aletho News

By Adam Garrie | The Duran | September 20, 2017 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has addressed the General Assembly in a short speech that primarily covered Irans foreign policy outlook, its specific goals for peace and an unambiguous warning against anyone who seeks to undermine the 2013 JCPOA (aka the Iran nuclear deal). President Rouhani []

03:05

South Africa converts to Islam plotted jihad attacks on Jewish institutions Jihad Watch

Why shouldnt a convert to Islam become antisemitic? 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 Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allahs power []

03:01

US/Trump & Israel: First official US Military Base Opens Penny for your thoughts

Had this saved from yesterday:
Jewishnews

United States opens first official outpost in the Jewish state, with operations starting on Monday following a ceremony
Meaning the US has unofficial outposts in Israel. Clearly!
The base started operating Monday following a ceremony at the end of last week to inaugurate the facility that included Israeli and American military personnel. It will operate independently from within an Israeli military base in southern Israel that houses an air Defence school, according to the Israel Defence Forces.

Several dozen American soldiers will be stationed at the base.

For the first time the flag of the United States, our most important ally, will be raised in an IDF base, Brigadier Gen. Zvika Haimovich, the IDFs head of Air Defence, said in a statement. This expresses more than anything the long-standing partnership and the strategic commitment between the countries and the armies.

The opening of the base comes a week after a new Iron Dome anti-missile battery became operational.

There is no coincidence between the two events, Haimovich said. They add another layer to the Defence of the State of Israel against the high-trajectory threats that surround us from near and far.

Planning for the U.S. base began two years ago.
It's not a coincidence that planning for this official base began two years ago either!

Ill spare everyone the video available at the link.
Trump Meets Netanyahu via the Press Office. Typical tripe.

President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel met today in New York to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel. The President underscored the unwavering commitment of the United States to Israels security. The two sides discussed their continued cooperation across a range of issues and stressed their goals of countering Irans malign influence in the region and resolving the Syria crisis in a manner consistent with American and Israeli security interests. They also discu...

03:01

Repost- Trump's Presidency: A Dangerous Deception Penny for your thoughts

This was initially posted January 18/2017:

Trump's Presidency: A Dangerous Deception

For some reason this 10 month old post feels very timely. We have the US openly supporting terrorists in Syria- in order to destroy yet another nation.

We have the establishment of an "official" base of operation in Israel along with the new Iron Dome battery becoming operational

I shudder to think where this might be heading.........................

Briefly revisiting the January post:

I wrote about the psychology of influence.
Personally speaking here. I've never been a believer in "the Donald" as the leader of any sort of grassroots/populist movement. Nor do I buy the common presentation of the media being opposed to him. I'm also not a fan of the whole 'deep state' is against Mr Trump. I see the psychology of influence at play. Link
 The response to scarcity is, like the other weapons of influence, often a shortcut which usually pays dividends. And we are prompted to react because a missed opportunity is a loss of freedom.
Donald Trumps Slogan "Make American Great, Again"

American's would loathe the missed opportunity of making America great, again

 ...

03:00

IMFs Lagarde warns US wont meet growth targets amid slow reforms Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde says it will be very difficult for the US to achieve three percent growth, because promised Trump administration reform on taxes and infrastructure have failed to materialize

WASHINGTON (AFP)  IMF chief Christine Lagarde warned Wednesday that the US will fall short of its ambitious economic growth goals unless it can accelerate promised policy changes, including tax reform.The Trump administration has said it will push US growth to three percent annually a rate economists say is unrealistic, given the low US unemployment rate, among other factors.

The International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecast for the US economy this year back to 2.1 percent after reforms expected to boost the activity failed to materialize.

Asked on CBS This Morning if the US could reach its growth target, Lagarde said, We think it is going to be very difficult, yes. Particularly if the reform pace is as slow as it is.

Lagarde noted that there were very strong market expectations early in the calendar year after the elections that tax reform would take place promptly, that massive investment would be made in infrastructure.

However, she said, none of that has materialized at all.

The IMF in January raised its US growth estimates on the expectation of fiscal stimulus and tax reform from the Trump administration, but reverted back to the previous calculations which project the economy will expand by 2.1 percent in 2017 and 2018, down from 2.3 percent and 2.5 percent, respectively.

She said the fund supports tax reform in principle and is prepared to make recommendations to boost growth, create jobs, (and) restore middle-class income in the US.

The fund will publish the revised growth forecasts in its World Economic Outlook in mid-October.

Asked about US President Donald Trumps harsh rhetoric threatening to totally destroy North Korea in a speech to the United Nations, Lagarde said the tone was not helpful.

I think that those issues are so difficult, complicated, that they require a lot of good will, a lot of calm, and a lot of cooperation, and thats where I think that rhetoric does not necessarily help, she said.


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02:53

Trump's Feel Good Moment is Wrong by Publius Tacitus Sic Semper Tyrannis

A boss and mentor that played an important part in my life (he retired from the Marine Corps as a Colonel and had two tours in Vietnam) had a saying that is applies to Donald Trump's speech at the UN...

02:51

Genocidal Trump Blasted for Threatening to Kill 25 Million North Koreans The Anti-Media

Reminder, says one critic of presidents speech to UN General Assembly: threatening to kill 25 million North Koreans because you dont like their leader is threatening to commit genocide.

(COMMONDREAMS For what he said and also for what he refused to mention President Donald Trump was lampooned by progressive critics as he delivered his first ever speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday morning.

While castigating Iran and Venezuela as failed and destabilizing regimes and threatening to totally destroy North Korea if he thinks necessary, Trump acknowledged nothing about the misery sowed by U.S. foreign policy around the world.

For many critics, Trumps war-mongering and bellicositythough a bone to his domestic right-wing baseare enormously counter-productive in terms of reducing global threats and geopolitical tensions.  As Vox reporter Matt Yglesias put it, If you want to know why [North Korea] wants a nuclear deterrent, just read Trumps speech.

In a joint statement following Trumps speech, MoveOn.org, CREDO Action, and Win Without War blasted the remarks:

Donald Trumps first speech to the United Nations General Assembly today and in particular, his remarks about North Korea was nothing short of a complete failure of American leadership. Instead of focusing on efforts to peacefully resolve the crisis surrounding its nuclear program, Trump threatened to totally destroy North Korea.

Its time for this charade to end: We need to stop this slow roll toward a catastrophic war, and work towards defusing the North Korean crisis diplomatically. Trumps U.N. speech represents yet another reckless escalation in the ongoing tit-for-tat between North Korea and the United States that does nothing but edge us closer to nuclear war.

The choice is clear, the groups concluded, either we let Trumps incompetence and bellicosity drive us into a destructive conflict potentially more devastating than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined, or we can focus our efforts on negotiation. The United States and its allies and partners must immediately move toward easing tensions on the Korean peninsula diplomatically, and work toward ending this conflict peacefully. The fate of the region and the world depend on it.

On social media, the presidents critics were swift with their appraisals and condemnation:

02:45

'No torture in Bahraini prisons' claims UK-backed rights group Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Rights groups have dismissed the claims by Bahrains National Institute for Human Rights as 'at odds with reality'

02:43

Listening to the Donald at the UN Aletho News

The Saker Unz Review September 19, 2017 Late this morning, outraged emails started pouring in. My correspondents reported getting sick and having their heart ache. The cause of all that? They had just watched Trumps speech at the UN. I sighed and decided to watch the full speech for myself. Yeah, it was []

02:33

Saudi Arabia to lift ban on internet calls Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The move is designed to boost efforts to attract more business to the kingdom

02:31

Five points on the POTUS speech at the UN Fausta's Blog

Number five, Read the Five points on the POTUS speech at the UN. Related: Trump and the Truth about Communism.

02:31

United opposition threatens half-century father-son rule in Togo Waging Nonviolence

by Patience Nitumwesiga

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Thousands of Togolese protesters dressed in red opposition colors have been flooding the streets of the capital city of Lom over the past month, shouting slogans that have gone unheard for 50 years. Hashtags denouncing dictator Faure Gnassingb continue to circulate across West African social media. Activists young and old, male and female, are still fighting online and offline. Everyone is waiting to see what will happen next, including the regime, which wants Togo to remain the only West African country to have never experienced a democratic transition.

The beginnings of a 50-year dynasty

Shortly after Togos 1960 independence, tienne Eyadma staged a coup and ousted the countrys first elected president, Nicolas Grunitzky. He immediately suspended all constitutional processes and banned all political parties. Five years later, a referendum was held and Eyadma ran unopposed, thereby confirming his rule as president and extending his military reign another seven years until partial civilian governance was allowed in 1979.

Following his self-declaration of power, Eyadma successfully thwarted several coup attempts. In one instance, in 1986, a group of more than 70 armed Togolese dissidents crossed into Lom from Ghana with the intent to overthrow his regime, but state forces thwarted the insurgence. In 1990, riots were sparked by students distributing anti-regime literature. This led to a few months of violent clashes between anti-government activists and security forces, resulting in very little gain for the activists. Three years later, an attempt to assassinate Eyadma was also squelched by Togos military.

Eyadmas ultimate downfall was a heart attack, dying in February 2005 en route to France for medical treatment. Given the more than 15,000 people he killed during his dictatorship, Eyadmas death was hardly a sad event in the history of Togo. Whats more, it led to the ascendance of his son Faure Gnassingb as president.

Since 2005, Gnassingbs government has been characterized by incompetency and the severe repression of dissidents. The health sector has been particularly neglected, with Togos best hospital still lacking running...

02:08

Smiling London Tube jihad suspect used to condemn terrorism Jihad Watch

And anyone who doubted his sincerity would have been denounced as a racist, bigoted Islamophobe. When hes not working he goes to pray at one of the local mosques. Which one? What does it teach? Is it being investigated? Does anyone in Britain know? Does anyone in Britain care? Police seize two Parsons Green bomb []

02:00

Petrodollar Under Attack The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  Once upon a time, the U.S. dollar was backed by the gold standard in a framework that established what was known as the Bretton-Woods agreement, made in 1944. The dollar was fixed to gold at a price of $35 an ounce, though the dollar could earn interest, marking one notable difference from gold.

The system ended up being short-lived, as President Richard Nixon announced that the U.S. would be abandoning the gold standard in 1971. Instead, the U.S. had other plans for the future of global markets.

As the Huffington Post has explained, the Nixon Administration reached a deal with Saudi Arabia:

The essence of the deal was that the U.S. would agree to military sales and defense of Saudi Arabia in return for all oil trade being denominated in U.S. dollars.

This system became known as the Petrodollar Recycling system because countries like Saudi Arabia would have to invest excess profits back into the U.S. It didnt take long for every single member of OPEC to start trading oil in U.S. dollars.

A little-known economic theory, rejected by the mainstream, stipulates that Washingtons stranglehold over financial markets can be at least partially explained by the fact that all oil exports are conducted in transactions involving the U.S. dollar. This relationship between oil and currency arguably gives the dollar its value, as this paradigm requires all exporting and importing countries to maintain a certain stock of U.S. dollars, adding to the dollars value. As Foreign Policy  a magazine that rejects the theory  explains:

It does matter slightly that the trade typically takes place in dollars. This means that those wishing to buy oil must acquire dollars to buy the oil, which increases the demand for dollars in world financial markets.

The term those wishing to buy oil encompasses almost every single country that does not have an oil supply of its own hardly a trivial number. An endless demand for dollars means an endless supply, and the United States can print as much paper as it...

01:56

Interview with Peter Koenig: BRICS Potential and Future in an Emerging New World Economy The Vineyard of the Saker

Based on an interview with Tashreeq Truebody, Radio 786, South Africa Questions Global economy and Brics Peter Koenig Lets put the BRICS in perspective: The BRICS are of course Brazil, Russia,

01:37

Russian Pantsir-S Goes Hunting In Syrian Skies The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/russian-pantsir-goes-hunting-syrian-skies/ Written and produced by SF Team: J.Hawk, Daniel Deiss, Edwin Watson If youre able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldnt be

01:34

Morgan Freeman Declares War on Russia at Rob Reiners Behest Aletho News

Sputnik September 20, 2017 Social media is awash with outrage after Hollywood megastar Morgan Freeman appeared in a propaganda video issued by a newly-established anti-Russian non-profit group, in which he declares Washington is at war with Moscow. Morgan Freeman is an almost universally beloved figure in the West, and his famed golden voice almost universally beloved []

01:30

Hezbollah has 10,000 men facing Israel's Golan, claims commander Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Officer tells MEE battle-hardened force has used US-Russia 'de-escalation' plan in Syria to bolster new front facing Israel

01:20

The US Is Now Bombing Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria at Record Pace The Anti-Media

Trumps delegation to commanders means major escalation.

(ANTIWAR.COM)  Since taking office, President Trump has set two specific trends in US military operations across the Afghan and ISIS wars. Hes talked broad escalation, and hes also granted an ever-growing level of autonomy to military commanders.

Unsurprisingly, this has had a broad impact on the way those wars have been fought, and at this point US airstrikes in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan are all at multi-year highs, with the former two seeing their highest level of strikes in the ISIS war, and Afghanistan at its highest since 2012.

Increased autonomy means less and less obstacles to attacks, and hence more and more attacks. The US seems to believe that more attacks would necessarily improved the wars, though in Afghanistan the situation has continued to worsen throughout this latest escalation.

Officials are claiming this has yielded progress in Iraq, though that appears to simply be a conclusion drawn because the US has progressive increased its airstrikes throughout a period in which Iraqi forces were already retaking territory.

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01:12

'Qexit': Saudi-Qatar rift could tear GCC apart, think tank warns Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Annual survey predicts collapse of Gulf bloc, prospect of war between Israel and Iran, and emergence of more brutal successor to Islamic State

01:03

Fact checking Benjamin Netanyahus General Assembly speech Aletho News

By Adam Garrie | The Duran | September 20, 2017 Yesterday, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before the United Nations in a speech that served as a kind of appendix to Donald Trumps controversial, bellicose declaration that was delivered hours earlier. Both speeches predictably focused on Iran and both leaders told a great deal of []

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Shana Tova Happy New Year! BBC Watch

Wishing all our readers celebrating Rosh HaShana a happy, healthy, peaceful and sweet New Year.

 

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01:00

Britains Theresa May hopes to end cabinet disquiet with Brexit speech Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File / by Alice RITCHIE | Britain and the EU are to restart Brexit negotiations on September 25, but Prime Minister Theresa May is yet to reveal much about what she wants from a deal

LONDON (AFP)  British Prime Minister Theresa May will make an eagerly anticipated Brexit speech in Florence on Friday, seeking to unlock stalled negotiations with Brussels as well as quell divisions in her own cabinet.Six months after beginning the two-year process of withdrawing Britain from the European Union, the Conservative leader has yet to set out in detail what she wants from the divorce.

A fourth round of talks with the European Commission are due to begin on September 25 and the question of Britains financial settlement remains a significant stumbling block.

The lack of clarity was reinforced when Mays foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, laid out his own vision for Brexit in a newspaper article widely viewed as an attempt to force his premiers hand.

A senior official in Brussels said there were high expectations for Mays speech, both on the money and another blocked issue the rights of EU nationals living in Britain after Brexit.

Businesses are also watching closely. The head of the CBI lobby group of business leaders, Carolyn Fairbairn, warned the risks of leaving the EU without a deal felt all too real.

Say what she wants

Without progress in next weeks talks, EU leaders are unlikely to accept Britains request to move the negotiations on to the future trading relationship at their next summit in October.

The onus is on the British to come up with a serious offer to move the talks forward, Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform (CER), told AFP.

Theresa May needs to make a serious offer on the money that she hasnt made so far. And on the transition, she needs to say what she wants.

The Financial Times reported that May would offer to meet Britains commitments under the current EU budget, which runs to 2020, worth 20 billion euros (18 billion, $24 billion).

This would mean continued payments during a transition deal that Britain wants to bridge the gap between Brexit in March 2019 and the implementation of a new trading arrangement.

A major problem for May is that her ministers still disagree on the future shape of Brexit highlighted by Johnsons 4,000-word article in the Daily Telegraph last weekend.

Johnson, a leading voice for Brexit in last years referendum campaign who has long had leadership...

00:59

PA TV: Ariel Sharons birthday wish was that 10 Palestinian children be murdered Jihad Watch

PA TVs Islamic educator, Imad Hamato, taught that former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon would celebrate his birthday by asking Israelis to murder 10 Palestinian children. One hateful and dangerous Palestinian libel is that Israelis murder Palestinians in cold blood, and deliberately target Palestinian children. Lies, lies and more lies. We still cannot grasp it []

00:53

Jews have religious commandment to support Israel and fight BDS American Jewish Committee Mondoweiss

Yesterday I received a fundraising letter from the head of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) saying that the sound of the rams horn in synagogue tonight, marking the new year, is a wake-up call for Jews to support Israel and fight BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign.

The letter completely conflates Judaism and Zionism, religion and state:

This New Year, let the shofars sound serve as a wake-up calla reminder of our responsibility as Jews and a chance to reaffirm our commitment to the Jewish homeland.

Today, nearly 70 years after Israel declared independence, her right to exist still comes under assault. But every day, AJC is countering the campaign to delegitimize Israel.

But what the AJC is saying is very dangerous. The American Jewish Committee is saying that the Jewish religion commands Jews to support the occupation of Palestinian lands and persecution of Palestinians, and oppose equal rights for Palestinians (ideas embedded in BDS). These policies foster hatred of Jews; and the AJC fosters that process by saying these are Jewish commitments.

As I say here often, young Jews reject these ideas. Jewish Voice for Peace, IfNotNow they define Jewishness in non-nationalist ways in the era of Trump. Look at this campaign from IfNotNow targeting Jewish leaders. You Never Told Me about the occupation in Jewish spaces. Theyre angry about that.

Though the AJC isnt interested in young Jews. Its raising money, from older Zionist Jews. No other country has experienced as much international demonization as Israel. Really? What about North Korea, Syria and Iran?

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00:49

A new view on the United Nations Fausta's Blog

I have a post coming up at noon on Pres. Trumps UN speech, but wanted to point out separately a very important point: The purpose of the UN, as delineated in the speech. Elliot Abrams (h/t Just One Minute) explains it (emphasis added), He reminded the delegates that the United Nations was never meant to []

00:49

Syrian Army Liberates Mazbal al-Baqar Village In Eastern Homs (Map)

The Syrian Army and other pro-government factions have liberated Mazbal al-Baqar village in eastern Homs from ISIS. The village is located in the southern part of the ISIS-held pocket east of Homs city.

Syrian Army Liberates Mazbal al-Baqar Village In Eastern Homs (Map)

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00:47

UK: London Tube jihad bomber attended deradicalization program Jihad Watch

The 18-year-old Iraqi refugee suspected of planting the Parsons Green bucket bomb was reported to the governments Prevent de-radicalisation scheme just months ago, it has been claimed. Deradicalization programs are an abject failure. For any rehab program to work, there must be a willingness for the participant to change. Yet jihadis deem themselves to be []

00:41

Breaking: Forced Takeover of Catalan Government Institutions by Spanish Police Ahead of Oct. 1 Vote Antiwar.com Original

I just got of the phone with Josep Maria Sole Sabat, my friend and a leading Catalan historian and public intellectual. He was nothing short of breathless as he described the helicopters flying overhead stated flatly that he was in the the midst of a coup being carried out by the Spanish State. He wanted Continue reading "Breaking: Forced Takeover of Catalan Government Institutions by Spanish Police Ahead of Oct. 1 Vote"

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00:40

US Missile Machinations Undoes Non-Proliferation Efforts Militant Libertarian

September 18, 2017 (Ulson Gunnar NEO) When it comes to nuclear weapons upon the international stage, the general consensus is certainly not the more the merrier. Attempts to limit the number and variety of nuclear weapons and to take measures to avoid the use of those that do exist have been ongoing since the first nuclear weapons were developed at the end of World War 2.

Today, however, one of the several nuclear-armed nations of the world and its behavior has jeopardized the hard-fought progress made toward this goal.

America Reneged After the Cold War 

One of several treaties singed during the later stages of the Cold War included the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABMT). It limited anti-ballistic missile systems to two per country. The reasoning was to hinder anti-missile technology development and leave nuclear-armed nations open to retaliatory attacks should they initiate a nuclear first strike.

The treaty helped further enhance the concept of mutually assured destruction (MAD).  After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, member states upheld the treaty with the United States until 2001 when the United States unilaterally withdrew from it.

The White House in an official statement regarding Americas withdrawal from the treaty, would state:

the United States and Russia face new threats to their security. Principal among these threats are weapons of mass destruction and their delivery means wielded by terrorists and rogue states. A number of such states are acquiring increasingly longer-range ballistic missiles as instruments of blackmail and coercion against the United States and its friends and allies. The United States must defend its homeland, its forces and its friends and allies against these threats. We must develop and deploy the means to deter and protect against them, including through limited missile defense of our territory.

However, the United States would spend the next decade and a half, not developing anti-missile systems aimed at stopping non-existent weapons of mass destruction launched from rogue states, it instead spent that time encircling Russia with anti-missile systems, including those placed in Eastern Europe.

In essence, the United States has begun to fulfill the sum of all fears during the Cold War, that a nuclear armed nation woul...

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Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, September 21, 2017 Bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace Peace and Freedom

Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist
Lectionary: 643

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Saint Matthew and the Angel by Rembrandt
Matthew is often depicted in art as writing his Gospel under the inspiration of an angel

Reading 1 EPH 4:1-7, 11-13

Brothers and sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace:
one Body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.

But grace was given to each of us
according to the measure of Christs gift.

And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,
others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the Body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,
to the extent of the full stature of Christ.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 19:2-3, 4-5

R. (5) Their message goes out through all the earth.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.

Alleluia  See Te Deum

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as Lord;
the glorious company of Apostles praise you.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

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00:11

Released from PA jail, Issa Amro warns online censorship law threatens last line of defense against Israel Mondoweiss

Released from prison a week ago, Issa Amro has jumped right back into work. At a small house atop a hill in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron that acts as the headquarters for Youth Against Settlements (YAS), an organization founded and headed by Amro, he sat gathered in a circle with activists, NGO workers, a lawyer and friends sipping coffee under the shade of trees in the front courtyard of the home.

The topic, as usual, was the Israeli occupationhowever Amro was not released from Israeli custody last week, but rather the Palestinian Authoritys (PA), and he was not arrested for his activism in Hebron, but rather a Facebook post defending a man who he disagrees with politically.

Amro was arrested on Sept. 4, a day after he took to social media criticizing the PA for arresting Ayman al-Qawasmeh, a Palestinian journalist and head of al-Hurriyeh Radio (Freedom Radio) in Hebron, and released a week later.

Issa Amro at the Youth Against Settlement headquarters a few days after he was released from Palestinian Authority jail. (Photo: Mondoweiss/Sheren Khalel)

To be honest I dont have a good relationship with Ayman, Amro said, frankly. I dont agree with him at all, actually when Radio Hurriyeh would call I never agreed to do an interview with them, but for me its about principles journalists should be respectedthe government shouldnt arrest journalists. They shouldnt arrest any Palestinian who has only stated his opinion, its anyones freedom of speech to say that Abu Mazen [Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas] does not represent me, its our freedom, and we have that right. When they arrested Ayman [al-Qawasmeh] they relayed the message that they will arrest other journalists, and that is what theyre doingthats what theyve been doing.

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00:08

U.S. Envoy Haley Says Trump Not Happy With Iran Nuclear Deal Peace and Freedom

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump does not like the Iran nuclear deal, but his speech to the United Nations on Tuesday did not mean that the United States would abandon the pact, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said on Wednesday.

Its not a clear signal that he plans to withdraw. What it is is a clear signal that hes not happy with the deal, Haley told CBS News in an interview.

If Trump does not certify in October that Iran is complying with the agreement, the U.S. Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions waived under the 2015 international accord.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; editing by Grant McCool)


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U.S. Must Suffer Painful Responses From Iran After Trump Speech: Guards Chief Peace and Freedom

BEIRUT The head of Irans Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday that the United States should experience painful responses following President Donald Trumps harsh criticism of Tehran at the United Nations.

In his first speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday Trump called Iran a corrupt dictatorship and accused it of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the Middle East. He also hinted he might not recertify a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran when it comes up for a mid-Oct. deadline.

Taking a definitive stand against Trump is only the beginning of the path, said General Mohammad Ali Jafari, according to Sepah News, the news site of the Revolutionary Guards.

What is strategically important is that America witnesses more painful responses in the actions, behavior and decisions that Iran takes in the coming months.

In recent months, tensions have ramped up between Iran and the United States in the Gulf, with both sides accusing each other of provocative maneuvers with military vessels.

Jafari urged Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to deliver a definitive response to Trump in his speech at the United Nations on Wednesday.

With the successive and exhausting defeats that the Americans have faced in the region from Iran, its natural that their nervous system and coherence of thought have fallen apart, Sepah News quoted Jafari as saying.

In Tuesdays speech, Trump called the 2015 nuclear deal, negotiated between Iran and six world powers, and backed by his predecessor Barack Obama, an embarrassment. Under the deal, Iran agreed to curb its atomic program in return for easing economic sanctions.

(Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh; Editing by Gareth Jones)


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About the humiliation of the Israeli occupation army in South Lebanon in 2006 The Angry Arab News Service/

From the deputy assistant secretary of defense in the Obama administration: "especially since the 34-day war in the summer of 2006 in which it defeated Israel". (thanks Basim)

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America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People OffGuardian

by Lynn Parramore, April 20, 2017, via Institute for New Economic Thinking A new book by economist Peter Temin finds that the U.S. is no longer one country, but dividing into two separate economic and political worlds Youve probably heard the news that the celebrated post-WW II beating heart of America known as the middle class has gone from burdened, to squeezed to dying.  But you might have heard less about what exactly is emerging in its place. In a new book, The Vanishing Middle Class: Prejudice and Power in a Dual Economy, Peter Temin, Professor Emeritus of Economics at MIT, draws a portrait of the new reality in a way that is frighteningly, indelibly clear:  America is not one country anymore. It is becoming two, each with vastly different resources, expectations, and fates. Two roads diverged In one of these countries live members of what Temin calls the FTE sector (named for finance, technology, and electronics, the industries which largely support its growth). These are the 20 percent of Americans who enjoy college educations, have good

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23:56

Last Off Ramp for Korean Peace Ahead! Will the Deep State Let Trump Take It? Newsbud

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Transcript: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Face the Nation, Sept.17, 2017

Why is Shinzo Abe being hosted in Gujarat and not Delhi? Congress asks

Narendra Modi accompanying Shinzo Abe to Sidi Sayyed mosque is an exercise in image makeover for PM

Is Narendra Modi the leader of the worlds largest democracy or the worlds most successful fascist?  Or Both!

Political documentary Major-Country Diplomacy well received in China, abroad

23:55

Why Obama Really Spied on Trump The Counter Jihad Report

Obama had to spy on Trump to protect himself. Front Page Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield, Sept. 20, 2017: Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical left and Continue reading

23:54

Hurricane Maria: Direct Hit Puerto Rico cryptogon.com

Via: Weather.com: Metal roofs were flying off buildings and windows were breaking in San Juan, Puerto Rico even before Hurricane Maria made landfall as a Category 4 storm on the islands southeastern coast early Wednesday morning. According to the Associated Press, nearly 900,000 people were already without power as the storm approached.

23:46

ADC Convention The Angry Arab News Service/

How much the ADC has changed since I came to US in 1983.  It was an expression of the progressive and fiercely pro-Palestinian sentiments of Arab-Americans.  I read that ADC will be given the Hala Salam Maksoud award to Phalange-sympathizer, May Rihani.  Why not give an award to Bashir Gemayyel while you are at it?  Hala Salam was a progressive fiercely pro-Palestinian leader.  Her name should not be associated with Lebanese nationalist Phalange-sympathizers.

23:36

ISIS Defense Collapses Northwest Of Deir Ezzor, Syrian Army Liberates About 100km2 (Maps)

ISIS Defense Collapses Northwest Of Deir Ezzor, Syrian Army Liberates About 100km2 (Maps)

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On Wednesday, the ISIS defense collapsed in an area northwest of Deir Ezzor city, on the western bank of the Euphrates. Government forces, led by units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces, entered the villages of Masrab, Turayf, Buwaytiyah and Tibni as well as the Salim Mount.

Almost no clashes were reported in the area, according to local sources, because a major part of ISIS units had  already withdrawn from there. With this advance, the SAA and its allies liberated about 100km2 and deployed in about 20km from the ISIS strong point of Maadan. Most likely, Maadan remained the only really defended ISIS point northwest of Deir Ezzor city.

ISIS Defense Collapses Northwest Of Deir Ezzor, Syrian Army Liberates About 100km2 (Maps)

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Eearlier on Wednesday, reports appeared that some forces conducted an airdrop operation behind ISIS lines near the Conco Gas Plant on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. So far, it is unclear what side really conducted it. However, the attempt of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to prevent government forces from deploying more forces on the eastern bank flooding the Euphrates with the SDF-controlled dam.

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23:33

2nd Powerful Mexican Quake- Devastating Damage Penny for your thoughts

Pancho Villa has asked that we send prayers and good thoughts to the Mexican people after their 2nd terrible earthquake.  I'm mustering all I have amigo. And surely many others are sending their heart energy your way. Stay strong. Stay safe.

Tragedy comes in so many ways............... 




New Scientist:

Mexico has been rocked by its second big earthquake in less than two weeks and could be hit by more.

The magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico just after 6pm local time on Tuesday. Its epicentre was located 120 kilometres south-east of Mexico City at a depth of 51km.

Dozens of buildings in Mexico City collapsed and over 200 people are reported dead.

The latest tremor came 11 days after a magnitude 8.1 earthquake occurred off the coast of southern Mexico, killing 98 people.

Both quakes were sparked by heightened tension between the Cocos tectonic plate, which borders the western coast of Mexico, and the North American tectonic plate. As the Cocos plate slid underneath its North American neighbour, it fractured in two different places, known as faults.

What happened yesterday was most likely a tearing motion in the subducting Cocos plate, says David Rothery of the Open University in the UK.

The two fractures were several hundred kilometres apart, suggesting the 8 September earthquake did not trigger the 19 September one, says Stephen Hicks at the University of Southampton in the UK. They were both caused by bending and tension in the Cocos plate, but in different ways. The second earthquake was not an aftershock but a separate quake entirely.

It is unclear why the two tectonic plates are currently clashing so violently. The depth of the subduction zone where the Cocos plate is thrusting under the North American plate makes it difficult to assess how the strain is building up, says Hicks.

The danger is that the two tremors will prompt more, says Hicks. Its possible they have increased the stress on nearby faults, he says. I also suspect that the magnitude 7.1 earthquake will have its own aftershock sequence, which of course presents a significant hazard.

According to the US Geological Survey, there have been 19 major earthquakes recorded within a 250km radius of the latest quake. Exactly 32 years ago, on 19 September 1985, a collision between the Cocos and North American plates caused a magnitude 8.0 earthquake that devastated Mexico C...

23:30

Netanyahu, say hi from me to the penguins in Antarctica Mondoweiss

Mr. Netanyahu, what a speech at the UN yesterday.

You opened with a boasting about the Israeli innovation nation, saying that were in the midst of a great revolution, a revolution in Israels standing among the nations, and that this is happening because so many countries around the world have finally woken up to what Israel can do for them. You boasted of having visited six continents in one year, and expressed hope to visit a seventh. This is where you talked about penguins:

I havent yet visited Antarctica, but one day I want to go there too because Ive heard that penguins are also enthusiastic supporters of Israel, you said. You explained that penguins have no difficulty recognizing that some things are black and white, are right and wrong.

You laugh, you said about that joke but Im not laughing. I think you should go to Antarctica. And stay. Hey, maybe you should attempt a Zionist colonization of Antarctica! The Zionist founder Herzl, whom you lauded as our modern Moses in your speech, he wasnt closed to such options! Argentina, Uganda why not Antarctica?? Look, I think it wouldnt be that silly really, because the colonized penguins they wouldnt resist. And if you gave them loads of fish well, hell, they might even begin to sing Hatikva, the Zionist national anthem!

Those Penguins, they would completely know whats what. Black and white. Obey get a fish. Resist no fish. Nowadays you are congratulating the far right Decision Plan for annexing the West Bank, which is also black and white: Accept Apartheid, leave, or face the wrath of Israel. Palestinians might not like this, they might prove difficult. Penguins will be much easier. Fish will do the trick. Theyll stay, and you can become the Caesar of the Caesar penguins! It will be glorious!

Having quoted Isaiah with I have made you a light unto the nations, you noted that Israels light is shining across the continents, bringing hope and salvation to the ends of the earth. Alas, not to the Palestinians.

Why save the whole earth, Netanyahu? Why not just save the penguins? They will love you for it! And we probably wont have to hear more drivel from you at the UN and many other places.

You also used the light unto the nations notion in relation to Iran, sending a message the Ayatollah Khemenei: The light of Israel will never be extinguished. Its kind of weird, because your own official government transcript put a Hebrew biblical quote to go with that Nezah Israel Lo Yeshaker, which is from I Samuel 15:29, and it translates t...

23:29

Activists Are Documenting the Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar but FB Is Censoring Their Posts The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA)  Facebook is silencing Rohingya activists based in Burma (also known as Myanmar) and in Western countries, the Daily Beast reports. According to the report, Facebook has been removing posts documenting incidents of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people, and these Facebook users are frequently having their accounts suspended or taken down.

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority in Burma who have faced extraordinary persecution from the Buddhist majority. The Rohingya, among others, are not even allowed to vote in Burmese elections, though E.U. observers still praise the transparency and the credibility of the countrys elections to date.

The violence has been intensifying in recent weeks. A top U.N. official described a renewed offensive by the Burmese military as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. Residents attempting to flee the violence have allegedly been encircled and told by local Buddhists to leave or we will kill you all.

Why Facebook would feel the need to censor this behavior is unclear considering many world leaders with notorious human rights abusing relationships, such as the U.K.s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, have publicly spoken out against the violence currently taking place. Boris Johnson is the same man who said that if the U.K. didnt sell arms to Saudi Arabia currently waging a war of aggression in Yemen rife with banned munitions and criminal acts someone else would.

Despite this open condemnation of what is taking place in Burma right now, Facebook has decided to censor individual users who attempt to bring to light the true horror of whats happening on the ground.

Users shared with the Daily Beast screenshots of posts...

23:25

Political divisions among Turkeys Kurds resurface over referendum Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Despite widespread popular support among the Kurds in Turkey for the Kurdish referendum, political parties are divided on the matter

23:23

Trumps UN speech most atrocious by a US pres. Wilkerson The Vineyard of the Saker

Note by the Saker: In my commentary to Trumps speech yesterday I wrote in a sidebar There are plenty of highly-educated officers in the US armed forces who understand history

23:14

"The Vietnam War" - Documentary Or Epic Of Fiction? Moon of Alabama

Arte TV yesterday showed the first parts of The Vietnam War by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. It also runs on PBS. The first three parts of the ten part "documentary" are a whitewash of the motives of the politicians...

22:51

Journalistieke Integriteit van Peter Vandermeersch stan van houcke

Dit schreef twee weken geleden Peter Vandermeersch, de Vlaamse hoofdredacteur van NRC Handelsblad, ter verdediging van Oscar Garschagen:

Het spreekt voor zich dat de hoofdredactie van NRC erg betreurt dat een gewezen medewerker van NRC op deze manier de naam van een ervaren en goed ingevoerde correspondent en de naam van de krant door het slijk probeert te halen. In de mate van het mogelijke verzamelt Oscar intussen oude notities en aantekeningen om de beweringen van zijn gewezen assistent nog meer in detail te weerleggen.

Ive fired my boss today and Im proud of this decision, zo besluit Zhang Chaoqun zijn blog. Ook die bewering klopt vanzelfsprekend niet.

https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2017/09/05/over-de-journalistieke-integriteit-van-onze-correspondent-in-china-a1572264

'Ook die bewering' blijkt nu 'vanzelfsprekend' wel degelijk te kloppen.


Boven: Oscar (links), met n van de 1,4 miljard Chinezen. Onder: En Vlaming: Peter Vandermeersch, voormalige baas van Oscar.



22:46

China jabs back at Trumps barb over South China Sea Peace and Freedom

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AFP | US President Donald Trump addresses the General Assembly
BEIJING (AFP)  Beijing hit back Wednesday at US President Donald Trumps veiled criticism of its territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea, countering that the United States was a greater threat to sovereignty.In his speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump decried threats to sovereignty in Ukraine and the resource-rich South China Sea, without explicitly mentioning Russia or China.

We must uphold respect for law, respect for borders, and respect for culture, and the peaceful engagement these allow, Trump said.

China asserts sovereignty over almost all of the strategically vital waters in the face of rival claims from its Southeast Asian neighbours, and has rapidly turned reefs into artificial islands capable of hosting military planes.

The United States has conducted three freedom of navigation operations near islands held by China to challenge Beijings maritime claims since Trump took office in January.

For some time now, some countries have used the pretext of freedom of navigation to bring their planes and fleets near the South China Sea, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Wednesday.

Actually, I think this is behaviour that has threatened the sovereignty of South China Sea countries, Lu told a regular news briefing.

Lu said the situation in the sea has been cooling down thanks to efforts by China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

I hope that this situation can be respected by relevant countries, he said.

The spokesman also called for restraint in response to Trumps warning that he will totally destroy North Korea if it threatens the US or its allies.

Lu reiterated Beijings call for efforts to bring the nuclear issue back to the right track of peaceful settlement through dialogue and consultation.


22:30

Yoda: Post-Google Internet? Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA) Public Intelligence Blog

Tip of the Hat to Alert Reader.

An alternative (post-Google) Internet appears to be emerging.  It is called the Recursive InterNetwork Architecture. It is more secure and reliable than the current internet which is based on the TCP/IP protocol suite. Dr. John Day of Boston University discovered/invented it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recursive_InterNetwork_Architecture_(RINA)

http://rina.tssg.org/docs/RINA_poster_A1-v2.pdf

http://csr.bu.edu/rina/

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22:27

Bahrain, Israel and the ultimate faithwash scam Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

There was a celebration of Bahraini religious tolerance, co-sponsored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, last week in Los Angeles. What would Bahraini Shias think about that?

22:21

NRC Nep Nieuws uit China stan van houcke


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22:20

Cameroon uses anti-terror law to silence critical press Committee to Protect Journalists

New York, September 20, 2017--Cameroon's broadly worded anti-terror law is being used by authorities to arrest and threaten local journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists found in a report released today. The report, "Journalists Not Terrorists: In Cameroon, anti-terror legislation is used to silence critics and suppress dissent," finds that despite a presidential decree ending legal proceedings against at least four journalists, the law that was used against them is still in place as next year's elections approach.

22:15

Berto Jongman: Russia Considers Internet of Energy Public Intelligence Blog

Berto Jongman

The Russian Center for Strategic Research suggested creating the Internet of Energy to unite energy producers and consumers in different ways.

MOSCOW (Sputnik)  Russias Center for Strategic Research (CSR) proposed in a Wednesday report to create an energy research agency similar to the US Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

22:12

Donald Trump took aim at North Korea, terrorism, China and Iran in blunt United Nations speech Peace and Freedom

By Zoe Daniel  Analysis
ABC News (Australia)

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The United Nations General Assembly has been given a double dose of Donald Trump unfiltered.

Yes, the tone was relatively measured, but the language used was characteristically blunt.

Its something rarely seen in the centre of global diplomacy, and while several people would have helped write the speech theres no doubt it reflected the Presidents core views.

Our Governments first duty is to its people, to our citizens to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values, he said, pushing US sovereignty.

As President of the United States, I will always put America first.

And then he went on the attack.

The scourge of our planet today is a small group of rogue regimes that violate every principle on which the United Nations is based, Mr Trump told the UN.

First in his sights, North Korea

The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea, Mr Trump said.

Kim Jong Un will struggle to shake this moniker

Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.

China, and others, got a shake for trading with the regime

It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with...

22:08

Journalists Not Terrorists Committee to Protect Journalists

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Journalists Not Terrorists Committee to Protect Journalists

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About This Report

This report was written and researched by CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal. Jonathan Rozen, CPJs Africa Research Associate contributed research.

22:00

Kenya court blames electoral commission over annulled election Peace and Freedom

Kenyas Supreme Court has delivered scathing criticism of the election boards conduct during last months botched presidential vote. The opposition claims the poll was manipulated to help President Kenyatta win.

Kenya's Supreme Court judges

The Nairobi court handed down a detailed judgment on Wednesday explaining why it nullified the victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the August election.

Reading out the statement, Judge Philomena Mwilu described disturbing, if not startling, revelations about the performance of the countrys Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

President Kenyatta was named winner of the August 8 election, officially winning 54 percent of the vote. The Supreme Court nullified the result earlier this month, citing irregularities, after opposition leader Raila Odinga filed a petition claiming the electoral commissions computers were hacked to skew the outcome.

The court has set a new election date for October 17.

Allegations of hacking

Addressing the court, Judge Mwilu said the electoral body had refused to comply with court orders to open its computer servers, saying this suggested that opposition claims of tampering could be true.

Our order of scrutiny was a golden opportunity for the IEBC to place before the court evidence to debunk the petitioners claim, she said. Failure by the board to do as ordered must be held against it.

She added that the court was left with no choice but to determine that the election commissions system was infiltrated and compromised and the data therein interfered with, or IEBC officials themselves interfered with the data, or it had bungled the transmission system and were unable to verify the data.

Mwilu also said it appeared the board did not have all the necessary tally forms, with thousands unaccounted for, at the time they announced official results. The [board] cannot therefore be said to have verified the results, she noted.

The IEBC blamed network failures for missing and delayed tally forms, with some polling stations unable to scan and send the documents on time. But the judges rejected this excuse, saying officials should hav...

21:55

Qatars Sheikh Tamim takes Gulf crisis to global audience Peace and Freedom

Qatars emir appeals to world leaders before meeting US President Trump on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

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Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York on September 19, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

United Nations, New York City  Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani used the pulpit of the UN General Assembly to attack the four neighbours that have imposed a blockade against it, accusing them of terrorism-like behaviour.

Sheikh Tamim also met privately US President Donald Trump at the annual diplomatic session in New York on Tuesday as Qatar sought to win international support in its 106-day-old spat with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt.

The emir blasted the unjust blockade as a betrayal from his neighbours that had ultimately failed to bring Qatar to its knees and to capitulate to a total tutelage to be imposed on it.

The blockade aimed to pressure Qataris via foodstuffs, medicine and ripping off consanguineous relations to force them change their political affiliation to destabilise a sovereign country, he said in a 22-minute address from the UNs iconic marble rostrum.

Isnt this one of the definitions of terrorism? Sheikh Tamim asked.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke in the same UN session after Sheikh Tamim and showed support...

21:49

Map Update: Military Situation In Central Syria As Government Forces Push Against ISIS In Deir Ezzor

This map provides a general look at the military situation in central Syria as government forces are rapidly advancing against ISIS in the province of Deir Ezzor. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have crossed the Euphrates River and are now developing momentum on its eastern bank.

Map Update: Military Situation In Central Syria As Government Forces Push Against ISIS In Deir Ezzor

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21:48

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Zoals ik al schreef: (een Demo in Utrecht vorig jaar van de Witte Helmen)
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21:46

Hurricane Maria Has Begun Its Potentially Catastrophic Hit on Puerto Rico Islands strongest landfall since the Great Depression Peace and Freedom

September 20, 2017

Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, is now making a potentially catastrophic landfall in Puerto Rico, the islands strongest landfall since the Great Depression, while it continues to lash the Virgin Islands.

(MORE: Hurricane Central | Maria Lashes Dominica With Mind-Boggling Devastation)

Happening Now

The eyewall of Maria is now carving through eastern Puerto Rico, including the island of Vieques. In advance of the eyewall, the National Weather Service issued a extreme wind warnings for several eastern Puerto Rico municipalities.

(INTERACTIVE: Latest Virgin Islands/Puerto Rico Radar)


Current Radar, Winds

Here are a sampling of peak wind gusts seen so far in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as of early Wednesday morning:

  • Western St. Croix, Virgin Islands: 137 mph (sustained winds of 106 mph)
  • Yabucoa (WeatherFlow station): 113 mph
  • Gurabo: 103 mph
  • Fajardo: 100 mph
  • San Juan: 91 mph
  • St. Thomas, Virgin Islands: 86 mph

Flash flood warnings have also been issued in much of eastern Puerto Rico. At least a half dozen river gauges reported levels above flood stage already, with more heavy rain moving in.

(MORE: NWS Current P.R. River Flood Status)

The National Weather Service office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, warned of catastrophic damage from Marias winds, as well as life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible devastating impacts in a hurricane local statement issued Wednesday morning.

Maria will be the strongest Puerto Rico landfall since a Category 4 September 1932 hurricane.

Prior to both Irma...

21:40

Overview Of Military Situation In Northern Hama On September 19-20, 2017 (Map, Photo, Video)

Overview Of Military Situation In Northern Hama On September 19-20, 2017 (Map, Photo, Video)

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On September 19, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies launched a large-scale military operation against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) in northern Hama. The main Hayat Tahrir al-Sham(HTS)-led attack took place in Maan. However, fierce clashes also took place near al-Tulaysian.

By September 19 evening, the SAA and the NDF, supported by the Tiger Forces and the Russian Aerospace Forces, had repelled the attack on Maan. However, militants entered Tulaysiyah, Ash Shata, Tel Al-Aswad and Al-Qahira. In total, about 40 militants were killed.

Militants also lost 2 battle tanks, including a Russian-made T-90 battle tank operated by HTS. This tank was seized by government forces during an active phase of the anti-HTS campaign in northern Syria.

Pro-HTS media blamed Russian attack helicopters and warplanes as well as a lack of support from the moderate opposition explaining casualties. According to pro-HTS sources, government forces had lost up to 30 fighters.

On September 20, an intense fighting continued in the villages of Tulaysiyah, Ash Shata, Tel Al-Aswad and Al-Qahira where government forces were attempting to re-gain the initiative.

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21:25

The Largest Israeli Maneuver: The Mission Has Failed! Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Yehya Dbouk 20-09-2017 | 07:34 Israels claims that it is able to defeat Hezbollah in the next war received a slap from within following a leaked report released by the Knessets Foreign Affairs and [Defense] Committee. The report was described as very dangerous, revealing gaps in the readiness and preparedness of the Israeli army. The []

21:13

Venezuela's Rebellion against the Petrodollar , by Manlio Dinucci Voltaire Network

Washington's decision to tie a noose round the neck of Venezuela's economy (presented as sanctions for notional crimes) is effectively preventing Caracas from allowing its oil to flow to allies of the U.S.A.. The knock on effect: from now on, Venezuela will export its oil to China. By doing so, Venezuela's contracts will no longer be established in dollars but the yuan. This will soon threaten the supremacy of the US currency and, clearly, the US economy. So now, the party that thought it had the key to the prison door, is held hostage in the cell.

21:12

Kenya Supreme Court Says Why It Nixed Poll Peace and Freedom

The Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya The Latest on the judgment by Kenyas Supreme Court describing why it annulled the results of the August presidential election. (all times local):

1:10 p.m.

Kenyas police tear gassed opposition and ruling party supporters outside the Supreme Court as it delivered its full judgment Wednesday on why it annulled President Uhuru Kenyattas re-election in August.

The court annulled Kenyattas victory in the August 8 election saying there were irregularities and illegalities. It made the decision in response to opposition leader Raila Odingas petition challenging the official results that Kenyatta won with 54 percent of the vote. The electoral commission has set Oct. 17 as the date for a fresh election.

Opposition supporters and ruling party supporters gathered outside the Supreme Court and started jeering and pushing each other, threatening violence, said a witness. Cyrus Okemwa, who was among the opposition supporters, said a swarm of bees first attacked the demonstrators followed by police tear gas.

There was push between or among the supporters outside the court and all over a sudden bees attacked and tear gas came from police, Okemwa said.

Kenyas Chief Justice David Maraga said Tuesday that since the September 1 judgment nullifying the election results, there have been attempts to intimidate judges. Kenyatta has called the Supreme Court judges crooks and warned of unspecified action against the judiciary if he is re-elected next month. Kenyattas supporters demonstrated outside the Supreme Court Tuesday ahead of the full judgment on Wednesday.

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AP journalist Tom Odula contributed to this report

 


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21:00

Map Update: Military Situation In Western Anbar After Liberation Of Rayhannah From ISIS

Map Update: Military Situation In Western Anbar After Liberation Of Rayhannah From ISIS

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The article is provided by Islamic World News exclusively for SouthFront

On Tuesday morning, Iraqi forces launched a military operation to liberate al-Rayhannah, Anah, Rawa and Al-Qaim in the province of Anbar.

So far, the Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Uits (PMU) have liberated al-Rayhannah town and they are now 500 meters away from Anah town.

The both towns are located on the strategic Deir Ezzor-Baghdad highway that is vital for inreasing the cooperation between Syria and Iraq in their joint effort against ISIS.

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20:55

Stronger Global Relations Require Business Leadership Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

The private sector can repair and strengthen ties that public officials have allowed to fray.
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By Michael R. Bloomberg
September 20, 2017, 5:00 AM EDT
Problem-solvers wanted.

 Photograph: Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images

As attention focuses on the UN General Assembly in New York, its important to remember that in a global economy, Americas relationship with the world does not depend solely on the state of politics along Pennsylvania Avenue. The ties that bind nations together today are deeply connected to trade and investment. Diplomatic relations are often grounded in economic relations, and while chief executives are not diplomats, they can be voices for cooperation on a wide range of issues in which the private sector can play a constructive role, from security to climate change. That dialogue cannot replace official diplomatic channels, but it can help affirm Americas commitment to our allies in concrete ways. Actions taken by private companies can often carry more weight than words spoken (or tweeted) by public officials.

Since January, the Trump administration has been signaling a retreat from the institutions that have played a central role in preserving world order and advancing economic progress over the past seven decades. The presidents failure to affirm Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty at last springs NATO summit, his decision to pull out of the UNs Paris climate agreement, his proposed cuts to foreign aid, and his snail-paced filling of the highest-ranking State Department positions have left world leaders questioning Americas commitment to global engagement. They have also diminished the ability of the U.S. to exercise soft power.

It is my hope, and the hope of many business leaders in both parties, that the Trump administration will reverse course and recognize that the U.S. is stronger as a nation when it leads on the global stage, including through international institutions, than it is when it retreats from it. But we are not holding our breath. Inst...

20:46

Philippines: Lawmakers Believe they are Above The Law Peace and Freedom

EDITORIAL

Lawmakers craft laws so they should set the example in obeying the law. House Majority Leader Rodolfo Farias has a different idea: he wants to put lawmakers above the law and enjoy immunity from having their vehicles pulled over for traffic violations.

The law in fact provides immunity from arrest for minor infractions such as traffic violations for lawmakers while Congress is in session. As several senators pointed out yesterday, however, the privilege does not extend to lawmakers chauffeurs. How many congressmen drive their own cars?

One of the most popular moves of Benigno Aquino III during his presidency was to ban the use of sirens or wangwang by everyone except police, military and firefighting vehicles, ambulances and similar conveyances. VIPs had to make do with using their security escorts to part traffic by blocking the paths of lesser mortals. Farias and several of his colleagues must be missing the pre-Aquino full VIP treatment

People who spend up to six hours a day stuck in traffic are inevitably outraged. Farias reminder the other day to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority about lawmakers exemption from traffic apprehensions fueled earlier calls to give members of Congress an annual salary of just P1,000 each. Taxpayers are paying for the upkeep of lawmakers vehicle convoys and security escorts, apart from the millions in salaries and perks.

Some congressmen reportedly supported Farias reminder because the doors of the House are now being closed to latecomers during session days an average of three times a week.

If traffic is heavy, lawmakers might want to take public transportation to work. Not Uber or Grab, which lawmakers are trying to eradicate, thanks to a powerful lobby, but jeepneys, buses and the light railway services. They should hope the trains wont suffer a glitch and a fire wont break out under their seats. Riding a jeepney, they might finally realize the urgency of improving the mass transportation system.

The other option is that if there is a possibility of being late, lawmakers must leave early to ensure that they reach their destination on time.

Its wh...

20:45

Google offers to take food pictures for me OffGuardian

by Denis Churilov, September 20, 2017 You know youre boring when even the NSA doesnt bother collecting data on you. I feel sorry for the large IT-corporations, though.  Unlike government agencies, I give them my personal information voluntarily just by using their services, so they HAVE TO store and analyse it all (regardless of whether they want to) to find patterns for target advertisements (not that there is much variety in the data about my life just saying). Whenever I go to a local restaurant, Google Search app notices it through GPS-tracking and offers me to take pictures and write a review.  So thoughtful of it.  It always knows what Im up to and what Im about to have (pfff, as if Im impressed by it; the staff in all local fast-food stores know me by my name and what Im going to order at any given day of the week too).  Im wondering when will my phone start sending me notifications saying something like What?  Nados?  This place again?  Really?  Denis, have you ever

20:45

Whatever Happened to America? Strategic Culture Foundation

When I was born America was a nation. Today it is a diversity country in which various segments divided by race, gender, and sexual preference, preach hate toward other segments. Currently white heterosexual males are losing in the hate game, but once hate is unleashed it can turn on any and every one...

20:43

PUTNEY DEBATES 2017 Veterans For Peace UK

Dissent and Debate in the Armed Forces Saturday 28 October 2017 1200-1600 St Marys Church High Street Putney London SW15 1SN This October VFP UK will be hosting the first of a series of debates on the concept of democracy, debate and dissent in the Armed Forces and the impact on our society and history. []

20:31

Trumps North Korea talk counterproductive: analysts say Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP / by Kelly MACNAMARA | US President Donald Trump addresses the General Assembly
SEOUL (AFP)  With his threats to totally destroy North Korea, Donald Trump is playing into Pyongyangs hands by offering justification for a nuclear weapons programme it insists is for self-defence, analysts say.The US leader used his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly to deliver a blistering warning to Pyongyang, after it tested its sixth and largest nuclear bomb and responded to new sanctions by launching its longest-ever missile flight over Japan.

Trump said Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.

If the US is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

Far from persuading Kim to give up his drive for nuclear weapons, analysts said Trumps speech could have the opposite effect.

With those words, President Trump handed the Kim regime the soundbite of the century, said Marcus Noland at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

It will play on a continuous loop on North Korean national television as proof that Pyongyang needs an effective deterrent against what it views as American aggression.

Joel Wit, senior fellow at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, said despite the bluster, it was far from clear that Washington was ready to pay the human price for a conflict.

But he added Trump was a wildcard and its hard for anyone to figure out when he is serious and when he isnt.

The US has 28,500 US troops stationed in the South, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War which ended in a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty.

Aside from the burgeoning nuclear threat, North Korean artillery bristles on the tense frontier, putting nearby Seoul and its millions of inhabitants in the crosshairs of conventional and chemical weapons.

Japan and its megacities are also within easy reach of Pyongyangs missiles.

Any US attack would risk massive retaliation with a potentially catastrophic loss of life.

Earlier this year Trumps former chief adviser Steve Bannon told The American Prospect: Theres no military solution, forget it.

Trumps comments probably sound to North Korean ears like empty threats, said Wit.

I suspect they think they are going to prove (Trump) to be a pap...

20:30

Venezuela to End US Dollar-Denominated Oil Deals, Currency Exchanges Geopolitics Alert

Puebla, MX (VNA The Venezuelan government moved this week to phase out the use of US dollars in oil deals and official currency exchanges.

The Venezuelan government moved this week to phase out the use of US dollars in oil deals and official currency exchanges.

President Nicolas Maduros government has ordered oil traders to use other international currencies such as the euro in any crude oil deals, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. According to the report, the government has ordered traders to halt all payments denominated in US dollars, while state oil firm PDVSA has asked joint venture partners to convert existing holdings to euros. The claims were based on interviews with unnamed government officials, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Maduro administration hasnt publicly announced such a decision, though in recent weeks top government officials have argued the country should move away from the dollar.

Related: Venezuela Investigates Opposition Figure Over Crates Of Cash

The market is dominated by transactions with the US dollar, and we must develop other ways to conduct international transactions, Finance Minister Ramon Lobo told state broadcaster VTV over the weekend.

We must resort to other convertible currencies: the euro, the [Chinese] yuan, the pound sterling, he said.

Then on Thursday, Lobo announced the governments foreign currency auctions will start offering buyers currencies such as the euro and Russian rouble.

We are making the technical and technological adjustments so that Dicom, which is our main space for auctioning currencies, develops towards [currencies] other than the dollar, he told teleSUR.

The announcement was made amid reports the governments main currency auction system, Dicom, had abruptly stopped selling dollars. Lobo confirmed the auction house had been closed, but said it will restart operations soon.

Once the technological adjustments are completed and authorized exchange traders are able to exchange in the currencies we are going to work with, we will open the Dicom again but not in dollars, but in other currencies, he said.

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Medias Instinct to Rehabilitate the Powerful Has Not Changed Under Trump Geopolitics Alert

New York (FAIR When Stephen Colbert introduced a surprise guest at the end of his Emmys opening monologue on Sunday night, the audience didnt seem to expect to see former Trump administration press secretary Sean Spicer. The Late Nighthost shocked most of the crowdVeep actress Anna Chlumsky was particularly amazedwith the selection of one of comedys favorite targets of the last year.

Colbert brought on Spicer, complete with the rolling press office podium that Melissa McCarthy made famous in her Saturday Night Live impression, to mock President Donald Trump. From the New York Times transcript:

SPICER: This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period. Both in person and around the world.

COLBERT: Wow, that really soothes my fragile ego. I can understand why you would want one of these guys around.

As the night went on, pictures emerged on social media of Spicer enjoying himself backstage and at parties. Spicer was photographed schmoozing with late night hosts Seth Meyers and James Corden (the latter was caught giving Spicer a kiss on the cheek), actor Alec Baldwin (who won an Emmy for his performance on Saturday Night Live mocking Spicers former boss) and other entertainment industry figures. By Monday night, Late Night With Stephen Colbert was using the gag in sponsored posts on Facebook. It was quite the turnaround for Spicer, whose reputation for lying in service of the president included downplaying the Holocaust and defending the administrations Muslim ban.

Related: George W. Bush Now On Right Side Of Press Corpss Nostalgia Machine

Given Spicers recent history representing Trump, reaction to the joke decidedly mixed. On Monday morning, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni (9/18/17) frowned on the whole affair, writing that Colbert abetted Spicers image overhaul and probably upped Spicers speaking fees by letting him demonstrate what a self-effac...

20:29

SDF Seized Grain Storage From ISIS In Raqqah, Claims 80% Of City Is Liberated (Map)

SDF Seized Grain Storage From ISIS In Raqqah, Claims 80% Of City Is Liberated (Map)

A look at the Grain Storage in Raqqah. Source: sdf-press.com

On Monday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seized the a grain storage area in the central part of Raqqah from ISIS, according to the SDF media wing. The SDF as well as the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) released photos  of the area confirming this claim.

According to the YPG, clashes are still ongoing in the area amid the continued  advance of the SDF. Despite this advance, parts of Ramelah and Tishrin neighborhoods remain contested.

A pro-opposition media outlet known as the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) claimed that the ISIS defense fully collapsed in central Raqqah and that the battle will be finished in few days. However, this claim is very questionable.

20:27

200,000 Israelis expected in Kurdistan once independence is declared Voltaire Network

According to the magazine Israel-Kurd based in Erbil, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and Massoud Barzani, the self-appointed President of the future independent Kurdistan, have reached a secret agreement. Tel-Aviv is committed to installing 200 000 Israelis of Kurdish origin in Kurdistan. The announcement has been widely repeated in the Turkish, Iranian and Arab press. The plan to create a South Sudan and a Kurdistan has been an Israeli military objective following (...)

20:24

For H.R. McMaster, Hezbollah is no terrorist Voltaire Network

According to Israeli TV's Channel 10, the Israeli delegation's interview with the National Security Adviser, General H.R. McMaster, in August 2017, did not go very well [1]. The General rejected Tel-Aviv's requests to push the Hezbollah and the Iranian forces as far away as possible. During the interview, General H.R. McMaster probably declared that the Hezbollah was not a terrorist organization but a Resistance Network. Israel is imputing to Hezbollah a large number of terrorist acts (...)

20:22

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: Fix or Nix Iran Nuclear Deal Those that threaten us with annihilation put themselves in mortal peril Peace and Freedom

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BY HERB KEINON, JPOST.COM STAFF
 SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 23:10

In Farsi, tells Iranians: You are Israels friends

PM: Iran risks mortal peril by threatening Israel, fix or nix nuclear deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, September 19, 2017. (photo credit:REUTERS/LUCAS JACKSON)

NEW YORK Fix it or nix it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, telling the world body that Israels policy on the Iranian nuclear deal is simple: Change it or cancel it.

Netanyahus speech began with enumerating Israels diplomatic breakthroughs, and how the country has significantly improved its relations with many countries because of what it has to offer in terms of technology and anti-terrorism expertise, and ended with a warning that it would not tolerate Irans efforts to establish permanent bases on Israels borders or open new terrorist fronts against Israel in Syria.

Those that threaten us with annihilation put themselves in mortal peril, he said. Israel will defend itself with the full force of our arms and the full power of our convictions.

Netanyahu recalled his ardent opposition to the 2015 nuclear deal and those who said it would somehow moderate Iran.

I strongly disagree, he said.

I warned that when the sanctions will be removed, Iran would behave like a hungry tiger unleashed.

Not join the community of nations, but devouring the nations one after the other.

That is precisely what I...

20:21

When UN Gardens are visited by the olive green, by Jorge Wejebe Cobo Voltaire Network

In UN headquarters in New York, there was really not much the Secretary General, Dag Hammarskjold, could say in response to Fidel Castro, Cuba's Prime Minister, as he was setting out to camp in the gardens of the UN building. This was Fidel's response to a hotel in New York City refusing to let him and his country's delegation to the 15th Session of the General Assembly, continue to stay there.

20:17

Return to authoritarianism: An initial autopsy of Tunisia's 'democratic transition' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

After a two-year odyssey and despite protests, Tunisia's 'reconciliation law' passed last week, revealing just how faulty the notion of democratic transition in the country always was

20:15

Ban on Kaspersky Software: Hypocrisy of US Internet Agenda Strategic Culture Foundation

On September 18, the US Senate voted to ban the use of products from the Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab by the federal government, citing national security risk. The vote was included as an amendment to an annual defense policy spending bill approved by the Senate on the same day. The measure pushed forward by New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen has strong support in the House of Representatives, which also must vote on a defense spending bill. The legislation bars the use of Kaspersky Lab software in government civilian and military agencies.

20:13

Netanyahu Vows to Curb Iran in U.N. Speech Peace and Freedom

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly that his country would act to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military presence in Syria, the same day the Israeli military said it shot down an Iranian-made drone.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US, September 19, 2017. (photo credit REUTERS-LUCAS JACKSON)

By Rory Jones
The Wall Street Journal

TEL AVIVIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday told the United Nations General Assembly that his country would act to prevent Iran from establishing a permanent military presence in Syria, the same day the Israeli military said it shot down an Iranian-made drone.

Echoing a speech by U.S. President Donald Trump, the Israeli leader also lambasted the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, telling the group of nations to fix or nix the agreement.

Those who threaten us with annihilation put themselves in mortal peril, Mr. Netanyahu told the U.N., in a direct message to Iran.

Earlier Tuesday, the Israeli military said it had downed an unmanned aerial vehicle with a Patriot missile-defense system over the Golan Heights after it came near but failed to reach Israeli-controlled airspace.

The drone took off from the Syrian capital of Damascus on a reconnaissance mission for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the military said.

There was no immediate response to Israels claim about the downed drone from Hezbollah or the Syrian regime.

Israeli soldiers maneuver tanks and armored personnel carriers during the last day of military exercises in the northern part of the Golan Heights earlier this month. Israel on Tuesday said it shot down an Iranian-made drone over the Golan Heights.Photo: jalaa marey/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

The incident is the latest point of tension between Israel and the Iran-backed Syrian regime and Hezbollah. It comes as both sides amp up hostile rhetoric and talk of a future war.

In his speech at the U.N., Mr. Netanyahu criticized the Iranian nuclear deal as it sets a time frame for winding down, after which Israel fears Tehran will be able to accelerate the development of nuclear weapons.

The greater danger is not that Iran will rush to a single bomb by breaking the deal but that Iran will be able to build many bombs by keeping the deal, he said.

Mr. Trump, in his own sp...

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Donald Trump UN speech: Typical rhetoric raises tensions with North Korea and Iran Presidential rhetoric scholars evaluate Peace and Freedom

In his first UN address, US President Donald Trump has mocked North Koreas leader and threatened to totally destroy his country. He also took aim at Iran, but left one key question open. Michael Knigge reports.

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York (Getty Images/AFP/T.A. Clary)

When President Donald Trump is on the speakers roster, the audience can be pretty sure it will get a solid dose of his famous rhetoric and manner regardless of the location and the nature of the address.

And Trumps much anticipated maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New Yorkdid not disappoint. The president delivered several lines of what can only be described as typical Trumpisms.

The one that will likely be quoted most is calling North Koreas leader rocket man, like he had done previously in one of his Twitter tirades. He further asserted that Kim Jong Un was on a suicide mission. Trump also threatened to totally destroy North Korea if it continued with its nuclear arms development.

In a manner not common for a US president, he went on to tell the assembled global leaders that some parts of the world are going to hell.

I have not heard a president referring to a foreign leader with a phrase like rocket man, said Mary Stuckey, a presidential rhetoric scholar at Pennsylvania State University. This is concerning, she noted, especially since it was said in conjunction with a threat to annihilate North Korea at the main body devoted to international cooperation, the United Nations.

Out of place

It was indecorous on Twitter and it is even more out of place in the UN General Assembly, said Jennifer Mercieca, who studies presidential rhetoric at Texas A&M University.

Whats more, noted Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and a presidential rhetoric expert at the University of Pennsylvania, the threat to totally destroy North Korea if the US is for...

19:49

Kurdish referendum: Turkeys Erdogan demands vote be called off Peace and Freedom

Speaking at the UN, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Iraqi Kurds to call off an independence referendum. Nearly all countries including the US and Iran oppose the vote though Israel supports the idea.

Kurdish people attend a rally to show their support for the upcoming September 25th independence referendum in Duhuk, Iraq (Reuters/A. Jalal)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that an independence referendum among Iraqi Kurds would have serious consequences, in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

Steps such as demands for independence that can cause new crises and conflicts in the region must be avoided. We hereby call on the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government to abort the initiative they have launched in that direction, Erdogan said in New York.

Ignoring the clear and determined stance of Turkey on this matter may lead to a process that shall deprive the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government of even the opportunities it currently enjoys.

Read more: Iraqi Kurds to hold independence referendum in September

Erdogans defense minister was even more explicit and warned Turkeys sizeable Kurdish minority against taking similar action.

A change that will mean the violation of Iraqs territorial integrity poses a major risk for Turkey, Nurettin Canikli was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency. The disruption of Syria and Iraqs territorial integrity will ignite a bigger, global conflict with an unseen end.

A day earlier, Turkey began military drills with 100 vehicles including tanks on the Iraqi border.

Turkey has campaigned against the independence vote, which is scheduled for September 25. Almost all UN member states oppose the referendum in the oil-rich region, including the US and Iran.

Iraq slams vote

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi railed against the vote on Tuesday, saying he rejected the idea of independence for the northern autonomous region and hinted at military action.

The referendum is rejected, whether today or in the future, in the Kurdistan region within the 2003 borders or in the disputed areas, he told journalists.

The vote was announced by Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani and has been...

19:45

Western Contempt for China Turns to Panic Strategic Culture Foundation

Not since the British garrison at Singapore surrendered to Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita in 1942 has Western opinion of an Asian power changed so fast. When Chinas 2015 stock market bubble popped, prevailing Western opinion held that Chinas economic boom would flame out in a debt crisis comparable to Americas subprime disaster of 2008 or the near collapse of Europes southern tier in 2013.

19:35

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 19-20, 2017 (Map)

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 19-20, 2017 (Map)

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On September 19, Syrian government forces consolidated their gains on the eastern bank of the Euphrates securing Sabha, Mazlum and Marat villages, and stormed ISIS positions in Khusham village northeast of Deir Ezzor.

The advancec on Khasham was allegedly spearheaded by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 5th Assault Corps ISIS Hunters.

At the same day, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that 3 Russian soldiers have been killed near Khusham. Amaq released graphic photos aiming to confirm the claims. However, photos allow to suggest that the killed fighters were likely private military contractors (PMCs) supporting the SAA advance.

Russia-linked PMCs are actively participating in the operation in Deir Ezzor province. While Russian military servicemen in general play a role of military advisers, Russia-linked PMCs may be involved in a direct combat against ISIS. Some sources link the successfull crossing of the Euphrates by government forces with a deep involvement of this force in the combat.

On September 20, a fighting continued between the  SAA and ISIS in Khusham. Government troops entered the village, but didnt captured it yet.

If the village is liberated, government forces will be able to expand its control in the both eastern and western directions.

On September 19 and 20, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) further advanced against ISIS in an attempt to reach the Euphrates from the northern direction. Firefights between the SDF and ISIS were reporrted near Husaniyah, Jiyan and Maishiyah.

Meanwhile, US-backed forces started moving a large number of military equipment to Deir Ezzor frontlines. Photos of a...

19:32

Speaking The Unspeakable: Its time to surgically obliterate all of North Koreas nuclear facilities, submarines and launching sites Peace and Freedom

The Jerusalem Post

Its time for a joint American-Korean-Japanese-NATO force to surgically obliterate all of North Koreas nuclear facilities, submarines and launching sites. It should have been done in 1994, and its best we do it now as opposed to in 2030 when out military superiority is perhaps not as acute. Such a confrontation is inevitable, and putting it off makes it that much worse when it does happen.

The idea that somehow the North will be coerced into relinquishing its nuclear weapons program is passing strange. They will do no such thing, as theyve seen whats happened in Grenada, Iraq and Libya, to name a few, and believe that a nuclear deterrent will prevent that outcome.


And so far, theyve been right. The US invaded Iraq due in part to a suspicion of Weapons of Mass Destruction, yet we turned out to be incorrect. North Korea has now tested a hydrogen bomb capable of decimating the five boroughs of New York City with one hit, yet were reluctant to act. No intervention has been more necessary, especially considering the links between Iran and North Korea, and by the transitive property Hamas and Hezbollah, two groups that have shown suicidal tendencies.

If we acquiesce in North Korea being a nuclear state, an outcome that we should never stomach, then will do the same in Iran. Unless, of course, Israel acts like it did in 1981 in Operation Babylon, 2007 in Operation Orchard, and just last week in southern Syria. Israel understands that allowing your sworn enemy to develop the ability to push your country into the sea is tantamount to suicide, especially when its not clear that theyre rational actors, and therefore doesnt wait for foreign approval to act in its own national interest. Unfortunately American statesmen have been far more nave.

We ask China and Russia to solve the problem, as if we suffer historical amnesia from world diplomatic history since World War II. We threaten to unleash fire and fury on North Korea, as if words alone will incapacitate their nuclear facilities. And we think that the United Nations has a role in resolving this conflict as if institutions of that stripe werent the very thing that motivated North Korea to develop a nuclear deterrent in order to preserve its own sovereignty.

The result of all of the above has been a steady improvement of North Koreas conventional and nuclear weapons  ...

19:32

Washington Continues Transforming Afghanistan into Massive Graveyard Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Washington Continues Transforming Afghanistan into Massive Graveyard   On August 31, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis signed an order to deploy additional US troops in Afghanistan. He noted that this decision was made in accordance with the overall strategy in South Asia that was approved by US President Donald Trump. This means that the []

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KUDDOS AGAIN TO DR. MICHIO KAKU: WEATHER MODIFICATION Giza Death Star

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19:21

Islamic State faces endgame in Raqqa, says SDF Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they control vast majority of Syrian city, as IS flees five key districts

19:17

Netanyahu Is Meeting Trump To Push For War With Iran Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Netanyahu Is Meeting Trump To Push For War With Iran Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with Donald Trump at the White House and push the U.S. to withdraw from the nuclear accord with Iran. Netanyahu will present an argument that Trump already has come to accept: Americas adherence to the nuclear deal cannot []

19:15

White House Chief of Staff John Kellys Reaction To President Trumps Threat To Destroy North Korea Peace and Freedom

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, reacts as he and first lady Melania Trump listen to U.S. President Donald Trump speak during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly CREDIT: AP

John Kelly, Donald Trumps chief-of-staff, appeared to go through an existential crisis on Tuesday, social media users joked, as he listened to the presidents address to the UN General Assembly.

Mr Trump used his maiden address to the worlds leaders to escalate his standoff with North Korea over its nuclear challenge, threatening to totally destroy the country of 26 million people and mocking its leader, Kim Jong-un, as a rocket man.

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19:15

What to Make of Hillary's "What Happened" Book Tour Strategic Culture Foundation

The American Democratic Party Presidential nominee for the 2016 US Presidential Election Hillary Clinton has given her insider account and perspective on the historic 2016 American Presidential Election and her loss as the Democrats candidate against the Republican Party candidate of Donald Trump. Mrs. Clinton was the first and only American woman nominated by a major American political party to stand and run for President of the United States...

19:09

Al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and israel Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Al-Qaeda, Saudi Arabia and I$raHell NOVANEWS   Exclusive: Saudi Arabia is under a new cloud after a jailed al-Qaeda operative implicated senior Saudi officials as collaborators with the terror group and the shadow could even darken the political future of Israeli Prime Netanyahu because of his odd-couple alliance with Riyadh, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry The disclosure that convicted []

19:07

Did Obama Know about Comeys Surveillance? Peace and Freedom

The media is less interested in Obama Administration wiretapping than in how Trump described it.

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This week CNN is reporting more details on the Obama Administrations 2016 surveillance of people connected to the presidential campaign of the party out of power. It seems that once President Obamas appointee to run the FBI, James Comey, had secured authorization for wiretapping, the bureau continued its surveillance into 2017. CNN reports:

US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.

The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.

Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive.

This means the wiretapping was authorized more than ten months ago and perhaps more than a year ago.

It was presumably a tough decision for a judge to issue a secret warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, enabling the administration to spy on someone connected with the presidential campaign of its political adversaries.

One would presumably only approve such an order if the request presented by the executive branch was highly compelling and likely to produce evidence that the subject of the wiretap was in fact working with Russia to disrupt U.S. elections.

Roughly a year later, as the public still waits for such evidence, this column wonders how this judge is feeling now, especially now that CNN has reported that at least two of its three sources believe the resulting evidence is inconclusive.

One would also presumeor at least hopethat seeking to wiretap associates of the leader of the political opposition is not an everyday occurrence in any administration. At the very least, it seems highly unli...

19:01

Ex-CIA official: Jews behind Americas Wars Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Ex-CIA official: Jews behind Americas Wars           Every political aware person will tell you that no recent American president, politician, government official or religious leader would dare to say in public that United States is run by the organized Jewry because he would be crucified by the Jewish-controlled mass media Former president John []

18:57

Escaping disillusion: The skilled youth quitting Turkey We are losing our most intelligent students to the benefit of the West. Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP / by Luana Sarmini-Buonaccorsi | An increasing number of highly-skilled Turks are leaving the country, raising fears of a potentially damaging brain drain

ANKARA (AFP)  When Dilara left Turkey for Dubai five years ago, her friends said shed made a mistake. The economy was flourishing, the cultural scene was vibrant and relations with the West warm.But now, most of my friends are sending me their CVs because they don?t want to stay in Turkey anymore, especially after the referendum, said Dilara, a pseudonym as she did not want to be identified by her real name.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a landmark referendum in April on expanding his powers, which critics fear will lead to one-man rule in an increasingly polarised nation.

Dilara, a specialist in digital marketing, is one of an increasing number of highly-skilled Turks to leave the country, a trend that has grown in recent years, according to Ulas Sunata, sociologist at the University of Bahcesehir in Istanbul.

Lamenting a lack of data, she said the issue represented a potentially damaging brain drain.

Its a genuine problem for the country, she told AFP.

But its not just the sociocultural aspect, theres the economic aspect, too their departure is a real disadvantage for the country.

A dozen Turkish citizens interviewed by AFP, who have left or areplanning to leave, cited dwindling job prospects for graduates and complained of a rising conservatism under the Islamic-rooted government and an erosion of civil liberties.

The Turkish government insists it is building a strong economy, based on innovation and investment, with the aim of becoming one of the worlds top 10 economies by the 100th anniversary of the modern Republic in 2023.

The economy has remained robust after the July 2016 failed coup, even expanding by 5.1 percent in the second quarter this year. Yet critics point to high unemployment especially the 20.6-percent rate among 15 to 24 year-olds and an uncertain future outlook as reforms stall.

Erdogan claimed in July that a brain drain was taking place throughout the Muslim world. We are losing our most intelligent students to the benefit of the West, he said.

Why should I suffer?

Dilara initially left Turkey temporarily to enrich her CV with experience abroad.

I planned to go back many times in the past few years, but there were things happening in Turkey so I changed my mind, she said.

The suppression of anti-government protests and terror attacks, which hit the country in 2016, made some...

18:54

israels chief stooge at Westminster shames us again Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israels chief stooge at Westminster shames us again   By Stuart Littlewood As prime minister, I am proud to say that I support Israel. And it is absolutely right that we should mark the vital role that Britain played a century ago in helping to create a homeland for the Jewish people.  Thus spoke Theresa []

18:51

South Korea says Trumps warning to North Korea firm and specific Peace and Freedom

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18:51

Graphic Video: ISIS Fails Clarion Project

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Sometimes it is good to see the enemy is not quite as organized and well trained as they would have us believe.

We present ISIS fails. Warning: There are graphic scenes in this video.

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18:42

Trump`s UN speech `belongs in medieval times,` says Irans Zarif Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Trump`s UN speech `belongs in medieval times,` says Irans Zarif Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he attends the Executive Committee Meeting of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on August 1, 2017 in Istanbul. (Photo by AFP) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that US President Donald Trumps UN address is []

18:35

Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as quake kills 248 School collapse kills more than 20 children Peace and Freedom

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN and PETER ORSI

The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) Police, firefighters and ordinary Mexicans dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings early Wednesday, looking for survivors of Mexicos deadliest earthquake in decades as the number of confirmed fatalities climbed to 248.

Adding poignancy and a touch of the surreal, Tuesdays magnitude-7.1 quake struck on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that killed thousands. Just hours earlier, people around Mexico had held earthquake drills to mark the date.

One of the most desperate rescue efforts was at a primary and secondary school in southern Mexico City, where a wing of the three-story building collapsed into a massive pancake of concrete slabs. Journalists saw rescuers pull at least two small bodies from the rubble, covered in sheets.

A mix of neighborhood volunteers, police and firefighters used trained dogs and their bare hands to search through the schools rubble. The crowd of anxious parents outside the gates shared reports that two families had received Whatsapp messages from girls trapped inside, but that could not be confirmed. The rescue effort was punctuated by cries of Quiet! so searchers could listen for any faint calls for help.

Mexicos federal Education Department reported late Tuesday night that 25 bodies had been recovered from the wreckage of a school that collapsed during Tuesdays earthquake. Most of the dead are children. Across Mexico, more than 200 are known dead in the earthquake. (Sept. 20)

They have heard voices in there, said President Enrique Pena Nieto, who visited the site Tuesday night.

Rescuers brought in wooden beams to shore up the fallen concrete slabs so they wouldnt collapse further and crush whatever airspaces remained.

The federal Education Department reported late Tuesday that 25 bodies had been recovered from the schools wreckage, all but four of them children. It was not clear whe...

18:26

Strong quake near Mexico City kills at least 226, rescuers dig through collapsed buildings Peace and Freedom

At leas 248 people including 20 children have been killed after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, toppling buildings across the city and collapsing a school

At leas 248 people including 20 children have been killed after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck 75 miles southeast of Mexico City, toppling buildings across the city and collapsing a school

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Reuters

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 / 2:32 PM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) Rescue crews and ordinary citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake grew to at least 226.

The magnitude 7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings, broke gas mains and sparked fires less than two weeks after another powerful quake killed at least 98 people in southern Mexico. It also hit just hours after emergency drills marked the anniversary of a temblor that killed thousands in 1985.

Millions of people fled into the streets, where they weathered the violent shaking and desperately sought word about the welfare of family and friends.

Emergency personnel in Mexico City, a metropolitan region of about 20 million people, searched frantically with picks and shovels for survivors beneath the rubble of what the sprawling citys mayor calculated to be as many as 44 collapsed buildings, including at least one primary school.

Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto said late on Tuesday more than 20 children and two adults had been found dead at the school, Colegio Enrique Rebsamen, in the neighborhood of Coapa. Another 30 children and 12 adults were missing, he said.

Emergency personnel and equipment were being deployed across affected areas so that throughout the night we can continue aiding the population and eventually find people beneath the rubble, Pea Nieto said in a video posted on Facebook earlier on Tuesday evening.

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18:26

What Happens When a Terrorist Gets Out of Prison? Clarion Project

A successful conviction that sees a terrorist put behind bars is not the end of the story. What happens after someone has served their time and released back into society? Clarion investigates their options.

A radical Islamist's life choices on release from jail.

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18:25

Turkey considering sanctions over Iraqi Kurd referendum Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tells UN General Assembly that next week's referendum could spark fresh regional conflicts

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Lies, historical amnesia, bombast and double standards Trump speaks at the UN Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Lies, historical amnesia, bombast and double standards Trump speaks at the UN Jim Miles | Axis of Logic Trumps speech at the UN this morning is one of the best speeches I have heard aimed at an ignorant uninformed audience, essentially his Make America Great Again (MAGA) followers, and his political state handlers.  Staying []

18:07

U.S. military out of control with Trump at the helm Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

US Bombing Countries at Record Pace Trumps delegation to commanders means major escalation Trumps Delegation to Commanders Means Major Escalation Since taking office, President Trump has set two specific trends in US military operations across the Afghan and ISIS wars. Hes talked broad escalation, and hes also granted an ever-growing level of autonomy to military []

17:50

Trump, what an idiot, what an embarrassment he should be to the U.S. and then theres Netanyahu, his Boss Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Trump Vomits Hatred All Over The United Nations General Assembly Video & Transcript US may have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea Does anyone believe that Trump wrote this speech or any other speech for that matter? Trump is a ventriloquist dummy, delivering words scripted by the military industrial complex. It is difficult []

17:38

Sisi urges Palestinians to unite and coexist with Israel Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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17:33

North Korea, Iran Draw Suspicion Over Possible Nuclear Cooperation Peace and Freedom

But top U.N. watchdog says no basis to rumors of nuke plots

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, in Vienna on Sept. 18.
The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, in Vienna on Sept. 18. PHOTO: REUTERS
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President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on the international community to join forces and confront what he called the rogue regimes of North Korea and Iran, in his first address to the annual United Nations General Assembly.

What the two have in common are nuclear and missile programs, although Iran agreed in 2015 to curtail its nuclear activities in exchange for relief from international sanctions. Iran says its nuclear work is for purely civilian purposes, though it has continued conducting ballistic-missile tests.

And earlier this month, North Korea said it conducted its sixth nuclear test, work it has publicly championed.

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17:28

Airbus opens first plane-completion centre in China Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP | There was much fanfare as Airbus delivered its first long-haul A330 from the Tianjin completion centre to Tianjin Airlines

TIANJIN (CHINA) (AFP)  Airbus on Wednesday inaugurated its first completion centre for large aircraft in China, a new asset for the European manufacturer in heated competition with American rival Boeing.China is one of the Western manufacturers key battlegrounds, with its travellers taking to the skies in ever-growing numbers.

In Tianjin, a port city 150 kilometres (93 miles) from Beijing, Airbus already has an assembly line for the single-aisle aircraft A319 and A320, the first of its kind outside Europe.

Now the same site hosts a completion centre for long-haul A330 and its first aircraft was delivered to the local company Tianjin Airlines on Wednesday, accompanied by the playing of cymbals and banging of drums.

This is the perfect illustration of mutual trust and our willingness to embark on a new stage in the Franco-Chinese relationship, said French junior finance minister Benjamin Griveaux, the first member of President Emmanuel Macrons government to visit China.

The 200-million-euro ($240 million) facility will receive A330s assembled in France and will prepare the cabins and apply exterior painting. Two aircraft will be delivered every month.

The A330, operated by nine Chinese airlines, is the most popular wide-body aircraft in the country.

The inauguration of our (centre) in Tianjin, together with the first of many deliveries, marks a new milestone for Airbus international footprint, Fabrice Bregier, Airbus chief operating office, said at one of the sites giant halls alongside leaders of the aviation manufacturer Avic, the European firms Chinese partner.

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The majority of Airbus orders in China remain its A320 single-aisle jetliner. But with about 200 A330s in the countrys skies, the aircraft manufacturer also controls 61 percent of the long-haul market.

According to the company, China will need about 6,000 airliners over the next two decades, and its demand for large carriers will be boosted by the explosion of Chinese passenger traffic abroad that is increasing at 14 percent per year, said Eric Chen, president of Airbus China.

Having doubled its market share in the space of a decade, Airbus is now on par with Boeing in China. But the American aircraft maker does not intend to be left behind. Next year it will open its own finishing centre for the medium-hau...

17:23

Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya Peace and Freedom

AFP

POOL/AFP/File | Bangladeshs Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a new call for Myanmar to take back the some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in the Buddhist-dominated country

DHAKA (AFP)  Bangladeshs Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a new call for Myanmar to take back the some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in the Buddhist-dominated country.Hasina, speaking to Bangladeshi activists in New York where she is attending the UN General Assembly, also called for greater international pressure on Myanmar over the new crisis which has unfolded in the past three weeks, media reports said.

We have told Myanmar, they are your citizens, you must take them back, keep them safe, give them shelter, there should not be any oppression and torture, she told a meeting late Tuesday in New York.

The prime minister said Bangladesh was making diplomatic efforts to persuade Myanmar to take back the refugees.

But the Myanmar government is not responding to the calls. Rather, Myanmar is laying landmines along the border to stop the return of Rohingyas to their homeland, she said.

Myanmars de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said in a speech hours earlier that the country would take back verified refugees. Myanmar considers the Rohingya illegal migrants from Bangladesh and refuses them citizenship, even though many have lived there for decades.

At a meeting of Islamic nations on the sidelines of the UN assembly, Hasina said Yangon was spearheading a state-sponsored propaganda campaign to call the Rohingya Bengalis, adding that they must be given Myanmar citizenship.

Hasina sought urgent humanitarian assistance from Muslim nations to cope with the influx of Rohingya who have fled what she called ethnic cleansing, the state BSS news agency reported.

It is an unbearable human catastrophe. I have visited them and listened to the stories of their grave sufferings, particularly of women and children, she said.

I would like you all to come to Bangladesh and hear from them about the atrocities in Myanmar, she said.

The majority of of the refugees are women and children.

While Bangladesh has earned international praise for opening its doors to the Rohingyas, aid agencies have warning of a growing humanitarian crisis as authorities struggle to provide even basic facilities for the new arrivals.

The 420,000 now in makeshift shelters around the border town of Coxs Bazar have added to about 300,000 Rohingya who moved into camps in the region following earlie...

17:18

Kirkuk Shaping Up as Flashpoint Ahead of Kurdistan Independence Vote Peace and Freedom

KIRKUK, Iraq Visitors to Kirkuk in northern Iraq are greeted by an imposing statue of a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter with a gun slung over his shoulder, a reminder of tensions building in the hotly-contested city ahead of a referendum on Kurdish independence.

Erected in July, the statue has come to symbolize how the Kurds want to cement their hold on oil-rich Kirkuk and other parts of the region by holding next Mondays vote. Peshmerga, which means those who confront death, are the military forces of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

The referendum is risky, especially in Kirkuk, a multi-ethnic city also claimed by Arabs since oil was discovered there in the 1930s. The Kurdistan region produces around 600,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil.

The central government in Baghdad, Iraqs neighbors and Western powers fear the vote could divide the country and spark a wider regional conflict, after Arabs and Kurds cooperated to dislodge Islamic State from its stronghold in Mosul.

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Already at least one Kurd has been killed in pre-referendum clashes, and security checkpoints have been erected across the city to prevent further violence.

But the Kurds say they are determined to go ahead with the vote, which, though non-binding, could trigger the process of separation in a country already divided along sectarian and ethnic lines. Iran, Turkey, the United States and Western allies oppose the vote.

Some non-Kurds fear Baghdad will attempt to regain control of Kirkuk and send in Shiite militias (PMU), also known as the Hashid al-Shaabi, stationed just outside the province.

I fear the Hashid will come and fighting will start in Kirkuk, said Nazim Mohammed, an Arab from Mosul who fled to Kirkuk when t...

17:08

China Offers Support for Strife-Torn Venezuela at United Nations Peace and Freedom

BEIJING China believes that the Venezuelan government and people can resolve their problems within a legal framework and maintain national stability, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Venezuelan counterpart at the United Nations.

At least 125 people have been killed in four months of protests against President Nicols Maduros government, which has resisted calls to bring forward the presidential election and instead set up a pro-Maduro legislative superbody called a Constituent Assembly that has overruled the countrys opposition-led Congress.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres File Photo

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he wanted democracy restored soon in Venezuela and warned that the United States might take additional measures to apply pressure on the oil-producing nation.

China, a good friend of Venezuelas, has brushed off widespread condemnation from the United States, Europe and others about the situation in the country.

Wang told Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza on Tuesday on the sidelines of a U.N. meeting that the two countries have an all-round strategic partnership, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday.

China has always upheld the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and believes Venezuelas government and people have the ability to resolve problems via talks within a legal framework and protect national stability, Wang added.

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Maria to Remain Category 5 Hurricane Until Puerto Rico Landfall Peace and Freedom

(Reuters) The core of Hurricane Maria is expected to reach the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning and is likely to remain a category 5 storm until landfall, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The hurricane is about 85 miles (140 km) southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico packing maximum sustained winds of 165 miles per hour (270 km per hour) at present, the NHC said.

Slow weakening is expected after the hurricane emerges over the Atlantic north of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

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The BBC World Services Hamas-Fatah unity binge part two BBC Watch

As was noted in part one of this post, the lead story in the afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Newshour on September 17th was centred around the 106 word long statement put out by Hamas earlier that day.

Following the earlier report on that story which was over twelve and a half minutes long the same programme also aired an additional item on the topic which brought the total time allotted to the subject to over twenty minutes.

Presenter James Coomarsamy introduced the second item (from 45:06 here) thus:

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From #Charlottesville to #Athens: #Clashes 4 Years after #PavlosFyssas Was Murdered by Fascists Enough is Enough!

In several Greek cities there were protests and clashes in the past days to commorate Pavlos Fyssas, who was murdered by Golden Dawn fascists on September 18, 2013.

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From Charlottesville to Athens: #Clashes 4 years after Pavlos Fyssaswas murdered by fascists

In several Greek cities there were protests and clashes in the past days to commorate Pavlos Fyssas, who was murdered by Golden Dawn fascists on September 18, 2013.

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Australia rejected CIA request to open embassy in North Korea intelNews.org

Australia rejected a secret request by the United States Central Intelligence Agency to open an embassy in North Korea, which the Americans hoped to use as a base from where to collect intelligence on the communist state.

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Beware the Women of ISIS Part I: Dreamers Clarion Project

A jihadi couple in Syria.A jihadi couple in Syria. (Photo: Reuters)

 

By Anne Speckhard, Ph.D. & Ardian Shajkovci, Ph.D.

When she was just 19, and a convert to Islam, Laura Passoni was abandoned by the father of her young son. Determined to deepen her expression of faith and in hopes of attracting a man who would keep his commitments to marital and family life, Laura responded by putting up a more devout Facebook profile, and very quickly she was contacted by an ISIS recruiter.

He promised her a man who would never leave her, a home in Syria, training as a nurse, and a good school for her toddler. Broken-hearted and wanting to believe, Passoni agreed to embark on a journey to the Islamic State.

To evade detection, she and her toddler and the man she had chosen with the advice of the recruiter traveled by land to Venice and then took a cruise ship to Izmir, Turkey. From there they continued in a taxi to Gaziantep and crossed into to Syria to join ISIS.

Passoni thought of the cruise as a romantic time in which she consummated her marriage to a near stranger.

Her induction into the Islamic State was far from what she had envisioned, however. She ended up staying in a sisters house while her husband went off to receive sharia training and become a fighter. She was invited as well to serve ISIS as an internet seductress or a member of the morality police (hisbah). She declined both offers.

Passoni became deeply disappointed as she found herself confined at home while her husband was away battling for the group. None of the ISIS recruitment promises materializedno nurse training and no riches. She found herself having to let her son play alone unsupervised outside or go with the brothers, other Islamic State fighters to the mosque.

Witnessing how young the boys were that ISIS recruited into the Cubs of the Caliphate, many to go as suicide bombers, she feared her son would suffer a similar fate. She also became pregnant.

Desperate to escape, Passoni took her son in a taxi and headed for the border of ISIS territory, but the fearful driver turned her over to the ISI...

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Distorted Views of the Enemy and Bushs Axis of Evil Dissident Voice

Many years ago, while the war in Vietnam still raged, the psychologist Ralph K. White wrote a book entitled Nobody Wanted War that has resonated deeply with my own thinking about war. Ive long believed that the willingness of our government to kill and bring misery to millions of powerless people in nations like Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq, which represent no direct threat to us, cannot be justified alone in terms of a broad strategic conception of national defense. Instead, it must for the most part be rationalized by an appeal to the darker dynamics of human psychology.

Whites book, though it was focused primarily on the Vietnam War, seeks broadly to identify psychological factors common both to that war and to World Wars I and II that can distort our perceptions of an adversarys true motivations and thereby justify making war against him. Today, it seems, those same factors can also shed light on the relentless militancy of Americas foreign policy and, in particular, our continuing war on terrorism. The principal factors White sees in producing distorted views of the enemy can be characterized in capsule form as follows:

  • The moral self-image. Our way is good and honorable and must be preserved. Our part of the world is the Free World, despite its inclusion of a number of nations with self-evidently totalitarian governments. Both Good and God are on our side. By implication, countries not aligned with us reject freedom and godliness. This congratulatory self-image was exemplified by the German World War I slogan: Gott Mit Uns (May God Be with Us)meaning also, by implication, May God Not Be with Our Foe. Osama Bin Laden himself was convinced God was on his side; but, then again, so was President Bush.
  • The virile self-image. In 1914, each of the Great Powers feared losing our position as a Great Power. Analogous cases exist today. Nations are reluctant to retreat lest they be deemed weak or irresolute. This reluctance prevails even when they decide the situation at hand is not worth a fight, or, indeed, that they may even be in the wrong. The image of virility must be preserved at any cost. The essential thing is to seem consistent, strong and firm. Bush told us that we couldnt allow a gang of terrorist thugs to deflect us from our goal of bringing freedom to the Iraqi people. National...

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Mark of the Beast $$$ Dissident Voice

Money and the power it imbues atrophies the living daemon in all who are subjected to capitalist games. It is a manipulator of perception, a truth twister, a divider of people. All who wade into the capitalist pool will be permeated with money values, and those who stay too long in the tides become part of the tide itself. Consumed in the endless blinkered waters.

When capitalist ideals possess a victim their natural will is absconded by selfish desire, and they begin capitulating to the pitchfork wielding devil on their shoulder who is forever whispering Why dont you just take it all for yourself?

The money values eventually take precedent over human values and even a capitalists own happiness will become unimportant when they adopt the idea of saving just a little bit more then, thenThen, they can focus what is truly important, family, friends, and that kinda shit. But the accumulation of money somehow always becomes the central focus, and when the tipping point arrives for a society where money is held in higher regard than human contentment trust erodes, societal collapse becomes inevitable, and a slide into insanity assured.

There is a fine line each individual walks with money. If awareness isnt emphasized one will never recognize the moment equilibrium was lost. Creeping capitalism falsely rewards neurons, misleading conscious thought into slippery pleas to chase the dragon for another hit while wrapped in cozy pragmatic rationalizations. Pragmatism shifts soon after into malicious thoughts of competing with others over trivialities because who the fuck are they to take more than you, and if you dont take more then someone else will, is how the ravenous logic goes.

Money absorbs people without them knowing. Its dark magic. It casts spell. Good people who once stood for decent things start making all kinds of excuses for why things shouldnt change. It warps their worldview, where they once may have been against all unnecessary suffering but now they dont mind so much as long as it maintains their status.

Capitalists sound something like humans, or tryl however, you can hear the warbling insincerity in their inflections. The weak-willed vacillations are pasted through capitalist dialect. Should a capitalist be confronted for their actions theyll perpetually speak to some future time when that thing, like poverty, or war, or homelessness, or man-made environmental apocalypse will be fixed, but be patient because, you know, things cant happen overnight. But theyll promise you at some point in the very near future these fixable problems can be remedied, but just not today. Maybe, just maybe, next election cycle if youre all good little plebeians well get you some nicer prisons. Or for the better treated servants perhaps you can make $15 an hour in eight or so yearsmaybe, but for now, buck up.

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Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/09/20 Open Thread The Vineyard of the Saker

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The Empires Hustle: Why Anti-Trumpism Doesnt Include Anti-War Dissident Voice

Libertarian U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) declared from the Senate floor last week in anticipation of the vote on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2018:

I rise today to oppose unauthorized, undeclared and unconstitutional warWhat we have today is basically unlimited war, anywhere, anytime, any place upon the globe.

With these words, Paul became one of the few voices to oppose the obscenity that is known as U.S. war policy. But only two other senators joined him: Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR).  But there is a wrinkle here: Paul is not concerned with the size of the military budget. Hes pointing his finger at the continuation of the Authorization to Use Military Force Act (AUMF) of 2001, which was the legal basis for the U.S. global war on terror. He wants Congress to re-assess this legislation that has prompted endless wars abroad.

After Pauls amendment to the NDAA was defeated, the Senate went on to approve it with a vote of 89-9 Monday in what the New York Times correctly identified as a bi-partisan effort, to authorize a military budget of $696 billionan increase in the military budget of almost $75 billion  and well over the $54 billion that Pres. Donald Trump had originally proposed.

The very next day, Trump appeared before the United Nations and threatened to destroy North Korea, subvert Venezuela, and undermine the nuclear agreement with Iran, which could lead to military conflict with that nation.

Obscuring the Bi-Partisan Defense of Empire

Nothing rehabilitates an unpopular president in capitalist America like war. In fact, the only sustained negative press that Barack Obama received was when he seemed reluctant to fully immerse the United States in direct efforts to cause regime change in Syria by attacking that nation and committing to significant boots on the ground. For the Neo-cons and liberal interventionists driving U.S. policy, allowing U.S. vassal states to take the lead in waging war in that country was an unnecessary and inefficient burden on those states.

Similarly on the war issue, the only let-up in the constant barrage of negative press that Trump experienced was when he launched an attack on Syria, demonstrating once again that a consensus exists among the oligarchy on what instrument will be used to ensure their continued global dominance.

With the escalating decline in U.S. influence from the Bush administration through Obama and now to Trump, U.S. global dominance increasingly depends on its ability to project military power. Obamas pivot to Asia, the veritable rampage by the United States through West Asia and North Africa since 2003, the expansion of AFRICOM to offset Chinese influence in Africa, the commitment to a permanent military occupation of Afghanistan...

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How the UN Covers for US Aggression Antiwar.com Original

It was a stolid prelude to what will no doubt be must-see TV when he speaks to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday about North Korea and Iran. And it was a far cry from the way Americas leading America Firster spent the campaign lamenting how unfair the U.N. is to the poor schlemiel we Continue reading "How the UN Covers for US Aggression"

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Afghanistan Again? When Will They Ever Learn? Antiwar.com Original

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Last year, an internal report commissioned by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency that oversees Voice of America and other U.S. government-supported foreign news outlets, examined the perception of U.S. international media in Afghanistan. This study, obtained by TomDispatch via the Freedom of Information Act, concluded that Afghans saw U.S.-backed Continue reading "Afghanistan Again? When Will They Ever Learn?"

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Courting the Global South: Will Israel Become a UN Security Council Member? Antiwar.com Original

There is a great irony in the fact that Israel is seeking a seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Since its establishment atop the ruins of Palestinian cities and villages in 1948, Israel has had the most precarious relationship with the worlds largest international body. It has desperately sought to be legitimized by Continue reading "Courting the Global South: Will Israel Become a UN Security Council Member?"

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Donald Trump: Just Another NWO Apprentice Covert Geopolitics

Donald Trump is acting and sounding more like Obama than the self he was projecting at the campaign trail last year. This only means that he is double-crossing the nation in favor of the privilege that the White House position could provide to his own enterprise. Otherwise, a lot of things could have happened already. Continue reading Donald Trump: Just Another NWO Apprentice

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SYRIAN ARMY FACES ISIS COUTNER-ATTACKS FROM AREA CONTROLLED BY US SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES, SDF RUSSIAN MOD Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

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Trumps UN Speech Dissident Voice

I listened to part of Trumps UN speech this morning. I was so embarrassed for him and for my country that I had to turn it off.

I wonder if whoever wrote the deplorable speech intended to embarrass Trump and inadvertently embarrassed America as well, or whether the speechwriter(s) is so imbued with the neoconservative arrogance and hubris of our time that the speechwriter was simply blind to the extraordinary contradictions that stood out like sore thumbs all through the speech.

I am not going to describe all of them, just a couple of examples.

Trump went on at great length about how America respects the sovereignty of every country and the peoples will of every country, and how the US, despite its overwhelming military power, never tries to impose its will on any country. What was the administration thinking, or can it think? What about Yugoslavia/Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan, Crimea, Ukraine, Venezuela, Honduras, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, just to mention countries in the 21st century that have been subjected to US military attacks, government overthrows, and removals of political leaders who did not conform to US interests?

Is it respect for the sovereignty of countries to force them to support US sanctions against Iran, Russia, China, North Korea, Venezuela? Is it respect for the sovereignty of countries to impose sanctions on the countries? If this is not imposing Washingtons will on other countries, what is?

Is it respect for other countries to inform them that unless they do as they are told, we will bomb you into the stone age?

I heard Trump complain that the UN Human Rights commission had as members countries with the worst human rights records of our time, and I wondered if he was talking about the United States. Clearly, Trump, the speechwriter(s), the State Department, the National Security Council, the US Ambassador to the UN, indeed the entire administration, do not think that the endless slaughter, maiming, orphaning, widowing, and dispossessing of millions of peoples in many countries, producing waves of refugees, comprise human rights violations.

The arrogance conveyed by Trumps speech is unprecedented.

After assurances that America respects everyone, Trump then made demand after demand and threat after threat against the sovereignty of Iran and North Korea, demanding that the rest of the world back him up.

Neither country is a threat to the US. Unlike the US and Israel, Korea has not been at war since 1953. Irans last war was in the 1980s when Iran was attacked by Iraq. Yet both North Korea and Iran are subjected to constant threats from the US. At the UN Trump threatened North Korea with destruction, and Washington is telling more lies about Iran in order to justify military action.

Here is what former Secretary of State Colin Powell says about how carefully Washington thinks about other peoples:...

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Trump goes full Bushtard at the UN The Fourth Revolutionary War

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In discussing President Trump, there is always the soft prejudice of low expectations people praise him for reading from a Teleprompter even if his words make little sense but there is no getting around the reality that his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly must rank as  one of the most embarrassing moments in Americas relations with the global community.

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Post-Anthropology The Fourth Revolutionary War

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Human Society after the Crisis: Hell on Earth Through the Lens of Depth Sociology

Depth sociology 

A concrete (phenomenal) society always consists of two parts the aboveground and underground. The aboveground part is what we normally term society, meaning a sphere of rational activity where logos () prevails. This is the domain of the diurnal. The underground part is the dark, underwater island of the collective unconscious, the region of the social night (the nocturne), where myth () rules.

For some time, progressivist science believed that these two parts were situated in diachronic order. In ancient times (and among primitive peoples, the unfortunate residue of ancient times), myth was predominant. But the progress of civilization gradually supplanted the mythological order and replaced it with an order based on logos. The community, or Gemeinschaft, is superseded by society, or Gesellschaft (F. Tnnies). But

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Strong Earthquake Near Mexico City Kills Hundreds cryptogon.com

Via: Reuters: Rescue crews and ordinary citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake grew to at least 226. The magnitude 7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings, broke gas mains and sparked fires less than []

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Alexander Dugin: Settlement of the Karabakh conflict unprofitable for the globalist elite The Fourth Revolutionary War

Russia is interested in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. But this is not a matter of exchange. If we, Russia and Azerbaijan, start looking for things that bring us together, we will find a huge amount of everything. But one of the urgent tasks of our relations (I emphasize that Russian-Azerbaijani relations should not depend on it, this fact simply follows from our rapprochement) is Russias complicity in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

In my opinion, there are several stages in this process, the first stage is the discussion by the Presidents of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Leaders to one degree or another reached a consensus on the transfer of five regions to Azerbaijan, captured by Armenians. When they ask me, what about the other two districts, and what about Nagorno-Karabakh? I believe that the best is the enemy of the good. If all the presidents agree at this stage on five districts, then why not.

I believe that all of us Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia should delicately remove these obstacles step by step. There is a lot to do, if not all depends on how we submit the transfer of these five districts. The fact is that as soon as we, all three sides, start or gloat, or say that these are not all our problems the Karabakh issue, then the very fact of the transfer of these five regions, it becomes distorted in the consciousness of the societies of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. Societies are simply locked in their submission.

It is obvious that today someone wants to sabotage the solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. I believe that this is a globalist elite. The fact is that the strengthening of the stability and security of the Eurasian continent does not belong to the interests of the globalist elite. The strengthening of the US, its conservative government, is also not in the interests of this globalistic structure, a sect that creates color revolutions in the US itself, which we see now. These are people who live in chaos, divide and rule by the principle, they live by creating a problem.

In my opinion, the decision on the five regions gives us a partial solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. And the resolution of the Karabakh problem strengthens the positions...

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Manafort Demands Probe After Leak Revealed He Was Being Wiretapped Aletho News

Sputnik 20.09.2017 A legal representative of Paul Manafort, who at one time managed the successful 2016 presidential bid of Donald Trump, has demanded an investigation into the FBI after anonymous sources seemingly broke federal law by leaking classified information to the media regarding the investigation into Manafort. On Tuesday, CNN broke the news that []

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Alexander Dugin: Aliyev made Azerbaijan sovereign The Fourth Revolutionary War

Azerbaijan during the reign of Ilham Aliyev became a full-fledged, strong, wealthy and established sovereign state. This is a rare case among the states of the post-Soviet space, since not all have managed to cope with the fact that they truly ensure the sovereignty and development of their own country.

Of course, in the case of Ilham Aliyev, an important factor was the high conjuncture of oil prices and the availability of natural resources in this republic. However, there are a lot of cases where the excess revenues from the export of natural resources simply disappear in the pockets of officials or corrupt dynasties, and the people, the state, and society do not see anything at all and are in a state of decay.

The case of Azerbaijan is not that: Aliyev clearly realized that a favorable price environment for energy resources should be used as a historical opportunity to strengthen sovereignty, build a reliable defense system, modernize the army, rebuild the capital, and put other regional centers in order, including rural communities. Finally, he clearly realized that it was necessary to fight corruption by introducing transparent mechanisms, in particular in the provision of services, where the ASAN system actually brought corruption to this sector, previously extremely criminalized, to almost zero. So, Aliyev and his government made Azerbaijan truly sovereign.

Foreign Policy of Azerbaijan

Aliyev conducted and conducts a very balanced foreign policy, watching the fate of those countries of the former Soviet Union (and not only) that rely solely on the United States and each time find themselves in a situation of loss in conflicts with Russia, losing territorial integrity (for example, Georgia and Ukraine).
Aliyev, following the dictates of his father, Heydar Aliyev, built the balance and balance between the two geopolitical beginnings, poles between Russia and the US, between the West and Russia....

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Interview with Alexander Dugin The Fourth Revolutionary War

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On 31 August, I interviewed Alexander Dugin in Moscow. Below is my translation of the interview.

DSCN2306 Alexander Dugin.

Paul Robinson (PR): I am writing a book about Russian conservatism and wanted to talk with you as a well-known Russian conservative. In the West, many people talk of a conservative turn in Russia. Do you think that this is the case?

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Springboard | Colonel Cassad The Fourth Revolutionary War

 

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The attack and consequences | Colonel Cassad The Fourth Revolutionary War

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Video shows attack of the trucks with the militants on Syrian army position.

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Work continues on the transfer of Turkish armored vehicles to the Turkish-Syrian border, where Turkey shares a border with Idlib.

Apparently they are really preparing the deployment of Turkish troops in the Western districts of Idlib to take control of the border and remove Al-Nusra...

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The Russian defense Ministry has responded to claims by the United States | Colonel Cassad The Fourth Revolutionary War

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The defense Ministry commented on the accusations of the USA due to the fact that the Russian aircraft struck blow to the SDF in the area of Deir ez-Zor, resulting in the SDF 6 300X.

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The Guardian View on Saudi Arabia: The Seventh Son Rises Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

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The Crossing | Colonel Cassad The Fourth Revolutionary War

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The Russian foreign Ministry said that the SAA was able to cross the Euphrates near Deir ez-Zor, the true place of crossing was not specified. Also, it is claimed that the Northern Bank of the Euphrates created a springboard.

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Videos: At Least 149 Dead After Powerful Earthquake Rocks Central Mexico The Anti-Media

At least 60 people have been pulled from the rubble alive after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake destroyed hundreds of buildings.

(ZHE)  On the anniversary of a massive 1985 earthquake that killed at least 5,000 people, Mexico City has been shaken by another powerful earthquake, the second the shake the city in the past two weeks. The 7.1 magnitude quake shook buildings in the capital city, sending thousands rushing into the streets, according to Reuters.

The earthquake damaged hundreds of buildings in the city, according to initial reports. Ironically, the quake hit only hours after many people participated in earthquake drills around the nation drills specifically timed to mark the anniversary of the 1985 earthquake.

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Update 9 (9:10 pm ET): The head of Mexicos National Civil Defense agency says the death toll from a major earthquake that rattled the center of the country has reached 139.

Luis Felipe Puente said 64 people had died in the state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City, though local officials reported only 54.

In addition, 36 people died in Mexico City, 29 in Puebla state, nine in the State of Mexico and one in Guerrero.

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Update 8 (7:15 pm ET): Death toll from Mexico earthquake now at 119, according to state and city officials.

That makes it the deadliest to hit the country since the 1985 quake that, in an incredible coincidence, occurred exactly 32 years ago today, surpassing the death toll from another earthquake the shook the region less than two weeks ago.

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Update 7 (6:50 pm ET): Mexico City government says 30 dead in capital, bringing nationwide total to 94, according to AP.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said that the number of buildings that collapsed has risen to 44, and that between 50 and 60 people have been pulled alive from rubble.

Horrifying videos of buildings crumbling into piles of rubble continue to emerge on Twitter.

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Read Netanyahus UN speech, which praises Trump to the skies and matches his North Korea hyperbole on Iran Mondoweiss

This afternoon Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the UN General Assembly, and his speech echoed several of the extreme points Donald Trump had made in his controversial speech this morning, in which he threatened to totally destroy North Korea, characterized the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un as Rocket Man, and said the Iran deal was an embarrassment to the United States.

Netanyahu was seen nodding during portions of Trumps speech and he praised it to the skies in his own speech. Ive listened to countless speeches in this hall, but I can say this: none were bolder, none more courageous and forthright than the one delivered by President Trump today. Netanyahu went on to offer red meat rhetoric of his own on Iran. He referred to the country by name 37 times and likened it to North Korea, saying it was a hungry unleashed tiger that was bringing down an Iranian curtain of terror and leading a campaign of conquest across the Middle East, and threatening the world too, with ballistic weapons.

Following Netanyahus speech, a coalition of groups led a march on the U.N. to protest the two leaders shared policies of racism and xenophobia. The march  was led by American Muslims for Palestine-NJ, Jewish Voice for Peace-NYC, and Presbyterian Peace Fellowship.

The following is Netanyahus speech as transcribed by the Israeli government and conveyed to reporters. Editors.

Were in the midst of a great revolution, a revolution in Israels standing among the nations. This is happening because so many countries around the world have finally woken up to what Israel can do for them. Those countries now recognize what brilliant investors like Warren Buffet and great companies like Google and Intel, what theyve recognized and known for years: That Israel is the innovation nation the place for cutting-edge technology in agriculture, in water, in cyber security, in medicine, in autonomous vehicles you name it, weve got it.

Those countries now also recognize Israels exceptional capabilities in fighting terrorism. In recent years, Israel has provided intelligence that has prevented dozens of major terrorist attacks around the world. We have saved countless lives. You may not know this, but your governments do, and they are working closely together with Israel to keep your countries safe and your citizens safe.

I stood here last year on this podium and I spoke about this...

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Evo Morales Defends Life and Humanity at the UN General Assembly INTERNATIONALIST 360

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As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness The Vineyard of the Saker

In 1938 we had the House Committee on Un-American activities. In 2017 we now have the Committee to Investigate Russia. And here is their message:

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09:56

5 Stories Youre Missing While Monster Hurricanes Cause a Media Frenzy The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA) Since the end of August, calamitous hurricanes have dominated the news cycle. From Harvey to Irma to Maria, which grew from a Category 1 to a Category 5 storm in just half a day, many people want to stay informed about the struggle and damage these natural disasters are leaving in their wake.

Unsurprisingly, the medias obsessive focus on the disasters has not only jarred some residents trying to keep their families safe it has also allowed other important developments to remain on the back burner.

Though these other stories have received some degree of attention in mainstream narratives, they havent received the extensive coverage they deserve. Here are five vital developments from the past few weeks that have taken a backseat to the drama and destruction of hurricanes:

1. Lawmakers approve $700 billion military budget with authorization for endless war

On Monday, an overwhelming majority of senators (89-8) approved the massive National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), totaling roughly $700 billion. It is $630 million above what the hawkish Trump administration proposed and was passed after lawmakers rejected an amendment from Senator Rand Paul to rescind the longstanding authorization for use of military force (AUMF) imposed in 2001, which has allowed the U.S. government to wage  unlimited war, anywhere, anytime, any place upon the globe, the senator said. In June, Paul also introduced an amendment to the indefinite detention provision of the NDAA, added in the 2012 version, that allows the military to imprison American citizens without trial. That bill, S.1300, was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary in June, and lawmakers have taken no further action.

2. Media ignores North Korea offers to negotiate

As Harvey gained steam at the end of August, a fresh wave of saber-rattling against North Korea also domin...

09:44

US Led Coalition & KurdIShIS Proxies Attacking Syrian Army, Impeding Terrorism Fight Penny for your thoughts

Breaking news!
Exactly who the terrorists are can no longer be hidden by the always obfuscating main stream  media and their lying alternative media partners.
I've added additional info regarding tactics employed by the PKK/YPG/SDF against the Syrian's in there quest to retake their territory- scroll down

via Sputnik

"The Syrian Army, fighting terrorists in the Deir ez-Zor province, has been subjected to strong counterattacks from the north where Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and US special task units are operating, the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Mj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said on Tuesday.
"Over the past day, the assault groups of the Syrian government troops, with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces, crossed the Euphrates, and continued to expand the seized bridgehead east of Deir ez-Zor, despite the stiff resistance of Daesh militants," Konashenkov told reporters.
Attacked by Daesh militants coming from the sanctuary, safety and security of the US and their proxy Kurds. Oh, my, imagine my shock!
"According to Syrian commanders' reports from the front line, the Syrian Army encounters the most severe counterattacks and fire from the northern direction. That is, where SDF forces and US special operations units are located, who are allegedly administering medical aid to these militants instead of liberating Raqqa. You don't have to possess profound military knowledge to see consistency in all these 'coincidences'," the spokesman said.
 That is so hilarious! You definitely don't have to possess profound military knowledge to see the freakin' obvious! Oh, yeah, I am not a coincidence theorist, never have been, never will be. 
Have I mentioned that before ;)
 "As the end of Daesh in Syria comes ever closer, the more obvious it becomes who is really fighting Daesh and who has been imitating the fight for t...

09:11

David Wood video: Famous Last Words of Jesus, Muhammad, and Nabeel Qureshi Jihad Watch

We can learn a lot about whats most important to a person by pondering his last words. In this video, David Wood discusses the parting thoughts of Jesus, Muhammad, and Nabeel Qureshi. Brilliant, and enlightening. Watch.

08:49

In Need of a Doctor Fig Trees and Vineyards

Here we we see Palestinian school children having their purses and knapsacks searched by an Israeli soldier Palestinian children daily routine on their way to school in Occupied West Bank. Would this be okay by you if your child went through this? pic.twitter.com/G0hMJhdO46 Abbs Winston (@AbbsWinston) September 17, 2017 It is not the healthy []

08:45

Trump Falls in Line with Interventionism Aletho News

By Robert Parry | Consortium News | September 19, 2017 In discussing President Trump, there is always the soft prejudice of low expectations people praise him for reading from a Teleprompter even if his words make little sense but there is no getting around the reality that his maiden address to the United []

08:23

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube deleting popular ex-Muslims Arabic material criticizing Islam Jihad Watch

Here is still more about how the social media giants are steadily choking off all material that looks at Islam with a critical eye. Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism are all fair game, but Islam is off limits, as our moral superiors move to impose Sharia blasphemy laws upon the West. My dilemma with Facebook and []

07:59

Third suspect arrested over London train attack: Police Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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07:48

The Senates Military Spending Increase Alone Is Enough to Make Public College Free The Anti-Media

It would cost $80 billion a year to make public college free in the United States.

(INTERCEPT One of the most controversial proposals put forward by Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential campaign was a pledge to make tuition free at public colleges and universities. Critics from both parties howled that the pie-in-the-sky idea would bankrupt the country. Where, after all, would the money come from?

Those concerns were brushed aside Monday night, as the Senate overwhelmingly approved an $80 billion annual increase in military spending, enough to have fully satisfied Sanderss campaign promise. Instead, the Senate handed President Donald Trump far more than the $54 billion he asked for. The lavish spending package gives Trump a major legislative victory, allowing him to boast about fulfilling his promise of a great rebuilding of the armed services.

The bill would set the U.S.s annual military budget at around $700 billion, putting it within range of matching the spending level at the height of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To put that in further perspective: If the package becomes law, U.S. military spending would exceed the total spending of its next 10 rivals put together, going off of 2016 military spending estimates from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

By  / Republished with permission / The Intercept

This article was chosen for republication based on the interest of our readers. Anti-Media republishes stories from a number of other independent news sources. The views expressed in this article are the authors own and do not reflect Anti-Media editorial policy.

07:39

John F. Kennedy: A Peace Legacy Lost World Beyond War . . .

By Craig Etchison, Phd

John F. Kennedy was murdered over fifty years ago. Not long after his death, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution that sent the United States full force into the Vietnam War, the beginning of fifty years of militarism culminating in the (supposedly) endlessor longwar on terrorism. But had JFK lived, the past fifty years of failed military adventurism might never have come to pass, though well never know for sure. Our country might have lived up to its highest ideals and led the world down a completely different patha path of peace.

That path was outlined a few months before JFKs assassination in a commencement address he gave at American University in Washington, DC, a speech that was, sadly, little noted nor long remembered. Yet the proposals in that speech still offer a map for positive change in the U.S., change that would benefit every citizen of this country and every person around the world. Shortly before JFKs address and by the slimmest of margins, the world had avoided a nuclear holocaust during the Cuban missile crisisprimarily because JFK refused to bow to pressure from generals who strongly advocated a nuclear first-strike against the Soviet Union. Generals were also pushing to insert large forces into Vietnam, a military venture JFK had decided to squash after the 1964 election.

In his AU address, instead of touting U.S. militarism, JFK decided to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth is too rarely perceivedyet it is the most important topic on earth: world peace. JFKs visionary ideas have startling relevance given our governments propensity to seek military solutions to all sorts of problems. Solving problems without military force seems a no-brainer considering the abject failure of military force to create a peaceful world during the past fifty years.

Kennedys idea of peace wasnt a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. JFK understood that the Pax Romana and the Pax Brittania were times of interminable war, where violence generally led to more violence, not peace. Today the U.S. spends billions of dollars to garrison the planet, engages in futile drone wars, and uses special ops forces outside the purview of Congress in a vain attempt to control the world. This militaristic approach to foreign policy has produced a world fraught with unmitigated violence and unexpectedly deadly blowback. Vast numbers of innocent people around the world face daily violencenot to mention shortages of food, water, and justiceoften fueling the terrorism we are supposedly fighting.

And in the U.S.? We spend billions of dollars on weaponseven on weapons such as tanks and aircraft the military doesnt need or wantwhile millions are out of work, while one in six of our citizens regularly face hunger. Can such inequity be morally justified or, in purely practical economic terms, sustained?

President Kenned...

07:33

Suu Kyi faces mounting world anger over Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a blunt demand that Myanmar halt military operations in Rohingya areas

07:04

Shamkhani Warns: Iran to End Military Accords with Kurdistan in Case of Split Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

September 18, 2017 Head of Irans Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said all military agreements with semi-autonomous Kurdistan region will be terminated if the region goes ahead with the decision to split from Baghdad. Shamkhani made the remarks on Sunday as Iraqi Kurdish legislators of the countrys semi-autonomous Kurdistan region approved holding a []

07:01

Minnesota authorities claim that motive of St. Cloud mall jihadi remains unclear Jihad Watch

Dahir Adans motive is abundantly clear from this article itself, yet law enforcement officials still apparently think that why Adan stabbed 10 shoppers at St. Clouds Crossroads Center remains a big mystery. Well, lets see. 1. He plunged kitchen knives into 10 shoppers at St. Clouds Crossroads Center mall, after reportedly asking some if they []

07:00

Army Troops Liberated 2 Villages East Of Salamiyah, ISIS Destroyed 2 Battle Tanks (Map, Photos)

Army Troops Liberated 2 Villages East Of Salamiyah, ISIS Destroyed 2 Battle Tanks (Map, Photos)

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Syrian government forces have lbierated the villages of Rasm Tawil and Shayman from ISIS in the eastern Salamiyah countryside. The villages are located in the southern part of the ISIS-held pocket north of the Homs-Palmyra highway.

Meanwhile, ISIS has released a photo report showing clashes between government troops and ISIS members in the area. According to photos, the army and its allies have lost at least 2 battle tanks.

Army Troops Liberated 2 Villages East Of Salamiyah, ISIS Destroyed 2 Battle Tanks (Map, Photos)

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06:46

Qatar renews call for 'unconditional dialogue' with Gulf states Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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06:24

Resistance Axis Won in Syria, Farewell to Arms Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

September 19, 2017 Syria is heading towards a comprehensive settlement. Farewell to arms. Syria is on a new path, and it is witnessing a major shift from battlefield to political negotiations, and intensified diplomacy. The liberation of Deir Ezzor from the Takfiri ISIL group has ushered in a new era where political settlement would be []

06:10

Listening to The Donald at the UN The Vineyard of the Saker

This article was written for the Unz Review Late this morning, outraged emails started pouring in.  My correspondents reported getting sick and having their heart ache.  The cause of all

05:45

How Hezbollah Came to Dominate Information Warfare: Israeli Media Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

September 19, 2017 Long time ago Hezbollah began significantly investing in propaganda, and laid the groundwork for the effective use of information warfare, which is the ability to gain an advantage over an adversary through the management of information, according to an article published by JPost. JPost mentioned that Hezbollah operations have long been governed []

05:44

Trumps America-first UN speech was the best of his presidency The Counter Jihad Report

Conservative Review, by Jordan Schachtel, Sept. 19, 2017: President Trump delivered the most America-first speech of his presidency in front of the United Nations Tuesday morning in New York City. It was a no-holds-barred address that shined a light on Continue reading

05:33

Independent: Focusing on London Tube bombers refugee status shamelessly Islamophobic Jihad Watch

Yes, stopping or even slowing the Muslim migrant influx wont stop native-born Muslims from waging jihad. Yes, some refugees have no intention of waging jihad or trying to impose Sharia norms over the law of the land. But the argument presented here is ridiculous: We will not stop terrorism by kicking blameless families of refugees []

05:32

US, South Korea, China and Russia Practice for War off Coast of North Korea The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA) East Asia  This week started off with what Reuters called a flurry of military drills in East Asia following the latest missile test by Kim Jong-uns regime. From the news agencys piece on Monday:

The U.S. military staged bombing drills with South Korea over the Korean peninsula and Russia and China began naval exercises ahead of a U.N. General Assembly meeting on Tuesday where North Koreas nuclear threat is likely to loom large.

The flurry of military drills came after Pyongyang fired another mid-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday and the reclusive North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3 in defiance of United Nations sanctions and other international pressure.

In a press release announcing the United States joint exercises with the South exercises that also involved elements from the military of Japan Captain Cassandra Gesecki of U.S. Pacific Command made it clear the drills were directly related to the Norths most recent launch:

United States Air Force and Marine Corps aircraft joined Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Republic of Korea Air Force aircraft in a sequenced bilateral show of force over the Korean Peninsula September 17, in response to North Koreas launch of an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) over Japan on September 14.

According to Gesecki, the drills were executed using two U.S. B-1B bombers from Andersen Air Force base in Guam, four U.S. F-35B jets from the Marine Corps, four South Korean F-15K fighters, and four F-2 jets from Japan.

At the same time, China and Russia are conducting coordinated exercises of their own in the region. From The Independent:

Russia and China have begun major military drills less than 100 miles from the North Korean border, amid continuing tensions over the isolated states nuclear ambitions.

Chinese warships arrived in Peter the Great Bay, just outside of the Russian port of Vladivostok, for joint naval exercises that will extend into the Sea of Okhotsk, north of  Japan.

Unlike the United States, however, the allies claim the drills were...

05:09

Irans father of all bombs sends strong signal to Israel, Gulf states Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By  Leith Fadel 19/09/2017 Irans reported creation of the father of all bombs should be seen as a message to Israel and the Persian Gulf States, Russian military expert Vladimir Korovin told Sputnik, expressing doubt that Tehran would use its 10-ton conventional aviation bomb against the US. By announcing about the creation of a 10-ton []

05:08

Corrupt Russian General Gurulev Exposed by Soldiers of Russian Army 136th Brigade InformNapalm.org (English)

The photos of award certificates in the social accounts of Russian servicemen help reveal their participation in...

The post Corrupt Russian General Gurulev Exposed by Soldiers of Russian Army 136th Brigade appeared first on InformNapalm.org (English).

04:59

Waterborne Demonstration Puts Pentagons Environmental Impact Front and Center World Beyond War . . .

Arlington, Va. On Sunday afternoon, the Backbone Campaign, World Without War, the Raging Grannies, and other peace and environmental groups staged the spectacular banner hoist using a flotilla of linked kayakers in the lagoon just off the Potomac. About 50 kayakers took part in the event which was caught on camera by media on a press boat nearby.

While many demonstrations are held at government buildings in the nations capital, youll see few at the Pentagon protesting against the worlds largest military. The reason is because security concerns make it very difficult for activists to get anywhere near it. But several environmental groups staged a never-tried-before naval approach by paddling kayaks to a point just outside the Pentagon exclusion zone. Kayakers launched their vessels into the lagoon just north of military complex along with a giant inflated earth replica and several large banners.

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04:59

The Best Speech Yet From Any U.S. President Foreign Policy Journal

US President John F. Kennedy meets with Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschchev in Vienna in 1961. (US State Department)

04:56

US college football players charged in anti-Muslim beating Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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04:55

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Trumps UN Speech

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I listened to part of Trumps UN speech this morning. I was so embarrassed for him and for my country that I had to turn it off. 
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04:52

Turkey Faces Threats for Inking Landmark Arms Deal with Russia Geopolitics Alert

Ankara (SCF) The long awaited deal has taken place. A deposit has already been paid. Turkey has finally signed the $2.5bn (1.9bn) contract with Russia to buy S-400 advanced missile defense system. With a range of 400 kilometers (248 miles), the system can shoot down up to 80 targets simultaneously, aiming two missiles at each one, at an altitude of up to 30 km.

The system is not operationally compatible with the systems used by NATO countries, which gives Turkey a military capacity independent of the alliance. NATO commanders will not have control over it. The identification friend or foe (IFF) equipment wont prevent Turkey from using it against NATO aircraft and missiles. Reaching full operational capability will require Russian personnel to be stationed in Turkey on advice, assistance and training missions.

The technology transfer component of the S-400 deal is especially important as it would allow Turkey to rapidly expand domestic defense industry with Russias help. Russia would supply two batteries and help Ankara build two more such systems. A few years ago, the US refused to let Turkey produce Patriot air defense systems on its soil and the deal was off.

RELATED: Turkey Pays Deposit to Russia on Purchase of S-400 Missile Systems

Ankara does not have industrial infrastructure to produce air defense systems. Russian specialists will have to come and build it from scratch. As a result, Russia will get access to the defense infrastructure of a NATO member state. The agreement to build the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey, which is to be launched by 2023, is another example of fruitful economic cooperation.

NATO insists members of the alliance are obligated to use military hardware that is interoperable with each others systems. But the S-400 deal is not the first time the principle of interoperability is not observed. Greece purchased Russias S-300 missile system several years ago.

The move a further sign of Ankaras gradual estrangement from its Western allies meets the strategic goal to acquire the nationally controlled defense capability. Turkey has also criticized the US and its allies for their reticence about selling it military arms and technology.

As had been expected, the deal triggered the anger of the United States and other NATO members. The US had long been warning Turkey against the deal. We have relayed our concerns to Turkish officials regar...

04:51

The US Has New Red Line in Syria And Its F*cking Ridiculous The Anti-Media

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  In its latest breach of international law, the U.S. is unilaterally attempting to prevent the Syrian government from reclaiming its own territory. From Reuters:

U.S.-backed Syrian militias will not let government forces cross the Euphrates River in their bid to recover eastern Syria, their commander said on Friday, but Russia said army units had already done so near the city of Deir al-Zor.

Reuters notes that Russia is involved in this particular part of Syria, bolstering the Syrian Arab Army and its allies with air power.

According to Reuters, an aide to Syrias president, Bashar al-Assad, said the government would fight any force that comes within its path, including U.S.-backed forces. According to Deir ez-Zor military council commander Ahmed Abu Khawla, who fights under the banner of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF):

Now we have 3 km between us and the eastern riverbank, once our forces reach the area, any shot fired into that area we will consider an attack on the military council.

He added:

We have notified the regime and Russia that we are coming to the Euphrates riverbank, and they can see our forces advancingWe do not allow the regime or its militias to cross to the eastern riverbank.

The Deir ez-Zor military council was established under the banner of the U.S.-backed SDF as recently as December 2016. This was arguably a poor attempt to legitimize Washingtons aspirations for the oil-rich region. In actuality, 4,000 fighters backed by foreign powers can hardly be a more legitimate force than the current Syrian government and its forces, but as is usually the case, the United States is not remotely concerned with the legality of this current strategy.

According to Reuters, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the SAA had already crossed the Euphrates, making a difficult scenario for Americas ambitions in the region. Not only is the Syrian army ignoring Washingtons directions, Russia is apparently unfazed by these developments, as well.

Unsurprisingly, Secretary of Sta...

04:46

Identity Politics in America: The Absurdities Mount Foreign Policy Journal

James Madison High School in Dallas, Texas, January 29, 2012 (Hasteur/CC BY-SA 3.0)

04:46

The CIA: 70 Years of Organized Crime Dissident Voice

On occasion of the CIAs 70th anniversary, Lars Schall talked with US researcher Douglas Valentine about the Central Intelligence Agency. According to Valentine, the CIA is the organized crime branch of the U.S. government, doing the dirty work for the rich and powerful. Douglas Valentine is the author of the non-fictional, historical books The Hotel Tacloban, The Phoenix Program, The Strength of the Wolf, The Strength of the Pack, and The CIA as Organized Crime.

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Lars Schall: 70 years ago, on September 18, 1947, the National Security Act created the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA. Douglas, you refer to the CIA as the organized crime branch of the U.S. government. Why so?

Douglas Valentine: Everything the CIA does is illegal, which is why the government provides it with an impenetrable cloak of secrecy. While mythographers in the information industry portray America as a bastion of peace and democracy, CIA officers manage criminal organizations around the world. For example, the CIA hired one of Americas premier drug trafficker in the 1950s and 1960s, Santo Trafficante, to murder Fidel Castro. In exchange, the CIA allowed Trafficante to import tons of narcotics into America. The CIA sets up proprietary arms, shipping, and banking companies to facilitate the criminal drug trafficking organizations that do its dirty work. Mafia money gets mixed up in offshore banks with CIA money, until the two are indistinguishable.

Drug trafficking is just one example.

LS: What is most important to understand about the CIA?

DV: Its organizational history, which, if studied closely enough, reveals how the CIA manages to maintain its secrecy. This is the essential contradiction at the heart of Americas problems: if we were a democracy and if we truly enjoyed free speech, we would be able to study and speak about the CIA. We would confront our institutionalized racism and sadism. But we cant, and so our history remains unknown, which in turn means we have no idea who we are, as individuals or as a nation. We imagine ourselves to be things we are not. Our leaders know bits and pieces of the truth, but they cease being leaders once they begin to talk about the truly evil things the CIA is doing.

LS: A term of interest related to the CIA is plausible deniability. Please explain.

DV: The CIA doesnt do anything it cant deny. Tom Donohue, a retired senior CIA officer, told me about this.

Let me tell you a bit about my source. In 1984, former CIA Director William Colby agreed to help me write my book, The Phoenix Program. Colby introduced me to Donohue in 1985. Donohue had managed the CIAs covert action branch in Vietnam from 1964-1966, and many of the programs he developed were incorporated in Phoenix. Because...

04:45

Americas slow-motion military coup World Beyond War . . .

By Stephen Kinzer, September 16, 2017, Boston Globe.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and White House chief of staff John Kelly watched a presidential appearance alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Vice President Mike Pence in August.

In a democracy, no one should be comforted to hear that generals have imposed discipline on an elected head of state. That was never supposed to happen in the United States. Now it has.

Among the most enduring political images of the 20th century was the military junta. It was a group of grim-faced officers usually three who rose to control a state. The junta would tolerate civilian institutions that agreed to remain subservient, but in the end enforced its own will. As recently as a few decades ago, military juntas ruled important countries including Chile, Argentina, Turkey, and Greece.

These days the junta system is making a comeback in, of all places, Washington. Ultimate power to shape American foreign and security policy has fallen into the hands of three military men: General James Mattis, the secretary of defense; General John Kelly, President Trumps chief of staff; and General H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser. They do not put on their ribbons to review military parades or dispatch death squads to kill opponents, as members of old-style juntas did. Yet their emergence reflects a new stage in the erosion of our political norms and the militarization of our foreign policy. Another veil is dropping.

Given the presidents ignorance of world affairs, the emergence of a military junta in Washington may seem like welcome relief. After all, its three members are mature adults with global experience unlike Trump and some of the wacky political operatives who surrounded him when he moved into the White House. Already they have exerted a stabilizing influence. Mattis refuses to join the rush to bomb North Korea, Kelly has imposed a measure of order on the White House staff, and McMaster pointedly distanced himsel...

04:21

Americas Jews Are Driving Americas Wars Aletho News

Shouldnt they recuse themselves when dealing with the Middle East? Philip Giraldi Unz Review September 19, 2017 I spoke recently at a conference on Americas war party where afterwards an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked, Why doesnt anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room? Nobody has []

04:18

UK: Jailed Muslim rape gang leader assaults non-Muslim inmate for opposing terrorism Jihad Watch

Shabir Ahmed was leader of a Muslim rape gang; he blamed his conviction on an anti-Muslim conspiracy. He viciously assaulted James Palmer for saying terrorists should be eradicated, even though Palmer didnt mention Muslims. Ahmed, that racist, bigoted Islamophobe, assumed that Palmer was referring to Muslims when he referred to terrorists. Even after the assault, []

04:08

Elisha Wiesels Rosh Hashanah remembrance Mondoweiss

This is part of Marc H. Elliss Exile and the Prophetic feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.

I never pursued Elie Wiesel like some other Jews who felt that his memory of the Holocaust deflected, even buried, the complicity of Israel and the Jewish establishment in America in the injustice done to the Palestinian people. Over the years, I studied and wrote about Wiesel in a respectful and critical way.

It wasnt just critics of Israeli policies toward Palestinians who had their fill of Wiesel on the public stage. I will never forget a prominent liberal rabbi complaining that Wiesel was cashing in on the Holocaust. When he ended his stinging indictment Theres no business, like Shoah business he expected from me a sign of solidarity. I cringed and walked away.

Now there is a reflection by Wiesels son, Elisha, in the Forward on the first Rosh Hashanah since his fathers passing last year. Again respect is due. Each one of us has a right to remember his or her father in the way we need to.

Yet Elishas reflection is a public one, of his famous father, and the way he remembers his father is important. How Elie Wiesel is remembered is important for us, too.

After some personal reminiscing, Elisha concentrates on his fathers message to Jews and the world:

What was my fathers message?

Listen to the prophet Isaiah in yesterdays Haftorah, the reading from the prophets: For the sake of Zion, I will not be silent, and for the sake of Jerusalem I will not rest, until her righteousness comes out like brilliance, and her salvation burns like a torch.

Not to be silent not to rest. When I see friends standing up for DACA Dreamers, or refusing to accept false moral equivalence in Charlottesville, or demanding the worlds recognition of the Jewish State of Israels right to exist, I hear the message. And I feel him with us.

But there was something about my father that went even deeper than his humanitarian efforts and social activism, something that was a source for those outward manifestations.

I find Elie Wiesels deeper manifestation in Elishas cadence, much like his fathers. Rather than fact or dogma, their words have a liturgical resonance. Father and son communicate a liturgy of commitment and inclusion on the personal and collective level. Yet like his father, Elisha leaves important elements of the Jewish present out. I wouldnt call what is left out an issue. Issues can be resolved over time and, often, through small steps. Rather what Elisha leaves out is more like a confessional commandment: his fathers, now his complicity in the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people.

Notice,...

03:56

The Lucy Stein Gang Rides into Moscow Fig Trees and Vineyards

US Interference in Russian Election By Israel Shamir Can the Putin Fans League win municipal elections in New York City? Not bloody likely, youll murmur, and probably justifiably so. However, in the municipal elections last week, pro-American forces captured one third of the seats in Moscow. A great shock, slightly mitigated by the media silence []

03:55

Kenyas chief justice condemns threats against judiciary Peace and Freedom

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AFP | Supporters of President Uhuru Kenyatta disagree with Kenyas Supreme Court ruling which annulled his election victory
NAIROBI (AFP)  Kenyas chief justice on Tuesday hit out at political leaders and their supporters over a wave of threats against his court, which annulled last months presidential election over widespread irregularities.Scores of supporters of President Uhuru Kenyatta gathered outside the Supreme Court to demand he be sworn in, before being dispersed with teargas, while isolated protests blocked roads elsewhere in the country.

Chief Justice David Maraga said the demonstrations were clearly intended to intimidate individual judges.

Maraga and his fellow judges are putting the final touches to their highly-anticipated full judgement, expected to be read out Wednesday, which will point out in detail why they took the unprecedented decision to overturn the August 8 poll.

Maraga in his brief ruling nearly three weeks ago mentioned only irregularities and illegalities in the transmission of vote results, when he annulled Kenyattas victory over his rival Raila Odinga.

While the chief justice became an overnight hero to many across the continent, he inspired fury among the ruling party.

Kenyatta took to the streets referring to Maraga and his fellow judges as crooks, and threatened to fix the Supreme Court if re-elected.

He then attempted to row back on his comments, saying he was merely angry, in what was seen as attempt to appease Maragas Kisii community an important voting bloc ahead of the new election.

However local media has reported moves by ruling party lawmakers to curb the powers of the Supreme Court.

Maraga said: Individual judges particularly of the Supreme Court as well as other judicial officers and staff have been attacked, threatened and negatively profiled on social media.

Senior political leaders have also threatened the judiciary promising to cut it to size and teach us a lesson.

He said the police had ignored calls to act on these threats.

Maraga, who was speaking on behalf of the Judicial Service Commission, said such attacks are degrading, demeaning and are meant to intimidate, threaten and cow the institution and cow the judges.

If leaders are tired of having a strong and independent judiciary they should call a referendum and abolish it all together, he added.

Before that happens, the judiciary wil...

03:52

Getting the Gulf of Tonkin Wrong Aletho News

Are Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Telling Stories About the Central Events Used to Legitimize the US Attack Against Vietnam? By James M. Williamson | CounterPunch | September 19, 2017 This past spring I attended an advance screening of excerpts of Ken Burns and Lynn Novicks documentary about the US War against Vietnam at Harvard, []

03:39

Philip Giraldi: US Jews are Driving Americas Wars Fig Trees and Vineyards

By Philip Giraldi I spoke recently at a conference on Americas war party where afterwards an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked, Why doesnt anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room? Nobody has mentioned Israel in this conference and we all know its American Jews with all their money []

03:35

"Sovereign Nations" Is Main Theme Of Trump's UN Speech Moon of Alabama

Today the President of the United States Donald Trump spoke (rush transcript) to the United Nations General Assembly. The speech's main theme was sovereignty. The word occurs 18(!) times. It emphasized Westphalian principles. [W]e do expect all nations to uphold...

03:33

Cameroon publisher detained for more than eight months Committee to Protect Journalists

Police arrested Mofor Ndong, the Bamenda-based publisher of the independent bi-monthly newspaper, Voice of the Voiceless, on February 9, 2017 in Buea, the capital of Cameroon's English-speaking Southwest region, according to media reports.

03:28

Ludicrous or bold? Boris Johnson becomes symbol of a nation divided Peace and Freedom

  
Media reactions to Boris Johnsons Brexit vision give the impression the UK only has one of two destinies. While the Tory Telegraph sees a chance for national renewal and deliverance, the liberal Guardian acts like hes invited the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Days before UK Prime Minister Theresa May will make a major and much heralded Brexit speech in Florence, her foreign secretary grabbed all the headlines. Writing a 4,200-word article in the Telegraph on theglorious future that awaits Britain, Boris Johnson claimed the country would succeed mightily in its great post-Brexit enterprise.

Tensions are growing between the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary as @theresa_may hits back at @BorisJohnsons #Brexit challenge. pic.twitter.com/sBHiosS1E7

RT UK (@RTUKnews) September 19, 2017Downing Street didnt like it of course, and sent out Home Secretary Amber Rudd to accuse Johnson of backseat driving  a move which itself didnt look good considering May faces accusations of being a weak leader.

But the real state of the political landscape is vividly obvious, as always, in the press. For the liberal, Pro-Europe Guardian, this was a masterpiece of doublespeak and smarm. For the Telegraph, the Brexiteers right-leaning newspaper of choice, it was a fearless blueprint for a brighter future. Of course, the pro-Tory Telegraph has Boris on the payroll, so you wouldnt expect much different.

A closer look at how these two institutions of the press choose to represent the Brexit debate, as typified by blonde bombshell Boris, suggest there is currently little middle ground to be found.

Fiercely on the Remain side, the Guardian believes conman Johnson is making claims that are palpably false and based on ludicrous fantasy.

Much of its criticism focuses on Johnsons revival of the widely disproved claim that the UK would have 350 million ($472 million) extra per week post-Brexit. The left-wing newspaper blames Tory lies and schemin...

03:27

Britain and Saudi Arabia sign military cooperation deal Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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03:21

No, opposition to Jihadism or Ikhwan or Wahhabiyyah is NOT Islamophobia The Angry Arab News Service/

While it is true that many progressive and mostly liberals support dictatorial rules in Syria or Egypt or Tunisia or Jordan or Gulf regime out of a desire to crush Islamists and Ikhwan, but opposition to Jihadism or Ikhwan or Wahhabiyyah is NOT in itself Islamophobia, just as opposition to Zionism is not in itself anti-Semitism.

03:20

At UN, Trump threatens total destruction of North Korea Peace and Freedom

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threatened the total destruction of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive toward nuclear weapons.

Trump, who has ramped up his rhetoric throughout the escalating crisis with North Korea, told the murmuring crowd at the U.N. on Tuesday that it is far past time for the nations of the world to confront Kim Jong Un and said that Kims reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons poses a threat to the entire world with an unthinkable loss of human life.

Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime, Trump said about the North Korean leader. He said of the U.S.: If it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

Elected on the nationalist slogan America First, Trump argued that individual nations should act in their own self-interest, yet rally together when faced with a common threat. Using bellicose language rare for an U.S. president at the rostrum of the United Nations, Trump touched upon hot spots around the globe, declaring The scourge of our planet is a group of rogue regimes.

He urged nations to join together to stop Irans nuclear program he declared the deal to restrain it an embarrassment for the United States and defeat loser terrorists who have struck violence across the globe. He denounced radical Islamic terrorism, the inflammatory label he has recently shied away from. He warned that some violence-plagued portions of the world are going to hell. And he made little mention of Russia.

North Korea drew most of Trumps attention and anger.

Trump, who has previously warned of fire and fury if Pyongyang does not back down, claimed that no one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. And he scolded nations that it was an outrage to enabled and traded with North Korea, seeming to slight China, though he did not mention it by name.

Addressing the General Assembly is a milestone moment for any president, but one particularly significant for Trump, a relative newcomer to foreign policy who has at times rattled the international community with his unpredictability. He has pulled the Unites States out of multinational agreements, considered shrinking the U.S. military footprint in the world and deployed bombastic language on North Korea that has been criticized by other world leaders.

Trump frequently belittled the U.N. as a candidate and some with...

03:16

Are you, or have you ever been, an RT or Sputnik pundit? Aletho News

By Neil Clark | RT | September 19, 2017 The demands from the NATO/military-industrial complex-funded Atlantic Council and neocon hawks for RT and Sputnik to be forced to register as foreign agents in the US, brings to mind similarly disturbing events which took place in the Land of the Free in the early 1950s. The []

03:14

U.S. President Donald Trump: U.S. Could Be Force To Totally Destroy North Korea Peace and Freedom

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U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the United States will be forced to totally destroy North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a rocket man on a suicide mission.

Loud murmurs filled the green-marbled U.N. General Assembly hall when Trump issued his sternest warning yet to North Korea, whose ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests have rattled the globe.

Unless North Korea backs down, he said, We will have no choice than to totally destroy North Korea.

Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime, he said.

North Koreas mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trumps remarks.

A junior North Korean diplomat remained in the delegations front-row seat for Trumps speech, the North Korean U.N. mission said.

In his first appearance at the annual gathering of world leaders, the president used a 41-minute speech to take aim also at Irans nuclear ambitions and regional influence, Venezuelas collapsing democracy and the threat of Islamist extremists.

He also criticized the Cuban government.

But his strongest words were directed at North Korea. He urged United Nations member states to work together to isolate the Kim government until it ceases its hostile behavior.

He said North Koreas pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable cost of human life.

In what may have been a veiled prod at China, the Norths major trading partner, Trump said: It is an outrage that some nations would not only trad...

03:04

Iraq: Sunnis enraged over Mosul school named after Irans Khomeini Jihad Watch

The biggest beneficiary of the U.S. intervention in Iraq and toppling of Saddam Hussein was the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iraqs Sunnis were enraged and felt disenfranchised when the U.S.-sponsored elections resulted in the formation of a Shiite-dominated government, but that was inevitable, given the Shia plurality in the country. But that rage led to []

02:36

Whats on the Mind of a Muslim Refugee? The Counter Jihad Report

MEF, by Burak Bekdil BESA Center Perspectives September 10, 2017 Originally published under the title Whats on a Muslim Refugees Mind? The autumn of 2015 was unusual in almost every way on the north Aegean Greek island of Lesbos from Continue reading

02:31

Comments section reform request for comments The Vineyard of the Saker

Dear friends, As promised, I am now sharing with you the reasons which prompted my decision to initiated a reform the comments section and the solutions I am thinking of.

02:04

Islamic State sleeper cells in uniform target southern Iraq Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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01:58

Trump at UN: We will stop radical Islamic terrorism Jihad Watch

We will stop radical Islamic terrorism because we cannot allow it to tear up our nation, and indeed, to tear up the entire world. A good sign that he has not, as has been widely suspected, turned against the principles that got him elected. Will he now allow law enforcement and intelligence agencies to study []

01:55

NYT piece on nationalism as a cause for ethnic cleansing leaves out the Nakba Mondoweiss

Amanda Taub has a very smart piece up at the New York Times about the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Myanmar, in which she describes ethnic cleansing as an inevitable outcome of the the definition of a nation as the means for  a given people to attain self-determination.

Self-determination means not only defining what a nation is, but also who belongs in that nation and who is an outsider. And during times of political upheaval, when national identity comes under pressure and different groups compete for claims to self-determination, such definitions can provide an impetus for mass violence and even genocide against those deemed to be outsiders.

Others have made related points from Benedict Andersons landmark work on the nation as an imagined community, to Norman Finkelsteins critique of self-determination as a desideratum in Israel and Palestine, to Orwells famous essay on Nationalism.

Amanda Taub, from her Twitter feed @amandataub

Taubs piece has a notable flaw. When she relates the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya to other cases, she cites several majoritarian abuses: of Sri Lankans Tamils, and Jews and Muslims and Roma in Europe.

Most countries have a majority ethnic or religious group whose customs, culture and religion dominate public life. But ethnic or religious definitions of the nation, when translated into political priorities, put minority citizens at a disadvantage.

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01:54

Iran General: We have infiltrated into the Americans command control centers Jihad Watch

Theres no reason why Iran couldnt have done this. Any special scrutiny of Muslim officers would be deemed Islamophobic. Iran Threatens to Drop Father of All Bombs, by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon, September 18, 2017: A senior Iranian military leader claims the Islamic Republic has developed the father of all bombs, a 10-ton bomb that []

01:45

Latest Saudi arrests: Activists, judges are targeted Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Saudi Arabia detains members of the judiciary and prominent human rights activists in latest wave of arrests

01:44

Can a robot replicate the movements of a human?

This Kashmiri student thinks so!

01:22

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 19, 2017 (Maps, Video)

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 19, 2017 (Maps, Video)

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On September 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Syrian Republican Guard (SRG) and their allies continued developing momentum against ISIS on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

According to pro-government sources, government forces took full control over the villages of Marat and Mazlum after repelling an ISIS counter-attack there. Following this, government troops, led by units of the 4th Armoured Division, advanced in the direction of Khsham located on the road to al-Mayadin.

Overview Of Battle For Deir Ezzor On September 19, 2017 (Maps, Video)

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A media wing of the SAA 5th Assault Corps ISIS Hunters released a video showing the crossing of the Euphrates on September 18 morning. According to the media outlet, government forces liberated Marrat, Sbahah and Mazlum and killed about 40 ISIS members.

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23:38

How Netanyahus son became the poster boy for white supremacists Mondoweiss

The eldest son of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has found himself an unlikely poster boy for David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, and the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer.

Last week these cheerleaders for Jew hatred described 27-year-old Yair Netanyahu as awesome and a total bro for posting a grossly anti-semitic image on social media.

It depicts an Illuminati-like figure and a reptilian creature controlling the world through money and dark arts. Alongside them are a cabal of conspirators, their faces altered to show Netanyahus main opponents. They include George Soros, a Holocaust survivor who has invested billions in pro-democracy movements, and Ehud Barak, a former Israeli prime minister turned government critic.

This is not Yairs first troubling outburst. Last month he emulated US President Donald Trump in decrying demonstrators who opposed a rally by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left a woman dead.

These might be dismissed as the immature rantings of a wayward son, had Yair not been groomed by his father as Israels crown prince. Netanyahu Jnr was supposedly behind an online media strategy that steered Netanyahu to electoral victory in 2015. He can be seen at his fathers side at meetings with world leaders.

The Israeli media were shocked not only by the post but Netanyahus determined refusal to criticise his son. An editorial in the Haaretz daily concluded that the prime ministers silence signalled his consent to the ongoing demonization of anyone who doesnt get in line with the Israeli right.

Yairs choice of targets was revealing, particularly the images Grand Jew George Soros.

In July, Netanyahu met his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban, an ultra-nationalist who has led a xenophobic campaign against immigrants. In a bid to crush opposition, the Orban government has vilified Soros, an American-Hungarian who promotes progressive causes. A billboard campaign against the billionaire unleashed a wave of anti-semitism across the country.

As leader of a Jewish state professing to be the worlds only refuge against anti-Semitism, Netanyahu ought to have rushed to Soross defence. Instead he echoed Orbans incitement. Soros, he said, had undermined and defamed Israel too by funding human rights groups opposed to the occupation.

Sympathy with the European and US far-right is not restricted to the Netanyahu camp. It is moving into the Israeli mainstream. Last week the Herzliya conference an annual jamboree for Israels security establishment invited Sebastian Gorka as a keynote speaker.

Gorka, another American-Hungarian and Trumps former terrorism adviser, is a figurehead of the alt-right, a term for US white supremacist groups. Gorka told the conference that Israel and the US were founding members of the Judeo-Christian civilization and would defeat their common enemies.

Meanwhile, another US alt-...

11:53

Trump Threatens to Destroy the World at the UN General Assembly INTERNATIONALIST 360

Trump Falls in Line with Interventionism Robert Parry In discussing President Trump, there is always the soft prejudice of low expectations people praise him for reading from a Teleprompter even if his words make little sense but there is no getting around the reality that his maiden address to the United Nations General...

10:30

The Lefts Long History of Militant Resistance to Fascism INTERNATIONALIST 360

Anti-fascism is a movement that goes back a hundred years. But when we talk about antifa today, we are talking about modern militant anti-fascism, which predominantly grew out of movements in Great Britain and Germany in the 1970s and 1980s. Riots between anti-Fascists and Blackshirts (British Fascists) when Oswald Mosleys supporters were gathering in Great...

10:30

International Community Joins Venezuela in Anti-Imperialist March INTERNATIONALIST 360

Venezuelans and representatives from around the world have taken to the streets in a march against international imperialism ending the solidarity event, We Are All Venezuela, in Caracas. With roughly 200 delegates from 60 countries, the demonstrators began their march from the Teresa Carreo Theater and headed to the Miraflores Presidential Palace. Organizers say the...

10:30

Lies, Historical Amnesia and Double Standards: Trump Speaks at the UN INTERNATIONALIST 360

Jim Miles Trumps speech at the UN this morning is one of the best speeches I have heard aimed at an ignorant uninformed audience, essentially his Make America Great Again (MAGA) followers, and his political state handlers.  Staying on script from the teleprompters, it was obvious that while many of these ideas were his, most...

Monday, 18 September

12:57

Oaxaca: Geopolitics and the Earthquake INTERNATIONALIST 360

Griselda Snchez Photos: Marisol Balbuena Delgado y brigada mdica y solidaria. The people of Oaxaca have had a difficult week. First came President Enrique Pea Nietos visit to the capital on Thursday, September 7th for the inauguration of a Cultural and Convention Center, on the occasion of the 24th Conference of the Mexican Business Council...

11:34

Financial Blockade Against Citgo US Retaliation for Venezuelas Success with Dialogue INTERNATIONALIST 360

Misin Verdad Translated By Les Blough,  Axis of Logic Via Tortilla Con Sal The rash on the hands of the White House against Venezuela is amplified and deepened by the targeted asphyxiation by financial operators against the main Venezuelan asset in the United States: Citgo Petroleum, a subsidiary of PDVSA. This has recently transpired, through...

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