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Thursday, 22 February


Americas Boots-On-The-Ground Fighters in Syria are Kurds and Al Qaeda The Vineyard of the Saker

by Eric Zuesse for the Saker Blog As will be documented here, Americas troops in Syria are not there in order to fight, but to assist Kurdish separatists in the


Philippines: Presidential spokesperson Roque junks US intel report; Senator Trillanes says its a warning shot from the U.S. Creeping dictatorship, disregard for human rights and rule of law Peace and Freedom

Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community: Philippines President Duterte is a threat to democracy, rule of law in Southeast Asia
 / 10:08 AM February 21, 2018

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Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (left) and Sen. Antonio Trillanes. INQUIRER FILES

A Palace official rejected on Wednesday a US intelligence report that President Rodrigo Duterte is a threat to democracy, saying the chief executive knows and upholds the rule of law.

Well I dont think thats true. Hes a lawyer. He knows the law. He wants to uphold the rule of law. He knows about the bill of rights. And of course I wouldnt have joined him if he was a threat to human rights, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview with the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).

According to the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, Duterte was listed as one of the threats to democracy due to his signature campaign against drugs, corruption, and crime.

In the Philippines, President Duterte will continue to wage his signature campaign against drugs, corruption, and crime. Duterte has suggested he could suspend the Constitution, declare a revolutionary government, and impose nationwide martial law, the report said.

READ: US Intelligence Community: Duterte is one of threats to democracy in Southeast Asia


'The hospitals are overflowing with blood': Doctors struggle to cope in Eastern Ghouta Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Nearly 300 people have been killed in attacks on besieged enclave that doctors say are targeting civilians and hospitals


BBC WS Newshour framing of Iranian activity in Syria part two BBC Watch

As we saw in part one of this post the lead story in the afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Newshour on February 18th focused on the Israeli prime ministers speech at the Munich Security Conference earlier in the day, with listeners hearing remarkably little about the relevant topic of Iranian activities in Syria and the broader Middle East while contributor Laleh Khalili promoted a grotesque caricature of Israel.

The evening edition of the programme also led with that same story.

Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a stinging verbal attack on Iran, telling a Munich Security Conference Iran is the greatest threat to our world.

Presenter James Coomarasamy introduced the first item on the subject (from 00:45 here), yet again implying to listeners that the incursion of an Iranian drone into Israeli airspace on February 10th is a matter of opinion: [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]...


Russia Committed an Act of War Against the US on Par With Pearl Harbor and 9/11? The Anti-Media

Russia Pearl Harbor(INTERCEPT)  In the wake of last weeks indictments alleging that 13 Russian nationals and entities created fake social media accounts and sponsored political events to sow political discord in the U.S., something of a consensus has arisen in the political and media class (with some notable exceptions) that these actions not only constitute an act of war against the U.S., but one so []


Real Solutions for Curtailing Gun Violence The notion that more guns mean more crime is simplistic and false. Peace and Freedom

Toughen penalties for theft of firearms, and seriously enforce illegal-possession and straw-purchase laws.

A visitor to the South Florida Gun Show in Miami, Fla. on Feb. 17.
A visitor to the South Florida Gun Show in Miami, Fla. on Feb. 17. PHOTO: MICHELE EVE SANDBERG/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Feb. 20, 2018 6:22 p.m. ET

The most predictable fallout from last weeks school shooting in Florida is the impassioned reactions from both sides of the gun divide, which guarantee nothing will change. Gun-control supporters demonize firearms and Second Amendment supporters, blaming the National Rifle Association for mass murder. Conservatives see their critics as caring little about the Constitution and knowing next to nothing about firearms.

But people of good faith can find common ground and help reduce gun violence in the U.S.

Lets begin with a statistic: The number of guns in America rose nearly 50% between 1993 and 2013. During the same period, gun homicides fell by nearly 50%. The notion that more guns mean more crime is simplistic and false.

Yet we still see frightening outbursts of armed violencewhether sudden, as in 17 dead within minutes at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, or in slow motion, as in 20 dead during January in Chicagoan improvement from last year.

A University of Chicago study found that only 3% of Windy City gun crimes were committed with legally purchased guns. A federal study in 2004 put the percentage of gun crimes committed with legal guns at 11%. By and large the problem isnt gunsits that people who shouldnt have them are getting them and using them.

As for mass shoo...


Natanyahu is Finished. Sic Semper Tyrannis

It appears from today's news that Bibi and Sarah are on their way out of the PM's residence and may end up in adjoining prisons. I would welcome informed comment on this to include likely succession. pl


TPP remains largely unchanged in attempt to lure back U.S., Japanese official says Peace and Freedom

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Kazuyoshi Umemoto, Japans chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, holds up a copy of the original TPP deal as he speaks at a news conference Tuesday at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Tokyo. | REUTERS


Japan Times

FEB 21, 2018

While President Donald Trumps decision to pull the U.S. from the  initially put the deal on life support in January 2017, details released Wednesday revealed that the remaining 11 countries have managed to agree on terms close to the agreements original form.

Japanese diplomats, thrust into a new role as lead negotiators, worked to keep the deal largely unchanged except for key provisions which could eventually be reinstated to lure the United States back to the deal, and to potentially re-engage the Trump administration in the Asia-Pacific region.

One of the main reasons to keep the differences between the original TPP-12 and TPP-11 to a minimum is to induce the U.S. to come back to the deal, said Kazuyoshi Umemoto, Japans chief TPP negotiator, during a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. Although Japan is a trading nation, and we favored trade liberalization in general, we always had to be on the defensive side. But for the first time with TPP-11, we were able to take the lead.

In total, the new agreement removes 22 items, many of which were specifically pushed for by the United States.

Formally speaking the 22 amendments are suspended, but the TPP is a progressive agreement. That is why in addition to having new member economies, a change to the TPP agreement would not be impossible, said Kenichi Kawasaki, a professor and senior fellow at the Tokyo-based National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, who previously wrote an economic analysis of the original deal.

While U.S. participation in the trade pact remains improbable in the short term, during his January visit to Davos, Trump indicated an openness to rejoining the deal and on Friday, 25 senators pressed the president to re-engage on negotiations, according to The Washington Post.

There are important geoeconomic considerations driving a more proactive Japanese foreign economic policy, said Mireya Solis, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washing...


Meddling in Elections? We Do It, Too. stan van houcke


The Biggest Watergate Story of All stan van houcke

How the Washington Post Missed the Biggest Watergate Story of All



U.S. envoy visits Beirut, mediating in Lebanon-Israel dispute Peace and Freedom


BEIRUT (Reuters) A senior U.S. diplomat met Lebanons foreign minister on Wednesday in Beirut as part of a U.S. shuttle diplomacy effort to resolve tensions between Israel and Lebanon over a border wall and energy drilling in disputed waters.

Disputes over Israeli construction of the border wall, Lebanons start of oil and gas exploration at sea and the growing arsenal of Lebanons Iran-backed Shiite group Hezbollah have caused a spike in tensions between Lebanon and Israel, both friends of the United States that regard each other as enemies.

Lebanon this month signed its first offshore energy exploration and production agreements with a consortium of Frances Total, Italys Eni and Russias Novatek. One of two blocks given to the consortium, Block 9, contains waters claimed by Israel.

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Above: Eastern Med oil rig

David Satterfield, the acting U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, has been shuttling back and forth between Israel and Lebanon in a bid to resolve the disputes.

He met Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil on Wednesday in Beirut. The two had last met on Friday, after which Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri reiterated Lebanons rejection of U.S. proposals to resolve the maritime dispute as unacceptable.

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David Satterfield

This was an apparent reference to a maritime demarcation line proposed by U.S. diplomat Frederic Hof in 2012, which would give Lebanon around two-thirds and Israel around one-third of a disputed triangular area of sea of around 860 sq km (330 square miles).

A senior Lebanese government source said Satterfield did not come with any new plan, and talks still revolve around the Hof line.

A source in the foreign ministry said he discussed the disputed area, how Lebanon can preserve its rights and how to keep exploration and drilling from being affected.

Satterfield left without making any public comments.

The U.S. Embassy in Lebanon said Satterfield continues to engage on regional issues and on helping Lebanon develop its resources in agreement with its neighbors.

Reporting by Lisa Barrington and Laila Bassam; Editing by Peter Graff and Robin Pomeroy


FBI stonewalls, fights against turning over documents showing its role in jihad attack at AFDI free speech event Jihad Watch

It has become abundantly clear in the course of the Trump/Russia investigation that the FBI is corrupt to an extent far beyond what anyone had hitherto suspected, and its failure to act upon reports it had received of the Florida school shooter before his attack is just the latest evidence of its abject incompetence. One []


Cyprus urges Turkey to end gas standoff, resume peace talks Peace and Freedom


Cyprus energy minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis, right, and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades attend a meeting with the leadership council of the island, at the Presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Cyprus president Anastasiades says an offshore hydrocarbons search will carry on as planned despite strong opposition by Turkey and the ethnically split island nations breakaway Turkish Cypriots. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
NICOSIA: Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday urged Turkey to lift its blockade of offshore gas exploration that would benefit both the Greek and Turkish Cypriots once the island...


Four Indonesian provinces, including Riau, declare disaster alerts for forest fires Peace and Freedom

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Smoke rises from a peatland fire in Pekanbaru, Riau on Feb 1, 2018. It is one of 73 detected hot spots causing haze on the island of Sumatra. PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA Four Indonesian provinces including one that sits at Singapores doorstep are officially on disaster alert after a rising number of hot spots were detected within their boundaries.

Riau, South Sumatra, West Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan provinces have declared disaster alert status, said Dr Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for the countrys disaster management agency (BNPB), in a press statement on Wednesday (Feb 21). All four provinces are located around the equator, with Riau being closest to Singapore.

The disaster alert status means that the national government in Jakarta will be able to step in more easily and with less red tape to deal with raging fires, deploy troops and provide logistics and funds, Dr Sutopo said.

The number of hot spots has continued to increase. In the past week, the most number of hot spots was found in West Kalimantan province. Pontianak is blanketed by haze, Dr Sutopo said.

In the past 24 hours through 7am on Wednesday, there was a total of 78 hot spots across Indonesia, according to the Terra and Aqua satellites, based on a confidence level of between 30 per cent and 79 per cent.

West Kalimantan province recorded the highest number at 23 hot spots, followed by West Java at 14, Central Kalimantan with 12, Riau at nine, Riau Islan...


Buttering Up the Pentagon stan van houcke

FEB 20, 2018

Buttering Up the Pentagon

Secretary of Defense James Mattis. (Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kathryn E. Holm / DoD)


Singapore invites cyberattacks to strengthen defences Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks at Singapores inaugural Cyber Week in 2016: the defence ministry has now held an unusual contest aimed at tightening cybersecurity

SINGAPORE (AFP)  Hundreds of hackers have targeted Singapores defence ministry but the attacks were at the governments invitation in an unusual attempt to strengthen cybersecurity.Authorities said Wednesday they had paid out US$14,750 in prize money to the best of the 264 so-called white hat hackers specialists who seek to break into networks to check for vulnerabilities involved in the project.

The programme, which ran from mid-January to early February, was introduced after an embarrassing breach last year which saw hackers steal personal data from about 850 military servicemen and other employees from a defence ministry web portal.

It was run with cybersecurity network HackerOne, which specialises in coordinating bug bounty programmes in which hackers are rewarded for spotting weaknesses in computer systems.

The top hacker in the contest was a Cyber Security Manager from Ernst and Young Singapore who gave his name only as Darrel and goes by the online moniker Shivadagger. He was awarded US$5,000.

A total of 97 vulnerability reports were submitted from 34 participants during the programme, with 35 reports deemed valid, according to the defence ministry.

David Koh, the defence ministrys cybersecurity chief, hailed the project. Our systems are now more secure, he said.

While Singapore has some of the most advanced weaponry in the region, Koh said the ministry was at increasing risk of being targeted, and attackers could range from high-school students in their basements to criminals and state-actors.


Denmark: Muslim who attacked couple with axe is arrested, to undergo psychological examination Jihad Watch

More of the global outbreak of mental illness. This is truly a clash of civilizations, a clash of religions: the Islamic faith of this axe attacker and bank robber versus the faith of Danish authorities: psychology. These Danish officials believe that if this fellow wants to steal from and murder Infidels, it must be because []


The World Will Not Mourn the Decline of U.S. Hegemony stan van houcke


The World Will Not Mourn the Decline of U.S. Hegemony

A Paraguayan protester dressed as "Uncle Sam" during a 2005 march in Asuncion, Paraguay, against U.S. military forces. ...


Berto Jongman: How Real is Fake News? Public Intelligence Blog

Phi Beta Iota: This woman is interesting but limited. Anyone who does not understand that Sandy Hook was a false flag operation in which no one died, is either stupid or controlled.  She means well but she is not Jon Rappoport. Still, absolutely worth a look, hats off to Berto Jongman for flagging this link.

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Deep State @ Phi Beta Iota

Fake News & Phi Beta Iota

False Flag @ Phi Beta Iota

Rappoport @ Phi Beta Iota

Sandy Hook @ Phi Beta Iota

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Wednesday, 21 February


Elizabeth Warrens Rough Week Peace and Freedom

The Massachusetts senator gives the Native American claim another try.

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Feb. 16, 2018 10:05 a.m. ET

Are there Native Americans who dont belong to any tribe? Sen. Elizabeth Warren argues that there is at least one, and on Wednesday the Massachusetts Democrat made her case to the National Congress of American Indians.

Recently the Boston Globe explained why Ms. Warren needs to address the issue:

Theres a ghost haunting Elizabeth Warren as she ramps up for a possible 2020 presidential bid and a reelection campaign in Massachusetts this year: her enduring and undocumented claims of Native American ancestry.

As Warren is mentioned as a serious presidential contender in 2020, even some who should be her natural allies say Warren has displayed a stubborn unwillingness to address the gap between the story she was told of Native Americans in the family tree and a dearth of hard evidence to back it up.

And of course people who are not natural allies have been rather less charitable. President Donald Trump has taken to calling her Pocahontas and other critics have called her a fake Indian.

The website MassLive has published a copy of Sen. Warrens prepared remarks for the Wednesday speech:

I get why some people think theres hay to be made here. You wont find my family members on any rolls, and Im not enrolled in a tribe.

And I want to make something clear. I respect that distinction. I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes and only by tribes. I never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career.

Hmm. She seems to be acknowledging that no one in her family is a member of any tribe, and also claiming that she never used her family tree to get ahead. But did she get ahead by pretending to be part of someone elses family tree? According to the Globe:



Pressure Pays: Trumps Threats to Pakistan Clarion Project

President of the National Akali Dal party, Paramjeet Singh Pamma burns a picture of arch-terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. President of the National Akali Dal party, Paramjeet Singh Pamma burns a picture of arch-terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. (Photo: SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Dear President Trump,

Kudos on standing up to Pakistan and its support of terror. Im sure you took notice of what just happened after you tweeted your first communique of 2018:

The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!

Pakistan kicked and screamed and pouted. We do not have any alliance, said Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif. This is not how allies behave.

Yet the prospect of losing $900 million in military aid apparently caused the country to reconsider.

Pakistan just detained arch-terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, after dithering around for years arresting and releasing him.

But this time it looks different like Pakistan is taking your demands seriously because the U.S. has put its money where its mouth is.

In 2017, you wisely withheld $350 million in aid over Pakistans support of terror; the U.S. also held on to an additional $225 from 2016 for the same reasons.

Although Pakistan claimed it was fighting terror (the military says it lost more than 7,000 soldiers fighting al-Qaeda, th...


Johan Galtung: In Pursuit of Peace, Justice, & Common Good 100 Living Peace and Justice Leaders (List #2) Public Intelligence Blog

In Pursuit of Peace, Justice, & Common Good 100 Living Peace and Justice Leaders (List #2)

In the omnipresent face of abuses and oppression, we  recall iconic peace and justice leaders of the past, including Mohatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Samuel Gompers, Caesar Chavez, Larry Itliong, Rachel Corrie, Philip Berrigan & Daniel Berrigan, Glenn Paige, Hedy Epstein, Malcolm X, and so many others. Peace and justice advocates and activists, across time, are testimony to the enduring human spirit to resist oppression to claim liberty, and to endure, even when the costs are life.

This is the second list of living peace and justice advocates and activists we have compiled and published (see: Marsella, A.J., & Malley-Morrison, K. [January 29, 2018, In Pursuit of Peace and Justice: 100 Peace and Justice Leaders and Models, Transcend Media Service). Our efforts are continuous with intentions to celebrate Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.s enduring contributions to peace and justice, beyond his designated annual memorial holiday on January 15, 2018.

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France to unveil controversial migrant law immigration checks in homelss shelters? 100,000 asylum applications last year criminalises illegal border crossings Peace and Freedom



AFP/File / by Katy LEE and Claire GALLEN | France received a record 100,000 asylum applications last year.
PARIS (AFP)  The French government is set to unveil a tough new immigration bill Wednesday that is proving one of the most divisive of Emmanuel Macrons young presidency.The legislation, which criminalises illegal border crossings and aims for quicker deportation of those deemed economic migrants, has sparked widespread anger from NGOs who have branded it repressive.

The government says the law balances efficiency with humanity, offering faster asylum to refugees found to have fled conflict or repression.

But it has opened divisions in the left-right coalition that newcomer Macron set up when he came to power in May, with even some members of his Republic On The Move (LREM) party breaking ranks to criticise it.

The most vulnerable will be punished, said Jean-Michel Clement, a lawmaker who joined the centrist LREM after switching from the Socialists.

Its not forbidden to put a little humanity into a draft law.

Some workers at Frances refugee protection office Ofpra were going on strike to protest the bill on Wednesday, branding it an unequivocal departure from Frances tradition of asylum.

They join staff at the asylum court who have been on strike for nine days over their working conditions, with immigration lawyers also raising concerns over aspects of the draft law.

The bill will be presented to the cabinet Wednesday before being tabled in parliament in April.

While leftwingers see it as too punitive the right have labelled it too lax.

Macron has come under pressure to toughen his stance after winning power in an election in which far-right leader Marine Le Pen won 34 percent of the vote, capitalising on concerns over immigration.

The infamous Jungle migrant in Calais was razed in 2016 but young Africans and South Asians continue to head to the coast hoping to stow away on trucks crossing to Britain, while others are camped out on the streets of Paris.

France received a record 100,000 asylum applications last year.

Liberation newspaper noted that while polls showed voters backing tougher laws the relocation of thousands of migrants to towns and villages nationwide in 2016 went off largely without hitch.

The French say they are worried, wary and want conservative migration policies. But once they get to know refugees they also want them to be welcomed, the paper wr...


Forget the Terrorists, What about Your Own Government, Mr. Sisi? Jihad Watch

It is one thing for Egyptian President Sisi not to be able to prevent surprise Islamic terror attacks against Egypts Christians, the Copts. But what does one make of the fact that his own government also discriminates against and persecutes the Copts? Most recently, a court sentenced 19 Muslim defendants to a one-year suspended sentence for attacking []


Howdy Doody: Muellers Indictment Based on Old Article Public Intelligence Blog

Howdy Doody Patent Stealing Deep State Lawyer in Drag for Pedophilia Tryst

STUNNING: Mueller Patched Together Much of His Indictment from 2015 Radio Free Europe Article

It appears Mueller and his team of far left attorneys copied much of their report from an earlier RFE article.

Phi Beta Iota: There is nothing illegal about what the Russians have done, and there is something gravely unconstitutional what the US Government is doing in the way of stealing from the public treasury and lying to the US public. 2018, which may put veterans into office, is a crucible year.

We do have to consider the possibility that Donald Trump has turned Robert Mueller and Mueller did this with great deliberation to have an indictment that can be directly traced to a CIA-funded Radio Free Europe story is the best possible way for Donald Trump to put a cattle prod up whats left of CIAs tender ass.

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Amazon Kindle (99 Cents): The Soft Coup Collapses Blackmail Revealed What Next?: CIA was bluffing, produced no evidence Russians did not hack the election. Is this the beginning of the end of the Deep State in the USA? Can Trump clean house & wage peace? (Trump Revolution Book 6)

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UK: Muslim rape gang sex crimes against children at record high Jihad Watch

Averaging at 177 cases a day, child sex crime allegations including rape and grooming are at a record high in the UK One would think that these sickening crimes against children would have ended by now, given the scandal over their having been covered up. Not so when the crimes are perpetrated by an extraordinarily []


Americas Emerging Petro Economy Flips the Impact of Oil Peace and Freedom

Higher prices used to spell trouble for the economy, but with the emergence of the U.S. as a leading oil producer, that no longer holds true

Feb. 21, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

The effect of oil prices on the U.S. economy used to be straightforward: Higher was bad. Yet between 2014 and early 2016, as oil collapsed, growth slowed sharply. Since then oil has doubled, yet the economy has accelerated.

Credit this to the emergence of the U.S. as a leading oil producer and, soon, net energy exporter. More expensive oil is still a tax on consumers. But that tax is increasingly offset by the boost to energy investment, production and jobs. The U.S. business cycle is thus now tied in complex and surprising ways to the global oil market.


The rise in U.S. oil production, thanks to shale, is nothing short of spectacular. The federal Energy Information Administration projects that daily output, which was the highest since 1972 last year, will rise to a new record of 10.6 million barrels this year. BP PLCs latest world energy outlook predicts the U.S. will account for 18% of world oil and related liquids output in a little over two decades, well ahead of second-place Saudi Arabia at 13%.

Even more consequential: The U.S. deficit in crude oil and refined products has shriveled to four million barrels a day last year from 12 million in 2007. The EIA predicts the U.S. will become a small net exporter by 2029, and if all other energy is included, in just four years.

The U.S. has plentiful reserves of tight oilprimarily brittle rock formations such as shalethat was unprofitable to extract until the adoption of seismic imaging, hydraulic fracturing of rock and horizontal drilling in the mid 2000s. It now accounts for more than half of U.S. crude...


Melbourne, Australia: Community Blockades MITA Detention Centre in Desperate Bid to Stop Deportation to Danger of Tamil Asylum Seeker Insurrection News


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Community Blockades MITA Detention Centre in Desperate Bid to Stop Deportation to Danger of Tamil Asylum Seeker.

Community members have blockaded the gates of MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows this morning in a desperate bid to stop the deportation of Tamil asylum seeker, Santharuban. Grave fears are held for him should he be returned to Sri Lanka.

As a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), he faces plausible threat to his safety on return. Former Tiger members and returned Tamil refugees are routinely harassed, interrogated and some are subjected to torture by Sri Lankan security forces.

The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) has asked the Australian government to stop Santharubans deportation until it is able to perform an investigation. The Home Affairs Department has issued a deportation notice for the 22nd of February in spite of the UNCAT request.


French children being taught migration is a human right and we are all Africans Jihad Watch

France is safe and prosperous only thanks to a lifetime of open borders, while mass migration is a universal right, according to literature being handed out in French classrooms. The madness is complete. This brazen propaganda about Frances suicidal immigration policy is embarrassing, as is the fact that people actually buy into this irrationality. Most []


UK: Muslim House of Lords member condemns media for negative depiction of Muslims Jihad Watch

The way some British media depicts Islam and Muslims negatively is much worse than it was in 2011, former Tory co-chair and member of the House of Lords Sayeeda Warsi said..I could spend hours and hours on negative depiction by the written press, she said. With the implementation of wide-open, indiscriminate immigration policies came an []


Bump Stock Prices Soar After Trump Proposes Ban Peace and Freedom


The White House bows to pressure over a device used in the 2017 Las Vegas massacre as protests mount over last weeks killing of 17 people at a Florida high school.
February 21, 2018, 5:00 AM EST

Bump stocks are worth a lot more thanks to an announcement from U.S. President Donald Trump.

The devices, which increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic gun to mimic that of a fully-automatic firearm, may become the subject of a ban proposed by Trump Tuesday afternoon. On Gun Broker, a firearms auction platform, bump stock prices quickly rose.

One listing, with a $399.99 price tag, added get them while you can guys. The retail price for a comparable device is less than $200. Other auction prices ranged from just over retail to as much as a $1,000.

After months of pressure to regulate bump stocks following last years Las Vegas attack, the White House revealed its proposal as students were protesting another mass-killing, this time at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The same type of gun, an assault rifle, was used in both massacres, just as it was in the 2012 murder of 20 small children and 6 adults at an elementary school in Connecticut.

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In Las Vegas, bump stocks were used by the assailant to kill concertgoers from a 32nd floor hotel roomresulting in the largest mass shooting in modern American history. Trump said he directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to determine whether...


Suicide Terrorism: Are ISIS Martyrs Really Martyrs? Clarion Project

An ISIS terrorist (Photo: screenshot from ISIS propaganda video)An ISIS terrorist (Photo: screenshot from ISIS propaganda video)

Acts of suicidal-terrorism are determinedly gory and extremist. But they are oftentimes mythologized as heroic acts or defined with terms which, although used by the mass media, are absolutely erroneous and inappropriate.

They induce in their message a media mystification of the truth that often confuses the public, fueling the campaigns of death. One such term is martyrdom.

The word martyrdom, since the first appearance of the term, means something substantially different in the three monotheistic religions. Specifically, in the framework of Islamism, the causes and effects of martyrdom are reversed, i.e. death in battle becomes the door to gain access to heaven.

In Christianity, the term martyrdom derives from Greek word martyrion (a testament to faith). The theme recurs in commentaries of the Old and New Testament, but what is highlighted in the Judeo-Christian concept of martyrdom is the sacrifice of a person to help or save the lives of others, a noble act of oblation without committing any violence acts. There is not an a priori project or proclamation to the fulfillment of that sacrifice.

In Christianity as well as Judaism, there are no shortcuts to achieving eternal happiness. In Christian theology, ones eschatological future draws deeply from the actions of ones life in this world including the possibility of failure (which can result in dramatic consequences).

Jewish religious law, halacha, was founded to consecrate God and sanctify daily life by observing all the precepts of Jewish law, the Shabbat (Sabbath) being one central part of the Jewish faith. Putting the principle ahead of life itself is something that Judaism finds eschews (with a few exceptions).

Contrast these attitudes to the concept of martyrdom as promoted by ISIS. Violence is exalted and linked to a paradigmatic purity. In jihad,  the roles and causes of martyrdom are reversed. Deat...


Yemen PM: A unified Yemen is of interest regionally, internationally Peace and Freedom

Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr with the Charge dAffaires of the US Embassy to Yemen, Karen Sasahara. (Yemeni News)
Preserving Yemen is not only a local interest, but a regional and international one, Yemens Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr stressed on Tuesday during his meeting with the US embassy, local media in Yemen reported.
The prime ministers comments come after growing tensions in south Yemen demanded the ouster of Daghers government leading to clashes between separates and government forces in Aden, killing dozens.
During his meeting in Riyadh with the Charge dAffaires o...


Ally of Kremlin critic Navalny arrested over tweet Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | Navalnys supporters took part in a rally on January 28 calling for a boycott of March 18 presidential elections.


An ally of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to ten days in detention after posting a tweet calling on followers to come to an unauthorised rally last month.

The Simonovsky District Court late on Tuesday ruled that Roman Rubanov was guilty of organising an unauthorised rally and sentenced him to ten days in police cells, his lawyer Ivan Zhdanov told Interfax news agency.

According to the ruling, Rubanov who heads Navalnys Anti-Corruption Foundation tweeted a link to a video by the Kremlin critic called First step toward victory in which Navalny appealed to Russians to attend the voters strike rally on January 28.

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Russian authorities have increasingly cracked down on the anti-corruption campaigner Navalny, who aimed to take part in the March presidential polls but was barred from standing over a controversial criminal conviction.

He is now calling for a boycott of the election.

Many of Navalnys associates have received administrative punishment over similar misdeeds, including his press secretaries who were sentenced to several days in custody after streaming footage of the protests online.

Last week Russias media watchdog blocked Navalnys website, where he publishes exposes of corruption in Russias top political echelon as well as calls for a boycott of the March 18 election.

People in his campaign have been endlessly harassed by the authorities, with campaign chief Leonid Volkov on Tuesday tweeting that they have already served a combined 2433 days behind bars and had to pay a total of 13.4 million rubles ($237 thousand) in various fines.


Raymond Ibrahim: The Baby Muhammad Jihad (or Europes Future Nightmare) Jihad Watch

If Muhammad cannot beat the infidels on the battlefield, hell outbreed them literally: Mohammed most popular name for newborn boys in the Netherlands for second year in a row is the title of a recent report. Muhammad is apparently also the most popular name in England. In fact, Muhammad is one of the most popular names throughout Northwest Europe. []


New Bellingcat Workshops Announced for London and Amsterdam bellingcat

Bellingcat is holding a series of workshops in Europe in 2018, where participants can learn the tools and methodologies used by Bellingcat in their investigations.

Currently 5 day workshops are planned for the following dates:
London March 19th to 23rd Two spots left
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London July 2nd July 6th

Participants are required to bring their own laptops, and Google Earth Pro (free to download here) should be installed ahead of the workshop. WiFi will be provided at the workshop for all participants.

The workshop will be split into two main sections. The first three days will be dedicated to teaching participants a range of open source investigation skills, with case studies and practical examples focused on topics including conflict, crime, corruption, and fake news. The first two days will focus on investigations of videos and photographic content, and the third day will focus on social media investigation with Henk Van Ess.

The last two days allow participant to apply those skills to topics of their choice, with assistance from the workshop leaders and Bellingcat team members. On the final day, the progress of these projects will be presented to the group and future steps in the investigation will be discussed. Where possible and desirable for the participants, Bellingcat will provide additional help with those investigations after the workshop is concluded.

The intention of the workshop is to teach participants the core skills required for open source investigation, giving them sufficient time with practical examples to develop solid investigative experience, and teach a range of tools and methodologies that can be applied to their own work.

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Houthi militants are playing cat mouse with the military Arab Saudi The Latest World News: breaking news, features, analysis

Half of the village lies on the rocks, the other half is located in the flat Valley. Running in the


Japan to buy at least 20 more F-35A stealth fighters Peace and Freedom


TOKYO (Reuters) Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly from Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) in the United States rather than assemble locally, three sources said.


FILE PHOTO: An Israeli Air Force F-35 fighter jet flies during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel December 29, 2016. REUTERS/Amir Cohen/File Photo

In view of budgets and production schedules a new acquisition of around 25 planes is appropriate, said one of the sources with knowledge of the plan. The sources asked not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

The sources said buying complete aircraft from the United States, at about $100 million each, will save Japan about $30 million per airframe.

The purchase will add to an earlier order for 42 of the fighters, most of which are being constructed at a final assembly and check out plant in Japan operated by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (7011.T), the countrys leading defense contractor.

That plant is one of only two such factories outside the United States. The other, in Italy, is operated by Leonardo Spa (LDOF.MI).

As China fields ever more advanced aircraft, including stealth planes, and as North Korea pushes ahead with its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs, adding F-35s will further increase Japans reliance on U.S. military technology to give it an edge over potential foes in East Asia.

Japanese military planners are also considering buying F-35Bs, the vertical takeoff and la...


Interview with Dr. Marcus Papadopoulos on Macedonias Future OffGuardian

by Vesnik-Ilinden Newspaper Ilinden: Dr Marcus Papadopoulos, please provide a short biography to introduce yourself to the readers. Marcus Papadopoulos: Since my childhood, I have had a fascination and passion for the former Yugoslavia; so much so that it is, today, one of my two fields of expertise, the other being Russia.  I have been researching the history of the Balkans, including its people and cultures, for well over 20 years now and am a frequent visitor to the region.  I was 12 years old when the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia disintegrated, or, to be more precise, was undermined and destroyed by America, Germany and certain other European countries. The killing of Yugoslavia pained me a great deal and has continue to pain me ever since. I feel great sadness for Macedonians, Serbs, Muslims, Croats, Montenegrins and Slovenes because of how they continue to suffer, especially economically, as a result of the destruction of Yugoslavia. Tito, who was a visionary and an extraordinary leader, often warned, in speeches to the Yugoslav people, that there


South China Sea turning into signals hub for Chinese military Peace and Freedom

Throughout the ages, wars have been waged over territory. From nation states and warring factions, to gangs and real estate developers everyone knows location is key.  The more land you control, the more territory you lord over the more power you wield.

Generally the acreage and borders  in question are based on the land as nature intended it to be. But what if your strategic interests required creating land out of thin air, or in this case, deep blue ocean?  Enter the Peoples Republic of China and their man-made islands in the Spratly island chain, in the hotly disputed South China Sea.

The United States and its allies have been watching the construction of these man made islands for some time. China began the projects under the auspices of navigational necessity but analysis of their chosen locations quickly revealed there was another strategic motivation at work. In fact, they were building new military bases.

In early 2017 the DC based think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)released a report having analyzed recent satellite photos and concluded that runways, aircraft hangers, radar sites and hardened surface-to-air missile shelters had either been finished or were nearing completion.

The report also stated that the satellite images appeared to be the m...


Retired New York City sanitation worker makes $285K a year from pension Pension costs are now a $10 billion expense in the city budget. Peace and Freedom


London Offers to Ink New UK-EU Defense Pact: What"s Behind It? Strategic Culture Foundation

With Great Britain becoming a leading member of this new European alliance, US interests will be well protected while the existence of an independent European force will remain a pipe dream.


Trump, Putin, and Nikolas Cruz Walk Into a Bar Dissident Voice

Since the FBI never inspected the DNCs computers first-hand, the only evidence comes from an Irvine, California, cyber-security firm known as CrowdStrike whose chief technical officer, Dmitri Alperovitch, a well-known Putin-phobe, is a fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington think tank that is also vehemently anti-Russian as well as a close Hillary Clinton ally.
Daniel Lazare, NYTs Really Weird Russagate Story, Consortium News

The masses did not mistakenly choose fascism. Rather, there is a more fundamental nonidentity between class consciousness and mass movements. Fascism was not a Falschkauf (mistaken purchase) followed by buyers remorse. The people fought for it, fiercely and stubbornlythough this desire for fascism is also a desire for suppression, a fight for servitude, if you will, or an escape from freedom, as Erich Fromm put it in the title of his 1941 book.
Ana Teixeira Pinto, Male Fantasies: The Sequel(s)

This week an angry dead end kid named Nikolas Cruz took his legally purchased AR 15 and walked into a school and opened fire. The FBI knew about Cruz because he had been reported to them. Cruz had been reported to the school, too. But nobody followed up. Cruz himself is one of those unpleasant looking young men that are visibly angry, and who exhibit, even in photographs, a quality of emotional disturbance. But nobody followed up. The FBI is too busy writing narrative fiction about Russia. The FBI is more concerned with constructing terrorist threats and then busting various patsies and making a big show of their success. This same week the US has continued to bomb Yemen alongside Saudi Arabia. This same week Mike Pence stomped around the site of the Winter Olympics and managed to insult most every foreign leader in attendance, but most acutely the hosts of this event. But then Pence is a vulgar rube from the hinterlands of Indiana. A fundamentalist Christian whose knowledge of the world is even smaller than his boss, the President.

The Hill reported.Approval of the FBI has increased among Democrats and decreased among Republicans since President Trump took office, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. So, uh, Dems and liberals are fawning over the FBI because, presumably, Mueller is after Satan-in-Chief The Donald, while Republicans are pouting because, presumably, the FBI isnt dropping the fictitious investigation of Russian collusion. Meanwhile, the FBI, famed for various cluster fucks like Waco and Ruby Ridge, not to mention COINTELPRO and countless undercover surveillances on journalists and dissidents of all kinds, is being embraced by liberal America. (COINTELPRO, as a reminder, attacked the Black Panther party,...



Purpose of activity in one sentence: Guided walking tour hosted by VFP-SE Start date of activity: 26/02/2018 Start time of activity: 1800 End date of activity: 26/02/2018 End time of activity: 2000 Location of activity: Meet at St Jamess Park tube station, outside main entrance at street level (District & Circle line). Detailed instructions: VFP South East member James Florey of Capital []


Texas Councilman Should Resign Over Islam Post Clarion Project

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A city councilman in Plano, Texas is at the center of controversy for sharing a video on Facebook that has been called anti-Islam. The video showed pictures of students wearing hijabs in classrooms with a comment by Councilman Tom Harrison: Share if you think Trump should ban Islam in American schools.

The city council, which does not have the power to oust Harrison (that would take a recall petition and a public referendum), voted 7-1 to censure him.

Harrison, for his part, said he will not resign but did apologize for the unintentional hurt I caused by reposting something on my personal Facebook page that wrongfully implied I am anti-Muslim.

At the city council meeting called to discuss the post, Harrison said, I want to assure the citizens of Plano I am not xenophobic, I am not a bigot, I am not a racist.

Yet, in a bizarre twist of logic used to explain the post, Harrison also said in a statement, My intent on inputting this on my personal Facebook page was to emphasize that Christianity is not the only religion being targeted for exclusion in our public school. It was not meant as a personal attack against the Islamic faith.

Lets explore the facts before we try to dissect what that last statement means.

Harrisons post should be judged on the words he used to describe the images he chose to post. Banning Islam in Americas schools plain and simple means denying a person the right to freely practice their religion in a way guaranteed by our constitution.

One only needs to envision simple substitutions to see if this argument is legitimate: Imagine the students in the video as Christians wearing cros...


Pakistan avoids spot on global terrorism-financing watch list Peace and Freedom

Pakistans Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif. (Vasily Maximov/AFP)
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will not be placed on a global terrorism-financing watch list, foreign minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif revealed in a tweet.
During a meeting in Paris, money-laundering watchdog the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) failed to reach agreement on a motion co-sponsored by the United States
Our efforts paid, no consensus for nominating Pakistan (for the grey list), Asif posted on Twitter....


U.S. Empire Still Incoherent stan van houcke

U.S. Empire Still Incoherent After All These Years



Compliments from the Saudi dictatorship-How to stone someone to death Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Saudi law specifies the rules and regulations for the proper stoning of a woman or a man. It reads: Stoning stones should be from a medium-size solid brick, almost the size of the palm, not small pebbles which can prolong suffering or he big ones which can kill fast thereby preventing the purposeful torture. []


Hezbollah to launch video game where players re-enact battles Peace and Freedom

Hezbollahs new video game titled Holy Defense. (Holy Defense)
DUBAI: Lebanese militia and political group Hezbollah is set to launch a video game where players can re-enact battles the group has been involved with over the years.
Titled Holy Defense, the games advertisements have been seen all over Lebanon on billboards, predominantly in the southern region of the country where the group holds the political majority.
According to the trailer, the third-person shooter game is the story of confronting Takfiri aggression where players are invited to join the resistance in protecting the nation and holy sanctities.
The game is set to be released for PC.


Netanyahu Peril Grows, as Trusted Aide Agrees to Testify Peace and Freedom

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Munich this month. The Israeli police have arrested several of his friends and confidants, as well as top executives of the telecommunications company Bezeq, in a widening inquiry into whether he traded favors for favorable news coverage. Credit Thomas Kienzle/Agence France-Presse Getty Images


JERUSALEM (Reuters) A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to provide testimony on behalf of the state about alleged corrupt dealings between the government and the countrys biggest telecoms group, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.

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Shlomo Filber 

Shlomo Filber, who was arrested this week along with top executives at Bezeq Telecom (BEZQ.TA), had been a personal appointment of Netanyahus to head the Communications Ministry.

Police now suspect Bezeq received regulatory benefits, and in return, Netanyahu received favorable media coverage on a popular news website that is also controlled by Bezeqs former chairman.

The Bezeq executives have denied the allegations.

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during an inauguration ceremony for a fortified emergency room at the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, southern Israel, February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during an inaug...


Unbelievable after what has happened in Iraq: US Pentagon confirms it used depleted uranium in Syria Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

SEE ALSO US/UK use of depleted uranium in Iraq will be killing people for decades/centuries to come Poisoning the World: after Iraq, LibyaPentagon admits and confirms the use of depleted uranium in Syria for 5,000 times Nothing learned from Iraq, USA Depleted Uranium Weapons Have Been Used in Syria US Pentagon confirms it used depleted uranium in Syria []


Turkey Opens Fire on Regime Forces In Afrin ThereAreNoSunglasses

[The arrival of popular forces to support the people of Afrin The forces of the Turkish regime target them with artillery

The arrival of popular forces to support the people of Afrin The forces of the Turkish regime target them with artillery

The forces of the Turkish regime aimed at artillery where the presence of the Popular Forces upon arrival in the area Afrin, as well as targeting media delegations that keep pace with the arrival of the Popular Forces.

He pointed out that the Popular Forces deployed immediately upon arrival in the Afrin area in the points and centers specified to contribute to support the people defending their villages and homes against the attacks of terrorists Daash and the aggression of the Turkish regime and its mercenaries of terrorist organizations Takfiri.SANA NEWS

Turkey Opens Fire on Regime Forces In Afrin



The UK"s Hidden Role in Assange"s Detention Strategic Culture Foundation

It now emerges that the last four years of Julian Assanges effective imprisonment in the Ecuadorean embassy in London have been entirely unnecessary. In fact, they depended on a legal charade.


Boris Johnson said Brexit was a mess during private meeting with German officials Peace and Freedom

Boris Johnson

Friends of Mr Johnson have branded the claims a hatchet job CREDIT: SIMON DAWSON/ PA

By James Crisp and 

Boris Johnson described Brexit as a mess during a private meeting with senior German officials, European Union sources have claimed.

Mr Johnson is understood to have been referring to the complex Brexit negotiations rather than the British decision to leave the bloc, which he campaigned for in the referendum.

During unminuted talks in Berlin, the Foreign Secretary is alleged by Brussels sources to have urged the Germans to turn Brexit into an economic opportunity.

However, The Telegraph understands he was rebuffed by the German government, which has repeatedly stood behind Michel Barnier and resisted any attempts to go over the European Union chief Brexit negotiators head.

The claims were

Read the rest (Paywall):


Betrayal? Boris Johnson labels Brexit a MESS in secretive meeting with German officials

BORIS Johnson betrayed his own Brexit campaign by calling it a mess in a private meeting with senior German officials, European Union sources have claimed.


Iraq elections: The curious case of the Communist-Sadrist alliance Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The alliance of a religious Shia movement with a leftist-secularist party might end up as the king-maker of a new Iraqi government


Bahrain activist Rajab sentenced to 5 years for tweets Peace and Freedom


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AFP/File | High-profile Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab, who has been sentenced to a further five years in jail over tweets critical of the war in Yemen, is seen here in 2015 with his daughter Malak

DUBAI (AFP)  High-profile Bahraini activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to a further five years in jail on Wednesday over tweets critical of the war in Yemen, a judicial source and human rights groups said.Rajab, a leading figure in 2011 protests against the Gulf states Sunni minority rulers, was already serving a two-year sentence handed down last July for disseminating rumours and false information in television interviews critical of the government.

In the latest case, Rajab was found guilty of insulting a neighbouring country and spreading false news and rumours, a judicial source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The charges are linked to tweets and retweets, made via Rajabs account and critical of a Saudi-led coalition, including Bahrain, that has been fighting in Yemen in support of its beleaguered government since 2015.

The charges also relate to tweets critical of Bahrains treatment of inmates at the notorious Jaw prison, south of the capital Manama.

The kingdoms leading human rights groups, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights and the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, confirmed the charges and sentence.


Overhyping US-Russian Differences Strategic Culture Foundation

The sport of professional ice hockey has a definite egalitarian aspect, lacking in some other situations, like the phony, crony, baloney establishment BS, prevalent within some other circles.


KFC falls fowl in Britain with chicken run Peace and Freedom


US fast food chain KFC said it had been forced to close many restaurants in Britain because of a new supplier failing to deliver chicken in time, generating some tongue-in-cheek outrage on Twitter. (AFP)

LONDON: Hundreds of KFC outlets remained shut in Britain on Wednesday due to a supply crisis, leaving fans craving a fix of deep-fried chicken.

The shortages, which are expected to last all week in some parts of Britain, have prompted online mockery and disbelief aimed at the US fast-food giant.
So @KFC have run out of chicken. This is how the apocalypse starts, wrote Twitter user @jonevans78, while @Brad_Langford said: How will the nation cope?
Others, like meat substitute maker Quorn, spotted an opportunity, with the company tweeting its offer of Quorn Crispy Nuggets for a meat-free alternative.
KFC on Wednesday said about 450 of its 900 outlets remained closed after operati...


Munich Did Nothing to Appease Cold War 2.0 Fears Strategic Culture Foundation

The Munich Security Conference is supposed to be an annual lofty gathering of global politicians, and military and intelligence experts. Theoretically, they discuss serious security matters under a cool professional eye in an informed setting.


Mueller Focuses on Molehills The mountain is whether the FBI was an unwitting agent of Russian influence So who is really manipulating the American people? U.S. Intelligence and most media caught in rope a dope Peace and Freedom

Russian influence.

FBI Director James Comey testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, March 1, 2016.
FBI Director James Comey testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, March 1, 2016. PHOTO: DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES


Feb. 20, 2018 6:31 p.m. ET

On Aug. 17, 2015, 63 days after Donald Trumps escalator ride at Trump Tower, a lightbulb went on. Certain pro-Trump emails that colleagues and I were receiving were coming from Vladimir Putins internet trolls. The Kremlin is now in the Donalds corner . . .? I emailed a co-worker.

The most valuable thing said last week was said by Sen. Jim Risch during a hearing, when he pointed out that the American people realize that theres people attempting to manipulate them.

The least valuable was the prediction by three intelligence chiefs that Russias meddling will continue through 2018 and 2020. It may or may not, but what else were they going to say? Theres no upside to estimating anything else. This is a big part of whats wrong with our intelligence establishment, handling inherently ambiguous matters and overwhelmingly incentivized, at least at the top, to say whatever is most politically and institutionally expedient.

Lets be realistic: The Russian propaganda activities detailed in Robert Muellers indictment last week had less impact on the election than 20 seconds of cable TV coverage (pick a channel) of any of Mr. T...


Afghan Civilians Keep Paying the Price for the War on Terror Geopolitics Alert

Kabul (AHT) One of the stated objectives of coalition forces led by the U.S. to invade Afghanistan in 2001 was to overthrow the Taliban from power and help Afghans form a democratic and relatively stable government.

The main objective of getting rid of the extremist group the Taliban, was to defeat terrorism spearheaded by Osama bin Ladens Al-Qaeda network, blamed for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Al-Qaeda was purported to have bases in Afghanistan. Since the main focus of the coalition forces was eliminating terrorism, it is worthwhile to analyze this objective after this 17-year campaign and find out what progress has been made in achieving this goal.

I will talk about civilian causalities the aim of this article and its impact on Afghans and the American strategies of winning hearts of minds and defeating terrorism. The importance of talking about civilian casualties is relevant because the campaign to fight terrorism continues to produce significant civilian casualties.


Recently the Taliban attacked Kabuls downtown killing 105 people. Reuters reported the U.S. military authorities are opening an investigation about a widely circulated video in which an American soldier is firing into a civilian truck in Afghanistan. Afghan civilians are be...


Double-Edged Sword: Opinion Poll Shows Trumps Iran Policy Risks Geopolitics Alert

Beirut (AMN US President Donald J. Trumps inclination to withdraw from a three-year-old international agreement that curbs Irans nuclear program is likely to strengthen the countrys hardliners even if the withdrawal would put responsibility for mounting economic and social discontent squarely on the shoulder of President Hassan Rouhanis government.

That is the conclusion from a public opinion poll that shows widespread support for Irans nuclear and missile programs, deep distrust of Mr. Trump and the United States, and rising criticism of a government that has failed to raise standards of living, get management of the economy right and fight corruption.

Trumps Iran PolicyImage: Ring of Fire Network

Iran scholar Esfandyar Batmanghelidjsuggested that taken together, responses in the poll to the nuclear issue and the economy revealed the economic roots of a new-anti-Americanism in one of the few Middle Eastern countries where public perceptions of the United States until the rise of Mr. Trump had been largely positive. Tehran and Tel Aviv were the only two major Middle Eastern cities that reacted to the 9/11 attacks in 2001 in New York and Washington with pro-American demonstrations.

Mr. Batmanghelidj said anti-Americanism was increasing because of perceptions that the Trump administration had failed to fulfill its obligations under the 2015 nuclear agreement negotiated with Iran by the United States, the European Union, Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany. The very idea of diplomacy is being defeated, Mr. Batmanghelidj said.

More than 80 percent of those surveyed concluded that relations with the US had not improved as a result of the agreement, a stark increase from the 55.7 percent polled in June 2016. 69.2 percent described Mr. Trump as completely hostile towards Iran as compared to 49.6 percent in December 2016.



ANALYSIS: Release of German-Turkish journalist tainted by 'political' deal Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Questions are being asked about what Berlin may have offered in exchange for Deniz Yucel's release last week


Malaysia arrests Filipinos seeking to set up extremist cell Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | Philippine soldiers prepare for an operation against the Abu Sayyaf in 2016: the group is now suspected of trying to set up a Malaysian cell

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP)  Ten suspected Islamic militants who were trying to establish a Malaysian cell of a Philippine kidnap-for-ransom group have been arrested in Borneo island, police said Wednesday.

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The alleged extremists, mostly Filipinos, are also accused of trying to help fighters linked to the Islamic State (IS) group travel to the Philippines to join up with militants there, they said.

The southern Philippines has long been a pocket of Islamic militancy in the largely Catholic country. A long siege in Marawi, the countrys main Muslim centre, sparked fears IS was seeking to establish a foothold in the region.

Malaysian police made the arrests in January and early February in Sabah state on the Malaysian part of Borneo, not far from the southern Philippines. Borneo is a vast island shared between Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

Seven of those detained were Filipinos, including several senior members of Philippine extremist group Abu Sayyaf which has been behind the kidnappings of numerous foreigners, Malaysian national police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said in a statement.

Early information obtained from the 10 suspects caught in Sabah revealed an attempt by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group to set up a cell in Sabah, he said.

One of those arrested was a 39-year-old believed to have received orders from a senior militant leader in the southern Philippines to bring IS members from the city of Sandakan in Sabah to join militant groups.

Another suspect was a 27-year-old identified as a senior member of the Abu Sayyaf leadership based in the Philippines.

The other three detained were Malaysians, police said. Officials did not disclose the suspects identities.

Malaysia has rounded up numerous suspected militants in recent times as fears grow that the influence of the IS group could encourage extremists to launch attacks in the Muslim-majority country.

Abu Sayyaf, originally a loose network of militants formed in the 1990s with seed money from Osama bin Ladens Al-Qaeda network, has splintered into factions, with some continuing to engage in banditry and kidnappings.

One faction pledged allegiance to IS and joined militants in the siege of Marawi, which claimed more than 1,100 lives.


Bahrain rights activist sentenced to five years for tweets Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Nabeel Rajab is alleged to have said that Bahrain was holding political prisoners who were subject to torture


Hizbullah: You Dont See ThemThey See You! Dissident Voice

[Authors Note: This is Part Four of a multi-part expose direct from Istanbul and Lebanon. Please see Part One, Part Two, or Part Three for information not repeated here.]


This is not good! cautions a new Lebanese friend in a stern tone of warning, clutching this reporters arm for emphasis. This, where you are going.. it is their neighbourhood Hizbullahs neighbourhood. They control this completely!

Protesting that this quest is well-intentioned, no secret and no threat, this friend provides probably the most important council, and most accurate statement, in properly understanding todays modern Hizbullah.

You do not understand well about Hizbullah, he says, the seriousness of his face indicating his sincerity. You do not see Hizbullah they see you!

His caution and commentary prove to be a very accurate description of todays Hizbullah. The western media would have those reading about todays Lebanon from a distance believe that Hizbullah is only a fighting force and therefore easily identifiable in a uniform such as with their invited presence in Syria. The reality is that today within Lebanon, Hizbullah is an army of the people, by the people, and for the people. These people are doctors, teachers, accountants, taxi drivers, shopkeepers, manual labourers and all other professions, but their common denominator is their love of their homeland. And defend it again they will, leaving their clinics, desks, chalkboards, cars, shops or shovels behind the moment Lebanon is attached again.

Almost exclusively western media minimizes the complete reality by reporting only on Hizbullahs military wing, Al Moqawama al Islamia (The Islamic Resistance). Since the 2006 war, when Hizbullah (phonetically spelt Hezbollah in the west) successfully defended the country from a third Israeli invasion of its southern border, much about the rise of this deliberately managed organization, now firmly entrenched in Lebanese society, has changed dramatically.

Information that belies the usual narrative about this Lebanese nationalist political, social and military group, Hizbullah, is as hard to obtain as is an interview with one of their soldiers. The western press, of course, routinely demonizes this organizations defensive and socially important new political philosophy- one that in a...


Is That Russia Troll Farm an Act of War? In Russia, U.S. Fixation on Russian Meddling is a Laughing Matter Peace and Freedom

Russia Insider

According to the indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Russian trolls, operating out of St. Petersburg, took American identities on social media and became players in our 2016 election.


On divisive racial and religious issues, the trolls took both sides. In the presidential election, the trolls favored Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein and Donald Trump, and almost never Hillary Clinton.

One imaginative Russian troll urged Trumpsters to dress up a female volunteer in an orange prison jump suit, put her in a cage on a flatbed truck, then append the slogan, Lock Her Up!

How grave a matter is this?This Russian troll farm is the equivalent (of) Pearl Harbor, says Cong. Jerrold Nadler, who would head up the House Judiciary Committee, handling any impeachment, if Democrats retake the House.

When MSNBCs Chris Hayes pressed, Nadler doubled down: The Russians are destroying our democratic process. While the Russian trolling may not equal Pearl Harbor in its violence, said Nadler, in its seriousness, it is very much on a par with Japans surprise attack.

Trumps reaction to the hysteria that broke out after the Russian indictments: They are laughing their (expletives) off in Moscow.

According to Sundays Washington Post, the troll story is old news in Russia, where reporters uncovered it last year and it was no big deal.

While Muellers indictments confirm that Russians meddled in the U.S. election, what explains the shock and the fear for our democracy?Is the Great Republic about to fall because a bunch of trolls tweeted in our election? Is this generation ignorant of its own history?

Before and after World War II, we had Stalinists and Soviet spies at the highest levels of American culture and government.

The Hollywood Ten, who went...


Palestine, israel, the US, and How the South Pacific Countries Are Selling Their Votes Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Palestine, Israel, the US, and How the South Pacific Countries Are Selling Their Votes By Andre Vltchek Here it goes again! Several countries of Oceania (also known as South Pacific Nations), or however you want to call that vast, beautiful but thoroughly devastated part of the world, have voted for Israel, for the United States []


US intelligence lists Philippines President Duterte as threat to democracy in Southeast Asia More like China and Cambodia Peace and Freedom


President Rodrigo Duterte, in his speech during the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc. at the Manila Hotel on Feb. 19, 2018, insists that he has been doing what he can to fulfill his campaign promises.

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Patricia Lourdes Viray ( February 20, 2018 4:00pm


MANILA, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, along with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, are among Southeast Asian leaders that pose a threat to democracy and human rights in the region, according to the US Intelligence Community.


In its world threat assessment published last week, the US intelligence noted that democracy and human rights in many Southeast Asian countries will remain fragile this year.


In the Philippines, President Duterte will continue to wage his signature campaign against drugs, corruption, and crime, the report read.



Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence of the US, noted that Dutertes declaration of martial law in Mindanao has been extended until the end of 2018.

Duterte has suggested he could suspend the Constitution, declare a revolutionary government, and impose nationwide martial law, Coats said.


In a congressional hearing last week, US Pacific Command commander Harry Harris Jr. said that Dutertes drug war have strained ties between the Philippines and the US.


In the Philippines, the scourge of drug use has had multiple destabilizing effects, at the family-level, community-level, and the national level, as President Dutertes efforts to address the problems have created relationship challenges with the US and others, Harris told the US House Committee on Armed Services.


The worldwide assessment threat also cited the Freedom House report where the Philippines was listed as among the governments that used social media to spread government views a...


Philippines: Something sinister behind National Police Chiefs prolonged term Dutertes propensity to reward officials who follow his fascist orders Peace and Freedom

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosas tour of duty may be extended by another three months. President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier prolonged the term of Dela Rosa for three months to introduce reforms in Mindanao.


Gaea Katreena Cabico ( February 21, 2018 11:54am

MANILA, Philippines Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV believes there is something sinister behind the chief executives decision to prolong the term of one of his most trusted men, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa.

In an interview on ANCs Early Edition, Trillanes called on the public to be vigilant following the announcement of Dela Rosas indefinite term extension.

There must be something sinister behind it. There is a diabolical plot behind it [] Theyre creeping and soon enough, we just might lose our democracy, he warned.
Trillanes, one of the most outspoken critics of the administration, noted that such move is reminiscent of the rule of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr.
That is a blunder because Mr. Duterte should learn from the lessons of Ferdinand Marcos Sr. when he did the same. He extended the term of loyal generals so that he could secure his place in Malacaang. But it turned out to be counterproductive because it will definitely cause demoralization within the ranks, he said.
Former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Fabian Ver kept overstaying generals loyal to him and Marcos, which caused the demoralization of younger officers. It led to the establishment of the Reform the Armed Forces Movement, which played a crucial role in the downfall of the Marcos dictatorial regime.
Trillanes added that there are capable senior officials who can replace Dela Rosa.

Karapatan: Duterte rewarding those who follow his orders


Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, for her part, said that Dutertes decision speaks of his propensity to reward officials who follow his fascist orders such as his kill, kill, kill orders in the drug war.
Palabay said that this would further promote the climate of impunity in the Philippines....


Why cant Israel make peace? Because Palestinian elites have no interest in doing so Peace and Freedom

Enjoying the good life themselves, Palestinian leaders have created a misrepresentation of their people as the wretched on earth. Its a recipe for endless conflict

Jordan's King Abdullah II (right) speaks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas upon his arrival in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 7, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI)
Jordans King Abdullah II (right) speaks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas upon his arrival in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 7, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI)

This article is excerpted from Ben-Dror Yeminis new book, Industry of Lies: Media, Academia, and the Israeli-Arab Conflict, published by ISGAP.

We must admit that there is no chance for peace in the foreseeable future.

Its not that the solution is complicated. Despite the disagreements, despite the fantasy of mass Return, and despite the isolated settlements, there are clear parameters for peace. Bill Clinton presented them in late 2000; the Geneva plan presented a similar plan in 2002; Ehud Olmert repeated it, with semantic changes, in 2008; John Kerry introduced two versions with almost the same parameters in 2014. Even the Arab initiative, if we take away the fantasy of mass Return, could have been the basis for an agreement.

Although the parameters are known, peace cannot be achieved.

In the past century there have been many conflicts. Almost every actualization of the right to self-determination created a bloody conflict, years of struggle, and the expulsion of populations. Yet, eventually, agreements were reached. Enemies have beco...


SOMALIA: Al-Shabaab steps up extortion and indoctrination as morale dips Somali News in English Horseed Media

Intelligence papers and interviews lay bare severity of terror groups rule in Somalia Al-Shabaab militants in Somalia are extorting huge sums from starving communities and forcibly recruiting hundreds of children as soldiers and suicide bombers as the terror group endures financial pressures and an apparent crisis of morale. Intelligence documents, transcripts of interrogations with recent []



Trump Takes Step to Ban Bump Stocks Peace and Freedom

Move follows Florida school killings, though shooter didnt use the device on his weapon

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Updated Feb. 20, 2018 7:07 p.m. ET

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is moving to impose new regulations that would ban devices that allow certain firearms to function as rapid fire machine guns, in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead.

Mr. Trump, speaking at an event in the White House, said he had signed a memorandum directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to develop regulations that would ban the sale and use of bump stocks. While that accessory wasnt used in last weeks Florida shooting, it was used

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The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data

No. Via: Bloomberg: Picture this: Youre driving home from work, contemplating what to make for dinner, and as you idle at a red light near your neighborhood pizzeria, an ad offering $5 off a pepperoni pie pops up on your dashboard screen. Are you annoyed that your cars trying to sell you something, or pleasantly []


Somali Maritime Police Hone Skills in Djibouti during annual multinational maritime exercise Somali News in English Horseed Media

Maritime forces from East Africa, West Indian Ocean nations, Europe and the United States as well as several international organizations, completed the seventh iteration of the annual multinational annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express, Feb. 7, 2018. This years exercise also included participation from the Somali Maritime Police, marking the first time in nearly 30 []



Previously obscure N. Korean hacker group is now stronger than ever, say experts

A little-known North Korean cyber espionage group has widened its scope and increased its sophistication in the past year, and now threatens targets worldwide, according to a new report by a leading cyber security firm.


SOMALIA: Mogudishu traders protest tax hikes by shutting down main market Somali News in English Horseed Media

Somali traders boycotted business on Sunday (February 18) to protest tax hikes imposed by the government. Stalls in Mogadishus sprawling Bakara market a lifeline for the city and surrounding areas, remained closed for the day. Somalias central government imposed a 5% sales tax last month, part of its efforts to win billions of dollars []




Whos Afraid of the Big Bad Anarchist? Rejecting Left Unity and Raising Hell in Radical Geography Enough is Enough!

The logic and sincerity of Marxist appeals to unity on the Left are worthy of critical scrutiny. I argue against such pleas, suggesting that the devil is in the details. In practice, Left unity could only result in the co-optation of anarchism under a Marxist leadership. Such vanguardism is one of the fundamental divisions between the two approaches, having long been rejected by anarchists. I further argue that Marxism cannot withstand the anarchist critique, striking fear into the heart of Marxists as it threatens their worldview. It also means that despite appeals to fertile collaboration between the red and black, there is an explicit lack of willingness among some Marxists to actually engage with anarchists in legitimate debate. So be it. Anarchists will continue to raise hell all the same.

Originally published in Anarchist Studies. Written by Simon Springer.

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Whos Afraid of the Big Bad Anarchist? Rejecting Left Unity and Raising Hell in Radical Geography

The logic and sincerity of Marxist appeals to unity on the Left are worthy of critical scrutiny. I argue against such pleas, suggesting that the devil is in the details. In practice, Left unity could only result in the co-optation of anarchism under a Marxist leadership. Such vanguardism is one of the fundamental divisions between the two approaches, having long been rejected by anarchists. I further argue that Marxism cannot withstand the anarchist critique, striking fear into the heart of Marxists as it threatens their worldview. It also means that despite appeals to fertile collaboration between the red and black, there is an explicit lack of willingness among some Marxists to actually engage with anarchists in legitimate debate. So be it. Anarchists will continue to raise hell all the same.

I sympathize (but dont entirely agree) with Murray Bookchin, who in his late writings (after he had severed his long-standing connection to anarchism), felt that the future of the Left, in the last analysis, depends upon its ability to accept what is valid in both Marxism and anarchism for the present time and for the future coming into view. We need to define what approach can incorporate the best of the revolutio...


54. Mnchner Sicherheitskonferenz Letale Autonome Waffensysteme und Knstliche Intelligenz in zuknftigen Konflikten

Die 54. Mnchner Sicherheitskonferenz befasste sich nicht nur mit klassischen Konflikten, sondern warf auch einen Blick auf mgliche zuknftige Herausforderungen. Dabei spielen neue Technologien eine zunehmend wichtige Rolle. Sie werden die Art und Weise der Konfliktprvention und -bewltigung, aber auch der Kriegsfhrung nachhaltig beeinflussen. Zu diesen neuen Technologien gehren unter anderem letale autonome Waffensysteme (LAWS), welche auf Knstlicher Intelligenz (KI) basieren. Diese Thematik wurde bereits vor der eigentlichen Konferenzerffnung am Donnerstagnachmittag in einer Podiumsdiskussion mit dem Namen The Force Awakens: Artificial Intelligence and Modern Conflict errtert. Die Anmoderation des Podiums durch den Roboter Sofia von Hanson Robotics (siehe Bild oben rechts) sollte aufzeigen, was uns in den nchsten Jahrzehnten noch bevorstehen knnte. Noch ist Sofias Int...


BBC WS Newshour framing of Iranian activity in Syria part one BBC Watch

The lead story in the February 18th afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Newshour was described as follows in the synopsis:

Israels prime minister launches a stinging attack on Iran, telling a security conference in Munich the country is the greatest threat to our world. Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would not allow Irans regime to put a noose of terror around our neck.

Presenter James Coomarasamy opened the item (from 00:45 here) by insinuating that an Iranian drone may or may not have breached Israeli airspace the previous week. [emphasis in bold added, emphasis in italics in the original]

Coomarasamy: We begin now at the Munich Security conference a forum for discussing security threats...


Venezuela: Revenge of the Mad-Dog Empire Dissident Voice

Only in the world of comic-book fantasies is the United States a friend to the oppressed in Africa or anywhere else on the planet. In the real world, the U.S. is a predator, colonial/capitalist nation. But like the imagined nation of Wakanda, in the latest cultural assault on critical mass consciousness, American exceptionalism and make America great again two slogans representing both sides of the imperialist coin, ruling class interests are obscured and the people are reduced to working against their objective interests and being accomplices to imperial lawlessness.

In every part of the world, the United States is engaged in maniacal, criminal assaults on democracy, basic human decency and common sense.  From its support for armed jihadists groups in Syria and its illegal occupation of that nation, transferring heavy military equipment to its puppet regime in Ukraine, supporting unending war in Afghanistan, to the military invasion of Africa, the commitment to maintaining U.S. global dominance has moved war and militarism to the center of U.S. strategy.

But nowhere is U.S. criminality more apparent and unrelenting than right here in the Americas where the Pan-European project was born in 1492. That was the year Europe was born, emerging from its relative cultural backwardness using with terrifying efficiency the only advantage it had over the more civilized people of the regionarmor protection and steel weaponsto slaughter the people, take the land and begin the 500-hundred-year nightmare the people of the world have suffered ever since.

Today, the barbarism of the Pan-European project continues under the tutelage of what history will recordif humanity survivesas the most violent, racist, oppressive human experience ever to have emerged in the short span of human existence on Earth: The United States of America.

After centuries experiencing the horrors of genocide, slavery, military dictatorships, environmental destruction, and neoliberal exploitation, the people of Latin America began to slowly extract themselves from the clutches of the hegemon from the North. Social movements and peoples undeterred by coups, structural adjustment and death squads started to take back their history in Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, and the rest of the continent. Venezuela has led the way, proclaiming the dawn of a 21st century socialism that would create the new society and the new human in the process.

Because of imperial overreach, the same trap that has ensnared other empires in decline, the U.S. was preoccupied with attempting to manage the mess it had created for itself as a result of the disastrous belief that it could fight two major wars simultaneously. So, while it was bogged down in Western Asia and the so-called Middle East, the full force of the U.S. repressive apparatus was not deployed against the fledgling peoples movements and the nominal capture of the state by those movements in Latin Ame...


#Mexicos Zapatista rebels, 24 Years on and Defiant in Mountain Strongholds Enough is Enough!

The peasant rebels took up arms in 1994, and now number 300,000 in centres with their own doctors, teachers and currency, but rarely answer questions until now.

Originally published by The Guardian. Written by John Vidal.

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Mexicos Zapatista rebels, 24 Years on and Defiant in Mountain Strongholds

The peasant rebels took up arms in 1994, and now number 300,000 in centres with their own doctors, teachers and currency, but rarely answer questions until now.

Diners in the Tierradentro cafe in the southern Mexican town of San Cristbal de las Casas can choose between a variety of omelettes. The Liberty has the most ingredients, the Democracy looks the best, but the Justice costs the most possibly because it comes with cheese.

The restaurant is one of many celebrating, or cashing in on, the Zapatistas, the indigenous peasant rights movement from dirt-poor Chiapas state, which took up arms and occupied San Cristbal on 1 January 1994, the day Mexico signed up to Nafta, the North American free trade agreement.

The rag-tag rebel Zapatista national liberation army (EZLN)  one-third women, some in bare feet, others with wooden guns freed prisoners, burned military posts and seized ranches in protest at centuries of what they saw as oppression by large landowners and the government. They became instant heroes of the left, and an inspiration to indigenous groups and political romantics around the world.

Twenty-four years on from the rebellion, the restaurants in San Cristbal thrive on their reputation, sporting mannequins in balaclavas, playing revolutionary music and selling T-shirts. Images of Che Guevara mix with those of Subcomandante Marcos, the poetic, pipe-smoking political philosopher who led the Tzotzil, Tzeltal, Chol and Tojolabal peoples armed rebellion and who famously declared that the fourth world war against neoliberalism and oblivion had sta...


USA: Somali Man sentenced to 15 years for ISIS-inspired knife attack Somali News in English Horseed Media

A man who stabbed two brothers at the Mall of America last November and later claimed he did it on behalf of ISIS was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday. As he was about to leave the courtroom, Mahad Abdiraham turned to news media cameras and held up the index finger on his right []



Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Russiagate Original

An epidemic terror seized upon the nations, wrote Charles Mackay in his 1841 masterpiece, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds. It was a crime imputed with so much ease, and repelled with so much difficulty, that the powerful, whenever they wanted to ruin the weak, and could fix no other imputation upon them, Continue reading "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Russiagate"

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Buttering Up the Pentagon Original

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Recently, the Pentagons top Asia official, Randall Schriver, told senators that the Afghan war would cost this countrys taxpayers $45 billion in 2018, including $5 billion for the Afghan security forces, $13 billion for U.S. forces in that country, and $780 million in economic aid. How the other $26 billion would Continue reading "Buttering Up the Pentagon"

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US, S. Korean militaries to conduct joint drills despite detente with Pyongyang Aletho News

RT | February 20, 2018 The US and South Korea will go ahead with military drills off the Korean peninsula despite the Peace Olympics and the recent thaw in North-South relations, the Souths defense ministry said in a report to the National Assembly. In the run-up to the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, Seoul was able []


Syrian War Report February 20, 2018: Turkey Threatens To Strike Syrian Army The Vineyard of the Saker The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continue preparations for a ground operation against militants in Damascus Eastern Ghouta. Now, government forces and warplanes target fortified positions, HQs


U.S. Soldier Among Eight Killed in Iraq Original

A U.S. soldier died in a non-combat-related incident in Baghdad.

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Why Pakistan is sending 1,000 troops to Saudi Arabia Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Analysts say Pakistani forces are probably deployed to protect the Saudi royal family after purge of relatives left them vulnerable


Global Forecast (02-21-2017) Geopolitical Monitor

The GPM Global Forecast is a bi-weekly, members-only article series for 2018. It provides analysis and short-term forecasting on key military, political, and economic events around the globe.


Civilian casualties soar in Syrias Eastern Ghouta

The death toll in Eastern Ghouta, a rebel-occupied suburb of Damascus, has risen to over 250 people, with some 50 children reportedly among the dead. Humanitarian groups are warning of a dire situation in the region, with starvation and sickness increasingly rife. So far calls from the UN for a humanitarian ceasefire to allow for aid deliveries have fallen on deaf ears. Conversely, the pace of airstrikes has ramped up considerably over the past week as Russian and Syrian forces attempt to pound the rebel stronghold into submission.

The area is home to some 400,000 residents and has been under siege since 2013.

The new uptick in shelling by pro-Assad forces has taken six hospitals out of commission in just the past two days, leading some rights groups to accuse the Assad government of war crimes.

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Israeli police allege Netanyahu spokesman tried to bribe judge Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Nir Hefetz attempted to bribe a judge who was involved in a case against Netanyahu's wife, police say


Hilarious (and politically incorrect!) video to encourage Russians to vote (MUST SEE!) The Vineyard of the Saker

I laughed my head off when I saw this.  So I emailed Eugenia and begged her to subtitle this in English (press cc to see the English subs).  Not only


Assad Jumps into the Afrin Conflict Geopolitical Monitor


There were signs from the very start that the Assad government was going to get behind the Kurdish residents of the Afrin canton, whom are currently being targeted by a Turkish military operation meant to flush out the YPG a key ally in the war against Islamic State or terrorist group and PKK enabler, depending on whether you ask Washington or Ankara.

It began with rhetoric: Assad accused Turkey of supporting terrorism and invoked the early days of the Syrian civil war when Ankara adopted a laissez-faire stance toward the hundreds of fighters flooding across its border into Syria. Then came the indirect encouragement immediately after Operation Olive Branch was launched, when government forces opened corridors for YPG fighters passing from Manbij in the east to Afrin in the north. And now there are reports that the Assad regime has reached an agreement to intervene directly and dispatch troops to Afrin. As of Wednesday, these reports seem to have been confirmed when dozens of pro-government fighters were seen entering the Afrin Canton.



Turkeys short-term outlook in northern Syria:

  • The jury is out on how long the Turkish military will be stationed in northern Syria. Since seizing large swathes of land in Operation Euphrates Shield, the government has gone about building up infrastructure and providing basic services in the occupied territories. This land is an important bargaining chip in the peace process, and it wont be relinquished cheaply.
  • Seizing Afrin would further solidify Turkeys position at the negotiating table, and it would also increase Ankaras leverage in rebel-occupied Idlib province by providing a contiguous supply line to the rebels fighting there. This will be an important consideration should the conflict between Turkey and the Assad regime escalate further.
  • The agreement between Russia and Turkey on the post-war status of President Assad is tenuous to say the least. Open conflict between the Turks and Syrians along with the aforementioned gains at the negotiating table could lead Erdogan to reevaluate whatever assurances he gave the Russians. Recall that Erdogan began this war as a sworn enemy of the Assad regime.
  • At 29 days and counting, the Afrin operation is taking much longer than the 10 days the Erdogan administration originally promised. With reinforcements coming in from the Assad regime and the northeastern Kurdish heartland, it can expected to drag out even longer.
  • Time is of the essence for Ankara: international support for Operation Olive Branch was non-existent to begin with, and the promise of a quick and relatively painless operation is likely what secured Russian buy-in on the move.

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ALBUQUERQUE UNM 'The Last Oil' Feb. 21 -- 23, 2018 CENSORED NEWS

Program Wednesday, February 21Location: 5:00 pm 8:00 pm at Keller Hall, Center for the Arts, UNM Main Campus (Building #62 on UNM Campus Map) 5:00 pm:                            Keller Halldoor opens 5:30 pm 6:00 pm:        Welcome & Introduction                                               Opening Prayer and Welcome to Our HomelandPetuuche Gilbert, Acoma


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Afrin False Flag ?? Penny for your thoughts

A false flag in the most basic sense.... Flying the flag of another with the intent to deceive while carrying out, or perpetrating, some type of criminal/evil action

A political or military act orchestrated in such a way that it appears to have been carried out by a party that is not in fact responsible.

As of this writing- 12:00 pm EST,  I do NOT believe that any Syrian loyalist militias entered Afrin

I do suspect that the PKK/YPG  are attempting to and/or may have brought reinforcements into the area under false pretenses.

The YPG/PKK may have thought they could mislead Turkey by claiming their reinforcements were allies of Damascus. It seems apparent Ankara & Damascus have an understanding regarding the Afrin operation

 As yours truly had stated yesterday I see no reason for anyone loyal to Syria to aid the annexing Kurds who are already supported fully by the US.

What's the Deal in Afrin? Loyalist PMU's to Ally with PKK/YPG?

The convoluted saga of Damascus aiding the YPG/PKK in Afrin continues to be presented as fact.
Is it? I'm less then certain at this time.
You may recall that the US wanted Turkey to stop their operation?
U.S Wants Turkey to Restrain Their Operation in Syria   Turkey has not complied....


South Korean Cryptocurrency Regulator Found Dead at Home

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UAE Just Overthrew Yemens Government and Nobodys Talking About It The Anti-Media

UAE Yemen(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  Between a major regional confrontation on the horizon taking place in Syria between Israel, Syria, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the United States and a potential nuclear standoff with North Korea and China, it is no surprise that there are many newsworthy stories that continue to go unnoticed. One such story is what is currently taking place in Yemen, and []


Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation Comes Under Massive Fire Aletho News

Sputnik 20.02.2018 Sputnik has received reports that the Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation, a peace monitoring and humanitarian organization jointly run by Russia and Turkey, came under attack on Tuesday. No Russian casualties were reported from the incident, but Syrian civilians have been reported dead and injured. Residential areas, hotels in Damascus, as well []


Is Bigfoot Muellers Missing Link? Dissident Voice

In an astonishing and defining moment both for cryptozoology and the Russian Collusion narrative, Independent Counsel Robert Mueller revealed today that massive hominid footprints discovered outside both Trump Tower and the Kremlin originate from the same primate species, if not the same individual.

Posing proudly with plaster casts, Mueller sketched out his theory for a rapt group of journalists as well as some CNN folks with microphones:

It all fell in place for us one 3 am after a few beers. Bigfoot appears to have served as a missing-link emissary species, carrying collusion directives from the Kremlin to the Trump Campaign.

Has Bigfoot been deposed?

No. But we will be presenting blurry pictures at a later date.

Is Putin directly implicated in this scheme?

We have always operated from the premise that Putin is omnipotent. So yes.

What about the recent revelations that your Russian troll indictment was lifted, whole-cloth, from a 2015 Radio Free Europe Ukranian article? Are in-house plagiarism indictments forthcoming?

Its DOJs policy never to comment on ongoing witch hunts. What I can say is that we will continue to move in a dogged and determined fashion to confirm all our original suspicions until justice fully serves our unquenchable drive for power.

Do you have any comment on President Trumps latest tweets and do you plan to explore his 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer theory?

While we havent ruled out genius as a motive, were not appropriately staffed to directly pursue that avenue.

What about the Presidents suspicion theyre laughing their asses off in Moscow?

How does he know theyre laughing and when did he know it?...


US Foreign Policy is the Greatest Crime Since WWII, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark Dissident Voice

Last week, the present US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, during his trip to five Latin American nations, made headlines world wide when he made the following barely veiled threatening statement: In the history of Venezuela and South American countries, it is often times that the military is the agent of change when things are so bad, and the leadership can no longer serve the people. and shortly afterward referring to the elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, added: If the kitchen gets a little to hot for him, I am sure that hes got some friends over in Cuba that could give him a nice hacienda on the beach and he could have a nice life over there. US secretaries of state have a lot of balls, as Tillersons gangster tough guy remarks showed.

There are few countries in Latin America that have not experienced the USA both secretly and overtly backing a right wing military government coup. The US Secretary of States criminally insane backhanded remarks favoring a civil war, with all the probable loss of lives a civil war would bring, seems to fit as appropriate within a US foreign policy of world domination.  Human suffering has never been of any consequence to the financial interests of that 1/10 of 1 per cent of Americans who, to one degree or another, rule us all.

That is the way it has been since the end of the Second World War, a war made possible by the American investments and joint venturing in the rearming of a prostate Nazi Germany1, a war that made the USA rich and the first all powerful single superpower.

Now that China is about to replace the USA as the most powerful economy in the world...


US Meddling In Foreign Elections stan van houcke

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The Guardian is right Ghouta is Syrias Srebrenica; another attempt to use humanitarian concern as a hook for military intervention OffGuardian

Simon Tisdalls latest lament that the West isnt doing enough to save the lovely terrorists in Syria makes one unintentionally accurate claim. "Eastern Ghouta, he says "is turning into Syrias Srebrenica. We agree with him on this, but not for the reasons he offers in his article.


For Those Who Dont Believe In Conspiracies Here Are 58 Admitted False Flag Attacks Anti Oligarch

False flag terrorism occurs when elements within a government stage a secret operation whereby government forces pretend to be a targeted enemy while attacking their own forces or people. The attack is then falsely blamed on the enemy in order to justify going to war against that enemy. Yes, its true: There really are conspiracies. []



#DefendDetroit: Know Your Nazis Who To Expect at Richard Spencers Conference in Detroit on March 4th, 2018 Enough is Enough!

On Sunday, March 4th, Richard Spencer will attend and speak at the Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas (FMI) conference in Detroit.  Spencer will be accompanied by an entourage of notorious fascists.  In this article, well introduce you to the white nationalists and groups likely to attend.

Additionally, we call upon the people of Detroit.  If you see something, say something!  If you encounter one of these white nationalists in a restaurant or hotel, consider denying them service, or contact Great Lakes AntiFa via private message on Facebook at to report their whereabouts.


Matthew Heimbach (Guest Speaker)

Heimbach has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as the face of a new generation of whit...


Qatar and Chad restore diplomatic relations Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Countries mend ties months after Chad had closed Qatari embassy following the Saudi-led blockade of Doha


Abbas calls for Middle East peace conference in rare UN speech Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Palestinian president says US should be no longer be sole peace mediator


Israel may pay settlers millions to leave illegal outpost Aletho News

Yair Lapid (centre) and Naftali Bennett (left) joined settlers on 23 July 2017 at the inauguration of a monument that was rebuilt in the illegal settlement outpost of Netiv HaAvot after the Israeli Supreme Court ordered the outposts demolition and the evacuation of all settlers [Yigal Dilmoni/Twitter] MEMO | February 20, 2018 The Israeli government []


Israelis who kill Palestinians receive government stipends Aletho News

MEMO | February 20, 2018 The PLOs Committee for Prisoners and Freed Prisoners revealed on Monday that the Israeli authorities pay stipends to Jewish settlers indicted of crimes against Palestinians, Quds Press has reported. Israel has complained frequently about payments to the families of Palestinian prisoners by the Palestinian Authority, claiming that they encourage terrorism. []


Bitcoin and Blockchain Could Save the World From the Failing Financial System The Anti-Media

Bitcoin Blockchain(ANTIMEDIA)  Investors in both traditional assets and cryptocurrencies have been rocked by huge amounts of volatility so far in 2018. The stock market experienced the largest single-day point drop in history, and bonds have been under pressure as concerns grow about rising interest rates. The most notable price action, however, occurred in the crypto markets as an unprecedented wave of interest overwhelmed []


War Preparations Against Venezuela As Election Nears Dissident Voice

Since we published Regime Change Fails: Is a Military Coup or Invasion Next, we received more information showing steps toward preparing for a potential military attack on Venezuela. Stopping this war needs to become a top priority for the peace movement.

Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) published a newsletter that reported troubling news of an impending military assault on the sovereign nation of Venezuela by states and forces allied with the United States. Ajamu Baraka, the director, said the US is concerned that President Maduro will win the April 22 election, which would mean six more years in office. BAP urges people to include No War On Venezuela in actions being planned from February 16-23 for the 115th anniversary of the United States occupying Guantanamo.

Is the Path to War Through Border Disputes?

One way to start a war would be a cross-border dispute between Venezuela and Colombia, Brazil or Guyana. On February 12, the Maritime Herald reported that Admiral Kurt Tidd, head of the US Southern Command, arrived in Colombia just two days after the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with President Juan Manuel Santos as part of Tillersons unprecedented regime change tour. Tidd met with Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas and other senior officials to coordinate efforts around regional stability with a focus on Venezuela.

The Maritime Herald also reports US troops coming to Colombian military bases, paramilitaries coming to Colombian towns along the Venezuelan border, plans for a joint naval force between the United States, Colombia and Mexico, and arrival of a contingent of 415 members of the United States Air Force to Panama to create support and logistics points for the operation against Venezuela. Also important are two fast-acting US military bases installed in the communities of Vichada and Leticia, Colombia, bordering Venezuela.

Both Columbia and Brazil have deployed more troops to their borders with Venezuela. Colombian President Santos ordered the deployment of 3000 additional security personnel to the Venezuelan border. This figure included 2,120...


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Lebanese President Michel Aoun spoke with Iraqi counterparts on how to combat the Islamic State group


Philippines: Senate ethics body junks complaints vs Senator De Lima Peace and Freedom

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For lack of jurisdiction, the Senate committee on ethics has rejected the three ethics cases filed against detained Senator Leila de Lima.

The committee headed by Majority Leader Vicente Tito Sotto III unanimously approved the motion of Senate Minority Leader Fraklin Drilon to dismiss the cases filed by leaders of the House of Representatives and two charges initiated by presidential spokesman Harry Roque and lawyer Abelardo de Jesus.

The complaints against de Lima stemmed from her alleged advice to former aide and partner Ronnie Dayan to refrain from attending the House probe into her alleged involvement in the proliferation of illegal drugs at the New Bilibid Prison when she was still Justice Secretary.

In moving for the dismissal of the cases, Drilon cited the pending case in courts also lodged against de Lima and the committees lack of jurisdiction over the alleged violations she had committed.

Drilons motion was seconded by Senator Panfilo Lacson, saying de Lima did not violate any Senate rule or was not performing her duty as a senator when she supposedly gave the advice to Dayan.

She has not violated any Senate rule nor it is related to an official act as a senator so on that note, if theres a motion I will support to outrightly dismiss the case against de Lima as filed by the counterparts in the House, Lacson said.

Senator Gringo Honasan also backed the dismissal of the charges against de Lima in the spirit of humanity.

What else can we do to Senator De Lima? Honasan asked.

So in the spirit of humanity, maybe this might possibly set a trend prospectively that will allow naman the chamber to assert its independence as the last bastion of a pluralistic democracy and start protecting its members against abuse of discretion or authority, he added.

At one point, Sotto suggested to just archive and not dismiss the case, citing the possibility that the criminal case against de Lima might prosper.

In the end, the committee agreed with Drilon to...


Russia Holds Military Drills on Disputed Islands Claimed by Japan The Anti-Media

Russian Military Drills Japan(ANTIMEDIA)  Russia is accelerating a military buildup on a chain of islands claimed by Japan, Bloomberg reports. Tokyo lodged a formal protest after 2,000 Russian troops held military exercises over a week ago on the four islands, called the Southern Kurils in Russia and the Northern territories in Japan. The Kurils make up part of what is known []


"Russian bots" - How An Anti-Russian Lobby Creates Fake News Moon of Alabama

The U.S. mainstream media are going nuts. They now make up and report stories based on the uncritical acceptance of an algorithm they do not want to understand and which is known to produce fake results. See for example these...


Comrade Pelosi and the Democrats have Borscht All Over Their Faces!! Newsbud

On Friday, 02 February 2018, the much hyped Nunes Memo was finally released (Ward & Aleem, 2018). Partisan politics took centre stage as the Democrats and Republicans marched out some of their respective partys best deceivers to make their case to the American people. Watching it was akin to watching some weird, perverse Kabuki performance. In typical kabuki-style play acting, minority leader Nancy Pelosi was singing and dancing that the release of the memo would lead to a constitutional crisis (Carruthers, 2018). While on the other side of the aisle, President Trump and the Republicans were claiming total vindication of any wrongdoing (Stewart, 2018).

Informed Americans were concerned about the contents of the Nunes memo. They were even more concerned about the bizarre way the political elites were acting prior to the memos release. Obviously, there was something else going on behind the scenes. Something was dramatically wrong in Washington! With the disclosure of hundreds of text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and bureau attorney Liza Page, people were wondering; who in the hell was running the country? It certainly wasnt the president or the congress! More and more it looked like the bureaucrats were in charge with no oversight by the Congress. Congress and the President were merely passengers along for the ride!

The American two-party system is destroying the country. The Republicans and Democrats are organized and operate in a manner similar to a criminal syndicate. The Democrats are comparable to a drug cartel which ideologically believes all actions are legitimate; the end justify the means. Whatever goals the senior leadership set, the rank and file blindly accept and work to achieve. Pelosi and the Democrats have set the goal of delegitimizing President Trump no matter what the ultimate cost is to America. The narrative Pelosi has given to the Democrats: the election was stolen from Clinton and the Democrats with the help of the Russians. Thats their story and theyre sticking to it even if that means manufacturing information to support it.

The Republicans on the other hand are akin to the traditional Italian mafia portrayed in Hollywood gangster movies. They follow a more rules-based conduct, grounded in some imaginary moral code. Like the Democrats, they also believe the end justifies the means. Unlike the Democrats, the Republicans dont necessarily wish for Trump to be impeached. That doesnt mean they support the President, in fact they appear to be divided in their support for, and defence of Trump (Pew Research Center, 2017). Given President Trumps background and i...


How Donald Trumps Policies Have Brought Us to the Brink of World War 3 The Anti-Media

Trump Nuclear Annihilation(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  On February 7, 2018, the U.S.-led coalition in Syria conducted air and artillery strikes against what were believed to be pro-government forces in response to an unprovoked attack launched by these pro-regime troops. Not long after, reports began emerging that significant numbers of Russian personnel were included in the over 100 dead and wounded. While Russia denied this at first, []


US senator Lindsey Graham says $6bn in aid for Jordan likely to rise Peace and Freedom

Sen. Lindsey Graham said senators dealing with foreign aid will talk to the International Monetary Fund about taking some pressure off Jordan regarding economic austerity measures. (AP Photo)
AMMAN, Jordan: The chairman of a US Senate panel dealing with foreign aid says a recently signed agreement granting Jordan $1.275 billion a year through 2022 is a floor and that Congress is likely to authorize additional financial support for the kingdom.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, was among seven senators visiting Jordan, a key US security ally in the region.
Graham told reporters Tuesday that he hopes everyone in the US understands how important it is for this kingdom to survive.
He says the senators will talk to the International Monetary Fund about taking some pressure off Jordan regarding economic austerity measures.
Jordan has su...


Argentina: Fernandez Brands Iranian Pact Allegations Arbitrary, Demands Immediate Trial Aletho News

teleSUR | February 20, 2018 Argentine senator and former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has requested a public trial be held immediately to expose the arbitrariness of the accusation (against her) to the whole society. Fernandez is being prosecuted for an alleged cover-up of Iranian officials and citizens accused of perpetrating a terror attack in []


WSJs Epic Distortion of Colombian and Venezuelan Refugees Aletho News

By Joe Emersberger | FAIR | February 18, 2018 A Wall Street Journal article by Juan Forero (2/13/18) ran with the headline Venezuelas Misery Fuels Migration on Epic Scale. The subhead stated, Residents Flee Crumbling Economy in Numbers That Echo Syrians to Europe, Rohingya to Bangladesh. Foreros article quoted a UN official: By world standards, []


Israel: Ministers rip into Abbas, accuse him of distorting history Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Peace and Freedom

Dr. Abbas and Mr. Abu Mazen, we all know who you are, says defense minister; from opposition, Lapid attacks

Times of Israel
February 20, 2018

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the United Nations Security Council on February 20, 2018. (AFP Photo/Timothy A. Clary)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at the United Nations Security Council on February 20, 2018. (AFP Photo/Timothy A. Clary)

Israeli politicians slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for his speech to the UN Security Council Tuesday, branding him a liar, a falsifier of history, and accusing him of duplicity.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, the leader of the coalition Yisrael Beiteynu party, alluded to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in his condemnation of Abbass speech.

We have been committed to fostering a culture of peace, rejection of violence, said Abbas, adding that he would intensify efforts to secure full UN recognition.

Dr. Abbas and Mr. Abu Mazen, we all know who you are, Liberman tweeted. With one hand you pay salaries to terrorists who strike at Israel, and their families, and with the other hand you ask the United Nations for recognition.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home), meanwhile, accused Abbas of distorting the Palestinians history.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks at a conference of local governments in Tel Aviv on February 14, 2018. (Jorge Novominsky)

In his speech, Abbas had said, We are the descendants of the Canaanites that lived in t...


Iran threatens to level Tel Aviv, kill Netanyahu if Israel attacks Peace and Freedom

Senior Iranian official dismisses PMs unwise speech, in which he brandished an Iranian drone and threatened military action

Former chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, Mohsen Rezaei (photo credit: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Former chief of Irans Revolutionary Guard, Mohsen Rezaei (photo credit: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Tel Aviv will be leveled to the ground if Israel attacks Iran, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not escape with his life, a senior official in the Islamic republics regime threatened.

His comments came in response to Netanyahus speech on Sunday at the Munich Security Conference, in which the prime minister brandished a piece of an Iranian drone downed in Israeli airspace and threatened direct military action against Iran.

About Netanyahus unwise words, I should say that if they carry out the slightest unwise move against Iran, we will level Tel Aviv to the ground, Mohsen Rezaei, secretary of Irans Expediency Council and former chief of the countrys Revolutionary Guards, told the Hezbollah-affiliated Arabic-language al-Manar TV channel Monday.

Adding a personal threat to the Israeli leaders life, Rezaei added that Tehran will not give Netanyahu any opportunity to flee, Fars News reported.

Netanyahu singled out Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in his speech at the security conference, as he lifted up a piece of the drones wreckage.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves part of an Iranian drone downed in Israeli airspace, during a speech on the third day of the 54th Munich Security Conference (MSC) held at the Bayerischer Hof hotel, in Munich, southern German...


What just happened in Korea and when will we ever learn?! The Vineyard of the Saker

Okay, a quick summary first: one of the Russian athletes participating in the Winter Olympics has tested positive for Meldonium.  On two different probes.  There is no way to explain


South Korean Cryptocurrency Crackdown Head Assassinated Covert Geopolitics

As we have reported a while ago, cryptocurrencies are the brainchild of the CIA and it doesnt want anybody to trample on them. Aside from disobeying the Deep State by reengaging the North Koreans to a peaceful resolution of the more than half a century crisis, the South Korean government is cracking down on CIA Continue reading South Korean Cryptocurrency Crackdown Head Assassinated


Map: Turkish Forces Capture Notable Area In Afrin. Government Forces Temporarily Halt Deployment

Following the recent series of events, the situation in the area of Afrin remains tense. According to reports, Syrian government forces have halt their deployment to Afrin under an alleged deal with the Kurdish YPG militia after strikes conducted by the Turkish military near a government military column.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the convoy had retreated following a warning fire.

Tonight about a dozen pickups were seen moving towards Afrin. But then there was shelling [by the the Turkish military], and they had to return. So far, this is all over. Yesterday we spoke with respected [Russian President] Putin and respected [Iranian President] Rouhani; we have agreements on this topic. Unfortunately, some terrorist groups sometimes make erroneous decisions themselves, this is unacceptable, and they will be held accountable for it, Erdogan told media.

The government forces convoy was within about 10km from the YPG-held city of Afrin when it came under fire.

The Russian state-run news agency Sputnik also quoted YPG representative in Afrin Brusk Haseke as saying on the issueL

Yes, this is true. Today the Syrian government army entered Afrin in order to defend the city from the Turkish Armed Forces and the Free Syrian Army jointly with the Kurdish forces of the YPG. The government forces have come to help the people of Afrin. We cannot report on the number of soldiers that entered Afrin. This is military information.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Armed Forces and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army continued their advance against the YPG in Afrin. Recently, Turkey-led forces have captured over a dozen villages from the YPG.

The story is developing.


The confusion of diplomats and the military at MSC 2018, by Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Network

Organised by the Germans, the Munich Security Conference has become a world forum for Ministers for Foreign Affairs and for Defence. The participants were all attempting to anticipate the political evolution of the moment, while the organisers were attempting to advance the cause of their re-armament. Finally, although the positions of the participants was clarified, the question of the rules of the new game remain in suspense.


Muellers Office Charges Associate of Former Trump Adviser Richard Gates With Lying to FBI Peace and Freedom

Special counsel alleges Alex Van Der Zwaan misled officials about his contact with Gates

Updated Feb. 20, 2018 1:03 p.m. ET

A lawyer accused of lying to Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to plead guilty Tuesday afternoon, according to a document filed in connection with the case, in the latest indication Mr. Muellers investigation is picking up speed.

Alex van der Zwaan, a former associate at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, is expected to admit that he lied about his contact with Richard Gates, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, in a November interview, according to a criminal information filed against


Tories Resurrect Ghost of Communism in Desperate Attack on Corbyn Aletho News

Sputnik February 20, 2108 Leader of Opposition and head of the UK Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn is facing numerous attacks from the Tories, who recalled their Cold War practices to discredit their left-wing opponent, branding him a communist spy. The scandal was sparked by the allegations made by former Czechoslovak intelligence officer Jan Sarkocy, who claimed that Corbyn supplied sensitive []


Marawi attackers set sights on 2nd city Peace and Freedom


Al Haj Murad Ebrahim of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front said the plot to attack either Iligan or Cotabato city fell apart after the Marawi siege ended, but the extremists have continued to recruit new fighters to recover from their battle defeats.  Credit KJ Rosales

(Associated Press) February 21, 2018 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines Islamic State (IS) group-linked militants planned but failed to attack another southern Philippine city shortly after troops crushed their siege of Marawi last year, the leader of the countrys largest Muslim rebel group said yesterday.

Al Haj Murad Ebrahim of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front said the plot to attack either Iligan or Cotabato city fell apart after the Marawi siege ended, but the extremists have continued to recruit new fighters to recover from their battle defeats.

Murad said his group relayed intelligence about the planned attacks on the two cities, which are bustling commercial hubs, to government forces through ceasefire channels established during years of peace talks. He made the comments at a forum with foreign news correspondents, stressing how his group has helped battle terrorism.

President Duterte and military officials have also said that remnants of the radical groups behind the five-month siege that devastated Marawi were hunting for new recruits and plotting new attacks.

Duterte mentioned the threats in a speech late Monday in which he criticized Canada for imposing restrictions on the use of combat helicopters the Philippines has sought to buy. He has ordered the military to cancel the purchase.

They are about to retake another city in the Philippines or to take another geographical unit but I couldnt use the helicopters, Duterte said, explaining that the Bell helicopters could not be employed in combat assaults.

Duterte has not elaborated on the nature of post-Marawi attack threats.

Murads group, which the military estimates has about 10,000 fighters scattered mostly in the marshy south, hopes Congress will pass legislation this year implementing a 2014 autonomy pact with the government.

He said the prospects appear bright, but added that the rebels are aware that the government failed to enforce peace pacts in the past, prom...


#Germany: Actions Against Gentrification in #Berlin and #Wuppertal Enough is Enough!

Video and a short report about actions against gentrification in Berlin and Wuppertal, Germany.

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You will find the German version here.

Germany: Actions Against Gentrification in Berlin and Wuppertal

A couple of days ago an action against gentrification was carried out in the Wedding district in Berlin. Several activists decorated a building in the Mllerstrae in Berlin Wedding. The rent for one room in the building will cost between 514 and 1119. It seems that investors want to expand in Wedding with expensive apartments.

Video from Berlin:

In Wuppertal there were actions against gentrification in the night of February 12 on February 13, 2018 in the south part of the Elberfeld district. Between January 20 and January 24 there were already actions against gentrification. During these first actions more than 70 slogans were sprayed on walls across the northern part of the Elberfeld district. The demands that were sprayed on the walls were that the rents have to go down and that nazis and racists should leave the area. With the slogans, the activists also confessed their complicity with the G20 prisoners and demanded the immediate release of the G20 prisoners. The cops estimate that there was a five figure damage. The state security (Staatschutz: Police unite for political crimes) investigates.



More Gun Violence: Lets Look Beyond Politics Aletho News

By Ron Paul | February 20, 2108 Another terrible school shooting took place in Parkland, Florida last week and unfortunately many politicians and pundits have used the tragedy as they often do to push their own agenda. Many will use the tragedy to argue that Americans should be prohibited from owning guns. As []


Australia: Ex-Muslim forced to wear niqab for years says I hate the niqab Jihad Watch

Can she say that? Or will Australias smart set forthwith denounce her for Islamophobia? I hate the niqab: Ex-Muslim who runs an atheist blog says she ran away from home after her mother forced her to wear the dehumanising face covering, by Stephen Johnson, Daily Mail Australia, February 20, 2018: An ex-Muslim woman has described []


US-Russia rivalry surges in Syria Aletho News

By M K Bhadrakumar | Indian Punchline | February 20, 2018 A major speech by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday at an international conference on the Middle East turned into the strongest Russian denunciation to date of the shift in the US policies under the Trump administration towards Syria, where the Pentagon now []


The Rhythmic Journey Home -- Birdsingers Ensured Victory at Ward Valley CENSORED NEWS

Mojave Birdsingers, Ward Valley, 1998. Photo Molly Johnson. The Rhythmic Journey Home, Birdsingers Ensured Victory at Ward Valley By Brenda NorrellCensored News WARD VALLEY -- The Bird Songs once again guided those who have lived in the Mojave Desert since time immemorial, home to a safe haven.Llewellyn Barrackman, Mohave elder, said, "The Mojave have no place to go. This is our home.""


Robert Mueller's America--A Farce Wrapped in Hypocrisy by Publius Tacitus Sic Semper Tyrannis

The indictment unveiled last Friday by Assistant Attorney General Rob Rosenstein, charging 13 Russian nationals with posting "false" information on the internet would be great grist for a satirical send up of government incompetence except the underlying premise of the...


No More Deaths Volunteer Indicted on Additional Felony Charge, Faces up to 20-Year Prison Sentence CENSORED NEWS

Humanitarian Aid Worker Scott Warren indicted on additional felony charge, facing up to 20 year sentence By No More Deaths Censored News A grand jury has indicted Scott Daniel Warren, a volunteer with the organization No More Deaths/No Ms Muertes, with three felony charges: two counts of felony harboring and one charge of felony conspiracy. The maximum sentence for these charges


Facebook Intellectually Terrorizes a Human Rights Activist Jihad Watch

My name is Magdi Khalil, I am an American citizen and a resident of Virginia. My Facebook page can be found here. I currently work as an analyst researcher at an American institution. For over 20 years, I have been a well-known commentator on Middle Eastern affairs and the executive editor of international pages for []


Mohawk Nation News 'Price of Death' CENSORED NEWS

Mohawk Nation News MNN. Feb. 19, 2018. Millions of our departed never had a decent funeral. The genocide isnt even mentioned. Read the article at Mohawk Nation News


How the fake news frenzy threatens the possibility of dissent Waging Nonviolence

by Cristina Orsini

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In 2017, the term fake news was used 365 percent more often than in 2016, earning the award for Word of the Year by the Collins Dictionary. Yet, fake news remains one of those highly politicized terms that gain popularity in the public discourse, while few agree on what it really means. Indeed, the term is often used to refer to both deliberately fabricated news and inaccurate or incorrect information, going beyond content that can be considered illegal according to the limitations placed upon freedom of expression in human rights law, such as propaganda for war and incitement to hostility and violence. In the public discourse, fake news is often a catch-all term, used to smear opposing points of view: Trump accuses well-established American media such as CNN of fabricating fake news about him, while his opponents blame fake news spread on social media, and possibly pushed by external powers, for his election victory.

They may all be correct to some extent. If we think of fake news as disinformation and misinformation, we could indeed start seeing it everywhere. We find it on social media platforms where sensational fake news is fabricated in order to gain political followers or, simply, to make money (like the Macedonian teenagers who made thousands of dollars by producing fake articles during the U.S. presidential campaign). But it can also be found on reputable traditional media, such as the widespread reports of weapons of mass destruction in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

The discussions that saw the recent popularization of the term, however, often focus on how the internet and social media amplify the spreading of misinformation to larger audiences, giving anybody the means to impart information in the public sphere and favoring content that is quick and easy. Worryingly, with the development of new technologies and artificial intelligence, new challenges may lie ahead, such as...


#Berlin March 3, 2018: Together against the Turkish attacks on #Afrin! Enough is Enough!

Call of the Alliance for Peace and Democracy in Afrin at full length.

Originally published by Alliance for Peace and Democracy in Afrin. Translated by ANF News

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Berlin March 3, 2018: Together against the Turkish attacks on Afrin!

Since January 20, 2018, the Turkish military is attacking the Afrin area in Rojava, northern Syria, along with Salafist or jihadist groups. Kurds of Muslim, Alevi and Ezidi faith make up the majority of Afrins population. In addition, it is home to Christian Assyrians and Syrian Arabs as well as occasionally Armenians. The city of Afrin with its surrounding villages in northwestern Syria has been able to maintain relative stability and peace since the beginning of the war, despite repeated attacks by the Nusra Front, the Islamic State (IS) or other Islamist groups, and the Turkish military. Even more, from 2015, Afrin has been safe haven for hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people from Aleppo and the surrounding areas despite embargo and isolation. The Turkish army and allied Salafists or jihadists under the label of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) not only target refugees, but also cause new displacements currently.

The attacks by the Turkish military from the ground and from the air have so far [as of 6 February 2018] killed 148 civilians, including 17 children. The number of wounded is currently 365. A large proportion of these civilian casualties are Syrian internally displaced persons. Civilian residential areas are bombarded with artillery and bombed from the air, entire villages are razed to the ground and infrastructure is systematically destroyed, such as water treatment plants. Video footage documents war crimes such as torturing of YPJ fighter Barin Kobanes dead body and the torture and ill-treatment of captured Kurdish peoples defenders and displaced civilians.

The Turkish military, alon...


Bear scare! Why the US Democrats desperately need a Russian bogeyman Aletho News

By Robert Bridge | RT | February 20, 2018 Even before Donald Trump set foot in the White House, loveless liberals were busy pushing the narrative that Russia meddled in the elections. But could this claim be just maybe a dastardly ploy to hide some unsavory truths? Pass the popcorn, the theater of []


Irans Foreign Minister: Trump administration violating nuke deal, and Iran will respond Jihad Watch

The escalating confrontation is raising new questions about what the Obama administration promised Iran during sensitive negotiations leading up to the nuclear agreement, according to sources close to the Trump administration who said the U.S. Congress must increase efforts to obtain details of these agreements. That they arent known, at very least by the present []


Abbas at Security Council calls for a peace conference mid-2018 to recognise Palestine Peace and Freedom

Photo showing Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas at UN security council where he called Tuesday for the convening of an international conference by mid-2018 to pave the way for recognition of Palestinian statehood, Feb 20, 2018 (AFP)
NEW YORK:The Security Council in New York convened on Tuesday to discuss developments in the Middle East and the future of the peace process in Palestine.
President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the session, which started with an update to the council members by the UN special envoy to Palestine Nicolas Mladenov.


Turkey Begins Shelling Pro-Government Forces in Syria The Anti-Media

Turkey Shelling(MEE)  Turkish forces shelled Syrian pro-government militia fighters on Tuesday as they tried to enter the northern canton of Afrin to aid the Kurdish YPG force in its battle against a Turkish incursion. Turkish media reported Turkish forces struck areas around the pro-Assad volunteers as they moved from the towns of Nubl and Zahraa to the []


UK: Jeremy Corbyn threatens to make bankers servants of industry in fresh attack on the City Peace and Freedom

The Telegraph


Jeremy Corbyn has launched a fresh attack on the City of London by promising to make financiers the servants of industry if he becomes prime minister.

The Labour leader warned in London on Tuesday that the finance sectors destructive dominance over industry and undemocratic control over politics needed to be tackled so that the economy can be rebalanced.

We will take decisive action to make finance the servant of industry not the masters of us all, he told the EEF manufacturing conference.

For a generation, instead of finance serving industry, politicians have served finance. Weve seen where that ends.

In a speech that will send shivers through the banking industry, Mr Corbyn vowed that the next Labour Government would be the first in 40 years to stand up for the real economy and combat the financial wizardry running through the City.

Something has gone grossly and badly wrong

While he admitted that finance was the grease that oils the wheels of the economy he said banks were currently suffocating the economy rather than helping it.



Iran strongly rejects claims of delivery of missiles to Yemen Aletho News

Press TV February 20, 2018 Iran has once again rejected the allegations about the Islamic Republics provision of missiles to Yemeni forces, saying such claims are lies and a foolish scenario. Irans missile program is for defensive and deterrent [purposes] and claims about the dispatch of missiles to Yemen despite the all-out blockade on []


At UN, Abbas Calls on World Leaders to Recognize Palestinian State Israel says, we want peace but we will not chase after you. Peace and Freedom


Palestinian president calls for international conference on Israeli-Palestinian peace by mid-2018, slams U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as unlawful decision

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, February 20, 2018.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, February 20, 2018.TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called in an address to the United Nations Security Council Tuesday to convene an international conference by mid-20...


NYT writers slam left for intolerance of dissent on Israel panel that excludes anti-Zionists and Palestinians Mondoweiss

New York Times columnists Bret Stephens and Roger Cohen repeatedly bashed the left for not tolerating dissent at a panel about Israel in New York last week. Cohen called for unsafe speech and open discussions, fierce debate so as to fend off a monolithic McCarthyist mob on campuses.

But the panel itself embodied Jewish intolerance of dissent: All three speakers on stage at the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan were ardent Zionists, introduced by a JCC official, Dava Schub, as people who could articulate our connection to and our commitment to Israel the great Jewish project which should unite us but somehow divides us.

The panel included one Israel critic, Roger Cohen, to counter two rightwing Zionists, Stephens and the events moderator, New York Times editor Bari Weiss.

But if anything was plain after 100 minutes of discussion, it is that liberal Jewish institutions like the JCC need to limit division over Israel. The organization has no room on its stage for those inside the Jewish community (and the U.S.) who do not see the need for a Jewish state. And God forbid a Palestinian would care to open her mouth.

Stephens and Cohen both gave speeches about the intolerance of the left.

Stephenss tone was angry. He said the toxic leftwing concept of intersectionality is anti-Semitic; and that if leftists dont check their prejudices at the door its us who should want no part of them, ever. He likened Palestinian leadership to pornography (because hell know it when he sees it) and said that when Zionists are criticized by students for defending apartheid, they should say F.U. back to the students, and do so with a smile.

Roger Cohen was far more high-minded. Without civilized disagreement, liberal society dies, he said; and the absence of dissent in leftwing discourse is McCarthyite.

We human beings contain multitudes. Human beings contain multitudes. [He cites Whitman and Goethe.] But theres something going on today whereby thats not allowed any more. People are not complex, theyre not multifaceted, they dont have internal conflicts, they dont believe one thing that may not fit exactly with another thing.

But yes, they do believe it! And they believe it because theyre human. Thats what they feel, thats what they think, thats what they believe. And this form of trying to impose a kind of monolithic order, where because you think one thing, you have to think another, its grotesque. At its worst, at its endpoint, its McCarthyite. And we have to be very vigilant about resisting it.



Communiqu Following the Latest La Presse Article on #Montreal Counter-Info Enough is Enough!

Montreal Counter-Information is an autonomous platform that receives anonymous submissions as well as texts spreading anarchist ideas of different tendencies. We do not condemn anything that is published on this site. We are not the authors of the submissions sent to us.

Originally published by Montreal Counter Info.

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Communiqu Following the Latest La Presse Article on Montreal Counter-Info

Montreal Counter-Information is an autonomous platform that receives anonymous submissions as well as texts spreading anarchist ideas of different tendencies. We do not condemn anything that is published on this site. We are not the authors of the submissions sent to us.

Recently we learned from an article in La Presse that the SPVM were investigating the website in order to try to find the actors behind some of the actions that have been shared on Montreal Counter-Information. This is the second article in the space of only a couple months. This media and police circus is trying to isolate the ideas behind Montreal Counter-Information and instill fear in the people who visit the site in order to render the spread of subversive information through the internet and social media even more difficult.

Concerns have been raised regarding the Facebook page: The SPVM has demanded all the connection data (IP addresses) since the creation of the Facebook profile associated with the site in order to maximize the chances of identifying who manages it. We will not cede to the pressure of the cops fear campaign and close the page. We think that the more people who consult the page, the more thinly the risk of repression will be spread. The goal of using Facebook is to be able to reach more people who are not necessarily in activist circles. Dont give in to panic, this would mean playing into the repression.

Dont forget either that the mainstream media are contributing heavily to this campaign of fear in an attempt to demonize the website. And of course journalists a...


Russia Warns the US Not to Play With Fire in Syria The Anti-Media

Russia Play With Fire Syria(MEMO)  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called on the United States not to play with fire in Syria. I once again call on our American colleagues to avoid playing with fire and measure their steps proceeding not from immediate needs of todays political environment, but rather from long-term interests of the Syrian people and of []


Pro-regime forces enter Syrias Afrin region: Kurdish official Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | Smoke rises from a village in Syrias Afrin region on February 10, 2018 after reported Turkish air strikes
AFRIN (SYRIA) (AFP)  A convoy of pro-government fighters entered Syrias Afrin region on Tuesday, a local official and a monitor told AFP, as Turkey pressed its assault on the Kurdish-controlled enclave.The popular forces have entered the Afrin canton, said Rojhad Rojava, a Kurdish defence official in the local administration.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said that hundreds of fighters entered the Afrin region on Tuesday afternoon.

AFP correspondents said the forces did not appear to have entered Afrin city itself.

Ankara and allied Syrian rebels launched an offensive exactly one month ago against the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in the northwestern region.

The YPG has controlled Afrin since Syrian government forces withdrew from Kurdish-majority areas in the countrys north in 2012.

But on Monday, Syrias state media reported that pro-Damascus forces would head to Afrin to join the resistance against the Turkish aggression.

This comes in the framework of supporting residents and defending the territorial unity and sovereignty of Syria, news agency SANA said.

The Afrin region lies in Syrias northern province of Aleppo.

An AFP correspondent in government-controlled Aleppo city told AFP that a convoy of pick-up trucks carrying armed men had left earlier Tuesday en route to Afrin.


House Republicans Plan Legislative Hearings As First Step to Fight Opioid Crisis Peace and Freedom

Bills to be considered will focus on law enforcement, public health and prevention, and insurance coverage issues

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) questions witnesses during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, concerning federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis last year.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) questions witnesses during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, concerning federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis last year. PHOTO: DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES

House Republicans will begin a series of legislative hearings next week as the first step in an effort to pass bipartisan bills tackling the opioid crisis.

The plan from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which will hold the first hearing on Feb. 28, will likely require additional funding from Congress, lawmakers said. Bills to be considered will focus on law enforcement, public health and prevention, and insurance coverage issues.

Its my top priority as chairman of the committee to get rid of this deadly epidemic, committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R., Ore.) said in an interview. Theres going to be moneymore money than has ever been spent.

Two additional hearings will be held in March as lawmakers seek to push a measure through the House by the end of May. Republican committee leaders are already talking with Democrats and the Trump administration about the initiative and have received a positive response, Mr. Walden said.



Saudi law specifies the rules and regulations for the "proper" stoning of a woman or a man. The Angry Arab News Service/

It reads: "Stoning stones should be from a medium-size solid brick, almost the size of the palm, not small pebbles which can prolong suffering or he big ones which can kill fast thereby preventing the purposeful torture.  If it was a woman, a hole should be dug up to her chest so that she won't be uncovered, and it it was a man, no hole should be dug, and his pudendum should be covered, and the whole body of the woman during stoning.  The stoned should not be tied or chained, and remorse should be offered.  He could pray two prostrations, and can be provided with water.  If he dies, he can be washed and shrouded and prayed over him".  This regime is really a stickler for the law.


How We Fight Fascism PopularResistance.Org

In 1923 the radical socialist and feminist Clara Zetkin gave a report at the Communist International about the emergence of a political movement called fascism. Fascism, then in its infancy, was written off by many liberals, socialists and communists as little more than mob rule, terror and street violence. But Zetkin, a German revolutionary, understood its virulence, its seduction and its danger. She warned that the longer the stagnation and rot of a dysfunctional democracy went unaddressed, the more attractive fascism would become. And as 21st-century Americas own capitalist democracy disintegrates, replaced by a naked kleptocracy that disdains the rule of law, the struggle of past anti-fascists mirrors our own. History has amply illustrated where political paralysis, economic decline, hypermilitarism and widespread corruption lead.


Do Financial Markets Still Exist? PopularResistance.Org

No one should find this a surprising suggestion.  The Bank of Japan has a long tradition of propping up the Japanese equity market with large purchases of equities. The European Central Bank purchases corporate as well as government bonds.  In 1989 Fed governor Robert Heller said that as the Fed already rigs the bond market with purchases, the Fed can also rig the stock market to stop price declines. That is the reason the Plunge Protection Team (PPT) was created in 1987. Looking at the chart of futures activity on the E-mini S&P 500, we see an uptick in activity on February 2 when the market dropped, with higher increases in future activity last Monday and Tuesday placing Tuesdays futures activity at about four times the daily average of the previous month.  Futures activity last Wednesday and Thursday remained above the average daily activity of the previous month...


For Europe, Trump Is a Blessing in Disguise Peace and Freedom

His policies promote energy independence and balance between France and Germany.

French president Emmanuel Macron welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Jan. 19.
French president Emmanuel Macron welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Jan. 19. PHOTO: LUDOVIC MARIN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

The Trump administration is turning out to be a blessing in disguise for the European Union. While many of the presidents rhetorical statements offend European sensibilities, and while dramatic acts like the withdrawal from the Paris climate accord prompt talk of a crisis in trans-Atlantic relations, the actual consequences of the administrations policies are shoring up Europes foundations in surprising ways.

A year ago, fears that an allegedly pro-Russia Trump administration would ditch the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and throw Europe to the wolves had delicate Europeans trembling. These days those fears seem quaint. But few in Europe have yet grasped how anti-Russian and pro-European the Trump foreign policy is at its core.

This is partly because European reflexes, especially German ones, are so often nonstrategic. Fine words and noble resolutions are mistaken for hard facts, and the wrapping paper matters more than the gift.

When many Europeansand more than a few Americanshear the word fracking, for example, they dont think of the spear tip of an American energy offensive that limits Russias geopolitical ambitions while creating the conditions for renewed European prosperity. And when they hear about American plans to rearm and modernize its nuclear arsenal, they insti...


Russiagate Suddenly Becomes Bigger Aletho News

Will every critic of our government policies soon be indictable? By Philip Giraldi Unz Review February 20, 2018 Its hard to know where to begin. Last Fridays indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was detailed in a 37 page document that provided a great deal []


Age of Intolerance by Richard Sale Sic Semper Tyrannis

Or perhaps it is more accurate to label it, The Age of impudence. Not everyone has a sound or perceptive mind and the powers of expression needed to articulate its thoughts, but today, thanks to Social Media, no one escapes...


Media And Mueller Indictment: Conspiracy Theory To End All Conspiracy Theories PopularResistance.Org

The announcement Friday by the US Department of Justice that a federal grand jury has returned criminal indictments against 13 Russian citizens and three Russian companies, charging illegal activities in the 2016 US presidential election, has become the occasion for a barrage of war propaganda in the American corporate media. Leading the charge is the New York Times, which published a front-page news lead Sunday, authored by Peter Baker. The article was published online Saturday evening under the headline, Trumps Conspicuous Silence Leaves a Struggle Against Russia Without a Leader. In the newspapers print edition, the struggle was upgraded to a war being fought on the American side without a commander in chief.


Lets Follow Lead Of Parkland Youth To Stop Mass Shootings In U.S. PopularResistance.Org

Many say its the guns that are responsible for the mass shootings. Some say that its not the guns, its the people. For others, its not the people, its a mental health issue. Others reply its not a mental health issue, at the root, its toxic masculinity. Then comes, its not toxic male masculinity, its the NRA lobby. Next, its not the NRA lobby, its politicians taking campaign contributions from the NRA. Its not politicians, its the 2nd Amendment. And the cycle continues, maintaining the status quo. But none of these factors alone are the root cause of mass shootings, for if any of them were, the problem could easily be solved. All of these factors along with others not being discussed have in some way contributed to a state of violence here. Gun violence is not just playing out in schools, its at epidemic levels in cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Detroit.


Saudi Arabia faces 'certain defeat' in Yemen, says Tory ex-minister Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Former senior minister Andrew Mitchell tells MEE the UK must press Riyadh over Yemen bombardment ahead of bin Salman visit


Rouhani Phones Erdogan, Highlights Necessity of Respecting Syrias Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity Aletho News

Al-Manar | February 20, 2018 Irans President Sheikh Hassan Rouhani reiterated the necessity of respecting Syrias sovereignty and territorial integrity, underlining the need to restore security and stability to it as soon as possible and provide appropriate conditions that will enable all Syrian displaced people to return home. Rouhanis remark came during a phone call []


Union Group Argues For Public Ownership Of Energy Systems PopularResistance.Org

According to the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IEA-IREA), the investment needed to keep global warming below the threshold of two degrees Celsius would have to double the 2016 levels of investment to $600 billion a year and reach $14 trillion invested in solar and wind by 2030. The chances of this happening, under the current paradigm of public-private partnerships that guarantee profits and mitigate risk to private investors, according to the Working Paper No. 10 authors Sean Sweeney and John Treat, is zero. In fact, they argue, based on a close study of the situation in the UK, that the idea that we can reach safe levels of renewable energy via aid to private profiteers is the greatest policy failure ever. Public money, they argue, is already responsible for the vast bulk of the worlds energy deployment.


Turks shelling area where pro-government forces have entered Afrin Syrian TV Peace and Freedom

Photo showing Turkish-backed Syrian rebel fighters fire from the town of Salwah, less than 10 kilometres from the Syria-Turkey border, towards Kurdish forces from the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin region, on Feb 19, 2018
BEIRUT: Syrian state television showed a convoy of pro-government fighters entering the Kurdish-held Afrin region on Tuesday to help fend off a Turkish assault.
The fighters wearing camouflage fatigues waved weapons and Syrian flags from their vehicles as they crossed through a checkpoint that bore the insignia of a Kurdish secu...


Anarchist Union Reverses Firings at Port of Barcelona Through Militant Strike Enough is Enough!

Dockworkers and members of the CNT, a revolutionary anarchist union in Spain, have won a complete victory after just 1 day on strike, forcing the company to rehire 3 workers it had attempted to fire.

Originally published by Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

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

Anarchist Union Reverses Firings at Port of Barcelona Through Militant Strike

Dockworkers and members of the CNT, a revolutionary anarchist union in Spain, have won a complete victory after just 1 day on strike, forcing the company to rehire 3 workers it had attempted to fire.

Causes of the Strike, Context

The CNT branch at the Port of Barcelona called for a 3-day strike beginning on February 15th in order to force the company to re-hire 3 of its members who had been fired for refusing to do work outside of their job description. After just 1 day on strike, they have forced the company to cave.

The company and the union had previously come to a preliminary agreement to reinstate these three workers, but during a meeting on February 12th, the company tore up the agreement without warning. The workers had warned the company that they would not back down, and they didnt. The union immediately walked out and gave the green light to a 3-day strike, which was ratified by a workplace assembly the next day.


Mueller The Politician PopularResistance.Org

I was hoping that the indictments would bring some sort of resolution to the investigation and force all the evidence to become public. But no, this investigation is not meant to be conclusive, it is like Orwells description of war meant to be continuous. By issuing indictments to individuals that are unlikely to ever come to trial Mueller has dodged the responsibility of presenting any additional evidence a perfect sleight of hand. A relatively small number of Facebook ads were used, many after the election, but no one from the investigation claims it had any impact. We are supposed to imagine it did. The Russian meme bombers may or may not be connected to the Russian government but Mueller provides no evidence. The indictments are little more than unconvincing accusations in keeping with the rest of the Russian narrative as eminent historian Jackson Lears has so thoroughly demonstrated.


US baits Turkey in hopes of ending Ankaras Russian dalliance Aletho News

Leaving aside the issue of the Kurds in Syria, Washington is experienced in leveraging Turkish predicaments and appears optimistic about doing so again By MK Bhadrakumar | Asia Times | February 20, 2018 When the host country openly patronizes a Track 2 or backchannel event, it becomes Track 1.5. The conference in []


Uzbek asylum seeker admits in court he drove the truck in a Stockholm, Sweden terror attack in April 2017 Peace and Freedom


In this file photo dated April 7, 2017, provided by Swedish Police shows Akhmat Akilov being apprehended in Marsta, north of Stockholm, Sweden, after he drove a lorry into a crowd. (Swedish Police via AP)
STOCKHOLM: A rejected Uzbek asylum seeker who has admitted to a deadly Stockholm truck attack testified Tuesday that he wanted to pressure Swedens government to end support for a coalition fighting Daesh and avenge its dead followers.
On the first day of his trial last week, Rakhmat Akilov, 40, pleaded guilty to stealing a beer truck on April 7, 2017, and mowing down pedestrians on a busy shopping street, swerving wildly to hit as many people a...


The Big Pharma Family That Brought Us Opioid Crisis PopularResistance.Org

If the devil wears Prada, what do Americas most destructive drug pushers wear? They wear smiles. The drug pushers we have in mind here have caused hundreds of thousands of deaths, enough fatalities to decrease overall U.S. life expectancy at birth for the last two years running. Yet no police SWAT teams have pounded down any doors hunting these drug pushers down. These particular drug pushers have devastated millions of families across the United States. Yet some of Americas most honorable institutions, outfits ranging from Yale University to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, have spent decades lauding their philanthropic generosity and benevolence. Were obviously not talking El Chapo or any of his drug-running buddies here. Were talking about the mega-billionaire family behind one of Americas most profitable drug-industry empires, the privately held Purdue Pharma.


Sex, lies and corruption: Israeli politics from Ben-Gurion to Netanyahu Mondoweiss

Last week, the Israeli police recommended indicting Prime Minister Netanyahu on two separate corruption charges. The cases have been under discussion for a long time now. Jonathan Cook has wrote for this site over a year ago, how the Netanyahu scandals reflect corruption at the heart of Israeli society.

I will not go into further detail regarding Netanyahu in this writing, as I will explain later. Right now, I want to relate to another publication from last week, and draw a comparison to Netanyahu. This is an interview with Israeli author Tom Segev, who has just published a new book called David Ben-Gurion: A State at All Costs. He was interveewed by Ofer Aderet in Haaretz, and the piece is titled In Bed With Israels First Prime Minister: Historian Exposes David Ben-Gurion as You Never Knew Him 

Indeed, as the title suggests, the novel aspect of this new book appears to be the new discoveries about Ben-Gurions sex life where he had four mistresses, and where one of them was a steady sexual relationship lasting 40 years from 1926. Segev managed to reach these details through archives that were saved under the name of the mistress Rivka Katznelson. Segevs curiosity about the relationship surged when the archive of the Israel Defense Forces and the Defense Ministry, which has a file under the name Rivka Katznelson, refused to open it to the public for reasons of personal privacy. Segev nonetheless managed to access Katznelsons personal material in the Genazim archive, after Katznelsons niece gave her consent to his perusal of the documents.

What I found even more interesting than Segevs revelations, were his appraisals in the interview, of why this mattered, and what he thought of Ben-Gurion in light of this.

Segev responds to the question of where the boundary runs between cheap gossip and material of historical value, and why he interested himself in Ben-Gurions sex life: The first answer is the standard one that if the leader isnt faithful to his wife, maybe hes not faithful to his voters, either. If he cheats on her, maybe he cheats on them, too, he says.

Thats fair enough. And this brings us immediately to the bridging notion between marital unfaithfulness and cheating in general. Corruption is cheating, in general, so I would say theres a connection.

But interestingly, Segev opines that Ben-Gurion was not a corrupt person. He says this just after comparing him to Netanya...


At White House Lie-In, Teens Call On Congress To Protect Kids, Not Guns PopularResistance.Org

Building on the nationwide mourning and outrage that followed a Florida school shooting last week that left 17 people dead, dozens of teenagers held a "lie-in" at the gates of the White House on Monday to protest years of congressional inaction on gun control and highlight the National Rifle Association's pernicious influence on the political process. The demonstration began with protestersmany of them from the group Teens for Gun Reform (TGR), which organized the eventlying on the ground in front of the White House for several minutes, symbolizing "how quickly someone, such as the Parkland shooter, is able to purchase a gun in America." "We have organized this protest in solidarity with all of those who were affected by the horrific school shooting in Florida," TGR said in a statement.


Chinas polar ambitions cause anxiety Peace and Freedom

Its set to expand presence in Antarctica and the Arctic in positioning itself as a polar power

Chinese tourists going abroad must be used to it by now the lists of dos and donts to prevent them from tarnishing their countrys image.

Do not spit phlegm or gum and dont take a long time using public toilets are just two of the exhortations in a 2013 pamphlet from the National Tourism Administration.

But the latest set of regulations is different, with rules against collecting soil, rocks and animals, carrying toxic objects and leaving behind solid waste. They are meant to protect Antarcticas environment and promote sustainable development of Chinas activities in the region, said the China Arctic and Antarctic Administration.

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Mueller Charges Lawyer With Lying in Russia Probe Peace and Freedom


By David Voreacos

February 20, 2018, 9:21 AM EST Updated on February 20, 2018, 9:38 AM EST
  • Van Der Zwaan helped prepare Ukraine report for Manafort
  • False statements case comes days after Russians charged

An attorney who worked for a prominent law firm was charged with making false statements to federal authorities as part of Special Counsel Robert Muellers probe of Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election.

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Alex Van Der Zwaan was charged Feb. 16 in federal court in Washington with lying to investigators about conversations related to a report he helped prepare on the trial of a Ukrainian politician, Yulia Tymoshenko. Van Der Zwaan was charged with a criminal information, which typically precedes a guilty plea.

Van Der Zwaan, identified on his LinkedIn page as an associate in the London office of Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom, was questioned regarding the firms work in 2012 on behalf of the Ukraine Ministry of Justice. He allegedly lied to investigators about his last communications with Richard Gates, who was indicted in October with ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort over their consulting work in Ukraine.

The lawyer also allegedly lied about his talks with someone else, referred to by the government as Person A. Van Der Zwaan deleted and failed to prod...


Mapping Trumps Empire: Assets And Liabilities PopularResistance.Org

The US empire has substantially increased its scope and presence in several regions, especially in Latin America. The additions and enlargements include Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Central America, Peru and the Caribbean. The most important asset redrawing the empire in Latin America is Argentina. The US has gained military, economic and political advantages. In the case of Argentina, political and economic advances preceded military expansion. The US provided ideological and political support to secure the election of its client Mauricio Macri. The new Argentine President immediately transferred over $5 billion dollars to the notorious Wall Street Vulture speculator, Paul Singer, and proceeded to open the floodgates for a lucrative multi-billion dollar flow of financial capital.


Pakistan: Muslim mob calls for beheading of Christian for blasphemy, threatens to burn down Christian homes Jihad Watch

Pakistans blasphemy laws are a recurring impetus for Muslim mob violence, and a pretext by which the lives of numerous Christians and other non-Muslims have been destroyed. Yet no one in the global human rights community appears to be in the least bit concerned. They are probably too busy hunting for the next instance of []


Meet Dariel Garner, The Billionaire Buddha PopularResistance.Org

At one time, Dariel Garner was worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Over his life, he started and owned over 40 businesses on four continents with thousands of employees. His enterprises included the second largest agribusiness exporter in Mexico, a tech company that created software for banks, and companies as diverse as golf courses, ski parks and natural health care products. A decade ago, he was the developer and co-owner with his former wife of a vast resort in the California Sierra Mountains with projects underway that had projected profits of $750 million. Then he had a change of heart. Today, Dariel has none of this wealth. At the age of 67, he lives on a modest $900 a month from a Social Security check. Ive never been happier, he smiles. Today I am penniless and have far more than I could ever imagine existed. Each day I am awakened to the joy of being connected and part of all of life around me.


Iran summons Sweden envoy to protest naturalization of spy on death row Aletho News

Press TV February 20, 2018 Iran has summoned Swedens ambassador to Tehran after Stockholm granted citizenship to an Iranian national found guilty of espionage for the Israeli spy agency, Mossad. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said the ministry called in Helena Sangeland on Monday and served her with a note, communicating the Islamic Republics []



Like most soldiers I was recruited into the army at a young age. In my case I signed on and took the oath of allegiance at 15 and turned 16 during my first week of service at an Army Apprentice School. Later, after growing increasingly disillusioned, I realised there was a huge gulf in []


The Logic of globalism The Vineyard of the Saker

by Irinia Medvedva, Tatyana Shishova Nash sovremennik 11, 2001 (source: Translation, notes, and afterword by Edvin Buday Note by The Saker: normally such a translation would belong into the


Texas Police Chief Advocates Arming Teachers to Prevent Mass Shootings The Anti-Media

Arming Teachers(TIM)  In the wake of the deadly shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, 17-year-old survivor Colton Haab told Fox News that he believes that if his football coach Aaron Feis, who died in the attack shielding students from gunfire, had been able to carry his firearm at school, he would have been able to effectively obstruct the []


Turkey shells Assad loyalists trying to cross into Syria's Afrin Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


YPG says pro-government forces reached Afrin, despite Turkey's assertions that shellfire pushed them back


#Germany: Cops Raided Guesthouse of Resistance Because of #YPJ / #YPG Banner Enough is Enough!

Shortly after 09:00am today the guesthouse of resistance in Meuchefitz (Wendland/ county of Lchow-Dannenberg) was entered with a search warrant. The search warrant was issued on the second of February and was targetted against one accused. A group of one hundred masked cops with machine guns confiscated a banner that was hanging at the front of the building.

Originally published by DE Indymedia. Translated by Enough is Enough.

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

Germany: Cops Raided Guesthouse of Resistance Because of YPJ / YPG Banner

Shortly after 09:00am today the guesthouse of resistance in Meuchefitz (Wendland/ county of Lchow-Dannenberg) was entered with a search warrant. The search warrant was issued on the second of February and was targetted against one accused. A group of one hundred masked cops with machine guns confiscated a banner that was hanging at the front of the building. On the banner with the title: Afrin hang on! was written Turkish troops and German arms kill in Rojava! Long live the YPJ/YPG!. The names of both militias were underlayed with red, yellow and green. All guests that were present had to give their personal information to the cops, among them one family with children. A neighbouring caravan site was completely surrounded and for a short period of time the residents of the caravans were not allowed to leave the site. The license plates of all cars that were parked were listed by the state security (Staatschutz, a police unit for political crimes).

In the search warrant the German state bring forward the argument that the PYD (Democratic Union Party), of which the YPG /Peoples Defense Units) and the YPJ (Womens Defense Units) are the military arm, is a depending subsidiary organization of the banned PKK and because of that the YPG are part of the ban. 

Demonstrations of the Kurdish umbrella organization NAV-DEM were recently banned with similar arguments. The people who registered the demonstrations were being told NAV-DEM is a follow-up organization of the PKK, which is banned in Germany. Until...


REPORT: VFP SOUTH EAST 19/02/2018 Veterans For Peace UK

Summary: VFP South East weekly activity and social. Date of activity: 19/02/2018 Location of activity: London Main text: On Monday 19th Feb, members of VFP South East deployed to Waterloo Station, London to hand out flyers Neutral Country cards. Two teams covered both major entrances and handed out over 200 cards during the busy rush hour period. Social: Members went []


BBC News flunks on Palestinian internal affairs yet again BBC Watch

As has been noted here in the past, BBC coverage of internal Palestinian affairs is typically decidedly sparse.

In July 2014 the BBCs World Editor Andrew Roy told audiences that:

the BBCs one of the few organisations that has permanent offices in Gaza, in Ramallah, in Jerusalem, so we are better placed than many to make sure that we report both sides of the story. 

The BBCs interpretation of what the story is about is however very limited and its coverage focuses overwhelmingly on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Although the conflict is clearly just one story among many in the region, only very occasionally do audiences see stand-alone reports about Palestinian affairs which are not framed within that context and do not have an Israel-related component.

Insight into internal Palestinian politics which would enhance audiences comprehension of Palestinian society (as well as the conflict) is relatively rare in BBC coverage. Reporting on social and human rights issues within Palestinian society is even more scarce and thus BBC audiences see a blinkered and largely one-dimensional view of Palestinian life.

Throughout the whole of 2017 (see related articles below) the BBC News website published a total of twenty-eight articles relating to Palestinian affairs. In contrast, Israeli affairs were the topic of eighty-two BBC reports.

Six of the 28 reports related to the topic of the chronic electricity shortages in the Gaza Strip:

Gaza electricity crisis: Hamas breaks up protest discussed here

Angry protests in Gaza over crippling power shortages Rushdi Abu Alouf, discussed here



Saudi journalist questioned after calling for mosque loudspeakers to be muted Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Mohamed al-Suhaimi sparked outrage after claiming mosque loudspeakers spread panic


Immigrant Youth Walking For DACA Rally At Philadelphia Liberty Bell PopularResistance.Org

On Tuesday, February 20th the 11 undocumented youth and allies who began The Walk to Stay Home, a 15-day walk from New York City to Washington DC, arrived at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The stop signals the halfway point of the 250-mile journey organized by the Seed Project with the support of the #OurDream Campaign; drawing attention to the need for a clean Dream Act that not only grants permanent protection for undocumented youth but does not harm 11 million undocumented people living and working in the United States. We have people with blisters, cramps, bleeding noses, and injured feet from the intensity of this walk, but that pain only pushes us forward said Barbara Hernandez, a California DACA recipient from Orange County.


Cleveland: Imam admits Muhammad married 9-year-old girl, justifies the marriage Jihad Watch

Strictly speaking, Islam Hassan is wrong: Muhammad married Aisha when she was six, and consummated the marriage (i.e., raped her) when she was nine. Hassans admission is unusual, as usually Islamic apologists in the West deny that Aisha was nine at all. The principal reason why this matters is because Muhammad is the excellent example []


Renewed Hope In South Africa: Inziles vs. Exiles. World Beyond War . . .

South Africa's new president Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africas new president Cyril Ramaphosa.

By Terry Crawford-Browne, February 18, 2018

Afro-pessimists were astounded when in 1994 South Africa triumphed relatively peacefully over apartheid. The world had expected a racial bloodbath. The transition was described as a miracle, and Nelson Mandela was celebrated as a saint.

There is anger amongst South Africans that so much time, energy and money have since been squandered and that, under Jacob Zuma (and Thabo Mbeki before him), the African National Congress (ANC) betrayed their expectations. Citing Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo and numerous other African disaster stories, pessimists have similarly been nonplused by the nonviolent transition in 2018 from Jacob Zuma to Cyril Ramaphosa.

In reality, the country has a long history of nonviolent resistance. More than a century ago, Mahatma Gandhi, during the 21 years that he lived in South Africa, developed his satyagraha (truth force or passive resistance) strategies before returning to India in 1914 to challenge British imperialism.

Gandhis principles became the foundation of the ANC when it was established in 1912, and that influence continued until 1960 when the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Chief Albert Luthuli because of his opposition to apartheid and his refusal to resort to violence. Within the ANC however, white activists (many of them members of the Communist Party) prevailed upon Mandela and others with arguments that nonviolence was futile against the apartheid system. The armed struggle was launched in 1961, and Mandela was arrested in 1963 after a tip-off to the government by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). South Africa became a hostage of the Cold War, its liberation delayed for three decades.

Charged with treason, Mandela and the leadership of the ANC were banished to Robben Island, eight miles from Cape Town. Instead of the death penalty, they were sentenced to life imprisonment, and he spent 27 years in jail. Others, including Thabo Mbeki, Joe Modise and Zuma went into exile. There, they became increasingly authoritarian and corrupt, but also divorced fr...


Israel Is Directly Arming at Least 7 Syrian Rebel Groups The Anti-Media

(ANTIWAR.COM)  Israels mounting interest in Syrias War, and in particular in picking fights with the Assad government, Iran, and any other Shiite factions in the country, have included reports by analysts of a growing amount of Israeli arms and ammunition flowing across the border for rebels. Officially, Israel isnt a big fan on Sunni Islamist organizations. Such []

Egypt adds ex-presidential hopeful Abul Fotouh to terrorism list Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh described Egypt's upcoming presidential elections as not being 'democratic' or fair


Jihadists See a Funding Boon in Bitcoin Peace and Freedom

Cryptocurrencies come under increased U.S. scrutiny as militants seek anonymous donations

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When a group that says it provides financial assistance relating to the jihad sought to improve conditions for fighters in a squalid, sandbag-fortified trench in Syria late last year, it turned to a new funding conduit: bitcoin.

There is currently no shelter to protect the food and ammunition from the rain, the group, called al Sadaqah (charity in Arabic), lamented in a post on the messaging app Telegram. The groups Twitter feed contains a video showing a dirt floor strewn with blankets, bags of pita bread and hand


Terrorists involved in attacks across the globe have used Bitcoin to fund their attacks.

 JANUARY 28, 2018 23:58

A MEMBER of ISIS waves the groups flag in Raqqa recently


War Preparations Against Venezuela As Election Nears OffGuardian

by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, via Popular Resistance Since we published Regime Change Fails: Is a Military Coup or Invasion Next, we received more information showing steps toward preparing for a potential military attack on Venezuela. Stopping this war needs to become a top priority for the peace movement. Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) published a newsletter that reported troubling news of an impending military assault on the sovereign nation of Venezuela by states and forces allied with the United States. Ajamu Baraka, the director, said the US is concerned that President Maduro will win the April 22 election, which would mean six more years in office. BAP urges people to include No War On Venezuela in actions being planned from February 16-23 for the 115th anniversary of the United States occupying Guantanamo. Is the Path to War Through Border Disputes? One way to start a war would be a cross-border dispute between Venezuela and Colombia, Brazil or Guyana. On February 12, the Maritime Herald reported that Admiral Kurt Tidd, head of the US Southern Command,


Hijab hailed in Canadian mall in ICNA-hosted outreach Jihad Watch

A woman in Saudi Arabia was arrested for going out without her abaya, while CTV in Canada reports that people in Regina tried on a piece of Muslim culture at the Southland Mall, and that people experienced what its like to wear a hijab a head covering that represents modesty, harmony and respect. Many []


Africa and the Problem of Foreign Military Bases World Beyond War . . .

A member of the Ghanaian air force guards a U.S. Air Force C-130J Hercules

A member of the Ghanaian air force guards a U.S. Air Force C-130J Hercules

From the Afro-Middle East Centre, February 19, 2018

At the establishment of the African Union (AU) in May 2001, discourses about human security and counter terrorism were ubiquitous both globally and on the continent. In Africa, the experience of the conflicts in Sierra Leone and the Great Lakes region weighed heavily on the continents people, and on the new body. The newly-formed AU thus sought to institute measures that would enhance peace and security and ensure human development, even allowing for the possibility of the organisation intervening in member states. Article Four of the AUs Constitutive Act stated that intervention in a member country could be endorsed by the body in the event that the government of that country severely repressed its population; the prevention of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide were explicitly mentioned.

Within months of the creation of the AU, the September 2001 World Trade Centre bombings in New York took place, forcing an additional imperative onto the AUs agenda. As a result, the AU has, for the past decade and a half, focused a great deal of effort on counter terrorism (in some instances to the detriment of member state populations). Coordination on counter terrorism has thus been enhanced between member states, and, worryingly, training, skills transfers, and direct deployment of troops from foreign powers especially the US and France had been sought to address that has been, to some extent, an exaggerated threat. This has unwittingly allowed, again, the mixing of foreign interests with those of the continent, often allowing foreign agendas to dominate.

In the past few years, a new form of foreign role on the...


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Bangladesh, Myanmar officials visit Rohingya trapped at border Peace and Freedom

New Rohingya refugees bring their belongings as they build makeshift shelter in Gundum near Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh, September 3, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain Reuters


DHAKA/YANGON (Reuters) Myanmar and Bangladeshi representatives held talks about 5,300 Rohingya Muslims trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between their two countries and visited the area on Tuesday, officials and Rohingya refugees told Reuters.

Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmars Rakhine State and crossed into Bangladesh since August, when attacks on security posts by insurgents triggered a military crackdown that the United Nations has said amounts to ethnic cleansing, with reports of arson attacks, murder and rape.

A leader of Rohingya people living in the buffer zone, Dil Mohammed, told Reuters that during the visit the Rohingya reiterated their demands, including for U.N. peacekeeping forces to be stationed in Rakhine, and for aid agencies and media to have free access to the state.

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Rohingya refugees walk at Jamtoli camp in the morning in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh, January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain Reuters 

Bangladeshis urged the Rohingya to return to Myanmar.

We have asked them (Myanmar authorities) to ensure their safety and security and only after that Bangladesh is ready to coordinate them, said Bangladeshi Relief and Refugee Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam.

We visited the Rohingya with the Myanmar delegation and requested them to go back to their homes. They said they are willing to return to their land, but for that they need to ensure safety and security, said Kalam.

Deputy Director Kyaw Swar Tun from Rakhine States administration confirmed that the meeting had taken place but did not elaborate.

The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, which was not involved in the talks, has expressed concern the Rohingya may be forced back to Myanmar without due consideration for their safety.

A UNHCR spokesman, Andrej Mahecic, said there was no clarity as to what the people living in the unclaimed land wanted to do.

This is no safe place to be so we would like to see clarity about the wishes of the group. Some clearly have indicated that they would want to seek safety in Bangladesh, said Mahecic.



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Boris Johnson resumes subsidizing Al Qaeda through the CSSF Voltaire Network

Without making a big deal about it, Boris Johnson, British Minister of Foreign Affairs is now resuming subsidizing Adam Smith International (ASI) following a two-month break. In December 2017, the BBC programme Panorama had shown that the ASI, supported by Her Majesty's government to train police in the liberated areas (sic) of Syria, was actually funding Al-Qaeda. Other investigations have shown that this NGO had also funded lobbying in the UN to convince diplomats that Bahrain is (...)


March 3 and 4: #Hamilton #Ontario Anarchist Bookfair Enough is Enough!

The Hamilton Anarchist Bookfair is taking place March 3-4 and aims to be a space for convergence and discussion among anarchists and anti-authoritarians from across Southern Ontario. Our hope with this weekend is to contribute to rebuilding a sense of regional cohesion among various anarchist tendencies, to meet each other, share information about our contexts and projects, and find ways to work together to push back the smothering blanket of Canadian progressive democracy to lay bare the antagonisms that contained in capitalism and the state here and everywhere.

Submitted to Enough is Enough.

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

March 3 and 4: Hamilton Ontario Anarchist Bookfair



Poland illegally logged in ancient forest: EU court advisor Peace and Freedom


Greenpeace/AFP | There have been a number of protests to block logging in Polands Bialowieza Forest, Europes last primeval woodland
LUXEMBOURG (AFP)  Polands rightwing government broke the law by logging in one of Europes last primeval forests, the legal advisor to the EUs top court said Tuesday, setting up a new clash between Brussels and Warsaw.Logging in the Bialowieza Forest began in May 2016 but the European Commission took Poland to court last year arguing that it was destroying a forest that boasts unique plant and animal life.

Bialowieza, which straddles the border with Belarus, includes one of the largest surviving parts of the primeval forest that covered the European plain 10,000 years ago.

The decisions by the Polish government to allow logging in the forest infringe EU law, said Yves Bot, advocate general to the European Court of Justice.

Bot proposes that the court should rule that Poland has failed to fulfil its obligations under EU environment law, the court said in a statement.

It added that the logging was liable to result in a deterioration of the breeding sites of protected species in the vast woodland, which is home to 800 European bison, the continents largest mammal.

The Luxembourg-based EU court often, but not always, follows the legal opinions of the advocate general when making its final decision. Its ruling is expected at a later date.

The Polish government says it is clearing dead trees to contain damage caused by a spruce bark beetle infestation, as well as to fight the risk of forest fires and preserve road traffic.

Exploitation of the forest

Poland said it would respect the eventual judgment, but insisted it was only felling trees for public safety reasons in accordance with the EU injunction.

We will analyse the advocate generals opinion closely but what I can say now is that Poland will respect the definitive judgment of the court on the Bialowieza forest, new Environment Minister Henryk Kowalczyk said in a statement.

All previous actions were taken to keep the forest in the best possible state for current and future generations.

Activists, scientists and other critics allege Poland is engaged in commercial logging.

?We are not surprised by this important legal opinion, Agata Szafraniuk, a lawyer for the ClientEarth group, told AFP.

A coalition of environmental groups including Greenpeace Poland, WWF Poland,...


Veterans Today: Can Sovietization of American Dissent be stopped? Public Intelligence Blog

Can the coming Sovietization of American Dissent be stopped?

The USG is now attempting to adopt and utilize Soviet tactics to suppress the new American populism which is emerging from the Internets Alternative Press. This emergence of American populism is from the Internet which is the worlds New Gutenberg Press. This Internet based populism is now motivating many Americans to take their country back from the City of London Zionists who hijacked it in 1913.

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Steele, Robert, Zionism in America Steven Strikes & Counting, Veterans Today, 14 December 2017.

Steele, Robert, How The Deep State Controls Social Media and Digitally Assassinates Critics: #GoogleGestapo Censorship & Crowd-Stalking Made Easy, American Herald Tribune, November 7, 2017.

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Towards a new division of Yemen Voltaire Network

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Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, Buttering Up the Pentagon TomDispatch - Blog

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Robert Steele: Autonomous Internet (Combined with CC & OSEE) Will Bury the Deep State and #GoogleGestapo Public Intelligence Blog

Robert David STEELE Vivas

The plan

Here in Tokyo with Benjamin Fulford as my mentor-guide, I am meeting people who are going to charge the world. Everything Vladimir Putin is talking about both a post-Western economic paradigm and a post-Google Internet is being worked on in pieces.

I am especially fascinated by the leaders of the Chinese diaspora that I am meeting, who have direct access to Xi Jinping.

My gift appears to be in providing the comprehensive architecture for the convergence of three major programs that will be rolled out in 2018:

01 a cyber-currency backed by Asian gold;

02 the beginnings of the post-Google Internet focused on taking down Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (Amazon and Google next year); and

03 a global program for sustainable development that starts in Asia pioneering my Open Source Everything Engineering (OSEE) vision, and then rapidly scales to Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East, and the Americas.

I have agreed to serve on the Board of a new gold-backed crypto currency whose crypto foundation is explicitly intended to scale across the three other modules I have in mind: exchanges, tools, and data-information-intelligence.

At this time is appears that I will be in Tehran and Moscow in March, Europe in April, and Beijing in May, assembling and inspiring a team of geniuses. Let me state for the record that if Donald Trump were to give me the Open Source Agency (OSA) that CIA has opposed for 40 years, I would remain based in the USA serving Donald Trump and the American public first, and the rest of the world second. Since my own government refuses to listen to me, I am going international and will probably be based in Asia.

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Mongoose: Belgian Court Frys Facebook Public Intelligence Blog


Belgian court orders Facebook to stop collecting data on citizens, threatens fines of up to $125mn

In its ruling, the court determined that Facebook does not adequately inform users that it is collecting information. Facebook informs us insufficiently about gathering information about us, the kind of data it collects, what it does with that data and how long it stores it, the court said, determining the social network had broken privacy laws. It also does not gain our consent to collect and store all this information.

Phi Beta Iota: The time has come to displace #GoogleGestapo inclusive particularly of Facebook, Google, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Kaliya @ Phi Beta Iota

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Turkish president says growing levels of child abuse could 'collapse society', then takes aim at extra-marital affairs




The Jews spread this lie by using their influence and their arsenal of media outlets. They label anyone denying the story as an anti-Semite. They falsely claim that during World War II, upon a decision supposedly made by Hitler, over six million East European Jews were burned in ovens, designed especially for that purpose.

The mainstream journalist added, The Jews use the story about the holocaust as a means of political and material extortion and in order to gain the sympathy of the world. This is of course completely groundless. They pretend to be the victims, while they are, in fact, the number one perpetrators of genocide, robbing and plundering the rights of others.

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Zion @ Phi Beta Iota


From Astana to Sochi: How de-escalation allowed Assad to return to war Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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CIA ISIS Terror Attempt Failed Again in the Philippines Covert Geopolitics

As we have said many moons ago, there is now a very close coordination between the Eurasia, BRICS, and ASEAN intelligence communities against global terrorism. The phrase global terrorism, of course, refers to the rouge CIA, which consists of the Nazi remnants in collusion with the 13 ruthless bloodlines, one of which is running the Continue reading CIA ISIS Terror Attempt Failed Again in the Philippines


Turkey says will lay siege to Syrias Afrin in coming days Peace and Freedom


AFP/File / by Raziye Akkoc | Ankaras military operation is targeting the Kurdish YPG militia in and around Afrin, a town in northern Syria


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkish forces would soon besiege the town of Afrin as a Turkish cross-border offensive targeting a Kurdish militia enters its second month.

On January 20, Ankara launched an air and ground operation supporting Syrian rebels against the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in the Afrin region of northern Syria.

Turkey views the YPG as a Syrian offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been waging an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984.

In the coming days, swiftly, we will lay siege to the centre of the town of Afrin, Erdogan told parliament.

While some analysts say Turkey and pro-Ankara Syrian rebels have made slow advances, Erdogan defended the operations progress, saying it was to avoid putting the lives of both its troops and civilians needlessly at risk.

We did not go there to burn it down, he said, insisting the operations aim was to create a safe and livable area for Syrian refugees inside Turkey, who fled across the border after the conflict began in 2011 and who now number more than three million.

The Turkish army says 32 of its troops have been killed in the process.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor, Syrian rebels and Turkish forces have taken 35 villages since the start of the operation, most of them bordering Afrin.

And Turkish security expert Abdullah Agar said troops involved in operation Olive Branch had captured around 300 square kilometres (120 square miles) of territory.

Over the past month, 238 Olive Branch fighters among them both Turkish soldiers and Syrian rebels have been killed, along with 197 YPG fighters and 94 civilians, Observatory figures show.

Ankara strongly denies there have been any civilian casualties.

Warning Damascus

Jana Jabbour, a political science professor at Sciences Po university in Paris, said the Turks were struggling to move forward because of the organisation of the Kurdish YPG forces and their combativeness.

She said it was important to distinguish between political rhetoric, even political propaganda, and the reality on the ground.

On the ground, Turkish fighting was now focused around the area of Arab Wiran in northeast Afrin, the Observatory...


18+? Its a New Thing on the Site Clarion Project

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Dear Friend,

If you are a long-time follower of Clarion youll know we agonize over whether its right to republish materials produced by terrorists such as videos that are sensationalist or call for new recruits, or glossy magazines produced by al-Qaeda or ISIS.

Until now weve done so on a selective basis and only to serve as a reminder to us all of the evil intent of radical Islam.

After much discussion, internal and external, and polling you, weve decided to make a change.

From now on, only visitors aged over 18 will be allowed to view this material.

How will it work?

If you click on any pages on our website we deem to be too sensitive for younger people, you will be asked to confirm you are aged over 18. Theres a simple form to fill out. You will then receive a link to your email. Click on the link and you will be able to access the page.

Thank you for understanding,

The Clarion Team

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Philippine President Duterte banned a Rappler reporter from Malacaang in what could be an illegal order Peace and Freedom


(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte orders the head of Malacaangs Internal House Affairs Office to ensure that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and reporter Pia Ranada cannot enter the Palace

Published 2:22 PM, February 20, 2018
Updated 6:12 PM, February 20, 2018

NO TO RAPPLER. President Rodrigo Duterte expressly orders for Rappler's Pia Ranada to be prohibited from entering Malacaang. Malacaang file photo

NO TO RAPPLER. President Rodrigo Duterte expressly orders for Rapplers Pia Ranada to be prohibited from entering Malacaang. Malacaang file photo

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) A Malacaang official said it was President Rodrigo Duterte himself who ordered that Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and reporter Pia Ranada be barred from entering Malacaang Palace.

Jhopee Avancea, head of Malacaangs Internal House Affairs Office (IHAO), told Ranada in a text message on Tuesday, February 20, I informed the PSG (Presidential Security Group) not to allow you to enter the Palace since I was instructed last night by the President.

She also later on told PTV News that Duterte also wants Rappler CEO Maria Ressa to be barred from enterting the Palace.

Asked how long the President wants Ranada prohibited from entering Malacaang, Avancea told Ranada: He said you are not allowed inside. Thats it. Not only today.

Duterte apparently gave the order after watching the Senate hearing on the Philippine Navy frigates deal, where Special Assistant to the President Bong Go accused...


Indonesia police seize over a ton of crystal meth on ship Peace and Freedom

The Indonesian navy early this month seized 1.3 tons of crystal methamphetamine and arrested four Taiwanese crew on a ship spotted in the strait between Singapore and Indonesia. (Courtesy Indonesian Navy)
JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities early Tuesday seized 1.6 tons of crystal methamphetamine hidden on a Singapore-flagged ship in their second major drug bust this month, officials said.
Customs inspectors said they spotted the vessel between Indonesias Sumatra island and Singapore and reported it to police.
A subsequent search of the ship...


Israels defense minister asks Gazans not to riot along security fence Peace and Freedom

Liberman says Hamas is exploiting desperate Palestinians for terrorist purposes; also calls for diplomatic solution to dispute with Lebanon

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, left, speaks to IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi in a field just outside the Gaza Strip on February 20, 2018. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, left, speaks to IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi in a field just outside the Gaza Strip on February 20, 2018. (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday warned Gazans that their rulers, the Hamas terrorist group, were taking advantage of them and endangering their lives by sending them to take part in demonstrations near the border with Israel. His comments came days after one such riot was used as cover for an improvised explosive device attack.

Echoing statements made by Israels military liaison the night before, Liberman said the army had learned the lessons from Saturdays attack and would respond more aggressively in the future, though he declined to elaborate on what specific policies changes the military was adopting.

Liberman made his comments after a press briefing from the Israel Defense Forces Southern Command and Gaza Division in a field full of blazing red anemones near Kibbutz Kissufim, a few kilometers from the Palestinian enclave.

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India tests third nuclear-capable ballistic missile "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Surface-to-surface ballistic missile Prithvi II lifts off from a road mobile launcher at Chandipur in Odisha. It was successfully tested on February 7, 2018 [Image: DRDO, India]

The Indian Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday that it had successfully tested an intermediate range surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

The 20-meter long Agni-II, which weighs 17 tons and can carry a payload of 1,000 kilograms over 2,000 kilometers, plays a central role in Indias nuclear deterrence and defense systems.

Designed and first tested in 1999, the Agni-II is already part of the armed services retinue of weaponry.

It was launched from the Abdul Kalam Island off coast of the south-western Indian state of Odisha on the Bay of Bengal.

Tuesdays launch is the third nuclear-capable ballistic missile launch since February 6 when the Agni-I short-range rocket was successfully tested.

On February 7, Indias Strategic Forces Command successfully tested the Prithvi-II tactical surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile.

All three are part of Indias deterrence operations.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies


Qualcomm Set to Raise Bid for NXP to $44 Billion Peace and Freedom

Move could also help chip giant as it seeks to fend off takeover interest from Broadcom

Updated Feb. 20, 2018 6:09 a.m. ET

Chip giant Qualcomm Inc. is set to raise its bid for NXP Semiconductors NV to about $44 billion in an effort to win shareholder support for the acquisition, according to people familiar with the matter.

The move could also help Qualcomm as it tries to fend off a $121 billion takeover approach from Broadcom Ltd., which has threatened to withdraw its offer if Qualcomm makes a higher offer for NXP.

San Diego-based Qualcomm is expected to raise its bid for rival chip maker NXP to about $127.50 a share, up from its initial offer of $110, or $39 billion, the people said. The higher offer could come as soon as this week.

The move is meant to appease Elliott Management Corp. and several other hedge funds that had argued the original bid was too low. New York-based Elliott, which owns a 7.2% stake, had been among the most vocal advocates for a higher price, arguing that NXP, the worlds largest developer of chips for automobiles, was worth at least $135 a share. It cited NXPs better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings among other factors.

NXP, headquartered in the Netherlands but listed in New York, last traded at $118.50 a share, a strong signal of investor expectations of a higher offer.

Under the deal terms, first announced October 2016, Qualcomm at a minimum needs support from NXP shareholders holding 80% of the companys shares.

That threshold gave NXP shareholders considerable leverage to block the deal, putting pressure on Qualcomm to raise its bid. Qualcomm is expected to receive substantial support for the revised offer, helping to ensure it can complete the acquisition, according to the people familiar with the matter.

In addition to shareholder support, Qualcomm is still seeking approval from Chinese antitrust authorities.

Write to Ben Dummett at


Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, February 21, 2018 This generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given Peace and Freedom

Wednesday of the First Week in Lent
Lectionary: 226

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Jonah tells the people of Ninevah that they must repent of their sin.

Reading 1 JON 3:1-10

The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:
Set out for the great city of Nineveh,
and announce to it the message that I will tell you.
So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,
according to the LORDs bidding.
Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;
it took three days to go through it.
Jonah began his journey through the city,
and had gone but a single days walk announcing,
Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,
when the people of Nineveh believed God;
they proclaimed a fast
and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.When the news reached the king of Nineveh,
he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe,
covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes.
Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh,
by decree of the king and his nobles:
Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep,
shall taste anything;
they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water.
Man and beast shall be covered with sackcloth and call loudly to God;
every man shall turn from his evil way
and from the violence he has in hand.
Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold his blazing wrath,
so that we shall not perish.
When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way,
he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them;
he did not carry it out.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19

R. (19b) A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.


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Pakistan Hopes Not to Be Placed on Terrorist Financing Watch List Peace and Freedom


FILE - A photo shows a Facebook site that features one of Indias most wanted, Hafiz Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a banned organization and a U.S. declared terrorist group, in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 7, 2017.

FILE A photo shows a Facebook site that features one of Indias most wanted, Hafiz Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, a banned organization and a U.S. declared terrorist group, in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 7, 2017.

The United States and its European allies are trying to put Pakistan on a global terrorist-financing watch list for failing to comply with anti-terrorist financing and anti-money laundering regulations.

They are making their case to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global body that combats terrorist financing and money laundering, at a meeting that concludes later this month in Paris.

I hope that the international community does not take any actions that prevent our efforts to fight against terrorism, Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistans interior minister, told the media Monday.

A published report says Iqbal called Washingtons efforts an insult to his countrys sacrifices in the war on terror.

Pakistan was on the list from 2012 to 2015. With new signs that its economy is entering choppy waters, the return of the designation could further deter foreign investment and hurt Pakistans access to international financial markets.

In an attempt to demonstrate compliance with international anti-terrorist financing regulation, Pakistan amended its anti-terrorism law last week. The change authorizes the government to blacklist charities linked to Islamist leader Hafiz Saeed. Saeed has been wanted by the United States since 2012 for planning the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

The list includes Saeeds Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and its subsidiary, the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), which according to experts, serve as the front organizations for Lashkar-e-Taiba, a U.S and European Union-designated terrorist group that is accused of carrying out attacks in India.

FILE - A supporter of Islamic charity organization Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) carries a sign during a protest demonstration in Karachi.
FILE A supporter of Islamic charity organization Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) carries a sign during a protest demonstration in Karachi.

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Iraqi Archbishop: Muslim slow-motion genocide of Christians began 1400 years ago Jihad Watch

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Former ISIS Patrons Conjured by the United States to Rebuild Iraq Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Former ISIS Patrons Conjured by the United States to Rebuild Iraq With the mainstream media obsessing over Russia collusion conspiracies, this story slipped quietly under the radar, but considering the fact that the United States spent over 2 trillion dollars in Iraq, the news that former ISIS patrons/benefactors/sponsors or whatever you want to call it []


Taiwan Running Out of Friends As Vatican Prepares to Defect Strategic Culture Foundation

The number of countries that recognise Taiwan fell to 20 in 2017. With the Vatican about to switch to China, its last European ally will have gone.


Orban appeals to patriotic alliance to fight Soros and save Europe from Islamization Jihad Watch

Viktor Orbn has called for patriotic EU allies to join Hungary in its fight against the globalist war on nation states which would see the West fall. Dark clouds are gathering over Europe because of immigration, the conservative prime minister warned It has been demonstrated repeatedly that the surge of Muslim migration is disastrous for []


Jim Mattis refutes the Fake News from isral and NATO Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Jim Mattis refutes the Fake News from Isral and NATO by Thierry Meyssan The Atlantist Press has been claiming for years that President Bachar el-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. Except that according to US Secretary for Defense, General Jim Mattis, this is fake news. Like Saddam Husseins chemical weapons, this []



If you've been following the saga of crypto-currencies, and the trend in stories recently that allege their use by some unsavory groups as a

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The Zionist-Created Scofield Bible and the corruption of Christianity Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The Scofield BibleThe Book That Made Zionists of Americas Evangelical Christians  The Scofield BibleThe Book That Made Zionists of Americas Evangelical Christians By Maidhc Cathail For a nation to commit the sin of anti-Semitism brings inevitable judgement. The New Scofield Study Bible Since it was first published in 1909, the Scofield Reference Bible has []


To Push Iran Back, Israel Ramps Up Support for Syrian Rebels, Arming 7 Different Groups Peace and Freedom


With the Assad regimes advances the civil war and Americas reduced involvement in the region, Israel has been forced to make significant changes in its policies in the Golan Heights

Two men, not specified which group of rebels, ride a motorcycle towards an abandoned UN base at Syria's Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. The Israeli military says it has carried out an air strike in Syria on a building used by Islamic State militants to attack Israeli forces. The overnight air strike Monday targeted an abandoned United Nations building that Israel says was used as a base by the militants. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Two men, not specified which group of rebels, ride a motorcycle towards an abandoned UN base at Syrias Quneitra border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Nov. 28, 2016Ariel Schalit / AP ...


Failed offensive at Deir Ezzor was planned by Wagner PMC Chief of Operations Sergei Kim (English)

InformNapalm international intelligence community, together with the team of Ihtamnet_m0209 project, established that a failed operation near...

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Deep State and the FBI Federal Blackmail Investigation Strategic Culture Foundation

Its hilariously naive how mainstream American news media feign an air of disdain concerning accusations of impropriety by the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the last presidential elections.


Medical report: Muslim reformer and accused rapist Tariq Ramadans health compatible with his continued detention Jihad Watch

No surprise here. War is deceit, said Muhammad. Ramadan was denied bail, so his lawyers attempted a subterfuge of ill-health to get him sprung. If he is released eventually on whatever pretext, he will likely leave France and get himself beyond the reach of the law. Medical report shows Tariq Ramadans health compatible with his []


South China Sea: Philippines President Duterte says Chinas military facilities intended for U.S. Does China Have the Philippines by the throat or bank account? Peace and Freedom


In this July 2013 photo, the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 88) is underway in the Philippine Sea. Lassen recently sailed near Chinas artificial island on Subi Reef in the disputed sea, US defense officials said on Tuesday.

US Navy/Declan Barnes/Released


Patricia Lourdes Viray ( February 20, 2018 10:59am

MANILA, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte downplayed Chinas construction of military outposts in the South China Sea, saying that it is not intended for the Philippines.

Despite Beijings construction of artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea or South China Sea, the president stressed that the disputed area is part of the countrys territory.

Its not intended for us. The contending ideological powers of the world or the geopolitics has greatly changed. Its really intended against those who the Chinese think would destroy them and that is America, Duterte said in a speech before the Chinese business club.

RELATED: Philippines insists on dialogue with China amid completed airbase in South China Sea

Duterte, who has been pursuing closer ties with Beijing, also criticized the past administration for not addressing Chinas massive land reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea.

What were they doing during their time? Why did they not start to build things there, structures that China is doing now? Duterte said.

In 2014, the Philippines, under the Aquino administration, submitted a case to the United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal against China over competing South China Sea claims.

A year after the Philippines filed the arbitration, it was reported that China is transforming Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands into an island. Beijing then said that they are building shelters, aids for navigation, search and rescue, fishery services and other administr...


Oppressing the Palestinian people: the horror of Zionist apartheid Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Oppressing the Palestinian people: the horror of Zionist apartheid NOVANEWS More of the world is finally recognizing the murderous Zionist state, often called the state of of Israel, for what it truly is: an apartheid state. As South African diplomat Clinton Swemmer put it, Israel is the only state in the world that can be called []


Indictments by Mueller Very Embarrassing for Democratic Party Strategic Culture Foundation

The AP reported on Saturday, February 17th, that the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, achieved on Friday, indictments of Russian-Government or affiliated organizations that used deceptive practices in order to send out to Americas Blacks and Muslims social-media messages to persuade them not to vote. CBS news had reported on Friday the following examples:


Top German diplomat: We no longer recognize our America Peace and Freedom

German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, delivers a statements about the release of Die Welt journalist Deniz Yucel from prison, in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. The German reporter detained in Turkey for more than a year was released fromThe Associated Press
German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, delivers a statements about the release of Die Welt journalist Deniz Yucel from prison, in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.  (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

Germanys foreign minister slammed the America first approach of President Donald Trumps administration Saturday, saying that close U.S. ties with a strong European Union are as much in Washingtons interest as they are in Europes.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel told world leaders and defense officials at the Munich Security Conference that with the United States no longer the only indisputable superpower, it makes sense for Washington to count on traditional partners in Europe for help.

At the same time, Gabriel said, it is also clear that European nations need the U.S. if they want to shape the future and not just endure.

Our strength in Europe is not sufficient for this. Neither the EU nor the U.S. can go it alone. We have to count on our friends and our partners, he said.

Trumps national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, met one-on-one with Gabriel after his speech. McMaster reassured the forum that the United States still is strongly committed to its traditional alliances, but emphasized that we must all share responsibility.

International peace and prosperity depends on all nations, McMaster said. For this reason, President Trump has called for stronger alliances and partnerships based on shared values, shared interests, shared responsibilities and shared burdens.



Glazov Gang: Keith Ellisons Farrakhan Odyssey Jihad Watch

This new Glazov Gang episode features Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Fellow at the Freedom Center and editor of The Point at Daniel discusses Keith Ellisons Farrakhan Odyssey, analyzing why the Brotherhood-linked Congressman attended a private dinner with the Nation of Islam leader as well as with Irans President Hassan Rouhani. Dont miss it! []


Palestinian Authority Collaborated with CIA to Spy on Palestinian Dissidents Geopolitics Alert

Jerusalem (MEMO) As Ive written in this column several times before, the Palestinian Authority is, at best, a misnomer. It is neither particularly Palestinian nor even remotely authoritative.

Since its inception in the mid-nineties, the PA has been made to serve the interests of the Israeli occupier. Indeed, it was entirely designed with this purpose in mind. It allows Israel to outsource key elements of the occupation to local Palestinian subcontractors.


Preventing Palestinian autonomy in the West Bank has been a key goal of the Israeli occupation since its imposition by force in 1948. Its for this reason that, prior to the foundation of the state, the Zionist movement colluded with the King of Jordan to ensure that the Palestinian state envisaged in the 1947 UN partition plan would never come to exist.

The PA is not really Palestinian, because its entire raison detre is to prop up Israeli occupation. And its hardly an authority, because PA security forces have standing orders to put down their weapons or withdraw from an area any time Israeli soldiers invade.

We also know that, for years, the PA has been collaborating with the US empire and its schemes in the region of which Israel forms a key plank. For example, the American General Keith Dayton more than a decade ago...


Florida Senator Marco Rubio says suspected school shooter should be executed Peace and Freedom

Prosecutor has called case the kind death penalty was designed for

By Jeremy B White San Francisco

The Independent US
Florida Senator Marco Rubio has called for a suspected school shooters execution

The man accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school should be executed, Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio has said.

The answer is yes, Senator Mr Rubio said after being asked whether suspect Nikolas Cruz should be given the death penalty if convicted, noting that Id imagine most people would agree.

An attorney representing Cruz, who has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder over the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland but has not yet entered a plea, told reporters his client is willing to plead guilty in an effort to avoid the death penalty.


If you think Trump is bad enough, Clinton would have been even worse Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Hillary Clinton: If Im President, We Will Attack Iran We Would be Able to Totally Obliterate Them. By Stephen Lendman, Among Global Researchs most popular articles in 2016. Hillary is Dangerous. She Means What She says? Or Does She?  (M. C. GR. Editor) *      *      * On July 3, 2015, presidential aspirant []


Post-Brexit UK wont be like Mad Max, says David Davis Neither side should put up unnecessary barriers Peace and Freedom

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David Davis

David Davis. Credit AFP/GETTY

Britain will not be plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction after it leaves the EU, the Brexit secretary will say in a speech.

David Davis will say fears about a race to the bottom in workers rights and environmental standards are based on nothing.

He will argue for continued close co-operation between the UK and the EU on regulations and standards.

This will help ensure frictionless trade, he will say.


The Brexit secretarys address to Austrian business leaders in Vienna is the latest in a series of speeches the UK government is calling the road to Brexit as it faces demands to spell out details of the future partnership it wants with the EU.

The UK says it wants to avoid obstacles to smooth trade with the EU although it is leaving the single market and the customs union when Brexit happens in March 2019.

Mr Davis will say this can be achieved if both sides recognise each others standards and regulations, promising the UK will continue our track record of meeting high standards once outside the EU.

The government has previously spoken of adopting a new economic model to stay competitive if it is locked out of the EU single market after Brexit, and Labour has claimed the UK could be turned into a low-wage, offshore tax haven.

Mr Davis will hit back at the governments critics in his speech, invoking the Mad Max series of action films which portray societal collapse in a lawless future world.

Mad Max: Fury Road...


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Iran has complained that sanctions imposed by the US have jeopardised the safety of its airlines


ISIS Claims Responsibility for Russian Church Attack Clarion Project

Illustrative picture. (Photo: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)Illustrative picture. (Photo: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources)

At least five people were killed and four injured in a terrorist attack on a church in Russia on Sunday. The gunman fired on worshipers as they were leaving a service in the city of Kizlyar, Dagestan.

Police shot and killed the terrorist at the scene. Two officers were injured while returning fire. A priest at the church, Pavel Kalikin, told media many more people could have been killed if parishioners had not shut the church doors as soon as the first shots were heard.

Police identified 22-year old local resident Khalil Khalilov as the terrorist.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack in name of its Caucasus Province (established in 2015). They made the announcement using their news agency Amaq.

The attack took place during the pre-Lent Maslenitsa festival....


israel Arming at Least Seven Syrian Rebel (Terrorist) Groups Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israel Arming 7 Syrian Rebel Groups Sunni Islamist groups find themselves on Israels good side Israels mounting interest in Syrias War, and in particular in picking fights with the Assad government, Iran, and any other Shiite factions in the country, have included reports by analysts of a growing amount of Israeli arms and ammunition flowing []


Another Marawi possible, Philippine rebel chief warns Peace and Freedom


AFP / by Cecil MORELLA | Murad warns that another Marawi is possible
MANILA (AFP)  The chief of the Philippines main Muslim rebel group warned Tuesday that jihadists loyal to the Islamic State group, flush with looted guns and cash, could seize another Filipino city after Marawi last year.Murad Ebrahim has billed his Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which has made peace with the government, as a rival to IS for the hearts and minds of angry young Muslims in the impoverished south of the mainly Catholic nation.

Murad said the MILF was battling pro-IS groups for influence in schools as the jihadists worked to infiltrate madrasas (Islamic religious schools) and secular universities.

At the same time IS gunmen were making their way into the southern Philippines from Malaysia and Indonesia, he added, but gave no estimates.

A five-month siege flattened the city of Marawi on the southern island of Mindanao, the Philippines main Islamic centre, and claimed more than 1,100 lives.

Murad told reporters conditions on the ground were still ripe for another Marawi-style siege.

This ISIS group continues to penetrate us because they are being displaced in the Middle East and they want to have another place, Murad said, using an another name for IS.

The chances of having another Marawi cannot be overruled.

The Marawi attackers found and looted stockpiles of munitions, cash and jewellery from homes some owned by MILF members before the city was retaken by US-backed Filipino troops in October, he said.

When they (MILF members) fled from Marawi they (could) not bring their vaults. That is where the ISIS was also able to get so much money and now theyre using it for recruitment, he added.

Its very sad. In our country some people say buying weapons and ammunition is just like buying fish in the market.

The combination of weak central government authority, the presence of rebel groups and long-running blood feuds means Mindanao is awash with weapons, he added.

Manila signed a peace deal with the 10,000-member MILF in 2014 after decades of Muslim rebellion in Mindanao for independence or self-rule that had claimed more than 100,000 lives.

Murad urged President Rodrigo Dutertes government to speed up the passage of a Muslim self-rule law to flesh out the peace accord, warning pro-IS militants were recruiting for a new attack.

If the (self-rule law) will not be passed now I think it will develop a situation wh...


US economy: The growth puzzle Peace and Freedom

After several years of weak demand and low inflation, investment is rising. But an increase in long-term growth requires a big jump in productivity
Sam Fleming in Chattanooga
Financial Times (FT)
Frbruary 20, 2018
In the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, Platt Boyd monitors a small platoon of 12-foot long robot arms that he hopes will help revolutionise one of Americas most technology-shy industries.
The Chattanooga, Tennessee-based founder of Branch Technology is vying to bring large-scale 3D printing to the construction sector, allowing elaborate architectural creations to be prefabricated with minimal human labour.It has massive potential, says Mr Boyd, standing on his spartan shop floor near two emerald-green robots that are producing the skeleton of a 42-foot-wide structure. The sector is one where there is a lot of low-hanging fruit.In the coming weeks Mr Boyds small start-up expects to take on 10 more staff, move to a 40,000 sq ft new factory and take delivery of four more $200,000 robots as it capitalises on Americas red-hot construction market.

Platt Boyd in Chattanooga.


Mr Boyds bullish outlook reflects rising optimism among US business owners about whether to make new investments. A record share of small businesses say now is a good time to expand in the US, according to data going back to 1973 from the National Federation of Independent Businesses. With global demand gaining traction and US wages accelerating, this is stoking hopes that the US could be on the cusp of higher sustained expansion.

The mood among bosses offers a counterweight to the warnings over the past few years that the US remains stuck in secular stagnation a semi-comatose state of excess savings, weak demand, low inflation, and depressed interest rates. Much of the countrys dynamism has been concentrated in urban superpowers ranging from Los Angeles and New York to Austin, leaving large tracts of the country stranded and disillusioned.



Iranian Protesters Run Over Policemen Clarion Project

Illustrative picture. (Photo: Morten Knutsen/Creative Commons)Illustrative picture. (Photo: Morten Knutsen/Creative Commons)

Three Iranian policemen were killed by a bus driver who ran them over. Several other officers and pedestrians were injured in the attack. The incident took place during a protest in the capital Tehran by a group of Gonabadi Dervishes, one of the Sufi religious movements who face persecution at the hands of the regime in Iran.

The protesters were staging a sit-in in front of a police station to protest the detention of one of their members, the BBC reported. As riot police advanced down a street to disperse the crowd, a bus ran through the police. Iranian media outlets Fars News Agency reported that the driver was a member of the Gonabadi Dervish sect.

Videos allegedly of the protest showed riot police violently dispersing the demonstrators. The regime said it used tear gas and gunshots to clear the crowd.

The law enforcement forces arrested a number of Dervishes and ended the protest by firing tear gas, Mohsen Hamedani, the security deputy of Tehrans governor, told the official IRNA news agency according to Radio Liberty.

Several Gonabadi Dervishes have been arrested in the last two months, The New York Times ...


Turkeys Syria offensive enters 2nd month with slow progress Peace and Freedom

Turkish-backed Syrian rebel fighters are seen in the town of Salwah, less than 10 kilometres from the Syria-Turkey border on February 19, 2018. (AFP)
ANKARA: Turkeys offensive against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria will enter a second month Tuesday having made little progress while straining relations with Washington and The European Union.
Ankara on January 20 launched a cross-border air and ground operation against the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) supporting Syrian rebels in the Afrin region.
Turkey views the YPG as a Syrian offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been waging an insurgency against the Turkish state since 1984.
Although Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly hailed the operations success, analysts argue Ankaras forces have made slow progress.
The Turkish army has said 32 Turkish military...


Romneys Russia Vindication Peace and Freedom

He was right about the Kremlin in 2012, not that Democrats admit it.

Mitt Romney during a keynote address at the Utah County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Provo, Utah, Feb. 16.
Mitt Romney during a keynote address at the Utah County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner in Provo, Utah, Feb. 16. PHOTO: KIM RAFF/BLOOMBERG NEWS

Mitt Romney announced Friday that hes running for the U.S. Senate from Utah, and the timing on the same day as the Justice Department indictments of Russians for meddling in the U.S. presidential election was apt. Mr. Romney was right about the Russian threat in 2012, and Democrats who are now echoing him when it serves their political purposes against Donald Trump owe the former GOP presidential nominee an apology.

Start with Barack Obama, who derided Mr. Romneys claim that Russia was a major U.S. geopolitical foe in the third presidential debate in 2012. The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold Wars been over for 20 years, Mr. Obama said, to applause from the Democratic media establishment. In its endorsement of Mr. Obama, the Washington Post criticized Mr. Romney for calling Russia Americas greatest foe as an example of his lack of judgment.

Readers may recall that Mr. Romney made his comments about Russia after Mr. Obama was caught unaware talking on an open microphone with then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in March 2012:



Academic Investigating Chinese Influence Peddling in New Zealand Had Break-Ins at Home and Work

Via: New Zealand Herald: A New Zealand academic who made international waves researching Chinas international influence campaigns has linked a number of recent break-ins to her work. University of Canterbury professor Anne-Marie Brady, speaking today from Christchurch to the Australian Parliaments Intelligence and Security Committee in Canberra, outlined three recent events which caused her concern. []


Rising poverty gnaws at Italian social fabric as election nears Peace and Freedom

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Angela Grossi sits next to a banner reading Poor first, hanging in a gate of the portico of the Basilica of the Santi Apostoli, where she lives after being evicted from an unused building along with other families in August 2017, in Rome, Italy January 29, 2018. Picture taken January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile Reuters

By Crispian Balmer

HERCULANEUM, Italy (Reuters) Roberto Biondis 89-year-old mother has Alzheimers, is housebound and no longer recognizes her son. She is also the familys main breadwinner.

Her state pension of 800 euros ($990) a month covers her own living expenses and those of Roberto and her grandson, both of whom are unemployed and have little hope of finding jobs in Italys underdeveloped south.

I have no idea how I will cope when she dies, said Roberto, 53, as he shopped for food in the coastal town of Herculaneum under the shadow of Mount Vesuvius. He receives no benefits of his own.

I am poor. I am not ashamed to admit it, there are millions of others like me in Italy. This country isnt working.

Italy holds national elections on March 4 and while much campaigning has focused on the divisive issue of immigration, pollsters say voters are most concerned about the economy, which has still not recovered from the 2008 financial crisis.

The government argues that the worst is over, pointing to 14 straight quarters of economic growth, but many Italians have yet to feel the benefits of the upturn, helping to explain why the ruling centre-left Democratic Party is trailing in the polls.

Italys economy is still six percent smaller than it was at the start of 2008, hobbled by a slew of old problems, such as a huge national debt mountain, a chronically slow justice system and stifling bureaucracy.

By comparison, output across the 19-nation eurozone as a whole has grown five percent over the same 10-year period.

This anaemic performance has pushed million...


Palestinian leader goes to the UN to counter US on Jerusalem Peace and Freedom


AFP/File / by Carole LANDRY | In an address to the UN Security Council Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas will call for a new collective approach to salvage the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

UNITED NATIONS (UNITED STATES) (AFP)  Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas will urge world powers at the UN Security Council on Tuesday to stand up to the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and establish a revamped peace process.President Donald Trumps decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem infuriated the Palestinians who declared that the United States could no longer play a role as lead mediator in the Middle East peace process.

The stage will be set for a tense face-off with US Ambassador Nikki Haley, just weeks after she launched a scathing attack on Abbas and accused him of lacking the courage needed for peace.

Addressing the council for the first time since 2009, Abbas will call for a new collective approach in a bid to salvage the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour.

Abbas will say that after the 6th of December with regard to Jerusalem, that now is the time for a collective approach, Mansour told AFP.

This could lead to a stepped up role for the other four permanent council members Britain, France, China and Russia or an expanded diplomatic quartet with Arab countries and others.

The Middle East quartet currently is made up of the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia.

Mansour said the Security Council as the highest authority on matters of international peace and security should come up with a new multilateral initiative and said the United States would not be sidelined.

In this new approach, the United States will not have the only control. They will be part of the collective process for sure, said Mansour.

The bottom line is we want a new active process, he said.

Israel, which often accuses the European Union and the United Nations of bias against it, would be reluctant to accept any other mediator than the United States.

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon will also address the council.

New phase of struggle

Abbass spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told state media that a new phase of struggle has started as the Palestinians seek to protect their claim to Jerusalem.

The Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state and UN resol...


Learn About Child Marriage and What to Do About It Clarion Project

While no one religion is associated with child marriage, there is a religious precedent for the practice in Islam. Child marriage is prevalent in many developing countries, particularly in Muslim societies, according to UNICEF.

Learn about child marriage below and what can be done to end it.




Jordan Makes Improvements to Child Marriage Law

Update: New Muslim Chaplain OKs Child Marriage under Sharia

Danish Imam Calls on State to Accept Refugee Child Marriages


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Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/02/20 Open Thread The Vineyard of the Saker

2018/02/20 06:30:01Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of


A border dispute BBC audiences know nothing about BBC Watch

A long-running dispute between Lebanon and Israel concerning land and maritime borders has recently been making headlines again although those getting their news from the BBC would not be aware of that fact. The US Secretary of State Rex Tillersons related visit to Beirut on February 15th (as part of a Middle East tour that was barely covered by the corporation) was not reported and neither were related threats from the head of a terrorist organisation.

As Haaretz reported:

During a press conference in Beirut on Thursday, Tillerson, who arrived in Lebanon as part of his Mideast trip, discussed the growing tensions between Israel and Lebanon, and urged Lebanese leaders to ensure the border between the two countries remains calm.



News you may have missed #895: Africa edition

South African security contractor faces spy charges in South Sudan. Somalia appoints new police and intelligence chiefs. Ethiopia bans protests, media criticism, under state of emergency.


Is That Russia Troll Farm an Act of War? Original

According to the indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Russian trolls, operating out of St. Petersburg, took American identities on social media and became players in our 2016 election. On divisive racial and religious issues, the trolls took both sides. In the presidential election, the trolls favored Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein and Donald Trump, and Continue reading "Is That Russia Troll Farm an Act of War?"

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Then They Came for Tony Greenstein Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

February 19, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon by Gilad Atzmon Following the outrageous expulsion of AZZ extraordinaire Tony Greenstein from the Labour Party, the equally vindictive Labour Against The Witchhunt (LAW) published this embarrassing tweet: According to LAWs logic, Greenstein should have been vindicated due to the fact that he is: 1.       a Jew 2.       a Rabbis son 3.       an []


ISIS Ambushes Shiite Militiamen near Kirkuk; 31 Killed in Iraq Original

Over two dozen militiamen were attacked at a fake checkpoint in Kirkuk province.

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The Secret on the Ocean Floor

Via: BBC: In the summer of 1974, a large and highly unusual ship set sail from Long Beach in California. It was heading for the middle of the Pacific where its owners boasted it would herald a revolutionary new industry beneath the waves. Equipped with a towering rig and the latest in drilling gear, the []


L.A. Countys Homeless Problem Is Worsening Despite Billions from Tax Measures

Build the sprawling San Angeles favelas with autonomous construction drones! No? Via: Los Angeles Times: Los Angeles Countys homeless population is increasing faster than the supply of new housing, even with the addition of thousands of beds in the last two years and millions of dollars beginning to flow in from two ballot measures targeting []


San Francisco Streets More Filthy Than Third World Slums

Via: NBC: How dirty is San Francisco? An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and feces throughout downtown San Francisco. The Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of the city the more than 20-mile stretch includes popular tourist spots like Union Square and major hotel chains. The area []


Rosenstein and Mueller Running for Cover Leaving Brennan Exposed Foreign Policy Journal

John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, in the Oval Office, Jan. 4, 2010.


Sarah Silverman stands by Ahed Tamimi: Do you wonder where her rage comes from? Mondoweiss

After comedian Sarah Silverman called last week for people to stand up for imprisoned Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, she quickly encountered a barrage of feedback that lasted through the weekend. Some applauded, some criticized, some sought to educate Silverman, who has a history of supporting groups opposed to Israels occupation.

The comic retweeted a call from Amnesty International for Tamimi to be freed from jail, two months after she slapped a soldier.

In the backlash, pro-Israel journalist Noah Pollak accused Silverman of narcissistic Hollywood political posturing at its vilest and most ignorant while pro-Israel activist Chlo Valdary wrote to Silverman, Tamimi is from a notorious terrorist-supporting family.

Silverman reacted with,

Ok, friend. But may I ask, do you wonder why she has done this? And where her rage comes from? And might we see ourselves in her in any way?

Tamimi, 17, was arrested last December 19 in the early morning hours at her family home in the West Bank village of occupied Nabi Saleh. She has since been indicted on five counts of assault and incitement. Her case has gained prominence because supporters say the teen is subject to an unfair Israeli military court system that issues harsh sentences to Palestinians.

In the actual incident that led to Tamimis arrest, the petite teen on December 15 shouted at an Israeli soldier entering her familys property, Get out or Ill punch you, and then slapped him. The encounter, which followed the shooting of Tamimis cousin Mohammed that day, in Jerusalem-related protests, was filmed by Ahed Tamimis mother Nariman, and the two shared the footage on social media, which landed them both additional charges of incitement.

Silverman is the latest with a high profile to back Tamimi. Earlier this month 27 celebrities signed a letter seeking Tamimis release. But Silverman stands apart by being the most well-known of the supporters with ties to Israel, through both family and support to liberal Zionist causes. Her older sister Susan Silverman is a prominent rabbi in Israel and campaigner most known for calling for an egalitarian prayer section at the Western Wall in the Old City including in many...


New checkpoint will cut off Palestinians from park built on their land Aletho News

MEMO | February 19, 2018 Israeli authorities in Jerusalem have begun construction of a new checkpoint on the edge of Al-Walaja, in what has been described as the final step in blocking the villages access to a national park built on land confiscated from its residents. According to Israeli NGO Ir Amim, the Jerusalem municipality []


Israeli taboos must be broken for honest and open discussion Aletho News

View from the tower of the Church of Redeemer shows the Dome of the Rock mosque and the cross of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, [Saeed Qaq/Apaimages] By Hossam Shaker | MEMO | February 19, 2018 Palestine was never really there. A thousand years is just a worthless length of time, and []


New Delhi and Beijings Struggle for Influence over the Maldives Geopolitical Monitor

In the past few days, the Maldives have suddenly become the object of international attention. This happened after President Abdulla Yameens decision to declare a state of emergency so as to counter a coup to oust him. But what appears to be a purely domestic affair affecting the small archipelago, which counts only 400,000 citizens, hides in reality a much broader power struggle between two major powers, namely India and China.

The origins of the ongoing crisis date back to February 1, when a ruling by the Maldives Supreme Court ordered to reinstate twelve opposition MPs who had been stripped of their parliamentary seats and to drop the convictions against a group of nine members of the opposition. The Court stated that those among them who were being detained had to be freed, and that the trial had to be repeated. The group also included former President Mohamed Nasheed, leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), which is currently the main opposition force. He had won the archipelagos first democratic elections in 2008, but he had to resign in 2012 because of a series of protests against the sacking of a judge, and one year later he ultimately lost a controversial election against incumbent President Yameen. Nasheem was condemned in 2015 in what is largely seen as a politicized ruling, and he has been living in exile in Sri Lanka since the following year. In early 2017, he announced his intention to run in the next presidential elections.

A recent decision by the Supreme Court has deemed his trial unconstitutional. This causes obvious troubles to President Yameen, as it allows his main rival to enter again in the archipelagos political process. Moreover, if the twelve MPs were actually restored, he would lose the parliamentary majority in favor of the MDP opposition. As such, after an initially mild reaction, Yameens government decided to strike back. Justifying the move as a way to counter a coup, he ordered the state of emergency, suspended the Parliament, had Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and another top judge arrested, and detained Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, another former President (and Yameens half-brother) now aligned with the MDP. Opposition-affiliated media were targeted with cyber-attacks or blocked, and ultimately the remaining Supreme Court judges decided to revert the previous ruling. But the situation remains tense, with the military expelling some opposition MPs out of the Parliament by force.

As such, the political struggle currently sees the MDP led by Nasheed, opposing President...


Illinois: Hamas-linked Muslim group launches hijab propaganda billboard campaign Jihad Watch

GainPeace says that it works under the umbrella of Islamic Circle of North America. The Islamic Circle of North America: ICNA has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the ideological forebear of all radical Islamic movements including Hamas and al-Qaeda. Documents show that Hamas officials have participated in previous ICNA events. The ICNAs hatred []


Cow Dramatically Escapes Slaughterhouse, Then Swims to an Island to Live a Better Life The Anti-Media

Cow Escapes Slaughterhouse(TMU)  In Poland, there is a cow living alone on an island, who is prepared to attack anyone who comes near her. Shes been on that island for about one month after she staged a herculean escape and swam to freedom. The cow was being urged to enter a lorry, which would transport her to a []


Yemeni Forces Ambush 12 Invading UAE Troops [VIDEO] Geopolitics Alert

Sanaa (GPA) Yemeni media released a video today depicting Yemens Army and Popular Committees bombarding Emirati troops in Taiz province.

Taiz is a consistent battle zone between Yemeni resistance forces, Saudi-backed mercenaries, Emirati troops, and even terror groups like al-Qaeda who fight side-by-side with Saudi coalition troops.


Victories on Multiple Fronts Against Saudi-backed Mercenaries and Emirati Troops

The video below depicts Yemens Army and Popular Committees luring Emirati troops into an ambush before killing 12 and destroying their military vehicles. Yemens resistance known by western media merely as the Houthis boasted multiple successes on various battlefields today repelling advances and killing dozens of Sudanese and Saudi-backed mercenaries.

Just in the past two days, Yemens resistance sniper unit took out 13 Saudi troops on various fronts beyond the Saudi border including Asir, Jizan, and Najran province. Yemens Army and Popular Committees expanded their defensive operations into Saudi territory throughout the course of the war in response to the devastating Saudi-led invasion, airstrike campaign, and blockade.

RELATED: White House Statement Ignores US Role in Yemen and Blames Iran

Washingtons Participation in Warcrimes

Far from a mere passive observer, the United States provides both...


The Slow Genocide of the Tawergha INTERNATIONALIST 360

Residents of Tawergha are dying in desert in their attempt to return home after seven years. Make-shift tent camp in Qararet al-Qatef for forcibly displaced residents of Tawergha who are blocked from returning to their hometown by militias from Misrata, Qararet al-Qatef, Libya, February 10, 2018. | 2018 Emad Ergeha UN Human Rights Council...


Merchants of Death: Americas Toxic Cult of Violence Turns Deadly Dissident Voice

Mass shootings have become routine in the United States and speak to a society that relies on violence to feed the coffers of the merchants of death. Given the profits made by arms manufacturers, the defense industry, gun dealers and the lobbyists who represent them in Congress, it comes as no surprise that the culture of violence cannot be abstracted from either the culture of business or the corruption of politics. Violence runs through US society like an electric current offering instant pleasure from all cultural sources, whether it be the nightly news or a television series that glorifies serial killers.

Professor Henry A. Giroux, Gun Culture and the American Nightmare of Violence, January 13, 2016.

We are caught in a vicious cycle.

With alarming regularity, the nation is being subjected to a spate of violence that terrorizes the public, destabilizes the countrys fragile ecosystem, and gives the government greater justifications to crack down, lock down, and institute even more authoritarian policies for the so-called sake of national security without many objections from the citizenry.

Take the school shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Valentines Day: 17 people, students and teachers alike, were killed by Nikolas Cruz, a 19-year-old former student armed with a gas mask, smoke grenades, magazines of ammunition, and an AR-15 style semiautomatic rifle.

This shooting, which is being chalked up to mental illness by the 19-year-old assassin, came months after a series of mass shootings in late 2017, one at a church in Texas and the other at an outdoor country music concert in Las Vegas. In both the Texas and Las Vegas attacks, the shooters were dressed like a soldier or militarized police officer and armed with military-style weapons.

As usual following one of these shootings, there is a vocal outcry for enacting more strident gun control measu...


Mapping Trumps Empire: Assets and Liabilities The Official James Petras website

The map of empire is changing adding and subtracting assets and liabilities, according to the successes and retreats of domestic and overseas power centers. While the US empire has been engaged in intense [...]


Whos Afraid to Celebrate Robert Mugabe Day? INTERNATIONALIST 360

Julian R. Cola As Cecil Rhodes boots settled into the rich, fertile soil between the great rivers of Zambezi in the northwest and Limpopo in the southeast, the Oxford-educated Englishman knew that he had struck gold. Literally. His foray was preceded by kith and kin David Livingston, with his discovery of Victoria Falls, and...


Lisa DeVille at Women's March 'Walk for our Sisters, Solidarity for all Indigenous Women' CENSORED NEWS

Walk for Our Sisters, Solidarity for all Indigenous Women Remember the Tears of Our Women Hosted by Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College Talk by Lisa DeVille Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Censored News My name is Lisa DeVille.  I lived my whole life in Mandaree.  My husband Walter and I have five children and three grandchildren.  My Native American name is


Escaping Washington for Freedom : Lets not Celebrate George Washington, but the Slaves Who Escaped Him CrimethInc.

Presidents Day, a federal holiday, observes George Washingtons birthday on February 22. Yet as a slave owner and profiteer on others servitude, George Washington is a poor exemplar of the struggle for freedom. Rather than looking to him for a model representing resistance to tyranny, lets remember the slaves and indentured servants who sought to escape from him and the Native Americans who defended themselves against his attacks.

Washington is celebrated as the father of the American Revolution, itself the blueprint for countless subsequent struggles for independence and democracy. We cant grasp the meaning of the American Revolution without recalling that George Washington was one of the wealthiest people in North America. Even now, he remains among the wealthiest presidents in US history, with holdings that would be worth about half a billion dollars today. Of all subsequent presidents, only Donald Trump is wealthier.1

As Marcus Rediker and Peter Linebaugh describe in The Many-Headed Hydra, the American Revolution began in the 1760s with a series of protests and riots involving sailors, slaves, stevedores, working women, and other marginalized people. Networked in a global ferment involving mutinies, slave revolts, and strikes, these disturbances threatened to undermine the entire imperial order. Sensing that the empire was overextended and upheaval was inevitable, the colonial elite set themselves at the head of the rebellion, using it to free themselves of the financial burden of supporting the Crown. George Washington and his colleagues were not the initiators of the revolt, but the ones who coopted and contained ita lesson about what happens when revolutionaries seek to gain legitimacy and resources through alliances with the upper class. Thus the Revolutionary War of the 1770s gave way to the American Counterrevolution of the 1780s and 1790s, climaxing with the establishment of the Federal Government, the Constitution, the Fugitive Slave Act, the Northwest Territory, and the Riot Act.2 Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

From this vantage point, the apparently individual rebellions of slaves who set out to secure their own liberty compare favorably with a formal political revolution that did little to substantively alter the circumstances of the most oppressed while defusing social tensions for several generations. From their acts of defiance, whole Maroon and Quilombo communities arose in permanent resistance to white supremacy in both its monarchist and democratic variants. Just as the Russian Revolution might have turned out better if the working class had not permit...


Russia Didnt Attack US Troops in Syria stan van houcke

Dont Be a Moron: Russia Didnt Attack US Troops in Syria

February 19, 2018 at 10:08 am


What's the Deal in Afrin? Loyalist PMU's to Ally with PKK/YPG? Penny for your thoughts

The convoluted saga of Damascus aiding the YPG/PKK in Afrin continues to be presented as fact.
Is it? I'm less then certain at this time.

If Damascus was to aid the YPG/PKK what did they get in exchange? It's sensible that if an agreement was made Damascus would have had to gain something for the assistance.
I don't believe the Assad government is a government of fools and idiots.

 The YPG/PKK is keeping Syria's army and it's people/government away from most of their oil and water assets in the east, yet, I'm supposed to believe that the Assad government is going to run along and aid YPG/PKK in exchange for nothing?

That idea troubles me. The whole narrative for this story came from YPG/PKK themselves. It started yesterday.... And yes, I'm aware that SANA has a report from someone on the ground in Aleppo that this is set to occur-


SANAs reporter in Aleppo said on Monday that popular forces are to arrive in Afrin area soon to support locals in facing the aggression launched by the Turkish regime on the area since January 20th.

But that could just be the talk in the vicinity. I don't know?

This is interesting from the BBC:

"From the Kurdish perspective, Mr Jia Kurd said: "We can co-operate with any side that lends us a helping hand in light of the barbaric crimes and the international silence."

However, he also warned that the purported agreement - which he said did not include any political arrangements - could fall through"

An agreement that could fail before it's even been enacted?

UPDATE # 1: Bekir Bozdag: 
According to the official, (named above) Ankara doesn't believe these reports, adding that Turkey didn't have any proof yet.
However, as the deputy foreign minister specified, if the Syrian armed forces entered Afrin to support Kurdish militants, this would lead to a catastrophe, giving a green light to the country's split.
I put a Turkish article through translate- looking for more information
This article via...


Three Iranian police officers killed in clashes with Sufi protesters Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Bus reportedly ploughs through a group of riot police following protests demanding release of Sufi detainees


UK: Blackburn Cathedral to hold Jihad of Jesus seminar Jihad Watch

Jihad of Jesus, eh? Its always the Christians who host these outreach events to Muslims. Never do we see a mosque holding a Eucharist of Muhammad or some such event. Mohammed Ali Amla, founder of Christian Encounter, says: We want this to be an event that people can come to and learn about communities working []


The Founding Fathers and Other Tales The Vineyard of the Saker

by Jimmie Moglia for The Saker blog The skeptics among my twenty-five readers may suspect from the title, that I am jumping on the bandwagon of our discontent, to direct


Parasites Which Take Over Their Hosts Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Posted on February 17, 2018  by Richard Edmondson The fact that Israel receives billions each year from the US taxpayer as our politicians in Washington endlessly pledge their devotion to the special relationship,  has led many observers to liken the pro-Israel lobby in America to a parasite that has invaded a host. Its a powerful analogy, so []


Russia: Muslim leaders say Muslim who killed 5 at church while screaming Allahu akbar has nothing to do with Islam Jihad Watch

We have heard this song and dance before. Khalilov pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, and screamed Allahu akbar while he was murdering. The Islamic holy book directs Muslims to kill them wherever you find them three times (2:191, 4:89, 9:5). Stating that the massacre has nothing to do with Islam is easy; showing exactly []


The US is Executing a Global War Plan Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Finian Cunningham February 18, 2018 Information Clearing House  Washington is moving inevitably on a global war plan. Thats the grim conclusion one has to draw from three unfolding war scenarios. Ultimately, its about American imperialism trying to assert hegemony over the international order for the benefit of US capitalism. Russia and China are prime targets []


Germany: Taxpayers are funding Sharia-loving Muslim migrant with two wives and six children Jihad Watch

His second wife was only thirteen years old when Ahmad married her in Syria. While polygamy is banned in Germany, Ahmad was allowed to bring his second wife to Germany. At a certain point Germans are going to have to decide whether they are going to defend and preserve their laws, customs, and mores, or []


The Result of Muellers Investigation: Nothing Foreign Policy Journal

FBI Director Robert Mueller in the Oval Office on July 20, 2012 (White House)


The #MeToo Movement Will Produce Victims of Its Own Foreign Policy Journal

Paul Craig Roberts in front of a portrait of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury.



SOUTH FRONT The Syrian military has deployed a large force, including the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Republican Guard and other pro-government factions, near the militant-held pocket in Damascus Eastern Ghouta. The force is led by the Tiger Forces commander, Gen. Suheil al-Hassan. Late on February 18, artillery pieces and rocket launchers []


A Plethora of Events in Northwest Syria - TTG Sic Semper Tyrannis

A plethora of events have hit this corner of Syria in the last week in addition to the grinding Turkish-FSA offensive in Afrin. That offensive has continued to nibble at the border areas and is now in a position to...


US carrot-and-stick policy to Lebanon could push it into abyss Aletho News

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson waits at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon February 15, 2018. Mohamed Azakir / Reuters By Martin Jay | RT | February 19, 2018 Rex Tillersons visit to Beirut didnt resolve Lebanons persistent war threat from Israel, or Hezbollahs perceived threat to Washington. The US has its own []


There Is No Time Left Dissident Voice

Imagine a scenario with no temperature difference between the equator and the North Pole. That was 12 million years ago when there was no ice at either pole. In that context, according to professor James G. Anderson of Harvard University, carbon in the atmosphere today is the same as 12 million years ago. The evidence is found in the paleoclimate record. Its irrefutable.

Meaning, todays big meltdown has only just started.

And, weve got 5 years to fix it or endure Gonzo World.

Thats one big pill to swallow!

That scenario comes by way of interpretation of a speech delivered by James G. Anderson at the University of Chicago in January 2018 when he received the Benton Medal for Distinguished Public Service, in part, for his groundbreaking research that led to the Montreal Protocol in 1987 to mitigate damage to the Ozone Layer.

At the time, Anderson was the force behind the most important event in the history of atmospheric chemistry, discovering and diagnosing Antarcticas ozone hole, which led to the Montreal Protocol. Without that action, ramifications would have been absolutely catastrophic for the planet.

Stratospheric ozone is one of the most delicate aspects of planet habitability, providing protection from UV radiation for all life forms. If perchance the stratospheric ozone layer could be lowered to the ground, stacking the otherwise dispersed molecules together, it would be 1/8th of an inch in thickness or the thickness of two pennies. That separates humanity from burning up as the stratospheric ozone absorbs 98% of UV radiation.

In his acceptance speech, James G. Anderson, Harvard professor of atmospheric chemistry, now warns that it is foolhardy to assume we can recover from the global warming leviathan simply by cutting back emissions.

Accordingly, the only way humanity can dig itself out of the climate change/global-warming hole is by way of a WWII type effort with total transformation of industry off carbon and removal of carbon from the atmosphere within five years. The situation is so dire that it requires a worldwide Marshall Plan effort, plus kneeling in prayer.

Additionally, Anderson says the chance of permanent ice remaining in the Arctic after 2022 is zero. Already, 80% is gone. The problem: Without an ice shield to protect frozen methane hydrates in place for millennia, the Arctic turns into a methane nightmare. This is comparable to poking the global warming monster with a stick, as runaway global warming (RGW) emerges from the depths. Interestingly enough, the Arctic Methane Emergency Group/UK, composed of distinguished scientists, seems to be in agreement with this assessment.

Assuming professor Anderson is as accurate now as he was about the Ozone dilemma, then what can be done? After all, the worlds biggest economy, which has over-reaching influence on the biosphere, is under the influence of anti-science leadership. In fact, the Trump group is...


Yanks to the rescue: Times not-so secret story of how Americans helped Yeltsin win 1996 presidential election OffGuardian

Imagine Izvestia ran a headline in January 2018 titled Rescuing Donald, in which it proudly boasted that a group of crack Russian election-fixers had been sent over to Washington to make sure Trump beat Hillary. Does anyone imagine it would stop short of impeachment for Trump and maybe even hot war with Russia? Yet 22 years ago Time magazine ran just such a feature on how four Americans and an ex-pat Russian had managed the 1996 Russian presidential election to ensure a win for Boris Yeltsin. And apparently that was something to openly boast about


Watch John Podesta Try to Explain How the Russians Outsmarted Hillary The Anti-Media

John Podesta Russians(ZHE)  Former Clinton campaign manager and ardent foodie, John Podesta, was caught flat-footed during a heated exchange on CBSs Face the Nation Sunday after being asked about the campaigns failure to campaign in so-called purple states in 2016. In a discussion of 13 Russian nationals indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, host Nancy Cordes noted that Russian []


Zionist Terrorism stan van houcke

Isral schiet met tank op Palestijnse tieners: twee doden

In Gaza zijn zaterdagavond twee Palestijnse tieners gedood toen een Isralische tank een groep jongeren beschoot. Die zouden op weg naar de grens zijn geweest. 


Call For International Actions Against NATO Summit PopularResistance.Org

As the world becomes more dangerous by the day, the need for action for peace has never been more vital.  With militarism on the rise, the need for a global peoples alternative of justice, sustainability and peace has never been more urgent. Since NATOs last summit in 2017 we have seen an escalation of nuclear rhetoric between Trump and North Korea and frequent talk of the possibility of world war three. This is not a situation that is tolerable for humanity to live in the shadow of annihilation and we, the peoples of the world, reject this warmongering. We call on all peace-loving citizens and organisations to demonstrate their desire for peace, on the occasion of the next NATO summit meeting in Brussels in July 2018.


Americas Historical Cultural Violence and Adulation of Military Forces ThereAreNoSunglasses

Our Hyper-Militarized Nation Has Bred The Endless and Violent Bloodbaths We Have At Home

The recent shooting deaths Wednesday at a Parkland Florida High School point to an even more extensive epidemic of killing children and innocent people. Our glorification of the military and the use of mechanized and industrial violence to solve conflicts is not new. But it has gotten tremendously worse: in fact, since post 9/11 it has become atrocious. Our worship of military weapons, policy, and brutal vengeance of a dehumanized enemy has cultivated Parkland and Las Vegas shootings.

Therefore it should come as no surprise Nikolas Cruz was arrested wearing a crimson JROTC sweatshirt. The military methods cultivated overseas have come back home.

Statements that other countries are primitive and violent and have been fighting since the beginning of time does not describe them. It defines us. There is no other country on the planet with a history of violence like ours: internally and externally.



Much Ado about Nothing on Muellers Indictment Aletho News

By Jacob G. Hornberger | FFF | February 19, 2018 I confess deep amusement at the enormous reaction of the U.S mainstream press to the 37-page federal grand-jury indictment that special prosecutor (and former FBI Director) Robert Mueller has secured against 13 Russians and three companies or, as the mainstream media puts it, against Russia. []


The Question of Sanctions: South Africa and Palestine World Beyond War . . .

By Terry Crawford-Browne, February 19, 2018

Sanctions against apartheid South Africa are, in the opinion of the writer, the only instance when sanctions have achieved their objective. They were also driven by civil society rather than by governments.

By contrast, US sanctions since the 1950s against Cuba, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, North Korea and numerous other countries have proved dismal failures. Even worse, they have inflicted unjustifiable misery upon the very people they were purportedly intended to assist.

The former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright remains infamous for her notorious comment on television that the deaths of five hundred thousand Iraqi children was a price worth paying in pursuit of US sanctions against the Iraqi government and Saddam Hussein. The cost of reconstruction for the devastation inflicted on Iraq since 2003 is estimated at US$100 billion.

At question is whether US government sanctions are actually intended to achieve any objective, or are merely feel-good gestures intended to satisfy a domestic political audience?  So-called smart sanctions freezing assets and imposing travel bans on foreign government officials have also proved completely ineffective.

South Africas Experience: Sports boycotts and fruit boycotts against apartheid South Africa over a twenty-five year period from 1960 until 1985 raised awareness about human rights abuses in South Africa, but most certainly did not bring down the apartheid government.  Trade boycotts are inevitably riddled through with loopholes. There are invariably businessmen who, for a discount or premium, are prepared to take the risks of flouting trade boycotts, including mandatory arms embargoes.

The consequences however, for ordinary people in the boycotted country are that wages for workers are cut (or jobs lost) to reflect the discount on exported goods or, alternatively, that prices for imported goods are inflated by the premium paid to a foreign expo...


The Occupied Territory Of The United States Of America PopularResistance.Org

It happened so subtly, we missed the corporate coup. Like shadows, corporations surrounded our country and slowly strangled it. They crept into Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, the FDA, the military, the Department of the Interior: everywhere you look, a corporation controls the decisions of this nation. We have become the occupied territory of brand names, corporate logos, monopolistic power, and corporate greed. It would be easier to understand what has happened if they wore red armbands and goose-stepped. But no, the minions of corporate power wear false smiles, carry empty promises, and fly in private jets. The less-powerful rank-and-file of the corporate state look like our neighbors, relatives, friends. They are not our enemy. It is the destructive behaviors of the corporate state, and its occupation of our government, culture, and society that we must rebel against.


Ron Paul: Gun Control Wont Solve the Problem Lets Look Beyond Politics The Anti-Media

Gun Control(RPI)  Another terrible school shooting took place in Parkland, Florida last week and unfortunately many politicians and pundits have used the tragedy as they often do to push their own agenda. Many will use the tragedy to argue that Americans should be prohibited from owning guns. As if anti-gun laws would dissuade a disturbed []


Immigrant Youth Launch Walk To Stay Home From New York To D.C. PopularResistance.Org

NEW YORK, NY -- On Thursday, February 15th 11 undocumented youth and allies began The Walk to Stay Home, a 15-day walk from New York Citys Battery Park to Washington D.C.s Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. The 250-mile journey has been organized by the Seed Project with the support of the #OurDream Campaign to draw attention to the need for a clean Dream Act that not only grants permanent protection for undocumented youth but does not harm 11 million undocumented people living and working in the United States. Everyday I wake up to read the latest news reports. Reading quotes from politicians, both attacks and promises about my existence, said Hector Jairo Martinez, a New York DACA recipient from Brooklyn. It is time for us, undocumented youth, to once again step out of the shadows and make a simple demand, let us stay home.


Jim Mattis refutes the Fake News from Isral and NATO, by Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Network

The Atlantist Press has been claiming for years that President Bachar el-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. Except that according to US Secretary for Defense, General Jim Mattis, this is fake news. Like Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons, this story, which has been occupying the columns of newspapers for the last five years, is pure war propaganda.


Syria to Continue Fighting Aggressors, Whether its Israel, US or Turkey Aletho News

Sputnik 19.02.2018 Syria should continue fighting the US, Turkish and Israeli invaders who attacked the country right after it got rid of terrorists, Bouthaina Shaaban, an adviser to the Syrian president, said Monday. We should go on fighting any foreign invaders on our land, whether its Israeli, American or Turkish, Shaaban said at the []


France: Two men stabbed in the neck outside train station in busy tourist hotspot Jihad Watch

Local media say that the area where the attack happened is notorious for drug dealers. Maybe this was just a battle between drug dealers, but the stabbing in the neck is noteworthy: When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks (Quran 47:4) And jihadis the world over, including the Taliban and Hizballah, have used and []


The Scourging Of Julian Assange PopularResistance.Org

Julian Assanges latest attempt to have his outstanding UK arrest warrant dropped has failed in what stands as one of the most blatant and cruel examples of the British legal system being wielded as an instrument of persecution against a man whose only crime is speaking truth to power. The judge presiding over his case, and who summarily dismissed it, was Lady Arbuthnot of Edrom. Yes, you read that right. In the second decade of the 21st century the UK legal system is still dominated by the kind of people whose morning workout consists of flogging the butler. Lady Arbuthnot also happens to be the wife of Tory peer and former junior Defence Minister Lord James Arbuthnot, whose father was Major Sir John Sinclair Wemyss Arbuthnot. By now you should be getting the idea. These ridiculous products of privilege and the British public school system...


Another Potential Mind Control Tool? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

By Paul A. Philips

Recent neurological research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has yielded some interesting radical insights into how our brains work with regard to memory formation. It has led to the ongoing development of new memory technology that enables neuroscientists to locate, enhance or even erase specific memories. It can also be used to willfully implant memories.

MIT lead researcher. Susumu Tonegawa. explains that the technology has been used to implant false memories, having the effect of perceiving a harmless situation as something threatening. This involved using a virus to artificially activate specific neurons in the amygdala, a brain region where fearful memories are stored

The opposite occurred in a later experiment where a situation normally interpreted as threatening was seen as positive through the memory implanting technology. Memory erasure was also carried out, involving the use of a toxin. The toxin destroyed a specific neural network pathway associated with a fearful experience  So far, this research has only been done on mice, but looks set to pave the way towards treating human memory.

Basically, the ability to treat memories works on the principle of the new technology being able to detect the specific network of activated neurons (nerve cells in the brain) during a particular memory. Elevated levels of a key protein called CREB is also detected in these activated neurons. For background information on this, go here.

There are other similar explosive new technologies in memory research being developed for enhancing a located memory or erasing fearful, traumatic ones in humans. Like, for instance, the scientists who are working on an enzyme having the ability to delete bad memories. The scientists are looking at using the memory erasure technology to treat soldiers by erasing their bad memories connected with post traumatic stress disorder.

Then there are pills and...


Dutch Minister Confirms Ban On Drilling, Shale Gas Not An Option PopularResistance.Org

The Netherlands will not give out any permits for the exploration for shale gas in the Netherlands, economic affairs minister Erik Wiebes has confirmed to parliament. Shale gas is not an option in the Netherlands any more, Wiebes said. We are not doing it. It is over and done with. The previous economic affairs minister Henk Kamp introduced a five-year moratorium on drilling for shale gas which expires in 2020. Shale gas is ordinary natural gas that has been trapped in dense shale beds deep underground. It is extracted using a controversial process known as fracking, which involves drilling a hole deep into the shale and pumping in water mixed with sand and chemicals. A number of local councils, water boards and even brewing groups like Heineken have come out against the production of shale gas in the Netherlands because of the risk of pollution.


Philippines: Risks rising with China challenging US at sea Peace and Freedom

Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) February 20, 2018 12:01am

MANILA, Philippines The risks of a miscalculation and armed conflict have risen in the disputed South China Sea with a militarily stronger China now able to challenge the United States, which used to be the dominant power in the strategic waterway, the Philippine envoy to Beijing said yesterday.

Ambassador Chito Sta. Romana said the balance of power was shifting with the two global powers vying for control of the waters, adding the Philippines should not get entangled in the increasingly tense maritime rivalry.

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Ambassador Chito Sta. Romana

China claims virtually the entire South China Sea, where the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have overlapping claims, and it has built seven mostly submerged reefs into islands that reportedly could be used as forward air naval bases and have been installed with a missile defense system.

The US Navy has sailed warships on freedom of navigation operations near the artificial islands, actions China has protested as US intervention in an Asian conflict.

Whereas before the South China Sea was dominated by the US 7th Fleet, now the Chinese navy is starting to challenge the dominance, Sta. Romana told a news forum in Manila. I think we will see a shift in the balance of power.

It is not the case that the South China Sea is now a Chinese lake, not at all, Sta. Romana said. Look at the US aircraft carrier, its still going through the South China Sea, he added, referring to the USS Carl Vinson that recently patrolled the disputed waters and is currently on a visit to the Philippines.

He compared the two powers to elephants fighting and trampling on the grass and said: What we dont want is for us to be the grass.

President Dutertes policy of befriending China has worked, Sta. Romana said, citing Beijings decision to lift its blockade around the Philippine-occupied Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal, where the Philippine military could now freely send new supplies to Filipino Marines guarding the disputed area.

China has also allowed Filipino fishermen into another disputed area, the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, after Duterte visited Beijing and raised the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Xi reportedly told Duterte: Give me a few days, Ill take care of this, Sta. Romana quoted Duterte as saying about the meeting with his Chinese counterpart a few months after he won the Philippine presidency in 2016.

China took control of the uninhabited at...


Nation-building in Syria or nation-wrecking? Aletho News

By Jim Jatras | RT | February 18, 2018 Over the past few days, a controversy has been in raging over what exactly happened near Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria. To hear the US tell it, pro-regime forces launched an unprovoked attack on a well-established headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), among whom were US personnel. []


FERC Commissioner Spent Most Of First Months In Office Meeting With Fossil Fuel Industry PopularResistance.Org

In his first few months at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), commissioner Rob Powelson scheduled the great majority of his meetings with fossil fuel energy companies and utilities, his work calendar shows. The calendar, obtained by DeSmog through an open records request, can be viewed below. Nominated to FERC by President Trump, Powelson began serving on the commission last August. He previously served on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. A review of his FERC calendar shows that between September 4 and December 10 2017, Powelson had a total 76 work meetings scheduled with various stakeholders. Of those meetings, 62 (82 percent) were with fossil fuel and pipeline companies, utilities, and trade groups predominantly representing those industries.


Putins Syrian Dilemma: Stay with Israel or Iran? Peace and Freedom


All of the Russian presidents achievements in Syria could come crashing down unless he answers this one fundamental question

.Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, February 16, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, February 16, 2018.Alexei Druzhinin/AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin thought he could succeed where the U.S.s then-President Barack Obama failed. Pacify Syria, rescue the regime of his client, President Bashar Assad, and balance the conflicting interests of Iran and Israel in the war-torn country. All this he did with a relatively small investment: the deployment of a couple of dozen aircraft and 2,000 men. As foreign campaigns go, it was power projection on the cheap. The United States on a similar mission would have used a force 10 times the size aircraft carrier groups...


Dont Be a Moron: Russia Didnt Attack US Troops in Syria The Anti-Media

Russia Did Not Attack United States(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  On February 16, 2018, Bloombergs Eli Lake published an article entitled Dont Be Fooled: Russia Attacked U.S. Troops in Syria. For context, the U.S.-led coalition conducted air and artillery strikes against what was believed to be pro-government forces in Syria on February 7, 2018, in response to an unprovoked attack launched by these pro-regime forces. Not long after, reports began emerging that significant []


Combatting the industrial prison complex by advocating decriminalization of illicit drug use in Nashville Enough is Enough!

Originally published by Great Lakes AntiFa

Nashville, Tennessee  On February 6th, 2018 local residents converged on the Cordell Hull Building in Nashville, Tennessee to encourage the Commissioner to support a bill that would effectively decriminalize marijuana use.  Local anarchists and antifascists (Nashville AntiFa, Nashville Anarchist Black Cross, and Middle Tennessee Autonomous Network) gathered to advocate for this bill.  Although the vast majority of citizens attending were advocating decriminalization to facilitate the utility of medical and recreational cannabis, anarchist and antifascist support was largely predicated on the fact that this bill would be an important cap in the prison pipeline for petty drug crimes.

Although anarchists do not seek to beg an authoritarian government for personal rights, this rally was an important event in which our collectives could engage in thoughtful dialogue and educate others in our community about the prison industrial complex, which profits from arresting non-violent marijuana users, and to advocate personal freedom and bodily autonomy.  Our collectives firmly believe the government has no right to tell you what you can or cannot do with your own body, one anarchist stated to a rally attendee.



Military Industrial Complex Strikes Again: War Spending Will Bankrupt America PopularResistance.Org

Why throw money at defense when everything is falling down around us? Do we need to spend more money on our military (about $600 billion this year) than the next seven countries combined? Do we need 1.4 million active military personnel and 850,000 reserves when the enemy at the moment ISIS numbers in the low tens of thousands? If so, it seems there's something radically wrong with our strategy. Should 55% of the federal government's discretionary spending go to the military and only 3% to transportation when the toll in American lives is far greater from failing infrastructure than from terrorism? Does California need nearly as many active military bases (31, according to as it has UC and state university campuses (33)?


Islamic State ambush kills 27 pro-government fighters in Iraq Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


IS members attacked fighters belonging to government-backed Hashd al-Shaabi near city of Kirkuk


School Walkouts, Sit-ins Planned After Florida Shooting PopularResistance.Org

The mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead has sparked calls for walkouts, sit-ins and other actions on school campuses across the United States aimed at pushing lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws. Organizers behind the Womens March, an anti-Trump and female empowerment protest, called for a 17-minute walkout on March 14 to protest Congress inaction to do more than tweet thoughts and prayers in response to the gun violence plaguing our schools and neighborhoods. The Network for Public Education, an advocacy organization for public schools, meanwhile, announced a national day of action on April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, in which two students opened fire on their classmates, killing 12 students and one teacher.


The emperors new terrorist Mondoweiss

The Israeli occupation prosecutors have been working arduously for two months, like the tailors in Hans Christian Andersens The Emperors New Clothes, to tailor a case for Ahed Tamimi, in order to make her a terrorist.

After her arrest, it was ruled that she must be kept in prison until the end of proceedings, because, God forbid, she might slap again.

After indicting her on some rather ridiculous charges such as interfering with a soldier carrying out his duties, her trial was to actually begin on her 17th birthday, the 31st of January but it was delayed a week, and then another week. The prosecutors needed more time to tailor the final, invisible touches to this amazing case.

Finally, last week, the trial started, and we were meant to witness it. But alas, after a few minutes, the judge suddenly ordered all spectators except family members to leave and announced that the proceedings would continue behind closed doors. He said he was acting in the best interest of a juvenile defendant.  

That was not in the interest of Ahed Tamimi, nor of her family. The court decided what is best for the court, and not what is good for Ahed, Aheds defense attorney Gaby Lasky told reporters, and said that the judge was trying to keep the world from watching.

But the occupation judge knows best. Better than Aheds parents, better than Ahed herself what is best for Ahed. More fairytales. 

And this reminds me of another fairytale Rapunzel in Disneys rendering called Tangled. In the song called Mother knows best, Rapunzel is kidnapped by the fake Mother Gothel who wants to benefit from the magical power of her hair. Gothel sings to her that its best for her to remain imprisoned because of whats awaiting outside because mother knows best. 

So the military court apparently thinks that it is best for Ahed that her case would be handled in the dark, without witnesses and cameras, just as Israeli journalist Ben Caspit had opined would be best.

Of course, the Israeli occupation court only wants Aheds best. Why should we not believe that, or any other fairy tale?

But in the real world, as Israeli human rights la...


NYPD Spying On Muslims Challenged PopularResistance.Org

Two Muslim men have challenged the New York Police Departments cloak of secrecy over NYPD surveillance of Muslim mosques and student groups. The mens case went to the New York Court of Appeals here on Feb. 6, with more than 30 supporters filling the spectator seats. The mens lawyer demanded to know why New York states Freedom of Information Law request for the spy documents was met with an evasive NYPD response that it could neither confirm nor deny that such documents even existed. The NYPD has a long history of spying on civil rights organizers and anti-war activists, as well as leftist organizations and members. A 1971 federal lawsuit put in place guidelines that supposedly prohibit the NYPD from collecting information on political speech unless it is related to terrorism.


Abbas, In U.N. Speech, Expected To Ask Nations To Reject U.S. Mediated Peace Negotiations Between Palestinians and Israelis Peace and Freedom


GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File | A file picture taken on September 20, 2017 shows Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas addressing the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York City


Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will call for an alternative to US-mediated negotiations with Israel during a rare address to the United Nations Security Council, Palestinian officials said Monday.

Addressing the council Tuesday for the first time since 2009, the longtime Palestinian leader is expected to call for multiple international powers to facilitate peace negotiations and again criticise the United States controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital.

President Donald Trumps December announcement angered the Palestinians, who also consider the city the capital of their future state, and led them to say the US had disqualified itself from its traditional role as lead mediator in talks with Israel.

In a statement ahead of the visit, Abbass spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told state media a new phase of struggle has started as they seek to protect their claim to Jerusalem.

Senior Palestinian official Nasser al-Qudwa said on Monday that Abbas would be looking to gain support for a multilateral initiative, but added that the Palestinians would not dictate what shape it would take.

The 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement negotiated by the so-called P5+1 the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany is seen by many Palestinians as a good example.

We can live with different formats, the P5, P5+1, expanded Quartet, we can live with an international peace conference, Qudwa told a news conference in Ramallah.

Anything that can do the job, provide a reasonable basis for negotiation and follow up the process sponsor it until it successfully concludes.

Israels ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, is expected to respond to Abbass comments.

Israel, which often accuses both the European Union and the United Nations of bias against it, would be reluctant to accept any other mediator than the US.

Palestine is currently a non-member observer state at the UN, but would need a UN Security Council vote to be upgraded to full membership.


UK pushes draft UN resolution condemning Iran for weapons smuggling in Yemen Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Draft UN Security Council text accuses Iran of violating 2015 arms embargo on Yemen by transfering ballistic missiles to rebels


Time for Unity in the U.S. The Real Enemy is the Russian Government They Attacked All Americans And We Took The Bait Peace and Freedom

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Published February 18, 2018


Ken Starr, the former independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation, said on Sunday the indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian companies for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election is a step in the right direction for special counsel Robert Muellers investigation.

Were now aiming our guns, so to speak, where they should be aimed. I think we should stop pointing fingers at one another in this country and realize who the real enemy is These were spies, Starr told Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures. It was an effort to pit us against one another and [Russian President] Vladimir Putin has succeeded, he added.

A federal grand jury indicted the 13, who are accused of setting a strategic goal to sow discord in the U.S. political system, including the 2016 presidential election, and the companies on Friday in the first charges filed against Russian nationals related to Muellers investigation. However, the Justice Department said the indictment does not allege any interference impacted the results of the presidential race.

There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the overseer of the Mueller probe, said at a press conference last Friday. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election.

Starr said the reason there is a focus on President Trump is due to the basis of the investigation, or reports filed by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer, who was hired by Washington, D.C.-based research firm Fusion GPSwhich has been linked to the Clintons and conservative website Washington Free Beaconto investigate Trumps alleged connections with Russia. The allegations in Steeles dossier have not been verified.

The former Whitewater independent counsel said issues with transparency of senior officials in the U.S. government with the FISA court also have been concerning.

The FISA court was developed and created to be a safeguar...


How to Steele an Election Aletho News

Christopher Steeles Other Job: He Ran an Info Op Against the United States By Peter Van Buren | We Meant Well | February 18, 2108 Christopher Steele did far more than simply provide an opposition research dossier to the Democratic National Committee, his Job One. As a skilled intelligence officer, Steele ran a full-spectrum information []


Belhaj case: MI6 chief met Gaddafi shortly before abductions, court papers show Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Libyan papers referred to during Abdul Hakim Belhaj court hearing raise fresh questions about what Tony Blair knew about rendition operations


UK mosques to build on open day with more outreach Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Over 200 UK mosques opened their doors to visitors including Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn


Sheikh of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb: People say terrorism is Islamic, but if not for Israel, there would be no problem Jihad Watch

In my forthcoming book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, I detail 1,400 years of jihad violence worldwide before there was a State of Israel. And what about all the jihad violence happening today all over the world? Yet al-Tayeb will no doubt deceive those who very much want to be deceived. Sheikh []


Emma Goldman and Johann Most: In Defence of #Anarchism Enough is Enough!

By 1896, anarchism was acquiring a fearsome reputation, largely due to the actions of a few self-proclaimed anarchists, particularly in France, where there was a series of bombings and assassinations. Emma Goldman and Johann Most were already notorious anarchists in the United States. Goldmans comrade, Alexander Berkman, had tried to assassinate the industrialist Henry Clay Frick in 1892, after Frick had ordered the violent suppression of a strike at the Homestead steel plant, resulting in the deaths of several workers and some of the Pinkertons sent in to put down the strike. Despite the anti-anarchist atmosphere at the time, the Metropolitan Magazine, a New York literary and political magazine, printed this defence of anarchism by Goldman and Most (anglicizing his first name) in October 1896 (much later it sent John Reed to cover the Mexican Revolution). It is difficult to find English translations of Mosts work (thanks to the Anarchy Archives for finding this one). In Volume One of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, I included the Pittsburgh Proclamation, which was mainly written by Most, from the 1883 founding congress of the International Working Peoples Association.

Robert Graham

Originally published by Metropolitan Magazine, vol. IV, No. 3; October 1896. Republished by Robert Graham.

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Emma Goldman and Johann Most: In Defence of Anarchism

By 1896, anarchism was acquiring a fearsome reputation, largely due to the actions of a few self-proclaimed anarchists, particularly in France, where there was a series of bombings and...


Making Mugs of Voters: Muellers Russia Indictments Aletho News

By Binoy Kampmark | Dissident Voice | February 19, 2018 Tagged to the Trump presidency like an insistent limpet, the investigation into Russian interference in the US elections of 2016 provides constant fodder for the unimaginative political animals in the United States. But any diet that remains unvaried is bound to induce illness or nutritional []


In The Trump Presidency, America Has Become Public Enemy Number 1 At World Government Summit If Hes Leading, Theres Nary a Follower Here Peace and Freedom

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Trump economic policies excellent example of the kinds of things we shouldnt be doing

WASHINGTON Yes, globalism is not a conspiracy theory, except for those who practice it.

And that fact was on public display in Dubai this weekend featuring experts like Robert DeNiro on climate change, Goldie Hawn on making kids happy, actor Forest Whitaker on how women and youth are keys to solving global challenges, Grammy winner of the Black Eyed Peas on technology and development, Malcolm Gladwell on governments role in shaping prosperous societies and Ariana Huffington on the Third Womens Revolution.

You may note the predominance of American presenters, but dont be misled.

This is a very anti-American three-day globalist summit at the Madinat Jumeirah and sponsored by the United Arab Emirates.

Angel Gurria, the head of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, kicked things off by characterizing President Donald Trumps economic policies the ones that have created jobs and prosperity while cutting taxes an excellent example of the kinds of things we shouldnt be doing.

Contrast this with the 2016 summit at which President Obama provided a video greeting.

Trump and the U.S. were pilloried for hostility to trade agreements and fighting climate change.

DeNiro, for his part, launched into an anti-American tirade by saying, I flew here last night from a backward country, a place where science once reigned and lately has been replaced by ignorance. He drew applause after predicting that Trump would be voted out in the 2020 election. Last year, at the summit he said that Trump has caused America to lose its position as a global ambassador in the fight against global warming because we have a leader whos not leading, that doesnt know what hes doing.

Such comments, apparently, were enough to get him re-invited this year to the fabulous resort that resembles, according to one observer, a 12th-century Middle Eastern fortress, crisscrossed by picturesque canals and bordered by two kilometers of private Persian Gulf beachfront, it feels almost too opulent to be real.

There were more arcane presentations, too, on the opening day of the summit like one by the Museum of the Future in which guests learned that artificial intelligence, or AI, will evolve into hybrid intelligence, combining the powers of the human mind and intell...


A-Radio #Berlin: The Chaos Communication Congress 2017 in Germany an anarchist perspective Enough is Enough!

Radio podcast from A-Radio Berlin about Chaos Communication Congress (from December 2017) in Leipzig, Germany, from an anarchist perspective.

Originally published by A-Radio Berlin.

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A-Radio Berlin: The Chaos Communication Congress 2017 in Germany an anarchist perspective

In the Bad News show 08 (01/2018) we realeased a short story about the last Chaos Communication Congress (from December 2017) in Leipzig, Germany, that included pieces of interviews taken there. Now we are publishing the full interviews to give you some idea of what the Congress can be.

Length: 21:15 min

You can download the audio at: (mp3 ogg).

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London Modest Fashion Week celebrates Sharia-compliant clothing weeks after women burn hijabs in Iran Jihad Watch

Slaves and slaves-to-be celebrate slavery in London while in Iran, women risk years of imprisonment to fight for freedom. Londons Modest Fashion Show Celebrates Sharia-Compliant Clothing Weeks After Women Burn Hijabs in Iran, by Victoria Friedman, Breitbart, February 17, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): London Modest Fashion Week will celebrate Britains growing sharia-compliant fashion []


Trump May Have To Grow Up, Do More Than Tweets: Send a Clear Meassage To Iran, Hezbollah and Assad Peace and Freedom

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Breaking this dangerous cycle will require diplomatic intervention from the US and, more importantly, Russia with its direct line to the Assad regime in Damascus.

A Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighter in Afrin, Syria

A Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighter in Afrin, Syria. (photo credit: KHALIL ASHAWI / REUTERS)


A week ago we saw the inherent danger of a permanent Iranian presence in Syria. Iran launched its first direct military operation against Israel, dispatching a drone from the Tiyas Airbase in Syrias central Homs region. The Israelis used an Apache helicopter to intercept and destroy the drone, then sent eight fighter jets to destroy the Iranian command center. One of the Israeli F-16s was abandoned by its pilots over Israel and Syrian anti-aircraft fire reached Israeli territory, triggering extended emergency activities in Israels northern communities.

In a dangerous escalation, Iran tested Israels red lines in preparation for a new war on Israels northern front a question of when, not if a development which the Israeli government has repeatedly warned it will not tolerate. The government in Jerusalem has demanded time and again that any agreement mediated by world powers to end the civil war in Syria must include a specific stipulation preventing Iranian-backed forces from establishing a permanent military presence along the border.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent an explicit message ahead of the February 11 cabinet meeting. We inflicted on Saturday [February 10] a heavy blow to Iranian and Syrian forces, he said. We made clear to everyone that our rules of engagement will not change in any way. We will continue to harm anyone who tries to harm us. This was our policy and this will remain our policy.

But the mullahs regime was not the only audience for this message. Hezbollah...


ANALYSIS: Syrian army in Afrin - Kurdish lifeline or deal with the devil? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


A Damascus-Kurd deal on power-sharing could give Turkey its exit strategy, but leave Kurds facing pressure from Assad


Turkey Issues Urgent Warning as Syrian Army Prepares for Conflict Within Hours The Anti-Media

Turkey Syrian Army Afrin(MEE)  Syrian government forces are to enter the northern Kurdish enclave Afrin within hours to help repel a Turkish offensive, Syrian state media said on Monday, after a deal was struck between the Assad government and Kurdish authorities. Popular forces will enter Afrin within hours, Ikhbariya said, citing its own correspondent. The state news agency SANA []


I faced my Jewish racism an alumnuss call to Jewish students for Israeli Apartheid Week Mondoweiss

A call to Jewish students for Israeli Apartheid Week 2018

We need to talk about Jewish racism.

I know what youre thinking. How dare I accuse us, a people whove suffered so greatly from prejudice, hatred and persecution, of holding racist attitudes ourselves?

But it turns out that our past experience provides no protection and our communal memories can hinder, not help us.

This particular conversation is about to become more urgent if youre a Jewish student on a campus in the U.K. or Western Europe, North America or Australia.

The 14th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) takes place around the world from the end of February through mid-April. Therell be talks, film screenings, and mock West Bank security checkpoints and Separation Walls to highlight the daily indignities of Palestinian life in the Occupied Territories. Thirty years after I graduated, Ive been invited back to speak to students at Manchester University in the UK. It will be a homecoming of sorts. But Ive become a very different kind of Jew to the one who left there in 1988.

The intensity of this years IAW activities will be heightened by the 70th anniversaries this year of the Palestinian Nakba and the creation of the State of Israel. Once again, Jewish students will find themselves feeling distinctly uncomfortable as Zionism, and the Jewish State, are portrayed as racist endeavours.

But is it fair to brand you young Jews who support Israel of being promoters and defenders of racism?

Well, to be blunt, yes it is. But that simple answer doesnt quite capture why that is or how its happened.

I dont for one minute think young Jews who support Israel should be bunched together with members of the British National Party or White Supremacists. Thats lazy thinking. It makes no attempt to understand the origins of Zionism or the current place of Israel in individual or communal Jewish life.

Nonetheless, Jewish racism is a thing. I know it from my own experience, from my own past ways of thinking, from how I was as a student in Manchester in the mid 1980s. This Jewish strand of racism is an inevitable consequence of the success Zionism has had in shaping Jewish identity over the last 70 years. And if we dont face the racism that Zionism has created nothing will change when it comes to Israel/Palestine for another generation.

Less deserving

The truth is, all people are vulnerable to ways of thinking that leave others less deserving than themselves. That doesnt make all of us Adolf Hitler, it just makes us human. But that doesnt make it okay either. If any group should understand that, its us, the Jewish people.

For a great many Jews (myself included for far too long) the less deserving have been the Palestinians.

Whether consciously or no...


Heres how Muellers latest indictment further discredits the Trump Dossier Aletho News

By Alexander Mercouris | The Duran | February 19, 2018 As the days since Muellers latest indictment have passed, the failure of his investigation to make any claim of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia has begun to sink in, even amongst some of Donald Trumps most bitter enemies. Even the Guardian arguably []


Matter-of-factly: UN secretory-general reports that Israel will destroy Lebanon The Angry Arab News Service/

"The worst nightmare would be if there is a direct confrontation between Israel and Hezbollah...the level of destruction in Lebanon would be absolutely devastating, so there are major points of concern around this situation." (thanks Basim)


Part Two: origins of terrorism in the Middle East: Zionist pioneers. The Angry Arab News Service/

Part Two: origins of terrorism in the Middle East: Zionist pioneering. On July 1938, Zionist tossed a bomb in Haifa market place and 8 Arabs are killed or injured. On July 14, 1938, Zionists planted a bomb in Arab vegetable market, killing 12 and wounding 29, including women and children.  


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The Final Stage of Chosen Narcissism Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

February 18, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon by Gilad Atzmon On Saturday Polish PM did it again, he told the truth. He suggested that there were also Jewish perpetrators of the Holocaust. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki told the Munich Security Conference that it wont be punishable to say there were Polish perpetrators of the Holocaust as there were Jewish []


With Drone in Hand, Netanyahu Threatens War With Iran at Security Conference The Anti-Media

Netanyahu War With Iran(ANTIWAR.COM)  At the annual Munich Security Conference, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ready, putative piece of a drone in hand, to talk about the need for region-wide military action against the Iranian empire. Netanyahu claimed the part was from a drone which crossed into Israeli airspace, and was Iranian, and was shot down. Israel []


Urgent Call to Continue the Solidarity Campaign with the Repressed Russian Anarchists Enough is Enough!

More arrests: In the Crimea, special services detained a local anarchist and social activist Yevgeny Karakashev (02/02). In Moscow, an anarchist Elena Gorban was arrested (13/02). On the same day, anarchist Alexei Kobaidze was detained and arrested. We are calling upon everybody to continue the solidarity campaign!

Originally published by Contra Info.

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Urgent Call to Continue the Solidarity Campaign with the Repressed Russian Anarchists

More arrests: In the Crimea, special services detained a local anarchist and social activist Yevgeny Karakashev (02/02). In Moscow, an anarchist Elena Gorban was arrested (13/02). On the same day, anarchist Alexei Kobaidze was detained and arrested. We are calling upon everybody to continue the solidarity campaign!

Between February 5-12, an international week of solidarity with Russian anarchists took place. 21 actions against repression were joined by 21 Russian cities and a large number of foreign comrades, from Belarus to the US and Canada.



My father came home from prison when I was 7 Mondoweiss

Dear Ahed Tamimi, I would like to dedicate this article to you. Sending you love and Solidarity, We Stand with You and with All Palestinian Prisoners.                                                                                                                    

If you pull out an olive tree from my land, Ill plant a hundred olive trees in return and thats my heroic motto.

After my fathers release from the Negev prison in 1988, our family, friends, and neighbors had a huge celebration welcoming him home. He spent a few months as a political prisoner in the harsh Negev prison. I was so happy to have him home. As a seven-year old it was terrible to have my father away from us for such a long time. At first, we couldnt recognize my father with a big beard, and my little sister and brother were scared of the strange man embracing our mother.

Life was mostly normal after that, normal for a Palestinian family resisting occupation that is. Our lives were always interrupted with road closures, demonstrations, targeting of political activists, some of whom were my classmates, neighbors, relatives, and friends, and all kinds of restrictions on Palestinian life.

Wasan Abu-Baker (far right) with her dad and her siblings exploring the beautiful nature in the West Bank city of Tulkarem in 1985. (Photo courtesy of the author)

Through all this my parents were determined to give their children a decent life. They struggled to complete the construction of our family home which, in my culture, is the best way to guarantee a future for your family. There is a feeling that all you need is your land and home, and you can survive anything. Therefore, the confiscation of land and destruction of homes in Palestine by the Israeli Occupation is one of the harshest ways that they attempt to break the will of the people. But the people continue to struggle to keep and plant their olive trees, grow their families, and build their homes.

As we grew up, my father always encouraged us to be brave and not fear anything. I didnt u...


Islamic State claims Dagestan church attack: He targeted the Crusaders with his rifle Jihad Watch

The Islamic State statement reads: The Targeting of a Christian Church in Kizlyar City of Dagestan Putting his trust in Allah, one of the zealous soldiers of Islam, Khalil ad-Dagestani (may Allah accept him) set out towards the Christian temple of George in Kizlyar city in Dagestan. He targeted the Crusaders with his rifle, killing []


Nunes: FBI and DOJ Perps Could Be Put on Trial Aletho News

By Ray McGovern | Consortium News | February 19, 2018 Throwing down the gauntlet on alleged abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by the Department of Justice and the FBI, House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) stated that there could be legal consequences for officials who may have misled the FISA court. []


A plea for Ahed Tamimis protection Mondoweiss

The Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick of Che Guevara black and red portrait fame has done it again: He has painted a minimalist poster of another iconic leader of her people and of a worldwide liberation movement, this time of an oppressed child who had slapped power with her bare  truth. When I read his rationale for painting the new portrait I cried. The mans pacifism, sincerity, and especially his concern for Ahed Tamimis life touched me.

Like Jim Fitzpatrick, I am apprehensive about the 17-year-old Aheds life. No one really denies the real reason for incarcerating her: to teach a lesson to other Palestinians, especially the children among them. Fitzpatrick is taking the essence of the lesson, regardless in which direction it will be resolved, to its ultimate conclusion. He is saying this is a model for every native and underclass oppressed child in the world. And he knows how meaningful and dangerous that can be:

Ahed Tamimi, to me, signifies nobility in the face of oppression. This is a kid, a child, said Fitzpatrick. I think I would have been petrified. Wherever shes getting her courage from, theres a resonance of it echoing across the world. Im just a part of it. There are organizations doing more than I could do, but I do think the penin my case, the brushis mightier than the sword.

Remember, Che Guevara didnt live to celebrate his portrait. Aheds arrest was in direct and clear response to the Israeli public outrage at seeing the iconic Palestinian teenager giving physical expression to her anger with occupation and the occupiers. They had shot at close range and severely injured her cousin and friend, Mohammed Tamimi, and then had come to physically stress their frightening infringement of the rights and freedom of all Palestinians right there at her familys front yard. She gave expression to her loathing of the occupation by attacking the soldiers with her bare hands.

What moves me most is the realization that right there and then, but for the grace of God, we could have lost Ahed. Members of the Israeli occupying armed forces have killed Palestinian children younger than Ahed for lesser offenses or for no offense at all. Tens, hundreds, if not thousands of times. It is not unknown, even in living memory, for settler colonialists, say in Australia, to have organized native-hunting parties for the fun of it. And Palestinian lives...


Wests attitude stoking tensions in Balkans: Lavrov Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | Kosovo declared independence from Serbia 10 years ago. Sovereignty is rejected by Russia, whose Security Council veto prevents Kosovo from joining the United Nations, and five EU countries including Spain and Greece

BELGRADE (AFP)  The West is stoking tensions in the Balkans despite Russias pacific stance, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying Monday ahead of a visit to Serbia.Lavrov criticised the West for making Balkan states choose either you are with the West or with Russia, in an interview with Serbias Beta news agency.

He said the EU tried to get every aspiring member to harmonise its foreign and defence policies with that of the bloc, adding that this was increasing tensions in Europe.

Serbia is seeking European Union membership. Moscow supports Belgrade in not recognising the independence of the former Serbian province of Kosovo, proclaimed a decade ago.

It is senseless to talk now about Kosovos place in the United Nations, Lavrov said.

He said that Resolution 1244, adopted in 1999 by the UN Security Council to end the conflict between Serbian forces and Kosovo Albanian pro-independence guerillas, remains in place and recognises the autonomous province Kosovo as a part of Serbia.

The normalisation of ties with Kosovo and harmonisation of its diplomacy with that of the EU are among key criteria Serbia has to meet to join the bloc.

Throughout the history of the Balkans, Russia has always tried to avoid confrontation and helped the people of this region to defend their interests and their spiritual, religious and cultural roots.

Lavrov criticised the politics of encircling Russia with the military infrastructure of NATO and said one should not strengthen ones own security at the expense of the security of others.

NATO enlargement is a mistake, Lavrov said.

Montenegro joined NATO in 2017, while Macedonia is a candidate.

No action currently undertaken by NATO increases anyones security, Lavrov said.

The minister, due to arrive for a two-day visit to Serbia Wednesday, also defended the role played by the pro-Russian media in the Balkans.

To protect the pluralism of opinion that the West constantly advocates, to have a different point of view can only be beneficial to listeners, viewers and social network users, he told Beta.


What Youre Not Being Told About Fake News and Russian Propaganda The Anti-Media

Fake News Russian Propaganda(TMU)  Is fake news real? asked investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson during a Tedx talk this month posing the paradoxical question in the context of its explosion in popularity during the 2016 presidential election or is the term, fake news, itself, a fabrication? In its absurd extreme, identifiably fake news appears on supermarket shelves as tabloid magazines, in reports []


Sweden: Muslim teen beats his sister with baseball bat for refusing to wear Islamic veil Jihad Watch

Is Sweden diverse enough yet? This story illustrates yet again the fatuousness and hypocrisy of Leftist non-Muslim politicians who preen about how Muslim women who wear the veil must be protected, while never saying a word about the need to protect Muslim women who dare not to wear it. Teen in Sweden Beat Sister with []


Who intervenes in elections more? US or Russia? Let the record shows The Angry Arab News Service/

A Carnegie Mellon scholar, Dov H. Levin, has scoured the historical record for both overt and covert election influence operations. He found 81 by the United States and 36 by the Soviet Union or Russia.


The New York Times explains to its readers why US interferences in elections around the world is less sinister than Russian interferences The Angry Arab News Service/

American interventions have generally been aimed at helping non-authoritarian candidates challenge dictators or otherwise promoting democracy. This is too funny. Non-authoritarian candidates? Like the Gemayyels and other fascistic elements in Lebanon, or the royals in Jordan and Morocco, or the various military generals around Latin America, or Hamid Karzai or Iyad Allawi?


The US represents the mother/father of all intervention in elections The Angry Arab News Service/

The U.S. government and American oil corporations helped Christian (read fascist) parties in Lebanon win crucial elections in 1957 with briefcases full of cash.


US must immediately leave area it controls in southern Syria Lavrov Peace and Freedom

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US troops must immediately shut down their zone of control in southern Syria in the area of Al-Tanf, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested when asked what should be done to help the Syrian peace settlement.

Lavrov was referring to an area on Syrias border with Jordan and Iraq, which the US declared to be under its protection last year. Among other things, it contains the Rukban refugee camp. The facility is apparently used by radical militants, including members of UN-designated terrorist group best known by its former name Al-Nusra Front, to recover and raid other parts of Syria, Lavrov said at the Valdai Club conference on the Middle East in Moscow. The US is turning a blind eye to such abuses of its protection, he added.

Inside the Al-Tanf zone, which the Americans unilaterally declared under their protection, and inside the refugee camp jihadists are regularly reported to recover strength. On several occasions they conducted raids from there into other territory of the Syrian Arab Republic. This zone must be shut down immediately, the Russian minister said.

Our colleagues from the UN for some reason are hesitant to say that humanitarian convoys cannot get into this US-controlled area because the US would not guarantee their safety, Lavrov added. Instead they focus attention on the humanitarian situation in Idlib or Eastern Ghouta.

The minister added Russia has mounting evidence that the US has no intention to oppose this jihadist group in earnest.

The response came after a question from the think tank International Crisis Group about what Russia could do more in Syria to prevent an escalation of violence there, particularly between Iran and Israel. Lavrov said the question should be what the US could refrain from doing in Syria and that the answer was stop playing dangerous games and cease trying to partition the nation.

The Americans in the territories they patronize east of the Euphrates River and all the way to the state border with Iraq create governing bodies which are designed by intention to have no links with Damascus, he pointed out.

Lavrov also commented on the situation in the southwestern part of Syria on the border with Jordan and Israel which was designated as a de-escalation zone by Syria, Russia, Turkey and Iran and Israels interests in Syria. Israel accuses Iran of using proxy forces to seize control of parts of southern Syria, including those along the border, and has threatened to use military force to reverse the situation.



Maxine Waters attended Nation Of Islam convention where Farrakhan defended jihad suicide bombers Jihad Watch

The American Left hates America and has no interest in resisting jihad terror. Maxine Waters Attended Nation Of Islam Convention Where Farrakhan Defended Suicide Bombers, by Peter Hasson, Daily Caller, February 17, 2018: Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters attended a Nation of Islam convention where the hate groups leader, Louis Farrakhan, defended Palestinian suicide bombers. []


Green Party Of US Demands Release Of Eylem Tuncaelli And Naci Snmez PopularResistance.Org

Since his election in 2014, Recep Tayyip Erdoan's administration has shown increased contempt for human rights and freedom of the press, with crackdowns on political opponents, arrests of journalists, and purges of the judiciary and the civil service targeting those who object to his autocratic rule. Irregularities were widely suspected in an April 2017 referendum vote that handed President Erdoan sweeping new powers. While the European Union urged an investigation, President Trump congratulated Mr. Erdoan on the outcome. Greens in the U.S. expressed concerns over Mr. Trump's admiration of President Erdoan but hoped that the State Department would act quickly to secure the Turkish Green leaders' release. Formerly called the Greens and the Left Party of the Future, the Green Left Party is a left-libertarian and green party in Turkey. The party has formally acknowledged the Armenian Genocide.


Israel to supply Egypt with $15bn of natural gas over next decade Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Long anticipated deal is 'a coup for Israel' which has struggled to attract foreign investment in order to develop its largest gas field


Nobody can stop Turkish forces in Afrin, Turkeys FM says Peace and Freedom

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US support for the YPG-led SDF forces has infuriated Turkey and created the ongoing diplomatic crisis between the two NATO allies [Reuters][AP]

The Turkish foreign minister has said that Syrian forces cannot stop its armys advances in Afrin, in response to reports that the Syrian regime forces will fight alongside Kurdish YPG fighters in the border town.

Speaking at a press conference in the Jordanian capital, Amman, Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that Turkey welcomed the entry of Syrian forces into Afrin if it was to confront fighters belonging to the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG).


What is Russias end game in Afrin?

If so, there is no problem. However, if they are entering [Afrin] to protect YPG/PKK, nobody can stop the Turkish army, he added, referring to the armed Syrian Kurdish group YPG, which controls Afrin, and banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) active in Turkey.

Ankara considers the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), active in...


Nations built on lies

DURING WORLD WAR II, some people in Poland cheered the Nazis and helped them kill Jews.   Saying so is now a crime in Poland. A new law imposes prison terms of up the three years for anyone who asserts that the Polish nation or the Republic of Poland is responsible or co-responsible for Nazi crimes. The purpose []


Chinas New Silk Roads reach Latin America The Vineyard of the Saker

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Beijing is turbo-charging its infrastructure connectivity across the region and the Caribbean A sharp, geoeconomic shift


Far More Methane Leaking At Oil, Gas Sites In Pennsylvania Than Reported PopularResistance.Org

Leaks of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from oil and gas sites in Pennsylvania could be five times greater than industry reports to state regulators, according to a new analysis by the Environmental Defense Fund. Drawing from peer-reviewed research based on measurements collected downwind of oil and gas sites, along with government data, the EDF analysis estimates that the state's oil and gas wells and infrastructure leak more than 520,000 tons of methane annually, largely due to faulty equipment. "This wasted gas causes the same near-term climate pollution as 11 coal-fired power plants and results in nearly $68 million worth of wasted energy resources," the group said in its report, released Thursday.


US only gets away with meddling because of its UN veto Aletho News

RT | February 19, 2018 The US is not allowed to interfere in other countries affairs but gets away with it, a former CIA officer told RT. Philip Giraldi added that intelligence agencies resources shouldnt be expended unless theres a security threat. Former CIA director James Woolsey admitted the US interfered in other countries elections []


Top U.S. officials tell the world to ignore Trumps tweets Amid global anxiety about President Trumps approach to world affairs Peace and Freedom

By  Michael Birnbaum and Griff Witte
The Washington Post


Amid global anxiety about President Trumps approach to world affairs, U.S. officials had a message for a gathering of Europes foreign policy elite this weekend: Pay no attention to the man tweeting behind the curtain.

U.S. lawmakers both Democrats and Republicans and top national security officials in the Trump administration offered the same advice publicly and privately, often clashing with Trumps Twitter stream: The United States remains staunchly committed to its European allies, is furious with the Kremlin about election interference and isnt contemplating a preemptive strike on North Korea to halt its nuclear program.

But Trump himself engaged in a running counterpoint to the message, taking aim on social media at his own national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, because he forgot on Saturday to tell the Munich Security Conference that the results of the 2016 election werent affected by Russian interference, a conclusion that is not supported by U.S. intelligence agencies. They say they will probably never be able to determine whether the Russian involvement swung the election toward Trump.

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H.R. McMaster

The determination to ignore Trumps foreign policy tweets has been bipartisan.

There is a lot more support for continuing our past policies than it might appear from some of the statements, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) told an audience on Sunday that was made up mostly of Europes foreign policy elite. The unanimity comes from those folks who are actually operationalizing policy.

The values are the same, the relationships are the same, said Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio). What you do see is this administration willing to put pressure upon the systems.

The question of whom they should believe the president or his advisers has befuddled European officials. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel confessed Saturday that he didnt know where to look to understand America.

Is it deeds? Is it words? Is it tweets? he asked.

He said he was not sure whether he could recognize the United States.

Away from the glare of television cameras, many European diplomats and policymak...


Denmark: Muslim who attacked couple with axe yesterday has robbed a bank today Jihad Watch

An update on this story. Not only has this man apparently robbed a bank, but he seems to have stolen a car as well. He doubtless considers that Infidel money and property belong to him by right. Non-Muslims paying for the upkeep of Muslims is a Quranic dictate: Fight those who believe not in Allah []


Six Months On Medical Facilities Still Under Fire bellingcat


In July 2017, the Syrian Archive, in partnership with Syrians for Truth and Justice, Justice for Life, Bellingcat and a flight observation organisation, published a report titled Medical Facilities Under Fire: Systemic Attacks during April 2017 on Idlib Hospitals. Detailed reports of eight hospitals or medical facilities targeted within one month in one province (Idlib) were provided.

Findings in this previous report suggest that in April 2017 Syrian and Russian armed forces were responsible for the eight attacks on Syrian hospitals and healthcare centres facilities in Idlib serving a combined 1.3 million people (a beneficiary group larger than the population of Brussels), as reported in witness statements as well as by the managers of those medical facilities. Subsequently, the United Nations Commission of Inquiry presented findings of a fact-finding mission confirmed the systemic targeting of medical facilities by the Syrian government in April 2017, as well as the illegal use of chemical weapons.

De-escalation zone

On 4 May 2017, the sponsoring states of Astana Talks (Russia, Turkey, and Iran) signed a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of de-escalation zones in Syria for at least six months, which was extended at Astana 7 on 31 October 2017. The Russian Ministry of Defense published a map showing the locations included in this memorandum as shown below (de-escalation zones in blue, ISIS in grey, Syrian army in orange). See below:



No Bloody Nose Strategy For North Korea, Says U.S. Official, Senators PopularResistance.Org

WASHINGTON The Trump administration has no strategy for a pre-emptive bloody nose strike against North Korea, according to two lawmakers and a Trump administration official. In response to reports that the administration is considering limited, pre-emptive attacks to rid Pyongyang of its nuclear program, critics have said the president lacks the authority for such an attack and that it would spark the war its meant to avoid. Republican Sen. Jim Risch and Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, said Thursday they and other senators had been told by senior White House officials on Wednesday that there was no such strategy. Neither senator identified the officials. The White House had made it very clear there is no bloody nose strategy for a strike against North Korea, Shaheen told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee...


The case alleging Russian collusion is not closed Peace and Freedom

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The Hill

The case alleging Russian collusion is not closed

President Trump characteristically tweeted that the indictments brought by Robert Mueller on Feb. 16 means that the case alleging Russian collusion with his campaign is closed. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The implications of these indictments do not prove that the Trump campaign not to mention the president did not collude with Russian agents in 2016. Moreover, they reveal the immense scope of the ongoing Russian campaign to attack the integrity of our electoral and other political processes and incite socio-ethnic tensions throughout the United States.

First, these indictments actually confirm Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testimony to Congress earlier last week that we are under attack. Russian officials have believed themselves to be in a war with the West since at least 2004, if not even earlier, and have conducted themselves accordingly. These indictments confirm this.

These activities began 2014 and were clearly connected with opening up an American front once we reacted to Moscows invasion of Ukraine. And these activities that are traceable back to Vladimir Putin also add credence to the argument that his invasion of Ukraine was not a spontaneous decision in February 2014 but one taken with malice aforethought.

Second, Trumps typically self-serving tweets ignore the question of why these Russian operatives would support him rather than other candidates against Hillary Clinton?

Third, the information relayed in the indictments displays a small part of the multiple lines of attack mounted by Russia against the U.S. after 2014. These institutions and people named in the indictment do not appear to have been involved in either stealing emails from Hillary Clinton or other Democrats and Republicans or in revealing them in public. They are also not the Russians that met with the Trump campaign offering Russian assistance against Clinton.

Neither does this particular set of indictments reveal what, if anything, Mueller and his team know about the long-standing financial connections between Trump, members of his campaign, Russian oligarchs and organized crime. It already is well known, as shown by Luke Hardings book Collusion that Trumps businesses have been linked with members of Russian organized crime for years.

Moreover, it is clear that the Russian agents sent by Putin to deal directly with campaign members wanted a quid pro quo that was economic in nature, i.e. removal of sanctions and the Magnitsky laws. Since there is no sign that Mueller has fin...


US Calls for Action to Halt Irans Powerful Network of Proxy Armies The Anti-Media

Iran Proxy Armies(MEMO)  US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster called on Saturday for more forceful action to halt Irans development of what he said was an increasingly powerful network of proxy armies in Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and Iraq. McMaster accused Iran of escalating a campaign to increase its influence in the Middle East by building and arming Hezbollah-style []


UK: 150 schools now make it compulsory for girls to wear hijab Jihad Watch

Sir Michael Wilshaw was asked if a fear of being politically incorrect was stopping the Government from developing a national policy on hijabs in schools, and he said: Yes absolutely. There is a reticence, and its leaving headteachers alone, isolated and vulnerable. Yes, of course. This is a nation that has sacrificed thousands of its []


One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Three if by GCHQ. The British are Coming! The British are Coming! Observations on a tangled tale, by Fred Sic Semper Tyrannis

It was a dark and stormy daniels night. In the daylight you know when they are going to use the bayonet. It is in the darkest hours of night that you least expect someone will use cold Steele to drive...


Promoting a well-worn narrative on the BBC News website BBC Watch

On February 11th the BBC News website published an article headlined Trump warns Israel that settlements complicate peace hopes on its Middle East page.

Based entirely on an interview given by the US president to an Israeli newspaper, the article opened:

US President Donald Trump has said Israeli settlements complicate the peace process with Palestinians and urged care over the issue.

He also told an Israeli newspaper that he did not believe the Palestinians, and possibly Israel as well, were ready to make peace.

The parts of that interview which the BBC chose to highlight were as follows:

Asked by editor-in-chief Boaz Bismouth when the US would present its peace plan, Mr Trump said: We will see what happens. Right now the Palestinians are not into making peace, they are just not into it. Regarding Israel, I am not certain it, too, is interested in making peace so we will just need to wait and see what happens.

Asked whether Israeli settlements...


The Land of the Free and Debt Cancer stan van houcke

Debt Cancer: More Than 80 Percent Of American Adults Owe Somebody Else Money

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Syrian government shelling of rebel enclave kills nearly 100 Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


US and French governments have warned the Assad government against the use of chemical weapons in its attacks on Eastern Ghouta

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Libya's huge riches could help bring an end to political violence Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Significant improvements in the economy would encourage ordinary Libyans to participate in planned elections, offering a glimpse of a light at the end of the tunnel


Brazil: The Globo Group and Operation Lava Jato INTERNATIONALIST 360

Jeferson Miola Its not worth telling what we already know. We want information that reveals the pattern of corruption in other organizations or public companies.There are many people who launder money in Brazil. The newspaper O Globo was the only media of the Brazilian press to publish on January 29, 2018, that the key to...


Kurdish Militias, Syrian Government Agree to Join Forces Against Turkey INTERNATIONALIST 360

Forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are arriving to the northern region of Afrin to support the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units, YPG, against an ongoing Turkish military operation. Syrian state news agency SANA reported that popular forces loyal to Assad would arrive in Afrin within a few hours to support its peoples stand against...


Colombia: Timochenko and His Presidential Vision INTERNATIONALIST 360

See Rodrigo Londoos opening campaign speech Farooque Chowdhury The renewed initiative for a peaceful and decent Colombia is facing fatal hurdles as assassinations and assaults are being unleashed against the Revolutionary Alternative Force of the Commons, FARC, the political party formed by the former guerrilla leaders and activists. Blood of progressive activists is being spilled...


The Strange New Pathologies of the Worlds First Rich Failed State INTERNATIONALIST 360

Why Were Underestimating American Collapse Umair Haque You might say, having read some of my recent essays, Umair! Dont worry! Everything will be fine! Its not that bad! I would look at you politely, and then say gently, To tell you the truth, I dont think were taking collapse nearly seriously enough. Why? When we...


Network in Defense of Humanity: The Threat from the US Against Venezuela, Cuba INTERNATIONALIST 360

Current events in relation to Venezuela and the region seem to have been copied entirely from the manuals of the American intelligence, in particular, the so-called euphemistically soft blows or wars oflow intensity. There remain very few alternatives that have not been applied against the government of Nicols Maduro. New events have been added to...

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What is happening to Gaza is a political calamity that requires a political solution: Palestinian liberation

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5 Common Causes of High Shipping Expenses Bold Face News

As a business owner, and especially if you happen to be a small business owner, you need to try and save on expenses and cut costs whenever possible. If your business happens to do lots of shipping, whether locally or overseas, you will definitely need to look around for a good courier and shipping service but at the same time, consider the costs involved.

Naturally, you would want to save so that it does not eat away at profits, because it does have a direct impact of your products selling price. You need to know what factors play a part in influencing shipping costs, so lets take a look at what these are.

1. The Delivery Address

One common factor that affects courier rates is the delivery address. Whenever a delivery address is in the same city as the location where a package was picked up, then you can expect to pay a more affordable price. If the courier also happens to be and work in this particular area, this is even better. Sometimes a courier will work outside of their particular area, in which case, they will charge a fee for this. When looking around for a courier, you could save yourself some cash if you used a courier who works in both the pickup area and delivery area.

Sometimes, depending on the courier service, the cost may also depend on whether the delivery address is a residential address or a business. Some couriers will charge more to deliver to a residential address because it may be a little more out of the way of their normal business delivery routes.

2. Distance Travelled

Another factor affecting the cost is the number of miles travelled, or the distance between the locations. For each mile travelled, there is wear and tear of the vehicle to consider as well as fuel expenses. Just in case, you may want to map out the distance yourself. This way, y...

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