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Monday, 20 November


Saudi Arabia, Arab allies in Cairo talks on Iran, Hezbollah Peace and Freedom

By Patrick Markey

CAIRO (Reuters) Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss ways to confront Iran and its Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah, who the Arab allies say are interfering in their internal affairs.

Regional tensions have risen in recent weeks between Sunni monarchy Saudi Arabia and Shiite Islamist Iran over Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariris surprise resignation and after an escalation in Yemens conflict.

Hariri, a long-time Saudi ally, resigned on Nov. 4 in an announcement made from Riyadh. Hariri cited fear of assassination and accused Iran and Hezbollah of spreading strife in the Arab world.

Hezbollah, both a military force and a political movement, is part of a Lebanese government made up of rival factions, and an ally of Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

Aoun has accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri hostage. Senior Lebanese politicians close to Hariri also said he was coerced into resigning. Saudi Arabia and Hariri both deny those accusations.

What Iran is doing against some Arab countries calls for taking more than one measure to stop these violations, interferences and threats, which are carried out through many various means, Hossam Zaki, Arab League Assistant Secretary, told Asharq al Awsat newspaper in an interview.

Stopping them requires a joint Arab policy.

He said the meeting would send a strong message for Iran to step back from its current policies.

Egypts state-owned newspaper Al Ahram cited an Arab diplomatic source saying the meeting may refer the matter to the United Nations Security Council.

The emergency Arab foreign ministers meeting was convened at the request of Saudi Arabia with support from the UAE, Bahrain, and Kuwait to discuss means of confronting Iranian intervention, Egypts state news agency MENA said.

Saudi Arabias Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir told Reuters last week the kingdoms actions in the Middle East were only a response to what he called the aggression of Iran.

Unfortunately countries like the Saudi regime are pursuing divisions and creating differences and because of this they dont see any results other than divisions, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Iranian state media Sunday on the sidelines of a meeting in Antalya with his Russian and Turkish counterparts about the Syria conflict.

Lebanons state-run NNA media said the countrys the foreign minister would not attend the Cairo mee...


Zionist Hasbara is Winning in Italy stan van houcke

Next country to fall for ZIONISM: Anti-BDS Laws and Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara is Winning in Italy

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Russia Goes Caribbean Newsbud

In the fifty-sixth edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Izvestia, Kommersant, Vedomosti, and Ekspress Gazeta. He discusses the increased political and economic cooperation between Russia and the governments of the Caribbean states as a Russian long-term response to the U.S. meddling in Eastern Europe. He also discusses the press conference that the Russian president Vladimir Putin gave at the recent APEC summit in Vietnam and his praise of the U.S. president Donald Trump. In addition, Professor Kovacevic addresses the rumors about the potential break-up of the Russian state-owned natural gas and oil giant, Gazprom. Lastly, he examines how the first Russian foreign minister after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Andrei Kozyrev, a well-known pro-Western liberal, is seen in Russia today, including by the president Putin.

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Izvestia November 10, 2017

Kommersant November 13, 2017

Vedomosti November 10, 2017

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Libya says it will investigate slave auction footage Peace and Freedom


AFP | A demonstrator, standing through the smoke from tear gas, raises his fist during a march against slavery in Libya on the Champs-Elysees avenue face antiriot police in Paris on November 18, 2017

TRIPOLI (AFP)  Libya will investigate alleged slave trading in the country, the internationally recognised government announced Sunday, following the release of video footage appearing to show migrants being auctioned off.Chaos-ridden Libya has long been a major transit hub for migrants trying to reach Europe, and many of them have fallen prey to serious abuse in the North African country at the hands of traffickers and others.

US television network CNN aired the footage last week of an apparent live auction in Libya where black men are presented to North African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Metig said his UN-backed Government of National Accord would investigate the allegations, in a statement posted Sunday on the Facebook page of the GNAs press office.

Metig said he would instruct the formation of a commission to investigate these reports in order to apprehend and bring those responsible to justice, the statement added.

The foreign ministry in a statement added: If these allegations are confirmed, all implicated persons will be punished.

The CNN report apparently showing migrants being auctioned off in Libya was shared widely on social media, provoking outrage in Africa, Europe and the rest of the world.

The grainy footage shot on a mobile telephone shows a man CNN said was Nigerian and in his 20s being offered up for sale as part of a group of big strong boys for farm work.

In the CNN report, a person identified as an auctioneer can be heard saying 800 900 1,000 1,100 before two men are sold for 1,200 Libyan dinars ($875).

Around 1,000 people took to the streets of Paris on Saturday to protest against slavery in Libya, according to French police. The gathering led to clashes between demonstrators and security forces.

Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also chairman of the African Union, on Friday called for an inquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a despicable trade from another era.

Senegals government expressed outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African migrants on Libyan soil that constituted a blight on the conscience of humanity.

African migrants from nations including Guinea and Senegal but also Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Gambia make the dan...


No N. Korean Nukes On ICBMs, Until Kims Boys Solve Terminal Reentry Problem ThereAreNoSunglasses

[SEE: If N. Korea Can Deliver A Nuke Into Space, Can It Survive Reentry?

People watch a launching of a Hwasong-12 strategic ballistic rocket aired on a public TV screen at the Pyongyang Train Station in Pyongyang, North Korea, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 AP Photo/ Jon Chol Jin

North Korean ICBM Program Runs Into Major Roadblock

The South Korean foreign intelligence service has reported that North Koreas intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) program has hit a snag, as the communist country has run into difficulty developing reliable atmospheric re-entry technology that would allow their missile to return from Earths orbit.

The report came from the National Intelligence Service (NIS), who met behind closed doors with the South Korean National A...


Looking Back At Donald Trumps Asia Trip: The Winner is China Viewing a pathetic reversal of Americas defining role in the world as the voice of humanitys highest ideals Peace and Freedom

 / 05:22 AM November 19, 2017

At the festival of summits to which the Philippines dutifully played host last week, three basic standpoints by which humanity describes and criticizes the state of affairs in the world vied for space.

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These competing viewpoints were not visible in equal measure at these summits. But, the resonance of particular issues, alongside the muted presence of others, gives us a good picture of how todays leaders are reacting to the complex problems brought about by globalization. These problems include the massive flows of migrants and refugees, terrorism, bigotry, uneven development and sharp inequalities within and across countries, mass poverty, ecological disasters, and war. They are problems that need the kind of global perspective for which multilateral talks might have been suited.

But, the hands-down winner in these summits has been the nation-state perspective and the vocabulary of national sovereignty, noninterference, and peaceful coexistence, in which it is officially articulated. The other name for it is the Chinese template. Rather than global agreements transcending nation-state divides, what we find instead are the bilateral deals by which every country tries to secure from another what it needs for itself.

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No one could have formulated this standpoint more bluntly than US President Donald Trump, who had won the presidency on a campaign to put America first. Even as he railed at the glaring trade imbalance between the United States and China d...


Syrian Army Takes Back Most Of Positions In Armored Vehicle Base In Eastern Ghouta (Photos, Map)

Syrian Army Takes Back Most Of Positions In Armored Vehicle Base In Eastern Ghouta (Photos, Map)

Photo by Wassim Issa

On Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) recaptured the command section and the section 446 of the Armored Vehicle Base in the Eastern Ghouta region near the city of Damascus, according to pro-government sources.

Syrian Army Takes Back Most Of Positions In Armored Vehicle Base In Eastern Ghouta (Photos, Map)

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During the clashes around the Armored Vehicle Base, the SAA was able to corner a unit of Ahrar al-Sham inside a booby-trapped building, and detonated it killing the enitre unit, according to pro-government sources.

The Ahrar al-Sham Movement didnt release any news regarding its attack on the Armored Vehicle Base in the last 24 hours. Syrian warplanes conducted very few airstrikes around the base on Sunday. Due to this its safe to assume that the reports about the SAA advance inside the base are accurate.

Pro-government activists claimed that the SAA is planning to develop its counter attack and to advance around the base. Howe...


BBCs Corbin sidesteps prime issues in Balfour reports part one BBC Watch

The BBCs extensive Balfour Declaration centenary coverage included two contributions from Jane Corbin: a filmed programme first aired on BBC Two on October 31st under the title The Balfour Declaration: The Promise to the Holy Land (available for a limited period of time in the UK here, transcript here) and a written article that appeared on the same day in the features section of the BBC News websites Middle East page under the headline The Balfour Declaration: My ancestors hand in history....


Robert Steele: War in the Middle East A strategic survey of possibilities, winners, losers Public Intelligence Blog

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War in the Middle East

A strategic survey of possibilities, winners, losers

Iran Is Not the Enemy

It is obvious to everyone that Israel and Goldman Sachs want war in the Middle East Israel to continue its long-held strategic focus on Balkanizing and impoverishing all other countries a divide and conquer at any cost strategy[1] Goldman Sachs because it made bad bets on the future of oil and a broad war in the Middle East is the only way of pushing oil from $57 to $100 and perhaps even if it is a nuclear war $200 and even by some accounts, $300.[2]

Not so obvious is what I believe to be a side deal between President Donald Trump, President Vladimir Putin, and General Secretary Xi Jinping, re-affirmed in Viet-Nam this week, to wage peace. Benjamin Fulford has written about this recently with a sufficiency of inside sources. The three bosses are not going...


Israeli Police Question Netanyahu for the Sixth Time in Corruption Investigation Peace and Freedom

 NOVEMBER 19, 2017 16:30

It is allowed according to the law to receive gifts from friends, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset in January.

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Netanyahu and Milchan. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Police interrogators from the Lahav 433 unit arrived at the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday afternoon to question him over his involvement in police cases 1000 and 2000.

This is the sixth round of questioning for the prime minister in these police cases, and it comes only ten days after the last round.

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Police reportedly complained that they didnt have enough time for the last session earlier this month, and that this round of questioning meant to complete it.

It was reported that the questioning will mainly focus on Case 1000 the gifts affair, in which it is suspected that the prime minster received expensive gifts from various businessmen, and police are currently investigating whether he gave them anything in return.

One of the main figures in this c...


Turkey bans all LGBTI events across Ankara province Could incite hatred Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | Homosexuality has been legal since the creation of the modern Turkish republic in 1923 under founding leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

ISTANBUL (AFP)  Turkish authorities on Sunday announced a ban on all LGBTI cultural events in Ankara province until further notice to maintain public order.The move follows a ban on a festival of German-language gay films in the capital on Thursday, imposed on the grounds it could incite hatred and be at risk from terror attacks.

Since (Saturday) 18 November and until further notice, all film and theatre events, screenings, panels, colloquium, exhibitions, etc have been banned, the Ankara adminstration said on its website.

It argues that LGBTI events are likely to provoke reactions within certain segments of society and has issued the ban to maintain public order.

But organisers of Thursdays film festival wanted authorities to instead offer greater protection, denouncing the move as a violation of their constitutional rights.

The announcement will fuel concern amongst LGBTI activists in Turkey that their right to freedom of expression is being curtailed under the Islamic-rooted government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Homosexuality has been legal since the creation of the modern Turkish republic in 1923, and was also legalised in the Ottoman Empire from the mid-nineteenth century.

However, LGBTI individuals in the country frequently complain of mistreatment including harassment, abuse and rape as well as animosity.

The annual gay pride rally in Istanbul once a hugely popular event has been blocked by authorities for three years in a row also on security grounds.

Activists accuse the government of banning such events in a bid to impose a conservative morality on the hugely diverse country. But authorities insist they are acting to protect citizens safety.

Earlier this month, Erdogan was outraged at the existence of a quota for gays on a neighbourhood committee, saying it was at odds with the nations values.


German parties at pain threshold on immigration in coalition talks Seeking a humane and ordered immigration policy Peace and Freedom

BERLIN (Reuters) Germanys would-be coalition partners appeared to be stalled over the thorny issue of immigration policy on Sunday despite inching closer to agreement on other major sticking points including climate policy.

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Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel arrives at the Baden-Wuerttemberg State Representation office for exploratory talks about forming a new coalition government in Berlin, Germany, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

An awkward alliance with the pro-business Free Democrats and the Greens would allow Chancellor Angela Merkel to govern for a fourth term after her conservatives lost votes in Septembers election to the far right.

However the three-way combination is untested at national level. With negotiations running deep into overtime, leaders are urging each other to make painful compromises in order to bind parties that are ideologically far apart into a stable government for Europes largest economy.

A self-imposed deadline of Thursday for wrapping up exploratory talks passed without agreement, but negotiators said the Greens welcomed a Sunday offer to boost wind generation and shutter 7 gigawatts of dirty coal generation capacity.

(Parties) cannot go in with maximal demands, said Greens co-leader Cem Ozdemir. They have to be prepared, out of responsibility, or call it patriotism, to move and we have done that in every area, right up to the pain threshold.

While snags remain on taxes and public finances, the trickiest sticking point concerns immigration, where Merkels arch-conservative allies in Bavarias Christian Social Union (CSU) insist on capping new arrivals at 200,000 a year.

The left-leaning Greens have opposed a cap, but appeared willing to compromise in a document seen by Reuters late on Saturday, in which they said that the proposed limit had only been exceeded five times in the past 25 years.

Failure to reach a deal could lead to new elections, something all the parties are anxious to...


Map Update: Syrian Troops Restoring Control Over Al-Bukamal, Advancing In Euphrates Valley

According to pro-government sources, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have restored control over the cityof al-Bukamal near the border with Iraq and advanced against ISIS in the Euphrates Valley.

The SAA, Hezbollah and their allies are now working to secure the captured areas in al-Bukamal. A large part of ISIS members had reportedly withdrawn from the area.

Map Update: Syrian Troops Restoring Control Over Al-Bukamal, Advancing In Euphrates Valley

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Mugabe given until noon Monday to quit as President of Zimbabwe Peace and Freedom


HARARE (Reuters) Zimbabwes ruling party fired Robert Mugabe as its leader on Sunday and gave the 93-year-old less than 24 hours to quit as head of state or face impeachment, an attempt to force a peaceful end to his 37 years in power after a de facto coup.

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FILE PHOTO: Zimbabwes President Robert Mugabe (right) and His wife Grace

Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe has known since independence from Britain in 1980, was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, the deputy he sacked this month, a senior party official told a news conference.

In scenes unthinkable just a week ago, the announcement was met by cheers from the 200 ZANU-PF delegates packed into the partys Harare headquarters to seal the fate of Mugabe, whose support has crumbled in the four days since the army seized power.

Mugabes 52-year-old wife Grace, who had harbored ambitions of succeeding her husband, was also expelled from the party, along with at least three cabinet ministers who had formed the backbone of her G40 political faction.

Speaking before the meeting, war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa said Mugabe was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

Hes trying to bargain for a dignified exit, he said.

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Military vehicles and soldiers patrol the streets in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 15,2017

He then followed up with threat to unleash the mob onto Mugabe if refused to go, telling reporters: We will bring back the crowds and they will do their business.

Moments after the vote was taken to remove Mugabe, the delegate hall erupted in applause.



Zimbabwes Mugabe Clings to Power as He Is Fired as Party Leader Peace and Freedom

President Robert Mugabe remains under house arrest amid growing calls to step aside as Zimbabwes leader

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Updated Nov. 19, 2017 8:05 a.m. ET

HARARE, ZimbabwePresident Robert Mugabe was expelled from the ruling party he has led for more than four decades on Sunday, party officials said, piling pressure on the 93-year-old to relinquish power.

Five days after tanks rolled into Zimbabwes capital to take control of the Southern African country, Mr. Mugabe has resisted calls to step down as president, even as the support from his party crumbles. Analysts said that unless Mr. Mugabe agrees to step aside, parliament would likely move to impeach him in the coming days.



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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been dismissed as head of the ruling Zanu-PF party and replaced by the deputy he sacked earlier this month. Emmerson Mnangawa will take over as leader of the party, Chris Mutsvangwa, the chairman of the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association confirmed. Mr Mutsvangwa also said the party was beginning the process to remove Mr Mugabe as President of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been dismissed as head of the ruling Zanu-PF party and replaced by the deputy he sacked earlier this month.

Emmerson Mnangawa will take over as leader of the party, Chris Mutsvangwa, the chairman of the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association confirmed.

Mr Mutsvangwa also said the party was beginning the process to remove Mr Mugabe as President of Zimbabwe.



Weekly Review And Open Thread 2017-42 Moon of Alabama

Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: Nov 13 - Yemen - Having Lost The War Saudis Try Genocide - Media Complicit No progress has been made towards lifting or breaking the total Saudi blockade. There are new rumors of...


Israel to shut migrant centre and deport Africans Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | A file picture shows African migrants gathering before their release from the Holot detention centre in Israels Negev desert, on August 25, 2015

JERUSALEM (AFP)  Israels cabinet voted on Sunday to close a migrant detention centre, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced an agreement to deport 40,000 Africans who entered the country illegally.Ministers unanimously approved plans to shutter the Holot centre in southern Israel and gave migrants a three-month deadline to leave the country or face deportation, said the interior and public security ministries.

The infiltrators will have the option to be imprisoned or leave the country, the public security ministry said in a statement.

Israeli official figures from June 30 show a total of 38,043 African migrants in the country.

They include 27,494 Eritreans and 7,869 Sudanese, and their presence in south Tel Aviv has raised discontent among Israelis there and elsewhere.

Speaking ahead of Sundays vote, Netanyahu noted that after building a fence on the Egyptian border and deporting some 20,000 African migrants through various deals, Israel has reached the third stage of its efforts accelerated removal.

This removal is taking place thanks to an international agreement I reached that enables us to remove the 40,000 infiltrators remaining, remove them without their consent, he told ministers.

This will enable us to close down Holot and allocate some of the large funds going there to inspectors and removing more people, said Netanyahu.

Holot, an open facility in the desert that can host 1,200 migrants who are allowed to leave to work during the day, would be closed three months from December 16, according to the decision.

A public security ministry spokesman said an extension to that deadline would be set if necessary.

Ahead of the vote, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Holot had become a hotel for infiltrators at the tax-payers expense that does not encourage their exit and costs 240 million shekels ($68 million, 58 million euros) a year.

In a Twitter statement, Erdan however stressed the closure of Holot was conditioned on us seeing that the policy of removing infiltrators to a third country was indeed taking place.

Neither Erdan nor Netanyahu gave details about the deal and the third country.

Israel tacitly recognises the Sudanese and Eritreans cannot be returned to their dangerous homelands, so it has signed deals with Rwanda and Uganda, which agree to accept departing migrants on conditio...


Syrian army and allies retake Albu Kamal from IS: Military source Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Albu Kamal has changed hands several times, with Assad forces announcing the capture of the town earlier this month


The Arab nation is on the retreat The Iranians have effectively overtaken four Arab capitals; the Russians rule the Syrian coastline Peace and Freedom

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 NOVEMBER 19, 2017 02:10


Its that time of history again.

FOREIGN MINISTERS Sergei Lavrov (C) of Russia, Walid al-Muallem (L) of Syria and Mohammad Javad Zari

FOREIGN MINISTERS Sergei Lavrov (C) of Russia, Walid al-Muallem (L) of Syria and Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran attend a news conference in Moscow in April.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Its that time of history again.

Climb up the road abutting the Golan Heights southern ledge, opposite Jordans northwestern edge, and admire the Yarmuk Rivers cliffy banks, where a bridge blown up by Palmach commandos in 1946 still hangs crippled to this day, disused like the Damascus-Medina railway it once served.

Here, a short hike away from the Syrian civil wars antagonists; several miles from Deraa, the town where the anti-Assad revolt erupted, and from the biblical Edrei, where the Israelites faced off with Og the king of Bashan a vast Arabian army dealt the Byzantine Empire in 636 CE the defeat that broke Islams path into the Christian Anatolia that now is Turkey, and the pagan Persia that today is Iran.

Now the great imperial powers of that showdown are back in the field, albeit with their roles reversed. Today the Arab nation is on the retreat, while the Byzantines Russian heirs and the Persians Iranian descendants are the conquerors on the saddle, their eyes on the horizon, galloping to the unknown.

Like all imperialis...


Risk of civilisations collapse by 2040 stan van houcke

Scientific model supported by UK Government Taskforce flags risk of civilisations collapse by 2040

by Nafeez Ahmed



World Economic Forum migration top dog: terrorism homegrown issue not linked to Muslim migrants Jihad Watch

Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab Christian; Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan Muslim migrant, in September 2016 set off bombs in New York City and New Jersey; Arcan Cetin, a Turkish Muslim migrant, in September 2016 murdered five people in a mall []


Reportback: Fascist Provocations Against Anti-Fascist Demo in #Barcelona Enough is Enough!

During yesterdays anti-fascist demonstration in Barcelona, Catalonia, fascists again and again provoked the demonstration and threatened anti-fascists. The demonstration against the increasing number of violent fascist attacks on the Catalan territory was applauded by some neighbours, others joined the demonstration.


Image: Fascist provocating the anti-fascist demonstration in Barcelona on November 18.

Published 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.

Read all our reports about Catalonia; here.

Reportback: Fascist Provocations Against Anti-Fascist Demo in Barcelona



Veterans Today: Revisionist History The Incredibly Evil Khazarian Mafia Behind Pearl Harbor Attack (Part II) Public Intelligence Blog

The Incredibly Evil Khazarian Mafia Behind Pearl Harbor Attack (Part II)

What we now know, eternally grateful to the uncovering and publishing of the real story, is that no amount of good will, no amount of concession on the part of the Japanese government in 1941, would deter Franklin Roosevelt and his Jewish power brokers from the drive to war with Japan.


Turkish officials ban all LGBTI events in Ankara to protect 'public security' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Ban applies to all LGBTI film screenings, theatres, panels and exhibitions inside Ankara


Pentagon Staying In Syria, As Expected, Even Though ISIS Defeated. Penny for your thoughts

As if  "defeating" ISIS was ever the purpose for the US being in Syria??
The intent of the US to occupy Syria has been mentioned repeatedly here:

Flashback: July 19/2017 US Increases Military Posts in Kurd Annexed Syria: Vindicated Again

Flashback:June 29/2017-  US eyes arms for Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria even after Raqqas fall

Annexation/Occupation Forces for Syria
Destabilization for Turkey
"US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, saying the US may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from ISIS.
Flashback: March 2017:  Double Standards and Lies: Splitting Syria for Greater Kurdistan
Quoting myself from the March post "The Americans fully intend to become occupiers-"

Quite certain I could go back farther still to demonstrate just how long I've been reporting on the US intent to stay on as occupiers in Syria..

National Petroleum/War Making Radio

"But the recapture of ISIS-held territory in Iraq and Syria is only a partial win for U.S. policy. After seven years of civil war, the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad remains in power. The other U.S. objectives the end of the Assad regime, a new Syrian constitution and democratic elections remain unfulfilled.

Despite the defeat of ISIS, Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters this week that U.S. fo...

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3 Ways America Just Made the World a Safer Place Clarion Project

A MQ-9-Reaper UAV DroneA MQ-9-Reaper UAV Drone (Photo: US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

Last week, terrorists from around the globe were taken out by U.S. strikes. Heres a look at three places America hit last week, making the world a safer place for everyone.

  1. America drone striked ISIS terrorists in the center of Libya, the first of such strikes since September, sending a signal to extremist groups in Africa that they will not be tolerated. U.S. strikes there last September killed 17 terrorists, while a major bombardment close to a year ago saw 500 strikes against terrorists holed up in the coastal city of Sirte.
  2. The U.S. conducted six days of airstrikes against ISIS and al-Shabaab in Somalia, bringing the number of strikes against Somali terrorists to 28 this year. The strikes were carried out in coordination with Somalias government. They were in retaliation for a previous attack by al-Shabaab against a convoy of U.S. and Somali forces. Al-Shabaab is al-Qaedas affiliate in Somalia.
  3. Two Iraq brothers, Yusuf and Umar Demir, both terrorists, were killed in an American airstrike in the city of Al-Qaim, a town in western Iraq close to the Syrian border. Just days later, two German news outlets quoted security...


Palestinian factions to meet in Cairo for reconciliation push Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


The talks come as Palestinians face rising tensions with the United States over the threatened closure of their office in Washington


Rebecca Campbell: Moral Judgments Can Be Altered by Magnets Public Intelligence Blog

Rebecca Campbell

This story from 2010 is now circulating. Public seems to be waking up to the threat from the 1% controlling electromagnetic towers and focused on mind-control and the erosion of values.

Moral judgments can be altered by magnets

By disrupting brain activity in a particular region, neuroscientists can sway peoples views of moral situations.


Lexington, Massachusetts: Rabbi solicits donations for Hamas-linked CAIR Jihad Watch

Moral myopia of catastrophic proportions. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case  so named by the Justice Department. CAIR officials have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several former CAIR officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. CAIRs cofounder and longtime Board chairman (Omar []


UK: Detective who exposed Muslim rape gangs was threatened and bullied by other cops for doing so Jihad Watch

This is a national scandal that ought to have brought down the Prime Minister and the entire political class, for it is they who have fostered the notion that racism and Islamophobia were so heinous as to be worth sacrificing the lives of thousands of British girls to avoid. It is they who have made []


America One Step Closer to Defunding Palestinian Terrorists Clarion Project

Taylor Force was an American army veteran who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist while on a university trip in Israel.Taylor Force was an American army veteran who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist while on a university trip in Israel.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee has just approved a bill called the Taylor Force Act which would strip U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority until it changes its policies on supporting terrorism.


What Is the Taylor Force Act?

Taylor Force was a U.S. veteran killed by a Palestinian terrorist while on a university trip in Israel. An officer who had served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Force was stabbed in Tel Aviv in March 2016. His killer was shot and killed at the scene.

The Palestinian Authority is paying a salary to the family of the terrorist who killed Force, as it does to the families of all terrorists killed in action by Israeli forces. Terrorists who are not killed or who are imprisoned receive salaries directly. The longer they are in prison the more money is awarded.

Palestinian leaders have long defended these payouts.

It is the right of all of the prisoners and martyrs who have struggled and sacrificed for Palestine to receive their full salaries from the PA, Hassan Abd Rabbo, spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organizations Commission of Prisoners and Released Prisoners Affairs has said.

Such payouts make up a significant portion of the Palestinian Authority budget. In 2017, the Pal...


Sunday palate cleanser: German arias Fausta's Blog

Sehnsucht Desire German Arias by Jonas Kaufmann,


US Warns Holiday Travelers to Europe Clarion Project

A Christmas market in Strasbourg, FranceA Christmas market in Strasbourg, France (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)


The State Department issued a travel alert to all U.S. citizens warning of the heightened risk of terrorist attacks in Europe during the holiday season.

The blanket warning covered all of Europe and noted widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Daesh), al-Qaida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe.

The warning referred to mass casualty attacks that were carried out last year at a Christmas market in Berlin in December and at a nightclub in Istanbul on New Years Eve.

The warning covered all locations from hotels, restaurants and clubs to airports, places of worship and government and educational institutions, saying:

Terrorists persist in employing a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, using vehicles as ramming devices, and sharp-edged weapons that are difficult to detect prior to an attack.

The alert urges travelers to be vigilant and join the governments Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which allows the participants to receive security messages and makes it easier for local consulates and family and friends to locate the traveler.



Terror in Europe Scourge That Wont Go Away



US warship collides with Japanese tug boat, latest mishap for the Navys 7th Fleet Peace and Freedom

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The Associated Press  FILE In this Aug. 8, 2016, file photo, the guided missile destroyer USS Benfold arrives at port in Qingdao, China. According to the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, a Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a towing exercise in Sagami Bay on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Borg Wong, File)

A U.S. warship collided with a Japanese commercial tug boat in Japans Sagami Bay on Saturday, marking the fifth time this year that a ship in the U.S. Navys 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash.

The Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a towing exercise. The U.S. guided-missile destroyer sustained minimal damage, and there were no reported injuries on either vessel, according to a press release from the U.S. Navys 7th Fleet.

The USS Benfold, which is awaiting a full damage assessment, remains at sea under its own power. The incident will be investigated, the 7th Fleet said.

Heres a look at previous crashes involving U.S. Navy warships in 2017, including two deadly collisions that left 17 sailors dead:

Jan. 31: The USS Antietam runs aground off coast of Japan

The USS Antietam ran aground off the coast of Japan on Jan. 31, damaging its propellers and spilling oil into the water.

The guided-missile destroyer grounded near the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, Japan, after anchoring out in high winds, the Navy Times reported.



Moscow Vetoes Security Council"s Resolution on Syria: Saving Credibility of United Nations Strategic Culture Foundation

There was no reason for President Assad to use chemical weapons. He was winning the war. The UN-brokered peace talks on Syria were to launch on April 4 - the day of the attack. No way could the Syrian government benefit from the use of CW.


India: We have killed about 190 terrorists in Kashmir today Mostly Mujahideen or Pakistans proxy but many foreign fighters Peace and Freedom

By News DeskEmail

New Delhi, Nov 19: As many as 190 terrorists have been gunned down in Kashmir valley till today this year, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 15 Corps Lt Gen J S Sandhu claimed.


  • Out of these 190, 80 are local terrorists and 110 foreign
  •  Its easy to call yourself Mujahideen. But are you a Mujahideen or Pakistans proxy, Lt Gen. Sandhu hit out at local terrorists

Addressing a press conference, Lt General Sandhu said,  We have killed about 190 terrorists as on date, in 2017. Out of these 190, 80 are local terrorists and 110 foreign. Out of these 110, 66 terrorists were killed near the LC while infiltrating.


Goldman Sachs Sees Four 2018 Fed Rate Hikes as U.S. Growth Gains Peace and Freedom


By Brendan Murray

November 18, 2017, 2:13 PM EST
  • Job market going from among the weakest to one of tightest
  • Says near-term recession risk still looks fairly limited

The U.S. economy is heading into 2018 with strong momentum thats likely to boost wages and inflation more broadly, requiring the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates four times next year, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economists said in a research note.

The New York-based investment banking and securities firm raised its growth outlook for 2018 to 2.5 percent and lowered its forecast for unemployment to 3.7 percent by the end of 2018, said Goldman chief economist Jan Hatzius, a co-author of the note, which was released by email late Friday.

Before the latest revision the most recent Goldman Sachs forecast for 2018 growth was 2.4 percent, according to forecasts compiled by Bloomberg.

The U.S. jobless rate, which was 4.1 percent in October, may reach 3.5 percent in late 2019, Goldman predicted. That would be the lowest level since the late-1960s.

Our projections would imply an evolution over the current cycle from the weakest labor market in postwar U.S. history to one of the tightest, the economists said in a summary of their report. We expect that a tight labor market and a more normal inflation picture will lead the Fed to deliver four hikes next year.

Thats one more rate increase than the median forecast of Fed officials, and more than financial markets are currently pricing in. One of the reasons why Goldman Sachs economists said they disagree with market expectations is we see little evidence that soft inflation is structural in nature.

Core inflation should accelerate in 2018, rising by about a half percentage point to 1.8 percent by year end, Goldman projected.

The Fed has raised its target range for the federal funds rate four times since December 2015, and futures trading indicates another quarter percentage-point increase is likely again in December, at the final Federal Open Market Committee meeting for the year.

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With Hariri in France, Trump and Macron discuss countering Iran, Hezbollah Peace and Freedom

White House says leaders discussed stopping Tehrans destabilizing activities in the region, as Hariri promises to return to Beirut

November 19, 2017
French President Emmanuel Macron, center right, and his wife Brigitte, right, greet Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri, second left, his wife Lara, center left, and their son Hussam upon their arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, November 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
French President Emmanuel Macron, center right, and his wife Brigitte, right, greet Lebanons Prime Minister Saad Hariri, second left, his wife Lara, center left, and their son Hussam upon their arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, November 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke Saturday about the need to work with allies to counter Hezbollah and Iran the White House said, as a political crisis in the region continued to simmer following the surprise resignation of Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri during a trip to Saudi Arabia.

The Lebanon crisis and Irans role in the area was also expected to be discussed Sunday at a meeting of the Arab League in Cairo Sunday, at Saudi Arabias urging.

Hariri said Saturday that he will return home in the coming days from where he will declare a political stance for the first time since making the strange resignation announcement from Riyadh that unleashed fears of a crisis in Lebanon.

That announcement came as Hariri left for France after Macron invited the Lebanese leader to Paris to dispel fears that he was being held in Saudi Arabia against his will.

Shortly after, the White House said that Macron and Trump had addressed Lebanon a...


Europe turns on Facebook, Google for digital tax revamp Peace and Freedom


BRUSSELS They have revolutionised the way we live, but are US tech giants the new robber barons of the 21st century, banking billions in profit while short-changing the public by paying only a pittance in tax?

With public coffers still strained years after the worst of the debt crisis, EU leaders have agreed to tackle the question, spurred on by French President Emmanuel Macron who has slammed the likes of Google, Facebook and Apple as the freeloaders of the modern world.

As recently as March, five of the worlds top 10 valued companies were Silicon Valley behemoths: Apple, Googles Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. (Germanys SAP was Europes biggest and 56th on the global list).

But tax rules today are designed for yesterdays economy when US multinationals such as General Motors, IBM or McDonalds entered countries loudly, with new factories, jobs and more taxes for the taking.

These firms had what tax specialists call permanent establishmentwhen companies showed a clear physical presence measured and taxed through tangible, real-world assets.

But today in most EU nations, the US tech titans exist almost exclusively in the virtual world, their services piped through apps to smart phones and tablets from designers and data servers oceans away.

Ghost-like, Silicon Valley has turned Europes economies upside down, but often with just a skeleton staff and some office space in markets with millions of users or customers.


According to EU law, to operate across Europe, multinationals have almost total liberty to choose a home country of their choosing. Not surprisingly, they choose small, low tax nations such as Ireland, the Netherlands or Luxembourg.

Thus, it is through Ireland that Facebook draws its wealth from millions of accounts across Europe. There are 33 million accounts in France and 31 million in Germany, according to recent data.

While users enjoy the platform, Facebook tracks likes, comments and page views and sells the data to companies who then target consumers.

But unlike the economy of old, Facebook sells its data to French companies not from France but from a great, nation-less elsewhere, with no phone number, address or physical presence for a customer who probably cares little.

It is in states like Ireland, whose official tax rate of 12.5 percent is the lowest in Europe, that the giants have parked their EU headquarters and book profits from revenues made across the bloc.

Indeed, actual revenues from advertising are minimal in France and Germany, but at Facebook HQ Ireland they grew to 7.9 billion euros, even though the vast majority does not come from the ti...


Why there will never be a trial over the downing of Flight MH17 stan van houcke

Ben heeft een nieuwe reactie op je bericht "MH17 en De rol van NRC" achtergelaten: 

Why there will never be a trial over the downing of Flight MH17:

Groeten, Ben 


Nikki Haley Rage Strategic Culture Foundation

Current incumbent Nikki Haley is the worst of the lot, an embarrassment to the office she holds, an over-the-top loose cannon, an imperial lunatic, a geopolitical know-nothing, a Russophobic extremist representing Americas ugly face, its ruthless agenda, its imperial madness.



Mr. F.L.M. and Mr. M.B. found this story and passed it along, and it's worth pausing to ponder the implications of this one for

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How can Communist Vietnam be friendlier to the U.S. than to China? Peace and Freedom

Theres something ridiculous in Sino-Vietnamese relations its a Trump-shaped wedge between the lips and teeth


18 NOV 2017
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte at the Asean Summit in Manila. Photo: ReutersUS President Donald Trump shakes hands with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte at the Asean Summit in Manila. Photo: Reuters

Few things are more ridiculous in international politics than when a former enemy offers to mediate disputes between two former allies. But thats exactly what happened when US President Donald Trump told Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang he could help solve the long-standing territorial disputes between China and Vietnam in the South China Sea. A little more than 40 years ago the two communist countries were comrades-in-arms against the US in the Vietnam war.

Trumps offer in Hanoi on Sunday of last week came just hours before his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping began his second state visit in three years to the former communist ally. It also came soon after a summit in Beijing that highlighted Trumps bromance with Xi. The leaders of the worlds two largest economies both visited Hanoi after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in the Vietnamese port city of Da Nang on November 10. Trumps overtures to Hanoi which have the potential to antagonise Beijing betray the fact that relations between Washington and Hanoi and Washington and Beijing are both stronger than those between the two communist former allies.



South China Sea: Philippine Judge and Frequent Duterte Critic Likes Progress in Talking To China Peace and Freedom

By:   Reporter / @MRamosINQ
 / November 18, 2017

Antonio Carpio

The Philippine governments decision to negotiate with China on its own will not end the protracted territorial claims involving other nations in the South China Sea, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said on Friday.

Nonetheless, Carpio said President Dutertes policy shift to engage Beijing in bilateral talks was a logical step and a positive development in implementing the ruling of the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague last year.

Besides China and the Philippines, Brunei, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia are also insisting ownership over parts of the sea, said to be rich in energy reserves and marine resources.

Clearly, the South China Sea dispute involves both bilateral and multilateral disputes, Carpio said in an emailed statement to the Inquirer.

A bilateral negotiation between China and the Philippines can take up only the bilateral disputes between (both countries) and not the multilateral disputes involving other states, he pointed out.

Carpio, who has been championing the countrys claim to the West Philippine Seathe part of the South China Sea within the countrys 327-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ)noted that even nonmembers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) were interested in finding a final solution to the decadeslong sea row.

The South China Sea dispute also affects nonclaimant states, both within (the) Asean (region) and outside (of it) These nonclaimant states, which include the US, Japan and Australia, are worried how Chinas expansive claim will affect freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, for both commercial and milita...


Zimbabwes ruling party expected to expel Mugabe Peace and Freedom

HARARE (Reuters) Zimbabwes ruling party will dismiss 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe as its leader on Sunday and kick him out, stripping its ruler for the last 37 years of one of his final vestiges of authority, the head of the liberation war veterans said.

Speaking to Reuters as he walked into an extraordinary meeting of ZANU-PFs central committee, Chris Mutsvangwa said Mugabe was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

We are going all the way, Mutsvangwa said. Hes trying to bargain for a dignified exit.

people holding signs reading

Mutsvangwa, who has spearheaded a campaign over the last 18 months to remove the only leader Zimbabwe has known, said ZANU-PF would also dismiss Mugabes wife Grace as head of its Womens League and reinstate ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The former state security chief, known as The Crocodile is thought to be in line to head an interim post-Mugabe unity government that will focus on rebuilding ties with the outside world and stabilizing an economy in freefall.

State television said late on Friday that Mugabe, who has so far resisted pressure to quit, would meet military commanders who seized power in a de facto coup four days ago, along with a Catholic priest who has been mediating between the two sides.

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets of Harare, singing, dancing and hugging soldiers in an outpouring of elation at Mugabes expected overthrow.

His stunning downfall in just four days is likely to send shockwaves across Africa, where a number of entrenched strongmen, from Ugandas Yoweri Museveni to Democratic Republic of Congos Joseph Kabila, are facing mounting pressure to quit.


Protesters calling for Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to step down take to the streets in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Men, women and children ran alongside the armored cars and troops who stepped in this week to oust the man who has ruled si...


Top NSA Whistleblower Claims "Russiagate" a Fake to Increase War-Spending Strategic Culture Foundation

No one who is promoting the Russiagate allegations is trying to debate William Binneys allegations. Instead, all of the newsmedia are plastered with allegations of Russias meddling in American democracy.


Pinera poised for presidential comeback in Chile Peace and Freedom


AFP / by Paulina ABRAMOVICH | Chiles Sebastian Pinera delivers a speech ahead of Sundays presidential election, in which he is expected to garner the most votes but perhaps not enough to win without a run-off

SANTIAGO (AFP)  Sebastian Pinera, one of Chiles richest men, looks likely to prevail in the first round of the countrys presidential election on Sunday, confirming his frontrunner status to succeed Socialist leader Michelle Bachelet.If the 67-year-old billionaire does ultimately become head of state, it would be his second chance to run Latin Americas fifth-biggest economy confirming a tag team for power that he and Bachelet, 66, have been performing for the past decade.

Chiles constitution does not permit consecutive terms for its president. But re-election after a skipped term is permissible, and that quite possibly is what is in store after this weekend, thus swinging the pendulum of Chiles national politics from left back to right again.

Voter intention surveys credit the Harvard-educated Pinera, who was president from 2010-2014, with a comfortable lead in the race but not enough to win the presidency outright on Sunday.

Its not very likely he will get the 50 percent or more of ballots needed to avoid a run-off, said political analyst Mauricio Morales of Talca University.

In that case, a second-round showdown would be held between the top two candidates on December 17. The winner takes over in March next year.

Voter apathy

Apart from Pinera, Sundays field counts seven candidates.

His closest rival is Alejandro Guillier, a former state TV anchor turned senator who presents himself as an independent but who has the backing of Bachelets Socialists.

Guillier is credited with 25 percent of voter support, against 44 percent for Pinera.

With the outcome weighted heavily in Pineras favor, voter apathy could be an issue.

Compulsory voting was dropped in 2012, and since then a growing proportion of the 14-million-strong electorate has decided to stay away from polling stations.

People dont want to vote because, really, nobody believes there will be any significant change anywhere. Also, they see who will be president as a foregone conclusion, said Catalina Gascone, a 19-year-old student.

Analysts predict abstention could be as high as 40 percent on Sunday, and that Pinera has more motivated voters who will turn out.

Chileans living abroad have already begun casting their ballots, beginning with those living in New Zealan...


As Trump Hands Syria to Russia, Iran Shows No Sign of Leaving Peace and Freedom

Irans presence is not expected to diminish despite the U.S.-Russia deal. Israel is concerned, but whether Iran is interested in opening a front against Israel in Syria remains unclear

By Zvi Barel Nov 19, 2017 8:39 AM

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Trump and Putin chat at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, on November 11, 2017. MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP

Moscow and Washington agreed in a joint statement last week that no military solution is possible in Syria and that there are only diplomatic options. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan quickly responded that those who dont believe in a military solution should pull their troops out of Syria.


The statement, which seemed to signal that presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump had turned a new leaf in their relations, also raised concern in Israel, which fears that a diplomatic solution would leave Iranian-backed forces in Syria. In time, this could pose a threat to Israel.

The U.S.-Russian agreement implies that all foreign combatants must leave Syria. Russia would press Bashar Assad to order Iran and Hezbollah to leave the country; the U.S. would ask Jordan to oust jihadi forces like Jabhat al-Nusra and other Sunni militias. These assumptions are far from convincing.

At a press briefing after the joint statement, a senior American official said the Americans dont intend to negotiate with Assad or the Iranian forces, but with Russia. He emphasized the American and Russian sponsorship for the cease-fire agreement signed in Jordan about setting up a safe zone in southern Syria, a move that was roundly criticized by Israel.

Israel directed its remarks at Russia, but the U.S. is equally responsible for the agreement. The statement shouldnt have surprised Israel, because already in April, at Trumps previous meeting with Putin, the two had agreed not to discuss Assads future at that stage. Trump made a major concession to Russia, which was reflected in the current briefing as well, to the effect that Assad must go but its up to the Syrian people, including those who were displaced, to make that move by means of election. They also agreed that the two powers could work together on issues of joint interest.

However, those shared interests dont necessarily take into consideration Israels interests.

At present the agreement doesnt draft final maps, so Israels alarm may be premature. But after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the presence of Iranian forces in Syria is legitimate since they were invited by Syria, and in view of Erdogans statement, clearly the prospect of the foreign forces leaving isnt worth the paper the agreement was written on. Nor doe...


Enough With Russia. What About israeli or U.S. Influence Operations? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

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Terrorist Rehab Is Like Treating Addicts With Crack Cocaine Clarion Project

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Trump's New Afghanistan Strategy Isn't Really a Strategy Strategic Culture Foundation

Congress should instead push now for much more comprehensive responses and much more elaborate detail to the Trump omissionseven if in executive sessions. Almost certainly, it will find the new strategy is woefully deficient, no more satisfactory certainly than the plans of Presidents Bush and Obama, which aroused such bitter, sweeping and sarcastic criticism by candidate Donald J. Trump. Congress should insist on a real strategy, author one itself, or else consider getting out of Afghanistan.


#Brexit Surely not, who would have thought? Former UK Trade Chief Claims Britain Poorer Without EU Single Market Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Former UK Trade Chief Claims Britain Poorer Without EU Single Market The UKs former top international trade official, Sir Martin Donnelly, has warned that the EUs single market remains the only possibility for his home country to be able to deliver the guaranteed market access, shared regulation and consumer protection that Britain needs after Brexit []


Lebanon FM to skip Arab League summit on Iran Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | Lebanons Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil will not attend an extraordinary Arab League meeting in Cairo called by Saudi Arabia

BEIRUT (AFP)  Lebanons foreign minister will not attend an extraordinary Arab League meeting on Sunday called by Saudi Arabia to discuss violations committed by Iran, a ministry source told AFP.Arab foreign ministers will gather in Cairo on Sunday at the request of Riyadh, whose simmering regional rivalry with Tehran has escalated in recent weeks.

But Lebanons top diplomat Gebran Bassil will not be among them, a foreign ministry source said.

This morning, a decision was taken that Lebanon would be presented by Antoine Azzam, the permanent representative to the Arab League, the source said.

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil will not be present.

For more than a decade, Lebanons political class has been largely split between Iran-backed movement Hezbollah and its allies, and a Saudi-supported coalition led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Hariri stepped down from his post on November 4 in a televised address from Riyadh, sparking fears Lebanon would be caught up in the spiralling tensions between Riyadh and Tehran.

Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia and Iran, the predominant Shiite power, are long-standing rivals based as much in geostrategic interests as religious differences.

According to a memo seen last week by AFP, the Saudi request for an Arab League meeting was based on a missile it says its air defences intercepted near Riyadh after being fired from Yemen on November 4.

A Saudi-led coalition has been battling Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen, and it has accused the Iran-backed rebels of firing the missile.

Saudi Arabias powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman later accused Iran of direct military aggression against the kingdom by supplying the rebels with ballistic missiles.



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Good advice from Israeli official. Boycotting our illegal settlements is meaningless, you may as well boycott israel #BDS Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Top Israeli official admits that boycotting just the settlements is meaningless Ron Brummer, executive director of operations for the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, speaking at Bnai Torah synagogue in Atlanta in 2016. Ladies and gentlemen, this is huge. A professional Israeli propagandist Ron Brummer, chief of operations in Israels []


UK Budget Plan: To build 300,000 new homes a year, Give Nurses a raise Peace and Freedom

  • The Chancellor promises Millennials will not end up worse off than their parents
  • He says he will also find around 5billion for housing schemes nationwide
  • Mr Hammond has also hinted at succumbing to nurses demands for extra pay  
Chancellor Philip Hammond (pictured) is to lay out plans for 300,00 new homes across the UK as part of next week's Budget 

Chancellor Philip Hammond (pictured) is to lay out plans for 300,00 new homes across the UK as part of next weeks Budget

Philip Hammond will make a bold pitch to Millennials in the Budget by announcing plans to get 300,000 homes built a year.

The Chancellor said fixing the housing market was a crucial part of ensuring the younger generation are not the first since the Black Death to be less prosperous than their parents.

He promised the Government would do whatever it takes to get homes built including cracking down on land-banking and underwriting loans to small house builders if necessary.

Mr Hammond will also find around 5billion for housing schemes.

But he will not take up a suggestion by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid, who is responsible for housing, to borrow 50 billion to fund a massive home building scheme.

Official figures this week showed more than 217,000 homes were built last year but the Chancellor told the Sunday Times: Im clear that we need to get to 300,000 units a year if we are going...


German Government Coalition Talks Near Deadline Peace and Freedom

The Merkel-led conservative block, the Greens and the market-friendly FDP have until Sunday evening to reach common ground on a possible coalition. Talks have stalled as parties clash on migration and the environment.

CDU party offices in Berlin

Exploratory coalition talks continued late into Saturday as Chancellor Angela Merkels CDU, their sister party CSU, the Greens, and the market liberal FDP struggled to create a framework for the so-called Jamaica government.

They said the talks would be concluded by Sunday evening, with or without an agreement. After four weeks of discussions, the parties are believed to remain far apart on the key issues of climate change, focused on the phasing out of coal, and immigration.

If we dont work it out by 6 pm on Sunday, the whole thing is dead, FDP vice president Wolfgang Kubicki said after the latest round of talks.

Pressure has been mounting on the four parties to reach a preliminary agreement and open official talks on the Jamaica coalition. The informal name comes from the official colors of the three parties black for the conservatives, green for the environmentally friendly Greens, and yellow for the FDP, which are also featured on the Jamaican flag.

Read more: What are the sticking points in Germanys coalition talks?

Ahead of the talks, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged MPs to redouble their efforts, stressing that the task of forming a government for Germany is so important, it really is worth the effort.

Senior CSU party official Alexander Dobrindt, who serves as transport minister in the outgoing cabinet. described the situation as difficult.

Well stick with it, he said on Saturday. If a chance [for the coalition] presents itself, we are ready to take it, but not at all costs.

Read more: Could Germanys FDP sink Angela Merkels coalition talks?

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In 2007, israel sold the CIA on a dubious claim about a North Korean nuclear reactor in the Syrian desert Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israels Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike Exclusive: The Iraq WMD fiasco wasnt the only time political pressure twisted U.S. intelligence judgments. In 2007, Israel sold the CIA on a dubious claim about a North Korean nuclear reactor in the Syrian desert, reports Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter In September 2007, Israeli warplanes bombed a []


We founded Qatar, we will purge it and get it back, says Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim Peace and Freedom

Qatars Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim speaks during a tribal meeting of Saudis at Jouf Bani Hajjer in the east of Saudi Arabia.

RIYADH: We established Qatar and must purge the country and rescue it before it plunges into chaos and is manipulated by corrupt people, Qatars Sheikh Sultan bin Suhaim has told a tribal meeting of Saudis at Jouf Bani Hajjer in the east of the country.

The country is not in the hands of its true people but we will get it back, he said. We havent changed our position nor changed our ethics or disavowed our values, and we will never waver. We all carry the task of rescuing Qatar on our shoulders We kept silent...


Erdogan accuses US of financing ISIS, breaking promises in Syria Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Erdogan accuses US of financing ISIS, breaking promises in Syria Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Washington of betraying Ankara and providing a lot of dollars to the Islamic State terrorists. The allegation comes just days after the US acknowledged that it allowed hundreds of armed ISIS militants to escape the besieged Syrian city []


Saudi Arabia and Arab Allies Call Emergency Meeting in Cairo on Sunday To Discuss Iran, Hezbollah Peace and Freedom

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Iran A Revolutionary Guard missile, the Shahab-3, under a picture of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Irans supreme leader. Credit Hasan Sarbakhshian, AP
 NOVEMBER 19, 2017 10:23


Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss confronting Iran and its Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah.

A Houthi militant shouts slogans as he stands next a poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah

A Houthi militant shouts slogans as he stands next a poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a rally against US support to Saudi-led air strikes in Sanaa. (photo credit:REUTERS)

CAIRO, November 19 Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss confronting Iran and its Lebanese Shiite ally Hezbollah, who the Arab allies say are interfering in their internal affairs.

Regional tensions have risen between Sunni monarchy Saudi Arabia and Shiite Islamist Iran over Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariris surprise resignation and after an escalation in Yemens conflict.

Hariri, a long-time Saudi ally, resigned on Nov. 4 in an announcement made from Riyadh. Hariri cited fear of assassination and accused Iran and Hezbollah of spreading strife in the Arab world.

Hezbollah, both a military force and a political movement, is part of a Lebanese government made up of rival factions, and an ally of Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

Aoun has accused Saudi Arabia of holding Hariri hostage. Senior Lebanese politicians close to Hariri also said he was coerced into resigning. Saudi Arabia and Hariri both deny th...


After all Russias, Irans, Hezbollahs & Syrian Govts efforts, the USA allows ISIS terrorists to escape into the desert Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Secret US-backed deal allowed hundreds of ISIS fighters, with tonnes of weapons and ammunition, to escape Raqqa Lorry driver Abu Fawzi thought it was going to be just another job. He drives an 18-wheeler across some of the most dangerous territory in northern Syria. Bombed-out bridges, deep desert sand, even government forces and so-called Islamic []

Saudi Opposer Maan Al-Jarba: Partition is Inevitable Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

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Who Will Be the Next Head of Global Jihad? Clarion Project

Hamza bin Laden with his father Osama front left.Hamza bin Laden with his father Osama front left.

The son of Osama, Hamza bin Laden is global jihads new star. Not only is he perceived as his fathers natural heir, but he is also a future key player in and potentially the next leader of jihadism.

Hamza, Osamas favorite son, first appeared in al-Qaeda propaganda alongside his father when he was a child. He studied religion and military tactics with senior AQ figures. He was designated heir apparent at a young age.

Osama was killed on May 2, 2011 together with Hamzas brother Khaled. Hamza was not at the compound when it was stormed by U.S. Navy Seals that day.

Since then, Hamza has been off the grid. He resurfaced in August 2015 when AQs current leader Ayman al-Zawahiri introduced him as Osamas son and the torchbearer of his fathers legacy.

Hamza has since published audio (not video) statements once every few months in May, July and August of 2016 and twice in May and in November 2017.

He supports the Islamists fighting against Assad and the Syrian regime and calls for regime change in Saudi Arabia and jihad against the West (and arguably more vociferously than other jihadist leaders).

First and foremost, he urges attacks on the United States in retaliation for his fathers murder.

Until a few weeks ago, the only images of Hamza seen in the West were from his childhood. The CIA just made public photos of him as an adult. He is believed to be around 28 years old.


New Opportunities

Al-Qaeda is riding on a wave right now with the demise of its rival ISIS. The demise of ISIS caliphate in Iraq and Syria brings new opportunities for AQ.

Within al-Qaeda, Hamza is perceived as being far more in line with the philosophy of his father than is al-Zawahiri and enjoys the support of senior figures in AQ. Al-Zawahiri never garnered a particularly strong following in the world jihadi movement or even within AQ itself.

The tensions between AQ and ISIS seem to have passed over Hamza. As a result, he is much more attractive as a jihadi leader a...


US Strategic Command chief says he would refuse an illegal order to launch nuclear weapons Peace and Freedom

AFP and The Associated Press

Alex Wong, Getty Images North America, AFP | Commander of the U.S. Strategic Command Air Force Gen. John Hyten testifies during a hearing before House Armed Services Committee March 8, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.


Latest update : 2017-11-19

The top officer at U.S. Strategic Command said Saturday an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal.

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of Strategic Command, told a panel at the Halifax International Security Forum on Saturday that he and Trump have had conversations about such a scenario and that he would tell Trump he couldnt carry out an illegal strike.

If its illegal, guess whats going to happen. Im going to say, Mr President, thats illegal. And guess what hes going to do? Hes going to say, What would be legal? Hyten said.

And well come up with options with a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and thats the way it works.

In the event that Trump decided to launch a nuclear attack, Hyten would provide him with strike options that are legal.

The command would control nuclear forces in a war.

The comments come as the threat of nuclear attack from North Korea remains a serious concern and Trumps critics question his temperament. Trumps taunting tweets aimed at Pyongyang have sparked concerns primarily among congressional Democrats that he may be inciting a war with North Korea.

During testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee earlier this month, retired Gen. Robert Kehler who served as the head of Strategic Command from January 2011 to November 2013, also said the U.S. armed forces are obligated to follow legal orders, not illegal ones.

Hyten said hes t...


Russia is playing 'good cop, bad cop' with Syria's Kurds Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Russia's less-friendly attitude toward Syrian Kurds is an effort to pull the SDF into its orbit and out of its alliance with the US


Palestinians say they wont be blackmailed by U.S. move to close PLO office Peace and Freedom

This Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 photo shows the Washington office of the Palestine Liberation Organization. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

This Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 photo shows the Washington office of the Palestine Liberation Organization. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

RAMALLAH/WASHINGTON (Reuters) Palestinian officials expressed surprise on Saturday at a U.S. decision to close the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington unless the group enters peace negotiations with Israel, and said they would not surrender to blackmail.

A U.S. State Department official said that under legislation passed by Congress, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson could not renew a certification that expired this month for the PLO office, given certain statements made by the Palestinian leaders about the International Criminal Court.

Image result for portrait of PLO chief arafat, framed, on wall, photos, Hasan Abdel-Rahman

The law says the PLO, the main Palestinian umbrella political body, cannot operate a Washington office if it urges the ICC to prosecute Israelis for alleged crimes against Palestinians.

In an address to the United Nations General Assembly in September, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinian Authority called on the ICC to open an investigation and to prosecute Israeli officials for their involvement in settlement activities and aggressions against our people.

The State Department official added that restrictions on the PLO in the United States, including the operation of its Washington office, could be waived after 90 days if U.S. President Donald Trump determines the Palestinians have entered into direct, meaningful negotiations with Israel.

We are hopeful that this closure will be short-lived, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

According to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA, the Palestinian presidency expressed surprise at the U.S. move, which was first reported by the Associated Press.

WAFA quoted Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki as saying that Palestinian leaders would not give in to blackmail or pressure regard...


The USA refuses to comply with International Law in Syria Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

US wont be constrained by UN Security Council in Syria: Haley Press TV November 18, 2017 US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a meeting of the UN Security Council at the United Nations headquarters in New York on November 17, 2017. (Photo by Reuters) The United States does not consider itself []


Netanyahu to face new questioning over graft Peace and Freedom


POOL/AFP/File | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, set to be questioned by police for the second time this month over two alleged cases of corruption, has consistently denied any wrongdoing

JERUSALEM (AFP)  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to be questioned by police on Sunday for the second time this month over two alleged cases of corruption, media reports said.Netanyahu is suspected of having received luxury gifts from wealthy supporters, including Israeli businessman and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.

Milchan, a longtime friend of Netanyahu who reportedly sent him boxes of expensive cigars and other items worth tens of thousands of dollars, was himself questioned in September.

Sundays questioning would be the sixth time Netanyahu has faced police investigators in recent months.

Investigators have also questioned the premier on suspicions he sought a secret deal for favourable coverage with the publisher of the top-selling Yediot Aharonot newspaper.

The alleged deal, not believed to have been finalised, would have seen Netanyahu receive positive coverage in return for helping curb Yediots competitor, the pro-Netanyahu freesheet Israel Hayom.

Netanyahu has consistently denied any wrongdoing and says he has been the target of a campaign by political opponents.

Police would not confirm the reports of the latest questioning, which was widely reported in the Israeli media on Sunday.

Earlier this month, Netanyahu confidants Yitzhak Molcho and David Shimron, partners in a law firm and both relatives of the premier, were questioned by police as part of a probe into suspected corruption around the purchase of German submarines.

Netanyahu himself has not been named as a suspect in the submarine case, but reports said he might give testimony into the affair on Sunday.


BBC 2s Newsnight squeezes Israel into Bosnia report BBC Watch

Next week the UNs International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is due to deliver its verdict following the trial of the former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladi on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

On November 16th BBC Twos Newsnight aired a report on that story (available in the UK here) by the programmes diplomatic editor Mark Urban who previously covered the Bosnian war in the 1990s.

In addition to Urbans filmed report...


How Should Extremist Propaganda Online Be Handled? Clarion Project

Islamic State elderly executioners appear in an ISIS propaganda video Islamic State elderly executioners appear in an ISIS propaganda video (Photo: video screenshot)

Those who view extremist content online in the UK could face up to 15 years in prison if new measures are implemented. Punishments would apply equally to those who view jihadist as well as far-right forms of extremism. Home Secretary Amber Rudd unveiled the proposed measures at the Conservative Party Conference.

The Spectator has a transcript of the full speech.

The sentences will also apply to those who publish information about members of the armed forces, police and intelligence services to help terrorists.

The proposed change is an alteration to the Terrorism Act (2000), to extend punishments for possessing information likely to be useful to a terrorist to include those who view such material online without downloading it.

I want to make sure those who view despicable terrorist content online, including jihadi websites, far-right propaganda and bomb-making instructions, face the full force of the law, Rudd said when unveiling the new policy. There is currently a gap in the law around material [that] is viewed or streamed from the internet without being permanently downloaded. This is an increasingly common means by which material...



South Front Hezbollah is a social and political movement with a strong armed wing. It was formed in 1980s. Hezbollahs creation was conditioned by the aspiration of the Shia population of Lebanon to meet the challenges of Israeli expansion and Western new-style colonialism. The Hezbollah (Party of God) movement was formed in 1982 in Lebanon []


Saudi Attempted to Expose Lebanon to Israeli Attack by Excluding Hariri Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source November 18, 2017 Former Israeli Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said Saudi Arabia attempted to expose Lebanon to an Israeli attack through excluding Lebanese Premier Saad Hariri. In an interview with Israeli Channel 12, Yaldin praised what he called an alliance between the Zionist entity and Saudi, stressing that Riyadh can go far away []


SouthFront Documentary about Hezbollah (MUST SEE!) The Vineyard of the Saker

Dear friends, Check out this superb documentary about Hezbollah made by our friend of SouthFront.  It is superb. Please make sure to drop by here to support their work:


Developing Centers of Excellence and Economic Hubs in Somalia An Alternative Approach to Development Somali News in English Horseed Media

by Dr. Peter J. Middlebrook 14 Somalia, like many countries, is land-locked on one side, and sea-locked on the other. If Somalia had been land-locked neighboring Germany or sea-locked neighboring Singapore, its development history would have had an entirely different trajectory. In January 2016 I presented Global Economic Futures to the CEO and Leadership of []



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US Special Forces Provide Secret Cover For ISIS Retreat in Syria (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

US Special Forces Provide Secret Cover For ISIS Retreat in Syria Video Russia-Insider Large ISIS combat units equipped with heavy weaponry and vehicles withdrew to the area controlled by Americans. According to Russias Ministry of Defense, the coalition aviation...

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Argentina: Santiago Maldonado Presente! (Video) Insurrection News

Received on 19.11.17:

Video compilation of graffiti and street actions / riots for murdered anarchist comrade Santiago Maldonado that have taken place in Argentina over the past 3 months.


Israels Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike World Beyond War . . .

Exclusive: The Iraq WMD fiasco wasnt the only time political pressure twisted U.S. intelligence judgments. In 2007, Israel sold the CIA on a dubious claim about a North Korean nuclear reactor in the Syrian desert, reports Gareth Porter.

By Gareth Porter, November 18, 2017, Consortium News.

In September 2007, Israeli warplanes bombed a building in eastern Syria that the Israelis claimed held a covert nuclear reactor that had been built with North Korean assistance. Seven months later, the CIA released an extraordinary 11-minute video and mounted press and Congressional briefings that supported that claim.

Satellite photos of the supposed Syrian
nuclear site before and after the
Israeli airstrike.

But nothing about that alleged reactor in the Syrian desert turns out to be what it appeared at the time. The evidence now available shows that there was no such nuclear reactor, and that the Israelis had misled George W. Bushs administration into believing that it was in order to draw the United States into bombing missile storage sites in Syria. Other evidence now suggests, moreover, that the Syrian government had led the Israelis to believe wrongly that it was a key storage site for Hezbollah missiles and rockets.

The International Atomic Agencys top specialist on North Korean reactors, Egyptian national Yousry Abushady, warned top IAEA officials in 2008 that the published CIA claims about the alleged reactor in the Syrian desert could not possibly have been true. In a series of interviews in Vienna and by phone and e-mail exchanges over several months Abushady detailed the technical evidence that led him to issue that warning and to be even more confident about that judgment later on. And a retired nuclear engineer and research scientist with many years of experience at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has confirmed a crucial element of that technical evidence.

Published revelations by senior Bush administration officials show, moreover, that principal U.S. figures in the story all had their own political motives for supporting the Israeli claim of a Syrian reactor being built with Nor...


Israels Ploy Selling a Syrian Nuke Strike Aletho News

By Gareth Porter | Consortium News | November 18, 2017 In September 2007, Israeli warplanes bombed a building in eastern Syria that the Israelis claimed held a covert nuclear reactor that had been built with North Korean assistance. Seven months later, the CIA released an extraordinary 11-minute video and mounted press and Congressional briefings that []


Yemenis Sit Between the Hammer and Anvil of US-backed Saudi Siege and Airstrikes Geopolitics Alert

Sanaa (GPA) Yemeni forces launched a long-range ballistic missile at the King Khalid Airport in early November in retaliation for the Saudi-led war against Yemen. Days later, Saudi Arabia tightened their already-existing blockade. This impacts Yemeni life in a number of ways and puts millions of Yemenis on the brink of death.

Nearly 1,000 days ago, Saudi Arabia along with most of the Gulf Cooperation Council and backed by western allies launched a brutal war against Yemen to defeat a popular uprising and prop-up the Saudi puppet government of Mansur Hadi.

International observers estimate the death toll from Saudi airstrikes and military operations is about 5,000 but local estimates suggest that total is over 13,000.

The number of Yemenis killed by the ongoing siege is harder to calculate. Not long after beginning the war, the Saudi coalition imposed a land, sea, and air blockade effectively turning Yemen into an open-air prison.

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

Aid, which was already severely restricted, is now nonexistent. The previous measures put seven million Yemenis on the brink of famine, made 17 million food insecure, and triggered a globally unprecedented cholera outbreak infecting nearly 1 million and killing over 3,000 since April.

The Saudi measures in early November increased this existing blockade by closing Yemens few remaining lifelines including the Aden airport, Hodeidah port, and various land routes. The siege also restricts the flow of movement, and the Sanaa airport has been closed to commercial travel for years. (Saudi airstrikes attacked the Sanaa airports communication equipment last week just to ensure aid cannot enter.)

People living in Sanaa say the once bustling capital has become a ghost town as the prices of available goods have skyrocketed.

  • Fuel: People wait in long lines in hopes of filling their cars to get to work. Yemenis report parking their car in line and walking home, only to return the next day and wait. Sewage pumps require fuel to function so lack of fuel will cause cholera rates to spike again.
  • Foodstuffs: Yemen imports nearly 80% of food so millions are expected to die if the siege continues.
  • Medical supplies: Th...


French academic: Create an Islamic state within France to avoid civil war Jihad Watch

We can never convert the 30% of Muslims who demand the introduction of sharia law to the merits of our democracy and secularism. We are now allowing segregation to take place that does not say its name. Rather than veil the face or adopt unimaginable measures in democracy (remigration, forced evictions of the most radical), []


Trump administration threatens to shut down Palestinian office in DC Jihad Watch

Unless the Palestinians get serious about making peace with Israel. So watch for a massive War is Deceit initiative from the Palestinians in the coming months. Trump Admin Threatens To Shut Down Palestinian Office In DC, by Jonah Bennett, Daily Caller, November 18, 2017: The Trump administration said Friday it will shut down the Palestinian []


UK ex-foreign secretary Straw hints he was sacked after urging Hamas dialogue Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Media reports say Straw may have been removed from his post in 2006 at request of US administration of George W Bush


Palestinian vehicular jihadi had big smile on his face as he rammed Israelis Jihad Watch

Of course he did, because he knew he would be rewarded by his bloodthirsty god, who promises Paradise to those who kill and are killed for him (Quran 9:111). Palestinian Terrorist Had Big Smile on His Face, Israeli Wounded in Gush Etzion Ramming Attack Recalls, by Barney Breen-Portnoy, Algemeiner, November 17, 2017: Two Israeli civilians []


Rutgers hires Syrian ex-diplomat who accused Israelis of trafficking childrens organs Jihad Watch

Mazen Adi is fine. But Rutgers University wouldnt dream of hiring an Islamophobe, i.e., someone opposed to jihad terrorism. Jewish Leaders at Rutgers University Denounce Hiring of Ex-Syrian Diplomat Who Accused Israelis of Trafficking Childrens Organs, by Shiri Mosh, Algemeiner, November 17, 2017: Two leading Jewish campus groups at Rutgers University in New Jersey have []


Hariri sought asylum in Jordan, according to the Times The Angry Arab News Service/

Mr. Hariri reached out to Jordan with a request to go to Amman as a safe haven, a Western official said. The request was denied, the official said, because the Saudis had pressured Jordan not to accept him.

PS Why would the Times bury this major story at the end of the article and not even place in the headline?


Hariri in Paris The Angry Arab News Service/

He met with a Lebanese media delegation.  My media source (represented) about the meeting: they left with the impression that he was not free--neither in Saudi nor in Paris.  He pleaded that they don't ask him about his stay in Riyadh.  Interestingly, unlike the propaganda interview in Riyadh, he didn't state that he was free or that he was in Saudi Arabia "reflecting" or "consulting".  My source (a well-known media executive in Beirut) confirmed from Hariri guards that as soon as he arrived in Riyadh he was stripped of his cellphones.  Curiously, one of the people in Hariri entourage who is now suspected by Hariri family of being more loyal to Saudi regime than to Hariri attended the session with the media delegation.  


'Reflections of Dennis Banks,' by Earl Tulley, Dineh CENSORED NEWS

Reflections of Dennis Banks By Earl Tulley, Dineh Censored News On November 2, my daughter and I started our journey to Leech Lake, Minnesota a 3,200-mile (50 hour) round trip. Our journey provided a lot of time to reflect on and definition of a person with many labels and/or stereotypes with the name Nowa Cumig, which means in the center of the universe. We traveled with weather


US threatens to shutter Palestinian office in Washington, DC Aletho News

Press TV November 18, 2017 The government of US President Donald Trump has threatened to close down the Palestine Liberation Organizations office in Washington, DC, if it supports a Palestinian bid to prosecute Israeli officials at the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to a law passed by the US Congress, Palestinians would be stripped []


Nikki Haley Promises US Will Act Without UNSC in Syria Geopolitics Alert

New York (GPA Following two Russian vetoes in one week at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), US ambassador Nikki Haley has promised the US would act alone to fight for justice.

At the end of last week, the UNSC voted on two resolutions concerning the April chemical weapons incident in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria. The resolutions, which sought to continue the mission of the UN-led joint investigative mechanism (JIM), were vetoed by the Russian envoy, Vassily Nebenzia who said: Any extension of the JIMs mandate for us is possible only provided fundamental flaws in its work are rectified.

Nikki Haley
Image: South Carolina Gov.

Nebenzia said the reasons behind Russias decision to use their veto power was based on the past performance of JIM which had disgraced itself with its fictitious investigation, and had signed its name on baseless accusations against Syria. These remarks were made in reference to the recent joint report issued by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

This OPCW-UN report, which was published in late October and concluded that the Syrian government had carried out a chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun. Russia has wisely refused to accept this report due to several factors, primarily the commissions inability to even visit the site to collect evidence due to the danger posed by moderate rebels in the area. The OPCW had also already overseen a chemical weapons destruction prog...


Guardian, NYT Paint Power-Grabbing Saudi Dictator as Roguish, Visionary Reformer Aletho News

By Adam Johnson | FAIR | November 17, 2017 The Guardian (11/5/17) Two weeks ago, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman carried out a brutal crackdown on his political opponents, arresting dozens of high-ranking relatives, kidnapping the prime minister of Lebanon, and seeing eight of his political rivals die in a convenient helicopter crash. The []


1962: He Who Controls The Weather, Will Control The World (LBJ) Chemtrails: The Exotic Weapon

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Two-Faced Trump Spokeswoman Carelessly Boasts That the US Doesnt Need UN Approval To Wage War In Syria ThereAreNoSunglasses

Nikki Haley: US ready to fight for justice in Syria without UN approval

The US does not consider itself constrained by the United Nations Security Council and might seek justice in Syria on its own terms, the US representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, has said. The US took similar action in Libya in 2011.

With the unity of this council, or alone, unrestrained by Russias obstructionism, we will continue to fight for justice and accountability in Syria, Haley said, blasting Russias vetoing of the draft resolution on the extension of the Syrian chemical weapons probe on Friday.

The draft, proposed by Japan, envisioned the technical extension of the probe for another 30 days. Explaining Russias decision to block the resolution, Russian UN envoy Vasily Nebenzya said that there is no sense in prolonging the mission if some glaring flaws in its work are not amended.

There can...


Israeli Police Prepare for Coming of the Messiah Fig Trees and Vineyards

[ Ed. note Below is an article I wrote and posted back in February of this year, but I thought I would re-post it in light of the tense situation now developing in the Golan Heights, with Israel threatening war over the issue of Iranian troops stationed in Syria. The Iranians have been in []


Pakistan NSA accuses India of creating two-front situation Peace and Freedom

PTI | Updated: Nov 18, 2017, 08:47 IST


  • Pakistan NSA said that such a policy would be detrimental for regional peace and stability.
  • The NSA also said that for regional peace and stability, it is imperative for both the countries to engage with each and resolve their disputes.
  • He said Pakistan and India should resolve their disputes for the sake of better future.

A Pakistani soldier keeps vigil next to a newly fenced border fencing along with Afghan's Paktika provinc A Pakistani soldier keeps vigil next to a newly fenced border fencing along with Afghans Paktika province .

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan national security advisor Nasser Khan Janjua today accused India of creating a two-front situation for Pakistan, saying such a policy would be detrimental for regional peace and stability.

His statement came during his talks with visiting special representative of Germany for Afghanistan and Pakistan Markus Potzel who was accompanied by German ambassador Martin Kobler here.

According to a statement by the NSA office, the two sides discussed the regional security situation and the prevailing situation in Afghanistan.

Janjua said that Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan but the same is under stress due to involvement of India which wants to create a two front situation for Pakistan.

India is self-seeking a two front situation which does not auger well for the region. All major powers of the world need to play their role in keeping the region stable and balanced, he said.

He meant to say that Pakistan was being stretched to fight militants on the western front with Afghanistan and face Indian army on the eastern border with India.

The NSA also said that for regional peace and stability, it is imperative for both the countries to engage with each and resolve their disputes.

Janjua also said Pakistan wanted peace in Afghanistan and urged for political settlement of the Afghan issue.

To end miseries of Afghanistan and its people, warring sides should seek a political solution to the conflict as the perpetual war of last 16 years has given...


FUCK COPS T-Shirt Guy Wins Free Speech Case vs NH State Police Cop Block

Brandon Pinney awaits trial in his "FUCK COPS" shirt.

Brandon Pinney awaits trial in his FUCK COPS shirt.

After being found guilty last year in Keene District Court of disorderly conduct for telling state police to fuck off, NH-native Brandon Pinney appealed to a jury trial. Im happy to announce that thanks to a hung jury, Brandon is victorious, as the state has decided to not retry the case. In an email, Brandon says:

Just letting you know that the deadline has passed for the state to retry me and the hung jury stands. While i am disappointed I was not fully exonerated i am glad and fortunate that in my case a jury of my peers was able to see that the situation did not unfold as the state presented it.

For the full initial district court trial video, you can check out this post. At the time, he heroically wore a FUCK COPS homemade t-shirt into court. Free speech includes the right to say unpleasant things to government officials. The district court judge, Edward Burke, was wrong to uphold the charge against him and it was good to see some jurors could see the situation clearly. This is a clear free speech issue, and in the long run the state would have lost in its own courts. Brandon stated further:

I also want you to know that I dont regret wearing my shirt. I am more than a little troubled that my arresting officer initially served as the prosecutor. I believe that a county prosecutor would have declined to take up the case after reading the witness statements. Some of the statements made by the ranger, the fish and game officer and state trooper, as well as their testimony...


Saudi Torture Victims Include Former Kings Son Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

David Hearst Friday 17 November 2017 Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, the son of the late King Abdullah who was once considered a future crown prince, was beaten and tortured, along with five other princes, when he was arrested and interrogated in Riyadh during the ongoing political purge in the kingdom, Middle East Eye has confirmed. []


Security Council-appointed panel says no missiles sent to Houthis, refuting Saudi Arabia claim Aletho News

Press TV November 18, 2017 A United Nations Security Council-appointed panel has said in a confidential memo that it has seen no evidence to support Saudi Arabias claims that missiles have been transferred to Yemens Houthis fighters by external sources. The panel made the conclusion in a confidential assessment sent to Security Council diplomats []


Top Israeli official admits that boycotting just the settlements is meaningless Mondoweiss

Ladies and gentlemen, this is huge. A professional Israeli propagandist Ron Brummer, chief of operations in Israels Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Hasbara, has said recently:

Israel does not have two different economic ecosystems, like, Israel within the green line and Israel over the green line. If you want to divest from the West Bank, Judea and Samaria, you have to divest from Israel, which means you boycott Israel completely.

Brummer spoke at the Israeli American Council on November 5 an organization funded by Sheldon Adelson in a panel titled The Real BDS: Bigotry, Discrimination and Slander.

Brummers affirmation cuts through a discussion that has certainly divided waters.

Last year, Todd Gitlin, Peter Beinart, Kai Bird, Peter Brooks, Michael Walzer, Edward Witten, et al., wrote a letter in the New York Review of Books, titled For an Economic Boycott and Political Nonrecognition of the Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories. Whilst promoting a targeted boycott of all goods and services from all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories, and any investments that promote the Occupation, they nonetheless oppose an economic, political, or cultural boycott of Israel itself as defined by its June 4, 1967, borders (and they in fact opened the letter with that statement).

In response, Angela Y. Davis, Chandler Davis, Richard A. Falk, Rashid Khalidi, and Alice Rothchild, et al., published a letter (also in the NYRB), which states that they welcome the statements shattering of the taboo against boycotting Israeli entities that are complicit inat least selectiveviolations of Palestinian human rights, and yet noted the very critical problem they had with the letter:

Defying common sense, however, the statement calls for boycotting settlements while letting Israel, the state that has illegally built and maintained those settlements for decades, off the hook, they wrote. They wondered, moreover, shouldnt Israeli banks that are not based in settlements but finance their construction be targeted as well?

Two years ago, I had translated a Hebrew Maariv article on my Facebook page, where Israeli bank officials were warning about a financial-national tsunami. The article by Ben Caspit noted that the banks are in panic following a document produced by the research institute facilitating the EU. According to its recommendations, the union must boycott I...


Saudi Royal Purge Is Young Prince Shaking-Down Relatives For 70% of Their Wealth ThereAreNoSunglasses

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Reports: Saudi prisoners to be freed in exchange for 70% of their wealth

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According to the Financial Times (FT) the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohamed Bin Salman, is negotiating a settlement with some of the countrys most well-known figures who have been detained under corruption charges since the beginning of the month.



Ian Buruma en 'het betrekkelijk goedaardige imperialisme uit Washington' 29 stan van houcke

Michael Brenner'the overwhelming fraction of all the wealth created over two generations has gone to those at the very top of the income pyramid. That pattern has been markedly accelerated since the financial crisis hit in 2008. Between 2000 and 2012, the real net worth of 90 percent of Americans has declined by 25 percent. [] After a large decline of 11.6 percent from 2007 to 2009, real incomes of the bottom 99 percent of families registered a negligible 1.1 percent gain from 2009 to 2013, and then grew by 6.0 percent from 2013 to 2015 Hence, a full recovery in income growth for the bottom 99 percent remains elusive.


Syrian Army Advances In Western Ghouta. Israel Responds With Shelling (Maps)

Syrian Army Advances In Western Ghouta. Israel Responds With Shelling (Maps)

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On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) captured the hills of Sawadi, Fajr-1, Fajr-2, Namrud and Faransi between the villages of Kafr Hawr and Heeneh north of the town of Beit Jinn in the Western Ghouta region, according to pro-government sources.

Thus, government forces surrounded Kafr Hawr from the northern, western and southwestern directions.

The Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)-linked news agency Ibaa reported that Syrian warplanes conducted several airstrikes on Kafr Hawr on Saturday. Another militant group, Jaysh al-Ababil, announced that it captured 3 SAA soldiers during the clashes around Kafr Hawr and Heeneh.

Syrian Army Advances In Western Ghouta. Israel Responds With Shelling (Maps)

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Israeli forces shelled a position of the SAA south of Hadar and 6km south of Beit Jinn, according to pro government sources.

The Israeli Army confirmed the attack and said that one of its battle tanks fired warning shots because the SAA was constructing a fortified position in the demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights.

The Israeli Army added that constructing fortifications in the demilitarized zone is a violation of the 1974 truce agreement between Israel and Syria...


Is Satire "Fakenews"? - How Fact-Checkers Peddle Snake-Oil Moon of Alabama

Since the issues of alleged "fake news" and "Russian influence" have cropped up, several media institutions highlight their public fact-checkers. Social media companies hire them to filter "fake news" from their content. Traditional fact-checkers within a newsroom considered the veracity...


Kingdom of UAE Traficking In (US?) Arms In Somalia ThereAreNoSunglasses

[US approves $2 billion arms sale to UAE

UAE violates UN arm embargo in Somalia

In a protest against the creation of a UAE military base in Somalia, banners read No to military bases, no to aggression outside the UAE embassy in London, UK, on 2 March 2017.

According to monitors, the continuous support of some foreign countries for terror in Somalia threatens peace and security due to the possible return of piracy off the Somali coast.

The report said that it had enough proofs that a UAE ship could have been carrying illegal weapons and banned materials to Somali before it was intercepted and kidnapped....


Soros koopt Brussel (EU) stan van houcke

Soros koopt Brussel (EU)

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor soros buys brussel cartoon
Verschillende bronnen, binnen de EU, beschrijven de invloed van Soros in Straatsburg en Brussel als echt buitengewoon groot en verontrustend. En die invloed lijkt dramatisch te stijgen nu Soros het grootste deel van zijn rijkdom $ 18 miljard heeft gedoneerd aan zijn Open Society-project, deze campagne is voor open grenzen en super-power structuren binnen de Europese Unie.
Bronnen zeggen:  Ik ben bang dat we naar het meest criminele niveau van internationale en politieke samenspanning in de geschiedenis kunnen meemaken.
Op het eerste gezicht lijkt er enige legitimiteit te bestaan over deze beweringen. Volgens publieke bronnen heeft het European Policy Institute (OSEPI), het EU-beleidsonderdeel van de Open Society Foundation, in 2016, 44 keer een ontmoeting gehad met leden van de Europese Commissie. En nu de organisatie net $18 miljard gekregen heeft, het lijkt duidelijk dat die invloed zal toenemen.


About the importance of moderation (a thank you!! to the mods) The Vineyard of the Saker

There was an interesting comment posted recently on the Unz Review under one of my recent articles.  It said the following: Kizas comment mirrors something I did indeed observe: every


U.S. Flagged Russian Firm Kaspersky as Potential Threat as Early as 2004 Peace and Freedom

Intelligence agencies have expressed concern about the cybersecurity companys software

Updated Nov. 17, 2017 5:42 p.m. ET

WASHINGTONA Russian cybersecurity firm whose products current and former U.S. officials suspect Moscow has used as a tool for spying was flagged by U.S. military intelligence as a potential security threat as early as 2004, according to new information the Defense Department provided to Congress.

In 2013, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the U.S. military spy service, also issued a Pentagon-wide threat assessment about products made by the company, Kaspersky Lab, according to an email this week from the Pentagon to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. The contents of the assessment werent disclosed.

The DIA began producing threat reporting referencing Kaspersky Lab as a threat actor as early as 2004, according to the email, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, raising questions about why other federal agencies continued to use the firms products.

The Journal reported in October that hackers suspected of working for the Russian government targeted a National Security Agency contractor through the contractors use of Kaspersky Lab antivirus software and stole details of how the U.S. penetrates foreign computer networks.

Kaspersky has long said it doesnt assist the Russian government with spying on other countries.

The revelation about Kaspersky comes as concern over Russian infiltration of American computer networks and social-media platforms is growing after the U.S. intelligence assessment that the Russian government worked to help President Donald Trumps 2016 campaign. Russia has denied meddling in the election.

Kaspersky published a report on Thursday saying that the computer it believes may have belonged to the NSA contractor in question was infected with other malware that could have been responsible for ex-filtrating information.

The company said in a separate statement, in response to the revelation that U.S. military intelligence flagged the firm as a threat actor, that it remains ready to work with the U.S. government to address any and all concerns and further collaborate to mitigate against cyber threats, regardless of their origin or purpose. It added: we maintain that there has yet to be any credible evidence of the risks presented by the companys products.

The DI...


Former UK foreign secretary warns of Saudi 'threat' to Lebanon's stability Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Jack Straw says Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's foreign policies pose major risks to Middle East region


War Crimes as Policy Aletho News

By Mark Taliano | Global Research | November 17, 2017 Despite appearances and differing ideologies, both the Kurds SDF and ISIS are Western intelligence assets in Syria. Neither would exist in Syria without the West and its allies, and both serve to destroy the country. The Empires anti-democratic SDF proxies are not defeating the U.S []



How Pseudo-leftists Explain the Failure of the Syrian Revolution Aletho News

By Tim Anderson | Global Research | November 16, 2017 Some western Liberals and Leftists pay homage to Yassin al-Haj Saleh, an intellectual leftist of the Syrian Revolution. In fact Saleh represented only a tiny part of Syrias left. He was persecuted because he aligned himself with the 1980 and 2011 bloody uprisings by the []


Why Saudi Arabia and Iran are bitter rivals Peace and Freedom

  • 18 November 2017
Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin SalmanIrans Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. REUTERS/EPA

Saudi Arabia and Iran are at loggerheads. They have long been rivals, but its all recently got a lot more tense. Heres why.

How come Saudi Arabia and Iran dont get along?

Saudi Arabia and Iran two powerful neighbours are locked in a fierce struggle for regional dominance.

The decades-old feud between them is exacerbated by religious differences. They each follow one of the two main sects in Islam Iran is largely Shia Muslim, while Saudi Arabia sees itself as the leading Sunni Muslim power.

Map showing Sunni distribution in Middle East

This religious schism is reflected in the wider map of the Middle East, where other countries have Sunni or Shia majorities, some of whom look towards Iran or Saudi Arabia for support or guidance.

Historically Saudi Arabia, a monarchy and home to the birthplace of Islam, saw itself as the leader of the Muslim world. However this was challenged in 1979 by the Islamic revolution in Iran which created a new type of state in the region a kind of theocracy that had an explicit goal of exporting this model beyond its own borders.



Influx of casualties in Eastern Ghouta amid reports of gas attack Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


At least 37 people treated in Eastern Ghouta for injuries from unidentified gas attack, MEE is told


FBI report on black extremists raises new monitoring fears Peace and Freedom


Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON (AP) An FBI report on the rise of black extremists is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws.

The FBI said it doesnt target specific groups, and the report is one of many its intelligence analysts produce to make law enforcement aware of what they see as emerging trends. A similar bulletin on white supremacists, for example, came out about the same time.

The 12-page report, issued in August, says black identity extremists are increasingly targeting law enforcement after police killings of black men, especially since the shooting of Michael Brown roiled Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014. The report describes cases in which extremists had acted in retaliation for perceived past police brutality incidents. It warned that such violence was likely to continue.

Black leaders and activists were outraged after Foreign Policy revealed the existence of the report last month. The Congressional Black Caucus, in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, said the report conflates black political activists with dangerous domestic terrorist organizations and would further erode the frayed relationship between police and minority communities.

I have never met a black extremist. I dont know what the FBI is talking about, said Chris Phillips, a filmmaker in Ferguson.

Before the Trump administration, the report might not have caused such alarm. The FBI noted it issued a similar bulletin warning of retaliatory violence by black separatist extremists in March 2016, when the country had a black president, Barack Obama, and black attorney general, Loretta Lynch.

But black voters overwhelmin...


Syrian Army Captures Two More Villages In Northern Hama (Map)

Syrian Army Captures Two More Villages In Northern Hama (Map)

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On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) captured the village of Harran located north of Arafa and the village of Hardana located west of Arafa in the northern Hama countryside, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

The Hezbollah media wing also announced that the SAA repelled an attack of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) on its positions in the village of Murayjeb Al-Jumalan northeast of al-Shakusiyah. SAA soldiers killed several HTS fighters and destroyed an armored vehicle of HTS while they were repelling the attack.

Syrian opposition sources revealed that the SAA destroyed a US made-TOW Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) launcher of the Free Idlib Army in the northern Hama countryside. According to the sources, the operator of the TOW launcher, Khaled Khaluf, was killed and the co-operator, Ahmad Abu Zain, was badly injured.

The HTS-linked news agency Ibaa, announced on Friday, that HTS fighters attacked a position of the SAA in the village of Abu Myal in the northeastern Hama countryside. Ibaa claimed that HTS fighters killed 18 soldiers of the SAA. However, HTS didnt ca...


Facebook ads are way more important than the children we slaughter in some poor country Mondoweiss

Some scandals are too big to acknowledge.

The fundamental issue involving the Russiagate scandal is something Noam Chomsky said about Nixon somewhere. Richard Nixon didnt get the boot because he plunged Chile into fascism or bombed Cambodia or sided with Pakistan while its dictator was slaughtering people in Bangladesh. He got kicked out because one powerful faction in US politics, Republicans, broke the rules operating against another powerful faction, the Democrats. That is bad, but one would think mass murder is worse. Not, however, if you live in a superpower. The rules are different for people who are powerful. This is true in any system, whether Hollywood, the Beltway, or the Kremlin.

Americans, including American liberals, seem blissfully unaware this also applies to us. We think because we are a democracy that we have checks on the bad actions of our government. The problem with this theory is that the people we kill overseas dont vote in our elections. And if you expect liberals to act as a check you havent been counting the bodies. Many liberals simply dont care what we do to people overseas unless it is a useful talking point to be used against a Republican. Or think of it this way given what powerful people have been getting away with when it comes to rape and sexual harassment in this country, how well will the system work in preventing American atrocities against people overseas?

After Nixon and Watergate the next big Presidential scandal was Iran Contra. Ronald Reagan supported death squads in El Salvador and genocidal generals in Guatemala (so did Israel, btw). He supported Jonas Savimbi and his UNITA movement in Angola, another terrorist movement. And Iran Contra nearly brought Reagan down, but not because the contras murdered civilians. Again, it was a process scandal. Reagan broke the law in arming the contras, violating the Boland Amendment. Plus the Iranians were the official bad guys and he was willing to trade weapons for hostages.

The hundreds of thousands murdered by the groups Reagan supported in various places didnt matter. Oh, people argued about them. As policy choices. The Boland Amendment was meant to stop the supply of arms to the contras. But the idea that it might be scandalous for the US to participate in state-sponsored terror was never the point of Iran Contra investigations. In fact, Oliver North was treated as a hero who broke laws to save lives. The reason for the Boland Amendment was forgotten it was more in the Beltways comfort zone to treat the scandal as a process story where an overzealous Colonel North broke the law with good intentions.

Objectively speaking, the worst things American politicians are responsible for are crimes against humanity, but those are never seen as scandals, except maybe a century later. Nobody is investigated, nobody tries to figure out who benefited, whether money or career ambitions are involved. At most we just treat war c...


African Union calls for slave market probe Peace and Freedom

(From L) Rwandas president Paul Kagame, Senegals president Macky Sall, Malis president Ibrahima Boubacar Keita and president of the Commission of African Union (AU) Moussa Faki Mahamat attend the opening of the 4th Summit on Peace and Security on November 13, 2017 in Dakar. (AFP)

DAKAR: The African Union (AU) on Friday called for Libyan authorities to investigate slave markets of black Africans operating in the conflict-torn nation, following the release of shocking images showing the sale of young men.

The demand follows the release of CNN footage of a live auction in Libya where black youths are presented to North African buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400.
Guinean President Alpha Conde, who is also chairman of the AU, demanded an inquiry and prosecutions relating to what he termed a despicable trade from another era.
Meanwhile, Senegals government commenting on Facebook, expressed outrage at the sale of Sub-Saharan African m...


Hariri Released from Saudi Arabia, Son and Daughter Still in Riyadh Aletho News

Al-Manar | November 18, 2017 Lebanese PM Saad Hariri arrived in Paris early on Saturday after being held for 13 days in Riyadh by Saudi authorities. Hariri is accompanied by his wife, but his son and daughter are still in Saudi capital, in a move that raises many questions. Hariri arrived in Le Bourget airport []


Saudi Arabia: from family rule to the rule of one man The Angry Arab News Service/

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "From the rule of the family to the one-man rule: The Saudi Dictator".


Did Bill Gates actually thank the Saudi regime for its philanthropic work in Yemen? The Angry Arab News Service/

All Saudi regime media claimed yesterday that Bill Gates in his visit to Saudi Arabia actually thanked the Saudi government for its humanitarian work in Yemen. Kid you not. But something happened: Saudi Gazette had to change its headline (which said that "Gates praised Saudi humanitarian work in Yemen") and the content of its story clearly after receiving a complaint from Gates.  If you google Bill Gates and Yemen you can still see the false original headline of the story.


"And justice for all..." Not so fast, Palestinians! Sic Semper Tyrannis

"He suggested that Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas' latest speech at the UN General Assembly, in which he suggested taking the issue of Israeli settlements to the International Criminal Court, may have been behind the US stance. Senior Palestinian official Saeb...


US wont be constrained by UN Security Council in Syria: Haley Aletho News

Press TV November 18, 2017 The United States does not consider itself constrained by the UN Security Council and may seek justice in Syria on its own terms, says the US representative to the UN, Nikki Haley. Haley said on Friday that with or without unity of the council, Washington will continue to fight []


Zimbabwes ruling party to fire Mugabe on Sunday Anti-Mugabe Crowds On The March Peace and Freedom


HARARE (Reuters) Zimbabwes ruling ZANU-PF party will hold a special central committee meeting on Sunday morning to dismiss 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe as its leader, two ZANU-PF sources said on Saturday.

The meeting, which is scheduled to start at 1030 am (3.30 a.m. ET) will also reinstate ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa and remove Mugabes wife, Grace, from the leadership of the ZANU-PF Womens League.

people holding signs reading The message for the Mugabes was clear. EPA photos

Reporting by Ed Cropley and MacDonald Dzirutwe; Writing by Ed Cropley; Editing by James Macharia



Zimbabwe protesters begin marching towards Mugabe residence

HARARE (Reuters) Zimbabweans celebrating the expected fall of President Robert Mugabe marched towards his residence in the capital Harare on Saturday, live television pictures showed, as the country prepared to oust its leader of the last 37 years.



Spanish police shoot Muslim screaming Allahu akbar holding suspicious object, cops say not terror-related Jihad Watch

Sources close to the inquiry said they were not probing it as a terror incident and believed the unidentified man may have been acting under the influence of drugs. Of course. Drug-addled people routinely start screaming Allahu akbar and threaten border patrol officers with suspicious objects. BREAKING NEWS: Spanish police shoot Frenchman of north African []


Sacked Catalan leaders get pride of place in electoral lists Peace and Freedom


AFP | Carles Puigdemont (right) and Oriol Junqueras during a session of the Catalan parliament on October 26, 2017


Jailed and exiled figures from Catalonias separatist movement feature prominently in party lists unveiled by the regions pro-independence factions, ahead of elections called for December 21.

Of the 14 members of the Catalan government who were dismissed by the central government in October, 12 are on the two main separatist lists, the Together for Catalonia group of sacked president Carles Puigdemont and the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), led by his vice president Oriol Junqueras.

Seven of the former officials, including Junqueras, are currently jailed pending an investigation into charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds, while Puigdemont and four others are in Belgium fighting an extradition request filed by Spain.

Prosecutors in Brussels asked a judge Friday to extradite Puigdemont and the others, and a new hearing has been set for December 4.

But a final decision could still be months away, as both sides are expected to appeal if the judge rules against them, which means Puigdemont might be out of the country when the Catalonia vote is held.

Junqueras and the others being held may be released before the election.

Puigdemont presented on Twitter the lists backed by his conservative PDeCAT party, saying the candidates supported independence, the republic and freedom, as well as the restitution of the regional government and a return of political prisoners and exiles.

He had hoped to form a united separatist front for the new elections, as was the case in the regions last elections in 2015, when the pro-independence camp secured a majority of 72 seats in the 135-seat parliament.

But the ERC rejected a joint ticket, and opinion polls suggest that while it is leading in the current campaign, which officially opens on December 5, the independence coalition as a whole could lose its absolute majority.

The polls indicate a tight race against the Constitutionalist bloc which favours Spanish unity, which includes Prime Minister Mariano Rajoys Popular Party (PP), the centrist Ciudadanos and Catalonias Socialist party.

Madrid has imposed direct rule on the once semi-autonomous region since the independence declaration made after a banned referendum on October 1, and called the new elections in a bid to restore normality.

Regional authorities said 90 percent chose to split from Spain, though less...


US, European Nations Slammed for 'Complicity' Warcrimes Yemen stan van houcke

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US, European Nations Slammed for 'Complicity' as Humanitarian Groups Demand Aid for Yemen

"The choice is between resolution, or complicity in the suffering; there is no third option."


Montreuil, France: Solidarity with the 3 Anarchist Women Prisoners Awaiting Trial for Attempted Burglary of an Unoccupied House Insurrection News


Three women were arrested, detained and imprisoned at Fleury Mrogis Prison, accused of meeting for the purposes of attempted burglary after they were seen near an unoccupied house. A rally has been called for them at 18:00hrs in Montreuil.

On the night of Tuesday 14 to Wednesday, November 15, three women were arrested on a street in Montreuil and taken to the police station. A vigilant neighbour saw them near an unoccupied house and called the cops. They were then placed in custody for meeting for the purposes of attempted burglary. They did not say anything during their interrogation and refused to give their fingerprints and photos, which is why they are also accused of refusal of identification. One of them is also accused of provoking arming against the state without even knowing what this last charge refers to.

After more than 24 hours in custody they were referred to the TGI (Investigative Court) in Bobigny on Thursday 16 November for an immediate appearance. In the midst of the daily banality of the dirty work of justice whose immediate appearances are one of many examples, a dozen comrades were present in solidarity with the accused on Thursday afternoon. All 3 accused comrades ref...


Video: Sorting through the JFK file dump OffGuardian

The Corbett Report interviews the Blind JFK Researcher about the massive data dump of JFK-related documents recently released from government archives Filed under: empire watch, JFK, latest, United States, USA, video


Global CO2 Emissions to Hit Record High stan van houcke

Global CO2 Emissions to Hit Record High in 2017

The projected rise in greenhouse gas emissions after three years of leveling off suggests emissions havent peaked yet, adding urgency to the UN climate talks. 



RIP Edward Herman stan van houcke

RIP Edward Herman, Who Co-Wrote a Book That's Now More Important Than Ever

We need a new 'Manufacturing Consent'


Chinas military met with Zimbabwe army chief before coup Peace and Freedom


By Elizabeth Shim

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe (R) maintained close relations until the coup that placed Mugabe under house arrest this week. File Photo by Aaron Ufumeli/EPA

Nov. 17 (UPI)  Africas no. 1 foreign investor could have had a hand in the military-led coup in Zimbabwe that placed former President Robert Mugabe under house arrest.

Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwes army commander, met with senior Chinese military officials before he led the Zimbabwean military to seize control of power in Harare and detain Mugabe, CNN reported Friday.

Speculation is growing Beijings Gen. Li Zuocheng, who met with Chiwenga, may have backed the coup, after Li told Chiwenga Zimbabwe and China are all-weather friends, according to the report.

Since the meeting and the coup, China has not publicly condemned the ousting of Mugabe from power, according to The Guardian.

Wang Xinsong, an analyst on policy at Beijing Normal University, said the Chinese government has been carefully watching domestic infighting among Zimbabwes factions and was concerned about friction building up in the Mugabe regime.

China, which owns many assets in Zimbabwe, may have been nervous following the introduction of an indigenization law that would have allowed the Zimbabwean government to seize foreign-owned assets in the country, according to the report.

Since Mugabe took power, he has been consistently supported by the Chinese government. China has become the second-largest trading partner with Zimbabwe and has invested very largely in the country, Wang said.

But the increasingly powerful Grace Mugabe, the first lady, may have been making Beijing nervous.

G40, the faction supporting Grace, was believed to be creating instability in the country.

China could have used its powerful economic leverage to control the situa...


Government Troops Launch Counter Attack In Syrias Eastern Ghouta (Map)

On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a counter attack against the Ahrar al-Sham Movement around the Armored Vehicle Base south of Harasta district east of the Syrian capital, Damascus, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria. However, no SAA advances were yet reported.

Opposition sources claimed that Syrian warplanes carried out airstrikes on positions of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement inside the Armored Vehicle Base. According to reports, 37 fighters of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement were injured in the airstrikes. The sources claimed that the bombs contained toxic gas. These claims were not supported by any evidence.

Another militant group, Faylaq al-Rahman, announced that it joined the Ahrar al-Sham Movement in its attack on the Armored Vehicle Base on Saturday. At least one tank of Faylaq al-Rahman attacked the positions of the SAA inside the base from the southern direction.

80% of the Armored Vehicle Base command section is under the control of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement. Most of the important positions inside the base are still under the SAA control.

The SAA is now working to recapture the command section and the section 446.


Syrian Army Captured Most of Al-Bukamal City, Started Securing Remaining Area (Video, Map)

On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah captured most of the city of al-Bukamal, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

The media outlet added that the SAA and its allies are now conducting a security operation inside the city to secure few remaining areas.

The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq didnt publish any news from al-Bukamal city on Saturday. This could mean that the entire city was under the control of the SAA and Hezbollah.

The rapid advance of the SAA suggests that ISIS members had been able to withdrew from al-Bukamal, likely through the Euphrates River. ISIS fighters likely move towards the Nineveh Desert west of Mosul city, inside Iraq.

Syrian Army Captured Most of Al-Bukamal City, Started Securing Remaining Area (Video, Map)

Click to see the full-size map

Al-Bukamal was the last stronghold of ISIS inside Syria. Its one of the most strategic positions on the Syrian-Iraqi border. Now ISIS controls only few villages along the western bank of the Euphrates, north of al-Bukamal and an empty desert area in the eastern Homs countryside.

UPDATE: The videos released online allow to confirm that the SAA and its allies have reached the roundabout, the watertower and electricity station.


Donald Trump puts unpopular elephant trophy decision on hold after widespread negative outcry Peace and Freedom

The Independent

Change had attracted widespread negative outcry

By Jeremy B White San Francisco

A male elephant attempts to stand on its feet at the Amboseli National Park, in Kenya November 2, 2016 Reuters

Donald Trump says he is halting a controversial change allowing the import of elephants killed by hunters abroad.

Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts, Mr Trump said in a Friday night tweet.

Earlier this week, it emerged that the Trump administration was lifting a ban on importing hunted elephant trophies. The US Fish and Wildlife Service had already moved to begin allowing people to import hunted lion trophies from Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The change drew immediate condemnations from wildlife advocates, who said the change would accelerate the destruction of sensitive species. Both elephants and lions are covered under the Endangered Species Act, a 2015 Fish and Wildlife Service press release anno...


Islamic State releases image of Pope Francis beheaded Jihad Watch

Well, he has already lost his head. This would just make it official. If the Islamic State gets the chance to make this image a reality, perhaps Pope Francis will be able to remind his killers, just before the blade slices into his neck, that authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are []


5th Baltimore cop cleared of all charges relating to death of Freddie Gray Aletho News

RT | November 17, 2017 Another police officer has been cleared of all administrative charges connected to the 2015 arrest and death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland. Protests over the death escalated into a riot and prompted questions about racist policing. Lieutenant Brian Rice was found not guilty by a three-member panel of law []


Palestinians threaten to cut ties with US if PLO office is shut Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Backlash to warnings issued by US after Palestinian President Abbas threatens to take action against Israel at ICC


Steve Bannon Invites Pro-Israel Groups To Join His Anti-Establishment Insurgency Peace and Freedom

 NOVEMBER 16, 2017 21:44


Bannon invited the pro-Israel activists to join what he referred to as the insurgency movement against the Republican establishment and against the permanent political class in Washington, DC.

Bannon and the anti-Israel establishment

Then White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon boards a vehicle as US President Donald Trump prepares to depart Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, US, April 9, 2017.. (photo credit:REUTERS/CARLOS BARRIA)

Bannon invited the pro-Israel activists to join what he referred to as the insurgency movement against the Republican establishment and against the permanent political class in Washington, DC.

Bannon argued that it is because of the Republican establishment that then president Barack Obama was able to implement the nuclear deal with Iran.

Bannon is correct. Had a non-establishment senator such as Ted Cruz chaired the Senate Foreign Affairs committee in 2014 and 2015 instead of Senator Bob Corker, in accordance with the US constitution, Obamas radical nuclear deal would have been treated like a treaty. It would have required the approval of two-thirds of the Senate and it would have gone down in flames.

Instead, Corker stood the Constitution on its head, co-sponsoring the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which required two-thirds of the Senate to reject the deal in order to block its implementa...


French Interior Minister says there are 300,000 illegal Muslim migrants in France Jihad Watch

What could possibly go wrong, you racist, bigoted Islamophobe? These illegal Muslim migrants make France diverse! Diverse like this: Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab Christian; Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan Muslim migrant, in September 2016 set off bombs in New York []


Egypt: Enraged Muslim mob of 1,000 attacks church, Christians lock themselves inside Jihad Watch

Churches are closed, the Coptic Christians are being attacked and their property destroyed, and there is no deterrent. The Copts always pay the price of this coexistence, not the aggressors. The reactions of officials are disappointing, and when there is any dispute or an attack, the first alternative is to close the church and put []


The Clinton scandals entailed violent threats against people who knew about his sex life Mondoweiss

In the late 1990s my journalistic career got a flat tire when I became wrapped up in the Clinton scandals. Good liberal friends told me I was overzealous or helping the other side. I had been assigned to write an article for the New York Times Magazine about Why People Hate Bill Clinton so much, but instead of doing a cultural examination of red state resistance to his social agenda, which is what the editors wanted, I went native in Arkansas and took his accusers seriously.

Today the Clinton scandals are getting a rehearing because of the revolution that is taking place in our mores, and in the structure of the patriarchy itself, due to the sexual harassment scandals that are felling powerful men. Many of these scandals mirror elements of the Clinton story. When Lindsey Graham asked in the House, Is this Peyton Place or Watergate? we said, Watergate. It was never just about a blowjob.

The two signature moments of the Clinton scandals both involve threats and sex. And anyone exploring these scandals 20 years on needs to reckon with these moments.

First, when Linda Tripp returned from lunch to her desk in the Pentagon one day in 1998 when it was reported that she was cooperating with an investigation of Clintons sexual conduct (the Paula Jones case), she found a sheet left on her chair reprinting the famous Clinton body count. This was a list of people close to the Clintons or their political machine who had died. Tripp said she believed that her office-mate, Monica Lewinsky, left the list on her chair Lewinsky, who was close to the Clintons and of course was Bill Clintons former lover.

A lot of that list was surely spurious, a political hitjob by Clinton-haters. And Linda Tripp became a very controversial figure back then because she secretly taped Lewinsky; her character was grotesquely smeared. But thats not the point. The point is that Linda Tripp disapproved of Clintons conduct toward women and was threatened with harm for acting to report it.

The second signature moment is from the beginning of the Clinton White House. In the spring of 1993, word came to the White House that some Arkansas state troopers who had served at Clintons statehouse when he was governor were talking to the press about his sexual conduct. The troopers would go public a few months later, in the American Spectator and LA Times. But that spring was a panicked moment in the new White House. The bimbo eruptions that Betsey Wright and other Clinton operatives had successfully suppressed through the 1992 election campaign Clintons relationships with women in Arkansas were getting documented. They had to be suppressed.

It is a matter of record that Clinton himself dangled jobs to state troopers, the trooper said, in an effort to get them to maintain their silence...


Lebanon PM confirms he will return to Beirut as crisis simmers Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Hariri arrived in Paris on Saturday at the invitation of President Macron, who is attempting to broker a solution to political crisis


Ferrara Prison, Italy: New Text from Anarchist Comrade Alfredo Cospito Insurrection News


Originally published in Vetriolo, anarchist journal, number 1 /  Autumn 2017 (this text is also online here).

Note from Vetriolo: Alfredo wrote this text of salutation for the number zero edition of Vetriolo, in November-December 2016. This letter, as is well known, was blocked by the prison censorship. Now we can publish it. We recall that in recent months the censorship has increased a lot, a tightening vise obviously ordered by the Prosecutor Sparagna, and not just the simple zeal of the prison guards. Apparently there are definite orders about what can and cannot be sent or received (Vetriolo, ...


Nuclear weapons convoy halted in Scotland, 3 activists arrested The Nuclear Resister

from Nukewatch UK On November 16, a convoy carrying nuclear weapons was halted briefly by three members of Nukewatch UK as it left the Defence Support Group base in Stirling, near Bannockburn, in protest of the continued transport of Trident warheads on public roads and the risks that these pose to the community. David Mackenzie, []


EU cuts funding to Turkey in 2018 budget Amid Erdogan Spat With NATO Turkeys commitment to democracy and human rights questioned Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been criticised by the EU for mass arrests in the country following the failed 2016 coup

BRUSSELS (AFP)  An EU 2018 budget deal was announced Saturday that cuts funds destined to Turkey, citing doubts about Ankaras commitment to democracy and human rights.German Chancellor Angela Merkel had led calls for a cut to the funds, which are linked to Turkeys stalled bid to join the bloc, following mass-scale arrests in the country since the failed July 2016 coup.

MEPs and member states have agreed to reduce the pre-ascension funds by 105 million euros ($124 million) and froze an additional 70 million euros of previously announced spending.

In a statement, lawmakers said they consider the deteriorating situation in relation to democracy, rule of law and human rights worrying.

Turkey has dismissed more than 140,000 officials since the coup attempt, and arrested another 50,000, including opposition politicians, academics, journalists, activists and EU citizens.

The German government has warned its citizens against travelling to Turkey as they risk arbitrary arrest.

We have sent a clear message that the money that the EU provides cannot come without strings attached, said Romanian MEP Siegfried Muresan, the lead rapporteur for the budget.

Europe had pledged 4.45 billion euros in pre-accession spending for Turkey from 2014 to 2020, but only 360 million euros has been allocated so far.

Ankaras application to join the EU is effectively frozen, as several European leaders have criticised the hardline response to the thwarted bid to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last year.

Overall, the 2018 budget calls for 160 billion euros of committed spending for ongoing programmes and 145 billion in payments expected for the year, increases of 1.3 percent and 7.8 percent from 2017.

The agreement still needs to be formally adopted by the EU Council, representing member states, and the European Parliament.


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Chinas balancing act on debt is becoming trickier Peace and Freedom

The government must hold its nerve, even as economic growth slows

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Chinas president, Xi Jinping, delivers a speech in Beijing: non-financial sector debt in the country has gone from $6tn in 2007 to nearly $29tn today EPA

NOVEMBER 16, 2017 

Why continue working when you are guaranteed a monthly income? So asks Xu Yongan, a 55-year-old former steelworker from Anhui province and the recipient of an employee buyout. It may seem a bit puzzling that in China, the factory to the world, factory workers are paid to stay home. The solution to the puzzle as to most puzzles about the Chinese economy comes down to debt.

The government worries that years of investment-led growth have left the country with a heavy debt burden and lots of excess industrial capacity. It was a government-led effort to shut inefficient factories that led to Mr Xus early retirement.

That Chinese debt has grown to dangerous levels is beyond dispute. Non-financial sector debt has gone from $6tn in 2007 to nearly $29tn today, according to data from the Bank of International Settlements. The debt, equivalent to 260 per cent of gross domestic product, has brought with it dramatic declines in credit efficiency. The International Monetary Fund points out that in 2016 it took four units of credit to raise GDP by one unit. A decade ago the ratio was 1.3 to one.

Chinas debt-to-GDP ratio is not far from that of the US, for example. But, as Zhou Xiaochuan, the central bank governor, emphasised last month, Chinas companies bear an extraordinary high portion of the burden. Corporate debt levels at 160 per cent of GDP make it the most leveraged corporate sector in the world.

A year ago the situation looked even less tenable than it does today. Since then, the efforts to rein in excess capacity seem to have had some effect. Commodity prices have firmed, helping the big state-supported industrial companies. Private company growth (particularly in technology, as exemplified by groups such as Alibaba and Tencent) have helped reduce overall leverage levels. If China is to grow its way out of its debt problems, these trends must continue. Another potentially helpful factor is rural growth: over the past decade, China has promoted the transfer of agricultural land usage rights among farmers, resulting in bigger farms, increased investment and higher returns. Data on the scale of such transfers is scarce but an online broker,...


France: Muslims enter convent, pray in Arabic during Vespers, tell nuns to convert to Islam or face hell Jihad Watch

Then they wrote Allahu akbar in the guestbook and left. But dont be concerned: the local imams says, I went to see the young man after to explain to him that this is not how we do it. We do it, more famously and lethally, in other ways. Islamist intrusion into Verdun Carmel, translated from []


Brexit: The crunch is coming for Theresa May Time for cold hard cash? Peace and Freedom

  • 18 November 2017
Emmanuel Macron and Theresa MayHard conversations are coming for Theresa May. Getty Images

Did you watch Theresa May try to make the best of her Swedish photo opportunities yesterday? Or listen to David Davis as he urged the EU side to blink first, rather than the UK side?

They both know that time is short to guarantee the UK gets what it wants and pushes the EU to move to the next stage of vital Brexit talks at the next leaders jamboree in December.

Whats been missing until now is a sense of when the UK will be able to resolve its own short-term position.

Is the cabinet willing to sanction a political move to offer the promise (not the figure) of more money on the table to settle our EU accounts?

And if ministers are willing to do so, what do they expect in return and when?

Its been all too obvious that the EU side has, for a long time, been clear that theyll only budge when the UK is ready to promise even vaguely or implicitly a lot more cash.

The hold-up has in part been that the UK has been pushing to make sure that taxpayers at home dont shell out when they dont have to.

And also because UK and EU officials have taken a very different approach to settling the bill.

But its also the case that cabinet ministers have not been ready to agree how they want to proceed, and without that political agreement, its been hard for the negotiations about the money to progress.

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Chinas emergence as a hegemonic power a threat to all peace-loving democracies Steve Bannon Peace and Freedom

Trumps former chief counselor warns of Chinas hegemonic aspirations

MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writer

Steve Bannon, former chief counselor to President Donald Trump, spoke in Tokyo on Wednesday.

TOKYO Steve Bannon, the former senior counselor and campaign manager of President Donald Trump and a noted advocate of Brexit is building networks in Asia to respond to what he claims is Chinas emergence as a hegemonic power.

Bannon was in Tokyo this week meeting dissidents and pro-democracy activists from China, and developing sympathetic fraternal relations.

I understand that people in this room have had tremendous suffering, he said at one encounter on Wednesday. People have been imprisoned, people have been unfairly [treated] in their own societies pushed off to the side and have lost economic opportunities.

Bannon told his listeners that China and the U.S. are potentially on course for a collision unless people work together to prevent it happening. He likened todays world to that of the 1930s and 1940s. He said Japan has a special sense of what a tragedy can be with its history from that time, when war with the U.S. and its allies followed from its expansionist ambitions.

China intends to be the worlds No. 1 economic power by2035, and the global hegemonic power by 2050, said Bannon, citing the address by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Communist Party Congress last month. Bannon called Xis three-and-half-hour speech a wake-up call to the world.

China was once expected to develop into a more democratic, liberal, and market-based society as it grew wealthier. What we have seen in the last 20 years is anything but, said Bannon.

Chinas leadership has no intention, ever, of joining the rules-based, international post-war liberal order, he said. They have their own plan. Bannon described Xis speech as more than a warning to the West.

It essentially says, the Confucian, mercantilist, authoritative [sic] model has won, and the Judeo-Christian, liberal, democratic, free-market, capitalist West has lost,' he said. It couldnt be more blunt.

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Open Source Information Is Information Operations Untapped Weapon

Carmen Landa Middleton

My experience, both as a long-time practitioner of the open source discipline and as a former leader of the CIA branch responsible for it, is that there are two stubborn myths that continue to impede the true unleashing of OSINTs power and potential. First, that open source is cheap. And second, that anyone with little more than a good internet connection can be an open source practitioner.



Madrid, Spain: Action in Solidarity with the Anarchist Comrades in Italy facing Trial as a result of Operation Scripta Manent Insurrection News


On November 15, a day before the start of the Operation Scripta Manent trials, a group of anarchist comrades gathered in front of the Italian Embassy in Madrid in support of the comrades detained in this operation. The comrades distributed the following text:

Solidarity and support for the comrades detained and facing trial as a result of Operation Scripta Manent in Italy

In September 2016, arrests and searches for this operation took place in Italy. Once again they try to attribute different actions to a supposed hierarchial organizational structure, as was done previously in Italy with Operation Osadia. This repressive strategy has been used in a similar way in the Spanish, Greek, French etc states in an attempt to fit the anarchist conflict and its practices into accusations of terrorist or similar organizations. Anarchism will never be able to fit into these structures, since it is horizontally based and fights against hierarchies and all kinds of authority....


US and Poland strike $10.5 billion missile defense deal Peace and Freedom

The US has approved the $10.5 billion sale of a Patriot anti-missile system to NATO ally Poland. Eastern European NATO states have been ramping up their military capabilities in the face of perceived Russian aggression.

Polish President Andrzej Duda welcomes Donald Trump during state visit in July 2017 (Reuters/C. Barria)

In a move likely to irk Russia, the US and Poland agreed on Friday a major arms deal that could see the eastern European NATO member soon begin conducting air and missile defense operations.

As part of the $10.5 billion (8.9 billion) sale, Poland is expected to receive 208 Patriot Advanced Capabilty-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement missiles, 16 M903 launching stations, four AN/MPQ-65 radars, four control stations, spares, software and associated equipment.

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Made by US defense contractor Raytheon, the missiles are reportedly designed to detect, track and engage unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), cruise missiles and short-range or tactical ballistic missiles.

In a statement issued following the sale, the State Department said that: A secure Europe capable of deterring air and missile threats and other forms of aggression promotes peace and stability within NATO and on the European continent.

The transaction still requires congressional approval, since any sale of advanced military technology to another country requires special permission. Congress has 15 days to raise any objections to the deal, although this agreement is expected to pass swiftly, given the close military ties between the two countries.

During US President Donald Trumps visit  to Warsaw in July, the US and Poland signed a memorandum of intent for weapons sales.

Poland is one of a handful of eastern European nations that has i...


Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Germany over outrageous and unjustified comments by German Foreign Minister Gabriel comments Peace and Freedom

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FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel presides the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, August 2, 2017. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke


CAIRO (Reuters) Saudi Arabia has summoned its ambassador in Germany home for consultations over comments by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel about the political crisis in Lebanon.

The Saudi foreign ministry said the government would deliver a protest note to Germanys ambassador in Riyadh over what it said were outrageous and unjustified comments Gabriel made after a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart.

After a meeting in Berlin with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Gabriel told reporters that Europe could not tolerate the adventurism that has spread there. It was not clear from a Reuters television recording that the remark was targeted at Saudi Arabia.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned while in Saudi Arabia on Nov. 4.

Such remarks provoke the surprise and disapproval of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which considers them as aimless and based on false information that would not help bring about stability in the region, the Saudi ministry said.

Hariris abrupt resignation has raised concern over Lebanons stability. He was due to meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Saturday. Lebanons President Michel Aoun said on Twitter Hariri had told him in a phone call from Paris he would be in Lebanon on Wednesday for Independence Day celebrations.

The German foreign ministry welcomed Hariris departure from Saudi Arabia for Paris and impending return to Lebanon.

We are very concerned about regional stability and call on sides to reduce tensions, the statement read. We aim this message at all actors in the region.


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Macron welcomes Lebanons Hariri to Elysee Palace Peace and Freedom


AFP | French President Emmanuel Macron (right) greets Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Elysee Palace in paris, on November 18, 2017

PARIS (AFP)  French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saad Hariri for talks Saturday, an AFP reporter said, hours after the Lebanese premier arrived from Saudi Arabia in the midst of a political crisis.Hariri, who made a shock resignation announcement on November 4 and has since fended off claims he was being held in Saudi Arabia against his will, was also due to have lunch with Macron.

The Lebanese leaders wife and elder son were to join them for the meal after the talks, but the couples two younger children remain in Riyadh for their school exams, a source close to Hariri said.

Hariri does not want to mix his children up in this affair, the source said.

Macron has been attempting to help broker a solution to a political crisis that has raised fears over Lebanons fragile democracy.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has refused to accept Hariris resignation while he remains abroad, and Macron said ahead of the talks that he would be welcomed with the honours due to a prime minister.

Aoun said on Saturday that he had spoken by telephone to the premier after his arrival in Paris, and that Hariri said he would be back in Lebanon for Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday.


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Now is Not the Time: The Social Psychological Factor Permitting Climate Change and Nuclear War World Beyond War . . .

By Marc Pilisuk,  Oct, 24, 2017

During  time of mourning or fear of grave existential threats, the human psyche is quite capable of denying and ignoring likely and imminent dangers. President Trump raised the prospect of venturing into a nuclear war with North Korea.  It is essential that some of us counter this propensity. In nuclear war there are blast, firestorm and  radiation effects and no first responders or infrastructure to assist the survivors. This is the time to face the prevention of the unthinkable.

Nuclear Weapons

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Until the advent of the atomic bomb, war did not have the capacity to end, for all time, the continuation of the human beings or to threaten the continuity of life itself. The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki produced the greatest immediate mass death from individual weapons yet known. Within the first two to four months following the bombings, the acute effects of the atomic bombings had killed 90,000146,000 people in Hiroshima and 39,00080,000 in Nagasaki; roughly half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day.

The threat of nuclear weapons has increased.  This reality was expressed by President Kennedy:

Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman, and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or madness.[i]

Former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry said, I have never been more fearful of a nuclear detonation than nowThere is a greater than 50 percent probability of a nuclear strike on U.S. targets within a decade.[ii] Apocalyptic dangers like this, that we know exist but still ignore, continue to have an effect upon us. They push us away from a long-term connection to our planet, pressing us to live for the moment as if each moment might be the last.[iii]



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South China Sea: China Takes Control The sheer numbers [of Chinese] are starting to push the Filipinos, the Vietnamese, and the Malaysians out Peace and Freedom

China is starting to dictate terms in one of the worlds strategic waterways, and the United States is largely missing in action.

A Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaonin, takes part in military drills in the South China Sea on Jan. 2. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)
A Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaonin, takes part in military drills in the South China Sea on Jan. 2. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

In his 12-day trip to Asia, U.S. President Donald Trump largely focused on North Korea and trade, all but avoiding the simmering disputes in the South China Sea and steering clear of sharp criticism of Beijings increasingly aggressive activities there.

With the Trump administration focused elsewhere for now, China is quietly pressing ahead with its agenda in one of the worlds most strategic waterways, building more military facilities on man-made islands to buttress its expansionist claims and dramatically expanding its presence at sea at the expense of its smaller neighbors.

Beijings under-the-radar advances in the South China Sea could be bad news for countries in the region, for U.S. hopes to maintain influence in the Western Pacific, and for the rules-based international order that for decades has promoted peace and prosperity in Asia.

At the Chinese Communist Party congress last month, President Xi Jinping cited island building in the South China Sea as one of his top achievements so far, and touted the successful prosecution of maritime rights. Those rights appear at odds with international law: Xi is now assuring nervous neighbors that China will offer ...


Hariri and Wife Are Now In ParisTwo Of Their Kids Are Still In Riyadh ThereAreNoSunglasses

PM Hariris office confirms he is in Paris

PARIS The Associated Press

PM Hariris office confirms he is in Paris

The office of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Nov. 18 he has arrived in Paris with his wife from Saudi Arabia without mentioning two of his children.

The statement says Hariri will meet French President Emmanuel Macron later and have lunch with him along with his wife, Lara, and older son Hussam.

The statement did not mention Hariris younger son, Abdul-Aziz, and daughter Loulwa.

Lebanese local media outlets say Hariris younger children are still in Saudi Arabia where they are attending school.

Hariris older son, Hussam, studies in Britain and arrived in Paris to meet his parents.

Hariris cousin and close aide, Nader Hariri, was seen walking into the Paris residence on the morning of Nov. 18. Nader Hariri told the local LBC TV that he arrived alone in Paris without other family members from Lebanon.

Hariris resignation in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia Nov. 4 has thrown Lebanon into a serious political crisis. Lebanese President Michel Aoun refused to accept it, accusing the Saudis of holding him against his will.


NEW VIDEO of Robert Spencer at Stanford, better sound: Dean Nanci Howe thanks fascist students as they disrupt event Jihad Watch

Here is a new video of the full event at Stanford on Tuesday night, including the walkout staged by Stanfords fascist community, courtesy Stanford College Republicans. Look at the screenshot. It is taken from during the walkout. At 17:44, Nanci Howe, Associate Dean and Director of Student Affairs appears, grinning happily at the fascist students []


IS not dead yet but caliphate dream probably dead for now Most veterans of IS and Al-Qaeda in Iraq are now regrouping in Syria Peace and Freedom


AFP/File / by Ali Choukeir and Sarah Benhaida | Members of the Iraqi forces cheer as they carry an upside-down flag of the Islamic State (IS) group in Mosul on July 2, 2017

BAGHDAD (AFP)  Its caliphate has imploded, its de facto capitals in Iraq and Syria have fallen, and hundreds of its fighters have either surrendered or fled.The Islamic State jihadist group may not be dead yet but its dream of statehood has already been buried, analysts say.

No one in IS will now think of imposing the territory of the caliphate, said Hisham al-Hashemi, an Iraqi specialist on extremist movements.

In 2014, self-proclaimed IS caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ruled over seven million people in a territory as large as Italy encompassing large parts of Syria and nearly a third of Iraq.

This new territory of Islam Dar al-Islam in Arabic attracted thousands of jihadists from around the world, many accompanied by their wives and children.

The city of Raqa became the de facto Syrian capital, while Baghdadi made his only public appearance in a mosque in Mosul, Iraqs second largest city and once a major Middle East trading hub.

In all of the cities the jihadist group controlled, the black banner of IS flew above the buildings of a new administration.

Courts, hospitals and other official bodies even issued birth or marriage certificates or verdicts and other decrees on IS letterhead.

But less than four years after its sweeping offensive stunned the world, IS has lost almost all of the territory it controlled along with the precious income from oilfields that funded its activities.

In the course of recent battles, especially Mosul, a huge number of jihadis have died, said Kirk Sowell, publisher of Inside Iraqi Politics.

Subsequent to that defeat, many others have surrendered or simply fled the country or are trying to melt into the population.

According to the US-led coalition fighting IS, the jihadists have lost 95 percent of the cross-border caliphate they declared in 2014.

Ever-tightening noose

Hashemi said that after suffering such heavy losses, even what might remain of IS would not think of returning to the idea of ??military and administrative control of territory.

And the routed group has been confined in Iraq to four percent of the territory: wadis, oases and desert areas without any population, along the porous border with Syria where it has also been cornered into an ever-tightening noose.



Anniversaries of major events promote political interests not the public spirit Aletho News

By Greg Felton | November 18, 2017 To all intents and purposes, our political, economic and moral world begins with World War I, the seminal event of the 20th century. The carnage, devastation and psychological trauma of Europes first total war did to the old political order what a certain asteroid did to the dinosaurs []


Egypt opens Gaza border for first time since unity deal Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


A Palestinian official at the Rafah crossing said it was expected to stay open for three days


Palestinians reject extortion in face of US move to close PLOs DC office Peace and Freedom

Top PA diplomat says ball is in American court as Trump administration says law prevents it from certifying diplomatic mission if Ramallah hounds Israel at ICC

Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki speaks during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 11, 2015. (FLASH90)

Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki speaks during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on August 11, 2015. (FLASH90)

The Palestinians will not give in to extortion after a US threat to close their diplomatic mission in Washington, the Palestinian foreign minister said Saturday.

In an interview on Palestine Radio on Saturday, Riad Malki said the Palestinians are waiting for further communication from the US government.

The ball is now in the American court, he said.

US officials, citing US law, said Friday that the Trump administration has put the Palestinians on notice that it will shutter their office in Washington unless they enter serious peace talks with Israel. President Donald Trump has 90 days to make a decision.

Malki said the US move may be aimed at putting pressure on the Palestinians. The Palestinian leadership will not accept any extortion or pressure, he said.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson refused to certify on Friday that the Palestinians are complying with a 2015 Congressional mandate, which induces penalties if the PA pursues the prosecution of Israelis at the International Criminal Court.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks to staff members at the US Mission to the UN, in Geneva, Switzerland, October 26, 2017. (AP/Alex Brandon, Pool)


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BY Daniel Kovalik The U.S. Is Complicit in Slow-Motion Genocide in Palestine When I was a young man growing up in the 1980s, it was hard to ignore the Palestinian struggle.  It was common, for example, to see posters of Yasser Arafat and Palestinian flags around town and to see people wearing their keffiyehs which []


Europe to blame for the existence of Ashkenazi Jews Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Genetic study: Ashkenazi Jews are substantially of Western European origin Surprise: Ashkenazi Jews Are Genetically European   An Orthodox Jewish man with the traditional peyos, or long sidelocks. Credit: Kobby Dagan / The origin of the Ashkenazi Jews, who come most recently from Europe, has largely been shrouded in mystery. But a new study suggests []


Quote by Hugo Chavez. Even more true now than when it was written Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The hegemonic pretensions of the American empire are placing at risk the very survival of the human species. We continue to warn you about this danger and we appeal to the people of the United States and the world to halt this threat, which is like a sword hanging over our heads. President Hugo []


Another False Flag Terror ADMISSION: Snipers In the Ukraine Protests Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Another False Flag Terror ADMISSION: Snipers In the Ukraine Protests Posted on November 16, 2017 by WashingtonsBlog Snipers Fired At BOTH Police and Protesters In Ukraine Remember the protests in Ukraine which led to the old leader being replaced? If youll recall,  the ruthless slaughter of people by snipers was the event which turned world opinion []


Palestinian Farmers to lose their land to settlement parks Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Israel to expropriate Palestinian land for settlement expansion in northern West Bank Maan news November 14 /16, 2017 BETHLEHEM Israeli authorities on Tuesday reportedly notified Palestinian farmers that they intend to expropriate plots of land near the village of Shofeh, southeast of Tulkarem in the northern occupied West Bank, in order to expand the []


Annexing Palestine settlement by settlement Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Annexing Palestine settlement by settlement Escalation in Israels Settlement Policy: The Creation of De-Facto Annexation Peace Now November 15, 2017 The past few months have seen unprecedented developments in the settlements, causing severe damage to the chances of a two-state solution. Accelerated population growth, approvals of housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, []


Chile: Update on the Bombs Case 2 Trial and a New Letter from Nataly, Juan and Enrique Insurrection News

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The End of the Bombs Case 2 Trial is Approaching

During the last fortnight of November it is expected that the huge trial initiated under the anti-terrorist law for the attacks against the Subcentro shopping centre, Los Dominicos metro station and two police stations in Santiago will come to an end.

The so-called Bombs Case 2 started more than two years ago against the comrades Enrique Guzman, Nataly Casanova and Juan Flores. They have been on trial under the anti-terrorist law for the past seven months and it is finally coming to an end. After the closing arguments, it is expected that the court will decide whether they are innocent or guilty of each charge and if they are found guilty, the court will dictate their sentence.

It is worth remembering that after this instance, both the defense and th...


U.S. Warns Palestinians: Enter Peace Talks With Israel, or You May Lose U.S. Embassy Peace and Freedom

Move by Tillerson is based on provision to U.S. law that stipulates Palestinians must close their U.S. office if they try to prosecute Israelis for war crimes

Amir Tibon (Washington) Nov 18, 2017 5:36 AM
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FILE In this May 23, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after making statements to the press in the West Bank City of Bethlehem. Palestinia Evan Vucci/AP

WASHINGTON The Trump administration has notified the Palestinian Authority that unless it enters serious peace negotiations with Israel, the U.S. could shut down the Palestinian diplomatic delegation in Washington, D.C. within the next few months.

The message was relayed to the Palestinians by the U.S. State Department recently, but it did not include a firm timeline. It was first reported on Friday by the Associated Press.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the Palestinians that this decision was reached as a result of statements made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who called on the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel and prosecute actions by Israelis.

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FILE- In this Oct. 30, 2017, file photo, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration put the Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

The State Department said that the statements made by Abbas go against a U.S. law which stipulates that the Palestinian mission should be closed if the Palestinians try to take action against Israel at the ICC.

The report by the AP made it clear, however, that this was not an immediate threat, and that the United States was still engaging the Palestinians in the hopes of renewing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The White House, the Israeli embassy and the PLO delegation did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A State Department official told Haaretz on Friday night: We are not cutting off relations with the PLO, nor do we intend to stop working with the Palestinian Authority.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with U.S. presidential adviser Jared Kushner in the West Bank city of Ramallah, August 24, 2017. HANDOUT/REUTERS



Syrian Diplomat Calls on US to Stop Backing Culprits of Chemical Attacks Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Syrian Diplomat Calls on US to Stop Backing Culprits of Chemical Attacks The recent report on the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun held Damascus responsible, however, investigators havent even visited the site of the incident. MOSCOW (Sputnik)  Damascus is calling on the United States to stop supporting armed groups in Syria perpetrating chemical attacks and blaming the Syrian []


Qatar Is at the Center of Today's Arab Tangle Strategic Culture Foundation

In early November, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabias defense forces intercepted a Burkan-2 ballistic missile targeted at Riyadhs King Khalid International Airport. Yemens Houthi-controlled defense ministry has taken the credit for the launchbut given the extent of the Iranian sway over the Houthi military, the real responsibility for the attack lies with Tehran. Since the airport is a civilian installation and, as such, under international humanitarian law, cannot be attacked, the Iranian missile strike is also a war crime.


As Bannon Readies for War on GOP, Finding Donors May Be the First Battle Peace and Freedom

Two big GOP backers of past disruptive campaigns have distanced themselves from the former White House official

Updated Nov. 17, 2017 4:21 p.m. ET

Steve Bannon has vowed to lead a season of war on Washingtons Republican establishment. But donors most likely to fund a disruptive campaign may be hard to win over.

Mr. Bannon, the ex-White House strategist and Breitbart News executive, is planning to support primary challengers to GOP senators with a goal of toppling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a lawmaker that in recent speeches he has called ineffective and insufficiently loyal to President Donald Trump. Mr. Bannon, who hasnt ramped up any fundraising yet, has said he wants to defeat five GOP senators up for re-election next year.

Turning that into reality likely would require tens of millions of dollars to rally voters and build the name recognition of various candidates facing well-financed, sitting senators. Indeed, outside groups spent nearly $3 million in 2012 helping Richard Mourdock defeat Republican Sen. Dick Lugar in Indiana. Mr. Mourdock went on to lose the general election.

In recent weeks, however, two of the biggest GOP donors who have funded disruptive campaigns in the past have distanced themselves from Mr. Bannon. And the turbulent Senate race in Alabama, where Mr. Bannon backs Republican candidate Roy Moore, who is facing sexual assault allegations, has energized Mr. McConnells defenders.

Sheldon Adelson, a Las Vegas gambling billionaire, and his wife indicated this week that they wont be part of Mr. Bannons election efforts. They are supporting Mitch McConnell 100%. For anyone to infer anything otherwise is wrong, Mr. Adelsons spokesman, Andy Abboud, said in a rare statement of the Adelsons views.

The statement came a day after Mr. Bannon praised Mr. Adelson during a Zionist Organization of America dinner in New York, saying Mr. Trumps victory wouldnt have come without the casino magnates help. Mr. Adelson, who is a major donor of the organization, didnt attend the dinner.

President Donald Trump said he is close with former adviser Steve Bannon but said he disagrees with some of his plans to back challengers to sitting Republican senators in the 2018 primaries. Photo: Getty

In addition, it is unclear how committed billionaire Robert Mercer remains to Mr. Bannon, whom Mr. Mercer ha...


Attack on RT Is Another Step Towards Sovietization of American Media Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Attack on RT Is Another Step Towards Sovietization of American Media James George JATRAS | Attack on RT Is Another Step Towards Sovietization of American Media This week the US Department of Justice Criminal Division forced the Russian-funded television network RT (formerly Russia Today) to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents []



(The following guest blog was submitted by Ms. K.M., and I think it's very fitting to begin this week's blogs with it.)

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Saudi Graft Settlements Could Reap Billions Saudi officials may be able to recover as much as $100 billion from settlement talks Peace and Freedom


By Riad Hamade and Alaa Shahine

November 18, 2017, 1:45 AM EST
  • Official estimates $50 billion-$100 billion may be recovered
  • Corruption probe widens to include retired military officers

Saudi authorities estimate they may be able to recover as much as $100 billion from settlement talks with suspects detained in an anti-corruption crackdown that has implicated prominent princes, officials and billionaires, a senior official said.

Suspects are offered settlements to avoid trial, the official said on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation. If they accept, talks are then carried out by a special committee to work out the details. The talks involve the amounts authorities believe suspects have amassed illegally, not their entire wealth, and authorities estimate the state could recover between $50 billion and $100 billion, the official said.

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal

Photographer: Mohammad Obaidi/Bloomberg

The purge, which saw royals and billionaires such as Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, shook the kingdom and reverberated through capitals and financial centers as diplomats, bankers and analysts sought to figure out its impact on wealthy clients as well as the struggle for power in the worlds biggest oil exporter.

Prince Miteb bin Abdullah was held in the crackdown and also fired from his post as head of the powerful National Guard, a move that reinforced speculation that King Salman was preparing to hand over power to his son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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The purge has widened to the military. The senior official said 14 retired officers who worked at the Ministry of Defense and two retired National Guard officers had been detained on suspicion of being involved in financial contracts that were deemed corrupt. No active-duty officers have been arreste...


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Modern USA has much in common with the 1917 Jewish Bolsheviks in Russia. Its no longer a safe space for free speech Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

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Attack on RT Is Another Step Towards Sovietization of American Media Strategic Culture Foundation

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Prayer and Meditation for Sunday, November 19, 2017 Am I ready to meet the Lord right now? Peace and Freedom

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 157

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Reading 1 PRV 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

When one finds a worthy wife,
her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,
has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil,
all the days of her life.
She obtains wool and flax
and works with loving hands.
She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her fingers ply the spindle.
She reaches out her hands to the poor,
and extends her arms to the needy.
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;
the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her a reward for her labors,
and let her works praise her at the city gates.

Responsorial Psalm PS 128:1-2, 3, 4-5

R. (cf. 1a) Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
Your children like olive plants
around your table.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

Reading 2  1 THES 5:1-6

Concerning times and seasons, brothers and sisters,
you have no need for anything to be written to you.
For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come
like a thief at night.
When people are saying, Peace and security,
then sudden disaster comes upon them,
like labor pains upon a pregnant woman,
and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness,
for that day to overtake you like a thief.
For all of you are children of the light
and children of the day.
We are not of the night or of darkness.
Therefore, let us not sleep as...


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Egypt stalls dam talks with Ethiopia and Sudan Peace and Freedom

Above, officials and stakeholders during the press conference on the Renaissance Dam project in Ethiopia.

CAIRO: Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn confirmed his countys determination to complete the Renaissance Dam on schedule during a recent visit to Qatar.

However Egypt has announced that it is studying the necessary measures to protect its water rights after Ethiopia and Sudan refrained from signing a preliminary report submitted by the French Consultative Office on the dams impact on Egypt.
The current status of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) negotiations is alarming given that water security is a key component of Egypts national security and harming it is not an option, said the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry.
He said, Egypt will seek to overcome the complexity of negotiations through reaching out to Ethiopia and Sudan as well as the rest of the Nile countries and the international community.
In a joint press conference with his Tunisian and Algerian counterparts in Cairo on Wednesday, Shoukry said, Egypt did not expect the technical course of the GERD negotiations to take so long and become so complicated.
Egypt is committed to the tripartite framework agreement signed by Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia and believes it is enough to govern the relations of the three countries and respect international law with respect to international rivers, he said. The aim of the technical negotiations was to achieve common interests, but this never happened.


US Congress Passes Israels Missile Defense Assistance Peace and Freedom


Trump opposes framework of Israel defense aid due toslippery slope

 Getting the US to fund Iron Dome against all odds


 NOVEMBER 17, 2017 17:00

On Thursday Congress approved the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to include $705 million for US-Israel missile defense cooperation.

Iron dome


WASHINGTON Congress appears to have bucked the Trump administration this week by passing hundreds of millions of dollars in missile defense aid for Israel likely using funds historically reserved for current US wartime operations.

The White House made clear over the summer that it was not opposed to the amount of aid proposed by Congress for Israel, but rather the vehicle for its delivery an unprecedented use of dollars typically saved for US military readiness. On Thursday, Congress approved the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to include $705 million for US-Israel missile defense cooperation, including $588 million over President Donald Trumps proposed budget.

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Russia-gate Spreads to Europe Strategic Culture Foundation

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U.S. Seeks to Bolster Saudi Arabia in Face of Expanding Iranian Threat Peace and Freedom

Trump administration exploring range of actions to stop Irans supply of sophisticated weapons to its Middle East allies, including Hezbollah

Nov. 17, 2017 6:54 p.m. ET

WASHINGTONThe Trump administration is looking at ways to quickly strengthen Saudi Arabias missile defenses and disrupt the flow of advanced Iranian-made weapons across the Middle East as concerns grow over a destabilizing new crisis in the region.

U.S. officials said they have rushed to ease regional tensions after an eruption of unexpected developments, including Saudi Arabias internal political upheaval, the mysterious resignation of Lebanons prime minister while visiting Riyadh, and the launch by Tehran-backed rebels in Yemen of an Iranian-made missile that was shot down near the Saudi capital.

The Trump administration is pushing for a quick resolution to the political stalemate in Lebanon so the U.S. and Saudi Arabia can focus on what Washington sees as the most significant regional threat: Irans supply of sophisticated weapons to its Middle East allies, including Hezbollah.

A still image taken from a video distributed by Yemens pro-Houthi Al Masirah television station showing what it says was the Nov. 4 launch by Houthi forces of a ballistic missile aimed at Riyadhs airport. Photo: reuters tv/Reuters

The state of uncertainty is not serving anyone but Hezbollah and its allies, said a senior Trump administration official. The longer it goes on, the worse it is for Saudi interests and U.S. interests and the interest of our friends.

To address what it sees as the biggest danger from recent developments, the Trump administration is exploring new plans to help deter the Iranian threats. Top of the agenda is making sure Saudi Arabia has the ability to defend itself from any further missile attacks.

Last month, the Trump administration cleared the way for Saudi Arabia to buy a multibillion-dollar missile defense system. The approvals allow Saudi Arabia to purchase up to $15 billion in launchers, missiles, radar and technology to help counter the threat. U.S. officials said that deal could be accelerated as a result of the missile fired at Riyadh earlier this month, which S...


Philippines: War On Drugs Stopped Under the Guise of Human Rights Protection Government Solicitor General Says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno Being Impeached Rule of Law? Peace and Freedom

One of the fatalities, who has yet to be identified, was killed in an alleged shootout with police officers in Guiguinto, Bulacan on June 16. AP/Aaron Favila, file

MANILA, Philippines (First published on November 17, 6:33 p.m.)

The solicitor general belittled legal criticisms of the bloody war on drugs, saying the petitions are done under the guise of human rights protection.On Friday afternoon, governments chief legal representative Jose Calida filed a 63-page comment on the consolidated petitions of two groups of families of victims of Oplan Tokhang, the core operation under the banner campaign.

Calida said the drug war is being emasculated and undermined by petitions of the families who lost their loved ones in the violent police operations. They are among the thousands of suspects killed in the drug war.

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Jose Calida

While the solicitor general lamented the unfortunate loss of lives from police operations, he said the killings do not automatically render the anti-drug operation conducted by the respondents unlawful as would entitle the petitioners to protection of writ of amparo.

A writ of amparo is a remedy the court can grant to any person whose right to life, liberty and security is violated or threatened with violation by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employee, or of a private individual or entity.

He warned that to g...


Chinese Ambassador Sets the Record Straight on Importance of Xi-Trump Meeting Covert Geopolitics

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Massive U.S. Military Social Media Spying Archive Left Wide Open in AWS S3 Buckets

Via: The Register: Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing dozens of terabytes of social media posts and similar pages all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest. The archives were found by UpGuards veteran security-breach hunter []


Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/11/18 Open Thread The Vineyard of the Saker

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Desperate Rohingya Refugees Use Home-Made Rafts to Get to Bangladesh HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

Over the past 10 days, dozens of makeshift rafts carrying more than a thousand people have floated into Bangladesh, proof that Rohingya refugees are resorting to increasingly desperate means to flee to Myanmar, the UN refugee agency on 17 November 2017 said.

Rohingya refugees are resorting to increasingly desperate measures such as makeshift rafts to cross the Naf River to Bangladesh. Photo: UNHCR/Andrew McConnell

Unable to pay for the crossing, refugees are building rafts from whatever material they can get their hands on mostly bamboo poles and empty jerry cans tied together with rope and covered with plastic sheets, William Spindler, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.

Using paddles made of bamboo and plastic debris some of these rafts made it to Shahporir Dwip in Bangladesh, a journey of about four hours, he added, pointing out that the Naf river estuary between the two countries is about three kilometres wide at this point.

According to Spindler, more than 100 Rohingya refugees are known to have drowned in shipwrecks and boat incidents since the start of the crisis on 25 August, and recent arrivals said they had been waiting for more than a month in desperate conditions on Myanmar shores with food and water running low.

An estimated 620,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since 25 August, the UNHCR spokesperson explained.

The Kutupalong Extension site alone, which was set up soon after the influx began, is now highly congested sheltering some 335,000 new arriva...


Migrant crisis: Europe should stop using Libya as a dumping ground Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

With no central government and its own crises, Libya is ill-equipped to deal with an influx of returned migrants requiring shelter


Famine May Be Unfolding Right Now in Yemen UN HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations relief wing on 17 November 2017 warned of famine-like conditions unfolding in Yemen, as a blockade on aid and other essential goods by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels there enters its 12th day.

People queue to fill containers with water from a tank provided by UNICEF in Sanaa, Yemen. Some 14.5 million people in the country have no access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. Photo: UNICEF/Algabal2017

Jens Laerke, spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), sounded the alarm during a news briefing in Geneva.

 He was responding to a question from a journalist who asked him to clarify a warning yesterday from UN aid chiefs that the closure of air, sea and land ports in Yemen threatened millions of vulnerable children and families.


It means that these are the number of people in areas where theres an IPC4 Integrated Phase Classification 4 which is the last step before obviously 5, which is famine [] But you are correct, there may be as we speak right now, famine happening, and we hear children are dying. I mean, theres excess mortality as a cause and consequence of undernourishment.

Yemen imports up to 90 per cent of its daily needs, including fuel, which has now reached crisis levels.

Reserves are in such short supply that three Yemeni cities have been unable to pump clean water to residents in recent days, according to UN partner the Red Cross.

This has left one million people at risk of a renewed cholera outbreak, just as the country emerges from the worst epidemic in modern times.

Other diseases are also a threat, including diphtheria, a serious infection of the nose and throat, thats easily prevented with a vaccine.

It is spreading fast and has already claimed 14 lives, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which said that...


Last Remaining ISIS Town in Iraq Captured; 17 Killed in Iraq Original

Rawah was recaptured on Friday. No casualties were reported there, but 17 were killed elsewhere.

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Anti-BDS Laws and Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara Is Winning in Italy Original

A proposed law at the Italian Parliament is set to punish the boycott of Israel. In the past, such an initiative would have been unthinkable. Alas, Italy, a country that had historic sympathies with the Palestinian cause has shifted its politics in a dramatic way in recent years. Most surprisingly, though, the Left is as implicated Continue reading "Anti-BDS Laws and Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara Is Winning in Italy"

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Losing the War in the Colony of Afghanistan Original

The latest news about Afghanistan varies from the profoundly dismal to the fatuously absurd. One depressing story is the UN Office of Drugs and Crime report of November 15 that opium production for manufacture of heroin jumped to 9,000 metric tons so far in 2017, up 87 percent from 4,800 metric tons last year.  It Continue reading "Losing the War in the Colony of Afghanistan"

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A History of Idiocy Original

I am furious. And I have good reason to be furious. I was going to write an article about a subject I have been thinking about for a long time. This week I opened the New York Times and lo, my yet unwritten article appeared on its opinion pages in full, argument after argument. How Continue reading "A History of Idiocy"

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Support Cryptogon with Bitcoin Cash

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Hezbollah defended Lebanon against ISIS when govt, army failed to fight them: Lebanese FM Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Leith Fadel 17/11/2017 BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:50 P.M.) Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil held a meeting with the Russian government, today, during his official visit to Moscow. Bassel discussed several topics with the Russian government, including the current state of affairs with the Saudi regime and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The Lebanese FM told []


The Rule of Power Over the Rule of Law Aletho News

By Ralph Nader | November 15, 2017 Me Too is producing some results. At long last. Victims of sexual assault by men in superior positions of power are speaking out. Big time figures in the entertainment, media, sports and political realms are losing their positions resigning or being told to leave. A producer at []



South Front 17.11.2017 Written by The Saker; Originally appeared at The Unz Review Israel, Saudi Arabia Setting Preconditions For War With Hezbollah a critical analysis SouthFront has just released a very interesting video analysis warning about the possibility of a war involving Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and, possibility, Syria, Iran, and Israel. That, of course, also means []


Akimel O'odham Andrew Pedro -- 'Indigenous Anarchists, White Anarchists' CENSORED NEWS

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Walk for the Salmon with the Cahto Nation -- Photos by Bad Bear CENSORED NEWS

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Why Does Israel Keep Attacking Syria? Fig Trees and Vineyards

In the above video we see a political analyst expressing disappointment that Putin has not spoken out against Israels repeated airstrikes on Syria. Its a legitimate concern, and one which Ive expressed previously myself. Interestingly, however, almost at the same time the video was uploaded by Press TV, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov angered the []


Say Hello to $3 Trillion in Forgotten Debt

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People of Tabqa City, Syria, Scared of SDFs Recruitment of Their Young People Penny for your thoughts

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Ah, yes... everyones favoured fighters. Poor, poor victims of US perfidy. Forcibly recruiting Children 

There cannot be one of my long term readers surprised to read this latest news- I've covered forced child recruitment by YPG/PKK many times.
Enab Baladi interviewed a number of the citys people, concerning the absence of young people from the streets, most of them refused to speak about the areas management.

Nevertheless, a few of them expressed fear for their youths, who are being recruited and the penalties imposed on those refusing or escaping from recruitment. Some of them mentioned how they have been stopped at the checkpoints of the military police, spreading in the city.
 A Distant Project

We view SDF as a distant project in terms of idea, practice and even leadership, says Hussein, a 21 years old young man from al-Tabqah, who provides for his family. He justifies his refusal to perform military service saying that, [Im not] convinced of the eligibility of those who raise calan and Kurdish leaders pictures in the offices and streets.
Gee, I wish the gullible western dupes would be much more circumspect.. "careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences"

The young man considered that the strictness of such laws, (like ISIS?) will push many young people to migrate, stressing, We do not want to be tools and weapons again in the hands of a new organization.

Although he stressed the quasi-stable situation created by the administration of the citys Civil Council, which functions under SDF, he said that this is not enough.

The widespread poverty and lack of job opportunities will put great pressure on young p...


US-UN-backed Haitian Police Massacre Teachers and Students Demanding Money for Schools, Not the Army INTERNATIONALIST 360

Haiti Action Committee Reports of a mass killing by the US-UN occupation trained and supervised Haitian police in Port-au-Prince Police brutally beat teachers and students in Cap-Haitien demanding money for education, not to restore the murderous army Monday, Nov. 13, was a day of extra-judicial killings of men and women estimated by community...


Death by a Thousand Cuts: When the Cures of Big Pharma are Worse than the Diseases Dissident Voice

The vaccine debate and prying into Planned Parenthoods Standard Operating Procedure are two arenas I have not gravitated toward. Genetically-engineered crops, industrial farming, confined feeding operations (CAFOs), dams killing wild salmon, these are my fortes.

The news daily is like death by a thousand cuts for me tied to new studies on collapsing ecosystems, indigenous people fighting against mines and other extractive industries, and more and more on climate change/global warming.

I never thought Id be embroiled in a fight for my livelihood because I questioned the rampant vaccination of girls (and now boys) with the Merck marketed HPV vaccine, Gardasil. To date, more than 270,000,000 doses have been distributed worldwide, this HPV vaccine (World Health Organizations Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety) distributed by both GlaxoSmithKline and Merck versions. There are scientists who say the human papillomavirus is not the cancer threat posited by the drug manufacturers and their paid-off doctors;  that most immune systems can fight off the HPV; that the vaccine only hits two of the more than 40 different HPV phenotypes.

My story with HPV vaccine started when I was in a Planned Parenthood training last month, a mandatory course for social workers titled Fundamentals of Sex Ed. For a total of possibly 30 seconds out of a 16-hour two-day training (I was kicked out after day one, eight hours worth), I voiced my opinion about the potential risks associated with Gardasil.

The opinion was put down on a slip of paper, then, and thrown in with dozens of other comments from the 40 participants. This is in Seattle, one of the bigger Planned Parenthood locations, and the comments I made were specifically sold to us all as an anonymous forum. I went further with two more comments on the slips of paper about 60 words answering this first day evaluation question: What could Planned Parenthood have done differently today in the training?

I am really disappointed that Planned Parenthood in Seattle is so lock-step in line with Big Pharma. Especially in the case of Gardasil, which is a vaccine that has gotten tens of thousands complaints about it. Anyone, including my 16- to 21-year-old clients, could easily Google Gardasil Dangers and find a plethora of very disturbing and legitimate information about its dangers. I wish Planned Paren...


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What did South Africa Know About the Zimbabwe Coup? Penny for your thoughts

 The other day we entertained the idea of China being involved in this post.. Forfended! Did China Influence the Military Take over in Zimbabwe?

But we have have other wielders of influence involved- South Africa and England/UK.. ala the glory of the commonwealth - South Africa Returns to the CommonWealth

 "The Queen and John Major sent congratulatory messages to President Nelson Mandela, who issued a statement declaring himself 'delighted'. He said the Commonwealth's decision was 'a tribute to the momentous changes that have taken place in our country as well as a challenge for South Africa to play its part in the worldwide quest for a peaceful, harmonious and caring world"
Just what did South Africa Know About Zimbabwe's Coup?
Some believe the South African government knew in advance about Zimbabwe's coup d'etat caption

In July 2013, when South African diplomats struggled to persuade Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to delay an election that would terminate five years of a fractious unity government, they sought a number of assurances. A smoothly run election was a primary concern but South Africa also wanted a guarantee that the Zimbabwean army and police would end their open support of Mugabes Zanu-PF party.
These concerns were born of experiences in previous election...


Attacks in Syria's Eastern Ghouta kill at least 19 Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


52 civilians in Eastern Ghouta have been killed since Tuesday in escalating violence between Syria's government and rebel forces


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Libya 'slave market' probe called for by African Union Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


CNN footage of live auction in Libya where black youths are sold off for as little as $400 prompted outcry


Palestine: Saudi Arabia, Egypt using Rafah crossing to pressure us Aletho News

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How Americas Deep State Operates to Control the Message Aletho News

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UK: Mother converts to Islam, is murdered by her Muslim husband for wearing Western clothes Jihad Watch

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Russia, Turkey, Iran meeting to discuss Syria strategy Aletho News

By M.K. Bhadrakumar | Asia Times | November 17, 2017 In a historic development, Russian President Vladimir Putin will be hosting his Turkish and Iranian counterparts Recep Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani at a trilateral summit on November 22 in Sochi. Turkeys Anadolu news agency reported that the meeting, the first of its kind []


Turkish President Erdogan Accuses US of Supporting ISIS Geopolitics Alert

Ankara (TeleSUR Turkeys president said, The administration in the United States has changed but everything remains the same as before.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of granting financial aid to members of the Islamic State group, a State Department-listed terrorist organization.

Flickr: AMISOM Public Information

The United States has disappointed us a lot, saying that it fights Daesh (the Islamic State group) but in reality, it gave them a lot of support, said the head of state at a meeting of the Justice and Development Party, AKP, the ruling party of Turkey.

Russia has made the similar remarks on several occasions.

Related: Turkey Withdraws From Drill Over Insult, NATO Apologizes

The Director of the Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zajarova, said that some testimonies indict the U.S. military and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO,  for supporting the Islamic State group in Afghanistan.

The Turkish president also expressed disapproval of the U.S. administrations continuation of support for the Syrian Kurds and their respective military faction, the Syrian Democratic Forces, called the SDF.

U.S. President Donald Trump had apparently promised the Turkish administration that the U.S. would withdraw support for the Kurds in areas liberated from the Islamic State group.

Related: Wikileaks Reveal Scope Of Turkish Connection To IS And Media Crackdown

Erdogan said, the Administration has changed in the United States but everything remains the same as before, alluding to Trumps cabinet.

Turkey, together with Russia and Iran, is guaranteeing the Syrian peace talks in Astana and has recently launched a military operation into Syrias Idlib Governorate.

This post was originally written for and published by TeleSUR English.

The post...


Secretary Mattis Is Off Base: US Military Presence in Syria Has No Legal Grounds Aletho News

By Peter KORZUN | Strategic Culture Foundation | 17.11.2017 Although the US has many times stated that its target is IS only, it appears that its intentions may go beyond the stated objective. In fact, Washington is seeking to retain post-conflict zones of influence within the country, where the American presence is illegal. Asked at a press-conference on Nov. 13 if []


The Coming Two Coups: The Mysterious Zarrab Case, Mueller, Trump & Erdogan Newsbud

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A Mysterious Case Involving Turkey, Iran, and Rudy Giuliani

Reza Zarrab: Erdogans Ticking Bomb

'Stealth' Turkish Businessman a No-Show for Trial This Month

Signs of Possible Guilty Plea in Turkish Gold Trader Case



ISIS Hunters Capture 250 ISIS Fighters, Secure Kate Island North Of Deir Ezzir (Photos, Map)

ISIS Hunters Capture 250 ISIS Fighters, Secure Kate Island North Of Deir Ezzir (Photos, Map)

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On November 17, the Russian-backed ISIS Hunters announced that they have fully secured Kate Island north of the city of Deir Ezzor and captured 250 fighters of ISIS. The captured ISIS fighters had been trapped inside the island since the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) liberated Deir Ezzor on November 3.

ISIS Hunters Capture 250 ISIS Fighters, Secure Kate Island North Of Deir Ezzir (Photos, Map)

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The ISIS Hunters revealed that they launched their final attack on Kate Island on November 14. The Russian-backed force besieged the ISIS fighters inside the island and didnt allow them to escape through the Euphrates River.

Hundreds of civilians were also hiding in Kate Island, according to Syrian oppositions activists. These civilians were likely evacuated to the govement-held areas. However, no official source talked about the fate of these civilians.

Deir Ezzor can be now considered fully secured and liberated from ISIS. The surrender of such high numbers of ISIS fighters show that the terrorist group members are suffering from low morale. More ISIS members will likely surrender in the coming months in Syria and Iraq....


NATO Adds To Turkey's Chagrin Moon of Alabama

There has long been speculation about a Turkish good-bye to NATO. The U.S. and its military proxy organization in Europe are doing their best to further such a move: The image of Atatrk was displayed as a target during the...


Statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry on the Vetoed UN Security Council Resolution Voltaire Network

As the future of the UN OPCW Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) was being discussed at the UN Security Council on November 16, the United States and its supporters blocked the text of the Russian-Chinese draft resolution on renewing and strengthening the mandate of this entity which was submitted by Bolivia. As a result of such irresponsible actions, this Mechanism, which was created over two years ago in the interest of identifying perpetrators of chemical crimes in Syria, ceases to exist (...)


Stanford, Robert Spencer, and the spurious move to stifle speech by calling it dehumanizing Jihad Watch

Samantha Harris of Reason magazine for some reason thinks that my event at Stanford University on Tuesday night went off with minimal disruption. Somehow she missed the fact that Stanford officials kept out supporters and even sponsors of the event, made sure the hall was packed with those who were there only to deny a []


Pro-Government Forces Tihghten Grip On Al-Bukamal, Enter It Again (Map, Videos, Photos)

Pro-Government Forces Tihghten Grip On Al-Bukamal, Enter It Again (Map, Videos, Photos)

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On  November 14, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah secured the town of Suwayah south of the city of al-Bukamal and the town of al-Sukkariya north of the city, according to Syrian pro-government sources.

The pro-government blog al-Masdar News also reported that the SAA entered al-Bukamal again and captured a notable part of of it. However, these claims are yet to be confirmed by an official source.

Earlier on the same day, the Ministry of Defense of Russia announced that T-22M3 strategic bombers hammered ISIS positions near al-Bukamal once again.

From its side, the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq announced that ISIS fighters destroyed a battle tank of the SAA west of al-Bukamal. Amaq also released photos of ISIS Tank Hunters destroying 2 bulldozers and a vehicle of the SAA with Soviet-made Konkurs ATGMs around al-Bukamal.


South China Sea: China Agrees To Start Code of Conduct Talks (Again) A Project That Began in 2002 Peace and Freedom

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The consensus reached by the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China to finally begin negotiations on a Code of Conduct of parties in the South China Sea is a positive outcome from a week of summit pageantry, but it is hardly the breakthrough that China and its apologists, witting or unwitting, say it is.

In the first place, this code was promised 15 years ago; the last paragraph of the Declaration on the Conduct (DOC) of Parties in the South China Sea, signed on Nov. 4, 2002, held that The Parties concerned reaffirm that the adoption of a code of conduct in the South China Sea would further promote peace and stability in the region and agree to work, on the basis of consensus, toward the eventual attainment of this objective. The reason negotiations on the Code never took off was Chinas strategy of delay. It had signed the DOC in the waning months of Jiang Zemins presidency, and despite the official Chinese policy of a peaceful rise, the presidency of Hu Jintao never accorded the Code priority. Under the much more authoritarian Xi Jinping, the peaceful rise policy has been shelved, in favor of an even more assertive, expansive nationalism.

Secondly, the negotiations will finally take place under circumstances redefined by China to be much more favorable to its interests. As the case that the Philippines filed against China at the arbitral tribunal was progressing, Beijing ramped up its land-reclamation and facility-building in the Spratlys; it successfully dissuaded Manila from using the landmark and sweeping legal victory of July 12, 2016, at the Permanent Court of Arbitration as leverage, and Vietnam from deploying more oil and gas rigs in disputed waters; it hasaccording to President Duterte himselfraised the possibility of war, contrary to the spirit of every single one of the agreements it has entered into with Asean; it has even enabled the initiative to write a so-called Framework on the Code of Conduct, another agreement touted to be a significant achievement but in reality is yet more proof of Chinese strategic delay.

Thirdly, the start of negotiations on the Code of Conduct early nex...


New Zealand: Muslim migrant rapist not deported, soon to be back on the streets Jihad Watch

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


Pragmatic Sunni Front Against Iran Is Gone U.S. disengagement policy leaves the Middle East To Russia and Iran Peace and Freedom



 NOVEMBER 17, 2017 11:24

The long-drawn civil war has brought nothing but suffering to the Syrian people.

FOREIGN MINISTERS Sergei Lavrov (C) of Russia, Walid al-Muallem (L) of Syria and Mohammad Javad Zari

FOREIGN MINISTERS Sergei Lavrov (C) of Russia, Walid al-Muallem (L) of Syria and Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran attend a news conference in Moscow in April.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have agreed that there is no military solution for the Syrian crisis.

America is adopting the disengagement policy of former president Barack Obama and abandoning the Middle East to Russia and to Iran.

This unlikely strategic coordination between the two great powers is the death knell of the revival of the grand anti-Iranian front of pragmatic Sunni states Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Egypt which the American leader had so proudly announced during his visit to Riyadh last May. That front had never gotten off the ground, partly because of the break-up with Qatar and partly because of Egypts ambivalent attitude towards Iran now that Cairo has strengthened its ties with Moscow and is aligning its position on Syria with its new ally.

Saudi Arabia, understanding that no American intervention was forthcoming and finding itself very much alone, was instrumental in getting the Lebanese prime minister to resign, thus triggering a crisis in Lebanon as a wake-up call to get the media and world public opinion to recognize at last that Iranian terrorism is about to engulf Lebanon and is threatening not only the Gulf area but the whole Middle East.



Tennessee: Imam claims Jews will destroy Kaaba, prays that Allah inflict your revenge upon them Jihad Watch

Praying that Allah would take revenge upon the Jews is not just an imprecatory prayer; its a direct incitement to violence. This is because Allah says in the Quran: Fight them; Allah will punish them by your hands and will disgrace them and give you victory over them and satisfy the breasts of a believing []


SDF Made Large Advance In Southeastern Deir Ezzor. ISIS Massacred Again Refugees (Map, Photos)

SDF Made Large Advance In Southeastern Deir Ezzor. ISIS Massacred Again Refugees (Map, Photos)

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On November 17, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured the village of Hawayej, Dhiban, Tiyani, Shinan and Dranj on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside, according to Kurdish sources.

Meanwhile, the SDF announced that its fighters were repelling a wide-scale attack of ISIS on their positions southeast of al-Tanak oil field near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The SDF said that its fighters destroyed a BMP-1 armored vehicle and a VBIED during the clashes around al-Tanak.

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BBC Fake News stan van houcke


The BBC published an article yesterday by Quentin Sommerville and Riam Dalati, claiming that the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces had allowed ISIS fighters to leave Raqqa, with the implication that they are now free to undertake attacks in the rest of the region and in Europe. According to Sommerville and Dalati, this constitutes a 'dirty secret' and this article has gone viral. Sadly, it is a totally disingenuous reading of the situation, based on biased sources and fake news.
The Raqqa Civil Council - the body that is currently administrating the city following the SDF defeat of ISIS - openly publicised the agreement that was made between the Kurdish-led forces and ISIS towards the end of the liberation, an agreement that sought to minimise both SDF and civilian casualties. This included the fleeing of a number of ISIS soldiers, those who had not already surrendered. This story was widely-reported by both Kurdish fighters (British YPG volunteer Macer Gifford recorded it on his Facebook page) and the mainstream media, including the Guardian  and Telegrapha month ago.
The BBC report has made some sensationalist claims in its re-imaging of this story, stating that 'thousands' of ISIS fighters were escorted out of the city by drivers, co-ordinated by the SDF and US coalition, basing its story on the spoken word of the drivers who claim to have been cheated out of payment by the SDF, as well as ISIS fighters (who don't appear to be the most reliable of sources...). The story is false and defa...


Robert Parry: Russia-gate Spreads to Europe stan van houcke

Russia-gate Spreads to Europe



Germany: 200 churches damaged and Christian symbols destroyed in just one region Jihad Watch

Christianity has been in Germany for over 1,000 years without this kind of thing happening. Why is it happening so often now? Could it have something to do with the massive influx of Muslim migrants who believe that Jesus will return and break the cross, and that the idea that Jesus died on the cross []


'Cruel plunder': Israel moves to further annex Palestinian village's lands Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Israel's relocation of a military checkpoint will cut off Palestinians from their land


Turkey Withdraws from Drill Over Insult, NATO Apologizes Geopolitics Alert

Brussels (GPA The head of NATO has apologized to Turkey after mistakenly referring to Turks as enemies during a joint drill.

NATOs secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg has apologized today, following the withdrawal of 40 Turkish soldiers from military drills in Norway. Ankara ordered the troops to leave the exercises following the discovery by Turkey that their President, Recep Erdogan and founder, Kemal Ataturks names were used in the list of enemies during the simulated conflict.

The incident was first brought to public attention straight from the top of the Turkish government by none other than Erdogan himself.

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Speaking to members of his Justice and Development Party (AKP), Erdogan informed them that There was an incident in Norway, in which They used an enemy chart in Norway. In that chart, there was my name and [Mustafa Kemal] Ataturks picture.

Erdogan said he was informed of the incident by his Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and Turkeys EU Affairs Ministry Omer Celik, who told him they are withdrawing our 40 soldiers from there [Norway]. He continued: I told them to do that immediately. There can be no alliance like that.

Within hours of the announcement of the Turkish withdrawal, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg issued a public apology from the alliances headquarters in Brussels. I have been informed about offense caused in a recently concluded exercise at NATOs Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, Norway, he said, then went on to apologize for the offense that has been caused.

However, Stoltenberg did say this was not a decision made by NATO staff and that The incidents were the result of an individ...


Families as pawns: Israel pressures Palestinians into exile through foreign spouse visas Mondoweiss

Like many young married couples across the world, Claire and her husband have a five-year-plan. But instead of their main concern being how to deal with the imminent arrival of their first child, Claires family is facing the very real possibility of expulsion and exile.

Like scores of other foreigners married to Palestinians in the occupied territory, Claire whose name has been changed to protect her identity, like all other women interviewed for this article has struggled to navigate the labyrinthine Israeli bureaucratic process to obtain the necessary paperwork to reside in the West Bank with her husband.

While foreign spouses, both Arab and non-Arab, have long described the process as opaque, the situation has worsened for Western spouses since 2016 with more and more women and men being denied visas, leading many to fear for the fate of their families amid ever-increasing Israeli policies targeting both Palestinians and foreigners standing in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.

Destroying my family in the span of 30 minutes

Despite the Palestinian Authority (PA) being the ruling power in the West Bank on paper, Israel remains in charge of giving foreigners residing there visas a power which foreign spouses told Mondoweiss has been increasingly abused in the past two years.

Spouses interviewed by Mondoweiss spoke of being issued ever-shorter visas ranging from two weeks to six months instead of the usual one-year visa, dragging them into a near-constant process of visa renewals, appointments with Israeli officials from the Israeli Civil Administration, and administrative fees every new application costing some 450 shekels ($128), and security deposits reaching up to 50,000 shekels ($14,215).

The financial burden of repeated visa applications, coupled with lawyer fees for those appealing visa denials, is only compounded by the fact that many spouses have been told that working even in Area A of the West Bank, which is officially under full Palestinian Authority control could constitute grounds for rejection.

Numerous spouses mentioned being pressured into signing documents written only in Hebrew despite them not speaking the language, or being asked to provide a number of seemingly irrelevant documents, such as medical certificates of pregnancy or childrens school reports, only to see their applications denied over clerical errors or reasons they said were inaccurate or outright wrong.

There are enough cases for us to deduce that there is a change in policy happening, and it is much more restrictive for foreign nationals to get visas or visa renewals, Sam Bahour, an activist with the Right to Enter campaign that notably fights for the right to family reunification in the occupied Palestinian territory, told Mondoweiss.

Julie, a foreign spouse, recounted...


Taxing stan van houcke

"When any of us meet someone who rejects dominant norms and values, we feel a little less crazy for doing the same. Any act of rebellion or non-participation, even on a very small scale, is therefore a political act" ~ Charles Eisenstein


Syrian Army Liberated Important Town In Northeastern Hama (Photos, Videos, Map)

Syrian Army Liberated Important Town In Northeastern Hama (Photos, Videos, Map)

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On Friday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) captured the strategic town of Rahjan located north of Sarha village in the northeastern Hama countryside, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria. The SAA also captured the village of Arafa north of the village of Hazem, according to the source.

Syrian Army Liberated Important Town In Northeastern Hama (Photos, Videos, Map)

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Meanwhile, opposition sources said that Syrian warplanes bombed positions of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Khan Shaykhun town and Zakat village in the northern Hama countryside.

The HTS-linked news agency Ibaa reported that HTS fighters repelled two attacks of the SAA around the villages of Rabda and Qasir Ali. Ibaa claimed that 8 soldiers of the SAA were killed during the clashes around Qasir Ali.

HTS and its allies from the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups of Jaysh al-Nasr and the the Free Idlib Army claimed that they destroyed two tanks of the SAA and damaged another with TOW ATGMs. However, the photos and videos released by t...


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Pennsylvania Cops Terrorize Elderly Couple After Confusing Hibiscus Plants for Marijuana Photography is Not a Crime

Armed with assault rifles, Pennsylvania cops forced a 66-year-old woman out of her home, handcuffing her in her underwear while ransacking her home, looking for marijuana.

They ended up finding only hibiscus plants.

Buffalo Township police also handcuffed her 69-year-old husband at  gunpoint after he arrived home and finding a dozen cops rummaging through their home, looking for the non-existing marijuana plants.

Edward and Audrey Cramer tried to explain to the cops that they were only hibiscus plants, but Buffalo Township Police Sergeant Scott Hess refused to believe them, informing them he had expertise in identifying marijuana plants.

Buffalo Township police officer Jeffrey Sneddon also claimed to have expertise in identifying marijuana when he obtained the search warrant last month, according to the Tribune-Review.

Now the couple is suing the police department along with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., whose representative took photos of the hibiscus plants and sent them to police, informing them that they were marijuana plants.

It all started on October 5 when insurance agent Jonathan Yeamans entered the Cramer property to investigate a claim that a neighbors tree fell on their property in September.

While investigating the claim, Yeamans spotted the hibiscus plants and surreptitiously photographed them, sending the photos to police, claiming the Cramers were involved in an illegal marijuana growing operation.

Two days later, a dozen cops arrived at the home, banging on the door, pointing their assault rifles at Audrey Cramer who answered the door wearing only underwear, a bra and a t-shirt.

The cops claimed they had a search warrant, but refused to show it to her. They also refused to allow her to put on shoes or pants.

According to the Tribune-Review:

The suit claims Cramer asked if she could put on a pair of pants next to her, and was told in no uncertain terms that she could not.


She was placed under arrest and read her rights.


The complaint alleges that she was walked outside and made to stand handcuffed, in her underwear and without shoes for 10 minutes.


The suit claims that Hess refused her request to get sandals. Police walked her down the gravel driveway, barefoot, to a police car.


The complaint alleges that she was left in the very hot patrol car, with her hands cuffed behind her, for four-and-a-half hours.


The high temperature that day was 82, according to the Accuweather company.




Stopping fake news starts with challenging the narrative of Trumpism Waging Nonviolence

by Doyle Canning and Patrick Reinsborough

As we hit the one year anniversary of the 2016 elections, many of us are still recovering from residual feelings of shock, despair and terror while ramping up the resistance with increasing momentum. Politics in the United States has always been a rigged game legalized bribery, voter suppression, racist fear-mongering, sexist norms. But Trump has taken it to a whole new level, at least in our lifetimes.

Like it or not, we are in a dangerous political moment of alternative facts and alternate realities. As is typical, the progressive response to the rights deceitful antics has been to focus on fact-checking, while continuing to allow the right to define the framing of the dominant narrative. Obviously, the facts matter. But we will never fact check our way to power.

If we want to defeat Trump and build momentum to address the systemic crises of our time, progressives need to confront one of Trumps most effective strategies: harnessing the power of narrative. But what does that mean, and how do we do it?

As a right-wing reviewer of our book so succinctly explained in Forbes: The narratives by which we live are the fulcrum on which our political, economic and cultural levers rest. Shrewdly adjusting the cha...


Hezbollah holding Lebanon hostage: Saudi FM Peace and Freedom


AFP | Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, left, with his Spanish counterpart Alfonso Dastis in Madrid on Friday

MADRID (AFP)  Saudi Arabias foreign minister on Friday accused Hezbollah, which Riyadh blames for the shock resignation of Lebanese premier Saad Hariri, of holding Lebanon hostage and using its banks to launder money.Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Madrid that the Shiite group was destabilising Lebanon by maintaining its arsenal and fighters in the Mediterranean nation.

You cannnot have a militia with a military force that operates outside the scope of the government, he told reporters after talks with Spanish counterpart Alfonso Dastis.

We see Hezbollah hijacking the Lebanese banking system to launder money, we see Hezbollah hijacking Lebanese ports in order to smuggle drugs, we see Hezbollah engaging in terrorist activities and interfering in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen, he added.

Unless Hezbollah disarms and becomes a (solely) political party, Lebanon will be held hostage by Hezbollah and by extension Iran, he said.

This is not acceptable to us and is not acceptable to the Lebanese.

Lebanon, long abused by regional powers seeking to exert influence, was plunged into uncertainty this month after Hariris shock resignation, announced on television from Riyadh.

Hariri said he was stepping down because of Hezbollah and Irans grip over his country.

The resignation which caught even some of Hariris closest advisers off guard comes at a time of mounting tension between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, which are backing opposing sides in conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

His subsequent failure to return home to officially quit in person fuelled claims that he was acting under orders from his Saudi patrons.

But both Hariri and Riyadh have denied allegations he was being held against his will, with the Lebanese leader on Friday dismissing all speculation about his situation as rumours.

We are supportive of Prime Minister Saad Hariri but we are against Hezbollahs takeover of Lebanon, Jubeir said.

Hariri was expected to leave Saudi Arabia for France later Friday, a move aimed at defusing political turmoil sparked by his resignation.



The United States is not fighting against terrorists in Syria, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag ThereAreNoSunglasses

This Saturday, April. 29, 2017 still taken from video, shows an American soldier looking out of an armored vehicle in the northern village of Darbasiyah, Syria AP Photo/ APTV

United States Not Combating Terrorism in Syria Turkish Deputy PM

The United States is not fighting against terrorists in Syria, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Thursday, commenting on the deal on withdrawal of Daesh terror group militants from the Syrian city of Raqqa.


ANKARA (Sputnik)  On Monday, the BBC news outlet reported that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias had allowed about 250 Daesh terrorists to leave Raqqa in October.

There has been no question of an open struggle against terrorists. Otherwise, Washington would no...


Lebanon FM: Hariri crisis part of attempt to create chaos Aletho News

Press TV November 17, 2017 Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil says the crisis over the resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is part of an attempt to create chaos in the region. Speaking in Moscow on Friday, Bassil said Lebanon has the full powers to respond to the crisis, but hoped this would not []


Curbelos not Hispanic enough, says CHCaucus Fausta's Blog

When Hispanic means liberal Dem. Read my post, Curbelos not Hispanic enough, says CHCaucus


Lebanon FM Reveals Attempt to Intimidate Country Into Canceling Russian Gas Deal Aletho News

Sputnik 17.11.2017 Lebanese Foreign Minister Geral Bassil has held a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. We are about to sign our first contract on gas field exploration on the shelf with the participation of Russian companies. We are now seeing an attempt to make Lebanon leave this positive path, Geral Bassil said. []


Israel to move checkpoint deeper into West Bank, cutting off Palestinian access to spring Mondoweiss

Residents in al-Walaja are well versed in Israeli planning law. The small village has been in legal battles against Israels separation wall, land confiscation and home demolitions for decades. This week Israeli authorities added another battle to the ongoing lists of obstacles faced by the rural village.

On Nov. 12, Israeli forces issued notices to Palestinians living in the area that the closest Israeli military checkpoint to the village, one of the two checkpoints between the Bethlehem district and Jerusalem, will be moved further into the West Bank, annexing more of al-Walaja land.

According to the notices, residents have 15 days to challenge the order.

Firas al-Atrash, a member of the Local Council of al-Walaja, told Mondoweiss that moving the checkpoint according to Israels plans would have devastating effects on the farming village.

Moving the checkpoint means that the Israel will take over around 1200 dunams (296 acres) of the land village, and prevent landowners to from accessing their land located behind the wall, including the Ein Al-Haniya spring and archaeological site, al-Atrash said.

The BADIL Research Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee rights released a statement on the announcement of the checkpoint move, emphasizing the significance of the Ein al-Haniya spring as an important natural resource and source of water for the residents of the village of al-Walaja.

BADIL also added that moving the checkpoint, a de facto land confiscation, is an additional step towards the annexation of the West Bank by Israel.

Establishing this new fact on the ground would place all the lands located between the future and current location of the checkpoint under full Israeli control. Under international law, it is prohibited for the occupying power to assume sovereignty over occupied territory and to incorporate it into its own state, BADIL said.

Al-Atrash said the villagers of al-Walaja have already started moving forward to challenge the plans in the court, adding that there are rumors that the land to be confiscated will be turned into a national park.

Several Israeli authorities were contacted for statements on the issue, but did not respond with comment.



Mexico: Cartels infiltrating Texas Fausta's Blog

This should come as no surprise, New report shows how Mexican cartels are infiltrating Texas The Gulf Cartel has a hold on cities in Texas tip and coastal bend. McAllen, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Houston and Beaumont are impacted most by the Gulf Cartel which mostly brings marijuana and cocaine into the area, according to []


Poll Shows US Voters Prefer Russia as Friend, Not Enemy, Echoing Trumps Call Aletho News

Sputnik 17.11.2017 American voters agree by a two-to-one margin that a friendly US posture toward Russia would be a greater asset to the United States and the world than the present policy of hostility toward Moscow, according to a poll by Rasmussen reports. In conducting the poll, Rasmussen read the following quote to survey []


Anti-Trump groups fund trust indicators to combat fake news on social media Aletho News

RT | November 17, 2017 Under pressure to stop the spread of false information, Facebook, Google and Twitter have turned to the Trust Project to inform users of the credibility of news sources. But the supposed nonpartisan effort is funded by deep-pocketed anti-Trump forces. On Thursday, Facebook, Google and Twitter announced their participation in the []


Ahrar Al-Sham Peneterates Syrian Army Defense, Captures Large Section of Armored Vehicle Base (Photos, Video, Map)

On Friday, the Ahrar al-Sham Movement captured the section 446 inside the Armored Vehicle Base south of Harasta district east of the Syrian capital, Damascus, according to Syrian opposition sources.

The Ahrar al-Sham claimed that its fighters destroyed several vehicles inside the base. However, photos showed that these vehicles are nothing but a junk of old Soviet-made BTR-152.

Ahrar Al-Sham Peneterates Syrian Army Defense, Captures Large Section of Armored Vehicle Base (Photos, Video, Map)

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Ahrar Al-Sham Peneterates Syrian Army Defense, Captures Large Section of Armored Vehicle Base (Photos, Video, Map)

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According to local sources, Syrian Air Force warplanes carried out dozens of airstrikes on the positions of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement in the districts of Harasta, Duma, Hammuriyah, Zamalka, Arbain, Saqba, Jobar and Ayn Tarma in the Eastern Ghouta region.



Senior senator says new Pentagon budget threatens normalization of Russia-US relations Aletho News

RT | November 17, 2017 The $700 billion US military spending bill, recently approved by the Senate, could destroy any future attempts to restore relations between the United States and the Russian Federation, the head of the upper house Foreign Relations Committee says. The US senate has approved the 2018 draft defense budget. Among other []


US Coalition Rounding Down Civilian Casualty Numbers in Iraq by Over 30% Geopolitics Alert

Bagdhad (GPA A new report by The New York Times (NYT) adds credibility to what many people have been saying for a long time: The Pentagon is lying about civilian casualty numbers in Iraq.

For the last year or so the US media (including the NYT) has been subjecting their audiences to the repeated claims of The Pentagon that the war against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq is one of the most precise bombing campaigns in history. Now, however, it seems the Times finally decided to do some actual reporting after months of the independent media trying to tell the truth about Iraq.

civilian death toll in iraqCredit: Mstyslav Chernov

These claims by the US-led coalition that have been reported with a straight face by the media included seemingly impossible feats, such as the time coalition bombs managed to kill over 1,000 ISIS fighters without a single civilian death. These lies werent even the result of bad reporting, they were a result of outlets like the Times doing what they always do; parroting the direct line of power.


Syrian War Report November 17, 2017: Government Forces Once Again Storming Al-Bukamal The Vineyard of the Saker If youre able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldnt be possible without your help: PayPal: or via: or via: The Syrian Arab Army


North Korea rules out negotiations on nuclear weapons Peace and Freedom

GENEVA (Reuters) North Korea on Friday ruled out negotiations with Washington as long as joint U.S-South Korea military exercises continue, and said that Pyongyangs atomic weapons program would remain as a deterrent against a U.S. nuclear threat.

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Han Tae Song, North Koreas ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva

In an interview with Reuters, Han Tae Song, North Koreas ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, brushed off the new sanctions which the Trump administration has said it is preparing, as well as the possibility of North Korea being added to a U.S. list of states sponsoring terrorism.

South Korea and the United States agreed on Friday to keep working for a peaceful end to the North Korean nuclear crisis, but a U.S. envoy said it was difficult to gauge the reclusive Norths intentions as there has been no signal.

Han, asked about those bilateral talks in Seoul, replied: As long as there is continuous hostile policy against my country by the U.S. and as long as there are continued war games at our doorstep, then there will not be negotiations.

There are continued military exercises using nuclear assets as well as aircraft carriers, and strategic bombers and thenraising such kinds of military exercises against my country, he said.

He, who is ambassador to the U.N.s Conference on Disarmament, was speaking at the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) mission in Geneva, where the DPRK and the United States secured a 1994 nuclear deal which later fell apart.

He said he had no information on when North Korea might test a ballistic missile again, after the last one two months ago.

The DPRK, my country, will continue to build-up its self-defense capability, the pivot of which is nuclear forces and capability for a triumphantstrike as long as U.S. and hostile forces keep up nuclear threat and blackmail, Han said.

Our country plans ultimate completion of the nuclear force, he said.




Liberal Israeli leaders were contemplating genocide in Gaza already in 1967 Mondoweiss

Perhaps if we dont give them enough water they wont have a choice, because the orchards will yellow and wither.

That is what Israeli Prime Minster Levi Eshkol said in 1967 about Gaza, as revealed in newly declassified documents from the time. Ofer Aderet of Haaretz reported about this today.   

As I have already written, Eshkol, the leftist liberal Zionist, was very willing to send Palestinians to the moon:

I want them all to go, even if they go to the moon, he said. 

As is widely known, the standard UN definition of Genocide includes Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.

These newly declassified documents reveal that the genocidal policy was indeed there already in 1967. This is important, because it sheds light on later policies, such as Israels siege of Gaza, which is part of an incremental genocide, as historian Ilan Pappe has been calling it since 2006, and it puts the notion of a huge concentration camp, the term Haaretz journalist Amira Hass has used for Gaza, in historical perspective.  

Indeed, Eshkol was aware in the months after the 1967 war of the suffocation and imprisonment in Gaza in 1967, as the declassified documents reveal. And he was quite clear about this being an instrument to effect Israeli strategy:

precisely because of the suffocation and imprisonment there, maybe the Arabs will move from the Gaza Strip, he said.

Eshkol was also paraphrasing Herzl, when Eshkol told the cabinet he was working on the establishment of a unit or office that will engage in encouraging Arab emigration. He noted that

We should deal with this issue quietly, calmly and covertly, and we should work on finding a way from them to emigrate to other countries and not just over the Jordan [River].

This is a near quote of Herzls 1895 diary entry:

We shall try to spirit the penniless population across the border by procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying it employment in our country. The property owners will come over to our side. Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discretely and circumspectly...


Breaking: Syrian Army liberates most of Albukamal after entering city Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By  Leith Fadel 17/11/2017 BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:40 P.M.) Minutes ago, an officer from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) told Al-Masdar News that their forces have liberated most of Albukamal, leaving only the eastern suburbs left to capture. Led by the elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies stormed the western and southern []


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Israeli settlers are seeking donations from Jewish communities to build a new settlement in the Palestinian city of Hebron


Six Russian long-range bombers strike Islamic State targets in Syria Peace and Freedom


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MOSCOW (Reuters) Six Russian long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near the town of Albu Kamal in Syrias Deir al-Zor province on Friday, the Defence Ministry said in a statement reported by Russian news agencies .

The TU-22M3 bombers took off from bases in Russia and overflew Iran and Iraq before launching the strike, they said.

TASS cited the ministry as saying the planes had bombed Islamic State fortified positions, militants, and armored vehicles and that satellite and drone surveillance had confirmed that all of the designated targets had been destroyed.

Reporting by Christian Lowe; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Robin Pomeroy


The password of Al-Hariris speech Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The password of Al-Hariris speech Written by Nasser Kandil, 17, 2017 In his TV presence after a week of his absence, the Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri said in his interview that I cant confirm or deny whether I am free or in detention then he notified us that his statement of resignation was under []


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Saudi Arabia apparently wants Israel to fight its war with Hezbollah. Some in Israel also think the time has come. But the risks still appear excessive

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Fact Sheet: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Geopolitical Monitor


The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is one of the six major corridors envisioned by Chinas One Belt One Road Initiative. The project aims to facilitate the construction of various transport and energy infrastructure projects linking the Chinese and Pakistani economies via Kashgar in the north (on the Silk Road Economic Belt), and the China-financed Arabian Sea port of Gwadar in the south (on the Maritime Silk Road).

Heres a general overview of what CPEC entails:


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Carla Stea Throughout the past decade, the UN General Assembly Third Committee has adopted the resolution: Combating Glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Every year the resolution is adopted by an overwhelming majority of UN member states, while the European...


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Claiming the right to launch preemptive wars and fighting an ill-defined global war on terror, the U.S. government has slaughtered vast numbers of civilians in defiance of international law. Nicolas J S Davies Seventy-seven million people in North and South Korea find themselves directly in the line of fire from the threat of a Second...


Zimbawe: Zanu-PF Calls for President Mugabes Resignation INTERNATIONALIST 360

A cleverly disguised coup Zimbabwe Herald ZANU-PF provincial structures in all the countrys 10 provinces met today and called for the resignation of their First Secretary, President Robert Mugabe. They also called for the resignation of womens league Secretary and First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe from the party. The structures also said the party should...

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Draft Resolution on the Joint UN-OPCW Survey Mechanism (Russian Veto) Voltaire Network

Draft resolution by: France, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America. The Security Council, Recalling its Resolutions 2319 (2016), 2314 (2016) 2235 (2015), 2253 (2015), 2209 (2015), 2178 (2014), 2118 (2013), 1989 (2011), 1540 (2004) and 1267 (1999), Expressing grave concern regarding the additional allegations of chemical weapons use in the Syrian Arab Republic which are being investigated by the Fact-Finding (...)

Monday, 13 November


The Iranian Peace Plan for Yemen, by Mohammad Javad Zarif Voltaire Network

I would like to draw your urgent attention to the extremely appalling situation in Yemen, caused by aggression, indiscriminate targeting of civilians and a blockade, imposing intolerable suffering on the Yemeni people and resulting in an unprecedented famine and the outbreak and spread of cholera in that country. The war in Yemen, now in its third year, continues to worsen, with no end in sight. The circumstances are pugnaciously swirling into a pandemonium of mass destruction and (...)

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