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Wednesday, 22 November

20:34

China and Pakistan agree to push forward economic corridor plan after dam deal scrapped Peace and Freedom

Analysts say disputes over individual projects wont get in the way as officials sign long-term plan for US$57 billion scheme

By Liu Zhen
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 November, 2017, 8:39pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 November, 2017, 10:00pm

As China and Pakistan agreed on Tuesday to push ahead with their huge economic and infrastructure scheme, analysts said disputes over individual projects would not have a significant impact on its progress.

20:21

Trump and Putin discuss Syria, North Korea in phone call Peace and Freedom

UPI

By Daniel Uria  |  Nov. 21, 2017 at 5:06 PM
President Donald Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for more than an hour on Monday, as they discussed Syria, North Korea and other security issues. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Nov. 21 (UPI)  U.S. President Donald Trump discussed Syria, North Koreaand other security issues during a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday, the White House said.

Trump and Putin spoke for more than an hour and discussed their support for the United Nations plans to achieve peace in Syria as well as North Koreas nuclear program, peace in the Ukraine and fighting terrorism.

The call came a day after Putin hosted a surprise visit from Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to discuss a shift from military strategy to political resolution for a country thats been savaged by terrorism and civil war for years.

During the call they agreed to pursue plans to peacefully resolve the Syrian civil war, end the humanitarian crisis, allow displaced Syrians to return home, and ensure the stability of a unified Syria free of malign intervention and terrorist safe havens, the White House said.

Trump and Putin also discussed the need to continue international pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear weapon and missile programs.

The pair last met at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit on Nov. 11 where Trump tried to persuade world leaders to encou...

20:20

MI6 chiefs used secret slush fund to finance operations, document shows intelNews.org

Successive directors of the Secret Intelligence Service used a secret slush fund to finance spy operations without British government oversight after World War II, according to a top-secret document unearthed in London.

20:16

Angela Merkels German government crisis: German president seeks solution Peace and Freedom

The German chancellor may now need Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the holder of a largely ceremonial office of the presidency, to retain power. So who is Steinmeier and what will his role be in the tense weeks to come?

Deutschland Merkel und Steinmeier Debatte zum Asylpaket II (picture-alliance/dpa/W. Kumm)

The German chancellor is, under normal circumstances, the countrys most powerful politician and de facto leader, but the German president is the actual head of state. Although largely symbolic, the office of the presidency carries the responsibility of ensuring that German democracy functions. That makes President Frank-Walter Steinmeier crucial to solving the impasse that is blocking the formation of the next German government.

The German system operates on the principle that politicians have a responsibility to put the will of the voters, expressed in elections, into practice. Thats why Steinmeier pointedly reminded the political parties on Monday that they had a duty to compromise and form governing alliances rather than just call for a new election. Talks to create a so-called Jamaica coalition between Angela Merkels conservatives, the center-right, pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens acrimoniously broke down on Sunday.

Read more: The FDPs Christian Lindner: the coalition killer

Steinmeiers first move is to summon the heads of those parties, plus the Social Democrats (SPD), to discuss their issues and try to broker a compromise. The president spoke with the Greens and the FDP on Tuesday and has an appointment with SPD leader and defeated chancellor candidate Martin Schulz on Wednesday.

Breakthroughs are not expected. The FDP were reportedly the ones most responsible for scuppering the talks on Sunday, and the SPD has...

20:14

Military Situation In Iraq On November 22, 2017 (Map Update)

The Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have driven ISIS out from the Euphrates Valley and are now preparing to launch a major-scale operation to retake the rest of the Syrian-Iraqi border from the terrorist group.

Military Situation In Iraq On November 22, 2017 (Map Update)

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20:12

The Real Winner in America's Russia Crisis Is China Strategic Culture Foundation

The current demonization of Russia as a global threat to American interests and values, and of President Putin as the worlds leading arch-villain, can be explained as an extension of the Cold War, of auto-piloting a foreign-policy paradigm that Republicans and Democrats feel comfortable with. But that is intellectually dishonest, considering American partnerships with mass-murderers like Stalin and Mao, and runs contrary to U.S. interests.

20:09

Palestinian Reconciliation Hangs in the Balance as Hamas, Fatah Meet in Egypt Peace and Freedom

Haaretz

A long road lies ahead for the reconciliation deal as key issues remain unsolved and both sides accuse each other of evasion

Jack Khoury Nov 22, 2017 10:00 AM

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Palestinian young men hold up their passports as they wait to cross at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, November 20, 2017. SAID KHATIB/AFP

Talks between Hamas and Fatah will continue in Egypt on Wednesday in an effort to reach agreement on implementing the next phases of their reconciliation deal.

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The talks, which are being brokered by Egyptian intelligence, opened Tuesday at an Egyptian intelligence facility. Along with Hamas and Fatah, the smaller Palestinian parties also sent representatives.

Fatahs delegation was headed by Azzam al-Ahmad. Hamass delegation was led by the deputy head of its political bureau, Saleh al-Arouri, and its leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar.

The Egyptians managed to prevent any leaks from the meeting, so it remains unclear whether the parties will actually be able to reach agreements on the main issues: Establishing a unity government, convening the Palestinian National Council and holding general elections.

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Senior officials from both Fatah and Hamas said that, at least on a declarative level, all parties are committed to the reconciliation. Nevertheless, many obstacles must still be overcome.

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Shortly before the talks began, a senior Fatah official told Haaretz that despite Hamass talk of being committed to the reconciliation which calls for the Palestinian Authority to resume authority in Gaza Hamas still controls the territory in practice. Not only are Hamass forces effectively in charge of security, he said, but the senior officials it appointed to various government offices in Gaza still see themselves as the people in charge of civilian affairs.

One issue that hasnt yet arisen in the reconciliation talks, he added, is a dispute over land. Shortly before the first phase of the agreement was implemented, Hamas distributed tens of thousands of dunams of Palestinian government lands in Gaza, including lands where Israeli settlements once stood, to various armed militias, first and foremost its own military wing.

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The Fatah official termed this a very significant issue. Almost a third of the territory went to the armed factions, and this proves that Hamas isnt ceding substantive power, he explained.

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Hamas, for its part, accuses the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority of evading its own commitments under the reconciliation deal. It says the PA has insisted on talking only about control of the government in Gaza while avoiding issues that relate to strategic cooperation between Hamas and Fatah. These issues incl...

20:03

Mueller Investigating Kushners Efforts to Combat UN Resolution Condemning Israeli Settlements Peace and Freedom

In the lead-up to the vote on the resolution, there were speculations that Russia could veto it, thus protecting Israel after the Obama administration decided to abstain

Amir Tibon (Washington, D.C.) Nov 22, 2017 8:07 AM
Haaretz

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Washington, D.C., U.S., November 21, 2017. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

WASHINGTON Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russias interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, is reportedly examining actions taken by Jared Kushner against a UN Security Council Resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Mueller is looking into efforts made by Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trumps senior adviser and son-in-law, against the resolution, which passed in December 2016, during the transition period between the Obama and Trump administrations.

The UN resolution against Israeli settlements in the West Bank was proposed by Egypt, and the Obama administration controversially decided not to veto it. Israeli officials reached out at the time to the Trump transition team, asking the president-elect to try and exert influence over different countries to block the resolution.

Trump, in turn, attacked the resolution on his social media accounts and called Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi, requesting he reverse his countrys support of the resolution.

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In the lead-up to the vote on the resolution, there were speculations in the Israeli media that perhaps Russia could veto it, thus protecting Israel from the lack of a veto by the Obama administration. Eventually, however, Russia voted in favor of the resolution, as did all the 14 other members of the UN Security Council, except the U.S., which chose to abstain.

Trump took to Twitter following the vote, writing, in reference to his slated inauguration date: As to the UN, things will be different after Jan. 20th.

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The White House, in turn, blamed the passage of the resolution on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus settlement policies. If we didnt see acceleration in settlement activity and wouldnt hear that kind of rhetoric from the Israeli government then maybe the U.S. would have taken take a different view, then-Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said.

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Netanyahu, for his part, called the resolution crazy, accused the Obama administration of carrying out an underhanded, anti-Israel maneuver and assured the Israeli public that the resolution would b...

20:00

'This will never be accepted': Palestinians condemn Saudi meddling in their future Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Palestinians in Lebanon's Ain el-Helweh say right of return is sacrosanct, amid reports of a Saudi plan to dump it as part of new peace deal

EXCLUSIVE: Trumps 'ultimate deal' seen as ultimatum to Palestinians Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Crown prince offered Mahmoud Abbas more cash for new state as Saudi Arabia pushes for Israeli support against Iran, say sources

19:56

"Planting olive trees is my form of resistance.

Olive trees are synonymous with Palestinian resistance, and our friends at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights are raising money to plant as many olive trees for Palestinian farmer families as possible!

19:54

The Left Changes Its Mind on Bill Clinton Peace and Freedom

It isnt clear what is causing Democrats to re-evaluate their support for the former president.

Monica Lewinsky meeting President Bill Clinton at a White House function, released by the House Judiciary Committee, Sept. 21, 1998.
Monica Lewinsky meeting President Bill Clinton at a White House function, released by the House Judiciary Committee, Sept. 21, 1998.PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday became the latest liberal luminary to scurry away from Bill Clinton some 20 years too late.

If it happened today there would have been a very different reaction, said the mayor in reference to the White House sex scandal involving Mr. Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. I dont think you can rework history. I think if it happened todayif any president did that todaythey would have to resign.

The mayors comments follow those made last week by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, who told the New York Times that she, too, now believes that Mr. Clinton should have resigned after his affair with Ms. Lewinsky was revealed. The senator used the things have changed explanation as well, then added that in light of this conversation, we should have a very different conversation about President Trump, and a very different conversation about allegations against him.

Put differently, Ms. Gillibrand wants Donald Trump held to a different standard than the one she and her fellow Democrats were willing to hold Bill Clinton to way, way back in the 1990s. Have the liberal politicians and journalists now changing their tune about Mr. Clinton grown a conscience, or do they merely want another pretext for attacking the current White House occupant? Th...

19:45

Washington"s Wars Strategic Culture Foundation

The marching bands play on, although often the buglers play Taps at military funerals, and most American citizens seem content to accept expansion of Washingtons wars, which will continue to destabilise the regions in which they are waged.

19:41

Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

By Eric Newcomer

November 21, 2017, 4:58 PM EST Updated on November 21, 2017, 10:21 PM EST
  • Company paid hackers $100,000 to delete info, keep quiet
  • Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan and another exec ousted

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 payment to the attackers.

Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world, the company told Bloomberg on Tuesday. The personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. drivers license numbers. No Social Security numbers, credit card information, trip location details or other data were taken, Uber said.

None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it.

At the time of the incident, Uber was negoti...

19:34

Saudi Arabia backs Arab League stance to check Iranian interference Peace and Freedom

King Salman chairs the Cabinet meeting at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)

RIYADH: The Cabinet, chaired by King Salman, on Tuesday reaffirmed the statement issued by the emergency meeting of the Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo and their condemnation of all terror acts committed by Iran and its continued interference in the internal affairs of the Arab countries.

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The Cabinet meeting, which was held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, also stressed that Iran should refrain from supporting groups that fuel sectarian conflicts, notably in the Arab Gulf states, and to stop funding militias and armed parties in the Arab countries.
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The Cabinet also stressed the Kingdoms continued stance at the UN on the Palestinian issue.
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The Cabinet said the Kingdom will vote in support of a decision to allow the Palestinian people to keep their permanent sovereignty in the occupied Palestinian lands, including Eastern Al-Quds; to support the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan to exploit their natural resources; and to support the Palestinian people to regain their usurped lands and reject Israeli policies, which do not respect international laws and norms.
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On other international issues, the Cabinet reaffirmed the Kingdoms position on the UN framework agreement on climate change in its 23rd session in Bonn in its commitment in taking necessary measures to address climate change to achieve the objectives of sustainable development in line with Saudi Vision 2030.
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The Cabinet also strongly condemned the terror attack in Kabul, which resulted in many deaths and injuries, and expressed its support for the Afghan government and people against extremism and terrorism.
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19:29

Uber admits covering up data hack that hit 57m users and drivers Peace and Freedom

AFP

Getty Images / AFP (file photo) | Personal data from some 57 million Uber riders and drivers was compromised in a hack that took place more than a year ago.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-11-22

Uber said Tuesday that hackers compromised personal data from some 57 million riders and drivers in a breach kept hidden for a year.

None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it, said a statement from chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over at the ridesharing giant in August.

Two members of the Uber information security team who led the response that included not alerting users that their data was breached were let go from the San Francisco-based company effective Tuesday, according to Khosrowshahi.

The Uber chief said he only recently learned that outsiders had broken into a cloud-based server used by the company for data and downloaded a significant amount of information.

Stolen files included names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers for riders, and the names and driver license information of some 600,000 drivers, according to Uber.

Uber paid the hackers $100,000 to destroy the data, not telling riders or drivers whose information was at risk, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Co-founder and ousted chief Travis Kalanick was advised of the breach shortly after it was discovered, but it was not made public until Ubers new boss Khosrowshahi learned of the incident.

You may be asking why we are just talking about this now, a year later, Khosrowshahi said.

I had the same question, so I immediately asked for a thorough investigation of what happened and how we handled it.

Khosrowshahi said that what he learned about Ubers failure to notify users or regulators prompted corrective actions.

Need to change

Uber is notifying drivers whose license numbers were swiped, and offering them credit and identity theft protections.

The company also said it is notifying regulators, and monitoring affected rider accounts for signs of fraud.

While I ca...

19:22

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Reckless or Genius? Peace and Freedom

BY IAN MAY/THE MEDIA LINE
 NOVEMBER 22, 2017 09:47

 

Lots of Israelis see Mohammad bin Salmans assertiveness favorably and as a positive thing. But I think this conduct is reckless.

Secret ties? A guide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (photo credit:AUDI PRESS AGENCY/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

Reports circulating that Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz plans to abdicate as early as this week and crown his son, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), have left many wondering how the young prince managed to ascend to power so quickly.

So who is this young heir to the Saudi throne?

At 32, MBSnicknamed Mr. Everythingis known as a reformist and holds a long line of titles including, Crown Prince, Minister of Defense, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Council for Political and Security Affairs and Chairman of the Council for Economic Affairs and Development. He recently was named the head of an anti-corruption body that has overseen the arrest of hundreds of royals and businessmen amid a crackdown in the country that many perceive as a move to c...

19:03

18:44

Reviewing BBC portrayal of Hizballah in Hariri resignation reports BBC Watch

The story of the Lebanese prime ministers stunning resignation as the BBC described it when news of Saad Hariris announcement broke on November 4th can obviously only be fully understood if one is familiar with one of the other major players in that story: Hizballah.

Essential context to that story of course includes the background to the current political landscape in Lebanon a story that was reported very superficially by the BBC at the time. Clearly too it is important to understand the extent of Hizballahs influence within the Lebanese government and armed forces as well as the effects that Hizballahs intervention and actions in other countries has had on Lebanon. An understanding of which countries and bodies designate Hizballah as a terrorist organisation is also crucial, as is familiarity with the extent to which Hizballah is financed and supplied by Iran and how that translates into Iranian influence in Lebanon.

As one Middle East analyst put it:

Over the last 11 months, Hariri became a fig-leaf for Hezbollah. As one of the main leaders of the opposition, his appointment as prime minister ostensibly proved Lebanon was maintaining its independence vis-a-vis Iran.

Now, however, the charade is over, and Lebanon remains as it was without the disguise pro-Iranian, pro-Syrian, and with Hezbollah firmly in control. The Lebanese president is considered to be an I...

18:40

Syria opposition meets in Riyadh under pressure to compromise Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The talks come as key members of the Syrian opposition step down and while Russia, Turkey and Iran hold top-level talks

18:16

18:02

The Ongoing Agony of the Obama-Trump War on the People of Yemen! Dissident Voice

We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation.

Martin Luther King, Beyond Vietnam

Yemen, the poorest Arab nation on Earth, is the victim of a savage, illegal war waged by the Saudi Arabian monarchy.  Armed to the teeth with the most sophisticated weapons in the world manufactured and supplied by the merchants of death in the United States, the Saudis are providing another grotesque example of what happens when a powerful nation with modern weapons is unrestrained by law and basic human decency.

Flying hundreds of sorties and targeting the civilian infrastructurewater and sanitation plants, the electrical grid, agricultural fields, food storage facilities, hospitals, roads, schools the result is over 20 million people, or 70 percent of the population,  are now dependent on food imports; 7 million of them are facing famine-like conditions and rely completely on food aid to survive. Conservative reports put the number of dead from the Saudis barbaric air war since March 2015 at over 11,000, with the vast majority being innocent civilians. Meanwhile, untold millions have been displaced.

All of the above acts against the Yemenis are war crimes.

But the trauma and devastation of the people doesnt end here.

For the last two weeks, the gangster family running the Saudi state has imposed a murderous air, sea and land blockade preventing vital aid to those millions now dependent on it for their basic survival.

However, the Saudis are not the only ones implicated in this unfolding international crime. Like most of the egregious, international human-rights crimes of the late 20th and 21st centuries, the U.S. state is once again complicit.

The fact is the Obama administration gave the green light to the Saudi war on Yemen. This is a war that could not then or today have been launched and executed without direct support from the U.S. military. The United States provided critical support in the form of intelligence sharing and targeting, air-to-air refueling, logistics support, participation in the naval blockade, and billions of dollars in weapons sales.

That support continues under the Trump administration, including the finalization of the multi-billion-dollar arms deal with the Saudis that was initiated under the Obama administration.

Starvation is rampant, and the innocents are dying but who cares when there is money to be made and geopolitical interests to protect. As the indispensable nation, the nation above all nations, it is of no real concern that starvation is a war crime. Rogue states, especially if they believe in their exceptionality dont restrict themselves to the rules that apply to others. So like other elements of international law that the United States ignores, starvation...

17:49

israel has good reason to fear ICC Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israel has good reason to fear ICC If, as Israel claims, its actions in the West Bank are lawful, why is the US administration fighting the Palestinian effort to have the matter heard at the International Criminal Court? Its hard to fathom why the US administration rushed to Israels defense against Palestinian urging for Israeli officials []

17:37

#BDS India Scraps $500M Military Deal With israel Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

India Scraps $500M Military Deal With Israel Amid Rising Popular Concern About Indias Complicity in Israeli Crimes BDS | November 21, 2017 In anticipation of this deal to produce missile systems, Israeli arms manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems had entered into a joint venture with its in Indian partner. (Representative Image: Reuters) Yesterday, media reported that the Indian []

17:36

How to Beat Your Wife Clarion Project

Thanks to our friends at MEMRI who scour the web for videos that show the evil embedded in radical Islam, heres some advice on how to beat your wife. This is not a new video but is worth watching nonetheless.

Of course Clarion utterly deplores the suggestions made in this clip by Egyptian cleric Sad Arafat on Al-Nas TV. If you are concerned that someone you know is subject to such sharia-based punishment please contact us.

 

 

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17:20

70 Years of Broken Promises: The Untold Story of the Partition Plan Dissident Voice

In a recent talk before Chatham House think-tank in London, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, approached the issue of a Palestinian state from an intellectual perspective.

Before we think of establishing a Palestinian state, he mused, it is time we reassessed whether the modern model we have of sovereignty, and unfettered sovereignty, is applicable everywhere in the world.

It is not the first time that Netanyahu discredits the idea of a Palestinian state. Despite clear Israeli intentions of jeopardizing any chances for the creation of such a state, the US Administration of Donald Trump is, reportedly, finalizing plans for an ultimate peace deal. The New York Times suggests that the anticipated plan will have to be built around the so-called two-state solution.

But why the wasted effort, while all parties, Americans included know that Israel has no intention of allowing a Palestinian state and the US has no political capital, or desire, to enforce one?

The answer may not lie in the present, but in the past.

A Palestinian Arab state had initially been proposed as a political tactic by the British, to provide a legal cover for the establishment of a Jewish state. It continues to be used as a political tactic, though never with the aim of finding a just solution to the conflict, as is often propagated.

When British Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour, made his promise, in November 1917, to the Zionist movement to grant them a Jewish state in Palestine, the once distant and implausible idea began taking shape. It would have been effortlessly achievable, had the Palestinians not rebelled.

The 1936-1939 Palestinian rebellion revealed an impressive degree of collective political awareness and ability to mobilize, despite British violence.

The British government then dispatched the Peel Commission to Palestine to examine the roots of the violence, hoping to quell the Palestinian revolt.

In July 1937, the commission published its report, which immediately ignited the fury of the native population, who were already aware of the British-Zionist collusion.

The Peel Commission concluded that underlying causes of the disturbances were the desire of the Palestinians for independence, and their hatred and fear of the establishment of the Jewish national home. Based on that view, it recommended the partition of Palestine into a Jewish state and a Palestinian state, the latter to be inco...

17:19

Drums Along the Euphrates - TTG Sic Semper Tyrannis

Earlier today this tweet by Elijiah Magnier caught my eye. USA protects SDF and ISIS east of the Euphrates and agreed that Russia won't fly over the area occupied by the US Forces in north-east Syria. USA is officially an...

17:08

Raheel Raza Fights Islamism Every Day What Drives Her? Clarion Project

Raheel Raza, womens and human rights advocate, fights radicalization while promoting the Muslim Reform Movement, to challenge radical Islam from within the community.

 

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16:42

Situation on Australian Offshore Processing Centre Deteriorates by the Day UN HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

21 November 2017 Three weeks following the closure of the Manus Island regional processing centre, the situation on the ground is very serious and deteriorates by the day, a senior United Nations official on protection of refugees has said.

Offshore processing centre for asylum seekers on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Photo: Australian Government DIBP |Source: UN News Centre

Without distribution of food and clean water over the last three weeks [and] significant accumulation of waste and rubbish in the hot and humid weather, the health and sanitation is becoming a very significant issue, Nai Jit Lam, Deputy Regional Representative of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), currently on Manus Island, told journalists in Geneva over the phone.

The people that we have spoken to are extremely angry and they see this as an opportunity to tell the world and to show the world, years of anger about how they have been treated over the four years, after being forcibly transferred to Papua New Guinea, he added.

According to the UN refugee agency, the conditions and the lack of medicines, increasing number of refugees and asylum seekers at the former facility are falling physically and mentally unwell. Alternative accommodation and services outside the facility are still under construction and it could be another two weeks before they are ready.

We have observed [concerns] regarding security and the lack of interpreters on the Island, that brings about the issue of how they would communicate with local people or even the police as well, added the UNHCR official, noting that lo...

16:31

White Elephants and the Urban Challenges of Brasilia HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mario Osava

BRASILIA, Nov 21 2017 (IPS) Two white elephants a huge football stadium that draws almost no fans and an empty 16-building complex that was to be the new headquarters of the district government reflect Braslias challenges as a metropolis, beyond its role as the capital of Brazil.

Part of the Administrative Centre built by two private companies between 2013 and 2014, to be the new seat of the government of the Federal District, in Brasilia. The 16-building complex with 3,000 parking spaces is not being used, due to an order by the courts, which are investigating allegations of corruption. Credit: Mario Osava / IPS

Part of the Administrative Centre built by two private companies between 2013 and 2014, to be the new seat of the government of the Federal District, in Brasilia. The 16-building complex with 3,000 parking spaces is not being used, due to an order by the courts, which are investigating allegations of corruption. Credit: Mario Osava / IPS

The Administrative Centre, where the 15,000 officials of the Federal District (DF), and from foundations and public companies, were to be based, was built in Taguatinga, one of the largest cities surrounding the Pilot Plan, another name for the planned city of Braslia, which was inaugurated in 1960, after it was carved out of the jungle.

It would be good to have the government here, able to get a closer look at the areas where most of the population lives, generating more jobs and benefits for us, Laura Morais, a young assistant at a hairdressing salon in the centre of Samambaia, a city next to Taguatinga, told IPS.

It would be good to have the government here, able to get a closer look at the areas where most of the population lives, generating more jobs and benefits for us. Laura Morais

Inaugurated on Dec. 31, 2014 illegally, according to the public p...

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16:24

NATOs Plans for persuasion and impacting the media Dissident Voice

In his excellent NATO, a Monstrous Institution Karel van Wolferen writes:

Having survived Afghanistan, NATO continued to play a significant role in the destruction of Gaddafis Libya, and in the destruction of parts of Syria through covertly organising, financing, and arming Isis forces for the purpose of overthrowing the Assad government. And it continues to serve as a cover for the war making elements in Britain and France. Americas coup in the Ukraine in 2014, which resulted in a crisis in relations with Russia, gave NATO a new lease on life as it helped create entirely uncalled for hysterical fear of Russia in Poland and the Baltic states. (Emphasis added.)

Professor van Wolferen puts his finger on an often forgotten fact. NATO has to continually seek a new lease of life, a raison detre. If factions predominately Western and US led were not encouraged, or inspired by oil and other natural resources to be bloodily carpetbagged, NATO would be redundant. When the Berlin Wall came down and the world rejoiced, things must have looked bleak in NATO-land.

Nothing could make this more cynically, starkly clear than a letter, written in June 1979, from General Alexander Hague, NATO Secretary General, on handing over the position to his successor Joseph Luns. The letter reads:

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
Grand Quartier General des Puissances Alliees en Europe
Belgium

26 June 1979

His Excellency Joseph M.A.H. Luns
The Secretary General
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Brussels/Zaventem Autoroute
B-1110 Brussels, Belgium

Dear Joseph,

On leaving the post of Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, I feel it my duty to stress once again certain aspects of allied strategy which demand our further attention and effort.

Yet in my view, planning for the deployment and use of modernized nuclear forces in Europe can adequately be accomplished only if full understanding and cooperation are achieved. It is therefore necessary to prepare systematically and persistently, a basis for making a success of the NATO council meeting in December, bearing in mind primarily the crisis inside the Alliance over neutron weapons deployment. Every effort should be made to counter any hesitation or vacillation among the allied nations during decision making meetings.

We will never be able to put inapprovto effect our joint plans in this vital area unless quite exceptional efforts are made to check European tendencies toward neutralism, pacifism and unilateralism. To achieve this, it is necessary, I feel, to emphasis the theme that nuclear weapons balance, particularly in the European theatre, has changed sharply in favour of the East. We should constantly bear in mind the necessity of continuously dir...

16:14

Truck Bombing in Contested Town; 88 Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

More than 800 alleged Islamic State wives and their children were transferred from a remote location in northern Iraq to Baghdad. About 700 remain at the controversial camp in Tal Keif. Kuwait and the United Nations have accepted Iraqs reparations payment plan. Reparations for the 1990-91 occupation of Kuwait were suspended in 2014 due to Continue reading "Truck Bombing in Contested Town; 88 Killed in Iraq"

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HEZBOLLAH FORCES ARE ON HIGH COMBAT READINESS TO CONFRONT POSSIBLE ISRAELI ATTACKS Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

South Front 21.11.2017 The situation in the Middle East is developing. The expected conflict between the resistance axis, primarily Hezbollah, and the Saudi-Israeli block is the current center of attention. Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Iran wants to deploy its troops in Syria on a permanent basis with the declared intent of using []

16:00

Donald Trump, Congress, and War with North Korea Antiwar.com Original

On August 8th Donald Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury like the world has never seen." He ordered the Pentagon to prepare for all military options. In the interim, he has ordered mock invasion war games with South Korea on North Koreas borders and coasts, sent nuclear weapons-capable bombers to fly over the Continue reading "Donald Trump, Congress, and War with North Korea"

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16:00

A Beginners Guide to the Unrecognized Villages of Israel Antiwar.com Original

Its no secret that there is an occupation happening in and around Israel. Most people agree that the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been occupied since 1967. Much less thought and literature is dedicated to the treatment of Palestinians living inside modern-day Israel proper. I decided to head over there and see for myself. Continue reading "A Beginners Guide to the Unrecognized Villages of Israel"

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16:00

Syria, Experts, and George Monbiot Antiwar.com Original

Investigative journalist Gareth Porter has published two exclusives whose import is far greater than may be immediately apparent. They concern Israels bombing in 2007 of a supposed nuclear plant secretly built, according to a self-serving US and Israeli narrative, by Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Although the attack on the nuclear reactor occurred a decade ago, Continue reading "Syria, Experts, and George Monbiot"

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15:40

Recent Trip To Syria Discussed by Brandon Turbeville Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Posted on November 20, 2017  by Richard Edmondson American writer Brandon Turbeville has recently given an interview about a trip he made to Syria back in early October. In listening to his account I was struck by the rather marked similarities to my own impressions formed when I journeyed to Syria in 2014. Here is a bit []

15:23

Protest Disrupts Snowbowl as Ski Area Opens with Sewage Snow CENSORED NEWS

Tuesday, November, 21, 2017 By Protect Peaks Censored News Contact: protectpeaks@gmail.com www.protectthepeaks.org Protest Disrupts Snowbowl as Ski Area Opens with 100% Treated Sewage Flagstaff, AZ Continuing it's years-long desecration and assault on Indigenous Peoples' ways of life, ecological destruction, and threats to public health, Arizona Snowbowl ski area opened with

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14:49

Berta Caceres Post-Humous Award by All African Peoples Revolutionary Party CENSORED NEWS

Photo taken Monday at AIM West Coast Annual Conference in San Francisco meeting November 20-21, 2017 at 2969 Mission/26street from 10 am-6 pm. Here Akubundu of "All African Peoples Revolutionary Party" (AAPRP) with Bill Means, David Escobar (Lenca), Madonna Thunder Hawk and Tony Gonzales gives award at the AIM West Coast conference with acknowledgement of Berta Caceres bravery Awarded on

14:13

JFK at 100: The War on Our Heroes Part 2 Aletho News

By Kit | OffGuardian | November 21, 2017 In the first half of this article, published on JFKs centenary, I discussed the general degradation of the intellectual and moral character of figurehead politicians, the concomitant societal decay, and whether or not this is a deliberate policy or a by-product of promoting sociopaths above their ability []

12:57

Monbiot Still Burying his Head in Sands of Syria Aletho News

By Jonathan Cook | Dissident Voice | November 21, 2017 Investigative journalist Gareth Porter has published two exclusives whose import is far greater than may be immediately apparent. They concern Israels bombing in 2007 of a supposed nuclear plant secretly built, according to a self-serving US and Israeli narrative, by Syrian leader Bashar Assad. Although []

12:52

Israel to pay Rwanda $5,000 for every African refugee it accepts Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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12:41

My story with Lebanese PSP Union Leader The Angry Arab News Service/

This is a true story of my days at American University of Beirut when I was involved with a strike of the janitors.  As we were preparing for the strike day, I was contacted by the leader of the Union of workers and employees at the university, who it turned out was a leader in the Progressive Socialist Party (call it Jumblat Party).  He wanted to dissuade me.  The dogmatic fanatic leftist that I was, would not be dissuaded, of course.  

12:34

Apple iPhone X Is Reportedly Assembled with Illegal High-School Student Labor cryptogon.com

Via: CNBC: Apple supplier Foxconn has been employing students illegally work overtime to help assemble the iPhone X, the Financial Times reported Tuesday. Six high school students told the Financial Times they would usually work 11-hour shifts to help manufacture Apples flagship phone at a factory in Zhengzhou, China. The long hours breach Chinese laws []

11:53

Minnesota: CAIR top dog refuses to denounce Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood Jihad Watch

No surprise here, except to the terminally blinkered, and of course, there are so very many of those. Not just this time, but many times in the past CAIR officials have refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case  so named by the Justice []

11:49

MI6s Secret Multi-Million Pound Cold War Slush Fund cryptogon.com

Via: BBC: What was it for? Cs answer in 1952 is revealing. He thought it right to have a large sum to meet such contingencies as (a) a very large inducement to some person in an absolutely key position, or (b) the Vote for the Service being drastically cut in some political emergency in a []

11:37

Saad Hariri Lands, On a Well Chosen Eve, in Lebanon- Penny for your thoughts

Guardian

Lebanons prime minister, Saad Hariri, returned to his home country late on Tuesday, on the eve of its independence day and after a nearly three-week absence dominated by his surprise resignation

His plane touched down at Beirut international airport shortly before midnight, a statement from his office said.

Hariri had promised he would return to Lebanon in time to mark its 47th independence day on Wednesday and would clarify his position.

On Tuesday he travelled to Cairo to see the Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whom he thanked for his support for Lebanon.

Hours later Hariri flew from Cairo to Larnaca in Cyprus where he met late at night with President Nicos Anastasiades, said a Cyprus government spokesman.
After a brief visit he flew on to Beirut where he is expected to take part in the independence day military parade early on Wednesday and the customary reception at the presidential palace.

 A dual Saudi citizen who has previously(??) enjoyed Riyadhs backing, Hariri resigned in a mysterious broadcast from the Saudi capital

Questions remain over whether the resignation will stand, forcing negotiations on a new government, or if he might withdraw it.

Under Lebanons constitution the president is bound to accept a premiers resignation however it is tendered, according to the Lebanese constitutional expert Edmond Rizk.

Although it is not outlined in the constitution, Rizk said, custom dictates this resignation is supposed to be submitted to the president of the republic.

A resignation brings down the government and the president then engages in consultations to select a new prime minister to form a cabinet.

In Lebanon, divided for more than a decade between a pro-Saudi camp and a Tehran-backed alliance, that process typically takes months of political wrangling.

But the discussions also aim to strike a balance between the countrys diverse religious communities.

As part of Lebanons presidential-parliamentary system, the premier must be a Sunni Muslim, the president a Maronite Christian and the speaker of parliament a Shia Muslim.

More than a week ago Hariri said he could walk back from his resignation if Hezbollah withdrew from regional conflicts, including Syria.

Hezbollah, whose forces are fighting in neighbouring Syria along government troops, has said it still considers Hariri the current premier. When he comes we will see. Were open to all dialogue and discussion, its chief, Hassan Nasrallah said...

11:36

Googles Eric Schmidt, arbiter of news, has long history with Obama & Clinton Aletho News

RT | November 21, 2017 Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Googles parent company Alphabet, announced that his company will de-rank RTs articles online, calling them propaganda. Is he concerned for the integrity of news, or are his motives more partisan? The 62-year-old, with an estimated wealth of $11.1 billion, has never hidden his political []

11:32

Zimbabwe Coup: Mugabe Out- Mnangagwa In Penny for your thoughts

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Emmerson Mnangagwa
 
Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa congratulated Zimbabweans after former President Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday evening as pressure mounted for him to step down.
Mnangagwa said that he is on his way back to Zimbabwe after going into self-imposed exile following his dismissal on 6 November. Said Mnangagwa:
I want to congratulate the people of Zimbabwe on reaching this historic moment. Together we will ensure a peaceful transition to the consolidation of our democracy, and bring in a fresh start for all Zimbabweans and foster peace and unity. As I make my way back home, I look forward together with you the people of Zimbabwe to tackle the political and economic challenges facing our beloved country Zimbabwe. God bless Zimbabwe.

Recall my mention of Mnangagwa being in South Africa? 
Flashback: What did South Africa Know About the Zimbabwe Coup?

"She said Mnangagwa was allowed to enter South Africa after he was fired and was then allowed to return to Zimbabwe after the military made its move on Tuesday, suggesting that South Africa had some knowledge of the developments" 

Clearly South Africa's government was aware that a coup was going to take place, giving shelter and protection to Mnangagwa.What other nations shared that awareness?

Flashback : Mugabe under "house arrest" Emmerson Mnangawa, Man of the Hour

In this post I touched on the gold, diamonds and platinum resources of Zimbabwe 

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11:31

The Driverless Revolution May Exact a Political Price cryptogon.com

Via: Los Angeles Times: In its race to embrace driverless vehicles, Washington has cleared away regulatory hurdles for auto companies and brushed aside consumer warnings about the risk of crashes and hacking. But at a recent hearing, lawmakers absorbed an economic argument that illustrated how the driverless revolution they are encouraging could backfire politically, particularly []

11:25

Meet the Man Who Has Lived Alone on This Island for 28 Years cryptogon.com

Via: National Geographic: Seventy-eight-year-old Mauro Morandi often walks along the rocky shores of Budelli Island and looks out over the disconsolate sea, feeling dwarfed by the phantom forces that tug and twist the tides. We think we are giants that can dominate the Earth, but were just mosquitos, Morandi says. In 1989 on a stretch []

11:03

Google Collects Android Users Locations Even When Location Services Are Disabled cryptogon.com

Shocker. Via: Quartz: Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, havent used any apps, and havent even inserted a carrier SIM card? Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google []

11:01

JFK at 100: The War on Our Heroes Part 2 OffGuardian

In the first half of this article, published on JFK's centenary, I discussed the general degradation of the intellectual and moral character of figurehead politicians, the concomitant societal decay, and whether or not this is a deliberate policy or a by-product of promoting sociopaths above their ability to function. In this half we will re-examine the death of JFK, not just as a simple assassination, but as an act of psychic-warfare on the general populace, and explore the long-lasting effect on the American psyche.

10:51

Zionisms Violent Legacy Fig Trees and Vineyards

[ Ed. note The article below was originally published in January of 1996. It discusses, among other things, the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, which had occurred only a few months earlier. The author, Donald Neff, was a journalist who worked many, many years in the mainstream media, including a term as []

10:22

Monbiot Still Burying his Head in Sands of Syria Dissident Voice

Investigative journalist Gareth Porter has published two exclusives whose import is far greater than may be immediately apparent. They concern Israels bombing in 2007 of a supposed nuclear plant secretly built, according to a self-serving US and Israeli narrative, by Syrian leader Bashar Assad.

Although the attack on the nuclear reactor occurred a decade ago, there are pressing lessons to be learnt for those analysing current events in Syria.

Porters research indicates very strongly that the building that was bombed could not have been a nuclear reactor and that was clear to experts at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) even as the story was being promoted uncritically across the western media.

But and this is the critical information Porter conveys the IAEA failed to disclose the fact that it was certain the building was not a nuclear plant, allowing the fabricated narrative to be spread unchallenged. It abandoned science to bow instead to political expediency.

The promotion of the bogus story of a nuclear reactor by Israel and key figures in the Bush administration was designed to provide the pretext for an attack on Assad. That, it was hoped, would bring an end to his presidency and drag into the fray the main target Iran. The Syrian nuclear reactor was supposed to be a re-run of the WMD deception, used in 2003 to oust another enemy of the US and Israels Saddam Hussein of Iraq.

It is noteworthy that the fabricated evidence for a nuclear reactor occurred in 2007, a year after Israels failure to defeat Hizbullah in Lebanon. The 2006 Lebanon war was itself intended to spread to Syria and lead to Assads overthrow, as I explained in my book Israel and the Clash of Civilisations.

It is important to remember that this Israeli-neocon plot against Syria long predated in fact, in many ways prefigured the civil war in 2011 that quickly morphed into a proxy war in which the US became a key, if mostly covert, actor.

The lefts Witchfinder General

The relevance of the nuclear reactor deception can be understood in relation to the latest efforts by Guardian columnist George Monbiot (and many others) to discredit prominent figures on the left, including Noam Chomsky and John Pilger, for their caution in making assessments of much more recent events in Syria. Monbiot has attacked them for not joining him in simply assuming that Assad was responsible for a sarin gas attack last April on Khan Sheikhoun, an al-Qaeda stronghold in Idlib province.

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09:11

US warns citizens against risks of travel to Saudi Arabia Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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08:57

Hariri returns to Lebanon following abrupt resignation Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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08:47

Syrian surgeon leads team of doctors in Bangladesh to treat Rohingya Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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08:39

RT, Sputnik and Media Censorship in America Aletho News

OffGuardian | November 21, 2017 Just a few days ago RTAmerica was forced to register as a foreign agent in the United States. Using this designation as justification, Twitter and Facebook have now banned RT and Sputnik from advertising on their services. This is all over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, for []

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Tom Engelhardt 264 stan van houcke

November 21, 2017

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, The Annals of Rehabilitation


[Note for TomDispatch readers: The next TD post will be on Sunday, November 26th. Have a fine Thanksgiving! Tom]

Who even remembers that, back in September 2002, Lawrence Lindsey, then President George W. Bushs chief economic adviser, offered an upper limit estimate on the cost of a future war in Iraq at $100 billion to $200 billion?  He also suggested that the successful prosecution of such a war would be good for the economy. That December, Mitch Daniels, director of the Office of Management and Budget, contradicted Lindsey, indicating that the real costs of such a war might be only $50 billion to $60 billion.  And the top officials of the Bush administration werent particularly worried about paying for the occupation that was slated to follow since, as Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz put it in May 2003 after Baghdad had been taken by the U.S. military, Iraq was ...

07:33

By not allowing the examination of jihad on its own terms Stanford chose to enable it Jihad Watch

His mere presence was alleged to make Muslims feel unsafe and yet only Spencer needed a sizeable security detail. His contention all along has been that detractors resort to smear tactics because they cannot engage on the level of facts and ideas. Stanfords walkout proved his point in spades Yes. Find out where the []

07:25

Trumps ultimate deal only offers hard choices for Abbas Aletho News

By Jonathon Cook The National November 20, 2017 The long wait appears to be coming to an end on Donald Trumps ultimate deal, one supposedly capable of unlocking the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians. The United States peace initiative may be unveiled as soon as January, marking the first anniversary of Mr []

07:21

Minnesota: Muslims investigated for ISIS ties include theater student, father of four, and jujitsu instructor Jihad Watch

Everyone around them no doubt assumes they are moderate, because if they dont, you know, the Islamophobia charges come down fast. Father, hacker and jujitsu instructor among Minnesotans under investigation for ISIS ties, by Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, November 19, 2017 (thanks to Blazing Cat Fur): The former Edison High School theater student had changed []

07:14

Rain Walkers, Walking for the Salmon, Seattle to San Francisco, Photos by Bad Bear CENSORED NEWS

. Water is truly life, the water of the rain, the water we drink, the water where the salmon swim -- Censored News Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson, as walkers today are near Santa Rosa, California, and near their destination of Alcatraz The Walk for the Salmon, Seattle to San Francisco 2017

07:06

Germany: Muslim migrants destroy their free housing, repairs will cost $23,000 Jihad Watch

The place must not have been nice enough for them, and so they made the Infidels know their displeasure. They no doubt considered this free housing to be their due, in lieu of the jizya that the Quran says that Muslims should collect from subjugated non-Muslim People of the Book. In Islamic law, it is []

07:01

India Scraps $500M Military Deal With Israel Amid Rising Popular Concern About Indias Complicity in Israeli Crimes Aletho News

BDS | November 21, 2017 Yesterday, media reported that the Indian Ministry of Defense scrapped the $500M deal with Israeli arms manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for its missile systems. Years in the making, the deal had been celebrated in international media and was finalized after Prime Minister Narendra Modis visit to Israel in July. In August, Rafael Advanced []

07:00

WATCH: Texas Cops Brutalize 15-year-old Bullied for his Sexual Orientation on School Bus Photography is Not a Crime

Video from a school bus shows Texas police brutalizing a 15-year-old boy after an altercation with another student who bullied him because of his sexual orientation on April 21, 2016.

Footage of the incident, released today, shows Killeen cops Stephen Frucella and Travis Lundt responding, pulling the boy off the bus, banging his head in the bus entry way and body slamming the teen outside without first giving him any instructions or warning.

Im not resisting! Im not resisting! the boy can be heard trying to explain to the officers before one slams him to the ground.

The boy, a high school freshman at the time, suffered injuries, causing him to bleed from his head.

After being bullied by fellow students and then brutalized by police, he was arrested and charged with resisting arrest. But those charges were dropped in December 2016.

Frucella and Lundt responded to a call from the bus driver, but neither of them pointed their dash cams towards the bus to capture the incident.

We see this as standard procedure more and more with police departments, attorney Robert Ranco, who is representing the boy, told PINAC.

They dont want their actions to be documented on video. Thats certainly what I glean from their actions.

The bus camera shows the bus driver pointing, telling police the student in the back of the bus started the physical altercation.

The student in the back shouts back, that faggot started it!

Upset after being bullied for being gay, the boy shouts he didnt start the fight.

Thats when Frucella grabs the boy, pulls him off the bus and body slams him.

A body slam is never an approved means of force, Ranco said.

These officers have never been trained to do that.

Every police chief Ive ever deposed, they all say when police officers abandon their training, thats when bad things happen.

Ranco pointed out his client never tried to go to the back of the bus to further the altercation even though he was obviously agitated after being bullied.

He also said police never gave his client instruction before dragging him off the bus and slamming him on the ground.

If they had any concerns he had violent propensities, they should have said put your hands behind our back and get on the ground,' Ranco explained.

They never gave him instructions.

They should have used an approved method for a take down. Thats what makes it so frustrating. They know better.

Watch the video below.

 

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06:51

The consequences of symbolic recognition of Palestine Aletho News

By Ramona Wadi | MEMO | November 21, 2017 Seeking recognition of Palestine has been one of the Palestinian Authoritys diplomatic strategies which lose significance when juxtaposed against Mahmoud Abbass collaboration with the Israeli occupation. Behind statements of recognition lies silence and the tacit acceptance of Israels colonisation of Palestinian land and forced displacement of []

06:31

AIM WEST LIVE on Spirit Resistance Radio! Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 CENSORED NEWS

AIM WEST LIVE ON SPIRIT RESISTANCE RADIO Listen at: http://www.spiresradio.com/listen/ Watch live video stream below:

06:30

Moveable Feast Cafe 2017/11/21 Open Thread The Vineyard of the Saker

2017/11/21 19:30:01Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

06:03

A state without a state and an authority without authority Aletho News

By Rasem Obidat | Al-Quds News | November 20, 2017 Israels Channel 2 has revealed the features of the American plan to resolve the Palestinian issue. The essence of the solution is based on Netanyahus economic project, a state without a state. The Palestinian issue and the rights of the Palestinian people are also being []

05:45

The Islamic State calls on Muslims to murder Barron Trump Jihad Watch

Pro-ISIS internet channels are calling for the assassination of President Donald Trumps son, Barron, and have shared personal details of the childs life on its social media networks, including the address of his school We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He []

05:35

Putin is My Flunky (satirical essay) The Vineyard of the Saker

By Patrick for the Saker blog Its amazing to see so many normally sane people foaming at the mouth about Russian interference in American politics. According to their reasoning, the

05:18

70 Years of Broken Promises: The Untold Story of the Partition Plan Aletho News

By Ramzy Baroud | MEMO | November 21, 2017 In a recent talk before Chatham House think-tank in London, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, approached the issue of a Palestinian state from an intellectual perspective. Before we think of establishing a Palestinian state, he mused, it is time we reassessed whether the modern model we have []

05:00

RT, Sputnik and Media Censorship in America OffGuardian

by Kit Just a few days ago RTAmerica was forced to register as a foreign agent in the United States. Using this designation as justification, Twitter and Facebook have now banned RT and Sputnik from advertising on their services. This is all over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, for which there is still not a single piece of clear evidence. This is the United States of America, where freedom of the press is literally one of the founding principles of the nation. They celebrate their freedom every time theyre forced to stand through their national anthem. What would the press reaction have been if Russia had forced the BBC, for example, to register as a foreign agent? In fact, how many American or European media outlets have ever been forced to register as foreign agents in autocratic Russia where Putin has allegedly shut down the free press? Zero. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has operated in Russia and Eastern Europe for nearly 70 years. Its an American destabilization programme. Thats not a conspiracy

04:58

Fundraiser 2017/II - Please Support This Poor Poet Moon of Alabama

[This post is pinned to the top. Scroll down for fresh content.] A recent BBC Breaking "Exclusive" showed how the U.S. and its proxy forces made a deal with the Islamic State. Under U.S. supervision hundreds of ISIS fighters in...

04:54

AIM WEST LIVE on Spirit Resistance Radio CENSORED NEWS

Madonna Thunderhawk, Lakota, at AIM West 2017 Madonna spoke on the strength at Standing Rock camps and how Indigenous delegations came from thought the Americas and the world. Govinda is live at AIM West in San Francisco on Spirit Resistance Radio.  Bill Means, Lakota, is among the speakers today. Listen live at: http://www.spiresradio.com/listen/ . Bill Means, Lakota .

04:52

Russia In Syria - Military 'Failure' Sets Off Intense Diplomacy Moon of Alabama

Western media predicted that the Russian military campaign in Syria would end in `failure`. That - presumably - has been achieved (not). Now follows a push of diplomatic efforts to settle the war. In September 2015 the "west" prepared for...

04:43

Amazon's special cloud services The Angry Arab News Service/

"Amazon Web Services on Monday introduced cloud service for the CIA and other members of the U.S. intelligence community."

04:42

60 Minutes ignores Washington's role in Yemen Carnage The Angry Arab News Service/

"American complicity in the war is so broad in scope, it merited a warning last year from the USs own State Department they could be liable for war crimesyet it hardly merits a mention in major media accounts. The war just is, a collective moral failing on the part of all partiesirrational sectarian Muslims lost in a pat cycle of violence caricature." (thanks Amir)

04:20

Israeli Labor sells out African refugees, as infiltrators Mondoweiss

What has become of you? Are you the Zionist Union or the expelling union? Have you gone mad? In your tactics for wooing votes, youve abandoned your fundamental values and ability to tell right from wrong.

Tamar Zandberg, a lawmaker from the leftist Meretz Party, shouted that at the left-bloc Zionist Union members who yesterday backed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus draconian legislation to forcibly deport the remaining roughly 40,000 African asylum seekers to a third country Rwanda. 

Zandbergs party leader Zehava Gal-On, added that the Zionist Union leader, Avi Gabbay, has forgotten what it means to be human playing a bitter pun on the Gabbays recent echoing of Netanyahu, where he said that the left has forgotten what it means to be Jewish. 

Prime Minister Netanyahu told the cabinet on Sunday that it is time to increase the pace of deporting African migrants, as the Jerusalem Post reported, introducing a bill which passed 53-10 on Monday much thanks to Gabbays support of a policy that is contrary to Labors former position.  

Jerusalem Post Gil Hoffman yesterday summarized Gabbays many shifts rightwards since his being elected chair of Labor this summer:

Gabbay said recently that there would be no need to evacuate settlements in a peace deal, that he would not sit in a coalition with the Joint (Arab) list, that he was not sure if there was a partner on the Palestinian side, that the Left forgot what it means to be Jewish, and that the whole land of Israel is ours, because it was promised to our patriarch Abraham by God.  

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04:18

YouTube Bans Donbass News Agency, Cutting Crucial Ukraine Coverage Geopolitics Alert

Donetsk (GPA) In the latest sweeps on pro-Russian fake news, Donbass News Agency has been removed from YouTube for covering Ukrainian war crimes.

Western censors targeted a crucial source of information yesterday, shutting down the English language YouTube channel for the Donbass News Agency (DONi). DONi is one of the top sources documenting Ukrainian war crimes and ceasefire violations, yet according to YouTube, their channel was guilty of violations of many or serious types of spam, fraudulent activity, and misleading content or other YouTube practices.

This move by YouTube is an outrage since DONi was not biased but just recorded the war crimes of Kiev in a conflict most westerners dont even remember is happening. Geopolitics Alert has used DONi as a source several times due to their coverage of events western media fully ignores.

The removal of the DONi channel on YouTube is just part of a larger ongoing crackdown against independent media. YouTube is not only trying to clear up independent news as they try to push customers towards their premium content plans but is also facing backlash from the US government for allowing Russia to interfere in the election.

Related: Censorship Of RT And Sputnik Shows US Hypocrisy On Subversion

Its not just YouTube

All of the major social media sites appeared in front of Congress recently, where they were all threatened with regulation if they didnt begin self-censorship.

This censorship is now across all social media platforms and doesnt just apply to pro-Russian content. Censors have also begun deleting profiles that report the truth about countries like Syria and Yemen. The new censorship rules arent just pro-US but also meant to keep disparaging news about regimes in places like Israel and Saudi Arabia away from the masses.

The editors of Geopolitics Alert have also not been immune with one editor having their Facebook deactivated for a week for showing terrorist images, relating to a photo involving IS. Another one of our editors is also currently blacklisted from Facebook for images showing either Hezbollah in Syria...

04:16

Lebanons Hariri in Egypt amid resignation crisis at home Peace and Freedom

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04:16

Haaretz Fears Hezbollahs New Generation of Commanders in next War Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Local Editor 20-11-2017 | 12:21 Haaretz Israeli daily warned that the list of senior appointments in the Israeli army drew an extraordinary amount of attention from the public last week. First came the joint announcement by Israeli War Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot on new appointments to the []

03:59

How Syrian-Nuke Evidence Was Faked stan van houcke

How Syrian-Nuke Evidence Was Faked

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03:55

Robert Parry: The Lost Journalistic Standards of Russia-gate stan van houcke

The Lost Journalistic Standards of Russia-gate

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03:54

FLASH: Merkels Future in Question after Coalition Talks Collapse Geopolitical Monitor

 

Summary

Coalition talks have collapsed in Germany after the Free Democratic Party (FDP) walked out on Angela Merkels attempts to form a new government. Negotiations between the CDU/CSU, FDP, and Greens had been ongoing since the general election of 24 September produced a stalemate.

The talks sought to bridge huge ideological gaps between the free-market FDP, the CDU/CSU, and the Green party; it was never going to be easy. However, the collapse cant be pinned on policy disagreements alone. Merkel was wounded at the ballot box in September and the other major players can sense theres blood in the water. Is this the beginning of the end of the Merkel era?

 

 

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03:51

Charles Manson and The Beach Boys stan van houcke


How a Stolen Beach Boys Song Helped Lead to Charles Manson's Murderous Path


"I gave Dennis Wilson a bullet, didn't I?," Manson says in clip from ABC doc 'Truth and Lies: The Family Manson'



03:51

First Nations occupy fish farms in British Columbia to force government action Waging Nonviolence

by Brandon Jordan

Indigenous people camping in a section of the Midsummer Island fish farm in British Columbia, Canada. (WNV/Musgamagw Dzawadaenuxw Cleansing Our Waters)

The sign outside the protest encampment on Midsummer Island in British Columbia, Canada, is a blunt summation of what its inhabitants indigenous people from various First Nations tribes have been trying to accomplish for the past two months: Get Fish Farms Out. Yet, due to a Supreme Court ruling issued last week, it is not the fish farms that must leave the island, but rather the demonstrators and their camp, which consists of two small houses with beds, solar panels and a replenishing supply of food.

The court made its decision after receiving an injunction, or demand for removal request, by Marine Harvest, the Norwegian seafood company that operates the facility. Demonstrators were given three days to dismantle the camp and 30 days to leave the island or risk arrest. As the decision was being handed down, more demonstrators gathered outside the court in Vancouver to tell reporters and supporters that they are still committed to their demand of removing fish farms on indigenous territory.

That doesnt mean the occupation is over, said Ernest Alfred, hereditary chief of a few First Nations tribes in British Columbia. We just have to strategize and come up with a plan of relocation.

The plan that unfolded saw a handful of First Nations people remove and transport all their Midsummer Island supplies, including the homes, to another encampment at nearby Swanson Island, which is also the site of another Marine Harvest facility. Fish farm facilities are actually housed in the ocean, where species such as smelts and salmon are raised in open pens surrounded by nets. Operation permits can only be obtained through federal and provincial governments, not First Nations tribes even if firms are working in their territory.

First Nations people have been frustrated with these facilities for years, seeing them as threats to native livelihoods. According to the Canadian Ministry of Agriculture, the region has experienced a near 80 percent decline in wild salmon since 1990. Fi...

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US Military Fraud Endemic in Overseas Operations Aletho News

By Wayne MADSEN | Strategic Culture Foundation | 21.11.2017 History shows us that when empires over-extend themselves, military commanders become semi-independent warlords who usher into place systems of graft and corruption. Such was the case in the Roman Empire in 193 A.D., when Emperor Pertinaxs Praetorian Guard  a combination personal security force for the emperor and []

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UK ministers agree in principle to higher Brexit bill Peace and Freedom

AFP

POOL/AFP | Prime Minister Theresa May  has promised no EU state would have to pay more because of Britains exit

LONDON (AFP)  Senior British ministers have agreed to offer more money to Brussels in Brexit negotiations, but only as part of a final deal on leaving the EU, a government source said Tuesday.Leading eurosceptics were among ministers who signed off on the idea at a cabinet sub-committee meeting late Monday in a bid to move the withdrawal negotiations onto trade.

The source told AFP that no numbers were discussed, and stressed that the agreement to up the financial offer was dependent on a wider deal on future relations being struck.

A Downing Street source said: It remains our position that nothings agreed until everythings agreed in negotiations with the EU. The UK and the EU should step forward together.

Britain wants EU leaders meeting in December to agree that sufficient progress has been made on the financial settlement, the issue of Ireland and EU citizens rights, to move the talks onto a future EU-UK trade deal.

Prime Minister Theresa May has promised that no European Union member state would have to pay more because of Britains exit.

This would suggest Britain will continue its payments under the current budget cycle, for around two years after Brexit in March 2019 about 20 billion euros ($23.5 billion).

British media reports suggest the government could double this to 40 billion euros although that would still fall short of EU estimates of around 60 billion euros.

May has to tread carefully, as there is strong opposition from her backbench Conservative MPs to handing over a large sum, even if Brussels says the money is simply Britains share of four decades of EU membership.

Former Conservative minister Robert Halfon said the public would go bananas if Britain committed huge sums at a time of tightened public spending.

Former Brexit minister David Jones, who left Mays cabinet in the summer, confirmed at a conference in London Tuesday that the new financial offer would be linked to moving the talks forward.

As I understand it, it will be made absolutely clear by the government that the payment of any further sums of that nature will be subject to there being an agreement as to our future relationship, he said.

However, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney warned his government would not give up its concerns about the border with Northern Ireland, which risk holding up the negotiations.

Anybody who thinks that just becau...

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Irans Rouhani: Middle East Must Not Fall For Israels Trap Peace and Freedom

BY REUTERS
 NOVEMBER 21, 2017 16:07

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told French President Emmanuel Macron that Hezbollah is an integral part of the Lebanese people.

Hassan Rouhani

Hassan Rouhani. (photo credit:STEPHANIE KEITH/REUTERS)

BEIRUT France can play a productive role in the Middle East by taking a realistic and impartial approach, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Tuesday, according to Iranian state media.

Tensions between Iran and France increased last week after Macron said that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region and should clarify its ballistic missile program.

Iranian state media said Rouhani told Macron that the Islamic Republic was ready to develop its relations with France on all bilateral, regional and international issues based on mutual respect and shared goals.

Rouhani referred to the adventurism of some inexperienced princes in the region- an allusion to Irans arch geopolitical rival Saudi Arabia and said France could play a positive role in easing the situation.

We are against adventurism and creating division in the region and believe that France, by keeping an independent vote and its position in the region, can, with a realistic and impartial approach, have a productive role, he said.

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and other Arab states criticized Iran and its Lebanese Shiite Muslim ally Hezbollah at talks in Cairo on Sunday, calling for a united front to counter Iranian influence.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani fires back at US President Donald Trump on Iran nuclear deal, October 7, 2017. (Reuters)
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Syrian Army Restores Full Control Over Armored Vehicles Base In Eastern Ghouta After Repelling Major Militant Attack (Map)

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has restored a full control over the Armored Vehicles Base in Damascus Eastern Ghouta after repelling a major militant attack there.

According to pro-government sources, the SAA has regained all positions which they had lost to Ahrar al-Sham and its allies earlier.

Syrian Army Restores Full Control Over Armored Vehicles Base In Eastern Ghouta After Repelling Major Militant Attack (Map)

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At the UNO - US inability to admit reality, by Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Network

While Presidents Putin and Trump continue to make progress on the question of Syria, the United States senior civil servants in service at the UNO have locked into a round of arm-wrestling with Russia. Refusing to investigate a crime that they have already tried a priori, they provoked not one, but four vetos at the Security Council. For Thierry Meyssan, the schizophrenic behaviour of the United States on the international stage is a demonstration of the divisions within the Trump administration and the decline of US imperialism.

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The Justin Trudeau Lovefest Gets a Reality Check Peace and Freedom

Bloomberg

By Josh Wingrove

Midway through the prime ministers first term, once-charmed Canadians are asking hard questions about health care, taxes, and the budget deficit.
November 21, 2017, 4:00 AM EST
Trudeau in Mexico City on Oct. 13.

PHOTOGRAPHER: MANUEL VELASQUEZ/ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES

So far, Canada has largely avoided the kind of populist upheaval that put Donald Trump in the White House, undercut Chancellor Angela Merkel, and gave rise to Brexit. Much of the credit for this lands on Justin Trudeau, the buoyant 45-year-old heartthrob prime minister with a penchant for selfies and quirky socks who champions free trade and welcomes refugees. Hes cultivated an image of a tolerant, open, progressive Canada that, incidentally, boasts the...

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Morocco regulator bans bitcoin payments Peace and Freedom

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AFP | A screen displays images of Bitcoin and US dollars at the Interpol World Congress in Singapore on July 4, 2017
RABAT (AFP)  Moroccos currency regulator has announced a ban on transactions in bitcoin and other virtual currencies, in a country where foreign exchange flows are tightly controlled.Transactions via virtual currencies constitute a breach of regulations, punishable by penalties and fines, the Offices des Changes said in a statement on its website.

The announcement came a week after Moroccan digital services company MTDS said it would accept payment in bitcoin.

MTDS said it was the first time the regulator had taken a clear position on bitcoin payments.

MTDS head Karl Stanzik said the company had dropped its proposal in order to comply with Moroccan law but that it would be very difficult to control bitcoin transactions due to the currencys secretive nature.

Unlike physical currencies, bitcoin and other so-called crypto-currencies are not backed by states or regulated by central banks.

Instead, they derive their value from decentralised ledger systems known as blockchains for verifying transactions and the contents of virtual wallets.

As secretive payment systems not backed by financial institutions virtual currencies involve significant risks for their users, the Offices des Changes said.

It added that all of Moroccos financial transactions with foreign countries must go through intermediaries approved by the authorities and be carried out in foreign currencies listed by Bank Al-Maghrib, the countrys central bank.

Local media outlets have estimated that virtual payments worth around $200,000 (170,000 euros) pass through Morocco each day, although an exact figure is extremely difficult to verify.

One bitcoin was worth over $8,200 (7,000 euros) on Tuesday, up from less than $1,000 at the start of 2017.


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US/Israeli military supply relations - Symbiosis or parasitism? Sic Semper Tyrannis

"The biggest element of US-Israeli military-technical cooperation is military aid. Israel is the main recipient of US military aid in the form of grants and direct deliveries of equipment on advantageous terms. Since 1976, Israel has been the biggest recipient...

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US/Saudi/Israeli Alliance for Greater Regional Turbulence? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Stephen Lendman Global Research, November 20, 2017 VISIT MY NEW WEB SITE:  stephenlendman.org  (Home Stephen Lendman).  Contact at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. The alliance is beset by failures. Longstanding US/Israeli plans to redraw the Middle East map failed to achieve its objective so far. Libya in North Africa remains an ungovernable cauldron of violence. Shias close to Iran []

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Palestinians 'freeze' meetings with US over office row Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Backgrounder: Hezbollah Geopolitical Monitor

 

Summary

Lebanons Hezbollah (Party of God in Arabic) is a Shia politico-military grouping at the forefront of Irans bid for control of the Middle East. The militant group serves to bolster Iranian influence via operations in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. These activities have made the group a sworn enemy of Saudi Arabia, which has tried to isolate and pressure Hezbollah wherever it operates. The Saudi-backed prime minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, recently resigned from office in protest of Hezbollahs influence in Lebanon and Iranian expansionism in the region. Two days later, Saudi Arabia accused Hezbollah and Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) of being directly responsible for a missile attack on Riyadh from Yemeni territory. Furthermore, the United States has also sought to ramp up pressure on Hezbollah by implementing new sanctions against the group, which is already designated by the US State Department as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

While anti-Iranian powers regard Hezbollah as a threat, the group has established itself in Lebanon as an armed political movement with strong support from the Lebanese Shia community.

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01:51

Googles Censorship of Sputnik and RT Very Dangerous Psychologist Aletho News

Sputnik 21.11.2017 Google is deciding what people see, which is very dangerous since they are legally a tech company and do not adhere to any type of editorial standards our guidelines, research psychologist Robert Epstein told Sputnik following Googles announcement that it was working to make Sputnik and RT articles less visible on its []

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BBC WS claims Israeli pressure and incentives led Jews to flee Iraq BBC Watch

The November 19th edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Weekend asked what happened to the Jews of Baghdad? but listeners hoping to get an accurate and full answer to that question would have been disappointed.

Presenter Julian Worricker introduced the item (from 43:47 here) as follows: [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Worricker: Now in 1917 a third of the people living in the Iraqi city of Baghdad were Jewish. A hundred years on, among the citys six and a half million people only a handful are Jews. There was more than one factor behind the exodus of Baghdads Jewish population and a new documentary that premiered in London last week has been exploring what happened to some of them, among them Edwin Shuker. In 1971 he left Baghdad as a child and came to Britain with his parents and he says he still want...

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Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Feast of St Cecilia, Patron of Musicians! Peace and Freedom

Memorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr
Lectionary: 499

Bartolome Esteban Murillo - The Return of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), Seville, Spain, 1670, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.

Reading 1 2 MC 7:1, 20-31

It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested
and tortured with whips and scourges by the king,
to force them to eat pork in violation of Gods law.Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother,
who saw her seven sons perish in a single day,
yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord.
Filled with a noble spirit that stirred her womanly heart with manly courage,
she exhorted each of them
in the language of their ancestors with these words:
I do not know how you came into existence in my womb;
it was not I who gave you the breath of life,
nor was it I who set in order
the elements of which each of you is composed.
Therefore, since it is the Creator of the universe
who shapes each mans beginning,
as he brings about the origin of everything,
he, in his mercy,
will give you back both breath and life,
because you now disregard yourselves for the sake of his law.Antiochus, suspecting insult in her words,
thought he was being ridiculed.
As the youngest brother was still alive, the king appealed to him,
not with mere words, but with promises on oath,
to make him rich and happy if he would abandon his ancestral customs:
he would make him his Friend
and entrust him with high office.
When the youth paid no attention to him at all,
the king appealed to the mother,
urging her to advise her boy to save his life.
After he had urged her for a long time,
she went through the motions of persuading her son.
In derision of the cruel tyrant,
she leaned over close to her son and said in their native language:
Son, have pity on me, who carried you in my womb for nine months,
nursed you for three years, brought you up,
educated and supported you to your present age.
I beg you, child, to look at the heavens and the earth
and see all that is in them;
then you will know that God did not make them out of existing things;
and in the same way the human race came into existence.
Do not be afraid of this executioner,
but be worthy of your brothers and accept death,
so that in the time of mercy I may receive yo...

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Argentina: Search for sub continues Fausta's Blog

One of Argentinas three submarines has been missing since November 15. The BBC has details, Argentinas navy says it will take advantage of improved weather conditions to further step up its search for a submarine that vanished last Wednesday in the Atlantic Ocean. Strong winds and high waves have hampered the search for the ARA []

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Rouhani tells Macron Iran not seeking to dominate Mideast Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | Frances President Emmanuel Macron (left) meets with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in New York on September 18, 2017

TEHRAN (AFP)  Iran is not seeking to dominate the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, according to the Iranian presidency.

Our presence in Iraq and Syria is at the invitation of the governments of those countries to fight terrorism, Rouhani was quoted as saying in a telephone call with Macron.

Rouhani said Iran does not seek to dominate the region, but was instead working for peace and security and to avoid the dismembering of countries.

The comments come days after Frances foreign minister sparked Tehrans ire by accusing it of hegemonic ambitions in the Middle East.

Macron who has pledged to visit Iran in 2018 on Friday insisted that France wants a dialogue with Tehran.

Macron has been heavily involved in trying to defuse a crisis in Lebanon over the resignation of premier Saad Hariri that ramped up tensions between Iran and regional rival Saudi Arabia.


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Googles plan to isolate Russian media is an act of information warfare Aletho News

RT | November 21, 2017 Googles announcement that it is working to reduce the presence of Russian media in its news feeds has been slammed by lawmakers and political commentators as an act of aggression which will have a global impact on the freedom of speech and thought. This is an open form of information []

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Tortured for Faith: Pastor Seeks Sanctuary in US Clarion Project

The deteriorating situation of minorities in Pakistan is leaving few options for their survival in the country. Every year, more than 5,000 families from religious minorities leave Pakistan.

Pastor Siddique Sindhu is just one example of a Christian who fled after surviving brutal torture due to his work as a Christian pastor. He is currently in the U.S., hoping to seek asylum.

The following is his personal account of what he endured as a Christian that forced him to flee his home and country:

I am an ordained and theologically trained pastor 

Pastor Siddique Sindhu,, recovering from two broken legs and multiple other injuries from being tortured for his faith, is surrounded by his family.Pastor Siddique Sindhu,, recovering from two broken legs and multiple other injuries from being tortured for his faith, is surrounded by his family. (Photo: courtesy)

from Pakistan. I started my career as a government servant in the 90s working for the Motorway Project of the National High Authority.

I experienced a calling to serve God, and therefore, I resigned from my job and trained for year to be a pastor. I was ordained in August 2001.

After two years working in the Christian community, local Muslims started accusing me of converting Muslims to Christianity. In my many talks with them, I tried to make it clear that I was a messenger only, and that if people accepted Christianity, it was God working.

My wife, children and I started worrying that the situation was becoming dangerous for us. On April 19, 2007, while coming from my church, I was kidnapped and taken to a location I did not recognize.

I soon realized that many of the kidnappers were the same people who had send me threatening messages during my work as pastor. As they had demanded before, they wanted just one thing that I accept Islam. I refused straightaway.

Thats when they started torturing me, eventually breaking both of my legs. Afterwards, they screamed at me and tried to force me to stand up. (I was semi-conscious and incapable of obeying them.) They continued to hit me, trying to fracture my skull.

I remember hearing one of the leaders say I should be left in the middle of the road so people would know what happens to people who try to...

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From rail and airports to its first overseas naval base, China zeroes in on tiny Djibouti Peace and Freedom

President of African nation will visit China this week

By Kinling Lo
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 November, 2017, 8:03am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 November, 2017, 3:00pm
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Dozens dead after truck bomb hits northern Iraqi town Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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At least 24 people were killed when the attacker blew up the vehicle in the middle of the fruit and vegetable market in Tuz Khurmatu

01:19

Trumps Middle East peace plan: Dead on arrival? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Trump's peace plan will be highly favourable to Israel and dismissive of the Palestinians

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Irans Rouhani Says France Can Play Productive Role in Middle East Peace and Freedom

BEIRUT (Reuters) France can play a productive role in the Middle East by taking a realistic and impartial approach, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Tuesday, according to Iranian state media.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting of the Social Council of Iran, in Tehran, Iran, October 31, 2017. President.ir/Handout via REUTERS

Tensions between Iran and France increased last week after Macron said that Tehran should be less aggressive in the region and should clarify its ballistic missile program.

Iranian state media said Rouhani told Macron that the Islamic Republic was ready to develop its relations with France on all bilateral, regional and international issues based on mutual respect and shared goals.

Rouhani referred to the adventurism of some inexperienced princes in the region- an allusion to Irans arch geopolitical rival Saudi Arabia and said France could play a positive role in easing the situation.

We are against adventurism and creating division in the region and believe that France, by keeping an independent vote and its position in the region, can, with a realistic and impartial approach, have a productive role, he said.

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and other Arab states criticized Iran and its Lebanese Shiite Muslim ally Hezbollah at talks in Cairo on Sunday, calling for a united front to counter Iranian influence.

Rouhani also highlighted the importance of maintaining stability in Lebanon and, in the phone call with Macron, noted what he characterized as the threat posed by Israel.

Hezbollah are a part of the Lebanese people and are incredibly loved in this country. Their weapons are only defensive and are only for use in the face of a potential attack, Rouhani said.

Now we have to try so the Lebanese groups can, with security, have a government that can help advance their country.

Macron has tried to mediate in a regional crisis that erupted after Lebanese...

01:14

Israel Minister Discloses Covert Ties with Saudi Arabia for First Time Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 20, 2017 An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia, a first disclosure by a senior official from either side of long-rumored secret dealings. In an interview on Army Radio, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitzs, a member of Netanyahus security cabinet, did not characterize the contacts []

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Lockheed Martin: A global giant in supporting of Israeli war crimes Mondoweiss

Weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin literally makes a killing off of killing. Last year, while the company was grossing $43.4 billion in arms sales, an estimated 157,000 people around the globe were killed in violent conflicts. For leadership of this industry of death, CEO Marillyn Hewson was paid $20 million. The federal contracts Lockheed Martin receives total more than the budgets of 22 US states (not surprising, given that the company spends around  $13 million lobbying annually) and does business with 70 nations.

Lockheed Martin boasts on its website that it has been selling arms to Israel since 1971. The companys notorious F-16 fighter jet came into Israels possession in 1980, two years before Israels first war with Lebanon. Since that time, the companys fighter jets have been integral to Israels brutal military campaigns in Lebanon and Palestine.

Israels 2006 invasion of Lebanon involved wide use of F-16 fighter jets and the Lockheed Martin Multiple-Launch Rocket System (MLRS) which sprayed cluster bombs across the Lebanese countryside. Between July 12 and August 14 2006, over 1,000 people in Lebanon, mostly civilians, were killed. Comparatively, 12 Israeli soldiers and 43 Israeli civilians were killed by Hezbollah rockets. Human Rights Watch concluded that the cause of such a high civilian death rate was Israels frequent failure to abide by a fundamental obligation of the laws of war: the duty to distinguish between military targets, which can be legitimately attacked, and civilians, who are not subject to attack.

Lockheed Martin weapons played a major role in Israels 2008-2009 and 2014 assaults on Gaza. An extensive investigation by Amnesty International into Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009, which killed 1,394 Palestinians, including 345 children, found that Israels at...

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Russia-hosted Syria talks: what to expect Chemical weapons and war crimes wont come up Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP / by Maria Panina with Maya Cebeily in Beirut and Stuart Williams in Istanbul | Syrians carry for burial the bodies of victims who died following reported shelling by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held town of Douma in eastern Syria. The conflict has claimed over 300,000 lives.

SOCHI (RUSSIA) (AFP)  

The presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran will meet on Wednesday for a summit aimed at bringing peace in Syria.

Here is what you need to know about the trios summit at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, hosted by Vladimir Putin ahead of parallel UN-led talks in Geneva set to be relaunched on November 28.

Building on Astana talks

Syrian regime backers Russia and Iran and rebel supporter Turkey have co-sponsored peace talks in Astana, the capital of Russian ally Kazakhstan.

With seven rounds of negotiations this year, the Moscow-initiated talks brought together representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition, including some key armed groups who had previously steered clear of other negotiations.

Unlike the Geneva talks which were politically focused and led to deadlock, the Astana diplomatic push concentrated on military issues.

While unable to halt fighting altogether, the talks did lead to a lowering of violence on the ground with the creation of four de-escalation zones.

Following its military intervention that allowed Damascus regime forces to get the upper hand on the ground, Moscow now wants to use the Astana result to relaunch a political process.

There are three countries setting the future trajectory of Syria, and none are the US or an Arab country, said Randa Slim, an expert at the US-based Middle East Institute.

Summit agreement?

Ahead of the summit the trio in no way forms a united bloc: ongoing major differences between the powerbrokers will make the negotiating process difficult.

Russia wants to have allies at the Geneva negotiations, said Russian expert Alexei Malashenko. This is proving to be difficult as the three (countries) need to come to an agreement: each has its own vision and its own interests.

There is a...

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Rex Tillerson accused of violating law on child soldiers By State Department Staffers Peace and Freedom

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 Rex Tillerson accused of violating law on child soldiers
WASHINGTON A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal government documents reviewed by Reuters.

A confidential State Department dissent memo not previously reported said Tillerson breached the Child Soldiers Prevention Act when he decided in June to exclude Iraq, Myanmar, and Afghanistan from a U.S. list of offenders in the use of child soldiers. This was despite the department publicly acknowledging that children were being conscripted in those countries.

Keeping the countries off the annual list makes it easier to provide them with U.S. military assistance. Iraq and Afghanistan are close allies in the fight against Islamist militants, while Myanmar is an emerging ally to offset Chinas influence in Southeast Asia.

Documents reviewed by Reuters also show Tillersons decision was at odds with a unanimous recommendation by the heads of the State Departments regional bureaus overseeing embassies in the Middle East and Asia, the U.S. envoy on Afghanistan and Pakistan, the departments human rights office and its own in-house lawyers.

Beyond contravening U.S. law, this decision risks marring the credibility of a broad range of State Department reports and analyses and has weakened one of the U.S. governments primary diplomatic tools to deter governmental armed forces and government-supported armed groups from recruiting and using children in combat and support roles around the world, said the July 28 memo.

Reuters reported in June that Tillerson had disregarded internal recommendations on Iraq, Myanmar and Afghanistan. The new documents reveal the scale of the opposition in the State Department, including the rare use of what is known as the dissent channel, which allows officials to object to policies without fear of reprisals.

The views expressed by the U.S. officials illustrate ongoing tensions between...

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How Obama and Hillary Clinton Weaponized the Dossier stan van houcke


How Obama and Hillary Clinton Weaponized the Dossier

15-19 minutes
 
The Trump-Russia collusion story was a joint invention of the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign. It enabled the Obama administration to make use of the nations security and intelligence services to spy on Trump and his associates and to use whatever information they thereby gleaned to try to get Hillary into the White House. The failure of the scheme didnt stop either Obama or the Clintons. Following the election debacle, an enraged Obama administration sought vengeance by disseminating the dossier as widely as possible with a view to undermining the incoming Trump administration and to ensuring that no rapprochement with Russia would be possible. In doing so, Obama and Clinton have thrown American politics into turmoil and have perhaps pushed the United States and Russia toward armed confrontation.
 
We have known the basic outlines of the Steele dossier story since January. The Steele dossier, we have been told, started off as a piece of opposition research prepared by Fusion GPS and financed by a Republican rival of Trumps or perhaps a GOP NeverTrumper. Following Trumps victory in the GOP primaries, the Democrats took over its funding. Fusion hired Christopher Steele, a former head of the Russia desk at MI6 who now ran his own corporate intelligence firm, Orbis Business Intelligence. Using the leads Steele h...

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Sayyed Nasrallah: ISILs State is Over, AL Statement Ridiculous Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 20, 2017 Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah denounced an Arab League statement describing Hezbollah as a terrorist organization as ridiculous and absurd, denying their claims that the resistance group was sending ballistic missiles to Yemen. In a televised speech delivered on Monday, Sayyed Nasrallah said the allegations in the AL statement issued by Arab []

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The Sheikh of Ethiopia: How Saudi purge could disrupt an African country Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi, one of Ethiopia's biggest investors, among those arrested in Saudi anti-corruption campaign

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Lebanese Army placed at full readiness to counter Israeli enemy ThereAreNoSunglasses

Lebanese Army placed at full readiness to counter Israeli enemy

Lebanese Army placed at full readiness to counter Israeli enemy
The head of the Lebanese Army has asked the military to be at full readiness to face the Israeli enemy at the southern border. The announcement comes as Arab nations, including Saudi Arabia, vow to tighten their grip on Lebanons Hezbollah militia.

The army needs to be prepared to confront the threats and violations of the Israeli enemy and its hostile intentions against Lebanon, Joseph Aoun said on Tuesday. He also urged the army to cooperate with United Nations forces in Lebanon under UN Security Council Resolution 1701, adopted to resolve the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict.

The statement comes after Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that Israeli targeting...

00:16

Heavy flooding hits Jeddah sparking memories of deadly storm Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Jeddah police received 11,000 calls on 911 on Tuesday morning with tunnels, schools closed

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Worth a Look I: Going Somewhere Truth About A Life in Science Public Intelligence Blog

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Going Somewhere is a dynamic autobiographical narrative about Andrew Marinos career in science. With a depth and drama that arise from personal involvement, the book explores an exceptionally wide range of science-related matters: the relation between electrical energy and life; the influence of corporate and military power on science; the role of self-interest on the part of federal and state agencies that deal with human health, especially the NIH and the FDA; the importance of cross-examining scientific experts in legal hearings; the erroneous view of nature that results when the perspective of physics is extended into biology; the pivotal role of deterministic chaos theory in at least some cognitive processes.

These matters arise in the long course of the authors scientific and legal activities involving the complex debate over the health risks of man-made environmental electromagnetic fields. The book offers far more than a solution to the contentious health issue. The story provides a portal into how science actually works, which you will see differs dramatically from the romantic notion of an objective search for truth. You will understand that science is a human enterprise, all too human, inescapably...

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Syrian Troops Develop Momentum In Countryside Of Al-Bukamal (Map)

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah have been developing momentum in the countryside of al-Bukamal since the liberation of the city from ISIS on Sunday. ISIS has conducted a series of counter-attacks against the SAA near al-Bukamal, but has not been able to stop the goovernment advance.

The SAA, Hezbollah, the Tiger Forces and their allies, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, are now working to drive the remaining ISIS members out from the villages located on the western bank of the Euphrates.

Syrian Troops Develop Momentum In Countryside Of Al-Bukamal (Map)

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Tuesday, 21 November

23:58

Ann Coulter on Robert Spencers Confessions of an Islamophobe: Brilliant! Jihad Watch

Here is Ann Coulter on my new book Confessions of an Islamophobe: Dont want to get run down by a truck on a New York street by a maniac screaming Allahu akbar? Object to polygamy and female genital mutilation? You must be an Islamophobe. Whether you are a dedicated Islamophobe or merely Islamophobia-curious, Robert Spencers []

23:53

British aid workers in Syria could be on drone 'kill list' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Concerns for safety of aid workers deemed 'risk to national security' over past drone strikes targeting individuals stripped of British citizenship

23:49

Germany: Six Muslim migrants arrested over plot for jihad massacre at Christmas market Jihad Watch

There are reports the target may have been a Christmas market in the north western town of Essen on December 19, but this has not been confirmed by authorities. On the same date last year, Tunisian ISIS fanatic Anis Amri hijacked a truck to murder 12 revellers at the packed Breitscheidplatz Christmas market. Jihad mass []

23:44

Putin to talk with Saudis King Salman following Assads Russia meeting Peace and Freedom

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as seen in Damascus, Syria November 14, 2017. (Reuters)

(Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Reuters)

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DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a telephone conversation with the king of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to inform him about his meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad, the Kremlin said.

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Today there will be Putins telephone conversation with the king of Saudi Arabia, and one can certainly expect t...

23:38

UK: Muslim road rage driver who hadnt eaten for 20 days during Ramadan has jail sentence cut Jihad Watch

In a case of unreasonable accommodation and kowtowing to Muslims, a Muslim road-rage driver who sent five men flying like skittles after mowing them down in his van during Ramadan has had his prison sentence cut. Aslam was deemed a quiet family man and had been fasting for 20 days at the time of the []

23:35

Bashar Assad warmly embraces Vladimir Putin and thanks him The Vineyard of the Saker

Syrias Bashar Assad made a surprise visit to Russia to express thanks for Moscows help in the fight against terrorism.

23:32

Palestinians freeze meetings with US over office row 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)

The Palestinian Authority freezes all meetings with the United States after Washington decides to close the PAs representative office in the US, officials say on Tuesday.

In practice by closing the office they are freezing all meetings and we are making that official, Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki tells AFP.

A spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization confirms that it had received instructions from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas regarding closing down all communication lines with the Americans.

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23:30

Berto Jongman: Twitter to Sanction Off-Line Behavior Public Intelligence Blog

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Report: Twitter to Start Sanctioning Users for Their Offline Behavior

According to the Verge, Whats new is that Twitter now plans to do at least some monitoring of verified users offline behavior as well, to determine whether it is consistent with its rules.

23:28

New School hosts anti-Semitism panel featuring two foes of Israel: Linda Sarsour and head of Jewish Voice for Peace Jihad Watch

Linda Sarsour, who has stated in past that nothing is creepier than Zionism, not only has family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, but is herself connected to it. She has declared that her inspiration is imam Omar Suleiman, a known Muslim Brotherhood hate preacher who: made her more proud to be a Muslim and a []

23:27

China Snubs Pakistan After Top Army General Accuses India Of Plans To Sabotage Peace and Freedom

Chinas rebuff over the allegation against India is significant considering that Beijing and Islamabad regard themselves as iron brothers sharing all-weather ties.

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After General accuses India of trying to sabotage CPEC, China snubs Pak, says no such relevant reports

BEIJING:  China today dismissed a top Pakistani Army Generals allegation that India has established a special intelligence cell at a cost of $500 million to sabotage the strategic China-Pakistan Economic Corridor or CPEC, saying that it does not have any such report.

Chairman of Pakistans Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mehmood Hayat on November 14 had accused India of stoking chaos and anarchy in the region.

He alleged that Indians external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing or RAW has established a special cell at a cost of $500 million to sabotage the CPEC.

We have no such relevant reports, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing when asked about the allegation.

Chinas rebuff over the allegation against India is significant considering that Beijing and Islamabad regard themselves as iron brothers sharing all-weather ties.

Also in an apparent reference to Indias objections over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor passing through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir or PoK, Mr Lu said we hope that CPEC could win more recognition and support from regional countries and the international community.

Pakistans top officials have been accusing Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) of sabotaging the CPEC as the Pakistani security forces had to battle numerous attacks by the Balochistan nationalist forces as well as the Islamic State in Balochistan province.

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor connects Chinas restive Xinjiang province with Gwadar Port in Balochistan.

Mr Lu said the CPEC is new type cooperation framework built by China and Pakistan for long term cooperation d...

23:20

U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout Peace and Freedom

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23:05

Public jittery as Turkish lira slides rapidly over political, economic issues Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The lira was trading at around 3.95 to the US dollar on Tuesday. In May 2013, it traded at approximately 1.92 to the US dollar

23:04

French Free Thinkers who denounced Christian cross now plead for Islamic mosque Jihad Watch

Groups such as the National Federation of Free Thought (FNLP) are anything but free thinkers. Instead, they are cultlike; their followers operate like zombies, believing any propaganda preached to them and not questioning  gross discrepancies such as this one: In a bizarre turn of events, the group of free thinkers that fought to have a []

23:04

Summary of News About Chinas Rise in the South China Sea Peace and Freedom

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A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

EDITORS NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.

SE ASIA, CHINA AGREE TO TALKS ON CODE OF CONDUCT

Leaders of Southeast Asian countries and China have agreed to launch talks on a code of conduct aimed at controlling disputes in the South China Sea, a step they described as a milestone, but which some experts said was unlikely to bring concrete results.

The agreement reached during a two-day summit last week in the Philippines comes more than 15 years after the adoption of a preliminary Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, which has yet to be fully implemented.

A separate statement issued after a meeting between leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that the approval in August of a framework for the code of conduct was an important milestone, and that both sides anticipated an early conclusion of the agreement.

What f...

22:47

Philippines Navy Stopped Patrolling Scarborough Shoal in January 2016 in Part of Great Giveaway To China Philippines government practically surrendered the countrys rights Peace and Freedom

The AFP was ordered to desist from conducting aerial patrols over Panatag Shoal. However, the AFP insisted otherwise, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said. Philstar.com, file

MANILA, Philippines  The Philippine Navy has stopped sending ships to patrol the Panatag or Scarborough Shoal in the disputed West Philippine Sea for almost two years now, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said Tuesday.

This revelation came in response to the statement of National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. that the government recently stopped sending Navy ships to Panatag Shoal.

The recent halt in Navy patrols was meant to ease tensions with China and prevent harassment from Chinese forces, according to Esperon

Alejano, meanwhile, claimed that he has received information that the Philippine Navy has not conducted a single mission to Panatag Shoal since January 2016.

The frequent visits of Philippine Navy ships were noted in 2012 during a standoff with the Chinese Coast Guard. In the years that followed, very few patrols were conducted. In 2016, the government eventually ordered the complete halt of patrols in the area, Alejano said.

The lawmaker added that Esperons statement attempts to hide the fact that the government has long ceased its efforts to strengthen the countrys claims on the disputed areas.

He also noted that there have been cases of Chinese harassment in the region since the Philippines reduced its presence in Panatag early last year.

Instead of deterri...

22:32

NHS overcharged by millions for key drug, says watchdog Peace and Freedom

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Drug company Concordia overcharged the NHS by millions for a key thyroid treatment, the Competition and Markets Authority has provisionally found.

The CMA said that last year the NHS spent 34m on its drug, liothyronine, up from about 600,000 in 2006.

The amount the NHS paid per pack rose from around 4.46 in 2007 to 258.19 by July 2017, an increase of almost 6,000%.

Concordia said it did not believe that competition law has been infringed.

The price change occurred in the years after the drug was de-branded in 2007. The CMA said the price rise took place despite broadly stable production costs.

Canadian drugs giant Concordia sells drugs to patients in more than 100 countries.

Liothyronine tablets are primarily used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition caused by a deficiency of thyroid hormone affecting at least two in every 100 people and which can lead to depression, tiredness and weight gain.

Until earlier this year, Concordia was the only supplier of the drug.

CMA chief executive, Andrea Coscelli, said: Pharmaceutical companies which abuse their position and overcharge for drugs are forcing the NHS and the UK taxpayer to pay over the odds for important medical treatments.

We allege that Concordia used its market dominance in the supply of liothyronine tablets to do exactly that.

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Analysis: Michelle Roberts, BBC News Online health editor

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Prescription medicines that are still under patent can be expensive, bu...

22:28

Boston Islamic Seminary Training Next Gen Extremists Clarion Project

Anti-Semitic Teachers at the Boston Islamic Seminary (left to right): Hisham Mahmoud, Yahia Abdul Rahman, Amr El-Fass and Suheil Laher.Anti-Semitic Teachers at the Boston Islamic Seminary (left to right): Hisham Mahmoud, Yahia Abdul Rahman, Amr El-Fass and Suheil Laher. (Photos: social media)

New research by the Middle East Forum has uncovered evidence of extreme antisemitism among faculty members and guest speakers appointed by the Islamic Society of Boston to teach and promote its latest project: the Boston Islamic Seminary (BIS).

BIS was established in 2016 to equip future religious leaders with the intellectual, spiritual and practical training to serve the American Muslim community. Currently, it offers continuing education classes, but it hopes to offer an accredited graduate degree program by 2019, which will train chaplains, imams, and other leaders to serve in a variety of contexts.

And what exactly will this next generation of chaplains and imams learn at BIS?

Faculty listed on the BIS website include Yahia Abdul Rahman, who is described as an expert on sharia-compliant banking. On his social media accounts, Abdul Rahman has posted stories from The Ugly Truth, a website that describes itself as intelligent anti-Semitism for thinking Gentiles.

Elsewhere, Rahman has shared claims that any Muslim who fails to oppose Israel is no longer a Muslim and is afflicted with a Jewish heart. Other posts of his clai...

22:19

Suicide bomber kills at least 50 in Nigeria Boko Haram jihadists blamed Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File / by Aminu ABUBAKAR | Nigeria maintains Boko Haram is a spent force but its continued attacks underline the lingering threat, particularly to civilians

KANO (NIGERIA) (AFP)  At least 50 people were killed on Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in northeast Nigeria, police said, in an attack blamed on Boko Haram jihadists.The blast happened during early morning prayers at the Madina mosque in the Unguwar Shuwa area of Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) by road from the Adamawa state capital, Yola.

So far we have at least 50 dead from an attack at a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar told AFP.

Several people were injured. We dont have the figure now because they have been taken to several hospitals for treatment.

It was a (suicide) bomber who mingled with worshippers. He entered the mosque along with other worshippers for the morning prayers.

It was when the prayers were on that he set off his explosives.

Asked who was responsible, Abubakar said: We all know the trend. We dont suspect anyone specifically but we know those behind such kind of attacks.

The attack bore all the hallmarks of Boko Haram, the Islamist militants whose insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead and more than 2.6 million others homeless since 2009.

Haruna Furo, head of the Adamawa state emergency management agency, and Musa Hamad Bello, chairman of the Mubi north local government area, both confirmed the attack.

They gave lower death tolls but both said the number of those killed was likely to rise.

Another emergency services official described the blast as devastating. He said only that there were high casualties.

Roof blown off

Abubakar Sule, who lives near the mosque, said he had just returned home when he heard the blast.

I was there when the rescue was on and 40 people died on the spot and several others were taken to hospital with severe and life-threatening injuries, he added.

The roof was blown off. People near the mosque said the prayer was mid-way when the bomber, who was obviously in the congregation, detonated his explosives.

This is obviously the work of Boko Haram.

Boko Haram briefly overran Mubi in late 2014 as its fighters rampaged across northeastern Nigeria, seizing towns and villages in its quest to establish a hardline Islamic state.

The towns name was changed temporarily to Madinatul Islam, or City of Islam in Arabic, durin...

22:17

Russias past, Americas future? Jews Admit The Bolshevik Revolution Was A Jewish Plot Against Christian Russia Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Jews Admit The Bolshevik Revolution Was A Jewish Plot Against Christian Russia  ED-NOTE Something to think about: Czar comes from Caesar and the last Russian dynasty was named the ROMANov. J.POST Moses led the Jews out of Egypt, Stalin led them out of the Politburo, whispered veterans of the Bolshevik Revolution, as winter []

22:14

A History of Idiocy HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

18/11/2017

I am furious. And I have good reason to be furious.

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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 come? I have only one explanation: the author I have forgotten the name has stolen the ideas from my head by some magical means, which surely must be branded as criminal. A person once tried to kill me for doing the same thing to him.

So I have decided to write this article in spite of everything.

THE SUBJECT is idiocy. Particularly, the role of idiocy in history.

The older I get, the more convinced I am that sheer stupidity plays a major role in the history of nations.

Great Thinkers, compared to whom I am a mere intellectual dwarf, have pursued other factors to explain what has turned history into a mess. Karl Marx blamed the economy. The economy has directed humankind from its earliest beginnings.

Others blame God. Religion has caused awful wars, and still does. Look at the Crusades, which for almost two hundred years raged in my country. Look at the 30-year War which devastated Germany. No end in sight.

Some accuse Race. Whites ag...

22:11

israeli demolition of entire Palestinian villages continues with no end in sight Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israeli demolition of entire Palestinian villages continues with no end in sight (includes videos)   Image of Israeli forces demolishing the Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb for the 111th time in August 2017 Stories keep pouring in of Israel demolishing Palestinian villages; many of the buildings destroyed were donated by EU organizations; schools have been razed; []

22:09

#RefugeesGR Protests on #Lesvos Continue: #OpenTheIslands! Enough is Enough!

The protests of refugees on Lesvos island continue. In the past days conditions at the Moria refugee camp even got worse because of heavy rainfall. According to a post by Arash Hampay on Facebook. Hesam (who is on hunger strike) was questioned about his refusal to eat. Hesam replied that, Until you set me free I will stay on hunger strike, because I didnt do any crime, and if you deport me I might die there, to which the policeman replied, Ok. So you will die. 

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Image: Hesam is on hunger strike for eight days now.  Image by Arash Hampay Facebook profile.

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Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to b...

22:08

U.S. Throws Out Playbook on China Trade Peace and Freedom

Cheered on at home, Robert Lighthizer readies a sledge hammer of punitive measures

Nov. 21, 2017 6:01 a.m. ET

SHANGHAIBill Clinton called it a hundred-to-nothing deal for America.

U.S. advocates of Chinas entry to the World Trade Organization in 2001 saw no downsideZero. Zip. Nothing. Nada, exclaimed the Business Coalition for U.S.-China Trade. After all, China would have to tear down its barriers to trade, while American markets were already wide open.

In a 2010 testimony to Congress, Robert Lighthizer, then a trade lawyer, outlined the loss of U.S. jobs, factories and intellectual property that ensued, along with exploding trade deficits, concluding that the optimists had been simply wrong and advocating a significantly more aggressive approach. Now, as the Trump administrations chief trade negotiator, he is readying a barrage of punitive measures. Much of the U.S. political establishment, including both Republicans and Democrats, are cheering him on.

Will Mr. Lighthizer spark a trade war with China and blow up the WTO in the process?

This months U.S.-China summit saw the first signs of his strategy at work, with a departure from the old negotiations-based playbook.

The first effort to rebalance tradea 100-day review that took place after an inaugural summit between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping in Mar-a-Lago in Aprilwas overseen on the U.S. side by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Its results were underwhelming. The second try, at an annual economic dialogue in July, was a total bust.

Now, say White House aides, Mr. Lighthizer is leading the charge against Chinese mercantilism; he has formally launched an inquiry into Chinese intellectual-property abuses. At the Beijing summit, these aides say, he shocked the Chinese hosts by declining their proffered trade concessions including a financial-opening package that Beijing announced after Mr. Trump left the Chinese capital. His message: Half-measures wont work for a White House seeking fundamental change.

Mr. Lighthizer apparently doesnt fear a showd...

22:07

israels Religious Fanaticism Is Infiltrating America Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Election rally for Israels ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism political party. The slogan reads: We are all ultra-Orthodox followers of God and His Torah. 17 Jan 2013 (Ahikam Seri) Radical separatism, so prevalent in Israel, is infecting the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in New York City, with Mayor Bill de Blasios shameful blessing. Many of the 57,000 []

21:56

Bitcoin Falls on $31 Million Hack of Cryptocurrency Peer Tether Peace and Freedom

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Bloomberg

By Justina Lee

November 21, 2017, 1:22 AM EST Updated on November 21, 2017, 4:36 AM EST
  • Theft follows a string of hacks on cryptocurrency exchanges
  • Tether is used by bitcoin venues to help facilitate trades

Bitcoin slipped from a record after the $31 million theft of a cryptocurrency peer renewed concern about the security of digital coins.

The company behind tether, a cryptocurrency used by bitcoin exchanges to facilitate trades with fiat currencies, announced the theft on Tuesday. It said in a statement that a malicious attacker removed tokens from the Tether Treasury wallet on Nov. 19 and sent them to an unauthorized bitcoin address. The company said its trying to prevent the stolen coins from being used.

Bitcoin dropped as much as 5.4 percent to $7,798.72, before paring declines to 0.7 percent at 9:20 a.m. in London.

The incident is the latest in a long list of hacks that have dented conf...

21:56

Germany detains six Syrians suspected of planning attack Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Police detained the suspects aged between 20 and 28 during raids in the cities of Kassel, Hanover, Essen and Leipzig

21:55

ISIS Opens Sex-Slave Market in Turkeys Capital Clarion Project

Haifa, a 36-year-old woman from Iraqs Yazidi community who was taken as a sex slave by Islamic State group fighters, stands on a street during an interview with AFP journalists in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk on November 17, 2016. Haifa and her family were among thousands of members of the Yazidi minority shown no mercy by IS when it swept through areas north and west of the Iraqi capital in 2014. As the extremists advanced, they was singled out for especially cruel persecution in a campaign of violence and kidnapping which the United Nations has branded a genocide. Men were gunned down and thousands of women including Haifa and her younger sister were taken as sex slaves. (Photo: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

You may think ISIS demise in Iraq and Syria would mean an end to its sex-slave trading, but a new report says Islamic State has merely transferred its slave business into Turkey including a market in Turkeys capital Ankara. This means ISIS is involved in the slavery industry in a European country.

During its years of power in parts of Iraq and Syria, ISIS held slave markets both in private and public. With its loss of power, Islamic State began smuggling Yazidi women across the border into Turkey. It imprisoned them with ISIS families it had shifted from Iraq and Syria into Turkey previous to the major losses in territory.

ISIS is also said to be negotiating with the close relatives of these women to release them after years of captivity, torture and sexual slavery. The ransoms are believed to amount to thousands of dollars, which for many Yazidi families are sums they simply cannot afford.

It is understood that when the families dont meet the ransom demands, ISIS sells the women to the highest bidders.

ISIS slavery operation is already up and running in three Turkish cities Gaziantep, Urfa and Ankara said Yazidi human rights campaigner Ali el-Hansouri speaking to Sputniks Arabi...

21:54

An Escalating Afghan Crisis of Profit over Life HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

By Hakim Young, MD*

20 November 2017 TRANSCEND Media Service  My familys water well has dried up, 18-year-old Surkh Gul said.

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21:48

Dont miss a trick, israel fines PA $18m over killing of 3 israelis in 2001. So how much does israel owe for their Gaza genocide in 2014? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

MEMO | November 20, 2017 The Israeli District Court in Jerusalem has ordered the Palestinian Authority (PA) and six Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails to pay NIS62m ($18m) in compensation for Israeli settlers killed in 2001, Quds Press reported on Sunday. Reporting Israeli media, Quds Press said that the six Palestinians, from the former Fatahs []

21:47

Global medical watchdog complicit with israeli abuses/torture Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Global medical watchdog complicit with Israeli abuses   Derek Summerfield The Electronic Intifada A boy wears tape on his mouth reading Break the silence during a protest against the torture of Palestinian prisoners in the West Bank city of Ramallah in November 2013. Issam Rimawi APA imagesIt is now more than 20 years since Amnesty []

21:46

Whitefish Energy: Power company halts Puerto Rico work due to $83m Owed By Puerto Rico Power PR Electricity Official Resigns Peace and Freedom

BBC News

Damaged power lines in Puerto RicoImage copyrightAFPImage captionTwo hurricanes all but wiped out Puerto Ricos power grid

An energy firm is halting work restoring power in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico in a dispute over pay.

Whitefish Energy says payments have been delayed from Puerto Ricos bankrupt power authority.

The power authority, known was Prepa, says it is reviewing invoices and has stopped payments after receiving a complaint from a subcontractor.

Whitefish Energy has been at the centre of a contracting controversy that reached the Trump administration.

The company said in a statement it had been promptly turning over payments to subcontractors but outstanding invoices for work performed in October made it impossible to continue in this manner.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity a Whitefish official told the BBC that $83m (67m) was owed by Prepa.

In a statement, Prepa spokesman Carlos Monroig, said Whitefish had paralysed restoration efforts, and that the power authority was in the process of reviewing and auditing invoices submitted by Whitefish.

Contracting row

The power restoration deal struck with Whitefish quickly after the storms came under scrutiny last month after revelations in the media.

Among other peculiarities, it was revealed that the two-year-old company had little experience with work on this scale and was headquartered in the tiny Montana hometown of US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

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21:45

Germany"s Government Impasse: End of Merkel Era Is Within Sight Strategic Culture Foundation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suffered a crushing defeat. On Nov.20, she informed the president of her failure to form a coalition government. This is a shock for Germany with its postwar record of government stability and political consensus and the entire Europe as well.

21:34

ISIS Cells Surprisingly Capture 4 Villages In Northern Hama (Map)

ISIS cells have surprisingly captured 4 villages from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the northern Hama countryisde.

According to reports, the villages of Abu Hariq, Masarah, Abu Kusur, Tulayhat fell into the hands of ISIS last night. The situation in the area remains unclear.

The incident confirms that the ISIS keeps a strong presence in the so-called opposition-held area in Idlib and northern Hama.

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21:29

America Has Become a Nation of Incompetents Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

America Has Become a Nation of Incompetents George Bush remains the ultimate symbol of ascendant stupidity A once-proud nation which was the envy of the world now suffers from a kind of omni-present dementia Having grown up during the second half of the 20th century, I dont recognize my country today. I experienced life in a []

21:23

U.S. Airstrikes in Afghanistan Take Aim at Taliban Opium Labs B-52 bombers and F-22 warplanes took part in the strikes Peace and Freedom

WASHINGTON American and Afghan warplanes conducted a series of strikes on Sunday night at what American officials said were Taliban drug depots, as part of what is expected to be a sustained campaign targeting the groups $200 million-a-year opium trade.

Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the commander of the United States operations in Afghanistan, said that B-52 bombers and F-22 warplanes took part in the strikes, the first such attacks under new authorities granted by President Trump to officials conducting the war in Afghanistan.

Heroins become a global issue, General Nicholson told reporters on Monday during a teleconference news briefing from Afghanistan. These criminals living in Afghanistan who are closely linked to the Taliban are responsible for 85 percent of the worlds opium.

He said that the campaign against Taliban drug labs, which he said numbered about 400 to 500 across the country, would continue into the foreseeable future. The United States alone spends more than $8 billion to fight the drug trade.

Regional experts suggest that the campaign is necessary, as the drug trade, estimated to make up at least 60 percent of the Talibans income, has helped sustain the war. The Taliban have recently turned to refining heroin from the countrys vast poppy production, which greatly increases their profits.

For years, most of the harvest was smuggled out in the form of bu...

21:19

Hundreds of Palestinians on the brink of expulsion: We just want to live Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Hundreds of Palestinians on the brink of expulsion: We just want to live Three hundred Palestinians have been ordered to leave their homes and take with them all their belongings within the next eight days. Where are they supposed to go? The military order provides no answers. In the meantime, they wait for the rain []

21:15

The Saudi System and Why Its Change May Fail Strategic Culture Foundation

The Saudi response to the competition of the Iranian system is a move towards more authoritarian rule. This is hoped to allow for more agile policies and responses. But the move breaks the traditional ruling system. It removes the sensible impediments to impulsive foreign policies. It creates the contitions for its very failure.

21:06

What Charles Manson Teaches Us About Terror Clarion Project

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Charles Manson is dead at 83. The seven murders he inspired and orchestrated in 1969 and the race war he tried to incite gripped the American psyche both at the time and in the intervening years.

You can read about the details of his shocking crimes quite easily elsewhere. What were focusing on here is what we can learn from his story when it comes to understanding radical Islam.

 

1.Myth Matters More Than Reality

In terms of body count, Manson does not rank. It was the aesthetic of his crimes that captured the national imagination and caused people to fixate on him. His story was capitivating because his followers murdered beautiful celebrities, listened to hip music and were on the cutting edge of pop culture at the time.

Mansons ability to craft a cool image that drew in followers is what gave him the power to inspire them to commit horrible crimes.

So too with Islamism, the ideology draws its power from a compelling narrative which posits that Muslims are currently in a degraded state as a result of Western oppression, but can restore their glorious past through sacrifice and great deeds.

You may think these narratives are being sold in spite of their bloodthirsty nature. In fact the opposite is more likely true

 

2.Violent Revolution is an Extremely Compelling Narrative

The young people who were drawn into Mansons web were sold a narrative of a coming race war between black people and white people in which black people would overthrow their oppressors. This war, Manson reasoned, would devastate America and enable him to take over and rule over the shattered remnants of civilization.

Apocalyptic cults almost always find follo...

21:05

Fear American Complacency, Not China Peace and Freedom

Today just 8% of U.S. businesses are startups, down from about 12.5% in 1980.

Nov. 20, 2017 7:10 p.m. ET

The last time I visited China, I had tea with Deng Xiaoping. It was 1978, and the Chinese leader outlined for me a plan to modernize his country by unleashing its enormous entrepreneurial energies. At the time, I thought his approach seemed pie-in-the-sky.

But today, having just returned from my first visit to China in 40 years, Im a believer. Back when I met Deng, the number of private automobiles in all of China could be counted in the thousands. Today there are about 200 million. Since 1978, Chinas economy has grown more

 https://www.wsj.com/articles/fear-american-complacency-not-china-1511216055

21:03

Israel minister discloses covert ties with Saudi Arabia for first time. Does that go all the way back to 9-11? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israel minister discloses covert ties with Saudi Arabia for first time Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz has for the first time revealed that Tel Aviv has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia. We have ties that are indeed partly covert with many Muslim and Arab countries, and usually [we are] []

21:02

President of ISNA Addresses Extremist Group in India Clarion Project

One of Americas top Muslim leaders recently met with the leaders of a leading Indian Islamist group while on a trip to Hyderabad.

Azhar Azeez is the President of the Islamic Society of North America, (ISNA), the largest Islamic organization in America. While on a recent trip to India, he met with the leaders of Indian Islamist group Jamaat e-Islami.

Jamaat e-Islami was founded by Abul Ala Maududi in 1941 with the goal of promoting Islam as a total code for life. It recently altered its doctrine and says it supports democracy and secularism in India. However, it is still primarily an ideological movement with limited impact in the political sphere.

Jamaat e-Islamis branch in Bangladesh was involved in war crimes against non-Muslims during Bangladeshs  1971 war of independence.

ISNA was founded in part by members of the Egyptian Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood. Declassified FBI memos reveal that ISNA was identified as a Brotherhood front as early as 1987. One memo cites a source that has traveled worldwide on behalf of ISNA and other Brotherhood entities who is convinced that this organization has a secret agenda which includes the spread of the Islamic Revolution to all non-Islamic governments in the world which does include the United States. but has no formal ties to that or any other Islamist group.

The president of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood from 1984 to 1994, an Egyptian named A...

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Japans Abe welcomes US move on North Korea Peace and Freedom

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People watch a TV screen showing file footage of North Koreas missile launch at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump announced Monday the U.S. is putting North Koreas "murderous regime" on

The Latest on the U.S. declaration of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism (all times local):

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Japans leader has welcomed Americas re-designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terror.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (SHIN-zoh AH-bay) tells reporters in Tokyo that Japan supports the move as a way to increase pressure on North Korea.

His statement Tuesday followed President Donald Trumps announcement in Washington that the U.S. is putting North Korea on Americas terrorism blacklist. Trump said the designation is long overdue, and promised a new wave of sanctions as part of a maximum-pressure campaign.

Japan is increasingly nervous about North Korean advances in developing nuclear weapons. North Korea has sent missiles over Japan twice this year in tests into the Pacific.

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The Trump administration is due to announce new sanctions on North Korea on Tuesday after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism in the latest push to isolate the pariah nation.

North Korea on Monday joined Iran, Sudan and Syria on the terror blacklist, a largely symbolic step as the administration already has the authority to impose virtually any sanctions it wants on Kim Jong Uns government over its nuclear weapons development.

As part of its maximum pressure campaign, President Donald Trump said the Treasury Department would impose more...

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MERKEL MUSS WEG!?? Giza Death Star

Well the few days before the American Thanksgiving holiday, and I have to admit, the news and articles have been piling into my inbox

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A Third Saudi Failure in Foreign Policy? Geopolitics Alert

London (AHT)  Since 81year old Salman bin Abdelaziz was crowned king of Saudi Arabia in early 2015 and appointed his 32-year-old son, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), as Minister of Defense and later on crown prince, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has undertaken three attempts aimed at reducing Irans expansion in the Middle East.

Soon after becoming Defense Minister, MBS started a war with neighboring Yemen with the declared purpose of defeating the Iranian backed Houthis.  With an almost three year ongoing war, it is difficult to understand how the richest nation on earth with the capability of purchasing the most sophisticated weapons has failed so far to defeat the poorest nation in the world.  Instead, the Houthis seem to have upgraded their defenses and are now capable of sending ballistic missiles to the Saudi capital, Riyadh.  More than 5,000 Yemeni civilians have, to date, lost their lives in Saudi air raids.  Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis are suffering from malnourishment and diseases such as cholera due to the war which continues with no end in sight.

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The second failed Saudi attempt to reduce Iranian influence in the region is the Saudi led blockade imposed on Qatar earlier this year.  The Saudis, with the support of their Gulf allies and Egypt, intended to isolate Qatar as a means of reducing Iranian influence and to put Qatar under the umbrella of the Gulf Cooperation Council lead by Saudia Arabia.   Qatar had been known for its freelance foreign policy which had elevated the county in the international community largely thanks to its enormous resources in gas and oil.  However, this attempt backfired on Saudi Arabia and actually f...

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'Al-Dub al-Dasher': The birth of a Saudi nickname Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The recent purge in Saudi has fuelled all kinds of name calling on social media. One furry unusual nickname for MbS has taken off

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With the USAs help, Saudi War on Yemen Is Killing 130 Children a Day Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Saudi War on Yemen Is Killing 130 Children a Day by Juan Cole Screen shot / YouTube The Saudi-led coalition is waging total war on Yemen in a bid to defeat the guerrilla group, the Houthis or the Helpers of God. The Houthis took power in Sanaa in fall of 2014 and consolidated it in []

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Moscow Vetoes Security Councils Resolution on Syria: Saving Credibility of United Nations Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Moscow Vetoes Security Councils Resolution on Syria: Saving Credibility of United Nations   On November 17, Russia vetoed a UN resolution that would extend the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism, or JIM. The vote came one day after the Russian Federation blocked a US effort to extend the inquiry for one year. As usual, it triggered accusations from []

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US Military Fraud Endemic in Overseas Operations Strategic Culture Foundation

When it comes to the US military operating in its overseas locations, the Latin phrase popularized by the Roman poet Juvenal, perhaps wise to the corruption of the Praetorian Guard of his time, comes to mind. Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchmen?

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UN envoy warns new war likely if Palestinian reconciliation fails Peace and Freedom

Nickolay Mladenov says failure of Fatah-Hamas deal could lead to breakdown of law and order in Gaza, ending in devastation and suffering for all

Nikolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, speaks during a press conference at the UNESCO headquarters in Gaza City, September 25, 2017. (AFP/MOHAMMED ABED)
Nikolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, speaks during a press conference at the UNESCO headquarters in Gaza City, September 25, 2017. (AFP/MOHAMMED ABED)

UNITED NATIONS The UNs Mideast envoy said reconciliation talks between Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas must succeed, warning that failure will most likely result in another devastating conflict.

Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council Monday that critical intra-Palestinian talks are scheduled to open in Cairo on Tuesday.

He said the October 12 agreement between the rivals, aimed at restoring the Fatah-led Palestinian Authoritys rule in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, started a long road that could lead to reconciliation.

But he pointed out that other reconciliation efforts had fallen short, warning of dire consequences if this one did as well.

We cannot allow this current effort to become another missed opportunity, he said. If it does, it will most likely result in another devastating conflict. Whether that conflict would be triggered by a meltdown of law and order in Gaza, by the reckless action of extremists or by strategic choice, the result will be the same devastation and suffering for all.

This cycle must be avoided at all costs, he said.

The envoy warn...

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Russia says retreat of Syrian opposition figures good for peace Peace and Freedom

MOSCOW (Reuters) Moscow believes that resignation of Syrian opposition figures such as Riyad Hijab will help unite Syrias internal and external opposition on a more constructive platform, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

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Hijab, the head of the Syrian oppositions High Negotiations Committee (HNC) resigned on Monday, nearly two years after he was picked to chair the Saudi-backed umbrella group that brings together the armed and political opposition to President Bashar al-Assad.

The retreat of radically minded opposition figures from playing the main role will make it possible to unite this motley opposition internal and external on a more reasonable, realistic and constructive platform, Russias Rossiya 24 state television showed Lavrov saying at a news briefing.

We will support the efforts made by Saudi Arabia in this respect.

Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Alison Williams


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Lebanon army chief warns of 'threats of the Israeli enemy' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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General Joseph Aoun calls for 'full readiness' on southern border to preserve stability and face 'agressive intentions' of Israel

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Merkel aide gives German parties three weeks to find way out of crisis SPDs parliamentary group does not want to prop up Merkel with another grand coalition Peace and Freedom

BERLIN (Reuters) Chancellor Angela Merkels right-hand man, Peter Altmaier, appealed to political parties on Tuesday to decide in the next three weeks whether they can form a stable government and drag Germany out of a political impasse.

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FILE Photo:  Martin Schulz talks to Germanys Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) during an European Union leaders summit in Brussels October 23, 2014.REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

The collapse of talks between Merkels conservative bloc, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and environmentalist Greens has thrown Germany into political uncertainty and raised the prospect of new elections.

It has also cast some doubt over whether Merkel, Europes most powerful leader after 12 years in office, will serve a fourth term after her conservatives won the most seats in a Sept. 24 election.

We must be in a situation in next three weeks where there is clarity about whether there can be a stable government on the basis of this election result, Altmaier, head of the chancellery and acting finance minister, told ZDF television.

He said it was clear that his conservatives had a mandate to govern and that the parties should support President Frank-Walter Steinmeiers appeal to parties to take responsibility and come together to form a government.

Steinmeier is meeting leaders of the main parties this week, including the Greens and FDP later on Tuesday.

We stand by our responsibility to ensure this country has a stable and reliable government, Altmaier said. Like Made in Germany, we are known for having a stable and reliable government.

He made a thinly veiled appeal to the Social Democrats (SPD) to rethink their refusal to form a government with Merkel after voters punished them for sharing power with her for four years.

We must give the SPD a chance to think (about what responsibility they have), said Altmaier.

Merkel has said she would prefer new elections to leading an unstable minority government. Until a government is agreed,...

20:22

Desperate Need to Halt Worlds Largest Killer Pollution HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

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ROME, Nov 20 2017 (IPS) Now that the lights of the UN climate change summits meeting rooms have been turned off in Bonn, after a week of intense negotiations and some partial results, another major environmental event is now scheduled in Nairobi, this time to search for ways to halt the worlds major killer pollution.

Birds scavenging for food amidst the debris at the landfill in Danbury, Connecticut in the United States. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The argument is clear: every part of the planet and every person is affected by pollution, the worlds largest killer, and while solutions are within reach, new policies, enhanced public and private sector leadership, redirected investments and massive funding are all desperately needed, a major UN report has warned.

The new UN Environment Programme (UNEP)s 2017 Executive Directors Report: Towards a Pollution-Free Planet, which was made public on 16 November by UNEPs Executive Director Erik Solheim, analyses impacts on human health and ecosystems brought on by air, land, freshwater, marine, chemical and waste pollution.

None of us is now safe, so now all of us have to act, said Solheim while presenting the report to the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, 6-17 November, explaining that it provides a clearer picture than ever before of the scale of the pollution menace and the scale of action that will be needed.

Ways to undertake such action are scheduled to be on the agenda of hundreds of governments, business sector and civil society representatives as well as scientists and experts, participating in the UN Environment Assembly...

20:21

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry israelis dont want peace with Palestinians Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israelis don`t want peace with Palestinians, former US secretary of state says The Palestinians have done an extraordinary job of remaining committed to nonviolence. By Jason Lemon Managing Editor Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has criticized Israeli leaders for being uninterested in peace while praising Palestinians for their commitment to nonviolence. The recordings []

20:17

Germanys Political Impasse Will Stymie Further European Change Peace and Freedom

Prospects for overhauling the EU and its currency, already slim, become even more remote

Updated Nov. 20, 2017 10:03 p.m. ET

BERLINThe prospects for overhauling the European Union and its currency, the euro, have hit further trouble as Germany grapples with newfound political instability and its leaders brace for potential early elections.

Germanys inability to agree on a governing coalition since the nations inconclusive ballot in September raises the likelihood of another vote and shows how the growing fragmentation of Europes political landscapes has reached the EUs most important member, casting doubt on Berlins ability to shape change on the continent.

Angela Merkel, Germanys chancellor for the last 12 years now reduced to running a caretaker administration, said on Monday she would rather contest another election than lead a new government that lacked a majority in parliament.

If it comes to a new election, thats something you have to accept, she told German public television. Im not afraid of it.

The center-left Social Democrats on Monday again ruled out forming another governing pact with the Ms. Merkels conservative Christian Democrats, at least while she remains their leader. The Social Democrats have been junior partner in her cabinet for eight of the last 12 years, but have seen their voter support fall heavily in that time.

No obvious coalition options remain. The collapse of talks on Sunday between Ms. Merkels Christian Democrats and two ideologically disparate parties, the pro-business Free Democrats and the environmentalist Greens, followed a weekslong impasse on issues including immigration, energy and taxes.

Germanys political disarray, unprecedented in the postwar era, shows that the Sept. 24 elections were a watershed for the country and for Europe. The rise of the far right and the weakening of established parties have made it significantly harder to form a government in a country that for decades was among Europes most politically stable.

The shift could be lasting, with the already slim prospects for overhauling the EU and the euro further receding.

Among the losers is French President Emmanuel Macron. Germanys political class was already widely skeptical about his proposals to transform the eurozone into a deeper political and fiscal union. Now, Berlins attention is set to turn further away from...

20:15

Doomsday Scenarios: the UK"s Hair-Raising Admissions About the Prospect of Nuclear War and Accident Strategic Culture Foundation

The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published several reports over the last few years. They discuss geopolitics and related themes, one of which is the likelihood of nuclear war or accident, including what it means for long-term survival.

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Report: israeli Soldiers Killed 14 Palestinian Children This Year Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Report: Israeli Soldiers Killed 14 Palestinian Children This Year   19 Nov 11:47 AM           Marking the World Childrens Day (November 20th) the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) has reported that Israeli soldiers have killed 14 Palestinian children since the beginning of this year, while 300 children are still imprisoned []

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israel was founded by theft: israeli Soldiers Ransack Ramallah Jewellery Store, Steal Merchandise Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israeli Soldiers Ransack Ramallah Jewelry Store, Steal Merchandise 0 .singleblog-contan .summary-image:not(:first-child){ display: none; } 21 Nov 7:10 AM             Israeli forces raided central Ramallah on Monday, before dawn,  and broke into homes and shops, including a jewelry store from which the soldiers stole gold merchandise, according to Palestinian security sources []

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White House Denies That McMaster Called Trump Idiot in Conversation With Israeli CEO Peace and Freedom

White House Denies That McMaster Called Trump Idiot in Conversation With Israeli CEO

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Oracle CEO Safra Catz was part of Trumps transition team. Now a report says she told people one of Trumps closest advisers mocked the president in her presence

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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and H.R. McMaster, national security advisor, walk toward Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, June 16, 2017. Trump  Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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WASHINGTON White House National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster reportedly described U.S. President Donald Trump as an idiot and a dope in a private conversation with the CEO of one of the largest software companies in the world. McMaster denies making the comments to Safra Catz, the Israeli-born CEO of Oracle, who has also issued a denial after the allegations were reported on Monday by Buzzfeed News.

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Catz and McMaster met for dinner in July in Washington, D.C., and discussed a range of national security issues. Catz was born in Israel, grew up in the United States, and is currently one of the most powerful executives in Silicon Valley. Last year, she joined Trumps transition team ahead of his inauguration as president.

According to Buzzfeed, four people who heard from Catz about the conversation with McMaster, claimed she had told them that McMaster mocked Trump and also made disparaging comments about other senior members of the administration. The White House issued a strong denial of these claims, stating that actual participants in the dinner deny that General McMaster made any of the comments attributed to him by anonymous sources. Those false comments represent the diametric opposite of General McMasters actual views. This story is just more fake news. Oracle also issued a denial to the story.

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The sources who claimed to have heard about the conversation from Catz, said she considered McMasters comments jaw-dropping and inappropriate. Besides allegedly calling the president and idiot, the sources claimed Catz also recalled McMaster comparing Trumps intelligence to that of a kindergartener.

It should be noted that in August, gambling tycoon Sheldon Adelson, one of the largest donors to Trump and the Republican Party, and a strong supporter of Israels right-wing, also mentioned a conversation he had with Catz about her meeting with McMaster.

Adelson wrote an email on that subject to Mort Klein, the president of the Zionist Organization of America, one o...

20:00

Georgia: Trump Administration Boosting Military Aid Geopolitics Alert

Tblisi (EAN The United States is stepping up its military aid to Georgia as Washington searches for new ways to encourage Georgians to continue on their pro-Western path in spite of ever-receding hopes of joining NATO.

Starting next spring, US Army officers will train Georgian soldiers on defensive tactics. The new initiative, to be called the Georgia Defense Readiness Program, differs from previous American military aid programs in that it aims not to prepare Georgian troops for participation in foreign missions, in particular, the coalition operation in Afghanistan, but to defend their own territory against a potential invasion.

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The point of this is to show any potential aggressor that you wont be able to just walk in here, there will be costs imposed on you, a senior US official told Eurasianet.org, speaking on condition of anonymity.

For the last decade and a half, Georgia has done everything it could to ingratiate itself with its Western military partners. Most visibly, it has been a significant contributor to US- and NATO-led missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. On a per-capita basis, Georgia is the leading troop contributor in Afghanistan, with 871 soldiers deployed there.

In this sense, Georgia is an example for all, said US Defense Secretary James Mattis, meeting his Georgian counterpart Levan Izoria at the Pentagon on November 13. Thirty-two Georgians have died in Afghanistan

The ultimate aim of these sacrifices NATO membership for Georgia remains as far away as ever. US officials say they worry about strengthening voices in Tbilisi that are questioning Georgias Western orientation. The countrys pro-Western striving has brought little benefit to date, these critics contend, adding that Tbilisi would be better off accommodating Russias hegemonic desires.

As it became clear that NATO [membership] was not going to be in the near term, to put it mildly, it was getting more and more difficult to counter the accommodationist argument, that these guys are selling you down the river. Why are you putting all yo...

19:46

His country a smoldering ruin, but Assad still in his seat Peace and Freedom

In this Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

BEIRUT: His nation is a smoldering ruin, much of it held by rival armed factions, domestic or foreign. Half the population is displaced, hundreds of thousands have died and much of the West regards him as a tyrant and human rights abuser. But Syrian President Bashar Assad appears to have survived the war and is likely to hold onto power for the foreseeable future.

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The sides in Syrias civil war are preparing for what will be the eighth round of UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva intended to forge a path forward for a political transition to end the conflict. But barring any surprises, no negotiated resolution is likely to lead to Assads ouster.
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19:45

The Theresa May Brexit Showdown Strategic Culture Foundation

Mrs. May's survival as UK Prime Minister is to a large extent predicated upon her being able to secure a good divorce deal and transition agreement that satisfies both the Remain and Leave wings of her Party as well as its ardently hard-line Leave grassroots.

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Merkel Tells Her German Rivals: Back Me or Face Voters Again Peace and Freedom

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By Arne Delfs, Birgit Jennen and Rainer Buergin

November 20, 2017, 11:00 PM EST Updated on November 21, 2017, 2:41 AM EST
  • Chancellors past haunts her as former partners shun coalition
  • German president will seek to cajole parties to resume talks
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PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has failed to form a coalition government. (Reuters: Fabrizio Bensch)
The video looks at the options German Chancellor Angela Merkel has after she failed to form a new government.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said shes ready to face voters again to break the countrys political stalemate, betting they wont blame her for failed talks on forming a coalition.

Regaining her footing after the sudden breakdown, Merkel made it clear in television interviews that she intends to serve her fourth term and prefers new elections to governing Europes biggest economy without a majority. Germanys president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, will start sounding out political parties on Tuesday to see if he can cajole them into an alliance with Merkel.

A minority government isnt part of my plans, Merkel said in an interview with broadcaster ARD....

19:25

Justice Department Files Lawsuit Challenging AT&T-Time Warner Deal Peace and Freedom

Government alleges combination could raise prices and slow innovation

Updated Nov. 20, 2017 7:41 p.m. ET

WASHINGTONThe Justice Department sued to block AT&T Inc. from taking over Time Warner Inc. on Monday, a sweeping challenge to a deal it says would give one company too much control in a rapidly evolving media landscape.

AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said the suit defies logic and that the company would fight the case, the first major antitrust action under the Trump administration.

Few cases in recent memory have challenged vertical combinations that link companies in different parts of an industry. The governments lawsuit claims this megadeal would hurt consumers and competition because AT&T could wield its power to charge cable-TV rivals higher prices for HBO, Turner sports and other popular Time Warner programming.

It also alleges that AT&T, which two years ago bought DirecTV, could use the deal to squeeze out new streaming services like Sling TV that could threaten its traditional pay-TV profits.

This merger would greatly harm American consumers. It would mean higher monthly television bills and fewer of the new, emerging innovative options that consumers are beginning to enjoy, said Makan Delrahim, chief of the Justice Departments antitrust division.

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Speaking at a hastily arranged press conference at Time Warners headquarters, Mr. Stephenson said: Ive done a lot of deals in my career but Ive never done one where we have disagreed with the Department of Justice so much on even the most basic of facts.

AT&Ts deal for Time Warner was valued at $85 billion when it was announced in October 2016, just weeks before the presidential election, as one of the largest media deals ever.

The outcome will determine the success of AT&Ts plans to transform itself into a media giant that combines a far-reaching internet and video distribution network with such sought-after content as Time Warners HBO and cable channels like CNN and TNT.

Shares of both companies have slumped in recent weeks, a...

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The Last Post: The Arab in the background of BBC colonial drama Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The Yemen set drama told the story of the British soldiers and their wives in the last years of British rule, but its Arab characters did not really get a look in

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North Korea rebalancing power away from the military Peace and Freedom

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KCNA VIA KNS/AFP/File / by Hwang Sunghee | Hwang Pyong-So is the latest to fall victim to a purge by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who analysts say is rebalancing power away from the military

SEOUL (AFP)  A purge of senior North Korean military figures is part of a bid by leader Kim Jong-Un to reduce the influence of the powerful army and further tighten his grip on the country, analysts said Tuesday.Since taking power in 2011, North Koreas young leader has brutally removed anyone perceived as a potential challenge to his authority, including ordering the execution of family members.

But observers say the latest move appears aimed at curbing the overgrown influence of the military, which blossomed under his late father Kim Jong-Ils Songun (military-first) policy.

The head and deputy head of the militarys powerful General Political Bureau, Hwang Pyong-So and Kim Won-Hong, have been punished for impudence towards the ruling Korean Workers Party, which Kim Jong-Un heads, the Souths spy agency has said.

The bureau is tasked with ensuring loyalty to the Party among the ranks of the Korean Peoples Army, Yonhap reported, citing lawmakers briefed by the National Intelligence Service.

This is another Kim Jong-Un play aimed at tightening his grip on, and taming, the military, Yang Moo-Jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, told AFP.

Kim is moving away from the Songun policy and reaffirming the principle that the party is always above the military Yang said.

Professor Koh Yu-Hwan at Dongguk University added: The Songun policy has always been a double-edged sword and Kim is reorganising the military that became overgrown under his father and is restoring the system of party dominance.

The NIS said the level of punishment meted out to the two men was not known, but South Korean lawmakers who attended the closed-door briefing suggested they might have been sent to provincial farms for re-education through labour.

Hwang was once seen as the second most powerful man in North Korea. He led the high-level delegation that visited the South during the Incheon Asian Games in 2014, and made his last public appearance in October.

Kim Won-Hong had returned to office earlier this year after being sacked as minister of state security, for power abuse and corruption in mid-January.

Kim, who served as the spy chief since 2012, had played a key role in arresting and executing Kim Jong-Uns uncle Jang Song-Thaek four years ago.

The Norths leader has reportedly killed more than 10...

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US Approves Long-Sought Sale of Anti-Tank Missiles to Georgia EurasiaNet.org - The Bug Pit

The State Department has approved the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Georgia. The approval is a big win for Tbilisi, which for years has sought the American weapons as a means of protecting itself from a potential Russian invasion.

The U.S. approved the sale of 410 of the missiles and 72 launch units, according to the November 20 announcement. "This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of Georgia," the statement by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said.

The Javelin has long been at the top of Georgia's wishlist since the 2008 war with Russia over South Ossetia, when Georgia was unable to prevent Russian tanks rolling into Gori. 

"We dont really need small arms, we have plenty of them and actually there are many alternative sources to shop for them," then-President Mikheil Saakashvili told Foreign Policy magazine in 2011. "What Georgia really needs is something that it cannot get from anywhere else and thats anti-air and anti-tank [weapons] and thats completely obvious thats where should be the next stage of the cooperation."

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Russia's Putin hosts Syria's Assad for talks, Kremlin says Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Israel Will Have No Peace With Arabs Until Palestinians Get Statehood, U.N. Envoy Says Peace and Freedom

BY TOVAH LAZAROFF
 NOVEMBER 21, 2017 09:06

 

Nickolay Mladenov also speaks about the rise and fall of ISIS.

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UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov speaks to The Jerusalem Post 

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Israel cant build ties to the Arab world based on the common regional threats they face without also resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the UN Special Coordina...

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SYRIAN WAR REPORT NOVEMBER 20, 2017: GOVERNMENT TROOPS LIBERATED AL-BUKAMAL FROM ISIS Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

South Front On November 19, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah and Iranian-backed militias restored control over the border city of al-Bukamal after a week of intense fighting with ISIS terrorists there. The Russian Aerospace Forces actively supported the SAA advance. Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps General, Qasem Soleimani, was also filmed in the city. []

19:04

World Toilet Day: Focus on Sanitation, Wastewater Treatment HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

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Even in wealthier countries, where people have access to toilets and faecal material is contained, treatment and final disposal of wastewater can be far from perfect, leading to polluted rivers and coastlines, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a World Toilet Day event on 20 November 2017.

The French Red Cross provides water, sanitation and toilets for 11,000 IDPs at the Centre dHebergement Provisoire Automica Dahaitsu in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Photo: MINUSTAH

 Where does our poo go? [] This years Toilet Day observance encourages people to think about the sanitation chain, said Mohammed in her remarks at a panel discussion on toilets and wastewater, co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Singapore, UN-Water and the International Chamber of Commerce.

World Toilet Day is observed on 19 November, and events are held around that day to raise awareness of the importance of safe sanitation.

Mohammed said that nearly 900 million people worldwide practice open defecation not because they want to but because they have no choice.

Regardless where we are from, we all have the right to safe and dignified toilets, she said, noting that she stressed this point during a recent dialogue with community members in Saint-Michele de LAtalaye in Haiti.

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Guess what the BBC News website tells audiences is preventing peace BBC Watch

Those visiting the BBC News websites Middle East page over the last few days may have noticed that an article by Yolande Knell first published in July 2016 has on two separate occasions been recycled as related reading.

On November 18th and 19th the article was promoted under its original title.

On November 19th and 20th it was promoted using the authoritative sounding heading The issues preventing peace.

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We are told to Prepare for Earthshaking Events Next Year Covert Geopolitics

Unconfirmed rumors surfaced over the weekend that the CIA headquarters in Langley was raided by some elements of the US Marine Expeditionary Unit, but until today theres no single video clip that would suggest it indeed happened. Nonetheless, we are being told to prepare for some earthshaking events for next year. UPDATED 2:23 PM EST Continue reading We are told to Prepare for Earthshaking Events Next Year

16:20

Large Operation Against ISIS in Hawija; 30 Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

Despite the "defeat" of ISIS/Daesh in Rawah last week, a major operation was conducted in northern Iraq, not far from Kirkuk.

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16:13

Trumps Ultimate Deal Only offers Hard Choices for Abbas Dissident Voice

The long wait appears to be coming to an end on Donald Trumps ultimate deal, one supposedly capable of unlocking the impasse between Israel and the Palestinians.

The United States peace initiative may be unveiled as soon as January, marking the first anniversary of Mr Trumps arrival in office. Other reports suggest it may be delayed until March. But all seem sure it will be upon us soon.

Neither Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, appear keen to enter another round of fruitless dialogue.

But for good reason, Mr Abbas is far more reticent.

This month, in statements presumably directed at Washington, he insisted he would not agree to a Palestinian state without Gaza, or one restricted to Gaza. He also warned again that, in the absence of a two-state solution, Israel would face demands from Palestinians for equal rights in one state.

That was presumably the context for Mr Abbas being called to Riyadh earlier this month, doubtless after the White House urged Saudi Arabia to use its leverage with the Palestinian leader to bring him onside. According to Palestinian sources cited by Israeli reporter Ben Caspit, Mr Abbas was told in no uncertain terms that he had to respond positively to the coming peace initiative.

Strong-arming Mr Abbas was doubtless also the motive behind US threats at the weekend to shut down what is effectively the Palestinians embassy in Washington unless the Palestinian leader agrees to peace talks.

Outrage from Palestinian officials, who referred to the White House move as extortion, was an indication of their mounting exasperation.

Given that Mr Abbas is invested exclusively in diplomacy, his resistance to this round of US-led peacemaking should serve as warning enough of how bad a Trump peace is likely to prove.

At the weekend Israeli media offered the first substantive clues of what might be on offer.

The headline news is not entirely bad so long as one ignores the small print. Most significantly, if reports are accurate and Washington and Israel claim they are not the US is said to be ready to recognise a Palestinian state.

It is a move characterised by the kind of bullishness that is Mr Trumps trademark and has left Mr Netanyahu anxious. But everything else should reassure him.

The US will apparently agree that no one will be forcibly moved from their home. That may prove the answer to Israels prayers. It will finally have US blessing for all its illegal settlements, which have eaten into the bulk of the West Bank, turning it into a patchwork of Palestinian enclaves.

After five decades of Israel clearing most of the Palestinian population from the same area, penning them up in cities, the reported Trump deal will offer no restitution.

The most intractable issue, Jerusalem, will supposedly be kept off the table for now. But reports say Israel will be...

16:00

Whos A Foreign Agent? Antiwar.com Original

You know lifes become a joke when the US Department of Justice starts requiring foreign media to register as foreign agents. Will the BBC be forced to issue a disclaimer with every broadcast and web posting: Proceed with caution British propaganda ahead? Dont bet the ranch on it. Such distinctions are reserved for the Continue reading "Whos A Foreign Agent?"

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16:00

How To Stop a Rogue President From Ordering a Nuclear First Strike Antiwar.com Original

On November 15, US Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and US Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced one of the shortest bills in the histories of their two parliamentary bodies. Shorn of the obligatory be it enacted, blah, blah, blah boilerplate, the bills content comes to 14 words: It is the policy of the United States to Continue reading "How To Stop a Rogue President From Ordering a Nuclear First Strike"

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16:00

Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen? Antiwar.com Original

Its remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us how things got so bad explains to us that, its a complicated story Continue reading "Why Are We Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen?"

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15:58

Sayyed Nasrallah Slams Silence over Yemen Misery: Daeshs State Toppled with Albukamal Victory Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

  Zeinab Essa 20-11-2017 | 21:54 Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered on Monday a televised speech in which he tackled the latest political developments in the region and Lebanon. At the beginning of his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah condoled both the Iraqi and Iranian people over the victims who fell due to []

15:22

The Science of Subterfuge Dissident Voice

Following the devastation of WWII, many survivors of the armed sieges sought refuge in lands that were not their own. Among them were not just the beleaguered, but also the ordained. Here I write not of the papacy, but of an equally powerful cabal of power-holders who envisioned the continual progression of Western-and indeed non-Western, as well- societies towards Edward Bernays coveted ideal of a modern democracy. This would be a democracy wherein political power wouldnt arduously be fought for, but graciously accepted from those who would be convinced to relinquish it to a technocratic ruling class.

Following the legacy of Wellington House and the Tavistock Institute in the United Kingdom, the United States would have its own intelligence operations working towards uncovering the mechanics of individual and collective consciousness, thereby enabling it to take the reigns of political power, ad infinitum. This military imperative was eventually handed over to the CIA, where it flourished like a bud during a verdant springtime. As part of the directive, the CIA would enlist the expertise of some of the most fortunate emigrants from war-ravaged Germany. These vanguard scientists, who were interested in elucidating the most valuable methods of effecting mind-control, would not only be given entrance into the United States, but would actually be actively sought and recruited by the United States military under an expedited immigration program known as Operation Paperclip; the greenlighting of this program should serve as fact to completely debunk the veneer of justice ostensibly achieved by the Nuremberg Trials, during which the United States spearheaded prosecutions, as nothing but a total sham. This ominous project would lay the fertile ground for intelligence (covert war) operations both domestically in the United States, as well as abroad.

Under the presidency of Harry Truman, the pretext for authorizing the operation was that it would serve as a maneuver to confer advantage to the United States during the spurious Cold War, given that the imported scientists possessed a profundity of knowledge surrounding interrogation and espionage techniques. Indeed, it was these scientists, among whom are such notable figures as former NASA director Wernher Von Braun, who enabled Germanys infiltration of the Soviets during WWII, a tool that would undoubtedly serve the United States. However, the full scope of the War Departmentsthe Department of Defence of days past- interest in these post-Nazism neo-Nazis wasnt entirely, if at all, about fortifying national security.

Among the earliest of the programs funded by the CIA and staffed by the immigrant Nazis was project MKUltra, a Cold-War era data mining operation comprising 149 known subcategories, spanning several decades and involving all manner of criminal coercion, manipulation, and torture. It is in the (sparsely surviving) documents procu...

13:10

Syrian War Report November 20, 2017: Government Troops Liberated Al-Bukamal From ISIS The Vineyard of the Saker

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13:06

Libyan Revolutionary Committees Movement: A Message to Our Brothers and Sisters in Africa and the Diaspora INTERNATIONALIST 360

Salem Zubeidy Libyan Revolutionary Committees Movement A Message to our Brothers and Sisters in Africa and the Diaspora This letter is addressed to our brothers, officials, and residents of the sub-Saharan African countries, who are characterized by dark features. There have been many reactions and statements by African leaders, politicians, organizations, and institutions following an...

12:00

Syrian opposition leader abruptly resigns ahead of Saudi meeting Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Riyad Hijab, who headed Syrian opposition group High Negotiations Committee, did not explain his reasons for stepping down

11:58

Libyan Peoples National Movement Statement About Media Coverage of the Slave Trade in Libya INTERNATIONALIST 360

Unofficial Translation Official Statement in Arabic The Libyan National Peoples Movement About the Media Coverage of the Slave Trade in Libya The Libyan Peoples National Movement (LPNM) has followed the recent news about the sale and purchase of human beings in the southern and western regions, the great alarm of the leaders of African countries...

11:44

The Lost Journalistic Standards of Russia-gate Aletho News

By Robert Parry | Consortium News | November 20, 2107 A danger in both journalism and intelligence is to allow an unproven or seriously disputed fact to become part of the accepted narrative where it gets widely repeated and thus misleads policymakers and citizens alike, such as happened during the run-up to war with Iraq []

11:00

World community has a collective responsibility to stop human trafficking, support victims INTERNATIONALIST 360

Editorial Comment: While the plight of black-skinned Libyans and African migrants cannot be ignored, let us not forget that the cause of the dire conditions faced by African refugees in Libya today is NATO and the UN Security Council itself, that passed resolutions 1970 and 1973 sanctioning military intervention that destroyed the Jamahiriya. To fully...

11:00

Haiti: In the Face of an Illegitimate Government INTERNATIONALIST 360

Mara Torrellas Resmen Latinoamericano Interview with Henry Boisrolin, member of Haitian Democratic Committee MT: Haiti is now in a difficult situation because, while the UN occupation force MINUSTAH left the country, another one arrived. The country is indirectly ruled by the United States and private corporations and is going through a new intervention, whats your...

10:40

French postal service refuses to deliver to Muslim migrant No Go Zone, citing danger to staff Jihad Watch

It wasnt very long ago that French authorities and others in Europe were indignantly denying that there were any No Go Zones. The postal workers of Chronopost cannot afford the luxury of political correctness. French Postal Service Refuses to Deliver to Migrant No Go Zone Citing Danger to Staff, by Chris Tomlinson, Breitbart, November 20, []

10:31

Trudeau Government's "Returning Terrorist Integration" Penny for your thoughts

So, let me get this straight? The government of the day, which happens to be the Liberals, are all set to "provide the appropriate disengagement and reintegration" for those that joined ISIS/Daesh. Superficially (on the surface/externally or outwardly ) we're supposed to believe that ISIS are brutal killers, that had to be ruthlessly put down but - we're going to be real nice to them all.

This concept only makes sense when one realizes these persons and their families were employed as an irregular mercenary army. Hired to destroy, destabilize and kill on behalf of Canada, as full participants, in a larger political agenda. Known as remake the middle east and north africa. Yah, that same agenda I've talked about for years now.

Accept reality boys and girls. Our government employed brutal killers to destroy nations, displace people and redraw borders. And now they are going to bring them home!

CBC: Radio Canada International

Farah Mohammed Shirdon of Calgary was featured in a Daesh video burning his Canadian passport and declaring jihad on the west. He was apparently killed in Mosul in 2015

Former University of Ottawa student John Maguire,...

10:29

UKs Christmas in the age of jihad: Armed guards, concrete barriers and metal detectors around festive markets Jihad Watch

Why is this necessary? Because of right-wing extremism? No, because of jihad. Why is there jihad in Britain? Because of the Muslim immigration policies pursued by Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, and Theresa May. Will those policies be changed? Absolutely not, and even to suggest such a thing makes you a racist, bigoted Islamophobe. []

10:17

France seeks to ban Muslim street prayers in Paris after clashes Jihad Watch

Holding prayers in the street is not the result of mosque shortages. Throughout the history of Christianity, Christians established house churches when they didnt have a church to pray in that is, they would just go to someones house and hold services there. There were no ostentatious prayers in the street. These street prayers []

10:16

DUI Checkpoint Activism + College Know-Your-Rights Outreach Cop Block

Recently I wrote the eulogy for Cop Block, the national police accountability activist news website. Nothing lasts forever, especially in the world of activism, where doing the right thing rarely means one can make a living at it. Burnout is real and has happened to some of the brightest activists to ever hit the Cop Block scene.

Cop Block as a national organization may have died, but its not dead here in New Hampshire, where it was incubated according to founder Pete Eyre in Keene.

Though regular Cop Blocking patrols are more rare these days and more likely to happen in Keene than anywhere else, large numbers of activists still participate in the ongoing DUI checkpoint countering that happens multiple times a year in Manchester.

Toward the end of this summer, state and local police set up DUI checkpoints in Cheshire county for the first time in five years. Thomas Parisi from The Jail Paper came out with the group to document the checkpoint. It was set up just a few hundred feet from the bridge to Brattleboro, VT so we had multiple Cop Blockers on both points of entry to the checkpoint with multiple reflective signs alerting peaceful motorists to the upcoming harassment. Not surprisingly, state police statistics reported zero DUIs were found during the checkpoint, though they did write a bunch of motor vehicle violation tickets and make a few drug possession arrests. So, all victimless crimes another huge waste of taxpayer dollars.

The Jail Paper also reported on Cop Block know-your-rights outreach that regularly happens in the Keene State College neighborhood. Here are both videos in one, courtesy of The Jail Paper:

DUI Checkpoint Activism + College Know-Your-Rights Outreach is a post from...

09:46

Israel to deport 40,000 African asylum seekers without their consent, many to Rwanda Mondoweiss

Israel will begin deporting 20,000 African asylum seekers, mostly from Eritrea and the Sudan, to an unnamed third-party country without their consent, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday in a cabinet meeting. According to Israeli media the refugees will be sent to Rwanda, in return for which Israel will pay the African nation $5,000 per head. 

Using the term infiltrators to refer to Africans who crossed into Israel through the Sinai, Netanyahu said he had reached stage three of a plan to remove all asylum seekers.

Regarding infiltrators, we will discuss one of the aspects of this topic at the cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said. Our policy towards infiltrators is three staged: Stage one is halting. We built a fence and enacted laws that completely blocked the flow of infiltrators and today we have zero infiltrators. Second stage is removal. We removed approximately 20,000 out of the existing infiltrators using various measures. Stage three is increased removal.

The prime minister added that Israel will no longer require asylum seekers to sign a document authorizing their deportation, a controversial practice done in the past and known as voluntary deportation, in which Africans were sent to third-party countries Rwanda and Uganda. Refugee groups have alleged the deportations were coerced; the refugees faced imprisonment in Israel, or deportation.  

This removal is enabled thanks to an international agreement I achieved, which allows us to remove the 40,000 remaining infiltrators without their consent, Netanyahu continued. This is very important. It will enable us later to make the Holot facility unnecessary and to use part of the vast resources we allocate there for inspectors and increased removal. That is why we are succeeding here. But our goal is to continue removing significantly more then what we have until now.

Holot is a desert detention facility. At Holot asylum seekers may leave during the day, but must return by evening to be locked behind Holots gates. Under orders announced Sunday, the facility will be closed in the next three months. In the weeks leading up to the shut-down, the refugees say they believe they will be deported. 

For years we have been saying the Holot detention facility was not built for a proper purpose, it is meant to break the spirits of asylum seekers [and force us] to leave, said refugee organizer Mutasim Ali from Darfur on social media. Ali is the first and only Sudanese national who was granted asylum by Israel in a surprise move in 2016. Before receiving his protective status he resided in Holot prison for one year.

The Israeli aid gr...

09:44

Canada to help returning IS fighters let go of that terrorist ideology Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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09:00

JFK Files Reveal US Planned to Buy Soviet Planes to Carry Out False Flag Attacks Aletho News

Sputnik November 20, 2017 The recently released batch of files related to the Kennedy assassination includes a curious document revealing secret plans by the US government to purchase or build Soviet aircraft for the purpose of staging false flag attacks on the US or its allies, thus giving Washington the pretext it needed to []

08:48

Irans top military commander arrives in Russia for talks Aletho News

Press TV November 20, 2017 Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri has arrived in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi to attend a tripartite meeting with his Turkish and Russian counterparts. The sides are scheduled to exchange views about ways to enhance trilateral defense cooperation on []

08:37

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08:37

Nasrallah: US did what it could to help Daesh in Syrias Bukamal Aletho News

Press TV November 20, 2017 The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says despite the US claims about fighting terrorism, it spared no effort to help Daesh forces in the Syrian town of al-Bukamal. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks in a televised address to the Lebanese nation in capital city of []

08:16

Yemen Quietly Slips Away, Much Like its Starving Children World Beyond War . . .

by Michelle Shephard, November 19, 2017

From The Toronto Star

These are the stark facts, and the only simple ones, about the situation in Yemen: The country has suffered the worlds worst cholera outbreak in modern history and people do not have access to food.

Cholera is spread by contaminated water, which is all that is now available in many parts of the country. More than 2,000 have died. The World Health Organization estimates there will be a million cases by the end of the year.

The lack of food is now endemic. Food prices have soared, the economy has collapsed, and government employees havent been paid for nearly a year, which has forced more than 20 million Yemenis, or about 70 per cent of the population, to rely on aid.

This month, a Saudi-led military coalition stopped most of that aid from entering the country by blocking airports, ports and borders. Ostensibly the blockade was to halt the shipment of arms. But illegal smuggling routes ensure the flow of weapons, and it is food, medicine and fuel that are being held back.

The heads of three UN agencies World Food Program, UNICEF and the World Health Organization issued a joint statement Thursday saying seven million Yemenis, mainly children, are on the brink of famine.

Children who die of starvation do not cry; they are so weak they quietly slip away, their deaths often unnoticed at first in hospitals overwhelmed by patients.

Which is also an apt description for Yemens slow demise.

Its not about us we have no power to stop this war, says Sadeq Al-Ameen, an aid worker based in Yemens capital, about the countr...

08:14

Lebanon has right to resist, foil Israeli plans: Aoun Aletho News

Lebanese President Michel Aoun Press TV November 20, 2017 Lebanese President Michel Aoun says his nation has the absolute right to resist and foil Israels aggressive plans by all available means as Tel Aviv continues targeting the Mediterranean country. President Aoun made the remarks via his official Twitter account on Monday, a day after []

08:11

The Trump Doctrine: Making Nuclear Weapons Useful Again World Beyond War . . .

Author Michael Klare

Author Michael Klare

by Michael T. Klare, November 19, 2017

From TomDispatch

Maybe you thought Americas nuclear arsenal, with its thousands of city-busting, potentially civilization-destroying thermonuclear warheads, was plenty big enough to deter any imaginable adversary from attacking the U.S. with nukes of their own. Well, it turns out you were wrong.

The Pentagon has been fretting that the arsenal is insufficiently intimidating.  After all so the argument goes its filled with old (possibly unreliable) weapons of such catastrophically destructive power that maybe, just maybe, even President Trump might be reluctant to use them if an enemy employed smaller, less catastrophic nukes on some future battlefield.  Accordingly, U.S. war planners and weapons manufacturers have set out to make that arsenal more usable in order to give the president additional nuclear options on any future battlefield.  (If youre not already feeling a little tingle of anxiety at this point, you should be.)  While its claimed that this will make such assaults less likely, its all too easy to imagine how such new armaments and launch plans could actually increase the risk of an early resort to nuclear weaponry in a moment of conflict, followed by calamitous escalation.

That President Trump would be all-in on making the American nuclear arsenal more usable should come as no surprise, given his obvious infatuationwith displays of overwhelming military strength.  (He was thrilled when, last April, one of his generals ordered, for the first time, the most powerful nonnuclear weapon the U.S. possesses...

08:09

US sanctions businesses linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guards Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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08:03

At North Carolinas State Capitol, Bells Toll for Peace World Beyond War . . .

The Swords to Plowshares Memorial Belltower in Raleigh, North Carolina. Courtesy of Roger Ehrlich

The Swords to Plowshares Memorial Belltower in Raleigh, North Carolina. Courtesy of Roger Ehrlich

By Roger Ehrlich, November 9, 2017

From News & Observer

Ninety-nine years ago, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, bells tolled around the world, and people poured into public squares to celebrate the end of what was called The War to End All Wars. For many years, Armistice Day was observed as a day to remember the dead of WWI and rededicate ourselves to never letting war happen again.

This week, aided by a grant from the N.C. Humanities Council, a bell has been tolling from the 24-foot-tall Swords to Plowshares Memorial Belltower, a touring memorial that has been erected, for the fourth consecutive year, on the lawn of our State Capitol in Raleigh. The public has been adding inscriptions to the monument to bear witness to how war has affected their lives. These silver plaques, fashioned from recycled cans and glistening in the wind, bear heart-rending inscriptions in many different languages.

The Belltower was dedicated on Memorial Day 2014 by the Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans for Peace with former N.C. State University alumni director and Air Force veteran Bob Kennel presiding. Its inspiration was the bronze door on the NCSU Belltower, which bears the inscription And They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares. This Old Testament passage, sacred to Jews, Christians, Muslims and others, is a reminder of the original spirit of Armistice Day.

In 1953, President Eisenhower said, Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. But one year later, he signed a proclamation renaming Armistice Day as Veterans Day. Since WWI, with the days original intent...

07:58

Google exec says new algorithm will suppress RT and Sputnik, those kinds of sites Aletho News

Sputnik 20.11.2017 Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Googles parent company, Alphabet, announced Saturday that the company will engineer algorithms that will make it harder for articles from Sputnik News and RT to appear on the Google News service. We are working on detecting and de-ranking those kinds of sites its basically RT []

07:55

Marine veterans letter of support for RT America keep fighting the good fight World Beyond War . . .

From Russia Times, November 20, 2017

US governments demand that RT America register as a foreign agent was greeted by loud silence from human rights watchdogs and press freedom groups. Former US Marine captain Matthew Hoh sent us this letter of support.

My fellow Americans working at RT America,

With RT being forced to register this week I wanted to send a note of encouragement to you and your colleagues.

Please dont let the attacks on RT, and on your work, have an effect on your individual journalism and your purpose as a person of conscience. Although it must be trying, exhausting and maddening for you, try and keep the perspective that this is to be expected and such Manichaean formulations by the US government, both major political parties and vast segments of the American population have an extensive and cyclical history of continued occurrence. You and your colleagues are just the latest people to be targeted for discussing publicly and openly many of the ugly wounds, oppressive history and pernicious ongoing injustices, corruption and crimes of American society, government and foreign policy.

Take comfort that in previous eras your guests would have been people like Harriet Tubman, Crazy Horse, Susan B Anthony, Eugene Debs, Martin Luther King, Rachel Carlson and Cesar Chavez and the issues you covered would have been their issues.

I know you are not a stooge for the Russian government and I know you know that. So do many millions of people who can understand the reasons for your work and the subjects that you cover. I have been on RT and have expressed my disapproval of Russian foreign policy, just as I have expressed it in other forums. However...

07:51

At the State Capitol, bells toll for peace World Beyond War . . .

07:41

JOHN KERRY: 'ISRAEL DOESN'T WANT PEACE' stan van houcke

ISRAEL DOESN'T WANT PEACE WITH THE PALESTINIANS, JOHN KERRY SAYS

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07:23

Charles Manson Dead: Mind Controlled Helter Skelter Penny for your thoughts

Charles Manson, dead at 83- Helter Skelter became synonymous with this man and the multiple  murders he's alleged to have orchestrated- but did NOT participate in.

Helter Skelter 
 1:in undue haste, confusion, or disorder
2 :in a haphazard manner


The "family"

Psychology Today: The Cult of Personality?
Manson has stood out as being of particular psychological fascination and revulsion because of his alleged ability to exercise such a mental hold over others, getting them to perform brutal slayings under his influence.
 Because Mr Manson didnt actually, physically kill any of the persons he actually did serve time for murdering. Odd, that fact?

Manson orchestrated a group of followers who went on a murder spree that took place between July and August 1969. They killed actress Sharon Tate, who was 8 months pregnant and married to movie director Roman Polanski, but was stabbed multiple times as she begged for the life of her unborn child.

Four other people at Tate's home were also savagely murdered while the very next day, a couple in Los Angeles, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, were also slain by Manson's followers. The killings became known collectively as the Tate-LaBianca murders.

Manson was not there at any of these killings, but was nonetheless convicted of murder for directing his followers to murder. Does such ability to control others lie within a particular personality, or is it more the result of particular psychological needs in followers which get manipulated and exploited by a devious personality?
...

07:20

ISRAELS MILITARY EXPENDITURES AND MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX OVERVIEW AND DYNAMICS Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

South Front 20.11.2017 Over the course of decades, the US and Israel have maintained close bilateral relations based on long-term, stable pro-Israel US policies. Traditionally they have rendered strong support to Israel, since the two countries are allies, have shared strategic interests in the Middle East (concern with Iran, Assad regime in Syria, and Islamic []

07:02

U.S. sanctions individuals, entities for Iran-linked counterfeiting Peace and Freedom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. Treasury Department on Monday sanctioned a network of individuals and companies it said counterfeited Yemeni bank notes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars for Iran Revolutionary Guards Qods Force.

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The network circumvented European export restrictions in order to provide the counterfeiting supplies and equipment, according to a Treasury statement.

President Donald Trump last month declared Irans Revolutionary Guard a supporter of terrorism and authorized Treasury to impose tough sanctions limiting its access to goods and funding.

Republican Trump has been critical of the 2015 agreement his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, reached with Iran and said the United States must take stronger steps to ensure the country does not acquire nuclear weapons.

The counterfeiting scheme exposed the deep levels of deception that the Qods Force, a Revolutionary Guard unit carrying out missions outside the country, employs against companies in Europe, governments in the Gulf, and the rest of the world to support its destabilizing activities, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

According to Treasury, Pardavesh Tasvir Rayan Co.  is a printing operation controlled by businessman Reza Heidari and owned by Tejarat Almas Mobin Holding that procured equipment and materials to print counterfeit Yemeni rial bank notes.

Qods Force used the currency to support its activities.

Heidari used front companies and other methods to keep European suppliers in the dark about their ultimate customer. He coordinated with Mahmoud Seif, Tejarats managing director, on the logistics of procuring materials and moving them into Iran, Treasury said.

Treasury sanctioned both men and both companies, as well as ForEnt Technik GmbH, which Heidari owns, and Printing Trade Center GmbH for serving as front companies in the operation.

Reporting by Lisa Lambert, editing by G Crosse and Cynthia Osterman


06:46

Stanford Ph.D. candidate says disruption of Robert Spencer event does not befit an institution of learning Jihad Watch

On the evening of Nov. 14, the Stanford College Republicans organized a lecture given by Mr. Robert Spencer, a controversial critic of Islam. A colleague and I wished to attend the lecture because such viewpoints are rare on Stanford campus and we wanted to evaluate the merit of the speakers opinion on our own without being told what []

06:45

The Last Straw The Vineyard of the Saker

by Keith Hartzler for the Saker blog Seeing the First Amendment abrogated; seeing, yet again, left-wing violence; seeing the fiascos primary victims anathematized by pseudo-journalists & self-serving politicians I

06:33

Early Deal (Before Black Friday / Cyber Monday) Giza Death Star

This deal is being offered early, for first-time, not-yet-members. 20% off the first year of annual recurring membership. That's $112 for the first year

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06:33

The Saudi System And Why Its Change May Fail Moon of Alabama

The Saudi clown prince Mohammad Bin Salman is an impulsive tyrant. But what accounts for his urge to purge the country of any potential competing power center Why does he run a such an activist foreign policy? The answer might...

06:30

India: Muslims offer poor Hindu children free education, food and shelter if they convert to Islam Jihad Watch

The Quran says, Muhammad is the apostle of Allah. Those who follow him are merciful to one another, ruthless to unbelievers (48:29). So Islamic charity tends to go only to Muslims; indeed, it is forbidden in Islamic law to give zakat to non-Muslims, although that prohibition can be set aside for purposes of proselytizing. In []

06:29

Arizona Cops Omit Vital Details from Police Shooting Report of Daniel Shaver Photography is Not a Crime

In the moments before an Arizona police officer opened fire and killed Daniel Shaver, the unarmed man begged police not to kill him.

Please dont shoot me, Shaver pleaded as he crawled on his hands and knees towards the cops before one of them opened fire, killing him instantly.

Mesa police officer Philip Mitch Brailsford later claimed he was in fear for his life because Shaver had reached for his waistband.

However, not only does Brailsfords body cam video of the shooting does not show Shaver reaching for his waistband, according to his widow, Laney Sweet, who has watched the video multiple times during Brailsford trial on second-degree murder charges police omitted to report that he begged for his life prior to being shot and killed.

Five police officers. Five police reports. Five police narratives. And not one mention of the victim begging for his life.

In fact, one police officer investigating the shooting testified that he found this suspicious, according to the Arizona Republic.

On Wednesday, Mesa homicide Detective Paul Sipe gave testimony that appeared to be damaging to Brailsfords defense.

 

When a Mesa police officer shoots a person, the department investigates its own officer and forwards the investigation to the Maricopa County Attorneys Office, which then decides if the officer should be charged with a crime.

 

In this case, Sipe led the investigation into Brailsfords decision to shoot. Brailsford was charged by the County Attorneys Office in March 2016.

 

Sipe told the jury on Wednesday that he became suspicious of the officers reports when he noticed they omitted vital information. Sipe didnt specify what he was talking about and

Deputy County Attorney Susie Charbel didnt ask him to be specific.

 

But throughout the trial, Charbel has noted that of the five written reports from the officers on the scene, they left out that Shaver had cried and begged not to be shot. That information became public in Sipes supplemental report released two months after the shooting.

 

The judge instructed the jury to strike Sipes remark that he found the omission suspicious when the defense attorney objected. But Sipe essentially gave the same answer when the prosecutor asked him the same question.

 

All five reports omitted the same information that was vital to the case, Sipe said.

So why would they omit such an important detail? Because it proves that Shaver was th...

06:26

#blamePutin continues to be the medias dominant hashtag Aletho News

OffGuardian | November 20, 2017 The decline of the falsely self-described quality media outlet The Guardian/Observer into a deranged fake news site pushing anti-Russian hate propaganda continues apace. Take a look at this gem: The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has accused prominent British businessman Bill Browder of being a serial killer the latest extraordinary []

06:21

Pro-Israel groups campaign against Linda Sarsour targets another progressive institution New School Mondoweiss

Eight days from now, the New School in New York is scheduled to host a panel on anti-Semitism featuring two activists who support boycotting Israel, Linda Sarsour and Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace.

Because that panel will denounce the ways that anti-Semitism is used to shield Israel from criticism, the New School is under attack from pro-Israel groups; it is under pressure to shut the debate down.

The Anti Defamation League is opposing the event, saying that Sarsour and Vilkomerson foment anti-Semitism. The very blackmail that the panel is about! Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the ADL, wrote a week back:

Having Linda Sarsour & head of JVP leading a panel on #antisemitism is like Oscar Meyer leading a panel on vegetarianism. These panelists know the issue, but unfortunately, from perspective of fomenting it rather than fighting it.

He continued:

Seriously theres not a single Jewish organization that studies this issue and/or fights this disease (such as @adl_national) would take this panel seriously, let alone the institution that put it together. Its a sad day for the @theNewSchool.

I am told that Jake Tapper of CNN and Pam Geller retweeted the Greenblatt tweet; and that the Zionist community is organizing a protest in front of the New School the day of the event.

Greenblatt echo-chambers Israel supporter Liel Leibovitz, who writes in Tablet that Jewish Voice for Peace is odious and a cover for anti-Semitism.

Alongside Sarsour will be Rebecca Vilkomerson, who heads the odious Jewish Voice for Peace. The group, as an ADL report aptly put it, uses its Jewish identity to shield the anti-Israel movement from allegations of anti-Semitism and to provide the movement with a veneer of legitimacy.

The panel is important because Linda Sarsour represents the main threat to the Democratic-left consensus in support of Israel today: the real possibility that the Democratic Party might begin to reflect its progressive base, and call for sanctions on Israel. Sarsour is threatening because she has been able to gain mainstream prestige as a leader...

06:20

The Strategic Saudi-Israeli Interests behind Eisenkots Saudi Interview Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Local Editor 20-11-2017 | 14:34 Israeli military chiefs rare interview to a Saudi news website intersects with Saudi Arabias claims against Iran. Israels interests are both security-related and diplomatic and have to do with the Saudi involvement in the Trump administrations Mideast peace initiative. Israeli Occupation Forces [IOF] Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot rarely gives []

06:04

Nasrallah denies Hezbollah has sent weapons to Yemen Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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ARAB LEAGUE SECRETARY-GENERAL: IRANIAN MISSILES ARE THREAT TO ALL ARAB CAPITALS Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

On November 19, Arab League foreign ministers held a meeting in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, upon a request from Saudi Arabia to discuss Iran and Lebanese Hezbollah. During the meeting Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir criticized Iran and Hezbollah and accused Iran of suppling ballistic missiles that Yemens Houthis fired against Saudi Arabia. The []

05:40

Takeovers Roar to Life as Companies Hear Footsteps From Tech Giants Peace and Freedom

Corporate deals hit a near-record $200 billion this month as CEOs battle Amazon, Facebook, Google and others

Nov. 20, 2017 12:56 p.m. ET

Investment bankers have gotten used to being asked by worried retail-industry chief executives to pitch takeover ideas aimed at fending off Amazon.com Inc.

Now the fear has spread to media, health care and many other sectors, where CEOs dread the breathtaking competitive advancements made by not just Amazon but also Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc.s Google and Netflix Inc.

The result is an explosion of mergers and acquisitions. So far this month, about $200 billion of deals have been announced in the U.S., according to Dealogic. November is on pace to be the second-biggest deal-making month since the firm began tracking them in 1995.

Three recent deals, either under discussion or awaiting approval, show in especially dramatic fashion the impact of Amazon and other technology giants on M&A activity.

CVS Health Corp. could reach a definitive agreement by the end of November to buy Aetna Inc. for more than $66 billion, uniting two businesses with little operational overlap, according to people familiar with the timing.

The possibility that Amazon could enter the pharmacy business jolted CVS executives toward buying a health insurer, which could help CVS make better use of its retail space, people familiar with the matter said. The drugstore operator could sell insurance, draw blood and provide other services that Amazon cant easily replicate.

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AT&T Inc.s planned purchase of Time Warner Inc. for about $85 billion would combine a huge but slowing mobile-phone business and the DirecTV satellite-television operation with a content machine that includes Time Warner, the owner of CNN and HBO.

Randall Stephenson, AT&Ts chief executive, said the point of the AT&T-Time Warner deal is to create a bulwark against Facebook and Google, which have built incredibly strong positions in the advertising market. Thats what this is about, he said at an event sponsored by the New York Times.

In a statement to The Wall Street Journal, he added: Tech companies are spending billions creating content and distributing it directly to consumers. AT&Ts planned purchase ...

05:34

Hamas rejects Arab League labelling Hezbollah terrorists Peace and Freedom

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GAZA City,  Palestinian Territories: Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas rejected on Monday an Arab League resolution labelling Lebanons Hezbollah a terrorist organisation.

In a statement the party said it rejects the description of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement as terrorist.

Instead, it added, Israels actions against Palestinians should be labelled terrorism.

It also called on Arab states to support the legitimate struggle of the Palestinian people and urged them to work together to solve their differences through dialogue.

On Sunday Arab League members adopted a resolution saying they would hold the terrorist Lebanese Hezbollah responsible for supporting terrorism and terrorist organisations in Arab countries, with modern weapons and ballistic missiles.

The resolution came amid soaring tensions between regional arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, Shiite Hezbollahs backer.

Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia and Iran, the predominant Shiite power, have for decades stood on opposing sides of conflicts in the Middle East including in Syria and Yemen.

Despite being Sunni, Hamas has long been seen as an ally of Iran.

Hamas has fought three wars with Israel since 2008, while Hezbollah fought the Jewish state in 2006.


05:28

NoKo back on the AUMF list? Sic Semper Tyrannis

"President Trump on Monday announced that his administration has re-designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terror, a move aimed at increasing pressure on Pyongyang a decade after the George W. Bush administration removed the rogue nation from the...

05:22

Why Is The US Helping Saudi Arabia Destroy Yemen? Aletho News

By Ron Paul | November 20, 2017 Its remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us how things got so bad explains []

05:08

Trump declares North Korea sponsor of terror Peace and Freedom

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President Trump has announced that the US is re-designating North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, nine years after it was removed from the list.

In a cabinet meeting, he said the move would trigger very large additional sanctions to be announced on Tuesday.

Mr Trump blamed the countrys nuclear programme, and support for what he called international acts of terrorism.

While announcing the decision, the US president said it should have happened a long time ago.

Mr Trump said that North Korea had repeatedly supported international acts of terrorism and added that the regime must act lawfully and also cease its nuclear weapons programme.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un continues to pursue nuclear weapons and missile programmes in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.

Mr Kim has made no secret of Pyongyangs plans to develop a missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

Last month, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said that the threat of nuclear attack from North Korea is increasing.

Mondays announcement comes after the president returned from an extensive tour of Asia last week.

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04:48

Hezbollah says ready to pull forces from Iraq after IS defeat Peace and Freedom

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AL-MANAR TV/AFP | An image grab taken from Hezbollah TV on November 20, 2017 shows Hassan Nasrallah, the head of the Lebanese Shiite movement, giving a televised address from an undisclosed location in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AFP)  Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Monday he was prepared to pull his forces from Iraq, after the Islamic State group lost control over its last urban stronghold in the country.In a televised address on Monday evening, Nasrallah said the Lebanese movement had deployed large numbers of our commanders and cadres to Iraq to fight IS.

We consider that the mission has been accomplished, but we are waiting for the final, Iraqi announcement of victory, he said.

Once that official declaration came, Hezbollah would reassess its presence in Iraq and may pull its members out.

If we find that its over, that there is no need for the presence of these brothers, they will return to be deployed in any other arena that needs them, Nasrallah said.

Hezbollah mostly deployed experienced commanders as advisers and trainers to work alongside the Hashed al-Shaabi, a paramilitary umbrella dominated by local Shiite militia groups also loyal to Tehran.

Iraqi forces on November 17 announced they had retaken Rawa, the last town to have been held by the Islamic State group in Iraq, capping three years of anti-jihadist military operations.

The latest efforts against IS have been spearheaded by Iraqi special forces and other regular troops but the Hashed, which counts tens of thousands of fighters, has been a key component of the bruising campaign.

While IS no longer controls any urban hub in Iraq, its surviving fighters have regrouped in remote desert areas along the border with Syria and mopping up operations remain to be completed.


04:40

Erdogan Aide Suggests Turkey Should Reconsider NATO Membership Geopolitics Alert

Ankara (GPA) One of Turkish President Recep Erdogans top aides has said the country should consider leaving the Atlantic bloc.

Late last week, Turkey withdrew forty of their troops from a NATO exercise in Norway. The withdrawal was the result of both Erdogan and the founder of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturks names being listed as enemies during the simulated military operation.

Erdogan announced the blunder by NATO during a speech delivered to members of his Justice and Development Party (AKP). After giving the news to Erdogans supporters, he ended his remarks by saying There can be no alliance like that, referring to NATO.

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NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg made a statement shortly after the withdrawal who said NATO would like to apologize for the offense that has been caused, but that it was the fault of a civilian contractor hired by Norway. The contractor was terminated and Stoltenberg said his punishment was no in the hands of Oslo.

However, for Erdogan, this explanation didnt hold up, and he accused his allies of disrespectful behavior, and said, There are some mistakes that are done not by fools but only by base people. He then went on to inform NATO, that despite Stoltenbergs statement, this matter cannot be covered over with a simple apology.

While this kind of rhetoric from Ankara is nothing new, usually, in Erdogans own words, his statements are generally only intended for domestic consumption by Turks. This doesnt seem to be the case this time, and it seems possible that Erdogan may be working his usual rhetorical hatred toward NATO into actual policy.

Related: Turkish MP Faces Charges For Calling Erdogan Fascist Dictator

The official response to the Norway incident by Erdogan isnt just said at rallies, but now is also parroted in the media by top figures in the government.

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04:38

Recent Trip To Syria Discussed by Brandon Turbeville Fig Trees and Vineyards

American writer Brandon Turbeville has recently given an interview about a trip he made to Syria back in early October. In listening to his account I was struck by the rather marked similarities to my own impressions formed when I journeyed to Syria in 2014. Here is a bit of what he says: We did []

04:28

The Myth of a Denuclearized Nato, by Manlio Dinucci Voltaire Network

Ican, the latest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, is wrong to think that the Italian MPs of the government majority had been committed to convince their Nato partners to give up nuclear weapons. The fact of the matter is that the commitments the Nato member states make are purely formal: it is the atomic bombs that form the basis for their security. Nato has traditionally been flexible for the wishes of its members, and open to opt-outs from specific policy areas, such as nuclear (...)

04:20

Lebanese President Vows To Resist Israel By All Available Means Peace and Freedom

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 NOVEMBER 20, 2017 15:32

Lebanese President Aoun claims that it is Lebanons right to resist Israel.

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Michel Aoun. (photo credit:REUTERS)BEIRUT The Lebanese president appeared to defend Hezbollah as necessary to resist Israel on Monday, after an Arab League statement accused the group of terrorism and noted it is part of Lebanons coalition government.

Israeli targeting still continues and it is the right of the Lebanese to resist it and foil its plans by all available means, President Michel Aouns office quoted him as saying in a Tweet.

The heavily armed Shiite Muslim Hezbollah, formed by Irans Revolutionary Guards, fought Israels occupation of Lebanon in the early 1980s and says its weapons are still needed against Israel.

Saudi Arabia, a regional rival of Iran, opposes Hezbollahs role as a military force in Syria and has accused it of helping the Houthi group in Yemen and militants in Bahrain.

The Arab League met on Sunday to discuss what it called Iranian interference in Arab countries, and accused Tehrans ally Hezbollah of terrorism.

Aoun said that Lebanon could not accept suggestions that its government was a partner in acts of terrorism, another Tweet quoted him as saying after meeting Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit in Beirut.

Aboul Gheit said in Beirut that nobody was accusing Lebanons government of terrorism or wanted to harm Lebanon.

One of the r...

04:20

Frances Macron Covers for Saudi Aggression Aletho News

By Finian CUNNINGHAM | Strategic Culture Foundation | 20.11.2017 Frances invitation to beleaguered Lebanese premier Saad Hariri for him and his family to spend a few days in Paris has been viewed as French President Emmanuel Macron stepping in with deft soft power to resolve tensions between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. Less charitably, what Macron is really []

04:18

Imagining a New Social Order: Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin in Conversation stan van houcke

Imagining a New Social Order: Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin in Conversation

Sunday, November 19, 2017 By C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout | Interview 

04:05

Nebraska approved dirty crude oil Keystone XL pipeline route CENSORED NEWS

Breaking News Nebraska just approved the dirty crude oil Keystone XL route: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/20/nebraska-commission-approves-keystone-xl-pipeline-route.html

04:03

Is Brexit going to rekindle war in Ireland? Voltaire Network

Since 8 November 2017, the Brexit negotiations have reached a stumbling block. The bone of contention: the Irish border. A solution was found to the Irish issue in 1998. This involved, notably, free movement between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland (a region in the United Kingdom). At the time, both countries (the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland) belonged to the European Union. Those negotiating Brexit on behalf of the United Kingdom are envisaging re-establishing the (...)

04:01

Video: Stanford dean Nanci Howe congratulates student fascists as they disrupt Robert Spencer event Jihad Watch

Here is video of Nanci Howe, Stanford Universitys Associate Dean and Director, Student Activities and Leadership, happily circulating among the Stanford students walking out of my event there last Tuesday, patting them on the back and chatting with them. Below is full video of the walkout. Howe appears at 2:44. After encouraging the walkout, she []

03:57

Turkey authorizes the construction of a church Voltaire Network

Turkey has authorized the construction of an Assyrian church in Istanbul. This will be the first construction of a place for Christian worship since the fall of Ottoman Empire at the end of the First World War. Turkish law prohibits the construction of churches even though the country provides shelter to several Christian patriarchs. However, several years ago, a derogation was granted to re-establish liturgic celebration in an old Church. Turkish law has also applied in the Northern (...)

03:56

Heres why Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US are not going to invade Iran Aletho News

By Adam Garrie | The Duran | November 20, 2017 Members of the Arab League have met in Cairo at the behest of the Saudi regime, to discuss the supposed threat of Iran. The meeting featured all the crude, undiplomatic and nonfactual language about Iran that one has come to expect from American, Israeli and []

03:51

Chinas Top Economic Risk? Education. Peace and Freedom

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Chinese schools are often dismal. Fixing them is the key to long-term growth.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping recently laid out a bold vision for transforming his country into a fully developed economy by 2050, with a particular emphasis on spurring innovation and technology. Given Chinas current level of human capital and some looming changes in the world economy that may be harder than he expects.

A widely held view in the West is that Chinas schools are brimming with math and science whizzes, just the kind of students that companies of the future will need. But this is misleading: For years, headline-grabbing studies showing Chinas prowess on standardized tests evaluated only kids in rich and unrepresentative areas. When its broader population was included, Chinas ranking dropped across all subject areas.

Official data bears out this dynamic. According to the 2010 census, less than 9 percent of Chinese had attended school beyond the secondary level. More than 65 percent had gone no further than junior high. From 2008 to 2016, Chinas total number of graduate students actually decreased by 1 percent. Outside the richest areas, much of Chinas population lacks even the basic skills required in a high-income economy.

Making matters worse are the millions of children in rural areas who are being raised by their extended families. With th...

03:49

Soldier-medic-killer Elor Azarya is denied pardon by Israeli president Mondoweiss

Elor Azarya, the soldier-medic who got 18 months prison for killing an alleged Palestinian assailant by a bullet to the head point-blank, yesterday was denied pardon by the President Reuven Rivlin, as Haaretz reports (Hebrew).

Less than two months ago, Azaryas sentence was cut by 4 months, by Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot. The statement noted that Azarya had already endured a lot. Haaretz correspondent Amos Harel had already assessed at that point that Azarya, who only begun serving his sentence in August, would possibly be out in March 2018 on good behavior, anyway. Seeing that so many, including the court, see Azarya as a positive personality and consider him to be a normative person until his complication (these are quotes from the court sentence), there is really no reason to believe that this child with the smile of an angel, as his mother calls him, would be out any later than next spring right in time for Passover, the holiday of liberation.

But now begins the game of good-cop/bad-cop between President Rivlin and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The bad cop is now President Rivlin, who rejected the pardon appeal, noting that from study of the material presented before him, the President has learned that in the verdict, the military courts have considered the circumstances described by you, which appear in part in the pardon appeal, as mitigating circumstances, and have commented that in consideration of these they have eased your sentence. Rivlin referred to the September cutting of 4 months, noting that this was from considerations of charity and mercy considering your military service as a soldier in the combat arena, and said he wouldnt cut it further, since

[F]urther easing of the penalty would hurt the strength of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and the State of Israel. The values of the IDF which include purity of arms are a fundament in the power of the IDF and always with us in the just fight for our right to a national and secure home and in the building of a strong society.

So, with all the Zionist-nationalist bravura, the President wouldnt ease Azaryas misfortune twice over, as it were.

Yet Defense Minister Lieberman, playing bad cop, was in dissent:

In this particular case, there was place for consideration of the public interest, the need to mend the tears in society and the effect of the event and the trial upon IDF soldiers and the youth awaiting draft. 

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03:38

FLASH: Mugabe Refuses to Play Ball in Zimbabwe Geopolitical Monitor

 

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The Zimbabwe coup has been a peculiar one from the onset. First the military seized parts of Harare, insisting that it wasnt staging a coup but rather was targeting criminals, one of which happened to be sitting president Robert Mugabe who was subsequently placed under house arrest. Then this weekend events took another turn for the bizarre when Mugabe was allowed to address the nation under the assumption he would step down and end his 37-year reign with dignity. Of course he didnt, instead doubling down on his constitutional authority over the troops that had turned their guns on him. Now the deadline for Mugabe to resign has passed, and impeachment proceedings will be initiated by the ruling Zanu-PF party, supported by the opposition MDC-T.

Mugabes unwillingness to play ball with the coup plotters is not terribly surprising given the defiance that characterized his leadership style. However, his gambit will surely reverberate as Zimbabwe heads into the unknown of the post-Mugabe era.

 

 

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03:37

Iran: Saudi-drafted Arab League statement full of lies, worthless Aletho News

Press TV November 20, 2017 The spokesman of Irans Foreign Ministry has described as worthless the closing statement of the latest Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo, emphasizing that the statement was full of lies and distortions. In line with the policies of the Zionist regime [of Israel] to intensify differences in the []

03:32

The Variedand GlobalThreats Confronting Democracy Peace and Freedom

As China and Russia proffer alternatives, the U.S. system shows signs of strain

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Just over a year has passed since Election Day 2016, and a special counsel plus three congressional committees continue to struggle to figure out whether Russia colluded with the Trump campaign to help tip that election.

That is a hugely important question, of course. But the danger in focusing on it too much is that the country could lose sight of a broader and more pernicious reality: Whatever Russia did last year amounted to an attack on American democracy. Worse, that is only one of several ways the democratic model is under threat.

William Burns, a career foreign service officer who served as both ambassador to Russia and deputy secretary of state, sees a conflict of ideas and models playing out on the world stage. Both Russia and China are holding up what Mr. Burns calls their authoritarian managed economic models as alternatives to democracy.

Moreover, to the extent that the U.S. itself sometimes seems not to take its own democratic ideals seriously, or fails to make them work well, it can actually help erode the appeal of a system that has long served as an international beacon of hope.

In short, the democratic model is under threat on three fronts. Lets look at them in turn:

China: President Xi Jinping used a recent Communist Party Congress to cement his own power, reduce the potential for internal challenges from other figures and establish a kind of cult of personality built around a constitutionally blessed school of Xi Jinping Thought.

That all thwarted democratic impulses and cemented Mr. Xis personal control, while solidifying his vision of an economy built on big and strong state-owned enterprises. He also declared that he intends for the resulting economic strength to make China a great power at the center of international affairs.

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03:32

Walking for the Salmon with Hopland Pomo, Photos by Bad Bear CENSORED NEWS

Photos by Western Shoshone Carl Bad Bear Sampson, Walk for the Salmon, Seattle to San Francisco,  2017 Thank you for sharing with Censored News. Photos copyright Carl Bad Bear Sampson.

03:31

Investigate Clinton And Trump stan van houcke

A Plurality Of Voters Want Special Counsel To Investigate Clinton And Trump 

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Syria's East Ghouta sinks into abyss as siege and air attacks kill dozens Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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#blamePutin continues to be the medias dominant hashtag OffGuardian

by VT The decline of the falsely self-described quality media outlet The Guardian/Observer into a deranged fake news site pushing anti-Russian hate propaganda continues apace. Take a look at this gem: The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has accused prominent British businessman Bill Browder of being a serial killer the latest extraordinary attempt by the Kremlin to frame one of its most high-profile public enemies. But Putin has not been reported anywhere else as making any recent statement about Browder whatever, and the Observer article makes no further mention of Putins supposed utterance or the circumstances in which it was supposedly made. As the rest of the article makes clear, the suspicions against Browder were actually voiced by Russian police investigators and not by Putin at all. The Observer fabricated a direct quote from the Russian president for their propaganda purposes without any regard to basic journalistic standards. They wanted to blame Putin personally for the suspicions of some Russian investigators, so they just invented an imaginary statement from him so they could conveniently do

03:21

Lebanon, Palestinian groups rap Arab League for labeling Hezbollah Aletho News

Press TV November 20, 2017 The Lebanese government and Palestinian resistance forces have strongly condemned a decision by the Arab League to designate the Hezbollah resistance movement as a terrorist organization. Lebanons Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said in a statement that he had refused to list Hezbollah as a terror group as it was []

03:19

Criminalizing Protests, North Dakota Leads the Way, New Tracking Reveals CENSORED NEWS

. President Trump and the states have enacted new laws that target Earth Defenders, while protecting the profits of destructive industries By Brenda Norrell Censored News North Dakota leads in enacting the most laws to criminalize protests, according to the tracking of laws by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. North Dakota has enacted more laws to criminalize protests

03:13

Struggle for basic rights within binational state has begun and we will win Shulman in NYRB Mondoweiss

The new issue of the New York Review of Books contains an important essay by David Shulman reviewing the late Shimon Peress autobiography. Shulman is an honest scholar who participates in Israeli-Palestinian nonviolent actions in the West Bank; and there is nothing coy about his treatment of Labor Zionist icons:

I once heard Leah Rabin, Yitzhak Rabins widow, insist in a public lecture that her late husband never even once changed his mind about anything, as if that were a great human virtue. Inhabiting a mythic cosmos tends to reduce reality to a manageable set of indubitable equations. It was within just such a mental world that Peres lent his weight, as minister of defense in Rabins government, to the creation of some of the first Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Shulman then describes Peres going out in 1975 to stop messianic-mystical settlers in Kedumim in the northern west bank and letting them stay in the end.

The importance of this piece is that Shulman lays out, without sentiment, the painful spiritual-historical choice that conscious Jewish Israelis face today. On the one hand is the old heroic myth that the Israeli mainstream likes to tell itself: a weak and persecuted nation (if that is what we are) rose from the ashes to achieve freedom On the other hand, he says, there is the awareness of our share in the endless violence and wickedness, including the subjugation of another people, and of what needs to be done in order to achieve even a semblance of normalcy and decency in the real world.

This is a generational opposition, Shulman writes. Older people like himself still cling to real sympathy for Peress quixotic travails. Younger people believe that the tremendous violence inflicted on the Palestinians by the state-in-the-making was and has remained intrinsic to the entire Zionist enterprise. These people have come to believe that the raison detre of Israels whole story is a principle of mutual responsibility of Palestinians and Jews.

In those words, Shulman captures the spirit that animates this site: the sense that the only real Jewish destiny today is one that grapples foremost with the Palestinian experience. There is no other way for Jews to participate in history the human story we all are telling than on those terms.

Shulmans piece ends with a wallop. For 25 years, he says, Palestinians have dreamed of having a state of their own. Now that number is down to 43 percent. The choice is plain.

[A]lready one can hear the beginning notes of a chorus that may eventu...

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Two dead as British aid convoy ambulances come under attack in Syria Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Arab League chief condemns Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, supported by Iran Peace and Freedom

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AFP/File | Arab diplomats have condemned Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah, whose members are seen here in October 2016 during Ashura commemorations in southern Beirut

BEIRUT (AFP)  Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit said on Monday Lebanon should be spared from spiralling regional tensions, during a visit to Beirut a day after Arab diplomats condemned Lebanese movement Hezbollah.The Arab League held an extraordinary general meeting on Sunday in Cairo at the request of Saudi Arabia, which called the ministerial-level session to discuss violations by its rival Iran.

Despite the meetings strongly worded concluding statement, Abul Gheit said Arab nations sought to keep Lebanon insulated from harm.

No one can accept, or want, any harm to happen to Lebanon, Abul Gheit said after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun in Baabda.

Lebanon has a special character, a particular and special structure. The League recognises this, he told reporters.

Earlier Abul Gheit told Lebanons National News Agency that Arab countries understand and take into account the situation in Lebanon and want to spare it from any dispute.

Abul Gheit also met parliament speaker Nabih Berri and will attend a conference organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

In statements posted on Twitter, Aoun said Lebanon could not be held responsible for regional conflicts.

It did not attack anyone, and it therefore shouldnt pay the price for these conflicts with its political stability or security, he said.

Lebanon cannot accept the suggestion that its government is a partner in terrorist acts. The position that Lebanons delegate to the Arab League took expresses a universal, national will, Aoun added.

Hezbollah responsible

On Sunday, Arab foreign ministers strongly criticised Lebanons powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran.

In the meetings concluding statement, they pledged to hold Hezbollah responsible for supporting terrorism and terrorist organisations in Arab countries with modern weapons and ballistic missiles.

They also demanded Hezbollah stop intervening in regional conflicts and spreading extremism and sectarianism.

Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil did not attend the meeting, leaving permanent representative to the Arab League Antoine Azzam to represent the country.

Abul Gheit said Sunday that Lebanons d...

02:54

After PLO halts ties with US, Arab League steps in to salvage peace process Aletho News

Maan November 20, 2017 BETHLEHEM The Arab League has reportedly approached the United States government regarding its recent decision to punitively shut down the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington D.C, over the Palestinian leaderships efforts to bring Israel before the International Criminal Court (ICC). Official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa []

02:48

While Saudi Arabia discusses Iran and Hezbollah in Cairo, its plans for Lebanon are backfiring Aletho News

MEMO | November 20, 2017 Saudi Arabia has called a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo to discuss Irans disruptive politics in the region. This comes after the rather flimsy resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who announced that he was stepping down when he was in Riyadh, not Beirut. Whats more, Yemeni []

02:35

Map Comparison: Military Situation In Syria On November 20 And September 13, 2017

These maps allow to compare the military situation in Syria on November 20 and September 13, 2017.

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Map Comparison: Military Situation In Syria On November 20 And September 13, 2017

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02:34

Dismantling the Nuclear Beast Symposium at UNM Albuquerque, Dec. 1 --3, 2017 CENSORED NEWS

Local Anti-Nuke Group Announces Symposium to Dismantle Nuclear BeastNuclear Issues Study Group to Hold Symposium at UNM in December to Connect Local Activists with National Movement By Nuclear Issues Study Group, Albuquerque Censored News Media Contacts: Leona Morgan, leona.morgan.nm@gmail.comEileen Shaughnessy, ecshaughnessy@gmail.comWhat: A Symposium called Dismantling the Nuclear

02:30

John Kerry: The Palestinians have done an extraordinary job of remaining committed to nonviolence Jihad Watch

PA childrens magazine: Muhammad ordered Muslim kids to throw rocks at Jews November 19, 2017 BBC mourns as Israel destroys tunnel from Gaza used by Palestinian jihad terrorists October 31, 2017 Palestinian Muslim opens fire on Israeli security officers near Jerusalem, murdering three, seriously wounding one September 26, 2017 Mosque aided planning Temple Mount jihad []

02:26

Americas Deadly Roads stan van houcke

02:20

Former UK ambassador praises Saudi 'reforms' as torture allegations mount Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Jenkins outlined the importance of Bin Salman's economic reforms to UK interests in Middle East. 'Failure is not an option,' he tells London crowd.

02:19

Texas Woman with F**k Trump Sticker adds new Message: F**k Troy Nehls Photography is Not a Crime

A Texas sheriff says hes disgusted after a woman he threatened with disorderly conduct charges for a Fuck Trump sticker on her truck added a new message.

Fuck Troy Nehls and fuck you for voting for him, a new sticker reads.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls, who is considering a bid for Congress, posted to Facebook last week threatening the owner of the truck with a sticker that says Fuck Trump and fuck you for voting for him.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls.

I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359. If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you. Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it, the post read before Sheriff Nehls decided to delete it, claiming he received threats to his family.

After being released from jail, the trucks owner, Karen Fonseca added the new message, according to KHOU.

Fonseca, who posted the sticker on her truck after Donald Trump was elected, was arrested the next day for an outstanding warrant for fraud.

Im almost certain it does have to do with this, she said after being released on a $1,500 bond.

People abuse the badge, and in my opinion, money talks. When youre in politics, people know how to work the system.

Sheriff Nehls reacted to the sticker, calling it disgusting.

Im not surprised, he told KHOU.

After claiming he was no longer...

02:18

Chris Hedges: Behind the Mask of the Moderates stan van houcke

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02:12

Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, November 21, 2017 I will prove myself worthy of my old age and I will leave to the young a noble example. Peace and Freedom

Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lectionary: 498

Reading 1 2 MC 6:18-31

Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes,
a man of advanced age and noble appearance,
was being forced to open his mouth to eat pork.
But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement,
he spat out the meat,
and went forward of his own accord to the instrument of torture,
as people ought to do who have the courage to reject the food
which it is unlawful to taste even for love of life.
Those in charge of that unlawful ritual meal took the man aside privately,
because of their long acquaintance with him,
and urged him to bring meat of his own providing,
such as he could legitimately eat,
and to pretend to be eating some of the meat of the sacrifice
prescribed by the king;
in this way he would escape the death penalty,
and be treated kindly because of their old friendship with him.
But Eleazar made up his mind in a noble manner,
worthy of his years, the dignity of his advanced age,
the merited distinction of his gray hair,
and of the admirable life he had lived from childhood;
and so he declared that above all
he would be loyal to the holy laws given by God.He told them to send him at once
to the abode of the dead, explaining:
At our age it would be unbecoming to make such a pretense;
many young people would think the ninety-year-old Eleazar
had gone over to an alien religion.
Should I thus pretend for the sake of a brief moment of life,
they would be led astray by me,
while I would bring shame and dishonor on my old age.
Even if, for the time being, I avoid the punishment of men,
I shall never, whether alive or dead,
escape the hands of the Almighty.
Therefore, by manfully giving up my life now,
I will prove myself worthy of my old age,
and I will leave to the young a noble example
of how to die willingly and generously
for the revered and holy laws.Eleazar spoke thus,
and went immediately to the instrument of torture.
Those who shortly before had been kindly disposed,
now became hostile toward him because what he had said
seemed to them utter madness.
When he was about to die under the blows,
he groaned and said:
The Lord in his holy knowledge knows full well that,
although I could have escaped death,
I am not only endur...

02:00

Israel Stand With Saudi Arabia On Intensifying the Struggle Against Iran Peace and Freedom

Israel is happy to let Riyadh lead the anti-Iranian alliance, but not so happy to pay the political price of real cooperation

By Zvi Barel

Opinion

Haaretz
Nov 20, 2017 8:09 AM

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Credit Fayez Nureldine/ AFP

Israel has no better ally than Saudi Arabia. It fights Hezbollah and overthrew the Lebanese prime minister who had lived in peace with that organization for a year. There is no other country in the world, including the United States, that acts with such resolve against Iran. Saudi Arabia even went to war in Yemen, not for the Yemenis, who as far as Riyadh is concerned could die of starvation, but to block Irans influence.

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Saudi Arabia has warned Hamas against renewing its ties with Tehran and is pressing Washington to come out of its coma and act against the Iranian threat. It seems as if Saudi Arabia would be happy to have Israel join the Sunni axis. Good for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who dared to get rid of several ministers in his battle against corruption and isnt afraid to confront the Saudi religious oligarchy.

Saudi Arabia is the dream of the Jewish state. Its behavior toward Iran makes mincemeat out of the axiom behind Israels security strategy, namely that all Arab states seek to destroy it, but in return Saudi Arabia reinforces Irans status as the ultimate enemy.

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One might expect that such an alliance with an Arab power that sees eye-to-eye with Israel regarding its greatest enemy would demand some serious consideration of Saudi interests in the Israeli-Palestinian arena; for example, to revive the Saudi peace initiative, which calls for Arab normalization with Israel in return for withdrawing from the territories. No harm would be done if Israel made a gesture toward the kingdom and offered to begin negotiating with the Palestinians on the basis of that initiative, and even invite Riyadh to mediate.

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It wouldnt be unreasonable to try to form an Arab coalition made up of Egypt, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia for this purpose. After all, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu never fails to boast of the quality of the relations that he (of course, he) has managed to develop with Arab countries, even those that have no peace treaty with Israel. The alliance with Egypt is working well along the southern border and there is quiet and excellent cooperation with Jordan, while the UAE has recently become a silent partner. On the face of it, there could be no better combination of forces for the State of Israel.

The problem is that even an alliance of interests with Saudi Arabia has a fatal flaw. It requires that Israel pay too heavy a political price. Israel believes it is permitted to cooperate with Ar...

02:00

Donald Trump, Salesman for the Merchants of Death Newsbud

According to the establishment media, President Trump's whirlwind tour of Asia was about commerce, jobs, and fair play in trade. Instead, the primary focus was the sale of arms to South Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Both China and North Korea were used as a selling point. The White House National Security Council ran the sales pitch. In Japan, Trump said he expects Abe Shinzos government to buy, as he put it, massive amounts of armaments. He said pretty much the same while in South Korea and Vietnam. The sales will generate billions of dollars in profit for Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrup Grumman, Boeing, and other merchants of death. Trumps cover story is that the large uptick in arms sales in Asia will reduce the cost of the US keeping soldiers in host countries and create jobs at home. For the merchants of death, escalating tension is good news for stockholders and CEOs, and bad news for Americans and Asians. President Trump has created a near perfect environment for an influx of weapons that will increase tension further and ultimately lead to war.

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Trump Pitches America First Trade Policy at Asia-Pacific Gathering

Whats behind Donald Trumps arms sales pitch in Asia?

Japan PM Shinzo Abe promises to handle North Korea threat

Heres What the US Could Sell South Korea and Japan to Counter North Korea

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01:59

PDVSA Struggles to Keep Venezuela Solvent Geopolitical Monitor

 

Summary

Since its creation with the nationalization of Venezuelan oil in 1976, PDVSA has stood at the heart of Venezuelas oil-dependent economy. Over the years the company has provided the Venezuelan government with billions of dollars for social development projects. But now the PDVSA cash cow is starting to run dry. Caracas has increasingly been forced to use PDVSA assets to service national debt and secure loans from Russian and Chinese firms. Global oil prices remain down from their previous triple-digit highs. Then theres the countrys aging energy infrastructure, which is investment-starved and failing after decades of capital expenditure budgets being diverted to the government.

With Caracas struggling to service its debts and stave off a default, PDVSAs death spiral couldnt have come at a worst time. Is this the end of the PDVSA-Caracas cash loop?

 

 

 

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01:59

'Action Alert on National Forests' by Lloyd Vivola CENSORED NEWS

Protect forests, oppose bills before Senate By Lloyd Vivola Censored News Friends: As many scientists and citizens have known for decades, forest fires are part of a natural cycle that enhances the enduring long-term health of a biome in which associated flora and fauna have flourished over tens of thousands of years. Accordingly, indigenous people have utilized fire for

01:59

Remembering Ishaq Maragha: Martyr of the battle of empty stomachs Aletho News

Ishaq Maragha Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network November 19, 2107 16 November 2017 marks the 34th anniversary of the death of Palestinian prisoner Ishaq Maragha, one of four Palestinians whose lives were taken three through forced-feeding during a hunger strike for justice inside Israeli prisons. Maragha, who died in 1983, three years []

01:54

Demonstrators in Germany protest US, North Korea tensions World Beyond War . . .

An anti-war protester wears a mask showing US President Donald Trump in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 during a demonstration against nuclear weapons near the Brandenburg Gate. (Michael Sohn/Associated Press)

An anti-war protester wears a mask showing US President Donald Trump in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 during a demonstration against nuclear weapons near the Brandenburg Gate. (Michael Sohn/Associated Press)

by Associated Press, November 18, 2017

Hundreds of people formed a human chain between the United States and North Korean embassies in downtown Berlin during a protest of the rising tensions and harsh words between the two nations.

Demonstrators also banged oil drums painted to resemble atomic waste containers, waved banners with slogans like Make Peace, Not War and posed in front of a faux nuclear missile wearing masks of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

International organizations taking part in Saturdays protest in Germanys capital included Greenpeace and International Pediatricians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

Demonstrator Alex Rosen says that with the U.S. and Russia possessing thousands of nuclear weapons, the current crisis on the Korean peninsula only raises the threat of war.

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01:52

Understanding the Uranium One Scandal Douglas J. Hagmann's Northeast Intelligence Network

Despite assertions by Hillary Rodham Clinton that the Uranium One scandal has been debunked as fake news, there exists ample evidence to suggest otherwise with additional corroborating evidence being revealed almost daily. In todays environment where few people care to read a report that extends beyond a sentence or two, the facts behind the []

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01:47

Why Do Civilians Become Combatants In Wars Against America? World Beyond War . . .

by Nicolas J S Davies, November 20, 2017

Sixteen years into our seemingly endless state of war since September 11th, a significant body of research is finally emerging to clarify who exactly U.S. forces are fighting in their ever-expanding war zones, and what drives civilians to join armed groups like the Taliban, Al Qaeda and Islamic State.

We have been told that U.S. forces are fighting them there so that we dont have to fight them here. But researchers are learning that, like the Iraqis who rose up to resist the illegal U.S. invasion and occupation of their country, most of the people joining armed groups across the Middle East and Africa are only fighting at all because U.S. and allied forces are fighting them there, in their countries, cities, villages and homes.

In 2015, the Center for Civilians in Conflict published the results of interviews with 250 people who joined armed groups in Bosnia, Somalia, Gaza and Libya in a report titled, The Peoples Perspective: Civilian Involvement in Armed Conflict. One of its main findings was that, The most common motivation for involvement, described by interviewees in all four case studies, was the protection of self or family.

Also in 2015, Lydia Wilson, a researcher from Oxford University, was allowed to interview a number of captured Islamic State fighters in Kirkuk, Iraq.  It was hard for Wilson to find captured Islamic State fighters to interview, because Kurdish and U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces summarily execute Islamic State fighters that they capture. But the police in Kirkuk were holding prisoners and trying them in court,...

01:36

Palestijnse kinderen zijn Most Wanted. stan van houcke

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01:33

Conference Report: Building the World Parliament 2017 World Beyond War . . .

by Glen T. Martin, President, WCPA, November 20, 2017

Thinkers and activists from India and a number of other counties assembled at O.P. Jindal Global University for the Building the World Parliament 2017 international conference, November 8 and 9th, 2017. Our special thanks go to Professor C. Raj Kuman, Vice-Chancellor of the University, and to Registrar and Prof. (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy for their wonderful hospitality as well as profound and insightful participation in their presentations to the conference. Jindal Professor R. Sundarshan, Dean of the School of Government and Public Policy, also gave an inspiring talk. WCPA Distinguished Spiritual Advisor, Guruji Yak Arun Kumar served as Master of Ceremonies for the Conference.

In the presentations and papers conference participants, as well as discussions, many themes were integrated with the need for a global democratic authority within a legal framework that creates enforceable law for the Earth.  Presenters addressed the issues of global education, global peace, military disarmament, electoral empowerment of the people of Earth, environmental sustainability, structural transformation, womens empowerment, local cooperative efforts for sustainability, health and well-being, and organized struggles for social change. The names and email information of participants can be found on the Conference web page: https://worldparliamentgov.wordpress.com/building-the-world-parliament-2017/

The keynote address by WCPA Distinguished Advisor, Swami Agnivesh, set the tone and the visionary challenge, for not only this conference, but our worldwide movement to ratify the Earth Constitution. He affirmed that the fundamental principle of our thought and action must be the dignity and equality of each and every human being. The Vedic tradition affirms Vasudhaiva Kutumbak...

01:32

Zionist Indignation. By Miko Peled stan van houcke

Zionist Indignation. By Miko Peled

Zionist righteous indignation would be a lot more convincing if it wasnt covered with so much crap. In response to an upcoming lecture planned in London where Dr. Azzam Tamimi and I are to speak at University College of London, UCL, the Jewish Chronicle came out with an article titled: Jewish UCL students horrified by anti-israeli event. They never seem to be horrified by the reality Israel imposes on Palestinians. They are not horrified by the racist laws, the slow death by lack of water and medical care imposed on people in Gaza, they are not horrified by the bombing and killing of innocents, nor are they horrified by thousands of political prisoners tortured by Israeli secret police. What horrifies them is, apparently Dr. Tamimi and I pointing these things out. Well, they ought to brace themselves because the truth can be horrifying.
I recently returned from Palestine where as always I left my Palestinians friends behind and personally I cannot help but feel a combination of anger, sadness a sense of disgust by a world that seems to care very little for Palestinian lives. Palestinian mothers and fathers may at any moment be arrested or shot, may at any day and any moment see their children arrested or shot, may at any moment have their home demolished; Palestinian kids are being pulled over, beaten and harassed by police and soldiers who are motivated by racism and hate and armed to the teeth with the finest weapons. Being in Palestine one is never more than an hour or two drive from the concentration camp which is the Gaza Strip where two million people are caged in and dying a slow death. This is horrifying to people of conscience but apparently not to the writers and editors of the the Jewish Chronicle.
What is even more horrifying is the often cold, measured and academic attitude people take toward Palestine. It is like seeing people trapped under the rubble of a demolished building, unable to get out while the rest of us debate their fate. We are free to walk away while they must take very shallow breaths, trying not to inhale the dust and the fumes...

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Rosneft deal boosts Russia-China relationship Peace and Freedom

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State group to supply CEFC with 61m tonnes of oil over next five years

By Henry Foy in Moscow
FT

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Russias state-run oil group Rosneft has agreed to supply its new partner CEFC China Energy with almost 61m tonnes of oil over the next five years, strengthening the most high-profile corporate link in the burgeoning relationship between Moscow and Beijing.

Russia has been keen to build stronger ties with its eastern neighbour as relations with the west have soured in recent years, encouraging its energy companies to strike trade and investment deals with Chinese partners and seeking funding from Chinese lenders to make up for credit lines severed by EU and US sanctions.

At the same time, China, which is the worlds largest oil importer, views Russias vast energy resources as useful for creating a fully-integrated crude supply chain.

Rosneft will supply CEFC, a private energy and financial services group that has grown rapidly in recent years thanks to overseas investments, with 60.8m tonnes of crude between 2018 and 2022, at a price determined by a formula pegged to the global oil market.

The deal will help Russia retain its current leadership over Saudi Arabia as Chinas largest oil supplier, and represents a swift return on CEFCs investment in Rosneft agreed in September.

CEFC is in the process of becoming a shareholder in Rosneft, having agreed to buy 14.16 per cent of the company for $9.1bn. The two companies have also said they will investigate joint projects in retail sales and petrochemical production.

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The supply deal will also boost CEFCs status as an oil trader, giving it access to about 244,000 barrels a day of crude. While that is small in comparison to global trading companies such as Glencore and Vitol, it will give CEFC significant clout in the Chinese market.

The deal, which will come into force on January 1, was agreed by Rosnefts board on Friday, the company said in a filing. CEFC did not respond to a request for comment.

Over the past 18 months, Chinese companies have spent almost $15bn on Russian energy projects, including CEFCs decision this month to invest $500m in EN+, the Russian metals and energy group owned by Oleg Deripaska, through an associated venture.

State-owned China National Petroleum Corporation also owns a 20 per cent stake in Russias $27bn Yamal LNG production project, and Chinese lenders put up $12bn of the costs after...

01:24

Mexico sides with Israel Fausta's Blog

Very good news: Thank you President of Mexico @EPN and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Videgaray for refusing to go along with one sided anti-Israel resolutions at the UN. Deeply value your friendship. pic.twitter.com/1l2629xsTi Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 14, 2017 Mexico says it will henceforth vote with Israel in international bodies. Netanyahu thanks Mexican []

01:22

Trump administration threatens to close Palestinians office in Washington DC Mondoweiss

US threatens to close Palestinians DC office amid renewed peace push
AP & Saphora Smith, Abigail Williams of NBC News 18 Nov The State Department threatened Friday to close the Palestinians Washington office unless they enter into direct, meaningful negotiations with Israel. The move could potentially give President Donald Trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive Mideast peace deal. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has determined that the Palestinians have run afoul of a U.S. law that allows their mission to the U.S. to function, a State Department official confirmed to NBC News. A condition in the law which allows support funds to be granted to the Palestinian Liberation Organization, or PLO, and for their Washington office to operate is that they do not request the International Criminal Court, or ICC, prosecute Israelis for crimes against Palestinians. Tillerson has judged that the Palestinians violated this provision due to certain statements made by Palestinian leaders about the ICC, the official said. A State Department official told The Associated Press that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas crossed the line in September by calling on the ICC to investigate and prosecute Israelis. Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Abbas called for the ICC to open an investigation and to prosecute Israeli officials for their involvement in settlement activities and aggressions against our people. However, the same law leaves space for the U.S. president to maneuver meaning the office wouldnt have to close. If after 90 days, Trump determines that the Palestinians have entered into direct, meaningful negotiations with Israel, then they can keep their office and all restrictions placed on the PLO in the U.S. will be waived, the State Department official told NBC News.We are hopeful that this closure will be short-lived, the official said.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-threatens-close-palestinians-d-c-office-amid-renewed-n822061

Palestinians vow to suspend talks if US closes PLO mission
WASHINGTON (AP) 18 Nov by Josh Lederman & Matthew Lee The Palestinians threatened on Saturday to suspend all communication with the United States if the Trump administration follows through with plans to close their diplomatic office in Washington. The potential rupture in relations threatens to undermine President Donald Trumps bid for Mideast peace a mission he has handed his son-in-law, J...

01:18

Sharia-compliant Facebook removes Hungarian counter-jihad news site Dzsihdfigyel Jihad Watch

Facebooks Vice President Joel Kaplan traveled to Pakistan in July to assure the Pakistani government that it would remove anti-Islam material. That endeavor had already started before Kaplans trip. In mid-February, traffic to Jihad Watch from Facebook dropped suddenly by 90% and has never recovered. We do not post any hateful or provocative material and []

01:07

Stupid and racist New York Times claims that flirting "is relatively new" in China The Angry Arab News Service/

They changed the article and removed the sentence.  In its earlier version, the article claimed that "flirting is relatively new" in China. How dumb are those US newspaper when they cover the world?

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New York Times publishes a fake quotation by Hassan Rouhani The Angry Arab News Service/

Look at this passage: "The Iranians themselves are clear about how they view the region: No decisive actions can be taken in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, North Africa and the Gulf region without Irans consent, Hassan Rouhani, Irans president, reportedly boasted last month. "  You know where the source takes you? To an article by former news director for Hariri media, who published it in a Saudi regime newspaper.  This distortion of Rouhani statement was first cooked by Saudi regime media and then adopted and circulated by all loyal pro-Saudi regime media propagandists in the region.  Actually, what Rouhani (who I detest) actually said was: no decisive decisions can be taken without taking Iranian stance into consideration.  But, hey: propaganda trumps news and facts.

00:57

Israeli by BBC standards The Angry Arab News Service/

According to BBC, Israel is so peaceful and non-interventionist in the Middle East.  (thanks Basim)

00:56

Nobel committee The Angry Arab News Service/

"The party said last week its controversial former leader Carl I Hagen, a vocal opponent of immigration who has also attacked Muslims, gay people and single mothers and called for Norways withdrawal from international human rights treaties, would be taking the Nobel committee seat it was entitled to." "In his 2007 book, Honestly Speaking, Hagen wrote of relations between ethnic Norwegians and the countrys Muslim community: Freedom of expression is subordinate to the warlord, rapist and woman trafficker Muhammad. "

00:54

Hugh Fitzgerald: In Lebanon, Why Not A Sunni Militia? Jihad Watch

This much we have been able to piece together: the current Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, son of the late Rafik Al-Hariri, also once a Prime Minister, was summoned to Saudi Arabia on the night of November 2. He promptly flew off from Beirut, assuming that the discussions he had had in Saudi Arabia []

00:50

Half of U.S. wealth is controlled by 25 billionaires The Angry Arab News Service/

"The three wealthiest people in the United States Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett now own more wealth than the entire bottom half of the American population combined, a total of 160 million people or 63 million households." "Americas top 25 billionaires a group the size of a major league baseball teams active roster together hold $1 trillion in wealth. These 25 have as much wealth as 56 percent of the population, a total 178 million people or 70 million households." (thanks Amir)

00:40

BBC News website twice reports convicted soldiers rank inaccurately BBC Watch

On November 19th the BBC News website published a report titled Israeli president rejects pardon for soldier Elor Azaria.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has rejected an appeal for a pardon for a soldier jailed for 18 months for killing a wounded Palestinian attacker.

Elor Azaria was found guilty in January of manslaughter over the March 2016 shooting of Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, 21, in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank.

The report continues:

In January, Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for Azaria, a sergeant, to be pardoned. Azaria submitted a formal request last month. [emphasis added]

In the penultimate paragraph readers are provided with a link to an article from July 2017 one of the BBCs many previous reports on the same story in which the following statement appears:

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00:38

Stanford and Other Universities of Gleichschaltung Jihad Watch

Today in America, universities are generally places for free and open discussion and debate, with primarily one exception: if a person actively opposes anti-Semitism ( whether in Mein Kampf or the Koran) and fights for freedom of speech. Numerous individuals who hold these views basic Enlightenment positions have become pariahs on many college []

00:36

David Van Reybrouck: Europa heeft een nieuwe kolonie (ze heet Europa) stan van houcke

Europa heeft een nieuwe kolonie (ze heet Europa)

Historische parallellen trekken, is niet zonder risico. Tenzij we de blik verruimen. Om het succes van populisme te duiden, hebben we meer ter beschikking dan de jaren 30 en hoeft de wereld niet op te houden bij de grenzen van Europa. Grasduinend in het koloniale verleden vallen David Van Reybrouck zaken op met een hedendaagse echo.

00:34

Standard and Poors affirms Saudi Arabia credit ratings Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | Saudi Arabia, the worlds top oil supplier, has posted more than $200 billion in budget deficits in the past three years and has withdrawn heavily from its reserves

RIYADH (AFP)  S&P Global Ratings on Monday affirmed Saudi Arabias credit ratings, saying the kingdoms sweeping reforms could make it attractive to investors in the medium term despite underlying risks.

The agency maintained its A-/A-2 ratings on Saudi Arabia and said its outlook was stable, citing expectations the government would take steps to consolidate public finances in the next two years.

Recent shifts in Saudi Arabias political power structures and societal norms, alongside various regional stresses, could increase the risk of policy mistakes that could result in increased domestic and geopolitical tensions, S&P said.

However, we also consider that these structural reforms could empower Saudi citizens and make Saudi Arabia more attractive to investors over the medium term, as the authorities intend.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last year unveiled his Vision 2030 programme of economic and social reforms for a post-oil era and has recently announced a host of multi-billion-dollar mega projects, including a futuristic megacity with robots and driverless cars.

But this months wide-ranging crackdown on dozens of elites, ostensibly to tackle corruption, coupled with increased tensions between Saudi Arabia and its regional rival Iran, have provoked concern among investors.

Analysts have warned the uncertainty could intensify capital flight or derail reforms at a time when the kingdom is seeking to attract badly needed investments to offset a protracted oil slump.

Saudi Arabia, the worlds top oil supplier, has posted more than $200 billion in budget deficits in the past three years and has withdrawn heavily from its reserves.

Following the energy slump, the kingdom undertook reforms and fiscal measures to cut public spending and boost non-oil revenues.

The kingdom has also introduced a series of price hikes, imposing fees on expats and preparing to introduce value-added tax in the new year.


00:28

Palestinian factions head to Cairo for reconciliation talks Peace and Freedom

Palestinians wave yellow Fatah movement flags during a rally marking the 13th anniversary of the death of Fatah founder and Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat, in Gaza City, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Leaders of various Palestinian factions headed for the Egyptian capital Cairo on Monday ahead of talks aimed at moving forward with a reconciliation agreement.
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Senior figures from 13 different political factions including Gazas rulers Hamas and the West Bank-based Fatah are due to meet on Tuesday for three-day talks, with potential topics of discussion including the formation of a new unity government.
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Under an Egypt-brokered agreement reached last month, the Islamist Hamas is supposed to hand over civil control of Gaza to the Fatah-led national government on December 1.
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A source at the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt told AFP that representatives from various factions including Hamas had crossed over on Monday morning.
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The aim of the meeting is to incorporate all the factions as partners and not just spectators as the page of division is folded for the last time, Azzam Al-Ahmed, who heads the Fatah delegation, said in a statement.
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The Hamas delegation will be headed by deputy leader Salah Al-Aruri and its Gaza head Yahya Sinwar.
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Neither Fatah leader Mahmud Abbas nor Hamas chief Ismail Haniya will attend.
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Another 11 other smaller political factions will also be in attendance.
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The most likely source of tension at the meeting will be the future of Hamass vast armed wing, although the talks are not expected to lead to a final ruling on the matter.
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00:15

Worth a Look: Technically Wrong Public Intelligence Blog

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A revealing look at how tech industry bias and blind spots get baked into digital productsand harm us all.

Buying groceries, tracking our health, finding a date: whatever we want to do, odds are that we can now do it online. But few of us ask why all these digital products are designed the way they are. Its time we change that. Many of the services we rely on are full of oversights, biases, and downright ethical nightmares: Chatbots that harass women. Signup forms that fail anyone whos not straight. Social media sites that send peppy messages about dead relatives. Algorithms that put more black people behind bars.

Sara Wachter-Boettcher takes an unflinching look at the values, processes, and assumptions that lead to these and other problems. Technically Wrong demystifies the tech industry, leaving those of us on the other side of the screen better prepared to make informed choices about the services we useand demand more from the companies behind them.

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Saudi Game of Thrones Sends Chill Through Neighboring Markets Peace and Freedom

The Crown Princes crackdown has barely impacted Saudi assets, but has amplified troubles in Qatar and Bahrain

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Political upheaval in Saudi Arabia has sent shares, currencies and bonds in the Middle East lowerbut not in the kingdom itself.

Riyadhs internal crackdown and escalating tensions with Iran have barely impacted domestic markets, but have amplified troubles in smaller neighbors like Qatar and Bahrain.

Saudi Arabian markets have likely been cushioned by state-led buying, no disruption to the massive oil industry and hopes of financial reform. While Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans consolidation of power may add uncertainty, it could also further a program of economic reforms that includes the privatization of state assets and opening markets to foreign investors.

Reform-minded Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending a meeting on Tuesday in Riyadh.Photo: fayez nureldine/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

On Monday, Standard & Poors held the kingdoms credit ratings stable, saying structural reforms could empower Saudi citizens and make Saudi Arabia more attractive to investors.

Saudi Arabias resilience follows a 2017 global trend in which geopolitical concerns have failed to make a lasting impact on bigger markets, as investors avoid trying to price in major events.

Saudi markets are less likely to react to domestic political ructions than the kingdoms neighbors, according to Emad Mostaque, co-chief investment officer of Capricorn Fund Managers, an emerging market-focused hedge fund.

Two weeks ago, Saudi Arabia detained dozens of princes, government officials and businessmen as part of anticorruption efforts that marked an escalation in the crown princes effort to consolidate power as he spearheads far-reaching reforms.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for a missile fired by Yemeni rebels toward Riyadhs airport, adding to tensions as the two vie for regional influence.

Nonetheless, MSCIs index for Saudi stocks has fallen just 0.3% in the las...

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Berto Jongman: How algorithms are pushing the tech giants into the danger zone Public Intelligence Blog

Berto Jongman

How algorithms are pushing the tech giants into the danger zone

The algorithms Facebook and other tech companies use to boost engagement and increase profits have led to spectacular failures of sensitivity and worse. How can we fight back?

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USAID and Wall Street: Conflicts, Coups, and Conquest Covert Geopolitics

In 1928 when the US-based United Fruit Company now known as Chiquita Brands International faced labor issues in Colombia, it had at its disposal Colombian troops which gunned down hundreds of strikers to maintain production and profits. Ensuring that Colombia protected American interests was the US State Department who hosted company representatives at the Continue reading USAID and Wall Street: Conflicts, Coups, and Conquest

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Does Pentagon Have CIA Permission To Wage War On Its Afghan Opium? ThereAreNoSunglasses

Nicholson Announces War On Drugs In Afghanistan

Resolute Support Commander General John Nicholson sends out a serious warning on Monday to the Taliban to lay down their arms and join the peace process.

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Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan John Nicholson said a well-planned raid against drug producing facilities was carried out in Helmand on Sunday and that for the first time an F-22 bomber was used in combat in Afghanistan.

 

This targeted a drug producing facility in Helmand. In addition a B52 bomber was also used to target another compound. He said this completely levelled the compound.

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Pentagons Inspector General Praises Secret $80 Billion Bomber Peace and Freedom

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By Anthony Capaccio

November 20, 2017, 4:00 AM EST
  • Inspector Generals nod came on eve of 2015 contract award
  • Stealthy bomber will be able to carry nukes, fly unmanned

The Air Forces classified next-generation bomber program began with a solid plan for meeting cost goals and warfighting requirements, which include an option to fly unmanned missions, according to a newly declassified audit from the Pentagons inspector general.

The challenge will be sticking to that plan.

The early praise for the $80 billion B-21 program came about a month before the Air Force selected Northrop Grumman Corp. over a rival team consisting of Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. for the bomber contract in late 2015.

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While big-ticket weapons systems like the B-21 frequently end up with significant cost increases and production delays, in the initial stages the Air Force was cited for its comprehensive acquisition strategy and risk-management process to support a cost-effective program, according to the audit. The program had clearly defined requirements to ensure warfighter needs are being met, it added.

That initial assessment is no guarantee the B-21 wont encounter serious cost, schedule and performance problems as system development continues, with the service seeking to declare an initial operating capability by the mid to late 2020s, Global Strike Command spokesman Joe Thomas said in an email. The aircrafts first flight along with specific details of the technical capability of this platform, is protected by enhanced security measures, he added.

Read about the Air Forces $2 billion request for the B-21 in fiscal year 2018

The previously classified audit was released this month under a Freedom of Information Act request after the service made major redactions, adding additional secrecy to a program critics such as Rep...

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Arabic press review: Bouteflika 'seeks fifth term' as Algerian president Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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U.S. Rebuffs Chinas Charm Offensive, Edging Closer to Trade War Peace and Freedom

U.S. looks at sanctions with the goal of fundamentally challenging Chinese trade practices

The U.S. and China are vying for influence in Asia, but tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, as well as President Donald Trumps focus on prioritizing American interests, have complicated Washingtons agenda. Photo: AP

Updated Nov. 19, 2017 6:22 p.m. ET

A month before President Donald Trumps visit to Beijing, Chinese officials presented an offer they thought Washington couldnt refuse.

China proposed that during the trip, Mr. Trump and his counterpart, Xi Jinping, unveil a plan to widen foreign firms access to Chinas vast financial industry, according to people with knowledge of the matter. It was a move previous U.S. administrations had sought for years.

To Beijings consternation, according to the people, Washington wasnt interested. The offer was made a second time during one of Mr. Trumps meetings at the Great Hall of the People. Hours after Air Force One took off from Beijing, China announced the opening on its own.

The cold shoulder from the White House reflects a fundamental shift in how the U.S. manages its relationship with China, one that suggests a bold gamble and a rocky road ahead despite the bonhomie of the presidential summit earlier this month in Beijing.

The financial opening initially attracted wide attention from market participants, and Beijing called it evidence of its commitment to market liberalization. U.S. reaction has been tepid. A White House spokeswoman on Friday called it welcome but long overdue and said: It is also only one of a plethora of problems China needs to address in order to provide fair and reciprocal access to its market.

The Trump administration, which recently completed a comprehensive review of China policy, is rejecting the longstanding practice of eking out concessions from Beijing on trade and market access around high-level meetings.

To Mr. Trump and his aides, that approach has yielded few substantive benefits but allowed China to continue policies that put American businesses at a disadvantage. One White House official refers to that pattern as Beijings rope-a-dope strategy. The administration is now investigating trade sanctions or enforcement actions against China with the goal of fundamentally cha...

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Australia, New Zealand officials discuss screening for Manus refugees Peace and Freedom

By Charlotte Greenfield

22:51

A Partisanship Of The Heart: Interior Measures Towards A Re-Visioning Of Capitalisms Imperium Of Death Dissident Voice

According to a nationwide study conducted by the Center For Disease And Prevention (CDC) a greater number of US Americans died (approximately 65,000) from drug overdoses last year than were killed during the course of the Vietnam War.

All part and parcel of capitalisms war against life itself. The emotional and physical pain, anxiety, and depression inflicted by the trauma inherent to a system sustained by perpetual exploitation has proven to be too much for a sizeable number of human beings to endure, thus their need to self-medicate.

The root of addiction is trauma. The soul of the nation is a casualty of war. There is not an Arlington Cemetery for these fallen, no hagiographic ceremonies will be performed over their graves nor statues erected in memoriam. Their ghosts will howl through the long, dark night of national denial. Listen to their wailing. It is an imprecatory prayer. A curse and augurythat admonishes, our fate and the fate of the nation will convergeas the nation will stagger, keening in lament, to the abyss.

The solution: Within each of us swells a deathless song. Powerful. Resonate. Piercing. A song, miraculous of influence, plangent with the force to seize back your soul from the death-besotted spirit of the age. Let it rise from within you. Notice: how flocks of empires death birds scatter like ashes in the wind.

Yet it will not be possible to navigate around the cultural deathscape; we must walk through it and chronicle its serial affronts to our humanity:

You have to see that the buildings are anorexic, you have to see that the language is schizogenic, that normalcy is manic, and medicine and business are paranoid.

 James Hillman

Try this: Simply stand in the isle of a corporate, Big Box chain store or in the parking lot of a strip mall that squats, hideous, on some soul-defying, U.S. Interstate highway and allow yourself to feel the emptiness and desperation extant. The tormented landscape, besieged by an ad hoc assemblage of late capitalist structures, emporiums of usurped longing, reflects the desperate, rapacious nature of late capitalist imperium.

Compounding the pathos, the forces in play impose a colonising effect upon the mind; therefore, a large percent of the afflicted have lost the ability to detect the hyper-entropic systems ravaging effects. Stranded among the commercial come-ons and hyper-authoritarianism inherent to late stage capitalisms imperium of death, the human psyche, like the biosphere of our planet, subjected, at present, to humankind-wrought ecocide, has begun to display the terrible beauty of a nightmare. Internal weather has grown increasingly chaotic: the earths oceans and seas are rising; wildfires rage; drought scorches the earth. And conditions will grow increasingly inhospitable in regard to the flourishing of inner life, per...

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France to take refugees rescued from Libya who need protection Peace and Freedom

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France will be the first to welcome African refugees evacuated from Libya to Niger by the United Nations refugee agency, French officials announced Monday.

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After experiencing appalling living conditions at camps in the north African country, the refugees were taken to Niger on November 11 by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where they have been looked after.

The 25 Eritreans, Ethiopians and Sudanese including 15 women and four children should reach France at the latest in January, the interior ministry said.

Libya has long been a major transit hub for migrants trying to reach Europe, and many of them have fallen prey to serious abuse at the hands of traffickers and others.

US television network CNN aired footage last week of an apparent live auction where black men are presented to buyers as potential farmhands and sold off for as little as $400 (340 euros).

And the European Unions policy of helping Libyan authorities intercept migrants crossing the Mediterranean and returning them to horrific detention has been branded inhuman by UN human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein.

Pascal Brice, the director general of OFPRA (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons) told AFP that France will take in the migrants following a visit to Nigers capital Niamey.

He said the migrants who were selected because they need protection will be given refugee status very quickly when they arrive in France.

It is above all a way of saving people who have come out of a hell, with torture, rape and abduction of children, Brice said, adding the refugees were almost all victims of sexual violence.

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Participants in 2014 Ukrainian coup confess stan van houcke

Participants in 2014 Ukrainian coup confess

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The overthrow of the democratically elected President of Ukraine in February 2014 was one of the most important geostrategic occurrences during the past century, because it led to the breakaway from Ukraine of the two regions Crimea and Donbass that had been the most opposed to the overthrow, and that had voted over 75% for the President who had been overthrown. And those two breakaways from Ukraine were then presented in the U.S.-allied The West as having resulted from Russian aggression, which then became punished, first by economic sanctions against Russia, and then by massive NATO military buildups on Russias borde...

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Peter Sripols Home Built Electric Plane cryptogon.com

I have a young son whos interested in aviation, so I knew about Peter Sripol from his FliteTest days. Peters segments were always our favorites on FliteTest because his builds were completely over the top. When I saw that Peter was building a real electric plane with R/C grade motors, 3D printed parts and stuff []

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US Power Will Decline Under Trump, Says Futurist Who Predicted Soviet Collapse stan van houcke

US Power Will Decline Under Trump, Says Futurist Who Predicted Soviet Collapse

We talked to Nobel Prize-nominated Johan Galtung, who predicted that someone like Trump would win the US, and that it will trigger a decline in power.

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Now You Can Comment on Every Clarion Post Clarion Project

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21:55

Understanding Opioid Addiction Peace and Freedom

The Associated Press

It never really leaves you. Opioids haunt users recovery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Its hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his fathers cancer pain medicine.

For straight-talking ex-trucker Jeff McCoy, it was when he grabbed a gun and threatened to blow his brains out if his mother didnt hand over his fentanyl patches.

For newly minted lawyer Bianca Knight, it happened after hitting the street to find drugs when her opioid prescription ran out, as she envisioned her career dreams crumble.

Addiction to powerful painkillers sneaked up on Graves and McCoy and Knight, ordinary Americans who began taking the drugs legitimately for pain, but like millions of others, got caught up in the worst opioid epidemic in U.S. history.

Now theyre fighting the same tough, slippery battle for recovery, owing their lives, they say, to an anti-addiction medicine similar to pills that nearly led to their demise. They credit a Nashville doctor too, an addiction specialist who also works as a Vanderbilt University pain medicine physician sometimes recommending the same drugs to pain patients that brought the others to the brink.

Addiction sneaks up on pain patients in the worst opioid epidemic in U.S. history, and their shared battles for recovery are fraught with ironies, tragedies and sometimes shaky success. Meet three people vowing to beat the odds. (Nov. 20)

The ironies and tragedies of the crisis are not lost on Dr. Dan Lonergan, who faced his own dark abyss years ago in medical school, when his older brother died suddenly of a possible opioid overdose.

Hes heard criticism about doctors who get em hooked on drugs and then turn around and treat em for addiction. And hes seen the finger-pointing from those who think faith and willpower are the answer, who say prescribing opioid drugs to treat addiction is trading one vice for another.

Doctors have contributed to this problem. In the past three decades we have gotten a lot of patients on medications that can be very dangerous, he said. The pharmaceutical industry has contributed significantly to this problem. This is a problem that we all need to own.

But to stigmatize addiction as a moral failing rather than a brain disease is wrong, Lonergan says. Research has shown that opioid drugs can cause brain changes leading to uncontrollable cravings for drug...

21:52

Saudi-Israeli Friendship Is Driving the Rest of the Middle East Together Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

FEDERICO PIERACCINI | 20.11.2017 | WORLD Saudi-Israeli Friendship Is Driving the Rest of the Middle East Together Through its top official, Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia continues a wave of internal arrests, having seized nearly $800 billion in assets and bank accounts. A few days later, MBS attempted to demonstrate his authority by summoning Lebanese []

21:49

Checks on Trumps Court Picks Fall Away Peace and Freedom

Move to curtail blue slips gives the president, and successors, wide leeway in picks for federal bench

Nov. 20, 2017 5:30 a.m. ET

The Republican head of the Senate Judiciary Committee has curtailed one of the last legislative limits on a presidents power to shape the federal courts, giving Donald Trump more freedom than any U.S. president in modern times to install his judges of choice, legal experts said.

Last week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) reined in a tradition that empowered senators to block federal appeals-court nominees from their home state. His decision came about four years after Democrats, citing Republican filibusters of President Barack


21:49

Is Anti-Muslim Backlash a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? Clarion Project

A rally for Muslims and immigrants in ManhattanA rally for Muslims and immigrants in Manhattan (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

By Felix Hafner

Assaults against Muslims in the United States have exceeded attacks in 2001, reaching their highest modern level, according to Pew Research Center. In 2017, there were 127 attacks against Muslims, surpassing the previous peak of 93 in 2001. The data analyzed a spread of FBI hate crimes statistics from 2000 to 2017.

I dont want to minimize the problem of a trend of increasing attacks against Muslims. Such increases in assaults against any group are serious and merit a response. Anti-Muslim bigotry is never acceptable and must continue to be challenged until it is eradicated.

It is also important to put this increase in its broader context.

One-hundred-twenty-seven assaults a year in a country with a population of close to 400 million is still a strikingly low number, especially given the fact that its not happening out of nowhere but in the context of repeated murderous attacks coming out of the group whose members are assaulted.

This is emphatically not to excuse the assaults. It is simply to add that given what we know of...

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President Trump Faces Creeping Coup Strategic Culture Foundation

With economy on the rise and the US not dragged into a costly military conflict, President Trump has a good chance at winning a second term in the 2020 presidential election, sending hostile political operatives and the critical news media into a meltdown.

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Chinas aircraft carrier conundrum: hi-tech launch system for old, heavy fighter jets Peace and Freedom

PLA Navys J-15s, based on a Soviet design more than 30 years old, are worlds heaviest carrier-based fighters

By Minnie Chan
South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 November, 2017, 9:02pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 November, 2017, 9:07pm

Chinas second home-grown aircraft carrier could be a world-class warship if it uses a domestically deve...

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Hariri Does Paris Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Pepe Escobar November 19, 2017 Information Clearing House  Its not that Saad Hariri was itching for a shopping spree at Avenue Montaigne. French MSM is spicing up the steak tartare to oblivion trying to spin a foreign policy victory. Nonsense. The true story starts in Abu Dhabi when Sun King Macron was having dinner []

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Soros says Hungarian government lying in attacks against him Peace and Freedom

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By Marton Dunai

BUDAPEST (Reuters) U.S. financier George Soros on Monday denounced a Hungarian government campaign against him as distortions and lies designed to create a false external enemy.

Soros, 86, is a Hungarian-born Jew whose longtime support for liberal and open-border values in eastern Europe have put him at odds with right-wing nationalists, in particular the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Orban, who faces elections in April 2018, last month sent to voters seven statements attributed to Soros that, among other things, called for the European Union to settle a million migrants a year and pay each of them thousands of euros.

The statements contain distortions and outright lies that deliberately mislead Hungarians about George Soross views on migrants and refugees, said a statement issued by Soross Open Society Foundations.

With Hungarys health care and education systems in distress and corruption rife, the current government has sought to create an outside enemy to distract citizens. The government selected George Soros for this purpose, it said.

It said each of the seven statements was a distortion or lie, refuting them one by one. It said Soros proposed admitting an annual 300,000 refugees to the EU only while strengthening European border controls and making migrant relocations within the bloc voluntary, not mandatory as Budapest asserted.

It said Soros proposed no payments to migrants, rather EU subsidies to member states to help them cope with migration.

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To three other proposals attributed to Soros that he wanted milder criminal sentences for migrants, to push national cultures and languages into the background to facilitat...

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Video of Indian politician peeing in public goes viral (Hes a water conservation minister) Peace and Freedom

AFP

AFP/File | India is notorious for its lack of toilets. Some 70 percent of Indian households do not have them while around 600 million people, nearly half the population, defecate in the open, according to UNICEF

MUMBAI (AFP)  An Indian ruling party politician has been left red-faced after a video of him urinating in public went viral on World Toilet Day, despite government efforts to stop people relieving themselves in the open.Ram Shinde, a minister for water conservation in the western state of Maharashtra, was filmed answering the call of nature in a field by the side of a road Saturday.

The clip spread online the following day. November 19 marks the United Nations official World Toilet Day, which aims to raise awareness about the health risks caused by a lack of lavatories.

Shinde a member of Indias ruling Bharatiya Janata Party defended his actions with an excuse familiar to many, effectively saying: When youve got to go, youve got to go.

I have been travelling continuously for the last one month reviewing the Jalyukta Shivar scheme, he told the Press Trust of India (PTI), referring to drought-prone Maharashtras water conservation programme.

Continuous travelling in high temperatures and dust made me ill. I was suffering from fever and when I couldnt find a toilet while travelling, I had to relieve myself in the open.

India is notorious for its lack of toilets. Some 70 percent of Indian households do not have them while around 600 million people, nearly half the population, defecate in the open, according to UNICEF.

Three years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to build toilets for everyone by 2019.

The government has so far helped install more than 50 million lavatories across the country of 1.25 billion people and has been encouraging citizens to break old habits and use them.

Calls by AFP to Shindes mobile phone went unanswered Monday.

PTI and other news outlets said the incident occurred on a stretch of road between the cities of Barshi and Solapur in the south west of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the state capital.


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Why My Daughter Is Getting Hijab Barbie for Christmas Clarion Project

Ibtihaj Muhammad at Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year Awards. (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)Ibtihaj Muhammad at Glamour Magazines Women of the Year Awards. (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Mattels new hijab Barbie is modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, who bravely broke stereotypes by wearing a hijab while winning a bronze in the Olympic games in Rio.

New Barbie certainly has a lot of people talking about her.

Maureen Callahan of the New York Post described Hijabi-fencer Barbie as really, really disturbing. Critics railed that it represents the injection of Islamist modesty culture into the American political sphere. The presence of the Islamic headscarf on an icon such as Barbie, the argument goes, normalizes and encourages Islamist misogyny under the guise of cultural acceptance.

It does nothing of the sort. Given the sorts of clothes she normally wears, it is inconceivable that the Barbie has suddenly taken on an Islamic ethos of modesty.

Nor is it, as the San Francisco Chronicle would have it empowering for young girls. Most of the little girls playing with Barbie will have no idea what a hijab is, nor who Ibtihaj Muhammad is. Nor are they looking to Barbie to be a role model.

Childrens play is not pegged to what the manufacturers want. I remember vividly my (rugged, chiseled) G.I. Joe delivering a solid punch to ice-skating Kens soft pathetic jaw, before inviting my sisters (giggling) ice-skating Barbie into Joes...

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Bra$il: About Operation rebo Agitations and Anarchic Reflections Insurrection News

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Translated by Tormentas de Fogo.

17/11/2017

Operation rebo the earth moves.

Agitations and anarchic reflections the wind blows.

 

At dawn on October 25, 2017 the weather darkened for the anarchists of Porto Alegre. The Civil Police with the so called Operation rebo [Erebus] launched raids and assaults televised by the local media and transmitted by the speakers of the system in maximum volume.

From this police reaction, from the show and media scrape, and from the agitation in the anarchist orbit a thousand and one needs, urgencies, ideas, impulses and feelings have crossed us. From this reflection was born this will to communicate. We point our determination against the enemy and we strengthen our pace with those who live anarchy in its positions and practices.

Our natural tendency to chaos.

We are, we exist and we act beyond the state, the laws and democracy. We seek and spread autonomy, but we know that we cant achieve it through negotiation with power. (1)

Heirs of the...

21:15

How Syrian-Nuke Evidence Was Faked Strategic Culture Foundation

In joining Israel and the White House selling military intervention in Syria, the CIA and international inspectors hid key evidence that would undermine the case, says Gareth Porter in a second part of a two-part series.

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US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map November 20, 2017

This is the newst update of the U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups on a weekly basis. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map.

US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map November 20, 2017

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Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier air wing (CVW) of 65 to 70 aircrafts. Its composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers and/or frigates. A carrier strike group also, on occasion, includes submarines, attached logistics ships and a supply ship. Carrier strike groups comprise a principal element of U.S. power projection over the worlds oceans.

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21:02

Even the Arab World Says Hezbollah Are Terrorists Clarion Project

Hezbollah displays an Iranian-made Fajr 5 missile at a military parade in southern Lebanon, close to the Israeli border.Hezbollah displays an Iranian-made Fajr 5 missile at a military parade in southern Lebanon, close to the Israeli border. (Photo: MAHMOUD ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images)

In an emergency meeting of the Arab League called by Saudi Arabia, all the the foreign ministers attending declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization. A final resolution of the meeting also condemned Irans interference in the Middle East, saying that the Islamic Republic sought to destabilize the region.

All countries in the league sent representatives with the exception of Lebanon and Iraq. A previous vote by the Arab League held at a meeting in March of 2016 also declared Hezbollah a terror group. However, at that meeting, the foreign ministers of Lebanon and Iraq were in attendance. They did not support the declaration but rather expressed reservations about it.

Iran finances and backs Hezbollah, which was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. in 1997.

The meeting, which was held in Cairo, was called after Iran fired a ballistic missile from Yemen into Saudi Arabias capital city Riyadh on November 4.  Although the ministers stopped short of declaring war on Iran, they did say that the missile firing was an act of war against Saudi Arabia.

The ministers also discussed the possibility of taking their case to the United Nations Security Council.

Speaking at the meeting, Bahrains foreign minister, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, said that Lebanon is under the to...

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The Fixers Using Recycled Laptop Batteries to Power Their Homes cryptogon.com

Thanks for everything you do, Jehu. Jehu Garcia YouTube Via: Vice:

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FARAGE: INVESTIGATE ALL COLLUSION IN EU Giza Death Star

Great Britain's Nigel Farage is at it again, this time calling for an investigation of Darth Soros' influence within the European Union, according to

The post FARAGE: INVESTIGATE ALL COLLUSION IN EU appeared first on Giza Death Star.

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Founders of Facebook and Google Really Had No Idea of The Consequences of Weaponized Social Media? Peace and Freedom

If our supersmart tech leaders knew a bit more about history or philosophy we wouldnt be in the mess were in now

By John Naughton
The Guardian

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 Oh, the humanities: Donald Trump meeting PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Apple CEO Tim Cook in December last year. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

One of the biggest puzzles about our current predicament with fake news and the weaponisation of social media is why the folks who built this technology are so taken aback by what has happened. Exhibit A is the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, whose political education I recently chronicled. But hes not alone. In fact Id say he is quite representative of many of the biggest movers and shakers in the tech world. We have a burgeoning genre of OMG, what have we done? angst coming from former Facebook and Google...

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Government Troops Seized Jund Al-Farouk HQ In Southern Syria (Map, Photos)

Government Troops Seized Jund Al-Farouk HQ In Southern Syria (Map, Photos)

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Pro-government forces have seized a HQ of the Jund Al-Farouk militant group in Um Batnah in the southern Syrian province of Quneitra, according to pro-government sources. The advance reportedly took place on November 19.

Government Troops Seized Jund Al-Farouk HQ In Southern Syria (Map, Photos)

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20:45

France"s Macron Covers for Saudi Aggression Strategic Culture Foundation

Frances invitation to beleaguered Lebanese premier Saad Hariri for him and his family to spend a few days in Paris has been viewed as French President Emmanuel Macron stepping in with deft soft power to resolve tensions between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

20:44

India scraps $500 million Israeli missile deal Peace and Freedom

The deal, seen as another proof of growing Indo-Israel defence cooperation, was expected to be signed after price negotiations with Rafael Advanced Defence Systems of Israel were completed last year.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2017 6:46 am
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India Israel missile deal scrapped

In anticipation of this deal, Rafael had entered into a joint venture with Kalyani group for missile production in India. (Representative Image: Reuters)

Asking the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to indigenously develop and produce a Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) for the Army, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to cancel the $500 million deal for Spike ATGM with Israel. The deal, seen as another proof of growing Indo-Israel defence cooperation, was expected to be signed after price negotiations with Rafael Advanced Defence Systems of Israel were completed last year.

In anticipation of this deal, Rafael had entered into a joint venture with Kalyani group for missile production in India. The missile sub-systems manufacturing facility, based near Hyderabad, was inaugurated in August.

Ministry sources told The Indian Express that the decision to cancel the deal was based on the consideration that importing a foreign ATGM at this stage would adversely impact the programme for indigenous development of the weapon system by DRDO. Earlier, India had also rejected an offer from US-based Raytheon-Lockheed Martin for Javelin ATGM in favour of the Israeli weapon system.

DRDO has successfully produced the Nag and Anamika ATGMs. It is confident about providing the Army with an MPATGM of 3rd generation missile technology, at par with Spike, within three to four years. It wont also need any transfer of technology, sources said.

The decision to retract the Request for Proposal (RFP), however, will be a setback to the modernisation programme of the Army. In letters to the MoD, the Army headquarters had highlighted the operational urgency of the equipment, arguing that the Spike gives a major capability im...

20:39

Do You Want Sharia Neighbors? Clarion Project

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20:38

Dangers of Geo-engineering stan van houcke

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20:38

The target is Turkey and the Turkish nation President Recep Tayyip Erdoan Tells The Turkish People Peace and Freedom

BAYBURT

Turkey, not just me, being targeted: Erdoan

The recent scandal during a NATO drill in Norway was an attack targeting Turkey and the Turkish nation, President Recep Tayyip Erdoan said on Nov. 19, while acknowledging support from the opposition over the incident.

Turkey withdrew from the Trident Javelin exercise at The Joint Warfare Centre after a civilian Norwegian official depicted Erdoan as an enemy collaborator during a bloc exercise. A portrait of the Republic of Turkeys founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatrk, was also shown on a hostile leader list during a computer-assisted exercise.

They [NATO] carried out a scandal. They know that they cannot stop our country, which is why they are putting us on a target board. I hope that those who welcomed attacks against us before now understand the real face of the matter, as Atatrk was also included, Erdoan told a ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) provincial congress in the eastern province of Bayburt.

The issue is not a personal or party issue. The target is Turkey and the Turkish nation, he claimed, adding that the country was ready for further major tests in the future.

Today there is a Turkey that cannot be compared with 15 years ago in every field from the economy to the defense industry and from trade to diplomacy. There is now a Turkey that produces its own weapons and tanks. There is a country which is maintaining its fight against terror with its own unmanned aerial vehicles. There is a Turkey that is now preparing to produce its own indigenous car, Erdoan said.

His remarks came after NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg once again apologized to him over the incident on the phone late on Nov. 18.

In the phone call, Stoltenberg informed Erdoan that an inquiry had been initiated by the commanding officer and the contracted Norwegian technician involved in the incident was terminated immediately, according to a presidential source.

The NATO chief also stressed that Turkey is an important ally for NATO and that he would take all necessary precautions to avoid a repeat of such an incident, hoping the scandal would not adversely affect relations between NATO and Turkey, the source said.

Stoltenberg and Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen both issued swift apologies to Turkey over the incident on Nov. 17.

Main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP) leader Kldarolu also said his party cannot accept the insult against Turkeys history and todays Turkey.

It is not a topic that can be avoided with an ordinary we apologize thing, Kldarolu said at an event in Ankara on Nov. 18.

Nobody can insult Turkeys [current] executives or its history. We strongly condemn this, he added.

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Baheli on Nov. 18...

20:35

Finding Cache of Made In USA Weapons stan van houcke

Media Silent as Syrian Forces Finally Defeat ISIS, Finding Cache of Made In USA Weapons

As Syrian Forces continue to defeat ISIS strongholds, they are finding an alarming number of drones, machine guns and Humvees left behind by the militants.
 
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20:34

Top Iraq court rules Kurdish referendum unconstitutional Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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20:31

Americas Drug Overdose Death Rate Keeps Getting Worse stan van houcke

Americas Drug Overdose Death Rate Keeps Getting Worse: CDC

The opioid crisis is killing more and more Americans each year.

20:31

Philippines: A lot of catching up to do compared to much of the rest of the world Peace and Freedom

Opinion

 

STOCKHOLM After a year of hosting ASEAN meetings culminating in the summits among regional leaders and with dialogue partners, the Philippines should be attracting more foreign direct investments and tourists.

Those are supposed to be among the dividends of hosting international gatherings, with preparatory meetings held the entire year.

Hosting a global event such as the Olympic Games or the World Cup means a nation particularly the city chosen for the event can compete with the best in the world. Its a coming-out party, and in many host cities, the improvements undertaken to make the party a success become permanent: better roads, mass transport facilities and telecommunications services; cleaner, greener surroundings; more professional services.

This was the case when China hosted the Olympics in Beijing and the World Expo in Shanghai. There has been no turning back from being world-class.

The idea is not just to serve as gracious host, but to make the experience so memorable guests will keep coming back, and invite others to do the same. While taxpayers always gripe about the massive price tag for hosting any international event, the long-term return on investment must be so attractive that most countries that have already hosted events such as the Olympics keep vying for more chances to host them again.

The mark of an advanced economy is when it can host such events at the shortest notice, with minimal improvements required. Paris can host any global event with its eyes closed; so can New York, Tokyo and Geneva.

Were still waiting for a chance to host our international coming-out party, prudently limiting ourselves to regional events. The rotating chairmanships of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum have provided good practice in...

20:19

China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis Peace and Freedom

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Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 13th Asia Europe Foreign Ministers Meeting (ASEM) in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer Reuters

By Yimou Lee

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) China called for a ceasefire in Myanmars Rakhine State so that Rohingya Muslim refugees can return from Bangladesh, proposing a three-stage approach to the crisis as diplomats from 51 mostly Asian and European countries gathered in Myanmar on Monday.

More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmars Rakhine State.

Amid a burgeoning humanitarian catastrophe, rights groups have accused the Myanmar military of committing atrocities, while foreign critics have blasted Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel peace prize winner who leads the countrys less than two-year-old civilian administration, for failing to speak out more strongly.

On Monday, Suu Kyi opened a Asia-Europe Meeting for foreign ministers that had been scheduled to take place in Myanmar before the outbreak of the current crisis.

Speaking in Naypyitaw on Sunday having arrived from Dhaka, Chinas Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China believed Myanmar and Bangladesh could work out a mutually acceptable way to end the crisis.

The first phase is to effect a ceasefire on the ground, to return to stability and order, so the people can enjoy peace and no longer be forced to flee, Chinas foreign ministry said in a statement citing Wang.

With the hard work of all sides, at present the first phases aim has already basically been achieved, and the key is to prevent a flare-up, especially that there is no rekindling the flames of war.

Visiting Myanmar last week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made many of the same points, but he also called for...

20:15

How to Avoid an ISIS 2.0 in Iraq Strategic Culture Foundation

With Mosul and other key cities now liberated from the horrible scourge of ISIS, Iraq stands at a crucial crossroads. Iraqis and Americans have squandered historic opportunities to build a new, stable and prosperous country together before. We must not let that happen again.

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe On Deadline To Resign or Face Impeachment and An Undignified End Peace and Freedom

The Associated Press
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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Longtime President Robert Mugabe faced a midday deadline set by the ruling party to resign or face impeachment proceedings, while Zimbabweans stunned by his lack of resignation during a national address vowed more protests to make him leave.

Arrogant Mugabe disregards Zanu PF, one newspaper headline said.

Opposition activists and the influential liberation war veterans association announced more demonstrations to pressure the 93-year-old Mugabe, the worlds oldest head of state, to step down after 37 year in power.

Your time is up, veterans association leader Chris Mutsvangwa told reporters.

He also suggested that the military, even though it put Mugabe under house arrest days ago, was still beholden to him and compelled to protect him because he is officially their commander in chief.

Zimbabweans were astonished that Mugabe, flanked by the military in his national address Sunday night, remained defiant.

The war veterans association will go to court to argue that Mugabe is derelict of his executive duty, Mutsvangwa said.

Some ruling party members said an impeachment process likely wouldnt lead to Mugabes immediate resignation and could take days to complete. Mugabe was stripped of his party leadership on Sunday by the Central Committee of the ruling ZANU-PF but said in his speech he would preside over a party congress next month.

The congress is expected to ratify his firing as party chief, the expulsion of the unpopular first lady and the naming of Mugabes recently fired deputy to succeed him.

Amid the confusion, some people in the capital, Harare, are now more cautious about talking to reporters. That contrasts with the jubilation and open condemnation of Mugabe over the weekend, when the bulk of Harares population of roughly 1.6 million appeared to be in the streets, dancing and taking selfies with soldiers in an event backed by the military.

Mugabe in his speech acknowledged a whole range of concerns of Zimbabweans about the chaotic state of the government and its collapsed economy, but he stopped short of what many in the southern Af...

20:02

Saudi Arabia seeks to ratchet up pressure against Iran Peace and Freedom

Arab foreign ministers have slammed Iranian interference in the Middle East. Arab states sought to present a united front as regional rivalries in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon heat up.

Saudi Arabia flag (Imago/imagebroker)

Saudi Arabia and Arab allies on Sunday condemned Iranian interference across the region, singling out Tehrans support for Houthi rebels in Yemen and the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah.

The extraordinary meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Cairo comes as tensions between regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran heats up, including over Yemen, Syria and Lebanon.

Arab diplomats drafted a resolution warning Iran against maintaining its current policy and pushed for a UN Security Council meeting in order to discuss threats posed by Iran.

We are not declaring war on Iran at this stage, Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said. We have not taken a decision to ask the Security Council to meet, but we are just briefing the council and maybe the next stage would be for us to meet and call for a Security Council meeting and submit a draft Arab resolution (against Iran).

Saudi Arabia called the meeting as part of its latest effort to ratchet up pressure against its Shiite rival after Houthi rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile at Riyadhs international airport earlier in the month.

Saudi Arabia has blamed Iran for helping the Houthis with developing ballistic missiles.

The Arab League resolution condemned the incident, saying it was a blatant aggression against the kingdom and a threat to Arab national security.

Tehran denies arming the Houthis and insists that the rebels produced the missile themselves.

Targeting Hezbollah

In addition to the attempted missile strike, which was repelled by Riyadhs anti-missile defense system, the draft resolution notes the alleged bombing of an oil pipeline in Bahrain as another example of Iranian efforts to undermine regional security.

But some of the sharpest Arab League criticism was directed at Irans support for its ally Hezbollah.

Lebanon was thrust into political uncertainty after the surpise resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri this month...

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Iran, Russia, Turkey Agree on All Issues in Antalya: Lavrov Geopolitics Alert

Tehran (TNA) Foreign ministers of Iran, Russia, and Turkey on Sunday agreed on all key issues at Syria peace talks in Antalya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

We have gathered to discuss certain issues related to preparations for the summit of the three countries president, which is due in Sochi on November 22, Lavrov told reporters after a trilateral meeting of Iran, Russia, and Turkey on the Syrian crisis, the Tass news agency reported.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Sergey Lavrov, and Mevlut Cavusoglu
Image: Tasnim News Agency

The work was very useful, we have reached agreement on all the key issues, he added.

Related: Ahead Of Syria Peace Talks, US Increases Hostile Rhetoric And Propaganda

We shall report to our presidents our views on how to move forward, how to improve the process, which we call the Astana process and which should offer most favorable conditions to have the Geneva process at last gain some effective instruments to settle the tasks, outlined in the UN Security Councils Resolution 2254, the Russian minister said.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu convened on Sunday in the southwestern Turkish city of Antalya to discuss the results of expert-level talk on the settlement of Syria crisis.

Iran, Russia, and Turkey have so far held seven rounds of peace talks in Kazakhstan to help end the conflict in Syria. The fourth round of those talks in May produced a memorandum of understanding on de-escalation zones in Syria, sharply reducing fighting in the country.

Related: Nikki Haley Promises US Will Act Without UNSC In Syria

Diplomatic effo...

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Lebanese PM Confirms He Will Return to Beirut as Crisis Simmers Geopolitics Alert

Paris (MEE Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri confirmed he will return to Beirut in time for Independence Day celebrations Wednesday, as political turmoil rocks his country following his resignation announcement in Saudi Arabia.

I will return to Beirut in the coming days, Hariri said after crisis talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri and French President Emmanuel Macron
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I will participate in the celebrations for our independence and it is there that I will make known my position on all the issues after meeting with the president of our republic, general Michel Aoun.

Aoun, who has refused to accept Hariris resignation while he remains abroad, had said earlier Saturday that the premier would return in time for Independence Day.

Arrival in Paris

Hariri arrived in Paris on Saturday at the invitation of Macron, who is attempting to help broker a solution to a political crisis that has raised fears over Lebanons fragile democracy.

Related: Lebanese President: Saudis Detaining Hariri Is Act Of Aggression

Macron greeted Hariri warmly as he arrived for talks at the Elysee Palace hours after flying in from Riyadh with his wife.

Their eldest son, Houssam, was due to join the couple for lunch with Macron at the palace.

19:55

Bitcoin Surges Past $8,000 as Technology Concerns Subside Peace and Freedom

Worlds largest cryptocurrency surged after falling as much as 29 percent this month
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November 20, 2017, 12:54 AM EST

Bitcoin topped $8,000 for the first time as investors set aside technology concerns that saw it tumble as much as 29 percent this month. The worlds largest cryptocurrencys rise is becoming too big for many to ignore with three separate slumps of more than 25 percent all giving way to subsequent rallies, even as skeptics warn of a bubble waiting to pop. The digital currency is gaining the acceptance of professional investors, with CME Group Inc., the worlds biggest exchange, poised to start offering futures trading on bitcoin next month.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-20/bitcoin-surges-past-8-000-as-technology-concerns-subside

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19:46

Naarm / Melbourne, so-called Australia: Serco Compound Attacked in Solidarity with Refugees in Detention Insurrection News

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19.11.17: Tonight, a group of people in Naarm / Melbourne, responding to the call out for 8 Days of Solidarity for Refugees, undertook an action targeting Serco. Serco is a multinational corporation which is directly responsible for the inhumane incarceration conditions faced by refugees, asylum seekers, and detainees, in so-called Australia. Serco is also a major player in the international privatised prison complex.

The group gained access to a central Naarm / Melbourne, Serco compound and immobilised 7 vehicles. The group also left spray-painted messages on Serco compound property, including vehicles, reading Serco Psycho Scum, Serco, profiting from refugee detention- this is war, and Serco profits from misery, we hold YOU responsible.

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19:45

Saudi-Israeli Friendship Is Driving the Rest of the Middle East Together Strategic Culture Foundation

The new course of the multipolar world, together with Trumps America First policy, seems to have hit hardest those countries that placed all their bets on the continuing economic and military dominance of the United States in the region.

19:39

How China helped depose dozing despot Robert Mugabe after flooding Zimbabwe with billions to build hospitals, schools and even the 35million Parliament Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source: Daily Mail As he was driven back to his opulent palace in Harare on Tuesday, surrounded by bodyguards in military fatigues and wearing motorcycle helmets, Robert Mugabe had no reason to suspect that his 37-year rule was about to end. Having been in power since 1980, Mugabe not to mention Grace, his high-handed, []

19:25

Christian Zionist whackos for israel Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source It would be funny if the consequences werent so dire Religion Inc., The War on Terror is a Fraud, The Middle East War is more important to these Christians than Jesus There are millions of these people in the US and theyre one of the biggest voting blocks in the US. The Pentagon loves []

19:21

Western elites find new China threat' theory, by Jiang Feng Voltaire Network

The world has been keeping an eye on China for the past 40 years, with adulation and anxiety. Last month, Western mainstream media outlets including the US' Time, France's Le Monde and Germany's Der Spiegel chose Chinese characters or pinyin for their cover headlines, showing the world that "China won;" China, a rising power; and "China: The Awakening Giant." Der Spiegel used "xing lai" (wake up in English) as its cover headline to echo its article "The Awakening Giant." On the one hand, it (...)

18:34

Arab views on America: We like you as people, we hate your policies Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The rise of Trump could unravel the positive effects of US 'soft power' in the Arab world, undermining decades of work through bullying bombast

18:12

Top NSA Whistleblower Claims Russiagate a Fake to Increase War-Spending Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Eric ZUESSE William Binney is the mathematician and Russia-specialist, who quit the NSA in 2001 as its global Technical Director for geopolitical analysis, because of the lying about, and manipulations of, intelligence, that he saw distortions of intelligence by the George W. Bush Administration in order to justify systematic, massive, and all-encompassing, []

18:03

Saudi has been cosying up to Israel for decades. MBS is making it official Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

It may not take the Saudis long before they see the Israeli flag hoisted on a rooftop in Riyadh

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Lebanese Communist Party: How Saudi Efforts to Provoke War Were Stopped INTERNATIONALIST 360

The following article is based on an interview with Jana Nakhal, a leader in the Lebanese Communist Party. Joyce Chediac BEIRUT. Pictures of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri line the streets in every neighborhood of this city. The large somber portraits bear the Arabic hashtag All of us are with you. Just last week, Saad...

11:00

Burundi Defies the Imperial Criminal Court: An Interview with John Philpot INTERNATIONALIST 360

Libyas Muammar Qaddafi and Ivory Coasts Laurent Gbagbo, together here in 2007, shared Kwame Nkrumahs dream of a United States of Africa and advocated an African currency and monetary policy. The ICC indicted both leaders in 2011, when Libya was invaded by NATO, Ivory Coast by France. Qaddafi was murdered on Hillary Clintons orders that...

11:00

The Russian Revolution and the Caribbean INTERNATIONALIST 360

The Bolshevik Revolution had the effect of convincing other early agitators for mass change that their efforts were not in vain. Earl Bousquet Grenadas Maurice Bishop (C) with Daniel Ortega from Nicaragua and Cubas Fidel Castro. The Russian Revolution did get support from the Caribbean, then called the West Indies, when it shook the world...

04:20

The United Kingdom is trying to organize Aramco's flotation Voltaire Network

Whilst it appears that an agreement has been concluded between the White House and Aramco for Aramco to be floated on Wall Street rather than Riyadh, the United Kingdom has put another offer on the table. Theresa May has proposed a secured loan of 2 billion dollars to the oil giant if it floats in the City [of London]. Aramco is Saudi property. Its director is the Crown Prince, Mohamed Ben Salmane ( MBS (...)

04:19

Somaliland's Presidential Election Voltaire Network

On 13 November, the non-recognized Republic of Somaliland is organizing a presidential election that the Western Press has presented as exemplary. A public debate between the three candidates was organized. Social networks have been interrupted during the election to prevent the broadcasting of fake news and the call to voting along tribal lines. The Presidential Election was first forecast two years ago. As for the recent legislative elections, plans for them date back to 2005. (...)

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