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Thursday, 15 November

07:35

Israels Mockery of Security: 101 Actions Israel Could Take Aletho News

Photo Source U.S. Embassy Jerusalem | CC BY 2.0 By Sam Bahour | CounterPunch | November 14, 2018 Israel has made a colossal mockery of the concept of security. In debating an Israeli friend from Jerusalem, I challenged him that Israel consciously plans and uses its military might to damage the Palestinians national project to []

07:23

Netanyahoo's Likely Fall Destroys Trump's Middle East Strategy Moon of Alabama

The political upheaval in Israel is a problem for the White House and its Middle East plans. Today Israel's defense minister Avigor Lieberman resigned and called for new elections. He disagreed with prime minister Netanyahoo over the renewed ceasefire in...

07:12

Is Israel turning a blind eye as Israeli scammers swindle victims in France, US, elsewhere? Aletho News

By Alison Weir | If Americans Knew | November 14, 2018 French and Israeli media report that a group largely made up of Israelis scammed 3,000 French citizens out of approximately $20 million.  Most of the stolen money is in Israel, but Israeli authorities are reportedly failing to cooperate with France in prosecuting the scammers and retrieving []

06:51

#NoBorders: Witnessing a push-back at the Croatian border Enough is Enough!

There were many reports about police violence against refugees in Croatia in the past months. This time an unaccompanied minor from Syria returned to Bosnia with a video recording of a push-back in action.

Originally published by No Name Kitchen (NNK). Written by Karolina Augustova and Jack Sapoch, volunteers with NNK in Velika Kladua. Video edit by Are You Syrious? and friend from Gipsy Coke collective.

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

Croatian border police damage and steal the phones of those being attacked to ensure that no violence can be captured on camera and no evidence is collected. Most push-backs happen at night, along sparsely populated sections of the Croatian-Bosnian border, so this violence is not witnessed. In this way, audio and visual recordings are elusive. Due to the clandestine nature of these crimes a warped sense of erasure persists for victims of border violence.

This changed last week after an unaccompanied minor from Syria returned to Velika Kladua with a video recording of a push-back in action.

NNK and AYS received this video several days ago. When listening to the recording we could hear screams of people in the midst of being beaten and later calling each other after they got lost in the dark. The video also showed people as they arrived to safety, greeting each other.

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06:51

Mueller Probes Possible Witness Intimidation by Roger Stone Peace and Freedom

Former Trump adviser angry that radio personality Randy Credico denies being WikiLeaks conduit

Roger Stone and Robert Mueller

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In grand jury sessions and interviews, prosecutors have repeatedly asked about emails, text messages and online posts involving Mr. Stone and his former friend, New York radio personality Randy Credico, the people said. Mr. Stone has asserted that Mr. Credico was his backchannel to WikiLeaks, a controversial transparency group, an assertion Mr. Credico denies.

Mr. Muellers investigators are probing whether Mr. Stone had direct contact with WikiLeaks and knew ahead of time about its release of stolen Democratic emails, as he claimed during the campaign and now denies. Mr. Stone says he is angry at Mr. Credico because his ex-friend has refused to tell the truth about being his conduit to WikiLeaks.

Filmmaker David Lugo, who knows both men, said in an interview he has testified before Mr. Muellers grand jury about a blog post Mr. Stone helped him draft that was harshly critical of Mr. Credico. Another witness, businessman Bill Samuels, said he was questioned by Mr. Muellers team about Mr. Credicos reaction to allegedly threatening messages sent by Mr. Stone.

Prosecutors also are examining messages between Messrs. Stone and Credico that involve the radio personalitys decision to assert his Fifth Amendment before Congress, according to a person familiar with the probe.

WikiLeaks released thousands of emails from and to John Podesta, Hillary Clintons campaign chairman, before the 2016 election. Mr. Muellers office has alleged that the emails were illegally hacked by Russian intelligence operatives, then released through WikiLeaks and fake online personas to influence the election.

President Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with...

06:46

Brexit: Theresa May secures Cabinet support for draft deal Peace and Freedom

The UK and Brussels are ready for high-stakes meetings to assess Theresa Mays make-or-break Brexit deal. But her government could face the ultimate test as junior coalition partners hint at fresh elections.

    
Theresa May speaks during Prime Minister's Questions

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday secured support for a draft Brexit agreement from her Cabinet after a marathon 5-hour meeting.

The British Cabinet met on Wednesday to discuss Mays Brexit draft agreement, while in Brussels, ambassadors from the other 27 EU countries gathered to examine the proposal.

Key developments:

  • Ahead of the meeting, May told lawmakers that the draft deal delivers the Brexit that Britons voted for.
  • The EUs chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, struck a cautious note when he said the deal wasnt yet finalized.
  • Northern Irelands Democratic Unionist Party, a junior coalition partner in Mays government, threatened to withdraw support over the deal.

All updates noted in Central European Time (CET).

19:20 Brexit supporters in Mays party will likely call for a vote of no confidence in her as their leader on Thursday, BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said, citing a senior member of the Conservative Party.

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06:43

Turkey calls for international investigation into Khashoggi murder Peace and Freedom

An international investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is essential, Turkeys foreign minister said on Wednesday, and reiterated Turkish decisiveness to solve the murder.

We will do whatever it takes to bring the murder to light. We have shown the evidence to all those who wanted to see, Mevlut Cavusoglu told the parliament.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks to journalists after attending a meeting with US Secretary of State at Esenboga International Airport in Ankara, on October 17, 2018. (File/AFP)

Turkey previously said it would cooperate in an international investigation, and had called for a UN probe.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay; editing by John Stonestreet

Reuters

06:39

EU lawmakers seek checks on arms exports fuelling Yemen conflict Peace and Freedom

Tougher checks on European Union arms exports are needed and sanctions should be imposed on those countries that flout the blocs rules, the European Parliament said on Wednesday.

EU lawmakers said European arms were stoking the conflict in Yemen, where a Saudi Arabia-led coalition is battling Iran-backed Houthi rebels. Arms sales to Saudi Arabia by EU states undermined the European arms control effort, they said.

Yemeni pro-government forces gather on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida, as they continue their battle to wrestle control of the city from Houthi rebels, Nov. 8, 2018.

Yemeni pro-government forces gather on the eastern outskirts of Hodeida, as they continue their battle to wrestle control of the city from Houthi rebels, Nov. 8, 2018.

In Yemen, European weapons are fundamentally responsible for the war taking place, said German EU lawmaker Sabine Losing, who is leading efforts to hold EU governments to account.

The European Parliaments call to strengthen checks is non-binding but it is the second time in less than a month that EU lawmakers have passed a resolution urging limits on arms sales following the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The EU is the second largest arms supplier in the world exporting more than a quarter of all global arms after the United States, according to the EUs annual report on weapons exports.

That has pitted its values of peace and support for human rights against business interests.

The European Unions so-called Common Position on arms exports lists eight criteria governments must apply when taking a decision on an arms export license. Sales to Saudi Arabia violated six out of the eight, lawmakers said.

The Common Position on arms exports must be implemented effectively. That includes, among others, a sanctions mechanism, Losing said.

French President Emmanuel Macrons government has come under fire from rights groups and opposition lawmakers over sales of French arms to Sa...

06:00

Five of Avigdor Liebermans worst outbursts as Israel's defence minister Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The now-resigned Israeli defence minister is known for his outrageous statements - here are some of the more memorable ones

05:56

GILAD ATZMON: Jewish Politics in America stan van houcke


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05:45

Looking at the Lugansk Peoples Republic November 11th Election The Vineyard of the Saker

by GH Eliason in Novorussia for The Saker Blog For the November 11th election, I was asked to be a part of the International Election observer team Lugansk Peoples Republic.

05:40

The Hotwire #45: November 14, 2018 : The empires centrism strikes backAnti-fascism 80 years after Kristallnacht CrimethInc.

Listen here. On the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, liberals and centrists are once more playing right into fascists hands. Our feature this episode is a reading of the recent CrimethInc. op-ed Take Your Pick: Law or Freedom; How Nobody Is above the Law Abets the Rise of Tyranny, about the outrageously liberal demonstrations over Trump firing Jeff Sessions. We also interview an anarchist who was at the protest outside Tucker Carlsons home in Washington D.C. about what really happened there, Twitters banning of anti-fascists, and why its important to take the offensive in the struggle against fascism. Friday, November 9 was the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, and we bring you a round up of fascist, anti-fascist, and centrist actions from the weekend. Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com.

05:37

Why Netanyahu really pushed for a Gaza ceasefire Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

For the continuation of his creeping but secure annexation policy, the Israeli prime minister needs quiet, not war

05:35

US lawmakers introduce bill hitting China for Uighur repression Peace and Freedom

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers introduced legislation Wednesday seeking to punish China over its human rights abuses of the majority-Muslim Uighur population in the countrys west, a move that drew immediate anger from Beijing.

Legislation introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives seeks to toughen US President Donald Trumps administrations response to what the lawmakers say are gross violations of human rights in Chinas Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

The bill urges US authorities to impose targeted sanctions on members of Chinas government, the ruling Communist Party and state security apparatus, as well Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo and other officials credibly alleged to be responsible for human rights abuses in Xinjiang and elsewhere.

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Two ethnic Uighur women pass Chinese paramilitary policemen standing guard outside the Grand Bazaar in the Uighur district of the city of Urumqi in Chinas Xinjiang region on July 14, 2009. A mosque was closed and many businesses were shuttered a day after police shot dead two Muslim Uighurs, as ethnic tensions simmered in restive Urumqi. AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinas Uighurs have faced unprecedented surveillance in recent years, and the United Nations has determined that up to one million Uighurs have been rounded up in detention camps.

Washington must hold government and Communist Party officials responsible for gross violations of human rights and possible crimes against humanity, including the internment in political reeducation camps of as many as a million Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim minorities, Senator Marco Rubio, a chief sponsor, said in a statement.

Fifteen senators in total, including Democrats Robert Menendez and Elizabeth Warren, are sponsoring the legislation. A companion bill was introduced in the House by congressman Chris Smith, an ardent critic of Chinas human rights policies.

Menendez described Chinas treatment of Uighurs as beyond abhorrent, and urged Trump to formulate a clear and consistent approach to China.

The measure would mandate a US intelligence report on the regional security threat posed by Chinas crackdown; a list of Chinese companies involved in building and operating the camps; and an FBI report on efforts to protect Americans from Chinese government harassment.

It would also require a State Department report on the scale of the crackdown and beef up the departments monitoring of the region, and urge a review of US Commerce Department export controls.

Beijing delivered a...

05:32

Gaza Sets Equation of Deterrence: Palestinians Celebrate Victory, Israelis Demonstrate Defeat Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Local Editor After Israel was clearly defeated in the besieged Gaza strip, it agreed on a temporary ceasefire on Tuesday. Palestinians across Gaza were celebrating the resistance in Khan Younis, Gaza City, Jabalya, and Rafah, while hundreds of Israelis were demonstrating against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government, accusing it of failing to []

05:28

Trump, stung by midterms and nervous about Mueller, retreats from traditional presidential duties Peace and Freedom

For weeks this fall, an ebullient President Trump traveled relentlessly to hold raise-the-rafters campaign rallies sometimes three a day in states where his presence was likely to help Republicans on the ballot.

But his mood apparently has changed as he has taken measure of the electoral backlash that voters delivered Nov. 6. With the certainty that the incoming Democratic House majority will go after his tax returns and investigate his actions, and the likelihood of additional indictments by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Trump has retreated into a cocoon of bitterness and resentment, according to multiple administration sources.

By Eli Stokols
Los Angeles Times

Behind the scenes, they say, the president has lashed out at several aides, from junior press assistants to senior officials. Hes furious, said one administration official. Most staffers are trying to avoid him.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, painted a picture of a brooding president trying to decid...

05:18

Saudi-led Coalitions Advance On Al-Hudaydah Slowly Appears To Be Another Failure (Map Update)

The Saudi-UAE-led coalition advance on the Houthis-controlled port city of al-Hudaydah is slowly appearing to be another failure. By November 14, the coalition had stopped its offensive amid reports abotu a ceasefire reached in the area.

Earlier this week, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, has called for a ceasefire around of the port city.

I ask that the parties implement a cessation of hostilities, not least in and around all the infrastructure and facilities on which the aid operation and commercial importers rely, Lowcock said in a statement on November 13.

If the coalition fully stops its offensive on this key logistical hub, this will be another military defeat of Saudi Arabia and its allies in the conflict.

Saudi-led Coalition's Advance On Al-Hudaydah Slowly Appears To Be Another Failure (Map Update)

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05:11

Austrian Ex-Colonel Accused of Espionage Doesnt Feel Like a Spy Lawyer Aletho News

Sputnik November 14, 2018 The lawyer of the retired Austrian colonel, who is suspected of having passed secret information to Russia for 25 years, insists that his client could have never betrayed state secrets as he had no access to the classified data. According to the local outlet Kronen Zeitung, defender Michael Hofer welcomed the decision of the Salzburg State Court not []

05:10

Hidde J. van Koningsveld. Zonder Dollen: Wees Gewaarschuwd! 6 stan van houcke

Volgens de joods-Amerikaanse auteur Elie Wiesel is  

the Jew closer to humanity than any other, van de meer dan 7 miljard wereldbewoners, waardoor tegelijkertijd the enemy of the Jews the enemy of humanity is. Juist daarom staat voor het Judasme het doden van een Jood gelijk aan murdering all mankind. Sterker nog, volgens de Talmoed commentaren van belangrijke rabbijnen en andere schriftgeleerden op het Oude Testament is hitting a Jew like slapping the face of God himself. Abraham Foxman, de joods Amerikaanse voorzitter van de Anti Defamation League, doet hier nog een schepje bovenop door te stellen dat de Holocaust not simply one example is of genocide but a near succesvol attempt on the life of Gods chosen children and, thus, on God himself. Deze veronderstelling wordt aangevochten door auteurs als de Franse intellectueel Laurant Guynot, die gedocumenteerd uiteenzet dat Yahweh, the Jewish universal God, in werkelijkheid slechts a narcissistic tribal god is en dan ook nog eens in the clinical sense of the word. In zijn boek From Yahweh To Zion. Jealous God, Chosen People, Promised Land Clash of Civilizations, (2018), gaat hij in op het feit dat het millennia-oude Judeocentrisme haaks staat op het moderne en postmoderne universalisme. De 
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05:00

Saudi soldiers fire at Yemeni protesters in al-Mahrah, killing one Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Tensions rocket in Yemen's east as Riyadh's forces shoot at demonstrators calling for their province to be freed of foreign troops

04:24

Pakistan injects Rs. 17bn to keep crashing airlines afloat Peace and Freedom

The semi-state-owned Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was approved Rs. 17.02 billion by the government in the form of sovereign guarantees and other financial aid a second bailout in the space of six months, the PIA spokesperson confirmed to Arab News on Tuesday.

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PIA, a profitable airline which became a burden on the countrys already stressed exchequer, has been dying a slow death for years.

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The government did agree to park the interest till we get some respite, but since the approved document has not been shared with the airline management, Mashood Tajwar, the struggling carriers general manager and official spokesman, was unable to provide further details.

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PIA had amassed a colossal debt of $3.33 billion (Rs. 406 billion) up from last years $2.92 billion in July, and the fresh bailout from the economic coordination committee headed by Finance Minister Asad Umar is part of Prime Minister Imran Khans plan to attempt nursing the airline back to health before considering privatization. Khan also holds the ministerial portfolio for aviation division.

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The outgoing government tried to privatize the airline but met legal hitches and criticism over its attempt to sell what once was a national asset and pride of the country.

In this file photo, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane taxies before take-off from Karachi International Airport in Karachi on April 21, 2010. (AFP)

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The national flag carrier has a new chief executive and president appointed by the premier. Umar is optimistic that under the energetic and enthusiastic retired air marshal Arshad Malik, PIA will experience a turnaround.

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Tajwar clarified that the latest injection or support is not necessarily all bailout. He told Arab News that the approval empowers the airline to borrow from banks against guarantees from the Ministry of finance.

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Of the Rs.17.02 billion, Rs.10 billion is sovereign guarantee and a further Rs. 40.8 billion has been allocated in the form of cash for PIA by the ministry.

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However, continuous foreign loans taken by the airline have added to its woes and made its situation worse. PIA immediately owes $125.84 million to foreign lenders.The sharp decline of Pakistans currency has made debt servicing harder and devaluation further affected the previous financial support package by the government.

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In May, the apex court objected and barred the airline from changing livery on its planes to the countrys national animal, the Markhor (the screw horn goat), part of its rebranding and repositioning strategy. The decision resulted in further loss to PIA.

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The airline has suffered through o...

04:18

The Trump Experiment: Liberals and Leftists Unhinged and Around the Bend Aletho News

By Bill Martin | CounterPunch | November 14, 2018 As per usual in my ongoing failure to speak to the day as a journalist should, this piece will come out after the most important election of our lifetimes-midterms. Part of the delay was having to deal with friends who were worried that I would say the []

04:18

Fox News Joins CNN in Lawsuit Against Trump The Anti-Media

Fox News CNN Trump White House(ZHE)  Update: NBC WILL BE JOINING AMICUS BRIEF SUPPORTING CNN: CNN * * * Fox News said it is supporting CNNs lawsuit to regain White House reporter, Jim Acostas, press credentials, and has filed an amicus brief in the case, Bloomberg reports citing an emailed statement from Fox News president Jay Wallace. FOX News supports CNN in its []

04:09

UK Foreign Office allowed Muslim mobs in Pakistan to dictate refusal of asylum to Asia Bibi Jihad Watch

This is a scandal in Britain? Why? Its nothing new. The British government has been kowtowing to Muslim mobs for years. Pamela Geller and I were banned from Britain in 2013 because, among other reasons, I supposedly made statements that may foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK. Who would have []

04:04

Top Pence aide resurfaces as leading candidate to replace Kelly Peace and Freedom

Nick Ayers, Pences chief of staff, was initially seen as a potential Kelly successor this summer.

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Vice President Mike Pences chief of staff Nick Ayers has reemerged as a leading candidate to succeed White House chief of staff John Kelly, according to several White House officials and others close to the presidential orbit. . An appointment would continue the rapid rise of the young aide, 36, and install a chief who enjoys warm relations with some of the most important figures in President Donald Trumps orbit: his eldest son, Don Jr., his eldest daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. . Ayers also enjoys support among the motley crew of outside advisers including former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski who have Trumps ear but have clashed with Kelly as the former Marine general sought to regulate access to the president. . Ayers name surfaced as a possible replacement for Kelly this summer before the chief of staff announced he would be staying on in his role through 2020 in a bid to quash the persistent rumors of his imminent departure. .

At the time, other leading candidates to succeed Kelly included Mick Mulvaney, who oversees both the Office of Management and Budget and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and was lobbying for the job.

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In the wake of the midterms, the administration is expected to go through another round of personnel turnover, and The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal recently reported that Kellys departure again may be imminent. A Kelly exit has also been tied to the potential departure of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who the president has been itching to fire for months over what he sees as weak leadership on border security, according to a senior White House official.

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04:01

Billboard celebrating Gazas heroic first responders outside Boston is taken down under pressure Mondoweiss

This morning the billboard outside Boston celebrating Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar was taken down after three weeks over the highway, Richard Colbath-Hass reports. We just found out today the billboard was taken down under pressure. The Palestine Advocacy Project is working on a response. What follows is the groups article about the billboard Editor. 

What possible aims can be achieved through presenting montages of people participating in a movement thousands of miles away from the United States? Why is it important that we acknowledge the crisis unfolding in the Gaza Strip? These are questions that the Palestinian Advocacy Project seeks to answer through its ongoing billboard campaign.

Palestine Advocacy Project has launched a billboard ad campaign to honor the heroism and self-sacrifice of the Palestinian medics who put their lives on the line to rescue and treat injured protesters in Gazas ongoing Great March of Return demonstrations. Razan al-Najjar, 21, was one of almost 120 medics thus far shot by Israeli snipers while attempting to care for wounded demonstrators. She was killed last June 1 wearing her white nurses coat and raising her hands to show that she was unarmed.

Palestine Advocacy Projects billboard displays her photograph with the text, Honoring the First Responders of Gaza and Saving Lives: Rescuing Hope. As Padmini Baruah, a volunteer at the Palestine Advocacy Project says, Americans tend to see Palestinians in stereotypes of either victim or terrorist. We want people to understand the full depth of Palestinian life and culture. They are struggling human beings who are capable of great acts of courage.

Billboard at night, celebrating Razan al-Najjar

The ongoing Great March of Return campaign began on March 30, 2018. Its aim is to end the ongoing siege and blockade of Gaza and resulting inhumane conditions under which its residents are forced to live, and to restore Gazans right to return to the homes they or their forebears were forced to flee in 1948. Although the vast majority of protesters are unarmed, the Israeli Defense Forces continues to fire indiscriminately on peaceable civilians in the besieged coastal enclave. As of October 1, 2018, Israeli forces have killed at least 190 Palestinians and wounded more than 21,000, according to health officials in Gaza. The victims include children, the elderly, an...

03:56

Angola Takes Delivery of Four Su-30KN Offiziere.ch

Skysat imagery acquired on 20OCT2018 shows two Su-30KN parked at Lubango.

Four Su-30 multi-role fighter have been delivered to Angola as of October 2018, satellite imagery confirms. The aircraft are part of a $1 billion deal for 12 airframes signed with Russia in 2013. Imagery captured the aircraft parked on the apron at the Lubango civil-military airport in Huila province. The fighters were formerly flown by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and returned to Russia in the early 2000s after the IAF acquired the Su-30MKI variant.

Between 2010 and 2012, the Su-30 were transferred to neighboring Belarus where they were recently modernized to the KN standard at the 558 Aircraft Repair Plant (ARZ). Planet Labs imagery of the 558 still shows eight remaining Angolan fighters parked at the plant in Baranovichi. They are identified by their unique green and yellow camo pattern. However, one of the airframes observed in Angola features a different camo patterna grey paint schemethan the rest of the...

03:56

Trump sends State Department to Nigeria amid massacres of Christians by jihadists Jihad Watch

Nigeria is about 50% Christian. Those Christians are being increasingly subjected to a ruthless persecution, not only by Boko Haram but also by so-called Fulani herdsmen who are also jihadists. Since human rights organizations and other global bodies do not adequately take up the cause of Christian and other religious minority persecution at the hands []

03:52

Audio: Robert Spencer on Islamic Supremacism, U.S. Middle East Policy, Defeating Jihad Jihad Watch

Recently I appeared on the Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten Podcast for a wide-ranging discussion. Robert Spencer on Islamic Supremacism, U.S. Middle East Policy, Defeating Jihad, by Ben Weingarten, November 14, 2018 READ THE FULL TRANSCRIPT Subscribe, rate and review: iTunes | Stitcher | Google Podcasts | Google Play | YouTube Follow Ben: Web | Newsletter | Twitter | Facebook | Linkedin Advertising & Sponsorship Inquiries: E-mail us. []

03:36

Government pledges billions aimed at bringing Germany up to speed on AI Peace and Freedom

Germany is often criticized for sluggish levels of digital investment, particularly in AI. The government wants to invest 3 billion before 2025 to try and close the knowledge gap with world leaders in the field.

    
Deutschland Hannover Messe 2017 (Getty Images/AFP/T. Schwarz)

Made in Germany as manufacturing seals of approval go, those three words are pretty valuable. Over the centuries, Germans have shown themselves to be quite adept at building things, from the diesel engine to the helicopter, the Bunsen burner to the microphone.

But how is that noted prowess holding up in the digital era, particularly in the increasingly prominent area of artificial intelligence (AI)? Many critics say not very well, with the United States, China, Israel, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan and France all ahead of Germany in the race for AI leadership, according to a 2018 study by online publishing platform, Medium.

According to another study, by the consulting firm McKinsey, if Germany is not quick enough in its implementation of AI across various industries, from medicine to transport, over the next decade, its current GDP target for 2030 may ultimately lag by up to one-third. In other words, German growth depends on how quickly it catches up on AI technology.

That helps to explain why the German cabinet will spend Nov. 14 and 15 holed up in Potsdam, where the primary topic of consideration will not be Brexit, migration or the future of diesel, but rather how Germany will become a global leader in AI.

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AI is not new but in the last few years, its future importance has become more immediate, underlined by the volumes of investment being poured into research and development in China, the US and elsewhere.

Germany, perhaps belatedly, wants to get in on the act. A major reason for the Potsdam gathering is that the government will discuss how best to invest a fund of 3 billion ($3.4 billion) into AI research and development between now and...

03:30

Energy drives US consumer prices to 9-month high in October Peace and Freedom

US consumer inflation got a bump in October, as prices for gasoline and electricity shot up, rising along with the cost of shelter and medical care, the government reported Wednesday.

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The increase in overall consumer prices was the largest in nine months, but one closely-watched measure suggest price pressures remained tame.

Costs for used cars and trucks also jumped, reversing declines in September, but new auto prices fell for the second month in a row, according to the Labor Department report.

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The Consumer Price Index rose 0.3 percent for the month, matching analyst expectations and posting the biggest gain since January.

The gasoline index jumped three percent and prices for electricity gained 1.7 percent, offsetting falling prices for food and natural gas services.

Compared to October of last year, the index rose 2.5 percent, up from the 2.3 percent annual gain recorded in September.

But when erratic food and fuel prices are stripped out, the core CPI rose by a slower 0.2 percent over September, also matching analyst expectations.

Compared to October of last year, the core index actually slowed to 2.1 percent, down a tenth from Septembers reading.

This was despite a record 4.9 percent annual gain in the cost of appliances, spurred higher by a 9.9 percent increase in the cost of washing machines, which are subject to President Donald Trumps steep import duties.

The slower year-on-year gain in the core CPI could calm Wall Street fears that the Federal Reserve will be more aggressive about raising interest rates.

With unemployment near a 50-year low and job creation continuing unabated, the Fed has projected four more rate increases before the end of 2019.

Prices for used cars and trucks rose 2.6 percent and the cost of shelter also grew, offsetting decreases for clothing and new cars.

Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics said the data remained calm, with no real evidence of broad-based pressures in either direction.

In a separate report on Wednesday, the Labor Department also said worker pay failed to keep pace with inflation in October, rising by a tenth of a percentage point less than CPI resulting in a net loss employee earnings of 0.1 percent for the month.

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03:29

Israel Will Continue Airstrikes on Gaza As Necessary GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Tel Aviv (IMEMC) The Israeli Cabinet reportedly decided, on Tuesday afternoon, to resume the offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip, following a meeting that lasted several hours.

Hebrew-language news sites reported that, following a meeting that lasted for nearly seven hours, the Israeli Cabinet decided to continue airstrikes targeting the Gaza Strip as necessary.

According to a statement released by the Cabinet and published on Israel National News, the Political-Security Cabinet discussed events in the south. The cabinet heard reports, from the Israeli army and security sources, about the attacks and the widespread actions against the terrorist elements in Gaza, and instructed the army to continue its operations as necessary.

A total of seven Palestinians have been killed since Monday evening, while more than 30 were injured.

UN and Egyptian officials will reportedly visit Gaza on Wednesday.

Earlier on Tuesday, sources told Maan that the Palestinian factions agreed to a ceasefire agreement upon request by Egypt and the United Nations (UN).

Palestinian resistance groups in the Gaza Strip announced an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel, on Tuesday, following two days of Israeli shelling of the Strip, said WAFA sources.

A ceasefire deal was allegedly reached following intensive efforts exerted by the Egyptian side.

Israeli media sources also reported late Tuesday that a ceasefire agreement was reached between Israeli authorities and Palestinian factions, quoting unnamed sources from the Israeli government.

The Israeli sources said that the negotiated ceasefire will be based on the negotiated agreement that followed Israels 2014 invasion of Gaza.

Tuesdays ceasefire agreement came following two days of continued Israeli military aggression against Gaza, which left at least 14 people killed and dozens of others injured while causing the destruction of around 80 buildings, including governmental and residential buildings, media institutions, and agricultural lands across the Strip.

Israel closed Erez/Beit Hanoun crossing with Gaza, preventing anyone, including humanitarian cases, from crossing. They also barred fishermen from fishing in the sea.

This post originally ran on International Middle East Media Center and was republished here with permission. Featured photo: Tasnim News Agency

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03:18

New Slave Labor: California Prisoners Fight Fires For Less Than $2 An Hour PopularResistance.Org

The nearly 4,000 incarcerated workers who are trained to fight deadly fires across California often make less than $2 an hour and are not eligible to be hired as professional firefighters after they are released from prison. The work is physically strenuous and, in some cases, fatal. As forest fires ravage California, the state has become increasingly reliant on the program as a cost-saving measure. In July, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation tweeted that 2,000 incarcerated people, including 58 youth offenders, were working to fight fires. Bill Sessa, an information officer at the department, said that all of the juvenile offenders [used to fight fires] have committed serious or violent felonies. Adult incarcerated firefighters are often low-level, nonviolent offenders.

03:15

6 Recent US Antiwar Protests the Media Doesnt Want You Talking About The Anti-Media

Antiwar Protests(CJ Opinion)  A friend told me yesterday that he hadnt seen an antiwar protest in America in ten years. It was a sincere comment; he genuinely hadnt seen any coverage on any peace activism in his country during that time. And of course he hadnt; it is mainstream medias job to distort public narratives in favor of []

03:13

Sweden: Three Muslim migrants rape woman on playground Jihad Watch

Two are citizens of Somalia and the third in Eritrea. One of them needs interpreting in Somali and another in Arabic. Which means that they most likely are newly arrived migrants. Indeed, and likely that they are Muslims. So again: why does this keep happening? One survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the UK []

03:12

Californias Wildfire and Climate Change Warnings Are Still Too Conservative PopularResistance.Org

As firefighters in California battle to contain the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history, a climate scientist says the reality on the ground is surpassing what a government report projected just months ago in assessing the links between climate change and an increasing frequency and severity of wildfires in the state. After a dry summer and fall, powerful winds over the past week swept flames through the town of Paradise in Northern California, killing at least 48 people and destroying more than 7,500 homes, officials said Tuesday. Two more fires near Los Angeles chased more than 200,000 people from their homes as the flames quickly spread, adding to a string of fires that have caused billions of dollars in damage this year.

03:06

Australia: Muslims laugh as theyre found guilty of jihad plot to massacre non-Muslims on Christmas Day Jihad Watch

Why did they laugh? Because they have nothing but contempt for the Infidel court, and because they are secure in the knowledge that they were trying to do a great thing for Allah. Its not hard to kill a person with a machete. It just takes one slice to the neck. Thats per Quran 47:4, []

03:01

American Jews are vibranium from Wakanda to protect Israel Greenblatt Mondoweiss

Theres been a lot of talk lately in Jewish circles about US Jews losing faith in Israel and the dangers that poses to Israel. Here is a statement earlier this year that no one has picked up, from Jonathan Greenblatt of the ADL, emphasizing the vital nature of that bond: American Jews are vibranium mined in Wakanda for Israel, or Bitcoin or Ethereum, a natural resource you dont want to squander or sub-optimize.

Vibranium is a component in the armor of superhero Black Panther, who hailed from Wakanda, that made him impervious to many weapons. Vibranium was coined in 1966 by the late Stan Lee, who died this week.

Greenblatt spoke to an Israeli security thinktank last January and began by saying that American Jews are confused and upset by many trends in Israel, from the destruction of the two-state ideal to the bar on womens access to the western wall to growing intolerance toward dissidents in Israel.

They are confused and upset about the perceptions of a changing democratic atmosphere in this country. Again whether you agree or disagree is not my point, the optics of trying to pressure the independent media, the optics of trying to pressure an independent judiciary dont play very well

And I think it could get worse. Something Ive talked to a few people about over the last 24 hours is the situation with the African refugees. Now Im going to say this and some people might not like to hear it, because there are strong feeling among the Israeli body politic. If you think things are not good today between American Jews, most of whom are progressive, and Israeli Jews when you start physically deporting African refugees, who seem like the dreamers in the U.S., young people who by dint of their parents decisions, have grown up in this country, who speak fluent Hebrew when you start physically picking them up and sending them over the border back to South Sudan and Rwanda, all the while you dont do the same to Ukrainians and eastern Europeans who overstay their visas Guys, this is not going to end well

I think Israel has the most unique, extraordinary asset in its hands, which is the support of the diaspora and American Jewry. This is a natural resource than is more precious and more unique. Its like vibranium that you can only mine in Wakanda. And it has more value than Bitcoin or erethreum, but it is a natural resource that you will squander and you will suboptimize and that wont always be there if you dont manage it well.

This statement is yet another testimonial to the power and importance of the Israel lobb...

03:01

Christine Assange Issues Call For All Journalists, Politicians, Medical Professionals And Activists To Stand Up For Julian Assange PopularResistance.Org

For the past 6 years in the embassy, the UK government has refused his request for access to basic health needs: fresh air, exercise, sunshine for vitamin D and access to proper medical and dental care according to Christine Assange and Julian Assanges lawyer, Greg Barns. As a result, his health has seriously deteriorated; and his examining doctors warn these detention conditions are life-threatening. The slow and cruel assassination is taking place before our very eyes in the embassy in London, Christine expressed. Assanges doctor, Sean Love, has previously stated in an opinion piece that depriving him of medical care is cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. Adding, It is time for Australia to intervene.

03:00

Open Letter: Justin Trudeau and the BDS movement OffGuardian

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau House of Commons Parliament of Canada justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca Prime Minister, History is repeating itself. You have dishonourably exploited your apology for Canadas historical rejection of Jewish refugees during World War II to falsely conflate antisemitism with and callously reject Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) efforts to protect the human rights of generations of Palestinian refugees chased out of their homes and Persecuted, robbed, jailed and killed because of who they were. Furthermore the Jewish state had denied them their citizenship and their fundamental rights. Anti-Semitism is far too present. Jewish students still feel unwelcomed and uncomfortable on some of our colleges and university campuses because of BDS-related intimidation. And out of our entire community of nations, it is Israel whose right to exist is most widely and wrongly questioned. Wrongly questioned??? For the informed and integrity-minded it is impossible to ignore the challenges and injustices still facing Palestinian families today under the illegal Israeli occupation of their land. Your ambassador to the United Nations says, Since coming to office, Prime Minister

02:59

Turkey repeats call for Saudi Arabia to hand over suspected Khashoggi assassins Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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02:41

November 14, 2018: Turkish-PKK Conflict Escalates Amid Fresh PKK Attacks The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-november-14-2018-turkish-pkk-conflict-escalates-amid-fresh-pkk-attacks/ The Peoples Defense Forces (HPG), a military wing of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), claimed that it had attacked 6 military bases in the southern Turkish provinces of Hakkari

02:40

Brexit Deal Finalized as Political Battle Looms in the UK Geopolitical Monitor

Summary

After months of arduous negotiations, a general election disaster for the Conservatives, and a procession of Hard Brexit MPs (and now a few Remainers) heading to the exits, a final text has finally been agreed upon.

In the end, the May government was unable to budge EU negotiators from longstanding red lines on the customs union and the Ireland border.

Here are a few details that have trickled out; the final text is yet to be made public, and is believed to weigh in at over 500 pages:

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02:38

California: Muslim found with rifle, Quran, and book on terrorism, DA cries racism and Islamophobia Jihad Watch

The San Francisco Chronicle here makes the story all about how Assistant District Attorney Matthew Golde was so racist and Islamophobic as to mention that Dajon Ford had a Quran, a book on the psychology of terrorism, and a sawed-off rifle. But Golde rightly explained: I brought out everything that was there and the judge []

02:34

Brief Look At Military Situation In Eastern Ukraine On November 14, 2018 (Map Update)

The situation in the region of Donbass in eastern Ukraine remains relatively tense. Sporadic clashes erupt between the Ukrainian Armed Forces (UAF) and local self-defense forces appear on a cosntant basis causing casualties among the both sides.

Brief Look At Military Situation In Eastern Ukraine On November 14, 2018 (Map Update)

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02:33

Judge Halts Further Fracking Off Coast Of Southern California Until A Full Review Is Complete PopularResistance.Org

"A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to stop issuing permits for offshore fracking in federal waters off the California coast." A federal judge puts a halt to the Trump administrations push to expand oil off the cost of Southern California until a full review is completed. U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez of Los Angeles ruled that a review assessing the impact of fracking on endangered species and coastal resources must be done first. We just won a crucial victory in our lawsuit to stop offshore fracking! the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) said in a tweet. A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to stop issuing permits for offshore fracking in federal waters off the California coast.

02:26

Dutch Stop Fracking Over Potential Earthquakes PopularResistance.Org

While fracking has only just begun in this country, the Dutch are waving goodbye to years of riches from gas extraction. Why? Because they can no longer stand the social and economic cost of hundreds of small earthquakes and thousands of properties damaged by the tremors gas extraction causes. The Dutch were told extraction was safe and well regulated, until their houses began cracking and falling down. We report from northern Holland.

02:18

The New York Times Misleading Story On North Korean Missiles PopularResistance.Org

That is the ominous lede of a story by David Sanger and William Broad in The New York Times on Monday, November 12. Substituting tendentious hyperbole for sound reporting may convince editors to feature a story on page one, but it is a disservice to readers. The United States and North Korea have yet to conclude an agreement that inhibits deployment of missiles by Pyongyang, never mind requiring their dismantlement. Nor has Washington yet offered the necessary reciprocal steps that might make such a deal possible. A negotiated suspension of missile deployment and production should follow a halt to fissile material production and take precedence in talks over a complete declaration of North Koreas inventory of nuclear and missile assets.

02:18

Pope Francis, defender of Islam, to visit Morocco to strengthen Christian-Muslim ties Jihad Watch

Why is he going? To report to his superiors? Pope Francis last year met in the Vatican with Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, the secretary general of the Muslim World League (MWL), a group that has been linked to the financing of jihad terror. During the meeting, al-Issa thanked the Pope for his fair []

02:15

Houthis mine Hodeidah port entrances as pro-government offensive pauses Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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02:10

There is hope for an orderly Brexit: German minister Peace and Freedom

German Justice Minister Katharina Barley said there was hope that Britain would leave the European Union in an orderly fashion, harshly criticizing Brexiteers for their opposition to the withdrawal agreement reached between London and Brussels.

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German Justice Minister Katharina Barley

There is hope for an orderly Brexit. It would be good for Britons and for European cohesion, wrote Barley, who is half-British by her father, on Twitter on Wednesday.

Even before they see the agreement, the Brexiteers are vilifying it. They still dont understand, she added.

Reporting by Michelle Martin, editing by Thomas Escritt

Reuters

02:06

Facebook Morale Takes a Tumble Along With Stock Price Peace and Freedom

Employee surveys show weaker optimism about future, confidence in platforms mission

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Facebook Inc.s FB +1.20% difficult year is taking a toll on employee morale, with several key measures of internal sentiment taking a sharp turn for the worse over the past year, according to people familiar with the matter and messages reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Amid a plunge in the stock price, ongoing leadership turmoil and critical media coverage, just over half of employees said they were optimistic about Facebooks future, down 32 percentage points from the year earlier, according to the survey, which was taken by nearly 29,000 employees. Fifty-three percent said Facebook was making the world better, down 19 percentage points from a year ago.

Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg directly addressed the survey results at a question-and-answer session in early November, some of the people said, saying he and other senior officials were taking steps to address the underlying issues.

The darkening mood within the social-media giant is notable in part because its workforce has been resilient through other difficult patches in the past. That includes the period after the 2016 presidential election, when many critics were blaming Facebook for allowing fabricated news articles to pervade the platform.

But many people inside Facebook say this period feels different, in part because of the unusual turbulence at the top of the company, which has struggled to respond to its various internal and external controversies. The declining stock price has also hurt morale among employees for whom stock options are a large part of their compensation, current and former employees say.

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02:05

UK report: Borders not secured by any stretch of the imagination Jihad Watch

A damning report into the protection of Britains seaports, harbours, and marinas has revealed that the countrys border is not secured by any stretch of the imagination. Globalists have rallied for open borders, Sharia courts are in full operation in the UK, crackdowns against free speech in London have become the norm (amid out-of-control crime) []

02:04

Tangible Evidence: UK Funding Killer Robot Drone Project Leaked Report Aletho News

Sputnik November 14, 2018 In 2017, hundreds of academics in Canada and Australia called for a pre-emptive ban on the development and use of lethal autonomous robotics, a move that became part of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. The development of killer robot drones has actively been funded by the British government, which is []

02:04

House Leadership Aims to Stop Debate on US Involvement in Yemen War The Anti-Media

End War in Yemen(ANTIWAR.COM)  On Wednesday, a measure is being advanced at the behest of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) aiming to derail House Continuing Resolution 138, a War Powers Act challenge which would force an end to the US military involvement in the Saudi-led War in Yemen. Under the War Powers Act, any individual lawmaker is intended to []

02:01

Morenos Neoliberal Restoration Proceeds In Ecuador PopularResistance.Org

Lenin Moreno won Ecuadors presidency in 2017 by campaigning to continue the economic policies of Rafael Correa (a leftist who was in office from 2007 until 2017) but upon taking office immediately shifted dramatically to the right. Andres Arauz, a former member of Correas economic team whom I interviewed for Counterpunch in May, provides an update on Morenos remarkably cynical Neoliberal Restoration. In addition to the troubling state of Ecuadors economy under Moreno despite increased oil prices that help Ecuador, Aruaz discusses major assaults on the rule of law, looming corporate capture of Ecuadors highest courts (including the role played by some environmentalists in helping it happen) and the fact that candidates in upcoming elections are forced keep alliances with Correa secret to avoid disqualification.

02:00

Hugh Fitzgerald: Robert Azzi, Still With His Ask-A-Muslim Anything Shtick (Part Three) Jihad Watch

5. Could you comment on Muhammads marriage to Aisha when she was nine years old? Azzi: Oh my goodness. What makes you think Aisha was nine years old? Questioner: It says so, in the Hadith of Bukhari, 5, Book 58, number 234. (A look of anguish passes quickly over Azzis face, as he realizes hes []

02:00

UAE supports early convening of UN Yemen talks Peace and Freedom

The United Arab Emirates, a leading member of a pro-government coalition fighting in Yemen, said Wednesday it supports a UN plan for peace talks to be held in Sweden by the years end.

We welcome early convening of UN-led talks in Sweden, the UAE state minister for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, tweeted in English.

Gargash said the pro-government coalition would urge all parties to take advantage of window of opportunity to restart the political process at a UN Security Council meeting on Friday.

We look forward to hosting (UN Yemen envoy) Martin Griffiths this week in Abu Dhabi, Gargash added.

Emirati minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, speaks during a press conference in Dubai about the situation in Yemen on August 13, 2018. (File photo / AFP)
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After failed peace talks in September, the UN is pushing to host a new round of negotiations between the Yemeni government alliance, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and the countrys Iran-linked Huthi rebels by the end of the year.

The United States, Britain and France three of the main arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia have also called for an end to nearly four years of conflict, particularly in the Red Sea city of Hodeida.

The Saudi-led alliance this month stepped up an offensive to take Hodeida, controlled by the Huthis since 2014. The city is home to Yemens most valuable port, crucial for food imports and aid delivery.

The Hodeida campaign has sparked fears of a new humanitarian crisis in war-hit, impoverished Yemen, where 14 million people face mass starvation.

AFP

01:55

Unable to reach Asia Bibi, Muslims in Pakistan are attacking random Christians Jihad Watch

Islamists reportedly attacked travelers in Pakistan who identified themselves as Christians in the wake of the decision by the Supreme Court to rescind the 2010 death sentence against Asia Bibi for alleged blasphemy, CNN reported on Sunday. Christians in Pakistan are being taught a lesson, and are being made an example. Rampaging Muslims who are []

01:33

This Co-Op Solar Project Will Be Owned By The Community Members It Benefits PopularResistance.Org

In Sunset Park, a waterfront neighborhood in central Brooklyn, nearly 30% of residents live below the poverty line. The neighborhood has dealt with a history of environmental burdens, particularly due to an expressway that runs above one of its main streets. For residents, high energy costs compound the air quality concerns produced by passing traffic and the presence of three nearby fossil fuel plants. A new initiative, though, is working to bring renewable energy to the neighborhoodand following a cooperative ownership model thats helped stabilize energy prices in rural America. Across rural America, its not uncommon for people to own their energy sources.

01:32

False equivalence in BBC News report on Gaza rocket attacks BBC Watch

On the morning of November 13th the BBC News website published another report about the flare-up of violence which had begun the previous afternoon.

Originally headlined Heavy Gaza-Israel fire traded overnight and later re-titled Israel-Gaza: Deadly fire traded across border, the report underwent numerous amendments in the ten hours following its initial publication.

The use of the word traded i.e. exchanged in both those headlines obviously suggests equivalence between the actions of the two sides, as do the reports carefully balanced opening lines.

Eight people have been killed in a flare-up of violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza.

More than 460 rockets have been fired into Israel by militants since Monday night, while Israeli...

01:23

Justice for Khashoggi will send a strong message to Arab rulers Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Justice must be sought in Khashoggis case to send a clear message not only to regional rulers, but also to the peoples of the region that they are not alone

01:21

Civil Society Groups Ask Facebook To Provide Method To Appeal Censorship PopularResistance.Org

San FranciscoThe Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and more than 70 human and digital rights groups called on Mark Zuckerberg today to add real transparency and accountability to Facebooks content removal process. Specifically, the groups demand that Facebook clearly explain how much content it removes, both rightly and wrongly, and provide all users with a fair and timely method to appeal removals and get their content back up. While Facebook is under enormousand still mountingpressure to remove material that is truly threatening, without transparency, fairness, and processes to identify and correct mistakes, Facebooks content takedown policies too often backfire and silence the very people that should have their voices heard on the platform.

01:18

Dont use Jewish grief to criminalize defending Palestinian rights, JVP tells Cory Booker Mondoweiss

Last week NJ Senator Cory Booker used the Pittsburgh massacre, the most violent outbreak of anti-Semitism in US history, to justify taking a stance against Palestinian rights. He said that he would sponsor the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, a Senate bill that criminalizes some forms of support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) as if the demand for Palestinian rights is an expression of hatred for Jews.

Booker has not yet signed on to the bill, and meantime Jewish Voice for Peace has mounted a campaign against his doing so.

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, which we call the Gag Bill, silences Palestinian human rights defenders and has nothing to do with fighting antisemitism, says Rabbi Joseph Berman, JVPs Government Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy Manager.
Here is a portion of that appeal by Jewish Voice for Peace from last week:

Do not support the Gag Bill
Senator Cory Booker announced this morning that he will support the Gag Bill (aka, the Israel anti-Boycott Act) because of the rise in anti-Semitism. Call and Tweet Senator Bookers office to tell them loud and clear: Supporting Palestinian rights is not anti-Semitic.

The ACLU says the bill violates the First Amendment (even as amended). Senators shouldnt be working with Trump to silence advocates of justice for Palestinians. Push back against white supremacists, not human rights supporters. Call his office now, (202) 224-3224, and click below to Tweet directly at Senator Booker.

01:16

US Has Gone Rogue Economist Tells RT About SWIFTs Iran Cutoff PopularResistance.Org

In pushing the SWIFT financial messaging system to exclude Iran, the US has gone rogue, economist Steve Keen told RT. SWIFT cut a raft of Iranian banks - including the countrys central bank - off from its system on Monday, having come under pressure from the US to do so. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the move is the right decision to protect the integrity of the international financial system. Prof. Keen, an economist at Kingston University, told RT that while the global economy is too big to be badly affected by the move, the exclusion of Iran will emphasise the danger of using a single national currency as the means for international payments.

01:08

Climate Protesters Glue Hands To UK Government Building PopularResistance.Org

Twenty-two people have been arrested after protesters daubed the windows of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London and blocked passing traffic in an effort to provoke society into action over climate change. One protester climbed above the revolving doors of the main entrance of the building in Westminster and wrote frack off in black spray paint, and another sprayed the extinction symbol in red on windows facing traffic on Victoria Street. A spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, the group that coordinated the demonstration, said their members used spray chalk, which washes off. During the day, protesters superglued themselves to card-entry gates inside the staff entrance to the building, and lay down outside in Victoria Street blocking westbound traffic.

01:07

How ZTE Helps Venezuela Create China-Style Social Control cryptogon.com

Via: Reuters: Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is helping Venezuela build a system that monitors citizen behavior through a new identification card. The fatherland card, already used by the government to track voting, worries many in Venezuela and beyond. The card is increasingly linked by the government to subsidized food, health and other social programs []

01:01

Families of missing Egyptian rights defenders plead for their release Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Prominent lawyer Hoda Abdelmonem and tens of others have gone missing for two weeks, prompting fears for their safety

00:56

Abe willing to talk WWII peace treaty with Putin Peace and Freedom

Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was willing to discuss a peace treaty with Russia two countries still technically at war with each other during a meeting with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

The two leaders met face-to-face on the sidelines of the regional Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore.

Both countries are seeking to try to end a thorny territorial row that has dogged relations since the end of World War II.

SPUTNIK/AFP | Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) told Russian President Vladimir Putin he was willing to discuss a peace treaty between the two countries, which are still technically at war

The dispute between Russia and Japan centres on four islands in the strategically-located Kuril chain which the Soviet Union occupied at the end of the war in 1945 but are claimed by Japan.

It has kept the two countries from signing a peace accord that would formally end their wartime hostilities.

We hope to discuss not only bilateral cooperation, including our economies but also the issue of the peace treaty, Abe told Putin, according to a Russian translation of his words at the start of the meeting.

I am ready to give enough time to this, the peace treaty, he added.

Putin first suggested the two countries sign a peace treaty without any preconditions in September.

The proposal was initially received coolly in Japan, where a government spokesman said the two countries should first resolve the dispute before signing a peace deal.

But in recent months, diplomatic efforts to resolve the issue appear to have accelerated, at least to the point where Japan is willing to discuss what a treaty might look like.

In his response to Abe on Wednesday Putin said: I am delighted to be able to discuss with you all the angles of our cooperation, including those that you personally consider to be priorities.

Historically, Japan insists the islands, which were once inhabited by the Ainu indigenous people, have never belonged to anyone else.

Russia considers them spoils of war as agreed between then US president Franklin Roosevelt and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in 1945.

Strategically, control of the islands gives Russia year-round access to the Pacific Ocean for its Pacific fleet of warships and submarines based in Vladivostok, as the surrounding water does not freeze in winter.

AFP

00:50

Philippines Duterte skips summit meetings but is in top shape Peace and Freedom

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte skipped several meetings at an Asia-Pacific summit in Singapore on Wednesday, prompting the 73-year-olds office to issue a statement scotching speculation that it was due to ill health.

We assure the nation that his aforementioned absence has nothing to do with his physical health and wellbeing which have been the subject of speculation, spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

The presidents constantly punishing work schedule is proof that he is in top physical shape.

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Panelo named four scheduled events that Duterte had not attended on Wednesday, during which the president took power naps to catch up on sleep, and said he would also skip a gala dinner with the leaders of nine Southeast Asian nations, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and several others.

Dutertes health has been a constant source of speculation since he disappeared from public view for a week last year, and he has said openly that he is tired and would like to step down before the end of his term ends in 2022.

Last month Dutertes office revealed that he had undergone a colonoscopy and he told reporters that a biopsy had shown he did not have cancer.

The constitution provides for the public to be told of the state of health of an incumbent president, if serious.

If a sitting president dies, is permanently disabled or removed through impeachment, the vice president succeeds to serve the remaining years in a six-year, single term.

Vice President Leni Robredo, a leader of the opposition, was elected separately in 2016. Speculation about Dutertes health last month prompted concern that the Philippines could be headed for uncertainty given the highly polarized political climate.

Duterte has cited Robredos incompetence as a reason for his inability to quit as president.

Duterte has a record of skipping summit sessions, though he did not miss any as host when the Philippines held the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last year.

Panelo said it was amusing that some quarters are making a big fuss of Dutertes absences, noting that he had attended ASEAN meetings with leaders from China, Japan and Russia.

Last night, the president worked late and had only less than three hours of sleep, he said. It is unfortunate that the first event scheduled today was at 8:30a.m.

Duterte is known for having an unorthodox working schedule that typically starts mid-afternoon and includes cabinet meetings that can go on beyond midnight.

Reporting by John Chalmers; Editing by Nick Macfie

Reuters

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00:46

Xi Jinping Visit to The Philippines Will Speed Implementation of China-Financed Infrastructure Projects Peace and Freedom

The Philippines on Wednesday said Chinese President Xi Jinpings visit to Manila next week will likely hasten the implementation of China-financed infrastructure projects, amid growing concerns the Duterte administrations pivot to Beijing is not paying off.

President Rodrigo Duterte secured a pledge for $9-billion official development assistance, or ODA, during his trip to Beijing in 2016 which highlighted his separation from the Philippines only treaty ally, the US, while he cozies up to China.

Of the 10 big-ticket projects in the pipeline that China promised to finance, the Philippines has so far completed only one loan agreement  the $62.09 million Chico River Pump Irrigation Project.

In this Oct. 20, 2016 photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shows the way to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.
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This visit of the head of state of China will put pressure on the speed of implementation of all these projects, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno told a press conference.

I think with his visit this will actually speed up. Were very optimistic their head of state will pressure their bureaucracy to speed up the process, Diokno added.

To date, the Philippines and China have signed four grant agreements totalling about $198.77 million, data from the Department of Finance show. Last July, two bridges across Pasig River to be bankrolled with Chinese grants broke ground.

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III earlier...

00:44

Gaza in photos: ceasefire, mourning and protests of the destruction of a television station Mondoweiss

Over the last 24 hours of escalated tensions between Gaza and Israel, Israeli forces targeted 160 sites in Gaza and Palestinian militants fired 460 rockets into Israel. In Gaza, six high-rise buildings were leveled, including the Hamas-run television station for al-Aqsa TV. Palestinians spent Tuesday clearing away rubble, journalists staged a protest on fallen debris, and funerals were held for some of the seven Palestinians killed in an Israeli raid inside of the Gaza Strip on Sunday retaliating for a s where members of Hamas military-wing killed one Israeli officer.

A ceasefire was brokered by Egypt late Tuesday, yet protests in Gaza against the Israeli air campaign continued into the evening hours after the truce.

Palestinians look at the rubble of a building after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on November 13, 2018. Renewed violence in Gaza threatened to thwart efforts to end months of unrest as Israeli air strikes killed four Palestinians and destroyed a Hamas TV building while a barrage of rocket fire from the enclave left one dead on November 13. (Photo: Mahmoud Khattab/APA Images)

A picture taken on November 12, 2018, shows a ball of fire and smoke rise above the building housing the television station al-Aqsa TV during an Israeli air strike in Gaza City. Israels military said it was carrying out air strikes throughout the Gaza Strip after a barrage of rocket fire from the Palestinian Gaza Strip towards Israel. The flare-up follows a clash that erupted during an Israeli special forces operation in the Gaza Strip the previous night that killed eight people of Hamas movement. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

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00:38

Theresa May seeks support for draft Brexit treaty Peace and Freedom

Divided cabinet faces crucial showdown at 2pm meeting

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The cabinet meeting and subsequent parliamentary battle represent the most dangerous moments in Theresa Mays premiership PA

By George Parker and Jim Pickard in London and Alex Barker in Brussels

Prime Minister Theresa May will on Wednesday challenge her divided cabinet to back a draft Brexit treaty, as Tory Eurosceptic MPs warned that they could try to topple her if she presses ahead with her plan. The historic cabinet meeting comes after negotiators in Brussels ended months of talks by agreeing Britains terms for leaving the EU.

Mrs May now has to sell it to her cabinet and parliament. Cabinet ministers were given their first sight of the draft withdrawal treaty and an accompanying outline of a political declaration on the future EU/UK relationship on Tuesday evening; Number 10 was relieved that none of them resigned overnight. Mrs May also took comfort from an unexpectedly warm welcome for her deal from some Tory newspapers.

This Brexit deal is best for Britain, said the Daily Express headline on Wednesday morning. The Daily Mails leader said: A deal at last! Now give it a chance.

Yet the cabinet meeting, beginning at 2pm, and the subsequent parliamentary battle to approve the Brexit deal represent the most dangerous moments in Theresa Mays premiership.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn attacked the governments failure to bring back an acceptable deal from Brussels as his opposition Labour party geared up to vote against the agreement in the coming weeks. Mr Corbyn said during Wednesdays prime ministers question time that the shambolic mess of a deal breached the governments own lines and failed to deliver a Brexit for the whole country.

From what we know of the governments deal its a failure in its own terms, he told the House of Commons. But Mrs May insisted that the text would allow the country to take control of its borders, its laws and its money while protecting jobs and the integrity of the UK.

Jacob Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg

We are significantly closer to agreeing on what the British people voted for in the referendum, she said. On Tuesday night, Jacob Rees-Mogg, leader of the pro-Brexit European Research Group, said he was considering joining other Tory MPs in calling for a vote of no-confidence in Mrs May.

Boris Johnson, former foreign secretary, claimed Mrs May would leave Britain a vassal state to the EU.

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Chinas Tencent beats estimates with 30% profit rise Peace and Freedom

 

Chinese internet giant Tencent said on Wednesday it posted a nearly 30 percent rise in profit in the most recent quarter as new games already in the pipeline mitigated any impact from a government crackdown on the game sector.

Shenzhen-based Tencent said net profit came in at 23.33 billion yuan ($3.39 billion) in the three months ending September 30, beating a Bloomberg analyst estimate of 18.39 billion yuan.

Tencents earnings have drawn close scrutiny after the company posted a two percent year-on-year fall in profit for the preceding quarter, which Bloomberg data indicated was the first such decline in at least a decade.

AFP/File | Tencents earnings have drawn close scrutiny after the company posted a two percent year-on-year fall in profit for the preceding quarter

Known for its ubiquitous WeChat social media and messaging programme, Tencent relies heavily on revenues generated by video games played by its users, and the company outlook has been clouded by a government freeze on approvals for new game titles since earlier this year.

The government also has initiated a campaign to tighten regulation of the fast-growing industry amid concerns over gaming addiction.

The recent negative news has lopped a stunning amount off of Tencents total market value more than $250 billion this year as its Hong Kong-listed shares plummeted.

Tencent said smart-phone game revenue grew seven percent in the third quarter to 19.50 billion yuan.

But PC client game revenues were down 15 percent to 12.4 billion yuan due to user migration to mobile games and the high base in the same quarter last year.

Revenues got a boost from the release of 10 new titles during the quarter, Tencent said, adding that it had 15 more games in the pipeline and ready for release.

Analysts said the China gaming industry the worlds largest, and dominated by Tencent could feel a squeeze soon due to the cut-off in new title approvals, but added that licensing was expected to resume soon and that the industry continues to enjoy high user demand.

AFP

https://www.france24.com/en/20181114-chinas-tencent-beats-estimates-with-30-profit-rise

00:15

Robert Steele: Will China Own the Southern Hemisphere? Public Intelligence Blog

Robert David STEELE Vivas

Chinas Building Spree In Poor Nations: Does It Really Help The Local Economy?

A useful analysis that includes the negatives; the bottom line is shown in the image below China is on a path to own the Southern Hemisphere including ports, airports, high-speed rail, and highways.

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00:12

#HambacherForest: Why we do not want to have police in the forest Enough is Enough!

During the last forest walk (11/11/2018), two police officers participated. Permanent calls and banners made these contact officers realize that they had no business in the forest and then they went away towards the end of the walk.

Originally published by HambiBleibt. Translation slightly edited by enough is Enough.

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What it means to people when police are in the forest can be difficult to understand for many people who have not had much to deal with police and were not involved in the evictions. For weeks the forest was besieged by hundertschaft-units (Riot squad units of the federal  police of about hundred officers), SEK (anti-terror squad, EIE) and armored vehicles. Weeks-long eviction, which means sleep deprivation for many nights, psychological pressure and stress, to see how your friends are beaten up and the destruction of your home. This psycho terror by the police in recent months had traumatic consequences for many people. The Hambach Forest was and is a living space for many people, above all, a free space, which it is no longer, when police are walking in the forest.

Today there were many small rounds in which the topic police in the forest was discussed energetically and emotionally. Since many participators in the forest walk could not understand why we react this way, we want to make it clear once again, since today it was not really the right place nor enough tranquility for a detailed discussion of the topic.

So here again a text on a topic that has been discussed many times, but will never lose its topicality:

In the forest most people say: We do not talk to cops! And then there are always these nice, middle-aged people with safety vests, who walk along the forest walk and just want to talk. Talk to everyone. And talking cant hurt, right?
Its about time that we not only repeat our exclamation We dont talk to the police! But explain also what makes us saying so. Because one thing is clear: If some talk to the police, the others would like to throw them out of the forest and others simply do not understand why we are just so rude to older people, then we are anything but a united resistance. And in this incapacitation, we play into the hands...

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Jimmy Boots Rothstein with Sarah Westall: National Security Used to Protect Criminals Public Intelligence Blog

Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE: Boots, who is the latest Commissioner to join the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sex Abuse, is referring to national security warrants that legalize major crimes and lies accross the USA, to include lies by local, state, and federal authority about false flag operations under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security and/or carried out by mind-control victims with Nazi/CIA and perhaps Private Military Contractor oversight.

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23:52

Substantial progress made on massive China trade deal that excludes US, Li Keqiang says Peace and Freedom

Substantial progress has been made on hammering out a China-backed trade deal, Singapores leader said Wednesday, driving ahead the worlds largest commercial pact which the United States is excluded from.

World leaders gathered in the tropical city state this week for a summit where a massive Beijing-backed agreement covering half the worlds population has dominated discussions.

Diplomats have been trying to nail down details as Beijing entices its neighbours to join a commercial alliance seen as an antidote to President Donald Trumps America First protectionist trade policy.

AFP | During a meeting with Southeast Asia leaders, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said he was hopeful talks would break through the ceiling and take regional trade to new heights

The US has imposed tariffs on roughly half of what it imports from China, prompting Beijing to retaliate with its own levies.

Beijings leaders have recast themselves as the defenders of global commerce with the United States under Trump relegated to the sidelines.

China, Japan and India are among 16 Asia-Pacific countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Substantial progress has been made this year to advance the RCEP negotiations, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Wednesday evening, adding talks were now at the final stage.

With the strong momentum generated this year, I am pleased to note that the RCEP negotiations are poised for conclusion in 2019, he added.

But he cautioned any further delays could risk losing credibility for a deal which has already taken six years to negotiate.

Trump absent

This weeks meetings are the biggest in a series of annual gatherings organised by regional bloc the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN), and are attended by 20 leaders.

RCEP was given extra impetus after US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the rival Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in early 2017.

That deal was spearheaded by his predecessor Barack Obama and aimed to bind fast-growing Asian powers into an American-backed order to counter China.

The TPP is still alive even without Washington and will come into effect in December but RCEP, if realised, will be the worlds biggest trade deal.

However, the Beijing-backed pact is much less ambitious than the TPP in areas such as employment and environmental protection.

Beijing had hoped to have the meat of the deal done by...

23:45

Corbyn Says Mays Brexit Agreement is Botched Peace and Freedom

Prime Minister Theresa May has got a deal, but she still needs to get her Cabinet to back it on Wednesday.

Key Developments

* Labour leader Corbyn calls it a botched deal
* Cabinet meets at 2 p.m., key details expected afterwards. Possible EU summit on Nov. 25 and Parliamentary vote some time in December
* At least two Brexiteer ministers are set to back the deal; two others still thinking about it

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Varadkar Sees Summit on Nov. 25 (12:23 p.m.)

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says the EU summit to sign off on the deal could be on Nov. 25. Still, he said he needed to be cautious on giving details of the agreement, to avoid potentially up-ending the Cabinet meeting in London this afternoon.

While a lot can still go wrong, the U.K. And EU are close to a legally-operable text, which could be published this evening, he said.

May Insists This Is Brexit (12:15 p.m.)

May says the U.K. is leaving the customs union, putting an end to freedom of movement, and taking back control. She again rules out a second referendum. Backbench lawmaker Peter Bone tells her she isnt delivering the Brexit people voted for.

Corbyn Says Its a Botched Deal (12:10 p.m.)

The leader of the opposition says Mays Brexit agreement is a botched deal. If there was ever any doubt Labour would vote against, there isnt anymore. May has made a shambolic mess of the negotiations, he said.

Mordaunt Said to Be Unlikely to Quit Today (11:40 a.m.)

Penny Mordaunt

Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Brexit campaigning Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt looks unlikely to quit today, a person familiar with her thinking suggested.

Mordaunt whos been tip...

23:45

'Humiliated': Residents of Turkey's historic Sur try to rebuild lives and homes Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Two years after heavy clashes between the Turkish state and Kurdish militants in Diyarbakir's old city, thousands of people have yet to return

23:39

California Wildfire: Another Directed Energy Weapon Attack? Covert Geopolitics

The recent California Wildfire occurred with some very distinct anomalies that would raise a lot of questions to those who are fully aware of existing exotic ultrahigh energy-based technologies that where invented more than a hundred years ago. Here are some images of the aftermath of the California Wildfire. As you may notice, theres a Continue reading California Wildfire: Another Directed Energy Weapon Attack?

23:33

Israelis elect ultra-Orthodox mayor for Jerusalem amid Palestinian boycott Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Moshe Leon is a businessman favoured by two key members of Israel's rightist cabinet and defeated a secular contender Ofer Berkovitch

23:30

Steven Aftergood: Pentagon Secrecy Undermining National Security Public Intelligence Blog

Steven Aftergood

NEXT HASC CHAIR SEES NEED FOR GREATER DOD TRANSPARENCY

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the likely chair of the House Armed Services Committee in the next Congress, told congressional colleagues that enhancing national security transparency is among his top oversight priorities.

Together, we have made strides on national security issues but much more must be done to conduct vigorous oversight of the Trump Administration and the Department of Defense, he wrote in a November 8 letter to House Democrats, declaring his candidacy for HASC chairman.

Specifically, we must look to eliminate inefficiency and waste at the DOD; boost oversight of sensitive military operations and ensure that the military works to avoid civilian casualties; protect our...

23:26

Should We Prosecute for Overseas War Crimes? Poll Results Clarion Project

A U.S. army trainer instructs Iraq soldiers at a military base in Taji, Iraq (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)A U.S. army trainer instructs Iraq soldiers at a military base in Taji, Iraq. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

We reported the case of a Navy SEAL who was charged with covering up war crimes by a fellow SEAL in Iraq. One SEAL has already been charged in the affair.

The case was brought against Lt. Jacob Portier, who was not at the scene of the alleged crime, yet the charge sheet against him says he helped cover up an alleged murder of a wounded ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017 by fellow SEAL Edward Gallagher. The Navy contends Gallagher stabbed an ISIS fighter to death and then posed for a photo next to the body.

At least a dozen SEALS who were deployed to Iraq between 2017 and 2018 are under investigation for war crimes as well as leaders in Naval Special Warfare Group 1 who were investigating the allegations.

In response to this story, we took a poll of our readers regarding the question of war crimes committed by U.S. personnel overseas.

The following is the response to our question: Should American service personnel be prosecuted for war crimes committed overseas?

77 percent said no, war is a stressful situation and allowances should be made.

23 percent said yes, they should always be held to American standards, whether at home or abroad.

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Killing a member of ISIS should not be a crime.  Taking your picture with the body is just stupid.

This is war, not war games. Why is it so hard to understand?? Our men and women are asked to do a job that very few are asked to do. If we dont like the results, too bad, give up the endeavor!!!

Arent we fighting for values? If we do not remain loyal to our values, we fail to be Americ...

23:22

Why Mr. Spock Would Be Lashed in Iran Clarion Project

The iconic Mr. Spock from the popular TV series Star Trek (Photo: Flickr/e_chaya/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)The iconic Mr. Spock from the popular TV series Star Trek (Photo: Flickr/e_chaya/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode)

Look like Mr. Spock in Iran and you could be thrown in prison for two to 10 months or receive 74 brutal lashes. While Trekkies will likely be fascinated by this headline, sadly its no joking matter.

Despite the serious consequences of altering ones appearance, surgeries to create cat eyes and donkey ears have recently become popular in the Islamic Republic.

The Islamic Consultative Assembly (the parliament) just made these cosmetic alternations a criminal act.

Both the recipient of the surgery and the surgeon are subject to the punishment as per the countrys penal code which considers such surgeries criminal because they cause changes in the human body, a distortion of society and [offend] the public sensibility.

Since the procedures became illegal, some doctors perform them in their offices.

Also included in the law are artificial iris implants which cause a permanent change in eye color to red.

Operations to alter the appearance of the nose remains the most popular cosmetic surgery in Iran, which has the highest per capital rate of nose jobs in the world.

Watch the following video on the phenomena in Iran (in Farsi). The video shows the procedures and features the national head of plastic surgeons in Iran explaining their popularity as well as the popularity of nose jobs in the country.

 

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22:55

Conspiracy within the German Military Uncovered: Armed Groups Pose Threat to Europe Strategic Culture Foundation

Dissatisfaction with migrants and other problems are fueling popular anger, which is the underlying cause of far-right and far-left populism and the formation of armed militias.

22:53

Central Security Forces Eliminate Suicide Bomber In Egypts Arish City (Map Update)

On November 12, Egypts Central Security Forces (CSF) foiled a suicide bombing attack on their checkppint in the city of Arish. According to the Interior Ministry, the CEF eliminated the suicide bomber at the Batal 5 checkpoint on the ring road in Arish. The CSF also kicked off combing operations around the checkpoint, the ring road and the surrounding areas.

The Egypt military launched a large-scale security operations against terrorists in the province of North Sinai. Since then, the CSF has eliminated over 450 terrorists, 1,200 explosive devices and 1,900 vehicles, according to the Egyptian military.

Central Security Forces Eliminate Suicide Bomber In Egypt's Arish City (Map Update)

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22:36

Sunspot Activity is At Record Low, Nearly Non Existent- Cold Coming Penny for your thoughts

 Along with additional cosmic radiation!

This is going to affect us all. 
From a variety of sources. Some obscure. Some better known. What is interesting is the msm/5 eyes media isn't paying a whole lot of attention to this..... Could it be that there is a concerted effort to hide/obscure the FACT the SUN affects our well being a whole lot more then the AGW cult wants to acknowledge.

Something's Happening to the Sun Right Now, Here's What It Means for Earth

Scientists say Earth's atmosphere is about to get hit by some record cold but it's not because of anything caused by humans. It's because of a lack of sunspots which means a major decrease in ultraviolet waves coming in our direction.
Dr. Tony Philipps of SpaceWeatherArchive.com says there have been practically no sunspots in 2018, and that's causing earth's upper atmosphere to cool down and even shrink. He cites some experts from NASA.
"We see a cooling trend," says Martin Mlynczak of NASA's Langley Research Center. "High above Earth's surface, near the edge of space, our atmosphere is losing heat energy. If current trends continue, it could soon set a Space Age record for cold."
NASA's space weather website further explains, "All weather on Earth, from the surface of the planet out into space, begins with the Sun. Space weather and terrestrial weather (the weather we feel at the surface) are influenced by the small changes the Sun undergoes during its solar cycle."
 "All weather on Earth, from the surface of the planet out into space, begins with the Sun.  Spa...

22:32

Gilles Dauv: Capitalism and communism Enough is Enough!

Excellent text from Gilles Dauv outlining the development of capitalism, and communism as the real movement in everyday life which tends towards the abolition of wage labour. Capitalism would be too happy to see us change our lives locally while it carries on globally. Because it is a central force, the State has to be demolished by central action. Because its power base is ubiquitous, it must be extinguished everywhere. Communisation will combine both dimensions or fail.

Originally published by Libcom. Written by Gilles Dauv.

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Communism is not a programme one puts into practice or makes others put into practice, but a social movement. Apart from perhaps a clearer understanding, those who develop and defend theoretical communism are moved by the same practical personal need for communism as those who are not especially concerned by theory. They have no privilege whatsoever: they do not carry the knowledge that will set the revolution in motion. On the other hand, they have no fear of taking initiatives. Like every other revolution, the communist revolution is the product of real living conditions and desires. The points made in this text are born out of social contradictions and practical struggles which help us discern the possibilities of a new society amidst and against the monstrosity and fascination of the old.

Communism is not an ideal to be realised: it already exists, not as alternative lifestyles, autonomous zones or counter-communities that would grow within this society and ultimately change it into another one, but as an effort, a task to prepare for. It is the movement which tries to abolish the conditions of life determined by wage-labour, and it will abolish them only by revolution.

We will not refute the CPs, the various brands of socialists, the far left, etc., whose programmes call for a modernisation and democratisation of all existing features of the present world. The point is not that these programmes do not go far enough, but that they stay within the boundaries of the present society: they are capitalist progra...

22:25

Ukrainian Nationalist Groups Train Own "Child Soldiers" with Support from Government: Investigation Strategic Culture Foundation

It appears that the democracy and values that the US and the EU are so strongly attempting to plant the seed of and protect in Ukraine is finally starting to give fruit. If an 18-year-old boy considers that White Europe is Our Goal means that nothing has gone wrong in his country, then maybe, at least the EU needs to rethink its strategy.

22:14

McNamaras Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam War Aletho News

Hamilton Gregory | April 29, 2016 A presentation and reading by Hamilton Gregory, author of McNamaras Folly: The Use of Low-IQ Troops in the Vietnam. Because so many college students were avoiding military service during the Vietnam War, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara lowered mental standards to induct 354,000 low-IQ men. Their death toll in combat []

22:11

Israeli government in crisis after key minister quits Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Israeli government close to collapse after Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigns over recent Gaza ceasefire

22:09

Bahrain detains man for tweeting about boycotting upcoming elections Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The man, believed to be an ex-MP from the banned al-Wefaq opposition party, is accused of 'obstructing the electoral process'

22:03

The burial of Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi Arabias failure is a sin against Islam Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Violating the deceaseds right to an honourable Muslim burial is an ancient crime, one that recalls Sophocles as well as Islamic teaching

21:55

The Ukrainian President Signs a Pact With Constantinople Against the Ukrainian Church Strategic Culture Foundation

The chances of the smooth transition and easy victory over the Muscovite believers that Poroshenko wants so badly are quite slim. There are big scandals, big fights, and big disappointments ahead.

21:42

Assad calls on Syria's Druze minority to do military service Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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21:25

Yemeni War Deaths Have Been Underestimated by 5 to 1 Strategic Culture Foundation

Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project had originally estimated that about 10,000 people had been killed in the war in Yemen, roughly the same number reported by the World Health Organization.

21:00

LION AIR FLIGHT 610: A BOEING ANNOUNCEMENT AND SOME FINANCIAL ... Giza Death Star

Now, if you're like me and suspect something mighty fishy about that Indonesian airliner crash of Lion flight 610, with so many members of []

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20:55

European Leaders Have Lost the Will to Defend Western Civilization Strategic Culture Foundation

Europes ultimate survival will come down to brave and courageous men to thwart any new foreign invasions being delivered to Europes doorstep inside the Trojan Horse of good intentions.

20:52

Jewish Politics in America A Post Political View Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 14, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon I was invited to join the Unz Review, here is a link to my first contribution: http://www.unz.com/ The two contradictory Jewish ideologies (Identitarianism and Israelism) are each well- ensconced within the two rival ideologies that are tearing America apart. The red Republican counties want America to be Israel Again. The large []

20:44

US-Saudi Coalition Launches Direct Attack on Hodeidah but Yemenis Resist Advances GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Sanaa (GPA) The US-backed Saudi coalition in Yemen has launched a series of airstrikes on portions of Hodeidah port for the first time since beginning their offensive against indigenous Yemenis in June. A major lifeline for imports, a direct attack on Hodeidah port puts the lives of some 24 million Yemenis at risk for starvation and disease.

Head of Yemens Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi condemned the US-backed Saudi coalitions recent airstrikes on Hodeidah port. Al-Houthi called on the international community to condemn the military escalation against his country and called on the United Nations Security Council to put an end to hostilities to save millions of lives in Hodeidah and Yemen.

Earlier in the war, the Saudi-led coalition destroyed cranes at Hodeidah port so food and vital aid could not be unloaded. This fits with the coalitions strategic blockade which restricts Yemens imports and exports to utilize starvation and disease as a weapon of war and beat the Yemeni people into submission.

US Calls for Future Ceasefire Serve as Approval for Full-Blown Assault on Hoediah

At the end of October, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced a ceasefire would take place within 30 days followed by peace negotiations in Sweden. US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo echoed the same sentiment calling for a halt of all missile attacks from Yemeni forces as well as airstrikes from the Saudis and Emiratis.

However, this announcement calling for a ceasefire in 30 days just served as a smokescreen for the US-backed Saudi-led coalition to launch a no-holds-barred assault on Yemens strategic and life-sustaining Hodeidah port. The coalitions attempts to invade and capture Hodeidah port from indigenous Yemeni forces have remained unsuccessful since declaring the operation Golden Victory to occupy Hodeidah in June of 2018.

Since the beginning of November, the US-backed Saudi coalition has essentially carpet-bombed various areas of Hodeidah province while Saudi and Emirati-backed mercenaries attempt to make gains on the ground.

Coalition warplanes have not let up their attacks on innocent civilians either. Yesterday, fighter jets pounded a passenger bus leaving nine civilians dead and ot...

20:25

Deradicalization Starts at the Dinner Table Clarion Project

Libyan family shares a traditional meal. (Photo: Mahmud Turkia / AFP / Getty Images)A Libyan family shares a traditional meal. (Photo: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)

Deradicalization starts at the dinner table at least that is the possibility for every family across America. No matter what your background, the act of breaking bread and the tradition of a shared meal cuts across cultural and religious boundaries. For traditional families, including immigrant families, dinnertime is still the one tradition that continues no matter how far behind members of that family have left other traces of their inherited culture and identity.

Everyone comes together at the dinner table. If a family is very traditional, chances are the extended family comes together about once a week or once a month for extended periods of time. Given that most adults and children are often distracted by smart phones and other devices, the moments between spending time together, including the evening meal, becomes an even richer opportunity for a conversation. Its a window to cradle a familys collective attention in an environment that is safe, comfortable and disarming.

The question is: What do you bring up? How do you raise a tough conversation especially when you cant control who else will be at that table? The best way to go about it is to use stories. They can be real stories, news events, other peoples lives, things youve read, a movie, a TV show just about anything. 

Heres what you dont do:

  • Dont start with a religious point of reference
  • Dont give a judgment or strong opinion

Heres what you can do:

  • Start with a cultural point of reference
  • ...

20:12

Brief Look At Military Situation In Syria And Iraq On November 12-14, 2018 (Map Update)

This map provides a brief look at the military situation in Syria and Iraq over the past few days. The map allows to see that ISIS cells are still active across the both countries. Furthermore, ISIS is capable to carry out attacks and set up cells even in the formally liberated areas.

Brief Look At Military Situation In Syria And Iraq On November 12-14, 2018 (Map Update)

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19:56

#Rome: #Salvini campaigned for 22nd eviction of #Baobab camp Enough is Enough!

Rome, Italian territory: On Tuesday police evicted the Baobab refugee camp for the 22nd time.

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle. Images by No Name Kitchen Facebook page. Screenshot Salvini tweet by Enough is Enough.

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

rome13n4Baobab is one of many informal settlements in Rome and provided basic shelter to people who were forced out the system. Baobab was setup for the first time in 2015. Most people stayed only for a few days in the camp before they continued their journey, but others stayed for months. In the days before the eviction about 300 people were staying in Baobab. According to local authorities in Rome 75 peopl...

19:55

US Midterms Expose Russia Hacker Myth Strategic Culture Foundation

So what just happened? Nothing. Where were the social media campaigns of malicious Russian-inspired misinformation sowing division?

19:48

Vietnams top telecom bosses face arrest over loss-making TV deal China style crackdown on corruption in Vietnam Peace and Freedom

 

Vietnam on Wednesday issued arrest warrants and placed two top telecom bosses under investigation for suspected involvement in a loss-making private TV deal, authorities said, as a crackdown on graft gathers pace.

A conservative leadership that came to power in the one-party state in 2016 has carried out the sweeping campaign, going after high-rolling executives once thought to be untouchable in Vietnam, one of Asias most corrupt countries.

State-run Mobifone telecommunications has come under particular scrutiny after an attempted purchase in 2015 of loss-making private TV firm Audio Visual Global (AVG).

POOL/AFP/File | A crackdown on corruption in Vietnam has gone after executiveds once thought to be untouchable

The former director general of Mobifone Cao Duy Hai and deputy director general Pham Thi Phuong Anh were accused of violating regulations on managing and using public investment capital, said a statement on the website of the powerful Ministry of Public Security.

In August Hai was sacked from Mobifone as the communist party blamed him for his role in the proposed deal with AVG which the government argued would have cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars if the sale had gone through.

Deputy director general Anh was accused of lack of responsibility in negotiating and directing negotiation with AVGs shareholders, media reports said.

It is not clear if the two are in custody.

Mobifone said it spent around $385 million for the purchase of 95 percent of AVG shares in 2015 despite the company recording losses of about $70 million.

The government stepped in to halt the final deal and state media reported in May that AVG shareholders had refunded all the money.

The two executives were only the latest to get ensnared in the Mobifone clampdown.

Information and Communications Minister Truong Minh Tuan was dismissed from his position in October over the deal.

In a similar move, Mobifones former head Le Nam Tra and a senior communications ministry official have been put under detention in connection with the case.

Observers say the unprecedented corruption crackdown by Vietnams communist government shows few signs of slowing, and that the onslaught of cases is more tied to rivalries within the communist party than illegality.

Vietnam is ranked 107 out of 180 on Transparency Internationals Corruption Perceptions Index, among the lowest in the region.

19:46

War Criminals in High Office Commemorate the End of World War I Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky Global Research, November 12, 2018 In a bitter irony, several of the Worlds leaders who were peacefully commemorating the end of World War I in Paris including Trump, Netanyahu, Macron and May are the protagonists of war in Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen.  To put it bluntly they are war criminals under international []

19:46

Paul Craig Roberts, Noam Chomsky and the 'Judeo-Nazi Tendencies' stan van houcke

Only Jews Can Tell The Truth About Israel


Only Jews Can Tell The Truth About Israel
Imagine what would happen to Chomsky if he were a white gentile
Chomsky Warns of the Rise of Judeo-Nazi Tendencies in Israel
November 12, 2018 Information Clearing House    Prominent Jewish intellectual Noam Chomsky has raised concerns over what he believes is the rise of Judeo-Nazi tendencies in Israel. Speaking to i24NEWS last week, the renowned political dissident, linguist and scholar repeated warnings given by Yeshayahu Leibowitz, an Israeli public intellectual, biochemist and polymath, concerning the dehumanising effect of Israels brutal occupation of Palestine on the victims and the oppressors.
Chomsky commented on remarks by Leibowitz who was nominated for the Israel Prize saying that Leibowitz warned that if the occupation continues, Israeli Jews are going to turn into what he called, Judeo-Nazis. Chomsky recognised the description was a strong term and that most people wouldnt be able to get away with describing Israel in this manner but explained that Leibowitzs status meant that he was able to speak about Israel without incurring fury.
Leibowitz who passed away in 1994...

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US designates son of Hezbollah leader as a 'global terrorist' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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US State Department accuses Jawad Nasrallah of attacks against Israel in the occupied West Bank, describing him as a 'rising leader of Hezbollah'

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Italy defies EUs request for smaller budget Peace and Freedom

Italy has stuck to its big-spending budget plan, despite demands for changes from the EU and the threat of financial penalties. The move has sparked concerns over Italys debt, and uncertainty from investors.

The Italian government vowed to stand firm on its 2019 draft budget on Tuesday, ignoring a deadline set by the European Commission to revise its plans.

Italy set to defy EU as budget deadline looms
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (C) with his deputies Luigi Di Maio (L) and Matteo Salvini (R). Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Although Italy did make minor adjustments, the revisions are not likely to persuade the Commission, putting Italy in a high-stakes standoff with Brussels that could result in financial sanctions.

Arm wrestling between Italy and the EU

  • Shortly before the midnight deadline, Italys Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio announced that the government would not change its ambitious social spending plan, arguing that the increased spending is necessary to promote growth after years of austerity.
  • Italys draft budget will raise the budget deficit to 2.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP)  a stark increase compared to the previous governments target of 0.8 percent
  • The European Commissions forecast, on the other hand, expected a higher budget deficit which would breach the EUs 3.0 percent limit by 2020.
  • Italy now runs the risk of being fined up to 0.2 percent of GDP  which would amount to about 35 billion ($39.5 billion).
  • The Italian government did make some adjustments, saying that it plans to sell some government real estate to raise cash. Di Maio did not detail what would be sold, but said the properties wont include the family jewels.

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Israel: Gaza man throws grenades at security fence, is shot and arrested Peace and Freedom

Border incident comes after massive, deadly clash between Israel and Hamas ends with a shaky ceasefire

 

A Palestinian uses a slingshot to hurl a stone towards Israeli forces across the fence during clashes by the border with Israel east of Gaza city on July 13, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)

A Palestinian uses a slingshot to hurl a stone towards Israeli forces across the fence during clashes by the border with Israel east of Gaza city on July 13, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS)

Israeli troops shot and arrested a Palestinian man who threw a number of grenades at the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning, the army said.

The grenades failed to explode.

The incident came less than a day into a fragile ceasefire between Israel and terror groups in the Strip, after more than 460 rockets and mortars were fired into southern Israel over the course of 25 hours, killing one person. The military responded to the rockets with airstrikes throughout the Gaza Strip.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, when he was arrested, the suspect was found to be in possession of a pair of boltcutters and a knife.

His condition was not immediately known.

The suspect was handed over to the Shin Bet security service for questioning.

Officials assess the damage to a house after it was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, Israel, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Otherwise, life in Israeli communities near Gaza slowly returned to normal on Wednesday after a quiet night signaled that the ceasefire was holding.

Schools, higher education institutes and businesses were to reopen and farmers could again work their fields, many of them adjacent to the Gaza Strip. Train services south of Ashkelon also resumed.

There were no reports of rocket fire into Israel, or of Israeli strikes on Gaza, since Tuesday afternoon, when the ceasefire reportedly wen...

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Gaza burns hotter than Hollywood but theres nobody to put the fires out George Galloway Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By George Galloway Source A ball of fire above the building housing the Hamas-run television station al-Aqsa TV in the Gaza Strip during an Israeli air strike, November 12, 2018 AFP / Mahmud Hams   The world is fixated by the forest fires in Hollywood burning down stars mansions. With supreme irony some of []

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The destroyers of Libya are now for Libya , by Manlio Dinucci Voltaire Network

After Emmanuel Macron's failure to solve the Libyan crisis, it's now Giuseppe Conte's turn to take a shot at it. It's true that Rome is better placed than Paris, insofar as it enjoys the support of the White House. However, there is little chance that any progress of any sort will be made, since these fairy godmothers are in fact the big bad wolves who recently devoured Libya.

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Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Preparing For Thanksgiving Peace and Freedom

INGRATITUDE MEANS THE LOSS OF CHRISTIAN IDENTITY

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Wednesday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 493

Reading 1 TI 3:1-7

Beloved:
Remind them to be under the control of magistrates and authorities,
to be obedient, to be open to every good enterprise.
They are to slander no one, to be peaceable, considerate,
exercising all graciousness toward everyone.
For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, deluded,
slaves to various desires and pleasures,
living in malice and envy,
hateful ourselves and hating one another.

But when the kindness and generous love
of God our savior appeared,
not because of any righteous deeds we had done
but because of his mercy,
he saved us through the bath of rebirth
and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
whom he richly poured out on us
through Jesus Christ our savior,
so that we might be justified by his grace
and become heirs in hope of eternal life.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 23:1B-3A, 3BC-4, 5, 6

R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
He guides me in right paths
for his names sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd;...

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Iranian Activity Flourishing in Canada Clarion Project

A man imprisoned for speaking out against the Iranian regime says Tehran-sanctioned activities are taking place in Canada in 2018. Salim Sima, who now lives in Canada, says more punitive measures can be taken against Iran and some of its organs of state, including the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Sima tells his story and makes recommendations to Western governments in this podcast conversation with Clarions Ran Meir we apologize for any background noise you may hear in the audio file.

 

 

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Facing Propaganda The dirty war on Syria Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Related Videos Related Articles Belgian journalist to ST: Western media doesnt want to allow citizens to check the reality of events in Syria fabricated by MSM Mark Talianos Voices from Syria debunks lies fabricated by MSM Canadian analyst to ST: White Helmets are terrorist auxiliaries Syria, Iran Vow to Continue Fighting Terrorism, Seeking Progress in []

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Morning Prayer for Wednesday, November 14, 2018 I pray that I may try to follow Gods design today Peace and Freedom

Isnt It Gods Job to Judge Others?

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A better way than judging people is to look for all the good in them. If you look hard enough and long enough, you ought to be able to find some good in every person.  My job is to try to bring out the good, not criticize the bad. Everyone is used to being judged and criticized. That has never helped anyone.  We tell people they can change. We try to bring out the best in them. We encourage their good points and ignore their bad points. People are not converted by criticism. Do I look for the good in people?

Meditation for the Day

There must be a design for the world in the mind of God. We believe His design for the world is a universal fellowship of men and women under the fatherhood of God. The plan for your life must also be in the mind of God. In times of quiet meditation you can seek for Gods guidance, for the revealing of Gods plan for your day. Then you can live this day according to that guidance. Many people are not making of their lives what God meant them to be, and so they are unhappy. They have missed the design for their lives.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may try to follow Gods design for today. I pray that I may have the sense of Divine Intent in what I do today.

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Isnt It Gods Job to Judge Others?

Judging Others You Be the Judge

Opportunities for judging others are readily available. A summons for jury duty expects us to impartially judge the culpability of an individual. During an election we judge, by comparison, each candidates integrity. Televised court cases entertain, while allowing the viewer to judge the defendants or the wisdom of the judges verdict. Pronouncing judgment upon others seems human nature!

Our fondness of judging others extends far beyond legal or civic matters. People are especially good at speaking out against all kinds of things they find offensive. Sadly, their focus may center on the person, instead of the action.

Jesus knew humans would struggle with judging and He contained a stern warning in His Word: Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brothers eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, Let me take the speck out of your eye, when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to re...

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US security and economy undoubtedly put at risk by China Peace and Freedom

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Belt and Road masks use of Asian ports by Chinese navy, congressional panel warns

Members of Chinas military carry the nations flag during the opening ceremony in October of the China-ASEAN Maritime Exercise.   Reuters

WASHINGTON Chinas hegemonic ambitions pose certain risk to U.S. security and economic interests, a bipartisan congressional panel said in a report released on Wednesday.

The 2018 report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission criticizes Beijings attempt to turn Asian seaports into military supply bases.

It also warned that the country may steal information from U.S. corporations by taking advantage of key technologies for data distribution.

Many aspects of Chinas attempts to seize leadership have undoubtedly put at risk the national security and economic interests of the United States, its allies and partners, the report states.

The commission, whose members include former government officials and China experts, wields a great deal of influence over congressional policies.

The annual report specifically says China is developing and operating seaports under its Belt and Road Initiative ostensibly aimed at creating a vast economic bloc but in fact is using them as fuel and supply bases for its navy. The report continues, saying China uses protection of infrastructure needed for development as the pretext for deploying its naval forces overseas.

It also raises concerns that Chinas aggressive spending on next-generation defense technologies may eclipse U.S. military supremacy in the medium to long term.

Regarding denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the report said China appears to have started to relax its sanctions against North Korea, weakening the U.S. policy of applying maximum pressure on Pyongyang. It also says China places a low priority on the denuclearization issue.

Beijing app...

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#Indonesia: Call for international solidarity to the radical feminist Anindya Joediono! Enough is Enough!

Indonesian feminist Anindya Joediono has recently been persecuted by government officials. Anindya is no stranger to students organizations and feminist collectives, having been involved in numerous leftist movements since 2016.

Originally published by liberation is life

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

In December 2017, Anindya and her company of friends began advocating against urban poor eviction by the officials, and their fight still continues today. She never backs down in writing open criticism addressed to the government to challenge neoliberal policies, including one which regulates the infrastructure development.

On July 6 2018, Anindya was attending a discussion and movie screening invite in a Papua students boarding house. The event discussed about the human rights violation by the Indonesian government toward the Papuans. As a context, theres still a high level of racism against Papuans or Melanesian groups in Indonesia; therefore, Papua-affiliated events are always seen as separatism.

During the discussion, hundreds of the governments apparatus along with military officers barged in without any warrant and terminated the discussion. While confronting an official and asking for the warrant, Anindya was sexually harassed by one of the police members. Another woman in the location, Isabella, was dragged by them. After being dragged and harassed they were bullied by the police officers.

After the event, Anindya chronicled the case in her social media accounts for several days. Her house was watched by the officers. Her participation as a speaker in a seminar was disrupted when police officers came and interrogated the organizers regarding the nature of the event. Due to her writings in social media accounts, she was reported by the municipal police units (Satpol PP in Bahasa) for defamation. She might face four years in prison.

The chronology of the discussion in the Papuan students boarding house is online at the Asian Human Rights Commission page on this case.

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China advances code of conduct for South China Sea Peace and Freedom

Chinas premier has hailed progress on an agreement that would ensure peace and stability in the strategic sea. Beijing has continued to fill a void as US influence in the region wanes under Donald Trump.

    
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Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang on Wednesday said Beijing and countries with stakes in the South China Sea are closer than ever before to a code of conduct for the strategic thoroughfare.

Ahead of a meeting between China and the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Li said the recent adoption of a draft text for the pact was a major breakthrough.

The single draft negotiating text is not merely a technical term, but an indication that China and ASEAN have reached consensus on ensure peace and stability, freedom of overflight and navigation in the South China Sea, Li said. We have found the way to properly manage and defuse differences.

Filipino protesters set fire to a Chinese flagTensions in some ASEAN countries, such as the Philippines, have prompted protests against Chinese military maneuvers in the South China Sea

Friction

While China maintains it has a historical right over the South China Sea, ASEAN members such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei also claim land features in the area.

In 2016, an international tribunal found in favor of the Philippines in a territorial complaint, saying China had no historical rights to resources within its so-called nine-dash line. The ruling further strained relations between Beijing and Manila.

Since then, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has attempted to defuse tensions, in part to attract infrastructure funding and increased trade and investment from Beijing. Duterte said on Wednesday that ASEAN countries have seen significant progress in relations with China.

Everythings been...

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Saudi Arabia Has Plans To Assasinate Senior Iranian Officials Including General Soleimani: NYT Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

  Saudi Arabia Has Plans To Assasinate Senior Iranian Officials Including General Soleimani: NYT 13.11.2018 Saudi intelligence officials, close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed a plan to assassinate senior Iranian officials, including General Qassem Soleimani, according to a NYT report published on November 11th. The outlet cited three unnamed sources familiar with the []

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BBC Radio 4: nothing to see in southern Israel, move along to Gaza BBC Watch

As we saw yesterday the BBC News website was not interested in telling BBC audiences about the numerous terrorists missiles which hit the homes and businesses of Israeli civilians in places such as Ashkelon, Sederot and Netivot on November 12th.

If readers are wondering whether the BBCs domestic radio audiences got any better coverage, the answer to that question can be found by taking a look at BBC Radio 4s November 12th edition of The World Tonight, presented by Ritula Shah.

Near the beginning of the programme (from 05:26 here) listeners heard a news bulletin in which newsreader Chris Aldridge...

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UK reaches draft Brexit divorce deal with Brussels negotiators Peace and Freedom

Negotiators for the EU and the UK have finally struck a draft deal on the conditions of the British divorce from the bloc. But now Theresa May has to convince her Cabinet and Parliament to back the deal.

    
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The UK and the European Union negotiators have finalized the text for a draft deal for Britains departure from the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa Mays office said on Tuesday.

May has called a Cabinet meeting for Wednesday afternoon, preceded by a series of one-on-one meetings with Cabinet ministers, to discuss the terms of the deal.

According to Irelands public broadcaster RTE, the text resolves the Irish border issue, a fundamental sticking point in negotiations.

Read more: Brexit drags up Northern Irelands dark past

White smoke

German MEP Manfred Weber, the lead candidate for the center-right European Peoples Party bloc in next years European elections, confirmed there had been a breakthrough. The white smoke is rising, he told German public broadcaster ARD. There are positive signals that we have finally reached an agreement after weeks and months of tortuous debate.

However, a spokesperson for the EUs chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said a deal wasnt yet finalized, and that the ambassadors from the 27 other member states would take stock on Wednesday.

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Czech Republic to say no U.N. migration pact: report Peace and Freedom

The Czech Republic will not join a United Nations pact that aims to regulate the treatment of migrants worldwide, the CTK news agency said on Wednesday, quoting Czech Prime Minster Andrej Babis.

Migration (picture-alliance/Zuma Press/London News Pictures/P. Hackett)

The Czech government had signaled its opposition to the pact earlier this month. It joins the growing ranks of European Union nations opposed to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

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Pence decries violence against Rohingya in open remarks to Suu Kyi at tense meeting Peace and Freedom

The United States has accused Myanmar of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya  Of course people have different points of view, Suu Kyi said.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence criticized Myanmars military for the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in a meeting with the countrys leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday, and said he was keen to hear that those responsible for the violence would be held accountable.

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The violence and persecution by military and vigilantes that resulted in driving 700,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh is without excuse, he told Suu Kyi in a brief meeting with the media before they went into private talks on the sidelines of a Asia-Pacific summit in Singapore.

I am anxious to hear the progress that you are making of holding those accountable who are responsible for the violence that displaced so many hundreds of thousands and created such suffering, including the loss of life, he added.

He said Washington was also keen to hear about progress in making it possible for the Rohingya to voluntarily return to the western Myanmar state of Rakhine from vast refugees camps in southern Bangladesh where they now live.

The United States has accused the military of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya, a Muslim minority who are widely reviled in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. U.N.-mandated investigators have accused the military of unleashing a campaign of killings, rape and arson with genocidal intent.

ARREST OF JOURNALISTS

Myanmar says its operations in Rakhine were a legitimate response to attacks on security forces by Rohingya insurgents in August last year.

Suu Kyi, responding to Pence, said: Of course people have different points of view but the point is that you should exchange these views and try to understand each other better.

In a way we can say that we understand our country better than any other country does and Im sure you will say the same of yours, that you understand your country better than anybody else, she added.

Amnesty International this week withdrew its most prestigious human rights prize from Suu Kyi, accusing her of perpetuating human rights abuses by not speaking out about violence against the Rohingya.

Once hailed as a champion in the fight for democracy, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner has been stripped of a series of international honors over the Rohingya exodus.

Pence also said that Washington wanted to see a free and democratic press in Myanmar, and the jailing of two journalists last year was deeply troubling for millions of Americans.

In America, we believe in our democratic institutions and ideals, including a free and independent press, he said.

He did not mention by name Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters journ...

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Mega Srebrenica in Iraq Causes Mostly a Yawn Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Originally posted on Astute News:
One would think that the report of a few days ago about the gruesome discovery of mass graves in Iraq and many thousands of apparent civilians buried in them would cause at least a genuine stir, if not a semblance of moral outrage in the Western world, known to be

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#Amsterdam: #ADM Action at Chidda Vastgoed BV Enough is Enough!

Statement by ADM about an action at Chidda Vastgoed BV (Real estate company).

Originally published by ADM.

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

November 12, 2018

Action Chidda Vastgoed BV

Today we went to the headquarters of Chidda Vastgoed BV to present a cheque of 100 million euros to the heirs of Bertus Lske in a massive golden box. There were about 50 people at the action, and none of the heirs of Lske came out to pick up the present.

Why did we do that?
The city of Amsterdam gives an absurd gift of 100 million euros to the heirs of Bertus Lske, by evicting the residents of the ADM.
Today we went to give a huge gift to Chidda Vastgoed B.V. on behalf of the city of Amsterdam.
Due to the evacuation of the residents of the ADM site and allowing demolition- and asbestos removal company Koole BV to move to the ADM site, while their activities are not fitting with the perpetual clause that is part of the site, the value of the site is increasing enormously. Money that shouldnt go to the real-estate mafia but back to the citizens of Amsterdam!
The Amsterdam municipality can prevent this but does not dare to make tough decisions. Symbolically we therefore handed over the ship with money on behalf of the municipality. And what is more symbolic than a sea container of the former Amsterdam Drydock Company.

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For the Bony Bodies of Yemeni Children Youd Never Become Poor by Giving! Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Zeinab Daher In Yemen, people get up early in the morning because of war, death and famine Although Yemen occupies a large noticeable area on the world map, it can barely go noticed in the hearts and minds of the entire people. {The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah []

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The ruthless campaign to save Mohammed bin Salman Peace and Freedom

With every passing day, the Saudi prince looks more likely to survive the Khashoggi scandal

Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince AP

By Roula Khalaf

The once flamboyant Saudi billionaire, Alwaleed bin Talal, looked visibly uncomfortable in a television interview last week as he dispensed effusive praise for Saudi Arabias crown prince. Two weeks earlier, Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri laughed nervously on stage as he applauded Mohammed bin Salman.

The Saudi financier and the Lebanese prime minister have been targets in the young princes ruthless attempt to impose his will on Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East. But exhibiting public support appears to be a requirement now that Prince Mohammed is in trouble, and on a drive to clear his name.

Since Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi columnist, was strangled and his body dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month, the propaganda campaign designed to insulate Prince Mohammed from a crime supposedly committed by rogue aides has gone into overdrive.

Enlisting friends is not sufficient; victims too must join in the whitewashing. It is a charade that can be well captured by a popular Arab saying: You kill and walk in the victims funeral procession. A year ago, Mr Hariri was summoned to Riyadh, ostensibly for a meeting, then detained and ordered to appear on television to bash Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hizbollah.

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Saad Hariri

It was an early warning of the despotic style of Prince Mohammed.

While Saudi Arabia persisted in denying the detention, French President Emmanuel Macron had to work his diplomatic magic to ensure the prime ministers release. In October, Mr Hariri was asked to Riyadh again, this time to participate and act chummy on a conference panel with Prince Mohammed. In a chilling ending to the session, the prince joked that Mr Hariri would stay in Saudi Arabia another two days but no one should assume that he was detained. It was tasteless humour; Mr Hariri giggled all the same.

Prince Alwaleed, a member of the royal al-Saud family, has also been forced into merciless surrender. A year ago, he was among the royals and businessmen arrested and forced to part with assets and cash to secure their release.

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Prince Alwaleed

Since being freed, he has expressed repeated suppo...

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US, China revive trade talks ahead of Argentina meeting, Ross says Peace and Freedom

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American and Chinese negotiators have revived trade talks in the hopes of reaching a draft agreement before President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping meet face-to-face on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Argentina.

Chinese negotiators will arrive in Washington shortly with the aim of ironing out an informal deal, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Tuesday at a panel event in Washington, though he did not specify an exact time frame for a meeting.
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Trade will be one of the issues up for discussion when the delegation arrives, a Treasury spokesperson told CNN.
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The fresh momentum comes after months of widening stalemate between the worlds two largest economies over trade, a key issue for Trump.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said later Tuesday morning on CNBC that the restart of talks is a good thing.
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Trump was scheduled to meet with members of his trade team on Tuesday to discuss a separate issue: auto tariffs. The US government is weighing whether to impose tariffs on Japanese and European SUVs, vans and auto parts, ostensibly to protect national security interests. Its unlikely a decision is imminent, according to a US official.
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That issue is separate from the Chinese tariff talks.
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke by phone on Friday, a spokesperson for the agency confirmed Tuesday, an effort to restart trade discussions ahead of the two leaders meeting, which...

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U.K.s May Faces Brexit Test as Officials Reach Draft Deal Peace and Freedom

Prime minister to seek her divided cabinets backing Wednesday before joining parliamentary battle

Negotiators for Britain and the European Union on Tuesday hammered out a draft Brexit deal, setting up a critical endgame in which Prime Minister Theresa May must now try to sell the plan to her skeptical ministers and Parliament.

Why a Brexit Deal Between the U.K. and the EU Remains Elusive

Why a Brexit Deal Between the U.K. and the EU Remains Elusive

The U.K. is set to leave the European Union in March 2019. But despite more than two years of negotiations, they still cant agree on the terms of their separation. The WSJ explains the key sticking points ahead of a set of crucial negotiations. Image: Reuters
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Chinese consumers pull back, but other indicators stabilise Peace and Freedom

Chinese consumer spending slowed in October, official data showed Wednesday, adding to worries over the worlds second-largest economy, but investment and industrial production appeared to stabilise.

Concerns about China have increased in recent months after third-quarter growth came in at its slowest pace in nine years, and as trade frictions with the US have ratcheted upwards.

Chinese officials are currently engaging with their US counterparts as the two economic giants try to work out a compromise on trade ahead of President Xi Jinpings meeting with Donald Trump later this month at the G20 gathering.

The National Bureau of Statistics said on Wednesday that retail sales slowed to an 8.6 percent year-on-year increase in October, slightly short of estimates and down from 9.2 percent in September.

The NBS blamed the deceleration on consumers holding off from making purchases until Singles Day, Chinas annual discount shopping bonanza that was held on November 11.

AFP | The National Bureau of Statistics said the slowdown in retail sales for October came as shoppers were waiting to pick up bargains during Singles Day on November 11

Given uncertain and unstable factors abroad, there are concerns over the slower though stable economic development which is facing downward pressure, bureau spokeswoman Liu Aihua told a news briefing.

The world economy and trade growth momentum have weakened while international financial markets have been turbulent.

Exports to the major United States market have held up so far but analysts forecast a dimming picture in the months ahead, reinforcing the need for China to rely on its legions of domestic consumers to grow the economy.

The trade row with the US has sapped market confidence, dragging down Chinese equities and the yuan currency.

On the positive side, fixed-asset investment, a key economic driver, showed signs of rebounding.

It expanded 5.7 percent on-year for the first ten months of the year, picking up after hitting record lows this summer as Beijings push to get big projects moving this autumn lifted infrastructure spending.

Output at factories and workshops ticked up 5.9 percent in October, an improvement on the 5.8 percent in September, according to the NBS, and ahead of the 5.8 percent forecast in a Bloomberg News survey.

Despite the uptick in industrial output and investment, we doubt that economic growth has bottomed out just yet, Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics wrote in a research note.

He said local governments had held off on issuing bonds in recen...

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ISIS fighters might declare new caliphate in Philippines, experts warn intelNews.org

The number of foreign Islamic State fighters entering the Philippines is growing, and the momentum they generate among local Islamist groups may prompt them to declare a new caliphate, according to experts.

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Saudi Arabia and the Canadian Arms Lobby Antiwar.com Original

Will they cancel the contract or wont they? In order to understand Ottawas decision making process regarding General Dynamics massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia one must look closely at industry lobbyists. While the Trudeau government is under substantial public pressure to rescind the $15 billion Light Armored Vehicle sale, to do so would challenge Continue reading "Saudi Arabia and the Canadian Arms Lobby"

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Killing the Messenger: Truth in a Time of Universal Deceit Antiwar.com Original

When telling the truth is a revolutionary act, journalists and whistleblowers are targets. When politicians attack freedom of speech, media becomes weaponized. And here we are. How ironic that the government of Turkish President Erdogan is postured as truth-leaker in the apparent gruesome murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Turkey is the leading per-capita Continue reading "Killing the Messenger: Truth in a Time of Universal Deceit"

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Unwrapping Armageddon: The Erosion of Nuclear Arms Control Antiwar.com Original

The decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Force Agreement (INF) appears to be part of a broader strategy aimed at unwinding over 50 years of agreements to control and limit nuclear weapons, returning to an era characterized by the unbridled development weapons of mass destruction. Terminating the INF treaty Continue reading "Unwrapping Armageddon: The Erosion of Nuclear Arms Control"

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15:58

Propaganda during World War I: An Illustrated Account Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Terje Meloy Source These stories are not unique cases from a remote war. The same methods are constantly rinsed and repeated, the mentality in our ruling elites is the same, and the risk of a major conflict is as great today as in 1914. These examples concentrate mostly on British/American perception management and propaganda. []

15:53

25 Killed in Turkish Strikes Against PKK in Northern Iraq Antiwar.com Original

At least 25 people were killed in recent violence: Turkish air strikes against Kurdistan Workers Party (P.K.K.) targets across northern Iraq left another 25 guerrillas dead. Turkey reported on Tuesday that it neutralized 57 guerrillas in air strikes on Iraq over the last four days. By neutralized, the government means that the guerrillas were either Continue reading "25 Killed in Turkish Strikes Against PKK in Northern Iraq"

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15:21

Israels failure in Gaza Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Mohammad Ayesh Source The failed Israeli operation that targeted Hamas members on Sunday evening confirms that Israel is not sparing any opportunity and is not risking losing any target, regardless of the political situation. It does not care if the truce collapses or survives and it does not care about any international mediator. It has become []

15:00

More Guardian Lies About Nicaragua OffGuardian

Nora McCurdy & Nan McCurdy Editors note: The Guardian has been on a campaign of lies about Nicaragua. They have taken sides and are not honest reporters but advocates for the coup. Even though the falsity of their reporting has been repeatedly pointed out, they continue on their disgraceful campaign of reporting false stories on Nicaragua. The article below focused on the church being a sanctuary for protesters and makes outlandish claims about incarceration of protesters. In fact, church leaders were part of the violent failed coup. A clandestine recording, described in the article below, of a Catholic bishop shows him claiming credit for the failed coup. The leaked audio recording of a meeting Silvio Bez, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Managua, is of a meeting held for the purpose of destabilizing the government of Nicaragua. The recordings show that Church leaders helped create the violent roadblocks, are plotting more violence and want Daniel Ortega executed. Bez, who has been unmasked as a principal conspirator in the violent coup attempt against the President Daniel

14:53

Gaza Needs International Intervention to Prevent Another Israeli Military Offensive The Anti-Media

Gaza Israeli Offensive(MEMO Op-ed)  Since the end of Israels 2014 military offensive against the Palestinians in Gaza, which lasted 51 days, the besieged coastal territory has been the scene of endless armed incursions. Hundreds of Palestinians have been killed, injured or maimed when a truce is supposed to be in place. Endless efforts mediated by regional countries have tried []

14:47

The Plan: Why Israel Is Bent on Supporting Arab Division Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Elias Samo Source During many meetings with senior members of the Syrian opposition in various European cities in 2013-2014, I would remind them that Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the United States, amongst others, host and finance the opposition due to their own self-interest and agendas; and not out of love for Syria. I would []

14:42

Russia Hosts Milestone Conference on Afghanistan to Kick-Start Peace Process Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Peter Korzun Source Theres a first time for everything. On Nov. 9, a Taliban delegation attended a one-day diplomatic conference in Russia to explore potential solutions for a peaceful settlement. It was the first time the Taliban had ever taken part in such a high-level international event that brought together India, Pakistan, Iran, China, and five []

14:37

Criminal war, poverty at the heart of European & US migration turmoil Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Finian Cunningham Source Europe has certainly adopted more fortress-like controls against would-be refugees. A concomitant rise in anti-immigrant political parties has in turn fueled popular resentment towards EU institutions. But the debate requires much more than moral appeals. A recent study entitled Building Walls puts the growth of EU internal and external border barriers into stark []

13:12

Convenient Demonologies: Stopping Migrant Caravans Dissident Voice

President Donald J. Trump has been engaged with berating human caravans, a spectacle that might have been odd in another era.  At first instance, it all seems fundamentally anachronistic, a sort of history in reverse.  It was, after all, the caravan packed with invasive pioneers that gave the United States its distinct frontier identity, moving with relentless, exterminating purpose in ultimately closing it.

On October 19, some 7,000 Central American migrants, mostly from Honduras and Guatemala, made an attempt to cross the bridge between Guatemala and Mexico. Una necesidad nos obliga, came the justification of a 20-year old man to the Washington Post.  The ultimate destination for most: the United States.

Such a necessity does not merely apply to states in social and political decay.  Honduras has historically been an eviscerated client state, its politics those of a marionette of Washingtons interests.  In similar fashion, Guatemala continues to bleed before the preying involvement of Washington in its history.  The US-owned United Fruit Company craved gangsters for capitalism, and the Central Intelligence Agency obliged in protecting its assets, assisting the overthrow of the Arbenz administration in 1954.

The Mexican authorities made various attempts to repel the human stream with violent though modest success.  With the November mid-term elections looming, this small group became electoral dynamite for Trump.  It gave him a chance to militarise matters, announcing the deployment of 5,200 troops to the US-Mexico border.  (Some 5,600 have currently taken their positions.)

The language of General Terrence John OShaughnessy, in describing the proposed plan, resembled a description of an armed operation against an elevated enemy. Our concept of operations is to flow in our military assets with a priority to build up southern Texas, and then Arizona, and then California.

In the words of the previous US president, Barack Obama, Theyre telling us the single most grave threat to America is a bunch of poor, impoverished, broke, hungry refugees a thousand miles away.  Film director Spike Lee, presenting his latest effort, BlacKkKlansman, at the Los Cabos International Film Festival in Mexico, was even more unvarnished.  Agent Orange was on the campaign trail for his fellow gangsters and stirring his base by saying the migrant caravan was his invasion.

If there is something that tickles and engages the populist sentiment, Trump...

13:12

Phil Ochs and the Crucifixion of President John F. Kennedy Aletho News

By Edward Curtin | November 13, 2018 They say they cant believe it, its a sacrilegious shame Now, who would want to hurt such a hero of the game? But you know I predicted it; I knew he had to fall How did it happen? I hope his suffering was small. Tell me every detail, []

12:53

Trump nominates retired army general as US ambassador to Saudi Arabia Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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12:25

Canadas Arms Lobby supports Sale of Light Armoured Vehicles to Saudi Arabia Dissident Voice

Will they cancel the contract or wont they? In order to understand Ottawas decision-making process regarding General Dynamics massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia one must look closely at industry lobbyists.

While the Trudeau government is under substantial public pressure to rescind the $15 billion Light Armoured Vehicle sale, to do so would challenge the company and the broader corporate lobby.

Last week a senior analyst with the GD-financed Canadian Global Affairs Institute boldly defended the LAV sale. There has been no behaviour by the Saudis to warrant cancelling this contract, said David Perry to the London Free Press. Perry must have missed the Kingdoms violence in Yemen, repression in eastern Saudi Arabia and consulate murder in Istanbul.

Two weeks ago Perry told another interviewer that any move to reverse the LAV sale would have dire consequences. There would be geopolitical implications. There would be a huge number of economic implications, both immediately and in the wider economy cancelling this, I think, would be a big step because as far as I understand the way that we look at arms exports, it would effectively mean that weve changed the rules of the game.

Amidst an earlier wave of criticism towards GDs LAV sale, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute published a paper titled Canada and Saudi Arabia: A Deeply Flawed but Necessary Partnership that defended the $15-billion deal. At the time of its 2016 publication at least four of the institutes fellows wrote columns justifying the sale, including an opinion piece by Perry published in the Globe and Mail Report on Business that was headlined Without foreign sales, Canadas defence industry would not survive.

Probably Canadas most prominent foreign policy think tank, Canadian Global Affairs Institute is a recipient of GDs generous donations. Both GD Land Systems and GD Mission Systems are listed among its supporters in recent annual reports, but the exact sum theyve given the institute isnt public.

The Conference of Defence Associations Institute also openly supports GDs LAV sale. Representatives of the Ottawa-based lobby/think tank have written...

11:41

Talk Nation Radio: Stephen McKeown on Armistice Day World Beyond War . . .

 November 13, 2018

Steve McKeown was a radio operator in the 4th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1966 to 1967. He was a founding member of Veterans For Peace Chapter 27 in Minneapolis / St. Paul, and is the coordinator for their newsletter. Steve has spoken to hundreds of classes in elementary and high schools, colleges, churches, and community groups on matters of war and peace. And he has been part of organizing all kinds of peace activism including related to Armistice Day, the 100th anniversary of which was this past Sunday.

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11:40

Colombia: The Indigenous Minga of Choc Remain in Bogota and Call for Global Support for Their Just Struggle INTERNATIONALIST 360

ONIC Neither the cold of the Savannah of Bogot, nor the cold indifference of the state, will be able to extinguish the flame of the struggle for life in our territories! The Embera, Wounaan and Zen Indigenous Peoples, of the Municipalities of RioSucio and Carmen de Darin del Choc, in Minga for Life and dignity,...

11:32

Adam Hochschild on Democracy Now World Beyond War . . .

Adam Hochschild on Democracy Now

On Armistice Day, Democracy Nows Amy Goodman interviewed historian Adam Hochschild, author of To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 and King Leopolds Ghost. Adam Hochschild was a co-founder of Mother Jones magazine. His latest book is Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays.

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11:17

Realities and Challenges of Recuperated Workplaces in Argentina Dissident Voice

Workers demonstrate in defense of Cermica Zanon and other recuperated ceramics factories, in 2003 (Photo: Indymedia Argentina)

In this interview we talk to Andrs Ruggeri, anthropologist and researcher who directs the Facultad Abierta programme (Open School) of the University of Buenos Aires, dedicated to researching and supporting workplaces recuperated by their workers. Ruggeri tells us about the history of this movement, the challenges it faces, the relations with recent governments in Argentina, and much more.

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Ricardo Vaz:  Can you tell us a bit about this programme, Facultad Abierta?

Andres Ruggeri:  Facultad Abierta (Open School) is something that in Latin America is usually known as a University Extension, understood as the university function that is dedicated to the community. Usually these have to do with cultural aspects, courses, workshops, and this issue has also been commodified recently.

We started the programme in 2002. In the School of Philosophy and Literature of the University of Buenos Aires we set up a tiny extension unit to work with social movements, popular movements, that were flourishing at the time, among them the recuperated workplaces. We quickly turned to the subject of worker self-management, or workers control, on one hand doing research, and on the other taking part in the processes, trying to support the organizations that emerged.

RV: So it is not just a matter of doing research and documenting. What is, so to say, the contribution in the opposite direction? What do recuperated workplaces look for from Facultad Abierta?

AR: We never come with an attitude of telling the workers that this is what needs to be done, rather we look to work on a joint analysis of the issues, that will help with self-management. There are many aspects to it. One of them is actual participation: spreading information, supporting the occupations, collaboration in specific tasks, as well as articulating with other professionals. For example, we work with engineers, lawyers, accountants, people fro...

11:16

Talkin Jim Acosta Hard Pass Blues: Is White House Press Access a Constitutional Right? Aletho News

By Thomas L. Knapp | The Garrison Center | November 13, 2018 On the evening of November 7, administration officials suspended CNN White House correspondent Jim Acostas hard pass. A hard pass allows its holder access to areas designated for journalists in the West Wing, on Air Force One, and in other secured areas during presidential []

11:14

New Movement Arises To Force Action On Climate Change PopularResistance.Org

The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a conservative body, estimates that humans have twelve years to take effective action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Given the lack of response by most governments to do what is necessary, a new movement has arisen in the United Kingdom targeting the House of Parliament to force significant policy changes. Called the Extinction Rebellion, this movement needs to go global. We spoke with Marijn Van de Geer about what the Extinction Rebellion is doing, their model of change and how to get involved.

11:00

The IMF, the G20 and an Argentine Disaster Foretold INTERNATIONALIST 360

Nate Singham As Argentina prepares to host the G20 heads of state summit, it stares at a long period of social and economic crises that are likely to be the byproducts of IMF-dictated austerity policies implemented by president Mauricio Macri Argentina will soon have the somewhat dubious distinction of being the first South American country...

11:00

Autonomy, Insubordination and the Radical Mapuche Movement in Chile INTERNATIONALIST 360

Gilberto Lpez y Rivas Csar Enrique Pinedas book, The Wallmapu [1] burns: autonomy, insubordination and the radical Mapuche movement in Chile, UNAM-CIALC-Bajo Tierra editions (2018), [2] is singularly relevant within the ambit of research about social movements, original peoples and autonomic processes. It constitutes a rigorous, founded, committed and achieved theoretical-empirical effort to penetrate one...

11:00

Cuba Withdraws Doctors from Brazil Following Threats INTERNATIONALIST 360

ministerio salud publica The Ministry of Public Health of the Republic of Cuba, committed to the solidarity and humanist principles that have guided Cubas medical cooperation for 55 years, has been participating in Brazils More Doctors program since its inception in August of 2013. This initiative launched by Dilma Rousseff, who was at that time...

11:00

Palestine Resistance View Liebermans Resignation as a Victory INTERNATIONALIST 360

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine PFLP Statement: Liebermans Resignation a Result of Failure to Defeat the Resistance The US State Departments Decision to Continue to Target Al-Arouri Axis of Resistance Resistance Has Shown Creativity and Competence in the Field of Struggle Palestinian Resistance Factions: Liebermans Resignation Confirms Propriety of Resistance Path The...

10:34

Audio of Khashoggi murder does not implicate Saudi crown prince, says Bolton Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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10:32

Facebook Sic Semper Tyrannis

My FB page has stopped functioning again. I wonder what set the boys and girls off this time. pl

09:59

Freedom of the press in the US Sic Semper Tyrannis

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government...

09:55

Para Cambiar Todo en formatos PDF y web CrimethInc.

El fracaso de la izquierda y los triunfos de la derecha son suficientes para mantenernos luchando contra ambos. Presentamos nuestra introduccin al anarquismo, Para Cambiar Todo, en varios formatos y varias lenguas, una de ellas viviendo bajo la bota de El Estado Espaol, y otra en el hemisferio occidental colonizado por el mismo Estado Espaol. Por favor imprmanlos y distribyanlos donde quiera que estn. Aquellos en los Estados Unidos, todava pueden ordenar nuestra versin impresa de Para Cambiar Todo de CrimethInc., pero apresrense que se agotan.

Las versiones de la web estn aqu y aqu.

PDF por Espaa

PDF por Amrica Latina.

The failures of the left and the successes of the right are enough to keep us fighting against both. Were presenting our introduction to anarchism, Para Cambiar Todo, in several formats and two dialectsone for those living under the thumb of El Estado Espaol and one for those in the portions of the Western Hemisphere that were colonized by El Estado Espaol. Please print these out and distribute them wherever you are. Those in the United States can still order our printing of Para Cambiar Todo from CrimethInc. Far East, but hurryits almost out of print.

09:36

Woolsey Fire Burns Nuclear Meltdown Site that State Toxics Agency Failed to Clean Up Aletho News

THE SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY (ROCKETDYNE) BURNED IN THE WOOLSEY FIRE, THREATENING TOXIC EXPOSURES FROM CONTAMINATED DUST, SMOKE, ASH AND SOIL. THE DEPARTMENT OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL DENIES RISK THAT IT CREATED BY DELAYING THE LONG PROMISED CLEANUP. Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles | November 9, 2018 Last night, the Woolsey fire burned the contaminated []

09:26

Canadian Legal Systems Complicity in Genocide Dissident Voice

[T]he US government no less than the government of Canada is required to obtain the consent of the Indian nations before assuming jurisdiction to invade, occupy and govern the yet unceded Indian national territories.

Bruce Clark, Ongoing Genocide caused by Judicial Suppression of the Existing Aboriginal Rights (2018), p 25-26

I have only been physically inside a courtroom once, and that was to support a falsely accused colleague. It struck me that a typical western courtroom is set up not to exude justice but to intimidate, not just the accused but all people present, with the power of the State. The judge is invariably seated centrally on a dais, able to observe all that transpires below in the courtroom. When the judge enters, all present are required to stand, and none may be seated until permission is granted by his honor. When the proceedings are displeasing to her honor, she may strike a gavel on the dais to summon order in the courtroom.

Witness the power of the State: the power to mete out punishment for persons found guilty of something the State has determined to be illegal. It is a power that may be, and has been, wielded in what would be construed to be a thoroughly criminal manner in a moral universe. After all, gift giving and dancing were once deemed illegal by the Canadian State, and thus the tradition of First Nation Potlatches were banned until a sense of sanity and seeming propriety prevailed.

Such legal chicanery is not surprising to those who subscribe to Emery Dahlbergs admonition that power corrupts.1 When law is unjust or when the punishment for wrongdoing is unjust, then the State has abused its power. The States power to prescribe justice can, moreover, be argued to represent State violence in that the threat of punishment is used by the State to coerce behavioral compliance with the societal norms as dictated by the State.

To any informed person, Canada is undeniably a nation state erected on pre-existing nation states. The founding of Canada was unquestionably rooted in the genocide of the Original Peoples of the territory....

09:20

Pelosi Office & Hallway Taken Over By Calls For A Green New Deal PopularResistance.Org

Climate Justice activists organized by the Sunrise Movement held a sit-in in Rep. Nancy Pelosi's office calling for a Green New Deal and filled the hallway outside of her office. The hallway echoed with chants and speeches by activists calling for action to confront the climate crisis. They are demanding House Democrats: Champion a Green New Deal that would create millions of good jobs to transform society over the next decade to stop climate change; Mandate that any Democrat in leadership must take the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, and reject campaign contributions from fossil fuel executives and lobbyists, and prioritize the health of people and planet over industry profits.

08:30

John Bolton Got Award form 'Judeo-Nazi's' stan van houcke

08:17

NRC Propaganda van Emilie van Outeren stan van houcke

  • Emilie van Outeren
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07:49

Book Launch Event in Washington, D.C., November 29, 2018 World Beyond War . . .

Alternative Approaches to Global Security: A book launch and symposium on rethinking global security and alternatives to war

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 6:30 8:00 pm

Georgetown University Leavey Center, Leavey Program Room

3800 Reservoir Road, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007

*RSVPs requested: Please RSVP below.

* Light refreshments will be served
*The event will also be livestreamed via the World BEYOND War facebook page:
http://facebook.com/worldbeyondwar

There is a preponderance of evidence that our global system of militarized security does not lead to a stable or positive peace. More often than not, the militarized approach entangles us in a vicious cycle of violence, fostering insecurity from the local to the global, and most troubling: it further legitimizes war. If this system doesnt work, then what new system(s) might and must emerge?

Join us for this timely symposium and book launch exploring the foundations and components of a global security system; a system in which peace is pursued by peaceful means.

Book Launch

The symposium will also be a book launch for the new edition of  A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (2018-19 Edition), a publication of World BEYOND War. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Symposium /...

07:32

Saudi Crown Prince Tried to Persuade Netanyahu to Go to War in Gaza: Report The Anti-Media

Saudi Crown Prince NetanyahuWar was among scenarios suggested by damage-limitation task force established to advise Saudi crown prince in aftermath of Khashoggi killing. (MEE)  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attempted to persuade Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to start a conflict with Hamas in Gaza as part of a plan to divert attention from the killing of journalist []

06:52

The Short War With Gaza Exposed Israel's Weakness - Updated Moon of Alabama

Updated below --- Last week a ceasefire was agreed upon between Palestinian factions in Gaza and Israel: The aim of the change, in a plan mediated by Egypt and with money supplied by Qatar, is to provide much-needed relief for...

06:29

Overview Of Military Situation In Yemen On November 13, 2018 (Map, Videos)

Overview Of Military Situation In Yemen On November 13, 2018 (Map, Videos)

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The advance of the Saudi-UAE-led coalition is slowly turning in another failure. Coalition-led forces have not been able to develop their initial success in the battle of al-Hudaydah. Clashes around the city are still ongoing. However, no progress has been made by coalition-led forces over the past few days.

The coalition continued its attacks on Ansar Allah positions northeast of Malahit and in the Kitaf area in northern Yemen. Ansar Allah has carried out several attacks on position of coalition-led forces near the area of Damt.

Summing up the recent developments, the conflict in Yemen is once again moving towards a stalemate. The Saudi-UAE coalition is not able to capture al-Hudaydah or Sanaa as well as deliver a devastating blow to Ansar Allah. In turn, the Yemeni resistance is not able to force Saudi Arabia and its allies to admit their defeat in the conflict.

According to a spokesperson for the Yemeni Armed Forces (allied with Ansar Allah), Ansar Allah and its allies have killed 876 fighters of Saudi-led coaltion and wounded 2,150 others as well as destroyed 311 vehicles since the start of November.

Clashes between Ansar Allah and coalition-led forces:

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06:05

Lessons on building democracy after nonviolent revolutions Waging Nonviolence

by Jonathan Pinckney

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In 2011, Egypt began a political transition following a nonviolent revolution. There was tremendous optimism both from within the country and abroad that the transition was likely to lead to a democratic outcome. In 2014, Burkina Faso also began a political transition after a nonviolent revolution overthrew longtime authoritarian President Blaise Compaor. While many admired the revolution, its unfavorable conditions low levels of economic development and a region that was less conducive to democracy made the prospects for democratic advancement less optimistic. Yet, today, Egypt is once again under autocratic rule, following a 2013 coup by General Abdel-Fatah al-Sissi. Popular mobilization defeated a similar coup in Burkina Faso in 2015, and the country has now had democratic elections, putting it on the road to a long-term sustainable democracy.

What explains these differences? Why do some nonviolent revolutions end in democracy while others do not? And is nonviolent resistance really that much of a factor in promoting democracy in the first place? These are the questions that I examine in a new monograph from ICNC press: When Civil Resistance Succeeds: Building Democracy after Nonviolent Uprisings. The monograph builds on statistical research into 78 political transitions initiated by nonviolent resistance from 1945 to 2011, as well as interviews and in-depth examination of three particular transitions: Brazils transition away from military rule in the 1980s,...

06:00

The Plan: Why Israel Is Bent on Supporting Arab Division Aletho News

By Elias SAMO | Strategic Culture Foundation | 13.11.2018 During many meetings with senior members of the Syrian opposition in various European cities in 2013-2014, I would remind them that Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the United States, amongst others, host and finance the opposition due to their own self-interest and agendas; and not out of []

06:00

WATCH: The WW1 Conspiracy OffGuardian

James Corbett offers his view on the hidden origins of WW1 What was World War One about? How did it start? Who won? And what did they win? Now, 100 years after those final shots rang out, these questions still puzzle historians and laymen alike. But as we shall see, this confusion is not a happenstance of history, but the wool that has been pulled over our eyes to stop us from seeing what WWI really was. This is the story of WWI that you didnt read in the history books. This is The WWI Conspiracy.

05:58

NYTs Bret Stephens says US Jews wont abandon Israel because Israelis are hot Mondoweiss

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens spoke about the relationship between American Jews and Israel at Park Avenue synagogue in New York last month (in a video that has just been posted) and said hes not worried about Americans losing faith because Israelis are so sexually attractive to American Jews.

Look, the relationship is basically a pretty healthy one. The real concern is whether younger American Jews feel the same kind of connection that my generation or older generations felt. I suspect in some ways it might be a stronger connection. When I was 15 I spent a summer on a kibbutz, Kibbut Heftziba, up near Afula. I did that because I had some relatives who lived on the kibbutz, and it wasnt easy as a 15-year-old to go. Now because of Birthright, its fantastic, and not only do you go, but you hook up! So its like a twofer, and thats the explicit purpose. Its like, Discover your Judaism, and shes hot! You know I just want to take account of something thats very positive.

Affiliation and affinity with Israel tends to trace the life cycle. Sometimes when youre very young youre enthusiastic, then youre indifferent, then youre sometimes almost hostile. Then things change and you have kids and you want to take them to Israel for their bar mitzvah and then you look around and say, What an amazing country and everyones attractive. Look at him! [copanelist Tal Keinan] The perfect specimen!.. He wasnt this goodlooking at Exeter!

Stephens said that Israel should do nothing on the question of Palestinian sovereignty right now, despite the crisis among liberal Zionists, because Palestinians have not changed their character. What is the character of the Palestinian state that we are trying so desperately to midwife into existence? he asked. The Palestinians and the Arab world must undergo a transformation and accept Israel on its terms and then Palestinians can have a state. Lots of people want a state, he went on. The Catalans want a state, and Tibetans want a state and the Tamils want a state and the Kurds want a state, and the Texans want a state. But they dont get a state, so why should you have a state? Give us a reason. But nobody says this.

In these comments, Stephens spoke of Israel as we. There are all kinds of problems in our lives where you just hold off until some ripening occ...

05:49

Goldman Sachs Entangled in the 1MDB Dragnet Geopolitical Monitor

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Goldman Sachs has become entangled in the sprawling Malaysia 1MDB scandal, with potentially disastrous consequences for the iconic US bank.

1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is a state-owned development vehicle founded by the Najib administration in 2009. It has since become the focus of a massive investigation across several countries. The investigation has implicated former prime minister Najib Razak in the embezzlement of over $600 million in state funds a sum that, upon discovery in his bank account by the authorities, Najib insisted was a donation from the Saudi royal family. In all, the US Department of Justice estimates that some $4.5 billion was misappropriated from the now infamous development fund.

The legal reckoning, if any, that Goldman Sachs faces will become clearer after a US Department of Justice meeting with bank officials on Tuesday. Repercussions range in severity from slap-on-the-wrist fines to the more unlikely nuclear option of temporarily revoking the banks license.

Goldman Sachs stock tumbled 7.5% on Monday, hitting a two-year low.

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05:28

John Bolton Wins Defender of Israel Award From Zionist Lobby Group That Helped Appoint Him Aletho News

Pictured left to right: Joseph Frager, Alan Dershowitz, and John Bolton at the 2018 Zionist Organization of America awards. Photo | ZOA By Whitney Webb | MintPress News | November 12, 2018 The ZOA, Boltons enthusiastic sponsor, led the campaign to remove former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster from his post after railing against McMasters []

05:24

The American Dance of Life: A Handful of Unrelated but Connected Notes on the U.S. and War Dissident Voice

Diego Riveras painting at the beginning of this article is called Gloriosa victoria (Glorious Victory) and was done by him in 1954 as a protest against the U.S. overthrow of Guatemalas democratically elected government that same year. At the paintings center, U.S. Sec. of State John Foster Dulles shakes hands with the new (Washington-approved) president of Guatemala while behind them other U.S. officials hand out money to Guatemalan soldiers.

But the important thing is this. If youre a vet like he was, when you die the government suddenly appears out of nowhere to describe your death as the passing-on of an American hero, all past crimes absolved. The VA may have scorned your claim that your cancer resulted from your tour of duty at Area 9 of the Nevada Atomic Test Site, or it may have turned a blind eye to the symptoms you suffered after your exposure to napalm in Vietnam, or it may have been aggravated by your claim that you returned from Afghanistan with PTSD, but once youre dead everythings forgotten and the White House bellows

This mans a hero!

You see, thats how it happens. They bury you as a hero to hide the fact that when alive they treated you like shit.

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One event from almost thirty years ago left an indelible impression on me. It illustrated for me how society as a whole, including every institution and product and entertainment thats part of it, increasingly becomes a mass-delivery device for saturating us with the propaganda necessary for keeping us synced to whats psychologically required of us in order for the nations economic elites to retain power and grow wealthier. Just think of how often we buy a tee-shirt emblazoned with the name of the company which manufactured it. This shows how the U.S. economic (and cultural) system has conditioned us to do what would have been considered impossible years ago: to fork up our hard-earned cash for the privilege of advertising a manufacturers product with no cost to t...

05:13

A familiar invasion: Settlers take another mountain top, soldiers follow, and Palestinians demonstrate for their rights Mondoweiss

It was the day before Eid al-Adha last summer, and millions of Palestinian Muslims across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Gaza, and Israel were preparing for the biggest holiday of the year.

But when the residents of the Ramallah-area village of Kafr Nima woke up, expecting to spend the day decorating their homes and preparing sweets for the visitors they would receive the following morning, they were shocked to find a group of visitors on the outskirts of the town.

The settlers came in the middle of the night, no one knew. By morning they had paved a road up to the mountain, set up their tents, and had soldiers protecting them, Zafer Attayah, a resident of Kfar Nima told Mondoweiss.

Attayah pointed to the top of Risan mountain, located just 500 meters northeast of the village. You can see now they have set up a caravan, and there are some soldiers around them, he said.

The family of settlers, which Attayah estimates numbers around 10, first showed up on Risan mountain on September 7th. Every day since then, the soldiers have been present in the area. Day and night they are there, Attayah said.

Armed Israeli forces are now a permanent fixture on the Risan mountain (Yumna Patel)

The Risan mountain is nestled between three villages northwest of Ramallah, just a few kilometers from the Green Line Kafr Nima, Ras Karkar, and Kharbetha Bani Hareth.

People from all three villages own land on the mountain, Attayah said, noting that his family is among the landowners.

After the settlers came, the Israeli occupation authorities told us that they were confiscating the land for the settlers, he said. They want to take 1,000 dunums [about 250 acres] of our land.

Ever since the settlers showed up two months ago, the Palestinians from Risans three surrounding villages have been staging weekly Friday protests on the mountain in attempts to stop the confiscation.

We have to maintain our presence in the area, Attayah said. They think they can just come and take the land, but we will not make it easy for them.

A history of resistance

The villagers of Kafr Nima are no strangers to resisting the Israeli occupation. The village sits just four kilometers from the Green Line, the skyline of Israels large coastal cities clearly visible beyond the hills of the West Bank.

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05:12

Spain: 14 Muslim migrants sexually abuse girl and knife her boyfriend, establishment media silent Jihad Watch

Why does this keep happening? One survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the UK said that her rapists would quote Quran to her, and believed their actions justified by Islam. The Quran teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take captives of the []

04:58

Washington Post op-ed contributor ordered deaths of 26 journalists in Yemen jihad Jihad Watch

In rushing to show how much they oppose the Saudis after their killing of their pro-jihad journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post has embraced Iran, its clients the Houthis, and the Shiite jihad. WashPo contributor Mohammed al-Houthi pictured with rifle in past interviews, Al Arabiya, November 11, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): Users []

04:52

Pro-Israel activists seek to 'manipulate' online response to Gaza violence Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Crowdsourcing app Act.il directed its users to like pro-Israel comments on news stories posted on Facebook by media outlets, including MEE

04:47

Pakistan: Professors agree that following Quran is prerequisite to set up an ideal, tolerant society Jihad Watch

The ideal, tolerant society: And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from where they drove you out; persecution is worse than slaughter. But fight them not by the Holy Mosque until they should fight you there; then, if they fight you, kill them such is the recompense of unbelievers, but []

04:07

Bin Salman 'tried to persuade Netanyahu to go to war in Gaza' say sources Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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04:03

Sharp rise in reported hate crimes during Trump's first year: FBI Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Hate crimes were up 17 percent from 2016 to 2017, the first year of Donald Trump's presidency, FBI report finds

03:59

The Korean War: The Moral Bankruptcy of Interventionism Aletho News

By Jacob G. Hornberger | FFF | November 13, 2018 An article in Sundays New York Times entitled Remembering the Forgotten War demonstrates perfectly the moral bankruptcy of the philosophy of foreign interventionism. Calling for the Korean War to become more highly remembered, the author, Hampton Sides, extols some of the popular justifications for subjecting []

03:52

Israeli press review: Israeli politicians call for 'return to assassinations' in Gaza Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Lieberman denounced as a 'toy Rambo' and 'absolute zero', while a candidate for prime minister promises assassinations if elected

03:42

A Serb's comment on French policy in history - Jovan Pjescic Sic Semper Tyrannis

Sometimes its hard to understand the big powers - case of France During the recent commemoration of the end of WWI in Paris, in the Notre-Dam Cathedral, among other flags, there was the flag of Kosovo*. When you take a...

03:34

Israel Wins 2018 Election Aletho News

No matter who is elected Israel comes first By Philip Giraldi Unz Review November 13, 2018 Judging from the mainstream media, Israel was not a major issue in the midterm election but it sure did come up a lot when candidates for office were wooing Jewish or Evangelical voters. To cite only one []

03:32

November 13, 2018: Gaza Is On Edge Of Israeli Ground Invasion The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/gaza-conflict-report-november-13-2018-gaza-is-on-edge-of-israeli-ground-invasion/ The Gaza Strip is on the brink of a large-scale Israeli military intervention. The current round of escalation started on November 11 when a covert unit of the Israeli

03:20

Jens Stoltenberg at the NATO Industry Forum, by Jens Stoltenberg Voltaire Network

Good morning. It's great to see you all. Let me start by thanking Germany for hosting our conference this year. And for being a major driver in technology and innovation. Let me also thank all of you for being here and for joining us at this NATO Industry Forum. A very important platform for strengthening the cooperation between NATO, NATO allies and Industry which is so important for the whole Alliance. I would also like to thank commissioner Elbieta Bienkowska for being here today I (...)

03:13

CNN Sues Trump Administration Over Jim Acosta Press Credentials Peace and Freedom

The network says revocation of reporters credentials violates CNN and Acostas First Amendment rights

CNN said it filed a lawsuit against President Trump and his administration that seeks to reinstate the credentials of Jim Acosta, the cable news channel correspondent who was banned from the White House after clashing with the president during a press conference last week.

The wrongful revocation of these credentials violates CNN and Acostas First Amendment rights of freedom of the press, and their Fifth Amendment rights to due process, CNN said in a statement.

The lawsuit, filed in D.C. District Court, asks for a restraining order requiring the return of Mr. Acostas White House press pass.

When the White House suspended Mr. Acostas pass last week, it said it did so because he had placed his hands on an intern who was trying to take the microphone from him after Mr. Trump indicated he was no longer taking his questions. Video of the altercation shows only incidental contact. CNN has said this fight wasnt about the intern but rather about the presidents contempt for Mr. Acosta and CNN.

While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone. If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials, CNN said. CNN is a unit of AT&T Inc.

We have been advised that CNN has filed a complaint challenging the suspension of Jim Acostas hard pass. This is just more grandstanding from CNN, and we will vigorously defend against this lawsuit, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. After Mr. Acosta asked the President two questionseach of which the President answeredhe physically refused to surrender a White House microphone to an intern, so that other reporters might ask their questions. This was not the first time this reporter has inapprop...

03:09

Military Situation In Afghanistan On November 13, 2018 (Map Update)

This map provides a general look at the military situation in Afghanistan on November 13, 2018. Over the past few days, the Taliban has continued its offensive operations against the US-backed Afghan government across the country. A sucidie bombing attack also took place in the city of Kabul.

Military Situation In Afghanistan On November 13, 2018 (Map Update)

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03:08

Trump planning shakeup, eyeing new chief of staff and DHS secretary Peace and Freedom

President Donald Trump is considering yet another shakeup of his administration, preparing to remove Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and looking at possible replacements for Chief of Staff John Kelly, including Vice President Mike Pences Chief of Staff Nick Ayers, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

Nielsen, who became secretary at Homeland Security when John Kelly left DHS to become Trumps chief of staff, is expected to leave her role in the coming weeks and could be asked to resign, according to sources. However, Kelly is fighting to delay her departure, the sources said.

The timeline for a shakeup remains unclear and the White House has not responded to a request for comment.

PHOTO: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speak to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, June 18, 2018.Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speak to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, June 18, 2018.more +

The Secretary is honored to lead the men and women of DHS and is committed to implementing the Presidents security-focused agenda to protect Americans from all threats and will continue to do so, DHS spokesperson Tyler Houlton said in a statement Tuesday.

The Washington Post first reported the news of Nielsens potential departure. The White House did not immediately respond to ABC News request for comment about the potential changes.

Meanwhile, Kellys job is also uncertain and his fate has been in question for some time. Sources tell ABC News that within the last few weeks, the president has once again discussed Kellys fate with many of his top advisers; Kelly has continued to grow distant with the president...

03:04

Where was Detective Sergeant Nicholas Bailey Poisoned? Aletho News

By Rob Slane | The Blog Mire | November 12, 2018 I wrote back here that the Achilles Heel of the door handle theory is Detective Sergeant Nicholas Bailey. When his name was first mentioned publicly, on 8th March, it was widely reported that he had been one of the first responders at the bench []

02:42

Ebola in DRC: A Lingering Threat Geopolitical Monitor

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The latest WHO situation report sheds new light on the evolving Ebola outbreak in the DRCs North Kivu province. According to the report, there have been 29 new cases over the past week, 15 of which are located in Beni.

With 329 confirmed and probable cases, the WHO has now declared this Ebola outbreak to be the worst in the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Yet there are also some positive developments of late. For one, despite a series of false alarms, the disease has yet to spread to neighboring countries like Uganda, South Sudan, or Rwanda. A vaccination drive has also seen some 27,360 people receive an experimental vaccine, including over 9,000 frontline health workers, with encouraging early results.

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02:39

Nationalism and Patriotism Sic Semper Tyrannis

Elie Kedourie wrote in "Nationalism," perhaps his greatest work, that "Patriotism is the love of one's country or group, while Nationalism is the love of one's country or group at the expense of everyone else." George Orwell wrote in "Notes...

02:31

US Calls for Ceasefire, Keeps Attacking Yemen Dissident Voice

In case you missed it, US efforts to prolong the worlds most serious humanitarian crisis in Yemen continue to succeed spectacularly. US military support enables the Saudi coalition to continue to bomb markets, docks, mosques, hospitals, school buses, weddings and funerals, and other civilian targets with impunity. The Saudis Yemeni enemy, the Houthi rebels, have no effective air defenses. On March 26, 2015, with the blessing and tactical support of the Obama administration, Saudi Arabia and its allies launched an illegal, genocidal, aggressive war on Houthi-controlled Yemen. Yemen was and is in the midst of a civil war in which the long-oppressed Houthis overthrew the legitimate government that the US and others had imposed on Yemen. Since March 2015, the US and the Saudi coalition have subjected Yemen to daily war crimes, not only killing civilians but destroying non-military targets of all sorts, causing a form of biological warfare with a cholera plague, as well as massive famine for more than half the countrys 25 million people. The UNs World Food Programme (WFP) head said on Septembe...

02:29

Statement by Heads of State on the Global Information and Communication Space Voltaire Network

Joint statement of Roch Marc Christian Kabor (Burkina Faso), Justin Trudeau (Canada), Carlos Alvarado (Costa Rica), Lars Lokke Rasmussen (Denmark), Emmanuel Macron (France), Raimonds Vjonis (Latvia), Saad Hariri (Lebanon), Dalia Grybauskait (Lithuania), Erna Solberg (Norway), Macky Sall (Senegal), Alain Berset (Switzerland), Beji Caid Essebsi (Tunisia) The Heads of State or Government of Burkina Faso, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Norway, Senegal, (...)

02:29

Palestinians in Gaza flee homes moments before Israeli airstrikes: I rushed to my childrens bedrooms to check if they were alive Mondoweiss

Israeli forces leveled six buildings overnight Monday in the most serious escalation of hostilities since the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas. By Tuesday afternoon, Israel and Palestinian factions had signed to an Egyptian brokered ceasefire, yet worry remains across the Strip.

Hours before the agreement was reached, Suhair Habboush, 39, was panic-stricken, fleeing her apartment in the middle of the night after a relative received a warning call from the Israeli military at 11:30 p.m. 

I fell asleep early Monday night and about 20 minutes into my sleep everything turned into massive chaos mixed with my brother-in-law loudly screaming, Suhair said who shares a flat with her six children, I rushed to my childrens bedrooms to check if they were alive.

My brother-in-law received a warning call from an Israeli officer telling him to evacuate the six story building within 10 minutes, she said, The scene was similar to the 2014 war. We are scared that those black and bloody days might repeat themselves again. Nobody wants to lose their beloved.

The target was the al-Amal Hotel, a site that rents Hamas offices for Gazas Ministry of Interior according to witnesses who said Israeli forces first fired three warning strikes, then five minutes later three direct hits from F-16 planes.

Suhair Habboush (center) in her apartment near the al-Amal Hotel, November 13, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Tuesday morning Suhair went back to her home to assess the damage: thousands of tiny pieces of debris were strewn across the floor, the windows were knocked out from the blasts and their wooden door were popped out the of the frames.

Suhairs eldest daughter, Reem, went along to assist in the clean up.

I no longer care about the air strikes. If I am still alive or fatally hit by shrapnel, then its all the same for a girl who has already experienced three wars, Reem said, It is like a ridiculous movie.

Suhairs son Abdullah, 7,  toyed...

02:20

Shall I feed my daughter or educate her?: The abysmal state of girls education in Pakistan Peace and Freedom

HRW report says barriers to girls education include under-investment, prohibitive school fees and gender discrimination

A free non-government school in Karachi's Lyari's neighbourhood provides a few hours of classes per day to children who otherwise have no access to education. *Image by Insiya Syed for Human Rights Watch*
A free non-government school in Karachis Lyaris neighbourhood provides a few hours of classes per day to children who otherwise have no access to education. Image by Insiya Syed for Human Rights Watch

Pakistan is failing to educate a huge proportion of the countrys girls, who have little or no access to education, notes a recent report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

The report called Shall I Feed My Daughter, or Educate Her?, catalogs barriers to girls education based on over 200 interviews most of them with girls who never attended school or were unable to complete their education, and their families conducted in all four of Pakistans provinces in places like Peshawar, Quetta, Karachi, Lahore, and several nearby rural areas.

The report concludes that in a country of 200 million, a shocking 22 million children are out of school  with a majority of them being girls.

In fact, by 9th grade only 13 percent of girls are still in school.

Also read: 10 alarming statistics about Pakistans out-of-school children

The Pakistan governments failure to educate children is having a devastating impact on millions of girls. Many of the girls we interviewed are desperate to study, but instead are growing up without the education that would help them have options for their future. Liesl Gerntholtz, womens rights director at HRW.

Even parents who are not educated themselves understand that their daughters future depends on them going to school, but the government is abandoning these families, Gerntholtz said.

As of 2017, Pakistan was spending less than 2.8 percent of its gross domestic product on education  far below the recommended 4 to 6 percent.

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02:17

The complicated legacy of Yasser Arafat Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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02:05

South Korea rejects report on Norths undeclared missile sites Aletho News

Press TV November 13, 2018 South Korea has dismissed a new report by a United States-based think tank that accused North Korea of being engaged in deception based on purported commercial satellite images that it said showed a number of undeclared missile operating bases inside the country. The Washington-based Center for Strategic and International []

02:00

Hugh Fitzgerald: Robert Azzi, Still With His Ask-A-Muslim Anything Shtick (Part Two) Jihad Watch

3. Mr. Azzi, I found in reading the Quran, one verse 98:6 that describes Unbelievers as the most vile of created beings. And another 3:110 about how Muslims are the best of peoples. Can you tell me if Muslims really believe that, and if so, what can or should be done []

01:55

Michigan FGM Defense Lawyers Push New Tactic Clarion Project

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Lawyers defending a doctor charged with performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on young girls in Michigan tried a new tactic to have the charges dismissed. The defense lawyers claimed the U.S. law that prohibits the procedure is unconstitutional, The Detroit News reported.

In 1996, Congress forbade FGM under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. However, lawyers for Dr. Jumana Nagarwala of Northville, Michigan, who is accused of mutilating nine young girls, argued Congress lacked the authority to enact the law because FGM has nothing to do with interstate commerce.

Mutilation is not an economic activity, said Nargawalas lawyer, Molly Sylvia Blythe. It has nothing to do with commerce or an economic enterprise.

However, the lawyer for the Justice Departments Human Rights and Special Prosecutions section, Christian Levesque, disagreed saying:

Female genital mutilation is part of a health-care service, an illicit health-care service, an illegal and detrimental health-care service. All forms of female genital mutilation are an economic service at its core.

Levesque noted that parents used cellphones to arrange having the procedure carried out and children were transported across state lines where they underwent the procedure using medical tools in state-licensed clinics.

Nagarwala is part of the Dawoodi Bohra, a Muslim sect from India that has a small community in the Detroit area. The sect believes FGM is a religious obligation.

The girls were cut at the Livonia clinic of Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, who is also charged in the case, along with Attars wife, Dr. Farida Attar.

FGM includes all procedures involving partial or complete removal of the external fe...

01:49

Inside Laurel Canyon with Dave McGowan Aletho News

TheLipTV2 | February 23, 2015 The hippie movement of the 1960s, which began in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles and peculiar military and political ties to prominent figures in the scene like Jim Morrison and Frank Zappa are looked at with Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon author Dave McGowan. We also discuss movement pioneer Vito Paulekas, []

01:41

US Has Gone Rogue with SWIFTs Iran Cutoff Covert Geopolitics

SWIFT cut a raft of Iranian banks including the countrys central bank off from its system on Monday, having come under pressure from the US to do so. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the move is the right decision to protect the integrity of the international financial system. Prof. Keen, an economist Continue reading US Has Gone Rogue with SWIFTs Iran Cutoff

01:37

Ethiopia arrests ex-head of army firm as crackdown targets security services Peace and Freedom

Ethiopia arrested the former head of the military-run industrial conglomerate METEC on Tuesday, state media reported, a day after authorities announced investigations targeting senior members of the powerful security forces.

Kinfe Dagnew, a Brigadier General in Ethiopias army, was detained near the northwest town of Humera, close to the border with Sudan and Eritrea, state-run broadcaster EBC said. Footage showed him surrounded by soldiers.

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Kinfe Dagnew

The arrest came after the attorney general announced a series of inquiries and detentions that one Western envoy described on Tuesday as a full frontal assault on the establishment. The diplomat asked not to be named.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed promised to rein in security services after he became prime minister in April part of a series of radical reforms that have upended decades-old policies and hierarchies.

He also promised to let private investors get stakes in the huge conglomerates run by the army and other state bodies that have dominated the economy since the ruling EPRDF coalition came to power in 1991.

On Monday, attorney general Berhanu Tsegaye said investigations had uncovered corruption at METEC, which manufactures military equipment and is also involved in many other sectors from agriculture to construction. Reuters has not been able to contact METEC for comment senior public relations officials were among those arrested.

The attorney general said several METEC officials had been detained alongside intelligence officers, police and other military officials targeted by separate investigations into abuse of prisoners.

He also accused senior members of the security services of ordering an attack on the prime minister in June.

Dozens of METEC employees and security officials appeared in court later on Monday. A judge denied the suspects bail and gave police 14 days further to investigate. None were charged.

A list of the arrest warrants released by the attorney generals office named 27 METEC current and former executives including the head of military equipment production and the head of corporate logistics and supply. Six of those on the list are current and former deputy directors at METEC. Army officers hold senior positions in the company.

One of those arrested was caught while trying to destroy evidence, the document read.

Abiy Ethiopias first leader from its largest ethnic group, the Oromos was chosen by the EPRDF after three years of street protests and strikes piled pressure on the coalition to reform.

Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Writing by Maggie Fick and George Obulut...

01:35

A $2bn Saudi Plan to Assassinate Irans Leaders Covert Geopolitics

So maybe the Iranians do have much to be paranoid about. An explosive New York Times story citing multiple unnamed sources familiar with the matter details how top Saudi intelligence officials conspired to assassinate Iranian leaders  including Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) Quds force commander Qassim Suleimani  in a plot wherein the Saudis mulled using private contractors, and even approached Erik Prince, the Continue reading A $2bn Saudi Plan to Assassinate Irans Leaders

01:32

Hariri blames Hezbollah for Lebanon government block Peace and Freedom

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Tuesday blamed Hezbollah for blocking the formation of a government.

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri speaks during a news conference in Beirut on Nov. 13. (Reuters)

Hariri said the process had hit a big obstacle and blamed the Iran-backed militant group for the stalemate.

Shiite Hezbollah has been pressing one of the Sunni MPs allied to it to get a cabinet portfolio, something Hariri refused.

Lebanon has been struggling to form a government since elections in May.

*With Reuters

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01:32

MBS is the latest in a long line of rogue regimes supported by Israel Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Netanyahus ongoing support for Saudi Arabia, despite the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, fits a pattern of Israel aligning with dictatorships and rogue states

01:29

Britains conspiracy of silence over the Brexit deal Peace and Freedom

The UK can only secure frictionless trade with the EU by losing control of the rules

Dominic Raab, on the left, and Michel Barnier at the podium

Dominic Raab, UK Brexit secretary, left, and Michel Barnier, chief EU negotiator, in Brussels in August Reuters

By Peter Mandelson

The paradox at the heart of Brexit is only now becoming apparent. It was brutally exposed by Jo Johnson when he spoke of vassalage in his resignation from the UK government last week. The very event that was intended to give Britain greater control outside the EU can only be implemented by ceding even greater control to it. No wonder the cabinet is struggling to agree a position.

This conclusion is not the consequence of any failure on Theresa Mays part. It is ridiculous to blame the prime ministers weak leadership or lack of negotiating skills or, indeed, her lack of a parliamentary majority.

Nor is it due, as the more hot-headed Brexiters suspect, to a pro-European conspiracy in the civil service. The paradox is intrinsic to Brexit: we can only secure continuity of frictionless trade by complying with the rules but without a say in them once the UK has left the EU. (This would be the case even without the complicating factor of losing further sovereignty, so as to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.)

Prospective Labour ministers might imagine that, through patient and friendly negotiation, they could find a magic formula that gives Britain both autonomy and full market access outside the EU. But this is a delusion. For those who think this paradox is going to ease with time, I have disappointing news. If anything it will worsen.

The longer Britain lingers inside either the single market or the customs union, or both, either through indecision, the operation of the Irish border backstop or a desire to put off the consequences of leaving, the more onerous the conditions will become. As a former member of the European Commission, I have been on the opposite side of the negotiating table.

I saw what happened in Switzerlands case. EU states, bound by a tough rule book inside the EU, will simply not allow more flexibility for a country outside it that wants preferential market access and customs privileges. Notwithstanding the trade benefits for both sides, the EU will not welcome the inevitable tensions and arguments that will be sparked in administering these arrangements.

Brussels will impose rigid conditions for operating such a system and the European Court of Justice, or a surrogate body, will be the final court of appeal.

The closer Britain remains to the single market, the stronger will be the EUs demand for a level playing field on all matters affecting competition. Every industrial sector in Britain will be required...

01:28

Courage To Resist: Troops Ordered Deployed To Border PopularResistance.Org

Military brass suggested that these camps would not violate the constitutional prohibition against using the military to police and enforce domestic immigration law, based on the fact that the military has occasionally provided shelter to people during humanitarian crises, for short periods of time. Apparently, because the military helped out a bit following a hurricane then long term immigrant concentration camps are just fine. According to the Military Times (October 2, 2018), HHS has completed site surveys at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas; Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas; Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas; and Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas.

01:27

Israel to Police European Coastlines Protecting the Continent from Refugees? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 12, 2018 by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog This sounds like a bad joke. It aint. Its real. One fascist government helps another fascist government. Yes, I have written about fascism invading the west before warning that the European Union (non-union) is being gradually, but ever faster turned into a fascist dictatorship []

01:20

Assad amends Law 10, giving Syrians a year to claim their property Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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01:19

Crucifying Julian Assange PopularResistance.Org

Julian Assanges sanctuary in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has been transformed into a little shop of horrors. He has been largely cut off from communicating with the outside world for the last seven months. His Ecuadorian citizenship, granted to him as an asylum seeker, is in the process of being revoked. His health is failing. He is being denied medical care. His efforts for legal redress have been crippled by the gag rules, including Ecuadorian orders that he cannot make public his conditions inside the embassy in fighting revocation of his Ecuadorian citizenship. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to intercede on behalf of Assange, an Australian citizen, even though the new government in Ecuador...

01:16

Brief Look At Military Situation In Syria On November 13, 2018 (Map Update)

This map provides a brief look at the military situation in Syria on November 13. During the past 24 hours, the situation did not change signfiicantly.

  • Clashes are still ongoing between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and ISIS in the al-Saf area in southern Syria;
  • One SAA soldier was reportedly killed and another one injured in a fresh series of militant attacks on SAA positions near al-Sakaraia in eastern Idlib;
  • In the area south of Karf Nabudah in northern Hama, clashes were reported between the SAA and militant groups;
  • In the area of Hajin, the situation remains relatively calm as ISIS has carried out no offensive operations against the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) over the past two days.
Brief Look At Military Situation In Syria On November 13, 2018 (Map Update)

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01:13

CIA Whistleblower: Brennan And Clapper Should Not Escape Prosecution PopularResistance.Org

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longtime chairman of the Judiciary Committee, made a dramatic announcement Nov. 1 that should lead to jail time for both former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. As reported, but widely overlooked amid the media focus on the midterm elections, Brennan ordered CIA hackers to intercept the emails of all potential or possible intelligence community whistleblowers who may have been trying to contact the congressional oversight committees, specifically to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Hacking the Senates computer system constitutes illegal use of a government computer, illegal espionage, and wire fraud.

01:11

Human Rights as a weapon Voltaire Network

When human rights become a weapon, by Alfred de Zayas / The people want to set the course themselves, by Werner Wthrich / Direct democracy facing a practical test, by Marianne Wthrich / Indispensable white gold the well-established Swiss salt supply system, by Peter Aebersold and Eliane Perret / After the elections in Bavaria, by Karl Mller / Propaganda is marching, by Christian Fischer / The glut of money. Draghi has emulated in real life what Mephisto explained in advance as a fairy tale, by Eberhard Hamer / Do not rely on politics turn active yourself. Civil rights activist Vera Lengsfeld on democracy in Germany / Impressions from Saxony, by Rita Brgger.

01:04

SWIFTs Iran Ban Will Expedite Global De-Dollarization PopularResistance.Org

The blacklisting of Iran from international financial messaging system SWIFT serves as a warning to Washingtons enemies, but will hasten the demise of the dollar, stockbroker-turned broadcaster Max Keiser told RT. SWIFT, a system that facilitates cross-border payments between 11,000 financial institutions in more than 200 countries worldwide cut several Iranian banks, including the countrys central bank, off from its services on Monday. The move came as a result of US pressure and was described by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as the right decision to protect the integrity of the international financial system.

00:54

Sloppy BBC News report omits rocket hits on Israeli homes BBC Watch

About an hour and a half after terrorists in the Gaza Strip had begun a barrage of attacks on civilian targets in Israel on the afternoon of November 12th the BBC News website published an article titled Israel-Gaza violence erupts after covert op killings.

The report has since been amended numerous times but its headline has not been changed and its opening paragraph remains basically the same:

Version 1: Violence has flared between Israel and Gaza, a day after seven militants and an Israeli soldier were killed amid an undercover Israeli operation in Gaza.

Version 13: Violence has flared between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, a day after seven militants and an Israeli soldier were killed during an undercover Israeli operation in Gaza.

The militants actually all members of armed terror groups were not killed during an undercover Israeli operation but afte...

00:49

The Worlds Paying Too High A Price For Inequality And It Needs To Be Addressed Quickly PopularResistance.Org

As Donald Trump stirs his base ahead of midterm elections with fearmongering over a raggle-taggle band of would-be immigrants wandering through the Mexican countryside towards the US border, claims of victimhood in international trade, and the rise of a modern yellow peril, one has to wonder what has happened to the issue that is truly eating the US from within extreme and entrenched inequality. As Stiglitz noted in the Scientific American: By most accounts, the US has the highest level of economic inequality among developed countries. It has the worlds highest per capita health expenditures yet the lowest life expectancy among comparable countries. It is also one of a few developed countries jostling for the dubious distinction of having the lowest measures of equality of opportunity.

00:38

Too Many Cuddly Global Warming Mascots Threatening Inuit Peoples Penny for your thoughts

I've covered this topic previously.
Polar Bears are and have been thriving in the Arctic.
They have no predator other then an armed man/woman to fend off an attack or reign in out of control populations- One wonders if the seals can survive an over abundant polar bear population?
An unarmed human stands little to no chance of fighting off a polar bear attack
Just the facts. If you want spin, go elsewhere.
World's Largest Land Predator

Polar bears are the world's largest land predators. They top the food chain in the Arctic.
they spend most of their time on the pack ice or in the water, hunting down their favorite food - seals


To say they are fierce would be an understatement 

Two Behemoths Fighting
And the cutesy coca cola drinking polar bear is for people out of touch with the reality of nature. And life on this planet.
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00:33

Canada Is Richer Than The US, According To A New Wealth Ranking In Fact, The US Doesnt Even Make The Top 10 PopularResistance.Org

The United States is home to more millionaires than any other country in the world. But whether the country is truly the wealthiest in the world depends on how you measure. A report released by Credit Suisse in October says the US is "in the lead" when it comes to global wealth. But a closer look at the numbers in that report reveals a different story. While it's true that wealth in the US is growing faster than anywhere else in the world, it's not the richest when you compare the average amount of wealth per adult. That prize goes to Switzerland, as you can see in the map below.

00:24

Iran Sanctions: How Deep Will They Bite? PopularResistance.Org

For anyone watching the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League final, hosted in Tehrans Azadi stadium on Saturday, the only disappointment was the nil-nil score that denied Irans team first place in Asia. The stadium scene was energized by a musical performance similar to the half-time show of the U.S. Super Bowl as well as the cheers of 100,000 fans, including hundreds of women. This ebullience was in sharp contrast to the gloom elsewhere in Iran that has descended since the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear accord (the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action or JCPOA) and re-imposed sanctions. In Iran, officials blame the sanctions for the economic crisis, while in the United States, officials blame the Iranian government.

00:15

Review: Life After Google The Fall Of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy by George Gilder Public Intelligence Blog

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3 Stars Fad Book Limited Value

I gave up on this book after 100 pages (it is 320 pages long). I normally do not waste time writing negative reviews  but in this instance think it appropriate to mention that I found it wanting.

The first third, on Google, is so far-fetched in its effusive praise and its articulation of the Google this and Google that I could not get the image out of my head: George Gilder kissing Eric Schmidts ass.  Over and over and over again.

Remember, I was one of the first to read The  Google Trilogy by Stephen E. Arnold back in the 1990s and because of his extraordinary research skills and post to this  date know more than most.  Google is a one trick pony that indexes less than 4% of the web; it software, its data centers, and its advertising are all collapsing.

I glanced over the last third of the book, on blockchain, and perhaps soured by my experience on the Google end, concluded that the author does not know much about the blockchain world either. I already knew the autho...

00:11

Physicians Work To Bring Back The Anti-Nuclear Movement PopularResistance.Org

It is a move that many, including former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, believe has ignited a new nuclear arms race. This is because the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed by Gorbachev and former US President Ronald Reagan, banned all short and mid-range nuclear and non-nuclear missiles, and helped eliminate thousands of land-based missiles. The situation is exacerbated by the fact that Trump has already promised to build new nuclear weapons, in addition to having withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal, heightening tensions further after having previously threatened the use of nuclear weapons against North Korea. Trump has also promised to build new nuclear weapons.

00:07

Laurent Guynot: 9/11. CIA and Mossad stan van houcke

September 11: Inside Job or Mossad Job?

Israels role in the events of September 11, 2001that shape the 21st centuryis the subject of bitter controversy, or rather a real taboo even within the 9/11 Truth Movement, causing the ostracism of the man who dared to broach the subject, Thierry Meyssan. Most advocacy groups, mobilized behind the slogan "9/11 was an Inside Job," remain discreet regarding the evidence involving the secret services of the Jewish state. Laurent Guynot focuses on certain compellingthough grossly under reportedfacts and analyzes the mechanisms of denial.
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00:00

Malaysia: 93% of Muslim women have undergone female genital mutilation Jihad Watch

Establishment media treatments of female genital mutilation routinely insist that it is an East African cultural practice and has nothing to do with Islam, but actually FGM is mandated in Islamic law: Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the []

00:00

Paul Craig Roberts: Ivy League Discrimates Against White Christians, Jews Are Deeply Over-Represented Public Intelligence Blog

Paul Craig Roberts

Why White Gentiles Cant Get Admission to Ivy League Universities

If you are a top ability student, but white, especially white male, you have scant chance of being admitted to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Brown, Penn, Stanford, MIT, CalTech, Berkeley, or UCLA.

The reason whites cannot gain admission is that in the entirety of the Ivy league, Jews are over-represented, relative to the pool of high ability students, by 381%. High ability Asians are under-represented at 62%, and non-Jewish whites are most under-represented of all with a presence in the Ivy League of only 35% of their presence in the pool of high ability students.

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23:58

US: Muslim Women in Office a Response to Politics of Dehumanization Clarion Project

Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US, hold a swastika burning after a rally on April 21, 2018 in Draketown, Georgia. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images)Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the US, burn a swastika after a rally on April 21, 2018 in Draketown, Georgia. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

A wave of new American Muslim women in office is seen as a response to the politics of dehumanization and a resistance to to the rise of unchecked ethnic nationalism. Long before President Trump met with criticism and accusations for dog-whistling neo-Nazis across America, the unchecked and surging presence of personalities like Richard Spencer, Steve Bannon and Milo Yiannopoulos became a festering wound on the ethos of the Republican Party. While many within the GOP didnt and do not support the rhetoric, they also havent done much to challenge it.

It didnt help when moral equivalencies came from President Trump after the 2017 Charlottesville KKK rally when he said, I think there is blame on both sides. Speaking of white nationalists, he added, You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.

For minority communities, that was another kind of signal. Sometimes, a non-answer is the answer.

As former President Obama said when he ...

23:55

Stan Lee RIP Where Are Todays Superheroes? Clarion Project

(Illustration: Clarion Project)

Does the death of Stan Lee, creator of Marvel Comics superheroes, signal the end of an era? An era where morality and its compassionate barometer the ability to be nuanced reigned.

Upon hearing of Lees death, Chris Evans, who played Marvels Captain America, tweeted, There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!

The question is, will there never be another Stan Lee because of Lees tremendous talent or because, in our political climate, social justice warriors now hold sway over morality and have managed to stand our ideas of right and wrong on their heads?

Stan Lee with some of his Marvel Comic characters (Photo: Getty Images)Stan Lee with some of his Marvel Comic characters (Photo: Getty Images)

Captain America introduced himself to the world on the cover of his maiden comic book with a punch knocking over Adolf Hitler. One can only imagine the outcry that cover would spark today: Violence! Nationalism! Co...

23:42

Israel Pleit voor Censuur in Europa stan van houcke

Isral trekt in Brussel ten strijde tegen Europese burgerrechten

Een conferentie van pro-Isral-organisaties in Brussel staat in het teken van inperking van Europese burgerrechten en veroordeling van de BDS-beweging als fundamenteel antisemitisch. Isral is betrokken bij de organisatie en wordt vertegenwoordigd door een minister die in een illegale nederzetting woont.
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23:38

Tomgram: John Feffer, Splinterlands 2.0 TomDispatch - Blog

The mid-term elections are over, and the Democrats have regained the House, but the rest of American political reality remains intact...

23:35

Demonstreren voor Isral-boycot is ieders goed recht, stelt burgemeester Halsema stan van houcke

Demonstreren voor Isral-boycot is ieders goed recht, stelt burgemeester Halsema

Het oproepen van winkelend publiek om geen Isralische producten te kopen wordt beschermd door de vrijheid van demonstratie. Dat stelt burgemeester Halsema van Amsterdam in antwoord op een oproep van de Joodse Gemeente Amsterdam om zulke acties als antisemitisch te verbieden.
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23:31

U.S. Embarks on Tortoise vs. Hare Investment Race With China Peace and Freedom

HONG KONGThe U.S. has launched a new strategy aimed at ramping up investment in Asia to vie with Chinese President Xi Jinpings overseas infrastructure-building spree, as Beijing grapples with setbacks to its sprawling program.

But China has a head startand a state-led model that makes it easier to finance and build on a large scale. Mr. Xis Belt and Road initiative has offered hundreds of billions of dollars for railways, bridges and ports in dozens of countries, expanding its strategic influence along the way.

Among the recipients are economies that have struggled to attract U.S. investment or adequate financing from multilateral banks.

The Trump administration is looking to change that by helping the private sector invest. In October, President Trump signed into law the Build Act, which creates a new development finance agency that offers loans, loan guarantees and political-risk insurance to private companies.

Mr. Trump said last year that this strategy would offer strong alternatives to state-directed initiatives that come with many strings attached, a reference to Beijings plan. The goal, proponents say, is to encourage businesses to invest in low-income countries and spur growth with projects that make economic sense.

The Build Act allows for $60 billion in U.S. development financing around the world under the new agency, the U.S. International Development Finance Corp. The IDFC merges existing programs, doubles the current agencys spending cap and has the authority to own equity stakes in projects, giving it more flexibility to choose and guide them.

The U.S. sees Belt and Road as a tool used by Beijing to advance its strategic and military interests. A number of Trump administration officials and U.S. lawmakers describe the risks of China using...

23:30

Rebecca Campbell: Tesla Free Zero Point Energy a Trump Go Ahead? Public Intelligence Blog

Visiv, the new company soon testing this Zenneck wave-based Tesla free zero point energy-based technology, has two retired USAF generals as corporate officers, as well as a respected Tesla-like long-time electrical engineer/inventor, a former energy company executive and a CFO who has both accounting and legal credentials.

They specifically state on their website, indicating that this form of wireless may not only be vastly more efficient, elegant and safer than all existing wireless electrical technologies including the hazardous 4G/5G now on the market but that it will soon be allowed by major market forces to displace its existing less viable, less safe competition:

The fact that Visiv is now able to be so public about working with free zero-point energy after so many free energy inventors have been for so long shut down, persecuted and/or terminated by the globalist deep state, would tend to indicate that positive elements in the the US military-industrial complex under business-oriented President Donald Trump likely the Earth Alliance have quietly approved this truly revolutionary energy startup venture. And if this free zero point energy technology succeeds in passing its current testing phase as did Tesla and others work in America well over a century ago and since it is going to cut globalist plans for continuing energy centralization and dominance as well as 5G genocide/ecocide  off at their goose-stepping knees! 

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23:27

Hidde J. van Koningsveld. Zonder Dollen: Wees Gewaarschuwd! 5 stan van houcke


De Franse sociologe Nathalie Heinich verklaarde onlangs tegenover mainstream-opiniemaker Bas Heijne: 

Tegenwoordig wordt identiteit steeds meer gezien als assimilatie met een groep. Men ziet zichzelf als deel van een collectief, een gemeenschap, in plaats van als individu, een eigen ik, iemand met een naam, een lichaam 

De crisis begint wanneer je vreemden tegenover je vindt en je afvraagt wat die van jou vinden. Je gaat jezelf steeds met anderen vergelijken. Ik vermoed dat dat constante vergelijken van jezelf met anderen, op alle fronten, een van de redenen zou kunnen zijn voor dat permanente gevoel van crisis wat identiteit betreft.

23:25

Hamas Is the Sworn Enemy of America Clarion Project

Iranian hardline students burn a U.S. flag in 2009 to celebrate Hamas' "victory" at the end of a three-week battle with Israel. (Photo: BEHROUZ MEHRI / AFP / Getty Images)Iranian hardline students burn a U.S. flag in 2009 to celebrate Hamas victory at the end of a three-week battle with Israel. (Photo: BEHROUZ MEHRI / AFP / Getty Images)

The Hamas terror organization fired at least 400 rockets and mortars into Israel in 24 hours November 12-13, killing one person (a Palestinian) and injuring 70 Israeli civilians (some critically). But why should we care in the U.S.? Well, simply put, Hamas is the sworn enemy of America.

Here are just a few of the many facts that lead us to only one conclusion Hamas is the bad guy.

 

Hamas is committed to destroying the U.S. Back in 2007, the acting speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Hamas Ahmad Bahr declared the U.S. would be annihilated, and called on Allah to kill every American:

 

If you dont want to take Clarions word for it, here are some of the countries and organizations that have designated Hamas a terror organization: United States, Canada, Egypt and the European Union. Saudi Arabia banned the Muslim Brotherho...

23:20

Gilad Atzmon: Zionism stan van houcke

Gepubliceerd op 19 sep. 2018
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23:17

Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs cheated Malaysia: PM Peace and Freedom

Goldman Sachs cheated Malaysia, leader Mahathir Mohamad said, after two former bankers from the Wall Street titan were charged over a scandal that allegedly saw billions looted from state coffers.

The US Justice Department unveiled criminal charges this month against ex-Goldman bankers Tim Leissner and Ng Chong Hwa, accusing them of working with a Malaysian financier to launder huge sums allegedly stolen from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.

They are accused of involvement in a sophisticated fraud linked to former leader Najib Razak, allegations that played a big factor in the shock defeat of his long-ruling government at polls in May.

AFP/File | Mahathir Mohamad said investment bank Goldman Sachs cheated Malaysia

In an interview with broadcaster CNBC, Prime Minister Mahathir said that obviously weve been cheated, when asked about Goldmans dealings in Malaysia.

There is evidence that Goldman Sachs has done things which are wrong, said the 93-year-old, who is in his second stint as premier after coming out of retirement to take on Najib, his former protege.

Asked about Goldmans compliance controls which are supposed to monitor and prevent risky behaviour at the bank Mahathir responded: It does not work very well.

Goldman Sachs did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Leissner and Ng have been charged with money-laundering and conspiring to bribe officials in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi to hire Goldman for lucrative consulting contracts.

Goldman underwrote $6.5 billion of bonds issued by 1MDB but US authorities allege that more than $2.7 billion was siphoned off.

Goldman earned $600 million in fees for the bond issue.

Leissner pleaded guilty and has agreed to pay $43.7 million in restitution of ill-gotten gains. Ng has been arrested in Malaysia.

Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho was also charged by the DoJ. Low, allegedly a central figure in looting 1MDB, remains at large.

Goldman Sachs has not been charged over the scandal but its shares fell heavily this week after Malaysias finance minister said he wanted a full refund of fees paid to the bank.

In a further blow to the banks image, it has emerged that former chief Lloyd Blankfein met with Low at a private reception in a New York hotel in 2009.

23:14

NGO Teaching Migrants to Lie to Border Guards cryptogon.com

Via: Russia Today: A group that helped over 15,000 refugees and migrants to get into Europe has been caught on tape admitting to systematically training asylum seekers to exploit screening interviews by feigning trauma and persecution. Ariel Ricker, the executive director of Advocates Abroad, a major non-profit NGO which provides legal aid to migrants, has []

23:12

Philippines: Duterte to reiterate principled position on South China Sea at ASEAN Summit Peace and Freedom

President Rodrigo Duterte will reiterate the Philippines principled position on the South China Sea issue, Malacaang said Tuesday, ahead of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and meetings with leaders of powerhouse nations in the Asia Pacific in Singapore.

Duterte will participate in the ASEAN plenary session later Tuesday and the 10-member regional blocs separate engagements with its dialogue partners including China, Russia, Japan and the United States set for Wednesday and Thursday.

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The President will reiterate the Philippines principled positions on matters concerning the South China Sea and transnational and transboundary issues such as terrorism, violent extremism, trafficking in persons, illicit drugs and disaster risk reduction and management, Malacaang said in a statement.

The Palace did not elaborate on the points to be tackled by Duterte about the tensions in the South China Sea as Beijing continued to face scrutiny over its reported deployment of military aircraft and installation of anti-ship cruise missiles, surface-to-air missile systems and weather observation facilities on Manila-claimed reefs.

Duterte has chosen to seek stronger economic and trade ties with China, the worlds second biggest economy, instead of flaunting Manilas victory over Beijing in the United Nations-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in July 2016 which declared as illegal Chinas claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.

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The President, however, promised to raise the ruling with China during his term which ends in June 2022.

ASEAN and China are still negotiating for a code of conduct in the disputed waterway, a process Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hoped would be completed in three years, and that such a deal would bolster free trade.

During the summits, the Palace said the Philippines is also looking forward to exchanging views on ASEAN community-building as well as discussions on regional and global developments that impact regional peace, security and stability.

After Singapore, Duterte will fly to Papua New Guinea to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea for the 19th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting on November 17 to 18.

At APEC, the Palace said the President will work with the leaders of the 21-nation grouping to affirm the multilateral trading system and uphold the role of APEC as the forum for addressing issues, leveraging on the regions economic growth and pursuing open...

23:04

'Appalling' Khashoggi murder audio shocked Saudi official, says Erdogan Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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23:02

Philippines President to reaffirm the Philippines stand on the South China Sea Non-militarization Self-restraint Subservient to China Peace and Freedom

In his forthcoming meeting with other Southeast Asian leaders, President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to reaffirm the Philippines stand on the South China Sea.

In a statement released Monday, Malacaang said the president would engage leaders of ASEAN dialogue partners to further enrich partnership in key areas of cooperation.

The President will reiterate the Philippines principled positions on matters concerning the South China Sea and transnational and transboundary issues such as terrorism, violent extremism, trafficking in persons, illicit drugs and disaster risk reduction and management, Malacaang said.

In this November 6 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte holds a Cabinet meeting at Malacaang Palace. The president will be attending the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Singapore this week.
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Duterte arrived in Singapore on Monday evening to attend the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits from November 12 to 15.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and United States Vice President Mike Pence will also attend the ASEAN summit in Singapore.

During the ASEAN summit in Manila last year, the 10-nation regional bloc and China have agreed to start the negotiations for the text of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

China and several ASEAN member-states, including the Philippines, have overlapping claims in the disputed waterway.

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23:01

Islamic Jihad: The Unexpected Retaliation Is Coming, Fire Range to Be Expanded Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 13, 2018 Islamic Jihad Palestinian resistance warned on Tuesday that the resistances upcoming retaliations for the Israeli aggression on Gaza will be unexpected. In a statement issued on Tuesday the movements military wing, Al-Quds Brigades, noted that so far, our retaliations have been traditional and expected, stressing that the unexpected is coming in the []

23:00

Robert Spencer: The Jihad in Michigan That No One Noticed Jihad Watch

My latest over at the Geller Report: A Muslim migrant named Amor Ftouhi is on trial now for his June 2017 stabbing of police officer Lt. Jeff Neville at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan. The case has, unsurprisingly, received hardly any establishment media attention, and that may be because it is such a quintessential []

22:57

Relative calm on Gaza frontier as Israel, Palestinian factions hold fire Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Palestinian groups say they're ready to implement ceasefire if Israel halts strikes after most serious exchange of fire since 2014

22:55

Russia Hosts Milestone Conference on Afghanistan to Kick-Start Peace Process Strategic Culture Foundation

The Moscow conference demonstrated that Russia has become a potentially vital bridge between the Taliban, the Afghan government, and the US at a time when Washington is seeking to end this war that is sapping its resources.

22:53

Xi Jinping continues drive for absolute power in China Communist Party Expands Power Peace and Freedom

Chinas Communist Party under Xi Jinping is expanding control over the Chinese government while increasing the use of covert action influence operations, according to a forthcoming congressional report.

The annual report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission will reveal that communist control over Chinas 1.4 billion people has increased and notes the Party-ification of the Chinese government.

Xi also has expanded personal power by adding his brand of communism to the Chinese constitutionhe is the first Chinese communist leader to do so by nameand through purging thousands of top military and civilian officials.

In one of the most significant developments of 2018, the [Chinese Communist Party] solidified its control over policy in China through what it called the deepen[ing] reform of party and state institutions,' a late draft of the forthcoming annual report says.

By Bill Gertz

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The report is due to be made public in the next several weeks. A copy of the draft, dated Oct. 26, was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

The increase in Party control over governmental functions coincided with the additional consolidation of President Xis control over the Party.

Xi, in the clearest sign of growing dictatorial power, was reapproved as Party general security and abolished limits on the number of terms he can hold the supreme leadership post.

Few academics or officials outside China have discussed Xis drive for absolute power in China under the system of Marxism-Leninism and socialism with Chinese characteristics.

The CCP also recently took control of a number of government agencies that were once part of the Chinese state. The takeover has weakened the government, the report said.

The shift means Chinas system is doing away with traditional governance and ruling through Party leading small groups and committees made up of Party leaders. The groups and committees have now institutionalized decision-making for the Party.

The Party control over China was on display last week in Washington. Instead of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi taking part in high-level U.S.-China diplomatic and military talks, Politburo member and State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Wei Fenghe also participated.

From left, Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister General Wei Fen...

22:51

Saudi-led Invaders Face Heroic Resistance in Push to Seize Yemens Al-Hudaydah Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Local Editor Yemeni officials announced that a massive Saudi push against al-Hudaydah on the west coast of Yemen was repelled, with a number of Sudanese mercenaries killed or captured.   Based on reports, fighting reached residential streets on Sunday, with locals and Ansarullh revolutionaries mounting fierce resistance to the invaders. Meanwhile, medics and military sources reported that more than 60 combatants []

22:49

Military Escalation In Gaza Strip On November 12-13, 2018 (Map Update)

The military escalation in the Gaza Strip has been developing since November 11. The military encounter started with a failed secret operation against Hamas in the region and continued with a full-scale exchange of strikes by the sides. According to some sources, the sitaution is heading to a start of the Israeli ground invasion in the Gaza Strip. MORE HERE

Military Escalation In Gaza Strip On November 12-13, 2018 (Map Update)

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22:44

The Psychology of Fascism Dissident Voice

The continuing rise of fascism around the world is drawing increasing attention particularly as it takes firmer grip within national societies long seen to have rejected it.

Some recent studies have reminded us of the characteristics of fascist movements and individuals, particularly as they manifest among politically active fascists. For example, in his recent book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us And Them Professor Jason Stanley has identified ten characteristics shared by fascists which have been simply presented in the article Prof Sees Fascism Creeping In U.S.

These characteristics, readily evident in the USA, Europe, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and elsewhere today, include belief in a mythic (false) past, propaganda to divert attention and blame from the true source of corruption, anti-intellectualism and a belief in the common man while deriding women and racial and sexual minorities who seek basic equality as, in fact, seeking political and cultural domination, promotion of elite dogma at the expense of any competing ideas (such as those in relation to freedom and equality), portrayal of the elite and its agents as victims, reliance on delusion rather than fact to justify their pursuit of power, the use of law and order not to punish actual criminals, but to criminalize out groups like racial, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities which is why we are now seeing criminality being written into immigration status, and identification of out groups as lazy while attacking welfare systems and labor organizers, and promoting the idea that elites and their agents are hard working while exploited groups are lazy and a drain on the state.

In an earlier article Fascism Anyone?, published in the Spring 2003 issue of Free Inquiry Magazine, Professor Laurence W. Britt identified fourteen shared threads that link fascists. These include powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism, disdain for the importance of human rights, identification of enemies/scapegoats (such as communists, socialists, liberals, ethnic and racial minorities, traditional national enemies, members of other religions, secularists, homosexuals and terrorists) as a unifying cause, obsession with national security and avid identification with the military, sexism, a controlled/compliant mass media that promotes the elite agenda, a manufactured perception that opposing the power elite is tantamount to an attack on religion, corporate power protected by the political elite while the power of labor is suppressed or eliminated, disdain for intellectuals and the arts, expanded police power and prison populations in response to an obsession with the crime and punishment of ordinary citizens (while elite crimes are protected by a compliant ju...

22:41

UK says Saudi-led coalition to allow Houthi medical evacuations from Yemen Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Up to 50 wounded fighters, along with civilians, to be allowed evacuation from Yemen, a key sticking point in previous attempts at peace

22:25

Unwrapping Armageddon: The Erosion of Nuclear Arms Control Strategic Culture Foundation

The INF Treaty came about because of strong opposition and huge demonstrations in Europe and the United States. That kind of pressure, coupled with a pledge by countries not to deploy such weapons, will be required again, lest the entire tapestry of agreements that kept the horror of nuclear war at bay vanish.

22:23

Israel and Hamas are plunging into an all-out war that neither side wants Peace and Freedom

Both are under intense pressure and are determined to deter each other, but there is yet hope they can come back from the brink

Gaza's Hamas leader Ismail Haniya flashes the V for victory sign at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza city, on October 12, 2018. (Said Khatib/AFP)

Gazas Hamas leader Ismail Haniya flashes the V for victory sign at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza city, on October 12, 2018. (Said Khatib/AFP)

On Tuesday morning, Palestinian Islamic Jihads military wing, the al-Quds Brigades, announced that Ashdod and Beersheba will soon enter the line of fire. And indeed, it currently looks like there is nothing stopping Israel and the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terrorist groups from continuing the escalation toward a full-blown war.

The traditional brokers of ceasefires between both sides, Egypt and the United Nations, seem to have put aside their efforts to calm the situation, and the pessimism is evident in their statements.

But while Israel and the Hamas terror group both appear ready, even eager, for deeper battle, that is mostly a facade. The two sides are engaged in a game of brinkmanship in a bid to demonstrate their superiority and create deterrence. The problem is that it is highly doubtful that either Hamas or Israel have the ability to achieve those goals without taking steps that will inevitably plunge the area into war.

At least for now, Hamas and Israel look like two trains reluctantly speeding toward a chasm.

In attempting to understand what exactly went wrong over the past few days, it is hard to point to a clear strategic decision. Hamas and Israel had already entered a truce. The Gazan organizations leadership had invested tremendous efforts in reaching the ceasefire, in which the Strips economy was to improve, the supply of electricity was to increase and even Hamas officials were to receive payments using cash suitcases transferred by Qatar with Israels approval.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Liberman are speaking to IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot at the IDF headquarter in Tel Aviv,...

22:16

Protect orphan children with Comit Afro Europen!

#WorldOrphansDay was yesterday, but we're still thinking of ways we can provide assistance to vulnerable orphan children.

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Another cynical and expensive PR exercise on behalf of a velvet police state

22:15

Develop and Deploy Empathy Dissident Voice

Here is a new song from Chris Time Steele called Develop and Deploy Empathy. It speaks on the prison industrial complex, drug addiction, issues of people experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ rights, and right to migrate.

calm. is time (rapper) and AwareNess (production).

22:13

Ministers defer agreement on RCEP trade deal to 2019 Peace and Freedom

Asia-Pacific pact risks bogging down as some member nations go to polls

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However, the deal lacks the protections for labor, human rights and the environment set by the TPP.

SINGAPORE Economic ministers representing members of the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership on Monday postponed the year-end target for reaching a substantial conclusion to the free trade deal, throwing its prospects into doubt.

The ministers on Monday gathered in Singapore hoping to resolve sensitive issues, including lowering tariffs, but they failed to reach an agreement. RCEP members are expected to continue the talks next year, but it is now unclear whether a deal can be reached.

We made significant progress [but] not the final conclusion, New Zealand agriculture minister Damien OConnor told reporters after Mondays meeting, adding that he hoped a conclusion would come next year.

Leaders of the RCEP countries will hold a summit on Wednesday in Singapore, where they are expected to commit to continuing the talks.

Japans trade minister, Hiroshige Seko, told reporters that the members closed some of the chapters at the meeting, saying that the discussions had gone as far as they could at the ministerial level.

Separately, Indian Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu told reporters: We are very happy that Indias concerns have been taken on board, and we feel that we should conclude in a way that will be long-term sustainable so that every country will benefit from it.

RCEP is envisioned as a huge framework for economic cooperation in Asia that encompasses China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand and the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The 16 countries together account for about 50% of global population and roughly 30% of the w...

22:00

Former Polish PM turned Eurocrat attacks Trumps nationalism and defense of borders Jihad Watch

European Council President Donald Tusk has said that the United States is not interested in a strong, united Europe and called nationalism a fundamental threat to the European Union Globalist leaders with their unrelenting commitment to open borders continue to aid the Hijra and demonize anyone who opposes their reckless plan. Tusk, a former Prime []

21:55

The Plan: Why Israel Is Bent on Supporting Arab Division Strategic Culture Foundation

Had Syrians known what was planned for them by Washington and Tel Aviv, they might have avoided the death and destruction in Syria, for patriotism and wisdom call upon the various factions in the State to put aside their differences and confront the external threats.

21:43

Israel Wins U.S. 2018 Election stan van houcke


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21:25

Moscow Format: India Reaches Out to the Taliban Strategic Culture Foundation

India could possibly give the Taliban recognition in return for their assurance that they will not attack or disrupt Indian-led projects in Afghanistan. Looking at the political side, India does not want to be left out in this highly important Afghan peace process. It wants to have a stake in whatever outcome is reached.

21:15

Gaza wakes up to rubble and funerals after Israeli strikes Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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21:08

Brazils generals vow to stay out of politics Peace and Freedom

Army chief tries to allay fears of drift to authoritarianism under Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro

The former army captain won a sweeping victory in Brazils presidential election. Getty Images

Brazilian voters were not swayed by fears that Jair Bolsonaro would erode the countrys democratic institutions

By Joe Leahy and Andres Schipani in Braslia

Brazils senior military leaders moved to calm concerns that the incoming presidency of far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro would usher in the return of the armed forces to power in the worlds fourth-largest democracy.

The election of Mr Bolsonaro, a former army captain who has expressed nostalgia for the countrys 1964-85 military dictatorship, did not represent a return of the military to power, said General Eduardo Dias da Costa Villas Bas, commandant of the Brazilian army.  The military has been absent from politics since 1985, after the end of the military government, and thats how it intends to maintain itself, independent of whether the president-elect is a retired captain from our Brazilian army, he added in an interview with the FT.

Once a fringe-dweller in Brazils congress for his views endorsing the countrys former military rule, including its use of torture, Mr Bolsonaro has sought to allay concerns about his democratic credentials after winning elections late last month.

Although he has a strong base of far-right supporters, his victory was also seen as a referendum on the leftist Workers Party (PT) which was bidding for a fifth consecutive presidency. The PT presided over the countrys worst recession, biggest corruption scandal and a rising homicide rate in its last years in power, leading many voters to favour Mr Bolsonaros promises of greater security and a return to traditional family values.

But Mr Bolsonaros radical past rhetoric, disparaging remarks about gays, women and black people, and verbal attacks against leftist foes had led some to fear the veteran congressman would lean towards authoritarianism when he takes office on January 1.

For me theres an evident risk above all because of the indisposition of the president-elect as regards democracy, said Francisco Martinho, a historian of conservative and authoritarian governments at So Paulo university. He said the test would come when Mr Bolsonaro faced a moment of civil tension, suc...

21:00

S&P cuts Argentina debt rating Peace and Freedom

International ratings agency S&P said Tuesday it was cutting Argentinas rating by one notch because of an erosion in the countrys growth, inflation and debt profiles.

The International Monetary Fund last month approved a $56 billion loan package for Argentina up from $50 billion initially agreed in June to help the government implement a tough austerity programme to stabilize the economy.

AFP | Argentinas President Mauricio Macri is pushing through a tough austerity programme with IMF backing to put the economy back on track

S&P said Argentinas long-term foreign and local currency ratings had been lowered to B from B+ following a review dating back to August.

There has been an erosion of Argentinas economic growth trajectory, inflation dynamics, and debt profile following setbacks in implementing its challenging economic adjustment program, S&P said in a statement.

The outlook on the long-term ratings is stable based on our expectation that the government will implement fiscal, monetary, and other measures to stabilize the economy over the coming 18 months, it added.

International debt ratings are widely read as a measure of a countrys economic health and can have a significant impact on its borrowing costs as investors demand higher returns from those with lower scores.

S&P said Argentinas austerity programme should gradually halt the deterioration in the financial profile and debt burden, reversing inflation dynamics and restoring investor confidence.

If the economy begins to stabilise and elections in 2019 do not result in a change of direction, then the stage could be set for a recovery, S&P said.

At the same time the agency warned it could lower the rating over the next 12 months if unexpected negative political developments or uneven implementation of the governments economic austerity program further damage investor confidence.

Any wavering in the governments commitment would add to the pressure, it said.

AFP

21:00

FISHY CALIFORNIA FIRES AND OTHER STUFF Giza Death Star

Ok... so there was election fraud, in Florida no less... we all expected that. After all, this is the state infamous for its hanging []

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21:00

Guardian columnist criticizes Samaritans Purse for anti-Muslim proselytizing Jihad Watch

The Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee argued in an article on Thursday that the gift boxes sent to children, many in Muslim countries, stem from an organization that holds anti-Muslim and anti-homosexual sentimentsThe Guardian op-edtook issue with the Bible stories and books dispatched alongside the childrens gifts, arguing that such a strategy targets Muslim families. Christians []

20:55

U.S. Futures, Europe Stocks Rally After Tech-Driven Selloff Peace and Freedom

Japan was the hardest-hit market in Asia-Pacific

Mnuchins resistance to Trumps Iran policy and other commentary
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Global stocks recouped some of their steep early-week falls Tuesday, after tech-sector jitters and sliding oil prices contributed to heavy selling in Asia.

U.S. stocks were set to claw back some of their losses, with futures pointing to gains of 0.7% and 0.5% for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, respectively.

European stocks rallied in the opening minutes of trading, with the Stoxx Europe 600 trading 0.8% higher. European technology stocks were up 1.2%, after the sector drove sharp falls in the U.S. Monday and in early Asian trading Tuesday.

Japan was the hardest hit in Asia, with the Nikkei 225 index falling more than 2%. Other Asian indexes staged partial recoveries, although Taiwans tech-dominated benchmark was still down 0.6% and the South Korean Kospi index was down 0.4%.

The downbeat trade was sparked by Apple Inc.sAAPL -5.04% 5% tumble Monday, after two of its suppliers slashed their earnings outlooks, raising concerns about demand for the iPhone.

Japan Display Inc., which supplies screens for the iPhone XR, cut its earnings estimates, saying orders for its latest LCD panels would be much lower than its initial expectations. Its shares fell 9.5%. Other Tokyo-listed tech firms, like industrial robot maker Fanuc Corp. and electronics giant Sony Corp., fell by about 2.5% and 4%.

The latest wave of tech selling followed frequent turbulence last month, which hit stocks, bonds and commodities. Hedge funds around the world slid 3.1% on average in October, their worst monthly performanc...

20:55

The Intensified "Ukrainization" of New NATO Member Montenegro Strategic Culture Foundation

It turns out that, for the geostrategists in Washington, London, Berlin, Paris and Brussels, communism wasnt all that bad, after all, and that it had many quite useful features.

20:49

Glazov Moment: Europe Criminalizes Criticism of Mohammed Jihad Watch

In this new Jamie Glazov Moment, Jamie discusses Europe Criminalizes Criticism of Mohammed, unveiling how the European Court of Human Rights is enabling Europes suicide. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel and follow us on Twitter: @JamieGlazov. Please donate through our Pay Pal account. And pre-order Jamies new book, Jihadist Psychopath: []

20:46

Landauer, On the German Revolution of 1918-19 Enough is Enough!

Gustav Landauer would fully engage with the events of the German Revolution, both as writer and militant. And if criticised certain decisions or actions, he did not hesitate to commit himself to revolution whose anarchist dimension is often ignored.

Originally published by Passing on the flame. Image above: Revolutionary soldiers at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin 9th November 1918.

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

The German Revolution 1918-19

The Revolutionary Spirit of the Beginnings

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20:39

Libyan commander Haftar will attend meetings in Italy, not conference Peace and Freedom

Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar has arrived in Italy for meetings with heads of state, but will not attend a conference on Libya hosted by Rome, his command said on Tuesday.

Italy organized the conference in Palermo, hoping it would resurrect U.N. efforts to stage elections in Libya. Haftar arrived in Palermo late on Monday but did not take part in the opening dinner.

Italys Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte welcomes Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar as he arrives at the venue of the international conference on Libya in Palermo, Italy, November 12, 2018. (Reuters)

Reporting by Ayman al-Warfalli; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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20:34

Chinas Liu and Mnuchin Talk Trade for the First Time in Months Peace and Freedom

The Trump administration has said that it wanted a substantive response to a long list of demands for what it calls structural changes in Chinese industrial policy But there is no sign that China will move in that direction.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He have resumed talks on trade, and a potential Washington visit by Liu is being considered before the nations top leaders meet later this month.

The two officials spoke by phone on Friday, according to people briefed on the matter, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the topic. The conversation didnt yield any concrete results, the people said. The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported Tuesday that Liu was expected to visit Washington shortly. The Wall Street Journal first reported the phone call Monday.

Liu He  Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

The phone discussion followed a call between President Donald Trump and Chinas Xi Jinping two weeks ago the first publicly disclosed call in six months. The two leaders are slated to meet at the Group of 20 nations summit in Argentina, which is scheduled to take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.

Asian stocks came off their lows after the report Tuesday, and the Australian and New...

20:27

Ethiopia arrests military and intelligence officers for failed attack on PM, corruption, torture Peace and Freedom

Ethiopias attorney general accused members of the security service of carrying out a grenade attack on a rally attended by the prime minister, as he announced details of a string of investigations that struck at the heart of the establishment.

Members of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) were involved in the blast that killed two people in June, soon after newly-elected reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed left the stage, Attorney General Berhanu Tsegaye told reporters on Monday.

While other officials implicated in the plot have fled the country, the former intelligence chief is now residing in northern Ethiopia and should turn himself in to authorities, he said.

Meanwhile, 63 senior military and intelligence officers accused of corruption and human-rights abuses has been arrested, Berhanu said.

The arrests are a rare move against the countrys powerful security apparatus.

They represent a further flexing of power by reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who is seeking to break with Ethiopias authoritarian past, analysts said.

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Abiy Ahmed is described as an astute politician Reuters photo

Twenty-seven officials have been arrested for alleged corrupt practices, while 36 have been detained for alleged human rights abuses, with a manhunt underway for remaining suspects, Berhanu said at a press conference.

Tsegaye said that the crimes against humanity were committed by high ranking officials and operatives of National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), which operated dozens of secret prisons throughout Ethiopia.

People were being detained without trail for long time in the prisons, he alleged.

Inhumane torture, bodily harm, forced disappearances, sexual attacks against men and women inmates were committed in those prisons, he said.

Detainees were subjected to various abuses including gang rapes, sodomy, prolonged exposure to extreme heat and cold, waterboarding and deprivation of sunlight, he added.

According to him, the violations had been institutionalized and also victimized family members of the incarcerated citizens.

Berhanu did not name any of the suspects but said some had already been taken to court.

He said the suspected corruption occurred at the military-run Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC).

METEC officials were involved in purchases of $2 billion (1.8 billion euros) worth of goods without any bidding process, Be...

20:21

US security chief Bolton vows to squeeze Iran Peace and Freedom

US National Security Advisor John Bolton vowed Tuesday to squeeze Iran until the pips squeak, a week after a tough new round of sanctions came into force.

President Donald Trump has dramatically increased pressure on Tehran, withdrawing from an international agreement aimed at ending its nuclear programme and introducing several rounds of unilateral US sanctions.

The latest tranche of measures have been touted as the toughest yet, and aim to significantly reduce Irans vital oil exports and cut off its banks from international finance.

AFP/File | US National Security Advisor John Bolton has vowed to maintain pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme

Speaking in Singapore ahead of a summit, Bolton said: We think the government is under real pressure and its our intention to squeeze them very hard.

As the British say, squeeze them until the pips squeak.

We are also going to significantly increase the enforcement of sanctions.

The sanctions have been opposed by other parties to the deal aimed at ending Irans nuclear drive Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia who have vowed to keep the accord alive.

UN inspectors say Iran is abiding by the agreement.

Washington is demanding that Iran end policies rooted in the 1979 Islamist revolution, including its support for regional proxies such as the Lebanese militia Hezbollah and its development of missiles.

The only support for the US position has come from Irans regional rivals, notably Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The International Monetary Fund has forecast that the sanctions will cause Irans economy to contract 1.5 percent this year and 3.6 percent next year.

AFP

20:16

Boeing Withheld Information on 737 Model, According to Safety Experts and Others Peace and Freedom

Data related to a new flight-control feature suspected of playing a role in crash in Indonesia

Boeing Co. BA -3.33% withheld information about potential hazards associated with a new flight-control feature suspected of playing a role in last months fatal Lion Air jet crash, according to safety experts involved in the investigation, as well as midlevel FAA officials and airline pilots.

The automated stall-prevention system on Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 modelsintended to help cockpit crews avoid mistakenly raising a planes nose dangerously highunder unusual conditions can push it down unexpectedly and so strongly that flight crews cant pull it back up. Such a scenario, Boeing told airlines in a world-wide safety bulletin roughly a week after the accident, can result in a steep dive or crasheven if pilots are manually flying the jetliner and dont expect flight-control computers to kick in.

That warning came as a surprise to many pilots who fly the latest models for U.S carriers. Safety experts involved in and tracking the investigation said that at U.S. carriers, neither airline managers nor pilots had been told such a system had been added to the latest 737 variantand therefore aviators typically werent prepared to cope with the possible risks.

Its pretty asinine for them to put a system on an airplane and not tell the pilots who are operating the airplane, especially when it deals with flight controls, said Capt. Mike Michaelis, chairman of the safety committee for the Allied Pilots Association, which represents about 15,000 American Airlines pilots. Why werent they trained on it?

One Federal Aviation Administration manager familiar with the details said the new flight-control systems werent highlighted in any training materials or during lengthy discussions between carriers and regulators about phasing in the latest 737 derivatives.

Boeing declined to immediately answer specific questions Monday. We are taking every measure to fully understand all aspects of this incident, working closely with the investigating team and all regulatory authorities involved, the company said in a statement. We are confident in the safety of the 737 MAX.

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20:15

10 years after police murder on #Alexis: A glimpse into the elsewhere Enough is Enough!

This is the first article of our series 10 years after police murder on Alexis: A glimpse into the elsewhere.

Originally published by Turbellaria in 2010. Written and recounted by an anarchist who ventured there for a moment in December 2008.

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

From the moment that 14 year old Alexis Grigoropoulos was gunned down by a patrolling policeman on December 6 2008, the morphology of Greeces capital city and many others, both on the mainland and in many of the islands, changed. The force of the peoples anger against the State and its paid killers expressed itself with limpid clarity: Athens, a European metropolis, had no cop station left untouched, no bank left functioning. Huge stores, banks and public buildings were gutted by fire and hundreds of luxury cars and car showrooms went up in flames, as the streets were blocked off with flaming barricades and hundreds of police in riot gear were forced to run away from the rebels.

It is impossible to render what happened over there in words, because what took place was a social rebellion, where the outward face of capitalist society came under assault by massive numbers of disparate people, acting as one.

Anarchists who had been in the thick of the rebellion around the Polytechnic in Athens were visibly overwhelmed. Stunned by the events, their eyes shining with passion and wonder, they were the first to admit that they had lived moments that they had never imagined even in their wildest dreams, and which had completely surpassed them.

Many words have been written about these days, beautiful words, reproduced and diffused in many languages. But it seemed that something was missing

This candid account (transcribed as spoken) by an anarchist comrade who suddenly found himself acting in a completely different terrain to that with which he was familiar, and the fears and questions that this awakened in him, is a valuable testimony that opens up many questions for all anarchists. 


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20:09

What Macron got wrong while lecturing Trump Peace and Freedom

French President Emmanuel Macron doubtless felt deep self-satisfaction in delivering a public rebuke to President Trump over the weekend. But his smug lecture on the dangers of nationalism ignored both the lessons of history and of todays political realities.

It was also pretty arrogant of Macron to implicitly slam a US president at a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I a conflict in which France and its allies were saved by American soldiers, thousands of whom lie forever in French soil. Surely a thanks was in order.

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After all, US troops also liberated France a generation later from the very fascist nationalism that Macron seems to ascribe to Trump, with his warning about old demons coming back to wreak chaos and death.

But Trumps America First nationalism is not the same as the force that drove both world wars. It does not seek greatness by conquest, nor does it mean only America.

It does, however, expect Europe to share global responsibilities, and recognizes that the United States has not been well-served by multinational groups like the United Nations and the European Union even as it foots so many of the bills.

And, for all the talk about Trump abandoning traditional alliances, this administration has taken strong action in Europes defense against Vladimir Putins Russia (even if Trumps rhetoric sometimes suggests otherwise). This, even as nations like Macrons France forcefully resist confronting Iran.

Macron and the fans of his rebuke of Trump also remain in denial on important social issues, including the rise of immigrant-driven anti-Semitism across Europe and particularly in France. Nor do dark warnings about nationalism make any less of a disaster German Chancellor Angela Merkels 2015 opening of Europes doors to unlimited Middle East migrants.

Americas brand of nationalism is not a betrayal of patriotism, as Macron suggests; its an affirmation. And it speaks to the American values and commitment that helped France remain a free nation.

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20:04

What the mid-term elections tell us about US interior conflict, by Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Network

The US mid-term elections have been interpreted by the major medias in terms of the partisan divide between Republicans and Democrats. However, continuing his in-depth analysis of the social fabric, Thierry Meyssan sees a clear retreat of the Puritans faced with the Lutherans and the Catholics. Donald Trump's political realignment, just as that of Richard Nixon before him, is close to succeeding.

20:00

Palestinians Denounce Hollywood Stars $60m for Israeli Army Terror GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Hollywood (MEE)  Pharrell Williams and Ashton Kutcher among stars condemned by Palestinians, who say money furthers the occupation.

As Hollywood stars celebrated at a fundraiser for the Israeli army last week in Los Angeles, halfway across the world Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip were waking up for another Friday of protest and bloodshed.

The gala on 1 November, organized by Friends of the Israeli Defence Forces and attended by actors such as Ashton Kutcher, Gerard Butler, and Andy Garcia, was praised by Israel and its supporters for raising a record $60 million and bringing together more than 1,200 people.

A memorandum of understanding signed between Israel and Barack Obamas US administration in 2016 included a record $38bn deal to provide Israel with military assistance over a ten-year period, the largest such pledge in American history.

In the occupied Palestinian territory and on social media, the star-studded event was met with anger and condemnation.

In 2016, Ashton Kutcher was filmed shutting down an activist from the BDS movement at a promotional event for the property rental company Airbnb, which was listing homes in illegal Israeli settlements. But this comapany is about bringing people together and loving one another, Kutcher said, speaking about the privately-held global corporation.

The Israeli army will use these funds to buy more bullets and more bombs, only to kill more civilians, said Ahmed Abu Artema, an organizer of the Great March of Return protests in the Gaza Strip. The rallies, which call for the right of return of refugees to their homes and an end to Palestinian suffering, have been ongoing since 30 March.

The Israeli army has killed more than 200 civilians and wounded some 20,000; these people were men, women and children calling for basic human rights. They did not pose any threat to the Israeli army, Abu Artema told Middle East Eye.

Despite cries of human rights abuses and violations of international law, the voices of Palestinians were nowhere to be heard at the Los Angeles event.

The galas attendees, who also included Arnold Schwarzenegger and the singer Seal, enjoyed a performance by producer and rapper Pharrell Williams.

Williams was attacked on social media for recently asking US President Donald Trump to refrain from playing his song Happy at his rallies only to perform it at the fundraiser.

It is diffi...

20:00

A Look at Yemens Domestic Defensive Missile Production Over the Past 3 Years GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Sanaa (AMA) After more than three years of the US-Saudi-UAE aggression on Yemen, the curse of Yemeni ballistic missiles continues to haunt the enemies. They stand helpless trying to destroy or limit the missiles launch and development capabilities. Even the most advanced Patriot missile defense system was neutralized and no longer effective in the face of the updated Yemeni ballistic missiles. In turn, such missiles have changed the military equation and made them stand at the top of the list of the enemies targeting list.

The leadership promised on the anniversary of the war against Yemen to step-up use of long-range weaponry and recruit more fighters in a bid to confront the US-Saudi war effort against Yemen. In the fourth year of the war, we will use more developed and far-reaching missile systems, which will penetrate all American and non-American air defense systems to target Saudi Arabia, Sayyed Abdulmalik Al-Houthi said.

President Saleh Al-Sammad announced shortly before he was assassinated by a US-Saudi airstrike that from now on, we will launch missiles every day and Saudi Arabia will not be safe from Yemeni missiles, no matter how they plan their defense systems. For his part, Brigadier-General Sharaf Luqman echoed Al-Sammad, stating rocketry operations will continue as long as the aggression continues to commit crimes against the Yemeni people.

Less than three months as the Saudi war on Yemen began, domestic missile production was operational and on June 6, 2015, the Rocketry Force of the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees launched its first homegrown ballistic missile, a Scud with a range of more than 800 km, toward the King Khalid Bin Abdulaziz Airport in southern Saudi Arabia.

Three months later, the Yemeni Air Force launched its newly created Tochka ballistic missile against a Saudi military base in Safer, eastern Yemen, causing a huge blast and inflicting numerous casualties on the aggression troops. Dozens of Emirati, Saudi, Bahraini troops, as well as dozens of Saudi-mercenaries, were killed in the attack.

yemen badr 1 missile defense systemYemens Badr-1 short-range ballistic missile system.

On September 7, 2016, a new ballistic missile dubbed the Borkan H-1 was...

19:58

Asia Bibi Will Not Leave Pakistan Until Final Verdict Says Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Peace and Freedom

Canada Is in Talks With Pakistan to Grant Asylum to Christian Woman Asia Bibi

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Pir Noor-ul-Haq Qadri brushed away the rumors of Asia Bibi leaving the country on Monday while addressing a Tahafuz-i-Risalat conference in Lahore on Monday. He said, Asia Bibi is very much in Pakistan, dismissing the reports of her flying out of the country as sheer propaganda.

About the altercation of Section 295-C (blasphemy law) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), Minister said, The PTI and every person of the government would protect Article 295-C of the Constitution. Talking about the protests episode after the acquittal of Asia Bibi a Christian woman, accused of blasphemy he said that review appeals should be brought in sensitive cases to the courts instead of staging protest demonstrations.

The TLP is notorious for spreading anarchy and violence in the name of avenging blasphemy.

The review petition is with the Supreme Court and all of us should wait for the final verdict instead of resorting to violence on the roads, Mr. Noor said. Appreciating the efforts of PM Khan, Mr. Noor said, It was Prime Minister Khan who through his diplomacy persuaded the Dutch government to cancel the competition of blasphemous caricature.

Read more: Has Asia Bibi been transported out of Pakistan?

New Pakistan would be built on the basis of the state of Madina and Holy Prophets honor, he said, adding, Every Muslim is committed to the respect and finality of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) because this is an essential part of the faith. That is why the PTI government is this time observing Eid-i-Miladun Nabi at the official level and (with) religious fervor.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri in conversation with Chinese Ambassador Yao Xing. Photo provided by author
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noorul Haq Qadri in conversation with Chinese Ambassador Yao Xing. Photo provided by author

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19:58

Libya's Haftar meets with rival Sarraj in Italy for first time since May Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Military leader Khalifa Haftar had said he would not attend peace talks in Italy - but later reportedly committed to a UN action plan

19:55

A Century After WWI"s End Strategic Culture Foundation

Adam Hochschild Cautions: Think Long and Hard Before Starting a New War

19:55

Pompeo"s Albright Moment Arrives Strategic Culture Foundation

Its getting harder and harder for Pompeo and Trump to defend their positions on Israel and Saudi Arabia as their behavior becomes more erratic and shameful.

19:49

Pakistan Struggles with Deficit Reduction Before IMF Bailout Peace and Freedom

ISLAMABAD: With primary focus on containing fiscal deficit, Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday began policy discussions on economic and fiscal adjustments required to ensure a fresh fund programme worth around $6 billion.

A senior government official said a draft Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies (MEFP) had been prepared by the Ministry of Finance in consultation with other economic ministries that was now the centre of discussion with the IMF.


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Finance Minister Asad Umar and IMF chief Christine Lagarde shake hands before their meeting on Thursday. AFP/File
Finance Minister Asad Umar and IMF chief Christine Lagarde shake hands before their meeting on Thursday. AFP/File

The focus is on deficit reduction to a level acceptable to the IMF because economic stabilisation is going to be the ultimate objective for which the two sides are reviewing revenue measures and expenditure controls, he said, adding the IMF also asked questions about the external payment plans.

Policy level talks on tentative $6bn bailout plan kick off

The fund is reported to have raised questions over more than Rs90bn revenue shortfall in the first four months of the current fiscal year and wondered how the projected fiscal deficit target of 5.1pc could be achieved when development programme had already been curtailed to a bare minimum.

They also asked questions about the revenue measures under consideration as to make up for the loss suffered so far and what was the policy plan going forward. The mission...

19:45

Indian Navy ship seizes arms and ammunition off Somali coast Horseed Media

An Indian Navy ship has seized arms and ammunition off the Somali coast, in a swift anti-piracy operation, officials said Monday. The ship, Sunayna, carried out the operation on Friday in which two high-calibre AK 47 and AKM rifles, as well as some ammunitions, were seized from a number of boats, approximately 400 nautical miles []

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19:42

Trump to Replace Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Peace and Freedom

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen may be the next cabinet member to be ousted from the Trump administration, according to a new report.

The Washington Post reports that President Trump has shared with advisers that he will boot Nielsen as early as this week, despite opposition from White House chief of staff John Kelly. Kelly is advocating for Nielsen to remain at her post or to delay her departure.


Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visits the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Va., last week. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Trump, who has expressed dissatisfaction with Nielsens performance for months, has told aides he is ready for Nielsen to depart the administration as soon as possible, five current and former White House officials told the Post. The officials also said Trump canceled a trip with Nielsen to South Texas this week.

Nielsen, who first assumed her position Dec. 6, has been dissatisfied with her job the past several months, but has been hesitant to leave her post, colleagues said.

But a press secretary for the Department of Homeland Security said that Nielsen is dedicated to carrying out Trumps priorities and will continue to do so.

The Secretary is honored to lead the men and women of DHS and is committed to implementing the Presidents security-focused agenda to protect Americans from all threats and will continue to do so, Tyler Houlton told the Washington Examiner.

According to the Post, Trump is allegedly difficult to satisfy and grows impatient when Nielsen has attempted to spell out underpinnings of immigration laws after Trump has suggested dramatic action such as cutting back immigration or closing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump has told aides he is eyeing several potential candidates to fill Nielsens spot, including commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Kevin McAleenan, and the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration David Pekoske.

If I were advising the White House Id encourage them to nominate someone with executive branch experience, a senior DHS official told the Post. This will be our fourth secretary in two years. The last thing we want is someone who needs hand-holding.

Kelly previously served as the head of the agency before he moved over to his post at the White House and pushed for Nielsen to succ...

19:35

#Anathema, Volume 4, Issue 10 released Enough is Enough!

Anathema: A Philadelphia Anarchist Periodical. Volume 4, Issue 10, November 2018.

Originally published by Anathema.

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Volume 4 Issue 10 (PDF for reading 8.5 x 11)

Volume 4 Issue 10 (PDF for printing 11 x 17)

In this issue:

  • Plague Of Western Chauvinism
  • Vaughn 17 Trials
  • Anti-Colonial October
  • What Forest Remains
  • What Is Attack?
  • What Went Down
  • Notice On Police Cars
  • Poem Coup Des Lumires
  • An Invitation To Desertion
  • World News
  • What Did You Do Instead Of Voting

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19:35

Donald Trump, Moscow's Providential Man, by Valentin Vasilescu Voltaire Network

How did President Donald Trump react to the news that the Russian hypersonic nuclear missile Avangard was up and ready? He announced that his country would withdraw from the INF Treaty. So, instead of making a plan to catch up and quickly developing hypersonic missiles, he intends to reassemble the US medium range nuclear missile arsenal. Valentin Vasilescu observes that the United States is no longer manufacturing motors for this type of missile and is using Russian motors for its Atlas V rockets. Conclusion: Moscow has gained yet another advantage over Washington.

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Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Preserving the unity and peace of the family Peace and Freedom

Show our children how to live their lives graciously

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Say what is self-controlled, chaste, good for all homemakers  Urge the younger men, similarly, to control themselves

Leaders and parents set the tone and direction for how the community operates.

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Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin
Lectionary: 492

Reading 1 TI 2:1-8, 11-14

Beloved:
You must say what is consistent with sound doctrine,
namely, that older men should be temperate, dignified,
self-controlled, sound in faith, love, and endurance.
Similarly, older women should be reverent in their behavior,
not slanderers, not addicted to drink,
teaching what is good, so that they may train younger women
to love their husbands and children,
to be self-controlled, chaste, good homemakers,
under the control of their husbands,
so that the word of God may not be discredited.Urge the younger men, similarly, to control themselves,
showing yourself as a model of good deeds in every respect,
with integrity in your teaching, dignity, and sound speech
that cannot be criticized,
so that the opponent will be put to shame
without anything bad to say about us.

For the grace of God has appeared, saving all
and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires
and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age,
as we await the blessed hope,
the appearance of the glory of the great God
and of our savior Jesus Christ,
who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness
and to cleanse for himself a people as his own,
eager to do what is good.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 37:3-4, 18 AND 23, 27 AND 29

R. (39a) The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.
Trust in the LORD and do good,
that you may dwell in the land and be fed in security.
Take del...

19:28

Fake news about Muos maxi-radar , by Manlio Dinucci Voltaire Network

Contrary to articles in the Atlantist Press, Muos is not a defensive radar, but a new satellite communications system which enables the Pentagon to supervise offensive actions anywhere in the world. One of its four land bases is situated in Europe, specifically in Niscemi (Italy).

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They see no shame in Syria: Muslim who murdered his sister in honor killing is untouchable Jihad Watch

Footage of a young Syrian womans execution by her brother was greeted with widespread horror. Yet such violence is all too common and as a member of the Free Syrian Army, with its own police and courts, the man is untouchable. This kind of honor murder is all too common and its perpetrator is []

19:10

#London: Rebel City issue 9 is out! Enough is Enough!

The new issue of Rebel City is out. Rebel City is Londons free anarchist paper.

Originally published by Anarchist Communist Group.

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London Anarchist Communist Group are involved in the Rebel City collective, along with members of the Anarchist Federation, Haringey Solidarity Group and others. Latest issue has articles on  Sadiq Khan, Friend of the Property Developers, Haringey Labour Council, John Roan Resists, Dont Choke on the Coffee Mate! and much more. Free copies available from Freedom Bookshop, Housmans Bookshop, 56a Info Centre, LARC etc or on the street!

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18:44

Excavator occupation in #RWEs #Garzweiler open pit mine Enough is Enough!

We, an autonomous group of environmental activists, occupied today, Monday Nov. 12th, 2018 an excavator in the Garzweiler open pit mine near Keyenberg.

Originally published by Hambi Bleibt. Images by @Baggadagga1

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The open-pit mining is progressing tirelessly, destroying habitat in favor of the production of electricity, which in turn drives much of the destruction of living space here and elsewhere by the industry. This destruction takes place both directly by the excavator buckets, as well as indirectly by the emission of greenhouse gases and the resulting climate change. We are in solidarity with the inhabitants of the threatened villages of Keyenberg, Kuckum, Berverath, Unterwestrich and Oberwestrich, Morschenich and Manheim, Pdelwitz, as well as the people in the global south, which is much more affected by climate change and whose homes have to yield to the profit of others.

Furthermore, we send solidary greetings to the occupation in the Trebur forest, which was evicted on Tuesday in favour of the irresponsible expansion of the Frankfurt airport, and to the occupied house in Manheim, which was evicted on Thursday.

To prevent worse there is only one possibility here and now:
Coal stays in the ground, activists stay up.

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18:11

PA torture case still being ignored by the BBC BBC Watch

As regular readers may recall, the BBC has been ignoring an unusual story unfolding in Israeli courts for well over a year.

BBC News ignores an unusual legal story from Israel

Story of PA torture continues to be side-lined by BBC

In a landmark ruling, the Jerusalem District ordered the Palestinian Authority to pay compensation of 13.2 million shekels (approximately $3.5 million) to dozens of suspected collaborators with Israel who were systematically tortured while incarcerated in PA jails.

Hadashot news reported Thursday the plaintiffs hope that Israel will be able to collect the compensation from the Palestinian Authority, and that if not, it could be raised by offsetting tax revenues collected by Israel on the PAs behalf.

The story took another turn when as reported by the Jerusalem Post:

The PA [Palestinian Authority] has appealed...

17:47

US Pressure Fails to Affect Russias Growing Arms Exports Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

ARKADY SAVITSKY | 12.11.2018 | US Pressure Fails to Affect Russias Growing Arms Exports On November 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting of the Commission for Military Technology Cooperation with Foreign States. He noted that Our capabilities in the military technical sphere must be used to modernize and upgrade all our industries, to support our science and []

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Why Veterans Day is really Palestinian Genocide Day By Kevin Barrett VT Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

What we call Veterans Day in the USA is known as Remembrance Day in Australia. Whatever theyre remembering, weve apparently forgotten. The end of the war to end all wars ?  Maybe. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 was supposed to usher in permanent peacebut somehow instead it []

17:19

Pence says US wants model trade deal with Japan Peace and Freedom

Japan and the United States will negotiate a bilateral trade agreement that will serve as a model for other countries, US Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday in Tokyo.

Speaking after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, he reiterated Washingtons position that US businesses have faced unfair obstacles in Japan.

The United States has had a trade imbalance with Japan for too long. American products and services too often face barriers to compete fairly in Japanese markets, he said, standing alongside Abe.

POOL/AFP | US Vice President Mike Pence and Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to negotiate a bilateral trade pact

The best opportunity for free, fair and reciprocal trade will come in a bilateral trade agreement.

Abe and US President Donald Trump agreed in September to negotiate a trade pact, easing fears that Japan could be next in line in the White Houses tariff offensive.

When completed were confident that this agreement will establish terms on goods and services, Pence said.

The coming US-Japan trade agreement will be a model for the Indo-Pacific.

The United States and Japan, the worlds first and third largest economies, together make up about 30 percent of global GDP and have long had trade ties that are both fractious and interconnected.

Under Trumps predecessor, both countries were part of the broad deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which was intended to serve as a bulwark against growing Chinese influence.

But Trump withdrew from the multilateral trade agreement shortly after taking office, and has been vocal about his preference for bilateral deals negotiated on terms more favourable for Washington.

Abe had hoped to see Washington return to the TPP, but agreed to the negotiations expected to begin in January as Trump upped the ante against other trading partners.

Pence was in Tokyo on a brief stop before attending several regional summits, including the ASEAN meeting in Singapore and APEC talks in Papua New Guinea.

Trumps decision to skip the meetings has raised eyebrows in some quarters, and prompted questions about Washingtons commitment to the region, where China is increasingly influential.

AFP

17:14

Israel: 370 Rockets Bombard Israel from Gaza Since Monday Peace and Freedom

Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) says 370 missiles fired since Monday, including 70 after midnight; some 100 intercepted by Iron Dome; over 150 sites targeted in Gaza; sides warn of heavier fighting to come

Palestinian rockets are shot toward Israel from Gaza on November 12, 2018. (AP/Hatem Moussa)

Palestinian rockets are shot toward Israel from Gaza on November 12, 2018. (AP/Hatem Moussa)

Rocket alarms rang out across southern Israel as dawn broke Tuesday, ending a brief overnight lull, as intense fighting between Israel and Gaza appeared to enter its second day.

Rocket launches were reported in Ashkelon and towns closer to the Gaza border, including Sderot.

The fresh barrage came after several hours of relative quiet in Israel following an unprecedented and deadly bombardment on Israeli towns near the Gaza border that forced most Israelis in the region to spend the night in bomb shelters and brought the sides back to the brink of war.

The Israel Defense Forces said before the fresh barrage Tuesday that about 370 rockets and mortar rounds had been shot at Israel since Monday, including 70 rockets fired at Israeli towns since midnight, in what was being called the largest-ever barrage on southern Israel.

A picture taken on November 12, 2018, shows a ball of fire above the building housing the Hamas-run television station al-Aqsa TV in the Gaza Strip during an Israeli air strike. (Mahmud Hams / AFP)

The IDF said dozens of those had been knocked down by the Iron Dome anti-missile system overnight, and about 100 had been intercepted since the rocket volleys began Monday afternoon.

While most of the rockets shot at Israel that were not intercepted by Iron Dome landed in open areas, several scored hits on homes and other buildings.

The rocket fire appeared to taper off at around 1:30 a.m. Several rocket alert sirens sounded in communities near the Gaza border just after 4 a.m., but there were no reports of impacts.

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17:00

MST Condemns Eviction of More than 200 Families in Maranho INTERNATIONALIST 360

MST Since 2016, the families have demanded the inspection of the area for demarcation, which was only scheduled for today, the day of compliance with the preliminary injunction for reinstatement On Tuesday (13), the Maranho Military Police evicted about 250 families from the Novo Pindar camp, in the municipality of Pindar Mirim. The area in...

16:31

How public education cripples our kids, and why by John Taylor Gatto Anti Oligarch

Against School* John Taylor Gatto** I taught for thirty years in some of the worst schools in Manhattan, and in some of the best, and during that time I became an expert in boredom. Boredom was everywhere in my world, and if you asked the kids, as I often did, why they felt so bored, they always gave []

16:01

Austria arrests second spy for Russia in a week: media reports intelNews.org

Authorities in Austria have arrested a second alleged spy for Russia in a week, according to media reports. Several Austrian news outlets reported on Monday that police had arrested an Austrian counterintelligence officer on suspicion of passing classified information to Russian intelligence. The news follows reports late last week of the arrest of an unnamed []

16:00

One Veterans Plea Get Informed or Ditch the Holiday Antiwar.com Original

Today, every public institution will pause and go through the motions of "thanking" Americas veterans; but the whole pretense ignores that the populace hardly cares about foreign policy. Veterans Day maybe we ought to drop the whole charade. Dont get me wrong, there will be celebrations a plenty: the NFL will roll out the Continue reading "One Veterans Plea Get Informed or Ditch the Holiday"

The post One Veterans Plea Get Informed or Ditch the Holiday appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

16:00

America Should Have Skipped the War, Not Just the Ceremony Antiwar.com Original

This weekend the Donald took some heavy duty flack from liberals, Dems, the MSM and harrumphing patriots for canceling his appearance at a wreath laying ceremony at the famous WWI battle site at Belleau, France owing to inclement weather. For instance, former Secretary of State, John Kerry got himself worked into high dudgeon: Mr. Kerry Continue reading "America Should Have Skipped the War, Not Just the Ceremony"

The post America Should Have Skipped the War, Not Just the Ceremony appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

16:00

President Trumps Iran Policy Is It Normal? Antiwar.com Original

Its not often that US Government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy. The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a liberation. The 2011 US-led destruction of Libya was a humanitarian intervention. And so on. So, in a way, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was refreshingly honest last week when, speaking Continue reading "President Trumps Iran Policy Is It Normal?"

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15:57

After Conquering the World, Smartphone Faces Uncertain Future cryptogon.com

The last phone I bought was a heavily discounted Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Its fine. I have no plans to upgrade. Id consider buying a modern flagship-grade phone if it included a 3.5mm headphone jack and an easily removable back and battery. There are no high end phones with easily removable batteries and the 3.5mm []

15:21

Britain's Hunt meets King Salman and crown prince in Saudi Arabia Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he expressed 'frank' concerns about Khashoggi's death to crown prince and Saudi King Salman

14:59

In Greece, the Globalists Take It All Life, Liberty, God, and the Future Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Originally posted on Astute News:
The big push is on to convert Greece into a bastion of liberal democracy and godlessness. At least this is what the latest news from Athens presages. Prime Minister Alexis Tspiras may have gone one step too far in his quest to undermine the Orthodox church. Already under fire for

14:53

History and Biblical Scholarship: Al-Quds Is Not Jerusalem Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Dr. Elias Akleh Source The Zionist Israeli state calls on the Old Testament/Torah as a historical document to prove its legality to re-claim Palestine; their gods promised land. To assert this legality and the myth of the promised land Zionist Organization, since its establishment, had recruited the science of archaeology, employing western Christian biblical []

14:50

Dirty little secret: Think tanks are among top culprits in media disinformation crisis Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By Bryan McDonald Source Most consumers are unaware off the mainstream medias dirty little secret. Think tanks are increasingly taking advantage of tight news budgets to influence the press agenda in favour of their sponsors. Decades ago, these outfits generally operated as policy advisories. Although, some were comfortably enumerated retirement homes for distinguished public servants []

14:31

CIAs Latest Greatest Failure Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Government agencies that are skilled at invading nearly everyones privacy worldwide are sometimes totally inept at keeping their own internal communications secure. The problem is particularly acute for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which must maintain secure contact with thousands of foreign agents scattered all over the world. By secure contact one means being able []

14:27

Robots Are Coming for Europes Jobs cryptogon.com

Via: Bloomberg: Robots are coming for peoples jobs in Europe, and the countries in the ex-communist east are particularly vulnerable. With the use of industrial robots rising globally, the average worker in Slovakia the worlds top car producer per capita faces a 62 percent median probability that his or her job will be []

14:19

The Meaning of a Multipolar World Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

November 12, 2018 by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog Right now, we live in a monopolar world. Here is how U.S. President Barack Obama proudly, even imperially, described it when delivering the Commencement address to Americas future generals, at West Point Military Academy, on 28 May 2014: The United States is and remains the one indispensable []

14:00

10 Facts about Labours Alleged Anti-Semitism OffGuardian

David Lindsay The Budget has fallen flat, so here comes the 2018 silly seasons greatest hit and dampest squib, anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. It is not clear that there really is a Police investigation into that. But if there is, then ask the Police about Orgreave. The decision as to whether or not to bring a prosecution would in any case be made by the Crown Prosecution Service, which has unilaterally adopted the self-appointed International Holocaust Remembrance Alliances convoluted Definition of anti-Semitism as the law of the land, without reference to minor bodies such as Parliament. The Labour Party, however, is the only body in the world to have adopted that Definition after the enactment of Israels apartheid Nation-State Law. Even as much as Tony Blairs continued membership of it, that makes me proud beyond words that that party long ago banned me for life. Anyway, here are 10 little facts. Fact 1 The definition of anti-Semitism in the Oxford English Dictionary is perfectly sufficient: Hostility to or prejudice against Jews. Fact 2 The

13:55

U.S. Army Personnel to Compete in eSports to Boost Recruitment cryptogon.com

In other news: Too Fat to Fight: Military Threatened by Childhood Obesity. Via: Stars and Stripes: The Army is putting together a team of video gamers from within its ranks to try to reach young Americans in the digital worlds where they spend much of their time. More than 15 years after launching Americas Army, []

13:52

Peace Congress Calls For Unity Around April 4 NATO Protests PopularResistance.Org

The Peace Congress, held in place of the Trump Military Parade, brought together more than 100 people seeking to build a more effective peace and justice movement to end the wars at home and abroad. The Peace Congress celebrated their success in helping to stop the Trump military parade and used the opportunity to come together to develop plans to build the peace and anti-imperialist movement.

13:40

Hamas-Israel flare-up threatens to escalate into a full-blown war Peace and Freedom

Some of the fiercest fighting since 2014 has erupted between Gazas Hamas militants and Israel following an Israeli raid on Sunday. The flare-up threatens to escalate into a full-blown war.

    
Smoke and flames during an Israeli air strike in Gaza (Reuters/A. Zakot)

Israeli warplanes pounded targets in the densely populated Gaza Strip on Monday, while Palestinian militants fired hundreds of mortars and rockets in the fiercest exchange of fire since the 2014 war.

The flare-up came a day after Hamas vowed revenge in response to an Israeli special forces operation in the Gaza Strip that killed six Hamas militants including a top commander. One Israeli soldier was killed and another wounded in the raid.

Read more: Israeli raid in Gaza leaves several dead, including IDF soldier and Hamas commander

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said on Monday evening they had struck more than 30 militant sites in response to more than 300 rocket and mortar launches from Gaza fired following the Israeli undercover raid on Sunday night. Hamas and Islamic Jihad claimed credit for the rocket launches.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an IDF spokesman, said the army had sent reinforcements to the Gaza frontier and bolstered its Iron Dome missile defense system.

We continue to strike and retaliate against the military targets belonging to terrorist organizations in Gaza, and as for our intentions we will enhance these efforts as needed, he told reporters.

The IDF said they had struck Hamas military intelligence headquarters, claiming the group had intentionally established their HQ next to a school.

Hamas accused Israel of deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian facilities in one of the most densely populated places in the world.

The Gaza health ministry said at least three Palestinians, including two militants, were killed in the Israeli strikes.

A 19-year-old Israeli soldier was in a critical condition after military bus in southern Israel was hit by an anti-tank missile, the IDF said.  Later, a man was killed when a rocket hit a building in southern Israel.

Among the Israeli targets was Hamas Al-Aqsa TV building in Gaza, which was destroyed after a series of warning shots...

13:30

Sayyed Nasrallahs Messages: Confronting Pressure and Enhancing Lebanons Deterrence Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Sayyed Nasrallahs Messages: Confronting Pressure and Enhancing Lebanons Deterrence November 12, 2018 The stern warning issued by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah against the Zionist entity seems to be a thoroughly considered position, regarding its timing and content. His messages have considerably become more present at the security and political decision making institution in []

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13:27

China tech sector hit by trade war, censors and slowing growth Peace and Freedom

Hiring numbers are down, company margins are thinner and tumbling technology stocks have wiped billions from the value of Chinas top listed tech firms

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UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2018, 9:55am

Wang Miaoyis small one-bedroom apartment, which doubles as her design studio, is overflowing with game magazines, figurines and boxes of sci-fi novels.

The 30-year old game developer is a child of the countys tech boom: she studied at one of Chinas top universities and her company hit it big with an award-winning game that was published on Nintendos Switch cons...

13:23

SYRIAN WAR REPORT NOVEMBER 12, 2018: CLASHES ERUPT BETWEEN MILITANTS AND SYRIAN ARMY IN IDLIB DE-ESCALATION ZONE Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

South Front On November 10th, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) announced that its special forces attacked a position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Turkman mount in Northern Lattakia. The terrorist group claimed that 10 Syrian soldiers were killed. Earlier on the same day, the group claimed that its special forces killed 18 Syrian []

13:16

Florida Airport Shut Down Over Suspicious Package That Ended Up Being Provisional Ballots? cryptogon.com

Via: TownHall: Late Sunday evening the Ft. Lauderdale Airport was shut down due to a suspicious package left outside of one of the terminals. Reports are coming in that an Avis rental car employee discovered provisional ballot boxes left in the back of a rental car that had just been returned by a Broward County []

13:05

Wall Street: Dow Falls 600 Points as Tech Rout Hits Stocks Peace and Freedom

The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled more than 600 points Monday as anxiety over the health of technology behemoths sparked a broad retreat from the stock market.

Wall Street crumbled Monday as fears for demand in the tech sector turned into a broader retreat from stocks while oil prices slid to an 11th straight day of losses despite a Saudi offer to limit output.

European equities also closed lower with Frankfurt and Paris weighed down in part by lingering concerns over Italys high debt and Tuesdays EU-deadline for Rome to revise its 2019 budget.

Trading got off to a bad start in New York, with Apple shares declining after a key parts supplier said a client had cut orders significantly, stoking fears of waning demand for iPhones.

GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP | Trading got off to a bad start in New York, with Apple shares in decline on fears for demand

The ecosystem of the supply chain around Apple is starting to feel the slide of demand, Matt Miskin of John Hancock told AFP, noting that he still expected robust holiday season performance in the tech sector.

With a weaker global growth, tech companies are starting to get repriced lower.

But a general rout ensued for stocks. Investment bank Goldman Sachs also fell 7.5 percent, weighing on the financial sector, while embattled engineering giant General Electric had its lowest close in nearly a decade.

The Dow and S&P 500 both lost two percent or more while the tech-heavy Nasdaq dropped 2.8 percent. Shares in Apple closed down more than five percent.

Treasury bond markets closed for a public holiday.

By mid-afternoon, the broad-based slide prompted President Donald Trump to point the finger, while citing no evidence, at congressional Democrats, who won control of the House of Representatives in last weeks elections.

The prospect of Presidential Harassment by the Dems is causing the Stock Market big headaches! he wrote on Twitter. Markets had rallied the day after the vote.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported Monday afternoon that Trump was considering unveiling fresh auto tariffs, erasing gains by General Motors and helping push markets even lower.

Earlier in the eurozone, the Frankfurt and Paris stock markets had dropped as well, weighed down in part by lingering concerns over Italys high debt and Tuesdays EU deadline for Rome to revise its 2019 budget.

The dollar continued to strengthen against its major rivals, meanwhile, hitting its highest levels since the first half of 2017.

The European Unions chief Brex...

12:59

Israel: Video shows bus hit by missile minutes after soldiers disembarked Peace and Freedom

Bus had previously been filled with troops but was apparently empty of everyone but driver when it was hit by an anti-tank missile fired from Gaza

Hamas published a video early Tuesday showing a civilians bus carrying Israeli troops being hit by an anti-tank missile and erupting into flames, reportedly moments after dozens of soldiers had disembarked the vehicle.

The afternoon attack on the bus traveling near the Gaza border set off a massive flareup of violence that has seen more than 300 rockets fired at Israel and massive retaliatory airstrikes on Gaza by Israel, bringing the sides back to the brink of war.

The attack, however, could have had a much higher injury or death toll, likely setting off even heavier fighting. According to reports, the bus had minutes earlier been filled with soldiers, but was empty at the time it was hit.

The soldier who was injured was apparently standing outside the bus when the Kornet anti-tank guided missile was fired from the Gaza Strip.

Israeli security forces and firefighters gather near a bus set ablaze after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave, at the Israel-Gaza border near the kibbutz of Kfar Aza, on November 12, 2018. (Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

The bus, which had no markings identifying it as military, had just pulled out of the Black Arrow memorial near Kibbutz Kfar Azza, several kilometers from the Gaza border, when it was hit.

The 19-year-old Israeli soldier was taken to Beershebas Soroka Medical Center in unstable condition, with injuries throughout his body, medics said.

The driver of the bus, 25, was taken to the hospital after he suffered a panic attack, medics said.

In the video published by Hamas, several soldiers are seen walking around as the bus is parked near the memorial site.

A picture taken on November 12, 2018 shows a bus set ablaze after it was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, at the Israel-Gaza border near the kibbutz of Kfar Aza, on November 12, 2018. (Menahem KAHANA / AFP)

The terror group appeared to stalk the bus for several minutes before firing the missile.

Once it pulls out of the forested area and is fully exposed to the Strip, the missile is fired, hitting the bus and setting it on fire.

A doctor at the Soroka medical center in Beersheba said th...

12:53

Justice Department Poised to Issue Legal Opinion Supporting Whitaker Appointment Peace and Freedom

Agency lawyers to cite 2003 guidance for President George W. Bush

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WASHINGTONThe Justice Department is expected to publish a legal opinion in support of Matthew Whitakers installation as acting attorney general as early as Tuesday, a person familiar with the matter said, following questions about whether he can legally serve in the role.

The departments Office of Legal Counsel is expected to say that President Trump had the ability to appoint Mr. Whitaker, the person said. Mr. Whitaker took over last week as an interim successor to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions when Mr. Sessions was ousted by Mr. Trump.

The opinion is expected to support the Trump administrations position that the presidents authority to tap Mr. Whitaker is affirmed by guidance the office issued in 2003. At that time, the office concluded that President George W. Bush could name a non-confirmed employee of the Office of Management and Budget as the agencys acting director.

The OMB director, like the attorney general, is a principal officer of the federal government. The 2003 opinion avoided that problem by defining an acting director as an inferior officer, who under Supreme Court precedent doesnt require Senate approval to be appointed.

Critics from across the ideological spectrum have said Mr. Whitakers appointment is a potentially invalid end-run around the Senates power to provide advice and consent on senior executive-branch nominations. Others have said Mr. Whitakers appointment was lawful under a statute called the Vacancies Reform Act.

In addition, others say Mr. Whitakers ties to a witness in special counsel Robert Muellers probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and his history of critical comments about that inquiry raise questions...

12:44

No longer a symbol of hope: Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Amnesty award Peace and Freedom

Amnesty International on Monday stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour over the de facto Myanmar leaders indifference to the atrocities committed by the military against Rohingya Muslims.

It was the latest in a string of awards the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner lost since Myanmars military drove 720,000 Rohingya out of the Buddhist majority country in what the United Nations has called an act of genocide.

Reuters / Athit Perawongmetha | Myanmars State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit in Singapore, November 12, 2018.

The London-based global human rights organisation said it was revoking the Ambassador of Conscience Award it gave Suu Kyi in 2009 while she was still under house arrest.

Today, we are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of hope, courage, and the undying defence of human rights, Amnesty International chief Kumi Naidoo said in a letter to Suu Kyi released by the group.

Amnesty International cannot justify your continued status as a recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience award and so with great sadness we are hereby withdrawing it from you.

Amnesty said it informed the 73-year-old of the decision on Sunday. She has so far issued no public response.

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Suu Kyi was globally hailed as a freedom fighter who stood up to her countrys feared military junta while spending 15 years under house arrest.

12:32

Indigenous Canadian women still being forcibly sterilized, claims senator Aletho News

RT | November 12, 2018 A Canadian senator claims that unwilling indigenous women are still getting coerced into being sterilized across Canada. The senator now wants the heinous issue investigated nationwide. Sterilization by tubal ligation a process by which the fallopian tubes are either tied, burned or severed is not just a shameful []

11:49

Israel to Police European Coastlines Protecting the Continent from Refugees? The Vineyard of the Saker

by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog This sounds like a bad joke. It aint. Its real. One fascist government helps another fascist government. Yes, I have written about fascism

11:23

Hamas condemn Israel destruction of Al Aqsa TV station Aletho News

MEMO | November 12, 2018 The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas has condemned Israels destruction of Al Aqsa TV station in the Gaza Strip. A spokesman for the movement, Fawzi Barhoum, described the targeting of the TV Channel and demolishing of its headquarters as a blatant act of aggression against journalism and all free []

11:00

Indigenous Colombians Reach Bogota as Violence Continues INTERNATIONALIST 360

A group of over 400 Indigenous people is set to resume talks with the national government to ensure the fulfillment of agreements reached in 2017. Over 450 Indigenous peoples of the Embera, Wounaan, and Zenu nationalities of the Choco region in the Colombian Pacific reached Bogota Monday to demand the fulfillment of a set of...

11:00

Brazil: Military Police Begin Evictions of Landless Workers INTERNATIONALIST 360

Juca Guimares MST, Brasil de Fato The Maranho Military Police, in compliance with a judicial decision, began an operation to evict the approximately 250 families of landless rural workers linked to the MST, who live in Pindar-Mirim, 255 kilometers from So Lus. The operation began at 5:30 in the morning and, according to the rural...

11:00

PT Appeals for Solidarity at European Left Forum Against US Re-colonisation of Brazil and for Lulas Freedom INTERNATIONALIST 360

Fiona Edwards Senator Lindbergh Farias addressed the European Left Forum on behalf of Brazils Workers Party (PT) in Bilbao on Friday 9 November 2018. He asked the participants of the Forum to build an enormous movement in solidarity with the Brazilian people who are resisting US intervention, the rise of fascism and the political persecution...

11:00

New Israeli Military Escalation in Gaza Strip INTERNATIONALIST 360

PCHR 2 Palestinian Civilians Killed and 20 others Wounded, including 5 Children and 4 Women, and Israeli Warplanes Carry out Airstrikes against Many Civilian Facilities, Residential Houses and Security Sites and Completely Destroy them Within the last 48 hours, the Gaza Strip has witnessed a military escalation, where the Israeli forces have unprecedentedly used warplanes...

10:51

Tropical Trump Declares War on Amazonia Dissident Voice

When it comes to planetary carnage, Trump (Amerikas president) is facing strong competition. Brazils new president Jair Bolsonaro aka Tropical Trump will likely outdo Amerikas destroy the EPA Trump. Bolsonaro declared war on the Amazon rain forest. Thus, hell likely outpace Trumps arbitrary efforts at eco annihilation because he has a much bigger target!

The Amazon Rainforest, affectionately known as the planets lungs, inhales CO2 and exhales precious oxygen (O), which serves as a life force for every living being on the planet. As a result, everybody from New Zealand to Finland is impacted by what happens to the global rain forests; unlike Las Vegas, what happens in the tropical rain forest does not stay in the tropical rain forest.

Significantly, a University of Leeds study found forests absorb 35% of human-made fossil fuel emissions (CO2) every year. Dr. Simon Lewis, a tropical ecologist from the University of Leeds and co-author of the study, said trees are much more important to tackling climate change than previously thought. The large uptake of CO2 by forests implies that the worlds agricultural lands, grasslands, desert and tundra each play a more limited role as globally significant carbon dioxide sources or sinks at present. This new information can help pinpoint where actions to conserve carbon sinks are likely to have most impact.1

Coincidentally, at approximately the same time as Bolsonaro won election (October 28th) to the presidency a group of UK scientists issued a Declaration of Rebellion (October 31st ) against the UK government for criminal inaction in the face of climate change catastrophe and ecological collapse. Thus, proving that eco turmoil reigns supreme all across the planet, as destructionists versus protectionists factions accelerate on both ends of the biosphere spectrum.

Meanwhile and in consideration of the aforementioned, Bolsonaros assault on rainforests is a declaration of war against all of humanity. Informed sources claim Bolsonaros deforestation of Amazonia will exceed 3xs current levels of obliteration. Thats impending disaster for global warming and a huge threat to ecosystems and life everywhere.

Bolsonaros war plan is exhaustive: (1) expand agriculture into indigenous lands (2) build Amazonia highways  (3) infrastructure projects and (4) major mines, as Amazonia transforms into a commodity for export. But, that particular export is much more than a commodity; it is the life support system for the entire planet. Yes, once again with screaming passion: Its the life support system for the entire planet! One more time....

10:44

Recording of Khashoggi murder appears to show MBS involvement: Report Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Member of Saudi Arabia's hit squad instructs superior to 'tell your boss' in phone call after Khashoggi's killing, New York Times reports

10:42

Tunisia's parliament approves cabinet reshuffle Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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New cabinet is seen as a victory for Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, who has recently been under pressure from his political opponents

10:05

Iranian researcher says approvingly: No book in the world spreads the spirit of antisemitism like the Quran Jihad Watch

Indeed. The Quran depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); they fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allahs power is limited (5:64); they love to listen []

09:53

Egypt tortures Palestinian resistance combatants: Report Aletho News

MEMO | November 12, 2018 We were a group of 15 combatants returning from a training mission from one of the countries that supports the Palestinian resistance. When we arrived at Cairo airport, we were taken to an underground place. We were blindfolded, handcuffed, and transferred to a number of prisons. This is a part []

09:44

Stanfords Courtney Douglas publishes lies about Robert Spencer, refuses to retract even when theyre proven false Jihad Watch

Stanfords student paper, the Stanford Daily, has accused me of publishing students private information, thereby endangering them, when actually all I did was respond to published, publicly available articles by Stanford students. But when confronted, Stanford Dailys editor, Courtney Douglas, refuses to retract, and even told more lies about me in an email to my []

09:30

Lebanon passes law to investigate fate of thousands missing since civil war Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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09:22

29 Years After Fall of Berlin Wall, Europe has 1,000 km of Walls to Stop Refugees INTERNATIONALIST 360

Pavan Kulkarni By last year, when a total of 68.5 million people were displaced due to armed conflict and violence across the world about 25.4 million of whom were forced to flee from their countries about 15 walls stood tall in their way to safety on European soil. A report released on the...

09:17

Mohawk Nation News "Scorched Earth" CENSORED NEWS

Read article at Mohawk Nation News .Mohawk Nation News "Scorched Earth" http://mohawknationnews.com/blog/2018/11/12/scorched-earth/

08:19

Mge Europa verbrennen: Warum Nato-Manver nie in den USA stattfinden stan van houcke

Mge Europa verbrennen: Warum Nato-Manver nie in den USA stattfinden

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08:17

Yanks to the Rescue? stan van houcke

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Yanks to the rescue: Times not-so secret story of how Americans helped Yeltsin win 1996 presidential election

Imagine Izvestia ran a headline in January 2018 titled Rescuing Donald, in which it proudly boasted that a group of crack Russian election-fixers had been sent over to Washington to make sure Trump beat Hillary. Does anyone imagine it would stop short of impeachment for Trump and maybe even hot war with Russia? Yet 22 years ago Time magazin...

08:03

Russian weapons enjoy strong demand among Arab nations after Syrian campaign Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

By News Desk Source 2018-11-12 The market of Arab and Middle East countries accounts for a considerable share of the order book of Russias state arms seller Rosoboronexport (part of the state hi-tech corporation Rostec), the Rosoboronexport press office quoted its CEO Alexander Mikheyev as saying on Monday. At the fifth Bahrain International Air Show 2018 []

07:56

Libya leaders arrive in Italy for peace talks Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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07:05

Is the Great March of Return winding down after Egyptian deal? Gazas protesters speak Mondoweiss

Palestinians are still demonstrating along the Gaza-Israel border on Fridays, but in fewer numbers and with less fury than seen in recent months as Egyptian mediators work to lessen confrontations along the fence.

For the last six months Palestinian youth have protested by the tens of thousands along the fence that separates Gaza from Israel. Locally the demonstrations reignited a conversation about return to their historic cities and villages that now part of Israel, as 1.3 million of the 1.9 million residents in the Strip are refugees from lands inside of Israel.

But the movement could be winding down.

In late October the Lebanese outlet al-Akhbar reported an agreement between Israel and Hamas that aims to soften violence along the border through the end of 2018.  The deal would have Palestinian factions drawing back their support of the weekly marches, thus lowering the number of protesters, in exchange for Israeli forces easing up on lethal fire.

Egypt is expected to pressure Israel to lift 70 percent of the blockade on Gaza and expand the fishing zone by 14 nautical miles. Five thousand Gazan workers under the age of 40 will be allowed to enter Israel for employment, and Egypt will open the Rafah border crossing.

But will the terms approved by the top brass prove effective on the ground? I asked Palestinians in Gaza if they believe protest should be suspended in exchange for an easing of the blockade?

Ayda Darweesh, 50, housewife. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Ayda Darweesh, 50, housewife

I question why these protest should stop since I am a mother of a martyr and one who was wounded? The sacrifice from my son should not be in vain. Do the Israelis think that creating amputees will be priceless? Then suddenly w...

07:00

Saudi plan to assassinate General Soleimani, NY Times reveals The Vineyard of the Saker

Press TV reports: Saudi Major General Ahmed al-Assiri, who has allegedly been fired over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, took part at a meeting in Riyadh in 2017 that involved

06:36

Souvenirs de Villingen The Vineyard of the Saker

Jazz music is often famous for featuring amazing improvisations and that is absolutely fair: Jazz did re-vitalize the art of improvisation which almost disappeared with the end of the Baroque

06:31

The Magnitsky affair stan van houcke


The Magnitsky affair: 

the confession of a 

hustled hack

A Cypriot journalists confession of how he too fell for the wrong account of the Magnitsky Affair
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06:25

The Untouchable Mr. Browder? stan van houcke

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06:18

The Magnitsky Hoax? stan van houcke

The Magnitsky Hoax?
Who stole all the money?

06:16

Survival of the fittest has become survival of the fascists Mondoweiss

A week ago, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu told Likud officials that occupation is nonsense. This is a continuation of a right-wing spinning of history that says that Israel is not an occupying power.

Then Netanyahu went further, to speak with clear fascist eliminationist undertones:

Occupation is nonsense. Empires have conquered and replaced entire populations and no one is talking about it.

This line was reported by the Israeli Yediot Aharonot, yet didnt make too many headlines otherwise. One might have thought that Israel apologists would ignore this line as too overtly fascist, but here is the Israel apologia site United with Israel openly quoting it.

Middle East Monitor rightly observed that [t]he comments appear to support the claim made repeatedly by Israels critics who insist that Israels policies in Palestine have more in common with the past when settler colonialism and empire building was the norm and racist attitudes towards native population was used to justify the denial of their basic human rights. 

MEMO also reminded us of another chilling statement by Netanyahu from 2-1/2 months ago, which echoed Hitler:

The weak crumble, are slaughtered and are erased from history while the strong, for good or for ill, survive. The strong are respected, and alliances are made with the strong, and in the end, peace is made with the strong. 

While those Hitleresque statements were made in the context of his September visit to Dimona and the nuclear center, the recent ones were made in the general context of relations with Arab countries:

 Power is key. Power changes everything in our policy with Arab countries, he said. Aligning [Arab] interests with Israel, based on Israel being a technological superpower must lead the way.

This view of power politics is consistent with Israels intensifying campaign to create a strong alliance with Arab countries aligned with Saudi Arabia. Last week Netanyahu spoke openly a...

06:08

Islamist NATO ThereAreNoSunglasses

Image: Saudi Arabias King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (2nd L) welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump to dance with a sword during a welcome ceremony at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Creating a New Arab Alliance

Donald Trump doesnt like the original NATO, so why does he want a second one?

by Doug Bandow

Rather, the regions greatest problems are internal, often exacerbated or even created by the U.S. government. Indeed, Washington is the regions most destabilizing force: blowing up both Iraq and Libya, attempting to overthrow the Syrian government, pushing barely disguised regime change in Iran, and backing the Saudi regimes reckless military intervention in Yemen and elsewhere. No other government has wreaked nearly as much havoc throughout the region.

Some Americans care much more about Israel than they do about U.S. energy supplies or regional stability. However, the radical Likud government also is playing the United States. Israel is a nuclear-armed regi...

06:03

The Meaning of a Multipolar World The Vineyard of the Saker

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog Right now, we live in a monopolar world. Here is how U.S. President Barack Obama proudly, even imperially, described it when delivering the

06:01

President Trumps Iran Policy Is It Normal? Aletho News

By Ron Paul | November 12, 2018 Its not often that US Government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy. The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a liberation. The 2011 US-led destruction of Libya was a humanitarian intervention. And so on. So, in a way, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo []

05:47

Trump, Like Obama and Bush, Fixes World Attention Upon Shiite Iran In Order To Create More Sunni Terrorists ThereAreNoSunglasses

An Arab NATO and Americas militarized Mideast policy

 

05:42

False Reports In U.S. Media Suggest A Great Deception Moon of Alabama

The New York Times is lying to its readers about the commitments of an adversarial state. It did not learn a single lesson from its fake reporting that led the Iraq War. It again furthers hostile aggression. bigger In a...

05:40

Italy Slows Down Purchases of US F-35 Jets to Cut Spending Reports Aletho News

Sputnik 12.11.2018 The previous government ordered some 90 of the fifth-generation jets for its military, but the Five Star and Lega parties, which won the last election, have been trying to either scrap the deal or reduce spending on it. The Italian government is planning to reduce the number of F-35 jets it will []

05:33

The Dangers of Creating a New Arab Alliance ThereAreNoSunglasses

The Dangers of Creating a New Arab Alliance

Donald Trump doesnt like the original NATO, so why does he want a second one?

by Doug Bandow 

How to explain the Trump administrations fixation with Iran? The Islamic Republic is an economic wreck and in political disarray, and lacks an effective conventional military. It obviously cannot seriously threaten America.

Moreover, Tehrans capabilities are dramatically overshadowed by Israels nuclear arsenal, Saudi Arabias lavishly appointed military, and the United Arab Emirates brutal war-making. The obvious response to Irans threats, which have been far exceeded by Riyadhs reckless aggressiveness, is regional cooperationand for Tehrans neighbors to better treat their own oppressed populations, so the latter do not find Irans Islamist message appealing.

Yet President Donald Trump, who doesnt like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, through which the Europeans have become embarrassingly dependent on America, wants to create an Arab NATO, provisionally named the Middle East Strategic Alliance. The organizations leading member would be Saudi Arabia, another nation which candidate Trump criticized for taking advantage of the United States.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used the latest UN General Assembly meeting to host prospective members while Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Arabian Gulf Affairs Tim Lenderking criss-crossed the Gulf pro...

05:23

Gaza Under Attack! Stand with Palestine, Stand with the Resistance INTERNATIONALIST 360

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Gaza, Palestine under attack The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine calls in an urgent action for the friends of Palestine, movements for justice and liberation and the Palestinian and Arab communities everywhere in the world to stand with Gaza under attack at this critical moment....

05:20

Palestinian jihad intensifies as Muslims fire 200 rockets at Israeli civilians Jihad Watch

The international media, as well as the UN, will as always condemn Israel for fighting back. But it remains true that if the Palestinians laid down their arms, there would be peace. If the Israelis laid down their arms, there would be a new genocide of the Jews. RAW FOOTAGE: The skies of []

05:16

Filming in the Most Depressing City on Earth: Jakarta Dissident Voice

It stinks, it is the most polluted city on earth, but that is not the most terrible thing about it.

You can drive for ten or even twenty kilometers through it, and see only ugliness, fences and broken pavements. But there are many miserable cities on this planet, and I have worked in almost all of them, in 160 countries.

So why is Jakarta killing me?  Why am I overwhelmed by depression whenever I decide to film here, or to write about the state in which its citizens are forced to live? Why, really, do I feel so desperate, so hopeless?

I am tough. I hardly succumb to depression even in such places like the war-torn Afghanistan, Iraq, or in the middle of the toughest slums of Africa.

So, what is it, really, about Jakarta?

Here, I often speak about immorality, but again, what do I mean by this term? I am not a moralist, far from it. I have no religion, and I very rarely pass moral judgments, unless something truly outrageous unveils in front of my eyes.

So why, as so many others, do I land in this city in good spirits, and leave one or two weeks sick, broken, literally shitting my pants, full of wrath, despair?

Why? The Western mass media and local servile sheets are constantly bombarding the world, describing Jakarta as a sprawling metropolis, or to use the terminology of the Australian National University, as a normal city.

But it is not. In fact, it is the most immoral place on earth that I know. It is one enormous monument to fascism, intellectual collapse, Western neo-colonialism and turbo-capitalism.

This time, right here, I will explain, briefly and determinately, why!

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You can actually avoid feeling this way, if you decide to land in Jakarta, work for a week or two surrounded by local elites (usually shameless thugs), sail through life here with half-closed eyes. Or if you get paid well not to see. You can also be a Western journo who lives in one of high-rise condominiums, gets himself local bimbo for a girlfriend, and collects his news from official briefings and press conferences.

Such foreign visitors are warmly welcomed in Jakarta, and they get incorporated into the life of local tsars, of feudal cream, of bandits who double as business people or politicians.

It is not so difficult! You land at that lavish Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (half of things do not work here, already, or yet, but the terminal does look lavish), you can take a luxury limo to one of so many 5-star hotels, have meetings at a steel-and-glass office tower, dine in a posh mall where nobody shops (a money laundering concept), but where those with unlimited budgets, often dine. After all this you can leave thinking that Jakarta is just cool bit shallow, too loud and too vulgar but a kind of cool city.

And you can, if you choose to never learn that about 90% of its citizens...

05:16

Iran abiding by nuclear deal restrictions, says IAEA Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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UN atomic watchdog says Iran respecting 2015 nuclear deal with major world powers, a week after US reimposed sanctions on Tehran

05:02

The Poison Paradox Who Knew? Aletho News

By David Macilwain | OffGuardian | November 12, 2018 NOVICHOK! It just wont go away even though it was never there! The Sun reports that twenty vehicles that came into contact with the killer substance have now been dismantled and buried in a toxic waste site. Suspend not disbelief yet at the thought []

04:54

Novorussian elections SITREP The Vineyard of the Saker

by Auslander for The Saker Blog International press has pretty much ignored the ongoing civil war between 404 and Novorossiya for the last year. However, for those in Novorossiya, be

03:00

Theresa May at the Lord Mayor's Banquet, by Theresa May Voltaire Network

My Lord Mayor, My Late Lord Mayor, Your Grace, My Lord Chancellor, Your Excellencies, My Lords, Aldermen, Sheriffs, Chief Commoner, ladies and gentlemen, this weekend our country came together to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice. Gathering around memorials across the length and breadth of the land, people of every faith and background stopped and stood together to remember the sacrifice of a generation. A sacrifice that touched almost every family and every community including (...)

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11:21

Black November: Its Time to Reaffirm the Resistance of the Brazilian People INTERNATIONALIST 360

Wesley Lima The National Black Consciousness Day, November 20, recalls the death of Zumbi dos Palmares, the late leader of the quilombo of Palmares, who was murdered in 1695. For decades the month of November has become a reference for activities that inspire struggle, resistance and the rebelliousness of black people, who historically have been...

11:16

Afro-Colombians and Indigenous Peoples Struggle for Water INTERNATIONALIST 360

Francia Mrquez In a recent report from Colombias national health institute, only 15.1 % of people living in the Colombian countryside (barely 900,000 people) have access to good quality water. Water is guaranteed mostly to the urban people living in the city. The population that does not have water is mostly in the Colombian-Pacific and...

11:00

Brazil: Army Chief Admits Threatening Supreme Court to Jail Lula INTERNATIONALIST 360

Editorial Comment:  It is clear that under the current regime, there is no security. Any political or ideological opponent is at risk of arbitrary arrest and detention. Brian Mier On April 3, on the eve of the judgment which resulted in the arrest of former President Luiz Incio Lula da Silva and his subsequent removal...

11:00

Yemeni War Deaths Have Been Underestimated by 5 to 1 INTERNATIONALIST 360

Nicolas J. S. Davies An NGO responsible for reporting on war deaths in Yemen has acknowledged that it has underestimated the casualties in the three-year-old conflict by at least five to one. Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project had originally estimated that about 10,000 people had been killed in the war in Yemen, roughly...

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INTERNATIONALIST 360

James Petras Introduction In the contemporary world, western imperialist propagandists, particularly journalists and editors of the mass media, have resorted to perverting everyday concepts and the language of politics. The use and abuse of the language of politics has served to blame victims and to justify imperial aggressors. The consequences are multiple, both in legitimizing...

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Fabricated Guardian Stories Aid Violent Failed Coup in Nicaragua INTERNATIONALIST 360

Nora McCurdy Cathedral protests highlight Ortegas broken Alliance with Nicaraguas church an article in todays Guardian by Toby Stirling has no true facts this has become typical of The Guardians reporting on Nicaragua. Even the pictures used are full of lies. The opposition put a number of crosses around the Managua Cathedral a few...

Sunday, 11 November

11:00

Struggle and Popular Resistance: How Angolas Independence Was Consolidated INTERNATIONALIST 360

Augusto Juncal Internationalist 360 The physical and psychological scars, in people like Angolans and Mozambicans, are still evident. 43 years ago, on 11 November 1975, the Angolan people, after years of brutal war, declared their independence Fifty-seven years ago, in 1961, a rebellion broke out in what was then one of Portugals African colonies, its...

11:00

World War I Homage: A Triumph of Lies and Platitudes INTERNATIONALIST 360

Finian Cunningham World leaders gathered in Paris on Sunday under the Arc de Triomphe to mark the centennial anniversary ending World War I. In an absurd way, the Napoleon-era arc was a fitting venue because the ceremony and the rhetoric from President Emmanuel Macron was a triumph of lies and platitudes. Among the estimated...

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