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Friday, 17 August

14:06

Brussels will not comment on reports Britain is spying on EU Brexit committee intelNews.org

Relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom hit a new low on Thursday, as the European Council refused to comment on claims that British spy agencies have spied on Brexit negotiators in Brussels.

14:02

The One About a Russian Satellite Raising Alarm with U.S. cryptogon.com

Just a few stories for context about this Russian satellite situation: Mystery Russian Satellites Behaviour Raises Alarm in U.S.: A mysterious Russian satellite displaying very abnormal behaviour has raised alarm in the US, according to a State Department official. We dont know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it, []

14:00

Americas (Near) Thirty Years War Antiwar.com Original

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Fair warning. Stop reading right now if you want, because Im going to repeat myself. What choice do I have, since my subject is the Afghan War (Americas second Afghan War, no less)? I began writing about that war in October 2001, almost 17 years ago, just after the U.S. invasion Continue reading "Americas (Near) Thirty Years War"

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13:27

Inflation: Venezuela Will Cut Five Zeros from Currency cryptogon.com

Ah yes, ye ole Zimbucks solution: Via: WRAL: Faced with nearly incomprehensible inflation 32,714 percent as of Wednesday Venezuelan officials thought they had a solution: They changed the color of the bank notes and increased their denomination. Then they said they would lop off three zeros. And when that didnt seem enough, they []

12:59

US Senate Intel Chairman to Former CIA Chief: Put Up or Shut Up About Collusion Aletho News

Sputnik 17.08.2018 Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) had some choice words for security credential-deprived former CIA Director John Brennan. In a statement on Thursday, Burr essentially told Brennan to put up or shut up on the topic of Trump-Russia collusion. Russian denials are, in a word, hogwash, Brennan wrote on Thursday in []

12:53

Victory For The Peace Movement: Military Parade Canceled, #AntiwarAutumn Goes Forward PopularResistance.Org

August 16 - As resistance to the November military parade, ordered by President Trump, was gaining momentum, the Pentagon announced tonight that the parade is being "postponed" into 2019, which means it is essentially canceled. The parade was widely opposed by people in the United States. Army Times conducted a poll of its readers; 51,000 responded and 89 percent said, No, Its a waste of money and troops are too busy. A Quinnipiac University poll found 61 percent of voters disapprove of the military parade, while only 26 percent support the idea.

12:23

Syrian War Report August 16, 2018: Militant Propaganda Goes Wild Ahead Of Battle For Idlib Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

South Front On August 15, ISIS attacked several positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in the southern part of the al-Taim oil field in the province of Deir Ezzor. According to pro-opposition sources, the following clashes resulted in minor casualties among the both sides but the terrorist groups members were forced []

12:07

Trump Parade Canceled Peace Parade Goes Forward World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson, World BEYOND War

A few days after an over-hyped white supremacist rally in Washington, D.C., was massively outnumbered by people opposed to racism, and one day after 187 organizations (more than that now) publicly committed to turning out people to counter Donald Trumps planned weapons parade with a parade for peace in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, and less than a day after the U.S. military said the weapons parade would now cost $92 million (which in fairness is a legitimate rounding up from the earlier estimate of $12 million according to the rules of Pentagon math), the parade of death and war profiteering that was threatened for November 10th in Washington, D.C., has been canceled, or (as these things are always announced) postponed.

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Far from assuming no danger of the Trumparade actually being resurrected, organizers of the peace parade are planning to move forward as planned with a celebration of both Armistice Day and the prevention of the disastrous scheme to roll a giant middle finger to the world down Pennsylvania Avenue in the form of the weapons of mass destruction built by some of the top contributors to U.S. election campaigns, dealers of instruments of death to dictatorships around the world, and prospective members of the nascent Space Force.

Events are being planned for the weekend of Armistice Day in Washington, D.C., and around the world. The plan is to . . .

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11:35

Whats the FBIs Role in the #TaosCompound Scandal? Aletho News

corbettreport | August 16, 2018 Welcome back to New World Next Week the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week: Story #1: New Mexico Judge Cries Islamophobia In Decision To Free Jihadi Compound Suspects https://bit.ly/2MPdfkp New Mexico Compound []

11:16

Syria in the Last 24 Hours: Army Drives Out Daesh from More Positions in Sweida Province Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Posted by INTERNATIONALIST 360 on AUGUST 15, 2018 Army Drives Out Daesh from More Positions in Sweida Province TEHRAN (FNA)- The Damascus Army imposed control over more areas in Eastern Badiyeh (desert) after fierce clashes with the ISIL terrorists over the past 24 hours. The ISIL was pushed back by the army men from Um Madoukh region []

10:36

Ansarullah: New Child Massacre in Yemen Disgrace to Saudi, US Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Local Editor Yemens Ansarullah movement said a recent deadly strike by the Saudi-led coalition on the northwestern Saada Province, which massacred dozens of children, is a disgrace to the Riyadh regime and the US, the main arms supplier to the kingdom. In an interview on Wednesday with Yemens al-Masirah, Ansarullah spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam criticized the []

09:13

Defunct Nuclear Power Plant on California Coast Is a Fukushima Waiting to Happen The Anti-Media

san onofre(ANTIMEDIA) San Onofre, CA  A nuclear power plant in Southern California that was shut down in 2012 continues to leak radioactive material and poses a threat to nearby communities. The aging San Onofre, located in San Clemente, CA, was shut down in 2012 amid a leak that occurred due to malpractice. According to a report released in 2016, []

08:24

US plans more sanctions against Turkey if pastor not released Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Turkey has not proven to be 'good friend' to Washington, President Donald Trump says

08:06

Antisemitism and Antiblackness Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

August 16, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon By Eve Mykytyn Great Britains Labour Party has been wrestling with allegations of antisemitism. One of the charges is that although the Labour party adopted The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) s definition (often incorrectly identified as the international definition) of antisemitism, Labour did not include in its definition all of []

08:00

Newsmax: The History of Jihad an Epic Account the World Needs to Know Jihad Watch

Steve Gruber is a conservative talk show host with 25 affiliates in Michigan. I am grateful to him for this superb review of my book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS. This book is the first and only comprehensive narrative history of the entire phenomenon of jihad, from Spain to India and many, []

07:37

Former Yazidi sex slave flees Germany after being confronted by her Islamic State captor, also a refugee Jihad Watch

How Merkels decision to inundate Germany with Muslim migrants has enriched Germany! Former Yazidi slave girl flees Germany after being confronted by her ISIS captor-turned refugee, RT, August 16, 2018: A Yazidi teenager enslaved by Islamic State who sought asylum in Germany has moved back to Iraq after being confronted by her former ISIS captor, []

07:18

The Sticky Situation of the Idlib Offensive Penny for your thoughts


More on Idlib. Its from the Atlantic Council- so you gotta be aware of the presentation, but, Ill bold the info I find interesting- This post will not contain the entire oped.


Syrian Army soldiers loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad forces are seen in Idlib, Syria January 21, 2018. Picture taken January 21, 2018.

How Idlib is handled is critical to Syria's future. As well as that of Turkey, Iraq and further down the line.. Iran. I'm hoping it's all worked out with minimum of casualties. And Russia, Turkey, Iran and Syria are able to continue cooperating with an eye on the bigger picture. Hoping the rebels lay down the arms. As some have on numerous occasions.


"Reports of Syrian regime forces gathering troops and weapons on the outskirts of Aleppo province, bordering Idlib to the east, further point to potential military action. Military officials from armed opposition groups in the north declared a gathering of a united front to counter the upcoming regime offensivea common tactic used in previous battles to maintain opposition territories; while distinctly separating themselves from rivals Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS, formerly Jabhat al Nusra). Opposition groups have ideologically distanced themselves from the extremism of HTS out of necessity; whats left of US funding did not extend to this UN designated terrorist organization or groups that ally with HTS before funding was cut off in May 2018.
"Even if members may agree with HTS strategies, opposition groups risk losing international legitimacy with its Turkey and Gulf backers and local credibility with residents that strongly oppose HTS. As it sought to control the area, HTS left its mark on civilians with kidnappings, raids, assassinations, and ongoing battles with local opposition groups. The battle for Idlib continues to be both an internal battle with opposition groups and...

07:16

New Mexico jihad compound murder suspect lived in US illegally for 20 years Jihad Watch

Refugees welcome! Celebrate diversity! Muslim Compound Murder Suspect Lived in U.S. Illegally for 20 Years, by Warner Todd Huston, Breitbart, August 16, 2018 (thanks to Ken): One of the suspects from the extremist Muslin [sic] compound in New Mexico where a child was found dead has been living in the U.S. illegally for 20 years, []

07:06

Hugh Fitzgerald: American Aid to the Lebanese Army Wont Help Cut Hezbollah Down to Size Jihad Watch

In mid-May, it looked as if the $90 million in military aid that the Pentagon wanted to supply the Lebanese Army would, as it has since 2007, once again be approved. The money has been supplied, over more than a decade, to help the LAF disarm Hezbollah. But a lot has happened in Lebanon that []

06:59

TIDBIT: ROUNDUP LAWSUIT DATABASE Giza Death Star

Hi folks... Ms. Caitlin Hoff, who has a resource page of Roundup litigations, was kind enough to contact me and inform me of that []

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06:55

US announces 'Action Group' to coordinate anti-Iran efforts Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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State Department Action Group 'echoes the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq', Iranian American advocacy organisation says

06:51

Maajid Nawaz vs Tommy Robinson a tale of two political prisoners Jihad Watch

Maajid Nawaz, as we all know, served time for his work with the designated terrorist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, which is so extreme that it is banned in many countries. Maajid, apparently, was a political prisoner in Egypt for promoting the establishment of a global caliphate. His lawyer, the darling of a lot of terrorist lawyers, []

06:43

Corporate Media Join in Editorializing for Press Freedom Dissident Voice

Some 300 newspapers, large and small, joined today in publishing, often on their front pages, editorials defending the First Amendments freedom of the press, often making note of their own efforts to combat current threats to that freedom posed by President Trumps attacks on journalists and the entire Fourth Estate, which Trump routinely denounces in tweets and at rallies as enemies of the people.

However, missing from most of these full-throated editorials is any real defense of those who are in the trenches doing the hardest job of a free press, which is exposing the worst offenses of government: the war crimes, the craven systemic corruption of the political system, and the purveying of propaganda and disinformation in the furtherance of anti-democratic policies. (A good example would be the employment by most major news organizations of retired generals and colonels as war commentators without noting their roles on corporate boards of arms merchants that profit form war a scandal that not one major news organization will expose.)

Nowhere does one read, in these coordinated impassioned editorial paens to press freedom, a condemnation of the five-year torture and pursuit of journalist and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the London embassy of Ecuador, hiding from a secret sealed indictment that since the days of the virulently anti-free-press Obama administration has been sitting in the Attorney Generals office waiting for his capture.

Assange is trapped in the cramped Ecuadoran embassy by a complicit British government that has threatened to arrest him if he exits the building, claiming he is wanted for jumping bail in a court case that was already long-ago mooted by the expiration of Swedish arrest warrant that itself was based upon trumped-up charges of rape made against Assange by women who say they had not wanted those charges made in the first place. His real crime, and the thing the US wants to extradite him from Britain for, is publishing leaked Pentagon documents and videotapes proving a policy in the Iraq war of massive and deliberate war crimes.

Although news organizations like the New York Times and Washington Post made the most of those Wikileaks documents, publishing their horrific evidence of war crimes, such as the helicopter gun-ship machine-gun slaughter of a group of innocent Iraqis, including two journalists, shown in graph...

06:33

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM AUGUST 16 2018 Giza Death Star

There's a very interesting and disturbing article in the Asia Times about Russia's military capabilities vs the USA's, and it contains a revealing statement []

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06:11

Israels Loyal Druze move into Open Revolt Aletho News

Druze army general leads protests to overturn nation-state law that makes explicit the privileged status of Jewish majority By Jonathan Cook | Dissident Voice | August 15, 2018 Israels small Druze community, long seen as loyal to the state, is on a collision course with the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu over a new law []

06:09

RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 16 AUGUST 2018 (By Patrick Armstrong) Sic Semper Tyrannis

TURKEY. As everyone knows, Ankara-Washington relations are bad and getting worse. There are many factors involved in Turkey's economic problems but Washington's pressure is exacerbating them and it is using the opportunity/excuse to force Erdoan back into line. The situation...

06:07

'Warrior Women' showing in Rapid City and top film festivals in 2018 CENSORED NEWS

Warrior Women official entry at film festivals across the country in 2018, including the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco and more: .https://www.warriorwomenfilm.com

06:05

Trump, Seeking to Relax Rules on U.S. Cyberattacks, Reverses Obama Directive Peace and Freedom

Administration has faced pressure to show that it is taking seriously national-security cyberthreats

President Trump on Wednesday signed an order reversing a directive that had mapped out an elaborate interagency process that must be followed before U.S. use of cyberattacks.
President Trump on Wednesday signed an order reversing a directive that had mapped out an elaborate interagency process that must be followed before U.S. use of cyberattacks. PHOTO: MANDEL NGAN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
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President Trump has reversed an Obama-era memorandum dictating how and when the U.S. government can deploy cyberweapons against its adversaries, in an effort to loosen restrictions on such operations, according to people familiar with the action.

Mr. Trump signed an order on Wednesday reversing the classified rules, known as Presidential Policy Directive 20, that had mapped out an elaborate interagency process that must be followed before U.S. use of cyberattacks, particularly those geared at foreign adversaries.

The change was described as an offensive step forward by an administration official briefed on the decision, one intended to help support military operations, deter foreign election influence and thwart intellectual property theft by meeting such threats with more forceful responses.

The Trump administration has faced pressure to show that it is taking seriously national-security cyberthreatsparticularly those that intelligence officials say are posed by Moscow.

Top administration officials...

05:48

Facing far-right protest, Merkel pledges action over failed asylum seekers Peace and Freedom

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday her government would step up efforts to deport rejected asylum seekers faster, after hundreds of far-right protesters called on her to resign over her migration policy.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during her visit to Trumpf company in Neukirch, Germany, August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Matthias Rietschel

The anti-Islam PEGIDA movement organized the protest against Merkels decision in 2015 to leave German borders open to about one million refugees, mainly from Muslim countries.

That caused a rise in anti-immigrant sentiment and helped propel the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party into parliament in national elections last year.

The protesters chanted Merkel must go! and Get lost as she arrived in Dresden in the eastern state of Saxony to meet regional lawmakers of her Christian Democratic (CDU) party.

Far-right views are more widespread in Germanys formerly communist east than in the west.

Merkel has repeatedly defended her decision to admit hundreds of thousands of migrants as a humanitarian necessity, but has since vowed to prevent a repeat of such a situation and to battle the root causes of migration into Europe.

Speaking after her meeting with lawmakers, she said she was aware that her decision on refugees had unsettled voters and raised concerns about the states ability to act and stay in control.

I made clear that we have a situation now where not all problems have been solved, especially deportations are still a big problem, she told a news conference.

The federal government will assume more responsibility here, especially by helping to procure the needed documents.

Local authorities say they often struggle to deport rejected asylum seekers because they have no passports and due to the reluctance of foreign countries to issue provisional identification documents for them.

There were also counter-protesters in the vicinity but no clashes or other incidents had been reported so far, a police spokesman said. He declined to estimate the number of protesters.

Saxony will vote for a new state parliament in September 2019 and polls suggest that the AfD could become the second-strongest party, with the CDU likely to come in first.

Reporting by Michael Nienaber; editing by John Stonestreet

Reuters

05:36

Zionists Say S. Nasrallah is Right: Israeli Army Turned Fat & Foolish Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

August 16, 2018 Although the Zionist official circles have not reacted to Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallahs speech in which his eminence stressed the party was stronger than the Israeli army, the Israeli media outlets highlighted the strategic remarks of the Resistance leader. The Zionists reacted to the media outlets coverage, via social media []

05:27

BBC Crimewatch Reconstruction of Salisbury Poisonings Shelved as Director Gives up and Considers New Career Aletho News

Warning: This article may contain traces of satire By Rob Slane | The Blog Mire | August 15, 2018 The BBCs plans for a one-off episode of Crimewatch, reconstructing events in Salisbury on 4th March, have had to be abandoned after running into a series of problems, according to the programmes director, Hugh Dunnit. Despite []

05:17

Map Update: Syrian Troops Tighten Siege On ISIS Cells In Safa Area

Syrian troops are tightening siege on ISIS cells operating in the al-Safa area near the administrative border between the provinces of al-Suwayda and Rif Dimashq.

According to pro-government sources, the Syrian Arab Army and the National Defense Forces have cleared a large chunk of the area southwest of Ardh Safa. On the same time, clashes also continued near Ardh al-Banat, Durs and Shir Tur al-Hawiyah. MORE HERE

Map Update: Syrian Troops Tighten Siege On ISIS Cells In Safa Area

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04:58

Senior official sacked as Chinas vaccine scandal mounts Peace and Freedom

Chinas Communist Party has sacked a senior regional official over a vaccine scandal that inflamed public fears over the safety of domestically produced drugs, state media reported Thursday.

Chinas government has been struggling to shore up public confidence in the pharmaceutical sector following the revelation last month that a major Chinese manufacturer of rabies vaccines was found to have fabricated records and was ordered to cease production.

AFP/File | China is regularly hit by scandals involving sub-par or toxic food, drugs and other products

The government has said the suspect rabies vaccines did not enter the market, but the case provoked unusually strong outrage online from consumers fed up with recurring product-safety scandals, particularly in the drug sector.

The CEO of the company in question, Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology in the northeast province of Jilin, has been arrested along with 14 other people in connection with the scandal.

And on Thursday, Jilins deputy governor Jin Yuhui became the first political casualty, the official Xinhua news agency announced.

He was in charge of monitoring the safety of food and pharmaceuticals.

The decision to sack him was made at a meeting of the ruling Communist Partys elite seven-member standing committee, led by President Xi Jinping.

Those who break the law and jeopardise public safety, notably in the matter of vaccines and medicines, should be severely punished, Xinhua reported, citing the meetings conclusions.

It ia necessary to encourage officials to work well and carry out their responsibilities in a serious manner, dealing firmly with any failings, the Chinese leaders added.

China is regularly hit by scandals involving sub-par or toxic food, drugs and other products, despite repeated promises by the government to address the problem.

Since the case came to light, the authorities have announced a nationwide inspection of laboratories producing vaccines, but many Chinese parents say they no longer have confidence in the medicines administered to their children.

AFP

04:55

Italys NATO Racket A Bridge Too Far Aletho News

By Finian CUNNINGHAM | Strategic Culture Foundation | 16.08.2018 The catastrophic bridge collapse in Italy this week has prompted a public outcry over the countrys crumbling infrastructure and how it is putting lives at risk. But the question the public in Italy and across Europe should be asking is: why are their governments spending extra []

04:19

US Concerned With Abnormal Russian Satellite Aletho News

Sputnik August 16, 2018 The US is raising hue and cry about a Russian satellite exhibiting what it considers abnormal behavior, heavily implying it is a weapon of some sort. However, the US has repeatedly rejected out of hand attempts to prevent a space arms race via an international treaty and is developing its []

04:11

Kevin Barrett: President Gets 9/11 Memo, But Will He Respond to It? Public Intelligence Blog

President Gets 9/11 Memo, But Will He Respond to It?

American Free Press

A group of 27 scholars have united in writing Memoranda to the President to demand Trump expose the truth of 9/11 this year. Will he respond? This compilation of writings is free online at http://tinyurl.com/911-POTUS.

God Bless America and God Bless Donald Trump. So begins a collection of memos to President Donald Trump by 27 experts on the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The presidential briefing on 9/11 was organized by Robert David Steele, a former CIA Clandestine Services Officer and founder of the Open Source Intelligence movement. Contributors include David Ray Griffin, widely considered the unofficial dean of 9/11 studies, Peter Dale Scott, the University of California-Berkeley professor emeritus who popularized the term deep state, Richard Gage of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and two dozen others including yours truly.

Steele knows people close to Trump and believes the president will get the memo. In a recent radio interview, Steele said:

Ive written a letter of transmittal to the president that focuses on whats in the book and what he can do next. Its about six pages long. I would say the chances of [President Trump] reading that memo are 80% or better. The chances of his getting a one-page summary are 95%. The chances of his actually getting the binder are probably down around 60%. The chances of his reading all the memos are in the 40% range. The bottom line is that Donald Trump knows this book has been published. He knows this book exists. He knows this book is calling him out on fulfilling his promise to get to the bottom of 9/11. And so Ive presented him with something he cannot ignore as he goes toward his planned speech on the 11th of September this year.

Read full article.

Phi Beta Iota: The 9/11 Truth Memoranda for the President are available free online, or via Kindle and CreateSpace, at http://tinyurl.com/911-POTUS.

04:07

The Los Angeles Times is not participating in todays nationwide editorial page protest against Trumps attacks on the press. Heres why Peace and Freedom

More than 300 newspapers around the country will participate today in a group protest of President Trumps frequent attacks on the news media. Each of the papers will publish editorials their own separate editorials, in their own words defending freedom of the press.The Los Angeles Times, however, has decided not to participate. There will be no free press editorial on our page today.

This is not because we dont believe that President Trump has been engaged in a cynical, demagogic and unfair assault on our industry. He has, and we have written about it on numerous occasions. As early as April 2017, we wrote this as part of a full-page editorial on Trumps War on Journalism:

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President Trump speaks at a July news conference at the White House. (Shawn Thew / EPA/Shutterstock)

We still believe that. Nevertheless, the editorial board decided not to write about the subject on this particular Thursday because we cherish our independence.

The Los Angeles Times editorial board does not speak for the New York Times or for the Boston Globe or the Chicago Tribune or the Denver Post. We share certain opinions with those newspapers; we disagree on other things. Even when we do agree with another editorial page on the death penalty or climate change or war in Afghanistan, say we reach our own decisions and positions after careful consultation and deliberation among ourselves, and then we write our own editorials. We would not want to leave the impression that we take our lead from others, or that we engage in groupthink.

The president himself already treats the media as a cabal enemies of the people, he has called us, suggesting over and over that were in cahoots to do damage to the country. The idea of joining together to protest him seems almost to encourage that kind of conspiracy thinking by the president and his loyalists. Why give them ammunition to scream about collusion?

We mean no disrespect to those who have decided to write on this important subject today. But we will continue to write about the issue on our...

03:55

Trumps sanctions on Iran dig deeper grave for US forces in Afghanistan Aletho News

By Finian Cunningham | RT | August 16, 2018 The dramatic, and seemingly unstoppable, surge of Taliban offensives across Afghanistan is proof that the US is fast becoming the latest foreign power to succumb to failure in a land known for for being the graveyard of empires. But unlike past empires defeated in Afghanistan, the []

03:52

New Posters about Democracy in English and Swedish CrimethInc.

Working with comrades in Sweden, we have prepared Swedish versions of our classic poster series, What Does Democracy Mean?. Weve also added a new poster in English, Democracy Means Bureaucracy. With elections coming up in Sweden on September 9 and in the United States in November, we hope these posters can help to undermine the popular assumption that democracy is the solution for all of the problems it causes, and propose an alternative approach based in horizontality, decentralization, and direct action. For more on the anarchist critique of democracy, consult our book, From Democracy to Freedom.

Broadly speaking, democracy and capitalism were stabilized throughout the 20th century via the progressive inclusion of populations that had previously been excluded from the privileges of voting and property ownership. This began with womens suffrage and the Fordist compromise, continued through desegregation and the end of the European colonial empires, and concluded with the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Since then, almost the entire world has been integrated into neoliberalism, an economic system premised on the ceaseless concentration of capital in fewer and fewer hands at the top, and a race to the bottom for wage-earners. Now that it is a worldwide system, there are fewer opportunities to draw in resources with which to continue expanding the pyramid scheme.

Between ecological catastrophe and growing inequality, the average participants in globalized capitalism no longer have cause to expect an ever-improving quality of life. State governments are dismantling the programs that once served to offset the vicissitudes of the market, feeding every resource into the fire in order to keep their economies competitive as the crisis accelerates. Contemporary democratic governments preside over an increasingly invasive security apparatus intended to preserve order at any price.

In 2010-2014, a wave of movements around the world proposed to solve these problems with a more participatory democratic model. Yet those movements ended in new dictatorships in Egypt and elsewhere in the global South, while they were reabsorbed into representational politics in Europe and the United Statesmost notably in the cases of Syriza and...

03:45

The Mistake You Make in Every Political Argument The Anti-Media

Political ArgumentOdds are good that, in any given political argument, your dispute is about relevant facts, not moral positions. (FEE Opinion)  Weve all been sufficiently frustrated by the gap between the values someone espouses and the policies they support that weve gotten into political arguments to help them see their error. Perhaps, if were more honest about []

03:37

Only 900 Christians left in Syrian region where 10,000 lived before the Islamic State came in Jihad Watch

The international human rights community is too busy tracking down claims of Islamophobia to take any notice of this. There Are No Girls Left: Syrias Christian Villages Hollowed Out by ISIS, by Ben Hubbard, New York Times, August 15, 2018: The number of Christians across the Middle East has been declining for decades as persecution []

03:34

Pakistans New Leader Faces a Bailout Conundrum Peace and Freedom

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The next government in Pakistan, saddled with mounting debts and a severe foreign currency shortage, is facing a dilemma over whom to turn to for critical financial assistance. Both the main options could undermine some of Prime Minister-elect Imran Khans social and economic goals.

One funding option for Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) won the most seats in elections last month, is to look to the IMF. But under pressure from Islamabads former ally, the United States, the Fund might impose tough conditions, limiting Khans plans for an Islamic welfare state and the capacity to repay Chinese loans supporting the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). A second option, an approach to China, may reduce Khans leverage in seeking greater transparency over CPEC projects.

CPEC is the flagship of Chinas Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a $900 billion investment in roads, railways, ports, energy plants, and special economic zones across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. About 20 CPEC projects, worth some $19 billion, are completed or under way, with the rest due to be finished by 2030, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Burdened by a widening trade deficit  nearly $40 billion in the last financial year  with just enough foreign currency to pay for two months of imports  of which materials and equipment for CPEC projects represent a significant proportion  Pakistan must decide whom to ask for a bailout. Currency devaluations and new import duties have sought to arrest the balance of payments crisis but to no avail. The sums required to avert a financial crisis are substantial. The incoming finance minister, Asad Umar, puts the figure needed at around $12 billion. That means, realistically, that Islamabad can either return to the IMF or...

03:32

Aretha Franklin Is Gone- "The House that Jack Built" Penny for your thoughts

This woman could sing. Undoubtedly.
I'm putting one of my fave songs below- Everyone knows RESPECT and it's a great song, but I did always like this one as well- Less well known, sure, but still a good one






Another excellent one is "Chain of Fools"

03:21

Syria - Pentagon Plants High ISIS Numbers To Justify Occupation Moon of Alabama

The U.S. aim in Syria is still 'regime change'. The Pentagon has made it clear that it wants to stay in the country even after the Islamic State vanished. A little propaganda trick is now used to create a justification...

03:11

Monsantos Cancer-Causing Weedkiller Found in Popular Childrens Foods The Anti-Media

Weedkiller Children's Food(CD)  A study of dozens of popular oat-based breakfast foods delivered sobering news this week when almost all of the products examined by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) were found to contain the chemical glyphosate. Were very concerned that consumers are eating more glyphosate than they know, said Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs at []

03:00

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/08/16 Open Thread The Vineyard of the Saker

2018/08/16 17:00:03Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

02:54

Is a $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Envisioned by Musk Profitable? UBS Says No (Hold the Saudi Money) Peace and Freedom

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The Model 3s profitability is a critical issue for the electric-car maker, which began selling the vehicle a year ago as it sought to move from a luxury niche into the mass market, and end years of losses.

The vehicles price currently ranges from $49,000 to about $80,000, well above the more-affordable target long envisioned by Chief Executive Elon Musk.

At the low end of that range, Teslas operating profit is likely $3,420 a vehicle, according to the UBS estimate, which is based on analysis of a Model 3 vehicle the firm deconstructed in order to understand how it was made. That would help explain why Mr. Musk is forecasting a profit in the third quarter.

The lack of a $35,000 base model in Teslas lineup, as well as early demand for the more expensive versions, should set up the company for its best quarter of profitability from the vehicle ahead of less-costly versions down the road that will reduce the lineups margins, Colin Langan, who wrote the UBS report, said Thursday in an interview.

Q3 is Teslas best shot because of this pricing dynamic, he said of profitability. Im very clear that I dont think thats sustainable.

A Tesla spokeswoman declined to comment on the report.

Teslas finances are in a brighter spotlight now as Mr. Musk considers taking the auto maker private, in part to shed intense scrutiny of the companys finances as it grows its business globally.

The teardown of the Model 3, however, resulted in a higher estimated cost of the vehicles batteries.

Tesla has spent the past 12 months s...

02:43

US will be good ally to Philippines in disputed sea: official Peace and Freedom

The United States will be a good ally to the Philippines in responding to territorial conflicts in the South China Sea, a US defence official said Thursday.

Randall Schriver, assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, gave the assurance as tensions rise over Chinas aggressive stance towards its claims to most of the strategic waterway.

Speaking to reporters at the US embassy in Manila, Schriver was asked if the United States, which is bound to the Philippines by a mutual defence treaty, would help the country if China invaded the main Filipino-occupied island in the South China Sea.

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Activists protest Chinese reclamation work in the South China Sea, part of which Manila claims and calls the West Philippine Sea. Credit KJ Rosales, file

Well be a good ally there should be no misunderstanding or lack of clarity on the spirit and the nature of our commitment, he said.

Well help the Philippines respond accordingly, Schriver added, declining to give further details.

China and the Philippines, along with several other Asian nations, have conflicting claims to parts of the South China Sea, which is believed to contain vast mineral resources.

China has built up heavily defended artificial islands in the sea and Philippine observers have expressed concern in recent weeks over aggressive Chinese radio warnings to foreign planes against approaching them.

However Schriver said US forces would continue to fly and sail in those waters.

AFP/File | China and the Philippines, along with several other Asian nations, have conflicting claims to parts of the South China Sea

Weve seen an increase in this kind of challenge from China, not only directed at us but others, he said.

This kind of challenge will not result in a change of our behaviour. Well not allow them to rewrite the rules of the road or change international law.

Since he took office in mid-2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been moving the countrys relations away from its traditional ally the United States and towards China and Russia.

Schriver also cautioned the Philippines against buying large-scale weapons like submarines from Russia as some local officials have suggested.

I dont think thats a helpful thing to the (US-Philippine) alliance and ultimately I think we can be a better partner than the Russians, he said.

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02:06

Riding on Qatari wings, multipolarity arrives in the Middle East Aletho News

The unscheduled arrival of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatars emir, in the Turkish capital Ankara throws a new light on regional links By M.K. Bhadrakumar | Asia Times | August 16, 2018 Trust Turkeys Recep Erdogan to have had a game plan when he challenged the Trump administration and promised that the latter will []

02:05

Thousands Of Small Businesses Join Day Of Action For Net Neutrality PopularResistance.Org

Thousands of small businesses owners from across the country are coming together to demand lawmakers overturn the FCCs net neutrality repeal. Join with them as part of the Small Business Day of Action for Net Neutrality. Without strong net neutrality protections, Internet service providers like AT&T or Comcast can charge small businesses exorbitant new fees for privileged fast lane access to customers online. This amounts to a new tax on businesses across the country, and would significantly undermine the Internet as a level playing field since massive corporations have the deep pockets necessary to pay the expensive new fast lane fees that smaller competitors simply cannot afford.

01:56

Mystery Russian satellites behaviour raises alarm in US Peace and Freedom

 

Earth from spaceThe US says it does not know what the satellite is or why it is behaving strangely. Getty Images

A mysterious Russian satellite displaying very abnormal behaviour has raised alarm in the US, according to a State Department official.

We dont know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it, said assistant secretary Yleem Poblete at a conference in Switzerland on 14 August.

She voiced fears that it was impossible to say if the object may be a weapon.

Russia has dismissed the comments as unfounded, slanderous accusations based on suspicions.

The satellite in question was launched in October last year.

[The satellites] behaviour on-orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before from on-orbit inspection or space situational awareness capabilities, including other Russian inspection satellite activities, Ms Poblete told the conference on disarmament in Switzerland.

Russian intentions with respect to this satellite are unclear and are obviously a very troubling development, she added, citing recent comments made by the commander of Russias Space Forces, who said adopting new prototypes of weapons was a key objective for the force.

Ms Poblete said that the US had serious concerns that Russia was developing anti-satellite weapons.

Alexander Deyneko, a senior Russian diplomat, told the Reuters news agency that the comments were the same unfounded, slanderous accusations based on suspicions, on suppositions and so on.

He called on the US to contribute to a Russian-Chinese treaty that seeks to prevent an arms race in space.

Lasers or microwaves

Space weapons may be designed to cause damage in more subtle ways than traditional weapons like guns, which could cause a lot of debris in orbit, explained Alexandra Stickings, a research analyst at the Royal United Services Institute.

[Such weapons may include] lasers or microwave frequencies that could just stop [a satellite] working for a time, either disable it permanently with...

01:56

Germany: Muslim migrant rapes 14-year-old girl in downtown Hamburg Jihad Watch

Why does this keep happening? Sexual assault occurs in all cultures, but only in Islam does it have divine sanction. 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 []

01:51

Cyprus Court Rejects Request to Ban Work With Russia on Browder Case Reports Aletho News

Sputnik 03.08.2018 A Nicosia court on Friday turned down a request by Hermitage Capital Management for a ban on cooperation of Cypriot authorities with Russia in its investigation into William Browders fraudulent investment schemes involving offshore assets, local media reported. Back in September, Hermitage Capital Management CEO Browder filed a request to a court []

01:49

China developing satellites to monitor South China Sea, report says Satellites will give China an advantage Peace and Freedom

China is reportedly developing a system to launch a series of satellites to conduct effective and efficient surveillance over the South China Sea.

Chinas state media China News Service reported on Thursday that Sanya Institute of Remote Sensing in Hainan will launch the series of satellites in the second half of 2019.

The program, aimed to assist remote-sensing coverage, will be in two phases.

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It includes two hyperspectral satellites and two SAR (synthetic aperture radar) satellites by 2021, for conducting remote-sensing over the South China Sea, the report said.

The combination of cameras and automatic identification systems will allow us not only to monitor ships lawfully sailing in the South China Sea but also to detect and track illegally operating ones, Yang Tianliang, director of the institute and chief designer of the constellation, was quoted in the report as saying.

The satellite will be fully operational by 2021 and will cover the entire South China Sea.

A separate report of state-run Global Times said work has started for the prototype of the first three satellites of Hainan-1 Earth Observation Satellites, equipped with a camera, and automatic identification system.

The Hainan-1 satellites will monitor every reef and ship within the South China Sea, which can help provide an accurate and quick response in an emergency, the report from Sanya Institute was quoted as saying.

Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the Hainan-based National Institute for the South China Sea, said in the report that the satellites will give China an advantage in negotiating the demarcation of the sea.

He added that satellites will also be of great importance in terms of defending territorial sovereignty, marine exploration, domestic fisheries security and cooperation with surrounding countries on marine issues.

China claims nearly the entire of South China Sea, including waters close to the shores of its Southeast Asian neighbors the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam, all of which have claims in the strategic waterway.   /vvp

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01:37

Tencent profit decline reflects Chinas firmer state control Communist government labels some games as addictive poison Peace and Freedom

If religion was the opium of the masses, maybe mobile games were the opium of the modern masses

Video game income hit by regulatory roadblocks in rare setback for national champion

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Shares in Tencent have been battered this year as the maker of Honour of Kings has been hit by Beijing regulation FT montage

By Louise Lucas in Hong Kong

Tencents disappointing second-quarter earnings rippled through markets from Hong Kong to Johannesburg, where major shareholder Naspers saw its shares plunge as much as 10 per cent and dragged down the entire index. But perhaps the bigger shock was that its status as a Chinese national champion could not protect it from the whim of Beijing.

Chinas second most valuable company reported a 2 per cent drop in profits on Wednesday attributable to shareholders to Rmb17.87bn ($2.59bn). Shares in the company behind WeChat, Chinas dominant social media platform, and the hugely popular Honour of Kings video game have been battered this year. Tencents market value has dropped about $170bn since January, and the stock fell a further 3 per cent on Thursday.

The hand of government was particularly visible in the 19 per cent quarter-on-quarter drop in income from video games, with the company hit by a revamp at the state regulator that has effectively frozen the approval process for new games. Beijing even forced Tencent this week to pull Monster Hunter: World, a title that had already signed up more than 1m pre-orders, just days after it was launched for failing to pass content requirements.

The company is confident that this is about to change. Martin Lau, Tencents president, told analysts on the earnings call that it was a question of when not if licences for new games start to be approved. The administration is aware its now affecting the industry as a whole, he said. He pointed out that the government had created a fast-track process to grant temporary approvals to enable game publishers to make money through in-house purchases of weapons and other in-game assets for one month. As to the timing of more permanent licensing, however, Mr Lau admitted we dont have visibility.

Tencent has been dealt government blows before, notably when Honour of Kings was attacked as an addictive poison last year. A day after the company started limiting the amount of time children spent on the game, its market capitalisation fell by $15bn.

Duncan Clark, chairman of tech consultancy BDA, said Beijings move to take on the gaming industry fitted with a broader move by President Xi Jinping to tighten political control.

If religion was the opium of the masses, maybe mobile games were the opium of the modern masses in China, he...

01:35

Robert Spencer video: John Brennan and others charging Trump with treason are the real traitors Jihad Watch

In this new video, I discuss the controversy that followed the press conference between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, and shows that those who were charging that the President had committed treason had turned a blind eye to actual treason by Barack Obama.

01:32

Rand Paul Claims Ex-CIA Director Has Been Monetizing His Security Clearance Aletho News

Sputnik 16.08.2018 WASHINGTON US Senator Rand Paul said in a statement on Wednesday that he urged President Donald Trump to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. I applaud President Trump for his revoking of John Brennans security clearance, Paul said in the press release on Wednesday. I urged the []

01:28

California: Islamic State jihadi arrested, had entered US as a refugee Jihad Watch

Refugees welcome! Celebrate diversity! Diversity is our strength! Trumps travel ban is racist! Suspected ISIS member arrested; FBI searches Sacramento apartment, KCRA, August 15, 2018: FBI agents searched a Sacramento apartment unit Wednesday, where a suspected ISIS member was living and was wanted in connection with the killing of an Iraqi police officer, according to []

01:21

Ex-CIA Officer: Russiagate Proponent Bill Browder Should be in Jail Aletho News

Sputnik / Alejandro Martinez Velez Sputnik August 16, 2018 The only way to topple Bill Browders anti-Russia narrative is to get both the mainstream media and members of the US Congress to start looking into the US financiers claims and publicly question them, Philip Giraldi, a former CIA case officer and US Army []

01:20

Israels border interrogations and the MeToo cascade Mondoweiss

Four days ago, the prominent Jewish author, columnist and political commentator Peter Beinart was detained and interrogated at Israels Ben Gurion airport, and he reported in detail about the ordeal in the Forward. Prime Minister Netanyahu went into damage-control mode and called it an administrative mistake. 

Beinarts account prompted bestselling author on religion Reza Aslan, who came out with his story of border detention and interrogation by Israel, which occurred two weeks ago. He said Israel is becoming a full-blown police state. He reported how he was threatened: If you dont cooperate it will be a long time before you see your kids again.

Already here, there is a significant pattern to be noticed, and although it might be early to predict such trends, I would say that this reminds me a lot of the MeToo movement.

Peter Beinart is one of those privileged Jews who could historically count on their privilege. And he was apparently poised to write his experience down and have it splashed all over the world if they but dared to touch him. He has the public clout, the credibility, to expose Israel in a very bad light, and Israel quickly realized it was messing things up for itself, PR-wise. But Reza Aslan, he was not inclined to do that, he was in a somewhat more vulnerable position, despite his prominence. He noted that the recent visit to Israel was his fourth in the past decade, and that the repeated interrogations have gotten worse. Somehow, he chose to live with it. There is a logic to this. Israel uses intimidation-terror, which causes those more vulnerable people who may want to enter in the future to watch out for what they say and do, because we are watching you. As Aslan reported:

In the end, after hours of this, she warned I may let you into Israel but, who knows, I may not let you out. I will keep you here and kick out your family. It depends on you. You would miss your kids yes? That my friends is the classic police state trick. Iran has perfected it. Her final warning was not to visit the Palestinian Territories. Not to meet with or speak to any Palestinians or any Israeli trouble makers. We are watching you.

People who know they are being watched tend to be careful, and they know that if they are too vocal in their condemnation of Big Brother, it may cost them. They tend to keep a low profile. Theres a risk calculation here.

Beinarts report was a door-opener for Aslan and he wrote on Twitter, Peters experience has spurred me to share min...

01:03

Prayer and Meditation for Friday, August 17, 2018 Do You Share A Rib With Anyone? Do you have an unbreakable bond to each other? Peace and Freedom

Have you not read that from the beginning
the Creator made them male and female and said,
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother
and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?

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William Blakes pencil illustration of The Creation of Eve in response to the line And She Shall Be Called Woman. The object was created c. 1803-05 and currently is held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art

What God has joined together man must not separate

Friday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 417

Reading 1 EZ 16:1-15, 60, 63

The word of the LORD came to me:
Son of man, make known to Jerusalem her abominations.
Thus says the Lord GOD to Jerusalem:
By origin and birth you are of the land of Canaan;
your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.
As for your birth, the day you were born your navel cord was not cut;
you were neither washed with water nor anointed,
nor were you rubbed with salt, nor swathed in swaddling clothes.
No one looked on you with pity or compassion
to do any of these things for you.
Rather, you were thrown out on the ground as something loathsome,
the day you were born.Then I passed by and saw you weltering in your blood.
I said to you: Live in your blood and grow like a plant in the field.
You grew and developed, you came to the age of puberty;
your breasts were formed, your hair had grown,
but you were still stark naked.
Again I passed by you and saw that you were now old enough for love.
So I spread the corner of my cloak over you to cover your nakedness;
I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you;
you became mine, says the Lord GOD.
Then I bathed you with water, washed away your blood,
and anointed you with oil.
I clothed you with an embroidered gown,
pu...

01:00

NATO Actions Contradict their Values OffGuardian

Gabriella Lima NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg regularly confirms the alliances commitment to strive for peace, safety and stability in the Euro-Atlantic region, in accordance with the purposes and principles of the UN-Charter. Our actions are aimed to defend individual liberty, human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Thats what he usually claims at summits and meetings with chiefs of Foreign and Defense Departments of NATO member-countries. However, the alliances activity shows otherwise. Numerous heads of states and international organizations frequently denounce NATO war crimes and unauthorized use of forces. Thus, in the recent few months, the US and its allies have been accused of the following violations: warplanes of the US-led international coalition launched airstrikes in the countryside of al-Bukamal city in eastern Syria and killed at least 30 civilians, reported Syrias news agency SANA on July, 13. While Irans Minister of Foreign Affairs recalled that the US presence in Syria is illegal, since the begining of the conflict. according to a report, made by a group of Libyan nuclear experts, NATO used

01:00

Detained Saudi cleric Salman al-Odah referred to secret trial, says son Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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00:51

Trump Blacklists ex-CIA chief Brennan Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

  Local Editor US President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, and warned several other prominent critics they too risk being blacklisted. In a highly unusually directive, Trump claimed that Brennan a former station chief in Riyadh who rose to lead the formidable spy []

00:42

US ambassador tells Israeli MK no reason to evacuate settlements in peace deal Peace and Freedom

Lawmaker says remark by David Friedman was made during sit-down at Jerusalem embassy as settler leaders presented him with Israeli-Palestinian economic ventures

(From L-R) Likud MK Yehudah Glick, US Ambassador David Friedman and Har Hebron Regional Council chairman Yohai Damari at the US Embassy in Jerusalem on August 15, 2018. (Har Hebron Regional Council)
(From L-R) Likud MK Yehudah Glick, US Ambassador David Friedman and Har Hebron Regional Council chairman Yohai Damari at the US Embassy in Jerusalem on August 15, 2018. (Har Hebron Regional Council)

In a meeting with several settler leaders Wednesday, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that he saw no reason to evacuate settlements in a peace deal, a Likud lawmaker said.

MK Yehudah Glick, who organized the sit-down with Har Hebron Regional Council chairman Yochai Damari, recounted the statement to the Times of Israel and said that the ambassador was very explicit in his remark regarding Israeli communities in the West Bank.

A spokeswoman for the embassy declined to comment.

Damari said the purpose of the meeting at the US embassy in Jerusalem was to present a number of Israeli-Palestinian economic ventures in the West Bank, ahead of the anticipated unveiling of the USs peace initiative.

According to the regional council chairman, who presides over 19 Israeli settlements in the southern West Bank, the sit-down provided an opportunity to present the settler perspective.

The reality of recent decades has taught us that any attempt to impose political solutions by people who arent on the ground [in Israel] and dont breateh the conflict every day is doomed to fail, and the past two bloody decades are proof of this, Damari said in a statement following the meeting.

(From L-R) Parliamentary adviser Uri Bank, Likud MK Yehudah Glick, US Ambassador David Friedman, Palestinian businessman Muhammad Nasser, Har Hebron Regional Council chairman Yochai Damri and his chief of staff Joel Copeland meet at t...

00:33

EU Tells Italy: Dont Blame Us For Bridge Collapse Peace and Freedom

 

The European Union pushed back Thursday against Italys populist government over the deadly collapse of a bridge in Genoa, saying that it had given Rome billions of euros to fix infrastructure.

The riposte came after Italys hardline eurosceptic Interior Minister Matteo Salvini accused Brussels in the wake of the disaster that killed at least 38 people of prioritising budgets over safety.

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Matteo Salvini

It is very human to look for somebody to blame, when terrible accident happens as #Genova. Still, good to look at facts, EU budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Twitter.

He said that in the seven years from 2014 to 2020 Italy was set to receive 2.5 billion euros ($2.8 billion) for roads and trains, 12 billion euros in so-called structural funds to help poorer regions, and had been given the green light to receive 8.5 billion euros in national spending.

The European Commission the powerful executive arm of the 28-nation European Union said Italy had repeatedly benefitted from Brussels being prepared to relax its budgetary rules.

In respect of the terrible nature of things that have happened, thats all we have been saying until now. However we think the time has come to make a few things clear, commission spokesman Christian Spahr told a daily briefing.

A European Commission statement said that it would not engage in any political finger pointing.

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Far-right leader Salvini, who is also co-deputy prime minister, had however firmly pointed the finger at Brussels over the disaster, even as wider attention turned towards the company responsible for the bridge.

If external commitments stop us spending money that we need for the safety of schools and motorways, we have to ask ourselves whether to respect these commitments or put the safety of Italians first. Obviously, I choose the second option, Salvini said on Tuesday.

On Wednesday he called for Brussels to exclude safety spending from the Stability and Growth Pact the budgetary rules that have governed Europe since the financial crisis.

Spending that saves lives, jobs and the right to health must not be part of rigid calculations and of rules imposed by Europe, Salvini said.

His fellow deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio, leader of the populist Five Star movement, echoed Salvini, sa...

00:23

Sovereignty and economic globalization Voltaire Network

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00:23

Imran Khan faces widespread corruption in his effort to fix Pakistan Peace and Freedom

Imran Khan entered politics in 1996 as an anti-corruption advocate and has a cult following among the youth

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

LAHORE Hopes are riding high around Imran Khan, the legendary cricketer turned politician who is now slated to become Pakistans 19th prime minister, but doubts are also widespread that he will be able to overcome corruption that has long encumbered the South Asian nations government.

Pakistan needs an honest leader like Imran who can deliver on his promises of providing jobs, security and eradicating corruption, said Subhan Khan, a 19-year-old student at a local college in Peshawar. He has not been tried before, and this is reason enough to support him.

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Others say such optimism might be misplaced. How did Imran Khan reach this stage where he is in a position to become the PM? asked Zunaira Naseem, a 22-year-old computer engineer in Lahore. I dont feel that with the same set of corrupt people in his own party he can change anything at all.

Mr. Khans Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) party won 158 seats in the 342-member National Assembly the nations decision-making lower house of parliament in late July.

The assembly moved Wednesday to elect Khan ally Asad Qaiser as its speaker, clearing the path for the former cricket star to be voted in as prime minister, likely on Friday.

Mr. Khan, 65, who first emerged in politics in 1996 as an anti-corruption and justice advocate, has a cult following.

His start in politics was slow. His PTI party failed to win a single seat in parliament in 1997, and he became the only PTI member to hold a seat five years later.

The momentum shifted in 2008 when...

00:23

What happened to Russia and the USA? Voltaire Network

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00:18

A superb new book on the 2011 Egyptian uprising shows how Israel helped thwart democracy there Mondoweiss

Anyone deluded enough to believe that Israel truly wants democracy to spread in the Middle East must read David D. Kirkpatricks outstanding first-hand account of the 2011 uprising in Egypt and its ugly aftermath. Kirkpatrick was the New York Timess main reporter on the scene in Cairo, and readers who remember his superb dispatches from Tahrir Square back then will also be fascinated by his follow-up reporting, which includes interviews with the major Egyptian protagonists and with other key actors like former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and President Obamas influential assistant, Ben Rhodes.

Kirkpatricks page-turning account is called Into the Hands of Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East.  It is about much more than Israels support for the brutal 2013 coup that overturned Egypts nascent (if flawed) democracy and restored a military regime that is today the most repressive in Egypts modern history. But at every stage, his thorough history shows that whenever some American officials, like President Obama, tried to promote democracy by threatening to cut off some of the $1.3 billion in annual U.S. military aid, Israel and its supporters in Washington lobbied hard against it. 

Kirkpatrick quotes Leon Panetta, at the time the head of the CIA, who says the new Egyptian strongman, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, recognized that the American threats were bluffs partly because Sisi was confident the Israel lobby would protect the Egyptian military. 

The [U.S.] Congress knew that in a part of the world where Israel does not have a lot of friends, it does not make a heck of a lot of sense to kick Egypt in the ass, because they are one of the few players in that area that are a friend to Israel.

Israel was not the only reason the U.S. betrayed democracy in Egypt. Americas other allies in the region, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf oil kingdoms, also preferred military rule there. Senior U.S. commanders, like Generals James Mattis and Michael Flynn, had personal ties to Sisi and other Egyptian top brass. Kirkpatrick also notes that Hillary Clinton saw the generals as a source of stability. But remove Israel from the equation and it is more likely that the minority of moderates in the Obama administration, which included Obama himself, might have prevailed. 

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00:17

The Soviet Union had Pravda, America has Facebook New Social Arbiter of What? Peace and Freedom

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So, apparently, Facebook has morphed from a social media giant into a major news gathering and publishing house. First order of business: Shut down conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

Good luck with that, Zuckerpeople.

Guess that means that all the rest of the millions and millions of crazy posts that remain on Facebook have been vetted, verified and endorsed by company executives.

  The Washington Times Sunday, August 12, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION

Hello, slippery slope.

Life is so much easier just sticking with the First Amendment and declaring free speech as the great antiseptic of society. Better than sunlight.

Anybody is free to step out onto the street corner and say the craziest, most vile and offensive things they want. The civilized world either ignores the blithering madman or takes note and carries on.

Eventually, the madman grows tired or loses his voice or simply goes home, grievances aired.

Why on earth would Facebook or anybody else want to step in and declare themselves the thought police, the arbiters of truth? The Soviet Union had Pravda. America has Facebook.

But the funny thing is that Facebook is taking on an even greater responsibility than the actual news gathering and publishing operations do.

While Facebook is busy muting hate speech and thwarting fake news online, the real media is in an orgiastic frenzy to promote any assembly they can find of neo-Nazis, white supremacists or racists. Literally, these news organizations are running out of bullhorns to hand out to these crackpots.

Endless, wall-to-wall coverage of some racist rally in Washington comes just one year after the media did the same thing in Charlottesville, where they whipped up so much attention and rattled so many nerves that one innocent woman got killed, along with two state troopers trying to keep the peace.

In sane,...

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23:51

MasterCard says it blacklisted Robert Spencer because of illegal content Jihad Watch

This Breitbart article is a good summary of what happened between Patreon, MasterCard and me, but the key element is in the update: A Mastercard spokesperson responded to a Breitbart News request for comment with the following statement. As part of our normal process, we share information about websites that may have illegal content with []

23:46

Trump Strikes Back at Ringleader Brennan Aletho News

By Ray McGovern Consortium News  August 15, 2018 Theres more than meets the eye to President Donald Trumps decision to revoke the security clearances that ex-CIA Director John Brennan enjoyed as a courtesy customarily afforded former directors. The Presidents move is the second major sign that Brennan is about to be hoist on his []

23:43

Hundreds Of Newspapers Say In Unision: We Are Not The Enemy PopularResistance.Org

More than 300 media outlets are standing up to what they describe as Donald Trump's war on the free press and declaring in unison, 'We are not the enemy.'  Below is a statement from the executive director of the Institute for Nonprofit News, Sue Cross. Websites like Popular Resistance, are part of the people's media. We cover issues not widely covered in the corporate media, i.e. the popular movement for transformative change in the US and around the world. Social media is a major part of the people's media but it relies on corporations like Facebook and Google to provide access. There is a crisis in 21st Century journalism and it is bigger than Trump rhetoric, as bad as his rhetoric is.

23:39

Whats going in Canada? Another politician being persecuted for racism for challenging extreme Liberal multiculturalism Jihad Watch

Conservative MP Maxime Bernier is once again lambasting what he sees as extreme multiculturalism and political correctness as other senior Tories appear to be distancing themselves from his views. Bernier also referred to a months-old post from Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, a backbencher best known as the sponsor of the M-103 motion condemning Islamophobia and all []

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Italian bridge company under fire as rescuers toil for third day It was a tragedy waiting to happen Peace and Freedom

Italys populist government was on a war footing Thursday with the Italian operator of the bridge that collapsed and killed dozens in the port city of Genoa as desperate efforts to find survivors in the rubble went into a third day.

Shares in Atlantia, the holding company of infrastructure giant Autostrade per LItalia, plummeted after the government said it would seek to revoke its lucrative contracts.

Vigili del Fuoco/AFP | Conte said Wednesday that his government would seek to revoke the companys contract for the A10 motorway, which includes the bridge, while Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said the company should be fined up to 150 million euros ($170 million)

On the ground, rescue workers toiled among bulldozers and cranes to find survivors amid the ruins of a vast span of the Morandi bridge that collapsed on Tuesday, sending about 35 cars and several trucks plunging 45 metres (150 feet) onto railway tracks below.

We were unlucky last night, we did not find anyone. We are still looking for cavities that can hide people, living or not, said fire official Emanuele Gissi, adding that the unstable rubble has made the search operation dangerous.

We are trying to cut the big pieces of concrete that fell off the bridge, after which we will move them with the cranes and send in search dogs. Then our personnel will try to see if there are any positive signs.

The government has blamed Autostrade per lItalia, which operates and maintains nearly half of the countrys motorways, for the tragedy that Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Thursday has claimed at least 38 lives.

Children aged eight, 12 and 13 were among the dead, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Wednesday, adding that more people were still missing. Sixteen people were injured.

Three Chileans, who live in Italy, and four French nationals were also killed.

The government has announced a year-long state of emergency in the region, with five million euros going towards recovery work.

Conte said Wednesday that his government would seek to revoke the companys contract for the A10 motorway, which includes the bridge, while Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said the company should be fined up to 150 million euros ($170 million).

The government, in power only since June, claims that Autostrade failed to carry out necessary maintenance of the bridge, which has also drawn fire from engineering experts.

A transport ministry spokesperson told AFP the government was mulling revoking all other motorway contracts awarded to the company.

Autostrade denies that it scrimps on motorway maintenance, saying it has invested over one billion euros a year in safety,...

23:35

Nathan Thralls deep dive into BDS, the Palestinians last resort Mondoweiss

A history that is often forgotten is that not too long ago Palestinians had a thriving civil society where union reps had voting spots in the government, the PLO. It was democracy, not perfect and not attached to any state and stationed in exile, but there was a process for any Palestinian to be a part of the bigger picture. After the Oslo Accords and the creation of the Palestinian Authority, the leadership who was negotiating with Israel overnight disenfranchised these pillars of support.

But civil society did not disband or go home. They joined a fledging nonviolent movement that was cascading across the West Bank countryside in villages that protested Israels wall and settlements.  Eventually this rolled into the BDS movement, which is explored in depth in Nathan Thralls long read in the Guardian on the origins of the BDS movement. Its sub-headlined: Israel sees the international boycott campaign as an existential threat to the Jewish state. Palestinians regard it as their last resort.

Nathan Thrall, at the Jerusalem Hotel, May 24, 2017. Photo by Phil Weiss

Thrall has the obligatory run down of the actors who supports and who opposes, a web of grassroots campaigns with some degree of coordination with the powers that beyet the piece is notable for how it doesnt exaggerate the movement as a juggernaut. BDS supporters and detractors are still small in numbers. Even so Thrall captures how it is that they currently have more sway in the way people across the globe see Israel and the Palestinians than any other entity, including the Israeli and Palestinian governments.

The year the Palestinians first put out an organized call asking for activists abroad to cut ties with Israel, 2005, was also the year of the last Palestinian legislative elections, and was the end of the second Intifada where armed groups had failed to upend the occupation. This dovetailed with the increasingly popular view that the Oslo Peace Accords promise of the creation of a Palestinian state was doomed from the get-go.  

Thrall writ...

23:27

Reality sets in for South Africa Peace and Freedom

If there were any doubts that the euphoria following Cyril Ramaphosas election as president of South Africa has evaporated, this weeks slump in the rand has removed them.

The currency has plunged to a level last seen when Jacob Zuma was still in charge, having retreated from a three-year high against the dollar amid a toxic cocktail of negative economic news, political risks and falling commodity prices. An investor retreat from emerging markets has accelerated its slide of almost 10% against the dollar this month.

Cyril Ramaphosa

When Ramaphosa took over as president in February, he promised to stimulate growth and attract investment, fix the finances of state-owned enterprises, and root out the corruption that marked Zumas administration.

Investors took note: the rand surged to a three-year high in February and borrowing costs fell as inflows into the countrys bonds and stocks surged.

The mood was dubbed Ramaphoria. Theres no sign of it now.

The change in the political leadership after Cyril Ramaphosa took power provided a boost to investor sentiment, sparking a rally in the rand that has now been reversed, Mark Bohlund, an Africa economist at Bloomberg Economics, wrote in a report.

Foreign investors could become concerned about renewed lapses in fiscal consolidation or the governments ability to rein in financial risks from state-owned enterprises.

Things started changing in April as rising US interest rates and a strengthening dollar began to sap demand for emerging-market assets. While crises in Argentina, Turkey and Russia provided the context, homegrown problems fueled the retreat.

The economy contracted in the first quarter as the current-account deficit widened, highlighting the countrys vulnerability to capital outflows. Mining production, once the engine of the economy, has slumped, and manufacturing and consumer spending have struggled to pick up the slack.

A widening budget gap has limited Ramaphosas ability to boost infrastructure and social spending.

South Africa faces domestic challenges at a time when the external backdrop is less positive for risky assets, said Piotr Matys, a London-based emerging-market strategist at Rabobank.

The US dollar is broadly stronger on the back of widening interest-rate differentials, the US and China are involved in a trade war and Turkey is a major warning signal for other economies which rely on volatile capital inflows to finance current-account deficits.

The rand dropped 2% on Wednesday to R14.5292 per dollar. It hit R15.5517 on Monday, the weakest since June 2016.

The cost of insuring the countrys...

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Civilians trapped as fighting south of Yemen's Hodeidah renews Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Besieged and attacked by land and air, residents of Duraihami city are trapped as pro-government forces close in

23:18

China rebuffs Philippines presidents South China Sea rebuke No reversing deal with the devil Peace and Freedom

China rebuffed Philippine President Rodrigo Dutertes call for Beijing to rethink its conduct in the South China Sea on Thursday, saying China had the right to react to foreign ships or aircraft that get close to its islands.

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FILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte said China has no right to repel foreign aircraft and boats passing by its artificial islands in the disputed waterway, and that he hoped China would temper its behavior and stop restricting movements.

In a statement sent to Reuters, Chinas Foreign Ministry said the Spratly Islands are Chinas inherent territory and that China respects the right to freedom of navigation and overflight that all countries enjoy in the South China Sea under international law.

An aerial view of China occupied Subi Reef at Spratly Islands in disputed South China Sea April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Francis Malasig/Pool

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of China occupied Subi Reef at Spratly Islands in disputed South China Sea April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Francis Malasig/Pool

But China has a right to take necessary steps to respond to foreign aircraft and ships that deliberately get close to or make incursions into the air and waters near Chinas relevant islands, and provocative actions that threaten the security of Chinese personnel stationed there, it said.

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The Chinese Dream may not be the Philippine Dream.

China urges the relevant party to meet China halfway, and jointly protect the present good situation that has not come easily in the South China Sea, the ministry added, without elaborating.

China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei have competing claims to the Spratly archipelago, where China has rapidly turned reefs into artificial islands that appear to be military installations, from which its personnel routinely instruct foreign vessels to leave.

Duterte has a policy of...

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America the Punitive Aletho News

By Philip M. GIRALDI | Strategic Culture Foundation | 16.08.2018 There has been a dramatic shift in how the United States government carries out its business internationally. Admittedly, Washington has had a tendency to employ force to get what it has wanted ever since 9/11, but it also sometimes recognized that other countries had legitimate []

23:08

In Unprecedented Move, Former Mayor And Ex-legislator Will Be Running Mates With Lula PopularResistance.Org

Its an unheard-of situation: three candidates running together for Brazils presidential elections. The unusual case is actually due to the peculiar scenario ahead of the elections, as the name at the top of voting intention polls former Brazilian president Luiz Incio Lula da Silva, from the Workers Party (PT) has been in prison for the past four months and is unable to exercise his political rights at the moment. The plan involves nominating, at first, Workers Party member and former So Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad as Lulas running mate. Once their registration with the electoral court is reviewed and ratified, which should happen by September 17th, Manuela Dvila, from the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB), takes on the running-mate slot next to whoever the PT candidate may be, Lula or Haddad.

23:04

A Response To Misinformation On Nicaragua: It Was A Coup, Not A Massacre PopularResistance.Org

There is so much misinformation in mainstream corporate media about recent events in Nicaragua that it is a pity that Mary Ellsbergs article for Pulse has added to it with a seemingly leftish critique. Ellsberg claims that recent articles, including from this website, often paint a picture of the crisis in Nicaragua that is dangerously misleading. Unfortunately, her own article does just that. It looks at the situation entirely from the perspective of those opposing Daniel Ortegas government while whitewashing their malevolent behavior and downplaying the levels of US support they have relied on. Her piece is an incomplete depiction of what is happening on the ground, ignoring many salient facts that have come to light and which have been outdated by recent events.

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BBC misleads on Gaza athletes travel BBC Watch

On August 15th a filmed report produced by Mike Lanchin for the BBC World Service radio history programme Witness appeared in the Features section of the BBC News websites Middle East page under the title Gazas history-making female runner.

In 2004, the 800m runner Sanaa Abu Bkheet became the first athlete from the Gaza Strip to represent Palestine at the Olympic Games.

She led the Palestinian delegation at the opening ceremony, the first time a woman had carried the Palestinian flag at an Olympics.

Sanaa, who still lives in the Gaza Strip, tells Witness about overcoming poverty and prejudice on her journey to the biggest sporting stage in the world.

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22:56

Get up Sahra Wagenknecht In An Interview About Her Collection Movement PopularResistance.Org

A movement can not compete in elections in Germany. But when we get strong, we can build up so much pressure that the parties open their lists for fellow campaigners. However, our primary concern is not to get parliamentary posts, but to launch an initiative that will make political engagement attractive again. We want to address people who have turned away disappointed from the parties. We want to win those who do not want party-political ox-tours, but are very interested in politics and want to help shape it. We will be different, in our communication, in our appearance. After all, the majority of our now over forty prominent founding members does not come from politics. There are actors, singers, writers, scientists, cabaret artists, theater people.

22:53

Facebook says it was too slow to fight hate speech in Myanmar Ethnic violence, genocide not too hard to detect, UN says Peace and Freedom

Facebook has been too slow to address hate speech in Myanmar and is acting to remedy the problem by hiring more Burmese speakers and investing in technology to identify problematic content, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo

The acknowledgement came a day after a Reuters investigation showed why the company has failed to stem a wave of vitriolic posts about the minority Rohingya.

(For the Reuters investigation on Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar click, https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/myanmar-facebook-hate/ )

Some 700,000 Rohingya fled their homes last year after an army crackdown that the United States denounced as ethnic cleansing. The Rohingya now live in teeming refugee camps in Bangladesh.

The ethnic violence in Myanmar is horrific and we have been too slow to prevent misinformation and hate speech on Facebook, Facebook said.

The Reuters story revealed the social media giant for years dedicated scant resources to combating hate speech in Myanmar, which is a market it dominates and where there have been repeated eruptions of ethnic violence.

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Nasir Ahmed, a Rohingya refugee, cries as he holds his 40-day old child FILE photo

In early 2015, for instance, there were only two people at Facebook who could speak Burmese monitoring problematic posts.

In Thursdays statement, posted online, Facebook said it was using tools to automatically detect hate speech and hiring more Burmese-language speakers to review posts, following up on a pledge made by founder Mark Zuckerberg to U.S. senators in April.

The company said that it had over 60 Myanmar language experts in June and plans to have at least 100 by the end of the year.

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Rohingyas: Ar...

22:47

Opposing Bipartisan Warmongering Is Defending Human Rights Of The Poor And Working Class PopularResistance.Org

The decision by Democrat Party president Harry Truman to bomb the cities of Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on the 9thwith the newly developed nuclear weapon signaled to the world that the U.S. was prepared to use military force to back up its new-found position as the leader of the Western colonial-capitalist powers, now referred to as the Western alliance. The main audience for that grotesque display of racist violence in 1945 was the Soviet Union but some 73 years later, militarism and war continue to be the central instruments of U.S. foreign policy. This is the lesson we must stress continually as the public is being subjected to a constant barrage of incitements to support the use of military force by the U.S state against a growing array of enemies and potential enemies from Russia and China to Iran and the never-ending war on terror.

22:43

Canada Hajj pilgrims, Saudi students face uncertainty due to diplomatic row Peace and Freedom

Canadian Muslims traveling to the Hajj pilgrimage face delays coming back due to a diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia that is also prompting thousands of students from the kingdom to scramble to sell their assets and return home to meet a month-end deadline.

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman FILE photo

As the stalemate continues, Canada is reaching out to its allies, including the United States and European Union, to rally support, and talking to Saudi Arabia to resolve the dispute.

Riyadh abruptly severed diplomatic and trade ties earlier this month in response to Foreign Minister Chrystia Freelands tweet demanding the release of civil society activists in the kingdom. Riyadh also ended state-backed educational and medical programs in Canada, resulting Saudi students here hustling to return home.

In Halifax, the Ummah Masjid organized yard sales to help students sell their furniture, electronics and even cars.

Some of them, they only come one week ago and they are prepared to leave, said Abdallah Yousri, the mosques imam. Some of them, they were in Saudi Arabia for summer vacation, and they just came to sell their products and then [leave].

As of the end of June, there were more than 5,100 Saudi students with valid study permits for post-secondary institutions in Canada.

Many Canadian Muslims had booked flights with Saudia, the Kingdoms official airline, to perform the Hajj pilgrimages in the Saudi city of Mecca, which takes place from August 19 to 24 this year.

While Saudia trips to Mecca before August 13 were not affected, returns home prove to be a concern for many.

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FILE PHOTO: Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mecca September 27, 2014. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed/File Photo

Were nervous as a family because we dont want her to be stranded in an airport, Jawad Chaudhry, a real estate broker in Hamilton, said of his mother, who is traveling via Saudia for Hajj.

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Freeland has spoken with officials of the European Union, Germany, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates in an effort to find support, a spokesman for the foreign minister told...

22:41

Afghanistan: US Losing Its Longest War Despite Trump Escalation PopularResistance.Org

The latest conflicting reports about whether or not the Taliban has taken the strategic city of Ghazni between the Afghan capital of Kabul and Kandahar reflect the dilemma and difficulties that the American forces face today. The concerns come despite the firepower and technology that the US has applied against an insurgent force, which has taken over more than 50 percent of the country. This is despite America having almost completely driven out the Taliban when it first invaded Afghanistan in late 2001. The battle for Ghazni and indeed the effort to defeat the Taliban in remote areas of the country suggest that, notwithstanding the intelligence, technology and communications capabilities at its disposal, the US is losing the battle to secure the country.

22:36

If Ireland Can Get Out Of Fossil Fuels, Your Town Can Too PopularResistance.Org

On Thursday, July 12th, a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic proved it was on the right side of history. The Republic of Ireland passed a bill to divest its $370 million worth of investments in around 150 fossil fuel companies within five years. Should the bill pass the Irish Senate in September, which it is expected to do, Ireland will become the first country to fully divest from fossil fuels. This action marks a huge step forward. For years now, neighborhood climate activists have pressured cities, universities, and governments to divest their holdings in fossil fuel companies. The idea is to defund and denounce the industry that contributes the most to climate change, funds climate denial, and prevents climate action. With its divestment bill, Ireland will join a group of almost 900 cities, universities, and governments that have collectively divested over $6 trillion from the extractive fossil fuel economy.

22:35

Brazilians Denounce Their Leader, but Economists Offer Praise Peace and Freedom

Unpopular President Michel Temer, who steps down after October elections, righted a falling economy but didnt revamp a troubled pension system

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BRASLIABrazils president, Michel Temer, has been called a coup plotter, charged with corruption and is highly unpopular with voters.

But as Mr. Temer prepares to leave politics after national elections in October, many economists credit him with taming his countrys high inflation, reviving private investment with business-friendly policies and pulling the country out of a steep recession.

Theres still plenty of unfinished business. During his two years in office, he failed to make dents in a huge budget shortfall and national debt load, nor accomplish a key goalreforming a pension system that eats up nearly half of Brazils budget.

Its an important issue for the nation, Mr. Temer told The Wall Street Journal in an interview. Candidates should be talking more about it.

Many Brazilians view Mr. Temer with suspicion. The 77-year-old former vice president came to power in 2016 after Congress removed President Dilma Rousseff on charges of mishandling the budget. Many accuse him of orchestrating her ouster, an accusation he denies.

His image was further tarnished in 2017, when as president he appeared to endorse the payment of hush money to a jailed lawmaker in a recording leaked to the press. He denied the ensuing...

22:33

Canadas Feud with the Saudis Will Inevitably End in Happy Hypocrisy Geopolitical Monitor

Canada has been forced to deal with a difficult diplomatic situation, perhaps having to rely on the help of Donald Trump, no less, because its European friends, the UK, Germany, France have refused to intercede. Who is this mighty and narcissistic foe that needs so much attention? Why its Saudi Arabia. Its human rights and social norms may not be to everyones taste. But, everyone likes its oil and especially the dollars it provides to invest in all kinds of goods in countries like the US, Germany, France and of course Canada.

Canadian expats in Saudi Arabia are now at risk I would advise them to hold back any cravings for alcohol. More significantly, companies like SNC Lavalin stand to lose considerable business in ongoing projects in the Kingdom. While human rights are important, its also important to recognize the totality of a countrys interests when picking a spat one you cant win. And Canada is proving that because of the obvious problem that its causing in Ottawa, despite appearances.

Recently, through diplomatic channels, Canada has demanded the release of a jailed woman in Saudi Arabia. Her husband has refugee status in Canada. So far so good and diplomatic. But, Canadas ideological (just look at her record on relations with Russia) former journalist minister of foreign affairs, Chrystia Freeland, has picked up Trumps penchant for Twitter. She decided to tweet about the Saudi woman and ruined any chance of her release, while also triggering a diplomatic crisis with the Kingdom.

For all of the human rights paraphernalia of the Trudeau government, diplomacy should be conducted through diplomatic channels not social media. Moreover, the Saudis have a distaste for Twitter, having arrested many locals who have used the platform to criticize however legitimately the House of Saud. Freeland has committed a rookie but cardinal diplomatic error. Instead of admitting this, Ottawa has upped the ante and played right into the Conservatives arms. They, not to be outdone, presumably sent former foreign minister, John Baird, to criticize the Canadian government on Saudi TV no less. Theres an argument that could be made featuring the term treason somewhere in what Baird (and his former boss, PM Harper) did.

Oh my God, indeed!

That said, when it comes to human rights, Freeland and Trudeau seem oblivious to the Saudi led war against the Houthis in Yemen. Canada has gladly sold armored cars to the Saudis. Thus, it has shown that moral lessons can take a backseat to trade and business.

Still, the big issue concerns the excessiveness of the Saudi reaction. Why has it been so tough?

Simply put, the Saudis have little to lose by cutting off Canada. But, they can make a big example out of it, should any other Western nation be tempted to criticize its human right records while Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman implements what seem like slow reforms in the West. Yet, the Crown Prince is mo...

22:29

What Recent Struggles In Gambia And Zambia Teach Us About Neo-Colonialism Today PopularResistance.Org

On June 20th, a fatal mining accident in Black mountain, an infamous mining zone in Zambia, killed 10 miners, and injured 7 others. Mining is the lifeblood of the countrys economy, and accidents happen far too often. Mining accounts for eighty percent of Zambias export earnings and about 12% of its GDP. It is also the source for the largest number of industrial accidents since Zambia won its independence in 1964. The recent mining tragedy and a longer history of exploitation raises the question: Did colonialism ever end in Zambia? Shortly after independence, Zambias first President, Kenneth Kaunda spoke of an African path towards socialism. The West Indian intellectual C.L.R. James said that Kuanda realized African development would not come through the attempt merely to ape European ways.

22:29

Egypt spy chief reportedly in Tel Aviv as Hamas-Israel deal draws near Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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22:24

Russia Backs Non-Dollar Trade With Turkey, No Promise Of Help Amid Lira Crisis PopularResistance.Org

The use of national currencies for mutual trade has for several years been one of the tasks that the presidents of Russia and Turkey had set, Lavrov told a joint news conference with Cavusoglu in Ankara. Identical processes have been happening in our relations with Iran. Not only with Turkey and Iran, were also arranging and already implementing payments in national currencies with the Peoples Republic of China, he said. I am confident that the grave abuse of the role of the U.S. dollar as a global reserve currency will result over time in the weakening and demise of its role, Lavrov said, echoing statements made by President Vladimir Putin. However, Lavrov did not announce any immediate commitment to drop the dollar in trade with Turkey or provide it with financial aid, leaving observers guessing if the two countries, both hit by U.S. sanctions, have agreed on any bilateral deal.

22:20

Polish president vetoes change to European parliament election rules Peace and Freedom

Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday vetoed a controversial reform of European Parliament election rules that would have essentially kept all small parties in Poland out of the running.

I refuse to sign it and am sending the legislation back to parliament for reassessment, Duda said on public television.

The amendment would have caused a large part of the population to not have representation in the European Parliament.

AFP/File | Polands President Andrzej Duda says he refuses to sign a controversial reform as it would have caused a large part of the population to not have representation in the European Parliament

The president said the reform would have fundamentally limited access to the EU parliament, discouraged Poles from turning out to vote, and forced small parties into entering into coalitions.

The legislation introduced by the governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party had passed parliament last month and only needed Dudas signature to enter into force.

The PiS, which has been in power since late 2015, said the reform would have simplified the complex system currently in place and helped boost representation from less populated areas.

However opposition parties accused the PiS of introducing the reform to increase its share of European Parliament lawmakers in the election next year.

In Poland, European Parliament lawmakers are elected by direct popular vote.

According to experts in the Polish senate, the controversial change would have made it necessary for parties to receive 16.5 percent of the vote to introduce a lawmaker into parliament.

In comparison, the threshold set by European law is five percent.

Only two Polish parties the PiS and the liberal Civic Platform (PO) opposition party would have been certain to reach the 16.5 percent threshold.

On Monday, Duda held talks with the leaders of other political parties, including the Kukiz 15 anti-establishment movement, the PSL farmers party, the leftist extra-parliamentary party Razem and the small Catholic party Right Wing of the Republic.

Duda had first used his veto last year to oppose certain reforms to the judiciary, though he later accepted the legislation with modifications considered minor by the opposition.

Polands powerful Catholic Church and human rights commissioner Adam Bodnar had also criticised the reform.

According to recent opinion surveys, the PiS is on track to win 40 percent of the vote in the European Parliament election next year, while the PO would take 26 percent.

Nine percent would go to the leftist SLD party, eight percent to Kukiz15, five percent to the liberal Nowoczesna par...

22:19

Tomgram: Engelhardt, America's (Near) Thirty Years' War TomDispatch - Blog

Fair warning. Stop reading right now if you want, because Im going to repeat myself...

22:16

German firms end Iran projects amid new US sanctions Peace and Freedom

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn and Deutsche Telekom are ending projects in Iran after Washington imposed new sanctions against Tehran and said firms doing business with Iran would be barred from doing business with the United States.

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New US sanctions against Iran took effect last week and several European companies have suspended plans to invest in Iran in light of the US sanctions, including oil major Total as well as carmakers PSA, Renault and Daimler.

Deutsche Telecom subsidiary Detecon offers consulting services to companies in the telecommunications industry. (AFP)

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State-owned Deutsche Bahn is involved in two projects in Iran via its subsidiary DB Engineering&Consulting, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

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Both projects will be ended in August and September 2018 respectively, she said. Due to the altered banking practice we have sought to bring the contract to an amicable and timely conclusion.

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Deutsche Bahn signed a memorandum of understanding with the Iranian rail operator Bonyad Eastern Railways (BonRail) in May 2017 for the first project, which aimed to identify and address potential in rolling stock and organization, she said.

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The second project, which started around 1-1/2 years ago, was a consulting contract for Iranian state railway RAI that included restructuring the company, the spokeswoman added.

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Separately, Detecon, a subsidiary of T-Systems Deutsche Telekoms IT services arm has terminated its business in Iran, a spokesman said. Detecon offers consulting services to companies in the telecommunications industry.

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Until the decision to stop operations was made, sales in Iran in 2018 amounted to around 300,000, he said.

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Given the sensitivity in relations with Iran worldwide, Detecon ended its business in Iran with immediate effect in mid-May 2018.

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The ending of Telekoms involvement in Iran followed soon after the announcement that its US unit, T-Mobile, would buy Sprint Corp. in a $26 billion deal that remains subject to the approval of US regulators.

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22:16

Lessons Unlearned from Charlie Hebdo: Strengthening the EUs Intelligence Infrastructure Geopolitical Monitor

The terror attack on Charlie Hebdo opened numerous debates between strategic and military experts, who argued extensively on the EUs domestic and external intelligence operational capabilities. Some questioned the unholy cooperation on intelligence, while some called for a systematic restructuring of intelligence and security services institutions within the EU. Keeping in mind the immediate issue of foreign fighter returnees, which continues to engage intelligence and security establishments within the EU, demands to strengthen intelligence exchanges have reached an ever-higher pitch. The aforementioned debate is neither new nor unforeseen. With every successful terror attack, the experts pitch on effective intelligence cooperation continues to take on more importance. However, such demands for effective and efficient cooperation between intelligence agencies have drastically neglected the essence and doctrine of said institutions. This does not necessarily undermine the need for effective and timely intelligence cooperation, but rather points out the need for such institutions to maximize their operational capability within their area of operations. However, the EU over the past decade has adopted numerous measures to strengthen intelligence cooperation and inter-agency coordination. Sadly, in many cases this merely looks good on paper.

 

Understanding the EUs Institutional Architecture

In an effort to overcome challenges in the field, the EU has employed new measures and increased operationally vital resources for intelligence analysis, cooperation, and inter-agency interaction. Within the EU, intelligence cooperation occurs at three different levels: law enforcement, internal security, foreign policy. Under EU architecture, intelligence assistance is predominantly received by security and foreign policy-centric institutions. This extensive interaction is made possible by many supporting institutions, such as the European Union External Action Service (EEAS) which principally focusses on EU-centric tasks. The responsibility for analyzing intelligence rests with the European Union Intelligence and Situation Centre (EUIntCen) which operates under defined jurisdiction, broadly exercising intelligence exchange with designated partners. It is a quasi-domestic intelligence agency which is also tasked with monitoring terror threats emanating inside the EU.

The responsibility to neutralize external threats rests with EUs Military Staff Intelligence Directorate, which reinforces the Intelligence and Situation Centre while operating from a military standpoint. The joint reports published by the aforementioned institutions are released under the Single Intelligence Analysis Capacity (SIAC) framework. To provide real time geographical insight, the European Union Satellite Centre externally reinforces the aforementioned institutions on an as-needed basis and provides them with accurate imaginary inte...

22:15

James Tracy: In Solidarity with Alex Jones Sandy Hook Mother feted by Obama was Personal Assistant to Democratic Fund Raiser Maureen White Public Intelligence Blog

James Tracy: In Solidarity with Alex Jones Sandy Hook Mother feted by Obama was Personal Assistant to Democratic Fund Raiser Maureen White

Mr. President,

On 16 January 2013, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, President Barack Obama signed no less than 23 executive orders to constrain our access to weapons under the 2nd Amendment. A few months thereafter, on 13 April 2013, at Obamas invitation, one Francine Wheeler delivered an impassioned speech for gun control from the Presidents Oval Office, a distinction Obama previously  conferred only upon Vice President Joe Biden. The choice is telling on multiple grounds.

Francine is likely the only actress with credits for doing the voice of a character in an animated porn feature to speak from the White House. Francine is also a musician member of The Dream Jam Band. In fact, she and her husband, David Cole Wheeler, are both professional actors with film credits. David has starred in an obscure film, Faithful, which centers around the theme of guns and suicide, and hes most recently been on the speaking circuit in the role of a bereaved Sandy Hook parent.

More to the point, the Wheelers involvement in Sandy Hook and Francines choice to speak from the Oval Office appear to derive from Francine having been previously employed as personal assistant to chief Democratic National Committee fundraiser Maureen White. In fact, White was the DNCs star campaigner, raising $51 million in 2005 alone. White then served as senior advisor on humanitarian issues in Afghanistan and Pakistan under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which is suggestive of the political alliances behind the Sandy Hook event.

Maureens husband, powerful Wall Street investment banker and Obama administration advisor Steve Rattner, is also a close personal friend and money manager of anti-gun crusader and founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg used the Sandy Hook shooting as a rallying cry for more stringent federal gun control measures. Rattner is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
The more we dig into Sandy...

22:14

The World Reacts To The Roundup Cancer Trial Guilty Verdict PopularResistance.Org

Following the guilty verdict handed out on Friday to Monsanto in the landmark legal case in San Francisco, which judged that the glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup causes cancer, the pressure has mounted on Monsantos new owner Bayer from all over the world. Sustainable Pulse has put a review together of some of the most important global reactions to the verdict, which is set to see Monsanto pay out $289 Million in total damages to Mr. Dewayne Johnson, in the first of over 5000 legal cases that have been filed.

22:13

Cuomo Says America Was Never That Great Does he owe the nation an apology? Peace and Freedom

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo mocked President Trumps ubiquitous Make America Great Again campaign slogan on Wednesday, quickly drawing the ire of Republicans from New York to the White House for saying that America was never that great.

We are not going to make America great, America. It was never that great, Mr. Cuomo said. We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.

Mr. Cuomo made the comment at the end of a 20-minute speech that focused heavily on Mr. Trump. The event was ostensibly a bill-signing ceremony for new penalties for sex trafficking in New York.

The clip was quickly packaged by Republicans, and Marcus Molinaro, the Republican candidate for governor, said that Mr. Cuomo owed the nation an apology. America, with its imperfections, has always been great, Mr. Molinaro said.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, pictured speaking in May, challenged President Trumps favorite slogan. We are not going to make America great, America. It was never that great, he said on Wednesday. Credit Frank Franklin II/Associated Press

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22:06

The toxic legacy of VS Naipaul Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Infused with sexism, Islamophobia and Orientalism, Naipauls works aimed to whitewash Western colonialism

22:03

Albayrak: Erdogan son-in-law and Turkey finance supremo Peace and Freedom

Berat Albayrak, the youthful son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is just one month into his new job of Turkish finance minister but faces the colossal task of convincing markets Ankara is serious about resolving its economic woes.

The 40-year-old husband of Erdogans eldest daughter, Esra, was on July 9 sensationally named as finance and treasury minister, heading a newly expanded ministry, in an appointment that received a suspicious welcome from markets.

AFP | Sweating profusely on an intensely hot day, Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak did not once directly address the fall of the lira

Previously minister of energy, Albayrak is now in the frontline of dealing with one of the biggest crises of Erdogans one-and-a-half-decade rule after the Turkish lira crashed in value over a dispute with the United States.

On Thursday, he was to hold a teleconference with some 3,000 investors to explain Turkeys battle plan for grappling with the crisis.

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He will be hoping to make a stronger impression than last Friday when he made a long-planned presentation on Turkeys growth strategy in Istanbuls Dolmabahce Palace at the very moment the lira was in freefall.

Sweating profusely on an intensely humid day, Albayrak did not once directly address the fall of the lira, bewildering observers.

The damat

The rise of Albayrak to be a member of Erdogans inner circle and one of the most powerful men in the country has been meteoric.

He first won a seat in parliament in June 2015 and was handed the key job of energy minister in November that year.

Trkei, Istanbul: Finanzminister Berat Albayrak hlt Ansprache (picture-alliance/M. Alkac)

Turkeys Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak

Critics say his rise smacks of the claims of nepotism and favouritism that have long surrounded the Erdogan family.

But observers close to the authorities describe Albayrak as one of the most capable figures in government.

A...

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Joe Olson: Yaacov Apelbaum on The Mechanics of Democratic Deception an OSINT Case Study of the Christopher Steele Dossier Against Donald Trump Includes Browder Gold War Magnitsky McCain Connections Public Intelligence Blog

The network graph analysis indicates that the fellowship of the dossier is a close-knit group; everyone knew each other long before embarking on the quest to find the alleged Russian collusion. All of the project key players are related through marriage, family relations, or work affiliations.

Sidney Blumenthals network is noteworthy because his email address book contains many of the dossier characters including Jacoby, Simpson, Winer, and others.

A sampling of Blumenthals first 20 contacts (out of over 4000) shows an over 96% linkage to anti-Trump publications, most of these are from mainstream media sources.

So who researched and wrote the core parts of the dossier? It looks like it was a team effort. Most of the textual evidence points to Glenn Simpson and his wife Mary Jacoby as the architects of the dossier framework.

The bottom line:

Simpson and Steele did far more than simply conduct sordid opposition research for the Clinton campaign. By various machinations, they successfully reached the most influential people in UK and US politics, the media, and federal government agencies and shaped/influenced the narrative of the 2016 presidential elections. There is little doubt that Simpson/Jacoby and their US political/media network and Steele with his enablers in Hakluyt, the British media, and the Foreign Office successfully waged a full-scale influence operation...

21:45

Rebecca Campbell: Benjamin Fulford on The Future AI, Social Credit, and More Public Intelligence Blog

This important Benjamin Fulford general update concerns the efforts of East and West in a dangerous race to develop artificial intelligence. Those who wish to explore this subject further might consider researching how AI is regarded and handled in Earths the secret space programs and those beyond, as revealed by recent whistleblowers Corey Goode, Emery Smith and Meta; and on earth, Dr. Harald Kaus-Villela. It might be also added that the current insane, authoritarian efforts to impose weaponized AI through smart grid technologies like smart phones, cellphone towers, smart meters and 5G wifi are part of this very sinister effort to enthrone AI as our ultimate God which just may be the exact same deity as Satan. REC

Full Text of Fulford Below the Fold

Chinas AI Goddess and the East/West AI competition

Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin said whoever leads in AI (Artificial Intelligence) will control the world.  The Chinese took these words seriously and are investing huge sums of money in an effort to create an AI Goddess.  They hope it will give them unprecedented powers and help them in their bid to form a world government, according to members of Asian secret societies.

The West, for its part, is building a quantum-based financial system they hope will allow them to continue to control the main source of world powerthe international financial system.

This battle is serious, and it even led to the Chinese supercomputer Tainhe-1at one point the worlds fastestto be blown up by unknown parties on August 12, 2015.  The fact that this explosion came immediately after a sudden unannounced 4% devaluation in the Chinese yuan was almost certainly no coincidence.  The fact that the European-headed IMF supported this move shows that the European faction of the Khazarian mafia was in on the plot.

Clearl...

21:37

US Releases $61 Million to the Palestinian Authority Clarion Project

An anti-Trump demonstration in Istanbul on December 8, 2017. (Photo: OZAN KOSE / AFP / Getty Images)An anti-Trump demonstration in Istanbul on December 8, 2017. (Photo: OZAN KOSE / AFP / Getty Images)

The U.S. released $61 million to the Palestinian Authority despite the passage of the Taylor Force Act, which prohibits the United States from providing economic aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it discontinues paying stipends to terrorists and their families.

According to a State Department official, the money is specifically earmarked for security assistance, including international narcotics and law enforcement as well as non-proliferation, anti-terrorism and de-mining funding, reported The Jerusalem Post.

Assuming the release of the funds was legal (the bill was reportedly written with a number of loopholes and exceptions), the abject corruption of the Palestinian Authority (PA) should be enough for the State Department to think twice before releasing millions of dollars to known funders of terror.

As pointed out by the Post, last year the White House conducted a holistic review of foreign governments and international agencies to assess whether or not to provide them with U.S. aid.

Certainly, a holistic assessment of the PA should be undertaken by the Trump Administration. That assessment should consider the report by The Coalition for Accountability and Integrity, the Palestinians own organization, which noted:

  • The parliament never meets to pass laws
  • There is no independent judiciary due to executive fiat
  • High-paying government jobs...

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UN Sanction Monitor: US Stands by While ISIS In Syria Recuperates, Gains Money from Oil Strategic Culture Foundation

'Western' media continue to play down the Idleb problem and al-Qaeda's influence there. Their 'experts' cry crocodiles tears about the upcoming Syrian operation. But these ain't 'moderate rebels'. Al-Qaeda in Syria, under the Nusra or HTS label, continues to be a danger not only to the local population and not only to Syria. It must be eliminated as soon as possible.

21:08

An unstable Iran would actually be very bad for the US Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

If Iran becomes a failed state, the entire region from Afghanistan to Lebanon will become perilously unstable

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UN experts call for immediate release of Bahraini campaigner Rajab Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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UN group on arbitrary detention call Nabeel Rajab's imprisonment unlawful and say his most recent trial should never have taken place

20:55

The Baltic States Never Stop Their War Preparations Against Russia Strategic Culture Foundation

NATO talking about how Russia is threatening the Baltic states (or whoever) is like the pot calling the kettle black.

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20:25

US-Turkish Alliance Reaches the Point of No Return Strategic Culture Foundation

Erdogan said that Turkey is considering other markets and political alternatives to its strategic partnership with Washington. Trump is seriously underestimating the potency of Turkish nationalism, which is rising to a crescendo.

19:56

Americans Killed by ISIS on World Kindness Tour Clarion Project

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The Americans killed by ISIS in Tajikstan in an attack by ISIS at the end of last month were on a world tour to prove that humans are kind.

You read the papers and youre led to believe that the world is a big, scary place, Austin wrote on his blog. People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil.

I dont buy it, he continued. Evil is a make-believe concept weve invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind.

Following a movement among fellow millennials, Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, both in their late 20s, quit their jobs after coming to the conclusion that they were wasting their lives working, reported the Pluralist.

Ive grown tired of spending the best hours of my day in front of a glowing rectangle, of coloring the best years of my life in swaths of grey and beige, Austin wrote. Ive missed too many sunsets while my back was turned. Too many thunderstorms went unwatched, too many gentle breezes unnoticed.

The Pluralist reports that during the trip, the couple embraced the kindness of strangers and sought to demonstrate that people are inherently good.

Tragically, the Americans killed by ISIS in Tajikistan didnt stand a chance against th...

19:55

America the Punitive Strategic Culture Foundation

What do Russia, Turkey and Iran have in common? All are on the receiving end of punitive action by the United States over allegations of misbehavior that have not been demonstrated.

19:20

Turkeys Economic Crisis: Limited Options Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

August 15, 2018 by Gary Littlejohn for The Saker Blog It is said that when Groucho Marx was asked how he went bankrupt, he replied Slowly at first, and then much more quickly. The Turkish Lira had started to slide slowly and then last week it went down much more quickly. The context for this []

19:06

israel (apartheid state) Again Tests Chemical Weapons on Gaza Protesters Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israel Again Tests Chemical Weapons on Gaza Protesters by Ariyana Love The Israeli Occupation is once again testing a strange new and unknown weapons on civilians protesting the illegal siege on Gaza, at the separation barrier fence last Friday. https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fyounes.arar%2Fposts%2F10157718171000760&width=500 Below is video footage of this new weapon technology. Have you seen anything like this []

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Islamic Jihad Leader to al-Ahed: The July Victory Broke Israel Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Local Editor Twelve years have passed since the defeat of the Israeli entity in the Second Lebanon War as referred to by the Zionists. The repercussions of the defeat still resonate with the enemy as it comes to terms with them. How can it not recognize them when these repercussions paved the way for []

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UN Report Finds ISIS Given Breathing Space in US-Occupied Areas of Syria GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Damascus (MPN) By maintaining an ISIS pocket in the territory it occupies, the U.S. can continue to justify its illegal presence in the country for the long-term, ultimately substituting Iran for ISIS as its new regional boogeyman.

recent report from the UN Security Councils Sanctions Monitoring Team has found that many of the places in Syria where the terror group Daesh (ISIS) continues to operate, recuperate and extract oil for profit are in areas of the country occupied by the United States.

According to the reports executive summary:

Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), having been defeated militarily in Iraq and most of the Syrian Arab Republic during 2017, rallied in early 2018 [owing to] a loss of momentum by forces fighting it in the east of the Syrian Arab Republic, which prolonged access by ISIL to resources and gave it breathing space to prepare for the next phase of its evolution into a global covert network.

While the text itself doesnt explicitly state who controls these areas of Syrian territory, maps of eastern Syria make it clear that the pockets of Daesh within U.S.-controlled territory have remained unchanged in size since November 2017 while the Daesh pockets in the Syrian government-controlled portion of eastern Syria have shrunk considerably since last November.

Furthermore, the UN report states that the areas where Daesh has rallied since the year began are located in pockets of territory in the Syrian Arab Republic on the Iraqi border where the group has mounted attacks, including across the border into Iraq. Again, area maps clearly show that the Daesh-controlled areas in only the U.S.-occupied portion of eastern Syria are along the Syria-Iraq border.

Notably, in the sliver of Daesh-controlled land between U.S. and Syrian government-controlled areas in the border city of Abu Kamal, when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has tried to attack Daesh positions in the area this year, they have been targeted by U.S. coalition airstrikes. U.S. coalition airstrikes have also attacked Syrian civilian villages in the government-controlled portion of Abu Kamal. Survivors of that attack claimed that their villages had been targeted...

19:00

ISIS Sets up Checkpoint in Libyan Oil Crescent GEOPOLITICS ALERT

ISIS IN ACTION

On 13 August, ISIS Wilayat Barqah released a eulogy in their Caravans of Martyrs of Kenyan fighter Abu Mousa al-Keni.

On 9 August, ISIS claimed in its latest al-Naba newsletter (no 143) that they had raided a Libyan National Army checkpoint close to Fuqaha in Jufrah at dawn on 4 August. The group claims to have killed and wounded several soldiers and stolen equipment before setting the checkpoint of fire and fleeing. However, there has been no corroborating reports or confirmation by the LNA of such an incident, and other sources claim that Chadian militiamen were manning the checkpoint.

On 8 August, ISIS set up a checkpoint on the Abjabiya to Jalu road and published photos of their exploits. It was also reported that a convoy of 20 ISIS fighters in seven vehicles was moving along the Coast Road, 90 kilometers east of Sirte. This coincides with Sirte security forces warming of an imminent attack by ISIS near Sirte and the Oil Crescent more broadly.

WESTERN RESPONSE

On 9 August, the House of Representatives (HoR) Committee of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation declared Italian Ambassador Giuseppe Perrone as a persona non-grata. The decree is in response to his comments during a television interview last week which was widely interpreted as dismissing Libyan elections.

Perrones comments have continued to provoke small demonstrations, notably on 10 August, with locals in Sabratha, Surman, and Zawiyya in Western Libya protesting against Italian interference in Libyan affairs. Likewise, on 10 August, local communities from Benghazi and Tubruq demonstrated against Perrones statements.

Libya-Analysis is the most read independent English-language blog on Libyan affairs. It is run by Jason Pack, founder of EyeOnISISinLibya.com and researcher of World History at Cambridge University

The post ISIS Sets up Checkpoint in Libyan Oil Crescent appeared first on GEOPOLITICS ALERT.

18:55

Italy"s NATO Racket... A Bridge Too Far Strategic Culture Foundation

The biggest threat to European citizens is the way Washington and its NATO racket is bleeding Europe of financial resources.

18:37

Why Confronting israel (apartheid state) Is Important Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Why Confronting Israel Is Important Philip Giraldi The Jewish state is no friend The author is a retired CIA officer who spent 20 years on assignment in Europe and the Middle East. He is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a Washington-based advocacy group which seeks to change the Israeli-centric nature of US []

18:25

In ten years this bridge will collapse: the man who foresaw Italys tragedy Government and Civil Engineering at their worst Peace and Freedom

In ten years the Morandi Bridge will collapse and we will remember the name of whoever said no [to a bypass].

These were the words of a frustrated industry leader in Genoa, back in 2012.

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Several trucks stopped just before the edge of the collapsed Morandi highway bridge in Genoa.Photo: ANSA/AP

Just before midday on Tuesday, in the middle of a violent storm, a massive pillar of the 1.1-kilometre bridge collapsed. An 80-metre span fell to the ground far below, cars and trucks tumbling with it, killing at least 39 people including three children.

If there are people responsible they will have to pay, said Danilo Toninelli, infrastructure minister.

There cannot be such slaughter without guilt, said Matteo Salvini, minister of the interior, one of two deputy prime ministers and the most powerful politician in the country.

By Nick Miller

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Matteo Salvini, Italys deputy prime minister, center speaks to the media as he visits the Morandi motorway bridge after it partially collapsed in Genoa, Italy.Photo: Bloomberg

In the wake of this tragedy there is plenty of guilt to share around. But some of it may end up resting uncomfortably close to the Italian government.

The huge Morandi Bridge, spanning the gorge where the port of Genoa sits amidst coastal mountains, was built in the 1960s to a bold plan by Italian civil engineer Riccardo Morandi.

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Luigi Di Maio, Italys deputy prime minister, speaks to the media as he visits the Morandi motorway bridge after it partially collapsed in Genoa, Italy.Photo: Bloomberg

It was an unusual design using much more concrete than was customary, even encasing stay-cables within it (hiding signs of corrosion).

Genoese architect Diego Zoppi told ANSA news...

18:23

Another day, Another Bunch of Civilians Dying under American Bombs Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Another day, Another Bunch of Civilians Dying under American Bombs There seems to be no logical explanation of the fact that time after time again one comes across reports stating that the US-led coalition is dropping its ordinance on the head of innocent people, instead of specifically targeting militants and terrorists. Unfortunately, this is a []

18:09

The Belt and Road Illusion Peace and Freedom

 

Chinese president Xi Jinping (Marko Djurica/Reuters)

Chinas international-development project reflects its global ambitions but masks problems at home.The president is a man who often makes aspirational statements and presents them as fact. He has a grandiose sense of what he is accomplishing, causing allies and adversaries to parse his every comment to separate reality from illusion. Through his pronouncements, the president touts his countrys strength, security, and its determination to make its own way unencumbered by entangling alliances and agreements. It is an effective technique, forcing other countries to rethink their policies and reconsider their relationships. Still, he has a firm grip on his party after having dispatched numerous potential rivals or challengers through his sheer audacity. The party has fallen in line behind him, its stalwarts reasserting the presidents positions as their own.

But enough about Chinas Xi Jinping.

In fact, President Donald Trump is one foreign leader whos not buying it. In the ways that his administration is applying pressure on China by highlighting the U.S.s commitment to Taiwan, challenging Chinas military adventurism in the region, blocking investments in sensitive U.S. sectors, and even pursuing a unilateral tariff policy it seems clear that Trump and his team are comfortable pushing against the illusions that Xi wants the world to believe about China.

Xi is the master okay, theres at least one other leader in his league of making people respond to his utterances and declarations as though they were fact, distracting his observers to obscure the reality in the ba...

18:04

Dump the dollar: Following Trump Sanctions and Tariff Storm More Nations Ditch the Dollar Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Following Trump Sanctions and Tariff Storm More Nations Ditch the Dollar The number of countries switching to national currencies to settle bilateral trade deals is growing in the face of the US weaponization of the dollar. by PressTV When US President Donald Trump re-imposed sanctions on Iran last week, he warned that any company doing deals []

17:43

Italy, not Turkey, is the biggest threat to European banks right now, strategist says Peace and Freedom

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  • Italys economy is the third largest in the European Union and the countrys new coalition government is currently working on next years budget.
  • Investors are wary of rises in pensions and state benefits, given that Italy already has a significantly high public debt pile the second largest in the euro zone, at about 130 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
Biggest issue for European banks is Italy, not Turkey, strategist says

The European Central Bank (ECB) was reported Friday to be concerned that the ongoing currency crisis in Turkey could result in problems for the continents banks.

However, the real problem for Europes banking industry is Italy and what happens in that country in the coming months, an analyst said Tuesday.

The issues in Italy in the next three months are going to dictate the whole European banking narrative for the next three to five years, Tom Kinmonth, fixed income strategist at ABN Amro, told CNBCs Squawk Box Europe.

Italys economy is the third largest in the European Union and the countrys new coalition government is currently working on next years budget. Its financial plan will be closely scrutinized by European authorities and, more importantly, by market players, following promises to increase public spending.

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17:40

israels (Apartheid state) Money Machine, Jewish oligarchs fund crimes against humanity Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israels Money Machine By Philip Giraldi, The stars came out in Hollywood on November 2nd, or at least some of them did. The gala event celebrated the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and raised funds to support its mission in Israel itself and on the occupied West Bank. The organization being fted was the Friends of the Israel Defense []

17:39

Italys bond woes are a bigger global threat than Turkey Italian debt hit by fresh sell-off Peace and Freedom

The chairman of Italys budget committee is frighteningly blunt. The countrys bond market will spin out control as soon as the European Central Bank stops buying its sovereign debt.

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The bond spreads will widen dramatically. The whole situation is unsustainable without an ECB guarantee, and the eurozone will collapse, said Claudio Borghi.

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
The Telegraph

This is a greater threat to European banks and global finance than the current opera buffa in Turkey. It is drawing closer. The ECB has pre-announced that it will halve purchases of eurozone bonds to 15bn (13bn) a month in October, and will stop altogether at the end of the year.

There will no longer be a lender-of-last resort behind eurozone states on January

Read the rest (Paywall):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/08/15/italys-bubbling-bond-woes-bigger-global-threat-turkey/

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Italian debt hit by fresh sell-off

Market jitters push two-year yield to a two-month high amid wider risk-off appetite

By Kate Allen 


The price of Italian government bonds dropped sharply on Wednesday afternoon in a renewed bout of selling amid wider woes for risk assets.

The yield on two-year Italian debt which moves inversely to price hit 1.435 per cent at one point, up 16 basis points from the days open to the highest level since early June.

Meanwhile the 10-year yield rose by 12 basis points on the day to 3.2 per cent, also the highest level for two months.

The fresh downturn comes just two days after a sharp sell-off pushed 10-year yields to 3.109 per cent as the financial crisis in Turkey precipitated a widespread move away from risk assets and into haven markets.

Trading volumes were particularly thin on Wednesday with Italian markets closed for a national holiday, a factor that can exacerbate price moves.

Jitters have repeatedly hit the 2tn market in Italian government bonds after the countrys populist Eurosceptic coali...

17:33

BBC Foreknowledge of 9/11 Collapse of WTC Building Seven: British Man Won Law Suit against @BBC for 9/11 Cover Up Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

BBC Foreknowledge of 9/11 Collapse of WTC Building Seven: British Man Won Law Suit against BBC for 9/11 Cover Up By Global Research News, By EV Horsham, UK, 2013 Tony Rooke, in an act of civil disobedience, refused to pay the mandatory 130 TV license fee claiming it violates Section 15 of the Terrorism []

17:26

China to widen foreign access to A-shares Peace and Freedom

Chinas securities regulator said it will allow individual foreign investors working in the country to buy and sell yuan-dominated Chinese A-shares, the latest incremental step by Beijing to widen access to its long-cloistered equities markets.

The change would go into effect on September 15 and also applies to foreign employees of Chinese-listed companies who are working for those firms outside the country, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said in a statement issued late Wednesday.

AFP | China has taken its liberalisation steps partly due to foreign pressure, partly to help promote the maturation of its often volatile markets, and partly to increase the global profile of its yuan currency

Previously, foreign access to Chinese stocks has been largely through B-shares, which are denominated in foreign currencies and geared toward international investors, while only qualified foreign institutional investors could buy into the larger pool of A-shares.

But a number of steps in recent years have widened the door, including the establishment of programmes under which international investors on Hong Kongs more open stock market can buy some shares on Chinas exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen, and vice-versa.

A similar connection between Londons exchange and the mainland Chinese bourses also has been proposed.

In June more than 200 Chinese companies debuted on the emerging market index compiled by MSCI, which is expected to lead to billions of dollars of new investment in those Chinese shares by global funds that match their portfolios with MSCIs indices.

The CSRC said the move was being taken to deepen the opening up of the capital market, enrich the investment sources in the capital market, broaden channels for capital access, and optimise the structure of the capital market.

China has taken its liberalisation steps partly due to foreign pressure, partly to help promote the maturation of its often volatile markets, and partly to increase the global profile of its yuan currency.

China has made additional liberalisation pledges since the US administration of President Donald Trump began pressuring Beijing to open its markets.

The China-US trade confrontation has pressured Chinese stocks this year, pushing the Shanghai index to its lowest levels in around two and a half years.

AFP

17:16

Netanyahu has dug himself into a hole in a graveyard full of untruths Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Netanyahu has dug himself into a hole in a graveyard full of untruths By Yvonne Ridley | MEMO | August 15, 2018 Benjamin Netanyahu has dived headlong into the furore engulfing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, revealing the most blatant meddling to-date by Israel in British politics. Whats more, hes done it armed with lies and []

17:11

israel (Apartheid State) Has Taken Out a Contract on Jeremy Corbyn Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israel Has Taken Out a Contract on Jeremy Corbyn By George Galloway British Media is in a Sea of its Own Mendacity Israel has taken out a contract on Jeremy Corbyn writer Gideon Levy wrote in Haaretz. As the contract crescendos, what does it tell us about Corbyn, the media, and Israel? The Jewish establishment []

17:09

Chinas Mosque Demolition Protest Ends with Compromise Peace and Freedom

 

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Thousands of Hui Muslims gathered at the Weizhou Grand Mosque in Ningxia last week in an attempt to stall government plans to demolish the newly built structure. The forced demolition threat came after authorities issued a notice on August 3rd demanding the mosque be torn down by Friday, citing that it had not been granted the necessary planning and construction permits. Camila Domonoske at NPR reports:

The Grand Mosque in Weizhou is brand-new it was just finished last year. Authorities say it lacks the proper permits and must be torn down. But worshipers are fiercely opposed. They point out that the government did not raise concerns about the permits during the actual construction process.

[] Public demonstrations like this are not common in China, where the government is often quick to quash any hint of dissent, The Associated Press notes.

[] People are in a lot of pain, said Ma Sengming, a 72-year-old man who was at the protest from Thursday morning until Friday afternoon. Many people were crying. We cant understand why this is happening.

The protest comes as faith groups that were largely tolerated in the past have seen their freedoms shrink as the government seeks to Sinicize religions by making the faithful prioritize allegiance to the officially atheist ruling Communist Party. Islamic crescents and domes have been stripped from mosques, Christian churches have been shut down and Bibles seized, and Tibetan children have been moved from Buddhist temples to schools. [Source]

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Although local officials subsequently withdrew the demolition order in response to the protests, they insisted on removing several domes on the mosque to make it look more Chinese in stylea move that is in line with government efforts to Sinic...

16:59

Chinese Begin to Vent Discontent With President Xi and His Policies Peace and Freedom

Public rancor over trade tensions with the U.S., a sluggish economy and public-health and financial scandals prompt unease among academics and ordinary Chinese

Allegations that a Chinese drug company supplied hundreds of thousands of substandard vaccines given to children sparked public outrage.
Allegations that a Chinese drug company supplied hundreds of thousands of substandard vaccines given to children sparked public outrage. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES
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BEIJINGSigns of unease with President Xi Jinpings leadership have emerged amid public rancor over Chinas trade tensions with the U.S., a sluggish economy and public-health and financial scandals.

In online essays, social-media posts and rare public protests, academics and ordinary Chinese have vented misgivings about Mr. Xi and the Communist Party-run bureaucracy, despite tightening curbs on public speech. Some criticism has been directed at the president and his policies, others at perceived government failings.

Hundreds of alumni from the prestigious Tsinghua University petitioned for the removal of a professor they accused of misleading officials and citizens with triumphalist claims of Chinas superiority over the U.S.a complaint that implies Beijing mishandled ties with Washington.

Chinese academics warned that Mr. Xis ambitious programs for developing Chinese industry and building global trade infrastructure could alienate other count...

16:52

Tencent, Chinese tech stocks are crashing on profit squeeze Peace and Freedom

The biggest tech stocks have tumbled at least 10pc this year, versus a 98pc gain for 2017

South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 16 August, 2018, 2:18pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 16 August, 2018, 2:41pm

Tencent Holdings and other Chinese technology stocks trading in Hong Kong are suffering a reversal in fortune this year, turning from market darlings to underperformers.

After soaring at least 98 per cent in 2017, Tencent, Sunny Optical Technology Group and AAC Technologies Holdings have fallen out of favour among traders, retreating at least 10 per cent this year to trail the performance of the benchmark Hang Seng Index.

The sell-off was fuelled by the disappointing results of the industrys biggest players in the latest earnings season. Te...

16:44

Southern California is a Hotbed of Islamism Clarion Project

Orange County Los Angeles County Muslims in Southern CaliforniaSurfers walk up the beach in Marina del Rey, California. Southern California is usually known for its great beaches, not Islamists. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

From Los Angeles to San Diego County, Southern California is a hotbed of Islamism. With a census of 500,000 Muslims, Southern California is home to pocket communities of ethnically diverse Muslims and flocks of Latino converts. It hosts 120 mosques and has some of the first Islamic schools in the country, with many more following suit over the last 10 years.

Southern California is unfortunately also a hotspot for Islamist extremism. At least 18 Southern California residents have been linked to Islamist terrorism since 9/11. The most notable of these were the San Bernardino shooters, who abandoned their infant child to gun down employees at a holiday party held for mental and behavioral health service workers.

While outright attacks may seem sporadic and are sometimes forgotten, extremists in suits and ties work the ideological front on a daily basis:

  • Islamists Partner with Local Govern...

16:42

Morning Prayer for Thursday, August 16, 2018 Forgiveness, peace make me more effective Peace and Freedom

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Rest now until life, eternal life, flowing through your veins and heart and mind, bids you to bestir yourself. Then glad work will follow. Tired work is never effective. The strength of Gods spirit is always available to the tired mind and body. He is your physician and your healer. Look to these quiet times of communion with God for rest, for peace, for cure. Then rise refreshed in spirit and go out to work, knowing that your strength is able to meet any problems because it is reinforced by Gods power.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that the peace I have found will make me effective. I pray that I may be relieved of all strain during this day.

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Reflection by  The Most Rev Msgr William Goh Archbishop of Singapore

16 AUGUST, 2018, Thursday, 19th Week, Ordinary Time

PARTICIPATING IN THE KINGDOM LIFE REQUIRES THE CAPACITY TO FORGIVE

SCRIPTURE READINGS: [ EZK 12:1-126063MT 18:21-19:1  ]

What is the reality of the kingdom life?  It is a life of authentic freedom, joy and love.  Hence, forgiveness leading to reconciliation is one of the essential pre-requisites to live the life of the kingdom.  Thus, todays discours...

16:26

America on Drugs: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017 Peace and Freedom

. The death toll is higher than the peak yearly death totals from H.I.V., car crashes or gun deaths.

Fentanyl is a big culprit, but there are also encouraging signs from states that have prioritized public health campaigns and addiction treatment.

Drug overdoses killed about 72,000 Americans last year, a record number that reflects a rise of around 10 percent, according to new preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control. The death toll is higher than the peak yearly death totals from H.I.V., car crashes or gun deaths.

Image: Erika Hurt sits with her baby in the back seat of the car in Hope, Indiana. Police said she appeared unresponsive from an overdose and had a syringe in her hand.

Erika Hurt sits with her baby in the back seat of the car in Hope, Indiana. Police said she appeared unresponsive from an overdose and had a syringe in her hand.Town of Hope Police Department via AP

Analysts pointed to two major reasons for the increase: A growing number of Americans are using opioids, and drugs are becoming more deadly. It is the second factor that most likely explains the bulk of the increased number of overdoses last year.

The picture is not equally bleak everywhere. In parts of New England, where a more dangerous drug supply arrived early, the number of overdoses has begun to fall. That was the case in Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island; each state has had major public health campaigns and has increased addiction treatment. Preliminary 2018 numbers from Massachusetts suggest that the death rate there may be continuing to fall....

16:18

TIDBIT: CHINAS MOON LANDERS Giza Death Star

Apropos of today's main blog, Mr. T.M. shared this story about China's plans to land probes on far side of the Moon, which appear []

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16:08

BBC Twos Victoria Derbyshire and a non-existent political party BBC Watch

The August 15th edition of BBC Twos Victoria Derbyshire included an item introduced by the presenter as follows: [emphasis in italics in the original]

Derbyshire: Next: in simple terms antisemitism is described as hostility to, prejudice or discrimination against Jewish people. But even the definition of the term has been the cause of debate in recent weeks as the Labour antisemitism row goes on. Now one of the most high-profile lawyers in Britain, Mark Lewis, and his partner Mandy Blumenthal a property company director tell this programme in an exclusive joint interview that they believe the level of antisemitism in this country has become so severe that they no longer feel safe living here. Instead, they say, theyre moving to Israel and intend to do this by the end of the year.

One might have thought that, having invited two people onto the programme ostensibly to hear about the experiences including a death threat that have prompted them to reach the decision to uproot their lives and relocate to a di...

16:01

THAT STRANGE NEW RUSSIAN SATELLITE Giza Death Star

Now, this was was sent to me by so many people it would be impossible to thank you all by initials, so a "general []

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15:19

Why You Shouldnt Read The Independent Even If You Want To #PropagandaWatch Aletho News

corbettreport | August 15, 2018 Just kidding. Of course you should read and gain information from a wide variety of sources, including those you disagree with. Just dont dare tell The Independent that, because theyre here to pester you into only ever trusting the MSM and government sources. Join James for this weeks edition of []

14:57

ISIS Given Breathing Space in US-Occupied Areas of Syria: UN Report The Anti-Media

Syria ISISBy maintaining an ISIS pocket in the territory it occupies, the U.S. can continue to justify its illegal presence in the country for the long-term, ultimately substituting Iran for ISIS as its new regional boogeyman. (MPN Op-ed)  A recent report from the UN Security Councils Sanctions Monitoring Team has found that many of the places in Syria where the []

14:38

Netanyahu Has Dug Himself Into a Hole at a Graveyard Full of Untruths The Anti-Media

Benjamin Netanyahu(MEMO Opinion)  Benjamin Netanyahu has dived headlong into the furore engulfing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, revealing the most blatant meddling to-date by Israel in British politics. Whats more, hes done it armed with lies and distortions. The Israeli Prime Minister blasted Corbyn for apparently paying tribute to those behind the 1972 Munich massacre in which []

14:28

Perspectives on the August 12 Anti-Fascist Mobilization in DC : Two Interviews with Organizers CrimethInc.

On August 12, Charlottesville fascist Jason Kessler attempted to hold the sequel to last years Unite the Right rally in Washington, DC. It did not go well for him. In the end, 2000 police struggled to protect two dozen fascists from thousands of anti-fascists and other foes of tyranny. To get some perspective on these events, we spoke with David Thurstonarts director for No Justice No Pride, a member of the steering committee of the DMVs Movement for Black Lives, and a core organizer with Resist Thisand also with an anonymous anarchist involved in organizing the anti-fascist bloc, among other aspects of the mobilization.

The US government spent $2.6 million to force the fascist rally upon the people of Washington, DC. Lets do the math: thats over $100,000 per fascist for a rally that lasted an hour at most. Would the US spend anything like that to protect a rally organized by any other sector of the population? On the contrary, when anarchists and other advocates of liberation organize public events, the government usually spends millions of dollars to repress us, often breaking its own laws in order to do so. This shows what a farce the free speech defense of fascist recruiting drives isthis is not an abstract question of rights, but a concrete matter of the US government asymmetrically investing resources in promoting the spread of fascism.

To put a number on it, then, the kind of free speech that enabled Kessler and his like to recruit someone to murder Heather Heyer is worth $100,000 per hour per fascist to the US government. Those are your tax dollars at work.

We were especially inspired by the fierceness with which the black population of DC turned out to face down the police and fascists on August 12. We have some questions about whether it makes sense for anarchists to act separately in a distinct anti-fascist contingent when other sectors of the population are mobilizing so courageously and assertively. It might be more effective for some anarchists to seek to connect with other rebels on the street, in order to bring about an interchange of tactics and ideas. Hopefully, this is already taking place.

Weve seen some alarmist commentary on the clashesfor example, from the person who posted the following video. Permit us to repeat that the US government is forcibly extorting money from its population to fund the violent imposition of fascist rallies on communities that only stand to suffer from the expansion of white supremacist activity. In this context, it should be no sur...

14:26

Turkey Just Joined Russia in Liquidating US Treasuries The Anti-Media

Turkey Russia US Treasuries(ZHE)  Last month, when we reported that Russia had liquidated the bulk of its US Treasury holdings in just two months, we said that we cant help but wonder as the Yuan-denominated oil futures were launched, trade wars were threatened, and as more sanctions were unleashed on Russia if this wasnt a dress-rehearsal, carefully coordinated with []

14:24

Crowdfunding campaign seeks release of CIAs mind control program files intelNews.org

An online fundraising campaign is seeking to secure the release of over 4,000 pages of documents relating to a controversial mind control program developed by the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

14:08

US Military Spending Bill Could Force Al Jazeera to Register as Foreign Agent The Anti-Media

Al Jazeera Foreign Agent(ANTIWAR.COM)  Foreign-owned media outlets that dont always tow the line in the US could find themselves under dramatically increased scrutiny under the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with analysts predicting that Al Jazeera will be the first news media outlet to fall victim. The NDAA provisions were designed by groups openly hostile to Al Jazeera, []

14:00

God, War, and Progressivism Antiwar.com Original

Murray Newton Rothbard was a polymath who wrote 26 books, thousands of articles, and found the time to found and lead the libertarian  movement. It was in his living room that the leading lights of the liberty movement, as we know it today, gathered to discuss, debate, and yes! sing songs in the Continue reading "God, War, and Progressivism"

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Murphys Law: Big Tech Must Serve as Censorship Subcontractors Antiwar.com Original

In a recent tweet, US Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) warned that Infowars is the tip of a giant iceberg of hate and lies that uses sites like Facebook and YouTube to tear our nation apart. His solution: These companies must do more than take down one website. The survival of our democracy depends on it. Continue reading "Murphys Law: Big Tech Must Serve as Censorship Subcontractors"

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14:00

Afghanistan Has Become Trumps Failed Narco State Antiwar.com Original

President Donald Trump is back on the stump, trumpeting his alleged triumphs since the 2016 election. Somehow, he never mentions Afghanistan. For years, Trump has denounced endless foreign wars, including Afghanistan. For example, he tweeted in 2012 that Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home! Once in power, however, Trump filled top adviser Continue reading "Afghanistan Has Become Trumps Failed Narco State"

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12:41

Reality Check: U.S. Can Legally Propagandize Its Own Citizens Aletho News

Ben Swann | August 14, 2018 The head of the NSA says that the United States is engaged in a war of weaponized information with China and Russia but what about the fact that it is legal for the U.S. government to propagandize its own people? Lets give it a Reality Check.

12:17

All hands on deck: the Caspian sails towards Eurasia integration Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The Saker August 14, 2018 by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) The five states surrounding the sea Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan have reached difficult compromises on sovereign and exclusive rights as well as freedom of navigation The long-awaited deal on the legal status of the Caspian []

12:17

Netanyahu has dug himself into a hole in a graveyard full of untruths Aletho News

By Yvonne Tidley | MEMO | August 15, 2018 Benjamin Netanyahu has dived headlong into the furore engulfing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, revealing the most blatant meddling to-date by Israel in British politics. Whats more, hes done it armed with lies and distortions. The Israeli Prime Minister blasted Corbyn for apparently paying tribute to []

11:28

Israel approves plans to build military colleges in Jerusalem Aletho News

MEMO | August 15, 2018 Israels Jerusalem Municipality Planning and Construction Committee has approved a plan to build military colleges on Palestinian land located in Ein Karem village, southwest of the holy city, Safa reported yesterday. According to the news site, the Israeli Broadcasting Committee has said that the plan was approved despite strong opposition []

11:16

Turkey Sanctions US, Rejects Pastors Appeal, Cuts Deals with Qatar, Lira up 7% GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Ankara (GPA The rapid decline in US-Turkish relations took reached several new levels in the past 24 hours with Turkey sanctioning US products, and the lira actually climbing as a result.
turkey sanctions US liraPresidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Donald Trump
Image: Turkish Embassy

US-Turkish relations have been declining for some time now but lately, the usual diplomatic incidents have been occurring at breakneck speed. This last day and a half was a perfect demonstration of this with the day starting with new sanctions from Turkey on US products, a rejection of the appeal of Pastor Andrew Brunson, and agreeing to new direct investment by their allies in Qatar.

The first topic that made headlines on Wednesday was the announcement by Ankara that tariffs on certain US goods would be doubling in the near future. The products most affected would include liquor which will now be subject to a 140% tariff and American cars, which will have duties increased to 120%. American leaf tobacco will also be subjected to steep tariffs, also doubling to bring the amount up to about 60%.

There will also be doubled tariffs on imports such as coal, rice, and cosmetics as a part of what Turkish President Recep Erdogan has called an economic war. According to Erdogan, it was Washington that started this trade war with their tariffs on Turkish imports, most notably the new duties on steel and aluminum announced by Trump via Twitter.

Related: The Real Reasons why US-Turkey Relations Have Hit an All-Time Low

According to Trump, all this entire standoff is the result of Turkeys failure to release a jailed American pastor,...

11:10

Israelis leaving and not returning to Israel Aletho News

MEMO | August 15, 2018 The number of Israelis leaving the country is higher than the number of those who are immigrating, Arab48 reported data from the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) showing. Data from 2016 showed that 6,300 more Israelis left Israel than those who moved back to the country. The CBS statistics []

10:38

Canada Complicit in Saudi War Crimes Dissident Voice

Governments, like gardeners, reap what they sow. Trudeaus continuation of Harpers Conservative Mideast foreign policy has reaped the current mess with Saudi Arabia.

The Liberal brain trust must be wondering, what do we have to do? We slavishly back the odious Saudi regime and they freak over an innocuous tweet.

The Trudeau government has largely maintained the Conservative governments pro-Saudi policies and support for Riyadhs belligerence in the region. Theyve mostly ignored its war on Yemen, which has left 15,000 civilians dead, millions hungry and sparked a cholera epidemic. Rather than oppose this humanitarian calamity, Ottawa armed the Saudis and openly aligned itself with Riyadh.

Some of the Saudi pilots bombing Yemen were likely trained in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Since 2011 Saudi pilots have trained with NATOs Flying Training in Canada (NFTC), which is run by the Canadian Forces and CAE. The Montreal-based flight simulator company trained Royal Saudi Air Force pilots in the Middle East, as well as the United Arab Emirates Air Force, which joined the Saudi-led bombing of Yemen.

As Anthony Fenton has demonstrated on Twitter, Saudi backed forces have been using Canadian-made rifles and armoured vehicles in Yemen. Saudi Arabia purchased Canadian-made Streit Group armoured vehicles for its war, which have been videoed targeting Yemeni civilians. The Trudeau government signed off on a $15 billion Canadian Commercial Corporation Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) contract with the kingdom. Over a decade and a half, General Dynamics Land Systems Canada is to provide upwards of a thousand vehicles equipped with machine guns and medium or high calibre weapons. The largest arms export contract in Canadian history, it includes maintaining the vehicles and training Saudi forces to use the LAVs.

With the LAV sale under a court challenge, in late 2016 federal government lawyers described Saudi Arabia as a key military ally who backs efforts of the international community to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and the instability in Yemen. The acquisition of these next-generation vehicles will help in those efforts, which are compatible with Canadian defence interests. In a further sign of Ottawa aligning with Riyadhs foreign poli...

10:37

Israels Loyal Druze move into Open Revolt Dissident Voice

Israels small Druze community, long seen as loyal to the state, is on a collision course with the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu over a new law guaranteeing superior citizenship rights for Jews, according to analysts.

Israel has traditionally cited the Druze, a secretive religious sect whose men serve in the Israeli army, as proof that non-Jews can prosper inside a self-declared Jewish state.

However, recent days have seen an unprecedented outpouring of anger from large segments of the Druze community over a nation-state law passed last month by the Israeli parliament.

The new legislation has been widely criticised for making explicit the privileged status of the Jewish majority while omitting any reference to democracy or equality.

One Druze scholar, Rabah Halabi, said his communitys response had been like a mini-intifada the word Palestinians used for two lengthy uprisings against the occupation.

Much of the Druze community are in a state of shock, he told Middle East Eye. They thought that by proving their loyalty, they would be treated as equals. But now they are being forced to re-evaluate, to accept that this view was mistaken.

Halabi, who has written a book on Druze identity, added: Their illusions are being shattered. It looks like a process of awakening has begun that will leave both sides bruised.

Protesters call for equality

The new law, which has a constitutional-like status, has angered the fifth of Israels population that are not Jewish, mostly descended from Palestinians who survived a campaign of ethnic cleansing in 1948. This Palestinian minority eventually received citizenship.

But unlike the Muslim and Christian communities, the 120,000-strong Druze sect in Israel has long been showcased as loyal and plays a key role in the army, especially in combat duties in the occupied territories.

Druze leaders have angrily pointed to the disproportionate sacrifices made by their community, including more than 420 Druze killed while in uniform.

The Druze also enjoy outsized influence in Israeli politics. Although comprising about 1.5 percent of Israels population, they have five legislators in the 120-member parliament, four of them in Netanyahus ruling coalition.

Unusually, the figurehead of the protests has been a retired and much-decorated Druze general, Amal Asad.

He led the speakers at a rally in Tel Aviv earlier this month, attended by some 60,000 Druze and Israeli Jewish sympathisers, including many former senior security officials.

The protesters demanded that the new Basic Law one of a body that serves as Israels equivalent of a constitution be annulled or amended to confer equal rights on all citizens.

Ano...

10:33

Venezuela, Maduro and the People INTERNATIONALIST 360

Les Blough, Editor of Axis of Logic In his article, Venezuelas Monetary Revolution Vis-a-Vis Economic Sanctions, Nino Pagliccia reports on the new economic model based upon the petroleum-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro, introduced in March of this year. The new initiative brings a series of economic measures to begin in 6 days, August 20 with the...

10:03

187 Organizations Call for Mass Protest Against the Military Parade Dissident Voice

10:00

More than 50 Thousand People Register Lulas Candidacy and Denounce the Withdrawal of Rights INTERNATIONALIST 360

Lula Livre National March makes history in the defense of the rights of the people Wesley Lima Translated by Internationalist 360 Brazil is experiencing a historic moment. More than 50,000 workers, organized in various popular movements, unions and leftist parties joined the National Free Lula March, organized by the MST, on Wednesday (15), to carry...

09:31

Idlib offensive begins. Sic Semper Tyrannis

"The known forces participating in the upcoming Idlib offensive are as followed: Syrian Arab Army 1st Division 3rd Armored Division Qalamoun Shield Forces 4th Mechanized Division 39th Brigade 41st Brigade 42nd Brigade (Ghiath Forces) 555th Brigade 7th Armored Division 9th...

09:26

John Brennan's security clearance is revoked, with a teaser at the end Sic Semper Tyrannis

By Robert Willmann White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders walked out to the podium today and, for the first 4 minutes, read a prepared statement in a deadpan voice-- http://www.c-span.org/video/?449848-1/white-house-revokes-cia-director-brennans-security-clearance Likely written by White House counsel Donald McGahn, the...

08:36

Are the mainstream U.S. newsmedia evil? The Vineyard of the Saker

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog William Binney, the U.S. National Security Agencys former technical director for global analysis, has, for the past year, been globe-trotting to investigate the

08:36

Corbyn attacked for Islamist hand-sign, claims it was in solidarity with Cairo massacre victims Aletho News

RT | August 15, 2018 Jeremy Corbyn has found himself involved in a row after a picture of him making a sign linked to the Muslim Brotherhood surfaced. His spokesperson said it was done in solidarity with the victims of a 2013 massacre in Egypt. The picture, published by the Daily Telegraph and reportedly taken []

08:28

Turkeys Economic Crisis: Limited Options (UPDATED) The Vineyard of the Saker

by Gary Littlejohn for The Saker Blog It is said that when Groucho Marx was asked how he went bankrupt, he replied Slowly at first, and then much more quickly.

08:20

Qatar pledges $15bn of direct investments in Turkey Ankara Aletho News

RT | August 15, 2018 Qatar has pledged $15 billion of direct investment in Turkeys financial markets and banks. The news comes in a statement released on Turkeys Presidents website following his meeting with Qatars Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. The Turkish President and Emir of Qatar met today [Wednesday] in the presidential complex []

07:13

US Military Presence in Latin America and the Caribbean INTERNATIONALIST 360

Ral Capote Fernndez | informacion@granmai.cu The United States has some 800 military bases around the world, and 76 of these are in Latin America. Among the best known are 12 in Panama, 12 in Puerto Rico, nine in Colombia, and eight in Peru, with the greatest number concentrated in Central America and the Caribbean. In...

07:10

One Year Later: Lessons from Charlottesville PopularResistance.Org

This Aug. 12 marked the one-year anniversary of the murderous alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Va. The mainstream media have been bursting with commentary, but almost all of it misses the most important lesson from that infamous event: that it was a tremendous victory. A year later, the national fascist movement is greatly weakened. Its divided by infighting. It lacks an agreed-upon leader, let alone a program. This weekend in Charlottesville there were hundreds of anti-racists on the streets and virtually no fascists. The attempt to hold a rally in DC instead also failed miserably.

07:08

Cops Taze 87-Year-Old Great-Grandmother for Using a Knife to Cut Dandelions The Anti-Media

great-grandmother knife(ANTIMEDIA)  Police in Chatsworth, Georgia, tasered an 87-year-old woman after an employee at the local Boys and Girls Club called them to complain that she was carrying a knife and looking to cut vegetation on their property. The caller said Martha al-Bishara did not appear to be a threat. Shes old so she cant get around too well, []

07:00

THE STRANGENESS OF THE CALIFORNIA FIRES Giza Death Star

Today I want to talk about those fires in California... Every now and then, I do come across a video that intrigues me(this time []

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07:00

Fidel: The Optimism of a Victor INTERNATIONALIST 360

Elson Concepcin Prez | internet@granma.cu I have attempted to find a formula that synthesizes Fidel Castro, who is now 92, and continues at our side, and whose imprint touches every aspect of life, every sector of society, friends and enemies, young and old, the healthy and the sick, heads of state and the homeless of...

06:30

White House denounces Turkey tariffs on US products Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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06:29

HARPER: ZUCKERBERG JOINS THE WAR PARTY Sic Semper Tyrannis

The Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab is based in a 12-foot-by-12-foot office in the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the nearly 60-year-old Council http://www.atlanticcouncil.org, a think tank devoted to studying serious and at times obscure international issues. Facebook is using...

05:32

Firas Tlass: SAA Will Invade Idleb with Russian and Turkish Help Penny for your thoughts

Firas Tlass: SAA Will Invade Idleb with Russian and Turkish Help

 When I stumbled across this latest article my first thought was wow, thats a blast from the past Long, long time readers might remember the spin around the man named Manaf Tlass and his exit from Syria. Firas Tlass is Manafs brother. According to the information Ive had access to. 
 There was very big media spin in 2012 about the significance of this mans defection and what a betrayal it was to the Assad government. I could only conclude, at that time, it had all been one big western media spin/propaganda/perception management psyop.

Flashbacks:

Firas Tlass

And then nadda. Zip. Zero. Zilch. 6 years later, it still seems to me it was a psyop.

Lets read what Firas Tlass has to say, at this time, about the Idlib operation, yet to come:

I'm not sure how Firas has come to have this information, but, it jibes with information from two of last weeks post so I'm going to draw attention to it. He certainly appears to have an insider perspe...

05:14

News Focus War: is still very good for business World Beyond War . . .

The Irish defence industry is making billions from selling key parts for everything from Apache helicopters, to unmanned military drones and miniature technology for cyber warfare

a killing can be made in business.

by Simon Rowe, June 8 2014 Republished August 15, 2018, Independent IE.

Irish-based companies are making a killing in the multi-billion euro global arms and defence market. Export orders linked to military, armaments and defence industries are now worth a staggering 2.3bn a year, and firms with links to the global arms sector employ hundreds here.

Described by anti-war activists as Irelands dirty little secret, Ireland has become, by stealth, a vital hub in the supply chain of international arms manufacturers.

Whether its armoured vehicles designed by Meath-based Timoney Technology, unmanned military drones powered by technology developed at Dublin-based firm Innalabs, or Apache helicopter gunships using components made by DDC in Cork, our smart economy is providing the brains to bolster the military brawn of armies across the world.

And with cyber warfare set to replace more conventional battlefields in future war zones, Irelands top software firms are now taking up a frontline position in the burgeoning cyber security market as nation-states bulk up their technology defences.

Ireland is a small but burgeoning part of the global arms and defence industry, said one sector analyst. And its only going to get bigger.

Although Irelands neutrality means that fully-functioning weapons systems cant be manufactured here, the individual components, designs and software that comprise these systems can be shipped out from factories and R&D units located all around the country under Irelands dual use...

05:06

Syria Maps: Reconciliation Agreement Is Fully Implemented East Of Golan Heights

A reconciliation agreement has been fully implemented in the areas of Bir Ajam and Burayqah east of the Golan Heights, in southern Syria thus putting an end to any kind of opposition groups presence in the area.

According to pro-government sources, all members of militant groups, who have decided to leave, have left the area. The rest is working to settle their legal status with the Damascus government.

Syria Maps: Reconciliation Agreement Is Fully Implemented East Of Golan Heights

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04:49

Libyan court sentences 45 to death for killing protesters in 2011 Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Justice ministry says 54 other defendants were sentenced to five years in jail, 22 were acquitted

04:45

How can Turkey tackle its financial crisis? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

In addition to reducing government spending and restricting inflation, Ankara must learn to protect itself from turbulent US relationship

03:53

Protectionism for liberals Aletho News

By Robert Skidelsky | Asia Times | August 15, 2018 Liberal revulsion at US President Donald Trumps mendacious and uncouth politics has spilled over into a rigid defense of market-led globalization. To the liberal, free trade in goods and services and free movement of capital and labor are integrally linked to liberal politics. Trumps America []

03:43

Radioactive Sheep Prove Israel Illegally Tested Nuclear Weapons: Report The Anti-Media

Radioactive Sheep Israel(MEMO)  A science journal has claimed that radioactive sheep found in Australia could prove that Israel tested nuclear weapons, an action which would be in contravention of international law. The study, which was published by Princeton Universitys Science and Global Security journal, claims that Israel conducted an illegal nuclear test on 22 September 1979 near Prince []

03:22

Los Angeles Is First In US To Install Intrusive Subway Security - All Riders Will 'Volunteer' Moon of Alabama

The frog supposedly does not feel the slow increase of temperature until the water it sits in boils. In a similar vein people to not feel the loss of their freedoms when the observation and control instruments used on them...

03:19

Why the Pledge of Allegiance Is Un-American The Anti-Media

Pledge of AllegianceThe one nation, indivisible referred to in the pledge is not only unconstitutional, its contrary to the entire idea of the America the Founders sought to create. (FEE) An Atlanta, Georgia, charter school announced last week its intention to discontinue the practice of having students stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance during its schoolwide morning meetings at []

03:17

EU disinfo-busting outlet targets Russophiles in McCarthyist campaign to push own narrative Aletho News

By Danielle Ryan | RT | August 15, 2018 In a stunt that would have made Joe McCarthy proud, a Brussels-based think tank endeavoured to brand Twitter users posting about a scandal involving French President Emmanuel Macrons former bodyguard as Russophiles. EU DisinfoLab, whose raison detre is to fight disinformation with innovative methodology, published a []

03:09

Monsantos Loss Is Our GainLets Make The Most Of It PopularResistance.Org

Thank you to the 12 jurors who listened attentively and critically, during long days of testimony, then deliberated with care, and ultimately did the right thing. Thank you to the lawyers who invested countless hours in investigative work and trial preparation, and who argued rationally and intelligently on behalf of the plaintiff, science and ethics. Thank you to those media outlets and advocacy organizations who covered the case, pored over the Monsanto Papers and took seriously their obligation to inform the public. But most of all, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Dewayne Lee Johnson, the plaintiff in the Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto case. For his persistence in getting to the bottom of what caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

03:02

Druze Army General Leads Open Revolt Against Israels Jewish Nation-State Law The Anti-Media

Druze Israel(MEE)  Israels small Druze community, long seen as loyal to the state, is on a collision course with the right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu over a new law guaranteeing superior citizenship rights for Jews, according to analysts. Israel has traditionally cited the Druze, a secretive religious sect whose men serve in the Israeli army, as proof []

03:02

Too Big To Fail: Russia-gate One Year After VIPS Showed A Leak, Not A Hack PopularResistance.Org

A year has passed since highly credentialed intelligence professionals produced the first hard evidence that allegations of mail theft and other crimes attributed to Russia rested on purposeful falsification and subterfuge. The initial reaction to these revelationsa firestorm of frantic denialaugured ill, and the time since has fulfilled ones worst expectations. One year later we live within an institutionalized proscription of proven reality. Our discourse consists of a series of fence posts and taboos. By any detached measure, this lands us in deep, serious trouble. The sprawl of what we call Russia-gate now brings our republic and its institutions to a moment of great perilthe gravest since the McCarthy years and possibly since the Civil War. No, I do not consider this hyperbole.

02:54

Mourning And Anger At Funeral Of Yemeni Children Killed In US-Saudi School Bus Attack PopularResistance.Org

SADAA, YEMEN  Tens of thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sadaa, northern Yemen, to hold a funeral procession for the children who were killed on August 10 by U.S.-backed Saudi airstrikes in Dhahian city next to a crowded market. The deadly attack came while they were on a picnic to Dhahians outskirts after graduating from summer school. The mourners, who came from across the country, walked in a long convoy next to vehicles that carried the bodies of more than 30 children, as participants carried pictures of the attack and chanted slogans against Saudi Arabia and the United States. America Kills Yemeni Children, read several banners. A source in Yemens Health Ministry, based in Sana`a, said in a statement that 51 people were killed in the raids, including 40 children.

02:52

Depositors Not Taxpayers Will Take The Hit For Next 2008 Crash Because Major Banks May Use Bail-In System PopularResistance.Org

Whats likely to happen to depositors money in a major commercial bank in another 2008 crash? And for months, financial pundits and experts such as William Cohen have been warning an even bigger one is on its way because nothing has essentially changed.  If its one of those giant too-big-to-fail types that caused that global catastrophe, chances are theyve been planning whats called a bail-in system to seize depositors moneytemporarily, of course. But whether depositors want to withdraw $50 from the ATM for the weekend, write a cheque at the supermarket, or cash in a CD, theyll be shut out by their banks. And when the furious confront those banks, theyll be told its an emergency and, until Monday, would they like to start procedures with the FDIC for a refund? Or accept the banks IOU (stocks) immediately for it?

02:50

Who can get married in Israel, and who cant the web of laws governing the pursuit of happiness Mondoweiss

People have been asking me: Yossi, whats the mess with the right to marriage in Israel? I cant make head or tail of it. Well, the issue is complicated. Lets start with the basic facts: there is no way for anyone in Israel to marry in a civil service. Judges and mayors do not have the power to marry you. You need your local rabbi, priest or qadi. Why? Theres a long and tiresome explanation at the end. Lets deal with the facts first.

The only courts which are allowed to perform marriages in Israel are the religious courts. A rabbinical court can marry Jews (well, some of them; see below for more.) A church court (of which each Christian sect has its own) can marry Christians, and the sharia courts can marry Muslims. There is also a Druze religious court, which you guessed it deals with marriage of the Druze.

The important bit is, theres no possibility of intermarriage. A Jew cannot marry a Christian here. One of the couple will have to convert. If youre unwilling to convert, or if youre unwilling to submit yourself to a religious court, you will have no option but to marry in another country. The most common option is Cyprus, which is very close and where a small cottage industry related to Israelis coming to get married has already developed; Prague, in the Czech Republic, is also a popular option.

The Israeli government will then begrudgingly acknowledge your marriage. If youre a Christian marrying a Muslim, a Buddhist marrying a Christian, or a Bahai marrying a Mormon, the state will probably ignore you afterwards. But if one of the partners is a Jew and the other isnt, then the couple should brace themselves for harassment by the Interior Ministry. If the non-Jewish partner is also not a citizen, this can and often does end in an attempt to expel him or her from the country.

Hey, you wanted a Jewish state, right?

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Enough theory. Lets look at practice. So, who wont the Rabbinate marry?

Gay couples, obviously. You love someone of the same gender? Get the hell out of here and be thankful we didnt stone you in the process.

Jews and non-Jews (naturally).

A cohen and a divorcee....

02:47

US-Turkish alliance reaches the point of no return Aletho News

The sense of indignation among Turks should not be underestimated, which makes this an exceptional rupture By M.K. Bhadrakumar | Asia Times | August 15, 2018 The Turkish lira fell 22% on Friday before recovering to 17% on the backdrop of the Trump administrations announcement to double the tariffs on imports of Turkish steel and []

02:37

Mission Accomplished: Why Solidarity Boats To Gaza Succeed Despite Failing To Break Siege PopularResistance.Org

When Mike Treen, the National Director of the Unite Union in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance. For them, Mike, as all of those who set sail aboard the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza last July, were heroes. But the truth is Mike Treen and his comrades were not the only heroes for braving the sea with the aim of breaking the hermetic Israeli military blockade on the impoverished and isolated Gaza Strip. Without those who were present at the Auckland airport, upon Mikes arrival, and without the thousands of supporters all across the world who have mobilized as a community - held numerous meetings, raised funds, created a powerful media discourse, and so on...

02:30

I Survived Because . . . PopularResistance.Org

I survived because I was walking to a building that was behind a small hill that faced downtown. I was standing in such a way that the building was to my right and the stone garden was to my left. It was my daughters wedding day and I was pushing the wedding dresses in a wheelbarrow to the wedding hall. All of a sudden, for no obvious reason, I was just knocked to the ground. I never heard the bomb. . . I was about to get up when suddenly wood and debris fell from the sky and hit me on the head and back, so I stayed on the ground. . . . I couldnt even hear the wood falling. . . . When I did start to hear, it was an odd sound. I ran to a hill area where I could look down to the city. I couldnt believe my eyes. The whole city of Hiroshima was gone. And the noise I heard it was people...

02:29

Ibn Warraq: The History of Jihad is essential for all who want to defend our values from the relentless jihad Jihad Watch

Ibn Warraq, author of The Origins of the Koran and The Quest for the Historical Muhammad, along with many other crucially important books, read my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS and had this to say: For those who still think and, alas, there remain many that Islamic terrorism []

02:27

Going Fundamental Eludes Congressional Progressives Dissident Voice

Ive recently received fundraising letters from Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Chuck Schumer on behalf of their Democratic Partys campaign committees. Mostly, all they ask for is money, though Schumers letter includes a short tough letter to President Trump for us to sign which they promise to deliver to the White House.

Although politicians review and sign fundraising letters, rarely do they write them. That lucrative task is left to political consulting firms that also profitably consult for corporations. Thats why the letters are so formulaic.

Over the years I have urged incumbents and candidates for elected office to do more than ask people for money. Why not ask them for their time, their minds, and their dedication by having time-raisers, not just fund-raisers? Great idea they uniformly say. This never gets done. Their consultants think asking for anything other than money diminishes donations. So the dreary letters continue to arrive with grand promises and few specifics. For example, both letters mentioned the need for higher minimum wages. Wages have been stagnant for many years while corporate profits and executive bonuses have skyrocketed on the backs of millions of American workers. But there is no mention of how high a minimum wage (gutted by inflation since the 1970s) these Democrats are committed to supporting. Similarly, there are no specifics that address protecting health care, social security, reversing huge tax cuts to big business, debloating military budgets and stopping costly, reckless wars. If politicians dont give you specifics and timetables, theyre creating their own loopholes should they be elected.

Now comes the spanking new Peoples Budget released by the House of Representatives Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party (see The Peoples Budget). It is 40 pages with charts that rebuke and reject the cruel and vicious agenda of the corporatist, war-mongering, deficit-booming Republican toadies of Wall Street, and the fossil fuel and nuclear industries. The organized lobbies against the modest necessities of workers, consumers, and defenseless communities dominate the federal budget process.

But the CPCs Peoples Budget has its own infirmities. It doesnt address very weak corporate crime enforcement, to repealing specific anti-labor laws, like the Taft-Hartley Act, to being number-specific in cutting the bloated, corporate crime-ridden military budget, or even giving a number to a higher minimum wage.

Showing both large expenditures for restoring social safety net programs and large savings by reducing corporate welfare, restoring corporate taxes, and adding some new ones such as a speculation tax on Wall Street transactions, the Peoples Budget still comes off as a blizzard of funding for old programs with their welfare industries.

For example, the Progressive Ca...

02:25

Congress Is Set To Grill FCCs Chairman For Falsely Claiming His Agency Was Hit With a cyberattack Heres How It Could Affect The War Over Net Neutrality PopularResistance.Org

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is set to testify Thursday in front of a Senate oversight committee. He's certain to have to respond to questions while there about false statements he and some of his subordinates made to lawmakers about an incident last year in which the agency's computer systems got overwhelmed during the comment period for its then-ongoing net-neutrality proceeding. Pai has tried to distance himself from those false statements, blaming them on the agency's former chief information officer, David Bray. But lawmakers are sure to want to know when Pai knew the statements were false and why he didn't retract them earlier. Perhaps more importantly, lawmakers may well try to delve into the role the incident played in Pai's effort to overturn the FCC's net-neutrality rules.

02:18

Internet Censorship: Appeal to Reinstate American Everyman Aletho News

OffGuardian | August 15, 2018 Just a week or so after Spotify, Google, Apple and Facebook made the curiously synchronized move to kick Alex Jones and InfoWars off their platforms, and just days after Facebook shut down Venezuelan news network TeleSurs facebook page (for the second time), the war on the free internet has opened []

02:18

Minneapolis Star-Tribune finally mentions perjury allegations against Muslim Congressional candidate, after she wins Jihad Watch

David Steinberg noted in PJ Media Sunday that Meanwhile, Minnesotas largest newspapers along with every other mainstream outlet in the country just whiffed on covering this: Signed, notarized court documents and time-stamped photos showing the Democratic frontrunner for Minnesotas highest-profile House seat appearing to commit perjury. The common newsroom explanation, often valid, for having []

02:06

Hugh Fitzgerald: Saudi Arabia and Canada Square Off Jihad Watch

Justin Trudeau has been noticeably unconcerned about Islam. Hes been criticised for his failure to recognize the genocide, by Muslims, of Christians in the Middle East. He was eager to hand over to  Omar Khadr, the Muslim who killed one American soldier, Christopher Speer, and blinded another, Layne Morris, the quite unnecessary sum of eight []

02:00

Qatar to invest $15b in Turkey's financial markets and banks Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The countries have maintained strong ties with Ankara standing by Doha after Saudi Arabia and other Arab states cut relations with Qatar last year

01:59

FLASH: Vulnerable Emerging Markets Geopolitical Monitor

Turkeys currency crisis continues to shine the spotlight on emerging market vulnerability.

Interest rate normalization in the United States is fueling a capital flight to the relative safety of the developed world, leaving some emerging markets on precarious economic footing. The stakes are higher in certain countries, particularly those which are running a large current account deficit, are dependent on oil imports, have limited foreign exchange reserves, have large USD-denominated debt burdens, and/or are experiencing high levels of inflation.

Looking beyond Turkey, here are a few emerging markets to keep an eye on:

 

 

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01:49

The Hotwire #32: August 15, 2018 : Summer in ReviewAntifascists in Charlottesville & DC2018 Prison Strike CrimethInc.

Listen here. Our first episode of the new season! This week, we look back at the long, hot summer and give an update on antifascist clashes, pipeline resistance, and ICE occupations. Hundreds gathered in Charlottesville on the anniversary of the defeat of Unite the Right, drawing attention to the increasing cozy relationship between white supremacists and the police.

We interview someone from Washington, DC about opposition to the Unite the Right 2 Rally held there this past weekend. Accused ELF and ALF member, Josephy Dibee was extradited to the US from Cuba and is being held in jail in Oregon. There are updates on the nationwide prison strike set to start on August 21 and list a whole slew of solidarity events you could attend. Finally, we wrap up the show with political prisoner birthdays and next weeks news. Were glad to be back! 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.

01:47

What Really Happens to Nicaragua, Venezuela and Ecuador Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

August 13, 2018 by Peter Koenig for The Saker Blog Stories about corruption and internally government-generated violence concerning most unaligned countries abound in the MSM. These lies fuel hatred. And the public at large start a malicious rumor circuit. Which, in turn is taken over by the MSM, so that their lies are pushing in []

01:43

Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, August 16, 2018 They have eyes to see but do not see, and ears to hear but do not hear Peace and Freedom

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant Sometimes its just better to let people off the hook

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Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 416

Reading 1 EZ 12:1-12

The word of the LORD came to me:
Son of man, you live in the midst of a rebellious house;
they have eyes to see but do not see,
and ears to hear but do not hear,
for they are a rebellious house.
Now, son of man, during the day while they are looking on,
prepare your baggage as though for exile,
and again while they are looking on,
migrate from where you live to another place;
perhaps they will see that they are a rebellious house.
You shall bring out your baggage like an exile in the daytime
while they are looking on;
in the evening, again while they are looking on,
you shall go out like one of those driven into exile;
while they look on, dig a hole in the wall and pass through it;
while they look on, shoulder the burden and set out in the darkness;
cover your face that you may not see the land,
for I have made you a sign for the house of Israel.

I did as I was told.
During the day I brought out my baggage
as though it were that of an exile,
and at evening I dug a hole through the wall with my hand
and, while they looked on, set out in the darkness,
shouldering my burden.

Then, in the morning, the word of the LORD came to me:
Son of man, did not the house of Israel, that rebellious house,
ask you what you were doing?
Tell them: Thus says the Lord GOD:
This oracle concerns Jerusalem
and the whole house of Israel within it.
I am a sign for you:
as I have done, so shall it be done to them;
as captives they shall go into exile.
The prince who is among them shall shoulder his burden
and set out in darkness,
going through a hole he has dug out in the wall,
and covering his face lest he be seen by anyone.

Responsorial Psalm PS 78:56-57, 58-59, 61-62

R. (see 7b) Do no...

01:40

1979 Vela Incident The Angry Arab News Service/

This article offers a new analysis of radionuclide and hydroacoustic data to support a low-yield nuclear weapon test as a plausible explanation for the still contentious 22 September 1979 Vela Incident, in which U.S. satellite Vela 6911 detected an optical signal characteristic of an atmospheric nuclear explosion over the Southern Indian or Atlantic Ocean.

01:40

Israeli infantry crossed the Lebanese border to kidnap a shepherd The Angry Arab News Service/

An Israeli enemy infantry unit crossed the border line in Al-Radar axis near the town of Shabaa for a distance of about 40 meters, NNA field reporter said on Tuesday. The enemy infantry failed in its attempt to kidnap the shepherd, identified as A.Z. The hostile patrol fired several smoke bombs in the direction of the shepherd, who managed to flee away. (thanks Amir)

01:38

The political program of the Campaign for One Democratic State in Historic Palestine Mondoweiss

Editors Note: On August 6, we published a story by Yoav Haifawi outlining the work and political perspectives of the One Democratic State Campaign, a new initiative seeking to revive the idea of a single democratic state in all of historic Palestine. Below is the first English translation of the campaigns political program, here are versions in Arabic and Hebrew.

The Political Program of the Campaign for
One Democratic State in Historic Palestine

PREAMBLE

In recent years, the idea of a one democratic state in all of historic Palestine as the best solution to the conflict has re-emerged. It started gaining increased support in the public domain. It is not a new idea. The Palestinian liberation movement, before the catastrophe of 1948 (the Nakba) and after it, had adopted this vision, including the Palestinian Liberation Organization. The PLO abandoned this idea in the framework of the diplomatic negotiations at the late eighties that led to the Oslo agreement of 1993. The Palestinian leadership hoped that this agreement would enable the building of an independent Palestinian state on the territories that Israel occupied in 1967. But on the ground Israel has strengthened its colonial control, fragmenting the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza into isolated cantons, separated from one another by settlements, checkpoints, military bases and fences. 

The two-state solution, which is basically an unfair solution, is clearly dead. Israel buried i...

01:36

Save Soho, but lets destroy the rest of the U.K.? Jihad Watch

A couple of years ago, there was a campaign to SAVE SOHO. Soho, for those who are unfamiliar with it, is a little village-sized part of Central London. In its heyday, it was known for sex, drugs and rock and roll. It still is, but to a lesser extent and for different reasons, which Ill []

01:26

US Democrats are re-discovering identity politics Peace and Freedom

Trumps conduct in office has sapped the belief that race could be transcended

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Kamala Harris, a senator from California and presidential prospect, resents the term identity politics AFP

By Janan Ganesh

The world did not always notice, so absorbed was it in the fact of his blackness, but Barack Obama sought to de-emphasise race. Had events not forced him into memorable orations on the subject, there is no reason to think he would have given them.

Bill Clinton was another US president who saw his nation through the lens of economics rather than blood. It was the outside observer, namely the novelist Toni Morrison, who read racial significance into him. Had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 election, we would now be well into yet a third technocratic government in as many decades.

For all that identity politics has permeated the wider left, the upper reaches of the Democratic party have remained mostly resistant. Some of this is down to a belief that Americans must be addressed as Americans, not as ethnic subsets, as per the ideals of the republic. Some of it is electoral prudence: a party too identified with minorities is asking for trouble with white voters. These two impulses explain the respectful distance between Democrats and the racialised politics of the university campus.

Among the legacies of Donald Trump is the narrowing of this distance. Eminent Democrats are embracing race as a cause. Elizabeth Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, calls the criminal justice system racist.

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Elizabeth Warren. Credit Gerald Herbert Associated Press

Kamala Harris, a senator from California and another presidential prospect, resents the term identity politics. It belittles the seriousness of race (and gender) inequities, she argues. Georgias Stacey Abrams, who could become the first black woman to govern a state, is building a coalition of minority voters, topped up with liberal whites. If it works in November, it could be a template for the national party.

After Mr Trumps election two years ago, Democrats were advised by the likes of Mark Lilla, a professor of humanities at Columbia University, to reject the Balkanisation of the electorate in favour of a universal offering.

The most obvious reason why they did not was Mr Trumps conduct in office. It sapped the Democrats belief that race could ever be transcended. If the presidents travel bans and quarrels with black athletes did not demand an explicit defence of minoriti...

01:19

Confessions Of A Catechumen And Ex-Marine PopularResistance.Org

War is hell. War is often unnecessary, but through the evil in our hearts we let it be and we encourage it, we engage it in fantasy primarily through Hollywood and gamer culture while imposing its deathly reality on people far weaker than us. We in these United States rarely see the suffering, the death, the disease, the famine that we impose on other nations. That we imposed on those peoples who are original to this continent. In the eyes of popular culture the soldier is not a harbinger of death, but a youthful soul seeking adventure who toughens up through the grim reality of combat. Nothing could be further from the truth. War is death. War is hell on earth. In war we all die. Some of us physically, some of us mentally, some of us spiritually. In war, death is the only guarantee.

01:14

Recent Supreme Court Ruling Gums Up Immigration Courts PopularResistance.Org

LOS ANGELESImmigration courts from Boston to Los Angeles have been experiencing fallout from a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that has caused some deportation orders to be tossed and cases thrown out, bringing more chaos to a system that was already besieged by ballooning dockets and lengthy backlogs. The little-known ruling addressed what might seem like a narrow procedural issue over how to properly provide notices to immigrants to appear in court for deportation proceedings. But it is having broader implications in immigration courts that are in charge of deciding whether hundreds of thousands of people should be allowed to stay in the United States. Since the decision was issued in June, immigration attorneys have been asking judges to throw out their clients cases.

01:05

It is Netanyahu, not Corbyn, who deserves 'unequivocal condemnation' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Jeremy Corbyn has never ordered anyone's assassination. He's never ordered an invasion of a foreign country. Benjamin Netanyahu has

01:03

NYT anoints Ron Lauder as prophet of doom for Netanyahu Mondoweiss

Five months after Ron Lauder, the head of the World Jewish Congress, was granted a platform on the New York Times op-ed page to warn that Israels leadership was isolating the country through its unending settlement project and growing intolerance, Americas leading newspaper gave him the page again yesterday, this time to decry Israels new nation state bill and its indifference to the opinion of liberal American Jewry. Israel, This Is Not Who We Are we cannot allow the politics of a radical minority to alienate millions of Jews worldwide.

Here are some interpretations of Lauders second coming.

The New York Times as a mouthpiece for the American Jewish establishment has decided to take on Benjamin Netanyahu hammer-and-tongs as a threat to Israels future and implicitly, as a pox on the Jewish image globally.

Does Netanyahu care? Probably not. He needs to appeal to his rightwing base to win reelection and escape corruption charges. Hes just another tinhorn martinet indifferent to world opinion.

The piece is significant as another marker of divorce between American Jews and Israel. Jewish Insider stresses how intentional it was of the Times to run the articles, and quotes the passages in which the old conservative Likudnik who helped make Netanyahu warns him that American Jews are not on board: [A]s a loving brother, I ask Israels government to listen to the voices of protest and outrage being heard in Israel and throughout the Jewish world. As president of the World Jewish Congress, I call upon Israeli leaders to rethink their destructive actions during this summer of disharmony. This is not who we are, and this is not who we wish to be.

The article contains one very important concession: Israel discriminates against LGBT community. This is the exact opposite of Israels claims!

If present trends persist, young Jews might not acquiesce to an affiliation with a nation that discriminates against non-Orthodox Jews, non-Jewish minorities and the L.G.B.T. community.

The article is frank about the fact that young Jews wont fight BDS. So BDS is not about anti-Semitism.

They may not fight the...

01:00

BDS: How A Controversial Non-Violent Movement Has Transformed The Israeli-Palestinian Debate PopularResistance.Org

The movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel known as BDS has been driving the world a little bit mad. Since its founding 13 years ago, it has acquired nearly as many enemies as the Israelis and Palestinians combined. It has hindered the efforts of Arab states to fully break their own decades-old boycott in pursuit of increasingly overt cooperation with Israel. It has shamed the Palestinian Authority government in Ramallah by denouncing its security and economic collaboration with Israels army and military administration. It has annoyed the Palestine Liberation Organization by encroaching on its position as the internationally recognised advocate and representative of Palestinians worldwide.

01:00

Internet Censorship: Appeal to Reinstate American Everyman OffGuardian

Just a week or so after Spotify, Google, Apple and Facebook made the curiously synchronized move to kick Alex Jones and InfoWars off their platforms, and just days after Facebook shut down Venezuelan news network TeleSurs facebook page (for the second time), the war on the free internet has opened up another front. Small independent blogs are being shut down, seemingly without reason and certainly without explanation. AmericanEveryman.com has been closed without notice or warning, according to the blogs owner Scott Creighton. Allegedly for violating WordPress terms of service, although they have apparently been entirely vague about how. Other such blogs fellowshipofminds.com and jaysanalysis.com have suffered the exact same fate, on the exact dame day. There is undeniably a push to silence dissent and purge it from the internet. There may well be dozens even hundreds of other examples. If you object to censorship, of any kind, please fill out a form on automattic.com and request that these blogs are reinstated. Please support our friends who wish to do nothing but

00:56

The Russian soft power is total crap (Anna Sochina) The Vineyard of the Saker

(please click on cc to see the English language subtitles) A big THANK YOU to Eugenia for translating and subtitling this excellent video!

00:48

U.S. Stocks Fall as Trade Tensions Persist Peace and Freedom

Metals sell off while Turkish lira rallies for second day

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U.S. stocks fell Wednesday as investors weighed the latest trade tensions and an accelerating selloff in industrial metals.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 135 points, or 0.5%, to 25165 shortly after the opening bell, while the S&P 500 declined 0.6%. Both indexes were on track for a fifth decline in the past six sessions. The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.8%.

00:43

Is Turkey Sleepwalking Out of the Alliance? Incirlik, Brunson, S-400's Penny for your thoughts

Carnegie Europe

"Turkeys resolve to acquire the Russian strategic defensive weapon system S-400 Triumf raises the prospect of a severe damage to NATO and, by extension, to transatlantic security.

    The Turkish American bilateral relationship is in a deep crisis. An alliance that took shape in the early post-War years has entered a period of heavy turbulence with an ever-growing set of unresolved disputes. This unprecedented cumulation of bilateral disputes is burdening a relationship vital to transatlantic security. It is also compounding efforts to settle differences with linkages being established between unrelated topics leading to an ever more difficult environment for diplomatic negotiations. The way forward requires a willingness to disconnect these problems from each other so that some confidence building can be engineered by individually resolving these disagreements.

    With this understanding, this report will focus on one of these disagreements. Turkey is planning to acquire an advanced Russian strategic defensive weapon system, known as the S-400 Triumf. There is however rising concern in the US about this purchase by a NATO ally. Indeed the fear is that, even if not networked, potential backdoors in the S-400 system could study critical operational data and electromagnetic signatures of the high-end aircraft, and transmit them to the Russian military intelligence.

A strategic defensive weapon
Recall this quote?
     "So if the US does not plan to attack Turkey or support those who intend to attack it, they don't need to be afraid of the S-400 deal. If the American goal is to deprive Turkey of the defense system and attack it, then this is a completely different matter," Bozkurt concluded.
CE:  "The prospect of sanctions has therefore been raised in addition to Congressional initiatives to prevent deliveries of the F-35 Lightning II to Turkey due to the risks of operating the S-400 and the F-35 together. Yet Ankaras resolve regarding its potential acquisition of the S-400 seems unaffected despite the rising political and military costs.
    Both Ankara and Washington are so far acting in a way that is oblivious to the real consequences of such a scenario of divergence.
    The case that we make in this detailed report is that a failure to eventually reach an understanding on the now interlinked S-400 & F-35 issue can potentially affect Turkeys capability to act as an interoperable and capabl...

00:40

Mexico offers $1.6 million for information leading to drug lords arrest Peace and Freedom

Mexico is offering a 30 million pesos ($1.56 million) reward for information leading to the arrest of drug lord Nemesio Oseguera whose cartel is blamed for driving heroin shipments to the United States, the attorney general said on Wednesday.

Known as El Mencho, Oseguera has risen to become Mexicos most-wanted drug lord after Joaquin El Chapo Guzman was extradited to the United States last year to face trial.

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In March, U.S. agents in Chicago named El Mencho public enemy No. 1 and blamed his gang for using extreme violence to expand their share of the heroin trade. The United States is offering $5 million for information leading to his capture.

Osegueras Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion is considered by authorities to be the most powerful Mexican drug cartel, with operations in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia.

The Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion is known to produce multi-hundred kilogram quantities of methamphetamine and heroin, and traffics in multi-ton quantities of cocaine, according to the U.S. Department of State.

Mexico arrested Osegueras wife in May on charges of laundering funds for his cartel.

($1 = 19.1810 Mexican pesos)

Reporting by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Susan Thomas

Reuters

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Asian markets retreat, weighed by sinking tech stocks Peace and Freedom

Indexes in China, Hong Kong down 1% or more; Nikkei pulls back as yen weakens

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Tencent shares fell ahead of earnings Wednesday.

By Market Watch

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Asian stock markets started lowed Wednesday, even as worries eased over Turkeys currency crisis. Benchmarks in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China were down about 1%, with tech stocks continuing to sell off.

Japans Nikkei NIK, -0.68%  fell 0.7% after jumping 2.3% Tuesday. The pullback comes as the yen has weakened some; the dollar USDJPY, -0.53%   was last at 111.30 versus 111.15 in late New York trade. The oil and coal-products sector was off 0.5% amid fresh declines in crude prices, with Japan Petroleum Exploration 1662, -1.43%   down 1.4%. Also, highflying SoftBank 9984, -2.63% pulled back 2.6%, as tech stocks retreated as well.

In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index HSI, -1.55%   fell 1.5%. Tencent 0700, -3.61%   dropped 3.6%, ahead of its after-the-bell second-quarter earnings report. Sunny Optical ...

00:31

Gaza is not a country, and so Israel is not protecting its borders Mondoweiss

A BBC report published July 20, 2018 accepts the framing of killing of Palestinian civilians as a defense of a borders.  But Gaza is not a country, and so Israel cannot be protecting its borders.  Rather, Gaza is an enclave, an imprisoned neighborhood where its borders are controlled by Israel.  Israel decides who moves in and out of Gaza, which includes everyone from students and the sick, to foreign diplomats, to NGO workers. Israel controls what goods move in and out of Gaza.  All infrastructure and utility projects for water, electricity and gas etc., even if internationally funded are reliant on Israeli approval.  

Gaza is an enclave inhabited by Palestinians, most of whom are refugees.  Gaza does not have sovereignty, rather it is under occupation. As such, while Western media outlets like to portray this as a war, it is not. Under International law and conventions the occupying power first has a responsibility to those citizens under its control, which Israel has neglected completely.  Second, under international law those under occupation have a right to resist through whatever means available to them.

The controlling narrative of the two-state framework of the post-Oslo period engenders a purposefully confusing political context for Palestinians.  While the Agreement on Gaza Strip and Jericho Area 1994 explains that there will be disengagement from Palestinian territories, it simultaneously outlines all the ways in which Israel will maintain control, and as such sovereignty over these territories.

Outside actors pretend as if Palestine is a state, and thus they use phrases such as Hamas, they run Gaza (quoted from the aforementioned BBC article).  Hamas does not run Gaza. It receives its salaries from the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah who withhold these salaries for their own purposes and for which t...

00:17

Re-opening of Kerem Shalom crossing met with scepticism in Gaza Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Palestinians told Middle East Eye that what Gaza needs is the unconditional opening of border crossings after 11 years of siege

Wednesday, 15 August

23:56

Lira rallies after Turkey gets tough on short selling Peace and Freedom

Ankara raises tariffs on US cars, alcohol and cigarettes as row escalates

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The lira has lost more than 40% of its value against the dollar this year

By Laura Pitel in Istanbul and Adam Samson in London

Turkey has cracked down on short selling of the lira, helping the currency recover against the dollar as Ankara seeks to fight back against what President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described as economic war.

The lira rose on the day by around 4 per cent to TL6.09 to the dollar in afternoon trading after Turkish authorities took measures to curb banks ability to supply lira to foreign financial institutions. At the beginning of the week the currency had fallen to an all-time intraday low of TL7.2149.

But in a signal that Ankara was unwilling to back down on the confrontation with Washington that exacerbated the currencys slide by more than 20 per cent last week, the Turkish government also announced new tariffs on US imports.

Mr Erdogan has to date refused to give in to Washingtons demands to release an American pastor whose detention has led to US sanctions, or to back an increase in headline interest rates to bolster the lira.

Basically what theyve done is effectively raised offshore interest rates without raising rates, Peter Kisler, who runs an emerging market fund at North Asset Management, said of Turkeys rule changes on short selling. The ability of Turkish banks to supply lira to the market has been reduced by half.

Under the changes, Turkish banks will be prevented from entering into currency swaps and foreign exchange forward dealing where the activity exceeds 25 per cent of the banks regulatory capital. On Monday, the Turkish authorities had limited the ratio to 50 per cent.

Investors described Ankaras moves as a short-term measure, arguing that the country needed to take more fundamental steps to slow down the economy and recapitalise banks and companies struggling with foreign currency debts.

Wednesdays measures were announced by the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency, which will also allow banks to reclassify some loans from at-risk to performing and give banks greater latitude to use a fixed exchange rate to calculate their capital adequacy ratios.

Banking analysts have warned the weakening lira risks wiping out capital buffers held by the banks as the value of their lira-based equity declines against their foreign currency loans.

The banking authority also sought to rein in consumer spending, by shortening the maximum maturity on consumer loans and placing new limits on credit card instalments.

US-Turkey crisis explained

Such steps could help cool inflation, now running at 16 per cent, and r...

23:24

What Really Happens to Nicaragua, Venezuela and Ecuador Dissident Voice

Stories about corruption and internal government-generated violence concerning most unaligned countries abound in the MSM. These lies fuel hatred. And the public at large start a malicious rumor circuit. Which, in turn, is taken over by the MSM, so that their lies are pushing in open doors. The war drums start beating. The populace wants foreign imposed order, they want blood and regime change. The consensus for war has once more worked. And the blood may flow. Instigated by outside forces, such as the NED (National Endowment for Democracy) and USAID, which train and fund nationals clandestinely in-and outside the country where eventually they have to operate. They are commandeered by Washington and other western powers and act so as to blame the non-obedient governments, whose regime must be changed. They constitute part of the Fifth Column.

A Fifth Column is a group of people who undermine the government of a country in support of the enemy. They can be both covert and open. The term Fifth Column originates from the Spanish Civil War, when in October 1936 nationalist rebel General Mola initiated the coup dtat against the legitimate Republican Government. This marked the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. General Mola besieged Madrid with four columns of troops and claimed he had a Fifth Column, hiding inside the city. The term was henceforth used for infiltrated enemies within a legitimate government. Mola, the mastermind behind the coup, died in a 1937 plane crash, and General Francisco Franco became Spains dictator for the next almost 40 years. He prevailed over the Republican resistance thanks to Hitlers and Mussolinis air support.

Now whats the true story behind the violence-plagued Nicaragua and Venezuela, and the treacherous new Moreno government in Ecuador?

Take Nicaragua it all started with the Board of Directors of the Nicaragua Social Security Institute (INSS) on 16 April 2018 approving an IMF-imposed social security reform, modified and then supported by President Ortega. The reform maintained social security at its current level, but would increase employer contributions by 3.5% to pension and health funds, while only slightly increasing worker contributions by 0.75% and shifting 5% of pensioners cash transfer into their healthcare fund. These reforms triggered the coup attempt initiated by the business lobby and backed by the Nicaraguan oligarchy.

Student protests were already ongoing in different university cities in connection with university elections. These protests were re-directed against the Ortega government with the help of US-funded NGOs and the Catholic Church, an ally of the wealthy in most of Latin America. Some of the students involved in re-directing the protests were brought to the US for training by the Freedom House, a long-time associate of the CIA. USAID announced an additional US$ 1.5 million t...

23:23

21st Century Ethnocide: Chinas Plan for the Uyghurs of Xinjiang Newsbud

This week on China Watch: the Chinese Communist Partys Plan to de-Uyghurize and Sinicize Xinjiang In this special edition of China Watch we look at perhaps the most extreme exercise in ethnic assimilation ever attempted: the Peoples Republic of Chinas campaign to Sinicize its far west holding, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, through bleeding edge []

23:21

Between Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE: Tunisias Quest for Neutrality Geopolitical Monitor

The momentous decision taken in 2017 by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain to sever all ties with Qatar sent shock waves through the whole world. The so-called Boycott Quartet justified its drastic move by singling out Qatar as the primary source of instability in the already volatile Arabian Peninsula. While numerous countries from the Middle East to Africa scrambled to take sides and curry favor with either Qatar or the Quartet, the row represented an ill-timed nuisance for Tunisia.

Indeed, in 2017, Tunisia was still in the throes of a delicate diplomatic effort aimed at weaning itself away from Qatar. Undoubtedly, as a result of the 2011 revolution, Tunisias relationship with Doha blossomed into a full-fledged friendship. Al Jazeera, the notorious Qatar-funded news outlet, applauded the 2010-2011 protests against secular President Ben Ali and immediately welcomed the subsequent electoral success of the Islamist Party Ennahda. In contrast, the advent of political Islam drove Saudi Arabia and the Emirates away from Tunis.

Even though Dohas financial backing provided an indispensable respite, Tunisia realized that it couldnt solely rely on Qatar to tackle the intractable economic issues produced by the 2011 turmoil. Therefore, Tunisia strove to attract investment from both Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, while preserving its friendship with Doha. Just as this diplomatic gambit seemed to pay off, the Gulf crisis broke out. In light of the dtente that it was painstakingly cultivating with the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Tunisia could not afford to openly side with Qatar in the Gulf row. Therefore, Tunis reasoned that neutrality represented the best course of action.

Eventually, Tunisias neutrality didnt pan out as it hoped. Saudi Arabia partially accepted to play along but, from July 2017 on, Tunisia-UAE relations deteriorated to the point where the North African country found itself at square one, i.e. hanging on to Dohas support to get by.

 

The ascent of Ennahda: Tunisia flirts with Qatar and Turkey

Cracking down on Islamism and striving to preserve Tunisias secular identity had been the two elements that best characterized Ben Alis rule since he assumed power in 1987. While succeeding in preventing Islamism from creeping into Tunisias political and social life, Ben Alis repressive approach toward the movement fueled the resentment of many and eventually backfired. It is no wonder, then, that both moderate and radical Islamist organizations played a crucial role in precipitating the collapse of Ben Alis regime. In 2011, therefore, Islamism was poised to fill the vacuum that the implosion of the Democratic Constitutional Rally (Ben Alis party and instrument of power) was to produce in the Tunisian political scene.

In effect, this vacuum was promptly filled b...

23:18

Alex Jones suspended from Twitter after tweet calling to end censorship Aletho News

RT | August 15, 2018 Controversial right-wing commentator Alex Jones has been banned from tweeting after he posted a link to a video of himself calling on President Trump to take action against tech companies censoring his content. Infowars Editor Paul Joseph Watson tweeted a screenshot of the notification sent by Twitter staff to Jones. []

23:14

At least 22 school children drown after boat sinks in northern Sudan Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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More than 40 children were on board the boat which sank while crossing the Nile river

23:07

Roots of the New Mexico Islamist Cult Clarion Project

What are the roots of the New Mexico Islamist cult? Radical Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Sr. is the father of the arrested jihadi cultist Siraj Ibn Wahhaj. We explore his influence in the following infographic.

Roots of the New Mexico Jihadist Cult:

 

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23:00

ANALYSIS: Turkeys currency and debt crisis has been years in the making Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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While Erdogan blames Turkeys economic crisis on foreign meddling, analysts say its roots date back years, propelled by his recent actions

22:58

Reviewing BBC Radio 4 coverage of Corbyn wreath laying story part two BBC Watch

In part one of this post we looked at how the story of the UK Labour Party leaders participation in an event in Tunisia in 2014 that had been the subject of a report in a British newspaper three days earlier was presented to the BBCs domestic audience on BBC Radio 4 on the evening of August 13th.

Later the same evening the BBC Radio 4 programme The World Tonight also aired a long item on the same story:

Jeremy Corbyn attacked by Benjamin Netanyahu over laying a wreath in memory of Palestinians suspected of 1972 Munich massacre.

In her introduction to the item (from 16:28 here) presenter ...

22:38

Patreon and Mastercard ban Robert Spencer without explanation Jihad Watch

(Image thanks to Caldron Pool, which has a good article about this) Recently Alex Jones and Gavin McInnes have been banned from various social media platforms, in a desperate attempt by the Left to ensure that the 2016 election results arent repeated in 2018. Some people say it doesnt matter that these men were deplatformed, []

22:34

Rand Sinks as a Downbeat Moodys, Naspers Spur a Perfect Storm Peace and Freedom

  • Currency heads for biggest slump since 2016 versus dollar
  • Moodys warns on debt; Kganyago says economy worrying
A customer hands over a five rand coin at a store in Johannesburg.

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

South Africas rand headed for its biggest drop against the dollar since 2016, buffeted by headwinds including a downbeat assessment of the economy by Moodys Investors Service and a plunge in the biggest company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

The currency sank as much as 3.4 percent against the dollar after Moodys said the pace of South Africas fiscal consolidation will be slower than government forecasts as weaker-than-expected economic growth and a rising public sector wage bill act as fiscal headwinds. The statement came shortly after central bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago said growth projections were worrying and hinted policy makers arent about to raise rates.

A drop in commodity prices and concerns about the governments plan to seize land for redistribution also weighed on the rand at a time when Turkeys woes are damping investor demand for emerging-market assets.

Its a combination of factors, said Warrick Butler, a currency trader at Standard Bank Group Ltd. Take your pick.

Naspers, which accounts for 18 percent of the benchmark stock index, tumbled after Tencent Holdings Ltd., in which it owns a 31 percent stake, missed earnings estimates. That raised concerns about outflows from the stock market. The benchmark index of equities fell the most since May.

The rand was 3.1 percent weaker at 14.6931 per dollar by 1:41 p.m. in Johannesburg, bringing its decline this month to 9.7 percent. Yields on benchmark 2026 go...

22:22

Aquarius ship to dock in Malta after migrant-sharing deal Peace and Freedom

The Aquarius rescue ship was due to dock in Malta on Wednesday after EU countries thrashed out a deal to take in the 141 migrants onboard, defusing another diplomatic standoff in the Mediterranean.

The ship was set to arrive in the Maltese port of Valletta at around 1.30 pm (1130 GMT), according to SOS Mediterranee, a French charity which charters the ship along with Doctors Without Borders.

The Aquarius had rescued the migrants off the coast of Libya in two separate missions last Friday, only for Italy and Malta to refuse access to their ports.

SOS MEDITERRANEE/AFP/File | Aquarius crew members hand over life jackets to migrants on a boat in the Mediterannean last week

The standoff was a repeat of that seen in June when the vessel was at the centre of a heated diplomatic crisis between European governments.

Stranded with 630 people onboard after Rome and Valletta turned it away, the Aquarius had finally been allowed to dock in Spain.

On Tuesday, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain agreed to take in its latest passengers, along with 114 others who arrived in Malta on Monday.

The agreement is the fifth of its kind between Western European governments since June when Italy until now the main landing point for rescue boats began turning them away.

Italys new populist government says it has had enough of migrant arrivals, having taken in 700,000 people since 2013.

Far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has vowed that the Aquarius will never see an Italian port again, though the Italian coastguard continues to rescue migrants.

NGOs say they have a moral obligation to rescue people making the perilous crossing, who could otherwise join the estimated 1,500 killed en route this year alone.

Most of the 114 people onboard the Aquarius are from Somalia or Eritrea, and many of them are unaccompanied children.

Aloys Vimard, a coordinator with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) onboard, told AFP that the passengers were exhausted and in many cases mentally scarred from harrowing journeys.

One 13-year-old Somali boy had seen his parents killed in front of him. After finally making it to Libya he suffered horrendous abuse, tortured for months with electric shocks.

Wrong, dangerous, immoral

Maltas government said the military would help disembark the passengers, and that health authorities, immigration police and welfare officials would be at the scene.

The migrants would be medically screened and then taken to a reception centre where officials would start the process of distributing them between the five other European countries.

Spain has offered to take 60 people, Germany up to 50 a...

22:18

An Updated and Improved Marxism Dissident Voice

It is the rare intellectual who can withstand the pressures of groupthink. This is a fundamental truth, or a truism, borne out not only by daily experiences in an academic or other intellectual context (e.g., the newsroom or editorial board of any establishment media outlet) but also by critical scholarship from the likes of Ed Herman and Noam Chomsky. Left-wing intellectuals tend to be vigilantly aware of irrational groupthink among mainstream, establishment types, or even among other leftist sects with which they dont identify; but, like all intellectual cliquesindeed, like nearly all individual intellectualstheyre reluctant to turn their critical gaze on themselves. They imbibe certain ideas and ideologies in their formative years and perhaps refine them as they mature, but on the whole their commitment to the ideology is apt to become rigid and uncritical.

This complacency has always most disturbed me with regard to Marxists, whose system of thought, if correctly formulated, is precisely the most critical, the most self-critical, the most democratic and revolutionary ideology ever devised. I expect intellectual laziness from most postmodernists, from liberals and centrists, from all witting or unwitting servants of power. Im disappointed, though, when I see it in Marxists and semi-Marxists. Theres a pronounced dogmatism in most Marxist circles. Personally, Ive tried to stimulate some critical rethinking of Marxism in various publications, including my book Worker Cooperatives and Revolution: History and Possibilities in the United States and this distillation of some of its arguments (though disregard the editors oversimplified summary at the top of the page), but I havent had much success. These writings appear to have been ignored.

Which is unfortunate, because Im convinced its necessary in the twenty-first century to revise the Marxian conception of revolution. Conditions have changed from what they were a hundred or a hundred and fifty years ago; Marx would likely be appalled by the lack of creative rethinking that has met these altered conditions. Its an unfortunate situation when millions of activists across the world are struggling to build new modes of production, new modes of politics, and Marxist scholars and thinkers still confine themselves, more or less, to quoti...

22:15

Vivian Lee: In Solidarity with Alex Jones Top Ten Reasons Sandy Hook Was an Elaborate Hoax Public Intelligence Blog

Vivian Lee: In Solidarity with Alex JonesTop Ten Reasons Sandy Hook Was an Elaborate Hoax

Mr. President,

I am writing in solidarity with Alex Jonesin support of his right to speak freely on YouTube, Facebook, and other internet platforms without being censored, as protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. While Jones has not been consistent in his comments about the Sandy Hook Elementary School event, he has expressed the idea that the shooting was not real, and in this he was correct. Adam Lanza did not kill 28 people in Newtown, CT, on December 14, 2012. This was a drill, presented by officials and the media as an actual shooting. Following the event, a group of investigators compiled a list of ten reasons that, taken together, show that Sandy Hook was staged. These are published in detail in the banned book, Nobody Died at Sandy Hook: It Was a FEMA Drill To Promote Gun Control (Moon Rock Books, 2015). Although more evidence has since emerged, the original top ten reasons still ring true:

(1) Proof of death was suppressed.

(2) Emergency protocols were not followed.

(3) Drill protocols were followed instead.

(4) There was foreknowledge of the event.

(5) There were contradictory reports about the weapons.

(6) Adam Lanza cannot have done the shooting.

(7) Key participants displayed inappropriate behavior.

(8) Photos at the scene and of victims look staged or fake.

(9) The crime scene was completely destroyed.

(10) Deceased children sang at the Super Bowl.

To summarize, first of all, there is no proof of anyones deathnot for the children or adults at the school, Nancy Lanza, or Adam Lanzano photos or footage confirming the official story (1). In June 2013, the state of Connecticut outlawed disclosure of photos or video images of homicide victims, along with other records.

There is no evidence of any frantic attempt to save lives at the scene (2), which looked largely calm and bloodless. START triage protocol for a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) was not followed. Emergency vehicles were jammed together at the Firehouse, impeding access to the school and possible rescue. Inste...

22:10

Five years after Rabaa: From generation protest to generation violence Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

As the level of frustration escalates, military repression may lead to the militarisation of Egypt's youth

22:06

UK: Leftist media blames mean tweets, online comments for London jihad attack Jihad Watch

Even though counter-terror police took over the investigation after a car rammed into pedestrians and crashed into the counter-terror security barrier ringing the Houses of Parliament, still, UK authorities refused to state a motive for the attack. Even worse: Elements of the mainstream left in Britain suggested that the reason was reckoning for people being mean []

21:55

UN report: ISIS is back and prepared for war Jihad Watch

According to an alarming UN report, ISIS is backregaining strength.ready for war and has gathered 30,000 fighters and could be preparing for a wave of offensives around the world. This comes as no surprise to those who understand the reality of jihad terror. Meanwhile Al-Qaeda also remains dangerous, with powerful franchises in Yemen, Somalia and []

21:48

UK: 31 Muslims charged for seven years of sexual exploitation of five teenage girls Jihad Watch

Why does this keep happening? Sexual assault occurs in all cultures, but only in Islam does it have divine sanction. 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 []

21:45

Berto Jongman: 9/11 Aftermath 10,000 Cancer Patients Public Intelligence Blog

Berto Jongman

The day after 9/11 the President told everyone it was safe to return to New York City. He was wrong.

REVEALED: Nearly 10,000 people have suffered cancers linked to toxic dust from asbestos, jet fuel, cement and glass shards caused by 9/11

Phi Beta Iota: Instead of taking down the Twin Towers safely once they were condemned around 1990, at a cost of $2B+, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey elected to be complicit in a false flag terrorism event organized by the Zionists and approved as well as overseen by Dick Cheney, toward commercial insurance fraud yielding $7-12B for the criminal conspiracy that carried out 9/11, never mind the cost to the local public, never mind the $7 trillion dollar cost of war in the Middle East, of, by, and for the Zionst State of Israel that continues to treat the USA as its shiksa (gentile whore). President Trump has done well at defeating the Deep State on the financial front his looming take-over of the Federal Reserve is long overdue. What he has NOT done is shown the public the truth about 9/11 such that the public will join the President in smashing the fake news mainstream and Zionist-controlled social media, while reforming the elections process so that 100% of our voters are engaged, instead of the current 50%,

See Especially:

Memoranda for the President on 9/11: Time for the Truth False Flag Deep State Truth!

21:34

Emerging economies under pressure amid Turkish crisis Peace and Freedom

Authoritarian leaders meddling in monetary decisions often goes this way

Turkeys ongoing financial crisis has primarily been caused by a preponderance of foreign debt. The severity of the crisis has rocked other emerging markets, raising questions of possible knock-on effects.

    
Trkei Brse in Istanbul (picture-alliance/AP Photo/L. Pitarakis)

Turkeys financial crisis has been expected for quite some time. Fears over the countrys reliance on foreign currency to keep its economy moving grew throughout 2018, and the Turkish liras collapse in value last week, while spectacular, was not entirely surprising.

With one of the largest current account deficits in the world, Turkeys banks and big companies have battled against that gap by borrowing heavily in foreign currency to maintain activity in the economy.

However, as fears over Turkish economic policies under authoritarian President Tayyip Erdogan have increased, that debt has come under severe pressure. Foreign investment has dramatically slowed in the country and the lira is being sold off rapidly.

The Turkish situation has raised questions about the state of other emerging economies with high levels of foreign currency debt. Although the lira recovered somewhat on Tuesday, the currencies of other emerging economies have taken a nosedive since the Turkish currency chaos erupted.

On Tuesday, the Indian rupee fell to a record low of 70 against the US dollar, while the Argentine peso, South African rand and Brazilian real also lost value earlier this week after a wave of selling.

Indonesias central bank hiked interest rates on Wednesday in an attempt to halt a sell-off in its rupiah while the Chinese yuan has also suffered, falling to a 15-month low against the dollar.

Dollar debt

Its the usual classic emerging markets story where people wake up, see bad news in one country and start selling everywhere, Bart Turtelboom, chief executive at international emerging markets company APQ Global, told the news agency Reuters.

...

21:30

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Tip of the Hat to Contributing Editor Stephen E. Arnold.

21:30

Turkish presidents latest gamble not the right way to tackle economic challenges, say experts Peace and Freedom

Beyond its financial aspect, there is currently a psychological war between the two countries through high-level rhetoric, says expert

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has raised the stakes in a diplomatic stand-off between his country and the US with a call to boycott US electronic goods such as iPhone.

The call is in retaliation for recent sanctions imposed by Washington over the detention of an American pastor for almost two years.

Whatever we buy from abroad we are going to produce here in better quality and export it. We are going to boycott US electronics, said Erdogan on Tuesday. If they have iPhones, there is Samsung on the other side, and we have our own Venus, Vestel here, he said in a speech to members of his AK Party. The call resulted in a 5 percent increase in the share value of Turkish electronic company Vestel.

However, Erdogan is known for his use of Apple products, with his famous appeal on the night of the July 2016 failed coup calling on citizens to take to the streets carried out through FaceTime, an iPhone app.

By MENEKSE TOKYAY
Arab News

A businessman holding US dollars poses for his friend in front of a currency exchange office in Ankara. (Reuters)

Sinan Ulgen, a former Turkish diplomat who chairs the Istanbul-based Center for Economics and Foreign Policy, said Erdogans latest gamble was not the right way to tackle the countrys economic challenges.

At this point what is needed is to reassure markets and investors that the government is aware of the difficulties and the structural problems of the Turkish economy, Ulgen told Arab News.

The presidents combative remarks are more focused on maintaining the support of Turkish public opinion at a time of economic duress. But these remarks also nurture a perception abroad that Ankara is failing to evaluate the needs and essential steps to avoid a more severe economic downturn, he said.

Turkeys current account deficit, which has widened to 6.3 percent of GDP, is a chronic problem as the country imports more goods and services than it exports, forcing it to borrow foreign money to make up the difference.

Paul Levin, director of Stockholm University Institute for Turkish Studies, said that any positive effects of patriotic action by tradesmen, retailers and ordinary Turks to defend the lira will be temporary.

A sustainable response would entail monetary policy actions that convince the markets that Turkish policymakers can be trusted again. The nationalist rhetoric and talk of boycotts hurt more than it helps, Levin told Arab News. A cease-fire in the diplomatic spat with the US would b...

21:25

"Too Big to Fail": Russia-gate One Year After VIPS Showed a Leak, Not a Hack Strategic Culture Foundation

One year later, the VIPS memo contending that the DNC emails were leaked and not hacked has yet to be successfully challenged. Meanwhile, the country sinks deeper into the morass of the new McCarthyism, comments Patrick Lawrence.

20:55

US FY 2019 Defense Budget Becomes Law Strategic Culture Foundation

This is a defense budget of confrontation giving preference to pressure instead of negotiations and diplomacy.

20:30

UK: Theresa May says The twisted aim of the extremists is to use violence and terror to divide us. They will never succeed. Jihad Watch

The twisted aim of the extremists is to use violence and terror to divide us. They will never succeed. In reality, the aim of Islamic jihadists is to destabilize non-Muslim governments in the hope of ultimately establishing an Islamic state. But Mays statement isnt just the usual meaningless blather that ineffectual leaders say after an []

20:26

Israel reopens Gaza crossing as truce talks press on Peace and Freedom

Israel reopened its only goods crossing with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday after closing it to most deliveries on July 9 over months of border tensions, as relative calm returned and truce talks pressed ahead.

The crossing is a vital lifeline for Gazans and their crippled economy, but Israel had closed it to goods except for food and medicine to pressure Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the blockaded Palestinian enclave.

The opening came as speculation increased over negotiations mediated by Egypt and UN officials to reach a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas.

AFP | A truck carrying goods for Palestinians arrives at Kerem Shalom crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on August 15, 2018

Israels security cabinet was reportedly meeting Wednesday to discuss the indirect talks, but Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said any deal must include Hamas returning the remains of two soldiers it is believed to be holding a major sticking point.

Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, including Hamas, have fought three wars since 2008 and tension since late March has led to fears of yet another full-blown conflict.

There have been three severe military flare-ups since July, the latest occurring on Thursday, when Israel responded to some 180 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza with widespread air strikes.

In your hands

Lieberman warned that the crossing would again be closed if there was further violence and called on Gazans to pressure Hamas.

Our message is that you must put pressure on the Hamas leadership, he told Israeli public radio.

It is all in your hands. If calm prevails, you benefit. If the violence resumes, you will lose.

An AFP journalist at the goods crossing, known as Kerem Shalom, said dozens of trucks carrying various types of goods began passing into the Gaza Strip.

Israel also returned the fishing zone it enforces off the strip to nine nautical miles in the south of the enclave. The limit is six nautical miles in the north, which borders Israel.

On July 9, Israeli authorities closed the crossing to most deliveries, partly in response to kites and balloons being flown across the border carrying firebombs to burn Israeli farmland, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

Food and medicines have been allowed through, but fuel and cooking gas had been intermittently blocked, including since August 2. All other goods were turned away.

The fuel ban exacerbated an electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip, which already suffers from severe power shortages and relies on generators in many cases.

UN officials have repeatedly called for the blockade to be lifted, citing deteriorating humanita...

20:25

Young Girl to UN: Free My Family Now Clarion Project

Mystery surrounds the fate of some 36 Syrians captured in the As-Suwayda area in southern Syria. And now, a small girl recorded a heartfelt please to the United Nations: Free my family now.

Sumina Rafeh Abu Ammars relatives are among those taken most of whom are from the countrys Druze minority. Initial reports suggested the hostages were taken by ISIS but now the picture is less clear, with the distinct possibility that fighters loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may also be involved. Its thought thats why Sumina makes her plea to the UN rather than any local parties.

Below the video is a translation of her words.

 

 

I am Sumina Rafeh Abu Ammar from the village Shbiki.
I call on countries of the world and the UN Human Rights Council to try to release the women and children that were kidnapped.
I need them. I cant go to school without them. And the school is close-by.
Im pleading with you: Dont deprive them of going to school like the rest of the worlds children.
I miss them a lot.
I miss my uncles children [she lists their names]. I miss my friends in school [she lists their names]. I miss my friend Rayde Gbei.
I am pleading with you to listen to what I am saying and bring them back in good health.

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Monster Hunter on hold as China hits pause on new video games Peace and Freedom

China appears to have halted approvals of new online game licences, with reports Wednesday that a government shake-up was causing paralysis in the worlds biggest gaming market.

The hold-up has battered shares of market leaders like Tencent, which have plunged since the company said it had been ordered to remove hit game Monster Hunter: World from sale, only days after its debut.

Bloomberg News reported Wednesday that China had stopped approving any new mobile games as part of a wider shake-up of the market.

AFP/File | Chinas gaming market is worth around $38 billion dollars, analysts say, making it the worlds largest

Checks of the National Radio and Television Administrations online list of approved games showed that no new titles had been added since May. The list is normally updated regularly.

Quoting unnamed sources, Bloomberg said approvals for online, console and mobile games have been stalled for months by regulatory personnel changes linked to President Xi Jinpings ongoing consolidation of power, leaving developers stranded.

Chinas Economic Daily in June had quoted the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the other state body involved in approvals, as saying the agencies were undergoing organisational adjustments.

Regulators have also balked at approving games featuring violence and gambling, Bloomberg quoted a source saying, as Xi pushes a purification campaign in media and entertainment.

Hong Kong-listed shares in Tencent, which derives much of its income from games, dropped more than three percent on Wednesday and are down around 10 percent since last weeks announcement.

A Tencent spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Other Chinese game developers also lost ground on Wednesday after reports of the approval freeze emerged. Perfect World ended 0.11 percent lower and 37 Interactive was down 0.86 percent, after both fell more than one percent earlier in the session.

Alpha Group shed 2.27 percent.

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Police patrol the area where protesters from the so-called Bureau of American-Islamic Relations (BAIR) take part in a demonstration in front of the Islamic Association of North Texas at the Dallas Central Mosque on December 12, 2015 in Richardson, Texas. About two dozen members of the group protested in front of the mosque, as counter-protesters demonstrated across the street.  (Photo: John Moore / Getty Images)

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  • Launch a nationwide training program to encourage 200 American Muslims to run for office in 2020
  • Hire a full-time political candidate trainer to engage Muslims

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St. John Vianney, the Cur of Ars: On The Service of the Blessed Virgin Peace and Freedom

THE SERVICE OF MARY, OUR MOTHER

If I wanted to, I would show you that in all walks of life there have been great servants of the Blessed Virgin. I would find for you, among them, those who begged their bread from door to door. I would find for you, among them, those who lived in much the same sort of state in life as many of you. I would find them for you among the wealthy, and in great number, too. We read in the Gospel that our Lord always treated people with great tenderness, except for one type of people whom He treated with severity; these were the Pharisees, and they were so treated because they were proud and hardened in sin. They would willingly have hindered, if they could, the accomplishment of the will of the Father. What is more, our Lord called them whited sepulchers, hypocrites, brood of vipers, offspring of vipers, who devour the breasts of their mothers.

We can say the same thing on the subject of devotion to the Blessed Virgin. All Christians have a great devotion to Mary except those old and hardened sinners who, for a very long time, having lost the faith, wallow in the slime of their brute passions. The Devil tries to keep them in this state of blindness until that moment when death opens their eyes. Ah! If they had but the happiness to have recourse to Mary they would not fall into Hell, as will happen to them! No, my dear children, let us not imitate such people! On the contrary, let us follow the footsteps of all those true servants of Mary. Belonging to this number were St. Charles Borromeo, who always said his rosary on his knees. What is more, he fasted on all vigils of the feasts of the Blessed Virgin. He was so careful about saluting her on the stroke of the bell that when the Angelus rang, wherever he was, he went down on his knees, sometimes even in the middle of the road when it was full of mud. He desired that his whole diocese should have a great devotion to Mary and that her name would be uttered everywhere with the utmost respect. He had a number of chapels built in her honor.

Now then, my dear brethren, why should not we imitate these great saints who obtained so many graces from Mary to preserve them from sin? Have we not the same enemies to fight, the same Heaven to hope for? Yes, Mary always has her eyes upon us. Do we suffer temptations? Let us turn our hearts towards Mary and we shall be delivered.

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Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, August 15, 2018 My spirit rejoices in God my Savior Peace and Freedom

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My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.

From: LK 1:39-56

All of todays readings are at:

http://usccb.org/bible/readings/081518-day-mass.cfm

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15 AUGUST, 2018, Wednesday, The Assumption of the B.V. Mary

ASSUMPTION IN THE LIGHT OF CHRISTS RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION

SCRIPTURE READINGS: [REV 11:1912:1-6.101 COR 15:20-26LK 1:39-56  ]

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Turkish Airlines, Telecoms Firm to Halt US Advertising GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Ankara (MEMO)  Turkeys national airline and its main telecoms firm will halt advertising in US media in response to the crisis in relations between the two allies, company officials said today.
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Flag carrier Turkish Airlines and Turk Telekom made their announcements after a campaign on Twitter calling for an end to advertising in US media outlets.

The moves came as President Tayyip Erdogan, whose government is locked in a dispute with Washington over the fate of a US evangelical pastor on trial in Turkey, today announced a boycott of US electronic goods.

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Before Attack on Corbyn for Wreath-Laying, Netanyahu Celebrated Terror Attack that Killed 28 Brits Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Before Attack on Corbyn for Wreath-Laying, Netanyahu Celebrated Terror Attack that Killed 28 Brits Netanyahus criticism of Jeremy Corbyns wreath-laying ceremony to honor those killed in an Israeli airstrike is entirely disingenuous, not just because the accusations made were inaccurate, but because Netanyahu himself has attended a ceremony celebrating a terror attack. by Whitney Webb []

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South Koreas economic integration plan with North risks US ire Peace and Freedom

Blueprint to establish road and rail links comes amid faltering progress on denuclearisation

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South Koreas Moon Jae-in (R) has outlined plans to establish road and rail links with the North Korean regime of Kim Jong Un (L) by the end of the year AP

Bryan Harris in Seoul

South Korea is planning to establish road and rail links with North Korea by the end of the year as Seoul seeks to bolster economic engagement with the regime amid faltering progress on denuclearisation.

The plan, however, is likely to raise eyebrows in the US, which has remained steadfast about maintaining stringent sanctions on Pyongyang in a bid to coerce the regime to abandon its nuclear weapons.

If completed, the infrastructure projects would represent a concrete step towards the economic integration of the Koreas a prospect that economists believe could in the long-run dramatically improve growth in both countries.

The approval rating of President Moon Jae-in has fallen to 58 per cent from 79 per cent in June amid growing concerns his policies are not doing enough to revitalise South Koreas sluggish economy.

Even though political unification may be a long way off, establishing peace between the South and the North and freely visiting each other, and forming a joint economic community is true liberation to us, Mr Moon said on Wednesday at an event to mark the countrys independence day.

With a nod to the origins of the EU as a simple trading bloc, the 65-year-old leader added that he wished to create a Northeast Asian railroad community that would bring together the two Koreas, the US and four other Asian countries, most likely China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia.

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DURING A RECENT APPEARANCE at Dillard University in New Orleans, Senator Elizabeth Warren offered what she called the hard truth about our criminal justice system: its racist. . . . I mean, all the way, front to back.

She then detailed the systems inequities, such as disproportionate arrests and sentencing for African-Americans, and laws that keep convicted felons from voting, even after they have served their time.

No lies detected.

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Elizabeth Warren. Credit Gerald Herbert Associated Press

Of course, Warrens statement got Fox News and other conservatives frothing. Yarmouth Police Chief Frank G. Frederickson called her comments disrespectful and divisive. With his sights on reelection in November, Governor Charlie Baker told the Boston Herald that police absolutely feel like theyve been on the wrong end of a lot of this rhetoric thats gone on in this country for quite a while.

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Chinas regulators freeze approval of game licenses amid a government shake-up Chinas internet sector in crackdown Peace and Freedom

Chinas regulators have frozen approval of game licenses amid a government shake-up, according to people familiar with the matter, throwing the worlds biggest gaming market into disarray.

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The halt follows a restructuring of power among departments, said the people, who asked not to be named because they dont have approval to discuss the issue publicly. Regulators have also been concerned about violence and gambling in some games, according to one person. Online, mobile and console games have all been affected.

The whole sector has been rattled as gaming companies from online giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. to small developers await approvals. Tencent, the countrys gaming and social media goliath, has shed more than $150 billion in market value since its January peak, while smaller players complain they are struggling to survive without new titles.

China has one of the worlds most stringent approval processes for video games, an extension of Beijings obsession with maintaining control over online content so it can root out dissent and other ideas it considers undesirable, from sex to graphic violence. But its massive smartphone and web population also makes it the worlds largest gaming market with an estimated $37.9 billion in revenueaccording to research by Newzoo.

Attendees walk past the Epic Games Inc. Fortnite: Battle Royal booth during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. For three days, leading-edge companies, groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products is showcased at E3. Photographer: Troy Harvey/Bloomberg

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Jane Yip, a spokeswoman for Tencent, declined to comment on game approvals. The ministries didnt immediately respond to faxed requests for comment.

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Part of Genoas Morandi motorway bridge collapsed on August 14, killing at least 35 people and sparking a huge rescue operation. Experts say that the bridge has been riddled with structural problems since its construction in the 1960s.

On Tuesday specialist engineering website Ingegneri.info published a piece that highlighted how the bridge had always presented structural doubts, calling it a tragedy waiting to happen.

Valery Hache, AFP | Rescuers inspect the rubble and wreckages by the Morandi motorway bridge after a section collapsed earlier in Genoa on August 14, 2018

Lending support to the website was Antonio Brencich, a professor of reinforced concrete construction at the University of Genoa, highlighting the constant maintenance the bridge needed.

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Terror Attack at UK Parliament: Salih Khater named as suspect Peace and Freedom

 

The suspect being led away by policeThe suspect, in a black bomber jacket, being led away by police

The man being held on suspicion of terrorism after the Westminster car crash has been named as Salih Khater by government sources.

The 29-year-old British citizen, originally from Sudan, is being questioned in south London.

Police have been searching three addresses in Birmingham and Nottingham as part of their investigation.

Three people were injured after the vehicle hit cyclists and pedestrians during Tuesday mornings rush hour.

The car can be seen crashing into a barrier

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The suspect is not believed to have been known to MI5 or counter-terrorism police, but is understood to have been known to local police.

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Police search addresses after suspected terrorist attack at UK parliament Peace and Freedom

Police searched three addresses in central England as part of an investigation into what they said appeared to be a terrorist attack outside Britains parliament when a man drove a car into pedestrians and cyclists.

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Police officers stand at the vehicle barrier to the Houses of Parliament where a car crashed after knocking down cyclists and pedestrians yesterday in Westminster, London, Britain, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A 29-year-old driver, a British citizen who had originally come from another country, was arrested on Tuesday morning after ramming his car into barriers outside parliament in Westminster, injuring three people.

Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method, and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident, London Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu told reporters shortly after the crash.

Police officers stand at the vehicle barrier to the Houses of Parliament where a car crashed after knocking down cyclists and pedestrians yesterday in Westminster, London, Britain, August 15, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

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That was the first of five attacks in Britain last year that police designated as terrorism, three of which used vehicles as weapons.

Police said late on Tuesday they were searching three addresses, two in Birmingham and one in Nottingham, in a bid to understand the full circumstances and motivation behind this incident.

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The BBC, citing unnamed sources, have reported that the man was from the Birmingham area and known to police, although not to intelligence or counter-terrorism agencies.

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On Thursday, more than 100 newspapers around the country are set to publish editorials in a coordinated push back against Trumps repeated complaints of fake news and his remark that many in the press are the enemy of the people.
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The Boston Globe initiated the campaign, and contacted local and national papers around the country to get them to join the effort.

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We have some big newspapers, but the majority are from smaller markets, all enthusiastic about standing up to Trumps assault on journalism, Boston Globes deputy editorial page editor Marjorie Pritchard told CNN on Saturday.

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PM Modi calling Imran Khan a positive development, says Pakistan envoy Peace and Freedom

The envoy emphasised that peaceful relations with all Pakistans neighbours, including India, were accorded high priority in the foreign policy vision outlined by the incoming leadership in Pakistan.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 15, 2018 10:45:22 am
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PM Modi calling Imran Khan a positive development, says Pakistan envoy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling PTI chairman Imran Khan after the results of the general elections is another positive development, said Pak envoy.Prime Minister Narendra Modis call to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan to congratulate him for winning the elections is a positive development, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood said on Tuesday and expressed hope that such steps could lead to betterment of ties.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling PTI chairman Imran Khan after the results of the general elections is another positive development. And it is hoped that such positive developments will lead to the betterment of ties between the two countries, Mahmood said during an event at the Pakistan High Commission to mark the countrys 72nd independence day.

The envoy emphasised that peaceful relations with all Pakistans neighbours, including India, were accorded high priority in the foreign policy vision outlined by the incoming leadership in Pakistan.

During the celebrations, the envoy hoisted his countrys flag to the tune of the Pakistan national anthem. As people greeted each other, students of the Pakistan High Commission School presented a medley of songs.

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August 13, 2018 By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-ishchenko-formats-of-friendship-russia-vs-america/ source: https://ukraina.ru/opinion/20180809/1020784827.html The US arbitrarily and contrary to the opinion of the world community not only left the nuclear deal with Iran, but also imposed new sanctions on it, which were declared to be much more extensive and severe than []

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Confronting Israel Is Important stan van houcke

Why Confronting Israel Is Important

The Jewish state is no friend

By Philip Giraldi
Global Research, August 14, 2018

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Opposing Bipartisan Warmongering is Defending Human Rights of the Poor and Working Class Dissident Voice

The decision by Democrat party president Harry Truman to bomb the cities of Hiroshima on August 6 and Nagasaki on the 9th with the newly developed nuclear weapon signaled to the world that the U.S. was prepared to use military force to back up its new-found position as the leader of the Western colonial-capitalist powers, now referred to as the Western alliance. The main audience for that grotesque display of racist violence in 1945 was the Soviet Union but some 73 years later, militarism and war continue to be the central instruments of U.S. foreign policy.

This is the lesson we must stress continually as the public is being subjected to a constant barrage of incitements to support the use of military force by the U.S state against a growing array of enemies and potential enemies from Russia and China to Iran and the never-ending war on terror. Working-class and poor people must oppose war in part because they are the expendable cannon fodder used to advance ruling-class dominance under the banner of protecting the national interests, which are really only those of the economic elites. Fighting for those interests means killing poor and working-class people in other parts of the world.

In this era of economic warfare between competing capitalist nations and newly forming capitalist blocs, taking an anti-war position is a pro-working class, pro-poor, pro-displaced peasant/farmer, and internationalist position. The economic sanctions (a form of warfare) that the U.S. levies against various nations have nothing to do with concerns for human rights official rationales notwithstanding but everything to do with undermining economic competitors and non-compliant states and movements as in Venezuela. It should be clear that supporting U.S. aggression in the form of economic warfare, subversion, proxy war and direct military intervention is, in fact, supporting the interests of the U.S.-based transnational capitalist class. Yet many leftists have embraced a crude national chauvinism and joined liberals in demonizing various peoples and nations and thus objectively providing support to and political cover for the capitalist/imperialist system that they pretend to oppose.

The structural crisis of international capital is also a crisis of the nation-state, especially in the centers of global capital from London to New York. The imposition of neoliberal economic restructuring in the West generated a crisis of legitimacy for the neoliberal global architecture that was carefully crafted over the last four decades. The post-war compromise between capital and labor that was officially negated with the economic crisis of 1973-75 and the turn to neoliberalism produced the conditions and politics that produced Donald Trump in 2016.

But the crisis of legitimacy also produced something else a more pronounced dependency by the state on the use of force, be it in the Black and Brown colonized areas where the economically margina...

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DoD Inspector General to Finally Investigate Military Pollution The Anti-Media

Military Pollution(PP)  The Department of Defenses internal watchdog is launching an investigation into the militarys heavily polluting practice of open burning and detonating hazardous explosive materials on its properties, as well as its frequent reliance on federal contractors to carry out that work. The inquiry, announced Aug. 10 on the website of the departments Office of Inspector General, will []

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Syri Groen licht voor Idlib

Zoals te verwachten was is vandaag tijdens de gespreken tussen de Russische minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Serge Lavrov en zijn Turkse ambtsgenoot een akkoord bereikt over de toestand in de Syrische provincie Idlib. Dit is een zogenaamde de-escalatiezone die in gezamenlijk beheer is van Rusland en Turkije. Met Ankara die hier rondom het gebied twaalf observatieposten heeft.
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Een deel van die jihadisten is op dit ogenblik trouw aan Turkije maar de toestand zelf is geheel onduidelijk. Zeker is dat de sterks...

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TSA Says Armed Surveillance of Americans When They Fly Makes a Lot of Sense The Anti-Media

Quiet Skies(ZHE)  The TSA has broken its silence to defend its alarming domestic surveillance program called Quiet Skies which allows the agency to use teams of armed Air Marshals to follow, track and surveil virtually anyone. TSA administrator David Pekoske told CBS news in a recent interview that the program makes an awful lot of sense, to be able to look at []

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ISIS remains strong with 30,000 members in Iraq and Syria, experts warn intelNews.org

The Islamic State has recovered from some of its recent defeats in the battlefield and has as many as 30,000 committed members in Iraq and Syria, according to two reports by American and United Nations experts.

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US Officials Warn of Disturbing Russian Space Weapons at UN Conference The Anti-Media

Russian Space Weapons(ANTIWAR.COM)  US officials at a UN conference expressed deep suspicion of Russia for its advancement in the creation of space weapons. Assistant Secretary of State Yleem Poblete called Russias developments disturbing. Russian officials dismissed the claims as unfounded and slanderous, saying they want to avoid a new arms race in outer space. US officials say a []

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Plans To Memorialize a War Without End Antiwar.com Original

On August 8, The New York Times Magazines C.J. Chivers published a lengthy pre-mortem of the failures of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, noting how "Aside from displacing tyrants and leading to the eventual killing of Osama bin Laden, none of this turned out as pitched. Prominent successes were short-lived." This faint praise of Continue reading "Plans To Memorialize a War Without End"

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How Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing Antiwar.com Original

When Mike Treen, the National Director of the "Unite Union" in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance. Continue reading "How Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing"

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US Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen Antiwar.com Original

On August 9, a U.S.-supported Saudi airstrike bombed a bus carrying schoolchildren in Saada, a city in northern Yemen. The New York Times reported that the students were on a recreational trip. According to the Saada health department, the attack killed at least forty-three people. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, at Continue reading "US Is Complicit in Child Slaughter in Yemen"

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Holy Cow Israel Continue to Have its Way, So is Saudi Arabia Covert Geopolitics

Deep State-sanctioned Israel bullying against inferior Gaza and Saudis airstrike against Yemeni civilian targets continue. The global communitys attention is somewhere else. While America has grown numb to the fact that its own government is complicit in all of these genocidal crimes that sometimes victimize its own people, too. Nevertheless, its still wise to keep Continue reading Holy Cow Israel Continue to Have its Way, So is Saudi Arabia

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Argentina: Supreme Court Overturns Milagro Salas Prison Transfer INTERNATIONALIST 360

Argentinas Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that social leader and member of the Mercosur Parliament Milagro Sala be returned to house arrest, after being sent to a federal prison in Northwestern province of Salta last week. In the ruling, the president of the supreme court Ricardo Lorenzetti and four other justices  instructed the Supreme Court of...

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Omar al-Bashirs nomination draws fire from all sides in Sudan Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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