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Friday, 20 July

02:12

"Authoritarian Gold Bugs" Strike Again! Venezuela & Turkey Cooperate Penny for your thoughts

 Authoritarian Gold bugs is a reference to this previous post:

As reported for years at this blog. The US has been targeting Turkey. 
Turkish leadership knows this and has taken a number of measures to protect the country.

One such example of this move to self defense from potential US attacks is rather obvious in the purchase of the Russian S-400.
"This weapon will be used against Turkey in case of possible hostilities. 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.

As has been previously explained:

- Turkey did not participate in the US sanctions scheme against Iran. 
- Which raised the ire of US officials resulting in the Halkbank kangaroo court case. 
- With the Magnitsky name being bandied about as an excuse to justify sanctions against Turkey.
If you're following the bouncing ball.... Magnitsky bounces to Bill Browder. 
Bill Browder was mentioned most recently at the Helsinki summit by Putin. 
Putin spoke of Bill Browder - Browder being the impetus for the Magnistsky act and all those sanctions against Russia- Putin mentioned how much money he was able to extract from Russia inappropriately-
I've covered the issues regarding the Halkbank show trial. The fact that Turkey and Iran still traded despite the US edict to ostracize, wage economic warfare against, Iran. Even though Turkey did nothing illegal, as was all previously written about here at the blog.

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02:08

Worldwide Hurricane World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson, July 19, 2018.

In planning a conference that is coming up in Toronto, Ive been seeking out stories of peace and justice in Toronto and Canada. Wow are there a lot of them, as well as plenty of war and injustice as well. One of my favorites has got to be the story of Rubin Hurricane Carter. Terry Typhoon Swinton, who got his name from Carter, sent me a copy of the book he co-authored with Sam Chaiton in 1991, and co-lived with an amazing group of people from 1979 to 1988 while Hurricane lived it, if living is the word for it, buried alive for something that he never done from 1967 to 1985.

Here comes the story of the Hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For somethin that he never done
Put in a prison cell, but one time he coulda been
The champion of the world
Bob Dylan and Jacques Levy

Of course, Hurricane is not an entirely Canadian story. Hurricane was an American, wrongly imprisoned in New Jersey, played by Denzel Washington in a 1999 movie. But the family he acquired for the last several years of his imprisonment was mostly Canadians, living in Toronto, until some of them moved down to New Jersey. The book, Lazarus and the Hurricane, ought to be read in every history class in the United States, if not Canada and elsewhere. It ought to be as well known as Sacco and Vanzetti or the Scottsboro Boys, John Browns last comments, or what Thoreau supposedly said to Emerson through the bars. Without ever dropping the story of the Canadians struggle to free the Hurricane, the book provides a compelling portrait of the evils of mass incarceration, a critique of misplaced priorities in social policy, an analysis of race relations, a study of urban life, of international exchange, of the impacts of early education on later life, and of course of the U.S. justice system.

What it took to free the Hurricane included an abundance of overwhelmingly exculpatory evidence, but that alone would never have broken him out. It also included many millions of dollars worth of work donated free-of-charge by lawyers. But its highly doubtful that alone would have ever worked. It also took major celebrity, public pressure, an international scandal, a song by Bob Dylan all of which may have helped generate some of the free legal work, but may have also further entrenched the criminal prosecution (a phrase I use to mean that the prosecutors were violating the law), and in any case dwindled away years before freeing anybody. Success also requi...

02:00

Israel Passes Nation State Law Enshrining Jewish Supremacy The Anti-Media

Israel Jewish Supremacy(MEE)  Israel passed a law on Thursday giving Jews supremacy over all non-Jewish Israeli citizens, which critics and members of the states Palestinian minority called racist, likening the legislation to apartheid. The Nation State law passed by a vote of 62-55 and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament after months of political argument. Following the vote Palestinian []

01:49

The UAE is scrambling to control ports in Africa Horseed Media

IT SEEMED an irrational decision 20 years ago. DP World is one of the worlds largest maritime firms. From a squat office overlooking Dubais bustling Jebel Ali port, it directs operations in 40 countries. Most are in busy shipping hubs such as London and Rotterdam. But in the 1990s it started making surprisingly big investments []

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01:45

The SW effort is about over - Idlib next Sic Semper Tyrannis

"On July 19, the remaining militants of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the southern governorate of al-Quneitra surrendered and accepted an evacuation agreement, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria. Under the agreement,...

01:43

Wilbur Ross: Too Early to Say Whether National Security Probe Will Bring Auto Tariffs Peace and Freedom

Commerce Department hearings are part of an investigation into whether a 1962 law can be used to impose duties on foreign-sourced cars and car parts

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the government is still analyzing whether it will impose tariffs on imported vehicles and auto parts.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the government is still analyzing whether it will impose tariffs on imported vehicles and auto parts.PHOTO: ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG NEWS

Updated July 19, 2018 11:06 a.m. ET

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WASHINGTONCommerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Thursday that it is too early to say whether the Trump administration will move ahead with proposed tariffs of up to 25% on imported vehicles and auto parts.

Speaking ahead of a hearing in Washington, Mr. Ross said the government is still analyzing whether it will impose tariffs on national security grounds, following a similar move on metals imports earlier this year.

Its obvious by the attendance here this morning how vital this industry is to the U.S. and global economy, Mr. Ross said.

The Commerce Department hearings are part of an investigation launched in May into whether the Trump administration can use a 1962 national-security law to impose duties on foreign-sourced cars and car parts.

The Trump administrations hard line has won praise in some quarters, including the countrys largest automotive labor union, the United Auto Workers, which has expressed qualified support and criticized industry moves to shift production outside the U.S.

Representatives for the biggest auto makers, components suppliers and deal...

01:42

Lab-Grown Meat Could Soon Disrupt Factory Farming as We Know It The Anti-Media

Mosa Meats(CW)  A solution to the widespread environmental issues of factory farming may be available to consumers in at little as three years. Netherlands-based Mosa Meats announced this week that it has received the funding it needs to bring its lab-grown meat to the public by 2021. The company secured funding from M Ventures and Bell Food Group. M []

01:40

US intelligence officials called to resign despite Trumps Russia retraction intelNews.org

Several American former intelligence officials have called on their active colleagues to resign despite President Donald Trumps retraction of his remarks about Russias alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.

01:36

Hoopa Valley Tribe Plans Lawsuit To Protect Salmon On The Brink Of Extinction CENSORED NEWS

Hoopa Valley Tribe Plans Lawsuit To Protect Salmon On The Brink Of Extinction July 18, 2018 Censored News The Hoopa Valley Tribe (Tribe) today announced that it will file a lawsuit within 60 days unless federal agencies reduce the numbers of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed Klamath-Trinity origin Coho salmon being killed in the Pacific Ocean. Klamath River origin Coho salmon have

01:34

We want to hear from Scotland Yard, not media reports on Skripals case Russian envoy to UK Aletho News

RT | July 19, 2018 Moscow is waiting for any official statement on the Skripal attack suspects, Russian ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, has said in the wake of media reports that police identified some Russians as the culprits. On Thursday, the Press Association reported that British investigators believe they identified the suspected perpetrators []

01:33

The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched and Held Responsible Foreign Policy Journal

Rohingya refugees in Rakhine State, Burma (Mathias Eick, EU/ECHO)

01:28

Youll never guess where the next James Bond villain is from Aletho News

RT | July 19, 2018 James Bonds nemesis in the upcoming 007 film will be (now whisper it) Russian. In what could be a sign of the times, its the first time in 20 years the fictional English spy will be battling it out with a Moscow baddie. 1999s The World Is Not Enough was []

01:25

Crazed US Presstitutes Drive the World to Nuclear War Foreign Policy Journal

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Luzhsky training ground during the main stage of the Zapad-2017 joint Russian-Belarusian strategic exercises. (The Kremlin)

01:15

Trumps Russian Meddling Reversal Suggests US Becoming Authoritarian Aletho News

Sputnik July 19, 2018 Both media and political backlash being thrown against US President Donald Trump for his flip-flopping antics on whether or not Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election suggests that the Land of the Free is heading toward an authoritarian route, historian and investigative journalist Gareth Porter told Sputnik. POTUS spent []

01:12

U.S. Senate leader asks for proposals to block future Russian meddling (Was the Obama Administrations lack of cyber security criminal?) Peace and Freedom

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said he had called on two key Senate panels to recommend additional action aimed at preventing future election meddling by Russia as well as hold hearings on Russia sanctions law.

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters at the Capitol as fallout continued over U.S. President Donald Trumps Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Washington, U.S., July 17, 2018. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan

McConnell, in a statement, said he asked the Republican chairmen of the Senate Banking and Foreign Relations Committees to act as part of Congress ongoing efforts to form part of any national response to meddling by Russia or any other nation in our 2018 elections.

Cyber-attack from Russia - Stock photo (picture-alliance/chromorange/C. Ohde)

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Reporting by Susan Heavey and Tim Ahmann; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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FILE PHOTO: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a press conference on the Trump Administrations tax cuts at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, U.S., on June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Toya Sarno Jordan/File Photo

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01:06

I Will Never Forget These Images. Mondoweiss

I have had the pleasure of working with Mondoweiss for almost one year now. My work with the organization has taken me across Palestine, my home, to places I never would have been if not for Mondoweiss and their commitment to telling the stories of my people. I write this message today to express my gratitude for this Donate to Mondoweissopportunity, my pride in my people, and to ask you to take action to keep this vital work going.

I am a refugee, originally from the Jerusalem-area village of Deir Aban, and was born and raised in the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem. My entire life, I have seen Palestine in the news and have seen how media organizations have misrepresented my people, particularly in Gaza. You too must have seen these biased narratives, aimed at comforting those in power.

Because of the brutal Israeli occupation of Palestine, I have never been able to travel to Gaza to meet my brothers and sisters there. But when the Great March of Return began, I felt it was my duty as a Palestinian journalist to share my platform with the people in Gaza. Mondoweiss gave me that platform.

I connected online with fellow journalists in Gaza who were covering the protests and together we produced powerful videos about the Great March of Return, why people were protesting en masse, what it meant for us as a people, and the horrific suppression of the protests by Israeli forces. Because we were working for Mondoweiss, we were able to tell our Palestinian story, without reservation, and counter the mainstream media narrative that these protests were militant and being orchestrated by Hamas.

I connected with the protesters on a deeply personal level, as the majority of them are also refugees. They were not protesting because they are violent terrorists, as most media outlets said, or because they wanted to destroy Israel and all Jews. They simply were demanding an end to the unbearable siege, and their internationally enshrined rights to return to their homelands that were stolen from thema right that I myself and my people in Aida have dreamed of achieving for generations.

In one of our videos for Mondoweiss, we attempted to portray the excessive use of force being used by Israeli forces across the border and the catastrophic effects it was having on protesters, many of them young men like myself. My partner in Gaza went to hospitals and clinics and filmed scenes of dozens of people in wheelchairs and...

00:59

Why is Trump open to letting Russia interrogate Americans, including former U.S. ambassador McFaul? Peace and Freedom

, USA TODAY  Published 7:49 a.m. ET July 19, 2018 | Updated 10:41 a.m. ET July 19, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin says his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump is the beginning of Russias path back from Western isolation and he denies state-sanctioned Russian interference in the 2016 election. (July 16) AP

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00:55

Putin Confronts the American Dystopia Foreign Policy Journal

US President Donald Trump and Russia President Vladimir Putin at a press conference on July 16, 2018 (The Kremlin)

00:51

Femke Halsema en Eitan Bronstein uit Tel Aviv 2 stan van houcke



Ik heb zojuist op de facebooksite van mevrouw Halsema het volgende geschreven:

mevrouw halsema, zou u een reactie kunnen geven op het volgende interview dat een duidelijk beeld verschaft van tel aviv/jaffa, een -- volgens u -- 'voorbeeldstad' voor amsterdam, als ik de mainstream media moet geloven:  http://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com/2018/07/femke-halsema-en-eitan-bronstein-uit.html

Zie ook: https://stanvanhoucke.blogspot.com/search?q=eitan+bronstein



Dit is Eitan Bronstein in zijn kantoortje in Tel Aviv waar we hem spraken. Een dapper mens, een joods-Israelische activist van de organisatie Zochrot. Eitan zet zich samen met andere Israeli's in voor de bewustwording onder joods Israelis van het feit dat in 1948 een massale etnische zuivering in zijn land heeft plaatsgevonden en vervolgens honderden Palestijnse dorpen door de zionisten met de grond gelijk zijn gemaakt. Het inzien van de eigen verantwoordelijkheid voor deze misdaad ziet Bronstein als de eerste stap op weg naar verzoening met de Palestijnen. Zonder begrip voor het Palestijnse lijden is geen oplossing mogelijk.

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00:50

Israeli strike kills Palestinian man in southern Gaza Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Three others wounded in attack which killed 22-year-old Abed Kareem Ridwan near Rafah, according to Gaza's health ministry

00:45

Celebrating Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and The Democratic Socialists of America Peace and Freedom

Socialism has known increments of success, basic failure and massive betrayal. Yet it is more relevant to the humane construction of the twenty-first century than any other idea.

With those words, Michael Harrington began his book Socialism, published in 1972. In his day, Harrington was often called Americas leading socialist. He was also one of the most decent voices in politics, a view shared not just by his friends but also by most of his critics.

Harrington founded Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), which, in the often splintered politics of the left, was a breakaway group from the old Socialist Party. My hunch is that Harrington whom I counted as a friend until his death in 1989 at the age of 61 would be amazed, though not entirely surprised, by the extraordinary growth of DSA since Bernie Sanderss 2016 presidential campaign.

By E. J. Columnist  July 18 at 4:27 PM
The Washington Post

It would thrill him that the organization is now heavily populated by the young, although I also suspect he would have spirited tactical arguments with youthful rebels about what works in politics. Harrington was a visionary realist, and the dialectic between those two words defined his life. He preached vision to those worn down by a tired political system, and realism to those trying to change it.

Socialists have had quite a journalistic run since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old DSA member, defeated veteran Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), a genial and rather liberal stalwart of the old Queens Democratic machine, in a primary last month.

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00:35

Prayer and Meditation for Friday, July 20, 2018 Put your house in order. And Hezekiah wept bitterly  I desire mercy, not sacrifice. Peace and Freedom

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Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD: O LORD, remember how faithfully and wholeheartedly
I conducted myself in your presence, doing what was pleasing to you! And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

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Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 393

Reading 1 IS 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8

When Hezekiah was mortally ill,
the prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, came and said to him:
Thus says the LORD: Put your house in order,
for you are about to die; you shall not recover.
Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD:O LORD, remember how faithfully and wholeheartedly
I conducted myself in your presence,
doing what was pleasing to you!
And Hezekiah wept bitterly.Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: Go, tell Hezekiah:
Thus says the LORD, the God of your father David:
I have heard your prayer and seen your tears.
I will heal you: in three days you shall go up to the LORDs temple;
I will add fifteen years to your life.
I will rescue you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria;
I will be a shield to this city.Isaiah then ordered a poultice of figs to be taken
and applied to the boil, that he might recover.
Then Hezekiah asked,
What is the sign that I shall go up to the temple of the LORD?

Isaiah answered:
This will be the sign for you from the LORD
that he will do what he has promised:
See, I will make the shadow cast by the sun
on the stairway to the terrace of Ahaz
go back the ten steps it has advanced.
So the sun came back the ten steps it had advanced.

Responsorial Psalm ISAIAH 38:10, 11, 12ABCD, 16

R. (see 17b) You saved my life, O Lord; I shall not die.
Once I said,
In the noontime of life I must depart!
To the gates of the nether world I shall be consigned
for the rest of my years....

00:30

'Jewish nation state': How Israel enshrines apartheid into law Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The law is only the latest attempt to legislate discrimination against Palestinians

00:24

Syrian Military Liberates Seven More Points From Militants In Western Daraa (Map)

Syrian Military Liberates Seven More Points From Militants In Western Daraa (Map)

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On July 19, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) entered the town of al-Shaikh Sad and the areas of Tell al-Bahsa, Tell Ashtara and Khirbat al-Tira in the western Daraa countryside, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

In the northwestern Daraa countryside, the SAA entered the key hill of al-Jabiyah and the villages of al-Sukariyah and Qrqus, northwest of the town of Nawa.

Syrian Military Liberates Seven More Points From Militants In Western Daraa (Map)

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The deployment of the SAA in these areas is a part of the ongoing reconciliation process in western Daraa, which began earlier this month. These areas overlook the pocket of the ISIS-affiliated group Khalid ibn al-Walid Army.

A source in the SAA told SouthFront that the SAA is currently coordinating with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to prevent the ISIS-affiliated group from expanding during the reconciliation process.

According to Syrian pro-government activists, the SAA and former fighters of the FSA, backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces, will launch a join operation against the Khalid ibn al-Walid Army once the reconciliation process is over.

The post Syrian Military Liberates Seven More Points From Militants In Western Daraa (Ma...

00:23

The Spanish Civil War: #Anarchism in Action Enough is Enough!

A classic and detailed introduction to the role anarchism played in the Spanish Civil War and the anarchist revolution within the republican zone. A glossary of political organization names and chronology of events can be found at the end.

Originally published by Workers Solidarity Movement (June 2011). 1st published 1986, 2nd edition 1993, e-mail addition 1994, HTML Markup 1995

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

Download this zine as PDF file: http://struggle.ws/pdfs/spain.pdf

Introduction

Much has been written about the Spanish Civil War but the contribution of the Anarchists has been either totally ignored or reduced to a few footnotes which were often composed of blatant lies. To set the record straight this pamphlet was produced. It is not a history of the Civil War, that would require many hundreds of pages to do justice to the subject. It is an uncovering of the hidden history of the Anarchist participation in Spains anti-fascist struggle.

The anarchist masses threw themselves into a fight against fascism, and its cause, capitalism. Unfortunately the revolution was not complete, the CNT leaders held it back. Indeed their behaviour highlights the effect that power can have on even those who lay claim to anarchism. Spain provided important lessons for anarchists.

The Spanish Civil War Rebellion and Resistance Chapter 1

In the 1930s Europe was experiencing one of its worst ever slumps. The Wall Street crash came in 1929 and its repercussions were felt far and wide. Spain was no exceptionBy 1936 unemployment had gone over 30% in many of the towns and cities Out of a total workforce of three million, one million were out of work. There was no dole and as prices rose by 80% in the five years up to 1936, many encountered severe hardship.

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By European standards Spain was a particularly backward country. Ther...

00:22

CNNs Anderson Cooper goes on Stephen Colbert to explain why he called President Trump disgraceful. Peace and Freedom

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday and discussed why he previously called President Donald Trumps Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin disgraceful.

Cooper drew cheers from the audience after clarifying his original statement from Mondays CNN broadcast. (RELATED: CNNs Anderson Cooper Compares Trump To Autistic Rain Main For Mentioning Hillary Clinton Email Scandal)

I said the most disgraceful performance by an American president on a world stage in my lifetime, Cooper told Colbert to cheers from the audience. It just popped out. I Im not saying it proudly or gleefully. It just popped out. It was the first thing I said. As soon as the press conference was done, it just sort of popped out of my mouth.

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Colbert began mocking Trump for trying to walk back his comments, prompting Cooper to belittle the presidents intelligence.

He has the best words as he told us during the campaign, Cooper continued.

Cooper was appearing alongside Bravo network host Andy Cohen and shifted the conversation to Cohen texting him about hot guys in Helsinki.

Wherever I go Andy always texts me and its often very incongruous to what Im actually doing, Cooper concluded. And I keep getting texts and I checked them during commercial breaks and it is from Andy saying like so how hot are the guys in Helsinki? Im like, I dont Im on the air.

You can Follow Nick on Twitter and Facebook\

Includes video:

http://dailycaller.com/2018/07/19/anderson-cooper-trump-disgraceful/

 

00:19

The Intelligence Community Is Neither Foreign Policy Journal

Russian President Vladimir Putin (The Kremlin)

00:18

FBI Chief Threatens To Quit If Trump Invites Russian Agents To US Peace and Freedom

FBI Chief Christopher Wray dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putins offer for US law enforcement agents to travel to Russia and interview the subjects of last weeks DOJ indictment, saying thats not high on our list of investigative techniques during a Q&A with CNNs Lester Holt at the Aspen Security Forum.

He also threatened to quit if President Trump were to override him and insist on indulging Putins request to have Russian agents interview Michael McFaul, the ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration after Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration was open to the request.

Asked by Holt if hed ever threatened to quit, Wray said, Im a low-key understated guy but that should not be mistaken for what my spine if made of so Ill just leave it at that.

FBI Director Christopher Wray in Washington, D.C. on May 16.
FBI Director Christopher Wray in Washington, D.C. on May 16. PHOTO: TOM WILLIAMS/CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY/NEWSCOM VIA ZUMA PRESS

Wray also insisted that he stands by US intelligence agencies determination that Russia interfered in the US election. He also defended Robert Mueller as a straight shooter who is conducting a professional investigation, Bloomberg reported.

When asked about the indicted Russian intelligence officers during the Helsinki summit, Putin said hed like to send Russian agents to question McFaul and former financier Bill Browder over allegations of tax evasion, and the Russian president offered to let Mueller observe interrogations of the indicted Russian intelligence officers.

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This is our state, the Jewish state. our nation, language and flag Netanyahu in triumph Mondoweiss

The Jewish Nation State bill. Apartheid! By Carlos Latuff

Early today the Israeli parliament passed a law leaders have long put forward, to declare Israel the nation state of the Jewish people. The law says:

Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and they have an exclusive right to national self-determination in it.

Ayman Odeh, the leader of the Joint List (the Palestinian parties in the Knesset), released the following statement:

Today, I will have to tell my children, along with all the children of Palestinian Arab towns in the country, that the state has declared that it does not want us here. It has passed a law of Jewish supremacy and told us that we will always be second-class citizens. But I will also say to them, and to all minorities in this country: we refuse to be second-class citizens; we will not allow the majority to humiliate and destroy us. Netanyahus regime is digging a deep pit of fear, racism, and authoritarianism to divide us from each other. But they can never erase us from the homeland we share. We know that the way forward, the struggle of our lifetime, is to build a future for all of us with democracy, equality, and justice.

Mike Omer-Man of +972:

Arabic was an official language of the State of Israel for 70 years, 2 months, and five days.

No more.

The EU expresses concern that the move sets back hopes for peace.

We are concerned, we have expressed this concern and we will continue to engage with Israeli authorities in this context, a spokeswoman for EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini told a news briefing. Weve been very clear when it comes to the two-state solution, we believe it is the only way forward and any step that would further complicate or prevent this solution of becoming a reality should be avoided.

Benjamin Netanyahu is triumphant. Times of Israel:

Netanyah...

00:11

European Commission refers Hungary to ECJ for defying EU asylum laws Peace and Freedom

he European Commissions legal request could lead to the EUs top court imposing financial sanctions against Hungary. Brussels has also opened a new infringement procedure against Hungarys Stop Soros laws.

    
Migrant transit center on the border between Hungary and Serbia (Getty Images/AFP/C. Segesvari)

The European Commission on Thursday stepped up legal proceedings against Hungary over its restrictive treatment of migrants and failure to comply with EU asylum rules.

The Commission announced it was turning to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over Hungarys non-compliance of its asylum and return legislation with EU law.

It marks the third and final step in Brussels legal procedure against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbans government, which has been ongoing since December 2015. Hungarys could ultimately be slapped with financial sanctions should the ECJ confirm the Commissions line.

The EUs executive branch also opened up a new infringement procedure against Hungary over its new Stop Soros law, which criminalizes support for asylum-seekers.

Migrants in Hungary facing indefinite detention

In a statement, the Commission accused the Orban government of failing to provide migrants with effective access to asylum procedures.

Hungary only allows people to submit asylum applications at its transit centers on its border. Migrants are therefore often held and forced to wait in these special zones for significantly longer than the maximum four weeks allowed under EU rules. The Commission considers that the indefinite detention of asylum-seekers in transit zones without respecting the applicable procedural guarantees is in breach of EU rules, it said in a statement.

Budapest also stands accused of breaching EU guarantees for migrants sent back to their countries of origin and...

00:07

Philippines to expel undesirable Australian nun who irked Duterte Peace and Freedom

The Philippines blacklisted and ordered the deportation on Thursday of an elderly Australian nun at odds with President Rodrigo Duterte, calling her an undesirable alien who broke terms of her missionary visa by engaging in political activism.

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FILE PHOTO: Australian missionary Patricia Fox waves to her supporters before filing a petition calling for the review of her deportation case at the Department of Justice, after the immigration bureau voided her visa following complaints from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte about her participation in protest rallies, in Padre Faura, metro Manila, Philippines May 25, 2018. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/File Photo

The resolution was the second time immigration chiefs have sought to deport Patricia Fox, 71, who two months ago had been granted a reprieve by the justice department.

Fox has worked in the Philippines since the early 1990s and is a coordinator of a congregation of Catholic nuns called Notre Dame de Sion.

The 10-page order said her continued presence in the country poses a risk to public interest and she would be barred from returning.

She is accused of taking part in news conferences, labor-related fact-finding missions and protests calling for political prisoners to be freed, for human rights and land rights to be respected and for martial law to be lifted on the southern island of Mindanao.

Duterte has made no secret of his annoyance at Fox and has said he personally ordered an investigation into her activities. He said he refuses to hear criticism from anyone who is not Filipino.

Thursdays order specifically referred to Dutertes admission that he had asked for Fox to be investigated.

Fox is the latest in a growing number of people who have challenged Duterte and found themselves investigated, detained, humiliated, and sanctioned for offences that his opponents say usually amount to technicalities or minor infringements.

Thats the law, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said of the order to send Fox back to Australia.

Local media quoted Fox as saying she was disappointed but would challenge the order.

Reporting by Martin Petty; editing by David Stamp

Reuters

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00:07

Arabic press review: Hamas to ground Gazas kites Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Egypt applies pressure on Palestinians while a Jordanian MP kicks up a sandstorm over Queen Rania

00:02

Femke Halsema en Eitan Bronstein uit Tel Aviv stan van houcke



Niettegenstaande het feit dat zowel Joodse als Palestijnse bewoners van Tel Aviv protesteren tegen de voortdurende discriminatie van Palestijnse ingezetenen van de stad, ziet Groen Links burgemeester van de hoofdstad, Femke Halsema, Tel Aviv/Jaffa als 'voorbeeldstad' voor Amsterdam. Of mevrouw Halsema weet niets van de situatie in Israel, of zij heeft er lak aan dat Palestijnen daar tweederangs burgers zijn, en ziet zij dit als 'voorbeeld' voor Amsterdam. Zou n van de hoofdstedelijke raadsleden hierover enkele vragen kunnen stellen aan de linkse burgemeester? Welke vragen wordt duidelijk wanneer zij mijn volgende interview lezen:



00:00

Hugh Fitzgerald: The Mosque At Basking Ridge: A Morality Tale? (Part 7) Jihad Watch

Busy as ever, Mr. Chaudry has been inviting non-Muslims to visit the Islamic Center, and after the service, in an adjoining room, Chaudry and the Centers imam took their questions: Why were the women and men separated for prayers? Does the Quran prohibit women from driving? Whats the deal with sharia, and is it practiced []

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23:58

U.S. Jobless Claims Hit Lowest Level Since 1969 Peace and Freedom

Initial claims fall to seasonally adjusted 207,000, lowest since December 1969s 202,000

People attend a job fair in Chicago in June.
People attend a job fair in Chicago in June. PHOTO: ANNIE RICE/ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTONThe number of Americans claiming new unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in nearly five decades.

Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., decreased by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 207,000 in the week ended July 14, the Labor Department said Thursday. This marks the lowest level for claims since December 1969, when there were 202,000 applications for unemployment benefits. Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expected 220,000 new claims last week.

Unemployment-benefit applications have remained low for years, a sign that relatively few Americans are being laid off and seeking assistance in a buoyant U.S. job market.

The four-week moving average of claims, which smooths out weekly volatility, fell by 2,750 to 220,500 last week.

The data can be volatile from week to week, especially around holidays due to difficulties with seasonal adjustment. Claims for the July 7 week, which included the Independence Day holiday, were revised to 215,000.

More broadly, an extremely tight labor marketthe June unemployment rate was 4.0%makes businesses reluct...

23:38

De zionistische bezetting als dagelijkse vernedering stan van houcke

De bezetting als dagelijkse vernedering

Een filmpje van een kwartier geeft een schrijnend beeld van de vernedering die Palestijnen dagelijks ondergaan bij de talloze roadblocks en checkpoints in bezet gebied. Ze worden als vuil behandeld.
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23:37

Donald Trump tweets blamed for alleged spikes in anti-Muslim hate crimes Jihad Watch

It may be a law of nature: President Trump tweets something about Islam. Anti-Muslim hate crimes follow.Whether its a tweet or whether its in a policy (Trump is) introducing, or if its in a policy someone in his administration is introducing, I think it all comes together to create this kind of environment where targeting []

23:36

Echt in de Zionistische Terreur Staat stan van houcke

Isralische slaat militaire rechter Ahed Tamimi en is vrij na n dag

Net nadat de militaire rechter Nariman Tamimi, moeder van Ahed, veroordeelde tot 8 maand en een boete voor het filmen van Aheds slag in het gelaat van een bezettingssoldaat kreeg hij van Isralische activiste Yifat Doron zelf een slag in het gelaat. Ondanks volledige bekentenis en instemming met verdere aanhouding werd ze door een burgerrechtbank een dag later al vrijgelaten.
maandag 26 maart 2018

23:32

July 19, 2018 SDFs Political Wing Seeks To Normalize Relations With Damascus The Vineyard of the Saker

Syrian War Report July 19, 2018: SDFs Political Wing Seeks To Normalize Relations With Damascus https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-july-19-2018-sdfs-political-wing-seeks-to-normalize-relations-with-damascus/ If youre able, and if you like our content and approach, please support

23:31

Amsterdam en het Stigmatiseren van Kritiek op Zionistische Terreur stan van houcke

Amsterdams Joods Akkoord opent deur voor gelijkstelling Isral-kritiek aan antisemitisme

Met het aannemen van het Joods Akkoord nemen politieke partijen in Amsterdam niet alleen duidelijk stelling tegen antisemitisme, maar scheppen zij ook ruimte voor het stigmatiseren van Isral-critici als jodenhaters.
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23:28

Turkish government using US mosques to spread Islamist-nationalistic fervor Jihad Watch

It is widely known that Saudi-funded mosques pose a threat due to their spread of Wahhabi ideology. Now Turkey, with its dreams of reviving the Ottoman Empire, is spreading its jihadist ideology through its own mosques in the U.S.: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogans recent re-election is fueling concerns about his growing powers not just []

23:19

Putin Slams US Forces Ready to Sacrifice Russia-US Ties Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

July 19, 2018 Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday slammed forces in the US who were willing to sacrifice Russian-US ties, two days after a summit with his US counterpart Donald Trump who has since faced a storm of criticism. We see that there are forces in the US that are easily ready to sacrifice []

23:19

Sweden: National broadcaster deletes story on Muslim anti-semitism after threats Jihad Watch

Last month, Ahmad Rami, the Holocaust-denying head of the Swedish-based Radio Islam, said in a TV interview that Judaism is like a mafia in the West and that the Zionists are occupying Europe and the West both politically and in terms of the media. As usual, he got away with it. A different standard, however, []

23:18

Syrian Four Town Deconfliction Agreement Passes First Implementation Test ThereAreNoSunglasses

[SEE: The Pentagon, The Saudis, Qatar, Kidnappings and BustardsAll To Enable Open Sponsorship of Al-Nusrah Front

 

Syria conflict: Deal reached for four besieged towns

Residents of Foah and Kefraya, two government-held towns in the north-west, would be bussed out.
In return, people in two rebel-held towns near Damascus, Madaya and Zabadani, will be given safe passage.

Syria: Buses arrive to evacuate two rebel-besieged Shia towns

Some 6,000 residents from predominantly Shia towns of Foua and Kefraya will be evacuated to government-controlled areas.

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23:10

The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched and Held Responsible Dissident Voice

In my four years as High Commissioner, I have heard many preposterous claims. That claim is almost in its own category of absurdity. Have you no shame, sir, have you no shame? We are not fools.

These were some of the remarks made by outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad al-Hussein, in his final briefing to the Human Rights Council on July 4. He was responding to a Burmese officials claim that his country is not targeting Rohingya in a genocidal campaign but is defending the rights of all of its citizen.

The Burmese government is now at par with the Israeli government, both practicing ethnic-cleansing and murder while insisting that they are fighting terrorism.

In both Tel Aviv and Yangon, the two governments are cracking down on journalists who dare expose their phony democracies and wars on terror.

On June 18, the Israeli government endorsed a bill that seeks to criminalize filming of Israeli soldiers for the sake of shaming them. The language of the bill was purposely broad as it simply attempts to prevent the documenting of the violent practices of the Israeli army against Palestinians.

It should come as no surprise that Israel is one of the main suppliers of weapons to Burma.

Israels pseudo-democracy is also, in many ways, similar to Burmas. In Israel, Jews are the privileged group; democracy and human rights applies to them and not to Palestinians.

In Burma, the Buddhist majority receives special treatment in comparison with the countrys minorities, especially the Rohingya who, for years, have been victim to a massive government-led campaign of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

Nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims were forced to flee from their homes in the Northern Rakhine State in Burma last year alone. They have been exiled mostly to Bangladesh. Many of the refugees are forced into deplorable existence in prison-like, extremely crowded refugee camps in the no mans land between Burma and Bangladesh.

Even before the last exodus, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya were already living in exile, as the Burmese armys ethnic cleansing of its ill-fated minorities has been in the making for years.

Despite a recent burst of media attention, however, Western governments, which are eagerly welcoming Burmas former junta government to the democratic world are yet to carry out any meaningful a...

23:05

Glazov Gang: Avi Jorisch on Thou Shalt Innovate Jihad Watch

This new edition of The Glazov Gang features Avi Jorisch, the author of Thou Shalt Innovate. Avi discusses Thou Shalt Innovate and unveils How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel and follow us on Twitter: @JamieGlazov. Please donate via our Pay Pal account to help us []

23:01

Gulf states in dangerous scramble for Africa Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Somalia and its neighbours must focus on achieving internal unification, or any benefits reaped from new investment will be lost

22:58

BBC News website framing of Israeli legislation BBC Watch

On the morning of July 19th the BBC News website published a report titled Jewish nation state: Israel approves controversial bill which opened by telling BBC audiences that:

Israels parliament has passed into law a controversial bill that defines the country as an exclusively Jewish state.

The Jewish nation state bill downgrades Arabic as an official language and says advancing Jewish settlement is a national interest.

It also states that the whole and united Jerusalem is its capital.

The BBCs report did not provide readers with the text of the bill. Had it done so, BBC audiences would have been able to see that the part referring to language in fact reads as follows:

The states language is Hebrew.

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22:50

U.S. Special Forces: 133 Countries Down, 17 to Go? cryptogon.com

Via: Tom Dispatch: None of this should be surprising, since in Africa and across the rest of the planet Americas Special Operations forces (SOF) are regularly engaged in a wide-ranging set of missions including special reconnaissance and small-scale offensive actions, unconventional warfare, counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and security force assistance (that is, organizing, training, equipping, and []

22:41

Sunni Terrorist Outfits In Syria/Iraq Cannabilize ThemselvesEverybody Else Benefits ThereAreNoSunglasses

[Who Is Assassinating Hayat Tahrir Al-Shams Leaders?November 2017]

Islamic State targets rival jihadists and Islamists in northern Syria

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadis Islamic State continues to operate throughout Syria, including in the northwestern province of Idlib. The group has claimed a series of plots targeting its jihadist and Islamist rivals in recent weeks. The attacks are centered in Idlib province, including its capital city, but have spilled over into the countryside and neighboring provinces as well.

The Islamic States propagandists have named the operations after Abu al-Baraa al-Saheli. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) executed al-Saheli after detaining and accusing him of orchestrating a coordinated assassination campaign against HTS and other actors.

HTS is the largest jihadist group in Idlib, which was seized in 2015. The ideol...

22:41

US arrest of Russian attempt to undermine Trump-Putin summit Aletho News

Press TV July 18, 2018 Russias Foreign Ministry says the arrest this week of a Russian national in the United States was a deliberate attempt to undermine a summit between President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday the detention of Maria Butina, which took []

22:36

Saudi Arabias defense forces intercept missile fired by Houthis at Jazan Peace and Freedom

Saudi Arabias air defense forces intercepted a missile fired toward the city of Jazan by Houthi militia at 10:50 a.m. local time on Thursday.

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Saudi Arabian air defence forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired towards the city of Jazan by Iranian-backed Houthi militias at 10:50 a.m. local time on Thursday .(Reuters)

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The spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi militia in Yemen Turki Al-Maliki said the missile was fired from the Yemeni city of Saadah, targeting residential areas occupied by civilians.

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The missile was intercepted and destroyed, no injuries were reported, Saudi Press Agency said.

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Al-Maliki added: This hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regimes continued involvement in supporting the rebels with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolutions 2216 and 2231 that aim to safeguard the security of Saudi Arabia and the international community.

Arab News

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1341671/saudi-arabia

22:33

Putin Claimed Associates of Financier William F. Browder Funneled $400 Million to Clinton Campaign [???] cryptogon.com

Via: NPR: For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder in this particular case. Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over one and a half billion dollars in Russia. They never paid any taxes, neither in Russia nor in the United States and yet the money escaped the country, they were transferred to the []

22:30

Map Update: Military Situation In Syrias Quneitra Province On July 19, 2018

This ma pprovide a general look at the military situation in the Syrian province of al-Quneitra after the recent series of advances by pro-government forces. On July 19, reports appeared that militants in al-Quneitra had accepted a surrender agreement and will soon surrender their weapons to government troops. MORE HERE

Map Update: Military Situation In Syria's Quneitra Province On July 19, 2018

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22:15

John Lear: Memorandum for the President: 9/11 Twin Towers Were Not Hit By Nor Destroyed By Two Airliners Public Intelligence Blog

9/11 Twin Towers Were Not Hit By Nor Destroyed By Two Airliners

19 July 2018

Mr. President,

The 9/11 Commission refused to take evidence from Pilots for 9/11 Truth, of which I am a member, with over 19,000 hours flight time, much of that flying covert missions for the CIA, and including 18 world speed records in a Lear Jet Model 25.

No Boeing 767 airlines hit either of the Twin Towers, as fraudulently alleged by the government, media, NIST and its contractors. All of the evidence to that effect, including video depictions, has been fabricated and can be forensically challenged.

You yourself, Mr. President, one of the most experienced property developers in New York City, have correctly observed that the buildings could only have been brought down by explosive as planes would never be able to penetrate the steel beams, had it exactly right. I leave it to you to create a new independent commission to examine all possibilities including thermite, pre-planted explosives (TNT), directed energy weapons from above, and nuclear explosions from below.

My focus is on the physical impossibility of the specific alleged aircraft crashing into either of the twin towers.

In the case of UAL 175 going into the south tower, a real Boeing 767 would have begun telescoping when the nose hit the 14-inch steel columns which are 39 inches on center. The vertical and horizontal tail would have instantaneously separated from the aircraft, hit the steel box columns and fallen to the ground.

The engines made of titanium and virtually indestructible when impacting the steel columns would have maintained their general shape and either fallen to the ground or been recovered in the debris of the collapsed building.

No Boeing 767 could attain a speed of 540 mph at 1000 feet above sea level because parasite drag doubles with velocity and parasite power cubes with velocity. These are scientific facts.

The fan portion of the engine is not designed to accept the volume of dense air at that altitude and speed.

No significant part of the Boeing 767 or engine could have penetrated the 14-inch steel columns and 37 feet beyond the massive core of the tower without part of it falling to the ground.

The piece of alleged external fuselage containing 3 or 4 window cutouts is inconsistent with an airplane that hit 14-inch steel box columns, placed at over 500 mph: It would h...

22:03

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Making Sense of U.S. Moves in the Middle East TomDispatch - Blog

My father and I always had a tacit agreement: We will never speak of That Part of the World...

22:00

Rebecca Campbell: Did Putin Give Trump 2 Terabytes of Intercepted Communications That Fry US Government, Military, Intelligence, Media, Judicial, and Commercial Traitors? Public Intelligence Blog

Possibly exaggerated but very likely some truth to Putin sharing intelligence with Trump to prove the real traitors are all Made in the USA.

Dear God; They Caught Them ALL! Putin Gives Trump 160 Terabytes of Communications Intercepts; ALL people behind fake Russia Collusion False Flag Chemical Attacks in Syria, Sabotage of BREXIT, Nefarious Clinton activities & More

EXCERPTS:

At the meeting in Helsinki, Finland, between Presidents Putin of Russia and Trump of the USA, the Russians gave to Trump at least 160 TERABYTES of Russian Intelligence Intercepts which expose horrifying activities of many, many, people to deliberately foment social, cultural, and political chaos, violent riots, demonstrations, media smears, phony scandals, and fake news.

Some of those intercepts reveal who has been financing weapons, supplies, travel, hotel, vehicle rentals and secure communications gear for Terrorist groups, inside Syria, Iraq, and terror attacks in Europe and the US.   

Among the intercepted communications are mostly international phone calls, faxes, emails by members of the US Congress, US Senate, federal Judges, state-level elected officials from California, Oregon, Washington, New York (City & State), New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia.  Once those communications left the United States, they became fair game for any country to spy on.

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During that meeting, Putin laid out the inner workings of the vast global network of elites and the activities they have engaged in to bring wars, refugees, all manner of social and political chaos to countries around the world, much of it in the USA. Russia even provided charts showing organizational structures (which are not really organizations but more defacto operational realities); who is tasked with what topics or activities, how much they have been paid and by whom.

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Turns out, Bill and Hillary have been under surveillance since Bill was first elected President in 1992.  Almost EVERY dirty deal, alleged shake-down, alleged kick-back, and some things described to me as the ultimate acts (plural) of nefarious nature are all neatly recorded and indexed by Russia.   Now, I...

21:57

Pentagon Sees Quantum Computing as Key Weapon for War in Space cryptogon.com

Disclosure: I am long Quantum Resistant Ledger (QRL). I had not heard of quantum technologies being applied to inertial navigation systems before. Check out this 2014 piece from New Scientist: IN 2016 a British submarine will slip its moorings and set sail under the guidance of the quantum world. The navigation system it will []

21:56

Israel Declares Itself Apartheid State Moon of Alabama

Today Israel declared itself to be an apartheid state: The Knesset passed early Thursday a controversial bill that officially defines Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people and asserts that "the realization of the right to national self-determination...

21:55

The West"s Fury and Bitterness About Russia"s Successes Strategic Culture Foundation

Trump has long expressed interest in improving ties with Russia, and the recent summit was his first real opportunity for doing so. Yet it will be difficult for this progress to have any permanence with so many in the Establishment united to undermine it.

21:45

9/11 Reference: Rudy Gulliani and FBI Complicit in 9/11? Known Commercial Insurance Reasons for Taking Down WTC Due to Crumbling Steel and Aluminum Public Intelligence Blog

It is now known that Rudy Gulliani and the leadership of NYC as well as the owners of WTC knew years before 9/11 that the buildings must be brought down before 2007 because the interior steel and exterior aluminum were both compromised and the buildings would be at risk of collapsing the cost to dismantle them was estimated to be $2B, inclusive of asbestos remediation. Hence the choice was clear: spend $2B to take care of the problem; or fake a terrorist incident and in collaboration with a complicit insurance company, take $7B in a false claim. The FBI or Mossad officers pretending to be FBI appears to have played a major role in the intimidation of all the architects, engineers, and photographers who spent years investigating the vulnerability of the buildings to uncontrolled collapse. None of this was investigated by the 9/11 Commission.

Online Source

DOC (18 Pages): 911 POTUS Z REF Gordon Why WTC (Commercial Insurance)

See Especially:

Memorandums for the President on 9/11: Time for the Truth False Flag Deep State Truth!

See Also:

9/11 @ Phi Beta Iota

21:26

Forget Trump: The Military-Industrial Complex is Still Running the Show with Russia Strategic Culture Foundation

Trump is only background noise. Our enduring national security libretto is composed by the MICC with the acquiescence of the American people. And its armored knight gratifies them as always with the vicarious thrill of power and domination.

21:24

Indias PM Modi has confidence in failure of no-confidence motion Peace and Freedom

Prime Minister Narendra Modis government faces a no-confidence vote on Friday as the opposition uses the new monsoon session of Indias parliament to challenge his administration ahead of general elections early next year.

Image result for Modi, India, Photos

With a majority in Indias 543-seat lower house of parliament, Modis coalition is expected to defeat the no-confidence vote. But the opposition, including the Congress party led by Rahul Gandhi, will use the debate to pressure Modi on issues including womens safety, mob lynchings and the restive state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Read more: India Stocks Erase Gains as Government Gets No Confidence Motion

Since December, Modis ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has faced numerous challenges, after a relatively smooth first couple of years in office. He narrowly won his home state of Gujarat in December with a wafer-thin majority, lost crucial by-elections in some states and failed to form the government after winning the most seats in Karnatakas state election in May.

He also lost two key regional allies in his ruling coalition: the Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh and the Peoples Democratic Party in Kashmir. Adding to his woes, Modis other coalition partners are becoming unsettled, while opposition parties have begun to form alliances in an attempt to check his influence. Hes also had to deal with a number of large protests by students, farme...

21:21

Baking Soda for Inflammation cryptogon.com

Via: Lew Rockwell: Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia have discovered a nerve center in a cell layer in the spleen that controls the immune response and therefore inflammation throughout the body. Given that virtually all chronic age-related disease involves inflammation (called inflammaging), this discovery is of monumental significance and has widespread application for []

21:15

Event: Intelligence in the Knowledge Society Romania 18-19 October 2018 Public Intelligence Blog

The international conference Intelligence in the Knowledge Society is organized by Mihai Viteazul National Intelligence Academy through its National Institute for Intelligence Studies. This academic event targets scholars and practitioners in the field of intelligence and security studies, as part of a long term effort to develop a specific Romanian academic perspective on intelligence.

Deadlines 30 July for proposing presentation, 30 September for registration (no fee).  Details on venue and program not yet posted.

http://iksconference.ro/

21:13

The United States of Arms cryptogon.com

Via: Will Geary: The United States of Arms from Will Geary on Vimeo. U.S. weapons exports from 1950 to 2017. Data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute's Arms Transfers Database. Units are expressed in trend indicator values (TIV). Each dot on the map = one TIV. Visualization by Will Geary.

20:54

Russia: Sovereign and Well-Protected from Financial Storms Strategic Culture Foundation

Russia has ensured that it is protected against economic trials and tribulations, financial crises, punitive measures, and other menaces.

20:52

Can You Name a Country? cryptogon.com

Via: YouTube Jimmy Kimmel Live:

20:44

Immigration makes nations stronger - just look at France Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

As the world lurches ever closer towards nationalistic fervour, lets hope many heed the lessons of Frances World Cup win, made possible by African immigrants

20:31

EU Prepares to Retaliate Over Car Tariffs Before Trump Talks Peace and Freedom

The European Union is preparing a new list of American goods to hit with protective measures, according to a person familiar with the move, in case a mission to Washington next week fails to persuade U.S. President Donald Trump not to raise car tariffs.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP File Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The European Commission briefed EU ambassadors Wednesday on trade relations with the U.S., and said it was working on so-called rebalancing measures that would be ready immediately if the U.S. imposes levies on European car exports, said the person, who asked not to be named because the meeting was private.

When Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker meets with Trump on July 25, hell bring two main negotiating proposals in an effort to tamp down the escalating trade tensions: an offer to discuss the reduction of levies on cars and car parts among all major auto-exporting countries in a so-called plurilateral deal; and the possibility of broaching a limited free-trade agreement, according to a separate official familiar with the EUs thinking.

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The U.S. is in the midst of a probe into whether car imports damage national security, which could trigger the 20 percent tariff on autos that Trump has threatened. Washington has already hit the EU with duties on its steel and aluminum exports using the same national-security justification, which led to European levies on 2.8 billion euros ($3.3 billion) of American goods.

FOR MORE STORIES ON TRADE:
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  • Japans Trade Minister Suggests Tougher Line on Any Auto Tariffs
  • Trade Ala...

20:28

Climb Down from the Summit of Hostile Propaganda Strategic Culture Foundation

Public reactions to an open letter from academics, journalists and politicians asking for co-existence with Russia show many Americans dont buy the medias bellicose spin, as Norman Solomon explains.

20:25

China Has 487 Electric-Car Makers, and Local Governments Are Clamoring for More Peace and Freedom

President Xi Jinpings Made in China 2025 plan is giving a boost to EV startups, spurring overcapacity concerns

Singulato CEO Shen Haiyin estimates that just 10% of todays EV startups will survive the next five years.
Singulato CEO Shen Haiyin estimates that just 10% of todays EV startups will survive the next five years. PHOTO: JASON LEE/REUTERS
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TONGLING, ChinaOfficials in this old mining town knew almost nothing about electric vehicles when they gave a startup $535 million in land and capital to build an electric-car plant here two years ago.

The startup, Singulato Motors, was founded by a group of tech professionals led by a former internet-security executive who had never run a car company before.

Such partnerships are springing up all over China, spurred by Beijings call for the country to become a world power in electric-vehicle technology and by local governments eager to jump on the bandwagon. President Xi Jinpings Made in China 2025 plan, launched three years ago to promote domestic dominance and global competitiveness in 10 sectors, includes electric vehicles.

Electric ChargeElectric-vehicle sales in China are poised forrapid growth.Source: IHS MarkitNote: Includes pure-el...

20:22

Syria rebels agree to surrender zone bordering Golan Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Fighters preparing to head north to opposition-held Idlib province, as Assad's forces consolidate their gains in the south

20:02

Read in full: Israel's Nation State of the Jewish People Law Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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'Nation State' law, passed by Knesset on Thursday, enshrines Jewish supremacy in Israel and describes Jewish settlement as a 'national value'

20:00

San Francisco: Non-Citizens Legally Register to Vote in San Francisco School Elections cryptogon.com

Via: Sacramento Bee: San Francisco began registering non-citizens, including undocumented immigrants, to register to vote Monday in the November election for the city school board, reported The San Francisco Chronicle. The move follows passage of a 2016 ballot measure by San Francisco voters opening school elections to non-citizens who are over the age of 18, []

19:55

The Establishment Strikes Back Strategic Culture Foundation

The idea that the US government identified twelve culprits who were responsible for trying to overthrow American democracy is by any measure ludicrous, if indeed there was a major plan to disrupt the election at all.

19:44

Great Barrier Reef coral recovery slows significantly over 18-year period Peace and Freedom

Over the last three decades the Great Barrier Reef has been hit by a series of intense cyclones, bleaching, crown of thorn starfish outbreaks and flood events that have caused well-documented, but reparable damage.

Scientists have hoped that an extended period of benign conditions would allow the natural processes of reef restoration to flourish, and many of the hardest-hit regions to return to a healthier, more colourful and biodiverse state.

But a new study of coral-recovery rates based on 18 years of data and published in Science Advances today, found the ability of many corals to bounce back after disturbance has significantly slowed down.

Although recovery rates were variable between different reef patches and coral types, the researchers found the overall recovery rate of corals across the Great Barrier Reef declined by an average of 84 per cent between 1992 and 2010.

Image result for branching Acropora, coral, Great barrier reef, photos

Following acute disturbance events like cyclones, coral recovery was hindered by poor water quality and high temperature, according to lead author Juan-Carlos Ortiz from the University of Queensland.

We noticed thatwater quality played a significant role in that reduction in recovery rate, Dr Ortiz said.

The study, supported by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the Nature Conservancy, looked at data from more than 90 primarily mid-shelf and offshore reefs, comparing the rate of recovery following disturbance events.

We noticed for the first time a very large decline in the ability of the reef to recover from disturbances over those 18 years, he said.

The research team classified corals into six groups based on their growth forms. Although all groups showed an overall decline in recovery rate, two groups the Montipora and branching Acropora both went into negative.

What that means is they continued to decline even after the disturbance had ceased.

While increased disturbance events are expected as the impacts of climate change ramp up, the slowed recovery time is a concerning compounding factor.

It is exacerbating the problem. The assumption that we were working on was that naturally reefs recover fast, Dr Ortiz said.

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19:34

Frances Macron under fire after aide filmed hitting street protester Peace and Freedom

One of President Emmanuel Macrons top security officers was at the centre of a potentially damaging scandal for the French leader on Wednesday after being filmed hitting a protester.

Le Monde newspaper published a video showing Alexandre Benalla hitting and then stamping on a young man while wearing a police visor during a demonstration in central Paris on May 1.

Benalla, who is not a policeman and previously worked as bodyguard, had been given permission to observe police operations during a day-off on the May 1 public holiday, Macrons office said.

The presidential palace added that Benalla had been suspended for two weeks after the incident came to light and had been transferred out of his job, which was organising security for Macrons trips.

Lionel Bonaventure, AFP | French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron (C), flanked by security staff member Alexandre Benalla (R), shakes hands as he visits Pariss international agriculture fair, March 1, 2017

This sanction was to punish unacceptable behaviour and it was a final warning before being sacked, presidential spokesman Bruno Roger-Petit told reporters.

Prosecutors in Paris opened a probe on Thursday into possible charges of violence by a public official, pretending to be a policeman and the illegal use of police insignia.

Benalla was a popular and ever-present member of Macrons campaign team, usually found several steps behind the then-candidate, and transferred to the presidential staff in May 2017.

Double standard

Opposition MPs immediately suggested there had been a cover up and questioned why the incident had not been referred to the police when it came to light in May.

This video is shocking. Today, we have the feeling that in Macrons entourage, one is above the law. It is obvious that Macron has to speak up about this, Laurent Wauquiez, president of conservative opposition party Les Rpublicains told Europe 1 radio.

Socialist Party leader Olivier Faure said there was a double standard in how Benalla had been treated compared to any ordinary French citizen.

Alexis Corbire,...

19:31

Trump: Meeting Putin better than that with the NATO Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Local Editor US President Donald Trump defended his summit with Vladimir Putin, saying the meeting was even better than his talks with NATO allies. A day after Trump received a barrage of bipartisan criticism for what many said was a failure to properly challenge Putin over Russias alleged interference in the 2016 election and to []

19:25

Putin and Trumps Unagreed Agreement a Catastrophe for Europe Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

July 17, 2018 By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-ishchenko-putin-and-trumps-unagreed-agreement-a-catastrophe-for-europe/ source: https://ukraina.ru/exclusive/20180717/1020630485.html Contradictions between Russia and the US are so substantial and common ground is so small that the vast majority of experts, recognising the importance of the fact of the meeting in Helsinki itself, nevertheless stressed that one shouldnt []

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Trump Considers Allowing Putin To Grill Former US Amb. McFaul Over Russian Election Tampering ThereAreNoSunglasses

Trump may turn over former US ambassador to Putin

President Trump is considering turning over former US ambassador Michael McFaul to Moscow for questioning.

Trump spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin about McFaul and other Americans during their Helsinki summit and is mulling the decision with his national security team, according to the White House.

There was some conversation about it, but there wasnt a commitment made on behalf of the United States, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.

And the president will work with his team, and well let you know if theres an announcement on that front.

Putin mentioned Americans hed like to question during a joint press conference with Putin after their private meeting.

We would expect that the Americans would reciprocate, Putin said when asked about the 12 Russian officials who were indicted by Special Counsel Robe...

19:09

#Brighton #UK: Beating the letting agents Enough is Enough!

Brighton SolFed writes on lessons learned over the first year of its efforts to build up an anarchist housing union.

Originally published by Freedom News.

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After a string of successful cases largely against wage theft in the hospitality sector, Brighton Solidarity Federation launched our housing union in June 2017. Our experience in Brighton was of rents rocketing up, while conditions were getting worse. Huge increases in student numbers led to ever more scumbag landlords and letting agencies shoving more and more people in ever smaller spaces, and becoming increasingly brazen in withholding deposits. Brighton and Hove is a city with an incredibly transitory population, and this makes it ripe for the worst kinds of exploitation.

We wanted to focus on our direct action approach, rather than a legalistic model. While we made sure to inform tenants of such possibilities and signposting where appropriate for example in cases of deposit theft using the Deposit Protection Scheme (DPS) we were clear to explain why we dont pursue cases in this way.

With the DPS, landlords and agencies have three different schemes to choose from, so it is not in their interests to consistently rule in favour of tenants. Moreover, agencies pay staff for such administration, who have knowledge and experience of the regulations, meaning the deck is stacked in their favour.

Direct action public campaigns also help to highlight that many of us share these problems, and that our power lies in banding together to fight them. DPS procedures keep problems private and help agencies to guard against the formation of solidarity and support amongst their tenants.

And of course not all tenants have the evidence required to challenge a deposit deduction. The landlord/tenant relationship is fundamentally exploitative, suggesting that someone only has the right to a home if they line someone elses pockets. We think this is wrong, so when even more money is taken from tenants via deposit deductions, our solidarity is with tenants whether or not they have the types of evidence required by a DPS.

While deposit theft is one of main issues presented we have also been determined not to constrain our actions to this. Where tenants have been forced to live in an unsani...

19:03

Egypt's economic crisis: Critics attack massive pensions for top officials Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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19:00

Court Rules to Keep Former HDP Co-Chair Demirtas in Prison GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Ankara (TM A Turkish high criminal court has decided to keep former pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairperson Selahattin Demirta in prison during a trial in which he faces terror charges.
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The last hearing of Demirtas trial in which he is charged with leading a terrorist organization was held at the Ankara 19th High Criminal Court on Wednesday.

Related: Turkish Election Riddled with Fraud, Intimidation, and Questions

Demirta, who has been in pre-trial detention at Edirne Prison since November 2016, did not appear at the hearing, which was attended by his lawyers, some HDP deputies, and family members.

Demirtas lawyers asked for the release of their client, objecting to the prosecutors opinion that there is strong evidence showing Demirta committed the crimes he is accused of and that he presents a flight risk.

The court rejected the lawyers request for Demirtas release and ruled to keep him in jail.

The trial was adjourned until Aug. 28 and 29.

Related: 3 Dead, 8 Injured After Fight Between AKP Deputys Bodyguards, Locals [Video]

Demirta was the HDPs co-chairperson when he was jailed on Nov. 4, 2016, along with several other party deputies as well as the partys other co-chairperson, Figen Yksekda.

He was the HDPs presidential candidate for the June 24 snap presidential election and lost the race against President Recep Tayyip Erdoan, who was elected to the top state post again garnering 52 percent of the vote.

Demirta was not released from prison during the campaigning period and had to conduct his election campaign from prison

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19:00

Ireland Advancing Boycott Bill Could be Tipping Point for Justice for Palestine GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Dublin (MEMO) The Palestinian people are in need of some good news to boost their morale at an extremely difficult time in their struggle for freedom, justice, and equality.

There has been little good news, particularly since US President Trump took office, recognized Jerusalem as capital of Israelmoved the US Embassy from Tel Aviv in record time, defunded UNRWA and leaks of his ultimate deal for resolving the conflict indicated it could not be accepted by the Palestinian people.

Palestinians in Gaza continue to march to the fence separating them from their occupiers to demand that they be allowed to return peacefully to their homes on the other side. Their peaceful endeavor has been met with brutal force resulting in over 130 killed mostly by Israeli snipers and over 10,000 injured with some sustaining horrendous injuries and others losing limbs.

Most Western governments expressed concern about the level of casualties but none acted in a way that would send a strong message to Israel to refrain from its murderous acts. As in past episodes of Israeli aggression, it was left to ordinary people all over the world to show solidarity with the Palestinians, knowing that real change in Israeli behavior would only come when governments took action that translated words into real pressure on Israel.

Most western powers, including the UK and other EU countries, hid behind the tiresome and ineffective we are against boycotts as they are unhelpful when we are trying to bring the two sides round the negotiating table. In other words, they did not have the bottle to call Israels ambassadors in to say, in no uncertain terms, that unless Israel stopped the violence and its illegal policies, it would face sanctions.

READ MORE: US Blocks UN Statement for Investigation into Israeli Use of Live Fire in Gaza

The recent escalation in demolition of Palestinian properties, particularly targeting Bedouin Palestinians in what Oslo defines as Area C, brought howls of displeasure but no action. The strongest the UK could muster for example was a...

19:00

TIDBIT: SNAPPING UP AI STARTUPS Giza Death Star

Apropos of today's main blog, Mr. J.C. sent this:

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19:00

KISSINGER ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Giza Death Star

Former national security advisor and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is now worried about artificial intelligence. According to this article shared by Mr. H.B., []

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18:55

What Is the Proper "European" Response to Immigration? Strategic Culture Foundation

Suspicion toward Brussels elitism, on the one hand, and widespread mistrust regarding the behaviour and intentions of Muslim newcomers, on the other, runs deep amidst the ranks of Central and East Europeans and their elected representatives.

18:44

Oakland Man Pleads Guilty to Supporting ISIS Clarion Project

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The FBI believes the plot included bombings and poisoning but in the end the guilty plea was for something far more innocuous. Oakland, California man Amer Sinan Alhaggagi, 23, pleaded guilty July 18 to providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The FBI believes Alhaggagi wanted to carry out a wave of attacks in the San Francisco area. In the end his guilty plea was connected to opening social media accounts for ISIS operatives.

However, federal agents say Alhaggagi told an informant he would  plant a bomb in a gay club. By god, Im going to tear up the city. The whole Bay Area is going up in flames.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported:

Alhaggagi allegedly told an undercover FBI agent that he wanted to kill 10,000 people in the Bay Area with bombs and rat-poison-laced cocaine that he planned to distribute at San Francisco nightclubs, according to court documents unsealed in July 2017.

Watch a local news report on the Alhaggagi case:

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18:40

Military personnel, football players show similar signs of CTE in scans Peace and Freedom

UCLA researchers found military personnel who suffered head trauma, and reported memory and mood problems, had similar changes in their brains to retired football players with CTE.
By Allen Cone  |  July 18, 2018 at 1:48 PM
Researchers compared the brain scans of Alzheimer patients (L), retired football players (C) and military personnel (R). Colors toward the red end of the scale indicate a higher concentration of the tracer used to determine the presence of abnormal proteins. Photo courtesy of UCLA

July 18 (UPI)  UCLA researchers found military personnel who suffered head trauma, and reported memory and mood issues, had brain scans similar to retired football players with CTE.

The researchers examined the brains of 15 former NFL players with memory and mood problems and seven military personnel five veterans and two active duty members with mild traumatic brain injuries as well as memory or mood complaints. The findings were published Tuesday in the Journal of Alzheimers Disease.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is thought to be caused in people who have had multiple head injuries. In later stages, CTE can lead to symptoms of Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementia.

CTE can can only be diagnosed after death in an examination of brain tissue that reveals clumps of a protein called tau, which kills brain cells.

The researchers found the pattern of abnormal protein distribution in living patients was consistent with the tau distribution in the autopsy cases.

The researchers studied a molecular tracer that binds with tau, as well as another abnormal protein called amyloid. When an FDDNP substance is given intravenously, the tracer shows up in brain scans, displaying the location and extent of abnormal proteins in the brain.

The results were compared with 24 people who had Alzheimers disease and 28 people without cognitive problems.

In the study, the researchers noted the potential valu...

18:39

#Katwijk #StopDeportations: No child on the side, demo on September 29 Enough is Enough!

Katwijk, Netherlands: Lately there has been much to do about Trumps policies regarding refugee children, that separates children from their parents and puts them into prison. This policy is outrageous. But refugee children in the Netherlands get treated heartless and cruel by the authorities too. And like in the United States, this is a deliberate policy. To draw attention to the situation of refugee children, Geen Kind aan de Kant (No Child on the Side) organizes a demonstration in Katwijk on the 29th of September.

Originally published by Indymedia NL.

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Some one thousand refugee children are living with their parents in so called family locations. The facilities in these family locations are harsh: very small rooms, very low living money, inadequate medical help, strict rules and absurd fines wherein families regularly get cut on their living money. The police regularly raids the family locations early in the morning to transfer families to the family prison in Camp Zeist, the last stage before deportation. In this way children grow up in a constant fear to get deported to a country that they barely know or dont know at all. On top of that, families regularly get transferred to other family locations. The Netherlands has thus developed an inhumane policy for refugee children that violates the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a daily basis.

To draw attention to the situation of refugee children, No Child on the Side is organizing a demonstration in Katwijk on the 29th of September. With this demonstration we want to fight for a just treatment of refugee children and put an end to police raids and the subsequent deportations. We demand an unconditional Childrens Pardon, so that refugee children no longer get torn from the life here in the Netherlands, that theyve build with so much effort. Above all we want to support families that are living in family locations and show them that they are not alone in their struggle.

The demonstration will take place in Katwijk on the 29th of September at 14:00. More information about the program and route will follow soon, but make sure to write down the date in your agenda!

Watch for later updates at: https://geenkindaandekant.nl/?lang=en


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18:32

Russiagate: A CIA Concocted Hoax Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Russiagate: A CIA Concocted Hoax by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org Home Stephen Lendman) No Russian interference in Americas political process occurred in 2016, earlier, or is being cooked up for the nations November midterm elections. Trump knows it and said so in Helsinki. When asked if he holds Russia accountable for anything, he said: []

18:32

Council of nations could determine the Philippines territorial sovereignty in the South China Sea Peace and Freedom

 / 05:12 AM July 19, 2018

This is regarding Dr. Edilberto C. de Jesus piece, Return to great power geopolitics (6/2/18).

As an expatriate for 30 years, I sat as founding member of a public safety committee in one of the northerly territories in North America. From time to time, I had discussions with delegates of the Circumpolar Conference and Arctic Council that deals with iffy issues on what to do with the resources in the Arctic Ocean, which borders the coastlines of Russia, the Scandinavian countries, Iceland, Finland, Greenland, Canada and Alaska, without resorting to war. Emerging military and economic power China, and past imperial powers like Great Britain and Spain, have expressed their desire to be invited on observer status to such collective bodies.

De Jesus seems to be nervous of China. But, to my mind, China is not the only one that makes Filipinos nervous. The United States, the superpower that did not sign treaties they perceive would curtail their liberty to navigate around the globe, is cruising their battleships around and flying their bombers over contested sandbars and coral reefs inhabited by migrant fish.

The Philippine claim of sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea ought to be granite solid and unchallengeable. What are the basic elements, or the requirements, for establishing territorial sovereignty?

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Did we inherit those sandbars and coral reefs? Or were they ceded to us by a colonial power? Quasi purchaseand if so, from whom? Did we discover them? If we discovered West Philippine Sea, how did we exercise control over the sandbars and coral reefs?

If we view the world from a biblical perspective, no one owns a thing, even an iota of dust. The earth is the Lords and everything therein. Silver and gold are mine, says the Lord. Humankind is the delegated steward, but ownership belongs to Him.

To resolve the pestering issue over ownership of WPS, perhaps nations that claim a stake in the controversial body of water should come together and form a council of nations. Member nations must seek active partnership in the economic development of the region, rather than show their fangs and snarl at each other.

It is easy to start a war. But, how easy is it to stop a war?

Bob Gabuna, bob.gabuna@gmail.com

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18:26

Its All Fake: Reality TV That Masquerades As American Politics Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Its All Fake: Reality TV That Masquerades As American Politics   Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, []

18:23

Apple supplier TSMC signals stronger smartphone sales after chip sales to cryptocurrency miners Peace and Freedom

Chip sales for crypto mining have offered support while smartphones have stumbled

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By Edward White in Taipei

A key Apple supplier has signalled it expects a slight improvement in smartphone sales in the second half of 2018 compared to its forecast just three months ago.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co reported a double-digit rise in revenues for the second quarter as slower smartphone demand was offset by chip sales to cryptocurrency miners and a favourable foreign currency environment.

TSMC, which supplies core processor chips for Apples iPhones, reported revenue of $7.85bn in the three months to the end of June, a 7.2 per cent drop from the prior quarter, but up 11.2 per cent from the same period a year ago.

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That followed a downward revision in April when then Hsinchu-headquartered company projected second-quarter revenue of between $7.8bn and $7.9bn, against analysts earlier projections of $8.8bn because of smartphone weakness, although it also noted continued strong demand for chips from cryptocurrency miners.

However, TSMC chief executive CC Wei noted on Thursday that those demand trends are likely to swing into reverse in the near-term.

The worlds largest contract chipmaker now expected a slight improvement in second half demand for chips for smartphones compared to the companys April forecast, while demand for chips from the crypto sector is likely to soften because of weaker prices for cryptocurrencies, Mr Wei told investors in Taipei on Thursday.

The company has forecast third quarter revenue of $8.45bn to $8.55bn, which would mark a more than 8 per cent increase from the third quarter last year.

The companys second quarter result, when combined with first quarter sales of $8.46bn, shakes out to first-half sales of $16.3bn. That marked an 11.6 per cent increase in first half revenues for the worlds largest contract chipmaker from $14.6bn in the first half of 2017.

Operating margin for the quarter was 36.2 per cent, in line with guidance of 35 per cent to 37 per cent but down 2.7 percentage points from the second quarter in 2017. Net income for the period rose 9 per cent year-on-year to NT$72.29bn.

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18:16

Trumps Efforts to Split EU Are in Vain, Juncker Says Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Trump efforts to split EU are in vain, Juncker says President of EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker gestures ahead of a College Commissioners meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on July 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said US efforts to split the EU on trade are in vain, []

18:13

Morning Prayer for Thursday, July 19, 2018 Expect Miracles! Peace and Freedom

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To God, a miracle of change in a persons life is only a natural happening. But it is a natural happening operated by spiritual forces. There is no miracle in personalities too marvelous to be an everyday happening. But miracles happen only to those who are fully guided and strengthened by God. Marvelous changes in peoples natures happen so simply, and yet they are free from all other agencies than the grace of God. But these miracles have been prepared for by days and months of longing for something better. They are always accompanied by a real desire to conquer self and to surrender ones life to God.

Prayer for the Day

I pray that I may expect miracles in the lives of people. I pray that I may be used to help people change.

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18:01

Warm Solidarity Shout-Out from Klima Kamp in #Emmetal to #HambiBleibt and UPIII Enough is Enough!

From the Second Swiss Climate Camp happening at Illuminox festival outside of Bern. Solidarity for both Hambacher Forest and UPIII on the frontline of resistance against global fossil fools climate chaos. One of over eight now annual large klimate convergences and mass actions taking place just across Europe comes multiplicity of issues from oil, nuclear, refugees so connected to climae break down, animal and feed industry, fracking and other disaster scenarios going hand in hand with false solutions of business as ussual profit based regimes.

Originally published by Hambi Bleibt.

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The only change of not just affecting change and also creating a historical record of opposition and resistance, have become ongoing struggles like Hambi, Trebur Bleibt now under what seems like an arson attack with barricade and kitchen set fire resulting in a forest fire, like the moral victory of ZAD justifying further repression and state violence action. Much like the largest, longest and most expensive eviction in German History being prepared for Hambi for and possibly before Oct. to Feb. Cutting season to fuel the biggest single CO and toxin emmitter on the Continent.

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17:48

US pledges $26.5M to Philippines for counterterrorism Peace and Freedom

(philstar.com) July 19, 2018 9:59am

MANILA, Philippines The United States government has vowed to provide $26.5 million to assist the Philippines counterterrorism efforts.

The US Embassy said that the assistance will be given to Philippine law enforcement agencies over the next two years.

The assistance will include training, equipment, and other support to build comprehensive law enforcement capacity within a rule of law framework to deny terrorist operations, funding, and movement, the US Embassy said in a statement.

The Philippines has been fighting Islamic State-inspired terrorist groups like the Maute group, which laid siege to Marawi City from May to October in 2017. It has also been conducting operations against the Bangsamoro Islamic Liberation Front in parts of Maguindanao and against the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

The US government will contribute $26.5 million over the next two years to boost counterterrorism support for Philippine law enforcement agencies.
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The government has also declared the Communist Party of the Philippines and New Peoples Army as terrorist groups.

The aid from the US will also cover investigations and prosecutions on terrorism cases, as well as counter radicalization to violence and violent extremism.

This support for non-military rule-of-law approaches to addressing terrorist threats will complement our sustained commitment to building the counterterrorism capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the embassy statement read.

This would not be the first time that the US provided support to the Duterte administrations law enforcement efforts.

In 2016, Washington provided $32 million in training and services to Philippine law enforcement.

In the same year, the American government shifted its assistance away from law enforcement following reports of extrajudicial killings in the conduct of the Duterte administration&#8217...

17:44

Businessman jailed after helping expose Chinese judges illicit activities Peace and Freedom

Campaigner convicted of violating the judges privacy even though he argued he was answering President Xi Jinpings call to expose corrupt officials

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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 19 July, 2018, 12:48pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 July, 2018, 2:58pm

A businessman from central China has reportedly been sentenced to four years in prison for violating the privacy of judges after he hired detectives to photograph them indulging in activities like gambling and extramarital affairs.

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17:40

israeli parliament passes controversial nation-state law. Apartheid now official policy Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Knesset approves apartheid Israel for Jews law Arab lawmakers tear the nation-state bill in protest after it passes in the Israeli parliament on July 19, 2018. Israels parliament (Knesset) has adopted a controversial bill that declares the occupying entity the nation-state of the Jewish people, in what is widely criticized as an apartheid measure that []

17:40

South Africa: NUMSA Condemns Attacks on Abahlali Basemjondolo Enough is Enough!

Statement of solidarity issued by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA).

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The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) condemns in the strongest terms the attacks against members of Abahlali baseMjondolo (ABJ). Members of Abahlali were allegedly attacked by Ekurhuleni Metro Police officers at a land occupation site on the 2nd and 3rd of July in Thembisa. According to Abahlali this site has been attacked 12 times since residents occupied the empty piece of land in February this year. Last week an attempt was made on the life of the president of ABJ Sbu Zikode, after his vehicle was allegedly maliciously tampered with.

A fourteen-year-old boy was allegedly throttled and beaten for taking a photograph of the police. One lady was injured after her shack was destroyed while she was still inside it and a piece of zinc sheeting hit her head. A pregnant woman was assaulted by the police, and another woman is in hospital after she collapsed in fear during an attack by the police.

We are also alarmed by the statements which have been made by executive members of the eThekwini Municipality.  According to an online article published by IOL the mayor Zandile Gumede side lined the ABJ movement and accused suggested that the organisation was being manipulated by external forces.NUMSA condemns the ANC-led government for attacking Abahlali and its members. We also condemn officials at eThekwini municipality for making threats against members of the landless peoples movement. We view these utterances in a very serious light. It is clear that the state is relentlessly attacking this movement because it is fighting for the rights of the African landless working class majority in our country. It is clear the state views Abahlali as a threat and is using the state security a...

17:29

Donald Trump Fresh Trump confusion over Russia meddling Peace and Freedom

White House insists Trump believes Russia still a threat

BBC News

President Trump was bombarded by questions as reporters were asked to leave

The White House has insisted it believes Russia still poses a threat to the US amid confusion over comments made by President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump appeared to disagree with US intelligence when he responded no to a question about whether Russia was still targeting American elections.

Later, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Mr Trump was saying no to answering more questions.

It comes amid a flurry of criticism over his recent comments about Russia.

The president and his administration are working very hard to make sure that Russia is unable to meddle in our elections as they have done in the past, Mrs Sanders said at a news briefing on Wednesday.

Whats the latest confusion?

Hours earlier, ABC News reporter Cecilia Vega asked the president whether Russia would still target American elections.

After he shook his head and replied, Thank you very much, no, she again asked: No? You dont believe that to be the case?

He appeared to respond again: No.

But Mrs Sanders rejected that interpretation later in a news briefing, telling reporters the White House was taking action to prevent any future meddling.

We wouldnt actually spend as much time and effort as we are if we didnt believe that [Russia is] still looking at us, she said.

Later, Ms Vega tweeted that the president had been looking directly at her when he answered.

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17:26

israeli Minister: israeli Jets Should Drop Bombs Over the Heads of Gaza Children And they wonder why anti-Semitism is on the increase Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israeli Minister: Israeli Jets Should Drop Bombs Over the Heads of Gaza Children By Middle East Monitor, Featured image: Israeli Education Minister, Naftali Bennett [Solidarity with Palestine Walter Herrman/Facebook] Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennet has insisted that Israeli warplanes should drop bombs over the heads of Palestinian children flying kites into Israel, Ynet Net News reported. []

17:23

Thousands evacuate pro-government Syria towns Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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17:20

Rights group details lead-up to Myanmar attacks on Rohingya Peace and Freedom

A human rights group has documented the Myanmar militarys early preparations for its violence against Rohingya Muslims.

Rohingya refugees gather near the fence in the no mans land between Myanmar and Bangladesh border as seen from Maungdaw, Rakhine state. (Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP)

The independent Fortify Rights group said Thursday that it found the army systematically confiscated knives and other sharp-edged tools and forced Rohingya families to remove protective fencing from around their homes as early as 2016.

The report says the army also trained and armed non-Muslim civilians living in Myanmars northwestern Rakhine state who later participated in attacks on the Rohingya.

It says those preparations preceded Rohingya militant attacks in late August 2017 that were followed by mass atrocities against Rohingya civilians and the widespread violence that followed.

About 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations and U.S. officials have called an ethnic cleansing campaign by Myanmars government.

The Associated Press

17:18

Flip flopping Trump Backpedals on Russia Meddling. How can anyone take him seriously? Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Under Massive Pressure, Trump Backpedals on Russia Meddling By Andre Damon   Speaking at the White House Tuesday, US President Donald Trump attempted to walk back statements he made just 24 hours earlier at his summit in Helsinki, Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he questioned claims by US intelligence agencies that the []

17:13

Pakistan Election: Imran Khan says hes not getting fair coverage by the media Peace and Freedom

MANSEHRA: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has said he is not getting good news regarding the July 25 general elections, but people should come forward to participate in the polls and foil conspiracies being hatched against the elections.

I have not been getting positive news regarding the general elections, but people should get out of their homes to vote on July 25, Mr Khan told a public gathering in the tourist resort of Nathiagali on Wednesday.

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He said time was not far when former chief minister Shahbaz Sharif would also land in Adiala jail for corruption and misdeeds he allegedly committed as chief executive of Punjab.

Shahbaz, you will also face the same consequences as your brother and disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar, said Mr Khan.

The PTI chief said the PML-N leader had registered 32 fake cases against him to punish him for the firm stance he adopted against their corrupt and anti-state polices but he remained committed.

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He said caretaker chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dost Mohammad was biased against the PTI, saying, I am optimistic that the caretaker prime minister would maintain his neutrality till the elections.

I am optimistic you would observe your neutrality till elections as KPs caretaker Chief Minister Dost Mohammad is siding with Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Akram Khan Durrani. But I hope he will mend his ways, he said. Mr Khan said that after coming to power, his party would develop four new tourist resorts every year.

Published in Dawn, July 19th, 2018

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17:08

Russian caller duped EUs Juncker, Mogherini pretending to be Armenias premier Peace and Freedom

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini were both tricked into believing they were discussing policy with the Armenian prime minister in recent phone calls by Russian pranksters, a report by Euronews says.

In May, both Juncker and Mogherini participated in 10 and 12 minutes calls, respectively, days after Nikol Pashinian was sworn in as Armenias premier.

They were actually speaking with Alexey Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, however, raising concerns of security breaches as the leaders discussed international politics.

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On May 9, Juncker took part in a conversation about U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

This is a major concern for us and for me personally because I do think that this is a major mistake, the one that Trump had made yesterday night, Juncker told Stolyarov.

We as Europeans, we are sticking to the Iran deal. France, Germany, Britain, others, including the European Union itself, we will stick to that agreement and we dont want to destabilize the region. And as Iran is your neighbor, you have the highest interest in having the whole region being stabilized so we are working in that direction, he reportedly said.

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When Stolyarov, posing as Pashinian, said Armenia was being pressured by the U.S., Juncker responded: We have to explain again and again the world to Mr Trump, he doesnt understand what its about. We will make sure that he has a better understanding of what is happening in Armenia.

Juncker also advised the pretending prime minister to maintain good relations with Russia.

And with Russia, we are not asking to break your relations with Russia. Its important that you will have a meeting with Vladimir Putin, I think on the 14th of May or something like that, thats good. Its good. Hes a personal friend of mine so I can talk with him whenever its needed, he said.

In a classic prankster move, Stolyarov slipped in a last-minute comment that team Kardashian would like to join the ministry of foreign affairs.

Oh yeah, thats good, Juncker responded.

With Mogherini the pranksters talked about geopolitical pressure on Armenia from Russia as well as Turkey and Azerbaijan, to which top EU diplomat said Yerevan can count on the 28-member bloc.

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16:57

A rare moment of lucidity from Trump NATO Collective Defense Could Start World War 3 Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Trump: NATO Collective Defense Could Start WW3 NATO officials insist collective defense is unconditional and iron-clad In a Tuesday night interview, President Trump once again stirred up fury among NATO nations, this time by questioning the wisdom of the alliances collective defense terms. He warned this was potentially risky because any small NATO member could []

16:56

Anti-Semitic online harassment in Germany on the rise, study finds Peace and Freedom

When Yorai Feinberg first opened his restaurant in Berlin, he felt welcome. But lately the Israeli has increasingly been the recipient of hate mail. A new study has found that hate in Germany has become more radical.

    
Yorai Feinberg (picture-alliance/dpa/J. Carstensen)

Yorai Feinberg has gotten used to hearing from Ludwig Fischer. Every few days the Berlin restaurant owner receives emails from a man who writes under the pseudonym of one of Hitlers most notorious SA henchmen. He calls Feinberg a filthy rat, says the Holocaust is just a scam and rants that all Jews will land in the gas chamber.

Feinberg has collected some 60 pages of hate mail from Ludwig Fischer alone. I dont take it so personally anymore. I dont take it too seriously, says Feinberg.

Threshold getting lower

The Israeli says that when he came to Berlin six years ago, he felt at home right away: I was immediately welcomed in Berlin. Feinberg lived in Vienna before moving to Berlin, where he says the mood toward Jews and Israelis was less relaxed than in Germany. But he adds: Things have gotten a bit worse meanwhile.

The last few months have seen several high-profile attacks on Jews in Germany. Just last week a Jewish-American professor was attacked by a young German of Palestinian descent in the city of Bonn. In April, an attack on a yarmulke-wearing man in Berlin made international headlines.

Read moreGerman Jewish groups say NGOs must fight anti-Semitism if they want public funds

But it is online where attacks and insults are most frequently directed toward Jews and Israelis. That is according to a new study conducted by the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin), in which researchers studied 300,000 mostly anonymous texts. Most came from social media sites. The conclusion: Not only are more hateful comments directed at Jews, they are also becoming more radical.

The threshold is sinking, says Monika Schwarz-Friesel, who heads the TU Berlin institute for language and communication. People use the anonymity of the internet to disseminate ant...

16:52

#Brazil: Call for an independent materials fair Activity of the sixth international week for anarchist prisoners Enough is Enough!

In response to the call for a Sixth International Week in Solidarity For Anarchist Prisoners, which will take place all over the world from the 23rd to the 30th of August, there will be a first winter fair of independent materials on August 25th.

Originally published by Contra Info.

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This is an open call for anyone who wants to send us proposals with an anti authoritarian focus to add to the activity. In addition, it is mainly an invitation to participate in this initiative that will happen in the Tia Estela Space , a squat of homeless people located underneath the so-called Alcntara Machado Bridge in So Paulo. Any contribution to self-management of this space is welcome.

The struggle for freedom is impossible without fighting against prisons.These disgusting spaces are surrounded by walls, violent forms of control, security devices and constant vigilance. Without such a structure it would be impossible for any state or any government to remain in power. It is necessary to see prison not only as the main tool of domination against the subversive people who prefer war to the passivity of the masses, but also as a laboratory of the system and one of the main means to perpetuate slavery and work.

A battle was lost but even behind the bars the struggle goes on. Within jail, in a contained and continuous way, are the conflicts against the juridical apparatuses of the nation states and all moralistic society that supports it. This reality prolongs the journey towards the destruction of civilization, the predatory machines of cybernetic and industrial world, all the grids, walls and borders that slaughter life on earth.

For these and much more, it is a lot necessary to support the anarchist prisoners, to not leave them alone and with this, to turn our eyes upon the pillars that give shape to the enemy.

To live anarchy contains the risk of ending in prison Marco, Alexandria prison.

A full schedule will be available on August 23rd.
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16:42

Arab News: Nuclear bomb on Irans agenda Peace and Freedom

Iran has increased its stockpile of uranium and boosted its ability to enrich it to weapons grade, the head of its atomic agency admitted on Wednesday.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said the regime had imported 550 tons of uranium before the 2015 agreement to curb its nuclear program. It had acquired about 400 tons more since then, bringing the total to between 900 and 950 tons.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said the new factory did not in itself break the terms of the agreement. (Reuters)

Iran has also built a factory that can produce rotors for up to 60 IR-6 centrifuges a day for uranium enrichment, Salehi said.

The announcements came a month after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he had ordered agencies to prepare to increase uranium-enrichment capacity if the nuclear deal falls apart after Washingtons withdrawal.

Under the agreement, which was also signed by Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

The other signatories have been scrambling to save the deal. Iran has said it will wait to see what they can do, but has signaled it is ready to put its enrichment activities back on track.

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The man who may have started it all: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran from 2005 to 2013

Salehi insisted the new factory did not break the terms of the agreement. Instead of building this factory in the next seven or eight years, we built it during the negotiations but have not started it, he said.

Salehi said last month that Iran had begun working on infrastructure for building advanced centrifuges at its Natanz facility.

The announcements suggest that a nuclear bomb is on Irans agenda, Oubai Shahbandar, a Syrian-American analyst and fellow at the New America Foundations International Security Program, told Arab News

Irans negotiating strategy here seems to be pegged to pressuring the EU to provide European businesses protection from complying with renewed US sanctions, he said.

IR-6 centrifuges are relatively complex and if Tehran moves forward with enhancing their capacity to mass-produce faster advanced centrifuges, they could easily establish a position to breakout quickly toward nuclear weapon production, if the decision is made.

The capacity to build en masse more advanced centrifuges in the future doesnt violate the deal itself, but...

16:32

BBC WS Newshour inaccurately portrays Israeli legislation BBC Watch

The final item in the afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio programme Newshour on July 17th was introduced by presenter Razia Iqbal (from 48:53 here) as follows:

Iqbal: Now, Parliament in Israel has passed a law that could see groups critical of the government prevented from entering Israeli schools and speaking with pupils. The amendment to the education act grants new powers to the education minister Naftali Bennett head of the religious nationalist Jewish Home party to order schools to bar certain groups from giving lectures to students. [emphasis added]

So is Iqbals portrayal of the story accurate?

First of all the legislation which passed its third reading in the Knesset on July 17th is an amendment to an existing law the 1953 Law of State Education. The...

16:32

Netanyahu cheers Israels Jewish state law as a pivotal moment in Zionist history Peace and Freedom

Opposition lawmakers blast contentious legislation passed overnight, say it is designed to divide Israeli society

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Knesset plenary session ahead of the vote on the National Law, July 18, 2018 (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Knesset plenary session ahead of the vote on the National Law, July 18, 2018 (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Reactions to the Knessets passage overnight Wednesday of the new Jewish State law were predictably divided along party lines, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailing it as a pivotal moment in the annals of Zionism and the State of Israel.

Lawmakers approved the law, which enshrines Israel as the national home of the Jewish people in its quasi-constitutional Basic Laws, in its second and third readings, with 62 voting in favor, 55 opposed and two abstaining, after hours of heated debate in the Knesset chamber.

While the coalition feted the passage of the law, members of the opposition decried it as nationalistic, divisive and a threat to democracy.

We enshrined in law the basic principle of our existence, said Netanyahu. Israel is the nation state of the Jewish people, that respects the individual rights of all its citizens. This is our state the Jewish state. In recent years there have been some who have attempted to put this in doubt, to undercut the core of our being. Today we made it law: This is our nation, language and flag.

The laws main proponent over the past few years, former Shin Bet head Avi Dichter, said it was a response to anyone in Israel who believes Jewish presence is a temporary affair referencing Arab MK Jamal Zahalkas past claim that Arabs will outlast Jews in the country.

Likud MK Avi Dichter, spo...

16:27

South Africa: Abahlali Continues to Grow Despite Threats and Repression Enough is Enough!

South Africa Abahlali baseMjondolo: Our leaders continue to live under threat and we continue to receive detailed information from multiple credible sources about plans within the eThekwini ANC to continue their campaign of serious repression, including assassinations, against our movement. In recent days unknown men have been driving around asking people where our General Secretary lives.

Submitted to Enough is Enough.

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At around 9 pm on Sunday two members of Abahlali sustained serious injuries from being shot at with live ammunition by the Metro Police during a protest by metro police. The protest was organised in the eNkanini land occupation in Cato Manor as a result of electricity not being available in the area for more than three days. Mr. Zungu and Mr. Zikalala are currently in hospital for injuries sustained in the leg and in the hand respectively. It is fortunate the bullets did not go in a life threatening part of their bodies. Once again it has been made clear that the lives of impoverished black people count for nothing in this society.

As we have being saying since 2005 we do not need electricity, our lives need electricity, especially in this cold weather in winter.  When there is an electricity fault in elite suburb the municipality respond immediately, but impoverished black are expected to live without electricity for days. We are left to die in the shack fires caused by candles because we dont have electricity. When we organise and show our anger by going to the street we are attacked.

Although we are operating under very careful security measures we are sufficiently well organised, and have enough depth in our leadership, to be able to continue with our struggles, and to continue to build our movement. This weekend the movement was able to launch two new branches in Volkrust and Amersfoort in Mpumalanga, and to presented ubuhlaism in Daggakraal, also in Mpumalanga, where some residents have begun the process to join our movement. We now have branches in good standing in five provinces, including more than forty new land occupations in KwaZulu-Natal alone. In April this year our audit of members in good standing in KwaZulu-Natal passed 50 000. There are still a number of branches to audit in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as all the branches elsewhere in the country.

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16:25

Skripal Novichok poisoning suspects identified Peace and Freedom

UK investigators believe they have identified the suspected perpetrators behind the Novichok nerve agent attack on the Skripals, the Press Association reported on Thursday.

Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were struck down with the poison in March. The Skripals subsequently recovered.

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British police officers suspect several Russians were involved in the attempted murder of the Skripals and are looking for more than one suspect, the Press Association reported.

Investigators have identified the suspected perpetrators through CCTV and have cross-checked the footage with records of people who entered the country around that time, it said.

In recent weeks, British counter-terrorism police have also been investigating the murder of a woman who died on July 8, just over a week after being exposed to Novichok near the city of Salisbury.

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15:52

Violence Erupts in TV Studio Clarion Project

You can watch in amusement and horror are violence erupts in an Indian TV studio when a religious leader loses his cool with female co-panelists.

The trouble kicks off during a discussion of womens rights in Islam and the instant divorce in particular. One of the female interviewees launches a verbal attack on men who deal unjustly with women. At this point, the maulana (male religious leader) on the show names the womans father and says that he must be doing this as well.

On hearing this accusation, the woman bursts into tears.

A second woman challenges the maulana saying you people are responsible.

At this point he first abuses her verbally and then launches a volley of slaps.

Police officers were called to the studios of Zee TV where they arrested the maulana.

 

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15:46

Poll: Politicians Must Tell the Truth, No Matter the Consequences Clarion Project

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A massive proportion of participants in Clarions latest poll believe politicians must tell the truth, even if that forces them to resign. You voted by an overwhelming 97.5 percent that this must be the course of action, while the remaining 2.5% said public officials should be extra careful not to offend or judge groups as a whole.

We created the poll after a number of recent cases both in the U.S. and the UK that brought into sharp focus the question of drawing the line between free speech and bigotry.

Here are some of your comments:

To fail to address truth is to act unjustly. Injustice is very a serious matter. Offending groups is merely impolitic.

When did it become Forbidden to say, The Emperor Has No Clothes?

Its not bigotry. Its truth. And many people are scared to death of the latter.

Political correctness is a degenerative cancer that must be eradicated; its destroying free speech and is a significant threat to the First Amendment in the United States.

In Western Societies there is an urgent need for truth to be spoken out strongly and clearly, and esp. by those who are in authority. Lets be clear they should represent the population and not just their own so called political correct ideas. Let justice prevail. Whats wrong is wrong and need to be dealt with rightly, swiftly and accordingly.

Truth matters. It can be spoken with politeness but must be spoken. If ethnicity and culture are part of the problem then they need to be discussed. Evil is done in the dark, so bring some light.

Freedom of speech is paramount. We need to standby and support those who wish to express themselves no matter how odious or malfeasant it may be. It is up to us, the general public then to enter into debate and show the error of the ir ways, or to standby and say Yes PC is harming our duties to protect children.

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15:38

Russiagate Is Like 9/11, Except Its Made of Pure Narrative The Anti-Media

Russiagate 9/11(CJ Opinion)  The last few days have been truly amazing. I didnt even write an article yesterday; Ive just been staring transfixed by my social media feeds watching liberal Americans completely lose their minds. I cant look away. Its like watching a slow motion train wreck, and everyone on the train is being really homophobic. Ive been []

15:03

Did Qatar Just Pay a $1 Billion Ransom to Terrorists? Clarion Project

A Qatari girls wears flags bearing the portrait of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani as Qataris gather in the streets of Doha to welcome back the emir upon his returned from his first trip abroad during the Gulf diplomatic crisis on September 24, 2017. (Photo: KARIM JAAFAR / AFP / Getty Images)A Qatari girls wears flags bearing the portrait of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani as Qataris gather in the streets of Doha to welcome back the emir upon his returned from his first trip abroad during the Gulf diplomatic crisis on September 24, 2017. (Photo: KARIM JAAFAR / AFP / Getty Images)

The Qatari may well have paid a $1 billion ransom to an Iraqi terrorist organization to get a group of princes freed from captivity. If this is the case, its likely the largest ransom fee ever paid.

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14:47

Leaked Netanyahu Tape: We Made Trump Quit the Iran Nuclear Deal The Anti-Media

Netanyahu War With Iran(ZHE)  On Tuesday an Israeli television channel aired leaked video footage it obtained exclusively showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasting that he had personally convinced President Trump to abandon the Iran nuclear deal. The statements were made at a small dinner event where he addressed senior members of his Likud party.  The video, aired by Israels Kan News shows Netanyahu enthusiastically []

14:37

NATO Could Start World War 3, US President Warns The Anti-Media

World War 3(ANTIWAR.COM)  In a Tuesday night interview, President Trump once again stirred up fury among NATO nations, this time by questioning the wisdom of the alliances collective defense terms. He warned this was potentially risky because any small NATO member could quickly escalate the entire alliance into a world war. Trump provided NATOs newest member, tiny Montenegro, as an []

14:32

Mice treat sunk costs as real "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

From Erica Goode at The New York Times:

In a study published on Thursday in the journal Science, investigators at the University of Minnesota reported that mice and rats were just as likely as humans to be influenced by sunk costs.

The more time they invested in waiting for a reward in the case of the rodents, flavored pellets; in the case of the humans, entertaining videos the less likely they were to quit the pursuit before the delay ended.

Whatever is going on in the humans is also going on in the nonhuman animals, said A. David Redish, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Minnesota and an author of the study.

Via Michelle Dawson, here is another study with a differing emphasis:

We found that the sunk cost effect was lower in the ASD [autism spectrum disorder] group than in the control group.

Here are previous MR posts on sunk costs.

The post Mice treat sunk costs as real appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

14:17

Politics and Psychiatry: the Cost of the Trauma Cover-Up Aletho News

By Bruce E. Levine | CounterPunch | July 18, 2018 Despite increased spending on mental health treatment, mental illness disability and suicide rates have skyrocketed. Perhaps more disturbingly, notes clinical psychologist Nol Hunter, recent evidence has demonstrated that as contact with psychiatric intervention increases, so too does completed suicide, suggesting the possibility that the current []

14:00

Trumps Treason: Challenging the Empire Antiwar.com Original

The utter malevolence of our political class was dramatized in all its darkness by their reaction to the Helsinki summit: the Treason summit they dubbed it, with the Twitter hashtag going viral. Thats what they think of a meeting between the heads of two countries which have thousands of nuclear-tipped missiles aimed at each other. Continue reading "Trumps Treason: Challenging the Empire"

The post Trumps Treason: Challenging the Empire appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

14:00

Saudis Destroying Yemen To Distract Oppressed Population Antiwar.com Original

The excuse is Irans alleged support for the Houthis. The rationalizer is Saudi Arabia. The internal threat is both real and perceived socioeconomic change in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi regimes survival mechanism has been to transmute social anxiety into heightened hostility and project it onto Iran. The result has been the mass bombing and starvation Continue reading "Saudis Destroying Yemen To Distract Oppressed Population"

The post Saudis Destroying Yemen To Distract Oppressed Population appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

14:00

In Defense of Trump With Putin Antiwar.com Original

As a trial judge in New Jersey during the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush years, I spent much of my time trying to settle cases. This process involved bringing into my chambers the lawyers for the disputants and asking them in the absence of their adversaries to lay their cards on the table. After Continue reading "In Defense of Trump With Putin"

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13:44

Absolute Ghoul Joe Lieberman Emerges From Political Irrelevance to Urge Third Party Bid The Anti-Media

Joe Lieberman(CD)  Taking a quick break from his lucrative work as a lobbyist for the law firm that has represented President Donald Trump for years, former Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) emerged from the realm of complete political irrelevance on Tuesday to urge defeated New York Rep. Joe Crowley to disregard the will of voters and mount a third-party bid against democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. []

11:59

Chief Rabbi Vs. Labour Party Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

July 17, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon Reported by Gilad Atzmon The BBC reports this morning that Britans chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has said Labour will be on the wrong side of the fight against racism unless it toughens up its anti-Semitism code of conduct. Rabbi Mirvis said Labours new anti-Semitism definition sent an unprecedented message of contempt to []

11:34

Im the Reporter Mentioned in Muellers Indictment. Why Hasnt He Spoken to Me? Aletho News

By Lee Stranahan | Sputnik | July 18, 2018 I was as surprised as anyone last Friday, when just days before US President Donald Trumps historic meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, special counsel Robert Mueller dropped an indictment against 12 Russian nationals claiming that they were Guccifer 2.0, the entity that took credit on []

10:58

Nuclear disarmament action at Germanys Bchel air base, home to 20 U.S. nuclear bombs The Nuclear Resister

From Nukewatch On Sunday, July 15th 2018, eighteen people from four different countries cut through fences to reclaim German Air Force Base Bchel, which hosts about 20 U.S. nuclear bombs. The activists are from the USA (7), Germany (6), The Netherlands (4) and England (1). The peace activists cut through razor wire and some other fences and []

10:47

Campaign To Prevent A Brave New World Privacy-Invading Education Profiteering PopularResistance.Org

We are entering a very dangerous time in US public education that threatens the role of teachers, public schools and the privacy of students. The history of education reform is long and complicated but most people are now catching on, as bad policy follows bad policy, decade after decade. They realize that the politicians and corporate CEO's deciding what happens in schools have their own agenda and it is not one that benefits children or communities. First, it was high stakes standardized testing, then it the charter school takeover...and now its mass data mining of children throughout their educational career through technology. This is creating a massive profit center for corporate interests and destroying the privacy of children.

10:43

Israels nukes, not Syria: Man kicked out from Trump-Putin summit says AP misquoted him Aletho News

Security removes Sam Husseini before the Putin-Trump press conference in Helsinki. Lehtikuva/Antti Aimo-Koivisto / Reuters RT | July 18, 2018 Political activist and writer Sam Husseini, who was ousted from a joint media conference by Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, accuses the media of lying about his goal at the event. He had a []

09:13

Two analyses by Paul Craig Roberts The Vineyard of the Saker

Note by the Saker: As I have mentioned here, I am currently on a road trip and I have very spotty access to the Internet.  The recent Putin-Trump summit has

08:25

The Psychology of Materialism, Violence and War stan van houcke

Love Denied: The Psychology of Materialism, Violence and War

Love Denied: The Psychology of Materialism, Violence and War

Robert J. Burrowes
May 24, 2013
Violence is simply an extreme form of attention-seeking behaviour.
The individual who uses violence does so because they are very frightened that one or more of their vital needs will not be met. In virtually all cases, the needs that the individual fears will not be met are emotional ones (including the needs for listening, understanding and love) and the violence is simply a dysfunctional attempt to have these needs met.
The individual who uses violence is never aware of these deep emotional needs and of the functional ways of having these needs met which, admittedly, is not easy to do given that listening, understanding and love are not readily available fr...

08:04

Russiagate: A CIA Concocted Hoax stan van houcke

Russiagate: A CIA Concocted Hoax. Trump Knows It.

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07:57

Water Protector Dion Ortiz Faces Up To 3 Years in Prison with Plea Agreement CENSORED NEWS

Dion Ortiz Reaches Non-Cooperating Plea Agreement, 1 Charge Dropped Recommendation of Up to 3 Years Posted on July 17, 2018l By Water Protector Legal Collective Censored News MANDAN, North Dakota -- Dion Ortiz appeared in federal court in Bismarck on July 17 for a change of plea hearing as per the terms of a non-cooperating agreement with prosecutors. Water Protector Dion Ortiz

07:39

The Ticking Time Bomb The Vineyard of the Saker

This comment was chosen by moderator HS from the post Is President Trump A Traitor Because He Wants Peace With Russia? . The moderator felt the comment was quite interesting and

07:24

Ocasio-Cortez Evolves Her Position on Palestine to Please Zionist Democratic Mega-Donors Aletho News

By Whitney Webb | Mint Press News | July 16, 2018 NEW YORK During a recent interview with PBS and just two weeks after her historic upset victory against 10-term Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seemed already to be walking back from at least some of her more radical positions voiced prior to []

06:55

Mass protest in central and southern #Iraq Enough is Enough!

Iraq, Sulaymaniyah, July 16. It looks like the US and Western Countries propaganda, and the illusions of religion and nationalism, are no longer working for the people in central and southern Iraq.

Originally published by Anarkismo. Written by Zaher Baher.

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It might be that the time has arrived to end the sectarianism between Shia and Sunna. Its fifteen years since the collapse of Saddam Hussain and there has been thirteen years (2005) of Shia government. The failure of the election process and parliamentary system should have given both Iraqi Shia and Sunna the lesson that the real changes cannot happen through this process and establishment. This was probably also the main reason only 38% of the electorate participated in Iraq general election in May this year.

During this period the real winners were the politicians, businessmen, government ministers, heads of government departments and the foreign companies. The loser are the ordinary people who has lost everything even the little they had under Saddam Husseins regime. In addition, people has been suffering badly at the hands of corruption, privatisation, injustice, unemployment, a sectarian war, the widening a gap between rich and poor and lack of gas, electric and clean water.

People in central and southern Iraq obviously dont want to continue living this kind of life. For almost a week the people of Basra (a city rich from oil and gas and controlled by the central government and foreign oil corporations) have been fighting the authorities. The oil companies employ thirty thousand people none of them from Basra.

Basra is the 3rd most important city in Iraq after Baghdad and Mosul where over five million people live. They have suffered terribly at the hands of the local authority and foreign companies. They have no decent health treatment or education. According to one Iraqi report 48% of Basras residents have been diagnosed with a type of cancer whose cause has been linked to depleted uranium. Because of all this, the people of Iraq, especially those in the south and central area had no choice but to fight back against both local and central government.

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06:29

#Athens, Greece: Against the Touristization of #Exarcheia Enough is Enough!

Exarcheia, Summer 2018. The touristization of the neighborhood is a reality. While thousands of locals and immigrants live in miserable conditions on the street, the empty houses of the area are filled with tourists via airbnb.

Originally published by Athens Indymedia. Translated by Mpalothia.

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The Exarcheia neighborhood, its political structures, its people and even the conflicts with the police that invade it are becoming a spectacle. Everything is being turned into an alternative fantasy that will transform Exarcheia into a kind of urban zoo, offering bargain hunting tourists adventure, pleasure, inexpensive entertainment and narcotics. Through its depoliticization, Exarcheia will become an alternative paradise for tourists that will naturally serve to stimulate the Greek economy in order for the redevelopment steamroller to flatten anything that resembles insurrection, anarchy and freedom.

Starting a campaign of actions and interventions against touristization and the regeneration of the neighborhood, we placed 2 banners in Patission and Tzavella.

Anarchists Against the Gentrification of Exarcheia, July 13, 2018.

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06:24

Why you dont really oppose jihad terror and Sharia oppression if you dont support Israel Jihad Watch

Recently Ive gotten quite a few emails from people who claim to be puzzled that I oppose jihad terror and Sharia oppression and yet support Israel. These people do not appear to realize that Israel is on the front lines of the global jihad, and that if they dont support it, they dont really oppose []

06:23

Hannah Arendt stan van houcke


What Nazis Driving People From Homes Taught Philosopher Hannah Arendt About the Rights of Refugees

06:21

US pastor to remain in jail, Turkish court rules Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is charged with links to failed coup plotters and supporting PKK, says there is no concrete evidence against him

06:06

Habakkuk on metadata Sic Semper Tyrannis

As some commenters on SST seem still to have difficulty grasping that the presence of metadata alluding to Iron Felix in the Guccifer 2.0 material is strong evidence that the GRU were being framed over a leak, rather than that...

06:04

Once again, Israels influence outpaces Russias Mondoweiss

Trumps fiasco in Helsinki has provided fresh impetus for the story of Russian influence over the White House. Yet again few are commenting on an obvious big winner of the presidential meeting, Israel. Trump repeatedly praised Israel at the press conference, Vladimir Putin vowed to work with Israel in Syria, and Netanyahu pronounced the presidential meeting a great gain for Israel.

CNN is alone in reporting that Israels interests were more important to Trump than US interests:

It wasnt the security of American citizens, however, but rather those of Israel that the US President appeared to have on his mind.

Trumps praise for Israel was fulsome and unprompted, far more lavish than his praise of Putin. No country has ever been closer than Israel to the US.

Weve worked with Israel long and hard for many years, many decades.  I think weve never never has anyone, any country been closer than we are.  President Putin also is helping Israel.  And we both spoke with Bibi Netanyahu, and they would like to do certain things with respect to Syria having to do with the safety of Israel.  So in that respect, we absolutely would like to work in order to help Israel, and Israel will be working with us.  So both countries would work jointly.

I think that working with Israel is a great thing, and creating safety for Israel is something that both President Putin and I would like to see very much.

And heres Netanyahus video statement praising the Helsinki confab. The US Israel relationship has never been stronger.

I praise the things I heard in the press conference with President Trump and President Putin I greatly appreciate the deep commitment to the security of Israel that Trump expressed at the press conference, and I can say that the friendship between Israel and the US has never been stronger.

So the Trump Putin meeting goes into the same account as Trump breaking the Iran Deal, the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor which Russia had worked hard to achieve and that Israel had done everything to nullify. It goes into the same account as moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move that Russia has sharply criticized for destroying any peace process (and that has generated rage across P...

06:02

Sex, Guns, and Spycraft: Court Filing Unveils Shocking New Details in Russian Spy Case The Anti-Media

russian spy(ZHE) Another interesting twist in the investigation of Maria Butina, the alleged Russian spy who tried to infiltrate the NRA and tried to arrange meetings between then-candidate Trump and Russian President Putin, has just been revealed in a new filing by the DOJ in its case against Butina, who is presently sitting in federal custody as []

06:01

Keystone United/KSS Nazis Attack Black Man in #Avalon, #PA Enough is Enough!

Coming a few weeks after holding a picnic in the area, Keystone United members were cited by police (but tellingly not arrested or charged) following an unprovoked attack on a regular patron of the Jackman Inn in Avalon PA on July 7th.

Originally published by Philly Antifa.

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05:54

Protesting Dirty Coal Power Plant Outside Navajo Nation Council Chambers CENSORED NEWS

NOW! DINE' CARE PHOTOS Protesting dirty coal power plant, Navajo Generating Station, outside Navajo Nation Council Chambers. The Navajo Nation government wants to keep this dirty coal power plant operating with coal from Peabody Coal mined on Black Mesa. Both drain precious water to produce electricity for Southern Arizona and poison Navajos and everyone in the Grand Canyon region. -- Censored

05:51

Muslim Brotherhood-linked Rep. Keith Ellison demands Amazon stop selling books from SPLC-designated hate groups Jihad Watch

Keith Ellisons letter to Jeff Bezos focuses on an alleged neo-Nazis material being sold at Amazon and published on Amazons self-publishing, but Ellison makes more sweeping statements, particularly his opening gambit: I am writing to you with my concerns about the amount of money Amazon has made from the sale of literature and music published []

05:14

Israeli law bans former soldiers and critics of the occupation from speaking in schools Mondoweiss

Israel can now ban critics of the occupation from giving presentations to school children, according to a law passed Monday night by Israels parliament, the Knesset. Known as the Breaking the Silence law, the bill passed with a majority of 43 votes in favor and 24 against.

The bill was submitted by the right-wing Education Minister Naftali Bennetts party and states individuals and groups that seek to inflict harm upon IDF soldiers are barred from entering educational institutions when this activity is of a nature that undermines state education goals, or is such that endeavors to inflict harm upon IDF soldiers who are a consensus in Israeli society.

The legislation specifically targets the the left-wing Israeli group Breaking the Silence (the organizations name was in the official working title of the bill) which collects and publishes testimony from former Israeli army soldiers about the militarys human rights abuses against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The group regularly conducts tours inside the West Bank city of Hebron as well as lectures in Israeli schools.

One of the laws clauses expands the reach to prohibit persons or groups who initiate legal proceedings outside Israel against IDF soldiers for an action carried out in the course of their military duty.

Haaretz reported lawmakers added this section in an eleventh hour amendment. It impacts people like Hagai El-Ad, the director of the left-wing Israeli NGO BTselem, which was the subject of previous legislation to strip human rights groups of the tax-exempt status. 

In 2016 El-Ad asked members of the UN Security Council to sanction Israel for its settlement activity. Because of that speech, El-Ad will likely be prohibited under the new law from giving lectures inside Israeli educational institutions.

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Indictment of 12 Russians: Under the Shiny Wrapping, a Political Act Aletho News

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, released the indictment of 12 Russians days before President Trump was due to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. By Scott Ritter | TruthDig | July 15, 2018 With great fanfare, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Friday released a 29-page indictment, a byproduct of the ongoing investigation by []

04:35

#Antifa Italy: The Government of Change is still anti-Working Class Enough is Enough!

In Naples, in early June, a Malian man was shot by three youths in a drive by shooting. As they fired they chanted Salvini, Salvini. Matteo Salvini leader of the League (formerly the Northern League) only got 17% of the vote in Italys election but in the new government of change in coalition with the Five Star Movement has become Minister of the Interior. This is an ideal role for him to play his racist card.

Originally published by Libcom.

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Many Italians, including workers, who after years of increased exploitation under both Right and Left governments, listen to his siren calls that all their problems are not really down to the failures of the capitalist system. They are all down to migrants, or the Roma or Sinti minority.

Tweeting like Trump, he spreads false news in order to gain maximum publicity for his campaign to boost his support amongst the fascistic right. Asserting that that the good times are over for migrants who supposedly stay in 3 star hotels and get 40 euros a day (in reality they dont stay in hotels except in some transit situations and the amount they get in euros is just enough to buy a packet of cigarettes) he portrays himself as the only one to fix the migrant crisis. In fact the number of migrants to Italy had already decreased enormously thanks to a dirty deal the previous (centre-left) Democratic Party (PD) had done with the Libyans. This reduced migration across the Mediterranean but condemned asylum seekers and refugees to slavery in North Africa.

Salvini does not acknowledge this, or the fact that the crime wave he is going to solve has been falling in Italy for the last 2-3 years. In fact there is as much continuity as change in his migrant policy. And his racism does not stop with recent arrivals. His next easy target has been the Roma? and Sinti people who he accuses of all kinds of crimes. He called for all of them (there are between 100,000 and 200,000 in Italy i.e. less than 0.3% of the population) to be registered, echoing the race laws of the late Fascist era against Jews which were a preparation for their deportation to the death camps. Salvini later appeared to back down on this in the face of widespread hostility but still announced his disappointment that at least half of the Roma and Sinti have Italian citizenship so he could not get rid of them.

Our Italian comrades i...

04:32

Malaysia: Female student starts screaming after Quran recitation, mass hysteria breaks out Jihad Watch

Could this outbreak of mass hysteria have anything to do with the passages of the Quran that were being recited? Maybe the girl who started it all began screaming when she read some of the Qurans passages about women. The Quran teaches that men are superior to women and should beat those from whom they []

04:09

#NoBorders France: Four people face charges for assisting refugees Enough is Enough!

Four people were arrested for helping migrants cross the border into France.  It is the latest case over citizens providing aid to refugees in France.

Originally published by Freedom News. Image: the picket in front of Briancon police station, source: Tous Migrants (Warning Facebook link).

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The activists were arrested on Tuesday in relation to the solidarity march organised in April by the activist group Tous Migrants. In response to the arrests, the activists held a 140 people strong picket in front of the police station where their friends were detained.

The April march, attended by some 100 local activists, was escorting 20 migrant people over an Alpine pass. The activists were responding to a blockade set up nearby by the members of a far right group Generation Identity order to keep the refugees out of France.

My conscience is clear, I have nothing to feel guilty about, said Benoit, one of the three men arrested along with a woman by police in Briancon in southeast France.

The arrestees were released after questioning. Three other activists are already on trial in this case, though a judge has delayed hearings until November pending a ruling by Frances top Constitutional Council on legislation covering aid to migrants. It is unclear whether the French police is planning on more arrests in relation to the march.

Earlier in July a French court ruled that so-called crime of solidarity- helping migrants who already entered the country is not in fact a crime. However, it is still possible to get arrested for assisting people to enter France illegally.

In the wake of this decision, a French court last week ordered charges dropped against a 73-year-old Martine Landry, a long-term activist and Amnesty International volunteer who helped two migrant children to cross the border from Italy to France in July last year.

In the past, several other activists, including...

04:09

Trump says Russia doesnt pose threat, contradicting intelligence director Peace and Freedom

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said Russia does not pose a threat to the United States, contradicting his director of national intelligence on a critical security issue and deepening a political controversy that began at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump, besieged with criticism over his handling of Putin at the summit, for a second day sought to do damage control on the crisis, stating that no one had been tougher than he on Russia.

There has never been a president as tough on Russia has I have been, Trump told reporters before a Cabinet meeting at the White House.

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The president said his administration is doing very well in countering Russia, citing U.S. sanctions on Moscow and the explosion of Russian nationals accused of being spies.

I think President Putin knows that better than anybody, certainly a lot better than the media. He understands it, and hes not happy about it, Trump said.

But seconds later, Trump said no when asked if Russia still poses a threat to the U.S.

That comment undercut his own director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, who said after Trumps Helsinki press conference that Russias hostile activities against the U.S. and its allies are ongoing.Coats also underscored the intelligence agencies worry that Russia is prepared to interfere with this falls midterm elections.

We have been clear in our assessment of Russian meddling in our 2016 elections and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, Coats said in a statement.

Trumps latest comments raised doubts about his commitment to combating Moscows efforts to do so, a top concern of U.S. officials and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Those fears were inflamed on Monday when Trump, standing beside Putin after their meetings, suggested he gave equal weight to the Russian leaders denial of election meddling to the conclusion of the U.S. intelligence agencies.

My people came to me they said they think its Russia. I have President Putin; he just said its not Russia. I will say this: I dont see any reason why it would be, Trump said.

The presidents comments set off an international furor, which Trump sought to clean up on Tuesday by claiming he misspoke and meant to say, I dont see any reason why it wouldnt be Russia.

The president also said he accepts the intelli...

04:06

Palestinian Muslims launch flying firebomb from Gaza that lands in Israeli kindergarten Jihad Watch

Time for the UN to issue another condemnation ofIsrael. Flying firebomb from Gaza lands in Israeli kindergarten, Bicom, July 18, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): A flying firebomb attached to a balloon, launched from Gaza, landed in the playground of a kindergarten in Israel yesterday. Five-year-old children were attending a summer programme at []

03:50

Google blasts Brussels after record 4.3bn Android fine Peace and Freedom

EU accused of trying to dismantle US groups business model for smartphones

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Google is considering asking for emergency court protection against the EUs record-breaking fine Reuters

Alex Barker and Mehreen Khan in Brussels and Richard Waters in San Francisco

Google accused Brussels of trying to dismantle its lucrative business model for smartphones and other mobile devices on Thursday, as it considered asking for emergency court protection against the EUs record-breaking 4.3bn antitrust ruling.

The European Commission has given the US group 90 days to overhaul its Android mobile operating system, demanding that it remove illegal restrictions designed to stymie competition and generate more traffic for Googles search engine.

Although the decision marks by far the most significant decision in Googles eight-year antitrust tangle with Brussels, it is just the latest in a series of attacks on American technology groups by Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition chief. Two years ago, she ordered that Ireland claw back 13bn in back taxes from rival Apple.

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Margrethe Vestager

Ms Vestagers ruling against Google outlaws the companys core business practices that enabled the US internet group to gain a foothold on about 80 per cent of smartphones.

Sundar Pichai, Googles chief executive, said that Google would appeal against a decision that rejects the business model that supports Android and ignores . . . clear evidence about how people use their phones today.

Evidence shows the vast majority of users simply use what comes with their device and do not download competing apps

Although Google has yet to decide on how to change it business operations in response to the decision, the company is looking at seeking interim measures with the European Court of Justice to avoid serious and irreparable harm to its business.

Such emergency court orders are extremely rare but could, if granted, delay the changes to business operations required to comply with Ms Vestagers ruling until Googles appeal is heard.

Mr Pichai told the Financial Times that starting to charge manufacturers using Android was in the range of options that are available.

Ms Vestager said Google had for almost eight years used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine. Her investigation found that Google engaged very serious illegal behaviour that hurt rivals and consumers.

Under the decision, Google will be re...

03:42

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls on protesters to occupy airports, border crossings, and ICE offices Peace and Freedom

Far-left New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has called on protesters to occupy airports, border crossings, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices nationwide.

We have to occupy all of it, she told Democracy Now! on Monday. We need to occupy every airport. We need to occupy every border. We need to occupy every ICE office until those kids are back with their parents, period.

Ocasio-Cortez claimed that ICE is not in the business of immigration enforcement, despite that being in its very name.

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First of all, ICE is not [U.S. Customs and Border Protection], she said. When we talk about abolishing ICE, were talking about ending family detention. Were talking about ending an agency and ending a practice and a structure that is not accountable to the U.S. Department of Justice, that often takes on things that look a lot like enforcement activities.

We have to show people that were willing to walk the walk and put our money where our mouth is, she added.

Despite ICE becoming a big target for the far-left, Democrats are hesitant to go after the agency due to the majority of Americans supporting it and the radical optics of opposing immigration enforcement.

For example, Democrats introduced an Abolish ICE bill but then refused to vote on it, with some Democratic lawmakers admitting it was a publicity stunt.

However, Reps. Clay Higgins (R-La.) and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are crafting a support ICE bill that will be voted on the House floor on Wednesday.

What I found so interesting is the Democrats introduced a bill to abolish ICE we give them an opportunity, and they say they dont want to vote for it, McCarthy said Monday.

Rather than allowing a vote against ICE, Republican leadership felt it better to record votes in favor of the agency.

After being called on their bluff, Democrats ran scared from their own bill, Speaker Paul Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in a statement.

Democrats will now have the chance to stand with the majority of Americans who support ICE and vote for this resolution, or follow the extreme voices on the far left calling for abolishment of an agency that protects us.

Its clear Ocasio-Cor...

03:37

US businesses already hurt by tariffs: Fed chair Powell Peace and Freedom

US businesses already are being hurt by the exchange of tariffs on key products, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday.

However, he repeated that if President Donald Trumps trade policy results in lower tariffs, that would be good for the US economy.

AFP | Although the impact will take time to show up in data on the broader economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell cautioned that rising business concern is impacting investment decisions

We hear from our extensive network of business contacts a rising chorus of concerns, he said in his semi-annual testimony to the House Financial Services Committee. Lots and lots of individual companies have been harmed by this.

Although the impact will take time to show up in data on the broader economy, Powell cautioned that rising business concern is impacting investment decisions.

Washington has imposed steep tariffs on tens of billions of products from China, and has threatened to target hundreds of billions more, on top of import taxes on steel and aluminum that has angered allies and prompted retaliation.

Powell refused to answer a question on whether the US is in a trade war, but said protectionism is detrimental to the economy.

The bottom line is a more protectionist economy is less competitive, less productive, he said. This is a torch weve been carrying around the world for 75 years.

The administration says it wants lower tariffs and that I think would be good for the economy.

Commenting on other potential risks to the US economy, Powell noted that some asset prices, including stocks and bonds are fairly high.

I wouldnt use the bubble word but many financial asset prices are elevated above their normal ranges, he said.

The Fed also is watching high corporate debt levels, but he said, nothing is flashing red in financial markets.

AFP

03:27

B(A)D News episode 13: Angry voices from around the world Enough is Enough!

This is episode number 13 of B(A)D NEWS Angry voices from around the world, a news program from the international network of anarchist and antiauthoritarian radios, consisting of short news segments from different parts of the world.

Originally published by A-Radio Network

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Content:

 A Radio Berlin bringing us an introduction to Vedeng a Rojava a new podcast project created by people on the ground in Northern Syria

From A Radio Vienna we hear information about a demonstration against an upcoming EU summation Austria in September as well as a callout for an international week of solidarity with anarchist prisoners

Words about the upcoming national prison strike in the so-called United States from our friends at The Final Straw radio

 Dissident Island Radio in the UK bring you short updates from around the country touching on the enclosure of public space, immigration control, animal rights, and the ongoing struggle to stop fracking taking hold.

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03:09

Conspiracy Humor and Irony in the Trump-Russia Brouhaha Aletho News

By Jacob G. Hornberger | FFF | July 18, 2018 New York Times : Mr. Trump raised a series of largely irrelevant conspiracy theories none of which were directly related to the evidence of Russian hacking activity. Washington Post : And with that, yet another President Trump conspiracy theory is thoroughly repudiated by the []

03:00

India: Husband and two sons of Quran teacher sexually harass nine-year-old girl during lessons Jihad Watch

The victim was nine years old. This may have been because Chand Babus reverence for Muhammad led him to think of children as sexual objects. Islamic apologists in the West routinely deny that Muhammad consummated his marriage with (i.e., raped) Aisha when she was nine, and go through all sorts of contortions to deny the []

02:54

Indigenous And Environmental Water Protectors Fight To Block Louisiana Pipeline PopularResistance.Org

Half an hour outside of Lafayette, Louisiana almost three hours west of New Orleans the proposed route of the Bayou Bridge pipeline crosses the road. Its a seemingly minor bend in the crooked path of a 162.5-mile pipeline that, if completed, would snake underground from Lake Charles near the Texas border to St. James in Cancer Alley  the dense stretch of refineries and other petrochemical facilities lining the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. But this bend matters to Cherri Foytlin, a Din (Navajo) and Cherokee activist, journalist and mother, whose organization owns the small plot of land around which the pipelines route skirts. Here, a few small structures and a long line of tents make up the LEau Est La Vie (Water Is Life) resistance camp.

02:46

Can The Brits Baby Trump Blimp Come Play At Trumps DC Military Parade? PopularResistance.Org

The best thing about Donald Trumps visit to England and Scotland was the protestsor Carnival of Resistance, as some called them. Their outrageous signs, costumes, and visuals, including the Baby Trump blimp, were in contrast to our oftentimes sedate US demonstrations.  Thats why a GoFundMe has been started to make Baby Trump Blimp the Guest of Honor at the November 10th protest against Trumps scheduled military parade in Washington DC. The American public would certainly get a lift from an oversized Trump in diapers hovering above Trumps macho display of guns and missiles. The UK protests should be an inspiration to Americans resisting Trump. When Trump met with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth, then went to Scotland for a round of golf, hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets in opposition.

02:34

Horror in Helsinki: Trumputin Strikes Again Aletho News

By Michael Howard | American Herald Tribune | July 18, 2018 Something very extraordinary has just taken placesomething unprecedented in American history. A sitting president, one Donald J. Trump, has committed treason against the United States. Dont take my word for it. This is being documented by our nations most important political thinkers. New York []

02:34

Video from India: On TV show, Muslim cleric physically assaults female guest, a Supreme Court lawyer Jihad Watch

Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and []

02:34

Israel passes 'Nation State' law enshrining Jewish supremacy Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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02:32

EU Hits Google With Record $5 Billion Fine Over Antitrust Abuse The Anti-Media

EU Google(CD)  The European Union (EU) on Wednesday hit Google with a record-breaking 4.34 billion ($5.06 billion) antitrust fine and ordered the tech giant to make changes that will scale back its dominance of the mobile phone market. Characterizing the move as the EUs sharpest rebuke yet to the power of a handful of tech giants, the Wall Street Journal reported: [T]he []

02:18

Robert Spencer in PJ Media: The Direct Connection Between Devoutness in Islam and Violence Jihad Watch

Virtually all jihad terrorists are devout Muslims. My latest in PJ Media: It is commonplace for Leftists and Islamic apologists in the West to claim that jihadis are ignorant of Islam, and indifferent to it. Terrorists dont kill for their religion, asserted an article published in the World Economic Forum last year, just one of []

02:13

New Study Shows CBD Oil May Help Treat Seizures in Dogs, Too The Anti-Media

CBD Dogs(CW)  Over the last several years, CBD (cannabidiol) has increasingly been shown to aid in the treatment of seizures, particularly in children. The evidence is so strong that the FDA, an organization notoriously opposed to cannabis, approved the first CBD-based medication for one particular seizure disorder at the end of June. Multiple studies have shown CBD is effective in treating these []

02:13

While His Opponents Cry Treason Trump Sues for Peace Aletho News

By Tom LUONGO | Strategic Culture Foundation | 18.07.2018 For the second time in as many months President Trump went against the grain of US foreign policy. I will not mince words. I was hoping for more from the Trump-Putin Summit in Helsinki; something concrete. Even a small agreement about a quid pro quo in []

02:05

Australia: Supreme Court judge bans wife of accused jihad terrorist from wearing niqab in court Jihad Watch

Once there are multiple spectators in the public gallery wearing niqabs and traditional Islamic dress, working out who was who if something happened in court might not be a simple matter, especially as such dress tends to be very similar. I have previously indicated that, whilst all are welcome in my court, spectators in the []

02:05

US-backed Forces Capture Sixteen Villages From ISIS In Eastern Syria (Map)

On July 18, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its units captured 1,100km2 in southern al-Hasakah and northeastern Deir Ezzor from ISIS in the period between July 5 and July 17. The liberated area includes more than sixteen villages and towns, according to the SDFs media center.

US-backed Forces Capture Sixteen Villages From ISIS In Eastern Syria (Map)

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During their advance, SDF fighters clashed with ISIS fighters in several areas. As a result of these clashes, four terrorists were killed and four others were captured by US-backed fighters. From its side, the SDF acknowledged losing one fighter only.

The SDFs media center added that SDF fighters captured a pickup truck, two heavy machine guns, a RPG-7 launcher, mines and loads of ammunition of eastern and western calibers from ISIS.

Earlier this month, the SDF captured more than thirty villages and towns in the southern al-Hasakah countryside from ISIS. Currently, the US-backed force is on the verge of capturing the few remaining positions of the terrorist group there.

Once ISIS is eliminated in southern al-Hasakah and southeastern Deir Ezzor, the SDF will boost its offinsive on the last strongholds of the terrorist group along the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

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01:59

Dozens of Jewish Groups Back BDS Movement, Slam False Antisemitism Claims The Anti-Media

BDS Movement(MEMO)  Dozens of Jewish groups worldwide issued an unprecedented joint statement on Tuesday backing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and saying that criticism of Israels actions does not equate to antisemitism, reported The New Arab. The initiative was led by US-based Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and the signatories include 36 Jewish groups from 15 []

01:57

Sinclair Merger In Huge Trouble As FCC Chairman Pai Casts Skeptical Eye On Sham Deals PopularResistance.Org

WASHINGTON  On Monday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he would circulate an order designating the Sinclair Broadcast Groups acquisition of Tribune Media for an administrative hearing at the agency. Pais statement suggests that at least the divestitures Sinclair has proposed would be sent to a hearing because, in the chairmans words, the evidence weve received suggests that certain station divestitures that have been proposed to the FCC would allow Sinclair to control those stations in practice, even if not in name, in violation of the law. In 2017, Sinclair announced a proposal to take over Tribune Medias television stations, a merger that as originally proposed would have given the broadcast giant control of more than 233 local TV stations reaching 72 percent of the countrys population, far in excess of congressional and FCC limits on national and local media ownership.

01:52

Israel closes Palestinian university in East Jerusalem, indefinitely Mondoweiss

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Member of PLO denounces Israeli closure of Hind Al-Husseini College in East Jerusalem
RAMALLAH (WAFA) 14 July Member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and president of the Arab American University, Ali Abu Zuhri, Saturday denounced the Israeli closure of Hind Al-Husseini College in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, in occupied Jerusalem. Israeli police reportedly shut down the educational facility until further notice, banned the holding of an academic conference, and detained 15 participants. Abu Zuhri, in a statement, condemned this Israeli measure, maintaining that the Israeli occupation aims through such measures to obstruct the educational process and prevent the teaching of Palestinian curricula. He said Israeli authorities impose their own curriculum on several Palestinian schools and higher education facilities in occupied East Jerusalem at the expense of the development of Palestinian students own national awareness. He slammed such measure as an attempt to impose new facts on the ground aimed at changing the cultural and historical identity of Jerusalem.
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Israel passes law to ban groups critical of state, military from schools
JERUSALEM (Reuters) 17 July by Maayan Lubell Israels parliament passed a law on Tuesday that could see groups critical of government policies toward the Palestinians banned from entering Israeli schools and speaking with pupils. Critics of the law, which passed with 43 votes in favor and 24 against in the 120-seat Knesset, said it was a blow to core democratic values such as free speech and part of the Israeli governments effort to delegitimize rights groups and NGOs. The amendment to the education act grants new powers to Education Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the religious-nationalist Jewish Home party, to order schools to bar certain groups from giving lectures to students. The legislation has been dubbed the Breaking the Silence law, a reference to the Israeli group of that name which collects and publishes testimony from Israeli veterans about the militarys treatment of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and during conflicts with militants in Gaza. Breaking the Silence, which has given talks in schools, said the law was meant to weaken it and other rights groups. Its really about trying to silence and cover up whats be...

01:51

The most dangerous job in Yemens war zone? Being a homegrown reporter Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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01:44

The Incredible Weight of Not Being Dissident Voice

If I Dont Feel It, The Problem Doesnt Exist

You know we are cooked when the middling middle class, with educations from Duke, USC, Vanderbilt, Princeton, Columbia, and gobs of money in the bank, and an east coast upbringing, now California dreaming, are astonished that there are actually homeless veterans.

This is the state of the lobotomized America, one country that is a mix of Disneyland, Zombie-land, Filthy First Families, War Economics, General Anxiety Disorder gone rampant, and, well, everything one can imagine the White Race (sic) has become under the crystal meth bubble of money, debt, TV, Netflix, Cowboys and Indians Entertainment, and a population in a dervish of debt spiral while the hooked-brained Point Zero Zero Zero One Percent has us as slaves.

On the surface, everything looks fine in America when zipping down the streets of LA, Seattle, Phoenix, Atlanta, if one wants to believe normality is that baseline of gutters full of 7-11 hot dog wrappers, millions of miles of strip malls with attendant boarded up storefronts, smoke-pot-booze-armament-nickel and dime shops, concrete, tar, 300,000,000 cars pushing and pulling people to precarious jobs and off-the-clock mortgaged lives, and the endless serpents of 18-wheelers crisscrossing America with the goods of depravity, obsolescence, and despair.

Its a blitzkrieg of sound bites, biting hatred toward anyone different than that narrow creepy species of white people with kids and two homes depicted on TV. The white race, even though it is shrinking, is like a plague. It takes only a few microbes to disease a pond with cholera, and it only takes a few whites in a board room or in a bureaucracy or corporation to turn the air to putrid, disease-causing sickness, where punishment is measured in how much the few can take from the many.

So I go back to the astonishment of friends and relatives on the West Coast, Southern Cal: How can there be homeless veterans . . . as if the only veterans in the minds of these upper middle class are four-star triple-dipping multimillionaire generals, or Ollie North types selling their filthy Christo-Zio murderous brand of America to FOX, the NRA and some glass church on the hill making profits from private prison hell.

We are talking about 50 K veterans homeless, hundreds of thousands basically screwed because of the enormous disabilities for which the time spent serving has exacted as the second and third level of punishment this sadistic system of indoctrinating people into believing they are doing anything for the country (not) in the form of pushing around dirt, cranking wrenches, tooling around in this disgusting excess of overpriced dangerous polluting equipment that literally takes food out of the mouths of babes and grannies.

Then the millions of veterans hobbling around with herniated discs, diabetes, dead knees, metal hips, PTSD, rotting teeth, a thousand varieties of internal...

01:43

US Senate Democrats Demand Probe of Putin-Trump Summit Aletho News

Sputnik July 18, 2018 Democratic leaders are demanding an open hearing in which Trump administration officials, including the American translator, would explain what transpired in Mondays meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. This is too important not to get the full story out before the Senate and the American people, Senate Minority []

01:36

Voters Shift LeftThanks To Social Media? PopularResistance.Org

The Pew Research Center (3/1/18) recently released a survey on political attitudes by generation. America is politically sorted by generations in a way it never has before, was the takeaway of New Yorks Jonathan Chait (3/1/18). Well, sort of; the generational divide is a striking feature of US politics, but its not exactly breaking news. Whats more striking to me in Pews findings is how voters of all generations have shifted to the leftmostly by becoming more consistently progressive, mostly in the last six or seven years. Ten percent of young people were consistently liberal (according to Pews survey) in 2011; in 2017, 25 percent were. Among Generation X (38- to 53-year-olds), the shift was from 9 to 16 percent, for Baby Boomers (54 to 72) it was 7 to 17 percent, and even among the Silent Generation (73 to 90) consistent liberals went from 7 to 12 percent.

01:33

James Comey: Anyone Voting Republican This Fall Is Un-American The Anti-Media

James Comey(ZHE)  Former FBI Director James Comey suggested over Twitter on Tuesday that anyone who votes Republican in the upcoming midterm elections is un-American. Ambition must counteract ambition, wrote Comey, adding All who believe in this countrys values must vote for Democrats this fall. Policy differences dont matter right now. History has its eyes on us. This Republican []

01:29

Nicaragua Defeats The Not-So-Soft Coup PopularResistance.Org

On July 19, hundreds of thousands of people from across Nicaragua will converge on the capital Managua to celebrate the 39th anniversary of their historic 1979 defeat of the Somoza dictatorship. The event takes place as the authorities continue to liberate communities blockaded by roadblocks operated by armed opposition activists whose not-so-soft coup attempt against the Sandinista government, begun on April 18, has failed. Ever since April 21, when President Daniel Ortega called for a process of National Dialogue to peacefully resolve opposition demands, Nicaragua's political opposition and their allies have worked to sabotage talks for a negotiated solution. They have regularly staged extremely violent provocations falsely seeking to portray the government as being wholly responsible for the crisis and demanding President Ortega's resignation.

01:21

Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You And It Could Raise Your Rates PopularResistance.Org

To an outsider, the fancy booths at last months health insurance industry gathering in San Diego arent very compelling. A handful of companies pitching lifestyle data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like social determinants of health. But dig deeper and the implications of what theyre selling might give many patients pause: A future in which everything you do the things you buy, the food you eat, the time you spend watching TV may help determine how much you pay for health insurance. With little public scrutiny, the health insurance industry has joined forces with data brokers to vacuum up personal details about hundreds of millions of Americans, including, odds are, many readers of this story. The companies are tracking your race, education level, TV habits, marital status, net worth.

01:19

Like It or Not, Iran Will Continue to Be the Most Powerful Player in Iraq The Anti-Media

Iran Iraq(MEE Opinion)  The aftermath of the Iraqi elections on 12 May confirmed the countrys troubled political cycle. Although the polls reflected the Iraqis desire for political change, the dire realities of Iraqi politics provided the usual set of obstacles to the fulfillment of this choice. On 3 July, a manual recounting of the votes began, while acts of sabotage []

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Jaffa: from eminence to ethnic cleansing 
By: Sami Abu 
Shehadeh and 
Fadi 
Shbaytah 
02/2009 
A vi...

01:10

Protests Force Haitian Prime Minister To Resign PopularResistance.Org

The Haitian prime minister resigns after his government raised fuel prices, setting off a wave of deadly riots. Jack Guy Lafontant stood down before a vote that could have led to his removal could take place. Critics had called for his resignation over the disturbances, which left at least seven dead and dozens of businesses burned and looted. The prime minister is the second highest official in Haiti, after the president. Mr Lafontant said he had sent a resignation letter to current president Jovenel Moise, who announced on Twitter he had accepted it. Mr Lafontant, a 57-year-old doctor, announced his resignation just as he was about to answer questions about the 6-8 July riots that followed the governments attempt to remove fuel subsidies as part of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

01:06

Syrian War Report July 18, 2018: Syrian Army Liberated Another Group Of Settlements East Of Golans The Vineyard of the Saker

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01:06

'Forced to take arms: Syrian civil society turns to factions after US funding freeze Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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When America froze $200m of aid in March, hundreds of workers lost their jobs. Many have joined armed groups to survive

01:05

Its not too late to save Brexit, Boris Johnson tells UK parliament Peace and Freedom

Boris Johnson, Britains former foreign secretary who quit in protest at Theresa Mays plan for leaving the European Union, urged parliament on Wednesday to rethink its strategy, adding that the country would never get the chance to get it right again.

It is not too late to save Brexit, he said as he delivered his resignation speech. We have time in these negotiations, we have changed tack once and we can change again.

The problem is not that we failed to make the case for a Free Trade Agreement of the kind spelt out (by May) at Lancaster House, we havent even tried. We must try now because we will not get another chance to get it right.

Reuters

Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; writing by Kate Holton; editing by Stephen Addison

See also

The BBC

Boris Johnson: It is not too late to save Brexit

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-44871629

01:04

Turkey looks set to swap one state of emergency for another Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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00:56

Denial & Guilt: US Liberals Losing Their Minds Over #TreasonSummit Covert Geopolitics

The unhinged rhetoric of American liberals and neocons over Donald Trumps meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki is deeply repugnant and strangely disorienting. This is especially the case for someone my age, born less than a decade after the United States Air Force vaporized hundreds of thousands of civilians at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a year Continue reading Denial & Guilt: US Liberals Losing Their Minds Over #TreasonSummit

00:55

Colombian Community Mourns the Loss of Another Social Leader Aletho News

teleSUR | July 17, 2018 Another Colombian social leader was reportedly murdered in the municipality of Caloto, Cauca, a national human rights network confirmed Monday. The father of a former FARC soldier, an active participant in the Association of Pro-Constitution Workers Zones of the Caloto Campesina Reserves, Luis Eduardo Dague was a leader in his []

00:52

Ecuador Bows To US And IMF, Entering New Neoliberal Era PopularResistance.Org

QUITO, ECUADOR  Ecuadors passionate re-embrace of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) offers one of the clearest and most dramatic signs that the countrys leadership is dead-set on shedding any vestiges of the post-neoliberal era it was said to have entered a decade ago during former President Rafael Correas Citizens Revolution. The warmth displayed by authorities over the past month to visiting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and a team from the IMF, respectively, further proves that Ecuador is melting back into the arms of international financial interests. Yet, despite authorities almost apologetic attitude toward foreign capital over the spats and breakups of the past, the people of Ecuador appear destined to suffer further abuse at the hands of the domestic and transnational capitalist interests that inflicted such grievous harm on it in the past.

00:47

Israeli Army Told to Prepare for Large-Scale Invasion of Gaza The Anti-Media

Israeli Army Gaza(ANTIWAR.COM)  Israeli army warplanes attacked the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, threatening a three-day ceasefire. This followed reports that a Palestinian fire balloon landed on a kindergarten, causing no casualties. The Israeli Army has been told to prepare for a large-scale military operation against the Gaza Strip, and the military has recently been conducting drills simulating a full-scale military []

00:43

The Intelligence Community Is Neither PopularResistance.Org

At the big Treason Summit Russopocalypse Catastrovent on Monday, journalist Sam Husseini tried to ask a question about banning nuclear weapons, and was physically hauled out of the room by officials from the Land of Press Freedom, Finland. Meanwhile, an Associated Press reporter was permitted to ask a perfectly respectable question pushing a blatant lie that risks nuclear war. Yay for press freedom! The AP reporter claimed that every U.S. intelligence agency has concluded that the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election of 2016. In fact, the report that this common lie always refers to was concocted by a group of hand-picked (James Clappers description) people from three agencies out of 18 or so. The three were the NSA, FBI, and CIA none of which ever, ever lie or get things wrong, ever. The INR and DIA were excluded along with all the others.

00:36

US Media is Losing Its Mind Over Trump-Putin Press Conference PopularResistance.Org

As soon as the press conference ended CNN cut to its panel with these words from TV personality Anderson Cooper: You have been watching perhaps one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader, surely, that Ive ever seen. David Gergen, who for years has gotten away with portraying himself on TV as an impartial political sage, then told CNN viewers: Ive never heard an American President talk that way but I think it is especially true that when hes with someone like Putin, who is a thug, a world-class thug, that he sides with him again and again against his own countrys interests of his own institutions that he runs, that hes in charge of the federal government, hes in charge of these intelligence agencies, and he basically dismisses them and retreats into this, weve heard it before, but on the international stage to talk about Hillary Clintons computer server

00:34

Silencing Diversity in the Name of Diversity Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

July 16, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon By Gilad Atzmon In my latest book, Being in Time a Post Political Manifesto, I explored different tactics used by the New Left a loose collective of Frankfurt School graduates to destroy political diversity and intellectual exchange.  I concluded that the new order is maintained by ensuring that so-called correctness []

00:29

Amid Iraq Protests, People Ask: Where is the government? Peace and Freedom

In the heat of battle against the Islamic State group, Iraqis united against a common enemy.

But just a few months after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the jihadists, social grievances that once simmered on the back burner have boiled over in a series of protests that have spread to several cities.

After erupting in oil-rich Basra province on July 8, unrest has quickly spread, as people have vented their anger over unemployment, high prices, power cuts and a lack of usable water.

AFP | A demonstrator burns tyres during a protest against unemployment and high prices in the southern Iraqi city of Basra during the night of July 12, 2018

From Basra to the capital Baghdad, the question on peoples lips has been: Where is the government?

That query is made all the more pertinent by the failure of Mays elections thus far to produce a new administration, as a record abstention rate highlighted Iraqis contempt for their political leaders.

Eight people have been killed during the demonstrations so far, multiple sources say, while there has been a brief internet blackout and the authorities claim over 260 security personnel have been wounded.

Explosion of rage

The protests represent an explosion of rage at an entire system that has brazenly robbed Iraqis of the chance for a better life, says Iraq expert Fanar Haddad.

With the jihadists in retreat, the failings of the Iraqi political classes in all aspects of governance and economic management come into sharper relief, adds Haddad.

For more than a week protesters have taken to the streets, questioning how a country that is the second largest producer in the OPEC oil cartel can leave its 38 million citizens so bereft of basic services.

In some cases security forces have fired live rounds into the air, including to deter protesters who set fire to public property and political parties headquarters.

The authorities say troublemakers have turned peaceful protests violent.

In an effort to restore calm, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi flew to Basra last week from Brussels, after a NATO meeting where the continued threat of IS was on the agenda.

The premier announced investments of $3 billion (2.6 billion euros) for Basra province and pledged additional spending on housing, schools and services.

And several cabinet minsters summoned powerful tribal chiefs in southern Iraq, urging them to use their clout to restore order in their provinces.

When Abadi was elected in 2014, the prime minister pledged...

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Interview met Sami Abou-Shehadeh

Wij moeten telkens onze eigen geschiedenis en herkomst ontkennen.
Sami Abou-Shehadeh is 31 jaar, student geschiedenis en hij verzamelt gegevens over Jaffa en leidt ons rond in het oude havengebied.

Na ons door het oude Palestijnse Jaffa te hebben geleid,...

00:13

Jews on the Moon Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

July 11, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon Satire by Gilad Atzmon Jews around the world are so excited this week! On Tuesday, Israel announced that it will launch its first mission to the moon in December 2018. Most Jewish organization have accepted that planet Earth has become too dangerous for the sons and the daughters of Israel. The decision []

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00:00

Hugh Fitzgerald: The Mosque At Basking Ridge: A Morality Tale? (Part 6) Jihad Watch

The Guardian report continued: To some people in Basking Ridge, Chaudrys struggle looked less noble. They saw his battle with the town government as a local political feud, which dated back to his tenure as an elected official, long before he ever proposed the mosque. Chaudry had first run for a seat on the town []

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Prayer and Meditation for Thursday, July 19, 2018 The invitation to discipleship that characterized His earthly ministry Peace and Freedom

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.

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Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 392

Reading 1  IS 26:7-9, 12, 16-19

The way of the just is smooth;
the path of the just you make level.
Yes, for your way and your judgments, O LORD,
we look to you;
Your name and your title
are the desire of our souls.
My soul yearns for you in the night,
yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you;
When your judgment dawns upon the earth,
the worlds inhabitants learn justice.
O LORD, you mete out peace to us,
for it is you who have accomplished all we have done.O LORD, oppressed by your punishment,
we cried out in anguish under your chastising.
As a woman about to give birth
writhes and cries out in her pains,
so were we in your presence, O LORD.
We conceived and writhed in pain,
giving birth to wind;
Salvation we have not achieved for the earth,
the inhabitants of the world cannot bring it forth.
But your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise;
awake and sing, you who lie in the dust.
For your dew is a dew of light,
and the land of shades gives birth.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 102:13-14AB AND 15, 16-18, 19-21

R. (20b) From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.
You, O LORD, abide forever,
and your name through all generations.
You will arise and have mercy on Zion,
for it is time to pity her.
For her stones are dear to your servants,
and her dust moves them to pity.
R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.
The nations shall revere your name, O LORD,
and all the kings of the earth your glory,
When the LORD has rebuilt Zion
and appeared in his glory;
When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute,
and not despised their prayer.
R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth....

23:54

Forget the myths about Islamist parties: They can bolster women's rights Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

As the election of Ennahda's Souad Abderrahim in Tunisia shows, an Islamist partys rise to power does not necessarily come at the cost of gender equality

23:49

WhatsApp seeks to stem fake news ahead of Pakistan election Peace and Freedom

The hugely popular WhatsApp messaging service began a week-long publicity campaign in Pakistan Wednesday offering tips to spot fake news, days before the country holds a general election.

Together we can fight false information, says the full-page ad in Dawn, Pakistans leading English-language daily, listing ten tips on differentiating rumours from fact.

Many messages containing hoaxes or fake news have spelling mistakes. Look for these signs so you can check if the information is accurate, it says.

If you read something that makes you angry or afraid, ask whether it was shared to make you feel that way. And if the answer is yes, think twice before sharing it again.

AFP/File | WhatsApp is trying to clamp down on fake news in Pakistan

WhatsApp also announced the implementation in the country of a new feature allowing recipients to see if a message is original or forwarded.

The company had bought full-page advertising in India on July 10 after a wave of lynchings in the country were linked to viral fake news spread by WhatsApp about alleged child kidnappings.

WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, had come under pressure from Indian authorities to put an end to the spread of rumours, which have caused the deaths of more than 20 people in the past two months.

Millions of people use WhatsApp in neighbouring Pakistan, where rumours, false information and conspiracy theories are ubiquitous. Such messages spread quickly, with no real way for recipients to check their veracity.

Pakistan also has a history of mob violence, and videos such as the murder of Mashal Khan a journalism student accused of blasphemy who was killed by a mob in April 2017 circulate rapidly.

Parliamentary elections are scheduled for July 25.

23:45

The American Crisis Newsbud

America hasnt learned a thing. The giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism that Martin Luther King Jr. railed so passionately against have yet to be conquered. In fact, the evils of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism have got us in a death grip. America is still waging endless wars abroad, prioritizing profit margins []

23:38

Migrants rescued in Distress in Maltese Search and Rescue Zone illegally transferred to Tunisian territorial waters Enough is Enough!

Over the past four days, the WatchTheMed Alarm Phone has collected information that strongly suggest that a boat carrying 40 migrants from several African countries seeking protection in Europe was illegally transferred into Tunisian territorial waters after having already reached international waters and the Maltese Search and Rescue (SAR) zone.

Originally published by Watch the Med Alarm Phone.

Among the group are eight women, two of whom are pregnant. The wooden boat had left from Libya and was rescued on Friday the 13th of July north of the oil platform Astrat in international waters and in the Maltese SAR zone by the supply vessel Sarost 5. MRCC Tunis as well as the crew of the supply vessel confirmed the position of the migrant boat in the Maltese SAR zone. Both Malta and Italy denied the supply vessel their permission to disembark the migrants in Maltese and Italian harbours.

The migrants are still in limbo. After rescue, they were provided with some food and brought to the oil platform. Later, the supply vessel took course on Sfax/Tunisia to disembark the people there. The authorities of Sfax, however, refused to allow them to disembark. They were then told to disembark in Zarzis/Tunisia. But since Monday the 16th of July, at 1am, they are also blocked from entering the port there.

We demand that the people are safely and immediately brought to a safe harbour in Europe. We demand that European coastguards take responsibility for coordinating Search and Rescue operations of boats in situations of distress in their Search and Rescue zones, as legally mandated. We demand a long-term solution that allows those in distress at sea to be swiftly disembarked in European harbours, rather than the case-by-case evaluations that we see currently, which unnecessarily prolong the suffering of those rescued. We also declare our solidarity with the crews of non-governmental and commercial vessels that carry out vital search and rescue operations despite the obstacles that European governments create.

WatchTheMed Alarm Phone, July 18, 2018

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23:31

BBC News amplifies terror group and political NGO in crossing report BBC Watch

On July 17th a report titled Israel suspends fuel deliveries to Gaza over arson attacks appeared on the BBC News websites Middle East page. The article opened with a reasonable account of the story:

Israel has tightened restrictions on its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip, after Palestinians carried out fresh attacks with incendiary balloons.

No fuel will enter through Kerem Shalom until Sunday, but food and medicine deliveries will still be permitted. [emphasis added]

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it was responding to continued terror attempts by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

The report also gave readers a reasonable account of the hostilities that took place on July 14th.

On Saturday, the I...

23:28

Global Forecast (07-17-2018) Geopolitical Monitor

EU and Japan buck the global protectionist trend by sealing a new free trade deal

After four years of negotiations, Japan and the European Union have agreed to a free trade deal that will cover nearly 600 million people and one-third of the global economy.

Japan and the EU saw some $152 billion in bilateral trade flows in 2017. Japan is the EUs second-largest trade partner in Asia behind China. EU-Japan trade is dominated by motor vehicles, machinery, electrical machinery, medical instruments, and chemicals.

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) will open up a new and lucrative frontier for EU farmers. Japans agriculture industry has long been the subject of abnormally high tariffs (30-40% on cheese; 38.5% on beef, for example). The deal will eliminate duties on up to 90% of agriculture exports from day one, opening up a new market of 127 million people for EU exporters.

The deal could have negative impacts for the car industry in the United Kingdom, but it will depend on the final text of the Brexit deal. Companies like Honda and Nissan will be under pressure to relocate facilities to within continental Europe so long as no bilateral free trade deal (or ad hoc concessions) exist between the UK and Japan.

The post Global Forecast (07-17-2018) appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

23:27

Naomi Klein: Disaster Capitalism stan van houcke

Dear Reader,
Ten months after Hurricane Mara made landfall, the worst natural disaster ever to hit Puerto Rico is still wreaking havoc. Swaths of the island remain without access to electricity and clean water, while the economic devastation caused by the storm continues to grow.
But far from being natural, much of the storms impact upon Puerto Rican residents was caused by political and economic decisions made by a small class of elites. The aftermath has been a classic example of disaster capitalism -- a term coined by the great writer and thinker Naomi Klein.
Now, Klein has a written a short, timely new book that documents the shock doctrine tactics that are being deployed upon Puerto Rico -- and the inspiring work of activists and organizers fighting to save the island from plunder.
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23:26

39 worldwide Jewish groups state that BDS is not anti-Semitic Mondoweiss

This letter was posted on the Jewish Voice for Peace site yesterday.

As social justice organizations from around the world, we write this letter with growing alarm regarding the targeting of organizations that support Palestinian rights in general and the nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, in particular. These attacks too often take the form of cynical and false accusations of antisemitism that dangerously conflate anti-Jewish racism with opposition to Israels policies and system of occupation and apartheid.

We live in a frightening era, with growing numbers of authoritarian and xenophobic regimes worldwide, foremost among them the Trump administration, allying themselves with Israels far right government while making common cause with deeply antisemitic and racist white supremacist groups and parties.

From our own histories we are all too aware of the dangers of increasingly fascistic and openly racist governments and political parties. The rise in antisemitic discourse and attacks worldwide is part of that broader trend.

At times like this, it is more important than ever to distinguish between the hostility to or prejudice against Jews on the one hand and legitimate critiques of Israeli policies and system of injustice on the other.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, which is increasingly being adopted or considered by western governments, is worded in such a way as to be easily adopted or considered by western governments to intentionally equate legitimate criticisms of Israel and advocacy for Palestinian rights with antisemitism, as a means to suppress the former.

This conflation undermines both the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality and the global struggle against antisemitism. It also serves to shield Israel from being held accountable to universal standards of human rights and international law.

We urge our governments, municipalities, universities and other institutions to reject the IHRA definition and instead take effective measures to defeat white supremacist nationalist hate and violence and to end complicity in Israels human rights violations. Israel does not represent us and cannot speak for us when committing crimes against Palestinians and denying their UN-stipulated rights.

The Nobel Peace Prize-nominated, Palestinian civil society-led BDS movement for Palestinian rights has demonstrated an ongoing proven commitment to fighting antisemitism and all forms of racism and bigotry, consistent with its dedication to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Some of the undersigned organizations support BDS in full, others in part, and others have no formal position on BDS. We all affirm the current call for BDS as a set of tools and tactic...

23:22

Help protect donkeys around the world!

This video shows just one example of the many ways the Donkey Sanctuary is working to protect donkeys and mules.

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Putin Confronts The American Dystopia


Putin Confronts The American Dystopia
Paul Craig Roberts
We have to hand it to Putin. He is the best that there is. Note the ease with which he mopped up the floor with that idiot Chris Wallace.  https://www.rt.com/usa/433447-putin-interview-fox-wallace/ 
What is wrong with the US media that it cannot produce a second competent journalist as company for Tucker Carlson? Why are Americas remaining good journalists, such as Chris Hedges, now in the alternate media?
All I can say, and Putin probably already knows it, is that there is more going on than presstitutes holding the relationship between Russia and the US hostage to an internal political struggle between the Democratic Party and President Trump. It is not just that the corrupt US media is serving as propagandists for the Democratic Party against President Trump. The presstitutes are serving the interest of the military/security complex, which has ownership interests in the highly concentrated US media, to keep Russia positioned as the enemy that justifies the huge $1,0...

23:15

Good news of the day: Texas to pass Iraq and Iran as worlds No. 3 oil powerhouse Fausta's Blog

Via Kermits FB feed, Texas to pass Iraq and Iran as worlds No. 3 oil powerhouse The combined output of the Permian and Eagle Ford is expected to rise from just 2.5 million barrels per day in 2014 to 5.6 million barrels per day in 2019, according to HSBC. That means Texas will account for []

23:10

Militant group backs former cricket stars party ahead of Pakistan polls Peace and Freedom

 

AFP/File | Former cricketer Imran Khan has repeatedly called for holding talks with militants, earning him the moniker Taliban Khan in Pakistan

A US-designated terrorist group has announced its support for Imran Khan and his party in nationwide elections on July 25, the latest controversial outfit to back the former cricket stars bid to lead the country.

The al Qaeda-linked Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) announced their support for Khans Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in a Facebook post Tuesday along with a photo of the group?s leader posing with a PTI candidate.

Maulana Fazal ur Rehman Khalil along with hundreds of his followers have joined PTI and announced their support for its candidates, wrote PTI hopeful Asad Umar.

Umar later edited the post saying Khalil and other clerics had only announced their support for PTI.

A PTI spokesman also confirmed Wednesday that Khalil was backing their party in elections but will not be joining their ranks officially as a party member

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Fazal ur Rehman Khalil

Khalil, an Islamabad-based cleric, is accused by the United States of plotting terror attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India and of nurturing close links with Osama bin Laden, who was killed in Pakistan?s northern city of Abbottabad during a raid by US special forces in 2011.

The US State Department describes HuM as a Pakistan-based terrorist organisation that seeks the annexation of Kashmir into Pakistan and poses a direct risk to U.S., Afghan, and allied interests in Afghanistan.

Pakistan earlier this year amended its anti-terror laws to ban those listed as terrorists by the United Nations from running in elections.

Former cricketer Khan who led Pakistan to World Cup victory in 1992 has repeatedly called for holding talks with militants, earning him the moniker Taliban Khan in Pakistan.

Khan was also lambasted by critics for entering into an political alliance earlier this year with Sami ul Haq the so-called Father of the Taliban whose madrassas once educated Taliban supremos Mullah Omar and Jalaluddin Haqqani.

AFP

23:09

Repression on the Nile: Sisi and Bashir team up to preserve power Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Activists fear Egypt and Sudan's leaders are collaborating to quash dissent after opposition figurehead Sadiq al-Mahdi barred from Egypt

23:04

What did Trump promise Putin? Bring his interpreter to Congress & find out, Democrats insist Aletho News

RT | July 18, 2018 Did Donald Trump secretly surrender America to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki? Suspicious Democrats want to know the truth by bringing the State Department interpreter to testify before Congress. The first direct Trump-Putin talks on Monday were savaged by the critics. The US president was branded a traitor and Putins poodle, []

23:02

Newsweek reports sarcastic explanation of Allahu akbar as a message of love as if it were serious Jihad Watch

Dear Richard, Professor Gad Saad remarked. Arabic is my mother tongue. When properly translated, Allahu Akbar means We love all people but hold a special fondness for Jews, women, and gays. Dont worry. Its a message of love, tolerance, and liberalism. Gad was being sarcastic, but Newsweeks intrepid reporter Benjamin Fearnow reports his words as []

23:01

Kamala Harris Signs Book Deal Could Indicate a Run For The White House Peace and Freedom

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California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris has signed a book deal with Penguin Books, feeding 2020 presidential run rumors that are already swirling around her.

The freshman senators book The Truths We Hold: An American Journey will come out in January, Penguin announced Tuesday, according to Politico.

Book deals which can be quite lucrative are par for the course for presidential hopefuls. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate in 2016, made almost $1 million off his 2016 book Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In. Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren released her book This Fight Is Our Fight in 2017, and like Sanders and Harris, she is being watched as a potential presidential candidate for 2020.

Through the arc of her own life, on into the great work of our day, she communicates a vision of shared struggle, shared purpose, and shared values, Penguin said according to CNN(RELATED: Katie Arrington Is Back To Pounding The Campaign Trail Wearing Red, White And Blue Leg Cast)

The publisher also called the book a master class in problem solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times. It will focus on the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country.

Harris has already written one book, Smart on Crime, which she published in 2009 before she became California attorney general in 2010.

http://dailycaller.com/2018/07/18/kamala...

22:59

Interview of Richard Falk on the occasion of the BDS 13th anniversary Mondoweiss

Richard Falk, Emeritus Professor of international law at Princeton University and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 from 2008 to 2013, is interviewed by Ahmed Abbes, Mathematician, director of research at CNRS in Paris [National Center for Scientific Research], on the occasion of the 13th Anniversary of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This interview was also published today in French. 

Ahmed Abbes: On 9 July 2004, the International Court of Justice issued an Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. What were the main points and what is the legal value and importance of this Opinion?

Richard Falk: This important Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice centered on the question of whether Israel under international law had the legal right to construct this security wall on occupied Palestinian territory. By a decisive 14-1 vote the Court concluded that the location of the wall was decisive from a legal point of view, and in view of the unlawfulness of the wall, it should be forthwith dismantled and Palestinians compensated for the harm done. Although labeled Advisory the judgment rendered is an authoritative statement of the relevant international law, and even the one dissenting judge, not surprisingly the American member of the bench, largely shared the views of the majority, but dissented because it was technically possible that Israel could make a case for an exception based on extraordinary security justifications for disregarding the rule prohibiting encroachments on occupied territory, and such a possibility should have been investigated.

In some ways, more important even that this repudiation of the wall, with the implication that it was so located for permanent land-grabbing purposes, was the clear case of Israels defiant attitude toward international law and international institutions, in this instance, the World Court, the highest judicial body in the UN System. The 14-1 vote of judges drawn from a range of jurisprudential, civilizational, and ideological backgrounds is evidence of an unusually strong consensus on the legal issues, which is quite rare in the practice of this court, and the interaction between this consensus and Israels defiance sheds light on a much wider set of issues for which Israel acts in violation of Palestinian rights under international law and suffers no serious adv...

22:41

Nicaragua Defeats The Not-So-Soft Coup Aletho News

teleSUR | July 17, 2018 On July 19, hundreds of thousands of people from across Nicaragua will converge on the capital Managua to celebrate the 39th anniversary of their historic 1979 defeat of the Somoza dictatorship. The event takes place as the authorities continue to liberate communities blockaded by roadblocks operated by armed opposition activists []

22:35

Robert Spencer in FrontPage: The Lefts Trump-Putin Meltdown Jihad Watch

Just another nail in the coffin of the Leftist establishments credibility. My latest in FrontPage: In a press conference with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump refused to validate the findings of a deeply corrupt and compromised intelligence community that has been working assiduously since before he was even elected to discredit and destroy him, and now []

22:33

#Kropotkin: The Trade Union Congress Enough is Enough!

Peter Kropotkin about the Trade Union Congress and the social democrats.

Originally published by Freedom in October 1896.

The last Trade Union Congress, which was held during the month past, at Edinburgh, offers a new departure, to which it is essential to draw the attention of all thinking Socialists.

In its routine business, the Congress has not departed much from its predecessors. It has entrusted its Parliamentary Committee to force through Parliament laws relative to the supervision of mines and factories. It has admonished the Government for giving its orders to such firms as do not pay Trade Union wages, and urged that that scandal should cease. But it has refused admission to the Congress to the representatives of three papers which do not pay Trade-union wages. (why are not these papers named?).

The discussion of different technical points of different industries was in all respects highly instructive. Thus, to mention one point only, we learn that out of the 300,000, or so, men and children employed in the mines not only one thousand, and more, are killed every year, but that also considerably more than a hundred thousand are wounded every year by various accidents. The accuracy of this authoritative statement evidently cannot be doubted, and it goes far to show the greediness of the capitalists.

The same misunderstandings as last year took place concerning the so-called Socialist resolution. It is well known that although most trade-unionists do not extend their demands farther than a demand for fair wages, there is amongst them a growing feeling to the effect that the control of the whole of every industrial concern ought to be in the hands of the workers themselves. And there is a steadily growing majority of workers in Britain who are more and more in touch with Socialist ideas, and who simply and plainly wish that the mines and the factories should be socialised, in one way or another, and be managed and owned by the workers. Socialism makes its way in the Trade Unions as everywhere, and although the majority of the workers do not yet rely upon the possibility of such socialisation, very few among them would be opposed to it on principle.

But as Socialism has always been advocated among them in its States centralised form, and as all past history of the Unions brings them to distrust the State it is evident that the unionists hesitate to commit themselves to such resolutions, in which Social Democrats embody, or mean to embody, their ideal of armies of workers under State management. The hackneyed example of the States arrangement of the Post Office does not app...

22:32

What EUs record fine will mean for Google Peace and Freedom

US tech company must pay a 4.3bn penalty but also overhaul its Android model

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Android over money

By Rochelle Toplensky in Brussels

The EU has fined Google a record 4.3bn for imposing anti-competitive terms on companies using the Android mobile operating system, the second time Brussels has penalised the US tech company for abusing its market dominance.

Beyond the financial cost, the European Commissions antitrust decision has significant implications for Googles business operations as the company must now overhaul one of the most important computing platforms of the smartphone era.

Antitrust decisions come in two parts. First, EU officials must prove the company is dominant in relevant markets which they did for Google in general search, licensed mobile operating systems and app stores. (Apple, which does not license its iOS operating system and App Store to rivals, was not considered a competitor to Android.)

Then it must be established that the company unlawfully exploited its strength to stymie competition. The commission found that restrictive terms required makers of Android phones to install Google products as a condition of using Play, the Android app store. Other conditions prevented manufacturers from selling phones that use other operating systems, and paid phonemakers to exclusively pre-install Google search. Google denies wrongdoing.

Why is the case important to Google?

Since its launch in 2007, Android has helped Google preserve its pre-eminence as consumers moved from desktop computers to mobile devices. More than half of worldwide internet traffic is now on mobile devices, 80 per cent of which run on Android, providing a showcase for Google services and mobile apps.

As a result of the EU decision, Google will be expected to revise the terms of service that made this model viable, notably the guaranteed distribution of Google products. Such changes would leave Google with less control, potentially opening up opportunities for rivals.

How has Google responded?

Google rejects the commissions case on three main grounds. It argues that the refusal of EU investigators to accept that Android competes with Apples iOS system misconstrues the market.

The company also says the commission fails to acknowledge how easy it is for users to switch. Even if apps are pre-installed, Google argues that consumers can easily swipe away the Google products and download something else.

And it thinks the commission is underestimating the importance...

22:30

HARPER: MAINSTREAM MEDIA GOES MAD OVER TRUMP-PUTIN SUMMIT Sic Semper Tyrannis

President Donald Trump went to Europe. He attended the NATO summit and chastised European leaders, particularly Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, for failing to live up to commitments to the defense of Europe against Russian aggression. He even accused her of...

22:23

Pakistan: Abbasi picks up key support for election Peace and Freedom

Islamabad chapter of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) has announced to support former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in the general elections, scheduled for July 25.

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Announcement came after the PML-N leader visited outfits office, requesting electoral support. PHOTO: TWITTER (@ASWJPak)

Abbasi is contesting for a National Assembly seat for Islamabad against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.

The decision was made after the former premier visited the Islamabad office of the extremist sectarian group, formerly known as Sipah-e-Sahaba on July 10 and requested the party to support him in the elections.

PTI joins hands with cleric on US terror list

The ASWJ leaders had told Abbasi that they would consider his request and consult their higher leadership on the matter. On Monday, ASWJ Islamabad announced its electoral support to Abbsi in NA-53 constituency.

Yes, we have announced our support for Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. He had sought our support and visited us on July 10 and again today, an ASWJ spokesperson told The Express Tribune. The spokesperson said the former prime minister had assured them of working for legislation on the issue of Namoos-e-Sahaba (sanctity and honour of the companions of the Prophet PBUH).

Govt lifts ban on ASWJ, unfreezes assets of its chief Ahmed Ludhianvi

The party, however, clarified that the support was only for Abbasi and limited to NA-53 constituency only. It doesnt mean we would support them on other seats in Islamabad or elsewhere too, the spokesperson added.

Last month, the government had ordered to unfreeze assets of Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi and removed a ban on his ASWJ movement. A notification by the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA) was issued on June 276 on the recommendations of the Punjab home department in this regard.

Despite the ban being lifted, many of its leaders are contesting the elections either as independent candidates or under the banner of other parties.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1760513/1-aswj-announces-support-ex-pm-abbasi-july-25-elections/

22:15

GE Says German Workforce to Decline by a Third in Restructuring Peace and Freedom

General Electric Co.s German workforce will be reduced by about a third as part of a plan to reduce the industrial conglomerate to a few key divisions.

The number of employees in Germany will be reduced to about 7,000 from 10,000, a spokesman confirmed Tuesday, though those workers arent being fired and may merely start working for a different company. A report by German magazine Capital earlier Tuesday characterized the move as a headcount reduction.

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In Germany, roughly one third of the workforce is affected by these measures announced in the medium term. But this is in no way synonymous with job cuts. GE spokesman Dominik Bayer said in an emailed statement.

GE is in the midst of an unprecedented reshaping as Chief Executive Officer John Flannery attempts to turn around the 126-year-old engineering behemoth. The company is spinning off its healthcare unit and will sell a majority stake in oilfield supplier Baker Hughes, in order to focus on power, renewable energy and aviation.

In Germany, GEs activities are focused on health care, power, and additive manufacturing. The company spent over $1 billion in 2016 buying majority stakes in 3D-printer makers Arcam AB and Concept Laser GmbH.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-18/ge-says-german-wo...

22:10

A day after back-tracking, Trump defends summit performance Peace and Freedom

Taking to Twitter early Wednesday, President Donald Trump defended anew his much-criticized performance at the Helsinki summit, promising big results from better relations with Russia and hitting back at haters.

Trump made no mention of his having walked back comments that called into question U.S. intelligence findings of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Those comments, delivered alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit press conference Monday, had prompted blistering, bipartisan criticism at home.

So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki, Trump tweeted.

He added: We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match.

In a follow-up tweet, Trump wrote that Russia has agreed to help in delicate negotiations with North Korea. But he gave no details on how and when that would happen.

Big benefits and exciting future for North Korea at end of process! he wrote.

Amid bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, Trump sought to end 27 hours of recrimination by delivering a rare admission of error Tuesday. He backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

A day after U.S. President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump is going back on comments he made during their joint press conference. (July 17)

The sentence should have been, I dont see any reason why I wouldnt, or why it wouldnt be Russia instead of why it would, Trump said Tuesday of the comments he had made standing alongside Putin on the summit stage in Helsinki.

That didnt explain why Trump, who had tweeted a half-dozen times and sat for two television interviews since the Putin news c...

22:08

Russian President Vladimir Putin interview to FOX News Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The Saker July 17, 2018 http://kremlin.ru/events/president/news/58019 Vladimir Putin answered questions from Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace in an interview recorded in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16. http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/58019 Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace: President Putin, thank you for speaking with us. I am going to get to some specifics about the summit in a moment, but lets begin with the big picture. President Trump said in his news conference []

22:00

New York-London in 3 Hours? Supersonic Travel May Be Back Peace and Freedom

Both giants like Boeing and startups are racing to make flying faster than the Concorde viable

Boom Technology wants to cut the time for transcontinental trips by more than half.
Boom Technology wants to cut the time for transcontinental trips by more than half. PHOTO: FERRARI/ZUMA PRESS
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FARNBOROUGH, EnglandFifteen years after the Concorde last flew, supersonic air travel is back in the aerospace industrys sights.

Investors, plane makers and equipment suppliers are pushing to revive superfast airliners and business jets. The big questions: Will regulators go along, and will passengers be willing to pay? The Concorde was an economic failure.

The latest efforts, highlighted by exhibits and discussions at the international air show here, reflect support from major aerospace companies, buttressed by promising research into reducing the sonic boom that occurs when planes exceed the speed of sound.

Backers include Boeing Co. BA 0.22% ,...

21:57

Spain: The Final Test Case for Social Democracy in the EU Geopolitical Monitor

Social democratic parties in the most populous EU countries have been trudging through stagnant water for the last ten years, and will certainly keep struggling in the next decade too unless a game-changer occurs. That game-changer could go by the name of Pedro Sanchez, Spains current prime minister, and it involves his attempt to revolutionize Spains approach towards migration.

Since the end of the 1990s, the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla have been surrounded by fences to protect Spains territorial integrity and expressly to keep migrants out. During the last seven years of Rajoy government, the attitude toward the issue was not exactly an example of light touch regulation, and Spain became infamously known for its firm-handed migration policy, which has led to frequent riots and skirmishes between the Spanish police and migrants trying to breach the fences.

But now things are about to change. Recently, Spains new prime minister pledged, during an Onda Cero radio broadcast, that his government is willing to remove the razor wire fences from both Ceuta and Melilla, thus shifting the Madrids approach to the migration phenomenon. This could be a turning point for Sanchezs Party, the PSOE, and ultimately for the future of social democracy in the European Union.

However, the match could go either way.

According to the political scientist Ernst Hillebrand, alongside with terrorism and the economic crisis, migration is one of the main political issues of the second millennium and the stumbling block against which the flimsy waves of European center-left parties crashed themselves during recent electoral campaigns. The inability of traditional center-left forces to address the migration issue and offer an alternative proposal to the far-right narrative on this topic has been the iceberg that has led to the sinking of the far and moderate left vessels across the EU. Two vivid examples of this powerlessness are the trajectories of both the Italian Democratic Party and the French Socialist Party during the most recent elections (2018 in Italy, 2017 in France). The former obtained a dispiriting result (18.8% of the votes), losing almost 8% from previous elections and 185 seats in the Chambers of Deputies, while the latter suffered an electoral nightmare, taking in a total of 7.44% of the vote in legislative elections and 6.36% in presidential ones, falling from the 10 million votes obtained by Francois Hollande in 2012 to just 2 million votes for Benot Hamon in 2017. Both parties bore the brunt of dissatisfaction toward the outgoing government, but they paid an even higher price due to their inability to structurally address the migration phenomenon in a more concrete fashion. These potential votes were siphoned away in favor of the far-right and/or populist forces.

Compared to these two parties, the PSOE and Pedro Sanchez have a major advantage: they know where the iceberg is and what it is made of. None...

21:49

Philippines could breach U.S. sanctions if Russia arms deal proceeds Peace and Freedom

The Philippines is at risk of breaching sanctions imposed by the United States if it proceeds with the purchase of grenade launchers from a blacklisted Russian firm, a deal that could test its longtime security alliance with Washington.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

A senior Philippine general familiar with the deal said Manila had agreed in October last year to a 400 million peso ($7.48 million) purchase of 750 RPG-7B rocket propelled grenade launchers from Russias state-owned Rosoboronexport, but the transfer had yet to be completed.

U.S. sanctions were imposed last year against any country trading with Russias defense and intelligence sectors.

The law is designed to punish Russia for its 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, its support for Syrias government and alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Russia has donated assault rifles and trucks to the Philippines but the grenade launchers would be Manilas first purchase of Russian weapons. The Philippines has long relied on the United States as its main source of military hardware and support.

If it goes ahead, the deal could add strain to a nearly 70-year-old security alliance that Washington has described as ironclad, despite Philippine President Rodrigo Dutertes disdain for the relationship with the former colonial power.

Duterte wants closer ties with China and Russia and has ordered the army and police to engage with countries which do not impose conditions on weapons sales. Some U.S. legislators campaigned to block sales of 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippines in May 2017 because of human rights concerns over an anti-narcotics campaign that has killed thousands of Filipinos.

Duterte scrapped that deal, as well as the purchase of $233 million worth of Canadian helicopters, over concerns by the sellers about how they would be used.

A U.S. State Department official said foreign governments and private sector entities had been put on notice that significant transactions with any of the 39 listed entities will result in sanctions. Rosoboronexport was blacklisted in April.

American allies who buy weapons and equipment from Russia, the worlds second-largest arms exporter, would also be penalized and could see the transfer of those arms disrupted.

The State Department official declined to say what specific sanctions the U.S. could impose on the Philippines if it goes ahead with the deal with Rosoboronexport, while a spokesma...

21:49

Pentagon Working on Neural Interface cryptogon.com

Via: NextGov: The idea of humans controlling machines with their minds has spun off sci-fi blockbusters like Pacific Rim and entire subgenres of foreign film, but while today skyscraper-sized fighting robots exist only on the big screen, the Pentagon is building technology that could one day make them a reality. Today, the Defense Advanced Research []

21:42

50 years after Concorde, US start-up eyes supersonic future Peace and Freedom

Luxury air travel faster than the speed of sound: A US start-up is aiming to revive commercial supersonic flight 50 years after the ill-fated Concorde first took to the skies.

Blake Scholl, the former Amazon staffer who co-founded Boom Supersonic, delivered the pledge this week in front of a fully-restored Concorde jet at the Brooklands aviation and motor museum in Weybridge, southwest of London.

Boom Supersonics backers include Richard Branson and Japan Airlines and other players are eyeing the same segment.

The company aims to manufacture a prototype jet next year but its plans have been met with scepticism in some quarters.

AFP | Boom Supersonic aims to slash journey times by half

The story of Concorde is the story of a journey started but not completed and we want to pick up on it, Scholl said.

The event coincided with the nearby Farnborough Airshow.

Today the world is more linked than its ever been before and the need for improved human connection has never been greater, Scholl said.

At Boom, we are inspired at what was accomplished half a century ago, he added, speaking in front of a former British Airways Concorde that flew for the first time in 1969.

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Boom Supersonics aircraft, dubbed Baby Boom, is expected by the company to fly for the first time next year.

If we cant continue where you left off, and build on that, then the shame is on us, Scholl said, addressing himself to an audience that included retired Concorde staff.

Our vision is to build a faster airplane that is accessible to more and more people, to anybody who flies.

Boom Supersonic is making its debut at Farnborough and hopes to produce its new-generation jets in the mid-2020s or later, with the aim of slashing journey times by half.

The proposed aircraft has a maximum flying range of 8,334 kilometres (5,167 miles) at a speed of Mach 2.2 or 2,335 kilometres per hour.

If it takes off, it would be the first supersonic passenger aircraft since Concorde took its final flight in 2003.

The Concorde was retired following an accident in 2000 in which a Concorde crashed shortly after takeoff from Paris, killing 113 people.

Some analysts remain sceptical over the push back into supersonic.

Supersonic is not what passengers or airlines want right now, said Strategic Aero analyst Saj Ahmed, stressing that many travellers wanted cheap low-cost carriers instead.

Ahmed said supersonic jets were very unattractive because of high start-up development costs, considerations about noise pollution and high prices as well as l...

21:39

A walk on the wild side as Trump meets Putin at Finland station Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

  The Saker July 17, 2018 by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) US President stirs up a hornets nest with his press conference alongside his Russian counterpart, but it seems that no grand bargain was struck on Syria, and on Iran they appear to strongly disagree. The Cold War is []

21:25

Trump is Right About Who"s to Blame for Bad Relations with Russia Strategic Culture Foundation

Americas attempt to shape Russias destiny, starting with the Clinton Administrations sponsorship of the feckless, drunk and corrupt Boris Yeltsin, had baleful results. So did the State Departments attempt to manipulate events in Ukraine in 2004 and 2014.

21:20

T. Mark Hightower: Memorandum for the President: 9/11 Twin Towers Collapse and Vaporization Cannot Be Explained by Nano-Thermite Alone Public Intelligence Blog

9/11 Twin Towers Collapse and Vaporization Cannot Be Explained by Nano-Thermite Alone

18 July 2018

Dear Mr. President,

It is a law of materials science that, in order for an explosive to destroy a material, it must have a detonation velocity equal to or greater than the speed of sound in that material. Nanothermite does not satisfy that condition for either concrete or steel, which makes it a non-starter for this role.

The speed of sound in concrete is 3,200 meters/second and in steel 6,100 meters/second. The highest possible detonation velocity for nanothermite in the scientific literature is only 895 meters/second 28% of what is required for concrete, and 15% of what is required for steel.

This means it would not be physically possible for nanothermite to have been responsible for blowing apart the Twin Towers insofar as it cannot blow apart either concrete or steel, the primary constituents.

While nanothermite may have been used in an auxiliary role (for the purpose of cutting through specific joints and trusses), its explosive force is only 1/13 that of TNT, which is the universal standard. It would have made no sense to use nanothermite in lieu of other more powerful explosives, which is revealed by the estimate of Neils Harrit, a proponent of the nanothermite hypothesis, that it would have taken from 29,000 to 143,000 metric tons of nanothermite for each tower. Q.E.D.

Other means not at all investigated by the 9/11 Commission which appears to have been more of a cover-up Commission were used to achieve the vaporization of the Twin Towers.  It remains for you, Mr. President, to fulfil your campaign promise to get to the bottom of this, and give us a new independent 9/11 investigation on the who, why, how, and costs of the 9/11 atrocity.

Very respectfully,
Mark Hightower

Reference with additional facts and links: T. Mark Hightower, Nanothermite: If it Doesnt Fit, you Must Acquit!...

21:18

SGT REPORT: Harley Schlanger on Trump Triumph and John Brennan as Dead Man Walking Deep State Collapsing and Panicking Public Intelligence Blog

Phi Beta Iota: John Brennan is a dead man walking, metaphorically speaking. He is probably a paid agent of both Saudi Arabia and Israel and could not withstand a proper investigation including a pull of all the NSA data on all his emails and calls as well as a deep look at his domestic and international travel record. He is showing increasing signs of having lost his mental faculties he is out of control and now given to saying things that are not only defamatory lies with malice and knowledge of falsity, but clear indicators that John Brennan is an absolute servant of the Deep State and the 1% and an absolute traitor to the Constitution, the Republic, and the 99%. He is a dead man walking. Kudos to the SGT REPORT, in part because he is properly focused on the fact that the US public is waking up. What is missing is the summary execution of the fake news mass media that continues to lie to the public and parrot the John Brennan. Rand Paul is starting to look more and more important.   We need a truth channel.  Wolf Blitzer needs to be unemployed. This is all good.

See Especially:

Robert Steele: Post-Putin Trump Needs Truth Channel More Than Ever

Memorandums for the President on 9/11: Time for the Truth False Flag Deep State Truth!

Steele, Robert. CIA and the Deep State: Mike Pompeo is Totally Wrong and Politico Totally Worthless, American Herald Tribune, 2 June 2018. PBI BackUp

Robert Steele: The Soft Coup Collapses Blackmail Revealed What Next? CIA was bluffing, produced no evidence Russians did not hack the election. Is this the beginning of the end of the Deep State in the USA? Can Trump clean house & wage peace? (Trump Revolution 06)

R...

21:17

Chuck Spinney: Killing the A-10 Hog (VII): Close Air Support Fly-off Farce Public Intelligence Blog

Chuck Spinney

Killing the Hog (VII): Close Air Support Fly-off Farce

Ask any battle-hardened American soldier or marine what the best close air support airplane is especially if his unit is in close-quarters combat and in danger of being overrun and his most-likely response would be the Air Forces A-10 Warthog, affectionately known to grunts and pilots alike as the Hog.

Yet despite the nearly universal kudos from the grunts, the United States Air Force hates the A-10, with an enduring passion that dates from the A-10s birth in the 1960s. This is partly because the A-10 was midwifed in controversy by an amazing alliance of mid-level AF officers and Defense Department civilians, as well as a sense of urgency resulting from congressional investigations into complaints about the Air Forces support of grunts in Vietnam.  But the hatred runs much deeper: More fundamentally, it is grounded in the fact that the A-10 represents a highly visible and painful contradiction in the Air Forces founding ideology of precision strategic bombing.

Read full post with additional links.

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A-10 @ Phi Beta Iota

21:16

Mongoose: Non-Lethal Directed Energy Acoustic Weapons in the USA Words in Your Head, Words in Your Mouth The Ultimate False Flag Scripting Public Intelligence Blog

Mongoose

Alert Reader says:

This was the technology being released and in current use in 1992 timeframe. What is now used is incredibly advanced and best described as remote induction (soft-style) no voices heard but attitudes shaped in mass population very slowly and subtly except for controlled experiments like the DNC demonstrations of college students who leaders are paid and the followers are targeted with mass (soft) remote induction. Remote soft induction is now the norm, but voice to skull is periodically tested and deployed to see how effective it capabilities can be in selected unstable or mentally ill targets.

Phone calls can be totally  or partially simulated in the alleged speakers true voice or single words changed to sound exactly the same as the speaker, all done by high speed quantum based A.I. logarithms. There is a lot more to all this now, depends on how much you want to know. This jives with the Comm 12 Briefing Report and the Finders docs referred to in the US News and World Report (USN controlled).

Two documents below the fold.

The below document, from 1993, includes presentations of

  • Acoustic Technology
  • High Power Microwave Technology
  • Battlefield Optical Munitions
  • Application of Extremely Low Frequency Electromagnetic Fields
  • Voice Synthesis

DOC (4 Pages): 1993 Non-Lethal Los Alamos Conference

The below document contains two letters from Julianne McKinney, Director of the Electronic Surveillance Project, to Janet Reno and one Jimmy Boots, expressing concern over the testing of non-lethal directed energy acoustic weapons on US citizens, ostensibly as a final solution for crime putting words into peoples heads and synthesizing their voices perfectly to frame them for crimes they did not commit?

DOC (5 Pages): 1993 Letters McKinney to Reno & Boots

Phi Beta Iota: These technologies have since been replicated by hackers. While not as perfect (forensically challenging) as those in use by the secret world, they are now common words being put into the mouth of President George Bush, for example, enough to start a fake news meme....

21:16

Mr. President, Declassify Documents on Russia Collusion Now The Counter Jihad Report

Political harassers need to be exposed for what they are. The Spectator, by R. Emmett Tyrrel, Jr. July 18, 2018: Now that FBI agent Peter Strzok has appeared before the Congress and told us nothing that we did not know, Continue reading

21:15

Mike Adams: Monsanto Facing 400 Lawsuits Over Cancer ++ Public Intelligence Blog

Monsanto may soon face FLOOD of lawsuits from cancer victims of Roundup herbicide

Monsanto, the maker of the worlds most popular weed killer Roundup, could soon be facing an unrelenting flood of lawsuits from people who got cancer from their product.

On Tuesday, a federal judge decided to allow three expert witnesses to give their testimony pertaining to Roundups carcinogenicity. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled that the three experts could testify, and he even went so far as to say that their opinions were not junk science. The judge will be residing over more than 400 of the lawsuits against Monsanto.

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Phi Beta Iota: As the article points out the EPA is complicit in Monsantos crimes against humanity, it has censored clear scientific evidence of the connection between Monsanto products and cancer. We would remind our readers that the beer and lentil industries both refuse to buy from any farmer that uses Monsanto products.

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21:12

The death of Niraz Saied in Syria: Could we have done more? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The Palestinian-Syrian photographer's loss is not just about him, it is about how oppressive regimes - like Assad's - keep getting away with their crimes

20:56

RIMPAC-2018: What Makes it So Special This Year? Strategic Culture Foundation

Keeping such large and powerful navies as that of Russia and China out turns RIMPAC into an event organized to bolster US foreign policy goals and challenge its rivals.

20:52

Japan stands beside Europe on free trade Peace and Freedom

The performance of the president of the United States in Europe over the past week left Europeans dumbfounded, shaken and at least on trade, rightfully anxious about the future. Donald Trump has once again threatened Europeans with tariffs in the one sector that hurts (Germans especially) the most the automotive industry. Since his election, Americas new protectionism certainly makes Europeans feel isolated on issues of trade and the defense of liberal values.

Yet what Europeans often forget is that this is not the case. Europe is not the last man standing. Japan, Australia, India and Canada are all still very much part of our community of shared values.

By Harry Nedelcu
Japan Times

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How we strengthen this community, will depend on the way Europeans will capitalize on the visit of Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk to Tokyo this week. This visit can take two different paths. One is the path of diplomatic niceties, signing agreements, and smiling and posing for pictures. Following the storm caused by Trump in Brussels and London, that was a welcome respite, to be sure. The other path goes far beyond and can turn our relationship into something much more enduring and ambitious.

This means not just finalizing the trade agreement and strategic partnership, but seizing the moment and using it as a springboard for setting together global standards on a number of issues such as trade, climate change, security policy, rule-of-law, cyber and data flows as well as data protection.

At the same time, many Europeans, who seem to have resigned themselves to the fact that destiny shall be set by China, need to ask the question why not also by cooperation with like-minded countries like Japan?

Many in Europe look at Beijings Belt and Road initiative (BRI) both as an opportunity but also as a Trojan horse. Europeans are not sure how to handle it. On one hand they welcome Chinese investments. On the other, they realize that with these investments, China is pursuing a meticulous strategic goal, acquiring key infrastructure and technological know-how. Chinas investments in Europe has increased exponentially 10 times from 2008 to 2015 and another 70 percent the year after.

Over the past year, many have awoken to the dangers that Chinese foreign direct investment carries and the European Union is working toward a framework for investment screening at the union level. Albeit far behind what other Group of Seven countries alread...

20:46

EU to curb steel imports after Trump tariffs Peace and Freedom

The European Union will launch measures on Thursday designed to prevent a surge of steel imports into the bloc following the U.S. imposition of tariffs on incoming steel and aluminum, the EUs official journal said.

EU manufacturers of the products ranging from hot and cold rolled sheets, plates, coated steel and tubes include ArcelorMittal, Voestalpine and Tata Steel. (Reuters)

The European Commission has proposed a combination of a quota and a tariff to counter EU concerns that steel products no longer imported into the United States would instead flood European markets.

The measures are the third part of the EUs response to U.S. tariffs. It has also imposed tariffs on 2.8 billion euros ($3.3 billion) of U.S. imports, including bourbon and motor bikes, and has launched a legal challenge at the World Trade Organization

The quotas for 23 steel product categories have been set at the average of imports over the past three years, with a 25 percent tariff set for volumes exceeding those amounts. These quotas are allocated on a first come first serve basis.

The main exporters of steel to the EU are China, India, Russia, South Korea, Turkey and Ukraine.

The Commission said that the EU steel industry was in a fragile situation and vulnerable to a further increase in imports, with U.S. tariffs reducing its capacity to sell there making them even more vulnerable.

In the absence of provisional safeguard measures, it is likely that the situation will develop into actual serious injury in the foreseeable future, the EU official journal said.

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said in a statement that the bloc was faced with no choice given the threat of serious harm to EU steelmakers and workers, but that EU markets would remain open with traditional trade flows.

The Commission will continue its investigation, which was launched on March 26, until the end of the year. The provisional safeguards can be in place for up to 200 days.

Imports of 28 products increased by 62 percent from 2013 to 2017, most noticeably in 2016 and with further rises this year. However, for five products, imports did not increase, leading the Commission to exclude them from its measures.

For 12 steel product categories, imports from countries including China, Russia and Ukraine are already subject to anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties. The Commission said it would consider suspending or reducing them to avoid the imposition of double duties.

EU manufacturers of the products ranging from hot and cold rolled sheets, plates, coated steel and tubes include ArcelorMittal, Voestalpine and Tata Steel.

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20:41

In Germany, online anti-Semitism is going mainstream Peace and Freedom

Jew-hatred on the web has risen 22% in a decade, with bigotry masquerading as anti-Israel criticism and relying on classic tropes, research reveals

Private security personel with 'Aryan Brotherhood' on his T-shirt opens the gate at the venue of the 'Schild und Schwert' (Shield and Sword) neo-Nazi festival, in the small eastern German town of Ostritz on April 20, 2018.( AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL)
Private security personel with Aryan Brotherhood on his T-shirt opens the gate at the venue of the Schild und Schwert (Shield and Sword) neo-Nazi festival, in the small eastern German town of Ostritz on April 20, 2018.( AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL)

A long-awaited study by internationally renowned anti-Semitism expert Monika Schwarz-Friesel has found that the amount of German anti-Semitic content on the internet has grown massively in the last 10 years, permeates mainstream society, and is increasingly extreme.

Released Wednesday, the research project studied 300,000 pieces of German internet content between 2014 and 2018, with a focus on social media. During the first year of the study, slightly less than 23 percent of the content was classified as anti-Semitic. In 2017, this number had jumped to over 30%.

A similar study conducted by Schwarz-Friesel in 2007 found only 7.5% of the internet content examined to be anti-Semitic, indicating an increase of more than 22% over the last decade.

The latest results show not only a massive increase in the amount of anti-Semitic content found online, but also a radicalization in terms of the contents quality. For example, anti-Semitic comments in response to news and other articles have not only grown in number, but have become more rabid.

The study was funded by the German Research Association, and the results were published today at a press conference at the Techinical University of Berlin, where Schwarz-Friesel is a professor of cognitive science.

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20:36

Google to Be Fined Record $5 Billion by EU Over Android Peace and Freedom

Google will be fined about 4.3 billion euros ($5 billion) by the European Union over apps for Android mobile devices, setting a record for antitrust penalties, according to a person familiar with the EU decision.

The penalty the same amount the Netherlands contributes to the EU budget every year is due to be announced by EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager at 1 p.m. in Brussels.

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The EUs decision would bring the running total of Google fines to 6.7 billion euros after last years penalty over shopping-search services. It could soon be followed by more fines from a probe into online advertising contracts.

Google has built a massive business of banner and videos ads, thanks largely to its central role on Android devices. Google will account for a third of all global mobile ads in 2018, according to research firm eMarketer, giving the company around $40 billion in sales outside the U.S. Google risks losing that traction if it is forced to surrender its real estate on millions of Android phones.

QuickTake: Why Google Is Again in the EUs Antitrust Crosshairs

Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai had a call with EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager late Tuesday for a so-called state of play meeting, a usual step to alert companies of an impending penalty, according to one of the people, who asked not to be named because the discussion is private. The probe targets Googles contracts with smartphone manufacturers and telecoms operators.

The European Commission exceeds last years then-record 2.4 billion-euro penalty following an investigation into Googles shopping-search service. Google owner Alphabet Inc. and the commission both declined to comment on the Android fines.

Despite being a record fine, Alphabet generated about the same amount of money every 16 days in 2017, based on the companys reported annual revenue of $110.9 billion for the year.

Alphabet shares were down 1.2 percent in pre-market trading in...

20:25

Is President Trump a Traitor Because He Wants Peace with Russia? Strategic Culture Foundation

The entire Russiagate hoax is an orchestration by the military/security complex, led by John Brennen, Comey, and Rosenstein. The purpose is to discredit President trump for two reasons. One is to prevent any normalization of relations with Russia. The other is to remove Trumps agenda as an alternative to the agenda of the Democratic Party.

20:07

China Is Winning in the South China Sea Peace and Freedom

The U.S. should respond more vigorously to Beijings violations of international law.

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Two years after an international tribunal rejected expansive Chinese claims to the South China Sea, Beijing is consolidating control over the area and its resources. While the U.S. defends the right to freedom of navigation, it has failed to support the rights of neighboring countries under the tribunals ruling. As a result, Southeast Asian countries are bowing to Beijings demands.

The tribunals main significance was to clarify resource rights. It ruled that China cannot claim historic rights to resources in waters within the 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone of other coastal states. It also clarified that none of the land features claimed by China in the Spratlys, in the southern part of the South China Sea, generate an exclusive economic zone.

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In late July 2017, Beijing threatened Vietnam with military action if it did not stop oil and gas exploration in Vietnams exclusive economic zone, according to a report by the BBCs Bill Hayton. Hanoi stopped drilling. Earlier this year, Vietnam again attempted to drill, and Beijing issued similar warnings.

Other countries, including the U.S., failed to express support for Vietnam or condemn Chinas threats. Beijing has also pressured Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines to agree to joint development in their exclusive economic zonesa term that suggests legitimate overlapping claims.

Meanwhile China is accelerating its militarization of the South China Sea. In April, it deployed antiship cruise missiles, surface-to-air missiles and electronic jammers to artificial islands constructed on Fiery Cross Reef, Subi Reef and Mischief Reef. In May, it landed long-range bombers on Woody Island.

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19:55

While His Opponents Cry Treason Trump Sues for Peace Strategic Culture Foundation

Remember, the US only negotiates when it knows it is losing. Empires dictate terms, they dont sue for peace.

19:51

The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons: International office has moved from Manchester to Berlin International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW)

The UK national Campaign Against Depleted Uranium (CADU), which was based in Manchester, has now concluded its work. It housed the ICBUW secretariat until 2018, and the office has now been transferred to Berlin. Work to monitor the health and environmental risks of conflict pollution, as well as the wider environmental consequences of armed conflicts and military activities, is currently being undertaken by the (UK based) Conflict and Environment Observatory, established in 2017 www.ceobs.org.

19:38

Remember Obamas Attempted Intervention In Israeli Elections? ThereAreNoSunglasses

Remember Obama intervened in Israeli elections?

 

 

Fox News defends Trump, calls Left claims of Russian US election intervention hypocritical; Obama intervened in elections against Netanyahu.

Mordechai SonesFox News defends President Donald Trump who is facing a frontal attack for not confronting Vladimir Putin on Russian intervention in the US elections when the two met on Monday in Helsinki.

Fox Senior Anchor Sean Hannity argued interference in foreign election campaigns is a very common practice and that everyone does it. Moreover, he said Hillary Clinton was also assisted by foreign elements to collect dirt on Trump and get the FBI to open an investigation against him before the 2016 election.

The same case against Trump including rumors about Trumps embarrassing photographs taken in Moscow contained Russian propaganda, Hannity said.

Hannity reminded viewers that President Barack Obama did not hesitate to intervene in the Israeli election campaign against Binyamin Netanyahu. This is despite the fact that Israel is Americas number one ally in the Middle East.

In the United States a special investigation has been going on for a year-and-a-half to determine whether there was a conspiracy between Trump and Putin in which Putin intervened to help Trump win.

John McLaughlin, an American who served as Netanyahus pollster in the 2015 elections, said after Obama...

19:09

Death Penalty Talked Up for Houston Honor Killings Clarion Project

Women in Pakistan protest against honor killingsWomen in Pakistan protest against honor killings (Photo: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

No, this isnt a story from Pakistan or Afghanistan. Were talking about a trial in Texas for Houston honor killings.

Jordanian-American Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan, 60, is on trial for capital murder, after allegedly killing two back in 2012. The victims were Irrsans son-in-law, Coty Beavers, and his daughters best friend, Gelareh Bagherzadeh, the Houston Chronicle reported. The prosecution claims Irsan murdered the pair as he was furious that his own daughter, Nesreen, wanted to marry Beavers a local non-Muslim.

One of Irsans two wives Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, 40, is accused of helping him carry out the murders. Irsan married his second wife in Jordan when she was 15. Between his two wives, Irsan had 12 children. Alrawabdeh is now testifying against her husband.

The prosecution maintains Irsan also planned on killing Nesreen but wanted her to suffer first and so he killed her husband and friend.

Back in 2014, Irsan was arrested along with his wife, Shmou, also a Jordanian national, and daughter, Nadia Irsan, then 30, a U.S. citizen. They were charged federally with conspiracy to defraud the U.S., theft of public money and benefits fraud. The investigation also led to charges against Ali Irsan for murder in a state district court.

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19:00

BIG BANK STUDIES PREDICT SPACE INDUSTRY IN THE TRILLIONS, BUT Giza Death Star

Mr. B. spotted this intriguing article, and given yesterday's blog about mind control, its apparent growing use globally, and the "missing trillions", I had []

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19:00

US Socialist Ocasio-Cortez: Palestine is Colony With No Rights GEOPOLITICS ALERT

New York (TSN)  What people are starting to see at least in the occupation of Palestine is just an increasing crisis of humanitarian condition, Ocasio-Cortez said.
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On Friday, 28-year-old Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was asked about her position on Israel, on PBS show Firing Line, to which she responded in a willingly non-controversial fashion, with an Israeli right to exist, and proponent of a two-state solution posture.

Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders volunteer and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, scored a 57.5% of votes against the 10-term Rep. Joe Crowley in a recent race for a district of New York City spot.

The self-styled socialist is a second generation Puerto Rican who used her Twitter account, during the campaign, to slam the Israeli army (IDF) over the killing of innocent Palestinians as they commemorated the Palestinian Great March Of Return in May.

Related: US Quits UN Human Rights Council Over Bias Against Israel

19:00

Libya Special Deterrence Forces Mistakenly Raid Home, Kill Man and Pregnant Wife GEOPOLITICS ALERT

ISIS IN ACTION

On 10 July, the Libyan National Armys (LNA) Criminal Investigations Department in Brega arrested an individual suspected of being an ISIS fighter. During the arrest, the suspect was discovered to possess a suicide belt.

On 10 July, in the earlier hours of the morning, a large contingent of Special Deterrence Forces (Rada) fighters with at least 16 vehicles, raided the house of a suspected ISIS member in Tripoli. A large number of arms and ammunition were also seized. However, on 11 July Rada said that the assailant was not linked with ISIS and that both he and his pregnant wife were killed in the raid.

WESTERN RESPONSE

On 14 July, Federica Mogherini, the European Unions foreign policy head, visited Tripoli to reestablish the EUs diplomatic presence in Libya. Accompanied by UN Envoy Ghassan Salame, Mogherini met with Government of National Accord (GNA) head Fayez al-Serraj and Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Taher Siala. In a statement, Mogherini restated the EUs support for the UN initiative for elections and discussed with Serraj ways to secure Libyas land borders and train its coast guard.

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

This article was republished with explicit permission from the author. Featured photo: BRQ Network, Flickr.

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19:00

US, Israel Attempt To Destabilize Iran through Joint Group GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Washington D.C. (AHT) Israel and the United States have created a joint group a few months ago, through which they aim to destabilize Iran from the inside, sources reported.

Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat and his US counterpart John Bolton met recently in Washington to develop a strategy to put pressure on the Iranian government and shower it publically with avalanches of criticism.

According to the source, there is no question this group is at least trying to overthrow the Iranian current government. However, and according to an official, Nobody is seriously considering a change in regime, the formed team is instead aiming at exploiting the internal weaknesses of Iran to create more pressure and help change the Iranian behavior.

The US seems to fear its waning power in the Middle East, especially after the defeat of the terrorist groups in Syria which the US, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Israel and other client regimes have been supporting.

Moreover, the members of the group who have convened a few times during the last few months use social media as a platform to address the Iranian people; a tactic that has already been tested by US and Israeli officials.

For instance, videos by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu are posted online on Facebook, with Farsi subtitling, to encourage Iranian people to protest against the government. For his part, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo posted a series of tweets in support of Iranian protesters and highlighting the growing funding of the Revolutionary Guards to provoke the people against supporting resistance movements in the region, especially as economic woes are on the rise in the country.


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US Imperialist Policies Towards Venezuela and Iran Show Their Hand


Also, deploying diplomatic teams in various countries across the world and lobbying large international bodies such as the UN, IMF, and the World Bank come as part of a series of steps determined to weaken Iran and its government.

On a related note, the Israeli Channel Hadashot quoted a document sent from the Israeli Foreign Ministry addressed to all Israeli missions worldwide that read We must increase pressure on Iran by first of all realizing that this is the right moment to do so, as Iran is in a sensitive period at both diplomatic and economic levels. Israeli aid and pressure can also lead Iran...

19:00

Iran Sues US in International Court Over Sanctions GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Tehran (MEE)  Iran has filed a lawsuit against the United States stating that Washingtons decision in May to impose sanctions after pulling out of a nuclear deal violates a 1955 treaty between the two countries, the International Court of Justice said on Tuesday.
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A State Department official said the application was without merit and the United States would fight it in the court.

While we cannot comment on the specifics, Irans application is baseless and we intend to vigorously defend the United States before the ICJ, a State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 nuclear pact with Iran reached by his predecessor Barack Obama and other world powers and ordered tough US sanctions on Tehran.

The deal saw Tehran drastically scale back its nuclear programme in exchange for lifting sanctions.

Related: Despite Hostile Actions, US Exports to Iran are Up 60% in 2018

The ICJ, which is based in The Hague and is also known as the World Court, is the United Nations tribunal for resolving international disputes. Irans filing asks the ICJ to order the United States to provisionally lift its sanctions ahead of more detailed arguments.

Iran is committed to the rule of law in the face of US contempt for diplomacy and legal obligations, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet on Monday, referring to Tehrans lawsuit at the ICJ.

Iran said in its filing that Trumps move has violated and continued to violate multiple provisions of the Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights, signed long before the 1979 Islamic Revolution that ousted the US-allied Shah and triggered decades of hostile relations with Washington.

In a lawsuit filed by Iran in 2016 based...

18:55

Stripping Away Local Governmental Powers: a Global Rising Tide of Fascism Strategic Culture Foundation

Around the world, local governments at the municipal, provincial, and regional levels are finding themselves under siege by central governments exercising what can only be described as fascist grabs for unitary executive power.

18:30

israeli sniper deliberately killed medic Razan al-Najjar, investigation finds Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israeli sniper deliberately killed medic Razan al-Najjar, investigation finds Ali Abunimah In a photo taken on 1 April, Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar helps an injured man at an emergency medical tent near Khan Younis, during protests in Gaza near the boundary with Israel. Al-Najjar was fatally shot by an Israeli sniper as she performed her []

18:15

Good Luck with that: Western Governments Seek to Evacuate White Helmets from Syria, Resettle Them in Canada Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The White Helmets have been shown to effectively be the same organization as terror group al-Nusra Front and have been caught on film aiding al-Nusra terrorists execute Syrian civilians. It is hard to imagine any Westerner who would want the White Helmets as neighbors. by Whitney Webb NATO Members Seek to Evacuate White Helmets, Resettle []

18:07

Clarion Invites You to Join Unique Webinar Clarion Project

As far as we know, its the first time any organization has begun teaching Preventing Violent Extremism both via in-person workshops and online video conferences. You are invited to join our unique webinar.

Our very own Raheel Raza will be the lead presenter as we explain to you how to keep all our children away from radicalization.

SIGN UP TODAY

Youll Learn

  • The role of extreme ideology
  • Push and pull factors that either drive children to extremism or protect them
  • How to identify, listen, address and monitor to confront push factors

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Date: Tuesday,  July 24th,  2018
Time: 12pm  ET /  9am PT
Duration: 1 Hour

 

All children should have a peaceful upbringing and the opportunity to pursue a meaningful life. But today, radical regimes and organizations systematically indoctrinate the next generation of kids to embrace violence and hatred.

This radicalization is happening at home, in the United States. Extremists use new methods, such as social media, to reach a broader audience and lure Western teenagers into joining terrorist organizations.

Lets stop this TOGETHER

 

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18:01

Canadas Military shapes Coverage of Deployments Dissident Voice

To the military, shaping media coverage of deployments is what roasting a marshmallow is to a summer campers Smores; there isnt one without the other.

Even before beginning a small peacekeeping mission the Canadian forces have an elaborate media strategy.

At the end of June Chief of the Defence Staff Jonathan Vance brought journalists with him on a visit to Mali. They toured the facilities in Gao where an advance team was preparing for Canadas UN deployment to the African nation. An Ottawa Citizen headline described Vances trip as part of an effort at selling the public on the Mali mission.

The tour for journalists was followed by a technical briefing on the deployment for media in Ottawa. No photography, video or audio recording for broadcast purposes was allowed at last weeks press event, according to the advisory. Reporters were to attribute information to a senior government official. But, the rules were different at a concurrent departure ceremony in Trenton. Canadian Armed Forces personnel deploying to Mali are permitted to give interviews and have their faces shown in imagery, noted the militarys release.

None of these decisions are haphazard. With the largest PR machine in the country, the military has hundreds of public affairs officers that work on its media strategy. The Canadian Forces studies the news media, writes about them in its refereed journalsthe Canadian Army Journal and the Canadian Military Journal learns from them, develops policies for them and trains for them in a systematic way, explains Bob Bergen, a professor at the University of Calgarys Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. Canadian journalists simply do not access the Canadian Forces in the scholarly fashion that the military studies them. There are no peer-reviewed journals to which they contribute reflections on their success or failure as an industry to cover the 1991 Persian Gulf War or the 1999 Kosovo Air War.

While the tactics have varied based on technologies, balance of power and type of conflict, the government has pursued extensive information control during international deployments, which are invariably presented as humanitarian even when motivated by geostrategic and corporate interests. There was formal censorship during World War I, WWII and the Korean War. In rec...

17:50

FBI Reveals Explosive Details of Terror Conspiracy Clarion Project

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The FBI just released details of what it describes as a plan to accept money to fund a terrorist attack in the U.S. [that] was not a standalone plotit led to the uncovering of a broader conspiracy involving an international ISIS financing network, shady shell companies, and a plan to develop weaponized drones for use by the terror group.

The story was published after District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Mohamed Elshinawy, 33, of Edgewood, Maryland, to 20 years in prison. The plea bargain included admission of guilt to

  • conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization;
  • providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS;
  • terrorism financing;
  • making false statements in connection with a terrorism matter.

The following is the full report from the FBI on this shocking story:

It was a counterterrorism investigation with an unusual twistthe suspect in a recent FBI Baltimore case was on the receiving end of money being transmitted into the United States from foreign terrorism operatives overseas, rather than the more common occurrence of a suspect sending money out of the U.S. to benefit a foreign terrorism group abroad.

And the money, as the suspect understood it, was to help him plan a terrorist attack on American soil.

After a thorough investigation by the FBI and in light of the compelling evidence against him, the suspectMaryland resident Mohamed Elshinawypleaded guilty, admitting to conspiring with others to provide material support and resources to ISIS and engaging in terrorist activity. In March of this year, he was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

The case began in June 2015, when the FBI became aware of an individual located in Egypt wiring money to someone in the U.S. for nefarious reasons. The investigation identified the recipient of a $1,000 money transfer as Elshinawy, a 30-year-old newspaper deliveryman who resided in Edgewood, Maryland. Physical surveillance showed that Elshinawy, who picked up the money on June 28, 2015the same day it was transferredthen drove to his local bank branch and deposited most of it.

A few weeks later, the FBI questioned Elshinawy several times about the wire...

17:49

Good News for Germany, bad news for Poland: US Mulls Moving Forces from Germany: Part of a Wider Process Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

US Mulls Moving Forces from Germany: Part of a Wider Process Alex GORKA The US Defense Department is exploring the option of withdrawal or transfer of US forces from Germany to Poland. The Washington Post (WP) reported that the costs and implications are being analyzed. On July 5, the White House said it had no such plans but there is no []

17:44

Putin-Netanyahu meeting, not so positive for israel Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Putin Netanyahu meeting in Moscow: Your concern about Irans presence in Syria must be postponed until Terrorism is defeated and Syria is liberated. By Elijah J. Magnier: @ejmalrai Much speculation and many positive outcome comments were released about a secret deal alleged to have taken place during the meeting between the Russian President Vladimir Putin []

17:28

Like it or not, Iran will continue to be the most powerful player in Iraq Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Whoever believes that it is possible to affect from the outside the complex relationship between Iranian and Iraqi Shias is living in a world of fantasy

17:16

israeli Knesset Passes Breaking The Silence Bill Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israeli Knesset Passes Breaking The Silence Bill     17 Jul 12:33 PM             The Israeli Knesset approved, on Monday night, the Breaking The Silence bill, granting the Minister of Education the power to prevent peace activists from the organization Breaking the Silence from entering schools, or to talking to []

17:14

China has Plenty of Ideas on How To Win Trade War Peace and Freedom

Private investment and the European Union could be two sources of strength to counter Chinas row with the United States, a report says

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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 July, 2018, 10:16am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 July, 2018, 11:42am

China should spur private investment and consumption at home and ally with the European Union and Japan to help win a trade war against the US, a Chinese think tank has said, as Washington and Beijing engage in tit-for-tat tariffs.

In a report on Tuesday, Renmin Universitys National Academy of Development and Strategy also said China should increase the dependence of multinationals on the Chinese market by importing their products to China or enabling their localised production and sales as another way to counterbalance the unilateralism of US President Donald Trum...

16:54

Vietnam withdraws licence of news site, issues fine Tuoi Tre Online misquoted President Tran Dai Quang Peace and Freedom

A popular Vietnamese news website has been suspended and fined about $10,000 after it was accused of publishing false information, as the communist government quashes any perceived criticism.

The one-party state controls most media and has jailed activists and bloggers critical of the government, but revoking licences is rare.

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The Ministry of Information and Communication said in an announcement Monday that the state-owned Tuoi Tre Online misquoted President Tran Dai Quang in an article in June that had him endorsing the idea of a law on demonstrations.

In a separate report last year on highway development, comments posted on the site had also contributed to undermining national unity, the announcement said.

The report on the president came days after scores were detained in June, following sometimes violent protests in several cities against planned special economic zones seen as opening the door to land takeovers by China.

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Protesters hold a banner which reads No Leasing Land to China even for Anytime during a demonstration against a draft law on the Special Economic Zone in Hanoi, Vietnam June 10, 2018. REUTERS/Staff

An American-Vietnamese citizen arrested during the crackdown is expected to face trial this week.

The demonstrations were not mentioned in the order from the ministry, which said the outlet must pay a fine, surrender its licence for three months, publish a correction and issue an apology.

Tuoi Tre Online must seriously obey this decision, the ministry said.

The newspaper connected with the site published a note Tuesday in print...

16:46

This blog is blocked in Turkey Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

A Turkish court ordered the blocking of one of my blogs in #Turkey because of criticizing the Caliph #Erdogan. Dozens of other WordPress blogs are ordered to be blocked including Uprooted Palestinians and @LatuffCartoonspic.twitter.com/Y1j5z9xzth A Turkish authority has issued an order to block your WordPress.com site: Unfortunately, we must comply to keep WordPress.com accessible for []

16:41

John Kelly accidentally turned off the lights as Trump backed down from his election meddling comments Peace and Freedom

putin trump helsinkiPresident Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.Chris McGrath/Getty Images

A photo taken by Washington Post photographer Jabin Botsford shows the moment White House chief of staff John Kelly accidentally turned off the lights as President Donald Trump spoke to reporters at the White House on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters in the Cabinet Room, Trump backed down from his election meddling comments and said that he accepted our intelligence communitys conclusion that Russias meddling in the 2016 election took place.

Trumps correction took place a day after his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During his summit, Trump failed to back US intelligence assessments and stopped short of condemning Russias election interference.

16:36

israel = theft. israel collected $100m from Palestinians. Now it wants to use the money to upgrade roadblocks Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israel to Use Tax Collected From Palestinians to Upgrade Roadblocks Israel collected $100m from Palestinians. Now it wants to use the money to upgrade roadblocks The Finance Ministry and the Population and Immigration Authority have accumulated millions of shekels in sick leave compensations belonging to Palestinian workers Or Kashti | Jul. 17, 2018 | 7:39 []

16:36

John Kelly was reportedly furious over Trumps press conference with Putin Peace and Freedom

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was so incensed by President Trumps press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday that he called Republican lawmakers and gave them permission to speak out against Trumps comments, three people familiar with the matter told Vanity Fairs Gabriel Sherman.

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Kelly warned Trump that by saying he had no reason to believe Russia would want to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, it made things infinitely worse for him with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Sherman reports, and he also urged him to take back the remarks, which he kind of attempted to do on Tuesday.

Trump himself was surprised by the publics negative reaction to the press conference, but by the time he returned to the United States he was enraged that few people were defending him. This was the nightmare scenario, one Republican close to the White House told Sherman. Catherine Garcia

http://theweek.com/speedreads/785457/john-kelly-reportedly-furious-over-trumps-press-conference-putin

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16:30

israel First Country to Kill Children using US-made F35 Fighters Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israel First Country to Kill Children using US-made F35 Fighters According to Days of Palestine, the Israeli occupation state is the first country to use the US-made F-35 fighter jet to kill people two innocent Palestinian children in Gaza Strip. While America and the rest of the worlds attention was focused on the Wold Cup, []

16:29

UNRWA spokesmans biased polemic goes unchallenged on BBC R4 Today part two BBC Watch

As we saw in part one of this post, the first five minutes of an item relating to the weekends events in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip that was aired in the July 16th edition of the BBC Radio 4 Today programme was given over to an unchallenged polemic from UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness.

Up until this point in the item listeners had not been told that some 200 projectiles had been launched by terror factions in the Gaza Strip at Israeli communities over the weekend. They had not heard an accurate description of the building a Hamas training facility in which the two teenagers had been located when they were accidentally killed. Neither...

16:29

Philippines: Senator says federal form of government is not needed Peace and Freedom

Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon on Wednesday said the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is proof that shifting into a federal form of government is not needed to empower the regions.

Drilon argued that the BBL would give extensive power to the Bangsamoro region, which proved revision of the whole Constitution is no longer needed to do the same throughout the country.

He said this as the bicameral conference committee on the BBL continues to polish the measure, while the current administration maintains its stand for federalism.

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Iyan po [BBL] ay pruweba na kayang gawin sa kasalukuyang administrasyon at sa kasalukuyang Saligang Batas ang [i-dedevelop] daw po sa federal system, he told dzMM.

(The BBL is proof that the current administration and Constitution can do what is targeted to be developed in the federal system.)

Ito po ay nagagawa namin na nabibigyan ng sapat na kapangyarihan o talagang malawak na kapangyarihan ang Bangsamoro. Hindi po kailangan ang federal system, he added.

(We were able to give enough power or indeed extensive power to the Bangsamoro. The federal system is not needed.)

Drilon also reiterated his concern that the planned Charter Change could be meant to postpone the 2019 Elections.

Hindi kailangang palitan ang Saligang Batas, para tuloy ang halalan (Changing the Constitution is not necessary, so that the elections will proceed), he said. /jpv

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16:26

British jews claim anti-Semitism is racist. Strangely they dont have a problem with apartheid Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Chief Rabbi Vs. Labour Party By Gilad Atzmon | July 17, 2018 The BBC reports this morning that Britans chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has said Labour will be on the wrong side of the fight against racism unless it toughens up its anti-Semitism code of conduct. Rabbi Mirvis said Labours new anti-Semitism definition sent an unprecedented []

16:19

Chinas Ambassador to the Philippines insists grants have no strings attached Now that we own the South China Sea Peace and Freedom

 

Chinese Ambassador Zho Jianhua attends the groundbreaking ceremony for two China-funded bridges over Pasig River.

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MANILA, Philippines Allaying fears that the Philippines is at risk of falling into Chinas debt trap, Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua stressed that the loans will not have negative impacts to the country.

Chinas grants do not have strings attached to them, Zhao said at the groundbreaking of two China-aid bridges project over Pasig River.

The project is seen to improve the capacity and efficiency of road transport in Metro Manila, according to the Chinese Embassy.

In his speech, the Chinese envoy said that President Rodrigo Duterte and his economic management team will not allow the Philippines to fall into the so-called debt trap.

China will honor this commitment to make sure those projects will benefit the Filipino people and will not have any negative impact on the socio-economic development of the Philippines, Zhao said.

Duterte, meanwhile, expressed his gratitude to China for funding the construction of the two bridges.

Chinese envoy to the Philippines Xiao Jinhua, right, said that the Philippines was not and would not be a province of China.  Presidential Photo/Sim...

16:10

John Kelly lobbied Republicans to rebuke Trump after Putin press conference: report Peace and Freedom

White House chief of staff John Kelly reportedly gave GOP lawmakers the green light to rebuke President Trumps controversial remarks from his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Three sources told Vanity Fair on the condition of anonymity that Kelly was furious after Trump stood with Putin during their summit in Helsinki and sided with his denial that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

Kelly photographed on the White House grounds, June 28, 2018.

Trump sparked major backlash among U.S. lawmakers and the intelligence community by siding with Putins denial instead of the assessment of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia did intervene in an effort to help Trump win.

Trump also blamed special counsel Robert Muellers investigation for keeping the U.S. and Russia separate.

Kelly told Trump that his remarks might worsen the situation with Mueller, according to Vanity Fair, which reported that the chief of staff then called Republicans on Capitol Hill and told them they could publicly speak out against Trumps comments.

Its unclear who anonymously spoke to Vanity Fair for its report, and the White House did not respond to a request for comment on the report.

GOP lawmakers have largely criticized Trumps performance in Helsinki  even those who do not typically split with the president.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) called Trumps statements shameful and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said they were a sign of weakness.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said it was wrong to draw a moral equivalence between Russia and the U.S., and insisted the intelligence community is correct in its assessment of Russian interference.

Kelly has stood by the president through other bouts of intense public criticism, but sources told Vanity Fair this was different. They attributed Trumps quick rollback partially to...

15:58

Former Fed Chief Ben Bernanke Says Economic Outlook Is Quite Strong Peace and Freedom

Bernanke isnt alarmed by recent bond-market developments many see as hinting at trouble down the road

Ben Bernanke at a Brookings Institution event last January.
Ben Bernanke at a Brookings Institution event last January. PHOTO: ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG NEWS

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Ben Bernanke, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, remains upbeat about the economys outlook and isnt particularly alarmed by recent bond-market developments many see as hinting at trouble down the road.

Everything we see about the near-term outlook for the economy is quite strong, Mr. Bernanke told reporters in a roundtable interview Monday with Tim Geithner, a former New York Fed chief and Obama administration Treasury secretary, and Henry Paulson, a former Goldman Sachs banker turned George W. Bush administration Treasury secretary.

Mr. Bernanke is currently a scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington. He led the central bank from 2006 to 2014 and was succeeded by Janet Yellen, who was replaced by Jerome Powell as Fed chairman this year.

The three men met with reporters in New York to take a look back at the financial crisis at a meeting at the Council on Foreign Relations. Those troubles began over a decade ago and all three were intimately involved in leading the response to those events.

The current narrowing,...

15:55

Ray McGovern Exposes CIA stan van houcke

Ray McGovern ex CIA analyst Exposes CIA pretending to be Russia & hacking DNC to copy Vault 7

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LatP39lFPYU&feature=share



15:54

Deal reached to evacuate pro-regime Syria towns, watchdog says Peace and Freedom

Residents of Fuah and Kafriya, besieged by rebel forces, to be allowed to leave in exchange for the release of hundreds held in government detention centers

A view of the pro-Syrian government village of Fu'ah in the northwestern province of Idlib, July 17, 2018. (OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP)
A view of the pro-Syrian government village of Fuah in the northwestern province of Idlib, July 17, 2018. (OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP)

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) A deal was reached on Tuesday for the evacuation of two pro-regime towns in Syria, allowing thousands to leave after three years of encirclement by hardline rebels.

Fuah and Kafriya are the last remaining towns under siege in Syria, where the medieval tactic was mostly made notorious by government forces in the seven-year war.

Surrounded and bombed by hostile factions, the Shiite-majority towns became both a rallying cry for the government and a playing card in callous rebel hands.

Their residents are all expected to leave under a major agreement reached Tuesday between government ally Moscow and rebel backer Ankara, a war monitor said.

The deal provides for the total evacuation of residents in the two towns, which are besieged by rebels and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, to regime territory in nearby Aleppo province, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, or HTS, is a jihadist alliance led by Al-Qaedas former affiliate in Syria.

Hundreds of people would be released from the regimes notorious detention centers in exchange, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

A view of the pro-Syrian government village of Fuah in the northwestern province of Idlib, July 17, 2018. (OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP)

A source from HTS also confirmed the deal, telling AFP that more than 100 buses would evacuate 6,900 people including fighters and civilians from Fuah and Kafriya.

The source said 1,500 people would be freed...

15:48

Theresa May prepares for a grilling from MPs Peace and Freedom

Theresa May will address Conservative MPs later following a week which has shown up her partys Brexit divisions.

The meeting will be the prime ministers last chance to rally backbenchers before the summer recess.

It will cap off a day which includes Prime Ministers Questions and an appearance by Mrs May at the Liaison Committee of select committee chairs.

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On Tuesday ministers saw off a bid by Tory rebels to create a customs union with the EU if a trade deal failed.

The rebel amendment to the trade bill was defeated by only six votes.

Twelve Conservatives rebelled against their party by supporting the amendment but the governments total was boosted by the support of four Labour MPs.

Conservative Anna Soubry criticised colleagues who have a gold-plated pension and support Brexit

Conservative MPs were warned that voting for the amendment, and therefore against the government, could lead to a vote of no confidence in the prime minister, the BBC understands.

Prime Ministers Questions will be Labour leader Jeremy Corbyns last opportunity to question Mrs May before Parliament breaks for the summer.

The prime minister will then head to the Liaison Committee due to start at 15:00 BST.

The committee which usually sits three times a year is made up of the chairs of each select committee.

With more than 30 senior MPs from the main parties free to ask questions, the session could be lengthy.

Once that is over the prime minister will attend a meeting of the 1922 committee of backbe...

15:48

The Mainstream Media and the Drive Toward WW III stan van houcke

The Mainstream Media, The Consequences of Nuclear War and the Drive Toward WW III

By Dr. Andrew Glikson
Global Research, July 17, 2018

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For many weeks much of the mainstream media world-wide, including broadcasters, been warning of potential concessions in the negotiations between the US and North Korea and between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, lest vital interests of the west are...

15:40

If Arab States Ban the Brotherhood, Why Dont We? Clarion Project

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14:39

Trump Abandoned US Allies in Syria, Russia Big Winner: Israeli Media Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

July 17, 2018 US President Donald Trump is continuing his predecessor Barack Obamas disastrous Syria policy, Israeli website Wallah reported. Trump abandoned US allies in Syria and left them alone, according to the Israeli website. When Trump announced he would withdraw US forces from Syria, Obamas forecast turned to be true: Russia got the bases []

14:31

Coming Coup Against Trump The Vineyard of the Saker

by Finian Cunningham/ Sputnik News https://sputniknews.com/columnists/201807171066432951-us-coup-trump/ The American backlash against President Trump over his summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin has been as ferocious as it was predictable. Every possible

14:03

Group of 13 North Korean defectors say they were forcibly kidnapped by South intelNews.org

A group of 12 female North Korean restaurant workers and their male manager claim that their widely advertised defections in 2016 were fake, and that they were in fact abducted by South Koreas spy services.

14:00

Have Mueller and Rosenstein Finally Gone Too Far? Antiwar.com Original

Friday the 13th is presumably always someones unlucky day. Just whose may not be obvious at the time, but I suspect that Russiagate special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein already regret picking Friday, July 13 to announce the indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges relating to an embarrassing Continue reading "Have Mueller and Rosenstein Finally Gone Too Far?"

The post Have Mueller and Rosenstein Finally Gone Too Far? appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

14:00

Special Ops: 133 Countries Down, 17 to Go? Antiwar.com Original

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Give them credit. As TomDispatchs Nick Turse has so vividly reported over the last decade, Americas previously elite Special Operations forces once small, specially trained units in a large military have now essentially become a military in their own right, all 70,000 of them (larger, in fact, than many Continue reading "Special Ops: 133 Countries Down, 17 to Go?"

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13:37

Batam Island: Indonesias Pathetic Attempt to Create Second Singapore Dissident Voice

This time it was really supposed to work! The turbo-capitalist, anti-Communist and obedient Indonesia got so used to hearing bizarrely inflated compliments from its Western handlers, that it began to believe that it finally could do it to build at least one dignified, livable urban center complete with sidewalks, public parks, public transportation, sport facilities and decent cultural institutions. At least one showcase city that could shine and attract millions of visitors from abroad, while all its major urban centers like Jakarta, Surabaya or Medan have been, for years and decades, collapsing and increasingly resembling a hell on earth.

A bright star on that polluted and dark sky over Indonesia was supposed to be Batam, a series of isles called Riau Islands Province, near the Strait of Malacca, only some 20 km from Singapores South coast.

The dream was big, but unrealistic. Now almost everything is lost.

Bit of public space in Batam

Even the otherwise pro-establishment English language Indonesian daily The Jakarta Post reported on June 16, 2017, in the most panicky voice:

Batam Mayor Muhammad Rudi said he has reported to President Joko Jokowi Widodo and Economic Coordination Minister Darmin Nasution about the islands worsening economy, though it had been designed to serve as the center for Indonesias economic growth.

I underlined in my report that Batam was in an emergency state. The central government needs to take immediate action to save Batam, Rudi said in Batam, Riau Islands, on Thursday.

he Batam Manpower Agency recorded that about 300,000 of the islands workers have lost their jobs this year.

During the recent visit of President Jokowi to Batam, I told him about massive layoffs from the closing of factories. He promised to take immediate action, but the promise has not been fulfilled yet, Rudi added.

Wherever one goes, or more precisely wherever one drives (as elsewhere in Indonesia, there are hardly any sidewalks or public spaces on the islands of Batam), the faces of the people of Batam radiate deep disappointment, sadness and confusion.

They usually do not start talking unless approached. But when they begin, their speech turns quickly melancholic.

Mr. Bely, a driver of the PT. Ananda Aditya company in Batam, expressed brutally what exactly lies behind the official numbers:

Recently, there were 180 companies that closed down their branches here, and all of them had to lay off their employees...

12:28

The DRC: Natural Resources, Silent Hidden Holocaust Seminar Sat. 4 Aug. Cape Town World Beyond War . . .

By Terry Crawford-Browne, World BEYOND War South Africa Coordinator, July 17, 2018

The Congo: NATURAL RESOURCES, HIDDEN SILENT HOLOCAUST

World BEYOND War and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign are partnering with the Congolese Civil Society in South Africa to hold a symposium on Saturday 4 August in the South Africa Museum here in Cape Town to observe the 73rd anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the uranium for which was mined in the Congo, then a Belgian colony. An estimated 10, 000 Congolese refugees now live in Cape Town, and many more elsewhere in South Africa.

Adam Hochschilds King Leopolds Ghost chronicles the atrocities of the period from 1885 until 1908 when the Congo was purportedly King Leopolds private property. An estimated ten million people (half the population) died and/or had their hands cut off if, as slave labour, they failed to collect sufficient rubber. International outrage finally caused the Belgian government to take over the territory as a Belgian colony instead of the Kings personal domain, but little improved.

The Shinkolobwe mine was closed when the Congo became independent in 1960. Cement was poured into its shafts to prevent supplies of its uranium from reaching the Soviet Union. The Central Intelligence Agency (in conjunction with American and South African diamond interests) then orchestrated the assassination of Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, and subsequently the coup detat in 1965 that placed President Joseph Mobutu in power until 1997.

The Congo is endowed not only with uranium, but also copper, cobalt, diamonds, gold, tin, oil, coltan and manganese. The Congo was again plundered during Mobutus kleptomaniac regime, but its circumstances have deteriorated even further since the Kabilas (father and son) took over. With Mobutus demise, the Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler organised a loan from the Union Bank of Israel to purchase weapons and to fund Lawrence Kabilas takeover of the coun...

11:15

The Salisbury Poisonings: How the Ducks Led Down a Rabbit Trail, Then to Some Potentially Crucial Information Aletho News

By Rob Slane | The Blog Mire | July 16, 2018 Nothing is simple in the Salisbury poisonings. Nothing makes much sense. The reason for this is not because no credible explanation exists which might make sense of it all. It is because the authorities have sold us a narrative which is not credible, which []

10:41

Dine' to Protest Wall Street 'Vulture Capitalists' and Dirty Coal Power Plant -- July 18, 2018 CENSORED NEWS

The Navajo Nation government wants to keep this dirty coal fired power plant on the Navajo Nation, the Navajo Generating Station, operating. It has been one of the dirtiest coal fired power plants in the world over the past decade. NGS provides electricity for southern Arizona, while many Navajos go without electricity. NGS uses coal from the nearby Peabody Coal Mine, the primary reason for

10:28

Robert Steele: Post-Putin Trump Needs Truth Channel More Than Ever Public Intelligence Blog

Robert David STEELE Vivas

The President needs a truth channel that connects him directly with the 200 million eligible voters in the USA (70% of them blocked from ballot access and meaningful vote). Such a truth channel must combine text messages, emails, posts, videos, and shared documents and must not be subject to censorship, manipulation or digital assassination such as are now common to Amazon, Facebook, Google, MeetUp, Twitter, YouTube, and Wikipedia (known collectively as #GoogleGestapo).

The President can create this truth channel virtually overnight if he will undertake five initiatives in the next 90 days:

First,  real estate genius that he is, stop wasting White House real estate on scum. Cancel all White House press credentials, move them all out of the White House, and repurpose that space as shown below.

Second, attend to the preliminary investments made by Open Source Everything Inc. in BitChute and the BitTorrent approach to displacing #GoogleGestapo. The genius of the BitChute approach is that it completely by-passes the Amazon and other cloud services that are a front for Deep State and Zionist theft of and control of information. No data centers are required.

Third, and this is how the President gets 200 million eligible voters to opt in, carefully consider the combination of an Election Reform Act (#UNRIG) and a debt jubilee as a means of incentivizing the 70% who have dropped out or been blocked out by the two-party  tyranny. Below is the political landscape in combination with the President telling the public the truth about 9/11 when he makes his speech on 9/11 2018, it is perfectly possible for the President to move from 27% (th...

09:57

US pastor jailed in Turkey may be released in days, says his lawyer Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina, was detained nearly two years ago on terrorism and spying charges

09:45

Lyndon LaRouche: Trump and Putin: The New Paradigm in Action, Sending Traitors into Hysterical Fits of Rage Public Intelligence Blog

Trump and Putin: The New Paradigm in Action, Sending Traitors into Hysterical Fits of Rage

Four Powers: USA, Russia, India, China

Three Task Forces: Cyber/Witch Hunt, Business, Peace & Prosperity

The end of the British Empire and their Zionist Dogs.

Phi Beta Iota: LaRouche takes way too much credit in his article, but he merits respect for being mostly right all these years that he has marched against the Deep State and the Shadow Government. What is really happening here is the end of the Deep State rooted in the City of London and Wall Street, the Vatican, and the Chabad Zionist Zealots as well as the Satanic royal families. Xi, Putin, and Trump are the three amigos with all the politico-military, socio-economic, ideo-cultural, and techno-demographic power needed to absolutely trash the 1%.  Trump will do to the US 1% what Putin did the Russian 1% created by the Gold War managed by George Tenet, Buzzy Krongard, and John Brennan.  From where we sit Brennan in particular is a dead man walking. There will be an economic reset between now and 7 November in the USA, including a bottom up trillion dollar spending program (new jobs and new construction), the nationalization or neutralization of the Federal Reserve, a gold-backed dollar (probably in October), and not yet decided, but we hope for it: a $3 trillion debt jubilee erasing all student debt, elderly health debt, and small business and family credit card debt. Combined with Trumps getting $15 trillion or so back possibly more the game has changed decisively. All that is missing is the Trump Long Game that elevates the 99%. The media is shit including Fox News there is not a responsible person among the lot who gets that the Russian hacking story is a complete fake and Trump is doing what no one since John F. Kennedy has done properly dealing with his counterparts face to face.  We believe Trump now understands that both the US intelligence community and the senior staffs of the Departments of Sta...

09:18

Tunisian ministers have to declare property under anti-corruption law Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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09:00

Helsinki Summit: Trump and Putin Respond to Mueller Indictments OffGuardian

Eric Zuesse In the July 16th joint press conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the question arose of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Muellers recent indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials for allegedly having engineered the theft of computer files from the Democratic National Committee and from John Podesta, Hillary Clintons campaign chairman. Here is that part of the press conference, in a question that was addressed to both Presidents (and I boldface here the key end part of Putins presentation, and then I proceed to link to two articles which link to the evidence the actual documents that Putin is referring to in his response): REPORTER (Jeff Mason from Reuters): For President Putin if I could follow up as well. Why should Americans and why should President Trump believe your statement that Russia did not intervene in the 2016 election given the evidence that US Intelligence agencies have provided? Will you consider extraditing the 12 Russian officials that were indicted last week by a US Grand jury. TRUMP:

08:26

Story of a Jewish American Hero stan van houcke









FIGHTING FOR THE AMERICANS, CAPTURED BY THE GERMANS, FREED BY THE SOVIETS

How a Jewish-American soldier in WWII survived in a POW campand even managed to celebrate Passover under the Nazis noses

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08:07

MH17 Wat liet Nieuwsuur niet zien? stan van houcke

07:42

Psychoanalysing NATO: Gaslighting Aletho News

By Patrick ARMSTRONG | Strategic Culture Foundation | 17.07.2018 NOTE: Because NATO these days is little more than a box of spare parts out of which Washington assembles coalitions of the willing, its easier for me to write NATO than Washington plus/minus these or those minions. Home Secretary Sajid Javid has called on Russia to explain []

07:26

Whats Really Happening In Nicaragua; An Interview With Stephen Sefton PopularResistance.Org

Violent protests have been going on since April of this year, forcing residents to stay indoors.  While the corporate media and an army of online trolls have been making false claims about the Ortega government, the reality is exactly the opposite. We speak with Stephen Sefton, who lives in Nicaragua and is a founder of Tortilla con Sal. He names the names behind the violence and describes what is really happening. We also discuss recent news and upcoming events.

07:23

Israels Implausible, Dark Night & Torches, Heist of Iranian Nuclear Secrets Penny for your thoughts

National Post

Last year, the spies began planning a heist that one senior Israeli intelligence official said bore a strong resemblance to George Clooneys adventures in Oceans 11.
 This absurd tale is the reason, so were told, that Trump was convinced to pull out of the JCPOA/P5+1.
 Its so Hollywood. The whole narrative. Complete with the above reference to George Clooneys Oceans 11. But not the new all girl one cause that one is supposed to be a stinker. 

 After reading just two paragraphs, just the two opening paragraphs, recalling this so called dramatic heist. I was completely skeptical.


The first two paragraphs via the National Post
TEL AVIV, Israel The Mossad agents moving in on a warehouse in a drab commercial district of Tehran, Iran, knew exactly how much time they had to disable the alarms, break through two doors, cut through dozens of giant safes and get out of the city with a half-ton of secret materials: six hours and 29 minutes.

The morning shift of Iranian guards would arrive around 7 a.m., a year of Israeli surveillance of the warehouse had revealed, and the agents were under orders to leave before 5 a.m. to have enough time to escape. Once the Iranian custodians arrived, it would be instantly clear that someone had stolen much of the countrys clandestine nuclear archive, documenting years of work on atomic weapons, warhead designs and production plans
Netanyahu's big diagram for his big expose

The morning shift of Iranian guards would arrive around 7 a.m.

I really had trouble believing that there would only be a morning/day shift of guards on the job guarding such precious and secret materials.  Yet, thats what were supposed to believe

Once the Iranian cust...

07:22

Detente Bad, Cold War Good Aletho News

By Craig Murray | July 17, 2018 The entire liberal media and political establishment of the Western world reveals its militarist, authoritarian soul today with the screaming and hysterical attacks on the very prospect of detente with Russia. Peace apparently is a terrible thing; a renewed arms race, with quite literally trillions of dollars pumped []

07:02

The Independent: Donald Trump is Cozying up to Vladimir Putin while Cutting off Europe We Should Be Scared Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

July 17, 2018 After the meeting between the US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital Helsinki, the Western media highlighted the new American foreign policy which has been unfolding over the last month with Russia. The British Newspaper The Independent said that the most important and critical time in American []

06:46

Truthful Promise July 2006 War Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Local Editor On July 12, 2006, the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon kidnapped two Israeli soldiers to exchange them with Lebanese detainees. On the same day, a brutal Israeli war on the country that lasted 33 days broke out, ending up with the victory of the Resistance against the Israeli aggression. The entire operation was referred []

06:30

UK human rights report an international embarrassment Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

This document no longer signals Britains virtue, but has become the most eloquent statement of its double standards

06:17

Putin and Trumps Unagreed Agreement a Catastrophe for Europe The Vineyard of the Saker

By Rostislav Ishchenko Translated by Ollie Richardson and Angelina Siard cross posted with http://www.stalkerzone.org/rostislav-ishchenko-putin-and-trumps-unagreed-agreement-a-catastrophe-for-europe/ source: https://ukraina.ru/exclusive/20180717/1020630485.html Contradictions between Russia and the US are so substantial and common ground is so

06:14

So Paulo Forum Resolution on the Situation in Nicaragua INTERNATIONALIST 360

el19digital Translated by Internationalist 360 The XXIV Meeting of the Sao Paulo Forum held in Havana, Cuba from July 15 to 17, spoke of the situation in Nicaragua, rejecting interventionism and condemning the destabilizing, violent and terrorist actions of the coup right. With this pronouncement and resolution, the Forum supports the Nicaraguan government for its...

06:11

US Media is Losing Its Mind Over Trump-Putin Press Conference Aletho News

By Joe Lauria | Consortium News | July 16, 2018 The reaction of the U.S. establishment media and several political leaders to President Donald Trumps press conference after his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday has been stunning. Writing in The Atlantic, James Fallows said: There are exactly two possible explanations for []

06:10

A walk on the wild side as Trump meets Putin at Finland station The Vineyard of the Saker

by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) US President stirs up a hornets nest with his press conference alongside his Russian counterpart, but

06:00

Nicols Maduro Moros Before the So Paulo Forum INTERNATIONALIST 360

Cuba Debate Unofficial Translation by Internationalist 360 Speech by Nicols Maduro Moros, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, at the special plenary session on Fidels thought, during the XXIV Meeting of the Forum of Sao Paulo, held at the Havana Convention Center, on July 17, 2018, Year 60 of the Revolution. (Stenographic Versions ...

05:52

Helsinki: What did Trump want from Putin, really? Aletho News

By Denis Rancourt | Dissident Voice | July 16, 2018 I just did a live Sputnik International radio interview about the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki. This is the essence of my answers. Trump is the USA and the USA mainly wants two things from Russia. First, it wants Russias credibility. In the words of Trump: []

05:43

Nuclear deal: Iran is suing the US for imposing sanctions Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Tehran turns to International Court of Justice arguing US sanctions are illegal

05:41

Trump-Putin Summit Meets Expectations: Reviving Hopes for Better Future Aletho News

By Andrei AKULOV | Strategic Culture Foundation | 17.07.2018 There is no doubt that the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki is a significant step forward. As expected, there were no breakthroughs and the tide was not exactly turned but guardrails to the bilateral relationship were restored to pave the way for substantial progress. Evidently, only a full-fledged summit []

05:31

How Israel Makes Apartheid Against Palestinians Legal The Anti-Media

Palestinian Flag - HamasJewish nation state bill is only the latest attempt to legislate discrimination against Palestinians. (MEE) This week, if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gets his way, the Israeli government will formally pass into law the Jewish nation state bill. The precise final text remained unclear at the time of writing, with compromises and amendments still being discussed among []

05:22

SYRIAN WAR REPORT JULY 17, 2018: MILITANTS ARE ON FULL RETREAT IN SOUTHERN SYRIA Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have liberated the settlements of Al-Harra, Nimer, Umm al-Awsaj and the hills of Harra and Ahmar as well as some other points in the area north of Daraa city in southern Syria from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA). The town of []

05:22

The United States of Arms World Beyond War . . .

The United States of Arms from Will Geary on Vimeo.

U.S. weapons exports from 1950 to 2017. Data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institutes Arms Transfers Database. Units are expressed in trend indicator values (TIV). Each dot on the map = one TIV. Visualization by Will Geary.

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04:56

US has intervened in twice as many elections as Russia Mondoweiss

Donald Trump made bombshell news yesterday at his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki when he said that the Russian presidents case that the Russians did not intervene in the 2016 election was as strong as the finding by American intelligence agencies that Russia did. John McCain has said it was one of the most disgraceful performances by a U.S. president in memory, and the mainstream media have echoed that view. Some have accused Trump of treason.

Not to take Trumps side here, but his abandonment of U.S. intelligence agencies has exposed some hypocrisy on the liberal Democratic side: their support for the security state and their inability to acknowledge the long history of American interference in foreign elections. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky on the PBS News Hour last night injected that realism.

I would say that President Trump has a healthy dose of skepticism towards our intelligence community and I share some of that. James Clapper [then director of National Intelligence] came before the Senate and lied. He said they werent collecting our information. Thats the biggest boldface lie that weve had in decades and no one did anything about it They [Clapper and former CIA director John Brennan, who also faulted Trump] had the power to snoop on any American, to snoop on any person in the world. And believe you me they were scooping up everybodys information

Im not saying they [the Russians] didnt interfere with  the election. In all likelihood they did.  Theres a guy named Dov Levin from Carnegie Mellon who looked at this from 1946 to 2000, and he found 81 times in which the US intervened in elections, about 36 times for the Soviet Union. None of it makes it right, but any country that can spy does and any country that can intervene in foreign elections does. Yes, weve been involved in Russia in their elections, weve been involved in the Ukraine elections. And we say its for democracy. But we dont support the Russian party. We support the pro-western party. And we paint ours as if ours is always just on the up and up. But we get involved in foreign countries elections.

And so yes, we have elevated this Russian thing to a degree that we are simply deranged by it Did the Russians get involved in it? Yes. What I would tell Russians is exactly what I have told their ambassador and others: if you thought it would help things, its actually backfired. Because there can be no rapprochement with Russia, no engagement with Russia, because of the meddli...

04:46

Russian military ready to work with US after Trump & Putin talk Syria, nuclear arms in Helsinki Aletho News

RT | July 17, 2018 The Russian military is ready to work with the US colleagues on all the areas discussed by the two presidents during the Helsinki summit, namely cooperation in Syria and mutual reduction of the strategic nuclear arsenals. Russian Defense Ministry is ready to implement the agreements on the international security, reached []

04:27

Tree Sits Established To Stop Bayou Bridge Pipeline PopularResistance.Org

Deep in the Atchafalaya Basin, one of the largest swamps in North America, tree-sits have been established directly on the path of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Water protectors are currently occupying multiple sits on the pipeline easement. We have petitioned, filed lawsuits and demonstrated. We have carried out nearly 50 worksite actions. But despite these efforts, construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline has continued. We are left with no other choice but to put our bodies, and our lives on the line to stop this pipeline. The tree-sitters and their support team are living in inhospitable conditions, with limited resources and under close watch of Energy Transfer Partners. THEY NEED YOUR SUPPORT.

04:22

The Helsinki Summit: Trying to Turn the Page on the New Cold War Aletho News

By Max Forte | Zero Anthropology | July 17, 2018 Finally, on Monday, July 16, 2018, the Helsinki Summit bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump took place, despite shrill demands that it be stopped, canceled, or turned into a platform for more aggression. President Trump should cancel his meeting with []

04:07

Mondoweiss Can Respond When News Is Urgent Because of You Mondoweiss

If you are like me, your heart has been wrenched by the news from Palestine over the past few months. Murders of journalists, medics and dozens of peaceful protesters all served as preamble to this weeks bombing of Gaza the worst daytime attack since July 2014.

The Great March of Return and the hideousness of Israels response have demanded as much from Mondoweiss as any events could. I am writing now to ask you to donate whatever you can to help Mondoweiss keep the truth flowing from Palestine around the globe.  

Donate to MondoweissSince the Great March of Return began in March, Mondoweiss has spent nearly twice our usual budget to pay reporters and photographers in Palestine for their brave work documenting this historic action. We are able to respond to urgent news moments like this because readers like you provide the needed resources.

Our goal this summer is to raise $60,000 to sustain and grow the Mondoweiss news operation in Palestine. Contributions from you and thousands of others who read Mondoweiss are investments in both reporting on the ground and the work of writers worldwide putting Israels regime in geopolitical and social context.

Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting Mondoweisss coverage of the Great March of Return in a series of messages to you from activists and reporters who value what weve published these last several weeks. They have volunteered to share their perspective on Mondoweiss because they know the importance of your donations in powering responsible journalism.

I am looking forward to sharing with you the comments of

  • Akram al-Wara, Palestinian journalist and videographer.
  • Nancy Murray, member of the international steering committee of the Gaza Freedom March.
  • Robert Cohen, British activist, writer and speaker on Palestine solidarity.
  • David Reed, the newest Mondoweiss staff member.
  • Jennifer Bing and Jehad Abusalim of the American Friends Service Committee, Chicago.
  • Donna Nevel, co-founder of Jews Say No and Facing The Nakba.

Donate to MondoweissWell also share remarks from Tarek Loubani, a Palestinian-Canadian physician who was shot in th...

03:38

Trump/Putin Summit Pits Peace-Seeking Americans Against Democrat War-Mongers and FBI DEEP STATE ThereAreNoSunglasses

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Trump sides with Russia against FBI at Helsinki summit

US President Donald Trump has defended Russia over claims of interference in the 2016 presidential election.

After face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr Trump contradicted US intelligence agencies and said there had been no reason for Russia to meddle in the vote.

Mr Putin reiterated that Russia had never interfered in US affairs.

The two men held nearly two hours of closed-door talks in the Finnish capital Helsinki on Monday.

At a news conference after the summit, President Trump was asked if he believed his own intelligence agencies or the Russian president when it came to the allegations of meddling in the elections.

President Putin says its not Russia. I dont see any reason why it would be, he replied.

US intelligence agencies concluded in 2016 that Russia was behind an effort to tip the scale of the US election against Hillary Clinton, with a state-authorised campaign of cyber attacks and fake news stories planted on social media.

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03:21

Page confirmed China penetration of HC e-mail. Sic Semper Tyrannis

"Former top FBI lawyer Lisa Page testified during two days of closed-door House hearings, revealing shocking new Intel against her old bosses at the Bureau, according the well-placed FBI sources. Alarming new details on allegations of a bureau-wide cover up....

03:10

Some Notes on the Demonstrations for Antwon Rose TORCHLIGHT PGH Enough is Enough!

As everyone now knows, on June 19th East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld murdered Antwon Rose Jr. by shooting him in the back three times as he ran from a traffic stop. When a video of the shooting went viral on social media, Pittsburgh exploded in protest. Explosions are relative of course, and the riots, looting, and torched convenience stores that characterized analogous uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore have here translated to peaceful marches to block traffic. Nonetheless the current situation is a major departure from the usual activist routine that anarchists in Pittsburgh suffer through. We offer the following points for consideration.

Originally published by Torchlight Pittsburgh.

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

The cops are taking this very seriously.

Pittsburgh police chief Scott Schubert has showed up in person at at least two of the protests, and all of the actions inside Pittsburgh city limits have featured a gaggle of commanders and assistant chiefs, none of whom ordinarily work nights. Pittsburgh has also called in the PA state police on short notice for several protests. The cops call that mutual aid, but that doesnt stop them from charging for it. Pittsburgh will be getting a bill from the state. The Pittsburgh cops have even switched to 12 hour shifts for the duration of the crisis, in order to monitor the protests and still carry out day-to-day oppression. This policy is reminiscent of the All Hands on Deck weekends in DC that the police union there fought against so bitterly, except its not just a weekend, it could last for weeks.

Yet despite the massive amounts of cops and money being thrown at the protests, arrests have been sparse. As of this writing there have been only five that weve heard of, not counting hecklers. This is not for lack of opportunity. The cops are obviously bending over backwards to avoid provoking an already furious community further and sparking a Ferguson style riot. One recent action provides a telling example.

...

03:03

Pro-Government Forces Fully Secured Busra al-Sham and Hrak, Entered Aqrabah In Southern Syria (Map)

Pro-government forces fully secured the towns of Busra al-Sham and Hrak in southern Syria after a reconciliation agreement agreement had been implemented in them, according to the Syrian state media.

Units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies entered these towns earlier accepting a surrender from local militants. On July 17 when armed groups finished surrendering their heavy and medium weapons, these towns were declared fully liberated.

Meanwhile, the SAA advance targeted militants positions in the settlements of al-Mal, Aqrabah and many nearby points, which, according to pro-government sources, are now also under control of the SAA. However, these areas still have to be secured.

Pro-Government Forces Fully Secured Busra al-Sham and Hrak, Entered Aqrabah In Southern Syria (Map)

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02:58

Ecuador Bows to US and IMF, Entering New Neoliberal Era The Anti-Media

The warmth displayed by authorities over the past month to visiting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the IMF, respectively, further proves that Ecuador is melting back into the arms of international financial interests. (MPN Op-ed)  Ecuadors passionate re-embrace of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) offers one of the clearest and most dramatic signs that the countrys []

02:57

Is President Trump A Traitor Because He Wants Peace With Russia? Foreign Policy Journal

Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017 (The Kremlin)

02:50

Turkish journalist acquitted over exposing Ankaras arms aid to Syria militants Aletho News

Erdem Gul, Ankara bureau chief of Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet (Photo: Hurriyet Daily News ) Press TV July 16, 2018 A court in Turkey has acquitted a journalist of the center-left and opposition daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, who was being tried for espionage in a case about revealing state secrets by publishing footage of a video []

02:45

Leading US Israel supporter is abused at Israeli airport for having Palestine pamphlet Mondoweiss

This is an interesting story. Meyer Koplow is the chair of Brandeis University and a big deal lawyer at Wachtell Lipton in NY. He gives millions to Israel, and is a pillar of the Israel lobby. His son Michael, who works for a pro-Israel organization, has posted a thread on twitter about his fathers aggressive interrogation at the Israeli airport on July 15 because he had a pamphlet with the word Palestine on it and had visited the West Bank with a pro-Israel group called Encounter.

Of course Palestinians face worse all the time, but Michael Koplow sees this as another sign of the chasm between Israeli and American Jews:

I have a personal anecdote to share that is a perfectly sad microcosm of everything wrong with the way Israel treats information as a threat and American Jews as objects of suspicion

My dad was in Israel for the past two weeks, spending one week visiting me and the fam while were here and spending the second week in the West Bank with other American Jewish leaders on an Encounter Leadership Intensive aimed at hearing the Palestinian narrative firsthand. For some background, my dad is as American Jewish establishment as it gets: 3 time shul president, former UJA board member, current chair of Brandeis University, has contributed millions to Israeli institutions including Shaarei Tzedek, Hebrew U, and AMIT. Textbook pro-Israel. He left yesterday to go home, went through Ben Gurion security without a hitch, and once at the gate got paged over the loudspeaker to go to the info desk.

Once there, a security officer said there was a problem with his luggage and they wanted to ask him some questions about where he had been and what he was doing. Turns out that he had taken a tourism pamphlet from a hotel in Bethlehem that had the word Palestine on it, and that triggered an aggressive interrogation because spending time in the West Bank immediately raises unacceptable red flags. The officer asked him to prove that Encounter was a real organization, demanded to know who else was on the trip (which he refused to divulge because of confidentiality), and expressed doubts that he was telling the truth, repeating questions to try and catch him in a lie.

The kicker, of course, was the incredulous question about why he would want to go to the West Bank and what he planned to do with the information he saw, as if seeing the daily reality of life in the WB firsthand ipso facto will create a pressing threat to Israels security. This happened to a completely non-threatening grandfather, who has been to Israel dozens of times, and who is a major philanthropist to Jewish causes in Israel.

More worrisome, it was the result of going through his che...

02:44

Diplomacy 101 Versus Politics Writ Small The Counter Jihad Report

American Greatness, by Angelo Codevilla, July 17, 2018: The high professional quality of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putins performance at their Monday press conference in Helsinki contrasts sharply with the obloquy by which the bipartisan U.S. ruling class showcases its Continue reading

02:40

#NoPegida Video: Fascists chanting Drown! Drown! on Pegida Demo in Dresden, Germany Enough is Enough!

A video of a fascist Pegida demonstration on June 25, 2018 in Dresden, Germany shows fascist Pegida supporters chanting drown! drown! 

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.

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

Speaker and co-founder of the fascist Pegida movement, Siegfried Dbritz, spoke about the rescue ship Lifeline during a speech on a demonstration in Dresden. Dbritz said: Surely you all have heard whats happening with our lovely smuggler organisation from Dresden, did you?  This happened on June 25. At that moment the Lifeline rescue ship was waiting for days for permission to get into a harbour. The Lifeline had 234 rescued refugees on board. After several days the Lifeline rescue ship was allowed to dock at Malta. After that the captain was prosecuted and the Lifeline ship confiscated. 

After participants of the fascist Pegida demo started to chant drown! drown!, Dbritz started to smile and said: No not drowning, we need that ship to bring them all back.


Mutual aid: Support Enough is Enough and Cars of Hope at the Bosnian/Croatian border

On July 19 two people of the Enough is Enough team will join the Cars of Hope collective in Bosnia to work together with refugees to provide mutual aid and to produce independent border monitoring reports from the Bosnian/Croatian border. Read the reports of our last stay in Bosnia: here.

We urgently need financial support to maintain the supplies for refugees and to be able to keep on building emergency shelters.

Please donate for food, tents and other things for everyday life.

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02:32

Egypt targets social media with new law Peace and Freedom

Egypts parliament has passed a law giving the state powers to block social media accounts and penalize journalists held to be publishing fake news.

Social media was seen as an important tool of dissent during the 2011 revolution. (File photo: Reuters)

Under the law passed on Monday social media accounts and blogs with more than 5,000 followers on sites such as Twitter and Facebook will be treated as media outlets, which makes them subject to prosecution for publishing false news or incitement to break the law.

The Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media, headed by an official appointed by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, will supervise the law and take action against violations.

The bill prohibits the establishment of websites without obtaining a license from the Supreme Council and allows it to suspend or block existing websites, or impose fines on editors.

The law, which takes effect after it is ratified by Sisi, also states that journalists can only film in places that are not prohibited, but does not explain further.

Supporters of Sisi say the law is intended to safeguard freedom of expression and it was approved after consultations with judicial experts and journalists.

But critics say it will give legal basis to measures the government has been taking to crack down on dissent and extend its control over social media.

Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa programme coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, said the vague wording of the law allows authorities to interpret violations and control the media.

That power of interpretation has been a constant powerful legal and executive tool that was used to justify excessive aggressive and exceptional measures to go after journalists, he told Reuters.

Hundreds of news sites and blogs have been blocked in recent months and around a dozen people have been arrested this year and charged with publishing false news, many of them journalists or prominent government critics.

Reporting by Cairo Bureau; Editing by Giles Elgood

Reuters

02:29

Syrian War Report July 17, 2018: Militants Are On Full Retreat In Southern Syria The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-july-17-2018-militants-are-on-full-retreat-in-southern-syria/   If youre able, and if you like our content and approach, please support the project. Our work wouldnt be possible without your help: PayPal: southfront@list.ru or via: http://southfront.org/donate/ or via: https://www.patreon.com/southfront, BTC: 13iYp9CDYZwgSnFXNtpEKgRRqaoxHPr2MH, BCH: 1NE49pQW8yCegnFCMvKuhLUnuxvTnxNUhf, ETH: 0x962b312a9d41620f9aa0d286f9d7f8b1769bfae6

02:28

Tony Blair calls for second vote to fix Brexit mess Peace and Freedom

Its a total and complete mess: Former prime minister Tony Blair does not hold back when asked in an interview with AFP what he makes of the British governments approach to Brexit.

Blair, who held the office for 10 years, said he sympathises with Prime Minister Theresa May as she seeks to unite her party behind a plan for leaving the European Union, suggesting she has the least enviable job in Western politics.

But the former Labour leader warned that with the scheduled date for Brexit approaching in March next year, it is time for her to admit theres no way out and call another referendum with the option of staying in the EU.

AFP | Former British prime minister Tony Blair says its time for Theresa May to admit theres no way out and call another Brexit referendum

Once this thing has been started by a referendum it can frankly only be finished by a fresh vote, he said.

Blair left office in 2007 and spent many of the following years abroad, including as an international envoy to the Middle East.

But these days he is more often found in London, where he has plunged back into British politics.

Im passionately opposed to Brexit and I still believe it can be changed, the 65-year-old told AFP in the offices of his non-profit organisation, the Institute for Global Change.

After two years of wrangling with her Conservative party, May finally presented her plan this month for economic ties with the EU after Brexit, sparking outrage among hardliners in the party for giving too much away to the EU.

Mays plan is mush

Blair himself said it was a mush, an incomplete half-in half-out plan that pleased no one and was unlikely to be accepted by Brussels.

He noted the inherent dilemma in Brexit stay close to the EU to protect trade but forfeit the opportunities of going it alone, or cut ties altogether and risk damage to the economy.

With parliament paralysed on the way forward, the only way in the end this is going to be resolved is putting it back to the people, he said.

Blairs interventions on Brexit have not always been well received in Britain, where his decision to join the United States in invading Iraq in 2003 remains hugely controversial.

But while the prime minister who called the Brexit vote in 2016, David Cameron, has retired from the public eye to write his memoirs, Blair refuses to stay silent.

Some have suggested Blair had a role in Brexit by failing to limit migra...

02:25

As Bezos Becomes Richest Man in Recorded History, Amazon Workers Go on Strike The Anti-Media

Amazon Jeff BezosThe message is clearwhile the online giant gets rich, it is saving money on the health of its workers. (CD)  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has just become the richest man in recorded historysurpassing $150 billion in net worththanks to his business model of subjecting employees to low wages, brutal working conditions, and scant benefits, and on Tuesday []

02:24

Chief Rabbi Vs. Labour Party Aletho News

By Gilad Atzmon | July 17, 2018 The BBC reports this morning that Britans chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has said Labour will be on the wrong side of the fight against racism unless it toughens up its anti-Semitism code of conduct. Rabbi Mirvis said Labours new anti-Semitism definition sent an unprecedented message of contempt to []

02:23

Trump Kills Science: Nature Strikes Back Dissident Voice

The Trump administrations every move is marked with a strange creepiness as well as confusing messages that can only mean: They dont get it. Their nefarious destroy science mentality promotes insane irreversible carbon emissions in good ole America, ultimately threatening the abilities of farmers to cope with ruinous global heat.

As scientists duck for cover from mean-spirited Orange Trumpeters, nature strikes back, emitting 220M tons of carbon from melting permafrost in Alaska. In response, Trumpeters, fighting back, have already taken the first steps towards drilling Alaskas Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, thus setting the stage for oil and gas leases on 19-million-acres of public land. All of America owns it.

Alaskan permafrost is melting so fast that it has already hit a tipping point, meaning it emits carbon into the atmosphere in competition with human-caused carbon, hands-free, no more anthropogenic assistance required, self-perpetuating, a prelude to Runaway Global Warming (RGW), a major, very serious threat to life, especially as Trumpeters focus on making America More Drillable than ever before, feeding more, and more, and more force into gigantic arcs of methane CH4, a molecule that is 100xs more powerful at entrapping heat in the atmosphere than is CO2 during its initial stages.

Aforesaid news couldnt be worse even if Stephen King were commissioned to write a creepy, horrifying climate change disaster film, as the horrors associated with collapsing permafrost ecosystems go far beyond the rich imagination of Stephen King.

What then are the compelling issues between Trump and science?

First and foremost, Trump distrusts, dislikes, disrespects scientists. He has a problem with well-educated people. They make him uncomfortable, fidgety, high-strung. This is only too obvious by observing his obtuse imperceptive uncultivated cabinet members, like deers in the headlights.

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) including 6,000 scientists, the Trump administration has failed to embrace basic normal standards of acceptable science. Further to the point, and terrifyingly true, the administration is attempting to decimate the scientific process.

Is this the Middle Ages redux? That behavior is eerily similar to lowly punishment that the Church imposed on scientists that claimed the earth was not the center of the universe. All of which begs the question of how far back in time will Trumpeters go in pursuit of broad-based destruction of generally accepted norms of society.

Further to the point of killing science, newly appointed Trumpeters for science-based federal agencies are (1) unqualified, (2) conflicted, and (3) openly hostile to the mission of the agencies they lead. Not a joke, this is really happening.

Furthermore, the scientific foundation for acts and laws that have stood tests of time, like the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act, a...

02:19

For the First Time Ever: the Shocking 1,400-Year History of Jihad Jihad Watch

Here is the first official press release for my new book: Here, for the first time, is the entire history of Islamic jihad activity from the beginning of Islam to the present day from Spain to India, from Muhammads massacre of Jews at the Khaybar oasis in Arabia to the hijacked jets taking down []

02:09

First Republican Joins Effort To Reverse FCC On Net Neutrality Repeal PopularResistance.Org

Today, Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) announced that he will become the first GOP member of the House of Representatives to sign a discharge petition in an attempt to force a vote on the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to reverse the FCCs unpopular repeal of net neutrality. With polls showing that Republican voters overwhelmingly want their lawmakers to support the CRA, the move could unleash a landslide of GOP support for the resolution to restore strong protections while Congress debates any potential future legislation.

02:07

Syrian pro-government towns begin evacuation: Report Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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02:02

Has Mueller Caught The Hackers? PopularResistance.Org

AARON MATE: Its The Real News, Im Aaron Mate. For the first time, special counsel Robert Mueller has issued an indictment directly related to Russiagates underlying crime, the theft of Democratic Party e-mails. On Friday, Mueller charged twelve officials with the GRU, Russias main foreign intelligence agency. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein unveiled the indictment. ROD ROSENSTEIN: The indictment charges twelve Russian military officers by name for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. Eleven of the defendants are charged with conspiring to hack into computers, steal documents and release those documents with the intent to interfere in the election. One of those defendants and a twelfth Russian military officer are charged with conspiring to infiltrate computers of organizations involved in administering elections.

01:55

Journalist For The Nation Forcibly Removed From Trump-Putin Conference PopularResistance.Org

According to CNN, Husseini was initially removed from the event, but was allowed back in to get his belongings. Russian authorities reportedly called his sign a malicious item, citing it as a reason for removal. Youre grabbing me for what? I am telling you what I am doing. I am being totally open, Husseini said as he was taken away. He also reportedly said, I want to ask about nuclear weapons, before being led out. The Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty is the first legally binding international agreement to ban nuclear weapons, with the ultimate goal of total elimination. Neither Russia nor the U.S. is a party to the treaty.

01:53

Tory Europhiles set to rebel against Theresa Peace and Freedom

At least a dozen Conservative MPs ready to side with Labour over customs union
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Theresa May has vowed that Britain will not remain in a customs union with the EU after Brexit AFP

By George Parker and Roger Blitz in London


Theresa May was on Tuesday struggling to stop her Brexit plan from unravelling, as Europhile Conservative MPs prepared to vote with Labour for a measure that could keep Britain in a customs union with the EU.

Less than 24 hours after Mrs May caved in to Eurosceptic Tory MPs by accepting four hostile amendments to the governments customs bill, Europhile Conservatives plotted their revenge on the prime minister.

Nicky Morgan and Stephen Hammond tabled an amendment to the governments trade bill that would require Britain to stay in a customs union with the EU if Mrs May failed to secure a frictionless free trade area for goods by January 21 2019.

The MPs estimate that at least a dozen Europhile Tories are prepared to back the amendment in a House of Commons vote due on Tuesday, potentially enough to wipe out Mrs Mays working majority of 13. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has told his party to back the amendment.

Sterling fell sharply as markets digested how Mrs May is at the centre of a struggle between rival Conservative factions that could derail her soft Brexit plan, which was thrashed out by the cabinet at Chequers, her country residence, this month.

Mrs May has vowed that Britain will not remain in a customs union with the EU after Brexit, arguing that it would prevent the UK from pursuing its own trade policy seen by Eurosceptics as one of the main arguments for leaving the bloc.

The governments white paper on the UKs future relationship with the EU, published last week, proposed a hybrid facilitated customs agreement, under which Britain would effectively stay within the blocs customs territory while having the freedom to set its own tariffs and trade policy.

Europhile Tories had been prepared to give Mrs May breathing space to pursue her plan even though they suspect it will be rejected by Brussels but their attitude has hardened in the last 48 hours.

The amendment by Ms Morgan and Mr Hammond would provide what Labours Chris Leslie called a safety net ensuring that Britain remained in a customs union with the EU if Mrs Mays negotiations in Brussels failed to provide a frictionless free trade area in goods.

Mrs May believe...

01:53

New drama: Turkey's state theatre freedoms curbed under presidential system Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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01:46

Frequent Technology Use Linked to ADHD Symptoms in Teens, Study Peace and Freedom

A new study of 2,500 teenagers suggests that frequent use of digital media can lead to higher risk of developing ADHD-related symptoms

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Parents, teachers and clinicians worry that use of digital media like social-networking sites, videogames and streaming services has a negative impact on the mental health of young children and adolescents.

A new study of 2,500 teens could add to that concern, suggesting that those who more frequently use these tools have a moderately increased risk of developing symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. The more the teens used these technologies, the higher the risk, according to the study, which was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study doesnt prove a causal link. It didnt rule out other possible causes such as lack of sleep, family stress at home or a family history of the disorder. But it was the first longitudinal study to follow so many teens over a two-year period, according to experts, going straight to an issue that pits parents and teachers against the tech industry in a battle for childrens attention.

I dont think its reason for panic. But Im a clinician who sees kids with ADHD all the time, and I dont want to see an increase. Those kids struggle, says Jenny Radesky, a University of Michigan assistant professor of pediatrics, who specializes in developmental and behavioral health.

Executive function and flexible problem solvingall that matters for long-term success, she said. Even if its a small increase in ADHD, I think thats important. Such skills are often affected...

01:44

Israeli Minister: Jets Should Drop Bombs Over Heads of Gaza Children Flying Kites The Anti-Media

(MEMO)  Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett has insisted that Israeli warplanes should drop bombs over the heads of Palestinian children flying kites into Israel, Ynet Net News reported. During the meeting of the Israeli Security Cabinet on Sunday, which convened to discuss the latest Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip, Bennett said: Why not shoot anyone who []

01:40

If Iran Gets Back to Nukes, Israel Is Better Prepared to Strike Peace and Freedom

New weapons and friends make an attack on Tehrans nuclear facilities a more thinkable proposition.

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July 17, 2018, 8:00 AM EDT
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Ilan Jonas is the chief executive of Prime Source, a Tel Aviv-based political risk consultancy, and was chief of staff to former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

In September 2012, standing at the podium before the United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel made one of the forums more memorable appearances while holding up a placard showing a cartoon-like bomb. At this late hour, there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs thats by placing a clear red line on Irans nuclear program, Netanyahu said. Then he drew a red line on the diagram just under the words Final Stage.

Its an image we should bear in mind as the fate of the Iran nuclear deal hangs in the balance.

Netanyahus UN speech was the peak of his public diplomacy efforts to mobilize the international community to take action against Tehrans nuclear program. The implicit threat was as clear as the red line he drew: If the world would not act, then Israel would have no choice but to carry out a military strike.

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With the signing of the interim nuclear deal between the global powers and Iran the foll...

01:35

Red Fawn Fallis and the Felony of Being Attacked by Cops Dissident Voice

What happened to Standing Rock water protector Red Fawn Fallis is what has happened to many women political dissenters who go up against Big Government/Corporate power.  After she was viciously tackled by several police officers (caught on video), she was brought up on serious charges of harming those who harmed her.  Fallis, after months of intense corporate/military surveillance and handy informant reports, was targeted as a coordinator and a leader, a symbol and an inspiration.  For daring to make a stand for her people against the encroaching poison and destruction brought by the Dakota Access gas pipeline, she became a political prisoner.

Native-American women suffering dire consequences because of the ever-expanding needs of capitalist/white rule is nothing new.  Native-Americans have endured environmental racism for a very long timefrom New England merchants to men seeking gold and to tame the West.  Late 20th century technology brought uranium mining and nuclear testing to the Southwest, bringing new and far-reaching disaster.  The Dakota oil pipeline, carrying explosive crude Canadian oil, goes through tribal lands, without tribal consent, potentially poisoning their water and desecrating their sacred sites.  Women have been on the frontlines of DAPL resistance, with their traditional ties to Mother Earth and to ancient matriarchal spiritual leadership.  But Standing Rock women resister/water protectors, faced all-out war from government/corporate forces.

In a militarized police state, colonized Native-Americans taking a stand to protect their land and water from rapacious banks and oil companies can expect what was unleashed against them.  In one battle late in 2016, troopers from North Dakota and neighboring states launched an attack against hundreds of united, unarmed Native-American protesters and their allies.  Rubber bullets, icy water cannons, concussion grenades, mace and tear gas did enormous damage.  As head of the Medic and Healer Council Linda Black Elk put it, she was attacked as part of the continued legacy of oppression by the United States government.  Native-American women have felt this legacy of oppression in particular ways directed at squaws.  Natve women were raped, imprisoned, tortured, mutilated and killed by white colonial settlers, and that tradition and mentality still lives on in the experience of Red Fawn Fallis and her fellow women water protectors.

White police forcibly assaulted, stripped and searched demonstrators.  In a very familiar pattern, Prairie McLaughlin, daughter of LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Lakota historian, was cited with resisting arrest, after objecting to being forcibly stripped.  An officer broke Apache-Navajo Laurie Howlands wrist during her arrest.  Echoing Annie May Aquash, who was killed during the Wounded Knee uprising, Howland thought the white officers objected to her not being white and not praying to Jesus. Women dissidents against governmental...

01:31

'An assassination of journalism': Egypt passes controversial media laws Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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01:27

Stop-and-Frisk Settlement In Milwaukee Lawsuit Is A Wakeup Call For Police Nationwide PopularResistance.Org

In a banner day for police reform, the city of Milwaukee has entered into a settlement agreement to end practices amounting to a decade-long stop-and-frisk program that resulted in hundreds of thousands of baseless stops as well as racial and ethnic profiling of Black and Latino people citywide. The agreement provides a roadmap for how the Milwaukee Police Department and Fire and Police Commission must reform to protect the constitutional rights of the people they serve. The reforms are local, but the implications are national. This settlement sends a signal to police departments across the country about how to remedy stop-and-frisk practices that wrongfully criminalize people of color. The reforms in Milwaukee are the result of the settlement of Collins v. City of Milwaukee, a 2017 lawsuit brought by the ACLU and the law firm of Covington & Burling LLP on behalf of Black and Latino people, including a military veteran, a grandmother, students, and a state legislator.

01:26

Worlds Oldest Bread Discovered at Prehistoric Site in Middle East The Anti-Media

Oldest Bread(MEE)  Charred remains of a flatbread baked about 14,500 years ago in a stone fireplace at a site in northeastern Jordan have given researchers a delectable surprise: people began making bread, a vital staple food, millennia before they developed agriculture. The discovery detailed on Monday shows that hunter-gatherers in the Eastern Mediterranean achieved the cultural milestone []

01:26

No Nerve Agents Found Dissident Voice

In terms of suffering caused, there is often not, in fact, much to choose between dismembering and burning people alive with high explosives, shredding them with shrapnel, and choking them with poison gas. Modern conventional weapons can be far more cruel and devastating than, for example, chlorine gas. But chemical weapons, prohibited by international law, are extremely potent in allowing Western humanitarians to justify intervention in response to crimes real, hyped or imagined that the West has itself far surpassed using more respectable forms of mass murder.

Noam Chomsky has observed that propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state. This is certainly true for social control at home, but propaganda also allows nominally democratic states to wield their military bludgeons abroad in much the same way as totalitarian states.

Thus, in April, it happened again: the entire corporate media system rose up with instant certainty to damn an enemy state for crimes against humanity on April 7, in Douma, Syria.

This was not acceptable death by bomb and bullet; this was a nerve gas attack. The villainous agent on every journalists lips: sarin, a highly toxic synthetic organophosphorus compound that has no smell or taste, but which quickly kills through asphyxiation.

As we discussed at the time, there was no question that this was a repetition of the fake justification for war to secure non-existent Iraqi WMDs, or to prevent a fictional Libyan massacre in Benghazi. Instead, the Guardian editors insisted that this certainly was a chemical gas attack, orchestrated by Bashar al-Assad, that left dead children foaming at the mouth. From the safety of his Guardian office, assistant editor Simon Tisdall hammered the drum for a war that risked even nuclear confrontation:

It means destroying Assads combat planes, bombers, helicopters and ground facilities from the air. It means challenging Assads and Russias control of Syrian ai...

01:24

House may consider new sanctions on Russia: Speaker Ryan Peace and Freedom

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday said he is willing to consider additional sanctions on Russia, and reiterated his support for U.S. intelligence community findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

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FILE PHOTO: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan speaks with reporters during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

Speaking to reporters a day after President Donald Trumps meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ryan said if congressional committees believe further sanctions on Russia are necessary, Im more than happy to consider those.

Russia is a menacing government that does not share our interests and it does not share our values, he said.

Reuters

Reporting by Amanda Becker; Writing by Mohammad Zargham

01:22

Buharis Star Losing Its Shine ahead of Nigeria Elections Geopolitical Monitor

Summary

The Nigeria elections appear as a dark cloud looming over President Muhammadu Buharis head. His time in office has seen the country jump from one crisis to another. But in recent months, the incumbent president has faced his greatest political challenge yet. On July 5, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) split, and will now be known as the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC). Those who left the party did so in the hopes of depriving the former general a second term in office.

The split has weakened confidence both within the cabinet and among ordinary citizens, causing some analysts to wonder whether Buhari will be able to win a second term and be able to uphold his campaign promises of rooting out corruption and bolstering a flailing economy. His record over his first term has fallen short of the mark and, when combined with rumors of failing health and long stints in London hospitals, the overall suggestion is that if Buhari doesnt step down, he will have a rough reelection campaign ahead of him.

 

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01:22

Switzerland: Muslim leader complains that Islam is being reduced to problematic elements such as terror Jihad Watch

Who is responsible for this reductionism? Pascal Gemperli would doubtless say that Islamophobes are responsible, when in reality jihad terrorists are wholly and solely responsible. Muslim umbrella group warns against stigmatisation of Islam, SwissInfo, July 17, 2018: The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Switzerland has warned against associating crimes with a certain religion. In an []

01:14

The Real Driver of Health Care Spending PopularResistance.Org

THE HEALTH CARE DEBATES that occurred in Washington over the past year were largely irrelevant to whats happening in the health care marketplace. Republicans couldnt repeal the Affordable Care Act but they made some changes that weakened it. Those changes will increase insurance premiums in the individual market but they do nothing to address the most significant trends that are evolving across the system. To understand the important trends, one must look elsewhere. In March, three researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health published a study in JAMA analyzing the well-known reality that the United States spends dramatically more on health care than other wealthy countries. They compared the US, where health care consumes 17.8 per cent of gross domestic product, to 10 comparable nations where the mean expenditure is 11.5 percent.

01:03

EUs Jean-Claude Juncker to visit Donald Trump to talk trade on July 25 Peace and Freedom

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will visit US President Donald Trump in Washington on July 25 to discuss strained trade ties between the two.

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP File Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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President Juncker and President Trump will focus on improving transatlantic trade and forging a stronger economic partnership, the Commission said in a statement on Tuesday that announced the date.

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Trade tensions rose after the United States imposed import tariffs on EU steel and aluminum at the start of June and have increased with Trumps threat that those tariffs could extend to EU cars.

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01:00

Open Thread: Trump-Putin Summit and Mounting Hysteria OffGuardian

Yesterday, Trump and Putin met for a summit in Helsinki. The resulting hysteria, all throughout the mainstream media and in the minds of neocon and (self-described) "liberals" alike. Just to be clear - it is not unusual for heads of state to meet. It is not unusual for leaders with different values or interests to discuss international politics. It's the entire point of diplomacy. The media at large appear to have forgotten this - giving thousands of column inches to insane ramblings employing words such as "traitor", "treason", "puppet" and "surrender". Words which are rapidly losing their meaning.

01:00

A Sweet New Century For Americas Most Privileged PopularResistance.Org

The United States ended the 20th century on a roll for the rich. Between 1973 and 2000, the nations most prosperous 1 percent tripled their incomes, after taking inflation into account. The even more prosperous top tenth of that 1 percent did quite a bit better. Their incomes more than quintupled between 1973 and 2000, rising an amazing 414.6 percent. And what about Americans of less exalted means, those stuck in the nations bottom 90 percent? Between 1973 and 2000, their incomes rose all of . . . 2.6 percent. Something, in other words, went horribly wrong over the last quarter of the 20th century. And what has happened so far in century 21? Our decision makers in Washington have done their best to make things even worse.

00:56

Nothing to lose: Palestinians set out to sea in attempt to break Gaza blockade Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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00:50

UK drone personnel could be liable for war crimes Aletho News

MEMO | July 17, 2018 A two-year probe by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on drones claims that British military personnel could be prosecuted for murder and complicit in alleged war crimes, a report launched today reveals. The inquiry The UKs use of Armed Drones: Working with Partners received 17 written evidence []

00:47

European rights court condemns Russia Peace and Freedom

The European Court of Human Rights condemned Russia on Tuesday for its treatment of 2012 protests by the Pussy Riot punk band in a Moscow cathedral, saying the band members had been subjected to humiliating treatment and judged too severely.

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FILE PHOTO: Maria Alyokhina (R) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot, attend an interview with Reuters in Moscow February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The anti-Kremlin group are known for a series of high-profile protests including most recently activists who ran onto the pitch at Sundays World Cup final.

Three activists were prosecuted in Russian courts for performing a punk prayer in Moscows main Orthodox cathedral in protest against President Vladimir Putin six years ago.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova spent nearly two years in prison.

The court, which ordered Russia to pay a total of 48,760 euros in damages and judicial expenses, said in its ruling that it accepted that a reaction to breaching the rules of conduct in a place of religious worship might have been warranted.

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FILE PHOTO: Members of the female punk band Pussy Riot (L-R) Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass-walled cage before a court hearing in Moscow October 10, 2012. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

However, it found that sentencing them to imprisonment for simply having worn brightly colored clothes, waved their arms and kicked their legs around and used strong language, without analyzing the lyrics of their song or the context of their performance, had been exceptionally severe.

Russias Justice Ministry said on its website that the ruling had not yet taken effect and that it had three months to decide if it would appeal against it.

Russia has been angered in the past by a number of decisions by the Strasbourg-based court, which polices the European Convention on Human Rights.

The court said Russia had also violated the conventions prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment.

It said the activists had had to suffer the humiliation of being...

00:41

Richard Dawkins savaged as racist for saying cathedral bells more pleasant than aggressive-sounding Allahu Akbar Jihad Watch

Whats important here is not what Richard Dawkins likes or dislikes, but the fact that people call him a racist with a straight face for thinking Allahu akbar sounds aggressive, and preferring the sound of cathedral bells. What race is Islam again? What race is the jihad murder of innocent civilians? I never can remember. []

00:37

Prayer and Meditation for Wednesday, July 18, 2018 No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son Peace and Freedom

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By my own power I have done it,
and by my wisdom, for I am shrewd.
I have moved the boundaries of peoples,
their treasures I have pillaged,
and, like a giant, I have put down the enthroned.
My hand has seized like a nest
the riches of nations;

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Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 391

Reading 1 IS 10:5-7, 13B-16

Thus says the LORD:
Woe to Assyria! My rod in anger,
my staff in wrath.
Against an impious nation I send him,
and against a people under my wrath I order him
To seize plunder, carry off loot,
and tread them down like the mud of the streets.
But this is not what he intends,
nor does he have this in mind;
Rather, it is in his heart to destroy,
to make an end of nations not a few.

For he says:
By my own power I have done it,
and by my wisdom, for I am shrewd.
I have moved the boundaries of peoples,
their treasures I have pillaged,
and, like a giant, I have put down the enthroned.
My hand has seized like a nest
the riches of nations;
As one takes eggs left alone,
so I took in all the earth;
No one fluttered a wing,
or opened a mouth, or chirped!

Will the axe boast against him who hews with it?
Will the saw exalt itself above him who wields it?
As if a rod could sway him who lifts it,
or a staff him who is not wood!
Therefore the Lord, the LORD of hosts,
will send among his fat ones leanness,
And instead of his glory there will be kindling
like the kindling of fire.

Responsorial PsalmPS 94:5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 14-15

R. (14a) The Lord will not abandon his people.
Your people, O LORD, they trample down,
your inheritance they afflict.
Widow and stranger they slay,
the fatherless they murder.
R. The Lord will not abandon his people.
And they say, The LORD sees not;
the God of Jacob...

00:27

CIA Al-Qaeda Operations Center in Irans Backyard Exposed Newsbud

In this edition of Probable Cause, Newsbuds Founder & Editor Sibel Edmonds exposes covert operations being conducted against Iran, in addition to several important stories which document the multi-faceted attempts to destabilize the nation.  See the full episode exclusively at Newsbud.com or you can watch it now at Newsbud Vimeo on demand. *Follow us here at Newsbud []

00:24

Sweden: Muslim preacher teaches Muslims to hate non-Muslims, children wash in mosque after being with Christians Jihad Watch

Imagine the surprise of Swedish authorities when they discover that this isnt happening just among a tiny minority of extremists, but is mainstream Islamic practice. But by then it is likely to be far too late. After day with Christians, Muslim teens wash in mosque: Study charts rise of Salafism in Sweden, RT, July 16, []

00:23

Lets Design A World Beyond War PopularResistance.Org

Is a world beyond the barbaric practice of war only a romantic dream? In reaction to the horrors of WWI (the war to end all wars), most of the nations of the world, including Germany and Japan, did sign a treaty in 1928 agreeing to outlaw war. When signed and ratified, the Kellogg-Briand Pact became international law. Although obviously ignored,that law is still on the books internationally and in the US, the major instigator of the pact, along with France. That law has been largely forgotten, and we are enduring endless war, with no positive outcomes in sight. Trumps generals, McMaster and Mattis, wrote a National Defense Strategy that all but declares a new Cold War on Russia and China, and John Bolton as National Security Adviser will seek to address perceived threats by force of arms.

00:17

Map Update: Military Situation In Syria On July 17, 2018

This map provides a general look at the military situation in Syria on July 17, 2018.

Map Update: Military Situation In Syria On July 17, 2018

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00:11

British victim of Muslim rape gang was trafficked to Morocco for prostitution Jihad Watch

Writing in her book No Way Out, Kate Elysia a pseudonym also revealed that she was sexually abused by more than 70 men from Birmingham and the West Midlands for years, but only two rapists were ever convicted. Why? Because British authorities care far more about being accused of Islamophobia than they do []

00:09

20-Foot-Tall Trump Baby Blimp Coming Home to America The Anti-Media

Trump Baby Blimp(CD)  After its triumphant tour over hundreds of thousands of U.K protesters and their bloody brilliant signs, the Baby Trump blimp scowling face, yuge diaper, teeny hands clutching toxic phone and all is coming to New Jersey to torment the noxious baby himself at his Bedminster golf club, where Trump often weekends on, lest we forget, your and my dime. []

00:06

British And Ecuadorian Authorities In Talks To Evict Julian Assange From London Embassy PopularResistance.Org

The London-based Times newspaper reported yesterday that the British and Ecuadorian governments have been holding secret discussions on plans to evict WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange from Ecuadors London embassy, where he sought political asylum six years ago. The article said the talks are an attempt to remove Assange from the embassy and are being conducted at the highest levels of government, with British Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan personally involved. The report is the latest public indication of a conspiracy, involving the British, US and Ecuadorian governments, to terminate Assanges political asylum, in violation of international law, and force him into UK custody. The major powers are determined to prosecute the WikiLeaks editor for his organisations role in exposing US-led war crimes and diplomatic intrigues around the world.

00:00

Hugh Fitzgerald: The Mosque At Basking Ridge: A Morality Tale? (Part 5) Jihad Watch

In Basking Ridge, New Jersey, the planning board several years ago rejected the local lslamic Societys building plan for a new mosque. Among the objections were that the mosques visitors had been undercounted by 50%, that the parking lot attached to the mosque was too small for those visitors, that the mosque would be in the middle of []

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23:56

Survival Of The Richest PopularResistance.Org

Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. It was by far the largest fee I had ever been offered for a talk about half my annual professors salary all to deliver some insight on the subject of the future of technology. Ive never liked talking about the future. The Q&A sessions always end up more like parlor games, where Im asked to opine on the latest technology buzzwords as if they were ticker symbols for potential investments: blockchain, 3D printing, CRISPR. The audiences are rarely interested in learning about these technologies or their potential impacts beyond the binary choice of whether or not to invest in them. But money talks, so I took the gig.

23:51

Japans Increasing Stockpile of Plutonium cryptogon.com

Via: Channel News Asia: Japan has amassed enough plutonium to make 6,000 atomic bombs as part of a programme to fuel its nuclear plants, but concern is growing that the stockpile is vulnerable to terrorists and natural disasters. Japan has long been the worlds only non-nuclear-armed country with a programme to reprocess spent nuclear fuel []

23:49

Malaysia: Muslim justifies his marriage to 11-year-old by saying he wanted to marry her since she was 7 Jihad Watch

Oh, that makes it all right, eh? Islamic tradition records that Muhammad consummated his marriage with (i.e., raped) Aisha when she was nine, and the resultant fact that child marriage is accepted in wide swaths of the Islamic world. Child marriage has abundant attestation in Islamic tradition and law. Turkeys directorate of religious affairs (Diyanet) []

23:48

Walmart Hopes To Track Employees Every Move With New Checkstand Surveillance Tech PopularResistance.Org

Walmarts move is just the latest in the rolling-out of surveillance technology across workplaces in the United States, which merges the use of technology for generating metrics with spying technology that further creeps into the lives of already hard-pressed, cash-strapped workers. Big-box retailing behemoth Walmart, which employs one of the United States largest workforces, has never been known for being a friendly corporation to employees. With its anti-worker environment, hard-nosed opposition to unions, and reputation for destroying small business in markets it grows to dominate, the company has become synonymous with the heartless, calculating reputation of corporate culture and its total disregard for peoples dignity.

23:45

All Hell Is Breaking Loose in US Media Over Trump-Putin Press Conference The Anti-Media

Trump-Putin Press ConferenceThe medias mania over Trumps Helsinki performance and the so-called Russia-gate scandal reached new depths on Monday. (CN)  The reaction of the U.S. establishment media and several political leaders to President Donald Trumps press conference after his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday has been stunning. Writing in The Atlantic, James Fallows said: There are []

23:42

Riverdale alumni express outrage after elite NYC school cancels Israeli-Palestinian conflict class following parent pressure Mondoweiss

To the Riverdale Community:

As alumni of Riverdale Country School, we write to express our outrage and profound disappointment regarding the recent cancellation of Joel Doerflers Israel/Palestine seminar, and to affirm our absolute support of Mr. Doerfler, a deeply committed, talented and beloved teacher who served as head of the history department for most of his 26 years at Riverdale.

A few weeks ago, Shawn Redden, a Riverdale history teacher, was suspended over an alleged dispute with students that took place in his classroom on the subject of recent events in Gaza. While the precise details of that incident remain unclear, we question whether Mr. Redden would have been suspended had the dispute centered on an issue other than Israel/Palestine.

However, one thing is certain: Joel Doerfler had no involvement whatsoever. He was neither in the classroom, nor in any way implicated in how another teacher responded to a discussion with his students. There is no reason why an incident involving Mr. Redden should have had any bearing on Mr. Doerfler.

Nonetheless, a group of Riverdale parents, some of whom no longer have children at the school, used the incident as an opportunity to attack Joel Doerfler. Following Mr. Reddens suspension, this group of parents launched what appears to be a smear campaign against Mr. Doerfler and his course on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Their efforts culminated in a forum of parents and administrators in the school auditorium, where Mr. Doerfler was attacked on political grounds.

Two days later, the Riverdale administration acquiesced to the parents demands and cancelled Mr. Doerflers Israel/Palestine course. Faced with a stunning assault on academic freedom and the integrity of the school, Mr. Doerfler resigned, ending his storied teaching career at Riverdale.

Mr. Doerflers Israel/Palestine course was not a mandatory part of the Riverdale curriculum. Rather, it was an elective offered every few years to a group of 816 students who voluntarily signed up for the class. Nonetheless, though less than five percent of Riverdale students actually took Mr. Doerflers class, dozens of parents, most if not all of whose children had never taken the class, mobilized to ensure its cancellation.

It is worth noting that the seminar was the only class at Riverdale to engage specifically with the Israeli-Palestinian conflictabsent his course, students will have no opportunity to study the subject. We find it disturbing that, for certain parents, the mere existence of such a class was apparently intolerable, and that the Riverdale administration folded under the pressure of their unjustified outrage.

Though we are particularly appalled by what has happened to a beloved form...

23:35

ICC Judges Take Jewish War Crimes Serious stan van houcke

ICC judges order outreach to victims of war crimes in Palestine

Judges in Th...

23:33

Potential DNA Damage from CRISPR Has Been Seriously Underestimated cryptogon.com

Via: STAT News: From the earliest days of the CRISPR-Cas9 era, scientists have known that the first step in how it edits genomes snipping DNA creates an unholy mess: Cellular repairmen frantically try to fix the cuts by throwing random chunks of DNA into the breach and deleting other random bits. Research published []

23:31

U.S. lawmakers urge Google, Facebook to resist Vietnam cybersecurity law Peace and Freedom

Seventeen U.S. lawmakers have urged the CEOs of Facebook and Google to resist changes stipulated by a new cybersecurity law in Vietnam, which critics say gives the Communist-ruled state more power to crackdown on dissent.

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FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

The law, which was approved by Vietnamese legislators last month and takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019, requires Facebook, Google and other global technology firms to store locally personal data on users in Vietnam and open offices there.

If the Vietnamese government is coercing your companies to aid and abet censorship, this is an issue of concern that needs to be raised diplomatically and at the highest levels, the Congressional Vietnam Caucus said in a letter seen by Reuters.

We urge you to live up to your stated missions to promote openness and connectivity, said the letter dated July 12 and signed by 17 caucus members.

Global technology firms have pushed back against provisions that would require them to store user data locally, but they have not taken the same tough stance on the parts of the law which bolster the governments crackdown on online political activism.

Company officials have, however, privately expressed concerns that local data centers and offices could make it easier for the authorities to seize customer data and expose local employees to the threat of arrest.

Jeff Paine, Managing Director of the Asia Internet Coalition (AIC), an industry group that led efforts to soften the legislation before it was passed, said the law had created great uncertainty for Vietnams reputation as an investment destination.

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Vietnam will need a more progressive approach and smart regulations on internet technology and digital services to benefit its economy and people in the long term, Paine said in a statement responding to the letter on behalf of AICs eleven members, which include Facebook and Google.

Vietnams foreign ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

Despite sweeping economic reforms and growing openness to social change, the ruling Communist Party tolerates little dissent and exercises strict controls over media in Vietnam.

Tuoi Tre, a popular newspaper...

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Researchers Mount Successful GPS Spoofing Attack Against Road Navigation Systems cryptogon.com

Via: Bleeping Computer: Academics say theyve mounted a successful GPS spoofing attack against road navigation systems that can trick humans into driving to incorrect locations. The research is of note because previous GPS spoofing attacks have been unable to trick humans, who, in past experiments, often received malicious driving instructions that didnt make sense or []

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UNRWA spokesmans biased polemic goes unchallenged on BBC R4 Today part one BBC Watch

The July 16th edition of the BBC Radio 4 news and current affairs programme Today included an item (from 01:3:24 here) in which UNRWA spokesman (and former BBC employee) Chris Gunness was given free rein to preach five minutes worth of completely unchallenged propaganda and distortions.

Gunness tenuous link to the subject supposedly under discussion was portrayed by presenter John Humphrys as follows:  

Humphrys: Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in an attack by Israel at the weekend in Gaza. They were pupils at a school run by the United Nations relief agency. Its been described as the worst exchange of hostilities between the two sides since the war in 2014. A ceasefire was called yesterday but the peace [sic] is fragile. Im joined on the line by our Middle East correspondent Tom Bateman and Christopher Gunness of the United Nations relief agency. Chris Gunness; what happened on Sa...

23:28

UK: Respected south Wales businessman founds jihad cell accused of attacks in Bangladesh and plot in US Jihad Watch

The idea that poverty and ignorance cause terrorism has led the U.S. to shower billions on Muslim countries, hoping to win hearts and minds and alleviate what mainstream analysts doggedly believe are the root causes of terrorism. But it has been known for years that poverty doesnt really cause terrorism at all. The Economist reported in []

23:27

14,400-Year-Old Flatbread Remains That Predate Agriculture cryptogon.com

Via: Atlas Obscura: BREAD-MAKING AROUND THE WORLD HAS evolved from a similar, ancient approach of combining flour, water, and sometimes yeast. But for prehistoric societies with limited tools, making bread wasnt so simple. Given how laborious it was to make bread thousands of years ago, its long been associated with settled Neolithic societiesand only after []

23:27

Its Trump versus the War Party stan van houcke

Saboteurs of Peace: On the Road to Helsinki

Its Trump versus the War Party
 Posted on July 16, 2018

If there was ever any doubt that the Russia-gate hoax is a scheme by the War Party to salvage their bankrupt foreign policy, and depose a democratically-elected President, then Robert...

23:15

Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar was deliberately and fatally shot by Israeli sniper BTselem Mondoweiss

The Israeli human rights NGO BTselem today released a report about the killing of Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar (20), who was fatally shot in the chest while nursing the wounded in Gaza on the 1st of June during the Great March of Return.

The report is directly contradicting the Israeli army claim that it was just an accident:

Contrary to the many versions offered by the military, the facts of the case lead to only one conclusion. An investigation conducted by BTselem proves 20-year-old a-Najar was fatally shot by a member of the security forces who was aiming directly at her as she was standing about 25 meters away from the fence, despite the fact that she posed no danger to him or anyone else and was wearing a medical uniform, BTselem write.

The report draws on several testimonies by colleague medics who were with Razan (also referred to as Rozan a-Najar). Heres an excerpt of the testimony by paramedic Rami Abu Jazar, who tells what happened after the paramedic team was targeted with tear gas and had recovered from the choking effect:

After we had moved away, we started feeling better and decided to go closer to the protesters. We stood about 10 meters away from them, which was about 25 meters away from the fence. There were no protesters near us. At around a quarter to six, we saw two soldiers get out of a military jeep, kneel and aim their guns at us, taking up a sniper stance. Rozan was standing to my right and Rasha was behind me. We were talking. Suddenly, they fired two live bullets at us. I looked at Rozan and saw her point to her back and then fall down. A second later, I fell too, because I had been hit above the left knee. I was later told that Rozan had been hit in the left side of the chest. Mahmoud was hit by shrapnel in the right hand and the pelvic area.

BTselem lists the many versions the army offered of the event:

The IDF Spokesperson tried to clear the military of responsibility for a-Najars death, initially saying that soldiers did not fire at the spot where she had been standing. Later, the military said a-Najar might have been killed by a ricochet, before finally accusing her of serving as a human shield for rioters.

And it concludes with a devastating condemnation of the Israeli army, state and legal apparatus:

The disavowal of responsibility for a-Najars killing by the IDF Spokesperson and other Israeli state officials should not be construed as an instance of the competent authorities informing the public of the facts. Far from it. They are simply part of the efforts made by the authorities responsible for this policy to mitigate the damage to Israels image by hid...

23:08

Maybe Yugoslavia could have beaten France in World Cup Mondoweiss

Having spent the last month glued to the television for my quadrennial attack of soccerphilia the World Cup and having pulled for the thrilling underdogs of Croatia to their valiant defeat Sunday, I have one political observation to make: What if Yugoslavia had not broken apart in ethnic nationalism 30 years ago? Could that team have beaten France? What is achieved by partition?

Many people are remarking on the diversity of the champion French team. It was the model of players from different backgrounds coming together to produce brilliance on the field. Pogba has Guinean ancestry and is Muslim. The young hero of the tournament, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, has Cameroon and Algerian ancestry. The great Greizmann is of German-Portuguese ancestry. Varane has a Martiniquais father and a French mother, whatever French now means

Meanwhile, there was a lot less diversity on the Croatian team. My favorite players names all ended with -ic. They all looked white to me.

Croatia was formerly part of Yugoslavia, which broke up in the early 90s amid terrible ethnic/religious violence. Serbia, another constituent of the former Yugoslavia, was also in the World Cup draw of 32 teams, and was in a very tough group, and went out despite solid performance. I understand that Slovenia (another constituent of Yugoslavia) has a pretty good soccer team too. Imagine how much stronger they could have been together!

Of course mine is an idle question. But the principle is an important one. Nation states are fairly arbitrary collectives. Theyre imagined communities, in the famous Benedict Anderson formulation, and every nation state comprises a lot of diversity, as the red-blue division of the U.S. demonstrates. But they hew together for the advantages that the modern nation state confers in a competitive unpredictable world, to be players. One reason we dis the two-state solution on this site is because even if Palestine became a viable state, 20 percent of Israel would be Palestinian. Discrimination and ethnic expulsion would still be sore, destabilizing questions in the Jewish state. When the true answer is, Equal rights. Ali Abunimah has always said that Israel and Palestine naturally comprise one country (Palestine) between the river and the sea.

Abunimah has also opined that partition doesnt work. And though ethnic cleansing may work for a time, it creates enormous suffering/displacement/irredentism. Many of the Jews who survived the great genocide of WW2 left Poland for Palestine, displacing Palestinians, and the refugees are an unending grievance. Yes, Poland was a place of incredible trauma, but some Jews decided to stick it out, like the great fighter/Bundist Marek Edelman, because Edelman subscribed to principles of coexistence. Maybe he was right about Jews in Poland. I certainly...

23:04

White Helmets? stan van houcke


Hoe de Witte Helmen het hle verhaal ontmaskeren..!

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23:01

Russische Rollenleger? stan van houcke

Nu de NRC https://twitter.com/nrc/status/1018921809713025031 uitpakt met voorpagina en nog dik tweenhalve pagina's over het Russische trollenleger dat ook actief is in Nederland. Lijkt het mij tijd om de 
onderzoekingen van If Americans Knew van afgelopen voorjaar weer eens integraal te plaatsen. 

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Zeker ook nu ze op de tv (vraag me niet welk prgrmma maar  iets na het NOS journaal) "Rusland Deskundige" Weird Duck om een toelichting vragen. Niet en keer, verscheid...

23:00

The Arabian Nightmare of the West Jihad Watch

Terror as curiosity: countless sufferings without the realization of such In 1983, Robert Irwin wrote a fantasy novel, The Arabian Nightmare, about a young Englishman who was dragged into a whirlwind of sinister and ridiculous events in Cairo. The Arabian nightmare he learned was like a disease or a curse. It was terrible and []

22:55

Israel turns away Syrians seeking help as air strikes kill civilians Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Dozens of displaced people waving white flags approach the Golan frontier, only to be turned back by the Israeli military

22:41

US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map July 17, 2018

This is the newst update of the U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups on a weekly basis. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map.

US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map July 17, 2018

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Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier air wing (CVW) of 65 to 70 aircrafts. Its composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers and/or frigates. A carrier strike group also, on occasion, includes submarines, attached logistics ships and a supply ship. Carrier strike groups comprise a principal element of U.S. power projection over the worlds oceans.

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22:39

Richard Gage, AIA: Memorandum for the President of the United States: 9/11 Explosive Evidence As Identified by AE911Truth Not Addressed in the Official Reports Public Intelligence Blog

9/11 Explosive Evidence As Identified by AE911Truth Not Addressed in the Official Reports

17 July 2018

Mr. President:

When you were campaigning for the presidency in Bluffton, South Carolina, on February 15, 2016, you told voters that under your watch they would find out who really knocked down the World Trade Center. And so we implore you, while you are now involved in exposing FBI corruption, to also investigate the agencys reluctance to examine the explosive destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapersnamely, Buildings 1, 2, and 7on September 11, 2001. As you know, the events of that day are responsible for much of the worldwide carnage that continues to this day. Thus, 9/11 remains an issue of grave importance to the United States of America.

Im Richard Gage, a San Francisco Bay Area architect of 30 years, member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and one of 3,000 members of the non-profit organization Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, which I founded in 2006.

The FBI has been made aware of the gross inadequacies of the investigations into 9/11 that have been carried out over the past seventeen years by various official entities, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the 9/11 Commission.

The FBI has also been made aware of the real investigative work being done by AE911Truth. In fact, in 2008 the then-assistant director of the FBIs Counterterrorism Division, Michael Heimbach, praised our work, noting that it was backed by thorough research and analysis.

Yet ten years later, here we are, still with no credible WTC investigationonly a series of missteps and misstatements by FEMA and NIST, which we have documented in our 50-page booklet Beyond Misinformation: What Science Says About the Destruction of World Trade Center Buildings 1, 2, and 7.

When obtaining licensure, architects and engineers commit themselves to upholding their respective professions c...

22:34

The Pentagon, The Saudis, Qatar, Kidnappings and BustardsAll To Enable Open Sponsorship of Al-Nusrah Front ThereAreNoSunglasses

[Al-Nusra, formerly Al-Qaeda In Iraq, becomes Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, so that the Pentagon can openly claim them as moderates. ]

A new terrorist group is popping up in Syria and capitalizing on ISIS defeat

Billion dollar ransom: Did Qatar pay record sum

A Qatari flag flying over a Qatari fort 2016Image copyright Getty Images

On the morning of 16 December 2015 Qatars ruling family got bad news: 28 members of a royal hunting party had been kidnapped in Iraq.

A list of the hostages was given to Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, who was about to become Qatars foreign minister. He realised that it included two of his own relatives.

Jassim is my cousin and Khaled is my aunts husband, he texted Qatars ambassador to Iraq, Zayed al-Khayareen. May God protect you: once you receive any news, update me immediately.

The two...

22:00

Gareth Porter: The Medias Brazen Dishonesty About North Korean Nuclear Violations Public Intelligence Blog

Gareth Porter

The Medias Brazen Dishonesty About North Korean Nuclear Violations

Press irresponsibly relies on single-source report to accuse Kim of breaking an agreement he never made.

By misrepresenting the diplomatic context of the images they were hyping, the press launched a false narrative around the Trump-Kim summit and the negotiations therein.

22:00

Coming to some reality on Crimea which the Ottomans used as a jihad base for years Jihad Watch

Amid all the hysteria regarding Trump and Russia, with many people calling upon Trump to denounce Russias annexation of Crimea in 2014, it is useful to regain some historical perspective. Crimea, as Michael Finch explains here, was point of contention between the jihadis of the Ottoman Empire at the Russians for many, many years. I []

21:48

Glazov Gang: End FGM Today Jihad Watch

Glazov Gang: End FGM Today
This new Glazov Gang episode features Elizabeth Yore, Founder of  EndFGMToday.com. Elizabeth discussed End FGM Today and revealed how 513,000 girls and women are at risk in the U.S. alone. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube Channel and follow us on Twitter: @JamieGlazov. Please donate through our Pay Pal account to help []

21:45

Norie Huddle: Jeff Thomas On US Police State in Slow Motion Public Intelligence Blog

Norie Huddle

Police State in Slo-Mo

by Jeff Thomas

International Man

For many years, Ive forecasted that the US will evolve into a police state; that it will begin slowly; then as more and more freedoms are removed, the creation of the police state will accelerate. Were now seeing that acceleration, as more and more Americans are detained, questioned, and having their property confiscated than ever before.

21:44

Israel is set to ban anti-occupation groups from its schools Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Education Minister Naftali Bennett plans to stop NGOs such as Breaking the Silence from educating children about the occupation and its effects

21:41

Helsinki Talks - How Trump Tries To Rebalance The Global Triangle Moon of Alabama

The reactions of the U.S. polite to yesterday's press conference of President Trump and President Putin are highly amusing. The media are losing their mind. Apparently it was Pearl Harbor, Gulf of Tonkin and 9/11 all in one day. War...

21:39

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Special Ops: 133 Countries Down, 17 to Go? TomDispatch - Blog

Early last month, at a tiny military post near the tumbledown town of Jamaame in Somalia, small arms fire began to ring out as mortar shells crashed down...

21:29

Digital Ads Are Starting to Feel Psychic cryptogon.com

Via: The Outline: Earlier this year, my friend Max gave me a knife from Japan as a gift. That evening, as I was lying in bed looking at Instagram, I scrolled passed an ad of what looked like exactly the same knife. I did a double take, got out of bed, retrieved the knife from []

21:18

Iraqi police use batons against protesters outside Basra oilfield Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Iran-backed militias accuse protests of being part of a 'Zionist-American, Gulf-Turkish plot', as unrest spreads across the south

17:35

EU-Japan Summit Joint Statement Voltaire Network

Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, met in Tokyo today for the 25th Summit between the European Union (EU) and Japan and issued the following statement. We, the leaders of the EU and Japan, reaffirm the strength of our Strategic Partnership and our resolve to work together for peace, prosperity and the rules-based international order. We remain united by our common (...)

13:33

Nicaragua Defeats the Not-so-soft Coup INTERNATIONALIST 360

Tortilla con Sal Internationalist 360 This Thursday July 19th, hundreds of thousands of people from across Nicaragua will converge on the capital Managua to celebrate the 39th anniversary of their historic 1979 defeat of the Somoza dictatorship. The event takes place as the authorities continue to liberate communities blockaded by roadblocks operated by armed opposition...

10:22

So Paulo Forum for the Unity and Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean INTERNATIONALIST 360

Like silver in the bedrock of the Andes Bertha Mojena Milin | internet@granma.cu A special plenary session entitled For the Unity and Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean, central theme of the 24th Meeting of the So Paulo Forum, focused the debates of the second day of this annual space for political coordination, underway...

06:00

Psychoanalysing NATO: Projection and Gaslighting INTERNATIONALIST 360

Patrick Armstrong PART I: Projection NATO can be a rather elusive concept: Libya was a NATO operation, even though Germany kept out of it. Somalia was not a NATO operation even though Germany was in it. Canada, a founding NATO member, was in Afghanistan but not in Iraq. Some interventions are NATO, others arent. But it doesnt really mean much because NATO...

03:07

Joint statement of the 20th EU-China Summit Voltaire Network

H.E. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, H.E. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and H.E. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, met in Beijing on 16 July 2018 for the 20th EU-China Summit. Premier Li and President Juncker jointly attended the EU-China Business Roundtable. 1. On the occasion of this 20th EU-China Summit, the two sides celebrated the 15th anniversary of the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. (...)

00:05

Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump press point, by Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin Voltaire Network

Vladimir Putin: Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, The talks with President of the United States Donald Trump were held in a candid and business-like atmosphere. I think they were quite successful and beneficial. We reviewed the current state and prospects of Russia-US relations and key international issues. It is obvious to everyone that our bilateral relations are undergoing a complicated period but there is no objective reason for these difficulties and the current tense atmosphere. (...)

Sunday, 15 July

09:50

Trump Marches Onward and Downward The Official James Petras website

Secondly, we will examine the time frame - the shifting direction of the present configuration of forces. We will conclude by discussing how the influence and results of foreign policy shape domestic political power. Background to President [...]

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