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Sunday, 27 August


Iraq recaptures Tal Afar centre, citadel from IS Peace and Freedom


AFP / by Ali Choukeir with Valerie Leroux in Baghdad | Smoke billows as Iraqi forces backed by Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary units advance inside the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, after the government announced the launch of operations to recapture it from Islamic State group jihadists

BAGHDAD (AFP)  Iraqi forces announced Saturday the ouster of Islamic State group jihadists from central Tal Afar and its historic citadel, leaving them poised to fully recapture one of the last IS urban strongholds in the country.The advance, less than a week into an assault on the strategic city, comes after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory in July over the jihadists in Iraqs second city Mosul, where IS declared its caliphate in 2014.

Units of the Counter-Terrorism Service liberated the Citadel and Basatin districts and raised the Iraqi flag on top of the citadel, operation commander General Abdulamir Yarallah said in a statement.

General Abdulamir Yarallah

The CTS and federal police units had also seized three northern districts and the Al-Rabia neighbourhood west of the citadel, after having retaking the district of Al-Taliaa to the south on Friday.

Clashes were ongoing on the northern outskirts and Iraqi forces were dealing with final pockets of jihadists inside the city, Yarallah said.

Columns of smoke could be seen rising over the city after the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary coalition fighting alongside government troops seized the Al-Khadra and Al-Jazeera districts.

Abbas Radhi, a Hashed al-Shaabi fighter, said IS had resisted the advance mostly with sniper fire. There are also booby-trapped cars, mortars. But theyve been defeated, God willing, he said.

Government troops and units of the Hashed al-Shaabi, backed by a US-led coalition against IS, launched the assault last Sunday after weeks of coalition and Iraqi air strikes.

Tal Afar sits on a strategic route between IS-controlled territories in Syria and Mosul, 70 kilometres (40 miles) further east.

Progress in Tal Afar has been far more rapid than in Mosul, which only fell to Iraqi forces after a gruelling nine-month battle.

Officials have said they hope to announce victory in Tal Afar by Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holiday set to start in Iraq on September 2.



Macron meets resistance to labor reforms in eastern Europe Peace and Freedom

Emmanuel Macron is on a campaign to curtail the export of cheap labor to western Europe. But as the French president takes his tour east, he is running into a less receptive audience.

Emmanuel Macron in Austria (Reuters/H-P.Bader)

It looked like it would be a walk in the park for French President Emmanuel Macron after his early success in Salzburg. Macron swiftly came to an agreement with Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern on Wednesday to work together against the export of foreign workers to be used as cheap labor in the western EU. He also won support from Slovakia and the Czech Republic during the four-way meeting in the Alpine city.

Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico, however, cautiously pointed out that Hungary, and above all Poland, which sends particularly large numbers of workers to other EU countries, would have to sign onto any European agreement. Fico understood that Poland would continue to refuse a deal which, according to Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, is against the interests of its own workers.

Eastern Europe works differently

Szydlo reiterated Polands opposition in a press conference on Thursday, as Macron was in Bucharest to meet with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. Speaking to reporters in Warsaw, Szydlo stressed Poland would not budge in its resistance to the labor reforms, kicking off a storm unlikely to be dealt with again until the next EU social summit in October.

Emmanuel Macron in Bucharest (picture-alliance/AP Photo/V. Ghirda)Macron found less support for his proposed labor reforms in Romania

In Bucharest, and the next day in the Bulgarian city of Varna, support for Macrons proposals suddenly looked bleak. Both Iohannis and Bulgarian President Rumen Radev admitted to their French counterpart that they wanted to intensify their efforts to eliminate cheap labor exports within the EU. But they cited the rights of workers and companies needs to compete on the European free market as stumbling...


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NEW: International Centre for Peace Studies and Diplomacy Opened in Seychelles Public Intelligence Blog

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International Peace Centre opened in Seychelles

The Centre is named after the late Founding President of Seychelles Sir James Mancham

Victoria, Seychelles International Centre for Peace Studies and Diplomacy named after the late Seychelles Founding President Sir James Mancham has been officially inaugurated on Eden Island, near the capital Victoria.

The Centre was originally Sir James idea and for the past couple of months has been developed by the University of Seychelles, the Mancham Family and an international group of diplomats and businessmen.

The official launch was attended by Seychelles Vice President Vincent Meriton, former President of the country James Michel, Minister of Health and former Foreign Minister Jean-Paul Adam, Foreign Secretary Ambassador Claude Morel, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Barry Faure, members of Seychelles Parliament, diplomats, businessmen and many friends and allies of Sir James Mancham.

We had a great emotional day to see one of Sir Jamess dreams come alive and to gather so many guests, committed not only to his memory, but also ready to share the Seychelles experience of peace, understanding and building together a successful state. Nowadays we see so much hate and aggressive attitude all around and it is part of our obligation to spread Sir Jamess message and belief of peace, reconci...


Smokescreen or Reality? Why Macrons Prediction on EUs Breakup May Come True Aletho News

Sputnik 26.08.2017 Commenting on President Emmanuel Macrons recent statement about the EUs possible disintegration without a social dumping reform, a French expert warned in an interview with Sputnik that such a prediction may come true at the end of the day. Earlier this week, Macron said that the EU may break up if it []


Merkel Warns U.K. Itll Have to Pay EU Obligations in Brexit Peace and Freedom


By Richard Weiss

August 26, 2017, 6:26 AM EDT August 26, 2017, 9:24 AM EDT
  • German chancellor says its not a divorce bill but a must
  • Says Poland in very serious EU situation over rule of law

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned the U.K. that it must pay what it owes the European Union as part of Brexit talks, saying its misleading to view the costs as a divorce bill.

This is about obligations that Great Britain has entered into and that naturally must remain on the books, Merkel said in her weekly podcast published Saturday. Its not about the cost of divorce that makes it sound like fines. Were still at the very start of these negotiations.

Angela Merkel

Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Talks on the U.K.s exit from the European Union are to resume on Monday in Brussels with little clarity on key topics, including the amount of the financial settlement thats an early part of the discussions. With Prime Minister Theresa Mays government silent on how much itll pay the EU, Merkel said the two are facing a very difficult issue.

How much the U.K. owes the EU in leaving the bloc is among the most difficult issues, with analysts estimating the EU will put forward a gross bill of as much as 100 billion euros ($120 billion). Britains government acknowledged in July that it will have a bill to pay, saying it wants to determine a fair settlement of the U.K.s rights and obligations.

Separately from any Brexit deals, the EUs next budget talks will surely be very difficult because the 28-nation bloc is losing a net contributor, Merkel said.

As Merkel runs for a fourth term in Germanys Sept. 24 election on a pl...


Defiant Merkel Takes on Protestors at Rowdy Campaign Rally Some believe the problems in Germany can be fixed by screaming but I dont think so. Peace and Freedom

QUEDLINBURG, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel stood up to rowdy protestors who tried to drown out her campaign speech with deafening jeers and whistles in the eastern town of Quedlinburg on Saturday, telling them that their angry shouts would not solve Germanys problems.

Amid chants of Merkel just go and Liar, liar that demonstrators strongly opposed to her refugee policies kept up for the entire 30-minute address, Merkel departed from her stump speech three times.

I hope you were able to understand some of that even though some of you out there kept on yelling, a glum-looking Merkel said near the end of her speech to 1,500 people.

Some believe the problems in Germany can be fixed by screaming but I dont think so and the majority of the people here dont think so either, said Merkel, who is seeking a fourth term in office and is the heavy favorite to win the Sept. 24 election.

Some people cant do anything else but scream and shout but were not going to let them lead us astray.

Even though Merkels conservative Christian Democrats are far ahead of the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) in opinion polls, some conservative voters are angry that she has opened Germanys borders to more than a million refugees since late 2015.

That anti-Merkel sentiment and the surge of refugees from Syria, Iraq and other troubled regions has fueled the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which pollsters say could win up to 10 percent in the September election.

Some of the anti-Merkel signs in the crowd read Go to the Muslims...


'Unacceptable': Netanyahu slams Wailing Wall body searches of women Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Israeli prime minister demands investigation after four women are subject to thorough security searches at Western Wall plaza

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UK: Man who attacked cops with 4-foot sword at Buckingham Palace was screaming Allahu akbar Jihad Watch

Surprised? This is the new normal in Britain, as well as on the European continent. The feckless and frankly suicidal immigration policies that European Union leaders have been pursuing and are bent on continuing is the cause of all this. If free people survive in continental Europe and in Britain, they will curse the names []


Trump Pardons Apario Justice is Done! Public Intelligence Blog

Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, says he was worthy

Aug 25, 2017 President Donald Trump has pardoned former sheriff Joe Arpaio following his conviction for intentionally disobeying a judges order in an immigration case.  Chicago Tribune
The real reason Arpaio was targeted was that he was prominent figure in uncovering Obamas false birth certificate. Loretta Fuddy, the Hawaii Health Dept Head who knew most about this, was murdered as part of the coverup.   Wayne Madsen has revealed that Obamas entire history was fabricated.


Turkey opposition chief challenges Erdogan with justice congress Peace and Freedom


AFP / by Fulya OZERKAN | Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the main opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP), his hosting a four-day summit on alleged rights abuses
ANAKKALE (TURKEY) (AFP)  Turkeys main opposition leader on Saturday warned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the whole country has a thirst for justice, opening an unprecedented four-day meeting protesting alleged violations under his rule.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the secular Republican Peoples Party (CHP), is hoping the justice congress in the western Canakkale region will keep up the momentum of a month-long march highlighting judicial abuses in Turkey after the July 15 failed coup.

With politics heating up in Turkey even two years before the next elections, Erdogan will later on Saturday host a mass rally at the opposite end of the country marking the anniversary of the 1071 Battle of Malazgirt where pre-Ottoman tribes defeated the Byzantines.

More than 50,000 people have been arrested under Turkeys state of emergency, imposed after last years failed coup, and almost three times that number have lost their jobs, including teachers, judges, soldiers and police officers.

Eighty million have a thirst for justice, Kilicdaroglu said, referring to Turkeys population.

It is my duty to seek justice. It is my duty to stand by the innocent and be against tyrants, he told some 10,000 people attending Saturdays event.

The last straw

Kilicdaroglu earlier this summer walked 450 kilometres (280 miles) from Istanbul to Ankara to protest against the sentencing of one of his MPs, Enis Berberoglu, to 25 years in jail for leaking classified information to an opposition newspaper.

Under the simple slogan justice, the march culminated last month in a huge rally in Istanbul that attracted hundreds of thousands, the biggest event staged by Erdogans critics in years.

Kilicdaroglu condemned the crackdown as a civilian coup and said that the jailing of Berberoglu became the last straw.

Referring to the jailing of journalists after the coup bid, Kilicdaroglu said: You cannot talk about law, rights and justice in a country where more than 150 journalists are in prison.

The pick of the region for the CHP congress is also significant as it was the site of the World War I Battle of Gallipoli where the Ottoman army successfully repelled Allied forces.

The CHP was founded...


Robert Spencer Video: House Votes Down Proposal to Know the Enemy Jihad Watch

In this new video, I discuss the House of Representatives vote against a measure that would require military officials to study the motivating ideology behind the jihad threat.


Weather Terrorists Engineer Hurricane Harvey For Maximum Destruction Chemtrails: The Exotic Weapon

Simply put: this storm was allowed to move into Texas unimpeded and cause millions of dollars in property damage and possible fatalities. - (1PacificRedwood) More


UK: Leftist Welsh leader claims Barcelona jihad massacre work of far right Jihad Watch

But Ms Wood was unrepentant, insisting that ISIS is far right.' For years I have noted that the establishment media refers to both Islamic hardliners who enforce Sharia provisions calling for stonings and amputations, and non-Muslims who oppose the implementation of such provisions, as conservatives. And here we see the utility of their tactic: Plaid []


No Wonder US Forces In Morale Crisis PopularResistance.Org

From Eyes Wide Open: US Military Personnel Killed In Iraq.


Egyptian authorities close 1300-member church because it was upsetting to Muslims Jihad Watch

The blockading of the church caused Coptic residents of Ezbat Al-Forn Village to write a letter to Egypts president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, titled We were prevented from prayer like criminals. President el-Sisi has long been deemed to be the hope of Egypt. His words sent shockwaves throughout the world when he declared over 2 1/2 []


Brussels: Man who attacked soldiers with machete was shouting Allahu akbar Jihad Watch

And here we go again: even though the man shouted Allahu Akbar as he launched his attack, the motive of the man has not yet been conclusively confirmed. Brussels is home to the notorious jihadist hotbed of Molenbeek, and it was reported on August 24th that Belgian police have had to open almost 200 terror-related cases since []


Turkey opposition chief challenges Erdogan with 'justice congress' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Kemal Kilicdaroglu wants gathering to continue momentum of his month-long march that highlighted judicial abuses in Turkey


Three Indian Police Killed in Kashmirs Biggest Militant Attack in a Year Peace and Freedom

SRINAGAR, India Militants killed three Indian policemen in the Kashmir valley after storming into a police camp on Saturday in their biggest strike on a government compound in the disputed region in nearly a year.

One of the militants, who entered the camp in Pulwama town of southern Kashmir, was also killed in the ensuing gunfight, said a senior Indian army officer who declined to be named.

The army and police are jointly trying to dislodge the militants and have evacuated families from the camps residential block, Lieutenant General J S Sandhu of the Indian army told Reuters.

The attack on the police complex is the biggest on a state security facility since Sept. 18 last year, when armed militants broke into an army camp near the de facto border, called the Line of Control (LoC), in Uri, killing 18 army personnel.

The exact number of militants inside the compound is not known, Indias federal home ministry said in a statement.

Indian troops have killed 134 militants, including 7 top commanders, this year, officials said. Majority of these militants were eliminated in the last two months after security forces doubled down on an offensive in south Kashmir and along the LoC.

Last year, 150 militants were killed in Kashmir.

About 79 militants crossed the LoC into Indian Kashmir in July, according to Indian officials.

India accuses Pakistan of training and arming militants, and helping them infiltrate across the LoC dividing Kashmir. Pakistan denies those allegations.

The South Asian rivals fought two of their three wars since independence in 1947 over Muslim-majority Kashmir, which they both claim in full but rule in part.

(Reporting by Fayaz Bukhari, writing by Sankalp Phartiyal Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)



27 Dead After Boko Haram Attacks on Nigerian Villages Peace and Freedom

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria Residents in Nigerias northern Borno state say attacks by Boko Haram extremists on several villages in the past week have killed at least 27 people.

Modu Jialta, a member of a self-defense group with the Nganzai local council, says the Islamic extremists entered villages on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people by slitting their throats and shooting them. He says the bodies were buried on Friday.

Mai Abatcha Monguno, commander of the Guzamala local councils self-defense forces, says 12 other people were killed in attacks on villages there.

Local defense forces are asking for more government support to fight Boko Harams insurgency, which has killed more than 20,000 people and displaced millions in the past eight years. Deadly attacks also have been carried out in neighboring countries.


Somalia is a country and not a video game -OP-ED Somali News in English Horseed Media Somali News Politics & Opinion

All wars by their nature are ragged, and sadly seasoned watchers of the Horn of Africa have had ample proof of this down the years. What often starts off with reasonably clear objectives ends up being nebulous and opaque. The Greek dramatist Aeschylus (525 456 BC) was spot on when he wrote; In war, []

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The Pentagon is Poisoning Your Drinking Water Strategic Culture Foundation

The Department of Defense, under a 1980 EPA exemption, is still allowed to burn weapons waste, detonate toxic explosives, and in certain cases even radioactive waste. Every year the DoD churns out more than 750,000 tons of hazardous waste more than the top three chemical companies combined.


Afghanistans Shiites call for protection after latest mosque attack This attack could have been avoided. Our government is guilty in this regard. Peace and Freedom


KABUL (Reuters) Victims of the latest attack on Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan directed their anger squarely at the Afghan government, accusing it of failing to protect them despite repeated attacks.

Suicide bombers and gunmen, some dressed in police uniforms, attacked a mosque in Kabul during prayers on Friday, killing more than 40 people and wounding more than 100, according to mosque leaders.

Many of the victims were women trapped on the mosques second floor.

The United Nations put the preliminary toll at 20 civilians killed and more than 30 wounded, while the Interior Ministry said 28 people died and 50 were wounded.

At least 30 victims were buried on Saturday on the grounds of the same mosque as hundreds of family members, friends, and other mourners gathered under bullet-marked buildings.

Inside the mosque itself, blood was spattered everywhere and the walls were burned and scarred.

The government does not care about us, said Akhtar Hussain as he attended the funeral of a relative. What should we expect from a government that has never tried to protect us?

Islamic State-affiliated militants claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest in a number of deadly assaults on Afghanistans Shiite population.

Sectarian violence has been relatively rare in Afghanistan, but since 2015 Islamic State militants have helped escalate fears by killing scores of Shiites at mosques, public gatherings and elsewhere.

Fridays attack was the sixth attack on Shiite mosques so far this year, with Islamic State claiming responsibility for half of them, according to the U.N.

This latest in a series of attacks targeting members of the Shia community at worship has no possible justification, Toby Lanzer, acting head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan, said in a statement.

Such attacks directed against congregations and places of worship are serious violations of international law that may amount to war crimes.

The attacks often take political overtones as members of the Shiite minority complain that the government ignores their needs.

This attack could have been avoided, said Abdul Razaq Sakha, a leader at the mosque. Our government is guilty in this regard.

After past pleas for more protection, the government assigned one policeman to help guard the mosque, he said.

That policeman died alongside a private guard when the attackers stormed the gates.

Mourners who gathered on Saturday said the government should help provide security, otherwise they would take the matter into their own hands.

A police check point is very close to our mosque but they did not act until terrorists killed and wounded dozens of people, said Mohammad Jahfar Rezaee, whose aunt died in the attack.

The government is deaf so we have to defend ourselves at any cost.



A Job That No Israeli Wants, thanks to the Men of Allah Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

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Russia"s Asia-Pacific Pivot: South Korean President Confirms Visit to Russia Strategic Culture Foundation

It has been reported recently that a Russian-owned tanker, built to traverse the frozen waters of the Arctic, completed a journey from Europe to Asia this month, auguring the future of shipping as global warming melts sea ice. The specially-built ship completed the crossing in just six-and-a-half days setting a new record. The vessel was carrying gas from Norway to South Korea. Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the crew and energy company officials gathered on the ship's bridge.


No Worse Place on Earth than Syrias Raqqa HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

A senior United Nations aid official on 24 August 2017 urged the international community to do whatever is needed to allow citizens to flee from Raqqa, saying that right now, there is no worse place on earth than the de facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Daesh).

Displaced children and adults are seen after fleeing from ISIL-controlled areas in rural Raqqa, Syria, to Ain Issa, the main staging point for displaced families, some 50 Km north of Raqqa city. Photo: UNICEF/Soulaiman (file)

Briefing journalists in Geneva, UN Special Adviser Jan Egeland said the five neighbourhoods held by ISIL in Raqqa are heavily shelled from the surrounding and encircling forces, and under constant air raids by the Coalition.

Now is the time to think of possibilities, pauses or otherwise that might facilitate the escape of civilians, knowing that Islamic State fighters are doing their absolute best to use them as human shields, Egeland said.

I cannot think of a worse place on earth now than in these five neighborhoods and for these 20,000 people.

He urged members from the Humanitarian Task Force, including the members of the Coalition that is supporting the retake of Raqqa, to do whatever is possible to make it possible for the people to escape.

The International Syria Support Group (ISSG) established the respective taskforces on humanitarian aid delivery and a wider ceasefire. They have been meeting separately since early 2016 on a way forward in the crisis.

Russia and the United States are the co-chairs of the taskforces and the ISSG, which also comp...


#ARNA: Fight the Nazi March in #Gothenburg, #Sweden Enough is Enough!

On the 30th of September the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) will try to march through Gothenburg. Their march is staged at the same time as the biggest book fair in the Nordic countries, attracting about 100 000 participants. This is a call for Nordic participation in the antifascist protests and to a radical left book fair during the weekend.


Originally published by Gatorna.

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.

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ARNA: Fight the Nazi March in Gothenburg, Sweden

On the 30th of September the Nordic Resistance Movement (NRM) will try to march through Gothenburg. Their march is staged at the same time as the biggest book fair in the Nordic countries, attracting about 100 000 participants. This is a call for...


Energy Habits Are Changing in Latin Americas Cities HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mario Osava*

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, Aug 24 2017 (IPS) The Vaz de Souzas were so keen on the solar water heater that they made it their mission and business, which prospered with the surge in innovation in their city, Belo Horizonte, recognised as the solar energy capital of Brazil.

Alejandro Casass electric taxi, which he drives in Montevideo, cost him 63,000 dollars, but he was given a five-year loan and he gets free recharges, as part of an initiative supported by the state-owned electric company and the government of the Uruguayan capital. Credit: Vernica Firme/IPS

Alejandro Casass electric taxi, which he drives in Montevideo, cost him 63,000 dollars, but he was given a five-year loan and he gets free recharges, as part of an initiative supported by the state-owned electric company and the government of the Uruguayan capital. Credit: Vernica Firme/IPS

In 1998 they founded the Maxtemper company, which has already installed over 40,000 solar water systems in homes, pools, companies and public facilities in the eastern state of Minas Gerais, mainly in Belo Horizonte, where similar suppliers have mushroomed.

The success was due to the fact that mineiros (people from Minas Gerais) are thrifty, careful with their money, said 62-year-old Cornelio Ferreira Vaz, co-owner of the company. The savings in electricity pays off the initial investment in a maximum of two years, and the equipment lasts two decades, he told IPS.

Buildings used to be passive resource consuming spaces, but with the new concepts and policies they have become active in generating electricity. Rodrigo Sauaia

It is appealing because of its economic and ecological benefits, for your pocketbook and for nature, said his wife and partner, 59-yea...


Russian Anti-Aircraft Systems in Syria Cover Targets Within 250-Mile Radius ThereAreNoSunglasses

Anti-aircraft missile system S-400 during combat duty to ensure the safety of the Russian air group in Syria Sputnik/ Dmitry Vinogradov

Russian Anti-Aircraft Systems

in Syria Cover Targets Within

250-Mile Radius


Deputy Commander of the Russian Air Force of the High Command of the Aerospace Forces says that Russian anti-aircraft missile system covers targets within 250 miles.


KUBINKA (Moscow Region) (Sputnik)  The range of the Russian anti-aircraft system deployed at the Hmeymim air base in Syria covers all air targets within a radius of 400 kilometers (250 miles), Maj. Gen. Sergey Meshcheryakov, Deputy Commander of the Russian Air Force of the High Command of the Aerospace Forces, said Friday.

Anti-aircraft missile systems [in Hmeymim] cover all aerial targets within a radius of 400 kilometers and below 35 kilometers, Meshcheryakov said.

The Russian anti-aircraft forces stationed at the Hmeymim...


Trump signs U.S. ban on transgender people serving in the military Peace and Freedom

BBC news

This file photo taken on July 26 2017 shows protesters against US President Donald Trump during a demonstration in front of the US army career centre in Times Square, New YorkProtesters rallied outside a US army career centre in New York in June. AFP photo

US President Donald Trump has signed a memo reinstating a ban on transgender people serving in the military, which was lifted under Barack Obama.

The memo also halts the use of government funds for sex-reassignment surgery for active personnel.

But Mr Trump left Defence Secretary Jim Mattis to decide whether to retain existing transgender recruits.

The ban, justified on grounds of cost and disruption, faces a legal challenge by transgender rights activists.

This policy is a shameful slap in the face to people who put their lives on the line everyday to defend our country said Jennifer Levi, an official at Glad (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders), in a statement.

We are moving quickly with our plaintiffs to see that a court puts a stop to this latest demonstration of President Trump playing politics with peoples lives.

Between 4,000 and 10,000 US active-duty and reserve service members are believed to be transgender.

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After the Obama administration announced last year that they would be allowed to serve openly in the military, many active duty members came out.

Favour to US military?

The memo was widely anticipated following tweets Mr Trump made about the issue last month.

Mr Trump directed the military to return to the longstanding policy and practice on military service by transgender individuals prior to June 2016.

He suggested that his predecessor in the White House had not thought through whether the po...


The U.S. Navy is staffed by humans Peace and Freedom

By Ravi Velloor
The Straits Times

Four days after the USS John S. McCain suffered major damage in a collision while on approach to Singapore, questions swirl about the manner of the accident, and its reasons.

That it should have come so soon after a sister vessel the USS Fitzgerald suffered a similar accident while leaving a Japanese port, has raised a bunch of troubling questions.

As they say, the first time may be an accident and the second coincidence, but three becomes a pattern.

In the US Navys case or more specifically, the 7th Fleets case there have been not three, but four costly mishaps just this year.

Two other ships currently deployed to the Asia-Pacific, the USS Antietam that ran aground in Tokyo Bay and the USS Lake Champlain that struck a South Korean fishing boat, suffered damage this year.

That certainly makes for a pattern. With a US warship calling in Singapore every three days or so, there is every reason for the Republic to take more than a little interest in whats going on.

Naturally, conspiracy theories abound.

One line of thinking is that hackers may have corrupted the massive computer systems of the John S. McCain and perhaps, other vessels.

In the case of the John S. McCain, that does not seem the case. Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the Pacific fleet, seems to have ruled out a cyber attack in near categorical terms.

Adm Swift should know, of course, but George Kurtz, former head of technology at MacAfee who now owns CrowdStrike, one of the worlds top cyber security companies, had a more nuanced view.

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USS John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side, which is the left side of the vessel facing forward. Photo was taken off Changi Naval Base on Aug 21, 2017. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO


While declining to speculate, he told me that any assessment of an incident of this nature would necessarily have to be placed in a geo-political context.

In the John S. McCains case, it had just completed a Freedom of Navigation Operation, or FONOP, in the South China Sea where it was repeatedly warned by Chinese vessels.

The current chatter in cyber security circles, he said, is that while the McCains computers may not have been compromised, it is probably worth examining if anyone could have tinkered with the GPS system to send her, or the other vessel, off course by a few hundred metres.

It is an interesting theory and not the first time it has come up for mention.

In the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies, Pierce Brosnan is sent off by MI-6 on precisely such a mission: to block a power-mad media tycoons attempt to start the next world wa...


Lying about Citizenship: Australian Politicians before the High Court Dissident Voice

It was nothing short of fabulous.  Before the public, the political lie is deemed an imperative, instinctively cultured to repel anything that might appear, let alone resemble, truth.  Never, whatever you do in political garb, reveal the game, convey the reality, even if power is only held on trust.  Those idiots (the voters, that is) wont know.

Before the judicial bench, however, the same figures find themselves on the horns of a dilemma.  Pull the wig over those judicial eyes or risk perjuring yourself?  With that in mind, the story about how the Nationals Senator Matt Canavan became an Italian citizen, making him ineligible as a sitting member of Parliament according to the Australian Constitution, was instructive.

Even then, cracks started to appear in the fabricated story.  Discussions about his citizenship and maternal suggestions in that direction, were being had around the family table prior to the sneaky visit to the Italian consulate in Brisbane.

The directions hearing in the High Court saw a change of heart. Mum was left out of it.  Legal counsel representing Senator Canavan argued that he had been an Italian citizen since 1983 (not 2006, as Canavan had claimed, courtesy of his mothers intervention), due to a change in Italian law. This rendered Canavan a citizen by descent, rather than birth.

This could only have one meaning, claimed legal counsel representing Canavan: section 44 of the Australian constitution would not apply.  To read the section any other way, claimed David Bennett, QC, would result in a ridiculous interpretation, one that would also disqualify up to half the population from sitting in Parliament. A grim, and truly undemocratic prospect indeed.

Left with the mountainous task of defending Roberts, a post-truth peddler who insists that the Murdoch empire offers papers of unimpeachable balance, Senior Counsel Robert Newlinds was knotted and bound.  He duly submitted to Chief Justice Susan Kiefel that the British authorities were the ones who had been confusing confusing, that is, on when renunciation of UK citizenship had been accepted.

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China Hurts Itself More than Others With Censorship Peace and Freedom


By obstructing its own academics, Beijing is limiting the judgment of its own advisers


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Last week, Cambridge University Press proposed to limit access to The China Quarterly, a major academic journal in the field of Chinese Studies. A Chinese import agency had requested Cambridge University Press (CUP) alter the website to make articles concerning topics such as the 1989 Tiananmen killingsand the Cultural Revolution unavailable to readers inside China.

The reaction from the academic world was swift and outraged. Dr Tim Pringle, the editor of the journal, made an unequivocal statement that this was unacceptable: the standards of international academic freedom meant that either the whole journal must be made available, or none of it. CUP in fact reversed its decision very swiftly and its unlikely that they or any other publisher will try to promote selective access to its journals in the near future. But this tactic highlights why China remains hobbled when it comes to understanding a topic of more concern to the Chinese than to anyone else: the reasons for change and conflict in their own society. By obstructing free research by its own academics, the Chinese government limits the analysis and judgment of the experts it surely wants to advise it. In the end, China loses more from censorship than Westerners.

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Hacking of Qatar's state news agency helped set the scene for the continuing diplomatic rift between Doha and its Gulf neighbours


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Man arrested outside Buckingham Palace for allegedly assaulting police Peace and Freedom

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Aug 26, 2017, 11:45 PM ET

A man was arrested Friday night near Buckingham Palace in London for allegedly assaulting two police officers.

A few hours after the incident, Metropolitan Police announced that detectives from its Counter Terrorism Command are investigating.

Counter Terrorism detectives now investigating incident which took place near Buckingham Palace on Friday evening 



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Saudi Petrodollars Buy-Off Madman Muqtada al-Sadr To Be Front-man In Sunni-Owned Rogue Shia Movement ThereAreNoSunglasses

[Iraqs madman Shia outcast finally goes over the edge and joins forces with Saudi Arabia and UAE. The Saudis have obviously bought him off, in order to split the Shia into warring halves, mirroring the split within all Sunni factions, between Wahhabi/takfiri Sunnis and normal peace-loving Sunnis. Sadr is a disgrace and a miserable human being.]

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Sadrist Movement leader Muqtada al-Sadr intends to undertake a series of visits to Arab and European countries, a high-level political source in the movement revealed on Friday.

Riyad Ghali, Sadrist affiliate Ahrar bloc MP, said that Sadr seeks to put an end to I...


Iranians up in arms as Apple removes top apps Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | This file picture taken on July 09, 2017 shows employees at an e-commerce sites offices in the Iranian capital Tehran
TEHRAN (AFP)  Iranians have been joined by a minister in protest after Apple removed popular apps from its store, which the American company says has been done to comply with US sanctions.Today, respecting consumers rights is a basic principle which Apple has not followed, Information and Communication Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi tweeted, promising to legally pursue the case.

IT should be used for making human life better and comfortable not a tool for discrimination between countries, he wrote.

The hashtag #StopRemovingIranianApps has been trending on Iranian social media in the past few days, after Apple removed at least 10 of the countrys most popular apps from its online store.

Those now missing include Amazon-style shopping apps Digikala and Bamilo, ride-hailing apps Snapp and Tap30, discount store Takhfifan and a brunch delivery service called Delion.

We are unable to include your app on the App Store, a message sent to some of those companies reportedly said.

Under the US sanctions regulations, the App Store cannot host, distribute, or do business with apps or developers connected to certain US embargoed countries.

The US lifted some sanctions on Iran, particularly in the aviation sector, under a 2015 nuclear deal that saw Tehran limit its atomic programme.

But American individuals and companies are still barred from doing any business with Iranians because of much older and non-nuclear related sanctions on the Islamic republic.

There are removed apps which did not have financial transactions, and due to sanctions, some of them were registered in countries other than Iran too, the minister, Azari Jahromi, said on Twitter.

Some Iranian apps in the same category of the removed ones are still available on the app store.

Irans youthful and well-connected population own some 40 million smart phones, six million of them iPhones, the government-owned Iran Daily newspaper reported.

Apple has not provided any clear answers to our messages, the daily on Saturday quoted Mehdi Taghizadeh, vice chairman at Delion, as saying.

More than 4,500 Iranian netizens have signed an online petition urging Apple chief executive Tim Cook to recognise our rights as Apple customers.

Ive always been an Apple user, but despite preferring them...


Iraq forces recapture Tal Afar centre, citadel from IS Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Iraqi government forces broke through Islamic State lines inside Tal Afar on Friday, less than a week after start of assault


Uneasy Calm After 30 Die in India Riots Over Guru Verdict Peace and Freedom

PANCHKULA, India Hundreds of security forces marched through a northern Indian town on Saturday to maintain calm after supporters of a quasi-religious sect leader protested his rape conviction with violence that left at least 30 people dead.

Authorities appealed to thousands of followers of the guru, who calls himself Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insaan, to vacate his headquarters in Sirsa, a town in Haryana state, and go home.

There are no instructions to security forces to enter the headquarters and forcibly clear it, said police spokesman Surjit Singh.

After a court declared the sect leader guilty of raping two of his followers 15 years ago, mobs on Friday set fire to government buildings, vandalized bus stations and government vehicles, and attacked police officers and TV journalists in the town of Panchkula, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Sirsa.

Police used tear gas and water cannons and fired bullets to control the mobs.

Authorities lifted curfew restrictions on Panchkula, the main trouble spot, on Saturday after the night passed relatively peacefully and the area was cleared of protesters, said police officer Pradeep Kumar.

However, Kuldeep Puri, a 45-year-old resident, said people had come out of their homes after three days but were still scared. Offices are shut today, even private offices are shut. No buses are running on the streets, Puri said.

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Linksunten released a statement on their banned website earlier today, saying: We will be back soon. It shows that the media activists still have control over their website and could be the beginning of a huge Streisand effect. More solidarity demonstrations today. Refresh the page for updates.



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Qatar Says Five Suspects in News Agency Hacking Detained in Turkey Peace and Freedom

DOHA Qatars attorney general said Turkey has detained five suspects in connection with the hacking of Qatars state news agency in May.

The hacking helped precipitate the diplomatic rift that has since opened up between Qatar and some of its powerful Arab neighbors.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed ties with Qatar in June over comments briefly posted on the Qatar News Agency attributed to its ruler in which he allegedly praised their arch-foe Iran.

Qatar said Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani did not make the statements and that hackers had posted a false story on QNA.

In comments published by QNA on Saturday, Qatars Attorney General Ali Bin Fetais al-Marri said the suspects were being interrogated, without specifying their nationalities or any other details.

Our friends in Turkey answered us a short time ago. Five people were detained and they are being investigated. Qatari prosecutors are working with Turkish authorities to follow this case, he was quoted as saying by Qatari media.

Marri has said Qatar has evidence that the hack was linked to countries that have severed ties with Doha for allegedly supporting Islamist militant groups and advancing the agenda of their arch-rival Iran in the region charges Doha denies.

The dispute has defied mediation attempts by the United States and Kuwait.

(Writing by Stephen Kalin Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)



Rohingya Flee for Bangladesh as Fresh Violence Erupts in Myanmar Allegations by the United Nations of crimes against humanity Peace and Freedom

COXS BAZAR, Bangladesh/YANGON About 1,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing escalating violence in Myanmar had been halted at the border with Bangladesh, Bangladeshi security officials said on Saturday, as fresh fighting erupted in Myanmars northwestern Rakhine state.

The death toll from attacks staged by Rohingya insurgents on Friday has climbed to 89, including 77 insurgents and 12 members of the security forces, Myanmars army said.

The attacks marked a dramatic escalation of a conflict that has simmered since a similar offensive last October that prompted a big military sweep beset by allegations of serious human rights abuses.

At least one fresh attack had taken place on Saturday, according to a Myanmar security source.

National leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned Fridays early morning raids in which Rohingya insurgents wielding guns, sticks and home-made bombs assaulted 30 police stations and an army base while the government evacuated staff and villagers to safety.

The treatment of approximately 1.1 million Muslim Rohingya has emerged as the biggest challenge for the Nobel Peace Prize laureates 16-month old administration.

Suu Kyi has been accused of not speaking out for the persecuted minority and of defending the armys brutal counter-offensive after the October attacks.

In a sign that both sides were bracing for more violence, about 1,000 Rohingya arrived at the Naf river separa...



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Islamic State banned dominoes, playing cards, shisha pipes and even prayer beads. Mosul's shops now give the people what they want


Iraqi Forces Seize 70 Percent of Islamic State Stronghold Tal Afar: Minister Peace and Freedom

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces have dislodged Islamic State from 70 percent of Tal Afar, a stronghold of the militants in northwestern Iraq, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said on Saturday.

God willing the remaining part will be liberated soon, Jaafari said at a news conference with his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and French Defence Minister Florence Parly, in Baghdad.

The offensive on Tal Afar, which lies on the supply route between Syria and the former Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, started on Aug. 20.

(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli; Editing by Andrew Heavens)


Gas Games in the Eastern Mediterranean are Threatening Europe Strategic Culture Foundation

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Investigators Repeatedly Warned Navy Before Two Fatal Collisions Overworked sailors, shortened training schedules and budgets cuts Doing more with less Peace and Freedom

Overworked sailors, shortened training schedules and budgets cuts have long been cited as problems

The USS John S. McCain, with a hole after a collision, was being escorted to Singapore earlier this week.
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Aug. 25, 2017 7:21 p.m. ET

Congressional investigators and military officials warned repeatedly about overworked sailors, shortened training schedules and budget cuts in the years leading up to two fatal collisions involving U.S. Navy ships, government auditors, lawmakers and Pentagon officials said.

The collisions in June and earlier this week, both Navy guided-missile destroyers operating in the Pacific, left 17 sailors dead or missing.

Three reports in the past two years by the Government Accountability Office, an independent watchdog agency, spell out endemic problems. They found through interviews and Navy studies that U.S. sailors overseas often arrive to their assigned ships without adequate skills and experience. They end up on duty for an average of 108 hours a week, instead of the Navy-standard of 80 hours, the reports found.

Experienced sailors routinely provide on-the-job training for less experienced sailors, so the time doing this must come out of sleep, personal time, or other allotted work time, according to a May 2017 GAO report.

John Pendleton, the Government Accountability Office official who wrote the three reports, is scheduled to testify Sept. 7 on Capitol Hill. Mr. Pendleton and Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, the Navys surface forces commander, plan to appear before subpanels of the House Armed Services Committee.

Congressional aides said they have long known about the stress on the Navy that has resulted from an erosion in training and equipment.



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India 29 people killed in violent godman protests Hundreds detained More than 300 trains canceled Peace and Freedom

PANCHKULA, India Indian authorities have arrested hundreds of people and canceled more than 300 trains passing through two northern states after at least 29 people were killed in violent protests following the conviction of a self-styled godman.

Security forces were on standby outside the spiritual leaders headquarters where some 10,000 followers remained holed up, the Director General of Police in Haryana state, Baljit Singh Sandhu, told India Today news station.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the head of a social welfare and spiritual group with a wide following in Punjab and Haryana states, was found guilty on Friday of raping two followers in a case dating back to 2002 at the headquarters of his Dera Sacha Sauda group in the northern town of Sirsa.

Supporters rampaged in response, attacking railway stations, petrol stations and television vans in towns across the northern states of Punjab and Haryana, witnesses said.

At least 29 people were killed in Panchkula town where the court returned its verdict on Singh and more than 200 people were injured, mainly in Haryana state.

The protests, about 250 km (155 miles) from the Indian capital New Delhi, was one of the biggest this year related to a godman spiritual leader.

About 524 people had been arrested, Ram Niwas, a top Haryana administrator, told Reuters.



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Somali forces supported by U.S. troops shot dead 10 Somalis, including three children, in a village near the capital Mogadishu on Friday, a witness and local officials told Reuters. The involvement of U.S. troops was confirmed by U.S. Africa Command, which said it was investigating reports of civilian casualties. The Somali army initially said no []

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Riyadhs regional policies destructive: Iran Peace and Freedom

26 Aug 2017 8:15

Riyadhs regional policies destructive: Iran

Tehran | Agencies

Riyadhs policies in the region are destructive and even to the detriment of itself, said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in an exclusive interview with Isna.

Zarif pointed out that Iran has always wanted to have good relations with its neighbours, but we believe that Riyadhs policies in the region are destructive and even to the detriment of itself

We insist on the establishment of a safe, strong and convergent region which is in line with the national interests of Iran and the region. Irans policy for interaction with the regional countries and Saudi Arabia is within this framework and has not changed,

We have always emphasised that we are ready to dialogue with Saudi Arabia to resolve the crises in the region, whereas Riyadh unfortunately did not do this and sees its interests in creating tension in the region, Zarif noted.

Zarif who won the confidence vote of Parliament for the second term spoke about the latest development in the Iranian foreign policy, region, structural changes in the foreign ministrys management positions.


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Thousands at boys burial seek end to Philippine drug war Peace and Freedom


AFP | The killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos last week triggered rare protests against Dutertes controversial but popular campaign to eradicate drugs, with critics saying it highlighted rampant rights abuses by police enforcing the crackdown

MANILA (AFP)  Thousands of Filipinos Saturday called for an end to extrajudicial killings as the funeral of a boy killed by police turned into the largest single demonstration yet against President Rodrigo Dutertes brutal drug war.The killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos last week triggered rare protests against Dutertes controversial but popular campaign to eradicate drugs, with critics saying it highlighted rampant rights abuses by police enforcing the crackdown.

Since Dutertes term began 14 months ago, police have reported killing 3,500 people in anti-drug operations, with thousands more murdered over drug-related crimes and in unexplained circumstances.

Duterte and his drug war are backed by a large majority of Filipinos fed up with high crime and a slow-moving judicial system, according to national polls.

But Delos Santoss murder has dominated the media and sparked public outrage.

Police said the teenager was a drug courier who fired at them while resisting arrest. However CCTV footage emerged of two policemen dragging the unarmed boy away moments before he was killed.

After his family held a wake for him at home, around 3,000 people including his classmates, neighbours, nuns, priests and human rights activists marched under cloudy skies to protest his killing, according to an AFP photographer at the scene.

Kian is the name and face of the truth. We must not allow the truth to die with Kians murder, said Father Robert Reyes, one of several Catholic priests who celebrated a church mass for the boy on Saturday.

Duterte, who had controversially drawn parallels between his drug campaign to Hitlers extermination of Jews and vowed to protect police from prosecution, has promised to bring the boys killers to justice.

The slow-moving procession snaked through narrow streets as participants, many wearing black ribbons, carried posters that read Stop Killing the Poor, Justice for Kian, and Rehabilitation not Persecution.

The cortege stopped briefly for prayers outside a police station where the three officers who had arrested the boy were deployed. They have since been suspended.

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More than a thousand at Philippine funeral to protest against war on drugs Before, police could kill and nobody paid attention. Now people are starting to show support. Peace and Freedom


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Mourners take part in the funeral march of Kian delos Santos, a 17-year-old student who was shot during anti-drug operations in Caloocan, on Aug 26, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

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MANILA (Reuters) More than a thousand people attended a funeral procession on Saturday for a Philippine teenager slain by police last week, turning the march into one of the biggest protests yet against President Rodrigo Dutertes deadly war on drugs.

The death of Kian Loyd delos Santos has drawn widespread attention to allegations that police have been systematically executing suspected users and dealers a charge the authorities deny.

Nuns, priests and hundreds of children, chanting justice for Kian, justice for all joined the funeral cortege as it made its way from a church to the cemetery where the 17-year-old was buried.

Delos Santos father, Saldy, spoke briefly during a mass to defend his sons innocence and express anger over the police.

Dont they have a heart? Im not sure they do. Theres a lot of churches, they should go there, he said, his voice cracking with emotion.

Delos Santos was dragged by plain-clothes policemen to a dark, trash-filled alley in northern Manila, before he was shot in the head and left next to a pigsty, according to witnesses whose accounts appeared to be backed up by CCTV footage.


Police say they acted in self defense after delos Santos opened fire on them.

The parents and lawyers of delos Santos filed a murder complaint against the three anti-narcotics policemen on Friday.

If accepted, the complaint would follow at least two cases filed last year against police over Dutertes war on drugs, which has killed thousands of Filipinos, outraged human rights groups and alarmed Western governments.

Delos Santos flower-draped coffin passed through a major highway on a small truck decorated with tarpaulins reading Run, Kian, Run and Stop the killings displayed on each side. Passing motorists honked in support.

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Sebastian Gorka Out At White House Counterterrorism Adviser considered too far right by many and had worked for Breitbart News Peace and Freedom

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WASHINGTON (AP) Another aide to President Donald Trump has left the White House.

National security aide Sebastian Gorka says he has resigned. For its part, the White House says Gorka didnt resign but no longer works there.

An ally of former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, Gorka took a hard-line view on immigration and terrorism that led to discord inside and outside the White House.

Gorka was a former editor for the conservative Breitbart News website. He joined the administration as a counterterrorism adviser, but he operated outside of the National Security Council and his exact responsibilities were not clearly outlined.

The administration has seen a number of high-profile exits in recent months, including Trumps first press secretary, Sean Spicer, and his first chief of staff, Reince Priebus.


Thailands Former PM Yingluck Fled to Dubai Peace and Freedom

BANGKOK Thailands former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has fled to Dubai, senior members of her party said on Saturday, a day after she failed to show up for a negligence ruling in which she faced up to 10 years in prison.

Puea Thai Party sources said Yingluck left Thailand last week and flew via Singapore to Dubai where her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who lives in self-imposed exile to avoid a 2008 jail sentence for corruption, has a home.

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Thailands former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra FILE photo taken while she was PM

We heard that she went to Cambodia and then Singapore from where she flew to Dubai. She has arrived safely and is there now, said a senior member of the Puea Thai Party who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Deputy national police chief General Srivara Rangsibrahmanakul said police had no record of Yingluck, 50, leaving the country and were following developments closely.

A Reuters reporter was stopped by security at the exclusive Emirates Hills community in Dubai, where Thaksin has a home.

Supporters of Thailands former prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, outside the Supreme Court in Bangkok on Friday. She remains popular among the rural poor three years after she was forced from office. Credit Diego Azubel/European Pressphoto Agency

A Thaksin spokesperson in Dubai did not respond to attempts by Reuters to contact Thaksin.

Police estimate that up to 3,000 supporters had gathered outside the court in Bangkok on Friday where Yingluck was due to hear a verdict in a negligence trial against her involving a rice bu...


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The German government has shut down the German Indymedia site, the most widely used German-language platform for radical politics and organizing. They have also conducted raids in Freiburg to seize computers and harass those they accuse of maintaining the site, absurdly justifying this on the grounds that the alleged administrators constitute an illegal organization for the sake of destroying the German Constitution. This represents a massive escalation in state repression against what the authorities call left-wing extremism, disingenuously suggesting an equivalence between those who seek to build communities beyond the reach of state violence and Neo-Nazis organizing to carry out attacks and murders like the ones in Charlottesville last week.

In the last couple of years, more and more attention has accumulated around linksunten, which offers a space for people to post anonymously. For example, in 2011, a communiqu appeared on the platform claiming responsibility for politically motivated sabotage on the subway infrastructure in Berlin. The site was also used to release information about fascists and Neo-Nazis. In 2016, an article on linksunten presented the complete data of every participant at the convention of the far-right nationalist party Alternative for Germany (Alternative fr Deutschland, or AfD), a total of 3000 names. This further attracted hostile attention from far-right advocates of state repression.

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Venezuela says US sanctions will lead to halt in oil exports Peace and Freedom

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Venezuelas President Nicols Maduro has said that a preliminary analysis shows that new financial sanctions imposed by the United States will lead to a halt in oil exports to the US.

President Trumps order bans trade in Venezuelan debt and blocks its state oil firm from selling bonds in the US.

Mr Maduro went on national television to denounce the US sanctions as an illegal act of aggression.

Venezuela will never surrender to any imperial power, he said.

Mr Trumps order, signed on Friday, will in effect force the closure of Citgo Petroleum, a US-based subsidiary of the Venezuelan state-owned oil company, PDVSA.

The decision will cost the jobs of American citizens, said Mr Maduro, and affect the investments of US companies.

We will have no problem selling our oil to other markets, he added.

Uncivilised politics

Earlier, Venezuelas Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said the US was trying to promote a humanitarian crisis.

Mr Arreaza also said his country was a victim of fake news that exaggerated its economic difficulties.

The US accuses Mr Maduros government of violating human rights and subverting democracy.

Mr Arreaza said that the sanctions and threats amounted to uncivilised politics.

President Maduro would not attend the UN General Assembly in New York next month, he said.


North Korea Tests Short-Range Missiles as South Korea, U.S. Conduct Military Exercise Peace and Freedom

SEOUL/WASHINGTON North Korea fired several short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast early on Saturday, South Korea and the U.S. military said, as the two allies conducted annual joint military drills that the North denounces as preparation for war.

The U.S. militarys Pacific Command said it had detected three short-range ballistic missiles, fired over a 20 minute period.

One appeared to have blown up almost immediately while two flew about 250 km (155 miles) in a northeasterly direction, Pacific Command said, revising an earlier assessment that two of the missiles had failed in flight.

The test came just days after senior U.S. officials praised North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un for showing restraint in not firing any missiles since late July.

The South Korean Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles were launched from the Norths eastern Kangwon province into the sea.

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 Kim Jong Un visits the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science in photo released by North Koreas Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)

Later on Saturday, the South Korean Presidential Blue House said the North may have fired an upgraded 300-mm caliber multiple rocket launcher but the military was still analyzing the precise details of the projectiles.

Pacific Command said the missiles did not pose a threat to the U.S. mainland or to the Pacific territory of Guam, which North Korea had threatened earlier this month to surround in a sea of fire.

Tensions had eased somewhat since a harsh exchange of words between Pyongyang and Washington after U.S. President Donald Trump had warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he would face fire and fury if he threatened the United States.



Trump pardons Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio one month after conviction Peace and Freedom

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Scott Olson / Getty Images North America / AFP | This file photo taken on January 26, 2016 shows Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R) endorsing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump prior to a rally in Marshalltown, Iowa.


Latest update : 2017-08-26

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday granted a pardon to controversial former Arizona lawman and political ally Joe Arpaio less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving racial profiling.

Throughout his time as sheriff, Arpaio continued his lifes work of protecting the public from the scourges of crime and illegal immigration, said a White House statement announcing Arpaios pardon, the first of Trumps administration.

Arpaio, 85, the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America lost a bid for re-election in Arizonas Maricopa County in November after 24 years in office.

He is known for his crackdown on undocumented immigrants and investigating unfounded Trump-supported claims questioning former President Barack Obamas citizenship.

I have to thank the president for what he has done, thats for sure, Arpaio told Reuters in a brief telephone interview from his Arizona home. Hes a big supporter of law enforcement.


Robert Parry: How US Flooded the World with Psyops stan van houcke

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South Front ISIS has made a desperate attempt to regain the initiative in the battle for central Syria. On August 24, ISIS launched a large counter-attack and recaptured the villages of al-Muqlah, al-Atshanah, Salem al-Hamad, al-Bu Hamad, Zor Shumr, al-Huwijah and Ghanem al-Ali in the southern Raqqa countryside. According to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, []



Jabotinsky and Greater Israel Original

The spectacle is almost bizarre: a political party refuses to accept new members. And not just a few individuals, but tens of thousands. And not just any party, but the Likud ("Unification"), the main force in Israels governing coalition. Strange? But there is method in this madness. It may soon come before Israels highest court. Continue reading "Jabotinsky and Greater Israel"

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Operation CYA Afghanistan Original

Steve Bannons Brietbart and others notwithstanding, that was Trump being Trump when he announced he would not be quitting Afghanistan, despite the manifest futility and counterproductivity that is, idiocy of Americas 16-year war there. He is not a captive of my generals, bad as they are. He is his own man. Just look Continue reading "Operation CYA Afghanistan"

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Breaking Americas Cold War Addiction in Korea Original

With tensions at an all-time high between the United States and North Korea, the New York Times headlined a recent digital newsletter with Lies Your High School History Teacher Told You About Nukes. The basic point was to debunk the theory of mutually assured destruction that is often used to explain why the Cold War Continue reading "Breaking Americas Cold War Addiction in Korea"

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Ten civilians killed in US-backed raid in Somalia: Official Aletho News

Press TV August 25, 2017 Ten civilians have been killed in a US-backed raid on a farm in southern Somalia, according to the deputy governor of Lower Shabelle region. The raid on Barire village early Friday led to the deaths of three children aged 8 to 10 and a woman among others, Ali Nur []


The Possible Education of Donald Trump Aletho News

By Robert Parry | Consortium News | August 25, 2017 Despite the chaos and ugliness of the past seven months, President Trump has finally begun to turn U.S. foreign policy away from the neoconservative approach of endless war against an ever-expanding roster of enemies. This change has occurred largely behind the scenes and has been []


Breaking: Sebastian Gorka Resigns From Trump Administration The Counter Jihad Report

The Federalist, by Mollie Hemingway, Aug. 25, 2017: Sebastian Gorka is resigning his post as Deputy Assistant to President Trump, multiple sources familiar with the situation have told The Federalist. In a blunt resignation letter, the national security and counterterrorism Continue reading


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Trump pardons controversial former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Freedom for ex-lawman stirs 'racism' claim, while White House adviser Gorka quits over Trump's troop boost in Afghanistan


UK: Man with machete attacks two cops outside Buckingham Palace Jihad Watch

Right-wing extremists? Anglican fanatics? Maybe. But there is, as unlikely as it may be, one other possibility. The Islamic State issued this call in September 2014: So O muwahhid, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their police, security, []


Chile: Sale el nmero 21 del boletn La Bomba Insurrection News

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Distintas han sido las expresiones de conflicto anrquico que se han desarrollado en el territorio desde el mes de mayo. Con fuerza las iniciativas de accin se dejaron sentir en memoria del compaero Mauricio Morales, Punky Maury a 8 aos de su muerte en accin. Enfrentamientos con las fuerzas policiales desde liceos y universidades, ataques incendiarios y el desborde callejero en el pasacalle a su memoria por el centro de la ciudad, el cual tuvo gran repercusin por los medios de prensa, por la polica, la torpe ciudadana y en los payasos del gobierno.

Expresiones de lucha y solidaridad anrquica se vieron tambin reflejadas en las calles, desde liceos y universidades tras la muerte de dos guerreros mapuche en una accin expropiadora en la regin de La Araucana el 10 de junio, el ex-paco y latifundista Ignacio Gallegos Pereira fue quien repeli la accin matando a Luis Marileo y Patricio
Gonzlez. En el mismo mes se realizaron las elecciones primarias, bajo las ideas de no participar del circo electoral del Estado, jvenes se tomaron las calles con lucha callejera y otrxs armadxs de fuego iluminaron las noches convirtiendo en chatarra unas mquinas del transantiago.

Y as avanza el tiem...


How To Explain The Two Trumps Aletho News

By Finian CUNNINGHAM | Strategic Culture Foundation | 25.08.2017 US President Donald Trump appeared to adopt two very different public persona this week, when first he delivered a stern speech announcing a new military strategy toward Afghanistan; and then the next day he regaled supporters at a rally in Arizona with his characteristic blustering style. []


Exxon Crimes stan van houcke

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US envoy Haley rips UN troop commander in Lebanon Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Ambassador says UN should take harder line against Hezbollah, claims force leader 'blind' to arms smuggling


DOORS John Densmore Joins Peltier Concert CENSORED NEWS

August 25, 2017 Greetings, Friends, Family and Comrades; I want to start with an update on Leonard and I just spoke to the prison and was told,"the   August 25, 2017 Greetings, Friends, Family and Comrades; I want to start with an update on Leonard and I just spoke to the prison and was told,"the Coleman Prison is in lock down and


Looking for the Thought Police? Try looking in the mirror. Aletho News

By T.P. Wilkinson | Dissident Voice | August 25, 2017 1984 is probably one of the worst books of the 20th century because of its mis-interpretation! a) Although Orwell was writing about ENGLAND, in fact, and not as allegory, the exigencies of anti-Soviet propaganda required that the story be defined as a dystopia about the world under []


Russia and Syria create joint air defense system The Vineyard of the Saker

TASS Reports Russias air defense group in Syria includes a radio engineering battalion, a battery of Pantsir-S units and the S-400 air defense missile systems. A unified air defense system


What is Antifa? A decade of reporting from in between them and the cops The Vineyard of the Saker

by Ramin Mazaheri Its been amusing to hear American journalists mispronounce Antifa: An-TEEF-a, is it? Well, in many ways they are lucky because the Anti-Fascists are as chummy with the


Trump Likely to Rescind Obama Dreamer Program: Media Reports Peace and Freedom

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to rescind an Obama-era policy that protects nearly 600,000 immigrants who were brought into the country illegally by their parents and are known as Dreamers, according to media reports on Friday.

Trumps decision on whether to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, policy could be announced as early as next week, reported ABC News, citing multiple sources.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussed the program with senior White House officials on Thursday, and the Department of Homeland Security sent the White House a recommendation on what to do earlier this week, according to NBC.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters on Friday that the program continues to be under review.

Trump had pledged on the election campaign trail to scrap all of former President Barack Obamas executive orders on immigration, including DACA.

Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said it would be a moral disgrace to end the DACA policy. America is the only country these DREAMers call home, and they dont deserve to be thrown back in the shadows, Perez said in a statement.Understand the world with sharp insight and commentary on the major news stories of the week.

If the federal government did not withdraw DACA by September 5, the attorneys general said they would file a legal challenge to the program in a Texas federal court.

The ten who signed the letter represent the states of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Nebraska, Arkansas, South Carolina, Idaho, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kansas.



Man shot after attacking soldiers in Brussels Peace and Freedom


Laurie Dieffembacq/Belga/AFP | Policemen stand guard the Boulevard Emile Jacqmain in the city centre of Brussels on August 25.


Latest update : 2017-08-25

A man was shot in the centre of Brussels on Friday evening after he attacked two soldiers, prosecutors said, adding that the man was in critical condition.

With the identity that we currently have, [the suspect] is a 30-year-old man who is not known for terrorist activities, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors office said.

The soldiers were lightly wounded in the attack, one in the face and the other in the hand.

The crisis center said in a tweet late Friday that the situation is under control.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel also tweeted that all our support is with our soldiers. Our security services remain on alert. We are following the situation closely.


" US Backed SDF To Launch Attack on Deir ez Zor Soon" Penny for your thoughts


 Take a better look at the images at article link- I can only get them really tiny

White Toyota Trucks Freshly Delivered by the US?
BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed forces in Syria will soon launch an offensive to oust Islamic State militants from Deir al-Zor province, their last major foothold in the country, an SDF official said on Friday.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) could start its assault on Deir al-Zor within several weeks in parallel with an ongoing battle for nearby Raqqa city, Ahmed Abu Khawla told Reuters.
The operation to liberate Deir al-Zor will begin very, very soon, said Khawla, who heads the Deir al-Zor military council that fights under the SDF banner.
Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, said its focus remained on Raqqa.
So Raqqa may be the focus, but, that does not exclude any peripheral operations.
 Focus: the center of interest or activity. Meanwhile the US is involved in may parts of Syria- making Dillon's statement a bit of a red herring?

I do take issue with the lack of direct attribution for the statements?

Reuters: Khawla said military plans were ready, and that his unit had already entered Deir al-Zor territory and liberated several towns.

The military council included 4,000 fighters, mostly Arabs and mostly from the province, he said. They had taken part i...


Racist Organization receives Bonanza of Anti-Racism Donations Aletho News

By Alison Weir | Dissident Voice | August 25th, 2017 In the wake of Charlottesville, numerous Americans have come forward to oppose racism in a variety of ways. In some cases this has taken the form of donations. As a result, some allegedly anti-racist organizations have seen a financial bonanza. The main one seems to []


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US Military Bio-labs in Ukraine stan van houcke

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Police officers wounded in knife attacks in Brussels and London Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Brussels attacker is shot dead and suspect in London arrested


Israel prevents Palestinian students from entering school in Al-Aqsa Mosque Aletho News

MEMO | August 25, 2017 Israeli police prevented 160 Palestinian secondary school students from entering the Shariah School in Al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday, under the pretext that their school books are based on the Palestinian curriculum, Quds Press has reported. The police had already prevented the delivery of schoolbooks at the premises two days ago, []


Map Update: Military Situation In Tal Afar In Northern Iraq

Map Update: Military Situation In Tal Afar In Northern Iraq

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Iraqi forces have advanced inside the city of Tal Afar and captured 50 percent of the city from ISIS terrorists. Pro-government forces have entered Al-Nour neighborhood from the eastern axis and reached the citadel in central Tal Afar. Iraqi forces have also surrounded the industrial district and the silos area.

Government forces have liberated the neighborhoods of Al-Tanak, northern Kifah, southern Kifah, Al-Jazeera, Al-Noor, Al-Nasr and Al-Moallemin and entered the Al-Khadaa, Al-Wahda, and Al-Qalaa neighborhoods.

In the Tal Afar countryside, government troops secured Al-Asheq and Wiran villages and captured the villages of Sheikh Ibrahim, Ayn alwah and Hamra Alarab.

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Jewish settlers hold provocative evening march in Silwan Aletho News

Palestine Information Center August 25, 2017 OCCUPIED JERUSALEM Dozens of Jewish settlers along with officials on Thursday staged a provocative evening march in the Palestinian Silwan district of Occupied Jerusalem and entered a house that had been already sized and turned into a synagogue in Baten al-Hawa neighborhood. A reporter for the Palestinian []


Brussels: Man shot dead after attacking soldiers with machete Jihad Watch

White supremacists? A mentally ill lone wolf? Or Islamic jihadists? No telling yet, but there is this: the Islamic State issued this call in September 2014: So O muwahhid, do not let this battle pass you by wherever you may be. You must strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the tawaghit. Strike their police, security, []


British universities should be more discerning about their choice of benefactors Aletho News

By Alastair Sloan | MEMO | August 25, 2017 Just over eighteen months ago, environmental campaigners in Britain received some surprising news. They had been working for three years to get the Tate Gallery in London to reveal how much money oil giant BP had given it between 1990 and 2011. The figure turned out []


Toxic identity politics in these tribal times ThereAreNoSunglasses

Toxic identity politics in these tribal times


Is what unites us still stronger than what divides us?

Where and how America is divided is far more evident these days than where and how were united, given the still growing public tensions over symbols, words, gestures and fundamental identities. And media coverage amplifying the worst of it all.

The poison of identity politics is not new, says a Wall Street Journal editorial:

The politics of white supremacy was a poison on the right for many decades, but the civil-rights movement rose to overcome it, and it finally did so in the mid-1960s with Martin Luther King Jr. s language of equal opportunity and color-blind justice.

That principle has since been abandoned, however, in favor of a new identity politics that again seeks to divide Americans by race, ethnicity, gender and even religion. Diversity is now the all-purpose ju...


By the way, regarding the law that forgives the rapist if he marries the victim The Angry Arab News Service/

Contrary to media mention, this horrific law is not Islamic.  There was a law like that in Venezuela.  


A "forlorn hope" in SE Raqqa Province Sic Semper Tyrannis

"On August 24, ISIS launched a large counter-attack and recaptured the villages of al-Muqlah, al-Atshanah, Salem al-Hamad, al-Bu Hamad, Zor Shumr, al-Huwijah and Ghanem al-Ali in the southern Raqqa countryside. According to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, ISIS killed 42...


Andrea Mitchell suggests State Dept staged fake news in Jerusalem with Kushner, Netanyahu and no press Mondoweiss

Hours after an American delegation tasked with solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict headed by Donald Trumps son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner met with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Thursday, back in Washington NBCs Andrea Mitchell revealed the U.S. Embassy had blocked press access to the traveling officials.

Speaking during a briefing for the State Department yesterday, Mitchell questioned spokesperson Heather Nauert as to why journalists were not invited to cover Kushners meeting with Netanyahu.

Andrea Mitchell charges State Department with producing fake news at August 24 press briefing.

What is the policy now? To only have so-called fake news by the government cameras cover that rather than journalists? Mitchell said, using the phrase popularized by Trump to accuse members of the press of falsifying stories.

Instead of journalists giving questions to Kushner, Mitchell noted that she had heard government employees were tasked with shooting statements that made it look like they were press statements.

Section on Kushner meeting in Jerusalem begins at marker 07:24.

Mitchell also asked: In the meetings with Netanyahu, was it the decision of the embassy to defer to Israels decision to have only government cameras there? An embassy camera shot their statements as well as state Israeli as far as I know, there were no reporters there.

Nauert responded she was not aware of this report, and offered, I can certainly look into that for you. 

The state-produced recording of Kushner and Netanyahu was released by the Israeli government yesterday morning. It was then...


National Catholic Reporter: The Muslim Jesus provides common ground for Christianity, Islam Jihad Watch

Note that the National Catholic Reporters Rafat Al-Dajani uncritically repeats the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations claims about anti-Muslim hate crimes, without mentioning how often these hate crimes turn out to have been perpetrated by Muslims themselves (scroll down at that link to find many examples). Rafat Al-Dajani also leaves out a few passages of []


How We Know The So-Called Civil War Was Not Over Slavery Dissident Voice

When I read Professor Thomas DiLorenzos article the question that leapt to mind was, How come the South is said to have fought for slavery when the North wasnt fighting against slavery?

Two days before Lincolns inauguration as the 16th President, Congress, consisting only of the Northern states, passed overwhelmingly on March 2, 1861, the Corwin Amendment that gave constitutional protection to slavery. Lincoln endorsed the amendment in his inaugural address, saying I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable.

Quite clearly, the North was not prepared to go to war in order to end slavery when on the very eve of war the US Congress and incoming president were in the process of making it unconstitutional to abolish slavery.

Here we have absolute total proof that the North wanted the South kept in the Union far more than the North wanted to abolish slavery.

If the Souths real concern was maintaining slavery, the South would not have turned down the constitutional protection of slavery offered them on a silver platter by Congress and the President. Clearly, for the South also the issue was not slavery.

The real issue between North and South could not be reconciled on the basis of accommodating slavery. The real issue was economic as DiLorenzo, Charles Beard and other historians have documented. The North offered to preserve slavery irrevocably, but the North did not offer to give up the high tariffs and economic policies that the South saw as inimical to its interests.

Blaming the war on slavery was the way the northern court historians used morality to cover up Lincolns naked aggression and the war crimes of his generals. Demonizing the enemy with moral language works for the victor. And it is still ongoing. We see in the destruction of statues the determination to shove remaining symbols of the Confederacy down the Memory Hole.

Today the ignorant morons, thoroughly brainwashed by Identity Politics, are demanding removal of memorials to Robert E. Lee, an alleged racist toward whom they express violent hatred. This presents a massive paradox. Robert E. Lee was the first person offered command of the Union armies. How can it be that a Southern racist was offered command of the Union Army if the Union was going to war to free black slaves?

Virginia did not secede until April 17, 1861, two days after Lincoln called up troops for the invasion of the South.

Surely there must be some hook somewhere that the dishonest court historians can use on which to hang an explanation that the war was about slavery. It is not an easy task. Only a small minority of southerners owned slaves. Slaves were brought to the New World by Europeans as a labor force long prior to the existence of the US and the Southern states in order that the abundant land could be ex...


Iran caught shipping jihad warriors to Syria on commercial flights in violation of nuclear deal Jihad Watch

The release of these photographs allegedly showing Iran Airs illegal activity comes as top U.S. air carrier manufacturer Boeing moves forward with a multi-billion dollar deal to sell Iran Air a new modern fleet. If the Trump administration still has the will to do something about the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, which is by no []


Countdown To War On Venezuela - Step II: Trump Imposes More Sanctions Moon of Alabama

A month ago we warned of the upcoming war on Venezuela. Such a war could blow up huge in many nations of the region. The U.S. trained and financed opposition has tried to create violent chaos in the streets but...


Mosque aided planning Temple Mount jihad murder of two Israeli guards Jihad Watch

But remember: if you even express the possibility that jihad terror activity could be being plotted in mosques, youre a racist, bigoted Islamophobe. Mosques muezzin aided Temple Mount terrorists, by Uzi Baruch, Arutz Sheva, August 24, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): It has been cleared for publication that Amjad Muhammad Ahmad Jabareen, a []


Iraqi Kurdish leader expelled from Turkey after political 'complication' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Abduction of Turkish secret service operatives by Kurdistan Workers' Party prompted fallout, Kurdish news sources say


Vatican places barriers, police and army vehicles around St. Peters Basilica to head off Barcelona-type jihad attack Jihad Watch

Barriers and police and army vehicles have been placed around St. Peters Basilica to make it harder for a vehicle to gather speed in an attack such as the one last week in Barcelona, which killed 13 people. What? This is unconscionable and Islamophobic! Pope Francis has declared: Authentic Islam and the proper reading of []


Why Trump rolled over on Russia OffGuardian

by Philip Roddis, from Steel City Scribblings Trumps cave in on rapprochement with Putin shows the hollowness and shallow worldview of this inept narcissist. More importantly, it shows an American ruling class committed to war, cold for now, on Russia. To see why, we must set aside what we think we know about the old one. Suppose that cold war was not about defending our freedom. Suppose it was instead about one sixth of the worlds land mass its vast resources and markets being closed off to Profit. Why suppose any such thing? Because for reasons beyond my current remit, capitalisms inner laws of motion demand ceaseless accumulation, even as they drive a tendency to falling profits. I havent the space here to prove these things, nor do I ask anyone to accept them on my say so. I ask only that for purposes of inquiry we suppose them true. Things that dont otherwise make much sense suddenly snap into focus. Like why theres still a cold war on Russia . The Reagan


Trump moves to squeeze Venezuelas access to finance Peace and Freedom


presidency/AFP / by Andrew BEATTY | Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro staged a rally against Donald Trump earlier this month after the US leader raised the specter of military action in the crisis-hit country
WASHINGTON (AFP)  The White House on Friday unveiled tough financial sanctions against the Venezuelan regime, banning the trade in new bonds issued by the government and its cash-cow state-run oil company PDVSA.In a move that leverages Washingtons vast financial power against Nicolas Maduros regime, President Donald Trump signed an executive order restricting Venezuelas access to vital bond and equity markets.

Wall Street banks will be allowed to trade existing debt, but the presidents new action prohibits dealings in new debt and equity issued by the government of Venezuela and its state oil company, a White House statement said.

It also prohibits dealings in certain existing bonds owned by the Venezuelan public sector, as well as dividend payments to the government of Venezuela.

The measures would deny the Maduro dictatorship a critical source of financing to maintain its illegitimate rule, the White house claimed.

Maduros socialist government facing months of deadly mass protests has been accused of hijacking state institutions and moving ever-deeper into autocratic rule.

Fridays move may have little immediate financial impact, but could stymie cash-starved Venezuelas ability to tap the worlds largest capital market in the future.

For now it is likely to have a chilling effect on lenders, who were already concerned that Caracas will default.

Liquidating assets

Venezuelas outstanding debt is estimated at over $100 billion, but oil revenues have been declining, and its currency reserves have shrunk to just $10 billion.

October and November will be a crunch period. Thats when a hefty $3.8 billion in bond payments need to be paid by Venezuela and PDVSA.

In July S&P Global Ratings lowered Venezuelas sovereign debt ratings, warning of the risk of default.

S&P predicted a contraction in the countrys gross domestic product of around six percent this year and the need to finance around $7 billion in debt in 2018.

US officials said the latest sanctions were also designed to stop the government from stripping state assets in order to pay the bills.

President Maduros officials are now resorting to opaque f...


Report: Palestinians to give US ultimatum on peace process Jihad Watch

The Palestinian ultimatum states that unless progress is made within 45 days on launching talks with the Israelis, the Palestinians will consider themselves no longer committed to the US mediation and will turn to an alternative plan to push for unilateral United Nations recognition of a Palestinian state. They have turned down numerous offers for []


Racist Organization receives Bonanza of Anti-Racism Donations Dissident Voice

In the wake of Charlottesville, numerous Americans have come forward to oppose racism in a variety of ways. In some cases this has taken the form of donations.

As a result, some allegedly anti-racist organizations have seen a financial bonanza. The main one seems to be the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which saw a 1,000% spike in donations  more than half by first-time donors.

Theres one problem. The ADL is a major supporter of racism.

On its website, the ADL claims it works to secure justice and fair treatment to all.

Unfortunately, that is far from the truth. The fact is that the ADL works to maintain oppression and discrimination against Palestinian Muslims and Christians.

The ADLs number two focus, listed right after its claim to speak out against bigotry, discrimination and injustice, is to stand up for the Jewish State of Israel.

Israel was created  as documented by Israeli historians and numerous others  by a war of ethnic cleansing of the Muslim...


Philippine President Duterte Admits He Cannot Win The War On Drugs But he vowed to pursue his campaign against drugs despite the seeming hopelessness of the effort. Peace and Freedom

President Duterte, in combat gear, holds an assault rifle during his third visit to Marawi City on Thursday. AP

DAVAO CITY , Philippines   It won him the presidency but left thousands of criminals and innocents dead. Now ending the drug menace has become a crusade President Duterte has admitted he cannot win.

Nangako ako that I will do away with the shabu. Ngayon, alam ko na na hindi ito matutupad, na hindi talaga matapos to (I promised that I will do away with shabu. Now I know it wont be fulfilled, that this really will not end), Duterte told soldiers in Marawi on Thursday afternoon.

But he vowed to pursue his campaign against drugs despite the seeming hopelessness of the effort.

He appealed to the public that he be given another chance to work in the remaining five years of his administration to make life more comfortable for Filipinos.

Let us try to create a country that is  huwag naman yung mayaman na tayo lahat (not where all of us are rich) a country that is comfortable. May five years pa ako. Give me a chance to work ulit, the President said.

Duterte admitted his administration is facing a host of problems, but he said with the cooperation of the people, it would be able to surmount all the challenges and make the country progressive.

Pretend that I am doing well. Just give me the remaining years. Five years pa naman. And we will build a strong country and a strong Armed Forces and police, he said.

Duterte said he is doing everything to bring about change especially rid the  government of graft and corruption a problem that has remained rampant among state officials and personnel.

Basta dito, tabla tabla. Walang corruption, pati mga military din at pulis. At yan ang maasahan ninyo, lahat ng pera na ano, makikita ninyo babalik sa tao yun. Nagcha-charge...


Looking for the Thought Police? Try looking in the mirror. Dissident Voice

1984 is probably one of the worst books of the 20th century because of its mis-interpretation!

a) Although Orwell was writing about ENGLAND, in fact, and not as allegory, the exigencies of anti-Soviet propaganda required that the story be defined as a dystopia about the world under Soviet control. Whatever Orwell may have thought about Stalin, 1984 was a story directly attacking the Labour Party and the policies that would become enshrined in Labour governments dominated by graduates from Oxford and to a lesser extent Cambridge. Anyone outside of Britain might be forgiven at the time for missing this but today the oversight is simply rooted in ignorance willful or unwitting.

b) Orwell, who served in the colonial police in Burma, was well acquainted with the methods of social control used in Britains colonies including torture and surveillance. He had no reason to draw on reports from the Soviet Union, true or false. He also worked in the British governments propaganda department. The BBC was created in 1922 as a radio monopoly in part to improve the governments campaign against organised labour. There the fabrication of news was daily routine, as it is today.

c) Post-war Britain was in comparison to the US esp. a disaster area. After two world wars, Britain was bankrupt. The empire which had subsidised the metropolitan standard of living was collapsing. Indian independence alone would mean an initial massive balance of payments deficit to the Union, not to mention debt to the US. The economy was more or less in ruins. The standard of living had sunk drastically for all but the very rich. It did not take any imagination to invent Victory Gin Britain was nominally on the side of the winners but had lost everything. For someone like Orwell this was very obvious.

d) Too little attention is paid to the actual structures that Orwell describes. The Party and the Thought Police are most frequently mentioned. This focus distorts Orwells depiction of a complex mechanism of social control. Ironically many people who have read Noam Chomskys essays do not grasp the point which Orwell makes and Chomsky reiterates albeit avoiding too much attention to this embarrassing point.

Orwell distinguished between the inner party, the outer party and the prols. This classification is very important for comprehending the whole process. Propaganda that is the constant manipulation of data in forms to create what counts on any one day as true is directed primarily at the outer party. The inner party is not concerned with what is actually true, this virtually invisible group is interested only in power. The outer party is governed by rigorous ideas of truth and virtue which...


US, Saudi Ask Syria Opposition to Accept Assads Political Role: Report Aletho News

Al-Manar | August 25, 2017 US and Saudi diplomats have reportedly been urging the armed Syrian opposition to come to terms with President Bashar al-Assads role in Syrias future, a report said, indicating to the major policy U-turn in the western stance from the Syrian crisis. In an article published on Thursday, the Associated Press []


#NoHateintheBay: A Weekend of Resistance to Fascism in #SF & #Berkeley Enough is Enough!

White-supremacists and other fascists are returning to San Francisco and Berkeley on August 26 and 27, 2017. Local organizers are calling for people to come together by the thousands to say: We will not allow your hate in the Bay.


Originally published by Indy Bay.

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No Hate in the Bay: A Weekend of Resistance to Fascism in San Francisco and Berkeley

White-supremacists and other fascists are returning to San Francisco and Berkeley on August 26 and 27, 2017. Local organizers are...


UK: Muslim migrant murdered man after Home Office repeatedly failed to deport him Jihad Watch

Why didnt the UK Home Office deport him? Maybe to do so would have been Islamophobic. The UK Home Office is concerned only with keeping foes of jihad terror out of the country, not jihadis or violent Muslim immigrants. Illegal immigrant murdered man in Hyde Park after Home Office repeatedly failed to deport him, Telegraph, []


Israel sees Iran as obstacle to its policies Aletho News

Press TV August 25, 2017 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel felt threatened by Irans growing influence in the Middle East. Netanyahu expressed his Iranophobic view in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russias Black Sea resort of Sochi on Wednesday. Press TV has asked Scott Rickard, former American intelligence []


More evidence Trump administration is preparing a case to decertify Irans compliance with the international nuclear deal Peace and Freedom

  • There are more signs the Trump administration is preparing a case to decertify Irans compliance with the international nuclear deal.
  • Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, this week visited the atomic watchdog agency in charge of monitoring Irans compliance.
  • On Thursday, Tehran said it is abiding by its duties and responsibilities and accused Washington of using the issue for ill-wishing political means.
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A Iranian woman walks past a wall painting in the shape of Iranian flag in Tehran, Iran on the first anniversary of nuclear deal between Iran and world powers on January 16, 2017.

The Trump administration is giving strong indications that it is preparing a case to decertify Irans compliance with the international nuclear agreement, an expert says.

If that happens, though, some analysts believe it risks alienating U.S. allies. In addition to the United States and Iran, the 2015 nuclear agreement was signed by Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the United Nations.

The White House sent Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to Vienna on Wednesday to meet with officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency, which is responsible for monitoring and verifying Irans commitments under the 2015 agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

On Thursday, Irans state-run IRNA news agency quoted from a letter sent by Irans foreign minister to the U.N. agency saying the country is abiding by its duties and responsibilities with regard to nuclear weapons and agreements. He accused Washington of using the issue for ill-wishing political means.

During her visit, Haley discussed the IAEAs verification and monitoring of Irans nuclear-related commitments, according to a statement by the agency. It provided no additional information, and a statement from Haleys office discussed her visit but shed no light on imminent action.

Last week, Haley said th...


Hugh Fitzgerald: What to Ask at Robert Azzis Town Hall Jihad Watch

Robert Azzi has been touring towns in New Hampshire, offering these  Ask A Muslim-Anything events to benighted Infidels. If you have a chance, go to one of these shindigs, but go prepared. Even better would be to go with a small group of the like-minded (two or three others), who will ask similar difficult questions []


Prayer and Meditation for Sunday, August 27, 2017 Upon this rock I will build my church. Peace and Freedom

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 121

Reading 1  IS 22:19-23

Thus says the LORD to Shebna, master of the palace:
I will thrust you from your office
and pull you down from your station.
On that day I will summon my servant
Eliakim, son of Hilkiah;
I will clothe him with your robe,
and gird him with your sash,
and give over to him your authority.
He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
and to the house of Judah.
I will place the key of the House of David on Eliakims shoulder;
when he opens, no one shall shut
when he shuts, no one shall open.
I will fix him like a peg in a sure spot,
to be a place of honor for his family.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8

R. (8bc) Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple.
R. Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.
I will give thanks to your name,
because of your kindness and your truth:
When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.
R. Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.
The LORD is exalted, yet the lowly he sees,
and the proud he knows from afar.
Your kindness, O LORD, endures forever;
forsake not the work of your hands.
R. Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.

Reading 2  ROM 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!
For who has known the mind of the Lord
or who has been his counselor?
Or who has given the Lord anything
that he may be repaid?

For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be glory forever. Amen.

AlleluiaMT 16:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church


First tanker crosses northern sea route without ice breaker (Because it is one anyway!) Aletho News

By Paul Homewood | Not A Lot Of People Know That | August 25, 2017 A commercial LNG tanker has sailed across the colder, northern route from Europe to Asia without the protection of an ice-breaker for the first time. The specially-built ship completed the crossing in just six-and-a-half days setting a new record, according []


Islamic State threatens Pope Francis and the Catholic Church in new video Jihad Watch

Remember this, you kuffar [non-Muslims] we will be in Rome, we will be in Rome, inshallah [god willing].After all their efforts, it would be the religion of the cross that would be broken. Yep, its an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ, all right. Remember: Pope Francis has said that the rights of Muslim migrants []


Sayyed Nasrallah: ISIL Terrorists in Lebanon-Syria Border Outskirts Confused & Besieged, Victory Imminent Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

August 24, 2017 Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed on Thursday that ISIL takfiri terrorists in Lebanon-Syria border outskirts are completely confused and besieged in the center of the battlefield, adding that they prefer to leave the area if they obtain the approval of their central command. In a televised speech, Sayyed Nasrallah greeted []


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Patriot Prayer Rally? Poop the dogs on it! UPDATED WITH TRIGGER ALERT Fausta's Blog

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Pope: Every foreigner who knocks at our door is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ Jihad Watch

Youre much more likely to meet Muhammad. Somali Muslim migrant Mohammad Barry in February 2016 stabbed multiple patrons at a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab Christian; Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan Muslim migrant, in September 2016 set off bombs in New York City and New Jersey; Arcan Cetin, a Turkish Muslim migrant, in September []


Very big gap ahead of Brexit talks: EU official Londons lack of substance holding up progress Peace and Freedom


AFP/File / by Bryan McManus | Britain and Brussels are still a long way apart on key issues in Brexit talks, EU officials warn

BRUSSELS (AFP)  Britain and the EU are very far apart on the main issues just days ahead of crunch Brexit talks, EU officials said Friday, blaming Londons lack of substance for holding up progress.

The two sides are due to hold a third round of negotiations next week but the officials were unable to say if they would start on Monday, as widely expected, or Tuesday.

The EU insists there has to be sufficient progress in three key areas EU citizen rights, Northern Irelands border and the exit bill before considering Londons demand for talks on its future trade relationship with the bloc.

If you look where we are and where we need to be it is a very big gap. It is unlikely that we will make major steps to close this gap next week, one of the EU officials told a press briefing.

It is not the lack of time that is preventing us from advancing, so far it has been the lack of substance, added the official who asked not to be named.

The EU officials stressed repeatedly that the remaining 27 member states had agreed on the sequencing of the talks and despite London pressing to get the future relationship on the table, that was a no-go for the moment.

After the last round in July, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier warned Britain it had to clarify its position on the initial separation issues if there was to be the sufficient progress required to turn to trade in October.

London has published several position papers in the past few weeks but the EU officials appeared not to be overly impressed.

Ireland not bargaining chip

On the future of Northern Ireland and its border with the Republic of Ireland, London suggested technological solutions could avoid it becoming a barrier to both trade and the peace process.

We see a lot of magical thinking about how an invisible border could work in the future, one of the officials said, urging London to really take on board just how big an impact Brexit will have on Irelands economy and society.

The official rejected British suggestions that agreeing a trade deal now would help resolve the issue and warned: We think that the peace process must not become a bargaining chip in these negotiations.

In another position paper, Britain said there might be room fo...


Shot and Dumped by a Pigsty: a Schoolboy Killed in Philippines Drugs War Peace and Freedom

MANILA Philippine teenager Kian Loyd delos Santos told friends he dreamed of becoming a policeman after graduating from high school.

Last week, plain-clothes policemen dragged the 17-year-old to a dark, trash-filled alley in northern Manila, shot him in the head and left his body next to a pigsty, according to witnesses whose accounts appeared to be backed up by CCTV footage.

Saldy delos Santos comforts his wife, Lorenza, during a hearing on the killing of their son, Kian, at the Senate yesterday. ERNIE PEAREDONDO

The killing has electrified the Philippines, sparked multiple investigations and galvanized what had previously been limited opposition to President Rodrigo Dutertes war on drugs. Thousands of people have been killed since he took office 14 months ago.

Police said they shot delos Santos in self-defense after he opened fire on officers during an anti-drugs operation. But there was outrage when the CCTV footage emerged showing two officers marching a figure, subdued and apparently unarmed, toward the spot where the youths body was later found.

Three officers, who police say have been confined to quarters in a Manila police camp, are now defending their actions in a Senate inquiry that began on Thursday. They maintain delos Santos fired at them.

The teenagers parents and the Philippines Public Attorneys Office, a government legal aid agency, have filed murder charges against the policemen at the justice department.

Let us allow th...


ISIS Claims Deadly Attack on Shiite Mosque in Afghanistan Peace and Freedom

KABUL, Afghanistan Suicide attackers stormed a crowded mosque in Kabul during Friday Prayer, officials said, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens of others in the latest in a series of deadly attacks against Shiites in Afghanistan.

The Islamic State, which previously claimed deadly assaults against Shiite targets in the country, said its militants were behind the attack, according to the groups Amaq news agency.

Worshipers who had jumped out of windows and fled barefoot from the siege described scenes of panic and bloodshed after gunmen entered the compound in a residential area in the north of the city. The men stormed in after an explosion, believed to have been caused by grenades thrown at security guards at the entrance.

Eidi Muhammad Akbari, who fled to safety, said that hundreds of people had been stuck inside.

Half of the mosque was full of worshipers women upstairs and men downstairs, hundreds of men and women, he said, pacing barefoot. They threw a grenade inside and then entered.

Fleeing the area of the mosque attack. Worshipers who had jumped out of windows described scenes of panic after gunmen had entered the compound. Credit Mo...


Second Massacre in 48 Hrs: Saudis Target Yemen Home Killing or Injuring 38 Geopolitics Alert

Sanaa (GPA) The Saudi-led coalition against Yemen carried out yet another massacre last night when warplanes targeted a residential neighborhood with four air strikes. 38 civilians were either killed or wounded in the attack mostly women and children.

According to YemenExtras local sources, the attack targeted three buildings Sanaas Atan neighborhood. So far, 14 people have been killed and at least 24 more injured. The number is expected to rise as rescue teams and security staff dig through the rubble.

The martyrs included children as young as 5 and a couple just married two weeks ago.

Yemen is in a chronic state of mourning due to the Saudi-led terrorism. Last nights massacre comes just 48 hours after another violent attack. On Wednesday, coalition planes targeted a hotel near Sanaa. Killing nearly 50 civilians and injuring almost 20 more.

RELATED: Heres Exactly What 800+ Days of US-Saudi Aggression Has Destroyed in Yemen

Yesterday, Yemenis filled the streets in various provinces protesting the Saudi-led war and U.S.-backed terrorism.

Ansarullah spokesman, Mohamed Abdel Salam, quickly condemned the recent attacks. He called the Saudis cowardly attacks an expression of failure. He explained that the kingdom and their allies use the United Nations as a cover to carry out their despicable war crimes without opposition.

Salam also stressed that Yemens resistance would not sit idly by as passive victims. He reiterated Ansarullahs determination to confront the Saudis both militarily and politically until their aggression ends.

[PHOTOS] Yemen Unveils Line of Homemade Rifles With Anti-Air Capability

Yemens Republican Guard and Ansarullah have made significant strides in their military capability over the past year. Months ago, Yemens resistance announced the completion of long-range homemade ballistic missiles. Just this week, Sanaas Ministry of Defense military development branch revealed eight new Yemen-made sniper rifles...


Wasserman Schultzs Islamophobia claim leads Marine to go public on Muslim IT staffers Jihad Watch

It pisses me off, said Taggart, a black Marine who says he votes Democrat. He believes Wasserman Schultz is crying wolf and devaluing the meaning of genuine discrimination, while also exposing herself and the nation to risks. Yes, that sums it up. EXCLUSIVE: Wasserman Schultz Islamophobia Claim Prompts Angered Marine To Go Public On Awans, []


American Society isnt a Zoo, and White People Arent Monkeys Fig Trees and Vineyards

By Gilad Atzmon How to make well-meaning Americans into antisemites? Make sure they read Peter Beinarts Forward article,  The One Thing Jews Should Be Doing To Combat White Supremacy. Beinart, a light Zionist intellectual  has kindly revealed how American Jews reacted when they heard the neo-Nazis chant, Jews will not replace us.  Some were fearful,  but, Beinart asserts, many []


Get assigned to Cuba, go deaf Fausta's Blog

Babalu has been reporting on the bizarre acoustic attacks on American and Canadian diplomats. Todays WSJ has this, At Least 16 Americans Reported Health Problems at U.S. Embassy in Cuba. Some attributed hearing loss to sonic waves from covert listening devices, but mystery remains At least 16 Americans working at the U.S. Embassy in Havana have []


Denouncing Violence Enough is Enough!

I was not at the counter-demonstration last Sunday in Qubec City, but the media wave that followed it has made want to double-lock the doors and let copies of Le Devoir accumulate on the front steps until a winter storm takes them. By force.


Written by Cline Hequet, translation by Montreal Counter-info.

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.

Denouncing Violence

I was not at the counter-demonstration last Sunday in Qubec City, but the media wave that followed it has made want to double-lock the doors and let copies of Le Devoir accumulate on the front steps until a winter storm takes them. By force.

In effect, on all platforms, politicians were quick to do their favourite thing, namely to denounce violence, a term deployed so often that we dont...


Kevin Barrett on Israel, 9/11, and Trumps Afghanistan Policy Fig Trees and Vineyards

In the video above Kevin Barrett, discusses his views on 9/11 as well as on Trumps decision to ramp up US military forces in Afghanistan. He notes that previously, back during the presidential campaign, Trump was skeptical about the US getting further involved in foreign warsbut now, as president, he is reversing many of his []


The Cancer Is In Pakistan ThereAreNoSunglasses

The Cancer Is In Pakistan


President Obama, according to Bob Woodwards book Obamas Wars, had said in a 2009 Oval Office meeting, that the cancer [of terrorism] was in Pakistan, and the United States needed to make...


Why Nazis are so afraid of these clowns Waging Nonviolence

by Sarah Freeman-Woolpert

The Finnish group Loldiers of Odin formed to protest the anti-immigrant Soldiers of Odin. (

Trolls chanted in the streets the day of a planned neo-Nazi rally in the small ski town of Whitefish, Montana earlier this year. But they were not the trolls that residents had been expecting namely, white supremacists from around the country, who had been harassing the towns Jewish community with death threats.

These trolls wore bright blue wigs and brandished signs that read Trolls Against Trolls and Fascists Fear Fun, cheerfully lining the route where the neo-Nazi march had been slated to take place. Due to poor organizing and the failure to obtain proper permits, the demonstration had fell through, leading to what the counter-protesters gleefully deemed a Sieg Fail. So, locals held their own counter-event, gathering together to share matzo ball soup and celebrate the towns unity, which with a dose of humor and a denunciation of hatred had successfully weathered a right-wing anti-Semitic troll storm and strengthened the community as a whole.

Using humor and irony to undermine white supremacy dates back to the days of the Third Reich, from jokes and cartoons employed by Norwegians against the Nazi occupation to The Great Dictator speech by Charlie Chaplin. In recent years, humor has continued to be used as a tactic to undermine Nazi ideology, particularly in the unlikely form of clowns troupes of brightly-dressed activists who show up to neo-Nazi gatherings and make a public mockery of the messages these groups promote. It puts white supremacists in a dilemma in which their own use of violence will seem unwarranted, and their machismo image is tainted by the comedic performance by their opponent. Humor de-escalates their rallies, turning what could become a violent confrontation into a big jo...


Stop Everything and Watch This: David Icke on Free Speech Destroyers Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

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CIA Whistleblower Discusses Deep State/Shadow Government Fig Trees and Vineyards

In this presentation former CIA agent and whistleblower Kevin Shipp distinguishes between the shadow government and the deep state. There is a hierarchy, he says, and the former, comprised of the US intelligence agencies and the media, is at the top of it. It is a matrix system that has functioned across every single administration []


Kabul Shia mosque attacked, leaving 10 dead Militants carried out a commando attack on the mosque. Peace and Freedom

BBC News

Security forces deploy to the site of the attack

At least 10 people have been killed and 30 injured in an attack on a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials say.

A suicide bomber detonated explosives at the mosques gate before two gunmen entered as worshippers gathered for afternoon prayers.

Afghan special forces fought a four-hour gun battle with the attackers and say the gunmen are now dead.

So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the attack.

The groups news outlet, Amaq, said militants had carried out a commando attack on the mosque.

Children and police officers are among the victims of Fridays attack, interior ministry officials say.

Last month, dozens of people were killed when a car bomb struck a bus carrying government employees in the capital. The Taliban said they were behind that attack.

An Afghan man who fled the mosque when a suicide bomber attacked it leaves the scene, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 25 August 2017One survivor was covered in blood from the attack. EPA photo


UK: Advocate of death penalty for blasphemy to tackle misconceptions that lead Muslims to jihad terror Jihad Watch

War is deceit, said Muhammad, and here we go again. I explain here why Dr. Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadris celebrated 300-page fatwa against terrorism does not actually denounce jihad terrorism, and cannot be considered a true reformist document. Whats more, the supposedly moderate Tahir ul-Qadri and his Minhaj ul-Quran organization advocate the death penalty for blasphemy. []


Myanmar: 71 dead as Muslims mount jihad attacks on police and border outposts Jihad Watch

Note how this AP report places the blame on the Myanmar government: The clashes were the worst since an attack by the militants on three border posts last October killed nine policemen, setting off months of brutal counterinsurgency operations by Myanmar security forces against Rohingya communities in Rakhine state. Human rights groups accused the army []


The Lincoln Myth: Ideological Cornerstone of the America Empire Aletho News

By Thomas DiLorenzo | Institute for Political Economy | August 21, 2017 Lincoln is theology, not historiology. He is a faith, he is a church, he is a religion, and he has his own priests and acolytes, most of whom . . . are passionately opposed to anybody telling the truth about him . . []


Weekend long read BBC Watch

1) As noted here last week, the BBC did not produce any reporting about the recent visit to Iran by a Hamas delegation. The JCPA has an article explaining the significance of that visit.

Now, again, the Iranian regime is telling the Hamas leadership in no uncertain terms that the Islamic movement must make a correct strategic decision, consistent with the changing balance of power in the Middle East, and align with Iran, which has become a regional superpower. Its hegemonic status now grounded in the Shiite crescent, which includes Iraq, Yemen, Syria, and Lebanon, Iran is leading the ongoing struggle against Israel. In his meeting with Izzat al-Rishk, Parliament Chairman Larijani said that Hamas must draw conclusions from the Middle Eastern developments in recent years, particularly those in Iraq and Syria.

2) At the Tablet, Tony Badran discusses Hizballahs shopping list.

In remarks delivered at the Port of Beirut, Ambassador Richard reviewed the material contents of a $100 million co...


North Korea Steps Up Work on Parts for New Reactor, IAEA Says Peace and Freedom

VIENNA North Korea has increased its efforts to produce parts for a new nuclear reactor it is building while continuing to operate the main existing one that provides fuel for its atom bombs, the U.N. nuclear watchdog has said in an annual report on Friday.

North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile tests since the beginning of last year, defying world powers and raising fears of a conflict breaking out on the heavily militarized Korean peninsula.

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A missile test last month put the mainland United States in range. Pyongyang later said it had a plan to fire missiles at the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, while U.S. President Donald Trump said any threats would be met with fire and fury.

It is not clear whether Pyongyang can miniaturize a nuclear bomb enough to fit it on top of such a missile, and it is widely believed it cannot yet protect such a warhead from the heat generated when a missile re-enters the earths atmosphere.

Its effort to produce material for nuclear bombs, however, has rumbled on, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report to its annual general conference. The IAEA does not have access to North Korea and monitors its activities mainly by satellite imagery.

There were indications in the LWR (light-water reactor) construction yard of an increase in activities consistent with the fabrication of certain reactor components, the IAEA report posted on the General Conferences website said.

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The agency has not observed indications of the delivery or introduction of major reactor components into the reactor containment building, it said...


London, Ontario bans anti-Islamization rally: Ideologies contrary to City of London not permitted in civic spaces Jihad Watch

The London, Ontario city hall actually passed a motion saying: Civic Administration be directed to prepare the necessary formal council policy to confirm the prohibition of activities of organizations whose ideologies is contrary to the City of London are not permitted in civic spaces, and/or facilities and spaces. So only one point of view is []


State Department says committing to two-states is bias as Kushner is sent to broker peace Mondoweiss

Donald Trumps son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner is meeting with leaders in Israel and the West Bank on a mission to broker a peace, yet his visit comes on the heels of a State Department spokesperson refusing to confirm if the U.S. is still committed to a two-state solution.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters on Wednesday that if she divulged the presidents agenda and whether he intends to seek or scrap Palestinian statehood, it would really bias one side over the other. After a reporter cited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbass confusion about U.S. goals and asked, Why are you so loath to to recommit yourself to the two-state solution? Nauert responded:

We are not going to state what the outcome has to be. It has to be workable to both sides. And I think, really, thats the best view as to not really bias one side over the other, to make sure that they can work through it. 

In Jerusalem, Kushner released a warm yet vague statement after meeting with Netanyahu yesterday morning. He said that U.S.-Israel relations are stronger than ever, and did not elaborate on the issue of Palestinian statehood. 

The President is very committed to achieving a solution here that will be able to bring prosperity and peace to all people in this area, Kushner said, and we really appreciate the commitment of the Prime Minister and his team to engaging very thoughtfully and respectfully in the way that the President has asked them to do so.

A video of Kushner and Netanyahu was posted on President Trumps Instagram account, with the president writing a note of excitement echoing Netanyahus words, peace, security, and prosperity:

Thank you Prime Minister @b.netanyahu and Jared! Lets advance #Peace, #Prosperity, and #Security in the area. There is no doubt that our relationship with you is stronger than ever! See you soon.

#USA #Israel

By contrast,relations between Trump and the Palestinians have increasingly waned. 

Earlier in the week Abbas told Israeli politicians that he has met...


Apple moves to shut down Iranian apps, citing US sanctions Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


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Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, August 26, 2017 Do not go to glean in anyone elses field. Blessed is the LORD who has not failed to provide for you. Whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Peace and Freedom

Saturday of the Twentieth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 424

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Reading 1 RU 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17

Naomi had a prominent kinsman named Boaz,
of the clan of her husband Elimelech.
Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi,
Let me go and glean ears of grain in the field
of anyone who will allow me that favor.
Naomi said to her, Go, my daughter, and she went.
The field she entered to glean after the harvesters
happened to be the section belonging to Boaz
of the clan of Elimelech.

Boaz said to Ruth, Listen, my daughter!
Do not go to glean in anyone elses field;
you are not to leave here.
Stay here with my women servants.
Watch to see which field is to be harvested, and follow them;
I have commanded the young men to do you no harm.
When you are thirsty, you may go and drink from the vessels
the young men have filled.
Casting herself prostrate upon the ground, Ruth said to him,
Why should I, a foreigner, be favored with your notice?
Boaz answered her:
I have had a complete account of what you have done
for your mother-in-law after your husbands death;
you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth,
and have come to a people whom you did not know previously.

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Boaz took Ruth.
When they came together as man and wife,
the LORD enabled her to conceive and she bore a son.
Then the women said to Naomi,
Blessed is the LORD who has not failed
to provide you today with an heir!
May he become famous in Israel!
He will be your comfort and the support of your old age,
for his mother is the daughter-in-law who loves you.
She is worth more to you than seven sons!
Naomi took the child, placed him on her lap, and became his nurse.
And the neighbor women gave him his name,
at the news that a grandson had been born to Naomi.
They called him Obed.
He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.



Georgias borders erased by the Russian occupation. The creeping Russian aggression continues. (English)

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India guru rape case: 12 die in unrest as Ram Rahim Singh convicted Peace and Freedom

  • BBC News
Violent clashes have taken place in Panchkula (footage by Sudeep Sachdeva)

At least 12 people have been killed in violent protests over the rape conviction of a popular religious leader in north India.

The victims are believed to be Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singhs followers. Angry supporters are rampaging through Panchkula town, near Chandigarh.

Reports of widespread vandalism are coming in. At least two railway stations have been set on fire.

Followers also smashed cars and set media vans alight.

The latest death toll was reported by Indian media and Associated Press, quoting the chief medical officer of Panchkulas hospital.

Singh, who claims to have millions of disciples, was found guilty of raping two women at the headquarters of his sect, known as Dera Sacha Sauda, in 2002.

More than 200,000 of his followers had flocked to the Chandigarh area ahead of Fridays verdict.

Thousands of army, police and paramilitary forces have been deployed. They are firing tear-gas canisters and water cannon into the crowd to try to restore control, says the BBCs Ravinder Singh Robin in Panchkula.

At least a dozen people have been injured in the town.

Curfews have been imposed in several areas of the city and across the state of Punjab.

Meanwhile, violence has also spread to the capital, Delhi, where two train coaches have been set on fire, according to reports.

Messenger of God posterImage captionGurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has millions of followers in India

Singh, 50, was taken into protective custody by the army following the conviction.

The court is expected to sentence him on Monday.



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Indian protests after godman convicted of rape kill at least 14 Peace and Freedom

PANCHKULA, India (Reuters) Violent protests erupted in India on Friday, killing at least 14 people, after a court convicted a self-styled godman of raping two women, angering thousands of his supporters who said he was innocent, police and officials said.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, the head of a social welfare and spiritual group, was found guilty of raping two followers in a case dating back to 2002 at the headquarters of his Dera Sacha Sauda group in the northern town of Sirsa.

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Supporters rampaged in response, attacking railway stations, petrol stations and television vans in towns across the northern states of Punjab and Haryana, witnesses said.

At least 14 people were killed, most of them in Panchkula town where the court returned its verdict on Singh, a federal interior ministry official said. More than 200 were wounded in the two states, he said.

Dozens of cars were burning in Panchkula town while a body lay on a roadside. Television footage showed frantic scenes outside a hospital in Panchkula, with medical staff hurriedly transferring injured patients from ambulances on to wheelchairs and stretchers. Smoke could be seen rising in another part of town.

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Protests also erupted in New Delhi and in the neighboring state of Rajasthan. Supporters of the godman set fire to some buses and two empty train coaches in the capital.

Singh commands a following that he claims is in the millions. Supporters started gathering in the streets outside the court in Panchkula on Thursday.

The court has convicted Ram Rahim Singh of rape charges, Kohal Dev Sharma, a lawyer at the court said.

Rioters smash television trucks during violence in Panchkula, India, August 25, 2017.Cathal McNaughton

Justice has finally prevailed.

Singh, a burly, bearded man who has scripted and starred in his own films, denied the charges. He had called on his followers through a video message to remain peaceful.

A.K. Dhir, one of his lawyers, said Singh was innocent and his followers had every right to express their outrage.

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Singhs sentence will be announced later in the month, media reported. Sharma said he faced a minimum of seven years in prison.

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North Korea warns Britain it faces miserable end if it takes part in military exercise on peninsula Peace and Freedom

By David Harding

Yahoo News UKAugust 25, 2017
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (Rex)

Britain has been warned by North Korea it faces a miserable end if UK troops take part in military exercises alongside those from South Korea and the U.S.

Pyongyang made the warning after joint exercises involving international troops began at the beginning of the week.

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Stop Poking the Russian Bear Covert Geopolitics

War between Russia and the West seems nearly inevitable. No self-respecting nation facing inexorable encirclement by an alliance of hostile neighbors can allow such pressures and forces to continue indefinitely. Eventually it must protect its interests through military action. by Robert W. Merry Indeed, Russia already has resorted to military action: in Georgia in 2008, Continue reading Stop Poking the Russian Bear


Don't you like how the colonial mentality still prevails in US media The Angry Arab News Service/

This is classic colonial ploy: find a native who is hired by colonial powers, and cite him on why the natives wish colonialism to continue: "We need an American commitment to support the defense forces, elections and democratic institutions. Americas reputation is at stake in Afghanistan, and if this all goes bad, America will lose its credibility. "


Gary Cohn: Trump Team Must Do Better to Condemn Hate Groups Peace and Freedom


Gary Cohn, the top economic adviser in the Trump White House, is now on-the-record criticizing the presidents botched response to the deadly white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville this month. This administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups and do everything we can to heal the deep divisions that exist in our communities, he told the Financial Times in an interview published Friday. Cohn, who is Jewish, additionally revealed he faced enormous pressure to resign after the president blamed hatred on many sides for the deadly violence and later claimed there were very fine people among the neo-Nazi groups protesting to protect Confederate-era statues. As a patriotic American, I am reluctant to leave my post, he said, because I feel a duty to fulfill my commitment to work on behalf of the American people. But I also feel compelled to voice my distress over the events of the last two weeks. Cohn took a not-so-veiled dig at his boss equivocating on hate groups, saying, Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK.




Elon Musks Boring Company Wins Approval to Dig a Two-Mile Test Tunnel in California

Via: The Verge: The City Council in Hawthorne, California voted four to one last night in favor of a plan from Elon Musks Boring Company to dig a two-mile-long underground test tunnel. The Boring Company, which operates from SpaceXs headquarters in Hawthorne outside Los Angeles, had until now only dug into and under its own []


Venezuela: Wests Battle Against Multipolarism Reaches Far Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

August 22, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci LD) The battle between the established unipolar international order dominated by Wall Street, Washington, and London and an emerging multipolar order appears fixated on Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and across the entirety of Asia. However, it extends to virtually every corner of the globe, from competition in the Arctic to []


D. James Kennedy Ministries files defamation lawsuit against Southern Poverty Law Center Jihad Watch

At last, some pushback. For years, the Southern Poverty Law Center has been defaming not just Christian groups, as this lawsuit correctly states, but also counter-jihad groups and other legitimate and worthy organizations as hate groups. This has resulted in the wholesale stigmatization, demonization, and marginalization of these groups, including Jihad Watch, and now, after []


This man is now the closest Arab to Israel: Yusuf Al-Oteibah The Angry Arab News Service/

"I think the region needs this, Yousef al-Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to Washington, said in an interview. If we can make a breakthrough on this right now, it would be a game changer for the region".  Now how many Arabs does Oteibah speak for? 


US wont pull back from South China Sea ops: general Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | US Navy ships are sailing close to a contested island in the South China Sea in a show of strength to challenge Chinas territorial claims

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP)  An American general insisted Friday the United States would not pull back from operations in the disputed South China Sea to combat Beijing?s territorial claims despite a series of accidents involving US warships.General Terrence OShaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, said the American military still had credibility all over the world despite the incidents, which have raised concerns that the US armed forces are overstretched in Asia.

In the latest incident, the USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker off Singapore early Monday, tearing a huge hole in the vessel?s hull and leaving two sailors dead and eight missing.

It was the fourth accident involving an American warship in the Pacific this year, two of them fatal.

The McCain had been heading to the city-state after conducting a freedom of navigation mission sailing close to a contested island in the South China Sea in a show of strength to challenge Beijings territorial claims.

The US has been carrying out a growing number of such operations in recent years as China increasingly asserts its claims to almost the entire sea, despite partial counter-claims from some Asian neighbours.

There is no setback to those (freedom of navigation) operations following these incidents, OShaughnessy told reporters during a visit to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

We stand firm that we are going to sail and fly anywhere where international rules allow. We will continue to do that.

Every day, we have operations within the South China Sea and areas surrounding it.

He added that the latest collision should not eclipse the work of the US military as a whole.

I dont think that we should let one incident overshadow the great capability that the United States of America brings across all services, he said.

Still, the incidents have provided a propaganda windfall to US rivals like China, with the foreign ministry in Beijing voicing concerns American warships posed a security threat to civilian vessels in the South China Sea.

Mondays accident was the second involving an American destroyer in two months after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a cargo ship off Japan in June, killing seven sailors.

A multinational search operation at sea for the missing sailors on the McCain was called off Thursday, with divers now focusing on flooded c...


US-backed war on Yemen has created world's worst humanitarian crisis The Angry Arab News Service/

"After two and a half years of war, little is functioning in Yemen. Repeated bombings have crippled bridges, hospitals and factories." "The United States is also a major donor, as well as a primary supplier of arms to the members of the Saudi-led coalition. Although the United States is not directly involved in the conflict, it has provided military support to the Saudi-led coalition, and Yemenis have often found the remnants of American-made munitions in the ruins left by deadly airstrikes."


Reporting on Afghan escalation omits dead civilians The Angry Arab News Service/

"US media also continued their rich tradition of not blaming the US or Trump for the warinstead laying responsibility at the feet of some unknown geopolitical dark matter that has forced the US to occupy Afghanistan permanently." "Just as the thousands killed in Yemen by US-backed Saudi bombing dont inform coverage of the famine there, the causal effect of US military action on poor, faceless brown people is never clearly laid out."


Australia's complicity in war crimes The Angry Arab News Service/

"Emily Howie, the director of advocacy and research at the Human Rights Law Centre, believes Pine Gap's potential role in drone strikes may leave Australians open to prosecution. "The legal problem that's created by drone strikes is that there may very well be violations of the laws of armed conflict, or war crimes as it's called colloquially, and that Australia may be involved in those potential war crimes through the facility at Pine Gap," she says." "What we have here are credible and really serious allegations made against the personnel at Pine Gap that they could be involved in assisting international crimes war crimes and we have absolutely zero transparency around what's happened," she says."


Sisi, hero of Israel The Angry Arab News Service/

"From Israels standpoint, Egypts involvement is important. Any country engaged in blocking Irans influence in Syria serves Israels interests." "During these discussions, Israel will presumably push the superpowers to encourage Egypts involvement in Syria, thereby ensuring another Arab partner (alongside Jordan) that will be sympathetic to its interests." (thanks Amir)


Spain to Push for Better Counter-Terrorism Coordination in Europe: PM Peace and Freedom

MADRID Spains Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Friday he would ask a summit attended by French, Spanish, Italian and German leaders next Monday to discuss how European cooperation on counter-terrorism efforts could be improved.

Fifteen people died last week in twin attacks by Islamist militants in the Spanish region of Catalonia.

Rajoy told a news conference he wanted European Union partners to analyze the current cooperation mechanisms and look at options to boost them and improve them.

(Reporting by Angus Berwick; Writing by Sarah White; Editing by Jesus Aguado)

An armed police officer outside a stadium in Barcelona. Catalan law enforcement officials have long complained that they are not allowed to work on their own with foreign intelligence organizations.Credit Santi Palacios/Associated Press

Relatives of the men who carried out the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils last week gathered with other Muslims in the main square of Ripoll, Spain, on Saturday in support of the victims.Credit Samuel Aranda for The New York Times


I don't trust former Jihadis and former terrorists The Angry Arab News Service/

I know that Zionists would like to parade those who they call "former terrorists" and "former Jihadis" but I never trust those people.


Hating Islam (and Muslims) as a career The Angry Arab News Service/

I swear to you.  No one in the Muslim world knows who she is. She keeps talking about the great danger that she is under for her courage.  Maybe they knew her in the Netherland years ago, but no one in the Arab world has ever heard of her for example.  


The Economist on Political Islam The Angry Arab News Service/

There are many things wrong with the long piece on Political Islam in the Economist.  For one, the review of Morsi's short term in Egypt was most unfair.  Like it or not, his term had the most political freedoms of expression and satire since--ever.  


American Society isnt a Zoo and White People Arent Monkeys Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

August 24, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon By Gilad Atzmon   How to make well-meaning Americans into antisemites? Make sure they read Peter Beinarts Forward article,  The One Thing Jews Should Be Doing To Combat White Supremacy. Beinart, a light Zionist intellectual  has kindly revealed how American Jews reacted when they heard the neo-Nazis chant, Jews will not replace us.  Some []


The Economist magazine stumbles on the most significant insight on Islam The Angry Arab News Service/

"Democracy was not one of Muhammads prescriptions".  No way. SO unlike Moses and Jesus, Muhammad did not prescribe liberal democracy? How could he?


German supermarket shelves left empty in anti-racism campaign Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


In an anti-racism campaign, German supermarket left its shelves empty after removing all foreign products


Stop with those stupid surveys of Muslims about Shari`ah The Angry Arab News Service/

When you ask Muslims in Arabic about Shari`ah it does NOT have the same meaning as it does to Westerners.  For Muslims, they think that this is pertaining to personal status laws, more than anything.  


Suicide bomber, gunmen attack Shiite mosque in Kabul More than 10 ambulances were at the scene Peace and Freedom

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KABUL (AFGHANISTAN) (AFP)  A suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a Shiite mosque in an ongoing attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Friday, officials said, the latest assault to highlight the war-torn countrys deteriorating security situation.

Gunshots could be heard and witnesses reported seeing worshippers smash windows to escape the building.

More than 10 ambulances were at the scene and dozens of security forces have surrounded the mosque, in a residential area in the citys north.

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  Shiite mosque during an ongoing attack, Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. AP photo

Kabul police spokesman Abdul Basir Mujahid told AFP a suicide bomber detonated himself inside the mosque, adding that there were casualties but could not confirm numbers.

An interior ministry spokesman told media that at least two police officers had been killed. A health ministry official confirmed at least two people had died and 11 were wounded, without specifying if they were civilians.

People gathered outside the mosque, believed to have been crowded with Friday worshippers, were trying to call women and children trapped inside but their mobile phones were not responding, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

Our relatives have been stranded inside the mosque We believe they have been held hostage by the gunmen. We are very concerned about their safety and may God help us and rescue our loved ones, one said.

Tempers were beginning to fray as onlookers called for the forces to storm the building.

The assault underscores spiralling insecurity in Afghanistan as a resurgent Taliban steps up offensives across the country, while the Sunni Islamic State group, known for carrying out sectarian attacks, expands its Afghan footprint.

It comes just days after US President Donald Trump pledged American troops would stay in Afghanistan indefinitely.

Najib Danish, a deputy spokesman for the interior ministry, told TOLOnews that initial information suggested a suicide bomber detonated himself and two or three other militants had entered the mosque and were exchanging fire with police.

Two Afghan police forces were martyred and two others were wounded and have been taken to hospital. All the four police officers were responsible for the security of the site, Danish wrote on Facebook.

The bombers are running short of bullet rounds...


Ayaan Hirsi Ali Calls Out the Southern Poverty Law Centers Blasphemy Enforcement The Counter Jihad Report

Front Page Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield, Aug. 24, 2017: And thats exactly what it is. Theres been a consistent pattern of groups fighting Islamophobia including ex-Muslims and even Muslim liberals on their hit list. Theres a limited amount of fuss Continue reading


Yusuf Al-Oteiba on new Israeli opportunities with Gulf potentates The Angry Arab News Service/

"This young, dynamic leadership presents opportunities that may not have existed before, said Yousef al-Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to Washington. The White House clearly shares that view."


Netherlands: Deradicalized jihadist was spreading jihad messages to young Muslims Jihad Watch

A believed to be de-radicalized man spread propaganda for the jihad while working with young people in Amsterdams radicalization and polarization department Bilal L was hired as a youth worker because he was deemed to know everything about radicalization and could spot and keep young people off the jihad-road, but instead, he was preaching the []


Zionists for anti-Semites The Angry Arab News Service/

"To some it looks as if Mr Netanyahu is more likely to see anti-Semitism in those who oppose his policies."


Markets Eye Debt Ceiling With Unease Peace and Freedom

Treasury officials have said Congress must raise borrowing limit by end of September

Updated Aug. 24, 2017 7:35 p.m. ET

Early signs of concern about the federal debt ceiling are creeping into the financial markets, as President Donald Trump pressured lawmakers over how to proceed on the issue.

While stocks remain sturdy, the yields on Treasury bills that mature shortly after the debt-limit deadline have been on the rise. A Treasury bill due Oct. 12 has a higher yield than one that matures Nov. 24, according to Tradeweb. That is unusual for fixed-income securities, which typically yield more for longer maturities.

That kink suggests investors are worried Washington may fail, and yields are rising to compensate for the risk investors due their money in October wont be paid on time. The yields have been on the rise this summer, but the differential has picked up in recent days, and sooner than during debt-ceiling standoffs in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Mr. Trump in Thursday tweets blamed the congressional Republican leadership for what he called the mess awaiting lawmakers this fall as they seek to raise the nations borrowing limit and, separately, keep the government running when funding runs out at the end of September.

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Lawmakers would have to deal with both issues in relatively short order, as the House and Senate have only 12 days during which they are both in session following the August recess. Mr. Trump said in a tweet that he had urged Congress to get at least the debt ceiling done before the monthlong break.

Forecasters in The Wall Street Journals monthly survey of economists this month saw, on average, a 22% chance of the government shutting down at the end of next month and a 17% chance that the U.S. Treasury would, at least temporarily, skip making payments on obligations to manage funding challenges.

Some bond investors are shrugging off the noise from Washington. Longer-term Treasury bond prices have been steady, with the yield on the 10-year note holding to its tightest 90-day range since 1972, according to WSJ Market Data Group.

Marques Mercier, a senior portfolio manager for Invesco, said he doesnt expect a default on government debt. Even so, he is light on Treasury bills that mature around October.

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US history of labor The Angry Arab News Service/

"The robber barons built their factories and railways without regard to the quality of the air or workers safety: in just one year, 1893, 1,567 railway workers were killed and 18,877 injured."


This is a disgusting regime which the West likes and praises (and arms): Ukraine The Angry Arab News Service/

" This spring Ukraines parliament passed a law requiring NGOs and their employees to submit asset declarations, drawing stern rebukes from Western embassies. Ukrainian editors are concerned that security services are carrying out surveillance on journalists. (The president, Petro Poroshenko, denies it.) Anti-corruption activists increasingly find themselves derided as agents of Putin or grantoedy (grant-eaters). In April a mock funeral procession gathered outside the home of Olga Balytska, a reformist Kiev city-council member, carrying a coffin plastered with her photograph. Its one thing when people criticise you on Facebook, its another when they threaten death, Ms Balytska says."


Is communism the new Blue Bonnet? Fausta's Blog

WELL, ITS AN INFERIOR PRODUCT THATS ACTUALLY BAD FOR YOU, PUSHED BY THE GOVERNMENT/MEDIA Thankyou @instapundit Fausta (@Fausta) August 24, 2017 Is communism the new Blue Bonnet?


In praise of Tahini The Angry Arab News Service/

Tahini is good for you.  Wait: now someone will claim that Ariel Sharon had invented it.


Pundits praising presidential violence The Angry Arab News Service/

"Like clockwork, pundits responded to the news by rushing to praise Trump for his presidential decision. There is nothing quite as presidential as expanding an unending war that has left many thousands of Muslim civilians dead. The response from the commentariat echoes similar proclamations just four months ago, immediately lionizing Trump for launching 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syrian air base in April (in an attack that effectively helped ISIS)."


Nothing is more presidential than war, in the US The Angry Arab News Service/

"There is nothing quite as presidential, in Washingtons eyes, as a war. A war allows the most shallow, flailing and destructive presidencies to be redeemed in the eyes of the media, at least for a day. War and killing are the US medias pornography, Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept tweeted." (thanks Amir)


So where does the PA collaborationist regime stand on security cooperation with Israel? The Angry Arab News Service/

Here are the exact words of the PA as quoted in the correspondent in Ramallah of Al-Quds Al-`Arabi: "Palestinian Authority officials said that the Authority suspended security cooperation with Israel, but  that it is undertaking all of its requirement completely to not give Israel the pretext to impose new sanctions or restrictions on the Palestinians." Word for word.


U.S. White Elites stan van houcke

AUG 24, 2017

Black and Hispanic Representation Shrinks at Top Colleges



Trumps Afghanistan foray smacks of desperation, but heres how it might succeed Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Dont believe what the mainstream media is writing about Trump in Afghanistan. Despite delusions of adequacy, he has one last card to play which might save him from Steven Bannons petulant warning shot


After attacks, Spains Moroccans fear rising Islamophobia Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Since last week's IS-claimed attacks, mosques have been desecrated, and Muslims attacked, with the Moroccan community targeted


Weekly report on israels terrorism against the State of Palestine (17 23 August 2017) Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory Israeli forces continue systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)  (17 23 August 2017)     Israeli forces killed a Palestinian child at Zaatarah Checkpoint, south of Nablus. 5 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were wounded in the West Bank and Gaza []


The Balfour Declaration: A study in British duplicity Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

It's been nearly 100 years since the document changed the course of history, yet Britain still fails to acknowledge Israel's denial of the Palestinian right to national self-determination - and its own complicity


US Military Bio-labs located in Ukraine in order to avoid the Geneva Convention of 1972 Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

US Military Bio-labs in Ukraine, Production of Bio-weapons and Disease Causing Agents By Goran Lompar, Ukraine turned into the proving ground for the new generation of US biological weapons, European mass media report. In 2015, American alternative media outlet InfoWars accused the Pentagon of developing new types of biological weapons in secret military laboratories in []


Majority of U.S. voters fear Trump will drag country into international conflict by accident and think his demeanor is not presidential Peace and Freedom

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  • 71 per cent surveyed for a George Washington University poll say Donald Trumps behavior is not what I expect from a president
  • 66 per cent believe his words and actions could get us accidentally involved in an international conflict
  • Trumps overall approval rating is 43 per cent
  • Most voters say hes keeping his capmaign promises despite pushback from Washington elites 

Two-thirds of U.S. registered voters fear that President Donald Trumps words and actions could get us accidentally involved in an international conflict, according to a new poll.

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The George Washington University Battleground Poll, released Thursday, also found that more than 7 out of 10 believe his behavior is not what I expect from a president.

While more people support Trumps job performance on the economy than oppose it, majorities disapprove of how hes handling foreign affairs in general, 53 per cent, and the North Korea crisis in particular, 51 per cent.



China Vows to Resist U.S. Trade Probe by All Means Necessary Peace and Freedom

 China's imports from North Korea slowed in July while its exports to the sanctions-hit country dwindled after surging in recent months, according to official Chinese statistics.

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We are strongly discontented with this unilateralism and protectionism, and will take all means necessary to resolutely defend the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese side and Chinese enterprises, trade ministry spokesman Gao Feng said at a news conference Thursday, according to the Washington Post.

China has been pushing back against the U.S. this week after the Trump administration said it would launch an investigation of Chinese theft of intellectual property. That investigation could lead to trade sanctions against China.

On Monday, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said the trade investigation was irresponsible and claimed it ignored the rules of the World Trade Organization.

The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions Tuesday on ten companies and six people from China and Russia for allegedly conducting business with North Korea in ways that helped the countrys nuclear weapons strategy. China responded by demanding that the U.S. immediately withdraw the sanctions. The Global Times, backed by the Chinese Communist Party, said the U.S. will pay for the unjust ban on Chinese firms and accused the U.S. of violating international law. The U.S. actions, the Global Times said, were an attempt to tarnish the international image of China.



Trump must do better in condemning hate groups after Charlottesville, Gary Cohn says Peace and Freedom

By Peter Jacobs

Gary Cohn, President Donald Trumps top economic adviser, criticized the White Houses response to Charlottesville, Virginia in his first public remarks after the deadly violence earlier this month.

This administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups and do everything we can to heal the deep divisions that exist in our communities, Cohn told the Financial Times.

Cohn said he feels compelled to voice my distress over the events of the last two weeks.

Cohn, who is Jewish, was reportedly disgusted and appalled with Trumps response to white nationalists role in the violence in Charlottesville. The president blamed both sides for the violence that left one counter-protester dead.

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Citizens standing up for equality and freedom can never be equated with white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK, Cohn told the FT.

After Trumps remarks, Cohn said, he felt enormous pressure both to resign and stay in the administration. However, he told the FT he is reluctant to leave based on a commitment to the American people.

False rumors that Cohn was leaving the White House after Trumps remarks spooked Wall Street, causing a sharp dip in the S&P 500.

As Business Insiders Bob Bryan notes:

Finance-focused political analysts warned after the rumors that there could be a serious loss of investor confidence if Cohn were to depart Trumps administration. Some observers doubt the business-friendly and economically stimulative policies on taxes and infrastructure promised by Trump can actually materialize without Cohn in the White House.

Trumps Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who is Jewish, also faced pressure to resign following the presidents remarks.

Nearly 400 of Mnuchins Yale University classmates signed a letter strongly urging him to resign.

Unlike Cohn, Mnuchin put out a statement actively defending his boss.

While I find it hard to belie...


Saudis economy: Why Vision 2030 will fail Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Riyadh has a plan to wean the country off its oil addiction. But it won't work without facing up to some core problems


Germany: Federal Interior Ministry Bans Linksunten Indymedia Insurrection News

Innenministerium verbietet linksextremistische Internetplattform

Screenshot: Report that the German federal interior ministry banned linksunten.

The German government banned the website today. According to German mainstream media the decision was given to 3 alleged operators of the indymedia platform.

Tweet by the German federal ministry announcing the ban of Linksunten Indymedia:


Invading Afrin: The missing piece of Turkey's Syria strategy? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Turkey faces an intricate tangle of military and diplomatic challenges in Syria and Iraq, but things may finally be going its way in its war at home against the PKK


Brexit: Britain will not pay a penny more than it thinks right to leave EU, says Boris Johnson We will pay what we think our legal obligations amount to. Peace and Freedom


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LONDON (Reuters) Britain will pay not a penny more, not a penny less than what the government thinks its legal obligations are to the European Union as the country leaves the bloc, foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Friday.

Talking to BBC Radio Four, Johnson said his comment that the EU could go whistle on its demands for payment was in response to being asked whether Britain would pay 100 billion euros or pounds, and not a suggestion that the government would not pay.

A financial settlement is set to be one of the most difficult issues to resolve in negotiations to unravel more than 40 years of union, and the EU has said it is one of three areas the two sides must make progress on before starting talks on a future relationship, including trading arrangements.

Some of the sums that Ive seen seem to be very high. Of course, we will meet our obligations, Johnson said. We should pay not a penny more, not a penny less of what we think our legal obligations amount to.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Alistair Smout


The Guardian

Boris Johnson concedes UK will have to pay for Brexit

Foreign secretary says UK will meet legal obligations to pay divorce bill to EU, having previously said it could go whistle

The UK will pay money to the EU as part of the Brexit process, Boris Johnson has conceded, having previously said the EU could go whistle over a reported bill of between 60bn and 100bn.

The issue of the divorce bill has split the pro-Brexit camp, with some leave supporters demanding that the UK decline to pay a penny, and Johnson told the Commons last month that a demand for 100bn (92bn) would be extortionate.

On Friday, the foreign secretary said he did not recognise that figure, but added: We will certainly have to meet our obligations.

Some of the sums that Ive seen seemed to be very high and, of course, we will meet our obligations, he told BBC Radio 4s Today programme. We are law-abiding, bill-paying people. The UK has contributed hundreds of billions o...


Baseball bat attack by student at Australian National University A statistics lecture turned violent Peace and Freedom

A statistics lecture turned violent after a student started attacking others with a baseball bat. The lecturer and several students were seriously injured before the man was stopped.

Australian university attack

A student has been arrested after assaulting three fellow students and a lecturer in an unprovoked attack during a statistics lecture at the Australian National University in the capital Canberra.

According to the Australian Federal Police, shortly after the lecture began the man stood up in his seat armed with a baseball bat and approached the lecturer at the front of the room. Three students rushed to intervene and restrain him. He assaulted four people, including the lecturer, leaving them with serious injuries, including broken bones.

Police Detective Superintendent Ben Cartwright praised the incredible bravery on behalf of those students to protect the lecturer. During the assault, one student succeeded in taking the bat away from the attacker and running away with it, he said.

Max Claessens, an 18-year-old student whose friend was inside the classroom, said his friend told him that the attacker had waited until the class had settled in before he suddenly pulled out a baseball bat and began hurting people.

Australian university attackMax Claessens spoke with reporters

One of the students just randomly, out of the blue, got up with a bat, struck out at two or three students, before apparently going for the teacher. And obviously people were in a bit of shock so they ran out to get help before the guy who wasnt coming down and was going a bit crazy, to be honest was restrained, Claessens said.

Another student, Jolene Lavery, was walking past the room shortly after the attack. She described the situation, saying, There was a man on a stretcher who was being offered morphine, so obviously in a lot of pain, with a lot of blood coming from his head. And a lot of people in shock as well. A lot of people getting blankets put over them and being looked after by the staff and emergency services.



More American Troops to Afghanistan, To Keep the Chinese Out? Lithium and the Battle for Afghanistans Mineral Riches Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source By Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Trump calls for escalation of the war in Afghanistan. Why? Is it part of the Global War on Terrorism, going after the bad guys, or is it something else?  Unknown to the broader public, Afghanistan has significant oil, natural gas and strategic raw material resources, not to mention opium, a []


President Trump Announces New Afghanistan Strategy Strategic Culture Foundation

Almost 16 years have passed since the US invaded Afghanistan. The threat coming from the Taliban has not subsided. The goal was to deny al-Qaida a base for its operations in Afghanistan. Today, Al Qaeda is operating in other places but the Talibans presence is strong and even increasing. Donald Trump has failed to keep his word and extricate America from a bloody conflict in the faraway country.


Venice, Italy Mayor Says Anyone Who Shouts Allahu Akbar Will be Shot Peace and Freedom


Cops in Venice have been told to shoot potential terrorists on sight.

The Italian citys mayor has ordered them to target anyone shouting Allahu Akbar, Arabic for God is Greater.

Luigi Brugnaro, mayor of the tourist hot spot of Venice, revealed the order at a summer think tank and was applauded by delegates.

He said: Anyone who shouts Allahu Akbar in St Marks Square can expect to be gunned down by snipers within four paces.

We need to increase our security when it comes to terrorism. We had four would be terrorists arrested in Venice a few months ago who wanted to blow up the Rialto bridge.

They said they wanted to go and meet Allah so we will send them straight to Allah without having to throw them off the bridge, we will just shoot them.

Last night he added: I have never been politically correct, in fact I am politically correct and thats why we also need a naval blockade against people coming into Italy from north Africa.

The cry Allahu Akbar was first used by the Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century before he went into battle.

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 Earlier this year, four suspect terrorists were arrested in Venice for plotting to set off explosions on the Rialto Bridge


Turkey dismisses over 900 public sector workers purge following last years failed coup looks endless state of emergency to crack down on all forms of opposition and media Peace and Freedom



AFP | President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cracked down hard in the wake of the attempted coup to overthrow him last year
ANKARA (AFP)  Turkey has dismissed over 900 public sector officials in the latest wave of the purge that has followed last years failed coup, according to an emergency decree published in the official gazette Friday.Over 140,000 people have been sacked or suspended from their jobs since July 2016 over alleged links to US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused of ordering the attempted coup. Gulen denies the charges.

More than 50,000 people including journalists have been arrested under the state of emergency imposed last year in a crackdown that has caused international concern.

A total of 928 people were sacked in the latest decree, including civil servants working in the defence, foreign and interior ministries as well as military personnel.

Turkish authorities also stripped 10 retired brigadier generals of their rank, according to the decree.

But the decree said 57 civil servants and military personnel returned to their jobs including 28 officials from the justice ministry and related institutions.

Six organisations including three media outlets in the southeast were shut down including Dicle Media News Agency based in the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir.

Dozens of media outlets including newspapers and broadcasters have been closed down since July.

A second decree tied Turkeys National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) to the president previously linked to the prime ministry while the presidency would head a new body called the National Intelligence Coordination Board (MIKK).

President Recep Tayyip Erdogans authorisation would be needed for the MIT head to be investigated, according to the decree.

The president would also need to approve any request made for the MIT chief, currently Hakan Fidan, to act as a witness in court.

The move appears to be part of the measures taken to implement changes approved in the April referendum on expanding Erdogans powers to create an executive presidency.

Most of the reform measures are due to come into effect after the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Critics have accused the government of using the state of emergency to crack down on all forms of opposition. But Turkish authorities insist that it is necessary to ensure Turkeys security from multiple threats it faces from Gulen and Kurdish militants.



How CIA Spies Access India's Biometric Aadhaar Database, by Shelley Kasli Voltaire Network

The Indian Supreme Court has just recognized the constitutional inviolability of the right to privacy. It will have to decide soon on the legality of the generalization of biometric identification. On the same day, Wikileaks published documents on the CIA's tools. Using the data already available, the United States has illegally collected biometric informations from more than one billion Indians. What has long been told by fictional works has become a reality: we will all be immediately identifiable by the CIA.


NATO chief demands Russian transparency on war games Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | A soldier fires a portable air defense rocket during international war games Russia hosted in 2015.
WARSAW (AFP)  NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday urged the Kremlin to comply with rules on transparency as it gears up for huge military exercises along the alliances eastern flank next month.The drill, named Zapad 2017 (West), has stoked fresh alarm in NATO-members Poland and the Baltic states as a more assertive Russia pushes back against what it sees as the alliances unjustified expansion into eastern Europe.

I call on Russia to ensure compliance with its obligations under the OSCE Vienna Document, because predictability, transparency is especially important when we have increased military activity along our borders, Stoltenberg told reporters in Warsaw at a joint press conference with Polands right-wing Prime Minister Beata Szydlo.


The Vienna Document requires all sides to provide advance information about exercises and allow observer teams so as to avoid any dangerous misunderstandings.

The NATO chief had much stronger words for Moscow on Thursday in Italy when he said that the aggressive behaviour of Russia has undermined stability and security in Europe.

He vowed on Friday that the alliance would be watching very closely as this (Zapad) exercise takes place next month in Belarus, which borders alliance members Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

Under Vienna Document provisions, manoeuvres involving more than 13,000 troops must be notified in advance and be open to observers.

Belarus has said Zapad 2017 involves 12,700 troops, just under the limit, but Lithuania and other critics claim there could be as many as 100,000.

Centre of gravity

According to NATO, Belarus has invited military liaison missions to attend a special visitors day on its territory, with two alliance experts due to go along.

Meanwhile, Russias Interfax news agency reported this week that the Belarusian defence ministry had invited observers from seven countries, namely Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, and Norway to this (Zapad 2017) event.

Russia has dismissed concerns over the exercises, with Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin telling the Rossiya 24 news channel that I do not see any reason to be afraid. Everything, as usual, will be open and friendly....


The Only Sensible Way Out of the North Korea Crisis Strategic Culture Foundation

On August 14, the Korean Central News Agency issued a surprising statement from North Koreas 33-year-old dictator, Kim Jong-un. The Respected Supreme Leader, KCNA said, had decided to watch a little more the conduct of the United States before proceeding on a vow to fire missiles near the Pacific island of Guam to create an enveloping fire.  


Israel Destroys Palestinian Schools Donated by EU Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source Israeli Military Says Govt Didnt Give Permission for Schools Its back to school season, unless youre an elementary schooler in Jub a-Dib or Badu al-Baba, a pair of Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank which have suddenly found themselves the target of Israeli military action. Israeli troops moved into the villages earlier this []


#Trump Admin Narrows Scope of #DisruptJ20 Website Request But Witch Hunt Continues Enough is Enough!

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Trump Admin Narrows Scope of #DisruptJ20 Website Request But Witch Hunt Continues

Federal prosecutors say the website was used to plan a violent anti-Trump riot on Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. Initially the US Department of Justice (DoJ) demanded that the sites web host, DreamHost, turn over extensive data including IP addresses, which identify a specific computer. Shocked by the broad search warrant sought by the DoJ, activists ca...


Russian Pantsir-S Goes Hunting In Syrian Skies

Russian Pantsir-S Goes Hunting In Syrian Skies

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While the S-400 has captured the headlines, in part because the maps showing the systems impressive engagement radius make good copy, in actuality the S-400 is the tip of the iceberg that is the integrated, multi-layer, air defense network that Russia has emplaced in Syria, mainly to protect its bases in Tartus and Hmeimim, but also forward airfields and own forces in the field.

The bottom, and also the most active, layer of that network is the Pantsir-S short-range air defense system which closes the gaps that will inevitably be left by the far more powerful S-400 and Buk-M2 weapons. The complex relief of Syria and of course the Earths curvature mean that the main effect of the long-range weapons is to force enemy aircraft to very low altitudes in order to stay out of the S-400 kill zones and to rely on GPS-guided stand-off munitions such as JASSM, JDAM, and SDB, possibly using toss-bombing techniques to extend the range of the gliding bombs.

Russian Pantsir-S Goes Hunting In Syrian Skies

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While the S-400 can shoot down cruise missiles and even gliding bombs, it is gross overkill to use its powerful and also relatively scarce missiles against such puny targets. Instead, this is the mission for which the Pantsir-S was designed from the outset. Since each individual Pantsir-S vehicle carries 12 57E6 radio command guided, 20km range missiles and two 30mm 2A38 cannon with 700 rounds per gun and a rate of fire of 2500 shots per minute, it closes the low-altitude gaps of the S-400 and ge...


What Reports Of Drug Use Could Mean For US Special Forces Geopolitics Alert

Washington DC, (TFC) Overseas, Trumps administration has conjured looming clouds of unease over US military operations. As tensions mount with Russia and North Korea, US Special Operations pepper earth with raids, airstrikes, and disappearances. Increases in the frequency and intensity of their operations, however, reap reports of rampant drug abuse among operatives. As the days go on, it would seem the reports are only more substantiated.

The concerns even pushed House defense lawmakers to propose a full review of SpecOps culture and conduct. According to Washington Times, they demanded US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) review its units to confirm or deny rumors of rampant drug abuse.

These coincided with military presentations warning teams, particularly Navy SEALs, that crackdowns were coming. Some anonymous personnel reputedly confessed to journalists their peers not only tested positive repeatedly, but stayed in. Some speculate this was due to a lapse in drug tests during the operators lengthy, sometimes distant deployments.

Following drug tests across SOCOM, Washington Times reports, 59 cases of use were detected in the Naval Special Warfare Command. Some were found involving SEALs, others officials wouldnt confirm or deny. Speaking in anonymity, former operators punctuated the high intensity lives these individuals lead. They also spoke to the disappointment they feel with operatives who make decisions which bring probes. As if those who use drugs, even to cope, are turning their backs on the entire community.



Naval Vessels, Shadowy by Intent, Are Hard for Commercial Ships to Spot Peace and Freedom


HONG KONG The tropical sky off Singapore was utterly dark when an oil tanker plowed into the side of the American destroyer John S. McCain before dawn on Monday but the moonless night may have been only one of the reasons that the tankers crew may have had trouble seeing a warship in their path.

Hard to see and hard to track electronically, naval vessels have long posed special perils to nighttime navigation. That has proved deadly this summer in crowded waters like those near Singapore and Tokyo, where another United States warship, the Fitzgerald, was struck by a cargo freighter under a waning crescent moon on June 17.



Military Situation In Southern Raqqah On August 25, 2017 (Map Update)

On August 24, ISIS launched a large counter-attack and recaptured the villages of al-Muqlah, al-Atshanah, Salem al-Hamad, al-Bu Hamad, Zor Shumr, al-Huwijah and Ghanem al-Ali in the southern Raqqa countryside. According to the ISIS-linked news agency Amaq, ISIS killed 42 Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers during the attack. 58 more SAA members were allegedly killed in a car bomb attack on a gathering of SAA soldiers near Ghanim al-Ali village. On August 25, clashes continued with the SAA and it sallies were attempting to regain momentum in the area.

Military Situation In Southern Raqqah On August 25, 2017 (Map Update)

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With a Little Help from His Friends, Trump Comes to Believe in a Military Victory in Afghanistan Strategic Culture Foundation

Never did I imagine that I would endorse anything said by former White House chief schemer Stephen Bannon who was dismissed by President Trump on 18 August. Bannon had advised the president to cease immersion in the hideous shambles in Afghanistan and refrain from committing more troops to a country that is terminally corrupt and whose war has cost the US taxpayer over a trillion dollars and killed 2,403 members of the US military. Over a thousand European and Canadian NATO soldiers were killed, too. For nothing...


Japan Says to Impose Additional Sanctions Against North Korea Peace and Freedom

TOKYO Japan will impose additional sanctions against North Korea following the reclusive countrys repeated missile launches and unresolved abduction issue, its top government spokesman said on Friday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan would freeze the assets of six more organizations and two more individuals linked to North Korea. He said they included four Chinese entities and one Chinese individual and two Namibian entities.

In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying expressed strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition to the Japanese sanctions.

The United States on Tuesday imposed new North Korea-related sanctions, targeting Chinese and Russian firms and individuals for supporting Pyongyangs weapons programs, including a Namibia-based subsidiary of a Chinese company and a North Korean entity operating in Namibia.

Asked what message Japan was sending with the additional sanctions, Suga said is it was important to observe the UNSC resolutions.

It is extremely important to exert pressure in this form while acting in concert with the United States and South Korea, he said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered more solid-fuel rocket engines, state media reported on Wednesday, as he pursues nuclear and missile programs amid a standoff with Washington.

Responding to Japans latest steps, Chinas Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Beijing opposed any unilateral sanctions outside the United Nations Security Council framework, especially those targeting Chinese entities and people.

 Japans actions gravely harm Chinas interests and judicial sovereignty, and create new political obstacles to improving China-Japan relations, Hua told a daily news briefing.



Inside the Hotbeds of israeli Settler Terror (Abby Martin) (Jewish Terrorism) Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Abby Martin on Israeli Settler Terror  Filed under: Israeli Aggression, Jewish terrorism, Jewish violence, Nazi Israel, Netanyahu, Palestine, Settlements and settlers



AFTER LOSING FORMER SPONSORS, HAMAS IS SEARCHING NEW ONES A RUSIAN PERSPECTIVE South Front Written by Evgeny Satanovsky; Originally appeared at VPK exclusively for SouthFront It has been ten years this past June the armed take-over of Gaza by Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) took place, the expulsion of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and turning the enclave into a []


US to Hand Raqqa Over to ISIS Affiliates After Defeating ISIS Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

US to Hand Raqqa Over to ISIS Affiliates After Defeating ISIS US policymakers have recently announced plans to hand over control of the Syrian city of Raqqa to former Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated officials, Newsweek would report. In its article, Syria: Arab Tribes Who Once Supported ISIS Turn to U.S. As Endgame Being In Raqqa, Newsweek []


Children among dead in air raid on Yemen capital Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


At least 42 people have been killed in air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition this week, according to the UN


Its a Slow Death: The Worlds Worst Humanitarian Crisis Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Shuaib Almosawa, Ben Hubbard, Troy Griggs After two and a half years of war, little is functioning in Yemen. Repeated bombings crippled bridges, hospitals and factories. Many doctors and civil servants have gone unpaid for more than a year. Malnutrition and poor sanitation have made the Middle Eastern country vulnerable to diseases that most of []


NATO Says Will Keep a Close Eye on Russian Maneuvers, Urges Transparency Peace and Freedom

WARSAW NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday the alliance would closely watch Moscows military exercises in Belarus and western Russia next month, urging transparency and a commitment to international agreements.

Stoltenberg spoke in Poland on a visit to check on the deployment of the U.S.-led alliances forces in the countrys east.

We are going to be watching very closely the course of these exercises, Stoltenberg told journalists after meeting Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo, referring to Russias Zapad military maneuvers planned mid-September.

All countries have the right to exercises of their armed forces but the countries should also respect the obligation to be transparent.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly and Agnieszka Barteczko; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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10 Fatal Flaws in Donald Trump's Afghanistan Plan Strategic Culture Foundation

President Trumps speech on Monday to the soldiers at Fort Myer about his Afghan policy did contain a few good points. But it also raised questions about his overall policy and strategy. On the plus side, the president backed away from his campaign promise to precipitously withdraw from the conflict, and did not support using private contractors to fight the war, as some of his aides had urged.


'Civil War' if the President Is Impeached stan van houcke

Trump Henchman Roger Stone Predicts 'Civil War' if the President Is Impeached

You will have a spasm of violence in this country and insurrection like youve never seen.


A military junta is now ruling the United States Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Notes On The Junta, An Unnecessary Land-Corridor And A Regular Russian Maneuver According to a 1950s political theory The Structure of Power in American Society is mainly build on three elite groups, the high military, the corporation executives and the political directorate. (The political directorate can best be described as the bureaucracy, the CIA and []


Germany Bans Far-Left Website Accused of Promoting Violence Theres no place for radical, violence-prone extremism in our society from any side. Peace and Freedom

BERLIN Germanys Interior Ministry has banned an internet site on allegations it was being used to foment left-wing extremist violence, including at this summers G-20 summit.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Friday the site was responsible for mobilizing violent actions and attacks on infrastructure targets. Among other things, he says the site provided information on how to build gasoline bombs and other incendiary devices with timers.

The ban comes less than two months since the G-20 summit in Hamburg, which saw three nights of violence.

In conjunction with the ban, police searched multiple premises used by people connected to the site.

The Interior Ministry last year banned a far-right site on similar allegations.

De Maiziere says theres no place for radical, violence-prone extremism in our society from any side.

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Police officers carry a demonstrator who blocked a street on the first day of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Friday, July 7, 2017. The leaders of the group of 20 meet July 7 and 8.


The Anti-Empire Report #150 The Anti-Empire Report

Im back

It has recently been reported that Senator John McCain has an aggressive brain tumor. Not long ago I would have thought: Good. Itll be great to be rid of that neanderthal reactionary bastard!

Not now. My kidneys are gone and Im on (rather unpleasant) dialysis for the rest of my life. My separated-from German wife is in Germany and cant fly because of the danger of blood clots forming and lodging in her lungs or heart. Im an avid reader of medical news and almost every day I get choked-up and depressed by the never-ending heart-breaking stories of incurable pain and suffering of the old and the young.

So I wish the senator a good recovery, if thats possible. Probably no more possible than his politics recovering. He just condemned all the neo-Nazi actions in Charlottesville, this man who went out of his way to pose for friendly photos with neo-Nazis in Ukraine and jihadists in Syria.

So far the dialysis does not seem to have helped, at least not with my two main symptoms: deep-seated sleepiness at home, resulting in repeated naps, making my writing difficult; and getting out-of-breath and having to stop and rest after a very short and slow walk outdoors. Im curious about whether any of my readers knows of anyone with a medical problem that was clearly relieved by dialysis. It may be my advanced age of 84 that blocks any improvement. But, supposedly, the dialysis keeps me alive in the absence of functioning kidneys. Incidentally, nine of my readers and friends have offered me a kidney for transplant, but I cant find a hospital willing to perform it; again its my age, though Im very willing.

At least I still have my eyesight and my hearing. My mind is okay. I have all my limbs and am not paralyzed. And Im not in pain. Much to be thankful for.

Its also very nice to have gone past the hangups my condition thrust upon me and to be back writing my report for the first time in five months. During the recent American presidential campaign I wrote that if I were forced to vote and also forced to choose between Clinton and Trump Id vote for the Donald. (As it turned out I voted for the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein.) I stated two reasons why Id choose Trump over Clinton: presumably, a lesser chance of nuclear war with Russia and a lesser chance of the American government closing down the Russian TV station, Russia Today (RT), broadcasting in the US. There was at the time, and now again, growing Congressional pressure to do just that and Im very reliant on the station. Because of such matters I was willing to overlook Trumps many and obvious character defects, which I summed up with the endearing word of my people back in Brooklyn - shmuck. But by now the mans shmuckiness has been writ so large that little hope for him can be maint...

Italy accused of bribing Libyan militias to stop migrants reaching Europe Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Rome refuses to comment on claims that millions of dollars have changed hands, as migrant arrivals in Italy plummet


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900 public sector officials have been dismissed as Erdogan takes steps toward creating executive presidency


Philippines: Marawi siege most serious terror event in Southeast Asia in past 15 years Peace and Freedom

The siege of Marawi City is the most significant terror event to have struck Southeast Asia in the past 15 years, according to an Australian expert. AP/Aaron Favila, File

MANILA, Philippines The siege of Marawi City which began in May is the most significant terrorist event in Southeast Asia in the last 15 years, according to an expert on the regions politics, highlighting the deficiency of the Philippine military and beginning what could be a long-term security threat to the Philippines and neighboring countries.

The clashes in Marawi, which prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to place Mindanao under military rule, has provided Islamist militants involved in the fighting stature among radical communities for successfully mounting the most prominent display of jihadist force of the so-called Islamic State fighters in the region, according to Greg Fealy of the Australian National University.

The battle for Marawi is the most significant terrorist event in Southeast Asia since the Bali bombings of 2002, which killed 202 people, he said, referring to the terror attack on the popular tourist island in Indonesia.

The fighting has also highlighted the weakness of the Armed Forces especially in engaging in urban combat, according Fealy. The Philippine military has been supported by American advisers as well as US and Australian intelligence operations, highlighting the assymetrical nature of the conflict, the expert said.

The American military is also training a handful of Filipino soldiers in urban warfare, despite Dutertes past attacks on the presence of US troops in the country.

[T]he Philippine armed forces have been exposed as poorly prepared for urban combat and quite unable to deliver on their promises of a quick and comprehensive routing of the insur...


German Government Bans #Linksunten #Indymedia Enough is Enough!

The German government banned the linksunten.indymedia website today. According to German mainstream media the decision was given to 3 alleged operators of the indymedia platform. Refresh the page to read the updates.

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Military Situation In Central Syria On August 25, 2017 (Map Update)

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces and the National Defense Forces (NDF) have been developing their advance against ISIS in central Syria.

On August 25, government forces took control of Bir Qudaym and Jabal Asab. On August 26, the SAA and the NDF coontinued their advance aiming to clear the entrie ISIS-held pocket north of Palmyra.

Military Situation In Central Syria On August 25, 2017 (Map Update)

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How To Explain The "Two Trumps" Strategic Culture Foundation

US President Donald Trump appeared to adopt two very different public persona this week, when first he delivered a stern speech announcing a new military strategy toward Afghanistan; and then the next day he regaled supporters at a rally in Arizona with his characteristic blustering style.


IS counterattack kills 34 Syria regime forces in Raqa province Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | Smoke rises from building in Raqas eastern al-Sanaa neighbourhood, on the edge of the old city, on August 13, 2017
BEIRUT (AFP)  At least 34 Syrian soldiers and allied fighters have been killed in an Islamic State counterattack in the east of Raqa province, rolling back regime gains, a monitor said on Friday.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said the jihadist group had recaptured large swathes of territory from government forces in the fighting on Thursday.

Syrias army is seeking to advance through Raqa province to reach neighbouring Deir Ezzor, where jihadists have besieged government forces and civilians in the provincial capital since 2015.

Earlier this month, government troops and allied fighters arrived at the outskirts of Madan, the last IS-held town in the eastern Raqa province countryside before Deir Ezzor.

But in Thursdays counterattack, IS made major progress and expanded the area under its control along the southern bank of the Euphrates, the Observatory said.

IS has managed to push regime forces back 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the western outskirts of Madan, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

The Syria army operation in the area, backed by air support from ally Russia, is separate from the battle for provincial capital Raqa city.

The effort to oust IS from the city, once the jihadist groups Syrian stronghold, is being led by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters.

The SDF has captured just under 60 percent of Raqa city since it entered in June after months of fighting to encircle it.

More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.


The Russian-Saudi rapprochement and Iran Peace and Freedom

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Would Russia draw closer to Saudi Arabia and risk losing Iran?

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a meeting at the Kremlin on May 30 [Pavel Golovkin/AFP]Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a meeting at the Kremlin on May 30 [Pavel Golovkin/AFP]By 


In mid-July, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs finally issued an agreement to Ahmed Al Wahishi who in early autumn will take up his duties as ambassador of Yemen to Moscow. Al Wahishi is the fourth candidate proposed by the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the past year. Moscow rejected the previous three.

Over the last year, Saudi Arabia has been actively lobbying the Kremlin to accept Hadis nominations. Russias decision to concede comes after years of it opposing Saudi Arabias intervention in Yemen and the government it backs. Even if it did not get involved in the conflict, Moscow silently acknowledged and backed Irans interests in Yemen. In 2015, Sergey Lavrov warned that Russia would not allow the conflict in Yemen to escalate into a war against Iran.

So is Moscows acceptance of Hadis ambassador signalling a change in Russian-Iranian relations and a possible rapprochement with Saudi Arabia? Is Moscow risking losing its close ties with Tehran?

Russia drawing closer to Saudi Arabia?

A number of developments in recent months have signalled a possible rapprochement between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The two countries have made a joint effort to push for further cutting of oil production to help bring up prices. Since the beginni...


Immigrants fear harassment in Trumps America so much its started to damage the economy Peace and Freedom

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Apparel and footwear companies are seeing the biggest pinch

By Clark Mindock New York

The Independent  trump-trans-troops.jpgMr Trump has built a political career promising to remove undocumented immigrants from the United States Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

Major US retailers are seeing a decline in revenues in predominantly Hispanic areas in the wake of Donald Trumps election, a concerning trend as the holiday season approaches.

Many Hispanics in the US arent leaving the house except to buy essential goods as a result of strict immigration policies imposed by the Trump administration. Worried theyll be harassed by immigration or law enforcement officials if they are seen in public, Hispanic consumers are cutting back on discretionary spending, according to community groups, research firms, and retailers.

That consumer hesitance is affected Americas second-fastest-growing ethnic group, and is worrisome for companies that are already struggling across the economy. Retailers in border towns have been impacted more than most.

They are staying home. They are going out less often, particularly around border towns in the United States, Target CEO Brian Cornell recently said at a conference, according to Reuters. Mr Cornell was referencing a report composed by retail consultants NPD Group, which noted the decline in Hispanic discretionary spending.

The drop has been most noticeable in apparel and footwear sales, two areas where Hispanic shoppers make up a significant portion of buyers. In the first half of 2017, there was a double digit (high teens) drop in sneaker sales a trend that impacts such major retail giants popular with Hispanics like Nike, Skechers, and Vans.

Its certainly a good litmus test of how the holiday season is going to shake out, Marshal Cohen, an analyst with NPD Group, said, remarking that back-to-school footwear sales had seen a double digit drop compared to a double digit rise last year. Thats how powerful certain segments are,...


#Brexit Corbyn vows to block sweetheart trade deal between May, Trump which would almost certainly signal the end of the NHS Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Corbyn vows to block UK-US trade deal British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (Photo by AFP) UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn says he will make sure that a sweetheart trade deal between British Prime Minister Theresa May and US President Donald Trump will never go through after the UKs exit from the European Union []


Thailands lost decade Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | On Friday ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra failed to show at a court date that could have seen her jailed. Speculation is rife that she may have fled the country

BANGKOK (AFP)  On Friday ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra failed to show at a court date that could have seen her jailed.

Speculation is rife that she may have fled the country injecting fresh drama into a recent history littered by coups, long periods of autocracy and brief flowerings of democracy.

Here is a timeline of Thailands recent political history.


Telecoms billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra wins elections in a landslide. He rolls out policies that are popular among the rural and urban poor, including universal healthcare, debt relief and farming subsidies.


Thaksin becomes the first elected Thai prime minister to complete a four-year term. He goes on to win a second landslide.


Opposition to Thaksin builds, sparked by accusations of corruption and nepotism within his family as well as his administrations authoritarian streak.

Thaksin calls a snap election which is undermined by a large opposition boycott. The army seizes power while Thaksin is overseas their first coup in 15-years.


Fresh elections are held in December which are promptly won by a coalition of Thaksin allies, infuriating his opponents.


Thaksins enemies primarily Bangkoks royalist middle classes and their allies among the citys business and military elite mobilise with huge and sometimes deadly street protests.

They are dubbed the Yellow Shirts and famously go on to occupy Bangkoks main airports in a bid to unseat the government.

Courts kick two Thaksin-allied prime ministers from office and convict Thaksin in absentia of corruption, seizing more than $1 billion in assets.

British-born Abhisit Vejjajiva of the opposition Democrat Party is appointed premier in a parliamentary vote with army backing.


Thaksins supporters rally en masse in Bangkok calling for fresh elections, arguing Abhisits government never won power through the ballot box.

They are mainly made up of rural farmers from the Shinawatras northern stronghold and Bangkoks working class and are dubbed the Red Shirts.

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Amazon Clobbers Grocers Stocks With Price Cuts at Whole Foods Peace and Freedom

Move is first of several changes plans to make at its latest and biggest acquisition

In addition to price cuts, Whole Foods will introduce a Prime membership-based loyalty program that will offer Amazon shoppers deals in stores.
In addition to price cuts, Whole Foods will introduce a Prime membership-based loyalty program that will offer Amazon shoppers deals in stores. PHOTO: ROGELIO V. SOLIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Updated Aug. 24, 2017 7:22 p.m. ET Inc. said it would begin slashing prices on grocery items from bananas to baby kale at its new Whole Foods Market unit right away, serving notice that the e-commerce giant plans to move quickly to shake up the supermarket industry with its $13.7 billion acquisition.

The announcement Thursday, which sent stocks of traditional grocers into a fresh tailspin, said price changes for both staples and more high-end foods would go into effect as soon as Amazon closes the Whole Foods deal on Monday. The company also said its Amazon Prime program, which analysts estimate has more than 60 million members, will become Whole Foodss customer-rewards program and that new deals at the supermarket chain will be available through Prime.

Were determined to make healthy and organic food affordable for everyone, said Jeff Wilke, Chief Executive of Amazon Worldwide Consumer.

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Nobel economists consider Brexit to be UKs biggest blunder since losing American colonies Tantamount to strategic suicide Peace and Freedom


The Telegraph

The worlds Nobel economists and top German officials are deeply pessimistic about Britains prospects outside the European Union, warning that any drift towards a hard Brexit in the current global mood would be tantamount to strategic suicide.

Brexit is Englands biggest policy blunder since George III fumbled away the American colonies, said Daniel McFadden, speaking at the triennial Nobel forum on Lake Constance.


One US Nobel laureate compares Brexit with Britains fatal mishandling of the American colonies under George III  CREDIT: ROYAL.UK

The true costs of Brexit have yet to be seen. Were only just starting to see an exodus from the City. The financial industry is diversifying and some of it is not going to come back, he told the Daily Telegraph.

Professor McFadden won the Nobel Prize in 2000 for his work on complex social systems and public choice. As choices go, calling the British referendum was in his view a near catastrophe.

For Ireland, Brexit has created a very sad problem. You started off with a

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Fresh violence kills 32 in Myanmars Rakhine State A Blow to Aung San Suu Kyis government, peacemakers, human rights, Kofi Annan Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | The northern wedge of Rakhine closest to Bangladesh has been in lockdown since October 2016 deadly attacks by militants on border posts sparked a military response that left scores dead and forced tens of thousands to flee
YANGON (AFP)  At least 32 people including 11 security forces were killed as Rohingya militants besieged border posts in northern Rakhine State, Myanmars army chief said Friday, in the worst violence in months in the febrile zone.

The state is bisected by religious hatred focused on the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority, who are reviled by many Buddhists and perceived as illegal immigrants.

Recent weeks have seen tensions surge with near daily killings by shadowy groups operating in remote villages, while Myanmars army has poured more troops into the area.

In the early hours of Friday more than 20 police posts came under attack by an estimated 150 insurgents, some carrying guns and using homemade explosives.

One soldier and 10 police sacrificed their lives for the country, Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing said in a statement circulated on Facebook, adding 21 militants also died although others made away with guns.

Fighting is ongoing at police posts in Kyar Gaung Taung and Nat Chaung villages. The military and police members are fighting back together against extremist Bengali terrorists.

Bengali terrorists is the states description of the Rohingya militants.

They emerged as a force last October under the banner of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which claims to be leading an insurgency based in the remote May Yu mountain range bordering Bangladesh.

Confirming the unrest an unnamed police officer in Buthidaung town, close to the worst violence, said border posts remained surrounded by militants as day broke in a fluid, dangerous and complicated situation.

Violence after Annan report

The flare up follows a milestone report on the conditions inside Rakhine by a commission led by former UN chief Kofi Annan.

It urged immediate action to heal the divide including scrapping the restrictions of movement and citizenship imposed on the roughly one million-strong Rohingya community in Rakhine.

The wedge of Rakhine closest to Bangladesh has been in lockdown since October 2016.

Deadly attacks by the militants on border police sparked a military response that left scores dead and forced tens of thousands to flee to Bangladesh.

The UN believes those security &#8216...


Afghanistan War Year 38 stan van houcke

Afghanistan War Year 38: Trump Wants More

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Tariq Ramadan: As Muslims Condemn Spain Attack, Americans Must Denounce U.S. Killings in Syria, Iraq & Yemen Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Tariq Ramadan: As Muslims Condemn Spain Attack, Americans Must Denounce U.S. Killings in Syria, Iraq & Yemen Tariq Ramadan Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University. His latest book is Islam: The Essential Introduction. Spanish police are continuing to investigate last weeks attack in Barcelona, where 15 people died after a van plowed into []


The Five Seas Region: President Assads vision, the West and the And the camouflaged Arab uprisings : Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

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US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map August 25, 2017

This is the newst update of the U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups on a weekly basis. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map.

US Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map August 25, 2017

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Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier air wing (CVW) of 65 to 70 aircrafts. Its composed of roughly 7,500 personnel, an aircraft carrier, at least one cruiser, a destroyer squadron of at least two destroyers and/or frigates. A carrier strike group also, on occasion, includes submarines, attached logistics ships and a supply ship. Carrier strike groups comprise a principal element of U.S. power projection over the worlds oceans.

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Russia Prepares For NATO-Agression stan van houcke

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Hezbollah seizes much of IS enclave on Syria-Lebanon border Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Hassan Nasrallah says battle nearing 'very big victory' as his forces advance in the Qalamoun region


Are BBC audiences getting the full picture on Syrias chemical weapons? BBC Watch

The BBCs main backgrounder on the topic of the civil war in Syria Syria: The story of the conflict includes a brief portrayal of the issue of chemical weapons that makes no mention of the attack in Khan Sheikhoun in April of this year.

Another backgrounder Why is there a war in Syria?, 7 April 2017 makes just one brief reference to the topic of chemical weapons:

The US has conducted air strikes on IS in Syria since September 2014, and, in the first intentional attack on Syria itself, hit an air base which it said was behind a deadly chemical attack, in April 2017.

With the deal that mandate...


Boris Johnson backs Khalifa Haftar's fight against 'terror' in Libya Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


British foreign secretary says Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army is fighting 'umpteen militias... in lawless areas of Libya'


ISIS Burns Family to Death; 84 Killed in Iraq Original

Militants burned an entire family to death, including an infant, for trying to escape.

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Thai ex-PM Yingluck misses verdict, arrest warrant issued: judge Peace and Freedom


AFP/File / by Thanaporn PROMYAMYAI, Jerome TAYLOR | Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets her supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017
BANGKOK (AFP)  Thai ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra missed a verdict in a negligence trial on Friday that could have seen her jailed, prompting the Supreme Court to issue an arrest warrant fearing she is a flight risk, a judge said.

Thousands of supporters outnumbered by security forces waited for a glimpse of Thailands first female prime minister, but she did not show.

Her lawyer said she is sick and asked to delay the ruling the court does not believe she is sick and has decided to issue an arrest warrant, fearing she may flee the country, lead judge Cheep Chulamon told the court, rescheduling the ruling date to September 27.

Yinglucks government was removed by a military coup in 2014 and, if convicted for negligence over a rice subsidy to the rural poor, she faced up to 10 years in prison and a life ban from politics.

Her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra also a former premier, fled Thailand in 2008 before he was convicted of graft and handed a two year jail term.

A conviction for Yingluck, 50, would be a gut punch to the Shinawatra political dynasty, who have clung on in Thailands treacherous political game for more than a decade despite two coups, deadly protests, a cascade of law cases and asset seizures.

Yinglucks flagship rice subsidy poured cash on her familys rural political heartland, but was beset by graft and led to billions of dollars of losses.

In a Facebook post on Thursday Yingluck asked her followers to stay home to avoid any incidents stoked by people with ill-intention against the country and us.

Her previous court appearances over an 18 month trial have seen crowds gather outside the court, showering her with roses and chanting support a rare sight in a nation where political meetings remain outlawed.

The Shinawatra family emerged as a political force in 2001 when billionaire patriarch Thaksin swept to power.

He jump-started the economy and provided the most extensive pro-poor welfare schemes in Thai history.

But critics accused him of using political power to further his business interests.

He remains loathed by the Bangkok royalist elite but cherished by the rural poor.

A coup toppled him in 2006 and he fled overseas following a graft conviction.

Protests and court cases have hacked at th...


Manipulated minorities represent a major danger for democratic states The Vineyard of the Saker

This analysis was written for the Unz Review First, a quick disclaimer or, should I say, a clarification: When I speak of minorities, as I will below, I do that


Russia jailed senior intelligence officers for helping CIA nab notorious hackers

Two senior officers in the Russian intelligence services were charged with treason after they were found to have helped the United States catch two notorious Russian hackers, according to reports in the Russian media.


The CIA and Me Original

Originally posted at TomDispatch. When historian Alfred McCoy began his long journey to expose some of the darkest secrets of the U.S. national security establishment, America was embroiled in wars in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Almost 50 years later, the United States is, in one way or another, involved in so many more conflicts from Continue reading "The CIA and Me"

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If You Cant Change Your Mind, Change the Subject Original

On the heels of his worst week in office, during which his crude comments about race were widely perceived as defending racism and hatred comments that sent some of his natural domestic allies fleeing President Donald Trump could not bring himself to articulate a mea culpa. Instead, he purported to defend as "some Continue reading "If You Cant Change Your Mind, Change the Subject"

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In Retrospect, Were Winning Original

My regular readers may have noticed that Ive been absent much more than usual lately: the reason is because Ive had to deal with increasing health problems, the extent of which Ive tried to keep from interfering with my writing schedule. However, as much as Ive attempted to keep up my usual pace, it just Continue reading "In Retrospect, Were Winning"

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Pentagon makes a 20-year plan, while Washington outsources its color revolution Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

The Saker August 23, 2017 by Scott Humor and the Kulak Nevertheless, we do not lose our hope that the voice of reason will sooner or later prevail, and that our American colleagues will be aware of the futility and detrimental nature of further sliding down the spiral of sanctions.  In the meantime, we are []


Sayyed Nasrallah: Terrorists Cornered, Were To Have New Liberation Day after Defeating Daesh Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Zeinab Essa Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered Thursday a televised speech, in which he tackled the recent developments regarding the battle against Daesh. At the beginning of his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah saluted the fighters of the Lebanese and Syrian army as well as the Resistance men who are writing the epic []


Most Americans Live Paycheck to Paycheck

Via: CNBC: No matter how much you earn, getting by is still a struggle for most people these days. Seventy-eight percent of full-time workers said they live paycheck to paycheck, up from 75 percent last year, according to a recent report from CareerBuilder. Overall, 71 percent of all U.S. workers said theyre now in debt, []


Notes on National Security Dissident Voice

Winston Churchills definition of history was simple but true: One damn thing after another. Thats the way the summer has unfolded, particularly the sticky and steamy month of August, historically a month when nerves are frayed and conflict simmers underneath an oppressive sun. So many events. So many angry voices. So little time spent on self-reflection. American fascism is back in the public eye, flaunting its wares and waking up the domestic population, which tends to snooze through the application of its imperial variant to all variety of freethinkers abroad. But the two are joined at the hip, fascism being the enforcement of exploitation by subjecting the many to the control of the few backed the rationales of racism.

Charlottesville chaos

If free speech is the lynch pin of American freedoms, then without it, hopes for democracy are eclipsed. A couple of weeks ago, the ACLU defended the right of the Unite the Right rally to organize in Charlottesville. Then, after intense pressure to prejudice their universal defense of free speech, including an intellectually porous article in the New York Times, they appear to have caved. Seeing signs from supposedly left protesters in Boston calling for no free speech for racists is, to employ the hackneyed idiom of the pulseless press, a troubling development.

There also appears to be a concerted effort in the mainstream to yoke the so-called alt-left with the alt-right. The liberal class blames the invention and popularization of the term on the right, an attempt to bring the left under the same cultural animus as the white supremacist movement, which is broadly applied to the right. It was invented on the right, but its popularization can be credited to both political poles. Yet to equate the terms would have the effect of minimizing the fact that the preponderance of political violence is produced by the right, not the left. It would also disguise the contrast between a side infected by violent ethno-nationalism and a side opposing it, even if the minority antifa movement appears to be violently intolerant of the alt-right, a kind of anti-fascist fascism. Trumps unwillingness to draw this contrast as it expressed itself in Charlottesville has only deepened the liberal communitys hatred for the president, even as the Mueller investigation chugs along silently under cover of night. Those on the right might argue that the presidents subsequent denunciation of Nazis and the KKK clarified his position. Indeed, he has on numberless occasions rejected white supremacist organizations. But libera...


The fascism delusion | Brendan ONeill The Fourth Revolutionary War

To see how unhinged the fear of fascism has become, look no further than the 40,000-strong counter-protest against the far right in Boston on Saturday. In their thousands, placard-ready, primed for a fight, so-called progressives showed up to face down white supremacy and Americas resurgent Hitlerism that weve heard so much about since the Charlottesville disturbances on 12 August. They turned out against white supremacy, said Vice. But there were no white supremacists. Far less fascists. The Nazis who stalk the nightmares of ostensibly liberal columnists and leftists in search of a mission were not there, or anywhere. As one counter-protester asked a Boston Globe reporter: Excuse me, where are the white supremacists?

Where are the white supremacists? this is the question of our age, if we are honest. This is not to say white-supremacist groups do not exist. Of course they do. But they are small and uninfluential. They do not swarm the streets in the way they did in the dark past. Their ideology is widely disparaged, everywhere from schools to universities to the political sphere. Neo-Nazis are even more minuscule, as images from Charlottesville will attest: it would take a huge leap of the imagination, an abandonment of rational analysis in preference for the comfort of post-truth certainty, to believe Charlottesvilles handful of hillbillies who read a few pages of Mein Kampf when their wives left them are a threat to anything. The return of fascism is a fantasy. The far right has material existence, yes, but the far-right threat is a phantasm of the modern medias making. It is a moral panic, and a dangerous one.

The white supremacist gathering in Boston was in truth a small protest in favour of freedom of speech. As Jeff Jacoby wrote in the Boston Globe, where the media and thousands of counter-protesters demonised these free-speech agitators as a troupe of neo-Nazis prepared to reprise the horror that had erupted in Charlottesville, they were in fact a couple of dozen courteous people linked by little more than a commitment to surprise! free speech. So there was an anti-Nazi protest against non-existent Nazis. An anti-fascist march without any fascists to be anti about. This vast demonstration against a phantasm of the increasingly febrile medias making was a powerful snapshot of the politics of fear over the far right; of the disconnect between what liberals say about Nazism its coming back, its the 1930s again, etc and the reality: the far right is tiny and tragic.

Such is the McCarthy-like panic over the far right only now we fear there are brownshirts rather than reds under the bed that the media shamelessly make things up and innocent people have been attacked...


RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 24 AUGUST 2017 The Fourth Revolutionary War

Russia Observer

THE NEW NWO AND RUSSIA. This is very much worth reading. The authors argue that in the coming (well, already here) rivalry between the American maritime power and the Chinese land power, Russia is the swing player that can hand victory to one or the other: So logic says that the US should be very nice to Russia and seek to establish some kind of military alliance. Well, logics voice isnt loud enough for the US Congress to hear. Also interesting is their discussion of Germanys choices and the important role Saudi Arabia could play if it changes protectors again. (I too wondered this two years ago.)

PUTINS POPULARITY. Some Western academics asked But is his popularity real, or are respondents lying to pollsters? and concluded Putins approval ratings largely reflect the attitudes of Russian citizens. I didnt bother to read their paper because I

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Trudeau Government supports Africas Most Ruthless Dictator Dissident Voice

After amending the constitution to be able to run indefinitely Paul Kagame recently won 98.63% of votes in Rwandas presidential election. In response Canadas High Commissioner Sara Hradecky tweeted Congratulations to Rwandans for voting in peaceful presidential election and Canada congratulates Paul Kagame on his inauguration today as President of Rwanda. The latter Tweet was picked up by the state propaganda organ New Times in a story titled Heads of State, diplomats laud Kagames visionary leadership.

If garnering 99% of the vote wasnt a clue that Kagame is a dictator, the High Commissioner couldve taken a look at Canadas paper of record, whose Africa bureau chief has shined a critical light on Rwanda in recent years. At the start of 2016 the Globe and Mail reported on two new books describing the totalitarian nature of the regime. Village informers, wrote South Africa-based Geoffrey York. Re-education camps. Networks of spies on the streets. Routine surveillance of the entire population. The crushing of the independent media and all political opposition. A ruler who changes the constitution to extend his power after ruling for two decades. It sounds like North Korea, or the totalitarian days of China under Mao. But this is the African nation of Rwanda a long-time favourite of Western governments and a major beneficiary of millions of dollars in Canadian government support.

In 2014 York wrote an investigation headlined Inside the plots to kill Rwandas dissidents, which provided compelling evidence that the regime had extended its assassination program outside of east Africa, killing (or attempting to) a number of its former top officials who were living in South Africa. Since the initial investigation York has also reported on Rwandan dissidents whove had to flee Belgium for their safety while the Toronto Star revealed five individuals in Canada fearful of the regimes killers.

On top of international assassinations and domestic repression, Kagame has unleashed mayhem in the Congo. In 1996 Rwandan forces marched 1,500 km to topple the regime in Kinshasa and then...


On Charlottesville: A Conversation with Keith Preston The Fourth Revolutionary War

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More than any other recent conflict in current affairs that I can recall, the Unite the Right rally and subsequent clash in Charlottesville have been immensely difficult to find objective, unbiased accounts and explanations of. The mainstream media have proven to be intent on sensationalising and stupefying the incident, whilst reports on the left and right have offered almost nothing but narrow-sighted, ideological spins on the events that took place.

I reached out to Keith Preston to find out his take on the conflict, having been impressed by his own article Some Initial Thoughts on Charlottesville. A former instructor of sociology at John Tyler Community College, Keith holds a B.A in Religious Studies and an M.A in History, with additional graduate studies in Sociology and Criminology, and is a former regional delegate for the Industrial Workers of the World. As the anarcho-pluralist and pan-secessionist mastermind behind the Attack the

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The Defeat of Their Project and the Victory of Ours INTERNATIONALIST 360

For any of these scenarios to work, they hope for the Syrian state to collapse from the inside. Therefore, the defeat of the Takfiri project must mean for us the start of the battle of building and fortification, because the defeat of their project does not necessarily mean the victory of our project, unless we...


Trusting Iran Makes It Our Next NKorea The Counter Jihad Report

Newsmax, by Peter Pry, Aug. 24, 2017: Democracies have a blind faith that treaties can disarm totalitarian regimes. The notion that peace in our time is possible through a scrap of paper is an irrational addiction in Washington, D.C., the Continue reading


Tiring of Standoff; Qatar and Iran Reestablish Ties Geopolitics Alert

Doha (GPA) With no end of the Saudi blockade in sight, Qatar and Iran have re-established diplomatic relations instead.

With the list of Saudi demands hanging over their heads for nearly two months, it seems Qatar has lost patience with Riyadh. There are quite of few appalling orders on that list, relations between Doha and Tehran (which werent that close prior to the Saudi blockade) was one of the top ones.

Qatar has yet to comply with Saudi demands such as closing down state run news outlet Al Jazeera and now it seems theyre prepared to go even further by publicly choosing to work with Iran over Saudi Arabia. Relations between Iran and Qatar were originally cut off by Doha about 20 months ago in January of 2016. However, Doha could never fully cut off Iran due to sharing the worlds largest natural gas field. Relations between

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Relations between Iran and Qatar were originally cut off by Doha about 20 months ago in January of 2016. The initial freeze came after attacks on Saudi facilities in Tehran as retribution for the execution of Shia cleric Nimr Al Nimr in Riyadh.

This obviously occurred when Qatar and Saudi Arabia were on better terms, but despite the closure of these facilities, Doha still kept in contact with Iran due to the aforementioned gas field. Qatar still didnt make this publicly known but now it seems they are tired of Saudi Arabian pressure and working in their own interest again.

While the Saudis may have been able to go along with their plans in 2016, it seems they got too ambitious in 2017 when they began putting the screw to Qatar; closing all their land borders and banning flights to Doha. One nation that saw this as an opportunity to treat Qatar with respect, however, was Iran.

Following the blockade, Iran almost immediately began importing nearly 100 tons of food to Qatar on a daily basis. Qatar also received support from other regional powers such as...


Afghan surge guarantees CIA black-ops budget boost RT Op-Edge Covert Geopolitics

The CIA is also overjoyed because its black-ops budget which is tied to the exponential growth of opium production in Afghanistan is now secured possibly for another 20-50 years, claims Mike Raddie, co-editor of online site BSNews. The announcement on US strategy in Afghanistan comes as Donald Trump shakes up his inner circle: Continue reading Afghan surge guarantees CIA black-ops budget boost RT Op-Edge


#Anathema: A #Philadelphia Anarchist Periodical Volume 3 Issue 6 Enough is Enough!

Anathema: A Philadelphia Anarchist Periodical  Volume 3, Issue 6.


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US debt, spending put Trump, Congress under the gun Peace and Freedom


AFP/File / by Jean-Louis Doublet | US lawmakers must in the coming weeks settle on a budget for 2018 and authorize the federal government to continue borrowing in order to meet its immediate financial obligations
WASHINGTON (AFP)  Looming deadlines to pass a budget and raise limits on US sovereign debt have left President Donald Trumps administration and a divided Congress scrambling to ward off fiscal disaster.In the coming weeks, lawmakers must both settle on a budget for 2018 and authorize the federal government to continue borrowing in order to meet its immediate financial obligations failing which the United States risks defaulting on its debt for the first time in history.

What is the debt ceiling?

The so-called debt ceiling is the legal cap on borrowing by the federal government, which has been raised 78 times since 1960, in most cases without incident.

But it has sometimes sparked fierce battles over spending. Raising the debt ceiling means allowing total US debt to continue growing. Some at the most conservative end of the American political spectrum have crusaded for freezing US debt and enacting strict fiscal austerity.

The United States habitually finances a budget deficit by borrowing from investors.

And if the current $19.9 trillion debt ceiling is not raised, Washington may default on outstanding debts already authorized by Congress something some economists have warned could lead to a global recession, with interest rates spiking and the stock market crashing.

The federal government hit the debt ceiling in March and since then the Treasury has resorted to extraordinary measures, deferring certain investments and payments, to avert a default.

But the Treasury has told lawmakers it will run out of rope by September 29. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office puts the drop-dead date in mid-October.

Weve been here before

In 2011 and again in 2013, the financial world shuddered as the United States skated dangerously close to a default during battles over raising the debt ceiling.

The ratings agency Standard & Poors in 2011 knocked US sovereign debt down a notch from its top grade to AA+, citing the debt ceiling battles.

Under pressure in 2013, the administration of then-president Barack Obama cut a deal with Republican lawmakers who had retaken the legislative majority in 2010.

Trump, who at the time was not in political office, lashed out at Republicans on Twitter.

I can...


When the Police Knock on Your Door : Your Rights and Options: A Legal Guide and Poster CrimethInc.

If the police knock on your door

In cooperation with legal counsel, our comrades have prepared a poster explaining how to handle visits from law enforcement. This includes any agent from any law enforcement agency, regardless of whether they are local, state, or federal, including the FBI, ATF, and ICE when they are working as law enforcement, uniformed or not. Consider putting a copy of this poster by the doors of your residence and familiarizing yourself with the information. These days, no matter who you are or what youre doing, you never know when you might receive an unwelcome visit.

Click the image above for downloadable PDF.

Say No, you cannot come in. I do not consent to a search.

Keep the outer gate or door chain locked. If you must, step outside and close the door behind you. Better yet, speak through the door.

Say No, I will not answer your questions.

You can also say I have been advised to not answer questions. If you leave a card, a lawyer may contact you. The police are trained to intimidate. Dont let them bully you! Regardless of what they say, remember that you are never required to answer anything they ask. Your responsibility is to your conscience and your community, not to the police or their investigation.

Research the legal resources available in your area. Keep the phone numbers accessible for the local National Lawyers Guild hotline, the local hotline to report ICE raids, and any contacts you have for legal support or raising bail money. Agree on a response plan with those you share this home with! Keep in mind that the phone numbers you have written out in your home may be discovered by police.

Do not sign anything you are given without seeking advice from a lawyer first.

Lying to police may result in criminal charges. The safest thing is to not engage with them at all.

Rehearse the phrases on this poster. That way, when the time comes, you will feel confident enough to deny them entry, access, and information.

If They Want to Conduct a Search

Ask if they have a search warrant that is signed by a judge. It must be no more than ten days old. If they do not have a search warrant:

  • Say, I do not consent to a search.

  • You may inform them that if they leave a card a lawy...


North Korea an Aggressor? A Reality Check Dissident Voice

war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children.
Howard Zinn (1922-2919),Violence Doesnt Work, The Progressive, July 18, 2007

All war represents a failure of diplomacy.
Tony Benn MP., (1925-2014) Tony Benn: His views on socialism, Europe, war and writing, BBC News, March 14, 2014

No country too poor, too small, too far away, not to be threat, a threat to the American way of life.
William Blum, Rogue State: A Guide to the Worlds Only Superpower, Common Courage Press, October 1, 2005     

The mention of one tiny country appears to strike at the rationality and sanity of those who should know far better. On Sunday, 6th August, for example, The Guardian headed an editorial: The Guardian view on sanctions: an essential tool. Clearly the average of five thousands souls a month, the majority children, dying of embargo related causes in Iraq, year after grinding year genocide in the name of the UN for over a decade has long been forgotten by the broadsheet of the left.

This time, of course, the target is North Korea upon whom the United Nations Security Council has voted unanimously to freeze, strangulate and deny essentials, normality, humanity. Diplomacy as ever, not even a consideration. The Guardian, however, incredibly, declared the decimating sanctions: A rare triumph of diplomacy 1

As US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, the US top diplomat and his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho headed for the annual Ministerial meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila on August 5th, a State Department spokesperson said of Tillerson: The Secretary has no plans to meet the North Korean Foreign Minister in Manila, and I dont expect to see that happen

Pathetic. In April, approaching his hundredth day in office, Trump said of North Korea: Wed love to solve things diplomatically but its very difficult. No, it is not. Talk, walk in the others psychological shoes. Then, there they were at the same venue but the Trump Administration clearly does not alone live in a land of missed opportunities, but of opportunities deliberately buried in landfill miles deep. This in spite of his having said in the same statement: There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely.

A bit of perspective: July 27th, 2017 marked sixty four years since the armistice agreement that ended the devastating three year Korean war. However...


Venice mayor: If someone shouts Allahu Akbar while running through St Marks Square, well shoot them Jihad Watch

Jihadis often scream this as they commit mass murder in the name of Islam, but Muslims shout it in other contexts as well, and so there has been the predictable reaction to Brugnaros words: The mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella, a center-leftist politician, shouted Allahu Akbar at Brugnaro after his speech to mock him. And []


Turkey will never be EU member under Erdogan: German foreign minister Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Sigmar Gabriel accuses Turkish government of moving away from 'everything that Europe stands for'


Depleted Uranium and Radioactive Contamination in Iraq stan van houcke

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Qatar to close Chadian embassy over 'campaign of blackmail' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Chad accused Qatar of trying to destabilise central African nation through its northern neighbour, Libya


Hezbollah Seizes Much of IS Enclave on Syrian-Lebanese Border-Nasrallah Peace and Freedom

BEIRUT Hezbollah has captured much of an Islamic State pocket on Syrias side of the border with Lebanon in a joint offensive with the Syrian army, its leader said on Thursday.

In parallel with the fighting, talks on a truce have begun with Islamic State but a military victory is more likely, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech.

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Syrian troops and Iran-backed Hezbollah have been fighting to oust Islamic State from Syrias western Qalamoun region.

The attack began last week, coinciding with a Lebanese army offensive against Islamic State on its side of the border in northeast Lebanon.

The zone straddling the border is the last part of the Lebanese-Syrian frontier under militant control.


Poland: Muslim stabs policeman in face near venue where Allah-Las are set to perform Jihad Watch

Yesterday a planned Allah-Las concert in Rotterdam was canceled and the venue was evacuated after a jihad plot was discovered there and a truck full of gas canisters near the venue. And now this today in Warsaw. It appears that Muslims dislike the name of this band. Warsaw TERROR: Policeman injured by knifeman near []


UN urges US-led coalition to pause airstrikes to spare Raqqa civilians Aletho News

RT | August 24, 2017 The situation in Raqqa, Syria is getting worse, with basic services at all-time low and thousands of civilians unable to get out of the besieged terrorist stronghold, the UN says, urging the US-led coalition to halt the bombing to allow people to escape. On Raqqa, our urging today from the []


As many as 1 million Israelis have left for the U.S. Mondoweiss

Can Israel bring home its 1 million US Expats? was the headline on an article in the Jerusalem Post 3 weeks ago; and it has gotten very little attention, though the article states bluntly that as many as 1 million Israelis are now living in the U.S.

[B]etween 750,000 and 1 million Israelis live in the country, says Israels US Embassy, though others put the figure as low as 200,000.

If you walk around the Upper West Side, you know somethings up, from the Hebrew you can hear on Broadway; but this is an important story for two reasons, demographic and spiritual.

First, Israel has long claimed to be a majority Jewish state (as if that justifies Jews higher status). Right now the numbers of Jews and Palestinians between the river and the sea are said to be equal, 6.5 million to 6.5 million. If 1 million Jews are living outside the country and the Post article refers to the expats as Jews  that means its likely that there are more Palestinians than Jews in the lands over which Israel is exercising sovereignty.

That would mean a Jewish minority ruling a non-Jewish majority under the aegis of the Jewish state: which just seals the deal on the contested apartheid label.

The other reason this story is important is that it shows that for all the propaganda about Israel being the safest place in the world for Jews, and Israel being the Jewish home, and Jews in Israel living the dream, Jews themselves do not seem to be swayed by the argument. Israel has never traditionally been the top choice for emigrating Jews; and its not now, either.

In recent years, Israel has lost more people to the United States than it has gained, the article says by 17,700 to 13,000 over three years.

That outflow apparently came in the latest year on record, 2015; 16,700 Israelis left while 8,500 came in, Haaretz reports. In talks, John Mearsheimer has called the trend reverse aliyah.

Back in 2011 Gideon Levy reported that 100,000 Israelis hold German passports; and he noted the irony that Israel is not a safe place for Jews (or non-Jews either):

If our forefathers dreamt of an Israeli passport to escape from Europe, there are many among us who are now dreaming of a second passport to esc...


U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis says Russia wants to redraw international borders by force Penny for your thoughts

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Russia wants to "redraw international borders by force"

-Says the US Defence Secretary. Representing the nation that aided and abetted the overthrow, violently, of the actual elected President of the Ukraine.

-Says the US Defence Secretary. Representing the nation that has rampaged from north Africa through to the middle east and Asia, overthrowing governments, murdering leaders and generally creating the conditions that guarantee international borders will be redrawn all through the use of force.

-While ignoring the fact that Crimea, chock full of ethnic Russians, held a referendum, deciding to go back to their homeland.  Only after the US overthrew their elected leadership in Ukraine.
And only we, the US, can redraw international borders by force Jim Mattis surely must have been heard to say, while stomping his feet?!

 Speaking alongside Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on August 24, Mattis said that providing defensive weapons to Ukraine should not be seen as provocative "unless you are an aggressor."

Defensive weapons? Dont think so!
Only considered provocative by an aggressor? Dont think so!

Hey Jim Mattis.....


Netanyahu Complains to Putin over Iran Threat Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Source August 23, 2017 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said  Irans growing role in Syria poses a threat to the Zionist entity, as he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr. President, with joint efforts we are defeating ISIL, and this is a very important thing. But the bad thing is that where []



Gold! This has been a very weird week for news stories, one of them being the attention being given to gold, and in particular,


SYRIAN WAR REPORT AUGUST 24, 2017- ISIS fate sealed in Homs as elite Syrian forces fully encircle terrorists Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

SECOND ISIS-HELD POCKET IS CREATED IN CENTRAL SYRIA Voiceover by Harold Hoover On August 23, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies closed the second pocket in the province of Homs liberating the Dahik mount, the al-Minshare mount and the villages of Harif, al-Asfuriah, Rud al-Wahesh, and Qatqat. A high number of ISIS fighters []


Listening to the Donald, one very last time Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

I just listened to Trumps speech on Afghanistan: American heroes are unique and better than all others 9/11 was planned in Afghanistan together with the Saudis will will fight terrorism and that is when I stopped listening.  In a few short sentences Trump just overloaded my capacity to listen to inanity.  Just before I switched him off []


ISIS Retreats From Two More Areas In Eastern Homs (Map)

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On Thursday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies captured two more areas in the eastern Homs countryside, according to pro-government sources.

Government forces took control of Bir Qudaym and Jabal Asab, and with this Advance the SAA captured at least 40% of the ISIS pocket in the northeastern Homs countryside.

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The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq claimed that many soldiers were killed after 4 ISIS suicide bombers had attacked a position of the SAA east of Tahmaz village in the eastern Hama countryside.

Amaq also claimed that ISIS fighters destroyed a tank of the SAA near al-Tayibe village northeast of Sukhna town.

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Korea, Afghanistan and the Never Ending War trap Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Via the Saker by Pepe Escobar for the Asia Times While the US-backed Hunger Games in South Korea plow on, a new strategy for Afghanistan is really all about business. But China is already there There are more parallels between an unfinished 1950s war in Northeast Asia and an ongoing 16-year-old war in the crossroads between Central []


Israel charges Palestinian cleric Sheikh Salah with incitement of terror Aletho News

Press TV August 24, 2017 The Tel Aviv regime has indicted Sheikh Raed Salah, a cleric who supported Palestinian protests over Israels controversial security measures imposed last month at a holy site in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds. The Israeli court formally charged Salah on Thursday with incitement of terror over speeches he delivered encouraging Palestinians []


Europe Frustrates Israeli-US Attempts to Amend UNIFIL Mission in Southern Lebanon Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

August 24, 2017 The Israeli-US efforts to amend the UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which has been the reference of the UNIFIL troops mission in southern Lebanon since 2006, war are doomed to failure as they face a categorical rejection expressed by the European diplomats. In this context, Frances deputy U.N. ambassador Anne Guegen rejected []


Jared Kushner discusses peace with Netanyahu, Abbas Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Kushner stresses Trump's commitment to peace in region, without providing details on how to overcome challenges


Dutch police free van driver in concert attack plan probe Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Van driver was not planning to attack, but instead 'appeared to be under the influence of an alcoholic substance,' police say


Qatar restores full relations with Iran despite demands of Arab neighbors Qatar will not bow to this regional pressure. Peace and Freedom

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Atta Kenare, AFP | An Iranian man walks past a Qatar Airways branch in the capital Tehran on June 6.


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Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran early on Thursday and promised to send its ambassador back to Tehran a move counter to the demands of Arab nations trying to isolate Doha as part of a regional dispute.

In announcing its decision, Qatar made no mention of the diplomatic crisis roiling Gulf Arab nations since June, when Doha found its land, sea and air routes cut off by the four Arab states.

Iran, which welcomed Dohas decision, has sent food to Qatar and allowed its airplanes to increasingly use the Islamic Republics airspace.

Restoring diplomatic ties will undoubtedly anger those opposing Qatar in the regional dispute, chief among them Saudi Arabia, Irans regional rival. Perhaps not unrelated, the move comes just days after Saudi Arabia began promoting a Qatari royal family member whose branch of the family was ousted in a palace coup in 1972.

Qatar has shown it is going to go in a different direction, said Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a research fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University who lives in Seattle. It could very well be calculated toward reinforcing the point that Qatar will not bow to this regional pressure placed upon it.

Qatar pulled its ambassador from Tehran in early 2016 after Saudi Arabias execution of a prominent Shiite cleric sparked attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in Iran, a move to show solidarity with the kingdom. A short Foreign Ministry statement issued early Thursday changed that, saying Qatars ambassador soon would return to Iran.

The state of Qatar expressed its aspiration to strengthen bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran in all fields, the statement said.

In Iran, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said Qatar announced its intention to return its ambassador to Tehran in a phon...


Israeli forces detain Addameer field researcher during overnight raid Aletho News

French-Palestinian activist Salah Hamouri. [Photo: | salah_hamouri] Maan August 24, 2017 BETHLEHEM A field researcher for prisoners rights group Addameer was detained during an overnight raid on Wednesday from his home in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kufr Aqab, according to the group. Salah Hammouri, 32, who holds dual Palestinian-French citizenship, []


Tillersons Unconscionable And Immoral Goal In Afghanistan The Counter Jihad Report

Conservative Headquarters, by George Rassley, Aug. 24 2017: What would Americans have thought if, back in 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt or his Secretary of State Cordell Hull had said after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, I think the Continue reading


CNN and the SPLC The Counter Jihad Report

Front Page Magazine, by Daniel Greenfield, Aug. 23, 2017: The Southern Poverty Law Centers hate map is one of the longest running malicious jokes on the internet.  And by running its smears against the Freedom Center, CNN has gone full fake news. Continue reading


Russia-gates evidentiary void New Cold War: Ukraine and Beyond

By Robert Parry, Consortium News, August 18, 2017 A cyber-warfare expert sees no technical evidence linking Russia to the Democratic email releases, but The New York Times presses ahead with a new hope that Ukraine can fill the void, reports Robert Parry. The New York Times unrelenting anti-Russia bias would be almost comical if the ...

The post Russia-gates evidentiary void appeared first on New Cold War: Ukraine and Beyond.


Britain aims for open data flow with EU after Brexit Peace and Freedom


AFP | Britain will become the first country to withdraw from the European Union by March 2019
LONDON (AFP)  Britain wants data flows with the EU worth billions to continue unimpeded even after it leaves the bloc, the government said on Thursday, promising to uphold current high standards for data protection.Data flows are important for the UK and the EU economies and for wider cooperation, including on law enforcement, the Department for Exiting the EU said in a position paper for negotiations on the issue.

It is therefore essential that we agree arrangements that allow for free flows of data to continue, based on mutual trust in each others high data protection standards, it said.

The ministry emphasised that Britain would be starting from an unprecedented point of alignment with the EU on data protection when it leaves in March 2019 but did not say what would happen if data protection regulation in Britain or the EU changes.

The ministry said the EUs data economy was estimated to be worth 272 billion euros ($321 billion) in 2015, or around 2.0 percent of gross domestic product.

That figure is estimated to rise to 643 billion euros in 2020, or more than 3.0 percent of GDP by 2020.

According to ministry estimates, 75 percent of the flow of data out of Britain was to EU countries.

The third round of Brexit negotiations between Britain and the EU is due to begin next week.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the main big business lobby, said the digital economy was at risk of isolation as a result of Brexit unless the government secures a transition deal.

TechUK, a trade body, has also argued that securing a future partnership agreement in data sharing would take time and previous deals have taken 18 months or more to negotiate.

Labour MP Chris Leslie, a leading supporter of the pro-EU Open Britain campaign, said the governments proposals were likely to be impossible as Britain is leaving the European single market.

The governments position seems to be that everything should change and yet stay the same, he said.



Terror Averted in Rotterdam The Counter Jihad Report

A tip from Spanish authorities saves Dutch lives. Front Page Magazine, by Matthew Vadum, Aug. 24, 2017: Authorities in the Netherlands foiled an apparent Muslim terrorist plot to attack a concert venue in Rotterdam while an American rock band with Continue reading


War president Donald Trump New Cold War: Ukraine and Beyond

Compilation of news and analysis concerning Afghanistan and Iraq, New Cold, Aug 24, 2017 Enclosed are the full texts of the following: Military leaders consolidate power in Trump administration, by Robert Costa and Philip Rucker, The Washington Post, Aug 22, 2017 Covering Up the Massacre of Mosul, by Nicolas J S Davies, Consortium News, ...

The post War president Donald Trump appeared first on New Cold War: Ukraine and Beyond.


Iran and Israel are poised for war in Syria Peace and Freedom

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The Hill

When it comes to the Middle East the only surprise is when there arent surprises. At the moment, the defeat of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) strongholds in Mosul and Raqqa in a force led by Hezbollah and Iraqi troops with U.S. Special Forces has led directly to the elevation of Hezbollah as a military entity since it bore the brunt of the combat burden in Syria and paid the highest price in casualties.

Since Hezbollah is a proxy for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, its enhanced status has given both forces the opportunity for a military buildup on Israels northern border. For Israel this emerging reality constitutes a strategic game changer. Ironically the victories over ISIS, have yielded a strategic failure vis--vis the Shiites.

In fact, Iran is transferring Sunni populations from areas once held by ISIS and replacing them with Shiites in an effort to maintain territorial continuity between the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea. Paradoxically, this is being done with either the active or passive complicity of the United States. So desirous is the Trump team for a victory over ISIS that is seems willing to allow Iran to reach Israels front lines as a consequence. Among Israeli military sources there is the belief in a disparity between Trumps rhetoric and his actions.

In fact, the success of Hezbollah has had the added benefit of a...


Terror can be conquered ONLY with greater terror The Counter Jihad Report

Family Security Matters, by ALEXANDER G. MARKOVSKY, Aug. 23, 2017: It is exceedingly obvious that the West continues projecting weakness and strategic incoherence. The Western Democracies are incapable of rejecting postmodern liberal thinking that Islam is peaceful and acknowledge that we Continue reading



Ramzy Baroud and Rima Najjar on identity and resistance Mondoweiss

This interview was originally published by Truthout on August 17, 2017.

Uprooted from their native dwellings, loved ones and joint heritage, Palestinians have embraced a steadfastness (sumud) that has been one of the principles of their struggle for justice.

For over 69 years since the inception of Israel, the Palestinian identity has undergone systematic division and abuse. Its endurance is a testament to the inextricable nature of a collective ethos from the human psyche.

Nonetheless, members of the diaspora are indispensable to the collective struggle for Palestinian self-determination and against Israeli oppression. They function as crucial intermediaries between Palestinians within Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories and the outside world, lobby for support and against discriminatory policies at their locales, actively engage in the media battle for accurate reporting and against propaganda, and facilitate campaigns, such as the ones spearheaded by the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

Two prominent Palestinians of the diaspora are journalist and book author Ramzy Baroud and retired English literature professor Rima Najjar. Baroud has been writing about the Middle East for more than 20 years, authoring several books on Palestine. Najjar has written an extended essay about returning to work in Palestine, following an exile from the West Bank and a period of living in the U.S.

In this interview, Baroud and Najjar discuss Palestinian identity, society, roots and resistance.

Yoav Litvin: Ramzy, you are a Palestinian-American and Muslim man originally from the Gaza Strip in Palestine. Please describe your political history and current endeavors.

Ramzy Baroud: I rarely define myself by my religion. Group identities of any kind make me quite nervous. While they have the potential of giving one an automatic membership, thus acceptance within a larger group, they also have the tendency of stifling ones intellect and inviting groupthink and restrictive conformity.

I was born into a refugee family in the Gaza Strip. My family arrived there soon after the 1948 war and ethnic cleansing...


RUSSIAN FEDERATION SITREP 24 AUGUST 2017 - Patrick Armstrong Sic Semper Tyrannis

THE NEW NWO AND RUSSIA. This is very much worth reading. The authors argue that in the coming (well, already here) rivalry between the American maritime power and the Chinese land power, Russia is the swing player that can hand...


Newsbud Exclusive-Trumps Afghan War: Based on Neocon Lies. Newsbud

Standing before a podium at the Fort Myer military base in Arlington, Virginia, President Donald Trump addressed an audience of soldiers on August 21. Trump said the consequences of an exit from Afghanistan are both predictable and unacceptable. 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in our history, was planned and directed from Afghanistan because that country was ruled by a government that gave comfort and shelter to terrorists. A hasty withdrawal would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would instantly fill, just as happened before September 11th.

However, the following day during a press conference in the Rose Garden with President Bush, Powell said the American people would not be permitted to see the evidence. He added the United States had irrefutable proof of bin Ladens complicity, but most of it is classified. Powells remark was an effort to conceal the fact the Bush administration had no evidence Osama bin Laden planned and orchestrated the attack from a cave in Afghanistan. Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh cited officials from the CIA and the Justice Department as saying there was no solid evidence of this.

In 1998, following the US embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, the Taliban government offered to turn over bin Laden, but the Bush administration refused. Wakil Ahmad Muttawakil, the Taliban foreign minister, told Al Jazeera his government had made several proposals to the United States to turn over the Saudi to stand trial.

Even before the [9/11] attacks, our Islamic Emirate had tried through various proposals to resolve the Osama issue. One such proposal was to set up a three-nation court, or something under the supervision of the Organization of the Islamic Conference [OIC]," Muttawakil said. But the US showed no interest in it. They kept demanding we hand him over, but we had no relations with the US, no agreement of any sort. They did not recognize our government.

After the Taliban made the proposals through...


First a Kindergarten, Now a School: Are the Israelis Trying to Block Childhood Education? Fig Trees and Vineyards

[ Ed. note A few days ago I put up a post about the destruction of a kindergarten in a Bedouin village in the West Bank just east of Jerusalem. Israeli authorities went there on Monday of this week and tore down a small building of wood and metal that had been intended to []


Victory for our friends at Amazon Watch!

"In a major victory for indigenous peoples, Brazil's Supreme Court ruled unanimously this week in favor of indigenous land rights in two separate lawsuits, setting an important legal precedent."


Some Thoughts on Monuments - TTG Sic Semper Tyrannis

There is much hysteria lately about monuments. To various people they assume the mantels of symbols of Southern heritage or ugly reminders of slavery, segregation and white supremacy. I, however, have never been prone to hysteria. Whether it was engaging...


Teslas Push to Build a Self-Driving Car Sparks Dissent Among its Engineers Peace and Freedom

Elon Musks ambitious goals for Autopilot technology have prompted safety warnings and resignations

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PALO ALTO, Calif.Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk jolted the automotive world last year when he announced the companys new vehicles would come with a hardware upgrade that would eventually allow them to drive themselves.

He also jolted his own engineering ranks.

Members of the companys Autopilot team hadnt yet designed a product they believed would safely and reliably control a car without human intervention, according to people familiar with the matter.

In a meeting after the announcement, someone asked Autopilot director Sterling Anderson how Tesla could brand the product Full Self-Driving, several employees recall. This was Elons decision, they said he responded. Two months later, Mr. Anderson resigned.

In the race to develop autonomous vehicles, few companies have moved faster than Tesla, an electric-car pioneer that this year surpassed General Motors Co. as the nations most-valuable auto maker.

Behind the scenes, the Autopilot team has clashed over deadlines and design and marketing decisions, according to more than a dozen people who worked on the project and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. In recent months, the team has lost at least 10 engineers and four top managersincluding Mr. Andersons successor, who lasted less than six months before leaving in June.

Tesla said the vehicle hardware unveiled in October will enable full self-driving in almost all circumstances, at what we believe will be a probability of safety at least twice as good as the average human driver. The self-driving feature is subject to software development and regulatory approval, and it is not possible to know exactly when each element of the functionality described will be available, Tesla noted.

A Tesla spokeswoman attributed the turnover in the Autopilot groupwhich has more than 100 people developing hardware and softwareto fierce competition for talent at large technology companies, conventional auto makers and startups. Tesla has hired...


NATO accuses Russia of undermining stability in Europe Peace and Freedom


AFP/File | NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, The aggressive behaviour of Russia has undermined stability and security in Europe
ROME (AFP)  NATO accused Russia Thursday of undermining stability and security in Europe through its aggressive behaviour.We have worked actively to forge a strategic partnership with Russia since the Cold War, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told a defence and peace meeting in Italy.

However, the aggressive behaviour of Russia has undermined stability and security in Europe, he added.

The 2014 incursion of pro-Russian forces into eastern Ukraine and Russias annexation of Crimea have strained ties with the west to the limit.

In response, NATO has bolstered its presence in eastern European countries that are now allies but were once ruled from Moscow.

Stoltenberg described Russias illegal annexation of Crimea as the first time since World War II that a European nation had taken the territory of another country by force.

Russia continues to destabilise Eastern Ukraine. It is a conflict in which nearly 10,000 Ukrainians have been killed and this has changed the security context enormously, he said.

But the NATO chief said he was not looking for a confrontation with Russia and that he strongly believed in dialogue.

The alliance has deployed multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland as NATO seeks to reassure them they will not be abandoned in any fresh crisis.


Video: Robert Spencer on Foxs Varney & Co. on PayPal and Leftist censorship Jihad Watch

Today I appeared on Foxs Varney & Co. to discuss the Leftist initiative to close off all means of communication to those who dissent from the hard-Left agenda, and PayPals brief blocking of the Jihad Watch account (it was reinstated after an outcry).


Brazil opens huge swathe of Amazon rainforest to mining Peace and Freedom

President Michel Temer has signed a decree abolishing a rainforest reserve that straddles Brazils northern states of Par and Amap, and opening the area to mineral exploration and commercial mining.

Brasilien Entwaldung des Urwaldes (picture-alliance/Demotix/K. Hoffmann)

A decree from President Michel Temer published Wednesday abolished the protected status of the National Reserve of Copper and Associates (Renca) an area that is bigger than the size of Norway.

The reserve, which was established in 1984, covers about 18,000 square miles (46,610 square kilometers) and is thought to be rich in minerals such as copper and gold.

The government framed the decision as an effort to bring new investment and jobs to a country that recently emerged from the longest recession in its history. It also said that just under a third of the reserve would be opened up to mining, and that permissions would only be granted in specific areas.

Permission to develop research and mining applies only to areas where there are no other restrictions, such as protection of native vegetation, conservation units, indigenous lands and areas in border strips, a statement by the government said.

Wednesdays decree comes as the country reported a 21-percent fall in deforestation rates within the countrys Legal Amazon region, which includes Amap and Par, in the two years from August 2015.

Diverse tropical rainforest

In July, Brazil announced a plan to revitalize its mining sector, and increase its share of the economy from four percent to six percent. The industry employs 200,000 people in a country where a record 14 million are out of work.

However, activists argue that the move could damage the worlds largest and most diverse tropical rainforest. Opposition politician Randolfe Rodrigues called it the biggest crime against the Amazon forest since the 1970s.

Brazilian public policy coordin...


Europes biggest refinery back on line after blaze Peace and Freedom


ANP/AFP/File | Flames and smoke rising above the Shell refinery in Rotterdam in July 2017
THE HAGUE (AFP)  Europes biggest oil refinery has resumed operations after most of its electricity supply was restored following a devastating fire more than three weeks ago, Shell said on Thursday.

Repairs to the electricity supply at Shell Pernis have mainly been completed, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant said in a statement, adding most of the factories in the plant have been restarted including those that needed permission from authorities.

The massive Rotterdam-based plant halted production after a huge blaze on July 29, which Shell said was caused by a short-circuit followed by a fire at a substation.

We are investigating the underlying cause of the short-circuit, Shell said.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control in the early hours of that morning.

But a second incident occurred the following day during the cleaning of one of the factories when there was a leak of a colourless, highly reactive gas, hydrogen fluoride.

This incident too was being probed.

The refinery covers an area equivalent to 1,000 football pitches, and its pipework, if laid end to end, would be long enough to circle the Earth four times.

It has 60 factories on-site, making it also one of the largest refineries in the world.

The facility, based in the port of Rotterdam, can process more than 400,000 barrels of petroleum products a day.


Netanyahu To Putin: Iran Must Leave Syria Or We Will Act Aletho News

By Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge |August 24, 2017 For Netanyahu and other Israeli officials the chief concern was never the black clad death cult which filmed itself beheading Americans and burning people alive.  Let the Sunni evil prevail, they say. Israel is threatening to escalate military action in Syria against perceived Iranian interests. This []


Philippines: Schoolboy was was kneeling face down when shot by police in drug raid, forensic experts testified Peace and Freedom

Saldy delos Santos comforts his wife, Lorenza, during a hearing on the killing of their son, Kian, at the Senate yesterday. ERNIE PEAREDONDO

MANILA, Philippines Teenage student Kian Loyd delos Santos was slumped or kneeling on the ground when three bullets were fired into his body two to the head and one in the back, forensic experts testified before the Senate yesterday.

In separate testimonies before the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, Dr. Erwin Erfe, head of the forensics department of the Public Attorneys Office (PAO), and Dr. Jocelyn Cruz of the Northern Police District (NPD) said two bullets entered the 17-year-old victims head, one behind the left ear and one through the ear itself.

Both experts said the bullets that entered the head had an upward trajectory, indicating Delos Santos was prone when shot by an assailant standing on the left side of the Grade 11 student.

Cruz and Erfe conducted separate autopsies on Delos Santos, whom police said engaged the lawmen in a firefight during an anti-drug operation in Caloocan City on Aug. 16.

The three police officers PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jerwin Cruz and PO1 Jeremiah Pereda accused of killing Delos Santos claimed the victim fired at them, triggering a shootout.

However, a security video showed two of the three officers dragging an individual to an alley where Delos Santos was later found.

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 MANILA. Philippine National Police Chief Ronald dela Rosa (right) in a huddle with other police officials during the Senate committee on public order and illegal drugs investigation on the killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos. (SunStar Phili...


Iran, Saudi to Exchange Diplomatic Visits Aletho News

Al-Manar | August 24, 2017 Iran and Saudi Arabia will soon exchange diplomatic visits, Tehran said, in a possible sign of tensions easing after the arch rivals cut ties last year. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told local media the visits would take place after this years hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, []


Generation Debt: The Student Loan & Wider College Rackets Newsbud

Questions for students and their parents:  If college cost $750,000, would you still attend, taking out student loans to meet that amount?  How about $500,000?  No?  How about the $50,000 to $250,000 it currently costs, then?  In other words, what is the true price tag for ensuring success in society, and why has it been rising so aggressively over the past 50 years?  In turn, what are the actual versus perceived dividends of such an investment?  In this episode of Money and Fear, well look at the impending Student Debt Crisis and dissipating perceptions of college as an inimitable personal and economic resource.  The size and pace of student loan growth mirrors that of the subprime mortgage fiasco of the prior decade.  Well look at how and why while also bluntly asking if college is relevant anymore.  Well review figures, causes and effects behind this seemingly unfixable economic dilemma, which threatens the nations collective solvency and prosperity.

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A Look at the Shocking Student Loan Debt Statistics for 2017

Student Loan Debt In 2017: A $1.3 Trillion Crisis

The US college debt bubble is becoming dangerous

The student debt crisis is worsening at the hands of loan servicers



Birds of a feather: White supremacy and Zionism Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

White supremacy and Zionism are two of a kind, with both modelled on ethnic exclusion. Therefore, if one opposes exclusion, and the desire for a racially or religiously 'pure' nation, one must oppose Zionism


The White House receives an Israeli delegation. The Agenda: Syria Aletho News

Voltaire Network | August 16, 2017 An Israeli delegation will be received at the White House this week. The agenda: Syria. The three members of the Israeli delegation are: Yossi Cohen (photo), Head of Mossad (Foreign Intelligence); General Herzl Halevi, Head of Aman (Military Intelligence); and Colonel Zohar Palti, Head of Military []


Pakistan Rejects Trumps Allegation of Harboring Militants Peace and Freedom

ISLAMABAD Pakistans political and military leaders have rejected President Donald Trumps allegation that Islamabad is harboring militants who battle U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and army chiefs met for hours in Islamabad to deliberate their response after Trump on Monday lashed out at Pakistan, an ostensible U.S. ally, and blamed it for violence in neighboring Afghanistan. Trump also demanded Islamabad stop giving sanctuary to agents of chaos, violence and terror.

Trumps remarks drew nationwide condemnation in Pakistan and the opposition has asked Abbasi to cancel a scheduled visit by Pakistans foreign minister to Washington.

The National Security Committee Pakistans top forum on issues relating to the countrys defense and security said after Thursdays meeting that scapegoating Pakistan will not help in stabilizing Afghanistan.


UTT Throwback Thursday: US Governments Failure to Address Domestic Threat The Counter Jihad Report

Understanding the Threat, by John Guandolo, Aug.24, 2017: Summary The attacks of 9/11 were conducted against the U.S. homeland with support from the Islamic Movement inside the United States.  The U.S. governments response to fight on battlefields overseas, while leaders Continue reading


Second Barcelona terror attack suspect released Peace and Freedom

A week after two deadly attacks in Catalonia, a Spanish judge conditionally released a second suspect. Authorities expanded their search for accomplices and identified the remains of the last member of the terror cell.

People walking near a massive number of flowers and candles in Barcelona (picture-alliance/NurPhoto/X. Bonilla)

A Spanish high court judge on Thursday conditionally freed Salh El Karib, one of the living four suspects in last weeks deadly terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, due to a lack of evidence against him.

El Karib was detained after police discovered that he purportedly booked plane tickets for one of the cells member at the cybercafe he ran in Ripoll, the town where the cell is believed to have formed.

Read more: Barcelona terror attack suspect admits larger plot

Judge Fernando Andreu ruled there was insufficient evidence to keep El Karib detained while the investigation remains ongoing. El Karib, however, will not be allowed to leave the country and will have to appear before the court once a week.

On Tuesday, the judge also freed another suspect, Mohammed Aalla, under similar conditions. Aallas Audi A3 was used in the Cambrils attack, although he told the court that it was only registered under his name for insurance purposes and was used by his brother, Said.

The remaining two suspects will remain in prison until their trial begins. Mohamed Houli Chemlal and Driss Oukabir, aged 21 and 28, respectively, face charges of membership in a terrorist group and murder.

The attacks last week left 15 people dead and more than 120 injured.

Police identify final suspect

Spanish police on Thursday revealed they had identified the remains of the 12th and last-remaining suspected connected to the terror cell. Youssef Aalla, the brother of  Mohammed and Said, died in last Wednesdays accidental blast in the groups bomb factory in Alcanar.

Youssef Aalla is the last corpse identified in the Alcanar explosion, Catalan regional police said. That is the last known member of the cell, whose remains had yet to be formally released.



National Security Cover-Ups, Missteps, and Miscalculations The Counter Jihad Report

American Thinker, by Janet Levy Aug. 24, 2017: The Muslim Brotherhood has penetrated every one of our national security agencies, including our intelligence agencies, according to retired Navy admiral James Ace Lyons, former commander of the U.S. Pacific fleet.  Adm. Lyons Continue reading


Military Situation In Tal Afar Area In Northern Iraq On August 24, 2017 (Map Update)

The Iraqi Army and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have entered the ISIS-held town of Tal Afar in northern Iraq and are now clashing with ISIS terrorists inside it.

Military Situation In Tal Afar Area In Northern Iraq On August 24, 2017 (Map Update)

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Media Watchdog Group Urges Turkey to Free French Journalist Peace and Freedom

PARIS A media watchdog group is urging the immediate release of a French freelance journalist detained in Turkey on suspicion of terrorism while reporting on Kurdish people living near the Iraqi border.

Reporters Without Borders held a demonstration in support of Loup Bureau outside a Paris districts town hall on Thursday.

The 27-year-old Bureau has been detained since July 26. Hes accused of aiding and assisting a terrorist organization. The French Foreign Ministry said Thursday its continuing to make efforts with Turkish authorities to help Bureau.

The reporters father, Loic Bureau, told reporters he was able to speak to his son on the phone and found him tired and a little discouraged.

Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in a world press freedom index published by Reporters Without Borders.


UN Urges US-Led Coalition to Rein in Airstrikes in Syrias Raqqa Geopolitics Alert

Raqqa (TNA)  The United Nations called on Thursday for a humanitarian pause to allow an estimated 20,000 trapped civilians to escape the Syrian city of Raqqa, and urged the US-led coalition to rein in air strikes that have caused civilian casualties.

Boats on the Euphrates must not be attacked, people who come out cannot risk air raids when they come out, the Special Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria told reporters in Geneva.

So now is the time to think of possibilities, pauses or otherwise that might facilitate the escape of civilians, knowing that (Daesh) fighters are doing their absolute best to keep them in place, he said.

Meanwhile human right groups are warning about the consequences of US blind attacks in Raqqa.

RELATED: 30 Dead After US-Coalition Allegedly Strikes Raqqa Hospital With Phosphorus Bombs

Rights group Amnesty International on Thursday warned that the US-led coalition campaign purportedly to drive Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) out of its de-facto capital has killed hundreds of civilians, and those remaining there face greater risk as the fight intensifies in its final stages.

As the battle to wrest Raqqa from Daesh intensifies, thousands of civilians are trapped in a deadly labyrinth where they are under fire from all sides, Amnesty Senior Crisis Response Adviser Donatella Rovera said, referring to another name used for ISIL.

Knowing that Daesh uses civilians as human shields, SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) and US forces must redouble efforts to protect civilians, notably by avoiding disproportionate or indiscriminate strikes and creating safe exit routes, she said.

In recent days, the US-led coalition intensified its ferocious bombing campaign in Raqqa, more than half of which has been captured by the US-led SDF battling Daesh.

Residents said on Tuesday that at least 100 civilians were killed over a 48-hour span by US-led air attacks on the city.

RELATED: Iraq Bans US from Using Territory to Launch War Against Iran



The decline of IS in Libya and the Levant is a concern for Tunisia Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

The loss of the city of Sirte is not the final blow to IS in Libya or North Africa by a long shot. There are still plenty of opportunities for the group to mount a regional resurgence. Here's how


UAE sentences two Singaporeans, including trans woman, to jail Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


The two were sentenced over wearing 'inappropriate clothing' in the conservative emirate


UK: Government-funded Channel 4 creates recruitment video glorifying the Islamic State Jihad Watch

The apotheosis of the Lefts infatuation with Islamic jihad: a propaganda video for the Islamic State, courtesy of the British government. Pure poison its like a Nazi recruiting film from the 1930s: CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews The State, by Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail, August 20, 2017: A really super-cool club. Thats how a young black British []


YouTube removes Robert Spencer playlist as inappropriate Jihad Watch

This is not the Jihad Watch YouTube channel, which still remains (so far); nor was it an account I had any association with. This was simply a collection of some of videos featuring me that this man had made for his own reference. YouTube user NoNo Boddy sent me this screenshot, and explained: As far []


Detroit. U.S. Racism stan van houcke

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Blacks Should Not Become Uncle Sams Clean-Up Crew

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

If the historical crime is not linked to demands for the righting of present-day wrongs, there will be no lasting benefit to the peoples struggle.
The landscape of the United States is littered with physical testimony to the nations origins as a white settler colonial outpost of land pirates who exterminated and enslaved their way to global capitalist empire. Purging the evidence of historical crimes is a great catharsis, especially for the victims of U.S. Manifest Destiny. However, this intrinsically righteous project can be subverted into a kind of ritual national cleansing that leaves the essential nature of the current regime not only intact, but rejuve...


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Israeli government threatens Jaffa theater over solidarity event for Dareen Tatour Mondoweiss

In July 2014, when a 16-year-old Palestinian boy from East Jerusalem, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped and burned alive, it was a shock for the Arab-Palestinian public. People felt that the atrocity was a result of constant anti-Arab incitement by Israels top politicians and mainstream media. They also felt that the Israeli police and courts were not very concerned about preventing or punishing violence when the perpetrators are Jewish and the victims are Arab. After Abu Khdeir was killed,  protests erupted all over the country. Hundreds of Arab activists shared a meme on Facebook, designed like obituary that read: Im the next martyr. The meaning was clear for everybody: because a Palestinian child was randomly kidnapped from their streets and murdered, any Palestinian can be the next victim.

The meme reads: I am the next martyr.

More than a year later in October 2015, this very same image appeared as the profile picture for the Facebook page of poet Dareen Tatour, a Palestinian citizen of Israel. Israeli intelligence agents wrongly translated the text over the picture as a declaration that Tatour intended to carry out a suicide attack. Her house was surrounded at a pre-dawn raid by a big force of Israeli police and border guards, and she was arrested. During Tatours first interrogation police told her that she wrote that she wants to be a martyr (shahida in Arabic). Soon the authorities understood their language mistake, but they would not apologize and let their victim go free. They started digging deeper into Tatours Facebook page and found a poem and some posts that they also maliciously mistranslated, this time as incitement. So started the saga of the Jewish State against poet Dareen Tatour, which is now a world famous example of Israels unjust persecution of Palestinian arts and the freedom of political protest.

From protesters to victims

Just like Dareen Tatour protested the fate of other victims and then became a victim herself, now the state of Israel is turning against those people that protest the persecution of the poet.

A group of Jewish and Palestinian artists plan to stage a protest event in solidarity with Tatour in Yaffas (Jaffa) Arab-Hebrew Theater on August 30, 2017, before Tatours trial will resume. They prepared a rich artistic program including reading from Tatours poetry and origina...


In Ukraine, US defence chief accuses Moscow of seeking to redraw borders by force Peace and Freedom


Anatoli Stepanov, AFP | Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) listens to US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis during a press conference after their meeting in Kiev on August 24.


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US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday the United States was committed to helping Ukraines military, and sanctions against Russia would remain in place until Moscow stops supporting rebels and returns Crimea.

Mattis accused Russia of seeking to redraw international borders by force and said a new military aid package agreed with Ukraine would help Kiev defend itself.

Mr President, we continue to support Ukraine and remain committed to building the capacity of your armed forces, Mattis said after meeting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for talks.

He said Washington had recently approved delivery of military equipment worth $175 million (148 million euros) to Ukraine that would boost its defence capacities.

This brings total non-lethal military aid, which includes radars and uniforms, to $750 million since 2015, although the issue of lethal weaponry is still under consideration, he added.

On the defensive lethal weapons, we are actively reviewing it, he said.

Defensive weapons are not provocative unless you are an aggressor. And surely Ukraine is not an aggressor.

Kiev has for several years pushed for help with lethal weapons, particularly anti-tank missiles, and the US Senate in 2015 approved a bill that allowed such deliveries.

However, the decision was ultimately opposed by the former administration of Barack Obama.

Mattis visit to Kiev coincided with country festivities for Independence Day.

Twenty-four US soldiers participated in the military parade together with Ukrainian troops for the first time in the countrys history.

I am thankful to our American partners, first of all for the effective military aid from the first moments of Russian aggression, said Poroshenko. We decided to expand this cooperation.

Discussing these issues requires silence before the final decision, Poroshenk...


'Don't let me see you again': Egypt minister sacks man at jobs event Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Ali al-Meselhy is criticised on social media after he ejects a sound technician from an employment event


Donald Trump Faults GOP Leadership for Looming Debt Ceiling Mess Peace and Freedom

Treasury officials have said Congress must raise borrowing limit by the end of September

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Updated Aug. 24, 2017 10:34 a.m. ET

President Donald Trump on Thursday blamed the congressional Republican leadership for what he called the mess awaiting lawmakers this fall as they seek to raise the governments borrowing limit, the latest criticism by the president on members of his own party.

I requested that Mitch M & Paul R tie the Debt Ceiling legislation into the popular V.A. Bill (which just passed) for easy approval, Mr. Trump tweeted Thursday morning, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) They didnt do it so now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval. Could have been so easy-now a mess!

Republicans have in the past balked at voting to raise the debt limit, forcing GOP leaders to turn to Democrats for the votes for the must-pass legislation. The debt ceiling increase allows the government to pay the bills stemming from past spending and tax decisions. Republicans need Democratic votes in the Senate to reach the 60-vote threshold to pass a debt ceiling increase.

Spokesmen for Messrs. McConnell and Ryan didnt immediately respond to requests for comment on Thursday.

Treasury officials have said Congress must raise the governments borrowing limit at some point near the end of September. If Congress doesnt raise the debt ceiling to allow new borrowing, the U.S. could default on its debt or miss payments for benefits and salaries.

Republicans earlier in the summer were considering tying an increase in the federal debt limit to a bill extending funding for a program that lets military veterans get medical care outside of Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, people familiar with the idea said.

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Gaza living conditions constitute 'humanitarian emergency', NGO says Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Electricity shortages and insufficient medical supplies cause declining living conditions in Gaza, says MAP


Vietnam calls for Southeast Asian unity amid South China Sea tension Peace and Freedom

Vietnams most powerful leader has called for greater unity among Southeast Asian states at a time the country has appeared increasingly isolated in challenging Chinas territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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FILE PHOTO: Vietnams General Secretary of the Communist Party and National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong talks to media after he casts his vote for members of the 14th National Assembly and Peoples Councils at a polling station in Hanoi, Vietnam May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Kham/Files

HANOI: Vietnams most powerful leader has called for greater unity among Southeast Asian states at a time the country has appeared increasingly isolated in challenging Chinas territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Making the first visit by a Vietnamese communist party chief to Indonesia, Nguyen Phu Trong said in a speech televised at home on Wednesday that the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes.

Do not let ASEAN become a playing card for the competition among major countries, Trong said, without identifying which he meant.

Vietnam has emerged as the most vocal opponent of Chinas claims in the South China Sea, where more than US$3 trillion in cargo pass every year.

To Chinas annoyance, Vietnam held out an ASEAN meeting this month for language in a communique that noted concern about island-building and criticized militarization in the South China Sea.

Chinese pressure forced Vietnam to stop drilling for oil last month in a Vietnamese oil block that China claims. Beijing has also been angered by Vietnams growing defence links to the United States, Japan and India.

Some Southeast Asian countries are wary about the possible repercussions of defying Beijing by taking a stronger stand on the South China Sea.

China claims most of the South China Sea, while Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Brunei claim parts of the sea, which commands strategic sealanes and has rich fishing grounds along with oil and gas deposits.

After Indonesia, Trong is due to visit Myanmar.

(Reporting by Mai Nguyen; Editing by Matthew Tostevin and Lincoln Feast)

Source: Reuters
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ACLU Arizona -- Police Failed to Protect First Amendment Rights of Protesters at Trump Rally CENSORED NEWS

Image Barcoft Media Mirror online ACLU OF ARIZONA CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION, URGES WITNESSES TO SUBMIT ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE By ACLU of Arizona Censored News August 23, 2017 Also see: Phoenix New Times 'No arrests have truck nearly hits protesters'


Charlottesville reschedules community recovery town hall Peace and Freedom


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Charlottesville residents will get a chance this weekend to talk with city officials about a white nationalist rally earlier this month that devolved into deadly violence.

The city had planned Thursday evening to host what it calls a community recovery town hall, in collaboration with the Community Relations Services of the Department of Justice. But Charlottesville officials said the event has been rescheduled for Sunday afternoon due to conflicts with a local high schools student activities.

Officials will provide an update on recovery efforts and offer opportunities for public comment, according to a news release.

Our community has been shaken to its core, City Manager Maurice Jones said in a statement. We see this partnership with CRS as the beginning of a process of recovery and renewal.

Its been nearly two weeks since the event, which attracted whats believed to be the largest gathering of white nationalists in at least a decade.

Rally attendees and counter-protesters fought in the streets. Heather Heyer was killed when a car plowed into demonstrators during a march, and two state troopers died in a helicopter crash that day.

City workers covered two Confederate statues in black on Wednesday to mourn Heyers death.

Workers in Charlottesville shrouded a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in black on Wednesday in a move intended to symbolize the citys mourning for a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally earlier this month. (August 23)

Some residents have criticized city officials for granting a permit for the rally, and others have said police didnt do enough to...


US Accuses Russia of Arming Taliban to Hide Its Own Defeat in Afghanistan Aletho News

Sputnik August 24, 2017 Unfounded speculations by US politicians about alleged supplies of arms to the Taliban by Russia are aimed at concealing the truth of Americas obvious defeat in Afghanistan, which Washington is still struggling to postpone, Afghan political observer Vahid Mojda told Sputnik. US Secretary of State Rex Tillersons claim that Russia is []


Notes On The Junta, An Unnecessary Land-Corridor And A Regular Russian Maneuver Moon of Alabama

According to a 1950s political theory The Structure of Power in American Society is mainly build on three elite groups, the high military, the corporation executives and the political directorate. (The "political directorate" can best be described as the bureaucracy,...


Link between mental illness and terrorism has not been established Psychiatrists contradict French Interior Minister Peace and Freedom


Eitan Abramovich, AFP archives | Nearly a third of people reported for radicalisation have psychological issues, according to Frances interior minister, Grard Collomb.

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French Interior Minister Grard Collomb believes that a third of terrorists have psychological issues. But according to several psychiatrists, the link between mental illness and terrorism has not been established.

In a bid to fight the terrorism threat, Collomb has suggested several times this month that a third of the French suspects reported for radicalisation in the Terrorist Prevention and Radicalisation Reporting File (FSPRT) suffer from the aforementioned psychological issues. Around 18,550 people have been recorded in the FSPRT, created in 2015, according to an article published in French daily Le Figaro.

Collomb has declared that he wants to mobilise psychiatric hospitals and psychiatrists in order to identify the kind of personalities that could potentially take [radical] action. He cited the example of a man who, on Monday August 21, killed one person and injured another in Marseille after crashing his van into pedestrians waiting at bus shelters. He came out of a psychiatric clinic, said Collomb on TV channel BFMTV. Hed previously been in prison and he killed someone. We need to consider this kind of case.

Several specialists have reacted to Collombs statements and have criticised the idea of using psychiatric examinations to try to identify potential terrorists. In an interview with FRANCE 24, Fethi Benslama, a psychoanalyst and a professor at Paris Diderot University, says that a history of mental health problems do not explain why someone would carry out an act of terrorism.

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Maryland imam bankrolled purchase of weapons for jihad massacre inside U.S. Jihad Watch

The imam said he frequently gives money to needy people, particularly former members of his mosque. Yes, the jihadi for whom he was buying the weapons was very needy. He needed to kill some Infidels. Feds link Detroit terror suspect to ISIS supporter, by Robert Snell, Detroit News, August 22, 2017: Detroit Federal prosecutors []


Israel charges firebrand Islamic cleric with incitement Peace and Freedom


AFP | Arab Israeli Sheikh Raed Salah (C), leader of the radical northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, arrives at the Rishon Lezion Justice court near Tel Aviv on August 15, 2017
JERUSALEM (AFP)  An Israeli court on Thursday charged a firebrand Islamic cleric with incitement to terrorism in connection with deadly unrest at a Jerusalem holy site last month, the justice ministry said.

It said that Arab Israeli Raed Salah was charged in Haifa magistrates court on a total of six counts, also including support for a banned organisation.

His group, the radical northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was outlawed in 2015 for incitement linked to the holy site, the Haram al-Sharif mosque compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.

The statement alleged that he issued expressions of praise, sympathy or encouragement for an act of terrorism on various occasions.

His alleged statements were made against a special security background in the wake of a July 14 attack in which three Israeli Arabs from Salahs hometown of Umm al-Fahm killed two policemen after emerging from the holy compound, in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

The attackers were themselves shot dead by other officers.

The justice ministry quoted the charge sheet as saying Salahs statements were made at the Umm al-Fahm funeral of the assailants and in two sermons he delivered at Friday Muslim prayers in the town, in northern Israel.

It said that the funeral was attended by thousands, some of them masked and chanting pledges to the dead attackers to continue in your path.

It did not specify Salahs comments there.

Salahs lawyers and supporters say his sermons are always within the bounds of free speech and that he stands against the murder of innocents.

They have called the 58-year-old preachers arrest political intimidation and say it was intended to silence dissent.

Israel responded to the July 14 attack by installing metal detectors and other security equipment at the entrance, but that triggered protests which left seven Palestinians dead.

As the unrest raged, a Palestinian broke into a home in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank and stabbed four Israelis, killing three.

The crisis ended when Israel removed the security devices at the site, which includes the revered Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock.

Salahs arrest on August 15 followed his release from prison in January after serving a nine-month sent...


Raed Saleh charged with incitement linked to unrest in East Jerusalem Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Three Palestinians who killed two Israeli policemen came from Saleh's town of Umm al-Fahm and believed to be radicalised by him


UK: Muslim who tried to carry pipe bomb onto flight gets 18 years prison dawah Jihad Watch

Look at the lax way he was treated: he was allowed to retrieve his cell phone and board another flight a few days later, despite having tried to carry a bomb onto one. British authorities might have assumed that tougher treatment would have been Islamophobic; they only reserve their real toughness for foes of jihad []


The Israelis tried to cut their losses in Syria. They failed Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

They hoped Assad would fall. Then they wished Syria would fall apart, taking Hezbollah with it. Despite recent efforts, the Israelis may now find themselves staring down the group on two fronts


From the US Embassy in Kiev: Happy Independence Day, Ukraine! The Vineyard of the Saker

This video was made by the US Embassy in Kiev and posted on YouTube with the following message: On behalf of the American people, Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, and the staff


Video: Robert Spencer on Fox and Friends on PayPals jihad against foes of jihad Jihad Watch

This morning I appeared on Fox and Friends to discuss how PayPal dropped Jihad Watch at the behest of a Leftist journalist spreading smear propaganda from the Southern Poverty Law Center.


How We Know The So-Called Civil War Was Not Over Slavery The Vineyard of the Saker

by Paul Craig Roberts When I read Professor Thomas DiLorenzos article the question that lept to mind was, How come the South is said to have fought for slavery when

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PayPal blocks German counterjihad site PI News Jihad Watch

This is why I didnt restore the PayPal button on the sidebar when they unblocked the Jihad Watch account. Clearly this was a concerted, organized effort to choke off funding for counterjihad sites not just in the U.S., but all over the world, and many of these groups have not had their accounts restored. Moreover, []


Israel to allow MPs to visit flashpoint Jerusalem holy site Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Prime minister's office says MPs will be permitted to visit area around al-Aqsa mosque for first time since 2015


Syrian Army Advances Towards Deir Ezzor, Seeks To Encircle Al Khuwayliyah (Map)

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have resumed their efforts to reach the city of Deir Ezzor besieged by ISIS in central Syria. Government forces are now advancing east of the Sukhna-Resafa road in an attempt to encircle the ISIS-held vilalge of Al Khuwayliyah that is the terrorist groups defense point in the area.

Earlier this week, the SAA and its allied forces besieged ISIS units in two pockets north of the Homs-Palmyra highway. This allows government forces to develop momentum in the area east of Sukhna town.

Syrian Army Advances Towards Deir Ezzor, Seeks To Encircle Al Khuwayliyah (Map)

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Arabic press review: Saleh and the Saudis, a match made in Yemen Middle East Eye - RSS Feed


Former Yemen president says time is right for 'serious talk'. In other news, Saudis call for peaceful protests against their government


Switzerland: Muslim preacher who called for deaths of non-Muslims got $620,000 in welfare payments Jihad Watch

Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued (Quran 9:29). UK []


Spain Conditionally Releases Attacks Suspect Peace and Freedom


AUG. 24, 2017, 8:36 A.M. E.D.T.

MADRID The Latest on Spain attacks investigation (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Spains National Court says that one of the four suspects in deadly attacks last week in and around Barcelona has been conditionally freed because of a lack of evidence against him.

Judge Fernando Andreu ruled that Salh El Karibs passport should be confiscated and that he will be required to show up in court once a week while he remains under investigation.

El Karib, who worked in a cybercafe in Ripoll, the Catalan town where the extremist cell was allegedly formed, had been in police custody since investigators found that he purportedly purchased plane tickets for some of its members.

On Tuesday, the judge freed with similar restrictions another suspect and sent to jail two others. Eight more people connected to the attacks are dead, six of them shot by the police.


11:35 a.m.

Catalan police have identified the body of the second suspect killed in a blast at the house where the cell that carried out the attacks in and near Barcelona was preparing bombs.

Police said Thursday the body was that of Youssef Aalla. The blast also killed an imam considered to be the cell leader, Abdelbaki Es Satty.

One survivor, Mohamed Houli Chemlal, was injured and is now jailed.

Police say one of Aallas brothers was among five attackers shot dead by officers in the groups second attack in Cambrils. Another brother is a suspect.

The attacks Aug. 17-18 left 15 dead and more than 120 injured.

They were preceded by the Aug. 16 blast at a house in Alcanar, which disrupted the cells plan to set off bombs at high-profile targets.



More PA incitement the BBC will not report BBC Watch

As has been noted here on many occasions, the BBC serially avoids any serious reporting on the issue of Palestinian Authority incitement including that relating to the sensitive issue of al Aqsa mosque.

For some years now the PA has been exploiting the anniversary of an incident that took place in 1969 when a mentally ill Christian Australian tourist set fire to the mosque. As the Times of Israel reported, this year was no exception....


India Ends Instant Divorce Clarion Project

Indian Muslim women visit the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi on August 22, 2017. (Photo: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)Indian Muslim women visit the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi on August 22, 2017. (Photo: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)


Indias Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling prohibiting the practice of instant triple talaq divorces as unconstitutional.

Triple talaq refers to a form of Islamic divorce in which the husband can divorce his wife simply by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times. Wives have been left destitute after their husbands divorced them using this method, which was taking place even via Skype and WhatsApp.

The decision was 3-2 and judges considered the practice arbitrary.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the decision as historic, saying it grants equality to Muslim women and is a powerful measure for women[s] empowerment.

In India, Muslim marriages are regulated according to Muslim Personal Law which empowers sharia courts to determine marriage cases, as well as matters of child custody, inheritance and adoption.

The decision will only impact triple talaq divorce cases and will not change the way in which Muslim marriages are regulated in general.

Court judgments do not bring about social reforms, Faizan Mustafa, the vice-chancellor of NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad and a leading expert on constitutional law told Al Jazeera. Now the only thing is if a Muslim male does triple talaq and if the wife goes to the court, the court wont recognise the divorce. Now, will the girl go back [into the marriage]?

Womens rights campaigners in India are hailing the decision as a victory. They also want to go further and see a law implemented against the practice.

It is a monumental, landmark verdict and the Supreme Court could not give more to the Muslim women, Advocate Chandra Rajan of the All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board told the Times of India. The court has protected every Muslim woman. After six months, a law will be i...


Video: Robert Spencer on Google changing its search results to spike criticism of Islam Jihad Watch

In this new video, I discuss how Google has changed its first page results for searches of terms such as jihad, sharia and taqiyya to display only positive explanations of Islamic concepts.


The US confront the freedom of expression Voltaire Network

A gaping hole is being dug out of the heart of US society on how freedom of expression should be conceptualized. The tradition has been that all opinions, even the most blinkered, could be expressed and propagated in the US that former British colony. Thus, in the eighteen hundreds, the Puritans who had been banished from England and who had sought refuge in the Netherlands, could freely board the Mayflower and emigrate to the other side of the Atlantic. And there they were free to (...)


Poll: Is it Unreasonable to Ask US Muslims to Condemn Terror? Clarion Project

San Diego State College Republicans are in hot water after calling on the local Muslim Students Association to condemn the Barcelona attack, as reported by The College Fix.

The open letter, signed by SDSU College Republicans Chairman Brandon Jones, read until radical Islamic terrorism is disavowed by the Muslim Student Organization at SDSU, we cannot move forward in creating an inclusive environment for all students on campus.

The open letter caused an immediate backlash. We condemn the San Diego State College Republicans disgraceful statement towards the SDSU Muslim Student Association and the SDSU Muslim community, The Young Democratic Socialists of SDSU said in a statement. Retract and apologize now.

Jones has been reported to diversity and inclusion campus administrators and the dean of students.

The College Republicans however are standing their ground.

The San Diego State College Republicans are standing by our statement we sent to the SDSU Muslim Student Association. As far as the distaste that some students have expressed towards me personally, I am baffled by the hypocrisy that comes from the left. They have shown their true colors and have exposed their own double standard.

Do you think its reasonable to demand that a Muslim Student Association group condemn terrorism?  Or is it an aggressive and bigoted move?


Belgium Gave Informal Tip to Catalan Police About Imam Spanish police under growing criticism over the van attack that killed 13 people Peace and Freedom

MADRID A Belgian policeman told a Catalan colleague in 2016 that the imam believed to be the instigator of last weeks attack in Barcelona was suspicious, but no information was found back then to link him to Islamist militancy, a source told Reuters.

Police in the northeast Spanish region of Catalonia are coming under growing criticism over the van attack that killed 13 people. Two others were killed during the drivers getaway and in a separate attack further down the coast.

Several Spanish media accused Catalan police on Thursday of failing to properly investigate the Moroccan imam, Abdelbaki Es Satty. Meanwhile a wider blame game is being played out between central authorities in Madrid and officials in Catalonia, whose leaders are pushing for independence from Spain.

The tip-off about the imam was made informally between two police officials from Belgium and Catalonia who knew each other, a source in Catalonias regional government said.

The communication between the two policemen was not official. They knew each other because they had met in a police seminar, the source said, on condition of anonymity.

Police records, however, had turned up nothing on the cleric. The documents show that we had no information about the imam, the source said, adding that the only official communication channels of the Catalan police, the Mossos dEsquadra, with police in other countries were through Spains central government.

The Catalan regional government and Spains central government declined to comment.

It remains unclear whether Catalan police made their own attempts to follow up on the lead.

Es Satty spent around three months in the Belgian town of Vilvoorde, a known center of Islamist radicalism, between January and March last year.



Talks Reassure Israel that the US wants Iran out of Syria Penny for your thoughts

Following up on: Israel Wants US and Russia To Know it Can Wreck Syrian Deal

 Bloomberg, again

  "Last Thursday, (August 17/2017) a senior delegation of Israelis started consultations with their U.S. counterparts to begin planning a wider strategy to pressure Iran, Hezbollah and other Shiite militias to leave the Levant as, they hope, the war in Syria peters out.
Flashback Monday August 14/2017:  Headed by Mossad Chief, Israeli Defense Delegation to Fly to Washington for White House Talks on Syria
One senior National Security Council official told me the plan was to make it "less pleasant for Iran to stay than to leave." A senior Israeli official confirmed that the two sides agreed to work together on a regional strategy to address Iran's efforts to expand its presence in Syria and Lebanon.

The consultations included very senior officials from both countries. The Israeli side included the Mossad director Yossi Cohen, the acting national security adviser Eytan Ben-David, the chief of the Israel Defense Forces' military intelligence directorate Herzi Halevi and the Israeli ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer. The U.S. delegation included National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, CIA director Mike Pompeo, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates and Trump's special representative for international negotiations, Jason Greenblatt. 

There are a few reasons why all of this is important. To start, it shows a continuing commitment to an initial project of McMaster's predecessor, Mike Flynn: to drive a wedge between Iran and Russia.
Netanyahu, Cohen and other senior officials will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday, and Syria will be...


Hugh Fitzgerald: Robert Azzi and Another of Those Ask-A-Muslim Events Jihad Watch

With Ask A Muslim Anything Events, N.H. Man Hopes To Tackle Misunderstandings Around His Faith is the title of a recent report at WBUR, which you can find here. So here we are again, with one more of those Ask-a-Muslim-Anything Defenders of the Faith. There is a piquant aspect to this, in that the defender []


U.N. Calls for Humanitarian Pause, Sparing Civilians in Syrias Raqqa Peace and Freedom

GENEVA The United Nations called on Thursday for a humanitarian pause to allow an estimated 20,000 trapped civilians to escape the Syrian city of Raqqa, and urged the U.S.-led coalition to rein in air strikes that have caused casualties.

Boats on the Euphrates must not be attacked, people who come out cannot risk air raids when they come out, Jan Egeland, humanitarian adviser on Syria, told reporters in Geneva.

So now is the time to think of possibilities, pauses or otherwise that might facilitate the escape of civilians, knowing that Islamic State fighters are doing their absolute best to keep them in place, he said.

The United Nations is still assessing the outcome of talks held this week in Riyadh between the three Syrian opposition groups who failed to unite Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy, the U.N. deputy special envoy for Syria, said.

Asked whether Syria peace talks would be held in Geneva in September, he said: Based on our assessment of what happened in Riyadh we will decide how to move ahead in the future.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Alison Williams)


SCO Expands Size, But Not Cooperation Geopolitical Monitor



Following the June 9 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, India and Pakistan have become new members of the organization. Their accession marked the first expansion in the 16-year history of the regional security and economic cooperation organization. Incorporating India and Pakistan is a major move that changes global geopolitical and economic patterns, turning the SCO into a regional grouping of global significance. It now accounts for about 80 percent of Eurasias territory, 44 percent of the worlds population, and 24 percent of the global GDP.

Its quite logical to think that the expansion will benefit all the members and the standing of the organization overall. However, there are significant constrains here. India and Pakistan have serious disagreements over territory and in the security realm, while India and China share similar concerns, as evidenced by the ongoing Doklam Plateau standoff. Russia will closely watch so as not to allow China further extend its influence in Central Asia and will work close with India in that regard.

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Israel to let MPs visit flashpoint Jerusalem holy site Al-Aqsa mosque (Called the Temple Mount by Jews) Peace and Freedom


AFP | Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men leave after praying at the Western Wall, the most holy site in Judaism, in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalems Old City
JERUSALEM (AFP)  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to ease a ban on lawmakers visiting a sensitive Jerusalem holy site rocked by violence last month, his office said Thursday.An official told AFP on condition of anonymity that members of parliament would be allowed to visit the site known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and Jews as the Temple Mount in a one-day trial next week.

In consultation with security officials, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to open the Temple Mount to MPs visits, for one day at this stage, on Tuesday, August 29, the member of his office said.

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The decision was taken in light of the improvement in the security situation at the site, he said. Decisions on the issue will continue to be made in accordance with assessments of the security situation.

Netanyahu instructed police in October 2015 to bar lawmakers from visiting the site in the Old City of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem which houses the Al-Aqsa mosque complex and the Dome of the Rock.

It was meant to help calm unrest that erupted in part over Palestinian fears that Israel was planning to assert further control over the compound.

Netanyahu has said repeatedly that he is committed to the status quo there.

The site is the holiest site in Judaism and the third-holiest in Islam, and it is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Jews are allowed to visit the compound but not pray there, and the site has been the scene of regular confrontation over any attempt to flout the rule.

Yehuda Glick, a lawmaker from Netanyahus rightwing Likud party, had in March petitioned Israels supreme court against the ban on members of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, visiting the hilltop site.

On July 4, the justice ministry said Knesset members would be allowed access for a pilot number of days starting on July 23.

But on July 14, three Israeli Arabs emerged from the mosque compound with automatic weapons and shot dead two policemen nearby before being shot dead by other officers.

Israel responded by installing metal detectors and other security equipment at the entrance but that triggered...


Time Is Up on Rex Tillerson World Beyond War . . .

Having proved a failure at every aspect of being secretary of state, he should do the country a favor and resign.

By Max Boot, August 23, 2017, Foreign Policy.

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With U.S. President Donald Trump threatening to launch wars against North Korea and even Venezuela, now would seem like the time for strong diplomacy to achieve Americas aims while minimizing the risk of conflict. The problem is that Americas top diplomat is not John Hay, Dean Acheson, Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, James Baker, or Madeleine Albright. Its Rex Tillerson, and he is proving to be quite possibly the most ineffectual secretary of state since Americas rise to global prominence in 1898.

Tillerson has actually been far worse than I imagined and I was never a fan to begin with. I called for the Senate to reject his nomination because I feared that his amoral approach to world affairs and his affinity for Vladimir Putin would reinforce Donald Trumps worst instincts. Those fears have been borne out but they are only the beginning of Tillersons troubles.

Trump has gotten plenty of heat for not protesting indeed, praising Vladimir Putins decision to reduce the U.S. Embassy and consular staff in Russia by 755 people. Trump went so far as to thank Putin because now we have a smaller payroll and well save a lot of money. This is so incredibly demoralizing and disrespectful to people serving their country in harms way, one senior diplomat told Politico.

Less noticed by the general public, but not by the Foreign Service, is the fact that Tillerson didnt vociferously protest the expulsions either. The State Department put out a weak...


Sweden prepares to deport Christian convert to Iran, Hungary offers asylum Jihad Watch

Hungary has offered asylum to Christian convert Aideen Strandsson because the Swedish government plans to deport her to Iran where she could face prison or even the death penalty for apostasy. Even worse, Strandsson states that she was told by Swedish authorities that its not our problem if you decided to become a Christian. It []


Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, The CIA and Me TomDispatch - Blog

In the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Washington pursued its elusive enemies across the landscapes of Asia and Africa, thanks in part to a massive expansion of its intelligence infrastructure, particularly of the emerging technologies for digital surveillance, agile drones, and biometric identification...


Solartopia Green Power and Wellness Hour World Beyond War . . .

August 17, 2017

We spend our hour in solartopia with the great
Peace activist David Swanson talking to us from the belly of the beast.
David has observed the chaos and bloodshed in charlottesville firsthand.
His insights and opinions on Trump, racism, activism and violence are not to be missed.
This is a priceless hour with a uniquely important American commentator right from the front.

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Government Forces Developing Counter-Attack Against ISIS At Salamiyah-Ithriyah Road (Maps)

Government Forces Developing Counter-Attack Against ISIS At Salamiyah-Ithriyah Road (Maps)

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the Qalamoun Shield Forces, Liwa al-Quds and the National Defense Forces (NDF) are developing a counter-attack against ISIS terrorists at the Salamiyah-Ithriyah road in the eastern Hama countryside.

Government forces retook checkpoints near as-Saan and Sheikh Hilal that had been lost to ISIS following the terrorist groups attack in the area. The most intense clashes took place near the oil line near the village of Salba.

A fighting was also reported between government forces and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) north of as-Saan.

According to pro-government sources, the SAA, the Qalamoun Shield Forces, Liwa al-Quds and the NDF killed a high number of ISIS and HTS members in the recent clashes. Some sources even say that up to 40 militants weere killed.


#Boston Rallies Against the Far-Right The Future of Anti-Fascism? Enough is Enough!

By Members of Black Rose/Rosa Negra Boston.


Originally published by Black Rose/Rosa Negra.

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Boston Rallies Against the Far-Right The Future of Anti-Fascism?

Despite the efforts of the fascists and white supremacists to rebrand themselves after their attacks in Charlottesville, 40,000 counter-protesters turned out in Boston on Saturday to oppose their so called free speech rally in the Boston Common. The counter-protesters outnumbered the fascists about 1,000 to 1, a clear improvement since the previous such...


The Peace Monument the United States Needs World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson, August 24, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Washington, D.C., needs a three-dimensional, sculptural Guernica dedicated to and with explanatory information about the victims of U.S. bombings in over 30 countries that the United States has bombed.

And it needs such a monument to the victims of wars now, to help move the country away from war. We cant wait to create the monument after having achieved a society willing to make room for it among the war-glorification monstrosities gobbling up more and more space in the U.S. capital.

With land unavailable for peace in the land of war temples, the obvious solution is a rooftop. The Methodist Building across from the Capitol and the Supreme Court, or the nearby FCNL building, or any other prominent building with a roof could radically alter the DC skyline and worldview.

Bureacratic hurdles would have to be cleared, height kept below that of the Capitol dome, etc. But a rooftop could make a monument more visible, not less. An external elevator could take people close-up to view, learn more, and photograph.

A plan to build such a monument would allow a design competition that could attract major artists, which in turn could attract major donations sufficient to fund the project.

While were paying attention to the problem of Confederate monuments, we might expand our concern to include the monuments to every other side of every other war, and every participant glorified in D.C. statuary. As powerful, or moreso, than ripping them all down, would be to add a peace monument to the mix.

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EXCLUSIVE: Censoring Textbooks For Arab Dictators Clarion Project

Robot policemen in Dubai. (Photo: GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/GettyImages)A robot police officer (r) in Dubai. (Photo: GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/GettyImages)

A major Western publishing house is censoring English-language textbooks for publication in a Middle Eastern dictatorship, Clarion Project has learned.

A source who works within the publishing industry who spoke to Clarion on the condition of anonymity revealed the extent of the censorship after becoming appalled at what was being asked.

Shakespeare, Whitman and other major english language writers have to be redacted, they said.

The country, which we cannot name, commissioned the publishing house to edit textbooks used to teach English to high school students in grades 6-12. In addition to academic alterations to fit with the curriculum, the education department of the unnamed country gave publishers a lengthy list of demands for editors to bring the educational materials, in line with the states official ideology.

The list of demands includes:

  • Changing mixed gender examples to single gender examples unless it is clear its between members of the same family.
  • Removing all references to or images of religious buildings or symbols belonging to faiths other than Islam.
  • Removing all instances of hand-holding except members of the same gender shaking hands or very small children.
  • Removing all references to the Arab Spring or revolutions in general.
  • Changing all references to holidays to Islamic holidays instead of non-Islamic ones.
  • Remove all references to sex, magic, alcohol, cigarettes, homosexuality, drugs, gambling, card games, Israel, the supernatural, aliens, nightclubs, pork products or birthdays.

The publishing house appears to have committed to making all the required alterations without protest. Although some staff are reportedly uncomfortable with the proposed changes, they need the money. As an editor in a European publishing house told the source If they say jump, we say how high?

It is chilling that Middle-Eastern dictatorships are able to use their financial clout to co-opt Western institutions into helping them oppress their own people. Restricting access to education in this manner and censoring so many topics is an extremely repressive tactic aimed at keeping the populace indoctrinated and loyal to the regime and to state mandated interpretations of Islam.





#Philly #Antifa: Steven Wiegand Claims to be Shutting Down Micetrap Records! Enough is Enough!

Neo-Nazi record label and distro house Micetrap Records is closing up shop, according to its owner.


Originally published by Philly Antifa.

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Philly Antifa: Steven Wiegand Claims to be Shutting Down Micetrap Records!

Neo-Nazi record label and distro house Micetrap Records is closing up shop, according to its owner.

For over 20 years, Mic...


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MHP leader Devlet Bahceli shows staunch opposition to prospect of Kurdish independence.


Bazooka, Weapons Cache Found in Paris No-Go Zone Clarion Project

An American anti-tank weaponAn American anti-tank weapon (Photo: video screenshot)

An American-made anti-tank bazooka, along with other weapons, was found in the Paris suburb Seine-Saint-Denis by French police, Breitbart reported.

The weapons cache is most likely connected to organized crime in the neighborhood, which is known as a no-go zone for its fluid relationship between crime, drugs and radical Islam.

Police were successful in finding the owners of the weapons, a cache which included explosives, sawed-off shotguns, shells and ammunition and police equipment.

They believe the bazooka was intended for use against an armored vehicle.

The raid followed a recent incident in the area in which a police officer was attacked by a group of 30 young people, who stole his stun gun and LBD40 rifle (used for firing non-lethal ammunition).

A year ago, a film crew making a documentary about Islam in France was violently attacked in the suburb by a gang described as Salafists and drug dealers, forcing them to abandon the shoot and leave the area.

The documentary sought to provide a platform for Muslims to denounce the extremists who are preventing what is termed as a true French Islam.

Earlier that year, the parents of a local 23-year old who had been killed fighting in Syria accused the mayor of turning a blind eye to Islamic State recruitment of jihadists in Seine-Saint-Denis.



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#SF: List of Banned Items for Fascist Patriot Prayer Rally in Crissy Field, San Francisco Enough is Enough!

Despite objections from locals, Trumps National Park Service gave final approval Wednesday to a permit for the Patriot Prayer rally in Crissy Field in San Francisco, sure to attract a motley crew of idiotic and dangerous racists and fascists. The cops released a list of items which are banned on the fascist rally.


Originally published by Indy Bay.

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List of Banned Items for Fascist Patriot Prayer Rally in Crissy Field, San Francisco

Despite objections from locals, Trumps National Park Service gave final approval Wednesday to a permit for the Patriot Prayer rally in Crissy Field in San Francisco, sure to attract a motley crew of idiotic and dangerous racists and fascists. The cops released a list of items which are banned on the fascist rally.

The following items are prohibited within Crissy Field Secured Area on Augu...


Germanys Schulz says he would demand U.S. withdraw nuclear arms World Beyond War . . .

Reuters Staff, August 23, 2017

About 20 U.S. nuclear warheads are thought to be stationed at a military base in Buechel, in western Germany, according to unofficial estimates. The U.S. embassy in Berlin said it does not comment on nuclear weapons in Germany.

Taking advantage of Trumps extreme unpopularity in Germany, Schulz also said he would use the money Merkel had earmarked for increased military spending for other purposes.

FILE PHOTO: Germanys Social Democratic Party candidate for chancellor Martin Schulz arrives to attend a meeting with members of the Italian Coast Guard in Catania, Italy July 27, 2017.Antonio Parrinello

What to do with our money is the central question of this election, he said, referring to a 30 billion-euro tax surplus. Trump demands that 2 percent of GDP, 30 billion euros, should go to military spending, and Merkel agreed to that without asking German citizens.

Germany and other NATO members had already pledged to raise their defense spending to 2 percent of gross domestic product before Trump was elected. While most of them have increased spending on their militaries, only a few have reached the 2 percent goal, and Germany is not one of them.

Most recent polls show Schulzs party polling at around 24 percent, some 14 percentage points behind Merkel. Most expect a booming economy and low unemployment will carry her into a fourth term in Sept. 24 elections.

However, with Germans historically wary of using military force since World War Two, Schulzs message may resonate among the SPDs core voters.

After 12 years in office, Merkel has become increasingly confident on the global stage. She has pushed for Germany to become more militarily self-reliant, partly in response to Trumps hinting that he might abandon NATO allies if they do not spend more on defense.

Earlier this...


This Could Be the Way to Diffuse Sino-Indian Border Tensions Strategic Culture Foundation

There is but one way to diffuse the tension along the 4,056-kilometer Sino-Indian border. The neutrality of the current buffer states of Nepal and Bhutan must be recognized in full by Beijing and Delhi. 


Israelis Demolish Kindergarten Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Posted on August 21, 2017  by Richard Edmondson [ Ed. note No words. ] Times of Israel Israeli Civil Administration officials and security forces on Monday demolished a temporary structure built without a permit that was to house a kindergarten in a Jerusalem-area Bedouin village. The room, built of wood and metal paneling in the Bedouin []


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Should Monuments to Canadians who helped conquer Africa be removed Dissident Voice

Some good might come in Canada from neo-fascists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Taking advantage of media interest in protests over monuments to historical figures with racist views activists in Halifax are pushing to remove commemorations to two individuals who helped conquer Africa. And theres no lack of other such memorials to target across the Great White North.

In 1898 Henry Edward Clonard Keating led a small force that killed the chief of Hela and abducted several individuals from the village to operate canoes the soldiers had stolen from them. In response, others from the village in what is now southern Nigeria attacked and killed most of Keatings force. A British force then razed Hela and killed about 100 locals. Theres a plaque commemorating Keating in Halifaxs Public Gardens.

Dalhousie Professor Afua Cooper is also pushing to rename Stairs Street in Halifax. William Grant Stairs played an important part in two expeditions that helped Belgian King Leopold II expand his barbarous reign in the Congo. Also commemorated with an Island in Parry Sound, Ontario, and two plaques in Kingston, the Haligonian was one of 10 white officers in the first-ever European expedition to cross the interior of the continent and subsequently Stairs led a 2,000 person force that added 150,000 square kilometres to Leopolds colony.

Read from a humanistic or internationalist perspective, the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) graduates diary of his time in Africa is incredibly damning. Or, as Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke put it, Stairs account of his atrocities establishes that even Canadians, blinded by racism, can become swashbuckling mass murderers.

Stairs and Keating are two of many Canadians who helped colonize the continent and continue to be commemorated (a number of British figures who fought in Africa are also honoured across the country).

In Kingston two plaques honour RMC trained Huntley Brodie Mackay. Commanding Royal Engineer in West Africa, Mackay was part of a British expedition to destroy the Yonnie stronghold of Robari in what is now southeast Sierra Leone. In the fighting the soldiers employed the first ever recoil-operated Maxim machine gun, reported MacMillans magazine. ...


Chemo Brain and The Conspiracy of Silence Dissident Voice

Prior to starting a regimen of CHOP chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, I sat down with my oncologists nurse who briefed me on some of the things I should expect from treatment, such as mouth sores, nausea, and other delightful stomach ailments that I had to look forward to. Never did she mention a word about post-chemotherapy cognitive impairment, also known as chemo brain.

Should you stop random people on the street and ask them what they think of when they think of chemotherapy, they will invariably rattle off some of the more commonly known side effects: nausea, vomiting, and hair loss. What is so exceedingly odd about this is that oncologists and oncology nurses appear to look at the side effects of chemotherapy in a fundamentally very similar way; as they are extremely focused on the short-term side effects, while completely ignoring the much more damaging and deleterious long-term side effects.

Following my first cycle of CHOP, I noticed that my brain was extremely foggy. Indeed, it was almost a feeling of intoxication. Six months after my last cycle, and I still feel that there are unequivocally times when that fogginess returns, and my concentration span is not what it is supposed to be.

While in treatment, some of the chemotherapy nurses who happily injected me with toxicity, would occasionally mention chemo brain, as if in jest. It became quite clear to me that their idea of chemo brain is three or four days of spoonerisms, and forgetting where you parked your car. (I dont have one).

This base and degenerate behavior is either indicative of the most appalling ignorance, or a deliberate and sinister attempt at concealing from cancer patients the risks that certain types of chemotherapy can pose to mental acuity and cognitive function.

The beauty writer and editor Deanna Pai, describes her experience with chemo brain in New York Magazine: A few weeks into chemo, I began to make odd mistakes. I switched similar-sounding words, like with and which. Sometimes, Id find random half-sentences in my stories, and Id quickly backspace, backspace, backspace before anyone noticed. Once in a while, I just wrote nonsensical stuff, like hair blow dryer could possibly what.

Apparently, my traumatic experience of discovering chemo brain entirely on my own is not unique. In a discussion about chemo brain on the website The Cancer Forums, Archer1019 writes:

Hi all. First time posting here. I was diagnosed with stage 3 grade B NH Follicular Lymphoma. Swollen gland in my neck turned out to tell the tale after a routine annualexam. Just started RCHOP June 1 and after coming off the prednisone I feel foggy daily. Did a little web exploring and found out about Chemo Brain.

Article 9, of the Sloan Kettering Patient Bill of Rights, states that as a patient you have the right to: Receive all...


Neighbors Shut Down Illegal Cannabis Grows Dissident Voice

Sonoma County, Northern California One of the United States top four cannabis-growing counties is Sonoma County, California. In 2016, it became legal for adults to consume marijuana in California. One of the nations first dispensaries, Peace in Medicine, was founded here.

Disclosure: Im a Peace in Medicine patient in small town Sebastopol. CBD-rich cannabis improves my health. I support legal cannabis growing that follows the rules and does not endanger creeks, wildlife, or neighbors, especially children.

Cannabis is a front-page story in our daily Press Democrat. Environmentalists say proposed cannabis grow rules fail to protect wildlife, headlines an August 9, 2017, article. It reports four groups faulting state rules for failing to protect imperiled species.

The Center for Biological Diversity, a national conservation nonprofit, the article continues, and three allies filed a 36-page comment alleging numerous shortcomings in the California Department of Food and Agricultures draft report on the proposed standards for growing legal marijuana.

Among the threatened wildlife are foxes, eagles, owls, bobcats, raccoons, fishers, and others. The harm comes mainly from eating poisons or rodents killed by toxins. A huge amount of water is needed for marijuana plants; it is often taken illegally from nearby streams and huge wells, compromising both neighbors and wildlife.

Sixty percent of all cannabis grown in the country comes from four California counties: Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino, and Humboldt, reports the July 4 issue of the regions weekly Bohemian. Its support for cannabis includes headlines like Off the Boozeand on the weed and Joint Venture: Wine and pot mergers are coming.

The corporate wine industry has already purchased most of the local vineyards and wineries here in Sonoma County, displacing food farms and driving up land and home prices. Many locals have left for less expensive places and more privacy away from the massive tourism taking over the county.

Californias cannabis industry is conservatively valued at $7 billion, according to the Bohemian. Meanwhile, the states grape crop is pegged at about $5 billion. According to executive director of a cannabis industry trade group 70% or more growers will stay in the black market or find something else to do. That would be many illegal sites.

Visiting an Illegal Grow Operation

A food farming neighbor here in Blucher Creek Watershed, Lari Adams, emailed this reporter August 7 that a new neighbor had just bulldozed a huge area to construct large cannabis grow buildings. We immediately visited the sitenow a disaster to many life forms dependent on that water, including listed endangered California freshwater shrimp, much wildlife, vegetation, and humans.

What we saw was jaw dropping.  Land cleared, all the topsoil pushed in...

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Tuesday, 22 August


Human Connectedness and the Disconnected Power Elite of America Dissident Voice

I was emotional. They are only fossils, but they have been human beings and very quickly you make a connection with these people who lived and died here 300,000 years ago.

Dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin, Department of Human Development at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany

Human connectedness, the existence of a positive, physical, visual or mental association between two or more human beings, is like a chain across time. Searching for ones ancestry through DNA testing, for example, is one way to lengthen the chain. As for Dr. Hublin, a paleontologist and director of the Department of Human Development at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, simply seeing and holding the fossils got him emotionally connected to human beings 300,000 years old.1  They werent his known ancestors. They were simply human beings like him. He had immediately bonded with them so to speak. I get the same feeling simply from viewing pictures of the fossils.

The Disconnectedness of Americas Power Elite

If all human beings had the same positive sense of connectedness the world would not be what it is, a place inhabited by countless human beings living in misery and subjugated and terrorized by evil regimes. As it is, there probably have been few if any cultures or countries throughout history that have not been plagued by a certain tiny percentage of people I will call the power elite. And throughout history America remains the land of the most powerful and dangerous power elite in the world. Americas power elite alone is directly responsible for wars, violent regime changes to install puppet rulers, and for human suffering of all kinds on a large scale.

Some Self Portraits of Americas Power Elite

What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? let them take arms. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was certainly disconnected from the common folk. What did he care if some of their blood was spilt for the sake of another revolution?...


Media Bias Just as Threatening as President Trump Dissident Voice

Liberals, progressive and Democrats should think critically about the negative impacts of widespread media bias on American democracy.  There simply is no doubt that virtually all mainstream media regularly show their strong bias against president Trump and his administration.  These media have convinced themselves that they are working to save American democracy from an incompetent, corrupt and dangerous president.  And those on the left eat up the negative coverage, which means more money for the anti-Trump networks, newspapers and magazines.  Never mind that he was elected fairly and legally.

It seems that the leftist media would only be happy if Trump was driven out of office by any means.  Such a victory would confirm the undemocratic power of a free press that replaces a military coup with a media one..

The press probably feels some responsibility for Trumps success during the primary season.  Coverage of Trumps beating up of his Republican opponents was extreme.  Now the press is getting even.

To dispel any doubt about the widespread perception of media bias, consider a June 2017 Rasmussen survey of likely American voters.  Fifty percent (50%) think most reporters are biased against the president, up two points from January.  Just four percent (4%) think most reporters are biased in Trumps favor.  Given the presidents testy relationship with the media, however, its not surprising that 76% of Republicans and 51% of voters not affiliated with either major political party believe most reporters are biased against the president, a view shared by only 24% of Democrats.  Perhaps the most important finding is that Nearly 90% of voters who Strongly Approve of the job the president is doing think most reporters are biased against Trump and rate media coverage of him as poor.

These results support the view that all the negative coverage may strengthen the Trump base, which largely have stopped reading and listening to what they think is fake news.  News based on reporting of facts has been replaced by opinion and a near total emphasis on what Trump says rather than on what he and his administration have d...

Monday, 21 August


BREAKING: Charlottesville to Keep Only Non-Racist War Monuments Dissident Voice

Under the new policy just announced in Charlottesville, Virginia, the city will be taking down all but the non-racist war monuments and memorials in all of its public spaces.

Three monuments to the Confederate war, fought to maintain slavery those of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and a generic Confederate soldier will all be removed under the new guidelines.

In addition a heroic equestrian monument to George Rogers Clark is coming down, as Native American genocide has been ruled racist.

A statue of Lewis and Clark almost made the cut as not being a traditional war monument, but the figure of Sacagawea kneeling at their feet like a dog has apparently been sufficient to bump also this statue, which stands in a major Charlottesville intersection, onto the list of those to be moved to a museum.

Further, a memorial to the war that killed 3.8 million Vietnamese although Vietnamese is a more polite and less commonly used term for the people killed than several others employed at the time by U.S. war makers is going to be removed as well.

The University of Virginia has also agreed to take down its World War I monument after reviewing a display of propaganda posters from that era depicting the Hun as a subhuman monster, as well as four-minute-men presentations advocating for a race war against an evil race.

Remaining standing in Charlottesville as examples of monuments to non-racist wars will be . . . nothing whatsoever. But a commission has been established by the City Council to investigate whether it would be possible to wage a non-racist war which might soon thereafter be memorialized.

Three figures depicting war-makers who also enslaved people will remain on the facade of Charlottesville City Hall on the grounds that they are not war monuments at all and depict people, who like all people, did good and ill. Those depicted are Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.

Statues of Jefferson and of George Washington and of the Greek poet Homer will remain at UVA.

Otherwise, the entire city of Charlottesville will now be devoid of major monuments of any kind until someone decides to put up one to peace or civil rights or womens rights or the natural environment or the tragedies of genocide and slavery or the accomplishments of activists, authors, workers, artists, educators, scholars, farmers, musicians, athletes, entertainers, and other people of all sorts who can be celebrated for something other than leading racist wars.

The above paragraphs employ a literary device known as satire which was once found useful in stimulating thought, and are intended to communicate that Charlottesville, like many places, is full of nothing but racist war monuments about which, of course, nothing systematic is actually being contemplated by anyone.

First published he...


A Poem for the Solar Eclipse Dissident Voice

They say you wake up with the strangest feeling
they say the sky will darken like the evening
does just before the night, the sunrays weaving
will be blocked by the moons inherent reeling
across the blue, and birds instead of pealing
in morning song might sink into a ceiling
of trees, confused, tuck in one feathered wing
and then another, until the moon stays flying
and they again begin to sing.

Americans will gather outside, staring
at skies, the world will soften in its lease
of light and dark, flowers will close and soon
after open, this earth is consistent in baring
its miracles; we owe it gratitude and peace
as we stand in the shadow of the moon.


Reflections (Upon Lifes Directions) Dissident Voice

The prison cell, in fact,
turned out to be a gift,
a blessing in disguise.
Taking her out of the chaos
that her life had become.
A safety rope which pulled her free
from those last few desperate rungs
of the Downward Spiral.
Instantly snapping the neck
of negative and destructive
relationships and associations.
Now, unemotional
and wrapped in sobrietys
cloak of clarity
she was able, at last,
to see with almost New eyes
the very traps which before,
she had blindly fallen into.
She stayed out of the Yard
and stuck mostly to the Library.
Taking courses in Bricklaying,
Cookery and English Literature.
She filled her time
with small but steady
and achievable goals.
Shed sidestepped her own Obituary,
and wholeheartedly grasped
the chance of change
which Fate, merciful at last,
had miraculously delivered her unto.


An Unreal Farewell Dissident Voice

A flash struck the morning and the city fell,
all was ghost in the twinkling of an eye,
the fire sunk into earth like flames from hell.

The Little Boy blood bomb burst from its shell
and quaked the world below and world up high,
a flash struck the morning and the city fell.

Bones laid soaked in the black rains horrid smell
as the devil descended from the sky,
the fire sunk into earth like flames from hell.

A vaporous fog crawled into lungs unquelled
and bodies flooded the river nearby,
a flash struck the morning and the city fell.

The ground now lies in gore where zombies dwell
as a thousand melting suns flowed by,
the fire sunk into earth like flames from hell.

It all seemed a dream, an unreal farewell
as one-hundred and thirty-thousand died,
a flash struck the morning and the city fell,
the fire sunk into earth like flames from hell.


Annex Dissident Voice

All evening spent under
The blue gaze of her eyes,
And the imported night-shade
Of a once fine satin.

The hop-scotch designed socks
She knitted in her nations colours:
Only three pair, that time,
Because of the talking

Its getting close to Winter
Over there, is what she said.
Always, someones at some front.
Then tiredly,

Always children. So cold. Threadbare.

The needles were ridged. Twisted.
But they sufficed. Loyally
Theyd worked many taut years.
Hands, she said. My needles are hands.

You know! Extensions of the heart.

She died, on a overcast day.
In Balmain it was.*
How many knew she lived?
Only the landlady and those

Who dig graves for paupers
And I, and a Polish
Postman whose
Load has been lightened.

(*Balmain, a Sydney Suburb, NSW Australia)


Open and Empty Dissident Voice

If there exists such a state
as perfect peace
it must be
this quiet calm
that causes a soul
to surrender its pride

I have nothing to hide
just serene eyes
staring down an ego
upon its own altar
of annihilation

Let my sins sing themselves
into an open grave
left waiting
for far too long
to bury the burdens
that never truly
served a purpose

I have no alms to give
just outstretched arms
and steady palms
that promise
to hold you
with more care
than I could ever deliver
in the past

I need more trust
than little white lies
or laughs of lust
can bring to life
but even the light
of loves fruition
is not enough for a seed
that has found comfort
resting empty in the soil

I have no war to wage
just this simple smile
from a happy heart
that knows the start
of something beautiful
is always
but one beat away

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