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Wednesday, 23 May

01:44

FBI Director Testimony Reveals Need for Radically Different Strategy to Defeat Jihadis The Counter Jihad Report

We have about 1,000 investigations into exactly the kind of people youre describing, covering all 50 states as Im sitting here right now. And thats not even counting, you know, the al-Qaeda investigations, the traditional ISIS investigations, the domestic terrorism Continue reading

01:34

Zuckerberg Enters the Lions Den: Privacy-Focused Europe Peace and Freedom

Facebook CEO to be questioned by EU lawmakers days before new privacy regulation is introduced

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the companys annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, Calif., on May 1.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the companys annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, Calif., on May 1. PHOTO: STEPHEN LAM/REUTERS

BRUSSELSTop European lawmakers are set to interrogate Facebook Inc. FB -0.14% Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday over the companys handling of alleged data misuse and election interference on the platform, as the tech giant seeks to appease officials in a region where it is regulated strictly.

Roughly a dozen of the European Parliaments most-senior members and its president are set to press the Facebook CEO on the scandal involving data-analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which allegedly improperly obtained the personal information of as many as 87 million Facebook users.

Lawmakers say they will seek answers from Mr. Zuckerbergwh...

01:28

Anger Over Tourists Swarming Vacation Hot Spots Sparks Global Backlash Peace and Freedom

QUEENSTOWN, New ZealandTowering mountain ranges, forests and glacier-fed rivers made New Zealand the perfect stand-in for Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings movie series and a cinematic billboard for the countrys natural beauty.

Today, jet boats rip down rivers seeking the mythical Isengard, where the wizard Gandalf was imprisoned. Freedom campers in rented vans leave trails of waste. Tens of thousands of helicopter trips annually deposit visitors, some in flip-flops, on New Zealand glaciers that were once the realm of expert climbers.

One tour group had to be rescued after trying to walk barefoot to Mount Ngauruhoe, in apparent homage to J.R.R. Tolkiens Mount Doom.

Tourists on an ice plateau above Milford Sound.
Tourists on an ice plateau above Milford Sound. PHOTO: RACHEL PANNETT/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Elected officials are weighing measures from new tourist taxes to tighter camper-van restrictions. One town is considering shutting Wi-Fi at night to deter campers. Queenstown, whose mayor says it has 120 visitors a year for every taxpayer, is weighing whether to restrict Airbnb rentals.

On...

01:25

Jihad via the Ballot Box The Counter Jihad Report

American Thinker, By Eileen F. Toplansky, May 22, 2018: In his 2008 book titled Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad, Andrew C. McCarthy sounded the alarm when he described a zealous international network of warriors dead certain that history and Allah are on their Continue reading

01:19

Kidnappers demand bitcoin ransom for S.African teen Peace and Freedom

A gang who kidnapped a South African teenager from a playground at the weekend have demanded a ransom in bitcoin cryptocurrency worth about $123,000, police said Tuesday.

The 13-year-old boy was taken in the eastern province of Mpumalanga while he was playing with friends near his home and was driven away by captors in a car.

AFP | Bitcoin is a virtual currency that operates over the internet, without a central bank or single administrator in charge

We are investigating a case of kidnapping that happened on Sunday in Witbank (town), police spokesman Leonard Hlathi told AFP.

There was a demand that was made that the parents should deposit cash in bitcoins, he said, declining to give further details.

Local media said the ransom note was left at the scene.

We demand ransom of 15 bitcoins to be paid into the below bitcoin wallet address to secure your childs safe release non negotiable, read the reported note.

This case appears to be the first ransom demand in South Africa made in virtual currency.

In March, US hackers demanding a ransom payable in bitcoin attacked computers of the Atlanta city government in the southern state of Georgia.

Police in South Africa, where violent crime is common, have reported a recent rise in kidnappings, although it is often wealthy business people who are targeted.

AFP

01:00

Hamas Turmoil in Gaza is a Reflection of a Deeper Development in the Arab World The Counter Jihad Report

Center for Security Policy, by Louis Fleischman, May 17, 2018: For the last six weeks, Hamas has been organizing protests under the slogan the march of return. The protests are presented to the world as peaceful demonstrations, but as the Continue reading

01:00

Gas hits $5 a gallon in New York City Peace and Freedom

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With the summer travel season fast approaching, gas prices are on the rise but some people are getting sticker shock in Manhattan.

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Regular gas has hit $5 a gallon at at least one station.  A Mobil station on 11th Ave. in Hells Kitchen has raised its prices to $4.999 a gallon.  Thats well above the current average for the five boroughs.  AAA says the average in New York City is $3.18 a gallon.

Across the river in New Jersey, the statewide average is $3.  The price gap has shrunk between New York and New Jersey after a huge gas tax increase was enacted in the Garden State during the Christie administration.

AAA says the national average for regular gas is $2.93.  Thats up 12-cents in the past two weeks.

http://www.fox5ny.com/news/gas-hits-5-a-gallon-in-new-york-city

00:53

Spy collection program using fake mobile phone apps linked to Pakistani military intelNews.org

The Pakistani military is suspected of having orchestrated a lucrative intelligence collection campaign using mobile phones, which targeted diplomats from India and Australia as well as from North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries such as the United States and Britain. Others targeted in the operation include officials from Iraq, Iran and the United Arab Emirates. News of the alleged spy operation was published earlier this month by Lookout Mobile Security, a sec

00:48

Which relations between Switzerland and the EU? Voltaire Network

Straighten up EU-Switzerland relations. Switzerland does not need a framework agreement with the European Union; by Felix W. Zulauf / Federal Council hampers small hydro power plants development, by Marianne Wthrich / Swiss agricultural policy what next? / How Switzerland saved itself. Fundamental book on the history of Switzerland in the Second World War / A framework agreement with the EU, which is almost unknown to the public... The previous history; by Werner Wthrich / To facilitate the emergence of a community of common destiny. Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) take position to sensitive issues of world politics / The NATO states need to change their business model, by Karl Mller / Military strike against Syria must be brought to the International Criminal Court, by Eva Maria Barki / Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You (...)

00:44

Rob Malley and Chris Hayes cant talk about Adelsons influence in scrapping Iran deal Mondoweiss

Two leading figures on the American left, Rob Malley and Chris Hayes, cannot honestly discuss the role of Israel in foreign policy-making, specifically Sheldon Adelsons influence over Donald Trumps historic and tragic decision to scrap the Iran deal, a landmark of international diplomacy.

Malley, a former Obama security aide, gave a one-hour interview on Trumps destruction of the Iran deal and cited three reasons for Trumps decision: He wants to demolish Obamas legacy (Thats an obsession), Trump wants to fulfill promises he made to his base, the electorate; and he has advisers who counsel regime change in Iran.

No one would question that Trump wants to destroy Obamas achievements. But the base? When Trump campaigned in March in rural Pennsylvania for a Republican congressional candidate (who lost), he didnt once mention Iran or the Jerusalem embassy. Trumps base doesnt care about those things. And to the extent they do, they dont want Middle East wars. Rob Malley writes for the New York Review of Books, and ought to be more responsible.

Malley failed to mention the elephant in the room: Sheldon Adelson, Trumps largest donor. As Eli Clifton has reported, Trump scrapped the deal because of three billionaire donors, Adelson, Bernard Marcus and Paul Singer, whose investment [is] total alignment by the U.S. behind Israel. The three men are all rightwing Jewish Zionists (though Adelson and Singer are liberal on social issues), and their influence is significant: Trump trashed his original foreign policy braintrust of Tillerson/McMaster that supported the Iran deal, and replaced it with two hacks Pompeo/Bolton, whom Adelson surely adores.

Adelson has incredible access. Peter Stone of McClatchy reported that the day after the Iran decision,

Adelson quietly slipped into the White House for a private meeting with Trump and three top administration officials: Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and an Adelson favorite, National Security Adviser John Bolton

Lately Adelson...

00:07

A Tale of Two Americas: Where the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Go to Jail Newsbud

This isnt the American Dream I grew up believing in. This certainly isnt the American Dream my parents and grandparents and those before them worked and fought and sacrificed to achieve. This is a cold, calculated system of profit and losses. Now you can shrug all of this away as a consequence of committing a []

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Tuesday, 22 May

23:59

Remember. Leibowitz. 'Judeo-Nazis' stan van houcke

Prof. Leibowitz: There are Judeo-Nazis. Israel Represents the Darkness of a State Body.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM2fXTkjU2E



23:55

U.S. 'Master Stroke' Against Venezuela stan van houcke

The United States "Master Stroke" against Venezuela

Stella Calloni reveals SouthComs secret plan to overthrow the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. This document, which we have already published, contradicts President Trumps engagements to put an end to the rgime changes which have characterised US imperial policy. It demonstrates that the international image of chaos in Venezuela is entirely fabricated and is an exclusive invention of Anglo-Saxon propaganda.
 | BUENOS AIRES (ARGENTINA) | 17 MAY 2018 
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23:52

Plan to Overthrow the Venezuelan Dictatorship Masterstroke stan van houcke

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Plan to overthrow the Venezuelan Dictatorship Masterstroke

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23:52

Boko Haram: Security fears keep kidnapped schoolgirls at home Peace and Freedom

Hundreds of girls have refused to return to their school in northeast Nigeria because of security fears following a mass kidnapping by Boko Haram jihadists, parents and teachers said on Tuesday.

Jihadists stormed the Government Girls Technical College in Dapchi on February 19, seizing 111 schoolgirls in a carbon copy of the abduction in Chibok in 2014 that caused global outrage.

All but six of the Dapchi girls were returned to the school just over a month later. Five died in captivity while the only Christian among them is still being held.

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The school re-opened on April 30 but one teacher, who asked not to be identified for fear of official sanctions, said most pupils have stayed away because they were still afraid.

We have a total student population of 989, and out of that number only 314 have resumed after we reopened. Of the 314 that returned, 299 are writing their final examinations and will be leaving school in July, he said.

So, technically, we can say only 15 students have resumed, who will be continuing their education here.

Bashir Manzo, who headed the abducted girls parents association, said children were being kept at home because of a lack of security personnel.

There are only a handful of soldiers and vigilantes guarding the school, not more than 25 in all, a number grossly inadequate to protect our daughters, he told AFP.

We believe even the 15 girls that returned will go back home once their seniors finish their examinations and leave.

The education commissioner for Yobe state, Mohammed Lamin, angrily dismissed parents concerns and said everything humanly possible had been done to make the school safe.

We deployed soldiers, police, civil defence paramilitary and vigilantes to the school providing security 24 hours, he said.

How can they say security is inadequate? Do they have such level of security in their homes?

Lax security

Security has been an issue in Dapchi since it emerged that soldiers had been withdrawn before the kidnapping and claims that warnings about Boko Harams arrival went unheeded.

Some children who escaped the abduction vowed never to return.

Another parent, Kachalla Bukar, said there were now even fewer troops in the remote town, which lies some 100 kilometres (62.5 miles) north of the state capital, Damaturu.

The route through which the kidnappers came in and out of the town is still without military or police presence, he said. This route leads up to Chad....

23:49

Tom Engelhardt 288 stan van houcke

May 22, 2018

Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, The Hidden Meaning of American Decline


[Note for TomDispatch Readers: Remember that a signed, personalized copy of historian Alfred McCoys breakout Dispatch book on American decline, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power, is still yours for a contribution to this website of $100 ($125 if you live outside the U.S.). Of it, Andrew Bacevich said, This is history with profound relevance to events that are unfolding before our eyes. Indeed! And while youre at it, dont forget that a signed copy of my own new book, A Nation Unmade by War, is also available. (Thanks to all of you who already contributed for a copy. Youre champs!) Of it, Ann Jones says, We Americans have learned to sleep through our multiple wars, but Tom Engelhardt relentlessly shakes us awake. So wake up! Dont wait another second! Check ...

23:38

Fuel price hike in India: Amit Shah says govt taking matter seriously Peace and Freedom

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BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday said the government is working out a formula to bring down the prices and ease the burden on consumers.

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BJP president Amit Shah

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: May 22, 2018 6:07:24 pm

Steps to deal with rising petrol, diesel prices likely this week The petrol prices in Delhi are the cheapest among all metros and most state capitals. (File)

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With the prices of petrol and diesel touching a record high, BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday said the government is working out a formula to bring down the prices and ease the burden on consumers. Briefing the press on the BJPs four years in power at the party headquarters in New Delhi, Amit Shah said the matter of rising oil prices is being pursued seriously by the government. The government is taking the matter of oil prices seriously. Petroleum minister will have a meeting with the officials of the oil companies tomorrow. We are working out a formula to reduce the prices, he said.

Meanwhile, news agency PTI, citing a senior government official, reported that the administration is likely to come out with some steps this week to deal with rising fuel prices. The government may not rely only on cutting excise duty, which makes up for a fourth of the retail selling price, the official said without elaborating further.

Rising fuel price is a crisis situation for government and it has to be handled with combination of steps. Finance ministry is consulting the petroleum ministry on rising crude prices, he said.

More than a week after the state-owned oil firms ended a 19-day pre-Karnataka poll hiatus on revising fuel prices, petrol and diesel rates have touched record highs. Petrol costs Rs 76.87 per litre in Delhi and diesel costs Rs 68.08 a litre. In last nine days, petrol price has risen by Rs 2.24 a litre and diesel by Rs 2.15. Rates vary from state to state depending on the incidence of local sales tax or VAT. The prices in Delhi are the cheapest among all metros and most state capitals. Refusing to discuss steps under consideration, the official said the government has to be mindful of its fiscal maths while dealing with the option of cutting excise duty.

We cannot rely on excise duty cut alone, although I am not ruling out a possibility of cutting excise duty. We have to be mindful of any fiscal i...

23:32

Why medicine is a political act Mondoweiss

Welcome to Jewish Voice for Peaces monthly Health and Human Rights Media Watch. Members of the Health Advisory Council monitor relevant organizations and websites and compile a list of important news and issues which are summarized here. These newsletters will be posted on our website and archived as a resource.  If you wish to join this effort, contact alicerothchild@gmail.com. Please feel free to share the newsletter with your colleagues and communities and encourage them to join the JVP Health Advisory Council.

Thanks to all who have contributed!

For those who missed our webinar with Professor Rita Giacaman, here is a link to the extraordinary work of the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University which studies health and disease through the lens of military occupation and colonization. The researchers have developed unique measures for the wounds inside, which impact ease and dis-ease such as suffering and humiliation. 


A Monologue with the Other: the inauthenticity of discourse under occupation
Middle East Eye 8 March  Following up on the protest regarding the scheduling of the International Association of Relational Psychotherapists and Psychoanalysts, psychiatrist Dr. Samah Jabr examines the dialectical relationship between the psychological and political. She exposes the arrogance and elitism that lies behind the arguments offered by the IARPP to hide its subtle support for the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Dr. Jabr challenges the powerful who assume ownership of the virtuous language of dialogue and empathy while asserting that Palestinia...

23:31

Second Trump Inauguration Protest Trial Begins PopularResistance.Org

Washington, DC The second trial of protesters mass-arrested at an antifascist, anti-capitalist march during President Trumps inauguration on January 20 (J20), 2017 has begun in DC Superior Court. After two days of jury selection, the jury was empaneled Tuesday afternoon, and opening arguments began around 10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 16. In her opening statements, Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff relied on the same rhetorical devices she used in the first trial, giving dramatic descriptions of property damage and invoking the image of a mass of protesters in a sea of black. As in the first trial, she introduced a series of large map boards indicating where property damage took place along the route of the protest march, a piece of evidence that also figured heavily in the previous trial.

23:28

BBCs Dateline London airs defamation of Israel but relevant facts concealed BBC Watch

Readers may recall that in July 2017 the BBC responded to a complaint concerning an edition of Dateline London in which contributor Nabila Ramdani voiced some vicious, off-topic, anti-Israel slurs by saying that:

We have spoken to the production team and presenter to remind them of the need to ensure that any contentious remarks are challenged and questioned, at whatever point they are made during the programme.

In January 2018, the BBC responded to yet another complaint concerning falsehoods and anti-Israel smears promoted by Nabila Ramdani on the same programme by claiming that such calumnies are part of a legitimate debate....

23:27

Iran tells Europe to step up and save nuclear deal Peace and Freedom

Iran poured scorn on threatened U.S. sanctions on Tuesday and told European powers to step up and salvage its international nuclear deal though Germany signaled there was only so much it could do to fend off Washingtons economic clout.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Senior Iranian military and political figures queued up to issue defiant statements a day after Washington threatened the strongest sanctions in history if Iran failed to make a series of sweeping changes.

Two weeks on from U.S. President Donald Trumps decision to pull out of the nuclear pact, his administration told Iran to drop its nuclear program and pull out of the Syrian civil war among other demands, setting Washington and Tehran further on a course of confrontation.

The people of Iran should stand united in the face of this and they will deliver a strong punch to the mouth of the American Secretary of State and anyone who backs them, Ismail Kowsari, a senior commander with Irans Revolutionary Guards said, according to the Iranian Labour News Agency.

The 2015 nuclear agreement, worked out by the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia, China and Iran, lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for Tehran limiting its atomic program.

Trump called it the worst deal ever negotiated but European powers see it as the best chance of stopping Iran developing a nuclear bomb.

After Trump pulled out, the other signatories said they would try to salvage the deal and keep Irans oil trade and investment flowing. But European companies say they are worried about getting caught up in the new U.S. sanctions, given the extent of Washingtons global reach, and some have already started pulling out.

The head of Irans National Security and Foreign Policy committee in parliament said that the only way to salvage the nuclear deal would be for the European signatories to stand up to the United States.

Today they must show their strength in the face of American pressure, Alaeddin Borujerdi said, according to the Iranian Students News Agency.

CONSEQUENCES

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday told reporters in Argentina he would travel on from there to Washington to discuss the nuclear deal with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He gave no date for his meeting.

Germanys economy minister earlier told a newspaper the Berlin government would help German firms with business in Iran where it could, but could not entirely shield them from the U.S. decision to qui...

23:27

Palestinian Protest Leader Explains Why Philadelphia Orchestra Should Stay Out Of Israel PopularResistance.Org

On Monday morning, the Philadelphia Orchestra sent out a bon voyage email to its fans and subscribers, explaining that the group is about to embark on a two-week tour that includes performances in Israel. What the email doesnt mention is the controversy and boycott surrounding the Israel portion of that tour, or the fact that protesters blocked traffic outside of the Kimmel Center and interrupted the Philadelphia Orchestras performance there on Saturday night. We caught up with Palestinian protest organizer Susan Abulhawa of Bucks County to learn more.

23:26

A Dive Into Washington's Swamp Moon of Alabama

One years ago Trump pledged allegiance to the Wahhabi Orb. The one Orb that rules them all: This swearing of an oath to the Wahhabi death star was part of the opening of the potemkinesk "Global Center for Combating Extremist...

23:21

Shoplifters meet their match as retailers deploy facial recognition cameras Peace and Freedom

Shoplifters beware: Closed-circuit cameras in stores might be observing more than you think. As facial recognition software gets better, the battle against retail theft is moving into high tech.

Retail stores with facial recognition systems can spot convicted or admitted shoplifters in about the time it takes to walk two paces into an establishment.

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May 21, 2018 02:35 PM

We can match a face against the database of 25 million people in just under a second. Two or three years ago, that was just unheard of, said Peter Trepp, chief executive of FaceFirst, an Encino, California, firm that is a leader in retail surveillance tools.

Civil libertarians are up in arms over widespread use of facial recognition software, fearing that errors could victimize innocent shoppers, but industry experts say the use of the software is here to stay.

23:19

Rural Whites Shielded From Medicaid Work Requirement Rules PopularResistance.Org

In April, President Trump signed an executive order allowing some Medicaid recipients to be exempted from requirements that they find  jobs or lose their health insurance. Now, the states taking advantage of the order, called Reducing Poverty in America, are facing scrutiny for allegedly creating policies that, as Talking Points Memo (TMP) reports, would in practice shield many rural, white residents from the impact of the new rules. Kentucky and Ohio are applying for the waivers that the executive order allows. Each of their proposals include exemptions for the counties with the highest unemployment, which happen to be mostly white, GOP-voting and rural. In contrast, according to TMP, many low-income people of color who live in high-unemployment urban centers would not qualify...

23:19

EU Fake News stan van houcke

Recent experience shows EU measures against fake news are problematic

The EU is stepping up its fight against fake news. It recently published a new policy document (the Communication on Tackling online disinformation of 26 April 2018) proposing several measures against fake news.
But the EU is already actively pursuing an anti-fake news campaign, specifically directed at Kremlin disinformation. It started a website called EU vs Disinfo, where it selects articles the EU qualifies as fake news and pro-Kremlin disinformation. It is a type of naming and shaming strategy, where the EU links to the media which in its eyes are disinforming outlets. On EU vs Disinfo, the EU accused three Dutch media of spreading fake news. However, these accusations were all false, and the EU had to rectify its accusations. These media were accused of giving no supporting facts, repeating disinformation and uncritical reporting. Already at first glance, these accusations turned out to be nonsensical. The article which allegedly gave no supporting facts in fact contained a plethora of links to authoritative sources to back up its assertions. Another article was merely a report of a political discussion in which several people were cited who criticized Ukraine. However, the EU claimed this was fake news as the article was allegedly aimed only at worsening the image of Ukraine.
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23:18

Divest From BlackRock! May 23 In New York City World Beyond War . . .

BlackRock office in Manhattan, NY

By Marc Eliot Stein, May 22, 2018

On Wednesday morning, May 23 2018 in New York City, the annual shareholders meeting of BlackRock, the shadowy but gigantic too big to fail financial conglomerate that profited from the Wall Street crash of 2007/2008 and has been profiting for decades from global weapons sales, local gun sales and pro-military lobbying, will be greeted by a small but determined group of angry protestors shouting divest. (Join us if you can.)

No doubt, the executives and investors who want to ignore our angry voices will be able to. But that wont discourage us, because we have truth and justice on our side. Divestment is gaining ground all over the world as a strong method of resisting the monolithic power that emerges when greedy money finances endless war. This resistance can feel often hopeless, but its not. Heres why divestment campaigns against corporations like BlackRock can matter.

Divestment gives us a direct voice. Its our money. If you are enrolled in a government pension fund in the USA or Canada or Japan or the UK, or if you are a teacher or other public employee in New York or California or one of many other states, your own money is being funneled into the BlackRock war profit machine, and this means you are empowered to demand answers. Divestment is direct empowerment. We dont need to beg slick politicians to finally pay attention to us and act on our behalf. We can act on our own behalf. Its our money.

Divestment is self-education. How many people have never even heard of BlackRock? Thats the way BlackRock likes it. And thats what the divestment campaign aims to end. If you have a friend with a pension fund and you explain to this friend why they should protest against investment with BlackRock, you are not only helping the cause of divestment. You are helping to wake people up. Even if your friend isnt ready to follow your logic today, you will...

23:13

Farm bill to get second vote in U.S. House in June: Roll Call Peace and Freedom

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote for a second time on a massive farm bill after the measure was defeated last week, the No. 3 Republican in the chamber said, according to Roll Call newspaper.

The vote on the $867 billion bill will be held on June 22, Republican Representative Steve Scalise said, Roll Call reported.

Prior to the farm bill vote, the House will consider a conservative immigration bill sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, Roll Call quoted Scalise as saying.

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Were looking at moving the farm bill on June 22 and having the Goodlatte-McCaul bill come up the third week of June, Scalise told reporters, according to Roll Call.

Scalises office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

Roll Call said it was not immediately clear if the timing would appease members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of about 30 of the most conservative Republican lawmakers.

The farm bill failed on Friday after Freedom Caucus members withheld their support. They had asked Republican leaders not to hold the vote until the Goodlatte-McCaul immigration bill could be considered.

Scalise said the Goodlatte-McCaul bill, which would give temporary protections to young illegal immigrants but not offer citizenship, was currently short of the votes needed to the pass the House, according to Roll Call.

He said there was an effort underway to find another immigration measure that could pass the chamber, Roll Call said.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Sandra Maler

Reuters

23:10

Arrests At Poor Peoples Campaign Rally Inside Pa. Capitol PopularResistance.Org

Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival protesters were arrested inside the Pennsylvania state Capitol in Harrisburg. Twenty-four people were arrested as part of the organized protest. The arrests came after a one hour rally in the Capitol Rotunda. Those arrested were taken into custody peacefully. Seventeen will be issued summary citations by Capitol Police for disorderly conduct. Another seven who have a prior arrest will receive a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct and will be processed at the Dauphin County Booking Center, said Troy Thompson, a spokesman for the state Department of General Services, which oversees the Capitol Police.

23:07

The 10 Highest-Paid Software and Services CEOs Peace and Freedom

Low-paid company founders such as Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg drag down the sectors median pay

The median pay figure for the software and services industry was $10.7 million, below the overall median for full-year CEOs at all S&P 500 companies.
The median pay figure for the software and services industry was $10.7 million, below the overall median for full-year CEOs at all S&P 500 companies.

The highest-paid software executive of 2017? That was Gary Norcross, chief executive of Fidelity National Information Services Inc., at $29.1 million.

Fidelity National, also known as FIS, is a bank-technology provider. Mr. Norcross has led the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company since January 2015. His total compensation increased 46% from $20 million the previous year, according to regulatory filings. The companys total shareholder return, which reflects shares price and dividends, was 26% last year.

23:04

An Open Letter To Those Who Meet With Mohamed Bin Salman World Beyond War . . .

Mohamed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia

May 22, 2018

An Open Letter to Business Leaders and Actors, Directors, and Producers Who Met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, including Adam Aron (CEO, American Multi-Cinema), Ari Emanuel (CEO, William Morris Endeavor), Willow Bay (Dean, USC School of Communications and Journalism), Jeff Bezos (CEO, Amazon), Michael Bloomberg (CEO, Bloomberg LP, former Mayor of New York City), Richard Branson (founder, Virgin Group), Kobe Bryant (former professional basketball player), James Cameron (director, producer, and writer), Tim Cook (CEO, Apple inc.), Michael Douglas (actor and producer), Morgan Freeman (actor and producer), Alan Garber (Provost of Harvard University), Bill Gates (philanthropist and principal founder, Microsoft Corporation), Brian Grazer (film and television producer), Ron Howard (actor and director), Bob Iger (CEO, Walt Disney Corporation), Dwayne the Rock Johnson (actor, producer, and semi-retired professional wrestler), Robert Kraft (owner, New England Patriots), Rupert Murdoch (founder and Chairman, News Corp.), Elon Musk (founder and CEO, designer of SpaceX and Tesla, Inc.), Satya Nadella (CEO, Microsoft), Sundar Pichai (CEO, Google Inc.), Peter Rice (President, 21st Century Fox and Chairman and CEO, Fox Networks Group), Jeff Shell (Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group), Shane Smith (cofounder, Vice News), Ridley Scott (film director and producer), Stephen Schwarzman (CEO, Blackstone Group), Stacey Snider (Chairman and CEO, 20th Century Fox Film), Evan Spiegel (CEO, Snapchat), Peter Thiel (entrepreneur and co-founder of Paypal), and Oprah Winfrey (media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist).

Re: Saudi Arabia is killing civilians in Yemen: Why dont you speak out?

We, the undersigned professors and civil liberties, human rights, and peace organizations, are writing to express our concern that you did not publicly speak out about Saudi Arabias grave human rights violations in Yemen when you met with Saudi Arabias Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman on his recent trip to the United States. 1 As public figures, your activities and statements garner significant attention, and you wield national and global influence. You are uniquely position...

23:02

Supreme Court Rules Against Workers In Arbitration Case PopularResistance.Org

ON MONDAY, THE Supreme Court slowed recent momentum to give workersincluding many in the tech sectorthe right to a day in court. The Supreme Court case centered around clauses in employment contracts that require employees to resolve disputes through arbitration, and preclude them from joining with others to file class-action lawsuits. In a 5-to-4 decision, the court ruled that those clauses are enforceable under federal law, which means companies can prohibit employees from banding together both privately or in court. Such binding-arbitration clauses are widely used at technology companies, and critics say they helped allow sexual harassment to flourish by hiding complaints. More recently, some firms have taken steps to limit the practice. Uber last week said it would eliminate arbitration agreements for employees, riders, and drivers with sexual misconduct claims.

23:00

Israeli military shot over 500 Palestinians in the head during Gaza protests Mondoweiss

Gaza

Health Ministry: Israeli army killed 112 Palestinians, injured 13,190 since March 30th
IMEMC 21 May Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip, has reported Sunday that Israeli soldiers have killed 112 Palestinians, and injured 13,190 since the Great Return March protests started on the Palestinian Land Day, March 30th, 2018. Dr. al-Qedra said that the soldiers killed 13 Palestinian children, and injured 2096 others, in addition to wounding 1029 women. He added that 332 of the wounded Palestinians suffered life-threatening injuries, 3,422 suffered moderate wounds, 9,436 suffered mild injuries, and 5,572 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation. Dr. al-Qedra said that:
502 Palestinians were shot in the head and neck.
283 were shot in the chest and back.
225 were shot in the abdomen and pelvis.
938 were shot in the arm.
325 were shot in the leg.
1,117 suffered various cuts and bruises to several parts of their bodies.
He also said that 27 of the wounded Palestinians suffered amputations in their legs, one in his arm, and four others had some fingers severed by Israeli fire. Dr. al-Qedra added that the soldiers also shot and killed one medic, and injured 323 others with live fire and gas bombs, in addition to causing damage to 37 ambulances.
http://imemc.org/article/health-ministry-israeli-army-killed-112-palestinians-injured13190-since-march-30th/

Another Palestinian dies from wounds suffered on May 14
IMEMC 19 May The Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip has reported that a young Palestinian man died, Saturday, from serious wounds he suffered on Monday, May 14. It said the young man, identified as Mohammad Mazen Oleyyan, 20, was shot with live Israeli army fire, and died from his serious wounds at the Al-Quds Hospital, in Gaza. The Palestinian was shot with a live round in the head, during the Great Return March, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza. He remained in critical condition before he was pronounced brain dead, and passed away Saturday.
On Saturday at dawn [as previously reported], another Palestinian identified as Moin Abdul-Hamid Saey , 58 years of age, died from his serious wounds at the Shifa Medical Center in Gaza city, where he was rushed to surgery and then to the Intensive Care Unit until he succumbed to his wounds.
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22:58

Waffle Houses Right-Wing Politics: The Chikesia Clemons Controversy Follows Many Years of Supporting Reactionary Far-Right Republicans PopularResistance.Org

Anyone who has spent a lot of time listening to southern hip-hop has no doubt heard of Waffle House. The restaurant chain has been mentioned in countless hip-hop and modern R&B recordings and has had plenty of black customers over the years. But following some racially troubling incidents in 2018, Dr. Bernice A. Kingdaughter of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.has urged African-Americans to boycott the restaurant chain, which has a strong connection to far-right politics and the Republican Party. On May 10, King sent out a tweet saying, Family, lets stay out of @WaffleHouseuntil the corporate office legitimately and seriously commits to 1) discussion on racism, 2) employee training, and 3) other plans to change; and until they start to implement changes.

22:54

ISIS Leaders Sinister Plan for the Future Clarion Project

A top ISIS official, captured by Turkish and Iraqi forces, revealed that, as of about a year ago, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, self-styled caliph of the Islamic State, was alive and well.

As the caliphate was rapidly disintegrating due to massive territorial losses, al-Baghdadi called together his top sergeants to talk about insuring the future of the organization. The topic he was most concerned with was rewriting the terror groups educational curriculum, according to the operative, named as Abu Zaid al-Iraqi. It was the third such meeting on the subject with the ISIS leader.

The following is Clarion Projects (unfortunate) take on the subject:

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22:49

Bellicose Rhetoric & Brutal Sanctions Not the Way to Help Venezuela Geopolitical Monitor

Venezuelans faced a battalion of challenges as they prepared to go to the polls on May 20th to elect their next president. Many inflation, food shortages have been widely reported on in the media, which has frequently laid the blame at President Nicolas Maduros door and the legacy of Chavismo. But it would be intellectually dishonest not to look at the way the U.S. and other global powers have made life harder for the already-suffering Venezuelan people, while getting little in return.

Theres plenty of room to critique Maduros politics, but U.S. invectives against his government have escalated to a stunning degree under Donald Trump. The White House surprised policy wonks in August 2017 when President implied he was considering an armed invasion of Venezuela. In remarks shortly before he was sacked, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted that the United States wasnt pushing for regime change in Venezuela. His protests, however, were undermined by his repeatedly raising the spectre of a military coup, euphemistically declaring that when things are so bad the military leadership realizes that it just cant serve the citizens anymore, they will manage a peaceful transition.

Other American policymakers have gone still further. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio echoed Venezuelan national hero Simon Bolivars words that it is always noble to conspire again...

22:49

Journey of an Israeli in Iran Aletho News

By Miko Peled | American Herald Tribune | May 22, 2018 Trumps declaration regarding the US backing out of the Iran agreement came just days before my trip to Iran was confirmed and my visa was approved. I was asked by several people if I was still going, thinking that Trumps declaration that sanctions were []

22:48

US Refuses To Recognize Venezuelas Election Results, New Sanctions Already Planned PopularResistance.Org

CARACAS, VENEZUELA -- Even before Venezuelans finished casting their votes Sunday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan announced that the U.S. would not recognize the result of Venezuelas democratic election. Sullivan was in Buenos Aires on Sunday, leading the U.S. delegation to the G-20 Foreign Ministers Meeting. Venezuelas Nicolas Maduro was elected to his second presidential term on Sunday. With 92.6 percent of the votes counted, Maduro accumulated 5.8 million votes. His nearest challenger, former governor Henri Falcn, received only 1.8 million votes. International observers from over 40 countries were present on Sunday and have confirmed the transparency of an electoral system put in place in 2015, when the opposition won a majority in the National Assembly.

22:44

Gulf-linked US lobbyists pushed anti-Qatar policy with Trump to gain contracts: Report Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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AP reports that emails show American businessmen promoted anti-Qatar policies in exchange for multi-million dollar contracts

22:41

Palestinian leaders refer Israel to ICC for war crimes Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Palestinian representative says 'further delaying justice for Palestinian victims is tantamount to denial of justice'

22:27

An Extreme Climate Forces Extreme Measures As Worst-Case Predictions Are Realized PopularResistance.Org

"One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise." -- Aldo Leopold Mountaineering, which has become more of a balm and solace for me than ever before, is an increasingly bittersweet experience. While the internal freedoms experienced continue to match the external while up in the high country, being on and amongst glaciers today entails being on one of the most dramatic front lines of anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD).

22:23

South China Sea Dispute: Vietnam Geopolitical Monitor

Summary

Its widely accepted that the South China Sea is a geopolitical flashpoint that could inadvertently trigger a regional, even international conflict.

But how did it get to this point?

Broadly speaking the South China Sea dispute boils down to the question of how borders should be delineated in the absence of bilateral agreement between two countries. This discussion is given further impetus by the importance of the region. The South China Sea is as economically lucrative as it is geographically significant. There are hundreds of billions in mineral and energy wealth locked away under its waters, and the South China Sea is both a key global trade conduit and a gateway into Chinas backyard. Given the economic and geopolitical stakes, its not surprising that the region has become a volatile frontier of global competition.

This series will examine the claimants in the South China Sea dispute: China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Now we move on to Vietnam, the country that has had one of the strongest historical claims and therefore has the most to lose from China asserting its control over the area.

 

Background

Like China, Vietnam claims the entirety of the Spratly and Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Its claim relies on a combination of history, maps, administration, and economic use since the 15th century.  The Vietnam claim also relies heavily on the actions of the French colonial government, which took various steps to secure the islets for its own economic benefit in the 20th century. These steps were often taken in accordance to the accepted norms of international law at the time, which in turn has given Vietnams claims additional weight in modern international jurisprudence. However, a strong legal claim is only useful if all parties are respecting the rules and norms that it rests on. China does not recognize them, as evidenced by both its actions in the South China Sea and its disdain for the one legal ruling that has been made on the South China Sea dispute by the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague. And when it comes to the two countries ground-level military presence and naval capabilities, China has an obvious and decisive advantage over Vietnam when enforcing its claims in the South China Sea.

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22:20

Clashing Visions Of Denuclearization Pose Risk To U.S.-North Korea Summit PopularResistance.Org

The soaring hopes generated by the recent Inter-Korean Summit are now supplanted by uncertainty, due to North Koreas suspension of a planned meeting with the South. In the weeks following the summits Panmunjom Declaration, North Korea took actions to demonstrate its goodwill and desire for peaceful resolution of differences. The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK the formal name for North Korea) announced that it would dismantle its underground nuclear test site, culminating in explosions to collapse tunnels, the blocking of entries, and removal of above-ground facilities. Substantial progress has already been made on disabling the site. The DPRK could have waited and made this a negotiable issue in talks with the United States. Instead, it offered the step to the United States ahead of the summit as a confidence-building measure.

22:15

Government Forces Start Redeploying For Operation Against Militants In Southern Syria (Map, Videos)

Government Forces Start Redeploying For Operation Against Militants In Southern Syria (Map, Videos)

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Following the liberation of southern Damascus from ISIS, Syrian government forces have started redeploying its units from the Damascus countryside to southern Syria, according to pro-government sources and videos appearing online.

According to reports, the Syrian Arab Army and its allies are now preparing to deal with militant groups operation near the city of Daraa.

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22:15

Wayne Jett: 5G + GeoEngineering = Genocide Public Intelligence Blog

5G + GeoE = GENOCIDE

Make Government Stop It!

By Wayne Jett

Classical Capital,  May 15, 2018

The plan of the global ruling elite to exterminate all humans except themselves and their selected slaves has been in writing, in English, since 1901. The scrivener (or shill) who wrote the plan, H. G. Wells, was promptly invited into halls of power around the world, including the White Houses of both Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, the Kremlin of Joseph Stalin and, of course, palaces of west European royalty. The plan expressly stated among its goals that, by the year 2000, ascendant nations must learn how to poison unwanted human populations. The elitist cabal is behind schedule and frustrated in 2018, but working hard to catch up.

EMR Can Cook Your Eyeballs Like Eggs

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22:13

Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War Prism of Disaster stan van houcke


Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War

Prism of disaster

By Professor Kees van der Pijl

Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War
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22:11

Washington Holds Gun to North Koreas Head Aletho News

By Finian CUNNINGHAM | Strategic Culture Foundation | 22.05.2018 The prospects for peace diplomacy between the US and North Korea took a sudden hit after President Donald Trump issued an extraordinary threat to Kim Jong Un. It was in effect a death threat. Trump warned last week that if the North Korean leader does not comply with []

22:10

Sugar for Wall Street Daddies stan van houcke

MAY 21, 2018TD ORIGINALS

Sugar for Wall Street Daddies, Austerity for the Rest of Us

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, before Friday's vote on the House farm bill, which failed to pass. The Freedom Caucus, seeking leverage to obtain a vote on a hard-line immigration plan, opposed the farm measure. ...

22:08

Whats in Americas New Tough Plan for Iran? Clarion Project

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)Irans Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out the U.S.s new tough stance on Iran, emphasizing the Trump administrations post-nuclear-deal approach to the Islamic Republic is nothing less than what the global consensus was before the deal was signed.

  • In 2012, then-president Obama said, The deal well accept is [that] they end their nuclear program.
  • In 2013, the French foreign minister said he was wary of being sucked into a con game re: Iranian uranium enrichment
  • In 2015, then-secretary of state John Kerry said, We dont recognize the right [of Iran] to enrich [uranium].

The deal has been exposed as a failure on these points (as well as many others) and the U.S. decided to pull out. So what in store for the mullahs now?

Heres the basis of the U.S. plan:

1. Sanctions are going back in full effect and new ones are coming

  • Last week, the U.S.sanctioned the head of Irans central bank and other entities funneling money to the IRGC Quds Force, Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations

This is just the beginning, Pompeo said. Iran will be forced to make a choice: Either fight to keep its economy off life support at home or keep squandering precious wealth on fights abroad. It will not have the resources to do both.

 

2. Iranian aggression will be stymied

Pompeo said the Defense Department and the U.S.s regional allies will work together to:

  • assure freedom of navigation in regional waters
  • squash Irans cyber activity
  • track down and crush Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah proxies operating around the world
  • end for good Iranian ability to dominate the Middle East
  • cause bigger problems than [Iran] ever had before if the regime restarts its nuclear program
  • ...

22:07

Islamicize Me Day 6: The Prophets Drinking Game Jihad Watch

The Halal Heroes continue their adventure as they learn that water is clean and drinkable no matter whats floating in it! To visit Vocabs channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/vocabmalone To visit Jons channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ok PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php? MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net

22:07

Palestijnen vragen Strafhof om onderzoek misdaden Isral stan van houcke


Palestijnen vragen Strafhof om onderzoek misdaden Isral

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De Palestijnse minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Malki wil dat het Internationale Strafhof (ICC) in Den Haag een onderzoek instelt naar misdaden die Isral in nederzettingen in bezette Palestijnse gebieden zou begaan. Hij heeft in Den Haag een formeel verzoek ingediend, omdat er volgens hem voldoende bewijs is om een onmiddellijk onderzoek te beginnen naar het opt...

22:01

Germany: Muslim parents want their children to be exempt from exams during Ramadan Jihad Watch

Parents of Muslim pupils in Germany have complained that their children should not have to take part in any exams due to the stress placed on them by fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Authorities need to reign in the demands by Muslims and insist that they assimilate. German schools have been afflicted []

22:00

Anna Von Reitz Direct on Natural and Constitutional Law Public Intelligence Blog

Email Communication of 19 May 2018.

Published with permission.

From Anna von Reitz

I cannot possibly overstate the urgency of the information I am sharing with you.

The actual sovereign government and its immediate structures is shown in red.  The Federal Government operating under powers delegated to it by the sovereign government is shown in blue.

Heres how the American Government actually organized and authorized delegation of power:

People form Families and Families form Family Farm Communities = Colonies

The United States (original) formed by the Colonies via The Unanimous Declaration of Independence and State Declarations.   The Colonies did not disappear. The Colonies went on to form themselves into republics for example, The Maine Republic (land jurisdiction) and The Republic of Maine (sea jurisdiction).  See The    Ultimate Supreme Republican Declaration of the United Colonies of America.  They also formed independent States = Estates doing business as Georgia, Maine, New York, et alia.   The separate States hold the soil (national) jurisdiction and The United States (original) holds their national level soil jurisdiction in common for the purposes of the Declaration commitment. Soil is defined as the first six inches of the Earths surface.  

The United States of America (original) formed by the Second Continental Congress September 9, 1776  dba of The United States for the conduct of private international trade, a holding company in the form of a Federation of States.    Member States are Georgia, Maine, New York, et alia.  The United States of America holds the international land jurisdiction of the member StatesLand is defined as the Earth below six inches of the surface. It also acts as a Holding Company for all other international and global powers the States delegate to it to be exercised in common. This is where the delegated powers are collected together and delegated from to create the Federal Government.  

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21:59

Germans may be forced to work into their 70s to pay for Muslim migrants on welfare Jihad Watch

Although Germanys economy is slowing down and 15% of the elderly and pensioners are now categorized at poverty level, Germans may have to work into their 70s to pay for the hundreds of thousands of refugees on welfare. The country has been on a steady decline into dhimmitude. The next step is the jizya, and []

21:58

Canada: Human Rights Tribunal takes case of transgender woman denied service at waxing spa by Muslim woman Jihad Watch

A hair removal services company in Canada is facing a human rights complaint after a Muslim employee refused to wax the legs of a transgender woman who was born male. This is a case to be watched closely. The beautician has a case, but this case also takes place in the context of the fact []

21:47

Saudi sex abuse: Scores of Bangladeshi women escape to report torture Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Bangladeshi women return home to report sexual and physical torture at hands of employers in Saudi Arabia, says NGO

21:46

Trump, the evangelicals and the Middle East Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Conflict and chaos could come from the nature of evangelical beliefs and the influence they have over the US president

21:45

Mongoose: Global Open Source Intelligence Market Report Public Intelligence Blog

Mongoose

Global Open Source Intelligence Market Will Reach USD 25,900 million by 2026: Zion Market Research

Zion Market Research has published a new report titled Open Source Intelligence Market by Deployment Type (Cloud and On-premises); by Source (Public Government Data, Professional and Academic Publications, Commercial Data, Grey Literature, Media, and Internet); by Security Type (Data Analytics, Text Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Human Intelligence, Content Intelligence, and Dark Web Analysis); for Application (Private Sector, Public Sector, Military and Defense, Homeland Security, and National Security) Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016 2026.

Robert David STEELE Vivas

ROBERT STEELE: Worth a read to understand just how crappy the current understanding of OSINT is. OSINT is actually a multi-billion dollar marketplace, and that will increase toward tens of billions once Active OSINT is fully implemented. Done right, Active OSINT will also have a mutli-trillion dollar impact on the larger marketplace by eliminating corruption and waste to create the post-Western equitable economy and fully democratic governments at all levels.

See Especially:

Steele, Robert. Healing the Self & Healing the World: The Open Source Way, Phi Beta Iota Public Intelligence Blog, 2 September 2017 no longer available where previously published in Defence and Intelligence Norway, September 13, 2017.

Steele, Robert, ...

21:42

#ZAD #NDDL: Reoccupation and Reconstruction THEY ARE CUTTING US DOWN, WE GROW BACK Enough is Enough!

At noon cops seriously injured a 30 year old man at La ZAD today. The cops threw a grenade which exploded on his hand. There are also tweets about ongoing attacks by the cops. Follow todays live blog for updates. Here is a statement by Resistors in la ZAD from May 21.

Originally published by Nantes Indymedia. Translated by ZAD Resist.

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.

#ZAD #NDDL: Reoccupation and Reconstruction THEY ARE CUTTING US DOWN, WE GROW BACK

Permanent reoccupation and reconstruction on the ZAD of Notre-Dame-des-Landes

If the dark days continue, that the military occupation is daily, that fatigue seizes the bodies and minds, that the determination and hope of the future as wild as they were in the past are eroded, we We are still there, standing on the barricades, with our fist raised and with desire in our heart. Many of us are already busy imagining tomorrow, rebuilding the margin, continue to live the existing with a gaping hole in the soul, ready to accommodate their evicted neighbors.

Government strategy has the wind in its sails. they bet on the good old method of collective identity control, the one that aims to keep in a kettle the most combative, the most determined, those who feel legitimate enough not to have to justify their presence and collaborate in recording their lives in files.

For the first time at la Zad of Notre-Dame-des-Landes, that of the collective, failed !

It left in the kettle those who refused to prove their legitimacy, although real, to ensure a delay to those who would agree to get a right for a facade.

The unfiled squats are destroyed and what rem...

21:38

Sharia, Lies and Videotape Jihad Watch

Sharia, Lies and Videotape
Anni Cyrus is a former child bride from Iran who suffered terribly under Sharia Law and was able to miraculously escape Islams totalitarian clutches. Today she is a human rights activist who tours our nation in an effort to raise awareness about Sharia; she runs her own website, LiveUpToFreedom.com, and produces this writers web-tv show, []

21:27

Tomgram: Alfred McCoy, The Hidden Meaning of American Decline TomDispatch - Blog

Month by month, tweet by tweet, the events of the past two years have made it clearer than ever that Washingtons once-formidable global might is indeed fading...

21:18

Araqchi: Linking JCPOA to Other Issues Not Possible Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

May 22, 2018 Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi warns that if world powers try to link the joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to other issues they will lose the agreement. In a Mondays interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais, Araqchi raised questions on EU commitment to the nuclear deal following withdrawal of []

21:06

French public sector workers strike against Macrons reforms Peace and Freedom

French public sector employees joined rail workers in striking Tuesday to protest overhauls proposed by President Emmanuel Macron, calling them an attack by the centrist leader against civil services as well as their economic security.

It is the third day of major stoppages and demonstrations by public-sector employees since voters last year elected Macron, who has pledged to reduce public spending, trim jobs and reform large parts of the vast French state.

AFP/File / by Bertille OSSEY-WOISARD | French civil servants say President Emmanuel Macrons overhauls would deprive many areas of the country with vital public services

All unions representing civil servants have backed Tuesdays strike, a show of unity which was last seen around 10 years ago.

Their walkout affected schools and daycare centres, flights and some energy infrastructure, while public transport was also disrupted as some workers took part ahead of the next round of two-day strikes at national rail operator SNCF starting late Tuesday.

Thanks to the civil service, all of the unions in this country will be together, said labour leader Bernadette Groison from the FSU union. That shows how high the stakes are.

The centrist government plans public sector reforms next year which would lead to the greater use of contract workers for some state services and a cut of 120,000 jobs by 2022 out of 5.6 million.

It has already maintained a pay freeze while Olivier Dussopt, the minister in charge of Frances public service, is preparing cost-cutting measures he has said will be more or less disruptive.

Many civil servants also fear that the government plans to scrap their special status and job-for-life privileges, a measure that has already been announced for new recruits on the state railways, the SNCF.

Striking police officers also snarled traffic on the ring road surrounding Paris to defend their status and retirement benefits.

But surveys suggest the movement is struggling to garner widespread support, with 49 percent saying they did not back the striking public workers in a ViaVoice poll published by French daily Le Figaro.

Just 40 percent said they supported the movement.

Not backing down

The poll results largely coincide with those concerning the rail reform, which has sparked one of the longest strike sequences ever on the network.

Just 42 percent of respondents said the SNCF strike was justified in an Ifop survey published Sunday by the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, compared with 58 percent who said it was not.

Rail workers have been striking every two days out of five since April...

21:00

Russia threat? Or jihad? Sweden distributes be prepared for war leaflet to all 4.8m homes Jihad Watch

The publication comes as the debate on security and the possibility of joining Nato has intensified in Sweden in the wake of Russias annexation of Crimea in 2014 and recent incursions into Swedish airspace and territorial waters by Russian planes and submarines. Is Sweden really worried about a Russian invasion? Or is it []

20:55

President Trump to Unveil New Middle East Peace Plan Strategic Culture Foundation

Donald Trump likes to make deals. Perhaps he views the Palestinian problem as essentially an economic issue, not a political one. Because of this perspective he has adopted a you make concessions to get economic benefits in return approach.

20:49

Mark Carney: Every British household 900 a year worse off because of Brexit Growth up to 2pc lower than expected Has Brexit ruined the U.K. economy? Peace and Freedom

By 
The Telegraph

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/05/22/pound-stuck-2018-lows-bank-england-rate-setters-face-grilling/

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U.K. stocks hang onto all-time high with BOE hearing in focus

Published: May 22, 2018 6:17 a.m. ET

Pound moves slightly higher

Bloomberg News/Landov
Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England.
BySARA SJOLIN
MARKETS REPORTER

U.K. stocks struggled for direction on Tuesday, a day after scoring an all-time closing high, as traders waited for fresh catalysts to give the market a kick.

The pound rebounded from its 2018 low as several Bank of England members including Governor Mark Carney appeared at a hearin...

20:40

Will Trump and Kim hash out something like the Iran deal? Peace and Freedom

The slated meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un raises lots of questions, like: Which national leader will be better prepared? DW asked a former US special envoy for North Korea and other analysts to weigh in.

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What is your best-case scenario for a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un?

Robert King, US special envoy for North Korean human rights issues from 2009 to 2017:The best scenario for a Trump-Kim meeting would be for the talks to begin an ongoing effort for both sides to move toward denuclearization and improved relations. The issues are complex, the mistrust on both sides is deep and long-term, and the differences cannot be resolved in a single meeting. John Boltons scenario for immediate denuclearization of North Korea is unrealistic. There is no clear indication of what the US can provide to satisfy the North or what the US would be willing to provide as the incentive for the North to agree to move forward toward denuclearization.

Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation: If we came out of the summit with something like the Iran deal, that would be both positive and highly ironic. It would be very frustrating to watch, but still preferable to conflict on the peninsula. But it has to be understood that that is months if not years away and will be the most complicated nonproliferation agreement ever negotiated in history. It will make the Iran deal look like a cakewalk.

Joshua Pollack, editorof The Nonproliferation Review, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies: The best case that I can imagine would be a largely pro forma summit meeting that started, not ended, a process of negotiation.

Evans Revere, former deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Seoul, former director for Korean Affairs at the State Department and the US governments onetime primary liaison with North Korea: The best case scenario is probably theleast likely outcome of the summit: A meeting at which the North Korean leader agrees to denuclearization adefined by the United States; makes a significant down payment towards denuclearization by eliminating certain of its capabilities, facilities, weapons and fissile material imm...

20:38

'Our voices will go unheard': Iraqi refugees claim threats on election day Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Displaced families from an area formerly under IS siege say they were cheated, threatened and manipulated during this month's elections

20:36

Deep State Coup Exposed: CIA Infiltrated Trump Campaign Strategic Culture Foundation

Do we have actual elections in the US, or does the CIA and deep state do the deciding? The news that longtime CIA operative Stefan Halper infiltrated the Trump campaign at the behest of the FBI should be the biggest news in the country. To the extent that the media is covering it, they are furious that the CIA infiltrator was exposed in the media. Do we even care anymore that we are manipulated by the secret government?

20:32

India: Fuel Prices At All Time High Peace and Freedom

For diesel and petrol, its a record a day every day now. On Saturday, petrol touched the all-time high price since 2013. On Sunday, it beat its previous days record. On Monday, it created a new all-time record in Delhi and Mumbai +by touching Rs 76.57 and Rs 84.40, respectively.

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WHY ARE GLOBAL CRUDE OIL PRICES ON A RISE?

Production cuts by oil exporters, shrinking supplies from Venezuela and uncertainty over Irans contribution after U.S. decision to exit the nuclear deal have contributed to rise in crude prices.

However, there is a catch. The government might be blaming crude prices for record high petrol and diesel rates, but the last time petrol crossed 76 per litre, five years ago, it was 40 per cent costlier before taxes.

Fuel prices have shot up now because of very high taxes. Central tax on diesel has increased more than three-fold, and it has doubled in case of petrol. In 2016-17, the Centre earned 2.7 lakh crore from taxes and duties on petroleum products, which is 117 per cent higher than the 1.3 lakh crore it earned in 2014-15, when NDA came to power.

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WHAT ABOUT TAXES?

Taxes account for half of the price we pay for petrol and diesel. Here is a break up of taxes imposed on fuel:

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Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan has indicated that there is scope for relief. On Sunday he said, The Centre is sensitive towards the rising fuel prices. Various alternatives are being explored. I hope something will work out soon.

Read full story here: As fuel prices hit record high, government mulls tax cut

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/heres-why-petrol-price-relief-is-possible-and-painless/articleshow/64269415.cms

20:25

Israel Is at the Height of Its Power, but the Palestinians Are Still There Strategic Culture Foundation

The Palestinian issue is back on the international agenda more than at any time over the last 15 years. If the move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was intended to demonstrate that the Palestinians were powerless and there was nothing they could do about it, then it has failed.

20:21

Catalonia: German prosecutors push for Carles Puigdemonts extradition Peace and Freedom

The Schleswig-Holstein state prosecutor is advancing his case for the extradition of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont. However, the states top court has ruled that Puigdemont cannot yet be rearrested.

    
Puigdemont in Berlin

The public prosecutor in the state of Schleswig-Holstein is preparing the paperwork to extradite former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont to Spain, where he would face charges of rebellion and disturbing the public order following a referendum last autumn in which a majority of voters expressed a clear preference for the semiautonomous regions secession.

On Tuesday, however, a court ruled that Puigdemont, who was taken into custody by German authorities in March at the request of Spain, could not be rearrested because he doesnt pose a flight risk.

Puigdemont, who on April 6 was ordered released pending a decision, is currently in Berlin. A court had already ruled earlier this spring that he could not be extradited on charges of rebellion.

mkg/kms (Reuters, dpa, AP)

20:10

Thailand: Arrests as protest greets fourth year of Thai junta rule Peace and Freedom

Thai police detained leaders of an anti-junta protest on Tuesday who had tried to mark the fourth anniversary of a coup by marching to Government House, one of the largest acts of dissent since the army grabbed power.

AFP / by Sippachai KUNNUWONG, Sally Mairs | Demonstrators display cartoons portraying Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha as Pinocchio during a protest at Thammasat University in Bangkok

Protest leaders flashed a three finger salute as they were led into a police van a resistance symbol borrowed by Thailands anti-coup movement from the Hollywood movie The Hunger Games.

Disquiet with the junta is simmering in Thailand, despite a ban on political gatherings since a coup toppled the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra on May 22, 2014.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, who as army chief booted Yinglucks administration from power, has suggested elections will be held in February next year.

But the timetable for a return to democracy has repeatedly slipped and patience with his junta is wearing thin among many sections of Thai society.

Earlier, hundreds of student activists and middle-aged Red Shirt supporters of the toppled civilian government wielded banners, Thai flags and fans with a cartoon of the premier mocked-up as Pinocchio, as they massed in front of police lines blocking their route from a university to the seat of government.

It is the four-year anniversary of the coup and I think now is the time to change, said Rangsiman Rome, one of the protest organisers.

He said he would hand himself over to police alongside two other leaders to face charges linked to violating the ban on political protest.

We dont want to protest. Its hot, its tiring. But we have no choice to make them listen to us.

He said the protest was drawing inspiration from the shock election victory in early May of Mahathir Mohamad in neighbouring Malaysia that turfed the authoritarian incumbent, Najib Razak, from office.

The protest dispersed after the detentions.

Junta fatigue

Addressing reporters, Thailands gruff premier Prayut was unmoved by the noisy show of discontent with his rule.

If you ask me, am I in a good mood? I am, he said.

Today is May 22nd and we review what he have done since 2014 there are many things. It is better to give us support.

Yet Thailand remains divided.

Large sections of society including the Bangkok middle class have wearied of rule by a conservative mi...

19:58

Trumps cellphones reportedly lack sophisticated security features Peace and Freedom

President Trump reportedly uses cellphones that are not equipped with sophisticated security features, which could make them vulnerable to hacking.

Trump uses two iPhones one for calls and another for tweeting and has rebuffed efforts to make them more secure because he claims it is too inconvenient, Politico reported on Monday.

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Aides have attempted to convince Trump to swap out his phones a process President Obama took part in every 30 days but the president has resisted, the paper said.

Trumps phone for tweeting has not been swapped out in more than five months, while it is unclear how long he has had his call-capable phone, according to Politico.

In response, a White House official told the paper that the call-capable phones are seamlessly swapped out on a regular basis.

However, the official said that the Twitter phone does not necessitate regular change-out.

Also at issue appears to be the existence of both a camera and a microphone on the Trump call-capable iPhone which could make it susceptible to hacking.

In response to the accusation that those devices were prone to hacking, the White House official told the paper that the phone was more secure than any Obama era devices because of advances in technology.

Trump ran a significant part of his 2016 presidential campaign by asserting that Hillary Clintons use of a private server as secretary of state made her vulnerable to hacking and thereby unfit to serve in the Oval Office.

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19:55

Iran Nuclear Deal Survives Trump"s Vandalism Strategic Culture Foundation

Trump hopes to position the US to hit Iran as hard as it possibly can by destroying the prospects of any European companies to remain engaged with Iran so as to get rid of the other participants in the 2015 multilateral deal and to force Tehran down on its knees to deal with Washington bilaterally.

19:49

China to Cut Import Duty on Cars to 15% After Truce With Trump Peace and Freedom

China will cut the import duty on passenger cars to 15 percent, boosting auto makers such as BMW AG and Ford Motor Co. just as the immediate threat of a trade war with the U.S. recedes.

The Finance Ministry said Tuesday the levy will be lowered effective July 1 from the current 25 percent that has been in place for more than a decade. Bloomberg News had reported last month that China was weighing proposals to reduce the car import levy to 10 percent or 15 percent.

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Vehicles stand at a port in Shanghai.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

A reduction in import duty follows a truce between President Donald Trumps administration and Chinese officials as they seek to defuse tensions and avert an all-out trade war. While the levy reduction could be claimed in some quarters as a concession to Trump and will be a boon to U.S. carmakers such as Tesla Inc., the move will also end up benefiting European and Asian manufacturers from Daimler AG to Toyota Motor Corp.

Shares of Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata Motors Ltd. and BMW AG jumped on the news.

Tata Motors gained as much as 4.7 percent in Mumbai while BMW rose as much as 1.5 per...

19:40

The Truth About Hamas and Israel Peace and Freedom

Dozens of Palestinians died to further the terror groups liesand the Western media ate it up.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri addresses the media in Gaza City, 2015.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri addresses the media in Gaza City, 2015. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Sami Abu Zuhri is the spokesman for the extremist group Hamas, an internationally recognized terrorist organization funded by Iran. Hamas controls Gaza and has killed innocent Israeli, American, Brazilian, Kenyan, British, French and Chinese civilians. As chief intelligence officer of the Israel Defense Forces Gaza division from 2012-14, I came to know Mr. Abu Zuhri and other Hamas spokesmen from a distance. Their modus operandi is simple: Lie. Their lies support the stated goal of Hamas: the delegitimization and destruction of Israel.

For weeks the international media has reported on violence on the border between Gaza and Israel. Hamas has continued to lie to the world, which is why their rare acknowledgments of truth are especially revealing. Hamas spokesmen raced to the press last week to lament the death of innocent civilians. But a senior Hamas leader, Salah Bardawil, said in a May 16 interview with a Palestinian TV station: In the last round of confrontations, if 62 people were martyred, 50 of them were Hamas.

Hamas itself has confirmed that 80% of those killed in their violent riots last Monday were members of a terrorist group, not innocent civilians. Several more of the fatalities were claimed by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. On May 13, Mahmoud Al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas, said in an interview with Al Jazeera: When we talk about peaceful resistance, we are deceiving the public....

19:36

As Health Worsens, Israeli Intelligence Sees the Beginning of the End of Abbas Rule Peace and Freedom

Claims that the Palestinian president was suffering from pneumonia have been rejected, but Israel believes the 82-year-olds time in charge is drawing to an end

.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reads a newspaper inside the hospital in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank May 21, 2018. Palestinian President Office (PPO)/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reads a newspaper inside the hospital in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank May 21, 2018.\ HANDOUT/ REUTERS

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas hospitalization this past week has led to conflicting reports about his health. Senior...

19:33

Robots Fight Weeds in Challenge to Agrochemical Giants cryptogon.com

Via: Reuters: In a field of sugar beet in Switzerland, a solar-powered robot that looks like a table on wheels scans the rows of crops with its camera, identifies weeds and zaps them with jets of blue liquid from its mechanical tentacles. Undergoing final tests before the liquid is replaced with weedkiller, the Swiss robot []

19:31

Saudi Arabia Arrests Women Driving Activists. Why Now? Clarion Project

A Saudi woman learns to drive ahead of the lifting of the ban on women driving in the kingdom on June 24, 2018 (Photo: YOUSEF DOUBISI/AFP/Getty Images)A Saudi woman learns to drive ahead of the lifting of the ban on women driving in the kingdom set for June 24, 2018 (Photo: YOUSEF DOUBISI/AFP/Getty Images)

The ban on women driving in the Saudi Arabia is set to be lifted June 24, 2018. So why would the kingdom now arrest the leading activists who pushed for this moment for years?

One of the most prominent activists, Loujain al-Hathloul, was studying in the United Arab Emirates at the time of her arrest. Her colleagues say Saudi security forces arrested her there and forcibly brought her back to Saudi Arabia.

Al-Hathloul previously spent 70 days in a Saudi jail in 2014 when she drove her car across the border from the UAE into the kingdom. She was arrested again in 2017 at Damman Airport in eastern Saudi Arabia with no reason given.

Below you will find a timeline of the Saudi activists struggle to gain the right to drive for women.

Listen to Clarion Projects national security analyst and director of Clarion Intelligence Network Ryan Mauro for insights into the machinations of the royal minds:

 

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19:25

Russia Is in the Middle East to Halt the War, Not Take Part in the Iran-Israel Conflict Strategic Culture Foundation

Without Russia, we most probably would have bombs flying about the Middle East between Iran and Israel, and Hezbollah and Israel, and Syria and Iraq and most probably some Arab countries would have been in flames, particularly with a US president who takes war decisions over piece of chocolate cake and cant tell the difference between Iraq and Syria.

19:00

Brussels Rises in Revolt Against Washington: a Turning Point in the US-European Relationship GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Brussels (SCF The May 16-17 EU-Western Balkans summit did address the problems of integration, but it was eclipsed by another issue. The meeting turned out to be a landmark event that will go down in history as the day Europe united to openly defy the US. The EU will neither review the Iran nuclear deal (JPCOA) nor join the sanctions against Tehran that have been reintroduced and even intensified by America. Washingtons unilateral withdrawal from the JPCOA was the last straw, forcing the collapse of Western unity. The Europeans found themselves up against a wall. There is no point in discussing further integration or any other matter if the EU cannot protect its own members. But now it can.
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President Trump has his own reasons to shred the Iran deal, but he needs Europe to strong-arm Tehran into signing a better agreement. Were it to do so, the US administration would make it look like a big victory. Washington does not shy away from threatening its allies with punitive measures but the EU is standing tall, deepening the rift. As European Council President Donald Tusk put it, With friends li...

19:00

Royal Parasites: Activists, Citizens Protest the Elites $42M Royal Wedding As Population Faces Austerity GEOPOLITICS ALERT

London (teleSUR As the British monarchy celebrated another royal wedding and mainstream media dedicated countless hours of coverage to the elaborate spectacle brought to you by taxpayers money, Europes Republican parties came together in the convention of the Alliance of European Republican Movements in Central London.
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Republican campaigners from around Europe, including Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden discussed the continental movement to get rid of the monarchies across the continent.

Ahead of the wedding Republic, the United Kingdom-based group that organized the convention published a public opinion survey that revealed 57 percent of the 1,615 people surveyed believe the Royals should pay the full cost of the wedding, including the cost of policing and security. The poll, which was carried out by YouGov, also found that 76 percent of people were against the use of taxpayers money for the event.

BrideBook.co.uk estimates the wedding cost at approximately US$42 million, US$40 of which will cover security costs that are paid directly by taxpayers.

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19:00

OANNES THE OCTOPUS? PART TWO Giza Death Star

Yesterday I blogged in part one of this story about a recent article by scientists, advancing the hypothesis that cephalopods might have been seeded []

The post OANNES THE OCTOPUS? PART TWO appeared first on Giza Death Star.

18:55

Washington Holds Gun to North Korea"s Head Strategic Culture Foundation

Pyongyang is just right to give Washington short shrift due to the latters bad faith and arrogant ignorance about its obligations. Trumps backsliding on the Iran nuclear deal is another object lesson for North Korea.

18:52

Joint Statement of the United States and China Regarding Trade Consultations Voltaire Network

At the direction of President Donald J. Trump and President Xi Jinping, on May 17 and 18, 2018, the United States and China engaged in constructive consultations regarding trade in Washington, D.C. The United States delegation included Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, and United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer. The Chinese delegation was led by State Council Vice Premier Liu He, Special Envoy of President Xi. There was a (...)

18:46

Live Blog #22Mai Day of the barricades Against #Parcoursup For a wild May! Enough is Enough!

Welcome to our live blog. In the early morning hours students started to block universities and colleges. Public services are on strike. Cops were also active against la ZAD this morning. Be aware that we do what we can but there are strikes and protests across the french territory. We will not be able to cover them all. If you want to contribute to our live blog; You can send your pictures, videos, reports and analysis. Go to our submit page: hereClick at the refresh button of your browser to get the latest information. Image above: Barricade made by striking workers in Haute Garonne.

Published by Enough is Enough.

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


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18:34

On Accountability in the Light of Israeli Brutality Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

May 20, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon For the last few weeks Israel has displayed a new level of institutional criminality. Fearing that Palestinian protestors attempting to return to their land would cross the Gaza border fence, Israel deployed hundreds of snipers, scores of tanks and drones across the Gaza Strip border. The government ordered forces to shoot []

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18:33

Remember! stan van houcke

Drones and Death: The Israeli Connection

Drones are remote-controlled airborne robots. They come in all shapes and sizes. These unmanned high-tech weapons are remarkably versatile. From thousands of feet in the air some reportedly have heat-detecting and surveillance instrumentation that can distinguish between an automatic weapon that has been recently fired and one that hasnt.
Unlike the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestine, most US Americans are oblivious to drones. But wed better wake up. Drones are poised to become tools of domestic surveillance. 
The Houston police are now secretly experimenting with drones. Col. Kevin Bradley, local Hancock Airbase drone commander, looks forward to having drones used for domestic police work.1 ACLU please take note.
In Upstate New York were beginning to learn about the Reaper drone in our midst piloted via satellite out of Hancock on the outskirts of Syracuse. Syracuses Reaper now flies surveillance and assassination missions over Afghanistan. The Pentagon proudly describes the Reaper as a hunter/ killer.
But the US isnt alone in developing and deploying drone technology. I became aware of Israels use of drones during its December 2008/January 2009 invasion of Gaza. Israel deploys two types of hunter/killer: the Hermes, produced by Elbit Systems Ltd, and the Heron, produced by the government-owned Israeli Aerospace Industries.
Recently by Googling Israeli drones I learned that Israel pioneered the drone and that Israel purveys that cutting edge weaponry throughout the world. As far back as 1982 Israel used drones against Syria. In the early nineties Israeli drones were used in the Kosovo campaign. Israeli drones invade the skies over Lebanon...

18:29

Malaysia: Former PM Najib Razak questioned at anti-graft agency Peace and Freedom

PUTRAJAYA Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has left the headquarters of the anti-graft agency after being questioned for some five hours on Tuesday (May 22).

He told reporters that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) questioned him about SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of state fund 1MDB, and that he will return again on Thursday (May 24) to give a statement about the issue.

Datuk Seri Najib was summoned by the MACC last Friday (May 18), raising questions whether he would be arrested on Tuesday. He entered the building before 10am and emerged after 3pm.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak arrives to give a statement to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in Putrajaya, Malaysia on May 22, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

Malaysias anti-graft agency chief Mohd Shukri Abdull said on Tuesday (May 22) that Mr Najib was summoned to provide a statement to the agency after new information surfaced in its probe of SRC.

Its to provide a statement, not to arrest him, Datuk Seri Shukri told reporters at a press conference at 11.30am.

Mr Najib told reporters that the probe by a team of officers was conducted professionally and he was given a half-hour break during the session.

I have given a statement in 2015 on the issue of SRC. My statement today is an extension to that in more detail and to verify some documents, he said, adding that he is to come again to the MACC on Thursday.

Earlier, Mr Najib showed up as scheduled on Tuesday morning at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya.

More than 50 members of the media, both local and international, had assembled by 9am, an hour before Mr Najib was due to arrive.

The former prime minister arrived at MACC headquarters at 9.40am, in time for his 10am appointment with investigators. Had he not shown up, he could have been charged under the MACC Act.

Mr Najibs morning appearance came after a night of eleventh hour changes to his legal team.

Lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal told local media that he and his colleague M. Athimulan had not been fired but withdrew themselves from the team, which is now being led by former solicitor general Datuk Mohd Yusof Zainal Abidin.

Since Mr Najibs government was voted out of powe...

18:25

NGOs Are The Deep States Trojan Horses Aletho News

corbettreport | May 21, 2018 The Trojan horse was the earliest recorded military psyop. That psyop continues to be deployed on unsuspecting populations and it is just as useful as ever, but todays tricksters have donned the mantle of philanthropy, and their Trojan horses are not wooden statues but non-governmental organizations offering aid to foreign []

18:23

Tokyo stocks close down on profit-taking Peace and Freedom

Tokyos benchmark Nikkei index fell on Tuesday, snapping a three-day winning streak, as investors locked in profits ahead of a series of political events surrounding North Korea.

The benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 0.18 percent, or 42.03 points, to 22,960.34 while the broader Topix index was down 0.23 percent, or 4.18 points, at 1,809.57.

Investors cashed in on the recent gains after the Nikkei index topped the 23,000-point line yesterday, said Hikaru Sato, senior technical analyst at Daiwa Securities.

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The market will focus on political events related to North Korea, led by a summit between the US and North Korea, Sato told AFP.

First, we want to check if Pyongyang lives up to its pledge to destroy its nuclear test site this week, he said.

The yens moderate rebound against the dollar also helped discourage investors from buying shares, brokers said.

The dollar was trading at 110.91 yen against 111.03 yen in New York Monday afternoon.

Global stock markets got a bounce Monday after the US and China effectively called a truce in what had been a spiralling trade dispute, relieving investors.

In Tokyo, Sony was down 1.96 percent at 5,282 yen after it announced its medium-term business plans and a $1.9-billion deal to acquire EMI Music Publishing.

Nintendo was down 0.42 percent at 44,310 yen, while Toyota was down 0.46 percent at 7,527 yen, with Nissan unchanged at 1,144 yen.

AFP

18:17

China: No need to overinterpret bomber in South China Sea Peace and Freedom

In this image taken from a May 19, 2018, video footage run by Chinas CCTV via AP Video, a Chinese H-6K bomber aircraft is seen flying along a runway in the South China Sea. The Chinese air force has landed long-range bombers for the first time at an airport in the South China Sea, a state newspaper said Saturday, in a move likely to further fuel concerns about Beijings expansive claims over the disputed region.

 

China: No need to overinterpret bomber in South China Sea

Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) May 22, 2018 10:30am

MANILA, Philippines Downplaying the deployment of a bomber aircraft on one of its outposts in the South China Sea, Beijing insisted that such activities were normal training of Chinese military.

Last week, the Peoples Liberation Army Air Force landed bombers, including the top-of-the-line H-6K, on Woody IslandChinas largest base in the Paracel chain in the South China Sea.

The South China Sea Islands are Chinas territory. The relevant military activities are the normal training of the Chinese military and there is no need for other parties to over-interpret that, Chinese Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said in a press briefing Monday.

China also called out the United States over its freedom of navigation operations in the region.

Washington and its allies in the region have been expressing concern about Chinas militarization activities in the contested waterway.

RELATED: Japan, US call for demilitarization of South China Sea

As to the so-called militarization mentioned by the US, it is totally a different thing from certain countrys threat to others by s...

18:14

Local government could change things for Tunisia's disillusioned young Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

With national politics hard to break into, Tunisia's young activists are going local

18:11

Commander says Irans people will punch U.S. Secretary of State in the mouth Peace and Freedom

A senior Iranian military commander poured scorn on U.S. threats to tighten sanctions on Tuesday, saying the Islamic Republics people would respond by punching U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the mouth.

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo 

Pompeo said on Monday Washington would impose new penalties if Tehran did not make sweeping changes, including dropping its nuclear program and pulling out of the Syrian civil war.

Two weeks after President Donald Trump pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran, his administration has threatened to impose the strongest sanctions in history, setting Washington and Tehran further on a course of confrontation.

The people of Iran should stand united in the face of this and they will deliver a strong punch to the mouth of the American Secretary of State and anyone who backs them, Ismail Kowsari, the deputy commander of the Sarollah Revolutionary Guards base in Tehran said, according to the Iranian Labour News Agency.

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Ismail Kowsari is one of those who frequently says Israel will be wiped off the earth

Limiting Irans missile capabilities was one of Pompeos main demands.

Who are you and America to tell us to limit the range of ballistic missiles? Kowsari said, according to ILNA. History has shown that with the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, America is the top criminal with regard to missiles, he added.

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Qassem Soleimani

Qassem Soleimani, the head of the branch of the Revolutionary Guards that carries out operations outside Irans borders, was singled out by Pompeo as a top troublemaker in the Middle East.

Kowsari said that the Iranian people back Soleimani.

Soleimani is not a single person. The great people of Iran support him, Kowsari said.

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18:03

Roman Abramovich and Britains Next Crusade Peace and Freedom

First Brexit, now Russia. Can Britain handle both at once? Owner of the triumphant Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich

Therese Raphael
May 22, 2018, 2:00 AM EDT
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.  Photographer: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

As the owner of the triumphant Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovichs absence from Saturdays Football Association Challenge Cup final in London was incredibly conspicuous. What could have possibly kept away the Russian billionaire as his team won its 15th trophy under his ownership?

According to several anonymous sources, there were delays in renewing his investor visa, an explanation that immediately invited questions about whether the other shoe had finally dropped in the U.K.s increasingly tense standoff with Russia.

After the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March, British Prime Minister Theresa May blamed Russia and expelled 23 Russian diplomats. That, she promised, was just the beginning. She also pledged to review Britains investor visa regime, which allowed 2,000 wealthy Russians to obtain a route to citizenship.

Abramovich himself has generally avoided controversies that have enmeshed other Russians in the U.K., and theres no sign that hes done anything wrong. The delay may be due to a bureaucratic snafu, or the political equivalent of Russian jets buzzing U.S. ships. But other Russians with London properties and foreign investors from Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and other non-European countries will be watching closely just in case its part of Mays promised crackdown. After all, even a well-justified backlash can claim i...

18:03

Is peace around Isral possible ?, by Thierry Meyssan Voltaire Network

Although the global medias treat the events in the Greater Middle East as unconnected incidents, Thierry Meyssan interprets them as successive moves on the same chess-board. He sees the conflicts around Isral as an organic whole and questions whether President Trump has the capacity to arrive at regional peace.

18:01

Yemen war: Five people killed by Houthi missile in Marib Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Yemeni army officials fear more civilians will die from injuries suffered in missile attack

17:58

U.S. reinforces East Asia ballistic missile defense as Trump-Kim summit nears Peace and Freedom

The USS Milius, one of the U.S. Navys most advanced guided missile destroyers, arrived in Japan on Tuesday to reinforce defenses against any ballistic missile attacks by North Korea, or anyone else in East Asia.

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The warships arrival at Yokosuka Naval Base comes three weeks before an unprecedented meeting is supposed to take place in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The show of force is a reminder of the military pressure that can be brought to bear on North Korea as the United States seeks to press it to abandon its nuclear weapons and its ballistic missile program.

The Milius will support security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region by bringing enhanced missile defense capabilities as a ballistic missile defense platform, the U.S. Navy said in a statement.

The Miliuss dockside welcome in Yokosuka, which is the headquarters of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, comes after doubts emerged last week over whether the Trump-Kim meeting will go ahead.

North Korea said it was reconsidering the summit after calling off separate talks with South Korea in a protest over U.S.-South Korean air combat drills known as Max Thunder.

North Korea said it would walk away from dialogue if the United States insisted on it unilaterally abandoning its nuclear arsenal, which it says it needs to defend itself against U.S. aggression.

Trump has and warned that failure to reach a denuclearisation agreement could lead to decimation of Kims rule.

The deployment of the Milius to Japan was delayed by almost a year so it could undergo upgrades to its Aegis air defense system to enhance its ability to detect and target missiles.

Armed with missiles designed to shoot down warheads in space, the Milius will be part of a naval destroyer force that would be the first U.S. line of defense against any long-range ballistic missiles fired at it by North Korea.

It joins two other ships in the Seventh Fleet with similar upgrades and brings the fleets destroyer unit back to full strength after two other U.S. warships in the region were crippled in collisions with commercial ships last year.

Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Robert Birsel

Reuters

17:50

Foreign media head to N. Korea to witness nuclear site destruction Peace and Freedom

Foreign journalists headed to North Korea on Tuesday to witness the promised destruction of its nuclear test site, a move seen as a goodwill gesture before a planned summit with the United States.

CNES/AFP/File | The Punggye-ri site pictured in April 2017

Dozens of reporters from China, the United States and Russia departed on a charter flight from Beijing, according to Chinese state broadcaster CGTN which is part of the contingent. It showed the journalists board a small plane emblazoned with the Norths flag.

The journalists will cover the demolition of the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site inside a mountain in the northeast of the country, which is scheduled to take place between Wednesday to Friday.

Agence France-Presse and some other major media organisations were not invited to cover the event.

The North has staged all six of its nuclear tests there beginning in 2006. The latest and by far the most powerful in September last year was said by Pyongyang to have been a hydrogen bomb.

The North previously said South Korean journalists would be allowed to attend this weeks ceremony, as part of a series of ice-breaking diplomatic moves following a summit between the two countrys leaders last month.

But Pyongyang refused at the last minute to accept a list of South Korean journalists. It has railed against the ongoing Max Thunder military aviation exercise involving the United States and South Korea, calling it an act of provocation.

Pyongyang has also threatened to cancel a summit between US President Donald Trump and its own leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12, despite weeks of tentative rapprochement.

The North has accused the US of cornering it with a unilateral demand for denuclearisation.

17:46

Is Donald Trump losing his nerve over the North Korea summit with Kim Jong-un? Peace and Freedom

Inside the secret planning for Donald Trump and Kim Jong-uns Singapore summit

One of Mr Trumps most influential donors is poised to cash in big time

By Andrew Buncombe New York

The Independent
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The talks about the talks have been long underway, with each side seeking to arrive at the US-North Korea summit in the strongest position. The venue for the Singapore event has almost certainly been decided, and officials are apparently buying up rooms in hotels that meet the logistical and security requirements for what may be among the most significant geopolitical encounters since the end of the Cold War.

And a month before Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un are scheduled to meet, both men are busily engaged in shadow boxing and brinksmanship. Last week, North Korea surprised everyone when it cancelled an event with South Korea and threatened to call off its meeting with the US, in what appeared to be a response to US national security adviser John Bolton saying Pyongyang ought to give up all its nuclear weapons as a starting point.

Now, in what may be the latest display of diplomatic maneuvering, it has been reported Mr Trump is suddenly having second thoughts about the meeting. Having initially approached his meeting with Mr Kim with typical swagger and appearing pleased by suggestions he would win the Nobel Peace Prize for doing so, Mr Trump is said to be increasingly cornered the meeting could end up as a political embarrassment, and not the historic, presidency-defining event he wants it to be.

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17:35

Europe Is Feeling Trumped Peace and Freedom

No American president has ever been as widely loathed among Europes political class as Donald Trump. But the Continent knows it still needs America.

President Donald J. Trump and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House, April 27.
President Donald J. Trump and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel hold a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House, April 27. PHOTO: JIM LO SCALZO/EPA-EFE/REX/SHUTTE/EPA/SHUTTERSTOCK

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The trans-Atlantic relationship is in trouble. No American president has ever been as widely loathed among Europes political class as Donald Trump. And not since the era of Freedom Fries and Axis of Weasels have so many European countries, this time including Britain, been spoiling for a fight with the U.S.

To the Europeans, Mr. Trumps decision to withdraw from the Iran deal and impose sanctions on European companies that trade with Iran is a profound betrayal. As they see it, the U.S. made a solemn commitment to observe the deal after European countries entered into it in good faith. Harming European commerce with Iran to serve American interests is the act of a bully and an overlord, not of an ally and friend.

The Trump administrations apparent indifference to European concerns boils the blood of even the most placid of Eurocrats. Europe is now actively looking for ways to inflict pain on the Trump administration in the short term, and in the long term to ensure its increasing independence from the U.S.

From the White House, things look very different. The Iran deal was not a legally binding instrument but the...

17:28

Putting a New Squeeze on Iran Peace and Freedom

Pompeo lays out a strategy of severe economic pressure.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., May 21. Pompeo demanded Iran halt all uranium enrichment, stop its ballistic-missile program and give nuclear inspectors access to the entire country.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., May 21. Pompeo demanded Iran halt all uranium enrichment, stop its ballistic-missile program and give nuclear inspectors access to the entire country. PHOTO: ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG NEWS

Hard on the heels of U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday laid out a new strategy to contain Irans nuclear ambitions and regional imperialism. The U.S. plans to impose severe financial and economic pressure while offering Iran better diplomatic and commercial relations if it changes its threatening course.

In 2015 Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry made a $100 billion bet that their Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) would end Irans nuclear program while transforming the Islamic Republic into a responsible member of the world community. The wager didnt pay.

While delaying its nuclear dream a few years, Iran has spent the windfall from sanctions relief financing proxy wars through the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Hezbollah, Hamas and the Houthis in Yemen. The Iranian economy languished, and Iranians suffered. Qasem Soleimani has been playing with house money that has become blood money, Mr. Pompeo said about Irans Qods Force general.

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17:23

Provocation and imperial ultimatum or Kim-Trump Summit?, by Julio Yao Villalaz Voltaire Network

Yet again, Julio Yao, the international analyst from Panama addresses the events surrounding the announced summit between the President of North Korea, Kim Jong-un and the US President Donald Trump, a meeting that now appears to be in danger owing to unacceptable declarations issued by John Bolton, the National Security Advisor to President Trump.

17:22

Het Verholen Racisme van Nederlandse Mainstream Media stan van houcke

Kranten- en tv-redacties iets minder wit

Diversiteit / Telling 
Op grote redacties werken iets meer journalisten van kleur. Hoofdredacteuren vinden meer diversiteit een journalistieke noodzaak.

17:22

Egypt intensifies Sinai home demolitions in bid to fight IS, says rights group Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Sattelite imagery and testimony show thousands of homes destroyed by Egypt's army in Sinai

17:12

Pueblo a Pueblo, Building Food Sovereignty Dissident Voice

Feeding Popular Power (Alimenta el Poder Popular) (Photo: Ricardo Vaz)

(InvestigAction/Ricardo Vaz in Caracas)  Pueblo a Pueblo is an initiative undertaken to fight back against the economic war that has hurt the Venezuelan people in their access to food. The idea is to organise the different links of the chain (production, distribution and consumption) in order to be rid of intermediaries. This way food is taken directly from the pueblo in the countryside to the pueblo in the city.1 We had the opportunity to talk to Martha La Grajales and Ana Graciela Barrios, who are part of the Unidos San Agustn Convive cooperative, which is involved in this experience, as well as witness a cooperative assembly and the food consumption event.

San Agustn is a neighbourhood that starts close to the centre of Caracas and then runs up the hills. With an Afro-Venezuelan majority, it is known for its music, artistic talent and cultural riches, and more recently for the cable car that connects San Agustn to the centre of Caracas.

Nevertheless, our visit to San Agustn is due to another tradition: popular organisation. In the midst of an economic war that has meant severe difficulties in terms of access to food, the communities of San Agustn, through the Unidos San Agustn Convive cooperative, joined the Pueblo a Pueblo program. It is an initiative created by peasants in the west of the country that Martha describes as follows:

The idea is to generate processes of organisation and politicisation with a logic that is an alternative to capitalism. Processes centred on the peasants/farmers, which assume a class-oriented logic, in which the common problems related to production are presented and their solutions found collectively as well.

Some of these problems have to do with the dependence on imported seeds, which becomes harder in times when the government has been forced to cut back on imports. Therefore peasant communities have been developing processes to rescue native seeds, as well as implementing agricultural practices that are less harmful to the land...

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Frankie Boyle: Your new show betrayed Gaza Dissident Voice

Dear Frankie Boyle,

Id prefer not to be writing this as an open letter, but you didnt leave me much choice: I can no longer engage with you on Twitter because you blocked me (and many hundreds of others, it seems) for criticising the first episode of your New World Order TV show on Friday.

Since then, having purged your Twitter feed of critics, you have created a series of straw men. In the worst, you have suggested that those unhappy with the show are really closet racists for objecting to the fact that you spent half of your 30-minute schedule allowing your guests, led by David Baddiel, to flay Jeremy Corbyn for a supposed anti-semitism crisis in the Labour party. Presumably that offers you a comfortingly circular proof of Labours anti-semitism problem.

Another straw man is that those criticising you are simply Corbyn devotees defending their man. Well, thats certainly not true in my case. Like you, I am dissatisfied with the Labour party as a vehicle for real change, and I think Corbyn is too moderate on a range of issues. But he is also a blast of fresh air in British politics, and the only party leader in living memory who has put anti-racism and class solidarity at the heart of his political agenda.

Which may be why some of us were infuriated watching a show hosted by you probably the only true dissident currently given a show on mainstream TV trash Corbyn in exactly the same terms used over the past two years by every section of the corporate media, from the Daily Mail and the Times to the Guardian and the BBC. Even were these anti-semitism allegations grounded in a verifiable reality, we really dont need Frankie Boyle indulging prejudices weve heard almost every day since Corbyn was elected Labour leader.

Politically toxic

But sadly, that segment of your show was more than simply wasted airtime. Far worse, you peddled or rather gave a platform to Baddiel and the other guests to peddle allegations that are rooted in no reality at all, as people like me have been pointing out for a long time and in a great deal of detail. (See, for example, here, here, here, here, here, and...

16:20

The myth of the Gaza border Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Amjad Iraqi The myth of the Gaza border The Green Line disguises the fact that Palestinians in Gaza are no longer being oppressed outside the Israeli state, but are being caged and brutalized inside it. Palestinian protesters inside the Gaza Strip throw stones in the direction of an Israeli military position on the other side []

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BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel April 2018 BBC Watch

The Israel Security Agencys report on terror attacks (Hebrew) during April 2018 shows that throughout the month a total of 223 incidents took place: 83 in Judea & Samaria, 22 in Jerusalem and 118 in the Gaza Strip/Sinai sector.

In Judea & Samaria and Jerusalem the agency recorded 94 attacks with petrol bombs, six attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs), four shooting attacks and one arson attack. In the Gaza Strip sector the agency recorded 98 attacks with petrol bombs, three shooting attacks, 15 attacks using IEDs, one grenade attack and one arson attack. No missile or mortar attacks were recorded during April. 

Two Israelis were injured during April. In Jerusalem a civilian was wounded by a petrol bomb on April 19th and in Jenin a member of the security forces was wounded in a shooting attack on April 24th.

Visitors to the BBC News website saw no reporting on any of the incidents in Jerusalem and Judea & Samaria.

All the websites coverage of the incidents along the Gaza border during April is listed below. As can be seen, the sole first-hand account from a BBC journalist relates to stone-throwing (which is not recorded by the ISA). The only mentions of firebombs, weapons and explosive devices are found in quotes or descriptions of statements from the IDF/Israel. 

Gaza protests: further deaths in renewed border protest April 6th

Yolande Knell: Now we have seen Palestinians who have been throwing stones.

Deadly unrest on Gaza-Israel border as Palestinians resume protests April 7th

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16:01

At 70: Lets let israel implode Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

At 70: Let`s let Israel implode Israels democratic farce is collapsing, but little can be done today to challenge this from within Zionist institutions Marcelo Svirsky They are desperate as they have never been before. In their impatience and immoderation, Israels institutions hasten, with their own hands, the end of Zionism. We might even see []

15:59

America still needs a serious China policy Peace and Freedom

We are currently engaged in a high-profile negotiation that may or may not succeed in getting the Chinese to buy more of our stuff.

This is a fine goal as far as it goes, although that isnt very far. It doesnt matter if China is a mercantilist, revisionist power that buys $14 billion of our soybeans or $25 billion of our soybeans it is still a mercantilist, revisionist power representing a significant geopolitical challenge.

By Rich Lowry
New York Post

President Trump came into office promising a more clear-eyed approach to China than his predecessors. That would be a welcome change, although the sum total of it cant be Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin wringing dubious pledges from Beijing to reduce its trade deficit with the US.

China isnt just a commercial, but a strategic competitor with the United States. It seeks to restore its former national glory, establish hegemony in East Asia and unravel Pax Americana.

President Xi Jingping champions a national revival that flies in the face of the expectations that economic growth would soften China. Elizabeth C. Economy notes in her new book, The Third Revolution, that the Chinese leadership seeks to reverse many of the political, social, and economic changes that emerged from thirty years of liberalizing reform.

China uses its economic clout to back self-interested investments around the world and has poured resources into a decades-long military build-up. As it has grown in strength, it has become increasingly assertive in making maritime claims in the region. It harasses its neighbors it wants to cow into submission, as we are shouldered aside.

We have long failed to grapple with the Chinese threat because we have believed that rising per-capita income would do our work for us by inevitably democratizing China; because corporate America covets the Chinese market; and because, as Miles Maochun Yu of the Naval Academy points out, we are always playing the China card in pursuit of some other strategic objective currently, the denuclearization of North Korea rather than focusing on China in its own right.

At the moment, we are in the midst of a collective national freakout about Russia, a second-rate power, although an illiberal and aggressive one.

Chinas economy is eight times bigger than Russias. While Russia is associated wit...

15:59

Fringe Economy Dissident Voice

Fringe, adj. not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral. When this definition is applied to the economy it becomes the title of a book, Short Changed: Life and Debt in the Fringe Economy, written by Howard Karger, who at the time was a professor of social policy.1 Part 4 is a review of that book.

Do you have any idea what the historical neighborhood banker is? I didnt until I read his book. Its the pawnshop says Karger. Most likely not in your neighborhood, though. Indebted people have been pawning their belongings as long ago as 1000 BC. If your image of todays American pawnshop is of a storefront operation owned and operated by a shady character, youll be as surprised as I was to learn that many of those storefronts have been gobbled up by five publicly traded corporations (e.g., EZ Pawn) raking in 100s of millions of dollars yearly from pawnshop loans and with boards of directors lavishly paying their CEOs. Even the shrinking population of go-it-alone pawn shop brokers gets loans to set up their operations from big banks. Well, why not? No banksters worthy of the name will miss out on grabbing other peoples money.

Karger defines the fringe economy as corporations and business practices [that pray on the poor] by charging excessive interest rates or fees, or exorbitant prices for goods and services. He divides this economy into seven sectors and gives a chapter to each. Besides a storefront loan sector that includes pawnshop businesses, the other sectors are the credit card industry, alternative financial services such as check cashing and rent-to-own, fringe housing, real estate speculation and foreclosure, the fringe auto industry, and the getting-out-of-debt industry such as the multibillion dollar debt management business. Large corporations operate in each of these sectors, and some, like EZ Pawn, may not be household names, while other large corporations that operate in both the fringe and mainstream economies surely are, such as the really big banksters, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Verizon, and then the telecommunications giant, AT & T, that depended on the banksters at the outset.

Karger fills his book with a lot of facts about his subject, so much so that he warns early on that reading them may be tedious yet necessary because the devil is in the details. He compensates nicely for them, though, by fleshing out the facts with many anecdotes. I couldnt help but think how Charles Dickens might have novelized them into a modern classic, absent the debtors prison (see the next paragraph) in David Copperfield....

15:52

Thailand: Anti-government protesters Peace and Freedom

Anti-government protesters confronted police on Tuesday soon after they began a march from a university in the Thai capital to Government House to demand that the military government hold a general election by November.

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Anti-government protesters confront riot police officers during a protest to demand that the military government hold a general election by November, in Bangkok, Thailand, May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Government House and surrounding streets were declared a no-go zone by police for the opposition march marking four years since a May 22, 2014, coup and have warned protesters not to defy a junta ban on public gatherings.

Around 200 protesters began marching from Thammasat University in Bangkoks historic area but were met with barriers that had been set up earlier and a row of police wearing black uniforms.

A handful of protesters pushed up against police for several minutes before backing off.

Several, including a female protester and a male protest leader, fainted. An ambulance arrived to pick up the female protester, according to reporters at the scene.

Protesters took shelter from the rain under umbrellas and blue plastic tents by late morning, putting a temporary stop to their plans.

One of the protest organizers, Sirawith Seritiwat, also known as Ja New, said protesters planned to march peacefully.

I hope they will let us walk out. We have no intention to prolong todays activities. I think they will try to stop us we will not use violence, Sirawith told Reuters.

Pro-democracy activist Rome Rangsiman (C) holds up a Thailand flag as anti-government protesters gather during a protest to demand that the military government hold a general election by November, in Bangkok, Thailand, May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Police said up to 500 people showed up and warned protesters not to carry on with their march.

Authorities will use the law 100 percent. If they walk out we will use the law immediately. We have put forces all around Government House if they come in to these areas there will be a prison sentence of up to 6 months, deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul told reporters.

Police have no weapons. They are carrying only batons, he said.

The junta, known as the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), said in a statement it had filed charges against five prote...

15:48

In Gaza, the world must step in Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

In Gaza, the world must step in   The massacre of Palestinian protesters this week by Israeli soldiers was appalling, but we shouldnt have been surprised. And we should expect the suffering will only get worse. A Palestinian carries an injured protester during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and []

15:42

Asian markets mixed as trade deal euphoria abates Peace and Freedom

Asian investors took a step back on Tuesday after the previous days rally, with some scepticism over the China-US trade deal seeping in, while oil prices pushed higher after Washington flagged harsh sanctions on key producers Iran and Venezuela.

World markets fizzed Monday after US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He said they had agreed to pull back from the brink of a potentially damaging trade war.

However, while fears about the tariffs spat had roiled equities for months, investors were unable to kick on as they take a closer look at Sundays pact, which offered few details.

Analysts also pointed out the lack of agreement over intellectual property a major stocking point for Donald Trump as well as several other sectors.

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Also tempering the optimism are worries about higher US interest rates and geopolitical issues.

Markets are going through a bumpy ride, Bank of Singapore Investment Strategist James Cheo told Bloomberg Television.

This trade truce is still in the early days. Its really a ceasefire, its not a peace treaty as yet. The implementation details are still unclear. There is still some caution among Asian investors.

Strongest sanctions

In early trade Shanghai was down 0.2 percent, while Tokyo finished the morning slightly down, Sydney slipped 0.9 percent and Wellington gave up 0.1 percent.

However, Singapore and Taipei each edged up 0.2 percent.

Hong Kong and Seoul were closed for public holidays.

Oil prices extended Mondays gains of around one percent as the US unveiled its sanctions plans.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Tehran would be hit with the strongest sanctions in history while also warning European firms they were at risk if they continued to work with Iran, toughening up Washingtons policy line leaving the nuclear deal this month.

That came as Venezuela was targeted with fresh measures after the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro, which the US branded a sham.

Trump signed an executive order barring Americans from buying debt from Venezuela, cutting off an important source of revenue for the cash-starved regime. The measures did not target the countrys crucial oil exports, though analysts said they would likely be in the firing line at some point.

The moves put upward pressure on crude, which had been drifting after last weeks healthy gains, which have sent prices to highs not see...

15:38

Palestinian Health Ministry: israeli Army Killed 112 Palestinians, Injured 13190 Since March 30th Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Health Ministry: Israeli Army Killed 112 Palestinians, Injured 13190 Since March 30th   .singleblog-contan .summary-image:not(:first-child){ display: none; } 21 May 3:46 AM Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesperson of the Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip, has reported Sunday that Israeli soldiers have killed 112 Palestinians, and injured 13190 since the Great Return March protests []

15:31

Europe Must Now Show Solidarity with an Iranian Government that Faithfully Obeyed All the Rules We Drafted Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Europe Must Now Show Solidarity with an Iranian Government that Faithfully Obeyed All the Rules We Drafted. By Rory Wood, It wasnt just the news that the US had pulled out of the Iran Deal that died when the White House opened its doors once again to John Bolton, a challenger to Kissingers status []

14:58

US Threatens to Crush Iran, Vows Strongest Sanctions in History The Anti-Media

(ANTIWAR.COM)  Setting up a new level of hostility toward Iran after the US withdrew from the P5+1 nuclear deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised unprecedented financial pressure Monday in comments to the Heritage Foundation. He said the US would impose the strongest sanctions in history against the Iranians. We will track down Iranian operatives and []

14:14

South Koreans See Human Landmine John Bolton as the Main Obstacle to Peace The Anti-Media

John Bolton(CD)  Characterizing U.S. national security adviser John Bolton as a human landmine, a South Korean lawmaker has reportedly joined others who have made clear their belief that Bolton is the true culprit behind faltering diplomatic efforts ahead of a planned meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next month. There are several []

14:00

Skip the Fire and Fury: Avoiding a Cataclysmic War With North Korea Antiwar.com Original

One minute hes threatening nuclear war via tweet; the next his adoring followers are chanting "Nobel, Nobel!" at one of his ubiquitous, campaign-style rallies. Its hard to keep up with President Trumps North Korea policy, such as it is. First things first: though Ive been a regular critic of this administration, I fully support the Continue reading "Skip the Fire and Fury: Avoiding a Cataclysmic War With North Korea"

The post Skip the Fire and Fury: Avoiding a Cataclysmic War With North Korea appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

14:00

The Day of Shame Antiwar.com Original

On Bloody Monday last week, when the number of Palestinian killed and wounded was rising by the hour, I asked myself: what would I have done if I had been a youngster of 15 in the Gaza Strip? My answer was, without hesitation: I would have stood near the border fence and demonstrated, risking my Continue reading "The Day of Shame"

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14:00

Haspel Is Not the Problem. The CIA Is the Problem. Antiwar.com Original

As a general rule, when Dick Cheney favors a foreign policy position its best to be on the opposite side if you value liberty over war and authoritarianism. The former vice presidents enthusiastic endorsement of not only Gina Haspel as CIA director but of the torture program she oversaw should tell us all we need Continue reading "Haspel Is Not the Problem. The CIA Is the Problem."

The post Haspel Is Not the Problem. The CIA Is the Problem. appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

13:18

Antifa or Antiwar: Leftist Exclusionism Against the Quest for Peace Aletho News

By Diana Johnstone | Consortium News | May 21, 2018 CounterPunch has astonished many of its old fans by its current fundraising ad portraying the site as a prime target of Russia hostility. Under the slogan, We have all the right enemies, CP portrays itself as a brave little crew being blown off the water []

12:47

Update from the Nicaraguan Insurrection : Horizontal Organizing vs. Left Neoliberalism and the Pitfalls of Nationalism CrimethInc.

Two weeks ago, we published a report from the uprising in Nicaragua that began in April. Since then, the situation has only intensified. Here is an update from our comrades in Nicaragua, describing the most recent developments and the stakes of the struggle. In Nicaragua, we see an uprising against the neoliberal policies of a left government in which a movement is attempting to resist right-wing cooptation in the absence of an established anarchist or autonomous movement. We are concerned about the prevalence of nationalist and rhetoric and imagery, but we believe that it is important to support revolts against authoritarian governments in order to generate dialogue that could open up a revolutionary horizon. Just as it will not benefit leftists to support unpopular and oppressive left governments, it does not benefit anarchists to refuse to engage with insurgents whose goals are still evolving.

For the past month, Nicaragua has seen daily protests against the government of Daniel Ortega. This is being called La Insurreccion de Abril (the April Insurrection). Over the last two weeks, these protests have escalated to countrywide blockades and urban barricades. Organized students are occupying three public universities (UNA, UPOLI, UNAN). Nicaraguans in every major city have taken to the streets to demand complete systemic change, including the resignation of Daniel Ortega. Riot police and Sandinista Youth continue to carry out pro-government repression. Although things have quieted down across the country, the most affected cities of Masaya, Matagalpa, and Jinotega are still recovering from the aftermath of the riots.

Its been amazing to protest in the streets of Managua without government or Young Sandinista repression. Weve been able to do this for ten days now. Its the first time since Ortegas came to power that weve been able to take the streets in this way. I truly feel as if the city is ours. Were witnessing amazing street art, art projects, and interventions. We dont know whats going to come out of the dialogue. Government reform, police reform, new elections, autonomous regions?

I feel good, but it has been exhausting. We have good days and bad days. I feel emotionally drained, just working and working and working. Not really taking time to think. Its been exhausting to live on a day by day space and time. So many doors have been opened!


Classes began at UNAN, the largest public university in the country, on Monday, May 7. Students organized a protest inside the university c...

12:42

Some of the forgotten pearls of wisdom of Bernard Lewis: The Angry Arab News Service/

""Chairs are not part of Middle Eastern tradition or culture". ("Notes on A Century: Reflections of A Middle East Historian", p. 218).  
PS Naturally, I wrote this post while standing.

12:37

May 21, 2018 Syrian Army Liberates Southern Damascus As ISIS Withdraws The Vineyard of the Saker

https://southfront.org/syrian-war-report-may-21-2018-syrian-army-liberates-southern-damascus-as-isis-withdraws/ The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are about to re-establish full control of the southern Damascus countryside. The SAA has already liberated the entire district of al-Hajar

12:23

Video documentation of Israeli war crimes in Gaza The Angry Arab News Service/

Viewer discretion is advised: Watch here. (thanks Nicholas)

12:15

Palestine's Abbas recovering 'quickly' in hospital after lung infection Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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11:57

Hawaii Lava Approaches Geothermal Power Plant cryptogon.com

Via: Reuters: Lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano on Hawaiis Big Island flowed towards a geothermal power plant on Monday as workers scrambled to shut it down to prevent the uncontrollable release of toxic gases. It was the latest danger from Mount Kilaueas eruption, which geologists says is among the worst events in a century []

11:56

Haspel is Not the Problem. The CIA is the Problem. Aletho News

By Ron Paul | May 21, 2018 As a general rule, when Dick Cheney favors a foreign policy position its best to be on the opposite side if you value liberty over war and authoritarianism. The former vice presidents enthusiastic endorsement of not only Gina Haspel as CIA director but of the torture program she []

11:37

Sheldon Adelson, the Godfather Aletho News

If Americans Knew | May 21, 2018 Wendy Mesley discusses Sheldon Adelsons role in getting the U.S. embassy moved to Jerusalem, as well as his massive influence on Donald Trump and American politics in general.

10:54

New Protest Site Blocks Mountain Valley Pipeline PopularResistance.Org

Giles County, VA Early Monday morning, pipeline protesters in the Jefferson National Forest erected a new aerial blockade on Pocahontas Road near Narrows, VA. The blockade consists of a protester on a platform 30 feet in the air, suspended from a horizontal rope tied to surrounding trees. Banners at the site read "WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?" and "STILL HERE." Pocahontas Road is a Forest Service road and Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) access road that leads to the construction site for MVP's intended boring through Peter's Mountain, under the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

10:38

Fake news instead of real criticism OffGuardian

by Denis Churilov, Australia There are so many real things Trump should be criticised for, yet the mainstream media keeps making up stuff, producing fake stories and misreporting news about him. What for? Isnt there already enough real material for the media to destroy him without repeatedly making fools out of themselves? The most recent case was last week, when major American news outlets (including ABC News, CBS News, CNN, NBC News, as well as the Washington Post) reported that Trump called illegal immigrants animals, when in reality he was specifically referring to the members of MS-13, a criminal gang whose associates have been accused of beheading their victims. Dont they understand that, by fixating on minor things, taking remarks out of context, misreporting and blatantly making up stories, they only de-legitimise the anti-Trump movement? Why do they have to lie? ***   Attempting to answer my own question, I would say that it has to do with the artificially limited spectrum of acceptable opinion described by Noam Chomsky in his 1998 book titled A

10:10

Trump's lawyer met Qatari official and nuclear plant owner in April: Report Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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10:01

Pompeo Vows to Crush Irans Terror & Nuke Programs The Counter Jihad Report

IPT, by John Rossomando    May 21, 2018  New sanctions are around the corner that could help crush Irans ability to fund terrorism and its nuclear program, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday in a speech at The Heritage Foundation. Pompeo promised Continue reading

09:03

Sweden Distributes Be Prepared for War Leaflet to All 4.8 Million Homes cryptogon.com

Via: Guardian: The Swedish government has begun sending all 4.8m of the countrys households a public information leaflet telling the population, for the first time in more than half a century, what to do in the event of a war. Om krisen eller kriget kommer (If crisis or war comes) explains how people can secure []

08:59

From Guernica to Gaza Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

May 17, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon From Guernica to Gaza  Hisham Zreiq http://HishamZreiq.com

08:33

Amid Rash of School Shootings, More Parents Turn to Homeschooling The Anti-Media

HomeschoolingParents who remove their children from the confines of the conventional classroom are not running away from reality. They are running towards it. (FEE)  In the wake of recent tragic school shootings, anxious parents are contemplating homeschooling to protect their children. After Februarys school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the Miami Herald reported that more parents were considering []

08:27

Syrian Army Regains Al-Hajar Al-Aswad from ISIL, Announces Entire Damascus Safe Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

SYRIAN WAR REPORT MAY 21, 2018: SYRIAN ARMY LIBERATES SOUTHERN DAMASCUS AS ISIS WITHDRAWS The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies are about to re-establish full control of the southern Damascus countryside. The SAA has already liberated the entire district of al-Hajar al-Aswad and the rest of the area from ISIS. On May []

08:27

SITREP Germany: They Just Dont Buy Into the Propaganda The Vineyard of the Saker

by Sergio Weigel for The Saker Blog Despite poison gas, barrel bombs and annexation a large part of propaganda is going nowhere in Germany. Recent surveys show a pronounced media

08:22

Europe is the big prize. The Vineyard of the Saker

by R.Lesnoix for The Saker blog Over the last few weeks, a curious change has taken place in both mainstream media and among alternative news and opinion sites. Earlier on,

08:01

Israels Coming War Wont Be Against Iran or Syria The Anti-Media

Israel Lebanon War(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)  Writing in the Asia Times earlier this month, David P. Goldman lamented that an Israel-Iran war is unlikely to take place any time soon. His observation appears surprising considering the mainstream media has been hyping up the idea of such a war over the past few months. Nevertheless, he is correct. Short of something catastrophic that completely upsets the current status []

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NY Schools to Install Facial Recognition Tech Used by Police and Military The Anti-Media

Facial Recognition(ANTIMEDIA)  Amid the highly-publicized spate of mass shootings in America, one public school district is set to impose unprecedented police state tactics to ensure security and safety for students. Starting next school year, schools in New Yorks Lockport district will be equipped not only with bulletproof glass and surveillance cameras but also with facial recognition []

07:23

Likud MK Pushes Israel to Recognize Kurdistan as Independent Penny for your thoughts

'Cause when you just wanna get along with your neighbours taking every action to antagonize them makes perfect sense..... not! 
As US Congressman DeSantis pushes for the recognition of Syrias Golan as Israeli territory we have an Israeli MK pushing for Israel to recognize Kurdistan as an "independent" state.

 Can anyone deny that the US and Israel are being intentionally provocative pushing these concepts? It seems to me neither the US or Israel are hiding their desire for a regional war.

The move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem was a provocation

Flashback: May 14/18- PROVOCATIVE Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

Flashback : Ivanka & Jared In Israel for US Jerusalem Embassy Opening: Palestinians Die

 The push to recognize annexed Syrian territory, as Israel's is a provocation

Earlier today:  Congressman urges US to recognize Syrias Golan as Israeli territory


And the idea of recognizing Kurdistan as independent is obviously yet another provocation- Not even hidden.

Jerusalem Post: Likud MK Pushes Israel to Recognize Kurdistan As An Independent State 

Amid tensions with Turkey, Israel should back Kurdish statehood, Likud MK Yoav Kisch proposed in a motion to the Knessets agenda this week.

Facing Irans increasing strength in the region, Turkeys extremism and the dissolution of Syria, Israel must lead and support the Kurdish effort to establish an inde...

06:44

Russia shoots down 'unknown drone' in Syria: Report Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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06:42

U.S. Needs New War To Keep Military-Industrial Complex Going stan van houcke

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05/21/2018 10:45 am ET Updated 49 minutes ago


Mike Pompeo Promises To Crush Iran And Achieve A Better Deal

The secretary of state avoided specifics on how he would convince the rest of the world to abandon the existing nuclear accord.

06:15

Ramadan Day 5 thought for the day from Robert Spencers The History of Jihad Jihad Watch

Todays holy month inspiration comes from the time of the Crusades. In 1268, as I recount in my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, when the jihad forces of the Mamluk sultan Baybars took Antioch from the Crusaders, Baybars was annoyed to find that the Crusader ruler, Count Bohemond VI, had []

06:09

Israel detains Palestinian teen with severe head injury, again Mondoweiss

As Mohammad Tamimi, 15, walked to the market near his home in the occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh Sunday morning, he passed by a new white Hyundai.

Two men he assumed to be Palestinians were standing outside the parked car, speaking fluent Arabic on their phones. Two more were sitting inside the car, which had a green license plate (vehicles belonging to Israeli citizens have yellow plates).

Mohammad did not think much about this scene.

When he got close the men jumped Mohammed. One bent the youths right arm behind his back and covered his mouth. Then two men threw Mohammad into the car and drove out of the village.

Fadel Tamimi, Mohammads father, only learned of this when Mohammad was released later that night at around 11 p.m.

When Mohammad missed Iftar the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan Fadel felt something was wrong.

Its not like Mohammad to just go missing like this, he told Mondoweiss. We got scared about what happened to him.

There was no one on the streets at the time who witnessed the incident. The family was left in the dark regarding Mohammads whereabouts.

The family contacted the Israeli police and army, but they denied having detained the minor. The village then initiated a search campaign to find Mohammad.

Mohammad has been slowly recovering from a life-threatening injury he sustained five months ago, when Israeli forces shot him in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet at close range during a protest of Donald Trumps decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.

He was put under a 72-hour medically-induced coma at that time, before doctors were forced to remove a portion of his skull owing to severe inflammation in his brain.

Mohammad underwent another critical surgery less than a month ago, and doctors have since reinserted the pieces of skull.

Everyone was so worried because Mohammad needs to take his medicine. He had missed one of his scheduled doses, Manal Tamimi, Mohammads aunt and a prominent activist in the village, told Mondoweiss. We thought maybe he had fallen and hurt himself.

Israeli authorities finally contacted Mohammads family to inform them that the minor was being held for interrogations at Shaar Binyamin detention center in the occupied West Bank. He was released soon after.

Ahed Tamimi in Ofer military court, Decemb...

05:57

Head of Portugals national theatre endorses BDS, cancels Israel cultural event Aletho News

Portuguese director and playwright Tiago Rodrigues [PACBI/Twitter] MEMO | May 21, 2018 A Portuguese director and playwright who was scheduled to take part in next months Israel Festival, has announced that he is officially joining the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement (BDS). According to the Israeli Haaretz, Tiago Rodrigues was supposed to perform in Israel []

05:53

NSA triples spying rate stan van houcke

NSA triples spying rate on Americans phone calls, collects 530mn records in 2017

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05:53

It Was Our Israeli Allies Who Helped Trump Hijack the 2016 US Elections ThereAreNoSunglasses

Russiagate Flopped but Now Comes the Real Scandal: Israeli-Saudi-Emirati Gate

Donald Trumps eldest son Donald Jr. may soon be questioned by Special Counsel Robert Mueller over a possible conspiracy to collude with foreign entities in order to meddle in the 2016 US Presidential election which his father ultimately won.

While Muellers initial duty was to attempt and find collusion between the Trump campaign and entities from Russia, thus far the only evidence of any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia was when the current US Presidents son-in-law Jared Kushner ordered disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to essentially beg then Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to delay a UN vote so that the incoming Trump administration could vote at the UN in favour of Israel. As it were, Russia did not take the bait and the lame duck Obama administration cast a vote in favour of the Palestinian position.

In this sense, what was supposed to be Russiagate turned out to be Israelgate as the Trump campaign lobbied foreign governments, including Russia on behalf of a foreign power which happened to be the Tel Aviv regime. Here Russia was the victim rather than a co-conspirator. 

Far from the US mainstr...

05:36

France: Hooded gunmen open fire with Kalashnikovs in Marseille Jihad Watch

Ramadan in Marseille? Possibly, and possibly not. But if it is jihad, we cannot be sure that French authorities will be forthcoming about that. Like authorities all over Europe, they appear intent upon covering up the nature and magnitude of the jihad threat. Marseille shooting: Hooded men open fire with Kalashnikovs, by Nicole Stinson, Express, []

05:22

Iran Endgame Newsbud

Trumps decision to trash the nuclear agreement with Iran has set the stage for an endgame long envisioned by Israel and its neocon fellow travelers in the United States. The Israelis and the Saudis will settle for nothing less than the complete destruction of Iran. If the endgame becomes a reality, this will be a []

05:18

Iraq 2.0: New US Secretary of State Setting the Stage for Regime Change in Iran The Anti-Media

Iran Regime Change(CD)  In a speech at the right-wing Heritage Foundation on Monday that critics said should put to rest all lingering illusions that the Trump White House wants anything other than regime change in Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined a wildly unrealistic list of demands that Iran must meet if it wants nuclear talks with America []

05:13

Hamas: Israels rejection of UN probe evidence against it Aletho News

Palestine Information Center May 21, 2018 GAZA The Hamas Movement on Sunday said that Israels rejection of an investigation ordered by the UN Human Rights Council into the recent mass murders of unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip was evidence that its forces committed war crimes against innocent civilians. The Israeli occupations rejection []

05:09

Downed Ka-52: How Russian generals decided not to spoil Putins inauguration InformNapalm.org (English)

On May 7, 2018, in Moscow there was yet another inauguration of Russian President Vladimir Putin. As usual...

The post Downed Ka-52: How Russian generals decided not to spoil Putins inauguration appeared first on InformNapalm.org (English).

05:07

Syrian military in full control of Damascus for first time in years OffGuardian

Israeli-made weapons among arms handed over by militants in Damascus Al Masdar news reports: BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:10 A.M.) For the first time since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, the city of Damascus is fully under the control of the Syrian military. The long-time stronghold for the so-called Islamic State (ISIS), southern Damascus was the only part of the capital that was still outside of the Syrian governments control. However, that would change on May 19th, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) finally agreed to hold talks with the Islamic State in the area; this would lead to the latters surrender the next day. The remaining Islamic State terrorists and their family members will now be transported to the vast Badiya area that was located between eastern Homs and western Deir Ezzor. With ISIS gone, the Syrian Army now free up thousands of soldiers for the upcoming offensive in the southern provinces of Al-Quneitra and Daraa.  

05:07

Irelands book of condolence for Palestinians killed in Gaza blocked by pro-Israel groups Aletho News

MEMO | May 21, 2018 A request by the Irish Republican Party, Sinn Fein, to open a book of condolence in Belfast city council for Palestinians killed in Gaza last week was blocked by Unionists allied with the Northern Ireland Friends of Israel group. Denouncing the book of condolence as deeply shameful, the Israeli lobby []

05:00

FBI: 1,000 homegrown jihad terror investigations active in US, not counting Islamic State and al-Qaeda suspects Jihad Watch

Outreach to the community. Yeah, thatll work. Hasnt it worked beautifully since 9/11? Meanwhile, hampering these investigations is the fact that even now, the clueless and compromised FBI includes no study of the motivating ideology of jihad terrorists in its counterterror training. It is working in the dark, and the consequences will inevitably beexplosive. FBI []

04:59

U.S. Calls for Fresh Sanctions Following Maduros Win in Venezuelan Elections GEOPOLITICS ALERT

President Nicolas Maduro wins Venezuelan election with eight million votes securing a second term over three candidates. Closest competitors Henri Falcon and Javier Bertucci claimed the election illegitimate and demanded a re-election in October while the U.S. State department threatens further oil sanctions on the OPEC nation over the elections.

On Sunday, May 20th, Venezuela held elections to decide the president for the next six years. With a voter turnout of around 46 percent of eligible voters, incumbent president Nicolas Maduro took 67 percent of the popular vote. Former Lara state governor and unofficial opposition candidate Henri Falcon, a self-described socialist, came in second with 21 percent of the vote.

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Opposition Calls for Boycotts

Leading into the May 20th decision, the Venezuelan opposition coalition spearheaded by the Democratic Round Table (MUD) stated that they would boycott the election and called on their supporters to abstain from voting. Reports from polling stations say that while there was a low upper-class voter turnout due to the calls for abstention, working-class turnout was high showing that the PSUV (Nicolas Maduros party) still has mass support.

Presidential candidates Henri Falcon and Javier Bertucci claimed that the elections were illegitimate. Falon, who took second-place in the election, Tweeted that he was robbed of a potential victory due to the voter abstention and demanded a new round of elect...

04:50

Video from Pakistan: Muslims open fire on Christians who try to retake their homes that Muslims seized Jihad Watch

The global human rights community will take little notice. After all, it isnt as if something important, such as Islamophobia, had been committed. In Punjab, Christians who tried to retake their homes grabbed by Muslims suffer gunshot wounds (video), by Kamran Chaudhry, Asia News, May 18, 2018 (thanks to The Religion of Peace): Lahore (AsiaNews) []

04:49

Why a US-Iran clash was inevitable Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Obama wanted to end his presidency on a positive note, but it was only a matter of time before a subsequent administration aimed to curb Irans regional expansion

04:46

Gender segregation and the West The Angry Arab News Service/

You know what is ironic? Western governments used to complain against any manifestations of gender segregations among Muslims.  Now, Western governments encourage gender segregation. This is about a "women-friendly" (i.e., women-only) garden in Cairo.  It is funded by USAID.  According to this writer, this is unprecedented in Egypt.  

04:35

Ramadan Rage: Jihadists Kill 41, Injure 102 in First 4 Days The Counter Jihad Report

Breitbart, by Edwin Mora, May 21, 2018: Islamic terrorists have massacred at least 41 people and injured 102 in the first four days of the holiest month for Muslims, Ramadan, a time when some adherents of Islam believe jihad and martyrdom Continue reading

04:26

Wikipedia Is An Establishment Psyop Aletho News

By Caitlin Johnstone | Medium | May 20, 2018 If you havent been living in a hole in a cave with both fingers plugged into your ears, you may have noticed that an awful lot of fuss gets made about Russian propaganda and disinformation these days. Mainstream media outlets are now speaking openly about the []

04:21

Trump's New Campaign Against Iran Will Not Achieve Its Aims Moon of Alabama

The Trump administration made it perfectly clear today that it wants regime change in Iran by whatever means it has. In a well promoted speech at the Heritage Foundation Secretary of State Pompeo laid out twelve demands towards Iran. He...

04:20

Two peace activists arrested on Armed Forces Day at drone command center in Iowa The Nuclear Resister

Veterans for Peace and Des Moines Catholic Worker 2nd Annual Armed Forces Day Stop the Killing Rally and Direct Action at Iowa Air National Guard Drone Command Center On May 19, Armed Forces Day, members of Veterans for Peace, Des Moines Catholic Worker and Iowas religious community held a rally and direct action at the []

04:17

04:17

Council of Electoral Experts of Latin America: Venezuelan Vote Reflects Will of the People, Must be Respected INTERNATIONALIST 360

We have not observed any element that can disqualify the electoral process, said Ceela President Nicanor Moscoso. Representatives of the Council of Electoral Experts of Latin America (Ceela) stated that the results of Venezuelan elections on May 20 must be recognized because they represent the popular will expressed by the people. Speaking during a press...

04:11

Radicalism: The Real Shock Was the Reaction of the Americans The Counter Jihad Report

Gatestone Institute, by Majid Rafizadeh, May 12, 2018: Many extremist Muslims believe that their religious desire is coming true in in the US. Religiously speaking, for extremist Muslims, ruling America is Allahs (Gods) word. To them, a sacred promise is coming to fruition. Continue reading

04:04

The Humanitarian Hoax of the Muslim Brotherhood The Counter Jihad Report

Dr. Rich Swier, by Linda Goudsmit,  May 6, 2018: The Humanitarian Hoax is a deliberate and deceitful tactic of presenting a destructive policy as altruistic. The humanitarian huckster presents himself as a compassionate advocate when in fact he is the Continue reading

04:00

Framing the Trump Campaign as Lackey's of Russia by Publius Tacitus Sic Semper Tyrannis

There are still many unanswered questions, but the evidence that now is part of the public record removes any doubt that British and US Intelligence services collaborated in a devious and fabricated scheme to portray the Trump campaign as intent...

03:54

European national sovereignty under threat over Iran stan van houcke

European national sovereignty under threat over Iran

Europe now faces its ultimate ideological fork-in-the-road, which it has thus far ignored but can no longer ignore.

03:54

Memo to Michigan: Part 2 Sharia the Threat The Counter Jihad Report

By TUW Media, May 21, 2018 Center for Security Policy, May 8, 2018: Part I:  Controversy erupts in Michigan gubernatorial race as barbs are traded over sharia. Part II: Controversy erupted in the Michigan gubernatorial race as barbs were traded over sharia. The Continue reading

03:44

Leaving US Sidelined stan van houcke

Russia, Europe and China Discuss New Iran Nuclear Deal, Leaving US Sidelined

May 20, 2018 at 10:22 pm

03:39

Resist NOW Interview with Eva Bartlett stan van houcke

Resist NOW Interview with Eva Bartlett (Video)

03:37

An Extreme Climate Forces Extreme Measures stan van houcke

An Extreme Climate Forces Extreme Measures as Worst-Case Predictions Are Realized

Monday, May 21, 2018 By Dahr Jamail, Truthout | Report 

03:30

Remembering the 2009 Little Rock Jihadist Attack and President Obamas Days of Silence Jihad Watch

June 1, 2018 will be the ninth anniversary of two tragic events. The first event was the shooting of two United States Army privates by a Muslim convert outside the recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas; one private was killed and the other was wounded. The second event was the start of the multi-day silence []

03:30

Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/05/21 Open Thread The Vineyard of the Saker

2018/05/21 17:30:01Welcome to the Moveable Feast Cafe. The Moveable Feast is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

03:21

Speakers Corner Islams Fiercest Critics Jihad Watch

When speaking out against Islam at Speakers Corner, one immediately finds oneself surrounded by Muslims in a circle formation. Its akin to red Indians circling a cowboy wagon. It is intimidation tactics, and it ensures that there will be no escape for anyone who crosses the line. With this in mind, Id like to pay []

03:12

Israeli Snipers Kill Unarmed, Defenseless People: Isnt That Murder? stan van houcke

Israeli Snipers Kill Unarmed, Defenseless People: Isnt That Murder?

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News
21 May 18

Israeli Defense Forces Kill Coldly, Calculatedly, Then Cheer

sraels deliberate, methodical, selective assassination of unarmed, peaceful Palestinians in Gaza has gone on for years, punctuated by periods of deliberate but random killing with air strikes and artillery. Gaza is a prison, Gaza is a concentration camp, Gaza has been blockaded for a decade, Gazas occupation is a perennial crime against humanity, but most of all Gaza is a target. Gaza is a target because it suits the Israelis to have two million captive Palestinian men, women, and children (half of them are children) to despise, starve, deny medical supplies, reduce to inescapable and unlivable conditions, kill, and then brand as terrorists for not surrendering and disappearing from the face of the earth 70 years ago. From an Israeli perspective, Palestinians committed original sin by merely existing.
From a Palestinian perspective, Israelis committed original sin by merely existing. They are both right, in a narrow sense that is useless for moving forward. Neither has any moral authority in a wider perspective. But where does one go to find any wider perspective?
After ...

03:08

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03:00

Arizona: School apologizes for yearbook in which Muslim student said he was most likely to bomb the U.S. Jihad Watch

In this case, school officials said there was no vote. Students filled in the blanks themselves, hence the 8th grader himself wrote in the words most likely to bomb the U.S.' In that case, why did the school issue an apology to parents? The school didnt add this tag to the 8th graders photo in []

02:59

Pentagon assessing potential responses to Iranian behavior Peace and Freedom

The U.S. military will take all necessary steps to confront Iranian behavior in the region and is still assessing whether that could include new actions or doubling down on current ones, the Pentagon said on Monday.

We are going to take all necessary steps to confront and address Irans malign influence in the region, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Robert Manning told reporters.

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We are assessing if we are going to double down on current actions or implement new actions, Manning said.

He did not comment on specific actions.

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02:51

Kings Bay Plowshares in court for arraignment, bond hearing The Nuclear Resister

by Patrick ONeill, Kings Bay Plowshares At a May 17 bond hearing in United States District Court in Brunswick, Georgia, U.S. Attorney Karl Knoche told U.S. Magistrate Stan Baker that the government recommended that the seven Kings Bay Plowshares activists be held without bond pending their federal trial for conspiracy, destruction of property on a Naval []

02:43

Japan: Directorate for Signals Intelligence cryptogon.com

Via: The Intercept: The directorate has a history that dates back to the 1950s; its role is to eavesdrop on communications. But its operations remain so highly classified that the Japanese government has disclosed little about its work even the location of its headquarters. Most Japanese officials, except for a select few of the []

02:42

Mnuchin Urges Antitrust Review of Big Tech After Google Report Peace and Freedom

60 Minutes highlights frequent Google critics in EU, U.S.  Treasury secretary speaks in CNBC interview early Monday

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urged the Justice Department to review the power that large technology firms such as Google have over the U.S. economy.

A 60 Minutes segment on Sunday devoted to assertions that Alphabet Inc.s Google wields a destructive monopoly in online search hammered home the notion of the companys dominance during a time of heightened public concern with technology giants. The report didnt include new allegations about the company.

These issues deserve to be reviewed carefully, Mnuchin said in a CNBC interview early Monday in response to a question about the CBS News report. These are issues the Justice Department needs to look at seriously, not for any one company, but as these technology companies have a greater and greater impact on the economy.

The report highlighted how critics and rivals, such as Yelp Inc., are trying to bring Europes antitrust approach to Google to the U.S. Margrethe Vestager, the European Union competition commissioner, told CBS that she is intent on stopping Googles illegal behavior in web search, suggesting that the regulator isnt appeased by the companys proposed solution for the hefty charges the EU filed last year.

You have to look at the power they have and its something the Justice Department I hope takes a serious look at, Mnuchin said, though he added that issues of monopolies are out of my lane and that its up to the Justice Department to review antitrust violations.

CBS featured guests who argued Google abuses its dominance in search and search advertising. It didnt show any evidence that U.S. lawmakers or enforcement agencies will target the company, according to a transcript. Nor did the segment mention the potenti...

02:40

South Africa Cato Crest: Blockades at Vusi Mzimela Road and Jan Smuts Highway Enough is Enough!

South Africa: Today at 3 am Abahlali baseMjondolo in Cato Crest took to the street and blockaded Vusi Mzimela Road and the Jan Smuts Highway.

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

South Africa: Abahlali took to the streets in Cato Crest this morning

Today at 3 am Abahlali baseMjondolo in Cato Crest took to the street and blockaded Vusi Mzimela Road and the Jan Smuts Highway. 

For a long time the community has been side-lined by the Ward Councillor when it comes to providing basic services, including those which are urgently required for basic human dignity and safety. The community has been living in the area without electricity, proper water and toilets. People are raising children in these dangerous conditions.

Earlier this year the current Mayor Zandile Gumede promised to speed up the process of providing electricity and sanitation in the settlement. These were empty promises. Politicians continue to lie to people to get their votes and then send in the police to attack people when they demand what was promised to them in the first place by politicians.

This is the very community where we lost Nqobile Nzuza, a 17-year-old girl who was brutally murdered by the police. This is the community where Nkululeko Gwala, the chairperson of Abahlali in the area, was assassinated

The Municipality continues to defy Abahlali. They dont regard the people of Cato Crest as human beings. We are seen as rubbish. The politicians are only interested in our votes, they are not interested in our dignity, or even our lives. 

The protest forced the officials from the Municipality arrived to address the community. The community were very clear that the politicians were continuing their lies.

The community in Cato Crest is sick and tired of being lied to by politicians. They want services to be provided to them now. Instead of providing services the Municipality continues to try and weaken the community by dividing them. They say that people from Eastern Cape must go back to their province if they want...

02:30

Civilization Jihad in the USA: The Practicum The Counter Jihad Report

Gates of Vienna, by Baron Bodissey, May 18, 2018: The process of settlement is a Civilization-Jihadist Process with all the word means. The Ikhwan must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and Continue reading

02:30

Erdogan in Bosnia: Are you ready to demonstrate strength of European Turks? Are you ready to give an Ottoman slap? Jihad Watch

Are you ready to demonstrate to the whole world the strength of European Turks? Are you ready to give the terrorist organisations and their local and foreign henchmen an Ottoman slap? Of course, by terrorist organizations Erdogan means the Kurds and others whom the Turks are targeting. But what does he mean by an Ottoman []

02:21

Our Healthcare System Is So Broken, Even Non-Profits Are Failing Us PopularResistance.Org

Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, there has been an unprecedented consolidation in the healthcare industry. Giant medical corporations are investing in "vertical integration," which basically means they own everything, including the hospitals, doctor's practices, long term care centers, pharmacies, insurances (both public and private), and more. This gives corporations the power to have control over hospitals and health professionals. Their interest is a healthy bottom line, not the health of patients and communities.

02:08

Strongest sanctions in history: Pompeo issues 12 demands to Iran, vows unprecedented pressure Aletho News

RT | May 21, 2018 Tehran will struggle to keep its economy alive if it does not comply with a list of 12 US demands, including Iranian withdrawal from Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed on Monday. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing Washington think tank, Pompeo laid out a list of 12 []

02:06

US-China trade agreements are face-saving and lose-lose, says Moodys chief economist Peace and Freedom

  • Triumphant tones coming from the White House over the weekend are face-saving, Moodys chief economist said Monday.
  • Trade experts have argued that Chinese demand for U.S. products will not sufficiently increase to the point where it would significantly up its purchases of American goods.
  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Sunday that a looming trade war was on hold as the worlds two largest economies work toward reducing the U.S.-China trade deficit.

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Triumphant tones coming from the White House over the weekend are inconsequential, Moodys chief economist said Monday, deflating hopes that the U.S. is gaining major ground in its negotiations with China aimed at averting a trade war.

I think its a lose-lose. There are no winners here, Mark Zandi told CNBCs Squawk Box Europe on Monday. This is face-saving, because clearly theyre not going come to terms on anything at least, not in the near-team.

Zandi was referring to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchins announcement Sunday that a looming trade war was on hold as the worlds two largest economies agreed to drop their tariff threats and discuss parameters for a wider trade agreement.

China consented to continue discussing measures under which it would purchase more U.S. products in order to reduce the $335 billion annual trade deficit between the two, but no specific dollar number was put forward. Zandi pointed to this as evidence that neither Washington nor Beijing had a plan, nor did either know what it specifically was they wanted from the ongoing talks.

When you get right down to it, what exactly are they going to do? Are they going lower the Chinese-U.S. bilateral trade deficit? Its just not going to happen. Theyre kicking it down the road because they really dont know what they want, Zandi said.

A silly debate argument

President Donald Trump had initially set out a demand that China close its trade surplus by $200 billion, to which...

01:57

Spy agencies warn Turkish president of assassination attempt during Bosnia visit intelNews.org

A number of European intelligence agencies have reportedly warned the Turkish government of a possible assassination attempt against the countrys president, Recep Tayyip Erdoan, during an official state visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

01:56

New War Opponents Foreign Policy Journal

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01:55

Sweden to Issue If Crisis or War Comes Booklet For First Time in Decades Aletho News

Sputnik 21.05.2018 The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) will issue a new pamphlet on public preparedness and security with guidelines to teach people how to behave in crisis situations, during terror attacks or in the event of war after a 57-year-long break. From May 28 to June 3 MSB will begin distributing the pamphlet []

01:54

Letter from Iran: Mr. Trump, you have been served Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

South front May 19, 2018 by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with the Asia Times by special agreement with the author) Top officials, including former CIA officers, Pentagon officials, US Army officers and former diplomats demand explanation of Israeli actions By Pepe Escobar May 19, 2018 11:57 AM (UTC+8) In a letter addressed to President Donald Trump, with copies to the International []

01:44

Call for Coup in Saudi Arabia: Dissident Prince Urges Uncles to Seize Power The Anti-Media

Saudi ArabiaPrince Khaled: I have received a large number of emails from within the police and army in support of my call. (MEE)  A dissident Saudi prince has called on his uncles to depose King Salman and take over the country. Prince Khaled bin Farhan made the appeal to Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz and Prince Muqrin bin []

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Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, May 22, 2018 God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Peace and Freedom

Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you

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Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me.

Tuesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 342

Reading 1 JAS 4:1-10

Beloved:
Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from?
Is it not from your passions that make war within your members?
You covet but do not possess.
You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;
you fight and wage war.
You do not possess because you do not ask.
You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly,
to spend it on your passions.
Adulterers!
Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God?
Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world
makes himself an enemy of God.
Or do you suppose that the Scripture speaks without meaning when it says,
The spirit that he has made to dwell in us tends toward jealousy?
But he bestows a greater grace; therefore, it says:
God resists the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.
So submit yourselves to God.
Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners,
and purify your hearts, you of two minds.
Begin to lament, to mourn, to weep.
Let your laughter be turned into mourning
and your joy into dejection.
Humble yourselves before the Lord
and he will exalt you.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 55:7-8, 9-10A, 10B-11A, 23

R. (23a) Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
And I say, Had I but wings like a dove,
I would fly away and be at rest.
Far away I would flee;
I would lodge in the wilderness.
R. Throw your cares on the Lord, and he will support you.
I would wait for him who saves me
from the violent storm and...

01:33

The Dispossession of Canadas First Nations and the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Dissident Voice

Imagine that a group of bandits entered your house without permission and booted you and your family members out. Afterwards the bandits continue to occupy the house, but they graciously allow you and your family to stay in the cellar. Would you accept such a state of affairs? Would you not want your house back in its entirety? And would you not want the usurpers evicted?

Now imagine that the usurpers had some dubious code of honor whereby if they made any alterations to the stolen abode that they must consult with the original home occupants. Moreover, if the displaced first occupants sought to legally challenge their dispossession or alterations to their former domicile, the usurpers would graciously cover the legal expenses of the dispossessed original occupants from the largess of the goods befallen the usurpers through acts of dispossessing others. Of course, the legal proceeding is controlled by the usurpers and ruled according to usurpers law with judges appointed by the usurpers.

No intelligent person denies that the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America) were the original inhabitants. In fact, they precede the coming of Norsemen, Christopher Columbus, John Cabot, and conquistadors by several millennia. Yet the Catholic Church of later seafarers decreed (in the papal bull Inter Caetera, 1493) that non-believers were savages and that their territory would belong to European monarchs. This was largely overturned by the papal bull Sublimis Deus in 1537.

One might have thought that humankind would have evolved morally such that the egregious crimes of centuries ago would not be perpetuated in the 21st century. Nonetheless, at the very least, human morality wouldnt devolve, would it?

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In Canada, the American pipeline conglomerate Kinder Morgan desires to multiply the amount of fossil fuel carried from the province of Alberta to the British Columbia harbor city of Vancouver. Many First Nations and a multitude of British Columbians are opposed to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain project.

While the NDP-Green Party coalition in BC is opposed to the pipeline project, the federal government has approved it. However, chicanery has been unveiled in the process that led to federal approval.

Investigative...

01:32

Hundreds of New Yorkers take to the streets in support of Gaza Mondoweiss

New Yorkers turned Times Square into a ground for dissent Friday afternoon, taking to the streets in support of Palestinians actively resisting Israeli occupation and dispossession.

More than 200 joined the mobilization organized by NY4Palestine, to mark a confluence of somber events: seventy years of Nakba, the unprecedented move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and Israels recent massacre of scores of Palestinians in Gaza.

Since March 30, tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza have participated in the Great Return March, demanding their right to return to the land Zionist militias seized and in 1948 declared the state of Israel.

Raja Abdulhaq makes impassioned speech at Palestine solidarity rally, calling out both Republicans and Democrats for their many broken promises to Palestinians. (Photo: Jesse Rubin)

All [Palestinians are] doing is demanding their right to return, a right that is recognized by the international community said Fatin Jarar of the Al-awda Right to Return Coalition. They have just been going on the streets and marching and the response has been outrageous, its been brutal, its been sickening.

According to numbers compiled by the Ministry of Health, Israel has killed a total of 120 protesters since the Great March of Return began on March 30th, among them civilians, medics, journalists, and minors. At no point did the protest pose any tangible threat to Israels border or sovereignty.

The international community has proffered widespread, if not hollow, condemnation of Israels human rights violations in Gaza.

In the United States however, both the Trump administration and most Democrats have defended the mowing down of peaceful protestors, parroting the Israeli government line which justifies killing unarmed civilians by characterizing them as members of Hamas. At the height of the killings, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an impromptu trip to stand in solidarity with Israel, even as the number of wounded Palestinians passed 10,000.

Jarar stressed that NY4Palestine is founded on the principle of supporting the fundamental right of Palestinians under military occupation to resist by whatever means necessary.

(Photo: Jesse Rubin)

They...

01:32

The Balkan route took a new turn: Next stop #Bosnia Enough is Enough!

The Balkan route took a new turn , more than 3000 people came to Bosinia since January. On Saturday Riot Turtle will travel to Bosnia with people of the Cars of Hope collective.

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.

After almost all European states closed their borders, the Balkan route once again took a new turn. European state leaders seem to think that walls and fences will keep people away, but they underestimate the creativity of human beings. They only thing the policies of European governments produce is more suffering and more deaths.

More than 3000 peoplecame to Bosnia since January. From Greece more and more people pass through Albania, where autorities normally dont register people after they arrived. From Albania they move to Montenegro. Are You Syrious (AYS) reported earlier this month that a Small local feminist activist orgaization Bona Fide in Pljevlja, Montenegro, provides support to those who are travelling. This small local group started helping people who were crossing through their city in February this year.

We noticed a group of young men one evening, and after we approached them we learned that they are coming from Syria, over Turkey, Greece, and Albania, Sabina Talovi from Bona Fide told AYS.

Most people leave Montenegro again and travel to Bosnia. The other route for people to enter Bosnia is from Serbia. Some of them come from camps in Serbia, but most people come from Bulgaria and only crossed Serbia on their way to Bosnia.

For most people its getting increasingly hard to get to northern Europe. The massive police violence of the Croatian police at the border with Serbia and Bosnia continues.

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01:30

Saudi Arabia detains activists who pushed to end ban on women driving Jihad Watch

This one goes out to all you MBS fans who thought that the Crown Prince was finally ushering in the dawn of moderate Islam in Saudi Arabia. In reality, he is overseeing reforms to a certain extent, as he wants to attract foreign investment and secure President Trumps support against the Islamic Republic of Iran. []

01:24

Pompeo as imperial proconsul Sic Semper Tyrannis

"Pompeos list of 12 requirements included many that Iran is highly unlikely to consider. He said Iran must stop enrichment of uranium, which was allowed within strict limitations under the 2015 deal. Iran must also allow nuclear unqualified access to...

01:17

Maduro re-elected Venezuelan president; rival candidate challenges results Aletho News

Press TV May 21, 2018 Nicolas Maduro has been re-elected for a second term in office as Venezuelas president in an election rejected as illegitimate by his main rival, who has also demanded that a repeat vote be held later this year. With more than 90 percent of the ballots cast in Sundays presidential []

01:05

Yes, Virginia, There is a Deep State Aletho News

By Thomas L. Knapp | The Garrison Center | May 20, 2018 Since the Russiagate probe began, US president Donald Trump and his supporters have used lots of bandwidth raging against what they refer to as the Deep State. Does the Deep State exist? If so, what is it, and are its forces arrayed specifically []

00:54

US threatens to 'crush' Iran, outlines 12-point list for 'new deal' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened Iran with 'unprecedented financial pressure' if it fails to curb its activities

00:49

Paraguay: Is Israel's latest 'best friend' also a Hezbollah haven? Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Lebanese residents of Ciudad del Este, a smuggling and shopping hub on Paraguay's border with Brazil, say they live under 'constant surveillance'

00:45

Likudism invades the academy: continued Zionist attacks on activism and scholarship at SFSU Mondoweiss

San Francisco State University Professor Rabab Abdulhadi and Palestinian scholarship, pedagogy and research are fighting off yet another attack by the Lawfare Project, the Zionist group that maliciously sued her last year. When Judge William Orrick -Northern District of California, threw out the suit against Dr. Abdulhadi, the university, and a group of campus administrators and staff, the judge allowed Lawfare to refile only because court rules require that plaintiffs be given liberal chances to amend their suits. Judge Orricks order made clear that granting the plaintiffs another chance was [o]ut of an abundance of caution. This is Lawfares third effort at suing Dr. Abdulhadi and the other defendants.

In its earlier failed attempts Lawfare tried to blame Dr. Abdulhadi for a boisterous student protest when Jerusalems racist mayor, Nir Barkat spoke on campus at a Hillel-sponsored event. Hillel brought bogus complaints of anti-Semitic bias against the students and demanded that the university punish them. When Hillel was denied a table at a campus Know Your Rights fair nearly a year later, Hillel again claimed this was anti-Semitic, even though Jewish Voice for Peace had a prominent table at the event. As one student organizer observed Providing a table to Hillel, whose conduct has threatened the safety of campus Palestinians and other advocates for justice in Palestine, is akin to giving a table to ICE at a gathering of undocumented communities, or having the Ferguson Police Chief table at an event discussing police brutality against black teenagers.

Rabab Abdulhadi arguing for BDS at the annual meeting of the National Womens Studies Association in San Juan, Puerto Rico, following the Israeli massacre in Gaza in the summer of 2014.

In throwing out this malicious lawsuit Judge Orrick cautioned Lawfare that before it made its third attempt to sue Dr. Abdulhadi, it had to state actual facts rather than simply accusing her of anti-Semitism without any evidence. The federal court indicated that Lawfares McCarthyite guilt-by-association tactics would not work,...

00:37

Democrats Confirm Torturer as Director of CIA Foreign Policy Journal

The CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia (Carol M. Highsmith Archives collection at the Library of Congress)

00:35

Cartoonist Fired From German Newspaper Over Netanyahu Drawing The Anti-Media

German Cartoonist(MEMO)  A leading German daily fired a cartoonist over anti-semitic views on Friday after he drew a caricature of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The cartoon by Dieter Hanitzsch showed Netanyahu carrying a missile in his hand. He is dressed up as Israeli singer Netta Barzilai, who won this years Eurovision contest. A speech bubble on top says: Next []

00:33

EXCLUSIVE: UK will use US embassy in Jerusalem despite condemning move Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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British diplomats will attend meetings at the new American mission despite boycotting its opening ceremony

00:26

End Robert Muellers investigation: Michael Mukasey Peace and Freedom

It sounds harmless to suggest that the Mueller investigation be allowed more time to finish its work. But is it?

Lets review some history.

Recall that the investigation was begun to learn whether the Trump campaign had gotten help unlawfully from Russia. Justice Department regulations permit appointment of a special counsel only if (i) there is reason to think that a federal crime has been committed, and (ii) investigating it would present a conflict of interest for the Justice Department or there is another overriding public reason to take the investigation outside DOJ.

By Michael Mukasey
USA Today

May 20, 2018

Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had worked on the Trump campaign, he recused himself from the matter, and so the deputy Rod Rosenstein took the decision to appoint a special counsel. The regulations require that such an appointment recite the facts justifying the conclusion that a federal crime was committed, and specify the crime. However, the initial appointment of Robert Mueller did neither, referring instead to a national security investigation that a special counsel has no authority to pursue.

OUR VIEW: Muellers investigation is so serious, lets hope he finishes soon

Although Rosenstein apparently tried to correct his mistake in a new appointment memo, he has thus far refused to disclose, even to a federal judge, a complete copy of it. In other investigations supposedly implicating a president Watergate and Whitewater come to mind we were told what the crime was and what facts justified the investigation. Not here.

00:08

Detained Saudi women's rights activists could face death penalty - report Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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00:00

Robert Spencer in FrontPage: Leftist Privilege: Poisoned in Iceland A Year Ago, No One Arrested Jihad Watch

Unless youre a Leftist, youll get no justice in Iceland. My latest in FrontPage: Just over a year ago, a young Icelandic Leftist poisoned me in Reykjavik after I gave a lecture on the jihad threat. In the hospital thereafter, a Leftist doctor neglected to perform basic tests on me, such that I could have []

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23:58

U.S. Lays Out Demands for New Iran Deal Peace and Freedom

Mike Pompeo calls on Iran to stop enriching all uranium, halt support for militant groups

May 21, 2018 9:25 a.m. ET

WASHINGTONThe Trump administration escalated its demands on Iran on Monday, putting Tehran on notice that any new nuclear deal would require it to stop enriching all uranium and halt its support for militant groups in the region.

The administrations demands were outlined in a speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which for the first time spelled out all of the administrations requirements for a new agreement.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/mike-pompeo-lays-out-next-steps-on-iran-1526909126

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Pompeo Says U.S. To Impose Strongest Sanctions In History Against Iran

Last Updated: May 21, 2018 13:36 GMT
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about Iran sanctions at the Heritage Foundation in Washington on May 21.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks about Iran sanctions at the Heritage Foundation in Washington on May 21.
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23:57

Map Comparison: Military Situation In Damascus Countryside In 2012 And 2018

These maps allow to compare the military situation in the Damascus countryside in 2012 and 2018. On May 21, 2018, Syrian government forces liberated the Yarmouk refugee camp and nearby areas from ISIS and fully secured the Syrian capital. MORE HERE

Map Comparison: Military Situation In Damascus Countryside In 2012 And 2018

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23:49

Trump shares quote ripping Brennan: This guy is the genesis of this whole debacle Peace and Freedom

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President Donald Trump on Monday shared a quote from a former Secret Service agent and conservative commentator, Dan Bongino, who slammed former CIA director John Brennan.

By MALLORY SHELBOURNE
The Hill

John Brennan is panicking. He has disgraced himself, he has disgraced the Country, he has disgraced the entire Intelligence Community. He is the one man who is largely responsible for the destruction of Americans faith in the Intelligence Community and in some people at the..top of the FBI. Trump wrote on Twitter.Brennan started this entire debacle about President Trump. We now know that Brennan had detailed knowledge of the (phony) Dossierhe knows about the Dossier, he denies knowledge of the Dossier, he briefs the Gang of 8 on the Hill about the Dossier, which.they then used to start an investigation about Trump, the president added.

While Trump was using Bonginos comments, he added in his own commentary by labeling the controversial dossier as phony.

It is that simple. This guy is the genesis of this whole Debacle. This was a Political hit job, this was not an Intelligence Investigation. Brennan has disgraced himself, hes worried about staying out of Jail. Dan Bongino, Trump said.

The president appeared to be loosely quoting Bongino from an appearance he made early Monday on Fox & Friends.

Bongino hosts his own podcast, called The Dan Bongino Show, and has unsuccessfully run for the House and Senate several times. He is also a host for NRATV.

Brennan, who served as the CIA chief during former President Barack Obamas second term, has publicly criticized Trump.

Mr. Trump: Your hypocrisy knows no bounds. Jim Clapper is a man of integrity, honesty, ethics, & morality. You are not, Brennan wrote on Twitter late last month, referring to former Director of National Intelligence ...

23:38

Arizona Planning for Exodus of Californians to State in Event of Major Quake cryptogon.com

Via: NBC: Government agencies, businesses and other organizations in Arizona plan to participate in an exercise to practice how the state would respond to a migration of 400,000 people following a catastrophic earthquake in Southern California. The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs says participants in the National Mass Care Exercise in the coming []

23:30

Saudi Arabia, UAE make plans for Socotra, Yemen's island of the dragon blood tree Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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The UAE arrived on the "Galapagos of the Indian Ocean to help out after a cyclone - and then decided to stay

23:22

U.S. Stock Futures Jump With Dollar on Trade Truce Peace and Freedom

The dollar strengthened against most major peers and U.S. equity futures rallied as the worlds two largest economies appeared to step back from the brink of a trade war. Treasury yields climbed, and European shares advanced.

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The greenback rose after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. was putting the trade war on hold, amid progress in talks with China. The euro headed for a sixth day of declines after Italys two populist parties closed in on a pick for prime minister, while Italian bonds extended their decline. Media companies and retailers led advances in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index, though a number of countries are out for a holiday. U.S. oil futures handed back earlier gains after touching the highest level since 2014.

The latest agreement suggests that in the end logic will prevail between the U.S. and China, said Athanasios Vamvakidis, Bank of America Merrill Lynch global head of G10 FX strategy, in an interview on Bloomberg Television. This is good news for the dollar.

The easing protectionist tensions will offer some respite to traders as they grapple with the impact of rising Treasury yields and a stronger dollar. But the week ahead is loaded with risk events, including releases of the latest meeting minutes from both the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank, a slew of debt sales from the U.S., and preliminary purchasing manager indexes from the euro zone. Meanwhile, geopolitical stress lingers, with South Koreas president visiting Washington to discuss North Korea and Brexit negotiations ongoing.

Elsewhere, emerging-market currencies continued to come under pressure, with Turkeys lira falling more than 2 percent. Gold touched the lowest level this year.

Terminal users can read more in Bloombergs M...

23:18

US anti-tank missiles found at former Al-Nusra facility in Syria Russian MoD Aletho News

RT | May 21, 2018 US-made TOW anti-tank missiles, along with other weapons, have been found in facilities once controlled by Al-Nusra militants in Syrias Homs province, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The trove was located in a former observation point of the Al-Nusra Front terrorist group in the liberated Zaafaran settlement in Homs province, []

23:16

Lawyer Giuseppe Conte tipped to be Italys new populist PM Peace and Freedom

A largely unknown lawyer and law professor, far removed from the cut-throat world of Italian politics, Giuseppe Conte is the favourite to lead the countrys nascent populist government.

Luigi Di Maio, head of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, and far-right league leader Matteo Salvini are to present their choice for prime minister in separate meetings with President Sergio Mattarella beginning at 1530 GMT.

AFP/File | Leader of Italys populist Five Star Movement Luigi Di Maio had named Giuseppe Conte, seen on the right, as one of his ministers in March, with the press speculating he will be named prime minister

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Mattarella has to agree on a prime minister with the parties before they can seek approval for their new government in parliament.

The pair have remained tight-lipped over their pick, but ahead of Mondays crucial meeting, the Italian media have gambled on 54-year-old Conte.

Born in 1964 in the tiny village of Volturara Appula in the southern region of Puglia, Conte has had an impressive career in law and academia.

Di Maio had presented Conte as part of his team of ministers ahead of the March 4 general election, putting him charge of simplifying the countrys infamous bureaucracy.

That was the general publics first and so far only encounter with Conte, who was subsequently invisible in the government talks that followed the inconclusive election, which later saw Five Star and the League striking a coalition government deal.

Contes CV includes study and research positions at some of the worlds most prestigious universities, including Cambridge University, the Sorbonne and New York University.

He runs a law studio in Rome, and currently teaches private law courses in Florence and at Luiss University in the capital.

He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Space Agency, a legal consultant to the Rome Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the supervisory board of a number of insurance companies in bankruptcy proceedings.

 

23:16

Rebel Cities 4: In Warsaw, Rights To The City Means Clean Air And Affordable Homes PopularResistance.Org

We fight for a fair, more resident-friendly and greener city, which follows the principles of sustainable development," explained Justyna Kociska, board member of Warsaw's municipalist organization Miasto jest Nasze. Miasto jest Nasze means City is Ours. Started in 2013 by social activists, it is now a urban movement spreading from the capital across Poland. Kociska continued: "Since 2013, City is Ours has been actively searching for solutions to problems such as chaotic urban planning and architectural policy, and the deficiencies of the transport network and infrastructure in this rapidly developing city."

23:10

Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all The FBI and the Justice Department broke their own rules Peace and Freedom

The deep state is in a deep state of desperation. With little time left before the Justice Department inspector generals report becomes public, and with special counsel Robert Mueller having failed to bring down Donald Trump after a year of trying, they know a reckoning is coming.

This is about cleaning out and reforming the deep state

 Mueller grilled pharma giant that paid $400K to Trump lawyer

23:06

Grandfather Scales Tree, Erects Mid-Air Camp To Stop Kinder Morgan Clear-Cutting PopularResistance.Org

Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver)  Early this morning Terry Christenson, a 70-year old Grandfather of two, and former Juno nominee, scaled a tree on the inside of Kinder Morgans fence (Westridge terminal side) and erected a mid-air camp suspended from its trunk. Terry constructed the high-flying structure to stop Kinder Morgans proposed tree clearing which is being done to enable the companys drilling through Burnaby Mountain. This pipeline does not have consent of the Indigenous Nations it would pass through. It would endanger the livelihoods and economies of all those that depend on an oil free coast and I for one wont stand by and let it happen, said Terry Christenson. Im taking this action to protect my grandchildrens future. I care about this land, this coast and I wont let it be destroyed all so a Texas oil company can increase its profit share.

23:06

BBC WS radios Newshour and the split screen part four BBC Watch

In previous posts we looked at how the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem and the rioting along the Gaza Strip-Israel border were portrayed as they happened in the May 14th afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio flagship news and current affairs programme Newshour (available here).

BBC WS radios Newshour and the split screen part one

BBC WS radios Newshour and the split screen part two

BBC WS radios Newshour and the split screen part three

In this post we will look at what BBC audiences worldwide were told in real-time about the context to the poorly portrayed violence along that border.

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22:58

Map Update: Military Situation In Damascus Countryside Following Liberation Of Yarmouk

This map provides a look at the military situation in the Damscus countryside following the liberation of the Yarmouk refugee camp and the district of Hajar Aswad-Tadamon in southern Damascus from ISIS. MORE DETAILS

Map Update: Military Situation In Damascus Countryside Following Liberation Of Yarmouk

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22:52

Freedom Flotilla To Gaza Vessels In Copenhagen May 20-21 PopularResistance.Org

The Freedom Flotilla ship AlAwda (The Return), together with Ship to Gaza Swedenvessels Hurriya (Freedom) and Mairead (named for Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire who has previously sailed on three missions against the blockade of Gaza) are in Copenhagen on Sunday May 20 and Monday May 21. They will be joined later by another Swedish boat, Falestine(Palestine), and all four vessels will visit many European ports on their way to challenge the illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza in late July. The Freedom Flotilla is sailing in 2018 for the right to a just future for Palestine. We challenge the Israeli blockade and to demand an end to our governments complicity with Israels war crimes and violation of human rights.

22:47

Killing Gaza Captures Culture Of Resistance PopularResistance.Org

Westerners witnessed Israels massacre of protesters at the culmination of Gazas Great March of Return on 14 May mostly through bytes of imagery transmitted onto flat screens and smartphones. They saw montages of horse-drawn carts carrying bloodied bodies and zig-zagging through thick clouds of teargas, flashes of young men charging at the high-tech fences and militarized fortifications that hold their lives in a soul-sapping stasis, rescue workers overwhelmed by the sheer number of casualties, and grainy footage of snipers in olive drab hunting their prey with laser range finders and terminating 62 lives with the flick of a trigger.

22:39

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Faces Civil Rights Complaint After Key Permit Is Blocked PopularResistance.Org

A federal court has invalidated a key permit for the Atlantic Coast pipeline project, a step that could give civil rights advocates more time to build their environmental justice case against the $6 billion project to carry natural gas from West Virginia to North Carolina. Opponents of the Atlantic Coast pipeline allege the Dominion Energy-led project would have a disproportionate impact on people of color living along its route. A group of community and statewide advocacy groups in North Carolina, along with the national Friends of the Earth, filed a complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's External Civil Rights Compliance Office on Tuesday asking the agency to overturn North Carolina state permits for the pipeline and for a new environmental justice analysis of it.

22:32

After year of investigation, Trump can rightly claim some vindication (No Wonder Hillary Is Bitter The CIA and FBI Let Her Down) Peace and Freedom

 

Former Secretary of State and former Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds up a Russian fur hat, an ushanka, with a Soviet era hammer and sickle emblem, to the Yale College class of 2018 during her Class Day address at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., Sunday, May 20, 2018. As a tradition, Yale students and faculty wear humorous and playful hats during a Senior Class Day ceremony. (Peter Hvizdak/New Haven Register via AP) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

It was called Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI counterintelligence operation that targeted Trump figures as part of the investigation into possible campaign ties to Russia. It was a poignant choice of a Rolling Stones song, Jumpin Jack Flash, that describes a man born in a crossfire hurricane who howled at the morning driving rain.

By Jonathan Turley
The Hill

https://johnib.wordpress.com/2018/05/21/after-year-of-investigation-trump-can-rightly-claim-some-vindication-no-wonder-hillery-is-bitter-the-cia-and-fbi-let-her-down/

It could be an apt description of Donald Trumps presidential campaign. After a year of media denials of his claims of surveillance targeting his campaign, Trump can legitimately claim some vindication. Indeed, with his rising poll numbers, the president must feel, in th...

22:30

Islamicize Me Day 5: Dunk Your Flies! Jihad Watch

On Day 5, the gang learns about Muhammads command to dunk flies in their food! To visit Vocabs channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/vocabmalone To visit Jons channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1ok PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=3615911 TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Acts17 FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php? MINDS: https://www.minds.com/Acts17Apologetics WEBSITE: http://www.acts17.net

22:28

New Zealand: Northlanders Living in Cars as Housing Crisis Hits Hard cryptogon.com

We had a couple with five children turn up to Playcentre. Theyre living in tents. They fled Wellington with a plan to build some sort of shack on a small piece of land that they bought a couple of valleys over from us. Until that happens: Tents. Both mum and dad had been in the []

22:25

State Sets Massive Precedent, Passes Law To Effectively Ban The NSA PopularResistance.Org

It hangs up a sign on Michigans door saying, No violation of the Fourth Amendment, look elsewhere, Howrylak said. Democrats, as well as Republicans, would certainly stand very strong in our position on what this law means. While Howrylak said he thinks the law makes a strong court case saying this is what the state intends, he hopes other states will join in by passing similar legislation, in an effort to cripple the NSAs illegal activities. Next month marks 5 years since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden released a trove of classified documents revealing that the United States government was routinely collecting metadata from innocent American citizens without warrants, and using national security to justify its actions.

22:19

Police Union Is Lobbying To Expand Powers To Tase People Who Dont Pose A Threat PopularResistance.Org

The San Francisco Police Officers Association is aggressively pushing a ballot measure that would allow police to use tasers on members of the public even if they aren't violently resisting. If passed, the citys police officers would be able to electrocute people who pose no physical threat or resist arrest as a result of mental illness. Last November, San Franciscos Police Commission approved tasers for the citys police. This March, it finalized a policy for how those tasers should be used. That policy, which is backed by Police Chief Bill Scott and San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell, requires police to implement de-escalation tactics before using their tasers. However, the San Francisco Police Officers Association, with a membership of roughly 2,200, believes that these criteria are too narrow.

22:15

Yoda: Deep Throat II Fat Boy aka Cambridge Zero Stefan Halper Outed as FBIs Penetration of Trump Campaign UPDATE 1 Public Intelligence Blog

Shades of Java the Hutt the Deep States fat boy, former Iran-Contra banker, former Dirty Trickster against Jimmy Carter for Ronald Reagan, married into CIA, paid by the Pentagon, used by the FBI against our President, with a Turkish joy girl as his assistant paid to seduce marks? Cambridge Zero, not to be compared to the Cambridge Five.

Four links and commentary below the fold.

20180517 EXCLUSIVE: Cambridge Prof With CIA, MI6 Ties Met With Trump Adviser During Campaign, Beyond

20160518 Informant Spied on Trump Campaign Before the FBI Officially Began Its Probe

20180519 Cambridge professor outed as FBI informant inside Trump campaign

20180519 The FBI Informant Who Monitored the Trump Campaign, Stefan Halper, Oversaw a CIA Spying Operation in the 1980 Presidential Election

20180521 Say hello to the FBI mole inside the Trump campaign

20180521 Who Is Stefan Halper? Meet the FBI Informant Inside Trumps 2016 Campaign

Tip of the Hat to  Contributing Editor Berto Jongman for Sorcha Faal narrative

Phi Beta Iota: Fat Boy as President Donald Trump will no doubt label him, is the quintessential Deep State errand boy.  A careful reading of the various articles make it clear that he came up through the neo-conservative pro-Zionist ranks, was rewarded with a bank leadership position (print your own money) and is now parked in Cambridge where gay Satanists and all manner of traitors are free to romp with the children of the elit...

22:13

The FBI Informant Who Wasnt Spying Peace and Freedom

A secret source insinuated himself with Trump campaign officials. Ho hum.

The FBI Informant Who Wasnt Spying
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Well, what do you know. The Federal Bureau of Investigation really did task an informant to insinuate himself with Trump campaign advisers in 2016. Our Kimberley Strassel reported this two weeks ago without disclosing a name.

We now have all but official confirmation thanks to current and former government officials who contributed to apologias last week in the New York Times and Washington Post. And please dont call the informant a spy. A headline on one of the Times stories says the F.B.I. Used Informant to Investigate Russia Ties to Campaign, Not to Spy, as Trump Claims.

Well let readers parse that casuistic distinction, which is part of a campaign by the FBI and Justice Department to justify their refusal to turn over to the House Intelligence Committee documents related to the informant. Justice and the FBI claim this Capitol Hill oversight would blow the cover of this non-spy and even endanger his life. Yet these same stories have disclosed so many specific details about the informant whom we dare not call a spy that you can discover the name of the likeliest suspect in a single Google search.

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22:12

Battling The Indignities Of Detroits Water Shut-Offs PopularResistance.Org

I never considered myself a politically active type. In fact, I abhorred politics for three decades. But about 25 years ago, I realized that I couldnt fight my personal health insurance issues without dealing with the many other human rights issues Id heard people debate on C-Span not realizing how they were affecting my life. So I got involved with my local Democratic party here in Detroit, then in fighting for school reform. After that, I began speaking out as a volunteer advocate for people who face water shut-offs because they couldnt afford to pay their bills. This issue is finally making national headlines, but the city previously shut off Detroiters water 10 years ago, when large numbers of Detroiters began to struggle with the citys high water rates. The city council passed an affordability plan that adjusted water rates based on a percentage of income.

22:12

Arabic press review: Qatar considers paying Gaza workers Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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22:07

An Arab Plan B for Containing Iran Peace and Freedom

 

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Plan A was the nuclear deal. Thats over. Now key Gulf states want the U.S. to flex more muscle.

May 21, 2018, 12:01 AM EDT
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President Donald Trumps withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal didnt draw much international applause, but three U.S. allies in the Middle East  Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates  warmly welcomed the move.

Israel had long said that the deal didnt do enough to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power, and Gulf Arab countries believed it gave Iran cover for an intensified campaign of destabilizing the Arab world. And they have plenty of ideas when it comes to drawing up a Plan B for a U.S.-led containment campaign against Iran.

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Houthi rebels launch an Iranian made ballistic missile into Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia and the UAE never shared President Barack Obamas conviction that engagement and sanctions relief could moderate Irans...

22:06

Palestinian foreign minister to press ICC on Israeli war crimes probe Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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22:05

The Surprising Popularity Of Far Left Policies PopularResistance.Org

There were a couple of other candidates who were categorized as far left by affiliation. In the Pittsburgh area, Summer Lee and an unnamed Sara Innamorato were described as card-carrying members of the Democratic Socialists of Americausing a phrase popularized by Sen. Joe McCarthys claim that he had the names of 57 card-carrying members of the Communist Party. Scott Wallace in Pennsylvania was described as the grandson of Henry Wallace, who was Franklin Roosevelts vice president for a term, and then ran against Harry Truman, who FDR dumped him for, from the far left in 1948. Aside from Scott Wallaces self-description as a proud progressive and his promise to make America sane again, genealogy was all the Post presented to tie him to the far left.

22:00

Amazon Kindle: Peace in the Middle East: Denuclearizing Israel, Restoring Palestine, and More (Trump Revolution Book 30) Public Intelligence Blog

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Everybody has this wrong Trump is not bluffing and he is not Netanyahus puppet. What has really happened here is that Xi, Trump, and Putin agreed over a year ago to take down the Deep State. The denuclearization of Korea, combined with the destruction of the old banking order, will be followed by the denuclearization of Israel and the restoration of Palestine. We are at the beginning of a 1,000 year period of peace and prosperity for all.

It is difficult for those who are convinced that Trump is a moron, a loose-cannon, a ham-fisted bully, to see that there is a completely different positive interpretation of what Trump is doing in the Middle East. The unification and denuclearization of the Koreas, which no one wanted to believe when I brought that story back from Japan, is the truth-teller. If that is possible, anything is possible.

As China displaces France in Iran, as Iran, Iraq, and Turkey hold secret consultations on what to do about the Kurds (and the Zionists arming and training the Kurds at US expense), as Iran (and perhaps other Middle Eastern states) prepare to reveal the names of all European leaders accepting bribes since the 1990s to betray their respective publics, the time is right for a multinational Middle East Summit for Peace.

Here are the eight topics that I propose Putin discuss, first with Arab leaders as well as the leaders of Turkey and Iran, and then with Xi and Trump. This should be a presidential summit the staffs are inconsequential and an encumbrance.

  1. Denuclearization of the Middle East including Israel
  2. Peace between the Sunnis and the Shiites
  3. Jerusalem and perhaps Mecca as international cities
  4. Restoration of Palestine
  5. Creation of a Kurdish Confederacy (no changes to existing national borders)
  6. Repatriation of all unemployed Muslims from Europe back to Arabia, and reparations for Iraq
  7. Creation of a post-Western post-fossil fuel economy with unlimited desalinated water
  8. Creation of a regional Open Source Agency and network with information and engineering bureaus sufficient to create prosperity for all at 10% the cost of the failed Western economic paradigm.

21:55

Congressman urges US to recognize Syrias Golan as Israeli territory Penny for your thoughts

Coming hot on the heels of the inflammatory embassy move to Jerusalem this type of recognition would simply 'up the game' in the region.

 (PT) A member of Congress has urged the US to recognize Syrias Golan Heights as an Israeli territory after Washington's relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds last week.

Republican Representative Ron DeSantis said in an interview published on Israels Walla news website on Sunday that he had brought the proposal before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, of which he is a member.
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Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria during the 1967 Six-Day War and has continued to occupy two-thirds of the strategically-important territory ever since, in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.
DeSantis also said the proposal is a natural follow-up to the US embassys relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds last Monday.
He noted that as the embassy move would help take Jerusalem al-Quds off the negotiating table, the US recognition of Israels claim to the Golan would clarify it has no intention of forcing Tel Aviv to relinquish the territory.
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21:55

Rising Dollar Sparks Tumult in Emerging Markets Peace and Freedom

U.S. currencys rally puts spotlight on weaknesses in a broad range of emerging-market assets

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May 21, 2018 6:27 a.m. ET

A resurgent dollar is exposing weaknesses in the developing world, pushing investors to unwind long-held bets on emerging-market stocks, bonds and currencies

Ripples from the dollars comeback have spread. Indonesias central bank on Thursday raised interest rates for the first time in four years to arrest a drop in its currency; Hong Kongs monetary authorities last week stepped in to prop up the territorys weakening dollar. The Turkish lira fell to fresh lows against the U.S. dollar, while Brazils real declined to its weakest level in more than two years. The MSCI Emerging Market Index, which measures stock performance, is down 11% from its January highs as of Friday.

Investors have piled into emerging-market stocks and bonds for the last several years, often glossing over important macroeconomic or political issues as they sought returns that dwarfed those found in the developed world. Now that the dollar is strengthening and U.S. yields rising, those shortcomings are becoming more glaring. A rising dollar makes it more difficult for countries to service debt denominated in the U.S. currency, while rising yields diminish the attractiveness of foreign assets.

The markets are now realizing they have to pay attention to fundamentals and assessing which countries are the most vulnerable, said Mark McCormick, North American head of FX strategy at TD Securities.

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21:38

Donald Trump at center stage in Mexican presidential debate Peace and Freedom

US President Donald Trump served as a punching bag in a late Sunday debate among the four leading contenders in Mexicos July 1 presidential election.

Leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, from the MORENA party, faced off against his three rivals in a debate set in the far northern border city of Tijuana that focused on international affairs.

National Electoral Institute/AFP | This handout photo from Mexicos National Electoral Institute (INE) shows the presidential candidates L to R Jaime Rodriguez Calderon, Ricardo Anaya, INE head Lorenzo Cordoba, Jose Antonio Meade, and front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

As expected, the candidates took shots at Trump, whose often incendiary anti-immigrant rhetoric and vows to build a wall on the southern US border have riled up the Mexican electorate.

Lopez Obrador, who surveys show is 20 points ahead of his nearest rival center-right coalition candidate Ricardo Anaya said that if elected he would seek a friendly relationship with Trump, but he will have to respect us.

Anaya attacked President Enrique Pena Nietos decision to invite Trump to Mexico City during the 2016 presidential campaign, which helped boost the real estate magnates foreign policy credibility.

All four candidates including Jose Antonio Meade, third in the polls, with the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and independent Jaime Rodriguez Calderon agreed that Mexico should help Central Americans crossing the country on the way to the US border.

The next Mexican presidential debate is scheduled for June 12.

21:33

To Those Who Work It: Ricardo Flores Magn and the #EZLN Enough is Enough!

The Neo-Zapatistas brought in the New Year of 1994 with an insurrectionary spirit that the Mexican government was all too certain had been stamped out years before. 

Originally written for a Mexican History class. Published (online) by The Anarchist Library. Written by Ian Campbell.

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.

To Those Who Work It: Ricardo Flores Magn and the EZLN

The Neo-Zapatistas brought in the New Year of 1994 with an insurrectionary spirit that the Mexican government was all too certain had been stamped out years before. The Partido Revolucionario Institucional was supposed to be the fulfillment of all revolutionary energy left over from the struggles of the 1910s. Yet while the PRIs politicians spectacularly rang in the New Year, an army of mostly Mayan campesinos was storming San Cristobal de Las Casas and other cities in Southern Mexico with arms in hand. Shocked news media rushed to cover the story, acting as if the Zapatistas were something new instead of part of a long tradition of indigenous, anti-capitalist rebels drawing inspiration from their traditional culture and historical figures like Emiliano Zapata and the anarchist Flores Magn brothers. In the years since the Neo-Zapatista rebellion in 1994, autonomous communities in Chiapas, Mexico have built a society that marks the realization of many of the dreams Ricardo Flores Magn envisioned in 1911. They have rejected electoralism and the state as a vehicle for revolutionary practice, expropriated private property for communal benefit, and built self-governing communities where the ultimate authority lies with the people themselves.

As a small band of guerillas from Mexico City holed up in the mountains, their vanguardist views of social revolution were transformed by their close interactions with Mayan communal custom. They were forced to develop a critique of state power previously voiced by anarchists like Ricardo Flores Magn. The founding cadre of what would become the Ejrcito Zapatista de Liberacin Nacional (EZLN) arrived to the Lacandon Jungle in 1982. Their politics were deeply rooted in the Marxist-Leninist tradition and as a guerilla movement, they had as their central aim the overthrowing [of the] regime and the taking of power by the people.[1] Subcoma...

21:30

Ezili Danto: Windsors Last Gasp The Appropriation of Meghan Markle and Her Blackness to Extend Empire Public Intelligence Blog

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Make no mistake. The royal wedding is a strategic move by the House of Windsor to rebrand and survive

zili Dants brief note on a Black woman marrying into the royal House of Windsor on Malcolm Xs birthday (below the fold)

Sooooo, England doesnt have a Black presence?

I wont give you a litany of the House of Windsors history with genocide, monopoly capitalism, enslavement of Blacks, plunder, pillage, the deceit, weaponized drugs, their imperialism templates, general destruction of Black history, people, information and artifacts worldwide nor Britains current participation in the recolonization of Africa through AFRICOM and Haiti with the UN proxy presence in Haiti. Lets just simplify and ask: What about justice for the Windrush generation? (Go to Britains Windrush generation threatened with deportation Deportation scandal hits thousands who helped rebuild U.K. after WWII https://goo.gl/hZ78MS).

Does the Empires love marriage today, between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, extend love to the Windrush generation in England who, like the 1929 Haitian-Dominicans in the DR, are threatened with civil genocide, ethnic cleansing, and expulsions? Extend to us? Or, is Meghan Markle an Obama with titswhere her personal success is used politically to emphasize the end of racism in England?

What does it mean that Markle maintained her cultural anchor in the middle of all that Buckingham Palace whiteness? That she didnt submerge her Blackness? Wasnt this royal wedding fanfare also a real political and strategic move by the House of Windsor to rebrand and survive? And how should we feel about the lone Black mother, who raised her child alone, standing alone at the wedding? Could Doria Loyce Ragland have followed protocol and, at least, accepted an escort from Buckingham Palaceto celebrate the marriage of her daughter, now the Duchess of Sussex. Where was her Black family, sister girlfriends? Was it choice, courage, feminism or what? These are questions involving the Black woman narrative. All this made the ceremony interesting and unique. But above all, this was also a teaching moment a US story related to the Black Civil-Rights industry integration stories. A mulatto factor/tragic Black elite story about re-entrenching collective Black op...

21:28

Gaza treated with contempt by international community Peace and Freedom

What chance Israeli authorities will ever be held accountable for the killings in Gaza? Will there be a proper, independent investigation of what has transpired since March 30, with Israeli soldiers killing 104 Palestinians and injuring 12,600, many with live fire? One Israeli soldier was injured by a stone, but no doubt accountability was already dished out to the perpetrator with a bullet. We may never know.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh delivers a speech on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on May 18, 2018, at al-Omary mosque in Gaza City. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh delivers a speech on the first Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on May 18, 2018, at al-Omary mosque in Gaza City. (AFP/Mohammed Abed)

By Chris Doyle
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Let us start with a credit card. The theft of a cheap, lousy piece of plastic and its use to withdraw $398 was the sole crime the Israeli authorities admitted to during the entire 22 days of the 2008-2009 war on Gaza. The soldier was sentenced to seven-and-a-half months in a military jail. Israeli forces killed 1,383 Palestinians, more than 80 percent of whom were civilians, schools and hospitals were bombed, and white phosphorous was used, but somehow the only crime Israel admitted was petty theft.

Protesters in Gaza running (Reuters/I. Abu Mustafa)

Stealing money from Palestinians seems to be of greater concern than killing them. One Israeli soldier shot dead a 17-year-old Palestinian at a checkpoint north of Jerusalem and he got just a nine-month jail sentence. He did have to pay $14,000 damages to the family. Elor Azaria, who shot a Palestinian in cold blood as he lay on the ground in Hebron, must feel hard done by as he got a sentence, albeit curiously for manslaughter not murder, of 18 months, which was later reduced to 14 and he was released after nine. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not...

21:25

Iran judge tells British woman to expect conviction on 'propaganda' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, already in jail on espionage charge, is told to expect sentence for spreading propaganda, Free Nazanin campaign says

21:21

Iran calls EU efforts to save nuclear deal inadequate Peace and Freedom

Tehran has said Europes attempts to save the 2015 nuclear deal are insufficient. Iran sees a particular problem with European companies halting investment in the country.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Europes attempts to salvage the nuclear deal were inadequate, in comments in Tehran on Sunday.

He said he was particularly concerned by the decisions of various European companies to halt their Iranian operations until the future of sanctions was clear.

Read more: European allies struggle to curb impact of US sanctions

What Zarif said

With the exit of the United States from the nuclear deal, the expectations of the Iranian public towards the European Union have increased and the EU...

21:17

Map Update: Military Situation In Northern Homs Following Liberation Of Rastan Pocket

Syrian government forces are working to secure the area of Rastan in northern Homs, which has been recently liberated from militants under a reconciliation deal reached between the opposition and the Syrian government with Russian help. MORE HERE

Map Update: Military Situation In Northern Homs Following Liberation Of Rastan Pocket

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21:15

Sweden: Man faces hate speech charges for satirizing Sharia punishments Jihad Watch

Hate speech is not an objectively identifiable category. Any criticism of anyone or anything could be characterized as inciting hatred against the object of the criticism. The hate speech classification, as I have often pointed out, is simply a tool of the powerful to silence the powerless. These satirical childrens book covers focus upon matters []

21:13

Facebooks Zuckerberg agrees to live-stream European hearing Peace and Freedom

MEPs had balked at prospect of closed-door session tackling privacy concerns

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks to developers, May 1 Reuters

By Camilla Hodgson 


Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has bowed to pressure and agreed to allow his grilling in front of the European Parliament this week to be live-streamed, the president of the EU body said in a tweet on Monday.
Last week MEPs revolted against plans for Mr Zuckerberg to testify in a closed-door hearing, and demanded the session, due to take place on Tuesday evening, be live-streamed. Earlier in the week, Mr Zuckerberg had agreed to attend a private hearing with at least eight MEPs over Facebooks use of personal data following the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.On Monday morning, Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, said the Facebook founder had agreed to this proposal to webstream the hearing following discussions.I have personally discussed with Facebook CEO Mr Zuckerberg the possibility of webstreaming meeting with him. I am glad to announce that he has accepted this new request. Great news for EU citizens. I thank him for the respect shown towards EP, he said.
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21:07

Philippines takes appropriate action over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea Peace and Freedom

The Philippines expressed serious concerns over the presence of Chinas strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken appropriate diplomatic action, the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday.

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MANILA (Reuters) The Philippines expressed serious concerns over the presence of Chinas strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken appropriate diplomatic action, the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday.

Chinas air force said bombers such as the H-6K had landed and taken off from islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of training exercises last week, drawing angry reactions from opposition lawmakers in Manila. The United States also sent ships to the disputed areas.

The Philippines could not independently verify the presence of Chinese bombers in the South China Sea, said presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

But we take note of the reports that appeared and we express our serious concerns anew on its impact to efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region, Roque told a regular media briefing at the presidential palace.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines said it was monitoring developments.

We are taking the appropriate diplomatic action necessary to protect our claims and will continue to do so in the future, it said in a statement, but it did not elaborate.

However, the foreign ministry stopped short of condemning Chinas action, which Washington said could raise tension and destabilize the region.

In Beijing, a foreign ministry spokesman urged other countries not to over-interpret what he called a routine military patrol.

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21:03

New War Opponents World Beyond War . . .

By David Swanson, May 20, 2018.

For those of us who fully expected most U.S. peace activists to vanish once Barack Obama became president but expected them to come back once Donald Trump ascended the throne, the failure of our second expectation has been hard, crushingly hard. But there are a few silver linings.

First, there is now a multi-issue campaign that, unlike the womens march or the climate march or so many other marches, and perhaps because it draws its platform in part from one written 50 years ago, opposes war and militarism. Its called the new Poor Peoples Campaign.

Second, there are large, well-funded organizations beginning to edge toward opposition at least to certain wars, organizations that as far as I know didnt oppose any wars when George Bush II was president, much less when Obama was.

One of these is the ACLU. Ive never known the ACLU to oppose any war, much less the institution of war, much less the military spending that generates many of the symptoms that the ACLU regularly does oppose. Im sending this article to the ACLU and requesting any updates or corrections. What is new, as far as I know, is this statement in which the ACLU rejects a U.S. attack on Syria as illegal without a Congressional authorization, plus this one in which the ACLU admits that Congress has no legal power to authorize something that is a crime under a treaty that the United States is party to in this case the UN Charter. The ACLUs recommendation, despite that admission, is that Congress authorize the war or decline to a position that is weak, nonsensical, and amoral, yet a gigantic step in the direction of the ACLU engaging with the existence of war and militarism in the world.

Another is Oxfam, which has actually set up an email action for urging your Congress member to block U.S. participation in the U.S.-Saudi...

21:00

Glazov Gang: Thank You President Trump for Jerusalem Jihad Watch

This new edition of The Glazov Gang features Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Fellow at the Freedom Center and editor of The Point at Frontpagemag.com. Daniel joins Jamie in saying Thank You President Trump for Jerusalem, as both host and guest express heart-felt gratitude to our president. Dont miss it! Subscribe to the Glazov Gangs YouTube []

21:00

The U.S. wont say genocide but cares about Armenian democracy? OffGuardian

by Max Parry Did Armenia just dance its way to revolution? Mass demonstrations that have shut down Armenia leading to the replacement of its prime minister have queued the obligatory western media push for regime change. Already dubbed a Velvet Revolution after the 1989 protests that collapsed communist Czechoslovakia, there have been so many color revolutions in former Soviet states that the colors are being recycled by the NGOs. The first crowds gathered in April in response to the Republican Party of Armenias decision to nominate outgoing leader Serzh Sargsyan as the sole candidate for Prime Minister after having already served as the countrys President since 2008. Despite its constitutional legality, this was perceived by many to be a consolidation of power as he would have retained the same authority since the country just transitioned to a prime ministerial system. Predictably, the western media commentary has framed the protests in the context of the new Cold War by emphasizing the ruling partys links to Kremlin oligarchs and Armenias presence within Russias sphere of influence. However,

20:57

Italys populist parties to name future premier pick Peace and Freedom

 Italys anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the far-right League party prepared Monday to present their pick for future premier of the countrys new populist government to end more than two months of deadlock after inconclusive elections.

AFP/File / by Catherine MARCIANO | Anti-establishment M5S leader Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini, who heads the far-right League, will meet the president on Monday evening

They are due to meet President Sergio Matterella at the presidential palace on Monday evening to formally present their choice.

After a week of haggling, M5S leader Luigi Di Maio and League leader Matteo Salvini closed a coalition deal and announced a joint programme which turns its back on austerity measures.

Both Di Maio and Salvini dreamed of running the first anti-establishment government within a EU-founding nation, but a clash of egos and lack of majority in parliament forced them to opt for a third candidate.

Media reports say the pair will, however, lay claim to their top ministerial picks: Interior minister for the nationalist Salvini and Minister of economic development for Di Maio.

We have agreed on the leader and ministers of government and we hope that no one will veto a choice that represents the will of the majority of Italians, Salvini said Sunday.

Rumours are also swirling around the nomination for premier with the media betting on a handful of candidates.

Giuseppe Conte, 54, a lawyer who teaches law in Florence and Rome is among the rumoured top picks. Though little known in Italy, he has an impressive CV with teaching stints at Yale, Cambridge and Sorbonne.

Andrea Roventini, a 41-year-old economist teaching at the university of Pisa has also been touted as another contender as well as Paolo Savona, 81.

Minister for industry between 1993-94, Savona was staunchly opposed to the signing of the Maastricht Treaty which, in the M5S-League programme, is cited as the moment the EU went off track.

Berlusconi upset

Never afraid of a long shot, former premier Silvio Berlusconi, who is upset with his right-wing ally Salvini, has also offered himself up as future premier.

Following a recent court ruling, the ageing billionaire is once again legally allowed to hold public office and has expressed his discontent with the coalition programme, especially the strict measures against conflict of interests in parliament which he sees as directly targeting his media empire.

Salvini never spoke on behalf of the right-wing coalition, but only on his own behalf and on behalf of the League, he said on Friday...

20:55

The Baltic States Ask the US for a Bigger Military Presence on Their Soil Strategic Culture Foundation

Exercises in the former Soviet republics are being staged to allow the forces to hone their skills for conducting offensive operations against Russia, not for fending off attacks from trenches dug along the lines of defense.

20:54

Haifa protesters released after footage of arrests shared on social media Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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20:37

Oil Is The Enabler of Military Power Penny for your thoughts

It is incorrect to say that oil is an unimportant reason to wage war - It may not be the only reason, but, it is an extremely important reason  for understanding why wars are fought.  Controlling access or denying access to oil is something that's been discussed at the blog. There is a vicious circle of needing oil to wage war- waging war to access oil. While all  along the way- profits are made. And most pathetically a free pass is given by the AGW cult to the war machine every single day-

Oil. Why is oil so important? Is it cars? What else? I just don't know....


Originally, it was the writings of Mahan and Mackinder on Naval power and geopolitics, combined with the final conclusion of the USS Maine inquiry that the explosion that destroyed it in Havana Harbor was most likely from a spontaneous fire in the coal bunker that overheated and ignited the ammo in the adjacent ammo bunker. Thus leading all of the major and wanna-be naval powers to race for control of oil to replace the more dangerous and harder to handle coal as fuel for their battle fleets.  

20:25

Italy Sets Course for Left-Right Populist Surge Strategic Culture Foundation

Italy is wrapped up these days in the efforts of its two strongest political parties to forge a coalition government. Presumably they will succeed, though whether the resulting civic structure will have any staying power remains an open question. But in terms of the broad political trends in Italy, Europe, and the entire West (including the United States), it doesnt really matter much. Whatever happens with the emerging Italian government, Italy has set itself upon a new course. Its the path of populism, fueled by many things but primarily by the Wests immigration crisis.

19:58

China To The Rescue on Iran Nuclear Deal Peace and Freedom

Iran has called on China to help safeguard the nuclear deal it reached with other major world powers, saying Tehran will resort to other options if its interests are threatened by US sanctions.

South China Morning Post
May 21, 2018

Iran has called on China to help safeguard the nuclear deal it reached with other major world powers, saying Tehran will resort to other options if its interests are threatened by US sanctions.

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The nations ambassador to China Ali Asghar Khaji said Beijing had a positive role to play in upholding the deal, and should boost economic cooperation with Tehran.

He also said the Iranian foreign minister chose Beijing as his first stop on a whirlwind diplomatic tour last week because of Chinas importance to Iran.

We expect other remaining members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, including China, to help implement and continue this deal, and fulfil their commitment and obligations according to this deal, Khaji said, referring to the plan reached in 2015 that will see Iran significantly reducing its uranium stockpile by 2030 in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R), France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (2nd L), Germany Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (R), EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini and Britain's Foreign Secretary arrive for a meeting of EU/E3 with Iran at the EU headquarters in Brussels on May 15, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / POOL / Olivier Matthys)

Irans Foreign Minister Mo...

19:57

Do not weep for Bernard Lewis, high priest of war in the Middle East Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

For decades, Bernard Lewis, who has just died, provided the intellectual and moral justification for bigotry and war in the Middle East

19:55

Trumpism Folds into Netanyahu-ism, or "Neo-Americanism" Strategic Culture Foundation

Now that Trump has embraced the new neo-Americanism (per Russell-Mead), what will be the US strategy if neither North Korea nor Iran submit? Are military strikes then, on the agenda?

19:47

Poll Results: Should it Be Legal to Join Foreign Fights? Clarion Project

A Peshmerga (Kurdish) fighter in Sinjar, Iraq. The Kurdish force recently liberated the Sinjar region of Iraq from ISIS.A Peshmerga (Kurdish) fighter in Sinjar, Iraq. The Kurdish force liberated the Sinjar region of Iraq from ISIS. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

A Rhode Island father was recently sentenced to three years in prison for violating his probation and leaving the country to fight against ISIS. Barring these unusual circumstances, we asked you, our readers: Should it be illegal for U.S. citizens to go overseas to fight against terror. Here are the results of our poll (comments follow):

  • 31.1 percent said yes
  • 68.8 percent said no

 

Here are some of your comments:

Before the USA entered WWI and WWII, Americans joined French and UK forces to fight the Germans. What is the difference between fighting Germany in WWII and ISIS now?

Not when they are not on parole.

Are we free to make our own choices or not? If not, then we are not a free country.

How do you know what side they are fighting for could be ISIS for all you know.

As long as the cause doesnt contradict the values of this country (terror is defined differently by us and, say, Islamists)

As long as it is not an enemy of the U.S.

I would rather we fight terror overseas than having it to do in the U.S.A.

Absolutely illegal. If an American citizen joins a foreign military they should be banned from re-entry into the U.S.

It should be judged individually, based on the conflict.

It is something we have done in WWI and WWII and many other times. Usually for a good reason.

If freedom of conscience means actively following your right to self-determination there is no argument legal or otherwise which makes that a crime. In the UK we have seen brave people prosecuted for their convictions and ignoring political correctness to put...

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China is winning Trumps trade war Zero curbs on Chinas high-tech plans Peace and Freedom

It was easy to miss the U.S.-China trade statement that the White House released Saturday, right in the midst of royal wedding mania. But its hard to hide that China looks as if its winning President Trumps trade skirmish so far.

The statement said that, after several days of talks, the Chinese agreed to substantially reduce the United States $375 billion trade deficit with China and that the details would be worked out later. It was noticeably vague.

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President Donald Trump and Chinas top trade negotiator Liu He

Notice China didnt agree to a specific amount. On Friday, Trumps top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, was telling reporters that the Chinese had agreed to reduce the deficit by at least $200 billion.China quickly denied that, and, a day later, the official statement didnt have a concrete number, a seeming victory for the Chinese.

What about the IP fight? The real battle against the Chinese was supposed to be over intellectual property theft, which the Trump administration says has been going on for years and costs the U.S. economy $225 billion to $600 billion a year. Trump was supposed to get the Chinese to stop stealing U.S. business secrets and technology. On this front, the statement was brief and lackluster, saying that both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation (diplomatic speak for not doing much) and that China would advance relevant amendments to its patent law. It...

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Turkeys Lira Extends Slide to Record as Rising Treasury Yield Fuels Rout Peace and Freedom

Turkeys lira tumbled, hitting new all-time lows against both the U.S. dollar and the euro, as increasing U.S. Treasury yields deepened a rout in the currency.

The Turkish president also urged Turkish people in Europe to take an active role in politics in their countries to counter anti-Turkish sentiment while protecting their values and traditions, during a rally Sunday in Sarajevo

The lira led losses in emerging markets to extend last weeks slide of around 4 percent. The higher U.S. yields are exacerbating the pressure by reducing the allure of riskier assets, while a lack of action by the Turkish central bank this month is disappointing investors hoping for rate hikes.

The lira was 1.3 percent lower at 4.5508 per dollar by 10:00 a.m. in Istanbul, after falling as much as 1.6 percent to touch a record low 4.5621. One-month implied volatility on the dollar-lira pair, an indicator of expected swings, surged to 22 percent, extending its surge to the highest level since January 2017. The yield on 10-year government bonds rose 11 basis points to 15.17 percent, a new record.

We do not want to sound like a broken record, but after the lira plunged to yet another record low it is evident that unless the central bank acts decisively and raises interest rates substantially at an emergency meeting, the sell-off is likely to continue, said Piotr Matys, an emerging-market currency strategist at Rabobank in London.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-21/lira-extends-slide-to-record-as-rising-treasury-yield-fuels-rout

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19:35

Paraguay becomes third country to open Israel embassy in Jerusalem Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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FTSE 100 touches new record high Peace and Freedom

Broad advance led by financial stocks takes UK index past January intraday peaked

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More broken records in London.

The FTSE 100 has hit a new intraday peak early trade, in a broad advance led by financial stocks. The rally takes the index up 0.6 per cent on the session to 7,830.87, representing a rally of almost 14 per cent from its March low. Over 2018, the blue-chip index is up 1.8 per cent.

The London index has been on something of a tear of late. It set a fresh closing high last week, and Mondays new intraday takes it past the 7,791.83 it touched in mid-January.

The advance has been helped by sterlings relative weakness since the UKs Brexit vote (a trend that is reasserting itself now), as well as by oils return to the $80, since the FTSE is home to an oil majors BP and Royal Dutch Shell as well as commodities trader Glencore and a range of international mining groups.

Nonetheless, the appeal of UK stocks is also somewhat more nuanced, as Will Hobbs, head of investment strategy at Barclays, observes:

There are some offsetting factors for the FTSE that help to relegate it down our pecking order of favourite equity indices.

The most important of these is that in a world where the cyclical prospects remain bright, outside of its commodities exposure, the FTSE leaves you with relatively less skin in the cyclical game than other stock markets.

Meanwhile, its banking sector lacks the recovery appeal of its more persistently troubled continental European peer group.

It could be that eurozone equities have further to run this year, once investors have factored in the rise to power of populist parties in Italy. In the meantime, it looks like UK stocks are ready for their moment in the sun.

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See also: The BBC

http://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c9qdqqkgz27t/ftse-100

19:25

The Other Art of the Deal, Tehran-style Strategic Culture Foundation

The Iranian governments response to the Trump administration boils down to a Sun Tzu variant; silence especially after the Fall of Flynn, who had put Iran on notice after a ballistic missile test that did not infringe the provisions of the Iranian nuclear deal, and the idea of an anti-Iran, Saudi Arabia-UAE-Egypt-Jordan mini-NATO. The Iranian naval drills from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean had been planned way in advance.

19:17

EU parliament pushes for Zuckerberg hearing to be live-streamed Peace and Freedom

Theres confusion about whether a meeting between Facebook  founder Mark Zuckerberg and the European Unions parliament which is due to take place next Tuesday will go ahead as planned or not.

The meeting was confirmed by the EU parliaments president this week, and is the latest stop on Zuckerbergs contrition tour, following the Cambridge Analytics data misuse story that blew up into a major public scandal in mid March.

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However, the discussion with MEPs that Facebook agreed to was due to take place behind closed doors. A private format thats not only ripe with irony but was also unpalatable to a large number of MEPs. It even drew criticism from some in the EUs unelected executive body, the European Commission, which further angered parliamentarians.

Now, as the FT reports, MEPs appear to have forced the parliaments president, Antonio Tajani, to agree to live-streaming the event.

Guy Verhofstadt the leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats group of MEPs, who had said he would boycott the meeting if it took place in private has also tweeted that a majority of the parliaments groups have pushed for the event to be streamed online.

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19:09

Italy: Law professor Giuseppe Conte likely to become new Prime Minister Peace and Freedom

Media tip law professor Giuseppe Conte ahead of announcement on Monday

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Giuseppe Conte is the favourite to become Italys prime minister, according to Corriere della Sera

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Giuseppe Conte, a little-known 54-year-old professor who specialises in public administration law and has hardly any political experience, has emerged as the frontrunner to be prime minister for Italys nascent populist government, according to Italian media.

Luigi Di Maio, the leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, and Matteo Salvini, the head of the far-right League, were due to meet the Italian president, on Monday to secure his approval for their alliance to govern the eurozones third- largest economy.

After sealing a deal on a joint platform to run the country rife with measures that have unsettled EU policymakers and investors in Italian securities Mr Di Maio and Mr Salvini spent the weekend trying to find a compromise choice to implement their plan.

According to Corriere della Sera, Italys leading newspaper, Mr Conte a law professor at the University of Florence and Luiss University in Rome who is originally from Puglia in southern Italy had emerged as the top choice. Mr Di Maio and Mr Salvini have not confirmed the choice of Mr Conte, and people close to the negotiations cautioned that only the two leaders know the name.

President Sergio Mattarella, who has the final word on the choice of prime minister, could choose to rebuff Mr Contes candidacy if he believes his profile is too low to represent Italy on the international stage and to hold the government together at home. On Sunday, though, Mr Salvini issued a thinly veiled warning to Mr Mattarella not to stand in the way.

We hope no one will place vetoes on this persons name or surname. We wont accept it, Mr Salvini said. It wont be me, nor Di Maio. It will be a balanced name that satisfies us both, he said.

Other names for prime minister that were floated in the Italian press in recent days include Andrea Roventini and Paolo Savona, two economists.

On Monday, as the formation of the government drew nearer there was no relief for Italian sovereign debt. A brisk sell-off in Italys bonds, known as BTPs, sent the yield on benchmark 10-year paper up 4.2 basis points at 2.259 per cent and back to levels last touched in October and last exceeded in the summer of 2017. At the start of last week before the coalition proposals were published, the yield stood at 1.894 per cent.

Mr Di Maio, who led Five Star to win 33 per cent of the vote in Italys general election in March, has long held out hope that he would become prime minister, but has always been blocked by resis...

19:00

Treasury, USTR Send Mixed Messages Over Tariffs on Chinese Imports Our side is so confused. Peace and Freedom

Mixed signals from officials could further complicate the Trump administrations trade agenda

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News on Sunday that the U.S. was putting the trade war on hold.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News on Sunday that the U.S. was putting the trade war on hold. PHOTO: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

WASHINGTONThe Treasury secretary and the administrations top trade official took markedly different positions over whether the U.S. will move forward with tariffs on Chinese imports, punctuating several days of negotiations between the worlds two biggest economies with a question mark.

Several hours after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Fox News on Sunday that the U.S. was putting the trade war on hold and wouldnt assess tariffs on Beijing while the two sides talked, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer put out a statement saying that tariffs remained an important tool to protect our technology.

Mr. Lighthizer didnt say the U.S. would resort to tariffs any time soon, and Mr. Mnuchin didnt rule out tariffs, and a U.S. trade official played down the disparity, but trade experts said the differences in tone and substance stood out. People familiar with the administrations in...

19:00

Dermot Hudson of the Korean Friendship Association on North Koreas Motives and Likely Moves in Negotiations GEOPOLITICS ALERT

London (MPN)  If there is any country on the list of U.S. adversaries about which almost everyone lacks critical understanding, it is the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea). Unlike most countries, the DPRK has managed to stay fairly closed off to U.S. interference and intelligence-gathering whether by embassies and consulates, or other channels of soft-power such as NGOs (although some have gotten through). This means Western leaders lack a crucial ability to analyze what the DPRK is thinking based on what it says.
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The Western media, for their part, also leave Americans under-informed on North Korea, primarily covering the more sensationalist aspects of the story. The latest example of this is the coverage of U.S. President Donalds Trumps self-nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize and the return of three hostages (or spies depending on who you ask), which tend to be reported without the proper context of the events that have led up to this point.

While Trump is claiming credit for peace between North and South Korea, Dermot Hudson, a Delegate of the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) in the United Kingdom has a different perspective. He tells MintPress, Trump deserves absolutely no credit at all for the latest steps towards...

19:00

OANNES THE OCTOPUS? PART ONE Giza Death Star

You may or may not know this, but one of my favorite animals is the octopus. I've been fascinated by them since I was []

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Rights Groups Slam Saudis for Chilling Smear Campaign Against Activists GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Riyadh (MEE Human rights groups questioned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans reform agenda on Saturday after prominent womens rights activists who campaigned for the right to drive were arrested and branded traitors by government-aligned media outlets.
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Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch called on the authorities to release the detainees, identifying six of them as Eman al-Nafjan, Lujain al-Hathloul, Aziz al-Yousef, Aisha al-Manea, Ibrahim Modeimigh and Mohammed al-Rabea.

The activists, both women, and men have campaigned for a womans right to drive, which the conservative kingdom is set to grant from next month after banning it for decades.

The decision hailed as proof of a new progressive trend under Mohammed bin Salman, who has presented himself as a reformist but has been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent.

Saudi Arabia cann...

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Transcript: Saudi's Khaled bin Farhan on reforms, crown princes and that purge Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Prince Khaled bin Farhan, an exiled member of the Saudi royal family, speaks to Middle East Eye about his fears for the kingdom's future

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Prince Khaled: I have received a large number of emails from within the police and army in support of my call

18:58

Why Is This Being Taught in Public Schools? Clarion Project

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A West Virginia parent is upset after his daughter was asked to write the shahada, the Islamic declaration of faith, as part of calligraphy practice in her world religion class.

Rich Penkoski objected to the assignment that his seventh-grade daughter Brielle was given, saying the religious nature of the assignment was inconsistent with what students were asked to do while studying other religions.

I saw the assignment of writing the Shahada in Arabic. Their excuse was calligraphy, said Penkoski, speaking to The Christian Post. First of all, calligraphy was invented in China 3,000 years prior to Muhammad. The fact that they were trying to get my daughter to write that disturbed me.'

Upon complaining to the school, Penkoski was told the assignment was optional, a fact disputed by his daughter. Penkoski said his daughter reported, No, that is not what was said. What was said was, Do the assignment and if you want to learn more about the Quran, ask your parents.

Brielle said the unit about Christianity, for example, stuck to historical instruction, not recitation or writing of texts considered religious, for example, the Lords Prayer.

We did [the unit on Christianity] over a week and two days. We watched two different videos. We didnt finish them, said Brielle. They taught a little bit about Moses and the Ten Commandments, Peter and Paul. We learned about the Israelites and how they are being persecuted by the Romans. We were told about the Jews and told a little bit about Jesus....

18:55

How Russia and China Gained a Strategic Advantage in Hypersonic Technology Strategic Culture Foundation

A hot topic in military prognostications regarding China, Russia and the United States revolves around the development and use of hypersonic technology for missiles or UAVs as an invulnerable means of attack. As we will see, not all three countries are dealing successfully with this task

18:54

Justice Department to Review FBI Probe of Trump Campaign Peace and Freedom

President demanded such an investigation in tweets denouncing Mueller probe as a partisan witch hunt

Donald Trump, shown here at a campaign rally in June 2016, said Sunday he wanted to know if the FBI or Justice Department under the Obama administration infiltrated his campaign for political purposes.
Donald Trump, shown here at a campaign rally in June 2016, said Sunday he wanted to know if the FBI or Justice Department under the Obama administration infiltrated his campaign for political purposes. PHOTO: RICH PEDRONCELLI/ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTONThe Justice Department asked its internal watchdog to examine if there was any impropriety in the counterintelligence investigation of President Donald Trumps 2016 campaign, after the president demanded Sunday that the department investigate the motives behind the inquiry.

Earlier Sunday, in one of a series of tweets targeting the probe into whether Trump associates colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump wrote: I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!

Mr. Trump was referring to a man who approached at least two Trump campaign aides in...

18:46

Many jihadis from Germany have German citizenship: Report Peace and Freedom

Over 1,000 Islamists have left Germany to aid terror groups in Syria and Iraq, a report cites the government as saying. And it says more than half of them hold German passports.

    
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The German government knows of more than 1,000 Islamists who have left Germany for Syria or Iraq to support terrorist organizations there, media reported on Sunday.

The figure comes from an answer given by the government to a question from the parliamentary representatives of the Left Party, according to newspapers of the Funke media group.

The government also cited security authorities as saying that more than half of those who had left Germany for such conflict zones had German passports, the newspapers said in their report.

The figure given by the government shows a further increase in the number of those traveling abroad as jihadis, but indicates that the rate of departures has slowed considerably in comparison with two years ago.

According to the report, 243 supporters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) have also travelled abroad to support the coalition fighting the extremist group Islamic State (IS). Germany classes the PKK as a terrorist organization.

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Although dozens of German Islamists are in prison in Syria, Iraq and Turkey, many others, including women and children, have since returned to Germany.

The report said that during coalition negotiations between Chancellor Angela Merkels conservatives and the Social Democratic Party (SPD), it was agreed that returning fighters with double citizenship should have their German nationality canceled if there is evidence of their having fought for...

18:43

Germanys refugee agency faces new claims in asylum scandal Peace and Freedom

Germanys migration office reportedly knew about improper asylum decisions in its Bremen branch earlier than previously admitted. Migration officials in Bremen are suspected of taking bribes to approve applications.

    
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The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) was informed about possible improprieties in the approval of asylum applications at its branch in the northern city of Bremen earlier than it admitted, German media reported on Monday.

The news magazine Der Spiegel reported that emails it had seen suggested that BAMF head Jutta Cordt had received internal information regarding massive irregularities in Bremen as early as February 2017.

Broadcaster NDR and the daily Sddeutsche Zeitung also reported on internal emails allegedly showing that BAMF headquarters knew about questionable procedures at that time but were reluctant to look into the matter.

They quoted an email from the responsible department head in which he called for an examination to be carried out without fuss and without too much detail.

On Friday, Cordt gave an account of internal investigations into the Bremen affair to the domestic affairs committee in the German parliament, but did not mention the correspondence of February 2017, the reports said.

Read more: Illegal African migration to Germany: What can and should be done

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BAMF has rejected the media claims.

The head of the federal office did not receive the mail stating that everything should not be examined in detail and where the words without fuss occur, a spokesman said on Sunday evening in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, where BAMF headquarters are situated.

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18:43

Executive Order Prohibiting Certain Additional Transactions with Respect to Venezuela, by Donald Trump Voltaire Network

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13692 of March 8, 2015, and (...)

18:12

Debunking 18 Claims Justifying the Gaza Massacre Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Debunking 18 Claims Justifying the Gaza Massacre By Riham Darwish, After spending a great deal of time online, I read and watched endless virtual conversations about whos at fault and whos not in the wake of the over 60 casualties in Gaza on Monday. Discussions varied from whether Israel is exercising a righteous act of []

18:05

israeli Government Justifies Killings of Palestinians Saying We Cant Put All of These People in Jail Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israeli Government Justifies Killings of Palestinians Saying We Cant Put All of These People in Jail By Daily Sabah An Israeli government spokeswoman has come under fire for her comments on the situation in Gaza and trying to justify Israeli forces use of live fire and the shooting dead of Palestinian protesters. Speaking to RTs []

18:02

Syrian army moves into Yarmouk after IS evacuation deal Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Pro-government forces have been fighting since 19 April to recapture Yarmouk camp, Hajar al-Aswad and other areas of southern Damascus

17:44

israel, US Try to Block International Force for Gaza Strip Uprootedpalestinians's Blog

Israel, US Try to Block International Force for Gaza Strip US intends to veto measure at UN Security Council A draft resolution backed by Kuwait and by the Palestinian Authority is headed to the UN Security Council this week, seeking the creation of an international force in the Gaza Strip to prevent further Israeli attacks []

17:09

Iraq needs a majority government that will actually govern Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

What should be avoided during government formation is a return to the old failed ethno-sectarian politics that Abadi and Sadr routinely criticised and vowed to dismantle

17:02

Sean Swain on slavery, Nat Turner, John Brown, and drones: A statement for June 11 Enough is Enough!

In previous years, I have used the occasion of June 11 to roll out what I thought were pretty big ideas.

Originally published by June 11. Written by anarchist prisoner Sean Swain.

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.

Sean Swain on slavery, Nat Turner, John Brown, and drones: A statement for June 11

In previous years, I have used the occasion of June 11 to roll out what I thought were pretty big ideas. In 2015, for example, I described how blastblog.noblogs.org had posted the home addresses of Ohio prison officials, including those who had orchestrated the torture regimen I endured at Mansfield. In that statement, opposing torture, I suggested that we collectively adopt a policy of self-defense against state terrorists, that when they torture us, we burn their cars and houses down; that when they stop the torture, we stop the burning.

The ODRC claimed that what I said constituted a threat to every single employee of the ODRC and their families. As what I wrote was a statement opposing torture, to me, it seems like something of an admission that every single employee of the ODRC was threatened. This means that even the ODRC recognizes that all of its employees participate in torture.

At any rate, as fate will have it, in 2017 when I undertook at 50-day hungerstrike, those home addresses were still posted. I have it on good authority that prison officials received death threats at their homes, at all hours of the night and day, phoned in from exotic area codes. I have also heard a rumor that, at one of those state terrorists residences, an item of property of significant value somehow ended up getting torched. I dont know whose home, and I dont know whether the significantly-valued property was a house or a car or even a barbecue grill, but I know this: After that piece of property got torched, state terrorists began negotiating an end to my hungerstrike and I got all of my communications restored.

As a side note, I have also heard a rumor no telling how true this is that blood evidence was found at the state terrorists residence where property was torched; the state tested it and disco...

16:43

Robert Spencer in PJ Media: CAIR Enraged by ROTC Exercise Featuring Jihadis as Enemies Jihad Watch

ROTCs got a lot of nerve to notice the global jihad. My latest at PJ Media: A ridiculous article last Thursday in UCLAs student newspaper, The Daily Bruin, reveals the mindset of those who believe that Islamophobia is a bigger threat than jihad terror, and reveals yet again the insidious agenda of the Council on []

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Turkey bans Wikipedia for noting it supported the Islamic State in Syria Jihad Watch

Unless youre a member of the Leftist establishment, Wikipedia is largely worthless for information on contemporary public figures, and its treatment of current events is also often one-sided and contentious. In this case, however, it has run afoul of the Turkish government for including information that government doesnt want disseminated, in keeping with its longstanding []

16:19

Saudi Arabia shoots down Houthi missile over Jazan Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Report: Explosions heard at Iranian facility near Damascus Peace and Freedom

Sky News Arabia says blasts target electronic warfare facility used by Tehran south of Syrian capital; no confirmation

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An explosion is seen coming from an army base, allegedly used by Iran-backed militias, outside the northern Syria city of Hama on April 29, 2018. (Screen capture; Facebook)
An explosion is seen coming from an army base, allegedly used by Iran-backed militias, outside the northern Syria city of Hama on April 29, 2018. (Screen capture; Facebook)

Explosions reportedly rocked an area thought to house an Iranian facility near Damascus early Monday morning, according to a report in Sky News Arabia.

There was no immediate confirmation of the explosion and it was not clear what may have caused the blasts, which came days after another mysterious explosion at a Syrian base.

Sky News said locals reported hearing explosions in the area of Najjah, a neighborhood south of Damascus which houses a military academy.

According to the report, the blasts are thought to have occurred at an Iranian electronic warfare facility there.

There was no immediate word from Syria, which was said to be on the verge of pushing the last pockets of Islamic State resistance out of southern Damascus on Monday.

Israel has increasingly taken aim at Iranian facilities in southern Syria over recent months as it attempts to keep Tehran from gaining a military foothold on its doorstep.

The sorties, which Israel rarely admit to openly, have led to increased tensions in the border region and earlier this month sparked a barrage of 20 missiles at northern Israel, drawing a massive Israeli reprisal attack.

The explosions were reported after mysterious blasts tore through weapons and fuel depots on Friday at a military airport in Syrias Hama province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, killing at least 28 people.

Syrian state media reported the blasts at the time but did not provide any details, while the Observatory had said they were likely due to a technical malfunction.

However, the Sky News Arabia outlet reported that the explosions were caused by an attack on an advanced Iranian air defense system, despite it coming in the middle of the day, when Israel rarely carries out airstrikes.

After maintaining an o...

16:13

Cold War Mentality Alive and Well in Australia Dissident Voice

Writing in The Australian newspaper under the headline Red Threats to Render White Paper just about Pass (18 May 2018) ANU emeritus professor Paul Dibb offers a commentary that exemplifies much of what is wrong with Australian strategic thinking. The problem is all the more acute because Dibb is regularly quoted in the mainstream media and his views are considered influential. In this latest article he calls for a re-evaluation of the premises underlying the Foreign Policy White Paper released only six months ago.

That White Paper was certainly flawed, although not in the manner that Dibb suggests in underestimating what Dibb calls an aggrieved and newly assertive Russia, as well as an aggressive rising power in China.

The White Paper failed to grasp the realities of a newly emerging multipolar world, and in particular failed to perceive how Australia might best respond in a manner consistent with both its national security and economic interests.

That challenge is not assisted by Dibbs contribution, which is full of faulty assumptions, factual errors, and grievous misinterpretations, not only of post-World War II history, but the current inevitable realignment away from the singularly dangerous exercise of hegemonic power by the United States.

Dibb quotes United States Secretary of Defence James Mattis with evident approval, saying China and Russia wanted to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian models.  China is alleged to be seeking regional hegemony and the displacement of the United States to achieve global preeminence in the future.

The evidence Dibb cites for these assertions are Chinas buildup of its military capabilities in the South China Sea; Russias territorial expansionism in Crimea and Ukraine; Putins aggressive attitude in defending Syria and its use of chemical weapons; and Moscows State sponsored assassination attempts in Britain reflecting Putins contempt for the sanctity of State borders. He even cites the reports of Beijing seeking to develop a military base in Vanuatu.  That the Foreign Minister and Prime Minister of Vanuatu and also the Chinese government have denied the latter report is of little consequence to Professor Dibb.

There is much more in Professor Dibbs commentary in this vein, but those examples illustrate not only the fact free environment that strategic advisors such as Dibb operate in, but also are reflective of strategic thinking in the Australian defence, foreign policy and defence establishments.

In the cited example of Chinas buildup of its military capabilities in the South China Sea there are several components of this allegation that put it in a different context from the viewpoint usually advanced in the Australian media. The so-called Nine Dash Line within which China has made unspecified claims was, in fact, the first formulated in 1946 by the Nationalist government of Chiang Kai Shek. T...

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Philippines expresses serious concern over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea Peace and Freedom

The Philippines expressed serious concerns over the presence of Chinas strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken appropriate diplomatic action, the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday

Chinas air force said bombers such as the H-6K had landed and taken off from islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of training exercises last week, drawing angry reactions from opposition lawmakers in Manila. The United States also sent ships to the disputed areas.

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The Philippines could not independently verify the presence of Chinese bombers in the South China Sea, said presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

But, we take note of the reports that appeared and we express our serious concerns anew on its impact to efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region, Roque told a regular media briefing at the presidential palace.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines said it was monitoring developments.

We are taking the appropriate diplomatic action necessary to protect our claims and will continue to do so in the future, it said in a statement.

We reiterate our commitment to protect every single inch of our territory and areas which we have sovereign rights over, the statement said.

However, the foreign ministry stopped short of condemning Chinas action, which Washington said could raise tensions and destabilize the region.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which about $3 trillion worth of sea-borne goods passes every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have conflicting claims in the area.

China has built seven artificial islands in the Spratlys group in the South China Sea and turned them into military outposts with airfields, radars, and missile defenses.

Beijing says its military facilities in the Spratlys are purely defensive and that it can do what it likes on its own territory.

Roque said the Philippines has also reassured the United States it was not abandoning 70 years of security alliance after several senior officials met last week with U.S. Pacific Command officials in Hawaii.

Filipino lawmakers have criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for not confronting China in preference for his attempts to win Chinas friendship, despite a favorable ruling Manila received over the disputed waterway from an arbitration court in the Hague in 2016.

Duterte has said he would not risk a confrontation with China and has reiterated his openness to undertaking joint exploration and development in waters believed...

15:57

Prayer and Meditation for Monday, May 21, 2018 Woman, behold, your son. And he said to the disciple, Behold, your mother. Peace and Freedom

We must cling to Gods grace alone if we are to accomplish His mission and be united with Him in doing His will and find salvation.

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Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
Lectionary: 572A

Reading 1GN 3:9-15, 20

After Adam had eaten of the tree,
the LORD God called to him and asked him, Where are you?
He answered, I heard you in the garden;
but I was afraid, because I was naked,
so I hid myself.
Then he asked, Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!
The man replied, The woman whom you put here with me
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.
The LORD God then asked the woman,
Why did you do such a thing?
The woman answered, The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.

Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
Because you have done this, you shall be banned
from all the animals
and from all the wild creatures;
On your belly shall you crawl,
and dirt shall you eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
He will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel.
The man called his wife Eve,
because she became the mother of all the living.

Or  ACTS 1:12-14

After Jesus had been taken up to heaven,
the Apostles returned to Jerusalem
from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,
a sabbath days journey away.

When they entered the city
they went to the upper room where they were staying,
Peter and John and James and Andrew,
Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew,
James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot,
and Judas son of James.
All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer,
together with some women,
and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

...

15:46

At Yale, Hillary Clinton says shes still not over her election loss Peace and Freedom

Clinton trolls with Russian hat, says shes concerned about America

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Hillary Clinton speaks in December 2017 in Playa Vista, Calif.

By Chris Perez

Hillary Clinton says shes still not over the 2016 election, and she showed it Sunday during a speech at Yale cracking a joke about Kremlin interference and busting out a large Russian hat to boot.

If you cant beat them, join them, Clinton quipped.

The jab came during her commencement speech at Yales Class Day.

Keeping up with the universitys longstanding tradition of bringing an over the top hat to the ceremony, Clinton pulled out a black Ushanka and playfully went to put it on.

I see looking out at you that you are following the tradition of over-the-top hats. So I brought a hat, too, she said. A Russian hat.

Former Secretary of State and former Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds up a Russian fur hat, an ushanka, with a Soviet era hammer and sickle emblem, to the Yale College class of 2018 during her Class Day address at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., Sunday, May 20, 2018. As a tradition, Yale students and faculty wear humorous and playful hats during a Senior Class Day ceremony. (Peter Hvizdak/New Haven Register via AP) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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15:41

Saudi air defenses destroy ballistic missile fired from Yemen Peace and Freedom

Saudi Air Defense forces destroyed a ballistic missile fired by Yemens Houthi movement over the southern city of Jazan, the Saudi-led coalition said on Monday.

Earlier, the Houthis said the group had fired a Badr-1 ballistic missile at Jazans airport, without giving any further details.

The Houthis, an Iran-allied group that holds much of Yemen including the capital, Sanaa, have fired a series of missiles into the kingdom in recent months, part of a three-year-old conflict in Yemen widely seen as a proxy battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

A U.S.-backed military alliance intervened in Yemens civil war in 2015 to fight against the Houthis on behalf of the government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi, who lives in exile in Riyadh. Iran and the Houthis dismiss Saudi accusations that Tehran arms the group.

Coalition spokesman Turki al-Malki said Saudi air defense forces destroyed the missile over Jazan and accused the Houthis of targeting residential areas, according to a report from the official Saudi Press Agency.

The Houthis have fired a salvo of missiles at Saudi Arabia in recent months, including the capital, Riyadh, while the coalition launched thousands of air strikes against Houthi-held areas, killing hundreds of civilians at hospitals, schools and markets.

Reporting by Nayera Abdullah; Writing by Aziz El Yaakoubi; Editing by Paul Tait

Reuters

15:37

BBC WS radios Newshour and the split screen part three BBC Watch

Last week we looked at how the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem was reported live in the May 14th afternoon edition of the BBC World Service radio flagship news and current affairs programme Newshour.

BBC WS radios Newshour and the split screen part one

BBC WS radios Newshour and the split screen part two

The same programme presented by Razia Iqbal and available here concurrently gave listeners a portrayal of events along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on that day as described in its synopsis.

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed and nearly 2,000 injured by Israeli forces on Gazas border. The clashes came as the United States formally opened its embassy in Jerusalem. We will hear from both Palestinian and Israeli voices.

That...

15:33

Hold the plane Stop the deportation charter flight to Pakistan Enough is Enough!

UK: Call to stop a deportation flight on May 22.

Originally published by End Deportations Facebook event page.

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.

Hold the plane Stop the deportation charter flight to Pakistan

May 22, 2018, 17:00  19:00 UTC+01, Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, SW1P 4DF London, UK.

In the wake of the Windrush scandal, ALL deportation charter flights must stop. Pakistan is a Commonwealth country, once colonised by Britain, and people whos homes and families are here have been subjected to the same brutal treatment by the Home Office as the Windrush generation who have been forced to Jamaica.

Come to the Home Office, 2 Marsham St, as close to 5pm as you can while staff on still in the office to call on them to stop the flight. If you have more information on the time of the flight please get in touch. We expect it to be between 10pm-11pm.

Bring banners, voices and love.

**FULL LIST OF SPEAKERS TBC, pls get in touch if you want to speak**

*Please share with your networks!*

And come to next weeks demo to stop a deportation charter flight to Nigeria:

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Deportation charter flights are a brutal, secretive and barely legal way of forcing people out of the UK. The Windrush scandal has shed light on just how many people are being ripped away from their homes, families and communities, when they may have lived here for decades. Their homes are here. They belong here. 

The scandal goes beyond Windrush. People from other Commonwealth countries, colonised by Britain, have been subject to the same, brutal, treatment by the Home Office. The Windrush scandal is not a mistake, nor an aberration. It is the intention of policy. Mothers, fathers, siblings, best friends and neighbours, people who are part of our communities, are regularly snatched away and physically forced onto secretive flights in the middle of the night. Many have lived in Manchester, Birmingham, L...

15:29

Whats Ahead for the U.S. and China on Trade Peace and Freedom

Trade-policy veterans Michael Froman and Claire Reade say the Trump administration has set the stage for change and exposed downsides of Chinas system

The Wall Street Journal
May 20, 2018 10:02 p.m. ET

Amid threats of tariffs and trade war, U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators do live in interesting times.

To gain some perspective, John Bussey, associate editor of The Wall Street Journal, spoke with two people deeply involved in U.S. trade issues in recent years: Michael Froman, vice chairman and president of strategic growth at Mastercard Inc., and U.S. trade representative from 2013 to 2017; and Claire Reade, senior counsel at the law firm Arnold & Porter, and assistant U.S. trade representative for China affairs from

15:25

U.S.-China Trade Truce May Be Fleeting as Tensions Linger Real structural change is necessary. Nothing less than the future of tens of millions of American jobs is at stake. Peace and Freedom

The newly-declared economic truce between the U.S. and China will prove temporary if the worlds two largest economies fail to deliver on vague commitments to re-balance trade.

Were putting the trade war on hold, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday. Right now, we have agreed to put the tariffs on hold while we execute the framework.

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President Donald Trump and Chinas top trade negotiator Liu He

President Donald Trump had threatened to slap tariffs on up to $150 billion in Chinese imports, while Beijing vowed to respond in kind. For now, Mnuchins cease-fire declaration will soothe the nerves of investors worried that the worlds two biggest economies were on the verge of an all-out trade conflict.

The U.S. and China released a joint statement on Saturday, after two days of meetings in Washington between Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and senior American officials, including Trump.

The statement was little more than a brief de-escalation of tensions, said Eswar Prasad, a trade policy professor at Cornell University and former head of the IMFs China unit. The fundamental differences on trade and other economic issues remain unresolved.

Asian stocks gained Monday as U.S. equity futures jumped in the wake of news that the Sino-American trade war is on hold for now. Treasury yields nudged higher, taking the dollar with them.

Read More on the Trade Talks:

Time to let win-win cooperation define China-U.S. trade ties: Xinhua
Investors...

15:22

Russia, Europe and China Discuss New Iran Nuclear Deal, Leaving US Sidelined The Anti-Media

Russia Europe China Iran Nuclear Deal(ANTIWAR.COM)  While previous reports have indicated that there was little interest in talking about a new nuclear deal with Iran, the withdrawal of the US from the existing deal appears to have changed things. Now, Russia, China, and the European Union are to hold talks on a major revision of the deal later this week. This new deal []

15:18

Imitation is the Highest Form of Surveillance Dissident Voice

Lucifer is the ultimate parodist. His projects are conducted always with One Eye trained on the heavens, head cocked, the better to render imitatio Dei. As above, so below.

Similarly the Qurans Dajjal can only ever commit one eye to the Earths field of play. The other, forever inward, is mimetically trained on his own every move. Such is the monocular fate of a self-studying pretender. The spirit of imitation lacks seminal force. Spontaneity is a stranger to parody.

The ubiquitous atmosphere of surveillance presently being erected above our heads by the Prince of This World is making an (ultimately) doomed bid for earthly omniscience and panopticon lockdown. We mustnt let cutting-edge technological advances obscure the ancient coordinates of this effort. The Deep State is the Beast. We encounter its minions in positions of power. The latter are Emanations only, not the Source.

God abides free will shot through with sin. Lucifer seeks consummate control and micromanaged conduct.

Until first-order spiritual governance is duly acknowledged, the universes Prime Movers (Pauls principalities) must forcibly impose themselves upon the secular debate, such terrestrial topics as geopolitics. They will not be invited. (I make it a habit to drag spooky actions, Biblical verse and poetry everywhere I go. People chuckle. Cest la vie.)

Indeed the intent of secularism is to sever the modern world from active recourse to this spiritually nourishing reservoir. Heck, the very intent of secularism is to insist on the reality of a modern world. When, in both fact and substance, nothing has changed. Superstition is not dead. It has been purposely excised from erudite conversation. Modernity is a calculated unmooring that awaits the restoration of ghosts.

We decipher malign human intent and motive from the flitting shadows cast by various bad actors on the wall, the bent politicians and bureaucrats: Clinton, Comey, McCabe, et al. The danger lies in making these characters the objects and termini of our inquiries. Spiritual myopia mixed with a media-saturated environment makes this an easy thing to do.

Even the dense and nettlesome Deep State Trump coup saga so ably served up to the Light by the unparalleled Conservative Treehouse blog stresses, almost by narrative necessity, the shadows on the wall when the malevolent backlight, The Deep State and the forces behind even it, are so clearly the Prime Movers.

The bad actors are epiphenomena. Hillary Clinton and her...

15:15

Jack Mas Ant Financial Fundraising Over-Subscribed Wanted $10bn, Found Pledges for $150bn Peace and Freedom

Investors include US buyout firms, wealth funds, venture capitalists and hedge funds

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By Henny Sender and Louise Lucas

Ant Financials over-subscribed $10bn fundraising has attracted investors from leading US private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, venture capitalists and hedge funds.

The fundraising values Ant at more than $150bn, according to those involved in the process. The demand to back the financial arm of ecommerce giant Alibaba has meant a valuation that even many of those willing to back the group describe as high and leading to suggestions that Ant would have no trouble going public as many investors expect next year with a similar value.

Ant executives still need to apportion shares in the fundraising and have not yet determined the final allocations.

Investors expected to take part include private equity groups Carlyle, General Atlantic, Silver Lake Partners, Sequoia Capital China and Warburg Pincus, sovereign wealth fund Temasek, and institutional funds including Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board and BlackRock, people familiar with the matter, including multiple investors, said. Many other investors were turned away, they added.

The fundraising also shows the extent to which private equity and venture capital are increasingly converging. Venture capitalists are increasingly taking part in later stages of fundraising rather than just the first few rounds.

Meanwhile, private equity groups are leaving traditional roles of buying control of mature companies to provide growth equity to younger companies in an effort to capture the huge profits that have accrued to start-ups and high-growth ventures in recent years.

In the last few years, we were not gong-ho enough and left too much money on the table

Chinese investor

But the valuation means that instead of making 10 times their money, returns are likely to be far less impressive. This is not going to bring returns of 10 times, said one investor. We calculate we will make 1.5 to 2 times our money in three years. But at least we can put a lot of money to work.

Investors in Ants $10bn fundraising will receive convertible instruments rather than equity, an acknowledgment of the grey legal area of foreign ownership in Chinese financial services platforms.

The instruments will convert into shares when the company lists, at which point Ant believes regulations will allow foreign ownership across its various financial services. Investors say they are comfortable with the structure. In March, the Peoples Bank of China said it was easing access to domestic third-party electronic payments for foreign companies.

The enthusiasm...

15:07

Giuliani: Mueller to finish Trump obstruction probe by Sept. 1 Peace and Freedom

President Trumps lawyer Rudy Giuliani said special counsel Robert Muellers Russia probe into obstruction of justice by the president will wrap up by Sept. 1 because allowing it to continue longer could improperly influence the mid-term elections in November, according to a report on Sunday.

Muellers office released a timeline of its investigation to him two weeks ago while he was negotiating with prosecutors over whether Trump would testify, Giuliani told the New York Times.

The former mayor of New York City urged that investigation end soon offering as an example the firestorm former FBI Director James Comey ignited when he announced weeks before the 2016 election that he was reopening the probe into Hillary Clintons email server.

Democrats and Clinton have blamed Comeys decision for costing her the election.

You dont want another repeat of the 2016 election where you get contrary reports at the end and you dont know how it affected the election, Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor, told the newspaper.

The report said Muellers findings on obstruction would not mean that the special counsels work is completed.

He is also looking into Russias efforts to interfere in the election.

Giuliani told the Times he wants the case to come down to a question of Comeys credibility as opposed to Trumps.

Soon after Trump entered the White House the president asked the former G-man to drop the investigation into his national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to memos from Comey.

We want the concentration of this to be on Comey versus the presidents credibility, and I think we win that and people get that, Giuliani said.

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15:03

Spy cell in Saudi Arabia sought foreign financing Peace and Freedom

Members of a spy cell, arrested by Saudi Arabias state security presidency two days ago, sought to incite strife by communicating with foreign entities hostile to the Kingdom and to establish a false legal organization, according to information received by Asharq Al-Awsat from informed sources.

Saudi Arabias Presidency of the State Security arrested seven people for suspicious communication with foreign entities and actions against the state. (File Photo: AFP)
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The sources said most of the cells suspects claim to have religious obligations and were using human rights as a pretext to violate the countrys systems. One of the arrested suspects had volunteered to defend people who tried to produce chaos and incite strife inside the Kingdom, according to the sources.

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Another member of the cell had contacted a foreign entity hostile to Saudi Arabia, to receive financial support in exchange for continuing to incite trouble.

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Dr. Ibrahim Al-Nahas, member of Shoura Committee Council on Foreign Affairs, told Asharq Al-Awsat on Saturday that the Kingdom is capable of overcoming many security challenges due to the vigilance of its security apparatus.

For his part, Dr. Yusuf Al-Rumaih, professor of criminology at Al-Qassim University told Asharq Al-Awsat that Saudi Arabia is a state built on the foundations of justice and it enshrines the principal of equality for all before the law.

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Earlier, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted the security spokesman of the Presidency of State Security as saying that seven people have been arrested for suspicious communication with foreign entities and actions against the state.

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It said authorities detected coordinated activities by a group of people, who carried out organized work to violate the religious and national principles of the Kingdom.

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They also had communications with foreign entities to support their activities and sought to recruit persons working in sensitive government posts as well as providing financial support to hostile elements abroad with the objective of undermining the Kingdoms security and stability, its social peace and national cohesion, the spokesperson added.

By: Asharq Alawsat http://ow.ly/hMpy30k5M9n

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1306306/saudi-arabia

14:58

Santa Fe High School Shooting Details Emerge; Suspect Appears in Court The Anti-Media

Santa Fe High School Shooting(TIM)  A 17-year-old high school student identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis opened fire at the Houston-area Santa Fe High School with a shotgun and a handgun, killing 10 people and leaving another 14 people wounded including a school police officer who confronted the suspect during the attack at Santa Fe High School. The Associated Press reported that local []

14:54

Notes on Some Classical Thinking Dissident Voice

Notice the notes in the title. Part 3 is no textbook. Part 3 is a miniscule Cliff Notes. Notice, too, that the title reads classical thinking, not early thinking. Theres a difference. Since I regard human transactions as the bedrock of any economy and economic system, were I to choose the latter over the former qualifier I would have a lot of ground to cover, namely, that of early humans and their thinking as deduced from artifacts. An impossible task for me.

Its not at all impossible for me, however, to skim the thinking of three classicists, Aristotle (384-322 BC), Adam Smith (1723-1790) and Karl Marx (1813-1883). Of the three, Marx came the closest to being a quasi-economist. He wrote about his vision of socialism 19 years before he wrote his Das Kapital, yet he began his career as a radical journalist that got him expelled by the governments of three countries. The same experience might have befallen me had I not kept my mouth mostly shut during my career.

Aristotles Thinking

Aristotle (384-322 BC) may just be the premium thinker of all time. And he thought a lot about the economies of his era. It behooves me, therefore, to consult with him through his writings and their interpretations since great minds (his, certainly not mine) live on.

In his day the Greek word for economy meant household management within the context of the community. Today in the USA economy means banksters and Wall Street.

Economic activity in his view consisted of individuals doing things necessary for survival and for the good life, which to him meant a moral life of virtue that leads to happiness. He criticized money-making as a way of gaining wealth, thought it was unnatural for people to use money to make more money the essence of capitalism-and considered usury, or predatory lending, to be the most immoral form of economic activity. Seeking wealth is justifiable, Aristotle thought, only if it amounted to no more than an accumulation of material goods sufficient for the household.

While there were banks in his day, there is a running debate by scholars over whether or the extent to which lending was done productively, that is, with the intent of making money from the loans. I cant imagine, though, any banking business done then as criminally as it is done today.

Its interesting to note that a totally free market was not the custom in ancient Greece. For instance, public officials monitored measurements, levied taxes on various transactions, and even fixed retail prices! Ancient Greece survived without a free market, Americas corpocracy couldnt survive with it! Ancient Greece had a fair market. America has an unfair market.

I feel a special bonding with Aristotle. Why? To him human action was the fulcrum of an economy. That is precisely my thinking! Please recall that in Part 1 I wrote this: Economics, any economy, and any economic system such as capitali...

14:34

Unsettling the Summits: John Boltons Libya Solution Dissident Voice

The inevitable stop, start and stuttering of the Korean peace process was bound to manifest itself soon after the hugs, expansive smiles and sympathetic back rubs.  Dates have been set the Kim-Trump summit is slated to take place in Singapore on June 12, though there is much time for disruptive mischief to take place.

One field of possible disruption lies in air exercises between the US and South Korea known as Max Thunder.  Such manoeuvres have been of particular interest to the DPRK, given their scale and possible use as leverage in talks.

The latest irritation was occasioned by claims in Pyongyang that the US had deployed B-52 Stratofortress bombers as part of the exercise despite denying that this would take place.  This was construed, in the words of Leon V. Sigal, as inconsistent with President Trumps pledge at President Moons urging to move toward peace in Korea.

The position against using such nuclear-capable assets had been outlined in Kim Jong Uns 2018 New Years Day address.  The South, he insisted, should discontinue all the nuclear war drills they stage with outside forces, a point reiterated in Rodong Sinmun, the Party newspaper, ten days later: If the South Korean authorities really want dtente and peace, they should first stop all efforts to bringing in the US nuclear equipment and conduct exercises for nuclear warfare with foreign forces.

While these matters were unfolding, President Donald Trumps national security advisor was being his injudicious self, doing his bit for global insecurity.  Never a diplomat in the true sense of the term, John Bolton remains a traditional head kicker for empire, the rustler of discontent.

Bolton, history teacher incarnate, wants to impress upon the North Koreans certain jarring examples.  A favourite of his is the so-called Libyan solution. How well that worked: the leadership of a country maligned but convinced in its international rehabilitation to abandon various weapons programs in the hope of shoring up security.  More specifically, in 2003, Libya was convinced to undertake a process US diplomats and negotiators parrot with steam and enthusiasm: denuclearisation.

We should insist that if this meeting is going to take place, claimed Bolton on Radio Free Asia with characteristic smugness, it will be similar to discussions we had with Libya 13 or 14 years ago: how to pack up their nuclear weapons program and take it to Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

The problem with this skewed interpretation lies in its false premise: that US threats, cajoling and sanctions has actually brought North Korea, tail between legs, to the diplomatic table.  Being firm...

14:00

What Will Iran Do Now? Antiwar.com Original

President Donald Trump announced that the US is pulling out of the Iran nuclear accord and Iranians are really pissed. Thousands of Iranians demonstrated in Tehran chanting Death to America. Thousands more attended Friday prayers in Tehran to hear hardline leaders denounce Trumps actions. Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, an influential Friday prayer leader in Tehran, Continue reading "What Will Iran Do Now?"

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14:00

How Korea Could Become a Bright Spot in a World Gone Mad Antiwar.com Original

Heres a recent typical headline about the upcoming talks between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: "Will Trumps Ignorance (and Boltons Impetuousness) Doom the North Korea Summit?" When it comes to ignorance, there can be little question that the Trump administration is in a league all its own. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Continue reading "How Korea Could Become a Bright Spot in a World Gone Mad"

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14:00

Back to the Future? Bolton, Trump, and Iranian Regime Change Antiwar.com Original

Now that the Trump administration has derailed the Iran nuclear deal, the old issue of regime change in Iran is back again. National Security Adviser John Bolton is obviously the chief regime-change advocate in the administration, and there is every reason to believe he has begun to push that policy with Donald Trump in his Continue reading "Back to the Future? Bolton, Trump, and Iranian Regime Change"

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14:00

A Spy in the House of Trump Antiwar.com Original

The identification of a spy implanted in Donald Trumps presidential campaign by a murky cabal of spooks, both foreign and domestic, has given us a whole new perspective on the Russia-gate hoax. We know the FBI had a source within Trumps organization because Fusion-GPS chief executive Glenn Simpson testified before Congress on August 22, 2017 Continue reading "A Spy in the House of Trump"

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13:51

Eleven ISIS Militants Killed in Iraq Antiwar.com Original

Eleven ISIS/Daesh militants were killed in separate operations.

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13:02

Is Wikipedia an Establishment Psyop? The Anti-Media

WikipediaIf you havent been living in a hole in a cave with both fingers plugged into your ears, you may have noticed that an awful lot of fuss gets made about Russian propaganda and disinformation these days. Mainstream media outlets are now speaking openly about the need for governments to fight an information war against Russia, with headlines containing that peculiar []

12:02

Ramzan Kadyrov personally commands rescue of Orthodox hostages in a church in Gronzy The Vineyard of the Saker

RT reports: Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the Saturday attack on an Orthodox church in Russias Chechen Republic, which left a worshiper and two

10:23

Israeli terrorism in Lebanon: the war years The Angry Arab News Service/

"This is an essential account of Israeli record of terrorism in Lebanon while the Israeli occupation army used a fictitious name for its car bombs."

10:22

The first two political eulogies of Bernard Lewis The Angry Arab News Service/

The first was from Middle East scholar, Mike Pompeo, while the second was from the Israeli scholar, Netanyahu. More to follow.

10:21

Iranian foreign policy options The Angry Arab News Service/

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Limited Options for Iranian Foreign Policy".

10:04

Americans seen as invaders: Palestinian officials equate US embassy move to Israeli occupation Aletho News

RT | May 20, 2018 Palestinian politicians have condemned the US for moving its embassy to Jerusalem, likening the move to Israels seizure of Palestinian land. Feisal Abu Shahlaa, a member of the Fatah party, said the US is now viewed as invaders of Palestinian territories following President Donald Trumps decision to move the countrys []

10:00

Nicols Maduro Re-elected with 67.7% of the Votes INTERNATIONALIST 360

Cuban News Agency The re-elected president stressed that this victory marks the beginning of a new period of consolidation of Chavista power in social, political and economic terms Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro Moros, candidate for the Frente Amplio de la Patria, was reelected this Sunday for a second term as head of the South American...

10:00

China, Russia Call for Respecting Venezuela Elections, Condemn US Intervention INTERNATIONALIST 360

A day after the Venezuelan general elections, China and Russia called Monday for respecting the countrys democratic process and rejected attempts of interfence by the United States and other regional powers. The parties involved must respect the decision of the Venezuelan people, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang at a press conference in Beijing,...

10:00

The Losers Campaign Against Nicolas Maduros Election Victory INTERNATIONALIST 360

*Arturo Rosales Via Tortilla Con Sal According to the Observer these were sham elections For more than 2 years the opposition and the US were calling for early elections based on the fact that 80% rejected Maduro. When the poll was called in February they turned round and said that they did not want it...

09:51

From Palestine to Canada, the truth of indigenous narratives cannot be suppressed forever Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

Israel has attempted to export its destruction of Palestinian memories to the indigenous peoples of the world

08:41

ISIS Suspected to be Leaving Yarmouk as SAA Secures Area [Photos & Video] GEOPOLITICS ALERT

Damascus (GPA)  The Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp near Damascus has nearly been cleared of the previously heavy Daesh presence.
yarmouk Daesh ISIS SyriaFighting inside Yarmouk
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Today may a victory for both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) as well as Palestinians in the diaspora who have seen the Yarmouk refugee camp mostly cleared of the Zionist proxy, Islamic State. This comes after Yarmouk spent years as a live battlefield, first between the SAA and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on one side, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their allies within the camp, Liwa al-Asifa on the other in 2012.

The camp was later taken over by Daesh in April 2015, in what was known as the Battle of Yarmouk. The FSA was attacked by Daesh, possibly in cooperation with al-Qaeda Syrian affiliate Jahbat al-Nusra, and driven out of the camp, leaving Daesh in charge of the fight against the SAA for the past three years. During this period much of the camp was destroyed and the over 140,000 are estimated to have fled the camp.

Since then Yarmouk has been under siege by the SAA, with the Daesh forces refusing to surrender and hiding behind Palestinians.

Related: Syrian Government Offers Arms to Palestinian Refugee Camp

As of this weekend, this saga of takfiri violence finally seems to be nearing a close as at least some of the remaining fighters and their families boarded buses in fulfillment of an agreement with Damascus. According to...

08:27

On The Technical Aspects Of Voting, Venezuela Does It Right PopularResistance.Org

Caracas, Venezuela - The voting system in Venezuela cannot be technically challenged in any serious way. It is open, transparent, leaves a voter-verified paper record and can easily be recounted if there are any questions about the results. It prevents voter fraud, as a fingerprint is needed to start someone's voting process. In the early 2000's, I was in the leadership of a group seeking to fix the poor voting system in Maryland. After the 'hanging chad' election in 2000 that put George W. Bush in the White House, many states rushed to paperless, computer voting systems.

07:41

US says wont recognize Venezuela presidential election Aletho News

Press TV May 20, 2018 The United States government says it is not going to recognize the outcome of Venezuelas presidential election which will be held on Sunday. US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan made the announcement in a press briefing on Sunday and stressed that Washington was actively considering strict sanctions against []

07:39

Land of the Free. Home of the Brave stan van houcke


US State Passes Law Defining Any Criticism of Israel as Anti-Semitic Just As They Kill 60 Civilians

As many Americans criticize the number of civilian deaths on the Gaza Strip, a state has passed a measure labeling criticism of Israel as "anti-Semitism."
 
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07:08

Killing Gaza captures culture of resistance stan van houcke

Killing Gaza captures culture of resistance

Watch the trailer of Killing Gaza above or stream the whole film on demand here.
Westerners witnessed Israels massacre of protesters at the culmination of Gazas Great March of Return on 14 May mostly through bytes of imagery transmitted onto flat screens and smartphones.
They saw montages of horse-drawn carts carrying bloodied bodies and zig-zagging through t...

07:03

Ian Buruma on "Occidentalism" stan van houcke


Ian Buruma on "Occidentalism"

posted to www.marxmail.org on February 5, 2004

Dear Professor Ian Buruma,

As a Bard College graduate from the class of 1965, I continue to be impressed by the transformation of what Walter Winchell called "the little red whorehouse on the Hudson" into a wholly owned subsidiary of George Soros's Open Society. Along with your fellow NY Review of Books contributor Mark Danner on the Human Rights faculty, Bard seems uniquely positioned to lead the legions of the Cruise Missile liberal-left.

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07:01

Palestinians protest in Haifa against Gaza killings Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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More than 10,000 Moroccans also protest against US embassy move to Jerusalem

06:48

Tomgram: John Feffer, Korea's Two "Impossibles" TomDispatch - Blog

When, in early March, Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Washington foreign policy elite nearly suffered a collective heart attack...

06:45

Pentagon Can't Account for $21 Trillion stan van houcke

MAY 14, 2018TD ORIGINALS

The Pentagon Can't Account for $21 Trillion (That's Not a Typo)

Then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates during a 2008 visit to Kosovo with U.S. Army troops on foot patrol in the town of Gnjilane. (...

06:38

05:51

The Merkel Dilemma: Trump or Putin? Newsbud

In the eighty-second edition of the Russian Newspapers Monitor, Professor Filip Kovacevic discusses the articles from four Russian newspapers: Kommersant, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Komsomolskaya Pravda, and Moskovsky Komsomolets. He discusses the counter-measures against the U.S. economic sanctions approved by the Russian Parliament and how they present a very difficult dilemma for European businesses, especially the German []

05:38

Rights Group: Israeli Army Endangering Syrian Lives Aletho News

IMEMC News & Agencies May 20, 2018 Following last weeks extensive military activity, which saw projectiles landing in the occupied Syrian Golan heights, Al-Marsad, the independent, non profit human rights organisation, reiterates its call for the removal of Israeli army posts from Syrian civilian areas. Since its occupation of the Golan heights in 1967, []

04:27

Syria seeks to crush Islamic State pocket and denies evacuation deal Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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04:22

Ramadan Day 4 thought for the day from Robert Spencers The History of Jihad Jihad Watch

Todays Ramadan inspiration from my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS comes from Muslim Spain, that celebrated beacon of tolerance and multiculturalism. The tolerance of Abd al-Rahman III, the tenth-century Umayyad caliph of Crdoba, is illustrated by the eleventh-century Muslim historian Ibn Hayyan of Cordoba as he details a typical incident []

04:18

Trump demands an investigation into suspected FBI surveillance of his 2016 campaign Peace and Freedom

  • Trump plans to officially demand that the Justice Department probe reports that the FBI look into reported surveillance of his 2016 campaign.
  • Last week, Trump blasted reports that an informant was secretly feeding the bureau information as worse than Watergate
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Donald Trump

President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would demand an investigation into whether the FBI had placed surveillance on his 2016 campaign and whether such activity was ordered by his members of the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Ramping up a public war of words between the Oval Office and the law enforcement agency, the president said that he would formally request the Department of Justice probe the FBIs role in investigating his campaign. His remarks come amid reports that the agency had placed a confidential informant somewhere in Trumps organization, while he was a candidate.

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04:15

Trump says he will ask Justice Department to look into campaign surveillance Peace and Freedom

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would ask the Justice Department to look into whether his 2016 presidential campaign was infiltrated or surveilled.

I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration! Trump wrote on Twitter.

Reuters

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks during the Prison Reform Summit at the White House. Credit Jonathan Ernst Reuters

04:13

Times Up for Israels Impunity stan van houcke

MAY 16, 2018TD ORIGINALS


Times Up for Israels Impunity


Israeli soldiers stand guard at a watchtower along the Israel-Gaza border Tuesday. ...

04:09

It's the End of the World, and I Feel Terrible stan van houcke

MAY 16, 2018TD ORIGINALS


It's the End of the World, and I Feel Terrible

Ivy Mike was a hydrogen bomb and the first thermonuclear weapon ever tested. The U.S. detonated it on Nov. 1, 1952, on the island of Elugelab in...

04:07

Chris Hedges: Killing Gaza stan van houcke

MAY 13, 2018TD ORIGINALS


Killing Gaza

Mr. Fish / Truthdig
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03:59

UK: Use your vote or end up with Khan or Magid Jihad Watch

Muslims are political animals, and by animals I mean they move in a pack (sorry to disappoint all you race-baiters out there; at no point am I suggesting they look like animals). In a recent Tower Hamlets by-election, a morbidly obese taxi driver who admitted he has no experience in politics or how to handle []

03:58

Saildrones cryptogon.com

Via: Bloomberg: Engineer and adventurer Richard Jenkins has made oceangoing robots that could revolutionize fishing, drilling, and environmental science. His aim: a thousand of them.

03:40

US Sanctions On Iran Threaten Vital Indian-Afghanistan-Iranian Chabahar Project ThereAreNoSunglasses

US Sanctions On Iran Threaten Vital India-Afghanistan Chabahar Project

Chabahar is among a number of projects of transport and energy networks projects designed to boost Afghanistans trade.

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03:20

Iran's Zarif says EU efforts to save nuclear deal are 'not sufficient' Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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02:59

The Search For A New Politics PopularResistance.Org

For the last four decades, political discourse has been dominated by the ideas of neoliberalism. This ideology has been promoted by elites to direct public policy not only in the US, but worldwide. Neoliberalism offers a simple story of our times by which people can make sense of the world in which they find themselves. British journalist George Monbiot has pointed to the importance of such stories in his recent book Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis. His aim is to construct a new story to mobilize people into political action and create social change.

02:52

Dangerous Liaison: Industrial Agriculture And The Reductionist Mindset PopularResistance.Org

A minority of the global population has access to so much food than it can afford to waste much of it, while food insecurity has become a fact of life for hundreds of millions. This crisis stems from food and agriculture being wedded to power structures that serve the interests of the powerful global agribusiness corporations. Over the last 60 years, agriculture has become increasingly industrialised, globalised and tied to an international system of trade based on export-oriented mono-cropping, commodity production for the international market, indebtedness to international financial institutions (IMF/World Bank).

02:52

Theresa May announces the end of free speech in UK: We value free speechwe also value tolerance to others Jihad Watch

UK: At last someone asked Theresa May the right questions on freedom of speech in the British Parliament. pic.twitter.com/GFFl88PM0w Onlinemagazin (@OnlineMagazin) May 19, 2018 Challenged in Parliament about why criticism of Christianity is taken for granted while criticism of Islam embroils one in societal (and legal) difficulties, British Prime Minister Theresa May answered: []

02:44

On Accountability in the Light of Israeli Brutality Aletho News

By Gilad Atzmon | May 20, 2018 For the last few weeks Israel has displayed a new level of institutional criminality. Fearing that Palestinian protestors attempting to return to their land would cross the Gaza border fence, Israel deployed hundreds of snipers, scores of tanks and drones across the Gaza Strip border. The government ordered []

02:17

I Am Julian Assange PopularResistance.Org

Julian is not wanted because hes a spy, or even because he published a number of documents whose publication was inconvenient for certain people. He is wanted because he is so damn smart, which makes him very good and terribly effective at what he does. Hes on a most wanted list not for what hes already published, but for what he might yet publish in the future. He built up WikiLeaks into an organization that acquired the ultimate trust of many people who had access to documents they felt should be made public. They knew he would never betray their trust. WikiLeaks has to date never published any documents that were later found out to be false.

02:12

NDP MPs must stop being friends with Israel Aletho News

By Yves Engler May 19, 2018 Is it appropriate for NDP Members of Parliament to be working for greater friendship with a country that is killing and maiming thousands of non-violent protestors? Would it have been appropriate for any elected member of the party to be a friend with South Africas government during the []

02:12

Thousands in Sweden Have Implanted Microchips Under Their Skin The Anti-Media

Microchips(ZHE)  More than 3,000 people in Sweden have implanted tiny microchips beneath their skin to replace their credit card information, identification, keys, train tickets, among other everyday items, Agence France-Press announced Sunday. The implant, which is about the size of a grain of rice, utilizes Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, also found in credit cards, debit cards, key []

02:10

What Palestinians? PopularResistance.Org

One of the young Israeli men who were picking fights with young Palestinian men on the ancient streets of East Jerusalem a few days ago, assured a BBC journalist that there were no Palestinians in the city or anywhere in Israel for that matter in fact there were no Palestinians anywhere, they had never existed. There were only a bunch of Arab troublemakers. The young Israeli mans argument was bolstered by a 2010 book entitled The Complete History of the Palestinian People by Dr. Marcus Rose who follows what seems to be a perfectly sensible table of contents with eight blank pages...

02:02

Israeli police break activists leg while in custody: Report Aletho News

Press TV May 20, 2018 Activists say Israeli police have brutally beaten an Arab-Israeli NGO worker after arresting him at a Haifa demonstration, which landed him in hospital with a broken leg. Jafar Farah, the CEO of the Mossawa Center, was one of the 21 people arrested on Friday during a demonstration against the []

02:01

The Path To Victory On Net Neutrality PopularResistance.Org

The United States Senate has voted to overturn the FCC and restore net neutrality protections, the fate of that measure currently rests in the House of Representatives. While many will think that the uphill battle there makes it a lost cause, that is simply not true. Together, we have the power to win in the House of Representatives. Now that the Senate has officially voted 52-47 to reverse the FCCs so-called Restoring Internet Freedom Order under an expedited procedure known as the Congressional Review Act (CRA). It is now pending a vote in the House of Representatives.

01:57

How Costa Rica Gets It Right PopularResistance.Org

SAN JOS With authoritarianism and proto-fascism on the rise in so many corners of the world, it is heartening to see a country where citizens are still deeply committed to democratic principles. And now its people are in the midst of trying to redefine their politics for the twenty-first century. Over the years, Costa Rica, a country of fewer than five million people, has gained attention worldwide for its progressive leadership. In 1948, after a short civil war, President Jos Figueres Ferrer abolished the military. Since then, Costa Rica has made itself a center for the study of conflict resolution and prevention, hosting the United Nations-mandated University for Peace.

01:51

India: University to study Islamic terrorism, Muslim profs cry Islamophobia Jihad Watch

This is a clear indication of what I have long contended, that charges of Islamophobia are used to shut down honest discussion of the ideological roots of Islamic jihad terrorism, with the result being that the global jihad is able to advance unopposed and unimpeded. JNU To Start A Study On Islamic Terrorism. Heres Why []

Why Are For-Profit US Prisons Subjecting Detainees To Forced Labor? PopularResistance.Org

In 2017, officials at the Stewart immigration detention center in Georgia placed Shoaib Ahmed, a 24-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, in solitary confinement for encouraging fellow workers to stop working. Ahmed, who was paid 50 cents per hour to work within the facility, was upset because his $20 paycheck was delayed. His punishment was solitary confinement for 10 days, where he was subject to deplorable conditions a cell with no access to other workers, only an hour of out of cell time per day and showers only three times per week.

01:50

EU, Iran Agree to Salvage Nuclear Deal Despite US Breach of Agreement The Anti-Media

EU Iran Nuclear Deal(CD)  The European Union and Iran signaled on Saturday that they would not permit President Donald Trumps deeply unpopular decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal to deteriorate their own involvement in the agreement. We have sent a message to our Iranian friends that as long as they are sticking to the agreement the Europeans willfulfill []

01:34

Hundreds protest for Palestine in Kashmir amid Indian crackdown Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Kashmiri leaders condemned the Gaza Killings and likened Palestine to life under Indian occupation

01:28

Former CIA Operative & FBI Whistleblower on Covert Illegal Ops. & Out of Control CIA Newsbud

In this edition of Probable Cause, Sibel Edmonds guest is Verne Lyon, a former CIA operative involved in Operation Chaos, in addition to covert operations in Cuba.  Lyon is the co-author of the brand-new book Eyes on Havana - Memoir of an American Spy Betrayed by the CIA. Edmonds and Lyon discuss Lyons new book []

01:27

Turks flock to Bosnia to see Erdogan election rally Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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Other European nations with large Turkish communities banned Turkish political rallies on their soil

01:24

Congress Ignores Israels War Crimes: Its the American Way Aletho News

By Philip Giraldi | American Herald Tribune | May 20, 2018 While many European parliamentarians have been outspoken in their disgust at the horrific one-sided atrocity being clearly observed in the Israeli slaughter of Palestinian demonstrators last week, most of their U.S. counterparts appear to have lost their ability to express themselves over the egregious []

01:24

Call To Disband Baltimore Police Department In Wake Of Abuses PopularResistance.Org

After the DOJ report, the Baltimore Police Department did not fundamentally change. They continued to have a War Room and were found to have engaged in secret aerial surveillance, facial scanning, and using Geofeedia and Zerofox to track activists on social media. They have secretly deployed a device called Stingray to capture all cell phone signals in an area effectively criminalizing entire communities, especially disinvested, redlined Black neighborhoods. Hence, the Baltimore Police Department is fundamentally a white supremacist organization that hurts Black Lives.

01:22

The MoA Week In Review and Open Thread 2018-25 Moon of Alabama

Last week's posts on Moon of Alabama: May 14 - The 'Kingmaker' Is Back - Muqtada Al-Sadr Wins The Election In Iraq May 14 - Trump's Family Applauds Zionist Massacre Of Palestinians In Gaza May 16 - North Korea May...

01:18

Series of occupations in #Berlin: #Squat! Enough is Enough!

In Berlin activists squatted many buildings today. Until now the cops seem to be unable to cope and didnt evict the squatted buildings. Updated again and again. Refresh your browser to see the newest updates. Reminder: phone number of the legal team (EA) in Berlin is: 030 69 22222

Published by Enough is Enough. Written by Riot Turtle.

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

Series of occupations in Berlin: Squat!

On May 16 we reblogged a report about the legal situation concerning squatting in so-called Germany. There was a good reason to do that. Today activists squatted 9 buildings in Berlin.

At 02:52pm today the following buildings were released:

Odenwaldstrae / Ecke Stubenrauchstrae (Steglitz) #OdenEckeStuben
Finowstrae / Ecke Frankfurter Allee (Friedrichshain) #EckeFinow
Bornsdorfer Strae 37b (Neuklln) #Borni
Reichenberger Strae 114 (Kreuzb...

01:14

San Francisco: Arrests At Book Event In Protest Of Massacres In Occupied Palestine PopularResistance.Org

San Francisco, CA - 18 people were arrested on Wednesday for speaking out at a book event for the former prime minister of Occupied Palestine, Ehud Barak. The Palestinian Action Network (PAN), Arab Resource Organizing Center (AROC),  Jewish Voice for Peace-Bay Area and other groups shouted down former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, calling him a war criminal for his actions against Palestinians. Barak, who served as prime minister from 1999 to 2001 and as defense minister from 2007 to 2013, spoke at the Jewish Community Center to promote a new book.

01:07

Malaysia: Yet another man arrested for insulting Islam on Facebook Jihad Watch

This keeps happening in moderate Malaysia. But in the West, we are much more enlightened. We dont arrest people for insulting Islam. We simply excoriate them as racists and Islamophobes, and ostracize them from polite society. We are much more advanced in the West. In case you missed it: Mahathir Mohamed, who has famously said []

00:53

Germany: Muslim migrant seriously injures two people, stabbing one in the neck Jihad Watch

When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks (Quran 47:4) Before long, we will be hearing that stabbing random people in the neck is an old German tradition, predating Oktoberfest. Danke, Merkel! Life-threatening relationship? Attacker brutally stabbed two people, translated from Lebensgefhrliche Beziehungstat? Angreifer sticht zwei Menschen brutal nieder, Tag 24, May 19, 2018 (thanks []

00:33

German broadcaster claims Ramadan is old German custom celebrated in the country longer than Oktoberfest Jihad Watch

Oktoberfest, as the article below explains, dates from at least 1810, while the first mosque wasnt built in Germany until 1915. So Eren Gvercin is lying, and Deutschlandfunk Kultur is giving him a platform, and Germans ignorant (or ashamed) of their history will eagerly embrace his propaganda, which is, of course, designed to make them []

00:22

Show Solidarity With Corea Hunger Strike PopularResistance.Org

Washington, DC - The Corea Peace delegation reports that even though South Korea and North Korea had agreed to stop all hostilities against each other and pledged to lower military tension in the recent Panmunjom Declaration, the South Korea-U.S. joint war exercise, "Max Thunder" began on May 11. This was just a week after the Key Resolve/Foal Eagle war exercise had ended. The Max Thunder war exercise is proceeding in the largest-ever scale, including eight of the latest stealth aircrafts, named the F-22 raptor, which are built by Lockheed Martin.

00:19

Islamic State leader reportedly still alive, training children to murder for Allah Jihad Watch

The caliph was killed at least four times, every year between 2014 and 2017. URGENT: ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi allegedly killed by US airstrikes September 6, 2014 Radio Iran: Islamic States caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is dead of injuries from airstrike Pentagon denies hit him April 27, 2015 Is the Islamic States caliph al-Baghdadi []

00:16

Fantasma,clandestine anarchist newspaper, nr. 1, May 2018 Enough is Enough!

Fantasma: A new clandestine anarchist newspaper for free.

Originally published by Act For Freedom now.

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Fantasma,clandestine anarchist newspaper, nr. 1, May 2018

Introduction:

AMIDST SOCIETY

To appear here and there with the strong desire for intimacy, trust and complicity. Always in search of a life, that feels genuine. A life that does not have to censor in different shades. A life that through authenticity is ready to establish its own path to coherence joyfully. That wants to be more than an roaming shadow in the midst of society

The newspaper project in hand Fantasma is an expression of this search. It arised from the circumstance of involuntary but self-chosen clandestinity and is for that regard not bound by place.We, the authors, foster the desire as made-invisibles to talk about this be-invisible. About lived experiences and considerations in this situation. From us, as from other comrades and that would be extremly wonderful that find themselves on such a journey right now or have once. And because the invisible can not exist without its counterpart, we encourage all the visibles, that have been indirectly affected by a situation like this, to send in your  self-written contributions. To put the reflections and initiatives, away from concrete, technical questions, up for a public debate and thus open up a space for discussions and exchange with all interested. The desire to bring back to life the in...

00:09

Socialist Britain will not be ripped off any more under Labour Peace and Freedom

Britains main opposition Labour Party wants to radically transform the economy, forming a Socialist society where were not going to get ripped off any more, its finance policy chief, John McDonnell, said on Sunday.

With Labour almost neck-and-neck in the polls with the governing Conservatives, who lost their majority in last years election, its leader Jeremy Corbyn and others are setting out their stall ahead of a new election not due until 2022.

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FILE PHOTO: Britains Shadow Finance Minister John McDonnell, speaks as he sets out Labours demands for the Spring Statement, in London, Britain, March 9, 2018.

McDonnell told the BBC that he had been talking to business leaders to offer them clarity on Labours policies.

Some of them you will like and some of them you wont like, I accept that, but there is nothing up my sleeve, he said of his message, adding: Youll get a fair rate of return but were not going to be ripped off any more, simple as that.

Asked about his entry in the Whos Who directory of influential people which lists his passion for generally fomenting the overthrow of capitalism, he said it was a joke about beer-making.

But he added: Its (about) transforming our economy.

I dont think there is (a difference with overthrowing capitalism) because I think at the end of the day I want a Socialist society and that means transforming in a way which radically challenges the system as it now is.

He also said Venezuela, which is reeling from hyperinflation and shortages, was not a Socialist country.

I think it took a wrong turn when (late leader Hugo) Chavez went, and I think unfortunately since then I dont think they have been following the Socialist policies that Chavez was developing.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper, Editing by William Maclean

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23:53

Criticize the Israeli Government, Or Criticize Individuals Who Put Israel First Ahead of the U.S., You're Breaking The Law. Goes Into Effect July 1 -- by J Sic Semper Tyrannis

Never thought I'd see it from a Southern State, but thanks to a Representative in their State Legislature, those citizens of that state are having their 1st Amendment Rights squashed (even though the legislation claims not), if they dare criticize...

23:36

Abbas hospitalised after complications from minor surgery Middle East Eye - RSS Feed

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It is the third time the Palestinian president has been admitted to hospital in one week

10:00

Nicaragua: Extortion, Dialogue and a Longing for Peace INTERNATIONALIST 360

Tortilla con Sal Recent experience confirms that the Latin American and the Caribbean right wing, like US government, cannot be trusted to comply with agreements. That has been true for Cubas revolutionary government in its direct talks with the US authorities, for Colombias FARC former guerrillas  over government implementation of the peace agreement and for...

Sunday, 06 May

22:35

5 Ways to Build Business Longevity Bold Face News

If youre not careful, change can easily override your business. Your company needs to learn how to adapt to disruptions in order to build a lasting company. This blog post looks at five fundamental suggestions you can use to help your company adapt better to change.

1. Define Your Success

Longevity looks different for every company. If you follow a definition of success set by other people, chances are you wont be happy once you achieve their vision. With all the hours and determination you need to put into running a business, its essential you develop a mission that is built around the values that are important to you as the owner.

Getting clear on your mission helps you filter out activities that arent inline with your prime directive. When your team works with a clear vision in mind, its easy for them to build a positive reputation for your company. Defining your companys mission is the first step to creating a positive, long-lasting reputation.

2. Change How You View Change

Changes in your industry or with your key partners have the potential to impede your ability to do business. Resisting change only makes the problem worse later on. Overcoming change starts with understanding the new rules of engagement. Its essential to analyze and understand whats happening before taking the appropriate steps to handle the problem.

Although change may come at inconvenient times, its always been one of the best ways to help your business grow. Once you recognize the potential that comes with change, its easier to be more receptive and ready to exploit the opportunities created by change. The ability to make change work in your favor is a mark of longevity in any industry.

3. Use Technology To Your Advantage

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